To commence is to begin. On Sunday, our students will receive confirmation that coming to St. Louis Community College was the right thing to do. There will be smiles, laughter and a few tears as we celebrate our student’s dedication and hard work. This is just the beginning for them – aren’t you glad to be a part of their success? I know I am – it’s what we do best: prepare students to complete their studies and take on the world. I’ll see you on Sunday.
Although much is being done to prepare for Commencement this weekend, we’ve had lots of activity on the campus. I spent some time at the Homeplate Garden with Mark Manteuffel. There’s so much going on down there – if you get the chance, stop by and take a look! We chatted about all the different approaches to gardening, raised plant beds and watering systems. There are also areas of the garden that contain beautiful native/prairie plants. Scott Gevaert also has been hard at work helping to plant flowers, trees and other plants to enhance the garden.
I know last month we asked you to vote for the Homeplate garden in the Second Nature Climate Leadership award. Although many of us put in our daily votes, we didn’t win – but thanks for all your effort! I also want to thank Brian Bozek, Mark Manteuffel, Mary Caldwell, Kedra Tolson and Rachel Gomez for their work in getting the video shot, loaded on the voting web site, and promoted on the campus and in the community.
During the STLCC Board of Trustee meeting, Dr. Joe Worth was approved as Vice President, student affairs. Joe, do you feel any different from yesterday since your approval? Stephen White was also approved as the new dean for the MSET division. I look forward to working with both of them and I hope you’ll join me in sending congrats their way.
Around the campus
- On Monday, the TRIO graduate reception takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Student Center lower level patio. If you can, stop by and congratulate these fine graduates.
- Next week, I’ll be traveling to Lake of the Ozarks for the Missouri Community College Association’s annual Trustee and Administrators Spring Conference.
Around the district
- The 2013 Missouri legislative session wraps up today and I want to thank Ann Brand for all her hard work. It’s been a busy session and Ann has represented STLCC well working with legislators on tax credits, higher education funding and retirement bills. Thanks Ann!
And finally, with more than 800 students gathering at the Chaifetz Arena on Sunday, let’s be mindful of their future, their beginning and what they’re stepping into. I know for some us it’s been a while since we graduated from college. Remember how that felt? Good. Let’s keep that in mind and celebrate on Sunday.
Thanks for reading the blog – from now on, we’ll publish the blog every two weeks until the fall semester begins.