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Nov
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Westhoff named first Scholars recipient

Erika Westhoff was practically speechless when her sister, Mycah, presented her with an enormous check representing a 75 percent tuition reduction at Stephens College.

Erika, of Newton, Kan., was the first to receive a Scholars check, one of six Stephens will award.

Mycah, currently a theatre student at Stephens, surprised her with the news this weekend.

Erika Westhoff currently works in a library, where she has experienced first-hand just how much books can impact young readers. That’s why she’s pursuing an English degree in hopes of becoming a certified librarian.

Stephens each year presents six Scholars awards following the annual Scholars Weekend held in the fall. During the overnight event, students participate in an interview and complete a personal essay. 
 
Nov
22
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Senior prepares for The Collections fashion show



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By Amber Surdam/Stephens Senior  With an array of beautiful prom gowns designed and in the process of being made, Brittany Gobel is getting ready for The Collections, the annual student designer fashion show, this spring.
But it’s far from her first experience with the runway.  In addition to her previous Stephens’ runway experiences, she was involved in a couple of fashion shows this past summer while interning at Janay A Handmade, an eco-friendly wedding dress design company, in Kansas City. After completing that internship, Gobel decided that she enjoyed it so much, she wanted to focus her talents on creating prom gowns without using traditional materials.
“I’m straying from shiny fabrics like chiffon, Georgette, charmeuse, velvet and silk organza,” she said. Instead she is using taffeta, tulle, cotton sateen and muslin. Her target consumers are high school students and females 15 to 20.
When she first started as an intern, her employer asked her if she preferred patterning, drafting the design on paper or sewing. Gobel, a fashion design major, liked sewing. At Janay A Handmade, she cut and sewed fabrics, helped with fittings, and organized patterns. During the fashion shows this summer, she helped the models get into the gowns and made sure there were not any abnormalities before they went on stage.
The internship was a success. Gobel was offered a job with Janay A Handmade, and she plans to relocate to Kansas City after she graduates in May.
From West Plains, Mo., Gobel came to Stephens because she wanted to study fashion design. When she first started, she had an idea of what a fashion designer did. She thought they came up with the designs and then sent the fabric somewhere to be made. Since her time at Stephens, Gobel discovered that a designer works with a team, and they put together the components of the line.
For as long as she can remember, she’s been drawing clothes, and that’s all she’s ever wanted to do. She knew fashion was her calling.
Gobel even loses sleep if she runs into problems with garments not fitting or looking how she wanted, but said she’s learning every day. A great fashion designer, she said, is able to handle stress and can make deadlines.
Ultimately, Gobel hopes to move to New York someday and start an online business.

 
Nov
21
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Keynote speaker urges freshmen to be adventurous

 

Therapist, author and professional speaker Evonne Weinhaus this morning encouraged first-year students to identify their fears in order to overcome them.
“Reach out to others,” she said. “Be adventurous. Be engaged.”
Weinhaus was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Stephens College First-Year Experience Celebration Breakfast in the Kimball Ballroom. The two-hour event was a way to celebrate the completion of the first semester of the new First-Year Experience, a program launched this year. 
Each year, the FYE program will have a specific theme; this year’s theme was society and self and taught students how they and their specific area of study relate to the world around them.
“You were challenged to respond to bullying, shipwrecked, encouraged to serve beyond the walls of this institution,” Associate Professor Mark Thompson reminded the freshmen, referring to the activities they did this semester. Additionally, each class “explored ways you convey self and the relationship to the rest of society that will carry you through the rest of your college experience.”
The breakfast doubled as a networking event with women leaders from other area colleges, non-profit organizations, local businesses and Stephens College stationed at each table with students.
Weinhaus talked about how she was able to get national publicity for her books, including attention from the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today show and Good Morning America; and how she overcame a brain tumor and surgery, and went on to identify a deep-seeded fear.

 
Nov
20
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Velvetones perform at prestigous Nashville venue

Stephens a cappella group, The Velvetones, had a chance to perform this month at The Bluebird Café, a prestigious music venue in Nashville.

The ensemble joined the Queen of Hearts, an all-female band performing in The Round—the café’s famous central area where musicians sit surrounded by audience members. It almost seemed like a “flash mob”  when members of The Velvetones began singing in the middle of the group’s performance of “Everywhere I Look I See Love,” said music instructor Tom Andes.

“It was fun seeing the look on audience members' faces,” he said. “After a while, though, it became clear that this had been rehearsed.”

“It was really fun,” Chelcie Abercrombie ’16 said. “We rehearsed the day of the performance. We had practiced listening to their CD in class, but we didn’t learn our parts until right before we went to the theatre. That was a little nerve wracking.”

The song went off without a hitch, and the audience loved it, Andes said.

After the song, Helen Lewis Moore ’77 introduced the students and gave them an opportunity to sing a snippet from their a cappella version of Winter Wonderland.

The Bluebird Café is known for focusing on the songs rather than full-scale performances, something The Velvetones aren't used to, said Katie Paulter ’14.

“That was a different kind of venue for us,” she said. “It’s about the music and songwriting. That was a cool perspective. It was like singing along with friends.”

During their visit to Nashville, The Velvetones also performed at an alumnae brunch Moore hosted at her home.

The Velvetones first worked with the Nashville-based Queen of Hearts when the band visited campus last semester, hosting workshops and putting on a public concert.

“The two groups instantly bonded and had a lot in common—in particular the love of storytelling through the art of singing,” said Pam Ellsworth-Smith, music instructor.

The “queens” have since become role models, Andes said.

“You can tell how much they rehearse to blend that well—and that’s something we work on all the time,” he said. “They’re great role models for our students.”

The Queen of Hearts performs regularly at The Bluebird Café, which hosts both well-known and up-and-coming performers. The venue is also featured in the ABC hit drama “Nashville,” which stars Hayden Panettiere. Panettiere’s mom, Lesley Panettiere Vogel, is also a Stephens alumna and attended college with Moore.

Other Velvetones who went included: Emy Blake, Emily Chatterson, Shannon Cox, Emma Marston, Ryan Tucker and Mycah Westhoff.
 
Nov
19
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Senior's collection dazzles at fashion event in Dallas

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Holly Hmielewski / Photo courtesy of Jeanette Korab



Stephens Senior Holly Hmielewski unveiled her collection of dresses and swimwear at The Night of the Stars Fashion and Lifestyle Awards sponsored by the Dallas Fashion Group International on Friday.
Hmielewski has been working on the collection since May, when she won the Musselman Fashion Design Award at the Fashion Group International of Dallas Career Day Awards. 

The latter, named after the late Shelly Musselman, co-owner of the Forty-Five Ten emporium in Dallas, came with a $10,000 prize and the chance to design the collection under the mentorship of Forty-Five Ten Owner Brian Bolke.
The six-piece collection doubled as a tribute to Texas, said Kirsteen Buchanan, an associate professor of fashion and design who accompanied Hmielewski to Dallas.
The pieces featured patterns inspired by the monarch butterfly, the official state butterfly, blue bonnets, the Texas state flower and Texas blue topaz.
Audience members “thought it was stunning,” Buchanan said. “The garments were outstanding. It was really an amazing, cohesive collection, very professionally done and very striking.”


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Nov
19
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BuzzFeed names Stephens College one of the most beautiful campuses to marry, celebrate


Stephens College has been named one of the most beautiful campuses to get married at by BuzzFeed, the leading media company for social news and entertainment.
Stephens is ranked on the list of “31 Insanely Beautiful Colleges You Can Get Married At.”
“We know we have amazing venues for couples celebrating one of the most important days of their lives—so we’re pleased to be recognized for that,” said Amanda Tilford, director of special events and business development at SC Events.
The most popular place on campus to wed is Firestone Baars Chapel, a non-denominational chapel that features stained glass and intricate woodwork. A 19th-century pip organ adds to the ambiance.
Couples typically hold their reception in the Kimball Ballroom at Lela Raney Wood Hall near the chapel.
For smaller ceremonies, Historic Senior Hall is a popular venue.
SC Events manages external events on the Stephens College campus. In addition to weddings, Stephens venues are also available to those organizing corporate, family or other events.
 
Nov
19
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Equestrian students do well at Lake St. Louis show


Hunter Jumper riders from Stephens College competed at the National Equestrian Center at Lake St. Louis this past weekend.
The Irish Fox show was the last of the season and had an “enormous turnout,” said Sara Linde Patel, equestrian studies instructor.
“Our students competed in classes with 15 to 25 other horses and riders,” she said. “All of our students did a phenomenal job, and everyone placed in very large classes.”
Here are the results:
Junior Haley Upton and St. Skip's Prince were Champion in the Crossrail Hunter division out of six.
Freshman Ashley Noltkamper and Zinnia were Reserve Champion in the Schooling Hunter division on Sunday out of 17 horses. Noltkamper and Zinnia also received a 3rd and 4th place out of 26 horses on Saturday in the Schooling Hunter Division on Saturday.
Senior Michelle Humber and Tuba received a 1st place and a 6th place in the Schooling Hunter division out of 17 horses.
Sophomore Mallory Patton and Third Day received at 1st and a 3rd place out of six in the Crossrail Hunter division.
Freshman Lindsey Weir and Forte received several 2nd place placings out of six in the Crossrail Hunter division.
Junior Megan Hasemann received a 4th and several 5th places out of 17 in the Schooling Hunter division.
Junior Alex Hagelston and Randevu received a 4th and a 5th out of 17 in the Child/Adult Jumper division.
 
Nov
19
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Stephens begins using digital signage


Those on the Stephens College campus might notice a few new flat-screen televisions in areas around Stamper Commons.

The digital signage is a way to not only tell students, staff and faculty about upcoming events, it also provides a 24-hour weather service and will be used to alert the campus of any weather or other emergencies.

“The digital signage allows us to use the latest technology to get information out quickly to our constituents,” Marketing Director Rebecca Kline said. “It is also a great way to welcome visitors, alumnae and guests to campus with attractive messages.”

Officially recognized student groups will be allowed to request information be shared through the digital signage. Requests should go to Janese Silvey at [email protected]

An event schedule on the digital signs will be updated regularly.
 
Nov
18
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Dancers, composers discuss collaboration

Senior Samari Jackson-Preston knew she loved dance when she came to Stephens College, but it wasn’t until her coursework in the dance program here that she began to really understand herself and her passion.

“I figured out who I am through this journey,” she said following Sunday’s matinee of the Senior Dance Concert.

So it was fitting that she choreographed “I Am; Who I Am,” an interpretive dance set to original music composed by University of Missouri student David Witter. The piece, which featured a solo performance by Carrie Collins-Whitfield, was one of six original new compositions and dances showcased this weekend at the Macklanburg Playhouse.

During a question and answer session with attendees on Sunday, dancers were asked about getting the chance to work with composers.

“It’s beautiful,” said LeeAnn Davis, whose Southern Suite of dances was set to the music of MU student Trey Makler. “There’s much more energy and much more life.”

MU musician and composer Ben Colagiovanni said he would not have thought to create the jazzy sounds of his composition, “Pick Up Sticks,” without collaborating with Stephens senior Jordan Jackson.

“I never would have written it,” he said. “And it was great to see my stuff live and that visual interpretation.”

The music was the backdrop for Jackson’s “Battle of the Susies.”

The collaborative project came about when Dr. William Lackey, assistant teaching professor in MU’s School of Music, and Carol Estey, artistic director for dance at Stephens, got together last semester and talked about the idea of working together. Dancers and composers jumped at the possibility—a rare opportunity for even professional dancers and musicians.

Both MU and Stephens students recommend the collaboration continue each year.


“This is an invaluable experience to gain at a young age,”Makler said.
 
Nov
15
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Stars Recipient of 2013 AMC Soccer Fair Play & Sportsmanship Award


By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director

The Stephens College soccer team is the recipient of the American Midwest Conference (AMC) Fair Play and Sportsmanship Award, the conference office announced Thursday.

Voted on by the league coaches, the Stars are back-to-back winners, having won the award in 2012 following their first season playing AMC soccer.

The annual award reflects the ideals of sportsmanship, ethical behavior and fair play on the field, a key focus of the NAIA’s Champions of Character program.

“Last year, I really feel like we perhaps won the Fair Play and Sportsmanship award in part because we were not fully a soccer team in some ways,” said head coach Xander Kennedy. “We had athletes who would go in hard for a ball and if an opponent fell over, would stop in the middle of the play and pick them up.”

Kennedy went on to say that this year’s players were much more aggressive, yet they conducted themselves in a manner that warranted the sportsmanship award.

Also for the second year in a row, the Stars’ soccer team went the entire season without drawing a card (yellow or red).

“We have yet to receive any sort of disciplinary action while competing,” Kennedy added. “That’s a tribute to our young ladies who are competing hard, but doing so in a way that they don’t get overly frustrated and don’t let their emotions get out of control.”

The Fair Play and Sportsmanship Award was announced on Thursday, along with all-conference honors, following the conclusion of the AMC Women’s Soccer Championship match between Columbia College and Park University.

 
Nov
15
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Equestrian students champions at Tulsa show


Two equestrian students and their instructor have returned from a Pinto Horse Association of America show in Tulsa.

Sophomore Shelby McCoy showed Radical Rendezvous and was named Champion in Amateur Horsemanship and Reserve Champion in Showmanship at Halter.

Junior Candis Miner and Paint Me Fred were named Champion in Amateur Western Pleasure.

“This show had more than 3,000 entries from 20 states,” instructor Karen Craighead said. “It was a huge show. Candis’ win was very emotional. It was a huge class with a lot of pressure. Paint Me Fred has won the last three times he competed there—so a lot of pressure.”

Miner and Fred have one show left and will leave for Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Thanksgiving to show at the Zone 5 Championship show.
 
Nov
14
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Purina's Petcentric profiles Stephens College

Stephens College has received national notice this semester for its pet-friendly policies.

Purina's Petcentric featured the campus in a recent video, part of the Snouts in Your Town series. Edward Fouke was on campus earlier this semester talking to our students about having the ability to bring their pets with them to college.





Earlier this year, John Woestendiek talked to students about the pet fostering program for The Bark magazine. Read that article here.

 
Nov
14
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Citizen Jane presents 'First Comes Love' Nov. 18



Those who missed out on the Citizen Jane Film Festival this year—or those who just want to see more—are in luck. 
The Citizen Jane Film Series will be hosting a viewing of “First Comes Love” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 18 in the Charters Auditorium in the Helis Communication Center.
Single at 41 in New York City, director Nina Davenport decided to have a baby on her own. In this HBO documentary, she chronicles her journey toward single motherhood.
A question and answer session with the director will take place after the screening. The event is free and open to the public.
The Citizen Jane Film Series, formerly known as the Citizen Jane Lecture Series, brings female filmmakers to campus to screen and discuss their works. It’s part of the broader Citizen Jane initiative, which includes the film festival and a summer academy for middle school girls.
This year, Citizen Jane is taking a portion of its film festival to the Spirit Lake, Iowa, community. 
Looking for entertainment beyond the Okoboji Summer Theatre—Stephens’ stock theatre company in Spirit Lake—the community asked Stephens for other entertainment that could be offered throughout the year.
“We agreed to bring a small part of our film series there," Citizen Jane Director Paula Elias said. "Stephens has a strong presence there with Okoboji, and we just want to build on that,”
Spirit Lake isn’t the only town that wants to be part of Citizen Jane.
"We get requests frequently from communities asking us to bring a piece of the Citizen Jane Film Festival to them,” Elias said. “This will let us try that out."
At the Pearson Lakes Art Center there this Saturday, Citizen Jane will be screening “Ms. Ouri Made Shorts, short films made by Missouri filmmakers, and “Remote Area Medical,” an award-winning film about a group of volunteer healthcare providers. Elias will also present information about film trends during a dinnertime discussion.
 
Nov
14
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Internship gives senior variety of experiences

By Amber Surdam/Stephens College SeniorKaylyn Crane needed an internship last summer.
A graphic design major, she went to her advisor, Kate Gray, for help. Gray suggested that Crane see Hub & Spoke, a marketing agency that specializes in web and graphic design.
After two interviews, she landed a job as an intern.
During her internship, Crane designed posters, including one for the Missouri Contemporary Ballet’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”
She also redesigned and created a logo for Keeping Good Company, a senior care service business.
Crane created a booklet for Pela Cura, a medical spa, and designed an ad for Columbia Home.
One of her most interesting projects was creating two beer can designs for Rockbridge Brewing Company.
Crane came to Stephens after serving four years in the Air Force, where she was able to travel and earn money for college.
“I knew I wanted to go to school in Columbia,” she said. “My mother knew of Stephens’ prestige. She knew it was great.”
She chose graphic design because she wanted to do something different after working in finance customer service in the military.
“I realized that I really hated finance customer service,” she said. “I needed something creative to do. 
So I looked at what kinds of artsy jobs there are. And that’s when I discovered graphic design.”
But Crane also discovered her two worlds are not that different.
“They are kind of similar,” she said. “In graphic design, you can’t be late. You have deadlines. Attention to detail is big in graphic design and in the Air Force.”
Crane is now eying her options when she graduates in May. She’s considering applying to a local magazine but is also considering relocating to Kansas City or St. Louis.
 
Nov
13
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Students headed to Nashville to perform at The Bluebird Café

Members of the Stephens College Velvetones are headed to The Bluebird Café, a prestigious music venue in Nashville, to perform alongside the Queen of Hearts.

The Velvetones is an a cappella ensemble that specializes in jazz tunes. Last year, the students had the opportunity to collaborate with Queen of Hearts when the Nashville-based band performed on campus.

Queen of Hearts—a four-woman group that includes Stephens alumna Helen Lewis Moore—hosted workshops, visited classrooms and performed during a visit to Stephens this past winter.

“The two groups instantly bonded and had a lot in common—in particular the love of storytelling through the art of singing,” said Pam Ellsworth-Smith, music instructor. “We are now members of each others fan club!”

At home in Nashville, the Queen of Hearts performs regularly at The Bluebird Café. The café regularly hosts both well-known and up-and-coming performers. The venue is also featured in the ABC hit drama “Nashville,” which stars Hayden Panettiere. Panettiere’s mom, Leslie Panettiere Vogel, is also a Stephens alumna and attended college with Moore.

Ellsworth-Smith said the Velvetones were “thrilled” when they received the invitation.

Those going are: Chelcie Abercrombie, Emy Blake, Emily Chatterson, Shannon Cox, Emma Marston, Katie Pautler, Ryan Tucker and Mycah Westhoff.

The students will also perform for alumnae during a brunch on Sunday.
 
Nov
12
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Children's School students get chance to work in Stephens science lab


kids-learning-scienceElementary students from Stephens College Children’s School last week had the chance to conduct a scientific experiment in the Pillsbury Science Center on campus.

The children were challenged to measure the amount of sugar in popular soft drinks by weighing and comparing soda samples to samples of sugar water.

Juniors majoring in education, as well as two students studying science at Stephens, were on hand to assist.

It was the first project funded by a grant Stephens recently received from the American Chemical Society. The funding allows Katrina Walker, assistant professor of chemistry and physics, to serve as an ACS Science Coach for SCCS students this year, working with elementary teachers Lindsey Clifton, Elizabeth Watson and Hannah Vonder Haar.

“We’re excited to have these collaborations across campus,” said Leslie Willey, Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. “It’s wonderful not only for our children, but for education majors and science students. Science students are getting an understanding of working with children, and it’s exciting for education majors to learn from scientists. This is a really powerful experience for our students.”

The $500 ACS grant will allow the children’s school students to conduct future projects in the lab.

 
Nov
11
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Students, veterans remember service on Veterans' Day





Cordy Brannan-Cahill ’15 wanted to follow in the footsteps of her father, grandfather, uncle and cousin when she enlisted in the military a year after she graduated from high school.
Unlike Dad, who was in the Army, or Granddad, who was in the Navy, though, Brannan-Cahill opted for the Marines.
“If you’re going to do it, you might as well go for the best,” she said.
And that’s no insult to the other branches. By “best,” Brannan-Cahill just means she wanted to challenge herself fully. When she enlisted, women couldn’t serve in special operations such as the Navy Seals or Army Rangers. (The Pentagon earlier this year unveiled a plan to change those rules in the coming years.)
Brannan-Cahill began training in March 2008 in hopes of becoming a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear first responder.
And then she suffered a stress fracture in her pelvis and was medically discharged.
Veterans’ Day is bittersweet, she said, noting that she would have finished her four years of service by now had she not been injured.
But she also stops to remember the sacrifices of her family members, the  friends she trained with and others who have served.
That includes a number of Stephens students, including those in online and graduate programs.
For at least two non-traditional students, serving in the military helped them find their calling.
Mary Rudolph admits she was looking primarily for stability when she enlisted in the Navy at the age of 22 in 2002.
“I wasn’t able to afford school or living on my own,” she said.
For the first two years, Rudolph was responsible for ship maintenance; the latter she spent on the aviation side, learning parachute rescue and making sure pilots had necessary survival gear. 
She also took advantage of opportunities.
“I soaked up all the experiences, made great friends and was able to travel the world,” she said.
Mostly, Rudolph developed empathy for service members, experiencing first hand the loneliness, homesickness and feeling that you had no one to talk to.
She’s now pursuing a Master of Education in Counseling from Stephens in hopes of working for the Department of Veteran Affairs and ultimately working on bases as a military counselor.
Isalia Ratliffe also discovered her calling while serving. She was a patient administration specialist while stationed at a medical hospital during her years in the Army. Today, she works in health information technology. While she already has the career she wants, Ratliffe is pursuing a bachelor’s in Health Information Administration from Stephens.
“It’s a personal goal,” she said.
Today, Brannan-Cahill has a new goal. She’s pursuing a degree in equestrian studies in hopes of working for a breed association or in some other equestrian management or business role.
“My goal was to get better and go back, but horses are my first love,” she said. “I would have loved to gone back, but my life has taken a completely different direction.”

 
Nov
10
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Students organize event for Plays for Living celebration

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They designed and printed the nametags, planned the hors d'oeuvres menu and made sure tables were arranged to foster a comfortable mingling environment.

And judging by the way guests didn’t want to stop mingling, the reception was a success.

Roughly 50 Stephens Board of Trustees members, faculty, alumnae and students gathered at Historic Senior Hall on Nov. 7 to celebrate the partnership between the College and Plays for Living Theatre.

Students in Cindy Hazelrigg’s event and convention management class spent weeks planning the event, said Stephanie McHenry ’15, who was tasked with marketing.

“This has been a really great opportunity for us to get real world experience,” she said. “We literally planned everything out.”

The reception marked the kick-off of the Plays for Living season, which Hazelrigg’s students have been scheduling at area schools.

Stephens launched Sprouts Plays for Living last semester, an educational theatre program that uses short plays to educate children and teens about sensitive topics such as bullying and diversity.

Stephens theatre students perform a specific play called “What’s the Difference” to area fourth-graders.

Last semester, they performed the play at nine schools; however, this year, McHenry said her classmates have tried to schedule the performances at all schools, including private schools in the area.

Sprouts Plays for Living is the brainchild of Dylan Shelofsky ’13 and Sara Crosby ’76, both of whom are currently on the Board of Trustees.

Crosby is director and founder of Dakota Academy of Performing Arts Plays for Living Theatre Company in Sioux Falls, S.D. During her senior year, Shelofsky reached out to Crosby for help when trying to establish a children’s theatre program at Stephens.

Plays for Living adds an educational component to theatre. After the local performances, students in Stephens’ Master of Education in Counseling program facilitate small group discussions with children, allowing them to talk about what they’ve seen.

That model has helped thousands of youth, Crosby said during the celebration.“We’ve seen great social change in Sioux Falls, and you have the chance to do that in Columbia."

 
Nov
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Video presentation, panelists discuss fashion criticism at Stephens


Love it or hate it, fashion is becoming more accessible to the masses, and that’s turning anyone with a blog into a fashion critic.
That was one take-away from a special presentation at Stephens College last night that featured a video address by New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn and a panel of local fashion experts.
The standing room-only event attracted mostly students, and also several alumnae and Board of Trustees members. The program aimed to educate the public about the intersection of what people wear and the culture they live in.
In her video presentation, made exclusively for Stephens' Fashion Program and The Kansas City Fashion Group International, Horyn lamented the corporatizing of fashion houses, but expressed optimism that—just like the local food movement and the rising demand for handcrafted goods—original fashion by independent designers will make a comeback.
And people will base decisions on serious criticism, not those with blogs looking for free samples.
That’s where serious fashion journalists come in, Caroline Dohack, lifestyle editor at the Columbia Daily Tribune, and Lisa Lenoir, former fashion editor at the Chicago Sun-Times who is now an assistant fashion communications professor at Stephens, agreed.
“Fashion is a reflection of culture, and that is just as important as art or real estate or the economy,” Dohack said.
With so much information available, “we’re trying to make sense of it,” Lenoir added.
And the public at large is interested. Dohack pointed to her popular “Love It or Hate It” feature on the Tribune website that allows voters to weigh in on specific styles.
“People really want to talk about it,” she said, pointing to the high numbers of votes cast in the weekly polls.
While blogs and the ability to self-publish have given underrepresented groups in fashion—namely plus-sized and ethnic women—a voice they historically haven’t had in fashion, Dohack said, panelists urged students to be smart fashion media consumers. Make sure the person or company behind the blog or website promoting products is legitimate, they advised, noting that not all sites follow journalistic ethics.
Lenoir knows first hand the temptation to weigh in on fashion even when one isn’t a reporter.
“When I left fashion reporting for non-profit work, it didn’t stop me from doing my own commentary on Facebook,” she said. “But I still held the same standards because people still know me…. Be classy, be smart, use great words and you can say things that have impact.”
In her video, Horyn also discussed specific shows, including Alexander McQueen’s historic—and final—Spring 2010 show, which she dubbed the ultimate example of the intersection of what is historically informed while also using the latest technology. Panelist 
Bradley Meinke, a former stylist and current adjunct instructor at Stephens, attended the show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
“It still gives me chills,” he said
The Costume Museum and Research Library sponsored yesterday’s program. The library is a collection of roughly 13,000 garments and accessories that are selected for exhibits each semester.
The Historic Costume Gallery is current featuring “BohemianRhapsody: Dressed in Floral, Paisley and Lace,” and showcases garments on the fringe of society.
Unlike most fashion exhibits, the pieces are not enclosed behind glass. That’s intentional, said Monica McMurry, Dean of the School of Fashion and Design. She told attendees yesterday that she fears society has lost the sense of touch in fashion.
“It is like the difference between touching or hugging a photo or a person.  Which would you rather do?” she said. “Today’s museum installations of fashion or designer clothing provide a chance to ‘almost’ touch the clothing, to see the garments on a ‘body,’ to experience the creation in a more intimate way.  Clothing is a second skin and it is imbued with lifelike qualities and aspects of the person – it requires touch.”
 
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Authors discuss genre at Writers on the Edge event

 

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They stopped short of saying libraries should do away with genre aisles, but two local authors yesterday did urge students to challenge any perceptions they might have about science fiction, western, romance and other fiction that falls into specific categories.
Michael Petrik and Meagan Ciesla, both doctoral candidates at the University of Missouri, discussed bridging the border between popular and high literature in the Penthouse at Hugh Stephens Library yesterday, part of the Writers on the Edge series.
Although typically not considered highbrow literature, Ciesla and Petrik dismissed the notion that genre novels are “bad” literature.
“I would challenge that one is better than the other,” Petrik said. “It comes down to how you enjoy it—sometimes it’s pure escapism…If a romance novel does its job, it’s not necessarily bad.”
And with fiction such as the popular Harry Potter series, readers are starting to see genre and literary techniques merge. Historically, literary fiction has focused on character development, while genre novels rely on plot. But more writers of genre fiction are starting to describe characters and scenes in more detail, and literary writers aren’t shying away from fantasy, romance and other trends.
“You can have a zombie novel and still have literary development of characters, even though it follows a formula or conventions of a genre,” Ciesla said.
Genre authors are starting to buck conventional ideas, as well, she said, reading an excerpt from “The Sisters Brothers” by Patrick deWitt in which the author describes one of the main male characters as being afraid of spiders.
“The author challenges or defies the convention of cowboy novels by making his character unique,” she said. “It’s unexpected that a cowboy would be afraid of spiders.”
Asked after the talk whether they’d like libraries and bookstores to stop labeling fiction in genre categories, the authors were mixed. On one hand, it would be nice to introduce literary readers to genre, Petrik said, but he acknowledged that genres have specific markets.
They agreed that e-readers, Amazon and other technological advances might solve that issue for some readers by allowing books to fit into multiple categories. But those purchasing books still want to know what they’re getting.
“You have to separate the art you’re producing and the product,” Ciesla said.

 
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Stephens sweeps NAT auditions

Stephens College women swept their divisions in a Musical Theatre Audition in St. Louis sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  The competition was held at Webster University. 

The singers, part of the musical theatre program in the School of Performing Arts, competed with students from colleges in the St. Louis area. The panel of judges included voice professors from various colleges and private studios, as well as professional equity singers from the St. Louis MUNY.

"It's an opportunity to he heard by professionals in the field and receive feedback," said Pam Ellsworth-Smith, a member of the music faculty. "It's also an opportunity to hear other singers outside of our amazing four walls."

Students performed repertoire from the Broadway and Off-Broadway repertoire and were critiqued on vocal technique as well as characterization. Mainly, the judges were looking for cast ability. 

Apparently, the judges liked what they heard.  Allie Mgrublian '16, Emily Chatterson '16, Mycah Westhoff '15 and Rebecca Munoz '16 all took 1st place wins in their respective categories.

Conservatory student Eddie Andrews placed 1st for Sophomore/Junior men.

Melissa Trierwiler '16, Chelcie Abercrombie '16, Ryan Tucker '14 and Emy Blake '15 all took 2nd place in their respective categories.

All students who placed in a division received a cash award and a certificate.  The 1st place winners in each division were featured in a recital where they performed one of their songs for all the participants in Moore Auditorium. 

The National Association of Teachers of Singing, or NATS, is an international organization that exists to recognize and support the development of vocal artists.  The organization hosts voice competitions at the Chapter, State, Regional and National Level. 

Stephens students are now eyeing the National Auditions to be held this coming summer in Boston, as well as the State Auditions next fall.
 
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NY Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn video to be screened Thursday

New York Times critic and fashion journalist Cathy Horyn has created an exclusive presentation for Stephens College and The Kansas City Fashion Group International that will be screened at Stephens this week.

“Why is Fashion Such a Phenom Now” begins 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Kimball Ballroom at Lela Raney Wood Hall. Fresh from European runway shows, her video presentation will include both insights into the media buzz over fashion, as well as a historical account of current styles and the influence of celebrity on fashion.

After the video, a panel of fashion editors and fashion historians will answer questions from the audience about the video. Among panelists will be Caroline Dohack, lifestyles editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune, and Ann Brownfield, curator of the Kansas City Garment Museum, author of “We Are Hanging by a Thread,” a former coat and shoe designer and a Stephens College alumna.

The event is free and open to the public.

“We’re excited to have the chance to screen this special presentation,” said Monica McMurry, dean of the School of Fashion and Design. “Between Cathy’s insights and the expertise on our panel, we suspect audience members will leave with a new appreciation of the fashion industry.”

The event is hosted by the Stephens College Costume Museum and Research Library and the School of Fashion and Design. As an extra treat for attendees, the Bohemian Rhapsody exhibit will be open during special hours from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Historic Costume Gallery in Lela Raney Wood Hall. The exhibit features garments with Bohemian influences, including pieces worn by singer Jane Froman and Columbia socialite Matilda Magnus Price.

Horyn became the fashion critic of The New York Times in 1999 after having spent a year as a fashion reporter. Prior to that, she worked for Vanity Fair magazine, The Washington Post and the Chicago bureau of The Associated Press. Horyn graduated from Barnard College and has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

 
Oct
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Equestrian club to host weekend shows


The Prince of Wales Club at Stephens College is hosting two schooling shows on campus this weekend.


The Western Schooling Show starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, and the Saddle Seat portion of the show begins at 1:30 p.m. On Sunday, the Hunter/Jumper Schooling Show begins at 9 a.m.


The shows are not only for Stephens students but also for other competitive riders in the community, said Sara Linde Patel, an equestrian studies instructor and club advisor. It’s also open to the public.


“We can expect anywhere from 30 to 50 outside riders and as many as 100 spectators,” she said. “In the past the shows we have put on here for the community have always been a huge hit. The community riders who come appreciate the opportunity to bring their young riders or green horses to a show where they can be sure to get a positive experience. I am always proud of how our students make the outside riders feel at home and welcome. They go above and beyond to answer questions and to make sure that all who participate have a great time.”


The event not only provides a riding opportunity, it also gives Stephens equestrian students experience managing and running equestrian events. The club has worked for weeks planning, budgeting and preparing for the shows.


“The students learn the ins and outs of how to put on a successful horse show,” Patel said.


She encourages everyone to attend.


“The weekend looks to be beautiful weather, so I anticipate we will have a great turn out,” she said.

“We will have concessions, and it will be a wonderful opportunity to get out and enjoy the fall weather.”

Next week, equestrian instructor Karen Craighead and two students are headed to a Pinto Horse Association of America show in Tulsa. The event includes a Pinto show, Appaloosa show, Palomino show and a Buckskin show. At the end of each day there will be championship classes including all.


Junior Candis Miner is showing Paint Me Fred and Sophomore Shelby McCoy is showing Radical Rendezvous.


“The show looks good in numbers, with most classes having more than 25 entries,” Craighead said. “This show also hosts the World Championships for the Western Dressage Association. Should be a fun show!”

 
Oct
31
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Stephens announces pet costume winners

  Stephens students and their four-legged roommates got into the Halloween spirit early this year, dressing up in costumes for a pet parade and contest at Stephens last week.
Students dressed their pets in Batman and Robin costumes, one pup sported a Cardinals baseball cap and another dog doubled as a hot dog, matching his burger-costumed owner. Pictured are contest winners.
Stephens has been welcoming pets since 2004, and Bark magazine recently declared the campus one of the most pet friendliest colleges in the country
In addition to cats and dogs, students also bring rabbits, gerbils, birds, lizards and other furry or scaly friends.
The pet costume parade was followed by a community trick-or-treating event on campus.

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Best overall & Best large dog: Kristen McCurdy with Star as Rapunzel &Pascal from Tangled.
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Best small breed dog: Melinda Thedig with Andy as Yadira Molina

 

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Best animal/owner pair: Becky Saunders with Brody as hamburger & hot dog
 
Oct
30
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Writers on the Edge presents: Genre-fied


Stephenie Meyer’s popular “Twilight” series might not be highbrow literature, but the books did launch an entertainment empire. But can such novels ever find a place among the classics?

That’s the topic of the next Writers on the Edge lecture at Stephens College. “Genre-fied: Bridging the Border Between Popular and High Literature” is 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in the Library Penthouse and will feature a conversation between area writers Meagan Ciesla and Michael Petrik.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Ciesla is the author of “Me, Them, Us,” a novella published in Iron Horse Literary Review. Her essays have also appeared in a number of other publications, including Prime Number and Kenyon Review. She has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wyoming and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri.

Petrick is also a doctoral candidate in fiction at MU. His stories and poems have appeared in The Journal, Pinball, Fifth Wednesday Journal and the Sierra Nevada Review.

Writers on the Edge is a series that brings guest writers to campus. Past guests have included former Missouri Poet Laureate Walter Bargen, Wisconsin poet and novelist Dale Kushner and Columbia author Gladys Swan.
 
Oct
29
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Senior participates in global meeting conference


Senior Erika Watson was among more than 100 college students who took part in a leadership program held during IMEX America in Las Vegas earlier this month.
The Future Leaders Forum is designed to encourage and inspire the next generation of meetings industry leaders around the world. It’s a joint initiative between IMEX America—a worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events—Meeting Planners International and MCI, an independent, global association, communications and event management company.
During the three-day forum, Watson learned about sustainable event planning practices—how to be green by making simple changes such as swapping disposable dishes with real tableware and how to select green venues. Sustainability is a growing trend in the industry, she said.
The forum also showed her ways to stand out from the crowd—although Watson was ahead of the class in that regard. In one resume-writing workshop, her resume was used as a model example because of the use of color in the design.
Mostly, the forum provided networking opportunities.  Nearly 2,700 exhibitors participated on the show floor of IMEX America.
“It’s a gigantic trade show specifically focused on industry vendors and suppliers, so it was a huge opportunity,” said Cindy Hazelrigg, assistant professor of Event and Convention Management.
Watson, who is graduating in December and relocating to Colorado, said she made several contacts that she plans to use when job hunting in the future.
Already, her academic experience is giving her an edge. While most collegiate participants were hospitality majors, Watson’s marketing, public relations and advertising degree combined with an event planning minor has given her a more comprehensive education that impressed those in the industry, she said.
“Stephens has definitely encouraged me to stand out,” she said, “and has made me marketable as a professional.”
 
Oct
29
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Students design dresses for Freedom by Fashion show

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Designer: Kelly Ferguson

Students in Tina Marks’ Crafting Sustainable Community class have created dresses from Fair Trade fabrics that will be modeled during a community runway show this weekend.

The Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition sponsors the Freedom by Fashion show, and this year it features an Unmasking Modern Day Slavery theme to raise awareness. The event is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Plaza Event Center.

Stephens’ models will join others in the community to walk the runway and showcase a variety of garments.

Marks’ students were tasked with creating upscale designer dresses using fabrics created using sustainable working practices such as fair wages and safe working conditions. Those fabrics tend to be more expensive, but this year, students were able to purchase Fair Trade fabric from a senior who used it for her senior collection.

“Normally, we’d go out and buy fair trade fabrics, but she already had quite a bit leftover,” Marks said.

All the material is printed cotton that was hand made in Ghana.

For her garment, Junior Kelly Ferguson matched a short-sleeved solid top with a patterned elongated skirt. The idea was to emote a feeling of female power and strength, she said.

“I am also hoping to express that Fair Trade textiles can look modern and fabulous,” she wrote in a description of the outfit.

Marks’ students also used re-purposed denim to create pieces for the show. Junior Jessica Yuhouse created a denim dress from a pair of old Levi’s jeans, and Senior Melinda Thiedig designed a dog vest from recycled denim.

This project is part of the Breaking the Pattern initiative in the School of Fashion and Design, an initiative that raises awareness for various causes.

 
Oct
28
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Warehouse Theatre offers 'The How and the Why'


The Warehouse Theatre this week presents “The How and the Why,” a contemporary play about two biologists who share more than a mutual interest in reproductive science.

The play centers on the relationship between an up-and-coming graduate student, Rachel Hardeman, and a senior faculty member Zelda Kahn, who are both exploring why humans are the only species to experience menstrual cycles and menopause. Both have very different explanations, but as the relationship grows questions become more personal.


“This show is a good fit for Stephens not only because they are two very independent and strong female characters but because it deals with issues that women face every day,” said Senior Emma Delfosse, who is directing the play. “Zelda, played by Kate Thurn, makes a difficult decision to give up her child because she was not ready to have a child, not because she wanted to be successful in her career. The show addresses how much harder women have to work in the sciences and math to achieve the recognition that they deserve.”


To better understand the scientific jargon in the script, Delfosse consulted her mother, Mary, who was a neonatal nurse, and her cousin, Rachel Steinberger, who has a doctorate in environmental microbiology.


Audiences can expect a simple set with an academic feel. Delfosse credited Junior Jahzeiah James for creating a set that transitions smoothly from an office to a bar and Junior Emilie Kimberly who is serving as prop master. Junior Cheyenne Smith created the costumes, which will help show the levels of professionalism of each character, Delfosse said.

The show isn’t just for the scientific community; it’s for anyone who wants to understand human nature, Delfosse said.


“This is definitely a show that will have you leaving the theatre thinking,” she said. “The theories presented in the show are not just theories for the show but theories that we can think about in everyday life.”
 
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on Nov. 3. Ticket information.
 
Oct
25
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Graphic design students hear from Columbia Home Magazine team

Representatives from Columbia Home Magazine encouraged graphic design students to follow their passion, be open to change and to have positive attitudes when they’re trying to land their first job out of college.

And when looking for that job? Don’t assume a larger market is going to result in a better working experience, the team said.

Chris Harrison, general manager, Angela Huhman, publisher, Erica Pefferman, sales director, and Kristi McCann, digital assets manager, all worked or interned for larger corporations before coming to Columbia Home, a sister publication to Columbia Business Times. They agreed that one of the advantages of working for a smaller publication is that everyone is able to have a say in the process.

“When you have a culture that doesn’t allow everyone to contribute as a team, creativity gets stifled,” Harrison said.

The magazine staff gave a presentation at Stephens today as part of the graphic design program's Professional Lecture Series, which brings industry experts to campus. This particular event was sponsored by Creative Ink, Stephens' student-run marketing firm. During the lunchtime discussion, each Columbia Home representative talked about his or her career path and gave insights into what they do on a daily basis.

If students left wanting to intern or work for the magazine, it’s little wonder. The Columbia Home team members spent the bulk of the hour talking about how much they love working there.

“I love everything about this job,” said Huhman, who became publisher this fall. “I love the interior designing, the fashion shoots, the recipes and food aspect—everything. I instantly fell in love with this magazine.”

McCann, a recent University of Missouri graduate, returned to Columbia after completing an internship with a large publication in Dallas. Although she enjoyed her time there, McCann said it’s more difficult to interact with higher ups at larger companies. At Columbia Home, she said, she’s comfortable sharing ideas with those at the top.

“I’m passionate about my job,” she said. “I enjoy going to work every single day.”

 
Oct
24
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Educational advocate shares story at Stephens



The head of a girls' boarding school in Afghanistan urged Mid-Missourians last night to use their education and advantages to help those less privileged.

“You don’t have to wait until you’re out of college,” Shabana Basij-Rasikh said. “You just have to have the passion for it and follow that no matter what.”

The Missouri Military Academy co-sponsored the event, which drew more than 200 attendees, including 100 MMA students who joined Stephens students, faculty and community members in the Kimball Ballroom for Basij-Rasikh’s special presentation. She’s in the area this week visiting a cousin, who is a student at the academy, and speaking at Washington University in St. Louis.

Basij-Rasikh followed her passion while still at Middlebury College in 2008. Knowing the lackluster literacy rates of women in her country, she founded the School of Leadership, Afghanistan, a boarding school. She became head of the school after graduating in 2011. SOLA supplements the three- to four-hours of public education girls currently receive, but unlike public school, studies at SOLA focus on teaching young women critical thinking skills. The ultimate goal, Basij-Rasikh said, is to educate the students well enough that they earn scholarships to study at boarding schools or colleges outside of Afghanistan.

Basij-Rasikh wasn’t allowed to attend public school until 2002. Prior to that, under the Taliban regime, she had to attend a secret school in the home of a private individual. Men would stand guard outside of the school, and she and her young classmates were acutely aware they were risking the lives of teachers, families and themselves by attending. At one point, Basij-Rasikh said, she became so frustrated she told her parents her schooling wasn’t worth the risk.

“And they told me: 'You can lose everything in your life. You can be forced to leave your house. Your money can be stolen from you. Every possession you have can be taken one way or another. The one thing that can never be taken from you is your education.'”

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Basij-Rasikh with Annette Digby and MMA President Charles McGeorge

Although conditions have improved, it’s still dangerous for families who want their daughters to receive high levels of education in Afghanistan, Basij-Rasikh said. The father of one of her boarding school students survived a bombing attempt only to receive a message that he would die if he continued to educate his daughter. The man responded: “Kill me now if you wish, but I will not stop my daughter from being educated.”

Stephens, which has been educating women since 1833, was thrilled to partner with MMA to host Basij-Rasikh on campus, said Annette Digby, vice president of academic affairs.

“At Stephens, we are committed to educating and preparing women to be leaders,” she said, “not only empowered leaders, but leaders who empower others.”

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