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Issue Four, Friday, September 18, 2020

COVID-19 Updates

Dr. Jann Weitzel



We have received questions about how to find the most recent campus COVID-19 reports. Simply go to the Cottey.edu website, click on the “COVID-19 Information and Updates,” and then click on the red “Cottey COVID-19 Statistics.” The numbers are being updated twice per week.

Yoga Teacher Training

Jo Byrnes

Jo Byrnes completed Level 4 YogaFit Teacher Training September 10-13. Only one more course and she will complete her Registered Yoga Teacher 200-hour training!

Gift Card Winners!

Donald Taylor

Congratulations to the following employees who won gift cards in the recent drawings for those who participated in the biometric screening event and the voluntary COVID-19 testing program.

$100 gift cards for COVID-19 testing participation:
Jo Byrnes
Carrie Dreyer
Angela Glosser
Adrianne Rogers
Elizabeth Verklan

$20 gift cards for biometric screening participation:
Connie Allen
Robin Conner
Tracy Farrales
Denise Carrick Hedges
Hannah Todd

New Art Exhibit Up in the Gallery

Kris Korb

This past Saturday, we hung a new art exhibit by Liz Darling from Pittsburg, Kansas. As many of the pieces are related to females, moons, nature, and rebirth, I thought that you might enjoy the exhibit. I have attached some sample images. The gallery, located in the Center for the Arts, is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Title of Exhibition: Luna Artist Bio: Liz Darling is a visual artist from Kansas. Deliberate and intricate, Darling uses watercolor, ink, collage, and other media to create precise, organic compositions that often center on themes of spirituality, transience, the divine feminine, and the natural world. In 2010, Darling earned a bachelor of fine arts degree with an emphasis in painting from Pittsburg State University. In addition to creating daily, she contributes to the collective creative consciousness by teaching art to extremely inspiring and enthusiastic elementary school students.

Artist Statement: My work is an exploration of the sacred. I work in a variety of media, often utilizing subject matter that celebrates the exquisite magic of the natural world and the duality of growth and decay. The symbolism and content in my work are heavily informed by motherhood, my religious upbringing, and immersive spiritual experiences. Through my art practice, I seek to manifest an alternative way of thinking about the power structures within which we live. I hope to contribute to the shift of common social paradigms by challenging institutions and ideas that provide the script for our widely embraced and often destructive belief systems.

Raney Take-Out

April Mosher

Raney is now offering a separate take-out area! See the attached flyer for more information.

Alpha Chi Recognized Dr. Roy for Service

Dr. Jann Weitzel


Cottey received a letter of acknowledgment of and appreciation for Dr. Oindrilla Roy, chapter advisor for Alpha Chi. The letter stated that even in the midst of the pandemic, Dr. Roy “ensured that many of [our] high achieving students were recognized for their exemplary academic work with membership in an honor society that has been recognizing and encouraging student scholarship since 1922.”

Dr. Roy, we appreciate you and your service to Alpha Chi.

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Issue Four, Friday, September 11, 2020

Highest Achieving Suites
(Spring 2020)

Dr. Jann Weitzel



At the end of each term, the Office of the Registrar reports the cumulative grade point averages (GPAs) for the suites, as well as commuter students who are included in one group. Any suite or group who earns a 3.5 or greater cumulative GPA for that term is recognized with a certificate for the suite. The state/district/group who sponsors the suite/group is notified so that information can be shared via social media. Additionally, the suite/group who has the highest GPA overall is recognized by having its name added to a plaque that is displayed in the Rubie Burton Academic Center.

Last spring, despite the unusual circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, five suites earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater: Arkansas Suite (P.E.O. Hall), Cal-Gardner Suite (P.E.O. Hall), Missouri Suite (P.E.O. Hall), Santa Barbara Suite (Robertson Hall), and New Mexico Suite (Reeves Hall). The suite recognized for the overall highest GPA for spring 2020 was the California-Gardner Suite. Congratulations!

Cindy Spencer, Director of Housing, shared, that of the spring residents in those recognized suites, the following students are enrolled at Cottey this term. Please congratulate them when you see or hear from them!

Arkansas Suite: Ashanti Knight and Alison Brown
Cal-Gardner Suite: Wadzanai Ndambakuwa, Laureen Dulo, Julia Foster, and Choney Wangmo
Missouri Suite: Maria Olvera Penaloza and Shania Roberts
Santa Barbara Suite: Alyssa Montoya, Rimsa Upreti, Geneva Webster, Audrey Denekas, Mikayla Lawrence, and Kennedy Knueven
New Mexico Suite: Tsion Shanko and Leah Calkins

Congratulations to these students on their hard work and dedication to their studies.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Dr. Carmen Bourbon

poster for hispanic heritage month

Alpha Mu Gamma invites the Cottey community in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Different activities will be taken as part of this annual celebration.
So come and join the fun!

Yoga Class Videos

Jo Byrnes

I have added a new class to this playlist:
I hope to add one or two each month, and will post the links here in the Chronicle. Any requests, let me know!

Pool Signups

Terry Burger

We have begun a sign up process for pool use due to high demand for wanting to use the pool and COVID restrictions on maximum number of people allowed in the pool. There will be a sign-up sheet on the pool door where patrons can sign up for 30 minute sessions.

Cross Country Meet

Rose Howell

The Comets are hosting the Cottey College Invitational this Friday, Sept 11, at Frank E. Peters Golf Course. The Comets are opening their season and racing in a 5k at 6:30 p.m. Spectators are not allowed, but anyone can follow their Instagram for updates and results (@cottey_xctf).

The Cottey Cupboard

Dr. Erica Sigauke

The Cottey Cupboard logo

The Cottey Cupboard, formerly known as the Food Pantry, is a student-led initiative that supports all Cottey students facing food insecurity by providing non-perishable food items at no fee. Residential and commuter students are welcome to use this resource available on campus. An example of foods available may include cereals; soups; crackers; noodles; spaghetti sauce; canned vegetables and fruits; dry mixes; flour; sugar; rice; and condiments. The program also provides opportunities to students in developing leadership skills through collaboration, organizational skills, and volunteerism. 

The Newman Civic Fellow, Magdalene Asare, is responsible for tracking inventory of donated food items and items used. Magdalene is also available to pick up any donations to the Food Pantry you may have by contacting her by email at Magdalene.asare@student.cottey.edu. We are very grateful to the Cottey community for the great support of this project.   

Each hall has an area designated for food items and is accessible to all residents. At this time, commuter students contact Dr. Sigauke to make arrangements for food items.

Cottey Non-Denominational Service

Dr. Erica Sigauke

Photo of September 6 non-denominational service

A student playing one of the African drums

A non-denominational service, under the director of Dr. Sigauke and co-led by students, is scheduled every Sunday for the campus community. The services are held from 9-9:45 a.m., in the Missouri Recital Hall. These services are an opportunity for the campus community to come together to worship despite our diverse values and spiritual beliefs.

Following the service, please join the drum circle to practice and play a variety of rhythms. Playing with the drum circle is a fun and therapeutic experience for some.

Issue Three, Friday, September 4, 2020

Student Opportunity: Rightfully Hers Scavenger Hunt

Serenbetz Institute

This is a flyer for the Rightfully Hers scavenger hunt

The Serenbetz Institute is hosting a scavenger hunt to encourage student interaction with the National Archives Rightfully Hers displays. Students can locate the displays in the RBAC student lounge and the RFAB lobby, and then fill out a questionnaire through Google Forms with information found on the displays. For each correct answer provided, students receive an entry into one of four drawings, each for $25 in Cottey Cash. While this is a student event only, we thought faculty should be aware to promote the opportunity!

Financial Fact of the Month: A Debt-Free College

TJ Tubbs

Cottey College stands apart from a vast majority of colleges and universities across the country insomuch as the institutional bylaws require the college to remain debt free. This means that any financial undertaking, no matter how large or small, must be fully funded prior to initiation of purchase or start of project.
According to a (2014) study performed by NACUBO (National Association of College and University Business Officers) the average long-term debt carried by a college or university stands at $217.5 million. Many college and universities rely on annual operating budgets to repay these debts. This is not the case with Cottey College, and as a result the annual operating budget is developed to truly support the core mission and goals of the College.
Many projects and purchases at Cottey College come from gifts given by one or many donors. A great example of this is the recently renovated library space. The College previously planned to renovate the library sometime in the future but received an unexpected gift designated to be used specifically for library renovations. With this gift in hand, Cottey was able to accelerate the timeline of the library renovation.
Another example is that of the student center initiative. The College created a plan of action centered on enhancing the student experience by adding a designated student center to campus. An initiative was started to raise the funds necessary to construct the new student center. Within approximately 18 months, the college received enough financial support to fully fund the construction of the new space.
Cottey College prides itself on being an institution that remains debt free and is dedicated to being good stewards of its resources. Because of the foresight of leadership throughout the years, Cottey is well positioned to withstand troubling times, including the current pandemic. It is because of careful consideration and wise decision making that Cottey College boasts such a strong financial position and is poised to strengthen that position into the future.

NACUBO. (2014). Strategic Debt Managment. Retrieved August, 2014, from file:///C:/Users/ttubbs/Downloads/CUBA_Strategic_Debt_Management_FINAL%20(3).pdf

Extra Mile Award

Jeanna Simpson

Justin Mays is the student life August extra mile award recipient. His nomination stated, “We are beyond thankful for Justin’s patience during such a busy time. He is always calm, cool, collected and never seems to get upset nor show frustration with the many of tasks on his plate. His positive attitude and exceptional patience to answer any questions is nothing short of a miracle. There has never been a time when Justin is unable to help. Justin is always helpful and even dropped everything when we called during Orientation to get the ID machine fixed up as well as his help with live streaming Convocation.” Student Life thanks you for going the EXTRA MILE! Justin’s name will be placed in a drawing for a year end gift.

The Art Gallery is Open!

Kris Korb

This is one of the artworks by David Hicks

Stop by and view “Drawings by David Hicks” in the Art Gallery located in the Center for the Arts. His large-scale pieces center on human nature and the exhibit will be taken down on Thursday, September 10. Don’t miss out!

Issue Two, Friday, August 28, 2020

Join us in reading Just Mercy!

Dr. Sarah Polo & the FWS Curricular Advisory Board

Common Reader schedule

The Common Reader for this fall’s First-Year Writing Seminar is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. The rest of the Cottey community is also invited to read along! See the attached reading schedule, which also contains a link to a content warning guide for the individual chapters.

Smoke-free and scent-free reminder

Donald Taylor

Now that faculty and staff alike are returning to offices and classrooms for the start of another academic year, I would like to take a moment to remind everyone that out of respect for members of our community with allergies that Cottey is both a smoke-free and scent-free campus. Employees are asked to adhere to the following guidance:
Scent Free and Smoke Free Campus
Cottey is not only a smoke free, but also a “scent free” campus. People with chemical sensitivity are adversely affected (nausea, vomiting, headaches, and migraines) by fragrances found in such personal products as perfumes, colognes, aftershaves, and scented lotions. Please be mindful of the effects that scented products can cause and refrain from wearing them on the Cottey College campus.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this. I hope that everyone has a great start to this academic year. Let’s all work together to make it the best one yet at Cottey!

2020-2021 Peer Listeners

Jeanna Simpson

Beginning its 22nd year on campus, the Peer Empowerment Program (PEP) is a group of selected student volunteers trained by the counseling office to provide support to students. Peer listeners are trained on the importance of confidentiality, listening and communication skills, conflict resolution, high risk behaviors, sexual assault responses, and mental health first aid. They may assist with various concerns including family issues, homesickness, academic stress, relationship problems and other conflicts. They are also trained on crisis intervention and when to make referrals to the Counseling Office and other resources.

Peer listeners for 2020-2021 are:
P.E.O. Hall: Evelyn Munufieh, Choney Wangmo
Reeves Hall: Joan Dwomoh, Phoebe Arthur
Robertson Hall: Avriana Daniels, Gillian Schlichtmann, Rae Stuits, Mary Winsor

Peer listeners returned to campus early for training. They will continue weekly training and supervision throughout the year. Peer listeners are trained to help students identify and clarify problems, empower students to generate options and alternative actions, offer support and encouragement, and seek additional help when needed. Peer listeners are encouraged to set healthy boundaries in order to take care of themselves and their coursework first. Please feel free to refer a student by recommending the peer listener option to students. Thank you for your support of PEP.

Fall 2020 Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company

Jo Byrnes

Please join me in congratulating the Fall 2020 Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company! Gabby Bastidas, Stephany Crooks, Emily Fisher, Gillian Schlichtmann, Sasha Smith, Giselle Souza, Maya Struhar, Elsa Yeager

Pool Hours

Terry Burger

M–7:45-8:35 a.m., Mariana; 7– 9 p.m., Kim
T–7–9 p.m., Kim
W–7:45–8:35 a.m.,Mariana; 7–9 p.m., Arianna
R–7-9 p.m., Kim

F–7:45–8:35 a.m., Mariana; 10:35-11:35 a.m.; Stephany; 7–9 p.m., Mariana
SAT–3–5 p.m., Arianna

SUN–3–5 p.m., Mariana

COVID Pool Procedures

Terry Burger

1. Maximum capacity:

  • 9 people in the water
  • 12 people total (deck and water)

2. Face mask must be worn at all time while on the pool deck.
3. Upon Arrival

  • Temperature will be checked (no admittance if temperature is >100.4)
  • Use hand sanitizer to disinfect hands

4. Upon entry to the water

  • Remove face mask
  • Follow 6 feet of social distancing- use signs on deck to be aware of your position in relation to others
  • The lifeguard may use lane lines and/or ropes to create social distanced areas
  • Use only clean equipment from the storage area
  • Do not share goggles, nose clips, swim caps, snorkels, etc.
  • Do not use goggles, etc. you find lying on the deck

5. Swimming in lane lines

  • If you are alone in the lane – swim in the center of the lane
  • If you are sharing a lane
  • Segregate by speed –to avoid having to overtake other swimmers
  • Swim as far to the side of the lane as possible
  • Start from different ends of the pool to avoid congregating when stopping

6. Upon exit of the water

  • Replace face mask
  • Put any used equipment on to the “to be disinfected pile”

Valve and vent masks

Donald Taylor

Recently the CDC updated its mask guidance to state that they do not recommend using masks if they have an exhalation valve or vent. The purpose of wearing a mask is to help prevent respiratory droplets from reaching others and potentially spreading COVID-19. Masks with valves and vents do not do enough to prevent respiratory droplets from leaking out. Therefore, Cottey asks that employees refrain from wearing masks with valves and vents.

You can read more about this recommendation and the CDC’s general mask recommendations by going to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html.

Thanks to everyone for working together to keep Cottey as safe as we can this semester.

Issue One, Friday, August 21, 2020


Dr. Jann Weitzel

Dear Cottey Faculty and Staff, I hope you all have had a great first week back together on campus! It was wonderful to see and talk to so many of you at the Campus Celebration. Months of planning will now be put into place as we welcome our new students to Orientation and our returning students back to campus. I’d like to thank every member of the Cottey team for your hard work and dedication to make this semester successful for our students. Let’s make this academic year a great one!

Sincerely, Jann Weitzel, Ph.D. President

Opening Convocation

Heather Browne

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Opening Convocation ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, August 22, 2020, will be open to new students only and will be available for viewing via livestream. To allow for adequate social distancing, the event will be held in two sessions:

• Students with last names A-J will begin at 7 p.m. Central Time

• Students with last names K-Z will begin at 8:30 p.m. Central Time

The event will be live streamed at cottey.edu/convocation. We encourage you to watch as the new students are welcomed to the College and take part in the 85-year tradition of signing of the Cottey Book. Sarah Raffurty, Cottey Class of 2011, will be the honored speaker for Convocation. Ms. Raffurty holds an Associate in Arts degree in History from Cottey College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a focus on Women and Gender Studies from Purdue University and a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies from Syracuse University. She currently serves as the membership manager for the still-under-construction International African American Museum. Ms. Raffurty has a strong background in the arts and cultural institutions, with internship experience at notable institutions across the U.S. such as the National WASP WWII Museum, Erie Canal Museum, National WWI Museum and Memorial, Bellamy Mansion Museum, and Smithsonian National Postal Museum. She has experience in a range of roles—from exhibit designer at the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine to development coordinator for Powell Gardens. In addition to working in museums, Sarah also serves as a museum volunteer.

Faculty and Staff Meeting

Heather Browne

We regret that there was a limit on the number of attendees for the Faculty and Staff Meeting held on August 19, which limited access to the meeting for some of our employees. Please know that we’re working to address this issue so that future meetings are not impacted. The PowerPoint slides from the meeting are available for viewing; please check your email for the link to view the slides.

Gift for Dr. Rusalyn Andrews

Theresa Spencer

As you know, Dr. Rusalyn Andrews retired over the summer. The Fine Arts Division wants to honor her 21 years of service with a commemorative brick in the Chapel/Student Center Initiative and we are asking for your help to accomplish this. Any donation, large or small, is appreciated. This is a surprise, so please don’t tell her. Here are the instructions for how to make a gift: If you would like to make a gift in honor of Rusalyn, you may bring your gift to Institutional Advancement or you may make your gift online; cottey.edu/giving, after entering your information, choose ‘Chapel/Student Center Initiative,’ click the drop down arrow next to ‘I am making this gift in honor or memory of someone,’ select ‘As an honorarium,’ and for ‘List name’ enter ‘Dr. Rusalyn Andrews Retirement.’ You do not need to fill in the name and address of the notificant. Thank you for your assistance in honoring this very special educator who has done so much for our students and the Cottey community!

100-year Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Denise Carrick Hedges

Rightfully Hers

A poster for the Rightfully Hers exhibit on August 26.

Explore the Rightfully Hers pop-up exhibit from the National Archives at lunch in Raney Dining Room on Wednesday, August 26. This exhibits commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Explore the history of the ratification of this historic amendment, women’s voting rights before and after, and its impact today. The exhibit is presented in part by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation In Honor Of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, And Denise Gwyn Ferguson. For more information, contact the Serenbetz Institute for Women’s Leadership, Social Responsibility, and Global Awareness.

Yoga Class Videos

Jo Byrnes

Hello all… For anyone interested, here are some yoga classes I’ve recorded over the past few months. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcI5r0pM7vU&list=PLupMq1ikEZH1iOKOLltt0KfmJ2H3X2_zG
I hope to add one or two each month, and will post the links here in the Chronicle. Any requests, let me know! Thanks, Jo

Stock Trading Lab and Esports Arena Open House

Heather Browne

Please join us for an open house for the Stock Trading Lab and Esports Arena on Thursday, August 27, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Stock Trading Lab and Esports Arena space is located in the lower level of Hinkhouse. This event will be a great opportunity to see the new space as well as meet Bovey Zhang, Esports program director. He will be on hand from 12:00 to 1:00 pm to answer questions you may have about Esports and the team. We are grateful to the California P.E.O. Chapter whose generous donation made this space possible.

Free Hanging and File Folders

Kris Korb

If you would like some free green hanging folders or colored file folders, please contact Kris in the Campus Activities Office (ext. 2186).

AP Psychology Exam Grading

Amanda Gilchrist

In June, Amanda Gilchrist graded AP Psychology exam response questions from the comfort of her own room, as rating was remote this year. It was a new experience after doing it in-person in Tampa, FL in 2019. This year she graded over 1200 free-response questions. Because of all of the work the raters did, she got done two days early. She hopes to grade exams next year–hopefully once again in-person in Tampa.

Alpha Chi Notable chapter

Oindrila Roy

We wanted to share good news about Alpha Chi with you. Our chapter was recognized as notable chapter for the 2018-19 school year. I want to take this opportunity to thank my fellow sponsors Dr. Bourbon and Prof. Chelminska for their hard work.