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Apply for the Frank S. Westling Memorial Scholarship

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Academics, Evening Campus, Online Education | 0 comments

Apply for the Frank S. Westling Memorial Scholarship

This year we have the opportunity to award a second round of Frank S. Westling Memorial scholarships for students at the Nationwide locations, Evening Campus and the Online Education program. The $750 scholarship will be awarded to up to 17 eligible students for use during the remainder of the 2017 academic year (Late Spring Session, Early Summer Session and Late Summer Session). The scholarship may be used for tuition, books, and fees: no cash will be awarded.

To be eligible, a nationwide, evening or online student must:

  • have a GPA of at least 3.0
  • be pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Columbia College
  • have at least 15 hours with Columbia College
  • have attended the college in the 2017-18 school year
  • and plan to take classes during the upcoming late spring or summer sessions.

Students can apply through the Financial Aid office’s Scholarship Finder, at ccis.edu/scholarshipfinder. The application includes a 400-500-word essay discussing the student’s career goals and leadership and/or community service achievements, as well as evidence of the student’s leadership and service to the community, college or country within the past 12 months. Students should include documentation of their accomplishments, such as letters of recommendation, awards and news articles.

The deadline for submission is Feb. 9, 2018, and the scholarship winners will be selected in February/March 2018.

Good luck, students, and don’t forget to apply!

Student speakers inspire fellow graduates at fall commencement

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Academics, Featured Story | 0 comments

Student speakers inspire fellow graduates at fall commencement

Amy Kiso Bledsoe and D’Markus Thomas-Brown inspired fellow graduates as student speakers at Columbia College’s fall commencement ceremony on Dec. 16, 2017.
(Photo by Kaci Smart)

From her perch on the stage at Southwell Complex, Amy Kiso Bledsoe could see that her words were having the desired impact.

Bledsoe, the last of Columbia College’s two student speakers at the fall commencement ceremony Dec. 16, peered out into the crowd of fellow graduates, families, friends and other guests during her speech and didn’t see a ton of dry eyes.

“There were many who were crying, others who were not crying but were on the verge,” Bledsoe said. “It’s not like I wanted to make everybody cry or anything. But cancer does touch everybody in some form. Everybody can relate.”

Bledsoe, who completed her Master of Business Administration with Columbia College this fall, is in the midst of her second bout with cancer. Shortly after she returned to school in 2012 to pursue her MBA — she already had a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Education from Northwest Missouri State and Lincoln University, respectively — she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

In the spring of 2016, about three years after being declared cancer-free, it came back: stage four and terminal.

She urged those assembled at Southwell Complex to treat life as something precious: make the most of it.

“I was always aware of my emotions, and I did get choked up a few times,” Bledsoe said. “It was very moving, and I was very touched to see how it impacted so many people.”

Bledsoe and fellow MBA recipient D’Markus Thomas-Brown addressed more than 300 graduates and the rest of the crowd at the fall commencement ceremony, the first time in school history that students handled commencement speech duties.

D’Markus Thomas-Brown

Thomas-Brown, who also earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbia College, shared a similarly uplifting message to Bledsoe’s, about overcoming obstacles and bettering yourself and those around you through education.

Thomas-Brown works as an account manager at MBS Textbook Exchange in Columbia and is also a church pastor, so he has experience speaking in front of groups. He had never had the opportunity to speak to a crowd the size of the one that packed into Southwell Complex.

“There are some atmospheres where it’s not very welcoming and you’re kind of like, ‘Wow. Tough crowd.’ This was not that,” Thomas-Brown said. “It’s kind of indicative of the culture that has been here at Columbia College. It was very welcoming. I felt like the graduates and faculty, the family there, they wanted you to do well.”

Thomas-Brown and Bledsoe both intend to use their master’s degrees to further their careers, Thomas-Brown through entrepreneurial opportunities and possibly getting into teaching, Bledsoe through adding to the managerial and financial skills she brings to her role as the executive director of the Governor’s Council on Disability.

Thomas-Brown says he was impressed by the mixture of scholarly learning and hands-on expertise that his teachers imparted during the MBA coursework.

“Every instructor I had, when you looked at their credentials, it was almost daunting for some. Like, ‘Wow, this person is teaching our finance course and they were an advisor to a small country somewhere,’” Thomas-Brown said, with a laugh. “We were equipped not just with knowledge and course hours, but with an atmosphere and culture that we can take and influence what’s around us.”

The fall commencement ceremony was a chance to acknowledge the hard work of all the graduates, a chance for families and friends to come together and celebrate the part everyone played in helping the candidates toward their degrees.

For the first time since high school, Bledsoe was able to take part in her commencement ceremony, and she had a sizable cheering section. Her sister even came in from Florida.

Amy Kiso Bledsoe

“My mom had talked about how we were not going to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. Instead, we were just going to do a celebration for my graduation,” Bledsoe said. “I ended up talking her out of that. We made it a big celebration: a whole weekend thing. It was great.”

Thomas-Brown, too, had a large contingent of family and friends in attendance, and he heard from them about the care Columbia College took in making the ceremony special. They noticed touches such as the Jane Froman Singers syncing their song choices to the theme of the two speeches and the college faculty lining the aisles to greet the graduates as they entered.

Not to mention President Scott Dalrymple offering to buy a meal for whoever traveled the farthest to get to Columbia College that day.

“It felt like a big family reunion,” Thomas-Brown said. “You felt that accomplishment, that weight of ‘I’m part of something bigger than myself,’ and your family was welcomed to join in that. It was a very good feeling.”

Check out pictures from the Columbia College Fall 2017 Commencement Ceremony below!

Fall 2017 Semester dean’s list announced

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Academics, Instagram, Students | 0 comments

Fall 2017 Semester dean’s list announced

deans list graphicCongratulations to the following students who were named to the Columbia College dean’s list for the Fall Semester (August-December 2017)! To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have completed 12 semester hours in a 16-week period and achieved a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0-point scale.

 

Coast Guard Island | Crystal Lake | Day Campus | Denver | Elgin | Evening CampusFort Drum | Fort Leonard Wood | Fort Sill | Fort Stewart | Fort Worth | Freeport | Guantanamo Bay | Hancock Field | Hunter Army Airfield | Jacksonville | Jefferson City | Kansas City | Lake County | Lake of the Ozarks | Lemoore | Los Alamitos | Main Campus Graduate | Mesquite | Moberly | NAS Jacksonville | NS Everett/Marysville | Online Education | Orlando | Patrick Air Force Base | Redstone Arsenal | Rolla | Salt Lake | San Diego | San Luis Obispo | Springfield | St. Louis | Whidbey Island

 

Coast Guard Island – California

First Name
Last Name
Jenny Beushausen

 

Crystal Lake – Illinois

First Name
Last Name
Brian Schmitt
Krista Smith
Matthew Barber
Ariel Seubert
Jim O’Donnell
Katelyn Beeksma
Melissa Bulatek
Lisa Wuest
Joshua Meadows
Alma Landa
Julie Johnsey
Kayla Knaak
Maria Rivas
Hunter Mitchell
Lisa Davidson
Angel Torres
Jennifer Joern
Mindy Auld
Jenna Ehrhardt
Megan O’Donnell
Nathalia Henrickson
Linda Nagdimon
Renee Trojan
Lauren Eisenmenger
Samantha Gersch
Elizabeth Mutter
Kevin Hazel
Svetlana Alexeeva
Jennifer Chicas
Amme Brennan
Beata Przyborowski
Nicole Harris
Diana Gomez
Frankie Teti-Teal
Richard Roehrig

 

Day Campus – Columbia, Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Gabriela Walton Lecompte
Sarah Richardson
Madison McGregor
Joshua Morrison
Katie Espen
Anastasia Jung
Jesse Brown
Grey Hayes
Jennifer Avila-Gonzalez
Michael Lyewski
Michael Bowen
David Biggs
Reed Sprinkle
Jessica Marron
Brandon Root
Abigail Knight
Victoria Vegher
Megan Korte
Jack Lamie
Samantha Bassler
Brittany Prange
Allison Sparrow
Spencer Myers
Drake Baker
Jacob Delong
Chloe Tiemann
Nathan Biggs
Abigail Meyer
Abigail McCracken
Kenneth Piper
Katy Marshall
Samantha Gamache
Seth Schenck
Paige Garrett
Brianna Stevens
Megan Hanneken
Clara Hagedorn
Ivana Easley
Patrick McDermott
Joshua Vitoux
Jennifer Hummel
Evan Johnson
Elizabeth Schimpf
Matt Hebisen
Adam Smith
Kara Meyer
Lauren Lagemann
Hannah Sutton
Rachel Sullivan
Breanna Belville
Adam Bundy
Alexis Russell
Trevor Cronin
Nicholas Powers
Anna Weeden
Brendan Mann
Brandi Peasel
Emilee Hanne
Alix Ray
Emily Bouldin
Abbegail Robinson
Kayla Poeling
David Delia
Alyssa Riefesel
Alexandra Coones
David McReynolds
Cameron Durst
Kayla Merrell
Ebony Teter
Kaylee Smith
Nick Bradshaw
Katy Cook
Craig Smith
Abigayle Feeney
Claire Whitney
Hadley Twidwell
Timothy Fox
Katherine Madigan
Aliya Christopher
Natalie Dummitt
Hannah Crone
Carington Key
Breana Peters
Connor Woodward
Emily Holt
Madison Dechman
Claudia Wall
Landon Parker
Taylor Luster
Jared Lauhoff
Bailey Parks
Ariel Search
Justin McKinzie
Haven Nichols
Heather Willman
Jacob McGinnis
Edward Harrison
Taiya Horn
Calah Tackett
Ashley Stiefermann
Tyler Wolfe
Zach Burns
Samantha Lindenbusch
Tanner Atteberry
Jenna Holterman
Morgan Bowden
Alexa Dickerson
Jade John
Sabrina Blankenship
Zachary Slouha
Carolyn Brewer
Morgan Brandt
Charlie Hollingsworth
Michael Mehrhoff
Mikala Jungmeyer
Grace Young
Kelsey Perry
Abigail Baldwin
Olivia Little
Silas Luetkemeyer
Tanner Elder
Monique Clarke
Allyson Metz
Dakota Newton
Abigail Beshuk
Sarah Pippins
Margaret Stieferman
Alex Thompson
Elizabeth Oeftering
Andrew Helmreich
Tausha Reed
Dustin Beckwith
Brianna Bogucki
Corey Ring
Brooke Wooten
Andrew Baker
Jessica Scott
Joseph Gorombey
Eric Levine
Jillian Staton
Joel Kelsay
Rachel Mooney
Julia Rages
Amy Mason
Samantha Flowers
Ian Humbertson
Joelle Thompson
Theodore Stokes
Summer Buttrum
Lindsay Ross
Emily Deeken
Broc Crook
Dung Pham
Anna Remus-Tamerius
Michael Wampler
Karissa Brickey
Maxwell Palmer
Seth Boren
Jayla Cody
Renee Brochu
James Le
Rachel McKernan
Lacey Kennedy
Jenna Stewart
Claire Petsinger
Adriannah Silvey
Lauren McFarland
Ebony Kimmins
Haley Chapman
Hannah Warburton
Abigail Halley
Carter Cox
William Lalka
Madelynn Grossman-Hegenbart
Andrea Lang
Kristen Tucker
Abigail Brown
Luke Rawlings
Max Miller
Brooke Drebenstedt
Hieu Ngo
Molly-Mae Godwin
Laurie Frew
Megan Carlyle
Joseph Koetting
Kaitlyn Cook
Kelsey Lyman
Landon Miller
Farena Saburi
Gretchan Hudson
Lindsay McEvar
Sophia Redelfs
Jonathon Weishedel
Ashley Rippeto
Prince Chingarande
Kelsey Mirts
Roberto Caputo
Bret Weise
Jakob Rettke
Andrea Collette
Edward Jose
Nell Chronister
Brianna Thompson
Jacob Lee
Alexandra Flakne
Logan Widhalm
Friederika Dorothea Caroline Albrecht
Grace Wardle
Michaela Karrick
Jason Alpert
Hope Devries
Todd Roberts
Tyana Shelby
Zachary Hutchinson
Ozoda Saburi
Rachel Cullen
Alexander Johnston
Giselle Ballinas
Quin Bartels
Ellen Dryden
Lucy Kingsley
Brooke Williamson
Bailey Humphreys
Hannah Stambaugh
Khanh Nguyen
Nicolas Reynolds
Ai Van Nguyen
Tanisha Lyngdoh
Yuliia Bychkovska
Johanna Mueller
Tess Losacker
Meaghan Rice
Oscar Rivera
Chloe West
Jordan Copeland
Deanne Emde
Kayla Poulsen
Allison Keen
Allison Hodge
Madison Owen
Zachary McAdams
Daymond Dollens
David Holliday
Rachel Blades
Caitlin Spears
Kirsten Hann
Tara Fuemmeler
Marina Heard
Mason McCaleb
Brent McCrary
Hannah Ricketts
Bethany Bucholtz
Elizabeth Brush
Rebecca Reed
Erik Adams
Jessica Slagle
Lauren Richardson
Courtney Bales
Brandon Boyer
Yoko Lea
Jordan Sayre
Sarah Vanderslice
John Heimann
Anthea Rackley
Jonathan Turner
Kerigan Wessing
Zachary Nichols
Elizabeth Gilbert
Sarah Walters
Kaleena Logan
Jacob Kindle
Caroline Kelly
Nathan Perkins
Emma Laney
Reagan Paterson
Ashlee Marlatt
Alexis Uffmann
Wade Howser
Alyson Goodale
Will Reimer
Stacie Torske
Alexandria Bergman
Derek Sallee
Brett Clements
Allison Garcia

 

Denver – Colorado 

First Name
Last Name
Heather Sellers
Lydia Banuelos
Sabrina Dixit
Barsha Dahal
Anna Marie Guyette
John Gwartney
Donald Haggitt
Nawal Mahmood
Richard Duskey
Daniel Price
Brian Long
Bishal Shrestha
Joseph Wolfe
Sunil Pandey
Rafia Sagheer
Qubeen Ranabhat
Poonam Adhikari
Iroda Mukhamedova
Nyambayar Ganzorig
Rohit Suwal
Rupesh Paudel
Reema Khatri
Rabin Phuyal
Ngim Chhamji Sherpa
Kenneth Schiedel

 

Elgin – Illinois 

First Name
Last Name
Alex Gonzalez
Dylan Meade
Erica Bolger
Khamla Khoxayo
Connor Cordone
Robyn Stanke
Briannon Schmidt
Carley Lehner
Claire Bechard
Geraldine Rabey
Michelle Huerta
Miguel Padilla
Cecilia Cabrera
Jose Alvarado
Taylor Lantz
Deizy Horta
Janine Martin
Shawn Gray
Robert Smith
Peter Ramierez
Rebekah Arndt
Jarveen Pearson
Karina Padilla
Bradley Waddell
Dwight Brown
Joseph Wirtz

 

Evening Campus – Columbia, Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Niki Freie
Nicole Phillips
Christina Snodgrass
Debonnie Taylor
Devin Shrum
Dawn Llewellyn
Azalee Morgan
Kyle Walker
James Gaddis
Caylee Burkett
Jack Burris
Benjamin Rust
Brandon Haynes
Lance Petre
Carman Seay
Marlee Billingsley
Ashley Pearson
Kyle Simpson
Sarita Thacker
Irma Villanueva
Moriah Farmer
Eric Kopfer
Kelly Kirkland
Heather Wagoner
Angela Hills
Olivia Breuer
Olatunde Opakunle
Micah Moore
Kylie Wilcox
Jeremy Simkins
Robin Mennel
Nghia Manning
Laura Dykstra
Kyle Schafer
Stanton Idel
Jessica Heisler
Jessica Knigge
Jodi Ellis
Patricia Creason
Kassi Slater
Amanda Group
Nicole Ettleman
Rosanna Eastman
Krystalyn Weltha
Aaron Timma
Abbie Lewis
Nanita Washington
Samuel Harty
Garret Ennenbach
Rachel Parker
Jacalyn Leake
Raul Aguilar
Samuel Ghirmatzion
Lindsey Whitt
Cody Bounds
Christian Araiza
Charles Faith
Sydney Marsden
Monica Flynn
Autumn Naught
David Roberts
Heidi Buxton
Claire Jeffrey
Kory Michael
Crystal Peterson
Beth Ellison
Nicholas Leonhard
Ian Stich
Paula Bibian
Tracy Bernskoetter
Abbie Gottman
Michael Timpe
Tyler Jennings
Madeline Baggett
Grant Glabe
Tatianna Todd
Jacob Murta
Rachel Scott
Rokia Abrogouah
Sanja Kalender
Ryan Hirth
Loren Woody
Jessica Noga
Kaitlyn Fountain
Zandrew Zimmerman
Courtney Palmer
J Andrew Poet
Megan Wampler
Jessica Barkwell
Derek Landes
Tiffany Schneller
Jeremy Martin
Kyla Brown
Mariah Medina
Kimberly Evangelista
Eric Perrigo
Crystal Nelson
Jacob Vitale
Tiffannie Nitcher
Taylor Collins
Drew Crowley
Molly Leach
Jordan Ball
Chandler Kovar
Jesse Beshears
James Seago
Jennifer Roe
Samantha Hutsell

 

Fort Drum – New York 

First Name
Last Name
Nina Harrigan
Jennifer Derouin
Jodi Taylor
Raeshaundra Krouse
Andrea McNamee
Stephanie French
Chantel Mead

 

Fort Leonard Wood – Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Aleksandar Trenchovski
Jennifer Hunter
Sean Phillips
Joshua Curtis
Rachel Walters
Elizabeth Dalgetty
Yessica Morris
Brook Townsend
Mary Box
Daniel Reid
Jame Rahmani
Lastanton Neal
Emily Thomas
Amanda Nichols
Cynthia Switzer
Trudie Buchanan
Justin Keziah
Sharon Greathouse
Roderick Hodges
Melissa Stallings
Jeremy Martin
Taylor Olson
William Finch
Rhonda Nordeoff
Amanda Weibring
Maria Wallgren
Emma Hargrow
Karen Shackleford
Zackery Williams
Abigail Hamilton
Christopher Janes
Michele Glen
Amber Narug
Shelly Tester
Jarred Zalewski
Kristin Beels
Michael Dickerson
Juan Toruno
Kelly Clark
Martin Hager

 

Fort Sill – Oklahoma 

First Name
Last Name
Kimberly Kinard
Nilsa Gonzalez
Bobbi Case
Lielbeyn Blackman
Kareem Zeigler
Jeffrey Hardy
George Byrd
Billy Vance
Edwinna Sanders
Nokeitha Winterbower

 

Fort Stewart – Georgia

First Name
Last Name
Frank Garner
Michael Johnston
Belinda Stevenson
Felix Ramos
Frances Glenn
Jacqueline Denson
Sandra Harris
Roger Jones
Tabetha Rodriquez
Liz McDonough
Felicia Farmer
Rayniel Johnson
Daniel Austin
Jason Rains
Alfonza Chatfield
Barbara Rice
Lauren Uptegrove
Philisa Campbell
Vanessa Silverman
Namon Howell
Catherine Brown
Annette Mitchell
Cari Vande Kamp
John Buckley
Leonard Russell
Mark Jeffries
Francisco Vazquez Colon
Ana Toledano Hernandez
Alexandria Johnson
Tyler Lentz
Mohammad Gul
Jean Powell
Theresa Morgan
Veronica Welch
Justina Walker
James Bendele
Kayleigh Jenkins
Sierra Childers
Christina Cox
Ray Jones
Kristin Walters
William Rodriguez
David Humphries
Isaih Thomas
Darlene King
Delese Garrett
Donavan Cann
Felix Espada
Devin Pikula
Brittany Sanders
Christi Vinyard
Melissa Griffith
Jessica Joshua
Betsy French
Kash McKinney
Taylor Robinson
Justin Joyce
Sarah Borba

 

Fort Worth – Texas

First Name
Last Name
Alicia Nunez
Nicole Summers
Bradley Whetstone
Gabriel Tyree
Dontrail James
Racquel Sumter
Robert Mention
Albany Harris
Samantha Caudle
Michele Duncan-Grays
Jason Carlson
Ryan Loucks
Jessica Kelly
Chad Robbins
Robert Ivey
Anthony Mrha
Lauren Johnson
Jennifer Thompson
William McAlister
Mark Johnson
Christine Landers
Braden Bullard
Nimia Long
Victor Dickson
Tami Clay-Mitchell
Arthur Brown
Lisa Clark
George Kinlein
Melissa Cruz
Todd Ryia
Kimyetta Wilkins
Mladenka Baki
Allen Jackson
Douglas Moebus
Renee McLain
Courtney Bieghler
Norma Myers
Michael Abata

 

Freeport – Illinois

First Name
Last Name
Heather Stenzhorn
Leah Dixon
Janelle Nelson
Elizabeth Wilson
Benjamin Bastian
Brandon Rowe
Lucinda Eastlick
Sonya Oefelein
Tamberly Peahl
Jessica Peight
Peggy Kempel
Grayce Copeland
Samuel VenHuizen
Alyssa Hess

 

Guantanamo Bay – Cuba

First Name
Last Name
Melissa Battle

 

Hancock Field – New York

First Name
Last Name
Elena Madden
Jennifer Crowhurst
Amanda Van Nostrand
Courtney Anderson
Marie McVeen
Devin Cramer
Kelly Carley
William Henry
Cynthia Porter
Sydney Sherman
Jonathan Wood
Anthonia Butcher
Jessica Fredericks
James Edwards
Jessica Webber
Anthony Racciatti
Kimberly Johnson
Andrew Watling
Angela Somers
Heather Wyatt
Erik Sexton
Carl Williams

 

Hunter Army Airfield – Georgia

First Name
Last Name
Sarah Harden
Chamara Mitchell
Francisca Dearman
Darrell Jackson
Desiree McGhee
Pherleskia Rainey
Johnell Graves
Mathew Perry
Israel Ramos
Cheri Brown
Amanda Stuyvesant
Cotrice Gallaher
Odrae Barrett
Mecca Luke
Anyce Tripp
Marcos Casul
Dennis McCoy
Shamaria Banner
Tyree Lasseter
Alice Adkins
Elliott Dawkins
Issac Barnwell
Joseph Jacobs
Jared Standridge
James Fronzak
Paul Lamanna
Andre Slaughter
Allen Cote
Sara Kovach

 

Jacksonville – Florida 

First Name
Last Name
Lorena Gancerez
Claudiapriscilla Valverde
Casandra Coen
Jessica Gordley
Robin Owens
James Wright
William Smith
Andrew Pyon
Kelly Brickman
Lana Bagaturov
Mary Peoples

 

Jefferson City – Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Kimberly Faatz
Emily Watson
Diana Haines
Nathan Ridenhour
Zachariah Gehlert
Jennifer Kremer
Michael Freeman
Terri Pearson
Brooklyn Richey
Danielle Briot
Adam Weis
Leah Korenberg
Zachary Kueffer
Shawna Rippee
Alexis Vaughan
Samuel Beck
Dana Plunkett
Amy Reed
Carrie Herold
Ashley Korsmeyer
Andrew Cobble
Robert Lueckenotte
Elizabeth Anderson
Kayle Denny
Raven Redel
Alexander Luebbert
Sabrina Barton
Lisa Walker
Margaret Ponder
Samual Ponder
Nikki Graham
Brooklynn Beanland
Elyssa Luebbering
Katelyn Otto
Ashley Reinkemeyer
Jeremy Prenger
Brian Wolz
Jessica Kusick
John Keller
Melanie Myers
Shayna Sinor
Adam Petty
Stephen Sheppard
Kimberly Threet
Matthew Meeks
Darci Gerity
Michael Johnson
Vanda Seibert
Layne Happy
Joanne Lewis
Brenda Campbell
Stefanie Ioia
Nikki Wrinkles
Lauren Slover
Tynesha Hardin
James Pinkston
Dalton Ponder
Alexandria Koetters
Rachell Owens
Bradley Oliver
Gabrielle-Renee Ahlefeld
Christie Tellman
Ryan Hawkins
Zachery Harris
Jarrell Williams
Seth Intsiful Dickson
Jessica Baumhoer
Coleen Hastings
Cheyenne Barber
Katelyn Holtmeyer
Dakota Hutcheson
Jerica Roark
Alara Wilbers
Justin McPeters
Jamie Goff
Lisha Womack

 

Kansas City – Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Jessica Harwood
Olivia Christensen
Evelyn Churchill
James Dailey
Andrew Neer
Sylvia Wightman
Melissa Cureton
Heidi Martin
Jessica Ritter
Curtis Cattau
Sean Shaffer
Fancis Che
Stephanie Chandler
Emily Stifter
Katelyn Palmer
Jennifer Kohl
Katrina Williams
Rami Husein

 

Lake County – Illinois

First Name
Last Name
Dulce Murray
Tommy Burroughs
John Hamrick
Jennifer Price
John Fruelda
Martin Belan
Victoria Hedlund
Suzanne Graham
Febin Thomas
Matthew Vechik
Elizabeth Cannon
Edward Sparks
Linda Trojan
Susan Kuhlman
Megan Smith
Jose Reino
Lucyann Leguizamo
Jack Greenberg
Anna Runyen
Holly Sproule
William Sproule
Eric Kahler
Donald Long
Samantha Combs
Andrew Pokrajac

 

Lake of the Ozarks – Missouri 

First Name
Last Name
Kevin Harrison
Cassandra Rowcliff
Susan Porter
Jeffrey Holst
Mary Ann Moore
Donald Hines
Robert Bowling
Julie Rudner
Chera Craig
Vicki Granneman
Jennifer Bowling
Kristie Shrieves
Jacob Plume
Walter Moehle
Sidney Prater
Jesse Dreste
Amber Bungart
Angelica Sinio
Parker Rowe
Nichole Hanks
Madelyn Deskin
Deidra Duncan
Emily Ball
Jerame Gilbert
Aubrey Etheridge
Christian Libby
Sandra Nahrstedt
Jordan Clary
Stephanie Penachio
Salina Franklin
Calvin Massey
Melissa Mackay
Carey O’Neil
Gregory Morris
Frank Holleman
Ann-Marie Holleman
Katie Sharpe
William Johnson
Terri Forsythe
Laci Cox
Alysha Mettle
Gabrielle Berry
Douglas Krieger
Joseph Adrian
Jamie Stein
Jeremy Porterfield
Alyssa Buttner
Pamela Doyle
Ernest Miller
Nancy Freeman
Lesli Hendrix
Sarah Goodwin
Maci Parrack
Rebekah Wickham
Leslie Foster
Rachel Hall
Taylor Brown

 

Lemoore – California

First Name
Last Name
Mitchell Capelli
Jessica Keck
Christin Champlin
Sean Wenrick
John Ingraham
Jordan Perry

 

Los Alamitos – California

First Name
Last Name
Fiora Vallez
Steven Cosby
Sharon Rutter
Alejandro Vargas
Benjamin Moore
David Negreros
Kyle Fischer
Manuel Chavez
Stanley Jenkins
Benjamin Welch

 

Main Campus Graduate, Columbia – Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Samantha Lederle
Jennifer Winters
Joseph Reeder
John White
Kyle Lestina
Alex Bray
Ruzana Tadzhibayev
Megan Tupper
Kelley Chacon
Teresa Schmitz
Taylor Buckner
Wendi Sirna
Hannah Reeves
Paul Turner

 

Mesquite – Texas

First Name
Last Name
April Flaherty
Joshua Pitts

 

Moberly – Missouri 

First Name
Last Name
Sydney Brockman
Kellie Schleicher
Sherry Poeppe
Amy Dennis

 

NAS Jacksonville – Florida

First Name
Last Name
Kyle Teague
Stephen Gillaspie
Alexander Witzman
Orlando McMiller
David McConnell
Ronald Wynn
Roy Brown
Kelly Dobson
Christopher Murphy
Robert Bardroff
Keri Whitmore
Latonya Spears
Basim Adib
Christopher Hutter
Kieara Taylor
Jeromy Olszynski

 

NS Everett/Marysville – Washington

First Name
Last Name
Vickie Cozby
Matthew Lindhorst
Timothy Eltrevoog
Laura Wheeler
Stacie Naweli
Dante Magolhado
Harold Griffin
Angela Goodwin
Roland Trujillo
Noe Torres
Lucas Johnson
Angela Davis
Teresa Vantrece
Kylie Bloedel
Jason Powell
Victor Pendt
Vanessa Wertz

 

Online Education 

First Name
Last Name
Matthew Botelho
Rachel Williams
Yudel Moya
James Dreher
Renee Turner
John Estevez
Aron Fyne
Patricia Skinner
Alexandra Leclair
Kathryn Woods
Alex Depasquale
Crystal Brown
Samantha Williams
Gerald Doughty
Charles Depp
Dalton Gatlin
Mindy Danzberger
Joshua Marvin
Justin Conklin
Steven Scanlin
Kelli Summers
Lee-Anne Dandrea
Tiffany Fuller
Lena Kellam-Karras
Charles Wright
Dana Wright
Dimitra Bennett
Clarence Johnson
Mariel Moore
Jean O’Brien
Irene Summerhill
Leah Sealing
Anthania James
Serena Smith
Stefanie Bushnell
Karina Quintanar
Ronald Bush
Dennis Walker
Joseph Cox
Tiffany Makupson
Corey Beardsly
Alexander Lovato
Allison Brooks
Brian Redman
Collin French
Zachary Rollins
Lizeyka Garcia
Terri Lane
Adan Gancerez
Breyana Stilts
Nicholas Sousa
Kimberlee Rabenstein
Lena Smith
Leon Welcome
Timothy Counts
Marie Salanitro
Breanna Alderson
Aaron Miller
Kristin Conner
Trixie Coley
Shanika Spencer
Jessica Valentine
Deyan Pantovich
Gloria Williams
Katherine Meade
Barry Ranft
Jeremy Davis
Tyler Dunagin
Dori Parker
Nichole Meister
Desmond Sprowl
Edward McEneany
Raymond Borden
Josh Brinegar
Michele Turner
Carolanne Donfried
Rebecca Schrooten
Julia Grant
Andrew Hogenson
Rachel Osburn
Tara Jakubowski
Tamara Johnson
Kylie Sigrist
Stephanie Gonzalez
Robert Green
Shayna Rever
Richard Ruff
Charles Buell
Kayleigh Davis
Heather Ellinor
Amber Fisher
William Hutton
Amy Reeder
Samuel Scheffler
Cheryl Young
Kaitlyn Crawford
Jessica Spillman
Julie Zgiet-Ellis
Lourdes Cine
Michiko Smith
Shelby Strunk
Hannah Roettger
Georgia Hearn
Matthew Arnold
Melisa Fielder-Spence
Kevin Kasper
Nathan Hillard
Reece Mettes
Brittany Dare
Kathy Roberts
Tasha McKim
Jenrose Malloy
Carli Taylor
Jason Wilhelm
Alisha Hendrix
Jami McEntire
Alexander Ware
Katana Almond
Riley Smarr
Coli Creach
Brooke Weed
Jessica Byers
Aaron Norsic
Sheri Kauffman
Lauren Kliethermes
Troy Lambert
Sara Horn
Tiffany Krigbaum
Rebecca Goldsmith
Melissa Lewis
Kham Thang
Tyler Killen
Briana Kile
Courtney Cain
Taylor Krohn
Gina Loesing
Michelle Allphin
Thomas Webster
Bridget Biesemeyer
Jessica Staats
Theresa Fuemmeler
Anthony Davis
Rebecca Vaughan
Whitney Carey
Alexandrea Delp
Alyssa Delp
Jacquilin Fenton
Daryn Hofstetter
Brock Schuld
Luke Brown
Jack Linthicum
Anna Love
Amy Vandegriffe
Rian Booyer
Julia Algya
Tara Schlieper
Jason Nave
Joshua Brecke
Jolivette Williams
Dustin Kent
Karen Alvarez
Jordan Sanders
Michelle Williams
Julian Stevens
Whitney Green
Lauren James
Shawn Hesson
Andrew Lickteig
Alicia Sivelle
Jude Joseph
Dominique Poitier
Heather Johnson
Matthew Thomas
Edmund Gallegos
Mitchell Palermo
Deanna Diambrosio
Rachel Lane
Lorie Gower
Victoria Rodriguez
Lance Pounds
Eric Nelson
Zachary Nielson
Tiffany Jefferis
Kathleen Robertson
Jessica Romero
Shane Ostling
William Kramer
Andrew Thomas
Chelsea Howard
Matthew Nelson
Lizeth Gonzalez
Kyle Alston
Sheryl Heyser
Sarah Kohl
Stephanie Ogles
Holly Franklin
Elizabeth Vande Streek
Angela Bartlett
Christopher Medina
Stephen Shewell
Jessica Anderson
Josiemarilyn Manalo
Jeremiah Taylor
Hannah Ullorn
Keith Osburn
Stephanie Harrell
Jennifer Daniels
Ryan Rader
Ronald Larson
Daniel Christofano
Shannon Boyer

 

Orlando – Florida

First Name
Last Name
Drena Poitier
Harry Prochet
Kimberly James
Marco Justiniano
Charles Albrecht
Stacie McCoy
Marie Labossiere
Adler Labossiere
Kristin Orta
Andrea Alexander
Michelle Rivers
James Huff
Kayona Jackson
Gabens Jean
Tyees Wesley
Tabrisha Jenkins
Yzeaminda Parker
Magdala Beaucicot
Kyle Reynolds
Rosalind Williams
Tiffany Mims
Nayami Davis
Regina Hoggard
Joshua Striker
Sharri Antoniazzi
Maira Ruiz
Adrian Cook
Tiyahna Carter-Murray
Cedric Harris
Rusty Hill
Nakisha Hopkins
Deanna Wright
Angela Thomas
Joel Christian
Gerardo Negron-Martinez
Carlos Zeballos
Brittney Evelyn
Samuel Mendez
Frankie Campbell
Sheryl Kilpatrick
Joshua Graham
Jeffrey Hofferberth
Jose Rivera
Jeryis Tadros

 

Patrick Air Force Base – Florida 

First Name
Last Name
Robert Gazy
Patricia Shipe
Jeffrey Parent
David Valdez

 

Redstone Arsenal – Alabama

First Name
Last Name
Torria Cason
Joshua Gibson
Lee Glaser
Susan Nance
Daniel Worsley
Donald Jones
Ladarrius Coleman
Andrew Statz
Joshua Perr
Judy Olvera
Robyn Rudock
Jonathan Harker
Caleb Farrier
Ian Raymond
Jarred Gray
Joshua Topper
Tyler Noton
Christopher Wolsifer
Sonja Jones
Perchelle O’boyle
Alisha Goodloe
Audrey Buxton
Michele Bright
Shequila Radcliff
Jolanda Cotton
Tyron Drake

 

Rolla – Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Semaj Sconiers
Jeffrey Nye
Kristopher Nye
Travis Hood
Brooke Pyrtle
Lucinda Heck
Denielle Hawkins
Briann Delafuente
Sarah Block
Anna Vitzthum
Savanna Engelmohr
Analycia Montes
Rashid Alshamsi
Sarah Webb
Corey Dunn
Jenna Shepherd
Kelli Mabe
Austin Thomas
Adam Carey
Derek Zboran
Jacqueline Zboran
Sarah Smith
Cody McCray
Tina Maggard
Candace Harris
William Weible
John King
Elizabeth Sparks
Alexis Gavitt
Linda Shasserre
Shayla Willoughby
Kenneth Kilmer

 

Salt Lake – Utah

First Name
Last Name
Stephanie Nunez Maradiaga
James Faile
Joshua Scharman
Gerel Altankhuyag
Swati Chaturvedi
Hugo Montero
Oleksandra Rudenko
Elizangela Figueiredo
Ena Kojima
Lucas Virhuez Nunez
Jana Cechova
Manju Lama
Felipe Soares
Andrea Whatcott
Cristian Millan
Karol Millan
Stephen Edwards
Camila Matos
Maria Moraes
Zukhra Chalimova
Sokhom Heng
Yuliya Gurzhiy
Aleksei Cozacu
Gabriela Nicoleiti
Elmer Pineda Magana
Brenda Saldivar Gomez
Andrii Melnyk
Varun Dutia
Laura Lucky
Camila Sawada
Claudia Gosain
Edward Vasquez
Daniel Filipo Francisco
Nayanchuluun Puntsag
Iryna Liudvikouskaya
Bright Mazura

 

San Diego – California

First Name
Last Name
John Mazurik
Corey Williams
Eugenia Turner
Christopher McGinnis
Ceroromo Bragg
Feng Guo
Jack Beardmore
Saul Ocampo
Antonio Milord
Chadwick Pusey
Kenneth White
Amy Mintert
Daniel Wood
Osmel Delgado
Clarence Lamin
Gabriel Aguiarvalentin
Caleb Cloud
James Taylor
Alejandro MacIas

 

San Luis Obispo – California

First Name
Last Name
Kassandra Rendon
Susannah Brown
Kathryn Mahar
Clare Cardoza
Joni Rose
Samantha Wheeler
Parisima Goetz
Rebecca Binkley
Mattie Davis
Jared Corbin
Nikki Rodriguez
Natalie Hunt
Miranda Rose
Dakota Yount

 

Springfield – Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Dakota Yount
Kristopher Taylor
Erika Davis
Christen Tracy
Matthew Wilson
David Bossler
Deanna Kimball
Trisha Littell
Carrie Jordan
Elizabeth Scott
Amy Lamar
Travis Phares
Melany Sims
Anthony Sims
Jonathan James
Kimberly Mattison

 

St. Louis – Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Luvinnie Pomerlee
Erin Reed
Kelley Koenig
Malori Scales
Karen Bartlett
Kalisha Jefferson
Courtney Cannon
Veronica Fosdick
Jalesa Watson
Julie Dickerson
Keiza Taylor
Cerise Leachman
Patrick Lavin
Benjamen Fisher
Charles Grellner
Darrien Echols
Asa-Hossein Millar
Joslyn Wallace
Sherae Williams
Alexandra Geseck
Belinda Steeples
Christopher McGennis
David Evans
Jeremy Crane
Shaun Scott
Logan Shively
Sharvell Smith
Michael Hogan

 

Whidbey Island – Washington

First Name
Last Name
Claire Sagers
Scott Hollis
Shawna Schloe
Jade Dreyer
Daniel Russell
Rachel Hutton
Alyssa Heintz
William Stein
Brandi Hall
Allison Bennion
Brittany Rogers
Vicente Mayoral
Miguel Gomez
Amanda Simpson
Cornelia Godwin
Taryn Chin
Anthony Drew
Gabrielle Binder

Columbia College nursing graduates boast high exam scores

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Academics, Evening Campus, Students | 0 comments

Columbia College nursing graduates boast high exam scores

November 21, 2017  via the Columbia Daily Tribune

On Monday afternoon, surrounded by eight Columbia College nursing students, Victoria gave birth to a baby boy after a scary moment when she called out “something’s wrong, something’s wrong.” When it was over, the students took time to talk about the birth and consider how it went. And Victoria prepared to give birth again in a few minutes. Victoria — technically the Victoria S2200 by Gaumard — is a birth simulator used by Columbia College for the first time Monday in a classroom setting. The simulator doesn’t just give birth in a realistic way — the noise and tension in the room are also similar to a real delivery room but with a chance to stop and talk when students need help.

“Columbia College nursing graduates boast high exam scores” – Columbia Daily Tribune

Be true to your school: Columbia College alumni artists shine

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Academics, Alumni, Day Campus | 0 comments

Be true to your school: Columbia College alumni artists shine

Dan Gemkow ’05 (courtesy of Columbia Missourian)

via the Columbia Daily Tribune – October 15, 2017

Living in a college town, it can be easy to get swept up in the latest higher education rankings. It seems like a different list is published each day: What school offers the most bang for your buck? Which have the strongest alumni networks? Which school is the safest bet for a left-handed student paying out-of-state tuition? These listings have their purposes, but it seems like two factors should loom the largest. What creative or innovative work is the school engaged in today? And how well has it prepared past students to make their way in the world? By those standards, the art department at Columbia College is sitting near the head of its class. Right now, two alums are augmenting the work of current students by displaying pieces of resonance in the school’s galleries.

 “Be true to your school: Columbia College alumni artists shine” – Columbia Daily Tribune

Dr. Piyusha Singh named Columbia College Chief of Staff

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Academics, Faculty/Staff, Instagram, Online Education | 1 comment

Dr. Piyusha Singh named Columbia College Chief of Staff

Dr. Piyusha Singh

Columbia College President Scott Dalrymple announced today that Dr. Piyusha Singh will serve as the college’s first chief of staff. In her new role, Singh will assist in examining and responding to important issues that span across the college while also continuing to serve as the vice president of Online Education. Her new title will be vice president and chief of staff.

“The addition of a chief of staff allows me to better leverage time and resources while increasing efficiency and effectiveness,” said Dalrymple. “Dr. Singh has my complete confidence, and I look forward to working with her as she defines an important new role for the college.”

Since joining the college in June 2015, Singh has worked tirelessly to enhance the online program for students and instructors alike. She and her team have worked with faculty to update more than 200 online classes with the goal of creating an even better student experience in all courses and degree paths.

Singh has also played a key role in ensuring curricula throughout the college’s Day, Evening, Adult Higher Education and Online Education offerings are in lockstep across all programs. During the Fall 2016 Semester, 73 percent of all Columbia College students took at least one course online, with the majority combining their online education with in-seat offerings.

Singh holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and geography from Mount Holyoke College and a Ph.D. in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University. She has taught courses in informatics and criminal justice at both the University of Albany and Excelsior College. She also served as a program director for the master’s degree in criminal justice at Excelsior College.

Summer 2017 Semester dean’s list announced

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Academics, Students | 0 comments

Summer 2017 Semester dean’s list announced

deans list graphicCongratulations to the following students who were named to the Columbia College dean’s list for the Summer Semester (May-August 2017)! To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have completed 12 semester hours in a 16-week period and achieved a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0-point scale.

 

Coast Guard Island | Crystal Lake | Day Campus | Denver | Elgin | Evening CampusFort Drum | Fort Leonard Wood | Fort Sill | Fort Stewart | Fort Worth | Freeport | Hancock Field | Hunter Army Airfield | Jacksonville | Jefferson City | Kansas City | Lake County | Lake of the Ozarks | Lemoore | Los Alamitos | Mesquite | Moberly | NAS Jacksonville | Online Education | Orlando | Patrick Air Force Base | Redstone Arsenal | Rolla | Salt Lake | San Diego | San Luis Obispo | Springfield | St. Louis | Whidbey Island

 

Coast Guard Island – California

First Name
Last Name
Claire Wynkoop
Kari Christman
Jenny Beushausen
Trevelyon Jones

 

Crystal Lake – Illinois

First Name
Last Name
Krista Smith
Zackery Sujak
Alyssa Luczak
Jacob Vandyck
Lisa Buechel
Angel Torres
Joanna Sasiadek
Marian Sikora
Ann Moehling
Janelle Dunivan
Brett Oates
Grant Bidwell
Zachary Vande Logt
Christopher Olsen
Svetlana Alexeeva
Nicole Harris
Erica Harris
Phillip Bridges

 

Day Campus – Columbia, Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Gabriela Walton Lecompte
Anna Weeden
Edward Harrison
Alyson Speed
Christine Chase
Spencer Wolf
Eunice Peart
Catherine Thorn
Shannon Small
Eunseo Jo
Heidi Baumgartner
Michael Mehrhoff
Daniel Berry
Eric Levine
Elexus Henley
Lindsey Robertson
Briana Kile
Kelsey Kite
Jason Alpert

 

Denver – Colorado 

First Name
Last Name
Anna Marie Guyette
Donald Haggitt
Donnell Aguinaga
Daniel Price
Brian Long

 

Elgin – Illinois 

First Name
Last Name
Rachel Kinderknecht
Stephanie LeRoy
Jose Alvarado
Deizy Horta
Shakema Spigner
Shawn Gray
Alexandra Fischer
Robert Smith
Janet Gavina
Aerianne Lancero
Jarveen Pearson
Bradley Waddell
Joseph Wirtz

 

Evening Campus – Columbia, Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Dana Begemann
Brandon Haynes
Kristen Coleman
Marlee Billingsley
Melissa McConnell
Shannon Schroer
Cynthia Kleffner
Scott Hillis
Derik Yeager
Matthew Loring
Lynn Crum
Jenny Thompson
John Kuhle
Jessica Aversman
Kristen Jones
Stanton Idel
Nicole Ettleman
Taylor Abel
Aaron Timma
Samuel Harty
Garret Ennenbach
Courtney Grissum
Jacalyn Leake
Mark Colbert
Christopher Klote
Heidi Buxton
Crystal Peterson
Nicolas Gorham
Amanda Daval
Brandon Sjoblom
Scott Rodgers
Jacob Murta
Courtney Yount
Derek Landes
Breanna Colley
Eric Perrigo
Brookelee Redmon
Chandler Kovar
Irina Shevchenko

 

Fort Drum – New York 

First Name
Last Name
Josef Smith
Jodi Taylor
Heather Curfman
Stephanie French
Chantel Mead
Monika Kotelnicki
Teresa Sadar

 

Fort Leonard Wood – Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Khalid Faragi
Shaunna Weber
Kenneth Carman
Janet Serna
Diana Dickinson
Meredith Bahr
Abigail Hamilton
Justin Keziah
Timothy Johnson
Loyce Thornburg
Jeremy Martin
Kenna Zeigler
Rhonda Nordeoff
Zackery Williams
Justin Chadbourne
Shelly Tester
Danielle Civitello
Joseph Hillyard
Kenneth Tussey
Peter Mendiola

 

Fort Sill – Oklahoma 

First Name
Last Name
Kimberly Kinard
Angela Stanley
Mary Escorpion
Kareem Zeigler
Jeffrey Hardy
Billy Vance
Edwinna Sanders

 

Fort Stewart – Georgia

First Name
Last Name
Sheldon Fleurant
Tyrone Conyers
Joseph Mensah
Roger Jones
Travis Johnson
Bruce Battle
Jason Rains
Ginefur Peppers
Olga Cockroft
Christopher Jones
Scott Rowlette
Sydney Oden
Namon Howell
Catherine Brown
Cari Vande Kamp
John Buckley
Leonard Russell
Allison Beswick
Francisco Vazquez Colon
Veronica Welch
Vanessa Silverman
Willie Dunlap
Kayleigh Jenkins
Zachary Wissman
William Rodriguez
Delwin Knocke
Donavan Cann
Felix Espada
Cullen Dixon
Jacob Sparrows
Brian Gougler
Alana Barton
Justin Joyce
Sarah Borba

 

Fort Worth – Texas

First Name
Last Name
Morgan Dandreano
Alicia Nunez
Donald Pruitt
David Nash
Jason Carlson
Robert Ivey
Anthony Mrha
Jennifer Thompson
Sarah Steiert
Mark Johnson
Randall Cummings
Erica Snider
Christine Landers
Crystal Boykins
Kewaithian Freeman
Whitney Green
Bethany Jones
Twanya Brass
Tami Clay-Mitchell
Mladenka Baki
Allen Jackson
Douglas Moebus
Norma Meyers
Michael Abata
Erica Bennett

 

Freeport – Illinois

First Name
Last Name
Heather Stenzhorn
Leah Dixon
Paul Mysliwiec
Chantel White-Crawford
Sonya Oefelein
Forrest Eveland

 

Hancock Field – New York

First Name
Last Name
Kelly Carley
William Henry
Jaclyn Rawlins
Lina Akl
Tonya Erhart
Heather Hemberger
Gabrielle Giocondo
Thomas McAllister
Douglas Murdie
Erik Sexton
Tyler Heggelke

 

Hunter Army Airfield – Georgia

First Name
Last Name
Jeanclaude Disney
Sara Kovach
Francisca Dearman
Darrell Jackson
Sena Bauer Vickers
Amanda Stuyvesant
Anna Coggins
Cotrice Gallaher
Juliette Taylor
Odrae Barrett
Marque Burns
Charlotte McGee
Anyce Tripp
Nicholas Christianson
Dennis McCoy
Shwon Brooks
Tyree Lasseter
Alice Adkins
Joseph Jacobs
M. Fritts-Brockington
Mathew Perry
James Froncak
Paul Lamanna
Daysha Whyte
Brittany Johnson

 

Jacksonville – Florida 

First Name
Last Name
Charles Abraham
Matthew Sherrill
Casandra Coen
Adam Stock
Jessica Gordley
Rebecca Rogers
Joseph Starr
Travis Gajewski
Valeria Villatoro
Anastacio Gonzalez
Lana Bagaturov

 

Jefferson City – Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Danielle Briot
Brittany Bruno
Tiffany Farris
Robert Lueckenotte
Elizabeth Anderson
Kayle Denny
Nikki Graham
Jeremy Prenger
Jacqueline Riley
Melanie Myers
Georgeta Dacila
Eric Richards
Nikki Wrinkles
Christopher Clarkston
Jared Cowley
Timesha Hardin
Zachery Harris
Laura Davis
Martin Komo
Cheyenne Barber
Katelyn Holtmeyer
Justin McPeters

 

Kansas City – Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Phillip Lopez
June Blankenship
Melissa Cureton
Heidi Martin
Travis Ryan
Curtis Cattau
Sean Shaffer
Callan Berry
Tye Gordon

 

Lake County – Illinois

First Name
Last Name
Clyde Carr
Dulce Murray
Robert Dowell
Jennifer Sparks
Gavin Cichy
David Berry
Elizabeth Cannon
Linda Trojan
Brandy Donovan
Tamara Miller
Marie Lawler
David St. Luce
Cynthia Zepeda
Juan Zavala
Danielle Kahler
Brenden Holmes
Braden Knebel

 

Lake of the Ozarks – Missouri 

First Name
Last Name
Jory Cox
Mary Ann Moore
Kelly Wood
Shannon Galiley
Christian Libby
Jordan Fuller
Douglas Krieger
Joseph Adrian
Kendall McMahon
Sarah Goodwin
Rebekah Wickham
Taylor Brown

 

Lemoore – California

First Name
Last Name
Jose Garcia
Eric Rivera

 

Los Alamitos – California

First Name
Last Name
William Luck
Alejandro Vargas
Sarah David
Manuel Chavez
Stanley Jenkins
Jesse Sluder
Benjamin Welch

 

Mesquite – Texas

First Name
Last Name
Jose Antonio Alvarez Valdivieso

 

Moberly – Missouri 

First Name
Last Name
Kimberly Bichsel
Anita Cline
Kellie Schleicher
Shane Harris
Marcel Guerin

 

NAS Jacksonville – Florida

First Name
Last Name
Marie Pacquette
Kyle Teague
Alexander Witzman
Orlando McMiller
Adan Gancerez
Christopher Farrill
Morgan Golden
Curtis Ewell
Tarico Williams
Joshua Whitney
Roy Brown
Robert Bardroff
Shaun Malcolm
Lillian Hurston
Sarita Pringle
Sheila Williams
Basim Adib
Alethea Daniels
Charone Gatlin
Julia Hollingsworth
Gina Perrotta
Jeromy Olszynski

 

Online Education 

First Name
Last Name
Nathan Wuerth
Rachel Williams
Abigail Kroll
Orlando Sanchez
Sarah Larivee-Winslow
Renee Turner
Kathryn Woods
Mindy Danzberger
Matthew Bates
Kelli Summers
Lena Kellam-Karras
Tanya Tringali
Mariah Beaudoin
David Thurn Valsassina
Irene Summerhill
Andreana Holecheck
Danielle Eskelsen
Latasha Martin
Troy Lambert
Kasundra Felton
Corey Beardsley
Brian Redman
Patricia Dye
Timothy Counts
Kyle Brookins
Jimeka Patterson
Janette Santiago
Tiffany Knighten
Katherine Meade
Nichole Meister
Raymond Borden
Sarah Mills
Tijana Williams
Sharaya Mills
Melisa Vanderkooy
Rebecca Schrooten
Julia Grant
Kylie Sigrist
Stephanie Gonzalez
Jayona Sayachack
Shayna Rever
Charles Buell
Kathryn Ruble
Erin Lowe
John Gaither
Justun Borror
William Hutton
Deanna Klaus
Georgia Hearn
Brandon Milatovic
Matthew Arnold
Melisa Fielder-Spence
Della Williams
Denise Patterson
Carli Taylor
Melissa Pigg
Jami McEntire
Nicholas Bleess
Nicholas Pettibon
Brianna Green
Riley Smarr
Aaron Norsic
Stephanie VanHooser
Lauren Kliethermes
John Howard
Tyler Slover
Rachel Lenz
Travis Kersten
Nicholas Pena
Taylor Krohn
Sarah Jennings
Rebecca Scholting
Ashlynn Fleshman
Rian Booyer
Tara Schlieper
Andrea Schmidt
Jimmy Fisher
Conner Mastry
Matthew Thomas
Mitchell Palermo
James Wilson
Sean Graves
Aaradhana Kc
Linda Carlson
Kayla Crabtree
Gretchen Wilkinson
Willette Gordillo
Andrew Thomas
Kristopher Scotten
Matthew Nelson
Erin Puckett
Kyle Alston
Sheryl Heyser
Megan Shults
Sarah Kohl
Angela Bartlett
David Bradley
Christopher Medina
Kathryn Kaatz
Crystal Sapp
Emory Massie
Hannah Ullom
Edgar Courtway
Stephanie Harrell
Samantha Einarson
Daniel Christofano

 

Orlando – Florida

First Name
Last Name
Marie Labossiere
James Huff
Alyssa Barrientos
Darrell Vinson
Angelo Nieves
Kyle Reynolds
Dustin Driskell
Joshua Striker
Harry Newbold
Adrian Cook
Cedric Harris
Saransh Nandakumar
Chance Wingo
Joel Christian
Wilda Schoeppler Pickett
Jeffrey Hofferberth
Eric Duncan
Jeryis Tadros
Aeriel Lane

 

Patrick Air Force Base – Florida 

First Name
Last Name
Jeremy Sinnemaki
Patricia Shipe

 

Redstone Arsenal – Alabama

First Name
Last Name
Torria Cason
Lee Glaser
Michael Nance
Matthew Boehme
Susan Nance
Teresa Ellis
Rachel McCutcheon
Luz Berrios
Donald Jones
Andrew Statz
James Carlock
Chad Green
Karla Starnes
Nicole Matthews
Kayla Hausherr
Christopher Wolsifer
Maria Taylor
Shequila Radcliff
Jolanda Cotton
Tyron Drake
Steve Vincent
Reginald Snell
Michael Powell

 

Rolla – Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Travis Hood
Barbara Spencer
Ashley Brooks
Michael Hamm
Khalid Anwahi
Adam Carey
Brenna Tatom
Linda Shasserre

 

Salt Lake – Utah

First Name
Last Name
Kory Gorham
Ronald Gansemer
Rodrigo Quiroga
David Black
Maria Moraes
Michelle Anthony
Iryna Liudvukouskaya
Jana Cechova

 

San Diego – California

First Name
Last Name
Eugenia Turner
Michael Dooner
Feng Guo
Jonathan Bolz
Saul Ocampo
Mark O’Loughlin
David Rogers
Joseph Tarkett
Michelle Sutton
Gustavo Yanez
Amanda Morton
Daniel Wood
Kwasi Appiah
Eric Perez

 

San Luis Obispo – California

First Name
Last Name
Kelly Christopherson
Emanuela Wilkinson
Jared Corbin
Tammy Sanchez
Miranda Rose

 

Springfield – Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Christen Tracy
Melany Sims
Adam Buschjost

 

St. Louis – Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Kelley Koenig
Kody Yates
David Evans
Michael Hogan
Tonya Courtois
Keith Schmidt

 

Whidbey Island – Washington

First Name
Last Name
Rachael Davis
Ariel Harris
Ariel Crawford
Amanda Kennedy
Rachel Crawford
Jovelyn Gale
David Joaceus
Amanda Simpson

Fishman Center director excited for new venture

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in Academics, Featured Story | 1 comment

Fishman Center director excited for new venture

The entrepreneurial spirit has always been an integral part of Becky Bocklage’s life.

Becky Bocklage, the new director of Columbia College’s Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship, has taught at the college since 1999 and became the Columbia College-Jefferson City director in 2010.
(Photo by Kaci Smart)

In high school, she spent summers helping run the store that her parents owned. After graduation, she got in on the ground floor of a lease brokerage firm. She earned two Bachelor of Science degrees from Missouri State University — one in management with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and one in marketing with an emphasis in advertising and promotions.

She started teaching business classes at Columbia College-Jefferson City in 1999, then rose to be the location’s assistant director in 2008 and director in 2010. All the while, she ran her own family-owned business in Jefferson City.

“I have that entrepreneurial spirit, so I like to look for new challenges,” Bocklage said.

It’s fitting, then, that her latest challenge brought her from the Jefferson City location to Columbia College’s main campus, where she started as the director for the Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship at the beginning of June.

She said it was a difficult decision to leave the faculty, staff and students she had come to view as a second family in Jefferson City for the past 18 years. But Bocklage knows better than most that is rarely easy to take the bold steps that are key characteristics of the entrepreneurial mindset.

“This is really, for me, an entrepreneurial adventure, as we figure out how to serve these folks the best and provide programs that are impactful and important to them,” Bocklage said. “That’s fun to me. I look forward to having students return from summer break and getting started on our programs.”

When Bocklage first started college, she was majoring in elementary education. Specifically, she was training to teach computer classes to elementary school students.

That was before she got recruited to help start a new lease brokerage firm, a process that included a trip to Chicago to learn the ropes of the business.

“We went there, and I remember getting so excited. It was like it tripped a switch in me,” Bocklage said. “So I got back in college, but I changed my major. My goal was to own my own business and know how to market it. So I started to build my own strategy at that point.”

That strategy included teaching marketing, entrepreneurship and management classes to Columbia College students, both at the Jefferson City location and through the Online Education program.

When the School of Business Administration’s Fishman Center director position came open in the spring, it was a perfect match for Bocklage’s backgrounds in education and business, as well as her affinity for Columbia College.

Even though she’s serving in a leadership capacity, she’ll still get to teach courses as a half-time faculty member in the School of Business Administration.

“My vision for Fishman Center is that we support the Columbia College students and community in their entrepreneurial endeavors,” Bocklage said. “That doesn’t necessarily mean new ventures. It could mean that we’re just trying to develop some of the traits of individuals who would be entrepreneurs, opportunity seekers, problem solvers. They’re creative and innovative, and those are all talents and skills I’d like to be helpful in developing in our community.”

Over the past two months, Bocklage has been getting all the input she can from School of Business Administration Dean Shanda Davis and the department’s faculty members as far as what programs have worked in the past — such as the Fishman Center’s Student Entrepreneur Showcase Pitch Competition — and what directions would be beneficial for the future. She plans to draw on even more input from instructors, staff and students as the 2017 Fall Semester starts August 28.

Bocklage says it’s an exciting time to be a part of the Columbia College School of Business Administration. It’s a time of expansion in educational programs, student population and physical space, with the announcement of the new home for the school in the academic and residence hall slated to be completed in August 2019.

That’s what you do with new ventures. You put in the effort and ingenuity, then watch as they grow.

“I’m just trying to listen to everyone and learn what’s important to them, what we should be doing, what our leadership would like for us to be doing and what our impact should be,” Bocklage said. “I want to maximize the impact of the Fishman Center.”

Columbia College to construct $20 million academic and residence hall

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Academics, Day Campus, Featured Story, Instagram, Students | 0 comments

Columbia College to construct $20 million academic and residence hall

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Following the approval of its campus development plan by the Columbia College Board of Trustees and the Columbia City Council, the college is announcing the construction of a new academic and residence hall. The facility will serve as the new home for the School of Business Administration and will also include a 150-bed residence hall.

With a 13-percent growth in student enrollment this past fall and continued projected growth in the fall of 2017, additional student housing is a top priority. The college will break ground on the structure in early spring 2018 with plans of welcoming students when the Fall Semester begins in August 2019. The approximately 60,000-square foot, four-story facility will be located just north of Brown Hall and south of R. Marvin Owens Field. Its estimated cost is $20 million. The cost of the project will be covered entirely through fundraising and existing college funds.

“Our rapid growth here in Columbia means we simply don’t have enough space to house our students, many of whom prefer to live on campus,” said Dr. Scott Dalrymple, president of Columbia College. “While there may be vacant rooms elsewhere in the city, those don’t help Columbia College students wishing to live and study on our campus. This is also an opportunity to provide a home for our growing School of Business Administration.”

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In Tune with Online

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in Academics, Featured Story | 2 comments

In Tune with Online

Editor’s Note: This story was included in the latest edition of Affinity Magazine. Click here to check out the magazine in its entirety!

Columbia College was on the leading edge when it launched its Online Education program in 2000.

Dr. Piyusha Singh, Columbia College’s vice president of Online Education

In the nearly two decades since, as online course offerings and degree tracks have become ubiquitous in higher education, Columbia College has still found ways to maintain its position as an innovator.

Dr. Piyusha Singh, Columbia College’s vice president of Online Education, doesn’t need to rely on anecdotal evidence to know this is true. She has seen tangible proof when her staff works with the software renderers who help produce the school’s online course offerings.

These engineers work with hundreds of other schools across the country and, if what Columbia College requested for its course models was commonplace, the renderers would already have a plan for it.

“We have to do a lot of custom solutions,” Singh says. “So that tells me we’re a little ahead of the game.”

The average online students are decidedly different from the ones who populate more traditional college settings.

They’re predominantly adult learners, resuming their education after some sort of hiatus following high school or part of a college career. Some, such as Columbia College’s sizable military community, don’t always have easy access to a physical location in which to take classes, so they need the ability to learn wherever is most convenient.

They’re far more likely to have families, careers and other obligations outside of school, meaning they prioritize having the flexibility to dictate when they get their schoolwork done. They seek out classes and degrees that have practical applications, so they can more easily advance in their current profession or jump to another one.

Just like more traditional students, they put a lot of themselves into their education. They expect a lot in return.

“They are people who have more life experiences, sometimes have had more educational experiences. They want to be taught in a different way,” Singh says. “Adult students want to bring something to the table and help you make sense of what they have experienced. They want to get a combination of their life, what they know and what you are teaching them.”

Singh says adult students also tend to be less tolerant of what she calls “jumping hoops.”

“That goes back to them having a lot more demands on their time,” Singh says. “If you’re going to make an adult student do something, you had better be clear about why. You need to really be respectful of their time and resources.”

Singh came to Columbia College as its first vice president for Online Education in 2015. Since then, her focus has been normalizing the online experience for students, so that they can more easily find the resources they need and become familiar with a similar format throughout all Columbia College online classes.

Quality, all across the board.

“We think very carefully about the student. We are very careful about the academic content,” Singh says. “From the beginning to the end, we’re constantly asking ourselves, ‘What are the students supposed to get out of this? How do we get them there?’”

The Students

During the Fall 2016 semester, 73 percent of Columbia College students took at least one course online. A majority of them combined their online education with in-seat offerings.

These online students came from all 50 states and 23 countries. The average age for these students was 33 years old, 11 years older than the average Day Campus student and four years older than the average Evening Campus student.

Online Education students boasted an average GPA of 2.83, which compared favorably with the marks for Day (2.98), Nationwide (2.85) and Evening (2.76).

Dr. Yelena Francis has been teaching Russian language and culture courses online for Columbia College since 2012. She doesn’t see her online students face-to-face, as she does the pupils who take the in-seat classes she teaches for other schools around her home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. But she knows online students have the same desire and aptitude.

“The students who have a strong will and dedication, they can organize their studies and they’re disciplined enough to be good both in-seat classes and online,” Francis says. “Once they’ve experienced it, they’ve seen how their studies can combine their potential family obligations and, at the same time, study so hard. You can do both.”

Whether an online student is 19 or 65 years old, living in Miami, Florida, or Oak Harbor, Washington, the goal, Singh says, is to bring them all under the Columbia College umbrella. That means everything from organizing the homepage in a way that makes key links easy to find, to ensuring that adjunct instructors and the support staff at Federal Hall in downtown Columbia, Missouri, are accessible and able to address students’ needs.

“We’re always looking to support our students in ways that keep them motivated and keep them aware of their options and kind of humanize the experience as much as possible,” says Amanda Harms ’04, an online academic advisor. “It’s easy for online students to start feeling detached or distanced from the school. We all have a role in making sure the student feels supported and connected to Columbia College.”

The Instruction

During the 2015-16 school year, Columbia College offered 3,561 course sections over its 388 accredited online classes. The school employs 653 adjunct faculty members to teach in its 27 accredited online degree programs.

If a prominent degree field is missing from the offerings, it may well be there in the near future. With the founding deans and new three-school structure — Business Administration; Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences; and Natural Sciences & Mathematics — taking effect across all Columbia College venues in 2016, Singh expects online offerings will only become more robust.

“The deans are really going to look at what their offerings are and where they think we can see some growth,” Singh says. “They work with [our departments of Adult Higher Education] and Online to create these different courses and programs and roll them out. We do definitely look at who we’re going to serve with them.”

To ensure the continued quality of the courses, the curriculum is approved by the full-time faculty at Columbia College. They oversee course content and testing to make sure it’s living up to the school’s standards.

As the 2017 Spring Semester drew to a close, Francis was in the midst of the second round of editing for her next Russian Culture and Society course, the same process every online instructor goes through.

Crib courses, they are not.

“I need to give the students who enroll more general features in a more concentrated way,” Francis says. “I try not to overload them on the one hand and not to make it too diluted on the other. It is difficult to find the golden middle line, but I have to for the students to be in a more comfortable way of studying.”

Francis also makes it a habit to learn from her students, to keep lines of communication open so that she can see what is working for them and what needs to be adjusted. Even though she can’t point to a raised hand, she can still aid through email, posts on discussion boards or phone calls.

Singh puts a premium on responsiveness for online instructors. She has taught online classes before, so she knows what a time drain it can be for students to reach you at all hours of the day. But she also knows that one of the main perks of online learning is the flexibility, the fact that a student can put something on hold momentarily if life gets in the way.

As such, instructors need to be responsive and cultivate relationships.

“The knock on online is you don’t see your faculty member,” Singh says. “But I would argue that when you have an engaged faculty member, you can ‘see’ them more often and get more instruction from them [than in-seat classes]. It’s just more continuous, instead of broken up into a certain time at a certain week.”

The Future

Not long ago, Singh says, employers may have looked down on a degree earned online. Now, with a few exceptions, that’s no longer the case.

Some employers even encourage their staff to pursue online degrees through tuition subsidies. They can receive vocational training without having to take time away from work.

“What’s more important now is the reputation of the institution,” Singh says. “Frankly, I think employers have started to see the value of online degrees.”

Columbia College, with its accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission, checks that box. The new six-session format introduced across all venues in 2016 also makes it so that devoted adult learners who want to take an accelerated path to a degree can earn an associate degree in just more than 18 months, a bachelor’s in less than 3 1/2 years and a master’s in less than a year.

The school has put in the groundwork to stay at the vanguard of online education. Singh says that, while nobody can foresee the future, she feels as if Columbia College is well-positioned to meet whatever comes next.

One national trend she has her eye on is a move toward personalized or adaptive learning, in which educational software can drill and test students on the more rudimentary aspects of a subject — and provide more information if needed — to get them to a level of competency where the instructor can delve into more complex concepts. Another trend is toward “competency-based education,” in which instructors focus less on evaluating a student after a specific timeframe and more on evaluating how long it will take a student to gain a mastery of the subject.

“For somebody it might mean four weeks, somebody else eight weeks, somebody else 16 weeks,” Singh says. “How can we get to a more mastery and competency-based review of what we do?”

Technology has already given online students the ability to keep up with their studies on their cell phones. The Online Education program staff has already taken steps to make the path to a Columbia College degree more user-friendly.

To Singh, adjusting to whatever comes next in online education is still going to rely heavily on a rather antiquated concept.

“Good old, plain, solid, engaging faculty instruction,” Singh says. “The good part about online education is you can do it anywhere. The bad part is, when you can do something anywhere, you sometimes don’t do it. Having good faculty who really are invested in students — the bread and butter of education — is still important.”