Campus in Brief

Thursday, September 30, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:28 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

Fortnightly Club lauded for donations

By Paul Dziuba

A century-old MU organization has been recognized for its efforts in fund raising.

“We did not have any idea we would be considered for the Jefferson Club,” said Verna Rhodes, president-elect of the Fortnightly Club.

The Fortnightly Club, established in 1892, has served the community by bringing the women of MU — faculty, faculty wives and those with faculty privileges into a social setting.

To do so, the organization offers several interest groups for its members to take part in. “It’s a chance to learn about the many aspects of Columbia,” Rhodes said.

In 1903, the Fortnightly Club began to expand. It started to take on student welfare causes and donated money to a scholarship fund.

This month, that longstanding effort gave the Fortnightly Club entrance into the Jefferson Club. According to its mission statement, the club aims to assist MU in achieving its fund-raising goals by encouraging private giving. It is open to MU alumni as well as MU-affiliated, nonprofit organizations.

The Fortnightly Club is putting together a recipe book to raise additional donations and this week held a gathering at Providence Point, the residence of the president of the University of Missouri system, to meet and greet new and perspective members.

Online course offers arthritis advice

By Missourian staff

A free, online course offered by MU aims to help people with arthritis evaluate advertisements and decide whether remedies are credible.

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 Hewett, the project’s main investigator and director of biostatistics at the MU School of Medicine, in a 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. The class begins Oct. 18.

For more information, visit

Artist’s retrospective on display at college

By Rachel Williams

The Larson Gallery in Brown Hall on the Columbia College campus is showing a Milton Rogovin Retrospective from Monday to Oct. 29. The show features samples from the life work of Rogovin, a photographer from Buffalo, N.Y.

The exhibit will show all five of Rogovin’s series — including “The Forgotten Ones,” one of his best-known works, shot over 40 years and focusing on the life experiences of the Buffalo working class.

A gallery talk for this exhibit will be held at 2 p.m. on Oct. 8. It will include a documentary by Harvey Wang about Rogovin, which placed first for short films at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

The photographs are being loaned by the Racela Family and Racela Education and Charitable Foundation.

The gallery is free and is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends. For more information, visit or contact 875-7517.

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