Students have a new opportunity to become involved at MCC-Longview through the Presidential Fellows leadership program. The Office of the President developed this initiative to provide a series of thematic extra-curricular programs for the campus community. The inaugural group of five Fellows began their roles in September 2015 and have continued to serve their student body. These students possess leadership and public speaking skills, a passion for enhancing the college experience and the ability to motivate and inspire their peers. Specifically, the Fellows have volunteered and represented the Office of the President during Campus Town Hall events, completed community projects, escorted select community guests, gathered student opinions and ideas regarding strategic planning ideas at student town hall meetings, help lead half-time activities during athletic games and attend campus leadership training sessions.
2017-18 Presidential Fellows
Tavoi Launiu, from South Kansas City, Missouri, has been attending MCC-Longview since the Spring of 2016. He has been very involved on campus as a member of the Rotaract Club, a Peer Mentor, a Student Ambassador, and tutors Biology courses in the Student Success Center. He values being a Presidential Fellow and feels being a fellow will help him evolve as a leader and help cultivate a culture of future leaders on campus. He plans on completing his Associate of Science in Biology from Longview in the Spring of 2018 and transfer to UMKC to pursue a degree in Biology (Cellular and Molecular Basis of Health and Disease Emphasis). His goal is to one day open a Free Health Clinic back home on the island of American Samoa.
Ivan Fontcha, from Lee’s Summit, is in his first semester at MCC-Longview. He has already become highly involved in the MCC-Longview campus community. Along with a full-time academic load, he is involved with Student Government, Rotaract. Also, he hopes to be invited to Phi Theta Kappa, National Honor Society in 2018, by earning a 3.5 GPA or higher this semester. Ivan presents as a very intellectually-oriented, high-achieving person who has a history of academic and co-curricular success. His enthusiasm for learning and campus involvement is tangible and wants to convey this to students. Moreover, his international travel, language, and cultural skills provide a unique perspective that would enrich the MCC-Longview Campus community. He intends to work toward an Associate of Arts degree and eventually plans to transfer to a university to earn a degree a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science. Ultimately Mr. Fontcha plans to go to Law School and eventually practice either Corporate or International Law. Eventually, get his Doctorate degree in Philosophy. “I hope to work harder than ever to help people around the world.”
Taylor Watts, from Raymore, Missouri, is a well-intentioned and optimistic student. This is Taylor’s first year at Longview and she intends to take opportunities that exemplify her leadership skills and her involvement in the community. She has participated in volunteer/community projects such as, Habitat for Humanity, Harvesters, Giving the Basics, and Christmas in the Park.Taylor plans to attain an Associate of Arts degree and further her education in business with an emphasis in marketing.
Cora Morrow, Longview Presidential FellowCora Morrow, from Kansas City, Missouri, graduated from Raytown South in 2017. Cora is attending MCC-Longview to earn her Associates in Arts degree and hopes to later transfer in the Fall of 2019 to The University of Missouri-St. Louis. While attending UMSL, she wants to pursue her Bachelor’s in Science.
Tiah Re'Nae Griffin graduated from Raytown South High School in the class of 2017 and is now in her first year at Longview working towards her associates degree. Tiah’s great personality and energy makes her a valuable part of the Presidential Fellows Team.