Meetings watch: Mesalands Community College

The Mesalands Community College board met Tuesday at the college. Officials attending included Thomas Newsom, president, trustees J. Bronson Moore, Jim Streetman, Theresa Stephenson and Liz Estrada, and Vice President of Academic Affairs Natalie Gillard.

The board took the following actions:

• Named Amanda Hammer director of business and auxiliary services

• Approved memorandum of understanding with Northeast Wisconsin Technical college and Northwestern Michigan College for study-abroad programs in Denmark among the three colleges.

• Approved open source licensing of institutional technology scripts developed by Larry Wickham, assistant director of institutional technology.

• Approved security system upgrades up to $7,400 for the replacement of security cameras on campus.

• Approved development and issuing of Stampede Club (rodeo booster club) by-laws .

•Approved meeting date changes. The next meeting of the board of trustees will be on Dec. 11, and the April 8 meeting will be moved to April 22.

In his president’s report, Newsom:

• Reviewed the updates and changes to the college’s policies;

• Board of Trustees Communications.

• Guidelines and procedures governing open records request.

• Dinosaur Museum and Natural Science Laboratory policies.

• Board history.

• Board foreword.

• History of board policy reviews.

The board also:

• Reviewed integrated marketing and communications plan by Kim Hanna, director of public relations.

• Reviewed annual financial aid awards report.

• Discussed research related to introducing a gunsmithing class at Mesalands.

• Reviewed recommendations for funding of Mesalands’ Research and Public Services Projects through the New Mexico Higher Education Department in the New Mexico Legislature’s 30-day session in 2014.

— Compiled by QCS senior writer Thomas Garcia

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