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Columbia College psychology professor competes on
Wednesday, October 04, 2006

[Columbia, Mo.]-Dr. Chris Mazurek, assistant professor of psychology at Columbia College, recently competed on the television game show "Jeopardy." His appearance is scheduled to air locally at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26 on ABC-17.

Mazurek, a childhood fan of "Jeopardy," competed to become a contestant in St. Louis during the spring. He said the competition involved practice versions of the game with other potential contestants.

Mazurek flew to Los Angeles for the taping in mid-September. He is bound by a contract with "Jeopardy's" production company not to provide information about the show's outcome, including the number of days he may appear.

"I want to win one day," he said before the taping. "If I can win just one day, I'll feel like I did something."

Mazurek is originally from the Chicago area. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and both his master's degree and doctorate from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He later taught at High Point University in High Point, N.C., and Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, Ala.

Mazurek joined the faculty of Columbia College in 2004. He lives in Columbia with his wife, Micah, and son, Ben.

Columbia College serves nearly 25,000 students each year at its Day Campus, Evening Campus, Nationwide Campuses, Online Campus and Graduate Studies Program.

The college was founded in 1851 as Christian Female College and was renamed Columbia College in 1970 when it became coeducational.