REGISTER FOR VACATION COLLEGE 2023
Vacation College 2023 is scheduled for May 17-22, 2023.
Early Registration will open on January 17, 2023, and extend through March 15, 2023.
Vacation College is a wonderful opportunity to combine a Cottey experience with personal enrichment, and have some fun along the way. Participants experience Cottey from the inside out as they stay in one of the residence halls, eat in Raney Dining Room, and attend classes taught by Cottey College faculty and staff – all without the pressure of mid-term exams or finals! Nightly entertainment, recreational activities, and extraordinary chances for fellowship are all a part of this exciting week. It is bound to be an experience you will never forget! P.E.O.s, BILs, alumnae, and friends of the College who are over the age of 21 are invited to attend.
COST AND REGISTRATION
Cost includes tuition, room and board, recreational activities, and entertainment. Many classes fill up quickly, so plan to reserve your spot early!
Regular Full Price, which includes room and board:
- Early Registration is $660 per person by March 15.
- After March 15, Registration is $760 per person.
Classes represent a wide range of interest areas in locations across campus. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may not switch classes upon arriving on campus or during the week. When registering, please indicate first, second, and third choice for classes. If your first choice is full or the class is cancelled, you will be placed in your second choice.
Shuttle transportation is available for all activities that are not within an easy five-minute walking distance, but transportation to and from class is not provided by the College. Classes have limited enrollment and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The size of a class is limited to ensure a pleasant experience for all guests. The limits are set by Cottey faculty and are non-negotiable.
Classes will be either 2 ½ hours in length or one hour in length, with a schedule that includes options so that attendees may schedule in free time, if they so desire.
The following classes were offered in 2021. New class offerings for the upcoming event will be shown by the end of December.
Long Morning Classes 8:30 – 11:00
Long Afternoon Classes 1:00-3:30
Short Morning Classes – A
Short Morning Classes – B
Short Afternoon Classes – C 1:00 – 2:00
Short Afternoon Classes – D 2:30-3:30
Professor Byrnes has undergraduate degrees in computer engineering technology and theatre with dance emphasis, both from Kansas State University, and an M.F.A. degree in dance and related arts from Texas Woman´s University. She has over 35 years of teaching experience in private studios, public schools, and at the college level. She was a founding member and artistic director of a.musing.dance.company and the Instant Dance Project. She is the director of the Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company, coordinates the Cottey College dance department and is the Faculty Chair. Jo has been teaching yoga for six years and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT -200) with the Yoga Alliance. Professor Byrnes will be teaching Line Dancing and Yoga for All this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
First-year golf coach Eric Cameron came to Cottey in 2018 having competed as a collegiate athlete in baseball at the NJCAA and NCAA Division II levels. He has been studying golf under Coach Rick Burk since 2014 and is certified as a professional golf coach through the Next Level Golf USA™ (NLGU) Performance Program in Virginia. He has been a swing coach for NLGU since 2015, helping kids in the Nevada area through private instruction, including high school athletes and younger junior golfers. Coach Cameron is also a certified sports performance coach with USA Weightlifting. Eric will be teachingGolf – Short Game this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Dr. Sandra Chaney is associate professor of history and coordinator of liberal arts, as well as pre-law adviser. Sandra has over 20 years of undergraduate teaching experience, including two years as a visiting professor at a Chinese university in rural Henan Province. Her expertise is in modern European and environmental history but she also has a personal interest in China. In 2002, she and her husband made their first trip to the People’s Republic to adopt their daughter, Anna. Since then Sandra and her family have returned to China several times. This will be Sandra’s third year teaching at Vacation College. Sandra will be teaching From Mao to Now and Adventures in Travel: China this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Dr. Cui studied at Guizhou University in China and Gavale University College in Sweden and he came to Cottey College in 2016 after teaching at the University of Alabama. Wei teaches college algebra, pre-calculus, calculus sequences, and differential equations. Wei’s research lies in financial math and its applications. Financial math is a field of applied math that is concerned with solving the problems in finance with mathematical models. This is his third year teaching at Vacation College. Dr. Cui will be teaching Mahjong Class for Beginners this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Adam Dean, director of academic computing, has been at Cottey for 23 years. Adam is responsible for all technology on the academic side of campus which includes faculty, students, library, residence halls, and both academic buildings. He designs and installs all of the smart classrooms and computer labs on campus. In his personal time, he has served as president of the Vernon County United Way for 12 years, Chairman of the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), and serves on the State Board for the NWTF. In his work with the NWTF he has organized and run several Outdoor Youth events, Women In The Outdoors events, and distributes food to local pantries through his local Share the Harvest program. Adam will be teaching Life is Better with Bacon and From Pond to Plate this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Dr. Dioses was born in Lima, Peru. He has been teaching at Cottey College as an assistant professor since 2012. He has taught every math course offered at Cottey: college algebra, statistics, calculus 1-3, and differential equations. His main academic interest is number theory and he is a member of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society. Jorge was one of the co-leaders of the college-sponsored International Trip to Peru in 2016. Also, he has participated in Vacation College for several years teaching courses such as Math and Art, Recreational Math, and Ancient Civilizations of the Americas. Dr. Dioses will be teaching A Mathematical World, Ancient Civilizations of the Americas, and Adventures in Travel: Spain this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Christi Ellis is a 1996 Cottey alumna. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at William Woods University and her master’s degree from the University of Central Missouri. Christi began her career at Cottey in fall 2008 as assistant professor of dance. In summer 2016, Christi joined Institutional Advancement as the coordinator of Alumnae Relations. Now serving in the role of director, Christi works to enhance the relationships between the College and its alumnae; from planning alumnae gatherings, to liaison to the CCAA Board, promoting legacy students on campus, as well as overseeing Founder’s Day Weekend and Regional Cottey College Alumnae Clubs. She is also a 24-year member of P.E.O. Christi will be teaching Give Me S’mores Lovin’ this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Dr. Mike Emery is a Cottey College Professor Emeritus of English. He taught literature and writing courses for 28 years, from 1989 to 2018. Dr. Emery also taught introduction to film and American film. He has done a film course for Vacation College 17 times, starting with “Rogers without Astaire” in 2001. Dr. Emery will be teaching HItchcock in Black and White this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Allison Fast has been working in IT at Cottey for nearly three years as an administrative computing support specialist, though as an alumna, former CCAA board member, and Nevada resident, she has remained close to Cottey through the years. She is a long-time member of the American Association of University Women, an organization nationally prominent in advocacy for women and girls. She also meets weekly with a card group of six, as schedules allow. She is eager to share her experiences with others who are looking for a relatively easy card game to learn, or re-learn. Allison will be teaching Let’s Play Canasta! this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Dr. Fernando grew up in the island of Sri Lanka and joined Cottey in 2008 as a faculty member of the chemistry department. She serves as the faculty sponsor for Phi Theta Kappa honor society and International Friendship Circle. She is an advocate for STEM for women, especially in undergraduate research in analytical chemistry. She sponsors student interns and visits local schools with her chemistry students for outreach activities. She is the chair of the local Mo-Kan-Ok chapter of American Chemical Society. She is a resident of Nevada and her family is very active in local YMCA. They participate in many sports in their free time including Pickleball, their newest addiction. Dr. Fernando will be teaching Pickleball for Beginners and Pickleball for Experienced Players this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Dr. Gallagher arrived at Cottey College in 2014. She has taught at Southern Methodist University, Lynn University, Grand Canyon University, and Florida Atlantic University. In addition to her passion for leadership studies and community engagement, she is a competitive billiards player and is a lead facilitator for Kiwanis International’s Key Leader High School Leadership Weekend program. She is also very active in the community as a member of the Nevada City Council, Nevada Police VIPS, Vernon County CERT, and a board member for Families in Crisis of Vernon County. Carol loves to travel and enjoys time at home with her new husband and their furry menagerie of four dogs, two cats, and two birds. Dr. Gallagher will be teaching Ahead of the 8 Ball – Billiards for everyone! and Leadership Fun and Games this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Dr. Jon Green earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. His research focuses on methods for teaching writing as a skill that can be practiced similarly to a sport or music. In addition to teaching courses on writing and rhetoric, Jon serves as the director of the Cottey College Writing Center. Outside of teaching, Jon has interests in weightlifting and exercise, nutrition, and bluegrass music. Dr. Green will be teaching The Whole-Foods-Plant-Based Way of Eating this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Stephanie Grgurich is the enrollment outreach coordinator. She has worked at Cottey since August 2011, and works with P.E.O.s, alumnae, and other volunteers in promoting the College. She graduated from Cottey in 2003 and earned her Bachelor of Arts from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, in 2005. She joined the P.E.O. Sisterhood in 2010 and is a member of Chapter BB, North Carolina. Stephanie will be teaching True Grit: An American Novel and Who Do You Think You Are? An Enneagram Investigation this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Denise Carrick-Hedges’ entire professional career has been committed to leadership and educational opportunities for women and girls. Currently, she serves as the director of leadership development at the Serenbetz Institute for Women’s Leadership, Social Responsibility, and Global Awareness at Cottey College. In this role, she supports and encourages students on their leadership journey. She has been at Cottey for over twenty years. Denise will be teaching Read with Cottey this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Dr. Peter Hyland has worked extensively with astrophysical experiments at Case Western Reserve University, the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and McGill University. While he found work in astrophysics rewarding, Cottey has provided him an opportunity to focus on teaching and students. He teaches physics and astronomy during the semester and at Vacation College and summer workshops. He also loves board games and card games. Dr. Hyland will be teaching Introduction to Card Games and Star Gazing and Mythology this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Fakeha Khokhar recently joined Cottey College as Instructional Technology Specialist. She has a background education in computer sciences and human resource development. She likes to learn and share about new online learning tools and technologies. She is a tea lover and tries different recipes to make a great cup of tea! Fakeha will be teaching Unleash the Power of Your Cell Phone and Microsoft Office Basics this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Dr. Kumar earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Calcutta in India, her Master of Science degree from Kalyani University in India, and her Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She studies aquatic, photosynthetic microorganism called cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) which have the distinction of being the oldest known fossils. This large group of bacteria, that survived billions of years of evolution, provide a unique model system to study environmental pollution. Her lab focuses on the biochemical, molecular, and phenotypic changes within the bacteria due to the exposure of surface waters or other chemical toxins such as antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory drugs. Dr. Kumar is also a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Dr. Kumar will be teaching Genes and Heredity this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Dr. Lordo is an assistant professor of music and music department coordinator at Cottey College. She teaches brass lessons, music history, pedagogy, and basic conducting in addition to her duties as director of the Wind Ensemble. She is a proud member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and several professional music organizations. Jackie is excited to share her love of puzzles as well as her professional expertise in music. Dr. Lordo will be teaching Music of the 60s: The British Invasion and Puzzles and More this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Caroline Phillips began beekeeping to add value to her family’s farm about ten years ago. The number of hives she keeps fluctuates yearly, but is typically four hives. She has been mentored by Master Beekeepers Gene and Dale Foley from the Joplin Missouri area. With Dale’s encouragement and the aid of some other local enthusiasts, she spearheaded the creation of the Western Missouri Beekeepers’ Association in Nevada. Caroline has hosted many area workshops and mentors individuals throughout the year. She works at Cottey to support her beekeeping habit and serves as the advancement services manager for the Office of Institutional Advancement. Caroline will be teaching Products of the Hive at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Sarah Quick is a sociocultural anthropologist and an ethnomusicologist who studies contemporary heritage performance by Native peoples in North America. She has a B.A. in anthropology from the University of South Carolina, a M.A. in anthropology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Ph.D. in social-cultural anthropology from Indiana University where she also minored in ethnomusicology. Sarah is interested in music/dance, ethnographic film, gender studies, heirloom seed-saving, southern heritage food, sustainable farming, community gardens and urban chickens. Dr. Quick will be teaching Old Time Folk Dances on the Prairies – Dances, Old Time Folk Dances on the Prairies – History & Context, and Native American Food Culture this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Blaklee Sanders is Cottey College’s newest counselor in the Office of Student Life. Blaklee graduated from Cottey in 2015 with a degree in psychology and in 2020 with a master’s degree in social welfare from the University of Kansas. She has served as a residence hall director and assistant basketball coach and she is beyond excited to get to work at another Vacation College. She is a member of P.E.O. Chapter DW, Missouri. Blaklee will be teaching Signs of HOME this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Maggie attended Cottey in 2010 and loved it so much she now works here! Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Maggie has been living permanently in Nevada, Missouri, for three years now. She enjoys crafting in her free time which includes a wide variety of projects from quilting to glass etching. While she loves making high quality items she also really likes to have fun and be goofy so get ready for a good time! Maggie will be teaching Glass Etching Holiday Crafts and Glass Etching-Home Crafts this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Rev. Dr. Sigauke began her Cottey career in 2010 and currently serves as the coordinator of spiritual life and diversity at Cottey College. She graduated with a certificate in education from Morgan ZINTEC College. After working as an assistant principal and teacher for many years, she joined Africa University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in education, English and music prior to her graduate studies in the U.S. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Master’s degree in music education and a composition certificate from ABACA College in Minnesota. Erica later joined the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in pastoral care and counseling. She did her CPE Clinical Training with the Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She recently graduated with a Doctoral degree in ministry from the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. She is a proud Cottey mom to her two daughters and she is a member of P.E.O. Chapter KK, Missouri. Erica and all campus spiritual leaders make a deliberate effort to be broad and inclusive recognizing that our community is made of people from all faith-walks. Dr. Sigauke will be teaching An Hour of Prayer and Meditation, Valuing your Personal and Mental Health and Diverse Drumming Techniques this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Keith Spencer is a longtime Cottey administrator and beer connoisseur. He enjoys brewing beer and growing hops. Keith will be teaching Beer Appreciation 101 this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Theresa Forrester Spencer, professor of music, began teaching at Cottey in 1986 and she holds the Gene Wild-Missouri faculty chair in Fine Arts. Prior to Cottey, she was a graduate student at the University of Iowa in Iowa City where she completed two degrees – a Master of Arts in choral conducting and a Master of Fine Arts in voice performance and pedagogy. At Cottey, Prof. Spencer conducts The Cottey Chamber Singers, teaches voice lessons, music appreciation, and women in music. Professor Spencer feels honored to teach at Cottey College because of its rich heritage of excellence and commitment to educating women and is a proud member of P.E.O. Chapter ND, Missouri. Theresa will be teaching Brassy Blues Women this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Dr. Trisha Stubblefield, Professor of English and Harmon Professor of English, received her B.A. (English) and B.M. (music history) from Converse College, a women’s college in South Carolina, and her M.A. and Ph.D. (2001) from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Stubblefield serves as Coordinator of the English Department and is the recipient of several teaching awards. She teaches courses on women writers, 20th-century American literature, Ecofeminism, and P.E.O. history. Dr. Stubblefield is the sponsor of Cottey College’s Sigma Tau Delta, international English honor society chapter, and she is a member of P.E.O. Chapter ND, Missouri. Dr. Stubblefield will be teaching The Films of Katharine Hepburn and Cottey Book Club this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Courtney Trautweiler has served as the library director for Ross Library at Cottey College since January 2015. She holds a master’s degree in library science from the University of Central Missouri and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Texas A&M University – College Station. Courtney was born and raised in Texas but has enjoyed calling Missouri her home for the last 20 years. She shares adventures with her husband, their two daughters, a dog, and a cat. Her family enjoys hobby farming a small sustainable flock of chickens, ducks, turkeys, and geese. She also likes vegetable and berry gardening. Finally, she is a librarian to the core. She absolutely loves reading books and adores all things library and technology related. She encourages people to use the library, to keep reading, to keep learning, and to keep asking great questions. Couurtney will be teaching Books on the Shelf: Mystery/Suspense Genre this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Megan Watson, began working at Cottey in August 2017 and serves as the advancement data specialist in the Office of Institutional Advancement. She earned a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and Technology from Texas A&M University – Commerce in 2012. In her quest for knowledge and adventure, Megan spent three months in Cairo, Egypt, for an internship in 2012, and then moved from her home state of Texas in 2013 to live and work on a goat ranch in Fort Scott, Kansas. She then found her way into the immersive world of data and reporting through database maintenance and integrity and now works for Cottey remotely from her new home in Tennessee. Megan will be co-teaching Topics in Fringe Theory: The Kennedy Assassination this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes
Husband of President Weitzel
Jack is a retired electrician, having owned his own electrical contracting business, followed by a semi-retired career in electronic sales. His current “work” includes numerous weekly runs to Walmart, lots of time fishing, reading voraciously, smoking meats, drinking coffee, and running errands as “assigned” by Jann. Jack grew up in Iowa, served in the Navy during Vietnam, and has supported Jann’s education and career. They have two grown, married daughters and four grandchildren. Jack reports his biography is “old, retired, works for the president, and likes to fish!!!!!”
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing
David Heringer joined Cottey in 2019 as vice president for enrollment management and marketing. Prior to Cottey, Dave served as vice president for enrollment management at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. He has held similar positions at University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, and Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas. He earned a Master of Management from University of Mary and a Bachelor of Science with double majors in business administration and sociology/anthropology from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana.
Jack and Dave will be teaching Fishing with Jack & Dave! this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes