Thursday, January 14, 2010
Culver-Stockton College to hold events in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Culver-Stockton College will hold a candlelight vigil and celebration on Monday, January 18, on the C-SC campus. The evening will start at 6:30 p.m. in the All Faiths Chapel, with a candlelight vigil and march to the Merillat Recital Hall. At 7 p.m., Joel Dant, C-SC athletic director, will speak about Martin Luther King, Jr., and Dant's personal experiences growing up in the Canton/Hannibal area during the Civil Rights era. Scott Giltner, C-SC assistant professor of history, will also speak about the Lincoln School restoration project in downtown Canton. The Lincoln School was attended solely by African-American students from the area. The January 18 event will also include gospel dancers, poetry and music presented by members of the C-SC Black Student Union. This event is free and open to the public. It is also part of C-SC's Academic and Cultural Events (ACE) program.
Culver-Stockton names coordinator of career, internship services
Culver-Stockton College has named Nancy Nish as coordinator of career and internship services. Nish will coordinate the college's extensive programs to help students complete internships and launch their professional careers. Nish comes to Culver-Stockton from Branson, Mo., where she was a workforce development specialist with the State of Missouri Career Center. Previously she has been director of the career centers at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and Colorado College, Colorado Springs. Nish has also been director of the Career Development Center at Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. Nish earned her master's degree in education at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, majoring in education and counseling services. She earned her bachelor's of arts degree in education at Wayne State College, Wayne, Neb., majoring in English. Full story is available online.
Race, youth, and power to be topic of January Faculty Colloquium at C-SC
The Faculty Colloquium series at Culver-Stockton College will kick off the Spring semester with a presentation by Jayme Long, coordinator of the C-SC academic support center and instructor of English, titled, "Race, Youth and Power: What My FYE Class Taught Me." "I will talk about what I learned are the differences between the way I and those of my generation dealt with issues of race during our teen years compared to the way some of my students and their generation deal with race issues today," said Long. Long decided to talk on this topic after teaching a First-Year Experience (FYE) course on "Talking Back/Talking Black Issues." The event will take place on Tuesday January 19, at 6 p.m. in Meaders Lounge, located in the Gladys Crown Student Center on the C-SC campus. This event is free and open to the public. It is also part of the C-SC Academic and Cultural Events (ACE) Program.
C-CS senior chosen to be part of All Collegiate Jazz Ensemble
Culver-Stockton College senior, Drew Thompson, biological chemistry/pre-medical major from San Antonio, Texas, is one of five trumpet players to be chosen to participate in the 21-member ensemble during this year's Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference at the end of January. Every four years in Missouri, the MMEA holds auditions for college students to perform as a part of the All Collegiate Jazz Ensemble. All interested musicians had to prepare an audition recording, and students were chosen to be part of the ensemble based on their audition tapes. "I decided to audition because I didn't think I had anything to lose, and I thought it would help me look at where I am in my jazz studies compared to other college students in Missouri," said Thompson. The students chosen to play in the ensemble will gather at Tan-Tar-A in Osage Beach where they will rehearse for three days and then present a concert for the state's music educators on the evening of Friday, January 29. Full story is available online.
C-SC to host work of sculpture/installation artist January 14 - March 5
Culver-Stockton College will host the work of Jessica Witte, a sculpture/installation artist, in her show titled Porous Architecture, Thursday, January 14 through Friday, March 5, in the Mabee Art Gallery, located in the Herrick Foundation Center on the C-SC campus. An opening reception will be held tonight, Thursday, January 14, at 7 p.m., with a gallery talk beginning at 7:30 p.m. Witte earned her bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney and her master of fine arts from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill. She currently teaches art appreciation at St. Charles Community College, St. Charles, Mo., and serves as a gallery assistant at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. She has taken part in several solo, group, juried, and invitational exhibits over the past several years and also been part of several public performances, collections and speaking engagements. This event is free and open to the public. It is also part of the C-SC Academic and Cultural Events (ACE) Program. Full story is available online.
Alum added to Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame
Don Gnuse '56, former chairman of the board of trustees at Culver-Stockton College, will be inducted into the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame for his work in the banking business. Gnuse majored in business administration and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity at C-SC. He is currently the chairman of the board of First Bankers Trustshares, Inc., First Bankers Trust Company, N.A., and First Bankers Trust Services. He has been with the First Bankers Trust Company since 1956 when he started as a customer service representative. He was later named marketing director and in 1970 became president, a position he held until 2002. During Gnuse's tenure three new branches of the bank were built. He also initiated the founding of the holding company, First Bankers Trustshares, Inc. and its affiliate, Trust Company. Gnuse has also been an active member in several organizations and has served on several boards in addition to C-SC. Gnuse was awarded the 50 Years in Banking Award in 2006 from the Illinois and Missouri Bankers Associations. In 2008, Culver-Stockton College honored him with a Doctor of Humane Letters. He has also received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Missouri Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America. An induction ceremony to the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame will be held on January 22, at The Ambience., in Quincy, Ill. Full story is available online.
Women's soccer Honored by NSCAA for ethics and academics
The Culver-Stockton College women's soccer program has recently been honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) with the Team Ethics Award, which recognizes teams that exhibit fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the Laws of the Game as reflected by the number of yellow caution cards or red ejections cards they are shown by referees throughout the season. The Lady Wildcats were awarded the Silver version of the Team Ethics award, which is given to teams that accumulate no red cards and a maximum of five yellow cards during the season. The Lady Wildcats totaled two yellow cards in 18 games during the 2009 season. "Once again it's a credit to our students, our program, and the Culver experience when our program is recognized by a national organization for fair play and sportsmanship," said Lady Wildcat head coach Dave Morris. Culver-Stockton was one of 45 teams to receive Silver version of the award. The Lady Wildcats and Benedictine College were the only Heart of America Athletic Conference teams to receive the honor. The association also hands out a Gold version (no yellow or red cards) and a Bronze version (maximum of 10 yellow cards and no red cards) of the award. A total of 68 teams received at least gold, silver or bronze recognition, including nine gold awards.The team was also reconized for their success off the field. The Lady Wildcat soccer team was named 2009 NSCAA Team Academic Winners for maintaining a team grade-point average of 3.0 or above. "We're really proud to be moving forward as a team with 'triple threat' student-athletes who excel academically, athletically and socially," said head coach Dave Morris. "It's nice to be recognized on any of those fronts, and our expectation is to win this award every year. "As representatives of Culver-Stockton College, I think this award reflects our program's and institution's commitment to success within a rigorous academic environment." Culver-Stockton is just one of 332 women's teams in all levels (NCAA Division I, II and III and the NAIA) to earn that honor, and one of four teams within the Heart of America Athletic Conference.