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explorate University of Missouri Honors College Newsletter

A legacy of excellence

23 HC students make Mizzou 39

New voices of the HC Meet the 16 new Ambassadors

Take me out the ball game HC students enjoy America’s pastime

March 5, 2014 |

Food for thought

Professor Carrie Duncan’s Snack-Religious course

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Our Ambassadors I’ll begin with a story. Last summer, one day before our annual Induction Ceremony, I got a call from one of our former ambassadors and Tri-Chairs, Aaron Braverman. He was worried. He had designed a Powerpoint about the Honors College, full of photographs of our students and faculty, to be played on a continual loop as guests walked into the Missouri Theatre. It was a lovely Powerpoint. But he wanted to do something bigger, more dynamic. “I’d like to produce a video,” he said. “The ceremony is tomorrow,” I reminded him. “I know,” he said. “I can do it.”

And so he did; expertly edited and sound-tracked, the one-minute video celebrated all the opportunities within the College. As I watched it, I thought to myself, “He must have been up all night.”

That’s the kind of commitment we have among our ambassadors, all of whom play a vital role in the Honors College. They help us recruit new generations of honors students; they plan events; they provide us with invaluable feedback in planning future courses, programs, and other honors opportunities. Most of all, they remind us—just by being who they are—of what an Honors College should be about: service to those students who choose to be part of a community defined by engagement and the willingness to challenge oneself. Thank you, ambassadors, for giving so generously of your time. You make the Honors College a vibrant place to be, and we’re very fortunate to have you.

Internship Opportunity for Honors English and Journalism Majors This internship with Persea Books ( requires a commitment of ten hours per week, including one weekly class session that meets Fridays 1-3:30pm. Enrollment is limited to twelve students, and the course (3 credit hours; English 4950/7950, graded A-F) is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. This course is a practicum in small press publishing, with an emphasis on poetry publishing. Students will be exposed to (and do real-world work on behalf of) many aspects of the poetry series of Persea Books, a small, venerable publishing house. These aspects may include reading submissions, writing reader reports and press releases, doing photo research for book covers, proofing book galleys, interviewing authors, assisting with author tours and promotion, and co-administering poetry contests. Interested students will also have the opportunity to gain a familiarity with some practical (and resume-building) facets of book publishing (e.g. Book contracts, copyright application, subsidiary rights). To apply for the Persea internship, please submit a one-page cover letter (describing your interest in the position and relevant experience, if any) and a resume to Prof. Elizabeth Chang, Director of Undergraduate Studies. Hand deliver to 114 Tate Hall (or to her mailbox), or you may submit these materials electronically to Due Date is Friday, March 7.

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- - contributors explorate editor Rachel Koehn staff reporters Siyu Lei Kate Maxcy Jacob Renie Kelsie Schrader Congrong Zheng faculty advisor Dr. Gregory Triplett

Cover photo by Aaron Braverman.

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Dr. West on

Our Ambassadors

3 Announcements & Upcoming Passport Events 5 New voices of the HC Meet the 16 new Ambassadors

7 A legacy of excellence 23 HC students make Mizzou 39

8 Sports: Take me out to the ball game HC students enjoy America’s pastime

9 Faculty: Food for thought Professor Carrie Duncan’s Snack-Religious course

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Announcements Fall 2014 Early Registration Early registration for Fall 2014 begins March 3rd, 2014. Honors College Students may schedule an advising appointment by calling (573) 882-3893. When you call to schedule an appointment, please have your registration date and time available. You can find your registration date and time in your MyZou student center. Walk-in advising is available in the mornings for non-premed specific questions Monday—Friday from 8:30am11:30pm, March 3rd – March21st. Walk-in advising is also available in Schurz Hall (location rotates between lounges in the Honors Learning Community) Thursdays 3-5pm.

Any honors student may see an honors advisor to discuss such things as career goals, changing a major, honors courses, etc. Honors advisors do not serve as the primary advisor for students with declared majors and cannot substitute for a student’s assigned academic advisor. A student’s assigned academic advisor will be able to provide the most comprehensive information on requirements in the student’s degree program.

Undecided honors students are assigned to the Honors College for academic advising. Undecided students may meet with an advisor in the Honors College to discuss possible majors and career goals, compare degree programs, select courses, and get assistance with registration. In addition, advisors can assist and/or make referrals for students on any number of academic or non-academic issues. Honors Courses: A list of Honors Courses can be found at

Environment: From Molecules to the Cosmos

GH 2461H The Environment: From Molecules to the Cosmos covers how the world was made, how environments formed, how life evolved, and how it all works together to sustain our life on Earth. In a combination of lectures, discussions and labs we’ll explore the big ideas of birth, change, cycles, connections, how we interact with the natural environment, the nature of science, and current issues. This course will count as a lab science. It is designed for non-science majors. NOTE: Fall 2014 enrollment is not open for this course at this time. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist for Honors 2461H, please see Brenda Betz in 210 Lowry Hall. We will guarantee space in this course for the first 20 students on the waitlist.

Excellence in Education Awards

Because interaction with faculty and staff outside the classroom is critical to student learning and success, the Division of Student Affairs has developed the Excellence in Education Awards to recognize MU educators who support and value co-curricular learning. Since 1996, we have honored at least ten Excellence in Education award recipients who demonstrated their commitment to students both in and out of the classroom.

This year we need your help in identifying those faculty members, academic advisors and academic administrators who have made significant contributions to student learning outside the classroom. Please take a moment to visit our website where you will find the nomination form (under the Awards tab), as well as a list of past recipients.

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I want to invite you to nominate individuals you feel are deserving of such recognition. Also, please share this announcement and nomination form with others, including student organizations. Please complete the nomination form and return it no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 21, 2014 by e-mail to Elaina Frede at A reception honoring the recipients and nominees will be held Tuesday, April 29th, in the Great Room of the Reynolds Alumni Center, 4:30pm-6:00pm. I hope you and members of your organization will attend this important event.

Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum

Mizzou’s annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum showcases student research and scholarly and creative achievements to the Mizzou community. MU undergraduates from any major and all academic levels are eligible to present their work. Students presenting at the Forum are eligible to compete for the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements and win up to $500 in scholarship funding. Abstracts are due on our website by March 15th. For more information, or to submit an abstract, visit

MU Life Sciences and Society Symposium

Registration is now open and ticket information available online:

Want a Minor in Leadership and Public Service?

Interested in a self-crafted minor that provides a framework for your own leadership goals? If so, please use our online scheduler to sign up for an informational session about the Minor in Leadership and Public Service. The Minor in Leadership and Public Service combines an academic component of courses in leadership, public policy, ethics, and social issues with a strong focus on service-learning, community, service, and public service internships. If you have any questions please contact the Office of Service-Learning at

Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life Dear Honors Students and Future Leaders,

We are writing to personally invite you to apply for the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life. Each year the Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Office of Service-Learning sponsor 4 emerging student leaders to participate in a week-long conference that explores women and leadership in the state of Missouri and in the nation. Many of you who are now reading this note are already interested in leadership for women in our state and nation. You are active on campus and a leader in MU student organizations. You are committed to public policy and community service and want to develop the personal tools to make a difference. This prestigious Missouri conference is designed to help Missouri college students better understand public policy and develop the Saturday Morning Science: If We Know skills necessary for civic leadership. Let us sponsor you at the Sue Exercise is Good For Us, Why Don’t We Shear Institute For Women in Public Life, May 18-23 on the UMSL Do It? campus. Sat., March 8, 10:30am-12pm Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center Application deadline is March 19. For more information and apSPEAKER: Frank Booth, Biomedical Sciences plication materials contact the Office of Service-Learning:

Upcoming Passport Event

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New voices of the Honors College The HC welcomes 16 new Ambassadors By Kate Maxcy Major: Political Science Hometown: Springfield, MO “I can’t wait to talk to potential honors students about their passions. Even if I don’t share the same academic interests as some of you, I can’t wait to learn how you plan on making your Mizzou experience the best time of your life.” Alex Bailey

Major: Journalism Hometown: Dallas, TX “As an Honors College Ambassador, I’m most looking forward to being able to help guide new students in the beginning of their college career and to help show them all of the great things that Mizzou and the Honors College has to offer.” Courtney Schier



Major: Accounting and Economics Hometown: Cambridge, England “I look forward to showing people the impact the Honors College has on me and hopefully leave a lasting impression on them.”

Ash Patel

Emma McIntyre


Brett Kempker

Major: History Hometown: Springfield, MO “I hope to help current and prospective honors students learn about the exciting opportunities the Honors College has to offer both inside and outside the classroom!”


Major: Marketing and Journalism Hometown: Jefferson City, MO “I look forward to helping current and potential students learn more about the benefits and opportunities the Honors College has to offer. I’m excited to meet new students from the Honors College and work together to improve the HC experience.”


Major: Journalism Hometown: Tyrone, GA “I most look forward to helping other kids realize how great of a school Mizzou is. After all, I chose to come here without ever visiting based on how good the programs were and how much alumni told me they loved Mizzou.” Jacob Renie Freshman

Major: Biological Sciences Hometown: Lockwood, MO “I look forward to being able to connect honors students, future and current, to the resources and support provided by the Honors College.”

Brianne Schmiegelow Freshman

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Major: Anthropology and International Studies Hometown: Wildwood, MO “I am excited to be a part of the ambassador program, and I look forward to helping the Honors College meet its goals in the Mizzou community!” Katelyn McConnell Junior

Honors College Ambassadors are honors students who serve as the representative voice for all Honors College members. Honors College Ambassadors provide feedback to the Director of the Honors College on honors courses, requirements, extracurricular opportunities, etc., as well as on university issues that impact honors students. In addition, Honors College Ambassadors assist with on- and off-campus recruiting events. Congratulations to our newly selected Ambassadors, who will join the 16 existing ambassadors: Caitlin Roller, Chris Jasper, Chris Trunell, Claire Spradling, Collin Huster, Connor Voss, Dylan Weber, Evan Townsend, Katie Link, Kristina Freund, Lauren Montgomery, Maggie Hallam, Marina Steinhauer, Rachel Honig, Rachel Koehn and Tyler Stratton.

Kelsey Boschert Freshman

Major: Pre-Med Nutritional Sciences Hometown: Leawood, KS “I am very excited to help the best and brightest students around the country see why the University of Missouri is the perfect fit for them. I can’t wait to share my experiences with prospective students, as well as implement ideas for new programs in the future!”

Major: Nursing Hometown: Wildwood, MO “I’m looking forward to helping students discover all of the amazing opportunities that the Mizzou Honors College has to offer!”

Kylie Ruprecht Freshman

Major: Journalism Hometown: Grain Valley, MO “What I’m really looking forward to is the recruiting events we get to participate in”.

Kelsie Schrader

Lizzie Nussbaum


Kiersten Kuc


Major: Journalism and Business Hometown: Chesterfield, MO “I look forward to serving as the representative voice for HC students; providing feedback on honors courses, requirements and extracurricular opportunities; and sharing my positive experience at MU with prospective students, in hopes of inspiring them to choose MU!”


Major: Finance and Banking Hometown: St. Louis, MO “The thing I look most forward to as an ambassador is helping incoming freshman find a place where they can think freely, and most importantly build a community that can truly become a place of lifetime friends.” Michael Walden Sophomore

Major: Journalism and Business Hometown: St. Louis, MO “My experience with the Honors College has definitely been a positive one, and as an ambassador, I cannot wait to share my enthusiasm for the Honors College with future students.” Krista Gmelich Sophomore

Major: Biology and Spanish Hometown: Cape Girardeau, MO “I’m looking forward to getting to know my fellow ambassadors and talking to prospective students about my honors experience. There are so many different aspects to the Honors College that incoming students don’t see always see, and I’m excited to get to share that!”

Major: Journalism Hometown: Houston, TX “I am most excited about meeting prospective students and helping them get more comfortable and familiar with the Honors College and Mizzou as a whole.”

Morgan Young Sophomore

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A legacy of excellence Honors College home to 23 of Mizzou 39 By Congrong Zheng Every year, 39 outstanding seniors are recognized for their academic achievement, leadership and service to the University of Missouri and the community. The annual honor, sponsored by the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board, embodies the spirit of service modeled by the families that made the 1839 founding of MU possible.

The Honors College congratulates its 23 students who received this great honor this year. Alexander Finck, Biochemistry Mexico, MO

Jordan Duke, Accounting St. Louis, MO

Alyssa Diggs, Health Sciences Coppell, TX

Josey Herrera, Journalism Miami, FL

Amber Forbis, Communication Sciences and Disorders Mexico, MO

Kathleen Gallagher, Business Administration Savannah, MO

Ben Daniels, Biological Sciences and Nutritional Sciences Florrisant, MO

Kelsey Brown, Organizational Communication and Marketing Eureka, MO

Dawn Schillinger, Economics and International Strategic Communication Fenton, MO

Kelsey Kupferer, Magazine Journalism and Sociology Columbia, MO

Skylar Morris, Industrial Engineering Dawson, IL

Drake Duckworth, Religious Studies and Biology Lees Summit, MO

Kristen George, Hospitality Management Vandalia, MO

Sophia Mullineaux, Banking, Finance, and Real Estate St. Louis, MO

John Mitchell, International Studies and Political Science Memphis, TN

Kristen Herhold , Magazine Journalism Englewood, CO

Zach Beattie, Management Savannah, MO

Paul Ehlinger, Biological Engineering Lee’s Summit, MO

Zach Hanson, Biochemistry St. Louis, MO

Kelsey Kupferer

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“The Honors College Humanities sequence was without a doubt the most influential series of classes I have taken during my time at Mizzou. When I enrolled freshman year, I was worried a big public state school like Mizzou would lack a focus on the humanities, art, literature, ethics, intellectualism and Socratic-style discussion...The Honors College Humanities Sequence proved me wrong, and proved to me just how dedicated Mizzou and Mizzou’s faculty are to providing a comprehensive education and to challenging their students. Dr. Harper and Dr. Foster especially made a profound difference in my life. I truly found a home in the Honors College through the Honors College Humanities Sequence.”

Rebecca Mesecher, Elementary Education Blue Springs, MO Rosemary Howell, Mathematics Ballwin, MO

Sapna Khatri

Sammie Hill, Journalism and International Peace Studies O’Fallon, MO Sapna Khatri, Journalism and International Studies St. Peters, MO

“My greatest memory and experience from the Honors College was the opportunity to be a part of the Honors CLIP (Civic Leaders and Internship Program). I was able to work with Governor Nixon and gain lots of professional experience in the political world. Through the honors portion of the class I was able to take a lot of what I learned and build on that. My experience was enhanced through what the honors course provided.”

Take me out to the ball game SPORTS

Photo by Jacob Renie.

Honors College students enjoy America’s pastime By Jacob Renie

Baseball is America’s national pastime and as such draws millions of fans to the ballparks each year. These fans are fiercely loyal to their teams and because of this, Major League Baseball thinks that they deserve a day just to celebrate their favorite sports teams. A day where they can go out with friends and family, eat a hot dog and watch some baseball. Through good times and bad, through war and peace, baseball has always stood as a place where people can go to relax and get lost in a game. These pictures, while small in number, capture the great joy of going out to the ole ball game.

MU freshman Ben Brown and family attend a game at Busch Stadium. Photo courtesy of Andrea Leake. MU freshman Marleigh Anderson and Cardinal fan Nate Rickard attend a game at Busch Stadium on June 4, 2013. Photo courtesy of Marleigh Anderson.

St. Louis prepares for the National League Championship Series opener. Photo by Jacob Renie.

MU freshmen Nick Scarfino, Jacob Renie and Jonathan Thompson attend the 2013 National League Championship Series opener between the Cardinals and the Dodgers. Photo courtesy of Nick Scarfino.

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FACULTY ors College this semester, the Snack-Religious course has already been very successful. “Even in Grad school,” Duncan said, “friends of mine and I wanted to teach a tag team class on religion and food.” When the Honors College put out a request for one credit hour courses, Duncan knew it was her chance. Duncan says her inspiration for the structure of the class came from an article by the Photo credit Wabash Center that discussed teaching about religion with food. Instead of just teaching about how food is used in religion, this article advocated teaching the relationship by using food as a metaphor for some of the ideas that you are trying to convey, Duncan said. As discussed in the article, some research has shown that associating ideas with taste Professor Carrie Duncan and smell increases retention of the inforon her new Honors Snackmation. Using this information, Duncan structured the course around the eating Religious course of “metaphorical food,” along with discusBy Kelsie Schrader sion of the metaphors and the topics for A professor of Religious Studies at MU, which the food is a metaphor. For example, on the first day of class, the Professor Carrie Duncan received her PhD from the University of North Carolina students discussed implicit and explicit at Chapel Hill in Religious Studies, with a religion. The edible metaphor for this topspecialization in Ancient Mediterranean ic was angel’s food cake and devil’s food Religions. She taught many classes at cake, and students discussed what the laNorth Carolina as a graduate student and beling of the food meant, what it meant is currently completing her second year about a person if he or she preferred anof teaching at MU. This semester, she is gel’s food cake over devil’s food cake or teaching Introduction to New Testament, vice versa, and so on and so forth. In the second week, the class discussed The Problem of Evil, and a brand-new the “cult of the gym”—people who are one-credit Honors course, Sacrilicous/ Snack-Religious. Though new to the Hon- “gym bunnies,” as Duncan refers to

Food for thought

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them. The class discussed whether or not the gym is their religion, and, to associate this topic with taste and smell, the class snacked on super healthy pumpkin muffins made from flax seeds, whole wheat flower, and the like. Other topics were the customs of cultures concerning death, with the special Day of the Dead bread—Pan de Muerto— being the featured food item, and the afterlife, with a smelly-in-a-goodway spice cake taking the forefront. Duncan cooks all of the food—a task she does not mind. “I enjoy cooking,” Duncan said, “but it’s not something I always make time to do without having a reason to.” What is unique about this course, according to Duncan, is that it gives students a space just for thinking. “The way that education is today in modern universities doesn’t give a lot of breathing room,” Duncan said. Often, typical class discussions have a purpose, a direction, or a specific lesson that must be taught for the purpose of testing. In the Snack-Religious course, however, students do not have to arrive at any specific destination. The class is a place for

them to think both alone cinating ways people read and interpret and together without be- things different from mine.” She said the ing pushed to come to a variety of responses to the same article conclusion. just reminds her of how “wonderfully di“The thinking is the verse the world is,” and she really enjoys point,” Duncan said. That’s hearing all of the different reactions to the not something one can articles and topics. In addition, the confind in just any classroom. versations often take a completely differAnd the class is, indeed, ent direction than she had ever imagined, very discussion-based. but that that is perfectly fine, as there is no Students normally have an agenda. article or two to read each “We can go in whatever direction because week before class and there is no “goal for the day” like in most must write a journal entry classes,” Duncan said. “Here, what everydiscussing their thoughts body brings to the class is what it is.” on the article. The class The course, Duncan hopes, will become then discusses their views regularly offered, maybe not immediately of the article while enjoy- but at some point in the future. Though ing some food to better she has no specific ideas in mind for othreinforce the metaphors er courses she would like to create in the and associations. After future, she feels that the Honors College the class, students write a provides a lot of opportunities for thinkpost-class entry discuss- ing creatively about teaching, so it’s someing how their ideas and thing to think about. views have changed since Outside of teaching, Duncan likes to cook, they heard the ideas of of course. Additionally, she is interested other students. According to Duncan, it took a little Professor Duncan’s Sacrilicous/Snack-Religious bit of time for the Honors students enjoy students to warm a snack that relates to up to the discustheir course material. sion at first. It is Photo courtesy of Dr. a small class—13 Carrie Duncan. students—comprised of people who, for the most part, do not know each other. However, Duncan said the class has had some great discussions already and believes “it’s going to get better and better from here.” Duncan’s favorite aspect of the course is the “fas-

in Greyhound adoption and advocacy, as she has a retired rescue Greyhound of her own. She also travels a lot, especially to the Middle East, due to her archaeologist background. Consequently, her love of travel has caused her to spend much of her time “thinking about how to encourage Mizzou students to study abroad and to be involved on a global scale.” Additionally, she offers a few words of advice to students: “First of all, go overseas—somehow, somewhere. It doesn’t need to be for a semester, although that would be great, but just get out of your comfort zone. Secondly, take the time to do things that you feel strongly about. You never have the opportunities that you have right now, in college, to just explore yourself, so try something that you’ve always wanted to do. Go out on a risk and take the wacky class that you read it and you think ‘Oh my gosh, that just sounds amazing.’ Do something for yourself that broadens your perspective or that challenges you… Something that you’ve always wanted to do that makes you happy.”

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Source Unknown

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