Saturday, December 10, 2011

Campus Life Gives Back

By Christine Willbrand

The peer leaders from Campus Life sponsored a relaxation fair on Wednesday, December 7 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Student Center downstairs near the bookstore in the Quiet Study Area. There was no fee to participate, however it was first come, first served with a sign-up sheet. Dee Brandy, SGA President and peer leader, advised there would be approximately 100 to 150 students, faculty and staff that would come through for their free services. In lieu of payment, they requested people bring a new or unused toy and canned goods for area charities. Two people could enter with a toy, or one person could enter with two cans of food, baby food, or formula. The different types of activities offered included: full-body massages, chair massages, hand massages, hot socks, aromatherapy, and yoga. Brandy explains that hot socks are regular socks with packed rice inside that are heated and then wrapped around your neck for tension relief. There was also refreshments and relaxing giveaways for students who participated.
According to Brandy, “The goal of Campus Life is to educate new and returning students on how to get into the system for e-mail, Banner, Blackboard, and get information on how the Higher One card works so that their college experience is smooth. They do different events on campus to get the students involved. If the students get involved they start to develop their leadership skills.”
Campus Life offers students welcome-back lunches, fundraisers to give back to the community, fun festivals, children’s activities, evening student appreciation dinner, and lunch-and-learns and so much more throughout the year. At each event they give away student supplies, have refreshments and lots of fun! Campus Life is located in the Student Center across from the cafeteria or you can call (314) 513-4294.

Holiday, Celebrate!

By La Toya Wadley                    

On Saturday, Dec. 10, the Student Government Association and the Clubs of Florissant Valley, STLCC will hosted its annual Holiday Party.

The focus of the Holiday Party was to bring happiness and holiday cheer to area children and allowed students to bring out the kid in them. 

There was food made by Treat America, games ran by members of the clubs of Florissant Valley, prizes, gifts, and free photos taken with Santa.  Children enjoyed making gingerbread houses, Christmas cards, ornaments, and much more.  There also was live performances by Florissant Valley's very own FO SHO at 12 and 1 p.m.  No child left empty handed.
The event was open to the community and its children free of charge.  All were asked to make a donation of one canned food item per person to be given to our local food pantries.

Holiday Party 2011 took place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the multi-purpose room located in the Student Center.

Winter Slumber

By La Toya Wadley

On Wednesday, Dec.7 Campus Life and the FV Peer Leaders hosted its bi-yearly Peer Leader Relaxation Fair titled Winter Slumber. 

The goal of the Relaxation Fair was to help students unwind and de-stress one week prior to finals by way of massage therapy and other mind and body soothers. 

Students enjoyed their choice of hand, body, or chair massages provided by Studio 6 Express, or reiki full body hands-on treatments provided by Maurine Sampson of Spirit Peace.  There was also yoga sessions given by Florissant Valley's very own, Sandy Tricomo.   

Winter Slumber was a free event open to all Florissant Valley students.  There was a donation requirement of all those who choose to participate.  Students made a donation of new or unused toys, canned goods, baby food or formula for area charities.  Two people could gain entry with the donation of a toy, or one person could enter with a donation of two canned goods, baby food or formula. Additional donations were also welcome. 

There was soothing music, refreshments made by Treat America, relaxing giveaways such as hot socks, massage and aromatherapy balls in a beautifully decorated atmosphere. 

The Fall 2011 Peer Leader Relaxation Fair-Winter Slumber took place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Quiet Study area located in the lower level of the Student Center.

Donations without participation were also accepted.

Planting SEEDs

By La Toya Wadley

St. Louis Community College gives students from different cultures and walks of life to obtain an education in the United States with the SEED program.

Established in 1989, the Scholarships for Education and Economic Development (SEED) program allows scholars aged 17 to 25 years old from countries in South America such as the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Gatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua, to live and study here in the United States for two years before returning to their home country.

SEED scholarships provide training for those of economically disadvantaged and underserved populations in an effort to aid in their countries' development. 

SEED scholars will learn skills such as proficiency in their technical field in order to assist in the development of their home country and the betterment of their home community.

Fields of study have included Telecommunications, Quality Control and Industrial Maintenance. 

The SEED program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development and administered by Georgetown University's Center for Intercultural Education and Development.  For more information about the program please visit

A Horse of a Different Color

By Jessica Penland

One of the necklaces that the Biotechnology Club sells.
The Biotechnology Club is trying to raise funds in order to buy food and shelter for horses that have been rescued from being slaughtered. 
They are raising funds by selling jewelry, picnic blankets and tote bags in the Student Center on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The jewelry that they sell is made from horse hair, according to the club’s President, Mollie Klein.
She said that the horse hair was collected by Nikol Zidar, an adjunct faculty member of the biology department at STLCC-FV.  Zidar brushed through the horse’s tail and mane, in order to collect the hair.
After the hair was collected it was cleaned and braided into necklaces, bracelets, zipper pulls and bookmarks. 
Little charms were added to the braided horse hair to make it look more like traditional jewelry.  Klein said that the charms can even be changed to make the jewelry “more personal.”
The tote bags or picnic blankets that the Biotechnology Club is selling are made from feed bags for the horses, and are sewn by club sponsor Teri Hacker. 
Each one of these items costs somewhere between $10 and $30. 
Fifty percent of the profits are donated to helping the horses.  Klein said, “so when you look at it you are only paying half the amount for the jewelry and giving the other half to support the horses, which makes for a fantastic present!”
Each purchase comes with a picture of a horse that your money will support. 
If you would like to learn more about the fundraiser or how to make a donation you can contact Hacker at  You can also stop by their table in the student center.