AEAS Staff Information

Academic Advising for

  • Deciding students - Undeclared students in the College of Arts & Science who are exploring majors
  • Pre-Communication students
  • Arts and Science Pre-Journalism students
  • Students in Transition - students across campus considering a change in major and in need of assistance in determining new options.

 

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Vicki Boyd-Kennedy
Advises TRIO students—undeclared, pre-communication, pre-journalism, and students exploring majors

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Science in Geography; Kansas State University
Master of Science in Geography and Agronomy, University of Nebraska

Hometown: Bellevue, Nebraska

What do you enjoy in your free time?
Hanging out and practicing Spanish with my friends. Se habla Español?

What is your favorite place on campus?
The Quad: It’s the heart of the campus, and I love being surrounded by beautiful architecture.

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Lori Fox
Advises undeclared, pre-communication, pre-journalism, and students exploring majors

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communication, Drury College
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri

Hometown: Springfield, Missouri

Favorite quote(s):
 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  ― Jesus (John 16:33)

What was the most interesting class you’ve taken?
As an undergrad at Drury, I took “Perspectives on Peace,” a topics class taught by an older man named Dr. Gerrit TenZythoff.  He and his wife were survivors of the Holocaust.  Imprisoned in a concentration camp, they literally hid underneath dead bodies in order to survive.  Instead of being hardened and bitter, Dr. TenZythoff came through that experience with compassion and forgiveness; he told us that when he realized the grace that God had extended to him, forgiving others became easier.  I don’t believe I’ve met a more grace-filled person.  The example he set both humbled and inspired me.

Kathleen Kerr
Advises undeclared, pre-communication, pre-journalism, and students exploring majors

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy; Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Master of Arts in Journalism, University of Missouri

Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin

Favorite quote:
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” --Soren Kierkegaard

What was the most interesting class you’ve taken?
My senior capstone class for philosophy. Besides reading the works of great thinkers, such as Plato, Flannery O’Conner, Walker Percy and Leo Tolstoy, we also were required to engage in service learning at the Dorothy Day House, a soup kitchen and shelter, in Rochester, Minnesota.  Based on that experience, I chose to do a volunteer movement for a year after college.

Melissa Livingston
Advises undeclared, pre-communication, pre-journalism, and students exploring majors

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, Western Carolina University
Master of Education in Counselor Education, Clemson University

Hometown: Edenton, North Carolina

Favorite quote:
“Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” – Michael Scott from The Office

What was the most interesting class you’ve taken?
Graphic Design. It was a class I took just for fun to fuel my creative side and where I discovered an interest in typography and branding.

Emily Logan
Advises undeclared, pre-communication, pre-journalism, and students exploring majors

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Missouri State University
Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education, Missouri State University

Hometown: Linn, Missouri

Favorite quote:
“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” – Author Unknown

What was the most interesting class you’ve taken?
Abnormal Psychology

Susan McKenzie
Office Support Staff

Educational Background:  Moberly Areal Community College

Hometown: Moberly, Missouri

What is your favorite free time activity?
I love to get out and walk, ride bikes, swim but my favorite free time activity is being with my family. Family reunions, family dinners, anytime I can be with people I love!

What is your favorite place on campus?
Outside, anytime during spring or Summer Welcome.  The new incoming freshmen are so excited to break free and grow and you can see it in them.  The seasoned students are so cool when they’re cheering on Mizzou!  Everyone’s united and it feels great to see everyone smiling and cheering on our athletes together!  All that Black and Gold is priceless!

Rachael Orr
Advises undeclared, pre-communication, pre-journalism, and students exploring majors

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Central Methodist University
Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration, University of Missouri

Hometown: Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Favorite quote:
“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the  greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle—victorious.”  — Vince Lombardi

What was the most interesting class you’ve taken?
Environmental Geology—I loved the earth science, learning about fossils and composition of rocks, etc.  That course caused me to change my major from Music Education to Biology.

Jennifer Schaffer
Advises undeclared, pre-communication, pre-journalism, and students exploring majors

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science; Iowa State University
Master of Arts in Political Science; University of Wisconsin—Madison

Hometown: Fairmont, Minnesota

Favorite quote:
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” —Howard Thurman

What was the most interesting class you have taken?
In my Freshman Composition class we read works of African-American literature. When I signed up for the course I had no idea what the topic was. While this might not have been my first choice, I really, really enjoyed the course.

Josh Smith
Advises undeclared, pre-communication, pre-journalism, and students exploring majors

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Science in Justice Systems, Truman State University
Master of Science in Counseling, Missouri State University

Hometown: St. Peters, Missouri

What is your favorite free time activity? Hiking with my dog.

If you had changed your major, what would you have chosen?
I love the educational experience I had, but the more I look back the more I wish I would have majored in Philosophy as many academic interests I have now seem to ultimately lead me back to big thinkers. It seems like a major that would have given me excellent preparation for a whole host of post-bachelor study.

Kibby Smith
Advises Philosophy, Film Studies, Linguistics, Women’s and Gender Studies, Pre-Journalism, Pre-Communication, and Undeclared students

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Arts in English, Drury University
Master of Education in International Teaching, Framingham State University

Hometown: Joplin, Missouri

Favorite quote:
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”  — Oscar Wilde

What was the most interesting class you have taken?
I don’t remember the title of the class, but it was an English class. We read personal essays by James Baldwin, George Orwell, Woody Allen, and many other writers. This was an introduction to what is now my favorite genre: creative nonfiction.

Carlynn Trout
Advises General Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies students

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, Macalester College
Master of Arts in English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Hometown: North St. Paul, Minnesota

Favorite quote:
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Gandhi

What was the most interesting class you’ve taken?
Linguistics

Alex Anderson
Advises Sociology, Communication and Theatre students

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Arts in Communication, University of Missouri
Master of Arts in Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Missouri

Hometown: Oakland, NE

Favorite quote:
“I know I was born and I know that I’ll die, the in between is mine” —Eddie Vedder

What was the most interesting class you’ve taken?
Communication 4618: We got to talk about TV from an academic perspective.

Learn the lingo

BA – Bachleor of Arts
BS – Bachelor of Science
BGS – Bachelor of General Studies
MA – Master of Arts
MS – Master of Science
MEd – Master of Education
MPA – Master of Public Administration
EdS – Education Specialist

 

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