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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

READ MORE:  “Net Gains” – Inside Columbia Magazine

Dr. Piyusha Singh named Columbia College Chief of Staff

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

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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.