Message From the President
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,
With the autumnal equinox come brisk fall breezes – and the opportunity to apply ourselves to our studies and extra-curricular activities. October also brings one of my favorite things – chocolate – but that’s later in the month, accompanied by costumes and antics, so we’ll have to wait. Because first, I want to update you on the latest MCCN news and information:
- The good news is that September was such a busy month, with multiple members of our alumni on campus this past weekend to celebrate Homecoming, and the Class of 1969 noted as the 50-year Honor Class. MCCN students were also celebrated in September at the annual Scholarship Dinner, where they met with donors, alumni and friends who are helping them answer their life’s calling to nursing.
- As you know, we experienced water damage from a water leak incident on Friday, Sept. 27, in Marian Hall, that was caused by a contractor failing to cap the fire suppression system. Thankfully, no one was harmed. The leak involved clean water and no other water sources were affected. Comprehensive clean-up and dry-out initiatives are nearly complete, and additional air-quality checks will continue. However, some classrooms and faculty and staff offices in Marian Hall experienced water damage and have been temporarily relocated. I’m pleased to say, however, that we are well on the path to recovery, and I will keep you informed through updates.
In October, we are delighted to see fruits of the “Back to Basics” initiative started by Mike Englehart, interim CEO, MCHS, including increased compensation for eligible colleagues across the system, a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour and other market adjustments. Now is a good time for MCCN graduates to explore employment with MCHS, because we love keeping you in the family.
Demolition of the MCW hospital is expected to be complete by next summer, just in time to welcome the Class of 2024 to campus! Thank you for your patience. And, the Design Group is finalizing options for our downtown campus plan as we already are working on occupancy planning for the MSB, including faculty and staff offices and IT issues. I’ll have more information later this year.
Safety & Security
Remember, student safety is always our utmost concern, which is why Safety & Security will staff the Front Desk every afternoon from 1 to 7 p.m. and have an office on the third floor in the CLE. The Active Shooter in-service, previously scheduled for Monday, Sept. 30, is rescheduled due to the water situation in Marian Hall; watch for new dates/location, and if you would like a refresher or want to attend this important in-service, please contact Colleen Cipriani, MA, at 614.234.5828 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put the NEW number to call for Safety & Security into your smart phone, if you’ve not already done so: 614.234.4831.
And, thank you to everyone who attended the September Forums. Be sure to attend the third Forum later this month on either October 28 or 31 at noon in the MSB Auditorium.
Penny for your thoughts
Please do let me know what you’re thinking – or what you want to know. I love to address your questions and concerns directly, so please know that my door is always open. And, as you enjoy this crisp fall weather and many prepare for Fall Break next week, stay focused on what matters most: Preparing for careers in nursing!
Ann Marie Brooks, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, FACHE, FNAP
President, Mount Carmel College of Nursing