Starkle Dream Up. Stephens College


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Stephens again snags 30th spot in annual ranking

Stephens College is once again ranked among the top third of its peer group.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best Colleges guide rates Stephens No. 30 in the Midwest Regional College division. That is the same ranking the College received last year. Stephens also recently landed in the 28th slot among baccalaureate colleges in the Washington Monthly.

In addition, Stephens is included in The Princeton Review’s 2014 guide to the 378 Best Colleges in the country.

“We’re pleased to be consistently recognized for our commitment to quality programs,” President Dianne Lynch said.

U.S. News & World Report ranks colleges based on factors such as graduation and retention rates, acceptance rates, the test scores of incoming freshmen and average class sizes.
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Stephens College to host One Read panel discussion

Stephens College will host "Expressions of Us," a panel discussion and part of this year's One Read event, coordinated by the Daniel Boone Regional Library.

The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Kimball Ballroom at Lela Raney Wood Hall with a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception. At 7 p.m., a panel of Stephens faculty will discuss various themes in this year’s One Read selection, “The Ruins of Us” by Keija Parssinen.

“We’re so excited to be a part of the One Read program this year,” said Stephens President Dianne Lynch, who will moderate the panel discussion. “It’s fitting that, as a women’s college, Stephens would join in an analysis of this important book about the complexities of female roles and identities.”

Publishers Weekly has hailed “The Ruins of Us” as a gripping, well-crafted debut novel. The story follows an American wife living in Saudi Arabia whose identity is challenged when her husband takes a Palestinian second wife.

Panelists include Laura Flacks-Narrol, an assistant business professor who has traveled throughout the Middle East. She will explore Mariam’s use of an anonymous blog in the novel and will discuss how social media might give more women around the globe a voice.

Tina Parke-Sutherland, a creative writing professor, will also be on the panel and will share from her expertise on women in Islamic cultures. Monica McMurry, dean of the School of Fashion and Design, will discuss expression through fashion as it pertains to the book and society.
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Stephens participates in College Avenue Mile

About 120 Stephens College students and employees joined ESPN’s John Anderson on Sunday, Sept. 8, to walk and run a mile for his charity.

The Anderson Family Charitable Foundation, founded in 2009 by John and Tamara Anderson, supports public school children, and proceeds from the Columbia event will benefit the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri.

The College Avenue Mile run/walk began at Wood Hall on the Stephens College campus and also attracted participants from the University of Missouri and the Columbia community.

Although a thunderstorm slightly delayed the run, it didn’t deter Stephens students and staff, who were sporting pink Stephens T-shirts and armed with rain coats, umbrellas and ball caps.

After running and walking to Stadium Boulevard, a mile from the starting point, the Stephens community reconvened at the President’s House for brunch.

The event was a campus-wide effort, said Luanne Andes,executive assistant to President Dianne Lynch. In addition to participating, faculty and staff members also pitched in by sponsoring students.

Watch Stephens participates at the start of the College Ave. Mile Walk:

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Historic Costume Gallery presents "Bohemian Rhapsody"


It originated as a style used by independent thinkers to challenge the status quo, but over time, Bohemian influence crept into fashions worn by social outcast and socialite alike.

Exhibit Grand Opening:
Sept. 12, 2013, 4:30-7 p.m.
Exhibit Dates:
Sept. 12-Dec. 15, 2013
Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays,
12-3 p.m. and by appointment
Location: Historic Costume Gallery, mezzanine floor of Lela Raney Wood Hall, 6 N. College Ave.

The Stephens College Historic Costume Gallery will explore that evolution during the exhibit “Bohemian Rhapsody” this semester. The exhibit opens with a reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12 and will continue through Dec. 15. Regular gallery hours are noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Private tours are available.

Although the term Bohemian did not surface until decades later, its roots can be traced to the poets, playwrights and artists of the early 1800s, said Monica McMurry, Dean of the School of Fashion and Design. She points to the Romantic Army, a group of theatregoers who dressed absurdly and crowded into Victor Hugo’s controversial play “Hernani” to keep the critics at bay.

Bohemians surfaced as a counterculture after the French Revolution, and the style tends to resurface in times of social unrest. Many of the pieces in the collection are from the 1920s and 1970s and feature colorful paisley and floral prints. Pieces also show Gypsy, Asian and Medieval influences. Although many are extravagant, the pieces also reflect the influence in everyday wear.

“The average person owes a debt of gratitude to those who have dressed at the edges of social decorum, or Bohemian,” McMurry said. “The Bohemian has gone before most of society to take risks and upset the boundaries of culture, thus the co-opting by the rest of us to be part of that group.”

Dress1Designers in the collection include Donald Brooks, who was perhaps best known for costume and theatrical designs; Anne Fogarty, known for designing clothing accessible to women on limited income; and Vera, an American artist and designer known for bold colors and patterns. Two dresses in the collection were owned by singer Jane Froman and are on loan from Columbia College; and the exhibit also includes a red dressing gown owned by Matilda Magnus Price, a Columbia socialite after whom the Stephens fashion collection is named. The exhibit also includes pieces of lingerie—a first for the Stephens College Historic Costume Gallery.

Dress2“Bohemian Rhapsody” will have a special section that celebrates the classic combination of black and gold popular in Columbia. Fine or better dress is as much a part of most Southeastern Conference tailgate parties as enjoying the game, McMurry said. “We hope to inspire this in our own collection of ‘spirited’ clothing.”

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Speakers inspire at Opening Convocation

Motivational speaker, cancer survivor and author encouraged new and returning Stephens College students to seize opportunities, be their own advocates and make the most of any situation.

Keynote Speaker Kim Becking joined the Stephens community Thursday, Aug. 29, for the annual Academic Opening Convocation, a campus tradition that dates back more than 100 years. The event officially welcomed students back to campus and kicked off the 2013-14 school year.

Becking, who now lives in Columbia, was an attorney and mom of a 2-year-old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. With the help of her support group, three other young women battling the disease, Becking co-authored “Nordie’s at Noon” about their experiences. The book was rejected several times before being published and, ultimately, successful.

“You’re going to have people who tell you that you can’t do something,” she said. “It’s your choice what you do with that.” Becking’s advice mirrored encouragement students heard from faculty, staff and a fellow student during the ceremony. Assistant professors Dan Schultz, the 2013 Distinguished Teacher, and Laura Flacks-Narrol, the 2013 Michael Bowling Distinguished Advisor, told students to invest in their coursework and the opportunities they will have during their Stephens careers.

“This place is really magical,” Schultz said, later adding: “Take advantage of our awesomeness.”

Flacks-Narrol recommended students think of their college years as a Pinterest page ready to be filled with a collection of activities and experiences, especially those that fall outside of their comfort zones.

“We want you to go beyond your wildest dreams,” she said. And Stephens faculty members are here to help, said Lois Bichler, Associate Professor of Biology and Chairwoman of the Faculty Council. She told students that faculty members here have a “fire” for teaching and for their subject areas. “You matter,” she said. “Know the faculty at Stephens College are always with fire for our work with you.”

Senior Steffanie Frank, President of the Student Government Association, also encouraged students to be active by either joining clubs or organizations or by starting their own. “You’re not going to accomplish anything by doing nothing,” she said. “Stephens has so much to offer.”
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Another top ranking

Stephens College is ranked 28th in the country among baccalaureate colleges by Washington Monthly.

The media outlet, headquartered in Washington, D.C., rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Recruiting and graduating low-income students, producing cutting-edge scholarship and encouraging students to give something back to their country.

Nearly half of all Stephens students qualify for federal Pell grants, and 98 percent receive merit- and need-based financial aid of some sort.

"We're committed to providing young women a quality education regardless of family income, so we're pleased Washington Monthly editors have recognized that," Stephens President Dianne Lynch said.

Stephens also provides students with a number of leadership and service opportunities, including a service project component of a new First Year Experience course all incoming freshmen take.

This year's ranking represents a 21-spot jump from Stephens' ranking in the guide last year. The Washington Monthly's ranking also comes on the heels of Stephens' inclusion in The Princeton Review's 378 Best Colleges guide.
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2013-14 Performing Arts Schedule

The 2013-14 performing arts season at Stephens College promises laughs, drama, dance and lots of music.

“There is entertainment here for everyone from Uncle Vanya, a Chekov classic to the new musical Respect: A Musical Journey of Women,” said Mimi Hedges, who is serving as interim dean of the School of Performing Arts. “We are offering a spot of comedy with Inspecting Carol and a wonderful Holiday Choral Concert in early December.”

Students will also be showcasing their talents at the Warehouse Theatre, an entirely student-run operation; student choreographed dance concerts will take the stage in November and again in the spring; the Bach’s Lunch Recital Series runs throughout the school year; and film students will have a chance to show off their best works in the spring.

This year's season sponsors are KRFU News Talk 1400 AM and Joe Machens Dealerships. Ticket sales begin Thursday, Aug. 29, in the Stephens Box Office, (573) 876-7199 or [email protected].

The Stephens School of Performing Arts capitalizes on the strengths of the College’s theatre, dance, music and film departments. Students perform alongside the men and women enrolled in the College’s Professional Conservatory Training Program. Stephens theatre department is ranked 16th in the country by The Princeton Review.

2013-2014 Performances:

Playhouse Theatre Company
(Unless otherwise noted, all Playhouse performances are held in the Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Ave.)

Almost, Maine
[Romantic Comedy, PG-13 for Adult Situations]
7:30 p.m., Sept. 13-14, 20-21, 2013; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Sept. 15
By John Cariani
You’ll fall in love with this hilarious play about the quirkiness of love. It’s a cold winter night in Almost, Maine, a town so far north it’s almost in Canada and one that doesn’t actually exist because the residents never organized it. Under shimmering northern lights, the play is a series of nine vignettes about townspeople falling in and out of love. Expect some surprise endings as hearts are captured, broken and mended. This is a comedy for anyone who has ever been in love—or almost.

A Catered Affair
[Musical, PG-13 for Adult Situations]
7:30 p.m., Oct. 18-19, 25-26, 2013; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Oct. 20
Book and lyrics by Harvey Fierstein, Music by John Bucchino
A grieving mom wants to throw an elaborate wedding for her young daughter in this heartfelt, intimate musical from Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein that was nominated for a Tony and Drama Desk award. Based on the classic 1956 film of the same name, the play follows young lovers Jane and Ralph, who plan to wed in a no-fuss civil ceremony until Jane’s parents receive an unexpected check and her mother’s wedding scheme begins. This sentimental comedy is more than ceremonial; it’s a compelling tale about family relationships and the ties that bind.

Inspecting Carol
[Comedy, PG-13 for Adult Situations]
7:30 p.m., Dec. 6-7, 11-12, 2013; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Dec. 8
By Daniel J. Sullivan
Get your fill of holiday cheer with this hilarious behind-the-scenes look at a community theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol gone awry! When a third-tier theatre learns its funding is about to be cut, the wacky cast of the company’s annual production of A Christmas Carol will do anything to prove they’re still worth it. Some eccentric characters in this holiday farce include a not-so-Tiny Tim, a Scrooge dreaming of performing en Español, and an ill- fated wannabe actor pulled into the center of this laugh-out-loud spoof on a Christmas favorite.

Uncle Vanya
[Drama, PG]
7:30 p.m., Feb. 14-15, 21-22, 2014; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Feb. 16
By Anton Chekhov
When a successful professor and his charming young bride visit his country estate, relationships are tested in this classic play written by Anton Chekhov,
the father of modern drama. Hidden love triangles, fears that lives have been wasted and the professor’s ultimate decision to sell the estate create havoc that tests morals and loyalties. Take a look at the actions and consequences of daily life in this timeless tale that ends with a dramatic climax.

A Shayna Maidel
[Historical Drama, PG]
7:30 p.m., March 14-15, 19-20, 2014; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, March 16 (Performed in the Warehouse Theatre)
By Barbara Lebow
Two sisters who, as girls, were separated by war reunite as women living very different lives in this poignant story about expression and hope. The younger sister is a modern New Yorker whose make-up and fashionable attire contrast sharply with her older sister’s homely appearance. She must come to grips with the horrors her older sister survived during the Holocaust, which claimed many of the family’s relatives. A Shayna Maidel, which means “a pretty girl,” explores inner beauty, resilience and reconciliation.

RESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women
[Musical, PG]
7:30 p.m., May 2-3, 7-9, 2014; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, May 4
Book, Music and Lyrics by Philip Roger Roy, Dana Matthow and
Bud Martin
This internationally successful musical tells the story of women through adored Top-40 hits of the last century. RESPECT includes favorites like “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I Will Survive,” “Hero” and “What’s Love Got to With It.” This exhilarating musical experience encourages women to look for heroes within themselves, and is for women (and men!) of all ages!

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

The Smell of the Kill
[Dark Comedy, PG-13 for Dark Themes]
7:30 p.m., Sept. 26-28, 2013; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Sept. 29
By Michele Lowe
Settled in the North Chicago suburb of Wilmette, Nicky, Debra and Molly have tolerated one another for years during dinners arranged by their husbands who are old college roommates. For the first time, while preparing dessert, the trio exchange confidences and discover that all three of their marriages are on the brink of disaster, and the three women are facing the challenges of their lives. When the men mistakenly lock themselves in a basement meat locker, the women are faced with a tough life-or-death decision: leave the men out in the cold permanently? Or let them out to thaw?

The How and the Why
[Adult Contemporary, PG-13 for Mature Themes]
7:30 p.m., Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2013; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Nov. 3
By Sarah Treem
An up-and-coming graduate student, Rachel Hardeman, meets Zelda Kahn, an established senior faculty member, and the exchanges between student and teacher quickly reveal that there’s more history lurking under the surface. This intimate and keenly perceptive play, from playwright Sarah Treem of HBO’s In Treatment series, explores science, survival of the fittest and the difficult choices women of every generation face.

[Coming-of-age Comedy, PG-13 for Sexual References]
7:30 p.m., Feb. 20-22, 2014; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Feb. 23
By Catherine Trieschmann
Fourteen-year-old Laney is an aspiring writer with an imagination that is as off-kilter as her awkward adolescence. But when Laney ends up in Oxford, Mississippi with a mother in crisis after a divorce and a twisted back, faith is up in the air. When she befriends Maribel, a fervent believer in the power of Jesus Christ to save her, Laney’s love for storytelling spirals out of control. Laney embarks on a hilarious spiritual and sexual journey that challenges her mother’s secular worldview and discovers that divine and earthly love may not be so far apart.

Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief
[Comedy, PG for Sexual References]
7:30 p.m., April 10-12, 2014; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, April 13
By Paula Vogel
Desdemona, having slept with Othello’s entire encampment, revels in her bawdy tales of conquest. Her foils and rapt listeners are the other integral and re-imagined women of this Shakespeare tragedy: Emilia, Desdemona’s servant and the wife of Iago, and Bianca, now a majestic whore of Cyprus. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel turns Shakespeare’s Othello upside down to take a glimpse into the lives of the infamous women in Shakespeare’s world and what challenges they faced.


Senior Dance Concert
7:30 p.m., Nov. 15-16, 2013; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Nov. 17
Macklanburg Playhouse
The culmination of personal dance experiences reflected in the choreography of graduating dance majors. This year’s concert will include original compositions created for Stephens students by composers from the Mizzou New Music Initiative as well as live music.

Annual Dance Company Spring Concert
7:30 p.m., Feb. 28-March 1, 7-8, 2014; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, March 2
Macklanburg Playhouse
An eagerly anticipated Stephens tradition, the Spring Dance Concert features a variety of dance forms such as classic ballet, modern dance, jazz and tap. The evening of dance is highlighted by a variety of world dance selections.

New Works Dance Concert
7:30 p.m., April 25-26, 2014; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, April 27
Warehouse Theatre
Adjudicated student choreography performed by members of the Stephens Dance Company.


Bach’s Lunch Recital Series
12:30 p.m., Sept. 26, Oct. 31, Nov. 21, 2013; Feb. 27, March 20, April 24, 2014
Historic Senior Recital Hall
A great way to spend your lunch hour! Relax in the elegant surroundings of Historic Senior Hall and support Stephens students as they perform a variety of musical theatre, vocal jazz, classical and choral works. These monthly recitals are free and open to the public.

“Stephens Sings” Winter Choral Concert
7:30 p.m., Dec. 8, 2013
Historic Senior Recital Hall
The Stephens Concert Choir and The Velvetones, the College’s a cappella jazz ensemble, invite you to a joyous evening of classical, vocal jazz and seasonal works in the graceful beauty of Historic Senior Hall. This concert is for all ages and is free and open to the public.

“Stephens Sings” Spring Choral Concert
7:30 p.m., April 13, 2014
Historic Senior Recital Hall
Join us at Historic Senior Hall as the Stephens Concert Choir and The Velvetones, the College’s a cappella jazz ensemble, present a year-end performance in celebration of spring and the accomplishments of our senior class! This program of classical and vocal jazz works is appropriate for all ages and is free and open to the public.


Citizen Jane Film Festival
Oct. 4-6, 2013
Stephens College campus
This festival features independent films made by independent women. Short and feature films in all genres are showcased as well as a variety of panel discussions and special events. Visit for more details.

Best of Year 2013 Student Films
Scheduled for Spring 2014
Stephens College film students screen their best work of the past year. Free and open to the public.

Citizen Jane Lecture Series
Scheduled throughout the year.
The Citizen Jane Lecture Series brings nationally recognized female filmmakers to Stephens to screen and discuss their work. The series is funded in part by an educational grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Stephens named to 'best colleges' guide

The Princeton Review has named Stephens College one of the best institutions for undergraduate education in the country.
Stephens and the University of Missouri are the only mid-Missouri schools to be included in the annual college guide. “The Best 378 Colleges,” which is being released Aug. 6, represents about 15 percent of the country’s 2,500 four-year colleges.
Selected schools weren’t given overall rankings; however, this year’s The Princeton Review does provide lists of the top 20 colleges in various categories. Stephens is ranked No. 16 for its theatre program.
The Princeton Review bases selections on data, campus visits and feedback, including student surveys.
According to the company, Stephens students said they “love the atmosphere,” and enjoy the small class settings while still living in a college town. They were especially complimentary of faculty, saying professors are “all very qualified in their fields. They love teaching here and are excited to work with students.”
One student said: “Stephens empowers women to take on leadership roles in the workplace and the world.” 
Another wrote: “Stephens gives its students everything they could possibly need to pursue their dreams.” Students also doled out praise for one another, calling classmates strong, independent, friendly and intelligent.
“We love getting this type of feedback from our students,” President Dianne Lynch said. “We appreciate The Princeton Review for taking the time to better understand what makes Stephens such a special place.”
The Princeton Review is an educational services company that provides test-prep courses and other student resources.
Stephens College, founded in 1833, is the second oldest women’s college in the country.
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Stars back in action

The Stephens Stars athletics teams are busy getting ready for their respective seasons.


There’s a noticeable difference between the 2012 and 2013 Stephens’ soccer teams. Last year, first-year head coach Xander Kennedy began fall practice with seven student-athletes. Fast forward a year and Kennedy started his two-a-day practices last week with 19 players.

“We are certainly making progress,” Kennedy said. “I’ve been able to push these young women a lot harder than last year, and I feel like we are going to be in soccer shape in time for our first match.”

The soccer team opens its 2013 campaign with a home contest at Cosmo Park against Spring Hill (Ala.) Friday, Aug. 30, at 4 p.m. The Stars, who return 10 players, will continue their busy home stretch with matches against University of the Ozarks (Ark.) and Central Baptist (Ark.) Sept. 6 and 7.


In contrast to soccer’s front-loaded home schedule, the Stephens volleyball program won’t play on the newly refinished Deb Duren Court at Silverthorne Arena until Sept. 27. At that time, the Stars will have four consecutive home matches. Volleyball will begin the season with exhibition matches against Cottey College and Wentworth Military Academy on Friday, Aug. 30.

The squad returns three starters from last season including sophomores Madison Reale (St. Louis, Mo.) and Emily Manczuk (Odessa, Mo.), and lone senior Jenna Zmyslony (Barnum, Minn.). Also bringing a wealth of experience to the court will be junior setter Samantha Phegley, a transfer from MCC-Longview, where she garnered NJCAA All-American honors in 2011 and All-Region honors in 2012. Second-year head coach Rose Obunaga added seven freshmen to the fold, which is the largest incoming freshman class in program history. 

Cross Country

Stephens welcomed a new member to the athletics staff with the hiring of head cross country coach Travis Cook on Aug. 1. Cook, a former cross country and track and field athlete, lettered in both sports at Centralia High School. Prior to transferring to the University of Missouri, Cook participated on the track and field team at NAIA’s Central Methodist during the 2007-08 season. The first-year head coach recently finished his Master of Education in Counseling Psychology at Mizzou with a specific emphasis in sports psychology.

Tentatively, the Stars have penciled in meets at Central Missouri (Sept. 14), Missouri Southern State (Sept. 24), Central Methodist (Oct. 12) and St. Louis College of Pharmacy (Oct. 26), along with the American Midwest Conference meet on Nov. 8.
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Stephens launches First Year Experience

Stephens College has launched a new initiative that aims to help students better understand how their academic studies fit into their lives outside of the classroom.

It’s called the First Year Experience and will combine discipline-specific studies with group activities, service projects and tips on how to succeed in college.

“We want to show students that the academic part of college is not completely separate from the social part,” said Dr. Tara Giblin, Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences.

“We want faculty and staff to create some activities so they can see the overlap between team building and academic coursework and content—it’s about connecting their discipline to something larger.”

FYE courses will be writing intensive to prepare students for college-level expectations. Each year, the courses will fall under an overarching theme, with the inaugural theme being “Society and Self.”

This year, all of the FYE courses will explore the relationship between an individual and her surroundings and how one person can impact a larger group.

Students had the option of selecting one of eight FYE courses, including classes specifically focused on cinema, fashion, art and leadership. Honors-level students will spend the semester examining the role of media and self in society.

One FYE course, “Passion Projects: Women and Creativity,” will examine the lives of women in arts, business, agriculture and health care and how they addressed issues of inequality and cultural expectations. When they’re finished with the course, students will be able to demonstrate a growing understanding of how women make a difference in society.

“What U Wear: Fashion, Culture & Identity” will explore the cultural and sociological aspects of apparel and appearance. Ultimately, the course aims to foster an appreciation of diversity for how people have dressed and appeared throughout history.

In “Artifacts, Trash or Treasure,” students will be introduced to the idea of material culture. Students will learn the basics of psychoanalytical, archeological, cultural and economic theories to better understand ancient and modern artifacts.

In “LeaderHerShip: Women’s Professional Journey,” students will assess the challenges and strengths of female leaders; and in “Society, Self and Cinema,” students will examine how documentary and narrative filmmaking can affect social change.

Throughout the seven-week experience, freshmen groups will also participate in service projects in the community. In September, all classes will watch the movie “Bully” and discuss common themes.

The FYE program aims to be a “new, interesting and engaging starting point for all incoming freshmen,” Giblin said. “We believe this is the perfect way to introduce students to not only the academic side of Stephens but also to our commitment to service and to making sure women are equipped with the self-understanding and confidence they need to find their place in society.”
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Student interns at Columbia magazine

Laura Dresser ’14 enjoyed seeing her byline grace the pages of Inside Columbia magazine this summer, where she interned as a writer, blogger, photographer and fashion stylist.
But as much as she liked seeing her name in print, Dresser especially liked knowing she was giving readers information they could use. One article told Columbians about a new coffee shop in town. Another gave new moms ideas on how to decorate the nursery. And another provided healthy skin care tips. Many of the topics were new to Dresser, requiring her to do the research required to be an informed journalist.
“I was educating people, but I was learning alongside them,” she said.
And that education paid off—Dresser had several readers express gratitude for the stories.
fashion communication major, Dresser has several interests. She likes writing, but she also likes the process of staging photos—finding the garments, putting together the outfits, gathering props and making sure the models’ hair and clothing are just right. This fall, fashion photos she styled and set up this summer are expected to be published in a six- to eight-page spread.
For her coffee shop piece, which ran online in June, Dresser was in charge of all of the photos. She not only arranged the setting, she also took the photographs. The results? Amazing detailed shots of colorful coffee cups and the shop’s unique décor.
Dresser had previous fashion styling experience from a class she took at the London College of Fashion, where she studied abroad last summer. But the magazine internship provided her first real look at the inner workings of a publication.
“It was great to experience things firsthand and to be able to learn from those experiences," she said. “And it was nice actually seeing a project from start to finish.”
Dresser will get more real-world experience this school year, too, when she joins the staff of Creative Ink, a student-run marketing firm on campus. As part of the creative team there, she’ll contribute her opinions and ideas to branding, advertising and other marketing campaigns.
“At Stephens, you really get to explore your interests in a hands-on manner,” she said. “I do these amazing projects that allow me to explore different interests and see what I really enjoy.”
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Student works as Saks buying intern

Amelia Carter ’14 is getting an up close look at the fashion industry this summer as a buying intern at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York.

“This experience overall is absolutely amazing and the best opportunity I have been given in my career yet,” she said. “The best benefit for me is being able to do the actual work and to see the way things are done in the buying office.”

Carter, who is studying Fashion Marketing and Management at Stephens, is working for Saks Direct in Designer Ready to Wear. There’s no typical day, but she’s completed purchase orders from market appointments, prepared vendor selling reports and has been able to attend a few market appointments. 

“There have been many cool experiences during my internship, but I would say my top one is going to market with the buying team,” she said.

The best market appointment was with British luxury line Belstaff, she said. She accompanied a divisional merchandise manager and was able to take pictures of the merchandise and weigh in on the purchases and outfits.

“I couldn’t believe my buyer allowed me to actually assist him in the appointment,” she said. “I loved every bit of that experience!” 

The work is also showing Carter how her classroom studies apply to real-world situations. “All of those spread sheets, case studies and retail math tests were all worth it,” she said, praising Assistant Professor Courtney Cothren for her courses. “It feels good to know that I am finally able use the skills and knowledge I have developed.”

When she’s not working alongside buyers, Carter is attending classes as part of Saks’ Executive Excellent Program where she continues to study retail math and life in the corporate world. Saks administrators, including CEO Steve Sadove and Michael Burgees, President of Saks Direct, have also spoken to the intern class.

“Each leader provided great insight about the company and career growth,” Carter said. Saks’ Summer Internship Program is designed to attract and develop talented college students, Leah Willingham, the Manager of University Relations, said in a statement. “Since the formation of our University Relations team in 2010, our on-campus presence has grown tremendously, and year after year, the quality of candidates continues to impress us,” she said.

That’s how Carter found the opportunity. After learning about the program through the University Relations team, Carter said she was “all for it. It sounded like a great opportunity to grow my career.”
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The Collections

Watch The Collections from April 2013.


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Cast of Traces in the Wind performs at Embassy of the Czech Republic

The Stephens College cast of “Traces in the Wind” returned to Washington D.C. Jan. 17 for another performance of the tone poem of remembrance.

This time the group appeared before the Embassy of the Czech Republic to which Dr. Gail Humphries Mardirosian, dean of the School of Performing Arts, has strong ties.

“Traces in the Wind” was developed 1 ½ years ago by Mardirosian, who worked with various Stephens theatre and musical theatre students on the piece. Tom Andes, instructor of music, composed original music and worked with Mardirosian to develop the lyrics. The group gave a performance last spring at Stephens before traveling to Washington D.C. for a showing at the International Psychoanalytical Association’s conference at American University.

The piece is based on writings from three Czech survivors of Terezin, a Nazi transit camp located 45 miles outside of Prague.

“The words of three extraordinary women who were betrayed, humiliated, deprived of normal living conditions, incarcerated, and experienced the depth of psychological and physical abuse and, yet, survived, were used as the matrix for the presentation,” Mardirosian said. “It seemed as if each of these exceptional women had used their art as some form of sustenance and it gave them some renewal, at least for the soul.”

 Mardirosian said it’s impossible for her to fully comprehend the circumstances under which the women suffered.

 “Yet, as an artist, there was such a compelling empathy generated from reading their writings,” she said, “that I felt an extraordinary desire to share their words.”

 The stories presented include those of Charlotte Delbo, portrayed by Katherine Moore ’17, Rosie Glazer, portrayed by Clara Bentz ’17 and Eva Kavanova, portrayed by Lauren Hardcastle ’16.

Abilene Olson ’17 performs as the narrator; Jayme Brown ’17 serves as production stage manager and dramaturge; and Jamie Casagrande ’17 designed the costumes. Brandi Coleman, visiting artist, developed the movement. Pam Ellsworth-Smith, associate professor of vocal arts, served as vocal coach. Dialect coach was Paula Cavanaught Cater. Script consultant was Barbara Oliver Korner.

Mardirosian’s work with Czech theatre began in 2000 when she was invited by the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, an international nonprofit organization promoting Czech and Slovak cultural and intellectual contributions, to present the American debut of a play written by a famous Czech playwright, Josef Topol.  This led to many subsequent performances and presentations sponsored by the Embassy and performed in Washington D.C., as well as invitational lectures at various universities in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and Bohemia Hall in New York City.

 In addition, Mardirosian’s work with the Embassy of the Czech Republic represents an important connection to her personal life.

 “My mother was Czech and Slovak and this work connects me to my roots in so many ways,” she said. “I am also driven by a conviction to theatre for social justice.”



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