Thursday, January 21, 2010
Vice President for Academic Affairs to leave Culver-Stockton
Culver Stockton College announced Thursday, January 14, that Dr. R. Joseph Dieker, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, is leaving the college at the end of the academic year for a similar position at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. During his tenure at Culver-Stockton, he elevated the music department to new heights including leading the department to its first accreditation as a member of the National Association of Schools of Music. He has been integral in the development of the college's strategic and campus master planning process, and has been instrumental in introducing Culver-Stockton's unique EXP@CSC curriculum program. "We are very appreciative of the tremendous talent Dr. Dieker has shared with us over the years," said Dick Valentine, C-SC president. "He has been a valued advisor, outstanding educator, and scholar." Culver-Stockton will immediately begin a nationwide search to fill the position. A search committee will be formed with the intent of naming a replacement by the time of Dieker's departure. Full story available online.
Ionesco's Rhinoceros cast slated for C-SC performance
Culver-Stockton College students have been cast in a February performance of Rhinoceros, a play in three acts written during the Absurdist movement in France by famous playwright, Eugene Ionesco. The cast includes: Hollyann Lillie, freshman musical theatre major from Roscoe, Ill., as the Waitress; Whitney Colston, junior theatre major from Neosho, Mo., as the Grocer's Wife; Jerica Exum, junior arts management major from Chicago Heights, Ill., as the Housewife; Travis Jay Dahlhauser, junior speech and theatre education major from Rockford, Ill., as Berenger; Zach Martin, junior theatre major from Decatur, Ill., as Jean; Joey Burbach, junior vocal music education major from Grant City, Mo., as the Grocer; Patrick Espanol, freshman from Chicago, Ill., as the Old Gentleman; Patrick Parsons, junior criminal justice major from Memphis, Mo., as the Logician; Josh Kollitz, freshman music education major from Grant City, Mo., as the Café Proprietor; Danielle Hauer, senior arts management major from Troy, Mo., as Daisy; Nick Johnson, freshman theatre major from Fieldon, Ill., as Dudard; Sean Myers, senior arts management major from Hannibal, Mo., as Botard; Tim Maples, freshman musical theatre major from Chicago, Ill., as Mr. Papillon; Amanda Eisele, junior arts management major from Mexico, Mo., as Mrs. Boeuf; and William Jacob Townsend, freshman speech and theatre education major from Goodman, Mo., as a Fireman. The stage manager will be Jeffrey DeGraw, freshman theatre major from Canton, Mo. Full story is available online.
Culver-Stockton education students produce digital phonics book
This past fall Culver-Stockton education students worked together to produce a phonics books which compiled multiple digital resources to assist teachers and students in building words and vocabulary. Each class member was assigned a particular phonics skill and had to create a plan of action for teaching those skills digitally. The students produced the actual book on their own time which included compiling their digital projects, using the Promethean smart board, and publishing their work. The book was done in conjunction with the required field experience of weekly interaction with a struggling reader. "Technology is the name of the game today, so it only made sense for us to make phonological and phonemic awareness more engaging and child-centered by putting together many digital resources that help teachers of reading set the stage for kids' success in a critical skills area," said Terry Sherer, associate professor of education and division chair of education and applied arts. "Our book was limited by time, but the students put together an immensely useful and engaging compendium that assists teachers and kids in building words and vocabulary through a medium with which they are enthralled."
"The great thing with the book is the resources are digital which brings the importance of technology in education," said Arif Dagin, senior elementary education major from Hannibal, Mo. "Integrating digital resources into our curriculum will keep us one step ahead in teaching phonics. I definitely suggest this book to teacher candidates and teachers. "A copy of the book will be given to each student in the class, added to the curriculum library and made available to anyone who would like to purchase one. An online copy may also be made available.
C-SC education majors take part in Student Teachers Tech Day
C-SC education majors recently learned more about using Promethean's ActiveClassroom from Jeff Bridges, an education consultant, and about interactive whiteboards from Courtney Janes, from Hannibal Public Schools. "The smart board training was a great resource for future teachers because it showed us how to bring technological lessons into the classroom," said Daniel Cox, senior music education major from McLeansboro, Ill. Students learned that using interactive whiteboards are a way to get students involved in lessons and have a way to present content that is different from the traditional methods. "Culver-Stockton College should be commended for being among the first colleges in the tri-state area to bring this technology into the curriculum of these young teachers," said Bridges. "They will be much better suited to enter the education field following graduation having had the opportunity to work with this cutting-edge technology."
Culver-Stockton to hold blood drive February 11
Culver-Stockton College will hold its annual American Red Cross blood drive Thursday, February 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Meaders Lounge. Last year C-SC donated 92 units of blood and hopes to be able to give even more this year. Those interested in giving blood or volunteering at the blood drive can e-mail Brent Reynolds at email@example.com or call 288-6420.