Steven Chaffin and Chaley Kirkpatrick in Traditions Plaza
Every year the Mizzou Alumni Association recognizes 39 exceptional undergraduate students in the spirit of service that was the cornerstone of the 1839 founding of the University of Missouri. Last year, the MAA implemented the Mizzou 18 -- the graduate student counterpart to the Mizzou 39. The Mizzou 18 reciptients are chosen for their “world-class research, collaboration with faculty and staff, and their demonstrated leadership with undergraduate students.”
For the second year, two of the Mizzou 18 recipients are Truman School students. This year’s TSPA honorees are Chaley Kirkpatrick and Steven Chaffin.
Steven is from Maryland Heights, Missouri and is the son of Jennifer and Steven Chaffin, Sr. “The Mizzou 18 Award embodies the values of the Truman School—asking hard questions through research, creating public value, and leading by example—and I think my receiving this award is as much a recognition of the long hours put in by the TSPA faculty and staff as it is of me,” notes Steven. “I’m very grateful to be selected for this award, and thankful for the family, friends, professors and mentors who have supported me throughout my experience at Mizzou.” Steven is a Graduate Research Assistant for the UM Office of Academic Affairs, Commissioner on the Columbia Substance Abuse Advisory Commission and former Executive Director of the Associated Students of the University of Missouri.
Chaley is from O’Fallon, Missouri and is the daughter of Tracy and Joe Kirkpatrick. “It is an honor to be a Mizzou 18 recipient and to represent the Truman School. I hope this can continue to be a tradition for our program!” Chaley remarked. “Mizzou 18 is really an all-encompassing award that recognizes individuals for their accomplishments, inside and outside of the classroom. I would not have been eligible for this award had the Truman School not given me so many great opportunities to grow my professional, academic, and social profile.” Chaley is President of the Association of Mizzou Public Affairs Students, a TSPA Student Ambassador, Mizzou Alternative Breaks site leader, a Graduate Research Assistant working with Dr. Irma Arteaga and a researcher with the Truman School’s Institute of Public Policy.
Steven and Chaley’s recognition as part of the prestigious Mizzou 18 comes as no surprise to Truman School faculty and staff. “This honor is testament to Steven and Chaley’s hard work and willingness to give back to the community and the University. Steven and Chaley’s passion for making a difference exemplifies the dedication of all of our Truman School students. We are excited to see where their journeys take them as they prepare to graduate and carry the torch of public service for the next generation.”