Thursday, April 15, 2010
Culver-Stockton unveils Mock Trial Courtroom
The Culver-Stockton College Mock Trial Team unveiled their new courtroom to faculty, staff, students, alumni, townspeople, and dignitaries on Friday, April 10 on the C-SC campus. All in attendance were able to get a good look at the new facility, which was built especially to aid the talents of the C-SC Mock Trial Team. R. Joseph Dieker, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, welcomed everyone with opening remarks and thanked Gary Feldkamp and Bub Long, two C-SC physical plant workers, who built the courtroom. Dieker also spoke about how he recruited Judy Abbott, C-SC senior lecturer in criminal justice and law, two years prior to come to C-SC and start the Mock Trial Program. Missouri Supreme Court Justice, Mary R. Russell and Local representative, Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) were honored guests at the event. Justice Russell spoke about the value of mock trial programs for entrance into law school. She also told the students how valuable it is to have a professor like Abbott, who has actually practiced law in a real courtroom. Representative Munzlinger provided flags for the courtroom that had been flown over the capitol in Jefferson City and spoke about the need for well-trained lawyers in rural areas of Missouri. Mike Sweeney, senior criminal justice major from Naperville, Ill.; and Jessica Deters, sophomore criminal justice major from LaGrange, Mo., shared their opinions about the program. Both students expressed their thoughts about the things that they have learned in this undergraduate experience and how they feel it sharpened the skills that they will need for law school. The full story is available online.
Dant to resign as Culver-Stockton Athletic Director
Culver-Stockton College athletic director Joel Dant will resign from his current position, effective June 30, 2010. Dant was named athletic director on April 21, 2009, and began his duties on June 1, 2009, with the goal of emphasizing a strong vision of leadership, management and organizational development. "We now have a full staff of excellent coaches and the athletic program appears to be on track to move forward in the direction that was set when I joined the college almost a year ago," said Dant. "That direction was to recruit student athletes who would not only graduate, but also be more competitive in their respective sports. "The biggest and most important contribution that I have made to that end was to hire and maintain a staff of coaches who embrace this philosophy and will sustain it for years to come." While at C-SC, Dant was a student athlete and excelled both on the basketball court and in the classroom (dean's list his senior year). 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. "I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to come back to my alma mater and look forward to observing in the classroom and on the athletic fields the fruits of, not only my labor, but all who contributed. I will work closely with the administration to hire my successor." Culver-Stockton College announced a search for Dant's successor will begin immediately. The full story is available online.
Culver-Stockton to host annual Tri-State History Conference
Culver-Stockton College will host the annual Great River History Colloquium, a tri-state history conference, on April 24 in the Johann Memorial Library on the C-SC campus. Each year Culver-Stockton College, Hannibal-LaGrange College, and Quincy University gather together for this conference to give history students from each institution the opportunity to present their senior seminar projects. C-SC senior history students who are participating in the event include: Maxx Vance, senior history major from Quincy, Ill., who will present his project "The Oxo-Caspian Trade Route"; Michael Klein, senior history education major from Breese, Ill., with his project "Constantine and Christianity"; Aaron Vinnick, senior history major from Washington, D.C., presenting his project "Presidential Rhetoric in "Our" Time"; Macklin Frederick, senior history education major from St. Louis, Mo., with his project "Film Propaganda of the Third Reich: A Study of Nazi Film Propaganda"; and Brittney Van Winkle, senior history education major from Florissant, Mo., with her project "The History of Education Reform in America" This year's event will not only feature history students and faculty from each school, but also Matthew Shaefer, an archivist from the Hoover Presidential Library, who will speak about his experiences in working with archives in the presidential library. Presentations will begin at 9 a.m. in rooms 201 and 202 of the Johann Memorial Library. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, contact Patrick Hotle at 573-288-6394 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Full story is available online.
Culver-Stockton selects six 2010 Pillars for Excellence Scholars
Culver-Stockton College has selected six students to receive full-tuition scholarships based on their performance at the 26th annual Pillars for Excellence Scholarship competition. The students were chosen from 41 who competed to earn the scholarships. This year's Pillars candidates averaged a 3.925 grade point average in high school (on a 4.0 scale) and a 27 ACT score. The six Pillars Scholars, all of whom will attend Culver-Stockton as freshmen beginning in fall 2010 are: Kelsey Brown, Francis Howell High School, St. Charles, Mo.; Hannah Kauffmann, Festus High School, Festus, Mo.; Lisa Dawson, Gasconade County R-II High School, Owensville, Mo.; Dylan Green, Pittsfield High School, Pittsfield, Ill.; Brandon Mundschenk, Lake Zurich High School, Lake Zurich, Ill.; and Anne Showalter, Riverton High School, Riverton, Ill. The Pillars Scholarship is awarded through a day long invitation-only competition. In order to be invited, students must meet stringent academic standards. On the day of competition, each student not only has to write an essay but also be interviewed by a panel of judges that includes full-time faculty members and a current Culver-Stockton student who has previously been awarded the Pillars Scholarship. "We welcomed an excellent group of Pillars candidates to this year's competition," said Dick Valentine, Culver-Stockton College president. "It was a wonderful day that culminated with each of the participants being recognized with the college's first official Pillars medallion. Culver-Stockton is proud of these amazing young men and women and has high expectations of them becoming campus leaders." The Pillars Scholarship pays all tuition costs and can be renewed annually at the value of the freshman year if the student maintains a 3.2 grade point average at Culver-Stockton.
Mahan Literary Awards due April 26
The Culver-Stockton College English Department is requesting submissions for the Mahan Literary Awards. All contests are open to any regularly enrolled student of the college. The awards include: The George A. Mahan Short Story Award, a cash prize of $50 will be awarded to one winning entry or divided for two winning entries; The George A. Mahan Informal Essay Award, the essays may follow any conventionally accepted mode of development (i.e., narration, description, comparison/contrast, definition, argument, persuasion). A cash prize of $25 will be awarded to one or more essays selected by judges for the award; and The George A. Mahan One-Act Play Award, the plays may develop an original idea or be based on a short story. In the latter case, the story used must accompany the play entered. The projected performance time of the play may not be over forty-five minutes, $25 for first-place award; $15 for second place. All submissions are due on Monday, April 26. Submissions can be sent to Lee Hammer at email@example.com or hard-copies may be dropped off to Johann, room 206H.
Quincy Symphony Orchestra to present final concert
The Quincy Symphony Orchestra will present its final concert on Saturday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Quincy Junior High Morrison Theatre. The event will feature over 200 performers including student choirs from Culver-Stockton College as well as Quincy University. The concert will also be Dean Joe Dieker's last performance as principal clarinetist. Other faculty performers include Tom Polett, Jane Polett, and Aren Van Houzen. Also from Canton and C-SC: Aden Eilts, Mary Ellen Todd, and Laura Polett. This event is part of C-SC's Academic and Cultural Events program and admission is free with your C-SC ID.