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Interchange - August 15, 2016

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Grants and Contracts

In the period between March 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016 HES and HES Extension faculty and staff were principal investigators or project directors on a total of 48 grant proposals submitted to external funding agencies, totaling $7,403,754. During this same time, HES and HES Extension received 20 grant awards totaling $2,653,794.

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Dean Search Update

The search for a dean for the College of Human Environmental Sciences will continue until the position is filled. Provost Garnett Stokes announced that a search firm will be hired. In an e-mail to the College of HES faculty, staff and students, Provost Stokes wrote "After careful consideration, I have decided not to fill the Dean position of HES at this time, and I have asked Sandy Rikoon to continue as the interim dean for another year. I am grateful that he has agreed to do so. The search committee, led by Dean Judy Miller, did an exceptional job, and the hard work by the committee and their thorough vetting of applicants for the position is to be commended. There simply wasn’t a consensus candidate that emerged from the search, and I believe we should restart the search at a later time and engage a search firm to assist us in the process. I have asked Judy Miller to remain chair of the dean search committee when the search is recommenced." The position continues to be posted on the web site.

Publications and Presentations

Harmeyer, E., Ispa, J. M., Palermo, F., & Carlo, G. (in press). Predicting self-regulation and vocabulary and academic skills at kindergarten entry: The roles of maternal parenting stress and mother-child closeness. Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

Fitch, D., Canada, K., Cary, S., & Freese, R. (2016). Facilitating social work role plays in online courses: The use of video conferencing. Advances in Social Work, 17(1), 78 – 92. doi: 10.18060/20874

Kabel, A., McBee-Black, K., & Dimka, J. (2016). Apparel-related participation barriers: ability, adaption and engagement. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1-9. http://doi.org/10.3109/09638288.2015.1123309

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Dale Fitch

Dale Fitch, Interim Director & Associate Professor, School of Social Work

Spotlight on National Career Achievement

Stephen Jorgensen Dr. Stephen R. Jorgensen, Dean Emeritus, was recognized as a Legend in the Field by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences at the AAFCS Annual Meeting in Bellevue, Washington, June 2016.


Colleen GalambosDr. Colleen Galambos, Professor, School of Social Work, was recognized by the National Association of Social Workers as an NASW Pioneer.


Rui YaoDr. Rui Yao, Associate Professor, Personal Financial Planning, received the Mid-Career Award from the American Council on Consumer Interests at the ACCI Annual Meeting, June 2016; and, she has been elected to the Board of ACCI.


Deanna SharpeDr. Deanna Sharpe, Associate Professor, Personal Financial Planning, received the Honor a Mentor Award from the American Council on Consumer Interests at the 2016 ACCI Conference.


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PURE Awards 2016-2017

The HES Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) aims to encourage and support undergraduate participation in research projects across the college. PURE provides opportunities for exceptional students to cooperate actively with faculty mentors, learning firsthand about multiple dimensions of research, creative activity, and scholarship processes.

The PURE awards for 2016-2017 will allow 15 students to research a variety of topics with a faculty mentor. Mohammed Alsubaie, Architectural Studies, plans to research Dynamic Architecture: An Exploring of Adaptive and Responsive Architecture with Associate Professor, Dr. Bimal Balakrishnan. Alexis Combs, Human Development and Family Studies, will research Life, Death, and Legacy Study on End of Life Planning, with Assistant Professor, Dr. Jacquelyn Benson. See more information about the award recipients and their projects.

The PURE program is in its fifth year and is a great success. See more information about the PURE program.

College of Human Environmental Sciences Awards 2016

On April 12, 2016, the College of Human Environmental Sciences recognized the contributions and achievements of Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students at an award ceremony in Gwynn Lounge. Interim Dean Sandy Rikoon presented awards to the distinguished recipients, which are made possible through the Dynasty Award Endowment. Awards have been given since 2004.

Dr. GanongDr. Larry Ganong, Co-Chair and Professor, Human Development and Family Science, received the Distinguished Research/Creativity Award. Ganong is a leader and pioneer in the field of research on remarriages and stepfamilies. He holds a joint appointment in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing where he bridged family science with nursing. Among his notable achievements are contributing more than 200 journal articles and 10 books on stepfamilies making him the most prolific stepfamily researcher in the world. He is on the Advisory Board of the National Stepfamilies Research Council, the National Stepfamily Resource Center and previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Family Relations. He has a track record for securing more than 20 grants worth more than $5 million in funding. In the words of his nominators, he is "a rock solid pillar of Human Development and Family Science, a founding father of research on remarriages and stepfamilies."


Dr. Schwarz Dr. Benyamin Schwarz, Professor, Architectural Studies, also received the Distinguished Research/Creativity Award. Schwarz focuses his academic career on knowledge production through journal writing, book writing/chapters, and journal editing. Since 2000, he has served as the editor of the Journal of Housing for the Elderly He has authored or edited with others 11 books, and specializes in residential care facilities for older adults. In addition, he uses his research experience to mentor the largest number of graduate students in the department, currently 15 doctoral students and 4 masters students. His mentees are well positioned in their careers. Schwarz is known for nurturing individual students and has a had a life-changing influence on their academic, professional and personal lives. He is a Tracy R. Stearns Faculty Scholar (2014-15), and has received numerous campus and national awards. He was named as one of the top 25 leaders and education leaders in the U.S. by DesignIntelligence magazine’s "Most Admired Professor of 2011." As his nominator wrote, "Dr. Schwarz takes his research seriously and conscientiously. He has a demanding nature for excellence in research, a rootedness in professional practice and human compassion that research should make a difference for people."


Kelli CanadaKelli Canada, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, was recognized with the Distinguished Teacher Award. Canada consistently earns among the highest evaluations in the School for her MSW courses, where students gain and build important skills that help them to become effective social work practitioners. That excellence extends beyond the classroom. She is already known as a professor who takes time to provide feedback and form positive relationships with students. She has a multifaceted teaching style, and aims to present material that is effective across diverse ways of learning, as well as develop experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom. She and Rebekah Freese have developed the Integrative Behavioral Health Clinic, a community clinic that provides opportunities for MSW students to interact with clients rather than role playing. Canada’s nominator writes, "She approaches each role with absolute dedication and passion and she always prioritizes the student experience, be it in the classroom, designing a research project or supervising a practicum placement."


Dee Ann SneedDee Ann Sneed, Office Support Assistant IV, in the Child Development Laboratory of the Department of Human Development and Family Science is the 2016 recipient of the Outstanding Staff Award. She has served the CDL for the past 18 years, providing exemplary administrative support with enrollment and applications. She conducts new family tours, makes sure teachers and student teachers have the required paperwork mandated for state licensure, and performs a variety of administrative duties that ensure the smooth functioning of the CDL. She updates the CDL website with news, events and the latest happenings in the CDL. She demonstrates a high level of professionalism and a positive attitude. Her nominator writes, “Her work is conducted with a great deal of professionalism and enthusiasm, but I most appreciate her willingness to pitch in and do whatever needs to be done…she is truly one in a million.


This year the College initiated two new awards for recognizing outstanding graduate students.

Cara StreitThe Outstanding Graduate Research Award recognizes a student who has demonstrated originality, imagination and outstanding contributions to research. This year’s recipient is Cara Streit, Department of Human Department of Human Development and Family Science PhD candidate. Streit’s research focuses on the intersection of culture, family and prosocial development. She currently has 9 research publications, 7 manuscripts under review, 7 abstract publications and 28 conference presentations. She has presented her research at regional, national and international conferences in Puerto Rico, Turkey and South Africa. Her level of productivity is impressive and her contributions to our understanding of Latino culture and families have been significant. Cara has been research assistant for both Dr. Gus Carlo and Dr. Sarah Killoren from HDFS. In this capacity, she has demonstrated a mastery of all aspects of the research process, and both Carlo and Killoren give her additional responsibilities that they would not expect from other students. In the words of one of her nominators, "Her strong motivation, excellent research and writing skills, and her purpose in pursuit of her career objectives is impressive….I am excited that MU has a young brilliant scholar who has already achieved great things and that she will represent our program, our college and our university."

Elke AltenburgerThe Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award recognizes a College of Human Environmental Sciences graduate student who has demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to teaching in the classroom. This year’s recipient is Elke Altenburger, Architectural Studies PhD candidate. Being a certified National Council for Interior Design Qualification design teacher, Altenburger has professional credentials and adds value to the accreditation process of the Architectural Studies design program, which is one of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. Altenburger prides herself on responsibility, reliability and honesty. Both students and faculty speak highly of her because of her positive spirit and conscientiousness.

She is well loved by her students as shown through some of the students’ comments on her evaluations, including:

  • patient and willing to explain material in more than one way as she frequently works one on one with her students
  • very optimistic and positive and makes going to class enjoyable
  • I felt the instructor had extensive knowledge of the subject and was passionate about it
  • without a doubt my favorite professor

Promotions & Retirements

Congratulations to Dr. Clark Peters, School of Social Work, on his promotion from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure; Dr. Scott Rector, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (MED), for also being promoted from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure. Dr. Mick Petris, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (NEP/BIOCHEM), will be promoted to full professor. The promotions are effective September 1, 2016.

After 32 years of service to the University of Missouri, Dr. Robert O. Weagley, chair and associate professor in Personal Financial Planning retired August 31, 2015. Dr. Weagley was awarded the title of Associate Professor Emeritus. Dr. Weagley joined the faculty in 1984 as an assistant professor and became the chair of PFP July 2002. A retirement celebration was held on April 26, 2016.

Dr. Marjorie Sable, Director and Professor, School of Social Work will retire effective August 31, 2016, and is awarded the title of Professor Emerita. Dr. Sable joined the SSW in September 1994 as an assistant professor. From 2003-2008, she served as HES Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, was promoted to full professor, and became Director of SSW September 2008. A retirement celebration is planned for August 31, 2016.

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