PHOTO GALLERY: Two Army ROTC members recieve officer commission

The Army ROTC program at MU held commissioning ceremonies Sunday in which graduating members received officer statuses in their respective military branches. 2nd Lt. Jamar Williams and 2nd Lt. Chris Shoemaker will serve in the Missouri National Guard.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri rolls past Southern Illinois

The Missouri women's basketball team beat Southern Illinois 110-47 on Sunday at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: Online masters student comes to MU for graduation

Adam Lewkowsky completed his master of arts in Library Science online while living in Portland, Ore. He came to Columbia this weekend to participate in the MU Graduate School commencement.

PHOTO GALLERY: Winter graduation ceremonies held at MU, Columbia College

Commencement ceremonies were held at MU and Columbia College on Saturday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Community remembers victims of Connecticut school shooting

A candlelight vigil was held at Edmund Town Hall in Newtown, Conn., and a makeshift memorial was set up near Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 26 people, including 20 children, were killed when a gunman broke in the school.

PHOTO GALLERY: Community brings Nativity to life in Centralia

Participants in a live Nativity event in Centralia on Saturday acted out scenes from the Christmas story. Several churches work together to put on the event, now in its second year.

PHOTO GALLERY: Meng Ren's family traveled from China to watch her graduate

MU graduate Meng Ren's family traveled from China to watch her graduate Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Stephens College celebrates graduation

Stephens College held its graduation ceremonies in Kimball Ballroom on Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU graduates and their parents take part in fall commencement activities

MU students from the Sinclair School of Nursing and School of Journalism take part in commencement ceremonies at Jesse Auditorium on Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Elementary school shooting in Connecticut leaves 27 dead

An official with knowledge of Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., said 27 people were dead, including 20 children.

PHOTO GALLERY: Joseph M. LaBarge steamboat paddles down Missouri River

Roger and Barbara Giles own a 75-year-old sternwheeler, the Joseph M. LaBarge.

PHOTO GALLERY: Canines caper around Bear Creek Nature Area

Dogs spend an afternoon playing at the Bear Creek Nature park, which is a lease-free area, on Thursday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia hunters demonstrate bows

Columbia bow hunters demonstrate how they use their bows for hunting and recreation.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hulagans and Adventure Club hula hoop to celebrate 12/12/12

Hulagan members help children in Adventure Club learn how to do tricks with a hula hoop Wednesday at Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School. Hulagans came to the school to celebrate "12/12/12," a circular date, while also performing and helping the children decorate their own hula hoops

PHOTO GALLERY: Debra Oliver takes care of her husband, David Oliver

Debra Oliver, a professor at the MU School of Medicine, became the primary caregiver for her husband, David Oliver, after he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 2011.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman, Rock Bridge basketball meet in crosstown rivalry game

In a crosstown rivalry basketball game on Tuesday, the first game in Hickman High School's new gymnasium, the Hickman High School Kewpies defeated the Rock Bridge Bruins, 55-48.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fire crews respond to Creekwood Estates fire

Five fire trucks were dispatched to Creekwood Estates Senior Living on Tuesday afternoon. Crews performed an "aggressive fire attack" and put out the fire in 12 minutes, according to a Columbia Fire Department news release.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students and teachers transition to Common Core State Standards

Columbia Public Schools are transitioning to Common Core State Standards, which focuses on teaching students skill-based curriculum.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU students attend menorah lighting event

Students ate latkes, listened to Hanukkah music and watched a 9-foot tall menorah be lit at an event organized by the Chabad Jewish Student Organization in the MU Student Center on Monday evening.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sorella Natural Foods chef prepares vegan meals

Shelly La Fata, owner of Sorella Natural Foods, prepares healthy snacks and meals in her home. La Fata teaches in-home culinary classes and has a catering service.