Month: September 2016

Domestic Violence Forum with Maggie Menefee – October 6

September 26, 2016 | Campus News

Please join the ECC Psychology and Sociology Departments as they host a free forum for the community on Thursday, October 6.

The event will start with a memorial walk from 4:45 – 5:30 p.m. outside the Health Science Building.

After the walk, keynote speaker Maggie Menefee, executive director for A.L.I.V.E St. Louis, will discuss the history of domestic violence. She’ll dive into the last 26 years at society’s response to domestic violence and how current response attitudes continue.

Breakout sessions will follow from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. and will rotate every half hour. Topics include responding to a domestic violence police call, children being exposed to violence and sexting, texting and cyberstalking.

For more information, call Bill Cunningham at 636-584-6651 or email

Friends of the Library Book Sale Open to Public

September 21, 2016 | Campus News

ECC is holding its annual “Friends of the Library Book Sale” on Oct. 10-12 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The sale helps raise funds for college activities and provides affordable reading options for the public.

Rather than paying full price for a used book online, ECC Library Services Director Lisa Farrell encourages students and community members alike to stop by. “We’ve seen many great fiction titles go quickly for 50 cents a paperback and $1.00 for hardbacks, including textbooks – it’s quite a steal.” The cost of each book ranges from 50 cents to one dollar. Sale items range from fiction and non-fiction books, recent magazines, and popular movies.

Donations from the public are being accepted through Sept. 30 with a request that Readers’ Digest or Encyclopedia sets not be sent. Various donations include fiction and non-fiction books, recent magazines, and popular movies.

Friends of the Library allocates book sale funds to support free raffle drawings during Falcon Fest, snacks during finals week, and additional movies for the circulating collection.

For more information about the event, visit or call 636.584.6560.


#InspiringExcellence – Culinary Arts Instructor Awarded Chef of the Year

September 21, 2016 | Campus News Inspiring Excellence

#InspiringExcellence – Culinary Arts Instructor Awarded Chef of the Year

Chef Mike Palazzola, Certified Executive Chef (CEC), competed in the Chef of the Year Culinary Challenge on August 21, where he placed first. He was one of three chefs nominated to compete by the ACF committee out of the pool of CECs in the St. Louis Chefs de Cuisine. With his achievement, the ACF St. Louis Chefs de Cuisine Association awarded him with the title 2017 Chef of the Year.

“I was honored to even be nominated to compete,” Palazzola said. “It wasn’t going to matter to me if I won or not anymore because I had made it this far. I thank everyone that brought me closer to my success.”

Palazzola began his fourth year as a culinary instructor this year at ECC. In addition to this award, he has won Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) gold and silver medals from the 2008 International Culinary Exhibition in Germany. Palazzola has also competed in numerous regional and national competitions around the country.
A gala dinner honoring Palazzola for his achievement will be on Sunday, November 13 at 7 p.m at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis.

Preparing for the Future – Students Come to ECC for College Fair

September 21, 2016 | Campus News

Nearly a thousand students descended on East Central College on September 20 to get a glimpse into the future. Seventy-five colleges and universities took part in the annual ECC College Fair, giving students a chance to get information about furthering their education after high school.

“It’s not just about getting information,” said ECC Director of Admissions Nathaniel Mitchell. “It’s about exploring options and learning the culture and values of each institution.”

At ECC, we pride ourselves on meeting the needs of our students and ensuring their successful transition after they graduate. We want to thank Cuba, Bourbon, St. Francis Borgia, Steelville, Union, St. Clair and Washington high schools for taking part in the event.

As a public, co-educational community college, ECC maintains an open-door policy of accepting all students interested in obtaining a college education. We offer a select group of academic programs where admission is limited and competitive.

Find out more about why East Central College might be right for you.

Falcon Spirit Week – September 23-30

September 16, 2016 | Campus News

We will be celebrating our ECC pride, with Falcon Spirit Week September 23 – 30 !

There will be a Student / Staff / Faculty Photo Contest held throughout the week ! …  Look for the photo contest posters around campus.  Use #InspiringExcellence on social media to participate and win!

Scheduled Events:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 – FLANK THE FIELD 2:45PM – Lower Parking Lot – Tailgate with us before the ECC Men’s Soccer Game vs. JeffCo! Free t-shirts, food and a few prizes!


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 -BIG MACHINES 4   8:00AM-2:00PM – Lower Parking Lot – Check out trucks, tractors, police cars and more at this free library sponsored event.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 – FALCON SPIRIT DAY All Day – Campus Wide ! –  Get caught wearing ECC’s logo by faculty and staff and win prizes!


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 – FALCON FEST HERO  12:00PM – Shook Lawn – Try your luck at a physical and mental obstacle course!


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 – FALCON FEST  10:00AM-2:00PM – Shook Lawn – The theme for this year is “Comic-Con.”Dress up in your best cosplay outfit, play games and win prizes!

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 – JAM THE GYM  5:45PM – Gym –  The Lady Falcon’s Volleyball team vs. the STLCC Archers! Come support the team and get free refreshments and a t-shirt!


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – FACULTY/STAFF VS. STUDENTS KICKBALL GAME  3:30PM – Shook Lawn – Students will square off against the faculty and staff in the Falcon Spirit Week Kickball Game!  Sign-up by emailing


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 – GOLF TOURNAMENT  12:00PM – Off-campus – Join the ECC Alumni Association and Athletic Department for the annual golf tournament

Big Machines Appear on Campus – September 24

September 16, 2016 | Campus News

ECC Library and Scenic Regional Library (SRL) invites community members of all ages to their annual “Big Machines” event on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. – noon in ECC’s east parking lot. The free event will showcase bulldozers, cement mixer, lumber trucks, emergency vehicles and more.

ECC Library Services Director Lisa Farrell expects another large crowd this year. “The big hit last year was the sewer truck,” Farrell said. “Kids had a blast interacting with the truck’s camera that was in the drainage system.”

New to the event this year will be a passport that acts as a check list with all showcased vehicles. Passports will be provided for spectators who wish to mark-off vehicles as they make their way around the parking lot.

“Big Machines” won’t be the only attraction at ECC. The SRL is bringing the library to the event with their bookmobile. Visitors are welcome to walk through the library-on-wheels and check-out books with a valid library card.

Friends of the Library will sell popcorn, hot dogs and drinks, and 99.9 KFAV FM will provide music. ECC students will help assist children and offer face painting.

SRL encourages visitors to bring an ID and proof of residency to sign up for a library card. Individuals with big or unusual vehicles may volunteer by contacting the Union Branch Library at (636) 583-3224 or

ECC Reaches Out to Prospective Students

September 14, 2016 | Campus News

This October and November, the ECC Union campus will be hosting Falcon Days. During any one of these four events, prospective students can tour campus and meet with faculty members. They also have the opportunity to learn about admissions, scholarships, the A+ Program, student activities, and other information about the college.

“I strongly encourage prospective students to attend one of the events,  ” said ECC Director of Admissions Nathaniel Mitchell, “The best way to learn about a college is to visit and see it first-hand.”

The events will be held Thursday, October 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, October 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, October 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday, November 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

There is limited seating at these events- those interested should RSVP to the office of Admissions at:

Information about the events can also be easily accessed by calling 636.584.6588 or by visiting

Financial Aid Assistance to be Offered at ECC

September 12, 2016 | Campus News


On select Thursday evenings during this Fall semester, East Central College will be holding FAFSA Nights. These public sessions will assist students and their families in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is an online form where students who will be attending college apply for financial aid. Filling out the form is a requirement for any student that needs financial aid for the coming school year.

The sessions will be held in Buescher Hall, Room 182 from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on October 6 and 20, November 3 and 17 and December 1.

Those attending the sessions need to bring a Social Security Number, driver’s license or government issued ID, W-2 forms and records of other income and a 2015 Federal Income Tax Return of both the student and the parent.

Other important documentation includes untaxed income records, veteran’s non-education benefit records, child support received and/or paid, worker’s compensation and any investment records. Those who are not U.S. citizens should bring an alien registration or permanent resident card.

Those who are unable to attend these sessions can also receive assistance during normal business hours at the Union and Rolla campuses. It is important to note that anyone wanting to attend this event is not required to enroll at ECC; FAFSA Nights were designed as a public service.

Information about FAFSA Nights can also be easily accessed by calling 636.584.6588 or by visiting