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Summer 2016 Briefly

Nuggets of news from across campus.

• Millennials (ages 18 to 34) are much less likely than older adults to throw out garments that are old, damaged or out of style, according to a study by Pamela Norum, professor of textile and apparel management. Instead, this group is more likely to donate clothing to secondhand stores such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army.

• Hearing loss, the third‐leading chronic illness in older adults, increases the likelihood of developing depression, dementia and other problems. But many elders with hearing loss become frustrated with their hearing aids and put them away. In response, nurse‐researcher Kari Lane developed a program that gradually reintroduces elders to their aids. After one month of the program, 88 percent of those who were able to adjust to their hearing aids reported being satisfied.

• Laura Cole, assistant professor of architectural studies, found that students who attend school in “green” buildings exhibit higher levels of knowledge about energy efficiency and environmentally friendly building practices than other students. Green buildings can include the use of recycled construction materials; accessible waste and recycling spaces; and exposed beams and girders that show students the materials required for large structures.

Educational Endeavors

Arnone portrait

Kathryn “Annie” Arnone, BS Ed ’07, M Ed ’09, was a little girl when she peered through her grandfather’s Army‐issue telescope past the Rocky Mountains at the Hale‐Bopp comet. Although her educational path led to the expressive arts, the moment of scientific discovery stuck with her.

Now she is dean of students for the NASA Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project, an online professional development resource for K–16 teachers in science, technology, engineering and math. Arnone, a former elementary school teacher and current doctoral candidate in the College of Education, says her lack of science background motivated her.

I sought out every possible professional development opportunity I could find,” Arnone says. The NASA Endeavor program uses “authentic NASA data, and it’s all applicable in your classroom.”

Culture Heroes

Kicking off the spring 2016 semester, university leaders launched an orientation series for new students called Diversity@Mizzou. The sessions aim to raise students’ cultural awareness and invite them to explore the world beyond their own experiences and cultural boundaries. Stephanie Shonekan, chair of black studies, and Joan Hermsen, chair of women’s and gender studies, developed the sessions to “teach people to open their minds and think about the potential that is possible at a university like this,” Shonekan says. Meanwhile, College of Arts & Science faculty have approved a new diversity course requirement, a proposal led by associate professor Elisa Glick. Undergraduate A&S students will take three credit hours from courses designated “DI,” or diversity intensive. A campus‐wide diversity requirement was first proposed in 1990.

Lacretta on Broadway

Lacretta Ross, BA ’03, is making her Broadway debut. Under the stage name Lacretta Nicole, Ross plays Levora in the new musical comedy DISASTER!, which opened at New York’s Nederlander Theatre March 8. The show blends disco with the 1970s disaster‐film genre. At Mizzou, Ross performed in many Rhynsburger Theatre productions, taking roles such as Arkadina in The Seagull. She set her sights on the Big Apple as a student in the Mizzou on Broadway program, the only collegiate literary‐theater showcase in New York. Her résumé now includes theater (The Book of Mormon, Ragtime), opera (Carmen, Gianni Schicchi) and TV (30 Rock, Law & Order: SVU).

lacretta performing


With the rallying cry “FTK” (for the kids), student volunteers in MizzouThon help support MU Women and Children’s Hospital pediatric patients and their families. Months of fundraising events culminate in a 13.1-hour dance marathon, highlighted by glow sticks, choreographed routines and dramatic hair donations. This year more than 1,000 dancers raised a record $276,000.

students dancing

Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Mo’ Better Films

After giving freshman journalism major Lileana Moore a hard time about critiquing one of his movies without having seen it, Spike Lee takes a moment to chat with her. The Academy‐Award‐winning director gave a master class on documentary filmmaking at the Reynolds Journalism Institute April 6.

Spike Lee and student

Photo by Shane Epping.

The Force Expands

Mizzou has had its own dedicated, professionally accredited police force since 1971, when Tigers in blue evolved from the Traffic Safety and Security Department to the MU Police Department. Now MUPD is growing. The university has announced plans to increase the number of officers by 25 percent and the number of dispatchers by 50 percent over the next three years. Did you know? MUPD offers crime‐prevention, personal‐safety and self‐defense training for Tigers. Sign up at

50 Years of Jazz

Arthur White, MU director of jazz studies, watches a saxophone solo performed by jazz legend Bobby Watson, UMKC director of jazz studies. The MU Concert Jazz Band celebrated its 50th anniversary with a show featuring special guest alumni March 24.

jazz band

Photo by Morgan Lieberman.

Eldercare Innovations

An initiative to make life better for nursing home residents just got a big boost. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has given a $19.8 million grant to MU’s Sinclair School of Nursing to support the Missouri Quality Initiative for Nursing Homes. Led by Curators Professor Emerita of Nursing Marilyn Rantz and a team of MU researchers, the program aims to reduce avoidable hospitalizations, improve patient care and lower medical costs.

Family Ties

The Show Me Healthy Marriages and Relationships project has received a $9.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to strengthen the families of 2,000 low‐resource Missouri residents in 21 counties over the next five years. The program is led by associate professor and MU Extension specialist David Schramm with assistant professor Chelsea Garneau‐Rosner, both from the MU Department of Human Development and Family Science. “Helping these families now will help the next generation to have happy and healthy relationships,” Schramm says.

Accreditation Where Accreditation Is Due

Mizzou’s master’s program in library and information science has been accredited by the American Library Association since the 1966–67 academic year. So when the ALA withdrew accreditation last July, staff, faculty and alumni were dismayed. MU LIS appealed and was fully re‐accredited — but not before taking steps to modernize the program with an expanded e‐learning specialization, a new interdisciplinary Digital Humanities Center and a specialization in research data management and metrics. Just in time for the program’s 50th anniversary.


10 — Mizzou’s seed in the 2016 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, the program’s first trip to the event in a decade. The Tigers defeated BYU 78–69 March 19 for their first tourney victory in 15 years but fell to Texas 73–55 March 21 in the second round in Austin.

51.29 — Time in the 100‐meter breast stroke for junior Fabian Schwingenschlogl (Nuremberg, Germany) earning him the first national title in Mizzou swimming and diving history March 25, 2016, at the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Atlanta. The men’s team finished a program‐best eighth at the championships, its first top‐10 finish at the event.

basketball player

Courtesy Mizzou Athletics.

405 — Points scored in 2015–16 by guard Sophie Cunningham (Columbia), good for second among freshmen in Mizzou women’s basketball history. The Associated Press SEC Freshman of the Year, Cunningham was the conference’s 10th‐best scorer and the only freshman in the league’s top 24
in points.