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MU gets new signs around campus

Setting a new look for the next 50 years, MU campus facilities installed new metal signs identifying residence halls, buildings and parking garages on campus.

Not only will these signs identify recently constructed buildings, but they will also replace 50-year-old wooden signs designed like ones found on park grounds, said Phil Shocklee, associate director of campus facilities.

Commending Character

In 1839, a group of Boone County families worked tirelessly to win a bid to establish MU. These founding families’ spirit of service and commitment to the community are reflected on campus today among a group of MU students, faculty and staff.

On Feb. 7, 39 MU seniors and 37 faculty and staff were recognized with the inaugural Mizzou ’39 Award, sponsored by the MU Alumni Association Student Board. On Tuesday, the group was again recognized at the Founder’s Day Celebration, an event commemorating MU’s 166th birthday.

Changes in name could lift stature

Achievement is all in the name for a few Missouri state schools.

The Senate Education Panel recently approved name changes for four institutes of higher education. If the legislation is passed in the General Assembly, Missouri Western State College and Harris-Stowe State College will change the word “college” to “university” in their names. Missouri Southern State University-Joplin would drop the city from its name.

Now You Know

Seed purity

What was found: Minimal changes in seed purity demands can have a high impact on production costs for U.S. seed companies.

FACES

Annie Jones

Her fellow dancers call her Little Buddy, but there is nothing small about Annie Jones’ lifelong ambition to be a professional dancer. Jones, a freshman dance major at Stephens College, has been working toward that goal since childhood.

Times

It divided a nation and was one of only two wars fought on American soil, and in 1862, the Civil War came to MU. On Jan. 2, 1862, a division of Union cavalry, Merrill’s Horse, came to MU and garrisoned the school. For the following years until the end of the war in 1865, Union troops would be a standard sight on the campus in downtown Columbia.

Tim Hausman, a development officer in the MU School of Health Professions, said the decision to garrison the school was motivated by the war.

RFK Jr. to speak at Columbia College

Next month, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will speak as part of this year’s Schiffman lecture series at Columbia College.

Kennedy, a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Council and president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, will speak on “Our Environmental Ethical Destiny” at 7:30 p.m. March 9 in Launer Auditorium. The event is free and open to all.

Athletic Legacy

As thousands of patrons file into Mizzou Arena, they pass by a tribute to MU’s greatest athletes. The Walsworth Family All-American Plaza, on the arena’s north side, honors past and present MU athletes who were named All-Americans.

“The idea behind the plaza is to recognize and honor our student-athletes who have brought prestige and great achievement to the university,” said Chad Moller, media relations director for the athletic department.

Words of encouragement

Freezing rain didn’t stop them, nor did the steadily falling snow.

Braving Tuesday evening’s inclement weather, about 50 people attended Lyah Beth LeFlore’s lecture, book reading and signing at Stephens College.

Students value college, but many don’t go

Young adults value college, but many haven’t enrolled because of money woes, poor preparation, low expectations at home or sheer laziness, a survey found.

The result is that seven in 10 young workers without college degrees say they are in their jobs by chance, not by choice. Fewer than two in 10 view their jobs as likely careers.

Places: Simmons Field

Simmons Field in Taylor Stadium is the home of MU baseball. The stadium is on Research Park Drive off Providence Road behind the Daniel Devine Pavilion.

In 1959, the team moved from Rollins Field to a new field, named in honor of John Simmons, who coached the Tigers for 34 years. During this time, the team won 11 conference titles and went to the College World Series six times. They won once in 1954 and placed second three times.

Now You Know: GMOs not deterrent

What was learned: Labeling food that contains ingredients from genetically modified organisms will not deter European consumers from buying the products. This is contrary to the popular belief that spurred several large grocery chains to ban these modified ingredients in their store-brand products in 1998 and the European Union to mandate such labeling in 1997.

How we found out: European attitude surveys, such as the Eurobarometer, have consistently shown a widespread skepticism to GMO among Europeans.

Now You Know: Military backed here

Columbia College has been providing educational opportunity for service members and their families for more than 30 years.

The college is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, which serves all active and reserve armed forces members and their families.

Faces: Monica Miller

A saxophone wails in a nearby room, immediately followed by the pounding of a piano. Monica Miller — sitting in a cubicle cluttered with papers, folders, envelopes and her Beta fish, Alastair — doesn’t look up at the noise.

“The first hour of the day I sit in silence because it’s my only hour of quiet,” Miller said. “Sometimes, I don’t even get that hour.”

Vietnam War sparked protests on MU campus

In May 1970, the United States was experiencing a dramatic period of unrest. The Vietnam War, entering its sixth year, was spawning disorder and protest, especially on college campuses. Demonstrations were occurring across the nation, including at MU.

MU emeritus professor of rural sociology Daryl Hobbs, who was chairman of the combined sociology/ rural sociology department from 1967 to 1971, said that a meeting of the department in May of 1970 addressed the impact of anti-war activities at MU and the response the faculty should give. Some faculty members announced they would discuss in class the causes of local and national outrage, while others announced their intention to dismiss class for two days as a means of protest.

Student success rising at AP tests

WASHINGTON — More students are passing Advanced Placement exams in every part of the country as college-level work in high school becomes increasingly common — and competitive.

In every state and in the District of Columbia, the percentage of public school students who passed at least one AP test was up in 2004, compared with the graduating class of 2000. The Bush administration, which has been pushing to increase high school rigor, embraced the news, which followed other reports that have underscored how unprepared many graduates are for college or work.

Researchers study terror management

MU psychology professors and colleagues from around the country have gained national attention for their research on Terror Management Theory, which proposes that people cling closer to their cultural beliefs and leaders when reminded of their own mortality.

Jamie Arndt of MU is part of a group of professors who had an article printed in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin about their research on TMT. The group has been working on this research since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Faces

Deciding on a life path was simple for Eva Szekely, professor of violin and chamber music at MU. She said she always knew she wanted to be a violinist — a great one.

Szekely recalled a walk she took with her mother and the reaction she had when her mother asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up.“I distinctly remember being shocked,” she said. “I remember thinking, ‘How could she not know?’ I knew.”

How Do I?

After a semester of taking notes, quizzes and exams, here’s how students find out what letter grade their efforts achieved.

Scholarships support agriculture study

This year, the Missouri Corn Growers Association and the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council will award four $750 college scholarships to graduating high school seniors and two to college juniors.

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