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Designer, alumna critiques fashion students' work


Gantos critiques Dani Wilson's designs.

A creative director, designer and Stephens alumna is on campus this week critiquing student designs that will be entered into Jury of Selection for possible inclusion in the Collections, the spring runway show.
Carol Gantos worked one-on-one with students yesterday, giving feedback on sketches, fabric choices and designs.
Junior Britta Belle took inspiration from the Nantucket whale industry with colors, hardware, accessories and shapes based on whaletails, oil barrels and other associated shapes and symbols. Her line was designed for young working professional women who need to go from a daytime to evening look without having to change. Each two- or three-piece outfit included accessories and handbags.
The collection was a success. Gantos praised Belle for her designs’ versatility, her attention to detail and her sketch work.
“These have a polished, consistent look,” Gantos said. “And you used water color, which is admirable. That’s not an easy thing to do.”
Junior Dani Wilson created a collection for a woman in her 20s inspired by Indian wedding attire, with elaborate designs and gold accessories.
Each student had about 30 minutes with Gantos. The critiques were open to other students, allowing Gantos to use the opportunity to talk to groups about how to improve designs and sketches. She is teaching a master class today to go into more detail about sketching fabrics and details such as buttons and earrings.

After attending Stephens, Gantos went on to graduate summa cum laude from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She’s worked for Banana Republic, Halston Signature Collection and Randolph Duke Collection, all in New York, and more recently Neve Designs where her ensemble was featured in The Wall Street Journal. 

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Stephens joins Pack, new social site for dog lovers

Allison Rosenthal shows off Bentley on the Stephens feed.

Stephens College has joined the Pack as one of the website’s first Campus Packs.
Pack is a social media site that lets dog lovers create profile pages for their pups and share photos.
Campus Packs are available by invite only. Stephens is one of the first colleges and companies to sign up.
“We thought it was a great tool to be able to introduce and get better acquainted with the dogs living among us,” said Rebecca Kline, Stephens director of marketing and communications. “So far, our users have embraced it, posting adorable photos of their dogs on campus."
Stephens has been welcoming pets for a decade and today is ranked the most pet-friendly campus in the country by The College also partners with Second Chance to allow students to foster dogs and cats on campus.

Since announcing the new Campus Pack, several students have suggested creating a directory that would allow all animal owners on campus to profile cats, pot-bellied pigs, ferrets and other pets. Kline is inviting student clubs to consider taking on a pet directory as a campus-wide project. 

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Girl Scouts visit Historic Costume Gallery exhibit

Girl Scouts from Troop 70311 visited the Historic Costume Gallery yesterday, exploring designer garments from various decades.
The girls, from the Ashland area, are studying careers, and many are interested in fashion. In addition to learning about dress shapes, accents and the history of women’s fashion, Girl Scouts asked Assistant Curator Jennifer Cole about the fashion program at Stephens, as well.
Historic-Costume-GalleryThe Historic Costume Gallery opened its latest exhibit with a reception on Thursday. Her Story features never-before-displayed garments that represent key points in women’s fashion. Among designers represented are Lucille, a British designer who originated the idea of a fashion show; Clair McCardell, a designer from the '30s through the '50s who is credited as the creator of casual fashion; and well-known designer Christian Dior.
“These are all very important designers in the history of female fashion,” said Monica McMurry, gallery curator and dean of the School of Fashion and Design. “The show is really a three-dimensional timeline of those who helped fashion evolve over the years.”
Also on display are two designs that debuted on the runway at Stephens in the spring: A dress by Effie Frank and a jumpsuit by Holly Hmielewski, both of whom graduated in May. The school this year also purchased a designer dress featuring an elaborate engineering print from Clover Canyon, a L.A.-based company where Hmielewski now works.

Gallery hours are noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays and noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 13.

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Equestrian students head to National Charity Horse Show in St. Louis

Five equestrian students are headed to St. Louis today to compete at the National Charity Horse Show.
“This is an A-rated show for us, so it’s a pretty big deal,” Assistant Professor Kelly Hulse said. “Riders will come from all over the U.S.”
The show supports and highlights St. Louis-area charities. This year, the show is supporting Stray Rescue of St. Louis, which rescues abused, neglected animals, and Therapeutic Horsemanship.
Stephens is participating in the Saddlebred Week half of the two-week show. Students competing are: senior Cara Wolf showing A Silver Charm; senior Taylor Bernstein showing Undalattas Health Nut; freshman Gabby Zimmerman showing Sir Steve; freshman Rachel Cummings showing Just Special; and sophomore Erin Cummings showing Cool Down Papa.
“These are experienced horses,” Hulse said. “Four out of five are former World Champions or Reserve World Champions. And our students have been practicing since school started.
Hulse said she's optimistic about Stephens' performance at the show.

“I feel like at this level of competition if we come home with ribbons, I’ll be thrilled,” she said. “I think these ladies will represent Stephens well.”
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Warehouse Theatre season kicks off with 'Ride'

The Warehouse Theatre Company will take audiences for a ride next week with a coming-of-age story that promises teen angst, sass and lots of laughs.
“Ride,” by Eric Lane, is the tale of two high school students working at a farm stand who decide to embark on an impromptu road trip. Along for the ride is an 11-year-old little sister. The trip forces each character to confront their own personal demons, including a death in the family, an absent mother and a father’s mistress.
“There are a lot of comedic moments but also very poignant moments,” said Elyse Bertani, public relations director for the company. “And there are many moments that will make you think.”
Bertani said the company chose the play because of its strong female and age-appropriate characters.Portraying the leads will be third-year students Calli Rose Young, Xandra Prestia-Turner and Kat Amundson.
“All of the girls are fresh from” the summer at Okoboji Summer Theatre “and are ready to kick off a new season at the Warehouse,” Bertani said.
Set in contemporary times, the production poses new opportunities for scenic designer Savannah Bell. Because most of the play is set on the road, the set will have the look and feel of a moving car stopping at a variety of locations. Directing the production is Hephy Eniade.
The show will appeal to a college-aged audience, although Bertani encourages community members to see what the Warehouse Theatre is all about. The company is entirely student-run, which means students get to explore theatre in new ways.
“We definitely get a lot of creative freedom,” Bertani said. “It’s all about allowing us to test the waters and explore our own limits. We do a lot of coming-of-age shows and plays that are really appropriate for our peer group.”
This year’s season also includes “Precious Little,” a dark comedy; “What Every Girl Should Know,” a provocative drama; and “Hearts Like Fists,” a fast-paced comedy.
“Ride” begins at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25-27 with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on Sept. 28 at the Warehouse Theatre. Purchase tickets.

“Come see the show,” Bertani said. “It’s really a great way to kick off our season, and it will keep you coming back for more.”  
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Equestrian Center welcomes mules to the program


Poco the female mule

The Stephens Equestrian Center has welcomed two new additions to the family this semester.
Poco and Sparky are two mules that have recently been donated to the College. Instructor Karen Craighead envisions them being used to help introduce riding to beginners enrolling in the program, as well as those who sign up for the annual summer camps.
“Mules are great for beginning riders who might be intimidated by the size of our horses,” she said. “They’re smaller and more gentle.”
Poco, a molly, and Sparky, a male mule, are used to being ridden and have appeared in parades.
“So I knew they were gentle and would be easy to work with,” Craighead said.
She believes they’re the first mules to ever be a part of the equestrian program at Stephens.

Mules are the offspring of female horses and male donkeys. They were introduced to Missouri in the 1820s and played an important role for farmers. Missouri lawmakers designated the mule the official state animal in 1995.

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Stephens unveils new Stars logo for Athletics teams

Senior Sara Barnett with the logo she created.

The Stephens College community celebrated its athletic programs and unveiled the new look of the Stephens Stars during a Field Day event yesterday.
Students, faculty, staff and family members enjoyed games, music, food and prizes during the afternoon event. The celebration continued as the Stephens Stars volleyball squad picked up a conference win in Silverthorne Arena.
“This has been a great collaboration between athletics and marketing,” said Rebecca Kline, director of marketing. “Our student-athletes did a great job helping to plan the event. Everyone had a great time.”
The star of the event was the new athletics logo designed by senior Sara Barnett, who was recruited by Kline after she worked with athletics on preliminary ideas.
“They wanted something feminine but strong, clean and a look that expressed motion,” Barnett said.
The result complements the College’s rebranding effort that was launched in the spring, while also emphasizing competitiveness and athleticism for the eight NAIA sports teams.
“The Stephens Stars logo reaches forward and upward—just like our ‘dream up’ campaign,” Kline said. “Stephens is always moving onward and upward whether it’s in the classroom, on the field or on the court.”

Seeing the logo come to life on shirts, magnets, cups and other materials was “magical,” Barnett said.
“Just to see it go from an idea in my mind to a drawing to an image on the computer to a look that’s now on color-changing cups is amazing,” she said.
The logo will unify all of the sports teams with one look.

“We are thrilled about the new athletics brand,” said Adam Samson, sports information director. “From the reactions yesterday, I believe our faculty and staff, students and especially our student-athletes love the fresh look and bold statement made with the new logo. It’s a great representation of our athletics program, and I believe it will enhance our visibility in both the athletics and non-athletics realm.”

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Talk Like a Pirate Day sparks writing event

Talk_like_a_pirate_dayStephens College celebrated international Talk Like a Pirate Day today with a lunchtime event that celebrated the unique vernacular.
English and creative writing majors joined film, theatre and other students during Write Like a Pirate Day for a costume contest, haiku readings and ahoy-themed stories.
Associate Professor Kate Berneking Kogut created the writing-themed event several years ago to give students an opportunity to write using a somewhat unfamiliar language. Students wrote haikus in advance, and five were selected to read them during the event.
Write Like a Pirate Day also challenges groups of students to write pirate stories in a short amount of time. Each member of the group contributed a line or two to the story without being able to read what previous members wrote. The idea is to promote stream-of-consciousness writing.
“Too often we focus on self-editing,” Kogut said. “The idea is to not worry about figuring out what comes next in a story and to just go with the flow.”

International Talk Like a Pirate Day was started by two men in 1995 and became an international sensation after columnist Dave Berry wrote about it in the early 2000s.





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Stephens to unveil new Stars Athletics logo

Stephens College will unveil a new Stephens Stars Athletics logo today during a Field Day event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Willis Quad in front of Silverthorne Arena.

The event will give students, employees, alumnae and friends the opportunity to interact with student athletes and representatives from all eight NAIA sports, and to enjoy prizes and snacks.

The fun starts at 2 p.m. when the Soccer Stars take the field at nearby Cosmo Park and will conclude with the Volleyball Stars playing at 7 p.m. in Silverthorne Arena back on campus.

This new identity for Athletics is the next phase in the College’s rebranding plan, explained Rebecca Kline, director of marketing and communications. The new logo and related materials will complement the College’s “dream up” campaign while also bringing in a sense of competitiveness and athleticism.

“We listened to the Athletics team and worked together to create something that gives this amazing group of Stephens Women—as well as our many fans and supporters—a strong focal point to rally around,” she said.

That’s important to the athletic programs, Adam Samson, sports information director, agreed, saying it’s time for the College’s athletic programs to embrace the Stars, a symbol that has been affiliated with Stephens students since as early as the 1920s.

“We feel that the time is now to move forward with a specific brand for athletics,” Samson said. “This was an opportunity for us to create a brand identity that resonates with our current student-athletes and alumnae—and I believe we’ve hit a home run. The new Stars’ logo will encompass the ideals of true champions from the past, present and future.”

The Field Day event is the first opportunity to showcase the new brand identity, Samson said, stressing it’s important to show off the new logo with the Stephens family and Columbia community.

Guests are welcome to attend all or any of the Field Day festivities and to bring their families.

“We hope alumnae and our friends from the community join students, faculty and staff to celebrate the launch of this new brand,” said Deb Duren, vice president for student services and longtime athletics director. “It will really mark a new day in the history of Stephens sports, and we’re looking forward to seeing what else our Stars have in store for us in the coming year.”
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Exhibit tells 'Her Story,' showcases important fashion designers


Christian Dior dress

The latest exhibit at the Historic Costume Gallery will tell “Her Story” and will feature pieces from female designers such as Clair McCardell, Hattie Carnegie and Lucille that have not been previously displayed.
“Her Story: A Fashion Collection Speaks to Women’s History” opens at 4:30 p.m. today with a reception. The exhibit will remain open through December. 
“We wanted a way to showcase some of the latest garments that have been donated to us,” said Monica McMurry, gallery curator and dean of the School of Fashion and Design. “We realized we’d been getting some really great pieces, many of which happened to be from prominent female designers.”
The exhibit will feature a multicolored romper by McCardell, an American fashion designer known for designing functional but stylish sportswear in the 1930s through 1950s. McCardell is credited as the creator of America’s casual approach to fashion.

Lucille dress

The exhibit also includes a 1920s dress with floral sleeves and a matching belt from Lucille, a leading fashion designer in the late 19th and early 20th century. Lucille, a British-based designer, was the originator of the “mannequin parade,” a precursor to the modern fashion show.
Additionally, the gallery will showcase one recently donated dress from Christian Dior, who, while not female, did have a significant impact on women's fashion. A navy jacket from Carnegie, a Paquin jacket circa 1908 and two Christain Lacroix suits are also among the never-before-displayed garments.
“These are all very important designers in the history of female fashion,” McMurry said. “The show is really a three-dimensional timeline of those who helped fashion evolve over the years.”




The exhibit will also feature items seen this past spring in The Collections fashion show, a jumpsuit designed by Holly Hmielewski ’14 and a dress by Effie Frank ’14. This marks the first time in the gallery’s history that garments created by Stephens students will be on display.

Gallery hours are noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays and noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays during the fall semester. The museum is located on the mezzanine level of Lela Raney Wood Hall.

Also in September, the School of Fashion and Design will showcase an exhibit of garments from the 1930s that women might have worn to the 1936 Olympics, as well as a U.S. flag from that period. The exhibit, just outside of the Historic Costume Gallery, is among One Read events featuring “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel Brown. That display will be open during gallery hours.

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Students create pink dresses for Breaking the Pattern challenge


Emily-Horner attaches-dried-flowers-to-her-dress.
Emily Horner attaches dried flowers to her dress.

Students in Tina Marks’ Creating Sustainable Communities course are coming up with clever ways to turn recyclable materials into pink-themed garments for the annual Breaking the Pattern challenge.
Designs will be presented in class Wednesday and nine of the 13 will be selected to be displayed in store windows throughout downtown Columbia. Students in Caroline Bartek’s Visual Merchandising Class will be installing the dresses later this month, and the window displays will be up during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
“There are some really creative designs this year,” Marks, an assistant professor, said. “It’s going to be tough to choose.”
The Breaking the Pattern challenge requires students to use non-traditional materials to make dresses that will also be worn on the runway this spring during the student-designer fashion show. Students researched breast cancer and had to come up with a theme that tied their material choices back to breast cancer awareness.
Senior Jennifer Anderson has had family members affected by the disease and knows first-hand the importance of checking for lumps. To reinforce that, she is creating a skirt and bodice out of a bubble-textured bath mat.
Alayna Nieters decided to forgo the dress and opted to create an armored body suit, instead. She used foil and melted plastic bottles to create the look of armor with the theme of armoring oneself with knowledge about the disease.
“I liked the idea of something different, not traditionally female,” she said.
Sophomore Kalynn Coy took a global approach in hopes of emphasizing that breast cancer is a worldwide challenge. To reflect that, she used take-out menus from local restaurants representing different ethnic foods to create a paper skirt. She used Chinese take-out boxes to create the bodice, completing the look with lace trim made from the fortunes found in fortune cookies.
“Working with paper was really challenging,” she said.
Troubleshooting is one of the key lessons students learn from the annual project, Marks said. “It’s about creative problem solving,” she said, adding that not all of the students in the class are studying fashion design. “It definitely is an engineering challenge.”
Reagan Collins, a junior, used a bubble mix to create pink paint bubbles, which she popped to create a splattered pattern on her dress made from a shower curtain. “Breast Cancer Pops Your Bubble” aims to remind people that the disease interrupts lives.
And sophomore Julie Valentine used a trash bag skirt to celebrate women who have thrown away their fears and created a feather top to highlight freedom from fear.
Emily Horner’s dress shows the evolution of sickness to recovery using real, tissue and fake flowers. 

“It follows one’s journey from something that has faded into something that has reblossomed,” she said. 

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Heggemann named national Emil S. Liston Award winner

By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Stephens College junior Dana Heggemann of Warrenton, Mo., has been named the female recipient of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ (NAIA) prestigious Emil S. Liston Scholarship Award. 
Announced Monday as a part of the NAIA’s first National Awards Day, Heggemann was chosen from a pool of 23 Emil S. Liston award winners at the conference level. She is the first Star and AMC student-athlete to receive the prestigious NAIA honor.
The award, given annually by the NAIA and Daktronics, recognizes one male and one female basketball player based on scholarship, character and playing ability. Since 1950, the award has honored the memory of the NAIA’s first executive director Emil S. Liston.
“Dana is an athlete who sets the bar high for athletic and scholastic achievement at Stephens College,” Director of Athletics Deb Duren said. “She’s a wonderful leader on and off the basketball court who is very deserving of the Emil S. Liston Scholarship Award.”
As a junior, Heggemann carries a cumulative 3.88 grade point average in a very demanding biology program at the College. She is a two-time AMC Academic All-Conference honoree and an active member of the Stephens community.
On the court, she has proved her versatile skill set, constantly switching between guard and post play. Last season as a sophomore and co-captain, she started every game and led the Stars in free throws made, rebounds, blocks and assists. She earned AMC Player of the Week honors on Dec. 2 after scoring a career-high 21 points against Missouri Valley College. On two occasions, Heggemann was one assist shy of a rare triple-double performance.
In 2013-14, she served as a resident assistant for a select group of Honors House Plan students. With her leadership and experience, she was selected to be head resident/resident director of an entire hall for 2014-15. As an officer in the Tri Beta biological honor society, she gained the respect of her peers and was elected to the role of president for the upcoming academic year.
“She wears many hats on campus, but first and foremost, she puts her role as a student first,” said Alissa Pei, director of residence life. “In my time working with her, she’s shown great leadership, initiative and intuition when dealing with matters in the residence halls. Her ability to be a high-achieving student, committed athlete and an involved Stephens woman has set Dana apart from most of her peers.”
Heggemann, along with the NAIA's male winner, Trae Bergh of Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), was selected by the NAIA Council of Faculty Athletics Representatives from a field that included nominees from numerous NAIA member institutions. Each recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship award from Daktronics. She has also been invited to a formal awards ceremony on April 13, 2015, during the NAIA National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
The NAIA video presentation and full list of award winners can be found here.
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Playhouse presents 'She Kills Monsters'

"She Kills Monsters" will showcase elaborate props.

Elaborate characters will come to life on the Macklanburg Playhouse stage this month when the Playhouse company presents “She Kills Monsters.”
“You’ve never seen a show like this before in Columbia,” said director Dan Schultz, assistant professor. “It’s theatre meets rock concert.”
Set in the 1990s, “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen follows the story of Agnes, an average 20-something who has just lost her family in a tragic car crash. In an effort to reconnect with the younger sister she barely knew, Agnes discovers the teen’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook and begins to play along. When the game comes to life, Agnes must navigate an entirely new and unfamiliar world.
“It has a lot of heart,” Schultz said. “It’s a really touching show.”
Expect a lot of action, too, among the assortment of elves, demons, dragons and other D&D characters that come to life.
“There are about 10 big fight scenes,” Schultz said. “It’s almost like a musical where there are 10 choreographed numbers but instead of dancing, it’s stage combat.”
The show—one of the most produced plays this year—debuted in 2011. The author is an artistic director for Vampire Cowboys, a theatre company known for over-the-top physical to the stage, Schultz said.
“They always feature women in the strongest roles, so it was perfect for Stephens,” he said.
Second-year student Emily Chatterson stars in the play. Second-year theatre tech student Ann-Elise Noens created the set, a map-themed game module, and senior Cheyenne Smith designed the costumes.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19-20 and Sept. 26-27 with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on Sept. 21. Purchase tickets.

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Alpha Lambda chapter earns gold, bronze awards

The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for First Year College Students has awarded the Stephens College chapter of Alpha Lambda a Delta Award at the Gold level for the chapter’s significant growth last school year.

In the 2013-14 academic year, the Stephens chapter initiated 69 new members, up 306 percent from the previous year.

“The growth of this honor society demonstrates that more academically talented students are drawn to your campus and that the successful transition of these students from high school to college has been supported by faculty and staff,” said Glenda Earwood, executive director of the national council.

She noted that the recognition of those academically talented first-year students “could not occur without the help of outstanding local chapter advisers led by Laura Flacks-Narrol,” an assistant professor in the School of Organizational Leadership and Strategic Communication.

Additionally, the Stephens chapter received an Alpha Award at the Bronze level honoring the increase in the number of students the chapter invited into the honor’s society.

“I was amazed at the wonderful support for our organization,” Flacks-Narrol said. “It just shows that Stephens women achieved the honor in mass, which shows how driven and determined they are. Our students crave involvement and took an organization that had lacked direction and made it into a very vibrant entity. I point to the student leaders as well that have helped to make this happen. This year we have a full leadership team, are going to national conference and have several events planned for first semester. It is fun to be part of a group with so much enthusiasm and drive. It is my privilege to advise them and help them grow.”

Only first-year students are invited to join Alpha Lambda Delta, an honor society founded in 1924 at the University of Illinois. Once a member, students remain in the group throughout their college careers as long as they maintain excellent grades.
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Stephens ranked 23rd by U.S. News & World Report

Stephens College has jumped several notches on U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” list.
The college this year is ranked the 23rd best regional college in the Midwest, up from No. 30 last year. The ranking system takes into consideration retention and graduation rates, student-to-faculty ratio and peer assessments.
“We’re proud of the amazing educational opportunities we provide our students,” Stephens President Dianne Lynch said. “While we know external rankings provide just one snapshot of data, we’re always pleased to be recognized as one of the best.”
Stephens was ranked highly, in part, for having small classes and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10.  

The ranking comes on the heels of Stephens’ inclusion in The Princeton Review’s 378 Best Colleges guide for the second year. That guide does not assign rankings to colleges but does recognize outstanding programs. In the 2015 Princeton Review, the theatre program at Stephens is ranked 12th.
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Fashion students explore fabrics in Chicago

Fashion design majors who traveled to Chicago on a fabric tour last week say the trip opened their eyes to the difference between everyday clothing and high-end pieces while also giving them a chance to start making fabric choices for their respective collections this year.

“For me, the greatest benefit was being able to touch high-quality clothing for the first time in my life,” said Ilia Siegwald, a junior from Concordia, Mo. “I was surprised by the difference.”

That was the experience for many of the 40 fashion students who took the trip, said Maureen Lowary, assistant professor of fashion and design.

“Not only did the students get the opportunity to see, feel and purchase good quality fabrics, but they also had the opportunity to get into some high-end retail establishments and get an up-close look at high fashion,” she said. “For many of our students, it was probably the first time that they have ever had the opportunity to see and touch better quality garments.”

The three-day trip, held Aug. 28-30, was the school’s first trip to Chicago, although the School of Fashion and Design has hosted similar trips to St. Louis and Kansas City.

The group visited Vogue Fabrics, Fishman’s Fabrics and Nordstrom, where they got a tour of the store.

“It was interesting to go to high-end stores and see garments that you actually see on the runway,” sophomore Hillary Henry said. “The construction and lining and details—they were very well constructed compared to the clothing we buy every day.”

Siegwald and Henry were able to purchase some fabric for the pieces they will design and create this year. Siegwald, who is planning a collection around the Tudor period, opted for crape and bamboo knit jersey, while Henry selected cotton blends and other natural fibers.

Seniors designing for Jury of Selection in hopes of competing in The Collections fashion show are scheduled to present designs and fabric selections to industry professionals during a series of critiques this semester. Even though they weren’t able to purchase fabric during the trip, senior Logan Blagg said it was extremely helpful to be able to collect swatches on site rather than ordering them online.

“This way we got to actually go to nice fabric stores, see the fabric and touch it so we know exactly what we’re getting,” she said.

All three students said they’ve been interested in fashion since childhood. Henry, who’s from Columbia, sewed as a part of 4-H activities, and Siegwald simply knew she wanted to design clothing as early as 8 years old.

The best part of studying fashion at Stephens, Siegwald said, is the competitiveness embedded in a supportive environment.

“It’s competitive, which prepares you for the field you’re going into,” she said. “But everyone is supportive of you.”

Henry and Blagg agree the faculty make the difference.

“Getting each faculty member’s opinion is helpful,” Blagg said. “Each has her own perspective and area of expertise—from tailoring to knowing the market—that it really helps you pull together your own style.”

“They’re all really knowledgeable and have been in the industry and know people in the industry,” Henry said. “They know what they’re talking about.”

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Professor to open sewing café in Columbia

Tina Marks, assistant professor of fashion and design, is opening a sewing café in Columbia inspired by a business model that began in Paris.
Straight Grains Studio opens Saturday at 1610 Paris Road. The café will offer sewing classes, including classes just for men, pattern-making and draping classes and private lessons. Clients will also be able to rent sewing machines and equipment to complete their own projects, as well.
“I love teaching,” she said, stressing that her duties at Stephens won’t change. “But I know there are non-students who want to take pattern-making, draping and other sewing classes in a shorter time frame, as well as those who just want to work on a single project. This will provide those classes and services.”
Straight Grains Studio will also have an espresso bar.
The business model was inspired by a sewing café in Paris that inspired the book “Sweat Shop Paris: Lessons in Couture from the Sewing Café.” Similar businesses have since been popping up throughout Europe and in metropolitan cities such as Austin, New York and San Francisco, Marks said.

Marks has owned other businesses, including an antique store, and said she wanted to get back into a business that would complement her academic career. She envisions Stephens fashion students having opportunities to visit and help out at the store.
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Creative Ink helps Columbia Regional Airport identify marketing needs

Thanks to the help of Creative Ink, the student-run marketing firm on campus, Columbia Regional Airport administrators say they have a better understanding of their marketing needs and how to proceed with future branding efforts.
“It certainly was a fantastic experience to work with Creative Ink,” said Steven Sapp, spokesman for Columbia Public Works. “They became the teacher—they taught us to think on a long term-basis. We would not have gotten to this point had we not started working with them.”
The airport board is now ready to proceed with hiring a professional firm to carry out marketing efforts. Creative Ink was originally tapped to rebrand the airport; however, Sapp said the process brought to light the need for ongoing services.
Creative Ink is managed by seniors who graduate and move on to careers.
“That’s what happened in this case,” Sapp said. “They were working for us for free, and we didn’t want to ask them to continue to do that as they were moving on in their professional lives.”
Kate Gray, faculty adviser for the firm, said the process was extremely beneficial to students who worked on the airport project.
“We pride ourselves in providing students real-world experiences,” Gray said. “In this case, our students were able to shed some light on branding and marketing procedures and really help the airport board and staff better understand their needs.”

Creative Ink has worked with the city in other capacities, including designing the new brand for the Columbia Transit bus system and a new branding logo for the Office of Cultural Affairs, as well as for Columbia Public Schools.
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Desserts and Discussion event helps English students get acquainted

More than 20 students joined English/Creative Writing faculty members Tuesday evening for the fourth annual Desserts and Discussion, a back-to-school activity that helps those in the program get acquainted.
Every year, incoming freshmen and returning students read the same book over the summer and get together to discuss it when the semester begins, Associate Professor Kate Berneking Kogut said.
“It is a great way for our new students to be introduced to returning students as well as faculty members,” she said.
This year, students read “The Invention of Wings,” by Sue Monk Kidd. The book gives a fictional account of the childhood of real-life sisters Sarah and Angelina Grimke, who were famous abolitionists in the 1830s. For many students, it was their first introduction to the Grimke sisters.
This is the first of several events English/Creative Writing faculty will be hosting for students. 
The annual “Write Like a Pirate Day”—a play off “Talk Like a Pirate Day”—is scheduled for noon on Friday, Sept. 19 in the Penthouse at Hugh Stephens Library. The event challenges students, many of whom dress as pirates, to work together to write original pirate tales.

“We like to have these types of fun events outside of class,” Kogut said. “The informal atmosphere really encourages students to participate.”
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Senior hired as policy assistant at Renew Missouri

After completing a successful internship there during the summer, senior Lesta Newberry has been hired as a policy assistant at Renew Missouri, a Columbia-based organization that promotes energy efficiency.

Newberry discovered the internship opportunity while working in the Center for Career and Professional Development on campus.

“I had never heard of the organization, but I’m interested in advancing renewable energy,” she said. “I started in May and I loved it.”

The group hosts candidate and educational forums and other events to spread awareness around energy issues.
Newberry previously interned for Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., in Washington, D.C., and for the Missouri House of Representatives.
“I’ve always been interested in politics,” she said. “As a child, I would watch politicians on TV or listen to them on the radio and take notes.”
In her new role, she’s excited about the opportunity to try her hand at lobbying legislators at the state capitol.

At Stephens, Newberry is president of the senior class, is involved in Stephens Life and is in the process of forming a Young Democrats chapter on campus. She is majoring in Integrated Marketing and hopes to someday run for office herself.
Stephens, she said, is helping her prepare for that.

“I feel like I have so much more confidence than I had three years ago,” she said. “I am so much more prepared for public speaking and critical thinking.”
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Film faculty to screen original works this week

Steph Borklund directs on the scene of her film, "I Am One"

Three digital filmmaking professors at Stephens College will screen their original works at the first-ever Faculty Film Showcase this week.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, in Charters Auditorium. It’s the first time such event has been held on campus, said Kerri Yost, associate professor of film.
“We’ve had our work screened at Ragtag together, more as a screening of local filmmakers that all happened to be our faculty,” she said. “But this year we decided to formalize it and hold it on our own campus, especially since so many of our students and colleagues worked on these films in one way or another.”
The films, each under 20 minutes, are: “I Am One” by Assistant Professor Steph Borklund; “Flat Black” by Assistant Professor Chase Thompson and Yost’s “Leaving Osage Lane."
Borklund has been working on her anti-bullying film for more than a year. It stars Annie Coleman—daughter of Stephens President Dianne Lynch—and revolves around high school friends who must decide whether to stand up against bullying. Borklund is developing curriculum that will accompany the film, which she hopes will be screened in middle and high schools starting next semester.
Thompson’s narrative film centers on a legend that began circulating in Central Missouri in the early 1990s. Two brothers he knows claim to have seen a 9-foot tall giant who drove though their field. When they confronted him, the giant spoke in a strange language and said he was from the future sent to look for something buried on their property.
“This work of fiction is based on a real rural legend that many locals recall to this day,” Thompson said.
Yost’s film was part of the Stephens Film Institute, a biannual program that allows film students to work together on a large-scale project.
“It was inspiring to see our more experienced students taking on leadership roles and to work side-by-side with them,” Yost said.
With input from students, Yost wrote the narrative, which revolves around three siblings who reunite at the lake home of their recently divorced parents.
All three films will debut at the showcase, although they also plan to submit the films to festivals. Screening them on campus just made sense, they agreed. It shows students and the community that filmmaking faculty at Stephens are working professional filmmakers, as well, Borklund said.
“It really is an honor to screen alongside my colleagues," Yost said.” I respect them as artists and value their opinions in so many ways. … We will do festivals after this, but I think we know we all wouldn’t be where we are today if it weren’t for Stephens and our students—and their input. So it feels right to screen it to our Stephens community first.”

Students and faculty during the Stephens Film Institute 


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Stars soccer, volleyball win respective contests

By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director

Senior captain Kenzie Andrade had a goal and an assist to lead the Stephens College soccer team to a season-opening 2-1 win over Faith Baptist Bible College at Cosmo Park on Friday afternoon.

It marks the first time in program history that the Stars have opened the season with a victory.

Not long after Friday’s 30-minute lightning delay, freshman Rachael Vilord broke open the scoreless tie in the 17th minute. On the receiving end of an Andrade pass, Vilord delivered a strong shot to the hands of FBBC keeper Laura Sturgis. What appeared to be a save, turned into the first goal of the 2014 season as Sturgis lost grip of the ball and watched it trickle in.

Vilord, who played defense in high school, made a statement at midfield as she registered three more shots on goal following her goal. Controlling much of the possession in the first half, the Stars had several opportunities to build a cushion.

After missing high on a few and hitting the crossbar on one, midfielder Kenzie Andrade finally found her shot in the 40th minute. From 30 yards out, the Columbia native locked in on the top left corner and put it in the back of the net. Freshman Morgan Daniels was credited with the assist.

Stephens took a 2-0 advantage into halftime and led the way in both shots (15 to 4) and shots on goal (6 to 3).

The Star defense continued to limit the Eagles offensive production; however, in the 57th minute, FBBC Kristen Passwaters got behind Stephens’ back line of defense. Drawing a foul in the box, Passwaters also took the penalty kick and snuck one past Stephens goalie Amanda Chapman to narrow the margin.

Following the PK goal, Stephens tightened up its defense and allowed just one shot during the remainder of the contest.

Chapman logged all 90 minutes at keeper and registered four saves along the way. On the offensive end, Rachael Vilord paced the Stars with eight shots and four on goal. Also recording multiple shots on the day were Andrade (5), Daniels (4) and freshman Gerica Curry (3).

Next up for Stephens is an away match at NCAA Division III MacMurray College on Wednesday (Sept. 3).

Paired with the soccer victory, the Stephens volleyball squad made it 3-for-3 for Stars' wins.

In exhibition match #1, Stephens defeated NJCAA Cottey College, 3-1 [25-9, 21-25, 25-14, 25-17]. In match #2, the Stars swept Wentworth Military Academy in the nightcap [25-12, 25-21, 25-15].
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Fashion students head to Chicago to visit fabric stores

Roughly 40 students majoring in fashion design and product development are on their way to Chicago today to visit upscale fabric stores and meet with industry professionals.
The “Fabricology Trip” is being piloted this year as a way to give students access to a wider range of quality fabrics.
“One of the challenges we have here is that we don't have extensive fabric offerings,” said Associate Professor Kirsteen Buchanan. “And nice fabric is the foundation of everything we do.”
In the past, Buchanan said students have taken similar trips to St. Louis and Kansas City. 
The group departed from campus early this morning. They plan to visit Vogue Fabrics this afternoon, and tomorrow, they will meet with a designer sales manager from Nordstrom before visiting Fishman’s Fabrics.
While Buchanan expects some students to purchase fabric there, the trip is more than a shopping spree. Students have also been tasked with researching street styles they might not see locally.
“People might be wearing the styles they want to make,” she said. “They’ll see wealthier, edgier looks and will get exposure to other styles they may not be used to seeing.”

The group will also observe customer behavior in the store, will pay attention to brands and labels and will study how merchandise is displayed. Students have also been asked to look at the architecture of the city for inspiration.
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Stephens announces 2014-15 Performing Arts season

The School of Performing Arts at Stephens College has a variety of entertainment lined up for the school year, including musicals, dramas, comedies and more.

“We have a very exciting and eclectic season ahead of us with something for everyone, ranging from the modern classic Anouilh’s Antigoneto the beautiful and loved Anne of Green Gables to Tom Andes’ original musical, Color Blind, to the much lauded musical, Gypsy,” Dean Gail Humphries Mardirosian said.

Students will also be showcasing their theatrical talents at the entirely student-run Warehouse Theatre, and dance students will choreograph and perform during the annual dance concerts. Bach’s Lunch, a student recital series, also promises to entertain, and the film department will host screenings and lectures throughout the year.

Season sponsors are Joe Machen’s Dealerships and KFRU News Talk 1400 AM. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, 100 Willis Ave., (573) 876-7199 or [email protected]. The Box Office opens on Sept. 2.

Playhouse Theatre Company

(All Playhouse performances are held in the Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Ave.)

She Kills Monsters

By Qui Nguyen 

[Adventure Comedy, PG-13 for Adult Situations]

7:30 p.m., Sept. 19-20, 26-27; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Sept. 21

Action, adventure and geek attitude abound in this 2013 American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) Distinguished Play

“Deceptively breezy & rather ingenious.” That’s what The New York Times called this comedic romp through the world of fantasy role-playing begun when Agnes finds her deceased sister’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook. Acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a touching look at adolescence framed by an action-packed homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

The Light in the Piazza

Book by Craig Lucas, Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel

[Musical, PG]

7:30 p.m., Oct. 24-25, 31, Nov. 1; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Oct. 26

Of course, 1950s Italy leads to adventure and romance in this six-time Tony Award winner

This lovely musical inspires with romantic classical music and opera and sees Margaret, a wealthy Southern tourist, spending the summer in the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara. When Clara falls in love with a beautiful young Italian, Margaret must reconsider her daughter’s future, and her own.

Anne of Green Gables

By R.N. Sandberg, adapted from L.M. Montgomery’s novel

[Comedy, All Ages]

7:30 p.m., Dec. 5-6, 10-11; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Dec. 7Experience again the literary classic that has touched hearts for generations

Known for its bright, charming, resourceful and highly imaginative heroine, as well as the beauty of its setting on Prince Edward Island, Anne of Green Gables has captivated audiences for generations. Experience this timeless tale for the first time, or share it with someone you find charming/and irrepressible, too.  


By Jean Anouilh

[Classic, PG]

7:30 p.m., Feb. 6-7; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees, Feb. 7-8

A timeless story of rebellion, passion and power as seen through a modern lens

In a world fraught with moral compromise, how does one maintain personal integrity—and at what cost? That’s the dilemma faced by faithful sister Antigone as she mourns her two dead brothers in this thoughtful adaption of Sophocles’ classic Greek tragedy.


By Laura Marks

[Thriller, PG-13]

7:30 p.m., March 6-7; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, March 8

A new work about today’s struggles from a heralded new dramatist

First produced by the groundbreaking N.Y.C.-based Women’s Project Theatre, this darkly comic thriller is set at the height of the recent foreclosure crisis and explores just how far we’ll go to get back what’s ours. When single mother Crystal loses more than her house, her desperate quest to regain what she’s lost turns into the fight of her life.

Color Blind

By Tom Andes

[Musical, PG-13]

7:30 p.m., March 13-14; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, March 15

Visual and performing arts collide in this original new production developed right here in Columbia, Mo.

What lies at the heart of the creative process? Local performing artist and Stephens College music faculty member Tom Andes explores this compelling question in his original new musical. When Michael Stevens, a struggling art professor, loses the ability to see color, a student and a hallucination (in the form of Pierre August Renoir) try to help him through it.


Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Jule Styne and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

[Musical, PG-13]

7:30 p.m., May 1-2, 6-8; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, May 3

Let us entertain you with some of the most memorable musical numbers from the American stage

Join Rose, June and Louise on their trip across the United States during the birth of burlesque. You’ll be tapping your toes to favorites like “Let Me Entertain You,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “Together (Wherever We Go)” as we end our season with one of America’s quintessential musicals.

Warehouse Theatre Company

(All Warehouse performances are held in the Warehouse Theatre, 104 Willis Ave.)


By Eric Lane

[Coming-of-age Comedy/Drama, PG-13 for Language]

7:30 p.m., Sept. 25-27; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Sept. 28

“Incredibly witty and heartfelt”

That’s what the Cape Code Times said of this coming-of-age tale that begins when two teenagers form a fragile bond during their job at a local farm stand. Together, along with one’s 11-year-old sister, they begin a road trip that leads to adventure, revealed secrets, and an honest look at love, loss, friendship and family.

Precious Little

By Madeleine George

[Dark Comedy, PG-13 for Mature Themes]

7:30 p.m., Oct. 30-31, Nov. 1; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Nov. 2

Explore both the beauty and limits of language in this irreverent dark comedy

When a gifted linguist learns unsettling news, she finds solace with two unlikely sources: the elderly speaker of a vanishing language and a gorilla at the zoo. “A crisp, fast-moving, tough-minded but often comic play about love, language, memory, culture and commitment.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What Every Girl Should Know

By Monica Bryne

[Drama, PG-13 for Sexual References]

7:30 p.m., Feb. 19-21; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Feb. 22

In light of recent controversies, this look at young women and their reproductive rights resonates and provokes thought

Four young Catholic suffragettes in early 20th century New York City adopt birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger as their patron saint. “Top to bottom, start to finish, What Every Girl Should Know is an excellent piece of theatre … as long as the war over women’s reproductive rights rages on, [this is] a story people need to keep telling.” —

Hearts Like Fists

By Adam Szymkowicz

[Comedy, PG-13 for Violence]

7:30 p.m., April 9-11; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, April 12

Comic book action will have you laughing in this superhero noir comedy about the dangers of love

Lisa’s heart beats with hope: Now that she’s joined the elite Crimefighters, maybe she can live a life with meaning. And while every beat of Peter’s wounded heart brings him closer to death, he’s designing an artificial replacement that will never break. Meanwhile Doctor X is sneaking into apartments and injecting lovers with a lethal poison. “Parody and punches fly … The combination is madcap. Pretty hysterical too.” —NY Times


Senior Dance Concert

7:30 p.m., Nov. 14-15; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Nov. 16

Macklanburg Playhouse

Original choreography and original compositions mark this artistic collaboration between Stephens and Mizzou

The culmination of personal dance experiences reflected in the choreography of graduating dance majors. The concert will include original compositions created for Stephens’ senior choreographers by composers from the Mizzou New Music Initiative and live music by the Mizzou New Music Ensemble.

Annual Spring Dance Company Spring Concert

7:30 p.m., Feb. 27-28 and March 6-7; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, March 1

Macklanburg Playhouse

Celebrate the many styles of dance and the rare beauty of expression

An eagerly anticipated Stephens tradition, the Spring Dance Concert features a variety of dance forms such as classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance. The evening of dance is highlighted by world dance selections choreographed by visiting guest artists. For lovers of dance or anyone intrigued by the diverse beauty of the human experience.

New Works Dance Concert

7:30 p.m., April 24-25; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, April 26

Warehouse Theatre

Presenting vibrant new works that hold up a mirror to the future

Join us again this season as we present our edgiest dance concert. Members of the Stephens Dance Company will take on adjudicated student choreography. You’ll never know which new work will inspire you most personally.


Bach’s Lunch Recital Series

12:30 p.m., Sept. 25, Oct. 30, Nov. 20, 2014; Feb. 26, March 19, April 30, 2015

Historic Senior Hall Recital Hall

Free monthly recitals bring uplifting art to your lunch hour

Relax in the elegant surroundings of Historic Senior Hall and support Stephens students as they perform a variety of musical theatre, vocal jazz, classical and choral works. These monthly recitals are free and open to the public.

A Dickens Victorian Christmas

7:30 p.m., Dec. 7-9

Historic Senior Hall Parlors

Dickens is alive and well and greeting guests on Stephens’ campus in this annual Columbia holiday tradition

You won’t want to miss this authentic recreation of a 19th Century English Christmas celebration. Join Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dickens, along with the Stephens Concert Choir, for a spirited evening of holiday music, period dance, refreshments, games and frivolity. Appropriate for all ages.

“Stephens Sings” Spring Choral Concert

7:30 p.m., April 19

Historic Senior Hall Recital Hall

Show tunes and vocal jazz for lovers of song and spirit

Join us as the Stephens Musical Theatre Choir and The Velvetones, the College’s a cappella jazz ensemble, present a year-end performance in celebration of spring and the accomplishments of our senior class. This program of show tunes and vocal jazz works is appropriate for all ages and is free and open to the public.


Faculty Film Showcase

7-9 p.m., Sept. 5

Charters Auditorium

Stephens filmmaking program faculty will screen three shorts films. Assistant Professor Steph Borklund will screen her film “I Am One,” associate professor Kerri Yost will screen the Summer Film Institute film “Leaving Osage Lane,” and assistant professor Chase Thompson will screen his latest short film “Flat Black.”

Citizen Jane Film Festival

Nov. 7-9

Stephens College campus

If you haven’t experienced Citizen Jane, you haven’t experienced what film can be. What are you missing? 

The Citizen Jane Film Festival is an intimate, three-day film festival celebrating and showcasing the work of female filmmakers from around the world and features some of the best in independent film making, filmmaker panels, and workshops as well as celebrations of film, art and expression.

Citizen Jane Lecture Series

Scheduled throughout the year

Free lecture series celebrating and learning from female filmmakers

The Citizen Jane Lecture Series brings nationally recognized female filmmakers to Stephens to screen and discuss their work all year long. Join us in this enlightening and thoughtful look at film, art, culture and life.

Visit for more information on the film festival and lecture series.

Best of Year 2014 Student Films

Scheduled for Spring 2015

What amazing new talent will you discover? What new stories will be told?

The Stephens College Digital Filmmaking program proudly gives aspiring filmmakers the tools and confidence to tell their stories. When Stephens film students screen their best work and capstone projects, you never know what will move you—and what will make you think. Free and open to the public.
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Children's school back in session today

Childrens_School_PhotoThe Stephens College Children's School today welcomed back preschool and elementary students.

“We're so excited to begin another great school year,” said Dr. Leslie Willey, director of the school and dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Stephens.

Ranked the No. 1 preschool by Columbia parents through Hulafrog last year, the Stephens College Children’s School is a popular option for parents who want their children to receive personalized attention where children are grouped by ability rather than age.

SCCS takes a holistic approach to education. Small classrooms ensure children get personalized attention. All lead teachers are professional teachers who have at least master’s degrees with
assistance from Stephens students studying education.

“We pride ourselves in a welcoming environment where parents are considered key members of their child’s educational experience,” Willey said.

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Film professor's photo to be included in Best of Photography book

Chase Thompson, assistant professor of film, has had a photograph he took while working in Haiti this spring selected for publication in a national photography book.

Photographer’s Forum, an award-winning quarterly magazine, will publish the photograph in its upcoming Best of Photography 2014 edition.

Thompson was in Haiti filming a documentary when he took the photograph.

“I was in a market in Les Cayes,” he said. “Some people were very interested in having their photograph taken and others were not. These ladies were on the fence.”

Thompson said he kept running into the women in the market. He’d bring the camera up to his eye, and one of the women would turn away.

It turned into “kind of a cat and mouse game between us,” he said. “I named it ‘Why Should I Trust You?’ because I can only guess that that is what she must have been thinking during our little game.”

Thompson, who used all manual settings, said it was the best among the photographs he took that day.

“I love the sharpness, the expressions and the triangle created by the eye lines.”

The book will be available in November on the Photographer’s Forum website. Thompson plans to purchase a copy for the Hugh Stephens Library on campus.

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Competitive dance team earns 'superior rating' at first spirit camp

By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director
Stephens College is beginning the school year with a new sport.
The competitive dance team kicked off its inaugural season with the University Dance Association College Spirit Camp at Missouri State University in late July. 
As part of the weekend training camp, the Star dancers joined 18 other college squads from around the region to learn new routines, work on technique and receive feedback from the UDA staff.
The first-time participants wasted no time getting their feet wet and brought home some hardware in the process. Stephens earned an overall “superior” rating and trophy after several student-athletes were awarded blue ribbons for their individual evaluations.
As a team, the Stars claimed another blue ribbon and second place overall in the fight song competition. Teams participating were taught a fight song and had 24 hours to prepare a routine. NCAA Division II William Jewell College took first in the category.
On the first night of camp, Stephens received a red ribbon for its home routine evaluation. Each school brought its own routine and was evaluated based on technique, performance quality and spirit. The Stars ranked fifth overall behind the likes of nine-time national champion Central Oklahoma, Missouri State, Arkansas State and William Jewell.
“Overall, it was a great experience and the ladies got a feel for what collegiate competition is going to be like,” first-year head coach Danyale Williams said. “We received a lot of positive feedback and represented Stephens College well.”
Williams will continue to build on last week’s performances as the Stars enter their first season of varsity competition.

“With this camp under our belts, it should be a little less intimidating heading into future competitions,” Williams added. “Right now, our technical abilities are all over the place and while the showmanship is there, we have to come together and bridge that gap as a team.”
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Australian native settling in at Stephens College

For the most part, freshman Hannah Dorey is settling into life at Stephens and in Columbia.
Of course, the Australian native misses the beach—she grew up in Hervey Bay along the eastern coast of Queensland. And she could use some Vegemite (a savory spread considered Australia’s most famous food) and some Tim Tams (chocolate biscuits made in Australia).
That said, she’s having a blast seeing new sites. Before arriving in Columbia, she and her family traveled around the U.S. for a few days. And on Sunday, she experienced her first American baseball game, traveling to St. Louis with a group of classmates to watch the Cardinals win over the Padres.
She said she’s still awed by the Stephens campus, too.
“One of the most interesting things about Stephens to me is the campus,” she said. “It’s so incredibly beautiful. The architecture of the buildings is amazing, and the greenery and wildlife are different. I even saw a squirrel!”
Dorey is studying digital filmmaking. She found Stephens after searching online for creative schools in America.
“My dad actually found Stephens College, and I wouldn’t be here without him,” she said. “When he showed me the college website, I fell in love! The cinematography course, the tennis team and, of course, the pet-friendly environment—it’s just the perfect school for me!”
Dorey took Film and Media Studies and Drama in high school and ended up ranking No. 1 in both classes. That’s when she decided to turn her love of film into a career.
“The classes that I am taking are going to have a lot of hands-on work, which is what I’m most looking forward to,” she said. “I’m ready to get behind the camera!”
While Dorey misses her family, she said she’s grateful for their support, as well as for the support she’s getting on campus.
“That makes being so far from home a lot better,” she said.
But Columbia, she said, already feels like home away from home.

“The town is lively and fun, and I feel like Stephens is one giant family,” Dorey said. “The people at Stephens College are the friendliest and most helpful people I have ever met. … I’m so glad that I found Stephens College. It’s the perfect place to call my new home.”
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Students share similar reasons they chose Stephens

Stephens-signThey came from across the state and country for different programs, but incoming freshmen and transfer students share a similar answer when asked why they chose Stephens College.
“I took a visit to campus, fell in love and that was it,” said Katherine Zgiet of the Lake of the Ozarks. “It felt so much like a family.”
Some 250 new students moved in to their residence halls this morning and will enjoy a four-day orientation before classes begin on Wednesday. Stephens facilities crews and staff members were on hand to greet them and move their belongings into their rooms for them—a Stephens tradition.
“I really like this place—with all of the help, the move went really fast,” Sierra Hughes, from Jackson, Mo., said.
Roommates Bailey McCormick and Rachael Long are both science majors. McCormick is pursuing Stephens’ pre-vet program, which she chose because of the ability to study at the Equestrian Center, and Long is a pre-med major.
“I love that it’s a small school and that I will get a lot of personalized attention,” Long said.

Several new students said they were referred to Stephens by high school counselors, college rating systems and alumnae.
Alumna Sara Crosby, a member of the Stephens Board of Trustees, told incoming freshman Clara Bentz about Stephens. Bentz, from Sioux Falls, is pursuing a theatre degree and was already feeling at home at Stephens this morning.
“It has a grand college feel,” she said.
Katherine Craig’s mom suggested years ago that she attend Stephens to pursue a career in fashion communication. Craig, though, initially was set on a fashion school in New York.
“And then I visited Stephens and loved it,” she said.
Christin Bailey transferred to Stephens from a state school in Maine.
“I wanted to go to a top school,” said Bailey, who is majoring in psychology. “I really liked that they had a master’s program in counseling, too.”
Although she didn’t bring a pet, the campus pet-friendly environment was also attractive, she said.
“I adore animals, so I will probably be fostering,” Bailey said, referring to Stephens’ partnership with Columbia Second Chance that allows students to foster pets for scholarship money.
Dejaa Gummels, a fashion major from Raymore, said she found Stephens while searching for highly ranked programs. This morning, she was eager to get started.
“It’s such a close environment,” she said. “I’m looking forward to experiencing college life.”

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TRYPS hosts Camp Hollywood at Stephens

Twelve area students got a professional audition intensive experience with two professional actors during the TRYPS Institute at Stephens College’s Camp Hollywood workshop this past weekend.
“For the Love of the Craft: Loving the Artistry • Appreciating the Industry” connected students with David Del Rio, a Broadway actor best known for starring roles in Universal’s “Pitch Perfect” and on Nickelodeon’s “The Troop,” as well as Katie Wallace, a TRYPS alumna who is also working on an upcoming film.
Camp Hollywood is a professional bridge connecting students to the professional world of show business.
One of the 12 students, Phoenix Lawson, 11, attended the camp on the tails of appearing in two MUNY productions. Del Rio and Wallace were so impressed with his work, they are now mentoring him for the 2015 pilot season in L.A.
“Pilot season is really important for actors,” said TRYPS executive artistic director Jill Womack. “It’s when all of the networks and cable stations are casting and filming new shows and projects for the fall line-up. It’s a flurry of opportunity to be cast and hired in projects that will have multiple seasons.”
TRYPS has held Camp Hollywood since 2010. This is the second year it’s been held at Stephens, although this is the first year the camp has been held as part of the TRYPS Institute at Stephens College.
TRYPS became part of Stephens on Aug. 1, after hosting its first production on campus, “Willy Wonka Jr.” in April. The second production, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” was held earlier this month.





"The kids created a top-notch show,” Womack said. “Audience members said over and over that they couldn't believe that such young performers were so professional. There was so much joy and talent on the stage. The students loved performing in the Stephens College Macklanburg Playhouse!”

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