Category: University of Missouri – St. Louis

UMSL volunteers make their mark around the region on MLK Day of Service

Senior psychology major Demarcos Biggs paints a door frame at Signal Hill United Methodist Church in Belleville, Illinois, Monday morning during UMSL’s 12th annual MLK Day of Service. (Photos by August Jennewein) Demarcos Biggs pulled down the white dusk mask over his mouth as he lifted the mini roller out of the paint pan lying

‘Planting seeds:’ three honored with scholarships at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Epsilon Lambda Chapter past-President Charles Piller presented UMSL students (from left) Anthony Taylor, Kathryn Dorsey and Berneshia Jamison with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship during Monday’s holiday observance ceremony. (Photos by Jessica Rogen) Almost every seat was filled in the Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing

Chemistry and biochemistry professor recognized for strength of teaching, research

The National Society of Leadership and Success recognized Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry George Gokel for the quality of his teaching at the end of last year. (Photo by August Jennewein) When George Gokel opened the email informing him that he’d won a teaching award from the National Society of Leadership and Success, the

Eye on UMSL: Step in the right direction

Meg Naes (seated), a business tech analyst with Information Technology Services at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, offers a student directions at an information table in the Social Sciences & Business Building during the first day of the spring semester. This photograph was taken by UMSL photographer August Jennewein and is the latest to be

December graduate Curlinda Blacksheep cultivates cultural connections as park ranger

Curlinda Mitchell Blacksheep (center in tam and gown) traveled from Arizona to St. Louis with her family to attend fall commencement. Blacksheep graduated with an EdD, which will support her heritage leadership work at Navajo National Monument. (Photos courtesy of Curlinda Mitchell Blacksheep) Curlinda Mitchell Blacksheep drove approximately 1,200 miles from Arizona to attend the

UMSL Tritons weekly rewind

Junior guard Shane Wissink dropped in 16 points Monday as the 18th-ranked Tritons routed Lindenwood 103-80 on the road while shooting a season-best 65 percent from the field. Men’s Basketball No. 18 UMSL had its 13-game win streak snapped last Thursday in a 65-60 loss at No. 1 Bellarmine, but the Tritons bounced back by

‘WAR-TOYS,’ ‘Unnatural States’ coming to Gallery 210 in the spring semester

Brian McCarty’s “Sderot House” is one of the works that will be on display beginning Saturday in the new exhibition, “WAR-TOYS: Israel, West Bank and Gaza Strip,” at Gallery 210. (Image courtesy of Brian McCarty) Children often share their experiences and emotions through indirect methods of communication, such as art and play. As a result,

Beth Huebner part of UM System team awarded $200,000 grant to support corrections research

Criminology and Criminal Justice Professor Beth Huebner is joining with researchers from the University of Missouri–Columbia and University of Missouri–Kansas City to research a prison reform model in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Corrections as part of the Urban Institute’s Prison Research and Innovation Network. (Photo by August Jennewein) Beth Huebner, a professor of

US News & World Report recognizes UMSL among best online bachelor’s programs

U.S. News & World Reports ranked UMSL in a tie for No. 52 nationally on its 2020 list of “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs,” published on Tuesday. (Photo by August Jennewein) The University of Missouri–St. Louis maintained its place among the best online bachelor’s programs in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s annual list, unveiled

Eye on UMSL: Frozen in time

The Millennium Student Center ponds lie covered in a blanket of snow with the J.C. Penney Building and Conference Center in the distance. But there are clues in the frame that reveal the photo wasn’t taken after Saturday night’s dusting. Rather, the image dates to January 2010, five years before the parking lot (at left)

Tahj Gayfield prioritizes connections with students and campus leadership

While completing a bachelor’s degree in computer science, Tahj Gayfield served as an UMSL ambassador and was active in Cru. Now a graduate, he will begin pursuing a master’s at UMSL while working in Bayer’s crop science division. (Photo by August Jennewein) Between classes, Tahj Gayfield might be found enjoying an event hosted by the

UMSL Tritons weekly rewind

Jose Grubbs and the 23rd-ranked men’s basketball team won at Drury last Thursday night, snapping a 12-game losing streak against the Panthers. The Tritons followed that up with a win at Southwest Baptist to improve to 14-1, including 5-0 in GLVC play. Men’s Basketball No. 23 UMSL kept its Great Lakes Valley Conference mark unblemished

University Marketing and Communications honored with multiple awards

A sample of the UMSL Marketing and Communications team’s award-winning work (clockwise from top left): An illustrated campus map, which received a silver award; a video titled “We Transform Lives – Alumni Success,” which received a bronze award; a fall 2018 UMSL Magazine editorial design, which received a bronze award; and the fall 2018 UMSL

Political passion drives Julia Spoerry to serve the underserved

Julia Spoerry is working toward her MPPA at UMSL while she serves the residents of Florissant as the city’s community development specialist. She has also taken part in professional development opportunities such as the Partners in Governance Conference, the Future of My City Project and Coro Women in Leadership Fellowship. (Photo by August Jennewein) Julia Spoerry

Education grad heals trauma through music and nature

Educational studies major Kelcee Burton rekindled her love for music at UMSL while being involved on and off campus. During her time as a student, she served as a leader in the BES Club, mentored high school students at the Wyman Center and participated in a unique micro-internship program at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. (photos courtesy

Media Coverage: December 2019

The University of Missouri–St. Louis makes a significant impact on the St. Louis area. Stories about the university, its scholars and their expertise are often covered by local and national news media. Media Coverage highlights some of the top stories but does not serve as a comprehensive listing. Notice a clip we missed? Email us at

MIMH fosters innovative approaches to meet large health care challenges

Professor Robert Paul (center) serves as the director of the Missouri Institute of Mental Health and leads a team of researchers using advanced neuroimaging and high-powered computational algorithms to get a better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease. Working with Paul are (from left) Andrew Belden, Lucette Cysique, Paola Garcia-Egan, Rebecca Preston-Campbell, Christina N. White and Jacob

Taylor Milon writes her story in service, leadership, connections

Communication major Taylor Milon’s time at UMSL was marked by her passion for service and campus involvement. She graduated in December as after having been a a fitness attendant, Associated Black Collegians secretary, Millennium Student Center senior student program manager, UMSL Ambassador, writer and photographer for The Current and more. (Photo by August Jennewein) Taylor

Cheers to 2019: A look back at the year that was in UMSL Daily

The past year has been one of transition at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, with no bigger change than in campus leadership with Tom George retiring after 16 years as chancellor. But the transformational mission of the university has continued, now under the leadership of Interim Chancellor and Provost Kristin Sobolik. That mission is reflected

December graduate Madsy Richards tackles academics, internships and volleyball

Madsy Richards celebrates her Dec. 14 graduation with a BSBA in supply chain management at St. Louis’ most famous landmark, the Gateway Arch. (Photos provided by Madsy Richards) Growing up, Madsy Richards’ favorite presents were brainteasers and puzzle toys. Once she unwrapped a gift, she’d spend days testing possible solutions then trying something new if

College of Optometry brings Christmas to south city charter school

College of Optometry Director of Student and Alumni Services Nick Palisch and student Joshua Carli brought some early holiday cheer to the third and fourth grade classes at Carondelet Leadership Academy last Friday. (Photos by August Jennewein) A collective gasp rang through the Carondelet Leadership Academy gymnasium last Friday when third-grade teacher Lauren Waltz announced

Ekin Pellegrini represents UMSL DBA program on Executive DBA Council board

A group of UMSL DBA students attended the 2019 EDBAC Engaged Management Scholarship Conference in Belgium. Ekin Pellegrini (standing, sixth from left) serves as treasurer on the EDBAC board. (Photo courtesy of the Doctor of Business Administration program) Most days, the U.S. Bank Executive Education Room in Anheuser-Busch Hall is quiet, the large screen and

UMSL a winner in Annual Giving Network Challenge

The Annual Giving Network named UMSL one of 10 winners in its 2019 Challenge for its outreach efforts to support the Finish Your Degree Scholarship Program. Donors who contributed received a copy of an August Ladue News with a story about the scholarship program along with a signed thank you card. (Photo courtesy of UMSL Annual

Curators Distinguished Professor Rebecca Rogers untangles literacy and power

Curators Distinguished Professor Rebecca Rogers began her trajectory toward education as a literacy volunteer in high school. (Photo by August Jennewein) Rebecca Rogers’ career in literacy education started well before she joined the University of Missouri–St. Louis College of Education faculty in 2006. It even predated her PhD in literacy in the Department of Reading

Real-world experiences prepare Joel Sjerven for social work success

Joel Sjerven graduated with a master’s degree in social work from UMSL after spending time away from St. Louis, teaching English in Mexico and working at an alternative school and a homeless shelter in the Pacific Northwest. (Photo by August Jennewein) Joel Sjerven seemed destined to be a social worker whether he realized it or

Eye on UMSL: Open skies, clear grounds

Workers from Facilities Management tackled 6 inches of snow and ice to clear sidewalks and roads at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. The deluge of fine powder from the two-day storm system caused the university to close Monday out of concern for the safety of staff, faculty and students. This photograph was taken by UMSL