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Take a look at Fr. Thomas R. Sommerkamp’s attendance record and it is obvious that he is someone students can count on to show up for class. In 30 years of service the professor emeritus of psychology only missed 10 work days.
The former captain in the United States Marine Corps became involved in higher education in 1966 as a freshman advisor at Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville, where he obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He served his alma mater for three years as assistant registrar before moving on to the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1969 to become a doctoral teaching assistant. MU awarded him a doctorate in educational psychology in 1972.
Dr. Sommerkamp came to Central in 1972 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1984. In addition to teaching a full load of courses in psychology, he found time to work with his students, serving as advisor to Alpha Xi Delta and the Psychology Club.
He also was active in professional organizations such as the Missouri Association of Rural Education, Missouri Psychological Association, and the National Educational Research Association.
Although he is retired, Dr. Sommerkamp plans to stay busy, possibly serving as an adjunct professor.