Thursday, November 19, 2009
C-SC mock trial team brings home first victory
Culver-Stockton competed in the Illinois State University Invitational Tournament at the McLean County Law and Justice Center, Bloomington, Ill., over the weekend. Culver-Stockton's team won both cards in its third round against the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Ill., giving Culver-Stockton its first American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) victory of the season. Of the 15 teams competing in the ISU Invitational, Culver-Stockton competed against teams from the University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill.; Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich.; Bradley University, Peoria, Ill.; and the University of St. Francis. The C-SC victory came in the third-round of completion with the defense side of the case. Ryan Thoroman delivered the opening statement, and Casey Craft delivered the closing argument. Ian Heath played Dr. Loren Charney, the forensic entomologist, Lee Goolsby played Alex Grace, the alibi witness, and Caleb Shubert played the defendant who was charged with murdering his business partner. The prosecution side of the case was comprised of Ian Heath who delivered the opening statement, and Jessica Deters who performed the closing argument. Dallas Spurgeon portrayed the chief detective, Brandie Stokes played the co-defendant who was also charged with murder, and Lee Goolsby played the eye witness to the murder. The C-SC mock trial team will travel next to the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., to compete in the regional tournament in February. Full story is available online.
Guest artist production produces two more Irene Ryan nominations for C-SC
Two more Culver-Stockton College students have been nominated to compete for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship at the Kennedy Center for American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), following their performances in C-SC's 24th annual guest artist production of The Boys Next Door. The play explores the lives for four mentally challenged men living in a group home and their social worker. Patrick Parsons, junior criminal justice major/theatre minor from Memphis, Mo., was nominated for his portrayal of Norman Bulansky. In the play, Norman, who is mentally handicapped, works in a donut shop and takes enormous pride in the giant bundle of keys that he wears around his waist. Kathy Holstein, freshman theatre major from Branson, Mo., was nominated for her role as Sheila, a mentally challenged woman from a group home who Norman often meets at the weekley Wednesday night dance. Parsons and Holstein will join seven other C-SC students in competing for the Irene Ryan Scholarship. Full Story is available online.
Courtney Gains schools C-SC students in the business of acting
With the conclusion of the 24th annual guest artist production of The Boys Next Door at Culver-Stockton College, theatre students walked away with more than just the experience of working with a professional in the acting field. While on campus, actor Courtney Gains held a question-and-answer session about the business of acting as well as a cold reading workshop. Gains, who has been a working actor in Los Angeles for 25 years, began his career at the age of 13 with acting coach, Virgil Frye, who many know due to the success of his daughter, Soleil Moon Frye, who played Punky Brewster in the '80s. Gains landed a role at the age of 18 in Stephen King's Children of the Corn. Gains answered student questions about portfolios, agents, acting classes, and much more. He passed around headshot examples and photos of him playing several different roles. Gains explained that there is really no one right answer to questions about the acting business and that different things work for different people in the world of acting. He told students that they needed a portfolio with a headshot and a résumé and to take acting classes when they could. Gains told students to be careful if they go to a big city to pursue acting because there are lots of crooks and scam artists in the acting business. He also explained that it's sometimes a slow process, and actors often start out getting a part with five lines or less in a sitcom or movie. If they impress at that level, they may move up to co-star, guest star, or series regular roles. Full story is available online.
Quincy Symphony Orchestra presents Fiesta Family Concert; free to C-SC
The Quincy Symphony Orchestra is presenting a concert for all ages on Saturday, November 21, at 3 p.m. at the Quincy Junior High Morrison Theatre. Guitar soloist Petar Jankovic, will participate in the performance as well as C-SC students and faculty members, Daniel Cox, Aden Eilts, Tom Polett and Joe Dieker. The concert will include pre-concert activities starting at 2:15 for children to do traditional Spanish crafts and to play games that will help them learn Spanish words. Close-up instrument demonstrations will also be available before the concert. At the intermission, there will be free Mexican sweets for everyone to try, and Spanish music performed by the Quincy Area Youth Chorus accompanied in part by dancer Emma Frey of the St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society and soprano Carol Mathieson. Non-perishable food items will also be collected for local food pantries. This event is part of C-SC's Academic and Cultural Events program. Admission is free to C-SC students, faculty, and staff with their C-SC ID.
C-SC's Duncan named All-HAAC in volleyball
Culver-Stockton College senior outside hitter Kayla Duncan was the only member of the Wildcat volleyball team to be honored by the Heart of America Athletic Conference during the HAAC's end of season coaches meeting on November 16. Duncan, a 5-foot-9 senior from Strasburg, Ill., was named to the all-conference second team after accumulating a team-high in kills with 430 (3.07 per game). She was second on the team in digs with 466 (3.33 per game), recorded 20 service aces, had a service percentage of 93.1 and a serve reception percentage of 92.5. In the HAAC, Duncan, who appeared in all 140 games played by the Wildcats covering 39 matches, was fourth in overall kills and ninth in overall digs. This is the third year in a row Duncan has been honored by the HAAC. She was named to the all-HAAC team as an honorable mention selection in 2007, and was an all-league second team selection in 2008.
Spring books available for purchase Monday, November 23
Text books needed for Spring 2010 classes will be available for purchase through MBS Direct beginning on Monday, November 23. Students are encouraged to order as early as possible to have text books for the beginning of the Spring semester.