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Dr. Piyusha Singh named Columbia College Chief of Staff

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Academics, Faculty/Staff, 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.

CC Employee Transitions – August 2017

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Faculty/Staff | 0 comments

CC Employee Transitions – August 2017

college colors day group photoOutside 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 August.

New Associates

  • Arthur Betts, Campus Safety Officer – Campus Safety, Columbia, Missouri – began 8/9/17
  • James Orr, Computer Support Technician, Marysville, Washington – began 8/9/17
  • Joseph Simpson, Tutoring Coordinator and Writing Specialist – Writing Center, Columbia, Missouri – began 8/14/17
  • Catherine Heckmaster, Systems Analyst – Technology Services, Columbia, Missouri – began 8/21/17
  • Kristopher Poore, Admissions Process Coordinator – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – began 8/21/17
  • Dusti Mitchell, Compliance Specialist – Institutional Compliance, Columbia, Missouri – began 8/21/17
  • Carol Reed-Black, Student Support Assistant, Lake Ozark, Missouri – began 8/28/17
  • Erica VanSteenhuyse, Online Test Proctor, Denver, Colorado – began 8/28/17
  • James Tolson, Building Monitor, Orlando, Florida – began 8/28/17
  • Matthew Glindemann, Math Tutor – Math Center, Columbia, Missouri – began 8/28/17
  • Lisa Rogers-McAbee, Online Test Proctor, Mesquite, Texas – began 8/28/17
  • Sarah Wright, Clinical Instructor – Nursing, Columbia, Missouri – began 8/28/17
  • Layton Light, Custodian – Custodial Services, Columbia, Missouri – began 8/28/17
  • Jennifer Morris, Assistant Director, Campus Support – Adult Higher Education, Columbia, Missouri – began 9/5/17
  • Marsha Thompson, Veteran Outreach Manager – Veterans Services Center, Columbia, Missouri – began 9/5/17
  • Heather Sanders, Test Proctor, Fort Worth, Texas – began 9/5/17
  • Brooke Githegi, Academic Advisor I, Honolulu, Hawaii – began 9/5/17
  • Molly Taylor, Administrative Assistant, Education – School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Columbia, Missouri – began 9/6/17
  • Jason Reimund, English Tutor, Jefferson City, Missouri – began 9/6/17

 Transfers & New Positions:

  • James Ash from Admissions Process Coordinator – Admissions to Systems Operations Associate – Office of the Registrar, Columbia, Missouri – began 8/21/17
  • Kaci Naros from Process Coordinator to Academic Advisor I, Jefferson City, Missouri – began 8/21/17
  • Mark Bowles from Assistant Director Graduate and Adult Admissions – Admissions to Student Support Services Director – Student Support Services, Columbia, Missouri – began 8/21/17
  • Erin Mazzola from Student Conduct Officer – Student Affairs to Assistant Dean for Student Affairs – Student Affairs, Columbia, Missouri – began 8/21/17
  • Angie Malone from Systems Operations Associate – Office of the Registrar to Systems Analyst – Technology Services, Columbia, Missouri – began 9/4/17
  • Kate Sanchez from Records Coordinator to Systems Operations Associate – Office of the Registrar, Columbia, Missouri – began 9/4/17
  • Alisa Massie from Process Coordinator to Admissions Process Coordinator, Kansas City, Missouri – begins 10/2/17

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.

CC Focus: Dean for Student Affairs Dave Roberts

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Faculty/Staff, Featured Story | 1 comment

CC Focus: Dean for Student Affairs Dave Roberts

Over the past six years, Dave Roberts has watched the momentum build on Columbia College’s main campus.

Columbia College Dean for Student Affairs Dave Roberts
(Photo by Kaci Smart)

He worked as assistant, then associate dean for Student Affairs as the R. Marvin Owens Field renovations and Brouder Science Center construction took place, enhancing student life on campus. Then came President Scott Dalrymple’s push for the Quad and other student-friendly improvements such as hammocks, a fire pit and a sand volleyball court. The Day Campus in Columbia has seen solid growth over the past two years, and the college announced plans for a new Academic and Residence Hall that is scheduled to be completed in 2019.

Roberts took over for longtime Dean for Student Affairs Faye Burchard upon her retirement in January and his interim tag was removed in May after a national search. His first full semester as dean started Monday, August 28.

“It’s exciting and terrifying all at the same time,” Roberts said, with a laugh. “We’re at a really exciting time at Columbia College.”

Roberts worked with students at the University of South Florida, Southern Methodist University and the University of Missouri before coming to Columbia College in 2011. As he navigates his first months heading the college’s Student Affairs division, Roberts is keying in on the staff combinations and program offerings that will keep his team performing at a high level.

As always, the students come first.

“When you’re sitting here for six years, you see things. You read the tea leaves,” Roberts said. “I’ve been watching, waiting and had these ideas, and now I have the ability to make these happen and use these as strategic directions for the division.”

Learn more about Roberts and his vision for Student Affairs in the latest CC Focus!

CCC: How has your role changed from associate dean for Student Affairs to dean?

DR: Some of the bigger changes for me are being the face of Student Affairs, in a new way. Before, I was the person running around dealing with crises behind the scenes. I see being out there as a really important part of my role: how I represent our division to the campus, how I represent what we do to support students to the students, and then how we engage in the community. I want Columbia, MO, to know why it’s so meaningful to the community to have a college like ours.

CCC: Why did you decide to come to Columbia College?

DR: I was looking for an opportunity to do something new in student affairs. I had my master’s in student affairs — and I’m right now pursuing my doctorate in higher education leadership — so, for me, this was a great leadership role. However, getting here, I really fell in love with this place. My day isn’t confined to one topic or one job. I get to do a lot of things and work with a lot of people. I get to know people across campus and across the country at our Nationwide locations. I like that piece of it. The role at first was what drew me in, but then the intricacies of who we are as an institution.

CCC: How do you see yourself shaping the division?

DR: Leadership education is something that really rings home to me in my background. Part of the new senior coordinator’s job within leadership development is to create online webinars and videos for us to provide not only to day students, but to nationwide and online students. In conjunction with Career Services, we’re hearing from employers that the stuff that matters the most is the soft skills they bring to the job. So some of those soft skills in terms of leadership, communication and strategic planning is something we’re really trying to emphasize. I’d also like us to have a greater commitment to social justice issues, and being able to provide support for marginalized students on our campus, whether that’s students of color, LGBTQIA students or other groups. My hope is that, over time, we create a resource office on campus for students that can help be the voice of those students. I’d also like to see us grow our connections to Career Services. I think they bring a lot of value in terms of information that can be shared, not only with students but also with faculty members on what trends are coming in careers.

CCC: How big of an impact will the new Academic and Residence Hall make on campus life?

DR: It’s going to be huge! We have great residence hall facilities, we have a great facilities staff that keeps up with them, but they’re older residence halls. I think it helps breathe new life into the campus, when you have a nice, new building and students get really excited about a new place to live. The location is ideal, and there’s a great community building space in the hall and also a great connection to the business school. I’ve already had sophomores emailing me, asking me to put them on the list to live there on the top floor, so they can overlook the soccer field. The students have been very excited about it. I’m really trying to be intentional about giving them the opportunity to have some input on the hall as it relates to the style of furnishings and design elements.

CCC: How is your staff coming together?

DR: I’m really excited and proud of our staff, both professional and student staff. We have a great team, they do a ton to support students. They’re some of the hardest-working people on campus. The students’ success is our success. Our staff does that as good, if not better, than any other Student Affairs divisions out there.

CC Employee Transitions – July 2017

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in Faculty/Staff | 0 comments

CC Employee Transitions – July 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 July.

New Associates

  • Destan Beene, Math Tutor, Salt Lake City, Utah – began 7/17/17
  • Aaron Greve, Building Monitor, Crystal Lake, Illinois – began 7/25/17
  • Sarah Stewart, Clinical Instructor – Nursing, Columbia, Missouri – began 7/26/17
  • Alesia Gustafson, Process Coordinator, Lake County, Illinois – began 8/7/17
  • Steve Forsee, Custodian – Physical Plant and Facilities, Columbia, Missouri – began 8/7/17
  • Kinsey Dona, Assistant Director of Instructional Design and Technology – Online Education, Columbia, Missouri – begins 8/14/17
  • Kelly Newman, Academic Advisor I, Salt Lake City, Utah – begins 8/14/17
  • Colbey Schuster, Admissions Recruiter – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – begins 8/14/17
  • Christina Oyelola, Student Support Assistant – Evening Campus, Columbia, Missouri – begins 8/15/17
  • Mary O’Connell, Online Test Proctor, Lake County, Illinois – begins 8/18/17
  • Rebecca Windle, Projects Coordinator – Institutional Research, Columbia, Missouri – begins 8/21/17

 Transfers & New Positions:

  • Alex Urban from Training Coordinator – Technology Services to Instructional Designer – Online Education, Columbia, Missouri – began 7/24/17
  • Randy Burke from Veteran Outreach Manager – Veterans Service Center, Columbia, Missouri to Assistant Director, Jefferson City, Missouri – began 8/7/17

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.

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