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STLCC Students, Faculty Recognized by Missouri Community College Association

April 02, 2008

Six students and three faculty members from St. Louis Community College recently were recognized by the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) for classroom excellence.

The six students were chosen to the annual MCCA/Phi Theta Kappa 2008 All-Missouri Academic teams. First-team selections were STLCC-Forest Park’s Courtney Boddie and Wanda Lane, and Harmeet "Menka" Banipal of STLCC-Florissant Valley. Named to the second team were Meramec students Michael Cooper and Jack Duncan, while Mahmedein Mahmedein of Florissant Valley was named to the third team.

Boddie, who is studying engineering science, additionally was named the state of Missouri’s New Century Scholar. Boddie received the award for achieving the highest USA Today All-USA Community College Academic Team application score in Missouri. As a New Century Scholar, Boddie receives a $2,000 scholarship through the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

Since 1994, the MCCA/Phi Theta Kappa All-Missouri Academic teams recognize scholarly achievements of students enrolled in community colleges. Students must excel in the classroom; have the intellectual curiosity to pursue academic, career and cultural enrichment outside the traditional classroom; show evidence of substantial talents in academic and technical education; and demonstrate the ability to share this development with others. Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year institutions.

Three STLCC faculty members have received Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The recipients are Patricia Williams, retired manager of library services at Florissant Valley; Nancy Simmons, professor in legal technology at Meramec; and Cecilia Johnson, retired professor in human services at Forest Park.

The Governor’s Awards are presented in conjunction with MCCA to faculty statewide for their effective teaching and advising, service to the school community, commitment to high standards of excellence and success in nurturing student achievement.  Recipients are chosen by their respective institutions.