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Fort Leonard Wood holds community Halloween events

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Fort Leonard Wood, Nationwide | 0 comments

Fort Leonard Wood holds community Halloween events

Saturday, October 28 was a chilly morning, however it was perfect weather for a Zombie 5K Walk/Run.

Runners participate in the fifth annual Fort Leonard Wood Zombie 5K Walk/Run on Oct. 28. Proceeds from the event went to two local charities.
(Photo submitted)

Columbia College–Fort Leonard Wood hosted the fifth annual zombie 5K event at Waynesville Park, which is located in downtown Waynesville, Missouri. The event was held at 11 a.m. and continued until 1 p.m. on a brisk Saturday.

“The turnout of this event was outstanding.” Fort Leonard Wood location director Mike Siegel said.

There were more than 90 participants in the race, not including the supporters and volunteer zombies. Participants took part in the five-kilometer fun run, while being chased by “zombies.” The run included water stations and arrows directing runners over the course. During the zombie 5K, there were more than 20 volunteer “zombies” who participated, with the zombies dressed in distressed clothing and makeup. Everyone enjoyed taking part in the event.

The proceeds will be donated to the Janet’s Wish foundation and the Little Heroes Playground in Waynesville. Janet’s Wish is a nonprofit organization, founded in Waynesville, which provides services and items to individuals that are in hospice with terminal illnesses. The Little Heroes Playground is in the Waynesville City Park and is currently being constructed. When it is completed, the playground will provide a wheelchair-accessible playground for children.

After the fun run, the college staff and students hosted the annual Community Trunk or Treat in the park. More than 400 children attended the event. Fifteen businesses and individuals decorated their vehicles for Halloween. The children visited each vehicle and received treats. During the event, the children and parents voted on the best vehicle decorations. Certificates were awarded for the scariest, cutest, most festive and most creative.

Columbia College–Fort Leonard Wood would like to thank all who contributed for the Zombie 5K Walk/Run and the Trunk or Treat. We will be posting about the next event coming up shortly and hope to see everyone there!

 — Caitlin Beasley, academic advisor, Columbia College-Fort Leonard Wood

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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

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Celebrating Veterans Week: Sharing His Story

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Featured Story, Military | 0 comments

Celebrating Veterans Week: Sharing His Story

David Rogers’ seven-year Army career ended in 2013 but, when he sleeps, a recurring dream still takes him back to southern Afghanistan.

Columbia College-San Diego student David Rogers had his story included in the anthology “The Fire Within: Shedding Light on Trauma.”
(Photo submitted by David Rogers)

It always ends the same way, with some of his fellow soldiers asking him why he left. Sometimes he wakes up in tears, seeking out his dog, Bragg, for comfort.

“There’s this piece of me that’s always going to kind of be there in time with them,” Rogers said. “I knew that, in order for me to proceed with my life, it was time to make some changes and pursue other things. But I guess there’s a guilt that’s still kind of there.”

Rogers deals with those feelings, in part, by writing. His passion for writing started when he was in high school and, during his first deployment in the Philippines, he found it to be a good release for his emotions.

About a year after Rogers finished his third and final combat deployment, a high school friend who also served in the Army, Grant Rogers, approached him about a project. He had the idea for a book that included stories from 22 veterans about war and dealing with its aftermath.

The book, The Fire Within: Shedding Light on Trauma, came out in April. David Rogers’ story “Patrolling for Clemency,” based on his recurring dream and other facets of his combat experience, is part of the collection.

It’s not exactly how Rogers, who will receive his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Columbia College-San Diego next month, envisioned himself becoming a published author. But he is proud to be a part of it.

“I feel it was a way for me to kind of get some of the demons out of my closet,” Rogers said. “Sharing something like this, it took a lot for me. It was kind of like a support system, too, because there are all these other authors. I feel like it was a support group in that sense, in that we all had our story and we all had each other’s back. It was just very therapeutic overall.”

Rogers is one of more than 9,400 active-duty servicemembers, veterans or dependents that Columbia College served during the 2016-17 school year. During Veterans Week, from November 6-10, the college community wrote “thank you” notes to veterans and decorated Bass Commons on main campus with nearly 3,000 miniature American flags, one for each victim of the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

On November 10, the day before Veterans Day, director of Veterans Services Keith Glindemann led a remembrance ceremony in which the names of the 33 servicemembers who have lost their lives in the past year were read. Behind him, ceiling-to-floor banners displayed the names of all 6,930 American servicemembers who have been killed in the 16 years of war since the 9/11 attacks.

David Rogers served in the Army for seven years. Now, he’s on track to get his bachelor’s degree in December.
(Photo submitted by David Rogers)

Rogers’ path to Columbia College was fairly unconventional. After being honorably discharged from the Army, he got an irresistible urge to move to San Diego. He was living in Florida at the time and had never been to the city, but he wanted to make the move.

He started researching colleges in the area and came upon Columbia College.

“I got the number, called them and, within a week, maybe two, I already had my whole degree plan,” Rogers said. “I was making my move.”

Rogers had started community college once, in Florida, but it wasn’t the right fit. The majority of the student population was younger and, he said, “didn’t care to be there.” Columbia College’s San Diego location, which pulls in students from Naval Base San Diego and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, was more his speed.

“It was really great for me in the sense of that whole life transition from military to civilian life,” Rogers said. “I was constantly around like-minded individuals. With our location, everybody wants to be there.”

He also worked as the student employee at the location from March 2016 through July 2017, a time in which he got to interact with Marines and sailors who are in the same shoes he was not too long ago: looking to start their higher education journey without a clue of how to go about it. Through his time as a student employee, the San Diego staff became a second family for Rogers.

“My mom came to visit last year when I walked for my associate (degree), and it was the first time she’d ever been in San Diego,” Rogers said. “I got to bring her along and she met (location director) Diana (Schriefer) and the whole team. She loves them to death. It’s so nice having a home away from home.”

Rogers hopes to start law school next year. He wants to go into labor and employment law, so he can help veterans navigate the convoluted systems of health care and disability pay. He also hopes to combine that with his business administration degree to do pro bono work helping veterans who want to start businesses secure all the necessary licenses and certificates.

And he wants to go on writing. Someday, he hopes to publish a collection of his writings from the time he joined the Army in 2006 through his transition back to civilian life.

Rogers’ hope is that The Fire Within can serve as inspiration for other veterans who struggle with similar demons. He and the other 21 contributors to the book correspond regularly in a Facebook chat group. One of them recently told the story of a friend who had served with him in Iraq, one who was contemplating suicide.

He read the book. He decided against it.

“That, in itself, is just amazing,” Rogers said. “I’ve had a ton of my close personal friends reach out (about my story) like, ‘Oh man, that’s just dead on.’ It resonated with a lot of them. My mom, she said that after reading (the book), it helped her understand better what was going on, just with so many different perspectives.”

Missouri emerges as home of college eSports

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Day Campus, Students | 0 comments

Missouri emerges as home of college eSports

Coach Duong Pham and the Columbia College eSports team prepare for their quarterfinal match against Ohio State at the Midwest Campus Clash in April, 2017.
(Photo by Kaci Smart)

October 23-25, 2017 –

The home of collegiate eSports is right in the middle of nowhere. Flyover country, they call it. This isn’t the West Coast, where the North American League of Legends Championship Series and Overwatch League live. It isn’t the Northeast with its vibrant fighting game community. No, this is a part of the country best known for being flat. But through a confluence of coincidences and coordination, it’s become the biggest player in varsity eSports, with the most programs in the nation and the most success in the collegiate League of Legends scene. Welcome to Missouri, the home of college eSports. took a trip to tour the state’s five college eSports programs in September to figure out why schools in St. Louis, Columbia and Bolivar became champions of the college eSports craze.

“Midwest emerges as home of college eSports” –

“A college esports love triangle lies at the heart of varsity League play” –

Coach Taylor Possail brings new energy to Cougars women’s hoops

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Featured Story, Students | 0 comments

Coach Taylor Possail brings new energy to Cougars women’s hoops

Taylor Possail doesn’t get the kids’ musical taste nowadays, what with their Ne-Yos, Drakes and Taylor Swifts.

Coach Taylor Possail is in his first season leading the Columbia College women’s basketball team, after he spent the past three years as former coach Jessica Keller’s assistant.
(Photo by Kaci Smart)

OK, so maybe the first-year Columbia College head women’s basketball coach does have a soft spot for Swift. And a secret one for the rest of his players’ music.

“He pretends not to like the rappers, but he really likes them,” Cougars sophomore forward Raegan Wieser said.

“We play it in the locker room and he opens his door so he can hear it,” sophomore guard Jordan Alford added.

Regardless, things were different when Possail was getting his degree at Winona State University in Minnesota. You know, all the way back in 2012.

“The funny thing is I do like their music, but I never tell them that,” Possail said. “You’ve got to keep them guessing a little bit.”

The 28-year-old Possail doesn’t exactly fit the stereotype of a collegiate head coach. He’s less than a decade older than most of his players and can commiserate with the sorts of challenges faced by college students in the 2010s.

His three years on the Cougars’ staff as former coach Jessica Keller’s assistant, a period in which the team posted a 75-24 record, showed Columbia College Athletic Director Bob Burchard all he needed to know when Keller took an assistant coaching post at NCAA Division I school Illinois State in April.

Burchard hired Possail to succeed Keller, which was welcome news to the Cougars’ players. Even if it did raise a few eyebrows around the NAIA.

“It comes off as a compliment,” Possail said. “This program is so well-known and well-run, lot of history and tradition here at Columbia College.”

Possail got his first basketball coaching job at 19 years old. By 23, he was head coach of the girls basketball team at Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton High School in Janesville, Minn.

He had previously worked with Keller at Minnesota State-Mankato and, when Burchard hired Keller to run the Columbia College women’s basketball program before the 2014-15 season, Possail told her that he’d love to come along as assistant coach.

Possail had never even been on campus when he took the job.

“I couldn’t be more happy with that decision,” said Possail, who earned NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year honors after last season. “It took some risk, obviously, but it paid off.”

Possail plans to play a more uptempo brand of basketball than Keller, one in which the Cougars try to wring as many possessions as they can out of a game. The goal is to get a bunch of looks at the basket, and Possail believes his team has the shooters to fit his high-volume style.

The Cougars return five players who shot at least 36 percent from 3-point range last year: Alford, Wieser, sophomore Grey Hayes, junior Sarah Walters and junior Ashlee Marlatt, who ranked 24th in the NAIA last year with 74 3-pointers and 34th with a 38.1 3-point percentage.

“If we get going and all of us are making it, it’s going to be really hard to stop us,” Alford said. “All of us can shoot it. That’s going to be hard to defend.”

Columbia College is ranked No. 16 in the nation to start the year and brings back 92 percent of its scoring from last season and honorable mention All-Americans in Marlatt and Morgan Brandt.

Alford is also back healthy after missing the final two months last season with a knee injury. She led the team in scoring at 14.5 points per game before the injury.

“It’s almost the same team (as last year),” Wieser said. “We’re gelling well right now, and this is only the very beginning of the season. I’m excited to see where we’ll be in just a couple more weeks. I think we’ll be playing really well.”

Possail realizes the dynamic between he and the players has changed a bit. So he has made it a point to stress that, even though his title has changed, he’s still the same person that he was as an assistant for the past three years.

“We spend so much time together that they end up being like sisters,” Possail said. “You know how family is: Sometimes you get along, sometimes you’re not getting along but, at the end of the day, you always have each other’s back. That’s why we talk about family quite often. It really keeps us as a close-knit group and keeps that cohesiveness that we’re looking for.”

Possail was in charge on the sidelines for the first time at Columbia College as his team played host to the Cougars vs. Cancer Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 3-4. The Cougars scored 84 points a game in wins over Mount Mercy University and Culver-Stockton College.

He’s 2-0 in his collegiate head coaching career. But the players still get to pick the pre-game music.

“Even if I don’t like it, I will suffer for the team,” Possail said, with a laugh.

Read below for quick preview information on the Columbia College men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Men’s Basketball

Preseason Ranking — No. 7

Head Coach — Bob Burchard (30th season)

2016-17 Record: 27-6, 19-3 AMC; NAIA Tournament 2nd Round

2017-18 Schedule

2017-18 Roster

Team Photo

Women’s Basketball

Preseason Ranking — No. 16

Head Coach — Taylor Possail (first season)

2016-17 Record: 26-7, 19-5 AMC; NAIA Tournament 1st Round

2017-18 Schedule

2017-18 Roster

Team Photo

Music students shine at Roots N Blues festival

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Featured Story, Students | 0 comments

Music students shine at Roots N Blues festival

Laura Rowe and Logan Moore have been singing together for nearly a decade, starting from when their junior high choir programs merged, through their time at Hickman High School and into their senior year Columbia College.

Columbia College music students (from left) Logan Moore, Laura Rowe and Carter Moore perform at the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival on Oct. 1.
(Photo by Madison Rowe)

They have performed in a number of prestigious settings — New York City’s Carnegie Hall comes to mind — but have never gotten a showcase for their range as musicians quite like the one they experienced in their hometown on Oct. 1, at the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Columbia’s Stephens Lake Park.

Roots N Blues, an annual event, brings rock, blues, soul, country and roots music acts from all over the country to Columbia for three days of performances. This year, one of the 33 groups to perform was “Broadway Blues,” a collection of 10 artists affiliated through the Broadway Christian Church in Columbia.

Moore has performed with Broadway Blues at the festival for the past three years. For Rowe and Moore’s younger brother, Carter — a Columbia College sophomore — this year was their debut.

They took the Great Southern Bank Stage for a 45-minute set at 11:30 a.m. on a Sunday, with a couple hundred people watching.

“It’s a music festival, so no one’s interested in coming up super close to the stage. Everyone kind of found a shady spot,” Rowe said. “A lot of our family and close friends came down into the pit area, and they got to be right in front of us. They also have a video projection, so they’re filming it and it’s up on the big screen next to the stage, too.”

Rowe said events such as Roots N Blues show the openness that Nollie Moore — Logan and Carter’s father — encourages as head of the Columbia College Music program, as well as the versatility of his students. Other music schools tend to silo vocalists into their specialties, whether it be theater, opera, classical or other genres.

Moore doesn’t mind if his students stray from their disciplines to other ventures, such as garage rock bands or, in this case, music festival performances.

“My parents always joke, ‘Oh, you sang something we recognize!’ That’s a fun experience, to do something a little bit different,” Rowe said. “It just shows what a great place it would be to come to Columbia College if you have multiple interests. It just says a lot about our program and the willingness our program has to see students succeed.”

The Roots N Blues set mixed in folk, soft rock, bluegrass and some contemporary Christian. In Rowe’s words, “feel-good, uptempo stuff.” There were two instrumental pieces in which the guitars, mandolin violin and piano got to strut their stuff, along with a five-piece vocal harmony on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” a song for all the female singers and a duet between Logan and Carter.

Rowe even had her own solo piece: the Audrey Assad ballad “Restless,” with Carter providing background vocals.

“We’re always playing around, joking, never serious with each other. Then you get on stage, it’s like we can’t even look at each other without laughing, just because that’s our relationship,” Rowe said. “So to get on stage and both understand how much that song meant to us and how important that moment was, to be able to look at each other and not laugh, just to feel that energy and how cool that was between us, that was definitely the highlight.”

Rowe took an unorthodox path to the Columbia College Music program. She started at nearby William Woods University as a golfer and science major before deciding she needed a change. She came back home to study science at Columbia College and, in her first semester, Moore talked her into taking voice lessons. A couple of weeks later, she sang theater at a competition and placed second.

She’s set to earn her music degree, with a vocal performance concentration, in December. From there, she plans on continuing to run her photography business, but music will always play a significant part in her life.

A passion she rediscovered at her hometown college.

“When people are looking for colleges, they think you have to go so far away to find something cool,” Rowe said. “You really don’t, if people would just invest in looking at what’s around them.”

Check out below for a photo gallery from Rowe and the Moore brothers’ performance at Roots N Blues.


Be true to your school: Columbia College alumni artists shine

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Academics, Alumni, Day Campus | 0 comments

Be true to your school: Columbia College alumni artists shine

Dan Gemkow ’05 (courtesy of Columbia Missourian)

via the Columbia Daily Tribune – October 15, 2017

Living in a college town, it can be easy to get swept up in the latest higher education rankings. It seems like a different list is published each day: What school offers the most bang for your buck? Which have the strongest alumni networks? Which school is the safest bet for a left-handed student paying out-of-state tuition? These listings have their purposes, but it seems like two factors should loom the largest. What creative or innovative work is the school engaged in today? And how well has it prepared past students to make their way in the world? By those standards, the art department at Columbia College is sitting near the head of its class. Right now, two alums are augmenting the work of current students by displaying pieces of resonance in the school’s galleries.

 “Be true to your school: Columbia College alumni artists shine” – Columbia Daily Tribune

‘Girls Who Game’ event makes connections through cooperative gaming

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Events, Featured Story | 0 comments

‘Girls Who Game’ event makes connections through cooperative gaming

Dr. Piyusha Singh does not profess to be an avid gamer. Columbia College’s chief of staff and vice president for Online Education knows her way around a computer, sure, but has never been one to don the headset and engage in tactical cyber campaigns with virtual teammates from around the world.

Columbia College assistant eSports coach Matt Meininger looks on as participants play the computer game Overwatch in the campus Game Hut at the college’s inaugural “Girls Who Game” event Sept. 30.
(Photo by Kaci Smart)

Needless to say, she was a bit outclassed when she put fingers to keyboard and played the game Overwatch with the middle school participants at Columbia College’s inaugural “Girls Who Game” event in the campus Game Hut on September 30.

Going into battle against a group of 11-to-13-year-old competitors, Singh was first “eliminated” within 20 seconds. During the five-minute game, she managed to pull off three eliminations while getting herself eliminated eight times.

Not bad for a beginner.

“I’m not a gamer,” Singh said. “Though I think I would have been if I had this kind of support when I was their age.”

Columbia College welcomed 11 participants in for its daylong Girls Who Game event, including one who came all the way from Minnesota. After going through a game creation seminar in the morning, the participants played Overwatch and other games in the afternoon. Their competitive side was very much present, given the noise in the room.

One of the day’s main goals was to connect the girls with others their age who shared their interests.

“Many of the girls who came to our camp said they did so because they enjoy gaming but and are not finding other girls to play with,” Singh said. “I think it’s just cool for them to see other people their age, like them, with the same interests they have. We also found that they were a really skilled group and we could cover a lot of concepts that we didn’t think we’d get to.”

Online Education instructional designer Andi Rosario helped walk the girls through the game design paces in the morning session, a task for which they all showed impressive aptitude.

The kids were able to pick things up faster than the adults.

“We learned stuff from them,” Singh said. “When they had a problem, another team was solving it for them. They’re a sharp lot.”

In the afternoon, Columbia College eSports head coach Duong Pham, assistant coach Matt Meininger, senior strategic analyst Drake Porter and player Jonathan Song put participants through a crash course in Overwatch, though some of the girls were already extremely well-versed.

Even though Columbia College’s eSports program is open to men and women, Singh said that only two of the 300 applicants the school received in the last recruiting call came from women. It’s a problem that faces coeducational eSports programs all over the country.

“If you look at the research, there are a lot of girls and women playing games, they’re just not playing these kinds of games competitively,” Singh said. “We’re hoping that Columbia College can help grow a gaming culture where women and girls can feel confident. That if we give them the support they need when they are younger, they will take that confidence with them into their lives whether in gaming or elsewhere. No matter what you do (for a career) now, you’re going to come into contact with technology. Who knows where this goes for them? That’s how so many of us found our careers. We did something, it was fun, and we said, ‘Let me learn more about it.’ If we can do that for some girls that would be wonderful.”

Based on the success of this year’s event, Singh said, Columbia College could be open to holding similar opportunities in the future: maybe even a weeklong summer camp.

More opportunities to connect for girls who game. And more chances to Singh to practice her Overwatch.

“We’re not trying to make anybody an expert in one day,” Singh said. “They know how to learn it now and can move forward if they want to. You don’t really need to do much. You just have to spark their interest and create the right environment.”

For a photo gallery from “Girls Who Game” check the thumbnails below:


Columbia College names Constitution Day essay winners

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Students | 0 comments

Columbia College names Constitution Day essay winners

Columbia College held an essay competition as part of its festivities to celebrate national Constitution Day on September 17.

Columbia College Constitution Day essay contest winners (from left) Connor Woodward, Bailey Parks and Seth Schenck.
(Photo by Kaci Smart)

The federal holiday commemorates the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, and Columbia College offered a contest for students to write about which of the 27 amendments to the Constitution is most important to current American society.

Connor Woodward earned first place for his essay on the 19th Amendment, which allowed women the right to vote. Seth Schenck earned second place with his essay on the 14th Amendment, which provides for equal protection under law to all American citizens, and Bailey Parks earned third place for her essay on the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery.

The essays, which were no longer than 1,000 words and included at least three citations from recent works to bolster the students’ arguments, were graded on a rubric by Dr. Terry Smith, professor of political science, Dr. Barry Langford, associate professor of criminal justice administration, and Dr. David Roebuck, dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

The first-place essay earned a prize of $250, second place earned $150 and third place earned $100.

Congratulations to all the winners! You can read their essays by clicking on the links below.

First place — Connor Woodward, “The Social Contract and the 19th Amendment: An Exploration of Governmental Legitimacy”

Second place — Seth Schenck, “Equal Protection and Citizenship Today: The 14th Amendment’s Significance in Current American Society”

Third place — Bailey Parks, “Without the 13th Amendment”

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

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