St. Clair County Community College students began their new semester on Aug. 27 with the recently completed McMorran Greenway Street Closure.
David Goetze, SC4 Director of College Advancement and Alumni Relations, said the McMorran street closure is one of the projects that was a part of the SC4 Foundation’s “All aboard Campaign for Talent, Technology and Tomorrow” program that started Nov. 1, 2011.
According to Goetze, the street closure provides a safer campus for students walking between campus buildings.
Retired SC4 professor, Thomas Obee, expressed the same sentiment. He said the flow of traffic and student safety has always been a concern.
“No more students almost getting hit by cars crossing the street,” said Obee. He went on to say that students and faculty will no longer have to be concerned about speeding cars and can enjoy the beautiful landscaping.
The project’s ground breaking began the day after SC4’s graduation, May 6,2012.
“The support from alumni, donors, faculty staff and the community in this project has been incredible,” said Goetze.
According to Goetze, the All Aboard campaign used student groups to assist in the calling to kick off last year’s campaign in 2011. Goetze explained that we (SC4) are trying to establish the culture of giving in our community and how best to showcase the talents of our students, by fostering them and giving back to the community.
Goetze explained that student involvement in the calling campaign benefited student groups because it allowed the groups participating to earn funds for their clubs.
Goetze said this is the inaugural year of the greenway and that some settling is taking place. Goetze said they are looking to find out what good uses will be for that space.
“There is discussion on using the area for our first alumni association homecoming,” said Goetze. “The generosity of our faculty, alumni and community continues to amaze me.”
Goetze explained that another group came in and completely supported the innovation center (one of five scheduled projects).
“So now we have two of the five projects already completed,” said Goetze.
Other projects planned as part of the SC4 foundation’s campaign 2012-2013 efforts include expanding SC4’s Natural Science Museum, historical restoration of the Main Building’s room 312, and a signage project to replace worn signs and add way finding signs that include educational signs that would include codes that may be used in smart phones.