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    Default Crowder College @ Neosho Missouri

    Crowder College @ Neosho Missouri


    After passing my GED test with the highest score in the nine counties in Southwest Missouri ever at the time in April 1976, I got a free-tuition to attend Crowder College starting in June 1976. I had a work-study job of up to 40 hours at minimum-wage of $2.15 per hour. I worked in the biology and chemistry labs and on the school farm. The tuition for from 12-18 hours full-time was $100 per semester. In effect I was paid to go to college and I took it. I majored in pre-engineering, and graduated in May 1978.

    I flunked out of engineering at the University of Missouri -- Rolla. Later I went to the Crowder College Truck Driving School in Sept. 1988 and graduated at the bottom of my 22-member class, but at the end of the full year I was one of only three still driving a truck.

    So Crowder College was a well-run community college then -- and now, giving god value for the student dollar. They were leaders in solar energy of which my class in 1977 started with black spray-painted air heating panels.

    This thread concerns Crowder College, my alma mater, which goes to prove that educational success is more a matter of the student than the teachers.

    Hail Victory!!!

    Pastor Martin Luther Dzerzhinsky Lindstedt
    Church of Jesus Christ Christian/Aryan Nations of Missouri

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    jewplin Missery

    Default Crowder student arrested for making threats

    Crowder student arrested for making threats

    Posted: Monday, December 7, 2015 5:32 pm
    By Jeff Lehr | Globe Reporter


    NEOSHO, Mo. — A 17-year-old student taken into custody Sunday night on the Crowder College campus in Neosho has been charged with making a terrorist threat.

    The McDonald County prosecutor filed the charge against Anthony L. Volkman, a resident of Lockwood who has been taking courses offered by the college both online and at its campus in Nevada.

    Volkman was arrested about 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot outside the dormitories of the college's main campus in Neosho after allegedly making threats on campus earlier in the day and in the school's cafeteria the previous day. In the course of placing him under arrest, Neosho police officers observed a plastic, see-through tote bag inside his vehicle and contacted the Springfield Fire Department bomb squad for assistance.

    "Inside (the bag), you could see obvious things of concern," Neosho police Chief David Kennedy said. "You could see wires going in and out of cannisters."

    The bomb squad blew the bag up inside the vehicle with a small charge. Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives examined the remains and determined that the bag had not contained an explosive device, Kennedy said.

    He said Volkman never displayed a weapon and had no guns in his possession when he was arrested. But he had been making threats on campus about shooting people and blowing things, the police chief said.

    A probable-cause affidavit filed with the charge in Newton County Circuit Court states that Volkman mentioned shooting people several times the previous day in the cafeteria of the college's main campus.

    "He made several gestures of shooting different students and told a couple other students he could shoot students and go home and be tranquilized before the police ever found him," the affidavit reads.

    Police were not informed of the the threats until Sunday night when Volkman parked his vehicle in the parking lot in front of the dorms and began randomly making similar threats to passing students, Kennedy said.

    Charge: Making a terrorist threat is a Class C felony in Missouri that carries up to seven years in prison

    Jeff Lehr is a reporter for The Joplin Globe.

    All the shit unfit to print


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    jewplin Missery

    Default Good read -- Former Crowder president’s writing life has worked well through self-publishing

    Good read -- Former Crowder president’s writing life has worked well through self-publishing



    Kent Farnsworth points out a passage in his Civil War-era story “Wild Whistling Blackbirds”
    that required thorough historical research. The former Crowder College president
    writes fiction under the name Allen Kent.

    Allen Kent’s readers may or may not know about Kent Farnsworth, the former president of Crowder College. But most of the people who know Farnsworth also know about Kent’s existence.

    Farnsworth does not hide the fact that the two names belong to the same man: As a college president and later a leadership coach with the community college development group Achieving the Dream, Farnsworth has written papers and books about education systems.

    But when he wanted to write thrillers, including one about a special agent getting tangled up in a plot to manipulate a presidential election, he wanted to make sure there was no confusion between his fiction and his scholarly work.

    The sound of his name didn’t help, either.

    “I wasn’t sure that ‘Kent Farnsworth’ sounded like a good name for a thriller writer,” he said. “I used to collect cartoons and comics with my name, and I couldn’t help but notice that all the characters with that name looked a bit nerdy. ‘Allen Kent’ seemed to be more crisp.”


    The name change is one of several changes that have come to his life since making a dream of being an author a reality.

    All throughout his career, including time spent working for a Silicon Valley semiconductor manufacturing plant and serving as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, Farnsworth has aspired to write fiction. But early in his path to working in education, he didn’t think it could work out for him.

    “It’s always been a dream to be a fiction writer. I had a couple of stories in college published in anthologies,” Farnsworth said. “I just didn’t ever believe I could make a living doing it.”

    FROM 1C

    His career included earning a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Iowa, master’s degrees in international relations from California State University, Sacramento and in guidance and counseling from Truman State University, and a degree in political science from Brigham Young University, according to a biography from Achieving the Dream’s website. He was the president of Crowder College from 1985 to 2004 and was a faculty member at the University of Missouri-St. Louis for six years afterward.

    Farnsworth got to write books before retiring, however: While working at the University of Missouri-St.
    Louis, he authored three books related to the education field.

    The experience of writing those books cautioned him about some of the more frustrating things about writing, he said — he learned lessons that helped him in the future.

    “I was not encouraged about working with publishers,” Farnsworth said.

    “I found it frustrating. My last book was about school reform. (Publisher) McMillan and I had differences about content, style and length, and I lost on every one of them.” Farnsworth retired to the Neosho area in 2010, ready to devote serious energy toward publishing the stories he had simmering.

    The evolution of e-books away from vanity publishing and more toward serious business led him to working with Amazon for his first works.

    His most recent book, “The Wager,” released in 2015, was his first through Kindle Press, a more developed publishing service offered by Amazon. The release of the book through that platform has brought better sales numbers to it and his other works, he said.

    “I had reservations about self-publishing because of the vanity press reputation,” Farnsworth said. “Things really took off with ‘Wager.’ Until then, I’d sold maybe 200 of a title at most. But during its first month, it sold 1,700, and it’s brought sales to the other titles. They promoted it quite well.”


    The differences between writing scholarly research publications and made-up stories vary, he said. Writing either is hard, he said, but fiction brings a sort of fulfillment.

    “I wouldn’t say (writing academic works) is harder, but it certainly is less satisfying,” Farnsworth said.

    “My natural style is much less formal. When I wrote my dissertation, my adviser had to tell me I wasn’t writing a novel.”

    Researching his fiction stories is almost as demanding as nonfiction work, he said. And there is plenty to research — he said he is inspired by what-if questions that get raised when looking around the world, he said.

    Such a situation inspired his first book, “The Shield of Darius,” a story about an American businessman who is kidnapped while vacationing in Europe with his family. As a teen, Farnsworth lived in Iran; he moved shortly before the Iranian hostage crisis.

    “It struck me how easily the U.S. is (also) held hostage when citizens are,” Farnsworth said. “What if a nation decided to kidnap, hold and warehouse American citizens, anticipating that at some point tensions would develop and they could be used as human shields?”

    Research plays an even larger role in his historical fiction titles. Farnsworth turned to a darker moment in Missouri’s history, when in the 1840s the state and Iowa issued execution orders against Mormons.

    That period is central to the plot of “River of Light and Shadow,” a sort of “Romeo and Juliet” story that plays out in northern Missouri’s wilderness.

    The couple at the center is featured in his next book, “Wild Whistling Blackbirds,” to be released on July 12. Part of the book happens in a theater of the Civil War.

    “One of the scenes is set at the Battle of Pea Ridge in Arkansas,” Farnsworth said. “I spent a lot of time researching it to make sure my account is as accurate as possible.”

    Farnsworth has also kept ties to Neosho and Crowder. Throughout 2016 and into June, royalties from his books went toward a naming donation for the school’s Behavior Support Center.

    Through sales and some generous donations, the campaign was a success — on July 8, a ceremony will be held to formally name it after his grandson, Maddox Hill.

    Two of his grandsons have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.


    Dr Farnsworth with some of his books.

    All the shit unfit to print


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    Default The Crowder College Board of Trustees has named Dr. Thomas R. Burke as interim president of Crowder College.

    The Crowder College Board of Trustees has named Dr. Thomas R. Burke as interim president of Crowder College.

    By Todd Higdon
    June 15, 2018


    The Crowder College Board of Trustees has named Dr. Thomas R. Burke as interim president of Crowder College.

    The announcement came on Tuesday, during the board’s meeting at the Neosho campus.

    “The board, since Dr. Methvin announced that she was going down to (as being the chancellor at Arkansas State University) Beebe, we have talked to individuals for (interim),” Crowder College Board of Trustees Chairman Andy Wood said.
    Wood said they had about a half of a dozen people they talked to about this position.

    “Dr. Burke had qualifications, he has been community college system his entire career,” said Wood. “We were looking for an interim president that would be familiar with community college system. We actually believe we will have some internal candidates for the job, that will be very much qualified for it. So we thought it best to get somebody from outside and Dr. Burke came highly recommended.“

    Methvin will leave on June 30 and Burke will assume his role as interim president on July 1.

    Burke obtained his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. He began his teaching career at Mountain Empire Community College, Big Stone Gap, Va., eventually becoming acting president of that college. Burke was then academic vice president at Three Rivers Community College, Poplar Bluff, Mo., for six years. He then was named as president of Independence Community College, Independence, Kan. in 1986, and then became vice president of Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kansas City, Kan. in 1988. In 1992, Burke was named president of Kansas City Kansas Community College, where he served until his retirement in 2011. Upon his retirement from KCKCC, the new technical education center was named, in his honor, the “Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center.“

    Burke has served on several community and state boards including the Kansas City, Kansas Area Chamber of Commerce, the Wyandotte Economic Development Council, the Governor’s Council for Consolidation of Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County Governments, the Kansas Community College Council of Presidents and the Kansas Postsecondary Technical Education Authority. In 2010, he was honored with admittance to the Midwest Educational Hall of Fame, and in 2017, Burke was honored with admittance to the University of Mississippi, School of Education Hall of Fame.

    Burke is also familiar with Southwest Missouri, especially Neosho. His wife Sara Sara Burke, formally Sara Jones, grew up in Neosho, and graduated from Neosho High School. They will be residing in Neosho, during the time that he serves as interim president of Crowder College.

    “We are very fortunate to have Dr. Burke serve as our interim president,” said Wood. “The Board is confident Dr. Burke will do a great job in moving forward the strategic plan put in place by Dr. Methvin and the Crowder family. The board is excited at the opportunity to work with Dr. Burke. We have a fantastic staff, administration here and we believe that he will work well with them... We are going to be paying him on a monthly basis for the time period that he is here.“

    Wood noted that they hope to have a permanent president hired by Jan. 1, 2019.



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