I love baseball season when the Cardinals are playing! One more to go!
Monday night, the Pi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa inducted 45 new members. I am always so pleased to participate in this ceremony as the students celebrate their inclusion in this group which promotes leadership, fellowship, service, and scholarship. Jeanne Florini, as the chapter faculty advisor, had the delightful task of announcing a new scholarship – “Sapere Aude” (Dare to know), supported through a donation from a St. Louis Community College. Antonio Parker was announced as the first scholarship recipient and was definitely surprised. The evening was capped off with inspiring remarks from Annie Waggoner, faculty member in Sociology.
Tuesday, of course, was the all College Professional Development Day at Forest Park. A full day of meetings gave us an opportunity to reconnect with our colleagues throughout the College.
On Wednesday, the Institute for Global and Interdisciplinary Studies hosted an open house to introduce the many and varied opportunities for students at Florissant Valley to engage in the world. Students found out about study abroad programs available as well as clubs and activities in which they can participate.
Work on the campus road is moving along very nicely. While there has been rain this week, it doesn’t appear that it has slowed the progress of the work and we are most anxious for our normal traffic patterns to resume. I have been in discussions this week about the pedestrian walkway from the bus stop to the campus proper and I am focused on achieving a safe pathway for all. I know I have said this before but thank you for your patience as this work has proceeded.
Also, yesterday we had reports of an alleged armed individual on campus. Ferguson and FV campus police acted quickly to determine there was no suspect or weapon, and the campus community was alerted that an “all clear” issue was ordered. However, most on campus did not know there was an active police sweep – please know we’ve received plenty of feedback and we are meeting and working to enhance our campus safety plan. Incidents/events like this always call for constant assessment and improvement. Watch this space for more information.
Next week is our campus CONNECT event – we look forward to hosting faculty and staff from our service area high schools to continue discussions about how together we focus on the success of students in north county.
Thanks for reading the blog and have a great weekend!