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Forest Park's Linda Basich Selected for MCCA's Senior Service Award

August 16, 2013

Known for her compassion and penchant for helping others, Linda Basich, who has been on the staff of St. Louis Community College for 26 years, will receive the Senior Service Award during the annual Missouri Community College Association Convention this fall.

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Linda Basich

Basich currently has served as the administrative secretary for the Business, Math and Technology division at STLCC-Forest Park since July 2002.

Basich, who has spent all but two years on the Forest Park campus, began in the Financial Aid department in April 1987, at the front desk.

“Although sometimes a challenging spot to be in, I tried to bring compassion, organization and a kind voice to my role, and really enjoyed being able to assist the students,” she said.  “With having a great group of coworkers to go along with this, along with being a part of the college’s mission, I was hooked and have been ever since then.”

Basich has helped change the district’s policy of the skill requirements to advance into clerical and administrative positions. In June 2001, she decided that she would not take the district’s “antiquated" typing test to advance to the next level. She had been working as secretary in the Math department and also filling in three half days a week at the BMT office after the administrative secretary moved to another position.

With the help of former dean Bonita Campbell, Basich put forth a proposal to have the test changed to reflect current needs -- to have potential applicants take a skills test on a computer and be tested in Microsoft Office programs in order for advancement. While they waited for the changes to take effect, she worked both jobs for a year.

Upon approval, she was the first person in the district to take the new test.

“It felt great to be a proponent of this change,” she said.

In 1996, she helped organize the “Stitch-n-Chat" knitting group that gathers at a designated lunch hour to do needlework for charitable giving. They donate to St. Patrick’s Center, the Linus Project, the Mother Bear Project, local hospitals and others. They are currently working on hats and scarves for St. Patrick’s Center, to be sent over in November.

“We can always use donations of yarn,” she said.

She coordinates the division’s annual giving project at holiday time, which she initiated in 1996. Toys for Tots, Women’s Safe House, KidSmart Campaign, Helping Hands & Healing Hearts, St. Louis Crisis Nursery, Nurses for Newborns, Ready Readers, Circle of Concern Food Pantry and Project Backpack have benefitted from employees’ generosity.

Basich received the President’s Circle of Excellence Award in 2007 and the President’s Star Award in 1999. She was in the first class of the leadership training program for classified staff.

Before her secretarial positions, she worked as an accounting clerk in two departments, and as supervisor of the college copy center and mail services.

She and her partner of 26 years, Diane, live in St. Louis City, and have an 8-1/2 year-old adopted son Santos. They were foster parents first.

The MCCA Senior Service Award reflects more than 20 years of excellent service to the college and to the students, and nominations are from the college presidents.

The 49th annual MCCA conference will take place Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in St. Louis.