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A Publication of Cox College / Springfield, MO

Summer 2016

Cox College Donates Two Bikes to NSBA

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This year’s graduation festivities started with the annual Graduation Brunch and Pinning Ceremony sponsored by the Student Largest gathering for the Government Graduation Brunch and Pinning Association. The packed event was held at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center. The graduation ceremony took place immediately following at Drury University’s O’Reilly Family Event Center. The ceremony this spring was particularly emotional with the presentation of a Posthumous Degree in Memoriam of Cassondra Darby, who lost her battle with cancer in February. The Commencement speaker was Dr. Karen Scott, Executive Director of Lost & Found Grief Center.

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Nearly 220 degrees and certificates were awarded making this the largest graduating class in school history. We wish all of our graduates the very best as they take the next step in their careers.

Toby Osborn System Administrator The North Springfield Betterment Association (NSBA) holds an annual Attendance Party at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in the E-Plex each spring. This event honors students of fourteen North Springfield Elementary schools who have obtained a 99% or better attendance rate. Sponsors from all over Springfield help make the event possible with donations of money, food, toys, bikes, etc. This year the NSBA was able to give away almost 100 bicycles to the students in attendance. Cox College was able to donate two of those bikes this year! The students, their parents and siblings are all invited to attend this event. A little more than 700 students achieved the attendance goal this year and around 400 attended the party. When you include their relatives, over 1,100 people attended the event!

For the last two years, the Admissions Department at Cox College has set up a large Operation game that lets the children pull candy out of the game. There are also bouncy houses and other activities to keep the children occupied for hours. Many children go home with m o r e Lindy Glos, Admissions Director, presents than at the Operation table. they are likely to see this year at Christmas. There’s not much better than watching a child leave at the end of the night with a huge smile on his or her face. This truly is a great event!

Cox College is committed to excellence by meeting the educational needs of students and the health care community.


Vice President

The President’s Message

Academic Affairs & Institutional Effectiveness Social Connectedness, Teaching, and Learning Dr. Amy DeMelo

Momentum for the Future Dr. Lance Ratcliff “Overall, the College has much forward momentum – we are coming off our largest-ever graduation, which was preceded by a record-setting brunch at Ramada Oasis.” Greetings from Cox College! Thanks for taking time to review the College newsletter, and I hope your summer is going well! The recent school year was filled with accomplishments, many of which are touched upon in the following pages, and I will highlight a few across the institution. One of the things I am most proud of is the continued collaboration of our respective Senates. Both Faculty Senate and Staff Senate completed many individual tasks this year, but what is more impressive is the remarkable success they had working together; the most recent examples include a fundraiser for the student pantry, and gathering a group of volunteers to work at the North Springfield Betterment Association’s elementary school celebration to reward Northside grade schoolers who have perfect attendance. In fact, the Senates collected donations and funded the purchase of two bicycles that were given away to children at the event. Recipients of the bikes donated by Cox College

An equally high point of pride is the continued success of our students, staff, and faculty. Many of our licensure and registry exam pass rates are the best in Springfield, if not the best in all of Southwest Missouri! Additionally, for the second straight year, Cox College undergraduate nursing students earned all the Springfield News-Leader’s Salute to Nurses: Nursing Student of the Year awards. This academic year also witnessed graduation of the first baccalaureate cohort as part of the Cox College – Drury University partnership on Drury’s Cabool campus. Similarly, we celebrated commencement with the first graduate group from our collaboration with Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences. None of the above would be remotely possible without the exceptional work of Cox College faculty and staff!

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Administratively, the College continues progressing through the requirements of separate incorporation. Though a directive from the federal government for hospital-based colleges, much of our current work is with the regional accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Two HLC reviewers were on campus in late March to review steps achieved for incorporation, as well as recommend additional undertakings. To date, among other tasks, the College has been granted its own corporate status with the State of Missouri; completed the independent audit of our day one balance sheet; received official confirmation as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; and facilitated financial aid eligibility requirements with the Department of Education.

Salute to Nurses: Nursing Student of the Year Award winners (from top to bottom): Chaynna Gatton and Rebecca Pitts.

Overall, the College has much forward momentum – we are coming off our largest-ever graduation, which was preceded by a record-setting brunch at Ramada Oasis. The day was one of joy, and it was powerful to see students overcome with emotion as they thanked our tremendous faculty and staff for making a profound impact on their lives!

Final Thoughts

We look forward to a successful 2016-17, and I want to express my gratitude for your support and involvement. Please feel free to call or e-mail me as we work together to meet the education needs of students and the health care community. Thank you! Ph: 417/269-3667 Email: Lance.Ratcliff@coxcollege.edu

“Canvas has enhanced our instructor’s ability to stay connected to and interact with students. We see this in our record breaking retention rates and the overwhelmingly positive feedback from students...”

The exploding growth in online learning is evidence that technology has fundamentally changed the way teaching and learning takes place. Now, thanks to ever faster internet and ever more portable smart devices, the opportunities for learning and sharing information are limitless. For students, this means having the ability to access learning day and night and whenever they have the time. Students are no longer bound by the traditional structure of the school day. While technology has increased the flexibility of education and earning a degree, the question for many instructors has been how to blend and balance the best educational technology with the necessary social interactions needed for learning. To answer this question, educational institutions have a long history of using Learning Management Systems (LMS). Early LMS helped instructors organize and deliver content on line. However, they were text heavy, static, and did little to encourage social interaction between instructor and student. Today, greater and smarter uses of information technology are rapidly changing the educational landscape. Modern LMS have undergone dramatic changes especially in the area of social interaction. Today’s systems seamlessly interface with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, video conferencing, video uploads/downloads, text alerts, and calendar functions to name a few. This modern blend of content and social media is changing how students and instructors interact with each other, and it facilitates the necessary social interactions needed for student engagement and learning.

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At Cox College, the search for a new LMS began in the spring of 2014. Many LMS were investigated and researched. Both faculty and students were involved in choosing the new LMS for the College. In January of 2016, Cox College fully adopted a new LMS entitled Canvas. Canvas has been an instant success and improves the overall student experience at Cox College. To illustrate how rapidly and easily Canvas was adopted by the faculty and students at Cox College we can look to usage and activity with the LMS. For example, in the fall semester of 2015, Canvas usage included 16 courses, 12 teachers, 52 students, 330 assignments, 77 discussion topics, 672 files uploaded, and 34 media recordings. By the spring semester of 2016 with the official adoption of Canvas, there were 213 courses, 101 teachers, 871 students, 4,513 assignments, 3,026 topics, 17,674 files uploaded, and 1,597 media recordings within Canvas. We know Canvas has enhanced our instructor’s ability to stay connected to and interact with students. We see this in our record breaking retention rates and the overwhelmingly positive feedback from students about their instructors and the education they receive at Cox College. As we look to the future, we see Canvas continuing to help our instructors inspire and educate students in the healthcare community by creating learning environments through technology. Ph: 417/269-3406 Email: Amy.DeMelo@coxcollege.edu

Fall 2016-Summer 2017

Concussion (both the book and the film) is a medical thriller about a forensic pathologist who discovered fibrillary tangles in the brains of relatively young former football players and then linked these abnormalities to repeated blows to the head. Everyone is invited and encouraged to read. A panel discussion is being planned. Contact Heather Stockford Sade at Heather.Sade@coxcollege.edu for more information.

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Vice President

The President’s Message

Academic Affairs & Institutional Effectiveness Social Connectedness, Teaching, and Learning Dr. Amy DeMelo

Momentum for the Future Dr. Lance Ratcliff “Overall, the College has much forward momentum – we are coming off our largest-ever graduation, which was preceded by a record-setting brunch at Ramada Oasis.” Greetings from Cox College! Thanks for taking time to review the College newsletter, and I hope your summer is going well! The recent school year was filled with accomplishments, many of which are touched upon in the following pages, and I will highlight a few across the institution. One of the things I am most proud of is the continued collaboration of our respective Senates. Both Faculty Senate and Staff Senate completed many individual tasks this year, but what is more impressive is the remarkable success they had working together; the most recent examples include a fundraiser for the student pantry, and gathering a group of volunteers to work at the North Springfield Betterment Association’s elementary school celebration to reward Northside grade schoolers who have perfect attendance. In fact, the Senates collected donations and funded the purchase of two bicycles that were given away to children at the event. Recipients of the bikes donated by Cox College

An equally high point of pride is the continued success of our students, staff, and faculty. Many of our licensure and registry exam pass rates are the best in Springfield, if not the best in all of Southwest Missouri! Additionally, for the second straight year, Cox College undergraduate nursing students earned all the Springfield News-Leader’s Salute to Nurses: Nursing Student of the Year awards. This academic year also witnessed graduation of the first baccalaureate cohort as part of the Cox College – Drury University partnership on Drury’s Cabool campus. Similarly, we celebrated commencement with the first graduate group from our collaboration with Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences. None of the above would be remotely possible without the exceptional work of Cox College faculty and staff!

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Administratively, the College continues progressing through the requirements of separate incorporation. Though a directive from the federal government for hospital-based colleges, much of our current work is with the regional accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Two HLC reviewers were on campus in late March to review steps achieved for incorporation, as well as recommend additional undertakings. To date, among other tasks, the College has been granted its own corporate status with the State of Missouri; completed the independent audit of our day one balance sheet; received official confirmation as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; and facilitated financial aid eligibility requirements with the Department of Education.

Salute to Nurses: Nursing Student of the Year Award winners (from top to bottom): Chaynna Gatton and Rebecca Pitts.

Overall, the College has much forward momentum – we are coming off our largest-ever graduation, which was preceded by a record-setting brunch at Ramada Oasis. The day was one of joy, and it was powerful to see students overcome with emotion as they thanked our tremendous faculty and staff for making a profound impact on their lives!

Final Thoughts

We look forward to a successful 2016-17, and I want to express my gratitude for your support and involvement. Please feel free to call or e-mail me as we work together to meet the education needs of students and the health care community. Thank you! Ph: 417/269-3667 Email: Lance.Ratcliff@coxcollege.edu

“Canvas has enhanced our instructor’s ability to stay connected to and interact with students. We see this in our record breaking retention rates and the overwhelmingly positive feedback from students...”

The exploding growth in online learning is evidence that technology has fundamentally changed the way teaching and learning takes place. Now, thanks to ever faster internet and ever more portable smart devices, the opportunities for learning and sharing information are limitless. For students, this means having the ability to access learning day and night and whenever they have the time. Students are no longer bound by the traditional structure of the school day. While technology has increased the flexibility of education and earning a degree, the question for many instructors has been how to blend and balance the best educational technology with the necessary social interactions needed for learning. To answer this question, educational institutions have a long history of using Learning Management Systems (LMS). Early LMS helped instructors organize and deliver content on line. However, they were text heavy, static, and did little to encourage social interaction between instructor and student. Today, greater and smarter uses of information technology are rapidly changing the educational landscape. Modern LMS have undergone dramatic changes especially in the area of social interaction. Today’s systems seamlessly interface with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, video conferencing, video uploads/downloads, text alerts, and calendar functions to name a few. This modern blend of content and social media is changing how students and instructors interact with each other, and it facilitates the necessary social interactions needed for student engagement and learning.

Common Reader Selection Co

At Cox College, the search for a new LMS began in the spring of 2014. Many LMS were investigated and researched. Both faculty and students were involved in choosing the new LMS for the College. In January of 2016, Cox College fully adopted a new LMS entitled Canvas. Canvas has been an instant success and improves the overall student experience at Cox College. To illustrate how rapidly and easily Canvas was adopted by the faculty and students at Cox College we can look to usage and activity with the LMS. For example, in the fall semester of 2015, Canvas usage included 16 courses, 12 teachers, 52 students, 330 assignments, 77 discussion topics, 672 files uploaded, and 34 media recordings. By the spring semester of 2016 with the official adoption of Canvas, there were 213 courses, 101 teachers, 871 students, 4,513 assignments, 3,026 topics, 17,674 files uploaded, and 1,597 media recordings within Canvas. We know Canvas has enhanced our instructor’s ability to stay connected to and interact with students. We see this in our record breaking retention rates and the overwhelmingly positive feedback from students about their instructors and the education they receive at Cox College. As we look to the future, we see Canvas continuing to help our instructors inspire and educate students in the healthcare community by creating learning environments through technology. Ph: 417/269-3406 Email: Amy.DeMelo@coxcollege.edu

Fall 2016-Summer 2017

Concussion (both the book and the film) is a medical thriller about a forensic pathologist who discovered fibrillary tangles in the brains of relatively young former football players and then linked these abnormalities to repeated blows to the head. Everyone is invited and encouraged to read. A panel discussion is being planned. Contact Heather Stockford Sade at Heather.Sade@coxcollege.edu for more information.

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Vice President

Vice President

College Services & Institutional Research

Business & Finance

Growth at a Record Setting Pace Dr. James Moore

Continued Financial Success Jayne Bullard

We finished the Spring 2016 semester strong, to top off our fantastic year. Fall 2015 we set a new record for fall enrollment of 890 students (2.3% increase) and 9288 credit hours generated (1.6% increase) and Spring 2016 followed suit. Spring enrollment was another record at 877 students (2.6% gain over Spring 2015)

Overall College Retention Rate 100% 95% 90% 85%

As the 2015-16 academic year comes to a close, Cox College is over half way through Fiscal Year 2016. The 2016 Fiscal Year is bringing many notable happenings to the College.

“With the increase in student enrollment and the extremely high retention rates our student first philosophy is paying great dividends for the institution and its students.”

In keeping with the College’s goal of Quality Business Practices, Cox College is again Ph: 417/269-3473 completing its annual Email: Jayne.Bullard@coxcollege.edu budget process. As with last spring, engagement and input of chairs, deans, and directors has been sought, in conjunction with recommendations from the Finance and Enrollment Management Council and the Leadership Cabinet; all of which has enriched the process. The budget process has been enhanced to include even greater levels of seasonality and department level analysis.

and 9544 credit hours (4.9% gain over Spring 2015). Cox College is growing at a record setting pace. The college has previously experienced larger short term gains, however these are the largest sustained gains in the history of the institution. Another great piece of news, our Spring 2016 retention rate is the highest ever at 99.3%! With the increase in student enrollment and the extremely high retention rates, our student first philosophy is paying great dividends for the institution and our students. Along those same lines our students are finding employment in the health care professions. Currently we have a 95% job placement rate at the time of graduation and spring numbers look to be even higher. This significant achievement is similar to the high First Time pass rate of 93% for all of our programs.

TheStore@CoxCollege continues to offer alumni related items. Mugs, tumblers, and framed copies of the mural are all available and can be shipped to you. See the store’s advertisement below for details! Finally, the College is wrapping up work on separate incorporation. As part of separate incorporation, an independent audit of the Same Day Balance Sheet was conducted last fall. In addition, we recently hosted a focused visit from the Higher Learning Commission specifically designed with separate incorporation in mind. With the commitment and dedication of its faculty and staff, and an attention to the details of its financial performance, the College is poised ed for continued financial success into next fiscal year.

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We could not have achieved such accomplishments and success without the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, and students. We are building on the traditions of our past, to teach the art and science of caring medical professionals. Thank you for choosing Cox College!

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In furtherance of the strategic planning pillar for business practices, the Finance and Enrollment Management Council continues to meet. The Council, which has broad representation of faculty, staff, and a student, has discussed and approved monthly financial reports, studied College revenue factors, and explored enrollment management policy.

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Student Emergency Fund The Student Emergency Fund has continued to help students with sudden financial needs. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please use the envelope inside the newsletter and denote “Student Emergency Fund” on your check. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

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Vice President

Vice President

College Services & Institutional Research

Business & Finance

Growth at a Record Setting Pace Dr. James Moore

Continued Financial Success Jayne Bullard

We finished the Spring 2016 semester strong, to top off our fantastic year. Fall 2015 we set a new record for fall enrollment of 890 students (2.3% increase) and 9288 credit hours generated (1.6% increase) and Spring 2016 followed suit. Spring enrollment was another record at 877 students (2.6% gain over Spring 2015)

Overall College Retention Rate 100% 95% 90% 85%

As the 2015-16 academic year comes to a close, Cox College is over half way through Fiscal Year 2016. The 2016 Fiscal Year is bringing many notable happenings to the College.

“With the increase in student enrollment and the extremely high retention rates our student first philosophy is paying great dividends for the institution and its students.”

In keeping with the College’s goal of Quality Business Practices, Cox College is again Ph: 417/269-3473 completing its annual Email: Jayne.Bullard@coxcollege.edu budget process. As with last spring, engagement and input of chairs, deans, and directors has been sought, in conjunction with recommendations from the Finance and Enrollment Management Council and the Leadership Cabinet; all of which has enriched the process. The budget process has been enhanced to include even greater levels of seasonality and department level analysis.

and 9544 credit hours (4.9% gain over Spring 2015). Cox College is growing at a record setting pace. The college has previously experienced larger short term gains, however these are the largest sustained gains in the history of the institution. Another great piece of news, our Spring 2016 retention rate is the highest ever at 99.3%! With the increase in student enrollment and the extremely high retention rates, our student first philosophy is paying great dividends for the institution and our students. Along those same lines our students are finding employment in the health care professions. Currently we have a 95% job placement rate at the time of graduation and spring numbers look to be even higher. This significant achievement is similar to the high First Time pass rate of 93% for all of our programs.

TheStore@CoxCollege continues to offer alumni related items. Mugs, tumblers, and framed copies of the mural are all available and can be shipped to you. See the store’s advertisement below for details! Finally, the College is wrapping up work on separate incorporation. As part of separate incorporation, an independent audit of the Same Day Balance Sheet was conducted last fall. In addition, we recently hosted a focused visit from the Higher Learning Commission specifically designed with separate incorporation in mind. With the commitment and dedication of its faculty and staff, and an attention to the details of its financial performance, the College is poised ed for continued financial success into next fiscal year.

Show your school spirit... With apparel and accessories!

Price does not include tax or shipping. Contact the The Store@CoxCollege for more information.

Cox College Hoody (Purple or gray)

2100

$

We could not have achieved such accomplishments and success without the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, and students. We are building on the traditions of our past, to teach the art and science of caring medical professionals. Thank you for choosing Cox College!

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Burge Sweatshirt

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Ph: 417/269-8423 Email: James.Moore@coxcollege.edu

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Cox College Tumbler

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In furtherance of the strategic planning pillar for business practices, the Finance and Enrollment Management Council continues to meet. The Council, which has broad representation of faculty, staff, and a student, has discussed and approved monthly financial reports, studied College revenue factors, and explored enrollment management policy.

Cox College ollege Coffee e Cup

Student Emergency Fund The Student Emergency Fund has continued to help students with sudden financial needs. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please use the envelope inside the newsletter and denote “Student Emergency Fund” on your check. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

College Mural Tumbler

Store @CoxCollege

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The

Welcome to Cox College and College Services. College Services encompasses the areas of Financial Aid, Admissions, Registrar and Records, Information Technology, Library, and the Interprofessional Simulation & Education Center. The scope of College Services covers a majority of the non-academic areas of the College as well as many of CoxHealth’s Educational and Community Educational Programming. College Services also serves the Institutional Research component, responsible for collecting and maintaining the institution’s data.

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Dean

Interprofessional Education & Research Successes and Growth Dr. Kathleen Jackson

“The academic departments at Cox College are quite busy developing new programs, tracks, and strategies to increase enrollment while maintaining high academic standards.”

Ph: 417-269-8316 Email: Kathleen.Jackson@coxcollege.edu Greetings from the academic departments at Cox College! We have had a year packed full of challenges and achievements. The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) faculty and students have made a positive impact on the College and throughout CoxHealth. On K-400, the new Cox Cottage can be found. This mock apartment features assistive devices for people living at home with disabilities. The Cottage is available to all Cox College students for practice as health care becomes more home based in delivery. The MSOT students have developed their own

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy faculty and students celebrate one year down, one year to go!

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student association and have a presence on social media. This initial cohort has made presentations to the Cox College workforce on riding the bus (from a patient perspective), the benefits of hand massage, and assistive devices that the students themselves designed and built from inexpensive materials. In the fall, we will welcome an additional twenty-six new MSOT students. In addition, we expect to be awarded full accreditation in spring of 2017. The Masters in Nutrition Diagnostics (MND/DI) faculty and students enjoyed many successes. Two of our students were hired at Hy-Vee prior to graduation. The Fast, Fresh, and Delicious Cooking School at Hy-Vee is the result of a collaboration that was student driven. Students planned and participated in National Nutrition Month activities, the Women’s Day Expo, and manned the Nutrition Booth at the American Heart Association Heart Walk. An MND/DI student served as the Student Government Association president this year and another student serves on the Southwest Missouri Dietetic Association Board. Eight students graduated from the program this year, and we anticipate admitting eleven students in the fall. Looking forward, the MND team is working on the development of additional tracks, delivering some content online, and increasing enrollment. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Department hosted an accreditation site visit in November by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and

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partners. The program earned recertification from their accrediting body for three more years, and the students continue to earn high pass rates for their certifying exams. The Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging (BSDI) program celebrated its largest graduating class since its inception (2013) with 19 graduates. In the specialty areas of Mammography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Echocardiography, graduates continued the College’s success by earning 100% pass rates on all registry exams.

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has earned continued accreditation through 2025! Based on feedback from the visitors, the MSN team worked hard to define and refine their conceptual framework and graduate outcomes. Twenty-three students graduated in the spring 2015 and twenty-two passed their Family Nurse Practitioner exam on the first attempt for a 96% pass rate. This month, we celebrated the graduation of the first cohort of Southeast Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences who completed their master education with Cox College. Current and future plans are underway to admit students twice a year, explore new tracks, and increase enrollment. In the Radiologic Sciences and Imaging Department, the Associate of Science in Radiography program (ASR), continues to be very active. The group hosted the Halloween Trivia Night in the fall and it was a success as always. In the spring, a luncheon was held at CoxHealth that celebrated both student achievement and the contributions of our clinical

The Administrative Clinic Professions Department continues to be popular to those interested in billing and coding, and medical assisting. The Billing and Coding Program is poised to move 100% online in the fall of 2016. Two live, online classes have already been successfully tested. It is hoped that

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being online will increase the program’s footprint and increase enrollment. In addition, we are preparing for an approval body review in the coming academic year. In the Medical Assisting Program our graduates continue to enjoy high employment rates, sometimes receiving job offers prior to graduation. Plans to increase enrollment include more advertising and making the schedule of classes more student friendly. Undergraduate Nursing continues to thrive. The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program was reaccredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) this year. The LPN to BSN track is popular and admitting more students. Both the ASN and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students continue to achieve State Board first time pass rates in the 90th percentile. The first Cabool cohort of nursing students graduated this May. Future plans involve strengthening our collaborative agreements with both Drury and Evangel. Research at Cox College continues to grow. The Human Research Protection Committee (HRPC) is actively reviewing and approving minimal risk student

research projects from our own graduate students, Family Medical Residency Practice residents, pharmacy residents, CoxHealth nurses, and others. In addition to assessing risk and approving projects in collaboration with CoxHealth, this committee provides advice and support to beginning researchers that improves the quality of the research. Visitors (especially students) are encouraged at the monthly meeting. Future plans include continually collaborating with researchers within CoxHealth and developing a system wide annual research day. The academic departments at Cox College are quite busy developing new programs, tracks, and strategies to increase enrollment while maintaining high academic standards. We are looking forward to the coming years as Cox College continues to grow and evolve.

Clinical Instructor Luncheon for ASR students

17th Annual Pediatric Conference August 23rd, 2016 Ramada Plaza Hotel and Oasis Convention Center 4th Annual Ozarks Neuroscience Nursing Education Clinic August 25th - 27th, 2016 Big Cedar Lodge 2016 Current Issues in Perinatal Care: A Focus on the At-Risk Mother and Baby September 22nd, 2016 Foster Auditorium, Cox South Steven R. Hall Trauma Symposium September 29th - October 1 Big Cedar Lodge

For more information, visit the Continuing Education & Life Support page at CoxCollege.edu or call 417/269-4117.


Dean

Interprofessional Education & Research Successes and Growth Dr. Kathleen Jackson

“The academic departments at Cox College are quite busy developing new programs, tracks, and strategies to increase enrollment while maintaining high academic standards.”

Ph: 417-269-8316 Email: Kathleen.Jackson@coxcollege.edu Greetings from the academic departments at Cox College! We have had a year packed full of challenges and achievements. The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) faculty and students have made a positive impact on the College and throughout CoxHealth. On K-400, the new Cox Cottage can be found. This mock apartment features assistive devices for people living at home with disabilities. The Cottage is available to all Cox College students for practice as health care becomes more home based in delivery. The MSOT students have developed their own

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy faculty and students celebrate one year down, one year to go!

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student association and have a presence on social media. This initial cohort has made presentations to the Cox College workforce on riding the bus (from a patient perspective), the benefits of hand massage, and assistive devices that the students themselves designed and built from inexpensive materials. In the fall, we will welcome an additional twenty-six new MSOT students. In addition, we expect to be awarded full accreditation in spring of 2017. The Masters in Nutrition Diagnostics (MND/DI) faculty and students enjoyed many successes. Two of our students were hired at Hy-Vee prior to graduation. The Fast, Fresh, and Delicious Cooking School at Hy-Vee is the result of a collaboration that was student driven. Students planned and participated in National Nutrition Month activities, the Women’s Day Expo, and manned the Nutrition Booth at the American Heart Association Heart Walk. An MND/DI student served as the Student Government Association president this year and another student serves on the Southwest Missouri Dietetic Association Board. Eight students graduated from the program this year, and we anticipate admitting eleven students in the fall. Looking forward, the MND team is working on the development of additional tracks, delivering some content online, and increasing enrollment. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Department hosted an accreditation site visit in November by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and

Community clinical for BSN students

partners. The program earned recertification from their accrediting body for three more years, and the students continue to earn high pass rates for their certifying exams. The Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging (BSDI) program celebrated its largest graduating class since its inception (2013) with 19 graduates. In the specialty areas of Mammography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Echocardiography, graduates continued the College’s success by earning 100% pass rates on all registry exams.

Master of Science in Nutrition Diagnostics graduates

has earned continued accreditation through 2025! Based on feedback from the visitors, the MSN team worked hard to define and refine their conceptual framework and graduate outcomes. Twenty-three students graduated in the spring 2015 and twenty-two passed their Family Nurse Practitioner exam on the first attempt for a 96% pass rate. This month, we celebrated the graduation of the first cohort of Southeast Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences who completed their master education with Cox College. Current and future plans are underway to admit students twice a year, explore new tracks, and increase enrollment. In the Radiologic Sciences and Imaging Department, the Associate of Science in Radiography program (ASR), continues to be very active. The group hosted the Halloween Trivia Night in the fall and it was a success as always. In the spring, a luncheon was held at CoxHealth that celebrated both student achievement and the contributions of our clinical

The Administrative Clinic Professions Department continues to be popular to those interested in billing and coding, and medical assisting. The Billing and Coding Program is poised to move 100% online in the fall of 2016. Two live, online classes have already been successfully tested. It is hoped that

Cox College Education Center

Upcoming Conferences

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being online will increase the program’s footprint and increase enrollment. In addition, we are preparing for an approval body review in the coming academic year. In the Medical Assisting Program our graduates continue to enjoy high employment rates, sometimes receiving job offers prior to graduation. Plans to increase enrollment include more advertising and making the schedule of classes more student friendly. Undergraduate Nursing continues to thrive. The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program was reaccredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) this year. The LPN to BSN track is popular and admitting more students. Both the ASN and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students continue to achieve State Board first time pass rates in the 90th percentile. The first Cabool cohort of nursing students graduated this May. Future plans involve strengthening our collaborative agreements with both Drury and Evangel. Research at Cox College continues to grow. The Human Research Protection Committee (HRPC) is actively reviewing and approving minimal risk student

research projects from our own graduate students, Family Medical Residency Practice residents, pharmacy residents, CoxHealth nurses, and others. In addition to assessing risk and approving projects in collaboration with CoxHealth, this committee provides advice and support to beginning researchers that improves the quality of the research. Visitors (especially students) are encouraged at the monthly meeting. Future plans include continually collaborating with researchers within CoxHealth and developing a system wide annual research day. The academic departments at Cox College are quite busy developing new programs, tracks, and strategies to increase enrollment while maintaining high academic standards. We are looking forward to the coming years as Cox College continues to grow and evolve.

Clinical Instructor Luncheon for ASR students

17th Annual Pediatric Conference August 23rd, 2016 Ramada Plaza Hotel and Oasis Convention Center 4th Annual Ozarks Neuroscience Nursing Education Clinic August 25th - 27th, 2016 Big Cedar Lodge 2016 Current Issues in Perinatal Care: A Focus on the At-Risk Mother and Baby September 22nd, 2016 Foster Auditorium, Cox South Steven R. Hall Trauma Symposium September 29th - October 1 Big Cedar Lodge

For more information, visit the Continuing Education & Life Support page at CoxCollege.edu or call 417/269-4117.


Dean

General Education & Student Advancement Team Effort to Student’s Success Dr. Sonya Hayter Greetings! The 2015-2016 academic year is now in the record books. Cox College experienced incredible growth again this year graduating 200+ students this Spring, with various health profession degrees. It is evident, as experienced by our graduation numbers, that student success requires a total team effort of faculty and staff working together creating an environment conducive to positive outcomes. This teamwork allows offering the highest degree of learning attainable for our students as exhibited by pass rates in programmatic registries and certifications.

Ph: 417-269-3469 Email: Sonya.Hayter@coxcollege.edu

“Moving forward, our team continues to seek opportunities to provide optimal arenas for learning and growth for student success.”

Lorraine Frazier counciling a student in the ARC.

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Cox College

Providing support for both faculty and students on a regular basis, the Clinical Outreach Coordinator, General Education Specialist, and Student Support Assistant in the Academic Resource Center strive to provide the best support possible for all students. Preceptorship opportunities, advisement, and academic resources for student success are all part of the Cox College Mission of “… meeting the educational needs of students…” Currently, Julianna Ball, Clinical Outreach Coordinator, houses and oversees 200+ cooperative agreements with various clinical agencies with the number expected to climb in the next academic school year. Also, during the 2015-2016 academic year, approximately 289 preceptor-led clinical experiences were provided for our Bachelor of Science in Nursing students along with 115 preceptor-led experiences for our Master of Science in Nursing students. The geographic area for these preceptor agreements Julianna Ball works tirelessly extends outside of SW Missouri offering experi- to ensure our students have ences in facilities in almost every region of the best clinical experiences. Missouri (the exception being the northeast corner of the state). In addition, Cox College has multiple clinical sites in Arkansas being utilized by the MSN program as well as a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging student in California! Likewise, partnering with CoxHealth provides an excellent opportunity for preceptorships. This agreement allows Cox College to have greater access to five hospitals along with other facilities such as Hulston Cancer Center, Wheeler Heart & Vascular Center, The Martin Center, and Ferrell Duncan Clinic – all contributing to richer experience and greater preparation for our students. As evidenced by the vast numbers of preceptors required, they too, play a valuable and significant role in our students’ success. Thank you to all of the wonderful preceptors that choose to help educate our students time after time – we could not do it without you! We also continue to see great numbers in the Academic Resource Center (ARC). Our Student Support Assistant, Lorraine Frazier, has worked diligently to incorporate tutor availability for students needing assistance or resources for success. As the graph on the next page displays, the number of students utilizing the ARC has

Tutor Amy Vance

increased significantly. This year the ARC was staffed with seven tutors who provided significant contributions to student success. Five of those tutors are graduating this year with plans to enter the workforce in Kansas City and Springfield areas. Many tutors expressed also benefiting from the tutoring experience as summed up by one recently graduated tutor, Sarah Rinaldi, “I've enjoyed paying it forward, helping those who truly need it.”

New in the ARC this year, tutors hosted a Finals Study Weekend to prepare students for upcoming finals with 92 students attending the two-day event. With faculty support, tutors were able to provide additional resources to students in nursing, radiography, and billing and coding classes. Also significant this Spring, Cox College experienced the largest Career Fair to date with 17 employers and other higher education institutions participating. More than 100 Cox College and area health science students came to the event. Work is underway for an even larger career fair in the fall with most vendors expressing intent to return. Our new general education specialist, Vanessa Lippelman, has also made a significant impact in the short time she has been here. Starting in March, Vanessa has already seen well over 100+ students for academic advisement and career counseling with summer numbers for general education classes climbing.

Tutoring by Month 2013

140

2014 120

2015 2016

100 80 60 40 20 0 Jan

Feb Mar Apr May Jun

Jul

Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Having a Master’s degree in Psychology, she will also be teaching in the general education department this Fall. Moving forward, our team continues to seek opportunities to provide optimal arenas for learning and growth for student success. Additionally, we are continually looking at ways to collaborate with faculty that, as a team, also contributes to increased student retention and success. As Helen Keller once stated, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”. Cox College is a great institution and together we can make a difference.

STUDENT HIGHLIGHT

Jon Kuanfung

This issue’s Student Highlight is Jon Kuanfung, a St. Louis native, who recently graduated Cox College with a Master of Science in Nutrition Diagnostics. Jon submitted a video to America Ninja Warrior, and out of 50,000 entries, he was one of 500 to be selected to participate in the qualifier rounds in Oklahoma City. “The first time I saw America Ninja Warrior on TV was three years ago. After watching, I built a salmon ladder at my parent’s home just to prove I could do it (prior to that I had been into body weight workouts, calisthenics, and long distance running). Being determined, I started training and over the last year I’ve stepped it up. It’s been difficult to balance school with this style of training, but if you’re passionate about something, you make time for it. I’ve been blessed to compete, and my future plans are to incorporate what I’ve learned from school and my training for Ninja Warrior to help those young and old with mobility and exercise.”

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Dean

General Education & Student Advancement Team Effort to Student’s Success Dr. Sonya Hayter Greetings! The 2015-2016 academic year is now in the record books. Cox College experienced incredible growth again this year graduating 200+ students this Spring, with various health profession degrees. It is evident, as experienced by our graduation numbers, that student success requires a total team effort of faculty and staff working together creating an environment conducive to positive outcomes. This teamwork allows offering the highest degree of learning attainable for our students as exhibited by pass rates in programmatic registries and certifications.

Ph: 417-269-3469 Email: Sonya.Hayter@coxcollege.edu

“Moving forward, our team continues to seek opportunities to provide optimal arenas for learning and growth for student success.”

Lorraine Frazier counciling a student in the ARC.

8

Cox College

Providing support for both faculty and students on a regular basis, the Clinical Outreach Coordinator, General Education Specialist, and Student Support Assistant in the Academic Resource Center strive to provide the best support possible for all students. Preceptorship opportunities, advisement, and academic resources for student success are all part of the Cox College Mission of “… meeting the educational needs of students…” Currently, Julianna Ball, Clinical Outreach Coordinator, houses and oversees 200+ cooperative agreements with various clinical agencies with the number expected to climb in the next academic school year. Also, during the 2015-2016 academic year, approximately 289 preceptor-led clinical experiences were provided for our Bachelor of Science in Nursing students along with 115 preceptor-led experiences for our Master of Science in Nursing students. The geographic area for these preceptor agreements Julianna Ball works tirelessly extends outside of SW Missouri offering experi- to ensure our students have ences in facilities in almost every region of the best clinical experiences. Missouri (the exception being the northeast corner of the state). In addition, Cox College has multiple clinical sites in Arkansas being utilized by the MSN program as well as a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging student in California! Likewise, partnering with CoxHealth provides an excellent opportunity for preceptorships. This agreement allows Cox College to have greater access to five hospitals along with other facilities such as Hulston Cancer Center, Wheeler Heart & Vascular Center, The Martin Center, and Ferrell Duncan Clinic – all contributing to richer experience and greater preparation for our students. As evidenced by the vast numbers of preceptors required, they too, play a valuable and significant role in our students’ success. Thank you to all of the wonderful preceptors that choose to help educate our students time after time – we could not do it without you! We also continue to see great numbers in the Academic Resource Center (ARC). Our Student Support Assistant, Lorraine Frazier, has worked diligently to incorporate tutor availability for students needing assistance or resources for success. As the graph on the next page displays, the number of students utilizing the ARC has

Tutor Amy Vance

increased significantly. This year the ARC was staffed with seven tutors who provided significant contributions to student success. Five of those tutors are graduating this year with plans to enter the workforce in Kansas City and Springfield areas. Many tutors expressed also benefiting from the tutoring experience as summed up by one recently graduated tutor, Sarah Rinaldi, “I've enjoyed paying it forward, helping those who truly need it.”

New in the ARC this year, tutors hosted a Finals Study Weekend to prepare students for upcoming finals with 92 students attending the two-day event. With faculty support, tutors were able to provide additional resources to students in nursing, radiography, and billing and coding classes. Also significant this Spring, Cox College experienced the largest Career Fair to date with 17 employers and other higher education institutions participating. More than 100 Cox College and area health science students came to the event. Work is underway for an even larger career fair in the fall with most vendors expressing intent to return. Our new general education specialist, Vanessa Lippelman, has also made a significant impact in the short time she has been here. Starting in March, Vanessa has already seen well over 100+ students for academic advisement and career counseling with summer numbers for general education classes climbing.

Tutoring by Month 2013

140

2014 120

2015 2016

100 80 60 40 20 0 Jan

Feb Mar Apr May Jun

Jul

Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Having a Master’s degree in Psychology, she will also be teaching in the general education department this Fall. Moving forward, our team continues to seek opportunities to provide optimal arenas for learning and growth for student success. Additionally, we are continually looking at ways to collaborate with faculty that, as a team, also contributes to increased student retention and success. As Helen Keller once stated, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”. Cox College is a great institution and together we can make a difference.

STUDENT HIGHLIGHT

Jon Kuanfung

This issue’s Student Highlight is Jon Kuanfung, a St. Louis native, who recently graduated Cox College with a Master of Science in Nutrition Diagnostics. Jon submitted a video to America Ninja Warrior, and out of 50,000 entries, he was one of 500 to be selected to participate in the qualifier rounds in Oklahoma City. “The first time I saw America Ninja Warrior on TV was three years ago. After watching, I built a salmon ladder at my parent’s home just to prove I could do it (prior to that I had been into body weight workouts, calisthenics, and long distance running). Being determined, I started training and over the last year I’ve stepped it up. It’s been difficult to balance school with this style of training, but if you’re passionate about something, you make time for it. I’ve been blessed to compete, and my future plans are to incorporate what I’ve learned from school and my training for Ninja Warrior to help those young and old with mobility and exercise.”

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Executive Director

Communications & Development

Director of Admissions

Alumni Association Numbers Growing

Making a Personal Connection

Todd Rutledge

Lindy Glos

“We want to ensure that we can stay connected to the thousands of past students whose lives were changed here at the College.”

As I am writing this piece for the newsletter, I’m realizing that I have just passed the five year mark here at Cox College. It has been and continues to be one of the best experiences of my career. It is obvious that Burge/Cox College holds a special place in the hearts of our alumni. This has been demonstrated over and over again through attendance at alumni events, class reunions, alumni involvement on council and committees, and the list could go on and on. I remain in constant awe of the generosity and spirit of our alumni. It is my hope that each of you will mark your calendar and make every effort to attend our next alumni dinner that will be held on September 24th at the White River Conference Center. If this happens to be a significant year for your class, we would love to assist you in organizing a class reunion that weekend! Also, please take a moment to fill out the update form on the back of this newsletter with any updated information for either you or a classmate who may not be receiving our

mailings. The ability to connect with our alumni directly is most successful for two reasons. First, we are able to update the alumni database allowing us to do a better job of keeping in touch with those who want to continue their connection to Cox College. Second, we are able to raise additional revenue from our wonderfully generous alumni to benefit new generations of students. A special thank you to all who have utilized and will utilize the enclosed envelope to support this great institution through financial contributions. Your support helps Cox College change the lives of our students. With the College’s enrollment continuing to break records each year, the alumni association and its membership continue to grow as well. We want to ensure that we can stay connected to the thousands of past students whose lives were changed here at the College… just like yours. Thank you for being a part of Cox College’s history, as well as its future.

Ph: 417-269-3873 Email: Todd.Rutledge@coxcollege.edu

Save the Date

“We have many new and exciting things happening within the College, and we are looking forward to this next academic year and all it will hold!”

One of the many highlights of my job is meeting one-on-one with students and hearing about their goals and plans for the future. Working with students from the beginning of their studies through graduation brings both my team and me great satisfaction. Our goal in the Admissions Department is to make a personal connection with each of the prospective students we visit with so they feel welcome and comfortable enough to contact us with any questions or concerns. Most recently, we have been busy communicating with potential students from both our Spring Open House and from the increased marketing efforts throughout the greater Springfield area.

Now that summer is here, we are working through the final admissions steps for new program students starting this fall – we are in awe of how enrollment has grown and departments have flourished! With the addition of the Occupational Therapy program, Cox College’s name and reach has broadened with more than half of the students in this program coming from states outside of Missouri. In response to the never ending nursing shortage, Cox College is projecting to fill every Board of Nursing-approved pre-licensure seat available in both the associate and bachelor degree programs. Our Master of Science in Nursing numbers should also grow with the addition of spring admissions beginning January 2017. We have many new and exciting things happening within the College, and we are looking forward to this next academic year and all it will hold!

Upcoming dates of interest: July 1st through November 1st: Application period – ASN, BSN and BSN-Accelerated, Spring 2017 entry August 1st: Application deadline – MSN Spring 2017 entry August 10th: Welcome Day – a day designed to welcome new and current students back on campus before the fall semester starts. November 5th: Fall Open House – a day to welcome potential students on campus to explore Cox College and visit with faculty, staff and students. December 22nd: Application deadline – ASR Fall 2017 entry Ph: 417-269-3083 Email: Lindy.Glos@coxcollege.edu

Annual

Alumni Dinner Photos in Time

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 White River Conference Center Behind Bass Pro in Springfield, MO

Share memories, renew friendships!

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Executive Director

Communications & Development

Director of Admissions

Alumni Association Numbers Growing

Making a Personal Connection

Todd Rutledge

Lindy Glos

“We want to ensure that we can stay connected to the thousands of past students whose lives were changed here at the College.”

As I am writing this piece for the newsletter, I’m realizing that I have just passed the five year mark here at Cox College. It has been and continues to be one of the best experiences of my career. It is obvious that Burge/Cox College holds a special place in the hearts of our alumni. This has been demonstrated over and over again through attendance at alumni events, class reunions, alumni involvement on council and committees, and the list could go on and on. I remain in constant awe of the generosity and spirit of our alumni. It is my hope that each of you will mark your calendar and make every effort to attend our next alumni dinner that will be held on September 24th at the White River Conference Center. If this happens to be a significant year for your class, we would love to assist you in organizing a class reunion that weekend! Also, please take a moment to fill out the update form on the back of this newsletter with any updated information for either you or a classmate who may not be receiving our

mailings. The ability to connect with our alumni directly is most successful for two reasons. First, we are able to update the alumni database allowing us to do a better job of keeping in touch with those who want to continue their connection to Cox College. Second, we are able to raise additional revenue from our wonderfully generous alumni to benefit new generations of students. A special thank you to all who have utilized and will utilize the enclosed envelope to support this great institution through financial contributions. Your support helps Cox College change the lives of our students. With the College’s enrollment continuing to break records each year, the alumni association and its membership continue to grow as well. We want to ensure that we can stay connected to the thousands of past students whose lives were changed here at the College… just like yours. Thank you for being a part of Cox College’s history, as well as its future.

Ph: 417-269-3873 Email: Todd.Rutledge@coxcollege.edu

Save the Date

“We have many new and exciting things happening within the College, and we are looking forward to this next academic year and all it will hold!”

One of the many highlights of my job is meeting one-on-one with students and hearing about their goals and plans for the future. Working with students from the beginning of their studies through graduation brings both my team and me great satisfaction. Our goal in the Admissions Department is to make a personal connection with each of the prospective students we visit with so they feel welcome and comfortable enough to contact us with any questions or concerns. Most recently, we have been busy communicating with potential students from both our Spring Open House and from the increased marketing efforts throughout the greater Springfield area.

Now that summer is here, we are working through the final admissions steps for new program students starting this fall – we are in awe of how enrollment has grown and departments have flourished! With the addition of the Occupational Therapy program, Cox College’s name and reach has broadened with more than half of the students in this program coming from states outside of Missouri. In response to the never ending nursing shortage, Cox College is projecting to fill every Board of Nursing-approved pre-licensure seat available in both the associate and bachelor degree programs. Our Master of Science in Nursing numbers should also grow with the addition of spring admissions beginning January 2017. We have many new and exciting things happening within the College, and we are looking forward to this next academic year and all it will hold!

Upcoming dates of interest: July 1st through November 1st: Application period – ASN, BSN and BSN-Accelerated, Spring 2017 entry August 1st: Application deadline – MSN Spring 2017 entry August 10th: Welcome Day – a day designed to welcome new and current students back on campus before the fall semester starts. November 5th: Fall Open House – a day to welcome potential students on campus to explore Cox College and visit with faculty, staff and students. December 22nd: Application deadline – ASR Fall 2017 entry Ph: 417-269-3083 Email: Lindy.Glos@coxcollege.edu

Annual

Alumni Dinner Photos in Time

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 White River Conference Center Behind Bass Pro in Springfield, MO

Share memories, renew friendships!

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Summer 2016

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Nearly 220 degrees and certificates were awarded making this the largest graduating class in school history. We wish all of our graduates the very best as they take the next step in their careers.

Toby Osborn System Administrator The North Springfield Betterment Association (NSBA) holds an annual Attendance Party at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in the E-Plex each spring. This event honors students of fourteen North Springfield Elementary schools who have obtained a 99% or better attendance rate. Sponsors from all over Springfield help make the event possible with donations of money, food, toys, bikes, etc. This year the NSBA was able to give away almost 100 bicycles to the students in attendance. Cox College was able to donate two of those bikes this year! The students, their parents and siblings are all invited to attend this event. A little more than 700 students achieved the attendance goal this year and around 400 attended the party. When you include their relatives, over 1,100 people attended the event!

For the last two years, the Admissions Department at Cox College has set up a large Operation game that lets the children pull candy out of the game. There are also bouncy houses and other activities to keep the children occupied for hours. Many children go home with m o r e Lindy Glos, Admissions Director, presents than at the Operation table. they are likely to see this year at Christmas. There’s not much better than watching a child leave at the end of the night with a huge smile on his or her face. This truly is a great event!

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