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Stephens honors December graduates



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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A new, safer twist on trick-or-treating



The Mortar Board at Stephens College is hosting their annual safe trick-or-treating event on Oct. 26. Kids walk through different stations to collect candy and participate in games and crafts.

“We changed it up this year because we wanted it to be more interactive for the kids,” Mortar Board member Jordan Lilienthal said. Mortar Board is an honors society at the college

The festivities will be held in the Kimball Ballroom of Lela Raney Wood Hall, 6. N. College Ave. from 7 to 9 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Stephens College to host International Hunt Seat Invitational



Stephens College has been selected to host the 2010 International Hunt Seat Invitational, which is being held Nov. 18 through Nov. 20 in the Stephens Stables.

The invitational, sponsored by the American Morgan Horse Association, will have an eight-member Stephens team competing against a Morgan team.

Try-outs for the competition were held Oct. 3.

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MU shuttle adds stop at Stephens College

BY Walker Moskop

COLUMBIA – The MU shuttle service now stops at Stephens College to accommodate about 100 MU students staying at Prunty Hall this fall.

The shuttle started stopping at Stephens  the Thursday before classes started at MU and will not run next semester. The students will not live in Prunty Hall in the spring.

Buses are scheduled to stop at Prunty Hall every 30 minutes from 6:40 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, 6:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 1:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The UM Board of Curators is paying the city of Columbia for the shuttle service. This addition to the route cost the board $31,515, said Columbia Public Works Transportation Manager Ken Koopmans.

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Cozy up to Missouri artists at “Vital Threads” exhibit

Annie Helmericks-Louder and Pam Kanagawa-RuBert will display their textile talents Aug. 27 through Oct. 14 at the Davis Art Gallery at Stephens College. The Missouri artists’ work consists of contemporary art quilts and silk paintings. A reception will be held Aug. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. Attendees can meet the artists. Refreshments will be offered. The event is free and open to the public.

The Davis Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment. It is located at the intersection of Walnut and Ripley streets.

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Stephens College offers fun summer performances


“Ninjas welcome,” the invite beckons.

The Stephens College Summer Theatre Institute is presenting four events this summer that are free and open to the public.

Comprosed of Stephens College students that have completed their first year at the school, the institute is essentially a summer camp that gives acting students a chance to hone their skills for the stage.

On Friday, May 21, the students will host “An Evening of Children’s Theatre,” which features family-friendly fables and fairy tale performances. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Warehouse Theatre on the Stephens campus. Continue reading

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Stephens dancers focus on cooperation, improvisation

Story and photos by PAUL MOSSINE

Matt and Emily Kent watch as Stephens dancers participate in an improv exercise.

The dancers of Stephens College are already known to be a tightly knit group of students, but a master class taught by two visiting choreographers on Monday tested their improvisatory and collaborative skill.

The master class taught by Matt and Emily Kent, two freelance choreographers associated with the internationally recognized Pilobolus Dance Theater, stressed the importance of cooperation and spontaneity in dance and in the creation of art in general.

“Our work comes out of improvisation,” Matt Kent said. “It’s a very collaborative approach to making art, so everyone’s involved: dancers, lighting designers, choreographers.”

The Kents, who were working on a show last week at the Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis, were invited to teach the workshop at the Macklanburg Theater on the Stephens campus.

Ricardo Rique-Sanchez faces his peers before starting a practice exercise.

Matt said that no one person’s artistic vision drives the productions he works on and he wants to instill the same thought process in the students he works with. He said this is achieved by focusing on attentiveness between dancers in improvisation.

Ricardo Rique-Sanchez, a Stephens student who participated in the master class, said he highly appreciated this distinctive approach. “I liked the improv,” he said. “It was very unique, it wasn’t just ‘flail your arm around’ like with a ballet or jazz dancer. You gotta see it!”

Ricardo Rique-Sanchez takes advice from Matt Kent as Ryan Johnson and Jamie Andes look on.

Rique-Sanchez said relying on another dancer to pick him up during one partnered exercise was new to him, especially when his partner was female.

“I don’t like getting picked up. I look little, but I’m like 170. That’s pretty heavy, even for the guys, so usually I’m the base.”

Jessica Ray, also a dancer at Stephens, said she enjoyed the level of trust the dancers had for one other during the exercise.

“It’s really exhilarating to work that way,” she said.

Emily Frazier, left, and Jessica Ray support Leah Franklin at the Macklanburg Theater on Monday.

Carol Estey, chair of the dance department at Stephens College, said guest artists are often invited to teach at Stephens for performing arts students. She said she enjoyed seeing students benefit from established professionals in field.

“If someone we know is nearby, we get them in,” Estey said.

Dancers form a discussion circle on the stage at Macklanburg Theater at Stephens College.

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