Printed letters, April 19, 2011

Name change for college is essential

In 2007, Mesa State College came out with a report that showed the college added more than $190 million to the regional economy. Four years later, it is reported that the college contributes more than $300 million to the area economy.

This school is an amazing economic resource. At a time when unemployment in Mesa County is high and budgets are shrinking, we should be supporting the local entities that keep our county afloat. Mesa State continues to provide huge economic benefits as well as ensuring a trained, technical workforce.

Mesa State has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years. Less than 5 years ago, the college was touting a record-breaking enrollment of 5,000 students. Today, enrollment at the college is over 8,200 students. We need this institution to continue to thrive.

A change in name is needed to keep this institution competitive with other state and national universities. As an alumnus, I am sentimental toward the name Mesa State. The practical issue, however, is that people outside Northwest Colorado don’t know where Mesa State is located.

In Texas, Mesa State’s name recognition is at 2 percent and in California, it is at 8 percent. Without a geographic moniker, we are losing potential students to other schools. That loss translates to fewer dollars for our region and fewer technically qualified graduates who will live, work and play here.

MICHAEL BURKE

Grand Junction

Why settle on ‘western’ in Mesa State’s new name?

Why does Mesa State College want to have “western” in its new name? Why not get bold and creative in the new name? How about Grand Mesa University or Monument Mesa University? Let’s have the whole enchilada Grand Monument Mesa University?

SHERRY LYNN NICOLAS

Montrose

Changing name will be hard, but it should be done

I’ve got Mesa State College pride and I think it’s a great school. I’ve served on many committees for Mesa and I love the name. It carries with it such history and I’m so proud of that. But the name hasn’t always been Mesa State College.

It started it out as Grand Junction Junior College. In 1932, this name fit the school quite well. But seven years later when the school had grown, the college added State to the name. Five years later it became Mesa College.

Then in 1988, the name changed to Mesa State College. And now, as the school has more than doubled its enrollment rates in a very short duration, it’s time again to change the name to better reflect the scope and size of the institution.

Will it be hard to put down my MSC swag? Of course. But the new name will better reflect the school, where it’s come and where it’s going. This is not the same institution it was when it was christened Mesa State in ‘88. Changing the name of the school will be a transition, but it gives us the opportunity to expand our programs, market to a broader audience and attract more diverse students.

DEAN MASSEY

Grand Junction

Lage is the villain in high-speed-chase fatality

Regarding the Lehnens saying, “It’s not about the money” with their lawsuit against Trooper Jeffery Vrbas: What a bunch of bologna.

It is all about the money. That is what makes the front page of The Daily Sentinel, how the money is to be divided. I missed the part where the attorney will make, oh, about $100,000 or was he working pro bono? I also missed their plan regarding how the cops handle high-speed pursuits.

The sentence given to Logan Lage was too easy. He should have been given life with out parole. He was the villain, not Office Vrbas. This only proves that this old man has a hard time getting with the politically correct crowd.

WILL EIDSON

Fruita

Columnist offers advice for college-bound kids

Thanks to Laurena Davis for an excellent bit of advice to students considering college in her April 17 column. From my background as teacher and parent, the only way to improve on her piece would be it make it longer.

DENNIS WOODRICH

Grand Junction



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