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Higher Education

Summer novel is ‘Enough’

Incoming MU freshmen who join this year’s summer reading program will have their hands full. The assigned book, “Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age,” looks at north Texas as the next Silicon Valley and the ethical ramifications of genetic engineering.

This is the second year for the program.

Faces

Michelle Runyon finds adventure on a daily basis.

Runyon is the site facilitator for the Adventure Club at Rock Bridge Elementary School. The club is operated through MU as part of the College of Education.

FACES: Heather Carver

Heather Carver, an assistant professor of theater at MU, uses the stage to give a voice to those who otherwise might not be heard.

Carver encourages others to portray their realities through programs such as MU’s Writing for Performance, which she co-directs, and the Life and Literature Performance Series. Both of these programs allow people to use the medium of play writing and production to tell stories of their own.

Campus News

Little more than a week ago, Stephens College was overrun with alumnae during its annual Reunion Weekend, and it appears that the college is on the minds of many.

On Friday, Stephens announced that it had recently received about

Revealing Excellence

On Friday, newly selected members of MU’s six honorary societies were announced during the Tap Day ceremony. Tap Day recognizes the performance of students in academic and extracurricular arenas. The societies — Mortar Board, QEBH, Mystical Seven, LSV, Omicron Delta Kappa and Rollins Society — select their members based on scholastic, leadership and service achievements. It’s an MU tradition for inductees

to remain hooded until their

Activist seeks animal rights

Seeing a slaughtered pig as a boy was something Jim Mason said he will never forget.

“I blacked out, and family members told me that I was hysterical for a few days,” Mason said. “I had nightmares and had to leave the farm to stay with my aunt. I didn’t want to return to the farm.”

Conference focuses on two exiled authors

Lucía Charún-Illescas left Peru 20 years ago because she could not make a living as a writer.

She resides in Hamburg, Germany, and said she felt the solitude of being an Afro-Hispanic author in a small Latin American community.

Dual-credit classes grow

Heritage Academy, a private Christian college preparatory school, has teamed up with Missouri Baptist University to give high school seniors a head start on college with dual enrollment courses in college algebra and advanced biology.

Math teacher Tere DeWitt and biology teacher Laurie Wallace will use the university’s texts and syllabuses to instruct their high school classes.

Students consider starting Asian sorority

MU’s Greek community might be getting a new sorority.

On Tuesday night, eight college women of Asian descent gathered in Memorial Union to discuss starting an Asian-interest chapter.

Science creating link with business

Development directors from companies invested in life science research talked last week about how to improve communication between companies and universities.

The event Thursday in Monsanto Auditorium in MU’s Life Sciences Center was part of Life Sciences Week on campus. In the past five years, MU has been focused on cultivating an environment in which life science research can make the jump into the commercial realm. The attention led to the completion of the Life Sciences Center, the creation of the Office of Technology and Special Projects, and the goal of building an incubator to house start-up companies founded on university research.

MU freshman co-authors book

Kourtney Mitchell loves writing. His mother said he wrote his first book when he was 10. Mitchell said he writes rap and hip-hop lyrics in his free time.

Now, at 18, this MU freshman has co-authored a book with his mother.

Curing a Country Boy

Last spring, two weeks before graduating from high school in a small town in northeast Missouri, Joel DeRosear began having headaches.

Then on May 15, the day before his commencement ceremony, DeRosear attended his friend’s graduation in a nearby town. Standing on a street corner, he talked with the county sheriff, Mike Kite.

Four more surprised

A big teaching award had its own big day on Thursday. Surprising the teachers in their classrooms, Chancellor Brady Deaton and Jim Schatz, chairman of Commerce Bank, handed out four 2005 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence — numbers six through nine out of 10 awards given each year.

Kemper fellowships, which come with a $10,000 award, started in 1991, when the William T. Kemper Foundation donated $500,000 to honor 10 teachers for five years. The award has been extended twice since then. After this year, 150 awards will have been given out.

Stephens students apply for AOL internship

The best and brightest future event planners just might be at Stephens College right now — at least America Online Inc. thinks so.

Rachel Gross, the director of corporate events for America Online, has arranged for a Stephens student to spend 12 weeks or more interning with her department this summer.

Columbia College receives top-tier rank

Columbia College has been ranked in the top tier of Midwestern comprehensive colleges in the category of bachelor’s degrees by U.S. News & World Report.

“We have been ranked in the past, but this is the first time in the top tier,” Columbia College President Gerald Brouder said.

Students approve Brady renovations

In MU’s largest election, students approved increasing fees to renovate and expand Brady Student Commons. More than 6,000 students voted this week — more than one-fourth of the student body — with 64 percent supporting the fee increase.

The fees will increase by no more than $35 a semester per student. That money will cover about 52 percent of the project, the final cost of which has not been determined.

Faces

Many people may not know who Shannon Fry is, but those who have attended a MU athletic game have witnessed her hard work.

Since 1998, Fry has been the head coach for the Golden Girls, MU’s dance team, and works behind the scenes to ensure performances go smoothly.

MU students, in memoriam

The last time Nicholas Blanco saw his friend Jesse Valencia, it was a gray and rainy day, just like the weather on Monday.

“I dropped him off at class, and he walked away,” Blanco said. “It was actually on a day just like this.”

Stephens club shows horse skills

Friday through Sunday, Stephens College’s Prince of Wales Club will host the 78th annual charity horse show at the Midway Exposition Center, Interstate 70 Exit 121. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Some proceeds will go to the Cancer Research Center of Columbia.

Michele Smith, chairwoman of Stephens’ Equestrian Department, is the adviser for the group. She said the organization president, Beth Piper, and student Sarah Sulze managed this year’s show.

Workshop to focus on pet health, safety

On Saturday, veterinary students will hold a pet emergency workshop at an open house sponsored by MU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

The student chapter of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society plans to show visitors how to check a pet’s vital signs, how to recognize signs of heat stroke, what to do in case of injuries of being hit by a car, and about common toxins and basic animal restraint.

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