Monkey Business: MU Acquires Colobus Coat
Posted: Aug. 12, 2019
For 15 years or more, a boxy, black fur coat hung in the MERS Goodwill office in St. Louis.
It was jet-black and heavy, with long strands of what was originally thought to be gorilla fur. The shoulders were large and square, emblematic of late 1930s haute couture.
Monkey fur coats were made popular by Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli and were only for wealthier clientele. In the Depression era, fur coats sold for around $200-300.
Today, the coat, which is actually made of colobus fur, would be worth thousands, if it were legal to sell.
Photo credit: Kate Seaman
A coat made from the fur of a Colobus monkey that was donated 15 years ago to MERS Goodwill is now being preserved as a part of the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection in Stanley Hall at MU. The jacket cannot be sold because selling fur coats made from primate species is illegal. Because it can’t be sold, the coat has instead been donated to the collection for educational purposes.
Today, Parsons said, "for some people it might be a status symbol, and for some people it might be the other way around. They consider it a horrible thing to be wearing it."
Students Attend Financial Planning Academy
Posted: Jul. 26, 2019
By Roger McKinney, Columbia Tribune
How to accumulate $1 million by age 50 was one of the ideas put forward during a Wednesday session of the University of Missouri Financial Planning Academy for Teens.
The academy, a weeklong program, is presented by MU Extension and the MU Department of Personal Financial Planning. Graham McCaulley, Extension assistant professor, said the 25 students were recruited from around the state. The students applied to the academy online.
Most of the students are interested in both planning for their own financial futures and possibly a career in the financial planning industry, he said.
"They’re all here because they’re into financial planning," McCaulley said.
Miranda Figueroa, who will be a senior at Putnam County High School in Unionville, said she wants to know the best financial plans.
"I’m hoping to learn more about the financial part of life, like how to plan for retirement," the 17-year-old said.
Not many high school students think about retirement, but they should, she said.
"I think it would be really good if more high school students did," Miranda said.
Volcano Pants: The Latest Fashion Trend from MU Geologists and a Graduate Student
Posted: Jun. 25, 2019
What do you wear when exploring a volcano?
This is a question that professors and students in the MU Department of Geological Sciences face regularly.
In 2010, Alan Whittington, then an associate professor in the department, and a student, Genevieve Robert, now an assistant professor of geology at Bates College in Maine, were unexpectedly stuck overnight on a volcano in Guatemala. To take their minds off of being tired, cold, and hungry, they began griping about things that were bothering them, including the kind of clothing they typically wore during fieldwork. For example, side pockets tended to be located low enough on the leg that their field notebooks rubbed against their leg.
Stuart Kenderes and Brenna Halverson, doctoral students in the MU Department of Geological Sciences, field test "volcano pants" created by Abby Romine, a master's student in Textile and Apparel Management, during a recent research trip to Colorado.
"At the end of a week of field work I usually end up with a pretty sizable bruise on my leg," he says. "I also tend to lose weight during fieldwork, so I have to tighten my belt and end up with pleats. We needed something that is easily adjustable, something that is not too heavy, and something with abrasion resistance, which is a huge deal when working on lava, which is really sharp."
A Chance Meeting, and a Solution
Whittington, now the E.B. Branson Professor of Geological Sciences and department chair, says he would think about the kinds of things he and his students would like to see in rugged, outdoor clothing during field trips over the next few years, but would forget about it once the trip was over.
Then in 2017, Whittington happened to be talking to Professor Pam Norum, chair of the Department of Textile and Apparel Management in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences. She told him she knew someone who might be interested in creating the type of clothing Whittington was seeking for geological fieldwork: Abby Romine.
"She introduced me to her, so I talked about the original idea and what our complaints were, and Abby just ran with it," he says.
Lupita Fabregas, Director of MU 4-H Center for Youth Development
Posted: Jun. 13, 2019
Lupita Fabregas only intended to stay in the United States for one year. But her initial trip laid the foundation for a thriving career in the U.S., working to engage the Latino population in American higher education. As the first Latina director in the history of the 4-H program, she now brings her contagious enthusiasm and energy to the state of Missouri as the Director of the MU 4-H Center for Youth Development. The 4-H Center is part of the Youth and Families Extension Program in the College of Human Environmental Sciences.
Dr. Fabregas initially studied agriculture and animal science in Mexico, where she taught classes in Animal Science at the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP). In addition to teaching, she also held several administrative positions at the university, such as the Director of Alumni Relations and the Director of Financial Aid.
With a fully developed professional career, Dr. Fabregas wanted to spend some time in the United States and brought her family to Oklahoma for a year through an agreement between her university and Oklahoma State University. After that first year, however, she made the sacrifices necessary to stay on for a PhD from Oklahoma State in Agricultural and Extension Education Services.
"We had very little money at first," she said, "maybe $1,200 a month. We spent $800 on rent and had $100 that we could decide how to spend each week. One of our highlights was going to Cici's Pizza!"
By the time Dr. Fabregas had completed her degree, she and her family didn't want to leave anymore, and they began to put down more permanent roots. After spending a few more years in Oklahoma, Dr. Fabregas was hired by the University of California as their Assistant Director for 4-H Diversity and Expansion. Through this position, she utilized her administrative skill along with her background in agriculture to engage the Latino community in California.
In California, Dr. Fabregas worked mostly in the Central Valley, where the Latino community does a lot of agricultural work but where "there is a lot of inequality", she said. As part of her work with 4-H, Dr. Fabregas hired more bi-lingual and bi-cultural people to reach out to the Latino population and engage them in their programs.
Dr. Fabregas interviewed for her position with the University of Missouri in September of 2018 and was immediately drawn in by the warmth of the community. "I loved the people here. Everyone was super nice. And they don’t preach that they are so diverse, they show it with their actions."
As the director of MU’s 4-H Center, Dr. Fabregas hopes to bring new audiences to 4-H and to unite the individual programs in the state into more of a team. Currently, only about 6% of eligible children in Missouri are involved in 4-H. "It’s difficult, because people are so busy,” she said. “So we want to offer 4-H where the kids are," to improve accessibility.
Traditionally, 4-H is known as a rural community program, but it’s not just about raising animals anymore. Now it also involves projects that teach STEM skills and civic engagement, among other topics.
Although Dr. Fabregas has not even been in her job at Mizzou for a full year yet, she has already demonstrated her success by obtaining a CYFAR grant to bring the Latino population to 4-H in the Kansas City area. "I love writing, and I love teaching," she said, "but in administration, I really feel like I can make an impact."
NEP's First Dietetics Master’s Degree Graduates Benefit from Partnership with Campus Dining Services
Posted: May 13, 2019
Story by Erik Potter - MU Student Affairs
Clipboard in hand, Cassie Gibbons stands in front of infusion, the coffee and pastry shop inside the MU Student Center, trying — mostly fruitlessly — to get students to fill out a survey.
"You can get a free cup of coffee!" says Gibbons, then a senior in dietetics. "It’ll only take a minute!"
Most people ignore her. One student brushes past with a quick, "No, thank you." Gibbons ups the ante. "But it’s about getting all-day breakfast," she implores.
The student stops, turns around and walks back to her. "All-day breakfast?" he asks.
From left, dietetics students Olivia Rees, Cassie Gibbons and Laura Makarewicz pose in the Student Center. For a class assignment to design a restaurant business plan for Campus Dining Services, they proposed an all-day breakfast spot in the Student Center. Photo by Mikala Compton.
"Give me the survey," he says. "I don’t want the coffee though."
Gibbons smiles. She’s doing market research for a small-group project in her dietetics class. She’s working with two classmates — Olivia Rees and Laura Taylor Makarewicz — to create a new restaurant concept to go in the Student Center. If they can make a strong case, there’s a chance they could actually see their idea come to fruition.
NEP Senior Uses CrossFit to Push Himself and Help Others Achieve their Fitness Goals
Posted: May 10, 2019
Story by Mizzou News
This spring, Jacob Schmidt will be among the thousands of University of Missouri graduates ready to leave campus and make his mark on the world. Earlier this spring, the Columbia native left his mark in the world of CrossFit with his performance in the Open, a competition of thousands of athletes around the world. Of the 195,562 men competing, the 23-year-old finished the competition ranked 173rd in the world and 86th in the U.S.
Considering Schmidt’s competitive drive and work ethic, his success in the sport is not at all surprising. After playing baseball for two years at William Woods University, Schmidt transferred to Mizzou. He took a few CrossFit classes and soon realized there was much more to the sport than just intense workouts.
"When you go to a traditional gym, most people have their headphones in and are doing their own individual workouts, but with CrossFit, it’s one big community where you build relationships and really get to know people on a deeper level," Schmidt said. "The athletes are in it together, and I really wanted to be a part of a community with that kind of support system."
A senior at Mizzou, Schmidt is majoring in physical activity, nutrition and human performance in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. Schmidt has used the knowledge he has gained in the classroom, such as how to design workout programs and tailor training methodologies for individual clients, to excel in his job as a CrossFit coach at MKT Fit, a CrossFit affiliate in Columbia.
Schmidt’s passion for personal training has allowed him to coach CrossFit classes of more than 20 individuals and make connections with others in the CrossFit community.
Through CrossFit, Schmidt found a community of people dedicated to fitness and was given the opportunity to coach while still pursuing his degree. He joined the other coaches and members for a photo after completing the 2019 Open.
TAM Junior Helps Shape Campus Fashion Through ZOUtique Internship
Posted: May 10, 2019
Story by Jocelyn Racelis - Mizzou Student Affairs
Like other students on campus, Rebecca Pabon notices what other students are wearing. Unlike other students on campus, she recognizes some of the clothes as items she picked out.
Pabon is an assistant buyer for the ZOUtique, a boutique located in the corner of The Mizzou Store. Her role is to hand-select the clothing items sold there.
"When I come to the store and see something I took a risk on and it’s actually selling out and I see girls on campus wearing it, it’s extremely rewarding," says Pabon, from Park Ridge, Illinois. "I love that part of the job."
The ZOUtique offers student intern positions that mirror actual positions in the retail industry. Pabon gained valuable experience that will help her toward her goal of becoming a Nordstrom or a Balenciaga buyer.
She applied for the position the summer before her sophomore year. Getting involved in her major as an underclassman has helped Pabon get a leg up in her classes and other retail-oriented work.
On top of her internship, Pabon was involved in The Bridge Label and the Association of Textile and Apparel Management. These student organizations exposed her to new experiences that her internship did not focus on, such as coordinating photoshoots and traveling to networking events.
Pabon, a junior, noticed a lot of overlap in her classes and her job as she continued to study Textile and Apparel Management (TAM) in the College of Human Environmental Sciences with a minor in business. Skills such as retail math, checking sales, and markups or markdowns, she learned in class and in her ZOUtique internship.
HES Week 2019
Posted: Apr. 29, 2019
HES Week is a time for us as a college community to take the time to recognize the outstanding contributions of our distinguished alumni, faculty, staff and students. This year’s HES Week Awards Reception, held on April 16 in Gwynn Lounge, had nearly 70 people in attendance and 15 outstanding individuals were recognized for their achievements.
ALUMNI & FRIENDS AWARDS
New Professional Award
BS ’12 ArchSt
Citation of Merit
BS ’05 HDFS
PhD ’06 CFE
BSW ’06, MSW ‘08
Distinguished Service Award
TAM Advisory Board member & Adjunct Instructor
Dean’s Distinguished Service Award
BS ’88 CFE
Tootie Burns and Dean Rikoon
FACULTY, STAFF & GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS
Distinguished Research/Creative Activity Award
Victoria Vieira-Potter (NEP)
Mansoo Yu (SSW)
Distinguished Faculty Service Award
Antoinette Landor (HDFS)
Dr. Landor and Dean Rikoon
Distinguished Teacher Award
Kristen Morris (TAM)
Distinguished Staff Award
Ying Liu (NEP)
Distinguished Staff Service Award
Rebecca Shafer (NEP)
Graduate Teaching Award
James Larsen (HDFS)
Graduate Research Award
Jeremy Kanter (HDFS)
Lauren Walsh (NEP)
2019 Margaret Mangel Lectureship – Mindy Scheier
Posted: Apr. 29, 2019
This year’s Margaret Mangel Lecturer was Mindy Scheier, president and founder of Runway of Dreams Foundation (RoDF). On April 18 Mindy presented to a crowd of over 200 people in Stotler Lounge on the topic of "Breaking Down Barriers for People with Disabilities: The Role of Clothing."
Mindy was inspired to start RoDF after her son Oliver, who has Muscular Dystrophy, dreamed of wearing jeans like everyone else. After using her design skills to adapt a pair that met his needs and increased his confidence, she went on to conduct extensive research to develop modifications — including alternate closures, adjustability of waistbands, pant and sleeve lengths and alternative ways to get in and out of the clothing. Following launch, RoDF collaborated with Tommy Hilfiger on the first mainstream adaptive clothing line for kids in 2016.
This year’s lectureship was sponsored by the Department of Textile and Apparel Management and co-sponsored by the MU Disability Center and the MU Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity.
Show Me Mizzou Day 2019
Posted: Apr. 29, 2019
On Saturday, April 13 more than 2,000 people visited the University of Missouri for its first Show Me Mizzou Day. This university-wide open house offered more than 100 family-friendly events and activities that took place across the MU campus. It was a great opportunity to show visitors how our public university’s education, research and hands-on experience contribute to people around the world each and every day. University activities ranged from tours of the MU Health helicopter, to a lecture by Nobel Prize winner George Smith, to interactive events in the schools and colleges.
We had many of the Show Me Mizzou Day attendees stop by to take part in the amazing activities and events that we had to offer in the College of Human Environmental Sciences. The types of activities that were offered in HES were:
- Fitness, Food and Physiology
- Apparel Design and Technology Lab Tour
- Immersive Visual Reality
- Financial Success at its Best – See Where it Happens!
- Snack, Run and Play
- What the Heck is HDFS?
- Relationship Tips and Tricks
- Career Explorations in Social Work
- Missouri 4-H Robotics Contest
- HES College Tours
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
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."
Posted: Jan. 25, 2019
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 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
Story 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.
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.
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."
Dr. Jim Green, CFP® Appointed as Director of the Office for Financial Success
Posted: Aug. 20, 2018
After 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
With 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!"
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
Coulton Becker, Architectural Studies senior, "Child Development Laboratory" – Runner Up Award in Applied Design
Olivia Eastman, Textile and Apparel Management senior, "Cracking a World" – Award of Merit in Applied Design
Mandy Lupardus, Textile and Apparel Management senior, "Gypsy Revival"
Mary Downes, Architectural Studies senior, "Waters’ Edge"
Maia Loesche, Textile and Apparel Management senior, "CrissCross"
Emma Matthews, Architectural Studies junior, "Komorebi Pavilion"
Emily Chu, Architectural Studies senior, "Columbia High Rise"
Courtney Rock, Textile and Apparel Management senior, "Electric Aesthetic"
Andrew Kreiter, Architectural Studies sophomore, "Shell Pavilion"
Alexa Miller, Textile and Apparel Management senior, "And Sisterhood"
Andrea Bilgrien, Textile and Apparel Management junior, "The March Continues"
Allison Petty, Architectural Studies senior, "Oasis"
Jagger Everett, Architectural Studies junior, "Child Development Laboratory"
Mizzou Financial Planning Students Compete in Contest Sponsored by Edward Jones
Posted: Feb. 23, 2018
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
The 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 http://pfp.missouri.edu/research_IRTA.html. 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."