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Issue Seventeen Friday, May 15, 2020

Community Engagement Projects from WRI 393: Digital and Multimodal Composition

Sarah Polo

Students in Dr. Sarah Polo’s Digital and Multimodal Composition course (WRI 393) undertook collaborative community engagement projects this semester in which they planned and produced multimodal texts for specific campus or community organizations. We are pleased to share the students’ final presentations, in which they discuss their work:

Selica Piloy and Sophie Marie worked with the Cottey Writing Center. View their presentation in two parts at https://youtu.be/Qyzb-wIvWOs  and https://youtu.be/_f3adKDcfYs . The final texts referenced in the presentation are also now viewable on the Writing Center’s website.

Valerie Bond and Natalee Long worked with the Nevada Public Library. View their presentation at https://youtu.be/Z0vTQpdKUQU .

2020-21 Academic Calander

Deana Kerbs

Academic Calendar 2020-21

WGS Student News

Elizabeth Verklan

Dr. Carol Clyde Gallagher and her co-presenter, Yolanda Caldwell from the College of Saint Rose, have been accepted to present a session titled, “In Tune with Women’s Leadership: Undergraduate Programs to Navigate the Labyrinth.”  The interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to consider the need for and growth of leadership programs for undergraduate women. Drawing from research and best practices, the session will introduce the topic and consider findings from a survey on effective curricular and co-curricular approaches to the education and development of undergraduate women leaders. Facilitators will highlight key components of programs and participants will consider possibilities and strategize on initiatives on their own campus to help young women navigate the “Leadership Labyrinth.”

Former employee seeking housing

Kris Korb

A former employee is returning to the Nevada area and is seeking a two-bedroom apartment or duplex. If you know of any sites, please let Kris Korb know and she will forward the info. Thanks.

Thank You

Dr. Weitzel

I write to once again thank you for your dedication to our College and to the education of our students.  This spring term is not the one we would have wished for, but together, the campus demonstrated determination, creativity, problem-solving, resiliency, and team work.  I am proud of what our College has been able to accomplish and I know that the best days are yet ahead.

Yoga Class Playlist

Jo Byrnes

Hello all. Here’s the updated Yoga playlist.

If you’d like to continue to receive Yoga videos over the summer (one a week), send me an email, jbyrnes@cottey.edu

Serenbetz Institute Celebrations

Jamie Bloomfield

The Serenbetz Institute awards grants to faculty and students to participate in activities related to women’s leadership, social responsibility, and global awareness. Cottey’s Leadership team recently met to review applications for the Fall 2020 semester. We’re excited to announce a leadership immersion grant was awarded to Dr. Carol Clyde Gallagher for her proposal to take three student’s to the 23rd Annual International Leadership Association’s Global Conference.

Three students completed their LEO Presidential Leadership Service Project under the mentorship of Dr. Jann Weitzel. Dawn Wood and Aschle Paladino worked together to coordinate Encouragement Week held March 2-6, 2020, to lift up the campus community by showing them support, encouragement, positivity, and love during mid-term exams. The week included a Zen room; guided meditation sessions; notes of encouragement; and cuddles, snuggles, and puppy kisses with visiting therapy dogs. Shania Roberts adjusted her project to the needs of students following the move to virtual classes after spring break. Utilizing her experience as an online student at her previous institution, Shania created an infographic with study tips for virtual students. This infographic was shared with students leading up to finals week.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Clyde Gallahger, Dawn Wood, Aschle Paladino, and Shania Roberts.

KC Studio Magazine

Chris Ortiz


This week the new issue of the KC Studio Magazine came out (the Kansas City Fine Arts Magazine) with a new addition. I have been listed as this issue’s “Artist To Watch.” You can read the article here: http://kcstudio.org/artist-to-watch-chris-ortiz /

April Extra Mile award

Jeanna Simpson

Dining Services staff faced a number of challenges in providing meals to students upon their return from spring break and the remainder of the semester. The staff implemented safety precautions to protect staff and students. Continued adjustments even included delivery of three meals-a-day to students in their suites. The staff of dining services went the extra mile with creativity and positive attitude. Student Life thanks you for going the EXTRA MILE! The dining services staff will be placed in the end of the year drawing for a fabulous prize!

May Extra Mile award

Jeanna Simpson

Bobbie Lawler showed commitment to the students of Cottey College after their return from spring break. Bobbie was the first to say, “what do we need to do? We’ll get it done!” Bobbie responded to the additional safety precautions of cleaning and sanitizing for the protection of staff and students.  She met this challenge with a positive attitude and desire to help. Student Life thanks you for going the EXTRA MILE!
Bobbie’s name will be placed in the year end drawing for a fabulous prize!

Issue Sixteen Friday, May 8, 2020

2020-21 Academic Calander

Deana Kerbs

Academic Calendar 2020-21

Presentation at Association of Leadership Educators (ALE) Annual Conference

Carol Gallagher

Dr. Carol Clyde Gallagher and her co-presenter, Yolanda Caldwell from the College of Saint Rose, have been accepted to present a session titled, “In Tune with Women’s Leadership: Undergraduate Programs to Navigate the Labyrinth.”  The interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to consider the need for and growth of leadership programs for undergraduate women. Drawing from research and best practices, the session will introduce the topic and consider findings from a survey on effective curricular and co-curricular approaches to the education and development of undergraduate women leaders. Facilitators will highlight key components of programs and participants will consider possibilities and strategize on initiatives on their own campus to help young women navigate the “Leadership Labyrinth.”

Cottey’s Leadership Lounge

Carol Gallagher

Leadership Lounge

Carol Gallagher has been hosting a “Leadership Lounge” where current and former students (along with an occasional guest) come together to discuss leadership in the crazy times we’re finding ourselves in.  This has provided an incredible opportunity for current and former Organizational Leadership students to connect, network, troubleshoot, and hold each other accountable.

History Department Blog on Celebrity

Angela Firkus

History Blog

Louisa May Alcott complained about gawkers at her home and even wanted to spray them with water! Read and subscribe to the new History Department blog about celebrity. Contributors will include Cottey College faculty, alumnae, and students enrolled in the Celebrity Women class in the fall.

Yoga Class Playlist

Jo Byrnes

How College Works on Spotify

Peter Hyland

How College Works is a (mostly) weekly podcast about the differences between high school and college. Recently it has been added to Spotify’s podcast hosting. Now you can listen to all 84 episodes as Professor Peter Hyland discusses how a college works, how a high school works, and what that means for students making that transition. The podcast also features Professor Melody Denny and Peter’s brother, Andrew Hyland, a high school teacher with 16 years’ experience in the classroom.

Ribbons on Trees

Steve Reed

Ribbons on Trees

Last Friday the Cottey College Student Life team came together to honor Cottey College associate and bachelor degree graduates as well as the Nevada High School graduates. Blue and white ribbons were hung from trees for the Cottey graduates and crimson and gray ribbons were hung to recognize the 2020 Nevada High School class.

Spring Cleanup

Nancy Kerbs

A Spring Cleanup hosted by the City of Nevada and the Vernon County Commission will be held Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10, at the Vernon County Fairgrounds, 1488 E. Ashland in Nevada.

Dumpsters placed several feet apart will be provided. Only one vehicle at a time at each dumpster. No staff will be available to help unload vehicles. You may dispose of any items that are allowed to go to the landfill. No hazardous waste, tires, etc.

The traditional fall cleanup is expected to be scheduled in the fall when there will be help unloading and recyclable materials will be collected.

Thanking Dorthy Vanek

Athletics

Vanek Family Memorial Filed

The athletic department would like to thank an extremely generous donor, supporter, and fan for all of her many contributions during her lifetime. Dorothy Vanek has made Tuscon her home, but she grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri. Philanthropy has been a huge part of Dorothy’s life and she has been extremely generous and supportive of the Comets. Our softball field will always bear her name and Dorothy loved hearing about how “her girls” were doing during the season. This beautiful field has offered a tremendous home field advantage and has resulted in so many amazing memories for countless people. We would not have been able to create this incredible softball family or had the opportunity to have this fantastic centerpiece for all of the Cottey community to come together without Dorothy’s help. Dorothy lived a long and incredible life. We encourage you to join us in thanking her by celebrating her life and keeping her family in your thoughts during this difficult time.

Issue Fifteen Friday, May 1, 2020

Yoga Class Playlist

Jo Byrnes

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society Scholarship Award Recipients

Dr. Mary Mba

Congratulations to both Magdalene Anima Asare and Ashley Beckstrom Doktor on their scholarship awards. Both worked really hard on their scholarship applications and we as a college are very proud of them. They were honored in a virtual ceremony of the PTK Student Leadership Award ceremony on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Below are their bios and awards:

 

Magdalene Anima Asare is an International student from Ghana and a sophomore at Cottey College completing a bachelor’s degree in health and biomedical science with a minor in Chemistry. She served as the vice-president for service for the PTK Epsilon chapter (Cottey College) for the 2019-2020 academic year. Taking up a leadership role has equipped her with a lot of incredible and beneficial skills. During her free time, she likes to volunteer in the community and to spend time with family and friends. Scholarship Awards: • All-Missouri Academic First Team • New Century Scholars Transfer Pathway

 

Ashley Beckstrom Dokter is a sophomore at Cottey College,  the president of her second-year class and the yearbook editor. She volunteers as much as she can while still helping to organize events for her class and the freshmen. She is member of PTK, SKD, and the Leadership Program, LEO, at Cottey College. She is planning on transferring to the University of Hawaii at Manoa to finish her bachelor’s degree in computer science. “It is such an honor to be one of the awardees, thank you so much!” Scholarship Award: • All-Missouri Academic Third Team

Issue Fourteen Friday, April 24, 2020

Movement Videos

Jo Byrnes

If you’d like the links to any of my yoga or dance classes, send me an email (jbyrnes@cottey.edu). There are a variety of types of activities from a 50-minute yoga class, a 10-minute warm-up, and musical theater numbers.

English Capstone Presentations

Trisha Stubblefield

Congratulations to Valerie Bond, Olivia Kirkendall, Natalee Long, and Sophie Powell for successfully presenting their English capstone projects on Assessment Day!

Thanks to Nancy Kerbs and Mike Dombroski for organizing the event, and thanks to everyone who was able to attend the presentations and who sent good wishes to our students. We appreciate your support!

For more pictures and information, please visit “Cottey College English Department” on Facebook or @CotteyEnglish on Instagram and Twitter.

Webinar Attendance

Trisha Stubblefield

Dr. Trisha Stubblefield attended an ACRL-Choice Webinar titled “Decolonizing the Literature Curriculum: Equality Diversity and Inclusion in Literary Studies.”

Phi Theta Kappa International Awards

Robin Conner

PTK Awards 2020

Cottey College Phi Theta Kappa, Epsilon Chapter attended the annual PTK Catalyst Convention virtually on Friday, April 17. We are pleased to announce that our Epsilon Chapter received three international Hallmark Awards. Dr. Fernando and I are extremely proud of all the hard work and determination it took from our PTK members and officers to bring home three International Hallmark Awards as well as 10 Regional Hallmark Awards this spring. In the fall, PTK Missouri Regional Coordinators will be coming to campus to present our chapter the awards in person. On behalf of our Epsilon Chapter, we thank all the college faculty, staff, and our college administrators for all your support and dedication to our Epsilon Chapter! We couldn’t have done it without you! International Hallmark Awards 1- Top 100 Chapters (1,289 chapters total) (Second year in a row) 2- Distinguished Honors In Action Project 3- Distinguished Chapter Award

Issue Thirteen Friday, April 17, 2020

Yoga/Dance class video links

Jo Byrnes

If you’d like the links to any of my yoga or dance classes, send me an email (jbyrnes@cottey.edu). There are a variety of types of activities from a 50-minute yoga class, a 10-minute warm-up, and musical theater numbers.

Kansas City Pitch Magazine

Chris Ortiz

This past week, I took a walk around the small Kansas town that I live in and documented what I saw during the stay-at-home orders that Gov. Kelly had put in place.  I thought that during these historic times, the world around me needed to be documented.  Those photos came to a project that The Pitch Magazine, out of Kansas City, picked up on and asked for me to do a small photo essay for them. 

Thank you.

Toilet Flushing Guidelines

Physical Plant

Many communities around the country have asked all residents to avoid flushing sanitary wipes even if the package states they are flushable. This same thing applies to the Cottey community.

Although many so called “disposable” hand wipes are advertised as safe for flushing, they can cause backups in the system and contribute to the buildup of foreign materials. In some cases, they can attach to buildups of grease in the system and create large blockages called “fatbergs.”

Other alternatives to toilet paper like paper towels and facial tissues also shouldn’t be flushed, officials say. Officials believe more people are flushing these items down local sewer lines due to the coronavirus crisis.

Community members should pay extra attention to what they are flushing and not flush anything other than toilet paper, whether for personal hygiene purposes or for wiping and cleaning surfaces.  Blockages to sewer lines can cause backups on your home or business. 

The following items should NOT be flushed:

  • Paper towels
  • Napkins
  • Wet wipes/baby wipes
  • Facial tissues

As a general reminder, here are “dos and don’ts” for avoiding backups in local sewer lines:

  • Do not flush wipes, gloves, towels, or other trash down the toilet, even if they’re labeled flushable.
  • Do not pour grease down kitchen sinks or toilets.  Instead, put grease in a sealed non-recyclable container and throw it out with the regular garbage.
  • Do not use the sink as a toilet or the toilet as a garbage disposal.
  • Do reduce and reuse by using compostable or reusable makeup applicators (cotton balls) and cleaning supplies (paper towels or rags).
  • Do toss dirty makeup, cleaning or baby wipes, tampons, sanitary pads and condoms into the trash.
  • Do recycle finished toilet paper rolls, cardboard packaging from toothpaste and toothbrushes, and plastic packaging from shampoos and shower gels.

Issue Twelve Friday, April 10, 2020

Yoga/Dance Videos

Jo Byrnes

If you’d like the links to any of my yoga or dance classes, send me an email (jbyrnes@cottey.edu). There are a variety of types of activities from a 50-minute yoga class to a 10-minute warm-up.

Thank You Videos

Staci Keys

Donors to Virginia Alice Cottey Day and the new Student Aid Emergency Fund received video thank you’s for their support.  VAC Day donors received the video of Lily Miller and Student Aid Emergency Fund donors received the video of Magdalene Asare.

English Majors Complete Their Capstone Projects

Trisha Stubblefield

The English department congratulates our four graduating seniors who turned in the final drafts of their capstone thesis projects last week! The projects represent the culmination of the students’ work in the major and at Cottey. We think you will be impressed by the range and depth of their work. *Valerie Bond, “Alcott’s Jo(e) March: A Transgender Analysis of _Little Women_” (Valerie’s project analyzes the character of Jo through the lens of transgender theory.) *Olivia Kirkendall, “On Whitman, Democracy, and Homosexuality” (Olivia’s project analyzes Whitman’s use of homoeroticism in “Song of Myself” as a means of critiquing 19th-century American democracy.) *Natalee Long, “The Empathy of Mothering: Crossing the Boundaries between Humans and Elephants” (Natalee’s project draws on Ecofeminism, Ecology/Ethology, and Literary Studies to analyze Jody Picoult’s 2014 novel _Leaving Time_.) *Sophie Powell, “Creating the Recluse of Amherst: A Critical Analysis of Contemporary Authorship Practices in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry” (Sophie’s project combines Literary Studies and Writing Studies, which she will study in graduate school this fall, to analyze Dickinson’s conception of authorship.)

Issue Eleven Friday, April 3, 2020

Yoga/Dance Videos

Jo Byrnes

If you’d like the links to any of my yoga or dance classes, send me an email (jbyrnes@cottey.edu) . You can learn “Don’t Lose Your Head” from the musical Six, “My Shot” from Hamilton, or “Step in Time” from Mary Poppins. Or just do a gentle 10-minute warm up, or a more vigorous one. 

Virtual Founder’s Day Weekend is HERE!

Christi Ellis

COVID-19 can’t stop Cottey alumnae from celebrating Founder’s Day Weekend! We’re taking Founder’s ONLINE! And, it’s just not for reunion years; it’s FOUNDER’S FOR ALL!

Website: http://cottey.edu/founders2020
Facebook: Cottey College Alumnae
Instagram: cotteyalumnae
#VirtualFounders2020

We invite you to visit the site often now thru Sunday, April 5. Visit the schedule of ways to connect, engage, and socialize with Cottey College alumnae across the generations and around the globe. There will be videos, online shopping, Zoom reunions for classes ending in 0 or 5, a cooking demonstration, a virtual walk, and plenty of activities for you (and even your family members) to enjoy from the comfort of wherever you may find yourself during this time of self-isolation and social distancing. We’ll also have a celebration of an illustrious group of Cottey College Alumnae Association award recipients.  

JOIN US- Online! And don’t forget when you’re posting tag us @cotteyalumnae and use our hashtag #VirtualFounders2020

March Extra Mile award

Jeanna Simpson

Mike Dombroski has been selected as the March extra mile recipient. The nomination stated, “Mike is consistently friendly and helpful. He is very prompt in accomplishing tasks and then calling to let one know to check out the revision. If he is not immediately available, he will communicate a time frame for helping to complete the task. During the recent COVID-19 campus changes, Mike went the extra mile and worked throughout his vacation to help faculty and staff prepare for on-line classes and answer an array of technology questions. While being very patient, he has provided technology support that has allowed the campus to provide quality on-line classes and supportive resources for all students.” Thanks very much to Mike Dombroski for going the extra mile this month!

Submissions due TODAY for the Writing Contest!

Sarah Polo & Jon Green

Submissions for the Merry Ann DeVaney Sauls Writing Contest are due today, Friday, April 3, at 11:59 p.m.!

Visit https://tinyurl.com/r5tuamj for information and to enter your submissions!

New Professor of Art and Photography

Chris Ortiz

Good afternoon Cottey Community.  I would just like to take a little bit of time and introduce myself as an incoming professor at this gorgeous college. My name is Chris Ortiz; I have my B.A. in Art History from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, and my MFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). This fall I will be taking over the Art History course offered at Cottey and will be in charge of Digital Art as well this fall.

My main body of work deals with medium format film photography and editing it digitally. In the past, I have done sports photography for the Major League Soccer team, Sporting Kansas City; the National Women’s Soccer League team, FC Kansas City (now the Utah Royals FC); United Soccer League’s Sporting Kansas City II (formally Swope Park Rangers); and both the United States Men and Women’s National Soccer Teams. Outside of my sports photography I have been fortunate to work in the field photographing social issues, from Latinx issues to women’s marches in Lawrence and Kansas City to a social documentary series about the aftermath of abusive relationships to my current project that tells the story of the Punk Rock scene for the 50th year anniversary that is coming up. You can read an article on this collection in the winter issue of Lawrence Magazine https://issuu.com/sunflower_publishing/docs/lm19w and a forthcoming article in the May/June issue of the KC Studio Magazine.

I am excited about the upcoming fall term and becoming a member of the Cottey Family.

Issue Ten Friday, March 27, 2020

Yoga Videos

Jo Byrnes

I am willing to share the videos I am making for my yoga class. If you would like to have access, send me an email (jbyrnes@cottey.edu) and let me know. I will send you the links.

Cottey’s new website for connecting remotely to the campus network

Keith Spencer

New Site

http://remote.cottey.edu is Cottey’s new website for connecting remotely to the campus network through a secure VPN (virtual private network).  All faculty and staff working from home are encouraged to use this new website, and *not* the old Remote2 link.
The new http://remote.cottey.edu website includes a link to a new VPN appliance that allows greater numbers of remote users.
Please refer to the new website in the days and weeks to come for all links and announcements regarding remote access to the campus network.

Changes to Serenbetz Institute Call for Proposals

Jill Compton

In light of the effects of COVID-19 on travel, and in recognition of the fluidity of developments related to the virus, two changes regarding the recent Serenbetz Institute call for proposals have been made:

*The call for proposals for Summer 2020 funding for all award categories is canceled. Proposals for Summer 2020 leadership internships, leadership immersions, and undergraduate research projects will not be considered for funding. All funds designated for these awards will be “rolled over” to future semesters and may be used to increase the number of proposals funded in future semesters.

*Proposals for Fall 2020 leadership immersions and undergraduate research projects will still be accepted. The deadline for these proposals has been extended to April 14.

PTK Regional Conference

Robin Conner

PTK Award

Despite the cancellation of Phi Theta Kappa Missouri Regional Conference on March 13-14, the Regional Award Ceremony was held live on Facebook. We couldn’t be prouder of the 2019 Epsilon Chapter team! The 2019 Chapter team did phenomenal work and walked away with 10 regional awards!

1) 5 Star Chapter Award
2) Individual Distinguished Member Award- Morgan Schmidt
3) Horizon Award- Ganga Fernando
4) Distinguished Advisor Award- Ganga Fernando
5) Paragon Advisor Award- Robin Conner
6) Distinguished Chapter Advisor Team- Robin Conner and Ganga Fernando
7) Distinguished College Project Award
8) Distinguished Honors In Action Award
9) Distinguished Honors In Action Theme 6: Vision of Justice Award

And the best one yet…

10) 2019 Distinguished Chapter Award

With Distinguished Chapter Award, scores from the College Project and Honors In Action Projects are combined. This award means with combined scores we were among the top three chapters in our region and we excelled in all four hallmarks of PTK- Leadership, Fellowship, Scholarship and Service!

These awards have automatically placed us in great standing for the International Convention Award Ceremony to be held live on Facebook on Saturday, April 4. We are so proud of our 2019 Chapter team and we are very thankful for all the Cottey administration support as well as the support from the entire campus!

Staff Member of the Year Award

Becky Penn

Staff Member of the Year Award Nominations due March 27, 2020.

Each year, one staff member is recognized as Staff Member of the Year, which comes not only with the appreciation of the campus but also a $1000 award.  All employees with the exception of full-time faculty members (who are eligible for the faculty award) are eligible for award.  Nominations will be accepted from faculty, staff, and students.

If you would like to nominate a staff member, please complete the short form below and forward to Becky Penn at bpenn@cottey.edu by March 27, 2020.  A committee will be formed to select the recipient, who will be recognized at the Honors and Award Convocation in May.

Nomination Form: Staff Recognition
Staff Member’s Name:
Staff Member’s Department on Campus:

Reasons why the Staff Member represents an outstanding employee and supporter of Cottey College: (Please include below either a short bullet list or paragraph. Include any campus involvement outside of work assignment.)

Issue Nine Friday, March 6, 2020

Founder’s Day Weekend – April 3-5, 2020

Office of Alumnae Relations

Founder’s Day Weekend is April 3-5, and this year we celebrate the classes ending in 0’s and 5’s.
The full schedule of events can be found on our website: www.cottey.edu/alumnae/founders-day. Events that may be of particular interest to the campus community include:

Faculty/Staff Reception at the Center for the Arts, P.E.O. Foundation Art Gallery – Friday, April 3, from 3-5 p.m. This is your opportunity to reconnect with alumnae; light refreshments will be served.

Awards Luncheon-Saturday, April 4, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This event is the heart of Saturday’s activities and is often noted as the highlight of the weekend. The event will feature the alumnae awards, presidential address, and a message from the Cottey College Alumnae Association. This is a ticked event, if you would like to attend, please contact the Office of Alumnae Relations no later than March 20 at ext. 2122 or alumnae@cottey.edu to reserve a ticket.
This year’s award recipients are:

  • Outstanding Young Alumna- Kristy L. Leitze ‘05
  • Friend of the College – Chuck Baker
  • Alumna Service- Karel Lyster Lowery ‘75
  • Honorary Alumna – Linda Russell
  • Honorary Alumna -Helen Lodge
  • Distinguished Alumna- Christine Fuller Scheuneman ‘70

Celebrate Connections, lower level of the Chapel – Saturday, April 4, from 1-2 p.m. Help us celebrate with our alumnae the progress made in achieving the $3.2 million goal (we’re getting close!) and experience the impact of connections that our new student center will have on campus life.

Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention

Selena Kohel

Dr. Selena Kohel attended the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention, February 26-29, in New Orleans, Louisiana. While there, Dr. Kohel presented “Making the Grade on Inclusion, Equity, and Equality”  at the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Pre-Conference. She also  served as a mentor, facilitating a conversation on Microaggressions: Stories of Success and Resilience, for a Student Mentoring Lunch.

My Why by April Mosher

Staci Keys

April Mosher

I chose to give to the chapel/student center initiative because I feel this will greatly benefit our students and their ability to gather and create connections. The student center will get a lot of use between the indoor and outdoor spaces which will, I think, quickly make us wonder how we got by without it. I am looking forward to seeing students enjoy the space and begin to make special memories there that they will carry with them as they leave Cottey.

We hope everyone has a great spring break!

Jo, Adam, and Staci

Cottey College Career Fair

Renee Hampton

The 2020 Cottey College Career Fair is scheduled for April 1 in the RBAC Student Lounge and Art Gallery.  In addition to the exhibitors, this year’s fair will offer events such as an image consulting session, and a professional photo gallery. New exhibitors registering for this year’s event include Spaulding University, Missouri Science & Technology, Sherwin-Williams, Freeman Health Systems, Ozark Center, Good Shepherd Hospice, and Citizens Memorial Hospital. Exhibitor registration will be accepted through March 27.

MSSU Career Fair

Renee Hampton

Nine students attended the Missouri State University Career Fair on Wednesday, February 26, and were able to visit with a variety of potential employers. Seven of the students have reported receiving one or more contacts for interviews. While in Springfield, the group visited Bass Pro Shop and participated in a Business Dinner Etiquette Workshop at Hemingway’s Blue Water Cafe.

Serenbetz Funding Deadline March 31, 2020

Jamie L. Bloomfield

Dear Cottey Community,

The Serenbetz Institute for Women’s Leadership, Social Responsibility, and Global Awareness supports Cottey’s mission to educate women to be contributing members of a global society.

In an effort to support Cottey’s mission, the Serenbetz Institute provides opportunities to engage in leadership immersions, summer leadership internships, and undergraduate research grants. Applications are now being accepted for Summer 2020 Leadership Internship awards, and Leadership Immersion and Undergraduate Research Grants for summer 2020 and fall 2020 semesters. Students who have declared a baccalaureate major may apply. Please see below for more details.

Leadership Immersion Grant
A leadership immersion is an intensive academic study or personal enrichment travel experience that directly relates to at least two of the Serenbetz Institute’s three foci: leadership, social responsibility, and global awareness. Faculty sponsors or students with at least a 2.50 GPA are eligible to apply. Funding requests may include proposals for group or individual travel. Funding will not be awarded to support study abroad experiences. Faculty-led group experiences will be given precedence. Funding requests should not exceed $1,250 per student.

For further information, including example applications and the evaluation rubric, please visit the Leadership Immersions Program Process page.

Proposals must be submitted via eLearning by midnight, March 31, 2020:
1) Log into https://my.cottey.edu;
2) Go to “Forms” tab (in a blue band near the top); and
3) Click on “Serenbetz Institute Leadership Immersion Application.”

Undergraduate Research Grant
Undergraduate research is an investigation or inquiry that is conducted by an undergraduate student and makes an intellectual or creative contribution to the student’s discipline. Undergraduate research grants are made available to students to focus on research projects related to the study of leadership and leadership development within their academic discipline. Students with at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply. Funding will not be awarded to support research projects undertaken for academic credit, including projects embedded in courses and capstone projects. Funding requests should not exceed $2,000.

For further information, including an example undergraduate research grant application, please visit the Undergraduate Research Grants page.

Proposals must be submitted via the MyCottey portal by midnight, March 31, 2020:
1) Log into https://my.cottey.edu;
2) Go to “Forms” tab (in a blue band near the top); and
3) Click on “Serenbetz Institute Undergraduate Research Application.”

Summer Leadership Internship
Funds are available for students to engage in an in-depth exploration of leadership from within a community, governmental, political, or non-profit organization. Students are expected to take initiative and develop the internship site, in consultation with faculty and Kolderie Center staff. Students with at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply. Grant funds may not be used to cover tuition costs. Funding requests should not exceed $1,000 for internships within North America or $2,000 for internships abroad.

For further information, including an example undergraduate research grant application, please visit the Summer Leadership Internship page.

Proposals must be submitted via the MyCottey portal by midnight, March 31, 2020:
1) Log into https://my.cottey.edu;
2) Go to “Forms” tab (in a blue band near the top); and
3) Click on “Serenbetz Summer Leadership Internship Application.”

Proposal Review Process
All completed applications will be reviewed by an independent committee composed of administrative staff, faculty, and students. Applications will be prioritized by quality and alignment with Serenbetz Institute foci (women’s leadership, social responsibility, and global awareness). Evaluation rubrics can be found on the pages linked above. All applicants will be notified of their award status by April 19, 2019.

Project Assessment
All immersion and internship experiences and undergraduate research projects require grant recipients to provide an assessment of the experience (including a personal reflection on learning), a campus presentation or workshop related to the experience, and at least two photographs showcasing the project. These items are due within 30 days of the completion of the experience.

If you have questions regarding the Serenbetz Institute and its grant programs, please let me know.

Golden Key Training

Maggie Shouse

Golden Key training has begun!! The new Golden Keys will also continue training for the rest of the month of March! They are a great group that we are really excited about!

Dance Guest Artist

Jo Byrnes

The Dance Department was so honored to have Janie Morgan, professor of dance from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri, on campus this past weekend (February 28-March 1) to set a piece on the Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company. The dance will be on the program of “A Spring Dance Co-Motion” April 17 & 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Auditorium. Thanks to Janie for the beautiful dance!

Staff Member of the Year Award

Becky Penn

Staff Member of the Year Award Nominations due March 27, 2020.

Each year, one staff member is recognized as Staff Member of the Year, which comes not only with the appreciation of the campus but also a $1000 award.  All employees with the exception of full-time faculty members (who are eligible for the faculty award) are eligible for award.  Nominations will be accepted from faculty, staff, and students.

If you would like to nominate a staff member, please complete the short form below and forward to Becky Penn at bpenn@cottey.edu by March 27, 2020.  A committee will be formed to select the recipient, who will be recognized at the Honors and Award Convocation in May.

Nomination Form: Staff Recognition
Staff Member’s Name:
Staff Member’s Department on Campus:

Reasons why the Staff Member represents an outstanding employee and supporter of Cottey College: (Please include below either a short bullet list or paragraph. Include any campus involvement outside of work assignment.)

Issue Eight Friday, Febuary 28, 2020

2020 MADS Writing Contest!

Sarah Polo & Jon Green

The 2020 Merry Ann DeVaney Sauls Writing Contest is underway! Students are invited to submit their writings to the contest. The contest winners will receive recognition (and money!) at the awards ceremony, which will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 15, in the Missouri Recital Hall.

Full contest details and the submission form are available at https://tinyurl.com/r5tuamj.

Instructors, please encourage your students to submit!

German Meal for Food Module Participants

Mike Dombroski and Dr. Kathy Pivak

making Pretzels

On Wednesday, February 26, students participating in the Munich Food Markets: Viktualienmarkt and Elisabethmarkt module got together and prepared a meal of German foods. The week before, the group prepared some sauerkraut and mustard so it would be ready to eat on Wednesday. The meal included, pretzels, sauerkraut, mustard, and potato pancakes that the group made. In addition, students got to try bratwurst, herring, strudel, and German chocolate.

My Why by Cindy Spencer

Staci Keys

As a relatively new staff member at Cottey, I am continually impressed and at times awed by the Cottey community. I have worked at nine other institutions and few have exhibited the student-centered approach at the level I see at Cottey College. When the Center for Campus Life was introduced to me, I felt this was going to provide a wonderful space for students, faculty, and staff to come together. I have witnessed the community atmosphere in Raney Dining Room. I believe the Center for Campus Life will be yet another location for this to occur. I look forward to the day the center opens and comes alive with activity.

Congratulations to everyone we are now over $15,000!

Jo, Adam, and Staci 

Gallery Artists’ Reception at 5 p.m. on this Wednesday

Kris Korb

There will be an artists’ reception for Tara Booth and Morgan Frew at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, in the P.E.O. Foundation Art Gallery, located in the Center for the Arts. Stop by and learn more about the exhibit titled “If a Tree Fell in the Woods.” Cookies and punch will be served.

Cottey Students Developing Leadership

Carol Gallagher

Students are working on their own growth and development again in Cottey’s Organizational Leadership classes and we hope you’ll be part of their success.  Research shows that the more people are held accountable to goals they set, the more likely they are to achieve those goals.  If you have any of the students below, I hope you’ll ask them about their Leadership Development Plan (LDP).  If you’re curious about what one of these LDP’s looks like, feel free to check out the LDP I’m doing this semester with students at http://bit.ly/LDP_sample

  • Mackenzie  Becker
  • Maraki Berhe
  • Helen Greer
  • Latasha Griggs
  • Izzy Hernandez
  • Dharma Hopkins
  • Ashanti  Knight
  • Brittany Lear
  • Hannah Nelson
  • Olivia Ortiz
  • Aschle Paladino
  • Bri Quick
  • Shania Roberts
  • Gillian Schlichtmann
  • Rosa Schones
  • Leah Spilman
  • Rae Stuits
  • Rimsa Upreti
  • A.K. Veal
  • Mamie Watt
  • Mary Winsor

Founders Weekend RSVP

Ashleigh Miller

This is the last week you can fill out your RSVP for Founder’s Weekend!

Founder’ Weekend is quickly approaching! The big event takes place Friday, April 3, through Sunday, April 5.

During this weekend, the Founder’s Luncheon takes place on Saturday, April 4; in order to attend, you MUST sign up.  In addition to a delicious meal, speeches will be presented from the Cottey College Alumnae Association, the Dow Scholar, five award recipients and President Dr. Weitzel.  The Alumnae Board also promotes the importance of giving back to Cottey College financially.  Sunday brunch attire is required at this event!

Sign-ups have to take place before Spring Break!  Please fill out this Founder’s Day Luncheon RSVP as soon as possible to reserve your spot or to sign up for the alternate sack lunch if you do not plan to attend.  Then, during the week of Monday, March 2, through March 6, you will be able to pick up your Founder’s Luncheon ticket at the foyer table in Raney during the LUNCH HOUR ONLY from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (students can also sign up via email to amiller@cottey.edu).  If you do not sign up for either the luncheon or a sack lunch, a meal WILL NOT be provided for you.
Please consider the following items:

  • Founder’s Luncheon is Saturday, April 4.
  • The Luncheon begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 pm.
  • You must stay for the entire event!
  • Remember proper behavior during speeches; please be respectful and courteous (no talking, etc.)!
  • Sunday Brunch attire is required.

PLEASE keep your commitment to either attend the luncheon or pick up your sack lunch, whichever you choose.

Contact Ashleigh Miller at ext. 2150 or amiller@cottey.edu with any questions.

Foreign Language Week

Carmen Bourbon

Alpha Mu Gamma invites the Cottey community in celebrating Foreign Language Week. We will have different activities around campus including cultural activities and the selling of goodies sponsored by Global Citizens. There will also be several other activities at the library so come and join the fun!

For more information email:
Maria Olvera – maria.olvera@student.cottey.edu 
Susan Francisco- susan.francisco@student.cottey.edu
Carmen Bourbon- cbourbon@cottey.edu
Courtney Trautweiler- ctrautweiler@cottey.edu

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., until March 5, in RFAB 152.
No experience necessary.
Drop in as your schedule allows.
Mats provided.
Questions? jbyrnes@cottey.edu, x2250

Staff Member of the Year Award

Becky Penn

Staff Member of the Year Award Nominations due March 27, 2020.

Each year, one staff member is recognized as Staff Member of the Year, which comes not only with the appreciation of the campus but also a $1000 award.  All employees with the exception of full-time faculty members (who are eligible for the faculty award) are eligible for award.  Nominations will be accepted from faculty, staff, and students. 

If you would like to nominate a staff member, please complete the short form below and forward to Becky Penn at bpenn@cottey.edu by March 27, 2020.  A committee will be formed to select the recipient, who will be recognized at the Honors and Award Convocation in May.

Nomination Form: Staff Recognition
Staff Member’s Name:
Staff Member’s Department on Campus:

Reasons why the Staff Member represents an outstanding employee and supporter of Cottey College: (Please include below either a short bullet list or paragraph. Include any campus involvement outside of work assignment.)

Cottey College Learning Center opens new Instagram Account

Amilee Dorantes (via Stephanie McGhee)

The Learning Center has created a new Instagram account to connect and share with students on campus relevant information about the services we offer, team members, and events. Students will be able to keep up to date with new changes to the schedule, learn more about the Learning Center, and interact with posts. If you are unfamiliar with the Learning Center or the process of a tutoring session, follow our Instagram @Cottey.CCLC or visit us in the lower level of the library!

The Learning Center is a place where students can meet with trained peer tutors in a variety of subjects to enhance their learning experience. The Center also doubles as a learning space where students can work independently or collaboratively with peers. We have open work areas as well as study rooms for working individually or one-on-one with peer tutors. The space is specifically designed to be a welcoming learning environment. We invite students to work in our Center, and we strive to maintain a professional, educationally-centered environment.

Follow us on Instagram @Cottey.CCLC
For more information please contact Stephanie McGhee at smcghee@cottey.edu or ext. 2131

Dance Guest Artist

Jo Byrnes

Janie Morgan, associate professor of dance at Missouri Valley College, in Marshall, Missouri, will be on campus February 28-March 1 to set a piece on the Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company. The piece will be performed on the “A Spring Dance Co-motion” concert April 16 and 17, 2020, in the Auditorium of the Center for the Arts. Please welcome Prof. Morgan to campus!

Four Cottey alumnae have transferred to Missouri Valley to earn their B.A. degrees in dance: Rebecca (Whitsett) Curtis, Rachel LaGrou, Emily Schaefer, and Kasey Milton.

Students participate in Missouri Governor’s Student Leadership Forum

Jamie Bloomfield

Jefferson City, Missouri – Sarah Van Horn and Katie Brown were two of 98 collegiate students nominated to represent Cottey College during the 33rd Annual Missouri Governor’s Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values held February 14-16, 2020, in Jefferson City, Missouri.

The forum challenges students’ character development by encouraging them to reflect on their own decision-making skills, values, and belief systems. Students learn about how to reconcile relationships, stand for truth, and love others as they love themselves. The forum’s guiding principle is teaching students to embrace altruism rather than egotism.

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft welcomed students to the annual forum that was created by his father, former Missouri Governor and 79th U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft. Students began the day having breakfast with Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion.

Students heard from several speakers who lead by example, including Rebecca Welsh, founder of HALO, a non-profit organization supporting homeless and at-risk children; John Stroup, minister at Freeway Ministries who devotes his life to helping individuals overcome life struggles; Freda Boateng, Senior Administrative Assistant for Admissions and Financial Aid at New York Law School and a freelance poet; Ramesh Balayar, Professor of Global Resources, Poverty, Sustainable Development and Environmental Sociology at Iowa State University; Bob Priddy, retired news director of Missourinet; Lethia Owens, author and branding expert; and Missouri State Representatives Kevin Windham and Travis Fitzwater.

Issue Seven Friday, Febuary 21, 2020

Fall 2020 Study Abroad

Megan Corrigan

Congratulations to the following students who have been  conditionally approved to study abroad for Fall 2020:

Julia Aguirre -Montevideo, Uruguay
Anthionette Ba-Innimayeh – Sweden or Switzerland 
Emily Fisher -Reading, England
Taylor Marie Hill – Bilbao, Spain
Jazzmin Miller – Auckland, New Zealand
Allison Ousely – Florence, Italy

Spring Play “From Silence” by Anne Marilyn Lucas

Laura Chaney

Cottey Theatre presents “From Silence” by Anne Marilyn Lucas next week. The show runs February 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 1, at 2 p.m. with a talkback from the playwright after the Sunday matinee. This play has been selected by Director Laura Chaney to help aid in providing a historical as well as current context for Cottey students who will be traveling to Dachau in Munich, Germany, and Auschwitz in Poland for spring break. In addition, the theatre department welcomed Dr. Shelly Cline from the Midwest Center for Holocaust Research for a guest speaking arrangement on Thursday, February 20. Speaking truth to authority is frightening and telling your loved ones dark secrets impossible. Holocaust survivor Esther Gold has been silent all her life. But the Temple is on lock down and her granddaughter Elaina is being held inside. As she waits for news Esther travels back in time and we see the damaging results of her decision to remain silent about her years in Ravensbruck. We meet the German political protester who saved her life in the camp and witness her vow to speak out. Esther finally realizes that her family has been hurt by her silence. Now her granddaughter is threatened with death and the opportunity to comfort her by answering her questions may be lost. Can she finally come from silence to speak out?

My Why by TJ Tubbs

Staci Keys

This initiative represents an important part of the student experience and will have a lasting impact for years to come. I believe that the creation of the student center will allow Cottey to recruit and retain students at a higher level, because it shows how much we value each student who chooses to attend Cottey College.

If you haven’t noticed on cottey.edu/connect there is a banner that shows where the initiative as a whole was on February 11, 2020.  This total includes gifts and pledges made to the faculty/staff campaign, as of Monday, February 17, 2020, we are at $13,300!!

Thank you for all that you do for Cottey!
Jo Byrnes, Adam Dean, and Staci Keys

If a Tree Fell in the Woods

Kris Korb

Be sure to view the newest art exhibit in the P.E.O. Foundation Art Gallery. Titled If a Tree Fell in the Woods, it features the work of Cottey’s own Tara Booth and Morgan Frew. There will be an artists’ reception starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4.

Announcing the 2020 FWS Common Reader

Sarah Polo

The First-Year Writing Seminar Program is pleased to announce Cottey’s 2020 Common Reader, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.

All incoming Cottey students will read Just Mercy as part of their FWS 101 courses, and the entire Cottey community is invited to read along, as well! A reading schedule announcement will be sent out at the beginning of the fall semester.

Founder’s Weekend Survey

Ashleigh Miller

Students: This RSVP needs to be filled out before March 1!

Founder’s Weekend is quickly approaching! The big event takes place Friday, April 3, through Sunday, April 5.

During this weekend, the Founder’s Luncheon takes place on Saturday, April 4; in order to attend, you MUST sign up.  Besides being a delicious meal, there will be speeches presented from the Cottey College Alumnae Association, the Dow Scholar, five award recipients and President Dr. Jann Weitzel.  The Alumnae Board also promotes the importance of giving back to Cottey College financially.  Sunday brunch attire is required at this event!

Sign-ups have to take place before Spring Break!  Please fill out this Founder’s Day Luncheon RSVP as soon as possible to reserve your spot or to sign up for the alternate sack lunch if you do not plan to attend.  Then, during the week of Monday, March 2, through March 6, you will be able to pick up your Founder’s Luncheon ticket at the foyer table in Raney during the LUNCH HOUR ONLY from 11:15 – 12:45 (students can also sign up via email to amiller@cottey.edu).  If you do not sign up for either the luncheon or a sack lunch, a meal WILL NOT be provided for you.
Please consider the following items:

  • Founder’s Luncheon is Saturday, April 4.
  • The Luncheon begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 pm.
  • You must stay for the entire event!
  • Remember proper behavior during speeches; please be respectful and courteous (no talking, etc.)!
  • Sunday Brunch attire is required.

PLEASE keep your commitment to either attend the luncheon or pick up your sack lunch, whichever you choose.

Contact Ashleigh Miller at ext. 2150 or amiller@cottyey.edu with any questions.

Mardi Gras party

Dr. Mary Mba

Please join French Club members for a Mardi Gras party on Tuesday, February 25, at 6 p.m. at the Center for Women’s Leadership (CWL). There will be lots of French and Francophone activities such as French games, a movie, the singing of “La Marseillaise” (French national anthem), Mardi Gras decorations and masks, and guests will learn to make and flip their own crepe for luck. Crepes will be served with assorted fillings. To get a better understanding of Mardi Gras, make sure to see the displays in the library. Tickets can be purchased at the gate: Adults – $7, Students – $5, Children – $3. Bring friends and see you there!

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., until March 5, in RFAB 152.
No experience necessary.
Drop in as your schedule allows.
Mats provided.
Questions? jbyrnes@cottey.edu, x2250

Writing Across Cottey

Jonathan Green

The Cottey College Writing Center is pleased to announce the debut of Writing Across Cottey, an ongoing research project about the interdisciplinary nature of writing. In this video series, the Writing Center will be interviewing Cottey faculty from across the disciplines about their attitudes toward and experiences with writing in their field. We will be posting these interviews, along with transcripts, on the Writing Center website, and our first interview—coming soon—will be with Dr. Oindrila Roy, Assistant Professor of International Relations. The purpose of this project is to show the Cottey community how writing is done in all academic disciplines, not just English, and why writing matters to every field of study. For more information and to watch a debut video about the project, visit the Cottey College Writing Center website.

Issue Six Friday, Febuary 14, 2020

ANTHROPOLOGY DAY, February 20: Come Celebrate by Watching a Popular Movie!!!

Sarah Quick

Anthropology Day is an annual event and this year we’re watching a popular movie. JOIN US!
WHEN: Thursday February 20, 7-9 p.m.
WHERE: RBAC 109
WHAT:  A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
A short discussion will follow our viewing of this popular movie. We’ll consider what the film does well (or not so well) in representing monkeys, early humans, historical cultures, and historic individuals. Popcorn will be provided.

Future Comet on the News

Steve Reed

Future Cottey Comet Madison Hyder was featured on the Joplin news Wednesday evening for her experience and competition in FBLA. She’ll be coming to Cottey next year to play softball and major in business. Congratulations, Madison!

My Why by Dr. Erica Sigauke

Staci Keys

I choose to give to the faculty-staff campaign for the Chapel/Student Center because this center is going to be at the heart of the College. I see it as a community-building center where love and social interaction is going to impact one another and help bring more visibility of our College in the world. People from different walks of life, even visitors, will learn more about the powerful history of Cottey College and why women need this educational opportunity which is making a huge difference in the global community. The love and caring spirit from our founder, the P.E.O. Sisterhood, staff, faculty and many individual supporters is continuing to grow through our participation. Our young women from different cultural backgrounds, states, and countries in the world are now able to explore some of their lifelong dreams and visions, including those who had lost hope in their goals.

Celebrating Black History Month at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City

Dr. Sigauke

Dr. Sigauke drove students to the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City on Sunday February 9. Students had an opportunity to learn more about the history of jazz music and its African roots. Students also enjoyed interacting with people who came to attend the Black History event that was held there at 5 p.m.

Valentine’s Party with the Seniors at Moore Few Center

Dr. Sigauke

The Spiritual Life and Campus Diversity Office organized a trip to the Nevada Moore Few Center where students enjoyed the early Valentine’s Day celebration with the seniors.  Students played BINGO, sang for the residents, shared food and also had some social interaction with some of the seniors.

Important Reminders

Betsy McReynolds

Some concerns have been raised that it is possible that a few individuals are not adhering to two of Cottey’s policies listed below.  Please take the time to read and review the policies that are linked.

1) Cottey is a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus.  The use of tobacco products is strictly prohibited on College property.  Tobacco use is defined as the possession of any lighted tobacco products or the use of any type of smokeless tobacco (electronic cigarettes/vaping devices), and chewing tobacco.  This policy applies to faculty, staff, students, clients, contractors, vendors, and visitors, and will be in effect during and after normal campus hours, as well as during all College-sponsored events.   For a detailed copy of the policy you can find it on pages 90 and 81 in the Student Handbook on the Faculty/Staff Portal.

2) Professional Conduct and No Harassment.  Harassment is expressly prohibited.  Harassment includes any verbal, written, online, or physical act in which race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, spirituality, or any other status protected by law is used or implied in a manner that would make another person uncomfortable in the work or educational environment or that would interfere with another person’s ability to perform his/her job or to participate in an educational program or activity.  Examples of harassment include jokes that include reference to protected status; the display or use of objects or pictures that adversely reflect on a person’s protected status; or use of language that is offensive due to a person’s protected status.  Supervisory employees and faculty especially must exhibit the highest degree of personal integrity at all times, refraining from any behavior that might be harmful to their subordinates, students, or to the College.  For a detailed copy of the policy you can find it here on the Faculty/Staff portal.

Please share this with employees in your area who do not work at computers and feel free to discuss at departmental meetings.

Faculty/Staff Meeting

Becky Penn

There will be a Faculty/Staff Meeting on Thursday, February 20, 2020, in the Missouri Recital Hall at 11 a.m.

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., until March 5, in RFAB 152.
No experience necessary.
Drop in as your schedule allows.
Mats provided.
Questions? jbyrnes@cottey.edu, x2250

Two Classes Visit the KC Zoo!

Sarah Quick and Nancy Kohn

Nancy Kohn’s Animal Behavior (featured in the photo) and Sarah Quick’s General Anthropology classes visited the Kansas City zoo on Saturday, February 8. They went to specifically observe primates since the KC Zoo has a number – gorillas, chimpanzees, lemurs, tamarins, baboons, gibbons, and many types of monkeys. They recorded their observations in order to construct ethograms. Students also had to time to explore some other animals – polar bears, sea lions, penguins, elephants, and leopards (to name a few).

Issue Five Friday, Febuary 7, 2020

Awards won at The American College Theater Festival

Laura Chaney

Anna and Steph

The theatre faculty and eight students traveled to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the week of January 19-25. All of the students participated in adjudicated acting and design contests. Two students received awards while at the festival. Stephany Crooks received honorable mention for her Dramaturgy work on “The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls”. Anna Borgerding was awarded a week-long intensive trip to the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas for this summer. The theatre faculty would like to congratulate these students on their awards as well as all of the students who participated in the week-long festival.

Question About Student W-2s

Kim Krokroskia

It has recently been brought to our attention that questions have been raised regarding our procedures for the disbursements of Form W-2 for students. We believe it is important to provide timely and detailed information to better educate all affected parties. Per the requirements of the IRS, all institutions are mandated by law to provide paper or electronic copies of Form W-2 to employees and students with a postmarked date no later than January 31. In an effort to maintain consistency, Cottey College disburses all Forms W-2 to students through the U.S. Postal Service to their legal address on file.

My Why by Dr. Tricia Stubblefield

Staci Keys

Dr. Trisha Stubblefield

I gave to the Center for Campus Life because one of my favorite parts of Cottey is that we are small, that we have a real community here, and it definitely sets us apart from other colleges and universities. We all have to fight the tendency to withdraw to our offices/residence halls and spend our time in front of screens. (I am totally guilty of that!) A student center will give students, faculty, staff, and visitors a place to go to interact with real people, in real time, in a real space. Whenever I visit other colleges, I always go to the student center. It’s the best way to get a feeling for the community that exists on the campus, and it always energizes and excites me. Cottey doesn’t really have a place like that on campus, and I think our community would greatly benefit from one. Our community is one of our best assets; the Center for Campus Life will let us truly celebrate that feature.

Our faculty-staff total towards our goal is currently $9,450 way to go everyone!!

If you have any questions about the faculty-staff campaign please don’t hesitate to speak with Jo Byrnes, Adam Dean, or Staci Keys.

Issue Four Friday, January 31, 2020

Board of Trustees Winter Meeting

Becky Penn

The Cottey College Board of Trustees will be on campus for the winter board meeting, February 6-8, 2020. Jo Byrnes, chair of the faculty, and Ryann James, president of the Student Government Association, will have meetings with the board. While on campus, the trustees will enjoy lunch with Phi Theta Kappa members on Friday, February 7. 

For more information about the trustees, their biographies can be found on the Cottey intranet by navigating to the Faculty/Staff Portal, then College Organization.  Click on Board Members at the bottom of the page.

January Extra Mile Award

Jeanna Simpson

Beth Douglas is the recipient of the January Extra Mile Award.

For residential students their residence halls are their “home away from home.” Recently we had an example of that extra care one may receive at home right here on campus. Beth Douglas, housekeeper, came to the assistance of an ill student recently. Beth went above and beyond her usual job responsibilities by assisting the student with extra cleaning and laundry issues. According to the student, she could not express enough gratitude to Beth for helping her. Beth stated, “It was just the right thing to do.” Beth definitely went the “Extra Mile” by assisting and caring for this student.  Beth’s name will be placed in the drawing for a fabulous prize at the end of the semester.  Thanks again to Beth for going the extra mile for our students.

Missouri All-Collegiate Band and MMEA Conference

Jackie Lordo

 

Sarah Adams, Cecilia Moss, and Jessalie Webb were selected to perform with the Missouri All-Collegiate Band. The three students had 14.5 hours of rehearsals spread over one evening and two days, and then performed with the Missouri All-Collegiate Band during a featured concert on Friday evening. The students also attended clinics and other concerts during the conference. Dr. Lordo and Prof. Johnson attended the conference with the students, representing Cottey College at various business meetings and maintaining the Cottey booth in the exhibit hall. The Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) Conference is an annual event aimed at pre-service, current, and retired music educators. This conference regularly attracts several thousand teachers, performers, and parents from around the state. Congratulations to the three students, who represented Cottey well and learned a lot in the process.

Spring 2020 First-Year Writing Seminar Training Sessions

Sarah Polo


The FWS Curricular Advisory Board has created a schedule of tentative topics for its Spring 2020 training sessions. While geared specifically to FWS instructors and issues related to the teaching of writing, all faculty are welcome to attend these sessions, which take place on select Mondays from 12:20 – 1:35 in RBAC 104 (and you can also bring your lunch).

Please visit this link for more information.

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

Graduate School Acceptance

Trisha Stubblefield

Congratulations to senior English major Sophie Powell, who has been accepted to the University of Oklahoma’s Rhetoric and Writing Studies M.A. program. Sophie will begin the program in August and will receive a tuition waiver and a monthly teaching stipend.

My Why

Staci Keys

My Why by Steve Reed:

I gave to the student center because a vibrant campus community needs a central gathering place. Cottey has many things: an incredibly bright and engaged student population, caring faculty and staff, and unique opportunities not found elsewhere. What Cottey lacks is a central place where students, faculty, staff, and opportunities meet and feed off of each other’s energy. I believe the proposed campus center will provide that synergy in a great location for everyone.

We have a couple of departments that are coming so close to having 100% participation way to go!  We are a campus community unlike any other.  When we come together there is no stopping us!   

Please remember that it isn’t about the amount that you give but your participation that matters the most.  

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

All are invited to Super Recital VI

Theresa Spencer

On Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, at 3 p.m., members of the Fine Arts Faculty/Staff will give a super recital in the Missouri Recital Hall. Featured artists will be Theresa Spencer, John Ross, Kowoon Lee, Doug Harper, Jackie Lordo and Rusalyn Andrews. The super recital will be super short – over by 4 p.m. – so you can get home in time for all the Super Bowl Festivities. Go Chiefs, and Go Fine Arts!!!

NACUFS Foodservice Director’s Symposium

April Mosher

April Mosher, Director of Dining Services, attended the NACUFS (National Association of College and University Food Services) Operator Roundtables and Foodservice Director’s Symposium last week in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The week began with a full day of meetings with operators and learning about new products and initiatives becoming available through the vendors in attendance.  The remainder of the conference was spent in small group discussions among other foodservice management professionals on topics ranging from change and menu management to program, strategic and capital planning to food insecurity.  Through the week’s networking opportunities, April met the director of another women’s college located in Minnesota as well as the director of a university in Alabama who is a P.E.O. and already knew a little about Cottey.

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

LIVERPOOL LEGENDS

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

Demers

Thursday, January 23

D.J. DEMERS

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

Congratulations!

Robin Conner

PTK

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!!!