News Briefs: Meramec Morsels

Posted on 19 March 2014 by admin

Student awards, spring cleaning and upcoming festivals

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The Montage has been recognized as regional finalists for two Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. The Montage placed in the General News Reporting category for its series of articles on the 2013 student attack. The series was written by Kavahn Mansouri and Spencer Gleason and placed in the Best All-Around Non-Daily student newspaper category for the spring and fall 2013 issues. The Montage competes in the small school division that includes both two- and four-year college newspapers throughout Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. The first-place winning entries from each region will go on to compete at the national level. The National advancers will be announced April 25-26, 2014 in Overland Park, Kan.

International Festival

The 25th International Festival will take place in the Meramec Gym on Saturday, April 5 starting at 6 p.m. The band FanFare will be playing and further entertainment will include dancers from the Philippines, Japan, India, Mexico, Viva Flamenco and the Middle East from 7:30-10 p.m. The first two tickets for students and staff are $5; additional tickets are $10. For the general public tickets are $10, children’s tickets are $5 for ages 4-12. The event asks that no children under 4 should attend. Tickets must be purchased by March 28.

Meramec International Club and Campus Life are sponsoring the event. For more information contact Marco Romero at 314-984-7839, Vidyullata Waghulde at 314-984-7690 or the Campus Life office at 314-984-7641.

Community Garden

Students have established a Campus Garden Initiative Club. The club’s focus is to have a community garden on campus for faculty and student use. The club is lead by Lillian Pride, Meramec student, and PTK Honors in Action. The garden will be in raised beds located between the continuing education center and campus police building. The club needs student interest to prove to administration that a campus garden is feasible. Until student interest increases, the club does not have a set meeting time.

Advisor of the Year

The Advisor of the Year Award will be announced and presented to the recipient at an Advisor Appreciation Day event on April 1, from noon-1 p.m. in SC 201. The event provides the opportunity to meet the academic advisors, learn about the services offered and to help celebrate the nominees and recipient of the award. The nominees for the Advisor of the Year Award are Mysha Clincy, Liz Higgins, Suzzie Huff, Jean Kennedy, Tracy Lampkins and Michelle Savage.

For more information, contact Julie Massey at 314-984-7592.

Transfer Fair

STLCC-Meramec’s Advising office is hosting a Transfer Fair on Wednesday, March 26 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Student Center Cafeteria. The event allows students to meet with representatives from 37 four-year transfer schools in attendance. Students can learn about the programs, admissions process of the transfer schools, requirements for transferring and scholarship opportunities.

E-cig Update

Paula Savarino, Chairwoman of the College Institutional Affairs Council (CIAC), was to attend the College Academic Council (CAC) meeting to discuss the fate of e-cigarettes on campus. Savarino said, “The CAC voted to cancel the meeting on March 3, so the CIAC did the same.” The March 3 meeting was canceled due to the weather, and was rescheduled for April 14.

Spring Cleaning

Students who need service for a class, or just want to donate their time, will have a chance with upcoming spring service events. Students can join a Country Park Trail Crew from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. March 29 at Rock Hollow Trail (Wildwood) and April 12 at Greensfelder Park (Eureka) to help with build trails, clean up limbs and general maintenance. Students must register at least one week before the event. For more information or to register for an event contact Debbie Corson at

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