Thursday, February 25, 2010
Ibtisam Barakat to speak at annual Kraus Lecture
Palestinian-American poet and author, Ibtisam Barakat will be presenting "Growing up Palestinian and Healing the Hurts of War through Literature" at Culver-Stockton College's annual Kraus Lecture on Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Merillat Chapel located in the Robert W. Brown Performing Arts Center. Barakat will speak about her experiences of growing up in Palestine and focus on the female voice in celebration of Women's History Month. She will also speak on healing from war by utilizing creativity and language. This presentation will include a reading from her memoir and a time for questions and answers with a book signing to follow. Barakat will also present a master class on writing memoirs titled "Write Your Life," at 11:30a.m. in Johnson Parlor. Barakat grew up in Ramallah, West Bank, and now lives in the United States. She has taught at Stephens College and is the founder of Write Your Life seminars to empower people from various groups to contribute to writing history by sharing their voices, perspectives, and personal stories. Her memoir, Tasting the Sky: a Palestinian Childhood, won numerous awards and honors. As an international speaker and educator, Barakat has spoken at such places as the Kennedy Center and the New York Public Library. She was also a delegate to the third United Nations conference on the Elimination of Racism and represented Palestine in the sixth World Poetry Conference in Venezuela. The Kraus Lecture was established by Joe W. Kraus in memory of his wife, Kathryn Elizabeth (Betsy) Curtwright Kraus. Joe Kraus earned an undergraduate degree in English from C-SC in 1938 and an undergraduate degree in library science in 1939. Betsy Kraus attended C-SC's from 1935-1937.The Kraus Lecture is a part of C-SC Academic and Cultural Events (ACE) program and is free and open to the public.
C-SC Wind Ensemble offers concert in conjunction with Highland High School
The Culver-Stockton College Wind Ensemble, directed by Trent Hollinger, C-SC assistant professor of music and director of bands, will perform a joint concert with the Highland High School Wind Ensemble on Sunday, February 28, at 3 p.m. in the Alexander Campbell Auditorium, located in the Robert W. Brown Performing Arts Center on the C-SC Campus. This concert features principal trumpet player for the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and C-SC adjunct trumpet professor, Dr. Aren Van Houzen, on piccolo trumpet. The C-SC Wind Ensemble will perform Antonio Vivaldi's "Concerto in D Major," transcribed for wind ensemble by Trent Hollinger, alongside Van Housen. The Highland High School Wind Ensemble, directed by Ryan Christian, will join the C-SC Wind Ensemble to present a final selection. This event is part of C-SC's Academic and Cultural events program and is free and open to the public. For more information about this event contact the C-SC Fine Arts Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-288-6413.
Culver-Stockton College mock trial team competes at AMTA Regional Tournament
The Culver-Stockton College mock trial team competed against 21 teams at the AMTA Regional Tournament at the Mizzou Law School in Columbia, Mo., on Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20. This was C-SC's first time competing at an AMTA regional tournament. Every school competed with the same criminal homicide case. Each team competes in 4 rounds and the team is split into a prosecution squad and a defense squad. Each side of the case is presented twice by each team in a four round tournament. One student delivers an opening statement, and another student delivers a closing argument. Three witnesses are called on each side for direct and cross examination. Each student attorney and witness is scored on a scale of 1-10. Two judges score each round, and both judges have one score card to be responsible for. At the end of the mock trial each judge adds up the points he/she awarded to each student, and the side who has the most points at the end of the round wins. C-SC faced Quincy University's A team in the first round and C-SC took both cards. Next they went on to compete against St. Louis University, a nationally ranked school, and lost on both cards. They took their 2-2 record into the third round against Rhodes College, which won both cards by only a few points. The fourth and final round was against Memphis University. The teams split the cards in a close match leaving C-SC with a final record of 3-5. Dallas Spurgeon captured an individual award as best witness for his portrayal of Ari Finch, the chief detective in State v. Jackie Owens. Spurgeon scored 17 out of 20 points and finished in the medal round for his effort. This is Culver-Stockton's 3rd individual award this season. Full story is available online.
Three Rhinoceros players presented with regional competition nominations
Three Culver-Stockton students were presented with invitations to participate in scholarship competitions at the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in January 2011 following their work in the C-SC production of Rhinoceros, directed by C-SC associate professor of theatre, Dr. Haidee Heaton. The 1959 play is about the residents of a small French town who are all turning into rhinoceroses over the course of the show. Only one man, Berenger, a drinker, eludes the oddity. It is often read as a response to the increase of Communism, Fascism, and Nazism preceding the Second World War and includes themes of conformity, culture, philosophy, and morality. Danielle Hauer, junior arts management major from Troy, Mo., and Zach Martin, senior arts management major from Decatur, Ill., have been nominated for their performances as Daisy and Jean, respectively, to participate in the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions. Daisy, Berenger's love interest, is one of the last to conform with the town's citizens decision to become rhinoceroses; Jean, Berenger's best friend, is one of the first. Whitney Colston, junior musical theatre major from Neosho, Mo., has been invited to participate in the Regional Design Expo with her costume designs for the production. The 43rd annual KCACTF Region V Festival will be hosted by Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa during the week of January 16-22, 2011, where all competitions and expositions will take place.
The Adams Sigma Phi Epsilon Awards deadline is March 1
The Adams Sigma Phi Epsilon Awards are intended to support C-SC students who wish to participate in the study abroad trips scheduled for the three-week terms through Spring 2011. These trips include: Belize and Guatemala, The Capitals of Europe, and Russia and the Baltic States. Five $500 awards will be granted each year. The application deadline is March 1, 2010. Application forms are available from either the Study Abroad area of the library or Dr. Hotle. Applications should include the application form, a 500 word essay describing how the study abroad trip will advance the student's educational or career goals, GPA, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member.
Spring Break housing information
During the Spring Break period (March 5 at 6 p.m. through March 14 at noon), residence halls and Greek chapter houses will be closed. Students may request permission through the office of Residential Life to remain in campus housing during the break. Students who would like to remain on campus after 6 p.m. on Friday, March 5 must request permission no later than Friday, February 26 at 5 p.m. Students remaining on campus may be relocated to another residential space until noon on Sunday, March 14th. A relocation plan will be made after the request deadline, and students remaining on campus during the break will be notified before Friday, March 5 concerning relocation arrangements. If you plan to be in residence during any portion of the Spring Break period, please e-mail Heather Keller at email@example.com. Your message should include the period of time that you plan to reside on campus during the break period and your current space on campus.
Wyman repeats as HAAC Track Athlete of the Week
Culver-Stockton College sprinter Blair Wyman has been named the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Week for the second consecutive week after her performance at the HAAC Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend in Lamoni, Iowa. Wyman, a sophomore from East Peoria, Ill. (East Peoria HS / Illinois Central College), captured the 200-meter dash with a provisional national qualifying time of 26.23 seconds. But Wyman wasn't done there. She also received all-conference honors in the 55-meter dash with a third place finish in that event with a time of 7.48 seconds. Wyman and four of her teammates will participate in the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships, March 4-6, in Johnson City, Tenn.