Chaz – St. Charles Community College, Fall 2013
Chaz, the official newsletter of St. Charles Community College.
THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF ST. CHARLES COMMUNITY COLLEGE Vol. 25, No. 2 | 2013 Learn more about the project: http://tinyurl.com/SCCGreenway Jennifer Lansdowne, associate dean of Enrollment Services, assists prospective students during RegFest. Campus collaborates to boost enrollment While fall enrollment is down modestly, the trend can be found across the state of Missouri. SCC’s fall 2013 headcount of 7,477 marks a 3.2 percent decrease compared to last year and, statewide, fall enrollment numbers are down 3.5 percent. “Most Missouri community college enrollments were down this fall, ranging by institution as high as 10 percent down from last fall,” said Ron Chesbrough, SCC president. “Thanks to a collaborative effort on campus, we came in ahead of where we might have expected in an environment of declining enrollments.” Several college departments took part in various enrollment-boosting efforts that brought figures in line with projections made earlier in the spring. Social media, phone calls, fliers, posters and one-stop registration events encouraged new and returning students to enroll. The new “RegFest” events held in June and July allowed prospective students a fun and easy way to get enrolled at SCC. They learned what degree programs SCC offers, met with financial aid and A+ Program advisors to discuss eligibility and benefits, completed assessment tests and toured the campus. The festival-style event included free food and prizes like a $1,000 scholarship to SCC, free books for the semester, T-shirts and more. A pedestrian bridge is one highlight of the new Great Rivers Greenway trail connector along the north side of the St. Charles Community College campus. GRG will complete the trail that connects Legacy Park in Cottleville with Woodlands Sports Park in St. Peters with plantings and amentities in time for a ribbon cutting in the spring. Greenway trail coming to SCC A .67-mile walking and biking trail on SCC’s campus, being constructed by Great Rivers Greenway, will be a part of the Dardenne Greenway, linking trails from Legacy Park in Cottleville to Woodlands Sports Park and Rabbit Run Park in St. Peters. SCC’s portion of the trail will run along Mid Rivers Mall Drive from Cottleville Parkway to Ohmes Road. “The trail is a welcome and attractive addition to the SCC campus,” said Ron Chesbrough, SCC president. “Collaborations like this one benefit everyone, providing a safe and beautiful route for walkers and bikers, and helping our city to be a great place to live, work, play and go to school.” Great Rivers Greenway was established by voters in 2000 and is a tax-supported public organization that partners with local governments to connect communities and neighborhoods by building a system of trails and greenways in St. Charles County, St. Louis City and St. Louis County. The trail will be available for use in the fall of 2013 with planting and amenities being added in time for a ribbon cutting in the spring of 2014. SCC will be responsible for maintenance costs. Former SCC President John McGuire, who retired in October 2011, was on the Great River Greenway board and spearheaded the project with SCC. The 2 Campus SCC oop 3 anging e mission by providing life-ch leg col the ng livi is ily fam C tes Discover the ways the SC day ... Reading time: 5 minu ry eve ies nit rtu po op al tur cul educational and 6 vie vie was shown Marathon Oct. 21-24. A different mo r. Mitch Harden ake each night paired with a guest spe event guest assistant professor of psychology and to get people speaker said, “This event is a great way nce.” scie to interested in psychology by tying it Bash Phi Beta Lambda hosted a Halloween ure and film on Oct. 23 before the evening’s lect ume contest, showing. The event consisted of a cost ys. themed games and candy giveawa 1 SCC hosted the fifth annual Scary Mo created an collection extensive painting and photography ich was spent wh of t during his recent sabbatical, par Vermont Studio doing a monthlong residency at The characteristics,” Center. “The artwork portrays similar shapes and said Brian. “All of my work has colors, ld.” textures inspired by the natural wor ith: Works From Sm D. an Smith’s exhibition “Bri is still time to re a Sabbatical” opened Sept. 30. The . 8. catch the display, open through Nov 2 Brian Smith, SCC professor of art, 3 The SCC Foundation will receive $100,000, payable over four years, from SunEdison, Inc. The funds will be used for student scholarships and academic enhancements for SCC’s Pre-Engineering Program, and is the largest gift the college has received for the Pre-Engineering Program. “SunEdison is keen to encourage education in science, engineering and technology and we are proud to support (SCC’s) efforts in this area,” said Graham R. Fisher, Ph.D., chief scientist at SunEdison. “The dedication and passion that Professor Dave Niermann brings in guiding students to an engineering career is commendable. His knowledge in the industry provides invaluable additional insight, which he is able to pass on to his students, and in turn makes them more marketable for jobs.” A plaque in SunEdison’s honor hangs outside the physics and engineering lab in the Administration Building. 4 The third annual Employee Sponsored Program Trivia Night raised $5,000 through entries and some 19 auction baskets. Proceeds from the event will support student scholarships. SCC’s Trivia Night was sponsored by General Motors and SCC Friends and Alumni. 5 n Awards from SCC received 13 district-level Medallio Public Relations, the National Council for Marketing and ciation of an affiliate council of the American Asso Community Colleges. ications The SCC Office of Marketing and Commun Silve Gold, r and took home the following awards in the were for annual Bronze categories. The four gold awards book. The view report, folder, magazine and printed otional video, three silver awards were for college prom site. Six bronze communications success story and web r, computerawards were presented for brochure/flie paign, novelty generated illustration, direct mail cam brochure. advertising, social marketing and sports Day on Oct. 3 dining area and d in the Café-Bookstore. Students fille the cream sundae bar, were rewarded with giveaways, an ice a balloon drop, a visit from Scooter, raffles and prizes, dancing and karaoke. 6 SCC celebrated National Student In Memoriam: Helen Schnare, long-time SCC supporter and library namesake Helen T. Schnare, longtime SCC friend and benefactor, passed away Oct. 10. Mrs. Schnare was part of the fabric of St. Charles Community College, having served on the steering committee that helped to establish the college district in St. Charles County in the 1980s. Her husband, the late Paul Schnare, served on the first SCC Board of Trustees from 1986-90. Mrs. Schnare taught English and speech for 23 years at St. Charles High School. She previously taught for two years in Leadwood, Mo., and in Boston, Mass., from 1968-1970. Helen’s public service included an appointment as a commissioner for the Missouri Department of Highways and Transportation from 1983-1989. When the new campus opened in 1992, the Schnares volunteered their time in the library. Following Paul’s death in 1997, Mrs. Schnare established the SCC Foundation’s first endowed scholarships. In 1998, Mrs. Schnare served as the keynote speaker at the college’s 10th commencement. In 2007, the SCC library, located in the Learning Resource Center, was named the Paul and Helen Schnare Library. See her obituary online: www.baue.com/obituary/helen-schnare Faculty, students and administrators join Frank Einhelig, Ph.D., Missouri State University provost (left, seated), and Chris Breitmeyer, SCC vice president for academic and student affairs, as the two sign articulation agreements and a Memorandum of Understanding on Oct. 4. The house was full for the grand opening of the new Center for Nursing and Allied Health Sciences on Aug. 15. Missouri State, SCC sign agreements Leaders from Missouri State University and SCC signed three articulation agreements and a Memorandum of Understanding Oct. 4 to promote seamless transfer for students. This agreement provides students who have earned an Associate of Arts at SCC the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree at MSU. Any SCC student who has earned an Associate of Arts and adheres to the transfer guidelines is guaranteed that MSU will accept designated freshman and sophomore education credits and all general education credits and will apply them to the bachelor’s degree in a manner consistent with the transfer guidelines. “St. Charles Community College is pleased to partner with Missouri State University and build a stronger relationship between two institutions focused on student learning and success,” said Chris Breitmeyer, SCC vice president for academic and student affairs. Students seeking online degrees will be able to pursue a Bachelor of Science in communication, professional writing, general business or finance. In the field of education, students with an Associate of Arts in teaching may transfer in four Bachelor of Science in education degree completion programs: early childhood education, elementary education, middle school education and special education/cross-categorical. In addition, the agreement for the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree completion program will allow practicing nurses to complete their degree online through MSU. Event marks opening of Center for Nursing and Allied Health Sciences A ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opened up the college’s new Virtual Hospital that provides students with high-tech, high-quality multi-disciplinary simulations. The college’s allied health programs moved to the new location this summer. Now located at the center are Associate Degree Nursing (RN), Practical Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Health Information Technology and health occupations programs. The unique two-year/four-year, public/private collaboration allowed the college to relocate and expand its nursing and allied health programs to #1 Academy Place in Dardenne Prairie, former site of Barat Academy. Partnership scores another award The Chesterfield-based civic group, Progress 64 West, will present a joint award to LU and SCC for the new Center of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences at their 26th Annual Community Excellence Awards Banquet on Nov. 27. This year’s keynote speaker will be Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. The same project received the Education Progress Award from Partners for Progress of Greater St. Charles in May. Golf proceeds to benefit students The Foundation raised more than $39,000 at its 17th annual Presidents Classic Golf Scramble on Sept. 30, at the Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund scholarships and academic enhancements. “Quality higher education remains accessible for students in our region because of the generous support from these community members,” said Betsy Schneider, SCC director of development. Scott Liebel, supervising engineer at Ameren Missouri, and Justin Miller, financial advisor at Edward Jones, were co-chairs of the planning committee for this year’s golf scramble. SCC receives Nursing Education Incentive Grant The SCC Associate Degree Nursing Program recently was awarded $142,260 from the Missouri Board of Nursing. The funds will assist the college in increasing the capacity of the nursing program by integrating technology into the multidisciplinary teaching strategy, adding faculty/staff to support technology integration into the curriculum and acquiring state-of-the-art simulation software/equipment. To see more photos of campus, follow SCC on Instagram: instagram.com/stcharlescc Do you have a fun SCC photo to share? Post it on the college Facebook wall: stchas.edu/facebook The sun peeks from behind the Learning Resource Center following a brief afternoon rain storm in October. The sky over campus has become noticeably more blue as autumn sets in. Sophomore midfielder Brendan Temm attempts to head the ball past the Lewis and Clark goaltender in one of just three losses this season for SCC. SCC designated Military Friendly SCC was named to the 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list, which honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. “We are committed to providing a quality education and supporting veterans and military students at SCC,” said Ron Chesbrough, SCC president. “I appreciate all of the good work that went into making this important designation possible.” The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served. SCC’s Enrollment Services Department created a one-stop shop for veterans and current service members. SCC began the Honoring Military Families Scholarship in February 2012. A Student Veteran Organization was organized in the fall of 2012, and in spring 2013 SCC opened a Student Veteran Lounge and began a veteran-specific orientation. For more information, contact Tomi Schwandt, SCC coordinator of veteran benefits and scholarships at 636-922-8268. Cougars win conference Men’s soccer team defeated East Central College to earn the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference (MCCAC) title on Oct. 6. The final score was 2-1. Stephen Rozycki, a freshman midfielder, and Valmiro Gonzalez, a freshman forward, scored goals for the Cougars. “We’ve had breakout performances this season by Valmiro Gonzalez, Fernadez Franco and Nick Hufford,” said Thomas Kearns, men’s head soccer coach at SCC. As a member of the MCCAC Conference, the Cougars went undefeated in conference games, beating Jefferson College 2-1, St. Louis Community College 6-0 and East Central 2-1. The Cougars have had a strong showing, finishing the regular season with 12 wins, three losses and one tie. “The team has come together and played extremely well this season,” said Kearns. “We have made great strides offensively and defensively.” The next stop for the Cougars is the Region XVI Tournament. The first game of the tournament will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at SCC. Men’s soccer is not the only team on campus with a winning record. Successes on the soccer field Women’s team posts winning record The women’s soccer team also has a winning record with 12 wins and six losses, with one game left in the regular season. “We have a fantastic group of girls, and we’re excited to finish the season on a strong note,” said Ashlee Slayback, SCC women’s head soccer coach. “If we win Regionals and Districts, then we go to Nationals in Florida. That’s our team’s goal!” 10/2013 In Memoriam The college was notified of the deaths of several SCC students since the previous edition of Chaz. Peter W. “Pete” Waggoner of St. Charles passed away Aug. 31. Jared Paul Vogel of St. Charles passed away May 22. Sydney C. Gramig of Lake St. Louis passed away on April 22. The college also mourned the death of Anna Louise Tripp, an adjunct professor who passed away March 10. Chaz is a publication of the SCC Marketing and Communications Department for SCC students, employees and friends. Heather McDorman, co-editor/writer • Ben Munson, co-editor/photographer/designer • Kelly Thebeau, photographer • Peggy Schreiner and Brynne Cramer, writers