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St. Catharine College

December 2009

Volume 3 Issue 2

PATRIOT PAGES It’s a whole new ballgame this year By Justin Witt Patriot Pages Editor Brandon Johnson squared up near the free-throw line during a St. Catharine College men’s basketball practice recently and proceeded to take jump shots. One after another, the balls swished through the hoop, 11 out of 12. Then he switched to the baseline from a little deeper. More snaps of twine, 13 of 17. Johnson’s been hitting shots in games, too. For the past two seasons, the 6-foot-2 guard has been among St. Catharine’s leading scorers, averaging more than 15 points per game. Now his team is sharing in that success and poised to make a run for the MidSouth Conference title. In a turnaround that might otherwise look like a typo, St. Catharine has gone from a mistake-prone 1-10 team a year ago to a polished 10-2

Board hears proposals on SCC’s future needs By Melissa Pile Student Senate President

The 2009-2010 St. Catharine College basketball Patriots hold a 10-2 win/loss record. Photo by Tom Bystrek.

squad that has played very well thus far this season. A season ago, basketball fans at SCC stayed away; this year, they pack the stands and hang around to heckle opposing teams, making Lourdes Hall a tough basketball environment.

The turnaround began in the fall when the Patriots had a strong practice schedule and did a lot of conditioning. The team has had all of this success without the help of last year’s leader, Arthur Lathum. Lathum only had one semester of eligiContinued on Page 11

As the student representative on the St. Catharine College Board of Trustees, I wanted to report a few details from our meeting on Nov. 16. The board heard presentations from Ann Obergfell, dean of MELISSA PILE health sciences, Dr. Vicki Guthrie, dean of students, and Athletic Director Mike Doig. Continued on Page 11

Did you get a free H1N1 virus vaccination on campus? Why or why not? By Colby Marks

“No. Every time I’ve taken a flu shot I get sick.” – Dallas Chesser

“No. I was worried about the side effects.” – Stephanie Powers

“No. I didn’t get one just because of all the horrible stories I’ve heard about the side effects of getting it.” – Jessica Thompson

“No. I heard that there could be potentially harmful side effects.” – Philip Dean




CAMPUS BEAT Coffeehouse karaoke provides performances from multiple genres By Melissa Pile Student Senate President On Thursday, Nov. 12, the Student Senate at St. Catharine College held its second Coffeehouse of the fall semester, featuring SCC Idol. It was a night full of plenty of karaoke and dancing. Coffeehouses are an annual event sponsored by Student Senate that have included stand-up acts by comedians from The Comedy Caravan, performances by a variety of local musicians, and of course, karaoke courtesy of the students. The coffeehouse prompted a variety of student performances in hip hop, country, pop and a variety of other genres. The judges were faced with many entertaining performances, but at the end the judges — Dean of Students Dr. Vicki Guthrie, Librarian Clara Logsdon, and Student Senate member John Graves — tallied their scores and announced the winners. First place was a tie between Courtney Milam’s rendition of Martina McBride’s “Independence Day,” and Erica Hector’s performance of Michael Jackson’s “Man In the Mirror.” Second place went to the group consisting of Shay Mangan, Tana Hatton, Anja Arsenovic, Erica Hector, Sharmayne Chandler, and Jordan Boyle with their performance of “In the Still of the Night.” The “booby prize” was awarded to Justin Witt. And after a performance of Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the U.S.A.” by Brad Krohman, Jared Yates, Adam Gillcrist, Nick McBride, Justin Witt, and Ryan Mangione, the judges created a the new category of “Crowd Favorite” specifically for their rendition of the song. Brittany Fears, chair of the Student Senate’s student involvement committee, summarized the night by stating, “I think the Coffeehouse was a great success. Everyone had fun and the singing was on point. The judges were fair and everyone liked the outcome. Afterwards so many students were asking when was the next one!” Fears added, “Thanks to all the students who came, the wonderful judges, and of course, Student Senate for helping put on a wonderful event.”

Top left: Winners Courtney Milam, far left and Erica Hector, front, pose with members of the second-place group Sharmayne Chandler, Tana Hatton, Shay Mangan and Anja Arsenovic. Top right: Choreography enhanced the performance of “In The Still of the Night” to make an award-winning act. Above: Members of the baseball team performed several numbers that were well-received by the crowd. Middle right: The baseball team won “Crowd Favorite” for their rendition of “Party in the USA.” Right: Courtney Milam’s beautiful voice was on display as she performed “Independence Day.” Far right: Brittany Fears got the evening going with some highly entertaining numbers. Photos by Dr. Vicki Guthrie.




CAMPUS BEAT As our culture becomes more diverse, so should our awareness Editor’s Note: Jessica Koch, a graduate nurse of the SCC school of health sciences, will deliver the address “Diversity in Nursing” on Saturday, Dec. 12 during the pinning ceremony for nursing students. Koch was selected to give the address by her fellow graduates. By Jessica Koch Special to the Patriot Pages Diversity is a comprehensive concept that embraces not only ethnic groups and people of color, but also other marginal or vulnerable people in society. Diversity plays a vital role in the health care system today. Diversity includes valJESSICA ues, beliefs, attitudes, KOCH customs, rituals and behaviors. The notion of diversity has always been woven into nursing. Nursing history recognizes Florence Nightingale as the founder of modern nursing. She was ahead of her time in practicing culturally diverse nursing. She was extremely tolerant and honored the beliefs, rituals and practices of all cultures wherever the British Empire had spread its influence. For example, she worked on behalf of India for over 40 years. Today, nursing’s national organization, the National League for Nursing, has issued “A Commitment to Diversity in Nursing,” which states that finding the courage to create a caring society is the spiritual work of nursing.

older nurses who may not be as effiamazed at her spirit. Why am I interested in diversity? In the work force, nursing staff now cient with that technology. The older As a nursing student, I noticed a nurse is a great resource at the hospital are not just women, they are not just wide variety of different people and because we all know that the new cultures. Each and every person that I Americans, and they are not always my age. Today, graduate nurse still needs a mentor to met in the hospital help get through the early stages of a employees come had a story to tell I challenge each of my from all over the new career. and each patient fellow students who are world to work at I challenge each of my fellow stuhad a different dents who is about to embark into the hospitals and clinway he/she would about to embark into the profession of nursing to understand, in the United like to be cared profession of nursing to ics States. These nurs- embrace and protect the diversity we for; some patients understand, embrace, and es and physicians will encounter. It is important for wanted everything health care workers, especially nurses, done for them protect the diversity we will are usually very to attain a culturally competent relabut there while others did encounter. capable can be language or tionship with their patients. Being not want you to do knowledgeable of different types of anything for them. -- Jessica Koch, cultural barriers cultures will help nurses better underAs I’m about nursing program graduate that they must stand their patients and tend to the overcome. to move forward physical, biological, and physiological Some patients have a hard time into my nursing career, recognizing understanding foreign nurses and doc- variations presented at the time of care. diversity is so important because a As nurses we will be faced with tors, and as American nurses, we need nurse needs to know how to care for to help them understand our language many different kinds of people, relithat person. You do not want to gions and cultures, and in order to give so they can better communicate with offend anyone by treating hi/her in a them the best possible care, we need to their patients. cookie-cutter way. Patients may have understand how their individual differAnother diversity issue can be the religious, cultural, or ethnic needs. age difference between the new gradu- ences positively affect the world Sometimes it’s as basic as an age difaround them. Our care will then reflect ate nurse and the hospital nurse. New ference. back in more human and giving ways. The baby boomers are now getting grads are usually pretty adept with It is then that a safe, diverse environcomputer charting and all the new older and are having more medical ment of healing will happen. It is then technology seen in the hospital. issues. They are used to getting attenWe have an opportunity to help that we will add our own page to the tion and expect their care to be delivered the way they want it. The other day I had a patient who Patriot Pages Staff & Credits was 99 years old, yes 99. She had seen Editor: Justin Witt everything and she was having a total Staff Writers: Jennifer Applegate, Brittany Fears, hip replacement. At 99 this woman Mandi Newton and Starrisha Roberts. knew more than anyone I had ever Contributing writers: Amanda Chesser, Carissa Coslow, Jessica Koch, Priscilla Lee, Colby talked to and each time I went into the Marks, and Melissa Pile. room she had a story to tell me. Many Guest columnist: Dr. Harry Toder nurses would have assumed that she had dementia and wouldn’t have taken Advisors to the Patriot Pages include Laura Satterly, the time to listen. She was always faculty advisor; Dr. Vicki Guthrie, administrative advisor; and Jim Brooks, consultant. apologizing for “bothering us,” but I Photo credits: Tom Bystrek, Dr. Vicki Guthrie. knew she had so much to offer. I was




SPORTS Pats volleyball team receives Tailgating catching on among Pats’ fans Mid-South Conference honors

Hoover Hockensmith, oldest son of Margaret Hockensmith, poses with Jessie and Gabe Weis, Michelle Riordan and Laura Dean as SCC staff members enjoy the tailgating phenomenon.

On Monday, Nov. 9, the Mid-South Conference held its annual banquet to recognize achievements in volleyball. The Patriots who made the All-Academic team with a GPA of 3.2 or higher are shown above, from left, Sam Gehler, Taylor Childress, Adair Woford, Mandy Gray, Jordan Boyle and Brittini Schmidt. Two Patriot players shown at right, Mandy Gray, left, and Lauren Bowling, were also named All-American honorable mention. Photos by Tom Bystrek.

Above: SCC faculty members Dr. Monica Unseld and Laura Satterly join SCC staff members Michelle Smith and Christie Tucker and the purple and gold festooned “extras” table provided by tailgating enthusiasts. At right, Athletic Director Mike Doig and John Weis, assistant baseball coach, share the fellowship at the tailgating event. Photos by Dr. Vicki Guthrie.




CLUBS APO stays busy with clean-up, service projects Priscilla Lee APO Treasurer The Alpha Phi Omega group would like to take this time and give a shout out to our fellow classmates. Can you believe the semester is almost gone? Where does time go? Better yet, what have you done with the time that has already passed? As for Alpha Phi Omega, we have hit the floor running and look to continue moving forward. With our recent officer elections and upcoming events, we have been very productive, to say the least. Katie Myers was voted president, Kelly Hutchins, secretary; and Priscilla Lee, treasurer. Our group, along with members of other campus clubs and organizations, have been helping Renee Goodman with a service project for the veterans in Lexington’s VA long-term care facility. We donated items such as shoe boxes, crackers and books for these men to enjoy. We also donated our time to help with assembling and wrapping boxes that were sent to the hospital. On Nov. 15 we got together for a campus cleanup to assist in getting our campus ready for the Board of Trustees meeting the next day.

We filled garbage bags with everything from cigarette butts (literally thousands) to fast food containers and other things too nasty to even think about! Another project on the way is an Ice Cream Social at Sansbury Infirmary. This is an event we are particularly excited to host. We are also planning a fund-raiser to wrap Christmas gifts here on campus. This will possibly take place in the HHS building in the front lobby, but the details are still in the works for this project. We plan to make everyone aware of these events closer to time, so please keep your ears and eyes opens for us in the coming weeks. If anyone is interested in joining the group, please let Katie, Kelly or Priscilla know. We meet every Tuesday in HHS room 105 from noon to 1 p.m. Feel free to bring your lunch, a snack, a friend and any ideas you may have to help our campus and community. We’re working on transitioning from our current status as an “interest group” to a “petitioning group” on the way to earning a charter from the national organization. To learn more about Alpha Phi Omega and its focus on fellowship, leadership and service, visit

Margaret Hockensmith, left, director of the center for student support services, and Renee Goldman, student coordinator of the effort, pause once the wrapping is complete.

On Nov. 15, APO members conducted a campus cleanup.

Volunteers formed an assembly line to create the veterans’ gift boxes

Huston Brown, assistant dean of health sciences and APO adviser, shares wrapping tips with the group while helping wrap gifts for veterans at the VA Hospital in Lexington.

Kelly Hutchins, left, APO vice-president and Katie Mayers, president, wrap packages.

Student’s project making a brighter holiday for vets Patriot Pages Staff Report SCC Pharmacy Tech student Renee Goodman spearheaded a project to provide care packages to the veterans in the long-term care unit at the VA Hospital in Lexington. She was assisted by members of Alpha Phi Omega, SATA, Margaret Hockensmith, student services director, as well as Mary Sue Barnett and the campus ministry team. Additionally, members of the faculty and students donated items for the gift boxes. The Student Senate provided stamps and Dr. David Donathan created frabric stockings detailed with military logos for the different branches of the services. SCC also partnered with Sts. Peter and Paul School in Lexington to deliver more than 60 packages to the veterans.





At left: Jackie Schuler and Casey Crouch enjoy SCC’s most popular student event, the Halloween Dance, on Oct. 29. Top left: Is it Steve Urkel from “Family Matters”? No, it’s Brandon Johnson, who won top prize for Funniest Costume. At top: The Village People try to attract the judges’ attention as Coaches Lena Bramblett, Holly Smith and Luther Bramblett decide awards for the best costumes. Above: The Patriots softball team had creative ideas and came as a group to the dance. Upper right: Jennica Garrity’s “Jenastat” thermometer costume won a Most Creative Award for the second year in a row. At middle right: Anja Arsenovic’s beautiful mask had everyone wondering “Who’s behind that mask?” At right: Justin Witt chose the frightful route and scared many on his way to winning Scariest Costume honors. Photos by Dr. Vicki Guthrie.

Residence hall doors were fair game for Halloween decor. At top: Residents Morgan Frank and Jessica Koch chose a cute witch and black cat to decorate their door. Above: Sarah Lawson and Nikki Baeur chose a scarier route with a skeleton caught in a giant spider web.





At top: Michelle Smith, assistant in the Education Department, took top prize in the faculty/staff costume contest with her flapAt top: Chelsea Shanahan risks expoper costume. Above middle: Nick Gagne’s sure as she poses with roommate pirate antics don’t seem to scare his pirate Amanda Cunningham dressed as the wench date, Chelsea Shanahan. Above: Swine Flu. Above: Is it Fred & Wilma? “Woody and Jessie” were top competitors Ask Taylor Childress and Josh Edwards in the couples and groups category. about life in “Bedrock.” Photos by Dr. Vicki Guthrie

At top: Dr. David Arnold reads a spooky Speilberg tale. Above: Evelyn Silliman assembles s’mores for the audience at S’mores Thrills & Chills, sponsored by the SCC Players.

S’more Thrills & Chills was held Oct. 28. Sponsored by the SCC Players, faculty, staff and student readers presented scary excerpts from plays, books and poems as well as a few creepy songs. At top: Double, double, toil and trouble ... Sr. Elaine DeRosiers, Dr. Vicki Guthrie and Kendra Hite pose during a practice of their reading of the three witches scene from “Macbeth.” Above: Dr. Monica Unseld and Sr. Angie Shaughnessy collaborate on Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven.”




Jessica Koch Jessica Koch is a senior nursing major from Chicago, Illinois. She has gained the respect of her nursing student colleagues and has contributed greatly to her nursing class. She has also served capably as treasurer and vice president of Student Senate, a resident assistant and a Student Ambassador. Her contributions to this campus will be greatly missed as will her energy, frankness and sincerity.


STUDENT LIFE No laughing matter



Adam Blair Adam Blair is a junior business major with above a 3.5 GPA. He is a member of the Patriot Baseball team and a commuter student from Lebanon. Adam has distinguished himself through exceptional dedication — both to his academics and athletics. He is an extremely hard worker who demonstrates From left, Adam Blair, SCC President exceptional maturity and interper- William Huston, and Dean of Students Dr. Vicki Guthrie. sonal skills.


Stephanie Gentry Stephanie Gentry is a junior liberal arts major from Hopkinsville. Stephanie is a member of the women’s soccer team, manager for women’s basketball and a resident assistant. She is a proactive, reliable, hard worker who anchors the Residence Life staff. She successfully balances these involvements with academFrom left, Stephanie Gentry, SCC President ics and is developing into a true William Huston, and Dean of Students Dr. leader on the SCC campus. Vicki Guthrie.

SCC students enjoy “We Can Make You Laugh.” Winning contestants received cash prizes for not laughing at the performers. At top, Jessica Smith, seated, tries to outlast the antics of the performers. Above, Adam Gillcrist, far right, and Justin Morris, far left, role play with the performers. At right, Logan Thomas stares down a performer dressed as a wolf. The event was sponsored by Student Activities. Photos by Dr. Vicki Guthrie.



STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Erin Rogers Erin Rogers is a senior Psychology major. She comes to Saint Catharine College from Louisville where she attended high school at Ballard. She plays for the Lady Patriot basketball team and she was named to the Mid-South All-Conference team last year. She was also named a USCAAAll-American. Erin spends a lot of her free time being around her teammates and likes any outdoor activity. She is a high energy personality and a pleasure to be around.

Philip Dean Philip Dean is a senior Criminal Justice major. He comes to St. Catharine from Danville where he attended Boyle County. He played and won three state championships for the Rebels before coming to SCC to play for the Patriot baseball team. Philip has been named a team captain in recent years by his peers and helped lead the Patriot baseball team to the USCAA National Championship last year where he was named the most valuable player. Philip likes to study paranormal activity in his free time.

Amanda Cunningham Amanda Cunningham is a sophomore Liberal Arts major. She comes to St. Catharine from Colorado Springs, Colo. where she was the only graduate in her class and had her own graduation ceremony. She is a member of the Residence Life staff and has a strong involvement in St. Catharine’s Campus Ministry. Amanda attends the River of Life Church in Springfield.


FEATURES Construction din a blast forward for road safety By Jennifer Applegate Patriot Pages Staff Writer BOOM! With all the sirens and blasting, St. Catharine College sounds a bit like a war zone right now. Across the road from campus, construction (although at times it sounds more like destruction) is underway. SCC President William Huston answered a few question about the blasting issue. JA: Why is the blasting going on? WH: “The blasting is a part of the new bypass that is going to go around Springfield. They have hit bedrock and the blasting is a necessity in order to get down to grade.” JA: How long will the blasting continue? WH: “They are just about finished with the blasting -- they may be finished.” JA: What are the most common complaints the school receives about the blasting? WH: “The complaints are that it startles the faculty and students when the blast goes off. Sometimes it even awakens the students as they sleep in class -- but not often. Some say it sounds as if we are on a firing range.” JA: Has the blasting caused any damage to any buildings or school property? WH: “To my knowledge there has been no major damage to our property. Upon completion, SCC will

be much safer and we will have new entrances and a gateway to the college. The students, faculty and staff will not be put in harm’s way when attempting to turn into the property. It will be beautiful when finished next fall. After Christmas, I will have photos and maps of how it will look.” *** Lee Thompson, an SCC student who is employed by ATS Construction, the company doing the blasting, offered his insight about the construction project: “As far as blasting is going, it should not be anywhere close to the school for a while,” Thompson said. “They’re working on the other side for now, doing the blasting there. Where you see the bulldozers and dump trucks, they’re just trying to get rid of the loose rock so they can eventually work on trying to smooth it out and then start the paving. It might be a while till they get the paving going because they have about 3 miles of blasting to do and it will take time to get done. It’s a job site that will take time to get done. Usually construction work on highways and interstates take quite a while. Sometimes they’ll take about two months and sometimes they’ll take about six to nine months to get done, depending on how far they need to work and weather permitting, too.”




CAMPUS BEAT Clothesline Project educates about violence against women By Carissa Coslow and Amanda Chesser Patriot Pages Contributors If you were on campus at any time during the week of November 16-20, you probably noticed the posters or the shirt displays in the Hamilton Health Science building promoting the Clothesline Project. If you were unable to view the exhibits or just viewed the shirts but not the signs, you may not be fully aware of the project’s objective. What exactly does the Clothesline Project do? Its chief mission is to promote awareness to issues of violence against women by means of artistic expression. Not only does the project educate the public through art, it also garners support for female survivors of abuse and campaigns for policy change. Its goal is to both reduce the incidence of violence and to improve our society’s response to victims. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women fell on Nov. 25 during SCC’s Thanksgiving break. Therefore, the Student Senate elected to display the shirts a week early so those who wanted to be involved or view the designs would have the opportunity. The women who participated in the shirt-making session on Tuesday, Nov. 17 were given an assortment of art supplies (markers, paint, glitter, ribbon, etc.) to design their shirts in whatever way felt was most therapeutic or liberating. They then hung the decorated shirts on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the

problem of violence against women. Why so many different colors? Simply put, the diverse shirt colors represent different forms of violence: White shirts are a memorial to women who have been killed; Yellow or beige represents victims of intimate partner abuse; Red and pink are for survivors of rape and sexual assault; Blue and green t-shirts represent childhood sexual abuse; Purple represents homophobic violence; Khaki shirts represent survivors of priest, nun, or minister abuse; Above, shirts bearing an artistic expression of violence against women hang on a Gray shirts represent authority clothesline. Below, a display explained the purpose of the Clothesline Project. abuse; Photos by Tom Bystrek. Peach shirts represent elder abuse. Passers-by may ask themselves, “Why should I care? It’s never happened to me.” Admittedly, it is difficult for those of us who have never experienced physical and/or psychological abuse firsthand to comprehend the devastation left in its wake. However, the odds are high that each one of us either knows or will eventually meet someone who has experienced some form of violence, a reality substantiated by the numbers below: • Every 15 seconds in the United States, a woman is the victim of domestic violence; • 25 percent of all crime is wife assault; • 60 percent of all battered women are beaten while they are pregnant; • 2/3 of all marriages will experience domestic violence at least once; • Physical violence in dating relaContinued on Page 11




Board hears proposals for the future of SCC Continued from Page 1

These presentations were part of the update for the new SCC campus master plan. This master plan will be designed to provide a map to the campus growth through 2015-2020. The presentations covered new structures, new programs, additional faculty and staff, new athletic programs and facilities. Discussions for a master plan focused on expansion of the school and adjustments to demands of a growing college. Please keep in mind these presentations were just proposals. Dean Obergfell emphasized the need for more labs and larger classrooms to accommodate the health science students. Substituting for Dr. David Arnold’s presentation, she reported there was a need for a center which could also serve for convocations, conferences and musical/theatrical performances. Also needed is an art studio space where students could have 24/7 access. She also discussed the addition of many new

majors and programs to St. Catharine. Mike Doig discussed the addition of several new athletic programs including archery, rifle, wrestling, track & field, tennis, swimming and junior varsity softball. He said the additional programs could be easily developed because St. Catharine already has the facilities available or has access to them. Doig also listed football as part of his development plan for the future. In addition, he discussed proposals to further develop the existing athletic programs. Dean Guthrie’s proposal consisted of addressing the need to increase on-campus housing for students. With St. Catharine’s transition to a four-year college, there has been an increase in the length of time students are living on campus. In order to better accommodate incoming freshman, she proposed an alternative to the traditional residence format with the addition of on-campus apartments for upper classmen. She also suggested

giving consideration to the additional need for parking and a dining facility. Guthrie also addressed the need for a campus center to house various offices, including Admissions, Student Life, a bookstore, computer labs and an additional student center/commuter area. She also discussed a recreation/fitness center, a chapel, and a health services/counseling center where students could receive treatment from registered nurses and visiting doctors. This facility could be incorporated into another building. After discussion, the board voted to accept the 2008-2009 audit prepared by Rick L. Downs, CPA, PSC. The board also approved new tuition and room & board fees for the 2010-2011 academic year. The new fees will be announced at another time. The meeting was adjourned with no further business. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact me at

SCC Patriots enjoying 10-2 season Continued from Page 1

bility left so he has been sidelined for game play. He becomes eligible to play when grades are posted. One thing is sure: when the Patriots start conference play this year, the rest of the Mid-South is in for a shock. This team has done a 180 degree reversal from last year and Coaches J.T. Burton and Matt Stearsman have these guys ready to play. If you’re sitting around with nothing to do, come out and support your Patriots. The fan support makes for a great time. The 1-10 to a 10-2 record is a turnaround that no one expected but it has happened and it has brought basketball fever to the campus of St. Catharine.

Project informs about violence against women Continued from Page 10

tionships ranges from 20-35 percent; • 70 percent of men who batter their partners either sexually or physically abuse their children; • 93 percent of women who killed their mates had been battered by them. Sixty-seven percent killed them to protect themselves and their children at the moment of murder. • The number-one cause of women's injuries is abuse at home. This abuse happens

more often than car accidents, mugging, and rape combined. *** Below are the figures for rape in the U.S.: • 1 out of every 3 American women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. • 1 in 4 college women have either been raped or suffered attempted rape. • 83 percent of rape cases are ages 24 or under. • 1 in 7 women will be raped by her husband. • 1 in 12 male students

surveyed had committed acts that met the legal definition of rape. Furthermore, 84 percent of the men who had committed such acts said what they had done was definitely not rape. • Only 16 percent of rapes are ever reported to the police. Not only is the above information unsettling, it is also staggering. Dean of Students Dr. Vicki Guthrie contributed to this article.

Mid-Kentucky Chorus break From left, SCC students Glenn Cashdollar, Jonathan Engstrom and Catherine Bohn take a breather at intermission of the MidKentucky Chorus at St. Catharine’s performance of “The Beautiful Music of Christmas” on Dec. 4 at the Basilica of St. Joseph’s Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown. Photo by Vicki Guthrie.




OPINION Start now to build a portfolio that will help you land that job after graduation I'm grateful for the opportunity to submit this guest column. What I'd like to talk to you about, briefly, is the importance of working on your employment portfolio and keeping that up to date. What exactly is a portfolio? It is a compilation of your credentials to present to a prospective employer. When I came to interview at St. Catharine, I gave the school a copy of my portfolio and I feel that it helped me get the job. What, specifically, should be contained in the portfolio? Actually, that is subject to debate but I think you, as students, would want to include your resume (of course), copy of your college transcripts, and anything else which you feel would help “make your case” with the prospective employer.

HARRY TODER, PhD Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology, Chair of Social Science Division, Director of Criminal Justice Program

These things might include letters of recommendation from professors, special award certificates, samples of excellent student work, etc. In my opinion, the portfolio should be indexed and ordered by category(resume, transcripts, etc.). How long should the portfolio be? That is up to you. But, to me, the more that is included the greater the appearance that one has accomplished a significant amount. Obviously, that

has its limits. For example, would I include a “B” paper from one of my classes? I would not, unless a “B” is the highest grade I have received. In addition to the obvious benefits of the portfolio, doing the portfolio forces a student to think about the direction of his/her career. This is because the more the student documents in writing, the greater the reflection that is called for. If you need assistance with planning or compiling your portfolio, see Margaret Hockensmith in the Center for Student Support Services, Bertrand Hall Room 8 ext. 1273. Any of your professors or myself, if that is your preference, would also be able to provide helpful guidance.

Editor’s Corner By Justin Witt Patriot Pages Editor With finals frenzy under way, the fall semester here at St. Catharine is quickly coming to an end. I don’t know about the rest of you, but the semester has flown by for me. The Patriot Pages staff has been working diligently to get this paper out before break. We have put countless hours into the project and wouldn't have been able to do it without the help of our journalism consultant Jim Brooks and our advisors, Dr. Vicki Guthrie and Laura Satterly. It looks like things are coming to a smooth halt this semester, and there is a lot of energy surrounding our athletic teams moving toward the spring. The Patriot men’s basketball team made a 180-degree reversal, moving from a 1-10 record to 10-2 so far this year. The Patriot baseball and softball teams are in full swing and hope to build on last year’s USCAA National Championships. The Patriot Pages is looking for writers, photographers and graphic artists to join its growing staff. There will be a lot of openings available next semester as well as next year as students move on and graduate. If you have an interest in writing, please contact me at or The Patriot Pages would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you next semester!

What is going to be your hardest final and why? By Colby Marks

“Biology! There is a lot of information to remember.” – Kassie Spalding

“BIO 100 – just because it’s science and I always struggle. Should do fine, though.” – Scott Patten

“Environmental Science because I have to design a city.” – Chelsea Shanahan

“The Prison – a lot of memorizing.” – Cheryl Ball

December 2009 SCC Patriot Pages  

The student newspaper of St. Catharine College in Springfield, Ky.