Higher Education

Mini Mizzou plays on Wheel of Fortune

Pat Sajak and Vanna White bring their TV game show “Wheel of Fortune” to Kansas City this weekend. The tapings will be today, Saturday and Sunday in the Bartle Hall convention center, with a different theme each day.

“Big 12 College Week” is the theme of Saturday’s taping, which features MU students, the pep band Mini Mizzou and MU cheerleaders.

Rec centers are wooing students

AKRON, Ohio — Dominic Mann had been considering attending the University of Akron when he saw the school’s new $40 million recreation center.

The expansive center’s basketball gym and weight equipment — even a rock-climbing wall — helped Mann decide to attend Akron.


When he was 7, Chris Schultz saw the destruction after a tornado hit a town west of his hometown of Tinley Park, Ill. Rather than be intimidated, Schultz wondered how tornadoes work.

Years later, he knows.

Professors awarded Kempers

The second of 10 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence was delivered Tuesday morning to a very surprised Jana Hawley.

“This is quite an honor,” said Hawley, an assistant professor of textile and apparel management in the College of Human and Environmental Sciences.

Now you know

Qualrus software

What was learned: Ed Brent, a sociology professor at MU, has created a new computer program designed to search and analyze content. The software is a step up from most search programs designed for researchers by identifying patterns and codes for the researchers, according to a release from the MU News Bureau.

Campus overhaul

The makeover craze has swept MU. The campus is undergoing a facelift as many new and remodeled buildings are taking shape. But the improvements have come at a cost. Students have sacrificed money and convenience for these enhancements.

Housing improvements and a remodeled recreation center are in progress, and an updated student union is planned.

5K run honors law school dean

Students wanting to remember and honor the late Tim Heinsz have decided to do something the former MU Law School dean loved to do: run.

The MU Student Bar Association will sponsor the inaugural Tim Heinsz Memorial 5K Run/Walk on April 16. Heinsz, Earl F. Nelson law professor and director of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, died July 2 at 56 of a heart attack.


Dave Jankowski can usually be found either in the classroom or out on the water.

Jankowski, a graduate student in atmospheric sciences and president of MU’s Bass Fishing Club, established the fishing club at the end of the 2003 fall semester.

FACES: Michelle Froese

Michelle Froese deals with the issues that concern the image of Brady Commons and Memorial Union at MU. As the manager of public relations for student auxiliary services, she speaks with the media about these facilities. Her job, she said, is “to supervise what our communications efforts are, make sure that we are putting our best foot forward.”

Froese, 38, has been in the position since 1998. Before that, she worked at the bookstore while she was a graduate student finishing her doctorate in theater.

Use MU’s early-bird textbook registration?

If you want to avoid the crush of people at the bookstore in August, it might be a good idea to take advantage of the University Bookstore’s early-bird registration program. Once you register online, the bookstore will pull the books for your fall classes and have them boxed and waiting for you to pick up in Brady Commons from Aug. 15 to Aug. 21.

To sign up for the program, go to by July 31 and click on the red “early-bird reservation program” icon on the right-hand side. Be ready to fill in the registration form with your name, student number and campus e-mail address. This form allows you to choose whether you want new or used books and whether you’d like professor-recommended titles to be included with the required textbooks.

Air conditioner project aims for efficient energy

When many people talk about air conditioning, they are talking about the blue and red knob in their cars or the plastic box on the wall of their homes.

But when Joshua Hensley talks air conditioning, he quite literally takes it to a whole new level.


Annie Morrison defies easy categorization, and that’s just the way she likes it.

An MU junior majoring in biology and English and a member of Diversity Peer Educators and the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, she sees variety in her life as a necessity.

Talks continue on plus/minus grading policy

The statement in the Faculty Handbook on grading policies for undergraduate programs is being evaluated by the MU Faculty Council and its Academic Affairs committee to develop a clearer interpretation.

The statement, discussed at a council meeting Thursday, says faculty members are “expected” to use the plus/minus grading system. Council member Jenice Prather-Kinsey said some faculty members interpret this policy to mean all possible grades on the plus/minus scale must be administered within the class.

En Garde!

Friends say Pat Peritore is a mild-mannered professor of political theory during the day, but at night he’s a dueling sword fighter — even though he can’t even stand the sight of blood.

“It’s an interesting dichotomy,” said Rick Hardy, Peritore’s colleague in MU’s political science department. “Pat is a mild individual, and to imagine him in a fencing outfit, he’s the last person I would think of doing that.”

College faculties tend to be liberal,study says

WASHINGTON — College faculties, long assumed to be a liberal bastion, lean further to the left than even the most conspiratorial conservatives might have imagined, a new study says.

By their own description, 72 percent of those teaching at American universities and colleges are liberal and 15 percent are conservative, says the study, which is being published this week. The imbalance is almost as striking in partisan terms — with 50 percent of the faculty members surveyed identifying themselves as Democrats and 11 percent as Republicans.

Lyndi Manson

Lyndi Manson schedules her life by the hour.

Manson, 22, is a senior at MU and majoring in textile and apparel management. Her time management skills are being put to the test in her last semester as she juggles 21 hours of classes (most students take around 15) and an internship.

The Origin Debate

Don’t stop me if you’ve heard this one:

Two scientists are digesting a complicated mathematical sequence on a blackboard when they come across a peculiar link in the proof. The words, “And then a miracle occurred,” bind a hodge-podge of fractions, angles and deltas. The older scientist advises his colleague to be more specific here. After all, science can’t play host to outrageous speculations.

Journalism library squeezes into basement

With a heavy sigh, Cindy Dudenhoffer walked past rows of empty bookshelves in the MU Journalism Library.

Dudenhoffer and Sue Schuermann, information specialists for the library, have been preparing to move the Frank Lee Martin Memorial Library north to its temporary location in the nearby Neff Annex basement.

Faces: Silvia Martinez

Silvia Martinez, who cleans Cramer Residence Hall, is one of those people who is not a teacher or a student but who makes it possible for life at MU to go on.

Martinez, 26, was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and moved to Columbia five years ago. She has a husband and two children, 3-year-old Eduardo and 4-year-old Adilene.

Stretchy yoga threads

Anne Appleby said she thinks fashion has always been in her genes: Her parents met at Macy’s.

Today, the Stephens College alumna has her own company, YogaForce, which sells yoga clothing and gear.