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Good Shepherd Catholic School
701 Third St.

Hillsboro MO 63050
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4440 Outreach Dr.

Hillsboro MO 63050
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797-3466 or 789-3011

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Arnold MO 63010

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723 Horine Rd.

Festus MO 63028
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1550 St. Mary's Lane

Festus MO 63028
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937-5008

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3511 Jeffco Blvd.

Arnold MO 63010
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464-7303

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4675 Notre Dame Lane

House Springs MO 63051
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671-0247

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523 S. 4th St.

DeSoto MO 63020
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586-3594

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5th St.

Kimmswick MO 63053
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464-9207

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1030 St. Pius Drive

Festus MO 63028
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kress donationJefferson County Master Gardeners Support State Conference With $600 Donation

 

breaking tradition Biomedical Electronics Technology Student Wins Regional Breaking Traditions Award

 

aws awardRiveting:  Jefferson College Students Recognized by American Welding Society

 

kades playgroundHigh School Life Skills Class Make Contribution to Kade’s Playground

 

jane houserJane Houser Named Jefferson College 2014 Alumna of the Year

 

senateJefferson College Student Senate and President Recognized Among Best in Missouri

 

history awardJefferson College History Professor Receives State Award for Teaching

 

Jefferson College Art Department Student Pottery Sale May 7-8

 

mcccJefferson College Advocates Adequate, Equitable State Funding During Legislative Visit to Jefferson City

 

monticelloJefferson College Foundation Monticello Society Recognition Ceremony Honors Houser Family

 

Jefferson College Marketing and Public Relations Department Wins Medallion Awards for Excellence

 

jeffco honorHonors Program Scholarships Awarded to Area Jefferson College Students

 

jeffco ptkJefferson College Honor Society Induction Ceremony Recognizes Scholarly Students

 

Jefferson College Nursing Program Seeks Public Comments Preparation for State Board of Nursing Visit

 

One Stop: Jefferson College Enrollment Services Open House April 25 & Registration Rally April 26

 

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Jefferson County Master Gardeners
Support State Conference With $600 Donation

In preparation for the State Master Gardener Conference to be held in the greater St. Louis area September 12-14, the Jefferson County Master Gardeners recently made a $600 contribution to Kress Farm near Hillsboro for beautification as one of two Jefferson County tour sites featured during the conference. kress donation

Pictured, from left, is Jefferson College President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey, Kress Farm President Carmelita Davidson, and Jefferson County Master Gardener President Ron Patrick.

In addition to Kress Farm, the home of Jefferson County Master Gardeners Rich and JoAnn Burke in Festus will be featured as a local tour site.

Last year, the Jefferson County Master Gardeners volunteered over 10,000 hours working in public places such as Kress Farm, Fisher House at Jefferson Barracks, and various schools and churches. For the past 10 years, Master Gardeners have also worked on the Jefferson College Hillsboro campus to maintain flower gardens and organize plantings. The group has grown steadily with members representing all parts of Jefferson County.

The group also partners with the college’s Continuing Education Department and the University of Missouri Extension to sponsor a series of master gardener classes each year. For more information about the Master Gardener Program, call Jefferson College at (636) 481-3144 or the University of Missouri Extension at (636) 797-5391.

 
 

Jefferson College Biomedical Electronics Technology Student
Wins Regional Breaking Traditions Award

Jefferson College student Heidi Gaines was recently recognized as a regional winner of the 2014 Missouri Breaking Traditions Award for her success in the college’s new Biomedical Electronics Technology program. In addition to the recognition, she received a $100 scholarship from the Foundation for Missouri Women and a plaque.

Gaines was nominated on the basis of her academic achievement by Biomedical Electronics Instructor Dr. Melissa Coolich.breaking tradition

The Breaking Traditions awards recognize students in nontraditional career/technical education occupations in which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of those employed in that field. For 19 years, Breaking Traditions has honored outstanding students who have chosen technical programs based on their interests and abilities, and who have not let their gender influence career decisions.

Jefferson College also had three Honorable Mention student/instructor recipients including Veronica Ploesser (Automation and Electrical Control Systems) of House Springs, nominated by Instructor John McDaniel; Heather Erson (Welding Technology) of Arnold, nominated by Assistant Professor Joe Candella; and Computer Information Systems Instructor Kerry Bruce, nominated by student Mark Milchak.

Missouri Career Centers, public two year colleges and comprehensive high schools can nominate a single student from each nontraditional program. Winners from the eight regions in the state are chosen by a panel of judges, and finalists then compete for male and female secondary and postsecondary state awards.

The Breaking Traditions Awards are sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the Missouri Center for Career Education (MCCE), and the MCCE Career Education Coordinators.

The college’s Biomedical Electronics Technician program provides students with an intensive, hands-on experience that concentrates on general biomedical equipment with an introduction to diagnostic imaging. For more information about enrolling this fall, contact Jefferson College Enrollment Services at (636) 481-3217 or (636) 797-3000, ext. 3217 (TDD 789-5772).

 
 

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Jefferson College Students Recognized by American Welding Society

Four students from the Welding Technology program at Jefferson College and the Area Technical School were recently honored during the annual awards presentation by the American Welding Society St. Louis Section.

The awards are given each year to acknowledge the region’s top welding students with the selection of outstanding students from each program.

Pictured, from left, are Lance Nevois of Hillsboro, Jefferson College 2014 Most Outstanding Welding Student; Garrett Noll of Festus, Area Technical School AWS scholarship recipient; David Behrs, American Welding Society St. Louis Section President; Nick Crawford of Catawissa, Jefferson College AWS scholarship winner; and Kyle Jeffries of Byrnes Mill, Area Technical School 2014 Most Outstanding Welding Student.

Jefferson College is among 21 regional colleges and schools supported by the American Welding Society St. Louis Section as approximately $10,000 was awarded in scholarships this year.aws award

The Jefferson College Welding Technology program curriculum combines advanced welding skills with technical courses designed to prepare students for employment as welders, welder-fitters, specialist welders, or ultimately, welding supervisors, analysts, inspectors, and welding technicians. For more information about enrolling this fall, contact Jefferson College Enrollment Services at (636) 481-3217 or (636) 797-3000, ext. 3217 (TDD 789-5772).

 
 

Jefferson College and Hillsboro High School Life Skills Class
Make Contribution to Kade’s Playground

Representatives from the Jefferson College Area Technical School Building Repair class and the Hillsboro High School Life Skills at Jefferson College class recently made a $360 contribution to Kade’s Playground, a proposed play area accessible to all children that will be built at Herculaneum City Park in memory of Kade Bauman.

Pictured, from left are Kade’s Playground representatives Annette Bauman, Jackson Bauman, and Guyla Bills; Hillsboro High School Life Skills students Giustina Drago, Tiffany Hudson, Courtney Freund, and Casey LaRose; HHS Life Skills Teacher Jeri Ford; Jefferson College Area Technical School Instructor Tony Cook; and HHS Life Skills Teacher Melissa Campbell.kades playground

Funds for the donation were collected through the sale of colorful bird houses that were built by students in the college’s ATS Building Repair Technology class and painted by students in the Life Skills class.

The Life Skills program provides a wide variety of experiences for students with special needs, featuring a curriculum approach that blends academic, daily living, personal/social, and occupational skills into integrated lessons designed to help students learn to function independently in society. Participating students learn three major skill areas:  daily living, personal/social, and occupational skills. The ultimate goals of the Life Skills program include preparation for the world of work, development of life skills, and becoming independent, responsible, and productive citizens.

 
 

Jane Houser Named Jefferson College 2014 Alumna of the Year

The Jefferson College Faculty Senate recently selected Jane Houser of DeSoto as the 2014 Alumna of the Year. 

“The enormous task undertaken by Dr. Charles McClain has benefitted many residents of Jefferson County, like myself, who otherwise would never have had the opportunity to expand their horizons and realize their dreams,” said Houser.

For as long as she can remember, Houser wanted to attend college. When she graduated from Southwest High School in 1939 with a scholarship to Saint Louis University, her dream seemed within reach. However, circumstances required her to help contribute to the family income, and she went to work at Southwestern Bell Telephone. She married her husband Branton in 1948 and together they had four children. jane houser

It wasn’t until 1963 that news of a junior college coming to Jefferson County rekindled Jane’s dream of going to college. “Dr. Charles McClain, founder and first President of Jefferson College, created a junior college that would benefit anyone in Jefferson County who wanted to explore new avenues and expand their knowledge,” she said. Brant promised her that they would find a way for her to attend, and Jane watched Jefferson College being built with eager anticipation. Somehow they raised the tuition money. “All of our children were now in school,” said Jane. “They, including Brant, took over the household chores. I was free to concentrate on my studies. So at 42 years of age I became the first non-traditional student to enroll.”

“I was scared to death the first semester,” recalls Jane. “It was such a different experience and I was sure I was going to flunk every class! However, I was starting to get insight into things I had never thought about before or even heard of.” Far from flunking every class, Jane excelled in college. She was an active member of the student body, serving as the cartoonist on the Harbinger newspaper, and working in Dr. McClain’s office during a bond drive. She worked briefly in the Jefferson College library before transferring to the University of Missouri–St. Louis to earn her B.A. in American History. She eventually returned to work at Bell Telephone and retired in 1983. She was an active member of the DeSoto P.R.I.D.E organization from 1989–2003. She is currently a member of two quilt guilds and is actively involved in their outreach programs. She has also volunteered at St. John’s Mercy Hospital and at Delmar Gardens.

To this day, Jane considers attending Jefferson College a pivotal experience in her life. It also created a lasting legacy within her family. Three generations of the Houser family have attended and worked at Jefferson College, and Brant and Jane continue to be avid supporters of higher education. “I thought I was mature at 42, but college was what really gave me maturity,” she said. “It opened my eyes to new ways of thinking.”

 
 

Jefferson College Student Senate and President
Recognized Among Best in Missouri

The Jefferson College Student Senate won several awards during the recent Missouri Community College Association-Student Government Association conference where they competed against others from across the state. senate

The awards included SGA of the Year, SGA Student Leader of the Year (Jefferson College Student Senate President Annie Mbale of DeSoto), and SGA Essay of the Year (Will Rohman of Arnold).

Additionally, Mbale was recognized by the MCCA for being named to the All-Missouri Academic Team, an honor bestowed on the state’s top community college students. Each student received a scholarship made possible by a donation from MOHELA, the state’s not-for-profit secondary market lender and servicer in the student loan industry.

Jefferson College Student President Annie Mbale (center) was named the MCCA-SG Student Leader of the Year and selected to the MCCA All-Missouri Academic Team. Congratulating her, from left, is Jefferson College Vice President of Instruction Dr. Mindy Selsor, MCCA Executive Director Zora Mulligan, and Jefferson College Student Development Coordinator Sara Denny.

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Jefferson College History Professor Receives State Award for Teaching

Jefferson College History Professor Dr. Scott Holzer of DeSoto recently received the Governor’s Award for Excellence inhistory award Teaching. The award was presented by the Missouri Community College Association at a ceremony in Jefferson City.

 
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Jefferson College Art Department Student Pottery Sale May 7-8

The Jefferson College Art Department will hold its annual spring pottery sale on Wednesday, May 7, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Thursday, May 8, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Ceramics Studio in the lower level of the Fine Arts Theatre building on the Hillsboro campus.

The sale is open to everyone and will feature hundreds of student-made items including bowls, cups, plates, vases, candle holders, and sculptures. All items are hand-made, one-of-a-kind pieces of art.

Prices range from $2-$200 with most items costing $3-$25. Only cash and checks will be accepted.

Proceeds from the sale will be used to expand facilities and purchase new equipment for use by students in pottery/ceramics classes who learn clay techniques including coil and slab construction, three-dimensional design and sculptural aspects, wheel throwing, glazing, and firing.

For more information about the student pottery sale, contact Jefferson College Pottery Instructor Anthony Borchardt at (636) 481-3365 or (636) 797-3000 ext. 3365 (TDD 789-5772).
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Jefferson College Advocates Adequate, Equitable State Funding
During Legislative Visit to Jefferson City

Missouri’s community colleges currently educate 40 percent of the state’s undergraduates, while receiving 15 percent of state funds appropriated to public colleges and universities. In Jefferson County, more students choose to attend Jefferson College than any other two-year or four-year private or public institution in the region. mccc

With these facts in hand, a delegation of Jefferson College administrators, Board of Trustees members, and faculty/staff from the Jefferson College-Mineral Area College Leadership Academy recently went to Jefferson City to talk with area legislators and advocate for adequate, equitable funding.

Despite the Governor’s budget recommendations during his January State-of-the-State address that favor four-year universities, community colleges are specifically seeking a $15 million addition to their core operating appropriation. This is comparable to the $15.2 million in increases public four-year universities have received over the last two years.

Other legislative priorities advocated by Jefferson College that impact our community include:

Keeping the A+ promise – High school students who meet the requirements to receive A+ awards should receive what they were promised: full tuition and fees at a community college or area career/technical school;

Maintaining funding for programs that enhance workforce competitiveness and economic development; and

Making a substantial, ongoing investment in facilities.

As an advocate for our community and region, Jefferson College President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey remains in continuous contact with local, state and national legislators regarding the mission of community colleges. He recently travelled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Association of Community College Trustees’ Annual Legislative Summit where he spoke with Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt and Representative Blaine Leutkemeyer about federal issues, like Pell Grants and Perkins funding, that have a direct impact on local students.

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Jefferson College Foundation Monticello Society Recognition Ceremony
Honors Houser Family

In celebration of those who have made significant contributions to the Jefferson College Foundation in support of Jefferson College and its students, the Jefferson College Foundation recently hosted its third Monticello Society recognition ceremony.

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To further acknowledge their generous donation to create an endowed scholarship for non-traditional students, Branton and Jane Houser of DeSoto were inducted into the society. Jane has the distinction of being the college’s first non-traditional student and the patriarch for several generations of family members who attended Jefferson.

Pictured, from left, are Arlene Boyer Houser (daughter-in-law), Doug Houser (son), Carrie Flesh (granddaughter), Brant Houser, Jane Houser, Jefferson College President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey, and Executive Director of Development and Foundation Thomas Burke.

The Monticello Society meets annually to recognize new members whose generosity and loyalty has a great impact on Jefferson College. As honorees, the Housers received an engraved, silver-plated pewter cup based on an original design by Thomas Jefferson.

Monticello Society attendees were also greeted by members of the Student Ambassadors, treated to refreshments prepared and donated by Specialized Catering Company headed by Foundation Board Member Mike Kumpf, and entertained by students from the college’s Music Department.

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Jefferson College Marketing and Public Relations Department
Wins Medallion Awards for Excellence

The Jefferson College Marketing and Public Relations Department recently won two Medallion Awards during the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 5 Conference for excellence in the Electronic Newsletter category (The Windjammer) and in the Promotion Campaign for a Special Event category (50th Anniversary). 

The regional Medallion Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communication at community and technical colleges in District 5 (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, the Canadian province of Manitoba, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands). It is the only competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and PR professionals at two-year colleges.

Department personnel include Roger Barrentine, Amy Coomes, Samantha DeClue, Matt Keeney, Lauren Murphy, Joel Speth, and Tom Struckhoff.

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Honors Program Scholarships
Awarded to Area Jefferson College Students

Jefferson College students Kassidy Bilin of Richwoods, Helen Maschmeyer of Festus, Annie Mbale of De Soto, and Melissajeffco honor Littrell of Hillsboro were recently awarded Elizabeth Hoyt Clark Honors Program Scholarships in recognition of their educational goals and success. English Professor/Honors Program Director Dr. Andrea St. John and retired English Professor/Honors Program Director Trish Loomis presented the scholarship awards during a reception in the students’ honor.

The Elizabeth Hoyt Clark Honors Program Scholarship was created by her family in 1994 to assist Honors Program students at Jefferson College in pursuing their education. Scholarship applicants must submit a written explanation of their educational goals and career plans. The $500 scholarship is awarded to students pursuing an Honors Diploma with a minimum grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.  A committee of Honors Program faculty determines the recipients of the award each semester.

The Jefferson College Honors Program is a curriculum designed for students who have demonstrated their academic excellence and wish to take challenging, interesting, unusual courses to meet their general education requirements. 

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Jefferson College Honor Society Induction Ceremony Recognizes Scholarly Students

87 members were recently inducted into the Jefferson College Xi Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society during the organization’s spring ceremony on the Hillsboro campus. jeffco ptk

Phi Theta Kappa is an international society based on the hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship. To be considered for membership, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Spring semester inductees include left to right (first row) Jocelyn Rich (VP of Finance), Hillsboro; Demi Neubrand, Festus; Colleen DeGonia, Potosi; Erin Reese, Potosi; Tiffany Kroupa, High Ridge; Ariel Kociscak, House Springs; Heather Sledge, Arnold; Tamara Venz, Pevely; Jenna Wills, Imperial; Shelby Wilfong, Hillsboro; Kassidy Bilin, Richwoods; Susan Roberson, St. Louis; Stephene Trent (VP of Service), De Soto; (second row) Taylor Melton (VP of Fellowship), Hillsboro; Kayla McClarney, High Ridge; Ashley Hamilton, Catawissa; Alicia Pingleton, Cedar Hill; Veronica Ploesser, House Springs; Heidi Gaines, St. Louis; Lenesse West, Hillsboro; Catherine Terry, Hillsboro; Billie Ann Thompson, Hillsboro; Devon Votaw, De Soto; Emily Fears, Hillsboro; Jay Cox, Imperial; Megan Viehman (VP of Service), De Soto; (third row) Michael Austin (VP of Scholarship), Cedar Hill; Brody Aubry, Imperial; Thomas Keeney, Barnhart; Krystal Mills, De Soto; Michael Sanderson, Fenton; Joseph Lang, Jr., High Ridge; Aubrey Barnes, Festus; Ashley Dickson, Pevely; Marketa Illetskova, Klatovy, Czech Republic; Lucija Barac, Dubrovnik, Croatia; Eric Beltran, Fredricksburg TX; Adam Boyer, Cadet; Pushpinder Singh, India; Aaron Cooper (President), Imperial; (forth row) Chelsea Noack, De Soto; Elizabeth “Ellie” Warren, De Soto; Lynn Repka, St. Louis; Edward Chisholm, High Ridge; Elizabeth Wiley, House Springs; Shirley Kircher, Dittmer; Donald Burgett, De Soto; Cindy Jordan, De Soto; Paul Stecher, Hillsboro; David Papan, Eureka; Josh Parks, Arnold; Mathew Koebel (VP of Public Relations), Fenton.

Not pictured are Raymond Alford, De Soto; Anthony Allen, De Soto; Lauren Becker, Arnold; Taylor Bell, De Soto; Michaela Bouse, Mineral Point; Jacob Brooks, Festus; Kaye Brooks Down, Hillsboro; James Brouk, Dittmer; Erica Burney, Festus; Amanda Davis, Festus; Ashley Davis, Festus; Paula Davis, Catawissa; Matthew Dixon, Hillsboro; Kerrie Freeman, Perryville; Kristy Griffin, Potosi; Dustin Hill, Festus; Robert Hodge, Pevely; Michael Igel, Ballwin; Ashlynn Johnson, Festus; Jeffrey Johnson, De Soto; Kaitlyn Johnson, Hillsboro; Sarah Johnston, Festus; Kimberly Kilps, De Soto; Logan King, Herculaneum; Cody Lashley, Arnold; Melanie Lea, Festus; Shannon Leftridge, De Soto; Sunjidmaa Lkhagvasure, St. Louis; Sheena McConnell, Barnhart; Jessica Menke, Hematite; James Mugele, Arnold; Jeffrey Operle, Ste. Genevieve; Carlos Paz Zapata, Hillsboro; Kara Pochon, Hillsboro; Heather Prass, St. Louis; Jonell Smith, Potosi; Anntonia Sonsthagen, Festus; Matthew Soto, Hillsboro; Blake Spruell, De Soto; Tianna Stafford, Hillsboro; Stacey Walker, Crystal City; Matthew Walt, Imperial.

Phi Theta Kappa serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming.

In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges. Today, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2 million members and 1,200 chapters. 

The Xi Zeta chapter was established at Jefferson College in 1965 and has received numerous regional and international awards including Most Outstanding Missouri Chapter and National Top 10 Chapter. Chapter advisors are English Instructor Dr. Matthew Vaughn and Instructional Support Specialist Karen Hester.

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Jefferson College Nursing Program Seeks Public Comments
Preparation for State Board of Nursing Visit

Jefferson College is seeking comments from the public about its Bi-Level Nursing program in preparation for a site visit by the Missouri State Board of Nursing on Friday, May 2, 2014.

The team will review the Jefferson College Bi-Level Nursing program’s ongoing ability to meet the Minimum Standards for Professional Nursing Education

Members of the public are invited to submit comments to: Jefferson College Bi-Level Nursing Program, 1000 Viking Drive, Hillsboro, MO 63050. All comments must be in writing and signed. Comments cannot be treated as confidential.

All comments must be received by April 20, 2014.

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One Stop:  Jefferson College Enrollment Services
Open House April 25 & Registration Rally April 26

In conjunction with intersession, summer and fall enrollment, Jefferson College will host an open house for the newly remodeled Student Center Enrollment Services area (first floor) on the Hillsboro campus on Friday, April 25, from 8-10 a.m. highlighted by a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m.

The first floor of the Student Center now projects a more favorable first impression for prospective students, with enrollment services provided in a more efficient manner. Attendees will be able to tour Enrollment Services, which encompasses Admissions, Advising, Financial Aid, Registration, Student Records, and Transfer in a convenient “one stop” location.

The event is open to everyone and reservations are not required. In addition to giveaways, tours, and personalized enrollment information, light refreshments will be served.

Constructed in 1965, the Student Center was the first building erected on the Hillsboro campus and it has the historical distinction of being the first permanent community college facility in Missouri. The $300,000 renovation project was completed in connection with the college’s long-range strategic plan that focuses on Pathways to Excellence.

The event will continue during the annual “Registration Rally” on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Hillsboro, Arnold and Cedar Hill locations as part of a special enrollment day for 2014 intersession, summer and fall classes. The day is specifically designed for prospective students who want to receive one-on-one assistance with course selection and registration. The event also includes information regarding financial aid assistance and campus tours.

Jefferson College offers a variety of scheduling pathways to accommodate those with work and family responsibilities, including day, evening, Saturday, online, 8-week, hybrid (on site/online) and the new One Night Plus option. 

There is no cost to attend the Registration Rally and no appointment is necessary. Those who wish to enroll are required to bring a photo ID and show COMPASS or ACT placement test scores (within the last two years) prior to the registration process. In order to complete the COMPASS test, participants will need to be at the Testing Center by 10:30 a.m. and present photo identification.

Enrollment Services personnel will be available throughout the event to answer questions regarding specific college-related issues and available programs. Participants may also pay fees and obtain a parking sticker in a convenient “one stop” setting.

For more information about the Jefferson College Enrollment Services Open House or Registration Rally visit www.jeffco.edu or call (636) 481-3217 or (636) 797-3000, extension 3217 (TDD 789-5772).

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Jefferson College Spring Jazz Showcase
Features Christian McBride and Peter Martin March 13

The Jefferson College PACE (Performing Arts and Cultural Enrichment) event series will continue with the Spring Jazz Showcase featuring world renowned artists Christian McBride and Peter Martin on Thursday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Hillsboro campus.

Christian McBride is a bassist, composer, arranger, educator, curator administrator, and three-time Grammy award winner. He has been one of the most important figures in the jazz world for over 20 years.

Peter Martin is an acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator. He arranged and performed on Diane Reeves’ Grammy winning release “A Little Moonlight” and was the featured pianist and arranger on the Grammy winning soundtrack for George Clooney’s 2005 film “Good Night, and Good Luck.” Martin has performed, toured and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.

McBride and Martin will host a free master class at 4 p.m. in Room 100 of the Fine Arts building on the Hillsboro campus where they will present a musical demonstration and answer questions from audience members. The event is free and reservations are not required.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre. Admission is $5 for general admission and $2 for students and senior citizens. Advance tickets can be purchased at the cashier’s window on the Hillsboro campus. If available, tickets will be sold at the door the evening of the performance.

For additional information about PACE season passes and performances, call (636) 481-3123 or (636) 797-3000, ext. 3123, or visit www.jeffco.edu/pace.

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Ozzie Smith Visit to Negro Leagues Baseball Exhibit at Jefferson College
Underscores Black History Month

St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith discusses 25-time Major League Baseball All-Star Hall of Famer Hank Aaron at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum travelling exhibit during a visit to Jefferson College as part of Black History Month.ozzie

Titled “They Were All Stars,” the self-guided exhibit features pop up displays containing historical information, photos and biographies regarding the Negro Leagues and the players who became Major League Baseball All Stars. It is open to the public Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. through February 27 in the Student Center Cafeteria on the Hillsboro campus. There is no cost to view the display. It is suitable for all ages.

Founded in 1990, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) is dedicated to preserving the rich history of African-American baseball. Although the museum thrives in Kansas City, the demand for Negro Leagues history is international. Thus, the museum has crafted a number of exhibits to take the history beyond its main gallery and explore diverse themes within the story of black baseball.

The travelling display is being sponsored by the Jefferson College Cultural Diversity Committee, President’s Office, and Foundation.

Other upcoming Black History Month events include a public lecture by Jefferson College History Professor Dr. Scott Holzer on Friday, February 28, at 1 p.m. in the Library on the Hillsboro campus titled “The Harlem Renaissance: The Birth of a New Consciousness and the Origins of the Civil Rights Movement.” The presentation will address the political goals and artistic creations of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. It is being sponsored by the college’s Events and Community Outreach Committee, the Cultural Diversity Committee, and the Student Senate.

Also included in the college’s Black History Month recognition will be a “Look, Listen, Learn” public display in the Library on the Hillsboro campus throughout the month regarding black authors and books about African-Americans. Library hours are Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.- 9 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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First Class: Jefferson College Pinning Ceremony
Honors First OTA Graduating Class

A graduating class of 10 students from the new Jefferson College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program was recently honored during a pinning ceremony representing their completion of the program. The group is the first class to graduate from the two-year program.

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OTA graduates and their hometowns include: left to right (first row) Brittany Sharley, St. Louis; Jessica Lucas, Festus; Audra Ferguson, De Soto; Hannah Holman, Hillsboro; Jodie LaBee, Imperial; Roberta Rose, Hillsboro; (second row) Jeanne Hahn, OTA Adjunct Faculty; Shelly Blankenship, OTA Adjunct Faculty; Deanna Sipp, OTA Adjunct Faculty; Lisa Martin, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director; Kristine Sanford, Crystal City; Jennifer Johnson, Irondale; Linette Gehrs, Bethalto, IL; Rebecca Churchill, Festus; Dr. Melinda Selsor, Vice President of Instruction; Dr. Dena McCaffrey, Dean of Career and Technical Education; Kenny Wilson, Director of Health Occupation Programs; Dr. Raymond Cummiskey, President.

Not pictured: Debbie Wolk, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator of the OTA Program.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Jefferson College results in an Associate of Applied Science Degree consisting of 14-16 credit hours of prerequisite courses, 19 credit hours of general education courses, and 49 credit hours of OTA classroom instruction, labs, and fieldwork practicum.

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Jefferson College to Celebrate Black History Month
Negro Leagues Baseball Exhibit, Speaker Series, Library Display

In celebration of Black History Month, Jefferson College will host a variety of programs and activities throughout February, highlighted by an exhibit from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City titled “They Were All Stars.”

The self-guided exhibit features pop up displays containing historical information, photos and biographies regarding the Negro Leagues and the players who became Major League Baseball All Stars. It will be open to the public Monday-Friday, February 7-27, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. in the Student Center Cafeteria on the Hillsboro campus. There is no cost to view the display. It is suitable for all ages.

Founded in 1990, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) is dedicated to preserving the rich history of African-American baseball. Although the museum thrives in Kansas City, the demand for Negro Leagues history is international. Thus, the museum has crafted a number of exhibits to take the history beyond its main gallery and explore diverse themes within the story of black baseball.

The travelling display is being sponsored by the Jefferson College Cultural Diversity Committee, President’s Office, and Foundation.

In a related event, the college’s Friday Speaker Series in February will include a presentation by entrepreneur and author, King L. Taylor Jr., regarding owners of Negro Leagues baseball teams and other black business leaders. His book, book “Pennies, Nickels & Dimes - A Historical Perspective of the African American Entrepreneur and the African American Economy,” features several profiles of business owners, such as Madam C.J. Walker who built a company of hair care products.

The Friday Speaker Series program on February 14 will be held at 11:45 a.m. in the Viking Room of the Student Center on the Hillsboro campus. Admission is $7 per person, which includes a buffet lunch with beverages and dessert. Because space is limited, advance reservations are recommended. The deadline for the February 14 presentation is February 10. To make reservations, contact Dorothy Maupin at (636) 481-3101 or (636) 797-3000, ext. 3101, or email dmaupin1@jeffco.edu.

 

The Cultural Diversity Committee will host a public lecture by Jefferson College History Professor Dr. Scott Holzer on Friday, February 28, at 1 p.m. in the Library on the Hillsboro campus. Titled “The Harlem Renaissance: The Birth of a New Consciousness and the Origins of the Civil Rights Movement,” the presentation will address the political goals and artistic creations of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. Starting with W.E.B. DuBois’ goal of promoting the “Talented Tenth” to achieve integration, the presentation examines the paintings, music, writings, and dance of the important artists that explored and created a new consciousness for African Americans. This movement, also sought to gain recognition and respect from white Americans to the intellectual accomplishment of African Americans in order to promote the goal of an integrated society.  

Also included in the college’s Black History Month recognition will be a “Look, Listen, Learn” public display in the Library on the Hillsboro campus throughout the month regarding black authors and books about African-Americans. Library hours are Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.- 9 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Jefferson College Continuing Education/Workforce Development
Courses Applicable to All Ages

Those who are seeking opportunities for professional development, licensure certification, job skills improvement, or personal interest and enrichment experiences are encouraged to enroll in a variety of workforce development and continuing education courses available through Jefferson College this winter/spring.

Continuing Education courses provide individuals with the opportunity to enter or re-enter the mainstream of education, prepare for occupational advancement or re-training, and make learning a lifelong process.

In addition to a new 8-week Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) program, the college is offering a series of  training institutes that offer instructor-led and online training options: Call Center Professional, Customer Service, Electrical Contractor, Engineering Professional Development, Green Technology, Industrial Safety and Occupational Health, Industrial Safety and OSHA Training, Microsoft Certified Application Specialist, Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Online Medical Careers, Organizational Learning, Pharmacy Technician and Health Care Professional, and Weatherization Training.

Other workforce/professional development offerings include business, education, food service, healthcare, industrial technology, Missouri water/wastewater, customized training, workforce linkage workshops, and WorkKeys employment assessment.

Personal interest subject areas include art, computers, dance, gardening, health, history, language, music, professional development, recreation, and swim. Courses are held at eight locations throughout Jefferson County with a variety of start dates/times. Over 16,000 business and workforce development courses are also offered online through 360 Training and ed2go.

Continuing Education Units (1 unit per 10 class hours) are awarded to those seeking occupational certification and licensure programs and to those who have an 80 percent course attendance record.

As a public service, the Jefferson College provides no cost adult education and literacy classes to prepare for the GED/high school equivalency.

A complete schedule of available courses is available on the Jefferson College website at www.jeffco.edu by clicking on the “Continuing Education” link or by calling the college’s Continuing Education Department. Costs vary by course. To receive more information, call (636) 481-3144 or (636) 797-3000, extension 3144 (TDD 789-5772).

 

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Jefferson College Board of Trustees Extend Contract of President
Dr. Raymond Cummiskey Through 2017

During their most recent monthly meeting in January, the Jefferson College Board of Trustees extended the contract of President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey by an additional year, through June 30, 2017.cummiskey

Cummiskey has been president of Jefferson College since 2009, during which time the institution has grown significantly with the expansion of educational sites and facilities in Imperial, Arnold, and Cedar Hill. The college has additionally created JC Online, a fully online virtual campus, implemented a long-range strategic planning process, and instituted a variety of new healthcare training programs.

Cummiskey holds numerous leadership roles in civic, economic, workforce, and community development groups including the Jefferson County Growth Association (JCGA), St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA), Missouri Community College Association Presidents and Chancellors Council, Hillsboro Rotary Club, SSM St. Clare Health Center Community Advisory Board, and area Chambers of Commerce (Arnold, DeSoto, Hillsboro, Northwest, and Twin City); East-West Gateway Council of Governments; Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation; Highway 21 Task Force; Jefferson College Foundation; and Jefferson County YMCA Board.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Seed Library Now Open at the Arnold Branch of the Jefferson County Library

 

The Arnold Branch of the Jefferson County Library, 1701 Missouri State Rd 63010, is now part of the growing Seed Libraryjcl seed library movement by becoming just the third library in Missouri and the first in the St. Louis area to offer a Seed Library.  You can now visit the library and “check out” seeds to take home and grow.  The vegetable, herb, fruit and flower seeds then ideally grow into mature plants that can be enjoyed or harvested as needed.  Nothing is required to be returned to the Seed Library, but we will be accepting seeds saved at the end of the growing season at designated times throughout the year to help extend theseed library jcl seed librarycollection.   

The seeds forming the core of the Seed Library are a donation from the Seed Savers Exchange, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds.  “I see the Seed Library as a wonderful way for the library to partner with the community by being a part of the growing local food movement exemplified by initiatives such as the farmers markets and community gardens” stated Branch Manager Meredith McCarthy. 

 

Pepper & Nutmeg Comic Shares a Slice of Life @ the Library 

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            Join the Jefferson County Library in celebrating National Library Week (April 13-19) with the online adventures of Pepper and Nutmeg showcased at: http://jclwebsite.tumblr.com.   This homegrown original online comic follows a jackrabbit and dachsund as they explore the library and all it has to offer.  Pepper and Nutmeg are portrayed by wonderfully lifelike puppets from ©Folkmanis, Inc.

Librarian Josh Henry, creator of the comic, stated “The puppets are fantastic and we think they make great characters to help promote our library and reading in a creative way.”  So far Pepper and Nutmeg have fought off paranormal books in the teen section (see attached photo), been stalked by James Patterson and learned the ins and outs of applying for a passport.  Keep an eye out for further adventures each month!   

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Jefferson County Library Foundation Receives Monsanto Fund Grant
for Summer 2014 Library Programs

The Jefferson County Library Foundation has received a grant of $9,990 from the Monsanto Fund to support science-themed activities as part of the 2014 Summer Reading Program. Foundation Board President Vernon Sullivan, a retired educator, said the Foundation was thrilled to receive the grant to provide hands-on activity programs at all three branch libraries next summer. “This is a great fit with the 2014 theme of Fizz, Boom, Read!” Sullivan said, “and an opportunity to show kids how science connects with everyday life.”

Jefferson County Library has been sponsoring the annual Summer Reading Program since the district opened its first branch libraries in Arnold and High Ridge in 1991. Last year 2,676 children and teens participated in the program, attending activities at the libraries and reading 43,133 books.

The Summer Reading Program for 2014 will run from June 2 through July 31. Children of all ages and teens (generally through age 15) participate in activity programs and in the annual summer reading challenge. JCL gives first preference to residents of the active library subdistricts (corresponding to the Fox, Windsor and Northwest School Districts) and to nonresident cardholders who pay an annual fee to use the library (those who do not live or own real property within the active library subdistricts). Some nonresidents pay
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$15 for a three month family card to use the library during the summer only to participate in the Summer Reading Program.

Sign up for the activity programs and the summer reading challenge will start in May. The library consulted with the Mastodon Fair to plan the programs, and has selected the organization Mad Science to provide all-ages programs to kick off the SRP in early June and grand finale programs in early August at the Arnold, Northwest and Windsor Branches. Mad Science will also present a series of hands-on science-based activity workshops for children in grades K-6 three days each week during the month of July at all three branch libraries. Participating kids and their parents are encouraged to post photos and comments about the programs and workshops on the library’s Facebook page this summer at https://www.facebook.com/summerwithmadscience. Advance registration is required for all Mad Science programs due to space limitations.

Activities will use ordinary objects and experiences to discover how scientific concepts impact so many facets of our everyday life. “Every room in your house is full of amazing inventions that are the result of people who pursued their ideas, tried and failed over and over again, until they finally succeeded in making them work. And we all enjoy the benefit of their patience and persistence,” said library director Pam Klipsch.  

Klipsch said the library was grateful to the Library Foundation Board and to the Monsanto Fund for providing this support. “It’s giving us opportunities to collaborate with other educators,” she said, “and to encourage kids’ natural curiosity and inventiveness about how things work, and how to make them work better. The library should be a place that encourages curiosity and investigation.”

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(L to R): Jonah, Adam and Elijah Bishop, sons of Mark and Rebecca Bishop of Festus, look forward to attending the Mad Science programs at the Jefferson County Library this summer. "It's science --- it's fun," said Jonah. Adam is most interested in the Science of Toys program. Elijah says "I want to do all the science things." The programs are funded by a grant to the Library Foundation from the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company.

About the Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

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Anne Coleman Wins Downton Abbey Trivia


The Windsor Branch of the Jefferson County Library, 7479 downton triviaMetropolitan Blvd., Barnhart, hosted a Downton Abbey Tea and Trivia on Saturday, March 29.  Twenty-one people learned the niceties of having a tea and participated in three rounds of questions about the Downton Abbey Series.  Anne Coleman of Arnold won a gift basket of cookies, tea and a single serve tea set by scoring 30 of 31 points.  All enjoyed the trivia and visiting with other followers of the series.       

 
 

Jefferson County Library Announces Winners of
15th Annual Poetry Contest

 

The Arnold Branch of the Jefferson County Library has announced the winners of the 15th Annual Poetry Contest.  Three winners were selected from each category:poetry contest
Winners: 5-11 Years
Seif Elkhashab – Reading Is Fun
Nicole Fluegel – Jawbreaker
Emily Laiben – Fire of the Heart

Winners: 12-18 Years
Richard Blum – A Broken Promise
Trevor Newman – Perspective of Truth
Savanna Noskay – Ocean Nightfall

Winners: 19 Years & Older
Loretta Clayton – Beauty in the Hallway
Shannon Morgan – It’s a Girl
Sara Schmidt – All Grown Up

poetryWinners were invited to an Awards Ceremony and Poetry Reading on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the Arnold Branch of the Jefferson County Library where they received a certificate and a gift card to Barnes and Noble.  (Prizes were supplied by funds from the Arnold Branch Friends of the Library.)  The winning poems can be read online on the Jefferson County Library website (http://jeffersoncountylibrary.org/kids/84-poetrycontestwinners).  Copies of the winning poems and all submitted entries will be added to the Jefferson County Poets book kept at the Arnold Branch of the Jefferson County Library.

 

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Local Author Meet and Greet

The Jefferson County Library, Northwest Branch, will host a meet and greet with two local, up-and-coming authors on Monday April 14, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  This event will be held at the library located at 5680 State Road PP, in High Ridge.
Local authors Joe Schwartz and John F.D. Taff are making waves in the publishing community.  Schwartz is the author of The Games Men Play, Joe’s Black T-Shirt, and is a contributor to several short story collections.  Taff is the author of The Bell Witch, Little Deaths, and numerous works of horror and dark fiction.  Both authors will have copies of their work available for purchase and will be available to discuss writing, publishing, or answer any other related questions.
There is no charge for this program, but advanced registration is requested and space is limited. Reservations can be made at the library, by emailing Molly Pfeiffer at mpfeiffer@jeffcolib.org, or by calling 636.677.8186. 

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The Windsor Branch of the Jefferson County Library is celebrating National Library Week

April 13-19.

The Windsor Branch of the Jefferson County Library at 7479 Metropolitan Blvd. in Barnhart is celebrating National Library Week April 13-19, 2014. 

The Windsor Branch joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.   

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.  Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues. 

 Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them.  Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or support early literacy, librarians listen to the communities they serve, and they respond. 

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.  The Windsor Branch is celebrating National Library Week by having a drawing for a Kindle E Ink sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  Runner-up prizes include gift cards.

One entry will be given with each check-out at the circulation desk or two entries will be given to those using the self- check machine.  You must be at least 16 or older to enter.  Winners will be contacted on Monday April 21, 2014. 

For more information, visit the Windsor Branch at 7479 Metropolitan Blvd, call 636-461-1914 or see the Web site at www.jeffersoncountylibrary.org Library hours are:  Mon-Thurs. 9:00-9:00, Friday 9:00-6:00 and Saturday 9:00-5:00.

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Arnold Library Awarded LSTA Grant for New Self Checkout Machine

The Arnold Branch of the Jefferson County Library (1701 Missouri State Rd, 63010) is pleased to announce that it recently received a federal Library Services and Technology Act grant of $4,142 to purchase a new self checkout machine.  The LSTA funds were made available through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and administered by the Missouri State Library.

“The new third self checkout station is a wonderful asset to the library.  This will help us serve patrons quicker during high traffic times such as our weekly Story Times.  Children especially love being able to checkout their own books,” said Branch Manager Meredith McCarthy.  People who use the selfcheck machine can also view a list of their items checked out and renew materials as needed. 

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Volunteers

The Jefferson County Library, Northwest Branch, is pleased to announce that they had almost 3500 hours in volunteer service in 2013. 
Many of those hours were worked by the Friends of the Library, a group of volunteers dedicated to promoting the library and its services.  The Friends raise money for the library through their used book store, annual quilt raffles and other activities. 
“This is a very dedicated group of supporters,” stated library manager Cindy Hayes.  “Many of them were involved in the library when it was a volunteer library.  Those volunteers often held bake sales just to pay rent on their leased space.  They continue to serve as library advocates, some working hundreds of hours each year.”
Two volunteers worked especially hard in 2013.  Bookstore managers Marion Greife worked 400 hours and Sue Asher worked 439 in 2013.  
Carol Bacher, Sharon Cole, Kathy Gustavison, Ella Lancaster, Sue Luithle, Carol Muser, Donna O’Malley, Betty Rohlfing, and Doris Sipe all worked volunteered more than 100 hours each in 2013.
“We have other volunteers as well. We have several high school students - some who need to perform volunteer service as a school requirement, others who just want to help their community and keep busy during the summer,” Hayes said.  “One student has volunteered the last four summers assisting us with our summer reading program.  She has worked 100 hours or more each year.”
Not-for-profit organizations, like the library, rely heavily on volunteers.  “With the tight economy, we no longer have enough staff to re-shelve returned books and to “read” the shelves,” Hayes added. “Reading the shelves means making sure that the books are in their proper order so that they are easy to find. Volunteers can choose their favorite book department and read the shelves in those areas. It’s a great way to find new authors you may have never heard of.”
The Northwest Branch will soon begin taking applications for their summer volunteer program for youth.  Students ages 12 and up are eligible to apply.  Those selected will go through appropriate training.  A limited number of youth volunteers are needed.
Adults interested in volunteering are encouraged to join the Friends of the Library, or apply as library volunteers.  All adults chosen to volunteer must have a police back ground check before they will be allowed to start. 
For more information about the Friends of the Library contact Cindy Hayes at 636.677.8186.  For information about the youth and other adult volunteer opportunities contact Molly Pfeiffer at 636-677-8186.

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Jefferson County Library’s Arnold Branch
Sponsors Poetry Contest

               
The Arnold Branch (1701 Missouri State Rd., Arnold, MO 63010) of the Jefferson County Library invites everyone to enter the 16th Annual Poetry Contest.  Submissions to the contest will be accepted through February 28, 2014 at the Arnold Branch of the Jefferson County Library.
Everyone is encouraged to submit an original poem of their creation on any topic.  Three winners will be chosen from each age category (5-11 years, 12-18 years, and 19 years & older).  Guidelines and entry forms are available at the Arnold Branch or online at http://www.jeffersoncountylibrary.org.

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Arnold Branch Hosts Preschool Fair

 

            The Arnold Branch of the Jefferson County Library (1701 Missouri State Rd., Arnold) will be hosting a Preschool Fair on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Parents are invited to the library to visit with representatives of several local preschools.  Compare programs to see which preschool is ideal for your family.  This is a free, community event for parents.  Children are welcome, but must be supervised at all times.
Participating preschools include Creative Expressions Learning Center, F.R.O.G. Childhood Center, The Goddard School, Holy Child Catholic Preschool, JFCAC Head Start, St. John’s Lutheran School, St. Joseph Catholic Preschool, Tots to Toddlers and Beyond Enrichment Center, and Westbrook Academy Childcare and Learning Center.
For more information, call Amy Held at (636) 296-2204 or email aheld@jeffcolib.org.

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Jefferson County Library Foundation Receives Monsanto Fund Grant
For 2014 Summer Library Programs

The Jefferson County Library Foundation has received a grant of $9,990 from the Monsanto Fund to support science-themed activities as part of the 2014 Summer Reading Program at the Jefferson County Library’s Arnold, Northwest and Windsor Branches. Foundation Board President Vernon Sullivan, a retired educator, said the Foundation was thrilled to receive the grant to provide hands-on activity programs at all three branch libraries next summer. “This is a great fit with the 2014 theme of Fizz, Boom, Read!” Sullivan said, “and an opportunity to show kids how science connects with everyday life.”

Library director Pam Klipsch said the library was grateful to the Foundation Board and to the Monsanto Fund for providing this support. “It’s going to give us opportunities to collaborate with the school districts, Jefferson College and the Mastodon Fair,” she said, “to encourage kids’ curiosity about how the natural world operates, and to think about the kind of work that scientists do. The library should be a place that encourages curiosity and investigation.”

Since 1964 the Monsanto Fund has functioned as the philanthropic arm of St. Louis-based Monsanto Corporation, working to improve people’s lives and strengthen the communities where Monsanto employees live and work. The Math & Science Education K-12 Program awards grants to educational organizations like libraries to encourage young people to explore and connect with the world around them. 

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Jefferson County Library Foundation Thanks 2013 Donors

The Jefferson County Library Foundation received grants and donations totaling just over $12,000 in 2013 to fund new technology and online resources for the public at the Library District’s Arnold, Northwest and Windsor Branches.
“Since its inception in the fall of 2010, the Foundation has raised $24,299 to help fund Internet services, online databases for students of all ages, downloadable e-books for children and adults, and interactive digital media for children,” said JCL director Pam Klipsch. “And this year the Foundation Board also established an Endowment Fund for the future. We are so grateful to the Foundation Board members, and to all of our donors, who believe in the power of libraries to provide opportunities for a better life for everyone and a brighter future for our kids especially.”


During 2013 the Library Foundation received grants from the Walmart Foundation, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Ross Dress for Less Stores, Ameren Missouri Meramec Valley Division, and Commerce Bancshares Foundation.
2013 donors include the Friends of the Arnold Branch Library, Bill and Nancy Bergfeld, the Family of William F. Klipsch Jr. and Ruth E. Klipsch, Vernon Sullivan Friends of Fox School, Gil and Linda Schroeder, the Friends of the Windsor Branch Library, Eric and Nelda Knoll, Retta M. Tuggle, Jeff Roorda, Mark and Bianca Bullock, Ron Counts, High Ridge Firefighters Local 2665, Jefferson County Labor PAC, Commerce Bank of Arnold, and Meramec Specialty Company.


The Jefferson County Library Foundation is a 501c3 public charity registered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and all donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible.  Please send donation to the Jefferson County Library Foundation, c/o Jefferson County Library, 5678 State Road PP, High Ridge MO 63049.

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Getting Library eBooks Easier Than Ever!


                                                         
Reading eBooks from Jefferson County Library’s digital library, www.molib2go.org, is becoming easier than ever. The app to enjoy digital titles on your mobile device, OverDrive Media Console (OMC), has been completely redesigned focusing on improving ease of use.  A new version of the app will be available on August 20. Some highlighted features include:

  • A redesigned user interface with an all-new look, streamlined navigation, and a one-stop reorganized menu.
  • Sync bookmarks and reading progress across multiple devices using a free, opt-in registration service called OverDrive One.
  • Variable speed playback for Apple devices. Audiobook users’ most requested feature.

 

System Requirements: OMC v3.0 for Android users requires Android OS v4.0 (or newer). OMC for Android v2.6.5 will remain available for download. OMC for iOS requires iOS 6 (or newer).

 

If you already have OverDrive Media Console installed on your device, you will be prompted to update, or it will happen automatically depending on your device settings. To install OverDrive Media Console, or for more information, visit http://omc.overdrive.com.

 

For more detailed information on accessing eBooks and downloadable audiobooks through the Jefferson County Library, visit www.jeffersoncountylibary.org or stop by a library branch near you.  Happy reading!

 
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September is Library Card Sign-up Month @ the Library

          September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, and the Windsor Branch of the Jefferson County Library wants to remind you that “The Smartest Card is @ your library” - it’s your library card. What other card in your wallet gives you access to a gold mine of books, magazines, CD’s and videos, not to mention computers and Internet access.

 


It’s no coincidence that National Library Card Sign-up Month comes in September, when school is back in session. The American Library Association and local libraries around the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning. Your library card is your ticket to opportunity.

 


Children who visit the Windsor Branch of the Jefferson County Library located at 7479 Metropolitan Blvd., Barnhart, MO during the month of September with their parents and complete an application for a library card will receive a free book and a book bag. So make sure you and your children have the Smartest Card. Get it and use it @ your library.

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New Service Offered

The Jefferson County Library now offers an online book discussion group on Facebook. The library has branches in Arnold, High Ridge and Barnhart.

 

Book Chat is an opportunity for readers to talk about the books they are reading or listening to. There are times in every reader’s life when you read a really great book but none of your friends read it, so you have no one to talk to about it. This group will fill that need and more,” states Cindy Hayes, manager of the Northwest Branch.  “Some readers have a limited number of authors that they like to read and once they’ve read all that those authors have written, they don’t know where to turn.  Other members of the discussion group can offer suggestions based on the books that they have read.”

 


There is no formal registration to join the group. Readers can log onto Facebook and visit the library’s page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jefferson-County-Library-Missouri/100489383325059; or simply search for Jefferson County Library Missouri. The library’s moderator “Dewey Doll” will be live Tuesday evenings from 6:00 until 7:00. 

 

For more details call the Arnold Branch at 636-296-2204, the Northwest Branch at 636-677-8186, or the Windsor Branch at 636-464-1914.

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