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F E A T U R E S
With the world as their
classroom, MU students
find studies abroad are
enriching far beyond
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“America is only as strong as her schools.” This was
one of the slogans adopted by the EDin’08 campaign,
launched by the Gates Foundation, that worked to raise the
collective consciousness of the state of education in America
during the 2008 election year.
The MU College of Education must do its part to ensure
that we support not only strong school systems, but also the
educators who lead them. Now, more than ever, educated,
qualified citizens are essential to strengthening our position
in the global economy and the growing knowledge economy.
Our college works to build the strongest pre K–12 schools
by educating the best teachers, counselors, psychologists,
administrators, technologists, librarians and special
educators. We do this by providing excellent academic
programs and instruction; by hiring and retaining the most
accomplished faculty; by providing student experiences that
reach far beyond the classroom; and through the outreach
efforts of our centers, institutes and clinics.
“When we come together, we can
truly make a difference.”
— Dr. rosemary T. porter
It’s no secret that excellent academic programs and
accomplished faculty make the greatest difference in the
life of a student. We are very proud that our excellence in
teaching and research has led the college to be ranked
41st in the nation among 278 universities with doctoral
programs, according to the 2009 U.S. News and World Report.
In this edition of Ed Life, we explore the impact of the
College of Education on the state, nation and world.
We highlight the idea of Classrooms without Walls
(see Page 6) where students experience global learning
communities both virtually and in person. Additionally,
you will learn how our faculty and staff provide valuable
services from mental health to professional development
throughout Missouri and the nation.
This issue also highlights the impact that alumni and friends
of the College of Education have made over the course of
the For All We Call Mizzou campaign. Collectively, more
than $10.3 million was pledged in support of the College of
Education allowing us to provide additional scholarships,
support faculty positions and improve programs and facilities.
This year, the college’s administrators, faculty and
staff adopted the motto “A College on the Move” to
encompass our tireless efforts to uphold the quality of
instruction, research and service during these challenging
This motto extends to our network of more than 45,000
MU education graduates around the world who make
positive impacts through their personal and professional lives.
When we come together, we can truly make a difference.
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In the spirit of Mizzou,
For more information, visit edlife.missouri.edu.
Learning doesn’t only happen in the classroom. students
at the College of education develop skills and share their
passions on campus and in the community.
Clockwise from left:
1. Former Tiger and newly
drafted NFL wide receiver
Jeremy Maclin reads to
Missouri elementary students
via teleconference in the Tiger
Eye Reading Room. A different
athlete or administrator reads
to students every two weeks.
2. The Education Ambassadors
show off their black-and-gold
pride on College Colors Day
on Aug. 29, 2008. The group
represents the college at
campus and alumni functions.
3. Beginning with a few weeks
as a freshman, up to a full
semester during senior year,
every education student gets
plenty of teaching time.
4. A total of 240 students
received education bachelor’s
degrees at the May 16, 2009
5. Lynn McKinnon, one of three
full-time student advisers,
received a campus-wide
Excellence in Advising Award.
6. The MU Child Development
Lab runs programs for children
from toddlers through preschoolers.
The Art for Children
course includes a weekly
7. Education students such as
RaSheila Harmon have donated
more than 11,000 hours of
community service since 2005.
8. Students also have the
opportunity to work with
faculty on research projects.
presented their findings at
the Missouri state capitol
on April 30, 2009.
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by Lindsay Toler
The Internet age has ushered in a new kind of nationality:
the global citizen. Today’s students have more access
to international cultures than ever before, and it’s up to
educators to instill in students the skills, understanding
and respect it takes to live in a quickly shrinking world.
At the University of
Missouri’s College of
Education, students, faculty
and staff take the role of
“global citizen” seriously,
starting in their own backyard.
This year, education students
raised hundreds of dollars for the
United Nation’s adopt-a-minefield
campaign. Faculty members,
such as counseling psychology
professor puncky Heppner,
launched programs to create
a welcoming atmosphere for
international students. Heppner’s
program helped increase
enrollment of Chinese students
from about 200 students in
1999 to almost 400 in 2007.
and although College of
education students, faculty and
staff know that international
cooperation starts at home,
many have also spent the last
year traveling — reaching out to
new, different cultures by living,
eating, working and learning
the way they do. Here are three
stories of education students
who studied abroad this year and
learned that sometimes the best
learning happens outside the
These are the only two words MU’s counseling
psychology students needed to describe the two full
weeks they spent living and traveling in Taiwan. Over
winter break, 15 counseling psychology graduate
students flew to Taiwan for an immersion experience
designed to promote international sensitivity and
help students develop cross-cultural skills.
“You can’t learn what I learned in Taiwan from a book,”
says Kawika Allen, a doctoral student from Columbia, Mo.
“The true learning comes when you’re immersed in
the culture. I wanted all five of my
senses stimulated at the same time.”
Counseling psychology students
know successful counselors are fluent
in the innumerable ways culture and
identity can influence human behavior,
but for students on the trip, two weeks
learning about the rich, deep history of
Taiwan was just the beginning.
“I could have been there for a lot
longer,” says Reid Trotter, a doctoral
student from North Carolina. “I’m still
wrapping my mind around the trip.”
Danette stumpe, senior secondary
english education major, stands
in front of the sydney
opera House during her
Love as philosophy
When asked about his trip, Trotter tells the story of a lecture
he heard in Taipei’s city hall. Taiwanese leaders in government
and education had invited MU students to a lecture about their
philosophy on education, and during the presentation, a graphic
popped up on the wall above them showing arrows pointing out
from a big red circle covered in Chinese characters.
Intrigued, Trotter waited to hear someone translate into
English. After all, a similar presentation in the United States
might put “commitment” or “ambition” at the heart of this
circle. But what, Trotter wondered, was central to education
here? The answer: love.
“If students feel love from us, they will learn,” Trotter
remembers the presenter saying. “Everything flows from this.”
Trotter said he left that presentation with his “mind blown”
and his schemas “all messed up.”
“Here, we leave love to the artists,” he says. “They use it to
teach kids. To go over there and see how much care, effort and
time is put into relationships — and the outcome of that —
makes me realize this is really central.”
Blogging from abroad
As they traveled, each student wrote one post on the Bi-
Directional Cross-Cultural Immersion Program’s blog, hosted
on the MU Graduate School’s Web site. Students used the blog
to tell friends and family back home what they were up to and
to show other students what
they were learning from their
Many of the students who
blogged said they hope to
go back to Taiwan or east
Asia in the future as more
than just tourists. Allen
says he hopes to move
his wife and children to
Taiwan, where he could
work as a counselor
“We’re going back,”
says Allen. “I’m taking
my family back. I had a
little piece, but I want
Study Abroad makes all of France a classroom
for one English education student
Louise Allen believes French classes should be about more
than just language or literature. That’s why Allen spent six
weeks studying abroad in France, immersing herself in the
culture of those who speak French as their native tongue.
“Being surrounded by the culture and living with
people who speak the language is a completely different
experience,” Allen says.
Allen spent about a week touring France before
moving in with a Parisian host family for one month.
There, she took intensive language classes where she
absorbed the nuances of the language to learn from
those around her.
Allen’s goal is to eventually use her experience in
France to teach high school students the importance
of language. “I’m showing my students you can use
this language in the world,” she says.
For now, Allen is on track to graduate in 2010
with a dual degree in secondary English education
and in French. Until then, she can’t wait to get
back to France.
“I’ve been missing it a lot,” she says. “Eventually,
I know I’ll have to go back.”
Seeing the horizon from Down Under
Before she came to the University of Missouri, Danette
Stumpe didn’t know if she wanted to study abroad. But
after talking to other College of Education students, she
decided to spend a semester studying at the University of
“I saw things from a totally new perspective,” she says.
While abroad, Stumpe found classes to fit her secondary
English education major that also introduced her
to Australian culture, such as a 19th-century Australian
“Studying abroad definitely broadens your horizons
and the way you think,” Stumpe says. “I felt like there were
opportunities in Australia that I wouldn’t get in Columbia.”
While Stumpe did not take education courses in Australia,
she says informal discussions with international education
Louise allen put her French skills to the test while touring sacré Coeur
and other cultural landmarks around paris during her study abroad.
mind to global perspectives on
instruction and learning.
“My time in Australia
will definitely affect my
professional career a lot
more than I think,”
to apply her
to create international
understanding for her
students, the same way
education courses at
MU and abroad did
for her. “You’re never too young
to have international experiences,”
she says. “You can highlight unique aspects of
other cultures and find out that maybe we’re not so different.”
Visit the students’ travel blog at edlife.missouri.edu.
The College of Education’s
impact extends far
beyond the grounds of the
MU campus. With research
centers to improve classrooms
through curriculum and new
uses for technology, and with
programs to foster children’s
learning experiences, we are
helping shape communities
throughout missouri, the
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P P Discovering new
Creative space generates new ideas
Located in London Hall, the
Allen Institute unites the
research and development
activities of faculty, staff
and students in the school
of Information science &
Learning Technologies (sIsLT)
in the College of education.
The institute is dedicated to
the research and improvement
of teaching and learning
methods through the innovative application of technology
and of educational, cognitive and social change.
“The institute provides an impressive space where our
students can work directly with faculty to conduct research
and development activities,” says interim dean rose porter.
The allen Institute was founded by sIsLT faculty John
Wedman and Jim Laffey in 1995 as the Center for Technology
Innovations in education. In 2007, the institute was named
in honor of Dr. Bryce allen, who retired as a sIsLT faculty
member in 2001. During his time at mU, allen conducted
groundbreaking research on the cognitive aspects of
one current institute project is isocial, a 3-D virtual learning
environment for youth diagnosed with autism spectrum
disorders. This project is a collaboration with the college’s
Department of special education and the mU Thompson
Center for autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
P P Mental health clinic serves
mid-Missouri individuals and families
Collaboration aims to help patients maintain emotional balance
MU’s Assessment and Consultation Clinic provides something
for everyone. adults, children, couples and families benefit from the
comprehensive psychological services offered, including assessment,
diagnosis and intervention.
at the same time, graduate students in the college’s Department
of educational, school, and Counseling psychology often collaborate
with the staff to gain real experience with real cases.
Clinic staff members hold training seminars on mental health
awareness and share tips with groups across the state. New clientele
come through referral, word of mouth and the clinic’s Web site.
Director Debbie Wright says the clinic’s success stems from the
staff’s wide range of expertise, allowing them to “pool what we know.”
The clinic also partners with schools to provide training and support
for teachers whose students have learning disabilities or behavioral
problems. many rural schools don’t have mental health resources,
so collaboration with the clinic is a valuable tool.
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P P Connecting the world
through visual literacy
Understanding symbols leads to richer experiences
All teachers hope to leave an impression on their
students. Few imagine impacting fellow educators.
yet art education professor Kathy Unrath and coteacher
steve Barrett drew colleagues as well as graduate
students to their fall Visual Literacy course. Course
participant and literacy education professor Jill ostrow
says, “It’s wonderful to be back in class again and take
aspects of what I’ve learned to apply to my own teaching.”
Visual literacy is the idea of making connections across
the four symbols — letters, numbers, notes and images.
each one can be impactful on its own, but they create
much stronger meaning when working together.
“our vision for the class is for the word and the
visual to be inextricably linked,” Unrath says.
“There should be a beautiful melding
that creates a joyful, satisfying
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P P Continuing education for school leaders
Leadership training keeps educators at the top of their class
When mid-Missouri schools need help with The regional professional
professional training, they turn to the Heart of
Missouri Regional Professional Development Development Center
Center, part of the College of education. The
center works with teachers, principals and works with teachers,
superintendents to improve leadership
skills at every level.
Center staff consists of experts
in areas of K–12 instruction,
including reading, science, math,
special education, blind skills and
english language learning, as well skills at every level.
as specialists for the missouri
assessment program (map).
The Heart of missouri Center serves 20 counties, an
area that contains 79 school districts. The majority of the center’s
services are conducted within this region, though some extend statewide.
“When you add up all we did [in one year], we logged over 10,000 contacts
with missouri educators,” says director paul pitchford. “It gives mU’s College
of education a lot of interaction with public schools in the area.”
Districts and educators have two options for training. The center’s staff
hosts on-campus workshops throughout the year. The sessions are open to
any district that wishes to attend.
alternatively, if a district needs extra help or is struggling with a particular
issue, such as provisional accreditation, a team of specialists will travel to the
location for personalized training. This typically involves seminars on leadership
or classroom enhancement.
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P P Education students give back
Holiday party brings food, crafts and good cheer
Elementary education majors Kathleen Ball (Columbia, Mo.) and
Sarah Lucianek (Dupage, Il.) wanted a way to say thanks to the
teachers and students of Columbia’s Cedar Ridge Elementary,
where the two worked as a part of the senior year on-site program.
The idea snowballed into a holiday extravaganza. Cedar ridge has a
very high percentage of free and reduced lunch students — more
than 50 percent — so the student teachers knew many of them
wouldn’t be able to buy presents.
“These kids are so smart and so bright, and we thought,
why not give them an opportunity to make gifts?” says Bell,
an m ed student. “The idea just got bigger and bigger.”
College of education faculty and students were on
hand to assist with the assembly of windsocks, photo
frames and pipe-cleaner ornaments.
With donations from friends, family and local
organizations, Ball and Lucianek organized a prize raffle
for all of the students, with one big surprise — they had
enough sports balls, board games and electronics for every
Cedar ridge student to win the raffle.
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P P Star Light Reading Program promotes elementary literacy
MU athletes, education leaders put a 21st-century spin on story time
Since 2003, the College of Education has utilized MU
student athletes as literacy role models for elementary
students. Ten times each semester, an athlete from
one of mizzou’s sports teams reads a children’s book via
videoconference to schools across missouri.
The readings take place in the Tiger eye reading room,
an enclosed space in the corner of the reflector. Judy richey,
manager of reflector operations, always tries to choose a book
with good illustrations that will grab — and hold — the students’
For the 2008–09 school year, the program has four partner
schools in missouri: Hallsville elementary, mill Creek and
P P Staying informed about suicide prevention
New online course target mental health in the classroom
The Center for the Advancement of
Mental Health Practices in Schools
recently created a groundbreaking
suicide prevention course. The first
section will be offered to counselors,
school psychologists, administrators
and other online graduate students
in fall 2009.
This is the first online course designed
to be proactive rather than reactive.
every practice is completely evidencebased
and follows the same guiding
principles as the center: prevention,
early intervention and advocacy.
The purpose is to help teachers
recognize when a child is at risk. an
estimated 90 percent of suicide victims
have a pre-existing mental illness such
The center, housed in the Department
of educational, school, and Counseling
psychology, developed the course
with the help of grant money received
from the substance abuse and mental
Health services administration in
part of the funding also went to
design a training series for current
teachers. a set of 10 interactive modules
covers increasingly difficult topics,
beginning with an introduction and
concluding with cultural perspectives
each module includes an overview
of the topic, myths and the associated
facts, important terminology and
discussion questions in a multimedia
Bryant elementary in Independence, and Dewey elementary in
Chillicothe. Two classrooms take part in each reading session.
“We try to rotate schools around so the same schools aren’t
always paired,” richey says. “It gives the children a chance to
interact with different people.”
When the reading is over, the students have a chance to
“you never know what questions will come up,” richey
says. “‘What’s your favorite food?’ and ‘What are your favorite
children’s books?’ get asked a lot. We had someone ask
Um system president Gary Forsee, who read to the students
in January, what book he just finished reading.”
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on Science Education
by Karen Ostergren
Students’ attitudes about science form early. Elementary
school science courses have the greatest impact on how
children will approach the field in the future. With such
evidence, it’s no surprise that teacher quality is becoming
a hot topic. Education faculty at MU are finding innovative
ways to reach that goal.
n a speech on education
at a Thorton, Colo.,
school last summer,
candidate Barack Obama made
his goals for education clear.
“Education is the currency of
the Information Age, no longer
just a pathway to opportunity
Programs such as QUEST aim to make
and success but a prerequisite,”
science accessible to all students.
he said. He specifically targeted
science education: “We don’t have to accept an America
where elementary school kids are only getting an average
of 25 minutes of science each day when we know that over
80 percent of the fastest-growing jobs require a knowledge
base in math and science.”
The early years of education have the most impact, so
they’re the most critical. An elementary science classroom
that fails to inspire curiosity might lead a student to decide
that he or she is just not a “science person,” a mindset
that often remains throughout secondary and higher
education. Yet only 23 percent of elementary educators feel
comfortable teaching science.
Faculty members in the MU College of
Education are working to change those numbers,
through both the future educators they teach
and with special programs designed to target
The second year of the QUEST
program takes place July 2009. During
the two-week event, instructors — from
beginners to veterans with decades of experience — learn
to be better science teachers by becoming students. The
group spends the first week investigating science questions
under the eye of College of Education faculty, including
associate professor Debi Hanuscin and education doctoral
student Deepika Menon. They resume the role of teacher
in the second week and lead the same sort of scientific
investigations that they themselves completed days earlier.
Instructors work with the children for five mornings.
Each afternoon the teachers get together to discuss and
work through the challenges.
QUEST, which stands for Quality Elementary Science
Teaching, aims to improve K–6 science education for all
students. The program incorporates three principles into
its teacher development sessions: inquiry-based instruction,
formative assessment that values periodic learning checks
over a final unit test, and universal design to make learning
accessible for everyone.
“We want to work with teachers to examine barriers
their kids might face,” Hanuscin says. “For example, if kids
have a weakness in reading, how do we teach science so
that it’s not double jeopardy?”
QUEST is funded for three years with state grants
resulting from efforts to meet No Child Left Behind
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Deepika Menon, doctoral student in science education, observes the student-teacher interaction at the 2008 summer QUEST program.
During the second week, educators spend the morning with students and later discuss successes and challenges they faced.
proficiency requirements. Each half of the QUEST program
complements the other for the best possible professional
development experience. For the first week, teachers are
reminded of the classroom experience from their students’
perspective. The second week is equally important because
it allows the educators to practice what they learn during the
pedagogy-focused first week.
QUEST pulls double duty in improving science education.
The enrolled teachers get two weeks of intensive professional
development in the summer. And the children who come
during the second week participate in the kinds of scientific
investigations that have been shown to increase student
interest in science — interest that doesn’t fade before August.
Beyond Mizzou Classrooms
MU science education students don’t have to wait until they’re
in the workforce to learn quality teaching. These evidencebased
methods are incorporated into the undergraduate
Teacher Development Program, and students clock plenty
of practice hours in the field before graduation. Every
sophomore, junior and senior in the College of Education
completes fieldwork throughout the year. Second- and thirdyear
students spend between 16 and 24 hours in the classroom,
depending on their level.
However, the most intensive experience comes through
the Senior Year On-Site Program. For their first semester,
students are placed in a local elementary or middle school
and rotated through every grade level. The
second semester is the student-teaching
experience familiar to education alum.
All this hands-on practice gives future
teachers a chance to work through problems that pop up and
to seek help when they’re unsure how to handle a situation.
They often say the fieldwork makes the theoretical real.
“There’s no way to substitute for this time when you’re out
in the field, but you’re still under the guidance of experienced
teachers and seminar leaders,” says field experience coordinator
Idy Mazza. “It’s a secure environment. It’s incredible.”
Science education students also have the chance to volunteer
in several educational activities hosted by the college each
year, such as Science Olympiad, a statewide competition for
middle- and high-schoolers.
Another experience comes through the Magic of Chemistry
program, put on by a partnership between the MU Department
of Chemistry and the Heart of Missouri Council Girl Scouts.
Both events challenge participants to answer scientific
questions through investigation, experimentation and critical
thought. Similar to QUEST, the goal is to combat the notion
that participants are simply averse to science. It all adds up to
an educational experience for everyone involved.
For more information, visit sciencequest.missouri.edu.
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Psychology doctoral student
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Sheriece Sadberry has combined two loves — sports
and psychology — and plans to make them her future.
Sadberry, who received her master of education in
counseling psychology from MU, found stress relief and
her connection to campus through the student recreation
complex, where she enjoys competing in intramural sports
such as flag football and basketball with a core group of friends.
Now a doctoral student, Sadberry hopes to break into the relatively
new field of sports psychology, counseling minority student athletes or
professionals and easing the transition to new teams, schools or environments.
P P Middle school language arts education
Hometown: Glendale, Mo.
Tanya Behrens plans to let her creative
side shine in the classroom. As an
incoming student, Behrens chose MU
knowing she could find her niche in both the
school and the community, but it didn’t take
long for her to also choose education. Now
majoring in middle school language arts
with an additional emphasis in art education,
Behrens credits her education professors
with one-on-one attention and dedication
to their students’ learning. Upon graduation
she hopes to use her middle school language
arts education training to engage students
to learn through expression.
P P Secondary education
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Bryan VanGronigen had chosen teaching
as his future career by the time he was in
middle school; all that remained was to pick a
college. His mind was made up after talking with
his MU faculty adviser, Lynn McKinnon. While
he says he appreciates the College of Education
for the real-world experience he’s gaining in the
classroom, he’s also developing leadership skills
through his participation in Greek life. He plans
to apply that leadership knowledge to his future
studies in education administration.
each education student brings a unique perspective to the field, and we hope the stories of these four
individuals inspire you. The collective mission remains: to educate Missouri, our nation and our world.
P P Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum doctoral student
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Kangmo Lim earned his first MU degree, a master’s in
English education, in 1997. He then taught in South Korea,
his native country, for almost a decade before returning to
Columbia in 2006. He will graduate from the College of
Education a second time next May with a PhD. Though
he had an opportunity to continue his studies in South
Korea, Lim says he came back to MU because he
missed the faculty and the university’s culture.
Since his return, he’s worked closely with
Dr. Roy Fox, professor of English education,
to start a campus chapter of the United
Nations Association. The group
now has almost 40 student
and faculty members.
For more about these students, visit edlife.missouri.edu.
Meet our Faculty
mU’s new dynamic faculty bring cutting edge
perspectives to education
Wendy reinke and Keith herman
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Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology
Wendy Reinke and Keith Herman have
offices next door to each other. They say
it works out well, especially because they have similar
interests, work for the same department and serve as codirectors
of the same center.
Oh, yeah. And they’re married.
“To be in the same department is ideal,” says Reinke.
Herman agrees. “This was preferred, especially since
we do very similar work,” he says.
The couple started working in the Department of
Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology two
years ago, but already they’ve hit the ground running
with what Reinke calls “our grand idea.” It’s the Missouri
Prevention Center, where community members and
researchers work together to help schools and families
prevent mental health issues in youth.
So far, Reinke and Herman have recruited more than
20 graduate students and faculty members to join their
team. They’ve also received funding from groups such
as the MU Research Council and Missouri Partnership
for Educational Renewal and launched four programs to
prevent aggression and depression in kids.
“The impact of the center is encouraging,” Herman
says. “The families and the schools we have worked with
have been very supportive.”
Deborah Carr, interim chair of the Department of
Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, says the
center is an opportunity for Mizzou’s education majors to
learn how to implement change in their own communities.
“Students will be able to take this knowledge and
make an impact in the field when they graduate from
MU,” Carr says.
Even with new jobs and four new programs, this duo
still finds time to spend with their 2-year-old daughter,
Kennedy — even if that means bringing her to an
occasional department meeting.
P P Assistant Teaching Professor of art education
Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum
Belinda Smith doesn’t hold back her enthusiasm for the students
or subjects she teaches. “I have a real passion for art and art education,”
she says. “I get excited about the integration of arts for learning.”
Unlike many of the college’s new faculty, she’s very familiar with Columbia.
Smith earned her doctoral degree from MU in 2005 and has been teaching
ever since. “My parents and grandparents were raised in Ashland and Columbia.
I traveled to MU to earn my doctoral degree, so it’s possible that this is where
I’m meant to be,” she says.
For the past two years, Smith has researched the effects of sketchbook
activities on young children. Education students in her Art for Children course
conduct sketching activities in the MU Child Development Lab every fall. After
each sketching period, the students and children talk about the newly created art.
She says she hopes to expand her research by bringing in parents for the activity.
In addition to giving parents and children quality time together, the subsequent
discussion can lead to greater emotional understanding within families.
“I’ve found that the children’s dialogue with my students is a precursor to
language and writing acquisition,” Smith says. “It’s like art therapy. If you can
talk with someone about your art, there’s cognitive behavior development.
It opens up communication and hopefully creates a positive experience and
space in art and life for all involved.”
P P Assistant Clinical Professor of science education
Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum
Anna Waldron wants to break down barriers. Bring out the chemistry sets.
In particular, she says, she hopes to engage more women in science and
encourage them to further pursue the field. As director of the newly founded
Office of Science Outreach, her goal is to bring science to the community
“without all the jargon,” she explains. “I want everyone to see himself or herself
as a scientist.”
Her experience with outreach at Cornell’s Nanobiotechnology Center made
her the perfect candidate to become the office’s first leader. Even before taking
on the role, Waldron admired MU’s spirit of collaboration between education
“People here were already talking and working together because they wanted
to,” she says. Part of her purpose is to make collaborations between educators
and researchers easier.
In pursuit of building connections with the community, the office recently
expanded its Saturday Morning Science lecture series into a statewide traveling
program. Waldron also wants to involve more student groups in outreach work.
Currently, the office supports graduate students as they visit places such as
adult-care facilities. Their presentations give people the chance to ask questions
and gain understanding about science — exactly the type of discussions Anna
Waldron has in mind.
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Faculty and Staff Kudos
P P learning, Teaching, & Curriculum
The MU Graduate School recognized
Curators Professor Sandra Abell as the
Graduate Mentor of the Year. In addition,
she and emeritus professor Bruce Biddle
were inducted as an Inaugural Fellows
in the American Educational Research
Fran Arbaugh served as an associate
editor for a book reporting the work and
lessons learned from the National Science
Foundation’s Show-Me Project, which
focused on middle school mathematics
Lloyd Barrow was named the 2009
Outstanding Mentor by the Association
for Science Teacher Education. He is the
second MU education faculty to receive
this national award. Curators Professor
Sandra Abell received the award in 2005.
Patricia Friedrichsen received a
Gold Chalk Award from the Graduate
Professional Council for excellence
P P educational, school, and Counseling Psychology
Lisa Flores was awarded the Distinguished
Professional Early Career Award from the
Latina/o Psychology Association as well
as AERA Division 17 Kuder Early Career
Curators Professor Norm Gysbers
received the Distinguished Faculty Award
from the Mizzou Alumni Association
for being an outstanding member of the
MU faculty and for bringing distinction
to the University.
Puncky Heppner received the Award
for Distinguished Contributions to the
International Advancement of Psychology
Roy Fox was the recipient of the first-ever
Global Award given by the Mid-Missouri
United Nations Association. He was also
selected as the 2009 Distinguished Scholar
Lecture at the University of Southern Indiana
and was awarded a $463,214 U.S. Department
of Education grant for the English Language
Learning in Missouri project.
Deborah Hanuscin received an Excellence
in Education Award from the MU Division
of Student Affairs for her commitment to
student learning and personal development.
Renata Maiorino was honored at
the 2009 Tribute to MU Women as a
faculty member who works to create an
environment of equity, fairness and justice
for all women on the MU campus.
Curators Professor Robert Reys
received the 2008 Lifetime Achievement
Award for Distinguished Service to
Mathematics Education from the National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Reys
has taught mathematics education courses
at MU since 1966.
from the American Psychological
Association as well as an Excellence in
Education Award from the MU Division
of Student Affairs for his commitment to
student learning and personal development.
Keith Herman and Wendy Reinke
received a $644,837 NIH-funded
subcontract from Johns Hopkins University
to fund a clinical trial of interventions
targeting aggressive/disruptive and off-task
behaviors among elementary school students.
Steve Osterlind received the International
Engagement Award from the MU Council
on International Initiatives for his work
Dick Robinson was awarded the 2009
Outstanding Literacy Education Alumni
Award from Northern Illinois University
where he received a master’s degree in
reading. He also co-authored a new text,
Teaching through Text: Reading and Writing
in the Content Areas.
Marcelle Siegel was awarded a $149,980
National Science Foundation grant to
support her joint research in addressing the
assessment gap in undergraduate science.
MU art educators, Belinda Smith and
Kathy Unrath, shared the Best of Show-
Grand Champion Purple Ribbon Award at
the Missouri Art Education Association’s
annual member art show.
Kathy Unrath was named the 2009
Western Region Higher Education Art
Educator of the Year by the National Art
Education Association. She is the second
MU faculty to receive the award; emeritus
professor Larry Kantner received the
first Higher Education Division Regional
Award in 1985.
to internationalize research, service and
teaching at Mizzou.
David Roberts and Deborah Carr were
awarded a $454,000 U.S. Department
of Education grant in support of their
project Long-term Training: Rehabilitation
Karen Weston received $91,036 from
the Moberly School District to support
the Health Literacy for Youth project and
$10,000 from the National Association
of State Directors of Special Education
for the Technical Assistance for IDEA
P P educational leadership
and Policy analysis
Motoko Akiba was awarded
a $281,852 National Science
Foundation grant for the project
CAREER: Work Contexts, Teacher
Learning Opportunities, and
Mathematics Achievement of
Barbara Townsend was selected
as the 2009 recipient of the
AERA Division J Exemplary
Research Award for her research
on community college, transfer
issues and women community
college faculty members. Townsend
was also honored at the 2009
Tribute to MU Women as a faculty
member who works to create an
environment of equity, fairness and
justice for all women on the MU
P P school of information science
& learning Technologies
Gail Fitzgerald received a $400,000
U.S. Department of Education
Steppingstones research grant titled
No Tool Left Behind. This grant
focuses on the development, usability
and feasibility testing of electronic
performance support software for
students with mild disabilities.
Thomas Kochtanek received
$84,970 from Truman State
University to support the Harry S.
Truman Library Institute and the
Harry S. Truman Library MOU.
The National Association of State
Boating Law Administrators
awarded $116,499 to Joi Moore
for the project Assessing the Efficacy
of Distance Learning Alternative in
Boating Education for the Creation of
Delivery and Presentation Standards.
P P special education
Erica Lembke was selected to receive the
2009 Provost Outstanding Junior Faculty
Tim Lewis received a Faculty Award
from the Mizzou Alumni Association for
his work in the field of emotional and
behavioral disorders. He also received
$479,417 from Lehigh University for the
Behavioral Disorders Research Center and
$420,828 from the Missouri Department
of Elementary and Secondary Education
for work in positive behavioral supports.
Mike Pullis received an Excellence in
Education Award from the MU Division
of Student Affairs for his commitment
to student learning and personal
P P staff
Walter Bargen, senior coordinator
at the Assessment Resource Center,
received the 2009 Arts and Science
Week Distinguished Alumni Award
for his professional contributions.
Richard Branton, assistant director of
the Instructional Materials Lab, received
$74,935 from the Missouri Hospital
Association to fund the Development of
Decontamination Online Training project.
Coordinator of the Learning and
Performance Support office, Jason
Goran, received the 2009 Jennie Anne
Schultz Staff Award for his leadership
in the College.
The Missouri Department of Social
Services awarded a $114,744 grant to
Carol Mertsenmeyer in support of the
ParentLink WarmLine. She also received
$85,916 from the Literacy Investment
for Tomorrow in support of the Parent
Information and Resource Center.
The U.S. Department of Education
awarded a $375,878 grant to support the
research of Janine Stichter for a project
titled Developing a School-based Social
Competence Intervention for Youth with ASD.
Delinda van Garderen and Deborah
Hanuscin received funding for “QUEST:
Quality Elementary Science Teaching,”
one of six new professional development
programs funded through the Missouri
Department of Higher Education’s
Improving Teacher Quality grants
program. The 3-year project will receive
$124,000 annually to provide professional
development to classroom teachers,
administrators and prospective teachers.
Pamela Osman, director of the
Adventure Club, received $27,455
from the Columbia Public School
District to support her project School
Age Community/Afterschool Program
at Grant-Shepard Elementary.
Member of the Reflector staff and
current journalism student, Sean Powers,
received two of four national awards
presented by the Public Radio News
Directors Institute in the categories of
soft feature and spot news.
Judy Richey received the Educational
Technologies at Missouri Staff Award for
her work in promoting technology use in
her position as manager of the Reflector,
a three-story technology and reading
resource lab located in Townsend Hall.
Justin Roberts, coordinator of special
events and donor relations, participated
in a Group Study Exchange to Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil, through the International
college roundup college roundup
Christina Andrade, senior secondary
language arts major, and Jenna Krueger,
senior elementary education major, were
named to Mortar Board national honor
Rachael Beard, doctoral student in
health education, received a $4,000
READ grant from the Interdisciplinary
Center on Aging to develop a new
undergraduate course applicable to
students from many human service
majors who might work with aging or
older adults during their careers.
Thitinun Boonseng, M Ed ’03 and
current doctoral student in information
science and learning technologies,
received the International Engagement
Award from MU International Programs
for the way in which he has represented
the international community for fellow
students at MU.
Adipat Chaichanasakul, master’s student
in counseling psychology, received
the Dissertation Fellowship from the
National Research Council on behalf of
the Ford Foundation to provide funding
during his final year as a student.
Hung Chiao, doctoral student in
counseling psychology, was awarded the
Chancellor’s 2009 Graduate Student
Leadership Award and received the MU
Catalyst Award for LGBTQ activism
Michelle Dickey-Kloz received the 2008
Dan H. Cockrell University of Missouri
Statewide Cooperative EdD Dissertation
Award for her research in the field of
Shannon Dingman, Nevels Nevels and
Dawn Teuscher, doctoral students in
mathematics education, co-authored an
article in the NCSM Journal (Fall 2008)
with Professor Barbara Reys regarding
policies designed to improve learning
opportunities in mathematics.
Katie Doerhoff, sophomore art
education major, was selected as one of
36 MU 2009 Summer Welcome leaders.
Nick Gage, doctoral student in special
education, was one of three students
nationally to receive a Wing Institute
2008 Student Research Grant. Gage will
use the $5,000 grant to conduct research
on how environmental factors influence
elementary children with behavioral
Yuhong He, doctoral student in
counseling psychology, was awarded the
2009–10 Adel & Hancock Scholarship for
Study Abroad to fund her participation
in international education programs.
Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum
Emily VanCourt doesn’t sit still. A month after earning her
education master’s degree at MU, VanCourt traveled around
the globe to Malawi, Africa, where she’s spending five weeks
educating children with WorldCamp. She’s documenting her
experiences through videos on her blog, A Worldwide Education.
Upon her return in August, VanCourt will have three weeks
to reacclimate herself before the fall semester revs up. She’s
starting PhD work this fall, in addition to teaching several
courses and helping Dr. Linda Bennett with elementary social
studies perceptions research. Between it all, VanCourt will fit in
her responsibilities as a National Issues Representative of the
Graduate Professional Council, a job she says aligns perfectly
with her studies.
Jaqui Rogers, senior secondary English education
major, hopes to pursue a career as a superintendent
or principal in an urban school district.
Marlen Kanagui, master’s student in
counseling psychology, was awarded
the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from the
National Research Council on behalf
of the Ford Foundation to provide
funding for three years.
Stephanie Logan, doctoral student in
counseling psychology, and Christie
Puricelli, senior elementary education
major, were named to Omicron Delta
Kappa national honor society.
Renee’ Mapes, M Ed ’07 and current
doctoral student in sport psychology,
received the Distinguished Student
Practitioner Award from the Association
for Applied Sport Psychology.
Beth McCormack, senior elementary
education major, and Kathryn Pugh,
senior special education major, received
the Chancellor’s honorable mention award
for their joint undergraduate research with
Erica Lembke in the social and behavior
Melissa McNaught, doctoral student in
mathematics education, co-authored a
chapter with Professor Douglas Grouws
in the new handbook by Sage Publications
titled 21st Century Education.
Jaqui Rogers, senior secondary English
education major, was tapped into the
Mystical 7 MU honor society.
2009–10 MU Teaching Fellow
Meghan Bedford fit a number of firsts into her four years at
MU. As a high school senior, she received the first Mizzou
Flagship Scholarship from Audrain County. An elementary
education major, Bedford spent her senior year student teaching
at J.A. Rogers Academy in Kansas City — something no
previous student in her position had done.
As a college freshman, Bedford was diagnosed with ADHD
and worked with an academic counselor to develop successful
study habits. Determined to pass along those skills to her
classroom, she used her own learning experiences to connect
with students at the struggling public school. She’ll have the
chance to reach a new classroom this fall as a fifth-grade
teacher in Hallsville. — photo and story by Shane Epping
Tia Schultz, doctoral student in special
education, received $2,000 for her
submitted project, A Parent Education
Program: Enhancing Social Competence in
Children with ASD and Improving Parent
Outcomes, which will find ways to provide
better support for parents of children with
autism by evaluating her parent education
Brittany Smotherson, senior middle
school mathematics and English major,
was selected to be an undergraduate
research ambassador for the MU Office
of Undergraduate Research.
Ran Zhao, M Ed ’08 and current doctoral
student in educational counseling, was
selected for a highly competitive ACT
summer internship working with the
Career Transitions Research team.
$eeds of Change
Richard Wallace, MU chancellor emeritus, planted
a seed nearly a decade ago that led to one of
the most ambitious ventures in the history of the
University of Missouri — the For All We Call Mizzou
campaign. The eight-year campaign to raise private
financial support for Missouri’s flagship university
kicked off in 2000 and closed in December 2008 when
MU Chancellor Brady Deaton announced MU as one
of 20 public universities to raise $1 billion or more.
Of the total raised over the course of the campaign,
$10.3 million was pledged to support the MU
College of Education. The success of the campaign
demonstrates that education alumni and friends are
committed to supporting the future growth of the
College of Education.
Here are just a few of the many ways our donors
have contributed to innovation and excellence during
PGifts to the campaign enhance MU’s
competitiveness to recruit and retain the best
students. During the campaign, 19 new endowed
scholarship funds were created that provide more
than $90,000 in annual distributions to award highachieving
students and those with high financial need.
six additional scholarships were established that will be
funded through future estate gifts.
PDonors provided more than $200,000
for new and improved facilities including
classrooms, student workrooms, conference
areas and enhancements to the reflector, the
college’s state of the art student resource lab.
PFaculty support grew with gifts of more
than $3.2 million providing three new endowed
P Joanne Hunt Hook Dean’s Chair
in Educational Renewal
Harold and Joanne Hunt Hook provided the largest
single gift ever to the College of education in 2004
when they established the first endowed deanship
in the history of mU. The deanship is named in
honor of Joanne, who earned her bachelor’s degree
in education at mU in 1955. additionally, this gift
created the Hook Center for educational Leadership
and District renewal.
P Richard G. Miller Endowed Chair
in Mathematics Education
richard miller graduated from mU in 1970 with
a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, and in 2008
he aimed to address the shortage of mathematics
teachers by creating an endowed faculty position
in the college. The fund enhances opportunities for
research, travel and scholarly collaboration with
peers, which enables faculty to better meet
P Dr. Lois Knowles Endowed Faculty
In 2007, robert K. and Barbara
mcFarland established a mathematics
education fellowship in honor of Lois
Knowles, a former College of education
professor who became best known for
her involvement in “new math,” which taught
elementary students mathematical concepts
instead of rote calculations.
PIn 2002, the college established the
Grace Bibb Society to recognize those
who financially support the college. since its
inception, the society has welcomed 86 annual
members who donate $1,000 or more annually,
and 53 sustaining members who donated
$25,000 or more over a lifetime.
P Education donors designated 85 percent
of the gifts for specific purposes, with the
remaining 15 percent used at the dean’s
discretion to support the areas of greatest
P Of total individual gifts to the College
of Education, 91 percent were made by
individuals or businesses contributing
$250 or less per year.
P Education alumni contributed 24
percent of the college’s campaign total.
The remaining gifts were from friends,
corporations, foundations, faculty and staff.
July 2008–June 2009
P P The 1930s
Helen G. Allgeyer Aubuchon,
BS Ed ’38, of Rhineland, Mo., celebrated
her 94th birthday Sept. 7, 2008.
P P The 1940s
Beauford W. Robinson, M Ed ’46,
of Jefferson City, Mo., was awarded
an honorary MU degree, one of the
University’s highest honors. Robinson
is known as the “father” of vocational
education in the state of Missouri and
received the award for his lifelong work
to improve education for all youth.
P P The 1950s
Gwen Vaughn Proffitt, BS Ed ’53,
M Ed ’58, and Perry Proffitt, BS Ag ’50, of
West Plains, Mo., celebrated their 60th
wedding anniversary Jan. 29, 2009.
Wilbur Miller, BS Ed ’54, M Ed ’55,
EdD ’60, of Auburn, Ala., was named
Player of the Year for the Alabama
region of the Golf Channel Amateur
Tour, placing in the top four of 20
tournaments with seven first-place
finishes in the Jones Flight.
Cordelia M. Cochran Esry, M Ed ’57,
of Hamilton, Mo., received the Alumni
Award from the Mizzou Alumni
Association awarded to accomplished
professionals who give to MU and
Naomi Edmonds, BS Ed ’56,
Robert Edmonds, BA ’56, and Kristin
Edmonds, BM ’86, of Chesterfield,
Mo., own Mindfullgames.com, which
made the semi-finals of the Olin Cup
Competition for startup businesses at
Washington University’s Skandalaris
Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.
Donald Lee Holst, M Ed ’57, of
Chadron, Neb., wrote Famous Football
Players in Their 4th Quarter (Don Holst
Art & Books, 2008).
P P The 1960s
Judith Hayes Hand, BS Ed ’61, of
Birmingham, Ala., is finishing a threeyear
term as chair and adviser to the
Docent Council of the Birmingham
Museum of Art. She joined the Docent
program following her retirement as
Assistant Dean for Adult Learners at
Birmingham-Southern College in 2002.
Nancy B. Gifford Maddox Dailey,
BS Ed ’64, of Springfield, Mo.,
illustrated the children’s book Matthijs
in Honderdland by Inge de Graff
Carolyn Anderson-Grecco, BS Ed ’66,
of Curwensville, Pa., retired after
24 years with the Central Intermediate
Unit No. 10 Development Center for
Adults in Clearfield County, Pa. She
began as a part-time teacher in 1984,
was promoted to lead project facilitator
in 1987 and was named Pennsylvania’s
Adult Education Practitioner of the
Year in 2002.
Valerie Williams Goodin, BS Ed ’67,
M Ed ’75, of Columbia, Mo., retired
after 33 years of service to MU. In
tribute of her service, the Mizzou Alumni
Association named the Global Tiger
Scholarship in her honor.
George Eugene Stephenson,
BS Ed ’68, of Wichita, Kan., received
the Alumni Award from the Mizzou
Alumni Association awarded to
accomplished professionals who
give to MU and their communities.
Sharon Ziefle Daugherty, M Ed ’69, of
Abilene, Texas, retired from teaching at
Cooper High School where she served as
chair of the social studies department.
Barney Fisher, BS Ed ’69, of Richards,
Mo., began his third term in the
Missouri House of Representatives
where he has served as District
125 representative since 2005.
P P The 1970s
Mary E. Baker, BS Ed ’74, M Ed ’83, of
St. Charles, Mo., retired after 35 years as
an English teacher, 28 of them with the
Francis Howell School District where she
served as chair of the English department.
Larry J. Fuller, BS Ed ’71, of
Columbia, Mo., was recognized by
the Mizzou Alumni Association with
the Missouri Tiger Pride Award for
his sustained volunteer efforts.
Patricia Powell, MA ’75, of
Rocheport, Mo., received the Missouri
Retired Teachers Association’s 2008
distinguished retiree award for 23 years
of teaching. She retired in 2003 as
a media specialist from Columbia’s
West Junior High School library.
Paul A. Wagner, M Ed ’72, PhD ’78,
of Navasota, Texas, published the
book Ethical Decision Making in
School Administration: Leadership as
Moral Architecture (Sage, 2009). He
serves as Professor of Philosophy
and Educational Foundations at the
University of Houston-Clear Lake
where he became the second education
faculty member in UH history to
be named as President’s Research
Elizabeth Cox, BS Ed ’76, M Ed ’77,
of Auburn, N.H., received a 2008
Plymouth State University distinguished
faculty teaching award for her work as
an associate professor of theater.
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We Remember …
Barbara K. Townsend, MU professor of higher education, of Columbia, Mo.,
died June 11, 2009. As one of the most respected scholars in the country on
community colleges, she joined MU in 1999 as a full professor where she served
as the director for the Center for Community College Research.
The primary focus of her research was the community college, especially
its transfer mission and more recently its movement to offer an applied
baccalaureate degree. She authored or edited 10 books and special journals,
published more than 40 empirical articles and made more than 100
presentations around the world.
Upon her death, husband and MU Curators Professor, Norman C. Gysbers,
created the Barbara K. Townsend Memorial Fund to honor her lifelong commitment
to student success and for her dedication to the MU College of Education.
To make a gift to any of these funds, please contact the Office of Development:
MU College of Education | 114 Hill Hall | Columbia MO 65211 | 573-882-5111
Mary L. Brown James,
BS Ed ’71, of Harrisonville,
Mo., died Jan. 2, 2009.
James dedicated her life to
public service in the fields
of education and health
care. She and husband,
William E. James, were
founding members of the
Grace Bibb Society and the
Walter Williams Society
In 1999, she
was appointed to the
UM System Board of
Curators and became board president in 2005. She was active
in the Chancellor’s Fund for Excellence and the Advisory and
Development Committee within the College of Education.
Prior to her death, she established the Mary L. James
Scholarship Endowment in the College of Education to provide
awards to students whose scholarship and volunteer service
demonstrate a commitment to excellence.
Mizzou honors the legacy of three
great education supporters
Marilyn Lacey McMullen, BS Ed ’54, of Shawnee Mission,
Kan., died Oct. 19, 2008. As a lifelong friend and supporter of
the College of Education and MU, she served on the college’s
Advisory Committee and as a trustee and
past director of the Jefferson Club. She
and her husband, Larry McMullen, were
among the founding members of the
Kansas City Jefferson Club Committee
and the Grace Bibb Society.
Her husband, whom she met at
MU, established the Marilyn Lacey
McMullen Scholarship Fund in 1995
as a 40th wedding anniversary gift
to recognize her appreciation and
support of the College of Education,
her experience as a teacher and her
commitment to the community
through volunteer service. She
credited her mother, Esther Choate
Lacey, with instilling in her a lifelong passion for education.
She was also a member of the Griffiths Leadership Society
for Women and the Jefferson Club.
P P in Memoriam
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Norman Howden, MA ’76, of Dallas,
Texas, is serving as chair of Texas Library
Association District 5 and chair of the
Texas Council of Academic Libraries. He
is assistant dean of educational resources
at El Centro College-DCCCD.
Kathy Bearden Peckron, BS Ed ’76, of
Ballwin, Mo., retired from the Rockwood
School District in St. Louis after 31 years
of service. She is now assistant dean of
professional development at Lindenwood
University in St. Charles, Mo.
Douglas Wright, M Ed ’76, EdSp ’85,
PhD ’92, of Blackburn, Mo., received the
2009 Rural District Administrator of the
Year award by the Missouri Association
of Rural Education for his service in the
Santa Fe R–X school district.
Jan Gillette Sartain, BS Ed ’77, of
Austin, Texas, is chair of the Special
Olympics Texas Board of Directors.
Terry L. Witte, BS Ed ’77, of Vandalia,
Mo., began his fourth and final term in
the Missouri House of Representatives
where he has served as District 10
representative since 2003.
James Thomas, M Ed ’78, of Aliquippa,
Pa., is assistant dean of the School of Arts
and Sciences at Point Park University in
Deborah S. Durk Snellen, BS Ed ’79,
MA ’80, of Whitefish, Mont., received the
Alumni Award from the Mizzou Alumni
Association awarded to accomplished
professionals who give to MU and their
P P The 1980s
Scott David Conner, BS Ed ’80,
of Shawnee Mission, Kan., won the
$1,000 grand prize in FinScale Modeler
magazine’s “Be an Author” contest.
A panel of magazine editors selected
his article about a 1/35 scale World
War II-era German Tiger I tank.
Leo E. Lewis, III, BS Ed ’80, of Eden
Prairie, Minn., was honored with a 2009
Alumni Award from the Mizzou Alumni
Association. Lewis is associate athletic
director for student-athlete development
at the University of Minnesota.
Jo Harrington Steitz, BS Ed ’80, Helen
Cope Porter, BS Ed ’97, M Ed ’98,
Ed Sp ’07, and Chris Hysong, BS Ed ’07,
M Ed ’08, were among seven Columbia
Public School teachers honored through
the Columbia Fund for Academic
Excellence for work in their community
and school district.
Tim Travers, M Ed ’80, EdSp ’96, of
Hartsburg, Mo., is the director of the
Yangon International Educare Center
Titus Blackmon, BS Ed ’87, M Ed ’88,
of Baltimore, Md., completed a term as
president of the governing board of the
Mizzou Alumni Association.
Marian A. Cope Minor, PhD ’89, of
Columbia, Mo., was honored with a 2009
Faculty Award from the Mizzou Alumni
Association. She serves as professor
and chair of physical therapy in the
MU School of Health Professions
Edward Schoenfelt, EdSp ’94, of
Chesterton, Ind., is executive director for
the Lakeshore Alliance for Student Success,
Inc. where he works with schools in literacy,
professional learning communities and
small learning communities.
P P The 1990s
Heather Young Allcock, MA ’94, of
Crofton, MD, joined the Maryland
Coalition for Inclusive Education as a
professional development facilitator where
she works to provide inclusive environments
for students with significant disabilities.
Carrie Ellis-Kalton, MA ’96, PhD ’01,
of St. Louis, Mo., was appointed director
of Social Sciences at Maryville University
where she was named Advisor of the Year
in 2007. This summer, she will present at
the International Teaching of Psychology
Conference in Vancouver, Canada, and will
teach in London for Study Abroad in 2010.
Nongluck Manowaluilou, M Ed ’99,
EdSp ’01, PhD ’08, of Pranakorn,
Thailand, is a faculty member in the
Department of Vocational Education at
Kasetsart University in Bangkok.
Behiye Bezir Akcay, M Ed ’02, of
Istanbul, Turkey, published a book titled
History of Science in Science Education
(VDM Verlag, 2009). She is a current
faculty member at Istanbul University,
P P The 2000s
Jill Lane, EdSp ’02, of Walkertown,
N.C., is dean of the University of North
Carolina School of the Arts High School
Brian Townsend, PhD ’05, of Cedar
Falls, Iowa, and David Barker,
BS Ed ’97, PhD ’07, of Bloomington, IL,
teamed up with associate professor of
mathematics education, John Lannin, to
publish the article “Promoting Efficient
Strategy Use” in the journal Mathematics
Teaching in the Middle School.
Sara Lakin Jaeger, BS Ed ’06, M Ed ’08,
and Tiffany Zimmerman BS ’07,
M Ed ’08, of Columbia, Mo., were
awarded Outstanding Beginning Teacher
awards by the Missouri Association for
Colleges for Teacher Education.
P P update your information: You are part of an elite group of professionals dedicated to education and to a wide variety of other
professions, too. Since graduation, many of you have traveled in very different directions, throughout the state, nation and abroad.
We’d love to hear from you. Let us know what’s new with you at education.missouri.edu/alumni/update-my-info.
Congratulations, Excellence in Education Award Winners
P P education alumni
Alice Foy Kuehn, PhD ’89
James P. Leavitt, BS Ed ’78,
M Ed ’80
Citation of Merit
for Outstanding and
K. Blake Danuser, M Ed ’75,
Madge Fisher Harrah, BS Ed ’53
Frank D. Sachs, BS Ed, ’73
Honorary Alumni Award
Wendy L. Sims
P P undergraduate student
of the Year
Jenna K. Krueger, TDP
of the Year
Eryca Neville, TDP
Staff Member of the Year
P P Graduate student advisory
Graduate Student Scholar
of the Year
Melissa McNaught, LTC
Graduate Student Instructors
of the Year
Kelley Buchheister, LTC
Christiana Kumalasari, SISLT
of the Year
Melissa Stormont, SPED
of the Year
Linda R. Esser, SISLT
Grace Bibb society Membership
and annual Brunch
In 1878, Grace C. Bibb was named dean of the
University of missouri’s College of Normal Instruction
(now the College of education). Bibb became the first
woman to hold a dean’s position in the university’s history.
membership is open to alumni, friends of the college and
not-for-profit organizations affiliated with the university.
For more information, call 573-882-6443 or e-mail
Save the Date: Annual Society Brunch
Saturday, October 10, 2009
On April 18, 2009, the MU College of Education honored the contributions of its faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends
during the 41st annual Recognition Awards Banquet. Join us in recognizing the recipients of the following awards:
P P Jennie anne schultz
Jason L. Goran
P P distinguished Friend
of the Collage award
Harold S. Hook and
Joanne Hunt Hook,
BS Ed ’55
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Interim Dean Dr. Rosemary T. Porter
118 Hill Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
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Associate Dean Linda Bennett
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science outreach at the Missouri state Fair
Aug. 20–22, 2009
Family Weekend open house
Sept. 12, 2009
education alumni organization Board Meeting
Sept. 20, 2009
Grace Bibb society and
scholarship recognition Brunch
Oct. 10, 2009
Oct. 24, 2009
25th annual superintendent Tailgate
November 7, 2009
Feb. 8–12, 2010
distinction in Performance awards Banquet
March 12, 2010
education alumni organization Board Meeting
April 17, 2010
42nd annual recognition awards Banquet
April 17, 2010
Located just steps away from campus
5 luxury suites most with jetted tubs starting at $159
Mizzou’s own bed and breakfast
Dr. Rosemary T. Porter Interim Dean
MU College of Education
P P academic units
• Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
• Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology
• Information Science & Learning Technologies
• Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum
• Special Education
• Teacher Development Program
P P enrollment statistics, 2007–08
The College of Education has more graduate
students — 712 total — enrolled in MU Direct’s
online and distance degree programs than any
other MU college or school.
P P degrees granted, 2007–08
Educational Specialist 484
Doctor of Education and
Doctor of Philosophy 47
The college offers many options, including
mathematics, art, career and rehabilitation
counseling, literacy, reading, behavioral
disorders, autism, social studies, educational
technology, library science, policy and
P P international
international Graduate students 106
International students come to MU from more
than 30 nations around the world.
P P Faculty and staff, 2009–10
Tenured, Tenure-Track Faculty 79
Student-to-faculty ratio 15-to-1
Full-time staff 171
P P alumni
Total living alumni 49,120
P P scholarships, 2008–09
Number of scholarships
Number of scholarship
Total scholarship amount $440,364
P P Fee Waivers, Fy 2008
Number of graduate students
receiving fee waiver, fellowship
or assistantship 512
P P Grants
Grant Funding, Fy 2008 $16,894,287
The College of Education also collaborated on
17 funded projects with outside departments
with funding at approximately $4 million. The
college ranks second on the Columbia campus in
Instruction/Public Service grant funding, seventh
in Research grant funding and fifth in overall
P P Cross-discipline research
In 2007–08, the College of Education was awarded
64 interdisciplinary research grants to partner in
discovery at MU. Some of these collaborations
explore how children understand math and
reading, the qualities of successful school leaders
and how technology can synthesize learning.
The leading partnerships include:
• Arts & Sciences 13
• Medicine/Nursing 26
• Other MU Divisions 16
The college also has research collaborations with
30 domestic and five foreign universities and with
29 Missouri school districts.
P P Check us out online. Our Web site has the latest
information on student scholarships, research statistics
and current happenings around the college.
P P College Kudos
Faculty shape the field through national
• American Educational Research Journal:
Social and Institutional Analysis, Motoko Akiba
• Cases in Mathematics Teacher Education:
Tools for Developing Knowledge Needed
for Teaching, Fran Arbaugh
• Journal of Research in Childhood Education,
• Training and Education in Professional
Psychology, Kathleen Boggs
• Library Quarterly, John Budd
• Journal of Educational Psychology,
• Adult Education Quarterly, Joe Donaldson
• Journal of Counseling Psychology, Lisa Flores
• Journal of Counseling and Development,
• L’Orientation Scolarie et Professionnelle,
• Journal about Women in Higher Education,
• American College Personnel Association’s
Books and Media, Jeni Hart
• Journal of Counseling Psychology,
• Asian Journal of Counseling, Puncky Heppner
• School Psychology Quarterly, Keith Herman
• Technology Enhanced Learning, David Jonassen
• Online Information Review, Thomas Kochtanek
• Australian Journal of Special Education,
• Politics of Education Association Bulletin,
• School Psychology Quarterly, Wendy Reinke
• 2010 National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics Yearbook — K–12 Mathematics
Curriculum: Issues, Trends, and Future
Directions, Barbara Reys
Cheerleader for Education
Standing in frigid Arrowhead Stadium
in Kansas City, Mo., in November
2007, Joanne Eggeman Harrison,
BS Ed ’62, says she experienced the
redemption Mizzou fans had awaited 47
years: MU beat KU in football, knocking
them out of the top spot and avenging a
loss to KU in 1960 when the Tigers were
ranked No. 1.
She calls those days “the Devine years,”
in reference to former MU football coach
Dan Devine and to express how sublime she counts her time at MU.
Once on campus, she joined the cheerleading squad and cheered in
two Orange Bowls. She continued dancing, performed in the all-
• U.S. Doctorates in Mathematics Education:
Developing Stewards of the Discipline,
• Journal of School Leadership, Jay Scribner
• Journal of Research in Music Education,
• Behavior Disorders, Janine Stichter
• Special Issue of Psychology in the Schools,
• Women in Higher Education, Barbara Townsend
• Visual Arts Research, Kathleen Unrath
• Annual Editions — Drugs, Society, and Behavior,
• Journal of Diversity in Higher Education,
A lifetime enthusiast for MU champions education and learning as key to life
school musicals, joined a sorority and declared a major: education.
After graduation, she moved home to St. Louis to teach. She met
her future husband who was studying to be a cardiologist, and they
moved to Topeka, Kan., in 1972.
Once settled in Topeka, she started raising her family. Though
she never taught school again, she talked about the joy she gets from
teaching her grandchildren and about learning new things herself.
Harrison has taken on the role of cheerleader for education as a
community volunteer in Topeka. In the heart of Jayhawk country, she
remains fiercely loyal to Mizzou.
Harrison recently included the College of Education in her
estate plans because, as she puts it: “I love Mizzou and because
education is just key to life!” For more on Harrison’s story, visit
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University of Missouri
118 Hill Hall
Columbia, MO 65211-2170
Connecting the Past, Engaging the Present, Embracing the Future | The Magazine of Mizzou’s College of Education
Alumna receives Librarian of the Year honors
F ive and one-half hours was all the time Tamara Glise, MA ’90,
interim director of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, had to
decide what could be saved before the impending flood waters
would overtake the city’s historic 85,000 square foot library that
occupied a city block.
Staff members worked through the last minutes of the evacuation
to save what they could. The unprecedented flood crested on Friday,
June 13, after capturing nearly ten square miles of the city’s central
business district. In its aftermath, the first floor of the library and
more than 160,000 items were lost.
Glise immediately began work on a satellite location, known as
the “Bridge Facility,” that consisted of six storefronts at a local mall.
The Bridge was later consolidated into a single mall location that
symbolically opened on another Friday the 13th in February 2009.
For her efforts to provide continuous library service to the
people of Cedar Rapids, Library Journal, one of the oldest and
most respected publications covering the library field, recognized
Glise and her entire management team with its 2008 Librarian of
the Year Award.
Univ. of Mo.