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Student Organizations

Your Opportunity to Gain Leadership Experience and Explore Professional Development Programs

Being involved in organizations helps you meet other students with similar interests and provides opportunities to meet with faculty in informal settings. Prospective employers also look at your college activities to determine the leadership, problem solving and management skills you have developed.

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College-Wide Organizations

HES Ambassadors Web Page
Advisor/Contact: Alex Embree
E-mail: UMCAM@missouri.edu
Student Services Office, 106 Gwynn Hall

All HES students are encouraged to join HES Student Council. In addition, a representative from each departmental organization and each class comprise the Student Council. Student Council promotes unity among the student body by sponsoring events such as a Faculty and Staff Coffee, service projects, service awards, the HES News Update and other social and philanthropic activities.

Dean's Advisory Board Web Page
Contact: Jillian Day, President
Advisor: Dean Sandy Rikoon, (573) 882-6227

Department Organizations

At monthly meetings, ATAM hosts guest speakers from manufacturing, management, and retailing. These meetings provide opportunities for students to interact with professionals in their areas of potential career choices. Members meet professionals and other students during an annual field trip to Kansas City hosted by the Fashion Group of Kansas City. Not only does ATAM offer insights in apparel merchandising, marketing, and management, but it also provides valuable contacts with professionals and the potential for new friendships. Everyone is welcome, and current members of ATAM encourage others to join their organization. ATAM also serves as a service organization to the department, assisting with such things as recruiting activities and hosting industry related events.

Textile & Apparel Management
ATAM Web Page
Contact: Ashley Warren, President
Advisor: Jamie Mestres, (573) 882-6425
Bulletin board located outside 137 Stanley Hall

CLSA invites all undergraduate and graduate child life students to participate in the organization's activities aimed at developing a fellowship among students in the major, encouraging exploration of professional roles and competencies, building leadership skills and providing service to the pediatric community. Members promote an awareness of the profession of child life and pediatric advocacy issues through involvement in events such as Child Life Month, Relay-for-Life, and volunteering at the Ronald McDonald house. The group also provides opportunities to participate in professional conferences and networking events.

Human Development and Family Science
CLSA Web Page
Contact: Brenna Sandbothe, President
Advisor: Nora Hager, (573) 884-5997

CSWA supports the integration of Christian faith and professional social work education and practice in the lives of its members, influencing the profession and church, promoting love and justice in social service and social reform. Members of MU CSWS work to build community among students in the School of Social Work. An important aspect of the group is the desire for everyone to feel comfortable participating and discussing topics of faith and practice at meetings. "Everyone" includes all world views. Activities provide opportunities for networking with practicing social workers and serving the School and community.

School of Social Work
CSWA Web Page
Contact:
Advisor:

CSSW is open to all students interested in Social Work. CSSW hosts many activities that are beneficial for Social Work students. Special speakers from various fields in Social Work provide insight about opportunities in Social Work. CSSW is also involved in working toward the betterment of the community, fundraising, and helping others learn the true meaning of Social Work. The Council plans social events each semester to enhance communication between Social Work students and faculty.

School of Social Work
CSSW Web Page
Contact: Mary C. Duncan, President
Advisors: Tammy Freelin and Christine Woods

The Design with Digital Media Students Association (DDMSA) is a student run organization housed in the department of architectural studies on the University of Missouri campus. The newly formed organization hopes to provide an outlet and resource for students interested in digital media as they relate to design fields. Our members have an eclectic set of skills in digital media including virtual reality, 3D modeling, augmented reality, interactive environments, and more.

Architectural Studies
DDMSA Web Page
Contact: Mohammed Al Subaie, Coordinator
Advisors: Bimal Balakrishnan

Meeting weekly and led by seniors majoring in Personal Financial Planning, FPA offers students an opportunity to develop leadership skills and to make professional contacts. Leaders in the financial planning profession come to speak to students to share their insights and experiences with the next generation of financial professionals. Students participating in FPSA begin to build their professional network, taking field trips to financial service businesses and professional meetings. In the past few years, students have planned and carried-out field trips to various large financial service marketplaces.

Personal Financial Planning
FPA Web Page
Contact: Jimmy Merdian, President
Advisor: Dr. Abed Rabbani

GSA-TAM, as an association, facilitates professional knowledge creation, exchange of professional knowledge, and knowledge dissemination to society. The association extends travel and research fund opportunities to support graduate students contribution to the research community in various academic disciplines. It also recognizes the value of professional development for graduate students, and organizes various social and professional events to enhance one’s skills in their vitae. Further, GSA-TAM strongly believes in contributing to society, and hence participates in various community education events, philanthropic activities. The association also organizes various social events and activities for graduate students and their families. Thus GSA-TAM acts as a forum and resource center that encourages graduate students to maximize success in all endeavors.

Textile and Apparel Management
GSA-TAM Web Page
Contact: Rachel E. Lomonaco-Benzing, President
Advisor: Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire, (573) 882-6316

HDFS SA is open to all undergraduate students. Objectives are to promote fellowship among students, to provide a support network for those in HDFS, to explore career and job opportunities, and to provide services for the child development laboratory and/or community.

Human Development and Family Science
HDFS SA Web Page
Contact: Mary Kate Brooks, President
Advisor: Beth Geyer, (573) 882-7072

MU-CFR is a student organization affiliated with the National Council on Family Relations, a professional organization for individuals who work with and study families and children. As an organization, MU-CFR supports students in their development as professionals who will enter careers that work with, or study, families and children. MU-CFR also provides a number of service opportunities throughout the year focused on helping local families and children (e.g., food drives, a resource for University students who are also parents, providing Christmas presents for a family in the community, etc.).

Human Development and Family Science Department
MU-CFR Web Page
Contact: Caroline Sanner, President
Advisors: Christine Proulx

NWA is composed of enthusiastic undergraduate and graduate students interested in Food Science and Human Nutrition and/or Physical Fitness. Monthly meetings promote positive interaction between students and faculty, provide opportunities to learn from guest speakers and to participate in adventurous field trips. NWA helps students explore the relationship between nutrition, wellness and health promotion.

Nutritional and Exercise Physiology
NWA Web Page
Contact: Hannah Turnbull-, President
Advisor: Catherine Peterson, (573) 882-8690

The NEP Graduate Student Association exists to provide the graduate students in the department of NEP with representation and opportunities that otherwise would not be available. This includes representation to faculty meetings and campus-wide GSA and GPC clubs, which gives us a voice on both departmental and campus-wide issues. We also put on annual fundraising events, the proceeds of which are used to help get students to national and local conferences, where we can present original research. The overall goal of the NEP GSA is to make our graduate student experience as positive as possible.

Nutritional and Exercise Physiology
NEP GSA Web Page
Contact: Rebecca Dirkes, President
Advisor: Catherine Peterson, (573) 882-8690

SEDA is the student chapter for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), American Institute of Architects – Students (AIAS), and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). SEDA is open to all students in Environmental Design. The mission of SEDA is to encourage excellence in the practice of interior design, assist members to professionally serve the public, demonstrate the value of the profession and create a favorable environment for the practice of interior design. These goals are pursued through monthly meetings, including activities such as field trips, speakers and workshops. The organization participates in Habitat for Humanity builds, and other community projects. They visit a large city within the United States each year for the purpose of viewing architecture and touring architecture firms. Past trips include Chicago, New York City, Seattle, and Los Angeles. The student chapter has the benefit of being affiliated with the national organization, thus providing access to scholarships. SEDA provides members with opportunities to interact with professionals and learn more about their prospective profession.

Architectural Studies
SEDA Web Page
Contact: Kacia Cortopassi, President
Advisor: Michael Goldschmidt, (573) 884-0905 and Lyria Bartlett
Bulletin board located outside 137 Stanley Hall

USGBC is the University of Missouri chapter for the United States Green Building Association. Activities include events with the Kansas City and St. Louis chapters, socials with professionals in town (great networking experience!), Habitat for Humanity builds, study sessions for LEED accreditation and sustainable field trips.

Architectural Studies
USGBC Web Page
Contact: Austin Weidner, President
Advisor: Michael Goldschmidt, (573) 884-0905
Bulletin board located outside 137 Stanley Hall

Honorary Organizations

Membership is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students with 3.5 GPA or above. Kappa Omicron Nu is a national honor society that promotes scholarship, graduate study, and research. The local chapter activities include professional projects and guest speakers. Topics relate to professionalism and research.

Contact: Angela Robinson, President
Advisor: Vikki Shahan, (573) 882-6424

This honorary society is for students seeking degrees in Social Work. The purpose is to provide a closer bond among Social Work students, promote humanitarian goals and ideals and foster high standards of scholarship and preparation for social workers. Eligible undergraduate students must have completed nine hours in required Social Work courses, be enrolled full time, have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and a 3.25 GPA in Social Work courses.

School of Social Work
Phi Alpha Web Page
Contact: Ashley Hobbs, President
Advisor: Tammy Freelin and Christine Woods

Phi U is a national professional organization for students who rank in the upper third of their class who have shown qualities of leadership and service. Members must have completed a minimum of 40 credit hours with a 3.0 GPA. The purposes are to recognize and encourage academic excellence, develop qualities of professional and personal leadership, provide opportunities for service to the profession, and to encourage professional and personal commitment in order to advance Human Environmental Sciences and related areas. Monthly meetings include guest speakers, professional and service projects, Founder's Day activities, and fundraising events for scholarships.

Contact: Samantha Cohen, President
Advisor: Vikki Shahan, (573) 882-6424