Higher Education

Coming out in Style

For 16 years, National Coming Out Day has been celebrated throughout the country on Oct. 11.

The date commemorates the 1987 march on Washington for lesbian and gay rights. MU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center extended the celebration with a week’s worth of activities to celebrate and support members of the LGBT community.


On race days, Justin Wilson can be found either navigating a course for MU’s solar car or monitoring the car’s performance and analyzing data.

Wilson, president of the Mizzou Solar Car Project, is in charge of communication with the College of Engineering, race officials and others involved. He is in management for a reason.


Talking politics

Since January, Bill Benoit has been quoted more than 800 times in newspapers and on radio and TV broadcasts. His expertise on political communication is sought in Columbia and nationally, and most of the time, it is respected.

When it is not, it’s probably a Rush Limbaugh-like incident. The conservative radio talk-show host attacked an article in 2001 that quoted Benoit as saying some Americans might have thought the president wasn’t doing his job, given the long vacation President Bush was taking at the time.

Students often fail to ask for aid

A new study says hundreds of thousands of college students who might be eligible for federal financial aid don’t get it for a simple reason — they don’t apply.

The study released Monday by the American Council on Education, which represents colleges and universities, says that half of the 8 million undergraduates enrolled in 1999-2000 at institutions participating in federal student-aid programs did not complete the main federal-aid application form.

College dedicates student commons

Faculty, students and alumni of Columbia College gathered Saturday to dedicate the Atkins-Holman Student Commons. The dedication was a part of Family Day and Homecoming events.

College President Gerald Brouder said the new structure is a huge achievement that shows the bright future of the college.

Mel George

Mel George is heavily involved in MU life, despite his official retirement five years ago.

George arrived at MU in 1960 and has held an assortment of positions, including assistant professor of mathematics and vice president of academic affairs. He is also a two-time interim president of the university system. Although he also taught at the University of Nebraska and St. Olaf College, he always returned to Columbia.

A.P. Green Chapel

Tucked away behind towering Memorial Union, the A.P. Green Chapel has stood on the MU campus since 1959. The chapel celebrated its 45th anniversary Oct. 11, with its original purpose and design in mind —a quiet retreat for those at MU.

The nondenominational chapel is open to anyone on campus for personal use and can be reserved for weddings, funerals, initiation ceremonies or other events. Last year, 87 events were hosted in the chapel.

Striving to achieve

Royce Russell is a bit of a perfectionist; he says his imperfect body and feet have made him that way.

“My foot doesn’t arch naturally the way a really good dancer’s should,” Russell, 18, says. “It never will, and that’s the type of thing that can set you back years.”

Faces: Amy Moeller

Amy Moeller is learning more than how to create art this semester.

Moeller, a junior art major at Columbia College, is taking a special problems course that allows her to be the student curator for the Larson Gallery on the Columbia College campus. art professor and supervisor Ben Cameron set goals, objectives and expectations for her curator experience.

Campus Updates: Director honored

Rick Finholt, executive director of MU’s Missouri Research Park, received the Career Achievement Award from the Association of University Research Parks in San Antonio on Sept. 30.

Under Finholt’s direction, the Missouri Research Park became home to 15 high-tech companies and two federal agencies.

Campus in Brief

Award recipient to speak at MU

By Dan Nejfelt


The day Louise Martin retired from her secretary job in the Graduate Studies Office of Curriculum and Instruction at MU, a group of faculty members, staff and students she knew and loved gave her a floor loom as a farewell present.

That was the beginning of her adventures with weaving — using wool sheared from the alpacas she and her husband raise. Now three years into weaving lessons, Martin said her family members and friends request and buy her alpaca purses, scarves, shawls, place mats, belts, tablecloths and blankets.

Speaking out

The MU Speakers Circle is an intersection for campus life and a forum — sometimes impromptu — for public discourse. People talk about anything: politics, human rights, feminism, religion, rape awareness or voter registration.

A concrete space warmed by overflowing planters, Speakers Circle is situated just outside the Arts and Science building where Ninth Street curves into Conley Avenue. Designed like a subtle amphitheater, the low steps circle gradually down to a central point – forming either an ideal stage or just another open space on campus.

Now You Know

This year’s hurricane season could tie for the highest number of category four and five hurricanes on record for one season, said Anthony Lupo, associate professor of atmospheric science at MU. This may indicate the early stages of a 20- to 30-year trend during which hurricane seasons will be more active.

How it works: Lupo’s research suggests that the global climate cycles every 20 to 30 years, leading to alternating dry spells and high activity periods for hurricanes. From 1947 to 1976, hurricane seasons were active and steady in the Atlantic Ocean; but from 1977 to 1998, the Atlantic was much quieter. Since 1999, Lupo has noted an upswing in activity. The cycles are related to changes in ocean temperatures, but Lupo does not think this is indicative of global warming.

Chinese teachers study U.S. culture

In a recent class at MU, eight Chinese women struggled to deliver speeches in English that weighed the pros and cons of a problem of their choice. Their American instructor listened carefully, stopping them from time to time to correct pronunciation and grammar.

One student talked about the difference between Chinese and American cultures. Another discussed the importance of having a car in cities such as Columbia.

MU professor earns Spurgeon award

Dongsheng Duan, assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at the MU School of Medicine, was selected to receive the Dorsett L. Spurgeon MD Distinguished Medical Research Award.

The annual award recognizes outstanding achievement by researchers early in their careers. Duan will be the keynote speaker at the Health Sciences Center Research Day on Nov. 11 and will receive a cash prize.


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.