Welcome to P.E.O. Visit Day

April 10, 2021

We are honored that you have set aside time to learn and explore your incredible College. Our hope is that over the course of the day, despite being physically absent from campus, the vision and mission of Cottey College will come to life and become more real to you wherever you are.

Cottey College exists to bring together young women from every corner of the globe and unlock the potential that resides in each one of them. Achieving a mission of this size takes many people to work together for a common goal. Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

At Cottey, we are blessed to have an amazing team of faculty and staff, but that alone isn’t enough. With the philanthropic support we receive from alumnae, friends of the College, and the P.E.O. Sisterhood, we positively impact the educational journeys of women from across the globe and successfully shape strong women who are life-long learners, thoughtful leaders, and global citizens.

We hope at the end of the day, you will be motivated to share the message of your College with your P.E.O. sisters and prospective students. You are a part of the amazing partnership that Cottey College has with the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Together we are creating incredible futures.

Thank you for joining us for our very first virtual P.E.O. Visit Day!

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Session One

1:00 p.m.



In this session, you will hear a State of the College address from the President of the College, Dr. Jann Weitzel, and take a brief tour of the beautiful Cottey College campus. You will then hear from Christi Ellis, associate vice president for institutional advancement, and Stephanie Grgurich, enrollment outreach coordinator, about the amazing opportunities for engagement between the College and the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

VIDEOCampus Tour
PRESENTATIONPresidential Update

Session Two

2:00 p.m.


PRESENTATIONAcademics Update

In Session two, you will have an update on academics from Dr. Joann Bangs, vice president for academic affairs, a personal tour of the new Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Campus Life and the Chapel, and an update on Cottey Comets athletics with Dr. Landon Adams, vice president for student life, and Dr. Maryann Mitts, Cottey’s new athletic director.


PRESENTATIONTour of the Student Center
PRESENTATIONAthletics Update

Session Three

3:00 p.m.


ZOOM ROOMTea Time with Enrollment Management

It is time to meet and greet! In this session, you will have the chance to pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy a panel chat with the President of the College, Dr. Jann Weitzel, vice president for enrollment management, David Heringer, and enrollment outreach coordinator, Stephanie Grgurich. Bring your questions about promoting Cottey to prospective students to this panel of experts! You will then have the chance to hear from a few of our outstanding alumnae and discover how Cottey helped them connect to their passions, embrace their growth, and prepare for their professions.

PRESENTATIONAlumnae Interview

Session Four

4:15 p.m.


PRESENTATIONStudent PanelYou will not want to miss this session! You will meet a panel of current students who will talk briefly about the incredible Cottey community that supports them academically and personally, and then, using the chat feature in Zoom, you will have a chance to pose questions about their Cottey journey, their academic development, their leadership opportunities, and their path forward. Join the conversation with these engaging students.



DR. JANN WEITZEL: President of Cottey College

Dr. Jann Rudd Weitzel became the 12th president of Cottey College on June 15, 2015, and brought with her the skills developed as a college professor, a dean, and a provost. During her six years at Cottey, Dr. Weitzel has, among other projects, overseen the creation of five new academic programs, three new athletic programs, and a move to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). She has spoken at three Conventions of International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, numerous conventions, and a variety of reciprocity and chapter meetings. A native of Iowa, Dr. Weitzel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Arts degree in gifted education from the University of Northern Iowa, and she earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and supervision from the University of Iowa. She is a 31-year member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and a current member of P.E.O. Chapter ND, Missouri.

DR. LANDON ADAMS: Vice President for Student Life

Since June 2019, Dr. Landon Adams has served as Cottey’s vice president for student life. Prior to joining the Cottey team, Dr. Adams served as the director of student life and conduct and deputy Title IX coordinator at Missouri Southern State University (MSSU.) He earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration in marketing at MSSU, a Master of Business Administration in leadership at Adams State University, and a doctor of education in instructional leadership in higher education administration at Lindenwood University. In his role at Cottey, Dr. Adams is responsible for the supervision of the departments of counseling, health services, housing, spiritual life and campus diversity, campus activities, campus security, and athletics. Dr. Adams is the co-chair of the Cottey Outreach and Response Team and co-leads the International Experience program.

DR. JOANN BANGS: Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Joann Bangs is the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Cottey College. She has been in this position since November 2018. Previously she was the associate provost of the College for Women, dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies and professor of economics at Saint Catherine University. Her Ph.D. is in economics and was earned at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include the teaching of economics and women’s leadership. She was the co-author of the annual research report for the Minnesota Census of Women in Corporate Leadership from 2008 to 2018. She has published several journal articles and book chapters on a variety of teaching methods for economics. She is a member of P.E.O. Chapter ND, Missouri.

CHRISTI ELLIS: Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement Class of 1996

Christi Fulton Ellis is a proud Cottey College alumna and in her twelfth year as an employee of the College serving in positions as varied as residence hall director, adjunct dance faculty, and director of advancement and alumnae relations. As associate vice president for institutional advancement, Ms. Ellis leads the department of Institutional Advancement in strategies that are mindful of both human and fiscal resources while working to enhance the relationships between the College and its constituents. She is a member of P.E.O. Chapter IR, Kansas.

STEPHANIE GRGURICH: Enrollment Outreach Coordinator Class of 2003

Stephanie Grgurich is the enrollment outreach coordinator. Since 2011, she has worked at Cottey in admissions with prospective students as an enrollment counselor and now she 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. Before returning to Cottey, she worked in admissions at a college in North Carolina. She is a member of Chapter BB, North Carolina.


Margaret Haverstic has been involved in women’s education and women’s organizations for the majority of her professional life. She has served as a counselor, division leader, and program director for the all-girls Camp Greystone; a teacher at Brookwood School; the associate director of admissions for all-women’s boarding school Chatham Hall; marketing coordinator and internal operations consultant for Stonecroft Ministries; and a photojournalist and adjunct art faculty for Cottey. Ms. Haverstic strategically and artfully balances the needs of the institution with its constituents and those whom they serve. She is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art and Design, has completed graduate coursework in art history, and holds a Master of Arts in teaching from Pittsburg State University. She is a member of P.E.O. Chapter DW, Missouri.

DAVID HERINGER: Vice President for Enrollment Management

David Heringer joined Cottey in June 2019. He is in his 34th year of enrollment work and has visited Cottey’s campus since the early 1990’s to recruit Cottey graduates. He has a Master of Management from the University of Mary in North Dakota and a Bachelor of Science with double majors in business administration and sociology/anthropology from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. He has spent his entire career serving small private liberal arts institutions. In his spare time, he likes to golf, hunt, and visit his grandchildren in Columbia, Missouri.

DR. MARYANN MITTS: Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach

Our newest member of the Cottey team, Dr. Maryann Mitts, is the former women’s head basketball coach at Missouri Southern State University (MSSU. ) Under Dr. Mitts’ guidance, the MSSU Lions averaged 19 wins during her 13 years at the helm and finished in the upper echelon of the highly competitive Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association seven of those years. In 17 years as a collegiate head coach, Dr. Mitts amassed an impressive 14 winning seasons. In addition to serving as the head coach at MSSU from 2000-2013, she served as the head basketball coach at Rockhurst University from 1995-2000. After leaving coaching, Dr. Mitts taught Kinesiology at MSSU from 2013-2019. She earned a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Arkansas in 2019 and has been an assistant professor of kinesiology at Missouri State University for the last two years. She is a member of Chapter FI, Missouri.

Kirsten Bureman; Class of 2016, Springfield, Missouri
Mallori DeSalle; Class of 1999, Elletsville, Indiana
Becky Zelltinger; Class of 1994, Kensington, Maryland
Eden Bisetegn; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Ella Page; Byron, Minnesota
Caroline Little; Topeka, Kansas
Zadi Lively; Saint Charles, Missouri

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