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Issue One, Friday, August 16, 2019

2019-2020 Academic Calendar
Deana Kerbs

Cottey College 2019-2020 Calendar

The 2019-20 Academic Calendar is available for your viewing.

Opening Convocation

Deana Kerbs

Monday, August 26, 7 p.m.
Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the ArtsOpening 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 Sarah Adams-Cornell, Cottey Class of 1999. Ms. Adams-Cornell is an advocate for Native American culture, education, and rights. She is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and serves as vice president on the Board of Directors for Sovereign Community School, where she focuses on community engagement. She co-created an intertribal empowerment organization called Matriarch that serves indigenous women in central and Northeast Oklahoma. Adams is the vice president of the Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Live Indigenous Oklahoma and worked alongside other Native advocates to see Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognized in Oklahoma City. She is a board member of Not Your Mascot, proud ally member of Central Oklahoma Two Spirit Society, serves on the leadership team of Women’s March Oklahoma City and was Activist in Residence at the University of Oklahoma.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 before August 21. Academic regalia should be picked up in the Bookstore.

Welcome New Faculty and Academic Affairs Staff
Deana Kerbs
The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to introduce the following new faculty and staff for the 2019-2020 academic year. Please make them feel welcome.
Dr. Manjira Ghosh Kumar – Assistant Professor of Biology
Bachelor of Science, University of Calcutta in India;
Master of Science, Kalyani University in India;
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Office: 212 RBAC; Phone: 2240
Dr. Angela Glosser – Assistant Professor of Criminology
Bachelor of Arts, Buena Vista University-Ottumwa;
Master of Criminal Justice, Boston University;
Ph.D., Iowa State University
Office: 137 RFAB; Phone: 2200
Dr. Jonathan Green – Visiting Assistant Professor of English
Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Ph.D., University of Arkansas
Office: 102 RBAC; Phone: 2245
Jason Librande – Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
Bachelor of Arts, University of Washington;
Master of Science, University of Florida
Office: 208 RBAC; Phone: 2213
Dr. Sarah Polo – Assistant Professor of English
Bachelor of Science, Missouri Western State University;
Master of Arts, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Office: 138 RBAC; Phone: 2183
Dr. John Ross – Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, West Virginia University;
Doctor of Music, Florida State University
Office: 309 RFAB; Phone: 2285
Kathleen Day – Adjunct Assistant Professor of Speech and Theatre
Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Missouri State University
Office: Library; Phone: 2253
Haley Hoss Jameson – Adjunct Associate Professor of Dance
Bachelor of Science, Kansas State University
M.F.A., Texas Woman’s University
Online Class Only
Kowoon Lee – Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music
Bachelor of Music, Sookmyung Women’s University in South Korea;
Master of Music, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University;
D.M. candidate, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance
Office: 306 RFAB; Phone: 2266
Sushil Sivaram – Adjunct Assistant Professor of English
Bachelor of Arts, Pune University in India;
Master of Arts, University of Sheffield in England;
M.F.A., Oklahoma State University;
Ph.D. candidate, Rutgers University
Office: 155 RBAC; Phone: 2196
Dominic Habjan – Library Assistant for Acquisitions
Bachelor of Science, University of Missouri at Columbia;
Master of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Phone: 2181
Paula Dombroski – Library Assistant for Public Services
Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Murray State University;
Master of Arts, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
Phone: 2110
Nancy Kerbs – Director of Assessment and Institutional Research
Bachelor of Arts, University of California at Berkeley
Phone: 2171
Professional Development
Jo Byrnes
Prof. Byrnes attended the Arts Education Collaborative Meeting, hosted by the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education, in June in Jefferson City, Missouri. Shared were curriculum revisions under the new Missouri Arts Learning Expectations, information about the Arts Education Data Projects and Federal Funding for schools, and an interactive workshop on Studio Habits of Mind.
Also in June, Prof. Byrnes attended the Missouri Dance Organization State Conference in Columbia, Missouri, at Stephens College. She took a variety of sessions including Akashi Dance, Acrobatics, Cumbia, Pilates, video capture, and the ELDOA Method.
Oindrila Roy
Oindrila Roy along with her colleagues Lisa Hager, Landon Hancock and Michael Ensley published their study on the Iran Nuclear Agreement in July 2019. To learn more about their findings, follow the citation below:
Hager, Lisa, Oindrila Roy, Landon E. Hancock, and Michael J. Ensley. 2019. “Selling the Iran Nuclear Agreement: Prospect Theory and the Campaign to Frame the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.” Congress & the Presidency, DOI: 10.1080/07343469.2019.1600172.
Faculty/Staff Meeting and Lunch
Becky Penn
The Faculty-Staff Meeting will be from 9-10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 21, in the Missouri Recital Hall.
The Faculty-Staff Lunch will be in Raney Dining Room from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Please join us for the Cottey College Faculty and Staff Lunch and a Special Workshop
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Raney Dining Room
The buffet will be available at 11:15, and the workshop will begin at 11:45.
Siblings Improv will utilize the lessons learned through improvisation and performance to teach lessons about leadership and creativity. Founded in 2013, Siblings Improv has been providing performances, workshops and shows for the southwest Missouri area ever since. Follow them on Instagram at @SiblingsImprov.
To assist us with planning, please RSVP to the appropriate Council member for your area by August 16, 2019.
AP Psychology Exam Grading in Tampa
Amanda Gilchrist

Amanda Gilchrist was an AP Psychology Free-Response Question Reader in Tampa, Florida in June. She read 1480 responses in the span of a week! She is looking forward to returning to Tampa next year for another AP reading.
Cottey Health Event
Betsy McReynolds
This is a friendly reminder to please register for the annual Cottey Health Event if you haven’t done so.. This is sponsored by BlueCrossBlueShield and the Cottey College Employee Wellness Program. You are invited to participate in Cottey’s annual free Health Event screening on Thursday, August 22, 2019, in RBAC 158. As in previous years, the Health Event screening and appraisal are free and completion qualifies participating employees to receive a free [healthy] lunch that day (bison burgers and brats grilled by Cottey’s own Jack Weitzel!). You will also be eligible to enter your name into the drawing of your choice for one of several prizes given away at lunch on August 22th. The lunch is always a fun time to visit with returning faculty/staff and meet new employees, one of whom is TJ Tubbs, Cottey’s new Wellness Coordinator and Director of Physical Plant.

Remaining screening times are from 9:35 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. and includes two options:

Option 1- For those who fast before the screening a full lipid profile which includes LDL, HDL, triglycerides, glucose and total cholesterol will be available.
Fasting is required 9-12 hours prior to your appointment. No coffee allowed – drink plenty of water. You are able to take medications.

Option 2- A non-fasting option for employees not wanting or able to fast will include results for HDL, glucose and total cholesterol.

All screening and appraisal results are confidential.

To register for the Health Event, please e-mail me(bmcreynolds@cottey.edu) or leave a voice mail message at
ext. 2123 stating the time you would like to have your appointment – please include your birth month and day. BlueCrossBlueShield (BCBS) will use your birth month and date to ensure you are accurately matched to the correct member profile in their system. You will receive an e-mail from BCBS confirming your appointment.

The Health Event is the first of many Wellness opportunities to come this school year. It is my hope that you will participate to benefit and learn a little more about yourself, and how you can be “A Healthier You.” Please contact me if you have any questions.

Please Note: The Health Event is for all .75 FTE (3/4 time) and full-time employees who are enrolled in Cottey’s health insurance plan. This includes all new full-time faculty and staff.

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