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Connections faculty and staff newsletter
 December 2012



A review of college news, happenings and employee milestones.

Men’s Cross Country Head Coach Tim Cornell was named AMC Coach of the Year; his men’s team and one member of the women’s cross-country team competed at the NIAI National Championships on Nov. 17. Read the Spotlight story here.

In June 2012, Dr. Allison Friederichs, Assistant Director of the Denver campus, published an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. In October 2012, Friederichs published a blog for University of Denver’s University College Leadership Program titled "Communicate Like a Leader." She also co-hosts a talk radio show called "Mondays at 3," which focuses on leadership and professional development.

The Education Department hosted a Professional Development Conference on Saturday, Nov. 10 on Main Campus. Columbia College faculty provided training for area teachers, who, in turn, receive continuing education credit. The topic, Thinking Maps, was presented by Dr. Paul Hanna and the education department faculty. Approximately 100 teachers, education students and recent graduates attended.

Michael Nerheim, criminal justice instructor at Columbia College-Lake County, was recently elected as the new Lake County State’s Attorney.

Anthony Alioto‘s memoir, The Ninefold Path, was recently published by Turning Stone Press. Alioto, a professor of history, was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease in 1993 and was forced to go on dialysis for several years before receiving a successful kidney transplant in 2000. In The Ninefold Path, he invites readers to join him on a personal journey through a labyrinth of tests, "what can I expect" meetings with medical staff, surgeries, and near-death experiences. The Ninefold Path is for all of those wearily traveling through chronic illnesses and for those by their sides wondering what to do.

The October report from the National Council of State Board of Nursing was the absolute best that Columbia College has ever had. One hundred percent of those on Main Campus and 94.12 percent of those at the Lake campus passed. "Thanks to all for your hard work and your support for the nursing program," says Nursing Program Director Linda S. Claycomb, MSN, RN.

Dr. Brad Lookingbill, professor of history and Military Studies Coordinator, recently provided an interview to Nebraska's public radio station, NET, in which he discussed the literature of the Dust Bowl. Listen here.

The following staff and faculty attended the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region IV Conference in St. Louis Oct. 28-30: Jennifer Cornwell, Graduate Assistant in International Student Services; Keila Ferree, Coordinator of International Admissions; Dr. Brian Kessel, Faculty and Coordinator of Study Abroad; Kelly Sharp, Graduate and International Programs Manager in Evaluations; Britta Wright, Director of International Student Services. Four staff attended preconference workshops. Jennifer and Britta participated in Public Speaking and Presentation Delivery: Advanced Presentations that Connect; Keila attended the J-1 Regulations for Beginners; and Kelly attended the Foreign Educational Credentials Analysis. Britta co-presented two sessions, Student Insurance: A View from Cruising Altitude and Maintaining Sanity in a Small Office.

Scott Vinciguerra, Kelly Kugler, Bethany Daniluk and Corey Gasparini represented Columbia College-Hancock Field at the Oct. 25 Centerstate Business Showcase. The networking event draws more than 8,000 attendees, and hundreds of local organizations were present with information, samples, coupons and drawings for prizes. Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boehiem was there supporting the Say Yes to Education Foundation by shooting baskets and taking photos with fans. Both Scott and Kelly supported the cause. Jerry Greenfield of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream was also present. Scott attended a lecture where Jerry spoke about business and leadership skills. "The event gave us a great amount of exposure and representation amongst the Syracuse community," says campus admissions manager Kelly Kugler.

Mark Tindell, Director of Mail and Print Services, and Glenda Perry, Mail Specialist, each successfully completed a 100 question test offered and proctored by the United States Postal Service and were awarded the designation of Mail Design Professional. Passing the exam is valuable because of MPS’ increased knowledge of ways the college can save money on bulk postage and maximize postage investments.

Other noteworthy MPS activities include:
  • Tindell was recently elected as President of University Mail Manager's Association
  • Perry and Ted Krause attended the Fall Mailer’s Conference
  • Tindell attended the annual National Association of College & University Mail Services conference

Dr. Steve Wiegenstein, associate dean for graduate studies, discussed his recent novel Slant of Light at the Columbia Public Library Nov. 13. 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.

Effective Sept. 1, adjunct instructor Dave Byland became Director of Student Services for Moberly Area Community College, a partner of Columbia College and one of the largest sources of transfer students to CC.