Touch Base Tuesday 3-1-22

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Dear Faculty and Staff:

I don’t know about you, but after a few weeks of winter weather, I’m so excited to be enjoying some spring-like weather. I hope you have a chance to get outside and enjoy some sunshine and warmth this week.

Touch Base Tuesday_3_1_22_A.jpgAt last night’s meeting of the Board of Trustees, Bryonie Carter provided an update on the Civic Action Plan and Service Learning. The President’s Council approved the Civic Action Plan (see attached file) in May 2021 and we have already begun to see tremendous progress on advancing our civic engagement through the plan and service-learning courses. One opportunity that you can help with now is a coat share that has been placed in the library and at the Dardenne Creek Campus. This is a chance for our campus community to donate coats and cold weather items and a place that those in need can have access to the items. More opportunities to get involved will be available through the spring, such as Day of Service.

Also at the Board meeting last night the trustees approved the recommendations for continuous appointment. Please join me in congratulating the following faculty members on receiving continuous appointment: William Baca Mejia, Kate Foster, Sara Hemmann, Kim Mercurio, Steven Oberg and Dayu Wang.

Touch Base Tuesday_3_1_22_B.jpgLast week, SCC hosted the “Continue the Conversation about Race” event. This was an opportunity for community members, along with students and employees, to participate in a discussion about diversity, equity, inclusion and how to create a welcoming environment. I was pleased to see so many members of our SCC community at the event sharing ideas, experiences, and solutions for practical applications. I look forward to continuing the conversations on our campus.

Touch Base Tuesday_3_1_22_C.jpgOn Friday, May 4, SCC will host the 2nd Annual Men of Color Summit. This event will supply male high school seniors of color with the necessary tools and empowerment to overcome any obstacles, achieve their post-high school goals, and optimize their future. Nationally recognized speaker, Stan Pearson, will facilitate the summit with a dynamic message on power planning, connection, and personal achievement.

Progress continues on the projects that are being funded through the Prop CC Bond Issue. As you know, the bond passed in August, 2020 with the purpose of expanding workforce and technical programs, providing enhancements to STEM and academic programs, creating a more comprehensive student services space, improvements to campus security and providing updates to infrastructure and modernization of facilities. The progress on these projects is being documented and updated on our Prop CC webpage. I encourage you to visit https://www.stchas.edu/lp/prop_cc/ to check out the pictures and updates on the projects.

Have a wonderful week,

Barbara

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