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UM System will feel the pinch of Nixon's budget cuts

A UM System spokesman said the MU projects Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed or put on hold, which he called "pressing," would have boosted the state economy by creating about 2,000 jobs and educating future professionals.

Missouri softball team to get a new stadium

The planning and design of a new softball stadium are underway after the approval of the MU Campus Master Plan by the University of Missouri System Board of Curators.

Underrepresented medical students face lonely, sometimes challenging road

The MU School of Medicine had just one black graduate this spring. The school is working to diversify its student body but has had mixed results and finds itself competing for a small pool of qualified candidates.

UPDATE: Missouri Gov. Nixon vetoes, freezes $1 billion of spending

The cuts include more than $77 million to MU and more than $2 million to Columbia Public Schools. The Democratic governor said his actions were necessary because the budget passed by the Republican-led legislature was "dangerously out of balance."

Bob Hutton to retire from Columbia College after more than 18 years

Hutton, executive director of administrative services, has overseen the addition of 12 buildings to the college's campus and has renovated many older structures.

UM System appoints new chief financial officer

The appointment of Brian Burnett to the role of chief financial officer for the University of Missouri system, was announced Friday by the University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe.


Nixon signs bill extending vet loan forgiveness

The loan forgiveness program expired at the end of June 2013. Gov. Jay Nixon signed a higher education bill Thursday that includes a provision removing that expiration date.

UM Board of Curators approves gender identity, expression policy changes

The UM System Board of Curators voted to add gender identity and gender expression to the system's nondiscrimination policy.

Board of Curators approves Title IX procedure, committee changes

The UM System Board of Curators unanimously approved the changes Thursday. Sexual assault investigations can begin immediately, rather than being delayed until criminal proceedings begin.

Nixon signs Missouri university funding measure

Funding increases for the schools would be based on how well they meet criteria they have submitted and had approved by Missouri's Coordinating Board for Higher Education

New push to get girls into computer sciences

Statistics show that female participation in computer sciences has dropped to 18 percent, down from 37 percent in the 1980s. To combat this, Google launched a new campaign, "Made with Code" focusing on changing the gender disparity in its workforce.

UM curators to vote on possible changes to sexual assault, Title IX rules

The UM System Board of Curators will vote Thursday on changes in rules and regulations regarding Title IX and sexual assault.

MU won't close Manor House or lease space off campus

The two plans, which would have affected students who use graduate and family housing, came to light in the months after the University Village walkway collapse.

FROM READERS: Stephens aviation sign uncovered at former airport site

Columbia Municipal Airport was home to Stephens College Aviation Department from 1941 until about 1960.

Julia Gaines, new MU Music School director: Facility is priority

The School of Music announced May 30 that Gaines will be its new director. Her main goal as the new director is to help get the school a new building and renovate the Fine Arts Building.

MU English professor receives National Science Foundation grant to study African languages

An MU researcher has received a $330,000 National Science Foundation grant to study the linguistic properties of African languages.

MU residence halls added to regular inspection cycle

The month after a walkway collapsed at University Village and killed a Columbia firefighter, MU decided to add residence halls and other auxiliary buildings to a regular cycle of assessments by an outside firm. 

Residents warned of gas line break at University Village

University Village residents were told to stay away from the area where Ameren Missouri officials were working to fix a gas line break Tuesday. MU and Ameren gave conflicting accounts of what caused the break.

UPDATE: MU names interim Title IX coordinator

MU named Linda Bennett to the position of interim Title IX coordinator. She's currently an assistant to the provost and an associate professor of learning, teaching and curriculum.

UPDATE: Obama expands student loan relief

President Barack Obama on Monday put his pen to a presidential memorandum that he said could help an additional 5 million borrowers lower their monthly payments.

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