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Senior Spotlight: Marissa Johnson

The American health care system can be a controversial and complex topic. For MU graduating senior Marissa Johnson, it’s the complexities of the system that caught her attention. Graduating Senior Marissa Johnson smiles for a photo outside of Jesse Hall…

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Director's Corner: We Made It!

CASE scholars and supporters, We have arrived at the end of one of the most challenging academic years in recent history. As we all attend the virtual, drive-by and in-person graduation celebrations (as well as our CASE Salute to Excellence),…

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Senior Spotlight: DeMario Malone

After four years of undergraduate schooling, many students are ready to leave academics behind and start their careers. Graduating senior DeMario Malone is up for a different challenge. Soon, Malone will be moving from Missouri to Pennsylvania to attend…

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Senior Spotlight: Justine Durham

Since her freshman year, MU senior and CASE Scholar Justine Durham has let her passions and goals guide her work and involvement. The experience she has gained as coordinator of the Diversity and Inclusion team at the MU Career Center,…

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Senior Spotlight: Gabriel Martin Sasamoto

The most important parts of Gabriel Martin Sasamoto’s college experience won’t appear on his diploma or transcript. His degree in biochemistry and minor in chemistry is underscored with personal growth and volunteer work to benefit his community. MU Graduating Senior…

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Senior Spotlight: Janelle Finch

Those who know MU senior and Brooks Scholar Janelle Finch say “she’s always on go.” Whether she’s reporting for KOMU, serving as the president of the Epsilon Psi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, or tending to her…

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Director's Corner: We Are Here for You

CASE Scholars, You have almost completed a year at MU that may have provided many opportunities, hopes, setbacks and challenges. As we approach the end of the Spring 2021 semester, we want you to focus your efforts on finishing the…

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From Freeport to NPR: Katelynn McIlwain Takes the Midwest by Journalistic Storm

A 17-year-old Katelynn McIlwain sat in her high school English class in Freeport, Illinois—where the school mascot is a pretzel, and the closest newspaper is 40 minutes away—listening to an NPR story about postpartum death rates in Black women. This…

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A Family’s Sacrifice for Success: The Story of Ymbar Polanco-Pino

MU Junior Ymbar Polanco-Pino leans on his faith to guide him. It’s something his parents instilled in him when he was a little boy. He witnessed them make unimaginable sacrifices for their family. Now, Polanco-Pino doesn’t let anything stand in…

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Director's Corner: Dr. Andre Thorn

Hello CASE Scholars and supporters, We are coming down the final stretch of Spring 2021. I hope you are ready to finish the semester strong! In fact, finishing strong is the focus of my update for you all. We, in…

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Cos’ Closet: How Marcos Feliciano Turned His Passion For Fashion Into a Business

For graduates of MU’s Trulaske College of Business, running a profitable company isn’t new. However, the difference between those graduates and Brooks Scholar Marcos Feliciano is that he didn’t wait until graduation to jumpstart his business. MU business student…

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Director's Corner: Have a Safe and Relaxing Spring Break!

Hello CASE scholars and supporters! I hope you all are enjoying a well-deserved, safe and relaxing Spring Break 2021! There have been many news reports and videos surfacing on social media showing several spring breakers not following CDC guidelines when…

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Amand Hardiman: More Than a Mentor

When I came to MU for the Center for Academic Success & Excellence’s (CASE) Summer Transition program (now known as Summer Bridge) in 2018, I was skeptical. I was unsure what my four years here would entail and anxious…

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Alex Becks: Making Her Mark

On the first day of her junior year in high school, MU junior and Brooks Scholar, Alex Becks faced an important decision. Her choice, ultimately, would lead her over a thousand miles away from her home in Chicago but provide…

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Director's Corner: A Year in the Pandemic

Dear CASE Scholars and Supporters: As we round the corner on a calendar year since the universe introduced us to the terms COVID-19 and Coronavirus (or ”Rona” in the vernacular), this introduction has changed the trajectory of the world like…