Thursday, June 25, 2009
President Valentine joins campus
C-SC President Richard Valentine's first day on the job will be Monday, June 29. Valentine, a 1970 C-SC graduate and former member of the college board of trustees, was selected in May as the 25th president of Culver-Stockton. Most recently he was vice president for alumni and development at Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky.
Kennedy Moore graduated from C-SC in 2008 with an individualized major in jazz studies.
College launches "design-your-own" major
Culver-Stockton College has launched a major in individualized or interdisciplinary studies that allows students to combine courses in various disciplines to create a program tailored to a student's specific talents and interests. "A few of our students have already developed thoughtful, creative majors that meet their individual needs for the future. A 2009 graduate earned the degree in jazz studies that he developed, and other students are pursuing programs that combine elements of business, law, politics, and finance," said R. Joseph Dieker, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college. "Culver-Stockton cannot offer every major; but working with each student, we can give students the flexibility to create the program they need to acquire the necessary skills to pursue their career goals - even if they don't exactly fit the outline of one of our more traditional majors." The individualized/interdisciplinary major may be taken either as a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree depending on whether the student completes two years of a foreign language. To design their major, students must work closely with faculty members to combine courses from a variety of academic disciplines in ways that not only meet their career goals but that also satisfy graduation requirements, including completion of the Common Experience courses and a capstone experience. The C-SC Academic Standards Committee must approve the proposed major at least three semesters before the student intends to graduate. More information is available online.
Board elects new officers; Leftwich to chair
The Culver-Stockton Board of Trustees has elected new officers, who will serve three-year terms. Ronald W. Leftwich, retired treasurer of Shell Oil, Houston, Texas, and C-SC 1964 graduate, was elected chairman of the board. He has served on the board since 1990 and recently chaired the transition committee as Culver-Stockton selected a new college president. Larry W. Gorrell, first vice president for investments, Wachovia Securities, Quincy, Ill., was elected vice-chairman. A 1969 C-SC graduate, he has served on the board since 1984. Elected treasurer was 1982 C-SC graduate Jeffrey A. Stuerman, president and CEO, Edward Jones Trust Co., St. Louis. A resident of St. Charles, Mo., he has been a member of the C-SC board since 1992. Also elected was Cynthia A. Keppner, senior director, IT service delivery, Express Scripts Inc., St. Louis, who has served on the board since 2001. A resident of St. Charles, Mo., she graduated from Culver-Stockton College in 1981.
Four new counselors join Admissions staff
Esteban Paredes, assistant director of admissions, has been working in admissions for eight years and is very knowledgeable about the college planning process. During his time in the admissions field, he has worked for two private institutions- Graceland University as an admissions counselor, and Buena Vista University as an admissions representative for diversity. "It is my great pleasure to be a part of a family campus community like Culver-Stockton College. I am very eager to work with prospective students and their families to discover why Culver-Stockton is such a prestigious institution, which not only transforms students lives, but also helps enrich the global community that we live in today," says Paredes, who is assigned to recruit students from 47 states. He received his bachelor's degree in liberal studies with a concentration in bio-technology from Graceland University in 2003. He is originally from Brownsville, Texas. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Nicole Buelt, admissions counselor for the Chicago area, received her bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in management from Western Illinois University in 2008. While attending college, she was very active in student government, Phi Sigma Sigma national sorority, and the NAACP, and she held many student life positions. "I am very excited about working at Culver-Stockton College and being a part of a team atmosphere where the focus is on helping prospective students attain their higher educational goals" said Buelt. "I truly believe students know the professors are behind them 100 percent here at Culver-Stockton, and that is very important to the student as well as their parents." Buelt and her husband, Dan, a 2002 Culver-Stockton graduate, live in Hamilton, Ill., and have been married since November 2008. She enjoys spending time with Shadie (her dog of five years), watching college basketball and the St. Louis Cardinals with her husband, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Ray DeGraw, admissions counselor for western and southern Missouri, is an educator at heart. He comes to Culver-Stockton with a background in education, training, sales and marketing. He taught junior and senior high school social studies, was a training manager and spent 10 years in educational publishing sales and marketing. He stepped away from education temporarily to focus on helping raise foster children and help a friend reorganize his business and is happy to be back in education where his heart has been all along. Raised in a small, rural town DeGraw is excited to be at Culver-Stockton. He received a bachelor of arts degree in history from Harvard College and is passionately committed to the philosophy of a liberal arts education. He is excited about the mission of C-SC and the college's future growth and he looks forward to working with students from Western and Southern Missouri. DeGraw has been married to his high school sweetheart for 22 years. He and his wife have six biological children (two boys and four girls, college-elementary school) and numerous foster children. They are active in community, school and church activities and have a special interest in the performing arts.
Mark Eggleston, admissions counselor for central and southern Illinois, started at Culver-Stockton College in July 2009. He earned his bachelor's degree in social science education from Central Methodist University and a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Truman State University. Eggleston taught in Jamesport and Philadelphia, Mo., and served as guidance counselor at Hannibal High School. He is excited to join the admissions staff at Culver-Stockton. "As a graduate of a private liberal arts college, I know the advantages to be gained from a small college atmosphere. I look forward to bringing these same opportunities to prospective C-SC students," he says. Eggleston lives in Hannibal, Mo. His two children also live in Hannibal. Off-time interests are antiques, reading, and classic rock music.
Culver-Stockton business students and faculty take a break from recieving awards at the IMA conference in Denver and visit the Garden of the Gods.
Business students earn national recognition
Members of the Culver-Stockton College student chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) attended the national IMA Conference in Denver, Colo., recently to receive awards won by the chapter. This is the eighth consecutive year that the Culver-Stockton IMA chapter has left the conference with national recognition. The Culver-Stockton IMA received the national Outstanding Student Chapter award, recognizing it as one of the top four chapters in the nation, and the Best Practices award for the chapter newsletter. C-SC students attending the conference included Dalton Bohan, junior, accounting and finance major, Mendon, Ill.; Samantha Brown, senior, accounting and finance major, Palmyra, Mo.; Kelsey Camp, junior, accounting major, Canton, Mo.; Leah Hall, senior, accounting and finance major, New Canton, Ill.; Danielle Harper, sophomore accounting major, Eldon, Mo.; Emily Johnston, senior, accounting and finance major, Blackwell, Mo.; and Jake Newton, junior, finance major, Burnside, Ill. Bohan also was awarded a national scholarship. Faculty members Dr. Dell Ann Janney, Julie Straus and Jeanne Johnson accompanied the students.
Student Life Awards
The C-SC Student Life Staff has recognized various organizations as well as members of the campus community with Student Life awards. These awards include leadership awards, Greek scholarship cup awards, Greek life awards, Tutorial and Academic Support Center awards, residential life awards, and spiritual life awards. A full list of award descriptions and award recipients are available online.
Wildcats' Childs drafted by the LA Dodgers
Culver-Stockton College pitcher Kevin Childs was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 36th round (1,087th pick overall) of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Thursday, June 11. Childs is the third Wildcat player to be drafted since 2000, and the first since Jose Tadeo was taken by the New York Yankees in the 2004 draft. Shortstop Erick Contreras (2000 Atlanta Braves) was the other former Wildcat drafted. Childs, a 6-3, 195-pound junior right-hander from Stockton, Calif. (St. Mary's HS/Delta College), pitched out of the bullpen for the Wildcats this spring. Childs appeared in nine games for the Wildcats, striking out 10 batters in 8 1/3 innings. He allowed four runs (two earned) for a 2.16 earned run average, walked six and hit five batters. Opponents batted .194 against him in 31 at-bats. Culver-Stockton, located in Canton, Mo., is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and is a member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC).