Regional Advisory Councilors
I teach Biology courses at East Central College in Union, and has been an advisor for Chi Delta chapter since July 1995. I grew up in Cave-in-Rock, IL, a very small town along the Ohio River with a colorful history. My hometown’s name is from the French phrase “Caverne Dans le Roc,” which literally translates as “Cave in the Rock.” The cave was used for nefarious activities as westward migration happened in the 1800’s. The cave itself has a cameo of its own during the first hour of the old movie “How The West Was Won,” and several big-time Hollywood stars stayed locally during filming in and around the area. My wife, Melanie, and I were high school classmates (and sweethearts), and we will celebrate our 30th anniversary in August. We have two daughters; Bethany, and ECC and Phi Theta Kappa alumna; and Casi, who is working on degrees at both ECC and St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley.
Right out of high school I attended a small community college where I joined Phi Theta Kappa as a member before graduating with an Associate of Science degree. I transferred to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Microbiology and a Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences. I came to Missouri for my job, and have been at ECC since January 1992. I am also a member (and charter member) of the Missouri Alumni Association.
Through my work with Phi Theta Kappa I’ve had the privilege of attending the International Convention in many cities around the country, as well as three Honors Institutes. I was a Faculty Scholar for the 2000 Institute at University of San Diego, and again in 2002 at Furman University (Greenville, SC).
I am an avid outdoorsman. I love to hunt and fish on as many days as I can throughout the year, and enjoy hiking where my balky knees allow. I am a volunteer instructor for the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education programs, and have well over 1000 hours served as a volunteer. I am the lead AV person and am a member of our pastor’s advisory board at The Rock NT Church in Union. In my “spare time” you can find me behind my dSLR camera, where I love shooting pictures of sunsets and scenes in nature. I also love astrophotography, and have spent many evenings shooting pictures of stars, planets, the Space Station, and the Milky Way.
Oh, oh, oh…I forgot…
I bleed Cardinals Red from April through October and root for the Blues during the winter while waiting for baseball season to begin anew each spring.
Dee Mathison, M.A., is a full-time Communication instructor with Metropolitan Community College – Blue River. In addition to her on-ground classes in various communication courses, Dee initiated development of online Public Speaking for MCC, launching its pilot class in 2010 and added limited gamification in 2013. Being selected as Most Distinguished Faculty by Alpha Pi Sigma chapter in 2011 inspired Dee to join as chapter co-advisor in 2012.
Prior to joining the faculty at MCC, Dee lived a decade in the Middle East where she had the unique opportunity to experience the “inner circle” (as coined by best-selling author, Jean Sasson) of a Saudi Arabian royal family. First as the English tutor for the princess' children and later as the director for an educational learning center for Saudi women, Dee embraced the opportunity to facilitate communication workshops with the Saudi women and their daughters. After permanently returning stateside, Dee felt compelled to share her experiences in Saudi Arabia and authored two non-fictional titles under her pen name, T.L. McCown. Nationally recognized, Dee has presented to over 500 civic, religious, academic and social organizations in an effort to dispel common misnomers about the Kingdom and its women and to promote understanding of Middle Eastern culture.
Dee holds a B.A. in Mass Communication and a M.A. in Communication from Auburn University. As an aspiring PhD student in Communication Studies, Dee’s research interests include incorporation of gamification in the online learning environment and group communication/leadership in Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MORPGs). In addition to serving as co-advisor for Alpha Pi Sigma, Dee is also faculty advisor for a campus-based organization for console and PC gamers, the GamerZ Club.
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Emily Murdock is a Leo who enjoys walking her dog, mimosas with brunch, and pencil skirts. She has been a PTK advisor for five years, and she teaches at English at Mineral Area College in Park Hills. One of her favorite things about PTK is working with the other advisors from Missouri because they each work so hard and care so much about their chapters and the region as a whole.