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Photo by Shane Epping

Bill Horner, a 15-year testicular cancer survivor, and Heather Carver, a seven-year breast cancer survivor, joined 500 of Horner’s American Government students on the David R. Francis Quadrangle on Oct. 5 in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Husband and wife, Horner and Carver are both professors at MU. 2

In this issue...

Getting to Know: Abigail Keel.................2

Sustain Mizzou’s president has made a name for herself at MU.

Service and Study in Ghana....................3 Fifteen students traveled to Ghana last summer to work in public health or educational service programs.

Golden Opportunity..................................4 Hannah Mitchem is the most recent recipient of the Brazeal Scholarship.

Know Your Strengths...............................5

StrengthsQuest helps students, faculty and staff find their strengths.

In the headlines........................................6 What’s new in undergraduate studies?

Hands-on Learning...................................9 A grant from NIH will fund MU’s Undergraduate Research EXPRESS Program.

Research Beyond the Columns............10 Mizzou students conduct research around the nation and world.

In depth....................................................12 Take a closer look at Mizzou Undergraduate Studies.

Volume 1 - Issue 1 Spring 2013 Mizzou Endeavors is produced by the Office of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Missouri. This publication was designed by Melissa Coon with editorial assistance provided by Josh Murray and Melissa Gilstrap. Office of Undergraduate Studies University of Missouri 128 Jesse Hall Columbia, MO 65211


From the desk of

The Vice Provost I

am excited to welcome you to the inaugural issue of MIZZOU ENDEAVORS. This publication is designed to highlight and celebrate the undergraduate teaching and learning at Mizzou! For more than 170 years, MU has welcomed undergraduate students to the campus and continues to uphold the ideals of Thomas Jefferson and the importance of a public university offering a high-quality education. Mizzou welcomed the largest freshman class in its history for the start of the Fall 2012 semester, including students from all 114 counties in Missouri, all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Our campus has the most diverse student body in our history and the most academically qualified students based on their high school class rank and their standardized test scores. In this issue of MIZZOU ENDEAVORS, we introduce you to Win Horner as we celebrate the sustained excellence of our nationally-recognized Campus Writing Program. We showcase the benefit of MU’s role as a research-intensive university and the impact research has by providing opportunities for undergraduates. We join the Honors College in celebrating the Brazeal Scholars and share the story of our Service Learning program and a recent international service program that takes students to Ghana. Also in this issue are examples of our award-winning advisers and the academic and career advice available through an assessment of individual strengths. The growth and success of Mizzou is built on the core academic programs and the complimentary areas that enrich these academic programs. These stories capture just a few highlights of the many exciting programs and wonderful successes our students, faculty and staff are sharing across the undergraduate academic programs. We hope you will enjoy this inaugural issue and we welcome your feedback and input on how we can improve this publication as we celebrate teaching and learning at Mizzou! GO TIGERS!

Jim Spain Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies @MUJimSpain


Getting to Know: Abigail Keel

By Josh Murray

It didn’t take Abigail Keel long to make a name for herself at MU. After just one year on campus, she was voted president of Sustain Mizzou for the 2012-13 year. “It is so student-driven,” Keel says about the non-profit environmental group. “It’s great to be part of an organization that is dedicated to making a difference and has a record of creating actual change on campus.” Keel has been involved in ‘It’s great to be part sustainability issues since her time at Metro High School in St. of an organization Louis. She decided to check that is dedicated to out Sustain Mizzou when she making a difference arrived at MU. She joined the and has a record group and quickly became part of its executive staff. Last spring, of creating actual she was asked if she would be change on campus.’ interested in running for president -Keel and jumped at the opportunity. Prior to the start of her term in the fall, Keel worked as a staff member for the Missouri Scholars Academy in June. The academy is a three-week academic program for gifted high school juniors from Missouri. The students attend classes, take part in team-building and trust-building activities, and hear from guest speakers.


Keel, who attended the academy when she was in high school, served as a residential assistant last summer, planning activities and helping the students during their time on campus. Attending the academy as a student gave her a feel for Missouri, and the atmosphere at MU helped her make the decision of where to attend college. A journalism major with an interest in public radio, Keel has worked at KCOU, the student-run campus radio station. She hopes to get involved with the National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate on campus, KBIA, and would like to one day work with NPR or something similar. “My interests lie at the intersection of art and news,” she says. “I’m interested in radio documentaries and storytelling on the radio.” Keel is a member of Mizzou’s Honors College and also serves as a peer mentor for the Multicultural Certificate program. She came to MU in search of activities in which to get involved. She has done that. Now, her challenge as president of Sustain Mizzou is to make that organization stand out among the other opportunities available at MU. “There are more clubs than you could ever want here,” Keel says. “We work on establishing relationships and building friendships so people want to be part of our club.”

Service & Study

in Ghana

Students travel to Ghana for service programs. By Melissa Gilstrap

Fifteen MU students paired service with study last summer when they participated in an international service project in Cape Coast, Ghana. The service project, sponsored by the Office of Service Learning and the MU International Center, allows students to work in either a public health or educational service program. The students don’t just volunteer; they immerse themselves in Ghana’s culture, says Anne Case-Halferty, the program’s coordinator. “The people of Ghana are unlike any other culture in the world, and students are able to experience Ghanaian culture firsthand while becoming valuable members of the community through their service,” says Case-Halferty, who traveled with the students to Ghana. MU has been sending volunteers to Ghana since 2010. Kara White is one of the students who made the journey. A junior majoring in secondary education and mathematics, White, of St. Louis, worked with a youth wheelchair basketball team. Mercedes Printz, of Mexico, Mo., a sophomore secondary education major, worked with the Health and Life Protection education program, which educates Ghana’s students on health issues such as proper hand-washing techniques, the importance of hydration and how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. “It was definitely a life-changing experience,” Printz says. “It was a great opportunity. I wish I could go back.” To prepare for the four-week service project, students enrolled in a three-hour course that introduced them to Ghana’s history, politics, culture and geography. Students even learned how to speak phrases in Fante, one of the country’s native languages. During their trip, the students ventured out on excursions to Accra, the capital of Ghana, and Kakum National Park, which is famous for its lush, sprawling rain forests. Although the challenges students face in a developing country can be daunting, the rewards from serving those in need make the project meaningful. “They may not be literally saving a life every day,” CaseHalferty says, “but they are taking part in the long-term growth and change in Ghana.”



GOLDENOpportunity Hannah Mitchem is the most recent recipient of the Brazeal Scholarship.

By Melissa Coon

Hannah Mitchem is the 2012 recipient of the Brazeal Honors College Endowed Diversity Scholarship. A native of Round Lake Beach, Ill., she graduated from Grayslake North High School in 2012 and is studying civil engineering at MU. After applying for MU’s George Brooks Scholarship, Mitchem learned she was eligible for the Brazeal Scholarship. “When I found out I qualified for the scholarship, I was very excited,” she says. “I decided to attend Mizzou because I felt like it was a place where I could excel academically.” Among her other choices for college were Michigan State, Wittenberg University and Notre Dame. Currently, Mitchem works under the supervision of history professor Mark Smith, as part of the Discovery Fellows research program. “I’m learning a lot and really enjoying the work that I’m doing,” she says. “It’s a great way to see what a historian’s profession looks like behind the scenes.” Aside from gaining experience in research, Mitchem plans to use the scholarship to study abroad. Although she has not yet finalized plans, she hopes to do so in either Spain or another Spanish-speaking country. In her spare time, Mitchem volunteers at Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center and seeks other opportunities for involvement, both on and off campus. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career in civil engineering and is considering law school. Overall, Mitchem is grateful for the Brazeal Scholarship. “The Brazeals are some of the nicest people I have ever met, and I am thankful for such an amazing opportunity,” she says.

Hannah Mitchem, 2012 Brazeal Scholarship Recipient



2011 Brazeal Scholarship Recipient

Name: Brian Gaffigan Hometown: St. Louis, Mo. Major: Biomedical Engineering


2010 Brazeal Scholarship Recipient

Name: Jennifer Wesley Hometown: Creve Coeur, Mo. Major: Biology & Psychology

2009 Brazeal Scholarship Recipient

Name: Catherine Newhouse Hometown: Wheaton, Ill. Major: Magazine Journalism

Since 2004, Jim and Cathy Brazeal have been assisting MU in attracting high-achieving students while also promoting diversity through the Brazeal Honors College Endowed Diversity Scholarship. The scholarship covers tuition, room, board and books, as well as entrance into the Discovery Fellows research program and the cost of studying abroad.

By Josh Murray

The use of StrengthsQuest, an online student in educational leadership and Assessment helps assessment survey that helps identify an policy analysis. individual’s strengths, is growing at Mizzou. students, faculty and staff Breske is now the director of Now, the MU Career Center, with the help undergraduate advising for the Trulaske find their strengths. of many faculty and staff members, is College of Business and is working on a exploring new ways for the tool to be used. dissertation focused on the benefits of To date, more than 15,000 MU students, faculty and staff have providing students with a strength-based education. taken StrengthsQuest, which is offered through the Career Center. “It is a way to show each other our unique talents and how we can During a conference held on campus in the fall of 2012, officials work together in the most effective manner,” Breske says. “Whether from Gallup presented new opportunities to use the assessment. “The chance to listen to others discuss how they have used StrengthsQuest allowed me to see what other opportunities might exist,” Donna Otto, teaching instructor emerita in the Sinclair School of Nursing, says about the conference. Otto has familiarity with StrengthsQuest through the School of Nursing, which has incorporated the assessment into its curriculum. “It is a strong tool to help people understand themselves and how they look at the world,” Otto says. “It also helps to understand how others might look at the world differently.” All nursing students take the assessment before applying for their clinical major. The school began utilizing StrengthsQuest as the job market for nurses evolved. “There is more competition for nursing jobs now,” Otto says. “The health care industry has begun using behavioral assessment tools for interviewing and hiring nurses.” At MU, nursing students must call on their strengths, work with them as part of their academic experience and are asked how they used their strengths in dealing with certain situations. “StrengthsQuest helps students, faculty and staff learn more Zach Van Epps (right) reviews the results of his StrengthsQuest about themselves and how they interact with others,” says Craig assessment with Tim Cunningham of the MU Career Center. Benson, assistant director of MU’s Career Center, which began offering StrengthsQuest in the spring of 2006. After completing the online assessment, individuals receive a it is building a relationship, finding a career path or academic customized report that lists their top five talent themes, along with strategies, understanding your strengths can be a powerful tool.” action items for development and suggestions about how talents Sixty-four people took StrengthsQuest in the first year it was can be used to achieve academic, career and personal success. offered by the Career Center. In the 2011-12 academic year, over There are 34 talent themes such as Analytical, Relator and 5,100 took the assessment. Learner. The survey is designed to build on one’s strengths. “The growth has mostly been a result of word of mouth,” Benson The Crosby MBA program and the Chancellor’s Leadership says. “Those that have used it have seen its benefits and usefulness. program are other campus areas that encourage students to take The word has spread about how helpful it can be for anyone in any the assessment. area on campus.” After first using StrengthsQuest in a freshmen strategies course, The Career Center has a student staff of 40 who assist those Shannon Breske applied it to her research interest as a doctoral interested in taking the assessment and regular walk-in hours are available. “It is very beneficial to have an assessment that can give you MORE INFORMATION... feedback on yourself with actual strategies on how to grow as a person,” Breske says.


In the headlines... Good advice

Dorina Kosztin and Kathleen Kerr, who each earned Mizzou’s Excellence in Advising Awards last spring, have been recognized by the Missouri Academic Advising Association (MACADA) for their work in advising students at MU. Kosztin earned MACADA’s Outstanding Academic Adviser in a Faculty Role, while Kerr was named the Outstanding Academic Adviser in a Primary Role. Kosztin is a teaching professor in the department of physics and astronomy and also serves as the director of undergraduate studies for the department of physics. She was named a Kemper Fellow in 2008 and earned the Provost Junior Faculty Award in 2005. She has been at MU since 2001. “For me advising means actually dealing with each student as an individual, getting to know them personally and listening to their problems,” Kosztin says. “This award gives me confidence in what I am doing, but I also feel that there is more to learn and do.” Kerr is an academic adviser for Academic Exploration and Advising Services (AEAS). She 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. “I feel lucky that I am able to serve as a guide for students as they begin their adult journey of both academic and personal self-discovery,” Kerr says. “Advisers at Mizzou truly care about student success, and I am proud to be a part of the Mizzou advising community.” MACADA is a chapter of the National Academic Advising Association with a mission to promote an award system for academic advising.

Tech-savvy teaching

Jill Ostrow, Kerri McBee-Black and Tilanka Chandrasekera were awarded the Educational Technologies at Missouri’s (ET@ MO) 2012 Excellence in Teaching with Technology Awards. Ostrow is an associate professor in the College of Education, while McBee-Black is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management and Chandrasekera is a graduate instructor in the Department of Architectural Studies. The Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award recognizes faculty, staff, teaching assistants and graduate instructors who have incorporated technology in a way that meaningfully enhances their students’ educational experiences. For more, visit


Dorina Kosztin and Kathleen Kerr


Check out the redesigned websites for MU’s Honors College (, Fellowships Office ( and Campus Writing Program (

In the headlines...

Honoring a pioneer

The Campus Writing Program (CWP) has announced the establishment of the Win Horner Award for Innovative Writing Intensive Teaching, which recognizes faculty who teach a Writing Intensive (WI) course or take a new direction in their WI course. “Win was such a pioneer for writing on this campus,” Amy Lannin, director of the Campus Writing Program, says. “This award recognizes faculty who demonstrate the same spirit of pioneering in their teaching of Writing Intensive courses.” Horner, an MU professor emeritus of English who led the Writing Program task force in the early 1980s, does not write much anymore. But her passion for the craft remains. “I have always loved to write,” she says, before clarifying. “Actually, I like to have written. Writing is work.” In the early 1980s, Horner headed the task force assigned to develop a writing intensive program at MU. She was inspired to do this after learning about student writing programs at other universities. Starting the writing program wasn’t easy. Horner and the task force had to convince faculty that writing was an important part of their teaching and their students’ learning. “We had to do some educating and brain changing,” Horner said. A WI undergraduate course requires at least 5,000 words of writing by each enrolled student. The writing helps students better understand the course topics and hone their writing skills. More than 170 WI courses are offered each semester at MU. Undergraduates are required to take two WI courses. Since 1987, every undergraduate degree granted by MU has included the WI requirement. The first recipient of the Win Horner Award will be announced at the Campus Writing Program Awards Ceremony next April and receive $1,000. Award nominations will be accepted starting in January. To qualify, nominees must have a WI course approved during the 2012–13 academic year, or have a new approach for an existing WI course. Win Horner For more, visit



Sr. Research Scientist for Plant Sciences “The ideal Honors College provides high-quality experiences in and out of the classroom to encourage interdisciplinary and critical thinking and community engagement.” - Appel


Professor of Chemistry “Having taught in the Honors College for 10 years, I have experienced the high quality of students first hand. I look forward to working with the best and brightest across the MU campus.” - Keller

Complete bios can be found at



“I look forward to being part of a team committed to empowering and engaging students to participate in cutting-edge research, service learning, community engagement and transformative experiences.” - Triplett

“I hope to ensure that global perspectives and issues are an integral part of the intellectual and cultural experiences of all honors students. I believe strongly in providing students global learning experiences.” - Fischer

Assoc. Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Assoc. Professor of German Studies


In the headlines... ‘Outstanding’ Researchers

In November, three undergraduate researchers— Victor Martinez-Cassmeyer, Nicole Herrera and Joe Rowles— earned “Outstanding Presentation” recognition at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in San Jose. ABRCMS is the largest professional conference for biomedical and behavioral students, attracting approximately 3,300 individuals, including 1,700 undergraduate students, 400 graduate students and postdoctoral scientists and 1,200 faculty program directors and administrators. During the four-day conference, the students participated in poster and oral presentations. The students also attend scientific seminars and professional development workshops. Twelve MU students attended ABRCMS this Victory Martinez-Cassmeyer, Nicole Herrera and Joe Rowles year.

Resume-boosting certificate

Graduates who list earning MU’s multicultural studies certificate

on their resume are finding jobs, program director Etti NavehBenjamin said. “It helps prepare students to interact with different cultures,” said Naveh-Benjamin, an assistant professor in psychological sciences. “A student who earns the certificate shows that they have an interest in global issues and other cultures.” In 2008, when Naveh-Benjamin took over as director of the Multicultural Certificate Program, 38 students were involved. Five years later, more than 1,000 students have received the certificate and some 1,500 are working toward it, Naveh-Benjamin said. Students choose from about 600 approved courses as they work through the program. “The certificate is diverse in itself,” Naveh-Benjamin said. “Many of the classes that students take for their major or minor can be applied to it.” Students complete 15 credit hours of approved courses that embrace diversity and make students aware of multicultural and social justice issues. Study abroad and service learning, which are courses involving community service, also can count toward the certificate. Naveh-Benjamin believes the certificate is just the beginning. “Students learn about diversity,” she said. “Then, hopefully, they pass that on to their children who pass it on to their children. In the long run, this can have a big impact.” For more, visit

Mizzou on iTunes U

MU can now be found on iTunes U, Apple’s distribution system for university lectures, performances and other educational content. Lectures, demonstrations, news and events and information on ground-breaking research are examples of what can be found on iTunes U. Materials uploaded to iTunes U are publicly available and accessible to anyone using the iTunes software. Content will also show up in searches of the iTunes Store. For more, visit

ADVISING SHOUT OUT AWARDS The Advising Shout Out Award is presented twice a semester and recognizes undergraduate advisers for the impact they make on students’ lives. The goal of the award is to recognize advisers who have demonstrated the qualities associated with outstanding undergraduate student advising. Recent winners include:

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Trulaske College of Business

College of Arts & Science - Division of Biological Sciences

Shannon Breske

For more, visit

Carol Martin

Hands-on Learning

A $3.1 million grant will fund MU’s Undergraduate Research EXPRESS program. By Josh Murray MU has received a $3.1 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), providing funding for undergraduate and graduate research. “As the only four-year comprehensive public university in the state, the University of Missouri plays a crucial role in providing training opportunities to students of the state of Missouri,” says Daniel Janes, program director for NIGMS. The five-year grant, which runs through 2017, will fund research conducted by seven or eight graduate students. It also provides for 30 freshmen and sophomore researchers and 15 juniors and seniors per year participating in the Exposure to Research for Science Students (EXPRESS) program. The grant is funded through the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program at NIGMS. The grant will also allow MU to bring in guest speakers and fund students to present their research at scientific conferences. “The MU faculty are tremendously talented in their research and excellent mentors of undergraduate and graduate students,” says Mark Hannink, a professor of biochemistry and the principal investigator on the grant. “We have an enthusiastic and growing number of underrepresented minorities at MU eager to learn about scientific research by working in a laboratory.” The IMSD program aims to increase the number of underrepresented minority students that seek and achieve a doctorate in biomedical science. Through the grant, freshmen and sophomores are able to work in research labs alongside faculty scientists, graduate students and upperclassmen, while juniors and seniors receive funding to conduct independent research projects and present their work at national conferences. EXPRESS is a specifically-designed program for students at MU who are from ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the sciences. The program has received prior funding through an NIH grant and the success of the program has allowed the grant to be renewed.


After two years in EXPRESS, senior Ellis Tibbs now serves as a peer mentor for the program. “EXPRESS opens up any research opportunity you want,” Tibbs, a native of St. Louis, says. “My first research opened up many different doors and I got a chance to go to research conferences and network with research faculty.” That networking and research experience led Tibbs to summer research-intensive programs at Yale in 2011 and Michigan State last summer. Mariah McClain has also seen all sides of the program. After four years of working in different capacities within the EXPRESS program, she feels confident heading into graduate school. “I’m well prepared for what graduate school will bring,” says McClain, a biology and psychology major from Jefferson City, Mo. “I feel I have a large advantage over some of my peers that lack similar research experience.” EXPRESS operates out of the Office of Undergraduate Research. Participants work in campus laboratories and attend workshops on bench skills, research ethics, career options and academic success. “The goal of EXPRESS is to get more students interested in research careers in biomedical sciences,” says Linda Blockus, director of undergraduate research. “This grant enables us to support undergraduate and graduate students as they work towards their doctoral degrees, gaining cognitive, technical and professional skills along the way.” EXPRESS Program Coordinator Brian Booton says MU’s version of the peer mentoring component is somewhat unique nationally among IMSD programs. “These upperclassmen really take the younger students under their wings and serve as coaches, allies and advocates for incoming students,” Booton says. “They are instrumental in creating a strong community of underrepresented biomedical research students.”


RESEARCH Beyond THE COLUMNS Montana Dickerson

Successful undergraduate research experiences at MU propel students to present their research and take part in summer programs throughout the nation and around the world.

Last fall, these 11 undergraduate researchers from Mizzou presented research they conducted over the summer at other institutions across the nation: Laura Hosmer


John Berg

Jordan Bartlebaugh - Massachusetts Institute of Technology John Bergman - University of South Carolina Christine Brethorst - Clemson University Montana Dickerson - MD Anderson Cancer Center Megan Dowdle - University of Cal-Berkeley Laura Hosmer - National Radio Astronomy Observatory Brandon Jones - Washington University Paige Kuhlmann - Washington University Akia Parks - Georgia Institute of Technology Kati Seitz - Washington University James Winkelmann - Massachusetts General Hospital

Akia Park



Paige Ku


Research Beyond the Columns Conducting research 6,000 miles from Mizzou

Peter Tommesen, a junior from Ballwin, Mo., was one of 80 international students that participated in Chonnam National University’s International Summer Session in South Korea last July. Tommesen, who is a geography and political science double major, studied differences between the Korean and American education systems, with a focus on how those systems influence the psychological well being of the students. Experiences such as these “increases the interaction of the world,” Tommesen says. “It really puts into perspective how much we have in common,” he adds. “I think that contributes to people’s understanding and respect for different people and places in the world.” A research grant from the College of Arts & Science’s Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program helped fund the trip abroad. “There are so many things in the world we wish we could improve,” Tommesen says. “Research is the way. We can’t approach these problems or try to fix them before we understand them.”

Peter Tommesen , left, with other stu dy abroad students, attend ed a traditional Ko rean marriage ceremony.

Real-world research experience

Senior Erica LaMontagne, a biochemistry major from Warrenton, Mo., spent her summer conducting research through an internship with Novus International at the company’s corporate headquarters in St. Charles, Mo. Novus is an animal health and nutrition company. LaMontagne worked in Novus’ enzyme development lab, conducting experiments that help find the optimal conditions for maximum enzymatic activity of one of their proteases. “I was able to get a good look at how research influences decisions made in business and was able to network with students and colleagues from all ares of the company,” LaMontagne says. She chose to conduct research away from Mizzou in order to compare research in an academic setting to research in an industrial setting. “During my experience, I learned to use new equipment and techniques, practiced designing experiments and analyzing data, and had access to an entire team of scientists willing to offer advice.”

Erica LaMontagn e toured the sites of St. Louis, including the St. Louis Zoo, durin g her internship with Novus Internation al.


In depth • Two of the six MU students who applied for the Truman Scholarship were selected as nominees. • More than 600 companies visit the Mizzou campus each year to recruit students for jobs.


The number of students who are pursing the Multicultural Certificate or have received the certificate since 2008 continues to grow. • Academic Exploration and Advising Services (AEAS) advisers served 2,550 students during the Fall 2012 semester.


Mizzou set another record in total enrollment in Fall 2012, including large increases in ethnically-diverse, highability, out-of-state and low-income students.

• Use of the Learning Center has increased more than 40 percent since 2007-08, serving more than 7,500 students each year. • A pair of seniors applied for the Rhodes Trust Scholarship with one, Jaclyn Herr, being named a finalist. • Mizzou offers over 600 study abroad programs each year. • Over 1,200 MU students study abroad annually. Mizzou is one of only 58 universities to send more than 1,000 students abroad each year.


• Nearly 9,000 job vacancies were posted on On average, 12 new employers access the site each day.

Did you know?

Two-thirds of all freshmen and one-third of all undergraduates utilize the services of MU’s Learning Center. • For the fourth-consecutive year, MU made the list of Military Friendly Schools compiled by Victory Media. • MU was selected to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the third-straight year.

• AEAS advisers held 2,249 face-to-face appointments with students during the Fall 2012 semester.

Mizzou set an all-time high with its six-year graduation rate, which is well above the national average of 53.6 percent.

• AEAS advisers co-facilitated four Pathways Career and Major Exploration FIGs in the Fall 2012 semester.

• The Honors College includes students from every college and division across campus.

• There are currently 408 Writing Intensive courses at MU, including 112 newly developed courses in 2012.


• Over 14,000 students are enrolled in Writing Intensive courses.

• 134 faculty members at MU teach in the Honors College.

• Over 500 students are participating in Undergraduate Research and each spring around 20 travel to the Missouri State Capitol to present their research to legislators.

• During the Fall 2012 semester, there was an average of 863,224 daily page views on Blackboard, the web-based tool for course management and delivery.

More students are enrolled in Service Learning than ever before and are serving over 180,000 hours in the community. • MU is the only institution in the nation to win the Boyer Award in consecutive years.

• 22 Mizzou students applied for the Fulbright Scholarship through the Fellowships Office.

Did you know?

• Of the faculty surveyed, 96 percent prefer to teach a course that uses some form of technology.

• The highest number of Blackboard page views on one single day during the Fall 2012 semester was 1,456,668.

Mizzou retains 85.6 percent of its students for their sophomore year, above the 78 percent national average. 12

Academic Exploration & Advising Services M110 Student Success Center 573-884-9700

AEAS offers advising for pre-journalism, pre-communication, undecided majors and students in transition needing assistance in developing academic plans.

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Academic Retention Services 110 Student Success Center 573-882-9208

ARS helps students make the transition to college with services that support students’ academic, social and cultural development.

Web: Facebook: Mizzou Academic Exploration and Advising Services Twitter: @MizzouAEAS

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Conley House 573-882-4881

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Career Center

Educational Technologies

Since 1987, the MU Campus Writing Program has been strengthening curriculums across the board by supporting Writing Intensive courses.

Resources include help with career and major exploration, resumes, interviews and job searches. The Career Center also offers various outreach programs and career counseling.

ET@MO assists instructors in integrating meaningful and innovative forms of technology into the classroom to improve teaching and learning.

Campus Writing Program

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Fellowships Office

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Honors College

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Web: Twitter: @MizzouElearning

Learning Center

M128 Student Success Center 573-884-4461

211 Lowry Hall 573-883-3893

100 Student Success Center 573-882-2493

The Fellowships Office assists students in identifying and applying for nationally-competitive fellowships that enhance their education and post-baccalaureate experiences.

The Honors College provides a closeknit academic community for students to engage in scholarship through research opportunities and service learning.

The Learning Center offers free academic services and tutoring through student-centered, interactive and effective academic support.

Web: Facebook: MU Fellowships Office Twitter: @MU_Fellowships

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Multicultural Certificate

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Service Learning

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Undergraduate Research

The MCC prepares students to understand and facilitate cross-cultural interaction in their future careers as well as in their general life experiences.

Through service to others, students learn valuable lessons about citizenship and are able to apply their classroom knowledge to real-life situations and opportunities, all while earning college credit.

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience with knowledgeable faculty members.

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Mizzou Endeavors - Spring 2013  

Celebrating teaching and learning at the University of Missouri