SCC Monthly President's Report, Feb. 2014
A monthly report to the St. Charles Community College Board of Trustees from SCC President Ron Chesbrough. Published Feb. 17, 2014.
PRESIDENT’S REPORT | February 2014 Award-winning author Daniel Woodrell will read at SCC on Feb. 20 Film screening of ‘Winter’s Bone’ will be Feb. 18 in SSB Auditorium Award-winning author Daniel Woodrell, who wrote Winter’s Bone, the novel on which the 2010 film was based, will read at SCC at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in the auditorium of the Daniel J. Conoyer DANIEL WOODRELL Social Sciences Award-Winning Author Building. of Winter’s Bone In addition to his comments, Woodrell will read an excerpt, answer questions and will sign copies of his book, available for purchase at the event through the SCC Bookstore. A film screening of Winter’s Bone, starring Jennifer Lawrence and nominated for Academy Awards, Golden Globes and others, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18. Both events are free and open to the public. The film is rated R. Five of Woodrell’s eight published novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel in 1999. Woodrell grew up in St. Charles, Mo., and now lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill. For more information, contact Virginia Guneyli, SCC associate professor of English, at 636-922-8617 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Brenna Bruckerhoff was a scholarship recipient for the 2013-14 academic year. For more information about SCC Foundation scholarships, contact Betsy Schneider, SCC director of development: email@example.com. 2014-15 Foundation scholarship application deadline is March 3 The deadline to apply for Foundation scholarships for the 2014-15 school year at SCC is fast approaching. Application packets are due by 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, to Enrollment Services in the Administration Building, Room 1113. Application packets and recommendation forms can be found at stchas.edu/scholarships, outside the auditorium of the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building or in Enrollment Services. Students who submit official application packets are eligible for more than 40 scholarships, based on specific criteria. SCC students benefit from nearly $65,000 in Foundation Scholarships awarded each year at SCC. “We are so thankful for our donors who believe in the power of education and make our scholarship program possible,” said Betsy Schneider, SCC director of development. “Education is so important, and we are excited to have the opportunity to offer scholarships to such hard-working students,” said Schneider. Three new scholarships will be awarded for the 2014-15 academic year: Blattell & Associates Scholarship Blattell & Associates is a St. Peters based financial planning firm. Bob Blattell has been an instructor of Continuing Education financial courses for more than 20 years. The Blattells believe in the transformative power of education and wanted to make a difference for an SCC student by establishing a scholarship. Cottleville Firefighters Community Organization (CFCO) Scholarships The CFCO established two new scholarships this year, each worth $1,000. These scholarships will be used for students who are studying to become first responders. Health Information Technology Scholarship A new scholarship fund has been created to support students studying to work in the Health Information Technology field. There are a number of donors contributing to this fund and the number of scholarships will be based on the amount of funding available in March. SCC Spring Community Events Update That ‘80s Run, which will feature a 10K, 5K and 1-mile fun run on the SCC campus on April 26, celebrates the college’s history. The creation of SCC was approved by voters in April 1986, and the first classes were held the following year. RUN. LIVE. LEARN. moves to a new, retro ‘80s beat SCC’s 22nd annual run and wellness event has gone totally rad! Headbands and leg warmers will be prevalent when RUN. LIVE. LEARN. is taken over by That ‘80s Run on Saturday, April 26. Race participants and volunteers will be encouraged to wear their favorite neon colors, torn sweatshirts, mall bangs and bangle bracelets at the morning event that features 10K and 5K competitive runs and a 1-mile fun run as well as a health and wellness expo. For information about race registration, vendor booths and sponsorship opportunities, visit stchas.edu/run. Spring Semester Enrollment Update SCC enrollment for the spring 2014 semester outpaced budget predictions of -5 percent. As of Feb. 11, which is the college census date used for state reporting, enrollment for the term stood at 6,921 headcount and 65,847 credit hours, a decrease of 4.4 and 4.8 percent, respectively, compared to the spring 2013 semester. Other figures of note include an increase in first-time freshman enrollment, 22.7 percent, and first-time freshmen credit hours, 14.7 percent. June 5 is new date for Rhythm & Ribs event Rhythm & Ribs 2014 will be held on Thursday, June 5, one week earlier than its originally scheduled date. “We’re ready to ring in the summer with some tasty ribs and rockin’ good tunes,” said Betsy Schneider, director of development. Stay tuned for updates on food vendors and musical performances! Visit rhythm-and-ribs.com to learn more. The Smash Band entertains the crowd at Rhythm & Ribs 2013. MARK THE CALENDAR Feb. 20 – Daniel Woodrell, Guest Speaker Feb. 21 – Step UP! Training Feb. 26 – SCC Cultures of the World Festival Feb. 26 – Study Abroad in Cannes Feb. 26 – Off White Lies Film Feb. 27 – Making Things in Madagascar Feb. 27 – Intimate Partner Violence in Immigrant Communities Feb. 27 – Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World Film Feb. 27 – SCC Coffeehouse Feb. 27 – Desire and Disdain: Egyptian Belly Dance in Social and Historical Context March 3 – SCC Juried Exhibition, Art Exhibition, through April 11 March 4 – Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program March 5-9 – The Elephant Man performances March 10-11 – Next Year’s Man of Steel auditions March 11 – Mental Illness: Is it Just a Different Brain March 12 – Tracy and Jess Film and Discussion March 13 – Adolescence and Crime – Doesn’t the Brain Make Me Innocent? March 17-23 – Spring Break