Higher Education


When Don Fullington retired from MU in October, he left with the best wishes of his co-workers.

Fullington worked in the Missouri Unions — the Memorial Union and Brady Commons — for 22 years. His job as maintenance custodian included making the floors of Memorial Union shine. Now at age 50, health problems have forced him to retire.

Now You Know

What was learned: The Contracting and Organizations Research Institute at MU has revamped its database of contracts by designing a Web interface for easy use. The database, called the CORI K-Base, is available to legal and business researchers, as well as the public. It includes more than 25,000 contracts and agreements that were gathered by corporate security filings and other public and private entities, said Michael Sykuta, director of CORI and founder of the database.

How it works: The CORI K-Base can be easily navigated and allows users to search the collection by full-text or keyword searches. Users also have the option of searching by filing date, company name, industry classifications and contract type. The results are displayed in HTML format.

How Rock, Paper, Scissors works

The game of rock, paper, scissors (which has, believe it or not, a variety of similar names) is often used to settle disputes or make decisions. According to the World Rock, Paper, Scissors Player's Responsibility Code, it's necessary to determine beforehand what is being decided. The code also states that safety comes first and all jewelry should be removed before play, and advises against using rock, paper, scissors to make life-threatening decisions.

Rural doctors trained

Jennifer Marcellus has spent the past seven years working toward becoming a doctor so that, one day, she can be one in her hometown of Branson.

Marcellus, who graduates next month from MU’s School of Medicine, is a Bryant scholar. She was identified as a student at a rural high school and encouraged to apply for early admission into the school’s rural track program, which recruits, trains and places medical students in small Missouri communities.

FACES: Abraham Lueth

In 1987, Abraham Lueth says he was out playing with friends when he heard the gunfire that started an attack on his village during the Sudanese civil war.

At age 7, he was forced to flee to Ethiopia, without going home to find his parents or his four brothers first. The journey ahead of him was dangerous and gruesome.

Heinsz memorial run

More than 200 people came out to participate in the Tim J. Heinsz Memorial 5K Run/Walk held on April 16. About 50 volunteers were stationed throughout the course and also helped at the post-race gathering.

The event was held to remember the former dean of MU’s School of Law, who died last year.

A house of Meat

Most people don’t know all the work that goes into preparing meat.

David Newman does it all, harvesting and cutting and selling meat.

Concert celebrates 30 years

Marilyn Cheetham remembers the first time she performed Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem” with MU’s Choral Union in 1978. It was special then, and she hopes that Saturday will be a repeat performance in more than one way.

The Choral Union will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Saturday with a performance of Verdi’s “Requiem.”

Class about nuclear science offered at MU

Starting in the fall, a new introductory nuclear science course, Utilization of Nuclear Technology in Society, will be offered at MU.

The Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute was able to introduce this course with money from the $1.4 million grant it received from the Department of Energy.

Learn to read between lines on textbook costs

When MU freshman Joseph Bell shelled out nearly $500 for textbooks this semester, he knew it was a lot of money but figured he didn’t have a choice.

“Regardless of the price, it’s something you’re going to have to do, and there’s nothing anyone can really do about it,” Bell said.

Tribute to MU Women

Ten students and faculty and staff members at MU were honored at the third annual Tribute to MU Women on March 31. The event was sponsored by the MU Chancellor’s Status of Women Committee.

The tribute recognized women who have worked to create an environment of equity, fairness and justice for women at MU ; have respected the diversity of women’s experiences; and have helped promote the advancement of women through education, advocacy, support and activism.

Impact Mizzou fellows

Twelve fellows have been selected to participate in the Impact Mizzou program for 2005-06.

The MU International Center, which oversees the program, describes it as an opportunity for domestic and international students to develop skills to become globally competent leaders in the future. It emphasizes leadership development and learning through mentorship and volunteerism.

Now You Know: The value of fertilizer

What was learned: MU researchers are using sensors called light emitting diodes to measure the color of young corn plants to determine the correct amount of nitrogen fertilizer needed by each plant. Researchers are in the second year of testing the new technology. What is being done: Researchers applied a generous amount of nitrogen to one area of a field and, using the LEDs attached to a fertilizer applicator, measured the amount of light reflected from small plants in this area. The computer-equipped applicator then applied variable levels of nitrogen to the rest of the field, depending on the amount ...

Faces: Johannes Schul

Johannes Schul says he loves his job and Columbia’s laid-back college town atmosphere.

Schul, who teaches evolution and graduate courses in biology at MU, grew up in the state of Hessen, a rural area of Germany.

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.