Chaz, St. Charles Community College
Chaz, the official newsletter of St. Charles Community College, Vol. 25, Issue 3.
Vol. 25, No. 3 | 2013 THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF ST. CHARLES COMMUNITY COLLEGE Mandi Smith, student activities coordinator, and Grace Moser, assistant professor of history, jump in the photo booth at the annual winter social for SCC employees. The SCC Concert Band, SCC Singers, Chamber Choir, Jazz Combos and Orchestra performed winter concerts Dec. 9-12. Mark your calendar Student Senate and Tau Upsilon Alpha National Organization for Human Services Honor Society will host a clothing exchange 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dec. 14, in the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building. Two other free events take place Dec. 14. Holiday kids crafts and pictures with Santa will be held at 2 p.m. in the SSB, along with a free showing of Elf at 3:30 p.m. Continuing Education will host the Handmade Marketplace Craft Show 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the College Center, featuring items for sale by local artisans. Young People’s Theatre will present Irving Berlin’s White Christmas Dec. 20-22 in the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building theater. For tickets, visit stchastickets.com. Colorful lights brighten the center of the SCC campus in late November and all throughout December. SCC community celebrates, brings joy to others As twinkling lights lined the campus, a festive atmosphere and the spirit of giving brought the Fall 2013 semester to a close. Departments and student clubs teamed up to “adopt-a-family” and help SCC students, faculty and staff with families in need. SCC’s social sciences classes collected more than 3,000 cans and 50 pounds of dry food for the neighboring Calvary Church food pantry. SCC employees took a break from work and gathered together for the annual winter social, themed “Home Is Where the Heart Is,” Dec. 5. Door-decorating contest winners were announced at the event. First place: Marketing and Communications; second place: Continuing Education; third place: Cashier’s Office; Facebook fan favorite: Marketing and Communications. SCC signs ‘Got Your 6’ Pledge, supports student veterans SCC signed a pledge to join the Education Pillar of Got Your 6, a movement led by a consortium of major film and television studios, broadcast and cable television networks, talent agencies and guilds that are united in changing the conversation in America with regards to veterans and military families. SCC created a Got Your 6 video, which was directed by Beth Finders, SCC interim dean of students and co-advisor of the SCC Student Veteran Organization, and produced by Ben Munson, SCC associate director of marketing and communications, with help from students, faculty, staff and administrators. Watch the SCC “Got Your 6” video on YouTube. Visit tinyurl.com/SCCGotYour6. The 1 Campus SCC oop 3 -changing lege mission by providing life col the ng livi is ily fam C SC nutes Discover the ways the ry day ... Reading time: 3 mi eve ies nit rtu po op al tur cul d educational an 5 er daughter long a of relationship and the twilight years duction of “On marriage, Center Stage Theatre’s pro the modern Golden Pond” gave unique insight into . 20-24. Nov family through comedy and drama Theatre Auditions for the next Center Stage hant Man, Elep The s ce’ production, Bernard Pomeran Donald the of will be held Jan. 21-22 in the theater w, directed by D. Shook Fine Arts Building. The sho . Lonna Wilke, will be open March 5-8 rtainment For a complete listing of arts and ente ampus. events at SCC, visit stchas.edu/artsonc s for the 2 Foundation scholarship application le. Application 2014-15 school year are now availab to Enrollment 3 rch packets are due by 4:30 p.m. Ma Scholarships Services. Some $65,000 in Foundation tion packets is awarded each year at SCC. Applica nd at fou and recommendation forms can be stchas.edu/scholarships. 1 Showcasing generation gaps, a fath 3 Students, faculty and staff learned the real story of the first Thanksgiving as part of SCC’s Native American Heritage Month in November. Proceeds from the luncheon were donated to a local food pantry. Other events included an educational performance by Native Visions and a film showing of Kind-Hearted Women. 4 Students learned about various opportunities to study abroad for college credit during International Education Week, celebrated on campus Nov. 12-13. Destinations for 2014 include Canterbury, England, Cannes, France and Costa Rica. English as a Second Language students led a panel discussion about what life is like in another country. Other events included a Water in Kenya and Haiti presentation by the Shoeman, a Human Trafficking and Its Effects on Women and Children presentation, the demonstration Taste of Egyptian Dance and a film showing of Le Harve. ch charts will take part SCC’s strategic path, college departments ess was proc in annual college planning. An updated by Kasey McKee, rolled out to the campus in November t. vice president for college advancemen and The annual plan articulates, documents es on a yearly measures the success of primary initiativ s, equipment, basis so that resources (personnel, fund cated. The facilities, time) can be prioritized and allo ming from College Plan consists of initiatives stem ram prog ent/ the long-range plan and departm annual plans. the Board Cabinet will present the College Plan to ct on effe s take of Trustees in May. The 2014-15 plan 5 In addition to a long-range plan, whi July 1, 2014. SCC supports students with retention-driven financial aid programs, resources SCC offers programs to help support students and keep them enrolled in college. A Suspension Prevention Series was held this fall to provide student awareness of the rules of financial aid, Satisfactory Academic Progress and teach students how to meet the financial aid requirements. “The financial aid process and terminology can be confusing,” said Kristin Thomas, Title IV program coordinator. “This program helps students understand how their academic and enrollment status can affect financial aid eligibility.” With new efforts in place to help the program grow, it was a success. “We had over 75 students attend the Suspension Prevention Series this fall,” said Thomas. SCC also offers SALT, a free resource for students that helps them take control of their finances and student loans, as part of the financial literacy Kristin Thomas, Title IV program coordinator at SCC, meets with students program. in ADM 1113 to help them navigate financial assistance requirements. Shonna Harden, 40, of St. Charles, was one of nine students who took advantage of a pilot College 101 class at SCC. “When I heard about it, I knew I wanted to do it,” Harden said. “I wanted to be an example for other women with kids, and to go further in my career. Being a part of this class has been motivating. Everyone was very supportive.” Tiffany Ramirez (left) receives the Missouri Community College Association Student Leadership Award from Zora Mulligan, MCCA chief executive officer, at the 49th MCCA convention held Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Spotlight shines on SCC award winners Ron Pettus, associate professor of political science at SCC, was selected to receive an Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. Amanda Sizemore, SCC director of workforce development, was recognized among the “Beyond the Best: Top 50 in Business Awards” by StreetScape RON PETTUS AMANDA SIZEMORE Magazine. SCC Associate Professor SCC Director of Workforce The Missouri of Political Science Development Community College Association recognized the following at the 49th annual MCCA convention held Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in St. Louis: Hal Berry, SCC PAUL ROESLER WENDY BROWN professor of SCC Professor Registration Assistant, Corporate history and of Political Science and Community Development theater, received the MCCA Senior Service Award. Paul Roesler, SCC professor of political science, received the MCCA Global Educator Award. Tiffany Ramirez, SCC Student Senate president and TUA member, received the MCCA Student Leadership Award. Dr. Natalie Greene received the MCCA Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements while attending and after graduating from SCC. Sen. Tom Dempsey received the MCCA Distinguished Legislator Award. Dempsey serves Missouri’s 23rd Senate District, which includes part of St. Charles County. Wendy Brown, registration assistant for Corporate and Community Development, was elected MCCA Vice Chair of Classified Staff. She will hold this position for the next three years. SCC pilots College 101 class for recent GED® recipients SCC piloted a tuition-free version of its College Success Seminar, better known as its College 101 class, in the fall of 2013 for students who recently completed the GED test and who met grant eligibility requirements. Students came from various backgrounds with one common goal: to go to college. Created to help adults obtain the credentials needed to gain employment or move up in a current job, the new version of the introductory class was funded by the MoHealthWINs grant. Many of the students recently participated in SCC’s GED® hybrid class that was introduced in 2012 also with funds from MoHealthWINs, as well as SCC’s preparation classes. Learn more about the grant at mccatoday.org/mohealthwins. Changes to high school equivalency test coming In January 2014, Missouri will replace the GED® test with the ETS High School Equivalency Test, called the HiSET. SCC kicks off United Way drive 12 employees win premium parking spaces for 2014 SCC employees who pledged to the United Way this fall were entered into a drawing for parking spots. The winners drawn for each month of 2014 got to select their parking spot for a month. Winners were Jean Dickens, Kathy Drews, Teresa Drury, Diana Fast, Linda Fix, Joyce Lindstrom, Dorene McCrackin, Lori Nash, Darren Osburn, Paul Roesler, Eileen Schnelle and Ellen Yarber. Campaign chairs this year are John Bookstaver and Jane O’Donnell. “The United Way does good work that benefits our students,” said Bookstaver. “We plan to do several things in the coming year to raise funds and awareness of the services United Way provides, including a penny challenge in February.” Attending a Cougar sporting event with a camera? Shoot, then share it on Facebook: stchas.edu/facebook Do you have a fun campus photo to share? Post it on Instagram and tag us: @stcharlescc Cougar sophomore Brendan Temm attempts to head-butt the ball over the Lewis and Clark Community College goalie. File photo: SCC vs. Saddleback College, April 6, 2013. Cougars soccer teams celebrate successful seasons The St. Charles Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams recorded successful seasons this fall, including the best men’s season on record. “I’m extremely pleased with the success of both teams this season,” said Chris Gober, director of athletics at SCC. The men’s team finished the regular season with a record of 12-3-1. They went undefeated in the MCCAC Conference and took home the conference title. Beyond their conference, the men advanced to the Region XVI tournament, consisting of all the NJCAA soccer teams in the state of Missouri, and were edged out by Jefferson College, 2-1, in the championship game on Nov. 2. The Cougars’ Fernando Franco, Valrick Fullins, Valmiro Gonzalez and Nick Hufford were named first team MCCAC All-Conference. Josh Gwaltney, Collin Hennessey and Ramon Perez were named second team MCCAC All-Conference. SCC Head Coach Thomas Kearns was honored as MCCAC Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year. Franco, Gonzalez and Hufford were named first team Region XVI All-Region. SCC Roller Hockey Club improves to 6-5 record at season’s midpoint After a slow start and dropping their first two games of the 2013-14 season, the SCC Roller Hockey Club “A” team won its next four games and ended the first semester with a 6-5 record. Wins for the Cougars have come against Kansas State University, Illinois State University, Lindenwood University-Gold and Illinois University, as well as two decisive conference victories against St. Louis Community College. “For sure, we’ve had better starts to our seasons in the past, but we attribute the slow start this year to a really tough schedule out of the gate,” said Cougars Coach Erick Cantrell. “What matters is that we’re still unbeaten against teams in our division, and the first game after the new year is another conference match.” The Cougars’ “B” team has faced opponents that are, for the most part, outside their division and competitive level, and the team has a 0-9 record to show for it. “We’re facing an uphill battle in the second semester, but adversity is important for growth,” Cantrell said. On the heels of last year’s national title win over Saddleback College, the Cougars “A” team has secured an automatic invitation to the championship tournament in April. Freshman defender Rachael Harris sends the ball down field against Metropolitan-Blue River. Fullins was named second team All-Region. The women’s team also finished with a winning regular season record of 12-7. Like the men, the women advanced to the Region XVI tournament final and took second, falling to St. Louis Community College in the championship game, 2-0, on Nov. 2. Cougar players Christina Conley, Katie Martin, Hayley Miller and Alex Reiter were named first team All-Region for Region XVI. Alyssa Coons, Megan Reis and Ashlynn Reiter were named second team All-Region. Follow the success of all SCC Cougar Athletics: stchas.edu/athletics 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 • Peggy Schreiner and Brynne Cramer, writers 12/2013 In Memoriam The college was saddened by the loss of SCC student Richard D. Knott of St. Peters, who passed away on Nov. 4. Richard attended SCC from 2009-2013 studying Computer Science. Visitation services were held at Baue Funeral and Memorial Center Chapel in St. Charles.