We had to make a decision at the end of fall semester to vacant the west end of the Student Union and not allow students in the portion of the Student Union building that could potentially liquefy or collapse during a seismic event. Thanks to the leadership of Steven Roper, Garry Patrick, Kintay Johnson, Crystal Morse, Ashley Mitchell, Bob Brown and Ruth Moon we were able to identify an immediate short-term solution that protected the health and safety of our students and staff. That solution entailed moving the cafeteria seating to the current bookstore area, creating a walkway between the kitchen and the new cafeteria seating area, moving the bookstore, relocating the Veterans Resource Center (VRC), reconfiguring LRC 103 to accommodate the Multicultural and Diversity Center (MDC), and moving the PE weight room to the pool area. The plan was to have the construction and electrical work and the department moves completed over the holiday break.
Thanks to the work of our dedicated staff and management colleagues, the work is very close to completion. The Multicultural Center is in its new location in LRC 103, the Veterans Resource Center is in SS 109, and the weight room is now housed in the pool area. Take a look at the pictures attached to this blog article. The first two pictures are of the VRC, the second two are of the PE weight room and the third set show the new MDC.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire College community I want to extend my deepest appreciation for those colleagues who contributed to the various moves: Athletic Trainer Nate Kees, equipment manager Tino Romero, baseball coach Brad Morgan and assistant football coach Kyle Palmer; IT staff members Kirt Frischknect, Mark Bernards, Erik Sorenson, and Jose Ramirez; and Maintenance staff Garry Patrick, Tami Engman, Charles Reed, Tom Taylow, Steven Garcia, Sean Patton, Thomas Oliveras, Kevin Crotty. I don't want to forget to thank Reno Giovannetti for helping with the MDC move and to Humboldt Moving and Storage for moving a lot of the PE equipment.
The Maintenance and IT staff will have the bookstore and dining work completed in time for the start of spring semester.
I will continue to work with the appropriate administrators, managers and integrated planning committees to identify permanent locations for the MDC, VRC, bookstore, and dining facilities.
I am continually thankful that I work with wonderful and caring colleagues.