The Mineral Area College Board of Trustees learned details about next month’s annual Red Homecoming when it met in regular session Thursday afternoon in the VanHerck Boardroom on the Park Hills campus.

Homecoming activities are scheduled for Feb. 3.

“This year’s homecoming officially kicks off with the basketball alumni game, starting at 2 p.m.,” said Dr. Steve Kurtz, MAC president, who presented the alumni/foundation report in the absence of Kevin Thurman, director of Development and Alumni Relations.

“The evening’s Cardinal basketball games will have the men’s and women’s teams playing against the Moberly Greyhounds. We’re asking Cardinal fans to wear red to show support for our teams.”

Special homecoming t-shirts will be given away for free while supplies last.

Kurtz informed the trustees that there will also be performances, games and activities. Additionally, the MAC and Flat River Junior College yearbooks will be available in the dining room off the gym, a photo booth will be set up nearby and the bookstore will open at 4 p.m., followed by a performance of classic hits by the MAC Music Department.

The Lady Cardinals take on Moberly at 5 p.m. The men’s basketball game against Moberly starts at 7 p.m. Admission for each of the games is $5 for adults, $2 for youth.

In her 2018 spring semester enrollment report, Dean of Students Jean Merrill-Doss

“Currently, as of this morning, we have 2,270 students enrolled and 24,097 credit hours,” she said. “It’s just a moving target this year as we juggle the ‘do not drop list’ and the ‘drop list’ and get students. Me and my staff are working furiously.

“We’re currently down about 235 in headcount and about 3,200 in credit hours. It has just gone back and forth the last six weeks. We do not have dual credit in yet, so we’re hoping that will bump our numbers up a little bit.

“If you looked at the report you got in your board packets, you can tell that number is down quite a bit from the previous two years at the same time. We just haven’t entered them yet. We’re hoping to be really close and we’re working on the second eight week classes, too.”

In other action, the board was introduced to several new MAC employees; received a TRIO program update; passed the school’s new social media policy; heard a construction update on the North College Center; and approved a Tuition Assistance Veterans Unearned Funds Policy.

The next trustees meeting is set for Feb. 15 in the VanHerck Boardroom.

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or



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