Mesalands to buy GE turbine

A contract for a $2.2 million wind turbine from General Electric was approved Tuesday by the Mesalands Community College Board of Trustees.

The wind turbine will be the centerpiece of the college’s North American Wind Research & Training Center (NAWRTC).

It will cost an additional $628,000 to install the turbine, said Jim Morgan, the college’s director of technology.

The cost of cranes alone to install the turbine will be an estimated $110,000, Morgan said.

The turbine will be about 240 feet tall and with the blades installed it be about 400 feet tall, Morgan said.

Installation is expected by November 2008, but could be sooner, Morgan said. Delivery of all the components is expected to take a dozen semi trucks.

In other business before the trustees:

• J. Bronson Moore was voted chair, Jimmy Sandoval retained the office of vice chair and James Streetman, the office of secretary/clerk.
• Liz Estrada was appointed to the board to replace Muriel Latham-Pfeifer who recently retired. Estrada has been longtime supporter of the college and served on the college’s Foundation Board.
• New employees recently hired by the Mesalands include:
• C.J. Aragon
Intercollegiate Rodeo Coach
Aragon is currently the 2006 Turquoise Circuit Finals Average Champion in steer wrestling and the 2006 New Mexico Rodeo Association Champion steer wrestler. He has more than 14 years of rodeo experience
• John Bauler
Coordinator of Off-Campus Programs
Bauler holds his doctorate of Chiropractic Medicine from Logan College of Chiropractic. He has served as adjunct instructor at the college for the past two years.
• Jeff Cotham
Business administration instructor
Cotham holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Lyon College, and a M.B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Central Arkansas. He has 10 years of community college experience as an instructor in the business field.
• Jessica Elebario
Fitness Center coordinator/Instructor
Elebario holds a B.A. in Leisure Services and a M.A. in Human Performance and Sports from New Mexico Highlands University.
She has served as recruiter for the college for the past three years and also as an adjunct instructor.
• Aaron Kennedy
Dean of Student Services
Kennedy holds a B.A. in Fine Arts and a M.A. in agency counseling and a doctorate in College Student Personnel Administration. He has eight years of collegiate experience.
the student services division.