MU Health Care Patient Care Tower

The Patient Care Tower will be seven stories tall and be built on the north side of University Hospital, behind the main lobby. It will include space for support services, Ellis Fischel outpatient services, operating rooms, pre- and post-operation bays and private patient rooms.

Steven Bowen

Steven W. Bowen, 38, is wanted on the charge of failing to register as a sex offender. Bowen has four previous convictions on this charge.

Mike Alden gets roasted

Mike Alden, right, and his wife Rockie laugh during a roast of the Missouri athletic director held Thurday night to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.

Mazda sedan after collision with garbage truck

The driver of this Mazda sedan was taken to University Hospital with neck injuries after his vehicle collided with an oncoming garbage truck on Thursday near Vandiver Mobile Home Park, Columbia Police Officer Ted Anderson said.

Pamela Benoit

Pamela Benoit will be leaving MU where she served as dean of the graduate school to accept a position at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Checking the hail pads

John Moon, right, throws a softball at his "hail pad" used to measure the impact of hail. Professor Tony Lupo, left, and MU student Marshall Wave have both worked with Moon on his experiments during the year.

Continuing a childhood interest

John Moon checks one of his "hail pads" placed at the top of the Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building at MU on Thursday. Moon has always been interested in the weather; even as a boy, when he used to pretend he was a reporter.

Teens bond over similiar struggles

Zach Smith and Danielle Dement, center, share a quick hug while hanging out with Sol House residents Carl Lewis, left, Heather Brown and Sol House's evening supervisor, John Paul Perez, right, before the weekly house meeting and life skills class at the Sol House in Columbia.

Sharing a meal

Carl Lewis takes steamed broccoli out of a colander while cooking dinner with his fellow Sol House residents for members of Karis Community Church on April 15. Once a month a church group comes in to the Sol House in Columbia, cooks and shares a meal with Sol House residents and staff, but this month, the residents decided that they would cook.

Leaving Sol House

Sol House resident Tyler Caldwell erases his name from the board that tells staff where residents are because he is leaving the house to go back to Michigan.

Going in a new direction

Sol House resident Tyler Caldwell waits for a friend to pick him up who will be taking him to back to his home in Michigan since Caldwell is leaving the Sol House. Caldwell signed up for the National Guard and plans to begin boot camp in July.

Describing Sol House's residents

The wall at Sol House's office apartment is adorned with the names of residents and staff with adjectives that describe them such as, "Heather: playful, happy, passionate."

Art In the Park

A bicycle decorated like a giant camel was one of several art bicycles displayed at Stephens Lake Park for Art in the Park in June 2008. The St. Louis Banana Bike Brigade designed the camel for the ArtCycles project.

Learning to manage emotions

Sol House intern Chris Radigan, center, and Deron Young, left, listen to Zach Smith during a life skills class about teaching residents how to manage manage their emotions. As part of the program for staying at Sol House, residents attend classes each week that are organized by the staff.

Working toward independence

Zach Smith walks two miles, each way, five days a week along Clark Lane in Columbia to the Wendy's on Clark Lane near U.S. 63, where he works the lunch shift. The four mile round trip walk takes Smith 45 minutes each way. The job, which took him 10 months to find, is the second he has ever had. "It's a pretty stressful job, but you got to laugh about something," Smith said. Finding and keeping employment is a constant concern for Sol House residents.

Dancing to 'Ice Cream and Cake'

Temperance Hayes, center, laughs during while dancing with Sol House residents, Heather Brown, Tyler Caldwell and Carl Lewis to the song "Ice Cream and Cake" during Festa Palooza at Flat Branch park on April 18. As part of the program to remain at Sol House, residents must spend 35 hours per week on productive activities to earn passes to be able to leave on weekends to see friends and family. To do this, many residents volunteer with various groups in Columbia.

Nixon tours

Gov. Jay Nixon greets workforce development counselor Kandys Bleil, left, and Louis Randle at the Missouri Career Center in Columbia, MO on Thursday. Nixon toured the center before signing parts of the Show-Me Jobs Initiative.

Nixon Signs

Gov. Jay Nixon signs the Show-Me Jobs Initiative (House Bill 191) at the Missouri Career Center in Columbia, MO on Thursday.

Showing your colors

Puddles of paint collect around a newly decorated stage wall at the Stephens College Warehouse Theater on Thursday. The wall and another like it will be part of the upcoming production titled Jerks and Freaks which shows Friday.

Setting the scene

Katie McKellar, a first year student at Stephens College, helps paint the platform for the upcoming show Jerks and Freaks on Saturday. McKellar will be the "radio" in the portion of the production titled "Video Killed the Radio Star". "I think it's going to be good. It's a really risque show. We're having a blast with it" said McKellar. Jerks and Freaks shows Friday.