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Dr. Larry Ganong Named a Gerontological Society of America Fellow

Posted: Jun. 19, 2017

On May 11, Dr. Larry Ganong, Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Science, became a Gerontological Society of America Fellow. The nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging named 72 exemplary professionals as its newest fellows. The status of fellow, which is the highest class of membership in the Society, is an acknowledgement of outstanding and continuing work in gerontology.

Marie Bolts, Chair of the GSA Fellowship Committee, wrote to Dr. Ganong, "We are thrilled to have you join the ranks of distinguished GSA Fellows, and thank you in advance for sharing your expertise and leadership."

Dr. Ganong said, "I am extremely pleased and honored by being named a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America. We have been studying later-life remarried couples and multi-generational stepfamilies for many years, and I am gratified that our work has been recognized in this way. We work with a great group of young scholars and graduate students at Mizzou!"

Congratulations Dr. Ganong on this latest career achievement.

Dr. Larry Ganong

Marylin Coleman and Larry Ganong

Dr. Larry Ganong and Dr. Marilyn Coleman Ganong are world acclaimed experts in the field of stepfamilies research.

May 2017 HES Commencement

Posted: May 18, 2017

M-I-Z…HES! This was the cheer that you would have heard lead by Dean Sandy Rikoon at the College of Human Environmental Sciences’ commencement ceremony on Friday, May 12. Approximately 430 HES undergraduate and graduate students, including those earning a PhD, gathered at the MU Hearnes Center with a full house of family and friends this past weekend to receive their degrees.

The keynote speaker at this year’s HES commencement was Dr. Jim Spain, MU vice provost for undergraduate studies. He reminded graduates, "This degree is not about you. This degree, in fact, is not even for you. This degree and degrees from higher public education are about you having the opportunity to make a difference."

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several graduates posing

several graduates posing

several graduates posing

graduates walking

Dean Rikoon walking

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graduate being photographed

graduates leaving stage

speaker on stage

Volunteering Might Prevent Substance Abuse for Female Student-Athletes

Posted: May 3, 2017

Researchers find that behaviors such as community service and civic engagement might be effective in reducing substance abuse among student-athletes.

More than 180,000 student-athletes from 450 colleges and universities compete in Division III sports, the largest NCAA division; nearly 44 percent are female. As substance abuse continues to be a health concern in colleges and universities across the U.S., a social scientist from the University of Missouri has found that female student-athletes who volunteer in their communities and engage in helping behaviors are less likely to partake in dangerous alcohol and marijuana use.

"Past research has demonstrated that prosocial behaviors such as comforting or assisting others has long-term benefits for young people," said Gustavo Carlo, Millsap Professor of Diversity in the Department of Human Development and Family Science in MU’s College of Human Environmental Sciences. "For this study, we were interested in understanding how female student-athletes might be impacted by community service because they make up a growing number of the college population."

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Dr. Carlo in the classroom

Dr. Carlo working with student

Ashlie Lester Receives Faculty Excellence Award from Great Plains IDEA

Posted: Apr. 10, 2017

Columbia, Mo. (April 6, 2017) – Ashlie Lester’s peers have commended her teaching for Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) with a Faculty Excellence Award.

She is director of graduate studies and assistant teaching professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science in the College of Human Environmental Sciences.

The dean of the college, Sandy Rikoon, said, "Ashley goes far beyond what is expected to help students learn and grow in online courses...Ashley has clearly mastered the art of online teaching."

"Ashley is simply an excellent instructor, Ashlie is warm, enthusiastic, and funny..., "said Larry Ganong, co-chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences that houses the Family and Community Services program at Mizzou. Citing Lester’s excellent student evaluations, he said, "Somehow she has learned how to project her warmth and charm through the internet, so students feel valued by her."

Ashlie Lester

Dr. Ashlie Lester
Assistant Teaching Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Lester led a redesign of a key course, "Foundations in Family and Community Service." She applied for and received a grant to modify the course to better fit student and faculty needs.

Lester received the teaching excellence award at the Great Plains IDEA annual meeting April 4, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. It comes with a $2,000 cash award.

Through the Great Plains IDEA, 18 accredited member institutions and two accredited affiliate institutions share responsibilities to offer 19 online degrees and certificates. The University of Missouri takes part in five human sciences programs and four agricultural programs through the consortium. To take part in the inter-institutional programs, a student chooses one partner as a home institution for enrollment, transcript, and graduation.

Learn more about Ashlie Lester or the Department of Human Development and Family Science.

Dr. Jo Britt-Rankin Receives CAFCS Excellence in Administration Award

Posted: Mar. 27, 2017

The College of Human Environmental Sciences is proud to announce that Dr. Jo Britt-Rankin is the recipient of the inaugural Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences Excellence in Administration Award.

Whether testifying before the U.S. House Agriculture Committee on SNAP Ed funding or leading the Mizzou Advantages Food for the Future Initiative, Dr. Jo Britt-Rankin is forming collaborative experiences for scholars and practitioners to impact and improve the quality of life. If there were only one word allowed to describe Dr. Britt-Rankin it would be collaborative.

Dr. Britt-Rankin has served MU Extension for 21 years, most recently as the Associate Dean for HES Extension and program director. She collaborates with a wide range of scholars and advocates to create workable solutions using all aspects of the land-grant system – research, teaching, Extension, and economic development. Our society is fraught with challenging problems – hunger, obesity, and communities that strive to ensure economics stability. Britt-Rankin is responsible for building faculty teams for campus-community collaborations. Those teams translate research and teaching into educational programs that address community needs, future research opportunities and teaching improvements.

Jo Britt-Rankin

Dr. Jo Britt-Rankin
Interim PFP Department Chair & Associate Dean - HES Extension

Her most recent collaborative project is the Family Impact Center that unites nine of the fourteen Mizzou schools and colleges to serve members of the community. More than 200 Mizzou students participate in experiential learning internships or volunteer programs. While Associate Dean of HES Extension, external funding in HES Extension has grown from about $5M to over $14M annually. Dr. Britt-Rankin also teaches more than a thousand undergraduates each year and offers a section for honors students, sustains a record of continuous grant funding and contributions to the scholarship of the human sciences profession. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board on Human Sciences.

While collaborative may be one word to describe Jo Britt-Rankin, others would include leader and innovator. Dean Sandy Rikoon writes, "She has been in the trenches, in front of the classroom, in the community, in the boardroom, and in Washington, D.C. And in each of those contexts she has performed brilliantly, bringing acclaim not only to our university but to Family and Consumer Sciences nationally."

Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire Receives Kemper Award

Posted: Mar. 21, 2017

HES Dean Sandy Rikoon joined Chancellor Hank Foley and Commerce Bank President Teresa Maledy in surprising Jung Ha-Brookshire, Associate Professor of Textile and Apparel Management, with a 2017 William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. This award, which includes a $10,000 prize, is among the most coveted teaching awards bestowed at Mizzou. There will be an event later this semester to celebrate the five Kemper winners and there should be wonderful video of Dr. Ha-Brookshire’s total shock at the interruption to her class. Congratulations to Dr. Ha-Brookshire on the receipt of this terrific and well-deserve honor. She brings great credit to TAM, HES, and Mizzou!

Jung Ha-Brookshire

Jung Ha-Brookshire

Jung Ha-Brookshire

Values Gap' in Workplace Can Lead Millennials to Look Elsewhere

Posted: Feb. 17, 2017

Much has been made in popular culture about millennials as they join the working world, including their tendency to "job hop.& Although this behavior often is explained as a loyalty issue, new research from the Department of Textile and Apparel Management in the College of Human Environmental Sciences reveals one reason young workers choose to leave a firm is because they find a disconnect between their beliefs and the culture they observe in the workplace.

"We were interested in workers’ values regarding sustainability and corporate sustainability practices and whether a gap existed," said Rachel LoMonaco-Benzing, a doctoral student in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences. "Not only did we find a gap, but we also found that workers were much more likely to leave a job if they felt their values were not reflected in the workplace."

For the study, LoMonaco-Benzing and Jung Ha-Brookshire, an associate professor of textile and apparel management and associate dean of research and graduate studies in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences, interviewed employees in the textile and apparel industry involved in corporate supply chains. They found that workers expressed the most frustration if their employers touted a commitment to environmental sustainability publicly but did not follow through substantively in several areas.

Recently, the study results were picked up by FAST COMPANY, and, in an interview with Co.Exist, Ha-Brookshire said, "Young people in the workplace now have been raised with this idea of the importance of sustainability and community."

Rachel LoMonaco-Benzing and Jung Ha-Brookshire

Rachel LoMonaco-Benzing with poster

HES Remembers Kitty Dickerson

Posted: Jan. 25, 2017

To all TAM students, alumni, faculty, staff, industry partners, and friends:

We want to let you know the very sad news that Dr. Kitty G. Dickerson passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017. Dr. Dickerson joined the department of Textile and Apparel Management in 1981 and for many years, until her retirement in 2010, served as department chair. She was an esteemed colleague, a fierce fighter for TAM and HES, and a prolific scholar who made many important contributions to her field. She touched many lives as a teacher, mentor and friend. She will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held for Dr. Dickerson in Columbia at Memorial Baptist Church on Sunday, Jan. 29. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m., and the service will follow at 4 pm.

Read the testimonial article about Dr. Dickerson in the Columbia Missourian

Sandy Rikoon, Interim Dean, HES & Pam Norum, Department Chair, TAM

Kitty Dickerson

Kitty Dickerson

Kitty Dickerson

Kitty Dickerson

Kitty Dickerson

Kitty Dickerson

Dr. Mansoo Yu - 2017 Class of SSWR Fellows

Posted: Jan. 18, 2017

Dr. Mansoo Yu, Associate Professor, School of Social Work in the College of Human Environmental Sciences, is now a member of the 2017 Class of Fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). SSWR Fellows are members who have served with distinction to advance the mission of the Society, to advance, disseminate, and translate research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy and promotes a diverse, equitable and just society. SSWR Fellows were established by the Society to honor and recognize current SSWR members for their individual accomplishments, leadership and contribution to SSWR as a scientific society. The number of those honored as fellows this year, according to the Society, was approximately three percent of the SSWR membership. The induction into the Class of Fellows takes place at the annual SSWR conference in New Orleans, La., January 11-15, 2017.

Mansoo Yu accepting award

Dr. Mansoo Yu with James Herbert Williams, President SSWR Board of Directors.

Dr. Yu has been a faculty member in the School of Social Work and Public Health since 2008. He serves as the faculty advisor for the MSW/MPH Dual Program and is the Director of the SSW Doctoral Program. Dr. Yu’s research has been focused on health disparities and the interconnections of mental health, physical health, and health risk behavior. Each of these components of a person’s life impacts the others. Dr. Yu compares different segments of populations, particularly vulnerable and disadvantaged populations, to identify problems and issues around these aspects of people’s lives. His goal is to generate scientific evidence that practitioners in the field can use to better meet the needs of their clients. Dr. Yu is an integral part of the process in the SSW’s current goals to build a strong research infrastructure. He received the 2010 Instructor of the Year Award from the University of Missouri Master of Public Health Program, and the 2009 Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching from the MU School of Social Work.

The College of Human Environmental Sciences congratulates Dr. Yu on this outstanding designation and award.

For more information about Dr. Yu, visit his profile site and for information regarding SSWR, visit

VANGUARD: News from the College of Human Environmental Sciences
Ann Solomon

Ann Ryan Solomon
Named Director of Advancement for the College of Human Environmental Sciences

Mackenzie Mattix

New York Fashion Week
Mackenzie Mattix is headed to the Big Apple!

Stanley Remer accepting award

Lifetime Achievement Award
Stanley Remer, '68, MSW, Receives Virginia Lifetime Achievement Award

Alex Embree and Dean Rikoon

HES Week 2017 Awards
HES Week 2017 Awards Ceremony

The Generosity and Gratitude Behind Scholarships
Ashton Chapman and Dr. Marilyn Coleman, HDFS, at the Scholarship and Honors Convocation ceremony on Sep. 25, 2016.

Stephen Jorgensen accepting award

Spotlight on Career Achievement
Dr. Stephen R. Jorgensen, Dean Emeritus receives Legends of the Field Award.

Deana Sharpe

Spotlight on Career Achievement
Dr. Deanna Sharpe, Associate Professor, receives the 2016 Honor a Mentor Award.

Rui Yao

Spotlight on Career Achievement
Dr. Rui Yao, Associate Professor, is elected to American Council on Consumer Interests Board of Directors.

Colleen Galambos

Spotlight on Career Achievement
Dr. Colleen Galambos, Professor, School of Social Work, is recognized by the National Association of Social Workers as a Pioneer.