Due to a power outage …

My week began in San Francisco celebrating Florissant Valley student Antonio Parker as he was named to the 2013 USA Today All-USA Community College Academic Team and identified as a New Century Scholar.  Antonio is highlighted on the STLCC web page right now so you can read his story.

A power outage toward the end of the week provided a few anxious moments for the campus, but showed the creativity of our faculty. I have to say, I enjoyed seeing our faculty take their classes outside on what was a beautiful afternoon – Paul Higdon had the chorus practicing near the Theater, LaRhonda Wilson was involved in a class exercise on the lawn, Jennifer Medeiros had a class meeting at Taurus and Terry Freeman took advantage of the patio between Engineering and Training Center.  Paul Nygard, Dave Wigg, Bob Langnas and Ana Coelho moved right ahead with class business in rooms lighted through the windows.  I am sure there are many others who kept learning alive at Florissant Valley – thanks to the entire campus community!

We aren’t sure what caused the power outage. As most of you know, the power went down twice – the second time it went down and came up, power was spotty on campus – – indicating the outage may have caused damage to the main electrical distribution system.  We are working to determine the cause. Thanks to all of you for your patience!


Kudos to the winners of the first quarter Safety Program for 2013! To be eligible for the quarter each department must complete three months of safety training, complete three months of departmental inspections and have no injuries for the quarter. The winners are:

Day Housekeeping, Scott Martin – 10 quarters

Buildings/Grounds, Shipping/Receiving, Scott Martin & John Ferlisi – 2 quarters

Evening Housekeeping – Keith Reece – 6 quarters

Maintenance/HVAC – Gary Roney – 1 quarter

Auxiliary Services, Bookstore – Laura Stevens – 2 quarters

The FV English department recently recognized the winners of their annual student writing competition, departmental student of the year, and the recipient of the Al Bell Memorial Scholarship.  

Best Short Story – Natalie Bast, “All in a Day’s Work”

Best Poem – T’keyah Thomas, “Prisoner”

Best Essay – Buck Coomer, “M.A.R.”

Best One-Act Play – Buck Coomer, “Creepers”

English department Student of the Year – Natalie Bast

Al Bell Memorial Scholarship – Holly Shanks

Congrats to all! 


Service Awards – On Monday, we’ll celebrate the Service Awards. I hope to see you at 2 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. We’ll take time to honor faculty, staff and retirees for their years of service. Employee awards will also be announced. Click here to see the list of Service Award recipients.

Grogg Awards – This week marks the beginning of our student award season.  At 2 p.m. on  Thursday, we’ll honor the outstanding student in our broadcasting program during the Grogg Awards. This recognition is an annual tradition in the spring semester at Florissant Valley and was established in memory of Philip Grogg, who had been a KCFV/communications student here.

SGA Banquet – On May 3rd, the Student Government Association Awards Banquet will showcase the academic, athletic and service achievements of our students. It takes place at 6 p.m. at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel. I hope to see you there!

Thanks for reading the blog and have a wonderful weekend!

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