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Lincoln University celebrated its 150th anniversary last weekend, and current students and alumni from across the country came together to commemorate the milestone. The homecoming week included the annual coronation of Mister and Miss Lincoln University, the National Panhellenic Step Show, the Homecoming Parade and the LU 150th Birthday Extravaganza.



The theme for this historic homecoming week was #NeverForget1866, which denotes the founding year of the historically black university in Jefferson City. Shortly after the end of the Civil War, members of the 62nd United States Colored Infantry decided to establish an educational institution known today as Lincoln University.

MU Enrollment Increases During Fall Semester

Oct 7, 2016
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More students enrolled in MU courses after the first day of classes, bringing total enrollment up by 1.5 percent.

MU spokesperson Christian Basi says those who enrolled after August 22 are a mix of both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as students pursuing a degree in MU’s online program.

During the 2015 school year, there were 35,050 students enrolled. After the recent enrollment increase, the current amount of students is 33,266.

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The University of Missouri will now offer a minor on Middle East studies.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the new program starting this fall will allow students to choose 15 credit hours from 11 disciplines, including art, archaeology, history, literature and religious studies.

Nathan Hofer, who holds a doctorate in religious studies with a primary emphasis on Judaism and a secondary emphasis on Islam, directs the new minor.

Exam - Students Embrace The Arts Through Blues In The Schools Program

Oct 4, 2016
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Blues in the Schools celebrated its’ 10th anniversary Saturday, Oct. 1, with a performance in the Stephen’s Lake Park Amphitheatre.

The program aims to raise funds to grow awareness of the arts in mid-Missouri. The program’s resident visual artist, Terry Sutton, helped Grant Elementary students from kindergarten to the fifth grade create a mural called “The Blues Tree” at Central Bank of Boone County. It depicts what the last 10 years of the program. The artwork displays early Missouri artists of classical, jazz, and ragtime music like Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, “Lady Day” Billie Holiday, and T.J. Wheeler, who runs the program.

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One year after Payton Head, former University of Missouri student body president, shared his experience of being called a racial slur on the MU campus on Facebook , leadership from the University of Missouri System and MU held a press conference to review the progress of the last year that began with student protests calling for systemic action against racism.

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There’s a class at the University of Missouri that everyone has to take. It’s called Exposition and Argument, but students and teachers usually strip it down to its “numerical name:” English 1000.

Donna Strickland, Director of Rhetoric and Composition, says that class is an environment that isn’t found many other places on campus.

“I mean these small classes where people can have these intimate conversations,” Strickland said.

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A month after the first day of class in Columbia, two black student organizations and one student blogger at the University of Missouri threw an event to help freshmen fit in to their new student life on campus. Around 80 people, including organizers and older students, attended the "Black @ Mizzou" meeting in the Black Culture Centre.

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A suburban St. Louis school district has agreed to pay $75,000 to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that it failed to protect a high school student from "severe, pervasive and persistent" harassment.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) reports that a judge granted a motion last month to dismiss the case against the Ladue School District. The student sued in August 2015, alleging that he was subjected to anti-gay slurs and threatened during the 2014-2015 school year at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.

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  While the University of Missouri is dealing with a sharp drop in enrollment this fall, many other four-year universities in the state reported an increase in the number of students.

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University of Missouri graduate assistants have raised concerns about whether the university monitored some private social media conversations amid student attempts to organize. 

After just over 14 months as University of Missouri Athletic Director, Mack Rhoades will leave to serve as vice president and director of athletics for Baylor University in Waco, Texas. 

"While my family is excited to start this new chapter in our lives, we do so with great appreciation for our time at Mizzou," Rhoades wrote in a release Wednesday afternoon. "We've met many wonderful people and made lasting friendships. I believe the athletic department has a very bright future."

Interim UM System President Mike Middleton spoke at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. last night. He answered questions about the events that happened at MU last fall, and what is being done to address the racial issues on campus.

CPS Revives Minority Educator Training Program

Jun 21, 2016

Minority students at Columbia Public Schools now have a chance to see what it’s like to work in a classroom before they go to college. This summer Columbia Public Schools re-launched a program for minority students in grades 9-12.

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators heard more about the process that will be used to select the next president of the UM System at its regular meeting Thursday. The session for the UM Presidential Search Committee was held at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the University of Missouri’s campus.

The committee discussed its plan to work towards finding a new UM System president. Although the process is still on-going, the Board of Curators and the search committee believe they are on track to finding the right prospect, but there’s still plenty to do.

Open Enrollment Boosts Summer School Attendance

Jun 15, 2016
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Jefferson City Public Schools made the decision this year to allow open enrollment for summer school to all preschool through eighth-grade students in the Jefferson City area. Last year only students attending JCPS and who needed remediation were allowed to enroll.

This change has increased participation by 40 percent. During the first week of summer school, 2,786 students attended classes, 804 more than last year.

Amy Berendzen, director of school-community relations for JCPS said the district made this change because it had the space.

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The man who was recently hired as the UM System Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer will also serve a similar role on the Columbia campus on an interim basis. MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley announced Monday that Kevin McDonald will serve as MU’s interim vice chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity effective immediately. 

People who move to Missouri and join National Guard or Reserves will be immediately eligible for in-state tuition at Missouri colleges and universities under a new state law signed by Gov. Jay Nixon this week. 

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon expects the three new members of the University of Missouri System Board of Curator to hit the ground running on an important task: choosing a new president.

Nixon appointed Mary Nelson, Thomas Voss and Jon Sundvold to the board last week. As St. Louis Public Radio’s Dale Singer reported, the interim appointees can take office immediately, without confirmation by the Missouri Senate and can serve until Nixon’s successor takes office next year.

Training has begun for University of Missouri medical students through the Springfield Clinical Campus, a new program that offers more hands on experience and addresses a shortage of physicians in the state.

Officials held a ribbon cutting Monday at the campus, and introduced the nine students that will initially receive training at CoxHealth and Mercy Springfield this summer.


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Senior administrators at the University of Missouri College of Engineering have gathered to discuss how to combat a perceived lack of transparency and collaboration within the administration.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that more than 24 administrators from the school and campus spent four days at a retreat last week.

Dean Elizabeth Loboa said that she previously met with faculty members individually and held group sessions for the college's staff.

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The University of Missouri Law School dean is stepping down, but will take on another faculty role at the law school.

Dean Gary Myers announced Friday that he's resigning effective Aug. 14. Myers was named in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against Myers and the university over a public-records request.

In the suit, former Republican Rep. Kevin Elmer claims associate professor Josh Hawley conspired with Myers to keep Hawley's school emails private. Hawley is running for attorney general and faces an Aug. 2 Republican primary.

Exam - Moberly Man Takes Special Olympics Coaching Beyond the Court

May 24, 2016
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It was mid-afternoon and the athletes of the Magic City Olympians had just taken the court minutes after wolfing down their brown-bag lunches. Coach Jim Thornton stood on the sidelines, shouting tips to his athletes during their first game of the state-level Special Olympics competition. Many of the athletes spent the morning bowling at Fort Leonard Wood, and the exhaustion was starting to show on their faces.

The University of Missouri Board of Curators unanimously approved tuition and fee increases at a meeting Wednesday.

Students at the four UM system campuses will face a tuition increase for the next school year, except for in-state undergraduate students.  Here is the breakdown (from the formal proposal): 

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The Coalition of Graduate Workers, a union representing MU graduate student employees, filed a lawsuit against the University Of Missouri Board Of Curators on Wednesday.   

The Coalition is suing to have graduate students classified as employees and to have the Coalition of Graduate Workers be recognized as the collective bargaining representative for MU graduate student employees.

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Legislation that redefines the funding formula for K-through-12 schools is now state law, after the Missouri House overrode Governor Jay Nixon’s veto on Thursday.  

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A Jewish human rights group alleges the University of Missouri is "missing in action" when it comes to addressing anti-Semitism on campus.

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Missouri lawmakers have approved the creation of a commission to review the University of Missouri System's policies and administrative structure.

Updated 3:20 p.m. April 28 with implementation of plan: The University of Missouri-St. Louis said Thursday it was going ahead with a budget plan that would eliminate up to 85 positions on campus but minimize the effect on students.

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The University of Missouri system approved a list of qualifications it is looking for in the next UM System President during the two day Board of Curators meeting on April 14 and 15 in Rolla. 

To create this list, the Presidential Search Committee held four public listening sessions at each of the UM System’s campuses. The April 6 session in Columbia took place after forums in Rolla and UMSL, but before the session at UMKC.  During the Columbia meeting, the Presidential Search Committee discussed what experiences, traits and qualities the next system president should have.

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Graduate students at the University of Missouri have voted in favor of the Coalition of Graduate Workers as their official collective bargaining agent.

This movement toward unionization began months ago, in August 2015, when MU unexpectedly announced it would be eliminating health insurance subsides for graduate students.