A Quick Note

So on Monday, we had a nice fall day – temperatures were in the 60s, the sun was out, we had a breeze, and now it’s COLD!! I guess winter is just around the corner. As we all try to keep warm, I’ve jotted down a few things I wanted to share with you.

Our fall SOAR session was a huge success! I would like to thank everyone involved who took time out of their busy schedules to work with our students. Here are some facts from Annie Wagganer:

  • You were part of a volunteer team of more than 50 faculty, staff, administrators, and students!
  • More than 200 students were given individualized attention during their registration process.

I can’t wait to see what the SOAR team will do for the spring. As we recruit and work to retain our students, don’t be afraid to step forward with any ideas to assist in this process. We are all ambassadors and recruiters for this campus. Keep in mind, our highly successful SOAR program came out of several brainstorming sessions. Congrats to Annie Wagganer and the SOAR crew for another successful session.

I had the chance to meet and chat with Afro-Italian filmmaker, Fred Kuworno about his work. He was on campus as part of the Global Film Showcase sponsored by the STLCC-Florissant Valley Global Institute in cooperation with the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. Professor Chris Stephens arranged to have Kuworno come to campus to screen his film The Right of Soil (18 ius soli). The film examines issues of race, ethnicity, and national identity in the “new” multicultural Italy of the early 21st century. An activist-producer-writer-director, Kuworno was born and raised in Italy and is based in Brooklyn. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Mass Media, from the University of Bologna.

Branson was the place to be as the Missouri Community College Association hosted their 50th annual convention. Please visit the STLCC newsroom to see the honors our faculty, staff and students garnered during this much anticipated convention.

Planning for Service Week 2015 is underway, so if you have an idea, suggestion or something you’d like to put on the calendar, let me know.

This past weekend, during the MCCA – Student Government conference in Branson, the STLCC – Florissant Valley Student Government Association won the “Make a Difference” Award competition, and brought home the trophy!  Their “Make a Difference Project” included an application, presentation and skit for their role with the STLCC-Florissant Valley/Urban League Job Fair. SGA, with the support of the Child Development Center staff and volunteers, provided kid-friendly activities and showed the popular Disney movie, “Frozen,” for children ages 2 to 12 years. SGA played basketball and set up a gaming area equipped with X-Box and Wii for children 13 years and older. Additionally, they assisted with voter registration and served as guides who provided information and directions to the various activities on the campus. I am so proud of our students! Congratulations to Gwen Nixon and her staff on working with the SGA and guiding them towards success.

Congratulations to Shamika Black, Eric Johnson Sr., Marquis Crape and the rest of the Emerging Scholars for 2014. Black and Johnson were recognized as Emerging Scholar of the Year, while Crape received the Merit Scholar Award.

There are several exciting Global Events planned for next week. Our FV Global Gathering: Celebrating the Caribbean, Nov. 17-20 promises to be exciting and educational. I look forward to seeing you there! Click here for a schedule of events.

On Wednesday, Nov. 19, the first five $500 scholarships of the Ferguson Scholarship at St. Louis Community College Challenge Grant will be distributed to awardees. Anonymous donors along with the St. Louis Community College Foundation jointly have created the Ferguson Scholarship at St. Louis Community College Challenge Grant to assist students who reside in the 63135 and 63136 ZIP codes. If your schedule permits, please join us at 11:30 a.m. in TC 105/107.

And finally, we continue to prepare for the announcement from Prosecutor Bob McCulloch on the Michael Brown case. Please know that we are concerned for the campus community’s safety and wellbeing. Last week, Interim Chancellor Michaelis sent out a district wide email stressing the importance of signing up for the district text alert service watching the STLCC website and your own email. I stress the same – sign up for the text service and pay attention to all the information that comes through all STLCC communication vehicles.

Thanks for reading the blog and try to stay warm during this chilly weekend.

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