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Vacation College

Due to the variables surrounding the pandemic, we have moved registration to March 8 and the event has been moved to August 8-13, 2021.

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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 $595 per person by May 15.
  • After May 15, Registration is $695 per person.

Due to the pandemic, registration opening has been delayed until March 8 at noon CST. Please review the refund policies listed below carefully. All guests will sign a medical liability waiver prior to coming to campus. Event expectations will include the following: 1) masks are required at all times 2) guests are asked to monitor their own health and if symptomatic, guests will be provided an isolation space and asked to leave the event.

Refunds

The following refunds will be available for cancellations received in writing.

  • Before June 15, you may receive a refund of $450. June 16 to July 15, you may receive a refund of $250.
  • Because items for classes and evening activities/giveaways are purchased in advance, no refunds will be made after July 31.
  • Cancellations made after July 31 cannot be credited as tax deductible gifts to the College.
Housing

A Cottey College residence hall will be your home during Vacation College. Air conditioning is provided in all bedrooms. The suite area is made up of a living room; a shared, multi-unit bathroom; and a small kitchenette. Double and single bedrooms surround the perimeter of the common area, housing about 10 people. A small number of single rooms are reserved for those with health concerns on a first-come, first-served basis. Suites are located on the first through third floors with designated couples suites located on the third floor; shared bathrooms are designated women’s or men’s. Robertson Hall is equipped with a wheelchair ramp, an elevator, and air-conditioning.

Transportation

Flying

Participants flying into Kansas City International (MCI) may rent a car and drive approximately 100 miles to campus or take advantage of Cottey’s shuttle service. A car will not be needed once you are on campus, and shuttles will be available for activities that are not within an easy five-minute walking distance.

Shuttle to Cottey: Cottey offers a complimentary shuttle to campus for those who arrive at Kansas City International Airport (MCI) before 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 8. As it is approximately a 2-hour commute from the airport to campus, the shuttle will arrive at Cottey in time for dinner. To ensure you meet the shuttle, your flight should arrive no later than 3:00 p.m.

There is no additional cost for the shuttle; shuttle times are non-negotiable.

Return Shuttle: The return shuttle on Friday, August 13, will depart campus at 7:30 a.m. and arrive at the Kansas City airport at 10:00 a.m. Your flight should depart after 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 13.

There is no additional cost for the shuttle; shuttle times are non-negotiable.

Driving directions

Driving south on Interstate 49 to Nevada: Upon leaving the airport, take I-29 South downtown. I-29 merges with U.S. Highway 71. Follow the signs downtown to stay on Highway 71 South. Highway 71 becomes Interstate 49 and leads directly to Nevada. The trip from the airport to Nevada will take 2 to 21⁄2 hours depending on traffic. Follow the directions below to find Cottey once you have reached Nevada.
When you arrive at Nevada heading south on Interstate 49, you should take the fourth, and last, exit. This exit is Austin Street but is listed on the exit sign as “K Highway, Camp Clark.” Once exiting the highway, turn right, or west, onto Austin.
Driving north on Interstate 49 to Nevada: If you are arriving on Interstate 49 north into Nevada, you should take the first exit, which is listed as “Camp Clark, K Highway.” Turn left, or west, onto Austin Street.
Once on Austin Boulevard: Proceed west for approximately 2.2 miles. You will pass Main Hall on your right and the Rubie Burton Academic Center on your left. Immediately beyond the stop light at College Street, you will see the circle drive in front of the Chapel on your left. You may park temporarily in the circle drive to unload your bags and check in at Robertson Hall. Parking is available behind Robertson off of Tower Street. The handicap entrance is located at the rear of the building.

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Vacation College Sample Schedule

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Classes

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 will be offered in 2021.

Long Classes on the Left

Long Classes Morning

8:30-11:00

Artists Co-Op

For this Vacation College class, you will be provided studio space, easels, and limited supplies as you create your own artist’s cooperative. No instructor will be present, but you may use facilities located in the beautiful Judy and Glenn Rogers Fine Arts Building. Come be a part of an artistic, supportive community that strives for personal growth, mutual respect, and creative inspiration.

Fishing with Jack & Dave!

Jack Weitzel & Dave Heringer

Take your adventurous spirit to the waterside and enjoy some fishing with Jack and Dave! Your instructors will share their enthusiasm for the sport and be your native guides as you travel to several local fishing holes and special ponds. Try your hand at catching indigenous fishy specimens; learn about knots and lures; and improve your knowledge of lines, rods, and reels. Consider yourself challenged to take the bait, hook, line, and sinker! Guests must be able to get in and out of a van and walk for short distances. Rods and other equipment will be supplied, or you may bring your own.

From Mao to Now

Sandra Chaney, Professor of History

 China has made headlines a lot lately, whether it’s a story about the coronavirus, or Uighurs, Hong Kong, Huawei and 5G, or aggressive maneuvers in the South China Sea. While keeping today’s news in view, this course looks back on China’s recent past to better contextualize its bold and sometimes puzzling present. We’ll begin with an overview of China’s long history, then spotlight its most powerful recent leaders, Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and the current president, Xi Jinping. How have each of these individuals’ visions and decisions affected the everyday lives of Chinese citizens, and what do they mean for the rest of the world? We’ll look at Mao’s efforts to build a communist society, including his bold modernization experiment, the “Great Leap Forward,” that led to a deadly famine in which 50 million perished, and his Cultural Revolution that left the country in shambles. Then we will consider Deng Xiaoping and his economic liberalization that opened China’s doors to the outside world and lifted millions out of poverty. But what of his repressive measures like the one-child policy and the quashing of democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989? Finally, we will investigate Xi Jinping, from his experiences as a “sent down youth” in the Cultural Revolution to his climb up the Chinese Communist Party ladder. What is the nature of Xi authoritarian policies at home and abroad, and why has he pursued them? And what do they mean for US-China relations?

Genes and Heredity

Manjira Kumar, Assistant Professor of Biology

Do you have blue eyes, an athletic build, or red hair? Are you aware of a family history of certain diseases because of your biological inheritance? Central to all biology is the question of how genetic information is produced and reproduced. In this class, we will discuss DNA, genes, and inheritance of genetic information in the family, as well as diseases associated with genes. Through sculptural DNA models, classroom discussion, and videos, we will explore the world of genes and heredity.

 

Mahjong Class for Beginners

Wei Cui, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

A game of skill played by four people with domino-like tiles, Mahjong requires cooperation and strategy. In this class, students will learn how to play the popular game and will learn the opening moves, the middle strategies, and the endgame. Stories, histories, and explanations will be introduced. It is said that the clacking of Mahjong tiles during shuffling resembles the twittering of sparrows, so come and hear it for yourself! No Mahjong experience is necessary.

Native American Food Culture

Sarah Quick, Associate Professor of Anthropology

This course takes a look at North American Native peoples and their food from the earliest periods to most recently. We will consider what archaeology tells us about their ancient food ways, including innovations and environmental shifts over time. We will also think about how settler societies changed the diets of Native peoples as well as recent social movements like food revitalization and food sovereignty. We will also try some of the foods and prepare a couple of recipes. 

 

Pickleball for Beginners

Ganga Fernando , Associate Professor of Chemistry

Have you heard of Pickleball?! The game of Pickleball has been spreading across the US and world like wildfire. Pickleball was invented in 1965 just outside of Seattle by three dads as a vacation diversion for their families. According to the USA Pickleball Association, there are now nearly 4,000 places around the country where the game is played. Add Cottey College to that list! Pickleball may be played as a fast game like badminton or at a slower pace taking the ball on a bounce. In this four-day course, you will learn some basic skills, simple rules of the game, and scoring. We haven’t found anyone young or old who tried Pickleball and did not love playing the game. This class is for beginners.

 

Read With Cottey

Denise Hedges, Director of Leadership Development

Read with Cottey is a course based on the Cottey College common read program for all first-year students. Students will read and discuss three of the previous common read selections including Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, and Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. These books were chosen as common readers for all students because they had the potential to guide the leaders, the socially responsible and the globally aware citizens that all Cottey students are destined to become.

The Films of Katharine Hepburn

Trisha Stubblefield, Professor of English

Katharine Hepburn has been called the “most outstanding female presence in American film of last 100 years.” In this course, we will consider that claim by examining Hepburn’s life, career, and legacy. On the first day of class, we will learn about Hepburn’s life, the critical and popular reception of her work, and film history. We will also consider her experience as a woman in the movie industry. Then, during the rest of the week, we will watch and discuss three films: Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), and Pat and Mike (1952).  No prior knowledge of Hepburn’s work or film history is required, but Hepburn fans–and fans of old movies–are encouraged to take this class.

 

Short Classes on the Right

Short Classes Morning

Short Morning A

A Brief History of Mathematics

Jorge Dioses, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

 This course presents a short historical overview of the development of mathematics from the beginning of human civilizations until the early 20th century. We will discuss how mathematical ideas emerged in different cultures at different times. In addition, we will talk about the connections of mathematics to other areas of knowledge: natural sciences, art and architecture, philosophy, and culture in general. No mathematical knowledge besides some basic high school math is required.  

An Hour of Prayer and Meditation

Erica Sigauke, Coordinator of Spiritual Life and Campus Diversity

Find healing, renewal, relaxation, and spiritual nourishment as we spend an hour in prayer and meditation in our newly refurbished Chapel spaces. Each day, we will come together in four different Chapel spaces and listen to a different meditative sound tradition. The prayer and meditation will be accompanied by these sound practices: 1) shamanic flute music of the Native American Indians 2) Chinese Zen healing flutes 3) Tibetan singing bowls and 4) the 12th century sacred music of Hildegard von Bingen followed by the sounds of the modern Taizé Community.

Artists Co-Op

For this Vacation College class, you will be provided studio space, easels, and limited supplies as you create your own artist’s cooperative. No instructor will be present, but you may use facilities located in the beautiful Judy and Glenn Rogers Fine Arts Building. Come be a part of an artistic, supportive community that strives for personal growth, mutual respect, and creative inspiration.

Introduction to Card Games

Peter Hyland, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy

 You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em. Each day in this class you will become familiar with two card games. One game will be played with a standard deck of cards (Euker, Cribbage, Spades, Texas Hold ‘Em) and the second will be played with its own special deck of cards (Suchi Go!, Star Realms, Slide 5, Pit).

Glass Etching Home Crafts

Maggie Shouse, Enrollment Counselor

Try your hand at glass etching in this new crafting class! You will be instructed on how to make a variety of glass projects. On the first day, you will learn about glass etching and will be led in making a custom glass cutting board with your choice of design. Prior to the event, you will be sent three decorative options from which to choose. On the following days, you will create several different glass projects using various decorating techniques. Examples of the cutting board and sample stemware that will be made are below. Bring glass items from home or use what we have in stock as you learn the fun new skill of glass etching. 

Golf - Short Game

Eric Cameron, Golf Coach

Golf is a fun lifelong activity that can be played throughout your life. This short game class will cover some key fundamentals of putting, chipping, and pitching while keeping the learning fun and easy to understand. Game-based learning will also be used to keep the class fun and creative.

Life is Better with Bacon

Adam Dean, Director of Academic Computing Services

Come explore the flavorful world of bacon as we prepare mouthwatering dishes, taste test different varieties, explore flavors, and even cure our own bacon. WARNING: participation in the class may cause others to be attracted to you, due to the aromatic smells that linger from cooking bacon.

Line Dancing

Jo Byrnes, Associate Professor of Dance

What do the Hustle and the Chicken Dance have in common? They are both line dances! Jump right in and get moving with an assortment of short line dances from a variety of musical genres and cultures. Don’t be a wallflower, get up and dance!

 

Topics in Fringe Theory: The Kennedy Assassination

Stephanie Grgurich, Enrollment Outreach Coordinator

Megan Watson, Advancement Data Specialist

Join Stephanie and Megan as we investigate the events surrounding November 22, 1963. With respect and consideration, we will explore the timeline of events leading up to that fateful day, the event itself, the ensuing investigation, and its aftermath. Why, after so much time, is there still controversy concerning one of the most inauspicious days in American history? Come along as we study and discuss the facts and theories that surround that day in Dealey Plaza. [Note: This class is meant to be apolitical in nature, though historical events will be discussed. It is intended to entice the curiosity of its participants and inspire them to consider beyond the narrative, with care and respect for its subject.]

Unleash the Power of your Cell Phone

Fakeha Khokhar, Instructional Technology Specialist

 Are you new to your cell phone or do you want to learn more about how to do more than just make phone calls on your smart phone? Learn to download and use applications, how to deal with your phone settings, and how to unleash the potential of the powerful computer at your fingertips. Whether it is an iPhones and Android phone you own, bring a smart phone to class with you and learn from Cottey’s newest instructional technology specialist.

Short Morning B 

Adventures in Travel: Spain

Jorge Dioses, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Spain is a very diverse country geographically and culturally. From the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean with many mountain ranges and valleys and rivers in between, Spain offers many varied climates and landscapes. Also, as a country with a long history and diverse ethnic groups, Spain has a very rich culture: regional cuisines, cosmopolitan cities and medieval towns, museums and cathedrals, many architecture styles, famous World Heritage sites, religious and secular festivals, arts and traditions, vibrant and friendly people, and much more. In this course, you will be introduced to an overview of the country, learn about suggested destinations, and pick up travel tips and other practical advice for enjoying this beautiful country.

Ahead of the 8 Ball - Billiards for everyone!

Carol Clyde Gallagher, Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership

Have you ever wanted to know a little more about billiards, but haven’t known quite where to start?  Spend some time learning the history of the game, the most common rules and even some key details to make you look a bit more like a natural in the pool hall.

 

Artists Co-Op

For this Vacation College class, you will be provided studio space, easels, and limited supplies as you create your own artist’s cooperative. No instructor will be present, but you may use facilities located in the beautiful Judy and Glenn Rogers Fine Arts Building. Come be a part of an artistic, supportive community that strives for personal growth, mutual respect, and creative inspiration.

Bee Enthusiastic

Caroline Phillips, Advancement Services Specialist

Do you love bees or do you want to learn more about these amazing insects? In this class, we will focus on why bees and other pollinators are so important, a little history of the European Honey Bee in North America, how to help bees in the hive and in the garden, and cool stuff we get from the hive.

 

Diverse Drumming Techniques

Erica Sigauke, Coordinator of Spiritual Life and Campus Diversity

Learn different styles of drumming, the history of African drumming and how the drum and other African instruments play an important role in African ceremonies, the purpose and symbols of drum beating and practicing some drum techniques that impact the lives of different cultures in the continent of Africa and those in the Diaspora. People will learn and discover new insights about language and drumming, the care for African drums and how to tune drums etc.

 

Music of the 60s: The British Invasion

Jackie Lordo, Assistant Professor of Music

We will follow the wave of British bands that swept the US during the 1960s. This class focuses on two of those bands: the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. We will listen to select songs and consider each group’s impact on society and culture.

 

I Love Books: Mystery/Suspense Genre

Courtney Trautweiler, Library Director

Are you a bookworm, a bibliophagist, or a bibilophile? Do you hate the thought of moving because of all the boxes of books you will have to pack? Have you ever spouted a “the book was better” diatribe? This class will be for you, if you love books and, in particular, books that deal with mystery and suspense. This class will discuss authors, books and basic history of the genre.

 

Star Gazing and Mythology

Peter Hyland, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Spend an hour each day learning to recognize constellations and some of the myths that go with them. We will look at constellations for a different season each day, practice reading a star chart, and leave with year-round information. Amaze your friends and family with your knowledge of the night sky. No telescope required! 

The Whole-Foods-Plant-Based Way of Eating

Jon Green, Assistant Professor of English

What’s really in the food you eat? Nutrition, health, and wellness researchers continue to advocate for a wholefoods-plant-based way of eating, which emphasizes minimally-processed foods with few (if any) additives, such as fresh produce, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. Despite the overwhelming amount of research endorsing this way of eating, some are reluctant to adopt the WFPB lifestyle due to concerns about cost, practicality, nutrition, and more. This class will address these questions as it explains what exactly we mean by a whole-foods-plant-based way of eating, the health benefits of transitioning to this way of eating, and how to make that transition–one that could add years to your life. We will conclude by creating our own WFPB grocery lists and preparing WFPB meals to share: oatmeal/nut/fruit mixes, bean/lentil/vegetable mixes, and Jon’s (in)famous “Monster Salads.”

 

Yoga for All

Jo Byrnes, Associate Professor of Dance

This class will be a mixed-level approach to self-paced activity to enhance strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance. Modifications will be offered for poses for all ranges of ability and experience. There will be portions of the class that take place sitting and lying on the floor, but may be modified to be done sitting in a chair.

Long Classes Afternoon

Long Afternoon Classes

1:00-3:30

Ancient Civilizations of the Americas

Jorge Dioses, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Take a journey through time to explore the great pre-Columbian civilizations of Central America. Students will learn about the extraordinary achievements of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations in art, science, technology, and agriculture and be introduced to the vast and rich cultural legacy produced by the indigenous people of the Americas. We will focus in three geographic regions: North America (Ancestral Pueblo, Mississippi), Mesoamerica (Olmec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Toltec, Maya, Azteca), and South America (Chavin, Nazca, Moche, Tiwanaku, Inca).

Brassy Blues Women

Theresa Spencer, Professor of Music

Be inspired by some amazing women who sang the blues. In this class, you will learn about the lives and music of these fabulous musicians: Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Big Mama Thornton, and Nina Simone.

Cottey Book Club

Trisha Stubblefield, Professor of English

Looking for a new book for your book club? Want to revisit a classic novel? Interested to learn more about women writers? Curious about the kinds of books English majors read at Cottey? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this class is for you! In this class, we will travel back in time and to several countries/regions in our study of four different books. We will begin our discussion of each book with literary, biographical, and historical context, and then we will spend the rest of the period analyzing the texts from a variety of perspectives. To get the most out of the course, you should read the books before coming to Vacation College.

The course schedule will be as follows:
Day 1: The Vagabond by Colette (1910)
Day 2: Save Me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald (1932)
Day 3: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)
Day 4: Tracks by Louise Erdrich (1988)

 

Hitchcock in Black and White

Mike Emery, Professor Emeritus of English

In this course we will see and discuss some of Alfred Hitchcock’s most interesting black and white films, including THE 39 STEPS (1935), a spy adventure starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll; JAMAICA INN (1939), a pirate thriller based on a Daphne du Maurier novel with Charles Laughton and Maureen O’Hara; NOTORIOUS (1946), in which Ingrid Bergman takes on a dangerous undercover assignment, with Cary Grant and Claude Rains; and STAGE FRIGHT (1950), a murder mystery in a theatrical setting with Marlene Dietrich and Jane Wyman. All films will be shown with closed captioning. Background on the films, the director, and basic film terminology will be included.

Let's Play Canasta!

Allison Fast, Cottey Alumna 1976, Administrative Computing Support Specialist

Canasta is a card game of the rummy family that originated in South America in 1939. It was introduced to the United States as Argentine Rummy in 1949. Perhaps you played some time ago, or maybe you’ve never learned, but now you have an opportunity to join the Canasta craze! Canasta is a fun card game typically played with two 2-person teams. The first day you will learn the rules and play some practice rounds. The following three days, you’ll be playing actual games. We will switch up partners each day and, while it may get a bit competitive, it is definitely all in good fun!

 

Pickleball (intermediate/advanced)

Ganga Fernando, Associate Professor of Chemistry

For Pickleball lovers only! The game of Pickleball has been spreading across the US and world like wildfire. Pickleball was invented in 1965 just outside of Seattle by three dads as a vacation diversion for their families. According to the USA Pickleball Association, there are now nearly 4,000 places around the country where the game is played. Add Cottey College to that list! Pickleball may be played as a fast game like badminton or at a slower pace taking the ball on a bounce. This class is for intermediate and advanced players.

 

Valuing your Personal and Mental Health

Erica Sigauke, Coordinator of Spiritual Life and Campus Diversity

Boost your happiness, promote inner healing, and add meaning to your life through our diverse relaxing and calming meditation techniques. Connect more strongly or reach out to your inner spirit as you are introduced to a holistic approach to meditation that uses various techniques and guided imagery. The goal is to promote quality of life, mentally, socially, and physically through an energized body and renewed mind.

 

Short Classes Afternoon

Short Afternoon Classes

Short Afternoon C 1:00-2:00

Adventures in Travel: China

Sandra Chaney, Professor of History

This travel course explores the geographic and cultural diversity of China, a nation roughly the size of the continental US. Our journey begins in the capital city, Beijing, with visits to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square and an exhilarating hike along the Great Wall. We’ll venture inland to Xi’an, an ancient capital on the Yellow River that once marked the starting point of the ancient Silk Road. Here we’ll see the terra cotta warriors and bargain with locals at the Muslim market. Journeying south we’ll stop in the well preserved city of Lijiang before trekking through Tiger Leaping Gorge, a geological wonder that lies at the base of the Himalayas. Our final stop, Shanghai, includes an excursion to Suzhou, a city famous for ornate gardens and silk production. If time allows, we’ll visit the balmy island of Hainan and the bustling port of Hong Kong. The course also covers cultural dos and don’ts and basic travel tips.

From Pond to Plate

Adam Dean, Director of Academic Computing Services

Sample a few of the delicacies that our Missouri waterways have to offer. Learn how to clean, prepare, and cook different types of native Missouri fish, and possibly other aquatic animals, such as frogs and crawfish, depending on availability. Come enjoy the flavor as you grow your skills and tickle your taste buds in From Pond to Plate. Some students may find this class a little fishy, but we encourage you to jump right in!

Give Me S'Mores Lovin'

Christi Ellis, Director of Advancement and Alumnae Relations

Do you love a rich, fluffy, crunchy s’more? Come learn about the history of this tasty treat and spend time taste-testing homemade versus store-bought ingredients. Find out how to make your own delightful and delicious marshmallows and graham crackers, then learn the techniques for cooking, browning, and roasting. From constructing the classic s’more to experimenting in the kitchen with s’more-inspired desserts and cocktails, you are certain to find your passion for s’mores satisfied in this new Vacation College class!

Leadership Fun and Games

Carol Clyde Gallagher, Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership

Have you ever wanted to play games with members, friends or family members that weren’t just fun but also had a purpose? Let’s spend some time with leadership games and activities that you can use at meetings, family gatherings, and game nights.

Line Dancing

Jo Byrnes, Associate Professor of Dance

What do the Hustle and the Watermelon Crawl have in common? They are both line dances! Jump right in and get moving with an assortment of short line dances from a variety of musical genres and cultures. Don’t be a wallflower, get up and dance!

 

Old Time Folk Dances on the Prairies – History & Context

Sarah Quick, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Learn about dance! Communities in every culture come together to dance to express emotion, celebrate, and to satisfy religious ceremony or collective traditions. This course introduces the fiddle dances that Dr. Quick studies in their historical context, as well as, in their movement practice. There are two classes that are offered for this exploration. You may sign up for both classes or either one. In this class, students will learn about the dances’ historical and cultural origins, changes, and variations. This is the lecture/discussion part of the presentation and is the first of the two classes.

Signs of HOME

Blaklee Sanders, Cottey Alumna 2015, Robertson Hall Director, Assistant Basketball Coach

Our favorite Robertson residence hall director Blaklee is feeling crafty and wants to light your fires of creativity! With bows, glue, and paint, she will help you with a project that you will be able to hang on the doors in your life. This year you will be creating door hangers with interchangeable magnetic pieces for different occasions or seasons.

Products of the Hive

Caroline Phillips, Advancement Services Specialist

Who doesn’t love products of the hive?! In this class you will learn about harvesting the good stuff including raw honey right out of the box, beeswax, propolis, and pollen. You will try your hand at making lotions and potions and reap sweet rewards by taste-testing different honeys. The class will also learn a few tips and tricks about cooking with honey.

 

True Grit: An American Novel

Stephanie Grgurich, Cottey Alumna 2003, Enrollment Outreach Coordinator

Considered by some to be a ‘Great American Novel,’ True Grit, by Charles Portis, tells the story of Mattie Ross, a girl of 14, who seeks justice for the murder of her father at the hands of the scoundrel, Tom Chaney. Join us to explore this novel and its themes, and the concept of a “Great American Novel.” We will also explore the popular adaptations of the story, and learn a little local history.

 

Short Afternoon D 2:30-3:30

Beer Appreciation 101

Keith Spencer, Director Administrative Computing Services

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

In this discussion-based class, you will learn the history of major ale and lager styles, and will sample a variety of beers each day to gain an understanding of beer identification by way of aroma, flavor, color, body, mouth feel and carbonation. The class will discuss how marketing and branding of beer by the craft beer brewing industry has, over the past two decades, contributed to the blurring of lines between traditional beer styles. At the conclusion of the class, you will most likely be able to distinguish between ale and lager beers, and easily identify Pilsner, Stout, Bock, American light, bitter, pale ale and IPA.

 

Glass Etching Holiday Crafts

Maggie Shouse, Cottey Alumna 2012 & Enrollment Counselor

Get into the Christmas spirit early with this Christmas-themed crafting class! You will be instructed on how to make a variety of glass projects. On the first day, you will learn about glass etching and will be led in making a custom glass cutting board with your choice of design. Prior to the event, you will be sent three decorative options from which to choose.  On the following days, you will create several different glass ornaments using various decorating techniques. They will make a great addition to your tree or awesome Christmas gifts! Examples of the cutting board and one of the ornaments that will be made are below. Note: You may request plastic ornaments instead of glass if you are worried about traveling with glass ones. They will still look just as pretty!

Give Me S'Mores Lovin'

Christi Ellis, Director of Advancement and Alumnae Relations

Do you love a rich, fluffy, crunchy s’more? Come learn about the history of this tasty treat and spend time taste-testing homemade versus store-bought ingredients. Find out how to make your own delightful and delicious marshmallows and graham crackers, then learn the techniques for cooking, browning, and roasting. From constructing the classic s’more to experimenting in the kitchen with s’more-inspired desserts and cocktails, you are certain to find your passion for s’mores satisfied in this new Vacation College class!

Golf- Short Game

Eric Cameron, Golf Coach

Golf is a fun, lifelong activity. This short game class will cover some key fundamentals of putting, chipping, and pitching while keeping the learning fun and easy to understand. Game-based learning will also be used to keep the class fun and creative.

Books on the Shelf: Mystery/Suspense Genre

Courtney Trautweiler, Library Director

Are you a bookworm, a bibliophagist, or a bibilophile? Do you hate the thought of moving because of all the boxes of books you will have to pack? Have you ever spouted a “the book was better” diatribe? This class will be for you, if you love books and, in particular, books that deal with mystery and suspense. This class will discuss authors, books and basic history of the genre.

Microsoft Office Basics

Fakeha Khokhar, Instructional Technology Specialist

Brush up on the basics! In this new Vacation College class you will learn basics of using Microsoft Office. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint will all be covered in this course and beginners are encouraged to take this class. You do not need to have a computer or bring a computer, as this class will be held in one of the state-of-the-arts computer spaces on campus.

Old Time Folk Dances on the Prairies - Dances

Sarah Quick, Associate Professor of Anthropology

This course introduces the fiddle dances that Dr. Quick studies in their historical context as well as in their movement practice. For the first half of the afternoon, students will learn about the dances’ historical and cultural origins, changes, and variations. The second half of the afternoon will be dedicated to trying the dances out. Students will first try out the easiest dances, “The Heel Toe Polka, ”The Butterfly Dance,” and “Schottische” and then move on to more challenging forms that include step dancing. You may sign up for both classes or either one. This is the active, dancing part of the presentation and is the second of the two classes.

Puzzles and More

Jackie Lordo, Assistant Professor of Music

Do you enjoy puzzles and brain-teasers? Then come join us for puzzles of all shapes, sizes, and types. We’ll have flat and 3D puzzles from easy to evil levels of difficulty. There will be brain-teasers, riddles, and more to challenge your brain and make you laugh.

Who Do You Think You Are? An Enneagram Investigation

Stephanie Grgurich, Cottey Alumna 2003, Enrollment Outreach Coordinator

Take a look deep inside as we investigate personality through the enneagram spectrum. Have you ever wondered why people are motivated to do the things they do? Perhaps you’ve marveled at how some people are so open, or easy-going, or even contentious? Have you wished for better tools to understand your loved ones? Explore your inner self and purpose through an examination of the enneagram personality spectrum. This class will survey the enneagram personality types and their wing variants. Expect lively discussion on this journey of self-discovery!

 

Yoga for All

Jo Byrnes, Associate Professor of Dance

This class will be a mixed-level approach to self-paced activity to enhance strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance. Modifications will be offered for poses for all ranges of ability and experience. There will be portions of the class that take place sitting and lying on the floor, but can be modified to be done sitting in a chair.

Vacation College Instructors

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

Christi Ellis

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

photo of instructional technologist Fakeha Khokhar

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

Caroline Phillips

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

Theresa Spencer

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

Jack Weitzel

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!!!!!”

David Herringer

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

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