SCC spring registration now open
Registration for spring 2015 credit classes at St. Charles Community College is currently underway.
According to SCC officials, many students enroll in general education courses that transfer to a four-year institution, but career degrees and certificates that require only 12-32 credit hours to complete also are available for those wanting a quick entry into the workforce. Those degrees and certificates are in the areas of art, business administration, business technology, computer science, computer-aided drafting, criminal justice, education, global culture, human services and health care.
SCC’s classes are $95 per credit hour for in-district students, $143 for out-of-district, in-state students and $215 for out-of-state and international students.
Local teacher receives excellence award
Lisa Stoner, professor of psychology at St. Charles Community College, was presented with a 2014 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award during an award ceremony on Nov. 16.
The Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award program recognizes more than 100 teachers from kindergarten to college professors who are examples of excellence in the field of education in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Stoner, of O’Fallon, began teaching in 1999. She currently teaches Introduction to Psychology as well as Adolescent Psychology.
“Lisa’s willingness to put students at the center of the learning process has resulted in a transformation of the classroom into a dynamic engaging space. Students are not just receivers of information but also are engaged and understand how to apply that knowledge. Students in Lisa’s classes are successful,” said Chris Breitmeyer, vice president of academic and student affairs.
Stoner has a master’s degree in clinical psychology/community mental health from Western Illinois University.
Stricter seat belt enforcement considered
Lake Saint Louis is considering a new ordinance that would allow city police to stop vehicles if they see drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts.
The city’s Board of Aldermen discussed the bill at a work session Nov. 17 after hearing from Police Chief Mike Force, who said the measure would help in promoting safety.
State law requires drivers and passengers to wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt. But the state adds that motorists should not be stopped or detained to determine compliance with the law.
Force told the board that city police don’t want to be overly restrictive but they are concerned about driver safety. The city could not pass an ordinance that is more restrictive than some aspects of the state statute governing seat belts.
School buses with 10 or more passengers, U.S. Postal Service vehicles and large trucks would be exempt as they are in the present statute.
The board agreed to consider writing a bill, but no formal action was taken at the work session.
Ice rink opens at The Meadows
Visitors to The Meadows at Lake Saint Louis shopping center will be able to ice skate while they shop this holiday season.
The Meadows has opened a new 80-foot by 120-foot ice rink, which will be available for open skate, hockey games, private parties and more. The Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen approved a permit for the rink earlier this fall.
The Winterfest Ice Skating Rink opened at 7 p.m. on Nov. 25 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Shopping center officials say the rink will remain open through late January and possibly mid-February, depending on demand.
Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children 8 and under. Skate rental is available for $3. Discounts are available for frequent shoppers, teachers and members of the military with valid ID.
Scouts need more food donations
Boy Scouts in St. Charles County collected more than 29,000 items for a local food pantry on Nov. 15 during the 30th annual Scouting for Food Drive.
Jan Hooker, pantry director for Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service, said the number of items collected was about 3,000 more than last year. But despite the increase in items collected the pantry shelves are still low.
Canned and non-perishable food and hygiene items can be dropped at the food pantry from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Thursday and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays.
Lindenwood to hold graduate school fair
Lindenwood University will host a Graduate School Fair from 1-6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Anheuser-Busch Leadership Room of the Spellmann Campus Center.
Representatives from each of the university’s schools will be on hand to offer information and answer questions regarding available graduate school programs. Individuals who visit at least two booths will be invited to attend a fiesta-themed networking reception in the Connection, located in the lower level of the Spellmann Campus Center. Refreshments will be served.
The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
Rep. Tim Jones named senior fellow at Hammond Institute
Rep. Timothy Jones (R-Eureka) has been named the senior policy fellow for the John W. Hammond Institute For Free Enterprise at Lindenwood University.
Jones was elected in 2006 and is the current Speaker of the House. Because of the state’s eight-year term limit, Jones will leave office at the end of December.
“I’m very excited to transition out of my elected role as Speaker of the House back into private life,” Jones said. “As part of that, I’m excited my first role will be to serve at the Hammond Institute. I hope to take the experience I’ve gained over the last eight years to help benefit it.”
The Hammond Institute is a research center at Lindenwood University that opened in 2013. Its mission is to foster free enterprise and civil and religious liberty through the examination of market-oriented approaches to economic and social issues.
“I’ve thought a lot about what I’m going to do after being speaker,” Jones said. “I’ve always been a huge fan of think tanks, so when I found out about Hammond, I was so excited that a think tank was created like this in my backyard. It’s a thrill they want me involved.”
Rec-Plex offers ‘fastest growing sport’
The St. Peters Rec-Plex is now home to what has been deemed as the “fast growing sport.”
Its new offering, pickleball, is a paddle sport that mixes elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong.
“You can be 75 and play pickleball because it’s not necessarily about how hard you hit the ball, it’s about strategy and placement,” said Jack Zdvorak, the USA Pickleball Association’s pickleball ambassador for southwest St. Charles County.
The Rec-Plex will began offering pickleball on Dec. 2 in the open play gymnasium. Drop-in play will be available each week on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-noon. The drop-in activity is free for Rec-Plex members, or $4 for the general public. The Rec-Plex will provide two courts and all the equipment for open play.
Zdvorak said a pickleball is a great activity that spouses, families and even grandkids and grandparents can do together.