Vacation College

May 15 – 20, 2018
P.E.O.s, BILs, alumnae, and friends of the College experience Cottey!

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May 15 – 20, 2018

Vacation College is a wonderful opportunity to combine a Cottey experience with personal enrichment, and have some fun along the way. Participants experience Cottey from the inside out as they stay in one of the residence halls, eat in Raney Dining Room, and attend classes taught by Cottey College faculty and staff – all without the pressure of mid-term exams or finals! Nightly entertainment, recreational activities, and extraordinary chances for fellowship are all a part of this exciting week. It is bound to be an experience you will never forget! P.E.O.s, BILs, alumnae, and friends of the College who are over the age of 21 are invited to attend.

We have currently reached capacity for this event. We have begun a waitlist and a fully refundable $100 deposit will be required to reserve your place on the waitlist. As space opens, we will notify registrants based on time of payment deposit.

If you would like to save your space on the waitlist, please fill out both the registration form and the payment form. Please feel free to call us if you have any questions. 417-667-8181, extension 2122

 


Cost and Registration

Cost includes tuition, room and board, recreational activities and entertainment. Many classes fill up quickly. To reserve your spot, fill out the online registration form.

Regular Full Price, which includes room and board:

Early Registration is $575 per person by March 15.
After March 15, Registration is $675 per person.

Refunds

The following refunds will be available for cancellations received in writing.

Before April 15, you may receive a refund of $450. April 16 to April 30, you may receive a refund of $250.

Because items for classes and evening activities/giveaways are purchased in advance, no refunds will be made after April 30. Cancellations made after April 30 cannot be credited as tax deductible gifts to the College.

If you are unable to attend Vacation College due to extenuating circumstances after paying the full amount, and you received no refund, you may be credited with $150.00 toward your registration fee the following year. If you are unable to attend Vacation College due to extenuating circumstances after paying a partial amount, you may be credited with $50.00 toward your registration fee the following year.


Housing

A Cottey College residence hall will be your home during Vacation College. The suite area is made up of a living room; a shared, multi-unit bathroom; and a small kitchenette. Double and single bedrooms surround the perimeter of the common area, housing about 10 people. A small number of single rooms are reserved for those with health concerns on a first-come, first-served basis. Suites are located on the first through third floors with designated couples suites located on the third floor; shared bathrooms are designated women’s or men’s. Robertson Hall is equipped with a wheelchair ramp, an elevator, and air-conditioning.

Transportation

Flying

Participants flying into Kansas City International (MCI) may rent a car and drive approximately 100 miles to campus or take advantage of Cottey’s shuttle service. A car will not be needed once you are on campus, and shuttles will be available for activities that are not within an easy five-minute walking distance.

Shuttle to Cottey: Cottey offers a complimentary shuttle to campus for those who arrive at Kansas City International Airport (MCI) before 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15. As it is approximately a 2-hour commute from the airport to campus, the shuttle will arrive at Cottey in time for dinner. To ensure you meet the shuttle, your flight should arrive no later than 3:00 p.m.

There is no additional cost for the shuttle; shuttle times are non-negotiable.

Return Shuttle: The return shuttle on Sunday, May 20, will depart campus at 7:30 a.m. and arrive at the Kansas City airport at 10:00 a.m. Your flight should depart after 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 20.

There is no additional cost for the shuttle; shuttle times are non-negotiable.

Driving directions

Driving south on Interstate 49 to Nevada: Upon leaving the airport, take I-29 South downtown. I-29 merges with U.S. Highway 71. Follow the signs downtown to stay on Highway 71 South. Highway 71 becomes Interstate 49 and leads directly to Nevada. The trip from the airport to Nevada will take 2 to 21⁄2 hours depending on traffic. Follow the directions below to find Cottey once you have reached Nevada.

When you arrive at Nevada heading south on Interstate 49, you should take the fourth, and last, exit. This exit is Austin Street but is listed on the exit sign as “K Highway, Camp Clark.” Once exiting the highway, turn right, or west, onto Austin.

Driving north on Interstate 49 to Nevada: If you are arriving on Interstate 49 north into Nevada, you should take the first exit, which is listed as “Camp Clark, K Highway.” Turn left, or west, onto Austin Street.

Once on Austin Boulevard: Proceed west for approximately 2.2 miles. You will pass Main Hall on your right and the Rubie Burton Academic Center on your left. Immediately beyond the stop light at College Street, you will see the circle drive in front of the Chapel on your left. You may park temporarily in the circle drive to unload your bags and check in at Robertson Hall. Parking is available behind Robertson off of Tower Street. The handicap entrance is located at the rear of the building.


Classes

Classes represent a wide range of interest areas in locations across campus. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may not switch classes upon arriving on campus or during the week. When registering, please indicate first, second, and third choice for classes. If your first choice is full or the class is cancelled, you will be placed in your second choice.

Shuttle transportation is available for all activities that are not within an easy five-minute walking distance, but transportation to and from class is not provided by the College. Classes have limited enrollment and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The size of a class is limited to ensure a pleasant experience for all guests. The limits are set by Cottey faculty and are non-negotiable.

In response to past evaluations, some changes in scheduling have been incorporated into the program. Morning classes will be 2 ½ hours in length, but the afternoon schedule includes options that will give attendees the chance to enjoy more free time, if they so desire.

Class Times:

Early morning class: 6:30 – 7:30 a.m. ~ class for 1 hour
Long morning class: 8:30 – 11 a.m. ~ class for 2 ½ hours

Long afternoon class: 1 – 3:30 p.m. ~ class for 2 ½ hours
Short afternoon: 1 – 2:00 p.m. ~ class for 1 hour
Short afternoon: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ~ class for 1 hour

More time between classes and greater flexibility in scheduling will allow attendees to decide whether they would like to take a class during that time, relax with some free time, or enjoy any of the other scheduled alternatives available, such as a shuttle to the Nevada square or pool time with a lifeguard which will be offered from 4 – 6 pm in the evenings as optional activities.

Course descriptions are in-depth and comprehensive and contain physical activity levels and proficiency levels to classes, if applicable.

Categories of level of physical activity/mobility:

N/A (not applicable/no activity)
low activity
low to moderate activity
moderate activity
moderate to vigorous activity
vigorous activity

Skill levels:

N/A (not applicable/no prior skills necessary)
beginners encouraged
beginners welcome!
all levels welcome!
some experience requested

Class types:

lecture – instructor oration
presentation – movie or demonstration
studio – visual arts or craft
discussion – group conversation
activity – physical fitness or instructor-led participatory action



The following classes will be offered.


Early AM (6:30-7:30am)

Good Morning Walk and Stretch


Karen Polon
Class Type: activity
Level of Physical Activity: low to moderate
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Enjoy Cottey’s beautiful campus and nearby parks while you start your day the healthy way. This walking class is geared toward active individuals who already participate in a regular exercise program. Participants will be able to walk at their own pace each morning and then finish each class with total body stretching.

Karen Polon
Professor of Physical Education

Karen has been teaching students how to live a healthy lifestyle since coming to Cottey in 1993. In her additional position as wellness coordinator, she has been teaching Cottey employees how to do the same for the last nine years. Although female employees may enroll and take PE classes, the wellness program encourages everyone in the Cottey community to participate in wellness activities like yoga, Zumba, volleyball, and fitness walking, just to name a few. Since coming to Cottey, Professor Polon has developed seven new courses including courses for a fitness education minor. After a sabbatical to New Zealand in 2006, she developed an international travel experience for students and traveled with students for a third time in March 2017. In her free time Karen, a Master Gardener, enjoys vegetable gardening playing golf, cycling, and traveling.

High Intensity Water Aerobics


Theresa Burger
Class Type: activity
Level of Physical Activity: moderate to vigorous
Skill Level: Students need to be comfortable in deep water

Dance, calisthenics and toning exercises performed vertically in the water. This class will include both shallow and deep water exercise. For students familiar with water aerobics and/or who are capable of exercising at a moderate to high intensity. Bathing suit and towel required. Water shoes recommended.

Theresa Burger
Professor of Physical Education

Professor Burger came to Cottey College in 1997. She holds a Master of Science in health and physical education with a specialization in exercise science from Queens College, C.U.N.Y. Professor Burger maintains current certifications as an Instructor Trainer with the American Red Cross in Lifeguarding, First Aid/ CPR/ AED and Water Safety Instruction. She also maintains current Aquatic Exercise Instructor certification through the (AEA) Aquatic Exercise Association and an Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor certification through PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors). Professor Burger teaches all of the aquatic-based, CPR/AED, first aid, and bicycling courses at the College. She also serves as the Pool Supervisor/Coordinator during the academic year and supervises the student lifeguard staff.


AM (8:30-11:00)

Abstract Collage


Linda Downey
Class Type: studio
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Join us in this creative new class as we explore texture, color, line, shape, and form. You will print collage papers for two days using stencils, stamps, leaves, plastics, and found objects. On the third day, you will assemble and glue the papers onto a canvas board. The instructor will guide you with points of visual interest, design concepts, and general principles of art. Arranging and gluing down the papers and layering of paper will create interesting shapes, texture, lines, and more. Step out of your comfort zone and create a fun project with no experience necessary. This class promises to be lots of laughs and fun!

Linda (Cornell) Downey
Cottey Alumna 1970
Former CCAA Executive Board President

Linda says that going to Cottey College changed her life in 1968 and she loved the adventure. She is from Connecticut and thinks Easterners don’t know a whole world exists outside of the Route 95 corridor. She graduated from Cottey in 1970, graduated in 1973 with a degree in art education from East Carolina University, and a master’s in teaching from University of Massachusetts in 1990. Linda taught Art K-12 for 36 years, has been a P.E.O. for 28 years (Chapter AB-CT), and now that she’s retired she is enjoying her daughter and her grandsons, family, traveling, painting and teaching adults and collecting sea glass while she walks many a beach. She has been her class agent since her Cottey graduation, was a member of the alumnae board for six years, attended Vacation College in 2016, and this is her second year teaching beginning watercolor in 2017. Linda teaches in a free, fun, enthusiastic and encouraging way and she loves it.

Ageism and Female Representation in Film

Mary Laughlin
Class Type: lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: all levels welcome

Increasingly we realize that women’s issues are also men’s issues and it’s our job to right the balance.” Meryl Streep

This course will explore issues of ageism and the representation of women embedded within the design, direction, and review of Hollywood films. In-class screenings of films will be followed by discussion and activities; coursework will also include selected readings covering industry research, actor interviews, and analytic frameworks for film.

Dr. Mary Laughlin
Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Laughlin earned her Ph.D. in rhetoric, writing, and culture at North Dakota State University in 2016. She received her B.A. in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her M.F.A. in creative writing from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She has experience teaching both first-year and upper-division writing courses, and her research interests include collaborative authorship and pressurized collaborative writing practices, first-year writing pedagogy, writing assessment, genre theory, and non-tenure-track labor.

Bee Happy!


Sarah Quick
Class Type: lecture/discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: moderate activity (field trip to local beekeeper]
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Have you heard all the latest buzz about bees? Bees are a fascinating contributor to the human food system. Come be a part of this course that considers bees ecologically and their relationship to humans as crop pollinators and honey producers. We will also learn about the many causes for recent threats to bees as well as the theories for colony collapse disorder. Finally, we will examine beekeeping as a practice, learning directly from beekeepers.

Dr. Sarah Quick
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology

Sarah Quick is a sociocultural anthropologist and an ethnomusicologist who studies contemporary heritage performance by Native peoples in North America. She has a B.A. in anthropology from the University of South Carolina, a M.A. in anthropology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Ph.D. in social-cultural anthropology from Indiana University where she also minored in ethnomusicology. She is currently working on her manuscript Signifying Multicultural Heritage: Native Peoples Fiddling and Jigging in Western North America for publication in the Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World series after being selected to join other first-time book authors attending a multi-press workshop in 2012. She has just started a research project with students on farming technology and youth organizations, and also more recently she has researched local and slow food movements. Sarah is interested in music/dance, ethnographic film, gender studies, heirloom seed-saving, southern heritage food, sustainable farming, community gardens and urban chickens.

Cottey Book Club


Trisha Stubblefield
Class Type: presentation/lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Are you looking for a new book to introduce to your book club? Curious about what books Cottey English majors are reading? This course will discuss four novels that are taught in English courses at Cottey. After considering the biographical, historical, and cultural context of each novel, we will have a lively conversation about the book, focusing on issues of gender and leadership. The schedule will be as follows: My Ántonia by Willa Cather (1918), The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (1920), Sula by Toni Morrison (1973), Mama Day by Gloria Naylor (1988).

Dr. Trisha Stubblefield
Professor of English

Dr. Trisha Stubblefield, Professor of English and Harmon Professor of English, received her B.A. (English) and B.M. (Music History) from Converse College, South Carolina, and her M.A. and Ph.D. (2001) from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Stubblefield serves as Coordinator of the English Department and Chair of the Humanities Division. The recipient of several teaching awards, she teaches courses on women writers, 20th-century American literature, the AMC series Mad Men, and Ecofeminism. Dr. Stubblefield is the sponsor of Cottey College’s Sigma Tau Delta, international English honor society chapter, and she is a member of P.E.O. Chapter ND, Missouri.

Current State of the Economy


Gary Lunkenheimer
Class Type: lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

This course will examine the current state of the economy. Class members will learn basic economic concepts that affect one as an individual and the world in general by examining the state of the whole economy. The purpose is to lead one to better understanding of economic principles affecting one’s personal financial life. Class participants will explore such terms as supply, demand, recession, expansion, gdp, budget deficit, trade surplus, manufacturing, and service economy in relation to household decision making. Class members will examine choices in investing, saving, and shopping habits and how they relate to the U.S. economy. In relation to economic theory, personal topics touched on will include inflation, investing, financial statements, and use of credit. Participants will be asked to share relevant knowledge and will be encouraged to ask questions about state of the economy.

Dr. Gary Lunkenheimer
Professor of Business and Economics

Gary Lunkenheimer is in his 13th year of teaching at Cottey College and has over 20 years of teaching experience. He serves as the coordinator for both of the bachelor degree programs in business—international business and business administration-management as well as teaches eight different courses per year including economics, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, intro to business, personal finance, business topics, and assists in coordinating business internship opportunities for students. He has participated in local service organizations including, Lions, Nevada-Vernon County Chamber of Commerce board member, and Nevada Bicycling Club. Professionally, he has been involved with the National Business Education Association, Gulf Coast Economics Association, Missouri Association of Accounting Educators, National Economics Teaching Association, and Phi Beta Lambda. Lastly, Gary has taught Vacation College courses for many years in areas related to personal finance, wealth management, basic economics, issues faced in retirement, and local business tours.

Find the Solution!


Brenda Ross
Class Type: lecture/laboratory/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low to moderate
Skill Level: beginners welcome

Chemistry is like cooking…but don’t lick the spoon! This is your chance to get into the chemistry laboratory and try some hands-on science fun with those experiments you have “always wanted to do.” No prior experience is needed! Each day will be devoted to a different type of activity and will include (1) using instrumentation to identify chemical unknowns, (2) synthesizing oxygen and carbon dioxide and testing their properties, (3) synthesizing oil of wintergreen, and (4) doing chemical “magic.” You will be up and moving around during class, but will have the option to sit while doing the experiments. You will work with a partner unless you specify that you prefer to work by yourself.

Dr. Brenda Ross
Professor of Chemistry

Brenda arrived at Cottey College in the fall of 1996 in the position of associate professor of chemistry. In the 20 years she has been here, she has taught numerous chemistry classes and in addition has been teaching social justice classes for the past ten years. In December 2006, Brenda began taking students to Guatemala for a social justice service-learning opportunity and has traveled to Guatemala with students for ten consecutive years. Currently she works to combine her interests in chemistry, social justice and health sciences. Brenda looks forward to once again teaching at Vacation College.

Fishing with Jack and Ed!

Jack Weitzel and Ed Hyde
Class Type: activity
Level of Physical Activity: moderate
Skill Level: Beginners welcome!

Take your adventurous spirit to the waterside and enjoy some fishing with Jack and Ed! Your instructors will share their enthusiasm for the sport and be your native guides as you travel to several local fishing holes and secret streams. Try your hand at catchi¬¬¬ng indigenous fishy specimens; learn about knots and lures; and improve your knowledge of lines, rods, and reels. Consider yourself challenged to take the bait, hook, line, and sinker! Guests must be able to get in and out of a van and walk for short distances. Rods and other equipment will be supplied, or you may bring your own.

Jack Weitzel

Husband of President Weitzel, Jack is a retired electrician, having owned his own electrical contracting business, followed by a semi-retired career in electronic sales. His current “work” includes numerous weekly runs to Walmart, lots of time fishing, reading voraciously, smoking meats, drinking coffee, and running errands as “assigned” by Jann. Jack grew up in Iowa, served in the Navy during Vietnam, and has supported Jann’s education and career. They have two grown, married daughters and four grandchildren. Jack reports his biography is “old, retired, works for the president, and likes to fish!!!!!”

Ed Hyde
Supervisor of Maintenance and Grounds

Ed has been the Maintenance and Grounds Supervisor at Cottey’s Physical Plant for the past 31 years. His duties at Cottey include everything from assigning work orders for the day, ordering parts, meeting with local contractors, to shoveling and plowing snow when the weather requires it. Prior to coming to Cottey, Ed worked for the Boiler Makers Local out of Kansas City for nine years. Ed has lots of hobbies that include motorcycle riding, playing golf, hunting, and fishing. Ed has caught a number of different kinds of fish in Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma, Florida, and Canada.

From Mao to Now: A Look at Contemporary China


Sandra L. Chaney
Class Type: lecture/presentation/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: N/A

China has emerged as a major player on the world stage in just over a generation. How has the country’s rapid ascent been possible and what has it meant for “ordinary” Chinese people? What might China’s new global position mean for the international community? This class explores these and other questions by focusing on its most powerful leaders—M ao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and the current president, Xi Jinping—and by exploring how their visions and decisions have affected the everyday lives of Chinese citizens. We will assess Mao’s efforts to build a communist society, including his bold experiment, the “Great Leap Forward,” that ended in massive famine and his mobilization of youth in the Cultural Revolution that left parts of the country in shambles. We will consider Deng Xiaoping’s economic liberalization that opened China’s doors to the outside world once again and that brought millions of people out of poverty. But what of his repressive measures? What was it like to be affected by the one-child policy or by the show-down in Tiananmen Square in June 1989? Finally, we will learn about Xi Jinping’s recent assertion that China must play a more prominent role in the world, one that reflects its economic standing as the world’s largest manufacturing and export economy. What foreign and domestic changes might accompany this vision?

Dr. Sandra L. Chaney
Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of Liberal Arts

Dr. Sandra Chaney joined the Cottey College faculty in August 2017. She is Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of Liberal Arts as well as pre-law advisor. Sandra has over 20 years of undergraduate teaching experience, including two years as a visiting professor at a Chinese university in Henan Province. Her expertise is in European and environmental history but she also has a personal interest in China. In 2002, she and her husband made their first trip to the People’s Republic to adopt their daughter, Anna Mei. Since then Sandra and her family have traveled to China several times, including once with her mother, Jane Chaney, a proud P.E.O. member from Montana.

Healing Meditation


Erica Sigauke
Class Type: presentation/discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low to moderate
Skill Level: all levels are welcome

This course empowers individuals with new tools and ways of healing through the use of different guided imagery meditation practices, creative art therapy including other cultural meditation healing practices. Individuals explore other ways of meditating and also discover new techniques for cultivating healing thoughts and mindfulness creative activities. Participate in outdoor peaceful healing activities as well as learn how to create personal indoors and outdoors sacred meditation and healing spaces.

Reverend Erica Sigauke
Director of Spiritual Life and Campus Diversity

Erica is the director of spiritual life and diversity at Cottey College. She graduated with a certificate in education from Morgan ZINTEC College. After working as an assistant principal and teacher for many years, she joined Africa University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in education, English and music prior to her graduate studies in the U.S. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a master’s degree in music education and a composition certificate from ABACA College in Minnesota. Erica later joined the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in pastoral care and counseling. She is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in ministry. Erica has three children and her two daughters are Cottey graduates. She is a member of P.E.O. Chapter KK, Missouri.

Journey to the Edge of the World


Tatiana Jones
Class Type: lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: N/A

Some call it the greatest train journey on earth. In this class, participants will learn about the world’s longest train route – the Trans-Siberian Express, and why this is the best thing that ever happened to Siberia. This train journey promises incredible landscapes, a treasure of historical stories and places, a glimpse at Lake Baikal, and the time to connect with fellow travelers and locals. Hop on board!

Tatiana Jones
Library Technician/Cataloger
Adjunct Instructor for Environmental Studies

Tatiana was born in Volgograd (former Stalingrad), Russia. She moved to the USA in 1999. In 2008, she joined the Cottey College team in Ross Memorial Library and her main responsibility is cataloging. Tatiana became a P.E.O. in 2016. She has enjoyed teaching Vacation College classes Oh, Those Russian Women… and Learning Russia History and Customs through Movies from 2010-2015. Perhaps surprisingly in light of her engineering background, she loves to read and watch biographies and fictions based on historical events.

Makeup Magic: Fantasy/Halloween Makeup Application


Laura Chaney
Class Type: lecture/video/hands on lab
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: Beginners welcome!

In this amazing new Vacation College class, students will learn general makeup application for Halloween, Fantasy, and Wounds. The makeup application will focus on makeup supplies that can be found easily at home and over the counter. If you like to work school carnivals, help with Halloween parties and festivities or have a general interest in learning about theatrical and face makeup, this course is for you! The instructor will provide videos, lecture, and demonstrate techniques. At the end of the week, the student will be confident in using skills gained to work at a makeup booth, Halloween fest, and carnivals or simply to enhance their own makeup skills. Finally, a makeup class that will be a scream!

Professor Laura Chaney
Associate Professor of Theatre

Professor Laura Chaney just finished her fourth year teaching at Cottey. She serves as a Director, Designer and Technical Director for the theatre department. Ms. Chaney has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University where she had a concentration in lighting and set design. In the past 15 years, she has become a theatre generalist and has worked as a director, set designer, lighting designer, costume designer, sound designer and technical director. When not found in the theatre, Laura likes to be in nature and travel. While traveling, she enjoys hiking, walking on the beach, and finding new places to explore. “All the World is a Stage” but you need to get out in the world to recreate it!

Medieval Castles and Cathedrals


Helen Lodge
Class Type: lecture/presentation
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: beginner

Journey back to the days of olde, and, using English castles and cathedrals as the model, learn about medieval castles and cathedrals and how and why they were built. Learn about castle life and warfare, stained glass, and sculpture. Media presentations, guide books and discussions will be held. Sorry, no field trips to England this summer, though!

Helen Lodge
Director of Housing and Assistant Vice President for Student Life

Helen is the director of housing and assistant vice president for student life and just celebrated the completion of 27 years in housing at Cottey. With a last name of Lodge, she feels her career choice was pre-destined. A third generation P.E.O. member, she has worked in collegiate housing all her adult life with the exception of a few early years as a high school teacher in Iowa. This fall will be her 40th year of opening residence halls as a member of a hall staff. In her spare time, she loves doing genealogy, reading about British and royal history, and collects dust bunnies as pets. She loves teaching American genealogy and has done research in over 150 locations since 1985 when she started her research journey.

Music and Games from Around the World


Jackie Lordo
Class Type: lecture/discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

How do people distract themselves from burdens of everyday life? Come find out as you travel the world through music and games. Each day, we will learn a new game and study music from another country. Most of the games will be card-based and for two or more players.

Dr. Jackie Lordo
Assistant Professor of Music

Jackie Lordo is an assistant professor of music at Cottey College. She teaches brass lessons, music theory, and basic conducting in addition to her duties as director of the Wind and Jazz Ensembles. She is a proud member of P.E.O. and several professional music organizations. Jackie is excited to share her love of games as well as her professional expertise in music.

Pastel Drawing


Morgan Frew
Class Type: studio
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ― Pablo Picasso
For results in art that are luminous, expressive and vibrant, use pastels! In this class you will create an original pastel drawing using a master painting for inspiration. Portrait, landscape, and still life subjects may all be explored as you venture into the colorful world of pastels.

Professor Morgan Frew
Assistant Professor of Art

Morgan Frew received his M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, in 2008, and his B.F.A. from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, in 2006. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is held in a number of public and private collections throughout the US. He is currently an assistant professor of art at Cottey College. This is his third time teaching at Vacation College.

She’s Got the Blues


Amanda Cook
Class Type: lecture/activity
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: Beginners welcome! No musical experience necessary.

Learn about blues music and the inspiring women who write and perform it. We will explore the lyrics, musical structure, and characteristics of the blues. We will listen to artists from the 1920s to the present day and discuss their motivations, backgrounds, and impact.

Dr. Amanda Cook
Assistant Professor of Music

Amanda Cook holds a Doctor of Music degree in clarinet performance from Indiana University, as well as a Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan. She earned Bachelor of Music degrees in clarinet performance and music education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She currently serves as music department coordinator and teaches woodwind and music theory courses at Cottey College. A native of Washington, Missouri, she is a member of P.E.O. Chapter ND, Missouri. This is Amanda’s fifth year of teaching at Cottey and fifth year of Vacation College.

What’s Your Story?


Michael Pommier
Class Type: studio/activity
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: all levels welcome

Everyone has a story and who better to write your story than yourself? Whether you want to write an autobiography or just leave some stories behind for future generations, the ability to capture your own story is quite valuable. During this class, the instructor will share tips and techniques learned through his experience as a newspaper reporter on how to look back and evaluate different points in life to find those stories. We will then turn that evaluation into something to be saved for future generations.

Professor Pommier
Adjunct Lecturer in Art

Michael Pommier has been an adjunct lecturer at Cottey since the fall of 2015. As an adjunct lecturer, he teaches Introduction to Digital Art during the fall semester and Digital Photography in the spring semester. Pommier graduated from Pittsburg State University with a B.S.T. in 2007 where he majored in commercial graphics and minored in marketing. Since graduation, he has worked as a staff photographer, reporter, page designer, and assistant editor for two different newspapers. His day job is working for an outreach office of the University of Kansas Medical Center doing marketing and communications. Aside from graphic design and photography, Pommier loves music. In fact, he loves music so much he sings with an area barbershop harmony chorus!


PM/long (1:00-3:30pm)

Astronomy Zero to Backyard Hero


Peter Hyland
Class Type: lecture/discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: beginner

Are you an Astronomy Zero who wants to become a Backyard Hero? Are you fascinated by the night sky, but can’t really say more than “the moon is up”? We’ll be spending our time learning about the skies, different types of telescopes, and what to look for when purchasing a personal telescope. Come with no background and by the end be able to confidently use a backyard telescope during an evening session under the stars (weather permitting), as well as find constellations and tell the stories of their myths. We will also explore how modern astronomers understand our solar system, galaxy, and universe.

Dr. Peter Hyland
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Peter has worked extensively with astrophysical experiments at Case Western Reserve University, the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and McGill University. While Dr. Hyland found work in astrophysics rewarding, Cottey has provided him an opportunity to pursue physics education research, which he finds even more interesting. Specifically, he enjoys course development and investigating the identity development in women physics students. He started this type of work in earnest at MIT’s Teaching and Learning Lab and has continued to explore it. He teaches physics and astronomy during the semester and at Vacation College and summer workshops.

Beginning Water Color


Linda Downey
Class Type: studio
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Have you always wanted to try watercolor painting or do you need to brush up on your techniques? With this class, you will find delight in gaining a basic understanding of general skills and techniques. You will learn about the color wheel, mixing colors, values, brush techniques, and wet-on-wet and wet on dry application methods. Start your amazing watercolor journey here!

Linda (Cornell) Downey
Cottey Alumna 1970
Former CCAA Executive Board President

Linda says that going to Cottey College changed her life in 1968 and she loved the adventure. She is from Connecticut and thinks easterners don’t know a whole world exists outside of the Route 95 corridor. She graduated from Cottey in 1970, graduated in 1973 with a degree in art education from East Carolina University, and a master’s in teaching from University of Massachusetts in 1990. Linda taught Art K-12 for 36 years, has been a P.E.O. for 28 years (Chapter AB-CT), and now she’s retired she is enjoying her daughter and her grandsons, family, traveling, painting and teaching adults and collecting sea glass while she walks many a beach. She has been her class agent since Cottey, was a member of the alumnae board for six years, attended Vacation College in 2016, and now will be teaching beginning watercolor in 2017. Linda teaches in a free, fun, enthusiastic and encouraging way and she loves it.

Cheese Making 101

Catherine Volle, Mike Dombroski
Class Type: discussion /presentation/activity
Level of Physical Activity: Low to moderate activity (ability to stand for long periods)
Skill Level: All levels welcome

They say the cheese stands alone! Are you interested in cheese and how it’s made? Would you like to learn about the chemical processes that microbes perform to change milk to cheese? Did you enjoy the fermentation class offered previously at Vacation College and want to know more? Come learn all about making cheese, eating cheese, and more in this cheese-making course!

Dr. Catherine Volle
Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Biochemistry

Catherine Volle completed her undergraduate studies at Mount Holyoke College and her graduate work at Brown University. She was formerly a post-doctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute and taught at Georgetown University and Trinity Washington University before starting at Cottey in the fall of 2015 as assistant professor of biology and chemistry. She is a member of the Biophysical Society and the Association for Women in Science. Catherine loves food microbiology and often uses her kitchen as a laboratory, making her own bread and yogurt on a weekly basis, much to the delight of her friends. This is her third year teaching at Vacation College.

Mike Dombroski
Instructional Technology Specialist

Mike Dombroski has been at Cottey College since 2016 and is the instructional technology specialist. He works with professors to help them effectively use technology in the classroom, which can range from introducing a new device to offering them support and ideas on how to use technology. He enjoys working with professors to problem solve and meet their needs. Working to develop new ways to use technology in the classroom is something that he enjoys doing. In his spare time Mike enjoys cooking, kite flying, traveling, camping, reading, and playing with technology. Mike’s cheese making has ranged from simple mozzarella to more complicated brie and he enjoys trying new recipes, experimenting, and sharing his passion for cheese making.

Crafty Christmas


Stephanie Grgurich
Class Type: studio/art
Level of Physical Activity: low mobility (though students will move around for supplies)
Skill Level: all levels welcome

Celebrate spirit of the holidays with Crafty Christmas! This is a class with fun crafts for all ages, ranging from crafts you can teach little ones, to more-detailed projects to brighten your home or for a nice gift for someone special during the holiday season. No experience is required, just the holiday spirit, and a can-do attitude!

Stephanie Grgurich
Assistant Director of Admission

Stephanie is an assistant director of admission. She has worked at Cottey since August 2011 and works with prospective students from across the country, as well as with Cottey’s student ambassador organization, Golden Key. She graduated from Cottey in 2003 and earned her Bachelor of Arts from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, in 2005. She joined the P.E.O. Sisterhood in 2010, and is a member of Chapter BB, North Carolina.

Local Sites Tour


Gary Lunkenheimer
Class Type: lecture/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low to moderate — low to moderate—must be able to enter/exit a full size Cottey van and walk/tour local businesses.
Skill Level: none

Class members will travel by Cottey van to explore local sites in the area including business and historical sites. On the historical side, find out what a Bushwhacker was by touring the Bushwhacker museum and jail, see the original town square and the 110 year old courthouse, tour the Fort in Fort Scott as well as see the first national Veteran’s cemetery, which is older than Arlington National Cemetery. On the business side, class members will tour the Chamber of Commerce housed in the historic Carnegie Library Building, learn what it is like to operate a business in a small town. Tour such businesses as the historic W.F. Norman Factory, mostly known for manufacturing hand-pressed embossed tin ceilings and architectural details using equipment from the early 1900s, local small businesses around the historic square, a small town farmer’s market, a business specializing in locally grown agriculture products, and a sheltered workshop. Class members must be able to enter/exit a full size Cottey van and walk around local businesses. Please note: during the factory tour portion, it is sometimes hard to hear the guide due to the loud machines.

Dr. Gary Lunkenheimer
Professor of Business and Economics

Gary Lunkenheimer is in his 13th year of teaching at Cottey College and has over 20 years of teaching experience. He serves as the coordinator for both of the bachelor degree programs in business—international business and business administration-management as well as teaches eight different courses per year including economics, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, intro to business, personal finance, business topics, and assists in coordinating business internship opportunities for students. He has participated in local service organizations including, Lions, Nevada-Vernon County Chamber of Commerce board member, and Nevada Bicycling Club. Professionally, he has been involved with the National Business Education Association, Gulf Coast Economics Association, Missouri Association of Accounting Educators, National Economics Teaching Association, and Phi Beta Lambda. Lastly, Gary has taught Vacation College courses for many years in areas related to personal finance, wealth management, basic economics, issues faced in retirement, and local business tours.

Making Your Mark


Adam Dean
Class type: discussion/activity
Level of physical activity/mobility: moderate
Skill level: all levels welcome!

Come and feel at home on the range with this firearm and archery skills class. State-certified instructors will demonstrate the fundamentals of firearm safety and handling in a classroom environment followed by a day at the range. The instructor’s goal is to increase the confidence of the guests in their ability to safely handle firearms and the proper technique in shooting. The second part of the class will be instruction in the use of a compound bow. Students will learn the proper handling, sizing, and draw strength when choosing a bow and how to properly shoot a bow at targets. Participants of the class will then put their newly-acquired knowledge to use in a day of target practice with compound bows and crossbows. All firearms and needed gear will be supplied and you may not bring your own equipment.

Adam Dean
Director of Academic Computing Services

Adam Dean, director of academic computing, has been at Cottey for 21 years. Adam is responsible for all technology on the academic side of campus which includes faculty, students, library, resident halls and both academic buildings. He designs and installs all of the smart classrooms and computer labs on campus. In his personal time, he has served as president of the Vernon County United Way for 11 years and Chairman of the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). In his work with the NWTF he has organized and run several Outdoor Youth Events for local youth and this year organized the first Women In The Outdoors event for this area.

Polish Culture and Cuisine


Paula Chelminska
Class type: presentation
Level of physical activity/mobility: N/A
Skill level: none

A native of Poland, Professor Chelminska will introduce you to Polish cuisine and culture. In this class, you will learn about Polish customs and traditions, and how Poles celebrate different social events, such as wedding, baptism, first communions, Christmas, Easter, and New Year’s Eve. Polish people love food and celebrations, so different dishes that are associated with various social events will be presented. Ingredients will be introduced and discussed and cooking demonstrations will take place to reveal time-honored Polish techniques and tastes. It will be a relaxing, interactive class with amazing smells and tastes of traditional Polish cuisine. Please note: This is not a hands-on cooking course. The instructor will demonstrate techniques and discuss process, but guests will not be actively involved in the preparation of food.

Professor Paula Chelminska
Assistant Professor of International Business

Professor Chelminska earned a B.S. in international business and M.B.A. from Arkansas State University. She interned at the Universidad de Politecnica de Valencia in Valencia, Spain. Professor Chelminska arrived at Cottey in 2012 and teaches business and international business courses, such as accounting, corporate social responsibility, international management, export procedures and policies, and global business strategies. She is a member of Academy of International Business and Nasbite International, professional associations in her field. Also, she actively participates in organizing Cottey’s Multicultural Festival. This will be her fourth year teaching Vacation College. Previous courses she taught include, Cross Cultural Communication; Explore the Hidden Jewels of Europe; and Poland through Legends, Literature, and Music. Her interests are: photography, detective-adventure books, and traveling.

Still Life Drawing


Morgan Frew
Class Type: studio
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation. -Henri Cartier-Bresson
This class will begin the week with simple still life forms and then work from more advanced forms at the end of the week. Charcoal, graphite, erasers and paper will be provided. You only need to bring your ability to observe and to create!

Morgan Frew
Assistant Professor of Art

Morgan Frew received his M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, in 2008, and his B.F.A. from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, in 2006. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is held in a number of public and private collections throughout the US. He is currently an assistant professor of art at Cottey College. This is his third time teaching at Vacation College.

Striving for a Socially Just World


Brenda Ross
Class Type: presentation/lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: N/A

What does it mean to be a socially responsible global citizen? This class is an introduction to the ways in which individuals and groups are named and treated as “other” in communities and societies. We will explore the ways in which the designation of “other” harms individuals, families, and communities and consider ways in which civic engagement and activism can be used to promote human dignity and a socially just world. We will learn together through lecture, video, and class discussion.

Dr. Brenda Ross
Professor of Chemistry

Brenda arrived at Cottey College in the fall of 1996 in the position of associate professor of chemistry. In the 20 years she has been here, she has taught numerous chemistry classes and in addition has been teaching social justice classes for the past ten years. In December 2006, Brenda began taking students to Guatemala for a social justice service-learning opportunity and has traveled to Guatemala with students for ten consecutive years. Currently she works to combine her interests in chemistry, social justice and health sciences. Brenda looks forward to once again teaching at Vacation College.

The Osage Nation: History, Environment, and Culture


Sarah Quick
Class Type: lecture/discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: moderate (fieldtrips will require walking on easy trails)
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

A number of Native American groups lived in and passed through Missouri, but in southwest Missouri none were so well known as the Osage. This class will begin by considering what we know of the pre-contact Osage, their historical prominence in the four state area (Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas) as well as their struggles and removal. Besides what we explore in the classroom, we will visit an ancient Osage village as well as the Missouri prairie state park to learn about their culture and the environment in which they thrived. We will also consider Osage culture in more recent times. Suggested books: Grann’s Killer of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (2017); Wolferman’s The Osage in Missouri (1997)

Dr. Sarah Quick
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology

Sarah Quick is a sociocultural anthropologist and an ethnomusicologist who studies contemporary heritage performance by Native peoples in North America. She has a B.A. in anthropology from the University of South Carolina, a M.A. in anthropology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Ph.D. in social-cultural anthropology from Indiana University where she also minored in ethnomusicology. She is currently working on her manuscript Signifying Multicultural Heritage: Native Peoples Fiddling and Jigging in Western North America for publication in the Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World series after being selected to join other first-time book authors attending a multi-press workshop in 2012. She has just started a research project with students on farming technology and youth organizations, and also more recently she has researched local and slow food movements. Sarah is interested in music/dance, ethnographic film, gender studies, heirloom seed-saving, southern heritage food, sustainable farming, community gardens and urban chickens.

Viewer’s Digest Guide to Opera


Amanda Cook
Class Type: presentation/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: Beginners welcome! No musical experience necessary.

Come explore the world of opera! Opera is incredibly varied, with something for everyone if you know what to look for. Like TV channel surfing, you can find intense character dramas, light comedic misadventures, historical documentaries, murder mysteries, and everything in between. In this class, we will listen to beautiful music and provide accessible plot overviews that make it easy to enjoy the drama, emotion, and comedy that opera has to offer.

Dr. Amanda Cook
Assistant Professor of Music

Amanda Cook teaches woodwind lessons and music theory courses at Cottey College. A native of Washington, Missouri, she is a member of P.E.O. Chapter ND, Missouri. This is Amanda’s fifth year of teaching at Cottey and fifth year of Vacation College.


PM/short A (1:00-2:00)

Adventures in Travel: New Zealand


Karen Polon
Class Type: lecture
Level of Physical Activity: N/A to low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Attend this class instead of reading a travel guide and learn about New Zealand- Aotearoa- the land of the long white cloud. Class will cover a general overview of the history of New Zealand including information on the rich and diverse Maori culture and about how the North and South Islands are different and yet similar in so many ways. Information will be presented on both the large cities and small towns of New Zealand, how Kiwis are energy and environmentally friendly, and we certainly couldn’t forget the wineries! Class content includes information on the best time to travel to New Zealand and other essential travel tips.

Karen Polon
Professor of Physical Education

Karen has been teaching students how to live a healthy lifestyle since coming to Cottey in 1993. In her additional position as wellness coordinator, she has been teaching Cottey employees how to do the same for the last nine years. Although female employees may enroll and take PE classes, the wellness program encourages everyone in the Cottey community to participate in wellness activities like yoga, Zumba, volleyball, and fitness walking, just to name a few. Since coming to Cottey, Professor Polon has developed seven new courses including courses for a fitness education minor. After a sabbatical to New Zealand in 2006, she developed an international travel experience for students and traveled with students for a third time in March 2017. In her free time Karen, a Master Gardener, enjoys vegetable gardening playing golf, cycling, and traveling.

Adventures in Travel: Peru


Jorge Dioses
Class Type: lecture
Level of Physical Activity: N/A to low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

There are many reasons for visiting Peru: the stunning geography and landscapes; the abundant and unique flora and fauna; the rich culture and traditions; the impressive archeological and historical sites (including the famous Machu Picchu); and its exquisite cuisine, one of best in the world. There is a lot to see and enjoy in the “land of the Incas.” This class will give you a general overview of Peru including its geography and environment, its culture and history, and its people. You will find out travel recommendations, resources, and tips.

Dr. Jorge Dioses
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Jorge Dioses was born in Lima, Peru. He earned a B.S. in mathematics at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and a Ph.D. in mathematics at Oklahoma State University. He has been teaching at Cottey College, as assistant professor, since 2012. He has taught every math course offered at Cottey: college algebra, statistics, calculus 1-3, differential equations. His main academic interest is number theory and he is a member of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society. Jorge was one of the co-leaders of the college-sponsored International Trip to Peru in 2016. Also, he has participated in Vacation College for a few years teaching courses like Math and Art, Recreational Math, and Ancient Civilizations of the Americas.

African Drumming


Erica Sigauke
Class Type: presentation/discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low to moderate
Skill Level: No skills required. All levels are welcome!

This course will open doors to explore new drumming techniques and to learn about their origins in Africa. It will help people find healing and relaxation through the physical touch and vibrations from the various drum rhythms. Students will learn diverse drum techniques from various African tribes and how they are used for some rituals and ceremonies. The group will have an opportunity to play some authentic African instruments such as, the Dondo talking drum, Djembe, African thumb pianos, single woven jingles, Caxixi shakers from Mali, Gunkogui double bell with stick from Ghana, Axatse gourd shaker from Ghana, Udu clay drum from Ghana and other African instruments. The group will watch a variety of videos with African drumming styles that also include dancing.

Reverend Erica Sigauke
Director of Spiritual Life and Campus Diversity

Erica is the director of spiritual life and diversity at Cottey College. She graduated with a certificate in education from Morgan ZINTEC College. After working as an assistant principal and teacher for many years, she joined Africa University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in education, English and music prior to her graduate studies in the U.S. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a master’s degree in music education and a composition certificate from ABACA College in Minnesota. Erica later joined the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in pastoral care and counseling. She is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in ministry. Erica has three children and her two daughters are Cottey graduates. She is a member of P.E.O. Chapter KK, Missouri.

Break the Ice! Icebreakers and Warm Ups for conventions, clubs, groups, classes and more


Laura Chaney
Class Type: activity
Level of Physical Activity: low/moderate
Skill Level: beginners welcome!

Make your next group meeting energetic and exciting by opening with some fun team building and ice breaking games. Discover warm ups to get the tired audience up and moving. An ice breaker is an activity, game, or event that is used to welcome and warm up the conversation among participants in a meeting, training class, team building session, or another event. It allows groups to comfortably interact with one another and helps get the creative juices flowing. Theatre groups incorporate ice-breaker games to get the actors ready physically and mentally as well as to build team confidence. Icebreakers are especially effective when members of a group do not know one another but also useful when members do know one another to warm up the conversation.

Professor Laura Chaney
Associate Professor of Theatre

Professor Laura Chaney just finished her fourth year teaching at Cottey. She serves as a Director, Designer and Technical Director for the theatre department. Ms. Chaney has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University where she had a concentration in lighting and set design. In the past 15 years, she has become a theatre generalist and has worked as a director, set designer, lighting designer, costume designer, sound designer and technical director. When not found in the theatre, Laura likes to be in nature and travel. While traveling, she enjoys hiking, walking on the beach, and finding new places to explore. “All the World is a Stage” but you need to get out in the world to recreate it!

Dance Improvisations


Jenna Wurtzberger
Class type: studio/activity/discussion
Level of physical activity/mobility: moderate activity
Skill level: all levels welcome!

Histories typically suppress the improvisation that occurs consistently in all human actions.
– Susan Leigh Foster
In this introductory course, students will explore the potential of human movement through various guided improvisational activities. Readings, discussions, and journaling will enhance the embodied knowledge of the free moving self.

Jenna Wurtzberger
Adjunct Professor of Dance

Wurtzberger is a Minnesota-born dancer/choreographer/teacher whose dance training spans from classical ballet to contemporary jazz. She received her B.F.A in Dance and B.A. in psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and her M.F.A in Dance from Temple University. She joined the Cottey family in the fall of 2017 and has had the pleasure of teaching ballet and tap thus far. She is looking forward to diving into dance improv, modern, and dance appreciation with her students in the spring. Special interests include cross-disciplinary education, creative curiosity, and artistic collaborations.

Grave Matters


Helen Lodge
Class Type: lecture/presentation/field trip
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome

This one hour class will focus on the cemetery and will cover nuggets of information about burial customs, the history and trends in gravestone art, websites about cemeteries and will include a visit to a local cemetery to learn how to find unmarked graves (without a shovel).

Helen Lodge
Director of Housing and Assistant Vice President for Student Life

Helen is the director of housing and assistant vice president for student life and just celebrated the completion of 27 years in housing at Cottey. With a last name of Lodge, she feels her career choice was pre-destined. A third-generation P.E.O. member, she has worked in collegiate housing all her adult life with the exception of a few early years as a high school teacher in Iowa. This fall will be her 40th year of opening residence halls as a member of a hall staff. In her spare time, she loves doing genealogy, reading about British and royal history, and collects dust bunnies as pets. She loves teaching American genealogy and has done research in over 150 locations since 1985 when she started her research journey.

Intro to Poetry


Trisha Stubblefield
Class Type: presentation/lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Every poem breaks a silence that had to be overcome.–Adrienne Rich
In this course, we will consider a wide range of poets and discuss the ways in which their work breaks silences and reflects women’s leadership, social responsibility, and global awareness.

Dr. Trisha Stubblefield
Professor of English

Dr. Trisha Stubblefield, Professor of English and Harmon Professor of English, received her B.A. (English) and B.M. (Music History) from Converse College, South Carolina, and her M.A. and Ph.D. (2001) from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Stubblefield serves as Coordinator of the English Department and Chair of the Humanities Division. The recipient of several teaching awards, she teaches courses on women writers, 20th-century American literature, the AMC series Mad Men, and Ecofeminism. Dr. Stubblefield is the sponsor of Cottey College’s Sigma Tau Delta, international English honor society chapter, and she is a member of P.E.O. Chapter ND, Missouri.

Reflections on the Nature of Religion


Kevin Rouintree
Class Type: lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

What is the nature of religion? Can we define ‘religion’ broadly enough to include the many diverse outlooks and practices that are commonly regarded as religions in various settings in the world? At the same time, can we define religion narrowly enough to keep from counting as religions things that seem not truly to fit? The point, of course, is not merely to chase a definition, but to reflect on the phenomena and concerns of religions. Is religion something that is added to, or that is more deeply integrated with, the rest of life? Can religious outlooks and practices be selected piecemeal (as if from a cafeteria) or is this problematic? What kinds of relationships with politics does religion itself have—and how may this then vary from religion to religion? These are but a few of the kinds of questions that we will take up as we step into areas often both murky and charged.

Dr. Kevin Rouintree
Professor of Philosophy

Kevin Rouintree earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Anderson University, a small liberal arts college in central Indiana. Changing his field of scholarly emphasis to philosophy, he received a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While pursuing graduate work in theology and religion, he was invited to teach undergraduate philosophy courses for a semester. Teaching for two further years, he then entered the doctoral program in philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. After earning his Ph.D., Rouintree taught full-time at UT-Austin, the largest university in the United States (having more than 50,000 students). In teaching philosophy, he became deeply convinced of the value of shared philosophical reflection and learning in the classroom. In 2001, he came to Cottey College with his wife, Tanja, and two children, Beth and Patrick.

Singing for Fun!


Theresa Spencer
Class Type: discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Singing for FUN and HEALTH!!! Did you know that singing improves lung function and clears your sinuses? In addition, participating in music strengthens your brain! Enjoy a casual yet stimulating time of singing easy choir pieces, singing Karaoke to old and new standards, and enjoying the opportunity to sing together.

Theresa Forrester Spencer
Professor of Music

Theresa Forrester Spencer, professor of music, began teaching at Cottey in 1986 and she holds the Gene Wild-Missouri faculty chair in Fine Arts. Prior to Cottey, she was a graduate student at the University of Iowa in Iowa City where she completed two degrees – a Master of Arts in choral conducting and a Master of Fine Arts in voice performance and pedagogy. At Cottey, Mrs. Spencer conducts The Cottey Chamber Singers, teaches voice lessons, music appreciation, and women in music. Professor Spencer feels honored to teach at Cottey College because of its rich heritage of excellence and commitment to educating women and is a proud member of P.E.O. Chapter ND, Missouri.

Story Corps (Tell Your Story)


Melody Denny
Class Type: discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Story Corps, a national digital storytelling project, seeks to “preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world,” and Cottey’s Story Corps seeks to do the same. Participants will analyze other Story Corps pieces for both inspiration and guidance, draft their own short story, and audio record their story during this class. Participants can choose to make their story Cottey specific and submit their piece to the Cottey Archive or just take their piece with them back home to share with friends and family. Either way, this project seeks to create an archive of our lives and stories for future generations.

Dr. Melody Denny
Assistant Professor of English

Melody Denny earned her Ph.D. in composition and rhetoric at Oklahoma State University in 2014. She received both her MA and BA in English from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. Her research interests include writing centers, first-year writing, discourse analysis, writing across the curriculum, providing feedback on student writing, genre theory, and food discourse.
Dr. Denny teaches a variety of classes at Cottey including first-year writing, English grammar and usage, introduction to professional writing, advanced composition, environmental writing and rhetoric, and digital and multimedia composition.

Yoga


Jo Byrnes
Class Type: studio/activity
Level of Physical Activity: moderate
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

A beginning to intermediate yoga class–each participant is encouraged to work at his or her own pace. Yoga poses to enhance strength and flexibility will be practiced. Proper alignment will be emphasized. Please wear clothes with stretch you can easily move in. Participants will have bare feet or may wear socks.

Professor Jo Byrnes
Associate Professor of Dance

Jo Byrnes has undergraduate degrees in computer engineering technology and theatre with dance emphasis, both from Kansas State University, and an M.F.A. degree in dance and related arts from Texas Woman´s University. She has over 25 years of teaching experience in private studios, public schools, and at the university level. She was a founding member and artistic director of a.musing.dance.company and the Instant Dance Project. She is the director of the Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company, coordinates the Cottey College dance department and is the Fine Arts division chair and is also involved in the community by serving as the president of the Community Council for the Performing Arts. Jo has been teaching yoga for five years and has earned her Level One certification from YogaFit®.


PM/short B (2:30-3:30)

Adventures in Travel: China


Sandra Chaney
Class Type: presentation/discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: N/A

In this travel course we’ll explore the geographic and cultural diversity of China, a nation roughly the size of the continental US. Our journey begins in Beijing, with visits to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square and an excursion to the Great Wall. We’ll venture inland to ancient capitals on the Yellow River, including Luoyang and Xi’an. In Xi’an, starting point of the ancient Silk Road, we’ll see the terra cotta warriors and bargain with locals at the Muslim market. Journeying south we’ll stop in the well preserved city of Lijiang, our starting point for trekking through Tiger Leaping Gorge which lies at the base of the Himalayas. Our final stop, Shanghai, includes an excursion to Suzhou, a city famous for ornate gardens and silk production. Time permitting, we’ll visit the balmy island of Hainan and navigate the border between Shenzhen (a special economic zone) and Hong Kong. The course also covers cultural dos and don’ts and basic travel tips, including securing a travel visa.

Dr. Sandra L. Chaney
Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of Liberal Arts

Dr. Sandra Chaney joined the Cottey College faculty in August 2017. She is Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of Liberal Arts as well as pre-law advisor. Sandra has over 20 years of undergraduate teaching experience, including two years as a visiting professor at a Chinese university in Henan Province. Her expertise is in European and environmental history but she also has a personal interest in China. In 2002 she and her husband made their first trip to the People’s Republic to adopt their daughter, Anna Mei. Since then Sandra and her family have traveled to China several times, including once with her mother, Jane Chaney, a proud P.E.O. member from Montana.

Adventures in Travel: England and Scotland


Helen Lodge
Class Type: lecture/presentation
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: N/A

In this travel course we’ll explore aspects of travel in the United Kingdom whether it is traveling individually or with a group tour. Our journey will begin in London and focus on the cultural, historical, and interesting places to see in the capital city. We will then venture out to Wales and Scotland and the wonders that are unique to them. The course also covers differences between our countries, cultural dos and don’ts and basic travel tips, including using the marvelous transportation systems of the UK.

Helen Lodge
Director of Housing and Assistant Vice President for Student Life

Helen is the director of housing and assistant vice president for student life and just celebrated the completion of 27 years in housing at Cottey. With a last name of Lodge, she feels her career choice was pre-destined. A third-generation P.E.O. member, she has worked in collegiate housing all her adult life with the exception of a few early years as a high school teacher in Iowa. This fall will be her 40th year of opening residence halls as a member of a hall staff. In her spare time, she loves doing genealogy, reading about British and royal history, and collects dust bunnies as pets. She loves teaching American genealogy and has done research in over 150 locations since 1985 when she started her research journey.

Beading


Erica Sigauke
Class Type: presentation/discussion/studio
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Found in the ancient world and in contemporary society, beads are ubiquitous in human society. Students will receive a bit of the history of beads, including materials, styles, and traditional uses from around the world and each participant will have the opportunity to create a masterpiece of his/her own (for example, necklace, bracelet, eye glasses chain, or holiday ornament.) Samples of various beaded necklaces and bracelets will be used to demonstrate different beading techniques. Some supplies will be furnished, but you are encouraged to bring your own “beads of interest.”

Reverend Erica Sigauke
Director of Spiritual Life and Campus Diversity

Erica is the director of spiritual life and diversity at Cottey College. She graduated with a certificate in education from Morgan ZINTEC College. After working as an assistant principal and teacher for many years, she joined Africa University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, English and Music prior to her graduate studies in the U.S. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a master’s degree in music education and a composition certificate from ABACA College in Minnesota. Erica later joined the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in pastoral care and counseling. She is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Ministry. Erica has three children and her two daughters are Cottey graduates. She is a member of Chapter KK, Missouri.

Break the Ice! Icebreakers and Warm Ups for conventions, clubs, groups, classes and more


Laura Chaney
Class Type: activity
Level of Physical Activity: low/moderate
Skill Level: beginners welcome!

Make your next group meeting energetic and exciting by opening with some fun team building and ice breaking games. Discover warm ups to get the tired audience up and moving. An ice breaker is an activity, game, or event that is used to welcome and warm up the conversation among participants in a meeting, training class, team building session, or another event. It allows groups to comfortably interact with one another and helps get the creative juices flowing. Theatre groups incorporate ice-breaker games to get the actors ready physically and mentally as well as to build team confidence. Icebreakers are especially effective when members of a group do not know one another but also useful when members do know one another to warm up the conversation.

Professor Laura Chaney
Associate Professor of Theatre

Professor Laura Chaney just finished her fourth year teaching at Cottey. She serves as a Director, Designer and Technical Director for the theatre department. Ms. Chaney has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University where she had a concentration in lighting and set design. In the past 15 years, she has become a theatre generalist and has worked as a director, set designer, lighting designer, costume designer, sound designer and technical director. When not found in the theatre, Laura likes to be in nature and travel. While traveling, she enjoys hiking, walking on the beach, and finding new places to explore. “All the World is a Stage” but you need to get out in the world to recreate it!

Couponing Basics


Staci Keys
Class Type: presentation/discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: N/A

Put a little coupon magic into your everyday shopping experience! This class will include couponing for all kinds of different products including grocery, household and clothing items. You will learn the best time of year to buy items, typical coupon rotation, how to best use your coupons, best stores at which to use coupons, and how to combine offers for the most savings.

Staci Keys
Director of Development

Staci Keys started at Cottey College in July 2016 and works in the Office of Institutional Advancement. She is a native of Louisiana and a member of P.E.O Chapter KK, Missouri. She loved her first Vacation College experience so much last year that she decided to offer a class! She has been a coupon user for several years and loves saving her family money. She not only loves saving her own family money but she loves sharing this hobby with others.

Personal Journals


Kathleen Day
Class Type: presentation/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: beginner-advanced

Personal journals have become popular forms of artistic expression and memory keeping. Students will learn some techniques to decorate unique journals of their own. We will look at examples, materials to buy, and techniques to include lettering and making backgrounds. You will receive a list of writing prompts and make one large class “page” which we will cut up and to distribute among students. The focus is on decorating pages rather than book-making, so we will use different techniques, take notes on techniques, and take them home to use in your own journal or as a reference for future work. Participants may wish to bring personal items to use in a collage or as embellishments.

Kathleen Day
Library Assistant

Kathleen Day has been working at the Cottey Ross Library since January 2017. Before that she worked 15 years as an art teacher in the public school system. She became interested in bookmaking and found it to be a method that taught students many different skills at the same time while engaging the audience by requiring interaction with the artwork. Day enjoys writing and believes in the power of words and art to make a better world. As a library assistant, she enjoys a similar variety in work requirements and is surrounded by her favorite artmaking inspiration.

Recreational Math


Jorge Dioses
Class Type: lecture/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

This course is a fun introduction to mathematics. We will explore some basic mathematical concepts using puzzles and games. Students will also learn some math trivia, mathematical humor, and interesting facts and anecdotes about mathematicians. In addition to that, we’ll discuss about the presence of mathematics in popular culture: film, literature, art. This is will be an interactive class. No knowledge of math beyond high school math is necessary.

Dr. Jorge Dioses
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Jorge Dioses was born in Lima, Peru. He earned a B.S. in mathematics at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and a Ph.D. in mathematics at Oklahoma State University. He has been teaching at Cottey College, as assistant professor, since 2012. He has taught every math course offered at Cottey: college algebra, statistics, calculus 1-3, differential equations. His main academic interest is number theory and he is a member of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society. Jorge was one of the co-leaders of the college-sponsored International Trip to Peru in 2016. Also, he has participated in Vacation College for a few years teaching courses like Math and Art, Recreational Math, and Ancient Civilizations of the Americas.

Reflections on the Nature of Religion


Kevin Rouintree
Class Type: lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

What is the nature of religion? Can we define ‘religion’ broadly enough to include the many diverse outlooks and practices that are commonly regarded as religions in various settings in the world? At the same time, can we define religion narrowly enough to keep from counting as religions things that seem not truly to fit? The point, of course, is not merely to chase a definition, but to reflect on the phenomena and concerns of religions. Is religion something that is added to, or that is more deeply integrated with, the rest of life? Can religious outlooks and practices be selected piecemeal (as if from a cafeteria) or is this problematic? What kinds of relationships with politics does religion itself have—and how may this then vary from religion to religion? These are but a few of the kinds of questions that we will take up as we step into areas often both murky and charged.

Dr. Kevin Rouintree
Professor of Philosophy

Kevin Rouintree earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Anderson University, a small liberal arts college in central Indiana. Changing his field of scholarly emphasis to philosophy, he received a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While pursuing graduate work in theology and religion, he was invited to teach undergraduate philosophy courses for a semester. Teaching for two further years, he then entered the doctoral program in philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. After earning his Ph.D., Rouintree taught full-time at UT-Austin, the largest university in the United States (having more than 50,000 students). In teaching philosophy, he became deeply convinced of the value of shared philosophical reflection and learning in the classroom. In 2001, he came to Cottey College with his wife, Tanja, and two children, Beth and Patrick.

Social Media Mania

Instructor To Be Announced
Class Type: discussion
Level of Physical Activity: N/A
Skill Level: beginner

Learn to navigate the world of social media from Facebook to Twitter, Pinterest to Tumblr, Instagram and more! Students will learn the basic information of several social media outlets, including how to set up pages and protect security information.

Yoga


Jo Byrnes
Class Type: studio/activity
Level of Physical Activity: moderate
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

A beginning to intermediate yoga class–each participant is encouraged to work at his or her own pace. Yoga poses to enhance strength and flexibility will be practiced. Proper alignment will be emphasized. Please wear clothes with stretch you can easily move in. Participants will have bare feet or may wear socks.

Professor Jo Byrnes
Associate Professor of Dance

Jo Byrnes has undergraduate degrees in computer engineering technology and theatre with dance emphasis, both from Kansas State University, and an M.F.A. degree in dance and related arts from Texas Woman´s University. She has over 25 years of teaching experience in private studios, public schools, and at the university level. She was a founding member and artistic director of a.musing.dance.company and the Instant Dance Project. She is the director of the Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company, coordinates the Cottey College dance department and is the Fine Arts division chair and is also involved in the community by serving as the president of the Community Council for the Performing Arts. Jo has been teaching yoga for five years and has earned her Level One certification from YogaFit®.

You Are What You Eat: An Introduction to Whole-Food, Plant-Based Eating


Trisha Stubblefield
Class Type: presentation/lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: n/a
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Do you care about your health? Are you curious about a whole-food, plant-based diet? Would you like to learn how adopting a WFPB diet can lead to immediate and proven health benefits? If so, this class is for you! We will explore the advantages of a WFPB diet and consider practical strategies for transitioning from the standard American diet to a whole-food, plant-based diet.

Dr. Trisha Stubblefield
Professor of English

Dr. Trisha Stubblefield, Professor of English and Harmon Professor of English, received her B.A. (English) and B.M. (Music History) from Converse College, South Carolina, and her M.A. and Ph.D. (2001) from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Stubblefield serves as Coordinator of the English Department and Chair of the Humanities Division. The recipient of several teaching awards, she teaches courses on women writers, 20th-century American literature, the AMC series Mad Men, and Ecofeminism. Dr. Stubblefield is the sponsor of Cottey College’s Sigma Tau Delta, international English honor society chapter, and she is a member of P.E.O. Chapter ND, Missouri.

Zumba®


Livia Chamberlin
Class type: activity
Level of physical activity/mobility: vigorous activity
Skill level: beginners welcome!

Zumba® is a fitness program involving dance and aerobic elements, using Latin and World rhythms. Often called “exercise in disguise,” it’s an effective, super fun, total workout, combining elements of cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, and flexibility. You’ll leave class with boosted energy after this calorie-burning dance fitness party!

Livia Chamberlin
Cottey Alumna 1996

This course is enthusiastically taught by a Cottey alumna, a regular Vacation College attendee, and licensed Zumba® instructor.