About Logos and the One Read

About Logos and the One Read

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Our Mission

We expect students who graduate from MACC to be proficient in college-level communication. This expectation includes critical thinking, critical reading, and writing. It is our professional responsibility to help develop this proficiency. With this in mind, we recommend that every course involves critical thinking and incorporates assignments that require reading and writing.

The Logos Project provides education, resources, and support in order to ensure that students realize this expectation and faculty fulfill this responsibility.

Our Committee

The LOGOS committee is made up of faculty and administrators from a wide range of disciplines. To find out more about the committee and to get in touch with us, see the tab below.

One Read

One of the best ways to foster the realization of our mission is to foster participation in a college–wide “One Read”. The idea is to have students, faculty, and administration all engage in the reading and discussion of the same book at the same time—a wild idea, we know. One student may be reading the same book for a history course, a science course, and a communication course, intertwining the themes of the courses in the book. This helps us engage in inter–discipline discussion, analysis, and application, helping us see concepts in various disciplines from their varied perspectives.

2019 – 2021 One Read Book

For the 2019-2021 school year, we are all reading Why We Make Mistakes by Joseph T. Hallinan. Find out more below:

Student Artifacts

During our pilot program, Professor Felicia Leach had students represent themes of the book through art. Check out some of her student artifacts below:

LOGOS Resources


While the One Read is designed to bolster our collective reading skills and to engage the whole college in a particularly focused conversation, our faculty have created a handbook useful in developing skills in reading, writing and critical thinking:

Reading Thinking Writing Handbook by Dr. Mike Barrett

The Book

The 2019-2021 One Read book is Why We Make Mistakes, a non-fiction exploration into the science of human error with forays into aviation, consumer behavior, geography, football, stock picking, and more to help us understand our imperfections and vow to do better the next time.

Through real life stories, Author Joseph T. Hallinan explores the themes of

  • psychology,
  • neuroscience,
  • economics.


Where to Find it

  • Amazon Link – Has various paper, audio, and ebook formats.
  • Google Books Link Has a preview of the ebook (scan of paper book) as well as links to print versions of the book.

Google Books Preview

Listed below are all of the LOGOS committee members use the faculty and staff directory for contact information..

Andrea WeingartnerAssistant Professor of HistoryCo-chair
Barbie UnderwoodAssociate Professor of SociologyCo-chair
Becky AllenAssistant Professor of PsychologyMember
Coltier BlakelyAssistant Director of Instructional TechnologyMember
Todd BowdishInstructor of Biological ScienceMember
David CaplesAssistant Professor of MathematicsMember
Stacy DonaldResource CoordinatorMember
Mary FineInstructor of MathematicsMember 
Tracy HuangCoordinator of Early Childhood Education ProgramMember
Felicia LeachAssociate Professor of ArtMember
Michelle ScanavinoAssociate Professor of Biological ScienceMember
Tami SellsDirector of Instructional ServicesMember
Allen ShepardInstructor of Language & LiteratureMember 
Don TennillResource CoordinatorMember 
Robert WilliamsAssociate Professor – Teacher Education Program CoordinatorMember 

Spring, 2015 – Drawing II (ART111) and Painting II (ART202)

This gallery showcases a selection of student artifacts comprised of artworks and artist statements from the Drawing II and Painting II courses during the 2015 spring semester at Moberly Area Community College. The students utilized the The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, MACC’s One Read book, as source material for the production of their work.

The following is a synopsis of the assignment given:

Immortality through Multiplicity

Goal – Produce an artwork that uses multiplicity to convey the concept of immortality. The artworks’ goal originates from the manner in which HeLa cells replicate in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (MACC’s One Read book). The media and form of this artwork is the student’s choice.



Student #1
My project is based on the HeLa cell. I used some of the HeLa ideas [such as] reproducing, the cell never dying, and the women whose tumor made the HeLa cell. I made an animation based on a peacock expanding his back tail feathers. I tried to make the feathers look like when the cells where moving their tentacles to feed the cell. I chose the peacock and the colors based on two things. The colors are based on the dye they use for the cell, and the symbol of the peacock is based on this idea of immortality [like HeLa] they have been using the same cells from the 1950’s.
– L. H.
HeLa Peacock Animation
Student #2
I felt the main topic that drew me to HeLa and Henrietta were the ideals of the family and the lack of the child-parent bond. [I felt that] with her children being left without their mother could make for an emotional piece. I started with the idea of a constant conversation [that] fit my mother […] but I decided to do a one sided conversation […] One side of the loop is for the children to talk to their mother and vice versa.
– J. P.
Henrietta and Daughter one-sided conversations


Student #3
All of them have a repeating pattern which has a start and a finish […] it’s life in a nutshell, being born, growing up, and dying. It is a never–ending cycle, but still it seems like, to me anyways, when you die there is always a piece existing. It could be physical, mental, or theoretical, [… One work uses] a Marvel comic character […] He happened to get sick but the doctors realized his cells are actually different [because of] an accelerated healing factor. He cannot be killed […] He is immortal and no matter what happens his body replicates itself back to normal, and it goes on and on…
– I. W.
Deadpool and HeLa Cylinder


Student #4
In this project I chose the phenakistoscope… The rim of the project is based from the lotus flower. The baby flowers are coming out and growing up. The big flowers cover the baby flowers… these lotus flowers rise and decline, again and again like HeLa cells…
–D. C.

 HeLa - Lotus Phenakistoscope


In your classes, you will need to cite the various authors you have built your own scholarship upon. Good and robust citation serve as the bones for your work. Not only do they support your creative remixing and interpretations of concepts and ideas, but they also help other scholars both check your work and discover ideas upon which to build.

Using standard citation methods helps communities of scholars speak the same language when it comes to finding and using sources in their work. This document points to useful resources along three of the major citation methods:

  • APA (American Psychological Association),
  • MLA (Modern Language Association), and
  • CMS (Chicago Manual of Style).

For a quick comparison of citation styles, see the following document Citation Chart from Purdue OWL.

APA Resources

APA, which is shorthand for “the American Psychological Association style of citation,” is commonly used by the following academic disciplines:

  • Business,
  • Social Sciences, such as Psychology, Linguistics, Sociology, and Economics, and
  • Nursing.

Below, you can find helpful resources for getting started using APA to cite within your papers.

MLA Resources

MLA, which is shorthand for “the Modern Language Association”, is used by the following academic disciplines:

  • English,
  • Cultural Studies, and
  • Foreign Language and Literature.

Below you can find some helpful resources on how to use the MLA citation and style method in your papers.

CMS Resources

CMS is shorthand for the Chicago Manual of Style. It is often used interchangeably with the Turabian style, which is a bit more student friendly. We commonly see Chicago being used in the following academic disciplines:

  • History,
  • Philosophy, and
  • Religious Studies.

Below you can find some helpful resources on how to use the Chicago citation and style method in your papers.