State of the College Address at Adrian College

Not a seat was empty in the audience at the 2018 State of the College Address in the Tobias Room on the campus of Adrian College in early April. The event kicked off with a welcome speech presented by Adrea Burt, who served as the emcee for the event.




President Jeffrey R. Docking made opening remarks, thanking all who attended, including board of trustees members, friends, faculty, alumni, and staff. The audience was then treated to a 2017 video update which highlighted things that the college and its students accomplished over the last year. The new medical center, starting construction on the US223 access road, the construction of the boat house, and several other events and student accomplishments flooded the video with good things happening at Adrian College.




The Google Experiment update was given by Professor Scott Hill and students Bailey Ault and Megan Sauer. In the class, students learn how to read a write computer codes, and learn life skills of dealing with failure and striving for success.




The Adrian International Film Festival was pitched by Professors Scott Westfall and Mike Neal. Dozens of films are set to be screened at both Adrian College and Siena Heights University.




Next up were AC students Sean Cain and Kyle Bell to talk about National DIII week and how the organization has impacted their lives.





AC student Morgan Pearce gave a presentation about the Presidential Advisory Committee, a group of students who’s job is to take ideas of improvements and changes to the campus, and collaborate with President Docking himself to implement those changes.





Next, Jim Van Doren and Lea MacLaren (via video) had a very special announcement for the college and the community…





Professor Marti Morales, and student Mackenzie King informed the audience about the importance of the medical facility on campus, and, more specifically, how beneficial it is to have an ultrasound machine at the facility to get hands-on experience.




The campus dining, offered by Sodexo, explained all of new invoative things that the company is doing at Adrian College. The GM of Sodexo, Nick Moorehead, talked about the development of an app with menus that also allows students to give feedback. Healthy dining options were the focal point of Moorehead’s presentation.



Students Kirsten Chambers and Melanie Hughey spoke on behalf of the Special Olympics and PRIDE.





Adrian College students Angee Peralta and John Jackson also gave a heartwarming speech about growing up and living in Chicago and coming to AC.





At the conclusion of the Address, the 2018 Creativity Award was presented. Eight ideas out of over 100 applicants were the finalists. The winning idea, submitted by junior Tyler Roushia, was to have a “Slide to Success” from the third floor of Jones Hall down to the basement level of Peelle Hall. Tyler received $1,000 cash for winning, along with $10,000 to implement his plan.



Oh yeah… Bruiser made an appearance too…


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