Spotlight: Amanda “Mandy” (Crump) Plybon
March 28, 2013
Amanda “Mandy” (Crump) Plybon graduated from Culver-Stockton in 2003 with her Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a minor in psychology. Since then, she has taken her interest in people and applied it to her career. In fact, interacting with people is what Plybon enjoys most about her job as the education and public programs coordinator at the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Mo. “I love working with the community,” says Plybon. “It’s exciting to see how people make connections with the Museum and its subject matter. I love the ‘aha moment’, like a light bulb going off above their head.”
Plybon’s time at Culver-Stockton was very significant to her. The professors she had at C-SC and the courses she took while in school were an important influence on her career path. “Dr. Karim’s social anthropology course freshman year changed the rest of my life. I was always interested in how people live and their cultures, but that course made me realize that I wanted to make a career out of it,” recalls Plybon. She was very active in the Culver-Stockton community, participating in band and pledging in the Sigma Kappa sorority. The Sigma Kappas have been a major part of Plybon’s life. “In many ways, my fondest memory of Culver-Stockton was Bid Day. My sister, Ericka, and the sisters of Sigma Kappa helped me get through a tough time in my life,” says Plybon.
After Plybon graduated from Culver-Stockton, she went on to earn her Master in Folk Studies from Western Kentucky University. Her goal for the future is to start a community cultural arts center in Callaway County, Mo. She currently lives in Portland, Mo., with her husband, Joe.
Plybon fondly remembers Culver-Stockton. In fact, when asked about Culver-Stockton, Plybon tells people, “The tight-knit C-SC community lets you grow and reach for the stars, while providing a safe place to fall.”