Campus in Brief

Thursday, September 23, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:41 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

FIGs help freshmen transition to college

The transition from high school to college can be difficult. Students are suddenly faced with large lecture courses, lack of parental supervision and the need to make new friends.

In a MU News Bureau release, Andrew Beckett, coordinator of the Freshman Interest Group, or FIG, program at MU, offers tips to help ease the transition.

Beckett advises going to class prepared — research suggests study habits developed during the freshman year will persist throughout a student’s undergraduate career.

Another suggestion is to get involved in co-curricular experiences. Involvement with organizations related to the student’s major can help him or her meet people with similar interests, Beckett said.

He also advises that freshmen get to know an upperclassman who has taken some of the courses they will be required to take.

Finally, Beckett said, it is important to establish relationships with faculty members. That way, when help is needed, a professor already knows who the student is.

Students enrolled in the interest group program are provided with faculty and staff mentors and take common courses so they have an opportunity to study together.

Online class aims to ease arthritis pain

A free online course offered by MU aims to help people with arthritis evaluate advertisements and decide whether remedies are credible or not.

The course, “Fact from Fiction: Reading Between the Lines of Arthritis News and Advertising,” was developed by researchers at the Missouri Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center at MU. The class targets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s estimated 70 million people in the United States with the condition.

“New products for treating symptoms of arthritis seem to appear weekly,” said John Hewitt, the project’s main investigator and director of biostatistics at the MU School of Medicine, in a news release. “How are individuals supposed to know which product will help them?”

The class plans to try to answer that question. Interacting with the instructor and classmates online for one hour a week for six weeks, students will read materials and then test their knowledge. Lessons will be accessible at any time and are designed for everyone, regardless of previous education. Class begins on Oct. 18.

For information, look online at

New performance coming at Stephens

Stephens College’s student-run Warehouse Theater Co. will present “Alabama Rain” during its 35th season of production.

Performances will be Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 1-2 at 7:30 p.m. The Warehouse Theater is on the Stephens campus at 104 Willis Ave.

Tickets for “Alabama Rain” are $5 for general admission and $3 for student and senior citizens. Tickets are available through the Stephens College box office, 876-7199.

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