The University of Missouri Board of Curators met Friday morning, and the curators say they are concerned about statewide spending cuts that directly affect the UM System.
Missouri governor Jay Nixon froze 400 million dollars in statewide spending in response to threats to override his veto of House Bill 253, a tax-cutting bill that Nixon said would drain state revenue. Republicans have enough seats in the state legislature to override the Democratic governor’s veto in September if they all agree to do so.
University of Missouri system’s Board of Curators recently voted to expand employee’s insurance coverage to unmarried couples including partners of the same sex. Members of the LGBT community and University officials are talking about the change.
Harry Tyrer is a professor and faculty council member at MU. Tyrer says this benefit change will keep the MU system competitive in recruiting and retaining staff members.
“It’s more inclusive and it will increase the number of people who will see the University of Missouri as a great place to work at,” Tryer says.
Michael Ponder’s tenure with the University of Missouri Board of Curators is over — at least for now. Governor Jay Nixon appointed the Cape Girardeau attorney to the board last month before the start of the 2013 legislative session, but he still needed Senate confirmation for his appointment to become permanent. Nixon formally reversed Ponder’s appointment Wednesday night when it became apparent that he would not win Senate confirmation by Thursday deadline.
The University of Missouri's first year in the Southeastern Conference continues to pay dividends away from the field.
School officials on Tuesday announced an $8.3 million gift from Don and Audrey Walsworth of Marceline. The donation follows a $30 million gift from the Kansas City Sports Trust in June and a $6.4 million anonymous contribution in December.
The Walsworth gift will go toward previously announced Memorial Stadium improvements. The school plans to add 6,000 seats to the stadium, which now holds 71,004 fans.
Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 12:19 pm
Updated at 5 p.m. following the presentation to the Board of Curators.
Students at the four campuses of the University of Missouri system are likely to face tuition and fee increases again next year as the school struggles to cope with an ongoing decrease in state funding.
Coal Free Mizzou demonstrators wait to present 3,000 student signatures to the University of Missouri Board of Curators during a meeting on Sept. 13 in Columbia. Chancellor Brady Deaton accepted the petition and agreed to meet with the group later.
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Demonstrators carry their banner into the MU Board of Curators meeting on Sept. 13 at the University of Missouri. Coal Free Mizzou is a student advocacy group asking UM Curators to phase out the use of coal.
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Coal Free Mizzou president Alexendra Rather leads demonstrators in a chant. “M-I-Z! Be Coal Free!” the crowd repeats. The student advocacy group wants to phase out the use of coal as an energy source at the University of Missouri.
Students at the University of Missouri are ramping up their efforts to change the status of the student representative on the system's Board of Curators. Bill Raack reports that legislation to give the student curator voting rights is working its way through the Missouri General Assembly.