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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.