A few thoughts on a beautiful Friday afternoon

In some ways, cleaning up is never fun. After the storm hit our area on May 31, many surrounding municipalities faced the monumental chore of cleaning up. The City of Ferguson reached out to us to see if we could assist in helping with debris. We agreed because that’s what good neighbors do. Parking lot 16 became the designated area for branch, limb and tree collection and wow, the amount collected begun to resemble a small mountain! As a thank you, the City of Ferguson has agreed to let us have the wood chips. In the coming months, I’m sure you’ll see these wood chips around the campus, somewhere in the Home Plate garden, etc. I think it’s a nice gift!

At the end of last week we stopped for a few minutes to recognize our second year SEED students as they prepare to return home. The students prepared a wonderful video presentation of their time with us and were full of gratitude for the experiences they have had at Florissant Valley. We will certainly miss their enthusiasm and contributions to the Flo Valley community.

I spent the better part of this week attending the League Learning Summit with the Florissant Valley team. The group spent a good deal of time together thinking about ways to improve student success and completion. Team members were Carol Lupardus, Scott Gevaert, Anthony Clark, Wesley Bell, April Garrison, Sarah Fielding, Ellen Nickrent, and Linda Collins. Sarah also gave a session presentation on “Letter Writing and the Composition of Self” – I look forward to inviting her to make the presentation on campus. Thanks to a great group!

On a somber note, we received notification yesterday of the death of former STLCC chancellor, Dr. Gwendolyn Stephenson.  Dr. Stephenson served the College in several capacities but as chancellor from 1992 to 1997. Her husband, Steve, was a member of the Florissant Valley family, serving as a Mathematics faculty member for more than 20 years.  Dr. Stephenson and her husband left St. Louis when she became the President of Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida, a position from which she recently retired.  For those of us who knew Gwen, this is indeed a sad time.  Our hearts go out to Steve and the Stephenson children, Marion and Jason.

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads! I’m looking forward to the busy week ahead – thanks for reading the blog.

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