Higher Education

In-demand positions expected to change

For MU freshman Corey Schneider, studying chemical engineering in college seemed to make sense.

“I always felt I would do something with math and science,” Schneider said. “I really liked chemistry in high school.”

Faces: Michael Porter

Michael Porter said he thinks he has one of the best jobs at MU. As a communications professor and director of special degree programs, Porter has the opportunity to get to know the person behind the student number.

“I have one of the best jobs on campus because I get paid to sit around and talk to students all day,” Porter said. “The reason I enjoy that is because I make myself consciously aware that every student has a very interesting story.

Planning ahead for college costs

Caroline Sicht, a sixth-grader at Gentry Middle School, isn’t sure what she wants to do when she grows up, but she has started saving for her college education.

Caroline, 12, exhibits show steers for her beef project in the Englewood Hustlers 4-H Club.

Future costs hard to predict

It’s never too early to start planning — even when you don’t know what to expect.

That’s what Anne Hoylman is doing when it comes to her son, Alex Gompper, 8, and his college education.

Blogger given pass to White House

With the growing popularity of the Web log, commonly known as a blog, as a source of news and political commentary, traditional media outlets are beginning to recognize the need for blogs to have access to information —even to have a White House press pass.

On Monday Garrett Graff, editor of FishbowlDC (, a blog published by, became the first blogger to receive a permanent White House press pass.


As a young student about to enter college, Peter Miyamoto found himself torn between great programs.

As a high school student in San Francisco, he had a variety of interests, including playing piano, competing in local tennis tournaments and participating in student government at his school. Miyamoto described his upbringing and education as “normal.”

ACT, SAT update features new essay-writing section

As if college entrance exams were not stressful enough, the two biggest ones are being changed.

Both the SAT and the ACT will now include a written essay portion to help colleges make admissions decisions and determine at which level of English a student will be placed.


Lauren Palmer knows what she wants to do with her life — if only she could choose between the two.

Palmer recently played Celia, the naive cousin of the play’s protagonist, Rosalind, in MU’s Western-themed production of “As You Like It.” Palmer performed in her first show as a freshman at her Wichita, Kan., high school. “As You Like It” was her seventh show at MU.


Steve Paxton, the head coach of Tiger Wheelchair Basketball, is in the process of building a team.

MU to emphasize grants

MU is looking for ways to help students use resources already on campus to compete for grants, scholarships and awards outside the university.

Former state legislator Vicky Riback-Wilson, recently hired at MU in the Office of Service-Learning, was asked by interim Provost Lori Franz to help students attain more of these scholarships.

Fitting in Fitness

At 19, Jessica Pollard has learned the hard way how important regular exercise is.

In her first semester at MU last year, Pollard gained 15 pounds from all-you-can-eat dorm dining and by not keeping up the exercise she got as a high school athlete growing up on a farm.

Author speaks on 21st century ethics

The United States needs to be more ethically fit, author and law professor Anita L. Allen said Monday.

Religious diversity up at MU

Next year, MU students may be able to request excused absences for religious obligations.

Now, it is up to the teacher.

Now you know: Fragrances aid brand recognition

A group of researchers, including MU marketing professor S. “Ratti” Ratneshwar, discovered that smells can enhance brand recall and recognition.

Letters in the limelight

Albert Devlin has dedicated almost 10 years of his life to the life of a famed playwright and former MU student. This month, Devlin’s commitment will again come before the public when his second collection of Tennessee Williams’ letters is staged in New York.

Faces: Tom Echterhoff

Tom Echterhoff likes to be around people.

Three forums set for dean finalists

Forums for faculty and students will be held this month for the three finalists for the dean’s post in the MU College of Education.

Three finalists chosen for UMR

Names of the three finalists have not been released, but all have an engineering background and one is president of another university.

Incubator program initiated

After five years of primarily guiding scientists at the four University of Missouri system schools through the patent and technology licensing process, the Office of Technology and Special Projects is now trying to unleash entrepreneurs into the business world.

Terry Nixon, associate director of entrepreneurial and business development, advises those entrepreneurs.

Series' fifth concert is Friday

The Odyssey Chamber Music Series, presented by First Baptist Church of Columbia and MU’s School of Music, performs a fifth concert of its inaugural season, “Transatlantic Journey,” this week.

The series began as a collaboration between Carina Washington, a clarinetist, and Edward Rollins, associate pastor at First Baptist.