Thursday, February 17, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 6:09 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 30, 2008

Stephanie Faler never participated in theater in high school, but that didn’t stop her from helping found the Elysium Players Drama Club at Columbia College.

Faler graduated in May 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She said there was never a drama club at her high school in Van Buren, so when another student came to her with the idea of founding one at Columbia College, she was interested.

“I like that it is entertaining, something out of the ordinary,” Faler said. “It’s fun to make yourself laugh, or make others laugh or cry, whatever the situation calls for.”

The club started small by doing one-act plays and planning fund-raisers. One such fund-raiser was a cookbook called “Drama in the Kitchen,” featuring recipes donated by students and faculty. It also had photos from current productions and from the drama group that existed on campus 30 years ago.

Full productions were soon in the works, two of which Faler co-directed: “Do Not Go Gentle” and “Caught in the Net.”

“After I graduated, they called and asked me to be co-adviser to the group,” Faler said. “It really meant a lot for them to ask.”

In addition to the drama club, Faler was also vice president of the Student Government Association and a resident assistant in a campus residence hall.

Faler began working for Columbia College in October 2000 and was offered her position as an administrative assistant and certification officer for the education department in May 2004. She is returning to school in March to work toward a master’s degree in business and said she would like to go into human resources or personnel management.

“I really like the experience of working with the staff and faculty here and the human interest of the job,” Faler said, “but I am looking at all my opportunities.”

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