Higher Education

Midwest group researches program to help students finish college degrees

The Midwestern Higher Education Compact is researching a college-credit exchange program that would store the college credits earned by students from multiple instiutions in a central location. Colleges and universities then could give students the opportunity to enroll and complete their degrees.

Commissioner of Missouri Higher Education reflects on time in office

Robert Stein announced earlier this year he plans to retire in 2010. His contemporaries have described him separately as "a consensus builder" and someone who "has a style that really builds trust." The search for a new commissioner is set to begin in December.

MU considering to start degree programs in South Korea

MU is one of several U.S. universities in talks with South Korea to offer degree programs as part of a new English-intensive university in South Korea.

MU student composer derives inspiration from 'The Road Not Taken'

MU senior Anthony Hernandez's original composition, "Two Roads Diverged," will be performed by the Columbia Civic Orchestra on Sunday at the Missouri Theatre Center for Arts. The piece was inspired by Robert Frost's poem, "The Road Not Taken."

Students crumble mock Berlin Wall

The fall of the Berlin Wall was commemorated by activities at Westminster College on Monday night.

Fulton college events celebrate anniversary of Berlin Wall dismantling

Westminster College has made a lasting home for a sizable contiguous section of the Berlin Wall. The campus, which was the location of Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech in 1946, is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the wall's dismantling.

MU lecturer recalls life before and after the Berlin Wall came down

To MU lecturer Olaf Schmidt, who grew up in East Germany, the Berlin Wall seemed an impenetrable barrier. Schmidt said he never expected to hear from friends who had escaped from East Germany; they may as well have been dead.

Moment of silence at MU for Fort Hood victims

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates asked military personnel and others to pause for a minute at 1:34 p.m., a day after an Army psychiatrist killed 12 soldiers and one civilian.

Columbia College to host forum Tuesday about Veterans Affairs loans

The forum will explain how to buy a home or start a small business with Veterans Affairs loans.

Nontenured-track faculty may soon be included in MU campus committees

MU Faculty Council discussed a proposed change that would allow the nearly 600 nontenured-track faculty to participate on the 31 campus standing committees. They are expected to vote on the change Nov. 19.

Education leaders discuss future of schools

Four state senators and top state educators met for a hearing at the University of Central Missouri. Educators gave testimony that Missouri needs more educational funding. The Missouri Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee will use the information to plan legislation designed to improve education.

Old water leak requires some tooth-chattering drilling at Journalism School's famous archway

The School of Journalism's historic archway, traditionally a place of silence, is undergoing loud repairs this week.

Researcher accidentally carries radioactive material out of MU lab

An MU researcher spread radioactive material from a lab on his shoe Monday evening, which led MU to cordon off portions of a campus building. MU's environmental health and safety department is locating and removing affected material and will conduct an investigation into the accident once all radioactive material has been removed.

Guitarist Pat Martino comes to Columbia

Twenty years ago, Pat Martino suffered from an aneurysm that threatened to take away the musical career he created. After surgery, he recovered his abilities and will perform in Columbia this Wednesday to showcase his relearned talent.

Missouri Southern president no-confidence vote set for Monday

A faculty group have formed their opinion of the president based on 23 complants against Bruce Speck describing what it calls failures of leadership and management.

PHOTO GALLERY: Dianne Lynch inaugurated as Stephens College president

Family, friends, students, alumni and colleagues attend the inauguration of the new president of Stephens College, Dianne Lynch. During the ceremony, Lynch received the official symbol of the College and of the office of the presidency, the Presidential Medallion.

Stephens College inaugurates Dianne Lynch as 24th president

Although Lynch has been at Stephens since June, her inauguration marks her official position as president. Formerly dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College in New York, she follows Wendy Libby, who was president for six years.

Many carve their first pumpkin at Multicultural Community Hour event

The Multicultural Community Hour held a special pumpkin carving event on Thursday afternoon that attracted international students and adults. For many, this was their first chance to take part in the Halloween tradition.

Journalists discuss future of industry at Stephens College

An opening event for Dianne Lynch's inauguration was a keynote and panel discussion on the future of American journalism Thursday night.

Difficult Dialogue discusses issues of race and civility

MU Difficult Dialogue brought up the difficult discussion topic of race on Thursday. Five people opened the discussion on race and discussed its impact on them.  "We're not really taught to talk about race respectfully and productively," MU sophomore Emily Luft said.