Higher Education

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.

Tweet evolves into perceived threat at Missouri State University

The student tweeted in early February that he was upset classes were not canceled because of bad weather. A student at Lincoln University in Jefferson City responded with a tweet saying that the MSU student was about "to shoot up his school #MSU BEWARE."

MU chancellor says meeting people is his top priority

R. Bowen Loftin sat down with members of the news media for the first time since he started his job at MU. Forming relationships is the key to success as chancellor, he said.

UPDATE: Law firm to investigate MU's handling of Menu Courey case

The UM System Board of Curators has hired the Dowd Bennett Law Firm in St. Louis to investigate the case.

Jazz singer Alicia Olatuja performs for Black History Month

Jazz and soul singer Alicia Olatuja graduated from MU in 2005 and returned to Columbia to perform at a concert to celebrate Black History Month.

MU Faculty Council recommends no make-up for snow days

The MU Faculty Council recommends that the academic calendar not be changed by adding make-up days to adjust for weather-related closures.

Medical examiner rules 18-year-old died of natural causes

An 18-year-old found dead last fall in an MU dormitory died of natural causes, according to an autopsy report released Friday.