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Issue Three Friday, January 24, 2020

P.E.O. Program Presentation

Trisha Stubblefield

Dr. Trisha Stubblefield presented a program (via Skype) on Louisa May Alcott’s novel, “Little Women” to P.E.O. Chapter AC, Las Vegas, New Mexico, on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 (which was the 151st anniversary of the founding of the P.E.O. Sisterhood!). Dr. Stubblefield had a lovely time talking with a group of very attentive P.E.O.s, including Cottey alumna Christina Litherland (English B.A., 2017), who sends warm wishes to the Cottey community.

Student Essays Accepted to Conference

Trisha Stubblefield

Congratulations to Valerie Bond, Kate Knox, and Brooke Redburn who had papers accepted to the 2020 Sigma Tau Delta/Sigma Kappa Delta International English Honor Society Convention. This year’s conference will be held March 25-28, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Please be sure to congratulate these students on this impressive accomplishment, and be sure to check back for details and photos from their trip!

Liverpool Legends Tickets Are Going Fast!!

Kris Korb

Liverpool Legends

The Liverpool Legends Beatles tribute band will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 1 in the Auditorium. Tickets are going fast, so be sure to contact the Ticket Office soon to reserve your tickets. We’ll see you next Saturday night!!

Guest Artist Haley Hoss Jameson

Jo Byrnes

Haley Jameson, a former full-time dance professor and current adjunct professor at Cottey, was on campus January 17-19 to set choreography on the Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company. The piece, “Wear Your Own Shoes, Follow Your Path,” will be on A Spring Dance Co-Motion program April 17-18. Thank you, Haley!

Community Yoga 

Jo Byrnes

Free yoga classes for the Cottey and Nevada community! All are welcome.
Thursdays 5:30 p.m.-6:20 p.m. in RFAB 152.
No experience necessary.
Drop in as your schedule allows.
Mats provided.
Questions? jbyrnes@cottey.edu, x2250

My Why

Staci Keys

Dr. Julie Tietz

My Why by Dr. Julie Tietz:

“I believe in Cottey’s mission, and I believe that this center will go a long way toward helping the college fulfill its mission. I also think it is important for faculty and staff to show their support for this endeavor if we want others to support it as well.”

Thank you to each and every one of you for supporting our students, our campus and each other. A little progress each day adds up to big results!

You can download the pledge form from the faculty-staff portal on the intranet, stop by IA, or Staci can send you a form through campus mail or email.  You can also make a gift by going to cottey.edu/connect.

Jo Byrnes, Adam Dean, and Staci Keys

Coffin Speaker:  Becoming a Global Citizen

Denise Carrick Hedges

Dr. Volha Charnysh

Volha Charnysh, Cottey Class of 2007, is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She studies political attitudes and behavior in diverse societies, as well as legacies of violence.

Dr. Charnysh will present Becoming a Global Citizen on Tuesday, January 29, at 11 a.m. in the Missouri Recital Hall.  She will discuss the need for developing as global citizens, how a global perspective will benefit you and your career, and offer advice as you Step Into the World.

The Coffin Speaker is provided by the Alice Virginia Coffin Enrichment Fund for Cottey College.

Issue Two Friday, January 17, 2020

Students and faculty attending The American College Theater Festival

Laura Chaney

The theatre department faculty and eight students will be attending the regional festival of The American College Theater Festival in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, next week January 19-25. Each year, colleges around the country meet to celebrate theatre and the work of students.  Students will have the opportunity to display design, stage management, and dramaturgy work as well as compete in acting competitions. The top winners of these events will be selected to compete at the Kennedy Center in April.  The theatre department was adjudicated by theatre professionals for the fall production of “Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls” and three actors were nominated to compete in the Irene Ryan Acting competition. The three students nominated have selected a partner who will also compete, totaling six acting students.  The students who were selected for the Irene Ryan are: Stephany Crooks (partner Ali Miller), Heide Barber (partner Anna Borgerding), and Miranda Owens (partner Catherine Nolan).  The following students will display work in the design expo: Catherine Nolan (costume design); Anna Borgerding (sound design); Stephany Crooks (lobby design and dramaturgy); Heidi Wiskus (prop design); Emily Peterman (stage management). Please congratulate these students when you see them.

Conversations with the President’s Council

Dr. Jann Weitzel

Dear Faculty and Staff,
Our next Conversation with the President’s Council is scheduled for Tuesday, January 28, at 8:15 and again at 4:00 in RFAB 203.

Our first Conversation, held in September, concerned enrollment; the second, held in November, centered on the topic of retention.

The purpose of this email is to ask for topic suggestions for the January meeting. What topic/s would you like the Council to address?

Please send your ideas directly to me or, if you choose, to Becky Penn. Thank you and welcome to the spring 2020 term!

Liverpool Legends Tickets Are Now Available!!

Kris Korb

Liverpool Legends

Saturday, February 1


7:30 p.m., Auditorium, advance tickets strongly suggested

Liverpool Legends Beatles Tribute Band, are four talented musicians and actors who were hand-picked by Louise Harrison, sister of the late George Harrison of The Beatles. Headlining their own production in Branson since 2006, Liverpool Legends have been voted Best New Show, Best Band, and Best Show. On July 4, 2014, Liverpool Legends headlined The Rose Bowl in front of 60,000 people! Liverpool Legends perform songs spanning the entire career of The Beatles and on through the solo years. With precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments, and special effects, Liverpool Legends will make you feel like you are watching the real thing!

Comedian D.J. Demers is Coming to Campus on January 23!!

Kris Korb


Thursday, January 23


8 p.m., Raney Dining Room

D.J. Demers is an award-winning stand-up comedian who appeared on season 11 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. He performed stand-up on Conan twice and was the winner of the 2014 Homegrown Comics Competition at the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. Demers was also a featured performer at Toronto’s JFL42 comedy festival in 2014, the winner of the 2013 Toronto Comedy Brawl, was a finalist in NBC’s StandUp for Diversity and won Best Breakout Artist at the 2015 Canadian Comedy Awards. In June of 2019, he released his second album, Uninterpreted, on all major streaming platforms. He also wears hearing aids.

Community Yoga 

Jo Byrnes

Free yoga classes for the Cottey and Nevada community! All are welcome.
Thursdays 5:30 p.m.-6:20 p.m. in RFAB 152.
No experience necessary.
Drop in as your schedule allows.
Mats provided.
Questions? jbyrnes@cottey.edu, x2250

My Why

Staci Keys

My Why

My Why by Stephanie Grgurich:

I gave to the Connect initiative for the Center for Campus Life because the I see the need for providing a home for the community we foster here. As an alumna, I recognize Cottey’s unique attributes as an institution that builds connections and bonds that last. As a member of this community, I have an appreciation for our mission and the impact a new student center will have on it and, most importantly, our students.

We invite you to join us by setting up your pledge today.  You can download the pledge form from the faculty-staff portal on the intranet, stop by IA, or Staci can send you a form through campus mail or email.  You can also make a gift by going to cottey.edu/connect.  Thank you for all that you do for Cottey! 

Jo Byrnes, Adam Dean, and Staci Keys

Issue One Friday, January 10, 2020


Robin Conner


Congratulations to the following students who have become eligible to join Phi Theta Kappa, Epsilon Chapter. To become eligible, students must have completed 15 credit hours in the previous semester, had a 3.5 GPA, as well as have a 3.5 cumulative GPA. If you see the following students, congratulate them on their hard work and dedication to their academics!

  • Julie Aguirre    
  • Katie Brown    
  • Melina Bueno    
  • Lei Cai    
  • Rachael Carver    
  • Clelia Cergueira    
  • Emily Cook    
  • Taylor Coonce    
  • Alison Cortright
  • Tatem Edeler    
  • Emily Goncalves    
  • Kristen Hurst    
  • Maiya Johnston
  • Daizie Jones    
  • Claire Kaneshiro    
  • Alyssa Kerilla    
  • Erica Little    
  • Zadi Lively    
  • Emma Loudon    
  • Cheyenne Main    
  • Sidnie Martin    
  • Mariana Middents    
  • Lightness Ndalima    
  • Wadzanai Ndambakuwa    
  • Cassandra Ogden    
  • Olivia Ortiz    
  • Ella Page    
  • Aryana Palencia    
  • Grace Palmer    
  • Briannah Quick    
  • Martina Ramirez
  • Victoria Roosa    
  • Julia Scism    
  • Deanndria Shields    
  • Holly Spiden    
  • Raeanna Stuits    
  • Mamie Watt
  • Jessica Willia    
  • Madison Woodward    
  • Rachael Young

Faculty-Staff Campaign

Jo Byrnes, Adam Dean, and Staci Keys

Welcome Back Friends!

Thank you to everyone who came to our gathering in the lower level of the Chapel on December 12. We hope this gave you a sense of what a wonderful amenity this will be for everyone who is a part of the Cottey Community. With the start of our spring semester we would like to remind you of the faculty-staff campaign for the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Campus Life and why this effort is so important.  Campus improvements directly impact the student experience, which is why we remain committed to investing in our facilities.  Cottey is a student-focused college with no student center.  This is the most immediate need as identified in the Master Plan.  A center for campus life is the heartbeat of a college campus, serving students, faculty, staff, alumnae, and visitors.   The current total is $5,800 towards our faculty-staff goal of $25,000.  Cottey employees will have a first ever named space on campus, a seat in the amphitheater. 

January is a great month to start your payroll deduction as you will have the opportunity for your gift to be deducted for the next 12 months!  The faculty-staff pledge form is available for you on the intranet in the faculty-staff portal under miscellaneous forms.  There are printed forms in the Office of Institutional Advancement that you can stop by and pick up.  Staci Keys can also send you a form through campus mail. 

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” –Helen Keller

Best wishes for a wonderful 2020,

Jo Byrnes, Adam Dean, and Staci Keys

Tickets for Liverpool Legends Now Available

Kris Korb

Liverpool Legends

The Liverpool Legends, the Beatles tribute band from Branson, will perform at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, February 1, in the Auditorium. Public tickets go on sale January 15. It is anticipated to be a sold-out show! You may request your tickets now by calling the Campus Activities Office at ext. 2186 or stopping by the office, located on the second floor of Hinkhouse. Each employee may receive a complimentary ticket, plus one complimentary ticket for a spouse/guest and any minor children living at home.

“The Beauty Mask” on Display in the Art Gallery

Kris Korb

Beauty Mask

“The Beauty Mask” on display in the Art Gallery”

Morgan Ford Willingham, from Emporia, Kansas, is displaying an art exhibit titled “The Beauty Mask” in the P.E.O. Foundation Art Gallery. This on-going series explores how natural beauty is masked by cosmetics that women use every day and how the language of advertising is absorbed into the subconscious, where it constantly influences what women buy and how they perceive themselves. The series consists of photographic, mixed media works. This includes digital photographs, an installation of masks formed from fabric and thread, photographs with organza hand-sewn with thread on them, and photographs with appropriated text carved into wax painted onto the surface. The exhibit will run through February 7.

Fitness Center Class Use

Karen Polon

The Fitness Center will be closed for classes on the following days and times

*M & W & F  – 9-9:50
*T & TH 9:30-10:45

Community Yoga 

Jo Byrnes

Free yoga classes for the Cottey and Nevada community! All are welcome.
Thursdays 5:30 p.m.-6:20 p.m. in RFAB 152.
No experience necessary.
Drop in as your schedule allows.
Mats provided.
Questions? jbyrnes@cottey.edu, x2250

December Extra Mile Award

Jeanna Simpson

The December Extra Mile goes to the Physical Plant guys. They were nominated for their tireless energy and positive attitude as they meticulously maintained the icy/snowy campus sidewalks and parking lots on December 16 and 17 (and for the winter days to come).  We appreciate their early mornings and late nights to keep us safe.  In recognition and appreciation, all of their names will be put in the year end drawing for a fabulous prize. Thanks Physical Plant!!!