Monday, September 28, 2015

National Coffee Day - September 29th

Be sure to stop by the Florissant Valley Cafe on September 29th for a FREE 12 oz coffee. 
Enjoy a .75 donut tooJ
*****does NOT include Cappuccino, hot chocolate or hot tea*****

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Chalk For Peace: Drawing Ferguson Together

Chalk For Peace: Drawing FergUSon Together 

The Chalk4Peace community celebration was very eventful. There was live music, chalking, face painting, and much more. 

During the event the exhibition “Cornrows of America,” featuring the work of C’babi Bayoc, was on display in the Contemporary Art Gallery. 

Event cosponsors include the Women’s Caucus for Art and Chalk4Peace.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Black Panthers Doc Film Screened at Flo Valley

Jason Welch interviewing  filmmaker, Stanley Nelson, Jr.
Panthers History 
Revisited in New Film

Written By Jason Welch

The Emmy Award winner Stanley Earl Nelson, Jr. An African American director and producer recently visited Florissant Valley Community College, giving this campus exclusive rights to show his newly soon to be released documentary “The Black Panthers, Vanguards of Revolution”. 

An emotional but educational documentary that he’s been working on for 8 years and is ready to be released to the public. Stanley had several invitations to show the sneak preview of the film from places such as the History Museum, Channel 9, Webster University and more but chose St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley strategically due to the Ferguson riots and his future plans on producing and directing a documentary on the unrest. During an interview on campus Stanley states that it was very hard raising funds and creating a budget for the documentary due to the controversial content and the concerns of resurfacing emotions of that era. Stanley received anonymous threats not to create and release the film but still proceeded forward with his vision. The film goes in depth on the origins of the Black Panthers organization, the impact they made on the world, the founders Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale and the attack on the organization from the FBI and J Edgar Hoover in Oakland California.

It exposes the United States Government, local law enforcement along with showing in detail that the Panthers were only created to govern the police and to stand up against capitalism and oppression. Although several laws were broken by the organization, they felt that laws needed to be color blind. Panthers showed their concern for humanity through protest, press conferences, outreach programs for children serving 200,000 meals in 19 different communities a week, giving out books to the youth, starting a Black Panther Newspaper which promoted black pride, equality and the famous cartoon drawing of the pig in a police uniform which quickly became the mascot for all police officers around the world. Panthers recruited key members such as Eldridge Cleaver an African American writer and activist noticed by the New York Times Book Review who became a minister of information and head of the international section of the organization. Black Panthers were not a racist organization, they were a revolution that wanted equality for all people, not just African Americans. The Panthers met with all ethnicities whites, Asian, Chinese etc. giving speeches on how we should all stick together and stand as one. The Panthers trained women on how to protect their children. Woman panthers took charge of office management, answering phones, booking meetings, interviewing new recruits and vice versa. Woman panther held classes for other woman on how to raise children and stand strong, they even took turns cooking breakfast for the youth and kept everything systematic.

Headlining every newspaper and magazine, The Panthers became a nationwide movement. Their sharp image of black pride, afros and leather jackets became iconic. The media would sometimes refer to the Panthers organization as “sexy” making their movement a destination magnet for people of all ages from all over the world. The Panthers opened shelters and clinics for the people who couldn’t afford it. They started schools teaching children about police brutality and how to rise above it. The Panthers plan to eliminate capitalism and oppression made them seem like super heroes and for that, a war was declared on the Panthers. J Edgar Hoover labeled the group as terrorist and law enforcement were given the green light to take down the organization by any means necessary. Phones were tapped, families were harassed and beaten, innocent people were killed, members of the organization were framed and prosecuted leaving some members to turn informant for their freedom. They were infiltrated and became a fully a fully exposed target to the FBI.

The highly anticipated film will be released in September 2015 to theatres in New York. Go to for more info on The Panthers Organization and detailed dates on the release.

Monday, September 14, 2015


St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley will present “Drawing FergUSon Together: A Vision of Peace” Sept. 18-19 on campus, 3400 Pershall Road in Ferguson.

A summit titled “Peace is Not the Absence of Protest: A Social Justice Summit” is slated 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18. It will open with a keynote address by John Aaron, CEO and founder of Chalk4Peace. The address will be followed by breakout sessions focusing on models for building peace, immersion experiences, and organizing and empowering community, among others.
Some of the presenters for the day include the Urban League, Faces Not Forgotten, Earthdance, STLCC’s African-American Male Initiative, the Ferguson Youth Initiative, and Educators for Social Justice. The participant will reconvene at the end of the day for collective closing ceremony and a closing address by Judy Ryan, CEO of Lifework Systems.  

There is a $20 fee for conference attendance on Friday to cover breakfast and lunch for the participants. Advanced registration is required. Scholarships are available; inquiries should be directed to Janice Nesser-Chu at

Saturday’s activities, which free and open to the public, run 11 a.m.-3 p.m., will feature a community celebration led by the international Chalk4Peace organization. The day’s activities include chalking, music, information and activities for children. Activities will feature the Women’s Caucus for Art, Chalk4Peace, alpha Players, the St. Louis County Library, Tru7Prz Ministries, and the Urban League. 
The exhibition “Cornrows of America,” featuring the work of C’babi Bayoc, will be on view in the Gallery, with a special visit with the artist. 
Event cosponsors include the Women’s Caucus for Art and Chalk4Peace.

More information and a complete schedule of events, visit

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Congratulations to the Nursing Class of 2015!

The Nursing Class of 2015 (some students are not presented in the photo)
For 40 years the nursing program of St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley has hosted a pinning ceremony for students who completed the program. The program graduated 24 students this past spring semester and all participated in the annual Nurses Pinning Ceremony in the summer. Student Nurses Association organizes the pinning ceremony.  Nursing Retention Coach Ann Leiber says, “We admit 60 students each Fall at Florissant Valley.” Leiber says, “There are program prerequisites that must be satisfied prior to applying to the Nursing Program. Students must have a 2.5 GPA and pass the dosage calculation test with a 90% or better prior to being placed on the waiting list.” Students who want to be apart of the program are also required to provide complete health history, immunization record, criminal background check, drug screening and physical examination.
            After I got the pin I felt relief and also sadness.” Katy Cox, one of the program graduates said.” “I'm definitely going to miss the staff and fellow classmates.” Cox has been working on getting this degree since 2011. Before coming to Flo Valley, Cox completed a degree at Ozark Christian College, Cox continued her education at Missouri Southern State to finish up perquisites. Cox said, “ I decided to save some money and move back home and pursue nursing at Florissant Valley because of their great reputation for making really good nurses.” Cox had to be put on the program’s waiting list for 2012 and before being admitted in 2013.  “Every class that I have taken at Flo have been really good, the professors are top notch! I am really glad I made the decision to attend STLCC.”Cox said. After school Cox got hired at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital. Cox plans to go back school to get a Bachelor’s degree in nursing in the near future.
Cox says, “I want to get some experience under my belt first.”Cox encourages students to stick to it  “It is going to be really hard and no one will truly understand what you are going through unless they have been to nursing school.” However, she says, “all of the hard work and extra time is worth it in the end.”
For more information contact the Nursing Department at 314-513-4539.

Written By Jordan Wade.