Missouri graduate student profiles 2011



Hieu K. Nguyen

Columbia College

Hieu K. Nguyen is a student in the MBA program, taking classes online but affiliated with the College's Patrick Air Force Base (FL) location. He was born in Saigon, South Vietnam, and came to the U.S. when he was four. He served 20 years in the USAF, living in several states. Upon finishing a successful military career, Hieu faced a bad US economy and one of the toughest job markets in recent history. His set a new goal: to acquire an advanced degree that could lead to opportunities despite hard economic times. Because of his high personal expectations and persistence, Hieu was attracted to the excellent quality of Columbia College's online services. Hieu will graduate in May 2011; he maintains a 4.0 GPA and was the 2011 winner of the College's Festival of Writing (graduate division.)



Hieu K. Nguyen

Zsofia Toth

Missouri State University

Zsofia Toth will graduate in May 2011 with her M.S. in plant science. She is attending Missouri State University (MSU) through a collaborative agreement that allows completion of a master’s degree at MSU while simultaneously completing a doctorate at Szent István University in her native Hungary. Her research on developing disease resistance in grapes is relevant to the activities of the Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station in Mountain Grove.



Zsofia Toth

Jody Wynn

Missouri Western State University

Jody Wynn enrolled at Missouri Western State University after she become unemployed. Concurrent with her graduate studies, she completed an internship and now works full time as a usability testing consultant with Hallmark. Her other accomplishments include two manuscripts in-press and first-place team honors at an international student design competition at CHI 2011. Jody will graduate in May 2011



Jody Wynn

Tatiane Bortoleto Peregrina

Park University

My experience at Park University as a MBA Graduate Student is being rewarding. Park University has a welcoming environment, easy accessibility of information, and supportive staff and faculty that made my insertion into the university very effortlessly. Furthermore, the professors and students that we relate with at Park University have all sorts of cultures and background that expanded and improved my knowledge in all dimensions. Moreover, the expertise of the professors shared in class makes me think more critically, apply more skilled techniques, and develop an entrepreneurial and leader behavior. In addition, the format and delivery of courses, all the university activities and facilities make me believe that park University has all the factors to develop my potentialities.



Tatiane Bortoleto Peregrina

Alison Cullinan

Rockhurst University

Alison Cullinan is a master’s student at Rockhurst University. She is pursuing her degree in Occupational Therapy. Alison looks forward to graduation in May 2011, after which she will begin her career of helping individuals fully engage in daily occupations and live life to the fullest.

Alison Cullinan

Patrick Silvey

Truman State University

Mr. Patrick Silvey received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools in 2011, the inaugural year for this award. As both a teacher in composition and literature classes, Mr. Silvey has come to rank among the best teacher in his department. Mr. Silvey is a student in the MA in English program, and has been described by one of his mentors as “a young teacher-scholar of exceptional ability… shows considerable intellectual curiosity, discipline and professional promise.” His thesis research focuses on Post-Holocaust Jewish American Literature.

Patrick Silvey

Anthony James

University of Missouri-Columbia

Anthony James is pursuing a doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a master’s degree in Religious Studies. Prior to college, James investigated reports of child abuse and neglect, lighting a personal passion to help vulnerable families. James serves as president of the Association of Black Graduate and Professional Students; is a member of Mizzou's Student Veterans Association and the Black Studies Executive Committee; and serves on a student leader group that is shaping a more inclusive campus environment. He will graduate in May 2012.



Anthony James

Erin L. McAlpin

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Erin dreams to contribute to fostering positive growing relationships between families and adoptive children with the help of music therapy. Noting a lack of research and materials emphasizing music therapy for adoptive families, Erin chose to return to College in hopes of developing music-based methods to support families participating in international adoptions. Her planned program of study at UMKC has been designed with an emphasis in music therapy and understanding the human psychology of parent and child within the adoption process and their growing relationship despite the communication barriers. Erin currently holds a bachelor’s in music from UMKC (2008).



Erin L. McAlpin