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Ndiaye Brothers Make Most of Educational Opportunities at STLCC
July 03, 2014
|Malik, left, and Mame Ndiaye|
Two brothers from Senegal quickly established themselves as leaders at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park and will continue their education at Missouri universities this fall.
El Hadji Malick Ndiaye and his younger brother, Mame Mor Ndiaye, were actively involved in campus activities for the past two years. Mame was elected president of the Student Government Association and Malick led the Xi Epsilon Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
“I have had the pleasure to interact with both of the Ndiaye brothers and find them to be delightful,” said Sandra Knight, counseling professor and PTK adviser. “They both have a superior intellect and great personal qualities. They are kind, humble, respectful and conscientious. They have strong work ethics and a great sense of responsibility. Although they were not familiar with the U.S. educational system, they immersed themselves completely.”
In 2011, they arrived in St. Louis from West Africa with their mother, Awa Gueye, who worked for the International Institute as a lead childcare provider. She wanted them to experience educational opportunities in the United States. She currently is pursuing a CNA certificate.
Malick has a strong acumen for science and math, and would like to earn a degree in computer sciences. He also had an internship lined up this summer. Knight said Mame has a strong affinity with business careers.
Malick was named to the All-Missouri Academic second team by Missouri Community College Association (MCCA), which honors outstanding Phi Theta Kappa scholar-leaders through this state academic team program. He will attend the University of Missouri Science and Technology in Rolla this fall.
Malick continues this summer as a peer tutor in the Academic Support Center. He was in the Honors program, a peer mentor for the college’s African-American Male Initiative and was active in the Forest Park International Club. He was a voting member of the Forest Park Institutional Affairs Committee, and also was one of the student speakers during the STLCC Commencement Ceremony May 18, introducing former chancellor Henry D. Shannon.
Mame, who is working in U.S. Congressman William Lacy Clay Jr.’s St. Louis office this summer, plans to attend Truman State University this fall.
They were surprised at how welcoming and open people at STLCC were.
“Everyone was so friendly, and they would just come up and talk to us,” Mame said.
“We had to get used to be sharing so much personal information,” Malick said.
The Ndiayes agreed that their transition was smooth because they already spoke English, as well as French, and had taken college courses. But their acceptance in the community helped them flourish.
The brothers earned many awards for their academic and student activities at the Academic and Service Awards Banquet in May. They both received Emerging Leaders Awards, Academic Support Center Service Awards, and recognition in Who’s Who among Students in American Junior Colleges.
Malick was recognized as an Outstanding Student in Mathematics and received an Academic Honors certificate. Mame received a Service Award from Enrollment Management and a New Student Orientation Leadership Award. He also was involved in the Forest Park SGA’s Organ Drive, which earned the Make a Difference Award from MCCA.
At the Phi Theta Kappa’s Missouri Regional Convention last spring, Malick was honored as a Distinguished Officer, while Forest Park’s Xi Epsilon Chapter was recognized as a distinguished chapter.
“Being recognized among thousands of students, in front of family and friends, is just amazing,” Mame said of the student awards banquet. “It was a great night and the type of event that tells you that hard work always pays off.”