Higher Education

Columbia, Stephens colleges to hold graduations Saturday

More than 650 students will graduate from Stephens College and Columbia College on Saturday, many of them with honors.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU seniors sent off with a smile

On Thursday afternoon, the association hosted the annual Senior Send-Off, which is to symbolize the students' exit from the university.

School of Journalism to require iPod touch or iPhone for students

Freshmen admitted into the School of Journalism and pre-journalism students may buy either an iPod touch or iPhone in order to meet the new requirement. The iPod touch retails around $229 and the iPhone starts at $199, according to Apple’s Web site. Those who do not comply will not be penalized.

Missouri Senate tables $700M bond issue aimed at public universities

Two Republicans filibustered to stop a bill intended to fund construction at public universities in Missouri.

Two Missouri colleges collaborate on joint bachelor's degree program

Southeast Missouri State University and Three Rivers Community College, in Poplar Bluff, will be working together to create a joint bachelor of science program for social work next year.

MU student, brother indicted in nationwide spamming conspiracy

The defendants allegedly used the MU network to send millions of spam e-mails, through which over $4.1 million in products were sold.

Business journalism association to move to ASU

The headquarters for a national business journalism professional association is moving  from MU to Arizona State University as part of Arizona's revamping of  its curriculum.

MU chancellor says health officials monitoring swine flu

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton said campus health officials are already making plans for any action that may be necessary in relation to the possible health crisis.

MU faculty to discuss adding undergraduate diversity requirement

The general faculty body will discuss Thursday whether to form a committee that would review MU's general education curriculum, including the possibility of a required diversity course.

19th-century New Orleans brothels revisited in new book

A Tulane professor investiagated further when she saw most cases had been dropped.

UPDATE: Georgia professor sought after 3 people killed

A nationwide alert has been issued for marketing professor George Zinkhan, 57, and his vehicle. Killed were Zinkhan's ex-wife, Marie Bruce, 47, and two men.

UPDATE: UM System unlikely to see stimulus as House reworks 2010 budget plan


House Bill 22, released on Friday, includes only $31 million of University of Missouri System requests for funding from the federal stimulus.

More than $341 million of UM requests would have been for MU, its extension programs and other facilities located in Columbia, such as those under MU Health Care.

Panel discusses benefits of nuclear energy as AmerenUE pulls plug on power plant

AmerenUE suspended its plans Thursday to build an estimated $6 billion nuclear power plant in Callaway County, citing a filibuster in the Missouri Senate and the economic downturn as reasons for halting the project.

Belgian theater troupe brings Rwanda documentary to MU

A screening of "Rwanda 94" is scheduled for Sunday night, followed by a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers on Monday.

Artists share love of Earth and crafts

An online crafts group will be exhibiting its goods for the first time Sunday at Columbia's Earth Day Festival. Several members of the group, Missouri Etsy-Centrics, practice sustainable art.

Concealed weapons bill meets objections on campus

University presidents in Missouri, as well as campus police, are all against legislation that would allow concealed weapons on campus, while supporters of the bill stand their ground.

Oil billionaire supports alternative energy

Texas oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens advocated for weaning the U.S. from foreign oil by using alternative energy such as wind power and natural gas.

T. Boone Pickens' address highlights Missouri Energy Summit

The inaugural summit, which starts Wednesday, will include other energy leaders and has drawn 800 reservations.

Departments find innovative ways to save MU money

All divisions were asked in January to prune $5.2 million in nonpayroll items such as travel, equipment and supplies this fiscal year. In the end, the cuts will save the university $100,000 more than requested.

MU professor faces challenges in run for president of Sudan

Abdullahi Ibrahim, a history professor at MU for the last 15 years, wants to be the next president of Sudan. He must first gain approval to terminate his MU contract before taking on the task of running for office in the war-ravaged African country.