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Nations sworn in as MAC trustee

Camille Nations of Bismarck was sworn in as Subdistrict 5 representative on the Mineral Area College Board of Trustees when it met in regular session Thursday afternoon in the VanHerck Boardroom on the Park Hills campus.

Nations was given the oath of office by Board President Jerry Sullivan.

She was chosen by the board to fill the vacancy left following the recent death of long-time trustee Dr. Don VanHerck who first came on the board in 1974 and whose last meeting was in September.

According to MAC president, Dr. Steve Kurtz, Nations was one of three candidates who threw their hats in the ring to fill out VanHerck’s latest six-year term, which began last April. Nations is a MAC alumni, having attended the community college after graduating from Bismarck High School.

Kurtz announced later in the meeting that VanHerck’s son, Major General Glen VanHerck, has agreed to be the school’s commencement speaker in May.

Before proceeding with his monthly State of Missouri report, Dr. Kurtz expressed the school’s “profound condolences” in the passing of Dr. Richard Reney, who died Feb. 11 in Medway, Massachusetts.

“Doc, served as theatre director for 28 years, from 1971-1999, and then as director of theatre emeritus for a career that totaled 35 years, touching the lives of so many in the area,” Kurtz said. “Please keep your thoughts and prayers for Doc’s family and friends.”

There will be a celebration of his life from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Fine Arts Theater on campus. A memorial service will begin at 7 p.m.

In his State of Missouri report, Kurtz said the school was continuing to monitor any legislation that impacts community colleges, including MAC’s core budget, scholarships and workforce development.

“We are receiving support from our local lawmakers regarding the funding of higher education and will continue to do so as the budget for higher education is developed,” he said. “Representatives of the Missouri Community College Association have testified for our core funding in both the House and Senate over the past two weeks and received positive feedback from our lawmakers.”

Dr. Bennett Wood, director of jazz, presented the board with information regarding the 2018 Carol Moore Memorial Jazz Festival, which will take place on campus March 10.

“This year we welcome Chilean-born, New York City-based tenor saxophonist and bandleader Melissa Aldana,” Wood said. “Her uniquely personal sound and innovative musical approach has established her as one of the most vital and important voices in music today.

“In 2013, she became the first female instrumentalist and the first South American ever to win the Thelonious Monk competition. She is also the recipient of the Martin E. Segal award from Jazz at Lincoln Center and a double recipient of the Altazor Award, Chile’s highly prestigious national arts prize.”

Wood noted that Aldana will present two concerts that evening — one at 6 p.m. for high school students participating in the jazz festival and the second at 8 p.m. for the general public. Call 573-518-2256 for ticket information.

Newly-appointed Mineral Area College trustee, Camille Nations, is sworn in by board chairman, Jerry Sullivan, at the start of Thursday afternoon's trustee meeting. Nations was selected to fill the Subdistrict 5 vacancy left by the death last fall of long-time trustee, Dr. Don VanHerck.

Newly-appointed Mineral Area College trustee, Camille Nations, is sworn in by board chairman, Jerry Sullivan, at the start of Thursday afternoon’s trustee meeting. Nations was selected to fill the Subdistrict 5 vacancy left by the death last fall of long-time trustee, Dr. Don VanHerck.

New MAC trustee, Camille Nations of Bismarck, joins the rest of the board at the boardroom table after being sworn in at the top of Thursday afternoon's meeting. 

New MAC trustee, Camille Nations of Bismarck, joins the rest of the board at the boardroom table after being sworn in at the top of Thursday afternoon’s meeting. 

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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