Touch Base Tuesday 8-31-21


Dear Faculty and Staff:

Welcome to the second week of the fall semester. I wish to express my sincere appreciation to all of you for a successful first week of classes. It was inspiring to see all the students back on campus. Our current enrollment has improved as compared to last week. Credit hour and FTE enrollments are only down about 1%.

As we transition to the second week of the fall semester, I wanted to share the most current information on COVID-19 cases in St. Charles County. The chart below highlights the number of new cases for the month of August. As shared previously, we will continue to monitor data and review recommendations issued by the CDC and the St. Charles County Health Department. It is also important that we hear from you about how our students are adjusting and if there have been any issues with the mask requirement. Our Pandemic Committee will be discussing opportunities to obtain feedback regarding COVID-19 and will include this topic as an agenda item at our first President’s Council meeting scheduled for September 9. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to your supervisor or dean should you have any questions or concerns.


The Board of Trustees meeting last night was held at our new Culinary and Agriculture Center on the Dardenne Creek Campus. At the meeting, we had an opportunity to introduce several new senior administrators, including Dr. Gregory Bosworth, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ms. Terri Edrich, Interim Vice President for Human Resources, and Mr. Brian Manhardt, Director of the Field to Table Institute. Please join me in welcoming our new leaders to SCC.

I am pleased to announce that SCC Professor Alison Ouellette-Kirby and her husband Noah Kirby will be showing their work, Illuminations & Implications, at the Foundry Art Centre September 3-November 19. There will be an opening reception for all the Foundry’s exhibitions on September 3 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. I hope that you will take the time to visit this new collection by our talented faculty.


Best wishes for a wonderful week.


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