Missouri Community College Association http://mccatoday.org Advocacy for Missouri's public two-year institutions Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:52:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Governor signs FY2017 higher education budget http://mccatoday.org/2016/04/governor-signs-fy2017-higher-education-budget/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:19:55 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11490 Nixon_2016BudgetSigning

MCCA’s advocacy efforts paid off yesterday as Gov. Jay Nixon signed HB 2003, the Fiscal Year 2017 budget for higher education. The budget includes many of MCCA’s top priorities, including:

  • A $4.5 million increase in community college equity funding
  • A 4 percent performance funding increase
  • And a $2.5 million increase for the A+ scholarship program

All told, the budget increases community college funding by roughly $10 million, and provides an additional $71.3 million for higher education as a whole. This will bring state support for operations at Missouri public colleges and universities to the highest level on record.

Governor Nixon signed the bill at a press conference at East Central College on Thursday. The Governor was accompanied by the East Central Board of Trustees, Dr. Jon Bauer and a number of students and staff. In his remarks, the Governor praised Missouri’s community colleges for making education affordable for students.

The passage of HB 2003 represents the fourth straight year that Missouri’s colleges and universities have agreed to hold in-district and in-state tuition flat. This agreement certainly would not have been possible without the performance and equity funding increases passed this year.

With the Governor’s approval of the higher education budget, MCCA will now turn its attention to more policy-oriented legislation currently moving through the legislature.

There are a number of bills that still pose a threat to our institutions, and we will continue to work behind the scenes to ensure the best interest of our colleges until the very last minute of the legislative session.


MCCA tackles performance funding and developmental education http://mccatoday.org/2016/04/mcca-tackles-performance-funding-and-developmental-education/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:20:18 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11067 This week, Missouri’s Coordinating Board for Higher Education approved MCCA’s recommendation to replace two outdated performance funding measures that financially penalize Missouri’s colleges.

Since the initial performance funding measures were drafted, studies done by groups like Complete College America have shown that there are more effective methods than the traditional developmental education sequence. For that reason, many of Missouri’s community colleges have adopted innovative remedial education approaches.

These innovations, though, have evolved more quickly than the performance funding model itself. In fact, two of the six performance measures are based entirely on traditional developmental education. As a result, they fail to account for the other missions of community colleges beyond remediation and the fact that significant numbers of students never enter remedial courses.

Broadening the performance measures beyond the current heavy emphasis on developmental education allows community colleges to target other areas for improvement. Particularly in an era of changing perspectives on developmental education, performance measures should accommodate unforeseen future trends and encourage innovation.

MCCA’s recommendations aim to correct this. Our recommendations eliminate unintended financial penalties while maintaining an emphasis on accountability and encouraging positive and needed innovations. In February, at the Coordinating Board for Higher Education meeting, MDHE officials presented our recommendations. Now approved, colleges can begin using the new measures beginning July 1.

Read the full report in the CBHE February Board Book.

http://mccatoday.org/2016/04/11475/ Fri, 22 Apr 2016 20:34:22 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11475 MCCA honored 59 outstanding community colleges students and faculty at this month’s Phi Theta Kappa and Excellence in Teaching award ceremony.

About the Awards

The All-Missouri Academic Team.  Missouri was the first state to recognize outstanding students through an all-state academic team program.  The Missouri Community College Association and Phi Theta Kappa worked together to create the inaugural program in 1994.  Since then, the idea has been adopted by 36 other states and is an important part of Phi Theta Kappa’s national agenda.

Members of the All-Missouri Academic Team are selected based on the extent to which they meet the definition of the word “scholar,” which Phi Theta Kappa defines as one who excels in the classroom, has the intellectual curiosity to pursue an academic career and cultural enrichment outside the traditional classroom, shows evidence of substantial development of talents in academics and technical education, and has demonstrated an ability to share this development with others.

Students from each of Missouri’s 24 Phi Theta Kappa chapters apply to be on the All-Missouri Academic Team; only 40 students have been selected.

The New Century Scholar. On the centennial anniversary of the establishment of the first two-year college in the country, Joliet Junior College in Illinois, Phi Theta Kappa and the American Association of Community Colleges joined the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation to recognize the top All-USA Team member from each state.  The Centennial Scholar program led to the establishment of today’s New Century Scholar program.  Each year, the top-scoring student from each of the 50 states is named a New Century Scholar.

Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Missouri Community College Association is proud to recognize outstanding faculty through the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.  One recipient has been selected from each community college campus for work done during the previous year.

All-Missouri Academic Third Team

Lindsey Babcock, Three Rivers College

Lindsey plans to become an occupational therapist and work with children with special needs. She has a 3.7 GPA, and enjoys serving those in need through mission trips with her church.

Nicole Bergeron, State Fair Community College

Nicole is Vice President of her Phi Theta Kappa chapter. She is currently studying business with the goal of becoming a CPA or an instructor at a community college. She has a 4.0 GPA and was recognized on the Presidents List.

Lindsay Bilbao, Metropolitan Community College – Maple Woods

Brandon Bowers, St. Louis Community College

Brandon is currently majoring in Geological Engineering with plans to transfer to Missouri Science and Technology. He is involved in a number of campus activities including Math Club, STEM Club, and the NSBE Pre-collegiate Initiative where he serves as the Wind Turbine Design Team Coach.

Lexa Curtis, Ozarks Technical Community College

Lexa’s goal is to work in international business in a Spanish speaking country. She’s double majoring in International Business and Spanish. In addition to participating in Spanish Club and Phi Theta Kappa, she works two jobs, and has been on the Chancellor’s list since she began taking classes at OTC.

Stephen Downey, Mineral Area College

Stephen is Vice President of Service for the Theta Kappa – Lambda Chapter, and a member of the Student Action Committee. When he isn’t working toward his goal of managing a multinational firm, Stephen is touring the country with his band Saturday Night Soldiers. He plans to continue his studies at Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Stephanie Faulkingham, St. Louis Community College-Meramec

Stephanie is graduating with honors this year, and has been nominated for St. Louis Community College’s honors symposium. She owns and operates a karate dojo, is a third degree black belt, a wife and mother of two. Her goal is to become a clinical psychologist specializing in children and adolescents.

Stephani Fulford, Three Rivers College

Stephani plans to become a psychological anthropologist. She’s involved in both Phi Theta Kappa and Honors in Action, and she was recognized on the Dean’s list for three consecutive semesters.

Gary Galeski, State Technical College of Missouri

Gary is Vice President of Service for his Phi Theta Kappa chapter. He’s on the Dean’s List, and was recognized in Who’s Who among American College Students. He is majoring in design drafting technology, with a career goal of becoming a mechanical engineer for NASA.

Safia Ibrahim, Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley

Safia is majoring in psychology at Penn Valley. She serves as public relations officer for her Phi Theta Kappa chapter, and has worked with Better World Books and the International Festival on campus.

Agatha Kinuthia, St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley Campus

Agatha is currently majoring in Biology with plans to enter a research field. She enjoys dancing, drawing, painting and hiking and has earned honors in chemistry and philosophy.

Sarah Kurpjuweit, Cottey College

Sarah is team captain for Cross Country and Track, a member of Golden Key Honor Society, is an America Reads Tutor and helps with the SUCCEED After School Program. She is currently majoring in special education, so that she can become a teacher. Her dream is to someday create a college for students will special needs.

Micah McCarty, St. Charles Community College

Micah is currently majoring in psychology with the goal of becoming a therapist or clinical psychologist. In addition to being a member of Phi Theta Kappa, she also serves as a student note taker for disability support services. She made the Dean’s List in 2014 and 2015, and is an A+ student.

Charles Mwaipopo, Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley

Charles is an international student from Tanzania, and hopes to eventually earn a bachelor’s degree in geology. His goal is to develop new and cleaner ways of extracting minerals. He enjoys being a math tutor and playing soccer, and he currently maintains a 3.9 GPA.

Ian Oberle, Mineral Area College

Ian is studying secondary education with plans to become a high school math teacher. He’s a member of the Mineral Area College Singers, Phi Theta Kappa Honors in Action and College Projects. In addition, he tutors calculus, differential equations, statistics, statics, physics and chemistry—all while maintaining a 3.89 GPA.

Colton Pettyjohn, Ozarks Technical Community College – Table Rock Campus

Colton is Vice President of the Apha Psi Tau chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and a member of the honors program. He currently maintains a 3.9 GPA. His goal is to teach deaf students, and plans to attend either MacMurray College or Missouri State University.

Leslie Reed, Metropolitan Community College – Longview

Leslie was inspired by her mother—a single mom who held down a job and went to school full-time to become a teacher. As a result, Leslie loves learning. She wants to become a psychologist and work with trafficked women and youth. She enjoys volunteering at soup kitchens in North Kansas City and at shelters for homeless teens.

Thomas Romainville, Ozarks Technical Community College

Thomas is currently studying Mass Media in Film with the goal of becoming a director. He put his skills to use as videographer for his Phi Theta Kappa chapter and created a documentary for “Green Dot” against violence on campus. He also tutors math and French.

Laurence Williams, Moberly Area Community College

For Laurence, earning his degree is about overcoming his physical disability and teaching and empowering others. He’s currently studying computer information technology and provides network security solutions for local businesses and interns at his college. In his spare time, he also volunteers, providing respite for caregivers of hospice patients.


All-Missouri Academic Second Team

Meghan Brown, East Central College

Meghan is currently majoring in special education with the goal of working with children who have autism. She is involved in Phi Theta Kappa, S-MSTA, and is a Student Ambassador. She made the Dean’s list in the Spring of 2015, and the Vice President’s List the next two semesters.

Indigo Gaydusek, Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods

Indigo currently maintains a 4.0 GPA while also participating in Improv Club, Dance Club, Writer’s Society and Phi Theta Kappa. She is studying Art, and hopes to travel the world doing commissioned art and designing murals for schools and churches in third world countries. For now you can find Indigo’s art for sale on Etsy.

Sarah Hennecke, East Central College

Sarah is president of the Chi Delta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa as well as the Rotoract Club on campus. She works full-time and attends class full-time, majoring in business administration. She is a wife and mother of two, and hopes to someday work in human resources management.

Jayla Howell, St. Louis Community College-Wildwood

Jayla is pursuing a degree in general transfer studies, and plans to go on to get a nursing degree. She is an officer in the Beta Rho Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and is active in Amnesty International. Outside of school, she also volunteers at Sorrento Springs Elementary School and SSM Health St. Clare Hospital.

Eric Johnston, Moberly Area Community College

In addition to being a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Eric is also involved in Student Government and the drama department on campus. He is an academic tutor, a presidential ambassador, and recently was designated as an Honors Scholar by the National Honors Institute. He is currently studying psychology in hopes of becoming a therapist.

Thomas McKenzie, Jefferson College

Thomas is currently a liberal arts major, but plans to transfer to St. Louis University with the goal of becoming a pediatric surgeon. He currently maintains a 4.0 G-P-A, has been recognized on the Dean’s List, is a member of the Honors Program, has received the Twin City Optimist and Elizabeth Hoyt Clark scholarships and serves as Vice President of Service for his Phi Theta Kappa chapter.

Chantal Ndifor, Metropolitan Community College-Longview

Chantal is a nursing student and supplemental math instructor at MCC-Longview. She grew up in Cameroon, but moved to America in hopes of becoming a pediatric surgeon. She works as a peer mentor on campus, is Vice President of Fundraising for Phi Theta Kappa and helped create a performing arts club on campus.

Alexandria Schwartz, State Technical College of Missouri

Alexandria currently works two jobs, while working toward her degree in Heavy Equipment Technology. She hopes to become a service manager at a farm equipment dealer and stock contractor, and plans to continue at State Tech to get a second degree in business administration. She currently serves on the student government association and as vice president of leadership for Phi Theta Kappa. She also recently received the American Degree from Future Farmers of America.

Timothy Sixta, Metropolitan Community College-Blue River

Timothy is currently majoring in Psychology and Human Development with the goal of becoming a counselor or life coach. He is Vice President of the Phi District of Phi Theta Kappa and volunteers at Micah Ministries, helping to feed the homeless. He’s made the Dean’s List each semester and has an online ministry coaching individuals with health issues.

Tammie Thornton, State Fair Community College

Family, faith and community service all play an important role in Tammie’s life. She is a wife and mother, and she volunteers at church and in the community. On campus, she’s a member of several organizations, all while seeking a degree in secondary education. Her goal is to become a special education teacher.

All-Missouri First Academic Team

Leroy Barker, Ozarks Technical Community College

Leroy works in the Fine Arts Department at OTC, and has served as stage manager and prop designer in the college’s theatrical productions. He is an officer mentor and the Missouri Region President of Phi Theta Kappa. He is the first in his family to go to college, and hopes to become a theater teacher.

William Brazeal, Ozarks Technical Community College – Table Rock

William has two children and one grandchild. He is working toward an associate of science degree in engineering and hopes to teach education and mathematics classes at a community college. He has served twice as Phi Theta Kappa regional officer, once as chapter officer and was a 2015-2016 International Officer Candidate. He also served for 8 years in the United States Marine Corps.

Kaitlyn Fieser, Crowder College

Kaitlyn aspires to become an associate veterinarian in a small animal private practice. She is currently studying pre-veterinary medicine. She currently serves as president of her Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Vice President of the Agriculture Club and is a member of Delta Tau Alpha Agricultural Honor Society.

Aubrey Kent, Metropolitan Community College-Blue River

In addition to being on the All-Missouri Academic Team, Aubrey is also Missouri’s Phi Theta Kappa New Century Scholar.

The New Century Scholar award goes to the highest scoring student in each state. This student receives a $2,000 stipend and represents his/her state during the opening session of the American Association of Community College’s annual convention.

Aubrey is currently majoring in biology, and aspires to go into genetic research. She currently holds a 4.0 GPA, participates in All for the Children, Operation Christmas Child, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society and is Chapter Officer and Chair for Phi Theta Kappa. She is the recipient of the Director’s Choice Award and the Displaced Homemaker Award.

Caitlyn Leeker, St. Louis Community College-Wildwood

Caitlyn is currently studying biology, and aspires to become a veterinarian. It’s no surprise then that she volunteers at the endangered wolf center and works at a veterinary hospital. She is a member of the Hennings Circle Hall of Fame for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Sydney McBride, Missouri State University-West Plains

Sydney is majoring in Elementary and Middle School Education and hopes to become a high school counselor. She is the head resident assistant, historian for the Student Government Association, president of Straight Shooters, member of Tri-Lambda and a certified math tutor. She is also getting married next fall!

Rachel Shafer, St. Louis Community College-Meramec

Rachel holds down two jobs, while studying biotechnology and biochemistry. She is a recipient of the scholarly award and made Dean’s List the last two years. Her aspiration is to make the world safer, more efficient and self-sustaining through her love of science.

Safal Thapa, St. Louis Community College-Forest Park

Safal came all the way from Nepal to study Computer Science in the United States. His goal is to become a software engineer. He enjoys playing soccer, reading, traveling and learning new languages. He’s made the Dean’s list since 2014, and serves as the student representative on the academic appeal team at his college.

Elizabeth Wiley, Jefferson College

To say that Liz is active on campus is an understatement. She is Student Senate President, Active Minds President, National Technical Honor Society Vice President, PTK Vice President of Leadership, MCCA-Student Government President, the President’s Leadership Council Student Representative, a member of the Student Learning & Support Committee, the Grounds Beautification Sub-Committee, and the Active Minds National Student Advisory Committee. She has already earned one associate’s degree in business management and is currently studying liberal arts with plans of becoming a veterinarian or a Zookeeper.

HyeonWoo Yang, St. Louis Community College-Forest Park

HyeonWoo is currently majoring in general transfer studies, with the goal of becoming a policy analyst. He is Vice President of Leadership for Phi Theta Kappa, and serves as a peer tutor and peer mentor in the Academic Support Center. He was recognized in Who’s Who among students in colleges and Universities and currently has a 3.9 GPA.


Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Aaron Champene, St. Louis Community College-Meramec

Dr. Champene has been teaching for 15 years. Over the years he has taught many bright, hard-working and inquisitive students—he says that these students are his source of inspiration and invigoration.

Dr. Champene has a bachelor’s in philosophy from Valparaiso University, and both a master’s and a doctorate from the University of Arkansas. He is the recipient of the Phi Theta Kappa Glaux Mentor Award and serves as the Honors Program Coordinator on Campus.


Dr. Carrie Pickerel-Brooks, Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley

Dr. Pickerel-Brooks has been in the education field for 27 years, working at all levels—from Kindergarten through graduate school.  Her passion is helping students prepare for college, particularly those students who seem to lack guidance from other sources.

Dr. Pickerel-Brooks served on the task force that designed the original Associate of Arts in Teaching degree in Missouri, and has served the campus by being involved in faculty senate, curriculum committee, assessment committee and as department chair.

She holds a bachelor’s in Secondary Education from Northwest Missouri State University; a master’s of education in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Hawaii and a doctorate in Historical and Cultural Foundations from the University of Houston.

Sue Nichols, North Central Missouri College

Sue has been teaching at North Central for the past 18 years, and has served on many committees throughout her tenure. She is an intricate part of the nursing program, and has mentored many new faculty.

Sue took over as program coordinator of the PN to ADN online nursing program in 2013 after faculty and staff acknowledged that online nursing students needed more flexibility and mentoring. Sue has met with students day and night for tutoring and advisement.

She pushes her students to do their best and they have responded, the PN to ADN online program has received a 100% pass rate since it began.  This accomplishment is no doubt owed to Sue and her extraordinary way of touching student lives!

Beth Michael-Smith, St. Charles Community College

In the words of the St. Charles Community College President, “Beth Michael-Smith is exactly what we want all our faculty to be. She is extremely bright, she works harder than anyone, and she is loved by her students and colleagues alike.”

Beth has chaired the chemistry department, the College’s Curriculum Committee, and one of the campus’ strategic planning groups.

All of that is impressive, but pales in comparison to the work she does with students. She holds them to a very high standard, but works hard to help them achieve, and the love and respect they have for her stands as witness to her prowess as an educator—as does the fact that chemistry departments at universities in the St. Louis area send students to SCC to take Beth’s Quantitative Analysis course.

Dr. Chad Follis, Mineral Area College

Dr. Chad Follis began teaching horticulture at MAC in August, 2008. He has actively engaged with a local advisory board, initiated several horticulture scholarships for students, developed an outdoor lab space and increased attendance in the local FFA contest held on campus.

He serves the community through lectures and information provided to local gardening clubs and teaches practical landscaping for MAC’s Continuing Education program. He has written grants that have allowed the college to build a mum garden and working beehives where honey is extracted and sold.

He is an avid leader on campus, completing MAC’s Leadership Academy in 2014, taking on officer responsibilities with Faculty Forum and serving on several campus committees.  His colleagues nominated and elected him by popular vote as the 2015 Faculty Member of the Year.

Suzanne Puckett, Crowder College

Suzanne Puckett began at Crowder College in 2000 as an Upward Bound Programs Bridge Specialist, and in 2003, she became a full-time communications faculty member.

In 2007, she received an Outstanding Service Award for her efforts to revitalize the Honor Program. Currently, she serves as Honor Program Coordinator and Phi Theta Kappa faculty advisor.

Student evaluation comments point out her “positive energy” and how she prepares students for the “real world”. One student summed it up saying, “She is one of the few teachers I have had that taught me something step by step. I like that she believes in her students and makes it obvious.”

Suzanne has a passion for her discipline and cares about what students learn. She is tough, but inspiring and fair.

Dr. Cindy Rossi, Jefferson College

Cindy has been teaching at Jefferson College in the Business Management department for 27 years. Her corporate background is in marketing, restaurant operations, customer service, motivational speaking, and public relations.

Cindy and her husband owned and operated two restaurants for 10 years while raising their three sons and teaching adjunct at Jefferson College.

Cindy is a member of the American Marketing Association, Marketing Management Association, and the Missouri Community College Association. Her passion is student success and mentoring.

David Fotopulos, Ozarks Technical Community College-Richwood Valley

David currently serves as the lead instructor for Communications courses at the Richwood Valley campus.

Throughout his career at OTC, he has lended his talents to the production of the OTC Eagle student newspaper and the development and management of OTC’s Speech and Communication Center.

He also lends his vocal talents to the college’s annual commencement ceremony.

A graduate of Leadership OTC and the Chancellor’s Academy, David’s strong direction has been key to building a strong campus community at the Richwood Valley campus.

His commitment to the art of teaching has made him a favorite among students, who praise his ability to take the most dreaded of tasks like public speaking, and make it fun.

Michael T. Holik, Ozarks Technical Community College

Michael teaches Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management courses at Ozarks Technical Community College.

His dedication and commitment to the mission of the institution is evident in his extensive involvement in college activities and councils. As a Connect for Success coach, he mentors an at-risk student in a one-on-one capacity over the course of a semester, and as a New Faculty Institute Mentor, shares his teaching experience with new faculty in a two-year guidance and support program.

His students consistently comment on the level of respect and professionalism in his classroom, and thank him for the successes he affords them by maintaining high standards and expectations.

William “Buddy” White, Three Rivers College

William has been a full-time faculty member at Three Rivers for 26 years, where he directs the Symphonic Band and the Jazz Band.

As director of the Three Rivers College Symphonic Band, he has presented two concerts with composers conducting their own compositions performed by the diverse group of high school through adult musicians.

For at least 18 years, he co-hosted the Missouri State High School Activities Association District Music Festival in Poplar Bluff. This event brings thousands of high school musicians  and to the campus each spring.

And, for at least two decades, Buddy has hosted a Music Technology Day for area high school and junior high students to introduce them to the new developments and applications in music technology presented by experts in the field.

He has truly worked tirelessly to promote music education in Southeast Missouri.

Ginger Zaagsma, Ozarks Technical Community College – Table Rock

Thirteen years ago, Ginger stepped onto the OTC campus wondering if she had just landed her dream job.

Her passion for teaching and helping students has only grown in that time.

She was the first Anatomy & Physiology instructor at Richwood Valley and now teaches and serves as the Lab Coordinator for all science courses at OTC’s Table Rock Campus.

Her students praise her for her passion and “tough, but fair” standards.  Her prior experience as an adjunct has given her insight that makes her a strong resource for all adjuncts, something that has been invaluable to the growing campus culture.

She has a bachelor’s in biology from Southwest Baptist University and a master’s from Missouri State University.

Lisa Shoemaker, State Fair Community College

Lisa’s knowledge and enthusiasm for literature and the art of essay composition isn’t just exemplary; it has set a precedent that will be hard for new instructors to follow.

During her 36 years of teaching, she has fostered an appreciation for language and its culture for hundreds of students.

She demonstrated her professionalism by always being intuitive and respectful of students’ needs, establishing a classroom environment that invited learning.

She represented State Fair through presentations at the National Council of Teachers of English in San Francisco, the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Chicago, and the Two Year College Association in Baltimore—just to name a few.

Lisa has a bachelor’s in English and Public Relations from William Jewel College and a master’s in English from the University of Central Missouri.

Shelli Dougherty, Moberly Area Community College

Shelli has been an educator in Moberly’s Associate Degree Nursing Program for the past 22 years, while also working as a registered nurse.

She is committed to student success.  Students note her ability to make difficult topics real and applicable to their lives.

She has served in numerous leadership roles at the college, including Division Chair, Faculty Forum Chair, and on the President’s Faculty Advisory Council.

She has also organized blood drives, assisted in blood pressure drives, assisted nursing students in helping perform sports physicals, and served as advisor of the Student Nurses Association.

Shelli exhibits the finest qualities of a community college instructor, mentor, and advisor. She is congenial and supportive to those around her while always maintaining high standards.

Dr. Paul Higdon, St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley

Dr. Higdon is professor of music and chair of the communications department.

During his tenure, the college created a chorus and began offering music theory classes. Enrollment in the music program has more than doubled since his arrival.

He is the recipient of the college’s most prestigious teaching award—the David L. Underwood Award.  He has served on many committees including the Global Education Committee, which he chaired for six years.

He has performed piano concerts in ten states as well as Malaysia, Italy and Hong Kong.  He most recently performed three major works of Chopin for the college faculty this fall.

Carlos Bass, Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods

Carlos is in the middle of his fifth year at Maple Woods, where he teaches courses in Art and serves as coordinator for the department. He earned a bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from San Diego State University and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from California State University of Los Angeles.  Last spring, Carlos was also recognized at Maple Woods with the Outstanding Contribution Award for the 2014-2015 school year.

Aaron Bounds, East Central College

Since joining the faculty eight years ago, Aaron Bounds has immersed himself in the college and the community. The band program has seen phenomenal growth under his direction, especially with regard to community outreach.

ECC band students perform on and off campus, significantly raising awareness of the program. In addition, Aaron serves as manager of the Missouri State High School Activities Association District Music Festival. Each spring, he coordinates a three-day festival which brings almost 2,000 high school students to compete on the ECC campus.

He is a graduate of Missouri State University where he earned a bachelor’s in Music Education and a master’s in Music.

Zoé Albright, Metropolitan Community College-Longview

Zoe has been a visible advocate of the co-requisite model for years, taking the lead on the issue at the national level.

In the last year alone she has given presentations at MRADE, TYCA, and NADE, and she has been tapped to present once again at NADE this March. Her work has led her to become recognized as the only certified co-requisite teacher trainer in the country.

She is also a leading voice in developmental education. She has substantially revised the John Langan series of texts for developmental writing. This series has been around for a couple of decades and is highly acclaimed in developmental writing circles. The mere fact that she was chosen to revise the texts is an honor in itself.

Lastly, but most importantly, Zoe’s teaching is clearly exceptional. She is sensitive to her students’ academic needs, and she is compassionate when meeting her students’ affective needs. In short, she is a true professional that makes Longview a better place to work and learn.

Joe Wilson, St. Louis Community College-Forest Park

Joe contributed his knowledge in the hazardous waste treatment area to help make St. Louis Community College science laboratories safer.

In a mere week, Joe crafted a 92-page Chemical Hygiene Plan to help the school prevent chemical exposure that could result in injuries or harm to students, faculty and staff.

Because of his work, the Forest Park Science Department was used as a template for the other campus science departments.

Joe has spent the last 16 years teaching community college students, and has been with Forest Park for the last 5.

James Michael Cline, Metropolitan Community College – Business and Technology

James has been teaching at MCC since 2013, where he serves as the ETEC Program Coordinator and FAB lab manager.

He helps to recruit and mentor adjunct faculty as well as students entering the workforce.

During his time at the college, he organized and led the first advisory board meeting for the FAB lab, and works to generate and maintain relationships with industry partners in the Kansas City Area.

He serves on the Faculty Senate and the Assessment and  Placement Committee, and founded the ETEC Alumni Group this year.

Theresa Hannon, Metropolitan Community College-Blue River

Theresa’s enthusiasm for learning is contagious.

She shares her love of great writing with her students, and helps them understand the impact of quality.

One student commented that she “loves the books we are reading and makes reading them more fun.  I love the excitement she has for reading.”

In Theresa’s own words, her goal as a teacher is to “see and acknowledge every student in her classes.”

She holds a bachelor’s in English and Journalism from Indiana University and a Master’s of Fine Arts in creative writing from Arizona State.

Budget passes, now awaits Governor’s action http://mccatoday.org/2016/04/budget-passes-now-awaits-governors-action/ Thu, 21 Apr 2016 21:31:47 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11470 Just yesterday, the legislature passed the final version of the state’s $27 billion budget. The Governor now has 15 days to decide whether to pass the bill in its entirety or to make line item vetoes.

MCCA has already begun activating key stakeholders in an effort to encourage the Governor to approve our top budget priorities. Among these items are:

Performance Funding: All public higher education institutions will receive a 4 percent increase.

Tuition Freeze: The committee removed the amendment that would have prohibited colleges and universities from receiving any performance or equity funding increases if they raised any tuition or undergraduate fees.  Instead of having this freeze codified in statute, the committee asked the community colleges and universities for a verbal commitment to keep in-district/in-state tuition flat.

Equity Funding: Missouri’s community colleges will receive a $4.5 million equity funding increase.

A+ Scholarship Program: The A+ program will receive a $2.5 million increase, which according to the Missouri Department of Higher Education will be enough to fully fund the program this year.

Workforce Development/Customized Training: A $1 million earmark was removed, so workforce development funds remain uncut.

In addition to our work on the state budget this week, MCCA also testified on two separate bills pertaining to the A+ scholarship program. The first, SB 650, eliminates the requirement that students have to attend an A+ high school for the immediate three years before graduation. Specifically, the bill is designed to help students who study abroad for a year while in high school.

The other bill that MCCA testified on is HB 2693, which allows students from private high schools to benefit from the A+ program. As in previous years, MCCA opposed this legislation on the grounds that it would expand the program without providing additional funding.

St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar to speak at SCC’s 2016 commencement http://mccatoday.org/2016/04/st-charles-county-prosecuting-attorney-tim-lohmar-to-speak-at-sccs-2016-commencement/ Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:39:59 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11457 St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar will be the keynote speaker at the 28th annual St. Charles Community College commencement exercises Saturday, May 14. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium of the College Center on the SCC campus.

“As a St. Charles County native, Tim is committed to integrity and justice in our community,” said Todd Galbierz, SCC interim president and vice president for administrative services. “His family has a legacy of public service in the community and here at SCC. We are very pleased to have him speak at our upcoming commencement ceremony.”

TimLohmar-768x900Lohmar is a lifelong St. Charles County resident. Born and raised in St. Charles, he graduated from St. Charles West High School in 1992. Following high school, he attended University of Missouri, receiving an undergraduate degree in 1996 and a juris doctorate in 1999.

Lohmar began the private practice of law in St. Charles, with a general law practice from 1999 to 2010. In 2002, he was appointed the assistant prosecuting attorney for the city of O’Fallon. In 2004, he was named the prosecuting attorney for the city of St. Charles, and he was appointed as the first-ever municipal judge for the St. Charles County municipal court in 2008.

In 2010, he was elected to serve as an associate circuit judge for the state of Missouri. Following two years as state court trial judge, he was appointed to serve as the prosecuting attorney for St. Charles County by the St. Charles County executive. In 2014, he was unopposed in a bid for election as prosecuting attorney and is currently serving his second term.

Lohmar has been involved in several community organizations on a volunteer basis throughout his professional career. He served on the St. Charles Community College Board of Trustees from 2002-2010. He also served on other various, local boards of directors, including the SSM St. Joseph Foundation Board. In 2009, he was awarded St. Charles Business Magazine’s annual “40 under 40” award.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Missouri Law Enforcement Academy, Connections to Success and Partners for Progress Health St. Charles County Leadership Council.

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.

Conference Committee begins negotiations http://mccatoday.org/2016/04/conference-committee-begins-negotiations/ Fri, 15 Apr 2016 04:54:09 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11448 This week the Capitol’s focus shifted to social issues, while behind the scenes, the state budget inched toward completion.

Members of the House-Senate Conference Committee were named and began the negotiation process that will resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget.

Conference Committee members include:

  • Sen. Kurt Schaefer
  • Sen. Ryan Silvey
  • Sen. Dan Brown
  • Sen. Kiki Curls
  • Sen. Jamilah Nasheed
  • Rep. Tom Flanigan
  • Rep. Caleb Rowden
  • Rep. Donna Lichtenegger
  • Rep. Karla May
  • Rep. Michael Butler

As soon as the Senate version of the budget was passed, MCCA’s strategy shifted to the Conference Committee process in order to move our priorities across the finish line.

In particular, we pushed to maintain the performance funding increase that the Senate shifted back into the General Revenue Fund. The Senate approved the 6 percent increase that the Governor recommended in January, while the House version of the budget included a 2 percent increase in the Surplus Revenue Fund.

We’re also opposing an amendment from Senator Rob Schaaf that would prohibit colleges and universities from receiving any performance or equity funding increases if they raise tuition or undergraduate fees.

Two of our top priorities have already been finalized and will be included in the budget that is sent to the Governor.  Increases in community college equity funding and full funding for the A+ program have already been approved, at $4.5 million and $2.5 million respectively.

Next week, the Conference Committee will meet to finalize the state budget, which will then be voted on by each chamber for final approval and sent on to the Governor for his review.  Both the House and Senate are working toward a self-imposed deadline of April 21 to finish the budget in order to have time to override any potential gubernatorial vetoes.  Next week, we could see the final decision on performance funding.

Beyond the Budget

Also this week, two House committees gave initial approval to HB 2651, the Higher Education Core Curriculum Transfer Act.  The ultimate goal of HB 2651 is to alleviate the problems that students sometimes face when trying to transfer credits among Missouri’s public institutions. The bill is now awaiting placement on the House calendar for a vote by the full body.

The buzz around the Capitol this week once again surrounded SJR 39, which is the proposed constitutional amendment that would prohibit the state from imposing penalties on individuals and religious entities who refuse to participate in same sex marriage ceremonies due to religious beliefs. The House Emerging Issues Committee held a hearing on the bill that lasted more than four and half hours, wrapping up close to midnight. SJR 39 is the resolution that shut down the Senate several weeks ago, and is proving to be no less controversial as it progresses through the House.  The committee is expected to vote on the bill next week.

Finally, while not a legislative item, PSRS/PEERS members will soon be receiving ballots for the retirement system’s board of directors.  MCCA encourages all members of PSRS/PEERS to support Bill Miller, at St. Louis Community College, and Marla Moody, at Ozarks Technical Community College. Supporting Bill and Marla will help ensure that community college employees’ and retirees’ interests are well represented on the retirement system’s board.

SCC receives national awards for marketing and communications http://mccatoday.org/2016/04/scc-receives-national-awards-for-marketing-and-communications/ Mon, 11 Apr 2016 21:11:29 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11433 St. Charles Community College received five national-level Paragon awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR), an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges.

The SCC Department of Marketing and Communications took home a Gold Paragon in the Poster, Division B, category for the Rhinoceros play poster. The department was awarded two Silver Paragons: Discover e-magazine (electronic newsletter category) and Corey Porter photograph (original photography-manipulated); and two Bronze Paragons – women’s soccer guide (sports brochure or program category) and mySCC portal signage (outdoor media category).

NCMPR_THUMB“These are the most prestigious awards for community college marketing and public relations professionals,” said Heather McDorman, vice president for enrollment and marketing services. “We’re fortunate to have such high-level, creative professionals here at SCC.”

NCMPR presented gold, silver and bronze awards in 53 categories at the Paragon Awards dinner and ceremony. Some 236 colleges submitted a total of 1,773 entries to the contest. The awards were announced at the annual NCMPR national conference in St. Louis, Mo., this March. 

NCMPR annually presents Paragon Awards to recognize outstanding achievement in communication at community and technical colleges. It’s the only national competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and PR professionals at twoyear community and technical colleges. 

NCMPR supports the professional development of community college communicators, serving more than 1,700 members from more than 550 colleges across the United States and Canada. It is the only organization of its kind that exclusively represents marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges and is one of the largest affiliates of the American Association of Community Colleges.

In addition to overseeing the college Welcome and Call Centers, SCC’s Department of Marketing and Communications is responsible for advancing the college brand, including publications, graphic design, website, public relations, photography/videography and marketing.

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.

SCC Board of Trustees to Begin Search for College’s Fourth President http://mccatoday.org/2016/04/scc-board-of-trustees-to-begin-search-for-colleges-fourth-president-2/ Fri, 08 Apr 2016 13:20:04 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11429 At a special meeting in late March, the St. Charles Community College Board of Trustees selected an executive search firm to assist the Board in its work to select the college’s next president.

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Executive Search Services was selected primarily to collect qualified candidates in a national search for the SCC presidency.  ACCT focuses on two-year public community and technical colleges, providing search assistance, recruitment of a diverse and high quality pool of candidates, and guidance on a sound process to the Board and the college.

In addition to selecting the search firm, the Board also announced the final Presidential Profile and the individuals who have been named to the search committee.

Input on the Presidential Profile, which will serve as the foundation of the presidential search, was sought from faculty, staff, students, the community and the SCC Board of Trustees and Foundation Board. The profile was finalized by the Board following their regular meeting held on March 14.  The search committee and the Presidential Profile, which includes college opportunities and challenges, ideal characteristics of the SCC president, and minimum qualifications, can be found on the SCC Presidential Search website at www.stchas.edu/presidentialsearch.

The Presidential Search Committee will meet for the first time on Friday, April 8, according to college officials. The committee, which is chaired by Board of Trustees Vice President Pamela Cilek, is comprised of members of the SCC Board, faculty, staff and students, as well as SCC Foundation Board and community members. The full committee list can be found at www.stchas.edu/presidentialsearch.

“The Search Committee has a critical mission – to recommend to the Board of Trustees the best candidate to serve as the institution’s next president,” Cilek said. “We look forward to beginning our work.”

Following the special meeting in March, the Board announced that Todd Galbierz, vice president for administrative services, was named interim president effective March 22. “It is with full confidence that the Board has named Todd Galbierz as interim president,” said Rose Mack, president of the SCC Board of Trustees. “Todd brings a great deal of knowledge to the position and we are fortunate to have him at the helm during this transition period.”

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.

Senate passes budget, with a caveat http://mccatoday.org/2016/04/senate-passes-budget-with-a-caveat/ Fri, 08 Apr 2016 01:43:09 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11427 The Senate Appropriations committee finished its review of the state budget this week, and the full Senate approved it late Thursday afternoon.  In the final Senate version are some big wins for Missouri’s colleges, as well as one problematic amendment.

The $27 billion state budget is now headed to a joint Senate-House conference committee to reconcile the differences between the budget bills in each chamber.

As we reported last week, the Senate passed a $4.5 million increase in equity funding and a $2.5 million increase for the A+ Scholarship program.  These items are considered final because they match the House version, and they will be sent to the Governor for his consideration. In addition, an earmark for a special project in Troy was moved to another line in the budget, returning the increase for workforce development to $6.3 million.

The most significant changes, however, had to do with performance funding. The Senate approved the 6 percent increase that the Governor recommended in January, which would amount to about $8.8 million for community colleges out of roughly $57 million for all of higher education.

A late amendment from Senator Rob Schaaf would prohibit colleges and universities from receiving any performance or equity funding increases if they raise tuition or undergraduate fees. Schaaf’s amendment would apply to any increase in performance funding, regardless of the amount, potentially leaving institutions in a bind if the proposed increase doesn’t reach the amount requested in January. The final decision on this amendment will be made by the conference committee, as it was not included in the House version of the budget.

We expect that the conference committee will be formed shortly, as the House and Senate have committed to sending a final budget to the Governor by April 21.  This timeline provides an opportunity for the General Assembly to override any potential line-item vetoes before the end of the legislative session.

We’re almost to the end of the budgeting process, and we’ll continue to advocate for our top priorities right up to the last minute.

SCC professor named winner of 2016 TAA Textbook Excellence Award http://mccatoday.org/2016/04/scc-professor-named-winner-of-2016-taa-textbook-excellence-award/ Thu, 07 Apr 2016 17:11:51 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11423 “Anatomy & Physiology” by Kevin Patton, St. Charles Community College professor emeritus, and Gary A. Thibodeau, is a winner of the 2016 Textbook & Academic Authors Association’s Textbook Excellence Award.

Patton holds a doctorate from the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, a Master of Science degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and an Artium Baccalaureatus from St. Louis University. He is a member of the Human Anatomy and PhysiologTAA-Award3CTXT-By Society, the American Association of Anatomists, American Physiological Society, National Association of Biology Teachers, National Science Teachers Association, American Federation of Teachers, Text and Academic Authors Society and the Authors Guild.

The Textbook Excellence Award recognizes excellence in current textbooks and learning materials. Six textbooks received this award.

These prestigious awards will be presented during an awards luncheon at Textbook & Academic Authors Association’s (TAA) 29th Annual Authoring Conference in San Antonio, Tex., June 24, 2016.

According to TAA’s website, the organization provides a wide range of professional development resources, events and networking opportunities for textbook authors and authors of scholarly journal articles and books.

For more information about the upcoming TAA conference, visit taaonline.net/2016-conference.

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.