Higher Education

Universities prepare for fewer state high school graduates

MU and other state universities are preparing for a drop in the number of Missouri high school graduates by the year 2011.

Lt. Gov. Kinder signs legislation to provide funding for University of Missouri projects

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder signed a bill on Tuesday that allots nearly $31.2 million to assist in needed construction at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and Medical Education Center at MU. Kinder also designated about $15 million for the University of Missouri-Kansas City for a new state-of-the-art pharmacy and nursing building.

Westminster College names new president

Westminster College’s board of trustees named George B. Forsythe the 20th president of the Fulton school on Saturday.

MU researchers seek further understanding of Type I diabetes

The MU School of Medicine is looking for volunteers for an international diabetes study, which is aimed at preventing or delaying the onset of the disease.

Smart carpet senses falls

An MU professor is working with Eldertech to create fall-sensing flooring technology.

MU students get new free, legal music downloads is being offered to MU students in an attempt to stop illegal file sharing of music.

MU group questions significance of Castro's resignation

In a meeting Tuesday night, members of MU’s Cuban American Undergraduate Student Association discussed their feelings about Fidel Castro’s resignation of the Cuban presidency, pointing out that his removal from power will probably have little effect on the Cuban people.

MU officials urge campus to sign up for cell phone alerts

About 19 percent of the campus has signed up for the emergency Mass Notification System so far.

Threatening a woman into abortion illegal under proposed bill

JEFFERSON CITY — Husbands and wives can divorce in Missouri without needing a reason. But abortion opponents want to make it a crime if a man threatens divorce to pressure his wife into an abortion.

Biochemistry department finds a single home

The MU Biochemistry Department has been scattered around campus for more than 30 years because it is jointly affiliated with the medical school and the agricultural school. In a $10 million construction project, the department has finally been consolidated.

Former CEO takes helm of UM system Monday

Gary Forsee laid out portions of his agenda at his first press conference Monday as the 22nd president of the University of Missouri System. The former CEO of Sprint Nextel pledged to be the bridge for both students and faculty between the state’s and nation’s educational and political realms.

MU to offer winemaking curriculum in fall

MU will offer enology and viticulture emphases in food and plant sciences. It will be the only such program in the Midwest.

Gary Forsee to begin UM System presidency Monday

The 22nd president of the University of Missouri System, a former Sprint Nextel CEO, will take over for Interim President Gordon H. Lamb.

MU, Stephens mark V-Day with performances

Students at MU and Stephens College will mark the 10th anniversary of V-Day with benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues. V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, is centered on supporting local charities through money raised by shows of The Vagina Monologues and other awareness raising activities.

Students participate in job fair from anywhere

The job fair for business students is done completely online.

Social networking site transforms the dating scene

Facebook allows users to indicate if they are single, dating, in an open relationship, engaged, married or “complicated.” Anne Meyer, a psychologist at the MU Counseling Center, sees both benefits and drawbacks in this rapidly evolving form of friendship and intimacy.

MU unhurried in adding garage surveillance

Although Jim Joy, director of MU Parking and Transportation, plans to install security cameras in all MU parking structures in the near future, few students are convinced it will curtail crime.

Speaker helps MU celebrate Black History Month

Michael Eric Dyson, author, professor and social critic, spoke to a nearly full audience at Jesse Auditorium on Thursday night to share his views on voting, black culture and other issues pertaining to black people in America.

Education Committee debates Brooker Act

During a one-hour discussion of the issue on Tuesday, the House Higher Education Committee heard multiple witnesses’ opinions of the controversial House Bill 1315, known as the Emily Brooker Higher Education Sunshine Act.

Blunt nominates St. Joseph resident for MOHELA board

JEFFERSON CITY — A St. Joseph businesswoman has been picked to help manage the state's student loan authority.