This has been a busy week and I suspect I will say that several more times before the end of May!
Monday, Florissant Valley celebrated its annual Service Awards. This is the time each year that we stop, as a campus community to say thank you to faculty and staff for their years of service, recognize some who have been identified as “outstanding” in their work and congratulate those who are retiring. I certainly appreciated the participation of our honored employees as well as their office and department support teams. I was honored to be recognized with the retirees group and was surprised with a beautiful vase that will always remind me of the natural beauty and people of the Florissant Valley campus.
Tuesday evening, 44 students were inducted into the FV chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Ruby Curry stepped in to provide welcome greetings for me and I understand the ceremony was terrific. Congrats to Jeanne Florini, PTK faculty advisor, and the PTK officer team for this event.
I had some fun this week being interviewed by Renee Thomas Woods in one of her Mass Communications classes. Students had their hand at operating the TV cameras and running the control board while Renee and other students invited me to talk about my tenure at Florissant Valley.
Conversations about the organizational structure of Academic Affairs for the College started this week. I attended the discussions at Meramec, Forest Park and Florissant Valley and can report that there were many opinions and perspectives shared. One more gathering will occur this spring at the Wildwood campus on April 30. After that, all of the notes will be reviewed to prepare for continuing discussion in the fall semester. Thank you for your thoughtful participation in this process.
Thursday, we hosted the Board of Trustees meeting at Flo Valley. There were several BIG things that happened there. From a campus view, we now know that Ruby Curry will be serving as the Interim President beginning July 1. Congratulations to Ruby; I look forward to this transitioning period with her and supporting her in this new role. Furthermore two board members were seated for their six year terms – congratulations to Theodis Brown, Sr. and Libby Fitzgerald. Our SGA students were recognized for their recent MCCA award. Our student reporters at the Forum newspaper were recognized as well for their seven Missouri College Media Association Honors.
Today, Friday, I am hosting Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster for a campus visit and discussion about community colleges. Say hello if you see us this afternoon.
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 2, 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!
The international FIRST Robotics competition is an exciting happening in downtown St. Louis this weekend. The event is free and so much fun to visit. If you have children, grandchildren, are young at heart, or have a fascination with science and technology, visit the competition at America’s Center. STLCC plays a big role in putting on this event. You might even run into Ashok Agrawal – if you do, say congratulations – he has completed his doctoral dissertation. Congrats Dr. Agrawal!
Have a great weekend and thanks for reading the blog!