Category: St. Louis Community College

Political passion drives Julia Spoerry to serve the underserved

Julia Spoerry is working toward her MPPA at UMSL while she serves the residents of Florissant as the city’s community development specialist. She has also taken part in professional development opportunities such as the Partners in Governance Conference, the Future of My City Project and Coro Women in Leadership Fellowship. (Photo by August Jennewein) Julia Spoerry

UMSL alumna’s new book goes deep into history of Cardinals stadiums

The view from Busch Stadium showcases the St. Louis skyline and the Gateway Arch. At the time the photo was taken, Ballpark Village was still under construction. (Photos by August Jennewein.) In October 1964, the St. Louis Cardinals were locked in a dead heat for the National League pennant – tied for first place with

UMSL wins bragging rights in first College Transit Challenge

UMSL students show off their school pride and colors while riding MetroLink back to campus Wednesday morning after the College Transit Challenge kickoff event at the Grand station. (Photos by August Jennewein) MetroLink and MetroBus help connect people to educational opportunities throughout the St. Louis region. In an effort to highlight that impact and the

Nelson Honored for Professional Achievements

Mary Nelson, J.D., STLCC’s general counsel and chief legal officer, was honored by two organizations this spring. First, she was named a Legal Legend by the Mound City Bar Association. The award recognizes African-American attorneys who have devoted more than 30 years to the highest standards of the practice of law and exemplary service to

St. Louis Fed Honors Hafer for Contributions to Economic Education

Gail Heyne Hafer, professor of economics at St. Louis Community College-Meramec, is the recipient of the 2019 Economic Educator Advisory Board Educator of the Year Award from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The award is given annually to recognize a board member for his or her commitment to economic and financial education. Hafer

Clark to Receive Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence

Anthony Clark, Ph.D., professor of business and economics, has been selected as St. Louis Community College-Wildwood’s recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Each year, institutions across the state, including all four STLCC campuses, present this award to one faculty member who exemplifies effective teaching, effective advising, service to the university community, commitment

STLCC-Wildwood Is Buzzing with Bees

St. Louis Community College-Wildwood is buzzing with excitement, thanks to a new partnership with Scott Allred of Allred Bees. This month, the campus added three bee hives to the grounds; two of which will be managed by student clubs and the third by Allred himself. As part of the partnership, Allred has offered to mentor

STLCC-Wildwood Celebrates Inaugural Class of Early College Graduates

Cue the “Pomp and Circumstance.” This week, 26 seniors from the Rockwood and Meramec Valley school districts will be among the first to walk across the commencement stage having simultaneously earned both a high school diploma and an associate degree. The students are part of St. Louis Community College-Wildwood’s Early College Partnership, a two-year, full

Wagganer Receives Cross Fellowship from League for Innovation

Annie Wagganer, assistant professor of sociology and coordinator of the honors program at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, was named the 2019 Cross Papers Fellow by the League for Innovation in the Community College. As the winner, Wagganer received a $2,000 stipend to support research and writing of the 2019 edition of the Cross Papers,

Spence Thrives in Local Food Industry

Shrimp and grits, turkey ribs, collard greens and candy yams are just a few of the many southern delights offered by CBS Barbeque & Café Brown Stone Catering. Robert Spence, a graduate of St. Louis Community College’s culinary arts program, has been in business in the heart of St. Louis City for nearly five years. Prior

Drawing on life’s experiences, soon-to-be STLCC graduate is certain

  “I belong wherever I’m headed.” Mother. Artist. Commencement Speaker. Danforth Scholar. Janessa Johnson, a student at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, is all of the above. Johnson’s journey to this moment in her life started as a child. Since she was little, everyone has known her as an artist. After high school,

Meramec Student Honors Council Starts Strong

Student Honors Council (SHC) is a new club at St. Louis Community College-Meramec that focuses on supporting and creating a community within honors and honors-aspiring students. It serves as a way for students to connect and initiate extracurricular and social activities while growing awareness for the academic honors program on campus. The club meets every

Meramec Service Works Club Nets Big Donations through Food Drive

The Service Works Club at St. Louis Community College-Meramec organized a successful food drive for the campus Student Assistance program (SAP). More than 1,500 cans and food items were collected for the Brown Bag Café, the SAP’s food pantry. Cans were donated and collected by teams who then created a can sculpture at the end

STLCC Students Receive Danforth Scholarships

Two St. Louis Community College students were selected to receive the Elizabeth Gray Danforth Scholarship by the Women’s Society of Washington University. Ayoub Benzzine and Janessa Johnson were chosen for the competitive, full-tuition scholarship awarded annually to students graduating from STLCC who will transfer to Washington University. Benzzine studied at the Meramec campus as an

Trials pave the path to triumphs for UMSL alumna, employee Jennifer Simms

Jennifer Simms (left), who holds a BSBA and PhD at UMSL and has worked in the university’s IT department for 20 years, has always served as an example of perseverance and sacrifice for her children Chris Spearman (center) and Christian Simms. Those lessons hit home as Chris fought kidney disease and Christian donated her kidney

STLCC Students Receive Honors for Academic Excellence

Several St. Louis Community College students have been recognized as some of the best and brightest scholars in the nation and in the state of Missouri. Noreen Bernadette Dela Pena from Forest Park has been named a Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Dela Pena is part of

STLCC Students Receive Leadership Awards

Four St. Louis Community College students were honored for outstanding leadership on their campuses. Toni Stovall, Sharon Sanders, Garret Macko and Ting Ming Wei each received the 2019 Student Leadership Award from the Missouri Community College Association. The MCCA Student Leadership Awards are presented annually to an exceptional student leader from each of Missouri’s colleges/campuses.

Wildwood’s PTK Chapter Receives Regional and International Recognition

This has been a successful year for the Beta Rho Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood. At the recent Missouri Regional Convention, the chapter and its members received six awards. Two students were also named to the All-Missouri Team. In conjunction with these awards, one student, Ting Ming Wei,

Forest Park PTK Chapter Claims Regional Honors

Members of Xi Epsilon, the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society chapter at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, claimed several awards at the recent Missouri PTK Regional Convention. The chapter earned Five Star Status. It also captured a Distinguished Chapter award, recognition for both Honors in Action Theme and Honors in Action Project. It also

Meramec PTK Chapter Captures Regional, International Honors

Xi Lambda, the Phi Theta Kappa chapter at St. Louis Community College-Meramec, earned several awards at the recent Missouri PTK Regional Convention. The chapter received Five Star Status. Member Lily Polley finished second in the extemporaneous speech competition. Chapter adviser Emily Neal, Ph.D., received the Horizon Award, presented to the region’s outstanding advisers. Polley will

Wildwood Adds Programs in Emergency Medical Services

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics are on the front line of patient care. On any given day, they can be called to respond to life-threatening issues, such as cardiac arrests or major bleeding, to minor complaints, such as sore throats or sprained ankles. Demand for trained health professionals such as these is on the

STLCC Graduate Named Riverview Gardens School District Teacher of the Year

St. Louis Community College graduate Brent Sweeney recently was named the 2019 Riverview Gardens School District Teacher of the Year. The St. Louis native is a fourth grade teacher at Moline Elementary School and has worked in the district for five years. Sweeney earned degrees from both STLCC and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He

The Montage Named Best Overall Two-Year College Newspaper by MCMA

The Montage, the student newspaper at St. Louis Community College-Meramec, was recently recognized as the Best Overall Two-Year College Newspaper at the Missouri College Media Association’s annual convention and awards ceremony. The Montage earned first place as the Best Overall Newspaper in the two-year college division; first place in the Sweepstakes category, which recognizes the

Scene Newspaper Earns 27 Awards at MCMA Convention

The Scene, St. Louis Community College-Forest Park’ student newspaper, won 27 awards at the recent Missouri College Media Association Convention. The Scene placed second in the Best Overall Newspaper category, which represents judging on three complete issues; and second in the Sweepstakes category, which tallies total number of awards and assigns more weight to higher-level

Marquette Senior Earns Diploma, College Degree Simultaneously

Ever since she can remember, Lillian Hayward has had aspirations of working as a museum educator. Although it’s not a common career path, Hayward’s participation as a teenager in two museum education programs helped solidify her plans. This spring, Hayward will be one step closer to making her dreams a reality. Through participation in St.