Director’s Corner: Welcome Back Scholars!

CASE Scholars and MU Community Leaders,

Congratulations to our Tiger Football team as they won their first game of the season! A Big MO sized welcome to our new and returning scholars! As we attempt to return to “normal”, the CASE team wanted to provide some keys for success as we return to in-person activities at MU. We will use this format to remain in regular contact with you via our bi-weekly CASE Newsletter. We will also follow MU’s COVID-19 protocols: Mask up in classes, physically distance, stay home if any symptoms arise and until you are cleared. Don’t forget, vaccinations are available for anyone who would like one. We will concentrate on being respectful and kind to each other and we’ll work together.

To get us started, here are four keys to success for Fall 2021:

  • Community: We’re in this together, and this unique group of people have come together to study at one of the best institutions of higher education—MU! Let’s make the best of it!
  • Dialogue: Let’s talk about it together. We learn more together than we do singly. When we exchange dialogue we learn more than just the content of the course.
  • Reflection: As we work together, it is important to reflect back on what brought us here, individually and together. We must keep in mind that we all have a place at Mizzou and we all have what it takes to be successful in this space.
  • Self-Care: It is important to have a holistic approach to wellness. Examples include: getting sufficient sleep, food intake, drinking water, managing your stress (de-stressing), practicing mindfulness and paying attention to/managing your own mental and physical health. Of course, this is in addition to keeping abreast all the evolving COVID-19 protocols for the campus and the Mid-Missouri community.

Here’s to an exciting and successful semester!

Be sure to reach out to us at CASE if you need us!

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.