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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.
Congratulations to Nora Hager, Child Life Program Coordinator in HDFS and the fantastic clinical Child Life Staff at MU Women's and Children's Hospital who hosted the 17th Annual Midwest Child Life Conference on November 3rd and 4th here at Mizzou. Clinical staff, faculty, and students came from at least 8 different Midwestern states to share projects, research, and best practices related to meeting the needs of children and families in pediatric settings. The conference was terrific! Thanks to all of the HDFS undergraduate and graduate Child Life students who helped make the event a huge success.
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View photos from the CDL Red Door Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held on Oct. 18th in Stanley Hall.
HDFS is now offering a new online certificate in Geriatric Care Management for Spring 2013. Learn more about this certificate.
HDFS is now offering a new online MA degree in Family and Community Services for Spring 2013. Learn more about this degree.
Senior Jessica Hulen and recent graduate, Jeneé Duncan, were featured on the Mizzou Wire website in an article entitled, "Summertime Scholars." The article focuses on their work this summer with the Fun City Youth Academy. Read full article