Thursday, January 15 , 2009
C-SC selected for National Genomic Research Initiative
Culver-Stockton College is one of only 16 colleges in the nation to be selected this year to participate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's (HHMI) Science Education Alliance, which engages students in real-world scientific research as part of the National Genomic Research Initiative. Culver-Stockton becomes only the second college in Missouri to be selected, joining Washington University in St. Louis, which was selected in 2008. The list of colleges selected to expand the research initiative in Fall 2009 was announced January 8 by HHMI, which created the Science Education Alliance in 2007 to allow faculty from various colleges and universities to work together to deliver innovative science education programs and "bring the excitement of the doing of science directly to students in a novel, collaborative way." HHMI, headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, is a non-profit medical research organization. It has committed $4 million over the past four years to the Science Education Alliance (SEA). The SEA's first project is the National Genomics Research Initiative, a two-part, year-long research course offered by colleges and universities selected through a national competition. Through the initiative, college students make real discoveries by doing research on bacterial viruses, called phages. Read full story online.
Search for new athletic director begins; Guenther named interim AD
Culver-Stockton College has launched its nationwide search to name a new athletic director. Rod Walton, who held the post for more than five years, announced in November that he was returning full-time to his role as a faculty member in the C-SC psychology department. Melik Peter Khoury, vice president for Enrollment Management and College Marketing, which is the new organizational home for the college's athletic department, said that replacing Walton will not be easy. "Rod Walton is a legend in tri-state region athletics. He is well-respected both as a coach and as an athletic director," Khoury said. "My goal is to find someone who can come here and continue Rod's emphasis on recruiting and keeping quality athletes who compete well in their sport but who also excel in the classroom." Khoury also announced that he has named C-SC football coach Christian Guenther as the chief athletic officer (interim athletic director) to run the day-to-day operations of the department during the search process. Read full story online.
Culver-Stockton to host St. Louis event for prospective students
Culver-Stockton College will bring its new curriculum, EXP@CSC, to St. Louis this month to be sampled by prospective students and their parents during the Culver-Stockton Connection from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, January 31, at the Sheraton Westport Plaza Hotel. The January 31 Culver-Stockton Connection will include EXP@CSC demo classes to allow prospective students and their parents to better understand how the new curriculum has enhanced the educational experience at C-SC, according to Melik Peter Khoury, vice president for enrollment management and college marketing. "Teaching a course in three weeks and intensifying opportunities for students to gain experience in the real world has revolutionized how C-SC courses are taught, both inside and outside the classroom," Khoury said. "Parents and students who have attended the EXP@CSC demonstration courses tell us they can immediately feel the difference." The January 31 event also includes opportunities for students to learn about student life on the Culver-Stockton campus and meet with faculty members and admissions counselors. St. Louis area students who attend the event will be eligible for C-SC scholarships created exclusively for attendees. More details and event registration are available online at www.culver.edu/cscme. For more information, call the C-SC Admissions Office at 800-537-1883. Read full story online.
The C-SC Admissions Office welcomes new admissions counselor
Justin Montgomery joins the C-SC admissions staff as admissions counselor for west, central, and southern Illinois. Montgomery, who is originally from Quincy, Ill., graduated from Southern Illinois University in December 2008, with a bachelor's degree in speech communication and a minor in psychology. As a student, Justin was very involved as a student leader. He is a member of the Beta Tau chapter of Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity where he was director of recruitment and treasurer, was President of the Interfraternity Council, was elected as a student senator, and was appointed chairman of the Fees and Tuition Committee for three years. "Getting involved was my way of getting hands-on experience outside of class," said Montgomery. He also enjoys music, basketball, spending time in or near water, and is a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan.
C-SC celebrates Martin Luther King Day and inauguration
Culver-Stockton College will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the historic inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama on January 19 and 20. On Monday, January 19, a panel discussion will be held at 1 p.m. in Meaders Lounge discussing racism, the election of Barack Obama, and closing the achievement gap among minorities. The panel will include Dr. Scott Giltner, C-SC professor of history as moderator; Ben Bumbry, community activist and musician from Quincy, Ill.; W.T. Johnson, assistant principal at Veterans Elementary, Hannibal, Mo; Andrew Cammack, visual artist, Iowa City, Iowa; and Brandon Bolhous, Teach for America. A "King Celebration," will also be held in the Merrilat Chapel at 11 a.m., the celebration will include reflections, poetry, and singing. On Tuesday, January 20, members of the C-SC campus and community will watch the presidential inauguration as a group from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cat's Pause. "We are excited to be able to not only celebrate Martin Luther King Day locally but also to connect with the larger national celebration in his honor. On the following day, this year's presidential inauguration adds extra significance to the role of civil rights and the continuation of King's vision of the beloved community. We invite you to join with the Culver community and the C-SC Black Student Union for these special events," said Brent Reynolds, C-SC chaplin and instructor of religion and philosophy. The "King Celebration" is a part of Culver-Stockton College's Academic and Cultural Events. The "King Celebration" and viewing of the presidential inauguration are both free and open to the public.
Letcher named HAAC Player of the Week
Culver-Stockton College forward Jamai Letcher has been named the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week ending on Jan. 11. Letcher, a 6-foot sophomore from Keokuk, Iowa (Keokuk HS), averaged 19 points, 11.5 rebounds and three blocks last week. She shot 64 percent (16-25) from the field and made two of her three 3-point attempts. In addition, she netted 22 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds against Illinois College on Jan. 7, and scored 14 of her game-high 16 points in the second half of a 64-58 come-from-behind victory over Baker (Kan.) University on Jan. 10. For the season, Letcher is averaging a team-best 12 points per game. She leads the HAAC in steals, averaging 2.4 per game, is second in rebounding, averaging 8.3 caroms per game, and is third in blocked shots, averaging 1.7 per game. Letcher is shooting 52.3 percent from the field over the first 12 games. Culver-Stockton (3-9) is scheduled to host Graceland (Iowa) University and Evangel (Mo.) University at Joe Charles Field House this week. The Graceland game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, while the Evangel contest is slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17.
C-SC professor of art to exhibit one-person show
Robert Kennon, associate professor of art, will be exhibiting his one-person show "Spiritual Visions," at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa., January 16-February 27, 2009. The show consists of 30 engravings and linoleum cut prints. Professor Kennon will also be giving a lecture on art and doing an engraving workshop on Friday, February 13.
DOC leader selected to deliver sermon at national prayer service
Rev. Sharon E. Watkins, president and general minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), was selected by President-elect Barack Obama to deliver the sermon at the national prayer service that is held the day after the presidential inauguration. Culver-Stockton College was founded by members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and is an affiliate of the DOC. Read full story online.