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St. Louis Community College at Forest Park

College to break ground on health center A and B towers will be demolished By Timothy Bold The Scene staff The look of the 50-year-old Forest Park campus will change dramatically over the next three years. Plans call for demolition of A and B towers and construction of a new Center for Nursing and Health Sciences to meet a growing demand for workers in health-related fields. “The footprint of the A and B towers will become green space,” said Forest Park Provost Larry Johnson. “… The new facility will be state-of-the art with resources that will give our students an edge in the job marPittman ket.” In January, the St. Louis Community College board of directors hired KAI Design & Build architectural firm to design the four-story, 96,000-square-foot center, which will house nursing, dental hygiene and eight other health-related programs. The center will be located along Oakland Avenue, just north of where A and B towers are today. It will be made mostly of glass with brick accents. Groundbreaking is scheduled for next March, followed by the demolition of A and B towers in 2019. The entire project is

Rendering by KAI Design & Build

The new Center for Nursing and Health Sciences is shown at left in this artist’s rendering of what the east end of the Forest Park campus will look like in three years. expected to cost $39 million. “We’re selling the 300 S. Broadway building, and bonds are already in place for the financing of the (new center),” said STLCC Chancellor Jeff Pittman. The Broadway building, commonly known as the Cosand Center, serves as STLCC district headquarters, across the street from Busch Stadium. Pittman will move to the Forest Park campus with an office on the fourth floor of the new center. The Center for Nursing and Health Sciences is part of a “comprehensive, strategic plan” that the college has developed since he became chancellor in 2015. “The development process was very

participatory in nature, as we conducted 23 community forums to listen to stakeholder needs and also received over 1,200 survey responses from stakeholders discussing the education and workforce needs of the region,” Pittman said. The Forest Park campus opened in 1967. It was designed by award-winning architects Harry Weese and his brother, Ben Weese, with collaboration from renowned landscape architect Dan Kiley, who also designed the original Gateway Arch grounds. Not everyone is happy about upcoming

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Forest Park Provost Larry Johnson stands in front of the new Wall of Inspiration in the second-floor lobby of the Student Center, outside his office. He got the idea from Angelic Cole, associate professor in business, and chose the stenciled words with a purpose in mind. “When you look at the wall, it’s meant to remind everyone of our goals at Forest Park daily,” he said.

Toastmasters may come to Forest Park By Joshua Phelps The Scene staff Looking to improve your public-speaking skills? Forest Park faculty and staff are trying to start a Toastmasters Club on campus. It would be affiliated with Toastmasters International, a 93-year-old organization with 16,400 clubs in 141 countries. “We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop com- Mokriakow munication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth,” according to its website. Three faculty members and Jeffries one representative of St. Louis Toastmasters District 8 showed up at the first meeting on Sept. 22, although seven people have signed up. Eventually, they hope to add students. Twenty members are needed to officially charter with the national organization. “Toastmasters (would allow students) to continue building that skillset outside of the college itself,” said Kat Mokriakow, District 8 director. “They can build upon it and grow.” Toastmasters membership dues are $90 a year ($45 every six months) after people pay a $20 joining fee that covers the cost of the organization’s manual. “If you’re going to a seminar, you’re paying thousands of dollars,” Mokriakow said. “This is just $90 a year. It’s very low-cost. The biggest benefit is you’re actually practicing (public speaking).” At the first Forest Park meeting, members shared their personal stories, gave mini speeches and reviewed Toastmasters goals and values. At future meetings, activities will include structured speeches lasting five to seven minutes and

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Health changes at Forest Park. The Rev. Gregory Johnson, a historian, architecture buff and pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, wrote a piece for that was critical of the college’s plans to tear down A and B towers. “The towers and landscape were designed by three greats of mid-century architecture,” Johnson said in an interview. “Harry Weese and Dan Kiley were some of the best architecture modernists in North America. “(Weese’s brother), Ben, contributed on the project and later became one of the ‘Chicago Seven,’ who formed the first generation of postmodern architects. It’s really quite remarkable, like getting Picasso, Mondrian and Jackson Pollack together on a design. These are the greats.” is an online magazine that “promotes smarter development and civic engagement.” Johnson’s piece appeared in the April 14 issue. Reactions from readers were mixed. Some didn’t like the idea of destroying architectural history. Others implied that the Forest Park campus is unattractive. “I find it hard to imagine that anyone would consider tearing these towers down,” Johnson said. “Demolition would poorly reflect on the values of St. Louis Community College and leaves lots of us scratching our heads, wondering if they know what they have.” Pittman acknowledged the architectural value of the Forest Park campus but defended the redevelopment plan. “The towers were constructed over 50 years ago and are outdated on several fronts,” he said. “To begin with, the towers are very energy inefficient. We’re replacing them with a gold LEED-certified building.” LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Certified build-

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Illustration by Brian Ruth / KAI rendering

The new Center for Nursing and Health Sciences is circled in this artist’s rendering showing what the Forest Park campus will look like in three years, after A and B towers have been demolished. ings use less water and electricity, reducing greenhouse emissions. The new center also will contain up-todate classrooms and equipment and lots of open areas for more programs. Karen Mayes, director nursing, agrees with Pittman on the need to spruce up Forest Park to attract new students. “The looks of our facility have been holding us back since I’ve been on campus, since 2003,” she said. “The new building will be very visually appealing. It think

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it’s going to bring a positive image to the community.” STLCC publishes an annual St. Louis Workforce Report, which includes information from more than 1,000 employers in 15 regions across Missouri. The last report indicated that allied-health workers are in strong demand. The report cites the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center and U.S. Department of Labor, which project that by 2024, the state will need 3,284 more regis-


tered nurses and 1,533 nursing assistants. Employers placed nearly 11,000 advertisements for nursing job online in the past year, according to the report. The state’s projected growth rate for healthcare jobs is 11 percent, more than double the 5 percent rate for all other industries. “This is the reason why the college has elected to develop a state-of-the-art Center for Nursing and Health Sciences to assist in meeting the critical-skills gap with alliedhealth employers,” Pittman said.

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Table Topics, which are impromptu and invite them more regularly,” she Q&A sessions that give members two said. minutes to answer questions on varCampus Life Director Donivan ious topics without advance prepa- Foster said he doesn’t think memberration. Then they get feedback. ship dues would keep students from “It comes in joining the Toastmasters Club. Other handy for job clubs and organizations on campus interviews, thinkcharge fees. ing on your feet,” “Dues are a way to take care of said June Jeffries, maintenance or licensing fees that a Toastmasters may need to be paid, (like a) fundmentor and raiser,” he said. “There may be a fee Division B direcassessed, but it goes to the function of tor who attendthe organization.” ed the meeting. ParrinelloToastmasters International was “It goes for any Cason founded in 1924 by Ralph C. speaking. That Smedley, who was director of edudefinitely could help students.” cation at the YMCA in Bloomington, The president of the Forest Park Illinois. He saw a need for men in the Toastmasters Club is Michelle community to learn how to speak, Parrinello-Cason, assistant professor conduct meetings, plan programs of English and work on and coordicommittees. “It comes in handy for job nator of the The organiCenter for interviews, thinking on your zation admitTeaching and its first feet. It goes for any speaking. ted Learning. female memS h e ber in 1970. That definitely could help couldn’t T h e students.” attend the next meetfirst meet- - June Jeffries, Toastmasters mentor and director ing of the ing, but in Forest Park a telephone Toastmasters interview, she said scholarships may Club is set for 3 p.m. Oct. 20 in someday be available for students Student Center Room 25. Students who want to join. are welcome. “But we really need to get an “Our goal is to continue to hold established membership going so that meetings, spread the word and get as we can have stable meeting times in much membership as we can,” said order to really advertise to students Parrinello-Cason.

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Photo by Timothy Bold

Japanese artist En Iwamura rolls clay to add to the pillar-like ceramic sculpture he created this week in the Art Annex. The artwork, here about 4 feet tall, is expected to stand more than 6 feet when finished. A reception for Iwamura will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Gallery of Contemporary Art on campus.

A Day in of Fores

Photo by Miles Glixman

Photo by Miles Glixman

Above, Beloved James from Lady J’s Kitchen, Bakery and Catering serves students fettuccine at the Forest Park Fall Festival on Oct. 4 in the staff parking lot. Right, general transfer student Arric Lucas signs up for Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society; also shown are organization representatives, left to right, adviser Sandra Knight and students Alyssa Gibson, Grace Chang and Emanuel Huffman.

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Photo by Destini Clark

Above, hospitality major Terez Grice, far right, passes the ball during a three-on-three basketball game at the Forest Park Fall Festival on Oct. 4 in the staff parking lot. Right, graphic communications major Jeff Neely shoots a layup during a pickup game.

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Truck driving program students Tommie Williams, left, and Bill Moten practice a pre-trip inspection during Class A CDL training.

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Sessions planned on college accreditation process Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website. That figure won’t go against the college, French said, as long St. Louis Community College must go as it’s providing students with quality eduthrough an accreditation process with the cation. Higher Learning Commission every 10 “We are writing a 35,000-word response years. to HLC, explaining all the things we are Commission representatives will visit doing to ensure we are a quality instituSTLCC campuses next year. Employees tion,” Johnson said. “It’s hard to boil those spend months preparing. down to a few talking points. “HLC is one of seven regional accredi“Yes, graduation is important. Student tors across the United States,” said STLCC learning is important. Having buildings with team co-chair Joyce good roofs so they Johnson, interim vice don’t leak is import“Yes, graduation is chancellor for acaant. Making sure that demic affairs. “An we have scholarships important. Student institution has to be is important. All of learning is important. accredited by one of those things is what those seven agencies Having buildings with our site visitors will in order to offer stube looking for.” good roofs so they dents financial aid and French encourages don’t leak is important. all students to stop other signs of quality.” Leading the charge by the Highlander Making sure that we on the Forest Park Lounge to listen have scholarships is campus is counselor and get informed on Brenda French, who is what’s going on with important.” campaign liaison. the accreditation pro- Vice chancellor Joyce Johnson She will inform stucess. dents, faculty and staff “We want to eduabout the accreditation cate students about process during two-hour sessions on Oct. 9, the HLC,” French said. 10 and 11 in the Highlander Lounge. Hours for the sessions are 4:30 to 6:30 One focus is the commission’s five p.m. Oct. 9 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 10 criteria: 1) mission; 2) integrity, ethical and 11. and responsible conduct; 3) teaching and Afterward, French encourages students learning, quality, resources and support; to fill out an anonymous opinion survey 4) teaching and learning, evaluation and that will be emailed on Nov. 6. It’s not improvement; and 5) resources, planning meant for complaints, rather suggestions and institutional effectiveness. for improvement. STLCC’s graduation rate is about 13 “It informs the team of the student expepercent, according to statistics on the rience,” French said. By Joshua Phelps The Scene staff

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Chatter John Little, 23, chemistry

Lahaji Thomas, 28, TRiO adviser

“The retro, flint blue Air Jordan 13 because the color goes with most of my apparel and it is a very comfortable fit.”

Jessica PowellBey, 21, human services

“I really don’t like shopping for my tennis shoes, so my brother chose the Air Jordan 11s at the Foot Locker.”

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“The collaboration of Air Jordan with Virgil Abloh’s OffWhite brand. I love how Abloh brings unique and different accents to his shoes.”

Derrick Tran, 18, graphic design

“My favorite by far is the Air Jordan 1s. Had my first pair when I was 3 years old, and they carry a long line of history.”

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Endia Gerdine, 22, nursing

“My parents always buy me the Adidas Shell Top sneakers at the beginning of the school year. They’re my favorites.”

Mohamudi Abdi, 19, business “Christian Louboutins with spikes and the red bottom. They’re a really expensive fashion statement that people gravitate to.”

Kirsten Robertson, 20, dental assistant

Robert Williams, 23, dental assistant

“My customized, black Nike Roshes with my name on them.”

“The sneakers you can wear any time of the year that’s looking good is the Reebok Ventilator. Man, they feel so good on my feet.”

Hussan Alsaliki, 19, bio-tech

Malik Spearman,

“My favorites are the Nike Magista soccer cleats because they give you better control for ball handling and passing the soccer ball.”

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21, nursing

“The Nike Air Penny basketball shoe. Penny Hardaway is my favorite player, and the Nike commercials with ‘Little Penny’ were hilarious.”

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