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Fort Leonard Wood holds community Halloween events

Saturday, October 28 was a chilly morning, however it was perfect weather for a Zombie 5K Walk/Run. Columbia College–Fort Leonard Wood hosted the fifth annual zombie 5K event at Waynesville Park, which is located in downtown Waynesville, Missouri. The event was held at 11 a.m. and continued until 1 p.m. on a brisk Saturday. “The turnout of this event was outstanding.” Fort Leonard Wood location director Mike Siegel said. There were more than 90 participants in the race, not including the supporters and volunteer zombies. Participants took part in the five-kilometer fun run, while being chased by “zombies.” The run included water stations and arrows directing runners over the course. During the zombie 5K, there were more than 20 volunteer “zombies” who participated, with the zombies dressed in distressed clothing and makeup. Everyone enjoyed taking part in the event. The proceeds will be donated to the Janet’s Wish foundation and the Little Heroes Playground in Waynesville. Janet’s Wish is a nonprofit organization, founded in Waynesville, which provides services and items to individuals that are in hospice with terminal illnesses. The Little Heroes Playground is in the Waynesville City Park and is currently being constructed. When it is completed, the playground will provide a wheelchair-accessible playground for children. After the fun run, the college staff and students hosted the annual Community Trunk or Treat in the park. More than 400...

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Elizabeth Dennis: Creating confident writers

By Maria Haynie According to tradition, a certain Phoenician prince named Cadmus became both the founder of the city of Thebes and the introducer of an alphabet and writing to the Greeks. While adjunct instructor Elizabeth Dennis may not claim ancient Olympian powers, she has diverse gifts that she brings to her writing and mythology students at Columbia College-Kansas City. “When students leave my class, they know their weaknesses and what they need to improve upon with their writing,” Dennis said. “But most importantly, they know their strengths as a writer and how effective they can be as a writer, whatever class they next take.” Her current English 111, 112 and 210 students often represent a variety of majors, so part of her quest is to accommodate the diversity of interest, skill and level of writing confidence. Dennis has adopted a teaching style she describes as a “discussion/workshop based approach.” She structures her class around key texts and expects her students to come ready to discuss the materials. As she guides the conversation, the students “teach” her what they have learned, which both improves their grasp of the concepts and their ability to express themselves. “I have taught for 13 years, and I love teaching students at Columbia College,” Dennis said. Dennis earned her Bachelor of Arts in Letters, with a minor in French, from the University of Oklahoma...

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