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Resources to Support African American Male Scholars

The goal of this guide is to enhance understanding of the assets and challenges that African American male students bring to college with them and to provide resources to enhance success. It is meant to be used by students, faculty and staff.

Christopher M. Fletcher, Manager, Student Admissions and Registration (FV)

Email: cfletcher35@stlcc.edu

Something I have learned and would like to pass on: Sometimes you got to go through it, to get to it. Stay focused and believe in yourself! Past failures provide great foundations for future successes!

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Note: This title is also available as an electronic book  at the STLCC Libraries.

James Gillespie, Manager, Gateway to College (FV)

Email:  jgillespie@stlcc.edu

Something I have learned and would like to pass on:  Reading is great way to increase your knowledge…seek knowledge, and be in the know.

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Dwayne A. Morgan, Coordinator, Student Orientation and Transition (FV)

Email: dmorgan12@stlcc.edu

Something I have learned and would like to pass on:  One of my favorite quotes comes from Carter G. Woodson, “The mere imparting of information is not education.  Above all things, the effort must result in making a man think and do for himself” (1931).

It is my belief that students overall success will be influenced significantly by the impact of their mentoring relationships with both faculty and staff.  I encourage you to actively seek out a mentor someone you can speak with weekly to assist you with navigating the college arena.  During my undergraduate years I was supported by numerous individuals who believed in me and my abilities. Never hesitate to ask for help.

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LaVaughn A. Smith, Student Admissions and Registration Assistant III (FV)

Email: lsmith@stlcc.edu

Something I have learned and would like to pass on:  I've learned the value of always doing your best. I strive for perfection, even though I know I will never achieve it. I do it so I can be the best I can be.

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Terry Freeman, Professor Emeritus, Engineering (FV)

Email: tfreeman@stlcc.edu

Something I have learned and would like to pass on:  "Education extends beyond the classroom or the content of your major. Use this academic environment to prepare for the total process of living as a well-adjusted, intellectually competent and self-determining individual. Interact with faculty and other members of the campus community outside of the classroom. Read eclectically - something light, something heavy, something inspirational, something cultural, something technical, something historical, something spiritual - but read. Watch movies & TV with the same eclectic mix. Find where your passion and purpose intersect and implement plans to live in that space. Be a flexible thinker, ask questions, share what you learn, involve others,  and help them achieve success. We are all participants in the game of life. The only question is how we play. Be on the field, not in the stands. Play with energy and determination. Find mentors, coaches, practice partners and cheerleaders as part of your success team. Throughout your journey never forget to laugh and love."

John L. Mason, Student Admissions and Registration Assistant (FV)

Email: jmason@stlcc.edu

Something I have learned and would like to pass on:  There is an old saying, "Nothing beats a failure but a try." What I have learned is it never hurts to ask for something you want. A high percentage of the time you will get a yes or the help you need, just by asking in a polite manner. Sometimes we spend so much time thinking about something, we never get started. "Just Do It!" (Nike Slogan).

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Roger Thomas, Manager, Library Services (Meramec)

Email: rthomas1@stlcc.edu

Wisdom from motivational speaker, Les Brown:  Accept responsibility for your own life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner. Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.

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Christopher C. White, Coordinator, Library Services (FV)

Email: cwhite@stlcc.edu

Something I have learned and would like to pass on:  Strive to make your actions and words equal.

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Robert E. Miller, Academic Adviser (FV)

Email: rmiller2@stlcc.edu

Wisdom from the Bible:   Above all, my brothers, do not swear--not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your "Yes" be yes, and  let your "No" be no.  (James 5:12 New International Version)

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Joe Worth, Vice President of Student Affairs, 2013-2015 (deceased)

Something I have learned and would like to pass on:  Our innate potential as human beings is vast and nearly impossible to truly measure (predict).   Only when we lean into life’s challenges, working through our fears and inhibitions, do we begin to sense our true potential.

Dr. Joseph Worth served as the vice president for student affairs at St. Louis Community College’s Florissant Valley campus from 2013 to 10/2015.  Joe was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April 2014.  He faced his health battle with positivity, courage and an unbending spirit. Joe's love and dedication to STLCC and the Florissant Valley campus community was extraordinary. Not a day would go by without Joe walking the campus, helping students, visiting with colleagues, sharing an idea, lending a shoulder or an ear, and most importantly, emitting his enthusiasm for our mission in this region. 

Worth, who was born and raised in north St. Louis County, joined the St. Louis Community College faculty in 1997, was named department chair in 2002, and earned the rank of full professor in 2004. Over the span of his career as a student affairs professional with St. Louis Community College, Worth was most proud of his ongoing contributions to student-oriented programs such as the African-American Male Initiative, Achieving the Dream, Gateway to College and Florissant Valley’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. 

He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Institute for Student and Organizational Development in 2010; the 2010 Alumni of Distinction Award from Saint Louis University’s College of Education and Public Service; the 2011 David L. Underwood Memorial Lecture Award; and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012. He was a contributing member and leader of three award-winning innovation teams at St. Louis Community College.
Worth completed his doctorate in psychotherapy at Saint Louis University,  a master’s degree in professional counseling from Lindenwood University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southeast Missouri State University. 

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St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000