Thursday, April 16 , 2009
Students receive awards at C-SC Honors Day Convocation
Culver-Stockton continued its annual tradition of honoring the accomplishments of members of the Class of 2009, who will be graduating on May 9, as well as several other students during the Honors Day Convocation Thursday, April 9. About 70 students received awards for overall academic achievement, outstanding performance within their major, academic competition, and scholar athlete rankings. Many of the awards have been established by or in memory of Culver-Stockton alumni/ae. "It is important that we keep fresh this wonderful tradition to celebrate student achievement and to remember other students who had their moment of glory here and who went on to make this college proud," said C-SC President William L. Fox. "As you participate today, consider not just what you have achieved but what you want to become." For a complete list of award winners click here.
C-SC Sperry Lecture examines King Henry VIII
Culver-Stockton College will host its sixth annual John A. Sperry Jr. Lecture on Wednesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in Merillat Recital Hall. The day of the lecture is the 500th anniversary of the ascension of Henry VIII to the throne of England, so the lecture will focus on the colorful personality and historical significance of King Henry VIII. C. Patrick Hotle, associate professor of history, coordinator of study abroad programs and holder of the John A. Sperry Jr. Endowed Chair of Humanities, will discuss King Henry's complex psychology and multiple failed marriages, as well as the sophisticated propaganda and dramatic events during his reign that transformed both church and state in the Anglo-American world. Hotle was the first professor named to hold the college's John A. Sperry Jr. Endowed Chair of Humanities in 2002. The endowed chair was named in honor of John A. Sperry Jr. (1926-2003). Sperry's teaching career at Culver-Stockton College spanned 35 years from 1957-92 and touched thousands of developing lives and minds. Sperry was best known for his breadth of interest and knowledge within the humanities. He was a distinguished professor of humanities emeritus and his interests included history, political science, literature, astronomy, anthropology, and languages. The annual Sperry Lecture is offered as part of the college's Academic and Cultural Events program and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Hotle at 573-288-6394 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laclede Quartet to serenade C-SC
The Laclede Quartet will play on the Culver-Stockton campus, Tuesday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Merillat Recital Hall, located in the Robert Brown Performing Arts Center on the C-SC campus. The Laclede Quartet, founded in 1978, includes Sallie Coffman on first violin, Wendy Lea on second violin, Leah McGougan-Poe on the viola and Rayna Iqbal on the cello. Members of the quartet have served as artists-in-residence at the History Museum in St. Louis, Mo., and at St. Charles Community College, St. Charles, Mo. They have been featured as guests on St. Louis radio stations, including KMXO, KWMU, KSD, and the KFUO-FM's chamber music series "From the Garden Live." Performances by the Laclede Quartet have been aired on cable TV and on the St. Louis PBS channel. The group's historical concerts and concerts for children have been featured on St. Louis TV stations, KSDK, KMOV, KTVI, KPLR and Fox 2. All members of the quartet are private teachers, and the group's violinists received the 1996-97 "Outstanding Artist/Teacher" Award. Coffman was presented with the "Outstanding Studio Teacher" Award in 2008 from the American String Teachers Association. The quartet has produced six CD recordings, some of which have been played at U.S. foreign embassies and the White House. The recordings have been played on KFUO-FM Classic 99 and have been on the Top 10 local (St. Louis) classical recordings list since their release. The Laclede Quartet performance is free and open to the public and part of C-SC Academic and Cultural Events program.
Students in Free Enterprise take regional title
The Culver-Stockton College's chapter of Students in Free Enterprise, SIFE, was recently named Regional Champion at the SIFE Regional Competition in Rosemont, Ill. The team advances to the National Exposition in Philadelphia, Pa. on May 10-12. The members of the C-SC SIFE team included Ryan Thoroman, sophomore from Beardstown, Ill.; Barry Matthes, sophomore from Fenton, Mo.; Sarah Frazier, sophomore from Hardin, Ill.; Debbie Bell, senior from Stronghurst, Ill.; Amanda Gibbs, junior from Conrad, Iowa; and Tayler Oldin, junior from Dundee, Ill. Also attending were faculty advisers Jeanne Johnson, assistant professor of management information systems; and Jim Cosgrove, professor of business administration. The Culver-Stockton team showcased the 10 community projects developed by the student chapter over the past year including volunteer work at the Lewis Street Playhouse; creating financially focused placemats for use in the community; establishing a business ethics board to promote ethical behavior; work with the area's new recycling initiative; the annual investment portfolio project, which allows students to study the stock market as well as buy stock; organizing the annual visit day to the C-SC Business Division for high school students; renovation of a house in Canton; creating reward cards for Primo's, a downtown Canton restaurant; conducting the "Duel on the Hill" competition to tests high school students' ability to come up with creative ways to pay for college; and creation of the Goldman Sachs public service announcement that encourages students to start saving at a young age. Read full story online.
C-SC to showcase student art work
Culver-Stockton College will host its annual Student Honors Show Friday, April 17, through Tuesday, May 5, in the Mabee Art Gallery on the C-SC Campus. A reception and gallery talk will be held on Thursday, April 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. C-SC student work featured in the show was selected by a jury of the C-SC art department faculty for admittance into the exhibition. Accepted art work will be judged by Jessica Witte, instillation artist and art appreciation teacher at St. Charles Community College in St. Charles, Mo. Witte will speak at the reception and explain her award decisions. In addition to awards given by the judge, other awards include "The Faculty Art Award," which will go to a student who has the strongest body of work represented in the show as chosen by the faculty and "The President's Award," for a piece selected by William Fox, C-SC president. For more information about the Student Honor Show, contact Jennifer Bock-Nelson at email@example.com or 573-288-6413.
Iowa Department of Safety Agent to be on campus
Special Agent Jeff Uhlmeyer of the Iowa Department of Safety will be on campus Thursday, April 23, to speak with students. He will begin by speaking to criminal justice students about criminal investigations in Iowa. Uhlmeyer will then be available to answer student questions and offer information about employment and internships from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Gladys Crown Student Center.
Congratulations to registration week winners
Three registration week winners were drawn from more than 400 students who registered for Fall '09 classes. Congratulations to Angelyna Hinkle, who won a $250 book voucher; Elise Obert, who won a priority parking pass; and Jake Wengerski, who won $100 in CP bucks. All prizes are for the 2009-10 academic school year.
Nominations sought for the Helsabeck Prize
Nominations are being sought from the Culver-Stockton College community for the 2009 Helsabeck Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The Helsabeck Prize, established in 1980, is a cash prize of $1,000 and will be awarded during commencement. Your help is needed to identify a current faculty member who, in your judgment, exhibits those qualities that mark the truly outstanding teacher. Since Culver-Stockton is, above all things, a teaching institution, awards for excellent teaching speak to the very heart of the college's work. While definitions of excellent teaching will vary, frequently identified qualities include the following: knowledge and proficiency in the subject area; creative approaches to the subject matter; ability to nurture interest, enthusiasm and responses in students; clarity of educational objectives and course expectations; maintenance of high expectations and standards; openness to other points of view; fairness; and effective timely feedback to students. The winner will be chosen by a panel of faculty, students and administrators. Please include the faulty member's name, why they deserve the award and any additional comments in your nomination. You are invited to submit a nomination to Dr. R. Joseph Dieker, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, Henderson Hall. Nominations will be accepted through April 20.