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					Columbia College– elgin

January Session 2009

A newsletter for students and friends of the college

1700 Spartan Dr. Elgin, IL 60123 Phone: (847) 214-7197 Fax: (847) 214-7003

Director’s Letter Conference offers glimpse of the college’s bright future
In September, campus directors traveled to the main campus of Columbia College in Columbia, Mo., to attend the semiannual Adult Higher Education (AHE) Directors Conference. Directors from the 34 Nationwide Campuses came together to discuss with other college administrators how to continually enhance our highquality academic programs and make our administrative processes more effective and efficient. We use the word “connections” frequently – as the title of our faculty and staff newsletter, in our graduation ceremonies and in our daily dealings between campuses across the country and the home campus. But it is more than a word. I feel connected to my fellow directors. Whether we are directors on the West Coast, the East Coast or somewhere in between, and whether we have a campus staffed by two or by 10, we all are serving the same mission, following the same procedures and delivering the same services. The three-and-a-half day conference was filled with glimpses of our future. You might want to know what the future holds for you at Columbia College. There is not enough space here to tell you everything, but I want to discuss two areas — technology and customer service — that will change your life as a student in nothing but positive ways over the next 18 months. Technology rules the future in our personal and academic lives. Technology will continue to keep you connected, informed and satisfied. New technology on the horizon includes financial aid disbursement checks by direct deposit, photo student IDs, a cashiering system to improve account privacy and accuracy, document imaging to share records between the home campus and any other campus, transcript tracking and more. But the best technology is already at your fingertips via your eServices account. Do you know that you can check your account balances, run a degree audit and view the details of your financial aid from your eServices account? You can also access career services online 24/7 and post your résumé, search for internships and view job listings while those looking to hire can peruse your résumé. You can even access the Stafford Library’s electronic stacks, download music from RUCKUS and conduct research using LexisNexis. Technology allows faster, and often more complete, customer service. Technology affords us more time to spend with you in person, via telephone or in an e-mail, more time to figure out the best class schedule, determine the degree that fits your needs, explore financial aid options or follow up on a scholarship opportunity. And all of this improves our customer service to you! The conference generated a lot of great ideas that I’m excited to implement to improve your academic experience at Columbia College.

Dates to remember
Nov. 24 January Session registration begins Nov. 26 No classes. Thanksgiving holiday; ECC and campus office close at 5 p.m. Nov. 27-28 Thanksgiving holiday; college closed Dec. 1 Last day to withdraw from October Session courses and receive a “W” Dec. 13 October Session ends Dec. 24-Jan. 4 Christmas and New Year’s holiday recess; ECC and campus office closed Jan. 9 Last day to register for January Session graduate courses Jan. 12 January Session begins Jan. 16 Last day to add January Session undergraduate courses Jan. 19 Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday; college closed Jan. 20 Last day to drop January Session courses without academic or financial liability Feb. 16 President’s Day; ECC and campus office closed Feb. 20 Last day to withdraw from January Session courses and receive a “W”

Director, Columbia College–Elgin

- Karen Beckstrom

Check out the new blog for nationwide students: More details on page 2.

Find your way with the “Compass”
Beginning Nov. 3, newsletter content, and perhaps other news from your campus, will be available online at We hope you’ll check it out and let us know what you think! E-mail Jennifer Jonas at with comments and suggestions for the Compass.

Online library update
Stafford Library can help you conduct research from a distance and obtain the materials you require. The staff is as committed to providing the full range of services to Nationwide and Online Campus students as it is to serving those at the home campus. Here are some remote-access options: • Web access to full-text electronic resources • Online access to electronic books through the Stafford Library catalog • Electronic delivery of articles through Interlibrary Loan Online resources The library subscribes to many electronic resources, including databases containing articles from scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers, as well as statistical abstracts and electronic reference books. These provide high-quality information for research and coursework. Students are encouraged to try these resources first, before using search engines like Google. Stafford Library has two new online resources: Bloom’s Literary Reference Online, which features authors’ biographies, literary criticism, articles on literary topics and more; and the Historical Statistics of the United States, which provides migration, health, crime, slavery, education, science, economic, election and more statistics from the 17th to the 21st centuries. These resources join a formidable online lineup that includes the business-oriented Wall Street Journal, legal LexisNexis, musical RUCKUS (three million tracks and 4,000 plus movie and TV programs) and everpopular Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia. Visit library/resources.asp for a complete listing of Stafford Library’s online resources. Research assistance The staff at Stafford Library is happy to help you find materials, access electronic resources and conduct a search. Just click on “Ask a Librarian” (; phone us at (573) 875-7381 or (800) 231-2391, ext. 7381; or e-mail us at

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How are we doing?
These newsletters were developed to help keep you informed about important news and events affecting you and your campus. Are we hitting the mark? Are there topics you’d like to see that we’re missing? What do you like about the newsletter? What would you change? We welcome your comments and suggestions. Send your thoughts to Jennifer Jonas at We appreciate your feedback!

Happy 158th birthday, Columbia College!
Christian Female College received its charter from the Missouri General Assembly on Jan. 18, 1851, making it the first women’s college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by a state legislature. The college’s opening preceded the founding of prestigious eastern women’s colleges such as Vassar (1865), Wellesley (1875) and Radcliffe (1894). The college was renamed Columbia College in 1970 when it became coeducational. Columbia College has served the Elgin campus since 1997.

Log on or tune in for class cancellations
Power outages, hurricanes and inclement weather can all cause class cancellations. The best way to find out if classes are canceled is to check the campus Web site. The college also will contact local radio and television stations to announce the closure. Check with your campus office for a list of stations that will be notified in the event of a cancellation. Because cancellations will be posted on the Web, students are discouraged from calling the local campus office. This allows the office to keep the phone lines open for urgent college business. Students should expect classes to proceed as scheduled if no notice is posted. If classes are held and adverse weather occurs, it is up to each student to determine if he or she can make it safely to class. If classes are canceled, instructors will notify students of a make-up day.

January Session courses
All classes are held at the Health Business and Technology Center (HBT) at the corner of 2nd Street and Hoffer Drive.

Monday 5 p.m.-10 p.m. CJAD 495 Integrative Seminar Miller MGMT 330 Principles of Management Hartwig

Columbia College receives national recognition
Columbia College once again has been nationally recognized for academic quality and value: U.S.News & World Report names Columbia College one of America’s best colleges For the fifth year in a row, Columbia College has been ranked in the top tier of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S.News & World Report. Columbia College is now ranked 51st in “Best Universities-Master’s” for the Midwest Region. This category evaluates institutions that offer a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and some master’s degrees, but few, if any, doctoral programs. Princeton Review names Columbia College one of the best colleges in the Midwest Columbia College has been named a 2009 Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review. The college is one of only 159 schools in a 12-state region to receive the “Best Midwestern College” designation. Colleges were selected based on academic excellence and surveys of current students. The Princeton Review calls Columbia College a “small community with great teachers and lasting friendships” and a college that is serious about “educating the whole person,” where general education requirements ensure that “everyone receives a wellrounded education no matter what one’s major is.” names Columbia College a “Best Buy”, a respected clearinghouse of accredited online programs, designated Columbia College as a “Best Buy” for several online degrees. The college’s online MBA and online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice ranked among the top five best buys; the online bachelor’s degrees in business, psychology and sociology ranked among the top 10 best buys. The college also was recognized for the online MBA’s flexible admission requirements.

Tuesday 5 p.m.-10 p.m. POSC 340 Judicial Process Miller MGMT 368 Business Ethics Sisto

Wednesday 5-10 p.m. HUMS/SOCI 350 Social Gerontology McNamara MGMT 361 Human Resource Management TBA

Thursday, 5-10 p.m. COMM 303 Intercultural Communications Cook FINC 350 Business Finance Gibbons

Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. CJAD 345 Ethics and Morality in Criminal Justice Moser

Registration begins Nov. 24 and courses begin Jan. 12. To access the on-campus schedule, visit For a complete list of online classes, go to


Columbia College–Elgin 1700 Spartan Dr. Elgin, IL 60123

Columbia College–Elgin welcomes new faculty and students
Faculty Kathleen McNamara joined us in August to teach Human Services classes. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Barnard College, Columbia University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois. She is a licensed clinical social worker with a background in social services and mental health and is currently working as a police social worker for the Carol Stream Police Department. Her students enjoy that she has hands-on experience with her job, which gives her “great background knowledge of the subject area.” They say she is “very personable” and “always enthusiastic about the material.” Ann-Marie Hall-Sparks also joined Columbia College–Elgin in August to teach business. She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and business administration from Illinois State University and an MBA from Roosevelt University. Students say she keeps them motivated and appreciate that she keeps them “enthused and doing activities.” Another student commented about her class, “We received real-life examples and were able to identify with them.” Students Anna Baratta, Rita Borkowicz, Manuela Denk-Liniewski, Betty Erickson, Sabrina Geroulis, Jason Joyce, Malgorzata Leszczuk, Deangela Lewis, Brendon Liniewski, Linda Marroquin, Patricia Nappier, Ross Peters, Amphone Philavong, Gabrielle Pike, Christopher Prystawsky, Corina Sotelo, Susan Sundara, Khammy Vongphakdy and Season Winesburg.

Get connected with the Technology Solutions Center
The Columbia College Technology Solutions Center can help you with: • eServices activation and reactivation • CougarMail • General technology questions • Advice on computer purchases Students can search for answers and submit requests for assistance at, or call the Technology Solutions Center at (573) 875-HELP or 800-231-2391, ext. 4357. Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Noon-6 p.m. *All hours are Central Standard Time