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Traveling on

By Lorry Myers for Prime Magazine Photos by L.G. Patterson He remembers leaving home, his friends leading the way on their motorcycle. He was riding his beloved Goldwing, with his wife, Tempe, perched behind him. They had taken that road many times, talking to one another through the headsets in their helmets. Since that day, he has searched his memory but can’t find the words exchanged on that trip. He does remember their lunch at a little restaurant and their drive through Bagnell Dam. But not the truck that pulled out in front of him. That he doesn’t remember....

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Up for the Challenge

This feature appears in the Spring 2013 edition of Affinity, the official magazine of the Columbia College Alumni Association. Ideas are essential to the human experience. Without them, knowledge couldn’t be transferred and applied, and revelations would never occur. But growing an idea into tangible reality takes more than just a thought; in many instances, it takes hard work, dedication and discipline. Dr. Gerald T. Brouder’s career can be summed up as the culmination of many ideas — ideas that, with a lot of hard work, became reality. Dr. Brouder’s foray into higher education was not his original plan,...

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A Mental Missile

“The best weapon you have is your mind” is the best advice Heather Smith has ever received. But the Columbia College Los-Alamitos instructor did not hear that statement from a fellow academic, or even from a colleague in the California National Guard. She heard it from her surgeon. In 2009, Smith, then 39, was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer – which came with an 18-month life expectancy. “The prognosis was bleak; the tumors were very aggressive,” she remembers. “I had nearly six months of chemotherapy and then a double mastectomy.” During treatments, Smith maintained a go-get-’em attitude,...

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Alumna hired as Cass County economic development director

Sandra Allison graduated from Columbia College in 1996 with degrees in history and government; management; business administration; and psychology. She was recently hired as the new economic development director for Cass County and will also serve as the executive director of the Cass County Corporation for Economic Development. She will begin work on May 1. “County hires Allison to lead economic development initiatives” – The Cass County Democrat...

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Grab Your Power Tools

Columbia College, founded as Christian Female College, has a rich history of providing education for women. The opening of the school in 1851 marked the first institution of higher education for women west of the Mississippi to be chartered by a state legislature. Beginning March 1, Columbia College celebrates the history and the contributions of women around the world by hosting a series of events in honor of Women’s History Month. The events share a theme: Do-it-yourself feminism. “Women have been creating their own feminisms throughout history, using the power tools of their preference to address the issues facing...

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