While studying abroad last spring in Amman, Jordan, Mizzou student John Mitchell visited the Pyramid of Khafre in Egypt. Mitchell is studying political science, Arabic and international studies with an emphasis in Middle Eastern studies. Each year, more than 1,200 MU students study abroad.
In this issue... Big Serve....................................................... 2 Christian Boschert brings his love of tennis to the Special Olympics.
Sound Advice................................................ 3 Award-winning advising continues at Mizzou.
Nutritional Value.......................................... 4 Lauren Sedlacek promotes a healthy lifestyle through an after-school program.
From Mumbai to Mizzou.............................. 5 Zahra Rasool graduates ready to take on the world.
In the headlines............................................ 6 What’s new in undergraduate studies?
Turtle Patrol in Costa Rica............................ 9 Emily Stabler searches for nesting mother turtles.
Going Global............................................... 10 A look at fellowship applicants and winners for 2013.
Honors Mentoring...................................... 12
Recognizing mentors from MU Honors Convocation Class of 2013.
Volume 1 - Issue 2 Fall 2013 Mizzou Endeavors is produced by the Office of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Missouri. This publication was designed by Josh Murray with assistance from Melissa Coon, Melissa Gilstrap, Stephanie Hiquiana and Angela Pearson. Office of Undergraduate Studies University of Missouri 128 Jesse Hall Columbia, MO 65211
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he cover of this issue of MIZZOU ENDEAVORS features a photo from this year’s Tiger Walk, one of Mizzou’s favorite traditions. Each year, on the eve of the fall semester, a new class of freshmen runs through the Columns on Francis Quadrangle, symbolically signaling their entrance to Mizzou. While these students are just beginning their time at MU, we are also preparing to mark the end of an era at the University of Missouri. Our chancellor for the last nine years, Dr. Brady Deaton, has announced his retirement, effective Nov. 15. With Chancellor Deaton as our campus’ leader, the university has seen significant increases in student enrollment, minority student enrollment, research grants and expenditures and fundraising, among a multitude of other impressive achievements. We are forever indebted to Chancellor Deaton and his wife, Anne. The passion for the University of Missouri they have demonstrated has been unwavering. They represent Mizzou’s values of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery and Excellence through their leadership, public service and dedication to students. In this issue of MIZZOU ENDEAVORS, you will find stories about our students, faculty and staff that have followed the Deatons’ lead in displaying the four core values of our institution. We are sharing the stories of Zahra Rasool, an international student who moved halfway across the world and became a leader on campus, and Christian Boschert, who coaches Special Olympic athletes in his spare time. You can read about Emily Stabler, who spent last summer on a research experience in Costa Rica, and Lauren Sedlacek, who promotes a healthy lifestyle through an after-school program for children. This issue of MIZZOU ENDEAVORS also highlights the great work that takes place every day by academic advisers at MU. Their commitment to helping students navigate their college experience continues to be recognized in the form of regional and national honors. We hope you enjoy the stories in the pages that follow. As always, we welcome your feedback on MIZZOU ENDEAVORS. If you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know. GO TIGERS!
Jim Spain Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies email@example.com @MUJimSpain
Tennis Buddies founder Christian Boschert brings a love of the game to the Special Olympics.
Big Serve Christian Boschert has played sports since he was a child. Tennis and soccer became his favorites, but his parents encouraged him to try everything. Now it is Boschert who encourages young athletes to expand their horizons, working with special-needs children who share an interest in sports. “I feel like I’ve been very blessed to be able to play sports my entire life,” says Boschert, a sophomore mechanical engineering major. “I want to help these athletes have fun in the same sports that I play.” Boschert’s volunteering began while he was a student at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Leawood, Kan., where he attended Special Olympic soccer practices once or twice a week. In the summer of 2011, he heard about a program in Omaha, Neb., called Tennis Buddies, which provided extra practice time for Special Olympics athletes who couldn’t get enough tennis. He wanted to bring that program to Kansas City. To do that, he would have to secure funding, find court time, recruit volunteers and identify athletes. That’s a lot for anyone, especially someone preparing for his senior year of high school. Boschert worked with the United States Tennis Association to secure a grant and was able to get court time — at a discounted rate — each Sunday night at Overland Park Racquet Club. He then asked Sid and Nan Kanter, who work with special-needs residents of the Kansas City area, to help identify athletes. “He knew exactly what he wanted to do,” says Nan Kanter, program coordinator for special populations at Blue Valley Recreation and director of Blue Valley Special Olympics. “He came very well prepared for this mission.” All that was left was to find volunteers. That wasn’t too difficult, seeing that he had grown up playing tennis with others who shared his interest in the sport. Many of them immediately signed up. For the next year, Boschert spent every Sunday night at Tennis Buddies with a group of 12–15 athletes.
By Josh Murray Photo by Shane Epping “We kept the group pretty small because of the limited court space,” Boschert says. “We wanted to open it to people who would come every week and just love it. That’s the athletes we had.” While the group had its standouts athletes — including one who took part in the World Games in Greece — it was another participant who caught Boschert’s attention: a girl who struggled to grasp the fundamentals. She would spend a majority of the time in the corner, near tears. “It was heartbreaking,” Boschert says. For the next few Sundays, Boschert focused most of his attention on her, working to improve her game and her excitement for tennis. “I could see her mood get better,” Boschert says. “Instead of hiding in the corner, she would run out to the courts. She got to be one of the better ones there. It was great to see the change in her demeanor in the course of about a month.” “He truly cares about others, especially those with special needs,” Kanter says. “He is always positive with the athletes and helps them to build their self-confidence. He is not afraid to get involved with the athletes.” Among the first calls Boschert made when he arrived at Mizzou before the start of the fall 2012 semester was to Jody Cook, the Special Olympics coordinator for Columbia Parks and Recreation. “I just couldn’t leave it behind when I got here,” he says. “I loved it too much and knew that I had to be involved. It is part of me now.” He worked with Columbia Special Olympics bowlers in the fall and spent the winter coaching a basketball team that won a regional tournament. Spring brought track season, and Boschert spent each Thursday night at West Junior High School in Columbia coaching the track athletes. His favorite part of a track meet is the medal ceremony, which inspires, Boschert says, “the biggest smiles you have ever seen.” “I’m not sure if it’s the athletes or Christian who gets more out of it,” Cook says.
Advice Award-winning advising continues at Mizzou. By Josh Murray
Business, was the Primary Role honoree in 2011 and also earned a Certificate of Merit that year. In 2012, Trista Strauch, an assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources and Department of Animal Sciences, won the Faculty Role award and Susan Klusmeier, who was an adviser in the Trulaske College of Business and is now MU’s assistant director of College Access Initiatives, earned the Primary Role award. Both Strauch and Klusmeier were also presented the Certificate of Merit from NACADA. “What is great about advising students is the one-on-one relationships and following students through their career on campus,” Brekhus says. “I teach courses and I enjoy that, but it is a very different dynamic to have the one-on-one relationship that is formed through advising.” Academic advisers work with students on their journey through the university, serving as a support person and a resource. They help students explore the university, discover their strengths and create an individualized plan to help achieve their goals. “The most obvious role is to navigate students through their courses,” Strauch says. “But I like to encourage them to think well beyond that. I try to get them to think about activities they can be involved in, about what job it is they want in the future and then we plan to work towards that.” “I think the advisers here go above and beyond every single day to make sure students succeed,” Kerr says. “It speaks to how much advisers care about students and how much this university cares about student success.” At Mizzou, it is about helping students thrive while in college. “What is really special,” Strauch says, “is watching students succeed.”
Academic advising at Mizzou is more than guiding students through their class work. Advisers answer questions about financial aid, assist students in identifying internships and help with housing or other issues college students come across. For the fourth-consecutive year, the work of MU’s advisers has been recognized by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Last spring, Kathleen Kerr, an adviser with Academic Exploration and Advising Services (AEAS), was awarded the 2013 NACADA Region 7 Award for Outstanding Adviser in a Primary Role. NACADA Region 7 includes institutions in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. With AEAS, Kerr aids students in developing and accomplishing academic and life goals by finding a fit between the student’s interests and abilities and what MU has to offer. She works mostly with freshmen and sophomore undeclared students as well as pre-journalism and pre-communication students. “I feel my role is to serve as a guide for students as they begin their academic career,” Kerr says. “I also try to help students find positive solutions when challenges or issues arise that may impede their academic progress. It’s a big transition for a lot of students when they come to college. They are doing a lot of things on their own for the very first time and that can be overwhelming. I try to help them through that.” Each year, Excellence in Advising awards are given by each region of NACADA in three categories: Primary Role, Faculty Role and Advising Administrator. Mizzou has had a least one winner in each of the last four years. A total of five MU advisers have claimed awards during that span. The run of NACADA award winners from the University of Missouri began with sociology associate professor Wayne Brekhus earning a National In the last four years, MU advisers Susan Klusmeier, Wayne Brekhus, Trista Strauch, Aaron Cook and Kathleen Certificate of Merit in 2010. Aaron Cook, Kerr have all been honored by the National Academic Advising Association. an adviser in the Trulaske College of
MU student promotes healthy lifestyle through an after-school program.
By Melissa Coon Providing snacks for after-school programs is a great way to promote healthy lifestyles and educate students on the importance of proper nutrition. However, programs that lack adequate funding and kitchen facilities face challenges doing so. MU student Lauren Sedlacek knows just how hard this can be. A native of O’Fallon, Mo., where she graduated from Fort Zumwalt High School in 2011, Sedlacek is majoring in agricultural economics and sustainable agriculture, with a minor in leadership and public service at Mizzou.
Sedlacek recently developed a nutrition and curriculum plan for Grade A!, an after-school program at For His Glory Ministries. The program takes place every Tuesday and Thursday evening and provides students with academic support, coaching and mentoring.
For His Glory Ministries contacted the MU Office of Service Learning in hopes of finding a student to implement a nutrition plan to replace its donuts and lollipops with nutritional treats. Sedlacek was immediately interested. “I met with the Office of Service Learning to find a service opportunity that fit my interests,” she says. “Considering my passion for community food security and nutrition education, my adviser thought Grade A! would be a good fit for me.” Twice a week, Sedlacek prepared healthy snacks — such as sweet potato fries, pita bread pizza and trail mix — for students in the Grade A! after-school program. She also gave a short presentation to students about the food they were eating and the ways in which they could live a healthy lifestyle. In addition, Sedlacek prepared a recipe book for students with tips for maintaining healthy eating habits. “I used some recipes from the Internet and tweaked many of them to accommodate different taste buds and budgets,” Sedlacek says. “Others were created from my own experience with the nutrition program and knowledge of what works well for encouraging students to have fun with healthy foods.” Sedlacek obtained most of the food she prepared through community donations. This helped cut costs and gave her more time to research other nutrition programs. “I spent a lot of time researching other schools to find out what they were doing to educate students about nutrition,” she says. Sedlacek plans to use her experience with Grade A! to make an impact on globalization and industrialized agriculture systems. “After-school programs are definitely in need of nutrition coordinators, but they often lack the resources to provide it,” she says. “When I think about my career, I know I want to influence people and policy. I want to serve humanity by standing up for what I think we deserve: enough real food and accessibility. I hope to be able to utilize the skills I gained through this program to do that.”
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From Mumbai to Mizzou International student graduates ready to take on the world.
By Josh Murray
Photo by Shane Epping
When Zahra Rasool received her diploma in May, it capped off four years that were full of hard work, determination— and a little anxiety. Rasool is from Mumbai, India. Her whole family lives in India, so when she announced her plans to go to school in Columbia, Mo., they were uneasy. She had traveled to other countries before. But this was different. The United States was halfway around the world. “I remember telling my dad that I wanted to come to Missouri to study and he asked ‘Where is this place?’” Rasool says. “He thought I was crazy because I didn’t know anything about America, had no idea about the culture, no idea what I was getting myself into.” Rasool had begun her undergraduate career at a university in Mumbai with plans to go abroad for her master’s degree. After one year, she realized she wanted something different and reevaluated her options. She was interested in journalism, and online searches for journalism schools consistently put MU at the top of the list. Rasool wasn’t nervous about coming to Missouri; there was too much excitement at the time. However, upon her arrival to Columbia, the nerves hit her.
“It finally sank in what I was going to do,” she says. “I finally realized what I had done and, for the first time, I wasn’t sure about my decision.” She found that she didn’t have much in common with the American students she encountered. The food they ate was different. The clothes they wore were different. The sports they watched were different. There were no common subjects to start a conversation. “I wasn’t sure initially how I was supposed to talk to people,” she says. “I didn’t know how to approach them. I was scared.” Rasool decided she needed to get involved with activities on campus such as the multicultural certificate program. “Zahra represents the best of what MU is when it comes to international students,” says Etti Naveh-Benjamin, the director of the multicultural certificate. “She has been a strong voice for diversity and social justice issues and she does everything with grace, modesty and kindness.” Rasool pursued the certificate. Then she joined the staff. “Issues of diversity and social justice are so important to me,” Rasool says. “There wasn’t a better job I could think of.” Rasool also continued to pursue her degree in journalism. She grew up reading newspapers and watching the news, fueling her interest in journalism. She studied in London for a semester through the School of Journalism study abroad program and spent the summer following her sophomore year in South Korea as part of the Mizzou International Center exchange program. She has started graduate school at MU and continues to work towards her career goal, which is to serve as an international correspondent for a broadcast news outlet. “Our world is so globalized,” she says. “We are all shaped by things that are happening internationally and there is a need for people to know more about international issues.” She mentions countries in Africa that are cut off from other countries and need journalists to discuss the issues they are facing. Like those countries in Africa, Rasool’s home country can benefit from good journalism. Historically, the best minds of India have left for education and careers in countries like the United States and the United Kingdom. According to Rasool, that is changing. More bright young people are staying in India or going back to India, and she plans to be part of that new wave. “Eventually I see myself going back,” Rasool says. “There is a lot of work that needs to be done there. It is a developing country with so much poverty, illiteracy and corruption. It is up to the youth of India to change these things.” Rasool hopes to take the values, ethics and techniques she has learned in classes at Mizzou and apply them to her practice of journalism in India. “Ethical and accurate journalism is needed in India more than it is needed here,” Rasool says. “Here people are aware of those values. People over there are still discovering those things.” Whatever her future holds, she is ready. “Every step along the way has been a surprise,” Rasool says. “I just had to accept things as they happened. That gave me the courage to do this. That kept me strong.”
In the headlines... Excellence in advising
Teresa Briedwell and Lindsey Hagglund were named the recipients of MU’s 2013 Excellence in Advising Awards. Briedwell received the faculty advisers award, while Hagglund earned the professional advisers award. Briedwell is an assistant professor and the director of admissions and academic affairs for department of physical therapy in the School of Health Professions (SHP). She was a nominee for the Excellence in Advising Award in 2010 and earned the SHP Alumni Organization Outstanding Faculty Award in 2010. “I enjoy sharing my passion for physical therapy with students and their families,” Briedwell says.
“I hope I can provide the guidance and direction to help students find a similar passion in their lives and inspire them to follow their dreams. “College is an important investment in a student’s life,” Briedwell adds. “The logistics of selecting and appropriately completing a degree should never be a barrier to the student’s success. A good adviser can facilitate a successful experience and provide essential support throughout the college journey.” Hagglund is an academic adviser for the departments of political science and economics in the College of Arts and Science. Hagglund also earned the College of Arts & Science Blue Chalk Award for outstanding advising.
“To be considered an excellent adviser is both encouraging and humbling,” Hagglund says. “There is so much I still want to learn and accomplish to be truly deserving of this honor.” Hagglund serves as the treasurer for MU’s Advisors Forum. “What makes the job interesting is getting to know the individual student and helping him or her find the path that will lead to success and happiness,” Hagglund says. “I don’t have all of the answers, but I will work with them to find the answer they seek or the person to ask. Advisers can be touch points during a time in life that often proves overwhelming, helping students find their way academically and emotionally.”
“As a first-generation college student—a talented one that went to school in my late 20s without a clue of what a college experience is—I can only say that the advising from both faculty and professional advisers was critical to my success. I mean critical. I can say with no doubt that without the faculty and professional adviser support that I received, I would have had no chance of success. These awards are a wonderful statement about MU’s commitment to student success. “ -- Brian Foster, Provost, University of Missouri Teresa Briedwell and Lindsey Hagglund
34,111 MU’s Fall 2013 enrollment
Freshman class; 2nd largest in MU history
International student enrollment; an increase of 3.3 percent from Fall 2012
Minority enrollment; an increase of 3.6 percent from Fall 2012
Mean ACT score of MU freshman; compared to national average of 21.1 *Info as of opening day of Fall 2013 semester
Smiling is always a good thing,” says education major Grant Johnston. It sure has been a good thing for Johnston, who used smiles as a concept to win the Hallmark Storytelling Challenge. Born from a collaboration between MU and Hallmark, the contest asked students: “What can be given (gifted, passed on or paid forward) over and over again, leaves a piece of itself (an impression, tag, memory) behind, but never gets smaller?” The students were prompted to answer the question in a short story, using a medium of their choice.
Johnston wrote a children’s poetry book. The story is about a little girl who visits a dreary forest full of darkness and gloom. She gives it her smile, which leads to a change in the forest. “I just tried to think of something creative that was not tangible,” says the St. Charles, Ill., native. His story was selected as the winning entry, earning Johnston a two-day trip to Hallmark’s corporate headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., where he met with the creative minds of the company to build his “smile” concept into a brand, possibly leading to the publication of a children’s book.
In the headlines...
As a staff member with MU’s Campus Writing Program, Naomi Clark assists in designing and implementing an assessment of MU’s nationallyrecognized writing across the curriculum program. Her duties also include serving as managing editor of Artifacts, an online journal of undergraduate writing at MU that celebrates the work of Mizzou students and—indirectly—the faculty who teach them. “Typically the life cycle of a student paper begins and ends in a class, but Artifacts is an opportunity for students’ writing to reach a wider audience,” Clark says. Clark’s professional goal is to get into an administrative role with a writing program. For now, she is focused on completing graduate school, which will be aided by a dissertation fellowship awarded to her by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Clark is one of 60 recipients of the fellowship, which support women scholars “While research projects in the humanities generally don’t require expensive lab equipment, the extensive thinking, reading, processing and revision required
to do it well is very time intensive,” she says. A benefit of the fellowship that Clark has identified is the opportunity to focus on publishing articles and preparing materials for the competitive job market. “The fellowship will allow me to do ‘extras’ that actually are not optional in a tight academic job market,” she says. A rhetoric and composition student at MU, Clark is researching how political arguments become persuasive in a digital age where speakers often lose or give up control of who hears their messages and when the messages are heard in the context of social media.
Showcasing tomorrow’s workforce
More than 125 employers attended the 2013 Employers Summit on the Mizzou campus last spring. The two-day event, sponsored by the MU Career Center, offered workshops, networking events and student interactions. “The goal is to show why Mizzou is a destination campus for employers,” says Amanda Nell, senior coordinator for the Career Center. “This is an opportunity to showcase the student talents and academic programs to regional and national employers that will be hiring Mizzou graduates into their workforce.” Some of the workshops helped students prepare for the job search, while others were aimed at aiding employers in attracting the best candidates.
Mizzou Football Head Coach Gary Pinkel addressed students and employers at the Employers Summit luncheon at the Mizzou Rec Center.
In the headlines... Researching cell movement The team is trying to understand Mizzou is part of Joe Rowles’ family. His parents and sister attended MU. When it came time to make his decision on where to attend college, the choice was clear. “It’s nice to keep that tradition going,” says Rowles, a biochemistry and food science & nutrition major from O’Fallon, Mo. Rowles is conducting research with Ulus Atasoy of MU’s Medical School. Researchers in that lab are examining the movement of breast cancer cells to the lung. “Everyone knows someone who has had breast cancer,” Rowles says. “That’s why I wanted to join this lab. I knew it would be interesting and could produce meaningful results.” Original tumors that are found in the breast are not usually lethal. They can, however, move to other parts of the body, an action which accounts for nearly 70 percent of the deaths associated with breast cancer.
the interaction between a pair of proteins within the tumor cells that may be responsible for the movement of the tumor to the lung. “If we can gain a better understanding of the process, then scientists may be able to create a
treatment option for all types of breast cancers,” Rowles says. Last March, Rowles joined 20 other Mizzou students at the UM System Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Jefferson City, where he shared his research with state legislators.
Joe Rowles (left) presenting his research at Undergraduate Research Day at the Missouri State Capitol.
Who will join this impressive list of keynote speakers?
Integrating learning with service to the community
This fall, over 200 students are participating in the MU Community Engagement Project, in which students participate in community service projects, along with attending a seminar, reading short essays, writing journals and working on research projects in which they investigate social problems and propose solutions. “The program encourages students to use their talents to improve the lives of those around them,” says Anne-Marie Foley, director of the Office of Service Learning. “We hope students become involved and express themselves through service.” The program offers a variety of community service opportunities, spanning all ages and walks of life. Each year, more than 4,200 Mizzou students serve over 180,000 hours with Columbia community agencies as part of their classwork at Mizzou.
Do you have a keynote speaker suggestion for the 2014 Celebration of Teaching? Do you have an idea for a concurrent session for the 2014 Celebration of Teaching?
2010 Dan Heath
2011 Cole Camplese
2012 Sir Ken Robinson
2013 Mark Milliron
Submit your suggestions at: celebration.missouri.edu
Mizzou senior Emily Stabler searches for nesting mother turtles.
Turtle Patrol a c i R a t n Cos
By Josh Murray Photos submitted by Emily Stabler
MU senior Emily Stabler will graduate in May of 2014 with a degree in animal science. Her plans then call for veterinary school at MU, but first she hopes to return to Costa Rica, where she spent a month this past summer working on olive ridley sea turtle conservation. The Costa Rica Ministry of Environment adopted the Ostional Development Association in 1987 to assist in beach cleanup, hatching release, nest protection, environmental education and other activities promoting turtle conservation, specifically olive ridley and leatherback sea turtles. Each night, Stabler and her colleagues spent four hours on turtle patrol, looking for nesting mother turtles. When Stabler and her team found mother turtles nesting, they would take measurements, time the egg laying process, count the eggs, tag the turtles and record details such as the time, location and appearance of the turtles. The data collection was passed on to a scientific advisory board to provide ministry of environment officers the tools they need to manage the egg harvest program. “The experience was unforgettable,” says Stabler, who is already trying to set up a return trip next summer. During the days, Stabler would assist in cleaning the beach and sifting sand at the hatchery to keep it oxygenated. Ostional is a small town in the Guanacaste province, located in Northwest Costa Rica. Stabler lived with a local family during the project. “My host family was amazing,” Stabler says. “The dad was always working, but also helped with the turtle conservation at night, and
the mom was one of the most attentive mothers I have ever met. She made every single meal for me and was always offering to hand-wash my clothing.” The family also had two daughters who formed a bond with Stabler, despite not speaking English. “We became fairly close for three people who were unable to communicate very well with each other,” says Stabler, who is from St. Louis, Mo., and attended St. Joseph’s Academy. “I have a lot of experience with both large and small animals,” she says. “After this time in Costa Rica, I am also very interested in exotics. The opportunities with the degree are endless.”
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Stabler and her teammates sift for turtles at the hatchery.
Rebecca Taylor, Kasandra Bienhoff and Claire Friedrichsen
By Josh Murray
Fulbright Scholarships send recent Mizzou graduates abroad.
Rebecca Taylor spent a semester in Argentina as part of her undergraduate experience at MU. Upon returning to the United States, she immediately began looking for a way to return to South America. “The relationships I formed abroad, and the language skill I continued to develop outside the classroom context, pushed me far beyond all of my established linguistic and social boundaries,” Taylor says. “I knew I had to find way to reconnect with South American culture after graduation.” She will get that opportunity after being named a recipient of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant, which will send her to Colombia. Taylor is one of three Mizzou students who graduated last May and will spend this year abroad after earning a Fulbright Scholarship from the U.S. State Department. Joining Taylor is Kasandra Bienhoff, who has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant for Bulgaria, and Claire Friedrichsen, who earned a Fulbright Study/ Research grant for Italy. “The opportunity to teach English through the Fulbright program seemed like an ideal chance to re-establish a meaningful connection with South American culture, while working to address international issues, such as academic injustice and linguistic barriers,” says Taylor, a native of Des Moines , Iowa. Like Taylor, it will be a return trip abroad for Bienhoff, who was an exchange student with the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program after she graduated from high school in Oak Ridge, N.C.
“I decided to look for options that would allow me to learn a third language and gain more experience in another country,” Bienhoff says. “As I did research, I became increasingly interested in Eastern Europe and Germany and Austria’s history in the Balkans.” Bienhoff was a German studies major, with minors in business, political science and English. “I am excited to explore Bulgaria,” she says. “It is a beautiful country with impressive mountains and a gorgeous coast. I also must admit that I absolutely cannot wait to eat Bulgarian food.” Friedrichsen majored in soil science with a minor in sustainable agriculture. Her grant, the Casten Family Foundation Award, will allow her to study at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. “My dream to pursue my interest in the connection between food culture and soil conservation has come true,” says Friedrichsen, who graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia, Mo., in 2008. The Fulbright program, which was created to increase mutual understanding among nations through cultural exchange and education, provides recent graduates with opportunities for personal and professional development as well as international experience through research and study abroad. “These three students are exceptional and highly deserving of this award,” says Tim Parshall, director of the MU Fellowships Office. “They have an exciting and enlightening year ahead of them as they travel abroad and become familiar with new cultures.”
Fellowships 2013 Diplomat in the making
Xavier Billingsley, a May 2013 graduate of MU, had a busy undergraduate experience. He directed an Alternative Spring Break trip, served as a Summer Welcome leader and interned at the United States Embassy in Jamaica. In addition, he was the 2012 Homecoming King and, probably most notably, he served as the president of the Missouri Student Association in 2012. Last spring, Billingsley was awarded a Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship following a highly-competitive nationwide contest. The Rangel Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who Xavier Billingsley want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. “As a person who wants to make a career in the State Department, this program is perfect for me,” Billingsley says. “I’m so happy my interest in international relations has paid off with a fellowship and a secure job.” As part of the Rangel program, Billingsley worked for a member of Congress last summer on issues regarding foreign affairs and is attending the Cornell University Institute of Public Affairs this fall. In the summer of 2014, the U.S. Department of State will send him overseas to work in a U.S. Embassy to get hands-on experience with U.S. foreign policy and the work of the Foreign Service. Upon graduation, he will become a U.S. diplomat.
2013 Fellowship Applicants The following is a list of fellowships and awards MU students applied for through the Fellowships Office during the 2012-13 academic year. Boren National Security Scholarship – 2 applicants Churchill Scholarship – 1 applicant Critical Language Scholarship – 11 applicants Ford Foundation Postdoc. Fellowship – 1 applicant Fulbright U.S. Student Program – 21 applicants Fulbright mtvU – 1 applicant Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship – 4 nominees Google Journalism Fellowship – 1 applicant Humanity in Action – 2 applicants Marshall Scholarship – 4 applicants Mitchell Scholarship – 3 applicants NSF Graduate Research Award – 20 applicants Pickering Fellowship – 1 applicant Princeton in Latin America – 1 applicant Rangel Graduate Fellowship – 1 applicant Rhodes Trust Scholarship – 2 applicants Scorville Peace Fellowship – 1 applicant Harry S. Truman Scholarship – 2 nominees Udall Scholarship – 1 applicant US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes – 6 applicants
A return to England Twelve years after spending a semester studying at Lancaster University in England, Mizzou alumna Lindsey Murray will return to school in the United Kingdom. Murray, BS ’03, is one of 39 recipients of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, one of the world’s most celebrated honors for postbaccalaureate study. The highly-competitive Gates Cambridge Scholarships are full-cost awards given to applicants outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. “Studying in England was such a rewarding experience,” says Murray, who attended Lancaster in the fall of 2001. “To be able to return and study at Cambridge, a university that is so renowned, is truly an exciting opportunity.” The Warsaw, Mo., native graduated from MU with a biological sciences degree in 2003 before earning a master’s degree in forensic science from Michigan State. She has spent the last six and a half years working as a DNA analyst, first for a laboratory in Washington, D.C., before joining a lab in Charlottesville, Va., in the spring of 2012. At Cambridge, Murray will pursue a master’s of philosophy in criminological research and plans to focus on the development of criminal justice systems around the world, particularly in nations where justice is unfair, corrupt or disorganized. “It is my goal to study the criminal justice system of areas such as Afghanistan to determine an approach that will aid in the movement of modern criminal justice practices without undermining cultural identities,” she says. Murray has spent the majority of the past two and a half years overseas where she led expeditionary forensics in support of the United States and NATO allies. “I hope one day to play a role in promoting suitable criminal justice procedures in these areas so that they may develop in a way that is sensitive to their cultural beliefs, but functional in protecting their citizens from crime and terrorism,” Murray says.
Mentors play an important role at Mizzou. We recognize these mentors–invited by graduating seniors to join them at the May 2013 Honors Convocation–for their dedication to students. Susan Ailor Mike Alden Kristina Aldridge Carla Allen William Allen Meghan Anderson Kathryn Arnone Valerie Bader Bimal Balakrishnan Miriam Barquero-Molina Debora Bell Matthew Bernards James Birchler Mary Kay Blakely Michelle Bollinger Paul Bolls Phillips Books Brian Booton Charles Borduin Gregory Bowers Vicki Boyd-Kennedy Wayne Brekhus Shannon Breske Teresa Briedwell Elizabeth Brixey Phillips Brooks Douglas Brown Jean Brueggenjohann Rebecca Bruton DeAngela Burns-Wallace
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