Staff: Rita McReynolds
Hometown: Starkville, MS
Degree: Master of Arts in Teaching; area of focus - Community College Education
Phone Number: 662.325.2957
Office Location: Allen Hall 267
What are you currently teaching?
College Reading and Study Skills; Speed Reading
What do you enjoy most about working with MSU students?
Helping them and watching them achieve grade level advances in just one semester
What is the most important advice you would give students?
"Be Here Now" – Be where you are when you’re there; do what you’re doing when you do it. When you are in class, the more active and attentive and focused you are, the less you should have to do out of class. Out of the realm of academics, adjust personal activities if worrying about academics keeps you from enjoying what you want to do. Simply take care of what needs to be taken care of so you can focus, enjoy, and “Be Here Now” at the ballgame, concert, or social event.
Secondly, students should tell other students the value of time spent in LSK courses. There is no better way to help oneself than learning how to study and learn in college.
Why should students take advantage of The Learning Center?
Because it is proven to WORK. The courses offered through TLC are the only courses I know of that are guaranteed to help students be successful in every other course/class they will take.
What are your hobbies or What do you do during your spare time?
I love to travel – especially to visit my daughter in the beautiful state of Colorado; I love animals – my son and daughter and I have plenty of dogs and cats that love to be loved.
What are your research interest/specialty areas?
Reading Improvement, Study Skills, Retention
I have been a member of MADE (Mississippi Association for Developmental Education) for 20+ years. During these years, I have served as Recorder, Historian (twice), Vice-President, President-Elect, and President for the 2013 term. As President-Elect, I invited and hosted the 2012 conference here at Mississippi State University – a first for our campus. As President, duties included scheduling and presiding over Executive Board Meetings for the chapter and presiding over the 2013 conference held in Oxford at Ole Miss. My new position as 2014 Immediate Past-President for the statewide association is to serve in the capacity of advising and approving decisions made by the 2014 President. In addition to offices held with MADE, I have been a member of MADE’s Advisory Council, which strives to improve educational opportunities for Mississippi college students. For many of my years with MADE, I have been a member of NADE (the national affiliation). At the National Association for Developmental Education Conference in 2013, I represented Mississippi as Chapter President in Denver, Colorado. As Immediate Past-President, I plan to attend NADE in Dallas in 2014.
I have presented Study Skills sessions at the state level with MADE as well as conducted a Poster Session and served as Facilitator for subject area interests (Reading) at these conferences.
I serve in every capacity of Volunteerism at MADE and NADE conferences as needed.
We are a Bulldog Family: both of my parents hold degrees from MSU, as well as both of my children.