Thursday, December 10, 2009
C-SC tapped as full member in nationwide genomics project
After only one semester as an associate member in the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute's (HHMI) Science Education Alliance, Culver-Stockton College has been selected as a full member. The upgrade ensures that the research program will continue for another three years with greater financial support, which means that C-SC can recruit more freshmen and sophomores to be part of the project, according to Indiren Pillay, associate professor and chair of the C-SC Natural and Mathematical Sciences Division. C-SC was first selected for the National Genomics Research Initiative last January as one of only 16 colleges and universities nationwide to be chosen in 2009. Culver-Stockton is only the second college in Missouri to be part of the project, along with Washington University in St. Louis. The Science Education Alliance joins various colleges and universities in working together to deliver innovative science education programs and "bring the excitement of the doing of science directly to students in a novel, collaborative way," according to the HHMI, a non-profit medical research organization, headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland. It has committed $4 million over the past four years to the Science Education Alliance (SEA). Full release is available online.
Cameron Keller Tabbed as Next Football Coach
Culver-Stockton College Director of Athletics Joel Dant has announced the hiring of Cameron Keller as the Wildcats' new head football coach. Keller becomes the 28th head coach in program history. "Everyone who met Coach Keller on his visit to Culver-Stockton was very impressed by his credentials, his evident leadership skills, and his confidence that he can build a winning Wildcat program," said Joel Dant, C-SC athletic director. "His record of success in recruiting and coaching for a nationally ranked program at the college level shows that he is well prepared for a head coaching position." Keller, who will join the C-SC staff later this month, had been a coach and athletic recruiter for Hastings College in Hastings, Neb., for 10 years. He served as the quarterbacks coach at Hastings for five years, and most recently worked both as the athletic recruiting coordinator and director of southern Colorado admissions at Hastings while simultaneously serving as the offensive coordinator at Falcon High School in Peyton, Colo. Keller holds a bachelor of arts degree from Hastings College, where he played football for three years and was a student football coach. He is currently completing a master's degree in sports management. More information is available online.
C-SC choirs, ensembles, and bands join to perform Christmas Concert
Culver-Stockton College will hold a Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alexander Campbell Auditorium. The concert will open with a brass quintet playing opposite a string quintet and woodwind quartet performing "Canzon Septimi Toni No. 1" by Giovanni Gabrieli, directed by Trent Hollinger, C-SC assistant professor of music and director of bands. Following this performance, the chamber choir, directed by Kevin Baker, associate professor of music and director of choral activities, will perform selections from Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols." Anthony Webb, senior music education major from Sullivan, Mo., and Daniel Cox, senior music education major from McLeansboro, Ill., will direct the concert choir as a part of their advanced conducting projects. After a brief intermission, the Wind Ensemble will perform three Christmas selections from the celebration of the Nativity, which "has called forth countless songs, dances, carols, plays, and combinations of these through the centuries," said Hollinger. Selections include Alfred Reed's "A Christmas Intrada," "Greensleeves," and "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson. The formal concert portion of the evening will conclude with a community sing-along. The Symphonic Band will accompany the audience supported by the collegiate choir through a collection of Christmas hymns and carols including "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear," "Away in a Manger," "O Come All Ye Faithful," and "Joy to the World. "A dessert reception featuring the jazz ensemble led by, Tom Pollet, associate professor of music and chair of the C-SC Fine Arts Division, will be held after the concert in the Merillat Recital Hall. Full release is available online. A holiday party will be held at The Pillars prior to the concert from 5-7 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres and punch will be served.
C-SC students take part in Model United Nations
For the second year in a row, Culver-Stockton College students traveled to Chicago to take part in the Model United Nations Conference. This year the students represented the country of Eritrea, a small mountainous country in East Africa. "Eritrea is a country with an interesting history. It is diverse with a multitude of ethnic groups with an even religious split between Christianity and Islam," said David Fistein, C-SC assistant professor of political science and sociology. "Since Culver-Stockton is a small college with a lot of character, I thought it would be proper for us to represent a small country that is interesting and unique." 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. This year's C-SC Model UN class consisted of five members who acted as representatives of Eritrea: Aaron Bonansinga, junior political science and law major from Quincy, Ill.; Holly Conger, senior criminal justice and law from Kahoka, Mo.; Aaron Fieseler, senior finance major from Bowling Green, Mo.; Carrie Fischer, senior finance major from Quincy, Ill.; and Ryan Johnson, senior criminal justice major from Perry, Mo. Read more online.