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Brown, Krogmeier to be Honored at Florissant Valley Alumni Association Hall of Fame Dinner

November 15, 2008

Sylvester Brown, Jr.

St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley Alumni Association will induct two distinguished alumni into the Florissant Valley Alumni Hall of Fame at a special awards dinner at 6 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, in the Emerson Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Lobby on the St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley campus located at 3400 Pershall Road, St. Louis, MO.

Sylvester Brown, Jr. (’87) and Mary Krogmeier (’74) have been selected as this year’s Hall-of-Fame inductees. 
The Alumni Hall of Fame was created in 1982 to recognize the accomplish-

Mary Krogmeier
ments of some of Florissant Valley’s most outstanding Alumni.  Forty-one individuals have been honored with the award since its inception, including Fox 2 News anchorman Dan Gray, former St. Louis mayor Vincent Schoemel and renowned sports artist Walt Spitzmiller.

This year’s inductees started at Florissant Valley and have gone on to be successful in their careers.

Sylvester Brown, Jr. is a metro columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The last year he attended STLCC-Florissant Valley was 1987. Brown was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to his position with the Post, Brown and his wife, Victoria, published Take Five Magazine for 15 years. The fledgling magazine had a pro-active mission, sponsoring public education forums and hosting economic development initiatives to strengthen minority business growth. The publication received more than 35 awards for its investigative work, general reporting and Brown’s political and social commentaries. In December 2004, Brown’s essay “Either Way, it’s Missouri”, was featured in the photo/essay book “Missouri 24/7”. Brown won the 2005 Terry Hughes Writing Award from the St. Louis Newspaper Guild. His essay, “Loving a Stereotype”, will be included in Tavis Smiley’s anthology of “Unconditional Love Stories” to be released in 2009.

Mary Krogmeier holds an associate’s degree from STLCC in early childhood education as well as a bachelor’s of science in education, elementary certification and a master’s in education from Lindenwood University. Krogmeier began her career in 1976 as an early childhood teacher at Arlington Care & Learning programs. She became assistant director of the program in 1980 and by 1983 she was overall director. In 1995, she moved on to early childhood teaching for the Parkway school district until she became the Educare coordinator for the Ritenour school district in 1997. Krogmeier began her employment at STLCC-Florissant Valley in 2000 as an adjunct instructor and technical consultant. She became manager of the Child Development Center at STLCC-Florissant Valley in 2007.

Tickets for the Alumni Hall of Fame Dinner are on sale in the Cashier’s office on the Florissant Valley campus. The cost is $25 and includes a sit down dinner. For more information, contact Jada Irwin at 314-513-4263.