Missouri Community College Association http://mccatoday.org Advocacy for Missouri's public two-year institutions Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:13:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 STLCC Art Students Take Gallery Program to Manchester Courthouse http://mccatoday.org/2015/03/stlcc-art-students-take-gallery-program-to-manchester-courthouse/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/03/stlcc-art-students-take-gallery-program-to-manchester-courthouse/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:04:39 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9529 : Bob Bolla of Manchester Arts and STLCC student Michelle Streiff hang a painting by artist Vicki Hefty at the Manchester Police Department and Courthouse.

Bob Bolla of Manchester Arts and STLCC student Michelle Streiff hang a painting by artist Vicki Hefty at the Manchester Police Department and Courthouse.

Two years ago, students in the Art Club at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood launched a special program to meet their desire to get their art into the public eye, and the desire of local businesses to have original works of art in their spaces. The Gallery Program was immediately successful and continues to expand farther and farther into west St. Louis County.

The newest exhibit is on the second floor Courtroom Gallery at the Manchester Police Facility. The exhibit was facilitated by Manchester Arts, a municipal arts council that seeks to inspire engagement in, and appreciation for, the arts. The show runs through April 10.

In addition to the Manchester exhibit, the students have displayed art at Starbucks, Wildwood Hotel, City Hall and Sunny Street Café in Wildwood, Walnut Grill and Manchester Veterinary Clinic in Ellisville, St. Louis County Library-Sachs Branch, Brooking Park and St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Maryland Heights Government Center in Maryland Heights, and Junk ‘n Java coffee shop in Pacific.

Established in 1962, St. Louis Community College is the largest community college district in Missouri and one of the largest in the United States.  STLCC has four campuses – Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec and Wildwood – that annually serve nearly 70,000 students through credit courses, continuing education and workforce development programs. For more information about STLCC, visit www.stlcc.edu.

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STLCC Science Club Hosts Successful Bone Marrow Registry Drive http://mccatoday.org/2015/03/stlcc-science-club-hosts-successful-bone-marrow-registry-drive/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/03/stlcc-science-club-hosts-successful-bone-marrow-registry-drive/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:01:40 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9526 Members of St. Louis Community College-Wildwood’s Science Club recently hosted a bone marrow registry drive.

Members of St. Louis Community College-Wildwood’s Science Club recently hosted a bone marrow registry drive.

The Science Club at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood hosted a Bone Marrow Registry Drive on March 9 and 10 in conjunction with “Be the Match,” an organization that manages the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world.

With encouragement from club members, 35 new people joined the registry. These students provided a sample of their DNA through a cheek swab, which is tested for a minimum of six basic human leukocyte antigens (HLAs). HLA is a protein found on most cells in the human body which lets your immune system know which cells belong in your body and which do not. Matching certain HLA markers is what is critical to a successful transplant.

A bone marrow or cord blood transplant may be the best treatment option, or the only potential cure, for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia and many other diseases.

Syed Chowdhury, Ph.D., associate professor of science and sponsor of the Science Club, thought it was important to have the drive for several reasons.

“The events teach our students about different ways to give back to the community. Knowing how important and life-changing the bone marrow registry is for patients in-need is only one way students can making a lasting difference,” Chowdhury said. “The event also teaches them about how the human body works. Our original goal was to have 25 students sign up for the registry, so we are quite pleased with the outcome of the drive.”

The students also conducted a drive in the fall semester, during which 30 students signed up to as possible donors. If one of the donors is identified as a possible match, the donor is contacted for further testing. A patient’s likelihood of finding a donor match on “Be the Match Registry” ranges from 66 percent to 97 percent, depending on race and ethnicity.

 

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United Way of Greater St. Louis President and CEO Orv Kimbrough to speak at SCC’s 2015 commencement http://mccatoday.org/2015/03/united-way-of-greater-st-louis-president-and-ceo-orv-kimbrough-to-speak-at-sccs-2015-commencement/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/03/united-way-of-greater-st-louis-president-and-ceo-orv-kimbrough-to-speak-at-sccs-2015-commencement/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:29:51 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9518 United Way of Greater St. Louis President and CEO Orvin Kimbrough will be the keynote speaker at the 27th annual St. Charles Community College commencement exercises Saturday, May 16. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium of the College Center on the SCC campus.

Orvin Kimbrough, president and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis in St. Louis, Mo., will be the keynote speaker at the 27th annual St. Charles Community College commencement exercises on Saturday, May 16. Photo provided by Orvin Kimbrough.

Orvin Kimbrough, president and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis in St. Louis, Mo., will be the keynote speaker at the 27th annual St. Charles Community College commencement exercises on Saturday, May 16. Photo provided by Orvin Kimbrough.

Orvin Kimbrough, president and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis in St. Louis, Mo., will be the keynote speaker at the 27th annual St. Charles Community College commencement exercises on Saturday, May 16. Photo provided by Orvin Kimbrough.

“Orv Kimbrough is a leader in the St. Louis region in helping people from all walks of life to live their best lives,” said Ron Chesbrough, Ph.D., SCC president. “He understands the importance of the work we do here at SCC in transforming lives.”

Kimbrough, a product of the St. Louis Public Schools and the State of Missouri Foster Care system, serves as the president and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis, where he leads the organization to help people throughout the St. Louis region live their best possible lives. United Way of Greater St. Louis, one of the top five United Way affiliates in the nation, annually raises $70+ million and has invested more than $2 billion into the St. Louis region since it began in 1922. Kimbrough started with United Way in 2007 as vice president of major gifts, growing major gifts at a faster rate than other giving.

Before joining the United Way, Kimbrough worked with a number of not-for-profits including serving as the executive director for Interfaith Partnership/Faith Beyond Walls.

He is a frequent speaker and lecturer and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Master’s of Business Administration from University of Missouri-St. Louis and a Master’s of Arts in theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. Kimbrough also shares his thoughts around creating a region where every person can thrive on his blog, ReimaginingOurFuture.org.

“Orv’s personal story is one of remarkable growth and transformation,” said Chesbrough. “I look forward to his inspirational words shared with our faculty, staff and graduates.”

Kimbrough serves on the Board of Governors of Missouri State University. He is a former adjunct instructor at the Brown School of Social Work for Washington University.

St. Charles Community College is a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit www.stchas.edu

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STLCC Student Selected As Resolution Fellow at CGI U http://mccatoday.org/2015/03/stlcc-student-selected-as-resolution-fellow-at-cgi-u/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/03/stlcc-student-selected-as-resolution-fellow-at-cgi-u/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:33:45 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9502 Anderson Lima

Anderson Lima

Ten students in the Scholarships for Education and Economic Development (SEED) program at St. Louis Community College recently attended Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U).

Students included Johnny Campos from Mexico, Chedeline Nemorin, Westenior Valmera and Cynthia Chery from Haiti, Anderson Lima and Byron Castillo from Guatemala, Hadson Jarquin from Nicaragua, Astrid Carmona from Honduras as well as Ninosca Mercedes and Marian Quezada from the Dominican Republic.

Nearly 1,000 students attended the CGI U at the University of Miami. CGI U focuses on five areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.

Four of the students also applied to the Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge, a challenge that provides start-up funding for community service projects. Lima and Mercedes were selected as semi-finalists. Their projects were Casa de Áak, dedicated to saving sea turtles in Champerico, Guatemala; and Home Grown Goodness, educating a community in the Dominican Republic about the importance of a healthy diet, and teaching them how to grow organic gardens.

“They had to present their projects soon after arriving in Miami,” said Susan McKnight, SEED coordinator at STLCC. “Anderson Lima was selected as a finalist, and had to present his project to a panel of judges.”

Lima was selected as a Resolution Fellow, and will receive approximately $4,000 to invest in his project. Casa de Áak was also selected by CGI U as a featured commitment and will be highlighted on the CGI U website.

“Anderson’s project was described during one of the sessions, and he was called up on stage to be photographed with the speakers and presented a certificate,” McKnight said.

Lima was also invited to exhibit his project during an exchange session.

“When I received an email that I had been selected to attend CGI U as a featured commitment, I was proud that my hard work was paying off,” said Lima. “I am passionate about helping to save the sea turtles in my community and to improve the economy through tourism.”

Lima said he was honored to represent both STLCC and Guatemala at the conference.

“I even had the opportunity to meet President Clinton,” he added.

Launched in 2007 by former President Bill Clinton, CGI U aims to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world by encouraging them to develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. Students are required to develop their own commitment to action plan as a prerequisite of attending the CGI U. The students submitted their respective plans and were selected to be a part of a group of future leaders that hail from more than 90 countries.

 

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SCC collaborates with local organizations for Missouri STEM Week http://mccatoday.org/2015/03/scc-collaborates-with-local-organizations-for-missouri-stem-week/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/03/scc-collaborates-with-local-organizations-for-missouri-stem-week/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:43:47 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9490 STEM programs are on the rise as part of a national and regional effort to better prepare the workforce of tomorrow by encouraging students to engage in studies, events and careers involving science, technology, engineering and math.

St. Charles Community College (SCC), General Motors (GM), Partners for Progress of Greater St. Charles (PfP), St. Charles Economic Development Center (EDC), Masterclock,Great Plains Math League and area schools participated in Missouri STEM Week, March 6-7, to provide resources to students interested in the field.

Events kicked off with the PfP STEM Celebration Breakfast hosted by the EDC on Friday, March 6. The schedule continued on that same day at SCC with the 17th Annual GM Robotics Challenge. On Saturday, March 7, the college again played host to its 18th Annual Math Tournament.

The PfP STEM Celebration Breakfast honored 17 local high school students for their achievements in science, technology, engineering and math. Students received recognition and listened to keynote speaker John Clark, a millennial business leader and the general manager of Masterclock, a high-tech company based in St. Charles.

(Left to right) Connor Williams, freshman; Robert Strubinger, junior; Steven Lewis, freshman; Leanne Ketchum, senior; and Sarah Ketchum, sophomore; of Winfield High School make final adjustments at the 17th annual Robotics Challenge, Friday, March 6, at St. Charles Community College.

(Left to right) Connor Williams, freshman; Robert Strubinger, junior; Steven Lewis, freshman; Leanne Ketchum, senior; and Sarah Ketchum, sophomore; of Winfield High School make final adjustments at the 17th annual Robotics Challenge, Friday, March 6, at St. Charles Community College.

“The PfP have been proudly promoting STEM since 2010 when we worked with state elected officials to have the first week of every March set aside as Missouri STEM Week,” said Greg Prestemon, president of the Partners for Progress of Greater St. Charles. “We believe that an emphasis on STEM today means jobs and success tomorrow.”

At the 17th Annual GM Robotics Challenge, 41 teams from 32 middle schools and nine high schools participated – an increase in participation over last year’s event. Student teams used LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robotics kits and worked together to build a robot based on the challenge requirements.

“Students are able to gain real-life skills they don’t necessarily get in a classroom environment at an event like this,” said Brian Steber, senior manufacturing engineer at GM Wentzville and challenge creator for the Robotics Challenge. “When creating the challenge, I try to imitate real life applications we use at the General Motors plant.”

Winfield High School teacher Diana Lehmkuhl said she continues to bring her students to the Robotics Challenge because they love it. “It’s fun and challenging for them,” said Lehmkuhl. “I let the students take the lead on the challenge because it’s really all about them and what they come up with.”

Winfield High School senior Leanne Ketchum said, “I like the robots and figuring out how they work. It’s fun for me.”

“What’s so cool about the event is that I might have what I think is a great solution for something, yet the students come up with something entirely unique,” said Steber. “They are judged on teamwork and presentation, as well as the design and engineering.”

Students also attended breakout sessions throughout the day, where they were introduced to topics such as animation, gaming and Rockwell Automation.

First place teams were “The Cabinet” from St. Charles West High School in the Black Division; “Hex-Tech, Inc.” from Barnwell Middle School in the Gray Division; “Banana World, Inc.” from Barnwell Middle School in the Maroon Division; “The Tri-Forces” from Assumption School in the Blue Division; and “2 Squared + 1rV.2.0” from Bryan Middle School in the Green Division.

Second place teams were “Team Rocket” from St. Charles High School in the Black Division; “Android Hurricane” from Bryan Middle School in the Gray Division; “The Deathly Hallows” from Hardin Middle School in the Maroon Division; “MIKTZ Mechanics” from Barnwell Middle School in the Blue Divison; and “Team Alphabots” from Francis Howell Middle School in the Green Division.

Third place teams were “Leg Godt” from Fort Zumwalt South High School in the Black Division; “Zytria” from Bryan Middle School in the Gray Division; “Queen of the Keyboards” from Francis Howell Middle School in the Maroon Division; “DERP Squad” from Hollenbeck Middle School and “LEGO my Eggo” from Barnwell Middle School (tied) in the Blue Division; and “Red Corvettes” from Assumption in the Green Division.

On March 7, some 17 area high schools with 128 students competed at the 18th Annual Math Tournament – more than double last year’s turnout – in cooperation with the Great Plains Math League. With the support of an SCC Foundation mini-grant, the registration fee was only $1 per student. “We were truly fortunate to see such healthy participation and, we look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s event,” said Joe Howe, SCC professor of mathematics.

Students took up to four tests during the math competition – both individual and team. “It’s great to see high school students attend and compete among their peers,” said Howe. “Many of these students will become STEM majors one day.”

Parkway Central High School finished first in the overall category with a score of 279.167; Clayton finished in second with 168 points; and Lutheran South High School finished third with a score of 146.5.

For more information on about the robotics challenge, contact Tammie De Los Santos at tdelossantos@stchas.edu. For more information about the math challenge, contact Howe at jhowe@stchas.edu. For more information about the PfP STEM Celebration Breakfast, contact Scott Drachnik at sdrachnik@edcscc.com.

St. Charles Community College is a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit stchas.edu.

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STLCC Board of Trustees Appoints Jeff Pittman as Chancellor http://mccatoday.org/2015/03/stlcc-board-of-trustees-appoints-jeff-pittman-as-chancellor/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/03/stlcc-board-of-trustees-appoints-jeff-pittman-as-chancellor/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:19:42 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9465 Jeff Pittman, Ph.D.

Jeff Pittman, Ph.D.

The St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees today announced that Jeff Pittman, Ph.D., statewide vice president of corporate college services and online education at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, has accepted the position of chancellor, effective July 1.

Craig Larson, the STLCC Board of Trustees chair, said, “The Chancellor Search Committee and the Board of Trustees were impressed with Dr. Pittman’s extensive background in community colleges, including previous service as a multi-campus chancellor in Indiana. Because of his experience, Dr. Pittman understands the opportunities, as well as the complexities and challenges, facing community colleges and higher education today. In his current role, Dr. Pittman has helped the state of Indiana develop and implement effective online community college courses that have significantly increased student access to a college education. Throughout the interview process, Dr. Pittman made it clear that he understands the critical role St. Louis Community College plays both in preparing students for a lifetime of success and in ensuring the economic vitality of the region. We are excited to bring Dr. Pittman’s vision, creativity, and leadership to STLCC.”

Pittman has served as the statewide vice president of corporate college services and online education at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana since January 2013, and has served in wide variety of academic leadership roles for the college for the past 27 years in four geographic regions and the system office. Ivy Tech is Indiana’s community college system, with 30 campuses in 14 regions. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, annually serving nearly 200,000 students.

“It is with a sense of great excitement and humility that I have been selected to serve in this role at St. Louis Community College,” Pittman said. “I am eager to begin work with the faculty, staff, students, and the Trustees of this organization and the entire St. Louis community. Our mission is about providing students with the opportunity to prepare themselves with the education and skills needed for high wage jobs, for further education, and to provide employers with a highly educated and skilled workforce so desperately needed for the future. I wish to publicly thank the Trustees for their confidence in me and look forward to working with them and the many constituents of the college in the years ahead.”

Most recently, Pittman was instrumental in the reorganization and development of a lean organization for the delivery of Corporate College customized workforce training and services to business, industry, and individuals throughout the State of Indiana. Pittman also served as chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Wabash Valley Region for 11 years, and simultaneously worked as the statewide vice provost of distance education for three of the years. Under Pittman’s leadership, the college’s enrollment in online education doubled from more than 32,000 students per year in 2008 to 69,000 students in 2010.

Pittman’s doctorate in educational leadership, administration, and foundations is from Indiana State University. His master’s degree in human resource development is from Indiana State University, and his bachelor’s degree in business is from Indiana University.

Established in 1962, St. Louis Community College is the largest community college district in Missouri and one of the largest in the United States. STLCC has four campuses – Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec and Wildwood – that annually serve nearly 70,000 students through credit courses, continuing education, and workforce development programs.  For more information about STLCC, visit www.stlcc.edu.

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STLCC Introduces Truck Driving Training Program to Industry Employers http://mccatoday.org/2015/03/stlcc-introduces-truck-driving-training-program-to-industry-employers/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/03/stlcc-introduces-truck-driving-training-program-to-industry-employers/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19:44:44 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9460 STLCC staff recently conducted an open house truck driving employers to introduce  them to the college’s new truck driving training program.

STLCC staff recently conducted an open house truck driving employers to introduce
them to the college’s new truck driving training program.

St. Louis Community College staff members recently conducted an open house for truck driving employers to introduce them to the college’s new truck driving training program.

The college will be training individuals to become Class A commercial truck drivers (CDL-A) through a hands-on, five-week, non-credit program that includes classroom instruction, practice on a truck simulator and driving experience. This new program is part of STLCC’s no-fee, high-value technical job training programs that are grant-funded and offered for limited periods of time at no cost to qualified students.

Employers and community organizations in attendance got to inspect the trucks, learn the details about the program, discover how the course materials were developed, and even drive the truck simulator. The simulator will allow the students to practice shifting, driving in difficult weather elements, and other safety driving issues before they begin their actual on-the-road driving with an instructor.

A participant in the truck driving training program open house sits behind the wheel of the simulator.

A participant in the truck driving training program open house sits behind the wheel of the simulator.

“It is great to see St. Louis Community College’s commitment to excellence in its commercial truck driver program,” said Doug Harry, field manager for the St. Louis Operating Center of Schneider National Inc. “The level of professionalism and commitment that the staff has exhibited as this program has taken shape gives me every reason to believe that students entering the program will have access to the resources they need to excel in the transportation industry. I look forward to meeting their first graduate, and I fully expect this is only the beginning of a very long line of successful candidates completing this program.”

The training program’s staff guided attendees in small groups through different stations at the college’s Forest Park campus so that they could see and learn about all aspects of the program. The staff includes Rene Dulle, program manager; Kathie Chambers, business engagement manager; Ellen Irons, curriculum designer/developer; Bahi Talundzic, career pathway coach; Vince Lang, lead instructor; and Dennis Skelton, maintenance instructor.

For more information about the program, visit www.stlcc.edu/truckdriving. 

Established in 1962, St. Louis Community College is the largest community college district in Missouri and one of the largest in the United States. STLCC has four campuses – Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec and Wildwood – that annually serve nearly 70,000 students through credit courses, continuing education and workforce development programs.  For more information about STLCC, visit www.stlcc.edu.

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SCC to celebrate Women’s History Month in March http://mccatoday.org/2015/03/scc-to-celebrate-womens-history-month-in-march-2/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/03/scc-to-celebrate-womens-history-month-in-march-2/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 23:16:47 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9443 St. Charles Community College will host a series of events to celebrate Women’s History Month this March. The events are free and open to the public.

All activities will take place in the auditorium of the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building unless otherwise noted.

“Killing Us Softly 4” Film
10 a.m. Tuesday, March 24
A viewing of Jean Kilbourne’s groundbreaking Killing Us Softly 4 followed by an interactive discussion concerning media, advertising and gender stereotyping.

Photo Booth and “Take it Off” Station
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 24
In conjunction with student speaker Asyntha Sandberg’s presentation, SCC will have a free photo booth and “Take it Off” Station available for individuals to take off their makeup and get their picture taken in the photo booth. This is the perfect opportunity to see what Asyntha experienced and to embrace your inner beauty.

SCC Student Speaker: Asyntha Sandberg – One Semester Without Makeup
1 p.m. Tuesday, March 24SCC student Asyntha Sandberg will share her experience of going without makeup for one full semester. The presentation will be followed by a discussion and Q&A.

Speaker: Andi Zeisler – Talking Back 101 Workshop
10 a.m. Wednesday, March 25A workshop identifying bias, bad framing and sexism in media and pop culture and how to respond strategically.

Between the Covers Book Club
2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in the Learning Resource Center Information Commons
Join Between the Covers Book Club as they discuss their March book, Alice + Freda Forever by Alexis Coe.

Speaker: Andi Zeisler – Don’t Just Change the Channel: Why Pop Culture Matters to Feminism, Activism and Social Justice
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25
A stock response to complaints about offensive and demeaning representation of women and others in popular media is often, “Well, just change the channel! You don’t have to watch that show/read that book/see that movie.” This presentation discusses why that line of thinking ignores the reality of how much media and pop culture permeate every aspect of our lives, and offers an overview of media and pop culture as a point of feminist activism.

The college is located at 4For more information on the events celebrating Women’s History Month, contact Mandi Smith at asmith@stchas.edu.

For accommodation information, email accessibilityservice@stchas.edu.

St. Charles Community College is a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit www.stchas.edu.

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SCC Student Film Festival accepting entries for March festival http://mccatoday.org/2015/03/scc-student-film-festival-accepting-entries-for-march-festival/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/03/scc-student-film-festival-accepting-entries-for-march-festival/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 23:12:39 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9439 Area high school and SCC students are encouraged to enter in St. Charles Community College’s Student Film Festival in March. The deadline to submit entries is 5 p.m. Monday, March 9.

“Some students might have already made something in the past year that they could submit – a short film for a school project or just a movie they made with friends,” said Darren Osburn, film festival coordinator and SCC communication professor. “We encourage students to enter those movies in the festival for a chance to win money.”

Students can submit films for the following categories:

Documentary (10 minutes or less): A presentation that records actual living characters and settings and/or details historical or current events. Infomercials, public relations videos and promotional films are not eligible.

Comedy Shorts (9 minutes or less): Original or minimally inspired works of comedy. The film should challenge, entertain and/or provoke.

Drama Shorts (9 minutes or less): Original or minimally inspired works of drama. The film should challenge, entertain and/or provoke.

Music Video (5 minutes or less): Non-narrative work set to a single piece of music that captures the essence of the sound in a form of a story or creative output. May include minimal footage from other sources.

Experimental/Animation (6 minutes or less): All remaining genres of programs including, but not limited to, animation, experimental, computer graphics, special effects and stop-frame techniques. All footage must be original.

For submission guidelines or to download an entry form, go to stchas.edu/filmfestival. Financial prizes will be awarded to the winners of each category, the overall winner and the audience favorite. All entries will receive feedback from judges and some screen time during the awards ceremony, and the winners will be screened in their entirety.

The awards ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in the auditorium of the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building on the SCC campus.

For more information, contact Darren Osburn at 636-922-8564 or dosburn@stchas.edu.

St. Charles Community College is a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit www.stchas.edu.

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Educators Urged to Build Coalitions to Advance Community Colleges http://mccatoday.org/2015/03/educators-urged-to-build-coalitions-to-advance-community-colleges/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/03/educators-urged-to-build-coalitions-to-advance-community-colleges/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:09:35 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9435 St. Louis Community College officials met with U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill  (D-Mo.), second from left, during the 2015 Community College National Legislative Summit. STLCC representatives joining McCaskill are, from left, Doris Graham, vice chair of the STLCC Board of Trustees; Dennis Michaelis, STLCC’s interim chancellor; and Craig Larson, chair of the STLCC Board of Trustees.

St. Louis Community College officials met with U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), second from left, during the 2015 Community College National Legislative Summit. STLCC representatives joining McCaskill are, from left, Doris Graham, vice chair of the STLCC Board of Trustees; Dennis Michaelis, STLCC’s interim chancellor; and Craig Larson, chair of the STLCC Board of Trustees.

President Barack Obama’s free community college plan was the main topic of discussion at this year’s Community College National Legislative Summit. Nearly 1,000 community college trustees, chancellors and presidents gathered in Washington D.C., Feb. 9-12, for their annual advocacy conference, sponsored by the Association of Community College Trustees.

“We heard constant conversation from both sides of the political spectrum around how to take the next step in this initiative,” said STLCC Board Chair Craig Larson, who attended the conference with fellow board member Doris Graham, and STLCC Interim Chancellor Dennis F. Michaelis.  “No one argues about increasing the focus on the importance of going to school for two years beyond high school,” he said. “But the issue of how to pay for it is the question.”

STLCC representatives Craig Larson, left, and Dennis Michaelis, right, also met with U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) during the Community College National Legislative Summit

STLCC representatives Craig Larson, left, and Dennis Michaelis, right, also met with U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) during the Community College National Legislative Summit

Larson said a “K-14” system, which extends a free public education to two years past high school, would be a “real game changer” in the long run – particularly for older students, such as single parents, who could use their Pell grants to pay their living expenses while in school.
“The kernel of this idea is to remove the hurdles that people face in going back to college,” he said, noting that the current proposal is to cover anyone who qualifies as a “responsible student” with a 2.5 grade point average or better, and not just recent high school graduates.

“It’s a nice sweetener to be able to tell students that they have another two years to hone their skills after high school,” added Larson.

Larson, Graham and Michaelis also met with U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) to advocate for Pell Grants, and met with aides for U.S. Representatives Ann Wagner (Mo.-Dist. 2) and William Lacy Clay Jr. (Mo.-Dist. 1). In conversations with the Missouri congressional delegation, STLCC officials emphasized the importance of extending Pell Grant availability to students studying in programs that also require summer attendance.

While community college leaders are hopeful that President Obama’s free community college plan will survive legislative scrutiny, educators were cautioned that it could take time. James Kvaal, deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, urged community college leaders to “take the long view” and continue their advocacy efforts at the federal, state, local and philanthropic levels.

Second Lady Jill Biden, a longtime community college English professor, said the Obama administration will build a coalition of lawmakers, philanthropists and higher education leaders to continue efforts to advance community colleges.

“This is the moment for community colleges to shine,” she said.

Click here to hear Mrs. Biden’s full remarks at the summit.

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