Friday, May 5, 2017

New Underwood Recipient Selected for 2017

New Underwood Recipient 
Selected for 2017

From left to right is David L. Underwood’s daughter Cathy Underwood, his wife Annabelle Underwood, and  Interim Dean of Liberal Arts Janice Nesser-Chu.

Congratulations to Janice Nesser-Chu who is an Art Professor and acts as Interim Dean of Liberal Arts is the 42nd David L. Underwood Memorial Lecture Award Recipient. Flo Valley created this award in honor of David L. Underwood who served as the chair of the Humanities-Communications division and later Underwood took on the job of dean of instruction in July 1967 and served until his death in 1975. Cathy Underwood daughter of Mr. Underwood and Mrs. Annabelle Underwood wife of Mr. Underwood have been in attendance at the revealing of the new recipient for every year. Once the announcement is made during National Library Week the new honoree gives a lecture during service week of the next fall semester.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Finding Yourself Through Belief

Finding Yourself Through Belief

In the time of being a college student one of many may not know their peers story and how they're making it in college. The thing about hearing about a student's perspective is some may find that they relate to the story.  One can find motivation in hearing about what a student is going through at school and how they handle certain situations. Isaiah Smith is a student who is studying Human Services here at STLCC- Florissant Valley. Follow Smith on his journey to becoming the best person he can be.

Smith Graduated from Soldan International Studies High School in 2013. Since joining Florissant Valley, Smith is a part of the on campus club the "Cru" which is based on bible study and spreading the word of God to those who wish to hear about it. Smith tells his story of triumph through the word of God and how it helped him throughout his collegiate years.   

After graduating from high school and attending Smith didn't really have a specific direction when he started taking classes at Florissant Valley Smith said, "My goal wasn't to go to college.” “The more classes I completed here (Florissant Valley) I kind of just said ‘Well why not get my Associates while’ I'm here, and the longer I've been here the more my plan has formulated for after I leave here."

Although the transition from high school to college was not smooth for Smith he managed to keep on going. Smith said, "It was a bit of a difficult one for me because my mindset wasn't on the school work it was more so on the relationship I was in." Smith went through some very challenging times during his first semester at Florissant Valley and made the decision to utilize the school’s counseling services Florissant Valley offers. “I went through different sessions and each session talked me through what I was dealing with and how I would deal with it." Smith said. "How I overcame is I found my faith while I was here."

Smith met with some friends in bible and started to notice things changing in his life, Smith says, "As time went on, I guess God started bringing different people in my life and the really changed the course of it." Smith went on to give his life to Christ. 

In the next five years Smith says he would like to have graduated from University of Missouri- St. Louis (UMSL) and have his bachelor’s or master’s degree. Smith speaks more candidly about the future he wishes to see. He says that he’d like to have that sense of security in his life and a strong foundation in whatever he does. Smith says, "I want to be wherever God wants me to be and giving my all at whatever it is."

By Jordan Wade of The Forum

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Job Searching Made Easy

Job Searching Made Easy

Beyond education at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, there are opportunities for students on campus to utilize to help out with their career choices. The Career and Employment Services center is there to help you with that. If you are a student looking for a job, there's an option on the school website  called "Career Network."
 The "Career Network" is an job search database for students who wish to find jobs locally and across America. When students actually visit the link above, you'll have the opportunity to create a profile and look for jobs in the area within you career field or outside of your career field. This service is not only tailored for students, alumni of Florissant Valley can have access to this feature also. Employers can personally set up a profile for students and alumni to apply for positions. Jennifer Cox who holds the position of Career Specialist states, "Our career network is an online database of career, degree, and job related opportunities."

Career and Employment Services also offer help with resume reviews, mock interviews, career fair opportunities, workshops and more. Students looking for an opportunity to make sure their career is off to a good start should visit the Career and Employement Services office located in the Student Center to For more information call Career and Employment Services 314-513-4227. 
By Jordan Wade

Monday, May 1, 2017

Around The Table

"Around The Table"

In room 129 of the Science and Math Building, students weekly explore the world one dish at a time. One week it’s Northern Europe; another week Africa. This global trip briefly brought students home over midterms as they shared the stories of their own familial heritage through a shared meal.
Jeanne Florini has taught The Cultural Feast: an Introduction to Food and Society for over 10 years. An advisor for the Global Classroom Club and a lover of Italian cuisine, she introduces students to new dishes and new ideas about the world and themselves.
“They find out a lot about themselves,” observed Florini. “Food is a story; it’s a personal story. It’s an important part to your identity.”                   
Students engage in culinary adventures, introducing their palettes to new flavors while learning about different ethnicities’ approaches to health and diet. Although part of the Dietetic Technology Nutrition Care program, this course attracts students from various studies.                  
“We formulate a community. The best way to build community is eating together.”
The course’s purpose is “to broaden horizons, creating awareness of ethnocentric assumptions,” explained Florini. She sees growth among her students. Not only do they improve their communication and critical thinking skills, but they are now open to new ideas and new experiences.

Pulling Up a Chair
Florini with students on spring break trip to Milan, 2017
 Students and faculty can join in these tasty adventures on Wednesday April 19 at the Global Studies Student Symposium. The event takes place on the third floor of the library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the day’s menu are student presentations, food tasting and gelato. For more information, email Jeanne Florini

By Katelyn Ericson of the Forum