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MU faculty and students create first university mace

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The story of the University of Missouri’s new mace dovetails with the inauguration of Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. After all, before Loftin came to Columbia, university administrators didn’t even know what a ceremonial mace was, let alone have one. John Murray, Senior Director of Auxiliary and Service Operations at MU, said a simple question from Loftin is how the ball got rolling on the mace project.

Moberly Area Community College received a federal grant of $336,000 on Monday to support education in the fields of science, technology engineering and math, otherwise known as STEM.

Biomedical research teams receive grants

Sep 30, 2014
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The University of Missouri awarded $600,000 to biomedical research teams at the Reynolds Alumni Center on Tuesday. The grants are part of the University’s Coulter Translational Partnership Program, which supports innovations by faculty in the MU School of Medicine and College of Engineering.

On a warm humid Mid-Missouri afternoon, a celebration 175 years in the making was held in City Hall Plaza in direct sunlight. As you looked down eight street from the plaza you could see the top of Jesse Hall. It was a picture perfect setting to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the partnership between the University of Missouri, Columbia and Boone County.

“It’s a very symbiotic relationship,” said Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid. “I think it’s a relationship that can’t help but grow and get stronger in the future.”

The University of Missouri has been awarded two federal grants worth more than $830,000 to implement programs on family farms.

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  Career changers and those looking to strengthen job security sometimes turn to the American Board for online teacher certification. Elementary education was just added to Missouri’s list of approved online certification programs with the American Board in August.

“It actually didn’t take us very long,” Miranda Amir senior director of operations at The American Board said. “We just requested to ad EE this year and it only went through one legislative session so it was quite fast in comparison to how long it usually takes to get a subject.”

The Missouri Office of Administration had partnered with Western Governors University to offer Missouri state employees a five percent discount off tuition.

New UM Curator appointed

Sep 26, 2014
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Governor Jay Nixon appointed David Steelman of Rolla, to serve on the University Of Missouri Board Of Curators. The board oversees the operation of the four- Campus University of Missouri system.

This is the fifth story in a series of stories by Harvest Public Media on food waste called Tossed Out: Food Waste in America.

Lunch time at Harris Bilingual Elementary School in Fort Collins, Colo., displays all the usual trappings of a public school cafeteria: Star Wars lunch boxes, light up tennis shoes, hard plastic trays and chocolate milk cartons with little cartoon cows. It’s pizza day, the most popular of the week, and kids line up at a salad bar before receiving their slice.

Woman Right's Advocate Alumna Speaks at MU Women's Center

Sep 26, 2014
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Students learned just how much egalitarian progress MU has made since the 1970s yesterday. Woman’s right advocate Jeannette Pai-Espinosa spoke Thursday at the MU women’s center, which hadn’t even been built when she was a student. 

Providence Point to become available for group events

Sep 25, 2014

UM system president Tim Wolfe announced Wednesday that for the first time in its 43 year history, Providence Point will be used as an event and meeting space for both university and external groups. 

Providence Point has historically been home to the UM system president and his family but Wolfe decided that he wanted to live elsewhere.  The location has always been used to entertain university guests from around the state, nation and world but will now be open to businesses and university and community groups looking for a meeting space in Columbia. 

New security systems are being implemented throughout the Columbia Public Schools District.

Since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting there have been 70 school shootings nationwide. With an increase in the number of shootings, the Columbia Public Schools District decided to upgrade security measures throughout all the schools in the district.

Columbia Schools spokesperson Michelle Baumstark says the district decided to increase security after annual district meetings in which they discussed possible changes that could be made.

MU to update Title IX Rules

Sep 23, 2014
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The University of Missouri Board of Curators announced Tuesday a series of alterations to the University’s Title IX regulations which are part of the Collected Rules and Regulations (CRRs). The new set of rules look to update policies in regards to sex discrimination, sexual harassment, misconduct, and student conduct procedures.

 “Policies and procedures need to be in line with what the campus needs to do to best serve our students, faculty and staff,” said Linda Bennett, the MU Interim Title IX Coordinator.

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Governor Nixon announced Monday that the nonprofit group USA Funds will give Missouri $2 million in grants to improve its higher education system. This money will go towards improving the state’s higher education affordability and innovation.

  Through a $1 million grant, USA Funds will help to expand the Missouri Innovation Campus initiative. This program establishes partnerships between high schools, community colleges, four-year colleges, universities and area businesses.

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COLUMBIA (AP) - The University of Missouri has concluded its investigation into federal grant spending after a wildlife biologist's complaint to the federal government.

Assistant professor Dylan Kesler's False Claims Act lawsuit alleged that two colleagues in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences improperly paid their spouses from pools of federal scientific research money while the women remained home with newborns.

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  The University of Missouri System chief of staff was announced today by President Tim Wolfe.

Zora Mulligan is currently the executive director for the Missouri Community College Association and will begin her position at the University of Missouri System chief of staff on October 20.

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  Last Friday, MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced a new voluntary separation program that will serve as an incentive for retirement for MU's tenured faculty members.

Faculty members who decide to participate in the program will receive a one-time payment of one and a half times their base salary. This payment cannot exceed $200,000.

Four newly appointed Missouri Lottery Commission members say they want to make the agency more efficient so that more of its proceeds can go to education.

The University of Missouri continued its efforts to raise awareness about the new Title IX policies that are being put in place.  

MU Journalism school recieves $10M donation

Sep 19, 2014
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MU’s journalism school gave Donald W. Reynolds a scholarship worth $22 a month. Nearly 90 years later, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation gave MU’s journalism school $10 million on Friday morning.

Contamination in Pickard Hall to be surveyed

Sep 19, 2014

Pickard Hall at the University of Missouri will either be destroyed, remediated or saved following an analysis by MU.  The building was closed last October due to the contamination.  A comprehensive survey plan is now in the works to figure out the amount of radioactive contamination present in the building.

The survey plan will make measurements from what can be seen, as well as take down walls, remove support beams and pull other structures from the building.

The University of Missouri celebrated the inauguration of the chancellor tonight at the Missouri Theatre. Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin is MU's 22nd chancellor.  The ceremony included a procession that began at the Reynolds Alumni Center and concluded at the Missouri Theatre.

Interim Provost Kenneth D. Dean welcomed the crowd of students, faculty and alumni. The Curators Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus William Bondeson recited the invocation.

Columbia students to learn with robot technology

Sep 18, 2014
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Students at Smithton Middle School will soon be learning with new technology.

Imagine a job where about half of all the work is being done by people who are in training. That's, in fact, what happens in the world of biological and medical research.

In the United States, more than 40,000 temporary employees known as postdoctoral research fellows are doing science at a bargain price. And most postdocs are being trained for jobs that don't actually exist.

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  State Education Commissioner Christine Nicastro announced this afternoon she’s resigning at the end of the year, ending a tumultuous run as the head of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Nicastro, who’s served since 2009, has come under fire from Democrats and Republicans the past year as the state has dealt with unaccredited school districts and begun to implement  Common Core Standards.

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  Education officials are notifying Missouri community colleges that the state might reduce reimbursements for the A+ scholarship program.

The A+ program gives high school graduates who meet certain criteria reimbursements for two years of classes at a community college in the state.

Jane Piester, A+ Coordinator for Rock Bridge High School, said although there is currently a shortage of funding, she does not think the program is in danger long term.

MU students stand against violence

Sep 12, 2014
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Despite the misting rain, some dedicated tigers stood clad in green on Lowry Mall Thursday to raise awareness for their cause. The Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center hosted the Green Dot Mizzou Day, a day constituted to the education and prevention of violence in our communities. Graduate Assistant at RSVP, Tim Maness, says that raising awareness is a team effort.

A new program offers Missouri elementary students a healthy transportation alternative.

The Walking School Bus program allows students to exercise on their way to school. Missouri Safe Routes to School coordinator Jeff Cremer says the program works like normal bus transportation.

“The Walking School Bus program works similar to a regular school bus,” Cremer said. “Instead of riding in a bus, they’re walking to school and getting some exercise and having a good time on their way to school.”

Southwest Elementary is Ready for Construction

Sep 9, 2014
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The Columbia Board of Education approved plans to build a new elementary school set to open in Fall 2016. 

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  Construction of Columbia’s newest elementary school is set to begin next month at Scott Boulevard and Route KK.

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