Faculty

Dr. Haidee Heaton, Chair of the Communication and Theatre Departments and Associate Professor of Theatre
Office: PAC 108
Phone: (573) 288-6434
Email:hheaton@culver.edu

Haidee Heaton earned her Bachelor of Fine Art in theatre performance from Wichita State University, her Master of Art in theatre from Oklahoma State University, and her Ph.D. in theatre from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Heaton teaches acting and acting styles, directing, theory, voice for the actor and musical theatre.
Dr. Heaton is actively involved in the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival's Region V as a production respondent and has served multiple times as a member of the festival's regional management team. Along with being involved in KC/ACTF, she is a member of ATHE, MATC, Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Psi Omega. She is also the theatre department's faculty sponsor of Theta Alpha Phi, the national theatre honor fraternity. Dr. Heaton's research interests include post-structuralist linguistics theory, symbolist acting styles and performance theory.

Trent Hollinger, Assistant Professor of Music
Office: PAC 315
Phone: (573) 288-6418
Email:thollinger@culver.edu

Conductor, composer and saxophonist Trent A. Hollinger has been acclaimed as a “dynamic, powerful and energetic” conductor with a “driving passion to make music at its highest possible levels of accomplishment.” A wind conducting doctoral candidate at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Hollinger currently serves as director of bands and assistant professor of music at Culver-Stockton. He is very active in the area as a guest conductor and clinician, most recently to appear as conductor of the Clarence Cannon Conference Honor Band. Additionally, Mr. Hollinger serves as the music director for the Quincy Area Youth Orchestra and for the Quincy Concert Band in Quincy, Illinois. Previously, he served as head of the instrumental division, director of bands, and assistant professor of music at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich. As director of bands, Mr. Hollinger oversaw drastic changes in the ensemble’s organization, repertoire and recruitment, which lead to a 40 percent increase in growth and the university’s Outstanding Service Award. Additionally, Mr. Hollinger served as interim director of bands at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pa., for the Spring 2008 semester.
Mr. Hollinger’s transcriptions and arrangements for wind band have been praised as “marvelously creative, technically flawless, tastefully colorful and thoroughly compelling.” His compositions have been heard throughout the East Coast and the Midwest. Recently, Mr. Hollinger was commissioned by trumpet virtuoso Joe Burgstaller for a piccolo trumpet and wind ensemble transcription of Vivaldi’s Concerto in D Major, premièred in January 2010. For his dissertation project, Mr. Hollinger completed two large scale wind transcriptions from orchestral works by living composers--Ecstatic Orange by Michael Torke (premiered April 2010) and Idyllwild Crown by Christopher Theofanidis (premiered December 2009). As a professional saxophonist, Mr. Hollinger performs as an active recitalist, orchestral saxophonist and chamber artist; engagements include performing with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra.

A strong believer in studying all aspects of music, Mr. Hollinger received three master’s degrees in music – classical saxophone performance, composition and wind conducting–from the Peabody Conservatory. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in music education and a Bachelor of Arts in music with concentrations in jazz/classical saxophone performance and theory/composition from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa., where he graduated summa cum laude with departmental honors.

Elliot Jones, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities
Office: PAC 310
Phone: (573) 288-6393
Email: ejones@culver.edu

Elliot Jones oversees the choral program at Culver-Stockton College, which consists of three choirs, and teaches conducting, voice, aural skills, and choral literature. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from New York University, a Master of Music from Indiana University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of Arizona. He has studied conducting with Bruce Chamberlain, Jan Harrington and Donald Nally. Trained first as a singer, he studied with Roy Samuelsen, Marcia Baldwin, Alan Seale and Shirlee Emmons. He has performed as baritone soloist and professional chorister in venues and festivals worldwide, including Merkin Concert Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, Opera Delaware, Indiana University Opera Theater, in the United Kingdom at Exeter and Truro Cathedrals, and in a national tour of Amahl and the Night Visitors.
For several years Dr. Jones was Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Music at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware.  There, in addition to conducting the college choir, chamber choir and women's choir, he taught voice lessons and courses in music theory and choral conducting in addition to serving as chair of the faculty lecture and cultural arts committee. He also formed the Wesley Festival Chorus, a community effort which coordinated five choral organizations and gave several performances of large-scale works for chorus and orchestra.
Dr. Jones has served on the voice faculties at West Chester University, the Music School of Delaware and Saint Andrew's School. In 1996 he was selected for the prestigious National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Intern Program at Ohio State University.  He has enjoyed an unusually rich education in the vocal arts, having been exposed to the teaching of such vocal pedagogy luminaries as Margaret Harshaw, Giorgio Tozzi, Virginia Zeani, Paul Sperry and Shirlee Emmons. He brings this experience to his students, as well as elements of Alexander Technique and Dalcroze Eurythmics. Students of Elliot Jones regularly win prestigious vocal competitions, have been accepted to All-State and All-Eastern Choruses, and have appeared with such performing arts organizations as the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony, and Opera Delaware.
In 1999 Dr. Jones conducted the Wesley College Chamber Choir in a service of evensong at the National Cathedral in Washington DC, and became the founding Artistic Director of the Rainbow Chorale of Delaware. In June 2004 he conducted the East-Coast premiere of Jake Heggie's Anna Madrigal Remembers (text by Armistead Maupin), scored for mezzo soprano, men's chorus, strings and piano. This was followed by a repeat performance in Montreal in July. In June 2007, just before relocating to Tucson, he was honored with tributes from Ruth Ann Minner, Governor of Delaware, and James M. Baker, Mayor of Wilmington, in recognition of ten years of leadership of community choirs.   
Elliot Jones has a record of activity as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator, including the University of Delaware’s concerto competition, and has held regional leadership positions in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He regularly reviews new books on choral music for the ACDA Choral Journal, and his dissertation on choral settings of metaphysical poetry by Gerald Finzi was nominated for the ACDA Julius Herford Prize for outstanding doctoral terminal research project in choral music for 2010. 


Joseph Jorgensen, Professor of Art
Office: HER 107B
Phone: (573) 288-6368
Email: jjorgensen@culver.edu

Joe Jorgensen earned his Bachelor of Science in art education and Master of Fine Art in studio art in the areas of ceramics and sculpture from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kans. Before coming to C-SC in 1994, he held the position of division chair of Communications, Fine Arts and Social Sciences at Highland Community College in Highland, Kans. Early in his career, Jorgensen was named as one of six emerging artists in the United States by a publication in Galveston, Texas, and in 2006 was the recipient of the Helsabeck Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Jorgensen currently teaches clay, sculpture, digital photography, photography field experience at the Grand Canyon, art & architecture in Chicago, senior portfolio, e-portfolio, and art & design senior show. As a practicing artist, his artwork has been in more than 50 national, regional and local art exhibitions. He has served as judge for numerous Scholastic Art Shows and more than 25 high school, college, and professional art shows in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri.

Dr. Dylan Marney, Chair of the Music Department and Assistant Professor of Music
Office: PAC 307
Phone: (573) 288-6351
Email:dmarney@culver.edu

Dr. Dylan Marney received his DMA from the University of Arizona, majoring in Piano Performance under Dr. John Milbauer, with a minor in Music Theory. His final research involved the application of musico-rhetorical theory to J.S. Bach’s The Art of the Fugue. He received both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance at Central Washington University, studying with Dr. John Pickett. Dr. Marney also has a Master of Science degree in Music Technology from the IUPUI School of Music in Indianapolis. His final project for the degree was an original film score for live piano and electronic accompaniment to the 1922 silent film Nosferatu by F.W. Murnau. As a collaborator, he has served as rehearsal pianist for the University of Arizona Opera productions, and acted as string studio accompanist at Central Washington University. He performs annually as keyboardist for Lake Chelan Bach Fest and has also studied at the Chautauqua Institution.

Dr. Carol Fisher Mathieson, Professor of Music
Office: PAC 311
Phone: (573) 288-6435
Email:cmathieson@culver.edu

Dr. Carol Mathieson is professor of music and director of opera workshop at Culver-Stockton College where she has taught musicology and vocal pedagogy courses, as well as applied voice lessons since 1975. Dr. Mathieson appears frequently in the region as a singer of opera and art song. Her lecture-recital “Jenny Lind and the Songs of the Blue and Gray” has been a feature of such events as the International Festival of Singing in Newfoundland and at the Sesquicentennial Civil War commemoration series in Tulsa, Okla. A graduate of Maryville College (TN) and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, she received the doctorate in musical arts from the University of Iowa in 1981. Dr. Mathieson has received Abbott and Burlington awards for excellence in teaching; she serves on the boards of numerous arts organizations in the community including the Muddy River Opera Company and the Canton Area Arts Council. She holds the Certified Church Musician credential from the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and her textbook Music of Many Cultures is used by middle and secondary schools throughout the country.

Gary Meacher, Chair of the Art Department and Assistant Professor of Art & Design
Office: HER 109
Phone: (573) 288-6367
Email:gmeacher@culver.edu

Gary earned his Bachelor of Art in studio art: graphic design with a minor in marketing from Cleveland State University and his Master of Fine Art in graphic design with certificate in user experience from Kent State University.
Before coming to Culver-Stockton College in 2012, Gary taught as adjunct instructor on the faculties of Cleveland State University, Kent State University and Cuyahoga Community College. Gary's passion for teaching came from his work with Apple as a "creative" (technology personal training and support). Certified at Apple's corporate headquarters in Cupertino, California in the use, instruction, and maintenance of all of Apple's "small devices" (iPods, iPhones, and iPads), Gary is also certified in both the instruction and troubleshooting of Apple's OSX, iLife, iWork, and Aperture software programs. Before deciding to pursue his M.F.A., Gary spent two years teaching technology to adult learners, working with large groups of consumers of all ages in the use of Apple products.   At Culver-Stockton College, Gary teaches Introduction to Graphic Design, Advanced Graphic Design, Design and Illustration, Media Design, Web Design, ePortfolio, Creative Professional, Design Perspectives and the art program’s Senior Capstone course.

S. Kent Miller, Division Chair of Fine, Applied and Literary Arts, Professor of Theatre, and Technical Director
Office: PAC 308
Phone: (573) 288-6373
Email:kmiller@culver.edu

Kent Miller, a 1973 graduate of Culver-Stockton College, is a full professor of theatre and chair of the Fine Arts Division. He earned his Master of Fine Art in theatre design from Western Illinois University in the areas of scene, lighting and costume design with an emphasis in scenic design. Before returning to C-SC, Mr. Miller was with the Theatre Department at Western Illinois University for nine years as technical director, he ended his tenure at WIU in the Office of Student Activities as the performing arts coordinator for the university.
Mr. Miller has worked professionally with the Augusta Ballet, Augusta Ga.; Towson State University, Towson, Md.; Circa 21 Dinner Theatre, Rock Island, Ill.; as well as the Lexington Children’s Theatre, Lexington Ky. With more than 300 theatrical designs, Mr. Miller brings a wide breath of knowledge and practical experience to the C-SC theatre design program.
Mr. Miller is actively involved in the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival's Region V, receiving a Merit Award in Scene Design for the production of “Proof.” He also directed the first C-SC production invited to participate at the 2009 Region V conference. Along with being involved in KC/ACTF, he is a member Phi Kappa Phi and Theta Alpha Phi, the national theatre honor fraternity.

Debra Scoggin-Myers, Lecturer in Art
Office: HER 107A
Phone: (573) 288-6316
Email:dmyers@culver.edu

Debra Scoggin-Myers received her Bachelor of Fine Art in art from Columbia College and her Master of Fine Art from the University of Missouri – Columbia.  She taught art for two years at Canton R-V Elementary School and for 25 years at Highland C-1 High School. Nationally Board Certified in art education, Myers received the Lewis County C-1 Teacher of the Year award and was honored as the Missouri Art Education Association’s state high school art teacher of the year.  She organized and directed a summer school program called ArtTrek for almost 20 years.  In addition, she was part of a consortium of regional art educators who developed an elementary and middle school juried art show for the Canton Area Arts Council.  A practicing artist herself, Scoggin-Myers has participated in various juried exhibitions and one-woman exhibits.

Dr. Thomas C. Polett,  Associate Division Chair of Fine, Applied and Literary Arts, and Professor of Music
Office: PAC 304
Phone: (573) 288-6354
Email: tpolett@culver.edu

Dr. Polett is a full professor of music at Culver-Stockton College, where he teaches brass instruments, music theory and is the director of jazz studies. Before coming to C-SC in 1997, he held similar positions at Limestone College (SC), North Greenville College (SC) and Georgia College. In the summer he serves as a core faculty member at the Missouri Fine Arts Academy in Springfield, Mo. Dr. Polett earned his bachelor’s degree from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, his master’s degree from Arizona State University, and his doctorate from The University of Georgia. He has performed with numerous professional orchestras including the Charleston Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony and the Arizona Ballet Orchestra. As a member of the Aurora Brass Quintet, he has toured Italy and recorded two CDs. He is currently the principal trombonist with the Quincy Symphony and the Muddy River Opera, and a member of the Missouri Brass Consortium and Big River Swing Machine Big Band. Dr. Polett appears frequently in the Midwest as a clinician, soloist, adjudicator and conductor.

professor of art and head of the Art & Design Department