The Columbia College alumni magazine
The Brouder Era:
A Vision Realized 1995-2013
The Columbia College alumni magazine
Letter from the President
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Life is a mosaic with high spots and lowlights, rough or smooth in texture. The trick is to sustain and celebrate the high spots and diminish the lowlights, although there may be lessons of value drawn therefrom. As I glance back on my career in higher education, my own mosaic, if you will, I see aspirations fulfilled; I see abundant joy derived from family and professional lives. Some of my high spots include the myriad interactions with colleagues, many of which resulted in long-lasting friendships. Another is the satisfaction derived from achieving goals and thereby making that “difference” to which many aspire. Said achievements would not have been possible were it not for the good people hired at the college over the years. The majority participated in promoting a culture of trust and loyalty, as well as an environment guided by the principles and practice of civility and respect. I am blessed to have had the great good fortune to contribute to the success of others in my more than 45 years in higher education. Whether early in my career as a professor or later as a college president, I have had the opportunity to lead. Not being a formal student of leadership and, to the extent that I had any ability in that field at all, it came naturally. In my estimation, there are few more noble undertakings than to enhance teaching and learning and it has been a privilege to have played a role in changing the lives of students. While I look forward to the transition from daily work to retirement, I will miss the people and the challenges, the excitement and yes, the worry. While those emotions may fade somewhat over time, Columbia College will always hold a place of high honor in the precincts of my soul.
Columbia College Board of Trustees Chair Daisy Willis Grossnickle ’66 Vice Chair Anita Abbott Timmons ’58 Secretary Janet Carter Wright ’58
Trustees Mark Baisley ’93 Walter E. Bixby III ’82 Judith A. Cunningham ’64 Dr. Amy L. Darnell Jerry D. Daugherty Gary R. Drewing
Joseph P. Dubinski ’96 Steve Erdel Dr. Julie K. Estabrooks Steven S. Fishman ’74 George W. Hulett Jr. Robert W. Maupin
Richard L. Montgomery Jolene Marra Schulz ’61 Dale Coe Simons ’65 Susan Wilson Solovic ’80 Rev. Brad Stagg Anita Abbott Timmons ’58 Carol Winkler ’93
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Inside the Gate From welcoming the former president of Ireland to campus to celebrating a Fulbright scholar, Columbia College has had a busy spring MyCCAA With the launch of the CCAA’s 50th anniversary underway, alumni across the country are celebrating. See where the CCAA’s been — and where they’ll be next Faculty Profiles Dr. Joann Wayman is Columbia College’s longestserving faculty member, while Computer Information Systems professor Dr. Sutter Fox takes pride in educating military students at the Los Alamitos campus The Brouder Era: A Vision Realized After nearly 18 years as president of Columbia College, Dr. Gerald T. Brouder and his wife, Bonnie, will retire from an institution forever changed by their contributions Cougar Sports Zone A six-time Olympic medalist speaks at the Women’s Intersport Network, and men’s and women’s basketball round out record-breaking seasons On the Web Check out Scooter’s new travels CC Notes News and updates from people who matter — our alumni
On the Cover: The steps to St. Clair Hall haven’t changed much in 18 years, and neither has the vision Dr. and Mrs. Brouder have sustained, from the first time they descended those steps as president and first lady to the last
Magazine Staff Laura Daugherty Alumni Relations Coordinator – Writer Whitney Dreier Public Relations Writer
Susan Davis Senior Director of Alumni Relations Patricia Houston Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Michael Kateman Executive Director of Development, Alumni and Public Relations
Debbie Draffen Alumni Relations Administrative Assistant Sam Fleury Senior Community and Alumni Relations Coordinator
L.G. Patterson Cindy Potter ’05 Kaci Smart ’09 Sam Fleury Kimberly Kent Photographers
Affinity Magazine is published in cooperation with Alumni Relations and Inside Columbia magazine. The editorial style for grammar, punctuation, abbreviations, etc., follows the guidelines of the Associated Press Stylebook – 2012.
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A Modern-day Indiana Jones
Mayan expert Dr. Edwin Barnhart speaks in Dorsey Hall BY WHITNEY DREIER
PHOTO BY KACI SMART ‘09
Dr. Ed Barnhart, director of the Texas-based Maya Exploration Center, is a leading expert in Mayan archaeology. In January, Barnhart spoke to an audience of more than 100 people in Dorsey Gym on the main campus. Many of those in attendance will travel to Tikal during a Columbia College study abroad trip to Belize in May. Prior to his lecture, Barnhart took the time to answer a few questions: What got you started in the field? I grew up as a boy dreaming of being an explorer. When I got to college (I chose the University of Colorado because I like to ski — that’s the kind of decision an 18-year-old man makes), there were Mayanists. They introduced me to this new world that I knew nothing about. I went down to a field school and fell in love with it. Here I am 20 years later, still poking around in the jungle. Where is your research centered? I focus on what was scientific about the Maya culture. I look to things like their mathematical system. What did they know about astronomy? How can we figure out what they knew
about geometry by analyzing the buildings? They were an incredibly methodical culture. The way that they were able to collect, hold and process data was something that stood them apart from every other culture in the Americas. One of my larger contributions has been the survey and mapping of buildings that are hiding in the jungle. To date, I’ve found about 4,000 buildings out there between Belize, Guatemala and Mexico. Is the jungle scary? I was robbed at gunpoint one time while doing surveys in the jungle around Palenque. They were young kids, and they were pretty nice about it. I told them to talk slower because they were scaring
me, and I couldn’t understand their Spanish. We got along pretty well; at the end, they gave me 50 pesos back. They said it was for my patience. For a robbery, I thought it was pretty amiable. What’s next? I estimate we’ve found less than 1 percent of the ruins that represent Maya culture. It is a huge, vast jungle. You can be standing 10 meters away from a building that’s 20 meters tall and not see it. And the trees are so tall; they even cover buildings from the sky. Every single year we come back with astounding temples and beautiful pieces of art that have been hiding out there for thousands of years. We’ve barely begun to scratch the surface.
Biology professor Dr. Nathan Means heads to Uruguay on a Fulbright scholarship
BY WHITNEY DREIER
PHOTO BY KACI SMART ‘09
Thanks to a two-year Peace Corps stint in Central America, Nathan Means speaks Spanish “like a hillbilly Guatemalan.” “I really enjoyed that time,” says the Columbia College biology professor. “I felt like I was working for humanity, to make the world a better place — and at the same time, I grew tremendously as an individual.” Fifteen years later, Means, 41, continues to contribute to the global community; in August, the sabbatical-bound professor is headed to Montevideo for three to four months on a Fulbright scholarship — the first ever awarded to a Columbia College faculty member. Means will perform soil quality research for Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural Research. Dr. Terry Smith, executive vice president and dean for Academic Affairs, encouraged Means to pursue the opportunity. “I can’t think of a full-time faculty member for whom a Fulbright would not be a life-changing experience,” says Smith, who spent three months at Portsmouth Polytechnic in England as a Fulbright Scholar in 1991. “It’s long-term immersion in a foreign culture where there are specific expectations, tasks and objectives.” In addition to sustainable agriculture research, Means will do some teaching — in Spanish, of course — in conjunction with Universidad de Montevideo. Even with the language barrier, Matt Howell, a recent graduate, is confident his former advisor will
be popular among the students in Uruguay. “Dr. Means is a charismatic professor who always brings a positive attitude to the classroom,” Howell says. “He is so passionate about what he teaches and is able to make any course interesting.” Means also plans to spend plenty of time exploring beyond Montevideo. “I’ll be there for work, but I’m totally going to travel,” he says. “That section — that region — of the world has always been a draw for me. The culture, the landscape, the plants, you name it.” That willingness to explore is among the reasons Means was accepted as a Fulbright Scholar. Since its establishment in 1946, the program’s mission has been to increase mutual understanding between Americans and the people of other countries. “Nate will be a fabulous ambassador for all things that are good about America, and about Columbia College,” Smith says. “He’s a really good guy, he’s really deserving of this. He’s going to be able to go down there and really make a difference.”
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Here’s to you, Mary Robinson
The former president of Ireland delivers the Ethics in Society Schiffman Lecture
BY WHITNEY DREIER
PHOTO BY KACI SMART ‘09
“Making Human Rights the Compass for All Ethical Globalization” was the title of the lecture delivered by Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, on March 5 in Launer Auditorium. Robinson, who came to Columbia as the speaker for the spring edition of the Althea W. and John
A. Schiffman Ethics in Society lecture series, has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate. The former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and founder and former president of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Global Initiative has also expanded her international leadership into business enterprise, corporate citizenship and the reform of some of the world’s most prestigious organizations. Educated at the University of Dublin (Trinity College), the Honorable Society of King’s Inns in Dublin and Harvard Law School, she holds honorary doctorates from more than 40 universities around the world, including Yale, Brown, Columbia (NY), Oxford and Cambridge. In 2009, President Barack Obama awarded Robinson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, in recognition of her significant contributions to the nation and the world. She now chairs the Council of Women World Leaders and is president of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice. Robinson was recently appointed to the UN Global Compact Board, a group of 20 global business, labor and social leaders working to advance universal business principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. With her strong and vocal commitment to human rights, Robinson retains a high visibility on pressing issues such as global health, the battle against poverty and supporting microfinance in many nations.
Punk rocker Kathleen Hanna comes to town BY WHITNEY DREIER
PHOTO BY TAMMY RAE CARLAND
Kathleen Hanna had never been to mid-Missouri before delivering her March 20 Women’s History Month lecture, but she came to Columbia with an open mind. “I like to not have too many impressions if at all possible, so I can be surprised,” she says. What was not surprising, however, was the turnout for her lecture, “My Art: Punk Rock Feminism and Beyond.” The musician spoke about the behind-thescenes events and process that make up her work, which includes punk rock feminism, zine making and visual art. She also lectures, and has the following advice for college students: “Find something you love to do, that is totally fun and you feel like you could do forever. Mix that with an issue you deeply care about. I would give this advice because it is what has allowed me to make work fun for over 20 years without completely burning out.”
In Her Words:
Kathleen Hanna talks about her work
Bikini Kill was a punk rock feminist band I was in, in the ’90s. Besides making music, we also wrote fanzines (handmade magazines) and were a big motivating force behind the punk feminist movement of the same era known as Riot Grrrl. We sounded loud and abrasive at times but also had some very sweet songs, and we switched instruments on stage. Our lyrics were often personal but also political. “Julie Ruin” was a solo project that I wrote, recorded and mixed in my
bedroom. It started with a $40 drum machine and a broken sampler and was my introduction to electronicbased music. While I had written bass lines and melodies and lyrics in Bikini Kill, this project really marked the beginning of me as a musician and not just a singer. Le Tigre was a multimedia feminist electronic band that existed from 1999 to 2005. We wrote politically infused pop songs. We had videos that played on a large screen behind us, costumes and
choreographed dances as part of our stage show. We also changed instruments during our shows. Our best known song was called “Deceptacon.” The Julie Ruin is my current band. It started as a way for me to reinvent my earlier solo record “Julie Ruin” with a complete band so I could finally play those songs live; we ended up learning all those songs and writing 20 more. Our record is sounding playful and kind of psychedelic!
Inside the Gate
Letter from the Alumni Board President
When Dr. Brouder announced his retirement on Jan. 10, I was there — teary eyed and proud because he has always been a part of my Columbia College experience.
When we redefined the definition of alumni and contracted with our first outside vendor in order to offer additional benefits to our alums, he was there — listening and providing guidance.
When my young family started attending Cougar basketball games in 1995, he was there — as the newly appointed 16th president of the college. When I decided to pursue my college degree, he was there — making sure classes were rigorous, stimulating, and of value.
When I arrived at the gym at 6:15 in the morning, he was there — gracious and friendly despite my less-than-snappy appearance.
When I wanted to give back to Columbia College by joining the CCAA, he was there — sharing his insight and visions at our board meetings. When we created our five-year strategic plan, he was there — pledging his full support and touting our accomplishments to others.
When he retires on Aug. 1, I will be there — to honor a man whose name is synonymous with Columbia College. Dr. Brouder, you will be missed and we wish you nothing but the best in your retirement. YOU are CC!
Sincerely, When our board expanded to include alumni from Nationwide campuses and online communities, and our Alumni Relations staff grew to accommodate the additional responsibilities, he was there — making sure we had the resources needed to succeed.
Martha Eberhard ’00 President, CCAA
Columbia College Alumni Association Board of Directors (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2013) Ex-Ofﬁcio Members
Dale Coe Simons ’65 Immediate Past President
Michael Kateman Executive Director of Development, Alumni and Public Relations
Melissa Neterer Carroll ’03 Secretary
Carol Winkler ’93 Alumni Board of Trustee Member
Susan Davis Senior Director of Alumni Relations
Adult Higher Education René Massey ’01 Associate Dean
Music & Fine Arts Nollie Moore Director of Jane Froman Singers
Student Government Association Avery Bourne ’14 Student Body President
Athletics Drew Grzella ’01 Assistant Director of Athletics
Lynne Stuver Baker ’64 Jonathan Dudley ’10 Sonya Garrett ’96 Marjorie Thomas Gutelius ’69 Bill Johnston ’82 Lana Le Mons ’09 Joshua Muder ’99 Penny McQueen ’07 Penny Pitman ’65 Suzanne Pomeroy Ready ’81 Lollie Zander Reed ’68 Norris Tanner ’10 Johnette Van Dien ’09 Bill Wright ’09
Martha Eberhard ’00 President
Tanya Clatterbuck ’00 Treasurer
Bill Leeper ’04 President-Elect
Faculty Tonia M. Compton, Ph.D. ’99 Assistant Professor of History
Reunion Weekend April 26–27, 2013
Reunion Weekend 2013 brought celebrating in all forms: eating, toasting, honoring and learning. The special weekend included the launch of the CCAA’s 50th anniversary and the honoring of four deserving 2013 alumni award recipients, who gave us plenty to celebrate in their own right. Congratulations to the winners!
Distinguished Alumni Award Dr. Penny Raﬀerty Hamilton ’76, Columbia College – Lincoln. Penny is an award-winning aviation education researcher.
Professional Achievement Award Tobbie L. May ’10, Columbia College – Fort Leonard Wood. He is a 15-year Air Force Veteran and has served seven deployments.
Community Service Award Ruth A. Hickox Litchfield ’65, main campus (Christian College). Ruth is the founder of Dolls for Zambia, a program that delivers hundreds of handmade dolls to orphans in Zambia.
Columbia College Service Award Jared P. Vessell ’00, main campus. A lawyer, Jared devotes much of his time to the mock trial team at Columbia College.
Board Retreat Alumni and Public Relationsâ€™ recent expansion to Chicago prompted the CCAAâ€™s board of directors to choose the Windy City as the destination for their annual board retreat, held in early April. The board hosted a Chicago-area alumni social, toured local Columbia College campuses, sampled regional cuisine, and, of course, contributed their talents to make the association even greater.
Alumni Appreciation Day The No. 1 ranked men’s and No. 15 ranked women’s basketball teams have given Cougar fans plenty to cheer about this season, but on Saturday, Feb. 16, the Alumni Association gave fans one more reason to celebrate: the Sixth Annual Alumni Appreciation
Day. Admission was free to all students and alumni to the double-header basketball games at Southwell Complex. More than 900 fans were in attendance and they enjoyed free Cougar T-shirts, food, beverages and photos with Scooter.
1. The women’s basketball team signs autographs for fans. 2. Scooter entertains the crowd. 3. Lisa Conner-Collier, Evening Recruiter & Graduate Admissions Coordinator shows support for the Cougars. 4. The men’s basketball team focuses on continuing their undefeated conference season.
BY LAURA DAUGHERTY
PHOTOS BY KIMBERLY KENT
The Columbia College Alumni Association is party hopping across the country — and why not, with the 50th anniversary of the association just getting started? Here’s a peek at where we’ve been. Be sure to check page 62 to find out where we’ll be.
Savannah, Ga. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, more than 30 alumni and friends took in vast river views at the historic River House Seafood Restaurant in Savannah, Ga. Situated next to the Savannah River, the charming location served as the backdrop to the event, which was hosted by Columbia College Trustee Anita Abbott Timmons ’58. It was the first-ever event in the Savannah area, and guests enjoyed meeting and connecting with fellow alumni and friends.
Jacksonville, Fla. Another spectacular riverfront restaurant served as the setting for the alumni event in Jacksonville, Fla., on Wednesday, Feb. 20. More than 30 alumni and friends convened at the River City Brewing Company for the first alumni event held in the area. Hosts Bill Wright â€™09 and Columbia College Trustee Anita Abbott Timmons â€™58 welcomed guests, and all enjoyed the local cuisine and the on-site brewery.
Orlando, Fla. On Thursday, Feb. 21, alumni and friends from the Orlando area enjoyed great food and company at 310 Lakeside Restaurant in downtown Orlando. Among the 30 in attendance was Shanta BartonStubbs â€™05, winner of the 2012 Columbia College Alumni Association Community Service Award, as well as campus directors Dr. Alan Hilliard from the Orlando campus and Dr. Jeff Musgrove from Patrick Air Force Base.
BY SAM FLEURY
PHOTOS BY SAM FLEURY
Columbia College hosted “Columbia College Night” at the Syracuse Crunch hockey game Saturday, Jan. 12, in Syracuse, N.Y. On an evening when more than 6,400 were in attendance for the game, the college partnered with the Crunch on several different elements of programming, including a pre-game reception sponsored by the Columbia College Alumni Association with more than 65 alumni, guests, faculty and staff of the Hancock Field campus. In addition to the reception, attendees received free T-shirts and enjoyed Hancock Field academic advisor Bethany Daniluk’s beautiful rendition of “God Bless America,” which she sang prior to the start of the game. Although the Crunch was outperformed on the ice, the event was well received and all in attendance enjoyed reconnecting with fellow alumni and faculty from the Hancock Field campus.
Job search tips during the recession
BY DON MALSON
The global credit crisis and flat-lining domestic economy have turned the current job climate into one of the most challenging times in recent history to be looking for a job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 14 million people are unemployed, about twice as many since the recession started in December 2007. To be a successful job-seeker in this climate, you have to be calm, patient and proactive and try any (or all) of these tips. Positive Attitude The most important tip when searching for a job in these tough economic times is to retain a positive attitude, since negativity will only increase the amount of stress that searching for a job already brings. Understand that rejection may have more to do with the current economy than your skills or lack thereof, and remember that even the most successful people have persevered through adversity. Sell Yourself Learn how to talk about yourself in a meaningful and powerful way. Although learning about the company is important, knowing your skills and abilities may be even more so. Practice by answering various interview questions that address your skills and experience.
Personal Touches Update your resume and cover letter, making sure each letter addresses specific skills or qualities the company is looking for. Always send a thank-you note or email after the interview. UseYour Network Utilize your connections and your networking list or social media contacts. As an alumnus, any assistance that you can provide to our graduates is always welcome. Choose Your Targets In order to prioritize your search, put your time and energy into opportunities that you’re most interested in and that have the best chance of getting you the position you want. Pick a few companies you’re interested in and pursue
them, whether they have current openings or not. You may want to concentrate on growth industries. Try Freelancing If you haven’t really considered online employment as a viable option, it’s time to change your mind. With recessions happening around the world, there are few good places to work these days. But working online can remove the stress a job-seeker has when looking for work locally in bad economic times. Because companies looking for contractors and freelancers are located worldwide, you could essentially work on projects for companies scattered around the globe. Temporary Position If freelancing is not practical for your area, try temping. Temp with a company that interests you. Many of these options pay well and can carry the burden of bill-paying until a permanent position comes along. It may even help you get your foot in the door, as well as aid in networking.
The Alumni Relations and Career Services departments teamed up on Wednesday, Feb. 20, for the third Speed Networking Event. The event, modeled after speed dating, gave current students the opportunity to meet with several local alumni professionals who provided career advice and a glimpse into what life after college might look like. The next Speed Networking event will be held this fall.
Alumni Referral Grant
PHOTO BY L.G. PAT TERSON
“I was referred to Columbia College by one of my mom’s friends who attended Columbia College. I am so glad she suggested Columbia College, otherwise I would never have heard of it and would not have been able to be a part of the amazing DAYSTAR program, where I get to pursue a career of teaching as well. I am extremely grateful I was recommended to Columbia College, or I would not have the amazing friends and experiences I have today.”
Only 16 years old when she was accepted into Columbia College, Flavin is active in DAYSTAR, Elysium Players, SLATE, The Pride, and even finds time to contribute as a student worker. More than that, she now shares the enthusiasm and pride for a special institution with someone who understands it best: an alumni friend.
— Karen Flavin, Legacy Referral Grant recipient pursing a bachelor of arts in sociology
For more information, contact Stephanie Johnson at 800-231-2391, ext. 7357 or email@example.com; or www.columbiacollegealumni.org/referastudent
If an alumnus formally refers a student to be enrolled at Columbia College’s day campus in Columbia, Mo., that student may be eligible for an Alumni Referral Grant, which is a $500 tuition-based grant renewable for up to three years.
Alumni Holiday Party
On Thursday, Dec. 13, more than 200 alumni and guests rang in the holidays at the annual Alumni Holiday Party on the main campus. Holiday spirit abounded as guests enjoyed creative appetizers and drinks, horse-drawn sleigh rides, photos with Santa and live entertainment by the Tom Andes Trio.
To help celebrate the CCAAâ€™s 50th anniversary, send along your favorite CC memories to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ ccaa50th for a chance to be featured in the next issue of Affinity.
Spread Cougar cheer by sending a Columbia College e-Card! Create free, personalized e-cards to send to friends, family or classmates. Choose from an assortment of images including Scooter, Rogers Gate, holiday and graduation. Go to www.columbiacollegealumni.org/ ecards to start sending!
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Leaving a Legacy at Los Alamitos
Computer Information Systems professor Sutter Fox takes pride in educating millitary students BY WHITNEY DREIER
PHOTOS COURTESY OF DR. SUTTER FOX
Dr. Sutter Fox is well traveled and well educated — both qualities that emerged thanks to the military. “I started first grade in Alaska in a Quonset hut,” says Fox, whose father was an Army officer. “I graduated from high school in Sacramento, and 10 days later I was a cadet at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.”
He served on a high-endurance cutter out of San Francisco for a year, then attended Navy flight school in Pensacola, Fla. “My first aviation assignment was Coast Guard Air Station Chicago,” he says. “It was there that I realized a Plan B in life is an excellent option; it wouldn’t take much to become physically unqualified to fly.” So he found a university program on base and completed an MBA in three years. He met his wife in class. “The idea of opening doors in front of me led me to a continual drive for excellence, more responsibility and greater education,” says Fox, who was selected for Naval Postgraduate School and earned a master’s degree in computer science. As Fox spent more time in the service, he realized that the transition from the service to civilian life might be difficult. He joined the Hawaii cohort of the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education in pursuit of a doctoral degree about 18 months before he retired from the military.
“Working on the Ed.D. in educational leadership provided a bridge for me when I retired with 34 years of active duty service,” he says. Fox has taught at Columbia College-Los Alamitos since 2007, an opportunity that was the result of good luck and good timing. “I was at Los Alamitos for an air show and saw Columbia College representatives,” he recalls. “I asked if there was any opportunity to teach, and they had an immediate need for an instructor in CISS 170: Introduction to Information Systems.” Columbia College-Los Alamitos educates 175 military and civilian students each year
and offers associate and bachelor’s degree programs in-seat as well as 23 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees online. The campus celebrated its 15th anniversary in December 2012. “I understand the experience of the students standing duty, serving on deployments, going to school after a long day at work,” Fox says. “People who work to improve their knowledge and position are assets to their organizations and communities, and thus to the nation. It is a great pleasure to attend graduation and see my students walk across the stage to accept their diplomas.”
Joann Wayman is Columbia College’s longest-serving faculty member
The Way Forward BY WHITNEY DREIER
As a 17-year-old senior at Mark Twain High School, Joann Wayman was offered a full ride to Christian College. She turned it down. “You’ve got to look at it in context,” says the woman who is now a professor of business administration.
PHOTO BY L.G. PAT TERSON
“Rural family, northeast Missouri, six children, one already in college. My mother said to me, ‘Joann, that’s fine if you want to go there, but you need to recognize that most of the other girls there will probably have more access to cash for discretionary spending, and you won’t.’ My mother
Wayman applied for and received a National Defense Education Scholarship, which landed her a two-year fellowship at the University of Missouri, where she majored in textile and apparel management and completed an internship at Columbia College in 1970. “The fashion department here was new,” she remembers. “I taught clothing construction.” Not long after earning her master’s, Wayman obtained a full-time position at Columbia College. “I came over, sat down and visited with the academic dean and was literally hired on the spot,” she says. The year was 1972, and she’s been here ever since. “I never planned on working outside the home after children,” says Wayman, who had three children between 1974 and 1980. But when President Donald Ruthenberg initiated a program that accommodated the busy schedules of faculty members who wanted to earn Ph.Ds., Wayman jumped at the opportunity. This decision eventually led to a job in the business department, where she’s taught since 1993. One of Wayman’s former students, Kelly Sharp, learned a lot from her. “She has kept up with the changing climate for coursework at CC — she teaches in our online program and has embraced the technology surrounding it to make the class great.”
A ceremonial mace is a symbol of scholarship used to lead an academic procession at commencement and other special occasions. The honor of carrying the mace goes to the most-senior faculty member. In December 2012, Dr. Joann Wayman became the second woman to carry the mace; the first was Hazel Kennedy, an English professor who started the tradititon in 1963, at the inauguration of Columbia College President Merle Hill. “I’m the first woman in a very long time,” Wayman says. “It’s time for a woman to carry it; this college was instituted as a female college.” One way she has embraced technology is through social media, which she uses as a teaching tool for the classroom. “I just kind of latched on to social media, which I love,” she says. Wayman’s social media efforts are self-taught — and successful. She has been listed among the top-100 marketing professors on Twitter by Social Media Marketing Magazine. The publication recognizes professors who provide useful content and engage with followers (in Wayman’s case, more than 1,000 of them). “I have created for myself a wonderful professional learning network,” says Wayman, who owns a laptop, iPad and iPhone. That sharing aspect of teaching is what Wayman likes most about her job; imparting knowledge helps students grow and mature. “That gives me goosebumps,” Wayman says. “That has been the best thing — to watch incoming freshman do top-notch work by the time they graduate. That’s why you continue to do it.”
Dr. Wayman loves hearing from former students. You can contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter @JoannWayman
and father gave me the best advice they had for the time; they did what they thought was best.” So Wayman chose to attend Northeast Missouri State (now Truman State University) in Kirksville, Mo., where she majored in home economics education. She worked as a high school home economics teacher at Lafayette High School in St. Louis County after graduation. “It was one of best school districts in the state at that time, one of the highest salaries,” she says. “But I soon realized home economics wasn’t for me.”
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President Gerald T. Brouder:
Up for the Challenge ideas are essential to the human experience. Without them, knowledge couldn’t be transferred and applied, and revelations would never occur. But growing an idea into tangible reality takes more than just a thought; in many instances, it takes hard work, dedication, and discipline. Dr. Gerald Brouder’s career can be summed up as the culmination of many ideas — ideas that, with a lot of hard work, became reality.
by Lau ra Dau g h ert y p h o t os b y l . g . pat t er s o n
The Brouder Legacy
✫ Dr. Brouder’s foray into higher education was not his original plan, although serving others has remained a career constant. After graduating high school he joined the military with an eventual plan to become a highway patrolman. “It grew me up,” he says of his experience in the Army. “I became a much more disciplined individual than I was going in. It taught me how to stay on point, and to treat those subordinate to you in a way that is respectful and in a way that is helpful.” Brouder served in the medical corps in the Army and, once his duties were fulfilled, went to work in an operating room at a children’s hospital in Chicago. He explains a series of “epiphanies” led him to steadily build his educational credentials in the nursing field. He first obtained his associate’s degree, then his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
“I stand before you with no greater passion than to be called a teacher. If I succeed, it will be because I have taught well.”
– Dr. Gerald Brouder in his inauguration address
“I knew if I went on further with my education, I could make a better life for myself,” he said. “And with the master’s degree, I knew I could do any of three things: practice, research and teach. That got me off into the teaching venue.” With the idea in mind that pursuing higher education would lead to more open doors, Brouder came to his next opportunity almost by happenstance. “There was a tear-off ad in the Rush Memorial Hospital where I worked that talked about a Ph.D. program in
nursing at the University of Texas,” he says. “I pulled it off and sent it in for more information and that got the ball rolling. By that time, I was married and had two kids, so Bonnie and I decided to give it a try. We threw all the kids and everything in the truck and drove down to Austin and, as they say, the rest is history.” At the University of Texas, Brouder met Dr. Bruce Rouse who served as the chairman of Brouder’s dissertation committee. Brouder explains working with Rouse had a tremendous impact on his professional development. “He really had me on a glide path that was bound to succeed, even when I doubted myself,” Brouder says. “He saw something in me that was going to blossom at some point. While I didn’t agree with him necessarily, especially after some exams,” he says with a laugh, “he had a great, great influence on my life.” In 1977, Brouder was hired as a faculty member in the School of Nursing at the University of Missouri. He spent 17 years at the university and served as interim chancellor, deputy chancellor and provost. He also held other various positions within the administration and at the medical center.
The Brouder Legacy
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“honesty and integrity have guided me. In all that I’ve done I’ve attempted to be honest about it and tried to impose the greatest of integrity.” – Dr. Brouder
The Board of Trustees have bestowed the title of President Emeritus on President Brouder, only the second time the Trustees have honored a president with the title.
When asked what intrigued him about becoming the 16th president of Columbia College in 1995, Brouder’s answer is unwavering. “The impression I had was there was an enormous challenge. Bonnie and I discussed it quite awhile and decided we were up for the challenge and went ahead and signed on.” In his inaugural address, Brouder cited three major goals for the institution: increasing the endowment, advancing technology and deepening and strengthening the sciences. Eighteen years later, his ideas have become reality: the endowment has increased to over $110 million, the department of technology services has grown from four employees to 44, and a brand new, 52,000 square-foot, state-of-the-
art science building will open this fall on the main campus. Brouder also realized early on the importance of cultivating a culture at the college that honored civility and respect, explaining a qualitative shift among faculty and students had to take place. “When I got here we had open admissions, and it became clear to me early on that that wasn’t going to work, not if we wanted to establish a quality institution to which students would aspire to come,” he says. “One of the things we did was impose admission standards in our Day and Evening campuses. You had to have an ACT, you had to have a class rank, and you had to have a GPA out of high school, and you had to meet other
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With overwhelming support, the Columbia College Board of Trustees approved the naming of the new science building to be the Gerald T. and Bonnie M. Brouder Science Center â€” a fitting tribute to a president and first lady who first prioritized the expansion of science education 18 years ago.
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“I’m proud of the culture we have formed at this institution. It relates to the principles of civility and respect. We’ve inculcated those principles in all of our students, faculty and staff.” – Dr. Gerald Brouder
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criteria at the institution. So at the very same time we were improving the quality of faculty, we were improving the quality of the students that they would teach. That resulted in a major shift in the organization.” The shift in culture is evident everywhere on campus. “We respect teaching and learning,” he says. “You can see it in the quality of the teachers we hire; you can see it in the grounds. The sidewalks are edged, the flowers are beautiful … that’s not to spend money on horticulture, that’s to show people you respect the venue in which that awesome responsibility takes place where teaching turns into learning. You’ve got to honor the fact that what we do is grow intellects. We change people’s lives. It’s an awesome responsibility.” He explains how teaching is transferred into tangible learning: “I’m a fan of the analogy of the hammer and the anvil. When you strike the anvil, something occurs: there is a spark. That’s what I view as teaching turning into learning. That spark is the transfer of knowledge. We are about the transfer of knowledge, and we are about the expansion of knowledge.” Although Brouder is proud to see his initial ideas regarding the institution come to fruition, he’s quick to deflect praise. “It’s the good people you hire
that make the operation work,” he says. “By virtue of the good people I have hired in my career who make everything happen, we have been quite successful.” Brouder has high hopes for the college to soon become a model institution. “How do you know when that vision is realized?” he asks. “It happens when others come to us and say, ‘How did you do this? How did you develop that?’ The other is when we get accolades from outside the institution — U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, GetEducated.com — all of those things, that’s validation that this hybrid that we’ve created here is something others emulate or want to emulate.” In retirement, Brouder hopes to volunteer in the health arena and as chairman of the board of directors at Fr. Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia, Mo. “I’m going to play a little tennis, a little golf … but I’m going to do something that has value, to perhaps give back a little.” “I’ll miss it,” he says of Columbia College. “I’ll miss the people, I’ll miss the opportunity, I’ll miss the challenge. I set out goals 18 years ago and, I think, achieved them. If I could be remembered for sticking to the vision and succeeding, I think I’ll be happy.”
Upon Dr. Brouder’s departure in August 2013, Dr. Terry Smith, currently the executive vice president and dean for Academic Affairs, will serve as interim president until the 17th president of Columbia College can be named. A search committee, chaired by Rev. John Yonker, was announced Jan. 18, 2013. For more details on these individuals, the interim president and the search process in general, please visit the Presidential Search website at www.ccis.edu/about/ presidential-search.asp.
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32 From left, Mike Randerson, Dr. Gerald Brouder and Dr. Terry Smith
staff sentiments ... “simply put, I came to Columbia College because of Dr. Brouder! My working at the university before his appointment as our president gave me a great vantage point to learn that he was a calm, cool, extremely intelligent and approachable leader … .and more importantly one of the finest gentlemen I had ever met. I felt very privileged to accept his offer to work at the college in the fall of 1995. now, after almost 18 years of closely working, traveling and problem-solving together across a spectrum of challenges and opportunities that I couldn’t have imagined when I started, I can emphatically say that he has never failed to be the kind of boss I anticipated and the leader the college needed. he consistently provided just the right blend of guidance and freedom, resources and moral support to allow me to give and do my best for the institution. on a personal basis, I discovered he is also one of the most humble and unassuming people I have ever met. he models and demands high ethical standards, civility and respect from everyone at the college and has made those values a key part of the college culture. having a boss who is a great leader and even better person has made my second and last career one that I will treasure for the rest of my life.”
—Mike Randerson, VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADULT HIGHER EDUCATION, DIVISION OF ADULT HIGHER EDUCATION
“Dr. Brouder is one of the most centered people I’ve ever known. I draw strength from his solid core. his civility and respect expectation is taken seriously and creates an environment that may be unique to higher education. he requires all of us to answer the question: ‘What are the important things?’ and then he asks: ‘and how will you know when you have done the important things well?’ he knows, and makes sure we know, that the most important thing is teaching and learning.” — Dr. Terry Smith, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND DEAN FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
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Executive Assistant Lori Ewing shares her thoughts on Dr. Brouder’s retirement. due. I have also had the pleasure of knowing that he has a great sense of humor!
I began working in the President’s Office approximately 10 months before he took over as president — more than 18 years ago. I learned very quickly that Dr. Brouder is a true gentleman and one of the finest individuals you could meet. His integrity in all that he does is second to none. I have a great deal of respect for him, especially his mottos of “students first” and “whatever is best for the college.” He always keeps the college mission of teaching and learning at the forefront of his daily activities, projects and events. He has created an environment of civility, trust and respect. Most folks who know Dr. Brouder realize his admirable traits — he is humble, unselfish, intelligent, and a great leader who shares in celebrating successes and giving credit where it is
In various speeches and remarks he has given during the years, Dr. Brouder has encouraged students to “leave a legacy” and make a difference in people’s lives. He has certainly made a difference in many lives, and the legacy he leaves at Columbia College is beyond words. My primary responsibility as Dr. Brouder’s executive assistant is to make his job easier. I try to think like he thinks and anticipate ahead of time what is needed to support his role as our leader. I cannot begin to describe how much I have learned from him by assisting him on a daily basis; he has been a guide and mentor to me and many others. I feel honored that I am a part of the decision-making process and success of the college. I have enjoyed every day working for and with Dr. Brouder — my boss, my mentor, my friend. Those of us who are affiliated with Columbia College will continue to work hard to support the college mission, and will support and assist Dr. Brouder’s successor as we help guide the college into the future. But, Columbia College will never quite be the same. I cannot think of anyone who deserves retirement more so than Dr. Brouder. I wish him and Bonnie and their family much happiness, good health and Godspeed.
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by Lau ra Dau g h ert y p h o t os b y l . g . pat t er s o n
Even the grandest tapestry is first achieved by a series of small, calculated stitches that slowly evolve into something great. Likewise, first lady Bonnie Brouder has gradually pieced together a history and a culture at Columbia College that has culminated in a college transformed by her efforts. When Bonnie and Dr. Gerald Brouder first arrived on the main campus in 1995, she didnâ€™t have a set agenda as to what her contributions would be,
only that she would make them. â€œIt was a matter of how I could help my husband and help the college, and there were lots of things I saw I could do.â€? One of the initial ways she felt she could help the college was to establish standards for protocol, entertaining and food service. She bought books on etiquette and found ways to increase banquet space. With all the time Bonnie spent coordinating events and making sure every last detail was perfect, it soon became clear the college needed
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a full-time employee in the field, and a new department was born. Sallie Coley was hired in June 2000, and the Events, Protocol and Design office now employs five full-time and three parttime staff members. “She was a godsend,” Bonnie says of Sallie. At the same time Bonnie was helping with events and establishing standards of protocol, she discovered — quite literally — another way she could help the college.
“Before Jerry actually started working as president, he wanted to visit all of the college,” Bonnie says. She explains that he had a college key and on weekends they would walk around and look at the different departments, lounges and student areas on the main campus. The key also opened attics and basements, and it was what she discovered inside those spaces that prompted her to take action. “I asked myself, ‘What’s here? What’s available?’ … it was just like a treasure trove.”
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Bonnie and her husband had discovered the college’s history — books, paintings, photographs, silverware, newspapers — dating from the year the college opened its doors in 1851 to the present day. Although the items were for the most part tucked away safely in various buildings on campus, nothing was organized. “There was just so much,” Bonnie says, “but I thought it was really important. When people think ‘archive,’ they think, ‘Oh, you found all this silver and everything.’ Well, if we didn’t have the silver, we’d still have a history of the college. And to me, that was the most important thing.” It was this desire to preserve the college’s history that prompted Bonnie to dedicate countless hours sifting through boxes. “It was a matter of going through the boxes and putting a label on them,
“There were so many wonderful things,” Bonnie says. “Every day, it was like, ‘Oh, you’re never going to believe what I found today!’” One such discovery pointed to a different history in the early days of the college than what many had perceived. Bonnie explains that while some believed the college served as a finishing school for girls in its early days, her findings proved that theory wrong. “They (the students) were really receiving a four-year baccalaureate degree, the same education as MU (University of Missouri) students,” she says. “It’s documented in the books who taught the classes, and so I just took those names and found out they were teaching the same classes to men at MU because, at that time, MU did not admit women.” Other finds included oil paintings of all college presidents and their wives, a painting of Martha Washington by Vinnie Ream and hundreds of articles of clothing including an extensive Jane Froman collection. “There are so many things that point to the history of the college that help us know who we were back then, how we were established, who our students were and what our administration did,” she says.
figuring out what they were, figuring out what we should throw away,” she says, “but in the mix of all this, in so many different areas, we were able to find all of the trustee minutes from 1851 through the present time. We were able to find all of the catalogs so we knew what all of the students were doing from 1851 to the present time. We were able to put together all of the newspapers that the girls printed from when they started printing in the 1920s to the present time.”
Similar to her involvement in events and protocol, managing the archives eventually became too big a task for Bonnie to continue alone. In 2000, she asked Sallie to join the effort in managing and organizing the archives. The archives are now under the direction of Janet Caruthers, director of Stafford Library. Plans are in the works to digitally catalog everything. “I probably had the fun part, the discovery part,” Bonnie says. “But they’re all rediscovering these things now.” As if piecing together a history and creating a culture of entertaining at Columbia College wasn’t enough, Bonnie saw yet another need at the
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school early on in her tenure, this one tied to her love of Christmas. She couldn’t help but notice how dark the exterior of the college seemed during the holiday season, and a new tradition was born. Bonnie consulted with the designer of the Kansas City, Mo. Country Club Plaza Christmas light display to help plan and power the lights. She explains that while the lights were powered as efficiently as possible, there were worries the added electrical cost might create controversy regarding the college’s spending. Nervously, they turned on the lights, “and we got more positive press than we could have paid for and never even thought we would get,” Bonnie says. “Radio and TV stations as far away as Kansas City and St. Louis were all talking about the lights at Columbia College.” The holiday lights have grown into an annual tradition. Each year, she and her husband hosted a lighting ceremony in early December for the entire community and a reception afterward for students, faculty, staff and their families. Working with Sallie, Bonnie has added more elaborate lights over the years, incorporating additional buildings and even featuring a building with animated lights set to music. “You look at what you did and ask how you could make it better,” she explains of the evolution of her contributions. “Every year you fix it, you tweak it.” And while her steady, dedicated contributions have amounted to great things, it’s evident her motivation simply was to care for a place she loved. “It’s my home,” she says. “It becomes so much a part of your life, and it’s nice to think about retiring, but then you stop and realize, it’s like leaving home.” Fortunately for the Columbia College community, Bonnie has made it a home.
staff sentiments ... “I first met Bonnie when I interviewed for the special events coordinator position at the college. It was quite a surprise to me when the first lady of the college was present for the interview! From that conversation, I could immediately tell that she took extreme pride in guiding both college celebrations and the preservation of its history. We began working closely together my first year as the sesquicentennial included a full 12 months of festivities. What a year it was and we haven’t stopped yet. I never dreamed I would have the privilege to work side by side with Bonnie all over campus, from the dirt basements to the cold attics of the college that brought me, as a student, to Columbia. Bonnie and I learned quickly that it only took a small discovery to spark an idea and a project was created. From the stained glass we found in the basement of what is now practice hall to Bonnie catching sight of an animated lighting Christmas display while in st. Louis visiting her grandchildren. The first led to the stained glass display in the ahsC Billie Jo Wanink Lounge, and the second led to the well-researched, one-of-a-kind holiday lighting display on the Kirkman house. In Bonnie’s tenure as first lady, Columbia College has received great attention to details and a high standard for campus protocol, serving as a perfect complement to her husband’s impeccable leadership. she has always been a dedicated friend of the college, and I am proud to call her one of mine.” — Sallie Coley, DIRECTOR OF EVENTS, PROTOCOL AND DESIGN
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After nearly 18 years at the helm of Columbia College, President Gerald Brouder has seen the institution through tremendous growth and change, all while maintaining an expectation of civility and respect. In his inaugural address on Sept. 15, 1995, Brouder stated the priorities of his presidency would include broadening and deepening the sciences, growing the endowment, increasing academic rigor, enhancing technology and expanding curricula. His collective vision for the college was to become a model institution operating within an arena of civility and respect. The essence of his leadership is integrity, honesty, fairness and compassion.
The Columbia College endowment has grown from $2.5 million in 1995, to more than $110 million today. In addition to a strong endowment, the schoolâ€™s overall fiscal health is strong with $200 million in assets, a $100 million operating budget, no deferred maintenance and no debt.
Broadening & Deepening of the Sciences In April 2012, construction began on a 52,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art science center that is scheduled to open in August 2013. The building has a 126-seat auditorium, five general laboratories, eight advanced labs, five additional classrooms and 18 faculty offices. Recently named the Gerald T. and Bonnie M. Brouder Science Center, the limestone and brick masterpiece is surely the crown jewel of President Brouderâ€™s legacy.
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Increasing Academic Rigor Brouder set admission standards early in his tenure, imposing criteria including standardized test scores, class ranks, and GPA requirements for all students entering the Day and Evening campuses. “It became clear to me early on that open admissions wasn’t going to work, not if we wanted to establish a quality institution to which students would aspire to come,” says Dr. Brouder. His efforts have paid off. Year after year, prestigious educational rating services rank Columbia College as one of the best colleges in the nation.
Today, Columbia College offers 10 associate degrees, 58 bachelor’s degrees and four master’s degrees. Students consistently score above national averages on major field tests.
enhancing technology The level of technological sophistication and overall quality has risen dramatically during Brouder’s presidency. Today Columbia College is a national leader in online education, with more than 23,000 students taking an online course just in this last academic year. Columbia College now has computer labs in all Nationwide campuses, and the Department of Technological Services expanded from four employees in 1995, to 44 today.
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expansion anD improvements in facilities Under Brouder’s leadership, the college has made $53 million in property acquisitions, constructions and renovations in Columbia and at Nationwide campuses.
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ALABAMA 1. Redstone Arsenal CALIFORNIA 2. Coast Guard Island 3. Lemoore 4. Los Alamitos 5. San Diego 6. San Luis Obispo
ILLINOIS 14. Crystal Lake 15. Elgin 16. Freeport 17. Lake County
FLORIDA 8. Jacksonville 9. NAS Jacksonville 10. Orlando 11. Patrick Air Force Base
MISSOURI 18. Columbia 19. Fort Leonard Wood 20. Jefferson City 21. Kansas City 22. Moberly 23. Lake of the Ozarks 24. Springfield 25. Rolla 26. St. Louis
GEORGIA 12. Fort Stewart 13. Hunter Army Airfield
NEW YORK 27. Fort Drum 28. Hancock Field
COLORADO 7. Denver
OKLAHOMA 29. Fort Still
SOUTH CAROLINA 30. Joint Base CharlestonWeapons Station TEXAS 31. Fort Worth
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UTAH 32. Salt Lake WASHINGTON 33. NS Everett/Marysville 34. Whidbey Island CUBA 35. Guantanamo Bay
*Columbia College campus added since Dr. Brouder’s inauguration
Columbia College campus added since Dr. Brouder’s inauguration
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With 18 campuses located on military bases, Columbia College takes great pride in its educational services to the military. The college honors military students, faculty and staff at its annual Military Recognition Day.
moDel institution In 1995, Brouder set out to create a model institution, and that vision is nearly realized. “How do you know when you’ve achieved it?” Brouder asks. “It happens when others come to us and say, ‘How’d you do that?’ We also get accolades from outside the institution … all of those things, that’s validation that this hybrid that we’ve created here is something others emulate or want to emulate.”
Brouder helped broaden the Columbia College Alumni Association’s five-year strategic plan, an effort to foster relationships with students, alumni and friends and strengthen the Alumni Association’s visibility and credibility. Dr. and Mrs. Brouder are regulars at alumni events.
From the very beginning, students have been Brouder’s top priority, and student centeredness is everywhere on campus — in expanded student activities, clubs and organizations, in intentionally small class sizes. It’s this focus on cultivating student achievement through personalized means that make students say how much CC feels like “home.”
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cougar athletics 3 NAIA National Championships in Women’s Volleyball Columbia College boasts an exciting athletic department, with five NAIA Division I sports and 3 NAIA National Championships in Women’s Volleyball. The Athletic Hall of Fame, established in 2003, recognizes the achievements of top athletes. Six sports have been added since Dr. Brouder’s inauguration.
Columbia College has cultivated a vibrant arts culture on campus. The Art Department regularly hosts acclaimed artists, and the annual Paper in Particular is the collegeâ€™s signature art show, which features art that incorporates paper as the primary element. The music program boasts the Jane Froman Singers, a highly selective choral ensemble well known for its talent, often performing for packed audiences nationally and internationally. In 2012, the Music Program moved to Practice Hall, a state-of-the-art building dedicated to the program.
Community Involvement Columbia Collegeâ€™s engagement with the community has remained active during Brouderâ€™s tenure. The college is a member of the chamber of commerce in Columbia, Mo., and it has an institutional partnership with the Columbia Public Schools district.
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Women’s Intersports Network Awards Brouder, Ferreira, Wrye-Washington honored at WIN for Columbia luncheon BY WHITNEY DREIER
PHOTOS BY L.G. PAT TERSON
Six-time Olympic medalist and heptathlon world record holder Jackie Joyner-Kersee was the keynote speaker at the Women’s Intersport Network (WIN) for Columbia’s annual awards luncheon. Held Feb. 5 in the Southwell Complex, the event celebrated Columbia’s outstanding female athletes in conjunction with National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Joyner-Kersee’s speech addressed the importance of encouraging and mentoring girls and women in sports. After her remarks, Joyner-Kersee handed out awards to prominent area athletes, including two Columbia College women. Volleyball coach Melinda WryeWashington received the Female Coach of the Year Award. Wrye-Washington has lead the team to 13 consecutive NAIA tournaments, including eight top-four finishes and one national championship. In 2012, Wrye-Washington guided her team to a second place finish in the NAIA championship and was named coach of the year. Her team finished the season with a 42-2 record and a No. 3 national ranking. Wrye-Washtington guided her team to a second place finish in the TOP: From left, volleyball coach Melinda Wrye-Washington, who received the Female Coach of the Year Award, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee BELOW: From left, senior volleyball setter Paula Ferreira, who received the Collegiate Sportswoman of the Year Award, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee
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Decorated Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee gave Columbiaarea athletes reason to dream at the Women’s Intersport Network for Columbia’s annual awards luncheon.
NAIA championship and was named AMC coach of the year for the ninth time in her career and she also earned her second NAIA National coach of the year award. Senior volleyball setter Paula Ferreira received the Collegiate Sportswoman of the Year Award. The NAIA player of the year led the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America College Division Volleyball Team. In 2012, Ferreira was named the American Midwest Conference Setter and Player of the Year for the third consecutive year, and was named National Player of the Week twice. She leads the Cougars with 1,766 assists, 171 kills, 82 services aces, 55 blocks and 33 digs. The afternoon’s Title IX Award went to the Columbia College volleyball program, which was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2012 for 30 seasons of excellence, including 20 straight conference championships, 19 consecutive national championship appearances and three national titles. The honor is a special one-time award created in celebration of Title IX’s 40th anniversary. The legislation states that no person shall be excluded, on the basis of sex, from participation in any educational program or activity that receives federal funding. Dr. Gerald Brouder was the only man to receive a WIN award. Joyner-Kersee surprised the Columbia College president with the Kent Heitholt Memorial Award for his support of women’s sports at Columbia College. More than 70 women compete in six disciplines: basketball, softball volleyball, cross-country, golf and soccer. The latter three were added in 2012.
“Since Dr. Brouder’s arrival, the Cougar athletic department has transformed into the model for other NAIA schools,” says Cindy Potter, associate director of athletics and former student-athlete at Columbia College. “With the addition of four women’s sports and hosting two NAIA National Championships during his tenure, he has given even more females a chance to succeed.” Brouder, Wrye-Washington, Ferreira and Potter (who was named WIN’s mentor of the year in 2009) are each embodied in the message JoynerKersee shared as she ended her keynote: “We do have some young girls who become young women — not just on the athletic field, but in the administration office and executive positions and decision-making positions — who can make girls’ sports a lot better. We need those voices, we need those voices to stand out, and we need for everyone to appreciate the talents of young people across the board. If you give the best you have, the best will come back to you.”
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Men’s and women’s basketball enjoy outstanding seasons BY WHITNEY DREIER
PHOTOS BY CINDY POT TER
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After being ranked No. 1 in the NAIA for more than seven weeks, the Cougar men’s basketball team capped off the first undefeated regular season in program history with a 74-69 victory at William Woods (Mo.). They then fell to LSU-Shreveport (La.) 79-78 in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 Buffalo Funds NAIA Division I National Championships, finishing out the season with a 35-1 record.
The Lady Cougars enjoyed another successful season in 2012-2013. They finished the season with an overall record of 27-7 and made their fifth consecutive trip to the NAIA national tournament ranked No. 13 going into the tournament. They also finished as the American Midwest Conference (AMC) regular season and tournament champions for the second time in three years, posting a 17-1 record in league play.
Three players were placed on the NAIA Division I All-American squad, including senior Jordan Dressler, one of 10 players selected to the First Team, and juniors Derrick Dilworth and Devin Griffin, who received Honorable Mention accolades.
Junior Heather English was named AMC Player of the Year for the second straight season and also earned second team All-American honors. Senior Lily Abreu joined English on the First Team All-Conference squad and was named as honorable mention All-American. Nine members of the team were recognized on the 20122013 American Midwest Conference Academic All-Conference team. Coach Mike Davis was inducted into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on April 27.
Head Coach Bob Burchard, who was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame last year, was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on April 14.
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Sandra Pitts (left) and Meagan Liviek graduate with associate degrees in nursing from Columbia College - Lake Ozark in May 2013 Chris Group â€™90 with Scooter at Sea World, Orlando, Fla.
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Susan Miller ‘60 and her husband, Ken Mannila, took Scooter on a cruise through the Panama Canal. His favorite part of the cruise was seeing the crocodiles.
Eleven CC Alumni traveled to Cancun, Mexico in January Front row: from left, Erskine Horton ‘11, Elizabeth (Leatherman) Fabsits ‘06, Tatha Todd ‘97, Elisha (Murray) Koenig ‘09, Melissa Smith ‘97, Jill (Crandall) Cox ‘84, Jill Powell ‘12, Shatenita Horton ‘02 Back row: from left, Billie Connally ‘03, Brett Patton ‘91, Stephanie (Ricketts) Rosskopf ‘01
From left, Kayla Pryor ‘13, Shila Kendrick ‘13, Jacqueline Glaze ‘13 and Jessie Stout ‘13 Columbia College Lake Ozark May 2013 graduating class
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Emma Jane Kirkpatrick ’39 resides in Lexington, Ky.
Joy Poe ’56 is an artist and resides in Kerrville, Texas. Rita Wetzel Bissell ’58 is active with the Herb Society of America-Chattahoochee Unit. She resides in Smyrna, Ga. Sally Hubbard ’57 retired after 43 years as a family doctor at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. She resides there. Dayle Selby ’59 worked as a medical technologist for over 50 years and continues working as a PRN. She resides in Blue Springs, Mo.
Irene Ledbetter Christenson ’60 resides in Lake Barrington, Ill. Diane Lodge ’67 works with
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at-risk students and resides in Tomahawk, Wis. Elaine Buehler Thompson ’68 resides in Warrensburg, Mo.
Celeste Losee Steinman ’70 retired after 37 years of teaching sixth grade science in Texas. She resides in Sedona, Ariz. Jacqueline Eck Decker ’73 resides in Montclair, N.J. and serves at the Mental Association of Essex County there. Donald Roth ’75 is retired from the federal government where he served as logistics director chief and field team chief. Donald and his wife, Barbara, reside in Red Bud, Ill. Cris Kevin Conner ’76 is employed as president of Utility Service and Maintenance Inc. and his wife, Yvonne Goelz Conner ’76, is a horseback riding instructor. They reside in St. Louis, Mo. Mark Fuller ’76 was an artist in residence at the University
of La Salamanca, Spain in June 2012. He presented during the opening night lecture and recital, which incorporated songs of Ernest Charles. Carol Siegel Turner ’72 & ’77 was named Volunteer of the Year for the Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum. She resides in El Dorado, Kan. Ted Fafinski ’79 was elected town supervisor in Farmington, N.Y. He had previously served as chairman of the Ontario County board of supervisors for seven years. Ted resides in Farmington, N.Y.
Curtis Diggs ’80 now works as a federal background investigator for the federal government. Curtis and his wife, Georgia, reside in Molino, Fla. Jonathan Romey ’84 currently works as a counseling manager at Black & Veatch and specializes in utility customer care systems. He and his wife, Cynthia, reside in Platte City, Mo.
Patricia Lensmeyer ’90 was named the 2012 Martinelli Award winner, an annual award presented by the National Association of County Collectors,
Treasurers and Finance Officers to an active member of the organization who demonstrates outstanding leadership. She and her husband, Bernie, reside in Columbia, Mo. Jack Davenport ’91 and his wife, Kathy, reside in Columbia, Mo. Paul Herring ’92 and his wife, Akiko Harada ’92 reside in Columbia, Mo. Terry Taylor ’92 works at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services as a health program representative. She resides in Columbia, Mo. Kerri McBee-Black ’93 received the University of Missouri Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award for Undergraduate Teaching in 2012. She is an instructor at the university. Kerri and her husband, Greg, reside in Harrisburg, Mo. Edgar Smart Sr. ’94 retired from the United States Army in 1999. He served in Germany with a nine-month extension in Bosnia. He resides in Saint Charles, Mo.
Col. Robert Walker ’87 retired from the United States Air Force after 31 years of service. His final position was vice commander of Twentieth Air Force at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. Upon retirement, he received the Legion of Merit from Maj. Gen Carey, Twentieth Air Force Commander (pictured). He and his wife, Gail, will reside in Aurora, Colo.
Command Sgt. Maj. Donald Thelen ’94 is employed by the United States Army. He resides in Plymouth, Mass.
Capt. Dave Hill ’85 retired from the United States Coast Guard in 2007 following a 35-year career. He served on five major Coast Guard cutters including major cutter command, and served a final tour as the United States Coast Guard chair. He currently serves as chairman of the Department of Homeland Security. He and his wife, Dorothy, reside in Dunkirk, Md.
Jim Peregoy ’87 works as a principal pacing sales representative at Medtronic in Columbia, Mo. His wife, Angela Burgess Peregoy ’87, is the financial secretary at Grace Bible Church in Columbia, Mo., where they reside. Their daughter is a freshman at Columbia College.
Ernie Garner Sr. ’95 retired in 2008 from the United States Army and police at Ft. Jackson, S.C., having served 21 years with the Army. He resides in Columbia, S.C. Linda Smith-Sepac ’95 volunteers at Share the Harvest food pantry and clothing nook in Camdenton, Mo., where she resides. She is the co-owner of West Shore Gems. Alfred Gentry ’96 and his wife, Cindy White, reside in Romeoville, Ill.
Dr. Shirley J. Watkins ’96 was named the lead faculty member for Columbia College – Lake of the Ozarks campus, where she teaches psychology. She and her husband, Chuck, reside in Linn Creek, Mo. Bridgette Davidson ’99 entered a retraining program for veterans in Texas and is concurrently enrolled at Central Texas College and Texas A&M University. She resides in Killeen, Texas.
Sgt. 1st Class Rodney Southard ’00 is retired as a sergeant first class of the United States Army. He and his wife, Lora, reside in Grays Knob, Ky. Dana Packnett Gibson ’03 and her husband, Brandon, reside in Kansas City, Mo. Nathan Stephens ’03 was named assistant to the president for equity and diversity issues at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo. His responsibilities include helping the university appreciate diversity, tolerance and respect for the rights of all people. Martha Ravenhill ’05 earned her license to practice law in the state of Illinois and Missouri. She is a 2011 graduate of the DePaul School of Law in Chicago, Ill. and resides in Columbia, Mo. Yvonne Thorn ’05 and her husband, Stuart, reside in Cadillac, Mich. Neil La Count ’02 & ’06 is employed as a project manager at Carrier. He resides in Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Annie Farris ’04, Justin Williams ’05 and David Wells ’06
Comedian Justin Williams ’05 and filmmaker David Wells ’06 premiered their comedy special “Justin Williams” in New York. Justin and David met their first week at Columbia College and have been best friends ever since. Andrew Rutigliano ’06 received his masters in social work from the University of Central Florida in May 2012. Andrew and his wife, Cyndi, reside in Eustis, Fla. Rebecca Krail ’07 recently started Bluebird Experience, a company specializing in strategy and execution consultation. Rebecca and her husband, Keith, reside in Harvard, Ill. Capt. Walter Level Jr. ’07 reached 26 years of military service in the United States Army, where he is currently employed as an operations
officer. He and his wife reside in Marietta, Ga. Jill Schlude ’07 was recently promoted to captain of the Columbia Police Department in Columbia, Mo., and will command the Operations Support Bureau, which includes the department’s investigation unit and SWAT team. She and her husband, Roger, reside in Columbia, Mo.
Amanda Genet Wells ’12 married Eugene Wells on Sept. 1, 2012 in Wentzville, Mo.
Anthony Padgett ’08 became WJCT’s senior vice president of content and operations in July. WJCT is the communitysupported public broadcasting station for the First Coast. He resides in Jacksonville, Fla. Emily Ousley Park ’08 joins Husch Blackwell LLP in the firm’s health care group. She received her J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2012. She and her husband, Kyle, reside in Jefferson City, Mo. Donna Riney Priddy ’08 works as the vice president of TD Bank in Falmouth, Maine. She and her husband, Kenneth Priddy ’07, reside in Yarmouth, Maine. Michael Schroeder ’08 has joined Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale P.C. in St. Louis, Mo. as an associate in the Litigation Practice Group. Prior to earning
Lara Underwood ’01 married Ross Kaplan on Oct. 17, 2012, at Newtown Castle, County Claire, Ireland.
Andrew Chun ’08 wed Seungmin Chun on June 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, Calif.
DeAnn Vollmer Prettyman ’06 married Tony Prettyman on Oct. 15, 2011 in Pilot Grove, Mo.
Molly Anderson ’12 wed Michael Wheatley ’98 at the Columbia College main campus in Dorsey Chapel on Oct. 27, 2012. “The college is the reason we met,” Molly says. “Having our wedding at CC made our affinity for the college grow even more than before.”
his law degree, Schroeder was a police officer for 11 years in the St. Louis metropolitan area, where he currently resides. Rachel Brashears ’09 is a medical student at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Mo. She travels internationally as an annual volunteer with Global Medical Brigades, where she works with medical providers to provide health care in muchneeded areas. She resides in Kansas City, Mo. Duane Estilette ’09 began his graduate studies at Columbia College in January 2013. He retired from the Air Force and Army after 30 years of service. Duane and his wife, Rosalia, reside in Tampa, Fla.
Elizabeth Evans ’10 now works as an environmental specialist for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Bureau of Environmental Epidemiology. She resides in New Bloomfield, Mo. Mike Lederle ’10 was named the assistant dean for Military and Federal Programs for the Division of Adult Higher Education at Columbia
College. In his new role, he is the primary contact for the institution’s military partnerships and is the face of the college to numerous external agencies within the military voluntary education community. Mike served in the Missouri Army National Guard for 27 years and recently retired from the Columbia Missouri Police Department. Mike and his wife reside in Hartsburg, Mo. Josh Markovich ’10 is the co-owner of SubZone in Columbia, Mo., which held its grand opening late last year. He resides in Columbia, Mo. Inga Neuner ’10 graduated from National Louis University with a master’s degree in counseling in 2012. She and her husband, William, reside in Crystal Lake, Ill. Sharon Barsby ’11 resides in Eldon, Mo. Elizabeth Cady ’11, Robert Davis ’11 and Amanda Vogt ’11 were selected to compete in the ACA Ethics Competition at the graduate level. The competition aims to give students an opportunity to critically analyze potential ethical cases and respond to them accordingly. They are graduate students at Webster
University’s Rolla Metropolitan Campus in Rolla, Mo.
Howard Day ’11 graduated from the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy – Class 62 in Fort Bliss, Texas, in June 2012. While attending the academy, he completed a master of arts in liberal studies from Excelsior College. He and his wife reside in Fort Belvoir, Va. Michele Fehlings ’11 now works as a special education finance supervisor at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She also operates Grapevine Guest Lodgings with her husband in Hermann, Mo. They reside in Berger, Mo. Melissa Hollingsworth ’11 is a first grade teacher in the Camdenton School District. She and her husband, Bradley, reside in Camdenton, Mo.
Daniel Barnett ’12 is a student at Saint Louis University School of Law and is expected to graduate with his J.D. in 2016. He resides in St. Charles, Mo. Joann Minter ’09 welcomed a daughter, Alexandria Minter, on July 10, 2011.
Lisa Tyree ’07 and Logan Michael Tyree ’07 welcomed son Logan Michael Tyree on Dec. 22, 2011.
Felica Alford Booker ’12 was promoted to accountant at Sysco in Cypress, Texas. She and her husband, Christopher, reside in Houston, Texas. Kathy Garner ’12 is the owner of Kathy’s Hair Salon in Camdenton, Mo., where she resides. Victor Hernandez ’12 will be deploying to Kuwait with his Army Reserves unit in June 2014. He and his wife, Marisol, reside in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dustin Johnson ’12 served the United States Naval Reserve for eight years. He and his wife, Reylene, reside in Hanford, Calif.
Laura Elliott-Fallin ’06 welcomed a son, Arthur William Fallin, on Dec. 7, 2012. Taralyn Cook ’02 welcomed daughter Cassandra Hayden Cook on May 15, 2012. Darrell Green III ’09 welcomed daughter Riley Peyton Green on July 20, 2012. Jason Spencer ’02 welcomed a son, Bryson Gage Spencer, on Aug. 10, 2012.
Crystal Lloyd ’10 welcomed a daughter, Stella LeAnne, on July 15, 2012.
Jody Lewis ’12 has written a book, Fashions in the Era of Jane Austen. It was published by Publications of the Past in 2012. She resides in Columbia, Mo. Staﬀ Sgt. Robert Perkovich ’12 is a transportation coordinator for the United States Marine Corps. He and his wife, Jeri ’11, reside in Oceanside, Calif. Bailye Stansberry ’12 and Brynne Stansberry ’12 will launch their brand of boots this spring under their company, TwoAlity. They reside in Columbia, Mo. Corbin Umstattd ’12 will launch a new golf magazine, GolfSocial Magazine, this spring. He resides in Columbia, Mo. Patrick Warren ’12 was accepted to Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York, N.Y., where he will work toward a master of public health degree with a concentration in infectious disease epidemiology. He resides in New York City. Beverly Wheeler ’12 works as an agency support assistant at Missouri Valley Community Action Agency. She and her husband, Timothy, reside in Brunswick, Mo.
Henrietta Beach Wackman ‘36 Aug. 3, 2012
Sara Jane Lowden Holmes ‘45 Oct. 3, 2012
Maibelle Drumm Blauw ‘38 Aug. 3, 2012
Eleanor L. Shannon Sheer ‘45 July 17, 2012
Eunice Mary McKee Murphy ‘40 June 12, 2012
Charwynne Higdon Gulick ‘47 Oct. 7, 2012
Dorothy Jacobs Hatfield ‘41 Aug. 27, 2012 Juynema Louise Prentice Steele ‘41 Dec. 12, 2012
Ruth A. Yunker Griﬃth ‘50 Nov. 7, 2012 Linda Kay Stevens Clough ‘66 Aug. 30, 2012 Bruce R. Bynum ‘71 Nov. 2, 2012
Martha Jean Murchy Burkett ‘42 Aug. 23, 2012
Catherine C. Carpenter ‘72 Aug, 15, 2012
Lenore H. Hunt Myers ‘42 Nov. 4, 2012
Neil C. Green ‘73 Aug. 19, 2012
Frances Bills Bledsoe ‘43 Oct. 23, 2012
David H. Bell ‘75 June 23, 2012
Jeanne Kiser Hanley ‘43 Dec. 2, 2012
Irene T. Tetreault ‘75 Dec. 10, 2012
Louise Lansdale Humphrey ‘43 Nov. 1, 2012
Marvin Dean Wright ‘75 Sept. 11, 2012
Jean Stewart Tallen ‘43 Aug. 15, 2012
Emery L. Lichti ‘76 June 13, 2012
Mary L. Garton Beckman ‘45 July 1, 2012
Donald Schurr ‘76 July 2, 2012
Carla F. Jolley Thomas ‘76 Dec. 10, 2012
Dean Nelson Blaylock ‘91 Nov. 16, 2012
Larry N. Winfrey ‘76 Aug. 9, 2012
Jaime “Jim” Luna ‘91 Sept. 3, 2012
Brenda C. Winter Coﬀman ‘79 Nov. 28, 2012
Inez Shiloh ‘94 Nov. 4, 2012
Jay B. Irish ‘79 Nov. 3, 2012 Barbara Ann Kay ‘79 Aug. 17, 2012 Janice F. Curry ‘82 Sept. 3, 2012 Robert Paul DeMarco ‘82 Nov. 17, 2012 Roy R. Bertucci ‘83 Aug. 15, 2012 Rose S. Sustache Hoskins ‘83 Sept. 21, 2012 Wayne D. DeMier ‘85 Oct. 6, 2012 Carl A. Pope ‘86 Aug. 15, 2012 Frank J. Melillo ‘90 Nov. 6, 2012
Sally Ann Hopkins ‘95 Oct. 24, 2012 Avelino A. Alegado ‘97 July 22, 2012 Shannon T. Madole ‘98 Oct. 25, 2012 Germaine Y. Fowlkes Bohn ‘99 Dec. 10, 2012 Gaile Deann Girdner Elliott ‘01 May 4, 2012 Bradley Allen Divelbiss ‘03 Nov. 21, 2012 Randall T. Cheatham ‘04 July 29, 2012 Karlene S. Kleckler Huber ‘04 Nov. 10, 2012 Ronald H. Jump ‘08 Aug. 17, 2012 Walter Maldonado ‘12 Sept. 30, 2012
Joan Atkerson Stachiw ’53 passed away Saturday, Jan. 26. She had a Ph.D., was an acclaimed teacher in California, a loving spouse and mother, world traveler, active in the family’s international acrylics consulting business and most recently, she resided near San Antonio. She enjoyed being involved with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Spring Branch Public Library and Bar W, the local Republican women’s club. She was married to Dr. Jerry Stachiw, a world-renowned expert in the use of acrylics for underwater applications, for 52 years until his death in April 2007. She is survived by her two sons, Mike and Mark Stachiw, their wives, Nancy and Cindy Stachiw, and four grandchildren.
Former Cougar Softball Coach passes away
Charles ‘Chuck’ Bobbitt passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, at his home in Ballwin, Mo. Chuck was born on Sept. 24, 1932, in Steelville, Mo. He was a basketball player for Sullivan High School and William Jewell College before entering the U.S. Army. He was a teacher at public and private schools within the St. Louis area and retired from Columbia College as the director of facilities and the women’s softball coach. Coach Bobbitt, as he was known, started the Columbia College softball program in 1984, and coached the team for 11 seasons, compiling an overall record of 354-120 — a .747 winning percentage. In 1989, Bobbitt brought Columbia College its first No. 1
ranking in an NAIA national poll, its first District 16 Softball Championship and the college’s second appearance at an NAIA National Championship. He also led the team to six conference championships, four district championships, three bidistrict championships, eight NAIA Top 25 final rankings and five trips to the NAIA Softball National Tournament. Bobbitt is a six-time conference Coach of the Year and a three-time district Coach of the Year. Bobbitt coached a significant number of players who received postseason awards, including 21 all-conference selections, 14 academic all-conference selections, six conference players of the year, 25 all-district players, seven NAIA All-Americans and seven NAIA All-America Scholar-
Athletes. In the fall of 2007, Bobbitt was inducted into the Columbia College Athletic Hall of Fame for all of his contributions to the Cougars. The family asks that memorial donations be made to the Chuck Bobbitt Softball Scholarship Fund, c/o Columbia College, 1001 Rogers St., Columbia, MO, 65216. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Bobbitt (nee Bates); four children: Chuck (Christy) Bobbitt, Mike Bobbitt, Steve (Missy) Bobbitt, and Kim (Mike) Trimble (nee Bobbitt); three grandchildren: Jason (Heather) Bobbitt, Candice Bobbitt, and Morgan Bobbitt; and two greatgrandchildren: Shane Bobbitt and Corbin Peters.
A Pioneer In Her Own Right BY LAURA DAUGHERTY
PORTRAIT BY G.P.A. HEALY
The recent cinematic craze surrounding the movie “Lincoln” calls to attention one of the very first people to immortalize the president through art: Christian College’s notorious alumna Lavinia (Vinnie) Ream. Born in a log cabin in Madison, Wis. in 1847, Vinnie and her sister were sent to school in St. Joseph, Mo., where the threat of Indian attacks was less severe. The school administrator, J.K. Rogers, brought the girls to Christian College in 1857, where he would soon become president.
while she created his bust in clay. She was one of the last people to visit him before his assassination.
The youngest student at the school, Vinnie excelled at the arts. She painted, wrote poems, played the piano and composed the school anthem. An oil portrait of Martha Washington that she painted as a student currently hangs in St. Clair Hall.
In light of Lincoln’s death, Congress wanted to commission a life-size statue of the president. With a pool of distinguished sculptors from which to choose, Congress voted in favor of Vinnie, the youngest contender and the only female.
Vinnie and her family moved to Washington, D.C. during the height of the Civil War. Ambitious and resourceful, Vinnie connected with Missouri Representative James S. Rollins, with whom she had been acquainted during her time at Christian College. The congressman was impressed with Vinnie’s talents, and he introduced her to sculptor Clark Mills — an introduction that would prove to be life-changing.
The public was amazed and outraged; after all, at 18 Vinnie would be the youngest artist and first female to win a commission of this magnitude. Many claimed her success had more to do with her beauty and charm than talent. Yet the scrutiny she faced was natural during a time when women were banned from voting and chastised for pursuing professional ambitions. Simply put, Vinnie’s sudden rise to prominence was unprecedented.
With her skill increasing and her support at the Capitol growing, Vinnie helped convince President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 to sit for her Vinnie Ream’s sculpture of Abraham Lincoln in the U.S. Capitol rotunda
Unfazed at the outcry, Vinnie went on to sculpt the life-size Carrara marble statue of Lincoln that has graced the U.S. Capitol rotunda since 1871. Vinnie became one of the most celebrated sculptors of her time, completing more than 100 works during her career including many prominent military and political figures.
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