Higher Education

Kappa Pi Beta is the first Asian interest fraternity in Missouri

The seven members have a range of backgrounds and interests. Phillip Nguyen, 20, the president, was born in California and moved to Kansas City when he was in fourth grade. Nguyen studies civil engineering at MU.

UPDATE: Missouri House budget proposes two-tier school funding

A proposal outlined Wednesday by House Budget Chairman Rick Stream would provide a $122 million increase in basic aid for public school districts — significantly less than the $278 million increase proposed by Gov. Jay Nixon.

MU panel of Ukrainian scholars explores conflict in their home country

Three graduate students discussed possible futures for their country: a war between Russia and Ukraine, the deployment of observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, or the disintegration of Ukraine.

Central Methodist University plans dorm renovations

Central Methodist announces plans to revamp four residence halls.

St. Louis couple commits $2.5 million gift to MU College of Veterinary Medicine

The money will be used for scholarships, provided recipients complete at least 120 hours of animal-related volunteer service each year.

MU buildings not subject to regularly scheduled structural inspections

University buildings such as the MU-owned University Village apartments do not receive formal structural inspections. Instead, maintenance workers make note of problems they spot when they make repairs or improvements inside buildings.

UPDATE: MU Libraries director says many more than 120,000 moldy books can be saved

At least one fifth of the books that were exposed to mold last fall are salvageable, Director of Libraries Jim Cogswell told faculty members Thursday. .

Columbia College introduces Department of Visual Arts and Music

Starting in the fall, the new department will offer a bachelor's degree in music. A minor in music that was housed under the Humanities Department will be transferred to the new department.

Tim Wolfe attends session on sexual assault in Washington, D.C.

Wolfe and 19 other university presidents talked with senior White House officials about how to prevent future assaults on campus.

Chancellor Loftin focuses on making MU a model land-grant university

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin discusses MU's land-grant standing, fundraising, building relationships with faculty and more.

Stephens fur exhibit opens with style

The exhibit showcases some of Stephens College's 300 fur pieces, a few dating back to the late 1800s.

MU College of Education suspends admissions to undergraduate art education program

College of Education Dean Daniel Clay cites low graduate numbers as the main reason for the suspension. Some professors in the art education program think the numbers misrepresent the program's success.

KOMU's Stacey Woelfel will lead MU documentary journalism program

The Jonathan Murray Documentary Journalism Center is expected to open in fall 2015 with KOMU News Director Stacey Woelfel as its first leader. Two other positions in the program are still being filled, and the curriculum is being determined, Woelfel said.

Stephens College receives an unrestricted $15 million donation

Dianne Lynch, president of Stephens College, announced Monday the school has received a $15 million gift from an anonymous donor. The donation is unrestricted and will be used for both traditional academic programs and new ventures at Stephens.

UPDATE: Firefighter killed after walkway collapses at MU's University Village apartments

Columbia Fire Lt. Bruce Britt was fatally injured after a balcony walkway at an MU-run apartment complex collapsed early Saturday morning. Shortly after 4 a.m., the floor of the second-story balcony walkway at University Village apartments collapsed at one of the buildings near the southwest corner of Providence and Stewart roads.

ANY QUESTIONS: Was the snake lost in an MU dorm room ever found?

The snake reported missing in Defoe-Graham Hall in January was found on Feb. 11

MU Payroll Office mails new W-2 forms after originals contained wrong information

The MU Payroll Office mailed new 2013 W-2 forms after the original forms were sent out with the wrong ID numbers on Jan. 31.

At Legislative Day, Gov. Nixon, UM president stress education funding

Gov. Jay Nixon and University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe spoke at UM's Legislative Day on Tuesday morning. They addressed funding plans for the universities and emphasized the importance of STEM education in the state.

MU raises record $88.3 million in first 6 months

MU is on track to exceed its own fundraising record, according to a news release from the MU News Bureau.

MU history professor named finalist for $50,000 book award

MU history professor Jeffrey L. Pasley's book on the 1796 presidential election was named one of three finalists for the George Washington Book Prize.