Higher Education

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.

Stephens College names Ithaca dean Dianne Lynch its next president

Stephens College has selected Dianne Lynch, a dean at New York's Ithaca College, as its next president.  She describes herself as a student-centered faculty member and  has received a warm reception at Stephens.

Outdoor café serving food and needs

University Catering opened the Outdoor Soup and Sandwich Café for students, faculty and staff on March 4. It is open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Carnahan Quad in between Hulston Hall and Reynolds Alumni Center.

In the end, redesigned hospital gowns could make patients happier

A North Carolina State University research team is designing a new hospital gown, one that is less revealing than ones currently used.

Poster contest showcases research by MU life sciences

More than 300 entries competed in five categories.

MU guest lecture focuses on identity of black female adolescents

Sheila Walker, a guest lecturer at MU on Friday, conducted two years of ethnographic research in Los Angeles County on how African-American girls form their identity.

Biden pledges to alleviate college tuition burden during Missouri visit

At a town-hall style meeting at University of Missouri-St. Louis, Vice President Joe Biden said the adminstration will explore ways to make higher education more affordable, possibly with low-interest loans against 529s and by extending tax credits.

MU power plant replaces old boiler with biomass boiler

One of MU power plant's six boilers will be replaced with a biomass boiler. The replacement project will cost $62 million and be funded from bonds and, possibly, stimulus money.

Stephens College president receives education award

President of Stephens College Wendy Libby was named the Outstanding Higher Education Professional of 2009 by the University of Connecticut's Neag School of Education and Alumni Society.

MU's Division of IT upgrades storage, recovery of e-mail system

MU's Division of Information Technology is updating the e-mail systems for students and faculty, with a goal of finishing by early summer. The upgrade is standard but will now allow students to keep their e-mail addresses after graduation.

MU groups particate in Social Justice Seder

More than 100 Jewish and non-Jewish individuals gathered Tuesday evening at the Hillel Foundation to participate in the 4th annual Social Justice Seder.