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Missouri pitcher Scooter Hicks

Missouri pitcher Scooter Hicks makes his delivery Saturday against Kansas.

A day to remember

Columbia College President Gerald Brouder, left, and Stephens College President Wendy Libby address graduates at their schools' commencement ceremonies on Saturday.

Fourteen years and counting

Gerald T. Brouder, president of Columbia College, addresses graduates of the college before they are presented with their degrees inside the Southwell Complex on Saturday. This year, Brouder is completing his 14th year as president of the college.

Waiting to walk

Graduates of Columbia College wait in line before receiving their diplomas during the school's commencement ceremony on Saturday. The line of students had all earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the college.

Moment of anticipation

Matthew Corrado shares a moment with his neighboring graduate before their row is asked to rise during Columbia College's commencement ceremony on Saturday. Corrado walked across the stage to receive his Bachelor of Arts degree in history.

Commencement expression

Some students chose to adorn their caps with their graduation year or other personal touches, but most kept them clean and simple during Columbia College's Commencement ceremony inside Southwell Complex on Saturday. More than 250 graduates received their diplomas during the ceremony.

Mickey Carroll

In this Nov. 20, 2007, file photo, actor Mickey Carroll, the Town Crier among The Munchkins from "The Wizard of Oz," jokes as he arrives to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, site of "The Wizard of Oz's" 1939 premiere, in Los Angeles. He died Thursday at age 89.

The Center Project opens

Mayor Darwin Hindman praises the six years of hard work put forth by the board members (in the background) of the Center Project. The center, which will serve all of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations in Columbia, opened on Saturday.

Mark of honor

Stephens College Vice President of Academic Affairs Mary Hassinger, left, and President Wendy Libby, right, place honorary robes on graduating senior Kristin Parran during commencement ceremonies at the John and Mary Silverthorne Arena on Saturday. Parran was recognized as the class speaker for her accomplishments during her time at Stephens.

What's another word for 'thanks'?

Crossword puzzles, placed by professor Rob Doyen's students as a show of appreciation, hang from his back as he announces the names of graduates. Doyen, a professor of theater at Stephens, often did puzzles with his students during down time at rehearsals.

Closing with a song

The Stephens College Senior Ensemble performs "I'll Be There" for the closing of commencement ceremonies on Saturday afternoon.

Parting words

Outgoing Stephens College President Wendy Libby addresses the graduating class of 2009 at the beginning of commencement ceremonies.

Cassandra Wren wins raffle prize at Head Start 'I CAN' event

Cassandra Wren, a Cole East Head Start parent, wins a raffle prize at the "I CAN Help My Child Stay Healthy" training for Head Start grantees in mid-Missouri. The training was designed to be fun and engaging for a diverse group of parents. "I love these things," said Wren, who has attended various similar events.

Parents gather for Head Start program launch

A diverse group of parents and guests from Head Start centers in eight counties in mid-Missouri gathered for the "I CAN Help My Child Stay Healthy" training Thursday. The training is designed to empower parents to better utilize the health care system and decrease unnecessary ER and clinic visits. Parents described the event as fun and engaging. Mernell King, Head Start director for the program, said the event is useful to show parents the importance of learning more about basic health care. "When you get 500 people in a room you think, well, maybe it is a big deal," King said.

Bike, Walk & Wheel Week breakfast

From left, Sarah Ashman, an employee of Walt's Bicycle Fitness and Wilderness Co., Cheryl Hardy and Ava Fajen , both volunteers for the Bike, Walk & Wheel Week, serve breakfast to Julie Alsberge, Ana Kelty, Eric Bohle and Maria Rodriguez at the breakfast station on the MKT Trail access at Stewart and Providence roads Friday morning. The breakfast station, sponsored by Walt's Bicycle Fitness and Wilderness Co., was one of 12 stations around town that offered free food for people who walked or rode their bike to work or school Friday morning. The event was part of the eighth annual Mayor's Challenge: Bike, Walk & Wheel Week, which is organized by the Columbia PedNet Coalition to promote non-motorized transportation.

Ella Kane talks to Ian Thomas

Ella Kane, 5, the daughter of Spencer Kane, left, a volunteer at one of the Bike, Walk & Wheel Week breakfast stations, talks to Ian Thomas, right, as Cheryl Hard, center left, and Ava Fajen, center right, also volunteers, watch. Thomas, executive director of the PedNet Coalition, is one of the main organizers of the eighth annual Mayor's Challenge: Bike, Walk & Wheel Week.

Breakfast snacks for Bike, Walk & Wheel Week

Raisins, bagels, granola bars and other items wait to be eaten by hungry pedestrians and bicyclists at the breakfast station on Broadway and West Boulevard early Friday. The breakfast station, sponsored by the Mayor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health, was one of 12 stations across town. As part of the eighth annual Mayor's Challenge: Bike, Walk & Wheel Week, the event was organized by the Columbia PedNet Coalition to promote non-motorized transportation.

Staying strong, staying healthy with Extension program

Ginny van Hove and Ellen Sapp work on toning their arms at a Stay Strong, Stay Healthy class at Parkade Elementary on April 6. Stay Strong, Stay Healthy is a 10-week program aimed at improving health, strength and balance.

Ellen Sapp lifts weights

Ellen Sapp lifts weights during a Stay Strong, Stay Healthy exercise class at Parkade Elementary on April 6. Stay Strong, Stay Healthy is part of an MU Extension program and is led by Vera Massey, a nutrition and health education specialist at MU.

The new face of gay activism

Bill Donius, at his home in Ladue on April 8, said he never saw himself as an activist. But as board chairman of Pulaski Bank, Donius is part of the new face of the gay movement, a movement to get more people with power, wealth and name recognition involved in activism.
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