With temperatures in the mid to upper 90s, I think summer is here!
Last week I had the good fortune to attend the League for Innovation in the Community College Learning College Summit with 10 Florissant Valley faculty and staff. Terry O’Banion was the keynote speaker. He reviewed the history of the Learning paradigm in higher education and then built a bridge from it to today’s focus on the Completion Agenda. Learning is the constant in both.
As a group we had the opportunity to hear speakers and presentations on the topics of Organizational Culture, Student Engagement, Quality, Inquiry and Accountability, Learning Outcomes and Assessment and Learning Environments. Some of the most valuable time came when our team was able to gather and reflect on what we had heard during the day, and consider the issues related to student success at Florissant Valley.
We were also well represented on the program with three faculty teams presenting during break out sessions. Chris Stephens and Jennifer Medeiros, Julie Fickas and Christine Lewis, as well as Annie Wagganer and Tom Dieckmann spoke enthusiastically about the work they are doing on campus and with our students. Our remaining team members were Cindy Campbell, Dave Doering, Roger Thomas and Amy Bird.
Around the campus
- Kent Kay, new STLCC vice chancellor of finance and administration, visited Florissant Valley on Monday to become better acquainted with the campus. We look forward to welcoming him back as he gets settled in his new role.
- On Wednesday, our student government leaders celebrated their success in planting trees for Joplin, Missouri with a ceremony to dedicate a new tree planted on campus in the grassy area just south of the Terry M. Fischer Theatre. Congratulations to SGA!
- In that same area of the campus, you might also see Michael Quintero working on a 50th anniversary art piece – keep your eye on that space!
As the end of June is approaching, Laura Sterman, vice president of student affairs, is completing her service to St. Louis Community College and the Florissant Valley campus in particular. Laura has been a student-focused leader, advocating for students throughout the College. We will certainly miss her and wish her a wonderful retirement life. Thanks Laura!
Thanks for reading the blog and have a wonderful weekend!