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Peculis Receives MU Connect Champions Award

Brenda Peculis, associate professor of biochemistry, received the 2019 MU Connect Champions Faculty Award from the Provost’s MU Connect Early Alert Advisory Board. Peculis was honored at the Celebration of Teaching Awards Luncheon in May. The MU Connect Champions Award recognizes excellence in the efforts of faculty, staff, teaching assistants and students involved in using MU Connect and the Early Alert tools to meaningfully improve teaching and learning, as well as student success at Mizzou.

Fusinatto Named Regional Advisor of the Year

Jenna Fusinatto, senior academic advisor, School of Natural Resources, was named Region 2 Advisor of the Year by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). NSCS is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high-achieving students. Benefits include scholarships, access to career resources and internship positions, and leadership opportunities as both the campus and national levels. With active chapters at more than 300 colleges and universities across the country, including all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, the NSCS has as its goal to honor, inspire and engage. Fusinatto advises the Mizzou chapter of the society.

Segovia Selected for Early Career Mentoring Workshop

The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) has selected Michelle Segovia, assistant professor of agricultural and applied economics, to participate in the Early Career Mentoring Workshop, a two-day event scheduled to follow the AAEA annual meeting and intended for professionals who have no more than five years of professional experience. Workshop participants will learn strategies to achieve research and teaching success, and they’ll benefit from working with mentors to develop their research programs and overall careers. Details about the workshop are available on the Association’s website.

Campus Writing Program Recognizes DASS Professor, Graduate Students

Jamille Palacios, agricultural and applied economics assistant teaching professor, received a 2019 Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Award from the Campus Writing Program. (Palacios is pictured at left.)

The Campus Writing Program also recognized Madison Byrd, agricultural leadership, communication and education graduate student, and Betsy Smith, agricultural and applied economics graduate student, with the joint 2019 TA Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Award.

Stallman Honored by Truman School

Judy Stallmann has received the Mary Phillips Faculty Award from the Truman School of Public Affairs to recognize her service to the school. With the award, the Truman School honors faculty for their research, teaching or service work. Stallmann serves as a professor of agricultural and applied economics and rural sociology and is an affiliated faculty member with the Truman School.

Vanatta Part of Inaugural Advisor Development Program

Christina Vanatta, academic adviser for the hospitality management program, participated in the inaugural UM System Advisor Development Program, an initiative designed to recognize and further develop advising and academic coaching professionals. The program involves advisers who have at least five years of advising experience, and emphasizes personal and professional growth. Learn more about the program by visiting the UM System website.

Segovia Accepted into Summer Institute in Berlin

Michelle Segovia, assistant professor of agricultural and applied economics, has been accepted to attend the 2019 Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality to be held this June in Berlin, Germany. Hosted at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, the institute will introduce participants to bounded rationality, which suggests people make decisions given constrained time, information or computational power, and it will focus in particular on bounded rationality in a digital world.

Hendrickson Recognized for Excellence in Instruction

To recognize her work in education and instruction, Mary Hendrickson, rural sociology assistant professor, will receive the 2019 Excellence in Instruction Award from the Rural Sociological Society (RSS). The award honors an RSS member who educates undergraduate or graduate students and excels in rural-oriented teaching.

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