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  Happy Easter!
Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter!

  We are now offering a Business Technology program at SCC. This new program repla...
Friday, 18 April 2014

We are now offering a Business Technology program at SCC. This new program replaces Business Administrative Systems and will prepare students for a broad range of careers in companies of all sizes and types. http://ow.ly/vUemh

  As a reminder, the college will be closed tomorrow, Friday, April 18, for Spring...
Thursday, 17 April 2014

As a reminder, the college will be closed tomorrow, Friday, April 18, for Spring Holiday. "Like" if you hope to spend the day outside enjoying the nice weather.

  Get your tickets today at www.stchastickets.com for "Next Year's Man of Steel" A...
Thursday, 17 April 2014

Get your tickets today at www.stchastickets.com for "Next Year's Man of Steel" April 23-27. http://ow.ly/vTzIL

  SCC Mo-hawks...
Thursday, 17 April 2014

Technically we are the Cougars, but hopefully we will welcome a couple of mo-hawks around campus for a day...

If you talk a walk through the main hallway of the Social Science building, you will see a wall with hanging portrait photographs. These are portraits of faculty that have recieved the "Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching"  Among these you will find Darren Osburn. Darren Osburn has been a SCC Associate Professor since 2006 and is one of the most passionate and amazing resources we have on campus. His list of awards and declarations are so long I would need to devote an entire blog post to them... As if that wasn't enough, he is also a great human being. So what can we do to thank him... embarrass him!!!!


Darren Osburn, Say goodbye to that hair!

Darren Osburn has started a St. Baldrick's Fundraiser Team. The St. Baldrick's Foundations is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives.

Darren has promised to shave his head if he reaches $500, but sweetened the deal by offering to sport a mo-hawk if he reached $1000 by April 26th! " I have an important meeting on the 28th, so this is really your chance to embarrass me while fighting cancer..." - Darren Osburn

So I decided to join Darren's Team, and if he does raise $1,000 or more, and I can't believe I am going to type this, I too will sport a mo-hawk on April 28th...

See you outside!

  Art fans, mark your calendar. We will present the SCC Juried Art Exhibition Apri...
Thursday, 17 April 2014

Art fans, mark your calendar. We will present the SCC Juried Art Exhibition April 21-May 4. http://bit.ly/1tetwAJ

  Feeling unmotivated? Try these tips from SCC blogger, Brynne, on staying focused...
Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Feeling unmotivated? Try these tips from SCC blogger, Brynne, on staying focused the weeks between spring break and summer. http://brynne.stchas.edu/2014/04/tips-for-college-students-on-surviving.html

  Outside Inspiration...
Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Be sure to follow this blog as two Former Mizzou students and St. Louis locals take a 2,600 mile journey, from Mexico to Canada...

  We are looking for models to represent SCC. Interested? Email rw130830@my.stchas...
Wednesday, 16 April 2014

We are looking for models to represent SCC. Interested? Email rw130830@my.stchas.edu.

  If you haven't registered for That '80s Run yet, now is the time. The next 50 pe...
Tuesday, 15 April 2014

If you haven't registered for That '80s Run yet, now is the time. The next 50 people to register will get a FREE headband. Register now! http://bit.ly/1hp0Mih


Timeline Photos
The next 50 people that register for our 5K or 10K will get one of these rockin' headbands! Register now. http://bit.ly/1hp0Mih — with Nick Hogan.

  Stressed? Stop by our new stress management support group at 2:30 p.m. today, Tu...
Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Stressed? Stop by our new stress management support group at 2:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 15, in HUM 101. This group has a strong focus on reducing test anxiety and provides education about stress management.

  Don't miss our Book Sale going on now! Because who doesn't love cheap books? htt...
Monday, 14 April 2014

Don't miss our Book Sale going on now! Because who doesn't love cheap books? http://bit.ly/1qABcuM

  The following information was released to us this morning by the St. Charles Cou...
Monday, 14 April 2014

The following information was released to us this morning by the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department, and we are pleased to hear Bahia Bisharat is safe.

"The St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department is announcing that over the weekend detectives with the St. Charles County Cyber Crime unit made contact with Mrs. Bisharat via a video link over the internet. We have established with 100% confidence that Mrs. Bisharat left of her own accord and her physical wellbeing is not in question. We were not able to obtain her exact whereabouts, however being a 19 year old adult we need only verify that no criminal activity occurred related to her disappearance. We have concluded our investigation into this matter."

  Did you know that 2014 Masters Golf Tournament Champion Bubba Watson is a commun...
Monday, 14 April 2014

Did you know that 2014 Masters Golf Tournament Champion Bubba Watson is a community college alum? Check out these famous community college alumni in a variety of fields http://www.aacc.nche.edu/AboutCC/alumni/Pages/default.aspx.


Notable Alumni
www.aacc.nche.edu
Many students who began their higher education at a U.S. community college have continued on to make significant contributions and achieve high recognition in a variety of fields. Community college alumni include renowned astronauts, doctors, business leaders, artists, government leaders, athletes,…

  Spend some time outdoors enjoying live entertainment at the Student Senate bonfi...
Friday, 11 April 2014

Spend some time outdoors enjoying live entertainment at the Student Senate bonfire from 6-9 p.m. tonight in the Purple Lot behind the SSB.

  Celebrations of Success
Friday, 11 April 2014

"SCC definitely opens a door that otherwise might not be available for many to step through.  I couldn't afford a four-year program, and the college provided me with a stair step to the bachelor's degree required by the Navy."       Lieutenant Commander Tina M. Cox, '93

"SCC gave me confidence that I was moving in the right direction. It really prepared me for the rest of my education."            Dr. Natalie Greene, '01

These comments from the 2012 and 2013 recipients of the SCC Distinguished Alumni Award and MCCA's Outstanding Alumni Award typify what we hear time and time again from our alumni - opening doors, preparing for one's future, affordability and quality - these are attributes of the SCC experience.

It is estimated that by 2018 the U.S. will need 22 million new workers and that 63% of all jobs will require a college education.  As a starting place, community colleges excel.  In Missouri, 56% of all students completing a four-year degree had their start at a community college.  Community college cost of attendance is, on average, less than half that at four-year public institutions, and 30% of those holding an associates degree earn more than those with a bachelors degree.

As just one example of how prepared SCC transfers to four-year institutions are, the University of Missouri at St. Louis recently reported that SCC transfers to UMSL hold an average grade point average of 3.11 as compared to the average grade point average of UMSL native students of 2.93.  Our students and graduates are prepared - for further education and for careers.

As we count down to our 2014 Commencement it is important to keep a focus on the vital nature of our work and the impact that this work has on the lives of our students through stories, statistics, and the words of our students and graduates themselves.  We should celebrate our success and that of our students and graduates.  Look for more celebrations to follow.

  
Friday, 11 April 2014

  Don't miss the film showing of "What Matters?" on Tuesday, April 15, in the audi...
Thursday, 10 April 2014

Don't miss the film showing of "What Matters?" on Tuesday, April 15, in the auditorium of the SSB. http://bit.ly/Q9MBVk


What Matters? trailer
What Matters? is a feature length documentary about what breaks our hearts and what makes us come alive "What Matters?" ( www.whatmattersmovie.com ) is a feature…

  Stop by the Bone Marrow Registry drive today until 2 p.m. in the College Center...
Thursday, 10 April 2014

Stop by the Bone Marrow Registry drive today until 2 p.m. in the College Center Rotunda. Learn how to Be The Match.

  Bet you wouldn't mind an extra $500. For each My Money 101 or SALT lesson you...
Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Bet you wouldn't mind an extra $500.

For each My Money 101 or SALT lesson you complete by May 5, you'll be entered for a chance to win. Choose "Lessons" under the "Sort By" tab at www.saltmoney.org and select "Find even more money with My Money 101." Student ambassadors will be in TECH 103, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. tomorrow, April 10, to answer any questions. Good luck!

  Looking for a new career? Visit the Job Fair at SCC from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, M...
Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Looking for a new career? Visit the Job Fair at SCC from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, May 2. Admission is free. www.stchas.edu/jobfair

  We are running an update on our website at noon today, April 8. The site will ex...
Tuesday, 8 April 2014

We are running an update on our website at noon today, April 8. The site will experience about five minutes of downtime. Never fear, it will be back up soon!

  The April 7 issue of #Chuck is now posted. Read this issue to see what's happeni...
Monday, 7 April 2014

The April 7 issue of #Chuck is now posted. Read this issue to see what's happening on campus in the upcoming weeks. http://bit.ly/Otqgkf

  Our College For All Kids summer camps are now enrolling. Sign up today! www.stch...
Monday, 7 April 2014

Our College For All Kids summer camps are now enrolling. Sign up today! www.stchas.edu/summercamps


College for All Kids - St. Charles Community College
College for All Kids at St. Charles Community College (SCC)

  Here's the official news story from the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Associ...
Sunday, 6 April 2014

Here's the official news story from the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association on the Cougars' victory in Colorado!


St. Charles Community College crowned 2014 Junior College National Champion

  We went to win. #success
Saturday, 5 April 2014

We went to win. #success

  #Sweep! For the 2nd year straight, the #SCCCougars go #undefeated in the nationa...
Saturday, 5 April 2014

#Sweep! For the 2nd year straight, the #SCCCougars go #undefeated in the national champ finals! #backtoback #rollerhockey #SCCDaily

  SCC Cougars Pat Callahan, Alex Syrigos, Hayden Crocker, Adam Leonard, Stephen Fr...
Saturday, 5 April 2014

SCC Cougars Pat Callahan, Alex Syrigos, Hayden Crocker, Adam Leonard, Stephen Freund, Drew Ortscheid and Nick Weber all scored goals in a 10-0 victory this morning at the NCRHA Junior College National Championships. With the shutout, the Cougars took a commanding 2-0 series lead over Arapahoe CC in Lakewood, Colo. #GoCougars!

  Time Flies
Friday, 4 April 2014

The Present is a Point just passed. ~David Russell
 
Just yesterday we began a new school year.  I could swear that to be the case.  This morning I glanced at the calendar and noticed that Commencement is 42 days away.  It is cliche to say that time flies.  It is also accurate.  And while we have much to do in the six weeks leading up to assembling to celebrate our graduating students, we will look up one day and be there.
 
In the coming weeks I will feature several posts that seek to honor the importance of what we do and how we do it, and the significance of the milestones reached by our students on their paths toward completion of whatever goals they have set for their time here at SCC.

Commencement, for many of our students, marks the completion of a goal.  It is also a step on a path, a path that is often filled with struggles, obstacles to be overcome, and challenges to be met.  We should not underestimate the importance of our work in helping students to overcome these obstacles and meet these challenges.  Nor should we take for granted the pride of accomplishment that our students feel upon completing a degree with us.

We help to launch our students to some amazing heights.  They, in turn, give purpose and meaning to what we do.  Let us celebrate this wonderful exchange of gifts in the weeks leading up to Commencement 2014.  Check back here for some of that celebration in these remaining weeks of a school year nearly flown by.

  Tips for college students on surviving the weeks between spring break and summer
Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Spring break has come and gone.

The weather is getting nicer, and summer is right around the corner.

I remember this time of year from college like it was yesterday. I loved being outside with my friends, and I dreaded the hours I had to spend inside studying for projects and finals.

Here are several tips that might help you get through the upcoming weeks:

1.  Don't let the warmer weather become a distraction.


"Even though the weather is going to get nice, it is important to keep focused and persistent with reading, studying and assignments through the end of the semester," said Sylvia B. Malta, associate professor at SCC.

2.  Remember all the work you've already put in.

Don't forget all the hours you've already spent studying, writing papers and working on group projects. "A short study break on a beautiful spring afternoon is okay, but blowing off an entire day is waste of time and all the effort already put forth so far in the term," said Malta.

3.  Calculate your grades in all your classes

It is important to know where your grades are so you can prioritize studying as the end of the semester gets closer. If you can't do this on your own work with your professor. They will be happy to help (as long as you don't ask the week before finals).

Hang in there!

  One Day Without Shoes, April 29, 2014
Tuesday, 1 April 2014

"Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty." - Lyndon B Johnson


The St Charles Community College campus will be participating in the annual One Day Without Shoes event this month. This is a nation-wide event, sponsored by TOMS shoes, and is intended to raise awareness for children's health and education. We were challenged recently to find a quote to inspire a blog post, and the quote from Lyndon Johnson above seems to sum up this event for me.

Blake Mycoskie, is the owner of TOMS and the originator of this event. For every pair of TOMS purchased, the company provides one pair of shoes to a child in need. They currently provide shoes for children in over 60 countries. The shoes are always given to children through humanitarian organizations who incorporate shoes into their community development programs. His concept of One-for-One came out of a trip in 2006 to Argentina. Mycoskie found that children in a village he visited had no shoes to protect their feet. The lack of shoes was also a barrier to education as they could not attend school without shoes. He started his giving plan and the TOMS company in 2006, followed in 2011 with TOMS Eyewear to help restore sight to poverty stricken, and this year started TOMS Roasting Company that will help provide clean water to developing countries. "Over the past seven years, we've seen one consistent need in almost everywhere we give: lack of clean drinking water," says Mycoskie.

Here is a video thanking participants in over 1000 events last year -
Join SCC this month to help continue to raise awareness of the severe effects of poverty around the world. Commit to one day, or even one class, without shoes as we host our own One Day Without Shoes event on campus. Activities will be taking place on campus on Tuesday, April 29, from 11am-2pm. Among other things, there will be a poster presentation by our SCC nursing students, a screening of TOMS videos, and a One Walk Without Shoes around campus at 2:30pm.

Come out and help raise awareness with us!


  St. Patrick's Day Parade... Green?
Friday, 21 March 2014

St. Patrick's Day is by far one of my favorite holidays. It is one of the few holidays I personally believe you can make it whatever you want to be, and be whatever you want to be... I consider it as a time to celebrate my friends, family, just to share some simple smiles and laughs together.

Much to our surprise Monday morning when we returned we found a huge mess leftover from the St. Patrick's Day Parade. In fact, it was the largest amount of trash I have ever seen on the ground. We removed multiple bags of cans, bottles, candy wrappers, and confetti streamers.

I must have missed a really good time...

It was very clear that we were overwhelmed. We even attempted at using our leaf vacuum to remove the stuff that to do by hand, would have taken days...

The very next day I received an E-mail from my boss that fellow blogger, and S.C.C. President Ron Chesbrough, is coming out to give us a hand, and many other faculty and staff had also volunteered to help. And help they did, they removed a huge pile of bags of trash and allowed me an audience to tell bad jokes to.
Volunteers making campus a little greener...

The teamwork and sense of community here at S.C.C. is really something special and never ceases to amaze me. Thank you to Al Koehler, my manager, who is always open minded and a problem solver, to Ron Chesbrough for never fearing loosening your tie to play in the dirt with us, and everyone that helped to make us a little Greener after St. Patrick's Day! See you outside...