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2020 CATALYST PROGRAM - AUG. 8-20, 2020

Jumpstart your college education by enrolling in C-SC’s Catalyst program.

Incoming freshmen are invited to campus two weeks before the start of the school year to complete a common experience course. By doing so, students get acclimated to campus, make new friends, develop study skills and ease their academic workloads – all before the semester officially begins.


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BIO 112: How the Body Works
taught by Dr. Esa Seegulam

COM 115: Fundamentals of Speech
taught by Heather Keller-Giltner


ENG 101: Composition I
taught by Dr. Alissa Burger

EXP 101: Reacting to the Past
taught by Dr. Scott Giltner 


Students will complete three (3) hours of their general education requirements, build critical study skills and learn to transition to college. The class will meet every day and include mandatory study sessions to process the material learned in class.

Students can choose one of four courses offered:

BIO 112: How the Body Works, taught by Dr. Esa Seegulam
This is a course designed for students to appreciate the beauty and complexity of the human body. Some fundamental skills of measurement and evaluation will be taught by using different equipment and conducting various tests. Body functions will be studied in daily class activities. This is a great entrance course for nursing and health science majors. It cannot be used as a science gen-ed for elementary education majors and it cannot be counted toward a major or minor in biology.

COM 115: Fundamentals of Speech, taught by Heather Keller-Giltner
Being able to address a group is not only a great skill for your college years, it’s an essential tool to have in your professional life. This course is designed to help students overcome their hesitations about speaking in front of a group, find their own unique style of speaking, develop their skills and confidence through practice, and learn how to think ahead when considering an audience. The class will use an innovative approach that is interactive and motivational. Students will become confident public speakers in all the future occasions that will demand it. COM 115 is a required course for every student at C-SC.

ENG 101: Composition I, taught by Dr. Alissa Burger
Writing effectively is a skill that will be essential in all of your college classes, as well as in your professional life. ENG 101 will focus on the conventions of academic writing, whether you’re learning the “rules of the rhetorical road” or honing your skills. In this class, students will develop critical reading and writing skills that will both allow them to express themselves effectively and work to master the different genres and styles of writing that will be required in their college courses and beyond. ENG 101 is a required course for all students at C-SC

EXP 101: Reacting to the Past, taught by Dr. Scott Giltner
“Reacting to the Past” will introduce you to history in a whole new way. Rather than listen solely to a lecture, you will be immersed in history using lively role-playing games so you can better understand where great ideas originated. Through role-playing these critical moments, first-year students will begin to develop such key skills as critical thinking and writing, public speaking and teamwork. An EXP 101 course is required of all students at C-SC.


Dr. Alissa Burger
Dr. Burger completed her B.A. and M.A. in English at the University of Northern Iowa, then completed her Ph.D. in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University, with an emphasis in literature and popular culture. She has been at Culver-Stockton since 2016 and is the Chair of the English Department, Director of Retention and Director of Writing Across the Curriculum. She is a published author with a particular focus on Stephen King, the Gothic,c and horror in popular culture. She and her husband live in Canton with their four cats.

Dr. Scott Giltner
Dr. Scott Giltner received his B.A. in history from Hiram College before going on to graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. Since 2005 he has taught at Culver-Stockton College, where he is Professor of History and Chair of the Applied Liberal Arts and Sciences Division. An environmental historian interested in the intersection of race and subsistence, particularly in post-emancipation societies, Scott is a published author. He lives in Quincy, IL, with his wife Heather Keller-Giltner and their three cats, Gus, Bitsy and Lucy.

Heather Keller-Giltner, MA, GCDF
Heather Keller-Giltner received B.A. degrees in English and communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield where she also earned her M.A. in English. She is in the final stages of completing a Ph.D. in Leadership at the University of the Cumberlands, focusing on the way motivational approaches impact student success. Known for her animated teaching style, she enjoys hobbies consistent with her hidden preference for introversion: napping with cats, waking up before most other humans and enjoying tea and coffee in solitude. She and her husband, Scott Giltner, whom she met at C-SC, live in Quincy, IL with their three cats.

Dr. Esa Seegulam
Dr. M. Esa Seegulam is from the Caribbean twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. He loves teaching biology courses to majors and non-majors alike and enjoys working with first-generation college students, as he was one when he first came to the U.S. for college in 2002. Dr. Seegulam lives in Canton with his cat Schmutz and spends his free time watching documentaries, cooking and traveling.

Costs include:

Contact Kendall Kirkham or 573-288-6000, ext. 6360 in the Student Success Center to see if you qualify for a partial scholarship.

CANCELLATION POLICY: No adjustment to the tuition charge will be made for drops after Aug. 8, 2020. If a student drops the program before Aug. 21, 2020, the student will be required to move off campus until the official move-in day for the academic year. The last day to withdraw from the program without academic penalty is Aug. 16, 2020, at 5 p.m.


Kendall Kirkham
Phone: 573-288-6000, ext. 6360