Higher Education

Holiday Wonderland

After an excited “10, nine, eight” countdown by more than 150 people and with the flick of a switch, Columbia College was transformed Friday evening into a holiday wonderland.

More than 6,000 white lights instantaneously illuminated the outlines of the building and trees around Bass Commons. The commons is the lawn in front of St. Clair Hall, at Tenth and Rogers streets.


Calling Zach Foerstel a fan doesn’t quite cover it. His tattoo, license plate, nickname and hobbies all reflect one thing: his passion for MU.

“I think the first game I remember seeing on TV was (Scott) Frost’s freak (touchdown) sending Mizzou and Nebraska to (overtime) in 1997,” he said.

How Do I?

There are several possibilities to see MU in an organized tour. Prospective students can arrange a tour that includes a special presentation and visits to a classroom, a computer lab and a residence hall by calling the Office of Admissions at 573-882-2456 or by registering online.

These tours are offered three times a day during the school year.

Now You Know

What was learned: MU veterinarians are using a surgical procedure to treat small dogs suffering from airway blockage.

How it works: Normally, cartilage in canine windpipes is stiff and supports a tightly stretched membrane across the top of it, which allows air to flow to the lungs, said Carol Reinero, assistant professor of veterinary medicine and surgery at MU.

Miles fly by as STRIPES marks its achievements

When three MU students called the volunteers at Supportive Tigers in Pursuit of Ensuring Safety for a ride home Thursday night, it was the 30,000th time in the past four years STRIPES has provided students with safe transportation after a night out.

By the end of the night, 100 more groups of students were taken home by STRIPES’ drivers.

Chancellor’s house to be updated

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton and his wife, Anne, will move in to the Chancellor’s Residence on campus after the university completes a renovation of the house to improve accessibility for those with disabilities.

Although the date for the move-in is yet to be determined, Sue Mills, MU’s director of development, said her office hopes to have the residence ready for the Deatons by December 2005. The house on Francis Quadrangle will be closed during construction.

Students question rising cost of tuition

When MU Chancellor Brady Deaton spoke with students Thursday evening, he answered some tough questions about MU policies, many of them centering on the rising cost of education at the university.

“It is increasing, and it’s very hard for us to pay for school,” said Lacey Hanson, a journalism student and Cabinet member of the Missouri Students Association, who is concerned about rising tuition.

Connected parents

Omega McNeese is getting her master’s degree at MU on five hours of sleep every night.

McNeese wakes every morning at 5:30. In 30 minutes, she’s about ready for class and turns her attention to getting her 19-month-old son, Makari, ready for the day. She drops the toddler at day care and arrives at her office in MU’s Clark Hall by 7:30. She attends class and does work for her research assistantship in health management.

MU Assistant professor "staying cool" during semester off

Wouter Montfrooij is an MU Assistant professor who is currently conducting research using the University's nuclear reactor. He is involved in research of emergent phenomena in magnetism, superfluidity and superconductivity, processes with are done by examining the behavior of particles at the molecular level. “Essentially what I do is cool things down until something happens,” he said.

MU scholars given grant for research

With a $593,792 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, MU faculty members begin their research on entrepreneurship. The Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship Research Group, or IERG, was formed in response to being approached by the Kauffman group. The three-year grant will support the group's "Advancing Academic Research on Entrepreneurship" project.

MU professors recognized for teaching skills

Three MU faculty members were recognized with awards this month for their excellence inside and outside of the classroom. The Faculty Recognition Awards is an annual ceremony in November. Recipients this year included Meera Chandrasekhar, a professor of physics, Peter J. Markiem a professor of philosophy, and Ira Papick, a professor of mathematics.

Cut program takes new form

The foreign language education degree was eliminated at the University in 2001, due to significant cuts and withooldings from state appropriations. Due to budget constraints, large institutions like MU find it hard to maintain small programs such as foreign language education. Administrators in the Department of Education and Arts and Science have teamed up to find a solution: instead of a degree in foreign language education, the plan included a curriculum that would meet state requirements for a teaching certificate.

Young and old enjoy Peace Park evergreen

The large evergreen on the edge of Peace Park looks like a regular tree — until you see people hanging like monkeys from its branches, 20 feet off the ground.

According to Morgan Patterson, who says she has climbed the tree hundreds of times, it’s enough to say, “Let’s go climb the tree in Peace Park.” Your friends will understand.

A memorable union

Students and staff who sought refuge Tuesday from the blustery cold inside MU’s Memorial Union North found something a little out of the ordinary instead: two long tables covered with cake, ice cream and 1,000 cupcakes set on black and gold striped tissue paper, along with the celebratory cries of a woman behind one of the tables.

“Happy Birthday! It’s 82! Would you like a cupcake?” called Mary Flatt, director for student and auxiliary services, to passers-by, none of whom passed up the invitation.

Plan would divulge student info

JEFFERSON CITY — A proposed overhaul of the way higher education data is collected would require all universities in Missouri to disclose personal information about their students, including Social Security numbers, to the federal government.

A proposal being studied by the National Center for Education Statistics would greatly expand the data the federal government collects about college students. It would allow federal officials to track individual students as they move through the higher education system by matching Social Security numbers with financial aid numbers.

Canadian addresses Iraq war

The Canadian government’s decision not to participate in the war in Iraq stemmed from disagreement over the United States’ approach to invading Iraq and not over policy goals of disarming Saddam Hussein.

That was one of Canadian Rear Admiral Ian Mack’s main messages to an audience Tuesday at MU for the school’s first-ever Canada Days festival this week, an effort to establish a Canadian studies minor at the university.

Faces: Rick Linhardt

Working in an ice cream store has obvious benefits. For Rick Linhardt, however, they stretch further than free ice cream.

Linhardt, manager of Buck’s Ice Cream Place at MU since 1993, said the job has given him invaluable experiences.

How do I... Help an international student adjust to life in the United States?

MU’s International Student and Scholar Services runs the American League of International Friendship Encounters program, which pairs community members with international students who are new to Columbia and the United States.

After filling out an application and attending a 45-minute orientation session, participants are paired with an international student.


As costume director and designer for MU’s theater department, Kerri Packard, 37, would have liked her two children to have the greatest possible Halloween costumes.

“I’d like to say I always make my kids’ Halloween costumes, but I don’t,” Packard said. “My poor son always picks something I can easily buy.”

Now You Know

A 7-year-old rule is causing confusion among some MU professors.

In December 1997, the MU faculty adopted a mandatory plus/minus grading scale, but the change was not recorded in the Faculty Handbook, according to Bill Lamberson, chairman of the MU Faculty Council Academic Affairs Committee.