December 9, 2008
The MU Bassoon Ensemble, directed by professor Rodney Ackmann, performed an arrangement of 30 classic Christmas carols for the residents at Boone Landing Retirement Center late Monday afternoon. The audience sang along and found the concert to be an enjoyable experience. Students in the bassoon ensemble said that if invited again, they would be happy to play for residents next year as well.
December 8, 2008
Ashok Cutkosky won a $20,000 scholarship over the weekend in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology at New York University.
Barbara Hawkins and Charles Pinney applaud at the conclusion of song by the MU Bassoon Ensemble at the Boone Landing Reitrement Center Monday evening. The ensemble played an hours worth of classic Christmas carols that residents could sing along to.
Missouri's Jarrett Sutton, right, moves into position during the last few minutes of the Tigers' victory against California on Sunday at Mizzou Arena. Sutton tried but failed to walk on to the Missouri men's basketball team as a freshmen last season. This season he earned a spot on the Tigers' roster.
Columbia residents gathered at Douglass High School on Saturday to celebrate family and community ties in their annual Kwanzaa celebration. This is the 15th year that Columbia has put on the African-American holiday festival in hopes that Columbia residents will better understand their traditions and put an emphasis on community and family togetherness.
The MU Bassoon Ensemble, directed by Rod Ackman, performed a variety of Christmas songs for residents at the Boone Landing Retirement Center on Monday. Ackman has been conducting the Ensemble since the fall of 2007.
The Stephens College School of Performing Arts and the Stephens Concert Choir perform "A Dickens Victorian Christmas" Dec. 7, 8 and 9. The festive performance takes place at the Historic Senior Hall parlors on the Stephens campus. The night is filled with music, food and dancing.
Hickman sophomore Marcus Whitt, left, takes the ball past Poplar Bluff's Chris Kilgore in Sunday's game at the Norm Stewart Classic.
December 7, 2008
Both the MU men's and women's swim teams won the inaugural Mizzou Invitational held at the Mizzou Aquatic Center from December 5-7. The teams combined to break seven school records over the course of the three-day event. Senior Lori Halvorson broke three individual records for the Tiger women (100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, 200-year individual medley) and was also part of the record-setting 400-yard freestyle relay.
The Women’s Symphony League held its 25th annual Holiday Home Tour on Dec. 6 and 7. The tour began with a bake sale, gypsy boutique and silent auction at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. Four homes were on exhibit, including the home of John and Linda Barton on Rodeo Drive.
Missouri forward DeMarre Carroll takes the ball past California's Jorge Gutierrez, left, and Harper Kamp in the first half of Sunday's victory at Mizzou Arena.
Alan Austene separates mail. He has seen a growth spurt in the past few years, with mailboxes and stops becoming more frequent on his mail route.
Alan Austene drops off mail on Academy Road. He uses his own vehicle to zigzag on and off dirt roads throughout Hallsville.
Alan Austene drives along Kemper Road during his mail route. He and two fellow mail carriers deliver to Hallsville's 1,353 mailboxes.
Alan Austene jokes with Sara Crane and Deanna Rowland as he delivers mail at Hallsville Elementary School.
Alan Austene, a Hallsville postal worker for 32 years, loads his car for deliveries. Austene's route takes him an average of 8 1/2 hours and 64 miles through the roads surrounding Hallsville.
Alan Austene makes room in his car for mail to be delivered. His route takes him past farmland and horses and through newer subdivisions that have popped up over the years.
Clay Stem and his sons, Chase and Grady, prepare to take home their Christmas tree after selecting the perfect one at Log Providence Pines Tree Farm on Friday. The entire family helped select, cut and carry the tree to the cashier's stand.
Dean Fitzgerald owns Log Providence Pines, a Christmas tree farm south of Columbia. Dean and his wife, Diane, have owned the farm for more than 20 years, but this will be his last year. The farm lets families find and cut their own tree, sold by the foot.