Higher Education

New UMR chancellor brings experience

The University of Missouri-Rolla’s next chancellor will be John F. Carney III, University of Missouri System President Elson Floyd announced Thursday. Carney will assume the post Sept. 1 after the retirement of current chancellor Gary Thomas, who announced his plan to retire last year, a press release said.

Carney, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts until last fall, will head the 5,500-student campus and report to Floyd.

Women's progress speech closes week

Martha Burk, author of “Cult of Power,” will speak

about women’s progress to positions of power at 7 p.m. Thursday in Stephens College’s Windsor Auditorium, 1405 E. Broadway.

Stephens students can enroll at open house

Stephens College will hold a 24-hour open house beginning at 11 a.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Select Executive Center, 2200

I-70 Drive SW, to provide information about its graduate and continuing studies courses.

Faces: John Uehling

John Uehling likes to work a crowd. In high school, he did it from inside his school’s tiger mascot uniform, but at MU he took center stage in a cheerleader’s black and gold.

“Being a cheerleader, you learn how to talk to people,” Uehling said. “People will just come up to you randomly and ask you questions about what you do. I’m a lot more at ease with talking to people I don’t know.”

Crisis response tested

What was learned: Betty Winfield, MU journalism professor, used different research methods to categorize types of attorneys general during war crises and the way they interpret and enforce laws during such times.

Decline in job sectors affecting business, farmers

Lindsey Scherder, a sophomore in MU’s parks, recreation and tourism department, has witnessed the decline of a job sector.

Scherder grew up on her family’s farm in Bowling Green. She has seen suburban sprawl moving into the area and farmers losing their land.

MU advertising students survey residents for reactor reactions

A class in the advertising department at the MU School of Journalism has created a survey for the Research Reactor Center as part of a semester-long project. The survey raises questions about the community’s perception of the reactor’s safety and necessity.

“To help MU fulfill its teaching mission, (the reactor staff) periodically works with professors in capstone projects such as this one,” said Ken Brooks, associate director at the reactor. “Our most recent capstone experience was with a group of engineering students who designed a piece of equipment to automate part of the shipping process for packages containing active ingredients used in cancer treatments.”


Rarely is traditional Christian writing compared with romance novels, but this is where MU professor Patricia Beckman’s studies have led. During her year-long research leave from religious studies courses, Beckman is finishing “Medieval Mysticism,” which analyzes writings by women during a surge of women’s piety and writing in the Middle Ages.

“It’s like these love stories of this woman and her god, but it’s written in like the romance style of the day,” Beckman said. “Instead of having a king as the absent love or some woman in a tower somewhere, it’s this woman’s longing for her God. It’s very different from what people today think of as traditional, but it was tradition, and it was very popular.”

Study: Piercing can harm gums

Decorative studs, rings and other lip piercings can seriously damage gums and increase the risk of infections, tooth sensitivity and tooth loss, a new study suggests.

Ohio State University researchers recruited 29 young adults with lower-lip piercings and 29 without and looked for evidence of gingival recession — retraction of the gums that can expose the tooth roots — around the bottom front teeth. Each group had 15 female and 14 male members with an average age of 22.

Mini Mizzou, major morale

The Tigers are losing. The crowd’s interest is waning. Mini Mizzou blasts out the fight song anyway.

Win or lose, members of Mini Mizzou love to play. A half-hour before the start of each men’s basketball game, the band begins to entertain the crowd.

Stepping into Spring

As MU students put away their winter jackets and trade the library for a bench on the Francis Quadrangle, it is evident spring is elbowing its way into Columbia.

“I like the warm weather much better than the cold,” sophomore Mike Schroeder said as he watched the MU lacrosse team play Southern Missouri State University on Stankowski Field. “I am watching one of my friends play, and if it was cold out, I probably would not be here,” he said.

Reporter to become consultant on UM system’s messages

Scott Charton, the Associated Press’ first roving reporter for Missouri, will turn his skills toward gathering information from citizens about how the University of Missouri System is communicating.

“I’d like to know how well the university gets its message out about the things it’s doing,” Charton said. “I’m going to listen to Missourians and report back to Dr. Floyd.”

Local colleges get a face-lift

Historic buildings on Columbia campuses will be getting a face-lift soon, thanks to planning projects at Stephens College, Columbia College and MU.

Lela Raney Wood Hall, at Broadway and College Avenue at Stephens, has been undergoing exterior renovation and will continue its transformation on the inside. It will be the home of student services, administrative offices, a renovated ballroom and the school’s Costume Research Library.

Faces: Ben Marsh

Self-expression comes in many forms, and for MU art major Ben Marsh, nothing does the job like photography.

“I don’t think I could express myself another way,” Marsh said. “It is the best way to get things across.”

Police chief gives coins as thank you

More than words were expressed on Wednesday when $3,075 were presented to the Columbia Police Foundation board members in honor of Officer Curtis Brown and fallen Officer Molly Bowden.

Jim and Billie Silvey, co-chairs of the Columbia Police Foundation, accepted the money on behalf of the Officer Down Fund. The money was raised Feb. 26 when Columbia College hosted a benefit concert that featured the Hilary Scott Band.

The Extras

In the market for 12 computer monitors? A medical examination table? A cheap piano? They may not be as hard to find as you think.

The MU Office of Procurement Services has sold university surplus property — including computer and medical equipment — for almost 30 years.

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.