Thursday, July 23, 2009
New business, communication, music and math faculty join C-SC
Culver-Stockton College has appointed new faculty members in business, communications music and math. Susan Deege, Ph.D., joins the business faculty as senior lecturer in business. Deege comes to Culver-Stockton from John Wood Community College where she has been director of career and advising services since 2003, previously serving as the community college's coordinator and director of workforce programs. Dorothy W. Njoroge, who will become a lecturer in the C-SC communication department, is completing her doctorate in mass communication and black studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. In addition to serving as a teaching assistant and research assistant while in college, she was a lecturer at Daystar University, a high school teacher in Kenya, and coordinator for communication and development for the African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM). Trent A. Hollinger will become assistant professor of music and band director at Culver-Stockton. Hollinger comes to C-SC from the Peabody Conservatory where he was a graduate assistant in wind conducting and in music education and assistant conductor of the Peabody Wind Ensemble, Peabody Preparatory Youth Orchestra, and Peabody Camerata. Jonathan M. McCrary, Fayetteville, Ark., will become assistant professor of math at Culver-Stockton. He is completing his doctorate in mathematics at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he also earned his master's degree in math. McCrary has been a graduate teaching assistant in trigonometry and calculus at the University of Arkansas as well as a math tutor. Click here to learn more about Deege and Njoroge. Click here to learn more about Hollinger and McCrary.
Student Life welcomes three new members to team
Tegan Viggers joins the Student Life staff as the coordinator of student activities and intramurals. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in communication and her master of education degree with an emphasis in higher education from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. She will also serve as the residence director for Wood Hall. Susan Moon, will serve as the director or counseling and wellness. She previously worked in private practice and for Southeastern Community College, Keokuk, Iowa. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in sociology form Allegheny College, Meadville, Penn., and her masters in counseling from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Sarah Crowther, will be the new C-SC director of student success. She has been working as a higher education consultant and was previously assistant director of admissions at Landmark College, Putney, Vt. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in religion from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass., and her master of education with an emphasis in integrative learning from Endicott College, Beverly, Mass.
Spoon River Anthology to open 2009-10 season
The 2009-10 Culver-Stockton College theatrical season will open with a production of Spoon River Anthology on September 17-20 and include productions of Greater Tuna, The Boys Next Door, Rhinoceros, The Robber Bridegroom and eight student-directed, one-act plays. Spoon River Anthology, based on the poetry of Edgar Lee Masters and conceived and adapted by Charles Aidman, is staged in a hilltop cemetery. The characters are more than 50 ghosts of Spoon River's inhabitants who share the secrets of the lives they led in the small, fictional Illinois town. Jeff Kellogg, associate professor of theatre, will direct the September 17-20 production in the Mabee Little Theatre on the Culver-Stockton campus. Tuna, Texas is the setting for Greater Tuna by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard. Two actors play 20 characters in a comedy about small town culture and behavior. S. Kent Miller, associate professor of theatre, will direct the C-SC production of the play October 7-10 in the Mabee Little Theatre. The Boys Next Door by Tom Griffin is scheduled to be the 24th annual guest artist production at Culver-Stockton. The play tells the story of four men who have mental retardation and are living in a communal residence under the care of a burned-out social worker. The play is both compassionate and gently humorous. Haidee Heaton, associate professor of theatre, will direct the November 12, 14 and 15 production in the Alexander Campbell Auditorium. Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros will be performed February 18-21, in the Mabee Little Theatre, also under the direction of Haidee Heaton. A masterpiece of absurdist theatre, the play tells the tale of a small town that is besieged by a rhinoceros and, as townspeople struggle to cope, how they also begin to change into rhinoceroses. The finale for the 2009-10 season will be The Robber Bridegroom, book and lyrics by Alfred Uhry and music by Robert Waldman. The musical comedy, based on a novella by Eudora Welty, is set in 18th century Mississippi and tells the story of Rosamund, the only daughter of the county's richest planter, and Jamie Lockhart, a robber who lives in the woods. Mistaken identity, a wicked stepmother, and a hostile talking head complicate the plot. The C-SC production will be staged April 8-11 in the Mabee Little Theatre under Kellogg's direction. Also scheduled during the academic year are eight student-directed, one-act plays, which will be performed in Mabee Little Theatre December 12, 14 and 15. Full story is available online.
Dugan competes for title of Miss Pike County Fair Queen
Megan Dugan, C-SC freshman, vocal music major, is competing against four other contestants for the title of Miss Pike County 2009. The Pike County fair queen pageant will be held Sunday, July 26 at 2 p.m. in the main fairgrounds building. Dugan will partake in contestant introductions, a talent competition, an evening gown competition, and answer a final question before finding out if she will be named Miss Pike County 2009. Dugan will also present her résumé and go through an interview prior to the competition. The winner of the contest will act as the hostess for the 2009 Pike County Fair and represent Pike County at the Missouri State Fair queen contest in August.
Former C-SC Guard to play professionally in Portugal
Former Culver-Stockton College guard Brice Fantazia has signed a contract to play professional basketball for FC Porto Ferpinta in Porto, Portugal. Porto Ferpinta plays in the Portuguese Basketball League. It consists of 10 teams and was founded in 1932. "Porto is one of the top teams in the world and is among the wealthiest teams in Portugal," said Fantazia. "It is very Americanized, and they have a brand new arena." Besides a monthly salary, Fantazia will have all expenses paid for including a furnished apartment, food and the use of a car. His health care coverage will also be paid for. Fantazia is expected to back up veteran point guard João Figueiredo on the club team and will be the heir apparent when Figueiredo retires. In addition, Fantazia will be given the opportunity to replace Figueiredo on the Portugal national team once dual citizenship paperwork clears. In two seasons at Culver-Stockton, after transferring from North Central Junior College in Trenton, Mo., Fantazia averaged 13 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 58 games. He scored a career-high 35 points in his final game against NAIA national semifinalist and conference champion MidAmerica Nazarene on February 28. Read full story online.
Morris introduced as next women's soccer coach
Culver-Stockton College Director of Athletics Joel Dant has announced that former Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer head coach David Morris has been hired as the new women's soccer coach at Culver-Stockton College. Morris takes over a women's soccer program that finished with a 1-17 overall record, losing the final 17 matches it played last season. The Lady Wildcats are expected to return 12 players from that team. At CSU-Pueblo, Morris coached the Thunderwolves for two seasons, leading a turnaround from a 6-10-3 record in 2006 to a 14-6-1 mark in 2007. During his tenure, the Thunderwolves earned their first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Player of the Year award and first RMAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. He finished with a 23-14-3 overall record in his two seasons as head coach. "I'm really excited to have the opportunity to lead the women's soccer program at Culver-Stockton College," said Morris. "This is a challenging situation to come in to, but it's really inspiring to be a part of such a tremendous educational institution." In addition to women's soccer, Morris will also be responsible for coaching the men's golf team. Read full story online.
Stephen Peck named next men's soccer coach
Culver-Stockton College Director of Athletics Joel Dant has announced that former Jefferson College men's soccer head coach Stephen Peck, Jr., has been hired as the new men's soccer coach at Culver-Stockton College. Peck takes over a men's soccer program that finished with a 2-16 overall record in 2008 and finished in a tie for ninth place in the Heart of America Athletic Conference with a 1-8 league mark. The Wildcats are expected to return 15 players from last year's team. At Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo., Peck coached the Vikings for four seasons, leading them to a 73-20-7 overall record, including the 2006 National Junior College Collegiate Association national championship in 2006. Last season, the Vikings finished with a 20-4-1 record and a Sweet 16 appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament. "We are delighted that Steve has joined our staff as he brings a strong record of achievement at a high level both athletically and academically," said Dant. "He was an excellent player at a high level and brings that same level of intensity to our soccer and academic programs." Peck is the fourth coach in the 21-year history of the men's soccer program at Culver-Stockton. Read full story online.
C-SC hosts send-off party
Culver-Stockton College hosted a send-off party for returning and incoming students from the St.louis area, recently. The party was hosted by C-SC Alum Jeff Stuerman and held at the Butterfly House in St. Louis. At left, students who attended the party gather for a group shot.