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Higher Education

Knitting Knights

Every Tuesday, about a dozen women gather for Knitting Knight — but grannies knitting baby blankets they are not. These women are MU students, many of whom learned to click their needles together just this year.

“It was hard to get the hang of at first, but after that it was all knitting all the time,” freshman Carly Burdg said. She learned to knit in the fall when sophomores in her hall were teaching those who were interested.

How do I?: Find a subleaser

Summer break is quickly approaching for college students. Many people plan to go home or get a job outside Columbia for the summer. For those students paying rent for off-campus housing, subleasing — that is, getting another person to live in your space and pay your rent while you are away — is an attractive, money-saving option.

But in Columbia, which has a high population of college students, many of whom are also leaving town, finding someone to take over your place might seem challenging.

Schools feud over costs of partnership

A dispute between Southeast Missouri State University and Three Rivers Community College over the operation of three Missouri Bootheel education centers could be decided by the state Coordinating Board for Higher Education.

Gregory Fitch, Missouri’s commissioner of higher education, said the board may try to resolve the dispute at its June 9 meeting in St. Joseph if the two schools still haven’t settled the matter.

Campus Honors

Nursing fellowship

A $100,000 endowed faculty fellowship in medical and surgical nursing has been established at MU’s Sinclair School of Nursing.

Steve and Sally Alberty Richardson established the Sally Alberty Richardson Faculty Fellowship in Medical/Surgical Nursing to support faculty, with a focus on ensuring student success.

Steve Richardson is a 1977 graduate of MU’s College of Business, and Sally Alberty Richardson is a 1978 graduate of the nursing school.

Working with bugs

Kristin Simpson works with bugs.

For 17 years, she has been the collections manager at MU’s Enns Entomology Museum in the Agriculture Building at Hitt and Rollins streets. Simpson tends the collection daily — labeling the bugs and noting information about them.

Council eyes blank grades

After exhaustive discussions about the plus/minus grading system and blank grades, MU’s Faculty Council decided to move on to other agenda items Thursday afternoon after a tornado warning sent the council to the lowest level of Memorial Union south.

Just before going downstairs, the council was discussing what chairman Gordon Christensen called a “bad habit”: professors leaving a student’s grade blank at the end of the semester. Council member Pat Fry said there are two reasons professors do this. They are either “wimps” who don’t want to give a failing grade or there has been an administrative error, Fry said.

Faces

Tyler Rorah has mastered the art of using time wisely. By day, he works full time as a nursing assistant at University Hospital on the pediatrics floor. In the evenings, he attends class at Columbia College.

It can be stressful to juggle his commitments at times, but, ultimately, Rorah has negotiated a system that allows him to get his work completed at the hospital and at school.

Now You Know

Many institutions require college students to complete writing requirements, but MU’s award-winning program is a cut above the rest. The Campus Writing Program was recently awarded the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s first writing program Certificate of Excellence. Ten other institutions were also given the award.

“We have been recognized as a leader in the field for decades, but this award is an affirmation of that,” said Martha Patton, assistant director of the Campus Writing Program. “This award reflects on the faculty at MU — not just the program — faculty who are committed and involved in the teaching of writing.”

Top rank given to college in Maine

LEWISTON, Maine — Bates College, where tuition, room and board costs roughly $40,000 a year, has been ranked by The Princeton Review as the nation’s “best value” college.

Bates, which was fifth in last year’s rankings, topped the 81 schools profiled in the 2006 edition of “America’s Best Value Colleges.”

Chancellor meeting with protesters

ST. LOUIS — Washington University’s chancellor told students staging a sit-in that he will meet with them again, but he wants it to be after they end their protest.

The sit-in was in its 17th day on Wednesday.

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.

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