In brief

MCC reaches out to sister colleges in Houston after Hurricane Harvey

FLINT — Mott Community College (MCC) President, Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea has delivered three checks totaling $9,000 to three Houstonarea community colleges that were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. MCC mounted a two-month Hurricane Harvey relief campaign called “Mott Cares” campus-wide in September. The $9,000 raised by the campaign were distributed equally to Houston Community College; Lone Star College; and San Jacinto College.

Walker-Griffea delivered a $3,000 check to each of the college leaders at the annual board meeting of the American Association of Community College (AACC) in Washington, D.C.

Additionally, the MCC Student Life office coordinated having students create messages of encouragement to send to the three Houston-area community colleges, and the MCC Athletic program at MCC sent t-shirts to the athletic departments. — R.S.

State collects more than 10,000 pounds of food

MICHIGAN — Secretary of State Ruth Johnson recently announced that Secretary of State offices collected more than 10,000 pounds of food and nearly $2,000 during the 2017 Harvest Gathering food drive. Harvest Gathering collection boxes were placed in Secretary of State offices and state office buildings during the fall food drive. Customers also mailed additional funds directly to the Food Bank Council of Michigan.

The Sparta office ranked first in food collection, bringing in nearly 5,000 pounds of food. The Detroit Livernois office collected 710 pounds of food and the Secretary of State building at the state Secondary Complex brought in about 650 pounds of food and raised $651. The Midland office collected $184. Many offices also received health care items for donation. Collected items were distributed to local food banks.

The department has been participating in the Harvest Gathering campaign since 1999. The campaign is coordinated by the Food Bank Council of Michigan, which supplies the state’s regional food banks through donations of food and money. The regional food banks serve food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in every Michigan county. The statewide Michigan Harvest Gathering 2017 campaign has so far collected more than $317,000, and more contributions are coming in. For more information about Harvest Gathering, visit the Food Bank Council of Michigan website at — R.S.

Secretary of State offices closed for Christmas and New Year’s holidays

MICHIGAN — All Secretary of State branch offices and the Office of the Great Seal will be closed for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. All branch offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 22, and SUPER!Centers also will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 25 for Christmas. For New Year’s, all branches will be closed Friday, Dec. 29, and SUPER!Centers also will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 30 and Monday, Jan. 1, Licenses and plates that expire on those days can be renewed the following business day without penalty. Most renewals of license plates, driver’s licenses and ID cards can also be done online at or by mail. — R.S.

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