A ‘job well done’

No wonder Richard Wallace keeps saying it’s hard to leave MU. About 400 faculty and staff members gathered at a reception Thursday to celebrate the chancellor and his nearly 40 years of service to the university.

A long line of well-wishers snaked out of the Reynolds Alumni Center ballroom, as administrators, faculty, staff, students and community leaders waited patiently to shake the departing chancellor’s hand. Both Wallace, who will step down in August, and his wife, Patricia, took a few moments to acknowledge the guests.

Diversity seen as limited by few options

Reinforcing claims made in a recently released campus diversity report, leaders of several MU academic departments said they’ve seen problems with recruiting and retaining African-American and female faculty.

A lack of commitment to diversity and discrimination in departments was cited in the independent report and by Robert Weems, MU’s vice chancellor for equity, as reasons the numbers of minority faculty, especially African Americans, and female faculty in leadership positions are still low.

Volunteers cleaning up Missouri River

Jeff Barrow has seen a lot of junk on the Missouri River’s banks.

“We’ve gotten everything from pool tables to pianos,” said Barrow, an event coordinator for Missouri River Relief. “Last weekend, (in Washington, Mo.,) someone found a bowling ball.”

Translator breaks barriers

Margaret Peden began translating in 1969 after reading the Mexican novel “The Norther.” She enjoyed the book but was disappointed that she could not share it with others because of the language barrier. As a former MU Spanish professor, she decided to translate the book herself. It was published in English in 1970.

Now publishing companies call her to translate Spanish works. She also translates poetry, plays and essays.

Balancing sports and studies

In high school athletics, the pressure is on to perform in both the sports arena and in the classroom. For many, it can be difficult to succeed in either place.

The key is to effectively manage time, said coaches, educators and the athletes themselves.

MU graduation exercises commence

Graduation ceremonies for MU begin today and run through Sunday, with a total of 4,281 degrees being conferred, including two honorary doctorates.

This weekend marks Chancellor Richard Wallace’s last graduation as chancellor. He will speak at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at 1 p.m. Saturday and at the ceremony for Arts and Science at 2 p.m. Sunday. Wallace retires as chancellor on Aug. 31.

Citizens on patrol in Columbia

Frank Edwards, 77, walks with a cane, but that hasn’t prevented him from helping to lower the crime rate in his First Ward neighborhood. The former sheriff patrols the streets near his home regularly and keeps a cell phone close to his lap, ready to dial the police.

Edwards, who is part of the Citizens on Patrol program, was one of more than 40 people who attended the Columbia Neighborhood Watch Revitalization gathering Thursday night at the Armory Sports Center. The event was hosted by the police department and the Neighborhood Watch Program, which began in 1978.

Assembly passes ‘Jobs Now’

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Bob Holden received a stripped-down version of his “Jobs Now” initiative Thursday afternoon, after the measure was approved unanimously by the General Assembly.

“This truly starts redefining economic development in the state of Missouri in the years to come,” Holden said.

Assistant superintendent retires after 33 years

Skip Deming, assistant superintendent of curriculum instruction, is retiring after 33 years in the Columbia Public School District.

“I’ve done, hopefully, all the good I can do,” said Deming. “I am fortunate and blessed that I had these years and the opportunity with Columbia Public Schools.”

Child recovering after car crash

The 1-year-old child of a young couple killed on eastbound Interstate 70 on Wednesday is in good condition, a University Hospital official said Thursday. The hospital is not allowed to release information on the future custody of the child.

“My guess would be that family from Idaho is coming,” said Boone County Fire District Assistant Chief Ken Hines.

Moran’s showing excites MU coach

It takes a lot to make a grown man run screaming through the rain, but Michelle Moran gave Rick McGuire a reason to do it Thursday.

Moran, a former Missouri heptathlete, set a personal best in the 200-meter dash on the first day of the Audrey Walton Combined Event Carnival at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

Pressure no problem for Rorvig

Kaela Rorvig knows what is in store for some of her younger teammates on the Hickman track team.

In the postseason, races with more pressure, better competition and bigger crowds can make veterans nervous.

Leukemia can’t keep Hawf out

When doctors diagnosed leukemia in Scott Hawf, tennis was the first thing he asked about.

Two years ago, Hawf’s play came to a halt during a doubles tournament. Hawf and Jon-Eric Meyer, the No. 1 singles player for Rock Bridge this season, dominated until Hawf took a drink of Gatorade and could not keep it in his mouth.

One more try

In swimming, qualifying for the state championships is a little different from most high school sports.

Rather than winning races to earn a spot at the championships, swimmers must surpass a set time.

Missouri defeats Oklahoma State

The Missouri softball team defeated Oklahoma State 4-3 on Thursday at the Big 12 Conference Championships in at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The spy in your computer

Imagine you’re being secretly followed while shopping in a supermarket. Everything you look at, a snooper records and radios to a distant boss. After turning a corner, you’re suddenly besieged with ads, sent by the boss, hawking everything from a time share to products designed to get rid of unwanted scars.

Chances are, you would not want to return to such a store. But this sort of shopping experience is being forced upon thousands of Americans every day — on their computers.

System fights fire, protects collections

It’s called Sapphire, but it’s not a precious stone. To the naked eye, it looks like water.

Sapphire is a new fire suppression system developed by Tyco International, which claims the substance will revolutionize fire-fighting.