Higher Education

PHOTO GALLERY: MU graduation ceremonies 2009, Day 2

Ceremonies resumed at MU on Saturday with the Honors Convocation and graduations, such as the Arts and Science Commencement.

Myers doesn't regret Jeopardy! loss, is eager to play again

At graduation Saturday, MU senior Laura Myers received congratulations for completing her degree and finishing third in the Jeopardy! College Championship, winning $29,900.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU graduation ceremonies 2009, Day 1

Among those graduating Friday were members of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine and the Robert J. Trulaske Sr. College of Business.

MU journalism student advances to Jeopardy! College Championship final

MU senior Laura Myers can't say how well she fares in the college version of the popular game show, but, well, she's planning a trip to the World Cup in South Africa next year.

Court rejects UM System's patent suit against MU professor

Galen Suppes, a professor of chemical engineering at MU, said he wanted legal ownership of his commercially valuable resarch. He said the school did not recognize the financial potential of his inventions. According to MU, he sought the patents without crediting the university, but a federal judge dismissed the school's lawsuit.

Missouri House rejects package of education measures

The House voted down a bill that included expanding a college scholarship program and raising minimum pay for teachers.

MU prepares for commencement

Campus Facilities starts in January to prep Francis Quadrangle for graduation. The 650 employees of Campus Facilities work to make sure the area is picture perfect for commencement.

MU students find difficulties adjusting to new student center

Substituting the Student Center for Brady Commons has disappointed many MU students, who say they miss the open spaces that they used to hang out in. Lounge space is available in the new building, though it's not widely publicized.

Far from waiting in the wings, award-winning MU dramaturg seizes his role

Behind good theater is a good dramaturg, a person who helps inform the production with historical insight and advice. MU has a nationally award-winning one: doctoral student Andy Pierce.

MU professor named University of Wyoming law school dean

Stephen Easton will wrap up ten years of teaching at MU and start at Wyoming on July 1.

Ticks seem to be bugging us earlier and in greater numbers

An MU professor blames the abundance of habitat and hosts. With 4 million deer in the state, many in urban areas and the creation of back-to-nature areas, the little buggers have lots of places to live and multiply.

PHOTO GALLERY: Stephens and Columbia college graduations

More than 500 students participated in Columbia College's commencement ceremony, while more than 170 were expected to walk in Stephens' ceremony.

UPDATE: Body of Georgia professor implicated in shooting found in woods

Police have confirmed it is the body of George Zinkhan, a University of Georgia professor accused of killing his wife and two others outside a community theater. Searchers said that Zinkahn appears to have buried himself in brush and dirt.

UPDATE: Journalism faculty debates, but affirms requirement of iPod touches

Among the issues the faculty discussed were  the potential for the requirement be better articulated to students and the need for brands other than Apple be an option.

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.

MU senior beats KU student in 'Jeopardy'

MU journalism senior Laura Myers was among 15 students to compete in the College Champtionship series on Jeopardy. In the first round, which aired Monday, Myers beat out students from The Ohio State University and the University of Kansas to win $10,000 and advancement to the semi-finals.

Columbia explores offering free transit

The City Council discussed options for the future of Columbia public transit on Monday night, including the possibility of having MU students pay a small fee, but no decisions were made Monday.

Debate over stimulus funds rages in Missouri Senate

Missouri senators backed the state's higher education budget 29-4, but some expressed concerns over plans to increase the budget for the 2010 fiscal year.

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.