University of Missouri Extension is hosting the Community Development Academy at The Elms in Excelsior Springs, MO from March 27-31. This intensive, experiential, five-day course enhances your ability to work effectively with a wide array of community issues. Earn either continuing education units, 3 hours undergraduate credit, 3 hours graduate credit, or take as non-credit. Graduate students can work toward a Certificate in Community Process. if you’re interested, you can visit: http://muconf.missouri.edu/commdevelopmentacademy/
Moberly Area Community College (MACC) will help host a job fair in downtown Moberly on March 15th from 2 – 6 p.m. If you’re interested, you can download the flyer here: Moberly Job Fair Registration Employer Flyer 03-15 (2).
Columbia College is hosting one of the largest new eSports and gaming events in the United States, the inaugural Midwest Campus Clash and Gaming Expo on April 8. The event will bring some of the top collegiate eSports teams in the Midwest together in Columbia, Missouri, to compete for a $25,000 prize pool. In addition to the live tournament viewing space, the Expo area will include a range of gaming experiences for all ages, plus food trucks and an exhibitor space to sample the latest gaming gear. Visit www.midwestcampusclash.com for complete details on the event and for sponsorship opportunities, or contact Columbia College Director of eSports Bryan Curtis at [email protected].
The Central Bank of Boone County Lobby Gallery, located inside the Downtown Bank at 8th and Broadway, features the paintings of Dan Stapleton through Thursday, March 9, 2017. The Lobby Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Although a long-time Columbia resident, Stapleton’s interests come from the southwest, specifically New Mexico. His compositions are a combination of field sketches, photography and paintings. There are no hidden meanings or subliminal messages in Stapleton’s work, he only hopes his art is enjoyed and creates empathy with the viewer.
An informative meeting regarding the Boone County Jail population will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at 6 p.m. in the Boone County Government Center Commission Chambers. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. On behalf of the Boone County Commission, former 13th Circuit Judge Gary Oxenhandler is preparing a study of the historical and current status of the jail population in the Boone County Jail. The request for the study came in response to the increased cost of housing prisoners both in and out of the Jail. The Commission recognizes the importance of assessing whether the increase is short-term or long-term and the potential impact this will have on Boone County.
You’re invited to the Spring 2017 MACC College, Career & Health Fair on Thursday, March 9, 2017 in Columbia at the Parkade Center from 1 to 5 pm. The event provides professional networking opportunities for college and high school students as well as community members! Over 50 employer, health care and college representatives will be present. MACC’s Allied Health students and area health providers will also be available to provide information on basic preventive medicine and medical screenings including blood pressure checks, glucose screenings and much more! Campus student organization representatives will share information about campus activities and resources available to students and the community. Explore how your skills, interests and values relate to career options, explore a range of careers, prepare for a targeted internship/job search or learn how to expand your education through an Associate of Applied Science, Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. For more information, feel free to contact Sonda Stuart, Director of CTE Data & Student Success at 660.263.4100 ext. 11232 or Elaine Avery, Career Specialist at 660.263.4100 ext. 11319.
Central Bank of Boone County (CBBC) says several local banks are seeing a large number of fraudulent checks being presented and some are even being used to open fraudulent accounts. According to CBBC, perpetrators are stealing mail from local mailboxes to alter or create fake checks. They say consumers and businesses need to take several precautions when making or receiving payments by mail like monitoring account activity regularly, pay bills electronically, drop bill payments that include paper checks in locked official USPS mailboxes or at locked payment boxes located at businesses, or alert your bank to anything suspicious.
The Cosmopolitan Luncheon Club decided that protecting the future environment was extremely important. In December 2016, the club installed solar panels on its Cosmo Community Center located on Burlington Avenue. The 45.5 kilowatt system from the Sun Solar Company should fuel the club for many years to come.
Awards, Promotions and New Hires
Williams Keepers recently announced the following promotions among associates in the firm’s Columbia office, effective January 1, 2017. Rebecca Knipp, CPA, and Jennifer Stuart, CPA, were promoted to the manager level. David Beach, CPA, and Contessa Ell, CPA, were promoted to the senior II level. Nicole Beck, CPA, Kristen Brown, Ashley Dodson, CPA, and Laura Hockett, CPA, were promoted to the senior I level. Kristyn Caldwell was promoted to the staff II level. Jordyn Christensen was promoted to a Client Service Representative.
Providence Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of several key employees: Michelle Abbott to Vice President, Electronic Banking Coordinator; Lori Bodenschatz to Assistant Vice President, Retail Administration Project Manager and Sharon Schaefer to Vice President, BSA/AML & BSA Officer.
Central Bank of Boone County has named Maggie LaNeave manager of the Lake of the Woods Bank located on St. Charles Road. They also announce that Hope Scott was promoted to electronic banking specialist at the Customer Service Center, and Tyler Stretz of the Downtown Bank was promoted to a mortgage lending processor.
The Daniel Boone Regional Library is inviting you to a Community Conversation. What would improve your quality of life? That’s the question Daniel Boone Regional Library staff will be asking at a series of community conversations to be held in Boone and Callaway Counties. One has been scheduled specifically for Columbia Chamber of Commerce and EPIC members Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 a.m. Please come to this informal one-hour session that will be led by a librarian who will ask conversation-starting questions. The library’s long-range planning team will review all the ideas and comments that come up, look for trends, set goals and brainstorm ways the library can enhance its current services. The new plan will begin in 2018. If you can’t attend this meeting, you’re welcome to fill out a brief online survey, attend one of public community forums or host your own community conversation among friends, family or co-workers. Find details at www.dbrl.org/conversations.