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Fundraiser to benefit film students' documentary

Seniors Meredith Jacob and Madeline Carl are hosting a “Fancy Fundraiser” Friday at Historic Senior Hall to raise money for their upcoming road trip, which will double as a documentary film project.
Jacob and Carl, who are graduating in December, are hitting “50 States in 50 Days” and will be filming their experiences, as well as documenting stories from people they meet along the way.
The fundraising event is 7 p.m. Friday and is free and open to the public with donations welcome. 
They’re offering more than $2,000 worth of prizes through raffles and silent auctions. Nevada Greene will provide live music.
Although the trip will provide all sorts of interesting film fodder, no doubt, the two say they have a larger agenda for the project.
“We want to inspire young women that they can do anything as long as they’re passionate about it,” Jacob said. “Plenty of people have told us we can’t do this. We want to inspire people and let them know they can do it.”
The two hope the stories they hear from others during the trip reinforce that message.
“This isn’t just our story,” Carl said. “Everyone has a story, and we hope to collect those stories of successes and failures along the way. And I’m sure we’ll have failures, but this is about not stopping. It’s about overcoming those obstacles.”

The duo will leave from Columbia on May 12, head west to Kansas, then north through Minnesota to North Dakota. From there, they’ll head east, following much of the New England coastline before heading to West Virginia, where they plan to stay in a haunted abandoned asylum. The route then veers south to Florida and Louisiana before heading west. The trip is scheduled to end July 4 “somewhere in Hawaii.” The complete route and other information can be found on their website.
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'Hard to summarize' Bartel's contributions

Dr. Susan Bartel, dean of the School of Organizational Leadership and Strategic Communication, is stepping down from her position to become an associate professor of higher education leadership in the doctorate program at Maryville University.
“It’s bittersweet,” Bartel said. “I’ll miss Stephens, the sense of community here and the relationships I’ve made and continue to have with students and graduates. But this position really is the culmination of my entire career. It really is a dream job.”
Working in the Maryville area, Bartel will also be closer to her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, who live in the area.
As dean of SOLSC, Bartel oversees undergraduate Integrated Marketing: Strategic Communications; Integrated Marketing: Graphic Design and Event and Convention Management programs, as well as the graduate-level Master of Strategic Leadership. Since her appointment as dean two years ago, she’s strategically repackaged marketing programming to best reflect industry trends and needs.
Bartel has been with Stephens for eight years during which time she created the Master in Strategic Leadership (now ranked 2nd best leadership program in the country by GetEducated.com); began a social media emphasis within the graduate program; and started the three-year event planning degree.
“It’s hard to summarize Susan’s many contributions to Stephens,” said Dr. Annette Digby, vice president of academic affairs. “We’re sad to see her leave and will miss her leadership and expertise, but we wish her well in her new position.”
Bartel will begin her new position Aug. 1.

Prior to joining the Stephens faculty, Bartel was an assistant professor at Central Methodist University and a marketing consultant at Williams Keepers LLC.
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Senior shows off designs at House of DIFFA Masquerade

Senior Holly Hmielewski recently returned from Dallas where four of her designs were featured in the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS annual runway fundraiser.
House of DIFFA Masquerade 2014, held March 29, attracted roughly 2,000 patrons who wore theatrical masks, hats and other eccentricities. Garments on the runway were also paired with extreme accessories, including Hmielewski’s carousal-themed dress and galaxy-themed swimsuit. A fringe dress she designed for Night of the Stars Gala in Dallas last year was also in the show, as was a LED-lit gown that will be showcased in Hmielewski’s senior collection at The Collections student designer show on campus April 26.
You might recognize Hmielewski’s name. Her carousal dress and galaxy swimsuit earned her the Musselman Award at the Fashion Group International of Dallas Career Day last spring. That prize came with $10,000 and a chance to design a collection for the Night of the Stars event under the guidance of Brian Bolke, owner of Forty-Five Ten.
The dress also made an appearance at a Sunglass Hut fashion show in Los Angeles this semester. Hmielewski and Melinda Thiedig ’14 had pieces selected for the Sunglass Hut Runway Show at the Beverly Hilton.
Back in Dallas, Hmielewski said she visited with a lot of the same people who attended the Night of the Stars event. Although she said Dallas’s fashion community has embraced her as one of their own, she has a job waiting for her in Los Angeles when she graduates next month. Hmielewski will work under a senior designer at Clover Canyon, a clothing line that features vivid, hand-engineered prints. It’s a “dream job,” Hmielewski said.

Her long-term goal is to have her own fashion line.
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Volunteers create rain garden near Stephens Equestrian Center

Volunteers turned a sloped berm along Ann Street into a new rain garden in less than two hours on Saturday.
The rain garden—a collaboration between Stephens and the City of Columbia Stormwater Utility Outreach and Education program—will allow native plants to treat runoff before it runs into the Hinkson Creek. Native grasses, shrubs and flowering plants will absorb and benefit from some of the sediments, fertilizers and chemicals from the water, essentially cleaning the runoff before it reaches the creek.
The site will double as an educational station for both Stephens students and the public.
The Environmental Protection Agency in 2011 called on the city, county and University of Missouri to work together to reduce storwmater runoff into the Hinkson Creek by 39 percent. While Stephens was not cited in the report, “this is about being good neighbors,” said Richard Perkins, project manager at Stephens.
Volunteers on Saturday included employees from the City of Columbia and Stephens College, Caring for Columbia and students from Stephens and the University of Missouri. Women of the Earth, a student organization, partnered with Facilities and the City of Columbia to host the event and received SGA’s Best Green Week Event Award on Friday for organizing it.
A video of the project is provided through the city's Stormwater Education Program.

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Instructors taking original musical to Chicago Musical Theatre Festival

Two adjunct instructors at Stephens College are taking their original musical to the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival at the Underscore Theatre Company in June.

With music by Audra Sergel, who teaches voice and piano and provides accompaniment at Stephens, and book by Trent Rash, who gives private voice lessons at Stephens, teaches Performance Techniques and performs in theatre productions, “Starting With My Voice” was one of just eight musicals out of 40 submissions selected to be part of the event.

The Chicago Musical Theatre Festival is a new project from the Underscore Theatre Company created to showcase emerging creators of musical theatre, according to the company’s website.

Sergel’s music was originally composed for a revue, “Now is the Time,” which debuted at The Bridge in Columbia last fall. Hearing all of the pieces together at that event, Sergel said, made her realize she had something special—a collection of songs with a unifying theme.

“They are all about making a decision, a choice moment,” she said. “They’re individual stories about being who we are and how we decide to advocate for change.”

Sergel reached out to Rash to help write the book and direct the production, and professional actors have since joined the cast. They submitted it to the festival somewhat on a whim, unsure of what to expect. 

Although outside of the realm of their teaching duties, Sergel and Rash agreed having their work accepted to the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival will benefit students. The musical could be performed in the future using students in the cast, Rash said. On a broader level, it shows how making one decision—in this case submitting the music to the festival—can have significant results. 

“As an artist, when you feed yourself, you share,” Sergel said. “It shows students you have to stay open. Stephens women are courageous, they put themselves out there, and that’s contagious. This is about taking the next step and being bold.”
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Carter pitches business plan at #BOOM

Senior Samantha Carter today pitched her idea for a marketing agency that would cater to minority females at the annual #BOOM event hosted by Columbia’s Regional Economic Development Inc.
Carter, a student in the School of Organizational Leadership and Strategic Communication, envisions opening Elite Marketing in the St. Louis area and reaching out to those working in retail and not-for-profit sectors. She told judges she got the idea when talking to a not-for-profit business owner who wasn’t sure how to grow her business.
Carter is one of 36 contestants pitching ideas at #BOOM, which runs through 5:30 p.m. Participants are competing for cash prizes that range from $500 to $5,000.
Students from other colleges and universities, as well as Missouri high schools, are also competing and this morning pitched ideas such as a new type of cat carrier and a swim fin made of recycled rubber.
Carter developed her business plan as part of her senior capstone project and plans to make it a reality regardless of today’s results.  
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Stephens recognizes outstanding staff

Marissa Todd, Kim Schellenberger and Linda Patte. 
Killian Kramer, Ruth Ann Burke and Candy O'Block.
Gina Sanders, Kathy Doisy and Mallory Langston. Not pictured: Mandi Schroff.

Twelve outstanding employees at Stephens College were recognized by peers today for their outstanding commitment to the campus and the community.
At the annual Employee Recognition Ceremony, the Distinguished Service Award—the highest level of recognition bestowed on a staff member—went to Greg Mankey, director of facilities management and a 27-year employee at Stephens College.
The Reaching for the Stars Award was given to two recipients this year. Richard Perkins was recognized for his commitment to making Stephens a more environmentally friendly campus. Custodian Stephen Cox also received the award for saving the College money by offering to move the Stephens Costume Shop to a new location over the summer—a move that would have cost had the College had to secure an outside contractor.
The Community Service Award, given for service outside of campus, went to Marissa Todd, director of alumnae relations and philanthropy. Todd is active in the Chamber of Commerce, Sunrise Southwest Rotary and Columbia Entertainment Company.
The Customer Service Award is given to those on campus who display excellent service skills to their respective audiences. Candy O’Block, alumnae administrative assistant, was recognized for her positive attitude when greeting and helping alumnae and other visitors. Ruth Ann Burke, business manager for the School of Performing Arts, was honored for her commitment to students involved in theatre productions and to ensuring the successful operation of the Box Office. And Killian Kramer, admissions manager for undergraduate recruitment, was recognized for her dedication to recruiting students and remaining connected to them throughout their college years.
The Diversity Award this year went to two recipients: Linda Patte, who pulls double duty at Stephens by serving as administrative assistant to both the equestrian and digital filmmaking programs, and Kim Schellenberger, who ensures a diverse workforce through her role as director of human resources.
The Teamwork Award this year went to the staff of the Health and Wellness Center, including Dr. Kathy Doisy, director of health services, Gina Sanders, director of counseling, Mallory Langston, counseling fellow, and Mandi Schroff, administrative assistant of health services.
In a personalized message sent to everyone prior to the event, President Dianne Lynch expressed her appreciation for employees’ talent, dedication and service.
“Together, we are transforming this little college into one of the best in the nation,” she wrote.
Trustee Vicki Russell was the keynote speaker at the event.

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Carter among 36 to pitch business plan at #BOOM

Columbia’s Regional Economic Development Inc.’s annual #BOOM Pitch Competition will be held tomorrow in Windsor Auditorium, the first time the statewide competition has been held on campus.
The event will feature 36 contestants who will pitch their business ideas for cash prizes. A sister event—the #BOOM Entrepreneurial Summit—was held in February.
Among presenters will be Stephens senior Samantha Carter, who hopes to turn her idea for a marketing agency into a reality. The agency, Elite Marketing, doubles as Carter’s senior capstone project.
“It is intended to specialize in various forms of marketing, advertising and corporate event planning and marketing,” Carter said. “My purpose is to provide these services to small business owners wishing to expand their companies. The targeted audience is young minority women who simply need an extra push for their service or products.”
Carter envisions the marketing firm creating more jobs in the community and surrounding communities as it helps more young women reach their potential. Carter will pitch her business plan at 11:45 a.m.
Others pitching business plans include students from the University of Missouri, Missouri University of Science & Technology, Linn State, Drury University and other colleges and high schools from around the state. A full list of those competing can be found here
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The story behind the Stephens 'Happy' video

Students taking Art Direction and Photo Styling this semester put their skills to use by creating videos set to the catchy tune “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.
Associate Professor Lisa Lenoir and Instructor Amy Parris assigned the video to teach students how to apply lighting, art direction and other technical skills by using a class project relevant to them. Students were asked to create a unique story using people of various backgrounds, ages and ethnicities.
“We want to be forward-thinking in terms of storytelling and diversity in front of a camera,” Parris said.
Students created mood boards and had to navigate pre-production concepts such as location and time of day before actually filming, skills students will need when they're working on professional photo shoots or sets, Lenoir said.
To get a better feel for what students were up against, Lenoir and Parris created a video for the assignment, as well.
“When we give an assignment, we get in the trenches, too," Lenoir said.  
Dani Kelley ’14 and her team took their video camera to the University of Missouri campus to capture employees and students there before bringing her film crew back to Stephens to film faculty, staff and students dancing to the song. Just like Williams' video features cameo appearances from celebrities, Kelley's video includes some well-known Stephens women, including Margaret Campbell, director of the Student Success Center and Stephens President Dianne Lynch.
Asking strangers to appear on camera was the toughest part of the project, Kelley said, but the project ultimately paid off.
“Our goal was for 100 people to see the video” on You Tube, she said.
Kelley exceeded that goal. A Huffington Post College blogger Diane Propsner featured it on a blog post highlighting “Happy” videos from women’s colleges.
Kelley has now had close to 1,000 viewers on the two versions of the class project she posted on her You Tube site. Check it out: 

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Stephens honors faculty, students at Convocation


Assistant Professor Kate Gray receives the Dr. Michael Bowling Distinguished Advising Award.


Lita Pistono receives the Stephens Star Award.

Assistant Professors Kate Gray and Tina Marks were honored for distinguished service in their respective departments during the annual Honors Convocation ceremony on Monday in the Kimball Ballroom.
Gray received the Dr. Michael Bowling Distinguished Advising Award, and Marks received the Distinguished Teaching Award. Honors Convocation recognizes students, faculty and staff for outstanding contributions to campus and individual schools.
Gray is an assistant professor of graphic design in the School of Organizational Leadership and Strategic Communication. Prior to coming to Stephens, she enjoyed a lengthy career in design that included owning her own award-winning firm.
Marks is an assistant professor in the School of Fashion and Design. Prior to coming to Stephens, she ran her own jewelry design business and owned an antique clothing and jewelry store in Hermann.
Lita Pistono, administrative assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, also was honored during the ceremony with the Stephens Star Award, bestowed by the student body on a staff member who contributes to student success.

Senior Michelle Niewald, an integrated marketing student, took the top student award, receiving the Stephens Student Leadership Award.
Following is a complete list of award recipients.
School of Fashion and Design Award for Academic Excellence (3.8 GPA or higher)FashionRachel BallewTaylor BarberOletha CrutcherNicole GagneKayla GibsonPaula GoldenbergCaley GustafsonHillary HenryZoe KorklanAllison LangleyAbreale LoveallKathryn McCarthyMonica NakamatsuJennifer NiewaldEmily ParkCourtney ParmenterMargaret ReasbeckKatherine RudderKathryn SingerVictoria VitaleEmily Wagner-DavisInterior DesignJessica Grenke
School of Humanities & SciencesEnglish/Creative WritingClark/Dillingham Critical Essay Award      Taylor WetzelOutstanding Seniors in English and Creative Writing      Alexi Scharbach, Chelsea Wherry First Year Essay Award        Gabrielle ZajacLegal StudiesAward of Excellence Jennifer Hrebar-IhlerNatural SciencesBiology Underclass Peer Award      Dana HeggemannBiology Upperclass Peer Award      Dina KaissiOutstanding Underclass Biology Student Award Dana HeggemannOutstanding Upperclass Biology Student Award  Rachel LightfootOutstanding Physical Science Student Award       Dina KaissiPsychologyOutstanding Contribution to Psychology   Jennifer Hrebar-IhlerOutstanding Junior Academic Achievement in Psychology          Emily MendozaOutstanding Senior Academic Achievement in Psychology          Erica Bonnot

SCHOOL OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIESDigital FilmmakingCitizen Jane Award   Emily ColletteEducationDistinguished Education Major       Dawnavyn James
Promising Education Major Stephanie TaylorOutstanding Contribution to the Laboratory School         Jennifer Griffin, Shelby HardtEquestrian Business Management/Equestrian ScienceEquestrian Outstanding Senior       Lauren FitzpatrickPromising Equestrian Major            Ashley Noltkamper, Margaret Sheldon

Outstanding Contributions to Equestrian Department    Shelby McCoyEquestrian Academic High Honors Award Hannah Dritt, Megan HasemannEquestrian Leadership Award        Erin Cummings, Rachel Cummings, Nicklette Ball
Outstanding Business Student        Michaela DanielsOutstanding Event & Convention Management Student Stephanie McHenryOutstanding Strategic Communication:
Integrated Marketing Student        Michelle NiewaldOutstanding Strategic Communication: Design Student  Gabrielle Martino
SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTSDanceOutstanding First Year Dance StudentShandrea-Charity  McNeal-WhiteOutstanding Second Year Dance Students                         Carrie Collins-Whitfield, Kyla RanneyThe Dance Leadership Award                                                  Hannah Massey, Kramer PruittThe Heart of a Dancer Award                                                    Tiara SaddlerOutstanding Artistic Achievement in Choreography
for Excellence in the 2014 Senior Project Concert                  Samantha BennettLeeAnn DavisJordan JacksonSamari Jackson-PrestonElizabeth LamontagneKramer PruittStephanie ReynoldsTheatreSara Ann Fay Award                                                                       Pauline “Polly” MytingerOutstanding Technical Student Award                                Halea CoulterSpirit Award                                                                                       Katie Pautler
Resident Life AwardsMary Omer AwardsOutstanding Resident Assistant                                          Maile Wortham          Outstanding Resident Director        Emily Wagner-Davis
Alumnae Association Scholarship AwardsFreshman Scholarship Award         Juliana HitchcockSophomore Scholarship Award       Khyneesa EdwardsJunior Scholarship Award    Sara BarnettSenior Scholarship Award    Patrika Brown
Other AwardsH.E. Wilkerson Award
For Outstanding Service to Stephens College AdmissionsKathy VogtDorothy Martin Endowed Scholarship       Kathy NguyenJames M. Shirky Endowed Scholarship      Emily MendozaCentury Candle Award         Courtney CothrenMortar Board Book Scholarship      Melanie Bosely
Mortar Board New Members 2014-15Rachel Ballew  Sara Barnett  Nicole Bartels  Melanie Bosley  Cordy Brannan  Michaela Daniels  Hannah Dritt  Jazmin Gac  Alexandria Hagelston  Andrea Jefferies  Fiona Kerr  Rachel Lightfoot  Hannah Massey  Shelby McCoy  Kristen McCurdy  Emily Mendoza  Karina Palencia  Rebecca Saunders  Amy Shank  Cheyenne Smith Carolyn Williams  Danielle Wilson 





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The Collections: Video series features student designers

The SC-Scene is highlighting student fashion designers in a series of videos leading up to the 70th annual student designer fashion show, The Collections.
The event is Saturday, April 26, in Windsor Auditorium. Show times are 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m., with premiere seating available at each. Purchase tickets here.
In this video, Effie Frank shares the inspiration behind her collection. This is the third of the video series, which has also featured seniors Nikkole Crow and Melinda Thiedig.

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The Ten reveal identities at Convocation

The identities of who embody the Ten Ideals became public yesterday at the annual Honors Convocation ceremony in Kimball Ballroom.
The Ten is a secret society dating back to 1921 made up of 10 seniors who recognize others throughout the year for demonstrating Stephens’ values. This year, the group rewarded recipients with crafts and gifts displayed on tables in Columbia Foyer.
Students representing The Ten this year are:·      Belief – Jordan Jackson·      Courage – Emma Marston·      Creativity – Bree Martino·      Independence – Mi’Kael Henderson·      Intelligence – Dina Kaissi·      Leadership – Michelle Niewald·      Respect – Kramer Pruitt·      Responsibility – Kaylyn Crane·      Sensitivity – Erica Bonnot·      Support – Emily Park
Niewald wrote about The Ten’s contributions to Stephens in an SC-Scene story published in February.
“The Ten serves our community in extraordinary ways,” President Dianne Lynch said at the time. “Every college and university has a mission statement, and most have a set of values they articulate and point to. At Stephens—thanks in large part to the Ten—we live those values, we recognize those among us who best represent those values, and we are reminded of them on a daily basis. We walk the talk, as they say—and we do that because every year, an exceptional group of very special students is willing to do the incredibly hard work to make that possible.”
Each year, The Ten also give a Four-Fold Girl Award and a Best Private Citizen Award, which also date back to 1921. This year, the Four-Fold Girl Award went to Student Government Association President Steffanie Frank, and Layne Wallace was named Best Private Citizen.
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Kirkpatrick talks to class about use of storytelling

She can dole out statistics about hunger if you want, but Peggy Kirkpatrick, executive director of the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri, knows sharing stories of the people helped by her organization is more effective when trying to get others to understand the need.
“I can give you facts and figures about hunger and poverty,” she said. “But I don’t want you to see facts and figures. I want you to see faces.”
And that’s just what students in Contemporary Issues in Strategic Communications saw this morning when Kirkpatrick shared some stories from her work. She was among a series of guest speakers in the class this semester who have exposed students to new types of marketing techniques and strategies.
Kirkpatrick started by telling her own story. She worked at the University of Missouri before joining the food bank and recalled seeing homeless people in the alleyways between her building and where she parked.
“For 7 ½ years I looked at that, and looked away and kept walking,” she said. “I prayed God would do something or send someone.”
That’s when she heard a voice in her head telling her she could do something. Two months later, she got a job at the food bank.
That was 1992 and she’s been hearing—and retelling—stories of desperate families, out-of-work parents and hungry children since. Today, she told students several of those stories, including a story about a girl who didn’t want to go on spring break because she knew she’d be hungry; a boy who rationed food from his food-bank provided Buddy Pack; a dad who just needed to feed his family until he got his first paycheck after being laid off.
Telling those stories is vitally important to the food bank, Kirkpatrick said. One of them—a story about an 8-year-old boy who was sharing his Buddy Pack meals with his siblings after their mom deserted them—even went viral.
“We got donations from all over the country and a naval base in Japan,” she said.

Asked for her definition of storytelling, Kirkpatrick said one has to speak with conviction. “Take a true occasion,” she said, “and speak about it from the heart.
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'Desdemona' re-imagines women of Othello

The Warehouse Theatre is tackling Shakespeare this week in a play that re-imagines the women of “Othello.”
“Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief” starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on April 13. Purchase tickets here.
In the play, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel takes the Shakespearean tale and “turns it on its head,” director Taylor Wetzel said. “Shakespeare really didn’t pay a lot of attention to women, so this gives the women’s side of the story. And these aren’t the chaste women originally portrayed.”
The play centers on Desdemona, played by Calli Young, who has essentially slept with Othello’s entire encampment; her servant, the unhappily married Emilia, played by Allison Sword; and Bianca, played by Lydia Miller, a prostitute who intrigues Desdemona.
While the play might show how far women have come since Shakespeare penned Othello, it also “exposes what still needs to be done,” Wetzel said.
“It’s a really good play for Stephens, which is a liberal school with liberal ideas about women and empowering women,” she said. “We should never forget history and times when women were treated less human than men. So shows like these are very important.”
“Desdemona" also explores the idea that marriage is simply a different form of prostitution.

“Emilia actually is the one who brings up that point,” Wetzel said. “She’s been married for 14 years and is disillusioned.”
Although based on Shakespeare, don’t expect a period piece. The Warehouse—a student-run company—has blended modern props with pieces from other eras. Expect a “gorgeous” set with amazing performances, Wetzel said.
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Harbinger to debut April 18 at Tiger Hotel's Vault II

Gut-wrenching true stories, intimate confessions and inventive fictional works can all be found in the pages of this year’s Harbinger, Stephens College’s literary journal.
The public can get a glimpse into that work when the student staff and contributors host a reading and reception at 6 p.m. on April 18 at the Vault II in the Tiger Hotel, 23 South 8th St. The event will showcase the fiction, poetry, nonfiction and interviews featured in this year’s edition, “Shadow Box.” The journal is composed entirely of student works and is edited and designed by students, as well.
"We are excited to see two semester's worth of work come together in this magazine,” said Emily Merchant, a senior who co-edited the magazine with Emily Collette, also graduating in May. “What better way to celebrate this magazine than with a party? We feel this is one of the strongest editions of Harbinger yet, and we encourage everyone to come get a copy and celebrate with us."
Everyone is welcome to join the free celebration and find out why Harbinger has been named Outstanding Literary Journal by Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society, a record four times. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and drink specials will be offered courtesy of the Vault. Copies of the magazine will be available for $6.
For more information, contact Kris Somerville at [email protected]
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Stephens College launches bright new brand

Stephens College unveiled a new brand today that encourages audiences to “dream up” using a variety of bright, bold colors and a star-sparkle design element dubbed a “starkle.”

The brand aims to convey that Stephens is a place where faculty, staff and students believe in the power of dreams.

“We give bright young women the tools, the training and the tenacity to boldly—and unapologetically—go after their dreams with all they’ve got,” President Dianne Lynch said. “That’s essentially what we promise and deliver.”

The brand will feature students and show how they were able to exceed their goals when they came to Stephens. The brand also will express what makes Stephens unique through catchy phrases.

Those colors, students and sayings will be featured on outdoor signage and banners, newspaper and magazine ads, a city bus and around campus.

“You’ll see a vibrant and exciting Stephens community,” said Rebecca Kline, director of Marketing and Communications.

The brand has been a year in the making and has included input from the entire Stephens family. The idea of “dreaming up” applies to all of Stephens’ audiences, Kline said.

“We have many great programs, from our children’s school to undergraduate programs that emphasize the creative arts and sciences,  through graduate and post-graduate studies, and we wanted one unifying voice,” she said.

The Office of Marketing and Communication executed the brand after developing a vision through a partnership with MindPower, a brand development firm out of Atlanta.

The new brand also comes with a new Stephens website, still found at www.stephens.edu.
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Student shares experience from Sigma Tau Delta reading

Several English/Creative Writing students returned last week from the Sigma Tau Delta Convention in Savannah, Ga., where they gave public readings and accepted the Literary Journal of the Year Award for the 2013 Harbinger.

Senior Amber Surdam, a SC-Scene contributor, was among those invited to read works. Her piece revolved around a struggling marriage with both sides told through first-person narrative.

Surdam shares her experience here.

By Amber Surdam/Stephens College Senior
I laughed and threw the paper airplane across the table. The poorly constructed plane crashed into a piece of cake. Everyone at the table aimed their disappointment toward me. I replied with a twist of my lips and an embarrassed flush of my cheeks as I attempted to create a better plane model. The servers arrived with the food, halting our play. The aroma of chicken breasts and vegetarian pasta circulated the loud and crowded room. I sipped my White Zinfandel and waited for the award ceremony to begin. Blue skies, soft breezes and warm temperatures occupied my thoughts. I didn’t want to leave this beautiful state. I heard a harsh storm was brewing in the Midwest. Somehow I had to give up the palm trees, shelled sidewalks and candy stores. This was my last night in Savannah, Ga.
At my reading at the Sigma Tau Delta Convention, I sat near the window and listened to the four previous women’s short stories. I had been placed in the Currents of Love roundtable. My story had nothing to do with happy endings. I wasn’t sure how the audience would react. I surveyed the faces and noticed scrolling fingers on their devices. My professor, Judith Clark, sat in the front row. With a reassuring smile, she motioned me to stand and walk to the podium. I couldn’t feel my fingers or my stomach. My eyes blurred and my mind was nowhere accessible. I took a very deep breath, sat my story down and looked up with a lopsided grin. I spoke into the microphone and my voice travelled far. With an emotional rush, I frightened the audience into silence as I finished with the words: I betrayed her. I walked from the podium to my seat and waited for the questions.

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Ribbon-cutting marks opening of TRYPS Institute at Stephens College

It’s official: The TRYPS Institute at Stephens College opened today with the first production of "Willy Wonka Jr." opening to schools at Macklanburg Playhouse on campus.
Members of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce helped celebrate the opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the start of the first show, with children from Lee Elementary, New Haven Elementary and Windsor Montessori School in the audience. 
"Willy Wonka" opens to the public at 7 p.m. on Friday.
This summer, TRYPS will move its entire operation from the Columbia Mall to the west wing of Hickman Hall on the Stephens campus. As the TRYPS Institute at Stephens College, TRYPS will continue to offer its existing roster of classes, camps and plays for mid-Missouri children, families and schools, and will also create new theatre classes, hands-on production experiences and teaching opportunities for Stephens College students.
“We’re thrilled to welcome the TRYPS family to our family,” Stephens President Dianne Lynch said. “The additional space will let TRYPS grow while giving our students more opportunities to work in children’s theatre—one of the fastest-growing areas of the performing arts."
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The Collections: Video series features student designers

Stephens College is highlighting student fashion designers in this series of videos leading up to the 70th annual student designer fashion show, The Collections.
The event is Saturday, April 26, in Windsor Auditorium. Show times are 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m., with premiere seating available at each. Purchase tickets here.

In this video, hear from senior Nikkole Crow. This is the second of the video series, which began last week featuring senior Melinda Thiedig.

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Summer Film Institute underway at Stephens

The Summer Film Institute is underway at Stephens College, bringing filmmaking students together to create a short narrative film.
This year, students are producing a narrative called “Leaving Osage Lane,” written by Associate Professor Kerri Yost. The film follows the story of three siblings who reunite at the home of their recently divorced parents’ lake house.
“One reason I wrote it is because we talk about how these types of stories aren’t told enough—the influence of siblings in our lives,” Yost said. “We don’t see those relationships on screen very often.”
The film is the centerpiece of SFI, a bi-annual program that allows students to sample all aspects of the filmmaking process, starting this year with editing and whittling down Yost’s original script.

Freshmen and sophomores rotate through camera operation, field audio, lighting and other production stations, while upper-class students take on directing and leadership roles.
The institute started in 2005 and has typically been held in the summer months. Faculty this year moved the program to the latter part of the spring semester to make it more convenient for students.
Student crews will film at locations in Columbia, Millersburg and at the Lake of the Ozarks over the coming weeks.
Those wanting more information about the filmmaking program can visit the SFI Indiegogo site. The film is expected to be completed by the end of May.
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Junior reflects on Study Abroad experiences

By Amber Surdam/Stephens Senior

Although she hopes to return to South Korea someday, junior Karina Palencia is happy to be back at Stephens College where she’s studying Fashion Marketing and Management.
Palencia spent the Spring 2013 semester studying at Konkuk University in Seoul through Stephens and the Gilman International scholarship program. She enjoyed it so much, she returned in August to study at Ewha Women’s University.
Palencia remembers expecting culture shock when she first stepped off the airplane in Seoul. But she quickly felt immersed in Western influence—skyscrapers, crowded sidewalks and traffic that reminded her of the U.S.
Thanks to a friend, Tia—a citizen of South Korea and former international student at Stephens—Palencia quickly adjusted to some of the traditions, such as asking people how old they are when they meet to properly address them.
“In South Korea, you don’t talk to strangers," Palencia said. "You are introduced." 
She also learned to adjust her voice, realizing that Americans, in general, speak louder than South Korean citizens.
While overseas, Palencia took business management courses and Korean language classes. Although instructors occasionally spoke Korean, most of the time, lessons were in English.
Palencia was allowed to visit anything she desired, except North Korea. While outside of the university, she visited the Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main and largest of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty; the Namsan Tower, a communication and observation tower; and Hwaseong Fortress, a wall surrounding the center of Suwon, the provincial capital of South Korea.
Back at Stephens this semester, jet lag lasted a couple of weeks, but she was happy to be back in a supportive and comfortable environment. 
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TRYPS Institute at Stephens to open by start of school year

The TRYPS Institute at Stephens College will be open on campus by the start of the 2014 school year.
That's a slight delay from the anticipated opening day of April 1. Facility crews at Stephens ran into some issues with ductwork when they started demolition, requiring extra permits from the city, said Greg Mankey, director of Facilities Management. 
Stephens is installing a new exterior fire escape that will be accessible from all three floors, also contributing to delays. Plans include enclosing the exterior stairs to maintain the historical integrity of the building.
"This just shows how invested everyone is in making that space safe and comfortable," said Jill Womack, executive artistic director at TRYPS. "It might take a little more time, but that's OK. We want everything to be perfect. And most of all, everyone wants the space to be safe.”
TRYPS (Theatre Reaching Young People & Schools) has extended its lease in the Columbia Mall to continue programming until the move. Classes and programs are typically busy in the summer months, so Womack said the group expects to wait until August to transition to Stephens.
TRYPS and Stephens officials announced in February that the theatre program would become part of the School of Performing Arts at Stephens, relocating to the west wing of Hickman Hall. 
Delays won't impact TRYPS' first production at Stephens, which will be "Willy Wonka Jr." from April 4-6 at Macklanburg Playhouse. That will also be the location of a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1.
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The Collections: Video series highlights designers

What inspires fashion students when they create the amazing garments that appear on the runway during The Collections, the annual student designer fashion show?

The community will have a chance to see those garments as the show celebrates its 70th year this year. The event is Saturday, April 26, in Windsor Auditorium with three chances to catch the show. Show times are 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., with premiere seating available at each. Purchase tickets here.
In the meantime, Stephens is launching a collection of videos highlighting some of the student designers. Watch seniors, including Melinda Thiedig, discuss the inspiration behind their designs. Check back for additional videos in the coming weeks. 

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Bartel part of international group eyeing gaps in leadership research

What would leadership look like if viewed through a woman’s lens?
That’s what an international group of researchers and leaders—including the dean of the School of Organizational Leadership and Strategic Communication at Stephens College—is asking as part of a two-year project aiming to identify gaps in leadership research. Dr. Susan Bartel is participating in the project, which includes a colloquium, “Advancing Theories of Women and Leadership,” at Utah Valley University in May. Specifically, Bartel is working in a group charged with studying power, gender and leadership.
When it comes to leadership, research assumptions, theories and models used today were developed based on male perspectives and cultural expectations. Colloquium participants will rethink those assumptions, researching leadership concepts with women to see what trends emerge, Bartel said.
In the short-term, Bartel expects the group to gain a clearer understanding of the gaps in current research and thought models and identify where additional study is needed. A long-term outcome will be a book with chapters from colloquium participants.
After Bartel was invited to participate in the colloquium, Stephens signed on as a sponsor of the event. Being involved in this prestigious study will have numerous benefits for the College, she said.
"This research project not only benefits Stephens College as being part of the national stage of women and leadership but also contributes to my teaching, research and even administrative areas,” Bartel said. “I will benefit from the connections and networking with these women around the world who have already been the voices in the literature as well as new scholars and researchers."
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'Farah Goes Bang' screening is Wednesday

The final installment of the Citizen Jane Film Series is tomorrow.
Meera Menon, a writer, director and editor, and Laura Goode, a screenwriter, novelist and poet, will screen their film “Farah Goes Bang” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Charters Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
“Farah Goes Bang” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, during which Menon was also awarded the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize for groundbreaking women filmmakers by Tribeca and Vogue. A year earlier, Goode executed the successful $75,000 Kickstarter campaign to fund production of the film.
The road trip comedy follows three twenty-something women stumping for John Kerry during the 2004 presidential campaign.
The filmmakers on Thursday will host a workshop, “Stop Asking Permission: Promoting Your Film.” That presentation starts at 10 a.m. in Room 27 of Helis Communication Center. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to [email protected].
The Citizen Jane Film Series is supported, in part, by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awarded the series a $10,000 grant to bring nationally recognized female filmmakers to campus.
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Jury of Selection includes two Florence University of the Arts instructors

Two instructors from Florence University of the Arts (FUA) gave fashion students an overview of the school’s programming and a look inside an Italian accessory line during a presentation today.
Gaia Polli is department coordinator for FUA's Fashion & Accessories Studies & Technology, and Sandra Nannini is also Worldwide Sales & Merchandising director of Nannini, which makes quality handbags, wallets, shoes and other leather goods. Nannini shared the company’s history with students and showed a short video showcasing the company’s Spring 2006 collection.
The visit was arranged by Lynda Baumgartner, coordinator of the Study Abroad program, who has helped several Stephens students study at FUA. 
Polli and Nannini are on campus primarily for Jury of Selection tomorrow. They will join other industry professionals to review student designs and select garments for The Collections, the annual student designer runway show.
Other jurors include:
  • Michelle Fifis '02, textile designer and founder, Pattern Observer, Portland, Ore. 
  • Carol Foley '81, designer/instructor, Fabrique Fabrics, Dallas
  • Wendy Manasse '81, designer/founder, Quenchwear, Long Beach, Calif.
  • Leon Morrison, consultant, Morrison Mercantile, Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Kristy Whitehouse, senior technical designer, Abercrombie & Fitch, New Albany, Ohio
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Stephens students gear up for 50-day, 50-state trip

Two Stephens College students are gearing up for a cross-country trip this summer.

Meredith Jacob and Madeline Carl, both of whom will be graduating in December, are planning to visit 50 states in 50 days. 
They’re filming the entire trip, hoping to capture compelling stories across the country that will eventually become a full-length documentary.

Although the adventure itself will no doubt provide all sorts of interesting story fodder, the two have a larger agenda for the film.

“We want to inspire young women that they can do anything as long as they’re passionate about it,” Jacob said. “Plenty of people have told us we can’t do this. We want to inspire people and let them know they can do it.”

The two hope the stories they hear from others during the trip reinforce that message.

“This isn’t just our story,” Carl said. “Everyone has a story, and we hope to collect those stories of successes and failures along the way. And I’m sure we’ll have failures, but this is about not stopping. It’s about overcoming those obstacles.”

The duo will leave from Columbia on May 12, head west to Kansas, then north through Minnesota to North Dakota. From there, they’ll head east, following much of the New England coastline before heading to West Virginia, where they plan to stay in a haunted abandoned asylum. The route then veers south to Florida and Louisiana before heading west. The trip is scheduled to end July 4 “somewhere in Hawaii.” 

The complete route and other information can be found on their website 50 States in 50 Days.
To get a more authentic experience, Jacob and Carl don’t expect to spend a single night in a hotel. They’re asking friends, relatives and alumnae for help finding places to stay in each destination city. They'll also be hosting a fundraising event on campus in April. Check back for more information. 

Jacob and Carl will keep friends and fans updated on their whereabouts and adventures through Facebook and other social media platforms. 

“We want this to be interactive,” Jacob said. “We appreciate any help and hope it’s interesting to people, even if they just want to live vicariously through us for 50 days.”

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Students study children's book authors, illustrators

Allison Langley shows off her watercolors. 

Students in Sara Fletchers’ Women as Children’s Book Illustrators and Authors today showcased artwork illustrating classic and modern fairy tales, as well as original works.

The eight-week course required students to study specific female illustrators then create original artwork of their own. Students displayed their works this afternoon during a showcase in the Penthouse at Hugh Stephens Library.
Although not the first time Fletcher has challenged students to combine art studies and literature, it is the first semester this specific class has been offered.
Freshman Allison Langley, a fashion communications major, took the course to fill a general education requirement but quickly realized what she was learning applies to her major, as well.
“There are tons of design elements to fashion communications,” she said. “So it helped learning elements such as color theory and placement.”
It was also the first time Langley has explored artwork. She used watercolor to create images for the Norwegian tale, “The Princess on the Glass Hill.” Preferring a stronger morale for children than in the original story—in which men compete for a princess’s love by trying to climb a glass hill—Langley rewrote the ending to emphasize the “prince charming’s” intelligence over strength.
Savannah Bell, a second-year theatre student, signed up for the course to get more art experience. Sketching is critical for set and costume design in her technical theatre program, she said.
“Theatre tells a story in a different way, but the idea is the same—you have to combine all of the elements together,” she said.
artPerhaps Bell’s most insightful take-away from the course? “Don’t be afraid of the blank page.”
That’s what Fletcher hopes all of her students learned from the class.
“I feel like they have more confidence in the process of brainstorming and learning to tell a story visually,” she said. 

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Stephens presents 'A Shayna Maidel'

Stephens College will present “A Shayna Maidel” this month, a poignant tale about two sisters who reunite in the aftermath of the Holocaust.

The play begins at 7:30 p.m. March 14-15 and March 19-20 at the Warehouse Theatre with a 2 p.m. matinee March 16.

"A Shayna Maidel" is a “great play with excellent roles for women,” Director Rob Doyen said. 

“Shannon Cox and Katie Pautler play the two sisters, Lusia and Rose, who are reunited after a separation of nearly 20 years. Lusia has survived the Holocaust and comes to America to be reunited with her father and sister.”

Doyen will play the role of the father.

The story follows the reconnection of the sisters who, judging by appearances, are complete opposites. Lusia is homely and marked with an ID number from Nazi concentration camps on her forearm. The younger sister, Rose, was able to escape to America at an early age and has grown into a fashionable New Yorker. Although the relationship is strained at first, gradually through stories and flashbacks, the two are able to transition into new relationships.
“It is a very moving play,” Doyen said.
"A Shayna Maidel" was first presented in 1985 and became a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie in 1992.
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Guest artist, students demonstrate mimedance

Guest Artist Karen Montanaro—a renowned performer—and students in the Stephens College World Dance class today demonstrated mimedance for the campus community, including students from the Stephens College Children’s School.
Mimedance is a combination of mime movements and dance. Montanaro, an award-winning choreographer, created the art form with her husband Tony Montanaro, a 20th century American mime artist.
Montanaro has been at Stephens for seven weeks teaching both dance students and a class for non-majors. Some of her work is being featured in the Spring Dance Concert, which continues at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at Macklanburg Playhouse. Because of a weather cancellation last week, there will also be a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.
During Thursday’s program, Montanaro directed students as they demonstrated interpretative movements, mime and dance. Students portrayed eagles, an imaginary game of tug-of-war and spontaneous movement. 

But you don't have to be a dancer to explore that type of movement, Montanaro told the audience.
“Everybody is a dancer; it doesn’t matter if you call yourself a dancer or not,” she said, pointing to natural rhythmic movements everyone has, including regular heartbeats.
“And you dance to the beat of your own drummer, so you’re a dancer in my book,” she said.
For those who are dancers, Montanaro encourages them to let loose, overcome fear and experiment with positions they might not feel comfortable with. Several of Thursday's public demonstrations were impromptu.

In this video, senior dancers demonstrate movement based on interpretations of the music.

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