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Oct
24
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Professor shares appreciation for staff services

A couple of weeks ago, Laura Flacks-Narrol, assistant professor of business marketing, left her office for just a minute to take a break from calculating midterm grades.

When she returned, she discovered that she’d accidentally locked her office doors. Her keys—and cell phone—were inside. And it was 8 p.m. on a Sunday.

After finding a fellow faculty member also working that night, Flacks-Narrol was able to call Campus Security, and a security officer let her in.

Flacks-Narrol was—and still is—amazed by the level of service that’s provided at Stephens College.

“Just feeling comfortable being here at night knowing we have security on campus is huge,” she said.

It doesn’t take a staff appreciation event for Flacks-Narrol to express her appreciation for employees at Stephens. Prior to joining the faculty here, she worked at another higher education institute in which employees weren’t expected to rely on one another. A call to facilities crews there would mean an hourly bill sent to her department—and that meant when boxes had to be moved or a file cabinet relocated, she ended up having to do it herself.

“Here, the facility crews are so helpful,” she said, ticking off a list of instances in which crews showed up immediately when she needed help lifting, moving or installing equipment or furniture.

Same with the employees in Information Technology, whom she praised for  always being willing to help.

Flacks-Narrol expressed appreciation for others, too, from the administrative assistant at the School of Organizational Leadership and Strategic Communications—who is “amazing”—to those who show up without notice after hours to empty the trash cans.

“They take out my office trash daily here,” she said. “And that’s just a visible thing staff does. There are so many invisible ways the staff contributes to Stephens.”
 
Oct
23
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SGA launches 'Random Acts of Beautiful' initiative


Stephens’ Student Government Association has launched a Random Acts of Beautiful initiative to help students see themselves as the unique, talented women they are.

During lunchtime yesterday, SGA members were stationed at Stamper Commons handing out free buttons with messages such as “I am beautiful,” “I am important” and “I am a star.”

The campaign began after Sophomore Brianna Jackson approached Stephens President Dianne Lynch. A friend back home had committed suicide, and Jackson said she wanted a way to give her friends and classmates at Stephens a morale boost that coincided with National Depression Screening Day earlier this month.

Lynch suggested Jackson and SGA launch a campaign to encourage their peers to view themselves in a more accurate and positive light.

In the coming weeks, students can expect to see those messages on bulletin boards and mirrors across campus. One flyer will include tear-off tabs reminding students they are beautiful, and mirror messages will tell students: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder—and those eyes belong to you.”

Lynch will also address the topics during a Vespers service at 9 p.m. tonight, SGA President Effie Franks said.

“We plan to keep this going for a little while,” she said.
 
Oct
23
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Junior named AMC Soccer Player of the Week






By Adam Samson
Sports Information Director

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Stephens College junior midfielder Kenzie Andrade was tabbed as an American Midwest Conference (AMC) Soccer Player of the Week after leading the Stars to their first program victory last Tuesday. Andrade, who attended Rock Bridge High School, notched a team-record five points in the Stars’ 4-3 milestone victory over Faith Baptist Bible College.
The AMC Offensive Player of the Week honor marks the first conference award for the Stephens College soccer program.
In the early going, Andrade knocked in a goal from just inside the box to give the Stars a 2-0 advantage over FBBC. Less than a minute and a half later, Andrade was credited with an assist on Rose Baka’s goal to increase the Stephens’ lead to 3-0.
Faith Baptist Bible College made a run of its own with three straight goals, including an equalizer in the 76th minute. Showing poise and experience, Andrade quickly answered with the game-winner and her second goal of the match in the 78th minute. Her multi-goal performance is another first for the Stephens College soccer program.

Watch the video above to hear why Kenzie chose to play soccer at Stephens. 

 
Oct
23
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Children's School to host bake sale


The Stephens College Children’s School is hosting a bake sale Thursday and Friday to raise money for school programing.
Cookies, cakes and other baked goods will be up for grabs all day at the Audrey Webb Children’s School and between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Stamper Commons.
Proceeds will help bring new opportunities for Stephens College Children’s School students, including additional field trips and improvements to the new gardens on the playground, said Beth Watson, a teacher and parent at the school. 
“This is a great way to support our youngest Stephens College students,” she said.
 
Oct
22
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Star sticks boost spirit, promote service



Starts-attendeeAttendees at future Stephens College sporting events might notice an influx of stars around the court.
That’s because students in Suzanne Sharp’s First Year Experience class are making new star spirit sticks to support the teams. Fans are asked to wave the sticks from the benches to cheer on the Stephens Stars.
Creating the spirit sticks is part of a service component embedded within the FYE initiative, which launched this fall as a way to help students better understand how their academic studies relate to life outside of school. Some classes are writing letters to service members, others are volunteering around the community. In addition to creating spirit sticks, Sharp’s class also plans to write letters to area residents battling cancer.
Sharp, vice president of strategic enrollment management, is co-teaching the class of honors-level students alongside Rose Obunaga, head volleyball coach. Earlier this year, Sharp invited her students to join her for a volleyball game, where she handed out homemade star spirit sticks to boost excitement. 
“They were kind of a hit,” Sharp said.
Students in the class decided to create additional sticks as part of a service project. They also created pink stars and signs to support Spike for the Cure, the “pink out” volleyball game scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in Silverthorne Arena. 
“This lets us not only show support for our teacher but also express support for those battling breast cancer,” freshman Jess Heinle said.
Stephens officially adopted the star mascot when the College reinstated athletic programs in the early 1990s, but the star has been associated with sports at Stephens since at least 1927.
“In Stephens, athletics play a very important part in the life of every student because the activities are planned to benefit the mass, instead of the individual ‘stars,’” according to the Stephensophia yearbook from that year. Yearbooks from the 1940s also show the “Stars” being used as a nickname associated with athletics.

 
Oct
22
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Stephens joins community in remembering Almeta Crayton

The Stephens College community joins Columbia in mourning the loss of Almeta Crayton, a former First Ward councilwoman who hosted a popular public dinner at Stephens every Thanksgiving.

“Everybody Eats” began 16 years ago at a local restaurant before relocating to Stamper Commons on the Stephens campus.

Crayton’s annual goal was to “feed as many people on Thanksgiving as she possibly could,” Stephens President Dianne Lynch said. “We worked together to make that as convenient and flexible as possible—for both the people Everybody Eats served, and for the people who volunteered their time to make it happen.”

Tony Coleman, director of Campus Security at Stephens, was among those volunteers. For the past several years, he’s spent part of his holiday lending a hand.

“Year after year she would be just as excited as the previous year about the event and amazed at the outpouring of help and support for the event,” he said.

Coleman joked that he always seemed to be the one around when someone was having difficulty working appliances.

“One year it was the ovens,” he recalled. “Almeta would just pat me on the back and say with a smile ‘I know you will show them how to work this.’ (I knew nothing about the ovens.) Another year it was the dishwasher and with that same smile: ‘I know you will show them how to work this.’ (I knew nothing about the dishwasher.)  But we always figured out how to show everyone how to work things and the Thanksgiving days went the same as they always did…..with Almeta seated somewhere in the dining area, a line of people wishing her well and saying ‘thank you’ and, of course, everyone  eating.”

Although one of her better-known projects, Everybody Eats was just one way Crayton contributed to the community. She also hosted a community breakfast on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and served the First Ward on the Columbia City Council.

“Almeta always just did whatever needed to be done,” Lynch said. “That sounds simple or easy, but it was neither: She recognized that our community needed to be fed, and she figured out how to bring people together to get it done. She believed that the City Council needed a voice and a perspective that it didn’t have, and she stepped up and worked tirelessly to get elected and to be that voice. She was an activist who dedicated her life to equal opportunity and social justice—and our community is a far better place as a result.”
 
Oct
22
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Grant will boost science studies at SC Children's School

Students at the Stephens College Children’s School will get more in-depth science lessons and will even have a chance to visit college-level labs in the coming months, thanks to funding from the American Chemical Society.

Katrina Walker, assistant professor of chemistry and physics, will serve as an ACS Science Coach this school year. She’ll work alongside elementary teachers Lindsey Clifton, Elizabeth Watson and Hannah Vonder Haar to help children conduct experiments and get a deeper understanding of chemistry.

“My hope is that we can do some of the projects at the children’s school and in the undergraduate science labs,” Walker said. “That way, the children can see a science lab and potentially interact with some of the college students.”

The $500 ACS grant allows coaches and teachers to purchase supplies and provide students with additional science-related experiences.

“This was a competitive award, so we’re very proud of our faculty,” said Tara Giblin, Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences. “This is a perfect example of how Stephens works together across disciplines for the benefit of all of our students, including those at the Stephens College Children’s School.”
 
Oct
22
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Basij-Rasikh, educational advocate in Afghanistan, to speak at Stephens


Stephens College has teamed up with the Missouri Military Academy to host Shabana Basij-Rasikh.

She will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Kimball Ballroom at Lela Raney Wood Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Basij-Rasikh is co-founder and president of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan, a nonprofit that makes education and employment accessible to young Afghan women. The visit comes on the heels of the release of “I am Malala,” a memoir from Malala Yousafzai, the teen who was shot a year ago by a Taliban gunman for advocating for female education.

Like Malala, Basij-Rasikh risked her safety as a youth when she posed as a boy in order to go to school. She told CNN’s Christina Amanpour last year she returned to Afghanistan after graduating from Middlebury College to help other girls still struggling to receive an education. SOLA is the first, and perhaps only, girls' boarding school in Afghanistan, and her work has garnered international attention. She was also featured on a TEDx Talk last year.

Basij-Rasikh is coming to mid-Missouri to visit MMA in Mexico, where her nephew attends the college preparatory school as a boarding student. As the second oldest women’s college in the country, Stephens agreed to host her speaking event on campus and open it to the Columbia community.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Shabana Basij-Rasikh,” Stephens President Dianne Lynch said. “We obviously share a commitment to women’s education, and that commitment extends far beyond the boundaries of the Stephens campus.”

Last month, Stephens joined the Women in Public Service Project in order to support efforts to boost women in leadership roles around the globe.

MMA plans to send its students to the speaking event, as well.

“SOLA’s mission is an important one for women in general and Afghanistan in particular,” MMA President Tony McGeorge said. “Through MMA’s 360° Educational model, which focuses on the development of the whole young man, we hope to educate the fathers of the future that will support the active participation of women in every aspect of society. We are proud to support the initiatives and mission of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan.”
 
Oct
22
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'A Catered Affair' is first musical of the season


A young couple wanting a no-fuss wedding must stave off a mom with big ideas in “A Catered Affair,” Stephens College’s first musical of the season.
The musical’s script is by Harvey Fierstein and is based on a teleplay by Paddy Chayefsky that was later adapted to the big screen by Gore Vidal. 
It follows the story of Tom Hurley, a New York City cab driver, and his wife, Aggie, who are still reeling from the loss of their beloved son in the Korean War. At rise, their daughter, Janey, announces to the grieving, working class family that she is engaged to Ralph Halloran, the son of a well-to-do real estate broker. Class and generational conflict soon follow, as dinner with the in-laws prompts Aggie to decide to turn the low-key wedding into a formal affair.
“It is a powerful and touching story with characters drawn with passion and compassion,” Director Lamby Hedge said.
“A Catered Affair” premiered on Broadway in the spring of 2008. In total, the production received three Tony Award nominations and 12 Drama Desk Award nominations, the most of any show from the 2007-08 season.
In the Stephens version, Graham Galloway, a senior BFA theatre student, is playing Janey, and Eddie Anderson, a Conservatory student is playing Ralph. Emma Mae Marston, also a senior in the BFA program, stars as Aggie opposite theatre professor Rob Doyen. Ed Hanson, guest artist and artistic director of Talking Horse Productions, will play Winton, Aggie’s brother.
In addition to great acting, local audiences can expect “beautiful chamber music with a complex, lush score,” Hedge said, adding that Stephens music instructor Cheryl Nichols is handling the musical direction.
The setting will also offer some “very special cutting edge technology to bring rich details to life,” she said.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26 at Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Ave. Visit the Stephens Performing Arts website for ticket information.
 
Oct
18
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Stephens alumna finds 'adventure' as voice of popular character


 Stephens alumna Polly Lou Livingston still isn’t used to people wanting her autograph, to take photos with her and to hear her say something—anything.
She doesn’t have the Internet, so she can’t read what people blog about her or when they demand  to see—or rather hear—more of her. In short, she has no idea just how popular she is. Indeed, Livingston has found fame, albeit in a most unusual way.
The 1948 Stephens graduate is the unique Southern voice behind Tree Trunks, a tiny yellow elephant that makes sporadic appearances on the award-winning animation “Adventure Time” on the Cartoon Network.
Producers send the scripts to her in San Antonio, and she records her lines in a local studio.
“I just read what they send me,” she said, admitting that she’s only seen herself in the show once.
She’s a fan favorite, with at least one fan site declaring her the “best cartoon voice in history.”
As William Jack Sibley of the San Antonio Current describes it, her dialect is “somewhere between a hinge in quest of lubricant and Blanche Dubois as channeled by Olive Oyl.”
“Adventure Time” creator Pen Ward contacted Livingston in 2009 with the idea that she be the voice of an elderly elephant that bakes apple pies for a living. Livingston was a friend of Ward’s mother when he was growing up, and “he remembered my terrible voice,” she said.
Livingston, aka Tree Trunks, has appeared on several episodes of the show and, in one, falls in love with a Mr. Pig, who Tree Trunks eventually marries.
That actually posed a dilemma for Livingston, who is Jewish.
“I thought I should ask my Rabbi first,” she joked, noting that her faith deems pigs unholy creatures. “But then I decided as long as I didn’t eat the pig…”
Her dialect hasn’t always been in demand, though.
“I’d still like to find that professor who kicked me out of my freshman English class because he hated my voice,” she quipped. “He told me to hold my nose and try to change it.”
Lucky for Livingston and her fans, she didn’t.  

 
Oct
17
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Public invited to join Stephens for spooky Halloween events


At Stephens, Halloween isn’t just a day—it’s more like a season.
And it’s about to get spooky on campus.
Student clubs this year are inviting the public to explore Stephens’ haunted past. But if you’re not one for frights, Stephens is also hosting a parade featuring pets in Halloween costumes and a safe night of pre-Halloween trick-or-treating.
A Chilling Campus Tour
Stephens is supposedly haunted, and members of Sigma Sigma Sigma will tell—and show—visitors all about it during tours of campus between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22.
During the walking tour of the Stephens campus, tour guides will take visitors through the college’s haunted history, sorority President Michelle Niewald said. Expect to encounter some ghosts and ghouls along the way.
Tours begin at Roblee Hall at the corner of College and Walnut.
Tickets are $4 in advance or $6 at the door. Proceeds from the event benefit the Robbie Page Foundation, which promotes play therapy rooms for children recovering from devastating diseases. To purchase tickets in advance, email Niewald at [email protected].
Pets, Candy and More
What’s cuter than a pet? A pet in a costume. Students will show off their furry friends in Halloween garb during a pet parade followed by a Safe Trick-or-Treating event on Thursday, Oct. 24.
The parade starts at 5 p.m. on Journey Plaza, the quad south of Walnut Street. The parade will wind through campus, across the College and Broadway bridges and back to Lela Raney Wood Hall, where the trick-or-treating event will begin.
Between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., members of Mortar Board and other campus clubs will be stationed around the Kimball Ballroom, passing out candy and overseeing activities for children.
Both the parade and trick-or-treating event are free and open to the public.
Spooky Stories
On Halloween night, Oct. 31, the Stephens community will gather in Firestone Baars Chapel from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. for Sigma Tau Delta’s annual Spook-A-Thon. There, students and faculty will share ghost stories, creepy poems and other scary tidbits. The event is mainly for the Stephens community, and attendees are encouraged to wear costumes, said Alexi Scharbach, Sigma Tau Delta president. President Dianne Lynch will be a guest reader.
 
Oct
16
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A historic win for the Stephens Stars

By Adam Samson
Stephens Sports Information Director


ANKENY, Iowa –  The Stephens College soccer team finally got the result it was searching for with a historic 4-3 victory over Faith Baptist Bible College yesterday. The 4-3 outcome gives the Stars their first win as a program and their first win under the guidance of head coach Xander Kennedy.

“It was one of those days where everything came together,” said Kennedy, the second-year head coach. “Despite cold and windy conditions, the team was feeling good before the game and it carried over into the match. They played their positions as well as I’ve ever seen them and willed themselves to victory. It wasn’t easy, but the Stars finally broke through.”

Not only did the Stars get their first program victory for both eras, but they also recorded their first-ever lead. Sophomore midfielder/forward Ilia Siegwald put Stephens on the scoreboard 54 seconds into the match, which also goes down in the record books as the quickest goal scored by a Star.

Junior Kenzie Andrade added to the Stars’ lead in the 20th minute as she floated one over the Eagle defense and out of reach for Eagles’ goalkeeper Tayler Martinez.

With the offense clicking on all cylinders, the Stars quickly moved upfield and created another scoring opportunity. Less than a minute and a half later, freshman Rose Baka retrieved a pass from Andrade and slid one past the goalkeeper to give the Stars a 3-0 advantage.

The Eagles capitalized on a defensive miscue in the 34th minute and was credited with an own goal. Stephens carried a 3-1 lead into halftime.

Playing with a greater sense of urgency, Faith Baptist managed to score a pair of goals within two minutes of each other. It was Eagles’ Kirsten Passwaters, who scored the equalizer in the 76th minute and tied the match at 3-3.

Luckily, it took just under two minutes for the Stars to put an end to their offensive lull. Stephens College junior captain Kenzie Andrade came through in a big way as she caught the Eagles out of position and knocked in the game-winner in the 78th minute.

Following Andrade’s goal, the Stars buckled down on defense and ultimately kept Faith Baptist out of the box. The Eagles had zero shots and just one corner kick in the final 12 minutes of the contest.

Overall, Faith Baptist Bible College held a 20-13 shot advantage over the Stars. Stephens goalkeeper Briannica Ponder pulled in 13 saves compared to Eagles keeper Tayler Martinez, who made seven stops on the day.

Stephens College will look to continue the momentum from its historic victory as the team travels to   Missouri Baptist University on Saturday
for an 8 p.m. match-up.
 
Oct
16
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Designer shares tips with fashion students

Senior Designer Carla Ashton-Carroll gave fashion students practical advice yesterday, urging them to brush up on geography and business and to research the companies they’re going to be working for in the future.
“Ask yourself ethical questions,” she said, referring to working conditions of some overseas manufacturers. “Unless people like us press for action, it’s not going to change.”
Born in East Africa to English parents, Ashton-Carroll talked to students about her extensive travels as a designer for Rhona Sutton LLC London & New York. 
She’s also worked for Bernado and Donatella, as well as the Oscar label for Oscar de la Renta.
“I’ve seen half the world through my job,” she said. “I’ve been a lot of places I wouldn’t otherwise have gone.”
Those working in the fashion industry not only have to travel to meet with oversea suppliers and manufacturers, but many designers travel for inspiration, Ashton-Carroll said.
“Fashion is constantly changing and constantly evolving,” she said. “For inspiration, you’re always looking for new things. You don’t know where inspiration is going to strike.”
In addition to researching other cultures, Ashton-Carroll urged students to get a basic understanding of business and financial markets.
"You don't have to read business news, but keep abreast of the issues," she said.
In the meantime, she encouraged student designers to pursue their big ideas while in college.
“Explore your interests and what really excites you,” she said, noting that once a designer works for a company, she’s limited to that style.

Seniors are currently working on their designs for the annual student fashion show this spring. Ashton-Carroll is one of several industry professionals who have visited campus this fall to critique student works.
 
Oct
15
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Harbinger spans programs with new editors


Senior Emily Collette wasn’t sure how to respond when Harbinger advisor Kris Somerville asked her and Junior Emily Marchant to be co-editors of this year’s award-winning student literary journal at Stephens.
After all, Collette is a documentary film major, not an English/creative writing student. Prior to this year, she didn’t even know other majors could be involved in the Harbinger.
“It was unexpected,” she said. “I hadn’t thought of it. At first, I was doubting myself.”
But she accepted, remembering that saying “yes” to unexpected opportunities even while in doubt is a mantra at Stephens championed by President Dianne Lynch.  
And, of course, the leap of faith is paying off. Collette and Marchant say the leadership opportunity is improving in other areas.
“My experience with Harbinger is giving me a lot of confidence in class, in school and in my schoolwork in general,” Marchant said.
Both women—who are currently enrolled in Somerville’s non-fiction writing class—say they are also learning skills that directly tie to their respective majors.
“It’s definitely helping my script writing,” Collette said. “Kris always tells us ‘show, don’t tell,’ and that’s been a huge help with my senior film project.”
Tracing its roots back to the 1960s, the Harbinger is an annual publication that features poetry, short stories, fiction and interviews written by Stephens students, regardless of major. 
Marchant, an integrated marketing major, had a short story published in last year’s edition, “Bombshell.”
One advantage of having editors who come from disciplines other than English/creative writing is that they can better reach out to all students, Collette said, noting that others likely don’t know that the award-winning publication is open to everyone.
Right now, the Harbinger staff is in the process of soliciting submissions for the 2014 issue, which will be published in the spring. There are six drop boxes located around campus for students to submit their works, and Harbinger staff members are also visiting classes to get the word out.
Entries are due Dec. 6. Then, staff members will spend the holiday break reading submissions and will reconvene in the winter to select the best. That’s when the theme for the 2014 edition will emerge.
“We want the pieces to dictate the theme,”Marchant said, “not the other way around.”
 
Oct
14
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Pink dresses on display in Downtown Columbia



Stephens College fashion students are putting their pink dresses on display in downtown Columbia this month in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
At Tallulah’s on Broadway this morning, juniors Becky Saunders and Madison Moore set up Audrah Davidson’s leaf-themed dress and another, created by Melinda Thieding, made entirely from wine and Champagne corks. 
The project required the students to find items in the store to display alongside the dresses, and Saunders and Moore chose a baking theme. Pink cookbooks and linens, along with a muffin pan and silver frame, complemented the dresses.
Store owners Melissa Alabach and Mary Stauffer have been partnering with Stephens’ pink dress project during Breast Cancer Awareness Month since the kitchen, tabletop and home store opened nearly three years ago.
“It’s a great cause,” Alabach said.
“And I love the creativity,” Stauffer added. “It’s always fun to see what they come up with.”
The dresses were designed last month in Tina Marks’ Creating Sustainable Communities course. 
Faculty judges selected six to be displayed, and students in a Visual Merchandising class are now working with merchants to get the winning designs in storefront windows where they will be displayed the remainder of the month.
 
Oct
14
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Stephens puts focus on Study Abroad program


Even though it was the first time she’d ever flown, she was fine until the plane landed.
That’s when it hit her. Colby Elliott was on her own. In London. An ocean away from home. And immediately, she was homesick for her family back in St. Louis.
 “That would have to be the most challenging part of the entire trip,” Elliott says, joking that the thought of swimming back to the States crossed her mind.
But Elliot adjusted. This summer, she immersed herself in her courses at the London College of Fashion, an intense program that kept her busy during the daytime. In the evenings, she took her mind off home by exploring the city’s streets and shops.
And although she “absolutely loved” her studies, Elliott also realizes her greatest lesson happened outside of a classroom.
“I have learned that there is nothing in this world that I cannot achieve,” she says. “I have gained a new independence and strength within myself that I did not know I had.”
And that is the ultimate benefit of studying abroad, says Lynda Baumgartner, Study Abroad Coordinator at Stephens.
Baumgartner has spent the past four years focused on increasing the number of students who take advantage of overseas opportunities. While she prefers that students spend an entire semester abroad, she was thrilled to see 13 Stephens women venture out of the United States this summer.
The main benefit of traveling overseas, Baumgartner says, is that it forces students to step out of their comfort zones and into the world—and to realize they can succeed there.
“They’ve earned the ability to say: ‘I did it,’ ” Baumgartner says. “‘And if I can do this, what can I do next?’”
Navigating study abroad options—and then securing the necessary paper work and financial aid necessary to make one a reality—can be daunting. That’s why Baumgartner has launched an aggressive campaign to make sure students start thinking about their options as early as their freshmen year. While students can’t participate in Stephens’ Study Abroad program until they’re at least sophomores, they need to allow themselves plenty of time to hash out the details.
Stephens has agreements with five universities overseas and four study abroad program providers, allowing students to essentially study anywhere in the world. While London is a popular destination—especially for fashion majors—students have also recently studied in South Korea, Greece, Ireland and Costa Rica.
Hannah Dritt ’15 spent the summer at Oatridge College, a part of Scotland’s Rural College, after finding the opportunity with the help of Stephens equestrian faculty.
“I have always thought about going overseas, and when I started asking about programs, my teachers pointed me in the right direction,” she says.
Dritt took equestrian anatomy and equestrian fitness—coursework she says will benefit her as she continues her studies at Stephens.
“I fully intend to use the information I learned in both my job and in my classes back home,” she says.
Knowing how overseas studies apply to a student’s field is essential, Baumgartner says. Although she’d love to see more students study abroad, Baumgartner is adamant that students understand why they’re going and how the experience aligns with their academics and career goals.
“They have to be clear about why they want to go,” she says. “Potential employers are going to want to know specifically what the students got out of the experience.”
In addition to the elite courses she’s taking, Elliott’s cultural experiences in London are also complementing her studies back home.
“The most rewarding aspect so far has been learning fashion through a different culture,” she says. “London is so free and nonjudgmental when it comes to fashion, which has been a complete breath of fresh air for me.”
 
Oct
11
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MU composers, Stephens choreographers team up, create original works

 

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Composers and choreographers get to know one another.

Stephens choreographers and dancers are teaming up with composers from the University of Missouri to create a performance of entirely original works next month.

The result of the collaboration is a rare artistic treat, Senior LeeAnn Davis said.

“The community doesn’t want to miss this,” she said. “It’s the first time we’re going to have all new choreography and compositions—all original works in one place.”

The Senior Dance Concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16 with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on Nov. 17. The concert will take place in Macklanburg Theatre to allow for the full orchestra in the pit.

MU School of Music seeks to position itself as a leading center in the areas of composition and new music, thanks to the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, by offering an array of programs through the Mizzou New Music Initiative. Dr. William Lackey, assistant teaching professor in MU’s School of Music, and Carol Estey, director of the dance program at Stephens, discussed the collaboration earlier this year and decided it was a perfect match.

“We really didn’t know what form it would take, but this is a great opportunity to meet other young artists and collaborate,” Lackey said.

This summer—during what was a sort of “speed date” pairing event—composers and choreography students had a chance to get to know each other before pairing up.  They spent the rest of the summer working together to come up with the sounds and movements that will make up the Senior Dance Concert.

"Due to the collaborative process this summer, our students’ communication skills were strengthened significantly,” Lackey said. “The skills learned by this process will inform future collaborations our students initiate or take part in.”

Stephens senior Stephanie Reynolds said she sent her composer words she wanted the music to reflect. Together, they adjusted timing, volume and other details as needed.

“This is a really great experience,” Reynolds said, noting that this type of collaboration is typically cost prohibitive. “We’re lucky to have this opportunity.”

Even professionals don’t often get the chance to work with composers, Estey said.

“Choreographers do not frequently get to choreograph to new music, and they rarely get to perform to live music,” she said. “Everything about this is a more sophisticated opportunity.”

Get a sneak peek of one of the dances in this short clip from rehearsal this week:


 
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11
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Seminar students visit exhibit featuring female artists

Students in Jim Terry’s Women in Art seminar class visited Antiques on Wednesday in downtown Columbia yesterday where art specialist Melissa Williams talked about the women who became pioneers in American visual arts.

Williams’ display included a variety of portraits, landscapes and scenes and included an original work by Fidelia Bridges, one of few successful female artists in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The painting is of the bird on a branch that eventually became the inspiration for the iconic winter bird scene she later painted for America’s first Christmas cards.

But it was an oil painting of a young girl by artist Blanche Matthewes that stole the show.

“I love the color palette and the soft, fuzzy edges,” Junior Mokie Blanding said. “And the eyes seem to go on forever.”

Junior Jasmine Taylor also preferred the portrait over others on display, saying she loved the way the light reflected from the muted colors.

Although relatively unknown, Matthewes was one of the first female American artists to have a painting exhibited at the Royal Academy.

Terry’s Seminar: Women in Art explores the contributions women have made to painting, sculpture and architecture from the Renaissance to the present. While she recognized that some might question the practical aspect of such a course, Williams encouraged the students, saying the ability to articulate art is a unique ability.

“Art history is an amazing skill set,” she said. “It’s hard but it means your curiosity triumphs over the fear of hard work.”
 
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Lynch accepts Stephens induction into Boone County Hall of Fame

Stephens College President Dianne Lynch received a standing ovation yesterday after sharing the past and current state of the College with a crowd at the Boone County Museum and Galleries.

Lynch accepted Stephens’ induction into the Boone County Hall of Fame, an honor that recognizes entities and individuals for their contributions to the community. During the recognition ceremony last night, she highlighted Stephens’ past but also reassured community members that Stephens is on solid financial ground and will continue to contribute to Boone County for centuries to come.

“If there is anything we know with certainty about Stephens College, it is that she has withstood the test of time,” Lynch said, noting that the college survived cultural and political unrest. “She has endured great wars, wrenching crisis and political reformation…She has teetered and recovered, expanded and retracted and always re-emerged.”

Lynch also highlighted the legacy of James Madison Wood—the longtime Stephens president who was responsible for growing the College between 1912 and 1947—and noted that Stephens has always been ahead of its time, whether implementing a radio station in the 1930s or an aviation program in the 1940s to teach young women to fly.

“If that’s not a metaphor for Stephens College, I don’t know what is,” Lynch said.

Founded in 1833, Stephens is the second oldest women's college in the country.

Other 2013 inductees into the Hall of Fame were longtime local journalist and volunteer Jane Duncan Flink, who also received a standing ovation, and Luella St. Clair, president emeritus of Christian Female College, the predecessor to Columbia College.
 
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SCCS pumpkins, costume gallery among Artrageous Friday line-up

pumpkins Preschoolers at the Stephens College Children’s School this morning joined elementary students to paint pumpkins that will be on display tomorrow as part of Artrageous Friday.

The school received 70 donated small white pumpkins and a few large ones. After reading a book together, students spread out into groups to decorate them. The pumpkins will be on display in the window of Blanc Studio at 918 E. Broadway for Artrageous Friday, an evening art crawl.
After painting the pumpkins, students continued outdoor activities at the new children’s school garden, where they harvested carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and other vegetables that will be used for snacks in the schools.
The pumpkin activity comes on the heels of another project that allowed older students to work with younger grades.
“Again, our elementary students served as role models to our younger students,” elementary teacher Beth Watson said. “These projects really reinforce our collaborate educational culture that lets students progress at their own pace.”

 

 

 

 


Stephens is also a stop on the Artrageous Friday route tomorrow. The Costume Museum and Research Library Gallery will be open with special hours from 6-9 p.m. The "Bohemian Rhapsody" exhibit displays pieces that demonstrate the influence of Bohemian counterculture. The museum is on the mezzanine level of Lela Raney Wood Hall.

 
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Grundy, company give demonstrations at Stephens

Karen Grundy, artist director of the Missouri Contemporary Ballet, and members of her company were on campus today demonstrating the moves that make her modern dances so unique.
Grundy has been working with Stephens dance students for about seven weeks as a guest artist. The training culminated today with demonstrations from both professional and student dancers. v
Grundy’s contemporary ballet combines ballet foundations with routines that emphasize core strengths and amazing stretching abilities. Students from the Stephens College Children’s School joined Stephens students and staff for the performances, which included excerpts from the company’s upcoming production of CRAVE, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15 at the Missouri Theatre.  
During a question and answer session following the performances, one SCCS child asked Grundy how the dancers do what they do.
“Lots and lots and lots of training,” Grundy replied. “We rehearse everyday.”
Stephens’ three-year, two-summer dance program hosts guest artists throughout the year. Grundy said the most rewarding aspect of serving as a guest is watching the students grow.

“Seeing the progress and seeing the strength—that’s always the best part,” she said. “Seeing the results.”
 
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Freshmen Year Experience activity channels alumna, promotes team work

teamwork1teamwork2Freshmen at Stephens College today channeled the spirit of alumna Dawn Wells—best known for her role as Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island—during a team building exercise, part of the new Freshmen Year Experience

Faculty members converted the Kimball Ballroom into an ocean complete with various islands and palm trees.

Assistant Professor Kate Berneking Kogut began the exercise by reminding students that Wells attended Stephens and letting them know they'd get their own chance to play Mary Ann, the girl-next-door character Wells portrayed on the beloved show that has aired consistently for 50 years.

After being “shipwrecked,” students were assigned islands where they had to form a government, figure out how to access and share resources and to work together.

The activity continued a study about personality types. Earlier in the week, students took the Myers Briggs personality test to determine their individual strengths.

“This activity reinforces how they fit in and how they can work with other personality types,” said Kogut, who teaches English/creative writing. “One of the main lessons is team building and how they fit into this larger community of castaways.”

Students were given envelopes with resource cards they could eventually trade with those on other islands.

But first, students had to complete a series of academic and creative tasks.

“It’s just a fun way for our freshmen to work with others who aren’t necessarily in their academic fields or close friend groups,” Kogut said. “This really helped get them out of their comfort zones and let them push the envelope a little.”

 
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Stephens to celebrate Hispananic Heritage Month with Latin Night

Stephens College is hosting a Latin Night Tuesday, Oct. 15, a grand finale celebration marking the end of this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month.

The event will feature local band La Movida with salsa lessons from members of the MU Latin Dance Club in the Kimball Ballroom at Lela Raney Wood Hall. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and the dance party is free and open to the public.

“It’s really important that we celebrate the Latino culture,” said Junior Lluvia Garcia, who is spearheading the event. “A lot of Latinos are doing really great stuff in the arts, and the Latino culture isjust fun in general. It’s fun to celebrate that culture.”

Garcia is a Chicago native who transferred to Stephens this year. She was sitting in Vespers, a secular meditation time for Stephens students, last month when the idea came to her. Because Hispanic Heritage Month spans Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, she decided to make the celebration a finale event, piggybacking off of a string of events hosted at the University of Missouri.



Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates important events that happened between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15 in Latin American countries, which won independence Sept. 15. Mexican Independence Day is Sept. 16, Chilean Independence Day is Sept. 18 and Día de la Raza, or the celebration of race, (Columbus Day in America) takes place on Oct. 12.

In addition to Stephens students, Garcia plans to invite members of MU’s various Hispanic and Latino clubs. The general public is also welcome to attend, as well.
 
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International designer shares career highlights


Former textile designer Erich Biehle urged Stephens fashion students today to be enthusiastic about their work, pay attention to their surroundings and to develop strong relationships if they want to succeed in the competitive world of high-end fashion.

“When you put enthusiasm behind it, it’s easy,” he told a crowd at Charters Auditorium. “It’s very easy. Everything will become easy and one idea will lead to the next, but you have to have your eyes open. You have to be interested. You have to read. You have to travel.”

Biehle is on campus this week helping select student designs that will be entered into the Council of Fashion Designers of America student competition next spring. The contest is a highly competitive, invite-only scholarship program.

During a lunchtime lecture, Biehle, who is currently a consultant, outlined some of the highlights of his more than four-decade career as a designer. Immediately after graduating from the University of Art and Applied Sciences in Zürich—where he studied with Johannes Itten, a Swiss painter and former Bauhaus teacher—Biehle began designing floral patterns for various Yves Saint Laurent collections. What amounted to a couple days of work ultimately became fashion history, and Biehle’s designs are now housed at the Zurich University of the Arts Museum of Design.
Biehle insists he had “mediocre” talent but said he was enthusiastic and willing to put in extra work to add special touches to the designs.

“I liked what I did, and I was dedicated to it,” he said.

Biehle would go on to design for Givenchy, Paris, designed for special products for Haute Couture and became executive vice president for Bally International. From 1996 to 2002, he was president of the board of directors and CEO of the Abraham Group with companies in  Zürich, Paris and New York. He's also worked with Gucci, Prada, Calvin Klein, Armani, Chanel and Michael Kors.

Social and technological changes have altered the industry, though, and Biehle warned students that they would be working under different conditions than he did during his career.

Rather than working with specific clients, today’s designers work for the people on the street, he said.

“I didn’t really care if somebody was going to like” his designs, Biehle said. “Did I ever care? No, I didn’t. I was lucky enough to get away with it. But you do have to care. You have to respect the company you work for. You have to be aware of changes in society. You have to be aware of trends and what people are preferring. Do they want more comfort or do they want more elegance? You have to be flexible.”
 
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Saunders named Young Ambassador to U.S. Embassy

Junior Becky Saunders has been named a Young Ambassador to the U.S. Embassy, meaning she will be called upon from time to time to represent American youth around the globe.

The honor comes on the heels of her visit to Greece this summer, where she talked about entrepreneurship and worked with high school students in Athens as part of a Junior Achievement Conference. To counter the weak economy, the Greek government has been putting a focus on teaching entrepreneurship at a young age, and Saunders was there to show the youth just what’s possible.

Saunders was a fifth-grader when she started her own company in her hometown of Phoenix. It was a pet sitting business, and it was wildly successful. By the time she had to give up the business for college, she had 75 regular clients.

The success captured worldwide attention. Saunders was named Junior Achievement Young Entrepreneur of the Year Worldwide, was featured on BIZ Kids PBS and was selected to participate in a workshop with Arizona lawmakers.

It’s not the first time she’s traveled overseas on behalf of Junior Achievement. She’s also visited Japan to talk about the importance of training women in business.

Saunders is a fashion marketing and management major with no plans of giving up her entrepreneurial spirit. After she graduates, she plans to own her own boutique specializing in high-end equestrian goods.
 
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Andes to present reading of 'Color Blind'


Stephens music instructor and well-known Columbia musician Tom Andes will host a concert reading of his original musical “Color Blind” this weekend.
The reading—which will include performances of all 17 original songs—starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, in the Historic Senior Hall Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public.
“Color Blind” is the story of Michael, a depressed alcoholic art professor who loses his ability to see color, forcing him to paint in black and white. When he loses his sight altogether following an alcohol-spurred car accident, he has to completely rethink his artistic abilities.
John Leen, a guest artist from Chicago, will read the script of Michael, with Stephens theatre students Katie Pautler and Shinah Brashears filling the lead female roles. 
Ed Hanson, creative director of Talking Horse Productions in Columbia, will also be making a guest appearance. Theatre Professor Rob Doyen will narrate, setting the scenes for the audience. Students from Andes’ class along with members of The Velvetones, an a capella group on campus, will also perform some of the numbers.
Andes has been working on the music, lyrics and book for four years following an especially successful summer at Stephens Okoboji Summer Theatre in Iowa.
“I was so inspired; it was the best theatre experience I’d had, so I started formulating a musical of my own,” he said. 
It was also during a season at Okoboji where Andes got the inspiration for his plot. There, a friend asked him what he’d do if he ever lost his hearing. 
“It was a dramatic thought to me,” he said.  “So I decided to write a play about a visual artist who loses his sight.”
This is the third and final reading before Andes hopes to see the musical on stage in a full performance. 
Sunday’s attendees “can expect a concert,” he said. “I wrote it as a vehicle for my music. So it’s a concert, basically, with some dramatic overtones.”
 
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Alumna critiques student designs for CFDA contest

A Stephens alumna who now works for Louis Vuitton as Women's Universe Manager in New York was on campus this week critiquing designs that will be entered into the Council of Fashion Designers of America student competition next spring.

Lizann LaGrange spent Tuesday working one-on-one with juniors, helping them select the best among their two- and three-piece outfits. During each 30-minute critique, LaGrange also suggested improvements, such as fabric or color changes.

The students are enrolled in a 300-level sportswear course and would typically be designing garments for the annual Jury of Selection and student fashion show on campus in the spring. This year, however, the designs will also be considered for the CFDA competition, an invite-only scholarship program. For that contest, students were specifically challenged to create sportswear related separates that exemplify Liz Claiborne’s philosophy and core design elements.

Students were given a chance to explain the inspiration behind their designs before each critique. Amy Shank said she based her part-silky, part-metallic pieces on the concept of a modern-day armored Joan of Arc headed into the workforce. Kelly Ferguson’s line featured draped tunics and tailored vests in hopes of creating a feminine androgynous look.

For her collection, Emily Horner created boxy designs inspired by modern architecture. She admitted it was a little nerve-wracking defending the designs but was pleased with LaGrange’s input.
“I’m proud of what I produced,” she said. “I liked all of my pieces.”
LaGrange, who has also worked for Escada N.Y. and Fratelli Rosetti, said she was impressed by the work.

“I saw some really interesting student designs,” she said. “It was exciting for me to see the creativity it took for being such a focused project with a very specific client.”
She also praised students for being “open-minded about how to take their pieces and make them even stronger.”

Now, the hard work begins, Horner said. She and her classmates have until the end of the semester to turn their ideas into marketable clothing.

“Coming up with ideas is pretty hard, but making them is a different animal,” Horner said. “It’s easy to dream up this amazing design, but it’s another thing to figure out how to get it to work.”
 
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Stephens welcomes delegation from Hong Kong



Stephens College today welcomed a group of educators from Hong Kong who were in Missouri this week learning about the school counseling process.
Missouri’s model of school guidance is considered one of the strongest in the nation, in large part because of the collaboration that occurs between the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and those preparing students to become school counselors.
During a lunchtime presentation, Dr. Gina Sanders, director of the Master of Education in Counseling at Stephens gave the dignitaries an overview of the program, and instructor Carolyn Roof provided a more detailed look at the coursework. Among the visitors from China were school development officers and educational administrators.
Stephens is unique in that graduate-level counseling courses are taught in the evening, allowing students to work full-time. That said, program advisors work closely with students to balance their schedules when they’re ready for practicum experiences in area schools, Roof said.
“We advise and assist them to develop individualized academic plans,” she said.
Roughly 130 students are enrolled in the counseling program at Stephens, including men and women. Eighteen instructors, most of whom are either retired or working professionals in the field, teach the courses. In addition to Roof, who has decades of experience working at the elementary level in Columbia Public Schools, Ann Landes, who was a longtime guidance counselor at Hickman High School, is also part of the counseling faculty.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education led the group’s week-long visit, which also included stops at Benton Elementary, a STEM-focused school in Columbia, and the University of Missouri.
During her welcome, Stephens President Dianne Lynch gave the group an overview of the undergraduate side of the college, explaining that Stephens is a student-centered college that prepares women for life, not simply a job. In today’s technological and mobile world, young people need to develop their passion and a skill set that translates to various careers, she said.Asked how to foster that passion, Lynch advised the educators to simply listen to what students are saying, identify their strengths and encourage them.  
 
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Panelists: Status of women in film bleak, change is underway

 

Kalyen-and-Joanna
Kalyen Ralph and Joanna Demkiewicz of The Riveter.


Filmmakers and media experts yesterday painted a grim portrait of Hollywood where men dominate and refuse to not only give women the resources needed to make films but also refuse to reflect them in an accurate light on the big screen.

But attendees of the first ever Citizen Jane Summit yesterday agreed that they can change those statistics and said there’s a movement underfoot.

“We need to come up with practical ways and ideas on how we can make a change and how our evolution can turn into a revolution and happen a little quicker,” said Kerri Yost, associate film professor at Stephens and program director of Citizen Jane Film Festival.

Students and community members yesterday joined industry experts at Historic Senior Hall on the Stephens campus to talk about the under-representation of women in Hollywood and what can be done to boost those numbers.

Part of the problem is basic behavior, said Melissa Silverstein, author of “In Her Voice” and the Women in Hollywood blog. In general, men like to be entertained, and they’re more willing to go to movies on opening weekend to get that entertainment. Women, on the other hand, are more critical about what they pay to watch and they’re willing to wait a few weeks after the opening to go. That’s an issue for Hollywood, she said, which essentially judges success on opening weekend sales.

In at least one way, a solution is simple. Women need to support female filmmakers not only by going to see their movies but also by going on opening weekend.

Statistics aren’t any better for women on screen. The number of female actors is currently at a five-year low, she said.

And the numbers are worse for African American women, Yvonne Welbon, Academy Award nominated filmmaker said. Her research has shown black women have made just 80 films in the history of movie making. Two black male filmmakers—Spike Lee and Oscar Micheaux—together have directed almost as many films as all black women combined, she said.

“That’s a little troubling.”

But those numbers aren’t unique to film. Two recent University of Missouri graduates, Joanna Demkiewicz and Kalyen Ralph, said they were disheartened as students by the lack of women working in long-form journalism. That’s why they started “The Riveter,” an online and print magazine that provides space for women to tell their stories. Independent film is parallel to what The Riveter is doing, they said.

The summit closed with audience members joining panelists to talk about ways to improve the statistics.

The Columbia community can play a role in supporting female filmmakers this weekend during the Citizen Jane Film Festival. The festival kicks off today with a series of panel discussions, and the opening film, “Maidentrip” starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Missouri Theatre. Citizens can purchase single tickets at the venues or swing by the Box Office on campus for weekend passes. A complete schedule can be found here.

 
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Bartels represents Stephens at global conference

Junior Nickie Bartels represented Stephens College last week at a global conference in New York sponsored by The Women in Public Service Project.
“A Global Conversation: Why the UN Must Focus on Women’s Leadership,” hosted by Barnard College, brought together international leaders to talk about ways to boost the number of females taking on government and service roles.

“One thing they talked a lot about was that if you change the people at the table, you change the perspective,” Bartels said. “You can then address issues that a group of men might not otherwise think about. You bring a whole different perspective.”

The conference featured former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, who is currently the administrator of the United Nation’s Development Program, and included the deputy executive director of UN Women, Mexico’s tourism secretary
and the executive director of Georgetown’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security.

“It was so neat to meet everyone,” Bartels said. “The other student delegates were amazing, as well. They’re going to do awesome things, too.”

Stephens College joined The Women in Public Service Project last month, making Bartels’ trip a spur-of-the-moment opportunity. Bartels said she received an email from her advisor, Susan Bartel, dean of the School of Organizational Leadership and Strategic Communication, inviting her to participate just a week before the conference.

“It felt surreal,” Bartels said.

Bartels is studying strategic communications and integrated marketing in hopes of going on to law school. She wants that law background in order to start a not-for-profit organization to educate women about reproductive rights.

The conference “reaffirms my belief that this is what I want to do, and that it is doable,” she said.

Stephens College funded the trip through Magic Moments, a discretionary fund in President Dianne Lynch’s office that pays for unique opportunities that arise for students.

“I can’t thank Dianne enough,” Bartels said. “I feel if I were at any other school, I wouldn’t have had this opportunity. Stephens really prepared me for this both educationally and personally.”
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