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Move More, Sit Less

Posted: Jan. 29, 2019

MU professor of nutrition and exercise physiology believes new federal guidelines on physical activity could help people move more

Story by Sheena Rice - MU News Bureau

At the beginning of every year, gyms across the country are buzzing with new members who have made resolutions to lose weight, get back in shape or live a more active lifestyle. However, as the weeks go by, it can be challenging for some to stick to those resolutions.

Steve Ball, professor at the University of Missouri and one of the nation’s leading experts on fitness and exercise, says that for resolutions to stick, people need to focus not only on outcome goals, but also goals related to the process of being physically active.

"Too often people set fitness goals without a plan to get there," Ball said. "Process goals, such as a commitment to working out three times a week, are more manageable for someone just starting out than outcome goals, such as wanting six-pack abs."

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Literary lessons

Posted: Jan. 25, 2019

Story by Mizzou News

One Mizzou student and published author is teaching children the importance of appreciating different cultures

Many people dream of writing a book. Cydni Robertson, a doctoral student in Textile and Apparel Management at Mizzou, can say that she turned that dream into a reality. Robertson’s children’s book "Mae and Louise: The Heritage Festival," was published this fall by Baobab Publishing.

"My mom works as a librarian at a university and my father has owned a bookstore for many years,” Robertson said. “Books have always been an important part of my life. I was inspired to write a children’s book to share my love of reading with another generation."

Cydni RobertsonCydni Robertson, a doctoral student at Mizzou, recently published a new children's book geared toward culture.

During her undergraduate career at Mizzou, Robertson studied abroad in Peru and El Salvador. This experience still resonates with her today.

"Studying abroad, I began to appreciate many unfamiliar cultures by finding the similarities within people instead of focusing on the differences,” Robertson said. “I wanted to find a way to introduce new cultures to my readers."

The book, "Mae and Louise: The Heritage Festival" is the first of a series geared toward those on a third to fifth grade reading level. It aims to not only bridge the gap between picture and chapter books, but also it strives to help its readers find confidence, become culturally competent and understand the importance of good character.

One of Robertson’s favorite memories throughout her time at Mizzou was participating in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Zeta Alpha Chapter’s annual Miss Black and Gold Pageant. The pageant brought her many lasting friendships and improved her self-confidence.

Robertson’s advice to current Mizzou students is to use all resources available, write thank you cards often and to make self-care a priority.

Edward Jones Portfolio Challenge Winners Announced

Posted: Dec. 13, 2018

This fall from October 11 until November 28th, students in the Department of Personal Financial Planning’s Investment Management class, taught by Assistant Professor Lu Fan, PhD, CFP®, competed in the Edward Jones Portfolio Challenge this fall. The class formed groups of 4-5 students each and were given information about a family they used to analyze and make recommendations to accomplish the family’s goals. Dr. Fan narrowed the field to the top three teams who competed for one of three top prizes awarded by Edward Jones. The finalists presented their recommendations to a team of three judges, all Edward Jones financial advisors—Nathan Brown, Gina Mauller, and Eric Willmeth, CFP®—who scored the presentations with a focus on the portfolio objective, asset allocation and security selection, ability to answer questions from the judges and audience, and overall presentation skill. The first place team received Portfolio Challenge Champion plaques and $2,500 to split among its members—Yaqi Fang, Yun Guo, Elizaveta Korshunova, and Ethan Wallace. Second place team members will share $1,500 and includes Brandon Easley, Clayton Foster, Christian Schoonover, Nick Stork, and Noah Wooters. The third place team members will share $1,000 includes Kolby Lang, Santiago, Padruno, Jake Radmer, and Angelina Steck.

This is the second year that students in Mizzou PFP have participated in the portfolio challenge, which Edward Jones has sponsored since 2016. Edward Jones has executed the challenge in four universities.

Also in attendance to support the student presenters were Scott Van Genderen, principle and leader of the Edward Jones Financial Advisor Talent Acquisition Career Development University Program, Dean of the College of Human Environmental Sciences Sandy Rikoon, PhD, Professor and Chair Fran Lawrence, PhD, Associate Professor Deanna Sharpe, PhD, CFP®, Assistant Professor Abed Rabbani, PhD, CFP®, and other students from the Department of Personal Financial Planning. Congratulations to all teams for their excellent presentations!

EJPC 2018 First Place
Winning Team with Dr. Fan and Edward Jones Representatives

Left to right: Dr. Lu Fan, Eric Willmeth, Elizaveta Korshunova, Scott Van Genderen, Yun Guo, Yaqi Fan, Ethan Wallace, Gina Mauller, Nathan Brown

EJPC 2018 Second Place
Second Place Team

Left to right: Nick Stork, Brandon Easley, Christina Schoonover, Noah Wooters, Clayton Foster

EJPC 2018 Third Place
Third Place Team

Left to right: Kolby Lang, Santiago Padruno, Angelina Steck, Jake Radmer

Historic Grindstone Donated to CDL Learning Garden

Posted: Dec. 6, 2018

pinking grinding wheelStory by Pete Millier

The pink granite grindstone in the CDL Learning Garden was originally used by a German settlement on the Missouri river near McKittrick, MO in the mid 1800’s. This stone was part of the collection in the McKittrick Museum created and owned by the Meyer family. The Meyers had been collecting items for 150 years prior to the closing of the museum. Judy Edwards (nee Meyer) is the grand-daughter of Mr. Meyer, who ran the museum until his death in 1976.

Judy’s late husband, Larry Edwards, purchased the stone in 1976 at the auction (from the poster) intending to use it in his garden as the basis for a fountain. Mr. Edwards was a proud graduate, as was his daughter Kim, of the University of Missouri and worked at his alma mater for 39 years. Upon Mr. Edwards death several years ago, Judy Edwards decided to donate the grindstone to the University of Missouri for display. Shortly after accepting the stone, the decision to use the grindstone in the CDL Learning Garden was made as this seemed to be the most appropriate, and fitting, location for such a unique artifact. It is doubly fitting as the children who learn valuable lessons about the natural world within this garden, gather around this grindstone that has been part of Missouri’s history for over 150 Years! Mr. Edwards would be very happy to know that the joyful sound of children are heard in this way.

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Clinic for the Community

Posted: Nov. 15, 2018

Story by Brian Consiglio, strategic communications ‘19

MU School of Social Work gives students hands-on learning outside the classroom

The Missouri Method is an educational concept of learning by experience. A central part of the University of Missouri’s journalism school, the Missouri Method can be found on all corners of campus, including the School of Social Work. In 2014, the School of Social Work founded the Integrative Behavioral Health Clinic to provide free, quality mental health services for uninsured and underinsured individuals in the Columbia community. Graduate students provide counseling services under direct supervision from licensed clinical social workers, and undergraduate students get career experience by maintaining clinic operations.

"The clinic is a very welcoming environment where I can get a taste of a clinic setting by interacting with patients," said Megan Warhover, a graduate student from Columbia. "The clinic helps connect MU with the community by providing people with services they might not be able to access elsewhere."

In the four years since opening, the clinic has served more than 230 clients and has trained more than 70 students. Mental health services include counseling, crisis intervention and support groups. The clinic is supervised by Kelli Canada, associate professor of social work, and Rebekah Freese, clinical instructor.

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Robina Onwonga, a doctoral student in counseling psychology, helps co-facilitate mental health sessions at the clinic.

Students working in the clinic are under intensive supervision from licensed clinical social workers such as Rebekah Freese, co-director of the clinic.

Child Development Laboratory Reunion

Posted: Nov. 6, 2018

Since the 1920s, the Child Development Laboratory at the University of Missouri has been an early childhood teaching, education, and research center. The CDL is an incredible place where educators, researchers, undergraduate and graduate students come together with children and their families to learn and share knowledge and to build relationships that last a lifetime. On Saturday, October 6, 2018, former CDL teachers, student teachers, graduate students, parents, and children gathered at a shelter at Cosmo Park in Columbia, MO to catch up and reminisce about their good old days at the CDL. Most alumni who attended are still in Missouri, but some traveled from Illinois and even as far as New York to be together again with people who will forever have very special places in their hearts. It is a CDL tradition to have an annual family picnic at Cosmo Park every year, so the planning committee thought it was fitting to have the reunion picnic where there were already so many wonderful memories. Some thunder and rain storms may have kept several people away, but despite less than optimal weather conditions, approximately 95 people attended the reunion and people enjoyed it so much, they are already talking about doing it again next year and making this a new annual event. As someone who has been a student teacher, teacher, and parent at the CDL, it always fills me with great joy to see how the connections and relationships children form with each other and parents form with each other as well as with the teachers at the CDL can have such long term effects. It was so wonderful to see former families with elementary age children who are all still good friends playing together, and high school students who have known each other since they were infants, toddlers, or preschoolers who are still friends, and even college students and parents of college students were there sharing stories about fond memories and how they are still in touch with other former CDL families. I cannot express the joy and pride I felt at the park that day. It is amazing to see the difference that being part of the "CDL family" can make in the lives of so many people.

Written by Erin Angst Baker, Child Development Teacher Sr.

Dr. Laine Young Walker, Adriene Walker, Jasmine Walker, Erin Angst Baker

Nathan Boren, Karen Kelley, Alex Boren, Samantha Welshons, Jasmine Walker, Jack Welshons, Erin Angst Baker, Jane Endersby

Marching with Pride

Posted: Oct. 16, 2018

Adapted from the Mizzou News story by Brian Consiglio, strategic communications, ‘19

Deciding which college to attend can be a difficult and stressful experience for a high school senior. However, it was an easy choice for Rachel Grayson, who grew up in nearby Washington, Missouri.

"For as long as I can remember, Mizzou has been a part of my immediate and extended family," Grayson said. "Beyond the family connections, I chose Mizzou because I wanted to be a member of the largest student organization on campus, Marching Mizzou."

Grayson has been playing trumpet for Marching Mizzou since the fall semester of her freshman year and began her second year as a trumpet section leader when her senior year began this August.

"My favorite part about Marching Mizzou is keeping the traditions of the university alive through music with some of my best friends,” Grayson said. "Whether Mizzou has a tough loss or a close win, the fight songs and alma mater are still played, and that makes me proud to be a member."

Marching Mizzou is composed of more than 300 students from nearly every major within the university. In addition to performances across the United States, the band played at the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. Grayson also participated in the Limerick International Band Championships, where Marching Mizzou was awarded first place. Although music has taken Grayson around the world, her favorite spot to perform is on Faurot Field in front of her fellow Tigers.

"I still remember my first Homecoming football game as a freshman," Grayson said. "The atmosphere was incredible and unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of."

Although Grayson quickly found a home with Marching Mizzou, she was not exactly sure what she wanted to study. After changing her major three times, Grayson finally settled on Textile and Apparel Management (TAM) thanks to the help of Jaime Mestres, senior academic advisor and career services coordinator in the department. "After getting to know my TAM professors and Jaime, my advisor, I realized the College of Human Environmental Sciences is exactly like a family. Every faculty member or professor I spoke with in the very beginning of my TAM career offered a helping hand, encouraging me to learn more and think outside the box regarding the program," Grayson said.

Grayson now serves as a student ambassador for the College of Human Environmental Sciences. She said, "As an Ambassador for the college of HES and the TAM program, I am grateful for the opportunity to now help my peers find their path at Mizzou." Grayson hopes to work for an athletic company as a merchandise buyer after college.

"With the constant support of friends, advisors and faculty, any student can find their way here at Mizzou," Grayson said. "We look out for one another because Mizzou is a family."

Rachel Grayson marching with Mizzou

Rachel Grayson at Gwynn Hall

Dr. Jim Green, CFP® Appointed as Director of the Office for Financial Success

Posted: Aug. 20, 2018

Jim GreenAfter a nationwide search, Dr. Jim Green, CFP® was appointed Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of the Office for Financial Success in the Department of Personal Financial Planning in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences. Green joined the faculty on August 13, 2018.

Dr. Fran Lawrence, Personal Financial Planning department chair said, "We are extremely pleased that Dr. Green is joining us. His university teaching proficiency, financial planning industry expertise, leadership ability and vision for the Office for Financial Success are ideal for this position. I am confident that he will be a great fit. His passion for financial planning and financial literacy will serve the campus well."

Green is a native of Florida but comes to the University of Missouri from San Antonio, TX where he spent the last nine years as a financial planning and portfolio manager. Additionally, for the past three years, he was an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the H-E-B School of Business Administration, University of the Incarnate Word.

He earned his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and served as an officer for twenty-four years in various flying positions including combat duty in Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He earned a Masters of Business Administration – Finance from Louisiana Tech University and a certificate in Financial Planning from Florida State University. Green holds a Doctorate of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX.

"I searched for a faculty position that could benefit from my financial planning education and my nine years as a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner. The fact that I grew up in the southeast as a fan of the SEC, also made being the Director of Office for Financial Success at MU a great win for me," said Green.

Green’s professional credentials include Certified Financial Planner™ and Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist. He is formerly FINRA licensed Series 7, 31, 66 and Texas insurance licensing.

"I am thrilled that we were able to attract someone with Jim Green’s credential to Mizzou," said HES Dean Sandy Rikoon, “He has the academic training and real-world experience that make him the perfect person to teach our students. Equally important, he also brings a desire to spread financial literacy and to provide students across the campus with the kind of financial planning that will enable them to complete their college education with the least amount of financial stress."

Liz Townsend Bird Named Sr. Director of Advancement for the College of Human Environmental Sciences

Posted: Jul. 23, 2018

Liz Townsend BirdWith 16 years of advancement experience, Liz Townsend Bird returns to Mizzou Advancement as the Senior Director of Advancement for the College of Human Environmental Sciences, the chief development officer role for the College. Previously, Liz served in two different roles for Mizzou, first in External Relations for HES and then as Director of Development for the College of Engineering.

Before "coming home" to HES, Liz’s professional experiences included advancement and donor relations work for Kansas State University and for Stephens College. She comes back to Mizzou from her role as Development Manager for The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

A Mizzou HES graduate, Liz earned her bachelor’s degree in Textile and Apparel Management in 1996. As a student, she held leadership roles with the HES Ambassadors, the Association of Textile and Apparel Management and the HES Student Council. She is a lifetime member of the Mizzou Alumni Association and the past president of the College of Human Environmental Sciences Alumni Organization Board of Directors. She has also served on the boards of the Friends of the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection and the Family Impact Center.

Liz is currently serving in her second three-year term on the Women’s Network Steering Committee. Women’s Network is the largest division of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. She served as Secretary in 2016 and 2017 and has been an active participant in many of the Women’s Network committees including Marketing and Communications, Special Events, Changing the Odds and the Mentoring Program.

Liz and her husband, Scott Bird, have a one-year old kitty named Schroeder, and expect to add more four-legged family members in the near future.

Dean Sandy Rikoon says, "I am SO pleased that Liz Bird is returning to the HES fold as Senior Director of Advancement. What a spectacular hire! Liz brings deep knowledge and love of what we do in HES together with a wealth of experience in advancement both previously at MU and now complemented by work at other colleges and universities. I am very confident that all of our HES alumni, friends, and donors will share my excitement about Liz Bird and her new position in the college. WELCOME HOME!"

Liz Townsend Bird

Liz Townsend Bird

Liz Townsend Bird

PFP Faculty & Students Attend ACCI Annual Conference, Win Awards

Posted: Jun. 11, 2018

Five faculty and five doctoral students from the Personal Financial Planning Department (PFP) traveled to Clearwater Beach, FL, for the 2018 American Council on Consumer Interests Annual Conference that took place May 17-19, all presenting original research. Dr. Rui Yao, CFP® was installed as President of the organization for 2018-2019 and brought home 2 of the 6 awards received by this outstanding group of researchers. PFP students and faculty received 2 best paper awards, 3 conference scholarships, and an honored mentor award, all listed below.

  • Consumer Movement Archives Applied Consumer Economics Award – Student Paper, "How is Student Loan Debt Associated with Home Ownership and Home Equity?" Guopeng (Kevin) Cheng, PhD Candidate and Rui Yao, PhD, CFP®, Associate Professor
  • CFP Board’s Financial Planning Paper Award, "Framing Longevity Income," Michael A. Guillemette, PhD, Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University, Jesse Jurgenson, PhD Student, Iowa State University, Deanna Sharpe, PhD, CFP®, Associate Professor, Xianwu (Sean) Zhang, PhD Candidate, Texas Tech University
  • Student Conference Scholarships
    Xihao Huang, Weipeng Wu, and Zheying (Anthea) Yao, CFP®
  • Honor a Mentor Award
    Rui Yao, PhD, CFP®, nominated by Hua Zan, PhD, University of Hawai’i

Research presented by PFP students and faculty included the following:

  • Guopeng Cheng and Rui Yao, PhD, CFP® – "How is Student Loan Debt Associated with Homeownership and Home Equity?"
  • Cynthia Crawford1, PhD, Fran Lawrence, PhD, and Dalisha Herring, CFP®1 – "Retirement Planning: Boosting Wellbeing by Combining Financial and Positive Psychology Research and Best Practices"2
  • Lu Fan, PhD, CFP®, and Swarn Chatterjee, PhD (University of Georgia) – "An Information Search Perspective of Financial Help-Seeking Behavior"
  • Xihao Huang and Rui Yao, PhD, CFP® – "American Millennials’ Risk Tolerance"
  • Deanna Sharpe, PhD,CFP® – "Effects of Later Life Change in Cognitive Function on Consumer Economic Decision-Making"2
  • Abed Rabbani, PhD, CFP®, and Zheying Yao – "Risk Tolerance Profile of Cash-Value Life Insurance Owners"1
  • Weipeng Wu – "Racial Differences in Stock Ownership"
  • Rui Yao, PhD, CFP®, and Chen Xu – "Risk Tolerance and Portfolio Allocation"
  • Zheying Yao and Abed Rabbani, PhD, CFP® – "Fragile Families’ Challenges for Emergency Fund Preparedness"2

The American Council on Consumer Interests is a leading organization for academicians and professionals involved in consumer and family economic issues.

1 Not able to attend; 2 Poster Presentation

Outgoing ACCI president, Dr. MJ Kabaci of Montana State University, passes the gavel to incoming president, Dr. Rui Yao

Dr. Rui Yao, pictured here with Dr. Hua Zan, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

MU Faculty and Student Attendees: Xihao Huang, Weipeng Wu, Rui Yao, Deanna Sharpe, Fran Lawrence, Chen Xu, Zheying (Anthea) Yao, Guopeng. Not pictured: Lu Fan and Abed Rabbani

2018 ACCI MU Grad students: Xihao Huang, Weipeng Wu, Chen Xu, Zheying (Anthea) Yao, Gupoeng (Kevin) Cheng

May 2018 HES Commencement

Posted: May 21, 2018

On the morning of Sunday, May 13, 2018, approximately 330 College of Human Environmental Sciences’ undergraduate and graduate students, including one earning a PhD, anxiously gathered in the practice gym of the Mizzou Arena. They were awaiting the moment that they could proceed out to their seats on the arena floor and eventually make their way across the stage, culminating their time at HES and on campus as a Mizzou Tiger.

With a house full of family and friends, Dean Sandy Rikoon welcomed students and their guests and made sure to give special recognition to all of the mothers and mother-like figures in the audience who were there to support their graduates while also celebrating Mother’s Day. Then, in true Dean Rikoon form, he pulled a couple of surprises out of his hat, including strapping on a bass drum, putting on a tiger hat and leading the crowd in the "M-I-Z…Z-O-U!" cheer before proceeding to hand out the diplomas.

The keynote speaker at commencement was Anne Deaton, co-founder of the Brady and Anne Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development and former first lady of MU. Other speakers included Jim Spain, Interim Provost and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, who brought greetings from the University, as well as Liz Townsend Bird, President of the HES Alumni Organization, who welcomed students to alumni status. They joined the platform party made up of over 30 HES faculty members who were there to honor and congratulate the graduates.

In the words of Dean Rikoon, "These graduates may be thinking after today's ceremony their time at Mizzou is over. But it's not, it’s the time they join those 322,000 alumni that are Mizzou-made."

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Dean Rikoon drumming

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Dean Rikoon with speaker


Architectural Studies Students Place 2nd in International Competition

Posted: May 7, 2018

On April 22, 2018, five MU Architectural Studies students were awarded second place in the annual Department of Energy, Race to Zero Competition, for their Zanos II home design. The student team included seniors Robin King, Jeremiah Vick, Macy Morley, Amy Niemeyer, and Michael Werkmeister. Associate Teaching Professor Michael Goldschmidt was the faculty advisor.

The Race to Zero is an annual competition, open to students and faculty from any design program in a collegiate institution. Forty teams competed in five building categories, including Single Suburban Family, the category for the Zanos House II. The competition challenges collegiate teams to apply sound building science principles and solar design to create cost-effective, market-ready designs that meet DOE's Zero Energy Ready Home program requirements. These requirements assist in creating home designs that generate more energy than they consume.

Competition attendees

Pictured left to right: Amy Niemeyer (Fulton, MO), Jeremiah Vick (Columbia, MO), Macy Morley (St. Louis, MO), Robin King (Columbia, MO) and Michael Werkmeister (Troy, MO).

The Zanos II house was designed for a low-income family in the Ridgeway neighborhood in Columbia using passive solar heating, cooling, and daylighting, as well as a photovoltaic array on the roof for electricity generation. The student design also included universal design principles, sustainable building materials, and very efficient heating and air conditioning systems. The student project was judged by a jury of architects, builders, and real estate agents, on architecture, interior design, affordability, durability, constructability, thermal comfort, and indoor air quality.

The annual competition is held at the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. In addition to the competition, the MU students toured the NREL facilities and attended workshops by leaders in the sustainable building industry. By participating in the Race to Zero competition, students become part of a new leadership movement to design truly sustainable buildings.

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2018 "Fashion For All" Student Design Competition

Posted: Apr. 23, 2018

The American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists (AATCC) held its 2nd annual AATCC and Runway of Dreams Foundation "Fashion For All" Student Design Competition. This year’s theme challenged students to design a clothing or accessory item that reimagines fashion and function for people who are seated/wheelchair users. The new item was required to enhance the everyday existence of the wearer and/or their caregiver. For her entry, Gilded. Andrea Bilgrien won 3rd Place and received a $1,000 scholarship from the Runway of Dreams Foundation. Andrea describes her entry below.

"Gilded is the design submission that I created for the AATCC and Runway of Dreams Foundation Student Design Competition. The competition, titled 'Fashion For All', is focused around creating adaptable apparel that in some way enhances the life of someone who is primarily wheelchair-bound. When brainstorming my project, I narrowed my target market to women ages 50+ with limited mobility. I can see that this target market is largely overlooked; women in this age bracket are essentially ignored by mainstream designers, let alone women in this bracket who also have limited mobility. The majority of options of clothing marketed toward an aging target market are drab and far from fashionable. My goal with this project was to create a sophisticated, unique, and most importantly, easy to wear garment that makes the wearer feel confident while simultaneously designing to accommodate varying levels of mobility."

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Andrea Bilgrien

Strong Showing for HES at 2018 Design Showcase

Posted: Feb. 27, 2018

For the third year in a row, Mizzou has held a Visual Art & Design Showcase where MU undergraduate students can display and discuss their expressive art and applied design projects in an exhibition setting. Students must work with a faculty mentor to submit their project and then the students selected to participate will visit with a panel of guest jury members to be eligible to compete for $8,000 in professional development funds and other awards.

This year the works of 51 students were on display and open to the public for one week in Jesse Hall and featured a variety of artistic expression, and applied design, including works of photojournalism, graphic design, architectural drawing, theatre set design, painting, sculpting, textile and apparel design, mixed media, and digital storytelling. The College of Human Environmental Sciences had an impressive showing representing 13 out of the 51 entries (seven in Architectural Studies and six from Textile and Apparel Management), with two of them being design award winners.

Coulton Becker, Architectural Studies junior, and his design piece Child Development Laboratory, was Runner Up in Applied Design, receiving an award of $1,000. He stated, "To be able to participate in a showcase that features work from different areas of the University is really unique. Many of us don't get to see other student's work besides the students in our own department. It was exciting to see what others were creating and the scope of design all in one room."

Olivia Eastman, Textile and Apparel Management senior, stated, "It is one thing to go through critiques with professors that know you, but it is a valuable experience to hear unfiltered feedback from creators that have just met you and are seeing your work for the first time." She received an Award of Merit in Applied Design for her apparel design piece Cracking a World, which included an award of $500.

Jagger EverettCoulton Becker, Architectural Studies senior, "Child Development Laboratory" – Runner Up Award in Applied Design

Olivia EastmanOlivia Eastman, Textile and Apparel Management senior, "Cracking a World" – Award of Merit in Applied Design

Mandy LupardusMandy Lupardus, Textile and Apparel Management senior, "Gypsy Revival"

Mary DownesMary Downes, Architectural Studies senior, "Waters’ Edge"

Maia LoescheMaia Loesche, Textile and Apparel Management senior, "CrissCross"

Emma MatthewsEmma Matthews, Architectural Studies junior, "Komorebi Pavilion"

Emily ChuEmily Chu, Architectural Studies senior, "Columbia High Rise"

Courtney RockCourtney Rock, Textile and Apparel Management senior, "Electric Aesthetic"

Andrew KreiterAndrew Kreiter, Architectural Studies sophomore, "Shell Pavilion"

Alexa MillerAlexa Miller, Textile and Apparel Management senior, "And Sisterhood"

Andrea BilgrienAndrea Bilgrien, Textile and Apparel Management junior, "The March Continues"

Allison PettyAllison Petty, Architectural Studies senior, "Oasis"

Jagger EverettJagger Everett, Architectural Studies junior, "Child Development Laboratory"

Mizzou Financial Planning Students Compete in Contest Sponsored by Edward Jones

Posted: Feb. 23, 2018

Story by Sheena Rice, Mizzou News

EJPC student attendees

Last fall, University of Missouri students from the Department of Personal Financial Planning had the opportunity to act like real-life financial advisors. Students in an investment management class were invited to compete in the Edward Jones Portfolio Challenge, a professional competition that allows students to step into the shoes of financial advisors and learn to create a diversified portfolio solution that fit clients’ long-term needs and desires.

With cash prizes on the line, students got to work putting together the best comprehensive plan to help their clients meet their financial goals.

Lu Fan, assistant professor of personal financial planning, is the instructor for investment management at Mizzou. She split her class up into teams and assigned them the case of the Gronkowskis, a fictitious married couple who recently received an inheritance.

"I enjoyed working with my students to provide them with hands-on financial planning experience,” Fan said. “The plans presented by the students were exemplary and reflect the exceptional quality of Mizzou’s personal financial planning students and faculty."

During the competition, students were tasked with devising a plan that would help the couple retire in ten years while paying for their son’s college education and leaving room for travel. The top three groups presented their plans before the class, faculty and representatives from Edwards Jones. Judges included Fan and working professional financial advisors Gina Mauller, Eric Willmeth and Nathan Brown.

According to Edward Jones, the benefits of the portfolio challenge include interaction with professionals in the investment field, developing analytical and presentation skills and an opportunity to learn real-world strategies based upon client needs.

"It was a great challenge and helped put everything we learn in the classroom into a real-world project," said Anthony Wight, a member of the winning team. "I hope we have the opportunity to do something like this for years to come."

Wright and his teammates—Rachel Heggs, Timothy Lux, Jimmy Merdian and Matthew Tomlin—received the top prize of $2,500. The second-place team, with students Brandon Fredman, Grant Fry, Cameron Harris and Christina Wang received a $1,500 cash prize. A third-place prize of $1,000 was awarded to Brandon Contreras, Victor Hoffman, Kelcey Nunley and Austin Wells.

"The Edward Jones Portfolio Challenge is just one of the ways MU personal financial planning students are able to get real-world, hands-on experience with partners in the financial industry," said Fran Lawrence, professor and department chair of personal financial planning. "I would like to thank Edward Jones for providing such a fantastic opportunity for our students."

PFP Acquires National Financial Tool to Help Investors and Financial Advisors

Posted: Feb. 15, 2018

Abed RabbaniThe Department of Personal Financial Planning in HES is now the exclusive source for the popular Investment Risk Tolerance Assessment (IRTA). When financial advisors meet with potential clients, they are required by law to ask about the client’s risk tolerance which is typically measured by simply asking ‘what’s your risk tolerance?’ This can lead to inaccurate answers and put investor’s money at risk. Now, Mizzou and PFP have taken ownership of IRTA, a 13-question free survey that assesses personal investment risk tolerance. This will not only help investors and financial advisors assess risk more accurately, it also will give researchers an important tool to study the investing process.

"Life events, stress and mood can impact how a person may assess his or her risk tolerance," said Abed Rabbani, Assistant Professor of Personal Financial Planning. "Having an objective survey that can provide better assessment of risk tolerance will lead to better investment advice for consumers."

The tool, previously housed at Rutgers University, is used by financial advisors to measure and understand their clients’ risk attitudes before assigning assets. For individuals, the risk scale often is used to understand their own willingness to take financial risk and analyze investment preferences.

Developed and tested by John Grable at the University of Georgia and Ruth Lytton at Virginia Tech, the IRTA was first published in a 1999 journal article for Financial Services Review. It was among the first publicly available measures of financial risk tolerance. Since its creation, more than 200,000 people around the world have taken the survey.

The Investment Risk Tolerance Assessment is believed to be the largest personal finance research database ever created. PFP now hosts the free survey on its website and encourages visitors to go to The new site will be overseen by Rabbani. He obtained his doctorate at the University of Georgia, where he studied under Grable.

"It is a privilege to oversee this large data collection effort—I have added affinity to it as my doctoral dissertation was based on data from this quiz," Rabbani said. "I thank Barbara O’Neill and Rutgers University for overseeing this valuable resource for so many years. We will give our best to ensure quality while it is hosted at the University of Missouri."

The quiz has been featured in both financial planning textbooks and popular nonfiction books. On Google, it is the first result listed for the search "investment risk tolerance."

(Excerpted from MU News Bureau story, "Popular financial tool at Mizzou will help investors, financial advisors assess risk: MU will be the exclusive source for popular Investment Risk Tolerance Assessment" by Sheena Rice)

Family Connection and a Passion for Architecture Led Senior to Mizzou

Posted: Jan. 18, 2018

Story by: Mizzou News

Jeremiah Vick comes from a family of Tigers. His mother has been working at the university for the past 22 years. Vick made the decision to attend Mizzou after the architecture program caught his eye when he was 14.

Now, Vick is in his senior year as an architectural studies student in the MU College of Human and Environmental Sciences.

"I’ve had amazing opportunities thanks to Mizzou, including my job with campus facilities where I am working with architects to further my education in the field," Vick said. "Another activity that’s helped me is joining the Deaton Scholars Program, a program that finds solutions for humanitarian issues around the world."

Jeremiah Vick (second from right) was selected as Deaton Scholar. He is pictured with former Chancellor Brady Deaton (far left), Anne Deaton (right) and fellow student Jonathan Mcguff (second from left).

The Deaton Scholars Program is a peer-mentorship initiative designed to foster public service leadership in areas such as international development, global food security, elimination of extreme poverty and non-profit management. Besides his classes, being a part of the Deaton Scholars Program has been Vick’s favorite part of college. It’s given him the chance to connect with other students who share his passion for service.

"My advice for prospective students would be to follow your passion and be determined to achieve your goal,” Vick said. “Determination and passion are the keys to success at Mizzou and any other college."

Jennifer First Studies How People Recover from Traumatic Events

Posted: Jan. 12, 2018

Story by: Megan Liz Smith, Convergence Journalism ‘19

It’s safe to assume that Jennifer First would be a good person to have around in a crisis. She is the disaster mental health program manager for the Disaster and Community Crisis Center at the University of Missouri. She also is a licensed social worker and a doctoral candidate in the MU School of Social Work.

"After finishing my bachelor’s degree in religious studies, I worked in a variety of social service agencies with individuals experiencing crisis such as homelessness, violence and natural disasters," First said. "I was inspired watching individuals and families persevere and demonstrate resilience despite extremely stressful and traumatic events."

This led her to pursue a graduate degree in the field of social work. First’s research has primarily focused on assessing risk and resilience factors in communities that have experienced trauma or crisis. She recently led a study that found survivors of natural disasters have the potential to experience positive changes or growth in addition to the stress they experience.

Jennifer First helps work with people to recover from traumatic events. Recently she conducted a workshop on resilience with youth at Boys and Girls Club of Columbia.

First grew up in St. Louis and attended Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, for her undergraduate degree. She decided on Mizzou for graduate school because of the outstanding faculty and focus on addressing social injustice and inequalities in practice, research and policy areas.

First plans to finish her doctoral program in May 2019.

December 2017 HES Commencement

Posted: Dec. 22, 2017

On what turned out to be a beautiful spring-like day on December 16, 2017, approximately 100 College of Human Environmental Sciences undergraduate and graduate students, including one earning a PhD, gathered in Jesse Auditorium, Jesse Hall on the MU campus for the fall commencement ceremony.

With a full house of family and friends, Dean Sandy Rikoon welcomed students and guests and in true Dean Rikoon form, pulled a couple of surprises out of his hat, including strapping on bass drum, putting on a tiger hat and leading the crowd in the "M-I-Z…Z-O-U!" cheer before proceeding to hand out the diplomas.

The keynote speaker at commencement was Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement. Other speakers included Provost Garnett Stokes, who brought greetings from the University, as well as Liz Townsend Bird, President of the HES Alumni Organization, who welcomed students to alumni status, and Maurice Graham, Chairman of the Board of the Curators, who brought greetings from the Board to the graduates and their guests. They joined the platform party made up of over 30 HES faculty members who were there to honor and congratulate the graduates.

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Dean Rikoon drumming

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graduates posing with faculty

graduates posing with faculty

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Caroline Pruente Awarded the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarship

Posted: Dec. 19, 2017

The College of Human Environmental Sciences and Dean Sandy Rikoon congratulates Caroline Pruente, senior in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, who is honored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation for receiving the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarship.

Pruente is majoring in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics and was awarded the scholarship for 2017-18 school year in the amount of $1,000 from the Foundation. She is pursuing a career in nutrition and dietetics and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to accelerating improvements in global health and well-being through food and nutrition. Pruente is from Raleigh, North Carolina, and is a past president of the HES Dean’s Advisory Board.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and the only charity devoted exclusively to promoting nutrition and dietetics. The Foundation funds scholarships and awards, public education programs, and research grants and is the largest provider of nutrition and dietetics scholarships. The Foundation’s mission is, through philanthropy, to empower current and future food and nutrition practitioners to optimize global health. For more information please visit

Caroline Pruente

Caroline Pruente reading to children

California Student Overcomes a Tough Upbringing to Study Dietetics at Mizzou

Posted: Dec. 7, 2017

Story by: Megan Liz Smith, Convergence Journalism '19

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Ramiro Arreola, a senior studying dietetics in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at Mizzou, is no stranger to hardship. Growing up in a rough neighborhood in the Los Angeles area didn’t make for an easy childhood. The son of Mexican immigrants, Arreola lost his mom in September 2016, and despite a lack of formal education, Arreola’s dad supported the family through a construction career.

Money was tight and often there was little or no food in the fridge. At one point the family was even forced to move into a converted garage. When Arreola was eight, his sister had her first child. She was 16 at the time. A year later she had her second child.

"I had to play a part to survive," Arreola said. "Fortunately, I never got involved with drugs or gangs, but I was definitely exposed to it."

Underrepresented students often face academic, financial and cultural barriers that go beyond the normal difficulties of being a first-year college student. For Arreola, his biggest challenge was a lack of guidance, but that changed when he met his first mentor at East Los Angeles Community College.

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Chris Hardin and Ramiro Arreola

Arreola working in kitchen

Kristen Morris Receives 2017 Claire Shaeffer Award for Outstanding Marketable Design from ITAA

Posted: Dec. 4, 2017

Kristen MorrisThe International Textile and Apparel Association awarded Dr. Kristen Morris, Assistant Professor in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management, the 2017 Claire Shaeffer Award for Outstanding Marketable Design – Professional Level for her design titled Luminosity: High Visibility Apparel for Runners. The ensemble, which was developed with runners and further conceptualized by Morris, addresses runners’ concern for safety during runs in low light conditions. The top, together with the vest, meets the criteria outlined by runners in initial design sessions held with over 64 athletes. This ensemble was designed to improve visibility while maintaining thermal comfort for the wearer. Two stages of evaluations by users further ensured that the product developed in this research met needs of users. The design included technical features like storage pockets on the back with reflective tape, thumbholes, and a zipper at the neck that could be unzipped to help with thermal management. Reflective mesh fabric that uses micro glass beads to create the retro-reflective effect was used throughout. Patterns were drafted by hand, digitized into Optitex PDS and cut using a laser cutter to ensure cutting accuracy and efficiency.

Dr. Morris also received the EFI/Optitex 2017 Best Use of EFI Optitex in a School. The award was based on Morris’ submission of a picture-heavy document that described how TAM has integrated Optitex 2D/3D platform in the MU HES TAM product development course curriculum. The document showcased examples of student work in TAM 2380, TAM 2480, TAM 2580 and TAM 3480 courses. Students who had these classes sent Morris a short statement about how the technology they learn in TAM classes motivated their creative aspirations and how it gets them closer to their career goals.

Not only did Dr. Morris earn awards, alumna Sunhyung Cho, MS TAM ’17, received the 2017 Fashion Supplies Innovative Design Award Second Place for her design titled Depth of Color. Cho is pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. The design she created began while taking Dr. Morris’ TAM 3480 course before her graduation from MU. The design transposes verbal descriptions to tactile ones to extend the aesthetic color ranges of people living with vision impairments. Tactile expressions of color is a new approach in clothing design that expresses the color without exploiting visual elements. To express the depth of color, the designer employed a laser cutting technique to communicate changes in color hues by creating cutouts from a fabric overlay that has a strong tactile texture to reveal a hand-hand painted colorful fabric underneath. The designer laser-cut the main textile of the first layer with ellipses of various sizes. The size of the ellipse corresponds to the size of the shape where lighter shades of blue are represented by smaller circles, and darker shades are represented by more elongated ellipses. This results in a strong aesthetic effect where the garment represents the deep and lighter colors by the variation of frequency or size of the circles.

The College of Human Environmental Sciences congratulates Dr. Kristen Morris and Alumna Sunhyung Cho for receiving this recognition for their cutting-edge designs at the ITAA conference held November 14-18, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Kristen Morris with award



MU School of Social Work - Kelli Canada - Co-PI on $1.8 Million Grant

Posted: Oct. 6, 2017

Kelli CanadaCongratulations to Dr. Kelli Canada, assistant professor in the School of Social Work. The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded a $1.8 million grant to the schools of social work at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and the University of Missouri to train behavioral health experts for vulnerable and under-served populations.

The grant from HRSA, an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be spread over the course of four years and be used to fund a total of 120 master’s students from both campuses in the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals (BHWET) program.

The program offers students professional clinical experience through community partnerships with integrated behavioral health agencies, where they can learn best practices for helping vulnerable populations and their families.

The HRSA grant also will help implement a career services component to the program, connecting students post-training with behavioral health employment opportunities in crucial areas.

"We want to help as many vulnerable and under-served communities in Missouri as possible," said Kelli Canada, co-principal investigator and assistant professor of social work at MU. "People across the state will benefit from a workforce with specialized training in integrated behavioral health care thanks to this HRSA grant."

More about grant   Video interview on KOMU

College Inaugurates Faculty Scholars Program

Posted: Sep. 6, 2017

The College of Human Environmental Sciences is pleased to name the first group of HES Faculty Scholars. For the next two years, these individuals will carry named titles and receive additional resources to support their research.

The first group of HES Faculty Scholars has been made possible by donors who have established endowments in support of faculty. "The HES Faculty Scholars program represents the perfect union between our amazing faculty and the generosity of our donors and supporters," said Sandy Rikoon, Dean of HES. "A key strength of our college is the excellence of our faculty, and it is contributions to the college from our alumni and friends that allow us to recruit and retain the best faculty in the country."

Selected by unit leaders and other advisors, HES Faculty Scholars are designated either Research Scholars or Teaching Scholars. Research Scholar awards recognize the demonstration of research excellence and plans for research production and productivity over the two years of the award. Teaching Scholar awards are for individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom and scholarly contributions to pedagogy or other dimensions of educational scholarship.

The initial group of recognized faculty are:

Dr. Bimal BalakrishnanBimal Balakrishnan
(Architectural Studies)
Norman and Marilyn Pick HES Research Scholar

Dr. Kelli CanadaKelli Canada
(School of Social Work)
Hazel M. Hatcher HES Research Scholar

Dr. Jung Ha-BrookshireJung Ha-Brookshire
(Textile and Apparel Management)
Hazel M. Hatcher HES Research Scholar

Dr. Ashlie LesterAshlie Lester
(Human Development and Family Science)
Norman and Marilyn Pick HES Teaching Scholar

Dr. Jaume PadillaJaume Padilla
(Nutrition and Exercise Physiology)
Loren Dilsaver HES Research Scholar

Dr. Rui YaoRui Yao
(Personal Financial Planning)
Loren Dilsaver HES Research Scholar

New Leadership in Personal Financial Planning at the University of Missouri

Posted: Aug. 10, 2017

Dr. Frances Cogle Lawrence Appointed Chair of the Department of Personal Financial Planning

Following a nationwide search, Dr. Frances Cogle Lawrence was appointed Chair and Professor of the Department of Personal Financial Planning at the University of Missouri’s College of Human Environmental Sciences by Dean Sandy Rikoon. Dr. Lawrence joined the faculty on July 1, 2017.

"Dr. Lawrence stood out, not only for her outstanding leadership at Louisiana State University, but for her award-winning teaching, solid research activity, and passion for the profession" said Rikoon. "She brings extraordinary energy for the university, alumni and business community, and will deliver her bold leadership to a department specializing in financial planning research and curricula that enables outstanding career opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students."

Dr. Frances Cogle Lawrence

Dr. Frances Cogle Lawrence
Professor and Department Chair

A native of Richmond, VA, she earned an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and her master’s and doctorate degrees from Florida State University. Before coming to MU, Dr. Lawrence served as the George Cire and Lena Grand Williams Endowed Alumni Professor at Louisiana State University, and also as the Ourso Professor of Communications in the Department of Finance and Associate Dean in the E. J. Ourso College of Business.

At LSU, Lawrence led CFP Board-Registered Programs and was a founder of the LSU Student Financial Management Center. Strategic partnerships with companies, such as Charles Schwab, Edward Jones, Exxon Mobil, LPL Financial, Merrill Lynch, MetLife, Northwestern Mutual, Raymond James, Regions Financial Corporation, TD Ameritrade and Wells Fargo, attracted funding and resulted in student internships, scholarships, and career opportunities.

"It is very apparent to me that Dr. Lawrence’s passion for student learning and her leadership skills will be a winning combination for the University’s Department of Personal Financial Planning," said David Keller, President of the Bank of Missouri.

With a mission of leading the University of Missouri’s financial planning department to further national and global recognition, Lawrence is committed to meaningful research, to students becoming leaders in the financial planning industry with a special emphasis on obtaining the CFP® and AFC® professional certifications, and to forging strong relationships with financial planning professionals. "I am pleased to join an outstanding group of faculty, staff and students at the University of Missouri. Their dedication to superior academic programs and research, along with a supportive and engaged network of alumni, industry and campus partners, makes this a unique and exciting opportunity," said Lawrence.

"As the Department of Personal Financial Management’s new chair, Frances Lawrence will bring a new vision, fresh talent and renewed energy to the department," said Provost Garnett Stokes. "She has received a multitude of honors and awards for teaching, research and service to the profession. Furthermore, Dr. Lawrence is deeply committed to collaborations with other academic units on the University of Missouri campuses and the financial planning industry."

View Dr. Lawrence’s CV and profile

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."

cap that says Truss me I'm an architect

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several graduates posing

several graduates posing

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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

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2018 ACL Grant Will Help Missourians
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Dean Rikoon accepting award

An International Achievement
HES Dean Receives Honorary Doctorate in Czech Republic

Bea Litherland Smith with award

Dean Emerita Bea Litherland Smith
2018 ATHENA International Leadership Award

Olivia Bleeker

Olivia Bleeker
TAM Senior...Paving the Path to Success

Chris Hardin and Arreola

Ramiro Arreola
California Student Overcomes Tough Upbringing to Study Dietetics at Mizzou