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Campus Renovations and Proposed Expansion Highlight 2018 Fall Convocation

The 2018 fall semester at College of the Mainland began with the traditional Convocation lead by college President Dr. Warren Nichols on Monday, Aug. 20. Nichols gave a presentation on the upcoming $162.5 million bond referendum on Nov. 6 to employees during a morning meeting in LRC-131 and an overflow crowd in TVB 1101. The informational report detailed how the bond package mirrors the college’s Academic Master Plan.

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Skipworths Establish IMPACT Scholarship

When water rose into the Dickinson home of Sean and Melissa Skipworth during Hurricane Harvey, the couple experienced an outpouring of support from the community, including former College of the Mainland students of COM professor Sean Skipworth. The couple’s gratitude gave them the idea to pay it forward. The couple has endowed the Sean & Melissa Skipworth IMPACT Scholarship. Sean Skipworth has been a Social and Behavioral Sciences faculty member at COM since 2012 and Melissa Skipworth is serving her first term on the COM Board of Trustees.

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Emergency Alarms: What Do They Mean?

The City of Texas City sounded the emergency sirens when an explosion and fire erupted at the Valero Refinery Texas City Refinery on April 19. One of the city’s sirens is located across the street from College of the Mainland, which made the alarm prominent. During the emergency, many questions arose as to what to do when a siren sounds. Does it mean everyone should stay inside? Evacuate their building? Should employees get in their cars and leave, especially since the siren sounded around 5 p.m.

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Construction at Physical Education Building Begins

The fencing is up and construction crews have started work as College of the Mainland gets some much needed improvements to facilities. The first project involves the gymnasium where the swimming pool – which was closed years ago – was filled in to make way for a large multi-purpose conference center able to accommodate 500 people. The pool was covered with flowable fill – a liquid soil comprised of cement, water, fine aggregate and fly ash.

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