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Message from Dean Rikoon

Hello HES Alumni, Friends, and Donors:

Well, what a crazy 2020, and we are only half way through! When I announced in January I would be leaving Mizzou at the end of July, all was quiet and the future was full of promise. The last three months have certainly taught us not to be complacent! I sincerely hope you and your loved ones are all safe and well and coping as best as possible with health and other challenges.

What I want to tell you is this—THE FUTURE REMAINS FULL OF PROMISE AND THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES CONTINUES TO FULFILL THAT PROMISE.

In an academic year that ended with so many challenges, HES faculty, staff and students totally excelled in all respects. We remain the #1 ranked AAU college or school of Human Sciences in the United States.

What makes us #1? We have recently put together an “HES Overview” and “HES Extension Overview” to help us and you answer that very question! Our purpose is threefold. First, we wanted to publically recognize the incredible excellence of our college. Second, we wanted to collect together in one place many of the dimensions that make our college unique in the UM System, forward-thinking in its efforts, and able to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities locally, regionally, and globally. Third, in a time of budgetary challenges when all programs and colleges are under review, we believe it is important to educate leadership and constituents on what makes HES truly a national model of a land-grant university college.

These accomplishments and the ongoing success within HES are all the more important due to you, our thoughtful, engaged, and very generous alumni and friends. Please enjoy reading about the College of HES. I know you’ll be wowed by the facts and figures! And please do join us in sharing this information widely, and proudly!

As always, get in touch with me at any time: RikoonJ@missouri.edu.

With my best wishes to all of you,

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Sandy Rikoon, PhD
Dean, College of Human Environmental Sciences