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Joanne Reinke

Joan Reinke

UCM has a strong commitment to the success of its students, and faculty members such as Joanne Reinke have played a significant role in meeting this goal through their work with students who may be struggling academically. An instructor emerita of academic enrichment, Reinke is being honored for approximately 27 years of service to UCM. Reinke came to the university as a mathematics instructor for Academic Enrichment and TRIO Support Services, where she began work in August 1987.

During her tenure, she also coordinated the Freshman Seminar, 2001-2008, and was coordinator of the Summer Suspension Waiver program, 1994-2012. Reflecting on her career at UCM, she notes the 19 years she spent working with the Summer Suspension Waiver program are among her proudest accomplishments. This mentoring program had over a 90 percent success rate. She also had the opportunity to work with hundreds of disadvantaged students through TRIO Support Services, helping many of them succeed in mathematics for the first time. In addition to helping students to gain a better understanding of mathematics, Reinke contributed her time to the university through service on numerous committees.

While engaged in such efforts, she addressed academic standards, general education, curriculum, professional enhancement, and committees in general. Reinke also participated in a number of professional organizations, including the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; National Association for Developmental Education, where she served on the National Conference Committee in 1994; and the Midwest Regional Association for Developmental Education. A Central Missouri alumna, Reinke earned three degrees at UCM, a bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist, which prepared her for a longtime career helping students.