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Global Awareness of Cottey Students Grows at Model United Nations

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By Beth Hammock, Executive Director of Marketing and Communication, and Kidest Ketema, Class of 2019

Cottey College believes students will become better leaders when they are more globally aware. We want them to learn about cultures, politics, economics and much more. So when seven students returned from the 59th Midwest Model United Nations in late February, we were thrilled to hear their enthusiasm!

At the Model U.N. in St. Louis, students acted as if they were United Nations diplomats. The goal was to gain a better understanding of global issues and the role of the United Nations. Five of the seven Cottey students who attended are international students, which enhanced the exchange of ideas at the conference.
“I am both an international student and a freshman, and this experience opened my eyes to the broader outside world,” said Htet Thazin Myo Lwin, a native of Myanmar. “It introduced me to the world of diplomacy and lots of intellects from other universities and colleges, and that …

Cottey Business Students Take Over Operations of Campus Snack Bar

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Members of the Cottey College business club Enactus have taken their education way beyond book-learning–they run a business! Led by students Allyson Williams and Karlie Acton, a team of future business professionals have taken over the operation of the campus snack bar, The Chellie Club. Getting to the point where the students could even propose managing the Chellie Club required an entrepreneurial effort as well. Dr. Tammy Ogren, assistant professor of business-management, took students on a field trip to Kansas City to visit different startup companies. “Students expressed the fact that they didn't feel like they had hands on business experience at Cottey,” said Acton. “She [Ogren] saw a need and decided to fix it by starting Enactus.” “Enactus is a national organization for students that supports entrepreneurism in action (ENACTUS: ENtrepreneurism in ACTion among US). In spring 2018, Allyson, Enactus president, held several student meetings with Enactus members or interested part…

New Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Diya Paul Leads Cottey’s Environmental Studies Program

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Dr. Diya Paul, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies, joined the Cottey College faculty in fall of 2018. An expert on political ecology and land use science, Dr. Paul is teaching introductory and advanced courses in environmental studies. She is also program coordinator of the environmental studies program. Her experience goes far beyond the simple label of environmental studies, however, with an interdisciplinary background that encompasses economics, geography, social work, physical sciences and more.

In fact, Dr. Paul’s first career was in social work, focusing on the intersection of people and the environment. After earning a master’s in social work from the Delhi School of Social Work, she spent eight years working in the development and non-governmental organization sector in India.

This work brought Dr. Paul face-to-face with the way that human and wildlife communities interact and overlap and the impact of ecology and the environment on people’s day-to-day l…

Cottey Alumna Fights Wildfires Out West

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Meagan Duffee-Yates ’07, a private land conservationist for Barton and Jasper counties with the Missouri Department of Conservation, answered the call when the wildfires began in California and Oregon. Her answer was, “Yes!”

“I got the call to go out to Oregon in mid-July,” said Duffee-Yates. “At the beginning of fire season, which is late May-November, we provide to our employer dates that we are available to be gone for up to 21 days. Since this is through my employer [Department of Conservation] they are very understanding and very supportive.”

What made her say yes to the opportunity to go fight wildfires?

“I knew that I would be gaining experience by going to a different state and being involved with large scale wildfires,” Duffee-Yates explained. “With my job we are asked to help fight local wildfire but our environment is much different than out west. Being able to go fight fires in a different environment, with different weather patterns, different habitat and through a much l…

New Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Amber Morczek, Criminology

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Dr. Amber Morczek is one of the newest faculty members to join Cottey College. With her background in criminology and her expertise in gender-based violence, Professor Morczek was the perfect candidate to assist in building Cottey’s expanded offerings in Criminology (available as both a major and minor).

Professor Morczek joined the faculty in fall of 2018. Her first semester at Cottey kept her busy as program coordinator for the new and developing program, planning new courses, writing class descriptions, and more. She also taught three essential introductory courses: The Criminal Justice System, Criminology, and Violence Against Women.

Despite the challenging subject matter, Professor Morczek says that Violence Against Women is one of her favorite classes to teach; she’s now taught it nine times at a few different institutions. “While we discuss and confront difficult topics every day, it’s especially impactful for students,” she says. The class explores topics such as patriarchy, …

Cottey Business Student Shines in Internship at Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis

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Landing a top-notch internship is never an easy feat, and for international students, residency restrictions can pose an extra hurdle. But Blessing Gandawa, a business administration and management major at Cottey and an international student, was determined to make it happen. Her persistence finally paid off with a summer internship at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and a horizon-expanding, career-building experience more than worth writing home about.
Gandawa’s quest to find the right internship began in August 2017, her junior year, when she started applying for positions in Nevada and Kansas City. Throughout the fall, she continued to apply at relevant firms — but no one was hiring. “By December, I’d almost given up hope,” she says.
Then, she decided to visit a friend in St. Louis for winter break. The Federal Reserve Bank’s website said it was closed to applications, but Gandawa’s friend suggested she give it a shot anyway — and apply in person. Gandawa made an appointment…

Strengthening the Bonds of Our Humanity

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The flags at Cottey College recently flew at half-mast after another senseless shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue, and today we learn of a shooting at a yoga studio in Tallahassee. “Senseless” is a word we often use after one of these events because rational human beings can’t make sense of why calamities like this happen.
In light of recent mass shootings; natural disasters around the world in the form of hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and tornadoes; hate-filled language bombarding us from all directions via news channels, social media, or as we drive down the street … I reach out to our community to remind us all that we must work to strengthen the bonds of our humanity, our bonds of kinship, and our bonds of mutual support and unity.
When the world seems out of control, we must look for those areas in which we can have an impact. Part of what makes us human is the desire to love and be loved, to respect and be respected, to listen and to be listened to. One of the first and…