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The lights down the brick path show the way to MVC history, information, and education.

The lights down the brick path show the way to MVC history, information, and education.

With MVC’s self-study assessment and report for renewed accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission underway this year, students in the Freelance Writing class in Mass Communication have been looking at college information about history as well as five areas of criteria.

The criteria areas relate to college mission; integrity, ethical and responsible conduct; teaching and learning: quality, resources, and support; teaching and learning: evaluation and improvement; and resources, planning, and institutional effectiveness.

The students in the class are Anthony Barrow, Ebone Brown, Chase Burgess, Jessica Crabtree, Kathrine Flores, Janelle Garcia, Jasmine Harris, Garrett Hill, Roger Holloway, DelMeko Jordan, Brent Kalwei, Will Lee, Aki Nagasaka, Tyrone Ritter, and Dawn Wheeler. The instructor for the class is David L. Roberts, assistant professor of Mass Communication.

The students were asked to select several facts that they thought were most interesting about the college. The following list includes some of that selection from just the history section:

   –Missouri Valley College was established in 1889.

   –Old Main was the first building on campus which housed all the functions of the college: classrooms, offices, gymnasiums for men and women, a chapel, dining hall, library, museum, dorms, and laboratories.

   –MVC boasts of having the state’s largest catalpa tree, which stands 89 feet high and 215 inches around with a crown spread of 65 feet.

   –William Ira Ferguson was among the first students to enroll at Valley graduating in 1897.

   –“Pop” Ferguson, as an avid sports fan, dubbed the sports teams “Vikings” and coined the college’s motto “Valley Will Roll.”

   –The Rev. Dr. William H. Black served as the first president of MVC from 1890 to 1926.

   –For the Torch Run to the Tangerine Bowl in 1958, students relayed a burning torch from Marshall to Orlando, Florida, a distance of 1,285 miles.

   –MVC served as a place to train military officers from 1942-1945.

   –H. Roe Bartle founded the American Humanics Foundation, served as president of MVC, and was mayor of Kansas City.

   –In 1948, American Humanics (currently called Nonprofit Leadership Alliance) was inaugurated at MVC.

   –In 2011, MVC was authorized to grant degrees on the graduate level.

   –In 2005, President Bonnie L. Humphrey became the first woman to serve as MVC president.

Selected facts from students relating to the five criteria areas will be listed in another story on the Delta website in November.

Photo below: William “Pop” Ferguson’s portrait is located in the Burns gym.

"Pop" Ferguson's portrait is located in the Burns gym.

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