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CC Employee Transitions – December 2017

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CC Employee Transitions – December 2017

college colors day group photoIn addition to 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 December.

New Associates

  • Synnavia Mason-Miles, Student Support Assistant, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia – began 12/11/17
  • Keith Batey, Academic Advisor I, St. Louis, Missouri – began 12/11/17
  • Amanda Kossuth, Building Monitor, Rolla, Missouri – began 12/11/17
  • LaHaunn Moore, Test Proctor, Marysville, Washington – began 12/13/17
  • John Masis, Director, Coast Guard Island, California – began 12/17/17
  • Miriam Giorgianni, Academic Advisor I, San Diego, California – began 12/18/17
  • Shelbi Welsh, Student Support Assistant, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri – began 12/26/17
  • Michael Johnson, Program Coordinator, Moberly, Missouri – began 12/27/17
  • Will Washington, Academic Advisor I, Jacksonville, Florida – began 1/2/18
  • Jessica Sprague, Student Conduct Officer – Student Affairs, Columbia, Missouri – began 1/2/18
  • Joy Bednar, Student Support Assistant, Marysville, Washington – began 1/2/18
  • Nancy Hallowell, Online Test Proctor, Denver, Colorado – began 1/8/18
  • Selina Taylor, Academic Advisor I, Rolla, Missouri – began 1/8/18
  • Kathleen Rowland, Building Monitor, Marysville, Washington – began 1/8/18

 Transfers & New Positions:

  • Brittany Myers from Enrollment Advisor I to Academic Advisor I, Orlando, Florida – began 12/26/17

 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.

Falkowski promoted to vice president and general counsel

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Falkowski promoted to vice president and general counsel

Columbia College President Scott Dalrymple recently announced the promotion of Mark Falkowski to the position of vice president and general counsel. Falkowski became the college’s first general counsel in October 2016.

In this new role, Falkowski will continue to serve as legal counsel for the college but will now oversee the college’s Human Resources office and continue to oversee the office of Institutional Compliance.

“With 36 locations across the country, Columbia College faces a complex and ever-changing legal environment,” said Dalrymple. “Mark’s leadership in this area makes us a stronger institution.”

Missouri Lawyers Media honored Falkowski in November with its “In-House Counsel of the Year” award for 2017 as a top lawyer in the nonprofit or government organization category. Falkowski was one of 22 attorneys who was recognized by the statewide publication. He was the only attorney recognized from the Columbia, Missouri, area.

Before joining Columbia College, he worked as an attorney at Husch Blackwell LLP in St. Louis, where he played a key role in the firm’s higher education practice, which provides legal guidance to more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide. Falkowski earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in 2006 and completed his juris doctorate at Saint Louis University in 2010.

Diane Davis reflects on 30-year Columbia College career

Posted by on Dec 29, 2017 in Faculty/Staff, Nationwide, Orlando | 4 comments

Diane Davis reflects on 30-year Columbia College career

Diane Davis says she’s not very good with names. You can’t blame her, really. She’s had to learn a ton of them during her 30-year career with Columbia College, during which she has served as an Administrative Assistant, Office Manager and Academic Advisor at the Orlando location.

Diane Davis
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She does know the faces, though, of the students and staff members she’s had the pleasure of working with over the years. And the voices. And, especially, the stories.

“We’re not like a big college. We get to know our students,” Davis said. “Some of them have issues, sometimes, that they feel comfortable talking about. I would sit and talk with them, almost like a mother figure.”

The students show their appreciation by stopping by the office to say hello. Or to bring a cake for Davis. Or, in the case of one student who owns a gyro/submarine sandwich shop, to bring her hot wings.

“I’ll tell her, ‘No wonder I’m gaining weight!’” Davis said, with a laugh.

Davis is leaving Columbia College-Orlando on Dec. 29, for a retirement filled with gardening, bowling, reading, cheering on her husband, Robert, during his softball games and spending time with her three sons and three grandchildren.

She’s looking forward to the next phase of her life, but she will also miss the one she’s leaving behind.

“What I’ll miss most about Columbia are the students. I’ll miss the staff, especially the other Academic Advisors, because we’ve become close,” Davis said. “We can connect with each other. I’m going to miss that part. It’s going to be a whole new ballgame when I leave here.”

Dennis Wagner, the first director at Columbia College-Orlando, hired Davis as an Administrative Assistant in 1984. Before then, Davis had been raising her children and moving around frequently with her first husband, following his military career.

Once her family settled in Orlando, Davis went to work with the college at the Orlando Naval Training Center in December 1984. For about the first six months on the job, Mr. Wagner allowed Davis to bring her youngest son, who was 3 at the time, in to work with her until he was old enough to go to preschool.

“There was an extra room right behind my desk. He played in there,” Davis said. “He was no trouble. That was nice. Not many jobs would do that.”

Davis earned her Associate degree from Columbia College in 1987, then earned a Bachelor of General Studies with a minor in Psychology in 2004, which earned her a promotion to Office Manager.

In 2006, she left the college for a job with Orange County Public Schools. Three years later, then-director Dr. Alan Hilliard hired her back.

“I sorely missed the college,” Davis said. “I missed the students, missed the work. I really missed it.”

She became an Academic Advisor in 2010 and, over the past seven years, progressed to Academic Advisor II and Senior Academic Advisor I.

Columbia College-Orlando has gone through a multitude of changes since Davis started there. But she says one thing is still the same from the first day she walked into her office on the naval base.

“I enjoyed Columbia College because of the family atmosphere within the office and with the students,” Davis said. “My thing was the students are not just a number, but a part of who I am.”

She has been an integral part of their lives as well.

CC Employee Transitions – November 2017

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CC Employee Transitions – November 2017

college colors day group photoIn addition to 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 November.

New Associates

  • Theese Weber, Admissions Contact Coordinator – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – began 11/13/17
  • Carrie Hicks, Admissions Contact Coordinator – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – began 11/20/17
  • Grace Moss, Process Coordinator, Jefferson City, Missouri – began 11/27/17
  • Courtney Pfalzer, Online Test Proctor, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba – began 12/4/17
  • Patricia Jung, Clinical Instructor, Lake Ozark, Missouri – begins 2/1/18

 Transfers & New Positions:

  • Stephanie Whitener from Assistant Director of Student Success to Interim Director of Student Success, Columbia, Missouri – began 11/27/17
  • Colleen Brown from Assistant Director of Financial Aid to Interim Director of Financial Aid, Columbia, Missouri – began 11/27/17
  • Laurel Bleil from Process Coordinator to Academic Advisor I, Lake Ozark, Missouri – begins 12/11/17

 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.

Leadership, life lessons from another continent

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Faculty/Staff, Featured Story, Instagram | 0 comments

Leadership, life lessons from another continent

By Maria Haynie

When he saw how broken the basketball court floor was, Jeff Barringer’s ideas about the players changed. Here he was in Nairobi, Kenya, on the campus of Strathmore University, surrounded by student-athletes whose talents qualified them to compete at the professional level. The teams win so many trophies that they have a storage problem, yet their athletic facilities are dismal.

Jeff Barringer, assistant director for recruitment in the Columbia College Admissions office, spent 10 days in Kenya as part of a Leadercast Expedition in October.
(Photo submitted by Jeff Barringer)

“Not only were these student teams playing at the professional level, they were winning,” says Barringer, a 2012 and 2017 graduate of Columbia College. “But when I looked at their campus, the basketball court was uneven and outdoors, the track was gravel, and runoff from a nearby hospital collected in the middle of their field. Everything they had was what we would consider to be an excuse to not be successful.”

Now, back in Columbia, Missouri, Barringer is taking these examples from the Leadercast Expedition trip to heart. Barringer, Columbia College’s assistant director for recruitment in the Admissions office, never thought he’d end up going, but his wife Amber, executive assistant for the senior vice president and chief operating officer at the school, had other plans.

“A bunch of people from Columbia College went to Leadercast this year, and my wife and I were there. They had a little flyer for the trip in their program, and I kind of reached over like, ‘Oh, that’s cool,’ and didn’t think anything else of it,” says Barringer. “Well, she decided to contact the company and get an interview set up for me. So, she kind of got the ball rolling. I did the interview with Duane (Cummings), the CEO, and he picked 16 people out of all the people he interviewed. I was one of the ones selected for it. Kind of cool.”

The 10-day trip included a safari, interactions with local Maasai tribe leaders and visits with the players of Mathare United, a professional soccer team made of athletes who live in Mathare, the second-largest slum in Africa. Their success despite challenges inspired Barringer, and he found even more to admire when he interacted with soccer athletes during a practice.

“One of the Mathare players and I connected really well,” says Barringer, pointing out the Mathare United bracelet on his wrist. “After we met, he wanted to talk more, so he walked all the way to our hotel and brought me a gift. I was humbled that someone just barely getting by would make that gesture, and I hope I can have that same impact on the people I serve.”

The idea of leadership as service is a core idea that Cummings taught Barringer, along with the ABCs of leadership: awareness, behavior and communication. Barringer is actively working on increasing his awareness of the needs of his new team.

“I kind of feel like leadership is one of those things that, if you’re not continually trying to get better, you won’t get any better at it,” says Barringer. “I’m trying to pay attention to each member of my team’s communication needs. The hardest part is to be intentional, because it’s really easy to focus on the conversation and not all the other cues.”

Barringer keeps the gifts from the Mathare player, a small bowl and a carved wooden elephant, with him in his office so he can remember the inspiration he found in the determined athletes.

A few floors up from Barringer’s office is the desk of Amanda Iman, a creative strategist in Columbia College’s Marketing department. The background of her desktop computer, surrounded by design magazines and books full of paper samples, often features photographs of Maasai singers in their traditional bright red, royal blue and deep purple clothes. She volunteers her graphic design and marketing know-how to a Tanzanian media production company, Pamoja Ministries, and is spending two weeks this December near where Barringer travelled in Africa.

Amanda Iman, a creative strategist in the Columbia College Marketing department, has volunteered in Tanzania and is traveling to the country again in December.
(Photo submitted by Amanda Iman)

“I volunteered with Pamoja and first traveled to Tanzania in 2010, worked on projects and helped launch the organization’s production company,” said Iman. “In working with Pamoja, both while in Tanzania or back home in the States, I’ve helped rebrand their organization, do PR for the world premiere of their movie, designed CD and DVD covers for children’s programming and Maasai music and even helped coordinate additional Maasai choir tours across North America.”

Iman, like Barringer, has found inspiration from her work and travels.

“One of my favorite things about this trip and working with this organization is that I can use the skills that I already have to be a part in showcasing a different side of a continent than is rarely seen in Western media,” said Iman. “There is such diversity, beauty and so many stories of hope that just need a little help getting their voices heard.”

Dr. Nathan Miller promoted to Associate Vice President of Adult Higher Education

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Faculty/Staff, Instagram | 0 comments

Dr. Nathan Miller promoted to Associate Vice President of Adult Higher Education

Columbia College President Scott Dalrymple recently announced the promotion of Dr. Nathan Miller from senior director for Student Success and Financial Aid to associate vice president of Adult Higher Education (AHE), the division of the college that supports its more than 30 locations around the country.

In this new role, Miller will help enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the AHE administration by assisting with the daily operational oversight of the division. He will collaborate with departments such as Enrollment and Marketing, Advancement and Academic Affairs while supporting Dr. Jeff Musgrove, vice president of AHE, in establishing and achieving the division’s goals.

“Dr. Miller has played a vital role in our student retention and financial aid efforts while assisting students at our locations around the country,” said Dalrymple. “His commitment to Columbia College and its mission is solid, and I look forward to watching him grow in this position.”

Miller joined the college in May 2008 as a course review specialist for the Online Education program. Since August 2014, he has served as director, then senior director, of Student Success. For the past year, Miller has had the additional responsibility of serving as senior director for Financial Aid in the Enrollment and Marketing division. In this role, he has worked to improve college retention rates, the cohort default rate and financial aid processing.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity to join Dr. Musgrove and his team in the Adult Higher Education division,” Miller said. “Helping students achieve their goals has been my focus since I’ve joined the college. This new position allows me to continue this work with a focus on the students served through the college’s nationwide program.”

In 2013, Miller earned his Ph.D. in in Education with a specialization in educational leadership and higher education from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He also earned two masters and a bachelor’s degree in various music emphases from the University of Missouri.

Miller is the chair of the Association for Continuing Higher Education for the Great Plains region and is also a member of the University and Professional Continuing Education Association. He is also a member of the Heart of Missouri United Way board of directors.

CC Employee Transitions – October 2017

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Faculty/Staff | 0 comments

CC Employee Transitions – October 2017

college colors day group photoIn addition to 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 October.

New Associates

  • Eran Eads, English Tutor, Fort Drum, New York – began 10/2/17
  • Jared Clark, Records Coordinator – Office of the Registrar, Columbia, Missouri – began 10/17/17
  • Jessica Stoermer, Accessibility Coordinator – Student Accessibility Resources, Columbia, Missouri – began 10/18/17
  • Chelsea Krattli, Admissions Contact Coordinator – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – began 10/23/17
  • Elizabeth Dennis, Process Coordinator, Kansas City, Missouri – began 10/30/17
  • Joshua LeComte, Admissions Operations Associate, Columbia, Missouri – begins 11/13/17
  • Carrie Hicks, Admissions Contact Coordinator – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – begins 11/20/17
  • Mary Jo Cochran, Custodian, Lake Ozark, Missouri – begins 12/4/17

 Transfers & New Positions:

  • April Longley from Assistant Director to Director of Institutional Compliance, Columbia, Missouri – began 10/30/17
  • Jennifer Tice from Field Technician to Field Engineer – Technology Services, Columbia, Missouri – begins 11/13/17
  • Jared Standridge from Student Support Assistant to Academic Advisor I, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia – begins 12/25/17

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 Employee Transitions – September 2017

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

CC Employee Transitions – September 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 September.

New Associates

  • Vinson Moore, Math Tutor, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama – began 9/5/17
  • Erica VanSteenhuse, English Tutor, Denver, Colorado – began 9/11/17
  • Hanna Brown, Academic Advisor I, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri – began 9/11/17
  • Samantha Cavlovich, Communications & Graphic Design Graduate Assistant – Athletics, Columbia, Missouri – began 9/12/17
  • Heather Woodward, Online Test Proctor, Crystal Lake, Illinois – began 9/22/17
  • John Bowles, Building Monitor, Fort Sill, Oklahoma – began 9/23/17
  • Olivia Vann, Project Manager – Technology Services, Columbia, Missouri – began 9/25/17
  • Vicki Nichols, Student Support Assistant, Lake County, Illinois – began 9/25/17
  • Jerrell Brenner, Tutoring Coordinator and Science Specialist – Tutoring Services, Columbia, Missouri – began 9/25/17
  • Wyatt Dawdy, Campus Safety Officer – Campus Safety, Columbia, Missouri – began 10/4/17
  • Eric Merritt, Network Engineer – Data Systems – Technology Services, Columbia, Missouri – began 10/9/17
  • Stephen Ridge, Enrollment Specialist – Enrollment Services Center, Columbia, Missouri – began 10/9/17
  • Michelle Rogge, Events Coordinator – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – begins 10/16/17
  • Jackson Portell, Admissions Process Coordinator – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – begins 10/16/17
  • Wesely Walsman, Academic Advisor I, Salt Lake City, Utah – begins 10/16/17

 Transfers & New Positions:

  • Bob Grayson from Campus Safety Officer I to Custodian – Custodial Services, Columbia, Missouri – began 9/18/17
  • Jenna Holzer from Admissions Contact Coordinator to Admissions Contact Center Team Lead – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – began 9/18/17
  • Kristopher Poore from Admissions Contact Coordinator to Admissions Contact Center Team Lead – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – began 9/18/17
  • Ivy Crigler from Academic Advisor I to Assistant Director, St. Louis, Missouri – began 10/2/17
  • Carol Smith from Regional Recruiter to Admissions Contact Coordinator – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – began 10/2/17
  • Felicia English from Regional Recruiter to Admissions Contact Coordinator – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – began 10/2/17
  • Deborah Calo from Regional Recruiter to Admissions Contact Coordinator – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – began 10/2/17
  • Janette Nichols from Regional Recruiter to Admissions Contact Coordinator – Admissions, Columbia, Missouri – began 10/2/17
  • Kim Coke from Director of New Student Programs – Student Affairs to Advisor – Student Support Services, Columbia, Missouri – begins 10/16/17

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.

Columbia College’s Falkowski honored by Missouri Lawyers Media

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Faculty/Staff | 0 comments

Columbia College’s Falkowski honored by Missouri Lawyers Media

Mark Falkowski

Missouri Lawyers Media recently announced its distinguished “In-House Counsel of the Year” awards for 2017. Columbia College General Counsel Mark Falkowski was honored by the organization as a top lawyer in the nonprofit or government organization category.

“I’m extremely humbled by this honor and to be in the company of the other great attorneys who play such important roles within their organizations,” said Falkowski. “I am fortunate to be part of a great leadership team at Columbia College, proud of the work we do on a daily basis, and lucky to practice in the exciting higher education field.”

Falkowski is one of 22 attorneys who will be recognized by the statewide publication at an awards banquet at the Clayton Plaza Hotel in Clayton, Missouri, on November 3. He was the only attorney recognized from the Columbia, Missouri, area.

Falkowski became the college’s first general counsel in October 2016. Before joining Columbia College, he worked as an attorney at Husch Blackwell LLP in St. Louis, where he played a key role in the firm’s higher education practice, which provides legal guidance to more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide. Falkowski earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in 2006 and completed his juris doctorate at Saint Louis University in 2010.

For more information on other honorees and about Missouri Lawyers Media, click here.

Cougar women’s basketball coach talks living and coaching in Columbia

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Faculty/Staff | 0 comments

Cougar women’s basketball coach talks living and coaching in Columbia

September 18, 2017 – via Inside Columbia Magazine

 “It is not very often a college coach — or any coach for that matter — is asked to write something on their own. We see many articles in the daily sports section about coaches and their athletic programs. They always come from the minds and talents of the individual writer. When asked to take this opportunity to write something about coaching, I couldn’t pass it up. As the new head coach at Columbia College for the women’s basketball program, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for letting me entertain you with my thoughts for the next couple of minutes.” – Taylor Possail

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