Director’s Corner: Welcome back scholars, let’s finish the semester strong!

Hello CASE Scholars, families and supporters:

We hope you had a safe, rejuvenating and exciting Thanksgiving break with time for reflection, family, friends and food!

As we continue into the conclusion of 2021 and the Fall 2021 semester, I wanted to inquire about the act of reflection. Having “down time” to reflect on one’s life and circumstances is a good way to refocus, reshape and recommit oneself to the task at hand — Graduation! We do hope that you have taken the time to examine past performance, failures and successes and use them as fuel to get you through to the finish line and closer towards graduation.

For those of you who have reached the finish line and who will be graduating this December, CONGRATULATIONS on this achievement and accomplishment. We are proud of you and your commitment to your education at an extremely challenging time in our history! You did it! Be sure to pick up your stoles at our office if you haven’t done so yet. Be sure to wear them with your cap and gown during Fall commencement!

Finally, as we approach the holiday season, I wanted to wish you all a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanzaa from us at the Center for Academic Success & Excellence!


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.