Columbia College Affinity Magazine: Spring 2021

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Zachary McAdams ’20 has started a Ph.D. program in molecular pathogenesis and therapeutics at the University of Missouri, where he will research the gut microbiome. During his senior year, he served as president of the Student Government Association and was crowned homecoming royalty. –CP

Photo: Cory Crosby, originally published in The Columbia Missourian

Alumni Spotlight COMPETITION SHOWCASES BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES Columbia College alumni had a notable presence at the first-ever Virtual Black Business Expo and Pitch Exposition, which took place in December of 2020 in Columbia, Missouri. Of the nine competitors, CC graduates claimed two of the top three spots. Second-place winner Lashunda Glasgow ’08 is the owner and director of A Galaxy of Stars, which provides affordable child care in her hometown of Columbia. Since opening in 2005, the program has grown from 10 to 76 children. She shared half of the $1,000 prize with her staff.

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Rachel Parker ’19 married Evan Rist on Oct. 10, 2020, in Macon, Missouri. She is a purchasing specialist in Columbia College’s Office of Procurement & Business Operations.

Lashunda Glasgow ’08 (left) and Mariah Proctor ’15 (right) are pictured with 1st place winner Anthony Johnson.

Mariah Proctor ’15 received $500 for taking third place with Proctor’s Provision. She opened the home health 45 agency in September 2020 with a passion to care for the older members of the community. She would like expand her services with a mobile “pop-up shoppe” to bring clothing and hygiene items to those in need. Affinity

who start a secret vigilante organization to take down corrupt businessmen. An active member of the CC student body and member of the U.S. Army Reserves, Hearn earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media Studies. She is a marketing coordinator at GLP Attorneys, P.S., Inc. in Seattle and hopes to someday turn her stories into feature films.