The sun is shining and the weather forecast for the next several days looks great. I don’t know about you but I am looking forward the end of snow and ice – please hurry spring!
Over the last few weeks, there has been much discussion about the budget proposed by Governor Nixon which includes a seven percent reduction in state aid to Missouri community colleges. To that end, I wanted to get the campus together to have a conversation about the reduction and how it affects this campus. We had a great turnout and I appreciated the thoughtful questions from all of you. I want to thank the Florissant Valley campus for their patience and understanding as we make some difficult decisions.
As we continue to focus on the implications of the budget to the college district, campus and district administrators continue to work on advancing the legislative agenda for the college. A few days ago, I attended the Missouri Community College Association reception for legislators. I was able to meet with our local delegation and not only thank them for their past support but answer questions about our directions for the future.
Next week, I’ll be in Washington D.C. at the 2011 National Legislative Summit for the Association of Community College Trustees. The items on the national agenda mirror what we’ve pushed for locally, including preserving the current maximum Pell Grant levels; strengthening the role of community colleges in the Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization; and providing additional funding and monitoring of the reauthorized Higher Education Act.
Although I’ll be gone, make sure to attend the rescheduled celebration event for African-American History Month. It takes place in the Student Center Multipurpose Room at noon Thursday, Feb. 17. If you can’t attend the event, you can still “be there” via live streaming. Click on www.ustream.tv/channel/stlcc-fv and you will see everything as it happens during the celebration.
The Terry M. Fischer Theatre is presenting a production of “Doubt: A Parable” at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18. Click here for a theatre schedule.
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