Mentoring & Advising

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt


A. Activities | B. Honors & Recognition: Mentorships, Receptions, and Invitations.


A. Activities

8. National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Since 2000, I serve as the Founding Faculty Advisor of the MU Chapter of the NSCS. NSCS was established on the principle that with scholarship comes a responsibility to develop leadership and a duty to perform service.

7. Freshman Interest Groups. Since 1999, I have served as faculty co-facilitator; FS99 (Jeremy Young), in FS00 (Crystal Palmer), and in FS01 (John Uhlrich). In FS00, I presented a lecture "Standards and Assessments in College Teaching" and gave computer-assisted lectures on "Astronomy and Chemistry" and on "Chemistry is in the News."

6. Advising Activities. Every semester since 1996, I have been serving as advisor to 3 - 5 undergraduates that have not declared a major.

5. Judge at Student Competitions.
Unsung Heroes Committee, Student Union Programming Board of the Missouri Unions, 2002.
5th Annual Student Government Undergraduate Research Showcase, MU, Arts & Science Week, February 14, 2001.
Quiz Master Assistant, MU 2001 College Bowl, February 5, 2001.
4th Annual Student Government Undergraduate Research Showcase, MU, Arts & Science Week, February 23, 2000.
3rd Annual Student Government Undergraduate Research Showcase, MU, Arts & Science Week, February 17, 1999.
"Phys./Chem. Sciences," MU 12th Research & Creative Activities Forum, March 4, 1995.

4. Council for Undergraduate Education. In 1995, I joined the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) to stay informed about undergraduate affairs. Three CUR publications are particularly helpful in these matters and I have made these available to my advisees frequently. (1) CUR Notes from the National Office of the Council on Undergraduate Research, (2) Council of Undergraduate Research Quarterly, (3) Directory of Research in Chemistry at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions.

3. Science-By-Mail Mentoring. Served as Science-by-Mail Volunteer Scientist for the Boston Museum of Science, 1994-8. The Boston Museum of Science effort brings hands-on science education to children across the country and around the world.

2. German Stammtisch. In 1992-5, I participated at the "German Stammtisch," a weekly meeting of mostly undergraduate students from Germany and the US with an interest in student exchange between these two countries.

1. Mentor in Research Opportunity Programs. Since 1989, I have served as mentor for various programs that provide research opportunities to high school and undergraduate students. These programs include the McNair, Hughes, NSF-REU and LS-UROP programs. See section on "Teaching" for details.


B. Honors & Recognition

a. Honorary Mentorships

4. Mentor of Richard Nichols (magna cum laude) at Honors' Convocation 1999.
3. Mentor of Rhonda Walsh (summa cum laude) at Honors' Convocation 1998.
2. Mentor of Mitch Anthamatten (summa cum laude) at Honors' Convocation 1996.
1. Mentor of Jason Wilbur (summa cum laude) at Honors' Convocation 1995.


b. Honorary Receptions

5. Reception by the Program of Excellence in Teaching (PET) hosted by Chancellor Richard Wallace and Provost Brady Deaton for MU faculty and graduate instructors, who have received recognition for their excellence in teaching during 1999. February 4, 2000.

4. Residential Academic Programs Luncheon hosted by Chancellor Wallace, Provost Deaton, and Vice Chancellor Schroeder in celebration of efforts on behalf of our learning communities. September 27, 1999.

3. Tenth Annual Luncheon and Undergraduate Science Symposium. July 29, 1999.

2. Reception by the Program of Excellence in Teaching (PET) hosted by Chancellor Richard Wallace and Provost Brady Deaton for MU faculty and graduate instructors, who have received recognition for their excellence in teaching during 1998. February 5, 1999.

1. Reception by the Program of Excellence in Teaching (PET) at the Teaching Renewal Conference to honor MU instructional staff who have received recognition for teaching excellence during 1997. Thursday, March 12, 1998.


c. Appreciation Dinners

14. Zeta Tau Alpha Annual Faculty Appreciation Banquet. Invited by Krista Blackmore. April 23, 2003.
13. Kappa Kappa Gamma Annual Faculty Appreciation Banquet. Invited by Kellen Burkett. April 2, 2003.
12. Zeta Tau Alpha Annual Faculty Appreciation Banquet. Invited by Georgia Marsh. April 15, 2002.
11. Beta Theta Pi semi-annual Teacher Appreciation Dinner. Invited by David Britt. November 27, 2001.
10. Farmhouse Fraternity Student/Faculty Dinner. Invited by Preston Walker. March 22, 2001.
9. Delta Delta Delta Bi-Annual Professor Dinner. Invited by Elizabeth Hurt. March 14, 2001.
8. Delta Delta Delta Bi-Annual Professor Dinner. Invited by Courtney Zimmer. October 17, 2000.
7. Delta Gamma Scholarship Dinner. Invited by Vicki Lin and Bernadette Obmaces. March 1, 1999.
6. Beta Zeta Pi Faculty Appreciation Dinner. Invited by Richard Nichols and Michael Steele. May 7, 1997.
5. Kappa Kappa Gamma Faculty Dinner. Invited by Trisha Pelczynski, Rebecca Melichar and Catherine Williams. April 29, 1997.
4. Delta Delta Delta Faculty Appreciation Dinner. Invited by Kristen Deane, Laila Saffaf, Sommer White and Amy Sandler. April 23, 1997.
3. Delta Upsilon, Faculty Dinner. October 3, 1996.
2. Pi Beta Phi Sorority Faculty Appreciation Dinner. Invited by Carrie Grounds and Karla Schmid. April 1992.
1. Delta Chi Faculty Dinner. Invited by Tim Lacy. March 12, 1992.