Director’s Corner: Taking advantage of Thanksgiving break

Hello CASE Scholars, families and supporters:

We are almost at the end of the Fall 2021 semester and what a semester it has been! As we prepare for the Thanksgiving Break, I wanted to provide a few tips, whether you are staying in town or going to visit family and friends, to assist you in finishing the semester as safely as possible.

  • For students staying in town:
    • Please make sure students know that many offices are open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
    •  Specifically:
      • MizzouRec is open through Wednesday the week of Thanksgiving Break, with adjusted hours. It will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 27. Visit MizzouRec for the most up-to-date facility hours.
      • The Counseling Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. Crisis support is available 24/7 during the break. Call 573-882-6601 to schedule an appointment or for crisis support. Please note all appointments are virtual.
      • The Student Health Center is open 8am-5pm Monday-Wednesday. The MU Health Care Emergency Room is open 24/7.
      • Wellness Wednesday will occur on 11/17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Student Center Main Floor.
      • Vibes and Verses- Healing through the Holidays will take place on 11/17 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Wellness Resource Center (lower level, Student Center).
      • Campus Dining has adjusted hours and locations over Thanksgiving Break; however, all locations will be closed Thursday and Friday. We encourage students staying on campus to plan ahead to cover meals for those days. Check out the GoMizzou app or Dining website for details.
  • For students going home:
    • Delay travel if sick or exposed to COVID-19.
      • This is incredibly important for the health and safety of so many.
    • Continue taking safety precautions during travel, especially if using public transportation. Wear a face covering at all times and stay at least 6 feet away from others. If this is not possible, sit as far away from other passengers as possible. Carry and use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) frequently.
  • Only two weeks of classes remain after Thanksgiving Break before finals: Students should use some of the break to catch up on assignments or start studying for finals as they are quickly approaching. Students should also use the break to rest and perhaps take advantage of some of the extra time by exploring Sanvello, an app that can help with stress, anxiety and depression. Sanvello is free when using your MU email address. Students can’t pour from an empty cup, so practicing self-care over the break is important.

Be sure to contact us at CASE, if you need any additional support.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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.