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PRESIDENT’S REPORT | May 2013 College celebrates 25th Commencement Exercises More than 840 students were eligible to graduate at SCC’s 25th annual commencement exercises held Saturday, May 18. Some 240 graduates received the “honors,” “high honors” or “highest honors” distinction, many of them are members of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of community colleges. Rod A. Risley, Ph.D., executive director and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of the two-year college, served as the keynote speaker. Mercy Hospital resident physician receives SCC Distinguished Alumni Award The St. Charles Community College Foundation selected Dr. Natalie Greene, a resident physician at Mercy Hospital, to receive the college’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award. The award was presented at the 25th annual SCC commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18. Greene, 44, of St. Peters, had aspirations to become a doctor, and decided to pursue a college education to accomplish her dream. With her husband, Greene created a plan for her education, and SCC was the first step. “SCC gave me confidence that I was moving in the right direction,” said Greene. “It really prepared me for the rest of my education.” Greene contributes her leadership skills to the experience she gained at SCC as an active member of the Student Senate. She served as Student Senate president and was also a member of PTK while at SCC. “I loved being involved,” said Greene. “It was important to me to be a strong voice for Nursing student uses classroom skills at scene of recent accident President Ron Chesbrough (right) and Chris Breitmeyer recognize nursing student Michelle Hess (center left) and nursing professor Amy Koehler for their dedication. On Michelle Hess, SCC 2013 associate degree nursing graduate, recently found herself the first person on the scene of a horrific head-on collision in Troy. She soon heard her professor, Amy Koehler, in her head repeating, “Assess the situation. Don’t pull anyone out of the car unless they are in immediate danger. Assess for LOC. Stay calm.” She did just that. Assessed the situation and took action in a calm manner. She was soon assisted by an off-duty EMT and the ambulance and police arrived just 10 minutes later. See “Nursing Alumna,” p. 2 A Thank You From the President the students. It was my way of giving back.” She graduated in May 2001 and was selected to speak at the commencement ceremony. After SCC, Greene went on and earned her bachelor’s degree at University of Missouri – St. Louis and doctorate at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine – A.T. Still University. She is finishing her residency at Mercy Hospital, where she provides care to the community while supervising medical interns. Greene has accepted a position as the medical director and physician for Macoupin County Health Department of Illinois to begin after the completion of her residency. “Debra Crank-Lewis has served as Faculty Senate President for two years, encompassing all of my time here. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with Debra in this role. I look forward to working with our new Faculty Association President, Darren Osburn.” DEBRA CRANK-LEWIS Recently completed second year as Faculty Senate President

SCC President's Report, May 2013

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