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A Deep Reservoir

One measure of quality in higher education is the degree to which alumni succeed in life. Many attribute that success to a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. A hallmark of that foundation is the ability to be proficient in both the theoretical as well as the practical. While theory can at times be abstract, practical outcomes are easily measured. It is the blending of those activities that leads to creativity and versatility. In this issue of affinity, we see some of that creativity, ranging from very helpful to whimsical. We see the opportunity to engage in one aspect of lifelong learning: for not all learning need be formal. To the extent that life may be made just a bit better, however small, by virtue of using one or more of the tips found herein, learning will have taken place. As the college matures along with its students, faculty and staff, let us not overlook the reservoir of practical knowledge available through our alumni and friends. Given that we have more than 67,000 living alumni, that reservoir is mighty deep.

Columbia College Board of Trustees Chair Daisy Willis Grossnickle ‘66 Vice Chair Richard Montgomery Secretary Janet Carter Wright ‘58

Trustees Mark Baisley ‘93 Walter E. Bixby III ‘82 Judith Cunningham ‘64 Jerry Daugherty Gary R. Drewing Steve Erdel

George Hulett, Jr. Don Landers Robert W. Maupin Nollie Moore Dr. Sandra Bruce Nichols ‘80 Ron Nielsen Jolene Marra Schulz ‘61

Daniel L. Scotten Dr. Patrick Smith Dr. Diane Suhler Anita Abbott Timmons ‘58 Carol Winkler ‘93 Rev. John J. Yonker

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Inside the Gate Women’s History Month, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities Jim Leach, award-winning student organizations, Dr. Lisa Ford-Brown’s “DK Guide to Public Speaking” and other news from around campus. MyCCAA Dale Coe Simons ‘65 says adieu to the presidency, graduation and Ivy Chain, Reunion Weekend 2011 and other updates from your Columbia College Alumni Association.

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Faculty profiles Meet Dr. Paul Hanna, chair of the Education Department, and Illinois criminal justice instructor Jim Miller, who’s not afraid to put Goldilocks on trial. How to... Do almost everything better from making great guacamole, writing a book and winning Miss America, from alumni who have been there. Cougar Sports Zone What’s happening in Columbia College volleyball, women’s and men's basketball, softball and soccer — winning. Where’s Scooter? Someplace you’ll never guess. He’s a lot closer than you think. On the Web The Columbia College Alumni Relations website wins a GD USA award, check out new blog “Real.” CC Notes News from your fellow alumni.

On the Cover: CCAA President Martha Eberhard ‘00 demonstrates how to tell when an egg is hard-boiled.

Magazine Staff


Neal Fandek Chief Editor

Jessica Royston Public Relations Associate

Brandi Herrman Associate Director of Public Relations

Kaci Smart ‘09 Photographer

Joanne Tedesco Senior Director of Public Relations

affinity magazine is published three times a year by Public Relations in cooperation with Development and Alumni Relations. The editorial style for grammar, punctuation, abbreviations, etc., follows the guidelines of the Associated Press Stylebook – 2011.

Susan Davis Senior Director of Alumni Relations Patricia Houston Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Michael Kateman Executive Director of Development, Alumni and Public Relations Brian Kersey and LG Patterson, Silverbox Photography Photographers Beth Hastings Web Designer

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Inside the Gate

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History Month

Columbia College celebrated Women’s History Month in March with lectures, a weekly trivia contest and a showing of “With a Song in My Heart,” the story of alumna, TV, Hollywood and recording star Jane Froman ‘26. Best-selling author and University of Michigan Professor of Communication Studies Susan J. Douglas also spoke on ”Enlightened Sexism.” Her message was simple: Feminism’s work is not done and full equality for women has not been achieved.

Dr. Tonia Compton ‘99, assistant professor of history, was instrumental in bringing the events to the college. “As an historian I believe it is essential to take advantage of large public moments that celebrate the contributions of groups who have often been neglected,” said Compton. “And Women’s History Month is a wonderful opportunity to do just that. This also gives us the chance to make connections between the historical past and modern-day issues by drawing the campus community into a discussion of important ideas.”

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Inside the Gate


has civility gone?

His 19th century contemporaries dubbed Henry Clay the “Great Compromiser” and credited him with holding the union together. ” ‘Compromise’ is a bad word today,” said Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and 30-year congressman from Iowa. Leach spoke at a Columbia College Q & A for professors, staff and students and in the ninth annual Althea W. and John A. Schiffman Ethics in Society Lecture. Leach said there is a great deal of dissatisfaction in American life today, “an unwillingness to express goodwill, especially in political decisions,” citing our ongoing wars, a shaky economy and an increasingly partisan media, among other factors. “I have no doubt whatsoever that there has been a movement toward less civility in the last 30 years,” he said.

Dr. Anthony Alioto, Jim Leach, John Schiffman and President Gerald Brouder

President Richard Nixon is credited with the term “silent majority,” said Leach, adding he believes there truly is a silent American majority who crave civility. How to instill more civility into daily life? Try listening, he said; if you’re a conservative, tune in to a liberal show or blog and try to understand their viewpoint; if a liberal, try conservative media.

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Columbia College Mock Trial Team qualifies for national championship The Columbia College Mock Trial Team qualified for the national championship tournament for the first time during regional competition in St. Louis by defeating teams from Culver Stockton, Canton, Mo.; two separate teams from Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.; and from Rhodes College, Memphis, Tenn. For the competition, the students presented a case called Davis vs. Happyland Toy Company, a civil case involving allegations of negligence and product liability. This is the 14th year Columbia College has participated. At the championship, held in March in Hamilton, Ohio, Jennifer Lancaster and Brittany Candler won outstanding witness awards. Barry Langford, team advisor, assistant professor and chair of Criminal Justice Administration, said he was very pleased with the team’s performance. Congratulations to the students who worked so hard and represented the college so well! • • • • •

Claudia Ayala Kevin Barnes Brittany Candler Justin Davis Rebecca Kunce

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Jennifer Lancaster Courtney Lauer-Myers Elias Lucas Cassie Robinson

The American Mock Trial Association was created to help students acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system, develop analytical abilities and communication skills, and gain an understanding of their obligations and responsibilities as participating members of our society.

Three Columbia College

campuses celebrate anniversaries

The three campuses couldn’t be farther apart. Columbia College–Coast Guard Island, on the San Francisco Bay, is one of the college’s oldest campuses. The campus began educating Navy, Marine Corps and Army personnel on Treasure Island Naval Station in 1976, and celebrated its 35th anniversary in March. Columbia College–Freeport, Ill., celebrated 15 years of educating civilian students in north-central Illinois. And Columbia College–Jacksonville, Fla., celebrated its fifth anniversary in June. And closer together. “These campuses may be located many miles apart, have different histories and serve different educational constituencies,” said Dr. Gerald Brouder, Columbia College president. “But they share the same passion for educational excellence as the rest of the nationwide Columbia College campuses. I am very proud of their service to their communities.” The director of Columbia College–Coast Guard Island is Tom Meehan, of Freeport, Beth Koeller, and of Jacksonville, Gary Hall.


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at regional competition The Columbia College Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) group, advised by Dr. Sean Siebert, assistant professor of business administration, traveled to Rogers, Ark., for a regional competition in March to showcase their multi-pronged business plan to revive economically depressed Cuba, Mo., and came away with first runner-up and rookie of the year awards. A SIFE judge wrote Siebert, “I wanted to pass along how impressed the judges were with your team, knowing you have only been in the SIFE network for about a month. During the judging process they were amazed you all were a rookie team. They were very impressed and the scoring was very close. To walk away with rookie of the year AND first runner-up is very impressive.” Though their first SIFE Competition, Siebert and his business students have been creating business plans for economically stagnant rural areas for more than a year. One student created a plan for Hannibal, Mo. http://spotlight. ccis.edu/2011/02/helpinghannibal.html; two others, Bailye and Brynne Stansberry, are seeking financing for clear rain boots with interchangeable liners to be manufactured in rural areas http://www.columbiaribune.com/news/2011/ feb/16/ twins-win-gives-boots-a-boost/. Many Columbia College main campus students come from rural areas and want to see them recover. Siebert says the service learning he and his students practice are a win-win-win for teachers, students and communities.

Columbia College

rediscovers its brand

What is the Columbia College brand? What is a brand? A brand is how you feel about an organization or in our case, a college. It’s an emotion, a response. It is not a graphic or a logo; it’s a reputation, a promise a college makes to its students and community. It’s also what makes Columbia College unique and sets us apart from our competitors. In early 2010, Columbia College set out to rediscover and define its brand. A team of brand experts surveyed prospective students, current students, faculty, parents, and alumni via email, phone, in-person interviews and focus groups. What we found is that people agree on two attributes that define Columbia College: Real and Serious about Education. Both an affirmation of who we are, and an aspiration for the future, it’s not just a tag line or a new logo. It’s our promise to the world. It is our answer to the question “What is Columbia College?” Columbia College offers a nationally recognized and respected, student-centered private college experience for engaged students of all ages and backgrounds who seek to improve their lives in a complex and changing world. On Sept. 15, at the State of the College address, President Brouder, the brand champion, will unveil the new brand identity. Brand messages will be woven into all communications moving forward. Please join us in celebrating the evolution of the Columbia College brand.

Inside the Gate

Columbia College Students in Free Enterprise named first runner-up, rookie of the year,

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Left to right: Matias Costa-Navajas, advisor Angela Kinworthy, Trang Nguyen, Tram Nguyen, Aigul Kubatbekova, Corbin Umstattd, Thanh Nguyen



In February, Columbia College Collegiate DECA, advised by Assistant Professor of Business Administration Angela Kinworthy, sent 11 students to the statewide competition held at the Lake of the Ozarks. All the students received some form of recognition, from proficiency to first place in International Business (Matias CostaNavajas and Aigul Kubatbekova); and third and fourth place in Financial Services (Mr. Thanh Nguyen and Ms. Trang Nguyen, respectively).

This qualified the students to participate in DECA’s international conference, held in Orlando, Fla., where three team members placed in the top 10. “It was a great networking opportunity, and we got to meet some great people!” said Kubatbekova. “We also took part in business workshops and presentations held by leading business leaders.” DECA is a national organization for college students preparing for careers in marketing, merchandising or management.

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A group of academics, former students and supporters assembled to commemorate a new textbook written by Dr. Lisa Ford-Brown, associate professor of speech communication, in the Lee Room of Dulany Hall in March. The book is titled “DK Guide to Public Speaking,” published by Pearson. Using a squadron of research assistants, student contributors

and key staff members, many of whom are credited in the book, Ford-Brown finished the lavishly illustrated, crisply laid out book in an amazing 18 months. Typically, textbooks can take years to complete. At the event, a publisher’s representative toasted Ford-Brown in a speech she said she prepared after careful consultation of tab eight of the book (”Speeches for Special

public speaking Events”). The rep gave herself a C for the speech. Ford-Brown assured her the speech was more like a B+. ”DK Guide to Public Speaking” is available at the Columbia College bookstore in the AtkinsHolman Student Commons, phone: (573) 875-7341 or http://ccis.bncollege.com; or online from www.mypearson store.com, Amazon, Google Shopping and other services.

For a book preview from Ford-Brown, visit http://www.pearsonhighered.com/showcase/dkps.

Inside the Gate

Dr. Lisa Ford-Brown publishes guide to

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CCAA  Leadership

Martha Eberhard ‘00 President 2011 - 2013

Dale Coe Simons ‘65 President 2009 - 2011

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To All Alumni:

As my term as president of the Columbia College Alumni Association (CCAA) Board of Directors comes to a close, I am reminded about the exciting changes that have taken place, and I look forward to the future of both Columbia College and the Alumni Association – as this issue of affinity, which showcases the many resources alumni bring to Columbia College, proves. My fellow board members have completed an amazing amount of work. I’ve watched a very qualified and capable board revise the bylaws of CCAA and improve and diversify the structure of the board, all while encouraging wider participation through establishing the tradition of Ivy Chain to be implemented on Nationwide Campuses and, coming soon, virtual commencement. These are only a couple of their accomplishments. Heartfelt thanks to each board member for an amazing job! Under the expert guidance of Michael Kateman, Susan Davis and Martha Eberhard, the board embarked upon a strategic planning process that will strengthen and focus the mission of CCAA for years to come. Even during that ambitious process, the board and Alumni Relations staff managed to create new benefits of association membership and produce technology improvements with a new website and Web conferencing capabilities. Together we increased the number of student/alumni outreach opportunities dramatically and made those opportunities more focused and effective. A special thank you to Dr. Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College, for his vision, support and

understanding of the importance of a strong and committed alumni association. His leadership and genuine commitment to the values of this institution have been an inspiration to me. He is an excellent mentor and friend. My able successor, Martha Eberhard, chaired the strategic planning process and brings a wealth of leadership experience and commitment to the board. She has enthusiastically assisted in building a great team that continues to move this alumni association into the future. I look forward to supporting her. I’ve been fortunate during my term to travel to commencements and alumni events all over the country and to meet fellow alumni with whom I’m exceptionally proud to have Columbia College in common, particularly given the institution’s rise in national and international reputation during the past decade. Your participation in CCAA can contribute significantly to that ascendancy. Through time, effort, involvement and resources, we all can make Columbia College a better place for those who follow in our footsteps. Thank you for this treasured opportunity. Calling myself president of your alumni association has been a significant honor. We are, and will always be, CC! Most Sincerely, Dale Coe Simons ‘65 President

Columbia College Alumni Association Board of Directors (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2013) Martha Eberhard ‘00 President

Tanya Clatterbuck ‘00 Treasurer

Bill Leeper ‘04 President-Elect Lollie Zander Reed ‘68 Secretary

Ex-Officio Members


Dale Coe Simons ‘65 Immediate Past President

Michael Kateman Executive Director of Development, Alumni and Public Relations

Carol Winkler '93 Alumni Board of Trustee Member

Susan Davis Senior Director of Alumni Relations

Lynne Stuver Baker ‘64 Melissa Neterer Carroll ‘03 Jonathan Dudley ‘10 Sonya Garrett ‘96 Marjorie Thomas Gutelius ‘69 Bill Johnston ‘82 Lana Le Mons ‘09 Joshua Muder ‘99 Janette Nichols ‘02 Penny O'Connor ‘07 Penny Pitman ‘65 Suzanne Pomeroy Ready ‘81 Norris Tanner ‘10 Johnette Van Dien ‘09 Bill Wright ‘09

Representatives: Dr. Tonia Compton '99 Assistant Professor of History Faculty Representative

Kim Craig '12 President - Student Government Association SGA Representative

René Massey '01 Assistant Dean, Adult Higher Education AHE Representative

Nollie Moore Director of Jane Froman Singers -Music & Fine Arts Representative Drew Grzella '01 Assistant Director of Athletics - Athletics Representative


Letter from the Alumni Board President

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Front Row: Nelda Cunningham McCoy ’41; Debbie Bryant Berge ’65; Daisy Willis Grossnickle ’66, Chair of Board of Trustees; Donna Hines Cullen ’64 Middle Row: Judy Cunningham ’64, Trustee; Mary Kay Arnold ’59; Ann Riutcel Gibson ’64; Dale Coe Simons ’65, CCAA Board President; Lynn McCormick Guyot ’46 Back Row: Patricia Houston, assistant director, Alumni Relations; Michael Kateman, executive director of Development, Alumni, and Public Relations; Susan Davis, senior director, Alumni Relations


Alumni Event

On March 24th, trustees Judy Cunningham ‘64, Daisy Willis Grossnickle ‘66 and CCAA President Dale Coe Simons ‘65 hosted a Christian College alumnae luncheon and an evening reception for Columbia College alumni at the Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz. Christian College alumnae reconnected and reminisced about their CC times, browsed through yearbooks and met former Miss

America and Christian College alumna Debbie Bryant Berge ‘65. Executive Director of Development, Alumni and Public Relations Michael Kateman updated the alumnae on the state of the college and encouraged them to keep their strong affinity with the college. The evening reception brought together alumni from the Day, Nationwide and Online campuses, making for great conversations and exchange of stories. Many were amazed to hear how Columbia College has grown and prospered since their time in Columbia. The CCAA would like to thank everyone who attended and hope to hold future events in Arizona and across the country!

Michael Kateman, executive director of Development, Alumni and Public Relations, Lauren Schurwanz Peter ‘78 and Susan Davis, senior director of Alumni Relations





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Ivy Chain

The Columbia College main campus held its annual commencement ceremony in a packed Southwell Complex on May 7. The speaker was the dynamic Susan Wilson Solovic ‘80, entrepreneur, best-selling author on women and business, attorney and Miss Missouri 1979, who makes regular appearances on ABC News, MSNBC and FOX. Nearly 500 students in total walked across the stage to receive their diplomas from President Gerald Brouder. The number of graduates has increased so dramatically in recent years that two separate ceremonies are held. In her address, Solovic spoke of her journey to success, one key to which was never compromising her core values. Solovic then cited the CCAA’s core values of honor, respect and civility, courage, excellence, opportunity and pride, which she said were excellent guides in the graduates’ own journey.

The day also featured the nurses' pinning ceremony for graduates of the Nursing Program and the Ivy Chain ceremony, one of the oldest collegiate traditions in the nation. In the ceremony, graduates have a chain of ivy draped across their shoulders, representing the bonds of friendship and class unity. At the end of the ceremony, the ivy is cut, symbolizing that although now separate from Columbia College and classmates, graduates always will remain a part of the college.

One of the CCAA goals is to bring this time-honored tradition to Nationwide Campuses.

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Reunion Weekend 2011

History and Traditions Showcase

2011 Master Artist Doug Russell ‘90

2011 Master Artist Randy Arnold ‘79

Good weather, good food and good friends. What could be better? On Reunion Weekend 2011, held April 15, 16 & 17, we honored Class Years 1931, 1941, 1951, 1961 and 1971; honored two deserving alumni award recipients; showcased the work of two alumni artists; displayed selected pieces of the college’s historical memorabilia and inducted the 50-year class into the Golden Anniversary Club.

Ivy Chain Dresses shown during the History and Traditions Showcase

The weekend began with the Master Artist Series Presentation, featuring alumni artists Randy Arnold ‘79 and Doug Russell ‘90. Arnold and Russell were invited back to campus to display their artwork during Reunion Weekend. Both artists gave a presentation that was well attended by students, alumni and faculty. On Friday evening class socials were held, alumni gathered in Dorsey Gymnasium and enjoyed an evening sharing stories and reminiscing about their CC days.

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Saturday’s highlights included the History and Traditions Showcase, a campus walking tour provided by Columbia College Student Ambassadors and the dedication at the Kirkman House naming the Professor David O’Hagan Teaching Studio and Professor Elaine Grev Practice Suite. Professor Emeritus of Music David O’Hagan and Professor Emerita of Music Elaine Grev were both recognized and honored for their outstanding years of service to the college’s music program. Following the dedication, alumni gathered at the Dulany Banquet Room for the alumni luncheon, where CCAA President Dale Coe Simons ‘65 and Columbia College President Gerald Brouder welcomed alumni back to campus. Simons and the CCAA board of directors recognized First Lady Bonnie Brouder as the founder of the Christian College-Columbia College archives and thanked her for her hard work and dedication in preserving the college’s history. Simons also introduced incoming CCAA President Martha Eberhard ‘00 and presented her with a crystal gavel. Following the luncheon an alumni panel discussion was held featuring Michael Sawyer ‘74 (2011 Distinguished Alumni Award), Judy Cunningham ‘64 (2011 Columbia College Service Award) and Lt. William Leeper ‘04 (2010 Professional Achievement Award). The panel gave the opportunity for alumni, students, faculty and staff to hear stories and reflections

on how Columbia College impacted their lives and career. Saturday afternoon was capped off with an incredible performance of “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward featuring Anna Harvey Sheeley ‘75, Caitlin Cunningham ‘10 and the College College’s Elysium Players in the Eighth Annual Alumni Performance Series.

Nollie Moore, director of the Jane Froman Singers, Professor Emerita of Music Elaine Grev, Professor Emeritus of Music David O’Hagan and Judy Shaw, accompanist for Jane Froman Singers

Dale Coe Simons ’65, CCAA president, presents President-Elect Martha Eberhard ’00 with a crystal gavel.

Caitlin Cunningham ’10 and Anna Harvey Sheeley ’75 starred alongside the Columbia College Elysium Players in their performance of Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” in the Eighth Annual Alumni Performance Series.

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a f f i n i t y Cunningham and Sawyer were honored at the Alumni Awards Banquet and Presentation on Saturday evening. Cunningham was awarded the Columbia College Service Award for her work as a student mentor, philanthropist, volunteer and tireless advocate for Columbia College. Cunningham was humbled by her award and was especially delighted that her former Christian College roommate, Joyce Tracy Harger ‘64, and her niece, Claire Cunningham, were in attendance for the banquet. Sawyer received the Distinguished Alumni Award. He is a regionally and nationally recognized library director who is active in his community. He is currently the director of Calcasieu Parish Public Library in Lake Charles, La. Sawyer was bestowed Columbia College’s highest honor for his accomplishments. He has won four national awards in four different library systems and his work has been published in professional journals. He was joined by former Columbia College classmates and gave an emotional acceptance speech that demonstrated his illustrious career.

Members of the class of 1961 reminisce over Christian College yearbooks.

Judy Cunningham ’64 received the Columbia College Service Award.

Michael Sawyer ’74 was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Front Row (L to R): Charlotte Gilliam ’79; Andrea Rabinowitz Luchen ‘78 & ’80; Toni Blanton Shearer ’80; Back Row (L to R): Carol Siegel Turner ‘72 & ’77; Lorraine Walters Colvin ’71; Kathleen Rhinehart Riney ’79


Class of 1961 Front Row (L to R): Diane Haffner Oilar, Carol Wood Barr, Dian Murray Guthrie, Jolene Marra Schulz Middle Row (L to R): Sue Mitchell Harris, Lynn McClary Hawkins, Joan Killebrew, Sharon Niday Ronchetto, Jane Fry Reed, Judith Wilkinson Klinginsmith Back Row (L to R): Ann Henley Barcus, Sandy Cowan McMillan Maloy, Jackie Crane Stamper, Susan McGraw Kazmar, Suzanne Evans Hearnes

The banquet concluded with President Brouder presenting Simons with a framed certificate of appreciation for her outstanding work for the past two years as the president of the Alumni Association. The Jane Froman Singers, directed by Nollie Moore, ended the evening with an outstanding performance of selected songs from their recent trip to Italy.

Remembrance Ceremony in Dorsey Chapel

Betty Lou Wharton Connell ’51; Martha Winder Bean ’51

Sunday began with a Remembrance Ceremony in Dorsey Chapel and was followed by the Golden Anniversary Brunch and Ivy Chain Ceremony in Dorsey Gym. Members of the Class of 1961 were inducted into the 50-Year Golden Anniversary Club and all 50-year club members participated in the re-enactment of the Ivy Chain Ceremony. The weekend concluded with Christian College alumnae draped with ivy and singing ”For All We Know.” Thank you to everyone for packing your bags and making the trip back to Columbia! It was a wonderful weekend.

Members of the class of 1961 fondly look back on their days at Christian College.


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Jane Froman Singers


Board of Directors


Italy Trip

Nollie Moore and the Jane Froman Singers toured Italy in late March: Rome, Florence, Venice, Siena and Milan, singing in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, among other performances. St. Peter’s has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world. Another well-known Columbia College personality, Scooter the Cougar, accompanied the Singers. http://jfstravels.blogspot.com

First Row (L to R): Michael Kateman; Carol Winkler ’93; Lollie Zander Reed ’68; Dale Coe Simons ’65; Martha Eberhard ’00; Bill Leeper ’04; Susan Davis Second Row (L to R): René Massey ’01; Lana Le Mons ’09; Courtney Lauer-Myers ’11; Bill Johnston ’82; Penny O’Connor ’07; Johnette Van Dien ’09; Lynne Stuver Baker ’64; Marjorie Thomas Gutelius ’69; Sonya Garrett ’96 Back Row (L to R): Tanya Clatterbuck ’00; Joshua Muder ’99; Penny Pitman ’65; Jonathan Dudley ’10; Norris Tanner ’10; Kimberly Craig ’12; Bill Wright ’09; Melissa Neterer Carroll ’03

The annual CCAA retreat was May 13 and 14 at the Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., and featured the announcement of five new board members: • Melissa Carroll ‘03, Columbia College–Jefferson City, vice president of Lake Printing Company, Inc. • Sonya Garrett ‘96, Columbia College–St. Louis, owner/manager of First Impressions Paralegal Services, LLC • Joshua Muder ‘99, Columbia College main campus, senior project manager, Pullman Power LLC, Kansas City, Mo. • Penny O’Connor ‘01, ‘07, Columbia College Evening Campus, financial assistance coordinator, Bryan College • Norris Tanner ‘10, Columbia College–Kansas City, research analyst, RSI (Reproduction Systems, Inc.) The diversity of these five individuals’ backgrounds will serve Columbia College well, and we look forward to their contributions.

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Lake commencement,

Community Day

More than 900 friends, family, faculty and fans attended the Columbia College–Lake of the Ozarks 2011 commencement ceremony on May 1. The event took place at the Lodge of Four Seasons. The campus community recognized the hard work of 77 students with Dr. Terry Smith, executive vice president and dean for Academic Affairs, giving the address and conferring degrees. CCAA board member Janette Nichols ‘02 provided the alumni charge

and inducted the graduates into the alumni association. The graduates included 14 nursing students recognized for completion of the program’s rigorous classroom and clinical work with a pinning ceremony. The Lake of the Ozarks campus also held its fourth annual Community Appreciation Day on May 7. The campus provided free food, great prizes, interactive displays and activities for everyone.

A book drive also was held as part of the event, and the 340 books were distributed among three Education program alumnae who are just starting out in the teaching profession. The Lake of the Ozarks campus was established in 1990. The campus is particularly noted for its nursing program and strong connection with the healthcare community.

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Productive Teaching: “American public education works!”

master’s degrees in math and decades of mid-Missouri teaching and administrative experience.

Dr. William Paul Hanna, assistant professor and chair of the Education Department, began life as a normal, if arts-loving, Protestant in Newburgh, N.Y., an hour and a half north of Times Square. “My mother was a homemaker, and my father had a small construction company,” he says. “We never talked about education, as I recall.” He still applied and was accepted into the ceramic arts program of tiny Alfred University in the Allegheny Mountains of New York. Hanna, who goes by Paul, not William, ended up a Catholic with undergraduate and

When he was just a few hours old, an uncle looked at him and reportedly said, “That’s not a William, that’s a Paul.” The name stuck even if “William” followed him around. Like many gifted and keenly intelligent people, Hanna easily switched disciplines, obtaining a New York teaching certificate and began substitute teaching. He applied for a teaching spot in Independence, Mo., on a dare, returned to school to get his elementary certification then moved to tiny Marys Home, Mo. There he was promoted to principal while still teaching (”I had to have a phone installed in my classroom — when the phone rang they knew to freeze,”

he says) and met a girl interviewing for his old job. That part of his life, at least, was predictable: he and Gretchen have lived in Jefferson City for 30 years and raised three sons. ”The first year I was there teaching math, the school district had a district-wide switch day, where teachers switched classrooms,” Hanna, an articulate and animated man who leans toward sweaters and slip-on shoes, says. “I went from teaching math in eighth grade to first grade — that was a fun day. That day shaped who I was to become.” Marys Home shaped him in other ways too. He converted to Catholicism after his mother’s death and witnessing the serene, unshakeable faith of his Catholic elementary school students in the face of death. That person became an inspired teacher of first graders and

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master’s level teachers alike, unafraid to mix theory with practice (”Productive teaching is laughing and learning, that’s my latest”), encourage his students to talk, a lot (“If the teacher is doing 80 percent of the talking, they’re doing 80 percent of the learning”) or zoom in on such language building blocks as phonemes, Vygotsky’s theory of the zone of proximal development or Bandura’s social learning theory if he thinks it will help his students. He also tells extremely entertaining stories of how his sons learned, breaks out in song and has been known to show up in class with an autoharp, castanets, maracas and hand bells. Hanna began teaching adjunct at Columbia College and when a full-time teaching position became open in 2007, he applied, was accepted and was made chair within two years.

Here’s what two former students have to say:

You’d think decades of federal and state educational mandates such as No Child Left Behind and the current attack on education would have left him bitter. Not so. ”American public education works!” he says. “When I was in school, dropping out was no big deal and a lot of kids did. Now there is pressure to stay in school. Plus we educate gifted students, special ed students, handicapped students — we’re serving more kids and doing a better job of it.” Hanna also believes teaching may be the most important job in society. “Our mission is to turn out the best teachers we can — you’re not just pouring knowledge into that kid, you’re pouring knowledge into the family, because that child is part of a family, a community.”

“Paul is SO MUCH FUN to be around, very energetic and loves to tell stories!”

That is why, he says, the partnerships Columbia College has forged with the Columbia, Southern Boone County, Hallsville, Sturgeon and Harrisburg school districts and Parkade Elementary School are so valuable: Columbia College education students acquire teaching and social experience in a community that may end up hiring them, and school district teachers are afforded the opportunity to take a free master’s level class. ”Teachers are role models,” Hanna says. “Kids’ lives are in their hands.”

“This was the best c lass EVER He was so !!! interesting , and made so m uch sense! Most of h is classes r evolved around rea l life exper iences, so everyth ing was re ally clear!”

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Jim Miller, adjunct instructor of criminal justice for Columbia College’s Crystal Lake and Elgin, Ill., campuses and a veteran attorney, has stories. Boy, does he have stories. • Like about far right field of his boyhood backyard baseball field. It was Lake Michigan. “If you hit it into right field you were not just out, you had to buy a new ball,” he says. • Like about the unrecoverable tennis balls — are we sensing a pattern? — hit over the

fence of the Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., tennis courts. Miller earned his law degree at Washington and Lee. “If you hit it out of the court, you left it because of the snakes — rattlesnakes, copperheads,” he says. “You were told early, ‘Don’t go wandering through the brush.’ “ • Like about performing as part of a choir (bass, although his speaking voice sounds tenor to an uneducated ear) in Carnegie Hall, New York, the ne plus ultra of music palaces; in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.; and in Pablo Casals’ living room. Casals was probably the greatest cello player of the 20th century. The living room was in Puerto Rico.

• Like about the hit man allegedly responsible for 20 to 30 hits whom Miller was within touching distance of as a law school intern for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago, Ill., his first real case. Miller and his team got him for falsifying a bank loan application. “It was penny ante, but we succeeded in convicting him,” Miller says. “We were basically trying to do anything to get him off the street.” Chicago’s Al Capone, as you may recall, was nailed for income tax evasion. • Like putting Goldilocks on trial in the classroom. The golden-tressed porridge thief (allegedly, of course), is usually convicted, Miller says. “By the time my students get to that point in class, they have some idea of what to look for, how to handle evidence,” he says. Miller gets consistent praise for his stories, teaching

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methods and decades of expertise, but claims he is not a born teacher. As an undergraduate music and history major at Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., Miller ran a planetarium for groups of kids. “I was basically lecturing in the dark,” he says. “It helped me get over my shyness and fear of speaking in front of people. Maybe the safety of speaking to 20 to 30 people in the dark made me more relaxed.” Miller teaches classes on criminal law, criminal procedure, the judicial process, evidence, legal issues, organized crime, business law and terrorism. He is also a member of the academic advisory board for McGraw-

Hill’s “Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism.” ”People seem to like evidence a lot — maybe it’s the CSI effect,” he says. “Judicial process goes over pretty well too but lately, people have taken a real interest in my terrorism class.” Between teaching at two campuses, a private practice and the myriad of demands a working dad and head of household faces, Miller himself gets scant time to relax. “I usually get about four hours of sleep,” he says. “I’ve been doing it since high school. I’ll sleep on Thursday.”

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Connect Tradition with Tomorrow. Give the gift of science. Contact the Office of Development at ccgiving@ccis.edu or (573) 875-7563.


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How to... Life is full of conundrums.

How do I do this? Could I have handled that differently? Is there a better way to do it next time? Well, often there is a better way and these alumni, all experts in their field, share their tips for better living.

How to... make great guacamole Use three ripened avocados. They should be soft yet firm to touch. Slice them in half. Take the pit out of each avocado and scoop the avocado meat from the skin. Place the avocado meat in a medium-sized bowl. Use a fork to smash and mix the avocados until they are smooth. Add one chopped Roma tomato, one quarter of a chopped onion and one tablespoon of chopped cilantro. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Use the fork to mix all together. Serve with chips and ENJOY! — Diana Schriefer ‘05, Columbia College-Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, campus graduate, now director, Columbia College-San Diego, worked in mom’s Mexican food restaurant La Cocina for eight years

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• First, recruit quality student-athletes who fit the college. • Second, instill expectations into each student-athlete. We set short and long-term goals each year and expectations for behaviors in practices, classroom and community. • Third, be consistent — I try to be consistent with expectations through “matter of fact” consequences. • Fourth, be prepared. I like to adequately prepare the team through a competitive schedule, strong leg conditioning program, scouting reports/film and breakdown of upcoming teams and pressure drills in practice to help with upcoming on court matchups.

How to... win a national championship game

• Lastly, but very importantly, I establish a relationship and get to know each of my players in order to establish a mutual respect. — Melinda Wrye Washington ‘95, main campus, Cougar Volleyball head coach, 2001 national champions; 2003, 2005 and 2010 national runners-up. For more on Cougars volleyball, go to www.columbiacougars.com

How to... maximize the quality of a home recording with a handheld camera While filming someone, if they are looking away or not facing into the camera (such as during a performance), then make sure that the direction the subject is facing fills the screen, and the back of the person is mainly off-camera. The same is true for someone moving… if you are following them with the camera, you want most of the frame to contain what is in front of the subject — that which they are moving toward. Also, don’t overuse the zoom feature when you have your subject tastefully in the shot. You can use pans and body movement to change your frame. — Steve M. Dotson ‘10, main campus, videographer and social media coordinator

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There are so many things I do, but here are five of the most important things when I look at my approach to the team:

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H How to... prevent athletic injuries Warm-ups. It is important to warm up and cool down correctly to prevent injuries. The warm-up should include stretching as well as getting your heart rate up, and it should last somewhere between 10 and 20 minutes. — Rochelle Hamm ‘11, Evening Campus, certified athletic trainer, Columbia College

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I am ever thankful that “go to high school-go to college” was emphasized in my growing years. The college Army Reserve Officer Training Corps gave me a good feel for military life on the ground and what could be expected if I were drafted. When I learned of the increasing need for aircraft pilots, I met the criteria and further qualified in the testing. Oh, I did have to lose four pounds to meet the height/weight limitation.

In the preflight phase of the program the physical training put me in tip-top shape, and the first flight in primary training, in an open cockpit biplane, sealed my desire to become a pilot. To not be tethered to earth and rise above into the wild blue where you can literally ‘loop, roll, and spin’ was a thrilling adventure. Initially, a queasy stomach dictated shortened flights; 15 minutes or so rather than 25. The problem was solved when I followed the flight surgeon’s advice to stop eating fried foods for breakfast. I was on track for the work love of my life, and I never turned back. I was a lucky guy to actively fly 27 of my 30 years in the military service. — Col. Charles McGee ‘78, Columbia College-Kansas City, Mo., campus, Air Force (ret.), Tuskegee Airman and the Air Force’s combat hours record holder. For a look at McGee’s incredible journey, go to www.ccis.edu/newsroom/colmcgee.asp

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Winning a pageant is not just about how you look, it’s about how you present yourself. It’s about grace and elegance, poise and posture, being articulate and self-assured. Practice skills like how to walk, stand and talk well. Enhance your public speaking skills. Master your talent. Knowing the pageants’ rules and history can be an invaluable tool, too. When you compete regardless of the title or prize, it’s all about self-confidence. And remember to smile!


— Debbie Bryant Berge ‘65, Christian College, won Miss American Pageant 1966; 2011 is the 45th anniversary of the event


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How to... capture a compelling photograph The best time to shoot a photograph lies within what is called the Golden, or Magic, Hour. This is the time within an hour or so of sunrise and sunset when the sun is diffused by the earth’s atmosphere. A photograph taken at high noon will have stark contrast, blown-out highlights and dramatic, hard shadows. Conversely, a photograph taken during the Golden Hour will be softer and warmer, with longer shadows. A successful photograph boils down to lighting, because photography is in essence painting with light. — Matt Rahner ‘10, main campus, professional photographer Photo courtesy of Parker Eshelman, Columbia Daily Tribune

How to... tell if your egg is hard-boiled When the water is boiling and you think your egg might be done, remove the egg with a spoon and immediately move it away from the steam of the boil. Count to 10. If the egg dries in that time, it is boiled. — Martha Eberhard ‘00, main campus, president of the Columbia College Alumni Association (CCAA) and dedicated cook

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How to... revitalize small-town America Use what’s there

How to... succeed at tai chi Tai chi is internal meditation. It’s art that requires thought and discipline. I think the best way to succeed at tai chi is to be patient and not be too hard on yourself, to realize that tai chi is like building a beach one grain of sand at a time. It’s an internal martial art. — Ken Greene ‘82, main campus, owner, Monarch Jewelry; jewelry and art instructor, William Woods University; and tai chi instructor

The reason people like and are drawn to St. Charles, Mo., is partly the period from which it came. St. Charles was founded in 1765, was the first capital of Missouri and is distinguished by its continuity and sense of place brought by classic American architecture. People are drawn to a classic main street. I see attempts to create that context everywhere — developers create a boardwalk, bring in a couple of restaurants, a newsstand, and it doesn’t always work. It’s plastic. It’s a whole lot easier to start with what’s here and fix it than to create something artificial. You also have to nurture local, owner-operated businesses that define small neighborhoods and help make sure this place matters to the community. Our area was fortunate enough to have a strong economic base and people who wanted to make it work. — Penny Pitman ‘65, Christian College, CCAA Board of Directors, historic preservationist and recipient of the 2009 Community Service Award, one of those responsible for turning St. Charles, Mo., from skid row to gleaming attraction. See some of Pitman’s properties at www.ironstarinc.com

Rural sourcing Find a way to keep talented individuals in the area. This is done by creating decent paying jobs for these individuals through rural sourcing, a cheaper alternative where businesses outsource jobs to rural areas rather than overseas. It is a win/win situation as the company receives a cheaper cost of living compared to urban centers thus allowing them to pay less, while the community creates jobs and retains talented workers. — Jodie Schultz ‘11, main campus, created rural sourcing plan for Hannibal, Mo. www.ccis.edu/spotlight/2011/02/RuralSourcing-Report.pdf

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How to... Many people talk about writing a book, but only a fraction of them ever successfully reach their goal. If you think you have a book in you, start writing. Talking about it doesn’t accomplish anything. Set aside a small amount of time every day to write. It doesn’t matter if what you write isn’t focused or even very good. Eventually, by following this discipline daily, you’ll find you have written a book. — Susan Wilson Solovic ‘80, main campus, entrepreneur, author of four best-selling books on business, attorney, Miss Missouri 1979, 2002 Columbia College Professional Achievement Award recipient, small business contributor for ABC News and a regular guest expert on MSNBC and FOX, CEO and co-founder of ItsYourBiz.com (formerly SBTV.com — Small Business Television) the first and only video news and information site for small business.

How to... develop a great product Simplicity is key when developing a product. The more complicated the idea, the greater the level of difficulty in gaining a patent. A good first question to ask is, “What products do you love, and how can you make those products better?” After asking ourselves this simple question, we developed an idea for clear rain boots with interchangeable liners. Then we analyzed every aspect of the traditional rain boot. We wanted our boots to be as versatile, functional, cost-effective and let’s not forget as fashionable as possible for our target consumer.

Photo by Parker Eshelman, Columbia Daily Tribune

— Brynne Stansberry and Bailye Stansberry ‘13, main campus, co-owners of U.S. patent no. D/338,610

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How to... be a safer driver How to... perform stand-up comedy Before you perform it is fairly important to have some idea of what you might say to a paying audience. The first step to becoming a comic is to write some material. Next, perform as much as you can, anywhere you can, for the next 10-15 years. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get booked for an HBO special in your first few months. Over time you should keep adding material and continue to tailor your act for a unique stage persona. With any luck, you might get noticed by bookers, talent agents and established comics. I’m still working on this last part, but I quickly found out that I’m in good company (half the servers and bartenders in New York and Los Angeles are comics). — Justin Williams ‘05, main campus, performs comedy in the New York metro area and at comedy festivals nationwide. Follow Williams at http://www.facebook.com/ ComedianJustinWilliams

Today, we drive safer cars on safer roads; decades of advertisements and public information campaigns have made most of us safer drivers. Despite this progress, unfortunately, the number of auto accidents and fatalities nationwide is still quite staggering. What’s more, automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of three and 34 in this country. Improvements in technology (see www.auto.howstuffworks.com/ car-driving-safety/safety-regulatory-devices/pre-collision-systems) will continue to help bring those numbers down, but the bottom line remains that most car accidents are the result of human error. Here are 10 simple common-sense driving tips that will help bring you and your passengers home safely. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Don’t drive impaired Don’t speed Avoid distractions Don’t drive drowsy Wear your seat belt Be extra careful in bad weather

7. Don’t follow too closely 8. Watch out for the other guy 9. Practice defensive driving 10. Keep your vehicle in good condition

For driving and safety videos, go to www.auto.howstuffworks.com/ car-driving-safety. — Lt. Bill Leeper ‘04, Columbia College–NAS Jacksonville, veteran Florida Highway Patrol trooper, recipient of the International Association of Chiefs of Police J. Stannard Baker Award, the highest and most prestigious individual award given for traffic safety, and received the 2010 Columbia College Professional Achievement Award



How to... win an Olympic medal in racewalking During the year prior to the 1972 Olympics while attending Columbia College, I averaged around 100 miles per week training for the 50-km racewalk. Walk training is very similar to training for a marathon run. Distance training is essential to developing strength and endurance that will carry you through the race. I was not favored to win a medal in either the ‘68 or ‘72 Olympics, but hard training and walking a smart race helped me to become the first and last American to win Olympic medals in long-distance walks. — Larry Young ‘76, main campus, won bronze in racewalking in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics, internationally known sculptor, inducted into the Columbia College Athletic Hall of Fame and recipient of the 1984 Distinguished Alumni Award. For examples of his work, go to www.youngsculpture.com. For an inside look at Young and his training regimen, written by then-Columbia College President W. Merle Hill, go to www.ccis.edu/real.columbiacollegealumni.org. Hill offered Young a racewalking scholarship to attend the college.

How to... make characters come alive in filmmaking Design characters you love, or even hate. It is not for you to judge them in making a film, it is your job to try to understand them. But we can only understand them by making them stressed. Give them a goal, but block it with conflict at every stage toward that goal. That is how the audience will truly begin to understand your character and your theme. — David Wells ‘06, main campus, filmmaker, “The Sneakers” and ”The Life Smugglers” and 2010’s Columbia College Emerging Artist. www.imdb.com/title/tt1852941.

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How to... ace a behavioral interview question Many employers are now asking behavioral questions during an interview which seek specific examples of behavior from past experiences and tend to concentrate on job-related functions. These questions are based on the idea that actions you took in the past predict how you will react to future situations. For example: Tell me about a creative solution you developed in approaching a problem. It is extremely important that you give a specific example from your previous experience. The “STAR” technique can be very helpful here: First, describe the Situation or Task you needed to accomplish. Then, describe the specific Actions you took to complete the task. Lastly, be sure to list the Results you achieved. Be specific about what happened, what you learned and what was accomplished. — Reyhan Filiz Jamerson ‘08, Columbia College-Freeport, Ill., campus, coordinator of employment services, Grossnickle Career Services Center, main campus

How to... run successfully for public office Gain experience in the field that you are seeking to be elected to and do significant research on how to do the job well. When campaigning, figure to put in 40 hours a week at your day job and another 35 hours a week on the campaign trail, at least. If you are in a position to work less hours at your day job, try to reach that 70 hour a week goal of work/campaigning. People will ask you questions about the position you want and what you plan to do if you get the job, so be well-versed in the field and be able to tell people your ideas, plans and beliefs. If you are knowledgeable on the subject, people will feel more comfortable voting for you in the election. Never promise something you are not going to do if you win. That is a great way to alienate the citizens of your district. Money is also a key component, because if you are not willing to pay for advertising, mailings, etc. and your opponent is, you are not fully committed to winning the election. The last and most important thing is having a good support staff. No one wins an election alone. — Joe Cochran ‘09, Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., campus, elected Miller County (Mo.) Assessor in 2008

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Take a great spur-of-the-moment vacation I recently decided to take a spring break someplace with lots of sunshine, sandy beaches and brilliant blue water and ended up in Puerto Rico. My friend and I made this decision a mere 10 days before spring break began! When you’re traveling on a last-minute whim, stay flexible on location, travel arrangements and what to do. Yes, this might mean a very early morning or late-night flight, but it’s vacation, so if you decide to take a nap in the afternoon to make up for it that’s okay. Flexibility also means you don’t have to plan out every minute of the vacation. A lack of solid plans allows you to change your mind, adapt to weather conditions or explore something you may have never put on your to-do list months in advance. — Dr. Tonia Compton ‘99, Columbia College main campus, assistant professor of history

Take a cruise Cruises are the best bargain out there -- luxury personified for just one price. And these days, there is so much competition in the industry that it keeps prices way down. Here are a few reasons to take a cruise: (1) All your food is included (2) Broadway-type entertainment is included (3) State-of-the-art workout facilities are included (4) Current movies are included (5) Activities are varied and FUN (6) You wake up in a new location every day (7) You can enjoy EVERYTHING or you can relax and do NOTHING. No matter your age or stage in life, there is a perfect cruise for YOU — somewhere on one of the oceans of the world. — Carol Lee Miles ‘62, Christian College, long-time cruise tour and host, author of “Getting Paid to Cruise: Secrets of a Professional Cruise Host” (www.CarolLeeMiles.com)

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Lt. William H. “Bill” Leeper ‘04, Columbia College–NAS Jacksonville, the Columbia College Alumni Association’s 2010 Professional Achievement Award winner, a 34-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol and its public affairs officer, knows a thing or two about car crashes (see his tip, page 28). ”Since 1977, when I raised my hand to take the oath of office for the Florida Highway Patrol, more than 100,000 people have died in Florida and more than 1.3 million in the U.S. as a result of motor vehicle crashes,” Leeper said from Florida. “Tens of millions of others have been seriously injured and the lives of survivors torn apart or destroyed.” And he’s written a book — an illustrated book — called “Highway of Horror,” a collection of stories to inspire you and your speed-loving children to arrive alive.

”Most traffic safety books seem to be written by academics, researchers, scientists,” Leeper said. “Very few have been authored by a police officer, someone who has actually been on the front lines witnessing the devastation that takes place daily on our roadways. Watching someone burn to death in a vehicle fire, being unable to resuscitate the broken body of a victim or trying to locate body parts scattered along the highway are realities I’ve lived.” Traffic safety is personal for Leeper. When he was just nine years old, two of his uncles were killed in a car crash — “a totally preventable crash,” he said — leaving four cousins and two aunts without a dad or husband. “This is something I’ve carried with me my whole life,” he said. “Since I’ve been in law enforcement, I have seen this far too many times… When you look at the number of people killed and injured

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Studies have conclusively proven the vast majority of car crashes occur because of driver intoxication, inattention, poor judgment and other behaviors. Leeper has been named Florida State Traffic Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Florida’s Public Information Officer of the Year and been awarded the International Association of Chiefs of Police J. Stannard Baker Award, the nation’s highest and most prestigious traffic safety award. He’s also developed and produced several safety videos and been a technical advisor and actor on the television shows ”Real Stories of the Highway Patrol,” ”Cold Case Files” and “America’s Most Wanted.” But he’s much more: He’s also played professional baseball in the New York Mets minor league system, been elected city commissioner and two-term mayor of Fernandina Beach, Fla. ”Highway of Horror” can be ordered at http://highpitchedhum.net. Now put down that phone, buckle up and slow down!

Continue Your Legacy We are looking to you to keep your Columbia College legacy alive! You loved your experience at Columbia College. You talk about the great instructors you had.You talk about how your Columbia College education shaped your life. You want to give something back. But what? If you know someone who is planning their college experience, tell them about Columbia College! Share their information with us! We’d like to send them information about the experience they can have at Columbia College. As a graduate of Columbia College, if your child or grandchild attends the traditional day program at the Columbia, Mo. campus, he or she will be eligible for a 10 to 20 percent discount on tuition through the Alumni Legacy Grant and Legacy Scholarship. Help us continue your Columbia College legacy! To refer a student to your alma mater today go to www.ccis.edu/referastudent and complete the refer a student form or contact the Alumni Relations office at (573) 875-ALUM (2586).

Peggy Lamke Price ‘43 and her granddaughter, Abby Price, who is studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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on our highways it is really staggering, but if you notice the contributing causes in most of these crashes, it becomes incomprehensible.”

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The inexperienced young woman was tossed a gallon zip-closed bag filled with a popular smokeable substance and some rolling papers. Have all this rolled up by tomorrow morning, the older man demanded.

The young woman hadn’t any experience rolling but managed to roll it all. ”Toward the end I got pretty good at it, “ says Jill Wieneke ‘07. “I am pretty meticulous by nature.” (The substance was loose tobacco.) Another time a dealer demanded she shoot meth with him, or else. A rifle was conspicuously propped up against the door. Wieneke thought fast, saying she would join him just as soon as she got out of a (fictitious)

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job interview, gave the dealer her pager as collateral, slammed her truck in reverse and roared away. Wieneke, now a sergeant over the public relations unit of the city of Columbia, Mo., Police Department, was an undercover narcotics officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol Drug Task Force for nearly two years. “Being a woman was a huge advantage,” she says. “The dealers and users were much less suspicious.” Wieneke became a good actor with a great sense of timing. “Everyone is always drinking… When you go to the bathroom, you take the beer bottle with you, pour it out, replace it with water,” she says. Or she simply didn’t inhale. “In these houses, the TV is blaring, the music too. No one pays any attention to what you’re doing, especially if you’re a woman,” she says. Still, her parents were relieved when she left undercover work. She began working for the

Columbia Police Department in 2005 as a patrol officer. These were brutal shifts: first 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. then 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wieneke knew the department required at least 60 hours of college credit to advance. She’d attended the local police academy, but that wasn’t enough. ”To go to day class would be impossible,” she says. “Evening class would conflict too, so I did the majority of my schooling at Columbia College online. Online worked for me.” Now she’s busy feeding the insatiable Columbia media, fulfilling Sunshine Law requests, acting as liaison to the Citizens Police Review Board and overseeing accreditation and policy. ”It’s funny,” she says. “I came to Columbia in 1995 to attend the University of Missouri’s Journalism School because I was interested in photojournalism in high school, as editor for the school paper and for the yearbook.

Now that’s what I’m doing. I am a big believer that everything happens for a reason.” Wieneke also has worked as an officer for the city of Ashland, Mo., and as a warrant clerk for the Boone County Sheriff’s Department in Columbia. Would she recommend a career in policing? ”You’ve got to be realistic,” she says. “If you want to get into policing to chase people down, get DNA results instantly, go on exciting high speed car chases every night — that’s just not going to happen. You have to care deeply enough about helping people and problem-solving. ”People call us when there’s a problem, not to say hi, and they expect you to solve it — child custody, neighbors arguing about where they put the trash. It’s not glamorous, but it’s important work. At heart you have to want to serve people. I love the work.”

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Volleyball National runner-up volleyball squad opens season Sept. 2. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championship runner-up Cougars jump-start another exciting season on Sept. 2. Under Head Coach Melinda Wrye-Washington (see page 23), the Cougars ended their 2010 season with a 42-3 record, including an incredible 30-match winning streak.

The sports community took notice: Washington was named Coach of the Year by the Women’s Intersport Network for Columbia, Mo., and Paula Ferreira and Vesna Trivunovic were named NAIA First Team All-Americans. In addition, Ferreira was named NAIA Player of the Year and the American Volleyball Coaches Association Women’s Volleyball Player of the Year. “Paula and Vesna were vital to last year’s team, and they and many of our impact players will be back this year,” says Washington. “We’re making another run for the championship.”

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The Columbia College Athletic Department held the 11th Annual Cougar Club & Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament June 6 at the Columbia Country Club, Columbia, Mo.

For the first time since the 2001 inaugural season, the Lady Cougars weren’t picked to win the American Midwest Conference (AMC) in 2011. The Lady Cougars proved them wrong. With a victory over archrival William Woods (Mo.) University, the Lady Cougars ended their season with a perfect league record, a 19-game winning streak, and seventh AMC championship. ”Everyone doubted us at the beginning of the year,” Head Coach Mike Davis said. “To make it through the whole conference season undefeated — that’s special. This was an exceptional group of players.” The Lady Cougars ended their season with a 28-6 record, No. 11 Final NAIA Ranking, NAIA National Championship Qualifier, AMC Regular Season and Tournament Champions. Davis was named the AMC Coach of the Year for the fifth time. A special honor was bestowed to Columbia College women’s basketball senior Janita Session who will become the first Lady Cougar in history to be honored by her jersey inclusion in the ‘Ring of Honor’ located in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. Session’s jersey will join more than 100 others and be hung in the hall of fame for the 2011-12 school year to recognize her successes.

Established in 1998, the Cougar Club & Scholarship Fund raises financial support for Columbia College’s five varsity sports: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s volleyball and softball. With contributors’ generous help, Columbia College produces national-caliber teams year in and year out. The Athletic Department is always pleased to host the tournament and see old friends, alumni and staff laugh, putt and enjoy a day on the links.

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In 2009, the Cougars were NAIA runners-up. In 2010, they made the AMC semi-finals. With a young team, expectations were not high for the Cougars in 2011. But the Cougars defied predictions, posting a 25-4 regular season record and winning a share of the AMC regular season title. Facing Lee (Tenn.) University in the first round of the NAIA Championships, the Cougars battled the entire game and were only one point behind with 7.2 seconds to play, but lost by the heartbreaking score of 69-67. In his 23rd season, Head Coach Bob Burchard was named AMC Coach of the Year — for the fourth time. Burchard has taken the Cougars to the NAIA Tournament 15 times. “We were very focused, very intelligent and very intentional about our play this year,” Burchard said. “Those three things really reinforced our team and took us far.”

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Softball Field conditions were so bad after a February blizzard of historic proportions and a soggy March that the Cougar softball team couldn’t take the field for more than a week and had to practice indoors. That was more than good enough as the Cougars, led by Head Coach Wendy Spratt ‘90 and such players as 2010 AMC Pitcher of the Year and slugger Valerie Teter, roared into the AMC playoffs. The Cougars had no trouble taking care of Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) University, sweeping the Hornets 8-1 and 18-0 to win a share of the AMC regular season crown. The Cougars rolled through the AMC quarterfinals, defeating Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) University 3-0 and 4-0 to advance to the semi-finals.

But a strong season ended as the Cougars then dropped two games to William Woods University by the heartbreaking scores of 1-0 and 9-8. Worse, Teter was struck in the face by a line drive and had to leave the game. Teter was later named AMC Player of the Year and an NAIA First Team All-American, only the eighth Cougar to earn first team honors. She also broke the Cougar batting average record with a .484 average — a record established by Head Coach Wendy Spratt in 1990 — tied the home run record (11) and ended with an amazing 22-8 and 1.28 ERA.

“This is a squad of warriors,” Spratt said. “We never backed down. I'm proud of my players for sticking it out and keeping us in the game all year.” A former NAIA All-American player, Spratt has led the Cougars to eight AMC tournament titles and nine NAIA National Tournament appearances.

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Get your kicks in the season opener Aug. 28 The Cougars appeared in back-to-back NAIA National Tournaments in 2009 and 2010. Last year the squad ended their season in a double overtime heartbreaker to Bryan (Tenn.) College 2-1 in the national championship opening round.

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This season, which is scheduled to begin Sunday, Aug. 28 against Robert Morris (Ill.) University at the R. Marvin Owens Soccer Stadium, promises to be as exciting, said Head Coach John Klein. Many players returned from last year’s squad, three of whom earned NAIA All-America honors: Nikola Velickovic and Dylan Barduzzi are repeat recipients, while Edgar Reyna pulled in the accolade for the first time. Milos Milosavljevic, Tim Tevlin and Dan Rapp were also recognized as NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Klein knows quality players when he sees them. He played professionally for 10 years for such teams as the St. Louis Storm and Ambush, Colorado Foxes, Kansas City Comets and Miami Freedom. Klein is also a member of the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame. He even has his own Wikipedia page.

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Scootergraphs! here’s your chance to take Columbia College’s mascot Scooter the Cougar with you! use the Scooter cut out provided in this issue of affinity. We want you to snap a picture with Scooter, on vacation, at work or a baseball game! Then share it with affinity readers and fellow alumni. and don’t forget to wear your Columbia College gear to show your Cougar pride! email your photos to ccalum@ccis.edu with your full name, class year, the campus you attended along with a description of where the Scootergraph was taken. We will feature select Scootergraphs in the next affinity issue and will showcase them on the alumni relations website (www.columbiacollegealumni.org) .

To get you started, here are a few Scootergraphs taken during recent va cations! Left to right: (Far left) Patricia Houston, assista nt director of Alumni Relations, in Memphis, Tenn. (Left) Cheston Kent ’12 in Tower Isle Hotel, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. (Above left) Zachary Houston in Cos ta Maya, Mexico. (Above right) Kimberly Kent, alu mni relations coordinator, in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

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The Alumni Relations office is excited to officially unveil its alumni blog, Real. The purpose of Real (http://real.columbia collegealumni.org) is to provide an online presence for the Columbia College Alumni Association (CCAA). We look forward to featuring stories on our alumni, students, faculty and the college community. We want to share a glimpse into the many wonderful stories and successes of Columbia College alumni through this blog. Send us your comments and engage with other alumni. We want to hear from you!

Do you have a question, a topic you’d like covered or would like to be a guest writer? Contact Patricia Houston, assistant director of Alumni Relations, at phouston@ccis.edu

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Joyce Tracy Harger ‘64 and her husband, Douglas, moved from Estes Park to Loveland, Colo., in September 2010. They enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and spending time with their two grandsons. This fall, they plan to ride in the 2011 DALMAC (Dick Allen Lansing to Mackinaw) Bicycle Tour in Michigan. The five-day tour was created to raise awareness of bicyclists and their needs among the citizens of Michigan, promote bicycling as a healthy means of transportation and recreation and to encourage wider use of bicycles. Bonnie Hubbard Riley ‘68 opened Riley Equine Center in Boonville, Mo. The center offers horseback riding lessons, therapeutic riding, horsemanship clinics, horse

riding camps and birthday parties. Bonnie is a licensed psychologist and has been in the horse breeding, training and showing arena for 53 years. The center is a not-forprofit division of Riley Paint Horses, a breeding operation that has bred and raised paint horses since 1992.

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Karen Schwarz Schillaci ‘73 reports that she has been happily married to her husband, Jerome, for 18 years. She was employed with Milwaukee County for 13 years and has been working for the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office/ Emergency Management for seven years. She would like to reconnect with her Columbia College classmates — contact her through LinkedIn. She is also looking forward to the 1973 Columbia College Reunion. Karen and Jerome live in Milwaukee, Wis.

Dr. Penny Hamilton ‘76 received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her years of outstanding business and community leadership from the Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce in Granby, Colo. This is only the third time the award has been presented in the chamber’s 63year history. Penny is a Colorado general aviation pilot and has been recognized with numerous personal and community achievement awards.

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Terri Nolan Thompson ‘80 works for Kimco Realty and lives in Charlotte, N.C., with her husband, Robert, and two daughters, Jennifer and Jessica.

Jim Long ‘84 has accepted the position of information technology director for William Woods University in Fulton, Mo. He is responsible for

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providing leadership and guidance in the development of information technology strategies, overseeing the computer, telephone and cable networks and managing the technology budgeting and planning for the university. He lives in Fulton.

Landmark Bank in Columbia, Mo. She is currently enrolled in the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Chris has worked for Landmark Bank since 2005 and lives in Columbia.

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Karri Schnabel Bell ‘98 accepted a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada, on behalf of the city of Osage Beach, Mo. The honor is for the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Karri, who is city treasurer, and her staff are primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning report.

Cami Travis-Groves ‘91 spoke at HOW magazine’s 21st annual HOW Design Conference in Chicago, Ill., June 24-27. Her focus is helping creative people get and stay out of a rut. Cami works for American Public Works Association and lives in Olathe, Kan., with her husband, Mark. Anna Osborn ‘91 was named Columbia Public Schools’ outstanding middle/junior high educator of the year. Anna is a reading teacher at Jefferson Junior High School in Columbia, Mo. Winners received $1,200 and were recognized during the school district’s annual Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence honorees banquet in April.

Anna Osborn ‘91 and Brian Rehg ‘07

Kenneth “Kenney” Hubble ‘93 was named Realtor of the Year by the Columbia (Mo.) Board of Realtors. The award recognizes one member holding a broker, broker/ partner or broker/officer license who exemplifies outstanding leadership and participation in the following areas: realtor spirit, activity in civic affairs, activity in and on behalf of the Columbia Board of Realtors, activity in the National Association of Realtors and business accomplishments. Kenney is a broker for RE/MAX® Boone Realty facilitating transactions between relocation companies and RE/MAX® Boone Realty agents. Chris Steuber ‘96 has been promoted to vice president, commercial lending for

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a f f i n i t y Mary Kinninger Powell ‘98 was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon as treasurer for Monroe County in Missouri. Erin Hoosier Palmer ‘99 is a certified public accountant and partner with the Harry C. Winfrey, CPA, P.C. accounting firm in Columbia, Mo.

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Casey, a graphic designer for the University of Missouri , spends her free time painting, sculpting, writing and illustrating children’s books and rehabbing old houses with her husband, Adam, and 18-month-old son, Will. Some of her most recent work can be found on campus at the university: an 8-foot wall mural in Bingham Hall and sculptures in the new student center.

annual servicewide modern combatives tournaments, after he won the event the first three years in a row. Dena Holmes Marshall ‘02 is graduating from Mid-America Christian University with her Masters of Arts in Public Administration and will begin her doctorate in the fall. She lives in Moore, Okla., with her husband, Corey.

Jon M. Beard ‘01 finished his MBA from Florida International University in May 2011. He works for Merrill Lynch and is in the U.S. Navy. He resides in Jacksonville, Fla., with his wife, Tiffany, and their three children, Madeline, Colin and Landon. Casey Wendleton Voight ‘01 was the featured artist in the March 27 edition of the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Helen Crouch Wade ‘01 was elected to a three-year term on the Columbia (Mo.) School Board. Helen is a family law attorney at Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer in Columbia. Tim Kennedy ‘02 is gaining fame as a mixed-martial arts fighter boosted by the Showtime television broadcast of his match against Dutch fighter Melvin Manhoef this past March. Tim, a former sniper with 7th Special Forces Group, left active duty in 2008 and joined the reserves. He is now a staff sergeant in the National Guard’s 19th Special Forces Group and focuses exclusively on his two passions: Special Forces and fighting. He also trains fellow soldiers to compete in

Melissa Neterer Carroll ‘03 was named one of the Top 10 Business Women of the Year by Lake Lifestyle magazine. According to the magazine, the women embody the spirit of what it means to succeed and make the Lake of the Ozarks a better place to live and visit. Melissa is vice-president of Lake Printing Co., Inc., and is responsible for

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marketing, sales, procedures and assisting with staff development. She is also highly involved with the community as a member and immediate past president for the Heart of the Ozarks Professional & Business Women, a member of the Lake of the Ozarks Support the Fort and a member of the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. She organized a charity fundraiser for breast cancer awareness and supports Woman 2 Woman, American Cancer Society, Citizens Against Domestic Violence and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Melissa, her husband, Jeff, and their two daughters live in Lake Ozark. Bob F. Dorsey ‘03 writes from Pleasant Prairie, Wis., to announce the passing of his wife of 48 years, Mary Wills Dorsey. Brian Richenberger ‘03 was promoted from lieutenant to captain by the Columbia Police Department. Brian began working for the department in 1997, was promoted to sergeant in 2005 and to lieutenant in 2009. His duties have included overseeing the narcotics and street crimes units and serving on the SWAT team.

Sandra Rushing ‘03 writes from Marshall, Mo., where she is enjoying life as a foster grandparent at a local elementary school. “Working with 24 kindergarten students keeps me busy but what fun!” Her daughter, Kimberly, is in the U.S. Navy and her son, David, works in the field of electronics. Sara Dickson ‘05 was a candidate for the Columbia School Board, positioning herself as the Christian Conservative voice focusing on the economy and the budget situation. Sara is the programs and outreach manager for the National Newspaper Association and lives in Columbia, Mo. Matt Ford ‘05 opened Handy-Matt LLC, a home remodeling and landscaping business based out of Columbia, Mo. The company offers a variety of services including painting, pressurewashing, energy-efficiency retrofits and kitchen and bathroom remodels. It also offers retaining wall and deck construction. Matt is a licensed realtor at Weichert, sits on the Credit Committee at Columbia

Employees Credit Union and holds a Missouri Life and Health Insurance License. Paul Kirkman ‘05 authored “The Battle of Westport: Missouri’s Great Confederate Raid,” which tells the story of the largest Civil War battle west of the Mississippi River, also known as the “Gettysburg of the West.” The book is available for purchase on Amazon.com. Paul is an avid historian and speaker who has worked as an archival assistant in the archives of the Kansas City Department of Parks, Recreation & Boulevards and as a speaker for the State Historical Society of Missouri Speakers’ Bureau. He also coauthored “Lockdown: Outlaws, Lawmen & Frontier Justice in Jackson County, Missouri” with archivist David W. Jackson of the Jackson County, Missouri Historical Society. Paul, his wife, Shawn, and daughter, Shannon, live in Independence, Mo.

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a f f i n i t y Thomas N. Donohoe ‘07 lives in Kingsport, Tenn., and is retired from the U.S. Army. Karen Hughes ‘07 was promoted to senior vice president of U.S. Resort Management located in Lake Ozark, Mo. She previously served as accounting manager, controller, human resource officer, and most recently general manager. She has been with the company for 18 years. Brian Rehg ‘07 was named Columbia Public Schools’ outstanding elementary educator of the year for grades pre-K to 2. Brian teaches second grade at Parkade Elementary School in Columbia, Mo. Winners received $1,200 and were recognized during the school district’s annual Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence honorees banquet in April (see picture on page 45). Willie Stokes ‘07 works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is retired from the U.S. Army. Willie and his wife, Patricia, live in Huntsville, Ala.

Joe Cochran ‘09 (see tip, page 30) was recognized by the Miller County University of Missouri Extension Council in February for serving as a member. He received a plaque and a certificate for leadership and service. Joe is also the assessor for Miller County, Mo. Jim Guzzaldo ‘09 is serving as a missionary with International Teams in Soroti, Uganda, with his wife, Margaret, and son, Elliot. Jim, a former professional pastry chef in Chicago, Ill., hopes to establish a vocational training program for baking and help individuals open their own bakeries. You can follow their progress from their website, www.guzzaldos.com or reach them by email at guzzaldos@gmail.com.

Cole Leon ‘09 was recognized for his role in stopping a burglary in process. As a customer care representative for ADT Security Services in Kansas City, Mo., Cole alerted a residential customer about a possible break-in at his home. The police were called, and the burglar fled the scene before the authorities arrived but didn’t get away with any of the homeowner’s possessions. Tom Drenthe ‘10 was hired as the events coordinator and market manager for the Main Street Cultural District in Ames, Iowa. Tom and his wife, Nicole, live in Ames.

Roderick Golphin ‘10 lives in Brentwood, Calif., with his wife, Donna, and is currently enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.

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Jessica Jarvis ‘07 to Mark Hoehne, Nov. 6, 2010, in Columbia, Mo. Jessica received an associate degree in nursing and is a registered nurse at the University of Missouri. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in general studies and is a licensed practical nurse at the University of Missouri. Angela Schermerhorn ‘07 to Kyle Crane, Oct. 23, 2010, in Fulton, Mo. Angela received an associate degree in nursing and is a registered nurse in Columbia, Mo. Kyle is a retail receiver in Columbia.

Kevin Patterson ‘10 writes from Goose Creek, S.C., where he is retired from the Air Force. After earning his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, he started a new job in human resources with the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, S.C.

Lisa Emmerich ‘09 to Richard Kinser, May 30, 2010, in Columbia, Mo. Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in teaching. She is a high school English teacher in New Franklin, Mo. Richard has a degree in engineering systems technology and is a color specialist for Miller’s Professional Imaging in Columbia, Mo.

Naomi Small ‘10 lives in Syracuse, N.Y., and is in the U.S. Air Force. Avary Olivia Bennington to Natalie Thomas ‘95 of Columbia, Mo., Feb. 2, 2011.

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Thelma Langkop Hartley ‘27 March 6, 2010, age 101, in Holts Summit, Mo. Thelma was born March 17, 1908, in Bunceton, Mo. She graduated from Jefferson City High School and attended Christian College, Central Missouri University at Warrensburg, the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned a degree in education at Lincoln University. She did graduate work in American studies on a Coe Fellowship at Abilene Christian College in Abilene, Texas. Thelma taught school at Moreau Heights in Jefferson City and retired as principal of the former Cedar City Elementary School. She was a member of the Unity Church and active in PTA and Girl Scout work at Moreau Heights and West Schools. She was also a member of the Cole County Historical Society, a charter member of the Cole County Genealogical Society, member of the Missouri State Teachers Association, Northwest Missouri Principals Association, Cole County Retired Teachers Association and the American Association of University Women. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence E. Hartley; a son, Jay Ken Hartley; two

infant sons; two brothers; and a sister. She is survived by son, James L. Hartley and his wife Linda of Jefferson City, Mo.; daughter Jane L. Frost of Prairie Village, Kan.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mary Elizabeth Tevebaugh ‘29 Feb. 16, 2011, age 101, in Sedalia, Mo. Mary Elizabeth was born March 10, 1909, in Houstonia, Mo. She attended Houstonia public schools and graduated from Christian College. She lived on a farm her entire life and enjoyed the lifestyle. She was a member of the Houstonia Cemetery Association, Shamrocks Club, Prairie Ridge Extension Club and a past member of the Helping Hand. She was very active in the Democratic Party and enjoyed traveling, fishing, eating out, riding in her car and spending time with family and friends. She is survived by her husband, Jim, of Marshall and several cousins. Gertrude Brokaw McCloy ‘36 Feb. 23, 2011, age 93, in Urbana, Ill. Gertrude was born June 20, 1917, in Pocahontas, Iowa. She married Robert McCloy on Aug. 30, 1941. Gertrude graduated from

Christian College and the University of Missouri. The McCloys moved to Urbana in 1945 when Robert took a job as professor of aeronautical and astronautical engineering at the University of Illinois. She was a member of the University of Illinois Women’s Club, literature and readers’ groups, Reach to Recovery, the First United Methodist Church of Urbana and Supportive Families of the Mentally Ill. She was a patron of the Krannert Center for Performing Arts. She enjoyed swimming, international travel, reading and flower arranging. She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Robert L. McCloy; and two sisters. She is survived by her children: Dr. Marty Traver of Powell, Ohio; William B. McCloy of Edmonds, Wash.; Peggy E. Miller of Mesa, Ariz.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Betsy Roach Hutcheson ‘38 Feb. 12, 2011, age 93, in Princeton, Ky. Betsey was born on April 1, 1917, in Woodford County, Ky. Betsy was a member of First Christian Church of Princeton, a former member of the Princeton Business and Professional

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Woman’s Club, the Elks Auxiliary, Hospital Auxiliary, a Kentucky Colonel and a graduate of Centre College. She was co-owner of The Princeton Leader newspaper from 1949-76 and business manager of the Princeton Leader from 1976 until retirement in 1992. She was preceded in death by her husband, John S. Hutcheson, Jr.; two sisters and brothers-inlaw; and a brother and sister-inlaw. Survivors include a son, John S. “Chip” Hutcheson III and wife, Karen, of Princeton; a daughter, Ann Jones of Hopkinsville; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Mary Louise Isgrig Breon ‘41 May 9, 2010 Mae Cooper Jayne ‘41 April 9, 2010 Anna Sue Utterback Mercer ‘41 Sept. 17, 2010, age 88, in Portland, Ore. Anna was born Jan. 5, 1922, in Perry, Mo. She attended Christian College and the University of Missouri, where she met her husband, Robert E. Mercer. They spent their life in Portland where she was a member of Westminster

Presbyterian Church, the Multnomah Athletic Club and the Red Tail and Meriweather OWLS womens’ golf groups. She was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by a daughter, Karen Keep and her husband, Barney; son, Ross Mercer and his wife, Vicki; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Janet Sutherland Irwin ‘48 April 1, 2010 Jane V. Aydelotte ‘51 Sept. 30, 2010 Eva Lucille Edwards Mieher ‘51 June 21, 2010 Bonnie Ryals Schwerdtfeger ‘51 Aug. 5, 2002, age 70, in Jefferson City, Mo. Bonnie was born Aug. 16, 1931, in Unionville, Mo. She graduated from Unionville High School in 1949 and attended Christian College. She married James Schwerdtfeger in 1950, and they settled in Jefferson City. She was a homemaker and an interior designer. Bonnie was a member of First United Methodist Church, the P.E.O., Chapter JV and the Jefferson City Humane Society. She was preceded in death by her father

and a grandson. She is survived by her husband; mother, Delphia Morgan; a son, Andrew Schwerdtfeger of Fayetteville, Ark.; three daughters, Cindy Anderson of Columbia, Mo.; Jill McDonald of Jefferson City; Sara Hartford of Pierre, S.D.; and seven grandchildren. Patricia A. Redding Bronson ‘54 Sept. 1, 2010 Dennis R. Fleming ‘94 Nov. 21, 2010 Matthew T. Kirkland ‘06 Feb. 8, 2011, age 31, in Huntsville, Ala. Matthew was employed with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. He was an Eagle Scout and also enjoyed computing and Anime. He is survived by his parents, Pat and Charles Kirkland, of Madison, Ala.; sisters, Karen Kirkland, of Arlington, Tenn.; Jenna Kirkland Wright of Memphis, Tenn.; brother, Timothy Kirkland of Miramar, Fla.; and grandparents, Alice and Warren Hedge of Memphis, Tenn.

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