Drawing the perfect circle

Do you ever sit and think about the circles you move in? Who or what are inside your personal circle? Last week, there was a lot of discussion and healing around circles.

We began last week with a wonderful African American History Month kickoff celebration. Our keynote speaker, Kenneth Murdock, gave the students a lot of food for thought. He centered his talk on picking the right people to be in your circle of influence and how that circle can help you get ahead in life. The celebration was wonderful, from the delicious food to the soul stirring performances. Kudos to Gwen Nixon and her staff for putting on a great event!

Students also had the chance to participate in what is becoming a Florissant Valley tradition: a Listening Circle. We had a great dialogue between students, community members, and local law enforcement. If you haven’t attended one, I would suggest you make the effort. I always consider the Listening Circle to be a recharging moment – it’s a chance to listen and truly understand what our students feel, think and experience. If your schedule permits, take some time out to listen or participate in the next Circle. Wesley, LaRhonda and Annie, that’s a hint to schedule then next one!

On Friday, more than 60 children came into our circle of influence and nurturing. Students from Duchesne Elementary School arrived on campus to get the ultimate STEM experience. I am always excited about having young people on campus and exposing them to all the wonderful programs we have. They are a part of our community, and they should see us as a viable option when considering college. I always say it’s never too late to start recruiting.


  • Dr. Dennis Michaelis, STLCC Interim Chancellor, visited the campus on Thursday to take part in an open forum. The questions were good, the dialogue was informative and the chancellor appreciated chatting with a “full house.”
  • “6 Degrees of Separation” makes its debut at the Terry M. Fischer Theatre on Friday. Mark your calendars and try to come out to see the show on these dates and times: 8 p.m. Feb. 13, 14, 20,* 21 and 2 p.m. Feb. 15. (*the Feb. 20 show is sign interpreted)
  • Florissant Valley will join 75 other colleges and universities to host the 2015 Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) Competition on Friday, Feb. 20. TEAMS is an annual competition for middle and high school students designed to help them discover their potential for engineering. STLCC-Florissant Valley has been hosting the TEAMS competition since 1993. The TEAMS competition will be based on the 2015 theme, The Power of Engineering. Students will focus on energy and its relationship to engineering.
  • Carol Lupardus (VPAA) has been talking about this video for a while – it’s something light and humorous to consider on those days when nothing works. Always remember to have Plan B or you’ll get stuck!

One last thing, if you get the chance, take a look at the following op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama. In it, she discusses the importance of high school counselors and how they build the bridge to college for our students.

Thanks for reading the blog and have a great week!

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