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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.

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Legislation that redefines Missouri’s funding targets for K-12 schools is heading to Governor Jay Nixon’s desk.

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On November 9, 2015, following an intense few weeks of student protests on Mizzou’s campus and the resignation of UM System President Tim Wolfe earlier the same day, University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin stepped up to a podium in front of  the Board of Curators and the journalists gathered.

“I have decided today that I will transition from the role of chancellor of Missouri effective at the end of this year and move into a new role where I will work with many people across the system to advance our research mission,” Loftin said.

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Past graduates of the Missouri School of Journalism came together to talk with students, other journalists and aspiring writers about the process of writing during the first ever “Words Matter Writing Conference.” The conference took place from April 11 to April 15 and featured topics from magazine writing to freelance journalism.

The speakers at this conference recently had their stories published in Words Matter: Writing to Make a Difference, an anthology consisting of journalistic pieces and memoirs all from graduates of the Missouri School of Journalism. Mary Kay Blakely, one of the two editors of the book along with Amanda Dahling, got the idea for the anthology after she kept receiving pieces of writing from former students.

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Former University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin is preparing to take on a new role at the school but details of what he will be doing remain unclear.

Updated at 10:08 a.m. Thursday, April 14, with date set for curator vote: Students who plan to attend Washington University this fall know that their tuition will be $48,950. Toward the other end of the scale, in-state tuition at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville has been set at $8,352.

But as students try to finalize their academic plans, those headed for any of the four campuses of the University of Missouri don’t know yet how much their bills will be, and they don't know when the decision may be made.

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 A report says the University of Missouri boosts the state's economic output by 25 percent, and that each dollar of state support means $38.43 in economic activity over the next 25 years.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that state lawmakers are considering a final decision on the university's appropriation of the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

    

 This week on Intersection, we’re talking about a book called Words Matter: Writing to Make a Difference, which is published by the University of Missouri press. It’s an anthology of journalism and essays written by Mizzou grads, mostly from the journalism school. There are also a bunch of presentations going on this week, where students and members of the public can talk with writers about – what else – writing. There’s information about those sessions at the Words Matter website.

Today on our show we’ll talk with magazine journalist, professor emerita and an editor of this book Mary Kay Blakely about how and why she took on this monumental task. We’ll also talk with Lois Raimondo and Shane Epping, two extraordinary journalists who contributed their writing, and with student Ginger Hervey, who has been working on this collection since her freshman year.

Listen to the full show

 

 


MU Vice Chancellor for Operations Gary Ward sent an email to MU faculty and staff Friday evening announcing budget cuts for the 2017 fiscal year.

In the email, Ward said the division plans to cut nearly $5.5 million from campus operations departments. He said 50 positions will be cut, and fewer student positions will be offered next fall.  Campus facility operations, landscape services, energy management and printing services will see significant changes beginning July 1, 2016.

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Facing an estimated $15 million budget shortfall, the University of Missouri-St. Louis is considering elimination of up to 85 positions over the next two years.

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The University of Missouri has seen grades steadily rise, like most colleges and universities across the nation.

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On April 5, Columbia voters will have their say on two measures that would impact Columbia Public School District’s finances.

During the upcoming municipal election, Columbia residents will decide whether to pass an operational tax levy increase and a $30 million dollar bond proposal for the Columbia Public School District. 

Columbia Public Schools spokesperson Michelle Baumstark said the levy increase and bond proposal are two very different things.

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The lecture series on the African American experience in Missouri continued Wednesday night at MU.

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Black faculty members at the University of Missouri say the school needs to reconsider retention tactics if it hopes to recruit and keep faculty of color.

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators have rejected Dr. Melissa Click's appeal of her termination. Click's firing was announced on February 25th along with the release of an investigation into her actions during protests at the university last November. A student videographer filmed her calling for “some muscle” to remove press and observers from the scene of a protest following the resignation of former University of Missouri System President Timothy Wolfe.

UM Curators Elect Co-chairs for Presidential Search

Mar 14, 2016
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The University of Missouri Board of Curators announced Monday the selection of two co-chairs to its presidential search committee at a meeting in Columbia.

Cheryl Walker and James Whitaker will lead the committee which includes all six members of the Board of Curators, one student representative to the board and four at-large members.

The University of Missouri Board of Curators may have a new member. Governor Jay Nixon’s office said in a news release Thursday afternoon that Patrick Graham was nominated for the position of student representative.

As a non-voting member, he would hold the office until January 2018. Graham said he was happy to get the call informing him of the nomination.

“I will say I’m really excited to join the board and am grateful for Governor Nixon’s nomination and I’m looking forward to being a part of it and helping to bring about some important change at Mizzou,” Graham said.

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The Columbia Missourian reports the American Association of University Professors will investigate the UM System Board of Curator's firing of former Missouri Communication Professor Melissa Click.. You can read the Missourian's coverage of the story here.

Click issued this statement about the investigation:

Spike Lee Documents Concerned Student 1950 Demonstration for Upcoming ESPN Film

Mar 7, 2016
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Filmmaker Spike Lee was in Columbia Monday shooting footage for a short documentary about the University of Missouri football team for ESPN.

"We've been here since Saturday. We're doing a piece for ESPN. It's a smaller version of 30 for 30, the series is called, 'little joints," Lee said.

Lee conducted interviews with students and faculty on Monday about the past and present campus climate, last November’s Concerned Student 1950 protests and the Mizzou football boycott.

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The Missouri School of Journalism invited Nikole Hannah-Jones, an award winning journalist, to come to campus last month and spend the day with journalism students. The visit culminated in a talk for journalism students called “Covering racial injustice in the age of Black Lives Matter.”

When Hannah-Jones came to MU, she talked to students, faculty and staff in the journalism school about how to cover issues of race. She also talked about how she practices a blend of data-driven and narrative journalism.

A member of MU leadership has sent a letter to Concerned Student 1950 requesting they consider using different tactics to accomplish their goals.

Chuck Henson is the Interim Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity at MU. He sent a letter to the protest group yesterday asking them to help improve relationships on campus and said “the time for demands, threats and arbitrary deadlines is over.”

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In a media briefing held over phone early Thursday afternoon, University of Missouri Interim Chancellor Hank Foley, University of Missouri System Interim President Mike Middleton and University of Missouri Board of Curators Chair Pam Henrickson announced that Assistant Professor of Communication Melissa Click has been terminated after a vote from the University of Missouri system’s board of curators.

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When Liam Theberge, a senior at Hickman High School, heard that the Columbia Board of Education was going to be talking about adding gender identity and gender expression to the District’s nondiscrimination policy last September, he knew he had to be at that meeting. “It was a really big and important topic for me, and I think a lot of incoming students and even current students needed to have their voice there,” Theberge said.

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  In late January, Missouri House Rep. Kip Kendrick filed his first bill of this year’s state legislative session. Kendrick’s bill, the Student Debt Relief Act, would give Missouri college graduates the ability to refinance any student loans after graduation.

“Currently there are zero options to refinance student loans in the state of Missouri. So it’s about providing graduates and individuals working an option to be able to refinance and to lower rates, but then also to really make sure that the repayment issue is addressed,” Kendrick said.

MU's Working Group Meets to Improve Campus Climate

Feb 18, 2016
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 Interim Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Chuck Henson is working with student leadership on MU’s campus to promote an improved campus climate.

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Dr. Patrice “Patrick” Delafontaine, who stepped down as dean of the MU School of Medicine in Sept. 2015, will step back into the role effective immediately, according to a press release Thursday. 

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Interim University of Missouri Chancellor Hank Foley issued a written statement Sunday night responding to newly released police body camera video of MU Communications Professor Melissa Click in a confrontation with police after a demonstration by the group Concerned Student 1950 at the MU Homecoming Parade.

Here is Foley's complete statement:

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 The University of Missouri system would be denied a higher education funding boost under action taken by a House committee.  The system's handling of race-related protests is being blamed.

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