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STLCC Recognizes Instructor for Selfless Act of Bravery

September 27, 2013

Aurora Hill recognition  

STLCC officials recognized Aurora Hill, fifth from left, for her heroism in breaking up an assault in a restroom at the college’s Meramec campus in April. Pictured, left to right, are Craig Larson, STLCC Board of Trustee chair; Pam McIntyre, interim president at STLCC-Meramec; student Blythe Grupe; Melissa Hattman, trustee; Hill; Doris Graham, board vice chair; Libby Fitzgerald, trustee; Donna Dare, STLCC acting chancellor; Cindy Hess, STLCC-Forest Park president; and Trustees Joan McGivney and Hattie Jackson.

The St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees recognized an instructor for her efforts in pulling an assailant away from a student in an incident at the Meramec campus in April.

Aurora Hill, an adjunct instructor in English at the college’s Meramec campus, responded to the screams of student Blythe Grupe in a campus restroom. She pulled the assailant away from Grupe and into the hallway, holding him until the campus police arrived on the scene.

“The Board of Trustees expresses sincere and heartfelt appreciation to Aurora Hill for her quick actions, bravery and unselfish efforts on behalf of the student,” said Craig Larson, Ph.D., chair of the STLCC Board of Trustees, reading from a resolution of appreciation presented to Hill at the Sept. 26 board meeting.

The trustees also established a scholarship in Hill’s name to help students who are transitioning to higher education. Hill, a graduate of STLCC, is the founder of a non-profit, The Homeroom. The purpose of the site is to assist and encourage high school students who are interested in a planned transfer program between their local community college and a national university.

Students who enroll are provided a worksheet featuring the two-year curriculum they will follow at their local college, which will transfer to the university of their choice. Students prepare by taking the placement test at their local college in the fall or spring of their sophomore year in high school, and begin taking college courses the following summer. Any necessary developmental courses will be completed during high school and the student can enroll in 100-level, or above, transferable courses upon graduation.