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Cougar softball enjoys record-breaking season

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Featured Story, Students | 0 comments

Cougar softball enjoys record-breaking season

Watching her team drop its season opener told Columbia College softball coach Wendy Spratt pretty much all she needed to know about the 2017 Cougars.

The 2017 Columbia College softball team finished fourth at the NAIA World Series, the highest finish in program history.
(Photo by Cindy Potter)

Columbia College, coming off a season in which it missed out on postseason play, took on reigning national champion Oklahoma City University on a neutral field in Fort Worth, Texas, on Feb. 10 to kick off both teams’ seasons and suffered a 2-0 loss.

But it was a loss in which the Cougars put more runners on base than Oklahoma City and chased the Stars’ starting pitcher after four innings.

“Although we didn’t win the game, we played very well with them,” Spratt said. “At that point, our confidence really soared, because this is the best team in the country and we just played with them. So we can be the best team in the country. I think that was the best thing that could’ve happened to us.”

The Cougars lost only six more times during the rest of their 48-7 campaign, winning both the American Midwest Conference regular-season and tournament champions, advancing to their first NAIA World Series since 2010 and finishing fourth at the national championship tournament, their best World Series finish in program history.

Columbia College posted a 23-1 record in the AMC, and four of its seven losses came to teams that finished in the top 25 nationally, including national champion Oklahoma City, runner-up Corban and third-place team LSU-Alexandria. Another came to Missouri S&T, an NCAA Division II team.

“They believed in themselves and each other. We had that confidence going in, before the season started,” said Spratt, who was an All-American as a player for the Cougars and has led them to an 832-392 record over 23 years as head coach. “They knew the potential of the team that we had. Everybody wanted to get better every day, and they worked hard because they knew that we could win a national championship. That was our goal all year, and they really believed they could do it.”

After the close call against Oklahoma City, the Cougars swept their way to six wins and the Gulf Coast Invitational gold bracket championship in Gulf Shores, Alabama, at the beginning of March, run-ruling then-No. 12 Campbellsville for the title.

Columbia College had lost all five games at Gulf Shores the year prior.

“We saw how well we could all play and knew that, if we kept that up, we would end up where we did this year,” said sophomore infielder Molly Carter, a Columbia native. “We put in a lot of hard work, because we knew we had high expectations.”

The Cougars combined a potent offensive attack up and down their lineup with a devastating one-two punch in the pitching circle to make history this season.

The first three batters in the order all earned All-America honors: leadoff hitter Carly Spalding and Carter, the three-hole hitter, were first-team All-Americans, while No. 2 batter Theresa DeCosty was a second-team All-American.

Sophomore Molly Carter set single-season program records in home runs (14) and runs batted in (87) for the Cougars this season.
(Photo by Cindy Potter)

Spalding set Columbia College single-season records in hits (95) and stolen bases (57), while Carter set program records in home runs (14) and runs batted in (87). DeCosty hit .439 for the season, with 48 stolen bases in 50 attempts.

“We were fast and aggressive on the bases and caused havoc for other teams,” Spratt said. “You got Molly up, she’s going to put it in fair territory and hit it hard. You’ve got two girls with exceptional speed that can run the bases. It didn’t happen very often that one or the other wasn’t on base when Molly came up. Therefore, it set up her RBI record.”

In the circle, Paxton Welch and Lauren McCroskie each won more than 20 games and maintained earned-run averages of less than 1.50, as the Cougars outscored their opponents by an average of 5.4 runs per game. Welch went 23-5 with a 1.44 ERA, and McCroskie was 22-2 with a 1.40 ERA.

Spratt said that, while in years past Welch carried the team in the postseason, McCroskie was very effective at sharing the load this year. The two had skill sets that complemented each other, and graduate assistant and pitching coach Jordan Logan called pitch sequences that played to their strengths.

“We were kind of able to feed off each other. If one of us was having a bad day, we were able to pick each other up,” Welch said. “We are both good pitchers, but we’re different styles. She (pitches) in a little more and has a better offspeed than I do, but I go out a little more and mine might break a little more than hers do. It just kind of worked out to where we could go back and forth and switch teams up with that difference.”

The Cougars are losing a lot of talent to graduation after this season, with DeCosty, McCroskie, Spalding and Welch all moving on. But Columbia College also returns the core of a lineup that includes Carter, .400 hitters Allyson Metz and Rachel Sullivan and run producers Alexandra Linck and Karli Leeper, as well as pitcher Kaitlyn Nottelmann, who posted a 2.27 ERA over 24 2/3 innings as a freshman this year.

They’ll get the chance to build off the success of the 2017 Cougars, who reached heights no other Columbia College softball team had before.

“It’s just been a really special year. It was like a family,” Spratt said. “The coaching staff, we talked about it daily if not weekly, that this was a special team, this was a special time. We were going to enjoy every moment of it, because it doesn’t happen every year.”

Nursing student wins March of Dimes award

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Featured Story, Instagram, Students | 0 comments

Nursing student wins March of Dimes award

Angela Crutchfield had to hear her name announced twice before she fully realized what had happened.

Crutchfield, standing on stage at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel last Nov. 19 with other finalists at the March of Dimes’ Nurse of the Year Awards Gala, needed a moment to let it sink in that she had won the trophy in the Licensed Practical Nurse category.

Columbia College student Angela Crutchfield won the Licensed Practical Nurse award at the 2016 March of Dimes’ Nurse of the Year Awards Gala. (Photo by Kaci Smart)

“I was like, ‘Wait … you mean me?’” Crutchfield said. “I didn’t have a speech. I didn’t have anything. My son, he’s a big sports player, he’s, like, yelling from the audience.

“It felt really good. It was unexpected.”

Crutchfield has been an LPN for 14 years and currently works in MU Health Care’s inpatient neurosciences unit. She is pursuing her Associate of Science in Nursing degree at Columbia College — with an expected graduation date this December — and plans to move on to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

She was one of more than 600 nurses nominated for the March of Dimes awards last year, due to her efforts when she was working with foster children in MU Health Care’s otolaryngology department. She noticed that some of the foster children’s information was still accessible by former foster parents or their biological parents, some of whom had been removed from the children’s lives because of abuse or other forms of neglect.

From Crutchfield’s awareness, MU Health Care was able to team with the Family Support Division in the state Department of Social Services to come up with a new system.

“It was this red flag. The university was like, ‘We never thought of that,’” Crutchfield said. “We kind of figured out some different methods and policies to put forth and a phone number hotline to call if we had somebody who needed immediate removal of being able to access that child.”

After her nomination for the March of Dimes award, Crutchfield had to fill out a questionnaire about her qualifications and aspirations in the field of nursing. Not her strongest suit, given that she is not used to stepping into the spotlight and bragging about herself.

So, when the literal spotlight shined on her during her acceptance speech at the gala, it was an even more unusual — yet greatly appreciated — moment.

“The recognition you get from patients is important and what keeps you going,” Crutchfield said. “But when, also, your peers recognize that, it’s kind of a different feeling. It gives you a feeling of accomplishment for sure.”

(Submitted by Angela Crutchfield)

Crutchfield somehow finds a way to fit work, school and being a mother of four children into her jam-packed schedule. She juggles hospital shifts and tries to secure at least two “off” days per month, though she still has studying and other tasks to fulfill.

She said she appreciates the flexibility Columbia College has afforded her while she pursues her associate degree. That, combined with the reputation of the school’s nursing program, has her positioned well for the future.

“I’ve had some charge nurses and management (at the university) saying that they actually prefer to hire from Columbia College over some of the others,” Crutchfield said, “because of the hands-on and bedside experience and the things that we’re taught here as far as patient interaction, instead of just focusing on the book knowledge. They do a lot more clinical application through this program than, I think, some of the other ones.”

Crutchfield hopes that, by furthering her education in the field, she can be more informative as a go-between for doctors and patients, someone who can interact with patients and relay diagnoses and instructions from doctors in ways that are easily accessible.

She told the crowd at the March of Dimes gala that, because she’s in school to become a registered nurse, she may be back as a winner in an RN category at some point in the future.

Maybe she’ll even have a speech prepared.

“The nursing profession can be very tiring. You can feel like you’re not making a difference,” Crutchfield said. “So it kind of rejuvenated me, actually, after over a decade of nursing. It made me almost feel young in this career again. Like, ‘I can do this. We can make a difference.’”

Spring 2017 Semester dean’s list announced

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Academics, Students | 0 comments

Spring 2017 Semester dean’s list announced

Congratulations to the following students who were named to the Columbia College dean’s list for the Spring Semester (January-April 2017)! To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have completed 12 semester hours in a 16-week period and achieved a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0-point scale.

Coast Guard Island | Crystal Lake | Day Campus | Denver | Elgin | Evening Campus | Fort Leonard Wood | Fort Sill | Fort Stewart | Fort Worth | Freeport | Guantanamo Bay | Hancock Field | Hunter Army Airfield | Jacksonville | Jefferson City | Kansas City | Lake County | Lake of the Ozarks | Lemoore | Los Alamitos | Mesquite | Moberly | NAS Jacksonville | NS Everett/Marysville | Online Education | Orlando | Patrick Air Force Base | Redstone Arsenal | Rolla | Salt Lake | San Diego | San Luis Obispo | Springfield | St. Louis | Whidbey Island


Coast Guard Island – California

First Name
Last Name
Kurt Kuntzmann
Claire Wynkoop
Mariah Beaudoin
Tenari Brown


Crystal Lake – Illinois

First Name
Last Name
Jessica Maka
Jim O’Donnell
Katelyn Beeksma
Lorrie Janeczko
Katherine Richter
Kristin Molyneux
Alex Karlin
Alma Landa
Kayla Knaak
Lisa Buechel
Angel Torres
Zackery Sujak
Carissa Stauss
Joanna Sasiadek
Mindy Auld
Jenna Ehrhardt
Blake Dust
Nathalia Henrickson
Kent Groves
Janelle Dunivan
Renee Trojan
Rosemary Arnold
Grant Bidwell
Amanda Allen
Daniel Harridge
Zachary Vande Logt
Ashley Bonni
Yazmin Aceves
Kaitlyn Dorsey
Nicole Liebmann
Tamara Barrera
Jennifer Chicas
Nicole Harris
Phillip Bridges
Brittany Rollins
Kenneth Wiltse
Luis Caba


Day Campus – Columbia, Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Gabriela Walton Lecompte
Rachel Gilroy
Joshua Morrison
Anastasia Jung
Jesse Brown
Grey Hayes
Michael Bowen
Reed Sprinkle
Nicolas Reynolds
Jessica Marron
Leah Hoveln
Brandon Root
Allison Krieg
Kelsey Snider
Chloe Tiemann
Nathan Biggs
Taylor Emery
Abigail McCracken
Allison Rieske
Samantha Meyer
Samantha Cavlovich
Samantha Gamache
Seth Schenck
Paige Garrett
Clara Hagedorn
Gabrielle Edwards
Joshua Vitoux
Jacklyn Erger
Evan Johnson
Elizabeth Schimpf
Erin Weaver
McKenzie Gamache
Theresa Decosty
Brittany Fangrow
Lauren Lagemann
Hannah Sutton
Rachel Sullivan
Michael Twellman
Alexis Russell
Anna Weeden
Marisa Reinhold
Emilee Hanne
Alix Ray
Emily Bouldin
Caitlynn Metze
Michael Hazelwonder
Abbegail Robinson
William Vanboening
Kayla Poeling
David Delia
Alyssa Riefesel
Cameron Durst
Kayla Merrell
Cassidy Johnston
Jarrett McCarty
Sawyer Tarr
Mercedes Nute
Katy Cook
Claire Whitney
Raegan Wieser
John Meyer
Timothy Fox
Zachary Felz
Hayden Ludwig
Natalie Dummitt
Hannah Crone
Emily Holt
Joseph Gorombey
Claudia Wall
Lauren McCroskie
Landon Parker
Jacob Thompson
Klarissa McAuley
Bailey Parks
Rebecca Whitworth
Jacob McGinnis
Mollie Wilson
Calah Tackett
Ashley Stiefermann
Zach Burns
Ashley Wood
Tanner Atteberry
Morgan Bowden
Jade John
Kaitlyn Tambke
Christine Chase
Lori Acock
Jordan Hampton
Jesse Simpson
Charlie Hollingsworth
Grace Young
Kelsey Farley
Spencer Wolf
Olivia Little
Ryan Gettler
Jordan Poire
Allyson Metz
Abigail Beshuk
Alyssa Large
Elaine Nelson
Tausha Reed
Justin Odonnell
Kiley Frazier
Cecelia Peters
Morgan Downes
Zoe Parker
Brooke Wooten
Molly Klein
Jessica Scott
Brianna Thompson
Hope Grob
Michael Mehrhoff
Jillian Staton
Julia Rages
Jordan Ulrich
Kaitlyn McHughs
Logan Moore
Theodore Stokes
Samuel Emerson
Kathleen Wright
Sandy Chaidez
Emily Deeken
Omara Ouk
Dung Pham
Anna Remus-Tamerius
Michael Wampler
Molly Carter
Johnny Tadzhibayev
Samantha Thiry
Holli Dieker
Nam Le
James Le
Rachel McKernan
Lacey Kennedy
Miriam Hyde
Eric Levine
Hannah Warburton
Christy Swartz
Kevin Weston
Kavita Surapaneni
Krystian Burlinski
Devin Sander
Jordyn Kendall
Jessica Baldwin
Abigail O’Brien
Anna Ralls
Afifa Saburi
Kristen Tucker
Abigail Brown
Tanner Cranford
Tiffany Weaver
Narges Zare
Kelsey Perry
Jackson Dubinski
Gabrielle Mistretta
Molly-Mae Godwin
Laurie Frew
Megan Carlyle
Joseph Koetting
Kaitlyn Cook
Landon Miller
Andrew Pieper
Sophia Redelfs
Ashley Rippeto
Prince Chingarande
Kelsey Mirts
Roberto Caputo
Renee Brochu
Bret Weise
Jeani Stannard
Edward Jose
Nell Chronister
Danielle Hrdina
Michael Nichols
Andrew Schnagl
Alexandra Flakne
Friederike Dorothea Caroline Albrecht
Genevieve Rothwell
Todd Roberts
Zachary Hutchinson
Jason Mathews
Briana Winn
Lucy Kingsley
Rory James
Brooke Williamson
Bailey Humphreys
Hannah Stambaugh
Thomas Skosky
Rotshak Dakup
Akhil Noel
Khanh Nguyen
Matija Ceraj
Martha Imoniana
Peiyi Liu
Ai Van Nguyen
Saskia Cairnes
Tanisha Lyngdoh
Johanna Mueller
Peter-Klemens Grafe
Deanne Emde
Rachel Emde
Allison Hodge
Zachary McAdams
Daymond Dollens
Victoria Parsons
David Holliday
Katie Blake
Jennifer Hill
Michaela Horstman
Rachel Guse
Austin McBee
Theresa Fuemmeler
Tara Fuemmeler
Mason McCaleb
Elizabeth Brush
Brianna Bogucki
Rebecca Reed
Alexander Roberts
Lauren Richardson
Courtney Bales
Yoko Lea
Carlie Carothers-Black
Jordan Sayre
John Heimann
Anthea Rackley
Kerigan Wessing
Laura Rowe
Sarah Walters
Kaleena Logan
Caroline Kelly
Oran White
Nathan Perkins
Emma Laney
Reagan Paterson
Ashlee Marlatt
Alexis Uffmann
Shannon Gordes
Wade Howser
Bryan Nelson
Alyson Goodale
Brandon Hattaway
Lauren Adams
Carlie Howe
Stacie Torske
Allison Garcia
Iain McTurk


Denver – Colorado 

First Name
Last Name
Jeramie-Anne Kream
Tayla Gatewood
Onon Enkhtaivan
Long Nhan Pham Nguyen
Barsha Dahal
Amanda Arias
Donald Haggitt
Eunice Huff
Jordan Isaacs
Richard Duskey
Brian Long
Bishal Shrestha
Eric Reschke
Myles Crane
Jenna Long
Rafia Sagheer
Qubeen Ranabhat
Katelyn Abbott
Oyunbileg Tamir
Rohit Suwal
Cindy Wright
Reema Khatri
Ngim Chhamji Sherpa


Elgin – Illinois 

First Name
Last Name
Troy Davidson
Nicholas Hackl
Amanda Hinojosa
Rachel Kinderknecht
Agnieszka Kurzawa
Ashley Dominguez
Khamla Khoxayo
Charles Mercurio
Robyn Stanke
Briannon Schmidt
Claire Bechard
Geraldine Rabey
Kristen Kolodziejski
Stephanie LeRoy
Jose Alvarado
Taylor Lantz
Deizy Horta
Alexandra Fischer
Christina Aagesen
Robert Smith
Janet Gavina
Cassie Wheeler
Katharine Chitwood
Tabitha Lunsford
Jarveen Pearson
Yolanda Del Real
Isaac Phillips


Evening Campus – Columbia, Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Rodnese Jones
Nicolas Cook
Niki Freie
Nicole Phillips
Brett Peukert
Victoria Whitaker
Riley Hedberg
Annie Carpenter
Jack Burris
Heather Willman
Edward Harrison
Nichole Murphy
Heather Williams
Kena Lederle
Francesca Nichols
Amy Reed
Carman Seay
Sabrina Blankenship
Carolyn Brewer
Kyle Simpson
Alexis Berhorst
Jennifer Cuvillier
Emily Smith
Chelsea Strope
Brian Smith
Tatyana Salaz
Derik Yeager
Erika Furlong
Matthew Loring
Reba Babicky
Jacqueline Marcink
Beau Eudaly
Ebony Ross
Olatunde Opakunle
Jessica Aversman
Matthew Pry
Chelsea Urie
Jeremy Simkins
Nghia Manning
Laura Dykstra
Gavin O’Blennis
Cynthia Post
Jason Province
Amy Mason
Jodi Ellis
Patricia Creason
Amanda Group
Leslie Campbell
Barbara Raines
Aaron Timma
Angela Hills
Megan Tupper
Abbie Lewis
Amy Strother
Courtney Grissum
Jacalyn Leake
Jenna Stewart
Philip King
Shawn Oberhaus
Linda Moss
David Roberts
Heidi Buxton
Chloe Perkins
Breanna Market
Claire Jeffery
Daryn Stark
Crystal Peterson
Beth Ellison
Nicholas Leonhard
Wenyu Wu
Nicolas Gorham
Derek Landes
Breanna Heidari
Carrie Shackelford
Keegan Ehler
Michael Timpe
Alan Quinones
Tatianna Todd
Jacob Murta
Jeremy Smith
Kerri Payne
Savannah Marlett
Seth Henry
Mendy Mackey
Ashley Meyerpeter
Megan Wampler
Rhys Minnick
Ciera Spencer
David Harper
Lorie McWilliams
Christopher Green
Jeremy Martin
Crystal Nelson
Jacob Vitale
Angela Gay
Melissa Boggan
Taylor Collins
Jesse Beshears
Tiffany Davis
Gwendolyn Cousin
Cristina Newman
Raul Aguilar


Fort Leonard Wood – Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Aleksandar Trenchovski
Maria Howard
Gerardo Sanchez
Melvin Cherry
Jackeline Casanova
Kenneth Carman
Anna Parton
Steven Nard
Brook Townsend
Mary Box
Shawndelin Hall
Brenda Lewis
Janet Serna
Diana Dickinson
Brittney Evelyn
Daniel Arnold
Kristie Williams
Meredith Bahr
Serge McAvoy
Romario Dixon
Justin Keziah
Sean Matteson
Arthur Alvarez
Alexus Vire
Timothy Johnson
Sharon Greathouse
Adam McCroy
Othoniel Brown-Ramos
Reina Donna Carrillocirilo
Hannah Siegel
Aaron Oakes
Tervon Dorsey
Marquis Dorsey
James Johnson
Jeremy Martin
Thomas Feagin
Taylor Olson
Steven Hughes
Edita Thomas
Rhonda Nordeoff
Amanda Weibring
Maria Paramo
Emma Hargrow
Karen Shackleford
Zackery Williams
Justin Chadbourne
LaShondra Kendrick
Christopher Janes
Leonard Turnbough
Gerald Clinton
Demeeka Cobb
Nancy Nogueras
Shelly Tester
Danielle Civitello
Jarred Zalewski
Jennifer Carpenter
Clayton Nagel
Christopher Thornley
Tanya Sheffield
Joseph Weibring
Javier Vara
Carl Rogers
Jackline Sandlin


Fort Sill – Oklahoma 

First Name
Last Name
Milton Morales
Dejavon Torres
Bobbi Case
Ingrull Sherman
Brandon Garrett
Nilsa Gonzalez
Billy Vance
Andrew McCaslin
Maira Sanchez


Fort Stewart – Georgia

First Name
Last Name
Tyrone Conyers
Sabrina Schuller
Tyson Knotts
Debbie Speed-Simmons
Kawana Wilcox
Rocio Rodriguez
Frank Garner
Michael Johnston
Saudi Plowdeniz
Roger Jones
John Williams
Nicole Morris
Bruce Battle
Kiesha McLean
Gwendolyn Clark
Charles Stephens
Boubacar Ndiaye
Jessica Ledford
Tonja Watson
Todd Hamm
Enrico Maschino
Latoya Bacon
Rayniel Johnson
Staycee Thomas
Monique Chessier
Philip Laurel
Leticia Inniss
Mary Clark
Katelyn Rawls
Gabriel Gomezalmonte
Christopher Jones
Abena Kankam
Charity Greer
Sydney Oden
Leslie Cobb
Jean Ronoh
Annette Mitchell
Leonard Russell
Crystal Holthaus
Vanessa Silverman
Amber Phinney
Ray Jones
Jennetta Hill
Sarahanne Dalton
Cory Earl
Isaih Thomas
Jenelle Palmer
Betty Jones
Tiffany Brown
Derek Allen
Delese Garrett
Donavan Cann
Cullen Dixon
Jacob Sparrows
Jessica Joshua
Kash McKinney
Kimberly Jenkins
Nadja Hollister
Alana Barton


Fort Worth – Texas

First Name
Last Name
Morgan Dandreano
Van Bayless
Donald Pruitt
Greg Ellerman
Bruce Harding
Albany Harris
Jason Carlson
Michele Duncan-Grays
Pedro Vasquez
Jessica Kelly
Marcell Smith
Leon Daniels
Agustin Gurrusquieta
Anthony Mrha
Bethany Jones
Jennifer Thompson
Kevin Shirley
Guadalupe Rangel
Mark Johnson
Zechariah Underwood
Randall Cummings
Christine Landers
Crystal Boykins
James McHugh
Collin Robinson
George Kinlein
Mladenka Baki
Jason Fowler
Christopher Guerrero
Allen Jackson
Chad Jackson
Douglas Moebus
Courtney Bieghler
Norma Myers
Oscar Camarillo
Porsche Thompson
Erica Bennett
Donovan Waldrop
Christen Beniak
Vickie Doane
Amanda Buckler
Monique Alston


Freeport – Illinois

First Name
Last Name
Leah Dixon
Lauren Jacobs
Elizabeth Wilson
Joseph Nagel
Grayce Rademaker
Alyssa Hess
Nina Harrigan
James Gaereminck
Jennifer Derouin
Paul Cardona
Jodi Taylor
Marta Pearson
Phillip Kneeland
Teresa Sadar
Lucille White
Margarita Perez
Amanda Clark


Guantanamo Bay – Cuba

First Name
Last Name
Melissa Battle
Justin Garza
Justin Oleson


Hancock Field – New York

First Name
Last Name
Cory Hisel
Wayne Smith
Casey Schumacher
Kelly Carley
Alisha Kent
Jaclyn Rawlins
Victoria Dwyer
Martha Reynolds
Anthonia Butcher
Tonya Erhart
Sean Behm
Jessica Webber
Anthony Racciatti
Kimberly Johnson
Amanda Akin
Alex D’ Amore
Amanda Santaferra-Mccarthy
Andrew Watling
Gabrielle Giocondo
Shannon Hampton
Monica Shaw
Olivia MacNaughton
Molly Sowers
Nathaniel Brown
Maria Maldonado
Samantha Wightman
Lawrence Partlow
Kevin Monds
Douglas Murdie
Lisa Forbes
James Snell
Richard Accardi
Heather Wyatt
Erik Sexton
Tyler Heggelke


Hunter Army Airfield – Georgia

First Name
Last Name
Peter Eady
Anthony Orr
Jeanclaude Disney
Stephen Tonge
Francisca Dearman
Khieda Brown
Christopher Colvin
Samantha Rietzke
Tammie Hardy
Nikolle Johnson
Anthony Lott
Lysa Lott
Jessica Schulze
Michael Thomas
Miguel Rivera
Sergio Ahuyon
Anna Coggins
Odrae Barrett
Christina Yarborough
Sharonda Guzman
Patrick Walker
Timothy Green
Crystal Marrero
Lazaro Rodriguez
Aaron Dickerson
Jared Standridge
Anthony Ford
Kami Jackson
James Froncak
Paul Lamanna
Arverna Slaughter
Daysha Whyte


Jacksonville – Florida 

First Name
Last Name
John Roberts
Matthew Sherrill
Shana Bell
Jovanni Charlton Crowl
Joseph Starr
Marie Grace Calinisan
Francene Coakley
Charlotte Harris
Anastacio Gonzalez
Lana Bagaturov
Mary Peoples
Steven Hollis
Briauna Green


Jefferson City – Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Diana Haines
Jennifer Kremer
Mary Niemeier
Terri Pearson
Adam Weis
Zachary Kueffer
Shawna Rippee
Kelsey Boeckman
Caitlan Elley
Carrie Herold
Tyna Chavez
Tiffany Farris
Robert Lueckenotte
Elizabeth Anderson
Jasmine Willett
Alexander Luebbert
Hailey Stumpe
Margaret Ponder
Samuel Ponder
Megan Hentges
Nikki Graham
Elyssa Luebbering
Katelyn Otto
Cynthia Mackey
Nathan Buhr
Jeremy Prenger
Justin McGuire
Robert Johnson
Whitney Dickman
Tyler Watson
Megan Thomas
Sydney Adams
Shayna Sinor
Kelsey Patterson
Lisa Pratt
Michael Johnson
Teresa Brown
Matthew Finton
April Mertens
Joanne Lewis
Brenda Campbell
Amanda Doron
Allison Redel
Krystal Kronk
Jason Henderson
Adam Koestner
Nikki Wrinkles
Christopher Clarkston
Zoe Russom
Tracina Harrison
Michael Freeman
Tynesha Hardin
Jared Cowley
Jennifer Doyle
Dana Riley
James Pinkston
Jennifer Steinmetz
Dalton Ponder
John Killion
Kayla Holtmeyer
Kenneth Barnes
Sarah Pippins
Gabrielle- Renee Lehmuth
John Jenkins
Christie Tellman
Ryan Hawkins
Erin Schmutz
Nichole Schnelting
Zachery Harris
Laura Davis
Jessica Baumhoer
William Lockhart
Coleen Hastings
Alara Wilbers
Cynthia Adkins
Benjamin Phelps
Jamie Goff
Francis Birkner
Rachel Owen
Melanie Nash


Kansas City – Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Jessica Harwood
Olivia Christensen
Brandon Payne
Andrew Neer
Stephanie Frazier
Sarah Musick
Tiffanie Foster
Sylvia Wightman
Michael Trent
Stacey Lankard
Heidi Martin
Deborah Hokanson
Alissa Caponetto
Amanda Martinez
Jessica Ritter
Curtis Cattau
Sean Shaffer
Francis Che
Tina Lachance
Lucas Wagner
Jennifer Kohl
Jennifer Vance


Lake County – Illinois

First Name
Last Name
Shervonna Rhodes
Tieshma Higgins
Melvin Smith
Shernell Stewart
Victoria Hedlund
Sean O’Toole
Chastity Mitchell
Matthew Rodbro
Amy Randell
Irma Nava
Alejandro Nava
Aleesha Sink
John Fruelda
Ashford Devost
Gavin Cichy
David Berry
Stephen Hyatt
Edward Sparks
Margie Mendoza
Hannah Marschall
Linda Trojan
Marie Lawler
Tanya Morris
Megan Smith
Caitlyn Hayes
Amanda Quinton
Christopher Youngren
Kathryn Brown
Ivia Ortega
Cynthia Zepeda
Ainsley McClerren
Jennifer Hillary
Erica Flores
Kelly Golien
Ivan Hernandez-Arizmendi
Janet Montes
Anna Runyen
Cherami Fabian
Rene Marfil
Jenny Devaughn
Michael Jurijczuk
Yasmin Aguiar
Heather Coffelt


Lake of the Ozarks – Missouri 

First Name
Last Name
Crystal Hardey
Cody Rowcliff
Elisha Lewis
Mary Ann Moore
Donna Puckett
Crystal Wilson
Donald Hines
Robert Bowling
Annette Moorhead
Katherine Peterson
Salina Puckett
Stephanie Nance
Chera Craig
Jesica Burch
Jennifer Bowling
Melinda Wilson
Kristie Shrieves
Kenton Bohon
Heather Abbott
Elizabeth Bradfield
Amanda Wood
Launa Walters
Allysa Valley
Macey Imler
Eric Tyler
Shannon Galiley
Parker Rowe
Michael Kramer
Jenna Rozinek
Nichole Hanks
Keith Gipson
Victoria Wilson
Emily Ball
Jenesy Morales
Nicole Roe
Frances Mallory-Perry
Derric Vonderschmidt
Abigail Blickhan
Stephanie Penachio
Calvin Massey
Allyssa Rodrigo
Jake Young
Brandon Keith
Olivia Hayes
Ann-Marie Holleman
John Howard
Terri Forsythe
Amber Denkler
Douglas Krieger
Holly Esposito
Alyssa Buttner
Janaye Robertson
Kainoa Stankus
Lesli Hendrix
Maci Parrack
Leslie Foster
Reba Millam
Taylor Brown


Lemoore – California

First Name
Last Name
Lauren Cantor
Jose Garcia
Ashley Hill
James McFetridge
Brett Kollmann
Beau Avila
John Ingraham
Lindsey Duncan
Nicholas Gaeta
Kimberly Traugott


Los Alamitos – California

First Name
Last Name
Aaron Buss
Pamela Mousseau
Karen Ardon
Charles Powell
James Borm
Kaleah King
William Luck
Alejandro Vargas
Angel Marini
Stanley Jenkins
Juan Saray
Kyle Slominski
Jesse Sluder


Mesquite – Texas

First Name
Last Name
Jose Antonio Alvarez Valdivieso
Tanya McMahon
Randee Maples
Tonya Beamon
Tamika Glover
Vicente Vega
Felicia Desio
Kimberly Zieba
Tiffany Zieba
James Zieba


Moberly – Missouri 

First Name
Last Name
Kara Bichsel
Kallie Harlow
Derick Vollrath
Danyelle Randolph
Ella Mae McCallum
Ashley Eravi
Shane Nanneman


NAS Jacksonville – Florida

First Name
Last Name
Lamarc Trask
Joseph Burgess
Danielle Lindsay
Wallace Paschal
Orlando McMiller
David McConnell
Adan Gancerez
Lorena Gancerez
Roy Brown
Robert Bardroff
Dean Schoenrock
Joseph Keich
Shaun Malcolm
Harrison Zamudio
Sarita Pringle
Tywinna Horton
Matthew Wess
Daphne Guzman
Sheila Williams
Roderick Campbell
Eric Spanninger


NS Everett/Marysville – Washington 

First Name
Last Name
Ashley Bryant
Duane Jones
Larious Norwood
Charles Henry
Dennis Morgan
Matthew Lindhorst
Patricia Samsel
Vickie Cozby
Sherri Gregory
Shawn Ellison
Christy Tala
Laura Wheeler
Dante Magolhado
Jason Sanders
Rafael MacIntosh
Caesar Perez
Angela Davis
Adrian Noel
Kylie Bloedel
Jason Powell
Victor Pendt
Eric Welter
Lindsay Hernandez
Aaron Norman


Online Education 

First Name
Last Name
Sherliner Noelien
Matthew Botelho
Jonathan Smith
Carrie Vita
Rachel Williams
Brooke Johnson
Charles Herron
Taylor Lewis
Sarah Lewis
Ashraf Ahmed
Bolivar Hernandez
Patricia Skinner
Steven Curet
Deidre Day
Alison Parthey
Kevin Noyes
Alexis Kuberski
Kevin Williams
Dennis Hayes
Alexandra Leclair
Sarajean Gatch
Jamie Innes
Gerald Doughty
Lucas Lunsmann
Kristina Chappell
Garrett Mayernik
Carol Reece
Tammy Moore
Germaine Evans
Tiffany Fuller
Alison Nitti
Samuel Montalvo
David Thurn Valsassina
Crystal Cook
Kevin Irons
Jennifer Clemmons
Jean O’Brien
Alana Yearsich
Susan Dietsch
Layla McMillon
Elizabeth Molizon
Kristy Ladouceur
Corey Beardsley
Alexander Lovato
Tosha Brown
Amanda Morrison
Valorie Rudolph
Allison Brooks
Brian Redman
Heather Yount
Christopher Yount
Misti Roberts
Haydee Greeno
Nicole Barnett
Lizeyka Garcia
Tara Mathis
Katy Pilkenton
Eleanor Dioso
Leon Welcome
Scott Wilson
Curtis Mitchell
Marie Salanitro
Breanna Alderson
Natalie Marin
Sonja Bryant
Monica Coman
Stacey Rogers
Tiffany Knighten
Tabitha Young
Jessica Valentine
Amanda Holloway
Sandrene Anthony
Benjamin Buchanan
Barry Ranft
Jeremy Davis
Dori Parker
Patrick Sprague
Nichole Meister
Desmond Sprowl
Deniesha Chapman
Raymond Borden
Sarah Mills
Sharaya Hills
Erica Melchin
Donald MacPhail
Rebecca Schrooten
Elizabeth Peterman
Kimberly Nelson
Tiffany Myers
Zachary Love
Julia Grant
Andrew Hogenson
Aaron White
Shelley Cook
Jeremy Meyerson
Teresa Richardson
Kylie Sigrist
Jennifer Panek
Jayona Sayachack
Hannah Slocum
Marion Sabum
Eliza Habon
Charles Buell
Kathryn Ruble
Erin Lowe
Stephannie Neumann
John Gaither
William Hutton
Katherine Braddock
Danielle Peterson
Alexia Rowe
Barbara O’Connor
Melissa Helmig
Kaitlyn Crawford
Julie Zgiet-Ellis
Evelio Valdespino
Ambria Turner
Ronda Ostrander
Zachary Flowers
Michael Nunnery
Georgia Hearn
Beverly Wideman
Meagan Hografe
Brandon Milatovic
Julie Moellering
Melisa Fielder-Spence
Patricia Wells
Amanda Morris
Angela Yelton
William Wise
Thomas Crawford
Melissa Pigg
Tiffany Lowes
Jason Wilhelm
Anna Nash
Brianna Green
Kenneth Rodriguez
Jorden Phillips
Riley Smarr
Coli Creach
Melissa Warren
Angeline Fair
Stephanie VanHooser
Lauren Kliethermes
Tyler Slover
Christina Barron
Kathryn Nieto
Nicole Riley
Eric Decker
Jill Price
Christopher Ottinger
Nicholas Pena
Robyn Aldridge
Abigail Branum
Kendall Schler
Thomas Malloy
Michelle Allphin
Thomas Webster
Andrea Thacher
Bridget Biesemeyer
Kurt Barnes
Cole Russum
Anthony Davis
Sumer Decker
Rebecca Scholting
Melissa Ballow
Jacquilin Fenton
Daryn Hofstetter
Luke Brown
Jack Linthicum
Anna Love
Clifford Stump
Rian Booyer
Alisha Escobedo
Erin Peppiatt
Katie Fulton
Jolivette Williams
Tiffany Haines
Annalise Jimmerson
Jennifer Braun
Jared Alwyn
Jordan Sanders
Johnathan Barajas
Marcus Drayton
Katarina Ruby
Valerie Boyette
Naomi Calvin
Wilma Pittman
Dwyana Lewis
David Hunter
Heather Johnson
Conner Mastry
Matthew Thomas
Aaradhana Kc
Charles Sencenbaugh
Deanna Diambrosio
Melissa Becker
Zachery Penzone
Robert Lindblad
Zachary Kaiser
Katie Poche
Kayla Crabtree
Crystal Herald
Eric Nelson
Rachel Lane
Daniel Havenar
Tiffany Jefferis
Crystal Keiley
Sheila Strahorn
Alexis Larsen
Anthony Sully
Lucy Alvarado
Amanda Kaufman
Alexander Beals
Andrew Thomas
Chelsea Howard
Katalina Chaparro
Matthew Nelson
Kyle Alston
Armando Gonzalez
Sheryl Heyser
Ryan Twidwell
Sarah Kohl
Stephanie Ogles
Jennifer Connelly
Lynda Negrete
David Bradley
Kathryn Kaatz
Nicholas Barker
Crystal Sapp
Allison Hernandez
Emory Massie
Leon Briggs
Melanie Carroll
Jeremiah Taylor
Kenneth Drake-Sargent
Laurentiis Pamplona
Kenneth Putney
Aleina Bergford
Zachary Siedling
Tessa Smith
Stephanie Harrell
Jennifer Daniels
Samantha Einarson
Ronald Larson
Ashley Hansen


Orlando – Florida

First Name
Last Name
Latonya Harris
Rolonda Carmichael
William Turgeon
Renee Upson
Latiffany Woods
Nakia Pearson
Najee Owens
Shanez Farrington-Bennett
Kristina Edwards
Deidre Barnes
Brittany Myers
Lanequia Jennings
Adrian Hamilton
Dalhia Frederick
Dorothy Williams
Stephanie Smith
Shaniqua Jacobs
Andera Marshall
Sonya Maye
Angelo Nieves
Dustin Driskell
Lasnowda Garrett
Antonio Thomas
Marvin Greene
William Delvalle
Coretta Cort
Sharri Antoniazzi
Tiffany Brinson
Asseel Jedian
Octavia Gibson
Saransh Nandakumar
Kimberly Horton
Nakisha Hopkins
Angela Lyons
Angela Thomas
Chance Wingo
Joel Christian
Gerardo Negron-Martinez
Lauren Ciervo
Rhiana Roncone
Jeffrey Hofferberth
Eric Duncan
Jeryis Tadros


Patrick Air Force Base – Florida 

First Name
Last Name
James Panzone
Jeremy Sinnemaki
Elizabeth Richardson
Robert Bray
Alica Zalanka


Redstone Arsenal – Alabama

First Name
Last Name
Elizabeth Kennedy
Torria Cason
Joshua Gibson
Lee Glaser
Scott Hoyle
Michael Nance
Susan Nance
Teresa Ellis
Sheneka Henry
Donald Jones
Adam Kettell
Ladarrius Coleman
Peter Ponvelle
Judy Olvera
Zachary Isper
Courtney Ponvelle
Robyn Hart
Maria Mina
Michael Jackson
Cody Moyers
Karla Starnes
David Williams
Kayla Hausherr
Michelle Fore
Paul Gandy
Wade Harris
Shequila Radcliff
Jolanda Cotton
Alexey Sazonov
Michael Powell


Rolla – Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Dustin Reed
James Zeiger
Nathan Ridenhour
Lucinda Heck
Caylee Thomas
Ashley Dowdy
Ashley Brooks
John Barton
Heather Die
Megan Swarnes
Alexis Francis
Michael Hamm
Nathaniel Graham
Isaiah Bruemmer
Elijah Rychtarczyk
Sarah Webb
Jacquelyn Rucker
Brendan Snodgrass
Kelli Mabe
Kathleen Donnell
Adam Carey
Derek Zboran
Jacqueline Zboran
Sarah Smith
Carla Gorman
Michelle Simpson
Cody McCray
Candace Harris
Tammy Henson
William Weible
John King
Christopher McQuillan
Linda Shasserre
Paul Wood
Shayla Snodgrass
Joyce Kilmer


Salt Lake – Utah

First Name
Last Name
Allison Peterson
Alyson Ady
Kacy Gorham
Gerel Altankhuyag
Ronald Gansemer
Todd Blanchard
Oleksandra Rudenko
Alexander Evstratov
Daniel Anusiem-Nzenwa
Achiterdene Gankhuyag
Mario Sanhueza
Rafael Moreira
Luis Aguilar
Sharad Bhattarai
Ricky Bonnette
Lucas Virhuez Nunez
Teresa Renfro
Manju Lama
Felipe Soares
David Naylor
Karol Cintra
Janette Serdar
Bikash Shrestha
Camila Matos
Anna Hunt
Matthew Evans
Paulo Alexandre
Silvia Ardon
Jesus Lamas
Pengyu Cui
Yun Yang
Iryna Lychko
Maria Barraza
Gladston Ribeiro
Noosha Shahini
Monica Morales Saldana
Michelle Anthony
Nichole Johnson
Andrea Huber
Qingfu Ye
D Robertson
Zukhra Chalimova
Yen Nguyen
Estefania Guijarro
David Perez


San Diego – California

First Name
Last Name
Corey Williams
Shanna Schievenin
Madelaine Baughman
Estela Beecham
Ceroromo Bragg
Eugenia Turner
Feng Guo
Jesenia Rosales
Jonathan Bolz
Grecilen Castilloventura
Jodie Craig
Kevin Price
Mark O’Loughlin
Antonio Milord
David Rogers
Scott Buraus
Michelle Sutton
Amy Mintert
Martha Hernandez
Martin Rodriguez
Amanda Morton
Joseph Lagioia
Daniel Wood
Brooke Peterman
Kelly Garmer
Danielle Zrelak
Christopher Nunez
Alejandro MacIas
Anne Kehoe
Ernest Twigg
Cephas Banini
Nicholas Green
Robert Purnell
Leonor Gonzalez Lopez


San Luis Obispo – California

First Name
Last Name
Crystal Diaz
Kelly Christopherson
Susannah McDonald
Emanuela Wilkinson
Mattie Davis
Shiloh Huntsucker
Nora Ramirez
Tammy Sanchez
Brian Corson


Springfield – Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Shara Stephens
Kristopher Taylor
Amanda Walker
Christen Tracy
David Bossler
Garet Nunan
Carrie Jordan
Kristi Holland
Travis Phares
Melany Sims
Kristy Stanton
Jonathan James
Darrell Tomlinson


St. Louis – Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Akeyla Womack
Hanifah Saalik
Jasmine Cooley
Kody Yates
Veronica Fosdick
Danielle Calvin
William Cheeks
Anna Kampmann
Ashley Robinson
Ladarryon Brown
Cortney Groaning
Cornell Randle
Tawana East
Aaron Jackson
Shalonda Blanchard
Keiza Taylor
Sean Conners
Jason Rockwell
Jasmine Kimbrough-Brown
Taniesha Stennis
Brandy Roddy
Charles Grellner
Michelle Woods
Khimmel Blount
Lawanda Ficklin
Marva Robinson
Teresa Holmes
Jeremy Crane
Denise Wilson
Kimberly Jefferson
Terrine Declue
Doretta Easter-Sykes
Beverly VanHook
Michelle Dixon
Christopher McGennis
David Evans
Jamie Thorn
Kimberly Stanner
James Dorman
Logan Shively
Tonya Courtois
Keith Schmidt
Kayla Wilson


Whidbey Island – Washington

First Name
Last Name
Ryann Hoard
Claire Sagers
Brittany Sather
Corey George
Ariel Crawford
Rachel Crawford
Daniel Russell
Jacqueline Wilson
Aurora Kellerhals
Adam Allard
Daniel Brown
Catalina Pratt
William McCracken
Sabrina Mier
David McInnis
William Stein
Rachel Gonzalez
Brandi Hall
Allison Bennion
Courtney Boone
Brittany Rogers
Jessica Jiles
Miguel Gomez
Desiree Vega
Michael Consolver
Brittney Crumpler

Future CPS teachers commit to Columbia College

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Academics, Students | 0 comments

Future CPS teachers commit to Columbia College

Tyus Monroe (front row, seated far left) and Consolee Mbabazi (front row, seated far right) gathered with family, friends and Columbia College staff on Wednesday to sign certificates indicating their intent to attend the college this fall as part of the Grow our Own Teacher Development program.

May 17-18, 2017 via the Columbia Daily Tribune, Columbia Missourian and Columbia Public Schools

A Columbia Public Schools program designed to increase the number of minority teachers celebrated a victory Wednesday with the signing of three high school graduates to Columbia College and Stephens College with full, four-year scholarships.

The Grow Our Own Teacher Development Program provides mentors for the selected students throughout high school and their university education. When they graduate from a university and get their teaching certificates, they’re promised jobs in CPS. Hickman High School seniors Consolee Mbabazi and Tyus Monroe will attend Columbia College on scholarships valued at roughly $102,000 each.

Rock Bridge High School senior Nautica Varnum will attend Stephens College on a scholarship with a roughly $120,000 value. Their letters of intent to the colleges also include a commitment to work in Columbia Public Schools as teachers for at least four years, where they’re promised that teaching jobs will be waiting for them. 

Read more:

“Future CPS teachers commit to local colleges” – Columbia Daily Tribune

“Program to increase teacher diversity hosts college signing ceremony” – Columbia Missourian

“EdX Grow our Own Signing Ceremony” – Columbia Public Schools

Dave Roberts named Columbia College dean for Student Affairs

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

Dave Roberts named Columbia College dean for Student Affairs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student Entrepreneur Showcase brings business ideas to life

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Featured Story, Fort Sill, Patrick Air Force Base, St. Louis, Students | 0 comments

Student Entrepreneur Showcase brings business ideas to life

The Student Entrepreneur Showcase winners were introduced by Dean Shanda Traiser (middle). From L-R, the honorees included Andrew Zydna (Audience Choice), Whitney Jones (third place), Dean Traiser, Nasaussja Webster (second place) and James Panzone (first place).

The 2017 Columbia College Student Entrepreneur Showcase Pitch Competition was more than just an opportunity for James Panzone to win $5,000 to help his burgeoning business, Fertility-Pak, grow. It was an opportunity to tell his story of great excitement at the possibility of having a child with his wife, Brittney, turn to the depths of despair that they have experienced realizing their dream had been shattered by several miscarriages.

Through these painful experiences, Panzone, who calls Orlando, Florida, home and attends the Columbia College-Patrick Air Force Base location, was able to come up with the Fertility-Pak concept, which aids couples in the process of conceiving a child. With thoughtful, personal planning and the clear, concise answers Panzone provided to the panel of four judges, he was able to clinch to top prize at competition, which took place April 11.

The pitch competition was one of the Columbia College School of Business Administration’s series of events through the Steven and Barbara Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship focused on helping young entrepreneurs establish and grow their businesses. Top-quality mentors from around the country helped students refine their concepts and guide them through the process of putting together a 10- minute pitch and then handling a series of rapid-fire questions from the judges.

“We witnessed several of our students from both the main campus and from our Nationwide locations presenting their outstanding ideas” Dr. Shanda Traiser, dean of the School of Business Administration said. “Judging from the talent that was on display, I can truly say the future of entrepreneurship and the Columbia College School of Business Administration is a bright one.”

The competition was fierce, as 10 finalists vied for a piece of the $10,000 prize pool designed to help them grow their businesses. They came from all over the country in search of one of the top three spots or the Audience Choice Award.

Taking second place was Nasaussja Webster, a senior from the college’s Ft. Sill location in Oklahoma. She took home $3,000 for her pitch about a series of novels she is putting together entitled You Are Altogether Beautiful. The books focus on different situations young women face every day, including puberty, sexual purity and incest. Webster, who will study creative writing abroad this summer in England at Oxford University, said that the pitch competition was an eye-opener for her to broaden the focus of her business.

“I learned so much (through the pitch competition). At first I just wanted to be an author and write books,” Webster said. “But through the pitch competition and my mentors, I found so many avenues and realized I wanted to brand what I was doing. They helped me develop the attitude of an entrepreneur instead of just being an author. I had really good mentors, and they taught me about marketing and business and guided me in the direction of thinking like an entrepreneur.”

Whitney Jones from the St. Louis location took home third place and $1,000 for her pitch of a company called Liv & Kiss, which features clothing designed for women sizes 12-36. This was not Jones’ first foray into the winner’s circle at a pitch competition, as she took home the top prize in the college’s pitch competition held in St. Louis last fall. Main campus student Andrew Zynda, who captured the Audience Choice Award for his pitch on a SnapChat social media enterprise called Filterrific Design, rounded out the prize winners.

The following evening, more than 100 members of the Columbia business community gathered to recognize the finalists and their mentors at the Blue Note in downtown Columbia. Each student was honored for their efforts and the top prize winners were presented with a special trophy, noting their accomplishments.

The week concluded with the Women in Entrepreneurship luncheon. The event featured five prominent female entrepreneurs, including Anne Churchill ’08, Kat Cunningham, Jessica Yankee, Karen Taylor and Chrystal Sadler, talking about how their businesses began and the struggles and triumphs they experience every day in making their businesses grow. The attendees packed Dorsey Gym and posed outstanding questions for the panelists, who offered valuable tips on all things surrounding entrepreneurship.

“The School of Business Administration has become a home for talented students with an entrepreneurial spirit around the country,” noted Dr. David Starrett, the college’s provost and vice president for Academic and Student Affairs. “As we move forward, our students can expect exceptional instruction in majors ranging from accounting, finance, management, marketing, international business and, of course, entrepreneurship.”

Columbia College Nursing program receives $150,000 grant

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Academics, Students | 0 comments

Columbia College Nursing program receives $150,000 grant

The nursing program will acquire additional state-of-the-art advanced patient simulators using the grant.

The Missouri State Board of Nursing and the Missouri Department of Higher Education recently announced that the Columbia College Nursing program will be the beneficiary of a $150,000 Nursing Education Incentive Grant.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive this award, which will benefit our students for many years to come,” said Dr. Tina Dalrymple, Nursing and Health Sciences program coordinator. “The grant will allow us to add cutting-edge technology that will increase efficiency in clinical work and allow our students to receive additional hands-on training.”

The program plans to utilize the funds to acquire state-of-the-art advanced patient simulators, peripheral technology and advanced software to aid in students’ clinical skills development. The program currently has two simulators for its students to utilize. The grant will assist in the purchase of additional members of a SIM “family,” including SimJunior and Victoria maternal and neonatal birthing simulators, along with an Obstetric/Neonatal simulation station.

“Our Nursing program continues to produce top-notch health care professionals that benefit mid-Missouri communities,” said Dr. Sarah Vordtriede-Patton, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. “This grant will allow the program to enhance our class offerings even further to ensure our students’ skills meet the needs of the constantly evolving health care industry.”

This is the first time the program has been awarded the grant. Columbia College currently offers a Bachelor’s in Nursing degree, an RN-to-BSN online nursing degree and an Associate in Nursing degree. For more information, visit

Overcoming the Odds

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Featured Story, Instagram, Students | 2 comments

Overcoming the Odds

Pascale White had already beaten cancer once before, when she was a toddler. It took three years of chemotherapy, but she was able to overcome the acute lymphoblastic leukemia that attacked her blood and bone marrow.

Pascale White, who survived two bouts of childhood cancer, will walk in the Columbia College commencement ceremony Saturday, April 29.
(Photo by Kaci Smart)

Less than two years later, it came back. She was only 6 and, for the second time in her young life, battling for her existence.

The relapse is the one that sticks with her.

“I remember getting stabbed a lot for getting blood drawn. That was never fun,” Pascale says. “It affects you as a child. Any time, even today, that I have to get my blood drawn, I freak out about it. It’s hard to me, still, to even step into a hospital.”

Her second bout involved chemotherapy, whole-body radiation and bone marrow and stem cell transplants over the course of three years.

Again, Pascale survived.

“There were two years where many times they said she would not make it through the night. It was a nightmare and a terrible experience for everybody,” says Sylvie Carpentier, Pascale’s mother. “I have seen a lot of kids pass, that unfortunately just did not make it, but she pulled through. We are truly blessed.”

The time in the hospital put Pascale behind other students her age when it came to schooling and, as a result of the intensity of the radiation she endured, doctors said she may never be able to learn normally.

But she caught up through home-schooling, graduated from Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, Missouri, headed to Moberly Area Community College and transferred to Columbia College three years ago.

On April 29, she will walk across the stage during the commencement ceremony at the Southwell Complex with her Bachelor of General Studies degree from Columbia College, with minors in psychology and business.

“Pascale’s Pals,” the volunteer organization her family created in her name during her first hospital stay, raises money and provides services for patients and families who are facing similar situations to what Pascale and her family endured. Pascale, herself, still serves as the inspiration for the organization, an example of overcoming the odds time and again.

“It’s definitely made me appreciate life a lot more,” Pascale says. “It definitely makes you think about how much you had in the past and how much you want to give back to the families you see struggle like you did.”

Finding Her Place

Throughout the course of one semester, Columbia College’s Ether L. Bruce Math Center had a regular guest: Pascale White, who needed help in statistics.

“I was in there literally every day for two hours,” Pascale says, with a laugh. “They were very patient with me. It challenged me to do and learn on my own, too.”

This was just the sort of attention Pascale desired when she was looking for a school at which to earn her bachelor’s degree. She was concerned she would get swallowed up on a larger campus and valued Columbia College for the free tutoring opportunities and the one-on-one interactions with professors.

It didn’t hurt that she had some familiarity with one of the math center tutors: Tricia Vogt, who was her sixth-grade homeroom teacher at Columbia Catholic School.

“She was not going to fail at anything. Challenges were just not a problem for her,” says Vogt, who works with coordinator Susan Hughes at the math center. “That’s kind of what her norm was, to be challenged.”

The Elizabeth Toomey Seabrook Writing Center & Tutoring Services helped hone Pascale’s writing skills. Coordinator Kate Denehy says Pascale is the sort of student she loves to see come through the center, one who knows exactly what she wants to get out of tutoring sessions and follows up.

“She’s one who just showed up on campus and decided she was going to take advantage of all the resources she could and make it the best experience she could for herself,” Denehy says. “She’s really done that.”

Pascale says the tight-knit campus community at Columbia College helped her make lasting friendships and forge meaningful connections. The Grossnickle Career Services Center also helped her land two internships that gave her some advance experience in the types of professions she’d like to pursue after earning her degree.

She left an imprint on the campus as well.

“Every student whom you’ve worked with, who walks across that stage, is a pride point,” says Dr. Terry Smith, who taught Pascale in his American Government class in the fall. “But folks like her, to know a little bit about her story, they’re kind of a gift to you.”

Pascale’s Pals

It started out with bake sales put on by Carpentier and her friends, to raise money for the sort of everyday necessities they saw during Pascale’s hospital stay.

Extra beds in the rooms, in case family wanted to spend the night. Televisions in all the rooms, so the patients no longer had to reserve the one communal TV that the whole ward shared.

In the nearly 20 years since Pascale’s Pals started, its scope has grown exponentially.

“My mom wanted to be able to help families in the future with what we’d gone through,” Pascale says. “It just branched off and more and more people started to help out, too, so we were able to do more. Anywhere in any way, we try to help out.”

Today, Pascale’s Pals raises money for gift baskets, emergency needs, hospital improvements and other services for patients and their loved ones at the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital in Columbia.

The organization brings Santa Claus to the pediatric patients on Christmas morning. It has undertaken projects such as renovations to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and equipping a new Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Center.

“It’s really incredible. Right now, it has a will of its own,” says Carpentier, a chiropractor in Columbia. “Everybody collaborates. People have a lot of goodness.”

This year’s annual Pascale’s Pals fundraising gala drew 930 people on March 10. Carpentier says interest for the event was so high that she had to stop taking table reservations a month in advance.

Pascale was the main attraction, as she is every year. People always want to meet the driving force behind Pascale’s Pals, the two-time cancer survivor and soon-to-be Columbia College alumna.

“I’m very honored to be the image of it, because I am a cancer survivor. So a lot of people look up to me that way,” Pascale says. “For our organization to be able to do that for the families and give them hope, it’s such an honor. We’re proud to be able to do that. Without the support of the community, all our volunteers, the hospital, we wouldn’t be able to do it.”

Collegiate DECA has impressive showing at state competition

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Collegiate DECA has impressive showing at state competition

If you attended this year’s Missouri Collegiate DECA State Career Development Conference, there’s a good chance you walked out with the Kanye West song “Power” stuck in your head.

Columbia College’s Collegiate DECA chapter took home 14 trophies at the state competition and advanced all 12 of its competitors to nationals.
(Photo submitted by Mercedes Nute)

Each school that competed at the DECA business student organization’s conference at Lake Ozark’s Lodge of Four Seasons on Feb. 23 and 24 could choose its own walk-up music for when someone from its chapter came up to the stage to receive an first-place award.

Columbia College’s chapter chose “Power.” So the song played over and over — and over — again.

“When any of us would get announced, the other people (in our chapter) were standing up and cheering,” said Mercedes Nute, a senior accounting and finance major and president of CC Collegiate DECA. “Never have we been that loud of a presence in the room. It was just nice to see your whole school back there.”

Columbia College took home 14 of the 60 total trophies presented at the state conference and qualified all 12 of its competitors for the International Career Development Conference (ICDC), which takes place in Anaheim, California from April 19-22.

The whole chapter won the Quiz Bowl first prize, and Magdalena Myles (Retail Management and Marketing Exam), Andrea Lang and Malwina Najbar (Event Planning), Mike Richardson and Colbey Schuster (Business Ethics), and Afifa Saburi (International Marketing) also took home the top prize in their categories. Jade John also advanced to the ICDC as Saburi’s partner.

Myles (Fashion Merchandising and Marketing), Matt Frappier (Restaurant and Food Service Management), and Nute and Stephen Scott (Financial Statement Analysis) earned second-place honors; Jazmyn Youngblood took third in Professional Selling; Jerry Nguyen (Restaurant and Food Service Management), Richardson (Banking Financial Services) and Nute (Accounting) finished fourth; and Schuster (Banking Financial Services) and Lang (Restaurant and Food Service Management) took home fifth.

While Columbia College’s contingent was smaller than some of the other chapters, as Nute put it, “You can’t beat 100 percent” qualifying for Anaheim.

“We were really able to bond together, that we all won. We never had that experience before,” said Richardson, a senior finance and management major who is CC Collegiate DECA’s state representative. “Going home, nobody was sad. Our entire bus was happy.”

The competition in each category involved a mixture of testing and role play, in which the competitors were presented with a real-world problem and tasked with coming up with a solution that would appease their judges, themselves industry professionals.

In Anaheim, the competition gets tougher, the lights get brighter and the crowds get bigger. And the opportunities for learning and career advancement abound.

“What’s a vacation for us is going to seminars and stuff. That’s not always for everyone,” Richardson said. “We’re just all nerds and really like that stuff. So, for us, it’s the equivalent of going to Maui.”

Nute, Richardson and Frappier, a senior marketing major who is the chapter’s vice president, form the core of the CC Collegiate DECA executive team, along with Myles, the secretary, and Saburi, the treasurer. All of them followed different paths to DECA.

Richardson joined in high school after being assigned a Marketing class and finding he had a knack for it. Nute signed up at Hey Day her freshman year to get a college resume builder, then fell in love with it. Frappier joined after taking Marketing classes at Columbia’s Hickman High School, like Richardson.

His childhood dream was to own a Dairy Queen.

“I said, ‘If I’m going to be owning a Dairy Queen, I’m going to need to know marketing,’” Frappier said. “I took that class and my teacher, Pete Eichholz, was just so passionate about marketing. That led me to DECA, because he was an advisor.”

All of them feel as if the learning and networking opportunities afforded by their involvement with CC Collegiate DECA will position them well for getting jobs after graduation. They also feel that you can only get as much out of DECA as you put in.

Chapter advisor and instructor of business administration Ken Akers says that isn’t a problem for these three.

“These are just really, really special people. These are young professionals. They are so dedicated to the college,” Akers said. “They have just been remarkable to work with. This is truly a student group. I’m just along for the ride.”

Frappier said he and the other executives could tell there was something special about this year’s group because all the chapter members were eager to learn and get involved from the very earliest meetings in the school year.

That led to them running the table at states. And sending a few people home humming Kanye West.

“We’ve got a group of winners,” Richardson said. “Nobody went down there just expecting ‘I’ll do my best, but whatever.’ Everyone wanted to win.”

Columbia College baseball off to hot start

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Columbia College baseball off to hot start

For a moment, as Ethan Howser rounded the bases at Atkins Field on March 3, he thought he might be dreaming.

The Columbia College baseball team on its home turf at Atkins Field.
(Photo by Kaci Smart)

Howser, a sophomore center fielder from Waynesville, Missouri, was the leadoff hitter for the Columbia Cougars baseball team in its first home game in 35 years, the first batter to head to the plate before a home crowd after the program had been dormant since 1982.

And he socked the first pitch he saw from Williams Baptist starter Ryan Andrews over the fence in left field for a home run.

“It was kind of like a movie, you know?” Cougars coach Darren Munns said. “You couldn’t write a better story.”

Howser’s shot set the tone for a successful homecoming for Columbia College, as it blasted Williams Baptist, 16-5, in seven innings. Cougars hitters pounded out 16 hits and scored 12 runs over the fourth and fifth innings in support of starting pitcher Zach Maskill, who gave up two runs on four hits and struck out five over five innings of work.

Leftfielder Tanner Allen ended the day in style, diving to snag a sinking line drive for the final out.

“We were pumped all season just for this day,” Howser said. “We came out and killed it, in my opinion. It was a good day.”

Columbia College has had a lot of good days during its first season back in action. The Cougars are 11-2 in American Midwest Conference play and sit at 21-9 overall.

That’s despite the fact that their roster includes only 10 juniors and seniors to go along with 24 freshmen.

“We have a lot of great upperclassmen that are leaders and really kind of show us the ropes on how their programs have been before,” said freshman second baseman Ward Mershon. “Our coaches kind of set the example on what to expect from us here at Columbia College. I think we just kind of all come together and play the game.”

The Cougars are scoring 8.2 runs a game offensively and have three starters hitting better than .400 on the season. First baseman Andrew Warner, a junior transfer from Longview Community College in Missouri, is hitting .459 with eight home runs and 39 RBI. Maskill, a senior from Kansas City, is 3-3 with a 2.35 ERA on the mound, and junior Jeremy Rettig is 6-1 with a 3.46 ERA. On March 17, junior pitcher Cody Ebert threw a no-hitter against Morthland College, only the second no-hitter in Cougars baseball history and the first since 1977.

Maskill came to Columbia after the program at his former school, Lincoln University in Jefferson City, folded.

“It’s honestly the nicest thing I’ve ever been offered in my entire life,” Maskill said. “I’m 100-percent blessed and thankful. So I’m going to try to make the most of it.”

A spirited crowd of Columbia College faithful showed up on a cold, blustery afternoon to cheer on Maskill and his teammates in the March 3 home opener.

Columbia College President Scott Dalrymple threw out one of four ceremonial first pitches, along with Jim Sublett, who played baseball for the Cougars in the late 1970s, trustee George Hulett — who played baseball at Missouri and in the minor leagues — and Columbia Public Schools Athletic Director Bruce Whitesides.

All the fans received a commemorative baseball emblazoned with the interlocking “CC” athletics logo and “2017 Columbia College Home Opener.”

The team on the field was able to feed off the energy coming from the stands. Even if it took players an inning or two to shake off some jitters.

“There was some nervous energy, for sure. A lot of adrenaline, but definitely ready to play,” Munns said. “We’ve been chomping at the bit to play at home for a long time now. We finally got to play at home, and guys were excited. I’m glad we came through.”

Munns said the excitement from alumni who played for the Cougars during the program’s first stint — some of whom he knows personally from his time living in the community — has been palpable.

He saw a number of them in attendance at the home opener and hopes to see even more at the alumni reunion April 29, a day on which the Cougars host conference foe Freed-Hardeman.

“We’re definitely going to get them involved as we move forward,” Munns said. “We want to play well, play the right way and make those guys proud of Columbia College baseball.”