Higher Education

Columbia College awards honorary degree at December commencement

"At times, you will need to be creative in order to persevere and succeed and you have to be able to perceive what your goals are before you can accomplish them," commencement speaker Ronald McGee told the graduates.

110 MU faculty members to retire under buyout program

Forty-two percent of eligible faculty accepted MU's voluntary separation program and will receive payouts of up to $200,000 each.

Fourth Title IX administrator candidate Olshak holds open forum

The fourth Title IX administrator candidate, Richard Olshak, held an open forum Thursday at Memorial Union. He spoke about his goals, changing MU's culture and keeping Title IX in the forefront.

Homeless New York eighth-grader gets Stephens College scholarship

Stephens awarded a scholarship to a homeless eighth-grader in New York. She can use the money to attend the school whenever she graduates high school.

Fourth candidate for Title IX administator to speak Thursday afternoon

The fourth and final candidate for MU's Title IX administrator position, Richard Olshak, will participate in an open forum at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Stotler Lounge III in Memorial Union.

Title IX administrator candidate at MU addresses measuring success, facilitating conversations

Ellen Eardley, the third candidate for the position, explained how her background in law and women's studies would make her ready to go in the job, if chosen.

Third candidate for Title IX administrator to speak Wednesday

Ellen Eardley will meet the public at an open forum at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in room 2501 in the Leadership Auditorium in the MU Student Center.


Former Mayor Darwin Hindman to receive honorary degree at MU commencement

This weekend's ceremonies will present 2,570 degrees, including 1,916 bachelor's degrees and 474 master's degrees. Other speakers include Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and John Haskins, managing editor of magazines at The New York Times.

Missouri backs off proposed scholarship change

The Missouri Department of Higher Education has withdrawn a proposed rule change that would make scholarships available to students at Western Governors University Missouri and online-only school.

Man suspected of sending threatening messages to woman's phone

The 21-year-old MU junior allegedly sent anti-semitic slurs and threats that targeted a Jewish woman and man.

Million-dollar gift will fund MU, UMSL social work students

Eighty-four masters students from both schools will work in clinics across the state.

Chancellor to revitalize MU Strategic Operating Plan committee

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin plans to appoint new members to fill vacancies after the start of the new year. The plan, known as MUSOP, outlines specific goals for MU, including recruiting and maintaining top faculty members.

MU buyout prompts faculty questions, reflections

Some faculty are worried that the buyout program is too broad, while others fear their departments will struggle to fill newly vacant spots. 

MU study shows high-protein breakfast curbs hunger

The MU 8 high protein diet study, led by assistant professor Heather Leidy, shows signs of increased satiety and better glycemic control.

Candlelight vigil to honor 43 missing students in Mexico on Wednesday

After the vigil the Hispanic American Leadership Organization will host a screening of the documentary "The Missing 43: Mexico's Disappeared Students."

UPDATE: Swallow Hall renovations to include new lecture hall, improved classrooms

The renovations will create 6,000 square feet of additional usable space, including a new lecture hall. Some of the original flooring and doors will be preserved.

Video game development a growing industry in Missouri

Between 2009 and 2012, the number of video game developers in the state increased by nearly three times. A renewed interest in the industry has led MU to bring back a class called Introduction to Game Design.


Students, community members march for Eric Garner

In the wake of a grand jury decision to not indict the New York City police officer responsible for killing Eric Garner, about 100 protesters congregated at Tiger Plaza on Friday night to march for justice. They walked to Francis Quadrangle with signs hoisted above their heads as a repertoire of chants grew louder. 

Benton painting, once a gift to Churchill, returns to Westminster

The story of the homecoming of Thomas Hart Benton's "The New Fence" — which had been payment to Sir Winston Churchill for his "Iron Curtain" speech — is one of coincidence.

UPDATE: New Provost Garnett Stokes brings experience from Florida State, Georgia

Stokes will start at MU at the beginning of February. She succeeds Provost Brian Foster, who retired in December 2013.