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MAC, Rotary to create 'Athletic Hall of Fame'

MAC, Rotary to create 'Athletic Hall of Fame'

Recipients to be composed of former student athletes, teams, coaches, others

MAC, Rotary to create 'Athletic Hall of Fame'

St. Francois County Rotary Club President Daniel Sanders, left, stands by as Rotarian Larry Joseph explains to the Mineral Area College Board of Trustees details of a proposed Athletic Hall of Fame the club wants to create on the Park Hills campus. The board voted in favor of working in tandem with the civic organization on the project. 

PARK HILLS – The Mineral Area College Board of Trustees approved the creation of an on-campus Athletic Hall of Fame in association with the St. Francois County Rotary Club at its regular monthly meeting held Thursday afternoon on the school’s Park Hills campus.

MAC Athletic Director Chad Mills introduced SFC Rotary President Daniel Sanders and Rotarian Larry Joseph who addressed the board about the selection of nominees to be honored.

“The Rotary Club will, on an annual basis, collect nominations for the Hall of Fame,” Joseph said. “We’ll put together a committee of seven individuals consisting of members from the Rotary Club, MAC and a member of the community.”

According to Joseph, each year the committee will select one or two people/teams to be inducted. The nominees can be former student athletes, teams, coaches or anyone closely associated with MAC athletics.

“The nomination form will be on the MAC website and made available to anyone wanting to make a nomination for the award,” Joseph said. “Nominations will be collected on Sept. 15 each year.”

He said nominations submitted after that date will be considered for induction into the Hall of Fame the following year and, once a nominee’s name has been submitted, his or her name will remain on the ballot each year.

Joseph said SFC Rotary will furnish a 16x20 frame and matting for those added to the hall of fame and the college will supply either a 13x17 action or head shot of the inductee.

“The photos will be displayed in the private dining room in the Robert E. Sechrest Sr. Field House,” he said.

Sanders and Joseph said the four main criteria/questions for induction into the hall of fame will be:

• Has the nominee brought distinction to the athletic program?

• Has the nominee displayed outstanding character and leadership?

• Has the nominee demonstrated good sportsmanship and integrity?

• Has the nominee made positive contributions to the support, popularity and/or community acceptance of the athletic program?

Trustee Jerry Sullivan asked Joseph and Sanders if there might be years where no nominee is considered worthy of induction into the hall of fame. Joseph said that after looking over a list of school athletes, teams and coaches from the past 50 years he felt that wouldn't be an issue.

“We don’t think it’s going to be a problem at all for the committee to find worthy nominees for the hall of fame each year,” Joseph said.

In other action by the board, a fall 2014 census enrollment report given by Dean of Student Services Jean Merrill-Doss was received and approved. The dean said that the school’s present enrollment is made up of 61 percent women and 39 percent men. She also noted that, despite fears that student enrollment would be down substantially in the fall, the number of students attending MAC is comparable to last year.

“We’re very pleased about our fall enrollment,” she said.

Director of Alumni Relations Kevin Thurman told trustees this fall’s Simmons Match Campaign will be coming to a successful end at the end of this month. He said 124 donors have participated in Simmons Match thus far and, once all is said and done, the school should derive around $84,000 in purchasing power from the combined donations and matches.

Thurman also announced that NBC TV “Biggest Loser” contestant Jay Sheets will be the featured guest at MAC’s next Fourth Friday forum taking place at 10 a.m. Oct. 24 in the school’s Fine Arts Theatre.

The board closed out the meeting by renewing a contract with STL Communications, Inc. to provide MAC with communication services over the next three years. Although STL’s wasn’t the lowest bid, Vice President Gil Kennon said the company had provided the school excellent service over the previous contract period.

Next month’s meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 13 in the boardroom on the Park Hills campus.

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

“We don’t think it’s going to be a problem at all for the committee to find worthy nominees for the hall of fame each year.” Larry Joseph, Rotarian

Larry Joseph on Hall of Fame nominees

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