A busy week indeed!

You can always tell the time of year by the amount of activities we have on campus. And I’m sure since Monday is tax day, we’ll all be a bit busier! This week, the Cardinals kicked off the 2013-14 season and we kicked off interview season with MSET dean and Vice President-Student Affairs candidates visiting the campus. There were several open forums, and the candidates got a good feel for the campus community. Many positive comments from the candidates came my way – I want to thank all of you who participated in the forums and the committees that screened and interviewed the candidates.

On a more serious note – the St. Louis region has seen many changes in the weather lately – what started off as a balmy week turned into serious storms Wednesday night. The North County area, along with other cities and towns, suffered extensive damage to businesses, homes, trees and cars. I’m glad that there were no serious injuries. I know so many of us want to help. KPLR reported this morning on the clean up in Hazelwood – -please click on this link to see what you can do.

The SOAR event that I mentioned in last week’s blog was a resounding success! Annie Wagganer tells me that 68 faculty and staff engaged and supported 162 students. A sincere thanks goes out to the SOAR team and the campus community members that supported them. As Annie says, we “heart” our students – what a wonderful way to show we care!

Next Thursday, we’ll announce the 2013 David L. Underwood Memorial Lecturer. Underwood recipients exhibit excellence in instruction and a genuine, humanistic concern for students, faculty, staff—and all of education. Hope to see you there – the event begins at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, on the second floor of the library. Look for some of the FV retirees to be in attendance as they will be on the campus for their annual luncheon. It’s always fun to welcome them back to campus to chat and share in the Underwood announcement honor.

Get your bowling shoes on! 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.


  • Tonight marks the opening of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at the Terry M. Fischer Theatre. Performances will run at 8 p.m. April 12, 13, 19 and 20 and 2 p.m. April 14. The performance on April 12 is sign interpreted.
  • Don’t forget to sign up! The 2013 Annual employee benefits election period runs through Friday, April 19. If you need additional information or have questions, please contact Deb Neale in Business Services at ext. 4203.
  • You still have time to nominate someone for Outstanding New Faculty, or Classified and Professional staff recognition (to be announced during the Service Awards, 2 p.m., April 29th), please contact Kedra Tolson  for guidelines. 
  • There was great attendance at the first STLCC Core Values and Vision session. You have a few more chances to participate – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17th in TC 202/204 and 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 19th in PDR-A.
  • Please continue to vote for our video highlighting campus green projects and initiatives. You can vote for the video (every day!) by clicking here. Vote vote vote!

Thanks for reading the blog and have a great weekend!

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