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May 19 – 24, 2020

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 March 15.
After March 15, Registration is $695 per person.

Vacation College is Full

You may join a waitlist with a fully refundable $100 deposit 

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 19. 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 24, 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 24.

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.

Week Schedule Sample

Vacation College Sample Schedule

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 2020.

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Long Classes on the Left

Long Classes Morning

8:30-11:00

Armchair Traveler

Tatiana Jones, Library Technician/ Cataloger

Be transported to far-flung destinations while sitting comfortably in a cozy chair. As an Armchair Traveler, you will visit Russia, India, and Germany through the Ross Memorial Library collection of movies, books, and music. Join us as we journey around the globe and never leave the library!

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.

Basics of Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Tara Booth, Assistant Professor of Art

Have you ever thrown a pot? If you have never worked with clay, you may not be familiar with the term, but to “throw” a pot means to use a pottery wheel to create and shape clay. Learn the basics of wheel-thrown pottery in this beginning-level pottery course.

Fishing with Jack & Ed!

Jack Weitzel & Ed Hyde

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.

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.

 

Local Business and Historic Site Tours

Gary Lunkenheimer, Professor of Business and Economics

We will travel by Cottey van to explore local sites in the area including business and historical sites. 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, see local Victorian era homes, 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, we 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. You will 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 business specializing in locally grown agriculture products, and a sheltered workshop.

Mahjong

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.

 

Teutonic Order: Central Europe in Medieval times

Paula Chelminska, Associate Professor of International Business

This class is all about the Teutonic Order – the Order of Brothers of the German House of Saint Mary in Jerusalem. The Order was founded in 1192 in Acre, Kingdom of Jerusalem, as a military order to protect the pilgrims on the way to the Holy Land. The class will cover the order’s history and mainly focus on their activities in the 13th century when they were invited by one of the Polish princes to Central Europe. Even though invited, their subsequent actions caused tensions and wars between Poland and the Order. The Teutonic knights built hospitals and magnificent medieval castles. One of them is the Malbork Castle which has never been conquered and it is also considered one of the biggest castles in the world. You will get to know about the Order, its structures, and what the life of a knight looked like in medieval times.

 

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 6:30-7:30

Good Morning Walk and Stretch

Karen Polon, Professor of Physical Education

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.

Water Aerobics

Terry Burger, Professor of Physical Education

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

 

Short Morning B 8:30-9:30

A Mathematical World

Jorge Dioses, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Mathematics is one of the most important tools to understanding the physical and social world. From our position in the universe to the state of our personal finances, the laws of mathematics seem to provide us with an accurate model of reality. In this course, we will talk about simple examples, taken from different fields, in which mathematics plays a major role in describing and predicting what is happening around us. This class is open to anyone with a mathematically curious mind. No knowledge of math beyond elementary high school math is required.

 

Beginning Synchronized Swimming

Terry Burger, Professor of Physical Education

The course will introduce you to the sport of synchronized swimming.  Safety aspects of the sport, judging, scoring as well as rotary kick, sculls, float patterns, simple figures, and stroke modifications will be covered.

Diverse Drumming Techniques and The Djembe Rhythmic Drum Patterns from the Continent of Africa

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.

 

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Linda Downey, Cottey Alumna 1970, Former CCAA Executive Board President

Have you always wanted to learn how to draw? Betty Edwards’s book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, was first published in 1979, and has been used by artists and teachers ever since to unlock the sub-dominant side of the brain. Come be a part of this short class and discover a confidence in your abilities as you deepen your artistic perception. You will watch a brief video on the first day and then spend the next three days learning how to see and how to draw. Don’t worry! It will not be overwhelming or intimidating and we are saving seats for beginners only.

 

Eerie in Theory: An Exercise in Fringe Thought

Stephanie Grgurich, Cottey Alumna 2003, Enrollment Outreach Coordinator

Megan Watson, Advancement Data Specialist

Join Stephanie and Megan as we explore the “what if?” of conspiracy theories. During this class, we will explore the desolate, vast continent of Antarctica; inspect the secrets of the Moon and Mars; unlock celebrity conspiracies; and examine the mysteries of Nicola Tesla. This class is a great fit for the conspiracy theory enthusiast, as well as, for those who are curious to learn more about topics that exist within the realm of fringe thought. Expect lively discussion and courteous mutual respect as we investigate the “what if?” 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 the possibilities of the world around us. The instructors will neither confirm nor deny their belief in yetis, aliens, wormholes, the multiverse, etc.

 

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.

 

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!

 

Reader's Theater

Kathleen Day, Library Assistant, Adjuct Instructor for Theatre

Have you always wanted a (short) career in theater but were afraid you couldn’t memorize all those words? Readers’ Theater is an art form that goes beyond simply reading lines.  We use our voices to convey emotion rather than props and costumes. Cuttings from When I am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple (Edited by Sandra Haldeman Martz) as well as other sources will culminate in a short, fabulous performance.

Tennis 101

Drayah Johnston, P.E.O. Hall Director and Intramural Coordinator

This class will start with the basics of holding a racket and learning the fundamentals of how to play tennis. We will focus on hitting forehand and backhand. We will play drills that will enhance the learning and enjoyment of tennis.

 

Short Morning C 10:00-11:00

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.

 

Baubles & Beads

Cindy Spencer, Director of Housing

Decorative shells and beads from bone and teeth are some of the earliest pieces of jewelry ever found. And did you know that the word jewelry is an anglicized form of the Latin word jocale which means plaything? Come play with us! In this class, we will briefly look at the history of jewelry and the various materials that have been used over time in jewelry making. You will have the opportunity to create a wonderful, one-of-a-kind piece of your own, using a variety of beads, chain, and metal. The spotlight element in the piece will be a star and daisy, from there you can create earrings, a pendant necklace or a bracelet, and each piece will vary based on your imagination! All supplies will be furnished, however if you have a special bead(s) you would like to incorporate into your masterpiece, please bring them along.

 

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.

 

History of the Commedia dell'Arte

Kathleen Day, Library Assistant, Adjuct Instructor for Theatre

A unique style of theater emerged in Italy during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Classical Greek theater vanished with the spread of Christianity and theater was just emerging again as an acceptable art form. Traveling players portrayed exaggerated, stock characters using loosely scripted stories. In class, we will see what this often-overlooked form of theater looked like, become familiar with some of the playwrights, examine its influence on Shakespeare and our modern theater, and perhaps even try moving like some of the characters.

 

Tennis for Intermediate Players

Drayah Johnston, P.E.O. Hall Director and Intramural Coordinator

This class will be an intermediate class for tennis. We will do a quick overview of tennis fundamentals but get right into play. During this time, we will play games that strengthen your forehand, backhand and volleys, as well as playing against fellow classmates.

Read with Cottey

Denise Carrick Hedges, Director of Leadership Development

Discover Cottey’s commitment to women’s leadership, social responsibility, and global awareness through the Common Reader program. You will read and discuss Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann, the book most recently taught in the first-year writing seminar course.

 

Swimming for the NON- swimmer

Terry Burger, Professor of Physical Education

This is a beginning swimming class designed especially for adults who never had the opportunity or have a fear of the water. It will be very slow-paced with a focus on learning that will help you develop a comfort level in the water. Safety aspects, floating, treading, and basic propulsion techniques will be covered.

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

Astronomy Zero to Backyard Hero

Peter Hyland, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy

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.

Chinese Cuisine Cooking

Wei Cui, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

In this class, you will learn how to cook a few very traditional Chinese dishes and snacks. Some of the recipes we will follow are Mapo tofu, Kung Pao Chicken, Sichuan cold noodles, egg tart, and rice dumpling. You will have the chance to participate in the whole process from preparation to cooking and eating! The cooking methods that will be used in this class are stir-frying, boiling, and baking. You will also be introduced to some basic Chinese condiments and learn how to use them.

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: Treacherous Texts: U.S. Suffrage Literature, 1846-1946, edited by Mary Chapman and Angela Mills
Day 2: The Vagabond by Colette (1910)
Day 3: Save Me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald (1932)
Day 4: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)

 

Great Romantic Comedies

Mike Emery, Professor Emeritus of English

Two amazing film genres rolled into one! We will see four Hollywood romantic comedy films: The Belle of New York (1952), a splashy period musical with Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen; It Happened One Night (1934), the original screwball comedy, directed by Frank Capra and starring Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable; Libeled Lady (1936), a sparkling comedy of mixed-up love with Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy and William Powell; and How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), with Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe as gold-digging friends determined to land rich husbands.

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!

 

Make Your Mark

Adam Dean, Director of Academic Computing Services

Come and feel at home on the range with this firearm and archery skills class. State-certified instructors will demonstrate the fundamentals of firearm safety and handling in a classroom environment followed by a day at the range. The instructor’s goal is to increase the confidence of the guests in their ability to safely handle firearms and the proper technique in shooting. The second part of the class will be instruction in the use of a compound bow. Students will learn the proper handling, sizing, and draw strength when choosing a bow and how to properly shoot a bow at targets. Participants of the class will then put their newly-acquired knowledge to use in a day of target practice with compound bows and crossbows. All firearms and needed gear will be supplied and you may not bring your own equipment.

Planning a Journey

Gary Lunkenheimer, Professor of Business and Economics

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.

 

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.

 

The Art of Abstract Collage

Linda Downey, Cottey Alumna 1970, Former CCAA Executive Board President

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!

 

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.

 

Voices of the Votes for Women Campaign

Angela Firkus, Professor of History

As we celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which barred sex as a reason to be denied the right to vote, it is fitting to spend some time with the women who fought for a political voice. In this class, you will learn about some of the women of the Suffrage Movement and read their ideas in their own words. Biographical material will be presented and we will discuss each woman’s leadership attributes and style. We will then read aloud selections from her speeches, letters, or articles. We will focus on well-known women such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Jane Addams, and Alice Paul but also lesser known suffragists Lucy Stone, Victoria Woodhull, Nannie Helen Burroughs, and Emma DeVoe.

 

Short Classes Afternoon

Short Afternoon Classes

Short Afternoon D 1:00-2:00

Fascinating Rhythm

Gary Johnson, Adjunct Professor of Music

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.

 

Get Crafty with Clay

Tara Booth, Assistant Professor of Art

Clay projects can be simple or complex, but they are always fun! In this class, you will have a chance to create small projects with air-dry or low-fire clay and paint or glaze pieces of bisque ware.

 

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.

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.

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 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!

 

Old Time Folk Dances on the Prairies – History & Context

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 lecture/discussion part of the presentation and is the first 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!

 

Short Afternoon E 2:30-3:30

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.

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.

 

Beginner's Crochet

Stephanie Grgurich, Cottey Alumna 2003, Enrollment Outreach Coordinator

Learn the fundamentals of crochet in a relaxed environment. Impress friends and family alike as you develop the skills to make heartfelt, homemade gifts of love. Defy all those who have ever doubted your creative abilities! In this class, you will learn the basics of crochet: foundation chains, stitches, reading patterns, changing colors, handling and learning about yarn, and more!

Glass Etching Christmas Crafts

Maggie Shouse, 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!

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.

I Love Books: Science Fiction/Fantasy 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 science fiction and fantasy. This class will discuss authors, books and basic history of the genre.

Swimming for Swimmers

Terry Burger, Professor of Physical Education

The course will review the four competitive swimming strokes (front crawl, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly).  Stroke critiques and drills to help improve technique, breathing and stamina will be covered.

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 Booth is an assistant professor of art at Cottey College and lives in Kansas City, Missouri. Although rooted in ceramics, her artistic practice manifests through numerous mediums and dimensions. Professor Booth will be teaching Basics of Wheel-Thrown Pottery and Get Crafty with Clay this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes

Professor Burger came to Cottey College in 1997. She holds a Master of Science in health and physical education with a specialization in exercise science from Queens College, C.U.N.Y. Professor Burger 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). Professor Burger 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. Professor Burgerwill be teaching Water Aerobics, Swimming for the NON- swimmer, Swimming for Swimmers,  and Beginning Synchronized Swimming this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes

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

Professor Chelminska earned a B.S. in international bbusiness and an M.B.A. from Arkansas State University. She interned at the Universidad de Politecnica de Valencia in Valencia, Spain. 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 Nasbite International, a professional association in her field. Also, she actively participates in organizing Cottey’s Multicultural Festival. Previous courses she taught at Vacation College 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. Professor Chelminska will be teaching Teutonic Order: Central Europe in Medieval Times 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 second year teaching at Vacation College. Dr. Cui will be teaching Mahjong Class for Beginners and Chinese Cuisine Cooking this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes

Kathleen Day has been working at the Cottey Ross Library since January 2017. Before that, she worked 15 years as an art teacher in the public school system. She became interested in bookmaking and found it to be a method that taught students many different skills at the same time while engaging the audience by requiring interaction with the artwork. Day enjoys writing and believes in the power of words and art to make a better world. As a library assistant, she enjoys a similar variety in work requirements, and is surrounded by her favorite artmaking inspiration. She has a master’s degree in theater and has directed plays for both high school and community theatre. She is also an adjunct professor of speech and theatre at Cottey. Kathleen will be teaching Reader’s Theater and History of the Commedia dell’Arte this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes

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 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 Make Your Mark this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes

Dr. Dioses was born in Lima, Peru. He earned a B.S. in mathematics at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and a Ph.D. in mathematics at Oklahoma State University. He has been teaching at Cottey College, as assistant professor, since 2012. He has taught every math course offered at Cottey: college algebra, statistics, calculus 1-3, 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. Dr. Dioses will be teaching A Mathematical World and Adventures in Travel: Spain this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes

Linda says that going to Cottey College changed her life in 1968 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 this is her third year teaching at Vacation College. Linda teaches in a free, fun, enthusiastic, and encouraging way and she loves it. Linda will be teaching Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and The Art of Abstract Collage this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes

Dr. Mike Emery is a Cottey College Professor Emeritus of English. He taught literature and writing courses for 28 years, from 1989 to 2018. Dr. Emery also taught introduction to film and american film. He has done a film course for Vacation College 17 times, starting with “Rogers without Astaire” in 2001. Dr. Emery will be teaching Great Romantic Comedies this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes

Allison has been working in IT at Cottey for nearly two 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 (advanced) this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes

Dr. Firkus is a professor of history and the Claire Dooner Phillips Professor of Social Science. She has taught at Cottey College since 1999. Among her courses are ones about women’s history, including one on the woman suffrage movement. She is in awe of the women who fought for the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. Dr. Firkuswill be teaching Voices of the Votes for Women Campaign 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

Stephanie 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 Who Do You Think You Are? An Enneagram Investigation, Eerie in Theory: A Conspiracy Theories Survey, and Beginner’s Crochet this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes

Denise serves as the director of leadership development at the Serenbetz Institute for Women’s Leadership, Social Responsibility, and Global Awareness. In this role, Denise works with the students in the Leadership, Experiences, Opportunity certification program and coordinates other leadership initiatives through the Serenbetz Institute. Her bachelor’s degree in interpersonal and organizational communication is from Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana. Denise earned her master’s degree in strategic leadership in business at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. Denise will be teaching Read with Cottey this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes

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 workshops. Dr. Hyland will be teaching Astronomy Zero to Backyard Hero this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes

For the last 20 years, Professor Johnson 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. He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Central Missouri. He spent three years as a bandsman in the US Army with a year in the top performing band in Vietnam. Professor Johnson will be teaching Fascinating Rhythm this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes

Drayah is the P.E.O. Hall director and intramural coordinator at Cottey College. She comes to Cottey from Circleville, Ohio. She has been playing tennis since freshman year of high school. She then went on to play tennis in college where she resided at 1st singles and 1st doubles in the lineup as well as being tennis captain for the team. Drayah is excited to teach tennis classes at Vacation College this year and welcomes you to join one! Back to top of classes

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. Tatiana will be teaching Armchair Traveler this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes

Dr. Kumar earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Calcutta in India, her Master of Science degree from Kalyani University in India, and her Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She studies aquatic, photosynthetic microorganism called cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) which have the distinction of being the oldest known fossils. This large group of bacteria, that survived billions of years of evolution, provide a unique model system to study environmental pollution. Her lab focuses on the biochemical, molecular, and phenotypic changes within the bacteria due to the exposure of surface waters or other chemical toxins such as antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory drugs.  Dr. Kumar is also a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Dr. Kumar will be teaching Genes and Heredity this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes

Dr. Lordo is an assistant professor of music and music department coordinator at Cottey College. She teaches brass lessons, music history, pedagogy, and basic conducting in addition to her duties as director of the Wind Ensemble. She is a proud member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and several professional music organizations. Jackie is excited to share her love of puzzles as well as her professional expertise in music.. Dr. Lordo will be teaching Music of the 60s: The British Invasion and Puzzles and More this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes

Dr. Lunkenheimer is in his 15th year of teaching at Cottey College and has over 25 years of teaching experience. He serves as the coordinator for both of the bachelor degree programs in business—international business and business administration-management as well as teaching many different courses each year including economics, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, personal finance, topics in business, and assists in coordinating business internship opportunities for students. He has participated in local service organizations including, Lions, Nevada-Vernon County Chamber of Commerce board member, 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. Lastly, 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. Dr. Lunkenheimer will be teaching Local Business and Historic Site Tours and Planning a Journey this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes

Professor Polon has been teaching students how to live a healthy lifestyle since coming to Cottey in 1993. Since coming to Cottey, she has developed several new courses including courses for a fitness education minor.  A brand new course offering this spring will be “Nutrition and Exercise for Weight Management.”  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 a colleague traveled with students to Australia for a Cottey short term study abroad during both weeks of spring break.  In her free time Karen, a Master Gardener, enjoys vegetable and flower gardening, playing golf, cycling, and traveling. Professor Polon will be teaching Good Morning Walk and Stretch this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes

Sarah Quick is a sociocultural anthropologist and an ethnomusicologist who studies contemporary heritage performance by Native peoples in North America. She has a B.A. in anthropology from the University of South Carolina, a M.A. in anthropology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Ph.D. in social-cultural anthropology from Indiana University where she also minored in ethnomusicology. Sarah is interested in music/dance, ethnographic film, gender studies, heirloom seed-saving, southern heritage food, sustainable farming, community gardens and urban chickens. Dr. Quick will be teaching Old Time Folk Dances on the Prairies – Dances, Old Time Folk Dances on the Prairies – History & Context, and Native American Food Culture this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes

Blaklee is the Robertson Hall director and assistant basketball coach. She gets 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 graduated from Cottey in 2015 with a degree in psychology, and is currently working on a master’s degree in social welfare at the University of Kansas. She is beyond excited to get to work at another Vacation College. 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 two 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 Christmas 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. And 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 Valuing your Personal and Mental Health and Diverse Drumming Techniques and The Djembe Rhythmic Drum Patterns from the Continent of Africa this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes

Cindy currently serves as the director of housing at Cottey College. Cindy has worked in housing and higher education for more than 30 years, working at nine different institutions. Her career has taken her from her hometown of Nevada, Missouri, to Kansas, Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, Indiana, Nebraska, Texas, and North Dakota. She has always loved jewelry, and enjoys creating “something from nothing.” She has taken formal classes in metal work and jewelry making, as well as a number of workshops over the years. Jewelry making is a relaxing hobby for Cindy. Through this hobby, she has met many friends across the country. If you were to look in her GPS, you will find that she stops at various bead stores, flea markets and antique stores looking for baubles and beads she can incorporate into her projects. She also finds great resources in some unusual places, such as hardware and tool stores.  Cindy will be teaching Baubles & Beads 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

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 I Love Books: Mystery and Suspense Genre and I Love Books: Science Fiction/Fantasy 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. Megan will be teaching Eerie in Theory: A Conspiracy Theories Survey 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!!!!!”

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.

Jack and Ed will be teaching Fishing with Jack & Ed! this year at Vacation College. Back to top of classes