Zipping through the season

Okay, let’s all take a moment to catch our collective breath. Doesn’t it seem like this year has sped by? Have you recovered from Thanksgiving? Have you completed your holiday shopping? If not, take a moment to slow down and enjoy this time of year. There’s so much going on – with the campus entering finals week and so many celebrations at hand, it feels like a constant game of catching up. Don’t worry; you’ll have an extra day to take a breath as the STLCC Board of Trustees voted to close the campuses on December 23. It’s nice to get an extra day off to spend special time with family and friends. I’ll be spending time with my family in Kansas and Colorado.


  • It will be a busy weekend for Florissant Valley as we host FIRST robotics competitions on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. High school age students will compete Saturday in the FIRST Tech Challenge, and on Sunday we will host younger children with the FIRST LEGO league competition. Activities take place both days in the gymnasium. More than 800 elementary, middle and high school students will be on campus. If you’ve never had the chance to watch Robotics competitions and your schedule permits, I would encourage you to do so – the energy, the competitiveness and the teamwork make for a very exciting day. Click here for more information.
  •  Join Campus Life at 10 a.m. this Saturday for their community holiday party. The party will take place in the Multipurpose Room and there will be food, games, prizes, and Santa Claus. Entry fee: one canned food item for our local food pantries. This event is sponsored by the Student Government Association and Clubs of STLCC-Florissant Valley.
  • Our campus holiday party is around the corner! Please stop by the Multipurpose Room on Thursday from 2 to 3:30 – I think this party will be fun! We’ll get a look at holiday decorating contests from years past, a holiday sweater runway show, a dance lesson from SEED students and I’m hearing something about karaoke. Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items for TEAM Food Pantry and an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots!
  • I’m sorry to have missed the first performance of the STLCC Kazoo Band! Let’s make this a regular event – I’m told that more than 60 members of our campus community joined in to spread holiday cheer (and a few bum notes). Many thanks go to Sarah Fielding for pulling this together. If you missed the performance, please see our Facebook page.


  • Let’s congratulate Rich Unger (MSET), Tom Flynn (Liberal Arts), and Michela Walsh (Career & Employment Services) for being nominated for the League for Innovation’s John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards.
  • Let’s give a big cheer to FV student Naquittia Noah. She is the first recipient of the UMB Bank Endowed Scholarship in Business Administration! To learn more, go here.
  • The campus was featured on KTVI Ch. 2 Thursday evening. Betsey Bruce was on campus to interview me, Dr. Rod Nunn and students about our manufacturing training. Our interviews were part of a news story covering the impending decision from Boeing regarding their 777x jetliner production facility.  St. Louis Community College is part of a consortium of community colleges putting together a job-training program. Our existing workforce and aerospace training programs and high quality labs make us a good fit for this group. We’ll keep you posted on any new developments.

Thanks for reading the blog – I look forward to chatting with you next week.

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