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SUCCEED program keeps students socially engaged with diverse online activities

One of the key aspects of UMSL’s SUCCEED program is immersing students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in campus life. They learn important skills while living, studying and working among degree-seeking students. (Photo by August Jennewein) Jonathan Lidgus, director of the University of Missouri–St. Louis’ SUCCEED program, wasn’t sure what was going to happen when

Media Coverage: May 2020

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

Eye on UMSL: Spring beauty

Flowers stood in full bloom last week outside the J.C. Penney Conference Center at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Some members of the university community will be experiencing the beauty on campus this week as UMSL begins the first phase of repopulation plans. This photograph was taken by UMSL photographer August Jennewein and is the latest

Anne Winkler talks to WalletHub about unemployment crisis caused by COVID-19

Anne Winkler spoke to personal finance website WalletHub about the unemployment crisis brought on by COVID-19. (Photo by August Jennewein) The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the United States economy and left more than 40 million Americans temporarily or permanently unemployed since March 16, bringing the unemployment rate to the highest levels seen since

Natural Bridge managing editor builds virtual community through online reading series

UMSL MFA student Molly Harris leads the production of the university’s literary journal, Natural Bridge. She organized a virtual reading series featuring contributors from this year’s issues that’s taking place over the following weeks. (Photo by August Jennewein) Molly Harris refused to name her favorite piece of writing in the latest issue of Natural Bridge

Coronavirus roundup: Public health messaging, the effect on business, waiving online fees and more

Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences Matthew Taylor and Associate Teaching Professor of Sociology Larry Irons head up a new working group that strives to examine the cultural effectiveness and reception of public health messaging about COVID-19 in under-resourced St. Louis neighborhoods. (Photos courtesy of Larry Irons and by August Jennewein). People at the University of

Eye on UMSL: Flying solo

A lone Canada goose flew over the Millennium Student Center ponds earlier this month on an otherwise quiet campus at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. This photograph was taken by UMSL photographer August Jennewein and is the latest to be featured in Eye on UMSL. Original Source

Eighth annual Midwest Digital Marketing Conference goes virtual, focuses on authenticity in branding

The 2020 Midwest Digital Marketing Conference attracted more than 2,500 participants around the world and featured speakers from prominent companies such as Google, Twitter and LinkedIn. More than 2,500 professionals in living rooms and home offices across the world logged into live sessions of the Midwest Digital Marketing Conference’s virtual summit on Wednesday and Thursday

Jane Lakayil hopes to use optometry degree to do work that matters

College of Optometry graduate Jane Lakayil will start an ocular disease residency program at the VA Illiana Health Care System after graduating this semester. (Photo courtesy of Jane Lakayil) Last weekend, Jane Lakayil metaphorically crossed a finish line that was 13 years in the making. That’s when the University of Missouri–St. Louis student graduated from

Big dreams from the latest cohort of the Entrepreneur Quest Student Accelerator Pitch Competition

UMSL students (from left) Emily Delgado, Emily Haas and Brian Trull garnered valuable entrepreneurship skills during this year’s UMSL Accelerate Entrepreneur Quest Student Accelerator Pitch Competition. (Photos by August Jennewein and Emily Haas) What’s for dinner? In shock, speechless and pinching herself. That’s how Emily Haas describes her reaction to taking the top spot at

Digging for truth: Anne Austin uncovers tattoos and more in Egypt

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Anne Austin discovery of tattoos on a mummy at the site Deir el-Medina and unlocked new understandings about the role of body art on women in ancient Egypt. (Photo by August Jennewein) Anne Austin was holding an iPad rigged with an infrared camera over a mummified torso. It was a long

A $1.4 million award helps plant researcher Kevin L. Cox Jr. help the world

Alumnus Kevin L. Cox Jr. was one of 15 scientists awarded a 2019 Hanna H. Gray Fellowship, which comes with a $1.4 million award to support postdoctoral and faculty research. (Photo courtesy of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center) Please see attachment. That was all the email said. “Just like last year,” University of Missouri–

Confronting coronavirus through art

Associate Professor Jennifer McKnight hosted a Zoom image-making class on March 24 to boost morale during social distancing. Professor Jeff Sippel guided his students through innovative ways to continue their printmaking classes from home working without a press. Junior Ari Craig (prints below) created interesting textures through objects glued to foam boards using what supplies

IN UNISON Scholars program helps students find their way in the world of music

UMSL alumna Michelle Byrd (at left) serves as the coordinator of the IN UNISON Scholars program, a strategic initiative of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra that provides up to six scholarships for African American UMSL students studying in a music-related field. Cellist and aspiring conductor David Brown (center) and vocalist Alayna Epps, who is pursuing

Assistant Professor of Social Work Erica Koegler brings light to sex and labor trafficking in the Midwest

Assistant Professor of Social Work Erica Koegler researches sex and labor trafficking in the midwest. (Photo by August Jennewein) What role do social workers or social service agencies play in identifying victims and traffickers? They are predominantly the ones who are identifying and referring victims to trafficking-specific services more so than community members. They see

SUCCEED student Tyler Haynes makes a home at UMSL

Tyler Haynes represented the SUCCEED program at the annual TASH conference along with his mother, Tonya Haynes, faculty in the College of Nursing. (Photo by August Jennewein) By Timothy Wombles Tyler Haynes found his groove during opening night of the University of Missouri–St. Louis’s intramural basketball leagues. He let loose a long 3-pointer, so high

Infographic: Social mobility at UMSL

This infographic was created by Marty Baragiola and originally published in the spring 2020 issue of UMSL Magazine as a companion to “Doing better than your parents: Access and student success drive social mobility at UMSL.” If you have a story idea for UMSL Magazine, email Original Source

Gyanpriya Maharaj studies Guyana‘s biodiversity, ecology and butterflies

After finishing her biology doctorate at UMSL, Gyanpriya Maharaj returned home as a faculty member and director of the Centre for the Study of Biological Diversity at the University of Guyana. (Photo courtesy of Gyanpriya Maharaj) When Gyanpriya Maharaj spies multicolored butterfly wings flitting atop a flower, it’s more than an Instagram opportunity for her. It’s

UMSL master’s program in early education ranked in top 25 nationally by College Consensus

College Consensus rated UMSL’s graduate program in elementary education 22nd in the nation on its 2020 list of “Best Online Master’s Early Childhood Education.” The website praised the program’s flexible online classes and diverse curriculum. (Photo by August Jennewein) The University of Missouri–St. Louis has again been recognized for its combination of affordability, accessibility and well-rounded

Four May graduates from Department of English heading to PhD programs

After graduating with her MFA degree, Serenity Dougherty will pursue her PhD at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln beginning this fall. Her research will look at writing, identity and comedy with a focus on the #MeToo movement. (Photo by August Jennewein) Getting accepted into a PhD program is tough. Applicants must have high grades and test

Eye on UMSL: Dream it, do it

As a last act of his internship with UMSL Athletics, Grant Beckmann was at the University of Missouri–St. Louis shooting b-roll of the campus’ outdoor sites for a promotional tour video earlier this month. Beckmann, who graduated with his BSBA, minors in digital and social media marketing and music, and a Pierre Laclede Honors College