Standing Ovation Awards

The Standing Ovation Award recognizes an MSA faculty member or RA who exemplifies the highest ideals of the Missouri Scholars Academy.


As one of her nominators wrote, “Dani had a huge impact on scholars. Not only did the scholars love class content, but her afternoon programs were lasting topics of conversation. She was very present at evening programs, dances, and helped several scholars through personal challenges throughout the academy. These examples speak to Dani’s dedication to MSA and I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the Standing Ovation award.”
This year, 2019, we are delighted to present the Standing Ovation award to faculty member Dani Eschweiler.

Dani has a long history with MSA. She was first a scholar in 2011. Her major was To Infinity and Beyond, where she left a lasting impression on her teacher, Frank Corely:  “Some scholars in that class were minor players, but then again, with Dani in there, so was I.” She left such an impression, in fact, that Frank encouraged her to apply as an RA for the 2018 academy, and we were glad she listened! Dani was paired with Doug Valentine for the Personal and Social Dynamics seminar that summer. “Dani,” he remarked, “brought life to our conversations, supported me as a co-teacher, cared deeply for our scholars, and encouraged us to build community, practice courage, and take it home into Week 4.” 2018 alum Audrey Snodgrass wrote, “Dani brought lots of sarcasm and humor to PSD without making anyone feel judged or uncomfortable. Even though she wore everything black most of the time, she brought a lot of warmth and sincerity to very serious conversations.” Dani’s natural ability in the classroom made it an absolute no-brainer when she asked if she should apply for a faculty position the following year.

This past summer, Dani taught a minor class titled The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the World Weird Web, or as the scholars lovingly called it, “that meme class.” Through her thoughtful use of literary theory, critical race theory, feminism, queer theory, and other analytic lenses, Dani exposed her scholars to advanced debates in the worlds of the social sciences and humanities by making those discussions immediately relevant and accessible. Anyone who thinks her class was only about memes wasn’t paying attention. One of her scholars Harbor Wolff said it best: “There are a few special people you meet in life who completely change you and open you up to new ideas and new perspectives. Dani is one such person. She helped me to understand society from a whole new point of view. She has the aura of a great leader but is never arrogant or entitled.  She walks the line perfectly between being a teacher/mentor and being a friend. She can maintain a serious classroom environment while still allowing dry and crass humor to flourish beautifully (as it should!). I am glad to have known such a monumental person, and I am glad to have been changed as a person by her.”  In addition to her minor, Dani offered numerous afternoon programs, including talks on the Salem Witch Trials, the beauty industry and its corrosive effects on women, and a sociological analysis of the US education system. You only needed to see the size of the crowds at these programs to know scholars were picking up the truth that Dani was dropping. More than a few times, scholars approached MSA staff to ask, “do you know if Dani is going to give any more talks?” It was great to watch Dani grow as a faculty member over the course of the Academy. The time and effort she put into her minor class and afternoon programs, much of which went unseen, encouraged at least one faculty member “to be a better and more thoughtful teacher,” Doug Valentine admitted. “I can’t wait to see what she does with a major in 2020.”

Dani’s other colleagues also saw the impact of having her at the academy. Faculty member Jenn Fisher explained, “Dani is unapologetically herself – take it or leave it. She completely throws herself into MSA each summer, and she spends a significant amount of time preparing to make sure the experience of her scholars is incredible. She loves MSA, and MSA loves her.” RA River Pich enthused, “Dani is everything I could’ve asked for in a friend and MSA mentor. She says what she means and means what she says, and she never gives up on anyone. Her honesty, humor, and empathy allow her to be the kind of person that makes MSA so transformative, not just for scholars but for faculty and staff, too.” Finally, Dani’s 2019 co-facilitator Nick Waters added, “Dani is one of a kind, so uniquely and confidently herself. She enjoys dishing out playful insults, sarcastic comments and penetrating quips, but she grants respect and love to her friends and especially her scholars to a degree that I have rarely seen. I was so lucky to work beside her in the classroom as a co-facilitator. Almost every day she would tell me about wonderful discussions her class had fostered, usually through a derailment of her lesson plan. Despite daily having to redevelop her lessons and goals, she would constantly gush about how intelligent, thoughtful and inspiring her scholars were. As I look toward becoming a teacher, myself, I can only hope to espouse even a modicum of her teaching prowess and her compassionate nature.”

Doug Valentine, who presented Dani with the award at the Fall Reunion, said it humorously but rightly: “I’ve called Dani many things – RA, co-fac, fellow faculty member, goth, Stacy, what it would look like if a Sephora truck crashed into a Hot Topic, but my favorite thing to call her is ‘one of my best friends.’ I’m happy to add ‘Standing Ovation recipient’ to that list.” As are we all!

We’re a better academy for Dani’s contributions, and we couldn’t be more excited to honor her with this award. Congratulations, Dani!

Past recipients of these awards include:

 

FIRST NAME LAST NAME AWARDED MSA ROLE / CONTRIBUTION
Chris Holmes 2018 Faculty ’13-18
Craig Buschkoetter 2017 RA ’14-17
Jordan Henson 2016 MSA ’10, RA ’13-’15, Faculty ’16-19
McKenzie Pendergrass 2016 MSA ’10, RA ’13-’16
KelLeigh Bryant 2015 MSA ’12; Office Staff ’14-’16
Mike Lumetta 2015 MSA ’09; RA ’12, ’15
Marjorie Perkins 2015 MSA ’10; RA ’14-’15
Doug Valentine 2015 Faculty ’12-’16
Tina Casagrand 2014 MSA ’06; RA ’12-’13; Coord. Comm. Service ’14; Faculty ’15-’16
Kyna Iman 2014 Lobbyist, 2000-2014
Abigail Keel 2014 MSA ’09; RA ’12-’14; Faculty ’15
Kelsey Klostermeyer 2014 MSA ’05, Med. Staff ’12-’14
David Knieter 2014 Faculty ’12-’14, ’16
Stephen Riesenberg 2014 MSA ’06; RA and Accompanist ’10- ’11, ’13-’14
Frankie Bruning Synovec 2013 MSA ’05, RA ’11, ’13; Coord. Res. Life ’14-’19
Brady Deaton 2013 MU Chancellor, 2004-2013
Alex Dzurick 2013 MSA ’06; Office Staff ’12
Kyle Lovercamp 2013 MSA ’96; Faculty ’11-’16
Sam Rayburn 2013 MSA ’05; RA ’11-’13; Prog. Coord. & DVD ’14-’16
Kurt Schaeffer 2013 Missouri State Senator, 2002-2016
Steve Senger 2013 MSA ’98, Faculty ’11-’14, ’19
Jesse Garwood 2012 RA ’09, ’11-’12; Med Staff ’14-’15
Charles Hang 2012 MSA ’07
Adithi Vellore 2012 MSA ’07; RA ’10-’12
Angela AuBuchon 2011 MSA ’98; faculty ’09-’12
Robert Bartman 2011 DESE Commissioner of Education, 1987-2001
Ronnie Bass 2011 MSA ’03; RA ’09-’11
Mike Kersulov 2011 Faculty ’09-’19
Ryan Wylie 2011 Faculty ’09-’13
Christina Andrade 2010 MSA ’04; RA ’08-’10
Kayla Bronder 2010 MSA ’03; RA ’07-’08; Coor. Community Service ’09; Faculty ’10
Kyle Buschkoetter 2010 MSA ’09; RA ’13, ’15
Jennifer Richards Fisher 2010 MSA ’04; RA ’08-’09; Senior RA ’10; Faculty and Community Service ’11; Staff Asst ’12; Ass’t. Coord Res life ’13; Faculty ’16
Barry Still 2010 RA ’08-’09; Senior RA ’10; Faculty ’11, ’14-’15
Vince Foley 2009 Lead Technology Assistant, ’05-’06, ’08-’11
Greg Holliday 2009 Psychologist ’03-’16
Steve Ikpe 2009 MSA ’99; Medical Staff ’07-’09
Nicholas Jain 2009 MSA ’06; RA ’09, ’11-’12; Faculty ’15
Meredith Johnson 2009 MSA ’05; Office Staff ’07-’11
Jennifer Sanders 2009 RA ’08-’09; Coord. Res Life ’10-’14; MU Res Life Liaison ’13-’15
David Weber 2009 MSA ’06; RA ’10-’11
Kate Blankmeyer Votaw 2008 MSA ’03; RA ’07-’09; Faculty ’13
Jay Johnson 2008 MSA ’03; Office Staff ’06; RA ’07-’08
R.J. Koscienlniak 2008 RA ’06-’08
Kyndal Marshall Riffie 2008 MSA ’03; Office Staff ’06-’10; Media Producer ’08-’10; Webmaster ’11- ’14
Justin Arft 2007 MSA ’94; Faculty ’05-’13
Rose Briccetti 2007 MSA ’01; RA ’05-’07
Sarah Jenkins 2007 MSA ’00; RA ’05-’07; Coord. of Community Service ’08
Bill Palmer 2007 Faculty ’02, ’06-’10
Brian Stuhlman 2007 MSA ’93; Teacher Apprentice ’00; Part Time Faculty ’01; Faculty ’02, ’07- ’19
Laura Baty Kauffman 2006 MSA ’98; RA ’02; med staff, science, and Comm. Service ’04, ’06-’07; Faculty ’13
Marcia Chatelain 2006 Faculty ’03-’07
Jeffrey Gall 2006 Faculty ’94-’96; Coord PSD ’97
Dan Glover 2006 Graphic Designer and Publications Consultant, ’00-’06
Mollie Hosmer-Dillard 2006 MSA ’99; RA ’04-’05; Part Time Fac. and Community Service ’06
Patrick Jackson 2006 MSA Disc Jockey, ’00-’06
Chris Joplin 2006 RA ’98-’99; Med Staff and Science Assistant, ’00
Magda Mello 2006 Dining Hall Staff ’99-’11
Michael Rozier 2006 MSA ’97; RA ’01-’02; Senior RA ’03; Faculty ’08
Amy Smith 2006 Dining Hall Staff ’97-’13
Ian Wille 2006 MSA ’05
Silas Allard 2005 MSA ’98; RA ’02-’03, ’05; Coor. Residential Life ’06
Tom Bander 2005 MSA ’96; RA ’99-’00; Development Staff ’04-’05
Adam Campbell 2005 MSA ’93; RA ’03; Senior RA ’04-’05; Faculty ’07, ’09, ’11, ’18; Lead Volunteer ’14
Shannon Ferguson 2005 MSA ’98; RA ’02-’04; Senior RA ’05; Coord. Residential Life ’06-’09
Suzette Heiman 2005 Faculty ’96-’09
Ericca Thornhill 2005 MSA ’90; Faculty ’02-’04, ’07, ’12; Spec. Asst. ’06
Chris Young 2005 MSA ’00; Tech Staff, Office Staff, & Photographer ’02-’08; Program and Media Coord. ’06-’09; Faculty ’09
David Buck 2004 Faculty ’01-’05; Coordinator PSD ’06- ’07
Ted Carnahan 2004 MSA ’99
Margaret Hagenhoff 2004 DESE Administrative Assistant ’01- ’10
Antwaun Smith 2004 MSA ’91; Comm. Service Staff ’99; Faculty ’03-’04, ’07
Travis Thornhill 2004 MSA ’90; Comp. Staff ’02-’04; Exec. Sec’y MSAAA ’04-’16
Kate Virostko 2004 MSA ’92; RA ’00-’01; Co-Coord. Residential Life ’02; Coord. Residential Life ’04-’05
Lucy Chang 2003 MSA ’03
Sara Copeland 2003 MSA ’93, RA ’00-’01
Leslie Eager 2003 MSA ’97; RA ’01-’02; Senior RA ’03- ’04; Fac ’05
Kenyon Railey 2003 RA ’01-’02; Medical Staff ’03
David Welch 2003 Co-Director ’93-’09
Ila Guthrie 2002 Dining Hall Staff ’85-’02
Nicholas Kirschman 2002 Faculty ’99-’06, ’09-’19
Ryan Moore 2002 MSA ’91; RA ’95-’97; Asst. Faculty and Program Staff ’00-’01; Faculty ’02-’03
Eric Rogers 2002 MSA ’90; RA ’94-’97
Kevin Wolf 2002 RA ’86; Senior RA ’87-’89
Jerry Wright 2002 Quick Copy Service ’95-’02
Alex Campbell 2001 MSA ’93; Office Staff ’96; RA ’97, ’99; Medical and Science Assistant ’01
Nancy Fischer 2001 Faculty ’99-’09
Steve Ornes 2001 MSA ’90; RA ’95, ’97-’98; Faculty and Program Staff ’01; Faculty ’02- ’05
Tyler Perrachionne 2001 MSA ’01
Jenelle Beavers 2000 MSA ’95; RA ’98-’99; Senior RA ’00; Coord. Residential Life ’01, Assoc. Director ’17
Hoa Ngo 2000 RA ’97-’99; Senior RA ’00; Coord. Residential Life ’01; Asst. Instructor ’03-’04
Mike Todd 2000 MSA ’94; Office Staff ’98-’00; Faculty ’04
Rick Vogt 2000 MSA ’88; RA ’92, ’94-’95; Coord. of Technology ’98-’01; Faculty ’03, ’05, ’08
Sarah York Moore 2000 MSA ’90
Pat Garrett 1999 RA ’95; Faculty ’96-’02
Frances Logan 1999 Dining Hall Staff ’85-’99
Mike O’Brien 1999 Faculty ’93-’00
Robin Wenneker 1999 MSA ’85; Office Staff ’88
Jeannie Bealer Harding 1998 MSA ’86
Jim Meyer 1998 MSA ’90; RA ’94-96, ’98; Program Coord. ’97, ’99-’00; Exec. Sec’y MSAAA ’99-’01; Faculty ’01-’11, ’14- ’15; Coord. PSD, ’08-’16
Joan Potthast 1998 Faculty ’96-’11
Don Arni 1997 Faculty ’87-’88, ’90-’09
Leasa Kowalski 1997 MSA ’96
Karl Qualls 1997 MSA ’87; RA ’91-’92; Program Coord. ’93-’94, ’96, ’98; Faculty ’99- ’00
Nancy Singer 1997 Faculty and Yearbook ’90-’93; ’95- ’00
Frank Corley 1996 faculty ’92-’98, ’07-’19; coordinator PSD ’00-’05
Dan Massey 1996 MSA ’89; Office Staff ’93; Computer Specialist ’94-’96; Chief Technology Specialist ’96
Kristin Moore 1996 MSA ’88
Tom Byrnes 1995 Faculty ’92-’95
Paulina Pranschke 1995 MSA ’91
Chad Prewett 1995 MSA ’89; RA ’93-’96; Faculty ’01- ’02; Exec. Sec’y MSAAA ’02-’03; Coord. Residential Life ’03
Anna Rybolt 1995 Quick Copy Service, ’85-’94; Deceased ’96
Manuel Tatayon 1995 MSA Lead Security Officer ’85-’88 and ’90-’97
Jack Dykes 1994 Residential Life Custodial Services ’85- ’94; deceased
Jason Fletcher 1994 MSA ’91; Office Staff ’94-’95
Stuart Shaw 1994 RA ’89; Asst. Instructor ’90
Allena Volskay 1994 MSA ’91
Kim Fischer Redinger 1993 MSA ’87
Roger Richardson 1993 Faculty ’90-’07; Deceased ’12
Andy White 1993 MSA ’87; RA ’91; Senior RA ’92-’93; Faculty ’04-’05
Karen Davis 1992 Faculty ’87-’90, ’92-’93 and ’95-’99
Toby Gilk 1992 MSA ’85
Heather Kirkpatrick 1992 MSA ’85; RA ’89-’97; Asst. Coord., Residential Life & PSD ’98-’99
Tonya Lane 1992 MSA ’85; RA ’89-’92
Betty Prather 1992 Dining Hall Manager ’86-’94
Ake Takahashi 1992 Faculty ’88-’19
Monica Cawvey 1991 MSA ’87; office staff ’90-’91; RA ’92- ’94; Asst. Instructor ’97; Faculty ’98- ’00; Lead Development Officer ’06
Keith Elmore 1991 Coord. PSD ’85, ’87, ’89-’96, ’98-’99
Bill Nelson 1991 Faculty ’85-’86
Bill Northrip 1991 Faculty ’86-’87, ’89-’91; Deceased ’99
Carla Schlink 1991 Administrative Associate ’87-’09
Bryan Watson 1991 MSA ’87; Office Staff ’90-’91; RA ’92- ’93; Senior RA ’94; Law Workshop ’96
Patty Wells 1991 Sr. Secretary ’87-’94
Bill Young 1991 Faculty ’88-’89
Tina Crayton 1990 RA ’88-’89; Senior RA ’90-’96; ’98; Asst. Coord., Journalism ’99; Coord. Residential Life ’00
Vicki Jones 1990 Faculty ’88-’95, ’97-’98
Angela Wilson 1990 MSA ’88
Julia Alsobrook 1985 RA ’85; Hall Coord. ’86; Coord., Residential life ’87-’99; Asst. Journalism and Community Service ’00; Faculty ’04
Doug Anthony 1985 RA ’85-’88, ’90; Asst. Instructor ’92; Program Coord. ’95
Mike Bancroft 1985 Faculty ’85-’91
Ed Grooms 1985 Faculty ’85-’86, ’88-’09
Bill Heyde 1985 Faculty ’85-’99, ’01-’06
Lou Jobst 1985 Faculty ’85-’15
Kim Moody 1985 RA ’87; Program Coord. ’88-’92
Paul Rahmoeller 1985 Faculty ’85-’15; Special Staff ’16
Bob Roach 1985 Co-Director ’85-’92; Deceased ’11
Dexter Schraer 1985 Faculty ’85; Program Staff ’86-’87; PSD Coord. ’88; Coord., Special and Alumni Events ’89-’99
Ted Tarkow 1985 Co-Director ’85-’14