Song of praise

Congregants sing and clap during a song of praise at the end of a service with the Agape Fellowship Church on Sunday. The service is based in the African languages of Kinyarwanda and Swahili to provide the attendees with a place to worship in their home language.

Place of fellowship

A group of children play in the back of the room during an Agape Fellowship Church service on Sunday at the J.W. "Blind" Boone Community Center. The church provides an African language place of worship in Columbia for its congregants, many of whom speak little to no English.

Importance of translation

Caritas Habimane translates Pastor Aaron Ruvuga's African-language sermon into English during Sunday's Agape Fellowship Church service held at the J.W. "Blind" Boone Community Center. Pastor Ruguva founded the church to provide a center of worship based in Kinyarwanda and Swahili, as most of the congregants speak little to no English. Habimane plays a pivotal role as a translator for this African community; many say they would be lost without her.

Bands at the Texas Bowl

Marching Mizzou members perform as members of the U.S. Naval Academy Drum & Bugle Corps pass by and shout their cheer on Thursday, Dec. 31, outside Reliant Stadium in Houston. Later, a misunderstanding regarding post-game rituals resulted in both bands playing at the same time, which confused and angered fans on both sides.

Shortage of health professionals

Physician Karlynn Sievers listens as patient Joyce Thomas describes her sinus condition on Thursday. Sievers, who could not estimate how many patients she has, works in what is called a "Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area." Eighty percent of Missouri's counties share that designation.

An 'everything' doctor

Physician Karlynn Sievers looks at patient Joyce Thomas' throat on Thursday at St. John's Clinic in Rolla. As a family practitioner, Sievers said, "I prefer to think of it as specialists in common problems. You don't have to know everything about everything, but you have to know a little something about a lot."

Family doctor

Physician Karlynn Sievers says goodbye to Chris Gerischer and his two children Noah and Lorelle after their examination on Thursday at St. John's Clinic in Rolla. Sievers delivered both Noah and Lorelle and has remained the family's general practitioner.

Eye examination

Physician Karlynn Sievers examines 4-year-old Lorelle Gerischer's eye Thursday as Lorelle's father, Chris, looks on at St. John's Clinic in Rolla.

MU women's basketball player Shakara Jones vs. Duquesne

Missouri forward Shakara Jones fights for the ball in the first half of Saturday's game against Duquesne. Jones scored 9 points in Missouri's 72-66 victory.

Welcome to Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School

A message greets students on their first day at the new Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School. The new school replaces Field Elementary.

Getting used to Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School

Preschool teacher Clarissa James reads with Aalayah Lemasters as Ja'renzo Hicks plays. The first day for students at the new Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School consisted mainly of getting used to the new surroundings.

The new Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School

Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School opened its doors to students for the first time on Monday, Jan. 4.

Students enjoy lunch at the new Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School

From left, Kyran Shirley, Kierra Pilot and Paige Niles eat in the new cafeteria at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School in the new cafeteria. The cafeteria is one of the biggest improvements over the old Field Elementary, where the gym doubled as the lunch room.

Bruce Hillis

Bruce Hillis is the director of Missouri First Inc.


New York Jets wide receiver Brad Smith, left, fends off Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall while running for a 57-yard gain during the first quarter of Saturday's game.

Brad Smith scores touchdown

New York's Brad Smith, right, scores a touchdown past Cincinnati's Leon Hall as celebrating quarterback Mark Sanchez approaches during the second quarter Sunday's game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Nicole LaHolt serves as assistant coach for Columbia adapted sports volleyball team

Assistant coach Nicole LaHolt directs members and volunteers of Columbia's adapted sports volleyball team on Oct. 1, 2009, in the New Haven Elementary School gym.

Shawna Fitzpatrick plays on adapted sports vollyball team

Shawna Fitzpatrick serves during practice with Columbia's adapted sports volleyball team on Oct. 1, 2009, in the New Haven Elementary School gym. Like other athletes on the team, Fitzpatrick has special needs; born with a cleft lip and palate, Fitzpatrick also has hydrocephalus, which means an abnormal amount of fluid has accumulated in her brain.

Learning Chinese via video conference

Students at Trailwoods Elementary School in Kansas City, Mo. teleconference with their instructors, who lead them through lessons in Chinese.

Learning to count in Chinese

In this Dec. 3, 2009 picture, second-grader Felipe Padilla Murillo, foreground, and his Trailwoods Elementary School classmates count in Chinese during a teleconference with their instructor.