Higher Education

Institute to focus on female filmmakers

Hollywood is a tough town. It can make you a star or leave you jaded. And this is even more true for women who are in an industry dominated by men.

A search for cure

In the late 1980s, Rosalynn Manor got her first taste of engineering in her family’s garage in Austin, Texas, holding tools while her father rebuilt a 1964 Chevy Nova.

Reviving smart conversation

Back in the 17th and 18th centuries, salons were places where people who appreciated humanities and fine arts could meet to talk in an intimate setting. It is that setting that MU’s Center for Arts and Humanities is trying to revive with its Winter 2006 Salon Series.

Program teaches American lifestyle

Through Friday, 19 Korean students from Chonnam National University and Seoul National University of Technology are on campus and in community internships as part of MU’s English Proficiency and Internship program.

Stephens goes global

The Association of American Colleges and Universities has added Stephens College to its list of 16 selected participant schools in a nationwide effort to make college curriculum reflect a more global view.

Columbia College adds campus

With the opening March 27 of a military campus at Fort Drum near Watertown, N.Y., Columbia College will have 30 campuses.

Lending a hand

MU freshman Nate Kennedy spent the last weekend in January clearing out furniture and other belongings from houses in flood-damaged New Orleans. Most of it had to be thrown out because it was covered in mold.

Center on conflict, media, law established

The School of Law and the School of Journalism have established a Center for the Study of Conflict, Law and the Media at MU.

UM policy targets conflicts of interest

In the January meeting of the UM System Board of Curators, a resolution was passed requiring all curators to report any conflicts of interest or business involvements with the UM System by May 15. The information will be reviewed at the curators’ May meeting.

The pursuit of beauty

A photograph of Nigel Kalton, taken when he was 8, seems to foretell his destiny. In it, his neatly combed hair frames protuberant ears, and round-rimmed glasses dwarf his face. His smile reveals two buckteeth. He wears a black blazer, striped tie and a stiff-collared white shirt. They are components of Nigel’s school uniform, but they make him look like he raided the closet of The Absent-Minded Professor.

Course to focus on financial ventures

MU graduate student Brian Adams has an idea for a business venture: He wants to grow biomass for biological refineries and power plants to create bioenergy.

A lifelong lesson

When Sheryl Chase began attending Stephens College in 1965, she had no major in mind and just wanted to go to college because “it was the thing to do.” Now, 40 years later, she is preparing to graduate Saturday from MU with an undergraduate degree in English.

Selling Faurot’s Forest

Beneath the stands of Faurot Field, a fake forest sprang up. The smell was so intensely fresh and the colors were so many shades of green that a squirrel might mistake it for the real thing.

MU professor’s mentoring honored

Sheryl Tucker, associate professor of chemistry at MU, received a $10,000 grant on Nov. 16 at the White House as one of 10 winners of the 2005 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

Campus Dining receives Ivy Award

MU’s Campus Dining Services was one of six food service operations around the nation to be named the best by Restaurants & Institutions magazine when it received the 2005 Ivy Award. It was honored as part of a May reception and dinner at The Field Museum in Chicago.

Researcher honored

John Hewett of the Missouri Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, the highest honor bestowed by the organization.

Shaping a profession

Marcia Shannon has three passions: her family, education and swine. A native of Red Oak, Iowa, Shannon grew up on her family’s generations-old farm raising hogs, cattle and row crops. Ventures in 4-H and Future Farmers of America clubs sparked her early interest in agriculture — a passion that would make Shannon a minority throughout her education and into her career.

Fundraising with a twist

Similar to a game of Twister, students with financial need feel like they’re being pulled in many directions. They manage financial pressures, work-related stress and college requirements in a delicate balance that can feel like collapse is inevitable at the next spin of the wheel.

‘Superwoman’ falls just short in battle of Twister endurance

Last Wednesday, Beth Scheiding dressed herself as Superwoman and headed to the MU Student Recreation Center to compete in a Twister tournament held by Student Foundation. In green pants, a blue Superwoman T-shirt, a red cape and yellow arm warmers up to her elbows, Scheiding’s outfit mirrored the colors on the Twister mats.

Psychological crises afflict universities

More students are coming to MU in need of counseling center services for problems such as depression, anxiety and stress, said Kathleen Boggs, director of the MU Counseling Center.