Robert Jones served as the Forest Park chapter president of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. As PTK president, Jones coordinated a lecture series and variety show benefiting domestic violence services and served on Forest Park’s Institutional Affairs Council and Grade Appeals Committee. He was named to USA Today’s 2007 All-USA Community College Academic First Team. Jones is only the sixth STLCC student to be named to the All-USA Team since 1992. Jones also was named to the 2007 Missouri Community College Association’s All-State Academic First Team as well as the state of Missouri’s New Century Scholar through the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.
After earning his associate’s degree in general transfer studies, Jones now attends the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ Pierre Laclede Honors College on a full scholarship and hopes to one day teach English at the community college level. Jones is the father of two young boys and a veteran firefighter.
Florissant Valley student Mahmedein Mahmedein was elected as one of the five international officers for Phi Theta Kappa international honor society. He currently serves as the Missouri Division III vice president and will travel extensively, representing STLCC and Phi Theta Kappa. Mahmedein is the first student from STLCC ever to be selected to an international position for PTK. Holding an international office is considered the pinnacle of leadership within the organization. Born in Darfur, Mahmedein came to the United States only six years ago and already has become a charismatic leader and champion of global and social issues. Mahmedein is majoring in business administration.
Jennifer Kavanaugh of Meramec is a general transfer studies student who is interested in pursuing a career as an elementary school teacher. She recently moved with her husband and 2-year-old son to St. Louis from Chicago, where she worked for four years in the Chicago public school system.
Kavanaugh recently received the Carroll J. Donohue scholarship, which helped pay for her tuition. She is deeply committed to teaching young children and volunteers for various literacy programs at the Meramec campus while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Kavanaugh’s dream is to complete her degree and become an elementary school teacher so she can continue to work with low-income students.