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Director’s Corner: 2021-2022 Academic Year is a Wrap

CASE Scholars and supporters, We have arrived at the end of the 2021-2022 academic year. This year will undoubtedly be remembered for some pretty significant reasons. Most notable, it was another year of a global pandemic. However, I wanted to inform you of a sample of the great accomplishments/achievements for us in the Center for Academic Success…

Thank You: Brooks Scholar and CASE Marketing Intern Lauren Purdy

Graduating senior journalism student Lauren Purdy smiles for a photo on MU's campus Monday, April 11, 2022. (Photo/Becca Newton) Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee helped mold MU graduating senior Lauren Purdy into the woman she is today.  “I am truly a Southern person at heart, and I think when we say that we’re hospitable people,…

Courageous Steps to the Finish Line: Diversity Scholar Roshae Hemmings

MU graduating senior journalism student and Diversity Award scholar Roshae Hemmings dons her kente stole from CASE while showcasing three others during a photo shoot outside of Jesse Hall, Thursday, April 28, 2022. (Photo/Becca Newton) “Hey Roshae! Was thinking about you. I wanted to check in and see how you are doing?”  It was Monday…

CASE Celebrates Graduating Scholars in First In-Person Spring Salute to Excellence Ceremony Since 2019

https://youtu.be/NvCOoXfX4tk Finally. The constant sound of laughter echoing off the walls. Students embracing one another. Proudly sharing their post-graduation plans. It was a welcoming sight for the scholars and MU’s Center for Academic Success & Excellence staff. Due to COVID, for the first time since spring 2019 CASE was able to hold their Salute to…

Director’s Corner: Celebration Season

Hello CASE Scholars, families, friends and supporters, As we wind down the 2021-2022 academic year, I am reminded that this time of the year (spring) is my absolute favorite time of the year for a number of reasons. The primary reason: it’s campus celebration season! There are a plethora of celebratory activities that highlight the…

Resilient Since Her Very First Breath: Brooks Scholar and CASE Marketing Intern Kelly Lopez

MU journalism student and CASE marketing intern Kelly Lopez smiles for a photo on MU's campus Monday, April 11, 2022. (Photo/Becca Newton) Since taking her very first breath, resilience has been a common theme throughout Kelly Lopez’s life.  Kelly, an MU senior journalism student graduating in May, was born to Gayle and Dr. Ron Lopez…

Director’s Corner: HERFF III Funds and More!

I hope our scholars are progressing through all of the personal and academic challenges that MU has to offer, with grace.  As we approach Spring Break, this point has been described as the “dog days”of a semester because they are the most challenging and the longest time in the semester without a break. Therefore, I…

Going Places She Never Imagined: KC Scholar Edith Ramirez-Salazar

KC Scholar Edith Ramirez-Salzar is a senior at MU double majoring in political science and sociology with a minor in criminal justice. (Photo/Becca Newton) Within the past year, Edith Ramírez-Salazar, a KC Scholar and Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship recipient, has traveled to three different continents outside of North America and explored a plethora of countries. Last summer, Edith’s…

Director’s Corner: Important Resources for Scholars

Hello CASE Scholars, friends and families, We are beginning the 7th week of the semester and there are a number of things going on that I wish to address. We are NOW squarely in the midst of the mid-semester timeframe. Most scholars have just completed their first round of exams for the semester and NOW…

CASE Marketing Intern DuVonté Beard Honors Kobe Bryant

To celebrate Black History Month our CASE Marketing interns are highlighting their most influential figures. In this video, intern DuVonté Beard honors Kobe Bryant. https://youtu.be/b_fNuYyqtMM Hello, my name is DuVonte’ Beard. I’m a CASE marketing intern and journalism major. The inspirational figure I chose for Black History Month is Kobe Bryant. Kobe was a five-time…