Hasn’t the weather been just glorious for the past week or so?
We are ready for our students at Florissant Valley! Our full time faculty returned this week all charged up and ready to join students in the learning process. We were delighted to welcome Chancellor Dorsey to campus early in the week and hear her present opportunities for us in the upcoming year. We loved the Wellness Committee activities at the Tuesday BBQ and have learned that there are some hula hoops and washers champs among us – Rachel Gomez (Community Relations) put on a clinic about the proper way to manage a hula hoop.
The 37th David L. Underwood Memorial Lecture by Ruby Curry was inspiring and touching at the same time. We were honored to welcome our first Underwood recipient, Dr. Myron “Mike” Marty and his wife Shirley back to Florissant Valley for this occasion as well as many past award recipients. I think they really enjoyed seeing the campus and getting reacquainted with former colleagues.
We did take some time to celebrate the College’s 50th anniversary this week. On Tuesday, with everyone in their 50th anniversary shirt, we had a campus photo taken out on the soccer field. Friday we dedicated the 50th anniversary art project designed and built by Michael Quintero, one of our Art faculty members. Michael’s project provides an opportunity for a trip down memory lane about the years leading up to today. Check out our Facebook page to see photos of all the festivities!
Work on the project to ultimately move the campus Metro Bus Stop started this week. Construction is taking place on the north campus road between the Child Development Center and the Terry M. Fischer Theatre. The campus entrance located in front of the large FV sign will be closed to car and foot traffic. The campus road located between the large FV sign and the stop sign at the center drive intersection also will be closed to car and foot traffic. At this point, roadwork will most likely continue through September. We’re also facing some sidewalk repair/construction around Taurus. Our construction projects are sure to cause some frustration during the first few weeks of class – let’s take this opportunity be helpful to our students so they can get to the right class at the right time. A construction map can be viewed at this link.
Things to consider
- Private Dining Room B in the Student Center Building will be available for faculty and staff diners from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates this fall. Please consider supporting our cafeteria by purchasing your lunch or bring your brown bag lunch and join colleagues at lunchtime:
- By now, you should have a copy of the 2013-2015 STLCC Strategic Priorities document. If not, please contact Kedra Tolson or Adria Werner if you’d like extra copies. As you review this document, keep in mind that these priorities and campus directions will now stand as measurements for department, campus and District success. This fall, we will also begin discussions about the Strategic Priorities for 2014-2016. I think it’s helpful to have inclusive campus discussions and to that end, I’m inviting all of you to a discussion session from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 in TC 202/204. The 2014-2016 draft document can be reviewed at this link. I welcome all of your input!
- Make sure to check out “Home – space, place, memory: the work of Beverly Buchanan” in the Contemporary Art Gallery. The exhibition opens Monday and continues through October 11. This is the first major retrospect of Buchanan’s work in the St. Louis area.
- The American Chemical Society has named 96 members as ACS Fellows. Donna Friedman, professor of chemistry at FV, was among those members. This award recognized ACS members for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession and ACS. Congratulations Donna!
I look forward to next week – let’s have another productive and successful year!