An Introduction From the New Student Trustee

By Estefani Hernandez

Hello everyone,

It is a true honor to be the 2017 elect student trustee. My motivation to run for student trustee was my desire of wanting to make a difference. Therefore my campaign was focused on the change we all want to see. As a student and employee of Morton College, I’ve learned to see that there is always room for improvement.

DuFullSizeRenderring my term, I would like to improve communication between staff, faculty, and students. As first generation college student, I’ve learned that communication is key for success. Improving communication will be a challenging project to work on, but I know that it is possible and definitely worth it.

I am also looking forward to increasing the exposure of Morton College. With that being said, I’d like to work on creating and increasing community activities. Exposing the college will bring many great changes and increase student involvement with more enjoyable experiences.

Another direct goal I have is to increase the opportunities for students who do not qualify for financial aid. A lot of students in our community do not have enough resources to pursue their education and as a student trustee, I will love to find ways to help open more doors.

Although there are many things I will like to do as a student trustee, these are my main goals. I am aware that I represent the student body and I will like to encourage every student to send me their ideas/needs to Estefani.hernandez@Morton.edu. I will try to work on everything I can to make our student experience the best.

 

 

 

Students Learn about Sexual Assault Awareness and How to Be an Active Bystander

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By Marcela Ruiz

Morton College has been hosting a series of events regarding sexual assault awareness during this month.
 On April 12th, the Sexual Assault and Bystander intervention workshop took place at the student union at 1:00 p.m. Kevin DeMarce, outreach coordinator for Pillars; was the guest speaker. He began his presentation by showing the video Dear Daddy.
 “I will be born a girl”, the main statement presented in the video indicated that a woman’s biggest danger is her vulnerability.
 DeMarce discussed how sexual assault awareness begins with educating men. He believes point of views and attitudes towards women are formed from childhood. In turn, during teen years these attributes can manifest themselves in either a positive or negative manner.
 “How can we change these messages? Do these attitudes change in college or do they become more discrete?” he asked the audience, referring to how people express about women in a sexual manner.
 A student commented that she believes these types of conversations are taboo in most cultures; which makes it more difficult to prevent the assault or for victims to come forward.
 According to the department of justice 1 of 5 women and one of 16 men are victims of sexual assault while in college.  Surprisingly, 90 percent of these victims do not report the assault. In part, “because they are fearful of their attacker”, said DeMarce. He added that, “Victims may also be ashamed to go to trial and having to deal with people’s perception of them, or feelings of guilt. But the most prevalent reason remains to be the belief that no one is going to do anything anyways.”

“no one is going to do anything anyways.”

DeMarce mentioned that people tend to help when they are alone rather than in a group. To be an active bystander means that if someone presence a comment or abuse he/she: “does not wait for someone else, a person alone has to be the one stepping up”.
Lastly the video “Who Are You?”, was presented to help students visualize when is the possible right time to intervene to prevent sexual assault and how the outcome can be different.
For further questions about Pillars and the available programs, outreach coordinator Kevin DeMarce can be reached at kdemarce@pillarscommunity.org

Morton College “under monitoring” by the Higher Learning Commission

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By Marcela Ruiz

On Friday, March 10th, Morton College released a letter of announcement concerning the college’s accreditation status.  The letter entitled “Morton College Earns Reaffirmation of Regional Accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)” stated the next reaffirmation of accreditation to be in the 2026-2027 academic year. This statement was created by the college’s administration from the official letter delivered to President Stanley Fields on March 2nd.

The official letter was released in the HLC website. The letter states that before the next reaffirmation takes place, the college has been placed under “Action with Interim Monitoring”.  While the HLC maintains the accreditation of Morton College, a focused visit is required to determine improvement in the following areas:

“extent of Board engagement with policy development; professional development plan for the president; participatory governance; and a comprehensive internal communication plan. Additional focus on financial accountability responsibilities”.

Morton College had previously been placed “on notice” by HLC in 2005 and again in 2012 but both sanctions were removed in 2006 and 2014 respectively. The College’s faculty were concerned that during the college’s last comprehensive evaluation visit in October 17, 2016,  the outcome would be similar. Although this was not the case, the final report did conclude that HLC has:

“serious concerns with the Board of Trustees at Morton College. Specifically, how the board perceives its role in governing the college. It appears to the team that these issues still exist and are having a negative effect on the overall operations of the college. The board and faculty must come to a mutually understanding of the meaning of shared governance. The board is aware of their responsibility to address these concerns and is taking measures to address the issues.”

The College will face a focus visit sometime before January 31st, 2018, most likely this fall. The Higher Learning Commission will at that visit determine if Morton College has met the stated requirements.

A previous version of this article contained the error that Morton College had been place On Notice. That error has been corrected in this updated version.

Morton College Tuition on the Rise

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By Marcela Ruiz

Beginning the fall semester, tuition will increase by $7 dollars per credit hour.

This change will result in an increase between $84-$112 for full-time students who attend 12-16 credit hours per semester. Similarly, part-time students taking 6-11 credit hours per semester, should expect an increasing between $42-$77.

On March 27, 2017 President Stan Fields issued a statement to inform students of this upcoming change. The e-mail stated: 

“This change is designed to ensure that Morton College is able to offer our college community access to the very best resources including skilled faculty and staff, enhanced campus facilities, and course programming that supports your success.”

The statement briefly mentioned the new Dual Enrollment Program, which is a partnership with J. Sterling Morton High School District 201. The new program will give high school students an opportunity to enroll in courses eligible for college credit at their school.

President Fields encourages students to contact the Business Office or the Provost to inquire about the program and ask questions regarding tuition increase. Morton College’s current Provost is Keith McLaughlin and can be contacted at Keith.McLaughlin@morton.edu or 708-656-800 ext. 2277. Mireya Perez is the director of business and can be reached at mireya.perez@morton.edu or 708-656-8000 ext. 2289.

Upcoming events will bring over 20 Universities and Colleges to Morton Campus

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By Marcela Ruiz

Morton College will be hosting two events on campus for students who plan to transfer this fall.

The Annual Private Colleges and Universities Fair will take place Tuesday, March 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. For students who are interested in transferring to a private college, this is a great opportunity to speak to representatives about their options. These colleges are members of the Private Illinois Colleges and Universities (PICU). This organization partners with community colleges to grant a minimum of two scholarships every term. The application is available on their website www.picuonline.org/scholarships.

University Day will take place Wednesday, March 29th from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. Students who have more than 15 credits and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above will be eligible to receive free official transcripts. Students must RSVP before March 22nd, in order to qualify to pick up their transcripts the day of the event. Universities will also be waiving application fees. These fees usually cost $60 or more. This is a great opportunity for those who are interested to save on transferring costs.

Students who have not yet made an appointment to meet with their advisor regarding their graduation petition, should do it before the deadline on April 1st.

First Hall of Fame Event Hosts “Eye of the Tiger” co-writer Among Three Honored Alumini

By Marcela Ruiz

Morton College celebrated their first Hall of Fame event this past February 10th, 2017. The ceremony had been planned for months by The Hall of Fame committee and Blanca Jara, Director of Public Relations. The inductees were selected by their lifelong accomplishments in national and international levels. President Stanley Fields thanked the honorees for coming back to Morton College and being an inspiration for students.

This year’s inductees were: Jim Peternik, Class of 1970 (Grammy-Award winner). Joseph Sisco, Class of 1939 (Served under four presidential administrations). And Paul Sisco, Class of 1947 (54-year career in print journalism and broadcast T.V.)

Note from the New Editor-in-Chief

By Marcela Ruiz

photo002Hello, and welcome to The Collegian Newspaper. It is a great pleasure to introduce myself as the new editor-in-chief. It has been an animated experience to transition from a printed newspaper to an all online edition. As a Morton College student, I believe all students should be knowledgeable about college affairs and topics that shape our community.

I can enthusiastically say that I am fascinated to work for a newspaper that has remained a reputable source for news since 1924. In the months to come, I look forward to working to develop a more engaged Morton College community and asses as many topics of concern as possible. I want more students to be proactive and take control of their education possibilities.

This innovative change is a great opportunity for The Morton College Community to submit their writings. I can assure you that your contributions will be substantial to the development and success of the journal.

Contact Marcela Ruiz at marcela.ruiz@morton.edu for any submissions.