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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
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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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Stephens launches Women's History Month site

Stephens College is celebrating Women's History Month by honoring some of the women affiliated with the College who have made history over the years.

A new website, Stephens Celebrates Women's History Month, debuted today.
“We wanted a way to honor and celebrate our alumnae, trustees, administrators and others who have made significant contributions in their respective fields and communities,” said Rebecca Kline, director of marketing and communications. “Some of the women will be familiar to most people; in other cases, we'll be introducing lesser-known women who have made history.”
The website also allows readers to participate by submitting suggestions for additional women to profile. The site will be updated with new honorees throughout the month of March.

“As the second-oldest women's college in the country, we have a responsibility to share the amazing accomplishments women have made throughout history ... women who have all been a part of Columbia through Stephens College in one way or another,” Kline said.
Inaugural honorees include alumna Wally Funk, an astronaut and one of the Mercury 13; Vicki Russell, current Stephens College Trustee and first female publisher of the Columbia Daily Tribune; and Lucy Wales, the first principal of Stephens College when it opened as Columbia Female Academy in 1833. 
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Stars soccer team volunteers at Midway Elementary









The Stephens Stars soccer team this morning headed to Midway Elementary to read to children as part of the school’s Literacy Week.
The service project ensures the team’s status as an NAIA Champion of Character, a program that promotes good sportsmanship on and off the field. The Stars soccer team is also a two-time recipient of the American Midwest Conference’s Fair Play & Sportsmanship Award.
While reading to children fulfilled a requirements, the Stars were happy to help out at Midway, said Head Coach Xander Kennedy, whose wife, Kristen, works as a school counselor at Midway.
“Our Stephens athletes really enjoyed it,” he said. “There was a nice buzz as we climbed back on the bus to return to campus. It is always satisfying to have others look up to you, and that’s how our Stephens women felt after working with the elementary children.”
Here are some photos from the event. 


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Stephens students take 2nd in Gimme Truth

Stephens students Kirsten Izzett and Livvy Runyon took second place at Gimme Truth, the documentary game show held during the True/False Film Festival this weekend.

The event challenges film professionals to decide whether one-minute short films are fact or fiction.

Izzett and Runyon’s film, “Rice, Rice Baby,” told the unbelievable story of Izzett’s real-life baby picture—a photo so epic, her family sent it to relatives in the Philippines who went to a print shop to have it blown up. The printmaker was also amused by the photo: He made a poster-sized copy of the photo and hung it in his shop.
Six years later, Izzett’s father visited the Philippines and saw the photo hanging in the print shop’s window.
Only one of the judges thought the story was true, earning them the second-place win. Prizes included passes to next year’s True/False Film Festival.
This is the second year in a row Izzett has claimed the No. 2 prize at Gimme Truth. Last year, she and LeeAnne Lowry took second for a true short about a Stephens student who carries her rib bone in her pocket.
Lowery also had a film accepted into Gimme Truth, along with Hannah Bilau. Associate Professor Chase Thompson also screened a short at the event, held Saturday at the Blue Note.
Watch Rice, Rice Baby:

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Senior designers showcase garments in Sunglass Hut Runway Show

Holly Hmielewski shows off her carousel dress.

By Michelle Niewald/Stephens College Senior

Two fashion design majors showcased garments in a prominent fashion show in Los Angeles last week.
Seniors Holly Hmielewski and Melinda Thiedig had pieces selected for the Sunglass Hut Runway Show at the Beverly Hilton. Among the garments was the carousel dress Hmielewski debuted at Fashion Group International of Dallas Career Day last year.
Monica McMurry, dean of the School of Fashion and Design, found out about the fashion show opportunity from Stephens alumna Erin Stegeman. McMurry then asked faculty members to solicit photos from seniors of garments for possible use in the Sunglass Hut show. McMurry then compiled and sent the photos to Stegeman for consideration.
Associate Professor Kirsty Buchanan “came to the seniors and told us there was an opportunity for our garments to be shown in a fashion show for Sunglass Hut out in L.A.,” said Hmielewski. “We did not know much at all about this, but it was an opportunity. When we got to L.A. we found out that the show was a secret, and that’s why there was no information about it.”
Once Hmielewski and Thiedig arrived in L.A., they met with Stegeman and her fiancé, a Stephens performing arts alumnus. They spent most of Tuesday assisting with preparation for the event, styling garments with celebrity stylist Jen Abrams, helping decide the garments models would wear and completing fittings when they arrived.
While they were preoccupied with helping backstage on Wednesday, the day of the show, both Hmielewski and Thiedig were ultimately able to watch their designs modeled onstage from the audience.
Hmielewski said she felt comfortable working alongside professionals, thanks to the coursework she’s had at Stephens.
“Stephens prepared me to be professional, hard-working, and to take chances and go for dreams and opportunities. I felt so knowledgeable the whole time I was there,” she said. “When trends were being explained, I already studied them months ago. When styling tips were being taught, I felt like I was one step ahead of them. Stephens is always the first credit I give because I have been presented with so many opportunities. These dreams of mine are coming true.”
Columbia residents will have a chance to view Hmielewski and Thiedig’s work, along with other Stephens College fashion designers, at The Collections, the student designer fashion show, on April 24.

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Dance concert to feature ballet, jazz, mimedance

UPDATE: The Sunday matinee is now scheduled for 2 p.m. March 9.

Audiences can expect a wide range of performances next week when the School of Performing Arts at Stephens College presents its annual Dance Company Spring Concert.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 through March 1 and March 7-8 with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on March 2 at Macklanburg Playhouse. Ticket information.
The annual concert features works by faculty members and guest artists.
Works will include “Swimming with Sharks,” a piece by Karen Grundy, artistic/executive director of the Missouri Contemporary Ballet, set to the music of Tom Andes, who is on the Stephens music faculty. 
Guest artist Karen Montanaro, a world-renowned dancer and mime artist from Maine, will showcase “mimedance,” a fusion of the two classical art forms. 
Faculty member Debra Carr has choreographed a piece, “Pondering,” featuring a cappella southern ballads, and Carol Estey, artistic director for dance at Stephens, has created a jazzy piece, “Coded,” which features the music of Radiohead and jazz legend Wynton Marsalis.  
Rounding out the concert will be pieces from the classic ballet “The Firebird” featuring Kramer Pruitt ’14 and Michael Burke, a Mexico High School senior, in the male lead.
“It will be quite the show,” Estey said.
Montanaro will also be giving a mimedance lecture demonstration at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, at Macklanburg Playhouse. That event is free and open to the public.
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'The Ten' recognizes those who embody Ten Ideals

By Michelle Niewald/Stephens College Senior

The values of Stephens College are no secret to the student body.
Each year, a secret society of 10 senior women team up to recognize those students who embody the Ten Ideals—10 core values Stephens women live by. President Dianne Lynch and her husband, Philip Coleman, are the only two who know the identities of those representing the Ten Ideals…but their presence is known across campus thanks to posters with messages such as: “We’re watching you … and have been since 1921.”
The group’s mission? To recognize others who demonstrate values such as respect, courage, independence and support. And when they “catch” faculty, staff and fellow students demonstrating the Ideals, “The Ten” leave elaborate gifts and displays for them in a public spot on campus, typically in Columbia Foyer.
“The Ten serves our community in extraordinary ways,” Lynch said. “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.”

A poster recognizes those who demonstrate creativity

Being charged with nominating women who embody the Ten Ideals is no easy task. According to the student representing Responsibility, the group consistently works to nominate others outside of their familiar circle. “Responsibility” specifically nominates students who, in her opinion, are quiet, perhaps a student who does not hold a leadership position in an organization.
On the contrary, the student representing Leadership nominates those who take charge. “Being responsible or intelligent or creative is important, but being a leader and exemplifying these qualities inspires others to do the same,” she said.
Alumna Megan Tongue, a past member of “The Ten,” described the group as Stephens’ “private superhero club.”
“There was something heartwarming about seeing fellow students’ faces the morning of a reveal,” she said. “So many were so excited about being selected, and it made the late nights completely worth it.”
The confidence women gain from being recognized by “The Ten” is easily recognized when a display appears.





Essentially, “The Ten” hold themselves and others accountable for upholding the values and mission of Stephens College. As the role of women evolves and advances in the workplace, society and the world, “The Ten” agree it is important to empower others, especially when they may not realize anyone is watching.

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New musical theatre ensemble debuts at event

A new musical theatre ensemble debuted during the Bach’s Lunch Student Recital at Stephens College today.
The group performed “The Music of the Night” from The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Audra Sergel accompanied on piano and Cheryl Nichols directed.
The ensemble includes residential students as well as members of the Stephens College Professional Conservatory Training Program.
Bach’s Lunch is a monthly event held throughout the school year that gives musical theatre and other students interested in vocal performance an opportunity to share their talents with their peers and members of the Stephens and local community. Today’s event also included several solos and a performance by The Velvetones, Stephens’ a cappella ensemble.
Bach’s Lunch is free and open to the public. The next recital is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on March 20 in Senior Hall Recital Hall. The Spring Choral Concert, “Stephens Sings,” is set for 7:30 p.m. on April 13 in the Recital Hall and is also open to the public.
Watch a clip from the new ensemble’s performance below. 

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Stephens students, professor to screen films at Gimme Truth!

Stephens College film students and a faculty member have had their short films accepted into Gimme Truth!, a documentary game show held during Columbia’s True/False Film Festival.
The event, slated for 9:30 p.m. Saturday at The Blue Note, challenges local filmmakers to create shorts in an attempt to fool three seasoned film professionals who guess whether the one-minute documentaries are fact or fiction.
For their project, Kirsten Izzett and Livvy Runyon teamed up to create “Rice, Rice Baby,” about a supposed baby picture from the U.S. that caused such a buzz it’s now hanging in a printmaker’s shop in the Philippines. With supposedly factual interviews, old photos and clips from “South Pacific,” the story is made in documentary format. But is it for real?
LeeAnne Lowry and Hannah Bilau will also attempt to fool the judges when they screen their short film about a couple that supposedly ended up together following a prank involving a snake. And Associate Professor Chase Thompson’s film features an interview with a man who claims to have a pretty incredible story.
“It’s fun ‘competing’ against students,” Thompson said. “I’ve told them it would be awesome if we take first, second and third place with me being in third.”
Izzett and Lowry are Gimme Truth veterans. Last year, the two took second place for "Dem Bones," the unbelievable but true story about a Stephens student who carries her rib bone in her pocket.
Runyon is coming off a recent win, as well. She and her production team, under the direction of Stephens students Haley Padilla and Clara Canfield, won the Technical Achievement Award at the University of Missouri’s Valentine’s Day Film Fest. The prize? Rental of a Red Camera, a top of the line video camera.
Screening a film in public is nerve-wracking, Runyon said, but “also cool. It’s awesome to watch with an audience and see their reactions.”
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Somerville joins panel at AWP conference

Assistant Professor Kris Somerville is in Seattle this week presenting at the prestigious Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference. 
Somerville will present “Attack of the Beige Eaters” during a panel discussion, “Go Somewhere, Write Something: Teaching Influential Experience,” which focuses on giving students real-life experiences worth writing about. The conference is being held at the Washington State Convention Center through March 1.
The paper was inspired by a class project Somerville implemented two years ago in her advanced composition course. The class happened to be around the noon hour, and many of her students were bringing their lunches—think pizza, chicken, fries—with them to class. 
When Somerville, a guest food blogger for the Columbia Daily Tribune, mentioned that she was doing an article on sardines, students cringed. Of course they’d never actually tasted sardines, and that prompted an experiential learning activity.
Somerville decided to challenge her students to try new foods—including sardines. Every Friday, she would bring in an exotic fish, cheese or fruit and challenge them to describe what they tasted without using obvious details such as “salty.” Students could also write food-related memoirs if certain tastes brought up any particular memory. Not only did the exercise expose them to new foods, it also helped them develop writing skills.
The activity was so successful, she plans to implement it in her writing class again this semester.
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Stephens receives $15 million gift

An anonymous donor has given Stephens College a $15 million unrestricted gift—the largest in the school’s 180-year history.
“This is a historic contribution, and we are so honored and humbled,” Stephens President Dianne Lynch said. “We will use the funding strategically. We will use it wisely. We will use it to make Stephens even better than she is now.”
Stephens will invest the resources in strategic, creative ways that will help build on the college’s national prominence in both traditional academic programs and new areas of high marketplace demand.
“These are not replacement dollars,” Lynch said. “This is funding that will help shape Stephens College into its next century.”
The donor’s generosity is further confirmation that Stephens is an exceptional institution with a mission and tradition that merit exceptional support, said Nikki Krawitz, chair of the Board of Trustees.
“It will allow us to invest in our campus, in our people and in our students—and just as important it confirms for the world that Stephens is an investment worth making,” she said.
The donor wishes to remain anonymous but hopes the contribution inspires others to invest in Stephens’ future.

“The next several years are going to be exciting,” Lynch said. “We have an amazing network of generous and involved alumnae. We also have so many community members who support Stephens. That’s the incredible thing about this place—whether you’re coming to campus for a film or play, visiting our stables, sending your children to our children’s school—you’re part of our family. You’re going to see amazing things coming from the Stephens campus thanks, in part, to transformational gifts such as this one.”
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Stephens to offer new self defense courses

Stephens College this semester will begin offering students R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) courses.
Two sections of the course—one in the morning and one in the evening—will be offered starting next month. Students can earn one credit for it or take it on a no-credit basis. Starting in the fall, the eight-week course will be offered twice during each semester.
“It makes perfect sense to offer such a course at a women’s college, and it goes hand-in-hand with our main goal here at Stephens—to empower our young women,” said Tony Coleman, director of security. “This is just one more thing for students to add to their life experience here and hopefully it will be something that will help them should they ever face a realistic situation during which they need to make decisions about their personal safety.”
The course educates women in basic confrontational principles such as understanding reaction time and knowing vulnerable target areas. It also teaches students about risk awareness and recognition and avoidance techniques.
Additionally, R.A.D. courses are designed to teach women to depend on themselves—not brothers, boyfriends or male friends—for protection, Coleman said. And it teaches women how to make decisions, such as when it’s best not to use force in self-defense.
Finally, the course creates opportunities for women to exert their physical strength through hands-on exercises.
Coleman and Security Officer Tasha Williams will be the instructors for the course. In December, they completed intensive training in Philadelphia to earn their nationally recognized R.A.D. Instructors Certification.  
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Artist talks crowdsourcing in contemporary issues course

Esteemed artist Paul Jackson gave Stephens students some tips on how to use crowdsourcing during a guest lecture this week in a new course being offered through the School of Organizational Leadership and Strategic Communication.
The class, Contemporary Issues in Strategic Communication, uses an innovative approach by having multiple faculty involved in teaching. 
Each faculty member is taking a two-week block to focus on a contemporary issue in his or her respective discipline. That allows students to be exposed to a variety of new ideas and topics, SOLSC Dean Susan Bartel said.
As part of her block, Assistant Professor Kim Stonecipher-Fisher is talking to students about crowdsourcing websites, which are used to solicit funding, information or insight from large groups.
Jackson—who designed the back of the Missouri state quarter—used Kickstarter to fund his coffee table book, “The Wandering Watercolorist.” The book is a collection of nearly 300 watercolor paintings from Jackson’s 30-year career as an artist. Jackson shared some of the advantages and disadvantages of using the site and introduced them to other crowdsourcing sites.

Students in the new course are also learning about corporate and responsible social media, women’s leadership, content marketing and the use of storytelling in nonprofit promotion.
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Video: Senior discusses Faux Real exhibit at Historic Costume Gallery

For her senior capstone project, Chloe Willett put together this semester's Faux Real collection at the Historic Costume Gallery. The gallery is now open and a special reception is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Willett talks about the exhibit in this video:

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Blanding snags Silver at regional ADDY competition

Senior Moki Blanding is headed to the American Advertising Federation’s national conference in Florida this spring after snagging a Silver at the AAF-Kansas City regional ADDY award competition in Kansas City this weekend.
“This keeps me motivated,” she said of the win. “It’s a constant reminder that even though I’ve looked at my work and criticized it so many times, it’s still good and other people recognize that.”
In this case, Blanding is referring to the intricate owl she designed for a mock advertising campaign in her information and promotion design class last year. 
The owl was the main element on ads, labels and other materials promoting a fictitious brewery.owl “The feedback I’ve gotten about it has been amazing,” she said.
 The regional ADDY award competition, which has a student award component in addition to the professional awards, was held at The Midland. Blanding compared it to Red Carpet affairs.
“I felt like I was at the Grammys,” she said. “It was so awesome to look around and see what other people are coming up with and what was winning. Everybody’s work was amazing.”
Blanding will now submit her work to the national ADDY level during the AAF National Conference on Advertising May 28-31 at the Boca Raton Resort & Beach Spa in Boca Raton, Fla.

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