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. General Mentoring Activities | B. Specific Mentoring Activities | C. Advising Activities | D. Science by Mail | E. Honors & Recognition: Mentorships, Receptions, and Invitations.


A. General Mentoring Activities

5. National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Since 2000, I serve as the Founding Faculty Advisor of the University of Missouri 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.

4. Freshman Interest Groups. Since 1999, I have served as faculty co-facilitator for Freshman Interest Groups; in FS99 (Jeremy Young), in FS00 (Crystal Palmer), and in FS01 (John Uhlrich0). In FS00, I presented a lecture "Standards and Assessments in College Teaching" and gave a computer-assisted lecture on "Astronomy and Chemistry" and on "Chemistry is in the News."

3. 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.

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. Specific Mentoring Activities

6. Judge, 5th Annual Undergraduate Research Showcase, Arts & Science Week 2001, University of Missouri-Columbia, February 14, 2001.

5. Quiz Master Assistant, 2001 College Bowl, University of Missouri-Columbia, February 5, 2001.

4. Judge, 3rd Annual Undergraduate Research Showcase, Arts & Science Week 1999, University of Missouri-Columbia, February 17, 1999.

3. Judge, "Physical/Chemical Sciences," 12th Annual Research & Creative Activities Forum, March 4, 1995, University of Missouri-Columbia.

2. Participated in the writing, mis-en-scene, and performance of the play "Germans" by Nathalie Pham which was presented at the "International Night" on March 25, 1995, in Jesse Auditorium.


C. Advising Activities

Since 1996, I have been serving as advisor to three - five undergraduates that have not declared a major.


D. Science-By-Mail Mentoring

Served as Science-by-Mail Volunteer Scientist for the Boston Museum of Science. The Boston Museum of Science effort brings hands-on science education to children across the country and around the world. I found volunteering for S-B-M a worthwhile, rewarding, and "do-able" committment. My pen-pal relations have been very friendly through direct contact between the students and myself. Communications used to be by mail and telephone but, more recently, much of the communications are directly by e-mail.

4. Mentor Activities 1997-98
Victoria Brown, Greenwood, MO 64034-8467, (home)

3. Mentor Activities 1996-97
Victoria Brown, Greenwood, MO 64034-8467, (home)
Center Middle School, Kansas City, MO 64114, (school)
Raphael Romero, St. Charles, Illinois 60174, (family)
Nancy Chipase, Grandview, MO 64030, (home, Dana, Sarah, Joshua, & Colin)
Cheryl Lawrence, Rozel, Kansas 67574, (home, Justin, Stefanie, & Amanda)

2. Mentor Activities 1995-96
Pam Page, Irving Elementary School, 311 Gabby St. Blvd. Joplin, MO 64804-1913 (1 class)
Pam Page, North Accelerated Middle School, 102 Gray, Joplin, MO 64801 (2 classes)
Since the summer of 1996, Pam Page is with the enrichment program at South Middle School of the Joplin School System.

1. Mentor Activities 1994-95
Aprille Hogg, Betty Plasencia Magnet, 2467 Hidalgo Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039
Jacob Lederer, 753 Elm Grove Ave., Providence, RI 02906-4921
Judy, Matthew & Allison Magee, 18925 Trillium Drive, West Linn, OR 97068
Marcia Baumfeld, La Merced Intermediate, 215 E. Avenida La Merced, Montebello, CA 90640
Wanda Stewart, St. Vincent, 30527 8th Ave. S., Federal Way, WA 98003 (1 class)


D. Honors & Recognition

a. Honorary Mentorships

4. Mentor of Richard Nichols (magna cum laude, biol. sciences & dept. honors) 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, teaching assistants and graduate instructors, who have received recognition for their excellence in teaching during 1999. Friday, 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. Reynolds Alumni Center, Columns Room 208, September 27th, 1999.

3. Tenth Annual Luncheon and Undergraduate Science Symposium. The Donald W. Reynolds Alumni Center, 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, teaching assistants and graduate instructors, who have received recognition for their excellence in teaching during 1998. Friday, 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

10. Student/Faculty Dinner, Preston Walker. FarmHouse Fraternity, 507 Kentucky Blvd., Thursday, March 22, 2001.

9. Delta Delta Delta Bi-Annual Professor Dinner, Invited by Elizabeth Hurt. Delta Delta Delta House, 901 Richmond Ave., Wednesday, March 14, 2001.

8. Delta Delta Delta Bi-Annual Professor Dinner, Invited by Courtney Zimmer. Delta Delta Delta House, 901 Richmond Ave., Tuesday, October 17, 2000.

7. Delta Gamma Scholarship Dinner, invited by Vicki Lin and Bernadette Obmaces. The Delta Gamma House, 900 S. Providence, Monday, March 1, 1999.

6. Beta Zeta Pi Faculty Appreciation Dinner, invited by Richard Nichols. Hosted by Richard Nichols and Michael Steele. Zeta Phi Chapter, 520 College Avenue, Wednesday, May 7, 1997.

5. Kappa Kappa Gamma Faculty Dinner, Invited by Trisha Pelczynski. Hosted by Trisha Pelczynski, Rebecca Melichar and Catherine Williams. Kappa Kappa Gamma House, Tuesday, April 29, 1997.

4. Delta Delta Delta Faculty Appreciation Dinner, Invited by Kristen Deane. Hosted by Laila Saffaf, Sommer White and Amy Sandler. Delta Delta Delta House, 901 Richmond Ave., Wednesday, April 23, 1997.

3. Delta Upsilon, Missouri Chapter, University of Missouri. Faculty Dinner, Thursday, 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.