MCC Housing expands “Tiger Vault”
Monday / August 6, 2018
Pretend you’re an international student who travels to Marshalltown Community College with minimal luggage and a dream to study in the United States. You get to the on-campus student housing and open the door to your new “home away from home.” Then you realize that there are lots of items you will need but did not bring with you … a pillow, bedding, linens, pots and pans, hangers, plates/bowls, silverware, cooking utensils, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, personal items, mittens … the list can be long!
For the past four or five years, the Marshalltown Community College Residence Life Department has maintained a small supply of “essentials” to share with students who didn’t have those items. This summer, what used to be a small closet area has moved and become an impressively generous “Tiger Vault.”
“This area has grown every year,” explains Dan Juhl, MCC Coordinator of Residence Life & Student Engagement. “This spring our supplies got very low, so we sent an email to employees asking for donations. We’ve had tons of contributions, and moved to a larger room in North Hall to accommodate it all.”
Juhl says last year 22 MCC students used items from the Tiger Vault, and he expects that number to grow this year.
“I have no doubt that our students will be grateful and all of the items that have been donated will be used,” says Juhl. “Little things like these can go a long way toward helping students adjust to college life and being successful students. I’m very excited for students to have access to all of this because I know what their faces will look like. It’s open to all students, but I believe our international students (and we have about 60 coming) will benefit the most.”
Juhl says special thanks go to Chris Brees (MCC Director of Student Engagement & Residence Life), Teresa Patterson (2018 MCC graduate who organized the Tiger Vault), MCC faculty and staff, and previous students who left items behind for others to use. In particular, MCC Professor George Johnson shared the need with his church, and the Hope United Methodist congregation has donated approximately half of everything that’s now available.
The Tiger Vault is available to all MCC students, not just those who live in the on-campus housing units. Access is available through the Resident Assistants (RAs).