Higher Education

Mural uncovered during Jesse Hall renovations

Initially thought to be a work by Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton, it now appears to be by James Hatfield, who was treasurer of the College of Fine Arts.

Safety questions emerge as MU prepares off-campus expansion

A record number of incoming freshmen at MU has the Department of Residential Life seeking housing off campus. Although the university has sought additional housing in the past, the decision raises queries about students' safety.

Record number of women take part in MU sorority recruitment

More than 1,300 women are registered to participate in the weeklong formal recruitment process — 200 more than registered in 2007.

Crist to be VP of health affairs at Arizona

The dean of the MU School of Medicine was the only finalist for the new position.

Student wins grant to help MU cut energy use

Ben Datema wants to use an energy-monitoring program called Building Dashboard to track power consumption in four residence halls — and encourage students to conserve.

Re-sodding of Francis Quadrangle begins

The sod will be laid in time for students to enjoy the quad later this month.

MyZou reviews vary among students and faculty

The Web portal, introduced to students and faculty last year, was an improvement from the previous system but had problems including difficulty with bill paying and financial aid. 

MU researcher's goal: a sensor for a molecule

Assistant Professor Xudong Fan, aided by a National Science Foundation grant, is  trying to develop a type of sensor that could be used to detect a variety of substances in the tiniest amounts.

Culver-Stockton College remodels its academic year

The college in Canton has built in three-week windows in its fall and spring semesters to give students more opportunities for field trips, study abroad and internships.

2 UMKC professors in sex harassment suit to resign

Pyschology professors C. Keith Haddock and Walker S. Carlos Poston II had been accused them of groping, fondling and subjecting women to explicit sexual conversations in UMKC's psychology lab. And the university had been sued for not responding in a timely way to complaints.

MU School of Medicine dean to hear about job Thursday

The University of Arizona Board of Regents will decide Thursday whether to offer Bill Crist a position as vice president of Health Affairs.

Interim director for MU's School of Social Work to stay in job

Marjorie Sable has served as the interim director since 2007 and will fill the role of director beginning Sept. 1.

School of Medicine associate dean for curriculum steps down after 15 years

MU's School of Medicine associate dean Michael Hosokawa has stepped down, but he will stay on staff until a replacement is named.

MU professor to receive national chemistry award

MU radiology professor M. Frederick Hawthorne, who is also the director of MU’s International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine, will receive the Priestley Medal from the American Chemical Society.

Student housing shuffling prompts cleaning frenzies, temporary homelessness

Many Columbia businesses have seen an increase in student traffic ahead of the fall semester, too.

Stephens College earns rankings in The Princeton Review’s 2009 survey

Stephens College is ranked in six categories, such as "Dorms Like Palaces" and "Best College Theater."



College Town 2008

From Friday night entertainment, to learning how to do that pesky load of laundry, consider this special section a survival guide for getting through that college transition.

Studying abroad offers lifetime lessons

Traveling to another country can enhance a degree's value and change world views.

Bands, bowling and billiards give students chance to unwind without breaking bank

Find a few ideas of what to do when it's time to take a study break

Alternative Spring Break tackles social, environmental issues

The organization sends teams of students to do service projects in areas affected by social or environmental issues across the United States.