Higher Education

More than a field trip

One of the latest education opportunities at Columbia College allows students to travel to foreign countries with professors who teach courses about the places they visit.

Professors and students have traveled to Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Ireland and will make an excursion to Greece this year.

Donation to fund MU advertising scholarship

Because of Paul Synor’s $2.5 million gift, future advertising students at MU can expect greater scholarship and fellowship opportunities.

“As specified by the donor, we will use the money for scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students,” said Margaret Duffy, an associate professor and chairwoman of the department.

New MU chair adds leadership courses

A new endowed chair in MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources will focus on entrepreneurial leadership in life sciences.

The chair will be held by J. Bruce Bullock, chair of the agricultural economics department and professor of agricultural economics.

Storytellers organize tsunami benefit

Beth Horner has a story for you. The story may make you laugh or cry, but her objective is simple: to make you feel.

Horner, five other adult storytellers and several student groups, will evoke emotions in “Story Tsunami: An Evening of Stories to Benefit Tsunami Relief,” a performance Friday at Stephens College.

Now You Know

What’s new: Residents and doctors at University Hospital’s division of neurological surgery are using mobile picture phones to transmit images of X-rays, MRIs and computer axial tomography scans of patients to improve the speed and quality of diagnosis.

An informal study conducted by George Galvan, a third-year neurosurgery resident, and Michael Oh, an assistant professor, included more than 50 patients during six months whose examination by interns and residents was supervised by attending physicians through transmitted images.


For Nancy Price, the world walks into her classroom every day. For 23 years, Price has met hundreds of international students who are studying English as a second language.

Six months after receiving a master’s degree in 1981 from the University of Illinois, Price started teaching English as a second language at MU.

A trip through History

From diaries to vinyl records to the most minute happenings in Missourians’ lives, the Western Historical Manuscript Collection in MU’s Ellis Library details the history and culture of mid-Missouri. There are many places to do research at MU, but the collection, arguably one of the best, is often overlooked.

The collection began in Columbia in 1943 with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. Its materials were combined with those of the State Historical Society of Missouri in 1963. Five years later, the collection expanded to offices on all four University of Missouri System campuses.

Serving Up Comfort

Two Eva J’s employees dish up fun,

friendship and a touch of home

Renovation planned for Brady Commons

An extreme makeover — a real one, not the one on television — is on the way to MU. This makeover will not be a surprise or be completed in a week, and a host will not be there to guide students.

But it will be extreme.

MU honors photojournalist for 60-year career

Over 60 years, Ernest C. Withers has taken between 8 million and 11 million photographs.

Withers, 83, is known for his documentation of the Civil Rights movement and social scenes from the 1950s and ’60s in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn.


With the onset of arthritis and consistent physical therapy to repair a 13-year-old hip injury, Mary Rotella said her body isn’t quite what it used to be.

“It’s hard to get older,” said Rotella, 46, chairwoman of the Stephens College dance department. “I’ve been dancing since I was 3, so if you think about it, my hips have been rotating for 43 years.”

Now You Know

What’s new: Faculty and student researchers at the National Center for Explosion Resistant Design at MU are looking for ways to make buildings explode gracefully rather than catastrophically.

The center, which was created in 1997 under the supervision of Sam Kiger, chairman of MU’s civil engineering department, promotes understanding of the explosion environment and generates structural building designs. The designs aim to reduce flying debris and prevent the collapse of a building after an explosion, thus minimizing potential injury or death to people inside the structure.

Ken MacLeod

MU students taking Geology 2150 live out a fantasy many children share: learning about dinosaurs in school. And although teaching the class might seem like a great job, it wasn’t one Ken MacLeod ever expected to have.

“I just kind of fell into it,” MacLeod said.

Firestone Baars Chapel

Firestone Baars Chapel is a landmark of the Stephens College campus.

Designed by architect Eero Saarinen, creator of the St. Louis Arch, the chapel was completed in fall 1956 as the culmination of a project that began 17 years earlier by students who wanted a place of worship on campus.

Coaching Chess

Strategically, Tim Campbell cannot lose this game of chess; he knows his opponent’s next move. Today, he is playing against himself.

On Tuesday evenings downstairs in Brady Commons, Campbell sits patiently and waits for students to challenge him. It will cost them $10 an hour, but he doesn’t think it’s a high price for developing analytical skills.

Students educate peers on drug risk

Women on college campuses are one of the groups most at risk for sexual assault and date rape, says Kendra Yoder, co-coordinator of MU’s Rape Education Office. In response, the university has formed educational organizations to raise awareness about sexual assault, including one that focuses on drugs used in date rape.

Three major date-rape drugs — GHB, Rohypnol and Ketamine — can be slipped into the drinks of unsuspecting people who later fall victim to sexual assault or rape.

MU attends worldwide digital video conference

Last week, MU participated in Megaconference VI, the world's largest videoconference. With people communicating from 340 different sites and 33 countries around the world, the conference in its fourth year had its largest turnout ever. The conference promoted the use of videoconferencing in education and research.

Stephens to offer new business minor

Thanks to a $48,500 grant from Coleman Foundation, Stephens college will be offering an Entrepreneurial Studies minor for the semester of Fall 2005. Freshman survey results demonstrated the growing need for an entrepreneurial program and a pilot class two years ago in entrepreneurship received positive feedback. The minor will be tailored to the student's field of study.

Gov. Holden awards Columbia teachers

Teachers from Stephens College, Columbia College and MU will be recognized by outgoing Gov. Bob Holden and will receive the Governor's Award for Excellence and Teaching and Performance Excellence in Education. Recipients were chosen for their innovation, effectiveness, commitment and service to classes and their students.

Going deep

William Busch, professor emeritus at MU has been teaching a class on scuba since since he assisted in designing the Natatorium upon his arrival at MU in 1964. In Busch's class, he does more than give individuals the required training to earn a recreational C-card, or basic diver certification. It requires students to take 64 hours of water work and 64 hours of theory, as well as pass the YMCA Physical Fitness Land Test.