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Higher Education

Columbia College receives large gift

Tom Bass has fond memories of visiting Columbia College as a child.

Faces: Vicki Conn

After years of preparation, Vicki Conn is finally moving into the position for which she has been groomed.

The provost’s perspective

The potential for significant reforms in higher education has MU Provost Brian Foster reconsidering the university’s academic priorities, even as he and other MU officials struggle to deal with decreases in state appropriations.

Curators bestow high honor on MU professor

Sandra Abell was 6 years old when she won her first award. The prize was a case of Coca-Cola, a pair of roller skates and a gift certificate to a Ben Franklin five-and-dime store. The reason? She captured 111 fish in two hours at a fishing derby in Ferguson.

Historic report could reform Higher Education Act

All colleges and universities are not created equal. But according to a draft of a historic report from U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings’ Commission on the Future of Higher Education, all institutes of higher education should be treated the same.

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Faces of MU

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A solid foundation

Coal-burning power plants spend millions disposing of fly ash, a fine powder loaded with mercury, lead and other toxic chemicals.

MU advising pair recognized

Being a good adviser to MU students means being a good listener, said Virginia Peterson, this year’s full-time staff Excellence in Advising award winner at MU. But Peterson also has something to say.

Debaters win big despite low funds

The MU Parliamentary Association, also known as the MU debate team, has finished a year of successes despite a lack of financial resources. MU junior Nick Dudley won his second consecutive first-place title at the National Forensics Association Championship, held April 14 through April 17 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The teaching ‘travel agent’

Joseph Hobbs sits comfortably in the cramped corner of his office in Stewart Hall. He is surrounded by two computers, a corkboard displaying photos of his family, and numerous worn-out maps. Sunlight splashes into the basement room from a window behind him.

Volunteers beautify campus gardens

If you have a green thumb, there is a place you can go to make it happy: the Mizzou Botanic Garden.

Sound of the City

During the winter of 2004, John Ernst began composing his latest piece of music. By spring, the piece was completed, but it still lacked a title.

Site shows buildings’ history

The “MU in Brick and Mortar” Web site offers an opportunity to see how buildings on campus have changed since 1892. From older buildings — such as Switzler Hall, constructed in 1871 — to newer ones — such as the Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building, built in 1996 — the site features photographs and information about 97 buildings on campus.

Teaching global networking

MU is providing selected students an opportunity to develop cross-cultural communications skills meant to help them become globally competent leaders.

Learning the skills of a strong manager

Four months ago, David Boyd knew little about exterior painting. Now, he spends his weekends promoting his painting business and giving estimates.

MU tuition jump linked to price index, funding

In raising tuition 5 percent for the coming school year, leaders of the University of Missouri System again used the Higher Education Price Index as a starting point.

Hall floor renamed to honor nursing dean

The second floor of Excellence Residence Hall on Virginia Avenue is being named “Porter House” in honor of Rose Porter, dean of the MU Sinclair School of Nursing.

Model for the future

While construction for the new Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute continues on the northeast side of MU’s Francis Quadrangle, the institute’s projects are under way.

Law School program aids abuse victims

Among the many points on the MU campus where student learning intersects with real-world experience is the Family Violence Clinic at the School of Law. There, law students can work at the clinic for credit while helping victims of domestic violence navigate the legal system and get their lives back on a safe track.

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