Category Archives: Stephens College

Stephens honors December graduates

By SYDNEY BERRY

neighborhoods@columbiamissourian.com

COLUMBIA — The glow of smiling faces lit up the Kimball Ballroom at Stephens College as the 51 graduating students moved their tassels from right to left in unison.

“I know I could not be the woman I am today without the help of Stephens College,” said Mandy Trainer, a commencement class speaker and the graduate representative.

Twenty-three students walked as master’s degree candidates and 28 as bachelor’s degree candidates on Saturday.

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Columbia Public Schools upcoming employment fair

By ROSELLEN DOWNEY

NEIGHBORHOODS@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Columbia Public Schools is having an employment fair on Saturday, Feb. 5. This fair will be at Smithton Middle School on West Worley Street between 9 and 11 a.m.

People who would like to apply for positions as teachers, administrators, counselors, media specialists, support staff office personnel, paraprofessionals, LPN’s and nurses should call 214-3422 to make an appointment for a screening interview. Those who are interested in being substitute teachers, working in nutrition services, custodians, working in specialized maintenance, technology assistants, playground supervisors and coaches should attend the employment fair and bring a current resume.

Applications, open positions and additional information can be found on the district’s human resources website.

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Columbia Public Schools’ surveys measure need for social media

BY ROSELLEN DOWNEY

NEIGHBORHOODS@ColumbiaMissourian.com

“We don’t currently do social media,” said Michelle Baumstark, communications coordinator for Columbia Public Schools.

Columbia Public Schools used a phone survey conducted by Kansas-based Patron Insight in addition to online community and staff surveys.

The Columbia School Board approved the cost of the 400-person phone survey, which was not to exceed $14,000, several months ago. Baumstark said the cost is associated with how many calls Patron Insight needs to make to complete the surveys.

The online portion of the survey features the same 26 questions included in the phone survey. These questions measure each respondent’s interest in Columbia Public Schools Television, the district’s newsletter and a possible district Facebook page and Twitter feed.

This survey is a part of Columbia Public Schools’ five-year Comprehensive School Improvement Plan. According to Baumstark, the survey looks at how the district communicates with those who live within its boundaries. She said the results of the survey may help them decide if social media are something they should embrace and utilize at the district level.

“I think it’s a very helpful process in building a stronger school district,” said Michele Clark, communications coordinator for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Baumstark said the district plans to conduct a similar study each year for the next few years as part of the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.

The survey closed at 5 p.m. Friday. The results will be tallied and presented to the Columbia School Board at a yet-to-be-determined date.

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STRIPES to take winter break

By ROSELLEN DOWNEY

neigborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Saturday night will mark the final time the STRIPES safe-ride program will be in operation this semester. Starting Dec. 5, calls and messages left at the program’s facility will not be returned, according to a news release from the program.

STRIPES will resume providing rides toward the beginning of the spring semester in late January. This fall it gave 9,000 safe rides to members of the MU community, according to the news release. It is within 5,000 of its milestone goal of 100,000 safe-rides.

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Request a letter from Santa Claus

By SYDNEY BERRY

neighborhoods@columbiamissourian.com

The University YMCA is selling hand-written letters from Santa Claus for children. The letters will be signed by Santa and postmarked from the North Pole.

The $5 cost goes to support the University YMCA youth programs in Columbia.

The letters can be sent anywhere in the U.S.

To order a letter, click here, or email Julie Alexander, executive director, directly at alexanderju@missouri.edu. Orders need to be placed by noon on Dec. 7.

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‘Study Break’ at Grace Bible Church

College luncheons are taking a break until next semester at Grace Bible Church, 601 Blue Ridge Rd. But there’s still a hang-out planned for college students in Columbia before Christmas.

Worship Pastor Rob Pilant invited swamped scholars to a “study break” at Grace Bible Church at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. The agenda includes studying, playing games and simple relaxation.

-Ben Frentzel

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Reminder: Stephens to host International Hunt Seat Invitational

By SYDNEY BERRY

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

A reminder that Stephens College will host the 2010 International Hunt Seat Invitational on Nov. 20. from 9 a.m. to noon and 2:30 to 5 p.m. Practices will also be held on Nov. 18 and Nov. 19. Both the practices and the competition are free and open to the public.

The eight-member Stephens team will be competing against a team from the American Morgan Horse Association, which is sponsoring the event.

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