The Cottey Factor
Chances are you heard about Cottey from someone who is an alumnae or a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood (more on that in a minute). If not, you'll be sure to meet one of these dynamic women soon. You'll find our alumnae and members of P.E.O. all over the world. They're a powerful network that is an asset to you, not only while you're at Cottey, but once you graduate as well.
In our 128-year history, more than 8,900 women have graduated from Cottey. And they're all excited to help fellow Cottey alumnae get ahead in the world. You'll find them in just about every industry: business, finance, real estate, the arts, the space program, the sciences, marketing, communications, fashion, technology, education, politics, public policy, government, journalism, and entertainment just to name a few. Once you graduate from Cottey, you'll have a lifelong network of professional connections and friends. We call that the Cottey Factor.
+ List of notable alumnae
Notable Cottey College Alumnae
Gabrielle Mary Anya Sivage '00 - 2000 Truman Scholar
Courtney Jones '98 - Truman Scholar Finalist, Fulbright Scholar Grant to research English language instruction in elementary schools in Taiwan August 2004-June 2005.
Midge Boomgarden McClosky '91 - Actress, Singer, Dancer
Aubbie Beal '90 - Marketing Director for Bumbershoot, largest urban music & arts festival in North America; appeared on MTV's Real World Seattle while working as Promotion Director at 107.7 The End radio.
Emily Redman '97 - 1997 Truman Scholar
Jennifer Rieser McCann '85 - Clothing Designer; Worked as one of three designers on the Baby Gap team.
Geralynn "Lynn" Bartels '77 Spokeswoman for the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.
Gayle Schockey Hoxter '76 - Editor; Editorial board member of Shape Magazine.
Kim Krause Haddow '75 - Head Women's Golf Coach; University of Arizona, University of Florida at Gainsville; Pacific-10 All-Star Team member; member Golf Coach Hall of Fame.
Dr. Carol Belt '73 - Meteorologist; Completed Astronaut Training as a major in the United States Air Force.
Janet L. Brown '71 - Lawyer; Among six American lawyers and judges chosen by the American Bar Association to demonstrate the American civil and criminal trial system to Chinese lawyers and judges in Beijing.
Jo Anne Youtz McFarland '67- College President; First woman appointed to head a Wyoming Community College.
Carol Littleton '62 - Film Editor; Nominated for an Oscar for E.T., other credits include The Manchurian Candidate 2004; Dreamcatcher 2003; Truth about Charlie, The 2002; Anniversary Party; The 2001; Mumford 1999; Beloved 1998; Twilight 1998; Diabolique 1996; China Moon 1994; Wyatt Earp 1994; Benny & Joon 1993; Grand Canyon 1991; White Palace 1991; Accidental Tourist, The 1988; Vibes 1988; Swimming to Cambodia, 1987; Brighton Beach Memoirs 1986; Silverado 1985; Places in the Heart 1984; Big Chill, The 1983; E.T. the Extraterrestrial 1982; Body Heat 1981; Roadie 1980; French Postcards 1979; Mafu Cage, The 1979; Legacy 1977.
Kelley Smith Tunney '60 - Vice President, Associated Press; First female general manager for the Associated Press.
Marilyn Harris Springer '51 (deceased) - Best Selling Author; Hatter Fox, The Eden Series,
Francine Irving Neff '46 - United States Treasurer 1974-1976, signed the 1976 $2 bill.
Marijana Kolak '94 - Former advisor to the Serbian Minister of Energy and Mining; founder of nonprofit Balkan Expres which aids refugee campus in Serbia.
Zhena Muzyka '95 -- Self-proclaimed "Mistress of Tea" and founder of Zhena's Gypsy Team Company
Jennifer Brown Koenig '95 - Political Reporter at The Denver Post
Kerry Ann Wright Haag '95 - Research Analyst for the Iowa Senate Democratic Staff
Sarah Hawkins '96 - Owner English Hills Soap Co.
Morgan Shaw '96 - Sr. Manager - North America Communications at Nike and previously Manager of Public Information and Media Services for the Kansas City Chiefs
Erica Rounsefell '97 - Travel Writer and U.S. Government Contractor
Stacy Kerr Wooters '97 - Special assistant to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
Nancy Eddy '98 - Baltimore/DC-based nationally-touring singer/songwriter who released her debut CD On the Inside in August 2009.
Betsy Horne '98 - Professional opera singer, based in Germany
Yuliya Smyk '98 - Crude Oil Trader for British Petroleum
Darya Zhuk '99 - Film Producer/Media Analyst HBO
Joseryl Beckley '00 - Professional singer and principal of the Ballanta Academy of Music, Freetown, Sierra Leone
+ Read more about the P.E.O.'s
Perhaps an even greater force than our alumnae are the some 250,000 members of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, the Philanthropic Educational Organization that owns Cottey College. These women are committed to the cause of furthering education among women and are actively committed to the advancement of women in the workforce and in life. They are so passionate about the cause, they go out of their way to make students feel at home at Cottey. In fact, each of Cottey's residential suites is endowed by a state chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a group of state chapters, or an individual donor.