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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 Exploring Majors - students across campus considering a change in major and in need of assistance in determining new options.

 

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.

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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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Jackie Carney
Advises undeclared and students exploring majors

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, St. Bonaventure University
Master of Science in Sports Administration, Marshall University

Hometown:
Warren, Michigan

Favorite quote:
“Living is the constant adjustment of thought to life and life to thought in such a way that we are always growing, always experiencing new things in the old and old things in the new. Thus life is always new..” —Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude

If you had changed your major, what would you have chosen?
I wouldn’t! I love that political science has transferable knowledge to a number of different areas, including the two that my career covers: education and athletics. I am interested in a larger application of policy to higher education as well as social justice issues.

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Mackenzie Ewing
Advises pre-communication and pre-journalism students

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies, William Woods University
Master of Business Administration in General Management, William Woods University

Hometown:
St. Paul, MO

Favorite quote:
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” — Dr. Seuss

What was the most interesting class you’ve taken?
The most interesting class that I have taken would be Photography. We had to use an older camera and learn how to develop film. It made me appreciate the process and gain a better understanding of how film is developed.

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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.

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Samantha Genochio
Office Support Staff

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Arts in English; University of Missouri

Hometown:
Blue Springs, Missouri

If you had changed your major, what would you have chosen?
I would have changed to Biology. I am very interested in genetics. There is just way too much chemistry in a biology degree.

What is the most interesting class you’ve taken?
Serigraphy. I had so much fun in print making. The class challenged all of my creative abilities: drawing, color theory, composition, storytelling. It was a beautiful, controlled chaos of a classroom experience.

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Alison Lee
Advises undeclared and students exploring majors

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing & Management; Columbia College

Hometown:
Busselton, Western Australia

Favorite quote:
“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” —Arthur Conan Doyle

What was the most interesting class you have taken?
Consumer Behavior

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Sean Navarro
Advises undeclared and students exploring majors

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Arts in Music, University of Missouri
Master of Education in Counseling (Career) Psychology, University of Missouri

Hometown:
Lenexa, Kansas

Favorite quote:
"Self-control is an exhaustible resource. What looks like laziness is often exhaustion." — Chip and Dan Heath from Switch

What was the most interesting class you’ve taken?
I really enjoyed taking Fundamentals of Environmental Design because it gave me a reason to observe and reflect on the intentional design features of the buildings around me.

Rachael Orr
Assistant Dean/Director of Advising
Advises undeclared 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 Anthropology, Digital Storytelling, Film Studies, pre-communication and pre-journalism students

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.

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

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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