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Issue Seventeen, Friday, May 7, 2021

April Extra Mile Award

Jeanna Simpson

Congratulations to the dining services staff for receiving the April extra mile award. As the nomination stated, dining services provided the new meals by order option for the students who have been in quarantine. This made a HUGE difference for the students in quarantine. In addition, they continued working hard to provide the Centennial suite dinners. They have been understaffed most of the year and have continuously been willing to do all they can for our students and staff during events and campus traditions. Thank you to all the dining services staff for going the extra mile in April!

US Environmental History Class Explores Local Fresh Food Options

Sandra Chaney

Dr. Quick and three students stand outside a greenhouse

Students in US Environmental History (HIS/ENV 320) took an excursion to Horton Farm Market on May 3 to explore local fresh food options. Jaiden Cherry, Grace LaNier, and Julia Foster, along with our friendly driver and knowledgeable guide, Dr. Sarah Quick, also took in local Mennonite farms. The excursion was part of the final unit of the course on sustainable living choices. Students are also conducting a self-designed experiment in simpler living and reading and discussing Hope Jahren’s, The Story of More. How We Got to Climate Change and Where To Go From Here.

Dr. Kohn’s evolution class meets retired professor Dr. Robert Jaeger

Dr. Nancy Kohn

Dr. Kohn’s evolution class had the privilege to interact with retired professor of biology Dr. Robert Jaeger. Dr. Jaeger studied red-backed salamanders for fifty years. He met with the evolution class twice. The first session was a guest lecture on salamanders and the second session was a discussion about a scientific article entitled “Does evolutionary theory need a rethink”. Two of the students also had the chance to talk to Dr. Jaeger about applying to graduate school.

Carol Gallagher to serve as Women and Leadership Colloquium Facilitator

Carol Clyde Gallagher

Graphic promoting Advancing Research in Women and Leadership Academic Colloquium

Carol Clyde Gallagher was recently accepted as a participant at “Advancing Research In Women And Leadership Academic Colloquium: From Intent To Action” to be held virtually June 3-5. Her research team will focus on the connection of women’s leadership to critical feminism, connecting to the Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies at Western Kentucky University that she will complete in August 2021. Following her acceptance, she was recruited to serve as Team Facilitator for the initial stage of the colloquium. “We have asked you due to your senior academic/writing experience and believe you would be an asset to the colloquium in this role.” As a facilitator, she will guide her team through the start-up process. This academic colloquium builds on previous ILA (International Leadership Association) colloquia and is designed to continue to advance research in women and leadership scholarship. Intended for scholars and scholar-practitioners, the colloquium will lay the groundwork for new teams of researchers to come together in a spirit of collective inquiry to advance the scholarship in the field of women and leadership. Up to 56 participants were chosen through a selective process, and are committed to creating new knowledge/s in the field and implementing new leadership research initiatives. Each team will develop an ongoing research and publishing agenda. It is anticipated that research outputs arising from this Colloquium may include book chapters, journal articles, and conference presentations, an edited book and/or a special issue of a journal.

Presenting at an International Conference in Paris, France

Dr. Mary Mba

Dr. Mary Mba will present a paper entitled “Teaching French and Francophone Cultures through Students’ Cultural Involvement and Publications” at the 9th International Conference on Teaching, Education & Learning (ICTEL) on 31 May-01 June in Paris, France. Her paper will show pedagogical methodologies and practices she has applied in getting students to become willing and active participants in French and Francophone cultures knowledge acquisition and production. This international conference, organized by Teaching and Education Research Association (TERA) and Eurasia Research, aims to bring together industry, academia, and professionals to exchange and share their scholarly ideas, research findings, or experiences.

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Dr. Mary Mba

Photo of student Wadzanai Ndambakuwa holding her certificate from the Jack Kent Cook Foundation

Congratulations to Wadzanai Ndambakuwa who was selected as a 2021 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholar. Seventy-two Scholars from across the nation were selected this year to receive the scholarship. Recipients receive up to $40,000 per year toward tuition, living expenses, books, and required fees to complete their bachelor’s degree. Additionally, Cooke Scholars are eligible to apply for graduate school funding from the Foundation.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded over $222 million in scholarships to over 2,800 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive educational advising and other support services. The Foundation has also provided $115 million in grants to organizations that serve such students.

Issue Sixteen, Friday, April 30, 2021

Virtual Conference Attendance

Julie Tietz

Dr. Julie Tietz attended the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, April 9-11, 2021. The theme of the conference was Lies, and she attended several virtual sessions focused on topics like how we persuade others, how well we can detect lies (not very!), and the development of lying in children.

Professional Development

Nancy Kohn and Jason Librande

On April 14-16, 2021, Dr. Kohn and Professor Librande attended the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) 2021 Virtual Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Conference. This was funded by an award from the Corley Fund. During the conference Dr. Kohn and Professor Librande attended the following workshops in addition to keynotes and breakout sessions:
• IACUC Fundamentals Introductory Workshop
• Effective Communication Strategies in Animal Care and Use Programs
• Inspired IACUC Management and Leadership

Overall, the conference was informative in regards to the processes and procedures needed to run an effective IACUC.

Informal Dance Concert

Jo Byrnes

Please join us for the Informal Dance Concert Tuesday, May 4, at 8 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Center for the Arts. The Musical Theater Dance, Improvisation, and Intermediate Modern Dance Classes will perform, and students will present choreography. Admission is free and no tickets are required. Live audience limited to students and employees of Cottey College and family members of performers. Please wear masks and socially distance. A link to the video of the performance will be made available. For more information contact Jo Byrnes, Professor of Dance, jbyrnes@cottey.edu, 417-667-6333 x2250.

Missouri Academy of Science Annual Meeting – 2021

Manjira Kumar

Dr. Manjira Kumar and her research group (Magdalene Asare, Tsion Shanko, Eden Bisetegn, and Geneva Webster) attended the Missouri Academy of Science annual conference on 23-24th of April. The conference was held both virtually and in-person in Columbia, MO. Dr. Kumar judged (virtually) the preliminary round of high school presentations (Medicine and Human Health section). Magdalene Asare presented a virtual oral presentation (Biochemistry, Biomedicine, and Biotechnology section) on “analysis of the molecular effects of acute drug treatments on the aquatic cyanobacteria Microcystis aeruginosa”, the research was performed by Eden, Tsion, Katie, and Magdalene in Dr. Kumar’s lab at Cottey in 2020-2021 academic year.

Instrumental Music Concert 5/2 at 3 p.m.

Dr. Jackie Lordo

Please join us for the upcoming Cottey Wind Ensemble concert, at 3:00 p.m., May 2, in the Center for the Arts Auditorium. Admission is free and no tickets are required. The live audience is limited to students and employees of Cottey College and family members of performers. Masks and social distancing is required. Those not able to attend in person are encouraged to listen to the livestream here:
https://cottey.edu/music_department_livestream/
For more information, please contact Dr. Lordo, ext. 2199, jlordo@cottey.edu.

From the Recycling and Sustainability Committee

Kris Korb

photo of a bottle of water

The recycling and sustainability committee would like to express their congratulations to Cottey College students and employees…because you have made a difference! Thank you for using the water jug filling stations located around campus. To date we have saved 45,684 plastic bottles from the landfills. Keep up the great work!

Thank Our Patrons

Caroline Phillips

Dear Faculty and Staff!
Now’s your chance to brag about your current year accomplishments and show your gratitude to the patrons of our endowed program funds! If you were asked to sign a Memorandum of Accountability last fall for an endowed fund, then you will also need to follow up with a short Impact Statement. You will find a link to the web-forms at: https://my.cottey.edu/ICS/Academics/.

The most common form is the Leadership Funds, but there is another form for a handful of special funds, called Faculty Fund Impacts. Again, these will only be accessible to individuals who were asked to sign memorandum of accountability forms last fall.

For each of these, one or two paragraphs to let our patrons know how the endowment was utilized and thank them for their support is all that is needed. Please submit by the end of day on May 7. If you have questions please contact Caroline Phillips, Advancement Services Manager, cphillips@cottey.edu or call extension 2149.

PTK Roadside Clean Up

Robin Conner

Members of Phi Theta Kappa at their spring road cleanup project.

A big thank you to all the PTK members who participated in the bi-annual Roadside Clean Up event on Sunday, April 25. Due to the pandemic, this was the first time we were able to hold this service event in the past year. We collected 5 bags of trash along with one bag of plastic recyclables and one bag of aluminum recyclables, while cleaning PTK Epsilon Chapters designated one mile stretch on south Ash Street.

Commencement Schedule

Academic Affairs

The schedule for commencement is available online at cottey.edu/commencement. Click on the 2021 Commencement Schedule link to download a Word document of the full schedule.

Flag Question

President’s Office

I have been asked by several friends regarding the American flag. Why is there not one placed in the garden of flags? Can this be arranged?

Sometimes I have received this question with the asker believing that Cottey does not fly the U.S. flag anywhere on campus. Just for clarification, the U.S. flag and the Missouri State flag are located on the tall pole near Austin just west of Main Hall.

I checked with Mark Burger. He shared information; underlining is added. “Flag etiquette is not as cut-and-dried as we would like. In general the U.S. Flag Code should be [adhered to] in the United States. The flag should be displayed on or near the main building of institutions. When displayed with a group of national flags, the flags will be flown from separate staffs of the same height. One interpretation of proper etiquette has that no other flag shall be to the right of the US Flag.”

Mark added, “Inclusion [of the U.S. flag in the Garden] may create difficulties when it comes to [times when the U.S. Flag is] flown at half-staff. While we have the ability to raise and lower the flags on the flag pole next to Main Hall, we do not have that same ability within the display. If we would modify the display to allow us to lower the U.S. Flag to half-staff [within the display], we would also have to enable all the flags on the display to be lowered or we would risk not following the code where it states that no other flag will be flown above the U.S. Flag.”

Additionally, the flag circle is correctly called the International Flag Garden and was created in honor of Dr. Blanche Hinman Dow, President of Cottey College from 1949 to 1965 for the purpose of displaying flags from countries from which Cottey has enrolled students. Displaying the U.S. flag would go against the original intent of the Garden.

Spring Academic Showcase Part II

Julie Tietz

Please be sure to check out the student work in the digital portion of the Spring Academic Showcase: https://cottey.edu/2021-spring-academic-showcase/. Work will be on display through May 7, 2021.

Issue Fifteen, Friday, April 23, 2021

Spring Play: Directing class

Laura Chaney

Poster for student-directed play Between Good and Evil

On Saturday, April 24, the directing class will present the play Between Good and Evil by D.M. Larsen at 8 p.m. This is a one-night show only, so please plan to attend this limited seating play! The play consists of 11 scenes webbed into one play. If you love sci-fi and superheroes, then this play is for you! Think of the best B-rated sci-fi movie and comic superhero movie twisted together. This play has aliens, villains, heroes, and romance all rolled in one! This play is performed with script in hand. This play is directed by six student directors: Stephany Crooks, Isabel Cevallos, Eden Weatherall, Sasha Smith, and Taylor Jordan. Please come out for an evening of laughter and support our student directors and actors!

Chamber Singers “Live”!

Theresa Spencer

Come enjoy the sweet sounds of Chamber Singers in our Spring Concert on April 23, 7:30 p.m. in the East Amphitheatre (closest to Reeves Hall) outside the Chapel! We will feature music that honors black poets and composers as well as music that honors Mother Earth. Singers will be masked during the concert since the activity of singing is considered a super spreader event. We look forward to singing for everyone in our first live concert since November 2019!

In case of inclement weather the concert will be held inside the Chapel.

Informal Dance Concert

Jo Byrnes

Please join us for the Informal Dance Concert Tuesday, May 4, at 8 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Center for the Arts. The Musical Theater Dance, Improvisation, and Intermediate Modern Dance Classes will perform, and students will present choreography. Admission is free and no tickets are required. Live audience limited to students and employees of Cottey College and family members of performers. Please wear masks and socially distance. A link to the video of the performance will be made available. For more information contact Jo Byrnes, Professor of Dance, jbyrnes@cottey.edu, 417-667-6333 x2250.

Co-authored chapter in forthcoming book

Carol Clyde Gallagher

Carol Clyde Gallagher and her colleagues (faculty from Austin College, Drake University and the University of Southern Maine), have received final approval of their chapter in the upcoming book “Complexities in Leadership” which will be the newest volume in the series “Contemporary Perspectives on Leadership Learning” and is due for publication in 2022. The chapter, “Expanding the Scope of Scholarship in Leadership Education,” explores evolving faculty roles, responsibilities, and realities while encouraging institutions to expand the scope of traditional scholarship to better consider and incorporate alternative approaches. Utilizing an adaptive action framework, the authors seek to challenge traditional models of scholarship (focusing primarily on research and publication) that too often fail to account for the multi-dimensionality of higher education’s rapidly evolving environment. Building on the work of Earnest Boyer, the chapter proposes questions that institutions might explore in order to create more inclusive scholarship practices.

Instrumental Music Concert 5/2 at 3 p.m.

Dr. Jackie Lordo

Please join us for the upcoming Cottey Wind Ensemble concert, at 3:00 p.m., May 2, in the Center for the Arts Auditorium. Admission is free and no tickets are required. The live audience is limited to students and employees of Cottey College and family members of performers. Masks and social distancing is required. Those not able to attend in person are encouraged to listen to the livestream here:
https://cottey.edu/music_department_livestream/
For more information, please contact Dr. Lordo, ext. 2199, jlordo@cottey.edu.

“Just Mercy” immersion

Denise Hedges

Students on the Just Mercy immersion trip pose with author Bryan Stevenson

“Gut-wrenching,” “emotional,” “enlightening,” and “powerful” were a few of the words students used to describe the “Just Mercy” immersion experience. Our group traveled to Montgomery, Alabama, to experience The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, and meet with staff at the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). This immersion experience provided an experiential learning component to the First-Year Writing Seminar that allowed students to understand the personal and social responsibility character traits addressed in the pages of “Just Mercy” in a more sophisticated and critical way. A special treat: Some of the group ran into Bryan Stevenson, author of “Just Mercy” and EJI founder, walking down a quiet street near the memorial. Mr. Stevenson was kind enough to pose with us for a photo.

Professional Involvement

Selena Kohel

Dr. Selena Kohel attended the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, April 22-24, 2021. The meeting took place virtually. During the meeting, she presented a professional development workshop entitled, “Decolonizing the Classroom: Turning the Page.” The workshop focused on ways in which faculty members could employ a transformative approach to curricular reform to increase the array of sociocultural identities and perspectives represented in their classrooms.

Issue Fourteen, Friday, April 16, 2021

Spring Play: Directing class

Laura Chaney

Poster for student-directed play Between Good and Evil

On Saturday, April 24, the directing class will present the play Between Good and Evil by D.M. Larsen at 8 p.m. This is a one-night show only, so please plan to attend this limited seating play! The play consists of 11 scenes webbed into one play. If you love sci-fi and superheroes, then this play is for you! Think of the best B-rated sci-fi movie and comic superhero movie twisted together. This play has aliens, villains, heroes, and romance all rolled in one! This play is performed with script in hand. This play is directed by six student directors: Stephany Crooks, Isabel Cevallos, Eden Weatherall, Sasha Smith, and Taylor Jordan. Please come out for an evening of laughter and support our student directors and actors!

Dance Concert this Weekend!

Jo Byrnes

Cover of the 2021 spring dance program

Please join us for the Cottey-in-Motion’s upcoming concert: A Spring Dance Co-motion, April 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Center for the Arts. Admission is free and no tickets are required. Live audience limited to students and employees of Cottey College and family members of performers. Please wear masks and socially distance. A link to the video of the performance will be made available. For more information contact Jo Byrnes, Professor of Dance, jbyrnes@cottey.edu, 417-667-6333 x2250.

Chamber Singers “Live”!

Theresa Spencer

Come enjoy the sweet sounds of Chamber Singers in our Spring Concert on April 23, 7:30 p.m. in the East Amphitheatre (closest to Reeves Hall) outside the Chapel! We will feature music that honors black poets and composers as well as music that honors Mother Earth. Singers will be masked during the concert since the activity of singing is considered a super spreader event. We look forward to singing for everyone in our first live concert since November 2019!

In case of inclement weather the concert will be held inside the Chapel.

Spring Academic Showcase: Part I

Julie Tietz

Spring Academic Showcase will feature student work from multiple disciplines in the RBAC student art gallery April 19-23. Be sure to stop by and see the results of these students’ labors, and stay tuned for information about the digital portion of the Spring Academic Showcase!

Invitation to Mentoring Pilot Program

Carol Clyde Gallagher

Infographic on the benefits of a mentorship program

Developmental relationships are essential to professional and personal success – especially for women. While this fact is reinforced often, there tends to be a lack of awareness on the part of younger women on how to best develop and capitalize on these relationships. Scholar Herminia Ibarra notes “when it comes to learning how to do new things, we… need advice, feedback, and coaching from people who have been there and can help us grow, learn, and advance. We need people to recognize our efforts, to encourage and guide early steps, and to model the way” (Ibarra, 2017, p. 10-11). With this in mind, Cottey College’s Organizational Leadership program is partnering with the BOLD Scholar program at The College of Saint Rose to develop a pilot program to develop and nurture these important skills. The Foundations in Leadership class at Cottey will be restructuring one of the major components come fall, and we’re looking for some amazing women to help with this process. Previously, students would identify a woman leader and engage in an interview and observations to learn more about leadership. The new program will pair students with a Woman Leader Mentor for the semester. Time commitments would involve:
1) 3-5 hours of mentor training (during late summer/early fall 2021),
2) 1 introductory networking session and panel in early fall 2021,
3) 1 interview meeting with mentee,
4) 2-3 additional meetings with the mentee to discuss personal growth and development progress.

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone seeking meaningful connections with Cottey students, and in the process develop some of your own leadership skills. Please contact me at cgallagher@cottey.edu if you would be interested in working with us. Due to unknown course enrollment, I am seeking 7-12 women who will commit to working with 1-2 students in the fall and spring. My colleague and I are excited to develop what we hope will be a great model that will grow beyond our campuses and into local and alumni communities. I hope you’ll join us!

Instrumental Music Concert 5/2 at 3 p.m.

Dr. Jackie Lordo

Please join us for the upcoming Cottey Wind Ensemble concert, at 3:00 p.m., May 2, in the Center for the Arts Auditorium. Admission is free and no tickets are required. The live audience is limited to students and employees of Cottey College and family members of performers. Masks and social distancing is required. Those not able to attend in person are encouraged to listen to the livestream here:
https://cottey.edu/music_department_livestream/
For more information, please contact Dr. Lordo, ext. 2199, jlordo@cottey.edu.

Living in Nevada and feeding stray cats?

Carol Gallagher

infographic on benefits of neutering feral cats

There is a slowly growing need to address stray cats in Nevada, and a grassroots effort to help. If you or a Nevada friend would be interested in participating in a pilot program working to address this (the focus is to trap the cat(s), get them spayed/neutered, then release them back to the original location). If you or a friend is interested in participating, please send the name and address of the individual to cgallagher@cottey.edu and we’ll follow-up!

Public Leadership Presentations

Carol Clyde Gallagher

Poster for PIVOT 2-0 women's summit

Dr. Carol Clyde Gallagher recently presented to the Ohio P.E.O. Local Chapter Officers Area Workshop (LCOAW). The presentation focused on “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” and also showcased Cottey students Ashanti Knight, Bronwyn Reagan, and Maraki Berhe who offered their own interpretations and examples of three of the dysfunctions based on their own study of the content in this semester’s OLS 350: Team Leadership and Group Dynamics course. The content reviewed the challenges most common in a team environment and offered tangible steps that can be taken to support teams in being more successful. Carol is also a featured presenter at the upcoming “PIVOT 2.0 Another Shift is Coming” – a virtual women’s summit. She will be focusing her remarks on how women leaders can best “Pivot to Intentionality” as women, professionals, and community leaders. The program will provide an afternoon of engaging, interactive, and thoughtful conversations with women who are committed to equipping participants to be authentic, intentional, and empowered.

Summer 2021 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates

Diya Paul and Elizabeth Verklan

Pandora Ondo (Environmental Studies and WGS Major) is one of eight undergraduate students selected across the U.S for a NSF sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) project at the University of Vermont. Pandora will spend the summer on a project titled “Geographic, Socio-economic, and Cultural Factors Shaping Crop Diversity and Livelihood Outcomes in East Africa”. The team will work on learning interdisciplinary research skills and engage in agricultural research and training at the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems. Congratulations, Pandora, this is a great opportunity!

Volleyball Honors

Marla Kannady Foreman

Cottey Comets Championship Photo with A.I.I. banner

Congratulations to the volleyball Comets on winning the A.I.I. conference championship last weekend! In addition to the conference championship, the team garnered a pair of specialty awards. Lily Miller earned the 2020-21 A.I.I. Player of the Year award while Marla Kannady Foreman was named the league’s Coach of the Year for leading the Comets to the tournament crown and appearance in the Opening Round of this year’s NAIA tournament.

These five Comets were also named to the all-conference team:
Mackenzie Green
Emily Killion
Lily Miller
Briannah Quick
Jocelyn Tidwell

The Comets will face nationally-ranked Central Methodist University in Fayette on Saturday at 5 p.m. To watch the livestream, visit https://www.heartconferencenetwork.com/ and scroll down to the Comets match.

Issue Thirteen, Friday, April 9, 2021

Vaccination Event

Office of Student Life

We are pleased to announce through a local partnership with Community Pharmacy, Cottey is now able to offer an on campus Covid-19 vaccination clinic to all students and employees!

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 15

Where: Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts Foyer

Which Vaccine?
Everyone who participates will receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (one dose). This means that two weeks following the clinic (April 29), you would be considered fully vaccinated.

What is the cost?
Community Pharmacy will bill your health insurance company. However, if you do not have health insurance, please contact me for further assistance through the state of Missouri, which will allow you to receive a vaccine at no cost.

How do I reserve a vaccination appointment?
In order to reserve your appointment you will need to fill out the form at this link: http://public.cottey.edu/ScreeningandConsent-COVID-1-Immunization.pdf
You will need to return the form, along with a copy of your insurance card, and a copy of your driver’s license to Robin Conner. Email all documents to rconner@cottey.edu or stop by Health Services at any time. Once these three things are turned in you will be able to reserve a time slot. Please indicate if you have a preference on your appointment time.

To fill out the form correctly:
Students, if you are not a Missouri resident, use the Cottey address, 1000 West Austin Boulevard. All students will indicate Phase 3, Remaining Unvaccinated Populations. Employees, use your home address no matter the state and will indicate Phase 2, Higher Education. Everyone needs to complete the health history portion. They will confirm you are feeling well on the day of your vaccination.
**Employees, we are still waiting to confirm that out-of-state employees will be covered, due to working in Missouri. We encourage you to go ahead and still make an appointment. If anything changes, we will let you know.

When do I need to sign up by?
To sign up, please submit all documents by noon on Friday, April 9. All documents may be emailed to Robin Conner, Student Health Office Manager at rconner@cottey.edu or to Health Services at any time with completed documents. (If you miss the Friday, April 9, deadline, please still email me and I will see if I can get you in!)

Unsure if you should get the vaccine?
If you are unsure if you should get the vaccine, I encourage you to talk with your Primary Care Provider. Students, if you would like to discuss your health questions and concerns with our on-campus medical providers, please email me to schedule an appointment.

Fact Sheet for Recipients about Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen Covid-19 Vaccine:
https://www.fda.gov/media/146305/download

Please share this with others on campus who may not have direct contact to emails. For any questions or concerns, please let Robin Conner or Dr. Landon Adams know.

Congratulations Kris!

Shaun West

Kris Korb holding her award from the KCVA

On March 31, 2021, Ms. Kris Korb, director of campus activities, accepted the Kansas City Excellence in Patient Centered Care award on behalf of Cottey College. Kris coordinated the campus details for a vaccination clinic on March 12 for area veterans. The clinic, sponsored by the Kansas City VA Medical Center, vaccinated approximately 150 veterans against COVID-19 using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Dance Concert Next Week

Jo Byrnes

Cover of the 2021 spring dance program

Please join us for the Cottey-in-Motion’s upcoming concert: A Spring Dance Co-motion, April 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Center for the Arts. Admission is free and no tickets are required. Live audience limited to students and employees of Cottey College and family members of performers. Please wear masks and socially distance. A link to the video of the performance will be made available. For more information contact Jo Byrnes, Professor of Dance, jbyrnes@cottey.edu, 417-667-6333 x2250.

Professional Development

Jo Byrnes

Professor Byrnes participated in an online Dance & Body Science Workshop presented by the American College Dance Association. Topics included the Franklin Method for loosening Lower Back Fascia, Conditioning to Correct Common Dance Misalignments, and Science of Stretching.

Academic Conference Presentation

Sarah Polo

On April 7, Sarah Polo presented at the 2021 (virtual) Conference on College Composition and Communication. CCCC is the largest professional conference for teachers and researchers of composition. Her presentation was titled “Power, Vulnerability, and the Unknown Commonplace: Learning to Be a Writing Program Administrator in the Time of COVID-19” and was part of a panel on “Professional Status in the Institution: Working Conditions for WPAs.”

Professional Involvement

Selena Kohel

Dr. Selena Kohel presented “Equalizing Online Learning” for Campus Compact’s Fusion Webinar Series, April 2, 2021. The session focused on strategies for addressing challenges in remote teaching and learning. Strategies included knowing oneself, including one’s personal and sociocultural identities, to be able to know one’s students, and meeting students where they are. Meeting students where they are included considerations of accessibility and other equity issues; variable ways to present, interact with, and demonstrate knowledge; different modes of communication and organization; and effective approaches to community building.

Best of Lawrence

Chris Ortiz

Back on March 16, it was revealed that Chris Ortiz was voted top five best photographers in the “Best of Lawrence 2021” rankings. This is an annual poll done by the citizens of Lawrence, Kansas, to vote for what they view as the “best of” in certain categories for the City of Lawrence. Professor Ortiz is the only photographer in the top five who is not a commercial portrait photographer or is associated with/works for a publication, relying strictly on exhibitions to promote the vast majority of his work. The final top three of this year’s voting will be revealed the week of June 7.

Chamber Singers in Concert!

Theresa Spencer

Everyone is invited to the Chamber Singers Concert on Friday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. It will be held on the East Amphitheatre (side closest to Reeves Hall) of the Chapel. We are so excited to give our first “live” concert of the year!

2021 P.E.O. Visit Day

Margaret Haverstic

Mixed media art by Jamie Gray Marble Clouds

P.E.O. Visit Day is now a virtual event and we have close to 600 registered guests! On the afternoon of Saturday, April 10, 2021, from 1 – 5:30 p.m., we will offer a series of virtual sessions that will highlight the beautiful campus, the excellent programs, and the incredible students, as well as the amazing alumnae and the wonderful P.E.O. connections. This event for P.E.O. Sisters is full of inspiration and information. Thank you to everyone who has helped and will help to make this event a success!

PTK All-Missouri Academic Team

Mary Mba

photo of student Erica Little

photo of student Choney Wangmo

Two Cottey students, Erica Little and Choney Wangmo, whom I nominated for PTK scholarships last semester, have been selected to be on the 2021 Phi Theta Kappa All-Missouri Academic Team. Recipients who are still on course to receive their associate degree this semester and continue their studies to receive a baccalaureate degree in the fall semester of 2021 will be honored at the Missouri Community College Association’s annual Phi Theta Kappa awards virtual ceremony on Wednesday, April 21, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Congratulations are in order to these students for their hard work, academic excellence, community involvement, and demonstrated leadership skills.

President’s Suggestion Box

President’s Office

Received in the President’s Suggestion Box: Can we please update the virtual tour with pictures/video of the library renovation and new student center?

Cottey is in the process of updating tour videos to highlight our newly-renovated spaces. The first of those videos will be available in May.

LEO Presidential Leadership Service Project

Jamie Bloomfield

cover of Angela Firkus new book

Eden Bisetegn and Magdalene Asare coordinated a visit to the Kansas Polymer Research Center for students interested in a master’s degree at Pittsburg State University. Students met with PSU faculty and toured the labs. Cottey alumna, Tenzin Ingsel, and other PSU students presented their research on vegetable-oil based polymers. Eden and Magdalene coordinated this effort for their LEO Presidential Leadership Service Project.

PTK Epsilon Chapter Honored

Robin Conner

On Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27, our Epsilon Chapter attended our PTK Regional Conference via zoom. The highlight of this conference, of course, are the awards! I wanted to provide an update on the awards we received this past academic year.

Dr. Weitzel, on behalf of our Phi Theta Kappa Epsilon Chapter, we would like to announce that you have been awarded the Phi Theta Kappa Hall of Honor, Distinguished College President Award! Though this year was very different from the past, we are beyond grateful for your continued support, encouragement and commitment to our Epsilon chapter! We appreciate the time you dedicate to our chapter each year to discuss our College Project ideas, provide positive and constructive feedback, and steer us in the best direction to make the biggest impact on campus. We appreciate all the times that you have attended meetings with our team, induction ceremonies, College Projects, Honors In Action Projects, on and off campus, attend International Conventions representing Cottey and our chapter, helped us with Top Ten ceremonies, cheered us on while we received the Proclamation from the City of Nevada Manager and so much more. We would not be able to reach our achievements without the support from you and other administration here on campus. Thank you!

Professor Librande, on behalf of our Phi Theta Kappa Epsilon Chapter, we would like to announce that you have been awarded the Phi Theta Kappa Glaux Faculty Award. This award is presented to faculty members who have shown support and commitment to their college Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Our Epsilon Chapter would like to thank you for your help this past semester on our Honors In Action Project, Preserving Inheritance and Conservation of Tradition: Religious, Ethical and Mental Challenges of Organ and Body Donations to Science. We appreciate the time you gave our PTK officers in answering questions, providing resources, and diving into the cadaver lab with our students. You were a vital part in our students and our projects success this year! Thank you so much for your support.

During the Regional Convention, our Epsilon Chapter received a few other awards as well…

Icarus Award
In the words of our Regional Officers, Jo and Steve Fritts, is described as chapters who flew too high and crashed too hard. Officially, this award recognizes the efforts of a chapter in planning and implementing a project that didn’t achieve the expected outcome.

Despite this award, we also received the following awards and are very, very proud of our team!

Distinguished College Project Award— I Have a Dream, Creating a Brighter Campus Amid Gloomy Days
Distinguished Theme Seven Award (Theme Seven, Life and Death)
Distinguished Honors an Action Award

With these awards, we do have a chance at getting recognized and receive awards at the International level. We are very sad that the conference is being held virtually and our chapter will not be able to attend this year. We will hold tight for the publications of awards to be released and go from there! Our Regional Officers, Jo and Steve Fritts, who were on campus last year to present us with our awards, will be on campus again later this semester. They will be waiting until after International Conventions to bring us all awards at once, I am hoping this is a good sign! We look forward to arranging a gathering time for everyone to receive their awards! Again thank you Dr. Weitzel and Professor Librande for all you have done to support our Epsilon Chapter.

Issue Twelve, Friday, April 2, 2021

March Extra Mile Award

Jeanna Simpson

The March extra mile award goes to Ed Hyde, Roger Underwood, and Chris Wiggins. Their nomination stated, “This group was a big part in getting the Spirit Shop moved in time for the soft opening! It wouldn’t have been done without their hard work!” We appreciate Ed, Roger, and Chris for going the extra mile. Their names will be placed in the end of the year drawing for a fabulous prize.

Graduation Dinners

Dakotah Johnston

Tickets for Yellow & White Dinner and Blue & White Luncheon will go one sale Wednesday, April 14, for the campus and close Friday, April 16. Tickets will be on sale in Raney Dining Room and are $10 apiece.

Alumna Exhibits Work in Art Gallery

Kris Korb

Mixed media art by Jamie Gray Marble Clouds

Jamie Gray, Class of ’97, has an exhibit entitled “Paper Cosmos and Marble Storms: Mixed Media Works by Jamie Gray” in the art gallery located in the Center for the Arts. She says about her exhibit “My mixed media approach highlights an ongoing interest in integrating craft-based techniques and materials — such as paper marbling, collage, wood and encaustic wax — into my art practice. This exhibition highlights several bodies of work produced over the last few years, all of which incorporate my custom hand-marbled materials.” Stop by and see her wonderful exhibit!

Book Available in the Spirit Shop

Sherry Pennington

cover of Angela Firkus new book

There are some copies of Dr. Firkus’ book “America’s Early Women Celebrities” available for purchase in the Spirit Shop.

Upcoming Dance Concert

Jo Byrnes

Cover of the 2021 spring dance program

Please join us for the Cottey-in-Motion’s upcoming concert: A Spring Dance Co-motion, April 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Center for the Arts. Admission is free and no tickets are required. Live audience limited to students and employees of Cottey College and family members of performers. Please wear masks and socially distance. A link to the video of the performance will be made available. For more information contact Jo Byrnes, Professor of Dance, jbyrnes@cottey.edu, 417-667-6333 x2250.

Issue Eleven, Friday, March 26, 2021

Punk Roquette Podcast

Chris Ortiz

On Monday, March 22, Chris Ortiz and his current photographic project “We Are All We Have Tonight”, a photo documentary on the punk rock subculture, was featured on the Canadian podcast “The Punk Roquette Show”. In this podcast, Professor Ortiz talked with the host about the process of the project over the past two years and his history within the project itself as well as his history within the punk rock community. The podcast can be found here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/6yd4VPhidL8NrlJmlUMswN?si=sChFfyB8Qp6sFEKcCeazwQ.

Exhibition at the Beco Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri

Chris Ortiz

Professor Chris Ortiz will have two pieces from this “We Are All We Have Tonight” collection in the upcoming exhibition titled “Temporalis Rite”, which will open at the Beco Gallery in the Crossroads Art District in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 2. Everyone who is able to attend the opening is invited. The address is as follows: Beco Gallery, 1922 Baltimore Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri 64108. Opening reception is from 6-9 p.m. There will also be a virtual tour of the show on the gallery’s Facebook and Instagram accounts the night of the reception.

Issue Ten, Friday, March 19, 2021

Serenbetz Award Proposals Due March 26

Jill Compton

Proposals are being accepted for Summer 2021 Leadership Internship Awards, and Leadership Immersion and Undergraduate Research Grants for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 semester. To learn more about these award categories, visit the Serenbetz Institute website and click on “Experiential Learning.” To submit a proposal, 1) log into my.cottey.edu; 2) Go to “Academics” tab (in blue band near the top); and 3) Click on the appropriate application title. All proposals are due by midnight on March 26, 2021.

Personnel Announcement

President’s Office

On April 1, Christi Ellis will assume the role of Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement. She will work with the IA team to consider restructuring the department.

Please join me in welcoming Christi to this position.

Personnel Announcement

Student Life

Effective April 1, 2021, Meghan Vincent will return to the student life department fulltime as the coordinator for residence life. In addition to having new responsibilities, she will continue in her role as the Reeves Hall director. Please join us in welcoming Meghan into this new role.

Issue Nine, Friday, March 12, 2021

The Writing Center Presents: Nnedi Okorafor and Writing for a Change

Jon Green

Flyer for discussion with Nnedi Okorafor

Join us via Zoom Webinar on Tuesday, 3/16/21, at 6:00 PM for a very special guest lecture by Nigerian-American sci-fi/fantasy author Dr. Nnedi Okorafor! Dr. Okorafor is the author of the World Fantasy Award winning novel Who Fears Death, the popular Binti Trilogy, various comics (including collaborations on Marvel’s Black Panther), and many other texts that explore themes of identity and borders. Among other topics, Dr. Okorafor will discuss her concepts of Africanfuturism and Africanjujuism, how her identity as a woman of color influences her work, her strategies for writing and revising, and ways that writing can be used as a vehicle for social action and activism. The event will feature a one-hour moderated discussion with our Cottey College Writing Center tutors, followed by a 30-minute Q/A session. Learn more about Dr. Okorafor at her website: nnedi.com.

President’s Council Award for Staff Enrichment Nominations

President’s Office

President’s Council Award for Staff Enrichment nominations are due by March 15. Please reference the email sent to faculty and staff from the Cottey College President’s Office on Feb. 26 for more information. Complete the application found at this link: Presidents_Council_Award_for_Staff_Enrichment_Application. Applications may be emailed to Becky Penn at bpenn@cottey.edu, or they may be printed and sent to Becky via campus mail.

Just Mercy Immersion

Denise Carrick Hedges

photo inside The Legacy Museum

The following students have been selected for the Just Mercy Immersion: Caley Akiyama, Chloe Bollin, Stella JeanJuste, Khloe Kennedy, Kaitlyn LeGrande, Caroline Little, Haley Lockwood-Peterson, and Georgia Phillips. Sponsored by the Serenbetz Institute, students will travel to Montgomery, Alabama, April 15-17 to experience The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, and meet with Alison Mollman, staff attorney at the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). This immersion is coordinated by Denise Carrick Hedges and Dr. Mary Mba.

Do You Know a Woman Who Wows?

Denise Carrick Hedges

logo for Women Who Wow

To support the work of the First-Year Writing Seminar, the Serenbetz Institute for Women’s Leadership, Social Responsibility, and Global Awareness will again host the Women Who Wow panel during the fall 2021 semester. The focus of this panel is to showcase women who are driving change initiatives primarily at the community level. The audience will learn about what inspired the panelists’ ideas, how they took action, and what students can do to make a difference in their communities. We would like to invite four changemakers to serve on the panel. The Serenbetz Institute will reimburse travel expenses and offer a small honorarium. Do you know a Woman Who Wows you would like to suggest for our panel? Please email Institute@cottey.edu.

Cottey to Host a VA Vaccination Clinic

Office of Public Information

Cottey College will be a host for a VA COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Friday, March 12, from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Center for the Arts. Any veteran over the age of 18 is eligible, but the veteran must call to make an appointment. Below is the information from the VA.

The Kansas City VA Medical Center (KCVA) remains on the offensive against COVID-19, taking giant steps forward toward establishing herd immunity in the greater Kansas City area. KCVA will hold first-dose vaccine clinics for enrolled Veterans in multiple communities in and around Kansas City, March 10-15.
All vaccinations are by appointment only and Veterans assigned to VA Community Clinic have already received an automated call to make their appointments, but KCVA still has many vaccination appointments open, according to the KCVA Medical Center Director, David Isaacks.

Operation Noah’s Ark, as it has been coined by the KCVA, ensures that the allotted vaccine doses delivered each week are administered within that same week. This ensures that no dose goes to waste and no doses remain sitting idle.

“A utilization rate of 100% each week shows our commitment and prioritization to ending this pandemic and reclaiming the summer,” said Isaacks. “Appointment times are still available to all enrolled Veterans for these upcoming clinics by calling the KCVA COVID-19 Appointment Call Center at (816) 922-2619, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.”

Area clinics are scheduled for the following dates, times and locations:
March 11, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Elks Lodge #2791
2400 N. State Route 291
Harrisonville, MO 64701

March 12, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Cottey College Center for the Arts
1000 W. Austin Blvd.
Nevada, MO 64772

March 12, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Cameron Regional YMCA
1903 N. Walnut St.
Cameron, MO 64429

March 15, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
American Legion Post 131
733 E. Young Ave.
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Veterans must be enrolled in VA health care to receive a COVID-19 vaccination through KCVA. If a Veteran is not sure of his/her eligibility status, please call 404-828-5257 to check eligibility or enroll by telephone.

Open House Reminder

Office of Institutional Advancement

logo for celebrating connections

The Chapel and Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Campus Life Open House is Tuesday, March 16, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to stop by and see the center. Please come and go as you wish. There will be swag and Spirit Shop giveaways. Chellie Club will be serving Celebration Shakes and samples of new menu items. At 4:00, the Inaugural Student Serenade will be held in the Amphitheater. Don’t forget that March 16 is also a spirit day – you are welcome to dress casually and wear Cottey spirit gear.

Service Center Changes

Todd Hefner

I am sorry to report that our Mail Coordinator, Karen Jones, resigned yesterday. This resignation is effective immediately. As a result, we need to modify our operating hours at the Service Center temporarily. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause but also appreciate your understanding. Beginning today, the new working hours will be:

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday – closed

Although we will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays, we will continue to distribute regular mail to mailboxes. Only package pick up, and the use of the Service Center will be impacted on those two days.

Again, thank you for your patience as we work to fill this position as quickly as possible!

Serenbetz Institute

Jamie Bloomfield

Cover of the Serenbetz Institute's Annual Leadership Report

The Serenbetz Institute invites you to travel back in time as we celebrate 20 years of Leadership Development and awards received from former and current students. If you are interested in learning more about how we can support your discipline please email institute@cottey.edu.

Home addresses removed from directory

President’s Office

Based on a suggestion from an employee, employees’ home addresses have been removed from the intranet Faculty/Staff Portal. The link has been changed from “Employee Home Address List” to “Employee Contact List.”

National Athletic Training Month

Gracie Pesicka

March is National Athletic Training Month! Gracie will have a decorated office and will post different informational posters outside her office during the month. If you are unsure as to what exactly an athletic trainer is or does, feel free to stop by, ask questions, and get to know your campus athletic trainer!

Survey from Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning commission

Public Information

The Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission needs your help. If you are between the ages of 18 and 69 KBRPC would like to know about your current job (if working), your education and training, and what you would like to see our region have in terms of job opportunities now and in the future. Even if you are NOT currently employed, please take this survey if you are between the ages of 18 and 69. Please know the survey is CONFIDENTIAL. There is NO personal identifying information such as name and address requested. However, your honest responses to the questions will help KBRPC keep and grow more jobs in the region. The survey only takes about 9 minutes.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KaysingerResidentSurvey

Issue Eight, Friday, March 5, 2021

Writing- and English-related Professional Development Activities

Sarah Polo

Sarah Polo participated in the following professional development activities in the month of February: Feb. 18: Virtual Workshop on “Helping English Majors Pivot from College to Career,” led by Dr. Cathy Day. Sponsored by W. W. Norton & Company. Feb. 19 & 26: Virtual Academic Conference on “Racism in the Margins.” Sponsored by the University of Connecticut’s Writing Center. Feb. 23: Webinar on “Linguistic Individualism in English Composition: Towards Antiracist Pedagogies and Labor Rubrics” led Dr. Wonderful Faison. Sponsored by GSOLE (Global Society of Online Literacy Educators).

President’s Council Award for Staff Enrichment Nominations

President’s Office

President’s Council Award for Staff Enrichment nominations are due by March 15. Please reference the email sent to faculty and staff from the Cottey College President’s Office on Feb. 26 for more information. Complete the application found at this link: Presidents_Council_Award_for_Staff_Enrichment_Application. Applications may be emailed to Becky Penn at bpenn@cottey.edu, or they may be printed and sent to Becky via campus mail.

Cottey Team receives awards at Leadership Challenge Event

Carol Clyde Gallagher

Trophies from the Leadership Challenge Event

Five Organizational Leadership majors participated in the 2021 Leadership Challenge Event™ (LCE™) is an annual event hosted by the Washburn University Leadership Institute. It is a unique inter-scholastic as well as inter-collegiate leadership competition which provides high school and college students an opportunity to participate in an organized leadership-based competition. The LCE™ simulates the real-world process of leadership through the two-day event, consisting of a live, interactive leadership simulation. Student teams will compete to fulfill the challenges and overcome the obstacles placed before them in a manner that demonstrates exemplary leadership knowledge and execution. This year’s simulation focused on the challenges of education, athletics, and opioid use – forcing each student to assume a role in the group that had specific responsibilities. Cottey’s team placed 2nd in the Collegiate division and also captured the “Team Transformation Award” for their efforts. The team functioned impressively well, and truly did Cottey College proud in their ability to work together to manage information, effectively communicate, and creatively address challenges. Please note comments from students below regarding their main takeaway from the event.

  • Maraki Berhe: “My biggest take away from this is acknowledging that when dealing with an issue it is important to work on the brainstorming process and coming to a decision after all ideas are understood and well thought of.”
  • Ashanti Knight: “The event was spectacular – the fast pace back and forth environment was amazing! There were synergy and authentic teamwork among the group. We won several rewards and none of us gave up until the very end. It was a worthwhile experience that has had a great impact on my life!!”
  • Maya Struhar: “I learned a lot about how I work under pressure during this experience. Before this week, I did everything I could to avoid pressure. Now, though, I know that I’m able to remain calm even when there are extreme time constraints. I also felt that as the rounds went on, I became less and less stressed because I adapted more and more to the environment.”
  • Rae Stuits: “I think one big takeaway from this experience is a sense of self-confidence I don’t think I could have gotten from any other environment. I worked well under pressure and learned more about myself and how I work with others in situations of high stress and conflict.”
  • Mamie Watt: “Having been put into a simulation of something so realistic and crucial to a portion of our nation’s population, I am grateful to have been able to think critically for the sake of future leadership.”

Can Improv Save the World?

Selena Kohel

Dr. Selena Kohel acted as a test screener for the documentary film Act Social starring Colin Mochrie of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and directed/produced by Sean A. Mulvihill. The film shares the tenets, impacts and benefits of improv regarding “saving the world.” Dr. Kohel also appears in slivers in the film, including silently playing and discussing emotional carpool, an activity she incorporates in her classes.

New Exhibit in the Gallery

Kris Korb

Ceramic head by artist Ryan Bredlau

There is a new exhibit in the Art Gallery (located in the Center for the Arts) which runs through March 18. The artist is Ryan Bredlau from St. Charles, Missouri, and he says “My work can be very dark and surreal. I am greatly influenced by the California Funk Art Movement which was anti-establishment and reacted to non-objective art in the 1960s. Funk artists took everyday objects and placed them in irrational arrangements as a protest to the slick forms of the abstract movement. That absurdity has also carried over into my work which tends to have a whimsical playfulness to its composition.” What do you think? Come check it out and sign the guest book.

Issue Seven, Friday, February 26, 2021

Phi Theta Kappa

President’s Office

Cottey received the following letter from Phi Theta Kappa:

Dear Dr. Jann Rudd Weitzel,

Phi Theta Kappa’s REACH Rewards program recognizes and rewards Phi Theta Kappa chapters that excel in membership development. We created this program because we believe strongly in the mission of Phi Theta Kappa and want as many students as possible to receive the benefits of membership — including scholarships and increased opportunities for engagement with peers and faculty on campus, which lead to higher rates of completion.

I am happy to announce that your Phi Theta Kappa chapter at Cottey College has been named a 2021 REACH Chapter and will receive special recognition in the form of 12 Phi Theta Kappa graduation stoles that will be sent directly to your chapter’s advisor. These stoles can be distributed to chapter officers or members to be worn during graduation and to keep in celebration of their college completion milestone.

Congratulations and thank you for your support in furthering Phi Theta Kappa’s mission of providing recognition and opportunity to students on your campus. The dedication of both you and your chapter advisors to enhancing the college experience and the lives of students amid the numerous challenges 2020 presented is truly appreciated and more important than ever before.

Sincerely,
Lynn Tincher-Ladner, Ph.D.
President and CEO

Congratulations to Dr. Ganga Fernando and Robin Conner, sponsors of Cottey College’s Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Congratulations!

Robin Conner

logo for I Love Phi Theta Kappa

Congratulations to the following 32 students who have become eligible to join Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, for their hard work and dedication throughout the fall 2020 semester. To become eligible, students must have met all of the following requirements:

  1. Be a first- or second-year student, or a transfer student’s first year at Cottey
  2. Taken 15 credit hours in the fall semester
  3. Received a 3.5 semester GPA/Received a 3.5 cumulative GPA

Congratulations to the following 32 student who have become eligible! If you know these students, please congratulate them and encourage them to join. Julia Aguirre, Caley Akiyama, Yanci Aschwege, Aeva Babcook, Chloe Bollin, Mariah Crutchfield, Morgan Douglas, Chasity Drue, Kiana Garcia, Sara Grana, Natalie Hatt, Devin Howell, Greta Hundtofte, Christella Jean Juste, Selena Jimenez, Khloe Kennedy, Karol Knierim, Caroline Little, Caitlyn Morgan, Emma Notick, Maggie Ann Otto, Aryana Palencia, Georgia Phillips, Sabrina Rollins, Camryn Somerville, Mariah Starks, Thalia Steele, Elizabeth Thomas, Eden Weatherall, Jenna Wilson, Baylee Wilson, and Molly Zosel.

COVID Rumors website

President’s Office

Making sure you have the facts about the COVID-19 vaccine is important. The Common Rumors Addressed video combats much of the “disinformation” regarding the COVID vaccination.

Thank you from Alpha Chi

Oindrila Roy

The members and sponsors of Alpha Chi greatly appreciate the campus community’s overwhelming support for our recent fundraiser. We raised enough money to cover expenses toward conference registration for Rose Atukunda, Chido Shamuyarira, and Lucy Wambua at Alpha Chi’s Virtual Convention in April 2021. Lucy and Chido will present their research projects at the conference. You can learn about the various professional development opportunities offered at the Convention here: https://alphachihonor.org/conventions/

Staff of the Year Nominations

President’s Office

Reminder: Staff of the Year nominations are due Monday, March 1. Please send to Becky Penn via campus mail or email bpenn@cottey.edu

National Athletic Training Month

Gracie Pesicka

March is National Athletic Training Month! Gracie will have a decorated office and will post different informational posters outside her office every few days during the month. If you are unsure as to what exactly an athletic trainer is or does, feel free to stop by, ask questions, and get to know your campus athletic trainer!

Season 1 of First-Year Writing Seminar: The Podcast

Sarah Polo & the FWS Curricular Advisory Board

Graphic for the First-Year Writing Seminar podcast

You can now listen to Season 1 of First-Year Writing Seminar: The Podcast, which features a selection of episodes developed by FWS 101 students in Fall 2020. Happy listening! https://cottey.edu/first-year-writing-seminar-the-podcast/

February Extra Mile Award

Jeanna Simpson

Matt Witte and Jesse Starlin are the recipients of the February extra mile award. All of our physical plant employees have been working hard during this wintery month. Matt and Jesse have gone the extra mile and have come in whenever needed over the last several days for the essential hard work in the frigid cold to keep our sidewalks clean and safe for the campus community. We appreciate them and all the physical plant employees every day but especially during the winter months when they keep Cottey safe and warm. They have been quite busy this year and are essential to us each and every day. Thanks to Matt and Jess for going the extra mile! Their names will be placed in the drawing at the end of the year for a fabulous prize.

Black History Month Celebrations

Erica Sigauke

photo of Black History Month display in the Ross Library

February is known as Black History Month. It was officially designated as Black History Month in 1976 by former President Gerald R. Ford to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream, together with other important leaders, to make a difference in the history of African Americans in the United States. It is a month to celebrate the achievements and recognize the history and experiences of African Americans. These celebrations reveal some positive events and programs that are uniting people while spreading the power of love, respect, appreciation, and hard work for the common good in our communities. According to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) publications, this year’s theme focuses on The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. This touches on how the family offers a rich tapestry of images for exploring the African American past and present. It has become a tradition in the United States that every February thousands of elementary, middle, and high school students learn about African American History. Cottey College, being the diverse college that it is, is proud to be a part of this celebration. Some African students have been involved in sharing some of their values and cultural heritage with the community as part of the celebration. The spiritual life and campus diversity office staff encourages everyone to join the celebration and promote love, inclusion, mutual dialogues, and respect for one another as good servant leaders. Some educational materials are on display in the Ross Library. In support of Black History Month there was an exhibit featured in the P.E.O. Foundation Art Gallery, slide shows shown during lunch in Raney Dining Room, and a film event held in the Dining Room on Sunday, February 21, 2021. “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” ~Maya Angelou~

Check Out The Newest Art Exhibit!

Kris Korb

sculpture from Ryan Bredlau exhibit

There is a new, interesting exhibit in the art gallery in the Center for the Arts from now though March 18. Created by Ryan Bredlau, from St. Charles, Missouri, it is somewhat dark and surreal yet has a whimsical playfulness to the composition. He says about the exhibit: “This particular series, for me, has a lot to-do with innocence and loss. Celestial Entities was created in honor of my late son Benjamin who was stillborn at 9 months in 2011. This series of work has been a labor of love and escape for dealing with my grief. Stillborn and newborn loss is a taboo subject for some, but there are a lot of couples who have experienced this loss of a child, but this subject is not talked about or acknowledged in our society as much as I think it should be. This series, Celestial Entities, is dedicated to the little angels and their parents who have had to go through one of the most difficult loses, that of a child.” The gallery is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Issue Six, Friday, February 19, 2021

Cottey Globe Trotter 2021

Margaret Haverstic

Graphic for Globe Trotter website

Would you like an opportunity to indulge your passions for adventure and satisfy your wanderlust? Cottey has premiered a new armchair travel opportunity called Cottey Globe Trotter 2021. Registration to begin your virtual trip is FREE, with the opportunity to make a gift to the Cottey Fund. You will then explore four exciting locations with interesting cultural, artistic, and geographically-related links. Each location will feature image galleries and cuisine connections including recipes and information on significant dishes, as well as, links for further exploration. In addition, each location featured has a Cottey connection that will be explored! These explorations are not comprehensive, but they have been created with the idea that they will serve as a springboard for interest. We hope that they will bring you joy and light the fires of passion for global awareness and understanding. The site will be available February 14 through May 1, 2021. Come adventure with us and become a Cottey Globe Trotter!

Event Manager Scheduling Program

Allison Fast

Event Manager, which we’ll call EvM, is the new calendar and scheduling tool that will be replacing SchoolDude effective Monday, March 1. All events from SchoolDude have been entered into EvM to ensure a smooth transition. On Friday, February 26, the link to SchoolDude will be removed from the Intranet. Also, all the forms for vehicle reservations, dining services and the auditorium/recital hall will be removed from the Intranet. Going forward, they will be accessed in My Cottey from EvM.

There are 3 EvM links on the Cottey Intranet under the Faculty/Staff Portal:

  1. Event Manager (EvM) – Sign In Link. Click this when you’re ready to sign in and use EvM. It is a single-sign-on (SSO) application, which means you will be able to sign on with your Cottey email account as your username and your network password. From the SIGN IN screen, click the “Sign In Using ADFS Login” button at the bottom of the left column to get to the SSO screen. You may ask if we can take you directly to the SSO screen, and we cannot.
  2. The second link, –EvM – Create an Event Instructions is a PDF document with a brief overview of the main screen and detailed written instructions for entering events on the calendar. You should print these instructions, or have them pulled up, before you view the video from…
  3. The third link, –EvM – Create an Event Video. This video, about 23 minutes, goes along with the written instructions.

EvM contains ALL reservable spaces on campus including classrooms, vehicles and many spaces not in SchoolDude. Some spaces will be automatically approved and therefore immediately show on the calendar, while others will require approval. The approval emails will be sent to the person responsible for the space being requested. Events requiring approval will populate on the calendar when approved. This process will be much more efficient for the respective spaces. As with SchoolDude, you will receive confirmation emails for your events.

There are also some new processes that will go along with EvM. These include:

  • Classroom reservations. Except for the science labs, all classrooms can be reserved through EvM. You will no longer need to go through Arlene Good to reserve classroom spaces. As long as they are available, you can reserve them.
  • Vehicle reservations will now be managed in EvM. When you enter a request for a vehicle in EvM you will also have to complete a form in My Cottey. The instructions for creating an event explain how to use the URL in the Additional Information section to navigate to the form in My Cottey. Both the EvM and My Cottey sides need to be completed. To find a vehicle, look for Physical Plant in the Location section and all vehicles are listed there.
  • Dining services requests will originate in EvM. You will be required to fill out a form in My Cottey, depending on your request for catering services or sack lunches.
  • Auditorium or Recital Hall requests will also originate in EvM and have a form in My Cottey.

The purpose of using both EvM and My Cottey is to replace our current paper-based process. Rather than printing a form from the Intranet, filling it out, and sending or giving it to the appropriate person, it will be filled out electronically in My Cottey and directed to the appropriate person for approval on that side. Please refer to the instructions for creating an event for more information.

Please take the time over the next week to read the instructions and view the video to help you learn to use EvM. There is much to be gained from this new system. As with any new system, it will likely be confusing and frustrating at first. Please be patient and give it some time. Do reach out to any of the three administrators for help, especially for using the new forms. Administrators are Allison Fast (2368), Kris Korb (2186) and April Mosher (2150). We will all do our best to make this work for you and the entire campus!

Professional Involvement

Selena Kohel

Dr. Selena Kohel attended the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention, February 9th-February 13th. While there, Dr. Kohel presented “Diversifying the Classroom: An Opportunity for Increasing Creativity, Productivity, and Equality” at the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Pre-Conference. She also served as a mentor, facilitating a conversation on Dealing with Uncertain Paths: Life after Undergraduate School, for a Student Mentoring Lunch.

Coffin Speaker Cancelled

Denise Carrick Hedges

Suzanne Liberty, the Coffin Speaker scheduled to speak to campus on February 24, 2021, has been canceled.

Feminist Majority Foundation raises money for social justice with The Vagina Monologues

Liz Verklan (faculty sponsor), Emily Marsh & Charlie Peterman, FMF co-presidents

Poster for the FMF's production of The Vagina Monologues

On February 13, 2021, Feminist Majority Foundation organized a production of The Vagina Monologues. We donated all of our proceeds to two organizations that focus on marginalized communities. The first, Shirley’s Kitchen Cabinet, is dedicated to raising the voices and power of Black women. The second, Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, provides supplies to LGBTQ+ folks who have experienced violence. We raised $290 total, $145 for each organization! This includes our ticket sales as well as donations made by the Cottey community. Eleven students and faculty came to our performance. We had ten students participate in the production. One person was our graphic designer, another controlled the lighting, and the other eight were actors. They memorized monologues, participated in vulva discussions, and went to rehearsals twice a week. We created programs and promotional materials and worked closely with our community partners. We were very aware of the limitations of the play and tried to address some of these shortcomings with our cast. We wanted the message to be that a focus on female-bodied experiences was still very relevant.

Issue Five, Friday, February 12, 2021

January Extra Mile Award

Jeanna Simpson

Jo Byrnes is the recipient of the January Extra Mile Award. Originally scheduled for November 2020, Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company was to perform their fall performance, Reboot. At that time, several members were in quarantine and a few were fourth-year students. As a fourth-year student had mentioned, “so much love, blood, sweat and tears were poured out on the Cottey stage.” They were devastated to miss one of their last performances at Cottey. Through Jo’s efforts, she reorganized the performance for January 29, 2021 when all students were able to participate and show off their talent and hard work throughout fall semester. This is one of many examples showing Jo’s love, kindness, support, and dedication to her dance company, students and our Cottey campus. Student Life thanks you for always going the extra mile.

Publication of Research Findings by Cottey Student, Alumna, and Faculty Member

Jill Compton

“Nanostructured Nickle-Cobalt Oxide and Sulfide for Applications in Supercapacitors and Green Energy Production using Waste Water,” an article co-authored by Cottey student Wadzanai Ndambakuwa, Cottey alumna Yustinah Ndambakuwa, and Cottey Professor of Chemistry Dr. Ganga Fernando, has been accepted for publication in the journal Surface Coating and Technology. The article describes research conducted last summer at the Kansas Polymer Research Center at Pittsburg State University. The cross-institutional authorship team also included researchers from Pittsburg State University’s Department of Chemistry, the University of Memphis’s Department of Physics, and the Integrated Microscopy Center at the University of Memphis. Please congratulate Wadzanai (who is first author on the report!) and Dr. Fernando when you see them on campus!

#ANTHRODAY Feb. 18, 7:30-8:30 p.m. via zoom

Sarah Quick

logo for 2021 AnthroDay

Celebrate Anthropology Day by joining Sarah Quick, Courtney Trautweiler, and Marie Hill who are hosting this event. Learn more about anthropology and the Inuit through two documentary screenings and a short discussion. TIME: 7:30 – 8:30 pm, Thursday, FEBRUARY 18, 2021, VIRTUAL LOCATION: Zoom at Meeting ID: 829 706 8087 CO-Sponsors: Ross Memorial Library and the Anthropology department

Announcing the 2021 Common Reader

Sarah Polo

Flyer announcing common reader for fall 2021

The FWS Curricular Advisory Board is pleased to announce the 2021 Common Reader–The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil. Students in FWS 101 in Fall 2021 will read the text in connect with the thread of “global awareness.”

Faculty/Staff Meeting

Office of the President

There will be a virtual Faculty/Staff Meeting Thursday, February 18, at 11:00 a.m. Please watch your email for the webinar link.

Sabbatical Research Published

Angela Firkus

cover of Angela Firkus new book

My book America’s Early Women Celebrities has been released by McFarland. I could not have completed it without the generous year-long sabbatical I was granted. Thank you Cottey College!

Mardi Gras

Dr. Mary Mba

poster of French club Mardi Gras celebration

The French club invites you to her 2021 Mardi Gras party on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, from 7 p.m. Join us for a scavenger hunt, trivia games on Kahoot!, socially distanced safe crafts-making, and to watch and discuss the movie, “Mardi Gras, Made in China”. Be sure to check out our displays in the library to learn facts about Mardi Gras so you can do well in the trivia games. Venez nombreuses!

Issue Four, Friday, February 5, 2021

FWS Spring Training Sessions

Sarah Polo

All faculty & staff are invited to attend the FWS Spring Training Sessions. Though designed specifically for FWS 101 instructors, anyone who teaches and/or uses writing in their work is welcome to attend! See flyer for details.

Just Mercy Immersion

Denise Carrick Hedges and Dr. Mary Mba

photo inside The Legacy Museum

We are now accepting applications for the Just Mercy Immersion. Ten selected students will travel by plane April 15-17, 2021 to Montgomery, Alabama to experience The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, and meet with staff at the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). Eligibility: Applicants can be any academic year, but must be baccalaureate-seeking and must have a 2.50 cumulative grade point average. Students will be selected based on their response to Just Mercy (book or film) and their passion for social justice issues. Cost: Airfare, lodging (two to a room), and meal costs for the Exploring Personal and Social Responsibility: Just Mercy Immersion are provided by the Serenbetz Institute. Students may wish to bring spending money to pay for incidental expenses (souvenirs, snacks, etc.). Travel Requirements: Adult passengers 18 and over must show valid identification at the airport checkpoint to travel by plane. All selected students must complete a student travel contract. If you have questions about the Just Mercy Immersion or application process, please reach out to one of us at the email below. Denise Carrick Hedges, director of leadership development, dhedges@cottey.edu or Dr. Mary Mba, associate professor of French and Francophone studies, mmba@cottey.edu

Professor Verklan publishes peer-reviewed article in Feminist Formations

Elizabeth Verklan

Professor Verklan has an article forthcoming in the National Women’s Studies Association’s journal, Feminist Formations. The article “‘Dressed Like a Stripper’: Visualizing Poverty in Ethical Fashion,” will appear in a special issue on poverty, and examines liberal discourses of meritocracy, classism, and racism in popular representations of poor people in US media. The article will be in the Spring 2021 issue.

REBOOT video available

Jo Byrnes

The video of the REBOOT:REBOOT: A Dance Concert from last weekend is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxm7hVzgY18&feature=youtu.be
Enjoy!

Issue Three, Friday, January 29, 2021

Theatre Students Compete at The American College Theatre Festival

Laura Chaney

Last fall, the Cottey theatre department produced “Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood” by Adam Szymkowicz and entered the production in The American College Theater Festival. This past week, six Cottey students participated in the festival entering design work and serving on student committees. The following students participated in the festival: Stephanie Crooks-Dramaturgy Emma Louden-Costumes Molly Mahoney-Publicity/Allied Design Charlie Peterman-Stage Management Bronwyn Reagan-Props/Allied Design Maya Struhar-Student Advisory Board We are so very proud to share that the students won a total of 7 awards at the festival: Awarded From Performance at Cottey: Emma Louden: Certificate Recognition of Costume Design Stephany Crooks: Certificate Recognition in Dramaturgy Bronwyn Reagan: Certificate Recognition of Props Bronwyn Reagan: Certificate Recognition Sword Choreography Festival Competition Awards: Emma Louden: DTM Legacy Recognition Molly Mahoney: Outstanding Recognition Publicity Bronwyn Reagan: Outstanding Recognition Randy Lutz Allied Design and Technology Bronwyn will go on to compete in the National Festival which brings together the regional festivals top students to compete for a national award. Please congratulate these students when you see them! They have worked very hard and represented the college, theatre department and themselves with absolute professionalism and we are so very proud of their accomplishments!

Rebooting REBOOT!

Jo Byrnes

Poster for Reboot January concert

We are happy to announce we will reprise the November dance concert, in which only half of the dance company could participate. The REBOOT of REBOOT will be January 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Center for the Arts. Admission is free and no tickets are required. Live audience limited to students and employees of Cottey College and family members of performers. Please wear masks and socially distance. A link to the video of the performance will be made available. For more information contact Jo Byrnes, Prof. of Dance, jbyrnes@cottey.edu, 417-667-6333 x2250.

New Assistant Professor in Speech and Theatre

Dr. Joann Bangs

I’m very pleased to announce that Peter Carver has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Speech and Theatre. Mr. Carver has an MFA in Drama and Communications from the University of New Orleans, and an MA in Drama from Texas Woman’s University. His bachelor of arts with a major in Communication Studies and Theatre Arts, and a minor in English is from Stetson University. He has most recently been an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies/Theatre/Mass Communications/English at the Community College of Baltimore County.

Leadership Immersion Award: Exploring Personal and Social Responsibility

Jill Compton

The Leadership Team of the Serenbetz Institute would like to congratulate Dr. Mary Mba and Denise Carrick Hedges for their successful proposal of a Leadership Immersion titled “Exploring Personal and Social Responsibility: Just Mercy Immersion.” They will take up to 10 students to Montgomery, Alabama, to experience the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the Legacy Museum, and to meet with staff from the Equal Justice Initiative. This Immersion was inspired by this year’s FWS Common Read, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Dr. Mba and Ms. Hedges will be providing information soon regarding how students can apply to be a part of this Leadership Immersion experience.

Issue Two, Friday, January 22, 2021

Published Article

Dr. Jackie Lordo

Dr. Jackie Lordo’s article, “The Development of Music Expertise: Applications of the Theories of Deliberate Practice and Deliberate Play,” was recently accepted for publication in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. Update is a peer reviewed online-only journal that brings research in music teaching and learning close to everyday practice to help teachers apply research in their music classrooms and rehearsal halls. Dr. Lordo’s article should be available this spring.

Rebooting REBOOT!

Jo Byrnes

Poster for Reboot January concert

We are happy to announce we will reprise the November dance concert, in which only half of the dance company could participate. The REBOOT of REBOOT will be January 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Center for the Arts. Admission is free and no tickets are required. Live audience limited to students and employees of Cottey College and family members of performers. Please wear masks and socially distance. A link to the video of the performance will be made available. For more information contact Jo Byrnes, Prof. of Dance, jbyrnes@cottey.edu, 417-667-6333 x2250.

December Extra Mile Award

Jeanna Simpson

Tracy Farrales is the recipient of the December extra mile award. We want to thank Tracy for her outstanding commitment, dedication and going the EXTRA MILE for our Cottey College students, staff and faculty! It was reported that, “often times I may not know who to ask, but Tracy always knows the answers! She is my go to person and is always willing to help with kindness, patience, and a positive attitude. Her humor and smile always makes the day better.“ We are lucky to have her on our Cottey team! Student Life greatly appreciates you!

Service Center

Todd Hefner

In the coming weeks, Cottey will be hiring a replacement for John Shopper, who managed the Service Center for many years. The process began in December and interviews will commence this week. We are hopeful to have someone in place in a few weeks.

In the interim period, the functions of the Service Center will be operated between the Physical Plant and the Marketing department. The following adjustments will take place until someone is hired.

  1. The hours of the service center will be adjusted to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  2. The area will not have staff present during all operating hours. Contact information will be placed inside the room for any questions you might have.
  3. All incoming mail and packages will be handled and distributed like normal by Physical Plant staff.
  4. All outgoing mail will be processed each afternoon by the Marketing department.
  5. Office supplies and paper will continue to be sold from the area.
  6. The machines inside the area will be available for use by employees. Instructions have been left near each machine. We do ask that if you are not comfortable operating a machine please don’t use it.

We do not anticipate any disruption to normal mail or packaging service. We hope to have John’s replacement hired soon and will make an announcement when that occurs.

Issue One, Friday, January 15, 2021

Continuing Education

Jo Byrnes

Jo Byrnes attended a one-day virtual training, “YogaFit YogaBarre” on January 6, 2021.

Rebooting REBOOT!

Jo Byrnes

Poster for Reboot January concert

We are happy to announce we will reprise the November dance concert, in which only half of the dance company could participate. The REBOOT of REBOOT will be January 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Center for the Arts. Admission is free and no tickets are required. Live audience limited to students and employees of Cottey College and family members of performers. Please wear masks and socially distance. A link to the video of the performance will be made available. For more information contact Jo Byrnes, Prof. of Dance, jbyrnes@cottey.edu, 417-667-6333 x2250.

Welcome Hannah!

Stephanie Beason

photo of Hannah Bridges assistant softball coach

The members of the athletic department are pleased to welcome back to Cottey one of our own, Ms. Hannah Bridges, as the new assistant softball coach.

Hannah played softball at Cottey for two seasons beginning in 2016. She graduated with an Associate in Science degree before transferring to Arkansas Tech University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in fisheries and wildlife science and a minor in biology.

Hannah was a standout student-athlete during her two seasons. She helped the Comets softball team win its first of two National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XVI Titles. She ranks as one of the all-time great Comets with two of the best five seasons in school history for hits. Hannah also ranks fourth all-time in doubles; third in career hits; second in runs scored; second in runs batted in (RBI), and second in home runs. Hannah is also the only Comets softball player to win the NJCAA National Player of the Week honor after hitting two homeruns in the Comets first-ever Region Championship game including a game-tying homerun in the last inning.

Please join us in welcoming Hannah back into the Comet family!

New Exhibit in the Art Gallery

Kris Korb

African portrait from current art exhibit at Cottey College

There is a new exhibit in the art gallery in the Center for the Arts which you should stop by and view. Created by Oluwatobi Adewumi, it is entitled “Facialogue: Dialogue with the African Faces.” Otobi was born in Nigeria and now lives in McNeil, Arkansas. He says about the exhibit: “I wanted to create a body of work that shows some of the cultural practices as African tribal marks, face painting, style, fashion, hairstyle, and some conceptual faces to start a conversation. Questioning and learning why they do most things in the past and the future. There is a saying that nothing is really new under the sun. It’s about learning from the past, confronting the present, and educating the future.” The exhibit runs through February 11.

Winter Workshop

Theresa Spencer

Theresa Spencer, professor of music, attended the virtual NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Winter Workshop held from Jan 8-10 titled “Moving Forward: Singing, Teaching, and Self-Care during COVID-19”. It was an intense three days covering topics such as: Leveraging Your Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Awareness to Reduce Stress and Enhance Your Holistic Wellbeing; Successful Treatments for Painful Online Pedagogy; An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Voice Care; Addressing the Stigma of Voice Surgery; and Beyond Technique: The Science and Art of Communication.

On December 14, 2020, Theresa also viewed a webinar called “So You Think You Can Belt?” by Jeannie LoVetri founder of the Lovetri Institute for Somatic Voicework. The evening gave an overview of vocal pedagogy as it relates to belting. Jennie then worked with a professional belter on how to keep the voice in shape. She then work worked with someone completely new to belting on how to make the sound in a healthy way.

Congratulations to the Highest Achieving Suites

President’s Office

At the end of each term, the Registrar runs the cumulative GPAs for the suites, including all commuter/virtual students as one group. Any suite/group that earns a 3.5 or greater cumulative GPA for that term is recognized with a certificate for that suite, and the state/district/group that sponsors that suite/group is notified so that information can be shared via its social media. Additionally, the suite/group that earns the highest GPA overall is recognized by having its name added to a plaque that is displayed in RBAC.

Last fall, despite the unusual circumstances caused by COVID-19, six suites earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater: Wheatlake Suite (Robertson Hall), Cal-Remy Suite (P.E.O. Hall), Illinois Suite (P.E.O. Hall), Iowa Suite (P.E.O. Hall), Washington Suite (Reeves Hall) and Ohio Suite (Reeves Hall). The suite recognized for the overall highest GPA for spring 2020 was Wheatlake. Congratulations!

  • Wheatlake Suite: Robyn Cook, Mackenzie Green, Katie Caveness Ingram, and Ashton-Kate Veal
  • Cal-Remy Suite: Anthoinette Ba-Innimayeh, Zadi Lively, Caroline Little, and Jazzmin Miller
  • Illinois Suite: Julia Aguirre, Maraki Berhe, Mihret Ketema, and Lightness Ndalima
  • Iowa Suite: Virginia Nordin, Sara Grana, Christella JeanJuste, Karina Gchachu, Haley Lockwood-Peterson, Sidnie Martin, and Caitlyn Morgan
  • Washington Suite: Ebony Conley, Mackenzie Becker, Maya Struhar, Claire Shannon, Phoebe Arthur, Faith Barkley, and Skylar Chappell
  • Ohio Suite: Cheyanne Porter, Dharma Hopkins, Holly Spinden, Baylee Wilson, Lucy Wambua, Sophia Larson, and Rae Stuits

Students, congratulations for your hard work and dedication to your studies.

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