Thursday, October 8 , 2009
Guenther to step down as football coach at end of season
Culver-Stockton College head football coach Christian Guenther has announced his resignation from the Wildcat program, effective at the end of the current season. He will continue teaching at the college through the remainder of the academic year but will not be returning as head football coach in Fall 2010. Guenther, who is completing his fifth season as head coach, said he believes it is time to give someone else the opportunity to take leadership of the C-SC football program. "I thank my coaching staff, who are an incredibly committed and talented group of gentlemen; and I thank my players, who came here believing in Wildcat football and our potential as a team, and I encourage them to continue to put their hearts and talent into playing at Culver-Stockton," Guenther said. The college will launch a nationwide search for a new coach. The full story is available online.
Volley for the Victory
The Culver-Stockton College Lady Wildcat volleyball team is playing for the cure against breast cancer during the Volley for Victory breast cancer awareness night on Tuesday, October 13, when the team takes on Graceland University. The junior varsity game begins at 5 p.m., and the varsity game begins at 7 p.m. All donations and proceeds from a cancer awareness T-shirt sale will go to the Blessing Hospital Cancer Center for breast cancer support. Come out and help fight for the cure and support your Lady Wildcats. This event is being conducted in partnership with the Blessing Cancer Center.
Student researches secrets of powerful waters from Egypt
Alexis Westerhausen, a Culver-Stockton junior, is researching the curative powers of the hot springs located in Ain Sukhna, Egypt, some 6,700 miles away as part of her studies at C-SC. Westerhausen, who is from Girard, Ill., credits Culver-Stockton's innovative academic approach - EXP@CSC: The Total Learning Experience - for giving her the opportunity to conduct real-world research that could result in publication of her results before she even finishes her undergraduate degree. "My professor, Dr. (Mohamed) El-Bermawy brought the water back from his trip to Egypt and asked me to help him with this research," Westerhausen says "I worked with the water every day as part of a three-week independent study course that he created just for me. If I had tried to do this research in a regular class as part of a typical semester, I never would have been able to focus so much of my attention and get as much done." People from around the world flock to the hot, fresh water spring at Ain Sukhna, a region along the Red Sea about 70 miles from Cairo. The springs are believed by many to cure skin diseases. The full story is available online.
KCACTF chooses two new Ryan nominees from Culver-Stockton
Following the third performance of Culver-Stockton College's production of Spoon River Anthology, a respondent from the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) nominated two C-SC student actors who appeared to compete in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition at KCACTF Region V in January 2010. Jerica Exum, junior arts management major from Chicago, Ill., received her first Irene Ryan nomination for her many roles in the show. Nick Johnson, freshman theatre major from Fieldon, Ill., was also nominated for his roles in Spoon River. The two students will be joining the C-SC Ryan nominees from the Spring 2009 semester including Whitney Colston, junior musical theatre major from Neosho, Mo.; Travis Dahlhauser, sophomore speech and theatre education major from Rockford, Ill.; Nicole Herrington (Class of 2009), history and theatre major from Quincy, Ill.; and Zach Martin, senior arts management major from Decatur, Ill. The Irene Ryan Acting Competition will be held at the 42nd Annual Region V KCACTF, hosted by Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan., from January 17-20, 2010. The full story is available online.
Future students to visit Culver-Stockton October 17
Culver-Stockton College will host a visit day for high school students and those interested in transferring to C-SC on Saturday, October 17, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Robert W. Brown Performing Arts Center. "This is the student's opportunity to experience our innovative EXP@CSC curriculum firsthand," said Jim Lynes, director of admissions. "They will have the opportunity to talk with our current students, as well as being able to visit with faculty, coaches and activity directors at our Academic/Activity Fair. Students also will have time to meet with their admissions counselor, while their parents learn how Culver-Stockton is an affordable college option," Another visit day is scheduled on Saturday, November 7, and additional visit days for specific areas of interest -- such as athletics, fine arts, nursing, athletic training or business -- will be announced. For more information, call 800-537-1883 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A registration form is available online at www.culver.edu.
Wildcat student-athletes make the grade
Culver-Stockton College has announced that its student-athletes were ranked in the top half among all schools of the Heart of America Athletic Conference in the classroom during the 2008-09 school year. The Wildcat men's scholar-athletes made the highest jump among league schools, recording a cumulative 2.96 grade point average for the year, finishing second behind Baker University (Kan.), which had a 3.04 GPA. The men's teams were fifth in 2007-08. Meanwhile, the Wildcat women's scholar-athletes were ranked sixth in the league with a 3.24 GPA. The women's side was very competitive with every school in the league garnering at least a 3.15 cumulative GPA. Evangel University (Mo.) held the top spot with a 3.33 cumulative GPA. "This just shows that our student-athletes continue to prosper both in the classroom and the playing fields and courts," said Joel Dant, director of C-SC athletics. "We are proud of their accomplishments and commend the coaching staff for helping these young men and women as they make academics a priority. This is a testament that we are bringing in the right student-athletes to the college." A total of eight Culver-Stockton teams were on the list of NAIA Scholar Teams during the 2008-09 school year. Teams included on the list were women's volleyball (3.40), men's golf (3.27), softball (3.25), women's golf (3.22), women's indoor track and field (3.19), women's outdoor track and field (3.19), women's soccer (3.03) and baseball (3.01).