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Mike Alden at news conference with Quin Snyder [Photo]

Then-MU Chancellor Richard Wallace, left, Director of Atheltics Mike Alden, center, and former men's basketball coach Quin Snyder listen to questions during a news conference on May 11, 2004. Alden announced Thursday that he will resign effective Aug. 31.

Finucane smiles at softball media day [Photo]

Tori Finucane, pitcher for the Missouri softball team, participates in media day interviews during an indoor practice Jan. 22 at Devine Pavilion.

Media turns to Alden after Kim Anderson hire [Photo]

Missouri Director of Athletics Mike Alden is swarmed with microphones on April 29 after the announcement that Kim Anderson was to be the Missouri men's basketball coach. Alden announced Thursday he would be stepping down as Missouri director of athletics.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mike Alden to leave Missouri athletics department [Gallery]

Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden announced Thursday that he is leaving his post on Aug. 31. He oversaw Missouri's transition from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference.

Alden speaks at news conference in 2011 [Photo]

Director of Athletics Mike Alden speaks at the press conference on Nov. 17, 2011, regarding Gary Pinkel's DWI charge. Alden, who orchestrated Missouri's switch from the Big 12 to the SEC, is resigning from his position on Aug. 31.

Alden participates in SEC announcement [Photo]

From left, then-MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, University of Florida president Bernie Machen, Missouri Director of Athletics Mike Alden and Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive participate in an announcement on Nov. 6, 2011, that Missouri would join the SEC. Alden announced Thursday that he would step down from his athletics department post at Missouri on Aug. 31

After long athletics tenure, Alden to step down from athletics post [Photo]

Missouri Director of Athletics Mike Alden addresses the dismissal of Dorial Green-Beckham from the Missouri football team on April 11 at Mizzou Arena. On Thursday, Alden announced he would step down as Missouri director of athletics.

Dorie Greenspan kitchen app leads the way [Photo]

Chef Dorie Greenspan, pictured, helped create a companion app to her book "Baking with Dorie" that uses video to walk people through the recipes.

Alden to step down from athletics post [Photo]

Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden talks to reporter on Feb. 10, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Columbia. Alden, who announced Thursday that he is leaving his post on Aug. 31, has lead the athletics department since 1998. He oversaw Missouri's transition from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference. According to Missouri athletics, the department's operating budget has increased from $13.7 million to a high of $85 million during his tenure.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski talks about Keystone bill [Photo]

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, center, smiles Thursday as she speaks about Keystone XL on Capitol Hill in Washington. Murkowski is accompanied by Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, left, sponsor of the Keystone XL pipeline bill, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Joel Kendrick [File Image]

Joel Kendrick is editorial assistant for OtherWords.org.

FROM READERS: MU freshman Riley de Leon self-published his first book [Photo]

MU freshman Riley de Leon's book is a compilation of stories written by young adults describing their experiences.

FROM READERS: MU freshman Riley de Leon self-published first book [Photo]

MU freshman Riley de Leon self-published his first book, "Life’s not always written in Times New Roman: The untold stories of people like you."

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman women's basketball upsets Rock Bridge [Gallery]

The Hickman Kewpies snapped a six-year losing streak to cross-town rival Rock Bridge High School on Wednesday as the state’s No. 4 team toppled No. 1.

Emily Miller blocks a two-point shot [Photo]

Hickman player Emily Miller blocks a two-point shot by Rock Bridge's Madison Treece during Wednesday's game.

Nyjah White shoots ball during game [Photo]

Hickman sophomore Nyjah White throws the ball up to the basket during a game against the Rock Bridge Bruins at Hickman High School Wednesday.

Hickman students and players celebrate upset [Photo]

Hickman High students and players celebrate the women's basketball team's victory over the Rock Bridge Bruins, 45-35, on Wednesday.

Sophie Cunningham shoots free throw [Photo]

Sophie Cunningham, a captain for Rock Bridge's girls basketball team, looks toward the basket before shooting a free throw on Wednesday during a game against Hickman. Cunningham was named a McDonald's All-American the same day.

PHOTO GALLERY: Myrlie Evers-Williams comes to Columbia [Gallery]

Myrlie Evers-Williams, longtime civil rights leader and activist, speaks at the Missouri Theatre on Wednesday evening as part of Columbia's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Myrlie Evers-Williams speaks emphatically to her audience [Photo]

Myrlie Evers-Williams speaks emphatically to her audience at the Missouri Theatre on Wednesday. Evers-Williams expressed her pleasure that in two months, she will be "82 years young."
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