So much to say, so much to do!

I won’t bore anyone by saying this is the busiest time of the year, but hey, IT IS the busiest time of the year. It’s the time when you have to remind yourself to take a deep breath; it’s the time when you feel like getting away from your office walking around our scenic campus, but watch out for those pesky geese!

First, I want to thank everyone for coming out for the Service Awards last week to say thank you to faculty and staff for their years of service. We also recognized those who were identified as outstanding in their work and congratulated those who are retiring. It was a fun time.

Next week, incoming chancellor Dr. Jeff Pittman will host an open forum from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 7 in TC 202/204. Please plan to attend if your schedule permits. Dr. Pittman is interested in hearing our thoughts on the following questions:

  •  What is your vision for St. Louis Community College for the next 5 years?
  • What does the college do well as it relates to student success?
  • What improvements need to occur to create an exemplary student experience at the college?
  • What are some of the more immediate things we could do to advance the mission of the college and better serve our students in the next few months?

I cannot stress how critical it is for you to attend (if you can). This is a time for campus community voices to be heard and to have input on the direction and future of this institution.


  • Art Student Sarah Warth has been granted a full tuition scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts!  PAFA is the oldest art school in the nation, and one of the most prestigious.
  • Photo student Brandon De Sha had two pieces of his work juried into the photographic competition for Lux Magazine produced by the Film and Photography Department at SIU Carbondale. In addition to having two pieces of his work published, Brandon was chosen by juror Kerry Skarbakka to receive the first place award! Skarbakka chose 32 pieces for publication from over 300 entries by students from colleges and art institutions/schools in MO, IN, IL, KY, IA, TN, and AR.
  • Art alumni Dominic Chambers received a scholarship to the Yale Norfolk Art program. Yale Norfolk is national competition in which select schools nationwide and abroad are chosen to select one or two of their most gifted student artists to apply for a chance to participate in the program sponsored by Yale University.
  • The English Department announced the results of the 2014-2015 Florissant Valley Writing Competition.  Here they are:

Short story:  Kat Jenning, “It Happened One Night”

Poem: Stephan Curry, “Laser Painters”

Essay: Michael Hoffman, “The Joke’s on Me”

One-Act Play: Chelcie Lewis, “Feminist Fallacies”

Each winner received $50 and will be featured in Voyageur, our campus literary magazine.  Congrats to all!

  • Grogg Awards – This week marked the beginning of our student award season.  On Thursday, Sam Coleman was chosen as the 2015 winner of the Grogg Award. This award 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.

Tonight, 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 Renaissance Airport Hotel. I hope to see you there!

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading the blog!


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