Thursday, April 23 , 2009
Three finalists named for Culver-Stockton College President
Culver-Stockton College has named three finalists in its search for the college's 25th president. Each finalist will be on campus in the next three weeks to meet with members of the C-SC board of trustees, as well as college and community leaders. The finalists (and the dates they will be on campus) are:
Richard A. Hanson, president, Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa (April 22-24) - Hanson has been president of Waldorf College since 2005. Previously, he was vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college for 10 years at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D., where he also served as a professor of sociology.
B. David Rowe, vice president for advancement, LaGrange College, LaGrange, Ga. (April 29-May 1) - Rowe has been with LaGrange College since 2000. Previously he was vice president for institutional advancement at Wesleyan College, Macon, Ga.
Richard D. Valentine, vice president for alumni and development, Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky. (May 4-6) - A graduate of Culver-Stockton College, member of the C-SC Board of Trustees, and former C-SC dean of admission, Valentine has been at Transylvania University since 2004 as vice president for alumni and development. Previously, he served at Monmouth College, Monmouth, Ill., for 11 years.
Students, faculty and staff will be invited to open meetings with each candidate. More information is available online.
Culver-Stockton names athletic director
After a nationwide four-month search, Culver-Stockton College has named a new athletic director to lead Wildcat athletics, emphasizing a strong vision of leadership, management, and organizational development. Joel J. Dant of Oak Park, Ill., will become the C-SC athletic director on June 1, replacing Rod Walton who returned to the classroom as a fulltime psychology professor last January. Dant, who graduated from Culver-Stockton, returns to his alma mater after an extensive career with major U.S. corporations. A Hannibal, Mo., native, Dant earned a bachelor's degree in sociology at C-SC and his master's degree in labor and industrial relations at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich. While at C-SC, Dant was a student athlete and excelled both on the basketball court and in the classroom. He was all conference and honorably mentioned as an NAIA Academic All American his senior year. Dant also played semi-professional basketball for a brief period after graduate school. Dant and his wife, Faye (also a Hannibal native), have three children, Joel Jr., Kalecia, and Jenni, all who reside in the Chicago area. Read full story online.
Lincoln expert to speak at Culver-Stockton April 28
Lincoln expert, Ronald C. White, Jr., will speak on "Abraham Lincoln: Wisdom for Today" at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 28 in Merillat Recital Hall. White's just-published book, A. Lincoln: A Biography, was the History Book Club's main selection in January. He has written several other books, including Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural and The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln through His Words. White has lectured nationwide about President Lincoln, including appearances at the White House, the Library of Congress, at Gettysburg during the Lincoln Forum, and at the dedication of a statue of Lincoln and his son, Tad, in Richmond, Va. White's presentation on President Lincoln is an ACE event and free and open to the public. More information is available online.
Annual Pops Concert to feature C-SC choirs, ensembles and bands
Culver-Stockton College will host its annual Pops Concert on Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the Alexander Campbell Auditorium. The concert will feature the C-SC Collegiate and Chamber Choirs, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band. Tom Pollet, associate professor of music and chair of the C-SC Fine Arts Division, will conduct the Jazz Ensemble, which will feature two graduating seniors, bassist Kennedy Moore, jazz studies major from St. Louis, Mo., and tenor saxophonist Kendra Feld, art major from Quincy, Ill. Both graduating seniors will perform solos with the band, and the ensemble will premiere Moore's arrangement of "Black Orpheus", which was completed in his "Jazz Arranging and Composition" class. The Collegiate Choir will perform selections from musical theater and operetta classics, selections include: a choral salute to Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore; Rodgers and Hammerstein's "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Carousel; and Gilbert Sullivan's "Finale" from Gondoliers. The Chamber Choir will perform a number a vocal jazz selections that include favorites from Manhattan Transfer such as "Jive Jive" and "Trickle Trickle" as well as selections from the Harold Arlen film Stormy Weather, including the classic "Ain't Misbehavin'." The Collegiate and Chamber Choirs will be conducted by Kevin Baker, associate professor of music. The Symphonic Band will present an evening of sci-fi music, with selections that represent a science fiction movie or concept. Amber Bosomworth, senior music major from St. Elmo, Ill., will be featured as she conducts her arrangement of "King Kong." The concert selections, "Alien Visitors" and "Escape from Chronopolis," will feature background music familiar to the audience from sci-fi films, including "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (from 2001: A Space Odyssey), "Mars" (from Star Trek the Motion Picture), and music from The Star Wars Trilogies. The Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble will combine to perform Midwest Tapestries, a multi-media presentation. Music will be performed to accompany a film that will be shown on a large screen. These performances will be conducted by Thomas Herb, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental music. The C-SC annual Pops Concert is an ACE event and free and open to the public.
C-SC students to present The Lantern Marriage
The Culver-Stockton College "Opera Workshop" class will present The Lantern Marriage, an opera by France's leading composer, Jacques Offenbach, on Saturday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, at 3 p.m. in the Merillat Recital Hall. The Lantern Marriage is a light-hearted tale about greed and treasure, filled with music and wit. The opera will be led by Amber Bosomworth, a mezzo-soprano, senior music major from St. Elmo, Ill., as Denise. Anthony Webb, senior music education major, from Sullivan, Mo., will play Peter; Anastasia Rucker, sophomore music major from Macon Mo., will play Ann; Trisha Brenner, sophomore music education major, from Bernard, Iowa, will play Catherine; and Alaura Cowart, freshman music education major, from Greencastle, Mo., will be the Lantern Lighter. The Lantern Marriage is directed by Carol Mathieson, C-SC professor of music.
C-SC to host "The Decade That Rocked the Hill"
Culver-Stockton College will host its annual Hillstock event for the tenth year, coining the 2009 event as "The Decade That Rocked the Hill." The concert will take place outside of the Gladys Crown Student Center on Saturday, May 2, from 3 to 11 p.m. This year's lineup will feature several members of the C-SC community as well as bands from the surrounding area. Hillstock, originally called DU Stock in 2000, began as a student-run festival that gave students the opportunity to experience music and the arts. This year's event will feature the original founders of Hillstock, Jason Richmond and Cheeks McGee, both C-SC alums. Other participants from the C-SC campus include: Jerica Exum, sophomore arts management major from Chicago Heights, Ill.; Kennedy Moore, senior jazz studies major from St. Louis, Mo.; Dr. Lee Hammer, C-SC professor of English; Kyle Trudell, C-SC e-communications director; and Cohesion, a band that features Beau Becraft, sophomore communication major from Memphis, Mo. Hillstock will also feature bands from the surrounding area including: Pre Dawn Hour, Double Vision, Maybe Later, Pike Station, and the Graduate.
Mikel named HAAC Player of the Week
Culver-Stockton College rightfielder Jack Mikel has been named the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Baseball Player of the Week for his performance in the Wildcats' 3-1 week. Mikel, a senior from Bloomington, Ill., batted .500 (6 for 12) as the Wildcats took three out of four games from Evangel (Mo.) University last weekend. Mikel recorded a double, a triple and a home run among his six hits, and had four RBI. He also scored two runs. His slugging percentage for the week was 1.000. For the season, Mikel is hitting .336 with 11 doubles, two triples and four home runs. He is fourth on the team with 45 hits and he has scored 22 runs. He also leads all outfielders with six assists. Culver-Stockton, currently 30-18 on the season, is scheduled to play it final regular season series at Central Methodist University this weekend, April 25-26, in Fayette, Mo. The Wildcats have secured at least the third seed in the upcoming HAAC Tournament, May 1-5.
Junior Katelin Goddard leads the Wildcat softball team into the playoffs. Goddard is hitting .592 over her last 14 games.
Culver-Stockton Softball begins postseason play Saturday
The Culver-Stockton College softball team begins its quest for the NAIA Softball World Series on Saturday, April 25, in Fayette, Mo., against Central Methodist University.The Wildcats and Eagles will play a best-of-three series with two games on Saturday and a third, if necessary on Sunday. Game one of the series is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday.The Wildcats (17-23 / 9-11 HAAC) and Eagles (32-14 / 16-4 HAAC) played twice during the regular season. Central Methodist swept a doubleheader on April 7 in Canton, winning 8-5 in eight innings, and 4-2.The winner of this series will advance to the semifinal round on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28-29. The championship series is slated for May 1-2. The winner of the tournament advances to the 32-team national tournament in Decatur, Ala., May 14-20.Other first round series include #1 Evangel University hosting #8 Benedictine College; #3 Lindenwood University hosting #6 MidAmerica Nazarene University; and #4 Missouri Valley College hosting #5 William Jewell College.