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Student Success Center Tutors

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Allison Banze photoAllison Banze


Hello, my name is Allison Banze and I’m currently tutoring writing. This is my junior year at MSSU and I’m dual majoring in Respiratory Therapy and Health Sciences. On campus I am part of the Respiratory Therapy Club and FCA. After graduation, I hope to work in a pediatric hospital and work toward a degree as a Physician Assistant. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, being outside and watching Netflix. 

Whitney Bass photo Whitney Bass


Hello, my name is Whitney Bass. I am a sophomore tutoring and majoring in Biology. After I graduate from Missouri Southern, I plan on moving to California to pursue my master’s degree in Marine Biology. Music is also a significant part of my life. I play French horn for the Missouri Southern Wind ensemble and enjoy spending my time practicing. I also like doing things outdoors such as hiking, swimming, and playing softball.  My main passion, though has to do with animals, especially the aquatic type. I am looking forward to meeting people in the Student Success Center!


Jortdan Blythe photoJordan Blythe

Respiratory Care

Hello, my name is Jordan Blythe and I am a Respiratory Care tutor. I am a junior here at MSSU. I am double majoring in Health Sciences with an emphasis on Respiratory Care. I wish to continue with my education once I get my bachelor degree from MSSU. I plan on getting my masters to be a Physician Assistant. I was born in Denver, Colorado and moved to Grove, Oklahoma when I was seven. I enjoy longboarding, listening to music, and hanging out with friends.


A picture of Blair Freed, a tutor at MSSU.Blair Freed


Hi, my name is Blair Freed. I tutor chemistry, biology, math, and writing. I am a sophomore majoring in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Spanish. After graduating from Missouri Southern, I hope to attend medical school and become a doctor. On campus, I am the vice-president of the Biology Club and am active student and officer in the Honors department. In my spare time, I enjoy being a dance teacher, running, and traveling.

Emma Gillion photoEmma Gillion


Hello! My name name is Emma Gilion.  I tutor English writing and Spanish language at MSSU.  I’m a senior with a major in Spanish and a minor in English literary studies.  After graduation, I plan on teaching English abroad for a year before attending graduate school for Comparative Literature and, eventually, I hope to teach related topics at a university as a professor. I enjoy traveling, reading, hiking, practicing yoga and listening to podcasts.  I’m very passionate about the topics I tutor and really excited to help others succeed. have 

Becky Morrison photo Becky Morrison

Dental Hygiene

Hi, my name is Becky Morrison, and I am a tutor for the Dental Hygiene courses.  I’m a senior at MSSU.  My major is Health Science, and I’m in the Dental Hygiene program as well. I grew up in Northern Idaho and now currently live in Northwest Arkansas. I enjoy playing tennis and volleyball in my spare time.

James Nguyen photoJames Nguyen


Hi there, my name is James Nguyen. I tutor mathematics at the Student Success Center here at Missouri Southern. I am currently a sophomore pursuing a major in Computational Math (a double major between Computer Information Science and Math). After I graduate, I might plan on continuing my education, and going to graduate school for a masters’ degree in CIS. In my free time, I enjoy working out in the gym, watching TV and sports (especially American football and basketball), hanging out with friends, playing video games, and catching up on sleep.

Nathaniel Oberly Nathaniel Oberly

Math, Physics

Hey, I'm Nathaniel Oberley, a junior here at Missouri Southern.  I tutor Math and Physics at the Student Success Center.  I have lots of passion for math and I hope to become a math teacher when I graduate!  I am also a swim coach for Berzerker Swimming, the USA swim team in the area.  I spend a lot of time on the pool deck but I always try and swim a few hours a week to stay in shape.  I am from Virginia Beach, VA but I have really enjoyed my time in MO so far!  If you want to talk about Star Wars, Math, Marvel movies, or the newest alternative rock music, I am always up for it!

matthew odellMatthew O'Dell

Math, Physics, Biology, Chemistry

Greetings! My name is Matthew O'Dell and I'm a physics major tutoring in physics, math, biology, and chemistry. Eventually I hope to get my doctorate in biophysics and become a professor. Originaly, I was going to be an orchestra teacher and still love playing drums, piano, and cello. I have a wonderful wife named Victoria who is a biology major. I hope to meet a few of you so I can help you out with whatever you need.

Tyler PutneyTyler Putney

Biology, General Studies, Writing

Hello! My name is Tyler Putney and I am currently tutoring in Biology, General Studies and Writing. I am dual majoring in Secondary Education and Ecology. I was born in Omaha, Nebraska and moved down to Kansas City when I was 8. I am a huge Chicago Cubs fan, I love playing guitar, and can spend hours being a fanatic over Green Day.

Kelly SamuelKelly Samuel


Hello. My name is Kelly D. Samuel. I am a senior. I am a writing tutor. I graduate in May with a General Studies degree with a minor in Human Resource Management. I start graduate school in the fall. I will be getting a Master's Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education. I love running and will be running a marathon this semester.


Faith Scheidemantle photoFaith Scheidemantle

General Studies, Writing

Hello! My name is Faith Scheidemantle. I tutor general studies and writing. I am currently a freshman at Missouri Southern. I am also a member of the MSSU Honors Program. I am an English major with an emphasis in Professional/Technical Writing. I plan on minoring in Public Relations. When I am not tutoring, I enjoy spending my time either reading, writing, running, or hanging out with my friends and family.


Jessica Shoemake photoJessica Shoemake

Business, Writing, General Studies

Hello! My name is Jessica Shoemake and I tutor Business, Writing, and General Studies here at MSSU. I am currently a senior Business Marketing major. I enjoy helping students accomplish their academic goals! My interests include advertising, promotion, and marketing research. Looking forward to this semester!


Alex  Kunming SongKunming (Alex) Song


Hello, my name is Kunming Song (Alex) and I’m a business tutor.  I have already graduated from MSSU with a bachelor’s degree, and I am currently enrolled in the Master’s of Accountancy program. Currently, I spend all of my spare time preparing for the Certified Management Accountant exam, and I hope to pass the CMA and CPA exams before I graduate with my master’s degree.  Following graduation, I plan to work for a public accounting firm or pursue my Ph.D.  I am glad to be a business tutor so that I can meet students who share a passion in the business area.  I always encourage students to pursue their future goals.


Colby Smith photoColby Smith

Chemistry, Math

Hi, my name is Colby. I tutor chemistry, and math. I am a junior majoring in Biology. After graduating from Missouri Southern, I will hopefully attend medical school and become a doctor. I am the President of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends, catching up on sleep, watching movies, playing video games and watching TEDTalks.

Maria Sturluson photoMaria Sturluson


Hi, my name is Maria Sturluson. I’m a junior here at Southern, and I tutor math at the Student Succes Center. I’m an international student from Copenhagen, Denmark, and I came across the pond about 3 years ago to study and play soccer here. I’m majoring in Kinesiology, and I’m hoping to get into Physical Therapy School after graduating. Besides spending most of my time on sports, I also like hanging out with my friends, traveling to new places or just relaxing at home with a good movie.


Randy XiaRandy (Qinghao) Xia


"Hello, I'm Randy(Qinghao) Xia and I currently work as a business tutor. I graduated from MSSU with a bachelor's degree in Accounting and International Business last December. I started my Master’s of Accountancy at the beginning of spring semester in 2017. I have tutored business courses for about one and half years. Also, I was a Chinese tutor who worked in the language lab for two years.  I'll try my best to help you with your courses."