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May 14 – 19, 2019

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.

Click Here to Register for 2019 Vacation College

Cost and Registration

Cost includes tuition, room and board, recreational activities, and entertainment. Many classes fill up quickly. To reserve your spot, fill out the online registration form.

Regular Full Price, which includes room and board:

Early Registration is $575 per person by March 15.
After March 15, Registration is $675 per person.

Refunds

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

Before April 15, you may receive a refund of $450. April 16 to April 30, 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 April 30. Cancellations made after April 30 cannot be credited as tax deductible gifts to the College.

If you are unable to attend Vacation College due to extenuating circumstances after paying the full amount, and you received no refund, you may be credited with $150.00 toward your registration fee the following year. If you are unable to attend Vacation College due to extenuating circumstances after paying a partial amount, you may be credited with $50.00 toward your registration fee the following year.

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 Tuesday, May 14. 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 Sunday, May 19, 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 Sunday, May 19.

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.

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.

Morning classes will be 2 ½ hours in length, but the afternoon schedule includes options that will give attendees the chance to enjoy more free time, if they so desire.

Class Times:

Early morning class: 6:30 – 7:30 a.m. ~ class for 1 hour
Long morning class: 9 – 11:30 a.m. ~ class for 2 ½ hours
Long afternoon class: 1 – 3:30 p.m. ~ class for 2 ½ hours
Short afternoon: 1 – 2:00 p.m. ~ class for 1 hour

Short afternoon: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ~ class for 1 hour
Time between classes and flexibility in scheduling allows attendees to decide whether they would like to take a class, relax with some free time, or enjoy any of the other scheduled alternatives available, such as a shuttle to the Nevada square or pool time with a lifeguard which will be offered from 4 – 6 p.m. in the evenings as optional activities.
Course descriptions are in-depth and comprehensive and contain physical activity levels and proficiency levels to classes, if applicable.

Categories of level of physical activity/mobility:

N/A (not applicable/no activity)
low activity
low to moderate activity
moderate activity
moderate to vigorous activity
vigorous activity

Skill levels:

N/A (not applicable/no prior skills necessary)
beginners encouraged
beginners welcome!
all levels welcome!
some experience requested

Class types:

lecture – instructor oration
presentation – movie or demonstration
studio – visual arts or craft
discussion – group conversation
activity – physical fitness or instructor-led participatory action

The following classes will be offered in 2019.

Early AM (6:30-7:30am)

Good Morning Walk and Stretch

Karen Polon
Class Type: activity
Level of Physical Activity: low to moderate
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

This walking class is geared toward active individuals who already participate in a regular exercise program. You will be able to walk at your own pace each morning and then finish each class with total body stretching.

Karen Polon
Professor of Physical Education

Professor Polon has been teaching students how to live a healthy lifestyle since coming to Cottey in 1993. In her additional position as wellness coordinator, she has been teaching Cottey employees how to do the same for the last ten years. Although female employees may enroll and take PE classes, the wellness program encourages everyone in the Cottey community to participate in wellness activities like healthy pot luck lunches, yoga, water aerobics, and fitness walking, just to name a few. Since coming to Cottey, Karen has developed seven new courses including courses for a fitness education minor. After a sabbatical to New Zealand in 2006, she developed an international travel experience for students and traveled with students for a third time in March 2017. In March 2019, she and Denise Hedges will take students to Australia for a Cottey International Trip. In her free time Karen, a Master Gardener, enjoys vegetable gardening, playing golf, cycling, and traveling.

Long Morning (9:00-11:30)

Artist Co-op

No instructor
Class Type: studio
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

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.

Cottey Book Club: Little Women and Louisa May Alcott

Trisha Stubblefield
Class Type: presentation/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

“I like good strong words that mean something…”;-Louisa May Alcott, Little Women. This year is not only the 150th anniversary of the P.E.O Sisterhood; one of our favorite books is also celebrating 150 years! To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, we will discuss the book in terms of Alcott’s life and two film adaptations in order to consider why it has remained so beloved by generations of girls and women. You are encouraged to read the novel before taking the class and to bring your inner Jo, Meg, Beth, or Amy with you for this week of nostalgic celebration of a book that continues to influence and shape women leaders.

Dr. Trisha Stubblefield
Professor of English

Dr. Stubblefield is a professor of English and the Harmon Professor of English. Humanities Division. The recipient of several teaching awards, she teaches courses on women writers, 20th-century American literature, the AMC series Mad Men, Ecofeminism, and P.E.O. history. Trisha 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.

The Art of Abstract Collage

Linda Downey
Class Type: studio
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Join us in this creative class as we explore texture, color, line, shape, and form. You will print collage papers for two days using stencils, stamps, leaves, plastics, and found objects. On the third day, you will assemble and glue the papers onto a canvas board. The instructor will guide you with points of visual interest, design concepts, and general principles of art. Arranging and gluing down the papers and layering of paper will create interesting shapes, texture, lines, and more. Step out of your comfort zone and create a fun project with no experience necessary. This class promises to be lots of laughs and fun!

Linda (Cornell) Downey
Cottey Class of 1970
Former CCAA Executive Board President

Linda says that going to Cottey College in 1968 changed her life and she loved the adventure. She is from Connecticut and thinks Easterners don’t know a whole world exists outside of the Route 95 corridor. Linda taught Art K-12 for 36 years, has been a P.E.O. for 28 years (Chapter AB-CT), and now that she’s retired, she is enjoying her daughter and her grandsons, family, traveling, painting and teaching adults and collecting sea glass while she walks many a beach. She has been her class agent since her Cottey graduation, was a member of the alumnae board for six years, attended Vacation College in 2016, and is in her third year of teaching at Vacation College. Linda teaches in a free, fun, enthusiastic, and encouraging way and she loves it.

Ancient Civilizations of the Americas

Jorge Dioses
Class Type: lecture
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

This course will be a journey through history, archeology, and culture to discover the great pre-Columbian civilizations. 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). You will learn about the extraordinary achievements of these civilizations in art, science, technology, and agriculture. You will also learn about the complex social structures and the vast and rich cultural legacy produced by the indigenous people of the Americas.

Dr. Jorge Dioses
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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.

Bee Happy

Sarah Quick
Class Type: lecture/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Bees are a fascinating contributor to the human food system. This course considers bees broadly and ecologically as well as their relationship to humans as crop pollinators and honey producers. You will learn about the many causes for recent threats to bees, as well as the theories for colony collapse disorder. Finally, we will examine beekeeping as a practice and learn directly from a one-day field trip to visit a local beekeeper.

Dr. Sarah Quick
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology

Dr. Quick is a sociocultural anthropologist and an ethnomusicologist who studies contemporary heritage performance by Native peoples in North America. Sarah is interested in music/dance, ethnographic film, gender studies, heirloom seed-saving, southern heritage food, sustainable farming, community gardens, and urban chickens.

Beginning American Genealogy

Helen Lodge
Class Type: lecture
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

If you have ever wanted to learn how to research your American roots, then this is the course for you! This lecture course will cover the U.S. Census, courthouse records, (including vital records, will, probate and land records) and military, church, and cemetery sources. Other topics will include how to begin, charting and numbering systems. Learn to find the skeletons in your family closet and make them dance! For a total genealogical experience, take the afternoon class on using the computer in genealogy as the classes are designed to complement each other.

Helen Lodge
Director of Housing and Assistant Vice President for Student Life

Helen is the director of housing and assistant vice president for student life and just celebrated the completion of 28 years in housing at Cottey. With a last name of Lodge, she feels her career choice was pre-destined. A third-generation P.E.O. member, she has worked in collegiate housing all her adult life with the exception of a few early years as a high school teacher in Iowa. This fall will be her 41st year of opening residence halls as a member of a hall staff. In her spare time, she loves doing genealogy, reading about British and royal history, and collecting dust bunnies as pets. She loves teaching American genealogy and has done research in over 150 locations since 1985 when she started her research journey.

Black Panther: Africa in a Nutshell

Dr. Mary Mba
Class Type: presentation/lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Have you seen the movie Black Panther? If so, how much knowledge did you gain about Africa from this film? The Black Panther film allows us to actually learn about the continent of Africa while enjoying the narrative tale within. We will watch the film and use it a springboard to study Africa – the geography, history, cultures, people, fashions, animals, architecture, history, and future. There will be lots of fun activities, so come with us on this fun trip through Africa!

Dr. Mary Mba
Assistant Professor of French

Dr. Mary Mba is an assistant professor of French and her teaching interests include French and Francophone Studies, Women and Gender Studies, African Studies, and Film Studies. She participates in many clubs and organizations and is the sponsor and advisor of the French club as well as Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is a member of the performing arts selection committee, personnel committee, multicultural festival committee, and the leadership team. Mary loves organizing cultural events and presenting Francophone/African cultures such as dances, songs, fashion, food, proverbs, riddles, poetry, and folktales at parties, school events, conferences, and city libraries.

Crafting with the Stars

Tammy Ogren
Class Type: studio/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Do you love seeing stars? In this class, you will make a unique star-themed craft each day. A variety of crafts including techniques such as origami, crayon melting, button art, paper craft, metal wire art, string art will be presented. You will make one item each day, leaving with four star-themed crafts to keep those stars in yours eyes all year long.

Dr. Tammy Ogren
Assistant Professor of Business-Management

Dr. Tammy Ogren is in her second year at Cottey College and teaches business courses. She has served in executive leadership roles as well as started, owned, and sold a variety of businesses in her 30+ years of leading and growing companies. In addition, she has successfully mentored many business owners in turning their passion, skills, or expertise into a life that fits their personal values and vision. Her hobbies include riding a Harley, traveling, quilting, reading, and crafting.

Crazy About Cottey

Instructors TBA
Class Type: activity
Level of Physical Activity: moderate
Skill Level: beginners welcome!

This Vacation College course will focus on the past, present, and future of Cottey College. Many exciting topics will be covered such as the life of the founder of Cottey, Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard; Cottey traditions and the multitude of Cottey songs that students and alumnae hold so near and dear; how the College has transformed throughout the past 135 years; and the new heights Cottey plans to reach in the future. Each day, the course will have class in a different building on campus, which will include the history of that building and how each has evolved throughout time. We will take an in-depth campus tour and share details about what goes on in each building throughout the school year. Since so many of Cottey’s traditions involve creativity and crafting, make sure to bring to your imagination, humor, and an open mind with you to the classroom! This class will provide you an opportunity to view Cottey through the eyes of a student and make all sorts of amazing memories along the way.

Everything Barbershop Harmony

Michael Pommier
Class Type: presentation/discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: beginners encouraged

Barbershop harmony is so much more than the red and white striped coats and boater hats; it’s a community, a culture, a hobby, and a lifestyle to some. During this course, we will immerse ourselves in everything barbershop harmony. We’ll talk about the history and roots, we’ll watch videos of quartets through the years (both men’s and women’s quartets), we’ll talk about the health benefits of lifelong singing, and we may even sing a tag or two.

Michael Pommier
Adjunct Lecturer in Art

Michael Pommier has been an adjunct lecturer at Cottey since fall 2015. As an adjunct lecturer, he teaches Introduction to Digital Art and Digital Photography. Michael has worked as a staff photographer, reporter, page designer, and assistant editor for two different newspapers. His day job is working for an outreach office of the University of Kansas Medical Center doing graphic design, video producing, marketing, and communications. Aside from graphic design and photography, his life has been impacted a great deal by music. While he doesn’t play his tuba in the marching band anymore, he has continued singing, specifically barbershop harmony. Pommier has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society since 2006 and sings with a chorus in Joplin, Missouri, as well as a quartet with his older brother.

First Aid, CPR, AED (American Red Cross)

Professor Terry Burger
Class Type: lecture/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low to moderate
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

This American Red Cross Adult First Aid/CPR/AED certification course includes the most up-to-date techniques for giving first aid care and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) machine. You will learn about the latest science and how to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck, back injuries, heat and cold emergencies and how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies. All ARC course materials will be provided, and at the start of the class, you will have the option to pay an additional $30 American Red Cross certification fee.

Professor Terry Burger
Professor of Physical Education

Professor Burger came to Cottey College in 1997. Terry maintains current certifications as an Instructor Trainer with the American Red Cross in Lifeguarding, First Aid/ CPR/ AED and Water Safety Instruction. She also maintains current Aquatic Exercise Instructor certification through the (AEA) Aquatic Exercise Association and an Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor certification through PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors). Terry teaches all of the aquatic-based, CPR/AED, first aid, and bicycling courses at the College. She also serves as the pool supervisor/coordinator during the academic year and supervises the student lifeguard staff.

Fishing with Jack and Ed!

Jack Weitzel and Ed Hyde
Class Type: activity
Level of Physical Activity: moderate
Skill Level: beginners welcome!

Take your adventurous spirit to the waterside and enjoy some fishing with Jack and Ed! Your instructors will share their enthusiasm for the sport and be your native guides as you travel to several local fishing holes and secret streams. 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.

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!!!!!”

Ed Hyde
Supervisor of Maintenance and Grounds

Ed has been the maintenance and grounds supervisor at Cottey’s Physical Plant for the past 32 years. His duties at Cottey include everything from assigning work orders for the day, ordering parts and meeting with local contractors to shoveling and plowing snow when the weather requires it. Prior to coming to Cottey, Ed worked for the Boiler Makers Local out of Kansas City for nine years. Ed has lots of hobbies that include motorcycle riding, playing golf, hunting, and fishing. Ed has caught a number of different kinds of fish in Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma, Florida, and Canada.

Health Justice

Brenda Ross
Class Type: presentation/lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

This class is an introduction to the ways in which the health of individuals and groups is decreased by being named and treated as “other” in communities and societies. We will explore the differences in the health care and health outcomes experienced by women, members of communities of color, members of LGBT populations, those living in urban and rural locations, and other minority populations. We will learn about changes occurring in the health care community and consider ways in which civic engagement and activism can be used to promote health in our communities. We will learn together through lecture, media, and class discussion. This class has some overlap with the foundational material in the 2017 Vacation College social justice class, but is focused on health and health care.

Dr. Brenda Ross
Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Ross arrived at Cottey College in the fall of 1996 in the position of associate professor of chemistry. In the 20 years she has been here, she has taught numerous chemistry classes and in addition has been teaching social justice classes for the past ten years. In December 2006, Brenda began taking students to Guatemala for a social justice service-learning opportunity and has traveled to Guatemala with students for ten years. Currently she works to combine her interests in chemistry, social justice and health sciences. She looks forward to once again teaching at Vacation College.

Holistic Approach to Mediation: Imagery, Mindfulness, Guided Meditation Techniques

Erica Sigauke
Class Type: presentation/discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low to moderate
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

This course will empower you by providing new tools and ways of healing through the use of guided imagery meditation practices and creative arts therapy. You will explore various meditation techniques for relaxation, healing, strength, and stress release. You will also discover different ways of meditating, including cultural meditation healing practices from the international community and discover new techniques for cultivating healing thoughts and mindfulness. You will participate in outdoor peaceful healing activities and learn how to create personal indoor and outdoor sacred meditation and healing spaces.

Rev. Dr. Erica Sigauke
Coordinator of Spiritual Life and Campus Diversity

Erica began her Cottey career in 2010 and currently serves as the coordinator of spiritual life and diversity at Cottey College. 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.

Life under the Wing of the Double-Headed Eagle

Tatiana Jones
Class Type: presentation/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Who doesn’t love to hear about confidants and lovers of the rich and famous? History is full of interesting stories of mystery and intrigue involving the inner circle of the powerful and wealthy. Russia’s House of Romanov is no exception. In this class, you will learn about the people very close to the Romanov family and all about the rise and fall of these amazing favorites.

Tatiana Jones
Library Technician/Cataloger

Tatiana was born in Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad), Russia. She moved to the United States in 1999. In 2008, she joined the Cottey College team in Ross Memorial Library and her main responsibility is cataloging but she is also a former adjunct assistant professor of environmental studies. Tatiana became a P.E.O. in 2016. She has enjoyed teaching Vacation College classes for many years including the classes Oh, Those Russian Women and Learning Russia History and Customs through the Movies. Perhaps surprisingly in light of her engineering background, she loves to read and watch biographies and fictions based on historical events.

Music and Card Games

Dr. Jackie Lordo
Class Type: lecture/discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Come and travel the world with me through music and card games. Each day, you will learn a new game from another country. You will also enjoy music from each culture represented. All games will be different from 2016 and 2017 Vacation College.

Dr. Jackie Lordo
Assistant Professor of Music

Jackie is an assistant professor of music at Cottey College. She teaches brass lessons, music theory, and basic conducting in addition to her duties as director of the Wind and Jazz Ensembles. She is a proud member of P.E.O. and several professional music organizations. Jackie is excited to share her love of games as well as her professional expertise in music.

The New Authoritarianism: China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin

Sandra Chaney
Class Type: lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

In recent years, news headlines about China and Russia have spotlighted the return of authoritarian regimes that ignore the rule of law at home and project power abroad through aggressive, disruptive behaviors. Whether the story is about the construction of islands in the South China Sea or election meddling in the US and Europe, the message seems clear: China and Russia are pursuing their global ambitions in ways that challenge a world order that was once clearly dominated by the West. What do these powerful nations—and their undemocratic leaders—really want? While keeping the headlines in view, this course takes a step back from the news to examine the recent history of China and Russia. Lectures and discussions chart the rise of both nations’ powerful leaders, Xi and Putin, and explore the goals these men have to keep peace at home while staking their claims on the global stage

Dr. Sandra Chaney
Associate Professor of History

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 second year teaching at Vacation College.

Pickleball Mania

Dr. Ganga Fernando
Class Type: discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low to moderate
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Pick a peck of pickleballs! The game of pickelball 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! Pickelball 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 that tried pickleball and did not love playing the game.

Dr. Ganga Fernando
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Ganga 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.

Sparkle All Over

Denise Carrick Hedges
Class Type: Studio
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

If you love all things that sparkle, this class is for you! From glitter on your clothing to glitter on your cards, learn some tricks and techniques to craft with glitter. Students will make sample notecards that can be used for gift-giving or a chapter fundraiser and carry home a wealth of glittering knowledge to share with their families, friends, and P.E.O. sisters. Please keep in mind that this type of crafting requires detailed hand work.

Denise Carrick Hedges
Director of Leadership Development

Denise’s 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.

Travel Hacking – Planning a Journey!

Gary Lunkenheimer, Ph.D.
Class Type: lecture/discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: N/A

Do you fancy travel or like to travel fancy? No matter your tastes in travel, this course will help you navigate the many travel websites and blogs to plan a journey of your choosing. You will learn how to explore various internet web-based travel sites to get the best deals on flights, hotels, attractions, and restaurants. Learn how far in advance to book airline tickets, what Amtrak train routes are available, and about Megabus and Flixbus in the U.S. and Europe and discover Airbnb and VRBO. You will learn about blogs and explore travel-related blogs and websites. Come with a destination in mind and you will be able to plan a journey using a Cottey computer with guided instruction as you explore the world of travel planning. We will pool our relevant knowledge, and everyone is encouraged to bring questions and concerns about travel. A basic understanding of internet navigation skills is required for this class.

Dr. Gary Lunkenheimer
Professor of Business and Economics

Gary is in his 14th year of teaching at Cottey College and has over 20 years of teaching experience. He serves as the coordinator for both of the bachelor degree programs in business—international business and business administration-management. He has participated in local service organizations including Lions, Nevada-Vernon County Chamber of Commerce board, and Nevada Bicycling Club. Professionally, he has been involved with the National Business Education Association, Gulf Coast Economics Association, Missouri Association of Accounting Educators, National Economics Teaching Association, and Phi Beta Lambda. Gary has taught Vacation College courses for many years in areas related to personal finance, wealth management, basic economics, issues faced in retirement, and local business tours.

What has Been Happening with Board Games?

Peter Hyland
Class Type: discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Get on board! There has been a resurgence, perhaps a renaissance even, in board games over the last few years. Card games and board games have exploded in variety and imagination. We’ll talk about different types of games (cooperative, deck building, resource management, kids’ games) and some strategies you might want use for them. Most importantly, we’ll play some fun games that you can introduce to your family, friends, or P.E.O. chapter. We will be focusing on recent games and not Bridge, Sorry!, or Monopoly. Some games we may play are Pandemic, Forbidden Island, Sushi Go, Star Realms, Carcassonne, Dominion, Robot Turtles, Stone Age, Innovation, No Stress Chess, Slide 5, Kindomino, Thrun & Taxis, Terraforming Mars, and Lost Cites.

Dr. Peter Hyland
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Peter 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 pursue physics education research, which he finds even more interesting. Specifically, he enjoys course development and investigating the identity development in women physics students. He started this type of work in earnest at MIT’s Teaching and Learning Lab and has continued to explore it. He teaches physics and astronomy during the semester and at Vacation College and summer leadership workshops.

Up In Smoke

Adam Dean
Class Type: discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: beginners encouraged

Come and tickle your tastebuds with some fabulous smoked cuisine. In this class, you will learn the basics of smoking hams, chickens, ribs, and brisket utilizing a electric smoker. There will be class discussions on a variety of rubs, marinades, meat cuts, and preparation of meats before smoking and the utilization of electric, propane, or wood fired smokers. Finalized products will be presented for taste testing and comparisons and there will be demonstrations of cutting and slicing. Please remember, there are numerous trains of thought on process and product when it comes to flavors and methods and the opinions and ideas presented in this class are to be considered food for thought rather than definitive instruction. This is the one place on campus where smoking is allowed!

Adam Dean
Director of Academic Computing Services

Adam Dean, director of academic computing, has been at Cottey for 22 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 on the State Board for the NWTF. In his work with the NWTF he has organized and run several Outdoor Youth events and Women In The Outdoors events, and he distributes food to local pantries through his local Share the Harvest program.

Long Afternoon (1:00-3:30pm)

The Art of Abstract Collage

Linda Downey
Class Type: studio
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Join us in this creative class as we explore texture, color, line, shape, and form. You will print collage papers for two days using stencils, stamps, leaves, plastics, and found objects. On the third day, you will assemble and glue the papers onto a canvas board. The instructor will guide you with points of visual interest, design concepts, and general principles of art. Arranging and gluing down the papers and layering of paper will create interesting shapes, texture, lines, and more. Step out of your comfort zone and create a fun project with no experience necessary. This class promises to be lots of laughs and fun!

Linda (Cornell) Downey
Cottey Alumnae 1970
Former CCAA Executive Board President

Linda says that going to Cottey College in 1968 changed her life and she loved the adventure. She is from Connecticut and thinks Easterners don’t know a whole world exists outside of the Route 95 corridor. Linda taught Art K-12 for 36 years, has been a P.E.O. for 28 years (Chapter AB-CT), and now that she’s retired, she is enjoying her daughter and her grandsons, family, traveling, painting and teaching adults and collecting sea glass while she walks many a beach. She has been her class agent since her Cottey graduation, was a member of the alumnae board for six years, attended Vacation College in 2016, and is in her third year of teaching at Vacation College. Linda teaches in a free, fun, enthusiastic, and encouraging way and she loves it.

Ageism, Animals, and Institutional Compassion

Debi Reed Hill
Class Type: lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

All of us need empathy and compassion. Without them, life would be unbearable. In this class we will discuss their importance in two institutional settings: care for the elderly in nursing homes and care for companion animals in shelters – two of many populations that are not voiceless, but whose voices are often not heard. In particular we will discuss institutional compassion, the presence or absence of which has significant consequences both for those receiving care and for those providing it. Where institutional compassion is absent, compassionate efforts by individual care-givers will often be negated and empathetic attitudes often discouraged. We therefore consider how care-giving institutions might come to be more compassionate. One possibility is the implementation of life story work – both for the elderly and for homeless animals – as part of the process of giving care. We will focus on how life stories make up our individual lives and how this important part of understanding ourselves can be cultivated. We will consider the relation between empathy and compassion. Finally, we will think about the benefits of, and obstacles to, empathy and compassion, as commonly found in institutions.

Debi Reed Hill
Former Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Dr. Debi Reed Hill, a Nevada native and retired professor, is a long-time advocate for the elderly, children, and animals. Before becoming a full time academic, Debi worked at a major children’s hospital as a casework supervisor with the hematology/oncology and adolescent psychiatric units and later as the director of Oklahoma City’s Senior Companion Program, where she maintained a caseload of elderly patients in nursing homes. As an associate professor of sociology and anthropology at Cottey College, and visiting and adjunct professor at four other colleges, she used this experience to develop new teaching programs: anthropology and social psychology and the Cultural Fair at Cottey, social psychology and human-animal studies at Augustana College. Debi has received numerous honors and teaching awards, including the Missouri Governor’s Award. Most recently she founded ERA (education, research, advocacy) for Animals, a contribution to the burgeoning field of human-animal studies. She is currently doing research in this area.

Astronomy Zero to Backyard Hero

Peter Hyland
Class Type: lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: beginners encouraged

Are you an Astronomy Zero who wants to become a Backyard Hero? Are you fascinated by the night sky, but can’t really say more than “the moon is up”? We’ll be spending our time learning about the skies, different types of telescopes, and what to look for when purchasing a personal telescope. Come with no background and by the end be able to confidently use a backyard telescope during an evening session under the stars (weather permitting), as well as find constellations and tell the stories of their myths. We will also explore how modern astronomers understand our solar system, galaxy, and universe.

Dr. Peter Hyland
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Dr. 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 pursue physics education research, which he finds even more interesting. Specifically, he enjoys course development and investigating the identity development in women physics students. He started this type of work in earnest at MIT’s Teaching and Learning Lab and has continued to explore it. He teaches physics and astronomy during the semester and at Vacation College and summer leadership workshops.

Can You Canasta?

Allison Fast
Class Type: discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: beginners encouraged

Even if you cannot can-can, you can canasta! Learn how to play the game of Canasta with four, five, or six players. Rules and strategies will be discussed with plenty of time to practice and play. You will learn tips and tricks about forming a card group, and if time permits, you will also learn simple and fun card games to play with young children.

Allison Fast
Cottey Class of 1976
Administrative Computing Support Specialist

Allison is new to the Cottey staff, though as an alumna, former CCAA board member, and Nevada resident, she has remained close to Cottey through the years. Her background in Information Technology proved to be a great fit when Cottey started searching for an Administrative Computing Support Specialist. 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.

Women’s History through Film

Trisha Stubblefield
Class Type: presentation/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

In this class, we will watch four films/documentaries that examine key moments in 20th-century women’s history. A brief discussion period will follow each film, and students are encouraged to share their insights and experiences about the time period, the history, and the use of film to document women’s lives. The film schedule will be as follows:
Wednesday: Iron Jawed Angels (The Women’s Suffrage Movement)
Thursday: Paris Was A Woman (Women Writers in Paris, 1920s-40s)
Friday: The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (Women and WWII)
Saturday: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (Women’s Liberation Movement in the 1960s/70s)

Dr. Trisha Stubblefield
Professor of English

Dr. Stubblefield is a professor of English and the Harmon Professor of English. Humanities Division. The recipient of several teaching awards, she teaches courses on women writers, 20th-century American literature, the AMC series Mad Men, Ecofeminism, and P.E.O. history. Trisha 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.

Local Sites Tour

Gary Lunkenheimer
Class Type: lecture/presentation/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low to moderate
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Come with us and travel by Cottey van to explore local business and historical sites in the area. On the historical side, find out what a Bushwhacker was by touring the Bushwhacker museum and jail, see the original town square and the 110-year-old courthouse, and tour the fort in Fort Scott, as well as see the first national Veteran’s cemetery, which is older than Arlington National Cemetery. On the business side, you will tour the Chamber of Commerce housed in the historic Carnegie Library Building and learn what it is like to operate a business in a small town. Tour such businesses as the historic W.F. Norman Factory, mostly known for manufacturing hand-pressed embossed tin ceilings and architectural details using equipment from the early 1900s, local small businesses around the historic square, a small town farmer’s market, a business specializing in locally grown agriculture products, and a sheltered workshop. You must be able to enter/exit a full size Cottey van and walk around local businesses. Please note: during the factory tour portion, it is sometimes hard to hear the guide due to the loud machines.

Dr. Gary Lunkenheimer
Professor of Business and Economics

Gary is in his 14th year of teaching at Cottey College and has over 20 years of teaching experience. He serves as the coordinator for both of the bachelor degree programs in business—international business and business administration-management. He has participated in local service organizations including Lions, Nevada-Vernon County Chamber of Commerce board, and Nevada Bicycling Club. Professionally, he has been involved with the National Business Education Association, Gulf Coast Economics Association, Missouri Association of Accounting Educators, National Economics Teaching Association, and Phi Beta Lambda. Gary has taught Vacation College courses for many years in areas related to personal finance, wealth management, basic economics, issues faced in retirement, and local business tours.

Making Changes: Overcoming your Frustrating Habits

Carol Gallagher
Class Type: presentation/discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low to moderate
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Based on the revolutionary work done by the VitalSmarts organization and related to the book “Change Anything,” this highly interactive course will provide you with a thorough understanding of what it takes to create significant and lasting changes in life- and career-limiting habits. Equally important, you will create your own complete, self-tailored first draft of a personal change plan incorporating proven methods for driving rapid and sustainable behavior change. Prior to attending this course, all participants should read the book “Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success” by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Davis Maxfield, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler.

Dr. Carol Clyde Gallagher
Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership

Carol 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, Carol 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, and Vernon County CERT, and she serves as 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.

The Osage Nation: History, Environment, and Culture

Sarah Quick
Class Type: lecture/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low to moderate
Skill Level: beginners encouraged

A number of Native American groups lived in and passed through Missouri, but in southwest Missouri none were so well known as the Osage. This class will begin by considering what we know of the pre-contact Osage and their historical prominence in the four-state area (Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas), as well as their struggles and removal. Besides what we explore in the classroom, we will visit an ancient Osage village and the Missouri Prairie State Park to learn about their culture and the environment in which they thrived. We will also consider Osage culture in more recent times. For our field trips, you should be prepared for easy outdoor hiking and expect the presence of ticks and other insects. Suggested but not required readings include Grann’s Killer of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (2017); Wolferman’s The Osage in Missouri (1997)

Dr. Sarah Quick
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology

Sarah Quick is a sociocultural anthropologist and an ethnomusicologist who studies contemporary heritage performance by Native peoples in North America. Sarah is interested in music/dance, ethnographic film, gender studies, heirloom seed-saving, southern heritage food, sustainable farming, community gardens, and urban chickens.

Quilting Basics – T-Shirt Memory Quilt

Tammy Ogren
Class Type: studio/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: beginners encouraged

Have you wanted to quilt but not sure where to start? This class is for you! In this quilting basics class, you will make a Memory Quilt from t-shirts. You will learn beginning techniques of rotary cutting, piecing, and quilting. You will need basic sewing machine experience for this class and you may bring a sewing machine. We will have some machines available in the classroom. Bring 12 uncut t-shirts – any size – and we will make a 48 X 48 lap quilt. We will visit a local store for you to purchase fabric for borders (estimated cost to you on-site is $24.00).

Dr. Tammy Ogren
Assistant Professor of Business-Management

Dr. Ogren is in her second year at Cottey College and teaches business courses. She has served in executive leadership roles as well as started, owned, and sold a variety of businesses in her 30+ years of leading and growing companies. In addition, she has successfully mentored many business owners in turning their passion, skills, or expertise into a life that fits their personal values and vision.  Her hobbies include riding a Harley, traveling, quilting, reading, and crafting.

Using the Computer as a Tool in Genealogical Research

Helen Lodge
Class Type: activity
Level of Physical Activity: low to moderate
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

This class is a perfect complement to the beginning genealogy class and they may be taken together or individually. Computer demonstrations will include basic genealogy recordkeeping and many pay and free websites used for genealogical research, such as Family Search, Ancestry, Find a Grave, Cyndi’s List, and USGENWEB. The use of DNA in genealogy will be addressed also. Class members may bring information about an ancestor for the class to brainstorm on how to solve or proceed with the problem. (Legal disclaimer: Elusive ancestors are not guaranteed to be found.)

Helen Lodge
Director of Housing and Assistant Vice President for Student Life

Helen is the director of housing and assistant vice president for student life and just celebrated the completion of 28 years in housing at Cottey. With a last name of Lodge, she feels her career choice was pre-destined. A third-generation P.E.O. member, she has worked in collegiate housing all her adult life with the exception of a few early years as a high school teacher in Iowa. This fall will be her 41st year of opening residence halls as a member of a hall staff. In her spare time, she loves doing genealogy, reading about British and royal history, and collecting dust bunnies as pets. She loves teaching American genealogy and has done research in over 150 locations since 1985 when she started her research journey.

PM/short A (1:00-2:00)

Adventures in Travel: Italy, Spain, Crotia

Paula Chelminska
Class Type: presentation/discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: N/A

In class, we will take on a journey to several European destinations, such as Florence and Assisi in Italy, Valencia and Granada in Spain, and Trogir in Croatia. We will discuss basics of traveling to these countries, do’s and don’ts, what to try and what to avoid, and how to best combine several destinations together.

Professor Paula Chelminska
Assistant Professor of International Business

Professor Chelminska arrived at Cottey in 2012 and teaches business and international business courses, such as accounting, corporate social responsibility, international management, export procedures and policies, and global business strategies. She is a member of Academy of International Business and Nasbite International, professional associations in her field. Also, she actively participates in organizing Cottey’s Multicultural Festival. This will be her fourth year teaching Vacation College. Previous courses she taught include Cross Cultural Communication; Explore the Hidden Jewels of Europe; and Poland through Legends, Literature, and Music. Her interests are photography, detective-adventure books, and traveling.

Adventures in Travel: New Zealand

Karen Polon
Class Type: presentation/lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: N/A

Attend this class instead of reading a travel guide to learn about New Zealand -Aotearoa- the land of the long white cloud. Class will cover a general overview of the history of New Zealand including information on the rich and diverse Maori culture and about how the North and the South Islands are different and yet similar in many ways. Information will be presented on both the large cities and small towns of New Zealand, how Kiwis are energy and environmentally friendly, and the many wineries. Class content includes information on the best time to travel to New Zealand and other essential travel tips.

Karen Polon
Professor of Physical Education

Professor Polon has been teaching students how to live a healthy lifestyle since coming to Cottey in 1993. In her additional position as wellness coordinator, she has been teaching Cottey employees how to do the same for the last ten years. Although female employees may enroll and take PE classes, the wellness program encourages everyone in the Cottey community to participate in wellness activities like healthy pot luck lunches, yoga, water aerobics, and fitness walking, just to name a few. Since coming to Cottey, Karen has developed seven new courses including courses for a fitness education minor. After a sabbatical to New Zealand in 2006, she developed an international travel experience for students and traveled with students for a third time in March 2017. In March 2019, she and Denise Hedges will take students to Australia for a Cottey International Trip. In her free time Karen, a Master Gardener, enjoys vegetable gardening, playing golf, cycling, and traveling.

African Drumming Techniques

Erica Sigauke
Class Type: presentation/discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

This course will open doors to explore African drumming techniques and to learn about their origins. You will find healing and relaxation through the physical touch and vibrations from the various drum rhythms. You will learn diverse drum techniques from various African tribes and how they are used for some rituals and ceremonies. The group will have an opportunity to play some authentic African instruments such as the Dondo talking drum; Djembe, African thumb pianos; single woven jingles; Caxixi shakers from Mali; Gunkogui double bell with stick from Ghana; Axatse gourd shaker from Ghana; Udu clay drum from Ghana; and other African instruments. A variety of short videos with African drumming and dancing will be shown.

Rev. Dr. Erica Sigauke
Coordinator of Spiritual Life and Campus Diversity

Erica began her Cottey career in 2010 and currently serves as the coordinator of spiritual life and diversity at Cottey College. 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.

Four Seasons Crafting

Stephanie Grgurich
Class Type: studio/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Enjoy the afternoon by creating crafts for all seasons! Each day will focus on a different seasonal craft project. Join us as we celebrate spring, summer, fall, and winter all in one week!

Stephanie Grgurich
Cottey Class of 2003
Enrollment Outreach Coordinator

Stephanie Grgurich is the enrollment outreach coordinator, and she has worked at Cottey since August, 2011. She works with P.E.O.s, alumnae, and other volunteers in promoting the College. She joined the P.E.O. Sisterhood in 2010 and is a member of Chapter BB, North Carolina.

A Culinary Journey to China

Wei Cui
Class Type: presentation/discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Do you like to eat Chinese food? Do you know that General Tso’s chicken is actually not an authentic Chinese food? Did you know that certain foods have special symbolic significance in Chinese culture? Did you know that each region of China specializes in a distinct style of cooking? In this course, we will travel from the north to the south of China and through the four seasons to explore the diverse Chinese food culture. In the last class, we will make and cook Chinese dumplings together. If you are interested in learning more about Chinese cuisine, you should come explore with us!

Dr. Wei Cui
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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 first year teaching at Vacation College.

Fundamentals of Golf

Eric Cameron
Class Type: lecture/discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: moderate to vigorous
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Learn the fundamentals of golf with Cottey College golf coach Eric Cameron. Each day will be spent learning one of the three core proficiencies; putting, shots around the green, and the full swing. Coach Cameron will use game-based learning to ensure enjoyment of the class from the very beginning. These proficiencies will be put to test on the final day as Coach Cameron takes you out on the course. On the final day, you will also have the opportunity to play alongside Emree Cameron, the #1 ranked golfer in the state of Missouri Class of 2025 and 2017 National Drive Champion.

Eric Cameron
Golf Coach

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 children 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.

Libraries of the World

Courtney Trautweiler
Class Type: presentation/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: N/A!

Libraries are for everyone! From the Great Library of Alexandria to the borrowing of e-books, this course will take you on a global and historic journey exploring some of the most famous libraries in the world through images, videos, and virtual tours. Whether you are a digital native or nostalgic hardcover book lover, you will find enchantment in our library!

Courtney Trautweiler
Library Director

Courtney Trautweiler has served as the library director for Ross Library at Cottey College since January 2015. 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, 2 dogs, and a cat. She enjoys hobby farming with her family as well, which consists of a small sustainable flock of chickens, ducks, and geese, in addition to 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 continue using their local libraries, to keep reading, to keep learning, and to stay curious!

Musical Theater Dance

Jo Byrnes
Class Type: studio/activity
Level of Physical Activity: moderate
Skill Level: beginners encouraged!

“Let that day be lost to us on which we did not dance once!” Friedrich Nietzsche. Each musical theater dance class will begin with a warm-up. We will watch a video clip from a musical and then learn a simplified version of the dance we watched. We will explore a different Broadway or Hollywood musical each day. No dance experience required. Please plan to wear new or very clean athletic shoes with arch support and comfortable, stretchy clothing. All levels welcome, no experience necessary! Shall we dance?

Professor Jo Byrnes
Associate Professor of Dance

Jo 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 has earned her Level One, Level Two, and YogaBack certification from YogaFit®.

Puzzles

Dr. Jackie Lordo
Class Type: discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

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.

Dr. Jackie Lordo
Assistant Professor of Music

Dr. Lordo is an assistant professor of music at Cottey College. She teaches brass lessons, music theory, and basic conducting in addition to her duties as director of the Wind and Jazz Ensembles. She is a proud member of P.E.O. and several professional music organizations. Jackie is excited to share her love of games as well as her professional expertise in music.

Think Happy: The Psychology of Happiness

Amanda Gilchrist
Class Type: lecture/discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Learn how to build your bliss and push-start your positivity with this class! We will cover the study of happiness and the different factors that can make you happier in your daily life and discuss topics including resilience, optimism, mindfulness, and positive thinking!

Dr. Amanda Gilchrist
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Gilchrist is an assistant professor of psychology and has been at Cottey since August 2013. She teaches courses related to experimental psychology including Cognitive Psychology, Research Methods, and Biopsychology. She is a member of the Psychonomic Society and Women in Cognitive Science. Previously at Vacation College, she taught a course in the Psychology of Aging. She can’t wait to share her knowledge with you!

Water Aerobics

Terry Burger
Class Type: studio/activity
Level of Physical Activity: moderate to vigorous
Skill Level: all levels welcome, but students need to be comfortable in deep water

This class incorporates dance, calisthenics, and toning exercises performed vertically in the water. This class will include both shallow and deep-water exercise. Bathing suit and towel required; water shoes recommended.

Professor Terry Burger
Professor of Physical Education

Professor Burger came to Cottey College in 1997. Terry maintains current certifications as an Instructor Trainer with the American Red Cross in Lifeguarding, First Aid/ CPR/ AED and Water Safety Instruction. She also maintains current Aquatic Exercise Instructor certification through the (AEA) Aquatic Exercise Association and an Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor certification through PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors). Terry teaches all of the aquatic-based, CPR/AED, first aid, and bicycling courses at the College. She also serves as the pool supervisor/coordinator during the academic year and supervises the student lifeguard staff.

PM/short B (2:30-3:30)

Adventures in Travel: Australia

Karen Polon
Class Type: presentation/lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: N/A

Have you ever wanted to travel to the Land Down Under? This class will provide information on travel to “Oz” better known as Australia. Class content includes information on the best time to travel to Australia, essential travel tips and how to manage the 17-hour flight. Specific information will be shared on the cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns/Port Douglas, and tourist sites like Ayers Rock (Uluru) and the 12 Apostles.

Karen Polon
Professor of Physical Education

Professor Polon has been teaching students how to live a healthy lifestyle since coming to Cottey in 1993. In her additional position as wellness coordinator, she has been teaching Cottey employees how to do the same for the last ten years. Although female employees may enroll and take PE classes, the wellness program encourages everyone in the Cottey community to participate in wellness activities like healthy pot luck lunches, yoga, water aerobics, and fitness walking, just to name a few. Since coming to Cottey, Karen has developed seven new courses including courses for a fitness education minor. After a sabbatical to New Zealand in 2006, she developed an international travel experience for students and traveled with students for a third time in March 2017. In March 2019, she and Denise Hedges will take students to Australia for a Cottey International Trip. In her free time Karen, a Master Gardener, enjoys vegetable gardening, playing golf, cycling, and traveling.

Adventures in Travel: China

Sandra Chaney
Class Type: lecture/discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: N/A!

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.

Dr. Sandra Chaney
Associate Professor of History

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 second year teaching at Vacation College.

Adventures in Travel: Sri Lanka

Dr. Ganga Fernando
Class Type: discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: N/A

Spend four lovely days exploring the small tropical island nation of Sri Lanka. Constructed on the instructor’s experience of leading a second-year Cottey trip to Sri Lanka, you will learn interesting geographical, social, cultural, political, and travel information in this class. As a special bonus, you will learn how to wear a saree, six yards of cloths wrapped around Indian style, and taste some authentic Sri Lankan cuisine. Bring your questions with you and come learn about this amazing country of unending beaches, timeless ruins, and incredible food.

Dr. Ganga Fernando
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Ganga 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.

Cozy Cottey Knit & Crochet

Stephanie Grgurich
Class Type: studio/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: intermediate or advanced

Join Stephanie for a relaxing hour of companionable crafting! Bring your knitting or crochet along and enjoy the satisfying society of friends as you work on your project. Be prepared to share helpful hints, talk about your favorite projects and patterns, and spend a cozy afternoon sharing a love for fiber crafts! This is not an instructional class, but a time to gather together and work on established projects that you bring from home. This class is not intended for beginners.

Stephanie Grgurich
Cottey Class of 2003
Enrollment Outreach Coordinator

Stephanie Grgurich is the enrollment outreach coordinator, and she has worked at Cottey since August, 2011. She works with P.E.O.s, alumnae, and other volunteers in promoting the College. She joined the P.E.O. Sisterhood in 2010 and is a member of Chapter BB, North Carolina.

Fundamentals of Golf

Eric Cameron
Class Type: lecture/discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: moderate to vigorous
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Learn the fundamentals of golf with Cottey College golf coach Eric Cameron. Each day will be spent learning one of the three core proficiencies; putting, shots around the green, and the full swing. Coach Cameron will use game-based learning to ensure enjoyment of the class from the very beginning. These proficiencies will be put to test on the final day as Coach Cameron takes you out on the course. On the final day, you will also have the opportunity to play alongside Emree Cameron, the #1 ranked golfer in the state of Missouri Class of 2025 and 2017 National Drive Champion.

Eric Cameron
Golf Coach

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 children 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.

Fascinating Rhythm

Gary Johnson
Class Type: discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low to moderate
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Life is full of fascinating rhythm! Strike up the band and explore various percussion instruments to learn about rhythm and create music together. A background in music may be helpful but is not required.

Gary Johnson
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music

For the last 20 years, Gary has been an adjunct assistant professor of music at Cottey College. Currently he gives percussion music lessons and is the assistant director for the Cottey College Wind Ensemble. Gary spent three years as a bandsman in the U.S. Army with a year in the top performing band in Vietnam.

Hanging with Blaklee

Blaklee Sanders
Class Type: studio/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low to moderate
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

“In the universe, there are things known, and things unknown, and in between, there are doors” Jim Morrison. Our favorite Robertson residence hall director Blaklee is feeling crafty and wants to light your fires of creativity! With burlap, bows, glue, and paint, she will help you with a project or two that you will be able to hang on the doors in your life. Come hang with Blaklee!

Blaklee Sanders
Class of 2015
Robertson Hall Director, Assistant Basketball Coach

Blaklee is the Robertson Hall director and assistant basketball coach. She has the opportunity to work with students in a variety of ways on campus. She gets to know them in the hall, watches them excel in athletic events, and gets to sponsor the second-year class traditions. Blaklee is beyond excited to get to work at another Vacation College in a different capacity. She hopes to get to “hang” with you soon!!

Identity Theft

Adam Dean
Class Type: lecture/activity
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Stop, thief!! Identity theft is when thieves steal your personal information in order to take over or open new accounts, file fake tax returns, rent or buy properties, or do other criminal things in your name. Come learn more about this important topic from a member of Cottey College’s excelllent Information Technology staff. In this class you will learn how to protect yourself against identity theft and how to respond if it happens to you.

Adam Dean
Director of Academic Computing Services

Adam Dean, director of academic computing, has been at Cottey for 22 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 on the State Board for the NWTF. In his work with the NWTF he has organized and run several Outdoor Youth events and Women In The Outdoors events, and he distributes food to local pantries through his local Share the Harvest program.

Math and Art

Jorge Dioses
Class Type: lecture
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

There is a surprising connection between mathematics and some of the arts (music, dance, painting, architecture, sculpture). Many artists through time had to develop or use mathematical thinking to carry out their artistic vision. One of the reason behind this connection is that mathematics at its core is the study of symmetry, patterns, and shapes. In this class we will analyze several examples of artwork requiring mathematical tools. Also, we will include some nontraditional forms of art like origami and computer-generated art. This class is open to anyone interested in mathematics or in art. No knowledge of math beyond basic high school math is needed.

Dr. Jorge Dioses
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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 like Math and Art, Recreational Math, and Ancient Civilizations of the Americas.

The Negro Spiritual and the African Spiritual Lyric

Dyke Kiel
Class Type: lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: N/A

This course will cover the origins and influences on the Negro Spiritual, as well as the way these works were performed. We will also look at the words and structure of the Spiritual considering possible hidden messages in their texts. As a point of comparison, this course will consider the African Spiritual Lyric, a type of sacred song developed in Ghana, West Africa, that evolved when Africans began to merge Methodist hymns with indigenous African music. After consideration of these two musical genres, we will make a comparison between the Spiritual developed in the United States and that developed in Africa.

Dr. Dyke Kiel
Professor Emeritus

Dr. Dyke Kiel is Professor Emeritus at Cottey College. He retired from Cottey in 2013 and still is carrying out research on West African music. He also plays bassoon in the Cottey wind ensemble. Since his retirement he and his wife, Becky, have traveled extensively attending concerts and tasting food in several faraway places. Dr. Kiel is active in the Nevada Rotary Club and is choir director at St. Paul Lutheran Church. He volunteers at the Nevada food pantry.

Yoga

Jo Byrnes
Class Type: studio/activity
Level of Physical Activity: moderate
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

In this class, you will perform a series of physical poses for enhancing physical and mental wellness. Strength, flexibility, and balance will be addressed. With an emphasis on sports science and alignment principles, you will be exposed to yoga for every body in a way that is safe and adaptable for a wide range of fitness levels, age groups, and health challenges. Please wear clothes with stretch in which you can easily move. Yoga is traditionally done barefoot, but you may wear socks. Some yoga poses are done standing, and some sitting or lying on the floor—adaptations of these poses can be done sitting in a chair. Mats provided.

Professor Jo Byrnes
Associate Professor of Dance

Jo 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 has earned her Level One, Level Two, and YogaBack certification from YogaFit®..

Zumba®

Livia Chamberlin
Class Type: activity
Level of Physical Activity: vigorous
Skill Level: beginners welcome!

Zumba® is a fitness program involving dance and aerobic elements, using Latin and World rhythms. Often called “exercise in disguise,” it’s an effective, super fun, total workout, combining elements of cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, and flexibility. You’ll leave class with boosted energy after this calorie-burning dance fitness party!

Livia Chamberlin
Cottey Class of 1996

This course is enthusiastically taught by a Cottey alumna, a regular Vacation College attendee, and licensed Zumba® instructor.

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