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HDFS features in the newest issue of Vanguard include Dr. Coleman's retirement and the celebration of her groundbreaking research in re-marriage and stepfamilies and Dr. Carlo's work on finding the good samaritan gene. Read more »
As Director of Graduate Studies in HDFS for 18 years, and as Department Chair for 18 years, Dr. Marilyn Coleman has mentored hundreds of students. During the National Council on Family Relations annual conference held November 2013, Dr. Coleman received the Felix Berardo Mentoring Award, which is given to an NCFR member whose work has been noted for excellence in mentoring one or more junior colleagues.
In addition to the honor of receiving the award, a monetary gift was presented. Typical of Dr. Coleman's generosity, she is donating her cash award to the Marilyn Coleman Alumni Graduate Scholarship in HDFS and has offered to match all contributions up to $5,000. We invite you to rise to this challenge and honor Dr. Coleman by contributing to the alumni graduate scholarship.
Dr. Ruth Tofle of the Department of Architectural Studies at Mizzou sent this:
“My two adult children, alumni of Red Door, came up with a big surprise birthday present for me today. I'm still not sure how it was arranged.... I just had the entire Red Door class visit me in my office giving me a giant card and singing to me!!!! They all wanted to tell me their name and show me where they signed the giant orange card. Then, we had a big, messy, giggling, group hug. One little boy kept yelling, "that spells LOVE!" And, a father who works in Publications was the official photographer. He said he will put it up on Facebook. This certainly took me by surprise and brought lots of smiles!”
A Belated Happy Birthday Dr. Tofle!
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Psychological Perspectives on Contemporary Social Issues
On April 6th the University of Missouri Graduate School hosted the 7th annual Mizzou Adventures in Education event. Children from the community explored booths hosted by thirty different graduate departments. HDFS students, Emily Bradley, Brittany Krauth, Melissa Eckhoff, Julie Anders, Katie Foley and Brittany Ellisor hosted a booth giving children a glimpse at what Child Life Specialists do in the hospital. At the booth, children practiced breathing techniques in order to score a goal in cotton ball soccer. The children also enjoyed playing with mock CT and MRI scanners, learning about what the machines do and what they may experience if they ever get a scan. Parents were provided information about the HDFS Child Life academic program, Child Life Services at MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital, as well as strategies to help their children cope through medical experiences such as immunizations.
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Dr. Marilyn Coleman, Curators' Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at HDFS, plans to retire at the end of the semester. In her 43 years as an MU faculty member, she has built an international reputation as a scholar and played a central role in making HDFS the well-respected department that it is today. Dr. Coleman is the College of Human Environmental Sciences first Curators’ Professor. She was HDFS department chair for 17 years and Director of Graduate Studies in HDFS for about that same amount of time. Dr. Coleman was only the second woman to become the editor of the leading journal in family studies, the Journal of Marriage and Family. Over her career she has coauthored 8 books and almost 200 journal articles and book chapters. The MU Alumni Association has recognized her with an Alumni Faculty Award, and she has received awards from Kansas State University and the Stepfamily Association of America for her career accomplishments. Dr. Coleman is a Fellow in the National Council on Family Relations.
Dr. Coleman will work part-time in HDFS for a while, advising her doctoral students until they have completed their dissertations and continuing to conduct research on post-divorce families and stepfamilies. She will not be teaching courses or providing service after the end of this semester.
Drs. Marilyn Coleman and Larry Ganong pose with students from Remarriage and Stepfamily class, Coleman's last college course.