Higher Education

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.

'I want my life to be purposeful'

Forty-some pairs of multicolored shoes line the shelves under Brianne Black’s bed. She says it is an obsession, but others might claim it is just a consequence of Black’s big personality.

That might be going too far, she said.

Update: Show earns $3,000 for officer’s family

Members of the community and the Columbia Police Department helped raise almost $3,000 at the Hilary Scott Band benefit concert Feb. 26 at Columbia College.

The proceeds will go to the Officer Down Fund to help the family of Officer Molly Bowden, who was shot in the line of duty on Jan. 10. Bowden died Feb. 10 of cranial meningitis related to the shooting.

Now You Know: Domestic abuse

What was learned: Loreen Olson, an MU researcher and assistant professor of communication, has developed a model for understanding abuse in romantic relationships.

“By summarizing past literature, I proposed a new typology of violent couples, creating four general categories: abusive, violent, aggressive and combative,” Olson said.

Editors of weekly magazine given MU medal

A magazine begun as a mixture of ambitions, dreams and frustrations has yielded a 2004 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.

Goenawan Mohamad, founding editor of Indonesia’s Tempo, a weekly news magazine, and editor in chief Bambang Harymurti accepted the award in Columbia on Thursday — a highlight in careers laden with enormous obstacles and enormous triumphs.

Creative Spaces

The month of February saw 10 new regulars around downtown Columbia. Stylishly outfitted, they were spotted striking a pose through store windows, at a bank and hanging out at the art league. Each unique, they all had one thing in common: They were mannequins, made with care and purpose for a magical Saturday night.

Ten artists, seven of them from Columbia, were asked by MU’s College of Human Environmental Sciences to decorate a donated mannequin in the style of their choice with whatever materials they saw fit. Various downtown businesses displayed the mannequins, transformed with everything from watercolor and paper to wire, washers and telephone pieces.


If you’ve ever seen a show at MU’s Jesse Auditorium, you might have an idea of what’s happening on stage. But even more is happening behind the scenes. Melissa Brown, an events assistant for Jesse Auditorium, has been working backstage since shortly after she moved here eight years ago.

“My job involves lighting, sound and stage work,” Brown said. “I do the same thing at the Hearnes Center and the Mizzou Arena.”

Contributions to MU increasing

After two years without growth, charitable contributions to U.S. colleges and universities increased 3.4 percent last year to a record $24.4 billion, according to a report released on Wednesday.

MU reported a 9 percent increase in donations since last year.

Ethics author to visit Stephens College

Next week is Women Writers Week at Stephens College. One of the events will include Anita Allen, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, speaking about her feminist perspective on ethics in today’s world.

Allen, a recognized expert on privacy law, recently published “The New Ethics: A Guided Tour of the Twenty-First Century Moral Landscape,” which analyzes the ethics of current news topics.

UMKC committee to find new chancellor

University of Missouri System President Elson Floyd announced the appointment of a search committee to help select the 16th chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Former Chancellor Martha Gilliland resigned in December after faculty organizations expressed concerns with her leadership and plans for the school.

Garage sale to aid local, global charities

When Paulina Perkins, Residential Life director at Stephens College, heard about the December tsunami, her thoughts of sympathy immediately turned into action.

On Saturday, the Residential Life staff will have a garage sale to benefit tsunami relief efforts and the Central Missouri Food Bank. It will be from 7 a.m. to noon in the foyer of Stephens Auditorium, 22 Dorsey St.

Indonesian magazine receives MU award

Indonesia’s Tempo Weekly News Magazine was awarded a 2004 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism on Thursday. Founding Editor Goenawan Mohamad and Editor in Chief Bambang Harymurti accepted the honor.

Tempo was founded in 1971 as Indonesia’s first independent weekly news magazine, and the first magazine to provide non-governmental versions of the news.

Campus enrollment grows

Juggling is a skill Ashley Hightower has perfected. But this type of juggling does not involve tennis balls, but rather school, work and friends.

Hightower, a Columbia native, spends 22 hours a week working as a receptionist at a salon while taking 13 hours of college credit. Attending Moberly Area Community College’s Columbia Higher Education Center has complemented her busy lifestyle and work schedule.

Floyd earns praise from faculty groups

Elson Floyd, UM system president, received unanimous support from the UM Intercampus Faculty Council and the MU Faculty Council last week.

On Feb. 21, the Intercampus Faculty Council — the top governing body of faculty in the UM system — endorsed a resolution that expressed its “unqualified” support for Floyd, according to a release.

Evaluation of Education

Helen Ladd and her husband, former New York Times Education Editor Edward Fiske, used three main measures to evaluate the progress South Africa’s government has made to balance racial equity in its education system: equal treatment, educational opportunity and educational adequacy.

Ladd, of Duke University, expounded on their work Friday when she gave a Monroe-Paine Distinguished Lecture in Public Affairs, presented by MU’s Truman School of Public Affairs.

FACES:Bob Flanagan

“Bobma” would be a new concept to any student in Bob Flanagan’s religious studies classes, but to Flanagan it is just his way of communicating.

Flanagan points out to his classes that if you reverse the word “dogma,” you get “am God,” and he says one of society’s failures comes when too many people fail to distinguish their points of view from God’s.

NOW YOU KNOW:Faculty stress

What was learned: An MU study found stressors to women on the faculty affect them more acutely than men and proposed ways to reduce stress for women.

How they did it: Jennifer Hart, assistant professor in the department of educational leadership and policy analysis at MU, and Christine Cress, a continuing education professor at Portland State University, sent surveys to, and composed focus groups of, faculty members from a large university in the Southwest (unidentified for these purposes) to evaluate each person and gauge stressors in his or her areas of scholarship.

Sentencing guidelines scrutinized

Two mid-Missouri researchers have found sentencing disparities across the state, and their findings have the potential to change the way offenders are sentenced.

“Harsh sentencing has increased over time, and this is expensive to the state and taxes our limited resources,” said Mara Aruguete, department chairwoman of psychology at Stephens College.

Talks focus on women in film

Stephens College turns the lens on women in film to begin Women’s History Month this week.

On Monday, Liz Mermin, the director of “Beauty Academy of Kabul,” discussed documentary filmmaking. Tonight, Columbia filmmakers Kerri Yost, Beth Pike, Beth Federici and Katherine Gorman will speak about women’s roles in the film industry followed by excerpts from their current projects.

Agency puts freeze on need-based scholarships

JEFFERSON CITY — In an effort to help more Missouri students attend college, the Coordinating Board for Higher Education voted recently to freeze the maximum amount of need-based scholarship dollars available to each student.

Funding for the state’s need-based scholarships — administered through Missouri Guarantee Program — has remained at $8 million for three academic years. Traditionally, the commission has increased the limit on aid available per student to help students keep up with rising tuition rates.