Thursday, December 18, 2008
C-SC students take part in U.S. Model United Nation
Dr. David Fistein, with the students who took part in the Model UN, Justine Shubert, Jessica Reddick, Carrie Fischer, Brittany Van Winkle, and Ariana Calderaro.
Five Culver-Stockton students, Justine Shubert, Brittany Van Winkle, Carrie Fischer, Ariana Calderaro, and Jessica Reddick, took part in the Model United Nations in Chicago, Ill., recently, as part of the Model United Nations course offered at C-SC during the fall 12-week term. "I decided to take the Model UN course because I was interested to see how the United Nations works. I thought that one day it might come in to good use when I am teaching in my classroom and I could incorporate the things I learned at the conference in my own lessons," said Van Winkle, junior secondary education/social studies major from Florissant, Mo. David Fistein, assistant professor of political science and sociology, said he decided to introduce the Model UN as a C-SC course "because it provides learning opportunities that cannot be replicated in class. It places students in real world situations where decisions have to be made, solutions to problems that really exist in this world have to be found, and it all has to be done by learning to cooperate with complete strangers who all have interests of their own." The Model UN, which has taken place since 1989, is a non-profit, educational organization that provides students with the most professionally run simulation of the United Nations available to students. College students from all over the United States and around the world take part. Read full story online.
EXP@CSC course connects history with Culver-Stockton student
The "History of Crime in America" class traveled to Chicago, Ill., as a part of the three-week EXP@CSC course. The trip included a "sobering but ultimately inspiring visit to the museum of African American History," according to Scott Giltner, assistant professor of history. Students were able to explore many different exhibits while at the DuSable Museum including an exhibit on African American farmers and lynching-inspired art. Giltner said "the biggest moment at the DuSable, perhaps the biggest moment of the trip, was a quite personal run-in with history for one of the students." While looking at a photo exhibit on African American servicemen in World War II, Ben Burnett, junior physical education major from Troy, Mo., realized he was staring face-to-face with a photo of Commander Burnett, his relative. "I saw the photo and it looked like the exact one that I saw about 10 years ago when I was looking through family pictures with my grandmother," said Burnett. The photo was of the 1943 graduating class of naval sailors from Norfolk, Va. "When I glanced up at the picture, I saw the tree in the middle of the background, right above the class that was graduating from the Navy, as well as the window and doorway at the right of the picture, that's what got the picture running through my head. I recognized the background of the picture more than the people in the picture, but I do remember the man standing in the front, the only white male, and remembering my grandmother telling me he was of some relation to the family." The "only white male" in the photo was Commander Burnett, either Burnett's great uncle or grandfather's cousin, posing with the first class of naval graduates that he took through to graduation, which happened to be an all African American class. See full story online. To read more students' 3-week EXP@CSC experiences, visit our blogs.
C-SC welcomes two to admissions staff
Dick Tabb has stepped in as the C-SC international student recruiter. He received his bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University in political science and his master's degree from Truman State University in social science education. He previously taught and coached at Monroe City High School, worked in the Quincy University development office, and worked in private business. He decided to come to C-SC because he had a desire to get back into education. He currently lives in Quincy with his wife, Sue, to whom he has been married for 35 years. He has two sons; the youngest of whom is a C-SC alum. He enjoys spending time with his family, being involved with church activities and reading. "I have been very warmly welcomed, and I look forward to working with international students and giving them the opportunities that they seek," said Tabb.
Rob Meldrum, originally from Jefferson City, Mo., is the admissions counselor for the St. Louis Region. He is a member of the Canton community and received his bachelor's degree from C-SC in communication arts. He enjoys golfing and watching sports on TV. "It's rewarding to be back at the place where I received my education. I am excited to provide students with the same types of educational experiences that I was so fortunate to have," said Meldrum.
C-SC Professor of Art's work accepted into exhibit
"Midnight Storm," a wood cut print by Robert Kennon, associate professor of art and design, has been accepted into the 22nd Parkside National Juried Small Print Exhibition, at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, Wis. The print will be shown in the Communication Arts Gallery on the campus from January 18 - February 19, 2009, with an opening reception on Sunday, January 18.