Higher Education

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.

Gov. Nixon appoints 3 to university governing board

One person was appointed to the Lincoln University Board of Curators in Jefferson City and two students representatives were named for other boards.

Construction for Traditions Plaza will begin within a week

The Mizzou Alumni Association's newest project, Traditions Plaza, is an amphitheater that will take up most of the northern circle of Mel Carnahan Quadrangle. The stage and a "family circle" at the southern end of the plaza, will be made up of engraved bricks bought by alumni and family.

Matching grants offered for college savings

The matching grant program is for the MOST 529 college savings plan and is worth up to $500.

MU student group to invest in prediction app

Kansas City-based startup Knoda will get a $50,000 boost.

Q-and-A: Jim Spain describes plan for MU teaching and learning center

Jim Spain, the vice provost for undergraduate studies, said he plans to have the proposal on the chancellor's desk by the end of the fall 2014 semester.

5 Columbia students win National Merit Scholarships

Two of the local students attended Rock Bridge High School, two attended Hickman High School, and one attended Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City.

Allegations in Britt family's wrongful-death suit denied in response

Attorneys for the Board of Curators in their response to the Britt family's lawsuit said that MU believed University Village apartments were "structurally sound and safe at all relevant times" and challenged the ability of Lt. Bruce Britt's family to sue.

Nixon announces more cuts to education funding

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday announced an additional $35 million in spending cuts for public schools and universities, citing concerns about declining state revenues from lottery sales and casino taxes.

MU receives $118,000 gift from State Farm Insurance

State Farm Insurance donated $118,000 to various MU programs and offices, the university announced Tuesday.

President stepping down next year at Westminster College

President George B. Forsythe will retire at the end of the 2014-15 academic year.

MU researcher gets $1.5 million grant to study Alzheimer's

The National Institutes of Health is supporting associate professor James Lee's research, which MU said could lead to treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

9 public college presidents' pay topped $1 million

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin was the second-highest paid college president in 2013, when he was at Texas A&M. His total compensation included severance and retirement pay.

As MU graduation comes to close, emphasis is on bonds formed

Freshly minted PhDs were recognized in Jesse Auditorium on Sunday afternoon during the hooding ceremony for doctoral candidates. The final day of MU's commencement ceremonies also included the ROTC Commissioning of Officers and the ceremony for the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Council to consider controversial student-housing project, changes to College Avenue

Columbia City Council will hold public hearings and vote on the stalled Opus Development Co. student-housing project and proposed pedestrian safety changes to College Avenue near MU.