Month: April 2019


Students Travel to London During Spring Break

April 3, 2019 | Campus News

While some students were relaxing over spring break, others were traveling abroad in London! More than a dozen students took part in the 11th annual trip with the ECC Art Club and Student Media Club.

“It is incredible to be with students as they experience the world in new and transformative ways,” said Assistant Professor of English and Journalism Leigh Kolb. She traveled with the students on the trip. “From navigating a new city to taking in Shakespeare, it’s always moving to watch students grow as individuals on a trip like this. Travel is such an important part of learning how to be human, and we always hope that this trip is one that is an important step in a lifelong journey for our students.”

The students made the most of the week-long trip – visiting The British Museum, British Library, Tate Modern, V&A Museum, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Shakespeare’s Globe and Canterbury Cathedral. They also saw a performance of Richard II at the Sam Wanamaker Theater.

There was a different element to the trip this year as well. Students were able to perform community service with Art4Space in South London.

“Our students stepped in to assist with the large-scale ceramic mosaic for the St. Andrews Primary School,” said Assistant Professor of Art Adam Watkins. “Students helped finish handmade ceramic tile ornaments from the K-3 students. It was an amazing experience, and probably the best day of any trip over the past 11 years, as our students learned about community outreach and engagement, the world of nonprofits and ultimately being able to participate in a community project that will be visible for many years to come.”

For student Joshua German, the trip was about more than just sightseeing. He was able to connect with relatives he’d never met before!

“They were super fantastic, and it was great to make some connections in London. They wasted no time in accepting me into the family and treating me great,” he explained. “We went to Gloucester Cathedral together. They made me English tea, Cornish pastries, sausage rolls and fish and chips. It was a really great experience meeting them and I want to do it again!”

The trip is completely self-funded by students. Many fundraisers were held throughout the year to help with expenses.


Students who attended the 2019 trip:

  • Abigail Sieve
  • Sarah Gruper
  • Josh Kierns
  • Lucy Roth
  • Elizabeth Delmain
  • Anna Wright
  • Mary Glastetter
  • Gwendolen Minks
  • Campbell Hamai
  • Josh German
  • Bob Pruessner
  • Carson Mowery
  • Jessie Chafin


Vice President of External Relations Chosen for 2019 Leadership Missouri Program

April 1, 2019 | Campus News

Leadership Missouri, the premier leadership development program offered by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is designed to enhance the leadership skills of current and emerging leaders through an in-depth exploration of the state’s economic, political, and social issues. Among this year’s participants is East Central College Vice President of External Relations Joel Doepker.

Leadership Missouri consists of seven monthly, two-day sessions held in different regions of the state. While traveling to several Missouri communities and networking with the state’s top government, business and non-profit leaders, participants will gain a better understanding of the diverse industries and people that make up Missouri’s economy.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to learn from some of Missouri’s most influential leaders,” said Doepker, “and bring that knowledge and insight back to East Central College.”

The 2019 Leadership Missouri program kicks off on April 9 in Jefferson City. The first segment includes a reception at the Governor’s Mansion that will bring together Leadership Missouri alumni to welcome the 2019 class.

“Since its inception in 1990, Leadership Missouri has helped hundreds of Missourians to become better leaders,” said Daniel P. Mehan, Missouri Chamber President and CEO. “Leadership Missouri graduates are serving all across our state as top business executives and managers, as well as in community and political leadership roles. The type of education and training provided in Leadership Missouri is exactly what we need going forward if we hope to succeed in realizing our vision for Missouri 2030.”