SCC Chaz, V. 24, Iss. 2
Chaz, the official newsletter of St. Charles Community College. Contents feature events and news from SCC during April, May and June 2012.
THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF ST. CHARLES COMMUNITY COLLEGE Vol. 24, No. 2 | 2012 A group of SCC's newest alumni listen intently as St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith offered encouragement and advice to the class of 2012. Sunlight streams in over the heads of the 2012 class of SCC graduates during the 24th annual commencement, which took place in the College Center gymnasium on May 12. During the ceremony, the SCC Foundation recognized LCDR Tina M. Cox of the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps as this year's Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Breitmeyer named vice president for academic and student affairs at SCC Chris Breitmeyer has been selected as the next vice president for academic and student affairs at St. Charles Community College, college officials announced. Breitmeyer, who has served as interim vice CHRIS BREITMEYER president of academic and Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs student affairs, replaces Michael Banks, who accepted a presidency at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Mo. His area of responsibility includes all credit and non-credit academic divisions, as well as workforce development, student development, enrollment services, athletics and student support services like the library and ACE Center. Breitmeyer was dean of math, science and health at SCC since June 2008. Prior to SCC, he was Science Department chair and faculty member at Yavapai (Ariz.) Community College. St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith addresses SCC graduates More than 735 receive community college degrees and certificates St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith was the keynote speaker at SCC's 24th annual commencement on May 12, which celebrated the accomplishments of more than 735 graduates of the class of 2012. Faith, who was one of SCC's first Board of Trustees members, serving 1986-1995, and was director of development for the SCC Foundation from 1997-2005, congratulated graduates on their many accomplishments. She also reflected on the early days of the college and its growth over the past 25 years. "Each of you has a different story, a different path, a different reason for being here and graduating with the class of 2012 today," Faith said. "You may not realize this, but along the way, you've set an important precedent, a benchmark and a quality example for all who will grace the halls of this college in the future." "In the first graduating class � wait for it � there were a total of three graduates," Faith said. "Today, by comparison, more than 735 students are eligible to graduate today." Also addressing a crowd of nearly 1,500 graduates, faculty, relatives and friends was student representative Jill Browder, of St. Peters, an Associate of Arts degree graduate with a 4.0 grade point average. See more images from SCC's 24th Annual Commencement: flickr.com/stchas The 1 Campus SCC oop 2 ging mission by providing life-chan C family is living the college tes Discover the ways the SC y ... Reading time: 5 minu cultural opportunities every da educational and 3 welcomed s of rain to take a dry morning following several day on April 28 part in the 10K, 5K and Fun Run, held events were at St. Charles Community College. The . LIVE. LEARN. part of the college's 20th annual RUN residents for a event that drew more than 1,000 area recreation. morning of health, fitness and family , Bob In the first-ever 5K race event at SCC cross the finish Hamer, 39, of St. Charles, was first to 9. line. He came in with a time of 17:5 ns, 30, of Rock Hill, was In the 10K race, Joe Lyo the second first to cross the finish line (34:14) for Louis, was the year in a row. Julie Bergfeld, 45, of St. coming in third first woman to cross the finish line, overall with a time of 41:23. s in a May 4 Times are posted for all race finisher Information news release at stchas.edu/news. event, including about next year's RUN. LIVE. LEARN. can be found available sponsorship opportunities at stchas.edu/run. 1 More than 750 runners and walkers 2 More than 1,400 people came out for live music and ribs at the St. Charles Community College Foundation's Rhythm and Ribs event on May 18. Ticket sales, raffle and donations raised more than $50,000. Proceeds support scholarships and academic enhancements at SCC. "Keeping a quality higher education accessible in St. Charles County is a community-wide effort," said Kasey McKee, vice president for college advancement. "And that's exactly what Rhythm and Ribs is all about � bringing the community together to support education." New rib vendors Bandana's Bar-B-Q and Stumpy's House of Bar-B-Que and Catering, joined returning favorites Ethyl's Smokehouse and Saloon and Mannino's Market. Chick-Fil-A, MO Kettle Corn and Quintessential Catering served up other fare, and beverages included beer by Krey Distributing and O'Fallon Brewery, wine by Terra Firma USA, specialty teas and lemonade by Red Robin and bottled water by Ameristar. In addition to music by Smash Band, guests enjoyed the St. Charles West Jazz Ensemble and a rhythm revue/ variety hour featuring Evidence Sings, Eric Moeller and the Strummalongs, Kentucky Stringz, St. Louis Bella Corda, Sean Chadwick and vocal groups from Mozingo Music. ter hosted a book the kids brought swap the week of April 16-20, where one another. The books from home to exchange with l early childhood remaining books were donated to loca Guneyli, SCC programs in need. Organizer Virginia invited members associate professor of English, also children. Visitors of the SCC community to read to the Will Griffin and included professors Darren Osburn, men's championship Andrea Compton; players from the from Corporate and roller hockey team; Amy Fitzwilliam Chesbrough, SCC Community Development; and Ron president. k of events in 4 For the first time, SCC hosted a wee Month on the observance of Child Abuse Prevention se in the news, SCC campus. "We hear about child abu about child abuse, but many people don't know much s are," said Lisa how common it is or what the sign chology, and one Stoner, SCC associate professor of psy speakers, including of the organizers of the events. Four Merryn, spoke about recognized author and activist Erin the investigatory the signs and impact of child abuse, available process, current legal implications and nt Cen 3 The SCC Child Developme resources. N O T E S of D I S T I N C T I O N SCC received the St. Charles County Business Spotlight Award for its 25 years providing excellent higher education and customer value to the region. The award was presented by the Economic Development Roundtable of the EDC of St. Charles County, the City of Cottleville and St. Charles County Workforce Development. Ameren Missouri awarded a $5,000 gift to the SCC Foundation and the SCC engineering program in order to provide a dedicated mobile computer lab, complete with 12 laptops equipped with special purpose software that can be rolled in and out of classrooms as needed. In striving to provide more adult learners throughout the state with a high school credential, SCC, part of Missouri's GED� Testing Program, is partnering with GED Testing Service to offer the GED� test on computer. Testing began on May 22. SCC is one of two pilot locations in the state to offer GED� testing on computer in preparation for the new GED� assessment being introduced in January 2014. Celebrating Our Heritage Twenty-one people have been part of the SCC family throughout its 25-year history. The college recognizes them for helping make what SCC is today. TOP ROW: Beth Finders, Kasey McKee, Karen Jones, Kelley Pfeiffer. BOTTOM ROW: Christina Gant, Brenda Hollrah, Tobi Wilkins, Patricia Probst BACK ROW: Leon Jones, Hal Berry, Karen Jones, April Hoekenga, Bruce Welz, Denise McCracken, Terri Borger, John Snyder. FRONT ROW: Bill Reynolds, Kevin Patton, Flo Johnson, Pam Cilek, Charlie Blumer, Wanda Long, Karen Vossenkemper, Grace Matthews. (Not Pictured: Mary Atchison, Kathy Brockgreitens, Doug Brown, Carol Green, Ann Vernon.) SCC employees, students honored for excellence inside, outside the classroom From students to faculty and staff, awards for members of the SCC community were abundant this spring. SCC's award winners include: Beth Finders, SCC professor of psychology, and Stacy Runion, Child Development Center lead teacher, were honored with 2012 ABLE (Alliance for Business, Learning and Education) Excellence in Education awards. Kasey McKee, SCC associate vice president for college advancement, received the 2012 Athena Emerging Young Professionals Award from the Athena Leadership Foundation of St. Charles County. Karen Jones, SCC professor of English, received the 2011 Missouri Humanities Award for Exemplary Community Achievement for her dedication both in and out of the classroom. Kelley Pfeiffer, SCC coordinating counselor-student activities, received the SCC Global Educator Award for her support and promotion of international knowledge and cultural understanding at SCC. Christina Gant, SCC professor of English and Brenda Hollrah, SCC College Center coordinator, were each honored with the International Hallmark Award for Distinguished Advisor. In addition, the SCC Alpha Xi Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was named one of the top 100 chapters for 2012. Tobi Wilkins, recent SCC graduate and former Phi Theta Kappa president, received the Distinguished Chapter Officer Award. She was also selected, along with SCC student Jung Chang, as a member of the All-Missouri Academic Team, and she was named a Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar for having one of the 150 highest-scoring applications in the nation. Patricia Probst, SCC student, received a Missouri Breaking Traditions Award, which honors students in nontraditional career and technical education programs. Whether they were awarded for excellence in the classroom, in the community or for serving students, these award recipients symbolize the leadership and success that exists at SCC. Newly appointed SCC Board of Trustees president Ryan Robertson swears in William T. Lohmar Jr. following Lohmar's election to the Board in April. Pundmann, Ehlmann re-elected to Board of Trustees; Lohmar elected to fill final two years of vacated seat William R. Pundmann and Jean Ehlmann were re-elected to six-year terms to the SCC Board of Trustees in the April county election. William T. Lohmar Jr. was elected to the final two years of a six-year term that became open when his son, Timothy Lohmar, was elected as a judge in Missouri's 11th Judicial Circuit. William Lohmar was appointed to the Board in January 2011. This will be Pundmann's second six-year term and Ehlmann's fourth six-year term on the SCC Board. At the April meeting, the Board, whose officers reorganize every two years following the trustee election, announced the 2012-14 slate of officers: Ryan Robertson, president; Robert Proost; vice president; Lohmar, treasurer; Rose Mack, secretary; and members, Pundmann and Ehlmann. Learn more about the 10-time national champion Cougars: stchas.edu/rollerhockey Do you have a fun SCC photo to share? Post it on the college Facebook wall: stchas.edu/facebook The SCC Cougars Roller Hockey Club A team (Junior College Division) celebrate the college's third straight national championship title and SCC's 10th overall. Under the leadership of coaches Erick Cantrell and Blake Propp, the 2012 Cougars championship roster included Danny Brown, Brent Propp, Joe Colmo, Brendan Dugger, Andrew Helbig, Todd Hoeferlin, Chris Keppler, Jaron Lutz, Nick Signorelli, Matt Stobart, Brian Vogler and Tommy Wilson. TOP: Sophomore Kelsey Lamb nearly avoids a tag at home plate. The Cougars went on to win the game 12-11 in extra innings. BOTTOM: SCC sophomore Justin Hennig hones in on a pitch against Southwestern Illinois College. Living Green Expo and free electronic recycling coming to campus June 16 From recycling and composting to alternative transportation and renewable energy, people of all ages will have fun and learn the advantages of living a greener lifestyle at the Living Green Expo and free electronic recycling event 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 16, in SCC's red parking lot. Free electronic recycling will be provided onsite by EPC (Executive Personal Computers), with the exception of televisions and monitors for a $10 fee. No appliances, such as washers, dryers or dishwashers, will be accepted. Guests can view a 2012 Chevy Volt and other hybrid vehicles without having to visit multiple dealerships. Family-friendly exhibits such as a community recycled art project, Segway rides, face painting and EVie from the St. Louis Science Center will be on display. EVie is an electric truck that includes fun ways to learn about energy basics and related environmental concerns. A tree planting ceremony in recognition of the college's 25th anniversary will kick-off the event at 10 a.m. on the Campus Plaza. The ceremony will last about 30 minutes and will celebrate the accomplishments of the college and provide a glimpse into its plans for a successful, sustainable future. Winning streaks, standout players highlight 2012 season The SCC Cougars men's baseball and women's softball teams may not have finished the 2012 season the way they wanted to, but they still have something to be proud of: their sophomore leaders. The SCC men's baseball team finished the season 12-36. Despite a seven-game winning streak in April, they lost their last eight games, including two in postseason play. "We lacked a few key ingredients this season," said Chris Gober, head coach. "But we are bringing back some good sophomores next year and are looking to rebuild the team." The team will certainly miss sophomore shortstop Jimmy Obermark, who was named the Region XVI Defensive Player of the Year, and will be nominated for the National Defensive Player of the Year. The women's softball team also had an impressive ninegame winning streak in March, but fell short in the Region XVI tournament, with a postseason record of 2-2, and an overall record of 28-24. Individually, the players set six new SCC softball records, and broke into the top five of 12 different school records. Standout freshman outfielder/first baseman Brittany Edelen was ninth in the nation for stolen bases with 48, and she received All-Regional and All-Conference First-Team honors. Tarah Moutray, sophomore third baseman, was also named to All-Regional First-Team, as well as All-Conference Honorable Mention. All-Regional Honorable Mention players include Becca Zalabak, Sarah Vanhooser, Kelli Costello and Shea Dean. Costello and Vanhooser also received All-Conference First-Team honors. 5/2012 In Memoriam The college was notified of the recent deaths of two of its students and one alumna: Philaura Askegard, of Lake St. Louis, and Elaine A. Goltz, of St. Peters, were current students at SCC. Trudi Shannon was a graduate of the Child Care & Early Education program in May 2010 and was honored as an Outstanding Graduate. Our thoughts and sympathies are with their families and loved ones. 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 Kanna Taylor, writers