December 19, 2009
Columbia College held its winter commencement ceremony on Saturday inside its Southwell Gymnasium. President Gerald Brouder conferred degrees to 388 students, including Navy Petty Officer First Class, Master at Arms Brant Baylis, a Columbia native who earned his degree while serving in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The University of Missouri College of Natural Resources, College of Arts and Science and College of Engineering all hosted commencement ceremonies to present degrees to graduating students on Saturday.
December 18, 2009
Some of MU's graduations on Friday included ceremonies for the Trulaske College of Business, the Journalism School, Graduate School and the ROTC commissioning of officers. More graduation services are planned for Saturday.
Field Elementary School students said farewell to their building on Friday, the last day of school before winter break. Classrooms were cleaned out and the school took students on one last field trip to Columbia College to watch a Cougars basketball game. The new year will bring a new school as students and teachers from Field will now be at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary.
Rock Bridge senior guard Amaya Williams beats the Glendale defense to make a shot on Friday night. The Lady Bruins beat the Lady Falcons 59-47.
Rock Bridge senior Amaya Williams, 12, leads her team on defense with Emily Holt, 54, Carmen Boessen, 30, and Lindsey Cunningham, 11, against Glendale High School on Friday night. Rock Bridge won 59-47.
First-graders Allyson Smith, Serenity Grant, Alan Whittington and Ahmad Anderson cheer as the Columbia College Cougars score on Friday. On Field Elementary's last school day, Columbia College gave each of the children a white T-shirt to commemorate the schools' partnership over the last 22 years.
Columbia College freshman Kaleb Turner pushes forward after a steal late in the second quarter on Friday afternoon. Turner was the top scorer for the Cougars with 13 points in their win against the Lyon (Ark.) College Scots, 72-61.
Warner Roberts readjusts the trash bag covering the fare box of his bus Friday. In appreciation of regular customers, the Columbia Transit Authority didn't charge for rides all day.
Bill McMahon looks out the window of a city bus Friday. McMahon said he rides the bus at least four times a week, usually from the downtown station to Truman Veterans' Hospital. McMahon said he is a veteran of the Vietnam conflict.
The Refugee and Immigration Services Diocese of Jefferson City has placed 267 African refugees from 10 different countries in Columbia since 1999.
Eliot Battle, retired public school administrator, is the author of "A Letter to Young Black Men." Battle has more than 40 years experience in the public school system and in 1960, he worked as a counselor for Hickman, the first fully integrated high school in Columbia.
Margaret Hickem-Smith, owner of Mama Bessie's Cleaners, enjoys the Keep the Kids off the Street Halloween Party on Oct. 31. This was Hickem-Smith's last community event before closing her doors Monday. Hickem-Smith's business will no longer be the hub for neighborhood activities, but she still plans to host community events in Douglass Park.
Bill and Linda Giddings walk down a hallway of Field Elementary School with their granddaughter, Emily Crumbliss, 1, at the open house on Thursday. Linda Giddings taught fifth grade at Field Elementary from 1969-72 before moving on to becoming a mother and a kindergarten teacher. Students will have their last day at Field Elementary School on Friday, and will begin to attend Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School on Jan. 4. The Field Elementary School building is expected to become the home of the Columbia Public Schools' gifted education program.
Beth Dixon, who has taught kindergarten for six years at Field Elementary School, helps Judy Arnett pack her second grade classroom into boxes on Thursday evening for the move to Alpha Hart Elementary School. Students will have their last day at Field Elementary School on Friday, and will begin to attend Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School on Jan. 4. The Field Elementary School building is expected to become the home of the Columbia Public Schools' gifted education program.
The central staircase of Field Elementary School is quiet and bare, as are many of the hallways, on Thursday evening. Teachers at the school have been clearing off the walls and packing up their classrooms in anticipation of the move to Alpha Hart Elementary School in time for classes to resume on Jan. 4. Students will have their last day at Field Elementary School on Friday. The Field Elementary School building is expected to become the home of the Columbia Public Schools' gifted education program.
December 17, 2009
Hickman senior Lyle Harris tries to get past Rock Bridge senior Ricky Kreklow, left, and freshman Travis Jorgenson during the Rock Bridge-Hickman rivalry basketball game.
Missouri basketball players Miguel Paul, Laurence Bowers, Kim English, Tyler Stone and Marcus Denmon watch the Rock Bridge-Hickman rivalry basketball game from the stands Thursday at Rock Bridge High School.
Rock Bridge senior Trey Millard takes a shot against Hickman's Josh Williams, No. 34, during the first half of the rivalry game Thursday at Rock Bridge High School.
Rock Bridge High School seniors Katie Seyer, right, and Beau Reske join Bruins girls basketball team captain Amaya Williams for their meals Thursday night at the girls basketball team's chili supper