Two TSPA Students among the Graduate Students Selected for Inaugural Class of the “Mizzou 18”

The Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board honored 18 University of Missouri graduate and professional students as the inaugural class of the “Mizzou 18.”  Modeled after the Mizzou 39 award for undergraduates, the Mizzou 18 are chosen for their world-class research, collaboration with faculty and staff and their demonstrated leadership with undergraduate students.

Among the inaugural class are two TSPA students, Emma Smoczynski and Matt Rau.

Emma will be graduating with her MPA with a focus in Public Management. She is from Burr Ridge, Illinois and came to the University of Missouri in 2012 to complete her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Organizational Communication. After completing those degrees in 2016, Emma began her master’s work with the Truman School of Public Affairs. While in graduate school, Emma works as the graduate assistant for the MU Career Center and works part time for the federal government in Kansas City.

Matt is a mid-career student and will soon be receiving his MPA with and emphasis in Public and Nonprofit Management as well as a graduate certificate in Global Governance.  Matt has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Mizzou with a minor in Multicultural Studies.  Matt is currently a Missouri Army National Guard platoon leader with the 1141st Engineer Company based in Kansas City as well as a graduate assistant for the Missouri Student Unions.  Prior to that, Matt served as an Assistant Recruitment Coordinator with the MU Business Career Services and before coming to Mizzou, he served as an enrollment coordinator for Park University in Parkville, Missouri.

The Truman School could not be more proud of Matt and Emma and we are pleased the Mizzou Alumni Association has recognized their exemplary work!