Higher Education

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.

MU High takes college off campus

Damian Von Schoenborn is ahead of the game. During his junior year at Rock Bridge High School, Von Schoenborn completed the highest level of math classes available to him.

Staging a recovery

Leon Stevenson III and Bianca Townsend sat onstage in Atkins-Holman Student Commons at Columbia College, singing their hearts out to Alicia Keys’ “Diary.”

A fitting match

As customers search department store aisles for the right manufactured Halloween costume, Savannah Baltazar fastens the buttons of her old Hollywood ballgown in her dorm room. With careful application of makeup, appropriate accessories and an extravagant hairdo, Baltazar transforms into Vivien Leigh. She helps Jessica Perreault, her suite-mate, step into her Princess Leia attire and adds more bobby pins to secure the girl’s hair into side buns. Halloween costumes come easy to Baltazar — just don’t mention the words “store bought” in her presence.

Art in living color

The Minority Artists Association, a new student group at MU, wants to see more color — not only on canvas, but also in the classroom. “I wanted the minorities to have a place to display their work,” said Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, the association’s president and founder.

Video game music links generation

Patrick Dell spent his summer playing video games and analyzing their soundtracks. With a $3,000 grant from MU, Dell dove into the video game world and explored the wide variety of musical genres the games have to offer.

Columbia College to build new labs

Julie Estabrooks said Columbia College’s science labs are less than adequate and are the greatest limitation to the school’s science program — so she is excited by the school’s plan to build a science building. “It will have a tremendous impact because our students will have new labs that can provide them with a state-of-the-art learning experience,” said Estabrooks, Columbia College’s science department chairwoman. “They’ll have the opportunity to work with the type of equipment and in the type of environment they’re likely to encounter in grad school or in the job environment.”

Diversity takes the stage

When audiences watch MU’s Interactive Theatre Troupe, they are required to become part of the performance. The troupe performs pieces involving multicultural issues and then lets the audience take the place of one of the actors and try to solve the problem depicted.

Faces - Eric Thompson

Eric Thompson

In June, Eric Thompson will start a job he had never expected: driving a Wienermobile.

Truman scholar

Annie Morrison has always been interested in health care issues, especially those pertaining to women. Growing up in the Ozark Mountains area of West Plains, southeast of Springfield, Morrison credits her social awareness to her family and the community in which she grew up.

Now an English and biology major in her junior year at MU, Morrison’s interest and involvement in health care and public service are paying off. Morrison was one of only 75 students from across the country to be selected as a Truman Scholar, which recognizes undergraduates’ future dedication to the field of public service. It also comes with a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school.

Stephens archives help the future

Stepping into the Stephens College Archives is a little like stepping into someone’s basement. There are concrete floors, metal shelves swathed in protective plastic and stacked boxes.

Here, the windows are covered by dark shades, and fluorescent lights bouncing off white walls make the room seem stark.