Columbia College was on the move again in 2010, with continuous student enrollment growth; numerous construction and renovation projects; and the purchase of Federal Hall in downtown Columbia.
In September, Dr. Gerald Brouder threw out the first pitch at Busch Stadium for Columbia College night and the Cougar volleyball team made it to the national championship game. October was a month of milestones as the Online Campus celebrated its 10th anniversary with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declaring October 2010 to be Columbia College Online Education Month. In addition, numerous Nationwide campuses had anniversaries – and of course, there was the smashing success of the Cougar athletic program.
In July, Columbia College lost two irreplaceable teachers, Pam McClure and Sue Gerard.
Year as a whole
29,475 total students took courses in 2009-10. In that same time period, 20,877 students took at least one online course.
--Columbia College partners with Major League Baseball to offer certificate of professional officiating
--Online Education Center opens in former Columbia Photo building on south 10th Street
--Presidential historian Michael Beschloss gives Schiffman Ethics Lecture on presidents at war
--Lady Cougars (basketball) fall to Bethel (Tenn.) University Wildcats in the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Tournament in Jackson, Tenn. – barely!, 61-56, ending the season 28-6
-- Columbia College-Aurora celebrates 35 years of educational excellence
--New logo for Columbia College science campaign is approved by the Campaign Steering Committee
--Long-time partner Boone County National Bank gives Columbia College a $100,000 gift for Tradition Meets Tomorrow
--The Columbian student newspaper has final printed edition. Issues are only available online
-- Cougars softball squad notches 1,000th victory and storms into the NAIA Tournament for the 15th time
-- Columbia College–Orlando celebrates 35 years
--Main Campus commencement, with Mike Randerson, AHE vice president, and Christopher Samuel "Kit" Bond, Missouri's senior United States senator, speakers
-- Columbia College celebrates its Military Recognition Day with a demonstration by the Screaming Eagles parachute team and a speech by living national treasure Col. Charles McGee, a Tuskegee Airman
--Columbia College partners with the Columbia Public Schools Summer Expeditions program to provide a glimpse at college life for high-potential students
--Dr. Pamela Ardith McClure dies at home after a valiant struggle with pancreatic cancer. She was only 49
--Sue Gerard, who taught physical education and recreation for 33 years, dies two weeks shy of her 96th birthday
--Nearly $2 million Gene and Fran Koepke Fitness Center opens
--Columbia College–Fort Worth celebrates its 35th anniversary
--Columbia College–Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville celebrates 20 years
--Columbia College sponsors night game, St. Louis Cardinals vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates; Dr. Gerald Brouder throws out first pitch and the Cards win 6-4
--Members of the Administrative Council donate a combined total of $112,000 in personal funds to the Tradition Meets Tomorrow campaign
-- U.S. Department of Education approves transfer of educational mission of Federal Hall to Columbia College. The new property is slated to house the growing Online Campus and nursing program
-- Online Campus is 10 years old; Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon proclaims October Columbia College Online Education month
--Columbia College-Redstone Arsenal celebrates 35 years
-- Columbia College Salt Lake celebrates its 35th anniversary
-- Columbia College-Lake Ozark celebrates 20 years at the Lake
-- Dr. James Austin, clinical neurologist, researcher and Zen practitioner presents “Zen and the Brain,” at the Althea W. and John A. Schiffman Lecture in Religious Studies
--New Master of Arts in Military Studies is approved by the Faculty Association; program will commence in early 2011.
--The Columbia College Evening Campus celebrates 35 years
--The Cougars men's soccer team wins the AMC title game vs. Park University in a thrilling overtime win and proceeds to the NAIA national championship in Orange Beach, Ala., but are eliminated in the opening round 2-1 by Bryan (Tenn.) College in double overtime
--14th annual lighting ceremony, Bass Commons
--The volleyball Cougars fall to Fresno Pacific (Calif.) University in the NAIA championship match, but not before racking up 25 straight wins and trouncing No. 1 Lee (Tenn.) University
--The Columbian announces it is suspending publication indefinitely
--Main Campus commencement, with Columbia, Mo., Mayor Bob McDavid, speaker
--The Rangeline beautification and safety overhaul, begun in May, is completed. Rangeline now has three safer pedestrian crossings and a median
On to 2011!