Higher Education


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.

Changes: Stephens welcomes two additions to staff

Stephens College recently hired Douglas Lange as vice president for operations and facilities and Beth Climer as director of health information administration, a press release from the Stephens College News Bureau said.

Lange will oversee the Department of Facilities, which manages building maintenance, custodial services, the college grounds and renovation projects, the release said.

Changing with the times

Columbia College is having one of the busiest years in its history. Almost 1,000 men and women attend classes during the day and more than 1,500 at night.

That’s a far cry from its founding 153 years ago. In 1851, the school opened as Columbia Christian College and became the first women’s college west of the Mississippi River, said historian Polly Batterson.

Wednesday is the last day to register to vote in Nov. 2 election

Wednesday is the last day to register to vote in Columbia for the Nov. 2 elections.

Registration postcards are available at most grocery stores, the Associated Students of the University of Missouri office at MU, the Boone County Clerk’s office and the city clerk’s office. The cards must be postmarked by Wednesday or dropped off at the Boone County clerk’s office by 5 p.m. Friday to be valid.

MU takes in $130.6 million

MU set a new record in private fund raising, school officials said Thursday.

The university said it raised $130.6 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The school set its previous record of $121.5 million in fiscal year 2002.

Colleges miss mark on voter registration

Universities across the nation are breaking the law, according to a study conducted by Harvard’s Institute of Politics and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The crime: not getting students registered to vote.

Faces: Kandace Woods

Kandace Woods is a diva. She knows it, and her friends know it.

“My style is sassy, really sassy, that’s how I got the nickname ‘Diva,’ ” said the Stephens College freshman. “My friends recognized my sassiness and figured the name was appropriate. I even had this jacket in high school that I bleached and stitched the word ‘diva’ on the back.”

Chancellor committee still to be selected

Members of the MU community are waiting for the president of the University of Missouri system to appoint a search committee to find a new chancellor.

Brady Deaton took over as interim chancellor on Sept. 1, after the retirement of Richard Wallace. Deaton served as provost before assuming the position. Wallace himself served as interim before taking the position permanently in 1997, following a local search.