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STLCC Staff Receive Senior Service Awards From MCCA

October 30, 2013

Four St. Louis Community College staff members will receive special recognition from the Missouri Community College Association at the MCCA Convention Oct. 30-Nov.1 in St. Louis.

MCCA Senior Service Awards will be presented to Terry Freeman, professor in engineering science at  Florissant Valley;  Linda Basich, administrative secretary in the Business, Math & Technology Division at Forest Park; Willie Wright, facilities manager at Meramec; and Barbara Mehranfar, coordinator of  student enrollment and academic advising at Wildwood.

The awards are presented annually to one employee from each of Missouri’s 20 community college campuses. The honorees were selected to receive this award by college administrators in recognition of more than 20 years of service to the college.

Terry Freeman  
Terry Freeman

Freeman has been with the college since 1982. He was an adviser to the president for seven years on multicultural affairs, coordinated Project Chart to encourage underrepresented students to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, and is an adviser for the National Society of Black Engineers. He helped develop the minority engineering transfer program and has hosted nine students from South and Central America. He’s also an in-demand motivational speaker, author and third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Linda Basich  
Linda Basich

Basich has been with the college for 26 years. She helped change the college’s policy of the skill requirements to advance into clerical and administrative positions. She decided not to take the old typing test, which used to be a requirement for advancement, up until 2001. She was the first person in the district to take the new computer skills test to advance to a new position. Basich is one of the organizers of Forest Park’s “Stitch-n-Chat” knitting group which makes homemade items for charitable groups. She also coordinates her division’s annual holiday giving project, which she initiated in 1996. She won the President’s Star Award in 1999 and the Circle of Excellence Award in 2007.

Willie Wright  
Willie Wright

Wright recently marked his 45th year of employment with the college, starting as a draftsman in 1968 with the district office, and holding the positions of architectural technician, physical facilities representative, physical plant manager and campus manager, buildings and grounds. He was instrumental in developing the district’s five-year maintenance plan, which ensures that college buildings are maintained and repaired on a regular basis.

Mehranfar is the first person in the district to take on a blended advising position as the coordinator of student enrollment and academic advising at

Barbara Mehrenfar  
Barbara Mehrenfar

Wildwood. She’s one of the college’s student success stories, having started at the college in 1979 as an administrative clerk in Admissions while taking classes and earning a bachelor’s degree. She then worked as an adviser at Forest Park, and then at the West County Education Center before moving to Wildwood when it opened in 2007.

The Missouri Community College Association is a statewide organization through which Missouri’s community colleges work together to advance common agendas. MCCA provides advocacy, education, information and networking opportunities in service of the state’s 5,700 community college faculty, staff, administrators and trustees.