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THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF ST. CHARLES COMMUNITY COLLEGE Vol. 23, No. 3 | 2011
Freshman forward Daniel Drewel attempts to keep the ball in the attacking zone against East Central College.
This photograph of a destroyed Joplin, Mo., home is a sobering, close-up reminder of the May 2011 disaster. Photo courtesy of Beth Finders.
Soccer teams set goals for season’s second half
Members of SCC family pitch in on Joplin relief efforts
regional tournament; we have a good chance at making it far this season.” The women’s team (4-4) has overcome several obstacles already this season, but they did it as a team, according to Head Coach Ashlee Slayback. Finding someone to replace sophomore defenseman Kelsie Ehlers, who tore her ACL in pre-season, proved difficult. Freshman Ashley Trautman, originally slated as a midfielder, filled the hole in the back line and has been a dominant force on the defense. “As long as the girls continue to play together as a team, they’ll be successful,” Slayback said. “We expect great things this year.”
PRESIDENT, from page 1 division, retention research and initiatives, and the Kemper Program in Social Entrepreneurship, a grant program that serves to expand student and faculty involvement in service learning. He was involved in institution-wide budget planning and construction of budgets up to $30 million. “I am honored to be selected as the third president of St. Charles Community College in this, the 25th anniversary year of the college,” Chesbrough said. “The college has a rich tradition of serving the education and workforce development needs of St. Charles County and the surrounding area. I am excited to continue this tradition into the college’s next 25 years and to join the outstanding faculty, staff and students of SCC as we continue to build the successful future of the college. I am confident that the future is bright.”
In Memoriam The college was saddened by the loss of some former students since the most recent Chaz. Steven J. Richter passed away June 29, 2011. Daniel L. Schwarzen passed away July 14, 2011. Ashley C. Skoba passed away Aug. 10, 2011.
With the devastation from the May tornado in Joplin, some SCCers were among those who jumped to pitch in. Two campus-wide collections were held this summer, coordinated through the SCC Bookstore. In July SCC delivered 31 boxes with more than 2,300 food items to Morning Star Church in Dardenne Prairie for their work group to take to Joplin. In August SCC sent 15 cartons of more than 2,400 school supplies to Forest Park Church Campus in Joplin. Linda Cole, professor of nursing, did clean-up work with a group of 10 people from her church in Weldon Spring. “The experience was life-altering,” Cole said. “The level of destruction was far more than you can see on television.” Cole’s group worked with AmeriCorps to pick up the rubble of the damaged homes. She said the owners of the homes she worked on survived, but that some of the neighbors had not made it. “I realized while I was there that all the stuff in a house is really just stuff,” she said. Cole also spent a day working with a church in Joplin to provide food and supplies to people who had lost their homes. Beth Finders, psychology professor and psychology program coordinator, joined the efforts. She set out on her own to work a couple of days counseling adolescents through the Missouri Department of Mental Health. She also spent time volunteering with the Joplin Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, who came in after the tornado to set up and care for the displaced animals. Finders worked the front desk, walked dogs, cleaned cages and helped out where she could. “You could see how emotionally distraught they were,” she said. “It was eye-opening.” Finders’ last day was spent volunteering with a church. “Families would come in who had lost everything,” she said. “We talked about their experiences, where they were, and how they were coping with losses. They would thank me for listening, but I was the one who was blessed.”
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 Kanna Taylor, writers
The SCC Cougars men’s and women’s soccer teams are working hard and staying competitive as they face tough schedules and player injuries. Both are hopeful for a successful “second half” and post-season. Men’s Head Coach Tom Kearns said the team (4-6-1) is improving with much of the season yet to play. With the help of leading goal-scorers freshman forward Conor Leach (5) and sophomore midfielder Bryan Powers (3), the men’s team has been competitive in every game, win or lose. “Our main goal is to win as many games as possible in the regular season,” Kearns said. “Then we will focus on the
Ronald Chesbrough, Ph.D., named third president of St. Charles Community College; first official day set for Oct. 3
RONALD CHESBROUGH, Ph.D. SCC President
The St. Charles Community College Board of Trustees named Ronald Chesbrough, Ph.D., vice president for student affairs at Hastings College in Hastings, Neb., as the next president of St. Charles Community College. He will take the helm with the upcoming retirement of John M. McGuire, Ph.D., only the second president since the college was established in 1986.
Trustees agreed on the selection in a special Closed Session meeting on Aug. 27 after an eight-month nationwide search process. A committee representing faculty, staff, students and community residents participated in screening and interviewing the candidates. Following his start date of Oct. 3, Chesbrough and retiring president McGuire will spend two weeks
together on campus in order to provide for a smooth transition of leadership. Chesbrough has served as vice president for student affairs at Hastings College since 2005. In this position, he was responsible for a $1.2 million budget and the administration of the student life SEE “PRESIDENT,” Page 4
HUMANITIES BUILDING RENAMED
McGuire’s retirement celebrated, SCC building named in his honor The John M. McGuire Humanities Building was named Thursday, Aug. 18, in honor of SCC’s second retiring president. William R. Pundmann, president of SCC’s Board of Trustees, made the announcement during the Farewell Tribute for McGuire at the college. “We want to acknowledge the impact John has made on this college during his tenure,” Pundmann said. “Above all, he has been a champion for student success and the mission of the college.” The Farewell Tribute, attended by McGuire’s colleagues, friends and family, recognized his contributions to the college and raised $19,600. Proceeds will support the new John M. McGuire Endowment Fund, established through the SCC Foundation to provide scholarships for under-resourced students and funding to enhance student preparation in mathematics. Also at the event, Debbie Cochran, St. Charles district director for U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, presented a proclamation issued by Akin in honor of McGuire’s service to the college. The Farewell Tribute included a roast and toast and was hosted by community leaders Dan Barklage, Billy Collier, Bill Green, Greg Prestemon and Kasey McKee, SCC associate vice president for foundation and alumni relations.
Formerly known as the Humanities Building, the SCC Board of Trustees renamed the building in honor of retiring SCC president John McGuire on Aug. 18. Two other buildings on SCC’s campus have been named: the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building, named in 1995 in honor of the college’s first retiring president; and the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building, named in 2006 after the longest-serving member of the Board at the time. “It has been my honor to serve with you in this noble endeavor,” McGuire said at the end of his remarks. McGuire will retire from SCC in October after 15 years of service to the college and the surrounding community.