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STLCC Alumni Celebrate 50th Anniversary at Homecoming Day Game

May 22, 2012

Myrtle Dorsey and Melissa Hattman on the field at Busch Stadium.  
Fredbird poses for a photo with Chancellor Myrtle E.B. Dorsey and Melissa Hattman, chair of the STLCC Board of Trustees, before Dorsey threw a ceremonial first pitch at the STLCC Homecoming Day event May 21.


















Alumni, current students, current and former faculty and staff, and friends celebrated St. Louis Community College’s 50th anniversary at the STLCC Homecoming Day event May 21 at Busch Stadium.

SH-BOOM! performs  
SH-BOOM! entertains in the Ford Plaza during
STLCC's Homecoming Day at Busch Stadium.

The rock ‘n’ roll nostalgia band and Meramec Walk of Fame Inductees SH-BOOM! performed during an impromptu pregame dance party in the Ford Plaza; the STLCC-Meramec choir, under the direction of Jerry Myers, sung the new STLCC Anthem prior to the game between the Cardinals and San Diego Padres; and STLCC Chancellor Myrtle Dorsey threw out a ceremonial first pitch to Cardinal infielder Daniel Descalso.

Former STLCC baseball and softball All-Americans and Hall of Fame inductees also were recognized.

Brandy LaJeuness, an All-American who played on the 2004 Meramec squad that finished second in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Softball Tournament, said lessons learned from her playing days have provided direction off the field. She gives some of that credit to retired Meramec coach Celeste Knierim, the winningest softball coach in NJCAA history.

“Celeste taught me not just about the game, but about life and how to be a better person and to treat everyone on the team as a family,” LaJeuness said. “She taught us about discipline, and that gives you structure in your everyday life.”

Rachel Adams, who now teaches in the Windsor School District, said Knierim, as well as the sport, emphasized balance in her life.

“You have to be well rounded and balance your priorities, and know how to prioritize the things that mean the most to you,” said Adams, who played on Knierim’s final team at Meramec. “Celeste helped us learn how to do that and do it efficiently.” 

Brandy LaJeuness and Rachel Adams  
Former Meramec softball All-Americans Brandy LaJeuness, left, and Rachel Adams pose in center field at the St. Louis Community College Homecoming Day event at Busch Stadium.