Cox College Chronicle | November 2020


Brand new website

Our new website is finally live! Fun fact – you’re on it right now! Take a few minutes to browse through the pages (after you finish reading The Chronicle, of course). We hope you find the website is modern, easy to navigate, and an informative representation of the Cox College program you’re associated with or interested in.


Update on virtual graduation

Our marketing team has been diligently working on the virtual graduation experience that will go live on December 18, at 1 p.m. The last two semesters have not gone as anyone expected, but our students have persevered and deserve to be celebrated for their accomplishments. We know very few things are better than walking across the stage to receive your diploma, but this virtual graduation experience will be something you don’t want to miss.


Cox College staff and faculty updates

  • The downside to having a great team of people is that you can’t keep everyone forever. Connie Cross, Registrar, is going to be the next Registrar at Evangel University. Connie has worked at Cox College for several years and has done an outstanding job. We will miss her, but wish her the best in her new position.
  • Congratulations to faculty members Dr. Michelle Jackson and Dr. Kyle Brashear for earning their doctoral degrees!


Visit from CoxHealth AirCare

Third semester BSN students were visited by CoxHealth AirCare flight nurses and paramedics, who, of course, arrived at Cox College via helicopter. Students learned about different roles within the emergency setting such as pre-hospital care, triage, and critical management of patients with trauma.

The crew was led by Jim Lawrence, a 30-year veteran of CoxHealth and 1988 Burge graduate. Being a flight nurse for over 20 years, Jim is a pillar in the emergency and trauma community for his dedicated work within the health care system. We so appreciate them coming to visit, and for what they do on a daily basis! Pictures of this event can be found on Cox College’s Facebook.


EDA Grant

Good news! We received a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to renovate and expand our simulation center! This will be hugely instrumental in educating a larger number of health care professionals. According to the EDA, this grant will be matched with $470,480 in local funds and is expected to create over 1,300 jobs!

To read more about this grant and what it means for our community, click here:


Cox College faculty member recognized

Amber Peters, an Assistant Professor in our Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner Program, was recently named a Health Care Champion by the Springfield Business Journal! Her accomplishments not only include those at Cox College, but also in several health care related endeavors in our community. We’re proud to have Amber at Cox College!

Check out the article from the Springfield Business Journal here:


Important hotline numbers to note

In a crisis or feeling distressed? There is free and confidential support available to help you. Representatives are ready to help with resources to address your situation with the hotline numbers listed below.

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
  • Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
  • Crisis Text Line 741741
  • Crisis Hotline for Southwest Missouri 1-800-494-7355
  • 24-hour Burrell Behavioral Crisis Center 417-893-7735
  • Cox North Security 417-269-3715
  • Cox South Security 417-269-6120


How to submit news for future editions of The Chronicle

If you would like to submit Cox College related news to be considered for the next edition of The Chronicle, please send an email to