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An Evening Under the Stars

Celebrate the MU Children's Learning Garden at the MU Child Development Lab's Evening Under the Stars - Garden Harvest Celebration. CDL Parents and Friends of the Garden, please join us for an evening of burgers, beer, garden inspired side dishes and great company under the stars on Saturday, October 17th from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. (Adults only. Childcare will be provided starting at 5:30pm). Donations are appreciated to support garden activities during the school year. Specifically, your gift will fund needed seeds, soil and gardening tools. Please make checks payable to the University of Missouri.

RSVP to Michelle Mathews at Please include number of adult guests & number of children needing child care. In the event of rain, the celebration will be canceled.

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Graduate Student Receives Fellowship

May 17, 2015

Zehra GulsevenDoctoral student, Zehra Gulseven, received an International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD) Mentored Fellowship from the Jacobs Foundation. The ISSBD fellowship is designed to support young scholars who are enrolled in a PhD program. This is a very competitive and distinguished international award in psychology, educational sciences, and related fields. Zehra will be mentored by a local scholar (Dr. Carlo) and an international scholar (Dr. Asiye Kumru, Ozyegen University, Turkey). The fellowship includes a monthly stipend for two years (with a possible third year extension) and travel support to conferences and training workshops. Congratulations, Zehra!

Child Life Month

Posted: Mar. 17, 2015

Happy Child Life Month! Please enjoy the video below, produced by the Child Life Council. The video tells the story of a regional hospital adopting child life services and highlights the impact of those services, particularly the utilization of play, on patients, families and medical team members.

Top Faculty Achievers Honored

Posted: Mar. 16, 2015

Three HDFS faculty members were honored at a reception on March 3, 2015 for MU Top Faculty Achievers, hosted by Chancellor Bowen Loftin. Millsap Professor of Diversity in HDFS, Gustavo Carlo, was honored for being elected to Fellow status in both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society in 2014. Congratulations to Drs. Carlo, Killoren, and Landor! We are proud of you!

Here is a picture from the reception of Chancellor Loftin, Nicole Campione-Barr of Psychological Sciences, and our own Sarah Killoren, Antoinette Landor, and Gus Carlo.

Chancellor Loftin with honored HDFS faculty

Victoria Yu - 2015 Recipient of Mizzou '39

Victoria YuPosted: Feb. 27, 2015

Congratulations to Victoria Yu, HDFS Senior, for being named as one of the Mizzou '39! Victoria is the Chief Diversity Officer for the Missouri Students Association, Treasurer of Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society, President of the Asian American Association, Chairwoman of the Midwest Asian American Students Union, and HES Ambassador.

CDL Block Party

Posted: Feb. 5, 2015

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Child Development Lab's Green Door classroom now has a new set of blocks and a cart for storage! When children build with blocks, they are engaged in carrying out a plan, taking risks, solving problems and learning to cooperate with their peers. In addition, block play supports language development and fosters scientific and mathematical exploration. These blocks will facilitate valuable learning experiences for children today and for years to come.

New Online Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education

Posted: Dec. 8, 2014

We are now offering a new online bachelor of science degree in early childhood education (BS HES).This online program prepares students to work in the field of early childhood education. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be qualified to work in various early education and care settings serving children from birth through eight years in a wide variety of community and military settings, including early education centers and preschools, family and home care settings, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, and before/after school programs, to name a few.

Read press release    Learn about the program

National Council on Family Relations Conference

Posted: Dec. 5, 2014

HDFS had so many students, faculty, and alumni presenting at the NCFR conference in Baltimore, that it was too easy to lose track of all of our activities. The pictures below were taken at the Relationships After Marriage Session. "Stepgrandparents' Relationships with Stepgrandchildren" was presented by Dr. Ganong, Ashton Chapman, Luke Russell, Youngjin Kang, Caroline Sanner and Dr. Coleman.

students at NCFR conference
Andrea Roach, Sarah Mitchell, Ashley Ermer, and Caroline Sanner

NCFR conference
Relationships After Marriage Session

presenters at NCFR conference
Relationships After Marriage Session

attendess at NCFR conference
Relationships After Marriage Session

New Undergraduate Degree Program

Posted: Nov. 13, 2014

We are part of the new Great Plains IDEA BS degree, Early Childhood Education in a Mobile Society. The group had a booth at the National Association for the Education for Young Children annual conference last week. Can you spot the best looking t-shirt in the picture (hint: it is black and gold)?

booth at NAEYC conference

Graduate Students' First Publication

Posted: Nov. 13, 2014

This is what is looks like when you see your name in print for the first time. Luis Diego Conejo and Sarah Pierotti check their entries out in "The Social History of the American Family: An Encyclopedia," which was edited by Curators’ Professor Emerita Marilyn Coleman and Professor Larry Ganong.

Luis Diego Conejo and Sarah Pierotti

Yakov Smirnoff’s Visits Dr. Jacqui Benson’s Intimate Relationships and Marriage Class

Posted: Nov. 13, 2014

Yakov Smirnoff, comedian and owner of a Branson Theatre, spoke to Dr. Jacqui Benson’s Intimate Relationships and Marriage class on the role of laughter in romantic relationships. He was filmed by a cameraman who was recording the experience as part of a pilot project Mr. Smirnoff is presenting to Hollywood producers for a television sitcom about a college professor. Yakov has been consulting for this pilot for several months with Dr. Chris Proulx, who met with him on his day-long visit to Mizzou.

Yakov Smirnoff presenting to class

Mr. Smirnoff lectures about laughter and intimate relationships

Dr. Benson and Mr. Yakov

Dr. Benson and Mr. Smirnoff

Dr. Proulx assisting tech crew

Dr. Chris Proulx, briefly serving as part of the tech crew for Mr. Smirnoff’s cameraman.

Marilyn Coleman Alumni Graduate Scholarship

Posted: Mar. 24, 2014

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.

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