Director’s Corner: Over halfway through Fall ’22

Hello CASE scholars, families and supporters,

We are over halfway through the fall semester so I wanted to highlight some time sensitive items for you to consider.

  • Academic Resources: At this juncture in the semester, you may be feeling stressed or challenged by one or more of your courses. Utilize academic resources: The MU Learning Center (located on the main floor of the Student Success Center hosts tutoring in a number of subjects. In addition, Academic Coaching, the Writing Center and others academic resources are available for FREE until December 8th!  Get in now if you need additional support in those high D,F,W courses! If you don’t know what those are, please let us know.
  • Minority Health/Wellness activities:
    • South Asian Guided Meditation – technically a podcast episode, a South Asian psychologist walks you through a meditation with connections to cultural roots. 
    • Meditation app (Liberate or TAO) – take some calm wherever you go! There are quite a few meditation apps out there that are great, and this is another! Focused specifically on liberation psychology, I love how the meditations focus on experiences of people of color.  
    • Black Girl in Om – this website has numerous podcast episodes focused on wellbeing and the experiences of Black women when it comes to finding balance, challenging stereotypes, and fulfilling their passions. 
    • Guided meditations in Spanish and English – it’s hard to meditate when you’re also trying to translate the guidance. UCLA has several meditations in both English and Spanish, so you can focus on being present! 
    • The Nap Ministry – rest is resistance, but it’s hard to remember that when you’re trying your best to make it through the semester and prove that you can do this. The Nap Ministry is a great resource to reframe what rest can mean for you. 
  • The Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application site is now open for applications (and reapplications) for the 2023-2024 school year. Apply here!
  • Want to ask Mun Choi a question? Come out to the Missouri Students Association’s first Town Hall of the year! It’s today, Thursday, October 20th from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Stotler Lounge located in Memorial Union. It will feature a stellar panel consisting of President Mun Choi, Dr. Bill Stackman, Dr. Maurice Gipson, Dr. Rhonda Gibler, Dr. Jim Spain, MUPD Chief Brian Weimer and MSA President Josiah Mendoza. Come have your voice heard! We look forward to seeing you there!
  • Diversity Abroad Conference: I wanted to share that I recently returned from San Francisco, California where I attended the Diversity Abroad ConferenceDr. Miguel Ayllon, MU’s Executive Director for International Partnerships & Study Abroad along with myself, Dr. E. Andre Thorn, Director of the Center for Academic Success & Excellence (CASE), presented a workshop entitled “Trust-Based Strategic Relationships to Accelerate Inclusive Excellence in Education Abroad”. Our presentation highlighted our work over the past year that has contributed to increased numbers of URM students engaging in Study Abroad opportunities with intentional collaboration partnerships between CASE and the International Partnerships & Study Abroad Office.   

As always, Please let us know if you need anything or have any questions.

Wishing you all the Best!  


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.