Six-year-old girl's painting wins national award [Photo]

Madisyn Hinkebein, 6, was inspired by the art of Wassili Kandinsky. Her painting won first-place in the preschool/kindergarten category of American Printing House' national BlindInSights 2010: Visions from the Mind art contest.

Hickman's Wesley Leftwich punts against Helias [Photo]

Wesley Leftwich punts against Helias in Hickman's homecoming game on September 24, 2010. Hickman won 20-17.

Sisters play at Cosmo Park [Photo]

Siblings (from left) Sierra Tavarez, 8, and Lucy Tavarez, 5, play at Steinberg Playground in Cosmo Park on Wednesday. A renewal of the park sales tax will be on the November ballot. Revenue from the tax will help improve the playground to meet ADA standards.

Father and daughter play at Cosmo Park [Photo]

Sophie Bethel,1, and her father, Adam Bethel, play on a seesaw at the Steinberg Playground in Cosmo Park on Wednesday. A renewal to the park sales tax on the November ballot will focus on various improvements to the park, such as making the playground more accessible to people with disabilities.

Dr. Lubahn [Photo]

MU professor Dennis Lubahn, who teaches biochemistry and child health, is director of the botanical research center.

Rep. Kelly reads to children [Photo]

Missouri state Rep. Chris Kelly reads to UCP Child Development Center student Adrianna Mitchell, 4, as part of Jumpstart’s campaign on Thursday.

Jumpstart book stack [Photo]

A stack of children’s books sits outside the Boone County Courthouse on Thursday, waiting to be read as part of the campaign.

Jumpstart tutor reads to children [Photo]

Former Jumpstart tutor Shane Chinni reads to Columbia school children as part of the program’s Read for the Record Campaign on Thursday. The goal of the campaign is to create a new World Record for the most people reading the same book on the same day. The official book of the campaign was Ezra Jack Keats’ "The Snowy Day."

Miss Missouri reads to children [Photo]

As part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Campaign, Miss Missouri Erika Hebron reads to Columbia school children on Thursday.

Map of Cosmo Park [Document]

Here's a map of Cosmo Park, as provided by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department.

VIDEO: Take Back The Night [Video]

Take Back the Night is an annual event held to raise awareness about rape and violence. MU rallied Sept. 21, in Stotler Lounge and marched the streets to promote safety.

Dancing for a festival [Slideshow]

The first Columbia Dance Festival was held Tuesday in Jesse Auditorium. Dancers from MU, Stephens College, the Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers, BoCoMO Drumheads and Moon Belly dancers performed for a showcase of nine different dance styles.

MU Provost Brian Foster speaks to faculty about degree programs [Photo]

MU Provost Brian Foster speaks to MU faculty on Wednesday.

Missouri volleyball falls to Nebraska [Photo]

Missouri senior Paola Ampudia, left, and Missouri junior Brittney Brimmage set up for a play against No. 3 Nebraska on Wednesday.

Lisa Henning blocks ball [Photo]

Missouri freshman Lisa Henning jumps for a block against Nebraska junior Brooke Delano on Wednesday at Hearnes Center.

Johnie Imes enjoys golf course [Photo]

Missouri golf coach Stephanie Priesmeyer and her son, Hudson, talk with Johnie Imes, right, during the Johnie Imes Invitational on Tuesday at Old Hawthorne Country Club. "Anytime I'm at the golf course, I'm enjoying it," the 88-year-old Imes said.

Chancellor Brady Deaton speaks about "low-producing" programs [Photo]

Chancellor Brady Deaton speaks to MU faculty about "low-producing programs" on Wednesday. Seventy-five of these "under-producing degree programs" are currently under evaluation to review the higher education standards of the state.

Pakistani education presentation [Photo]

Veeda Javaid, executive director of the Presbyterian Education Board in Pakistan, addresses a crowd Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia.

Missouri safety Kenji Jackson [Photo]

Missouri safety Kenji Jackson

Village Glass Works students use lampworking [Video]

Lampworking is an ancient technique to manipulate and melt glass. Students at Village Glass Works produce beads using this technique.