I glance at the calendar each morning to remind myself that it is spring yet when I walk out the door I have to stop and reconsider what that means for a jacket or coat! Summer may be right around the corner.
The final academic affairs reorganization roundtable discussion was on Wednesday of this week at the Wildwood campus. Now all of the information shared will be compiled to determine what suggestions and comments provide direction for the future. As Dr. Michaelis indicated, there are to be follow-up sessions in the fall with an anticipated January 2015 organizational structure implementation.
Celebration season is in full force at Florissant Valley. Sabrina Reitmeyer was named the Phillip Grogg Award winner in a ceremony on Thursday afternoon. Other students recognized for their outstanding work were Apryl Russell and James Wilkinson. Congratulations to our talented students!
I had a delightful time at the retirement reception at CWI on Thursday evening. Thanks to all of you who were able to stop by and provide your sendoff advice. The video, with all of Mary Caldwell’s talents on display, was real trip down memory lane – the League invitation video with Henry Shannon is one that I thought had been long since buried. Wasn’t it nice of the Cabinet to provide upgraded beverage service – thanks to each of them.
Tonight we will end the year with our Annual Student Government Association Awards Banquet. The students have chosen “Empowerment Transforms Great Leaders” and I think we see evidence of that every day on campus as we work with student clubs and organizations. Congratulations to our SGA officers on an outstanding year.
Next week are the year-end governance council meetings and I want to offer a special note of gratitude to Dr. Paul Higdon and Heather Allen who have served as the chairpersons of our local councils. They, together with their council members, have worked on behalf of the campus community all year long.
Please mark your calendars for our campus Graduate Reception for next Thursday, May 8 at 2 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room This is the opportunity for students to have one on one time with faculty and staff so please stop by to wish our grads success in the future.
- The FV English department recently recognized the winners of their annual student writing competition. I’m told there were many impressive entries. Here are the pieces chosen as the best of their genre:
Best Short Story – Kat Jenning, “Redemption: A Story of the Damned”
Best Poem – William Heimerdinger, “Because it’s not God, James Joyce”
Best Essay – Barbara Elmgren, “My Father’s Eyes”
Best One-Act Play – Travonte Harris, “You Said You Loved Me”
Congratulations to not only the winners of the awards, but to all who entered.
- More English department news – congratulations go to the first-place winners of our annual district writing competition. We received entries from talented writers across the St. Louis area, and the following works were judged the best in their category:
Best Short Story: “Wretched” by Mary Loggia (Wildwood)
Best Poem: “Because It’s Not God, James Joyce” by William Heimerdinger (Florissant Valley)
Best Essay: “The Benefits of Early Reading” by Kendra Hefner (Wildwood)
Best One-Act Play: “You Said You Loved Me” by Travonte Harris (Florissant Valley)
Each of these students will receive a $100 prize for their accomplishment. They exhibit the talent and potential we see every day here at St. Louis Community College, so please congratulate them and celebrate their achievements.
- Our students succeed! Check out this link from the Washington Post – one of FV’s former art students, Travis Wagner, is featured in an article about Corcoran College of Art and Design’s senior thesis exhibition.
AROUND THE CAMPUS
- The Florissant Valley College Chorus put on a wonderful concert last night. Kudos to Dr. Paul Higdon and all the talented students who make these concerts a treat!
- The annual Kids for Komen Walk was held at the Child Development Center on Wednesday. Donations this year totaled $317. Since the walk began in 2010, we have raised $1,906.10. Kim Ghrist and Donna Dixon donated a Cardinal baseball themed wreath and two gift baskets were donated by Mary Krogmeier for the raffle. The winners were Riley Schoene, Lilly Williams and Brayden Priest.The walk is sponsored by the Florissant Valley Child Development Center, CDC Parent Advisory Council and the Campus Community Building Team. Special thanks to those that helped make this event a success.
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