Thursday, August 26, 2010
Students return to Culver-Stockton campus
The new school year brings hundreds of students and parents to the Culver-Stockton College campus. Allowing new students to move in before classes start gives them time to get acquainted with the campus and get to know each other. "Everyone has been really friendly. It's been a lot of fun, I love it," said Emma Dolbeare, a freshman math education major from Auburn, Ill. Dolbeare and her roommate, Danielle Wade, a freshman elementary education major from Winchester, Ill., quickly settled in to their new surroundings. "I'm looking forward to meeting new people," said Wade. Dozens of faculty, staff and student workers were on hand Wednesday to help make sure new student move-in day went off without a hitch. "Things seem to be going well, folks are getting moved in. Wildcat Welcome guides are getting cars unloaded quickly, and we have fabulous weather," said Wendy Powers, dean of student life. New student move-in day was the first of five days, packed full of events and activities, in conjunction with Wildcat Welcome. A barbecue for students and parents, FYE courses, a casino night and residence hall gatherings were also part of the festivities. Organizers say Wildcat Welcome activities were planned to help new and returning students start out the school year on the right foot. "We're delighted to have the new students, we welcome returning students, and we're excited about the upcoming year," said Powers.
C-SC Up 'til Dawn recognized by St. Jude Hospital
Culver-Stockton College is proud to announce the school's Up 'til Dawn chapter was recently recognized with two awards, Program of the Year and Executive Director of the Year, for its fundraising efforts for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. During the 2009-2010 school year, Culver-Stockton College raised more than $38,000 through the Up 'til Dawn program to benefit the groundbreaking research and lifesaving care of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For its efforts, C-SC is being recognized with the 2009-2010 Program of the Year and Executive Director of the Year awards. Jessi Krumrei served as executive director for the 2009-2010 campaign. Brent Reynolds, C-SC faculty advisor for Up 'til Dawn, says the awards are a fitting tribute to the hard work of all those students who helped with the fundraising effort. "Up 'til Dawn is an amazing program, and I am proud of the accomplishments of our executive board. Two years ago, Culver-Stockton students decided to do something different, something special for children in need. Through the dedication of Jessi Krumrei, executive director, and 14 executive board members, in the past two years C-SC not only raised $80,000 for cancer but was also recognized as the top program with the top director in the entire country," said Reynolds. Read more online.
Going green on the campus of Culver-Stockton College
Culver-Stockton College is aiming to "go green" by forming the first-ever Campus Sustainability Team. The group will work to identify and implement ways the C-SC campus can be more energy efficient and environmentally responsible. The team is currently soliciting interested members; all faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to join. The goal is to improve campus sustainability by making small, simple recommendations. "Some of the things we might look at are energy efficiency, waste reduction, recycling, using local food or composting food waste," said Brent Reynolds, C-SC chaplain and faculty director for the sustainability team. One of the team's first steps was to join the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The AASHE is an association of colleges and universities working together to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. The organization provides resources, professional development, and a network of support to help enable its members to become models of sustainability. "We joined this organization in order to link us with other colleges and universities that have, and are, engaging in campus sustainability. The AASHE provided us with a wealth of resources as we begin to green the campus," said Reynolds. For more information or to join the C-SC Campus Sustainability Team contact Brent Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (573) 288-6420.
C-SC Residential Life staff learn life saving fire safety skills
In less than 5 minutes flames engulfed a mock dorm room set up on the campus of Culver-Stockton College. The controlled burn was part of a fire safety training session designed to help teach C-SC Residential Life staff members just how quickly a fire can spread. "It's scary," said Kurt McKay, a C-SC sophomore from Florissant, Mo., "I never expected the room to ignite that fast, it really makes you focus on fire safety." The Canton Fire Department collaborates with C-SC Campus Safety for the fire safety training; their goal is to teach Residential Life staff members, who work in the college's residence halls and Greek houses, proper fire evacuation, prevention and response techniques. "I'm training them to know how to respond to a fire so that they can teach other students," said Mike Bringer, C-SC director of campus safety. This is the second year C-SC Campus Safety and Canton Fire and Rescue have hosted the fire training session. Read more online.
Culver-Stockton Psychology professor presents research at national conference
Dr. Jill Compton, assistant professor of psychology at Culver-Stockton College, recently presented at the 118th annual convention of the American Psychological Association. The conference was held Aug. 12 - 15 in San Diego, Calif. Dr. Compton presented research pertaining to the physician-patient relationship. In her presentation, entitled "Men and Their Physicians: A Qualitative Analysis." Dr. Compton shared some of the results from a recent study undertaken with her colleague, Dr. Kim Reed of Emory and Henry College in Emory, Va. According to Dr. Compton, "many of the men in the current study indicated that it was very important for a physician to provide a quick solution or cure for their ailment. A more pervasive theme, though, was a desire for physicians who were caring, empathic, and considerate. When you look at comparable data from an all-female sample, you see the same desire for empathy and consideration, but no emphasis on a rapid cure. This may help to explain why, on average, physicians tend to spend more time with their female patients. Male patients, who may actually desire a physician-patient encounter that includes listening, understanding, and true empathy, might be better served by placing less emphasis on swiftness in the medical encounter." Dr. Compton added that, men have a shorter life expectancy than women, and at least part of the reason for this has been attributed to social factors, such as health attitudes. Thus, research on topics like the physician-patient relationship will likely continue to be important.
Check cashing available
Students, faculty, and staff with Culver-Stockton College I.D.'s may cash their personal checks in the Student Financial Services offices located on the first floor of Henderson Hall, Room 102. Checks will be cashed up to a limit of $50 between the hours of 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.