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Issue Fifteen, Friday, December 14, 2018

Chamber Singers Spread Christmas CheerTheresa SpencerChamber Singers were honored to be invited to perform at the NRMC Foundation Tree of Shining Memories lighting ceremony on Friday, December 7, at 5:30 on the square in Nevada. We sang an arrangement of the traditional "Carol of the Bells” anthem.
Last Monday Yoga!Jo ByrnesFree Yoga for the campus and Nevada communities wraps up December 17. Class will be from 5:20 p.m.-6:20 p.m. in studio 152 in the Neale Hall portion of the Rogers Fine Arts Building. Mats provided, beginners encouraged, all levels welcome.
SoftballMark SkapinMark Skapin enjoyed the National Fastpitch Coaches Association National Convention in Chicago last week. He took some time to share ideas and techniques with some of the all-time greats in the sport. Pictured is Shonda Stanton, Head Coach, Indiana University; Kate Drohan, Head Coach, Northwestern University; and Patrick Murphy, Head Coach, University of Alabama.
Cottey College Parental LeaveBetsy McReynoldsA question regarding whether or not Cottey provides paid parental leave has surfaced a few times this year. In response, please see below:

PARENTAL LEAVE

While all Missouri colleges and universities are required to offer leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to employees, Cottey College extends that benefit by continuing to fully subsidize the base health insurance plan ($719.74 per month) for employees who qualify for leave under FMLA.

To put this in perspective, the Office of Human Resources has recently conducted a survey of 29 Missouri colleges and universities (and one from Minnesota) inquiring as to whether these institutions provide paid parental (maternal and paternal) leave for new parents.

The results are below:

  • 22 institutions do not provide paid parental leave

  • 2 institutions do provide paid leave for faculty only (not staff) because faculty do not accrue paid days as a benefit

  • 8 institutions provide anywhere from 3 - 6 paid weeks for staff and faculty


  • FMLA entitlements for the birth of a child at Cottey include

  • 12 weeks of family leave (paid or unpaid, depending on employees' time accrued) within a 12-month period after the birth of the child (includes adopted and foster child/ren)

  • Paid health insurance (which is not required by law) by Cottey College during FMLA


  • Cottey College is a Missouri institution that does not provide paid parental leave. Similar to 21 other institutions, pregnancy leave is subject to Cottey's sick leave policy, and as such, falls under FMLA.

    Please refer to Cottey handbooks for administrative and hourly staff for more information regarding FMLA and paid time off. All handbooks can be found on the Cottey College intranet in the Faculty/Staff portal.

    Issue Fourteen, Friday, December 7, 2018

    Holiday PotluckBecky PennPlease join us for the Cottey College Faculty/Staff Holiday Potluck. Thursday, December 13, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. in raney Dinning Room. Please RSVP to Becky Penn bpenn@cottey.edu by December 7.
    CIC-TEPJoEllen LindnerCottey College is a member of the Council of Independent Colleges Tuition Exchange Program (CIC-TEP). Member colleges and universities have agreed to accept, tuition-free, students from families of full-time employees of other participating institutions. Participation in the program is limited to full-time employees who have been employed at Cottey College at least 12 months. The benefit applies to tuition only. A searchable list of participating institutions and the exchange application may be found at https://www.cic.edu/Pages/default.aspx. Each institution sets its own deadlines and policies regarding the tuition exchange, therefore acceptance for the program is not guaranteed. Prospective participants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Questions and completed applications should be directed to JoEllen Lindner, Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management, jlindner@cottey.edu. She is Cottey's liaison to the CIC for this program.
    Yoga Mondays!Jo ByrnesFree Yoga for the campus and Nevada communities continues on Mondays until December 17. Classes will be from 5:20 p.m.-6:20 p.m. in studio 152 in the Neale Hall portion of the Rogers Fine Arts Building. Mats provided, beginners encouraged, all levels welcome. Drop in for one class or all.
    Spring Study AbroadMegan CorriganLast Friday the five Cottey students who are heading abroad for the spring semester attended study abroad pre-departure orientation. We talked about health and safety strategies, how to handle money abroad, and cultural adaptation. This semester, the students all chose to go to big cities. We have students heading to Barcelona, Paris, Buenos Aires, and San Jose (Costa Rica). Please wish them Bon Voyage / Buen viaje!
    CongratulationsTheresa BurgerCongratulations to Captain Mark W. Burger on his retirement from the Army National Guard after 39 and a half years. Thank you for your service Mark.
    Faculty NewsElizabeth VerklanProfessor Elizabeth Verklan gave an invited talk at her alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, on Thursday, November 29. Prof. Verklan received valuable feedback and discussion on her research. Prof. Verklan also facilitated a workshop for undergraduate students on Friday, November 30, about applying to graduate school in gender studies.
    Global Entrepreneurship WeekTammy OgrenOn Tuesday, November 13, Dr. Ogren took 28 students to Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kansas City. This event is an international initiative that introduces entrepreneurship to people in six continents. Students chose sessions of their own interest and included topics such as how to identify a quality business partner, using social media algorithms and messaging for customer recruitment, making professional videos, innovation techniques for entrepreneurs, leveraging LinkedIn, product development, and more. Students represented Cottey well, in their disposition and knowledge, participating with entrepreneurs of all ages: high school age to 60+. On Wednesday, November 14, Dr. Ogren presented a workshop at GEW, “Starting a Food Business”, representing lessons learned from Spicy Guys®, her wholesale snack food business.

    Issue Thirteen, Friday, November 30, 2018

    US Environmental History Class Visits Organic Amish FarmSandra ChaneyRebeca Dorantes, Maddie Marko-Martinez, and Grayce Navratil recently visited the local Amish farm of Andrew Brewbaker to learn about his organic farming methods. Mr. Brewbaker tills the soil using horse-drawn equipment and plants and harvests by hand. He restores nutrients to the soil without the use of chemical fertilizers and saves the best seeds for planting resilient vegetables the next year. His successes, he said, are often the result of trial and error--and a whole lot of faith. Mr. Brewbaker told students to not worry about eating an ear of corn with a worm in it. That worm, he explained, is the best evidence that the food is organic; worms don't eat vegetables sprayed with pesticides. In the off-season Mr. Brewbaker does leather-working to produce harness, bridles, and reins. As a parting gift he gave the class a home-grown butternut squash.
    Art Exhibit Closes on December 7Kris KorbBe sure to catch the provocative art exhibit that is now up in the P.E.O. Foundation Art Gallery in the Center for the Arts. It is titled "Welcome To The Game: Human Trafficking In America" and was created by Sarah Serio from Neosho, Missouri.
    Vernon County Community OutreachDr. Erica SigaukeThe Cottey Spiritual Life and Diversity Office is continuously promoting the need to reach out to our neighbors and show them love, compassion, and that we care for those in need as we build relationships by sharing some of our resources. This initiative has been very successful through the support of everyone from our Cottey community. We are very grateful to everyone who participated in our Community Outreach food and toiletry drive this semester. The donations were handed over to the organization by Kate DeClue, our student worker.
    Field Trip to Nelson Atkin’s Museum of ArtDr. Mary MbaMy IDS 130, Introduction to African Studies class and some other Cottey College students went on a field trip to Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and to Fannie’s West African Cuisine on Saturday, November 17. At Nelson-Atkins, the class studied, analyzed and appreciated African arts, crafts, commemorative objects and reliquaries. They were able to distinguish which displayed objects were what and they learned and gained a deeper understanding and appreciation of African history – precolonial, colonial, postcolonial, and contemporary. While all the arts are of immense value, the arts of El Anatsui, a Nigerian-based Ghanaian, and Romouald Hazoumè from Benin Republic, who create their art using trash and recycled materials and whose arts are on display in major museums all over the world, tended to resonate more with students. We had discussed these artists in class and seeing their arts physically on display was invaluable. At Fannie’s they ate authentic West African food such as jollof rice, fried rice, dodo (fried plantain), fufu, pepper soup, Attieke, and different types of meat, fish and drinks in an ambience filled with African music and arts.
    Mini Zine/Artbook Fest on CampusTara BoothThe Art Department's 2D Design class will be hosting a mini zine and artbook fest on the main floor of the library. The event will take place on Tuesday, December 4, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Each student will have their zine or artbook available to look at, read, chat about, and be inspired by! Come join us, see what we've been up to, and eat some snacks.
    Student Employment - Minimum Wage IncreaseSherry PenningtonEffective January 1, 2019, the Missouri minimum wage will be increasing from $7.85/hour to $8.60/hour. In order to stay within the College's student employment budget and allow students to earn the total amount they were originally awarded, the number of working hours per student will be reduced. This means hourly student employees will work about 12 total hours less in the spring semester. Student employees should not exceed the total amount awarded for federal work study or campus employment. If you have questions, please contact the financial aid office.
    Field Trip to Prairie State Park & Kirby FarmsDiya PaulStudents taking the Ecosystem Function & Management course visited Prairie State Park to meet with the Park Naturalist, Dana Hoisington, to learn about prairie ecosystems and the challenges of managing tall grass prairies. We also visited Kirby Farms, and met with Staci Anderson and her family to learn about agricultural and livestock rearing practices in Missouri. The students enjoyed both field sites and learned a lot in addition to seeing bison and opossums in the distance.
    Show Me CotteyJoEllen LindnerStudents from Rich Hill, Butler, El Dorado Springs, and Nevada have been invited to campus on Monday, December 3, for "Show Me Cottey." If you see the visitors, please make them feel welcome.
    Informal Dance ConcertJo ByrnesThe Informal Dance Concert will be Tuesday, December 4, at 8 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Center for the Arts. Dance classes will be performing, and six student choreographers will be debuting new works. Admission is free, and no tickets are required.
    Psychonomics in New OrleansAmanda GilchristDr. Amanda Gilchrist attended the 59th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in New Orleans, Louisiana, on November 15-18. Psychonomics is a conference for those who work in the field of cognition. During her stay, Dr. Gilchrist also participated in Jogonomics, a 5K/5-mile event that was part of the conference. She is happy to report that she bested her 5K PR with a wonderful run through the French Quarter!
    Yoga Mondays!Jo ByrnesFree Yoga for the campus and Nevada communities continues on Mondays until December 17. Classes will be from 5:20 p.m.-6:20 p.m. in studio 152 in the Neale Hall portion of the Rogers Fine Arts Building. Mats provided, beginners encouraged, all levels welcome. Drop in for one class or all.
    Thank you...Carrie DreyerCampus Community,

    Thank you for all the friendship and support you have extended to me during the recent loss of my mother. Your cards, texts, and emails have all brought me comfort during this difficult time.

    Carrie
    Wellness ProgramKaren PolonArt After Dark

    Employees enjoyed a good time at Art After Dark on November 16, 2018. Here are a few of holiday art creations.
    Summer Workshop Deadline this weekendJoEllen LindnerThe Office of Enrollment Management would like to invite you to consider teaching a class or two during the 2019 Summer Workshop, June 16-21, 2019. The Summer Workshop is our largest recruitment event, giving high school juniors and seniors a preview into life at Cottey. In addition to classes, several fun activities are planned in the evenings.

    Classes are 50-minutes in length and are scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday of that week. Compensation this year has been raised to $50 per hour. Faculty and staff are welcome to propose courses. Please use this link https://goo.gl/forms/RmCuHSuJEbTrBB0r1 to complete your course proposals. Each proposal must be submitted on a separate form.

    Deadline for submission is December 1, 2018. No proposals will be accepted after this date in order to give us enough lead time to build the schedule and begin marketing it to prospective students. If you have any questions, please contact Emma Ehle, eehle@cottey.edu or call extension 2133.
    Wellness ProgramKaren PolonTurkey Trot

    A special thank you to everyone who came out for the Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot. The weather and the company were all fantastic!
    Virtual Tour Shoot December 3-5JoEllen LindnerDue to the generosity of the P.E.O. Foundation, Cottey College and vendor You Visit are producing a virtual tour experience. The photographer will be on campus Monday-Wednesday, December 3-5. The tour includes interior and exterior shots throughout campus and the Nevada Square. JoEllen Lindner will be accompanying the photographer throughout campus. Please go about your daily routine as we make our way through campus.
    International Studies Association’s Midwest ConferenceDr. Oindrila RoyOindrila Roy attended the International Studies Association’s Midwest Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, between November 16-17, 2018. Oindrila presented findings from her original research titled “Evangelical Attitudes toward Syrian Refugees: Does Islamophobia Matter?” She also attended panels on “State Leaders and their Foreign Policy” and “Institutions, Norms, and Human Rights.”
    Spiritual Life and Diversity ClosetDr. Erica SigaukeOur Diversity Closet has been very busy this fall providing fall and winter clothes to our students. Our mission is to promote cross-cultural understanding and interconnectedness with love, compassion, empathy, and respect. This initiative is geared towards building diversity and inclusion by helping some of our students who come from different countries where the weather may be different from ours in the United States and also to help anyone in need of certain types of winter clothes such as warm blankets, scarves, warm hats, warm pajamas, warm sweaters, cardigans, winter coats, warm pants, boots, and gloves just to mention a few. This is enhanced by being more intentional in sharing love, promoting happiness, positive interactions, and empowering one another about the need to be selfless and inclusive as part of peace building and learning. As a way of promoting a community of diversity and inclusion, we open doors for collaboration in supporting those in need. We would like to thank everyone who has helped with various kinds of donations to our Diversity Closet. We wouldn't have made it without your generous hearts and caring spirit.

    Issue Twelve, Friday, November 16, 2018

    Sarah Quick participates in "Ethnomusicology Goes to School" programSarah QuickOn November 14 several ethnomusicologist-musicians visited the Public Academy of Performing Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to present interactive programs on music cultures from around the world. The program, organized by the education section of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), is in its 24th year at the annual SEM meetings. Dr. Quick presented "Fiddling and Dancing from the Western Prairies of North America" while other scholars presented on Haitian Rara, Indian and Balinese Scales, Songs from Northeast Brazil, Jamaican songs and rhythms, Bomba from Puerto Rico, Korean hand-clapping and singing, and Andean Mountain music. The photo features the presenters right before the students arrive.
    Community Yoga Returns Nov 19! Jo ByrnesFree Yoga for the campus and Nevada communities returns on Monday, November 19, and continues on Mondays until December 17. Classes will be from 5:20 p.m.-6:20 p.m. in studio 152 in the Neale Hall portion of the Rogers Fine Arts Building. Mats provided, beginners encouraged, all levels welcome. Drop in for one class or all.
    PTK Annual Roadside Clean UpRobin ConnerThank you to the three students, Natalie Sexton, Katrina Cantu, and Yustinah Ndambakuwa, who bared the cold weather and participated in our annual PTK Roadside Clean Up on Sunday, November 11. Thank you for making a difference one piece of trash at a time! Each year our PTK members and volunteers participate in a roadside clean up event on North Ash for a stretch of one mile. For more ways to volunteer or for more ways to support your PTK members please contact PTK President, Natalie Sexton at natalie.sexton@student.cottey.edu.
    Faculty NewsElizabeth VerklanDr. Elizabeth Verklan attended the American Studies Association and National Women's Studies Association conferences November 7-10th in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Verklan moderated several panels with colleagues from other institutions, met with her book editor, and presented some of her original research (at NWSA).

    Dr. Verklan was also recently nominated and elected to the Governing Board of her other professional association, the Cultural Studies Association. Dr. Verklan will serve a three-year term, wherein she will co-organize the national conference, review and administer nationally competitive awards, and oversee the general operations of the national association.
    Financial Aid ConferenceSherry PenningtonSherry Pennington attended the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel (MASFAP) conference November 5-7. MASFAP generously gives $500 scholarships to 10-15 colleges/universities in attendance at the conference and Cottey was randomly drawn as one of the recipients!
    Summer Workshop Course ProposalsJoEllen LindnerThe Office of Enrollment Management would like to invite you to consider teaching a class or two during the 2019 Summer Workshop, June 16-21, 2019. The Summer Workshop is our largest recruitment event, giving high school juniors and seniors a preview into life at Cottey. In addition to classes, several fun activities are planned in the evenings.

    Classes are 50-minutes in length and are scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday of that week. Compensation this year has been raised to $50 per hour. Faculty and staff are welcome to propose courses.

    Deadline for submission is December 1, 2018. No proposals will be accepted after this date in order to give us enough lead time to build the schedule and begin marketing it to prospective students. If you have any questions, please contact Emma Ehle, eehle@cottey.edu or call extension 2133.
    Civic Engagement EffortsDenise Carrick HedgesAnita Kamwendo and Grace Diaz, Serenbetz Institute leadership assistants, received a Campus Election Engagement mini-grant for their civic engagement work this fall. They used those funds to generate enthusiasm on campus for the mid-term elections. Approximately 50 people participated in the Get Out the Vote photo booth and 30 people attended the election night watch party.
    Students Present Program to Local P.E.O. ChapterTrisha StubblefieldStudents from Dr. Trisha Stubblefield's Spring 2018 Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard and the P.E.O. Sisterhood class were honored to be invited to present a program to Chapter KK, Nevada, on their trip to Iowa Wesleyan University (the birthplace of the Sisterhood) and the Executive Office of the P.E.O. Sisterhood in Des Moines, Iowa. The students, Abigail Baumgartner, Hanna Bell, Alex Mason, and Kathryn Skopec, shared details of what they did and saw in Iowa, what they learned in the class, and what they gained from the experience. Needless to say, the students did a wonderful job and, as usual, made us very proud!
    Invoices and PayrollTracy FarralesINVOICES…
    Invoices or other items requiring a check to be issued before Winter break must be received in the Business Office by Monday, December 10. Please be sure that all submitted paperwork is complete.

    DECEMBER PAYROLL…
    The December payrolls for hourly wage and non-exempt professional employees will be issued on Friday, December 14, and Friday, December 21. The December monthly payroll for faculty and exempt professional staff will be issued on Friday, December 21. Enjoy your holidays!
    Upcoming Dance Concert: Red Riding Hood: A Dance of IdentityJo ByrnesThis non-narrative look at the classic tale of Red Riding Hood explores the idea that all the characters are aspects of Red's personality--as she makes her way into the unknown future, she looks for her identity--- is she her past? Is she her ancestors (Grandmother)? Is she her desires, what she wants (Wolf)? Is she all these things and more? Choreography by Jenna Wurtzberger, Jo Byrnes, and the dancers of the Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company.

    Friday and Saturday, November 16 & 17, at 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday, November 18, at 2 p.m.
    In the Auditorium of the Center for the Arts
    Admission is free and no tickets are required.
    Thank You! JoEllen LindnerThank you to everyone who gave up time last Saturday to participate in “C" For Yourself! Your assistance with campus-wide recruitment efforts is greatly appreciated!
    Wellness ProgramKaren PolonYoga class will be held on Monday November 19 at 5:20 p.m. in the RFAB dance studio.

    Two-Mile Turkey Trot - - -Thanksgiving Morning, November 22, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. –Hinkhouse

    Bring your friends and family members from Nevada or from out of town and participate in Cottey’s Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. Participants can stroll (while drinking their coffee), fitness walk, jog, or run the two-mile route. Everyone who participates, even non-employees (your kids, your brother/sister/mother/etc.), can place their name into the drawing to win their favorite pie! What pie do you want to win, pumpkin, pecan, or maybe apple? You can’t win if you don’t participate. Everyone needs to move a little on Thanksgiving before the eating frenzy, so throw your turkey into the oven, come out for the “trot” and hopefully you go home with dessert!
    Need Business Cards? Steve ReedThe Marketing Department has had a request for new business cards. Because these are printed out of house, we get a better price if there are several cards to print as opposed to a short run. If you need new cards, or are running low and will need some in the near future, please contact Steve Reed at sreed@cottey.edu by November 26.
    Human ResourcesBetsy McReynoldsRemember to submit your United Way contributions to the Office of Human Resources. If you have misplaced your donation form, please give Betsy a call at ext. 2103 or Adam Dean at Ext. 2275. This is a great way to give back to the Nevada community and it's easy through payroll deduction or a contribution by check or cash.
    Diversity and Inclusion Education Community OutreachDr. Erica SigaukeThe Coordinator of Spiritual Life and Diversity helped to coordinate students who collaborated with both the 3M and the Nevada Regional Hospital organizers of this year’s gala. The students worked on the designs for the theme as well as helping with the set up for the gala. They were driven to the 3M Clubhouse on October 26, and November 1, where the setting up was done. This opportunity impacted the students in developing social and outreach skills needed for growth as global leaders. The students who were involved in this project are Julia Foster, Chido Shamuyarira, Esmeralda Diaz, and Celestine Ooko.
    English ConferenceTrisha StubblefieldDr. Trisha Stubblefield attended the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) Triennial Conference November 7-11, 2018, in Denver, Colorado. She attended a wide range of panels such as "Louisa May Alcott and the Public Humanities," "New Keywords for Regionalism," "Resisting the Canonical Syllabus," and "The Evolution of Green Resistance in American Women's Literature." She also heard papers on writers she regularly teaches, including Anne Bradstreet, Phillis Wheatley, Frances E.W. Harper, Toni Morrison, Edith Wharton, and Willa Cather. At the conference, she was able to attend a screening of a new film about Emily Dickinson (_Wild Nights with Emily_) starring Molly Shannon and to hear inspiring keynote addresses by Dr. DoVeanna Fulton, president of SSAWW, who spoke on "Accepting Difference, Expanding Definitions, and Empowering Women Through Resistance and Recovery in the SSAWW," and by spoken word poet/activist/memoirist Staceyann Chin, who read from her memoir and talked about "Resistance and Resilience." Dr. Stubblefield came away from the conference with lots of exciting new ideas and approaches that she looks forward to using in her classes.
    Diversity Education and the Drum Circle at the Nevada Heartland Behavioral Health CenterDr. Erica SigaukeThe Newman Civic Fellow Jemimah Nasara has been going to Heartland Behavioral Services every Thursday from 1-2 p.m. to empower various groups of children about the importance of cross-cultural education. Various diverse artifacts were used to show and tell some of the values and beliefs of other cultures in the world. The students were engaged in discussions and dialogues that inspired them to learn more about other cultures. The drum circle was used as a way to conclude the discussions and presentations. The children took turns to play the different instruments brought and to also learn a variety of African drum rhythms and dances. This project was concluded today. It was quite a fun and exciting experience for most of the children.
    Drum Circle and Cultural AwarenessDr. Erica SigaukeThe Newman Civic Fellow, Jemimah Nasara, had an outstanding educational program held at the Franklin Norman Community Center in Nevada. She met with children of various age groups including elementary students, mothers and their babies with a goal to provide education about some cultural values of different people from different cultures in the world. Jemimah used the Drum Circle to promote cultural awareness and also to demonstrate the values of other cultures that use the drums for different purposes such as community building, healing, leadership training, and social interaction. This was quite an impactful experience for most children and some parents. Her project began in the Fall 2018 semester and just ended this week. A continuation of this program was requested by many. The coordinator of spiritual life and diversity helped to mentor her as well as guide her with various educational and leadership skills needed for her to accomplish her goals.
    The Newman Civic Fellow Conference at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Dr. Erica SigaukeI am pleased to announce that Jemimah Nasara, our 2018-2019 Newman Civic Fellow, will be representing Cottey College in Boston at the Newman Civic Fellow conference held on November 17-18, 2018, at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The Newman Civic Fellows National Conference is an annual conference exclusively for current Newman Civic Fellows that provides opportunities for networking, collaboration, and sharing learning among Fellows. This year's Newman Civic Fellows Conference represents institutions in 40 states and Washington, DC, Mexico, and Greece. This program is sponsored by Campus Compact.

    The Newman Civic Fellows’ National Office is in Boston. It was founded in 1985 by the presidents of Brown, Georgetown, and Stanford Universities, along with the presidents of the Education Commission of the States. This program was created in honor of Frank Newman to recognize student leaders nominated by their institutions. The goals for these fellows are to find solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country and to also help them develop networks with other students.

    Some of the program learning outcomes include, awareness of self, collaboration, cultural competence, social intelligence, networking skills, root cause analysis, design thinking and many more. As Jemimah’s mentor, I guide her with programming, communication, linking her with some community leaders, and promoting collaboration with other student leaders. For example, she has been working in collaboration with other student leaders here at Cottey in various committees that helped to plan some diversity events including her work at the Heartland Behavioral Health Services, and the Franklin Norman Community Center.
    Notice Concerning Class Cancellations or College ClosuresDr. Jann WeitzelWinter will soon be here, which means that snow and ice may soon arrive; thus, we wanted to share the procedures that the College will follow in the event that classes are cancelled or scheduled to begin late or the College is closed.

    The decision to cancel classes for the entire day or start late will be made typically between 6:00-6:30 a.m. The College will send announcements via the ENS (Emergency Notification System)**, text/voice messages, and emails and on answering systems for any number provided to the College for that purpose. If need be, please update your emergency information online at http://www.cottey.edu/emergency-enroll-instructions/

    Public Information will put announcements on the website and, when possible, area TV/radio stations. 

    If it becomes necessary to cancel classes for any reason after the class day has begun, the same process will be followed. 

    Our best advice for students, staff, and faculty is to check the College website and text/email. 

    **To receive messages from the ENS, the recipients must first input correct cell numbers into the emergency information site at http://www.cottey.edu/emergency-enroll-instructions/. They then need to OPT in by following instructions at http://www.cottey.edu/pdf/security/Working/Opt%20in%20PDF.pdf to allow their previously enrolled phone to receive text messages (Please contact Mark Burger and/or Keith Spencer with questions)

    Thank you,

    Dr. Weitzel

    Issue Eleven, Friday, November 9, 2018

    "C" for Yourself SaturdayTheresa Lee"C" For Yourself! Weekend will take place Saturday, November 10. Students and guests will be participating in special planned activities and eating in Raney Dining Room. Please make them feel welcome! Currently we have 25 students and 18 guests registered.
    Fall Academic ShowcaseJulie TietzThe Fall Academic Showcase will take place Nov. 12-16, 2018. Be sure to stop by the RBAC Student Art Gallery and see all the student work from the following disciplines: Anthropology, Biology, French, Leadership, Psychology, Spanish, and Writing, as well as Phi Theta Kappa!
    New Art Gallery ExhibitKris KorbThere is a new exhibit in the P.E.O. Foundation Art Gallery in the Center for the Arts. Sarah Serio, from Neosho, is exhibiting her prints in an exhibit entitled "Welcome To The Game: Human Trafficking In America." The exhibit will be up through December 7; please make a point to stop by this powerful exhibit.
    Hosting Choir ClinicTheresa SpencerProf. Spencer and the women in Cottey Chamber Singers will be hosting high school students from the Golden Valley Vernon County Conference (GVVCC) on Wednesday, November 14. Everyone is invited to attend the 30 minute concert at 2 p.m. in the Missouri Recital Hall. We truly would appreciate you attending the concert even though we realize 2 p.m. is most inconvenient. The day's events will take place in RFAB and the CA.
    CIC-TEPJoEllen LindnerCottey College is a member of the Council of Independent Colleges Tuition Exchange Program (CIC-TEP). Member colleges and universities have agreed to accept, tuition-free, students from families of full-time employees of other participating institutions. Participation in the program is limited to full-time employees who have been employed at Cottey College at least 12 months. The benefit applies to tuition only. A searchable list of participating institutions and the exchange application may be found at https://www.cic.edu/Pages/default.aspx. Each institution sets its own deadlines and policies regarding the tuition exchange, therefore acceptance for the program is not guaranteed. Prospective participants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Questions and completed applications should be directed to JoEllen Lindner, Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management, jlindner@cottey.edu. She is Cottey's liaison to the CIC for this program.
    Multicultural FestivalMegan CorriganThe 9th annual Multicultural Festival was held on November 4th at Raney Dining Room. The event engaged 30 students and 15 faculty and staff in cooking over 50 dishes from 23 countries on four continents (and more than a few islands). Another 18 students participated in performances as varied as country line dancing, singing national songs, reciting poetry and a splendorous fashion show. Still other students made posters highlighting cultural traditions and nuances around the world. Many thanks to those who joined us for this event!
    Wellness ProgramKaren PolonArt After Dark
    Only two spots open to do a holiday craft at Art After Dark on November 16. E-mail kpolon@cottey.edu to reserve your spot today! Art After Dark will take place at BIL Hill at 7 p.m.

    Project Zero, a zero holiday weight gain challenge, will begin November 15 and run through January 7, 2019. Individuals who maintain weight through the challenge have the chance to win $50 or a gift card to Subway. November 15 weigh-ins will take place in the Fitness Center from 10-10:30 a.m. and 4-4:30 p.m. If you want to participate and can not make those times, contact Karen Polon for an appointment.

    Thursday, November 22, 2018 - Two Mile Turkey Trot A turkey trot is a fun run/walk traditionally on Thanksgiving day. Participants anticipate indulgent Thanksgiving feasts and run/walk in a trot to burn off calories before the big meal. Everyone who participates will receive an entry to win one of several pies. Bring your family to increase your chances of winning! The trot begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Hinkhouse lobby.

    The last Water Aerobics class will be held on Tuesday, November 13, at 5:20 p.m. in the Hinkhouse pool.
    Summer Workshop Proposal DeadlineJoEllen LindnerThe Office of Enrollment Management would like to invite you to consider teaching a class or two during the 2019 Summer Workshop, June 16-21, 2019. The Summer Workshop is our largest recruitment event, giving high school juniors and seniors a preview into life at Cottey. In addition to classes, several fun activities are planned in the evenings.

    Classes are 50-minutes in length and are scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday of that week. Compensation this year has been raised to $50 per hour. Faculty and staff are welcome to propose courses.

    Deadline for submission is December 1, 2018. No proposals will be accepted after this date in order to give us enough lead time to build the schedule and begin marketing it to prospective students. If you have any questions, please contact Emma Ehle, eehle@cottey.edu or call extension 2133.

    Issue Eleven, Friday, November 2, 2018

    Information Technology Student Survey SummaryNancy KerbsCottey’s information technology staff recently conducted a survey of students on their use of technology. Thirty-nine percent of students responded to the survey.

    In response to the item “Please use the scale to indicate how frequently you use the following devices to connect to the Internet at Cottey,” 89.5% of the students responding to the survey indicated that they always or frequently used their smartphone. A laptop computer was the second most common device used to connect to the internet with 86.9% of the respondents indicating that they always or frequently use that device.

    In response to a question about how many devices students typically have connected to the wireless network at one time, 72.64% of survey respondents answered “two.”

    Fifty percent of the survey respondents indicated that they rarely or never contacted a technology staff member when they needed help with a technology issue. The reasons listed in a follow-up question included “I don’t know who to contact” and “I don’t think my issues are important.” The technology staff wants students to know their issues are important and they should contact Adam Dean at extension 2275 if help is needed.
    Wellness ProgramKaren PolonArt After Dark will be held on November 16, at 7 p.m. at BIL Lodge. Employees who would like to do a holiday craft should contact Karen Polon by November 9. Space is limited so reserve your spot now!

    Project Zero, a zero holiday weight gain challenge, will begin November 15 and run through January 7, 2019. Individuals who maintain weight through the challenge have the chance to win $50 or a gift card to Subway.

    Water Aerobics continues on Tuesdays at 5:20 p.m. in the Hinkhouse pool. There are only two sessions left so don't miss your chance to try it out!

    Yoga will start on Monday, November 19, at 5:20 p.m. in RFAB.

    Please check your e-mail dated October 29, 2018, subject: “Wellness Opportunities" for more detailed information on upcoming Wellness activities or e-mail kpolon@cottey for more information.

    Are you looking to improve your posture and mobility while at your desk? Check out this article for some helpful ideas.
    Voice student comes home with a WIN! Theresa SpencerCONGRATULATIONS to Maddy Smith, first-year voice performance major, for winning 1st place at the Central Region National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Student Auditions held on the campus of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville on Oct 27 and 28! This is an impressive accomplishment as she was competing with students from major colleges and universities from Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri. As a result of her win, Maddy qualifies to audition for a spot at the National Student Auditions of NATS which will be held in June at St. Olaf College. Josie Stearns and Annie Cahill also participated that weekend and both received good scores and helpful feedback from the adjudicators. Prof. Spencer adjudicated high school women in the preliminary rounds and in the semi-final rounds high school men.


    Yoga Returns! Jo ByrnesFree Yoga for the campus and Nevada communities returns on Monday, November 19, and continues on Mondays until December 17. Classes will be from 5:20 p.m.-6:20 p.m. in studio 152 in the Neale Hall portion of the Rogers Fine Arts Building. Mats provided, beginners encouraged, all levels welcome. Drop in for one class or all.
    Cross Generational Sharing ProjectAnnabelle KanyiFor the Cross Generational Sharing Project, Saturday, October 27, a few Cottey students visited the Moore-Few Care Center to keep company, chat and play bingo with the seniors. It was so much fun; thanks to Renee Hampton, Megan Corrigan, Annabelle Kanyi, Michelle Rufino, Alex Mason, Mackenzie Becker, Angela Schauerte, and Becca Vukin.
    Comedy Magician Joseph Tran Will Perform on Saturday, November 10Kris KorbSaturday, November 10
    JOSEPH TRAN, 8 p.m., Raney Dining Room

    Joseph's magic show is intelligent, high in energy, and easily relatable to the audience. Outside of the collegiate circuit, Joseph's physical blend of comedy and magic make him a popular favorite amongst Fortune 500 corporations, cruise ships, and theatres across the world. Based in Los Angeles and widely considered an entertainer to the stars, Joseph also shares equal time with appearances in both TV and film. His performances are famous for making people double-over in their seats with laughter and jaws drop in disbelief!
    Cancellation: Chamber Singers ConcertTheresa SpencerThe Chamber Singers concert scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. has been canceled.
    Upcoming Dance Concert: Red Riding Hood: A Dance of IdentityJo ByrnesThis non-narrative look at the classic tale of Red Riding Hood explores the idea that all the characters are aspects of Red's personality--as she makes her way into the unknown future, she looks for her identity--- is she her past? Her ancestors (Grandmother)? Is she her desires, what she wants (Wolf)? Is she all these things and more? Choreography by Jenna Wurtzberger, Jo Byrnes, and the Dancers of the Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company.

    Friday and Saturday November 16 & 17 at 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday November 18 at 2 p.m.
    In the Auditorium of the Center for the Arts
    Admission is free and no tickets are required.

    Issue Ten, Friday, October 26, 2018

    Annual Conference on the Teaching of PsychologyDr. Julie TietzDr. Julie Tietz attended the Annual Conference on the Teaching of Psychology (ACT) in Phoenix, AZ, Oct. 19-20, 2018. ACT is the flagship conference of Division 2 of the American Psychological Association (The Society for the Teaching of Psychology [STP]). Dr. Tietz attended several sessions on recommendations and best practices in teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning. One of the keynote speakers, well-known textbook author and professor, Dr. David Myers, presented a talk titled, "Teaching Psychological Science in a Post-Truth Age" while STP president Dr. Sue Frantz gave a talk titled "Changing the World--One Psychology Class at a Time" with a focus on what teachers need to convey about psychology to students who do not pursue a degree in psychology.
    Psychology Department Hosts Career PanelDr. Amanda GilchristLast week the Cottey Psychology Department hosted a career panel! Students learned about different ways to use psychology in various career paths. Thank you to our panelists and all students who attended!

    Panelists included Kori Jurgeson Cherry, Director of Social Work at Heartland Behavioral Health Services; Betsy Curtis, Director of Marketing at Heartland Behavioral Health Services; Dr. Jill Compton, Interim VPAA and Dean of Faculty at Cottey College; and Dr. Tammy Ogren, Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Management at Cottey College.
    Institutional Research UpdateNancy KerbsCottey's information technology staff recently conducted a survey of faculty members on their use of technology for instructional purposes. Seventy-three percent of faculty members responded.

    A summary of the responses to the item: "Please indicate how frequently you use the following applications for instructional purposes" is available.

    A summary of the responses to the item "Please respond to the following statements with yes or no" is available.
    Take Back Day Robin ConnerThe Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else's medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both pose potential safety and health hazards.

    Nevada Police Department's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is from 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, October 27. Disposal Location: Nevada Police Department, 120 S. Ash Street. Health Services is asking your help in promoting this event. If you may know of a student in need of a ride please contact Robin Conner Student Health Office Manager at rconner@cottey.edu for free, confidential, no questions asked transportation. This program is being supported by Cottey College Health Services and Counseling Department.
    Flu Shot Clinic on Campus! Robin ConnerGet Your FLU SHOT On Campus!

    Health Services will be hosting a registered nurse from Vernon County Health Department on campus 10 a.m. to Noon, on Thursday, November 8, 2018, in Hinkhouse, Health Services Office.

    To schedule your appointment, please contact Robin Conner at rconner@cottey.edu or by calling Health Services at extension 2157. Please provide your name, date of birth, mailing address, and a copy of insurance card by November 6.
    Most insurance plans accepted.

    Flu shots may be available for minimal donation for those with no insurance coverage and if eligibility requirements are met. $30 cash or check if criteria is not met.
    Please dress in layers as injections will be administered to the upper arm.

    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

    Robin Conner
    Thanksgiving & Hanging of the Greens InformationApril MosherHello Cottey Community,

    It is time to begin thinking about Thanksgiving and Hanging of the Greens! Thanksgiving Dinner will be Thursday, November 22, at 12:00 p.m. Hanging of the Greens will be Saturday, December 1, with the first seating having hors d'oeuvres from 5:15 pm - 6:00 p.m. and dinner from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.; and the second seating having hors d'oeuvres from 7:00-7:45 p.m. and dinner from 7:45 - 8:45 p.m. Tickets for these events will be sold Monday, November 5, through Friday, November 9.

    Thanksgiving Day Dinner Prices:
    Cottey Residential Student Tickets - Free!
    Faculty/Staff/Commuter Students - $12.00
    Guest & Family Prices:
    Adults - $15.00 for adults
    Children - $8.00 (ages 7-12)
    Under 7 - $5.00

    Hanging of The Greens Prices:
    Cottey Residential Students - Free!
    Faculty/Staff/Commuter Students - $10.00
    Guest & Family Prices:
    Adults - $12.00 for adults
    Children - $7.00 (ages 12 & under)

    This year Dining Services, along with Intersociety, have created three surveys to streamline the sign-up process for Thanksgiving, Hanging of the Greens, and the pizza and sack lunch meals. Please complete the following three surveys:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3NZJLZS
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3F5WLS5
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/33QLM7N

    Students, please make sure that you have completed the surveys by November 2! Also, for any Commuter Students or Faculty/Staff who are planning to attend and/or will be inviting guests, you can complete the surveys or email your reservation at any time, since this information does help us with planning.

    Thank you,
    Dining Services InformationApril MosherDining Services would like to describe our process to the campus community who may have questions or concerns regarding Raney and the meals we serve. The list of steps we follow is likely much longer and more complicated than what many realize due to the varied options and our commitment to serving high quality food, and we thought everyone might like to know more.

    The menus in Raney are cycle menus, meaning that we base current menus on past ones. There are three different cycles throughout the year, which are fall (August - December), winter (January -spring break), and spring (spring break - graduation). In the beginning of each cycle, we go back to that menu for the previous year, so the very first menu this year was based on last year's menu. Once we get through the cycle, which is 6 weeks in the fall and 4 in winter and spring, we then begin using menus from the current year.
    In considering each menu, we look at what the students seemed to like or dislike; we do this through keeping accurate production records so we can see how much of each item was prepared and how much was left over. Anything that did not seem to be well liked is exchanged for other recipes or items. In short, many of the items on this year's menus are the same as last year's, and while a few have been changed due to less interest, we make every effort to use recipes that are well liked or we try out new recipes that we think students may enjoy. Either Susan Collins, the assistant director, or I check the salad, deli and soup areas as well as the hot food line before meals to help ensure all the food being served is up to Cottey standards.

    Next, food is ordered. Since we have a changing menu, unlike restaurants whose menus remain the same from day to day, the ordering process is very complicated. Frozen and dry goods are ordered up to two weeks in advance, while fresh items are ordered based on more immediate needs. Dining Services receives more than 10 deliveries of varying sizes each week, with our three main vendors each sending trucks twice per week. Our three main vendors source local foods when possible and assist us with our ongoing search for high quality sustainable items. One example that the campus community will soon see is our upcoming switch to all compostable paper materials (we have been using mostly compostable items for several years). The new products are the result of a partnership with U.S. Foods and are more cost-effective than what we have previously used, but of the same or higher quality as the products currently being used.

    Since Dining Services prepares the majority of the foods we serve from scratch, there is an intricate process of prepping and cooking recipes. If students ever have questions about recipes, any of the cooks, Susan or I are happy to help. Raney always has two cooks on each shift, with the exception of Saturday when there is one on each shift. A few of our cooks are new to Cottey this year, but we also have cooks who have been here for over five and 10 years. Those who have been at Cottey for longer have been training the newer cooks, and they continue to use the same portion sizes as in the past. Any student who would like more food is always welcome to come back for seconds as Raney serves each meal buffet style.

    The staff members in Dining Services all want to ensure that students are happy with their experience in Raney, and we are here to help with any needs students may have. For example, if a student has an allergy and is unsure what recipes may contain the allergen, please feel free to contact the Dining Services office located in Raney Dining Room either by stopping by, calling extension 2150, or by emailing amosher@cottey.edu. We also offer a suggestion box located in Raney Dining Room, and we are happy to receive any comments, concerns, or even recipe ideas students and the campus community might have. Suggestions we receive from the suggestion box are taken very seriously, and every effort is taken to address them. Suggestions are also hung on a bulletin board in the kitchen so that the entire staff can read them and be aware of how students are feeling about our services.

    Dining Services is looking forward to a great year ahead!

    Thank you,

    April Mosher, Assistant to the Chef/Director of Dining Services
    "C" For Yourself!JoEllen LindnerThe next "C" For Yourself is Saturday November 10. If your division and/or student organization that you sponsor would like to participate in the Cottey College Expo from 9-10 a.m. that day, please let Theresa Lee or JoEllen Lindner know by Friday, November 2. It is important to RSVP in order to have enough tables and the correct signage. We still have a few branded table drops (runners) available. If you are interested in purchasing one they are $35. Also if you have materials to hand out please make sure they have been reviewed by the Cottey Marketing Department. Thank you!
    Chemistry students celebrate National Chemistry WeekDr. Ganga FernandoCottey Chemistry students visited Pittsburg State University, KS to join thousands of chemists from around the country to celebrate National Chemistry Week. This year's theme is Chemistry is out of this world." We learned about Mars Exploration research from NASA chemistry researchers. The event was organized by American Chemical Society.
    Employee WellnessKaren PolonPot Luck Lunch
    Thank you to everyone who attended the healthy pot luck lunch and to our cooks! The food was delicious and the company superb.

    Water Aerobics
    Due to popular demand water aerobics will continue on Tuesdays at 5:20 p.m. in the Hinkhouse pool with November 13 being the last session.

    Art After Dark details for the November 16 sessions will be posted in the Chronicle next week!! Don't miss it.
    Women's College Coalition PresentationDr. Jann WeitzelThank you to everyone who was able to attend the presentation by the President of the Women’s College Coalition, Michele Ozumba.   Ms. Ozumba discussed the future of women’s education and women’s colleges with those in attendance.
    Alpha Chi InductionsDr. Oindrila RoyThe Missouri Tau Chapter of Alpha Chi had its third induction ceremony at the Missouri Recital Hall on Thursday, October 18, 2018. Alpha Chi is a national honor society dedicated to scholarship and community service for seniors, juniors, and graduate students. Membership to this society is highly selective and restricted to the top 10% of students of affiliated institutions. The newest members of Alpha Chi from Cottey College are (in alphabetical order): Hailey Lovgren, Tabitha Norbury, and Rayne Wright. We hope you will join us in congratulating and welcoming our new inductees!
    Women in Music Concert AttendanceTheresa SpencerProf. Spencer and students in her Women in Music class attended a concert on Sunday afternoon featuring the KC Woman's Chorus at The White Theater which is part of The Jewish Community Center in Leawood, Kansas. The Kansas City Women’s Chorus is Kansas City’s only regional women’s chorus inspiring through performance, embracing diversity, and advocating social justice.
    Cottey VehiclesConnie AllenCollege Vehicle Procedures
    • To check the availability of a vehicle go to the intranet portal; Click Faculty/Staff Portal; Click on Vehicle Reservation; Click on the month you are requesting and scroll through the list of vehicles to see what is available.
    • Fill out a travel authorization and send to your VP for signature, it will then go to the Business Office and on to the Physical Plant from there.
    • Vehicles are reserved on a first come, first serve basis as the travel authorizations are received at the plant.
    • If you need to cancel a trip after the paperwork has been approved, please call or email Connie Allen and let her to know so that the vehicle will be free for another individual to use.
    • The keys and mileage logs can be picked up in the physical plant during regular business hours. If you are traveling on the weekend please pick up the keys from the plant on Friday before 5:00 p.m.
    • Upon return to campus please put the key in the drop box of the southwest entrance (Security entrance) to the physical plant so that the vehicle can be gassed by Security.
    • Leave the mileage log in the vehicle.
    • If the maintenance required light comes on or repairs are needed while you are out or damage happens to the vehicle please report it to the physical plant upon your return or call while you are out if you need immediate assistance.

    Concerns
    • Vehicles not being gassed up when people pick them up.
    • No log in vehicle to record trip mileage.
    • Wanting to change vehicles at time of pickup.
    • Keys not being returned.
    • Why a vehicle remained on campus unused when my group couldn’t take a trip because a vehicle wasn’t available.

    Solutions
    • Putting the key in the drop box lets Security know that the vehicle is back and ready to be gassed for the next trip.
    • If you get in a vehicle and the gas tank is NOT full please call ext. 2155 or 448-4139 and we will fill it before you depart.
    • If you leave the log in the vehicle when you return it will be there for the next driver. This is most important over the weekend when vehicles are used multiple times.
    • If a cancellation has happened in advance and the physical plant is notified we can then adjust the size of the vehicle for other groups that need it.
    • We only have two sets of keys to the vehicles and if they are not promptly returned we can NOT provide efficient service to others. Thanks for your help!!
    Notice Concerning Class Cancellations or College ClosuresDr. Jann WeitzelWinter will soon be here, which means that snow and ice may soon arrive; thus, we wanted to share the procedures that the College will follow in the event that classes are cancelled or scheduled to begin late or the College is closed.

    The decision to cancel classes for the entire day or start late will be made typically between 6:00-6:30 a.m. The College will send announcements via the ENS (Emergency Notification System)**, text/voice messages, and emails and on answering systems for any number provided to the College for that purpose. If need be, please update your emergency information online at http://www.cottey.edu/emergency-enroll-instructions/

    Public Information will put announcements on the website and, when possible, area TV/radio stations.

    If it becomes necessary to cancel classes for any reason after the class day has begun, the same process will be followed.

    Our best advice for students, staff, and faculty is to check the College website and text/email.


    **To receive messages from the ENS, the recipients must first input correct cell numbers into the emergency information site at http://www.cottey.edu/emergency-enroll-instructions/. They then need to OPT in by following instructions at http://www.cottey.edu/pdf/security/Working/Opt%20in%20PDF.pdf to allow their previously enrolled phone to receive text messages (Please contact Mark Burger and/or Keith Spencer with questions)

    Thank you,

    Dr. Weitzel

    Issue Nine, Friday, October 19, 2018

    "C" for Yourself ScheduleTheresa Lee "C" For Yourself! will take place Saturday, October 20. Students and guests will be participating in special planned activities and in the suites.
    100 Years of BernsteinDr. Jackie LordoCottey College Wind Ensemble, Chamber Singers, and Nevada High School Choirs performed during the Music Department's 100 Years of Bernstein celebration on Sunday, October 14. Dr. Lordo conducted the performance, which included a choral suite version of West Side Story. The musicians performed to a full house in the Auditorium, and the performance was shared via YouTube Live by our local Fidelity cable station. Many thanks to everyone for their hard work and dedication, and for everyone who came to enjoy the concert. Be sure to check out the next performance from the Fine Arts Division, which is the play on November 2 and 3.
    Faculty-Staff Meetings and Cottey College Board of Trustees MeetingsTricia BobbettFaculty-Staff Meetings
    Missouri Recital Hall

    Thursday, November 1, 2018 11 a.m.
    Thursday, February 14, 2019 11 a.m.
    Thursday, April 25, 2019 11 a.m.

    Cottey College Board of Trustees' Meetings
    October 18-21, 2018
    January 31-February 2, 2019
    April 11-13, 2019

    French Club Bake SaleDr. Mary MbaThe French club is having their bake sale next week. Please click on this link for details. http://www.cottey.edu/temp_only_2/LCF_Bake_Sale_Flyer.pdf  
    Meet the Women Who Wow!Denise Carrick HedgesMeet the 2018 Women Who Wow on Thursday, October 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Missouri Recital Hall.

    Amber R. Clifford-Napoleone is an author and lifelong activist in the rights of women, LGBTQ+ people, and the rights of people with disabilities.

    Sarah Adams Cornell, Cottey Class of 1999, is an advocate for Native American culture, education, and rights.

    Clemmie Greenlee is a tireless advocate for non-violence and giving a voice to the voiceless. She is Founder and CEO of Nashville Peacemakers.

    Samantha Haycock, Cottey Class of 2009, has worked closely with the Arkansas Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival. This movement seeks to unite people across lines that divide.
    The Amazing Race Through the Library TeamsKathleen DayIt's not too late to register your team of 2-4 for the Amazing Race Through the Library, but you must act now (by Oct. 21) to get team t-shirts. The event, including Pitch Your Plot, Lego Island Castaway, Query till you Drop, and Library Trivial Pursuits (and more) will take place Saturday, October 27, from 2-4. Register with a paper form in the library or use this link:
    We will continue to accept team registrations until we reach the limit of 10, but those teams will not get a t-shirt. Top three teams will win cash prizes!
    Thank you!Margaret HaversticP.E.O. Visit Day was a wonderful event. Thank you for welcoming our guests to campus!
    Notice Concerning Class Cancellations or College ClosuresDr. Jann WeitzelWinter will soon be here, which means that snow and ice may soon arrive; thus, we wanted to share the procedures that the College will follow in the event that classes are cancelled or scheduled to begin late or the College is closed.

    The decision to cancel classes for the entire day or start late will be made typically between 6:00-6:30 a.m. The College will send announcements via the ENS (Emergency Notification System)**, text/voice messages, and emails and on answering systems for any number provided to the College for that purpose. If need be, please update your emergency information online at http://www.cottey.edu/emergency-enroll-instructions/

    Public Information will put announcements on the website and, when possible, area TV/radio stations.

    If it becomes necessary to cancel classes for any reason after the class day has begun, the same process will be followed.

    Our best advice for students, staff, and faculty is to check the College website and text/email.


    **To receive messages from the ENS, the recipients must first input correct cell numbers into the emergency information site at http://www.cottey.edu/emergency-enroll-instructions/. They then need to OPT in by following instructions at http://www.cottey.edu/pdf/security/Working/Opt%20in%20PDF.pdf to allow their previously enrolled phone to receive text messages (Please contact Mark Burger and/or Keith Spencer with questions)

    Thank you,

    Dr. Weitzel
    Wellness ProgramKaren PolonA Healthy Pot Luck Lunch will be held on October 24 at the Center for Women's Leadership. All employees are welcome to attend. RSVP to Karen Polon by 4 p.m. Friday, October 19, if you would like to participate.

    Water aerobics continues on Tuesdays in the Cottey pool at 5:20 p.m. All employees are welcome to attend.
    "C" For Yourself!JoEllen Lindner"C" For Yourself! is Saturday October 20. We are expecting almost 30 prospective students and their guests. Please make them feel welcome!

    Here is the schedule of events. 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Check-in and Cottey College Expo, Center for the Arts; 10 a.m. Welcome, Missouri Recital Hall; 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m.; Panel Q & A; 11:00 a.m.-noon Academic sessions, various locations; Noon-1 p.m. Lunch Raney Dining Room ; 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Campus tours; 2 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Financial Aid/scholarship session; 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Rotating sessions (completing the FAFSA; completing the application for admission/onsite acceptance/meet your enrollment counselor); 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Bookstore Open; 4:00 p.m. Wrap-up & check-out
    MAAAS ConferenceDr. Mary MbaMy student, Allison Tavarez and I are presenting at the 23rd Annual Meeting of Mid-America Alliance for African Studies (MAAAS) this weekend at Iowa State University. The theme of the conference is “Africa and the Diaspora: Intersectionality & Interconnections”. Allison’s paper is entitled “Afrofuturism: Redefining Feminism in the African Diaspora” and mine is entitled “The Black Panther, Bridging the Gaps that Separate Us”.

    Issue Eight, Friday, October 12, 2018

    Comedian on Wednesday NightKris KorbWednesday, October 17
    EMMA WILLMANN
    8 p.m., Raney Dining Room
    Maine native and Comedy Cellar regular, Emma is one of the top comedians in New York City. Emma made her late night debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2016 and had the opportunity to record a set for the CNN series, The History of Comedy . In addition to touring as a headliner, Emma has opened for distinguished acts such as Louie Anderson, Louis C.K., and Carly Aquilino.
    Changes to Upcoming PerformancesKris KorbMusicians The Icarus Account will not be performing on October 20.

    Magician Joseph Tran will perform on Saturday, November 10, in Raney Dining Room instead of on November 8.
    String Quartet to Perform this Friday NightKris KorbFriday, October 12CANCELLED
    ST. MARK'S²
    8 p.m., Recital Hall


    St. Mark's Square is a professional string quartet whose members are currently instructing at or have served on the faculties of Missouri State University, Drury University, and College of the Ozarks. All are permanent chair musicians in the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Collectively, their performance experience has brought them around the world to concert stages in Europe, the Far East, and South America. They have performed in Broadway shows, the stages of NYC's Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as Branson theaters.



    Wellness ProgramKaren PolonCheers to the employees and alumnae runners who participated in the Cottey Cross Country Invitational on September 29 at the Frank E. Peters Golf Course. It was a great day to run and everyone appreciated the organization of the event.


    A Healthy Pot Luck Lunch will be held on October 24 at the Center for Women's Leadership. All employees are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Karen Polon if you would like to participate.


    Water aerobics continues on Tuesdays in the Cottey pool at 5:20 p.m. All employees are welcome to attend.
    How deep is your love for your major/academic interest? Show us your pride by forming a team!Dr. Ganga Fernando for Katrina Cantu, Vice President of PTK Epsilon chapterYour PTK team on campus invites you to join us in celebrating our rankings and academics in a fun afternoon on campus grounds.

    Sign-up for the Academic Field Day is open! Everyone on campus is invited to get outside and play. You can come and go, play one game, or more games as you are available. Your team members can play whenever and whatever game they like to play and collect points for your team.

    All you need is a faculty/staff member and at least four students who share a common academic interest to form a team. If you'd like to play, send us your name and the team name, we will recruit team members for you! You and your team will be competing in an hourly series of main events including Dodgeball, Human Foosball, and Human Hungry Hungry Hippos! The winning team of each game will get an award, so bring your game face! Each team will have the opportunity to participate in an academic expo during picnic dinner from 4.30-6.30 p.m. and your team will have a booth/table to promote your program/academic interest to students.

    Picnic dinner will be $5 for staff and faculty. Water bottles and ice cream (from the local ice cream truck) for each player will be provided free of charge, sponsored by PTK and President's Office.

    Sign-up link

    Or you can simply email katrina.cantu@student.cottey.edu the following and we will complete the forms for you.

    Faculty/Staff member:
    Academic Area:
    Team members:
    Need a tri-fold for table: yes/no

    When: Friday, October 19, 2018
    Time: from 3-7 p.m.
    Where: Grass areas next to and in front of Hinkhouse, tennis courts, and a portion of the parking lot nearest Hinkhouse

    In addition to the three main games, there will be side activities to participate in like an obstacle course, balloon stomp, sidewalk chalk art, etc. We will also have a photo booth set up.

    Tentative schedule:

    3:00-3:45 Dodgeball
    4:00-4:45 Human Foosball
    4:30-6:30 Picnic Dinner
    4:30-6:30 Team Showcase
    6:00-6:45 Hungry Hungry hippos
    3:00-6:45 Side games open play
    7:00-7:30 Awards ceremony

    Help Support Student Leadership Growth!Dr. Carol Clyde GallagherDid you know that when you have people who hold you accountable for goals, your probability of success is significantly higher (95% according to the American Society of Training and Development)? Students enrolled in Organizational Leadership classes are all working on a Leadership Development Plan (LDP) this semester, and you can help them achieve their goals!

    The LDP is a focused effort for each student on improving two aspects of their leadership. If you're curious what this looks like, feel free to check out my LDP for this semester at http://bit.ly/LDP_sample (I complete one each semester along with the students). If you work with any of these students in classes, organizations or through campus employment, ask them about their LDP or see if they would be willing to share it with you in Google Docs. I've seen some really impressive changes occur for students who really commit and have accountability partners in the process!
    • Ali Thill
    • Allyson Williams
    • Amilee Dorantes
    • Anna Walley
    • Brittany Lear
    • Cate Nolan
    • Charlie Peterman
    • Chido Shamuyarira
    • Christi-Anne Beatty
    • Crystal Escobar
    • Darlina Rose
    • Dominica Chavez
    • Grace Diaz
    • Jemimah Nasara
    • Jen Cruse
    • Joanna Nache
    • Julia Gooch
    • Karlie Acton
    • Kathryn Snyder
    • Katie Bowes
    • Kayla Castillo
    • Kenzie Stephens
    • KP Paine
    • Lindsey Boord
    • Mackenzie Becker
    • Maya Struhar
    • Mikayla Meyer
    • Morgan Brown
    • Paige Knezevich
    • Sarah Byers
    • Sierra Voeller
    • Sophie Goltl
    • Tiffany Winter
    • Valentina Lopez
    • Yasmine Juhoor
    C" For Yourself!"JoEllen Lindner"C" For Yourself! is Saturday, October 20. We are expecting at least 25 prospective students and their guests. Please make them feel welcome! Here is the schedule of events. 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Check-in and Cottey College Expo, PAC 10 a.m. Welcome, Missouri Recital Hall 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Panel Q & A 11:00 a.m.-noon Academic sessions, various locations Noon-1 p.m. Lunch, Raney Dining Room 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Campus tours 2 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Financial Aid/scholarship session 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Rotating sessions (completing the FAFSA; completing the application for admission/onsite acceptance/meet your enrollment counselor) 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Bookstore Open 4:00 p.m. Wrap-up & check-out
    P.E.O. Visit Day is SaturdayMargaret HaversticOn Saturday, we will be welcoming 160 P.E.O.s to campus!

    Guests will begin to arrive at 9 a.m. at the Center for the Arts and after a session at the Missouri Recital Hall, they will tour campus with Golden Keys. Tours will end at Raney Dining Room, where our guests will enjoy a lovely lunch. We hope that students will be available to serenade them at 12:15 p.m. with the P.E.O. song! After lunch, guests will attend an information fair at the Center for Women's Leadership and a reception.

    There will be an all-campus Open House from 2- 4 p.m. and guests are invited to tour the suite common areas and academic spaces on campus.

    Please help us welcome these wonderful guests to our campus!
    Women Who WowDenise Carrick HedgesThe Serenbetz Institute for Women's Leadership, Social Responsibility, and Global Awareness will host the Women Who Wow panel on Thursday, October 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Missouri Recital Hall. This panel discussion celebrates changemakers taking action on issues from systematic racism and poverty to gang violence and sex trafficking. Learn about what inspired their ideas, how they took action, and what you can do to make a difference in your communities.

    Space is limited. Tickets are available in the Office of Campus Activities.
    Summer Workshop Course ProposalsJoEllen LindnerThe Office of Enrollment Management would like to invite you to consider teaching a class or two during the 2019 Summer Workshop, June 16-21, 2019. The Summer Workshop is our largest recruitment event, giving high school juniors and seniors a preview into life at Cottey. In addition to classes, several fun activities are planned in the evenings.

    Classes are 50-minutes in length and are scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday of that week. Compensation this year has been raised to $50 per hour. Faculty and staff are welcome to propose courses.

    Deadline for submission is December 1, 2018. No proposals will be accepted after this date in order to give us enough lead time to build the schedule and begin marketing it to prospective students. If you have any questions, please contact Emma Ehle, eehle@cottey.edu or call extension 2133.

    Cottey College Board of Trustees ReceptionThe board of trustees will be on campus October 18-21, 2018, for the fall board meeting. Dr. Weitzel invites you to a reception with the trustees.

    Thursday, October 18, 11:00-11:45 a.m.
    Judy and Glenn Rogers Fine Arts Building

    Biographical information for the trustees is available on the Intranet, Faculty/Staff portal, College Organization page.

    Faculty News: Dr. Chaney presents research at German Studies Association meetingDr. Sandra ChaneySandra Chaney attended the annual German Studies Association meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 27-30, 2018. At the conference she presented a paper on her summer research in the German federal archives that examines the Third Reich's use of nearly three million horses in its war against the Soviet Red Army in World War II. She also attended panels on the following: post WWII trials by the Soviet Union and East and West Germany of former Nazis; the increased popularity of right-wing nationalist parties in Europe today; German protests of nuclear power, 1970s-present; and East/West German interactions through legislation, the media, and pop rock diplomacy.
    Campus Master PlanPresident Dr. Jann WeitzelThank you to those who participated in the meeting with Amy Eckhoff, GastingerWalker&, to learn about the 2038 Master Plan. A copy of the plan is on reserve in the library, and it will be added to the Intranet, Faculty/Staff Portal, on the Institutional Research and Assessment page.
    The Future of Women’s CollegesDr. Gary Cox, chair of the Board of Trustees, and Dr. Jann Weitzel invite you to coffee and a presentation by Michele Ozumba, President of the Women’s College Coalition. If you plan to attend, please advise Becky Penn at bpenn@cottey.edu or extension 2111.

    Sunday, October 21, 2018
    Judy and Glenn Rogers Fine Arts Building
    8:30-9:00 a.m. Coffee, Second Floor, Student Lounge
    9:00-10:00 a.m. Presentation by Michele Ozumba, Room 203
    Japanese FestivalDr. Erica SigaukeThe coordinator of Spiritual Life and Diversity drove students to the Japanese festival at the Johnson County College on October 6, 2018. The festival opened great opportunities for students to learn about various Japanese culture through some presentations. Most of the workshops helped students to interact with various artists. There were vendors who brought a variety of Japanese artifacts which broadened the students' global perspectives through interactions while understanding how interconnected the global community is. Some of the vendors also brought Japanese cultural costumes, Japanese Bonsai plants, Japanese Food, Japanese music, Japanese language learning sessions, Japanese drums which were also used during some of their performances. This whole event helped students to respect and appreciate cultural differences. It was quite an enriching experience.
    Diversity Awareness Presentations at the Nevada Heartland Behavioral ServiceDr. Erica SigaukeJemimah Nasara, our Civic Newman Leader, and Kate DeClue, our Spiritual Life and Diversity student worker, led a variety of diversity presentations at the Nevada Heartland Behavioral Health Service on October 4 and 10, 2018. We had all the clients combined for our introductory presentations which were focused on diversity and cultural awareness. The Heartland students had a great experience through our student leaders' empowering educational interactions with them. We concluded our presentations with a drum circle and that was an outstanding experience for most of the clients.

    Issue Seven, Friday, October 5, 2018

    Faculty News: Dance Master ClassJo ByrnesOn Monday, October 1, Professor Jo Byrnes taught a master class at Karen's Dance Studio in Joplin, Missouri, where Cottey alumna, Rebecca Whitsett teaches. It was a wonderful time!dance class
    Excursion to World War I Museum and MemorialDr. Kathryn PivakOn Saturday, September, 22, Dr. Pivak’s Excursions class visited the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City. Students prepared for the trip by reading poetry, novels, and nonfiction accounts from the time and completing class presentations. Professor Paula Chelminska generously contributed her time to drive and accompanied us on our tour of the museum.

    The group also had the opportunity to experience authentic culinary delights such as trench stew, army goulash, and chipped beef on toast. All agreed: “Next time, more time!!”
    World War One Museum

    Issue Six, Friday, September 28, 2018

    It's Almost Video Week!Stephen DillThis is a reminder that two video capture teams will be on campus next week to collect interviews and background video (known as b-roll) to provide all the material their editors will need to create 36 videos that address our history, degree programs, environment, and people over the next year. Many of you have graciously volunteered (or accepted the fact that you were volunteered) to speak on one or more topics, serve as extras in the background, or provide manual labor to assist the video teams, and for that we are very grateful! We need more extras! If you can give us an hour on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday of next week, please go to one of these two spreadsheets and add your name to the bottom of the Extras area: Students or Faculty & Staff

    For the rest, a reminder that "official-looking" cameras on tripods and shoulders indicate the presence of a video team. If you do not want to be on video, that's fine, just please make the effort to avoid the working end of the camera or alert the team that you would like to leave the classroom while they capture video. There is no problem doing that; all of the video team will be watching for anyone who appears to be uncomfortable. A request! We could use a flash mob (very simple...people walking on sidewalks.) to make the campus look active and alive for some of the b-roll. If you have any experience in organizing one and would be willing to pull one together for the team, send me an email at sdill@cottey.edu. Next week is going to be a little different, we hope you enjoy the chance to be a part of Cottey history! If you have any questions, feel free to email me or marketing@cottey.edu. Stephen Dill Special Assistant to the President for Marketing O: ext. 1418 M: (339) 364-1105 sdill@cottey.edu
    2018 Peace Week Activities and the International Day of Peace CelebrationDr. Erica SigaukeOur 2018 Peace Week celebrations were packed with a variety of impactful life changing activities. Love, peace, inclusion, respect, compassion, the power of inner peace and peace for our neighbors, communities, including the global community, were at the core of our events. We are very grateful to our President, Dr. Jann Weitzel, for her love and caring spirit. She blessed us all with her words of wisdom and stimulating peace message at the Peace Pole during the Peace Pole ceremony. We were also blessed to have visitors from the Nevada Heartland Behavioral Services. They joined our march and attended the Peace Pole ceremony on September 21, 2018. The Cottey Drum Circle concluded our Peace Pole celebration with various harmonious drum rhythms. Different groups of students were involved in the following activities throughout the week. Some of them were done at the Peace Pole on September 21, 2018, during the Peace Pole ceremony: • Watching peace videos individually and as groups at different times • Making Peace connections through the making of Warm Fuzzies • Sharing peace messages and drawing peace symbols on pavements with chalk as expressions of love, unity and the importance of living in harmony • Writing kindness messages on the wipe board and having photos taken during lunch hour in Raney Dining Room • Peace face painting activities during lunch time in Raney • Writing peace messages on heart-shaped cards and distributing them to everyone as keepsakes • Writing peace prayer requests and dropping them in the Peace Prayer Boxes during lunch time in Raney • The International Day of Peace march on September 21, 2018, with peace posters. • Peace music sung by the Chamber Singers at the Peace Pole ceremony • Sharing of peace stories and life experiences at the Peace Pole • Peace meditation session conducted at the Peace Pole • People exchanging the Warm Fuzzies while sharing words of love, peace and encouragement to one another.Peace Week
    Wellness ActivitiesKaren PolonSeveral Cottey Employees will run in the Cross Country Invitational on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Frank E. Peters Golf Course in Nevada. Come cheer on the Comet athletes and the employees to finish strong!

    Water aerobics will continue on Tuesdays at 5:20 p.m. in the Hinkhouse pool. All employees are welcome to come and join the fun!
    Yellow LanyardsJoEllen LindnerEnrollment Management would like to remind the campus community that student visitors to Cottey are given a yellow lanyard to wear around their necks. When you see the lanyard, please make a special effort to say 'hello", to welcome the student and their guests to campus.
    P.E.O. Visit Day is October 13Margaret HaversticP.E.O. Visit Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 13, 2018. P.E.O. Visit Day is an opportunity for visitors to tour the facilities, get an update from the President, interact with the campus community, and enjoy lunch in Raney Dining Room. We do not house them on campus, but some do arrive in the area on Friday and stay locally. The official P.E.O. Visit Day start is on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. in the Center for the Arts and will last until 4 p.m. with a campus-wide Open House.

    If your club or organization would like to have items for sale during the afternoon information fair, please contact the Office of P.E.O. Relations by Friday, October 5, at peorelations@cottey.edu with details of what you will be selling and who will be in attendance. If approved, the organizations selling items will need to arrive by 12:30 p.m. and each organization will be responsible for cleaning up their table after 2:30 p.m.

    There will be a wonderful string quartet from Springfield, St. Mark's Square, on Friday, October 12. That event will begin at 8 p.m. and everyone is encouraged to attend with the guests who will be arriving in the area on Friday.

    We already have over 130 guests registered. Thank you in advance for helping to make this event a success!


    P.E.O. Visit Day
    Dance Classes for Children at CotteyJo ByrnesClasses will take place in the dance studios of the Rogers Fine Arts Building.
    Lessons will be once a week and run from October 4 to October 25.

    Pre-ballet/Creative Movement (ages 3-5) Thursdays 6:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
    Contemporary Ballet (ages 6-9) Thursdays 6:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
    Lyrical (ages 10 and up) Thursdays 7:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

    Dress Code: comfortable stretchy clothes that are not too baggy. No skirts or dresses without shorts or pants underneath. Bare feet or socks.

    Cost is $30 (cash or check only) for the 4 lessons. ($5 discount for siblings) Classes must have 5 students registered by the first day to go.

    To register or for questions, contact Jo Byrnes, jbyrnes@cottey.edu, (417) 667-6333, ext. 2250. Fee can be paid at first lesson.
    Cross Country Home MeetTony SkilesThe Comets cross country team is hosting their only home meet of the year on Saturday, September 29, at Frank E. Peters Golf course beginning at 10 a.m. The first 20 people to show up at the beginning of the College Men's race will receive a Cottey College Comets t-shirt. The schedule of the events is attached.

    After the cross country meet, head over to the Hinkhouse gym at 1 p.m., to check out the Comets volleyball team as they take on William Baptist College.

    Cross Country
    Oktoberfest at CotteyDr. Carmen BourbonJoin Alpha Mu Gamma and Bacchus in Celebrating Oktoberfest. There will be food, mock drinks, music and much more!

    When: October 5
    Where: Blanche Skiff Ross Memorial Library
    Time: 3-5:00 p.m.

    For more information contact: Dr. Carmen Bourbon; Mrs. Courtney Trautweiler; Whitli Thomas, Geneva Webster, Co- Presidents, Alpha Mu Gamma; or Sara Calderon, President, Bacchus

    Come join the fun!!
    October Fest
    The Big ServeAnnabelle KanyiThere were 10 Cottey students who took part in the Big Serve on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Some worked on trimming the bushes and weeding the flower beds, while the others painted the outside of a garage. It was so much fun and the weather was just right.
    Annabelle and Ashley: painting another side of the garage.

    Annabelle and Ashley: painting another side of the garage.

    Peace raking and gathering the branches and leaves that were trimmed.

    Peace raking and gathering the branches and leaves that were trimmed.

    Kathleen, Emily and Lamoi: painting one side of the garage.

    Kathleen, Emily and Lamoi: painting one side of the garage.

    Heather, Hailey, Lucy, Magdalene, and Michelle (not in photo) worked on the bushes and flower beds.

    Heather, Hailey, Lucy, Magdalene, and Michelle (not in photo) worked on the bushes and flower beds.

    The Vernon County Democrat Volunteer ProgramAnnabelle KanyiOn Sunday, Sept. 16, four Cottey students attended a volunteer training with the Vernon County Democrats.
    volunteer training with the Vernon County Democrats.

    Volunteer training with the Vernon County Democrats.

    Semester of Service and Cottey Service ChallengeAnnabelle KanyiSemester of Service and Cottey Service Challenge are programs to recognize outstanding achievement in volunteer service to the community. The Semester of Service certification is sponsored by Missouri Campus Compact. Certification levels and the volunteer hours needed to achieve each level are Community Contributor, 45-69 hours; Community Changer, 70-99 hours; and Community Catalyst, 100+ hours. The Cottey Service Challenge is sponsored by the college to acknowledge outstanding volunteer service of students, faculty and staff. The Cottey Service Challenge follows the same guidelines for certification as the Semester of Service program.
    Abigail Baumgartner and Allyson Williams, Missouri Campus Compact Semester of Service Recipients

    Abigail Baumgartner and Allyson Williams, Missouri Campus Compact Semester of Service Recipients.

    Hospice Compassus TrainingAnnabelle KanyiHospice Compassus is an organization where volunteers get to visit and spend time chatting, and taking care of terminally ill people. On Sunday, Sept. 16 training was held at Cottey and nine Cottey volunteers attended.
    FY 2015 Cohort Default RateSherry PenningtonEach year, the Department of Education informs colleges and universities of its three-year cohort default rate. Students who borrowed money to attend Cottey College and graduated three years out are tracked. Cottey's default rate has taken a significant drop from last year to this year, meaning students are borrowing responsibly and paying that debt back.


    Faculty NotesMorgan FrewProfessor Morgan Frew has a piece opening in an exhibition at CityArts in Wichita. The show runs from Oct. 26 to Nov. 25. The link to the exhibition is https://wichita-cityarts.squarespace.com/upcoming-exhibitions/
    The attached image is the painting that will be on display.

    253 Mathilde
    oil on wood panel
    8" x 8"
    2017
    253 Mathilde
    American Environmental History Class Visits Soybean Processing PlantSandra ChaneyRebeca Dorantes, Maddie Marko-Martinez, and Grayce Navratil visited Archer Daniels Midland Company in Deerfield on September 25 for their American Environmental History course with Dr. Sandy Chaney. Students got to see how soybeans are unloaded, inspected, cleaned and stored and learned about their transformation into products such as biodiesel, animal feed, and glycerin (for soaps).
    Family Weekend is This Weekend!Kris KorbCottey College Family Weekend

    September 28-30, 2018

    A special informal weekend has been created for parents, siblings, grandparents, P.E.O.s, and friends to spend time on campus with students. Family Weekend is a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to meet suitemates and other college friends. Activities begin on Friday with dinner and end on Sunday with brunch. Guests should register in the Robertson Hall parlor and pick up a complete schedule of activities.

    Highlights include: First Fruits (a script-in-hand theatre production), two volleyball games, a cross-country meet, a softball game, a picnic lunch at B.I.L. Lodge, and a performance by mentalist Wayne Hoffman.
    Mentalist Wayne Hoffman to Perform on Saturday, September 29Kris KorbWayne Hoffman
    8 p.m., Saturday, September 29
    Center for the Arts, Auditorium
    Free to Cottey employees/students, $5 adult/$4-sr./youth

    Multi-award winning performer Wayne Hoffman is recognized as one of the top mentalists in the world. Witness the impossible as he reads the minds of audience members, demonstrates seemingly psychic phenomenon, predicts the future, travels through time, and does it all with a comedic charisma. The audience experiences seemingly supernatural phenomena in a fun and upbeat way. He was featured on America's Got Talent , The TODAY show, NBC's hit TV show Phenomenon , France's Got Talent , Britain's Got Talent , The Ellen Degeneres Show , and countless other television and radio shows. Wayne even fooled Penn & Teller on their show Fool Us .

    Issue Five, Friday, September 21, 2018

    Fiesta Hispana-37th Year of Celebrating the Hispanic Heritage MonthDr. Erica SigaukeThe Coordinator of Spiritual Life and Diversity drove a group of students to Barney Allis Plaza in Kansas City for the 37th annual celebration of the amazing Hispanic Heritage Month. This is one of the Midwest's "largest and most successful" cultural celebrations. The primary goal of this celebration is to provide a quality family-oriented fiesta that showcases the many talents of local and International music and dance groups. Some of the featured musicians included Nortenos De Ojinaga, Jay Perez and the band Chicos De Barrio. Our students had a great experience from the Hispanic culture. Their experience included tasting some Hispanic ethnic foods, participating in some Hispanic games, as well as appreciating some artifacts, dances and learning about some of their businesses. We all gained quite a lot.Fiesta Hispana
    Wellness ProgramKaren PolonWater aerobics will continue every Tuesday at 5:20 p.m. in the Hinkhouse pool. All employees are welcome to come and join the fun!

    The first Healthy Pot Luck of the year will be held on Wednesday, October 24. Mark your calendar now with more information to follow.
    Learn To Library - #LibraryExpert Tip of the Week - Requesting Items from MOBIUSCourtney TrautweilerRoss Library is a member of the MOBIUS Network. This means YOU have access to over 60 million items in the 80+ MOBIUS affiliated academic and public libraries. It as easy as searching the MOBIUS Catalog and requesting the item you want.

    How do you request these items?
    1. Go to http://library.cottey.edu
    2. Select Search the Library Catalog
    3. Select Search MOBIUS
    4. Type in your search terms and locate your item
    5. Click the "Request It" button
    6. Select your cluster in the drop-down menu: MOBIUS-SWAN
    7. Click "Submit Above Information" button
    8. Enter your First and Last name and ID/campus code
      • Ex: Virginia Cottey 12345cott
    9. Select Pickup Cluster: MOBIUS-SWAN
    10. Select Pickup Location: Cottey Coll., Library
    11. Click Submit.
    How long does it take for the book to arrive?
  • On average it takes 5-7 business days.
  • How do I know when the book has arrived?
  • You will receive an email at your Cottey email address.
  • Where do I pick up my book?
  • At the Front Desk. Please bring your keycard to check out materials.
  • Where do I return my book?
  • At the Front Desk, in any of the three hall Book Drops, or the book return outside the library's front door.
  • How can I check on the status of my request?
  • Login to Access Your Library Account portal on the library's webpage or visit the Front Desk.

  • Questions or need help? Visit the library, email library@cottey.edu or call (417) 667-8181, ext. 2153.


    Children's Dance Classes at CotteyJo ByrnesClasses will take place in the dance studios of the Rogers Fine Arts Building.
    Lessons will be once a week and run from October 4 to October 25.

    Pre-ballet/Creative Movement (ages 3-5) Thursdays 6:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
    Contemporary Ballet (ages 6-9) Thursdays 6:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
    Lyrical (ages 10 and up) Thursdays 7:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

    Dress Code: comfortable stretchy clothes that are not too baggy. No skirts or dresses without shorts or pants underneath. Bare feet or socks.

    Cost is $30 (cash or check only) for the 4 lessons. ($5 discount for siblings) Classes must have 5 students registered by the first day to go.

    To register or for questions, contact Jo Byrnes, jbyrnes@cottey.edu, (417) 667-6333, ext. 2250. Fee can be paid at first lesson.
    Tres Vidas - (Three Lives)Carmen BourbonAlpha Mu Gamma (the national collegiate foreign language honor society) and the student organization Global Citizens invites the Cottey community to join them in this chamber music theatre presentation work for singing actress and trio (cello, piano and percussion) as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. The production presented by The Core Ensemble is based on the lives of three legendary Latin American women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya, and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni. The show features a wide stylistic range of music, including popular and folk songs of Mexico, El Salvador, and Argentina; vocal and instrumental tangos; and new music written especially for the production. Come join us!!

    When: September 26, 2018
    Time: 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Where: Center for the Arts, Recital Hall

    For more information you can contact: Dr. Carmen Bourbon; Mrs. Courtney Trautweiler; Ms. Whitli Thomas, Ms. Geneva Webster, Co-Presidents of Alpha Mu Gamma; or Ms. Crystal Escobar, President of Global Citizens.
    Congratulations In Order!Robin ConnerPhi Theta Kappa would like to congratulate the following students on becoming eligible to join PTK, Epsilon Chapter! Students become eligible after completing 15 credit hours with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher for the previous semester and are of the first- or second-year standing. Please congratulate these students on their hard work and their eligibility to join Phi Theta Kappa.

    • Aymee Broome
    • Kayla Castillo
    • Katherine Eldredge
    • Cailin Fluty
    • Emily Killion
    • Geneva McGrath
    • Bailee Moorhead
    • Hannalyn Ohlsen
    • Abigail Reyes Santiago
    • Morgan Schmidt
    • Josephine Stearns
    • Boonyawee Suppapijijchai
    • Rebecca Vukin
    • Anna Walley
    Wayne Hoffman Performs on September 29Kris KorbSaturday, September 29
    WAYNE HOFFMAN
    8 p.m., Auditorium, $5/$4, tickets

    Multi-award winning performer Wayne Hoffman is recognized as one of the top mentalists in the world. His show is a high-energy presentation that involves body language, human behavior, and visual magic that will make your head explode. The audience experiences seemingly supernatural phenomena in a fun and upbeat way. He was featured on America's Got Talent, The TODAY show, NBC's hit TV show Phenomenon, France's Got Talent, Britain's Got Talent, The Ellen Degeneres Show, and countless other television and radio shows. Wayne even fooled Penn & Teller on their show Fool Us .

    Tickets are free to Cottey students/employees and will be available at the door.
    Wayne Hoffman
    Chemistry students attend a research presentation: "From Dones to Flying Cars: New Frontiers in Human-Technology Interaction"Dr. Ganga FernandoOn September 13, chemistry students attended a research presentation, "From Drones to Flying Cars: New Frontiers in Human-Technology Interaction" by Dr. Missy Cummings, a professor of the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering, the Duke Institute of Brain Sciences, and Director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory and Duke Robotics. The symposium was organized by Linda Hall Library in Kansas City as the opening event for their exhibition "Flying Machines: A History of Early Aviation." A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, Dr. Cummings was one of the U.S. Navy's first female fighter pilots. She received her B.S. in mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy, an M.S. in space systems engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Ph.D. in systems engineering from the University of Virginia. Her research interests include human supervisory control, human-unmanned vehicle interaction, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-robot interaction, human-systems engineering, and the ethical and social impact of technology.The presentation focused on the human interaction with artificial intelligence and future directions of research in robotics. She discussed how artificial intelligence (AI) is changing transportation systems including drones, driverless cars, and flying cars. Where and why humans will be needed as operators and supervisors in these systems was illustrated, as well as how you can know if your job will one day be threatened by AI and robots. Chemistry students are grateful for this opportunity to listen to an inspirational young woman scientist in STEM. More information about the speaker: https://pratt.duke.edu/faculty/missy-cummings

    Issue Four, Friday, September 14, 2018

    Haskells Indian MarketDr. Erica SigaukeThe Spiritual Life and Diversity Office organized a trip to the Haskell Indian Art Market on September 9, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas to learn about the Native American culture and their beliefs. Our students gained a lot from the art displays and the ethnic food that was sold by vendors. They also enjoyed watching and participating in the pow wow dance. They had lots of interaction with some students from the university including vendors from different states in the U.S.Haskwells Indian Market
    Baobab People Biennial ConferenceDr. Erica SigaukeDr. Erica Sigauke drove a diverse group of students to the Baobab People Biennial Conference in St. Louis on September 7, 2018 and returned on September 8, 2018. The purpose of the conference was to address some of the diverse challenges faced by various groups of people in different organizations and institutions. There was a variety of panel discussions and keynote presentations. Some the topics covered are as follows: -What is Diversity, and Is Embracing Difference Possible? -How to Build Sustainable Communities in the Age of Diversity. -Interrupting Bias Diversity Suffers as Politics and Religion Intertwine-But We Can Recover. Our students had a great opportunity to interact with students from other universities and colleges. They demonstrated their unique gifts through participating in various group discussions. The whole conference was an eye opener and a benefit for our students as they are go to explore and share some of their experiences with our community.Baobab People Biennial Conference
    Wish List RequestStaci KeysFaculty and staff, as we begin our new year we would like to remind you of the wish list. If you have an item that you would like considered for the wish list please fill out the wish list request form available on the intranet. For any questions please call or email Staci Keys.
    Hispanic Heritage MonthCarmen BourbonCome and join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15. There will be many activities taking place on campus, so come and be part of the fun!

    For more information, feel free to contact: Dr. Carmen Bourbon, Mrs. Courtney Trautweiler, Ms. Whitli Thomas or Ms. Geneva Webster, Co - Presidents of Alpha Mu Gamma.
    Is anyone interested in learning more about AncestryDNA?Helen LodgeIf anyone has an interest in learning more about Ancestry DNA and the applications that it has for family history, I would be happy to do a presentation about it for any interested people. The presentation would probably be about one hour and take place during the week on an early evening.

    PLEASE NOTE: Science is not my thing, so this would be what to do with your DNA results, not how the DNA is obtained and configured.

    If you are interested, just drop me an email at hlodge@cottey.edu
    Text Breakers Game Show - September 18Kris KorbText Breakers games are similar to popular TV game shows and span more genres than just trivia. There are games based on drawing, charades, acting, and more. And the audience won't be left out, you get to participate the entire way through texting on your phones.

    Audience members may be chosen to play and win valuable prizes, include Amazon gift cards, Bluetooth speakers, movie passes, local gift cards, and much more! Anyone can win!!!

    Text Breakers
    8 p.m.
    Tuesday, September 18
    Raney Dining Room
    Wellness Program Karen PolonWater aerobics will continue every Tuesday at 5:20 p.m. in the Hinkhouse pool. All employees are welcome to come and join the fun!

    The Cottey 5K Employee team needs a couple of female runners to participate in the Cottey Cross Country Invitational on September 29 at Frank E. Peters Golf Course in Nevada. Contact Karen Polon at ext. 2251 if you would like to participate. Participants don't need to be fast, just willing to have fun and show support for our Comet runners!

    VPAA/DoF Survey Evaluation FormsGary LunkenheimerPlease remember to evaluate each VPAA/DoF by completing the survey. A survey link was sent via email with each candidate's schedule, cover letter, and curriculum vitae.
    Serenbetz Institute Open HouseDenise HedgesPlease join us for lunch on Thursday, September 20, at 11:30 a.m. to learn about the Serenbetz Institute initiatives including LEO, research grants, internships, and immersions.
    Children's Dance Classes at CotteyJo ByrnesClasses will take place in the dance studios of the Rogers Fine Arts Building.
    Lessons will be once a week and run from October 4 to October 25.

    Pre-ballet/Creative Movement (ages 3-5) Thursdays 6:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
    Contemporary Ballet (ages 6-9) Thursdays 6:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
    Lyrical (ages 10 and up) Thursdays 7:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

    Dress Code: comfortable stretchy clothes that are not too baggy. No skirts or dresses without shorts or pants underneath. Bare feet or socks.

    Cost is $30 (cash or check only) for the 4 lessons. ($5 discount for siblings) Classes must have 5 students registered by the first day to go.

    To register or for questions, contact Jo Byrnes, jbyrnes@cottey.edu, (417)-667-6333, ext. 2250. Fee can be paid at first lesson.
    Cottey "C" For Yourself ExppJoEllen LindnerThe Office of Enrollment Management invites all clubs and organizations to have a display at the Saturday, October 20, "C" For Yourself Club and Organization Expo. A representative or two from each group choosing to participate will need to be set up by 8:15 a.m. in the lobby of the Center for the Arts on October 20 and be prepared to staff the table from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Tables will be provided. Bring your own promotional materials. Space is limited. To participate email admit@cottey.edu. This is a great way to showcase your group to prospective students and their families. Deadline to sign-up is Thursday, September 20.

    Issue Three, Friday, September 7, 2018

    Diversity Awareness WorkshopsDr. Erica SigaukeWe are pleased to share with the Cottey community about our impactful workshops organized by the Spiritual Life and Campus Diversity Office on September 4 and 7, 2018. Several students participated in leading the presentations, mutual dialogues, and conversations regarding diversity and how we can share some of our different beliefs, cultures, spirituality, and non spiritual personal values with respect, and appreciation of our individual differences. Several ideas were shared that would help open space for more dialogue in our daily activities. The workshops were very educational and quite empowering. Daily acts of kindness will help promote love, unity, respect, and inclusion.
    Wellness UpdateKaren PolonActivity Enrollment Forms for fall 2018 are due today, September 7! Please turn in your form as soon as possible if you haven't already.

    Water Aerobics for employees will be held starting on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at 5:20 p.m. in the Hinkhouse pool. Classes will then be held every Tuesday evening for the next 6-8 weeks. Please remember that class size needs to stay around 6 employees each week for class sessions to continue this semester. If you have any questions about the pool, locker room, or workout contact Terry Burger. Wellness activity questions can be directed to Karen Polon.
    The Juggler Your Mother Warned You About Comes to CampusKris KorbThe phrase Nothing Less Than Brilliant" (Performance Magazine) has been used to describe the outrageous comedy antics and expertly crafted juggling feats of Mark Nizer. He is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, at the Cottey College Auditorium.

    Mark Nizer is one of the greatest entertainment comedians and jugglers performing today. His wild exploits have landed him on MTV, HBO's Just for Laughs, Arsenio Hall, Bob Hope and Other Young Comedians, Comic Strip Live and LA Law. He has opened for Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Hope, George Burns, John Byner, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles and Barry Manilow. The late Bob Hope said "He just keeps getting better and I didn't think that was possible." Making the impossible possible and the improbable probable, Mark Nizer has taken his one-man show to a variety of venues around the world including The Improv, The Comedy Store, Walt Disney World, numerous college campuses and all major cruise lines. He has also performed in thousands of opera houses, civic centers, festivals and performing arts centers, including the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (three times). Entertainment Magazine states "Without a doubt the hottest juggler on the entertainment market.

    Don't miss the combination of original comedy, world class juggling, movement, music and technology that promises a spellbinding evening. Whether juggling laser beams at 1000 rpms, or five ping pong balls being thrown 20 feet in the air using only his mouth; or even juggling a burning propane tank, a running electric carving knife and a 16-pound bowling ball, you'll discover for yourself that Mark Nizer is truly "the juggler your mother warned you about." Or if she didn't, she should have.

    Contact the Cottey Ticket Office for tickets or more information. Tickets will be available at the door.

    Learn To Library - #LibraryExpert Tip of the Week - Access Your Library Account Courtney TrautweilerDid you know that you can log in to your library account from your computer or phone? Logging in to your Library Account gives you the power to :
    • See what materials you have checked out and their due dates
    • RENEW your library materials
    • See the status of any active MOBIUS requests
    • Cancel any active MOBIUS requests
    • View any late fees/fine balances
    To log in to your library account.
    1. Visit the library webpage at http://library.cottey.edu
    2. Click the 'Access Library Account' link
    3. Enter your name, your ID with campus code, and your password
    4. Click Submit

    If you are a New User and have never created a password, follow the instructions for New Users at the bottom of the login screen. If you have forgotten your password click the Forget your password?" link and follow the instructions. As always please reach out to the library for assistance during this process, we have staff available to assist you.

    You can contact the library via:

    • Phone (417) 667-8181, ext. 2153
    • Email: library@cottey.edu
    • Visiting the library during normal operating hours
    C" For Yourself Expo" JoEllen LindnerThe Office of Enrollment Management invites all clubs and organizations to have a display at the Saturday, October 20, "C" For Yourself Club and Organization Expo. A representative or two from each group choosing to participate will need to be set up by 8:15 a.m. in the lobby of the PAC on October 20 and be prepared to staff the table from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Tables will be provided. Bring your own promotional materials. Space is limited. To participate email admit@cottey.edu. This is a great way to showcase your group to prospective students and their families. Deadline to sign-up is Thursday September 20.
    Children's Dance Classes at CotteyJo Byrnes

    Our wonderful Prof. Jenna Wurtzberger is currently training Cottey Dance students to teach youth dance classes in October.

    Classes will take place in the dance studios of the Rogers Fine Arts Building on the Cottey College campus. (The building on the north side of Austin Blvd with the really big windows!) Parking available in lots on Cherry Street. Lessons will be once a week and run from October 4 to October 25.

    • Pre-ballet/Creative Movement (ages 3-5) Thursday 6:00-6:45 p.m.
    • Contemporary Ballet (ages 6-9) Thursday 6:45-7:30 p.m.
    • Lyrical (ages 10 and up) Thursday 7:30-8:15 p.m.

    Dress Code: comfortable stretchy clothes that are not too baggy. No skirts or dresses without shorts or pants underneath. Bare feet or socks. Cost is $30 (cash or check only) for the 4 lessons. ($5 discount for siblings) Classes must have 5 students registered by the first day to go.

    To register or for questions, contact Jo Byrnes, jbyrnes@cottey.edu (417) 667-6333, ext. 2250. Fee can be paid at first lesson.

    Please share this with anyone who might be interested!


    Issue Two, Friday, August 31, 2018

    Welcome, New Faculty and Staff!Deana KerbsThe Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to welcome the following new faculty and staff for the 2018-2019 academic year. Please make them feel welcome!

    NEW FACULTY

    Kristina Adams
    Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Secondary Education
    Office: RBAC 145, ext. 2270

    B.S.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

    Tara Booth
    Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
    Office: RFAB 106, ext. 2264

    B.F.A., Michigan State University
    M.F.A., University of Delaware

    Nancy Kohn
    Assistant Professor of Biology
    Office: RBAC 202, ext. 2212

    B.S., Albright College
    M.S., Saint Louis University
    Ph.D., The University of Louisiana at Lafayette

    Amber Morczek
    Assistant Professor of Criminology
    Office: RFAB 209, ext. 2200

    B.A., State University of New York Institute
    M.S., State University of New York College at Buffalo
    Ph.D., Washington State University

    Diya Paul
    Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
    Office: RBAC 143, ext. 2134

    B.A., University of Pune, India
    M.A., Delhi University, India
    M.S., Oklahoma State University
    Ph.D., Rutgers University

    ADJUNCT FACULTY

    Janelle Green
    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology
    Office: Online Classes Only

    B.S., Mayville State University
    M.S., University of Nebraska at Kearney

    Jonathan Huffman
    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Office: Online Classes Only

    B.A., M.A., Washburn University in Kansas


    Michele Lansdown
    Adjunct Assistant Professor of History
    Office: Online Classes Only

    B.A., College of the Ozarks
    M.A., Missouri State University


    NEW STAFF

    Bill Stanfill
    Registrar
    Office of Academic Records

    B.S., University of Kentucky
    M.A., Webster College
    "C" For Yourself ExpoJoEllen LindnerThe Office of Enrollment Management invites all clubs and organizations to have a display at the Saturday, October 20, "C" For Yourself Club and Org Expo. A representative or two from each group choosing to participate will need to be set up by 8:15 a.m. in the lobby of the PAC on October 20 and be prepared to staff the table from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Tables will be provided. Bring your own promotional materials. Space is limited. To participate email admit@cottey.edu. This is a great way to showcase your group to prospective students and their families. Deadline to sign-up is Thursday September 20.
    Volleyball 2018Rachel PainterGood luck to the Cottey Comets Volleyball team as they kick off their season this weekend with a tournament in Ankeny, Iowa! Their first home match is slated for Saturday, September 22, at 1 p.m. vs. Friends University. Check out the full season schedule at www.cottey.edu/volleyball, and make sure to come out and support your Comets!
    Study Abroad ShowcaseMegan CorriganThe Study Abroad Showcase will be Wednesday, September 5, at 7 p.m. in the Missouri Recital Hall. Come hear from students who studied abroad in England, Japan, Thailand, Chile and Argentina.
    Jenzabar: Some Common TermsMike DombroskiConfused about some of the terms and language used with Jenzabar? Here are some common terms, provided by Mike Dombroski, to provide some clarification.

    Jenzabar - is the name of the company where we license our software solution for student information and other database driven products. It would be best to avoid using this name since it is the name of the company and it has many products.

    EX - is a database product where information is entered so that people can manipulate the information and run reports. It is the way we store information that products like My Cottey (JICS) and eLearning can retrieve and display to users. EX is not intended for everyone on campus to use and has to be installed directly on a computer for someone to use. It cannot be accessed from the internet.

    Infomaker - is a report creating product that is usually run in EX to help people create reports.

    JICS - stands for Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution, a web based view of information that people can access. It can have several different products (portals or modules) in it such as eLearning. When you go to my.cottey.edu (My Cottey), this is what you are seeing.

    My Cottey - is what we are calling JICS since it seems to fit better than the generic Jenzabar name for their product and is more personalized to us.

    eLearning - It the product name for Jenzabar's course management system, which instructors and students access for electronic course information. It is a portal or module contained within My Cottey.
    Writing Center WorkshopMelody DennyThis first Writing Center workshop of the year will focus on "How to Write Professional Emails." Please encourage students to join us next Thursday, September 6, at 11 a.m. or 7 p.m. in RBAC 109!Writing Workshop
    September Birthdays!Rachel PainterHappy Birthday to the following Faculty and Staff in September!

    3 Michael Holder Physical Plant
    8 April Mosher Dining Services
    9 Patricia Bobbett President's Office
    17 Jo Byrnes Faculty
    17 Kristine Fulton Institutional Advancement
    17 Peggy Graves Adj. Faculty
    21 Steve Cartmill Physical Plant
    22 Elaine Allen Dining Services
    22 Staci Keys Institutional Advancement
    26 Michael Pommier Adj. Faculty
    28 April Irwin Dining Services
    29 Kris Korb Campus Activities
    30 Christian Novak Athletics
    Wellness UpdateKaren PolonWellness Enrollment Forms are due next Friday, September 7, 2018. The Enrollment form allows employees to sign-up for Wellness Time and fall wellness activities. Here is the link to the enrollment form http://www.cottey.edu/temp_only_2/Wellness-Enrollment-Form-Fall-2018.docx. If you need additional information look for an email dated 8/21/18 which gave detailed information on Wellness Time expectations or call Karen at ext. 2251.

    A reminder from the Health Event: If you log into your BlueCross/BlueShield home page you will see "A Healthier You" box over on the right. If you click on the box you will be able to access your Health Risk Assessment. By doing the screening you already did and completing the assessment you will earn points for the sweepstakes offered in the "Healthier You Portal". It can take up to a week for points to appear in your account. If you need more information contact Karen Polon.
    Campus Dance: DJ Spins Musical RouletteKris KorbCampus Dance: DJ Spins Musical Roulette
    Saturday, September 8
    9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
    Location: TBA

    Get ready to take part and bust some moves on the dance-floor with the most exciting and interactive student party ever. Imagine a dance party where the music is controlled by the people on the dance floor, where the DJ has no idea what styles he needs to play next, where Hip Hop takes on Pop and EDM. This is MUSICAL ROULETTE!

    At every Musical Roulette party the stage is set with our 6-foot tall all-singing, all-dancing spinning wheel of fortune style roulette wheel. The DJ takes stage beside the wheel and invites students up onto the stage area every 15 minutes to give it a spin, where the wheel stops no one knows, but when it does stop it selects a specific genre of the music. Its then over to our superstar DJ who will cut up and scratch his way through that style until its time to spin the wheel again! No 2 Musical Roulette shows will ever be the same as its down to the wheel to determine whats next!

    POP - PARTY - EDM - ROCK - THROWBACK - HIP HOP - 90s - 100% BOYS - 100% GIRLS - COUNTRY

    Link to Video: https://www.degy.com/project/dj-spins-musical-roulette/

    Save the Date: Serenbetz Open HouseDenise Carrick HedgesSave the date for the Serenbetz Institute for Women's Leadership, Social Responsibility, and Global Awareness Open House on Thursday, September 20, at 11:30 a.m. at the Center for Women's Leadership. All are welcome and lunch will be served!
    Keynote Speech and LectureDr. Amber MorczekDr. Amber Morczek, assistant professor of criminology, has been invited by the Latino Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence to give the keynote address at the Coalition's annual conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, on October 4, 2018. Dr. Morczek has also been asked to give a lecture on her research on pornography and violence against women after her keynote.
    Kansas City Zine ConTara BoothZines are self-published DIY publications, typically made using a copy machine. Once a year at KC Zine Con, participants exhibit, sell, and trade their independently published zines, comix, books, newspapers, anthologies, tracts, pamphlets, and DIY radical readables of many forms. At this free event, anyone can come and wander the tables, chat with the incredible artists, make a whole host of new friends, and get tons of zines! Visiting Assistant Professor, Tara Booth, will have a table at this year's fest. Booth co-writes a feminist zine called Life Raft. The fest will take place on September 8 at Pierson Auditorium from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Spiritual Life and DiversityErica SigaukeDr. Erica Sigauke drove students Selica Piloy Panjoj and Maria Olvera to the Nevada Head Start on Wednesday, August 29, where they used leadership and educational skills to bring diversity awareness to both children and their parents at one of their weekly events. Some of the toddlers enjoyed touching and playing African drums. The children were excited to see a variety of artifacts from different cultures. They also enjoyed imitating some of the cultural dances, including dressing up and pretending to do some of the chores done by other cultures, e.g., the Guatemala dressing styles, balancing baskets on their heads and several others. They enjoyed saying greetings in different languages. Some of the artifacts and hand carved animals used for the show and tell activity included a lion, giraffe, rhinoceros, carved wooden and stone figurines, ethnic prints on pieces of cloth, woven baskets, shakers made from wild fruits, and so forth.Head Start Class

    Issue One, Friday, August 24, 2018

    Opening Convocation Submitted by Rachel Painter, Tricia Bobbett, and Deana KerbsTuesday, August 28 @ 7 p.m.
    Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts

    Opening Convocation is the ceremonial gathering of members of the Cottey community to begin the academic year. Convocation begins with an academic procession and includes welcoming new students with the Signing of the Cottey Book and Daisy Tradition. This year's honored speaker is Dr. Nyoko Muvangua, Cottey Class of 2001. Born and raised in Namibia, Dr. Muvangua holds a Ph.D. in legal philosophy from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Muvangua practices law in South Africa as an advocate in public administrative law, constitutional law, competition law, and employment law. In 2016, she received the Outstanding Young Alumna Award from the Cottey College Alumnae Association.

    Full-time faculty and administrative staff wear academic regalia and participate in the processional and recessional. Line-up for the procession is at 6:40 p.m. in the Center for the Arts foyer. Faculty and administrative staff who need to be excused from Convocation must notify the senior administrator (Council member) responsible for their area. Council members need to notify Deana Kerbs of any excused absences. Academic regalia is available for pick up in the Bookstore.

    Also, don’t forget to get your photo taken, either prior to Convocation line up (6:15-6:40 p.m.) or following the ceremony. Contact Steve Reed at sreed@cottey.edu, ext. 2141, for further details.

    Picnic featuring Abe ParkerSubmitted by Kris KorbFriday, August 24 @ 5:15 p.m.
    Raney Dining Room [Concert free; dinner $7]

    Imagine if John Mayer and Maroon 5 met up and went to Motown. That’s the sound of Abe Parker’s music. His heartfelt lyrics, blues guitar-based beats, and singable melodies create an original and infectious “bluerock” sound. The unique vocal tone, wild guitar lines, and clever chorus hooks of the Abe Parker live concert has proved the most memorable for fans and accelerating numbers of new listeners.
    Kansas City Renaissance FestivalSubmitted by Kris KorbIt’s that time of year again for the Kansas City Renaissance Festival! There will be full-combat jousting, 25 stages of entertainment, king-like food, and over 200 artisan shops! They are open weekends from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. from September 1 – October 14, plus Labor Day and Columbus Day. Open rain or shine, with free parking. Normal ticket prices are $22.95, but stop by the Campus Activities Office (on the second floor of Hinkhouse) to get discounted tickets: $16.50 for adults and $10 for ages 5-12. We hope to offer a road trip to the festival. Stay tuned for more information!
    Orientation 2018: Thank you!Submitted by Mari Anne PhillipsOn behalf of the Student Life staff, I would like to thank ALL members of the campus community for providing our new students and their families a warm Cottey welcome! Our people are the heart and soul of Cottey. We appreciate the contributions of each and every person - what you do everyday matters, and together, we all help students create their incredible futures. Thank you so much!
    Cottey Seminar: Thank you!Submitted by Margaret HaversticThank you to all who helped to make Cottey Seminar 2018 a success. The guests left with vision and passion and they are prepared to promote and support!
    Enrollment Management: Important Dates Submitted by JoEllen LindnerThe Office of Enrollment Management would like to remind you to please mark your calendars with these important dates:

    "C" For Yourself! – Saturday, October 20, 2018
    Saturday, November 10, 2018
    Saturday, April 27, 2019

    Show Me Cottey (invitations sent to select area high schools) – Monday, December 3, 2018
    Friday, March 22, 2019

    Senior Showcase (for 2019 high school grads) – Saturday, February 16, 2019

    Summer Workshop – June 16-21, 2019

    Summer Workshop course proposals will be accepted beginning Monday, October 1.

    Please note: This is two months earlier than in previous years.
    Music on the Square, Shopping Day and Cottey NightSubmitted by Doug HarperSave the date: Thursday, September 6, for the Welcome Back Cottey Music on the Square event, featuring a live music performance from the Random Strangers band. The Random Strangers are based out of Springfield, Missouri, and named after a revolving cast of musicians. They present themselves differently at each show so sometimes they have a drum kit and electric bass; sometimes they have an upright acoustic bass, fiddle, steel guitar, or rocking electric telecaster. They always aim to please and will play a wide variety of Americana music and its related sub genres, as well as their own songs, and new unique renditions of songs you will know. The band will perform on the south side of the courthouse lawn as the main event on the Nevada Square from 6-8 p.m.
    The event is surrounded by other events such as a fundraiser food booth for the Nevada Griffons, an art show, and possible busking performers in a few of the shops around 5 p.m. to get the evening rolling. A shopping day will span much of the city, with several shops staying open until 7 or 8 p.m., such as the Precision Coffee Company, Debbi's Herb Shop, The Art Shop & Gallery, Kilted Raven, and Nana Marie’s Gift Shop, all located on or near the town square. Most of the participating stores are offering a discount when you present your Cottey ID, so make sure to ask about when visiting. Maps will be available a few days before the event online at www.CommunityFollower.com or for pick up at area Cash ‘n Dash, and Hot Spot convenience stores as well as at the participating shops. Watch the Community Follower website and the Music On Square Facebook page for more details as they unfold: www.Facebook.com/MusicOnSquare.
    Solo Exhibition by Tara BoothSubmitted by Tara BoothInward, a solo exhibition by Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Tara Booth, will open on September 7, 2018. The exhibition will take place at Vulpes Bastille, an artist-run gallery in Kansas City's Crossroads District. Booth's exhibition will be available for viewing September 7-27 during gallery hours and by appointment.
    2018-2019 Cottey-in-Motion Dance CompanySubmitted by Jo ByrnesCongratulations to the 2018-2019 Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company:

    Ebony Conley
    Ciara Dwyer
    Lydia Easterwood
    Katie Eldredge
    Susana Irigoyen
    Hope Mueller
    Miranda Owens
    May Stemple
    Maya Struhar
    Sarah Van Horn
    Michaela Wiggans

    Leadership Open HouseSubmitted by Denise HedgesSave the date for the Leadership Open House on Thursday, September 20 , at 11:30 a.m. at the Center for Women’s Leadership. All are welcome!
    Health Event UpdateSubmitted by Karen PolonThank you to everyone who participated in the Health Event last Thursday! After counting those who dropped out and those who added the screening, we ended up with 87 employees participating which is a 5% increase over our 2017 event. Congratulations Cottey employees for stepping up and participating!! Here is a list of Health Event prize winners:
    $20 Movie Bucks - Tricia Bobbett & Mark Skapin
    $20 in Raney Lunch Tickets - Amanda Hall & Hannah Todd
    $20 in Subway Gift Cards - Traci Borders & Kendall Selby
    $20 in Bison burgers & brats - Diya Paul & Elaine Allen
    $20 Gift Card to Precision Coffee - Sarah Quick & Denise Fox
    The Cottey Umbrella - Mike Mitchell
    Dining Services InformationSubmitted by April Mosher• To reserve the foyer table, Centennial Room, Raney tables, the alcove, the stage, or to put up table tents, please contact the Dining Services Office.
    • For special requests or sack lunches, fill out the appropriate form available on the intranet and turn it in to the Dining Services Office. For sack lunches, please turn in at least five business days in advance, and for special function requests, please turn in at least 14 days in advance.
    • If you would like to bring a group of 10 or more outside guests to Raney, please contact the Dining Services Office at least 14 days in advance.
    • To borrow linens or equipment, please contact the Dining Services office five days in advance. There is no charge for using these items; however, we require a department account number in case of damage only.
    • If you have questions regarding this information or anything else related to Dining Services, please call ext. 2150 or email amosher@cottey.edu.