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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.

Speakers come to MU for life sciences week

The first life sciences week to be held in MU’s $60 million Life Sciences Center kicked off Monday and runs through Friday.

“It’s helping this building be what supposed to be,” said Ginny Booker, communications spokeswoman for the center.

Faces: Scott Cairns

For 50 years, Scott Cairns has been on a spiritual migration. It has led this MU English professor on a journey to Mount Athos, a monastic republic in northern Greece.

“About 10 years ago, I became fairly disenchanted with American Christendom,” Cairns said. “I was looking for a richer expression of my faith when I came upon Eastern Orthodoxy.”

Exiled authors speak

MU’s Afro-Romance Institute for Languages and Literature of the African Diaspora will host “Transnational Identities: Afro-Hispanic Literature of European Exile” on Friday and Saturday.

The conference will focus on the writings of Afro-Hispanic authors in exile and have papers presented on their works. There will be a discussion on the literature of Equatorial Guinea, a presentation on the country’s literature and music, and a session on African literature and the African Diaspora.

3-D Gallery

The lawn of the Fine Arts Building on University Avenue has been taken over.

Students in a basic 3-D design class at MU have been constructing wooden sculptures since April 1.

Two more Kempers awarded

Hani Salim

In place of class, civil engineering students snacked on doughnuts and juice Monday morning in the corridors of Lafferre Hall to celebrate their teacher’s excellence.

Faces: Carolyn Henry

Carolyn Henry always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. She also knew she didn’t want to specialize in oncology or work at a university.

She got one out of the three correct.

Now you know: Brain activity studied

What was learned: Advances for treating patients with psychiatric disorders might be attainable through the ability of understanding how self-awareness is rooted in the brain.

Bernard Beitman, who is chairman of MU’s Department of Psychiatry, and assistant professor Jyotsna Nair are the editors of “Self-Awareness Deficits in Psychiatric Patients,” which was published in February. The book’s purpose is to explain how the brain shapes and maintains a person’s sense of self.

A Matter of Science

Can you hammer a nail with a banana?

Hundreds of people who visited the MU Physics Department’s open house Saturday know the answer is yes —if you happen to have liquid nitrogen at your disposal.

A perspective on Islam

John Esposito loves his work because he never has to change his tune.

“I have the world’s greatest job because I’ve been saying the same thing for 30 years,” said Esposito, who spoke about “Understanding Islam” at MU on Thursday evening. “Can anybody else make that claim?”

Faces

Despite his hectic schedule, Scott Clemens stays driven.

“I dutifully dash from one thing to another because I have a genuine enthusiasm for each aspect of my life,” he said.

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