ST. CHARLES COMMUNITY COLLEGE 2009-10 ANNUAL REPORT
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President’s Message In 2009-10, Missouri continued to show signs of economic distress, but access and opportunities for students remained strong and constant at St. Charles Community College. Tuition remained level for the third consecutive year while enrollment continued to climb, with an 8 percent increase in fall 2009. One in four high school graduates chose to attend SCC, demonstrating that St. Charles County residents count on the college as its primary source of higher education. Faculty and staff brought new ideas to the table and looked critically at support services to better serve students and to ensure student success. Math Department faculty, who have worked in cooperation with area high schools, are reporting encouraging results from projects that better prepare students to succeed in college math courses. Graduates in SCC allied health programs continue to exceed national licensure pass rates. SCC students who transfer to local four-year universities also are performing well. Several college facilities were updated including a chemistry lab, a physics lab, and Enrollment Services and Student Development offices. Plaza Bistro fine-tuned its appearance and services and the Welcome Center got a face-lift and a new office to support surrounding departments. To become more energy efficient, the college took part in an energy audit that reported positively on campus “green” initiatives and identified areas for additional energy savings with a payback of five years or less. Finally, a college-wide Behavioral Intervention Team was created that worked the past year to ensure a safe campus by establishing a proactive interdepartmental process to identify and report potential student behavior issues. I encourage you to review SCC’s achievements in this 2009-10 report. They highlight just a few of the quality programs, valuable resources and dedicated faculty, staff, students and donors who work, learn and support the college.
– John M. McGuire, Ph.D. SCC President
safety first COLLABORATE Yvette Sweeney, dean of student development, leads SCC’s new Behavioral Intervention Team.
for a safe and healthy campus There’s a new team at SCC that’s focused on the health and safety of students on campus. The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) brings representatives from across campus together to discuss and address student behavioral or mental health concerns. The group provides proactive assistance to students who exhibit unsettling behaviors. “The goal is to identify problems early and connect students with resources,” said Lisa Stoner, associate professor of psychology and BIT member. The team serves as a central network and receives information from all areas of campus. It also provides a structured process for addressing concerning behaviors.
(NEXT PAGE) SCC is centered on the success, growth and achievement of its students like Sherri Sawyer, Jahaan Ashfaq and Erin Moomey. The new BIT is just one of many services and tools available at the college to promote a more safe, effective and enjoyable learning atmosphere.
“Referrals can come from anyone on campus – from food service workers and maintenance or grounds crew members, to faculty or staff and club advisors,” said Yvette Sweeney, dean of student development and BIT chair. “A faculty member may notice a change in a student’s behavior in the classroom, while a club advisor may notice it in another activity.” A hotline, 636-922-8111, has been set up for faculty and staff to call and report student behavioral concerns. An online referral form is also in the works. BIT is made up of representatives from SCC’s faculty, Mental Health Services, Department of Public Safety, Student Conduct Administration and Student Development Department. Because reports are cross-referenced among departments, the team can easily determine if concerns are occurring in more than one place on campus. “These qualified and dedicated professionals are part of a coordinated effort at SCC to promote safety on campus,” Sweeney said.
“The more groups on campus can work together, the better it is for our college.”
“The more groups on campus
Team members meet weekly to review the reports and to discuss what actions are needed to assist students who need help.
can work together, the better
“It’s better to reach out to a student over a mild incident,” said Kelley Pfeiffer, student activities coordinator and BIT member. “By getting involved early and getting a student the help he or she needs, the hope is that we can, as a team, prevent situations from escalating.”
it is for our college.”
~ Yvette Sweeney, dean of student development
BIT is one component of a larger campus safety initiative implemented at SCC since Missouri’s Campus Safety Task Force made recommendations shortly after the campus tragedy at Virginia Tech in April 2007. SCC is a member of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA), an organization for the support and professional development of behavioral intervention team members.
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St. Charles Career Center staff, including the Displaced Worker Program, supported 800+ clients.
Reclassified two public safety security officer positions to public safety police officers; total police officers – five fulltime and one part-time.
Increased total number of student sign-ins at the ACE Center 25% (36,581 students).
Replaced 46 student computers in the ACE Center computer lab through the DESE Enhancement Grant.
Rachel Boll and her fellow SCC Student Ambassadors can be characterized and Alex Boyle navigates SCC’s redesigned website, built with the busy student in mind.
identified by their school
Social media keep students
spirit, energy and enthusiasm.
connected at SCC
If students want to know about an upcoming SCC event, if a class has been cancelled, or any other updates about the college, all they have to do is log in to Facebook. In Summer 2009, this was not an option. However, thanks to Ben Munson, associate director of marketing, and Mandi Smith, student activities specialist, SCC’s presence in social media has grown threefold with a Facebook fan page, a Twitter account and student, faculty and staff blogs. “We wanted to get our feet wet in social media, but we were unsure about the best way to start,” Smith said. “After attending a conference on social media we learned we were a little behind the curve, and we came away with a lot of new strategies and helpful information.”
The brand new Ambassadors program, which launched in 2009, places students in the
Students now have the option of connecting to other students, faculty and staff at SCC in a more personal, fun and interactive way. Other SCC departments, like Student Activities, Continuing Education and the SCC Foundation, as well as student clubs, have followed suit, creating their own Facebook and Twitter accounts.
driver’s seat as they introduce
“It’s been exciting to watch our social media presence grow and to see students respond so well,” Smith said. “It’s a real learning process but we’ve come a long way, and there‘s always room for improvement.”
connect with the public by
SCC students, faculty, staff and members of the public are all invited to join the conversation and become a part of the interactive community at stchas.edu/Facebook, stchas.edu/Twitter and stchas.edu/SCCBlogs.
the community to SCC through campus tours for future students and their families. Student Ambassadors also blogging, participating in college-sponsored events and assisting various departments and faculty during peak times, like registration and finals.
SCC students get involved
through clubs, music, sports, media and more
When an SCC student wants to get more involved, there are many ways to go about it. Students, like Alec Kelley (bottom, right), contribute to college blogs. Others, like Sam Imperiale (bottom, left), serve as Student Ambassadors or, like Missi Robbins (middle, right), as event volunteers. Others can join in through music and sports or by attending an array of cultural and educational programming throughout the year.
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Launched SCC Facebook fan page, Twitter presence and several blogs featuring students, faculty and staff.
The Continuing Education Department, Student Activities and SCCâ€™s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda launched Facebook fan pages and Twitter accounts.
College website redesigned to include improved, audience-driven navigation and to comply with Web/ADA standards.
New Welcome Center and office constructed to enhance service to campus visitors.
SCIENTIFIC REALITY New organic chem lab
For students pursuing an education in the sciences, SCC’s newly renovated organic chemistry laboratory is helping to better equip them for the future. Completed just in time for Fall 2009 classes, the facility is located on the second floor of SCC’s Administration Building. “The updated lab allows us to greatly improve the quality of our lab science classes, and it makes room for moderate enrollment growth,” said Dr. John Bookstaver, professor of chemistry. “It’s the first update to the lab since the campus opened in 1987.” Now students have access to the latest tools and technology, which gives them hands-on experience for today’s workforce and also prepares them to transfer successfully to a four-year institution, Bookstaver said. New equipment was part of the renovation and included a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer (NMR). The instrument has an 800-pound magnet and determines the identity of compounds.
“It’s probably the most important piece of analytical equipment for an organic chemist,” Bookstaver said. Students now have access to the technology needed to perform gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, which is commonly used for things like drug analysis, quality assurance and environmental testing. “Learning the actual techniques scientists use is of vital importance,” said Bookstaver. “This facility provides students with the required academic resources and a quality learning environment.” Classes taught in the new lab include General Chemistry I, General Chemistry II, Quantitative Analysis and Organic Chemistry. The additional 1,000 square-foot space is designed to maximize student learning. The lab now has 30 water outlets for student use, five times the number found in the old lab. A new steam generator supplies heat for evaporating solvents, and several new ventilation hoods allow students to
complete required chemical experiments in a safe and healthy learning environment. “We put a lot of thought and effort in choosing quality equipment that would keep energy costs at a minimum and could be maintained for years to come,” said Bookstaver. “There is a growing push to introduce community college students to the research lab as early as possible, and it’s good to be on the front end of that when we can,” said Bookstaver. “We get students early in their college careers, and it’s rewarding to help students find a career that they love.” “We are focused on student success, and completion of the lab is one more step toward
fulfilling SCC’s vision,” said Dr. Michael Banks, vice president for academic and student affairs. The college’s vision is to be a community college recognized for leadership in academic excellence, student success, instructional and technological innovation and community responsiveness. Construction was directed by the SCC Facilities Department and took place May-August 2009. The project included infrastructure updates like exterior ventilation and additional water piping. Funding for the $1.1 million renovation was provided by the 2007 Lewis and Clark Discovery Initiative, a partnership between the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority and the state of Missouri.
“It’s rewarding to help students find a career that they love.”
~ John Bookstaver, SCC professor of chemistry
A sparkling new organic chem lab (top, left) gives students like Doug Cook (top, right) and Kristen Bumb (above) access to the latest tools and technology in the classroom.
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Improved energy efficiency by installing high-efficiency hot water boilers and new sensors in classrooms to control lighting, heating and cooling systems.
Updated graphic design lab with 21 new computers and cascaded old equipment to art, communications and the ACE Center.
Expanded art studio offerings with purchase of ceramics gas kiln. For local art students, the addition opens up a new realm of design and color and makes SCC’s art classes even more attractive and competitive.
Replaced 12 of 24 outdated student computers with Enhancement Grant funds; providing students with more upto-date equipment to perform research and complete assignments.
Scott Hunter (right) and Jessica Fultz (below, in white) were part of the first intercollegiate soccer teams at SCC. Hunter and Fultz both played at midfield for the majority of the 2009 season.
COUGAR Pride “I am very proud of what we’ve achieved as the first women’s soccer team at SCC, and I’m even more excited about what we will accomplish in the future.” ~ Emily Holbrook, SCC women’s soccer coach
Intercollegiate athletics are more than just sports, more than a pastime – they are Sophomore Cayla Pisciotta protects the ball from defenders during a 2009 match at home. Pisciotta, the team’s 2009 scholar athlete, played all 90 minutes of every game for a total of 1,530 minutes. During that time, she notched 3 goals and 1 assist.
SCC soccer rolls out,
In August 2009, the SCC soccer teams went intercollegiate and became a member of the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference under the leadership of men’s Head Coach Tom Kearns and women’s Head Coach Emily Holbrook. Prior to the fall 2009 season, the men’s and women’s soccer teams competed strictly as club sports under the college name. Holbrook immediately saw the value the new soccer program would bring to SCC, instilling students with school pride and providing a stronger connection to the college’s identity, she said. Kearns said having a soccer program at SCC adds to every student’s college experience, and the more the team improves, the stronger SCC’s image and presence will become.
“I think we’ve received the best response from the local parents who have younger kids,” Kearns said. “They’re excited that their kids now have a local option to play collegiate soccer, and they have a hometown team they can cheer for and follow.” Both teams ended their inaugural seasons on a high note. The women’s team finished 8-6-1, and the men’s team received the MCCAC Sportsmanship Award. The women’s and men’s soccer teams also named several players to the All-Conference and All-Region teams.
opportunities for growth and leadership. Take Michael Turner, sophomore defender at SCC, for example. On top of starting and playing in all 19 games as a freshman during the 2009-10 season, he was also team captain and the men’s soccer scholar athlete. “He’s a leader on and off the field,” said SCC men’s soccer Head Coach Tom Kearns.
“We performed well beyond my vision for this season,” Holbrook said. “I am very proud of what we’ve achieved as the first women’s soccer team at SCC and I’m even more excited about what we will accomplish in the future.”
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Purchased and installed a scoreboard, fixed bleacher seating and added a handicap-accessible sidewalk to the soccer field.
The Quiz Bowl Team took the Top Community College Award at the Division II National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ 2010 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament in April.
SCC Roller Hockey Club captured its eighth national championship title in San Jose, Calif., defeating Citrus College (Ca.) 8-3.
Renovated and converted storage space in athletics into the women’s soccer coaches’ office.
registration made simple
Access to new website connection makes it easier for community to continue learning for life Whether it’s summer camps, advanced Excel, ballroom dancing or a day trip to the Fox Theatre, people interested in the bevy of subjects offered through SCC’s Continuing Education Department will find it much easier to enroll through a new online registration process. The system, which has been up and running since January 2010, can be found at www.stchas.edu/learnforlife. “Taking a Continuing Education class has never been easier,” said Yvonne Wills, dean of Corporate and Community Development (C&CD). “Our new, easy online registration program allows you to shop for classes online, purchase gift cards and ask your friends to join you for class.” The schedule includes class listings and information in the areas of Continuing Education, Adult Education and Literacy and Workforce Development. Classes meet on campus, online or off campus depending on the instructional needs. S CC
(ABOVE, LEFT and RIGHT) SCC students can now register for credit and Continuing Education classes from any on- or off-campus computer that has Internet access.
In addition to the full online version of the schedule, printed schedules are sent to all college district residents three times a year. “It’s important to remind the community that there are so many opportunities to learn and become engaged,” Wills said. “Our expectation is that finding that schedule in their mailboxes will whet their appetite to learn something new, to see something new or even to become an instructor and teach others something new.” The new online system was a long-time coming, Wills said, and now that it is in full swing she can see how the community and her staff are benefitting from the upgrade. “Our participants couldn’t be more pleased with the online registration, but I can’t tell you how this kind of efficiency has impacted the work load and morale of the staff. It was the right thing to do.”
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Enhanced instructor communication with students and overall student satisfaction through new online course management and registration software.
“Whenever you improve a process, especially something like registration, the end result is very gratifying,” said Trenda Roch Von Rochsburg (above, center), Corporate and Community Development project coordinator.
Received $25,000 to restore 41 additional hours of class per week and fund two new GED classes at St. Charles High School.
Awarded 350 students with GED credentials and enrolled 450 students in the English as a Second Language program.
Implemented mandatory Smart Start Advising Session and served 1,079 first-time freshmen, a 29% increase.
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Collected student e-mail addresses to more accurately track course growth and popularity and to improve communication between Corporate and Community Development and its audiences.
Added four career consultants and an office assistant to Dislocated Worker Program.
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Added 10 new laptops, upgraded software and replaced staff computers for the Adult Education and Literacy program.
Increased number of volunteer tutors in the Adult Education program and off-campus locations to 19, up 200%.
These are just some of the stories of SCC – a taste of what it’s like to be a part of the family and to contribute to the college’s mission. Discover more at stchas.edu.
Vi Rajagopalan Vi Rajagopalan is no stranger to community colleges, having worked at three others as an administrator, adjunct and full-time faculty before coming to SCC in 2008. Her experiences and words help clarify what others have often expressed. “What sets SCC apart is the college culture and its primary focus on striving for academic excellence. The focus of this endeavor is not just to meet the needs of our students but also to provide support for faculty and others who are on the frontline of student success,” she said. “Students can attend with an assurance that they will encounter people and places around campus that are designed to be student-friendly and committed to their success.”
Brenda Hollrah To know Brenda Hollrah is to know her passion for personal wellness. As coordinator of the College Center and physical education courses, Hollrah remains fulfilled after 10 years at SCC. “I was excited the day I started and I’m excited each day I come to work,” she said. “What a great opportunity to focus on the health and wellness of employees and students. And, it’s always fun.” One source of pride is the college’s philanthropic efforts. “The recession has affected the college community in many ways. A lot of people have been helped through the United Way, the Employee Sponsored Program and mental health assistance for students,” she said. “We have the resources to help and we’ve demonstrated a willingness to reach out.”
Becky Ingraham Becky Ingraham has been teaching for 35 years, but her best years have been the last five that’s she’s spent with SCC, she said. In 2005, Becky happened to be in the right place at the right time and became SCC’s first reading program coordinator. “I basically started from scratch, and I’ve been able to put together a productive program,” Becky said. She has implemented several new tactics into SCC’s reading program including a new testing process, a fast-track reading course and new English as a Second Language reading classes. “It’s a great place to work,” she said. “It’s the best job I’ve ever had.”
Chris Breitmeyer, dean of math, science and health, learned at a very young age how a community college education can make a huge difference.
Academic dean knows
BREITMEYER’S NONTRADITIONAL UPBRINGING, SENSE OF HUMOR SERVE SCC FAMILY WELL AS HIS LIFE COMES FULL CIRCLE
Walking down the hall, you may mistake Chris Breitmeyer as a returning learner. He’s casual, he’s affable, and his self-deprecating sense of humor welcomes in all who meet him. But at an SCC event featuring academic department testimonials, many in the campus community were surprised to learn that the dean of math, science and health experienced first-hand the impact of a community college education. When he was in elementary school, Chris Breitmeyer’s mother, Mary Kay, found herself unable to support her only son and knew she needed to earn a degree that would lead to a career and a steady income. She found Blackhawk Community College in Moline, Ill.,
of a community college education
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Missouri’s community colleges educate more in-state undergraduate students than any other sector – a change from the past, when public universities had the largest numbers of such students. Source: Missouri Community College Association
and a nursing program that changed her life. It brought her a newfound sense of stability – with her finances and her son. His mother’s decision to become a returning learning was only one factor contributing to Breitmeyer’s academic success. “There was not a big tradition of college in our family, but my grandmother attended every school function and really understood the importance of an education,” he said. Breitmeyer lived primarily with his maternal grandmother from ages 5-16. Life with his grandmother, who raised two sons and five daughters, did not include academic role models. Breitmeyer’s mother was the only child who attended college. He admits that learning came easy to him but he won’t discount the role that an unconventional family construct provided. “I was rewarded for being intelligent,” he said. “Two of my dad’s brothers had earned their Ph.D.s; I knew I wanted to be like them.” The Chicago-area native attended Illinois State University and after considering a couple of majors settled on biology and earned a bachelor’s degree and a certificate in teaching. Following two years as a biology teacher, he attended graduate school at Arizona State University to pursue a master’s degree in zoology with an ecological genetics emphasis. While studying for his Ph.D., he applied for a faculty position at Yavapai Community College. “I loved teaching in the classroom as a graduate teaching assistant at ASU. But I wanted to end up in a place where they valued teaching,” Breitmeyer said. “At the community college, S CC
The average expected lifetime earnings for a graduate with an associate’s degree are $1.6 million – or, in other terms, about $400,000 more than a high school graduate will earn. Source: American Association of Community Colleges
I found that students were more focused and the returning learners in the classroom added so much because of their life experiences.” His 10-year tenure at YCC included six years as the Science Department chair. Now as the dean of math, science and health at SCC, he sees on a daily basis the impact the community college has on students. “My experiences as a kid and a student have helped me to work with students. I use my empathy and sense of humor to make them feel at ease at a time when they aren’t feeling especially good about things.”
“At the community college, I found that students were more focused and the returning learners ... added so much because of their life experiences.”
It is that empathy that has ~ Chris Breitmeyer, dean of math, science and health contributed to his desire to be a servant leader. “The job is to help students, faculty and the college,” Breitmeyer said. “It means putting your needs aside in order to provide true service.” Breitmeyer often sees students at their most vulnerable. “I’ll be honest, I have a lot of respect for those students who are doing all they can to keep it together at home and at work and then come here to get an education,” he said. “I look at what my mom went through, and I’m amazed. As a single parent, accomplishing what she did at a community college, it is easy for me to know what a difference this kind of educational opportunity can make.”
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Implemented pilot program to provide self-paced remediation to students who wished to improve their mathematics placement scores.
Nursing graduates achieved a 97.1% licensing pass rate, exceeding national and state averages.
Partnered with Truman State University to award SPECTRA scholarships ($5,000 per year) to students enrolled in science, technology, engineering and math majors.
Developed a class to improve success of non-native speakers entering into Allied Health programs.
$54,000 academic program support
$64,000 SCC student scholarships
THE SCC FOUNDATION HELPS ...
To support the math program, or to learn about other giving opportunities, contact the SCC Foundation at 636-922-8437.
Thank you! SCC Foundation Board
President Mike Lissner’s
gift started the “Achieving Success With Math” program in 2007. More than $32,000 has been raised thanks to donors like Addie Lissner, Dale Poslosky, Edie Kirk, MasterCard Worldwide, Emerson Climate Technologies-Flow Controls, Commerce Bank and the St. Charles Rotary.
Results have shown that area high school students who enrolled in math their senior year score higher on math assessments when they begin their college careers. A new math program funded by the SCC Foundation helps make future freshmen more aware of this fact.
Community support increases student success in math The SCC Math Department is tackling math competency head-on with the support of the SCC Foundation. Math is a subject in which many students struggle. In fact, the National Center for Educational Statistics states that one out of three incoming college freshmen requires some sort of remediation. The extra time and money spent on developmental classes puts a college education out of reach for many. In an effort to reduce the number of college students requiring remedial math classes, a new “Achieving Success With Math” presentation in area high schools reaches out to students with an important message: take math your senior year. SCC Math Department data have shown that students who take math their senior year had a higher assessment score on average than students who did not.
After hearing the presentation, 85 percent took math their senior year (vs. 54 percent of those who didn’t hear the presentation), and twice as many students placed into college-level math. “It’s a wake-up call to students – and it’s working,” said Joyce Lindstrom, SCC professor of math. “The high school math teachers tell us that when a student hears it directly from a college instructor, they actually pay attention.” So far, more than 6,700 high school students have benefitted and another 4,000 will benefit in the coming year. Efforts are also being made to assist current SCC students in developmental classes through the infusion of technology. The college purchased a mobile computer lab, which provides SCC developmental math students with access to innovative teaching methods and software in virtually any classroom on campus.
GLOBAL CITIZEN LEAVING A LOCAL LEGACY, INSPIRING NEW GENERATIONS
Thea Born lives for, loves education Thea Born knows first-hand just how meaningful an education can be. It was her ticket to a better life, and now, in retirement, she’s making sure others have the same opportunities to pursue their educational hopes and dreams. Born in Berlin, Germany, in 1920, she was encouraged by her parents at a young age to get an advanced education. Born’s life took a turn when she was pulled from medical school into Germany’s World War II efforts. After the war, she escaped Berlin with nothing but the clothes she was wearing. She spent time in Europe, and then in 1952, she traveled to Canada, and then to the United States, where she returned to school to study engineering. Born enjoyed a successful career working at businesses like Conoco, Boeing and Chevron – often as the only female drafter. Including a brief stint in St. Louis, her travels took her to several U.S. cities before she moved to San Francisco where she worked for 25 years.
Throughout her life, and no matter what the circumstances, Born said she was always able to find work, thanks to her education. Today, she resides in St. Peters, Mo., where, in addition to supporting causes she believes in, her love of painting and theater occupy her time. “Thea’s story is an example for students,” said Kasey McKee, executive director for Foundation and alumni relations. “She has endured many trials, but her determination and resilience have led her to many successes in life.” Born is a member of the SCC Foundation’s Legacy Society, a group of supporters who will impact students for years to come.
Renee Copher, scholarship recipient This mother of four returned to college to fulfill her dream of becoming a math teacher and is well on her way to reaching that goal. The 4.0 SCC grad was an award-winning math tutor in the ACE Center and later springboarded from SCC to the University of Missouri-St. Louis in fall 2010 on a President’s Scholarship.
“I want to give back to the community that gave to me.” ~ Renee Copher
The Legacy Society is one of many ways to invest in the power of education. It was created especially to recognize individuals who have included SCC in their will and/or estate plans, or as the beneficiary of a trust, retirement account or life insurance policy.
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More than 1,000 attended the inaugural Rhythm and Ribs to benefit SCC students, thanks to sponsors AmerenUE, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital/Progress West HealthCare Center, SSM St. Joseph Health Center/ Hospital West, Krey Distributing and others.
The Presidents Classic Golf Tournament sold out with revenue spiking by 49%, thanks to presenting sponsor Charles E. Jarrell Contracting and others.
The number of SCC employees contributing to student scholarships, campus enhancements and the Celebration of Life program increased by 34%.
Governor visit carries good news Gov. Jay Nixon visited the SCC campus March 5 to announce a $1.1 million Training for Tomorrow grant to help prepare local Missourians for careers in high-demand fields. The college will use the funds to train workers in three growing fields: surveying, technology and sustainability, and business development.
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Purchasing Department received the 2009 Excellence in Achievement award from Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council and the 2010 UPPCC Agency Certification Award in the small agency category. The Child Development Center received a $20,000 grant to fund the purchase of additional classroom and outdoor instructional items, 30 new books per classroom and additional training for teachers and staff. Marilyn Miller, professor of nursing, was appointed Ambassador to the National League of Nursing.
The Computer Help Desk fielded 10,564 calls for network computing assistance. SCC Instructional Support Department provided group and individual instruction on SMART Board, videotaped 52 events, down-linked 54 video conferences, made 432 tapes and DVDs, and responded to 539 requests for audio/visual assistance and equipment setups. Candy Neu, professor of health information technology, was selected by the Missouri Health Information Management Association Board for the Shooting Star Award for her outstanding service. Student Mary Rosner was selected as a regional winner of the Missouri Breaking Traditions Award. Issued 159 news releases resulting in more than 1,312 news articles and 527 Web mentions about SCC. Processed an additional 1,445 Free Applications for Federal Student Aid applications, an increase of 21.4%.
Held the first College Majors’ Fair made possible by a $500 donation from UMB Bank. More than 350 students explored 50+ majors through interactions with faculty, employers and other representatives.
Developed message map to help employees effectively communicate the college mission of student success. SCC Foundation awarded $64,000 in scholarships.
Office of Marketing and Communications won three regional awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. Received a $24,964 grant from Laclede Gas Company that will be used in conjunction with a $187,718 Public Buildings and Energy Efficient Retrofit grant from the Department of Natural Resources for three projects that will increase energy efficiency at SCC.
Provided 49 training classes for more than 400 employees, including 14 Leadership Enrichment Program classes and 14 website conversion classes.
Chris Romer, director of purchasing, was chosen as the 2010 MAPP Manager of the Year–Small Entity.
Diana Schoo, purchasing specialist, achieved lifetime status as a Certified Purchasing Manager from the Institute for Supply Management.
Expanded parking on the southwest side of campus and added a road to link north and south campus.
Heather McDorman, vice president for marketing and communications, was named president of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations for 2010-11.
Jean Ehlmann, SCC Board of Trustees member, received the Missouri State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution American History Teacher of the Year award.
Hosted 100 high school students for a Technology Day and presented Web-based tools.
Student Brian Kovarik was one of 76 community college students chosen to participate in NASA’s National Community College Aerospace Scholars program and spent three days at NASA’s Johnson Space Center developing robotic explorers.
The SCC Chess Club, Phi Beta Lambda and Student Senate raised $158 to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for Tennessee residents displaced by floods. Implemented a National Endowment for the Humanities Big Read grant that supported a literacy mystery night for the community.
Installed and configured 178 Dell computer workstations for student use.
Advised and counseled 22% more international students.
Theresa Flett, reference librarian, was presented with the Missouri Distance Learning Association Tech Support/Student Services Award in July.
Secured $22,000 for Achieving Success in Math program and an additional $20,000 for program support for nursing, fine arts, journalism and chemistry.
Purchased, inventoried and delivered 294 microcomputers, 42 laptops, 33 printers, nine scanners and eight file servers for classroom, faculty and staff use.
Formation of five new student organizations, totaling 29, a 9% increase.
Replaced carpet in Learning Resource Center and Administration Building.
Presented first-ever “Scary Movie Marathon,” with a total attendance of more than 800 for the week. Implemented new and improved process to refund student credit balances electronically through a thirdparty service.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHAEL SCHLUETER
Implemented new procedures for converting the budget preparation process from a manual to an electronic process. The Copy Center produced approximately 563,318 black-and-white copies per month and 3,625 color copies per month. Purchasing Department stewardship of funds secured through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Enhancement Grant for other major projects enabled the purchase of 297 classroom chairs.
Young People’s Theatre, led by directors Brisby Andrews and her son, former YPT actor Sean Andrews, celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Certified two DPS officers to instruct automated external defibrillator, First Aid and CPR classes; one officer was licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician.
Phi Theta Kappa, the academic honor society for twoyear colleges, inducted 110 new SCC members, and SCC was recognized as a five-star chapter in Missouri at the regional convention.
Erin Lanham, reference librarian, was elected Education Division Chair of the Special Libraries Association.
Recorded an LPN licensure pass rate of 87.1%, which is above the national average.
Established five computer-aided drafting internships. Increased training sessions offered by the Eastern Missouri Police Academy for Public Safety Department staff members.
Coordinated purchase, delivery, installation and inventorying of five classrooms using “Smart” technology. Library added 1,271 monograph volumes and 2,339 serial titles and increased availability of full-text online resources. Robert Ronkoski, director of public safety and chief of police, was elected president of the Missouri Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators and to the board of the Missouri Peace Officers’ Association for 2010-11. 14,970 shipments were received, recorded and delivered to 80 delivery areas throughout campus, an increase of 43% over last year. Implemented new technology – Cisco Emergency Responder – to alert the Department of Public Safety when a 9-1-1 call is placed on campus, to allow a faster, more coordinated response. Robert Ronkoski and the college received the Patriotic Employer award from the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense Organization.
As of March 2010, provided hiring services for 165 employees and conducted 126 new hire orientations. Established Student Ambassadors Club with 30 participants.
Increased access of electronic books and full-text databases at library to meet the needs of increased enrollment, curriculum, the use of computers, Internet access and changing student behavior.
100% of ADN students were employed as nurses, and 100% of employers indicated graduates were prepared for entry-level practice. As a part of the network refresh project, placed 148 new telephones in classrooms and 66 new telephones in hallways and basements for emergency use. Replaced Department of Public Safety uniforms and equipment and updated procedures to provide a higher level of service.
Designed and installed 26 new light pole banners to support “Tobacco-Free SCC.”
Steve Willott, adjunct math professor, was selected by President Obama to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, including a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation and a trip to Washington, D.C. Refurbished skylights in Administration Building.
Financial Summary for FY 2009-10 General Operating Fund (Millions)* Total Revenues Total Operating Expenditures Total Non-Recurring Expenditures Fund Transfers Change in Fund Balance Fund Balance Beginning of Year Fund Balance End of Year
ABOUT THE COLLEGE $36.055 ($32.583) ($0.848) ($1.893) $0.731 $13.199 $13.930
St. Charles Community College Revenues for FY 2009-10 (Millions)*
Tuition/Fees $14.251 (39.5%)
Investment Income $0.118 (0.3%)
Local Taxes $12.960 (35.9%)
Other Sources $0.666 (1.8%)
State Appropriations $8.060 (22.5%)
St. Charles Community College Expenditures for FY 2009-10 (Millions)*
Our People – Students (Credit Enrollment) Enrolled for fall 2009 7,911 Unduplicated enrollment for entire 2009-10 academic year 11,629 Male 42% Female 58% Full-time 4,068 Part-time 3,843 Average age of students 25 Traditional students (ages 18-22) 60.1% Nontraditional students (ages 23+) 37.7% High school dual-enrolled and others (14-17) 2.2% Minority students 9.7% Main county of origin, St. Charles 87.6% Percent of spring 2009 St. Charles County high school graduates attending SCC in fall 2009 26%
Students (Non-Credit Participants) Enrollments in Corporate and Community Development in 2009-10
Faculty & Staff Full-time faculty Part-time faculty Full-time staff project-based, work study Part-time staff (without or student assistants)
93 408 320 124
Other Student-to-faculty ratio Average class size Academic & Student Affairs $19.358 (54.8%) Institutional Support $6.177 (17.5%) Physical Plant Operation $5.285 (15.0%)
Fund Transfers $1.893 (5.3%) Library $0.878 (2.5%) Academic Support $0.886 (2.5%) Non-Recurring Expenditures $0.848 (2.4%)
Auxiliary Services for FY 2009-10 (Millions)* Total Revenues – $6.219
Total Expenditures – $6.162
* Unaudited Figures
Our Campus and Service Area – Acres 235 Buildings 12 Square feet 550,000 Sports fields: Baseball, softball and soccer The college district covers nearly all of St. Charles County, composed of the Francis Howell, Fort Zumwalt, St. Charles, Orchard Farm and Wentzville school districts. SCC’s broader service area includes the counties of Callaway, Lincoln, Montgomery and Pike.
A LETTER FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Front row, from left – Robert R. Proost, treasurer; William R. Pundmann, president. Back row, from left – Rose Mack, secretary; Ryan Robertson, vice president; Timothy Lohmar; Jean Ehlmann.
It gives me great pleasure to report that St. Charles Community College continues its outstanding service to the educational needs of our own community as well as being an integral part of the contributions our college makes to the establishment of both national and state educational priorities and objectives. More adult non-traditional students returned to SCC to acquire the skills they need for today’s jobs. Our community can be proud that one in four St. Charles County high school graduates chose to attend SCC – more than any other college or university. Our motivated faculty and staff deserve credit for these achievements as well as those in the community who contributed to and were instrumental in giving their time and energy to the college. We continue to partner with local businesses and organizations resulting in relationships that benefit our graduates and undergraduates as well as the participating
organizations. Consequently, with almost half of all U.S. undergraduates enrolled at community colleges, it is important that we continue to recognize the contributions these organizations play in assisting your college and its students. SCC, along with other Missouri colleges and universities, held the line on tuition, which kept college education affordable and within reach for thousands of families. Through this, SCC has remained committed to national and state priorities, and to preparing students in St. Charles County to pursue their educational goals. We are fortunate to live in a community that is and will continue to be committed to student success, and to providing an accessible, quality education to our residents.
~ William R. Pundmann President, SCC Board of Trustees
Elaine Benedict, executive assistant to the president, was awarded the 2009 Professional Board Staff Member National Association Award by the Association of Community College Trustees for her exemplary service to SCC’s Board of Trustees. It was presented at the ACCT Community College Leadership Congress in San Francisco in October.
SCC PROGRAMS AND SERVICES College Transfer Program
Corporate & Community Development
Business Administration: Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing
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 non-English speaker wanting to master the language; and for people seeking employment or a job change.
Business Administrative Systems: Clerical Assistant, Customer Service, General, Desktop Publishing
Child Care & Early Education
Computer Science: Advanced Networking (Cisco Networking Academy), Business Computing, Computer Programming, Database Management, Data Management, Management Information Systems, Multimedia, Multimedia Authoring, Network Design, Networking, Programming Languages, Telecommunications, Web Design
Economics Education (AAT) Engineering English Foreign Language Geography History
Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
Programs and areas of interest include: Young Peopleâ€™s Theatre Home, Hobby and Recreation GED Prep and Basic Skills Remediation Adult Literacy Tutoring TOEFL Preparation U.S. Citizenship Preparation English as a Second Language Career and Business
Senior Adult Classes
Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel)
Graphic Design: General, Art Print Media
College for All Kids Summer Camps
Health Information Technology
Human Services: General, Gerontology, Substance Abuse Services, Victimology, Youth Services
Nursing (RN & LPN)
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Liberal Arts/General Education Mathematics Music
Online Learning Certificate Programs Professional Development Community Events Continuing Education Units Workforce Development: Business & Industry, School-Business Programs and Missouri Career Center Partnership
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, or disability.
S T. C H A R L E S C O M M U N I T Y C O L L E G E O U R M I S S I O N – SCC enriches our community by providing life-changing educational and cultural opportunities focused on personal growth and student success in a global society.
O U R V I S I O N – We will be a community college recognized for leadership in academic excellence, student success, instructional and technological innovation, and community responsiveness.
O U R V A L U E S – Communication, Trust, and Respect • Commitment to Student Success • Lifelong Learning • Decentralized and Democratic Decision Making • Instructional Innovation • Cooperation • Service
St. Charles Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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