Thursday, March 18, 2010
C-SC hosts annual Young Writers' Conference for the ninth year
The ninth annual Culver-Stockton College Young Writers' Conference on Wednesday, March 24 will feature workshops presented by published writers and a keynote address by novelist Leslie Wyatt. This conference, open to area high school students, will be modeled on the many one-day conferences that give professional writers the opportunity to meet one another, hear presentations by successful writers, participate in creative activities, and receive critiques of their work. This year's participants will also learn about new trends in poetry from poets Michael Theune, Matt Guenette, and Chip Corwin. Additionally, there will be an awards ceremony and a haiku-writing contest. "This annual writers' conference for high school students gets better and better every year," said Carolyn Kane, C-SC English professor emeritus and chair of the event. "Last year we hosted nearly 200 students from numerous high schools including Canton, Hamilton, Hannibal, Keokuk, Quincy, Quincy Notre Dame, Payson Seymour, Palmyra, and Schuyler. It's a great opportunity for students to network with professional writers, learn various writing techniques and improve their writing skills." Admission to the conference is free, and lunch will be complimentary. Anyone who has questions or who wishes to make a reservation should call Gaye Redd in the Admissions office at 800-537-1883 or send her an e-mail at email@example.com. More information is available online.
Koufidis captures national title in pole vault
Culver-Stockton College freshman Stefanos Koufidis became the first Wildcat to win a national title when he claimed the pole vault competition at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships at East Tennessee State University's Memorial Center in Johnson City, Tenn. The top-ranked vaulter in the NAIA throughout the season, Koufidis lived up to the hype with a school-best vault of 17 feet, 4 1/2 inches to win the meet against 26 other competitors. Koufidis and three other competitors all cleared 16 feet, 4 3/4 inches. The bar was raised to 16 feet, 11 inches and Koufidis was the only one to make that height, ending the competition. He then asked for the bar to be raised to the winning height where he set the school record. Koufidis joins Zach Rosenberger as Wildcats to earn NAIA All-America honors in the pole vault. Rosenberger earned All-America honors in 2009 by finishing third with a vault of 16 feet, 3 inches. Sophomore Janet Plonka competed in the women's high jump and finished in 14th place with a jump of five feet, three inches. Courtney Spann placed 11th in the women's 3,000-meter race walk, while Blair Wyman competed in the women's 200-meter dash but failed to qualify for the finals.
C-SC Greek Week highlights the Seven Wonders of the Hill
Culver-Stockton College Greeks will be participating in a week full of games, entertainment, and philanthropy events from Sunday, March 21 until Sunday, March 28. Greek Week is an annual event that encourages unity along with some playful competition between the Greek chapter houses. C-SC is home to seven national fraternities and sororities: Alpha Tau Omega, Chi Omega, Delta Upsilon, Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma Kappa, Sigma Sigma Sigma, and Tau Kappa Epsilon. This is the first year that each chapter will by vying for a win on their own. In years past, there have been pairs consisting of a fraternity and a sorority attempting to accumulate the most points over the course of the week. This year's theme is "The Seven Wonders of the Hill" to represent the seven chapters at C-SC. The slogan revolves around what Greeks learned at the IMPACT leadership institute in January: "7 Chapters, 7 Rituals, 1 Goal-Live the Ritual." Chapters have been working harder than ever to emphasize their rituals and fraternal values in their daily lives since taking part in the institute. One of the most anticipated events of the week is a Walk for Haiti, taking place Friday, March 26. Each participant will have at least one sponsor to help them raise money to send to a disaster relief fund for Haiti through the Disciples of Christ ministry - Week of Compassion. The event requires that at least one member of each Greek chapter be on the Culver-Stockton track walking at all times. The walk begins at noon and ends at midnight. Anyone interested in sponsoring a participant may contact the C-SC Greek Life Office at 573-288-6509. For more information about Greek Week or to view the complete schedule, visit the Greek Week website at http://homepages.culver.edu/greeklife/greekweek. More information is available online.
C-SC to hold Career Week, March 22 through 26
Culver-Stockton College Career Week is organized for students to "set up for success," and each day next week will have an event that will help students in their searches for jobs, internships, and careers after college. Monday, March 22 will bring "How to Maximize Your Career Fair Experience," to Meaders Lounge. This event is designed to give students simple tips on how to feel most comfortable introducing themselves to employers. Students are encouraged to bring their lunch to this event. A Career and Internship Fair will be held on Tuesday, March 23 in Meaders Lounge. Several businesses will have booths set up for students to learn more about their business. Students who plan on attending should plan on dressing nice and bring copies of their résumés. Wednesday, March 24 will focus on internships and the steps that students should take to secure their summer or fall internship. This event will take place in the career center. In the career center on Thursday, March 25 students will have the opportunity to work on "First Impressions: Interviewing Strategies." This event will talk about proper clothing for interviews, intimidation, and much more. Career week will finish up on Friday, March 26 with Teacher Career and Interview Day, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Johnson Parlor.
C-SC financial aid office to hold FAFSA Night
The C-SC financial aid office will hold a FAFSA Night on Wednesday, March 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Herrick Foundation Center, room 204. Members of the financial aid office will be present to help attendees fill out and file their 2010-11 FAFSA. Parents and students should bring their 2009 taxes and W2 forms, PINs (personal identification numbers), current balance of cash, savings, and checking accounts, and net worth of investments. If you would like to attend or have any questions contact the C-SC financial aid office at 573-288-6307 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
C-SC Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band to hold spring concert March 28
The Culver-Stockton College Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will present a spring concert on Sunday, March 28, at 3 p.m. in the Alexander Campbell Auditorium, located in the Robert W. Brown Performing Arts Center on the C-SC campus."This concert is a celebration of America and American Composers and is emotionally charged," said Trent Hollinger, C-SC assistant professor of music and director of bands. The Wind Ensemble will perform a tribute to the victims of 9/11 in Eric Ewazen's Hymn for the Lost and the Living; the Symphonic Band will perform Warren Benson's The Leaves are Falling in memory of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Academic Dean, Dr. Joseph Dieker, will guest conduct his own arrangement of The President's Mach, by Victor Herbert. Other works include Roger Nixon's Fiesta del Pacifica, movements from Symphony No. 6 by Vincent Persichetti, An Outdoor Overture by Aaron Copland, and Leonard Bernstein's Four Dances from West Side Story. This event is free and open to the public. It is also a part of C-SC's Academic and Cultural Events program. For more information about this event contact the C-SC Fine Arts Division at email@example.com or 573-288-6413.
Culver-Stockton to host storm spotter training tonight
The National Weather Service will be presenting a Storm Spotter Class tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Culver-Stockton College. At the end of this course, participants will be able to sign up to be certified storm spotters. Scott Huett, a St. Louis, Mo., National Weather Service forecaster, will be on campus to educate attendees on severe storms, precautions for tornadoes and hail, and identification and response techniques. "The Storm Spotter class will address the nature and appearance of severe storms, including lightning, hail and tornadoes. These topics should be of interest to anyone who lives in the midwest where these storms are common. You may attend the course for your own benefit, to obtain information on these storms and the safety precautions that you should take. You may also elect, if you wish, to become a certified Storm Spotter for the National Weather service, and report severe storms when they occur in your vicinity," said Robert Sadler, C-SC professor of physical sciences. Starting with a blue sky, individuals are taught the basics of thunderstorm development, storm structure, what features to look for and where to find them. How to report vital information and basic severe weather safety are also covered. The class is a multi-media presentation using still pictures and video. Everything an individual needs to become a spotter is included in the class curriculum. The training will take place in room 207 of the Herrick Foundation Center on C-SC's campus from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and is free and open to the public. To register, call 573-288-6333.
Nominations for Helsabeck Prize
Nominations are being sought from the Culver-Stockton College community for the Helsabeck Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The Helsabeck Prize, established in 1980, is a cash prize of $1,000 and will be awarded during Commencement. Your help is needed to identify a current faculty member who, in your judgment, exhibits those qualities that mark the truly outstanding teacher. Since Culver-Stockton is, above all things, a teaching institution, awards for excellent teaching speak to the very heart of the college's work. While definitions of excellent teaching will vary, frequently identifying qualities include the following: knowledge and proficiency in the subject area; creative approaches to the subject matter; ability to nurture interest, enthusiasm and responses in students; clarity of educational objectives and course expectations; maintenance of high expectations and standards; openness to other points of view; fairness; and effective timely feedback to students. The winner will be chosen by a panel of faculty, students and administrators. You are invited to submit a nomination to Dr. R. Joseph Dieker, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Henderson Hall. Nominations will be accepted through April 19, 2010. Nomination forms are available from Debbi Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org and are also available outside of the dining hall.
C-SC professor of art emeritus releases 16th book
Al Beck, C-SC professor of art emeritus, recently released his sixteenth book Curiosity's Cushion. The book is full of poetry, drawings, song lyrics, and essays that focus on what "what's needed to improve education's old and uncreative learning system," said Beck. Al Beck's poetry has been accepted by international and national creative writing journals and magazines. A copy of all of Beck's books are available in the C-SC library.