Talkin' ties

Michael Yonan adjusts his tie in the bathroom of his house. Yonan, a MU art history professor, is known for his collection of vintage ties.

Playing with Luke

Clint Pickett plays with his sons Cody, 3, and Luke, 18 months, while Cheryl Pickett watches over them at the family's home in Wardsville. "We try to live as normal life as possible," Cheryl Pickett said. "Just because Luke has cerebral palsy doesn't mean that we have to stop living our life as a normal family."

Laughing Luke

Luke laughs as he tries to hold his head up during an aqua therapy evaluation for his cerebral palsy at Capital Region Healthplex West in Jefferson City. Liesl Stevens, a physical therapist, assesses Luke's head control during his three-month evaluation of aqua therapy.

Kissing Luke

Clint Pickett kisses Luke at a 5K fundraiser at Stephens Lake Park in August. The family raised more than $30,000 since May to help pay for travel and treatment expenses for Luke to go to China to receive a donated umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant treatment for his cerebral palsy. More than 100 people attended the fundraiser.

Working with Luke

Linda Kuebler, left, a speech pathologist, and Terri Brune, and occupational therapist, work with Luke Pickett during one of his sessions at the Special Learning Center in Jefferson City. The center works with children with developmental delays. Luke goes to different therapists four days a week.

Luke watches bubbles

Luke Pickett, held by Terri Brune, an occupational therapist, watches bubbles during one of his occupational and speech therapy sessions.

Feeding Luke

Cheryl Pickett adjusts Luke's head as he arches his back while she feeds him. Luke's cerebral palsy means he sometimes moves in a way that does not properly align his body.

Giving Luke medication

Cheryl Pickett gives Luke his night medication, Klonopin, an anti-seizure medicine, before he goes to sleep. Clint and Cheryl Pickett hope that a donated cord blood stem cell transplant will improve Luke's condition so they can take him off some of his medication.

Katy Steinmetz

Katy Steinmetz

Crowds gather to watch Jill Biden

Joyce Chastain, left, applauds Jill Biden after her speech at Stephens College in Columbia on Friday morning. Chastain, a Columbia resident, went to see Joe Biden when he visited Columbia last month and was equally pleased to have an opportunity to hear Jill Biden speak.

Jill Biden speaks at Stephens College

The Stephens College Velvetones performed a song on the Stephens college campus before Jill Biden's speech Friday morning. Joe Biden's wife was promoting the Obama/Biden ticket for the presidential race.

Jill Biden visits Columbia

Promoting the Obama/Biden ticket for the presidential race, Jill Biden gave a speech at Stephens College in Columbia on Friday morning. The wife of vice presidential candidate Joe Biden urged Columbia residents to help "convince those who were still undecided about the election."

James Cook

James Cook, inventor of the TightRope procedure, has seen few complications resulting from the more than 800 cases he has tracked of veterinarians performing his procedure on dogs experiencing knee problems.

Getting older with makeup

Lauren Allmeyer applies stage makeup to age her face. "It's fantastic. I'm so excited about my old lady face," Allmeyer said.

Step-by-step instructions in stage makeup textbook

Introduction to Stage Makeup students use a textbook, which provides instructions and examples for completing the looks assigned each week.

Focused on makeup

Lauren Allmeyer, a junior majoring in interdisciplinary studies, applies highlights, shadows and wrinkles to age her face.

New looks bring laughter

Fonzie Geary laughs about the old-age looks with his students in MU's Introduction to Stage Makeup class.

Applying new identities in stage makeup class

Introduction to Stage Makeup students Lauren Allmeyer, left, Katie Wenzlick, middle, and Kathleen Blakeney, right, apply makeup and practice facial expressions during their Monday afternoon class.

Vets fix broken knees

Veterinarian James Cook, center, performs TightRope on a blue heeler at the MU veterinary school earlier this month alongside two students. Cook said he hopes TightRope will avoid the extreme surgical complications, which he's seen occur after the use of other canine knee-repairing procedures.

Surgical 'rope' repairs joints

The material used in TightRope, a knee-repairing technique developed at MU by veterinarian James Cook, is part of what makes his surgery unique. Cook used the Kevlar-like "rope" above earlier this month when he operated on the joint of a blue heeler at the MU veterinary school.