Family Style Dining

Ngozi Ibe didn’t think she was qualified for leadership roles until she started working for Campus Dining Services, but her student manager position has given her the opportunity to make new friends, build confidence and learn new skills. Ibe is a health science major with an emphasis on pre-professional, and her goal is to one day be a doctor. She said that the skills she’s acquiring while working for campus dining will help her in whatever her future holds. Starting as a customer service att

One Step at a Time

During his first year at Mizzou, Zach Jones became a Resident Advisor with the Department of Residential Life. This was one of many steps that helped transform Jones from a shy freshman into an outgoing leader who strives to inspire others. Jones said that his RA experience provided an opportunity to be more outgoing and build relationships with other students. “Having to go interact with people kind of broke me out of my shell,” he said, “but also helped me understand the importance of not ju

Supreme Ambition

After reading a book about Thurgood Marshall in fifth grade, Colby Thornton knew he wanted eventually to become a supreme court justice. With that goal in mind, he needed to begin his undergraduate career. He said Mizzou was always an option, but the Land Grant scholarship program ultimately helped him finalize his decision. “I looked at the cost for Mizzou, and their prices were lower. But not only were they lower, I realized I could get it paid for through the Land Grant program,” Thornton sa

Opening Doors

“I originally got involved in hall government because I just wanted to get involved in something at Mizzou,” says the journalism major from St. Louis. Now a sophomore, Yoon says she was comfortable joining the hall government in her Galena residence hall because it resembled student council and other government organizations from her high school. Being involved with her hall has allowed her to meet friends and get to know other residents and hall government staff. “Coming from high school, ha

Boss at Baja

Megan Rusniak took a job with Campus Dining Services her freshmen year because she needed to pay her own way through college. Following graduation in May 2019, that job payed off big time. When Rusniak left Mizzou with dual degrees in business and hospitality management, she stepped into a full-time job with Marriott. “It was really cool and I got really lucky that they still took me even though I didn’t have hotel experience,” Rusniak said. “I had to take on a lot in that leadership role,” R

Jennifer Stitely Joins Staff as Director of Gift Planning

New development staff member Jennifer “Jenny” Stitely arrived at the Institution just two days before the 2019 summer season started, but that didn’t stop her from making major strides in her position. Stitely serves as the director of gift planning, succeeding Dusty Nelson, who retired in May of this year. She has always known about Chautauqua but had never physically visited the grounds before June. When Stitely first arrived, she said that it felt just like coming home. She was happy to be

Contributors to Miller Edison Cottage, Garden Recognized for Philanthropy

On Tuesday, July 30, community members were invited to the Miller Edison Cottage and Garden in appreciation of their generous philanthropic efforts to preserve and restore the historic cottage and surrounding environs. The cottage, built in 1875, is named after Lewis Miller, co-founder of Chautauqua Institution. His daughter, Mina Miller, was married to Thomas Edison. Edison, along with the extended Miller family and numerous dignitaries, frequently visited the cottage. Mina Miller Edison hire

Dibert Foundation Continues Support of Annual Music Camps

The annual Chautauqua Music Camps taking place throughout Week Eight have been sponsored by the Winifred Crawford Dibert Foundation for more than two decades. Founded in memory of Winnie Dibert of Jamestown, the foundation focuses its support on youth programs, education and the arts. The Chautauqua Music Camps, a combination of these areas, allow students to improve their musical skills and be inspired by performances of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and other programming during their week

Bestor Society Members Recognized at Annual President’s Address

Bestor Society members gathered on Sunday, Aug. 4 on the Arts Quad for the annual President’s Address. The occasion was for Bestor Society members to be recognized for their philanthropic generosity, providing them with an opportunity to hear from Chautauqua Institution President Michael E. Hill. Members were welcomed with hors d’oeuvres and live music from a string trio. The event began with an introduction from Jim Pardo, chair of the board of trustees and emcee for the evening. Pardo thanke

Over $775K in Scholarships Awarded to Performing and Visual Arts Students

Students come from all over the world to participate at Chautauqua in some of the most elite performing and visual arts programs in the United States. These programs offer students the ability to attend master classes and meet guest artists, and provides them the opportunity to strengthen their talents. The Voice Program, School of Dance, School of Art, Piano Program, the Music School Festival Orchestra and Chautauqua Theater Company conservatory are all part of Chautauqua Institution’s Schools

Geoffrey Kemp and Ellen Laipson to Discuss Arab-Israeli Issues in Second Middle East Update

Following Monday’s Middle East Update, Geoffrey Kemp, senior director of Regional Security Programs at the Center for the National Interest will return for a second discussion in the annual series, this time with Ellen Laipson, director of the Center for Security Policy Studies. The second Middle East Update will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 13 in the Hall of Philosophy. Laipson said she is looking forward to being in conversation with Kemp, and that they will discuss numerous topics.

Hultquist Foundation Continues Support of MSFO Experience

The Hultquist Foundation of Jamestown is a longtime supporter of the Chautauqua Music School Festival Orchestra. The Hultquist Foundation was founded in 1965, in memory of Earle Hultquist, a successful industrialist from Jamestown. The foundation financially supports numerous organizations in the greater Jamestown community each year. “Our foundation has a long history with the Institution, and our directors remain committed to funding the MSFO because we believe strongly about the program and

Geoffrey Kemp and Henri Barkey to Present First Middle East Update of the Season

Geoffrey Kemp, senior director of the Center for the National Interest’s Regional Security Program, has hosted and facilitated the Middle East Updates at Chautauqua Institution since 1993. This year, Henri Barkey, Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen Professor at Lehigh University, will join him in delivering the first Middle East Update of the season. The Middle East Update conversation will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, August 12 in the Hall of Philosophy. Kemp and Barkey’s discussion will be center

Braden Allenby to Discuss Representative Democracy in Lincoln Ethics Series

In relation to the Week Eight theme, “Shifting Global Power,” Braden Allenby will dive into the past and present of fulcrum points in the geopolitical world. His lecture, “1788, 1938, and Today: Fulcrum Points in Geopolitical Evolution,” will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, August 12 in the Hall of Philosophy, as part of the Lincoln Applied Ethics Series. Allenby is the President’s Professor of Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering and Law, and the Lincoln Professor of Engineering and

Riesers Underwrite Wright’s Morning Lecture in Son’s Memory

Rick and Susie Rieser are underwriting Robin Wright’s 10:45 a.m. lecture Monday, August 12 in the Amphitheater in memory of their son, Nicholas, who passed away in 2017. Rick Rieser said Nicholas had a special affinity for Chautauqua, and that it was always an important part of his life. “We lost our son a couple of years ago and we wanted to do something to memorialize him. … He loved Chautauqua,” Rick Rieser said. “He came (back here) as a father with two little girls. So when he passed away

NOW Generation Hosts Sixth Annual Summerfest on Heels of Old First Night

Last Saturday morning, after the Old First Night Run/Walk, families and friends gathered at the Youth Activities Center for a fun-filled morning of games and activities. The NOW Generation and advisory council volunteers hosted the sixth annual Summerfest, where Chautauquans were invited to bring their children or grandchildren and participate in family-friendly activities. After the Old First Night Run/Walk, people gathered inside of the YAC, where they could choose from pancakes, sausage, fru

Braille Worship Books and Hymnals Introduced at Morning Worship

Chautauqua provides a wide variety of services of worship and programs that express the Institution’s Christian heritage, as well as its interfaith commitment. Now, thanks to a gift of time and countless hours of dedicated transcription, worship will not only be inclusive of different faith traditions, but also offer a more inclusive experience for those who come to the services. For the first time in 2019, new braille worship service books and hymnals are being provided for morning worship at

Interdisciplinary Scholar Imani Perry to Converse with Krista Tippett on Theology and Grace

Award-winning author Imani Perry will give her lecture in conversation with Krista Tippett at 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater. Perry is the Hughes-Rogers professor of African American studies at Princeton University, and is also affiliated with the University Center for Human Values, the Program in Law and Public Affairs, gender and sexuality studies and jazz studies. She is a scholar of cultural studies, legal history and African American studies. Perry is the author of six books, includ

Chautauqua to Gather for Old First Night Festivities and Honor Institution in Birthday Celebration

Celebrating Chautauqua’s birthday, Old First Night is a time to honor traditions, welcome new ones and appreciate the philanthropic support that keeps the Institution at its best. In gratitude, the Chautauqua Foundation invites the community to its annual celebration. The festivities will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 6 on Bestor Plaza, providing Chautauquans with the opportunity to prepare for Old First Night by engaging in family-friendly activities, while also having the cha
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