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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.

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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.


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”

Speed Networking helps students make connections

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in Featured Story, Students | 0 comments

Speed Networking helps students make connections

Orvil Savery still has vivid recollections of his job-hunting days: fidgeting in a chair as the interviewers look over your resume, holding your breath in anticipation of the next question, palms sweating more than you thought humanly possible.

A group of 13 professionals and 33 students filled Dorsey Gym for Columbia College’s annual Speed Networking event Sept. 26.
(Photo by Kaci Smart)

Now that he’s on the other side of the table as a human resources generalist and diversity recruiter at Veterans United Home Loans in Columbia, he tries to make the process as painless as possible.

He’s got a go-to joke for these situations.

“Want to hear a joke about pizza?” Savery said. “Nevermind, it’s too cheesy.”

Savery was one of 13 professionals to participate in the fall Speed Networking event September 26, all of whom used a variety of icebreaking tactics to help put the 33 Columbia College students who cycled through their tables at ease. Each group of two or three students got seven minutes with a professional before it was time to move to the next table.

But if the students at the event were nervous, they didn’t show it. They all were well prepared with resumes, business cards and questions.

“It’s so intimidating when you’re job hunting for the very first time, just the idea of doing something that is totally new but so incredibly important for your future. It can be scary and confusing,” said Sean Spence, CEO of the Columbia-based company EveryEventGives and a Master of Business Administration student at Columbia College. “These were great students that we met: very smart, very on top of things. They were asking good questions, and I feel like we had a chance to be helpful to them.”

The event, a collaborative effort between Columbia College’s Alumni Relations office, the Grossnickle Career Services Center and Nationwide Insurance, started off with a dinner seminar for students with tips on how to conduct themselves in an interview setting, as well as the gift of a business-card holder and the opportunity to have professional portraits taken for free.

Columbia College will also be holding speed networking events at its Lake of the Ozarks (November 8) and Jefferson City (November 14) locations this fall.

Seven alumni returned to the main campus event to donate their time and insight to current students: Judson Ball ’07, Chris Bass ’15, Mitch Gosney ’13, Larry McDaniel ’03, Jerome Rader ’79, Taylor Schulte ’16 and Jim Yankee ’04.

Once the students met the professionals in Dorsey Gym, it was off to the races.

“It was really good to get the chance to talk to all the different employers and get their tips on how we should maneuver the professional world right after college,” said Prince Chingarande, a sophomore communication studies major and music minor. “I feel like, as much as you can learn in undergrad and going through Career Services and all that stuff, it’s more beneficial when you get information from someone who’s actually looking for people.”

Chingarande also attended the event as a freshman last year. He and fellow sophomore Abigail McCracken, an elementary education major, made the rounds together this year. Aside from the pizza joke, Chingarande got to hear from Savery about the multiple summer internships Veterans United offers for students with communications and marketing backgrounds.

McCracken said she attended the event because it was “highly encouraged” to her and the rest of the Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) members, and she thought the lessons learned would be useful for the future. She had an especially fruitful discussion with Cassidy Urie, a sixth-grade math teacher from Jefferson Middle School.

“That was really nice, to kind of talk to her about her experiences in the classroom so far,” McCracken said. “She’s a little bit of a younger teacher, so that’s kind of nice to see how that has happened.”

Senior Austin McBee, another attendee, is a member of ELI as well. He is a biology and secondary education major, and his ELI “vision project” deals with access to food and nutrition education for children who have “food insecurity,” meaning they don’t have reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food on a daily basis.

“Studies have shown that, if students are not getting proper nutrition, they start falling behind on their education, which is going to start affecting them more in the long term,” McBee said. “My program is to get students access to food, as well as teach students who are teenagers who may have younger siblings how to make cheap, easy, affordable meals.”

Through Speed Networking, he made connections with three people who can help him find resources for his project: Urie, to connect with local educators; McDaniel, founder and CEO of the Coyote Hill children’s home, to connect him with local children in need; and Spence, whose company helps promote events, with portions of the proceeds going to charity.

One student, Lance Petre, even scored an internship with Rader and MBS Textbook Exchange after meeting him at Speed Networking.

“It was a fun night for me, because I just got to talk to the students about what they want to do. They were really great and clearly wanted to get the most out of the experience, which I thought was really great to see,” said Urie, who is completing her final courses in a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Columbia College. “One of the main things that I told them was to dive in to every opportunity. You could have a chance to meet people who could really change your life and open doors for you that you didn’t know about.”

Check out a photo gallery from the Speed Networking event below.

Pitching for a cause

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Featured Story, Instagram, Students | 0 comments

Pitching for a cause

Keith and Jacob Venneman have always been able to bond over baseball.

Keith played through college at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley and Lindenwood University. He started coaching his son, Jacob, when Jacob was 9 years old.

Keith (front) and Jacob Venneman (third from left) and their family stand on the field at Busch Stadium after Jacob, a Columbia College pitcher, threw out the first pitch of a St. Louis Cardinals game Sept. 8.
(Photo by Ben Munson/St. Louis Cardinals)

Jacob went on to become a star pitcher at Fort Zumwalt North High School in O’Fallon, Missouri, then became part of Columbia College’s inaugural signing class when the Cougars restarted their baseball program last year.

“That’s our life,” Jacob said. “Our special connection was baseball. We did that every day throughout the year.”

Cougars baseball coach Darren Munns interjected that, if you ask Keith, he says he could still hit a home run off of Jacob anytime.

“He always said that,” Jacob confirmed, with a grin.

Last year, Keith was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease that causes the extinguishing of motor neurons that control the body’s voluntary muscles. It is more commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease,” named after the New York Yankees Hall of Famer who was diagnosed with ALS during his playing career, in 1939.

As the disease progresses, its victims lose muscle functionality. Keith can’t walk on his own. He needs help with everyday activities. He must be monitored all hours of the day.

“It’s been a rollercoaster, just a bunch of different emotions,” Jacob said. “Every day, something new happens. It’s a journey that we’re all going through, and we’re all adapting and adjusting to new things.”

On September 8, before the St. Louis Cardinals’ home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Keith got to watch his son take the mound at Busch Stadium and throw out the first pitch. Jacob, his mother, father and younger brother and sister all took in the moment.

Keith wore a Cardinals shirt. The rest wore shirts that said “Keith’s Battle is My Battle,” with a blue-and-white ALS awareness ribbon.

“Really, it’s just the opportunity of a lifetime. This doesn’t happen every day,” Jacob said. “I’m really just doing this for my dad and family, just to make him happy. I just want everyone to enjoy the moment.”

Jacob says he didn’t know much about ALS before his father’s diagnosis. Since then, he and his family have learned, firsthand, about the debilitating effects of the disease.

He was devastated when his mother first told him. But he has learned that he has to be strong.

“As I grew a little bit, matured a little bit, I realized that, being the oldest kid in the house, I had to step up,” Jacob said. “I’m trying to be very supportive of my younger sister and younger brother, and especially my mom, because she does everything for me. And I know it’s very hard on them. So I’m trying to keep a positive head about it and keep my composure through the whole process.”

His teammates and coaches have been supportive, yet still want to value the privacy of Jacob and his family. The O’Fallon community held a trivia night fundraiser for the Vennemans last March, and Munns and assistant coach Craig McAndrews made the 85-mile drive down from Hannibal after the Cougars finished a three-game sweep of Hannibal-LaGrange University.

Columbia College baseball coach Darren Munns (left) and assistant coach Craig McAndres (third from left) took part in the trivia night fundraiser for Keith Venneman in March.
(Photo submitted)

That success didn’t extend to the trivia. McAndrews said he doesn’t think they got many questions right. That wasn’t really the point, anyway.

“I think he’d do the same thing. With our program, it’s how tight we are. It’s all for one,” McAndrews said. “It’s nice to have that tight-knit group. It didn’t even feel like we were doing anything. That’s just part of it, what you do as a team.”

Jacob says he is grateful to have the built-in support structure with the Columbia College baseball team. In addition to pitching in seven games for the American Midwest Conference regular-season champion Cougars in the spring, Jacob also earned a spot on the AMC All-Academic team. He is studying business finance.

It would be one thing to handle such a delicate family matter and your schoolwork if you were an upperclassman, Munns said. The fact that Jacob did it during his first year of college was especially impressive.

“One of our team initiatives is ‘family is first.’ We don’t just talk about it, we live it,” Munns said. “Whatever he needs off the field, we’re here for him. Baseball is secondary to life. You have to keep that in perspective, and we do.”

Columbia College’s Jacob Venneman throws out the first pitch at the St. Louis Cardinals game Sept. 8.
(Photo by Ben Munson/St. Louis Cardinals)

After the first pitch and the photos on the field, about 15 members of the Venneman family took in a 4-1 Cardinals win from a private suite. Keith and Jacob, being the lifelong Cardinals fans that they are, always watched the Cardinals on television, but they saved trips to the ballpark for special occasions.

Jacob couldn’t imagine a much more special occasion than a father watching his son throw off the mound at Busch Stadium.

“It’s just being able to do what I love, and he loves watching me play,” Jacob said. “Being able to do that in front of him and for him, it just means the world to me. And I know it means the world to him.”

Columbia College partners with Missouri Sheriffs’ Association

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Students | 0 comments

Columbia College partners with Missouri Sheriffs’ Association

Continuing its commitment to assisting law enforcement officers reach their goals, Columbia College has teamed up with the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) as a preferred education partner for candidates advancing through police academy with the MSA.

“Columbia College offers students in law enforcement many avenues to pursue an education, and we’re proud to partner with the MSA,” said Patty Anderson, associate director of business development in the Columbia College Marketing office.

In order to become a police officer after graduating from the MSA academy, many law enforcement agencies require applicants to have completed at least 60 credit hours from an accredited college, or 30 or more credit hours along with two years of service as a federal active duty military member or as a full-time certified peace officer. As part of this new partnership, the MSA recommends its cadets attend Columbia College during their time in the academy, while the college offers a quality education at an affordable price, along with perks such as the Partners in Law Enforcement (PILE) program.

“Well-trained and educated individuals tend to be better law enforcement officers,” said Kevin Merritt, training director with the MSA. “We are excited about our partnership and the ability to offer our academy graduates a true career path to success.”

The PILE program awards up to 24 hours of academic credit for students who have completed a qualifying police academy such as the MSA’s, which provides for a quicker path to a degree and could help save thousands of dollars in tuition. Columbia College’s Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department allows students to pursue an education in criminal justice administration, forensic science and human services, offering such concentrations as corrections, counseling, law enforcement and more.

Columbia College welcomes new students with ‘Explorientation’

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Featured Story, Students | 0 comments

Columbia College welcomes new students with ‘Explorientation’

New Columbia College students lined up, one by one, in Southwell Complex to shake the hand of Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs David Starrett and receive the pin that would serve as a tiny, metal microcosm for their higher education experience to come.

Scooter the Cougar leads new Columbia College students through Rogers Gate during the annual “Storm the Gate” event August 27.
(Photos by Kaci Smart)

The pin features Rogers Gate, the large stone archway leading onto Bass Commons, through which the students run the day before classes start in their first fall semester during the “Storm the Gate” event. Ivy is another prominent feature on the pin, the vines that Columbia College students drape themselves in on the morning of graduation day for the Ivy Chain ceremony, which has been a tradition at the college since 1900.

“This pin is to remind you of the commitment you’ve made to yourself, your classmates, the institution and the community,” Starrett told the 223 new students who took part in the Columbia College Traditional Pinning Ceremony on August 24. “It will be a memento for you to remember this first day, this new beginning, when you stood with your classmates, embarking on your journey full of enthusiasm or excitement over the unknown.”

The new student pinning ceremony kicked off this year’s Explorientation festivities at Columbia College, a series of more than 30 events beginning the week before the start of the fall semester (August 28) and ending with homecoming weekend (October 7).

At the pinning ceremony, after receiving their pins from Starrett, new students advanced to a line of the 10 department chairs, where the faculty affixed the pins to their shirts and the students started putting faces to the names of their instructors.

Student Government Association President Daymond Dollens, a junior, told the crowd that he likened a student’s path through school to riding a bicycle.

“Today is the day the training wheels come off,” Dollens said. “Free to ride without the assistance of your parents, they still remind you to wear your helmet, watch for traffic and give lots of other pieces of advice, but you’re riding on your own. All the efforts by your parents and teachers helped you build a strong reputation and a solid foundation. The way you ride that bike, who you ride it with and the decisions you make along the way will determine how safe you are and how far you will ride.”

Family and friends got the chance to take pictures with their new college pupils and wish them a fond farewell as they embarked on a new journey at Columbia College.

Check out the photo gallery below for images from move-in day at the dorms, the pinning ceremony, the “Let’s Get It Started” fun and games and Storm the Gate.

Summer 2017 Semester dean’s list announced

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Academics, Students | 0 comments

Summer 2017 Semester dean’s list announced

deans list graphicCongratulations to the following students who were named to the Columbia College dean’s list for the Summer Semester (May-August 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 CampusFort Drum | Fort Leonard Wood | Fort Sill | Fort Stewart | Fort Worth | Freeport | Hancock Field | Hunter Army Airfield | Jacksonville | Jefferson City | Kansas City | Lake County | Lake of the Ozarks | Lemoore | Los Alamitos | Mesquite | Moberly | NAS Jacksonville | 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
Claire Wynkoop
Kari Christman
Jenny Beushausen
Trevelyon Jones


Crystal Lake – Illinois

First Name
Last Name
Krista Smith
Zackery Sujak
Alyssa Luczak
Jacob Vandyck
Lisa Buechel
Angel Torres
Joanna Sasiadek
Marian Sikora
Ann Moehling
Janelle Dunivan
Brett Oates
Grant Bidwell
Zachary Vande Logt
Christopher Olsen
Svetlana Alexeeva
Nicole Harris
Erica Harris
Phillip Bridges


Day Campus – Columbia, Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Gabriela Walton Lecompte
Anna Weeden
Edward Harrison
Alyson Speed
Christine Chase
Spencer Wolf
Eunice Peart
Catherine Thorn
Shannon Small
Eunseo Jo
Heidi Baumgartner
Michael Mehrhoff
Daniel Berry
Eric Levine
Elexus Henley
Lindsey Robertson
Briana Kile
Kelsey Kite
Jason Alpert


Denver – Colorado 

First Name
Last Name
Anna Marie Guyette
Donald Haggitt
Donnell Aguinaga
Daniel Price
Brian Long


Elgin – Illinois 

First Name
Last Name
Rachel Kinderknecht
Stephanie LeRoy
Jose Alvarado
Deizy Horta
Shakema Spigner
Shawn Gray
Alexandra Fischer
Robert Smith
Janet Gavina
Aerianne Lancero
Jarveen Pearson
Bradley Waddell
Joseph Wirtz


Evening Campus – Columbia, Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Dana Begemann
Brandon Haynes
Kristen Coleman
Marlee Billingsley
Melissa McConnell
Shannon Schroer
Cynthia Kleffner
Scott Hillis
Derik Yeager
Matthew Loring
Lynn Crum
Jenny Thompson
John Kuhle
Jessica Aversman
Kristen Jones
Stanton Idel
Nicole Ettleman
Taylor Abel
Aaron Timma
Samuel Harty
Garret Ennenbach
Courtney Grissum
Jacalyn Leake
Mark Colbert
Christopher Klote
Heidi Buxton
Crystal Peterson
Nicolas Gorham
Amanda Daval
Brandon Sjoblom
Scott Rodgers
Jacob Murta
Courtney Yount
Derek Landes
Breanna Colley
Eric Perrigo
Brookelee Redmon
Chandler Kovar
Irina Shevchenko


Fort Drum – New York 

First Name
Last Name
Josef Smith
Jodi Taylor
Heather Curfman
Stephanie French
Chantel Mead
Monika Kotelnicki
Teresa Sadar


Fort Leonard Wood – Missouri

First Name
Last Name
Khalid Faragi
Shaunna Weber
Kenneth Carman
Janet Serna
Diana Dickinson
Meredith Bahr
Abigail Hamilton
Justin Keziah
Timothy Johnson
Loyce Thornburg
Jeremy Martin
Kenna Zeigler
Rhonda Nordeoff
Zackery Williams
Justin Chadbourne
Shelly Tester
Danielle Civitello
Joseph Hillyard
Kenneth Tussey
Peter Mendiola


Fort Sill – Oklahoma 

First Name
Last Name
Kimberly Kinard
Angela Stanley
Mary Escorpion
Kareem Zeigler
Jeffrey Hardy
Billy Vance
Edwinna Sanders


Fort Stewart – Georgia

First Name
Last Name
Sheldon Fleurant
Tyrone Conyers
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Columbia College’s Stricker goes from walk-on to national champion

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Columbia College’s Stricker goes from walk-on to national champion

August 12, 2017 – via the

From walk-on to national champion. It’s the type of story every athlete dreams about. But, for Washington High School graduate Abby Stricker, it was no dream. Stricker, a 2015 Washington High School graduate, became Columbia College’s first-ever individual NAIA champion in May when she won the NAIA long jump title in Gulf Shores, Alabama. “Going into the finals, I was seventh or eighth,” Stricker said. “They take nine to the finals, and only eight make All-American, so I knew I had to do something. On my second-to-last jump, I felt like everything went perfect. It was the perfect jump. I landed one centimeter longer than the top jump to win the title.”

 “Labadie’s Stricker goes from walk-on to National Champion” – eMissourian