An English teacher at the college for 29 years, Metscher has seen her share of different types of students and has learned a lot about them.
“I’ve taught traditional, nontraditional and international students. I’ve liked aspects of each,” Metscher said. “I like being in the classroom and knowing other educators.”
Responsibility is more than the name of an MU residence hall. The campus Wellness Center is distributing green “Responsibility” bracelets to students willing to commit to being responsible for themselves and their friends when drinking alcohol.
These symbolic bracelets are part of a process to change a person’s life, said Kim Dude, director of the Wellness Center.
Here are a few facts about the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources:
1 Students in the college can choose from among 14 degree programs and can now get a degree with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture.
With thoughts of college life and independence on their minds, many high school seniors may be suffering from senioritis. But with its classic symptoms of laziness and procrastination, senioritis can be a blow to students’ post high-school dreams.
Students need to stay on top of deadlines, including ones for college admission, financial aid, scholarships and tests, as well as continue to work hard in their high school classes.
A 1998 lawsuit that could result in the refund of educational fees to some students in the UM system — and cost the university as much as $470 million — is in the discovery phase.
St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Romines ruled in favor of three former UM system students on a lawsuit more than two years ago.
Heather Pugh has had two experiences at MU she’ll never forget.
The first was when her fiance proposed to her at the columns, close to where they met her freshman year.
MU’s position as the flagship of the state’s public institutions will not be altered by the Southwest Missouri State University name change, Chancellor Brady Deaton said. However, this flagship position could be threatened if people interpret the change as competition for MU’s status.
Deaton said he is confident that legislators tailored the bill in a manner to ensure MU’s status as the flagship institution in Missouri. He views the issue as one of public policy for the state.
What started as a fund-raiser and community awareness event in Columbia has transformed into a multiple-city effort and an outpouring of support for the Officer Down Fund and the Columbia Police Department.
Columbia College will host the Hilary Scott Band benefit concert on Saturday to raise money and awareness for the fund. It’s also meant to strengthen solidarity between the community and the Police Department.
A graduate of the MU School of Journalism has donated $864,800 to the advertising department.
The MU International Student Council, which promotes a global outlook on campus, held its first “International Student Welcome Reception” last weekend.
Novelist Naeem Murr will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. in the A.P. Green Chapel at MU’s Memorial Union.
Murr has published prize-winning short stories and two novels, “The Boy” and “The Genius of the Sea.” “The Boy” has been translated into six languages.
Former producers will help celebrate on the air.
Junior tenure-track faculty should start brushing up their resumes because MU Alumni Association grant submissions are due March 4.
The grant, recently renamed the Richard Wallace Research Incentive Grant, gives priority to junior tenure-track faculty.
Eight years ago — the first time they filed for benefits for their respective partners — LeeAnn Whites and Mary Jo Neitz went to the MU Benefits Office together.
Whites, an associate professor of history and women’s studies at MU, recalled that the secretary looked at their forms and said, “You should get this!”
The Maneater, an MU student newspaper, celebrated its 50th anniversary Friday. To mark the occasion, Maneater adviser Becky Diehl and staff members served green-and-white-colored cake — the newspaper’s colors — to passers-by in Brady Commons from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Joel Gold started The Maneater in 1955 as a way to revamp the The Missouri Student, MU’s student newspaper at the time. Gold thought The Missouri Student was not tough enough and focused too much on Greek activities. He changed the paper’s focus and titled it The Maneater.
Missouri Hall, at Columbia College, was built more than 80 years ago. Built in Tudor-gothic architectural style accented by large bay windows and steep vaulted roofs, the hall was first used as a residence hall.
Completed in 1920, Missouri Hall has maintained its style. Original plans for the hall were adapted from a hotel in Mississippi so that upon completion, it could house 110 women. This was done to reduce crowding in the other residence halls on campus, such as St. Clair Hall. The name was chosen to honor donors from the state of Missouri.
What was learned: Scientists at MU are using a Veterinary Medical Database to identify cancer links between dogs and humans. The database was created in 1964 by the National Cancer Institutes of Health to catalog information about cases that had been discharged from U.S. and Canadian veterinary medical teaching hospitals. The database, housed at the University of Illinois’ College of Veterinary Medicine, holds more than 6.5 million case abstracts.
Why it matters: Researchers are studying the cases to answer questions about cancer that affects both dogs and humans — in hopes of finding treatments for humans.
Each day, John Stephens, a sophomore at MU, devotes time to drawing. He has produced a comic strip, “The 12,” for about a year, and he tries to come out with a new one each week.
Stephens posts them on his door in McDavid Residence Hall, and he distributes them to about 30 of his friends, relatives and co-workers through e-mail.
Ocean sulfate levels
What was learned: A team of geologists, including former MU professor of geological science Tim Lyons, developed a method for estimating sulfate levels in ancient oceans as a way to measure oxygen concentrations in the atmosphere at the same time.
Everybody loves free stuff, and the MU Alumni Association knows that.
Along with other tactics, the association sends small gifts to entice people to join the club. Membership peaked in June at more than 35,000.