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.

The information below is from the Vacation College 2017. Information regarding Vacation College 2018 will be posted by January 1, 2018. Registration will open January 15, 2018.

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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 16. 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 21, 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 21.

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

Early AM (6:30 – 7:30 AM)

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 eight 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 will travel 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

Water aerobics is exercise performed vertically in the water. It is a combination of stretching, toning, some dance, calisthenics and athletic moves performed in the water. Water exercise offers a low risk environment where all the components of fitness can be targeted effectively. This class will include both shallow and deep water exercise and is targeted for students familiar with water aerobics and/or who are capable of exercising at a moderate to high intensity. Students will need a bathing suit and towel. Water shoes are 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 AM)

Ageism and Female Representation in Film

Mary Laughlin
Class Type: presentation/lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: N/A

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 female representation embedded within the casting, plots, and production design of modern Hollywood films. In-class screenings of films with female leads will be followed by discussion and activities; coursework will also include selected readings covering industry trends, actor interviews, and analytic frameworks for film.

Mary Laughlin
Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Laughlin earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture at North Dakota State University in 2016. This is her first year as an assistant professor of English at Cottey College. Her teaching interests include first-year writing pedagogies, genre, and rhetorical analysis. Over the past two semesters, she has worked with her colleagues on the development of the Cottey Writing Seminar and the Writing minor.

Ancient Civilizations of the Americas

Jorge Dioses
Class Type: presentation/lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: N/A

Take a journey through time to explore the great pre-Columbian civilizations of Central America. Students will learn about the extraordinary achievements of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations in art, science, technology, and agriculture and be introduced to the vast and rich cultural legacy produced by the indigenous people of the Americas. We will focus in three geographic regions: North America (Ancestral Pueblo, Mississippi), Mesoamerica (Olmec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Toltec, Maya, Azteca), and South America (Chavin, Nazca, Moche, Tiwanaku, Inca).

Jorge Dioses
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Dr. 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, and 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. Dr. Dioses 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.

Beginning American Genealogy part I

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

If you have ever wanted to learn how to research your American roots, then this is the course for you! This lecture course will cover the U.S. Census, courthouse records, (including vital records, will, probate and land records) military, church and cemetery sources. Other topics will include how to begin your genealogical journey and charting/numbering systems. Learn to find the skeletons in your family closet and make them dance! For a total genealogical immersion, you may and should also sign up for the afternoon class to explore the online resources available to you.

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 25 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 38th 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.

Event Planning with Pinterest

Christi Ellis
Class Type: presentation/lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: LOW
Skill Level: N/A

It’s PARTY TIME! Is there a party in your future, perhaps a wedding, anniversary or baby shower? Are you the hostess for the next social meeting or student gathering? Want to be “The Hostess with the Mostest,” but don’t know where to begin? Pinterest is an amazing source of inspiration when it comes to planning an event. In this class, you’ll become familiarized with Pinterest, learn how to build and organize boards, and even bring a few pins to life. We’ll make table décor, edible favors, and party accessories that will have every guest wanting s’more!!

Christi (Fulton) Ellis
Cottey Class of 1996
Coordinator of Alumnae Relations

Although Christi is brand new to the alumnae relations office, she is no stranger to Cottey College! She is a proud alumna and going into her ninth year as an employee of the College serving in positions as varied as residence hall director to adjunct dance faculty. As coordinator of alumnae relations, Christi is here to enhance the relationships between the College and its alumnae: from planning alumnae gatherings, to acting as liaison to the CCAA Board, to promoting legacy students on campus, as well as overseeing Founder’s Weekend. She is a member of P.E.O. Chapter DS, Missouri.

Explore the Hidden Jewels of Europe, vol. 2

Paula Chelminska
Class Type: presentation/lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: N/A

Get off the beaten path without even leaving your seat. Journey to several destinations that are not widely covered by tourist guides but are definitely the hidden jewels of Europe! We will explore places such as Crete and Santorini in Greece; Constanta in Romania; Odessa in Ukraine; Balaton Lake in Hungary; Bratislava and Vysoke Tatry in Slovakia; Krakow in Poland, Vilnius in Lithuania; Riga in Latvia; Tallinn in Estonia and some more. Here is just some of the information that will be covered: the best times to travel, how to plan a trip, how to combine destinations, do’s and don’t’s of European travel, what you must try and what you may want to avoid.

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 3rd 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.

Find the Solution!

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

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.

Give Your Photography a Boost!

Michael Pommier
Class Type: presentation/lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: low to moderate
Skill Level: beginners

Have you ever wondered why your photos come out dark or blurry? What causes eyes to glow red in your photos? Whether you’re taking pictures at a little league game or on vacation, with a few simple tools in your back pocket, you can improve the quality of your pictures. In this course, you will learn the basics of photography including evaluating light, image composition, and capturing live action. You will then have the opportunity to learn how to crop and edit your photographs on the computer. Students will need to provide their own digital camera and computer connection cord.

Michael Pommier
Adjunct Lecturer of Digital 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 BST 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! Additionally, Pommier is also involved in the community by serving as the president of the Community Council for the Performing Arts.

Healing Meditation

Erica Sigauke
Class Type: presentation/lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: N/A

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 Chapter KK, Missouri.

Hypertufa Ornaments and Pots

Karen Polon
Class Type: studio/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low to moderate
Skill Level: beginner

What will you create? Perlite, Portland cement, and peat moss are the three ingredients that make hypertufa, a stone-like, moldable material that is ideal for garden plants because of its light weight and porous nature. In this class you will have the chance to design and make your own faux stone pot or garden ornaments. Come join the fun!

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 eight 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 will travel 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.

Mastering Today’s Technology

Courtney Trautweiler
Class Type: presentation/lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: N/A

Do you need help navigating the waters of technology? Jump right into the information stream with the director of the Blanche Skiff Ross Memorial Library. This course will provide attendees with a basic overview of Windows: browsers, searching, and online security, eBooks Digital Devices (iPads, Kindles, Nooks) & eBooks. This course is designed for beginners, and you do not need to bring a mobile device to participate.

Courtney Trautweiler
Library Director

Courtney Trautweiler has served as the library director for Ross Library at Cottey College since January 2015. She has a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Central Missouri and a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Texas A&M University – College Station. Courtney was born and raised in Texas but has enjoyed calling Missouri her home for the last 20 years. She shares adventures with her husband, their two daughters, a dog, and a cat. Her family enjoys hobby farming a small sustainable flock of chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese. She also likes vegetable and berry gardening. Finally, she is a librarian to the core. She absolutely loves reading books and adores all things library and technology related. She encourages people to use the library, to keep reading, to keep learning, and to keep asking great questions.

Middle Eastern Politics

Kanji Watanabe
Class Type: lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: N/A

Are you looking to expand your insight and understanding about relevant and timely issues? This class is for anyone who is interested in the Middle East, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, human rights, ISIS, power, and international relations. We will watch videos and have discussions. All the explanations will be based on academic books, articles, and broad personal experiences of the instructor who has visited Turkey, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan.

Dr. Kanji Watanabe
Associate Professor of Political Science/International Relations

Originally from Japan, Kanji completed his Ph.D. in political science at Northern Arizona University in 2007. His dissertation focused on “Economic Integration and Human Development.” He teaches Political Science, International Relations, and Comparative Politics. He has traveled to over 40 countries and uses this experience in the classroom.

Music and Games from Around the World

Jackie Lordo
Class Type: presentation/lecture/discussion
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 in her first year 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 puzzles and 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.

Morgan Frew
Assistant Professor of Art

Morgan Frew received his MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, in 2008, and his BFA from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, in 2006. His work has been exhibited in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Detroit, Little Rock, Richmond, St. Paul and abroad, 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 second time teaching at Vacation College.

Siberian Journey

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

Take a Siberian journey through discussion, movies, and documentaries. Students will learn about Russia’s migration to Siberia, the “edge of the land.” Topics will include Cossacks, Russian explorers and dissidents, the Siberian people and culture, the beautiful city of Irkutsk, also called the “Paris of Siberia,” and the trade city of Kyakhta, located on the Kyakhta River near the Russian-Mongolian border, also called the “Sandy Venice” of Siberia.

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 2009, she joined the 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.

The Osage Nation: History, Environment, and Culture

Sarah Quick
Class Type: presentation/lecture/discussion
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. Recommended reading prior to class: The Osage in Missouri by Kristie C. Wolferman.

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.

Wall Street – Past and Present

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

What is Wall Street? Why does Wall Street exist? How did it start? Who are the top 1%? Class will explore the history of Wall Street from the beginning to the present day. Along the way, participants will learn about the economy and Wall Street over the past century. What are stocks and bonds and why one should care about them? What are the historical returns of stocks? Are stock returns affected by the political party holding a majority? What is the historical average of inflation? Participants will be asked to share relevant knowledge and will be encouraged to ask questions about investing, money, and the economy.

Dr. Gary Lunkenheimer
Associate Professor of Business and Economics

Gary Lunkenheimer is in his 12th year of teaching at Cottey College and has over twenty 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.

PM/long (1:00 – 3:30 PM)

Anthropology of Modern Fashion

Heather-Renee Gooch
Class Type: lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: N/A

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. – Mark Twain. The relationship between fashion and culture is fluid, with one informing the other. Fashion shapes our culture and influences social justice movements. It also affects our mindsets and how we perceive the world around us. Considering the anthropology of modern fashion, we will discuss the importance of fashion in our world.

Heather-Reneé Gooch
Hall Director

Heather-Reneé Gooch is in her fifth year as hall director. As the Reeves HD, she provides for the physical, mental and emotional health of Cottey students. Teaching during Vacation College for the past few years gives her an opportunity to show people the intersection of fashion and their daily lives (as well as putting that Sociology degree to good use!) Heather-Reneé and her black cat Alice Binx love having the opportunity to serve the Cottey campus.

Astronomy Zero to Backyard Hero

Peter Hyland
Class Type: presentation/lecture/discussion
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 American Genealogy, part II

Helen Lodge
Class Type: lecture/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: beginner in genealogy, but computer knowledge and competency required

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 25 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 38th 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.

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 Alumnae 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.

Fermentation: Brewing, Baking, and Bacteria

Catherine Volle
Class Type: lecture/presentation/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low to moderate
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

Fermented food has been a staple of the human diet for millennia. Milks, wheats, vegetables, and fruits have all been fermented into delicious foods and drinks, including bread, yogurt, pickles, and wine. In this class, we will not only learn the science behind how microbes accomplish this terrific transformation, but we will make and taste fermented foods and drinks as well. Class includes lessons on the microbiology and biochemistry of fermentation, hands on instruction for making several popular fermented foods (actual foods will be determined with consultation with the participants), and a trip to a local winery.

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 second year teaching at Vacation College.

Films of Alfred Hitchcock

Michael Emery
Class Type: presentation/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: N/A

The “master of suspense” is at his best in these thrillers: The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), starring Peter Lorre as the leader of a criminal group that kidnaps a British couple’s daughter in Switzerland; The Lady Vanishes (1938) starring Margaret Lockwood as the only witness to the disappearance of a woman on a train; Rope (1948), starring James Stewart, about a pair of men who commit a murder as an intellectual exercise; and I Confess (1953), starring Montgomery Clift as a priest who hears a killer’s confession, but cannot reveal it.

Dr. Michael Emery
Professor of English

Mike Emery is a professor of English at Cottey, and has taught here since fall 1989. He teaches courses in writing, literature, and film. Recent courses he has taught covered contemporary American poetry, women in Shakespeare’s plays, and American Film. He is a member of the Modern Language Association of America, and reviews books for Choice magazine, published by the American Library Association. Mike has taught a film course for Vacation College every year since “Rogers without Astaire,” in 2001.

Introduction to Social Media

Michael Pommier
Class Type: lecture/discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: beginners

Social media is a great way to keep in touch with distant friends and family; however, the world of social media can be daunting for someone who isn’t familiar. What’s a tweet; who’s following whom; what does it all mean? In this course students will learn about several different platforms that fall under the umbrella of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Students will learn how to create accounts and connect with friends, family and more!

Michael Pommier
Adjunct Lecturer of Digital 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. Michael graduated from Pittsburg State University with a BST 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, Michael loves music. In fact, he loves music so much he sings with an area barbershop harmony chorus! Additionally, Michael is also involved in the community by serving as the president of the Community Council for the Performing Arts.

Local Sites Tour

Gary Lunkenheimer
Class Type: lecture/discussion/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low to moderate — we will be walking and touring business and historic sites
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

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, and 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 a full-size Cottey van.)

Dr. Gary Lunkenheimer
Associate Professor of Business and Economics

Gary Lunkenheimer is in his 12th year of teaching at Cottey College and has over twenty 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.

Observational Drawing

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

I sometimes think there is nothing so delightful as drawing. ― Vincent van Gogh This class will begin the week with still life forms and then work from a live model 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 MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, in 2008, and his BFA from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, in 2006. His work has been exhibited in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Detroit, Little Rock, Richmond, St. Paul and abroad, 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 second time teaching at Vacation College.

Stories of Love and Tragedy: Palaces and Castles in Central and Eastern Europe

Paula Chelminska
Class Type: lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: N/A

In this class, we will take on a journey of discovering palaces and castles in Central and Eastern Europe. We will get to know their stories of love and tragedy. For instance, in Poland we will go to the south of the country where on both sides of the lake lay two beautiful castles, Czorsztyn and Nidzica, the latter that might just hide a mysterious treasure of the Incas; we will try to figure out the fate of famous Amber Room that took its origin in Saint Petersburg, Russia; or try to find the origins of a tale of infamous Romanian prince Drakula in Bran Castle, Romania. Participants will be introduced to works of art, literature, film, and music to understand the essence of a given place and their historical value.

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 3rd 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.

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.

PM/alternate time (2 – 4:30 PM)

Classic Italian Cooking

Michael Richardson
Class Type: activity
Level of Physical Activity: moderate
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

This is a hands-on cooking class in which participants will prepare, taste and discuss recipes representing classic Italian dishes from Tuscany to Sicily. From rustic dishes like Tuscan White Bean Soup to elegant Asiago Flan and Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Cake, a variety of cooking techniques will be featured throughout the four days of classes.

Michael Richardson
Chef/Director of Dining

For over 30 years, Chef Michael Richardson has enjoyed a successful career in restaurants, the specialty food trade, and college dining. This self-taught chef has taken a natural ability with cooking and has honed his skills professionally in fine-dining establishments and other high-end food venues throughout the U.S. including Boston, Charleston, Ft. Lauderdale, Dallas, and Chicago. He finally settled as the chef and director of dining services at Cottey College where he could raise a family in a small town, and develop a college dining program that reflected his professional experience. For 15 years, Michael has been teaching Vacation College guests the nuances of Mediterranean, Asian, Mexican, and now Italian cooking. He is the author of “The Best of Cottey Cooking” and is in his 24th year at Cottey.

PM/short A (1 – 2 PM)

African Drumming

Erica Sigauke
Class Type: presentation/lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: Low to Moderate
Skill Level: beginners 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 Chapter KK, Missouri.

American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED

Terry Burger
Class Type: lecture, presentation, discussion, activity
Level of Physical Activity: low to moderate
Skill Level: anyone may take this class, however, certification requires the ability to continuously kneel for two minutes

This American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automatic External Defibrillation) will include the latest 2016 updates to the materials. This training will lead to certification in “American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED,” which is good for two years. This course covers steps to follow in an emergency, caring for an unresponsive person, care for choking, care for a heart attack victim, how to perform CPR and how to use an AED machine. All ARC course materials will be provided, and at the start of the class, you will have the option to pay an additional $20 American Red Cross certification fee.

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.

Art of the Journal

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

“Dear Diary, Best Class Ever!” The world of journaling has come a long way since the days of “Dear Diary…”! This course will take a look at samples of different types of journaling, including a brief introduction to bullet journaling, sketchnotes, and flash fiction. Students will have the opportunity to bind their own recycled-cover notebook, respond to unique and thought-provoking prompts, and discuss the joys and challenges of journal keeping. In addition, the class will look at famous historical examples of diary entries that give insight into some of the most brilliant minds of all time.

Libby Hannon
Hall Director, adjunct instructor in English

Libby Hannon is the hall director of Robertson Hall at Cottey College. She has immensely enjoyed her two years at Cottey, and sponsors three different student organizations during the academic year. In her free time, she is passionate about literature and textile arts. Libby and her cat Jiji can’t wait to greet the vacation college attendees this year!

Choosing Concerts and Musicals

Amanda Cook
Class Type: lecture/presentation/activity
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: N/A

Are you interested in attending local concerts or musical events in your hometown and need help getting started? Are you already a concertgoer looking to expand your musical horizons? Are you looking for opportunities to find and support live music? Using the unique home locations of the class participants, we will explore the musical opportunities in your communities.

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 fourth year of teaching at Cottey and fourth year of Vacation College.

Golf Clinic

Mark Cole
Class Type: activity
Level of Physical Activity: moderate
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

If you are new to golfing or even if you are an old pro, there is always room to learn. From putting and chipping essentials to discussions about long irons and full swings, this golf clinic will help you improve your game. Topics such as the art of getting close to the pin from off the green and golf etiquette will also be included. Round out the week with a friendly end-of-class competition. You are encouraged to bring your own clubs, but if you do not have any, you may use the College equipment.

Mark Cole
Golf Coach

Mark Cole is the new golf coach at Cottey College. Originally from a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he has lived the last 15 years in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was hired in October 2016 and our first competitive season will start in the fall 2017. Mark has had a lifetime of teaching and instructing athletes and finds that his coaching style is based on cooperative learning and communication. In the spring of 2017, He will obtain his Level III Teaching certification from the United States Golf Teaching Federation. Mark’s coaching mantra is: “Allow yourself to be great!”

Puzzling Puzzles

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

Do you enjoy puzzles and brain-teasers? Come join us for puzzles of all shapes, sizes and types. We’ll have flat and 3D puzzles from easy to evil levels of difficulty. Brain-teasers, riddles and more will challenge your brain and make you laugh in this fun, relaxing class.

Dr. Jackie Lordo
Assistant Professor of Music

Jackie Lordo is an assistant professor of music in her first year at Cottey College. Jackie 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 puzzles and games, as well as her professional expertise in music.

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, and 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.

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 and singing Karaoke to old standards.

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 Foundations in Leadership. Prof. 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 Chapter ND of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

PM/short B (2:30 – 3:30 PM)

A Bit of Beading

Erica Sigauke
Class Type: presentation/lecture/discussion
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.

Exploring Rhythmic Percussion

Jackie Lordo
Class Type: presentation/lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: N/A

Life is full of fascinating rhythm! Did you know you can make music with sticks, wood blocks, brake drums, triangles, ratchets and more? We will explore various percussion instruments to learn about rhythm and create music together.

Dr. Jackie Lordo
Assistant Professor of Music

Jackie Lordo is an assistant professor of music in her first year at Cottey College. Jackie 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 puzzles and games, as well as her professional expertise in music.

Golf Clinic

Mark Cole
Class Type: activity
Level of Physical Activity: moderate
Skill Level: all levels welcome!

If you are new to golfing or even if you are an old pro, there is always room to learn. From putting and chipping essentials to discussions about long irons and full swings, this golf clinic will help you improve your game. Topics such as the art of getting close to the pin from off the green and golf etiquette will also be included. Round out the week with a friendly end-of-class competition. You are encouraged to bring your own clubs, but if you do not have any, you may use the College equipment.

Mark Cole
Golf Coach

Mark Cole is the new golf coach at Cottey College. Originally from a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he has lived the last 15 years in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was hired in October 2016 and our first competitive season will start in the fall 2017. Mark has had a lifetime of teaching and instructing athletes and finds that his coaching style is based on cooperative learning and communication. In the spring of 2017, He will obtain his Level III Teaching certification from the United States Golf Teaching Federation. Mark’s coaching mantra is: “Allow yourself to be great!”

Growing Flowers in Containers for Beginners

Karen Polon
Class Type: presentation/lecture/discussion
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: N/A

Growing flowers in pots is an easy way to brighten up your porch or yard. This class will teach you what types of containers work best, what type of soil to use, how to pick the right flowers, and most importantly how to arrange the flowers in your container. This class will be taught by a local Master Gardener and will include visits to local greenhouses. To enjoy this class fully, you should be able to walk slowly and stand for at least 20-30 minutes. Limited funds will be available to buy plants on class excursions, but you may want to bring extra funds to supplement your purchases. You are encouraged to bring your favorite flower pot from home to plant.

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 eight 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 will travel 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.

Low Intensity Water Aerobics

Terry Burger
Class Type: activity
Level of Physical Activity: low to moderate
Skill Level: beginners encouraged

Water aerobics is exercise performed vertically in the water. It is a combination of stretching, toning, some dance, calisthenics and athletic moves performed in the water. Water exercise offers a low risk environment where all the components of fitness can be targeted effectively. This class is intended for beginners or students wanting a lower level of exercise intensity. Students will need a bathing suit and towel. Water shoes are 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.

Math and Art

Jorge Dioses
Class Type: Lecture
Level of Physical Activity: low
Skill Level: N/A

Despite what many people believe, mathematics has an important esthetic component. From antiquity to the present time, math and art have enjoyed a mutual beneficial relationship. In this course, we will explore many examples in which mathematics were applied to art. Some of topics that we will cover include: golden ratio, linear perspective, symmetries and tessellations, the works of M.C. Escher, fractals, computer generated art, origami, art conservation and math, math and music, math and architecture.

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, and 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.

Stretch & Strengthening with Resistance Bands

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

Finish your day of classes by starting a healthy habit. Studies have shown that strength exercises done regularly build bone and muscle. Resistance Bands are simple to use, inexpensive, portable, and easily stored. This exercise class is designed to give the body a good stretch and to strengthen large muscle groups with the use of Resistance Bands. This is a low-impact class where many of the exercises can be modified to sitting in a chair.

Christi (Fulton) Ellis
Cottey Class of 1996 Coordinator of Alumnae Relations

Although Christi is brand new to the alumnae relations office, she is no stranger to Cottey College! She is a proud alumna and going into her ninth year as an employee of the College serving in positions as varied as residence hall director to adjunct dance faculty. As coordinator of alumnae relations, Christi is here to enhance the relationships between the College and its alumnae: from planning alumnae gatherings, to acting as liaison to the CCAA Board, to promoting legacy students on campus, as well as overseeing Founder’s Weekend. She is a member of P.E.O. Chapter DS, Missouri.