Friday, September 5, 2008
C-SC welcomes new admissions, advancement, and communications staff
Michael Torres joined the Culver-Stockton Admissions staff as an admissions counselor on August 25. He is also a part of the C-SC baseball team, where he serves as a pitching coach. Torres, who is originally from Sacramento, Ca., earned his bachelor's degree in physical education and teacher education from Chico State University, in Ca. Torres is happy to be a part of C-SC, "It's a good change, and I'm doing something that I love as well as learning a new profession." Torres played baseball at the college level while attending Campbellsville University, Ky., he has coached baseball at both high school and junior college levels and is excited to now be able to coach at the college level. Torres says he enjoys the "small town life" that Canton offers and is happy to be here, but he misses his hometown and California because of his two children who live there, Tomás Anthony and Maya Michel. He's looking forward to visiting them in the future.
Rosemary Painter joined Culver-Stockton as the international student recruiter. She is originally from Quincy, Ill., and is glad to be back in the area, where she can be closer to her family. She comes to C-SC from Eastern Illinois University (EIU) where she served as faculty for non-traditional programs, general studies. She earned her undergraduate degree in general studies from EIU and her master's degree in education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Shenandoah University, Winchester, Va. Painter says "It is important to have international students at C-SC because it exposes people from the United States to other cultures, backgrounds and languages." She also feels "it is important for the international students to get a taste of the Midwestern education that is offered at C-SC as well as experience the small town family values that are embodied in Canton."
Jennifer Hiller has been with Culver-Stockton since the middle of July, but has recently begun working full-time, assisting Robert Keller, the vice president of advancement, and coordinating special events. Hiller is originally from Milwaukee, Wis., and recently moved to Canton from Minnesota with her husband, Bryan Hiller, who is a C-SC football coach. She is excited about planning homecoming, alumni, and donor events, which will include getting alumni together with community leaders to re-engage and connect them back with C-SC as well as introduce them to EXP@CSC. She is also a football/sports fan, she loves water sports and the great outdoors. Hiller said she and her husband love Canton because it feels like home.
Erin Duesterhaus is a native of Quincy, Ill., where she attended Quincy Notre Dame High School. She earned her bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville in mass communications, with a focus in advertising and a minor in art and design. She is currently working in the communications office and is happy that she found a job in her career field. Duesterhaus enjoys helping out on her family's farm when she has time, especially helping her younger cousins with their show pigs. When not at work she enjoys cooking, scrapbooking, hunting, playing euchre and being with her friends and family.
C-SC Students attend IMA Conference winning national recognition
Culver-Stockton students attended the Institute of Management Accountants national conference this summer in Tampa, Fla., with Dr. Dell Ann Janney and Jeanne Johnson to receive the numerous awards earned by the students and the C-SC IMA chapter. At the conference, the IMA student chapter received the Gold Award of Excellence as an outstanding student chapter, which is awarded to the top three chapters in the nation and includes a $1,000 prize. The student chapter also received the Best Practices Award for an outstanding strategic plan and received $500. Several C-SC students received awards during the conference including Joe Selby, who was awarded a national scholarship from the Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship Program; he was one of only seven recipients nationwide. Selby was also the National Manuscript winner, which only had two winners nationwide. Other awards included the IMA's Stuart Cameron McLeod Scholarship $5,000 award, given to Leah Hall; she was the top scholarship recipient in the nation. Kayla Duncan and Ryan Thoroman received the IMA's Memorial Educational Fund Scholarship.
Senior Leadership Group replaces Cabinet
Culver-Stockton College is developing a more collaborative administrative team. Over the summer, the Cabinet that served as an advisor to President Fox was laid to rest and replaced by the Senior Leadership Group (SLG).
"Cabinet is such a 20th century term, and we need to move forward with a 21st century approach," Fox said. "We've added some new faces and skill sets to the group to broaden our perspective, and we've agreed to operational ground rules that require us to work as a team, collaborate across departmental lines, and work toward reaching consensus."
Among the first actions of the SLG was to approve a formal purpose to guide its actions. The purpose defines the SLG as "a highly collaborative team working in concert with the president, to provide input, guidance, and informed decision-making to realize the mission of the college and the vision embodied in the strategic plan. We are committed to demonstrating the value of teamwork, empowerment and synergy across the campus community."
"The SLG will be focused on the big picture," Fox added. "We will look at how the college stays on target under the strategic plan as well as how we move forward on the master plan. We will focus on policies and procedures, but we also will focus on finding the resources to ensure our viability."
SLG, which serves as an advisor to President Bill Fox, meets Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Members are Diane Bozarth, controller; Doris Briscoe, administrative assistant to the president; Lewin Davis, chief financial officer; Joe Dieker; vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college; Chelona Edgerly, associate dean for curriculum; Monica Heaton, director of communications; Bob Keller, vice president for advancement ; Melik Peter Khoury, vice president for enrollment and college marketing; Joe Liesen, director of information technology; Wendy Powers, dean of student life; Rod Walton, athletics director; and Dale Zschoche, chief facilities officer.
SLG has also realigned and reassigned the campus-task groups, as well as setting task group goals for 2008-09. Task groups this year include Facilities & Technology, Campus Services, Marketing, Human Resources, and Budget. Each groups combines faculty, staff and coaches. Members are being contacted by President Fox.
"Our goal is to increase input from across the campus so that we benefit from a broad perspective when making decisions," Fox said. "We will be as transparent as possible with all the actions of the task groups and SLG and communicate regularly with the campus community."
C-SC students called to be good beginners; faculty praises possibilities of EXP@CSC
Learning to be a "good beginner" is one of the best lessons a student can learn at college, Culver-Stockton College President William L. Fox told students during the opening convocation August 28, adding that everyone at C-SC is "beginning all over again" with the new curriculum, EXP@CSC, and the new academic calendar. Fox led off the first convocation of the 2008-09 academic year and was followed by four faculty members who spoke about their personal reaction to EXP@CSC.
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