Campus Connections, Top Stories, February 9

Legislators meet with students, presidentLegislator-meeting

SMCC students are being given the rare opportunity to meet with state legislators in small groups and let them know what a college education means to them and to advocate for SMCC.

Lawmakers met with President Cantor and Dean of Effectiveness and Engagement Kaylene Mitchell in a series of meetings last week to learn about the state of the college and its achievements. The legislators then met with small groups of students and learned about their experiences.

The meetings were held last week on both the South Portland Campus and the Midcoast Campus in Brunswick. Additional meetings are scheduled this week as well as in late February and early March.

Community Café gains momentum

Hundreds of SMCC students, faculty, staff and community partners will gather this week to brainstorm ideas about the future of SMCC.

The college is holding a “Community Café” in the HUB gymnasium, where participants will gather in groups to help “co-create SMCC’s future” as part of the college’s new strategic plan.

The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13. All classes will be suspended and offices will be closed after 1 p.m. to allow people to participate.

At the Café, people will gather around 100 tables and share ideas about what SMCC should look like in the years ahead. The ideas will be synthesized and analyzed for common themes and will become the foundation of the college’s strategic plan for the next 3-5 years.

The aim is to have the plan finalized by the end of summer.

A professional facilitator will moderate the event. Popcorn, snack food and beverages will be served.

And in a random drawing, one lucky student in attendance will win a reserved parking spot for one month.