Meet Student Affairs: five questions with Heidi Shearer

The assistant director for residential operations in Residential Life shares tips for Move-In Day and succeeding at Mizzou.

From the desk of Bill Stackman, vice chancellor for student affairs

Heidi Shearer originally comes from a rural Missouri area outside of Kansas City. Heidi is currently the assistant director for residential operations in Residential Life. Heidi has worked in Residential Life at Mizzou for 17 years and oversees making sure the move-in process is efficient and easy for all students moving to Mizzou.

Heidi Shearer, assistant director for residential operations in Residential Life, is here to help students have a successful Move-In Day.

Let’s get to know Heidi!

Bill Stackman: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
Heidi Shearer: I love being a part of supporting students’ experiences at Mizzou outside of the classroom and creating and seeing processes through to make each student’s living experience remarkable.

BS: How much planning goes into Move-In Day?
HS: It’s a Mizzou Move-In experience, so we make sure to involve many departments and units across campus. We have a core planning team with several Student Affairs and Operations unit partners working together.

BS: What can students expect during Move-In Day?
HS: Students can expect to be welcomed and celebrated by volunteers and staff as they move into their space on campus and become Mizzou Tigers. We make sure that we have everything set up for their move-in to go smoothly. There will be a one-stop shop in the MU Student Center where they can connect with the Student Health Center, Parking & Transportation Services, the ID office, Campus Dining Services and more.

When it comes to living on campus, students can expect to be engaged with their resident advisor on their floor, attending community events and getting connected to others who have similar academic interests in their communities.

BS: What should students pack and what should they leave at home?
HS: Students should look at our Moving to Mizzou packing list on the Residential Life website. Bring those fall and winter weather clothing items; it will get cold before you go home for fall break. Leave candles and incense burners at home — they are not allowed in our facilities.

Editor’s note: Check out our interview with Scott Henderson, medical director at the Student Health Center, about the medical items to bring.

BS: What is your best advice for students to be successful at Mizzou?
HS: You will have the opportunity to do many, many things at Mizzou. It’s definitely OK to change direction, try something new, and connect with people you do not know. Use your resources — there are many staff on this campus who are here and ready to help you!