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Issue Sixteen Friday, December 6, 2019

Human Resources

Elisabeth McReynolds

Beginning January 1, 2020, pharmacy benefits for Cottey’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) health plan will be administered by a new pharmacy benefit manager (PBM). The new PBM, OptumRx, is an independent company that has been contracted to provide certain services related to Blue KC’s prescription drug coverage – including home delivery and specialty pharmacy services. If you have any questions about this change, I encourage you to visit BlueKC.com/pharmacy where you’ll find the most current information about pharmacy programs and benefits offered. The site includes network details, a pricing overview, frequently asked questions and more.  Cottey’s current pharmacy benefits are through RxPremier network.

New ID cards will be sent to employees (home addresses) in December to replace the current one.  The new card will have updated pharmacy information and all members will be directed to show the new card at the pharmacy and any point of care beginning on January 1.

I have checked with all Nevada pharmacies (Auburn, Community, Wal-Mart, and Woods) and all are included in the new network.

In addition to the website listed above, you can click on the link below to help you navigate the pharmacy transition.  http://public.cottey.edu/OE_SLIDES_Pharmacy_Transition_AC.pdf

Celebration – Thursday, December 12 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Staci Keys

Students and Faculty Awarded Serenbetz Leadership Immersion and Undergraduate Research Grants

Jill Compton

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 Spring 2020 semester. We’re excited to announce the following awards:

A leadership immersion grant was awarded to Dr. Rusalyn Andrews, for her proposal to take students to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (Region V). Students engaged in key leadership responsibilities for the fall production will have an opportunity to compete in several categories of awards, participate in workshops and interviews, and receive professional responses to their work. Let’s cheer on Dr. Andrews and her students at the upcoming competition!

Undergraduate research grants were awarded to Magdalene Asare and Emily Goncalves. Ms. Asare will work with Dr. Manjira Kumar (faculty sponsor) to research the effects of pharmaceutical pollutants on cyanobacteria using a multidisciplinary approach. Ms. Goncalves will work with Professor Jason Librande (faculty sponsor) to study the effects of participation in a microbiology lab on the skin microbiome. Congratulations to these students and their faculty sponsors!

Those interested in applying for funding from the Serenbetz Institute for Women’s Leadership, Social Responsibility, and Global Awareness should visit the following web page: https://cottey.edu/learn-and-lead/serenbetz-institute/experiential-learning/ or contact Dr. Jill Compton (jcompton@cottey.edu).

Employee Holiday Potluck

Becky Penn

Cottey employees are invited to attend the Employee Holiday Potluck on Thursday, December 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in Raney Dining Room.  Please bring a salad, veggie, dessert, or other item and consider joining others to bring a dish.  Casual dress is encouraged!  Please RSVP by December 12 to Becky Penn at bpenn@cottey.edu

December

Tracy Farrales

INVOICES!
Invoices or other items requiring a check to be issued before winter break must be received in the Business Office by Monday, December 16. Please be sure that all submitted paperwork is complete.

DECEMBER PAYROLL!
The December payrolls for hourly wage and non-exempt professional employees will be issued on Friday, December 13, and Friday, December 20. The December monthly payroll for faculty and exempt professional staff will be issued on Friday, December 20. Enjoy your holidays!

IRB Roundtable session at the AAAs in Vancouver

Sarah Quick

Dr. Sarah Quick attended the American Anthropology Association meetings, which met jointly with the Canadian counterpart association (CASCA) in Vancouver, British Columbia, this year. In addition to listening to many other presentations, Dr. Quick was involved with a roundtable on IRB committees, “Ethnography and IRBS: the Impact of the Revised Common Rule” with many other presenters. This roundtable provided much insight and discussion on the context of the recent changes, how particular institutions have dealt with the IRB review process over the years,   and how the revised Common Rule has impacted them.

Lighting of the Wreath of Friday, December 6

Kris Korb

Greetings!

Come celebrate the holiday season with us! You are invited to the Cottey College Lighting of the Wreath beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6, in the Chapel. Featuring a chapel service, caroling, lighting of the wreath, and a wassail party, this new campus tradition promises to put you in the holiday spirit. The student dinner for Friday night will be pizza and that will be served in the Chapel, not in Raney.

The attached link has the poster with the full timeline.

We hope to see you at the festivities!

Informal Dance Concert

Jo Byrnes

The Informal Dance Concert will be Tuesday, December 10, at 8 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts. Admission is free and no tickets are required.

On the program are the Cottey dance classes, and two pieces by student choreographers, Emily Fisher and Hailey Lovgren.

Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship Winners

Megan Corrigan

Congratulations to Sara Calderon, Brooke Redburn and Taylor Marie Hill who were selected to receive the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship!

The Gilman Scholarship Program reviewed over 5,000 applicants, and just over 1,300 outstanding students were offered awards to participate in credit-bearing study abroad programs and career-oriented internships in countries all around the world.

Sara Calderon plans to study biology and women and gender studies in Costa Rica this spring. She will also participate in a semester long service learning experience.

Brooke Redburn plans to complete an internship in Ireland over the summer.

Taylor Marie Hill plans to study anthropology and Spanish in Spain next fall.

November “Extra Mile” award

Jeanna Simpson

The November Extra Mile award goes to Professor Terry Burger. Her award submission stated, “Terry recently donated one of her class bicycles to the residence halls because she knew we had a need for new or updated bikes.”  Terry has also donated bicycles to the halls in previous years.  More students will now be able to use the bicycles for transportation and exercise. We appreciate Terry’s giving nature and sharing her resources with the halls. Professor Burger’s name will be put in the drawing with all recipients for a year-end fabulous prize. Thanks, Terry!

Secret Santa for Seniors

Renee Hampton

Surprise a local senior citizen with the joy of a Christmas gift by donating to Cottey’s Secret Santa for Seniors Drive, December 2-16.  Please donate a wrapped gift labeled for a man, woman, or neutral.  Place the gift in one of the polka dot boxes located throughout campus.  Gifts will be donated to local senior care facilities so no elderly person is forgotten during the holidays.  Suggested gift items include large print books/puzzles, stationery, calendars, hair brushes and combs, toiletries, room decor, pillows, throws, socks, and slippers.  Secret Santa for Seniors is part of the Cross Generational Sharing program sponsored by the Kolderie Center.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Renee Hampton

Thank you to the campus community for contributing to the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.  Although our donations were down a little this year, the Community Pantry was very appreciative of every item Cottey faculty, staff and students provided.  Esmeralda Diaz, volunteer management intern is shown with the food donations prior to distribution to the local food pantry.

Conference Presentation

Oindrila Roy

Oindrila Roy presented her paper titled “Evangelicals and International Engagement: Investigating the New Internationalist Label” at the International Studies Association’s (ISA) Midwest Conference at St. Louis, Missouri on November 23, 2019. This year, Oindrila was a part of the first-ever Religion and International Relations panels at ISA- Midwest.

Flexible Spending Open Enrollment for 2020

Betsy McReynolds

MEMORANDUM TO: All Full Time and .75 FTE (Full Time Equivalent) Employees The
open enrollment period for Cottey’s Flexible Spending plan is during the month of
December. Participation in Cottey’s Flexible Spending Plan allows employees to
allocate payroll-withheld dollars to flexible spending account(s) (FSA) on a pre-tax basis.
A Medical Care FSA can be used for medical expenses not covered by health insurance.
The maximum for the Medical Care FSA is $2,750. A Dependent Care FSA can be used
for costs associated with child or elder care. The maximum contribution to the Dependent
Care FSA is $5,000. Below are links to the following documents that are on the Cottey
intranet/Faculty/Staff Portal/Human Resources: – Summary Plan Description 2020
(general information about the plan), – Enrollment form 2020Reimbursement form 2020

If you would like to participate in the a medical and/or dependent care
FSA, please complete the enrollment form and return it to me by December 31, 2019, for
participation in the 2020 plan year, January 1 – December 31, 2020. Many thanks to Mike
Dombroski who made the forms fillable! Please share this information with employees in
your area who do not access their email accounts.

Issue Fifteen Friday, November 22, 2019

Choir Clinic

Theresa Spencer

Prof. Spencer hosted 21 high school students and their teachers from schools in the Golden Valley Vernon County Conference for a Choir Clinic on Wednesday, November 20. The first event was a rehearsal from 11 a.m. till 12:15 followed by a delicious lunch in Raney. One of the high school students told me she was in “food heaven!” Yay, Cottey food service! After lunch, we moved to the Recital Hall for a brief rehearsal and a 2 p.m. concert. Women from the Cottey Chamber Singers joined the high school students to increase the size of the choir to 32 performers!

Entrepreneurship Field Trip

Dr. Tammy Ogren

Business Students

Twenty-two students traveled with Dr. Tammy Ogren to Kansas City for a one-day experience to Young Entrepreneurs Day with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). Students shared the Entrepreneurial Lab experience in the Young Entrepreneurs Showcase and Dominica Chavez and Chellie Club participants presented a session: Lessons Learned from a Student-Run Business.  Allyson Williams (2019 Cottey graduate) and Dr. Ogren answered Q/A on a Panel of Young Entrepreneurs and Dr. Ogren presented a session: Turning Artistic Passion into Profitable Business. Students attended a variety of sessions and workshops including topics on business and personal development.

In the context of social entrepreneurism, students visited Rehope, a newly opened coffee shop and cafe supporting the mission of Restoration House, supporting survivors of human trafficking through job skill training, healthcare, therapy, education, and long-term residential housing.

Brief student comments on take-aways include:

  • “We should look at the end goal of how we envision our businesses (and work backwards to meet those goals).”
  • “Importance of self-care…Individuals live busy lives and forget to take time out for themselves.”
  • “My takeaway lesson is about knowing our identity. This means that whatever business we do, it should be able to represent us and our intentions going forward.”
  • “Always believe in yourself. Don’t always expect your leaders to come up with solutions.”
  • “You should never be afraid to go for what you want; we are continuously learning new things because we do not know everything. And remember to have fun!”
  • “Remembering your passions or your ‘why’ is important when building your business.”
  • “(An observation about networking) Even though it may have been a long day, it is still worth it to go out and meet people or help other people because later on they may be able to help you.”
  • “Something I learned today is that our struggles at Chellie Club are some that every business faces. Finding a way to work around or fix the problems is just part of the growing pains of a new business.”
  • “Marketing and business development practices applications, what kind of client do you absolutely not want and how can you navigate around them. I learned of great business sources such as SCORE and SBA.”
  • “In a session on collaboration, we learned how a group with people that can get along is positive rather than a group that can’t get along and causes [negative] conflict.”
  • “Developing a stronger entrepreneurial mindset through clouds and dirt philosophy. [vision and tactical]”
  • “Conflict is natural and it can be a good and a bad thing -not just a negative thing.”
  • “Failure is okay. Grow from it.”

Dance Concert

Jo Byrnes

Dance Poster

Please join the Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company for “Inner Nature: a dance concert inspired by the poetry of Mary Oliver”. Performances are Friday, November 22, and Saturday, November 23, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, November 24, at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Center for the Arts. Admission is free and no tickets are required. On the program are dance works created by students, faculty, and guest artist alumna Emily Schaefer.

Business Office Notices

Tracy Farrales

INVOICES…
Invoices or other items requiring a check to be issued before winter break must be received in the Business Office by Monday, December 16. Please be sure that all submitted paperwork is complete.

NOVEMBER PAYROLL…
The November 30 payroll for hourly wage/non-exempt professional employees and faculty/exempt professional staff will be issued on Tuesday, November 26, before we leave for Thanksgiving break.

DECEMBER PAYROLL…
The December payrolls for hourly wage and non-exempt professional employees will be issued on Friday, December 13, and Friday, December 20. The December monthly payroll for faculty and exempt professional staff will be issued on Friday, December 20. Enjoy your holidays!

Issue Fourteen Friday, November 15, 2019

Biology Capstone Presentations

Dr. Nancy Kohn

The Fall 2019 Biology senior capstone class invites you to attend their end-of-the-semester research presentations.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
7-9:20 p.m.
RBAC 214

Listed below are the times and order of presentations:

Time     Student                                     Presentation Title
7 p.m.    Eyerusalem Teffera       Hepatitis B vaccination disparities among health care professionals in Ethiopia

7:15 p.m.    Calista Wielgos               The use of DNA degradation to estimate the postmortem interval

7:30 p.m.    Dawn Wood               Factors that play a role into early onset Alzheimer’s disease

7:45 p.m.    Helen Greer               Evidence of evolution in works of art through the ages

8 p.m.    Yustinah Ndambakuwa   Calcium Retention Capacity (CRC) and Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) production in heart mitochondria

8:20 p.m. Arleigh Gifford               Maternal mortality in the United States

8:35 p.m. Brittany Simpson           The Silent Killer: A comparison of pharmaceutical and natural remedies for hypertension

8:50 p.m. Hailey Lovgren               Milk & Methane : The impact of dairy on global emissions

9:05 p.m. Tiffany Carriker               Factors that may affect neurodevelopmental disorders

Special dinner at the President’s House

Staci Keys

President's Dinner

Raeanne Williams, Mamie Watt, Madeline Gates, Morgan Schmidt, Lily Miller, and Cheyanne Porter enjoyed dinner and dessert at the President’s house on Sunday, November 10.  These students were invited to this special dinner because they were among the first ten students to submit their thank yous for their scholarship donors!

Students who were unable to attend: Solen Topcha, Mackenzie Becker, Hannah Nelson, and Alaina Ehle.

Upcoming Dance Concert

Jo Byrnes

Dance Poster

Please join the Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company for “Inner Nature: a dance concert inspired by the poetry of Mary Oliver”. Performances are Friday, November 22, and Saturday, November 23, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, November 24, at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Center for the Arts. Admission is free and no tickets are required. On the program are dance works created by students, faculty, and guest artist alumna Emily Schaefer.

New Display in the Art Gallery Through December 13

Kris Korb

There is a new, great art exhibit in the art gallery centered on white privilege. Here is part of Michael Faris’ artist statement:

“The subject matter of my artwork is generally called ‘art with a social agenda.’ My works usually chronicle actual events or fictional allegories that involve contemporary or historical people doing terrible things. The human condition and human interaction are exceptionally interesting and awful. For me, I can’t imagine making artwork that has no humans in it. As long as there are bad people in the world, I will have plenty of subject matter for artwork for the next several hundred years. My specific interests are combating violence (particularly violence against females and children), enforcing civil rights for everyone, and working against racism, sexism, ageism, or any other concept that creates oppression or discrimination.”

 

Don’t miss this exhibit!

Cottey Chamber Singers in Concert

Theresa Spencer

“Language and Culture” is the theme for Friday night’s Chamber Singers concert. Guest commentators will be Dr. Sarah Quick and Prof. Paula Chelminska. Two German pieces by Robert Schumann as well as the Polish National Anthem will be featured. Additionally, Chamber Singers will perform pieces set to poetry by African American poet Lucille Clifton. Join us at 7:30 p.m. in the Missouri Recital Hall on November 15. No tickets are required.

Help Select Next Year’s Performing Artists

Kris Korb

Would you like to help pick out the events for the 2020-2021 Cottey performing arts series? As a reminder, the 2019-2020 performing arts series include: Taikoza (Japanese drumming) in September, Give ’Em Hell, Harry! in November, and Liverpool Legends (Beatles tribute band) in February. What music-theatre-dance performers will we have for next year?

We will meet twice as a group. First, we select categories to pursue and then you will individually, and at your convenience, review videos on select artists’ websites. We will then meet in early January to finalize our decisions as a group.  No experience is necessary.

If you would like to participate in this interesting committee that gets results, contact Kris Korb in the Campus Activities Office by November 19.

Issue Thirteen Friday, November 8, 2019

Dr. Turner Named Physician of the Year

Jeanna Simpson

The Nevada Regional Medical Center presented its “Hero Awards” at their annual gala on November 2. Dr. Amanda Turner, who serves as one of the Cottey physicians, was named Physician of the Year. Congratulations, Dr. Turner, and thanks for taking good care of our students! NRMC Hero Award winners pictured are Andrea Miller, clinical leader; Terry Messer, clinical staff; Dr. Amanda Turner, physician of the year; Nicole Miller, support staff; and Holly Bush, support leader.

Fairy Tale Lives of Russian Girls opens at Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts

Rusalyn Andrews

The Cottey College Production of Fairy Tale Lives of Russian Girls runs this Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9, at 8 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts.  More than 20 students have been involved in bringing this production to life. This is Cottey’s 2019-2020 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Association Entry.  Samuel French has the following to say about the play. “Award winning playwright, Meg Miroshnik casts a spell with The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls. Once upon a time – in 2005 – a twenty-year-old girl named Annie returned to her native Russia to brush up on the language and lose her American accent. Underneath a glamorous Post-Soviet Moscow studded with dangerously high heels, designer bags, and luxe fur coats, she discovers an enchanted motherland teeming with evil stepmothers, wicked witches, and ravenous bears. Annie must learn how to become the heroine of a story more mysterious and treacherous than any childhood fairy tale: her own. This subversive story haunts the audience, and carries a powerful message for young women living in a world where not everything ends up happily ever after. “

 

KCACTF is a national organization dedicated to excellence in college theatre.  Organizational Adjudicators will provide feedback to the production this weekend. In January students participate in a week of intensive training, workshops, and contests in which they receive professional critique and response to their creative work, and attend productions deemed exemplary by organizational representatives.  Last year more than 1,300 productions were entered in the KCACTF involving more than 200,000 students nationwide. 

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Renee Hampton

Cottey College will be holding its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive November 1 to 22.  Polka Dot boxes have been placed throughout campus to collect donated items.  Donations of non-perishable food items are sought from faculty, staff, and students.  Donations should not be opened or expired.  Esmeralda Diaz, volunteer management intern, Mathilde Gelot, civic engagement intern, and Kaitlan Paine, community service student worker, will deliver the donated food items to Community Outreach, Nevada’s food pantry, on the afternoon of November 22.  Cottey’s food drive assists in replenishing stock right before holidays.

Article Published

Angela Firkus

The Missouri Historical Review for October 2019 includes work by Angela Firkus. The article “At the Factory, On the Street, and in State Institutions: Child Workers of Kansas City at the Turn of the Twentieth Century” is the result of a fellowship with the Center for Missouri Studies.

Comedian Subhah Agarwal to Perform on 11/14

Kris Korb

Thursday, November 14
SUBHAH AGARWAL
8 p.m., Raney Dining Room

Subhah Agarwal (pronounced SOOB-ah Ah-GAR-wall), or as her teachers called her “I’m sorry I can’t say this name but talk to me after class,” is an Indian-American from a small town in the Midwest. Strict parents in a suburban world led Subhah down a path of exploration that has led to a unique and sharp comedic perspective. She is a comedian and writer for The Jim Jefferies Show on Comedy Central. She has also written for and appeared on TruTv and MTV. Subhah has worked hard at her craft and never disappoints, unless you’re her immigrant parents. They’re always disappointed.

Truman’s Grandson to Portray Harry S. Truman in a One-Man Play

Kris Korb

Tuesday, November 12
GIVE’EM HELL, HARRY!
7:30 p.m., Auditorium

Give ‘Em Hell, Harry! by Samuel Gallu, is a faithful and often humorous portrayal of President Harry S. Truman’s life and presidency. It spans his childhood, his “political apprenticeship” as a judge in Jackson County, Missouri,  his years in the U.S. Senate, and his momentous two terms as President. Actor James Whitmore originated the role in 1975. Clifton Truman Daniel took up the mantle in October of 2017, marking the first time in history a US president would be portrayed onstage by a direct descendant – his oldest grandson.

Aspiring Women Leaders and Scholars

Theresa Lee

The Office of Enrollment Management is expecting 11 students to visit campus on Saturday, November 9, for the Aspiring Women Leaders and Scholars scholarship event.  Each student and guest will have a personalized schedule, but here is an overall sample.

French Baking Class

Dr. Mary Mba

To kick off the National French Week, the French Club organized a free French baking class for members of the Cottey Community. In an interactive and fun environment, participants, made up of students, staff and faculty, learned how to bake Macarons and Madeleines from scratch. This week of November 4-10, 2019 is National French Week and the club is celebrating it with lots of activities including French and Francophone Culture display in the library, a French card and board game night, an evening of pétanque game competition, a French inspired diner menu at Raney, and a field trip to the Spencer Museum of Arts at the University of Kansas. Please join club members for these entertaining and educative activities. The club wishes to thank Cottey College administrators, Center for Women’s Leadership (CWL) staff, Ross library staff, and Raney dining staff for their continuing support.

Osage History and Culture

Denise Carrick Hedges

The Osage History and Culture excursion class taught by Dr. Sarah Quick and Denise Carrick Hedges traveled to St. Paul, Kansas, and Pawhuska, Oklahoma, on Saturday, November 2, to learn about the Osage Nation in our region.  Class members were joined by Dr. Angela Firkus, Dr. Sandra Chaney, and First-year Writing Seminar students.  The class was inspired by the fall 2019 common read, Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Ecofeminism Service Trip to KC Pig Rescue

Trisha Stubblefield

On Saturday, November 2, Dr. Stubblefield’s Ecofeminism: Women, Animals, and Social Justice class had an amazing visit to Willeyville Farm – a Kansas City Pig Rescue Network foster home in Cleveland, Missouri. We helped set up for a vegan crock-pot cook-off and silent auction, met a bunch of incredible pigs whose stories (and cuddles!) we won’t soon forget, and learned all about pigs and pig rescue work from two truly inspiring women who run KCPRN.

For more information about the incredible work Kansas City Pig Rescue Network does, visit their Facebook page.

For more pictures of our trip (and of some adorable, incredibly resilient pigs!), visit Cottey’s Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Facebook page.

 

Issue Twelve Friday, November 1, 2019

October Extra Mile Award

Jeanna Simpson

April Mosher is the October Extra Mile Award recipient.  April was nominated by a student who wrote, “April has been encouraging, helpful, patient and kind in working with my gluten free requests. She is receptive to my suggestions and has created menus with gluten free options which are very important to my health.” Staff have also reported April’s positive leadership, commitment, and hard work in her new role as Director of Dining Services. 

Thanks to April for going the extra mile for our students and campus community.

First Friday Art Walk – Kansas City Crossroads

Morgan Frew

Assistant Professor of Art Morgan Frew, will have two paintings featured in an exhibition at Jones Gallery, in the Crossroads Art District in Kansas City. The Exhibition runs from October 30 to November 30. The gallery will be open for First Friday Art Walk, Friday November 1, from 5-9 p.m.

https://jonesgallerykc.com
https://kccrossroads.org/first-fridays 

Third Annual Amazing Race Through the Library is Successful

Kathleen Day

  

Where can you win one hundred dollars on a lazy Saturday afternoon? Ten student teams competed in this year’s Amazing Race Through the Library, a series of challenges designed to experience things in the library you always wondered about. Team M & M members Magdalene Asare and Morgan Schmidt took home the $100 first prize. Team Indie Gals (Mamie Watt and Claire Kaneshiro) came in second and The Incredibles (Yasmine Juhoor and Clelia Cerqueira) won third.  Student library workers and Library Assistants Kathleen Day and Amber Overton as well as Library Director Courtney Trautweiler worked hard to make it all happen. “This is our third year and it just gets better and better,” Day said of the all-original challenges designed to make students think and get to know Cottey Ross Library better. All participants got colorful bandannas and an Amazing Race tee shirt following the theme of Greek Mythology.

Armchair Traveler Event

Megan Corrigan

On October 27, six students participated in Ross Library’s Armchair Traveler – India program. The majority of the students will be representing India at the Model United Nations conference in St. Louis next semester. They received an overview of Indian history and culture, as well as a taste of the cuisine. They learned about the books, films, and database resources available through the library to help them deepen their understanding of India. Many thanks to Dr. Oindrila Roy for participating.  The library is planning another Armchair Traveler event for January 26: Destination – Germany.

Ecology class visits Prairie State Park

Dr. Nancy Kohn

Dr. Kohn’s ecology class visited Prairie State Park last week. The students had learned about prairie biomes in class but only one student had ever been to a prairie before. At the park the class had a chance to explore and talk with park naturalist Dana Hoisington. Everyone had a good time.

November 2 is bison day at Prairie State Park.

GRAND Weekend of MUSIC!

Theresa Spencer

  

Friday, November 15, 7:30 p.m., Missouri Recital Hall: Cottey Chamber Singers Concert – Language and Culture

Saturday, November 16, Violet and the Undercurrents,  7:30 p.m., Missouri Recital Hall 

Sunday, November 17, 3:00 p.m., Missouri Recital Hall:  KC Baroque Consortium – Women of Note from the Baroque Era

Cottey Chamber Singers in Concert

Theresa Spencer

You are cordially invited to attend the Cottey Chamber Singers fall Concert! The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Missouri Recital Hall on Friday, November 15. Two guest speakers will be featured, Dr. Sarah Quick and Prof. Paula Chelminska. The theme of the concert is Language and Culture and is inspired by the class of the same name that Dr. Quick is teaching this semester and by the European trips this spring to Germany and Poland. All are welcome! No admission or tickets required.

Food Pantry Challenge

Shaun West

Dear Cottey Community,

Hunger or food insecurity is an increasing problem on college campuses throughout the United States and Cottey is not exempt from this issue. We have students that are going without food or meals as a way to save money on their budget. Please join me in an office challenge and/or faculty division challenge to help stock the Food Pantry at Cottey. The Food Pantry is an initiative started by Dr. Erica Sigauke, coordinator of spiritual life and campus diversity and Ms. Chido Shamuyarira, student at Cottey and Newman Civic Fellow. The Food Pantry is open to any Cottey student in need of food.

The challenge is to fill a box/basket of the items on the attached list and donate to the Food Pantry at Cottey. Once your basket is complete contact Shaun West, ext. 2126 for pick up or you may deliver to the student life office. Include your office name or faculty division for a drawing on Monday, December 2. Prizes for the drawing include a $25 donation made to the Food Pantry in your office or division’s name and a $25 gift certificate for the office or division members to share. The choices for the $25 gift certificate include an ice cream cake at Dairy Queen or $.99 tacos (on Thursdays) at I Don’t Care Burrito.  

Please click on the link for the calendar of basket items.

The challenge is on to stuff a box!

Issue Eleven Friday, October 25, 2019

Learning the Concepts of Gradient Vectors and Partial Derivatives through a Field Trip

Wei Cui

The Calculus 3 class went on a short field trip on campus. During the class, students were first asked to find what is called “the direction of the maximum increase” in math by tracking the slope of their feet. Then students found the level curves on the hill by walking at the same elevation. Lastly, students stood and faced the direction of Austin Blvd and the direction of Tower Street and then used their feet to measure the partial derivatives at different positions.

Thanksgiving & Hanging of the Greens

Ashleigh Miller

Hello Cottey Community,
It is time to begin thinking about Thanksgiving and Hanging of the Greens!

Thanksgiving Dinner will be Thursday, November 28, at 12:00 p.m. Hanging of the Greens will be Saturday, December 7, with the first seating having hors d’oeuvres from 5:15 – 6 p.m. and dinner from 6 – 7 p.m.; and the second seating having hors d’oeuvres from 7:00-7:45 p.m. and dinner from 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.

Tickets for these events will be sold Monday, November 4, through Friday, November 8.

This year we are inviting students ONLY to participate in the Thanksgiving dinner. This will allow dining staff to spend more time with their families during the holiday as well as provide a traditional meal for students staying on campus.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner Prices:
Cottey Residential Student Tickets – Free!
Commuter Students – $12.00

Hanging of The Greens Prices:
Cottey Residential Students – Free!
Commuter Students – $10.00
Faculty/Staff – $12.00
Guest & Family Prices: Adults – $15.00, Children -$7.00 (ages 12 & under)

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

Thanksgiving Dinner (STUDENTS ONLY)
Pizza (Friday, December 6) & Sack Lunch (Saturday, December 7)
Hanging of the Greens (SUITES MUST ATTEND THE SAME SEATING)

Students, please make sure that you have completed the surveys by October 30! Also, for any Commuter Students or Faculty/Staff who are planning to attend and/or will be inviting guests, you can complete the surveys or email your reservation at any time, since this information does help us with planning.

Thank you,
Ashleigh Miller

Multicultural Festival

Megan Corrigan

This past Sunday, Cottey held its 10th annual Multicultural Festival. We had 62 Cottey students and 15 faculty and staff actively cooking, dancing, singing, and volunteering their way colorfully around the world in one evening. Other students and community members came just to enjoy the curries and the show. Many thanks to Adrianne Rogers for adding to the event this year by bringing high school exchange students from Lamar, Carthage, Walker, Joplin and other nearby towns representing Estonia, Spain, Germany, Palestine, Italy, Moldova, and Japan. We hope they enjoyed their visit as much as we enjoyed having them.

Winter apparel

Shaun West

Dear Cottey Community,

As you may already know there is another initiative, in addition to the Diversity Closet, to offer students winter apparel. I am collecting winter coats, hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves to have available for any student. The items are available outside the east door of the student life office accessible anytime the building is open or on keycard. 

This initiative was very successful last year. When word spread, two P.E.O. chapters sent gift cards to use at Walmart to purchase gloves, mittens, hats, ear wraps, and scarves. I have a couple of pictures from last year at the links below. I’d be happy to make and pin a gift tag to the item so your donation is not anonymous if you like.

If you have any winter apparel to donate, please give me a call at ext. 2126 and I would be happy to pick it up.

Community Yoga extended

Jo Byrnes

Community Yoga will continue through November 12.
Classes are Tuesdays from 5:30-6:20 p.m. in RFAB 152.
Mat provided; no experience necessary.
Drop in when your schedule allows.

Faculty Lecture Recital

Kowoon Lee

Kowoon Lee, adjunct assistant professor of music, has her Faculty Lecture Recital next month. The topic of her lecture recital is on “21st Century Music for Solo Piano by Living East Asian Women Composers.” It will be on Sunday, November 10, 3 p.m., in the Missouri Recital Hall. This event is free and is open to the public.

A native of South Korea, Kowoon Lee teaches at Cottey College as an adjunct assistant professor of music, while pursuing her DMA in Piano Performance (with a Graduate Teaching
Assistantship) at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she studies with Thomas Rosenkranz. She earned her M.M. and P.D. from Indiana University where she served as an associate instructor and her B.M. from Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. At age 16, she made her solo debut with the Chungnam Symphony Orchestra and has since performed internationally with many orchestras and ensembles, including the Seoul National University Orchestra, the Romanian Banatul Timisoara Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sookmyung Festival Orchestra, the Janacek Concert Chamber Orchestra, and the Kansas City Ballet. Recently, Ms. Lee played as a concerto
soloist at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts with the UMKC Conservatory Orchestra. Working with Dr. Chen Yi and Dr. Mobberly with a strong and ongoing interest in contemporary music, Ms. Lee was invited to perform at the 2017 national conference of the Society of Composers, Inc. in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She has been annually performing at “Musica Nova” Concert which is the contemporary music ensemble of the UMKC conservatory. As an enthusiastic scholar, Ms. Lee was selected to present her lecture recital “21st Century Music for Solo Piano by Living East Asian Women Composers”
at the 2018 Women Composers Festival of Hartford (Hartford, Connecticut) and the 10th World Piano Conference (Novi Sad, Serbia). She also was selected to present her research “Tools and Techniques to Improves Sight-Reading Skills” at the Music
Teachers National Association 2017 national conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Lee enjoys an active schedule as a collaborative pianist as well. In this role, she has worked with the annual Concerto/Aria Competition at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley since 2017 and at Interlochen Arts Camp. Ms. Lee has been invited to be a collaborative pianist for the 2020 Puerto Rico Flute Symposium.

Crossing Borders and Boundaries Conference

Karen Polon

Denise Hedges and Karen Polon attended and presented a poster titled, “Embedded Global Learning” at the AAC&U conference Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers, October 17-19, in San Antonio, Texas. Conference sessions included information on assessing short term study abroad, high impact practices, fostering global citizens in curricular and co-curricular activities, and much, much more.

C” for Yourself!  Thank you!”

Theresa Lee

The Office of Enrollment Management would like to thank everyone for helping with a very successful “C” for Yourself Weekend. Special thanks to the Golden Keys, Physical Plant, Bookstore, Faculty, and Food Service. Whether you presented an Academic Showcase, met with students at the Cottey Open House, drove a shuttle, or attended a meal, your presence made a difference.

Dawson Hollow in Concert on Tuesday

Kris Korb

Tuesday, October 29
DAWSON HOLLOW
8 p.m., Raney Dining Room,
Free with Cottey ID

Missouri native Dawson Hollow is an indie-folk band based out of the Ozark Mountains.  Their music encompasses the nostalgia of folk while channeling the urgent and intoxicating energy of indie-rock.  In 2017, they completed a crowd-funded Kickstarter campaign raising an impressive $96,000 for their debut record The Boy of My Youth.  With songs that feel like home and an energy that is contagious, this band is a must see for folk and rock fans alike.

P.E.O. Visit Day on Saturday

Margaret Haverstic

P.E.O. Visit Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2019.

P.E.O. Visit Day is an opportunity for visitors to tour the facilities; get an update from the President; enjoy lunch in Raney Dining Room; and meet students, faculty and staff. The official P.E.O. Visit Day start is on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. in the Center for the Arts and will last until 4 p.m. with a campus-wide Open House from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Please help our visitors feel welcome and thank you in advance for helping to make this event a success!

Issue Ten Friday, October 18, 2019

Professional Conference

Dr. Carmen Bourbon

Dr. Carmen Bourbon attended The Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference held at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, October 10-12, 2019. She presented a paper titled The evolution of liberalism in Mario Vargas Llosa’s novel La llamada de la tribu.

Thanksgiving & Hanging of the Greens

Ashleigh Miller

Hello Cottey Community, It is time to begin thinking about Thanksgiving and Hanging of the Greens!

Thanksgiving Dinner will be Thursday, November 28, at 12:00 pm. Hanging of the Greens will be Saturday, December 7, with the first seating having hors d’oeuvres from 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm and dinner from 6:00 – 7:00 pm; and the second seating having hors d’oeuvres from 7:00-7:45 pm and dinner from 7:45 – 8:45 pm.

Tickets for these events will be sold Monday, November 4, through Friday, November 8.

This year we are inviting students ONLY to participate in the Thanksgiving dinner. This will allow dining staff to spend more time with their families during the holiday as well as provide a traditional meal for students staying on campus.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner Prices:

  • Cottey Residential Student Tickets – Free!
  • Commuter Students – $12.00

Hanging of The Greens Prices:

  • Cottey Residential Students – Free!
  • Commuter Students – $10.00
  • Faculty/Staff – $12.00
  • Guest & Family Prices: Adults – $15.00 for adults Children – $7.00 (ages 12 & under)

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

Students, please make sure that you have completed the surveys by October 30th! Also, for any Commuter Students or Faculty/Staff who are planning to attend and/or will be inviting guests, you can complete the surveys or email your reservation at any time, since this information does help us with planning.

Thank you,

Ashleigh Miller

Multicultural Festival

Megan Corrigan

We hope to see you this Sunday at the Multicultural Festival.
Where: Raney Dining Room
When: Sunday, 20 October, from 4:30 to 6:30

Friday is the last day for tickets in advance – contact Dr. Diya Paul. Otherwise, tickets are $9 at the door for adults, $7 for children 12 and under, and children under 3 are free.

Make a Plague Mask Next Week

Kris Korb

Get into Halloween spirit this month by making your own costume component! Learn to make a plague mask from 7-9 p.m. on October 21 or 5-7 p.m. on October 24 (or both days!) in the Chapel basement. It’s $5 per person per mask, with materials and instruction provided. Of course, if you have something really specific in mind, feel free to bring it along! Please email or text Helen Greer (253-341-2483) to tell her which day you’re going to the workshop!

SPA Relaxation Experiences for Students

Dr. Erica Sigauke

Dr. Sigauke drove a group of students to Kansas City for relaxation through a variety of SPA sessions in Kansas City on Saturday October 12, 2019. This was an impactful stress relief and mental renewal experience for our students after several weeks of hard work in their various educational endeavors. The sessions helped to boost their spiritual values, inspire them, increase their joy, and to give them hope in their daily life journeys. Students also had an opportunity to enjoy food from other cultures during lunch while socializing and building positive relationships.

Limited Tickets: Women Who Wow

Denise Carrick Hedges

The First-Year Writing Seminar and the Serenbetz Institute invite you to the Women Who Wow panel discussion scheduled for Thursday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Missouri Recital Hall. This panel discussion celebrates changemakers taking action on issues from Native rights to gender equality to food insecurity. Learn about what inspired their ideas, how they took action, and what you can do to make a difference in your communities.

Space is limited. Please contact the Serenbetz Institute at Institute@cottey.edu to request a ticket.

C” for Yourself!”

Theresa Lee

 

“C” For Yourself! Weekend will take place Saturday, October 19.  Students and guests will be on campus participating in special planned activities, and eating in Raney Dining Room.  Please make them feel welcome!  Here is a complete schedule of events for the day.

Issue Nine Friday, October 11, 2019

Check Out This Great Video!

Dr. Jann Weitzel

I am so pleased to attach this link for your enjoyment.  While at Convention of International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Cottey was so fortunate to be represented by our own Theresa Spencer as she directed a choir of almost 300 participants.  Look closely- you may see a few familiar faces from P.E.O. Visits, the Cottey Board of Trustees, or Vacation College.  You may also catch sight of an alumna or two!

Theresa, we are SOOO proud of you!  Thank you.

Hanging of the Greens 2019

Ashleigh Miller

HANGING OF THE GREENS FORMAL DINNER, December 7, 2019

Ticket Sales for faculty and staff will take place during the lunch hour in the Raney Dining Room foyer on the following dates:

  • Monday, November 4, 2019
  • Tuesday, November 5, 2019
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • Friday, November 8, 2019

If you are unable to purchase your ticket(s) during this time, please contact me at ext.  2150 or email me at amiller@cottey.edu

Please keep in mind our limited seating when considering the number of guests you wish to invite.  The tables are pre-set for 8.

Please feel free to email me ahead of time so I can put your name on the list and have tickets ready for you when you pick them up, or you can complete the survey sent out to campus:

Contact me for any seating preferences.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served in Robertson Hall Parlor;
Dinner will be served in Raney Dining Room.

First Seating:
Hors d’oeuvres – 5:15 to 6:00 p.m.
Dinner – 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Second Seating:
Hors d’oeuvres – 7:00 to 7:45 p.m.
Dinner – 7:45 to 8:45 p.m.

 Faculty and Staff Price: $12.00
 Guest and Family Prices:
Adults – $15.00 for adults 
Children – $7.00 (ages 12 & under)

If you have any questions, please contact Ashleigh Miller at extension 2150.

Cottey College Board of Trustees Fall Meeting

Becky Penn

The Cottey College Board of Trustees will be on campus for the fall board meeting, October 24-26, 2019. 

On Thursday, October 24, faculty and staff are invited to a reception with trustees from 10:45-11:45 a.m., on the patio of the Judy and Glenn Rogers Fine Arts Building.  Please, RSVP to the Council member for your area by October 17.

Jo Byrnes, chair of the faculty, and Ryann James, president of the Student Government Association, will give reports to the board.

While on campus, the board will enjoy lunch with Cottey’s international students and Megan Corrigan, international education coordinator, on Thursday.  Friday, Golden Key ambassadors and SGA president, Ryann James, will have lunch with the board.

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.

Conference Leadership and Certifications

Carol Gallagher

Carol Gallagher was invited to serve as the Co-Program Chair for the 2020 International Leadership Association (ILA) Women and Leadership Conference, which will take place in June 2020 at the College of Saint Rose.  The Conference will celebrate Women’s Leadership and 100 years of women’s voting ability.

Additionally, Carol earned the “Teach Leadership” certification from the Kansas Leadership Center and was designated as a “Certified Municipal Official” through the Municipal Governance Institute, a part of the Missouri Municipal League.  Dr. Gallagher has also been invited to develop a monograph on Organizational Leadership with an international publisher.

Cottey Students Improving Leadership

Carol Gallagher

It’s that time again!  There are a number of Cottey students enrolled in Organizational Leadership classes this semester!  Every OLS class involves developing a Leadership Development Plan (LDP), which requires students to intentionally work on areas of their leadership that need improvement.  One of the things we know about goals is that the more people there are who actively hold someone accountable, the more effective the goal attainment.  If you have a student on the list below, I encourage you to ask about their goals and encourage them as they work toward achievement.  If you’re not sure what the LDP looks like, feel free to look at my current one (I do it along with students each semester) and you can view other samples as well.

Current OLS students:

  • Alex Brown
  • Ellaurah Ashby
  • Maraki Berhe
  • Janamay Carothers
  • Clelia Cerqueira
  • Taylor Coonce
  • Grace Diaz
  • Latasha Griggs
  • Haweni Gurmu
  • Jenny Hart
  • Najah Hunt
  • Grace LaNier
  • Molly Mahoney
  • Luisa Molina
  • Hannah Nelson
  • Cate Nolan
  • Cassie Ogden
  • Lucy Olvera
  • Ella Page
  • Aschle Paladino
  • Grace Palmer
  • Karina Ramirez
  • Bronwyn Reagan
  • Rena Reitz
  • Abigail Reyes Santiago
  • Shania Roberts
  • Tori Roosa
  • Demetrionna Sampton
  • Gillian Schlichtmann
  • Rae Stuits
  • Solen Topcha
  • Emily Turner
  • Lucy Wambua
  • Mamie Watt
  • Mary Winsor

RECYCLING ROUNDTABLE

Sarah Quick and Diya Paul

The Recycling Roundtable on October 3, 2019, brought the campus community together to initiate a campus-wide conversation and to discuss potential steps moving forward.

  • Dr. Quick provided her history with recycling on campus, SAVE’s involvement in the process and the challenges faced over the last few years.
  • Morgan Schmidt followed up with a few facts and figures to explain why recycling matters.
  • The next 15 minutes was an open discussion to address concerns, questions, and clarifications towards developing a sustainable system.
  • Jaiden Cherry spoke about short term strategies to handle recycling in the suites.
  • Rowan Carter discussed long term solutions and the importance of an institutional structure to sustain recycling efforts.
  • Sara Calderon urged for campus-wide education to avoid “wishcycling” and contamination of recycled materials.

Attendees signed up under strategic heads (grants, education, logistics, repurposing, policy, trash audits) based on their interests and expertise. We are now compiling these names to form a committee comprised of faculty, staff, and students in order to work on a proposal to submit to the President’s Council. If anybody was unable to come and is interested in any of these strategic heads, please get in touch with Drs. Quick or Paul.

Women Who Wow, October 24

Denise Carrick Hedges

Women Who Wow 
Thursday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m.
Missouri Recital Hall

This panel discussion celebrates change makers taking action on issues from Native rights to gender equality to food insecurity.  Learn what inspired their ideas, how they took action, and what you can do to make a difference in your communities.

Space is limited.  Contact the Serenbetz Institute for tickets. 

C” for Yourself!”

Theresa Lee

 

“C” For Yourself! Weekend will take place Saturday, October 19.  Students and guests will be on campus participating in special planned activities, and eating in Raney Dining Room.  Please make them feel welcome!  Here is a complete schedule of events for the day.

WGS Students present at Fourth International Gender & Sexuality Conference

Dr. Elizabeth Verklan

WGS students, Valerie Bond, Kayla McCallister, and Ali Miller presented research from their Senior Capstone projects on Thursday, October 3, at the Fourth International Gender and Sexuality Conference at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. The students received valuable feedback on their research that they may incorporate as they move forward with their research into next semester. Additionally, the students attended numerous conference sessions, many of which touched on their research interests.

Ecology enjoys Part II of the Stream Lab

Dr. Nancy Kohn

Dr. Kohn’s ecology class was in Joplin this past Saturday for the second part of the stream lab. We counted many scuds, sow bugs, and planaria. Fortunately for us, it did not start raining until the drive back to Nevada. Everyone had a good time.

S. Chaney Presents Research at German Studies Annual Meeting

Sandra Chaney

Sandra Chaney attended the German Studies Association annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, October 3-6, 2019, where she presented the results of summer research in Germany that was supported by Corley and Cunningham Faculty Development Funds and P.E.O. funds. While at the GSA Chaney attended panels on the Holocaust and methods of teaching it; chaplains in the German Military of World War II; the Nazi occupation of Norway, with emphasis on violence against women; and model cities in communist East Germany and their difficult transition to free-market societies.

Wind Ensemble Concert on Oct. 20

Dr. Jackie Lordo

Come join the Cottey College Wind Ensemble for an afternoon of traditional, and not-so-traditional concert band music. The Cottey College Wind Ensemble will present a concert on Sunday, October 20, at 3 p.m., in the Auditorium of the Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts. Cottey students, faculty and community members will perform music from a variety of styles. The Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Jackie Lordo and Prof. Gary Johnson.
The Center for the Arts is located on the northeast corner of Austin and Tower streets in Nevada, Missouri. The performance is free and no tickets are required.

Ecofeminism Field Trip to Midwest Animal ResQ

Trisha Stubblefield

To complement the volunteer work students in WGS/IDS 360: Ecofeminism–Women, Animals, and Social Justice are doing at the Nevada Animal Shelter, the class visited Midwest Animal ResQ in Raytown, MO, this past Saturday.

We cleaned cages, swept and mopped floors, walked dogs, bathed puppies, and loved on lots of adorable cats and dogs (who all need homes so check out their webpage and adopt a new best friend!). The rescue was started by a woman, and we worked with and learned from several women in animal welfare throughout the day.

We also visited The Littlest Bake Shop and Pirate’s Bone Burgers, both of which are woman-owned vegan businesses!

Visit the WGS Facebook page to see pictures from the trip!

Dance Guest Artist Alumna Emily Schaefer

Jo Byrnes

This past weekend, Cottey graduate (A.S. and A.F.A. Dance, 2014) Emily Schaefer set a piece on the Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company. Emily completed her B.A. in Dance at Missouri Valley College, and is working on a master’s in dance at Texas Woman’s University.

The dances she created will be performed in “Inner Nature: a dance concert inspired by the poetry of Mary Oliver” November 22-24, 2019, in the Center for the Arts.

Issue Eight, Friday, October 4, 2019

Study Abroad

Megan Corrigan

Congratulations to the following students who have been approved to study abroad for Spring 2020:
Sara Calderon – Costa Rica
Taylor Marie Hill – Spain
Evelyn Munufieh – Netherlands
Abigail Reyes – Argentina
Chido Shamuyarira – England
Lucy Wambua – England

Dance Guest Artist Aluma Emily Schaefer ’14

Jo Byrnes

This weekend, Cottey graduate (A.S. and A.F.A. Dance, 2014) Emily Schaefer will be setting a piece on the Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company. Emily completed her B.A. in Dance at Missouri Valley College, and is working on a master’s in dance at Texas Woman’s University.

The dance she creates will be performed in “Inner Nature: a dance concert inspired by the poetry of Mary Oliver” November 22-24, 2019 in the Center for the Arts.

Armchair Travel

Megan Corrigan

On September 30, eleven students participated in Ross Library’s Armchair Traveler – Russia program. The majority of the students will be performing in “The Fairy Tale Lives of Russian Girls” later this semester. They got an overview of Russian history, geography, and culture, as well as a taste of the cuisine. They learned about the books and films available through the library to help them deepen their understanding of Russia.  The library is planning another Armchair Traveler event for October 29: Destination – India.

Wear It Pink Denim Day!

Robin Conner

In honor of our loved ones, please join us in celebrating October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month! For your $5 donation on Friday, October 18, wear your jeans and your favorite pink apparel to show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Donations may be made to Vernon County Cancer Relief in care of Robin Conner, TJ Tubbs, or Linda Lee.

We ask all participants who are available, to join us for a campus wide picture at 4 p.m. in front of the Chapel. If you have any questions please contact Robin Conner or TJ Tubbs.

September Extra Mile Award

Jeanna Simpson

The September student life extra mile award goes to Connie Allen, Office Manager, Physical Plant. The staff nomination stated, “Connie Allen stayed past her scheduled time on Monday, September 16, to make a room key for a student. The student’s mom called to say her daughter’s car broke down this morning and her room key was in her towed vehicle an hour and half away. Mom asked if we would issue a temporary key to her daughter so she didn’t need to drive down. Connie volunteered to stay to make this key, even though she was under a doctor’s orders to leave work at noon.” We appreciate Connie for going the extra mile to help our student!

Food and Drink in Classrooms

TJ Tubbs

If you are holding meetings or showing movies in classrooms where food and drink may be involved, please follow these guidelines:

– Drinks must be in a container with a lid so that spills are kept to a minimum. 
-Make sure all trash is disposed of in the waste receptacle provided.
– Clean all crumbs and debris from desks or table areas prior to leaving the room.

Your assistance with this matter is appreciated and we thank you for your commitment to keeping Cottey beautiful, clean, and welcoming.

Karen Polon- Guest Lecturer at Missouri Southern State University

Karen Polon

Karen Polon presented Aotearoa: ‘The Land of the Long White Cloud’ at Missouri Southern State University on Thursday, September 26, 2019, as a part of their Oceania Semester.  Karen presented information on the history, culture and traditions of the indigenous people to New Zealand, the Maori.  Approximately 75 MSSU students, faculty and guests attended the presentation.

Phi Theta Kappa Road Side Clean Up

Robin A Conner

Adopt-a-highway, Phi Theta Kappa, Epsilon Chapter’s community service project, was a great success!! Thank you to all who volunteered! 15 people and one little doggie cleaned up a half a mile stretch on north Ash street in Nevada.

Cottey Alumna and Missouri State Legislature Attorney, Katherine Kerbs Best, Meets with Pre-law Students

Sandra Chaney

Cottey alumna Ms. Katherine Kerbs Best (2012) was on campus Thursday, September 26, to speak with eight pre-law students about her law school experience and about careers in the legal field. Best, an attorney for the Missouri State Legislature, explained that the volume of reading in law school is immense, and that most courses have only one graded assignment, the final exam. She discussed the importance of being able to write clearly and quickly and to read analytically.  Best attended University of Missouri School of Law, where she was Senior Note and Comment Editor on the Journal of Dispute Resolution and participated in the Family Violence Clinic. As a law student she clerked in a small law firm, primarily focused on family law, land disputes, and estate planning. After passing the bar, she accepted a job in House Drafting at the Missouri House of Representatives, where she drafts bills in the areas of elections, ethics, state government, tourism, and utilities.

Issue Seven, Friday, September 27, 2019

Alpha Chi Donates to Kiva

Oindrila Roy

In 2017, Alpha Chi’s first cohort had donated a part of the money raised on campus to women entrepreneurs in Haiti, Indonesia, and Uganda through Kiva. Last year the organization received its first repayment, and this year Alpha Chi members Hailey Lovgren and Rayne Wright re-lent it to Margie from the Philippines. Margie is a grocery store owner and wants to use the loan for restocking her store. Alpha Chi is grateful to the campus community for supporting their fundraising activities.

Serenbetz Open House

Denise Hedges

Open House

Please join us for lunch to learn about the Serenbetz Institute initiatives including LEO, research grants, internships, and immersions on Thursday, October 3, at noon at the Center for Women’s Leadership.

Magician Trigg Watson Appears on Campus on Saturday

Kris Korb

Saturday, September 28
TRIGG WATSON
8 p.m., Auditorium, $5/$4

Trigg Watson is a new breed of magician. He prefers his iPad to a deck of cards. He likes robots more than rabbits. Growing up in Townsville, Australia, Trigg first caught the “magic bug” after witnessing a magician at a young friend’s fourth birthday party. Years later, Trigg has become known for his modern high-tech take on magic. Fresh from his appearances on the Pop TV’s Don’t Blink, CW’s Masters of Illusion, and Penn & Teller’s Fool Us he’ll make you question what’s possible and have you laughing along the way.

First Fruits to be Performed

Kris Korb

Friday, September 27
SCRIPT-IN-HAND: FIRST FRUITS
8 p.m., Recital Hall

Members of Delta Psi Omega, the student national theater honorary society, will perform a script-in-hand performance of Virginia Alice Cottey and her journey of building Cottey into what it is now. Come and join us as we venture into the life of a strong, independent woman who made her dreams a reality.

ENG 211 Mark Twain in Hannibal Excursion Trip

Trisha Stubblefield

Painting a fence

Last weekend, the Mark Twain in Hannibal Excursion class traveled to Hannibal, Missouri, to visit a variety of sites related to Mark Twain’s life and work.

First, we went on a tour of the Mark Twain Cave, a dry maze-like cave that is Missouri’s oldest show cave and contains 260 passageways. Jesse James hid out in the cave, and Dr. Joseph McDowell used it for experiments on human corpses. Of course, fans of Tom Sawyer will remember the exciting (terrifying!) experiences Tom had in the cave! (Luckily, our tour was much less eventful!)

Then we visited the Hannibal History Museum and took the Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tour. We learned so much about Hannibal’s colorful history, the city’s architecture, and its paranormal activity. We even went in search of some of Hannibal’s ghosts. (You’ll have to ask the students how successful they were!)

The next morning, we visited Mark Twain’s Boyhood Home & Museum, a tour that included the boyhood home, Huck Finn’s House, Becky Thatcher’s House, J.M. Clemens’ Justice of the Peace Office, and the Mark Twain Museum (which is home to a number of Norman Rockwell paintings and a wide range of Clemens family artifacts). We tried to visit Jim’s Journey, a new space devoted to the history of slavery, but it was temporarily closed.

From there, we climbed up to the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse and got to see Twain’s favorite view of the Mississippi. Then, we went to Mount Olivet Cemetery, but, unfortunately, it started raining so we eventually gave up trying to find the Clemens’ family graves and the graves of several people whom Twain based characters on in his novels. Finally, we visited Lovers’ Leap, and took in more stunning views of the Mississippi River.

Overall, it was a fun and educational trip! Check your email for student impressions of the trip.

For pictures from the trip, visit our Facebook page.

Plan to Race Amazingly Through the Library in October

Kathleen Day

The third annual Amazing Race Through the Library is coming up on October 26. CASH PRIZES for the top three winning teams of two. Just for entering and running the race, you each get a t-shirt with this year’s original art. From 2 to 4 p.m., you and your partner will be challenged mentally and physically to win. Complete a form from the library or register online. We are limited to ten teams of two members.  Students, Faculty and Staff are ALL eligible to participate on teamsEXCEPT for current OR past library employees/library student assistants. Please send questions to library@cottey.edu or kday@cottey.edu, or extension 2253. See you there!

Constitution Day at Cottey College

Oindrila Roy

constitution day

The International Relations capstone class including Katherine Brose, Grace Diaz, and Selica Piloy Panjoj organized a trivia game with a photo booth in Raney Dining Room to celebrate Constitution Day on September 17, 2019. At the event, participants won prizes for correctly answering questions about the Constitution; those failing to give the right answer received candies for participation. The event was open to the entire college community and was attended by almost forty individuals including students, staff, and faculty. The International Relations program would like to congratulate Kate, Grace, and Selica for their exemplary effort to raise awareness about the U.S. Constitution on campus.

KC Renaissance Festival Discounted Tickets Available

Kris Korb

Kansas City Renaissance Festival Tickets

It’s that time of year again for the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. There will be full combat jousting, 25 stages of entertainment, king-like food, and over 200 artisan shops! They are open weekends from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., from August 31- October 14, plus Labor Day and Columbus Day. The fair is open rain or shine with free parking. Normal ticket prices are $22.95 but come by the Campus Activities Office (on the second floor of Hinkhouse) to get discounted tickets: $16.50 for adults and $10 for ages 5-12.

Extra Mile Award

Jeanna Simpson

The student life department is introducing our new kindness initiative with the Student Life Extra Mile Award.  Student life will recognize members of the Cottey and/or Nevada community who go the extra mile in providing support for our students.  Recipients will be announced in the Chronicle and by email each month.  At the end of the year, all recipients’ names will be placed in a drawing for a fabulous kindness surprise to be announced at a later date.  Nominations are welcomed with the student life team choosing the recipient. Recipients to date include:

August – Gary Johnson
Gary went the extra mile in assuring a student arrived safely back to campus after numerous flight delays.  He showed patience, compassion and kindness to the student upon her Saturday evening arrival which was 12 hours later than expected.

September – Vernon County Health Department
Nurses at the VCHD go the extra mile in providing health services for our students.  The nurses are kind, professional, and understanding of the varied health issues students may have. They also help students navigate and provide financial resources when necessary.

Meet the fall 2019 PTK Scholarship Nominees

Mary Mba

 

Congratulations to Ashley Beckstrom and Magdalene Anima Asare on their nomination for the fall 2019 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) scholarships. Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for two-year colleges and associate degree programs that prepares and recognizes students for their academic achievements and community engagement. PTK provides opportunities for students to grow as future leaders. The society awards over $1.5 million in scholarships to members each year. The scholarship application process is very rigorous and the scholarships are highly competitive. Nominees work with an advisor who nominates them and works with them throughout the nomination and application process. Many Cottey students have received these scholarships in the past and we hope that our nominees will do the same.

Ashley Beckstrom is the president of Cottey Senior Class (CSC), Yearbook Editor, Reeves Hall Receptionist, and New Mexico Suite Chair. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Epsilon chapter, as well as Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society (SKD). She is a sophomore from Overland Park, Kansas, working on her Associate in Science degree here at Cottey College. Her plan is to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. She loves volunteering and working with computers.

Magdalene Anima Asare is a second-year student majoring in Health and Biomedical Sciences. She loves music and math. Her long-term goal is to build modern and affordable hospitals in her country, Ghana. According to Ms. Asare, “It is a great privilege to be nominated for the PTK scholarship. The Cottey College community has provided numerous opportunities for me, which have harnessed my potential and abilities. I am very proud to be a part of the community.”

Issue Six, Friday, September 20, 2019

Art Gallery Reception on Wednesday

Kris Korb

Art Gallery Reception and Artist Talk
5 p.m., Wednesday, September 25
Art Gallery in the Center for the Arts

Have you seen the new multimedia art exhibit? Want to learn more? Discuss it? Or just see it for the first time? Come meet artist Matt Krawcheck from the Kansas City area and learn more about his exhibition.

Volunteer Week

Renee Hampton

Volunteer Week will be observed on campus during the week of September 23-27.  Throughout the week, Mathilde Gelot, community service intern, Esmeralda Diaz, volunteer management intern, and Chido Shamuyarira, Newman Civic Fellow, will speak to several classes about the importance of social responsibility and encouraging thoughtful action through volunteering and service-learning. 

On Tuesday, September 24, volunteer recruitment will take place during lunch in Raney Dining Room for The Big Serve on September 28, PTK Adopt-A-Highway on September 29, and the African Opera on October 6.

Community service students and staff will be promoting additional service learning activities such as SAVE, STOMP, and the Multicultural Festival, as well as off-campus volunteer opportunities.   Volunteer buttons will be distributed to the campus community to be worn as part of the Volunteer Week celebration.

Magician Trigg Watson will amaze you on September 28

Kris Korb

Saturday, September 28
TRIGG WATSON
8 p.m., Auditorium

Trigg Watson is a new breed of magician. He prefers his iPad to a deck of cards. He likes robots more than rabbits. Growing up in Townsville, Australia, Trigg first caught the “magic bug” after witnessing a magician at a young friend’s fourth birthday party. Years later, Trigg has become known for his modern high-tech take on magic. Fresh from his appearances on the Pop TV’s Don’t Blink, CW’s Masters of Illusion, and Penn & Teller’s Fool Us he’ll make you question what’s possible and have you laughing along the way.

Tickets are available in advance from the Cottey Campus Activities and Ticket Office or available at the door on the night of the performance.

Dr. Jeff Yelton to speak at Bushwhacker Museum

Kris Korb

Saturday, September 28
DR. JEFF YELTON

1 p.m., Nevada Bushwhacker Museum (212 W. Walnut)
Dr. Jeff Yelton, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Central Missouri, will speak on southwestern Missouri prehistory and early Osage archaeology.  Come learn more about this area.

First Fruits to be performed on September 27

Kris Korb

Friday, September 27
SCRIPT-IN-HAND: FIRST FRUITS
8 p.m., Recital Hall

Members of Delta Psi Omega, the student national theater honorary society, will perform a script-in-hand performance of Virginia Alice Cottey and her journey of building Cottey into what it is now. Come and join us as we venture into the life of a strong, independent woman who made her dreams a reality.

Ecology class explores a stream

Dr. Nancy Kohn

Dr. Kohn’s ecology class had their first stream lab Saturday, September 14, in Joplin, Missouri. Everyone had a good time while learning about macroinvertebrates as indicators of stream health.

Plan to Race Amazingly Through the Library in October

Kathleen Day

The third annual Amazing Race Through the Library is coming up on October 26. CASH PRIZES for the top three winning teams of two. Just for entering and running the race, you each get a t-shirt with this year’s original art. From 2 to 4 p.m., you and your partner will be challenged mentally and physically to win. Complete a form from the library or register online. We are limited to ten teams of two members.  Students, Faculty and Staff are ALL eligible to participate on teamsEXCEPT for current OR past library employees/library student assistants.
Please send questions to the library or kday@cottey.edu, or extension 2253. See you there!

Publication

Oindrila Roy

Oindrila Roy’s peer-reviewed article, “Religious Sources of Defence-Spending Attitudes in the United States and the Case of Evangelical Distinctiveness” was published in the journal of Politics, Religion, & Ideology in August 2019.

Youth Dance Classes

Jo Byrnes

Youth Dance Lessons

Lessons are once a week and run from September 24-November 12.

Youth Dance Classes at Cottey College Fall 2019

Classes will take place in the dance studios of the Rogers Fine Arts Building on the Cottey College campus. (The building on the north side of Austin Blvd with the really big windows!) Parking available in lots on Cherry Street.
Creative Movement (ages 5-6) Tuesdays 6-6:45 p.m.
Ballet (ages 7-9) Tuesdays 6:45-7:30 p.m.
Jazz/Modern/Contemporary (ages 10 and up) Tuesdays 7:30-8:15 p.m.

Dress Code: comfortable stretchy clothes that are not too baggy. No skirts or dresses without shorts or pants underneath. Bare feet or socks. Hair should be secured off of face.

Cost is $55 for 8 lessons ($10 discount for siblings). Fee can be paid at first lesson. Cash or check only, please. Classes must have five students registered to run.

To register or for questions, contact Jo Byrnes, jbyrnes@cottey.edu 417-667-6333, x2250.

Classes for younger students and jazz for ages K-5th grade are being offered at the Community Center by Nevada Parks and Recreation. For more information see the Nevada Community Center Parks and Recreation Facebook page or call 417-448-5542.

Yoga Teacher Training

Jo Byrnes

Jo Byrnes completed the Anatomy and Alignment course with YogaFit trainer Shannon Johnson in West Des Moines, Iowa, September 14-15.

Fiesta Hispana

Dr. Erica Sigauke

The Coordinator of Spiritual Life and Campus Diversity drove a group of students to the Fiesta Hispana celebration in Kansas City on Saturday, September 14, 2019. This was a very empowering cultural awareness event. Students gained quite a lot from the various performances, food, artifacts and other activities.

Peace Week Celebration Kick Off

Dr. Erica Sigauke

The Spiritual Life and Campus Diversity Office Peace Week Committee organized the Peace Week kickoff event in front of Raney Dining Room on September 18 during lunch time. Various Cottey values were expressed including the meaning of peace in our personal lives. This event was geared towards promoting love, peace, respect, appreciation, empathy, and compassion across campus. Students had an opportunity to share their philosophies in an attempt to make others relay their personal values.

Haskell Indian Art Market

Dr. Erica Sigauke

The Coordinator of Spiritual Life and Campus Diversity drove students to the Haskell Indian Art Market on September 7, 2019. This was a great experience for students to discover new cultural values, and to interact with Native Americans from different nations. This cultural competence opportunity opened eyes for students to grow deeper in their understanding of cultural differences.

Issue Five, Friday, September 13, 2019

Peace Week Celebrations

Erica Siguake

The Spiritual Life and Campus Diversity Office is inviting the Cottey community and the Nevada community to participate in our annual Peace Week Celebrations. We are going to have a variety of Peace events next week starting on Sunday, September 15, through Friday, September 20. The celebration ends on Friday by connecting with the global community in celebrating the International Day of Peace. This year’s United Nations Peace Theme is titled “Climate Action for Peace.”

The International Relations class will show a video titled “Occupation 101” on Wednesday, September 18, from 6:30-8:30, in RBAC room 109.  There will be a discussions after the video.  The students are also going to skype talk with Nihaya Jaber who is from Gaza, Palestine, on Friday, September 20, 2019, from  9-9:50 a.m., in RBAC room 158. Everyone is welcome to join these programs. There will be face painting in Raney Dining Room during lunch on different days during the Peace Week, we will host poster board peace message writing and picture coloring with various art materials in the halls and the library. Some students will host a video/movie night in their suites and halls focused on environmental aspects and problems that affect mankind.   

The Cottey community will gather by the Hinkhouse sculptures on Friday, September 20, 4 p.m., and begin the celebration by exchanging warm fuzzies while sharing words of peace and love before marching to the Peace Pole where the rest of the program will be presented. We hope to see you there.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Dr. Carmen Bourbon

Alpha Mu Gamma invites the Cottey community to join them in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15. Activities will be held around campus commemorating this special event.

For more information you can contact Ms. Karina Sosa, President – Alpha Mu Gamma, or Dr. Carmen Bourbon, Sponsor – Alpha Mu Gamma.iors.

Wellness Time Enrollment Form

TJ Tubbs

Wellness Form

With supervisor approval, “Wellness Time” allows employees to use 1/2 hour of release time twice a week if s/he will commit to exercising for 60 minutes using personal time during the same week. For those individuals who normally get one hour for lunch, the expectation would be that an average workout would be 45 to 60 minutes in duration. For those individuals who normally get 1/2 hour for lunch, the expectation for an average workout would be at least 30 minutes.

Wellness Time should take place in our Fitness Center or start and finish at the College if you are walking, biking, etc.

You still have access to the treadmill desk under the following conditions.

  • Employees who participate in “Wellness Time” can sign-up to use the treadmill desk twice a week.
  • Employees who do NOT participate in “Wellness Time” can sign-up to use the treadmill desk three times a week.
  • Employees need supervisor approval to use the treadmill desk and should reserve a time on the intranet>Faculty/Staff portal>Reserve Main Hall Treadmill.

Supervisor approval for Wellness Time and the treadmill desk can be indicated on the second section of the Wellness Enrollment Form.

Thank you again for your participation in Cottey’s wellness program.

The Amazing Race is Coming to the Library!

Kathleen Day

Students, faculty, and staff: save the date for the third Amazing Race Through the Library on October 26, 2-4 p.m. Teams of two will compete in challenges through the Ross Library for prizes and fun. First prize is $100.  Just for signing up and competing, you get a free t-shirt and so much more. Please email Kathleen Day at the library (kday@cottey.edu) with questions. The number of teams is limited. Current library employees not eligible to compete. Use the link below to register or come by the library to pick up a paper copy.

Follow this link to register. https://forms.gle/mKmxwUR3WAAcgkq86

Name Pronunciation Resource

Megan Corrigan

Adam has created a folder called “Name Pronunciation” on the T-drive which is accessible to all. Sound files of international students pronouncing their names will be uploaded and stored. New students are already there and I’m working to add more.  You are welcome to add sound files of the names of any students, not just international students.

Youth Dance Classes

Jo Byrnes

Youth Dance Lessons

Youth Dance Classes at Cottey College Fall 2019
Classes will take place in the dance studios of the Rogers Fine Arts Building on the Cottey College campus. (The building on the north side of Austin Blvd with the really big windows!) Parking available in lots on Cherry Street.

Lessons are once a week and run from September 24-November 12.

Creative Movement (ages 5-6) Tuesdays 6:00-6:45 p.m.
Ballet (ages 7-9) Tuesdays 6:45-7:30 p.m.
Jazz/Modern/Contemporary (ages 10 and up) Tuesdays 7:30-8:15 p.m.

Dress Code: comfortable stretchy clothes that are not too baggy. No skirts or dresses without shorts or pants underneath. Bare feet or socks. Hair should be secured off of face.

Cost is $55 for 8 lessons ($10 discount for siblings). Fee can be paid at first lesson. Cash or check only, please. Classes must have five students registered to run.

To register or for questions, contact Jo Byrnes, jbyrnes@cottey.edu 417-667-6333 x2250.

Classes for younger students and jazz for ages K-5th grade are being offered at the Community Center by Nevada Parks and Recreation. For more information see the Nevada Community Center Parks and Recreation Facebook page or call 417-448-5542.

Issue Four, Friday, September 6, 2019

Welcome Ice Cream Social

Erica Sigauke

ice cream social

Ice cream social

The Coordinator of Spiritual Life and Campus Diversity, Dr. Erica Sigauke, drove students to the Nevada Bristol Senior Care Center where they were invited for an ice cream social. This event was organized to celebrate the new school year and to welcome students to the Nevada community. Students enjoyed eating ice cream, socializing, dancing, and playing African drums with the seniors. The event also gave students an opportunity to share some of their cultural values with the seniors. 

Annual Conference Activities

Dr. Tammy Ogren

Dr. Ogren co-presented “Bringing Relevant Projects to Management Information Systems’ Student Learning Experience” at the annual conference of Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society, in June at Ramapo College of New Jersey. In the presentation, she and a colleague from Keene State College shared two student projects with two different approaches that blend changes in Information Systems with practical skill development while assessing common student learning on MIS topics. The Cottey MIS class project involved defining the business need, assessing alternative IS solutions, and making a recommendation through a formal business proposal for technology to their “client”: the Chellie Club which had no prior commitment.

Invitation to The Ripple Effect

Jeanna Simpson

Ripple Effect Movie

Everyone is invited to attend a screening of The Ripple Effect, a movie about suicide, hope, and healing. The film chronicles the story of Kevin Hines who, at 19 years of age, attempted to take his life by jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge. Showtime is 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1, in the Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts. The movie is free and no tickets are required.

Conversations with the Council

Dr. Weitzel

At our faculty/staff meeting in August, I stated that as an additional means of increasing the communication and collaboration across campus, the President’s Council will be hosting Conversations with the Council, during which topics will be shared and questions may be brought forth.

The first Conversations sessions will be offered on Tuesday, September 10.  The topic for these meeting is the new enrollment/retention report that will be shared weekly with the College community.  VP Heringer and VP Adams will present and discuss the form designed for this use.

Two 20-30 minute sessions will be offered:

  • Heringer and Adams will present to the faculty during the regularly scheduled faculty meeting at 11:00 a.m. in Room 109 at the Rubie Burton Academic Center (RBAC) Jo Byrnes, faculty chair, has agreed to welcome staff members from other departments to this meeting, recognizing, however, that seating may be limited.
  • The VPs will present again on September 10 at 4:00 p.m. in RBAC 109.

Please work with your VP or Director in order to ensure that, whenever possible, no office will need to be closed.  We are hopeful that you will choose to attend one of these sessions in order to learn about the enrollment/retention report and share your thoughts and ask any questions.

KC Renaissance Festival Tickets Available

Kris Korb

Kansas City Renaissance Festival Tickets

It’s that time of year again for the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. There will be full combat jousting, 25 stages of entertainment, king-like food, and over 200 artisan shops! They are open weekends from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., from August 31-October 14, plus Labor Day and Columbus Day. Open rain or shine with free parking. Normal ticket prices are $22.95 but come by the Campus Activities Office (on the second floor of Hinkhouse) to get discounted tickets: $16.50 for adults and $10 for ages 5-12. Huzzah!!

Taikoza (Japanese Drumming and Flute Group) to Appear on Saturday

Kris Korb

Taikoza

TAIKOZA
7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 7
Auditorium

Experience the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Japanese Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Hear and feel the ancestral Taiko drums give resounding voice to traditional and new compositions. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings; big drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. With colorful traditional costumes and dynamic motion, Taikoza’s shows are immensely popular with audiences of all ages.

Tickets are free for students and employees. Tickets are available in advance from the Campus Activities and Ticket Office (second floor of Hinkhouse) or at the Center for the Arts Ticket Office on the night of the performance. We will see you there!

Campus tours

Staci Keys

On Tuesday, September 10, and Monday, September 16, we will have registered tour participants on campus from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm both days. 

The weeks of September 9 and September 16 there is a possibly of having drop in campus guests. Please wear your name tags and help those that need assistance. 

**It may be best to keep classroom doors closed to minimize distractions.   

Convention of International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and Visitors on Campus

President’s Office

Convention of International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood
September 12-14, 2019

The biennial convention of the P.E.O. Sisterhood will be held in Des Moines, Iowa. The theme for this convention is “Welcome Home: Celebrating 150 Years” and in recognition of the 150th anniversary, convention delegates and visitors will have the opportunity to visit the birthplace of P.E.O., Iowa Wesleyan University in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and the P.E.O. International Headquarters in Des Moines.  Iowa’s 1,500 hostess volunteers will welcome more than 6,000 attendees to Des Moines and the convention.

Margaret Haverstic, director of P.E.O. relations, coordinates Cottey’s participation at the convention. Faculty, staff, and students who are representing the College will engage and educate P.E.O. members about our incredible college and the opportunities available to our students. In addition to the Cottey College display room, the College has several opportunities to provide information and to showcase her students, faculty, and staff.

Two BIL events will be hosted by the BIL Task Force in the Cottey Room and will offer BILs (spouses of P.E.O.s) to connect with one another and to learn about the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Campus Life.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
– Cottey College Board of Trustees will meet.
-The Cottey Room opens to delegates and visitors.
-BILs will gather in the Cottey Room.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
-The Cottey Room is open to delegates and visitors.
– Dr. Weitzel will facilitate a panel presentation during the workshop by Prof. Jo Byrnes, Dr. Trisha Stubblefield, and Stephanie Grgurich, P.E.O. and Cottey: Growing Incredible Futures Together. This workshop will be presented twice to over 500 P.E.O.s on Thursday, September 12.
-Cottey student Sarah Van Horn will speak at the Opening Night Ceremonies and Projects Night on Thursday, September 12. Chris Scheuneman, chair of the board of trustees, and Dr. Jann Weitzel will also speak during the Projects Night. This program will be live-streamed and information is available on the P.E.O. website.

Friday, September 13, 2019
-The Cottey Room is open to delegates and visitors.
– An alumnae reception will be held for over 100 alumnae who will be at the convention.

Saturday, September 14, 2019
-The Cottey Room is open to delegates and visitors.
– Prof. Theresa Spencer will direct a chorus performing a special piece of music that has been composed to honor P.E.O. President Sue Baker on Saturday.
-Cottey student Madeleine Smith will perform at the Celebration of Life memorial services.
– Dr. Weitzel will address the convention delegates.
– BILs will gather in the Cottey Room and Susan Bulkeley Butler will be introduced.
– Dr. Weitzel will host a reception honoring Susan Bulkeley Butler for invited guests.
– During the 150th Birthday Bash, guests will learn about the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Campus Life.

Visitors on Campus
Before and after the convention, we anticipate a number of visitors on campus.  We expect more than 20 visitors on campus Monday, September 16. Our guests will have tours of the campus, eat lunch in Raney Dining Room, be welcomed by Dr. Weitzel, learn from a student panel, and attend a reception at President’s House.

Maddy’s  Opera Adventure in Italy

Theresa Spencer

Madeleine

Maddy Smith, second-year student, participated in a four week Opera Workshop (Music in the Marche) this summer in Mondavio, Italy.  Mondavio is in the Marche region about 30 minutes from the Adriatic Sea.

The daily schedule included three hours of Italian language lessons (survival Italian), body and breath movement lessons, diction lessons, voice lessons, and voice coachings. After the dinner break there were music and scene rehearsals.  The cast of 21 artists learned and performed 14 opera scenes. Maddy was in two scenes. She portrayed Meg in a scene from Falstaff by Verdi; Alice in a scene from Donizetti’s Lucia de Lammermoor, and was a chorus member in several other scenes.

Additionally, there were also opportunities to travel to other cities in Italy, including Florence, Assissi, Perugia, and Urbino. They had time to explore! In Macerata they saw a performance of the opera Rigoletto by Verdi in an open air theatre. Traditionally, the setting for Rigoletto takes place in and around a palace in which the main character (Rigoletto) is the court jester. The production Maddy saw was set in a modern day circus and Rigoletto was a clown.

Maddy’s accommodations, along with three of her fellow students, were with a wonderful host family. Marcello, the Dad, cooked dinner every night utilizing a pizza oven that he built. He even makes his own olive oil and wine, which was incredible! He even hosted a festa (party) for all the participants in the program.

Maddy’s biggest take aways from the experience were the language immersion; working with professional teachers and artists, and lots of gelato!

Youth Dance Classes

Jo Byrnes

Youth Dance Lessons

Youth Dance Classes at Cottey College Fall 2019 Classes will take place in the dance studios of the Rogers Fine Arts Building on the Cottey College campus. (The building on the north side of Austin Blvd with the really big windows!) Parking available in lots on Cherry Street. Lessons are once a week and run from September 24-November 12. Creative Movement (ages 5-6) Tuesdays 6:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m. Ballet (ages 7-9) Tuesdays 6:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Jazz/Modern/Contemporary (ages 10 and up) Tuesdays 7:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Dress Code: comfortable stretchy clothes that are not too baggy. No skirts or dresses without shorts or pants underneath. Bare feet or socks. Hair should be secured off of face. Cost is $55 for 8 lessons ($10 discount for siblings). Fee can be paid at first lesson. Cash or check only, please. Classes must have 5 students registered to run. To register or for questions, contact Jo Byrnes, jbyrnes@cottey.edu 417-667-6333 x2250. Classes for younger students and jazz for ages K-5th grade are being offered at the Community Center, by Nevada Parks and Recreation. For more information see the Nevada Community Center Parks and Recreation Facebook page or call 417-448-5542.

Issue Three, Friday, August 30, 2019

Candidates for Housing Director

Shaun West

There will be two open forums involving the candidates for the director of housing position.

Ms. Cindy Spencer will be in the Chellie Club from 2:15-3 p.m., on Wednesday, September 4, to meet faculty and staff and answer questions.

Ms. Ann Skinner will be in the Chellie Club from 2:15-3 p.m., on Friday, September 6, to meet faculty and staff and answer questions.

Taikoza to Appear on Campus on Saturday

Kris Korb

TAIKOZA
7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 7
Auditorium

Experience the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Japanese Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Hear and feel the ancestral Taiko drums give resounding voice to traditional and new compositions. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings; big drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. With colorful traditional costumes and dynamic motion, Taikoza’s shows are immensely popular with audiences of all ages.

Tickets are free for students and employees. Tickets are available in advance from the Campus Activities and Ticket Office (second floor of Hinkhouse) or at the Center for the Arts Ticket Office on the night of the performance. We will see you there!

Chellie Club is back!

Dominica Chavez

The Chellie Club will open for the academic year on Sunday, September 1, at 5 p.m. Hours for the semester are listed below.

M-F: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. & 7 – 10 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 5 – 10 p.m.
We hope to see you there!

Free Community Yoga

Jo Byrnes

FREE Yoga Classes

Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:20 p.m., beginning September 3, through October

Dance Studio 152 in the Rogers Fine Arts Building on the Cottey College campus

Mats provided.
No experience necessary.
Drop in as your schedule allows!

Please share with whoever may be interested; the community is invited to these classes.

Fall 2019 Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company

Jo Byrnes

Yoga

This semester’s dance company is:

Ellaurah Ashby
Katie Brown
Maggie Clay
Stephanie Crooks
Emily Fisher
Mathilde Gelot
Hailey Lovgren
Linda McKinney
Miranda Owens
Gillian Schlichtmann
Solen Topcha
Sarah Van Horn
Sydney Woodward

Please come see these beautiful dancers in our fall concert, “Inner Nature: a dance concert inspired by the poetry of Mary Oliver” in the Auditorium of the Center for the Arts on Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 24, at 2 p.m. Admission is free and no tickets are required.

Issue Two, Friday, August 17, 2019

Campus Gardening and Pumpkins!!!

Sarah Quick

This summer our gardens (known colloquially as the Robbie Greenhouse and the RBAC garden) have been very active!  So active that pumpkin and cucumber vines are growing almost out of control! Taylor Hill (Liberal Arts student), Nancy Kohn, and Sarah Quick have been the most active in trying to keep up. In addition to these veggies, we’ve been learning to save our seeds and even make mustard out of mustard greens’ seeds. If you’d like to share in our wealth of veggies and herbs (and fruits, technically)–then please do not hesitate to visit the gardens. You could even water or weed if you see the need for such help. Pick at will (but not the pumpkins, see below).

Pie pumpkins for sale: Because we have numerous pie pumpkins, we thought we’d do a fun fundraising and ask if anyone wants 1 or 2…for a small donation ($1-2).  By the time our pumpkin vine is finished we think we’ll have more than we need.  Please contact Sarah Quick (squick@cottey.edu) if you’d like to donate and get a pie pumpkin or two of your own.

Students Granting Media Consent

Public Information

For those of you who do promotions or social media for a Cottey organization or class, this year’s list of students granting media consent is now posted to the intranet under Faculty/Staff Portal>College Forms. The link is on the right-hand side under miscellaneous forms. The students listed on that pdf have granted permission for the College to post their likeness and/or name in media submissions. Before posting a photo or naming students in a social media post, please make sure that those students are listed on this form. If the student is NOT listed, she has either not filled out a form or has denied consent. If you have a photo of a student you wish to use and she is not on the list, you will need to have her submit the online form granting permission before that photo can be used.

Beautification efforts

Public Information

Many of you have noticed and commented on the campus beautification efforts. The campus is certainly much more colorful with the large concrete planters and beautiful foliage, but have you noticed the blue rocking chairs on Main Hall’s front porch? The purpose was to make the front of Main Hall a more welcoming place. Dr. Weitzel, President, and David Heringer, vice president for enrollment management, tested them out recently and sent this welcoming photo. Next time you stop by Main Hall, give the new chairs a try.

Rebeca Dorantes–The First Cottey Law Scholar

Sandra Chaney

Rebeca Dorantes (Class of 2019, International Relations major, writing minor) was admitted to Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law last spring. As she begins her first year of law school this semester, she’s also pioneering a path for future Cottey students. Rebeca is the first Cottey graduate to benefit from the memo of understanding that this institution has with Maurer School of Law. Under the agreement, qualified Cottey students who are admitted to the law program are assigned a faculty mentor for their three years of study and receive a scholarship in an amount equal to roughly 50 percent of tuition.  Last year Maurer School of Law ranked 15th in the nation among public law schools and 30th overall. Congratulations, Rebeca! We wish you continued success.

Adding the Cottey signature line to your email

Steve Reed

Welcome to all of our faculty and staff as we begin a new year. For those new to Cottey, the College has a standard signature line and logo usage for email. Complete instructions, including the download for the graphic, are available on the Cottey intranet at http://rock.cottey.edu/handbooks-and-manuals/email_signature/change-signature.htm

Please feel free to contact Steve Reed at ext. 2141 if you have any questions about the signature line.

Dining Services Information

April Mosher 

Greetings Everyone –

It’s almost time! Raney Dining Room will be open to the campus community beginning Monday, August 20, at lunch.  The Dining Services staff looks forward to seeing everyone again!  Please note the following important information regarding meals in Raney, and if you would like more information regarding processes for special function requests, table tents, centennial room reservations, etc. please contact the dining services office at ext. 2150.

MEAL TICKETS
– Meal tickets for faculty and staff are available for purchase at a reduced price ($5.00) during the lunch hour in the Dining Services Office which is located in the dining room.
– Regarding periods that sign-ups for students take place at the foyer table, such as Thanksgiving Tickets, Hanging of the Greens Tickets, etc., please purchase meal tickets prior to those days; it can often be hectic at the foyer table!
– We accept cash, check, or card for payment.
– Tickets may be purchased in any quantity; however for convenience most usually purchase a week’s worth at a time.
– These meal tickets can be used only by faculty/staff for lunch or regular dinner.
– Specialty Buffets or Sunday Brunch are discounted to $8.00 for faculty/staff.
– Family members & guests pay the regular price posted per meal.
– For groups of 10 or more planning to eat in Raney, please make a reservation with the Dining Services Office at ext. 2150 at least 14 days in advance.
– Meal tickets will have the employee name on them.
– AND…. if you still have leftover meal tickets from last year (2018-2019), they will still be accepted!!!
TAKE-OUT SOUP & SALAD
– Faculty and staff have the option of Take-Out Soup, Salad & Sandwich Monday through Friday for lunch!
– Salad Bar ONLY – $4.00.
– Combination of any 2 (soup, salad, or sandwich) – $5.00 or a Cottey Meal Ticket.

MENUS
– Every Monday morning the weekly menu will be posted on the Cottey Intranet; just choose the Dining Room Menu option.
– The menu is also available on the Cottey Website; just click on Student Life “then “Cottey Food” and then scroll down to see the menu.  Or go to https://cottey.edu/menu
-A mass email to all students, faculty, and staff will be sent Monday mornings with a link to the menu. The menu is also posted in the glass display case at the bottom of the stairs in Raney Dining Room.

Professional Development

Dr. Nancy Kohn

In May, Dr. Kohn attended the Weaving the Future of Animal Behavior Early Career Symposium in Scottsdale, Arizona. This symposium included 30 early career women in Animal Behavior and 12 senior women in the field. During the symposium, great conversations and networking occurred and advice was given. As a part of this symposium Dr. Kohn agreed to join a peer mentoring circle that meets every other Monday afternoon for an entire year.

In July, Dr. Kohn attended the joint meeting of the 56th Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society and the 36th International Ethological Conference, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL. Dr. Kohn also attended the Pre-Conference Workshop called “Animal Behavior Lab Activities: Engaging Students in the Science of Animal behavior.” One of the highlights of the meeting occurred during the Business Meeting for the Animal Behavior Society. Dr. Kohn won the raffle for one complimentary conference registration to attend next year’s Animal Behavior Society Meeting which will be held at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, July 30 – August 3, 2020. Knoxville, Tennessee, is the “salamander capital of the world.”

Social Media Follow-Up

Beth Hammock

At this week’s Faculty-Staff Meeting, I referred to language in the Administrative Handbook about how to let your personal social media followers know you do not represent Cottey College. Here is suggested language: “The postings on this site are my own and may not represent Cottey College’s positions, strategies or opinions.” For those of you managing departmental,  club or organizational social media pages for Cottey,  please review social media guidelines and agreements found here: http://rock.cottey.edu/forms/

Issue One, Friday, August 16, 2019

2019-2020 Academic Calendar
Deana Kerbs

Cottey College 2019-2020 Calendar

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

Opening Convocation

Deana Kerbs

Monday, August 26, 7 p.m.
Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the ArtsOpening Convocation is the ceremonial gathering of members of the Cottey community to begin the academic year. Convocation begins with an academic procession and includes welcoming new students with the Signing of the Cottey Book and Daisy Tradition. This year’s honored speaker is Sarah Adams-Cornell, Cottey Class of 1999. Ms. Adams-Cornell is an advocate for Native American culture, education, and rights. She is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and serves as vice president on the Board of Directors for Sovereign Community School, where she focuses on community engagement. She co-created an intertribal empowerment organization called Matriarch that serves indigenous women in central and Northeast Oklahoma. Adams is the vice president of the Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Live Indigenous Oklahoma and worked alongside other Native advocates to see Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognized in Oklahoma City. She is a board member of Not Your Mascot, proud ally member of Central Oklahoma Two Spirit Society, serves on the leadership team of Women’s March Oklahoma City and was Activist in Residence at the University of Oklahoma.Full-time faculty and administrative staff wear academic regalia and participate in the processional and recessional. Line-up for the procession is at 6:40 p.m. in the Center for the Arts foyer. Faculty and administrative staff who need to be excused from Convocation must notify the senior administrator (Council member) responsible for their area. Council members need to notify Deana Kerbs of any excused absences before August 21. Academic regalia should be picked up in the Bookstore.

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

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

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

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

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

All screening and appraisal results are confidential.

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

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

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

We’d Love to Hear From You