Higher Education


MU English professor Ray Ronci’s class “The Journey of the Hero” explores what he calls “the hero cycle.” The journey takes students from classical literature, such as “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey,” to modern works such as the Harry Potter series and “Star Wars.”

What Ronci likes most about the class is the moment students start to see parallels between the stories and their lives.

International enrollment rising

When Japan’s Kinjo College stopped sending students to Columbia College to study English, it had a big impact on enrollment in the college’s English as a Second Language program.

Enrollment in Columbia’s international programs shrank almost 50 percent as a result of that change — from 59 students in 2000 to 30 students in 2001.

LGBT Center’s week will include lecture

“Coming Out Week 2004,” sponsored by MU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, offers a number of events on campus for students, staff, faculty and community members this week.

The Triangle Coalition will sponsor an amateur drag show at 6 p.m. Monday in the Mark Twain Ballroom in Memorial Union.

MU team has eyes on national title

The Mizzou Debate Team continued its quest for a national championship over the weekend of Oct. 2-3 at the William Jewell Invitational in Liberty.

The tournament had 14 of the top 16 debate teams in the nation, including University of California-Berkeley, Truman State University, Arkansas State and others.

Board of Curators honors 4 professors

The University of Missouri Board of Curators awarded four MU professors an annual award of $10,000 for as long as they hold their appointed positions.

Peter Markie, professor of philosophy, was named a distinguished teaching professor.

Reading Aloud

At Field Elementary School, “Clifford the Big Red Dog” was the book of the week. But during a reading session Thursday, something different — something awesome — happened.

For the first time, first-grader Breonna Brown read the entire book on her own to her partner in reading, Stacey Hawkins.

Making 'Em Smile

The president of one of the largest student political organizations on MU’s campus is determined to get his conservative message out, even if it means being mistaken for a “Deaniac.”

Before Brian Johnson became president of the Mizzou College Republicans and editor of Equitas, a monthly publication on conservative thought, he was merely a face in the crowd at a meeting of MU Howard Dean supporters. He told the Dean crowd he was a conservative and attending as an observer for a new publication called The Campus Review.


Terry Smith splits his time among doting on a new grandson, watching baseball and changing the lives of those he encounters in his career as professor and administrator at Columbia College.

“My favorite part of the job is seeing all of lives that change for the better because of their opportunity to get a higher education,” Smith said. “It is so easy to make a difference here as an administrator and faculty member because (the college) is so small.”


“Wise Shall be the Bearers of Light.”

This motto spans the stone archway connecting two of Francis Quadrangle’s oldest buildings, the School of Journalism’s Walter Williams and Neff halls .

Vegan urges MU farmers: Grow crops, not livestock

Gene Bauston is a vegan starved for change.

The animal rights activist has lived without dairy and meat for 20 years — which made for an interesting clash of cultures at a campus appearance Tuesday night before a roomful of meat eaters and future farmers in Neff Auditorium.

Student commons to be dedicated

The Atkins Holman Student Commons at Columbia College will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The building opened at the start of the school year and is meant to be a convenient gathering place for students.


Board of Curators honors 4 professors

The University of Missouri Board of Curators awarded four MU professors an annual award of $10,000 for as long as they hold their appointed positions.

A jazzy afternoon

On Sunday afternoon, music lovers in the courtyard of Senior Hall at Stephens College will be treated to wine, cheese and “Jazz on the Lawn.” The college’s a cappella jazz choir, the Velvetones, will perform with renowned jazz harpist and pianist Corky Hale.

The all-female octet will open for Hale in the benefit performance to help the Velvetones raise money for a trip to New York’s Carnegie Hall, where they have been invited to sing at a jazz extravaganza in the spring.

Campus in Brief

MU waiting to hear from Tiger Hostess

Marvin “Bunky” Wright, MU’s general counsel, has not heard from a former Tiger Hostess who said in a national magazine that MU coaches ignored her claims of sexual harassment by student-athlete recruits.

Stephens’ alumnae will headline benefit performance

Corky Hale said she began studying classical piano in Chicago when she was 7. That summer, Hale was playing piano in the lobby of a Florida hotel when Horace Heidt invited her to play with his orchestra.

It was her first job; from then on, she knew what she wanted to do with her life.

Faces: Harriett Green-Sappington

Harriett Green-Sappington is one of the people who made the new residence halls at MU a reality.

“In August we opened four new residence halls and the new pedestrian bridge across College Avenue,” Green-Sappington said. “Being part of the team that made these things happen was very special.”

Columbia College names alumni director

William Sheehan Jr. recently traded MU for Columbia College, becoming the executive director of development and alumni services.

“As the executive, I plan to help people maintain their relationship with college regardless whether they are alumni from Christian College, alumni from Columbia College, from the online program or from the extended campuses nation wide,” Sheehan said. “I want to keep everyone connected.”

Discussions on change

Edmund Pellegrino’s list of titles and bestowed honors is long enough to fill this entire page, but the experienced man of medical ethics prefers the more unassuming title of physician.

At a Thursday morning lecture, MU’s Acuff Auditorium was filled with men and women, many in white lab coats, who had come to hear Pellegrino’s thoughts on whether the profession needs new medical ethics. Beepers went off incessantly, but Pellegrino talked on without taking notice.

Scholar earns alumni award

In his 33 years after receiving a doctorate in sociology and social psychology from MU, Kjell Tórnblom has become an internationally renowned scholar in social justice. He has built upon theoretical models and carried out studies of justice judgments and reactions to injustice.

For his efforts, Tórnblom, a native of Sweden, was selected by the Department of Sociology as this year’s recipient of the annual Noel P. Gist Distinguished Alumni Award. The presentation Thursday at the Life Sciences Center marked Tórnblom’s first visit to campus since 1971.

Faces: Leonard Riskin

MU law professor Leonard Riskin meditates at least once a day for 30 to 45 minutes. His favorite meditation hours are in the morning or early evening.