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Matthew Yaple: Professing his passion

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Faculty/Staff, Featured Story, Kansas City | 0 comments

Matthew Yaple: Professing his passion

By Maria Haynie

As an undeniable Hibernophile, Matthew Yaple is fascinated with all things Irish. Listening to Irish folk music, reading Irish literature and even cooking Irish food rank high on Yaple’s list of hobbies. This Columbia College-Kansas City adjunct instructor’s intense appreciation for other cultures and perspectives comes through to his evening students.

“I get excited about my topic as I get going, and students say that it helps them to get more interested in the topic,” Yaple says.

Yaple teaches early and modern American history and Western civilizations. He received both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in History from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Over the past 10 years that he has taught at Columbia College, several memorable experiences with his students stand out.

“I’ve had students who served in the Middle East who have told me about their experiences, and that brought a new light to the history of Islam,” Yaple says. “I had a student from Liberia in Africa who had a completely different view of American history than I had ever heard before. It’s also exciting when the students learn new ideas and perspectives that they had never considered before.”

Yaple has the opportunity to work with a great number of students, as he also works full-time as a high school social studies teacher. He also coaches the football team and scholar bowl team. Although he’s very busy, he manages to craft a classroom environment where students feel comfortable enough to engage and share their unique historical perspectives.

“I have been described on evaluations as having a conversational lecture style,” Yaple says. “Students call my class ‘laid back.’ I like to get students talking and thinking about the historical perspective of the time, during both lecture and discussions over primary sources.”

In his free time, Yaple is also interested in perspectives shown through films.

“I’m a big film buff,” said Yaple. “I watch classic movies regularly. I enjoy watching documentaries on movies and movie-makers and reading books

CC Employee Transitions – June 2017

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Faculty/Staff | 0 comments

CC Employee Transitions – June 2017

9-2-16_collegecolorday_ks_pr_img_7825Outside of our students and alumni, our employees are some of Columbia College’s biggest and best assets. Welcome to these employees who joined the college or changed positions in June.

New Associates

  • Drake Porter, Senior Strategic Analyst – Athletics, Columbia, Missouri – began 6/12/17
  • Kim Fischer, Academic Advisor I, Lake County, Illinois – began 6/19/17
  • Simmie Manning, Process Coordinator, Orlando, Florida – began 6/19/17
  • OIivia Smarte, Student Support Assistant, Orlando, Florida – began 6/19/17
  • Sarah Naji, Senior Coordinator for Student Engagement and Leadership Development – Student Affairs, Columbia, Missouri – began 6/26/17
  • Maria Platz, Assistant Director, Regional Recruitment – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – began 6/26/17
  • Matthew Calabrese, Online Test Proctor, Hancock Field, New York – began 6/28/17
  • Ginger Devine, Online Program Coordinator – Online Education, Columbia, Missouri – began 7/3/17
  • Aleah Hayes, Assistant Volleyball Coach – Athletics, Columbia, Missouri – began 7/3/17
  • Amy Strauss Friedman, English Tutor, Denver, Colorado – began 7/3/17
  • Amy Cranston, Process Coordinator, Lake County, Illinois – began 7/10/17
  • Gretchen Maune, Accessibility Coordinator – Student Accessibility Resources, Columbia, Missouri – began 7/10/17
  • Andres Ruiz, Academic Advisor I, Imperial Valley, California, began 7/10/17
  • April Longley, Assistant Director – Institutional Compliance, Columbia, Missouri – began 7/10/17
  • Heather Cooke, Instructional Designer – Online Education, Columbia, Missouri – began 7/10/17
  • Rebekah Schnell, Online Program Specialist – Online Education, Columbia, Missouri – began 7/10/17
  • Allison Gubata, Student Support Assistant, Whidbey Island, Washington – began 7/10/17
  • Andrea Gaddy, Student Support Assistant, Springfield, Missouri – began 7/10/17
  • Melissa McConnell, Enrollment Specialist – Enrollment Services Center, Columbia, Missouri – began 7/10/17
  • Katherine Orf, Administrative Assistant – Office of the Registrar, Columbia, Missouri – begins 7/17/17
  • Anh Le, Administrative Assistant – International Center, Columbia, Missouri – begins 7/24/17
  • Matthew Cartner, Academic Advisor I, Marysville, Washington – begins 7/24/17
  • Michelle Butler, Graduate Assistant, Golf – Athletics, Columbia, Missouri – begins 8/7/17
  • Alex Bray, Graduate Assistant, Track & Field – Athletics, Columbia, Missouri – begins 8/7/17
  • Michaela Rumbaoa, Graduate Assistant, Athletic Training – Athletics, Columbia, Missouri – begins 8/7/17
  • Claire Yee, Math Tutor, Denver, Colorado – begins 8/28/17

 Transfers & New Positions:

  • Darin Hand from Assistant Director to Associate Director, Whidbey Island, Washington – began 5/29/17
  • Mark Clark from Program Coordinator, Lexington, Missouri to Assistant Director, Kansas City, Missouri – began 5/29/17
  • Teri Dishman from Office Coordinator to Senior Coordinator – Plant and Facilities, Columbia, Missouri – began 6/26/17
  • D’Andrea Thompson from Enrollment Specialist  to Senior Enrollment Specialist, Enrollment Services Center, Columbia, Missouri – began 6/26/17
  • Laurel Bleil from Student Support Assistant to Process Coordinator, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri – began 6/26/17
  • Les Toalson from Press Operator to Senior Press and Finishing Operator – Mail Imaging and Print Services, Columbia, Missouri – began 6/26/17
  • Ben Wood from Academic Assessment Specialist to Reporting Analyst – Office of Institutional Research, Columbia, Missouri – began 6/26/17
  • Deborah Nutt from Systems Operations Assistant – Office of the Registrar to Systems Analyst – Technology Services, Columbia, Missouri – began 7/10/17
  • Michael Kramps from Front End Web Strategist – Marketing to Programmer Analyst – Technology Services, Columbia, Missouri – began 7/10/17
  • Jeffrey Stevens from Student Support Assistant – Evening Campus to Student Relationship Manager – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – began 7/10/17

Join the many employees who support our college by making a payroll pledge online or one-time donation, online or by mail. Visit www.ccis.edu/wearecc to get started today.

COMMENTARY: Be a better leader/supervisor – “get over yourself!”

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Academics, Faculty/Staff | 0 comments

COMMENTARY: Be a better leader/supervisor – “get over yourself!”

By Dr. Shanda Davis, Dean of the Columbia College School of Business Administration

via the Columbia Daily Tribune

“We can all probably provide examples of work situations in which there was that ONE person! The person who seemed to get by with poor performance – whether it was rude behavior, multiple mistakes, tardiness, etc., etc., which seemed to go unaddressed by management/supervision, but was certainly not unnoticed by fellow workers. “How do they get by with that?” being a question you would hear repeated about that particular employee. Often it seems that others resigned themselves that this particular person just got by with behavior or performance that everyone else recognized as subpar. It was demoralizing, discouraging and contributed to an unhealthy work environment. So why did it happen and why was it allowed to continue?” 

Click here to read more! 

 

Dr. Lisa Ford-Brown: Getting her point across

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Faculty/Staff, Featured Story | 0 comments

Dr. Lisa Ford-Brown: Getting her point across

By Maria Haynie

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

It only took one class for Dr. Lisa Ford-Brown to switch her undergraduate major from sculpting and ceramics to communication studies. When she took a general education course in the Oral Interpretation of Literature, she became “hooked” on communication.

Dr. Lisa Ford-Brown teaches her Organizational Communications class at Columbia College.
(Photo by Kaci Smart)

“I went from molding clay to molding messages and human interaction,” Dr. Ford-Brown says. “How humans communicate is integral to every personal and professional activity we engage in. That is exciting and powerful.”

Now, she is a communication studies professor at Columbia College and an established author. Her books include three titles produced for the United Kingdom-based publisher Dorling Kindersley (DK): DK Speaker (2013), DK Communication (2016) and DK Guide to Public Speaking (DKPS). The third edition of DKPS came out in February. The book is divided into nine tabs for easy reference, with each tab covering a specific content area. In it, Dr. Ford-Brown provides an overview of public speaking; instructions on how to research, create and present to an audience; different kinds of occasions for speaking in public; different kinds of public speaking and more. She describes the process of working with a London-based layout designer and domestic publisher as “both an artistic and writing event.”

“This book is highly visual,” Dr. Ford-Brown says. “It’s set up with text, graphics and white space to look more like the internet and to improve readability. The gist of basic communication has been around since Aristotle and before, but what made this book take off is that we put this information in an interface that students can use today.”

The book is very striking with its glossy cover, smaller size and spiral binding. There are colored tabs and borders along the sides that make it easy to flip right to certain sections. Dr. Ford-Brown recalls students performing usability testing with early versions of the layout.

“The students would get the pages in a brown paper bag, basically, with no cover or title. Then they’d be given a task and Pearson (the publishing company) would see how they handled and used the pages,” Dr. Ford-Brown says.

Acknowledging that students love examples, she called on both her 25 years of teaching the Introduction to Public Speaking course and her Columbia College resources.

“I reached out to Evening Campus teachers and asked for examples of their ‘A’ speeches that students have written,” Dr. Ford-Brown says. “Student assistants also helped me put content together, and I consult with my students on things like communication through text messages, emojis or examples that apply to their lives.”

Dr. Ford-Brown also focused on integrating learning objectives into her book. With a background in assessment, she wanted to make sure students and teachers would be able to use assessment tools effectively. To do that, her team turned to the National Communication Association’s (NCA) latest communication learning outcomes.

“In this edition, I applied the entire book to the NCA learning objectives for students studying human communication,” Dr. Ford-Brown says. “That was tough to do, but we did it and I’m proud of that.”

Understanding that strong communication skills are always essential, no matter the industry or topic, Dr. Ford-Brown was involved in the expansion of the communication studies program at Columbia College. From 2003 to 2005, she chaired the Columbia College Humanities Department and served as a faculty representative for the Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2010. During that time, she assisted in the creation of the communication studies major and minor.

When not working on her books or serving on multiple campus, regional and national committees, she focuses on the favorite parts of her job: the students and the classroom. She teaches many courses at Columbia College’s Day Campus, such as Understanding Human Communication, Gender Communication and Organizational Communication.

“I try to be engaging and expect my students to discuss the material with me, especially the upper division classes,” Dr. Ford-Brown says. “Students don’t sit and absorb my lecture. They engage with my lectures.”

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Ford-Brown enjoys camping, fishing, traveling and gardening with her life partner, Bruce. Her small 20-acre farm is home to her cats, Sadie and Falstaff, and her golden retriever, Zelda.

Matt Williams named to Columbia College Board of Trustees

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Faculty/Staff | 0 comments

Matt Williams named to Columbia College Board of Trustees

Matt Williams

Columbia College Board of Trustees Chair Web Bixby has announced the addition of Matt Williams to the board, effective July 1, 2017.

A native of Shelbina, Missouri, Williams has served as the regional president of Landmark Bank since October 2014, a role in which he oversees the bank’s Columbia market while also managing its Columbia commercial lending department. Before coming to Landmark Bank, he served as the president of the Columbia market for the Jefferson City-based Hawthorn Bank (2007-2014), chief credit officer at Boone National Savings and Loan (2002-2007) and vice president and senior lender for the Columbia market for Mercantile Bank (1993-2002).

“Matt’s business savvy and feel for the economic climate in mid-Missouri will certainly be a welcome addition to the board,” Bixby said. “He brings more than two decades of experience in the banking industry to the table, and we are excited to have him join our team.”

Throughout his time in mid-Missouri, Williams has been an active member of community organizations. He currently serves on the boards of Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI), the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the City of Columbia New Century Fund, the Country Club of Missouri and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and he is a tri-chair of the United Way campaign major firms division. Williams is also a past board member of the Community Foundation of Central Missouri and Russell Boulevard Elementary School PTA.

“During my 25 years in the Columbia community, I have marveled at the evolution of this extraordinary institution,” Williams said. “I am honored to serve on the Columbia College Board of Trustees and look forward to working with each of my fellow trustees and President Dalrymple.”

Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in finance, from Truman State University in 1990. He and his wife, Carla, have been married for 26 years and have three children: Annie, Katie and Tommy.

Columbia College eSports coaches inspire parents of gamers at Ukatsu panel

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Day Campus, Faculty/Staff | 0 comments

Columbia College eSports coaches inspire parents of gamers at Ukatsu panel

Drake Porter

June 22, 2017 – via the Columbia Missourian

Just like a game controller, the future of sports might lie in the hands of young gamers. Video gamers and their parents filled the Innovation Hub at Regional Economic Development Inc., recently to hear a panel of 10 esports professionals assembled by Ukatsu tell their stories about the growing industry and explain the inner workings of competitive gaming. Coaches and players alike talked about growing up as avid gamers and deciding to turn their passion into a career. One of the most outspoken panelists was Columbia College’s 19 year-old “League of Legends” Senior Strategic Analyst Drake Porter. Porter said he moved out of his parents’ home and began financially supporting himself coaching eSports at 16. By that time he had already played competitively for over two years and had grown tired of it. Becoming a coach was the next step.

 “eSports coaches inspire parents of young gamers at Ukatsu panel” – Columbia Missourian

CC Employee Transitions – May 2017

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Faculty/Staff | 0 comments

CC Employee Transitions – May 2017

9-2-16_collegecolorday_ks_pr_img_7825Outside of our students and alumni, our employees are some of Columbia College’s biggest and best assets. Welcome to these employees who joined the college or changed positions in May.

New Associates

  • Crystal Higgs, English Tutor, Orlando, Florida – began 5/8/17
  • Rob Farquhar, Computer Support Technician, Springfield, Missouri – began 5/15/17
  • Sean Zullo, Game Day Worker – Athletics, Columbia, Missouri – began 5/15/17
  • Nicholas Logie, Online Test Proctor, Fort Stewart, Georgia – began 5/17/17
  • Chris Mathews, Summer Legal Intern, Columbia, Missouri – began 5/22/17
  • Mitchell Conning, Admissions Contact Coordinator – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – began 5/30/17
  • Christopher Nathan, Instructional Technologist – Online Education, Columbia, Missouri – begins 6/5/17
  • Tawnya Rivers, Enrollment Specialist – Enrollment Services Center, Columbia, Missouri – begins 6/5/17
  • Kip Kendrick, Special Projects Coordinator – Office of the General Counsel, Columbia, Missouri – begins 6/5/17
  • Heather Bonnano, Enrollment Specialist – Enrollment Services Center, Columbia, Missouri – begins 6/5/17
  • Emily Van Booven, Admissions Contact Coordinator – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – begins 6/5/17
  • Elizabeth Meister, Assistant Science Lab Coordinator, Columbia, Missouri – begins 6/6/17
  • Corinne Pass, Veterans Certifying Official – Veterans Services Center, Columbia, Missouri – begins 6/12/17
  • Pascale White, Admissions Contact Coordinator – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – begins 6/12/17
  • Rachael Nolting, Admissions Process Coordinator – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – begins 6/19/17
  • Kendra Jones, Clinical Instructor – Nursing, Columbia, Missouri – begins 6/26/17
  • Amy Hawk, Clinical Instructor – Nursing, Lake Ozark, Missouri – begins 6/26/17
  • Jon Brown, Digital Marketing Strategist – Marketing, Columbia, Missouri – begins 6/26/17
  • Alexis Lawrence, Women’s Assistant Basketball Coach – Athletics, Columbia, Missouri – begins 7/3/17

 Transfers & New Positions:

  • Tera Palozola from Enrollment Spcialist – Enrollment Services Center to Admissions Events Specialist – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – began 5/29/17
  • Andrew Reeves from Assistant Director to Director, Jefferson City, Missouri – began 5/29/17
  • Scott Gossett from Online Program Coordinator to Assistant Director of Online Academic Programs – Online Education, Columbia, Missouri – began 5/29/17
  • Tyler Possail from Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach to Head Women’s Basketball Coach – Athletics, Columbia, Missouri – begins 7/3/17

Retirements

  • Marlyn Minor, Senior Evaluator – Office of the Registrar, Columbia, Missouri – began 6/2/17
  • Nancy Lombardi, Director – Student Support Services, Columbia, Missouri – begins 7/5/17

Join the many employees who support our college by making a payroll pledge online or one-time donation, online or by mail. Visit www.ccis.edu/wearecc to get started today.

Elizabeth Dennis: Creating confident writers

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Faculty/Staff | 0 comments

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 and her Master of Arts in Literature, with a specialization in women’s studies, from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She squeezes time for her hobbies, reading and cooking, around her work as a paralegal in an estate planning attorney’s office and her teaching career.

Dennis treasures the opportunity the classroom gives her to help students access their own muses and empowering them to value their own creativity and writing.

“My favorite thing about teaching students at Columbia College is the enjoyment I feel when students come to my class apprehensive about writing and leave confident in their writing abilities and unique talents,” Dennis said.

 

Dave Roberts named Columbia College dean for Student Affairs

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Faculty/Staff, Students | 2 comments

Dave Roberts named Columbia College dean for Student Affairs

Dr. David Starrett, Columbia College provost and vice president for Academic and Student Affairs, announced Wednesday that Dave Roberts has been selected as the new dean for Student Affairs following a national search to fill the position. Roberts had been serving as interim dean for Student Affairs since January 2017, taking over for Faye Burchard following her retirement after 28 years at the college.

“Dave has been an integral member of our team the past six years and has served the college very well as interim dean for Student Affairs,” Starrett said. “He is consistently focused on how we can best serve our students and what initiatives will help them reach their educational goals.”

Roberts joined the college 2011 to work as assistant dean of Student Affairs, then was promoted to associate dean in 2014. He has been a valuable leader and ambassador for Columbia College nationally, locally and with student groups on campus. Roberts has helped advise student organizations, partnered with faculty to redevelop the curriculum for the Introduction to Columbia College class for new students and oversaw the college’s initial Title IX compliance initiatives, a process through which he met with state of Missouri legislators in Washington, D.C., on behalf of the college.

In his role as dean for Student Affairs, Roberts will continue to supervise nine full-time staff members and serve as the chief student conduct officer for the more than 25,000 Columbia College students at main campus, the Nationwide locations and in Online Education. He will also lead initiatives related to strategic planning, assessment, first-year experience development, retention, staff training, professional development and parent involvement.

“I feel extremely honored to be selected as dean for the Division of Student Affairs at such a vibrant, student-focused institution,” Roberts said. “I look forward to continue working with the talented faculty, staff and students at Columbia College to carry on a 166-year-old tradition of academic excellence, student engagement and global citizenship.”

Roberts joined Columbia College in 2011 after four years at the University of Missouri as the director of Leadership Development and Community Involvement. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Education in 2002 from Valdosta State University, his master’s degree in Education from the University of South Florida in 2004 and will begin pursuit of his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership this fall.

CC Employee Transitions – April 2017

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Faculty/Staff | 0 comments

CC Employee Transitions – April 2017

9-2-16_collegecolorday_ks_pr_img_7825Outside of our students and alumni, our employees are some of Columbia College’s biggest and best assets. Welcome to these employees who joined the college or changed positions in April.

New Associates

  • David Martini, Academic Advisor I, Salt Lake City, Utah – began 4/10/17
  • Jacquelyn Rucker, Building Monitor, Rolla, Missouri – began 4/17/17
  • Caree Wesselmann, Administrative Assistant – Education, Columbia, Missouri – began 4/17/17
  • Robert (Clint) Ross, Administrative Assistant – Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Columbia, Missouri – began 4/24/17
  • Kyle Griffin, General Maintenance Worker – Plant & Facilities, Columbia, Missouri – began 5/1/17
  • Laurie Breed, Building Monitor, Marysville, Washington – began 5/1/17
  • Allison Baum, Process Coordinator, Lake County, Illinois – began 5/1/17
  • Catherine Reese, Process Coordinator, Mesquite, Texas – began 5/1/17
  • Mercedes Nute, Graduate Assistant – Student Affairs, Columbia, Missouri – began 5/1/17
  • Christina Schilb, Admissions Contact Coordinator – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – began 5/8/17
  • June McElroy, Coordinator – Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Columbia, Missouri – began 5/8/17
  • Chelsea Griffin, Financial Aid Specialist – Financial Aid, Columbia, Missouri – began 5/8/17
  • Paula Garfias, Clinical Instructor – Nursing, Columbia, Missouri – begins 5/16/17
  • Nathan Eatherton, Senior Director of Project Management – Technology Services, Columbia, Missouri – begins 5/22/17
  • Jenna Holzer, Admissions Contact Coordinator – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – begins 5/30/17
  • Susan Lambert, Senior Clinical Instructor III – Nursing, Columbia, Missouri – begins 6/26/17
  • Kennedy Amofa, Assistant Professor – Business Administration, Columbia, Missouri – begins 8/21/17
  • Gina Singleton, Assistant Professor – Accounting, Columbia, Missouri – begins 8/21/17
  • Sandra Hamar, Assistant Professor – Education, Columbia, Missouri – begins 8/21/17
  • Mary Miller, Assistant Professor – Education, Columbia, Missouri – begins 8/21/17
  • Heidi Monroe, Assistant Professor – Nursing, Columbia, Missouri – begins 8/21/17
  • Janet Chance-Hetzler, Assistant Professor – Nursing, Columbia, Missouri – begins 8/21/17

 Transfers & New Positions:

  • Lisa Gramke from Enrollment Specialist – Enrollment Services Center to Tuition Assistance Coordinator – Business Office, Columbia, Missouri – begins 5/15/17

Join the many employees who support our college by making a payroll pledge online or one-time donation, online or by mail. Visit www.ccis.edu/wearecc to get started today.