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Connections faculty and staff newsletter
 February 2013



A review of college news, happenings and employee milestones.

Slant of Light, a novel by Dr. Steve Wiegenstein, associate dean for graduate studies, was named the runner-up for the 2012 Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. The book is set in a utopian settlement established in the Ozarks during the turbulent years leading up to the Civil War. Slant of Light is grounded in the author’s research about a real life utopian group, the Icarians, who settled briefly in Missouri. Wiegenstein also draws on his family roots and deep knowledge of the Ozarks. Learn more at and at

Biology professor Dr. Nathan Means has been awarded the Fulbright to Uruguay. As such, he is the first Fulbright scholar in the history of Columbia College. He’ll head to South America in August to begin research in the capital city, Montevideo.

The latest issue of affinity, the alumni magazine, is out. If you don’t have a hard copy, you can read the online version here. Thanks to Alumni Relations and Public Relations for their work on the publication.

Have you seen the February edition of Columbia Business Times? Recent Columbia College alumnae Brynne and Bailye Stansberry are on the cover. Pick up a copy or check out CBT online to read more about the girls’ business, TwoAlity, and to hear thoughts from Dr. Terry Smith and Dr. Sean Siebert.

Columbia College recently participated in Coaches vs. Cancer, a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches that empowers coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
AC members wore sneakers with their suits on Friday, Jan. 25, and collected $1 donations from faculty, staff and students. More than $3,000 was raised.