Director’s Corner: First of Fall ’22

Welcome, newest CASE Scholars (Class of 2026), returning scholars, families and supporters,

Congratulations on completing your first two weeks of classes. We are delighted that you have joined or rejoined us this year! I wanted you to know, when you visit us this semester, you may notice some changes to our team. Ms. Angie Vick has moved on to another opportunity. We wish Angie well and thank her for all she has done for our scholars during her time with CASE. We have added one new staff member, Mr. Leo Medal, who joins us from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Leo will be working with the Summer Bridge Scholars, but in the meantime, we will start him out with Diversity Scholars as he adjusts to Mizzou and CASE . Feel free to stop by and introduce yourself to him.

Ana-Maria, Fallon and I are excited to work with you to help you establish and maintain a connection with CASE and other student success resources through our cohort meetings. 

With that said, I want to pass along a few tips for getting off to a good start at MU:

  • If you were not able to attend the CASE Kickoff, it will be important to consult with your CASE staff member to get you up to speed on program expectations:
  • We have a plethora of resources and information to pass along to you in the in-person cohort meetings. The cohort meetings are designed to emphasize our five pillars of success:
    • Academic Enrichment
    • Career Development
    • Financial Literacy
    • Sense of Belonging
    • Wellness
  • Speaking of academic enrichment, as the novelty of the new semester wears off and the academic realities set in, it will be important for students to assess whether or not they need or require academic assistance. The Tiger Tutor schedule has just been released, along with other academic resources offered through the Learning Center. Most resources are free, and some are low cost, if you qualify.
  • Remember, success comes from all zip codes. You belong here and we expect big things from you! Always know, we are here for you!

Finally, I wanted to share with you this short video and words of encouragement from Sen. Cory Booker (NJ). Check it out! here!

As always, if you have any questions or need anything, please reach out to the team at CASE!

All the best for a safe and successful semester and academic year!

Go Tigers!


E. Andre Thorn, Ph.D
Director, Center for Academic Success & Excellence (CASE)
“Serving Students Since 1995”
110 Student Success Center, 909 Lowry Mall
Columbia, MO  65211
P: 573-882-9208
F: 573-884-4353

Indigenous Peoples and Lands Acknowledgement:
I would like to acknowledge that I work in what is colonially known as “Missouri,” and that these were the homelands of the tribal nations of the Nutachi (Missouria), Jiwere (Otoe), Wahzhazhe (Osage), Ogáxpa (Quapaw), Chikasha (Chickasaw), Illini, and Báxoǰe (Ioway), among others.