I think Mother Nature is reflecting – spring or not! Today is damp and chilly.
We’re winding down to the end of the semester. It’s the time of the year when we begin honoring our students, faculty and staff for the hard work they’ve done and we begin assessing our work and planning for the fall. New and efficient processes are being put into place for the fall 2012 semester.
The theme of the last ATD Districtwide Student Success Team meeting was “Celebrate!” The meeting began by celebrating the many changes to the “Getting Started” process for new fall 2012 students! These changes not only include the mandatory New Student Registration Workshop (NSRW) and New Student Orientation (NSO) but also improved financial aid processing, better preparation materials for the Compass test and clearer “just in time” communication. Next, the team celebrated the Smart Start course, Math Boot camp, the work of the Campus Based Student Success teams as well as the progress made by the Developmental Education Redesign Teams (DERT.)
The group was asked to offer their own celebratory comments about ATD and its impact on STLCC and here are a few:
- Caused STLCC to admit issues and come up with a common vision
- Decisions were based on what is best for students
- Has provided our students with opportunities for success
- Has brought the “student success” lens into all conversations
I’m glad to have been a part of this process – I look forward to working on next steps in the coming academic year.
Thursday was my last meeting of this year with our student government leaders. It was fun to hear about their accomplishments from the year, a recent trip to Washington D.C. during which they visited with legislators and the success they had in raising money for the “Trees for Joplin” campaign. In honor of their work, we will plant a tree on campus.
Last night, I had the pleasure of attending St. Louis Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Awards reception. STLCC’s own Karen Mayes was a finalist in the Educator category. Congratulations Karen!
This afternoon, the College will take part in “Bowling for Scholars,” our annual fund raiser to help students purchase or rent textbooks and instructional materials for their classes.
Administrative Professionals day is April 25 – don’t forget to say thank you to the people that are the backbone of this campus.
Don’t miss the annual Service Awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 30th in the Multipurpose Room. Faculty, staff and retirees will be honored for their years of service. Employee awards will also be announced.