Higher Education

Taking the next step

Ann Brill has been called many things in her life. She was called a Tiger for the eight years she spent teaching at the Missouri School of Journalism. She has been called a Jayhawk for the past four years since she joined the faculty at the University of Kansas’ journalism school.

Now, just call her dean.

Lathrop escort policy goes to night shift

MU’s Lathrop Hall has changed its escort policy from an around-the-clock watch to a night shift.

Until Oct. 23, the all-female dormitory had a 24-hour escort policy — meaning that anyone who is not a resident of the hall could not leave the lobby area without a female escort.

Michelle Werner

For Michelle Werner, everything leading up to her time at Columbia College was a privilege. Starting in 1992, at age 20, Werner served for eight years in the Army as a ground and flight medic. During her years of service, she worked with civilian rescuers, helping in traffic accidents, search and rescue missions and field operations.

“I am an adrenaline junkie,” she says.

Scholarship news

The MU Honors College received a $300,000 gift as part of the “For All We Call Mizzou” fund-raising campaign.

The gift, a scholarship endowment made by James and Catherine Brazeal of Leawood, Kan., is meant to help the university attract and retain minority students, enhance access to education and support undergraduate research and international study, according to a release from the MU News Bureau.

Designed for the ages

MU’s new athletic facility, the Mizzou Arena, has been in the spotlight since the day it was dreamed up. But what about MU’s earliest sports facilities — those that paved the way for Paige? Two of these original buildings are undergoing extreme makeovers to keep up with changing times and the needs of students.

A family affair

Before many college students hit the snooze button on their alarm clocks, Marla Applebaum Wilcox has parked her car in the Hitt Street garage and headed into Jesse Hall.

At 7:45 a.m., she makes her way to the ice machine for her traditional morning tea. With a cup in hand, she continues her routine, walking one floor down from her office in 128 Jesse Hall to chat with a favorite fellow employee, her husband, Dale Wilcox.

MU FIGs compete for film honors

Students gathered in MU’s Middlebush Auditorium on Wednesday evening, anxiously and eagerly awaiting the announcement of winners in the first Journalism FIG Challenge Awards.

The event was meant to showcase skills learned by the journalism and communications freshman interest groups, known as FIGs, in photo, audio and video editing. Students used Apple iBook and PowerBook computers to produce two- to three-minute videos to learn the capabilities of their programs. They formed their own groups of no more than four people to create their vision.


Reclining in his office with his feet up on a chair, David Roebuck is where he wants to be.

“I will never leave,” Roebuck said. “At Columbia College, it is all about teaching and learning. How can it be any better than that when you love doing both?”

Historic Senior Hall

Historic Senior Hall, the oldest building on the Stephens College campus, has served many purposes throughout the years.

It was a home, a library, a hospital ward and a residence hall. What makes it famous, however, is its alleged ghost.

Putting on a new face

It was once a place where high school proms and dances were held. Built in 1938, Lela Raney Wood Hall was named for the wife of James Madison Wood, the president of Stephens College at the time. It also used to serve as a residence hall.

By 1995, the hall was in such a state of detoration that it was forced to close even as students protested.

Faces: Joe Johnston

Joe Johnston is a man divided. As half professor of counseling, half director of MU’s Career Center in the Student Success Center, his “lifetime commitment to making students into service providers” seems to take up much of his time.

The Student Success Center, on Lowry Mall, is dedicated to helping students create and accomplish personal and academic goals. But when given time to himself, the 68-year-old father of four likes to return to more peaceful surroundings — the small, 2½ -acre plot south of town that is his home.

Campus Updates

Two MU faculty members were honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Research and Creative Activity at the annual Faculty Recognition Awards this month.

Laura King, a professor of psychological sciences, received the behavioral and social sciences award. Her research focuses on the stories people tell about their life experiences; she is working on a project examining how students negotiate identity changes from high school to college.

Thinking smart

Two MU students casually discuss the relative merits of empiricism and rationalism — not in class or a nook of Ellis Library but over a buffet dinner of chicken skewers, egg rolls and meatballs spread across their professor’s dining room table.

In the living room is their host and teacher, Stuart Palonsky, speaking to one of his 15 student guests, comparing raking his wooded yard to the Greek myth of Sisyphus, who is sentenced to push a boulder up a steep hill, only to have it roll back down again for eternity.

McCubbin excited for new job as alumni director

The third week of October was a big one for Todd McCubbin, filled with new opportunities as he became executive director of the MU Alumni Association and associate vice chancellor for alumni relations.

But there was more.


David Clithero, senior executive director of advancement for MU’s Office of Gift Planning and Endowments, is one of the major players in the “For All We Call Mizzou” fund-raising campaign. Clithero’s typical day includes drafting endowment agreements, alumni newsletters and thank-you notes.

“I enjoy working with donors,” he said. “I help them realize their dreams and in doing so help students obtain an excellent, yet affordable, education.”

Now You Know

A rather strange discovery was made in the attic of MU’s Lefevre Hall in the early 1980s — an elephant skeleton.

This is the story of Emperor the elephant, as told by Megan Warner, an academic adviser at MU who researched the popular pachyderm. It begins in the late 1800s.


Aaron Mantle is one of MU’s recognizable faces — students see him every day working in Brady Food Court.

Mantle said he enjoys his job because he likes talking to people and being able to help them.

Now You Know

What’s new: MU researchers are trying to find a way to break the protective coating of a bacterium resistant to antibiotics. Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a common bacterium found in soil, water and even restaurant salad bars, doesn’t affect healthy humans, but it can be harmful to those with weakened immune systems. These include burn victims, people with cystic fibrosis and chemotherapy patients.

How it’s being done: Lesa Beamer, MU associate professor of biochemistry, studies the three-dimensional structures of enzymes that create the coating around bacteria and prevent antibiotics from getting in. Beamer determines which portions of the enzyme are important, how they are arranged and what function they serve. Peter Tipton, professor of biochemistry, studies how enzymes work.

How Do I?

Get tickets to events at the Hearnes Center or Paige Sports Arena?

The Paige Sports Arena, Hearnes Center and Hearnes Fieldhouse host a variety of events throughout the year, including MU and high school sporting events, concerts and special events. Tickets can be purchased the following ways:

Campus in brief

The Boone County chapter of the MU Alumni Association recognized Valerie Goodin with a Chapter Service Award. Goodin has served as staff liaison for eight years and worked intermittently with the chapter for several years before that.

Goodin, senior director of the Alumni Association, was given the award at the organization’s Blufftop Splendor event Oct. 28.