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THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF ST. CHARLES COMMUNITY COLLEGE Vol. 26, No. 1 | 2014

This proud grad was one of more than 250 students participating in the college’s 26th annual commencement ceremonies on May 17.

Congratulations, graduates! More than 250 happy graduates – plus families and friends – gathered on a beautiful spring day for the college’s 26th annual commencement exercises in the College Center Saturday, May 17. The college presented its Distinguished Alumni Award to Laura Helling (pictured, bottom left), director of development for the international humanitarian organization Wings of Hope in Chesterfield, Mo. Dr. Graham Fisher (pictured, left), chief scientist at SunEdison Inc., told students in his keynote address, “Remember, in life, it’s not so much where you go, it’s more about what you do when you get there.”


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ployers attended SCC’s More than 550 job seekers and 55 em College, St. Charles County – Job Fair May 2. St. Charles Community of Vocational Rehabilitation Missouri Career Center and Division sponsored the annual event. in a pinning ceremony 2 Fifty-nine graduates were honored celebrating the culmination of their in May at the Columns in St. Charles a ree Nursing program. The pinning is education in the SCC Associate Deg ion. symbolic welcoming into the profess r perfect as some 724 runners and 3 Weather conditions were nea il 26 at SCC. The 5K, 10K and walkers took part in That ‘80s Run Apr ege’s 22nd annual event that drew 1-Mile Fun Run was part of the coll about 1,000 area residents. pahoe Community College in 4 The SCC Roller Hockey Club swept Ara l il 4-5 and captured their 13th nationa a best-of-seven series in Denver Apr 12-player student roster was led by championship title in the process. The nt Coach Mike Rescot, who is an SCC Head Coach Erick Cantrell and Assista national title while at SCC. alum and helped the Cougars win a 1

ESP project encourages campus community to ‘take a walk’ The work of the 2012-13 Employee Sponsored Program (ESP) came to fruition when trail markers were placed across three on-campus walking trails this spring. The campus community and visitors alike will benefit from three paths within the 235 acres: a .33-mile path around the lake (east side of campus), a 1-mile inner campus path and a 1.5-mile outer campus path. The ESP membership was surveyed to determine where funding should be allocated. “The committee liked the health and wellness aspect of this project as well as campus beautification,” Betsy Schneider, director of development, said.

SPRING SPORTS WRAP-UP

SCC Baseball, Softball finish seasons with double-digit wins SCC baseball and softball faced the same challenges this season, and their results were similar. Both teams overcame injuries and winter weather to finish with 10 wins. Head Coach Chris Gober cited the growth of his sophomores as a source of pride. Catcher Austin Avalos hit .322 and outfielders Jack Manley and Zach Herman hit .303 and .318 respectively. Southpaws Scott Huesemann and

The cost of the trail markers was just shy of the $4,000 allotted for the campus enhancement, Schneider said. “Whether it is a stroll during an employee’s lunch time, someone walking for exercise or someone wanting to increase their endurance, the markers help guide walkers in their goal,” Vicky Teson, chair of the 2012-13 ESP committee, said. The ESP-funded trail markers are not part of the recently opened Great Rivers Greenway trail that runs along the eastern edge of campus, but the trails connect near the campus Red Lot. A map of the campus walking trails can be found on the SCC website at stchas.edu/trails.

Spencer Pugh each contributed 50+ innings and struck out some 30 batters. Despite injuries, SCC doubled its win total from 2013 to finish 10-34 in 2014. Injuries also plagued women’s softball, shortening Head Coach Michelle Patrico’s roster to 11 players for most of the season and contributing to an 8-30 season record. However, the Lady Cougars peaked at the right time and won twice at regionals to finish fourth. Named to the first-team All-Region XVI was infielder April Hennen; infielder Kayla Cox, pitcher Ashley Lutz and outfielder Bridget Allgier were named to the second team.


Chaz–Spring 2014