Category: Campus News

ECC Observes Black History Month February 26

January 18, 2016 | Campus News

East Central College will mark Black History Month with a free screening of the documentary Banished  Friday evening, February 26.

Banished: How Whites Drove Blacks Out of Town in America examines a hidden side of America’s racial history, focusing on examples of primarily white communities rising up to force their African-American neighbors to flee in post-reconstruction America. The incidents took place in Texas, Missouri, Georgia, and Indiana between 1886 and 1923.  In the documentary, filmmaker Marco Williams follows three African American families who returned to the communities to confront this legacy.

In Forsyth County, Georgia, where a thousand black residents were expelled, the film explores the question of land fraudulently taken, and follows some descendants in their quest to uncover the real story of their family’s land. In Pierce City, Missouri, a man designed his own creative form of reparation — wishing to disinter the remains of his great-grandfather who was buried there before the banishment. In Harrison, Arkansas, home to the headquarters of the Ku Klux Klan, a white community struggles with their town’s legacy of hate.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center on ECC’s campus in Union. Guest speakers Dr. Keon Gilbert, assistant professor of behavioral science and health education at St. Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice, and Murray Bishoff, the editor of The Monett Times​ in southwest Missouri, will introduce the film.

Gilbert has done extensive research in the Faith & For the Sake of All project, which traces the effects of segregation in St. Louis on African Americans’ health and well-being. Bishoff has researched and written about the violent expulsion of African Americans in Pierce City. He will bring a large display he has created that documents the events.

ECC’s Patron of the Arts program provides financial support for the film and lecture series at the college. For more information contact or call 636-584-6643.

Auditions Set for Next Theatre Production

January 18, 2016 | Campus News
The East Central College Theatre Department will hold auditions for the final show of the 2015-2016 season  Monday, February 29, and Tuesday, March 1. 
Auditions for Into The Woods will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Theatre Department located in Hansen Hall at the ECC campus in Union.  Directed by Grace Austin with music direction by Colin Healy, this multi Tony Award winning show will be performed April 14-17.
Into The Woods intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests.
Roles are available for up to 18 men and women ages 14 and up. There is also one featured role for a boy between the ages of 9 and 13.  Individuals auditioning should prepare one of the audition selections which can be accessed online at  An accompanist will be provided.
More information, including the show synopsis and character breakdowns, is available at

Bauer to Lead Missouri Community College Association

January 15, 2016 | Campus News

Dr. Jon Bauer, president of East Central College in Union, Missouri began his term as chair of the Missouri Community College Association last week.

Bauer succeeds Dr. Ron Chesbrough, president of St. Charles Community College, and will provide leadership for the association as it represents community college interests across the state.

Among these interests are the priorities outlined in the association’s state legislative agenda—equity funding for community colleges, increased funding for all of Missouri’s public colleges and universities, funding for the A+ scholarship program and support for workforce training.

Bauer has been a member of the association’s governing board since he became president of East Central College on July 1, 2012. He is a product of Missouri’s community college system, graduating in 1984 from Jefferson College in Hillsboro.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, an MBA from Fontbonne University and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

As president of East Central College, Bauer recently completed work as a member of the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) steering committee for the new Blueprint for Higher Education.  He also serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.

Bauer started at East Central in 1995, as director of public relations. He assumed additional responsibilities in 1999 as the director of college relations.  In 2001 he was promoted to dean of enrollment management.  He spent one year as dean of ECC’s satellite location in Rolla and served as chief financial officer from 2005 to 2012.

Before joining the ECC staff, Bauer was assistant news director and news director at KLPW Radio.  He then went on to serve as editor of the Union Missourian from 1989-1995.

He has served on the boards for Mercy Health East Communities in St. Louis, Mercy Hospital Washington, the Washington Civic Industrial Corporation & 353 Redevelopment Corporation. He is past president of the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors and the Washington Public Library Board.

Bauer is also a past board member and current advisory board member for the Franklin County Area United Way.  He is past president and Paul Harris Fellow in the Union Rotary Club. Bauer is a past member of the Franklin County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee and the Union Highway 50 committee.


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.   More about MCCA’s legislative priorities can be viewed on their website at


Register Now for a Non-Credit Class

January 8, 2016 | Campus News

A variety of non-credit classes will begin in January – featuring everything from computer skills to dance.  Fitness classes include Zumba, Yoga plus free classes in archery.  In addition to perennial favorites such as digital photography, local history, and conversational Spanish — new offerings include internet security and American Sign Language.

Offerings for children range from Kindermusik for ages newborn to 5, as well as bullying prevention, life skills American Red Cross babysitter training and a computer science  class that will involve web page creation and programming.

Several classes are also being offered in the Health Care field.  Certified Nursing Assistant and Certified Medication Technician classes begin in February and Basic Life Support is again being offered for Healthcare Providers.

Complete listing of Community Education classes

Annual Meeting Set for January 28

January 8, 2016 | Campus News

The annual meeting of the East Central College Foundation is scheduled for Thursday, January 28, 2016.  The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Buescher Hall, Room 238 on the ECC campus in Union.

At the annual meeting, the slate of nominations for the offices of directors of the ECC Foundation board for 2016 will be presented.  The oath of office will be administered to the newly elected and returning directors.  The Foundation board is composed of 25 individuals from businesses, professions, and community services. Directors take an active role in fundraising and membership activities, finance and investment planning, and supervision of planned gifts and endowments.

Shannon Grus, executive director of the Foundation, will deliver the annual report.

All persons interested in the advancement and growth of East Central College shall be eligible for membership in the Foundation.  Members shall have made a $50 value contribution for each Foundation fiscal year or portion thereof.  Contributions made within a period of 60 days prior to the commencement of a fiscal year will be considered as payment in full through the following fiscal year period.  Members shall receive all services provided to the membership.

Established in 1975, the East Central College Foundation supports the growth and development of East Central College in whatever ways might be beneficial to students, staff, and facilities. It solicits and receives tax-deductible gifts which are managed for the benefit of the college and its students. It is chartered as a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization for educational purposes.

The ECC Foundation provided more than $180,000 in scholarships to more than 150 students this academic year.

For information regarding the ECC Foundation, call 636-584-6506 or email:

Spring Payment Deadline Extended

January 5, 2016 | Campus News

To assist students who have been impacted by the recent flooding in the area, East Central College will extend the payment deadline for individuals enrolling for the 2016 spring semester.

“While the flood waters have receded, the difficult recovery work is just under way,” stated ECC President Jon Bauer.  “We don’t want this unforeseen situation to affect the ability of current or new students to attend class.  In an effort to ease some of the financial burden, we will extend the tuition and fee payment deadline to May 6 for all students at all locations.”

Anyone with questions should contact the Student Service Center at 636-584-6588.

Employees Encouraged to Assist in Flood Clean Up

Bauer noted that the communities affected by flooding are those where ECC students and employees live.  “As a community partner, the college can play a role in helping residents and businesses get back on their feet,” he said.

“We are encouraging employees to participate in the cleanup,” said Bauer.  “While the Union campus was not flooded, our community has suffered from this historic event.  This is an opportunity for our employees and students to give back to the community that has been so supportive of us.”

Teams of 5-10 people are needed this week. Volunteers should have a current tetanus vaccination and be prepared with work clothes, boots, and gloves.  Individuals or   clubs interested in helping should email: and more details will be provided. ECC is working with the Union Community Development Department, which is coordinating the volunteer efforts.

Individuals without a current tetanus vaccination can obtain that at the Franklin County Health Department Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Students who have been impacted by flooding in the  area should email  Information will be forwarded to the appropriate staff to provide assistance.

Spring Semester Begins January 13

December 21, 2015 | Campus News

ECC’s 2016 spring semester begins Wednesday, January 13.

Registration is still underway for new and returning students.

The spring schedule includes classes held at the main campus in Union and satellite sites in Rolla, Sullivan and Washington.  Prospective students will also find a variety of classes offered online for those who need more flexibility with their schedule.

Student Services staff are available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. to assist new and returning students.

Due to recent flooding in the area, the tuition and fee payment deadline has been extended to May 6.  ECC encourages students to apply for financial aid for the spring semester even though they will not receive authorization until after classes get underway.

ECC offers a range of classes  — from basic to transfer-level.  Classes are available in math and English which are designed to meet the needs of new students no matter what their skill level.  Students can work their way up from the basic skills through transfer classes which can be applied toward a degree at a four-year school.

Career and technical education courses are available for students seeking employable skills with a certificate or degree from ECC in fields such as computer information systems, culinary arts, industrial engineering technology, nursing, and precision machining.

In-district students pay just $95 per credit hour for tuition and general fees.  The rate for out-of-district students is $130 per credit hour.  Some courses also have additional lab and technology fees.

For enrollment and assessment information, students can contact the college at 636-584-6588 or

Two Falcons Named Second Team Scholar All-Americans

December 18, 2015 | Campus News

Two members of the ECC soccer team have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2015 Scholar All-American Second Team for their dual accomplishments on the field and in the classroom.

Goalkeeper Zeke Little and midfielder Matt Hampton were two of the 11 students named to the Second Team.  To be named to a Scholar All-America Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his career; start more than 50 percent of all games; be a significant contributor to the team; and be nominated by an institution that is a current NSCAA  College Services member.

Little achieved a 3.6 GPA and Hampton achieved a 3.4 GPA.

The academic honors come on the heels of recognition for accomplishments on the pitch this season.

Falcon Midfielder Matt Hampton
Falcon Midfielder Matt Hampton

Freshman defender Darren Hamilton was an NJCAA All-American Third Team selection, becoming the sixth soccer NJCAA All-American in program history. 

Hamilton anchored one of the stingiest defenses in ECC history.  The Falcons didn’t give up many goals as they marched to a 16-4-1 season record and finished runners-up in Region 16 for the second straight year. Hamilton was also named First Team All-Region 16 and First Team All-Conference.

Other First Team All-Region selections were Alejandro Garcia and Archibald Darko-Boateng, while Second Team All-Region selections included Hampton and Jacob Moore.  Falcons on the Missouri Community College Athletic Conference First Team include Hamilton, Hampton, and Boateng.  Named to the Second Team were Garcia, Moore and Joseph Drake.

Trustees Approve Facilities Master Plan

December 10, 2015 | Campus News

A guide used in planning and implementing campus improvements over the next 10 years was approved by East Central College trustees at their December 7 meeting.  Representatives from Lawrence Group, the architectural firm for the college, presented a detailed master plan to trustees earlier this fall.

“As with any plan, this document is intended to be flexible and dynamic,” noted Dr. Jon Bauer, ECC president. “Needs and priorities will change over time but this plan is a critical tool as we work to ensure that our students, employees, and other stakeholders have the best environment in which to learn, teach, and work.”

Lawrence Group staff worked with college personnel over the past eight months to identify immediate needs, as well as short, mid, and long term improvements to the main campus in Union as well as ECC facilities in Rolla.

College officials will now prioritize the immediate needs.  Some of the work can be funded through the $1.8 million in capital improvement bond funds ECC is receiving from the state.  Renovations to Hansen Hall would include the replacement of a wheelchair lift to improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities along with the replacement of the rigging and fire curtain in the theater.

Renovations to Shook Student Center would include replacing gym lighting with more energy-efficient fixtures.

Replacing the fire alarm systems, non-compliant water coolers, exit/egress, and emergency lighting in Hansen Hall and Shook Student Center are also listed as immediate priorities.

The roof of the Regional Training Center was replaced this fall.

In another facilities-related matter, trustees approved a proposal from Cochran Engineering for additional expenses related to the renovation of the former Gala Center.  The additional fee of $49,600 includes the cost to design a 3,180 square foot expansion of the facility not included in the original proposal from Cochran, as well as a facilities move plan that will coordinate the relocation of equipment and machinery to the renovated space.

ECC purchased the Gala Center in April.  Renovations will begin this winter.  When completed the facility will allow the college to expand its technical education programs in Industrial Engineering Technology and Precision Machining which are currently housed at Four Rivers Career Center in Washington.  The Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning program will be relocated from the main campus to the renovated space. The Center for Workforce Development, as well as labs and classrooms dedicated to workforce training, are also planned for the renovated facility.

Software Purchase and Policy Approved

In another action at their December meeting, ECC trustees approved the purchase of the student planning module in the Colleague system at a cost of $39,949.  The software will assist staff and faculty advisors in the advising and registration process.

Federal guidelines state that colleges and universities cannot award federal financial aid to students for classes that are not identified as part of the degree, certificate or other recognized credential students pursue.  Marcia Bailey, ECC registrar, noted that the student planning module will improve the advising process and ensure that students take classes within their program and graduate in a timely manner.

The college will pilot the software in the fall of 2016 and have it fully implemented by March 2017.

Trustees also gave the authorization to create a new policy regarding the financial aid code of conduct which formalizes the expectations and requirements of college employees who work with financial aid programs.  The new procedures detail conflict of interest, award notifications, consumer information, and disclosure.

Delta Dental will be the new provider of dental insurance for full-time college employees.  The rate for 2016 will be $33.60 per month, with that premium paid by the college.   Employees are able to add spouses and/or children at an additional cost.

Last month trustees approved providers of medical, vision and life/accidental death and dismemberment coverage for 2016.

Retirement & School District Partnerships Approved

December 10, 2015 | Campus News

Board members approved a number of personnel matters at the December 7 meeting.

Trustees accepted the retirement of Jean McCann, current vice president of instruction.

McCann will retire on June 30, 2016, after 24 years with the college.  In 1992 she was hired as a full-time instructor in the math department.  Since August of 2000, she has served as ECC’s chief academic officer.

McCann has been an educator for more than 30 years.  Prior to joining the faculty at East Central, she was a full-time math instructor at Harris-Stowe State University.  She was also an adjunct instructor at Jefferson College and Washington University.

She received a bachelor’s degree in math from Webster University and went on to Saint Louis University where she earned a Master of Arts degree in math.

“Jean has devoted immeasurable time and energy to East Central College,” stated College President Jon Bauer. “First as a faculty member, and for the past 15 years as an administrator, she has worked to make the institution the best it can be. We wish to thank  Jean for her service to the college and wish her well in retirement.”

Plans for a search process will begin immediately, with a goal of having a new chief academic officer on board by July 1.

Trustees approved the hiring of Lisa Hanneken as an accounting/business instructor for the upcoming spring semester.  Hanneken earned a  bachelor’s degree in accounting from Webster University and a  master’s degree in business with an accounting emphasis from Maryville University.

Since 2001 Hanneken has been employed as a utility regulatory auditor at the Missouri Public Service Commission.  Prior to that she worked at Bucklick Creek, Inc. and was a summer auditing intern at the Internal Revenue Service in 2000.

Board members approved requests for unpaid leave for three faculty members:  Laura Roselli for the 2016 spring semester; Jessica VanLeer from January 24 through March 17, 2016; and Russell Henderson from November 30 through December 15, 2015.

Partnership Agreements with Area School Districts Approved

East Central College trustees approved the renewal of a consortium agreement with the School District of Washington which will cover the arrangements for program delivery, cost-sharing, and other terms necessary for the delivery of coursework and cooperative joint programming.  Renewal of the agreement was approved by the Washington school board in November.

ECC and the school district have partnered for many years to offer joint programming for both secondary and post-secondary students at Four Rivers Career Center.  The partnership has given many students access to certificate and degree options in automotive technology, building construction, precision machining (machine tool), and welding.

Board members also gave approval to the development of a joint program in Early Childhood Education with the Rolla School District.  In November the Rolla school board approved the programming and the desire to move forward with the application to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The program will provide a pathway for high school seniors to participate in dual credit coursework.   Participating students would be able to acquire both college credit and the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential while completing high school.

ECC will be able to offer coursework at Rolla Technical Center for traditional college students utilizing shared faculty.

Jean McCann, vice president of instruction at ECC, noted that college staff and officials with the Rolla School District will begin the process of developing a partnership agreement. “We will model this after the early childhood education program put in place last year with the School District of Washington,” McCann said. “That program has been very successful.”

Preliminary plans outline morning and afternoon sessions with 22 slots for students from ECC and RTC’s sending schools.


East Central College has again received a clean opinion on the annual audit of the financial statements for the year that ended June 30, 2015.

The audit was conducted by the firm of KPM, CPAs of Springfield, Mo., which gave the college an “unqualified opinion.”  The financial statements of the ECC Foundation, which is considered a component unit of the college, were also audited for the year that ended December 31, 2014.  The foundation also received an unqualified opinion.

“We are very pleased to once again receive an unqualified “clean” opinion on the audit that showed no significant deficiencies or material weaknesses,” said college president Jon Bauer.

The college has total assets of almost $55 million, down more than $534,000 from last year.  Property and equipment constitute $40 million of the total.  Total liabilities were down $2 million for the year and now total $33.1 million.

More than $12.9 million in federal monies passed through the college throughout the year, the majority in the form of Pell and SEOG grants, work-study, and federal student loans.