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St. Charles Communit y College
St. Charles Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
A message from the president This has been a year of change, discovery, celebration and challenge. Since assuming the presidency in October 2011 a number of things have taken center stage. SCC celebrated its 25th anniversary with several meaningful events that allowed us to tell the storied history of the college and to recognize the many accomplishments and successes of the first 25 years. It also provided a backdrop to discuss the college’s future and how we will plan strategically to ensure that SCC remains a vital and strong partner for individuals and businesses in our service area. As we prepare to launch a year-long long-range planning process, it is useful to recap some of the current realities faced by the college – both positive and challenging. On the side of challenges, the college has seen two consecutive years of cuts in state funding to public higher education in Missouri. Together, these cuts total more than 12 percent in reduced state funding with more anticipated for the 2012-13 fiscal year. Similarly, property tax receipts have been lower than expected as property values have leveled or declined. Finally, we have seen enrollments flatten and even shrink as growth of the county has slowed. On the positive side of the ledger, grants and partnerships increased this year, responding to training needs of the local workforce. The college has seen record fund-raising for academic enhancements and scholarships through the support of the community and corporate giving. Student achievements were at an all-time high in 2011-12, and organizations like Phi Theta Kappa and the roller hockey club have garnered regional and national recognition for excellence, including the hockey team’s 10th national championship won in April. In August, SCC will begin a comprehensive year-long planning process to chart the future of the college, taking into account these challenges and positives. The process will provide opportunities for community and stakeholder input on numerous levels. I am confident that, through this long-range planning, SCC will continue to be a vibrant partner and an engine for economic growth and financial success of businesses and individuals throughout St. Charles County and beyond. I am humbled and honored to have joined SCC last fall, and I look forward to working with the college and community through this next phase of growth and success.
– Ron Chesbrough, Ph.D. SCC President 1
Success starts with SCC
Tobi Wilkins graduated from SCC in May 2012 with her Associate of Science degree. She received a full-tuition scholarship to attend the University of MissouriSt. Louis, where she plans to earn her bachelorâ€™s degree in chemistry.
Student Development initiated Smart Start, an online registration preparation process using the Moodle course management system.
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.
The college subscribed to the SmarterMeasure assessment tool that quantifies and identifies a studentâ€™s level of readiness to take an online or technology-rich course in order to improve online course success.
Tobi Wilkins’ life has been anything but run-of-the-mill. She’s been everything from a teacher to a chef, and now she can add a new title to that list: college graduate. “Tobi has been an exceptional leader in all aspects of student life at SCC,” said Brenda Hollrah, College Center coordinator and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) advisor. “She has exceeded all expectations in every endeavor she has taken on.” Tobi was the president of PTK, the two-year college academic honor society, and in 2012, she received the Distinguished Chapter Officer Award. In addition, Tobi and fellow SCC student Jung Chang were selected as members of the All-Missouri Academic Team, and Tobi was named a Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar. Her efforts did not go unnoticed, even by the SCC president, who awarded her with the first-ever President’s Award for her extraordinary contributions to SCC. Under her leadership, PTK received 11 regional awards and four international awards. But PTK wasn’t the only student organization garnering awards. SCC student Megan Tucker became the first Phi Beta Lambda member to place first in the Computer Applications category at the PBL
Following the fire and destruction of property at the Pike/Lincoln Vocational Center, the college minimized classroom downtime by expediting the purchase and delivery of supplies and equipment for the GED/ Adult Education and Literacy programs. In addition, 36 microcomputers scheduled for surplus sale were donated to PLVC.
National Conference. PBL is a collegiate-level organization focused on preparing students for careers in business. The computer-aided drafting (CAD) program also had good news: SCC student Patricia Probst was selected as the seventh SCC CAD student in a row to receive the annual Missouri Breaking Traditions Award and is the third regional winner in seven years. The award honors students in non-traditional career and technical education programs. “These awards are prime examples of the well-rounded education students are receiving at SCC,” said Kelley Pfeiffer, student activities coordinating counselor. “I’m thrilled to see this happening for our students.”
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.
The Academic and Career Enhancement Center reconfigured the 15-week Introduction to College sessions into 10-week sessions to allow students to finish the course earlier in the semester.
SCC students now have the option to take the first developmental math course in an individualized lab format, where they work one-on-one with instructors.
Course redesign increases learning options
In looking at ways to improve student success, the college’s Math Department has redesigned some of its developmental math courses. The redesign culminated in the need for a designated math laboratory classroom. The remodeled classroom space on the second floor of the Administration Building was completed in time for the fall 2011 semester. The course redesign is intended to help students whose test scores require them to take developmental math, allowing them to take SCC’s first developmental course, Math 096, in a self-paced format. The new lab classroom accommodates this, so students can work independently and the instructor is able to work with students one-on-one and answer individual questions.
“This model enables students to progress more quickly through material that is review for them,” said Joe Howe, professor of math. The physical space of the classroom is divided into two parts. Two-thirds of the room is a computer lab and one-third is a lecture space. “Students can come at times in addition to their own class in order to complete assignments and get extra help from instructors,” Howe said. “Students also have the option to complete the course early.” Cheryl Eichenseer, associate professor of math and MAT 096 coordinator, explained that it’s good for students to have options to meet their learning style.
SCC earns 10-year re-accreditation St. Charles Community College received official notification of the college’s re-accreditation for another 10 years in March 2012 from the Higher Learning Commission. The approval follows two years of preparation and a November 2011 site visit. The college achieved the highest level of accreditation approval, with the next evaluation scheduled for 2021-22. “This is a great accomplishment for the college,” said SCC President Ronald Chesbrough. “The Commission’s report validates what we already know – St. Charles Community College is an exceptional institution of higher education with a dedicated faculty and staff who keep student success at the center of our mission.” The notification included the approval to expand its distance education up to 100 percent of degree programs should the college seek to increase online offerings in “Students still have the option of the lecture format if that fits their learning style, and now they have the lab format if that is their preference,” Eichenseer said. According to Chris Breitmeyer, vice president for academic and student affairs, the individualized format can be helpful to students who get frustrated in the traditional lecture classroom. “Working on their own takes away the anxiety they might feel about asking questions during a lecture,” he said. Breitmeyer said the lab format is another way to address low success rates in math, helping students to pass developmental math courses and continue on to take their other courses.
The Academic and Career Enhancement Center reported that two subject areas recorded significant upticks in tutoring services to students comparing 2011 to 2010: science increased 40% and physics posted a 182% increase. The 11th annual SCC Democracy Days took place on campus Sept. 12-15. The theme of the forum was “9/11: 10 Years After,” and included presentations on bioterrorism, information control, the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, post-9/11 democracy movements in the Middle East, responses to the 9/11 attacks and a variety of philosophical issues.
Jennifer Muschany, SCC public safety supervisor, participates in the Veterans Salute and Flagpole Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, part of SCC’s Veterans Week events.
VETERANS WELCOME The message is clear with more services, new scholarship, student club and events As the number of U.S. veterans attending SCC continues to rise, the college has implemented a new one-stop shop for students who have served in the U.S. military, as well as current service members and their families. Tomi Schwandt, financial assistance counselor, joined SCC in September 2011, and her door opened to veterans seeking assistance with their educational ambitions, including help with admissions, financial aid counseling, academic advising and VA certification. Support for the educational aspirations of family members of military personnel also came this year in the form of a scholarship. The Board of Trustees announced the Honoring Military Families Scholarship in February 2012 for students who are the legally dependent son, daughter or spouse of a current military service member or an honorably discharged veteran. The scholarship pays all tuition for in-district students; out-of-district students pay only the difference between in-district and out-of-district tuition. Eligible students can apply for up to four semesters at SCC.
Vet-friendly student life The college hosted its first week-long, multi-event campus and community Veterans Day celebration in November 2011. Groups from across campus and in the community
Cougars shortstop Jimmy Obermark was named the Region XVI Defensive Player of the Year. Cougars softball players Brittany Edelen and Tarah Moutray were named to the All-Region First Team.
participated in the activities, including a Veterans Salute and Flagpole Ceremony with patriotic music and 21-Gun Salute. The week’s events also included guest speakers from Jefferson Barracks Air National Guard Base and St. Louis VA Medical Center, a veteran student panel and four feature performances of “United We Stand: A Tribute to the United Service Organizations of World War II,” produced by Hal Berry, professor of history and theater. In May 2012, SCC’s Student Senate approved the formation of the Student Veterans Organization. The club will provide transitional and education support, camaraderie and personal development for veterans, veteran supporters, current service members and their families. Schwandt, along with Beth Finders, professor of psychology, and John Driscoll, public safety police officer, will serve as advisors. The new club received a health and wellness grant from SCC’s RUN. LIVE. LEARN. event committee to fund the purchase of guitars for therapeutic guitar lessons, which will be offered to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, in conjunction with the Six String Heroes organization. The lessons will assist students with the transition into college.
LCDR Tina M. Cox, MSN, MSM, CNS-BC, RNC, of the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, was selected by the SCC Foundation to receive the college’s 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award. The award was presented at the 24th annual SCC commencement ceremony held May 12.
SCC alum Danielle Qualley was one of 16 Phi Theta Kappa members to be named a “Nota Bene” author. Her essay, “In the Face of Adversity,” was chosen from among 950 entries for publication in the 2011 edition of “Nota Bene,” the society’s honors anthology.
Salute and support
Campus and community groups joined together for the Veterans Salute – Flagpole Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. A standingroom only crowd attended the ceremony, which included a presentation and posting of the colors, 21-Gun Salute, a bagpipe performance of “Amazing Grace” and a bugler performance of “Taps.” The event kicked off Veterans Week at SCC, spearheaded by Hal Berry, professor of history and theater.
ANOTHER MILESTONE MET SCC celebrated its 25th anniversary through June 2012 (25 years since the first SCC classes were held). The campuswide endeavor included students, alumni, faculty, staff, administration and members of the community, led by SCCâ€™s 25th Anniversary Task Force. Events and activities were held throughout the year including a SCCavenger hunt, spirit photo competition, tree planting ceremony, Silver Social and more.
HELLO ... Mary
NICE TO MEET YOU ... Marvin
THE PLEASURE IS OURS ... Virginia
Answering the call when the college
After only four years teaching
Following five years as an adjunct
decided to add health occupations to
psychology at SCC, Marvin Tobias
instructor at SCC, Virginia Guneyli
the curriculum, Mary Stassi has led the
can recite stories of turmoil, struggle
became a full-time member of the
program since its inception in 1996.
and success from his students. “That
English faculty in fall 2007. And while
“It began with a handful of students
keeps me motivated,” he said.
English is her subject, a multicultural
and one clinical site, and now it includes more than 250 students each semester in multiple programs at
Tobias enjoys the moment when the light bulb goes on for his students
perspective is the inspiration for much of her curriculum.
and the lesson hits home. “That is
“My students want to know what’s
motivation that keeps me focused on
going on in the world around them,”
The Health Occupations program
ensuring a quality experience. Those
she said. “They think they are learning
includes certificate programs, free-
moments, those stories – those are
about others, but in the end, they
standing classes and certification
what inspire me.”
find they have been learning about
20-plus clinical sites,” she said.
exams. “The majority of the programs are non-credit and provide life-changing
And while the classroom is where
themselves all along.”
those exchanges take place, Tobias
Very comfortable teaching about
advises students to learn outside of
other cultures, Guneyli is encouraged
class. “Take control of your entire
by how she has been embraced by
“Some of my best days are when I
college experience,” he said. “Be
the local community because of her
work with students in a clinical site.
involved in the classroom, in clubs,
role at the college. “I didn’t expect to
I see firsthand that what I do behind
go to the theater, enjoy the fine arts,
be welcomed into the community
the scenes truly makes a difference for
go to a sporting event. Take full
the way I have been,” she said. “My
our students and to the seniors they
advantage of all your opportunities
students have remained a part of my
care for in our clinical sites.”
and take control.”
life even after they’ve finished my class.”
opportunities focused on personal growth and student success,” Stassi said.
Partners making a difference
Rich Lammers, SCC technical instructor, trains GM employees Tamitha Strong and Jim Beachler the basics of machine shop work. SCC helps GM to consolidate trades and cross-train employees to be millwrights, pipefitters and toolmakers.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development awarded $1.2 million to 41 SCC Workforce Development Customized Training clients in advanced manufacturing and emerging technologies.
The Missouri Career Center Partnership received more than $382,000 from the United States Department of Labor/Missouri Department of Economic Development, Workforce Development (through St. Charles County Government), to provide resources to assist with job development and job seeker activities.
Corporate and Community Development formed partnerships with the Boys and Girls Clubs, Carson Dunlop, Partners for Progress, the University of Missouri Extension-Start Smart/Work Smart Program, Pottery Barn, Creve Coeur Camera, and Maturing Adults Community Educators.
With news this year of an expansion at the General Motors Wentzville Assembly Center, SCC is celebrating too. That’s because a partnership with the college’s Workforce Development Department to train and retrain autoworkers onsite at GM is one that benefits both parties, as well as the local economy. Currently, the GM Wentzville Assembly Center is the global production site for the Full Size Van. In November 2011, Gov. Jay Nixon visited GM to announce a $380 million plant expansion to accommodate the production of the new Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup. Nixon and GM officials broke ground in May 2012. With the expansion comes the need for more training. But Amanda Sizemore, director of Workforce Development at SCC, says it’s the ongoing partnership, in existence since 1988, that has helped GM to be ready. “Through the SCC/GM partnership, with everyone pulling together, the GM Wentzville facility is successful in generating a high-quality product with safe and efficient practices,” Sizemore said. “SCC Workforce Development is proud of the role it played in helping to win this expansion.” “We look to the college for expertise when it comes to training,” said George Herina, labor relations manager at GM Wentzville Assembly Center. “The college helps the company to be more competitive.” The college also helps by securing funds to provide ongoing training and training-related initiatives. A three-year grant, presented in 2008 from the Missouri Community College Job Retention Training Program
In 2011-12 alone, the SCC Workforce Development Department served more than 36,497 participants. The college helped 42 companies gain access to more than $2.4 million in Missouri customized training, new jobs and job retention funds.
Continuing Education’s homeschool LEGO® league team, RoboTronix, won first place for presentation and third in overall competition at the FIRST LEGO® League Competition and placed ninth in the Eastern Missouri State Championship.
for $3.6 million, has trained more than 1,225 people and provided more than 280,000 contact hours. Another three-year grant, for more than $575,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor, was awarded through the United Auto Workers – Labor Employment and Training Corporation (UAW-LETC) to the St. Louis Area Energy Partnership, of which SCC is a member and serves as the link to these funds for General Motors. By the end of the 2011-12 academic year, SCC has served approximately 697 people, providing nearly 25,000 additional contact hours as a member of this partnership. A representative from the U.S. Department of Labor, Director Jay Williams from the Office of Recovery and Auto Communities and Workers, was at GM in February 2012, for a site visit of projects funded under the UAW-LETC grant.
Sharing its success GM has also invested in the education of future generations. The SCC Foundation received a major gift this year to fund a variety of community programs and events at the college, including the Living Green Expo, the High School Math Tournament and the Robotics Challenge, where middle and high school students use STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to create robots out of LEGO® MINDSTORMS®, simulating a real-world robot at General Motors. GM has been funding scholarships and academic enhancements at the college through the SCC Foundation since 1991.
Corporate and Community Development established partnerships with other community colleges to expand career and technical programs including developing programs in alternative energy.
In the midst of the 25th anniversary, a series of historical events unfolded when SCC’s second president, John M. McGuire, announced his retirement, a nationwide search ensued, and Ron Chesbrough was welcomed to campus as the next college president.
Farewell tribute is followed by hearty hello
The search began for the third president of St. Charles Community College shortly after the fall 2010 retirement announcement of incumbent John M. McGuire, Ph.D., but the process hit its stride in the summer of 2011.
“It has been my honor to serve with you in this noble endeavor,” McGuire said at the event. McGuire began as president of the college in November 1996. Following 15 years of service he officially retired on Oct. 14.
In August, Dr. McGuire was feted by faculty, staff, family and community colleagues at a party in his honor. The Farewell Tribute recognized his contributions to the college and raised $19,600. Proceeds helped to establish the new John M. McGuire Endowment Fund through the SCC Foundation to provide scholarships for under-resourced students and funding to enhance student preparation in mathematics.
A new era
In addition to a roast and toast, the event included the official naming of the John M. McGuire Humanities Building. The Humanities Building was selected by the SCC Board of Trustees because of McGuire’s interest in, and love for, the humanities.
On Aug. 27, the SCC Board of Trustees announced the selection of Ron Chesbrough, Ph.D., as the third president of the college following a national search. Chesbrough, 54, had served as vice president for student affairs at Hastings College since 2005. Then Board President William R. Pundmann said that trustees were impressed with his 18 years of experience as a chief student affairs officer and his background in academic and student affairs collaborations, fundraising and enrollment management. “The college has a rich tradition of serving the education and workforce development needs of
SCC received the St. Charles County Business Spotlight Award for providing 25 years of excellent higher education and customer value to the region. It was presented in the spring by the Economic Development Roundtable of the EDC of St. Charles County, the city of Cottleville and St. Charles County Workforce Development. William R. Pundmann and Jean Ehlmann were reelected 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. Darren Osburn, professor of speech and communication, received the 2011 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award and was named SCC Faculty Member of the Year.
St. Charles County and the surrounding area,” Chesbrough said. “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.” Chesbrough arrived on campus Oct. 3 to work with President McGuire to ensure a successful transition. Following casual meet and greets with faculty, staff and students, Chesbrough conducted more in-depth conversations with the faculty and staff, as well as community and business leaders, to allow for a sharing of ideas for the future. By the end of the college year, Chesbrough had ensconced himself into the culture of the college by providing consistent updates, authoring an SCC blog and commissioning workgroups to look into such college-wide efforts as TEAMVision and long-range planning. “Recognizing all SCC has accomplished in the last 25 years, the transition from one administration to the next always carries a certain degree of anxious anticipation,” said Debra Crank-Lewis, professor of history and Faculty Association president. “Dr. Chesbrough has brought a buoyant confidence, genuine integrity and a degree of inclusion that is most welcomed.”
As reported in fall 2011, the Financial Services Department maintained the quality standards for achievement of an unqualified opinion from the independent auditors on the audited financial statements for the year ending June 30, 2011. Some 98% of SCC managers completed the Civil Treatment for Managers training session to ensure they have the tools to understand fair and legal practices and to promote an inclusive, team-oriented environment. Institutional Research and Effectiveness created a new data set by implementing the Complete College America project to be used by the Missouri Department of Higher Education for statewide performance measures. SCC’s Psychology Department, with support from other social sciences classes, collected some 7,000 dry and canned goods for the Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service Food Pantry.
Karen Zerr (seated, left), Marilyn Bock and Gayle Horn reflect on the stories of recent recipients of the Friends of SSM St. Joseph Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship.
$135,230 – Endowment Fund value
$90,000 – Academic program support
$85,444 – Student scholarships
Friends of SSM St. Joseph Auxiliary giving goes a long way while benefits remain close to home
TRANSFORMING LIVES AND STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES
With missions that are similar in nature, it is no wonder that the Friends of SSM St. Joseph Auxiliary and the SCC Foundation have forged a lasting partnership. In the five years since the Friends of SSM St. Joseph Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship was established at SCC, it has provided $30,000 in scholarships, benefitting 14 nursing students. “We are thrilled to give scholarships to local nursing students who will end up working in our community,” said Karen Zerr, member of the Friends of SSM St. Joseph Auxiliary. The auxiliary, founded in 1935, has provided scholarships in the community since 1991. However, the process of promoting and awarding scholarships eventually became too much for the group to handle alone. That’s when they turned to SCC. The Friends of SSM St. Joseph Auxiliary gives three $1,000 scholarships annually to SCC nursing students. But since the SCC Foundation matches civic and volunteer organizations’ scholarship donations, their money goes twice as far. “It’s a win-win for everyone,” Zerr said. As a retired nurse, Zerr knows nursing is more than just a job. “We believe SCC nursing students are fully invested and will someday make wonderful nurses,” she said. “It makes us feel good to know we are furthering their education.” The St. Charles Community College Foundation is an independent, 501(c)3, not-for-profit corporation formed to solicit, receive and administer gifts, grants, bequests and donations to support the educational purposes of the college.
OUR PAST SUPPORTS OUR FUTURE
COLLABORATING FOR THE CAUSE
COLLEGE, COMMUNITY ... CONNECTED
In 2011, the Friends & Alumni program,
UPS employees volunteered more
The SCC Foundation’s two major
sponsored by Sentry Insurance, was
than 100 hours for Rhythm and Ribs,
annual fund-raising events continued
introduced to reconnect with more
which made it possible for the SCC
to bring the community together
than 84,000 SCC alumni. A new Friends
Foundation to attain a UPS corporate
to support one cause: providing an
& Alumni monthly e-newsletter was
grant of $10,000. Combined with
accessible, quality higher education.
launched to inform the community
SCC’s other corporate philanthropic
More than 1,500 attended the third
on what’s happening at SCC – from
partners, such as Ameren Missouri,
annual Rhythm and Ribs event in
luncheons and lectures to a free
Emerson Climate Technologies
May, which raised more than $52,000.
summer movie series under the stars.
– Flow Controls, Enterprise Rent-
The 15th annual Presidents Classic
In its first year, the program also
A-Car, General Motors, Employee
Golf Scramble in September raised
partnered with Charter Business and
Community Fund of Boeing, The
more than $47,000. Foundation event
the Greater St. Charles County Chamber
Foundation for Geriatric Education,
proceeds funded SCC scholarships and
of Commerce to offer the Leadership &
and Lion Den Inc., some $90,000 was
Strategy Speaker Series.
awarded in academic enhancements
More about Foundation events
More about Friends & Alumni at stchas.edu/f&a.
More about academic enhancement grants at stchas.edu/enhancements.
S C C P O I N T S of E X C E L L E N C E
Network Computing contracted with MoreNET for a major uptick in SCC’s Internet connection; a 250% faster link than in calendar year 2011 resulting in faster connect times for online tools like Moodle, SCC Connection and the SCC website. Stepped up Continuing Education promotional efforts through use of Facebook, Twitter, Google Ads, MailChimp email campaigns and Web page advertising. The Athletics Department hosted an annual winter showcase and exposure camps for local high school players. For the first time, SCC hosted a week of events in observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month on the SCC campus. Four speakers, including recognized author and activist Erin Merryn, spoke about the signs and impact of child abuse, the investigatory process, current legal implications and available resources. Pam Cilek, SCC professor of theater and coordinator of the Theater Program, received MCCA’s Senior Faculty Service Award. The award is presented each year to one faculty member from each of Missouri’s 20 community college campuses. Continuing Education implemented a payment plan to assist non-credit students who are not eligible for financial aid.
Food Services employed the use of a composter to support green initiatives. The herb garden produced fresh herbs for eight months, reducing costs and enhancing food quality. Marketing and Communications Department instigated and led the new Marketing and Recruitment Committee charged with creating a collegewide strategic marketing plan to work alongside the college annual strategic plan. Following the devastation of the May 2011 tornado in Joplin, several SCC community members pitched in with relief efforts. With support from the SCC Bookstore, SCC delivered 31 boxes with more than 2,300 food items to Morning Star Church in Dardenne Prairie in July 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. Beth Finders, psychology professor, worked through the Missouri Department of Mental Health to help counsel adolescents. 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. Additional efforts to support Joplin took place during the holiday season. By the end of 2011, SCC social media channels increased engagement: Twitter followers up 66%; SCC blog visits up 26%; and SCC YouTube channel total views up 251%. Through single-stream recycling contract, recycled 46.67 tons of waste, representing an average of 35% of the campus waste being recycled.
SCC President Ron Chesbrough (left) and Lindenwood University President Jim Evans signed a unique reverse transfer agreement on Feb. 23. Students who complete a minimum of 15 hours at SCC and transfer without an associate degree and go on to complete the additional requirements necessary for associate degree completion at Lindenwood, now have the opportunity to be awarded the associate degree at SCC. The Distance and Online Learning Committee recommended and implemented a pilot of Quality Matters, a nationally recognized peer review process for online and hybrid courses. 16
Joy Dufrain, project coordinator in the Workforce Development Department, was presented with the Planner of the Year Award from the Society of Government Meeting Professionals. Network Computing implemented the Google anti-spam product Postini online to greatly reduce the number of unwanted email received on campus. English as a Second Language served 267 international students in credit courses in spring 2012 with 27 native languages represented. Participation in the college’s Employee Sponsored Program grew by 36 members in 2011-12. The group supports scholarships, campus enhancements, Celebration of Life gifts and special projects.
The SCC Roller Hockey Club took home its third consecutive and 10th overall National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association’s Junior College Championship cup on April 15 in Salt Lake City. The Cougars beat Saddleback College (Calif.) 3-2 in the final. Financial Services and the Administrative Computing departments collaborated on the implementation of the mandatory Datatel (Ellucian) eCommerce 4.1 conversion in the continued effort to maintain PCI compliance and security of all credit card transaction data. The Math Department eliminated the first level of developmental math (MAT 095) and restructured MAT 096 to remove a barrier course for greater student success. A remedial math Continuing Education course serves students in need of additional preparation. Additional public safety officers were trained to provide Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs)/Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and first aid training to the campus community. Two AEDs were added, one each in the Humanities Building and the Café/Bookstore. Vicky Herbel, SCC associate professor of sociology, received the MCCA Global Educator Award in recognition of her service to SCC and her commitment to multicultural activities and the value of a global education. The SCC Library trained 16 staff members on the basic understanding of the Spanish language, thanks to a grant from the Missouri State Library. The Continuing Education Department expanded classes and camps for kids in the spring with two new programs: Friday Night Kids and Teens Zone and Spring Break Camps. Modeled after the summer camp program, Spring Break Camps offers similar subjects and themes in a shorter time period. The Food Services Department scored an “A” rating on its annual health inspection by St. Charles County Division of Public Health.
Christina Gant, SCC instructor of English, and Brenda Hollrah, SCC College Center coordinator, were each honored with the Phi Theta Kappa International Hallmark Award for Distinguished Advisor. Kasey McKee, SCC vice president for college advancement, received the 2012 Athena Emerging Young Professionals Award from the Athena Leadership Foundation of St. Charles County. Following a pilot exercise, the ACE Center implemented the use of the Accutrack system to facilitate data collection and the scheduling of appointments, improving department efficiencies. Student Activities collaborated with the Arts and Humanities Division and Corporate and Community Development to purchase University Tickets, enabling online ticketing for SCC events through stchastickets.com.
One-time Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rick Santorum made a campaign stop on the SCC campus Jan. 30 to discuss jobs, the economy and American competitiveness. The visit attracted overflow crowds and local and national media attention. Graduates exceeded national pass rates for licensure exams for Associate Degree Nursing (96%), Health Information Technology (100%) and Occupational Therapy Assistant (83%) programs in 2011-12.
Enrollment Services created a call center to provide better assistance to students during peak enrollment periods. The Library increased the number of e-books accessed by students by 99% during fall 2011 as compared to fall 2010 due to increases in the Library’s electronic resources. Health Occupations hired a grant-funded Certified Nurse Assistant instructor to improve student retention in its non-credit offerings. The SCC Bookstore piloted a textbook rental with two titles; 73% of students chose to rent instead of purchase the books. The success of a spring textbook e-adoption pilot program made way for the voluntary program of textbook e-adoption for faculty beginning in the summer 2012 term. Public safety officers began sharing safety tips and service information with students in College 101 classes to aid in students’ transition to college.
SCC faculty and students discuss the pros and cons of social media use in the classroom at one of the SCC TweetUp week events in September 2011.
Increasing communication SCC hosted its first ever “TweetUp SCC,” a week’s worth of events focused on sharing the educational, professional and networking uses of social media.
The college served as a job training site for Francis Howell School District to provide job coaching/ transitioning for high school students.
Some 70 people attended the five
SCC’s United Way Campaign surpassed its campus goal by more than 2.5%.
included two lectures, a faculty/
Human Resources completed benefit design changes to minimize the impact of rising healthcare costs. In May, SCC was 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. The new test is expected to provide more Missouri adult learners with a high school credential.
events held in September, which
student panel and two film showings. The “TweetUp” was sponsored by SCC Marketing and Communications Department, Phi Beta Lambda and Student Activities. Experts explained how social media
Marketing and Communications earned national Paragon Awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations in the Photography (silver) and Poster (bronze) categories.
has quickly become the most popular
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.
SCC joined Google Plus, Pinterest and
The Purchasing Department earned the Sterling Agency Award from the Universal Public Purchasing Certifications Council in recognition of the department’s commitment to procurement excellence as demonstrated by the achievement of the UPPCC Certified Agency Award for three consecutive years.
form of communication, especially among students. To expand its reach,
Foursquare in 2011-12, increasing The 20th RUN. LIVE. LEARN. event took place April 28, bringing more than 1,000 runners, volunteers, vendors and community residents to campus for three run events and a Health and Wellness Expo. The run events included 751 participants – a 33% increase over 2011. Former SCC VP Winnie Stufflebam, founder of the race, ran the 10k for the first time and was recognized before the start.
its presence on social media to nine networks.
FINANCIAL SUMMARY, FY 2011-12
ABOUT THE COLLEGE
General Operating Fund (Millions)*
Total Operating Expenditures
Students (Credit Enrollment) Enrolled for fall 2011
Unduplicated enrollment for entire 2011-12 academic year
Change in Fund Balance
Fund Balance Beginning of Year
Fund Balance End of Year
Total Non-Recurring Expenditures
St. Charles Community College Revenues for FY 2011-12 (Millions)*
Tuition $16.132 (43.9%) Local Taxes $12.758 (34.7%) State Appropriations $7.305 (19.9%)
Female 56.8% Full-time 4,159 Part-time 4,101
Investment Income $0.035 (0.1%) Other Sources $0.540 (1.5%)
Average age of students
Traditional students (ages 18-22)
Nontraditional students (ages 23+)
High school dual-enrolled and others (14-17)
Main county of origin, St. Charles
Percent of spring 2011 St. Charles County high school graduates attending SCC in fall 2011
Students (Non-Credit Participants)
St. Charles Community College Expenditures for FY 2011-12 (Millions)*
Enrollments in Corporate & Community Development in 2011-12 Faculty & Staff
(as of Fall 2011)
Full-time staff Part-time staff Academic & Student Affairs $20.977 (55.7%)
Library $0.918 (2.4%)
Institutional Support $6.725 (17.8%)
Academic Support $0.931 (2.5%)
Physical Plant Operation $5.540 (14.7%)
Non-Recurring Expenditures $0.855 (2.3%)
Fund Transfers $1.344 (3.6%)
Other $0.385 (1.0%)
Other Student-to-faculty ratio
Average class size
Our Campus Buildings 12
$6.055 $6.141 (0.085) * Unaudited Figures
317 (without project-based, work study or student assistants)
Auxiliary Services (Millions)* Total Revenues Total Expenditures
Baseball, softball and soccer
A LETTER FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
SCC Board of Trustees: (front row, L to R) Rose Mack, secretary; Jean Ehlmann; (back row) William R. Pundmann; Ryan Robertson, president; Robert Proost, vice president; William Lohmar, treasurer
It is everywhere at SCC – that sense of community, of pride and of opportunity. The pages of this report are alive with the people and programs that benefit students in our community as they work toward their educational goals and ultimately, a better life. In this momentous 25th anniversary year, the Board was pleased to approve the presidential search committee’s selection of Ronald Chesbrough, Ph.D., as SCC’s third president. Dr. Chesbrough started in October 2011, succeeding John McGuire, Ph.D., who retired after 15 years as SCC’s president. We are confident Dr. Chesbrough will lead SCC into its next 25 years, and the Board has received warm, positive feedback from across campus and from community members. The good news continued when the Higher Learning Commission reaccredited SCC at the highest level possible for another 10 years. This level of excellence is due to the dedicated faculty and staff members who work tirelessly to make sure students are successful. Also this year, a long-range strategic and master planning initiative was approved by the Board to prepare the college to meet the future educational needs of our community.
William R. Pundmann, former president of SCC’s Board of Trustees, received the MCCA Trustee Leadership Award in recognition of his service to SCC and to the mission of community colleges throughout the state.
Human Resources led the implementation of an inaugural Diversity Task Force that will assess and recommend actions to strengthen the presence of diversity and inclusion throughout the campus.
The initiative comes at a time when enrollment growth is declining slightly here at SCC and at community colleges across the state. The Board supports the initiative so that academic programs will remain relevant and affordable, even as reduced state funding for higher education and declining property tax revenues continue to be challenges. We thank you for your ongoing support. SCC is committed to student success, to strengthening and expanding workforce partnerships and to supporting economic development in St. Charles County.
Ryan Robertson, President
William R. Pundmann met with U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer in Washington, D.C., to discuss Pell Grant funding, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the Workforce Investment Act and federal student aid under the Higher Education Act.
Human Resources developed and implemented a monthly e-newsletter, The HR Connection, to enhance communication of relevant information to the college campus. 19
SCC PROGRAMS AND SERVICES College Transfer Program
Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing
Biology/Pre-Med Business Administration
Business Administrative Systems:
Corporate & Community Development Programs and services appeal to a wide variety of residents in our community: for the young and the young at heart; for the hobbyist and the working professional; for the returning learner motivated to complete high school requirements; for the nonEnglish speaker wanting to master the language; and for people seeking employment or a job change.
Clerical Assistant, Customer Service, General, Desktop Publishing
Child Care & Early Education
Programs and areas of interest include:
Cisco Networking Academy, Computer Programming, Database Management, Data Management, Management Information Systems, Multimedia, Networking, Network Security, Programming Languages, Web Design
ACT Prep Review
Economics Education (AAT) Engineering English
Adult Education & Literacy: Adult Literacy Tutoring, English as a Second Language, GED Prep and Basic Skills Remediation, TOEFL Preparation, U.S. Citizenship Preparation
Career & Business
Emergency Medical Science
College for All Kids Summer Camps
English as a Second Language
Community Events & Trips
Continuing Education Units
General, Art Print Media
Recreation, Creativity & Lifestyle
Health Information Technology
Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel)
General, Gerontology, Substance Abuse Services, Victimology, Youth Services
Senior Adult Classes
Foreign Language Geography History Liberal Arts/General Education Mathematics Music Nursing Physics
Social Work Sociology Theater
Nursing (RN & LPN) Occupational Therapy Assistant Paramedic
Workforce Development: Business & Industry, School-Business Programs and Missouri Career Center Partnership
Young Peopleâ€™s Theatre
Pre-Respiratory Therapy Pre-Engineering Skilled Trades
The College is committed to non-discrimination and equal opportunity regarding the treatment of students, faculty, and staff. The College adheres to a strict non-discrimination policy in student admission, educational programs, activities, and employment regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability, or genetic information.
SCC enriches our community by providing life-changing educational and cultural opportunities focused on personal growth and student success in a global society.
ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS STATEMENT of using post-consumer waste fiber vs. virgin fiber
FPO (Green certification stamp)
St. Charles Community College saved the following natural resources by printing this Annual Report on chlorine-free paper made with 100% post-consumer waste: TREES 17
ENERGY 7 million
SOLID WASTE 495
GREENHOUSE GASES 1734
Calculations are based on research by Environmental Defense and the Paper Task Force.
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