Success Insider

Everything Student Development - June 2015

Together we can achieve more of what we want out of life...more hope, more love, more joy, and more success.

~Dr. A'Yanna Webster
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There is a lot going on in Academic Advising

June Connections dates are fulling up.
  • Tuesday, June 2 @ 1:00 p.m. - Full
  • Wednesday, June 3 @ 1:00 p.m. - Full
  • Tuesday, June 9 @ 1:00 p.m. - Full
  • Wednesday, June 10 @ 1:00 p.m. - Full
  • Tuesday, June 16 @ 1:00 p.m. - Full
  • Wednesday, June 17 @ 1:00 p.m. - Full
  • Tuesday, June 23 @ 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 24 @ 1:00 p.m.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Summer I – June 1st – first day of classes.
  • Summer I – June 1st – payment deadline.
  • Summer I – June 11th – Financial Aid Balance Disbursement.
  • Summer II payment deadline is June 30th, 2015, at 6:00 PM.
  • Summer II registration continues, June 30 – July 7.

Career Services Update

Tina has almost completed her training on the new College Central Network Software and is eager to get started on creating MCC’s online Career Management System. We want to thank Tina for all her hard work on this project. MCC students will truly benefit from Tina’s expertise!

Other News

Phil briefly left the office to experience Mother Nature this past month. He participated in MCC's 2015 Geology Field Course. Way to go!! You can check out his and everyone else's experiences by checking out MCC's Geology Field Course Blog.

At the regular May 2015 Board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Laura Crapps and Celina Vasquez as Advisors in Student Development. Laura will start on June 1 and Celina will start on June 8. Please stop by and extend a warm welcome to the new members of our advising family!

“All of our offices will be full for the first time ever. It’s exciting”

-Joshua Rieff, Associate Director, Student Development

A FEW THINGS FROM Disability Services

How do students register with Disability Service to receive authorized accommodations?

  • Students login into WebAdvisor to complete a Request for Disability Services form;
  • Submit documentation that discusses the diagnosis to Disability Services; and
  • Participate in an intake interview with the Disability Specialist.

What is an accommodation?

An accommodation is an adjustment made in a system to accommodate or make fair the same system for an individual based on a proven need.

Examples of accommodations include but are not limited to:

Extended testing time, alternate testing locations, note taking assistance, and sign language interpreters.

Accommodations are about altering methods...not about altering standards.

For more information, please visit the website at

Support & Empowerment Pogram wants you to know

Upcoming Events/Deadlines:

  • The deadline for summer applications has passed, and we have 39 students (18 for summer 1, and 21 for summer 2) eligible to participate and receive SEP funding/support this summer!

  • Fall applications are available on our website. They are due by Aug. 3rd. We encourage you to talk to students about SEP or send them our way for more information! Reminder: All students must call to set up a 20-minute intake meeting to turn in completed applications.

Join us in celebrating some great accomplishments:

  • SEP had 11 students graduate this spring with degrees in nursing, mental health, and cosmetology. We are so excited and proud of our students!

  • SEP was featured in a news story done by KWBU on May 8th about single mothers in college! Two of our students participated in the interview for the story, Tarisma Lehto-Helms and Ashley Thomas. They both graduated with their ADN this month!!! Check out their stories on KWBU's MCC's Support and Empowerment Program Assists Single Parents.

Also, we are happy to announce that Becky is scheduled to return on Monday, June 1. That would be today, and we are so happy to have her back with us! J

Photo Credit: Google Images

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What's been Going On With Trio, Student Support Services?

Upcoming Events:

  • June 25: College Tour to Tarleton State University
  • July 29: College Tour to Sam Houston State University
  • July 22-24: Student Leadership Conference at Texas State

Things to Know:

  • 2015-2016 applications are now available, and can be found in our office or on the MCC website for students to print and complete.
  • We will still be having a robust tutoring schedule during the summer. So, if you know of eligible students who need tutoring, send them our way!
  • TRIO SSS will be having their own PSYCH 1100 Learning Framework class starting in the fall. If you are advising a student interested in TRIO, the information on the class is PSYC 1100_26 Learning Framework, MAC 300, W 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m.


  • 85.59% of our 2014-2015 cohort of TRIO SSS students were in Good Academic Standing last year!
  • Six students, Alejandra, and Monica will be going to the TASSSP Student Leadership Conference at the Texas State University in San Marcos Wednesday, July 22nd-Friday, July 24th.
  • Twelve students have signed up to be in the inaugural cohort of Peer Mentors for the 2015-2016 school year.

First person to solve the below puzzle receives a $5 Sonic gift card!

A hen and a half will lay an egg and a half in a day and a half. How many eggs would six hens lay at the same rate in six days?

Email your answer to Natalie James.

Still trying to figure it out? Here is the answer to May's puzzle.

How many squares, of any size, do not contain a Rook?

There are 62 squares of 1x1 size. There are 41 squares of 2x2 size. There are 18 squares of 3x3 size. There are 6 squares of 4x4 size. There is 1 square of 5x5 size.

A total of 62 + 41 + 18 + 6 + 1 = 128

Congratulations to our May winner, Monica Burmicky!

Success Coaches - Helping Students Achieve Success

The Success Coach's Computer Basics Workshops have begun. Our first workshop was on May 22 in MAC 302. Each workshop is 1 hour long and is designed to assist students in the basics of choosing and using a device, navigating WebAdvisor and Blackboard and email etiquette. Please encourage students to sign up for a FREE workshop by contacting Monique Hoskins.

The remaining dates are:

Thursday, June 4th from 11:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 7th from 11:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 4th from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Changes continue to happen...

  • Meghan Becker will transition into the role of Associate Director of the Completion Center, beginning Monday, June 1. She will be responsible for supervising and leading the Success Coaches, Support & Empowerment Program, First Generation Scholar Program, and Project Link Outreach Specialist. We are excited about Meghan's new role and the positive impact the Completion Center will have on our students.

  • At the regular May 2015 Board meeting, the Board of Trustees also approved the appointment of Kelsey Wiggins as on of the new Success Coaches with a Social Working background. Kelsey will start on Monday, June 1. Please stop by and extend a warm welcome to the new member of the Success Coach team!

*The Success Coaches are still taking applications for a Success Coach position with a financial literacy background. If you are interested or know someone who would be a great fit, we encourage you/them to apply.*

Oh yeah...and then there is Project Link!

The project link team is now complete with our last liaison starting on May 11. The team has been diligently planning and preparing to counsel and equip students for post-secondary success beginning this summer.

The team includes:

  • Lucy Price, TSTC Project Link Coordinator
  • Natalie James, MCC Project Link Outreach Specialist

  • Carl Coleman, La Vega High School Project Link Liaison
  • Marlayna Botello, University High School Project Link Liaison
  • Brittany Davis, University High School Project Link Liaison

Testing Center

Upcoming Events

  • TSI will be given Monday-Thursday anytime from 8am-4pm and Fridays from 10am-12pm.
  • HESI will be given Tuesday, June 2, and Tuesday, June 9 at 12pm.
  • TEAS will be given Thursday, June 11 and Thursday, June 18 at 12pm.
  • On Friday, June 12, we will be proctoring an exam for the Fire Academy.

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Announcements, Accolades, and Kudos

The line up

Laura Crapps, Advisor, Student Development

Laura Crapps received her B.S. in Psychology in 2003 from Dallas Baptist University and her M.S.W. in 2007 from Baylor University. Her experience includes serving as a Medical Social Worker since 2015 with Heartland Social Work, Victoria, Texas, and as the Director of Social Work, also with Heartland Social Work, Victoria, Texas, from 2014-2015. In addition, Laura served as the Director of International Programs from 2007 to 2014 with Generations Adoptions, Waco, Texas.

Things to know about Laura:

Which superhuman power do you wish you had?

I wish I could be The Flash and transport myself at lightning speed from one place to another. I hate being in a car or on an airplane!

What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?

Hawaii for sure! I've been to all 4 of the major islands, and there's no place I'd rather vacation.

What is the one thing in this world you are most proud of?

In the last 13 years, I've cut my hair and donated it to Locks of Love 4 times. They make wigs for children who have struggled with hair loss due to illnesses like cancer. Hair must be at least 10 inches in length to donate as most children wish to have long hair. I'm getting ready to cut my hair again later this summer or in the fall for the 5th time!

Let us all welcome Laura to the family!

Celina Vasquez, Advisor, Student Development

Celina Vasquez received her B.A. in History/Christian Leadership in 2004 from Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas. Her experience includes serving as a teacher since 2012 at La Vega ISD, Waco, Texas, and as a Reading and Math Interventionist from 2011 to 2012 with West Hurst Elementary in Hurst, Texas.

Things to know about Celina:

Do you have any hobbies?

Board games, eating dessert, dance video games, reading.

If you could paint your office any color you wanted, what would it be?

Flamingo pink

What was the last really great book you read? Why did you like it?

”Do Over” by Jon Acuff It had really great ideas on how to work effectively whether in my career or hobbies that I would like to develop further. I’m obsessed with this book and have been talking about it non –stop!

Celina said, "After teaching first graders the last three years, I’m really looking forward to working with bigger students now!"

Let us all welcome Laura to the family!

Kelsey Wiggins, Success Coach (Social Work)

Kelsey received her B.A. in Religion and Human Services in 2010 from Carson-Newman University (Jefferson City, TN) and her M.S.W. in 2015 from Baylor University and her M. Div. in 2015 from George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Ms. Wiggins has worked in the Waco community in several different capacities over the past few years. She has worked with pregnant and parenting students at University High School and with at-risk students at Midway ISD.

Things to know about Kelsey:

What is your favorite type of cuisine?


What is a fear you are proud to have overcome?

Public speaking

If you could go back in time to any era, which would it be?

The 1920's.

Let us all welcome Kelsey to the Success Coach family!

Meghan Becker, Associate Director, Completion Center

Meghan earned her B.A. in Gerontology from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1997. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Divinity with a concentration in counseling from G.W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in 2002. After graduation from seminary, Ms. Becker worked for eight years in residence life at Baylor as a Residence Hall Director, and as an Assistant Director for Resident Learning. The majority of Ms. Becker’s career has involved working with college students in a student affairs setting. She has served McLennan Community College as a success coach since July, 2012. She is passionate about helping students succeed and empowering them to be the best they can be. This is a new position to lead the Completion Center effort.

Things you may not have known about Meghan:

Do you have any pets?

Yes, three dogs. A jack russell Terrier, Maggie, a yellow lab mix, Sunny, and a bassett hound, Riley.

What's the most incredible view you've ever seen?

When I was 14, I went to Hawaii. We woke up early one morning to see a sunset over the ocean, and it was one of the most incredible views I have ever seen.

If you could splurge on one must-have item, what would it be?

A new bedroom set.

Let us congratulate Meghan on her new role!

Happy Birthday Too You, Happy Birthday Too You!

Recent May Birthdays

Monica Burmicky - 17

Melinda Ingram - 18

Upcoming June Birthdays

Alejandra Munoz - 14

We have more to celebrate!

Misty Price is excited to share that she is engaged to be MARRIED!!! She is engaged to her boyfriend of four years, Calvin Oliver. Currently, a date has not been set, however, they are thinking of a 2016 wedding. Stop by and check out her new bling...and do not worry, she loves showing it off.

Melinda Ingram is excited to share that Ms. Abby received a trophy for completing the Teams Of Tomorrow basketball program this year, and Ms. Emily was in the play Charlotte’s Web this spring with Christian Theater Youth Group! Emily had three small parts for the first time in learning this new craft. My family is so proud of the girls with their new found strengths with the Lord.

Natalie James is proud to announce her daughter, Camryn, will be graduating from the 8th grade. We are so proud of all her accomplishments and know she will continue to do great things. Camryn is looking forward to high school...but her parents aren't sure yet if they are! Camryn is looking forward to participating in cross country, basketball, and track next year. She already has a goal set to make it to state in the 100 meter hurdles. She is also excited about taking Advanced Algebra I and working toward her goal of becoming a Dental Hygienist.

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