As the year comes to an end, it’s often a good time to look back and reflect on what has happened, and see where that will steer the future.
The year began with the initiation of a campus-wide tobacco ban that sparked much controversy. However, through coordination of the college and the willingness of the student body and college patrons, the once heated topic of the tobacco ban has died down and became a non-issue for most.
The continued construction on campus raised some obstacles, but once everyone settled in and parking issues began to ease, the benefits were seen; more seating for students and increased carpet aid in adding comfort for the student body during their time at the college.
Through recent construction projects, the Berg Instructional Center was able to win an ABBY Award from Buildings magazine, the Homeland Education Center clinched a “Midwest’s Best Projects” award for 2012 from the Engineering News-Record.
Through renovations, the Seaton Computing Center is getting updated to feature better tools for learning in this changing technology-centered society to better fit the needs of students compared to the original design.
The Library will get updates to make it more conducive to a learning environment that works with the college and its’ students with more open spaces, better lighting and improved resources.
Despite early talks of a possible end to the football program at the college, the Chaps powered through and were able to finish the season 8-2; giving the team a national rank of 15th and a spot in the Graphic Edge Bowl. The team has had it’s best two consecutive seasons with 15 total wins since 1995-1996 when they won 19 total games.
Through Town Hall forums including members of the administration and respective departments, students were able to voice opinions concerning the college.
Because of these talks, changes are being implemented based on student feedback as is shown through the addition of more food items to meet differing food needs of those on campus.
Although there have been difficulties, when the college works together and cooperates for a common cause, we are able to achieve greatness and the achievements stand for that.
As this year comes to an end, and next year and a new Spring semester arise, remember to keep in mind the success that was able to occur through cooperation.
Construction will continue, renovations will occur, parking complaints will rise and disagreements will happen, but as long as the good of the institution is kept in mind, the future will be more successful than the past.