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11:45 am
Tue October 30, 2012

MizzouDiversity Summit ends Tuesday

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The 2012 MizzouDiversity Summit ends today after 2 days. The goal was to strengthen the MU identity as a culture that values diversity.  

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8:34 am
Tue October 30, 2012

MU hosts bi-annual Diversity Summit

MU’s bi-annual Diversity Summit takes place Monday and Tuesday. Many hope to see a more accessible campus for people with disabilities.

Students, professors, deans, and other campus professionals filled MU’s Memorial Union and attended a variety of sessions targeting different types of diversity. Several attendees took part in a forum surrounding Universal Design, which promotes the design of products to be useable by everyone.

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Education
5:47 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

MU School of Health Professions Dean to step down at end of academic year

The founding dean of the University of Missouri School of Health Professions plans to step down at the end of the current academic year.

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Education
2:44 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

MU Faculty Council discusses voting rights for non-tenure-track faculty

The University of Missouri Faculty Council addressed a voting rights proposal to non-tenure track, or NTT faculty at its most recent meeting in Memorial Student Union.

The change will allow NTT faculty to vote on University matters. NTT faculty members are hired under one- or three-year contracts. The exclusion of NTT members has ocurred for years at MU, but has now been brought to the council as a proposal.

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4:47 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Court revives discrimination lawsuit against MU

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A Missouri appeals court has revived a former professor's gender discrimination lawsuit against the University of Missouri.

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Education
5:38 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Schools evacuated following gas leak in Ashland

Southern Boone School District students suffered no injuries after a gas leak in Ashland on Wednesday. 

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Education
5:26 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

University defends procedures over terror suspect

The New York Federal Reserve Bank
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Southeast Missouri State University officials say the university did nothing wrong in allowing the overseas student charged with attempting to blow up the Federal Reserve to be a student there last spring.

Quazi Nafis is the former international student from Bangladesh charged with trying to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York.

University leaders told the Southeast Missourian that they followed protocol and procedures throughout their brief affiliation with Nafis. They say they never saw anything that would warrant alarm or rouse suspicion.

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Education
4:17 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Mo. legislative panel focuses on higher ed funding

Gov. Jay Nixon's has pumped millions into higher education.
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A panel of state lawmakers holds a hearing at the University of Central Missouri this week on creation of a funding formula for higher education institutions.

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Education
5:09 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Service organizations cash in during Homecoming festivities

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At MU, the annual Homecoming festivities include several service events as a part of the tradition. This year, the service organization Tigers Taming Hunger reports donations are exceeding expectations.

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Education
11:16 am
Thu October 18, 2012

MU symposium sparks conversation on "food justice"

The "soy chicken" product designed by University of Missouri food scientists, front, looks a lot like real chicken, back. (Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media)

Researchers and advocates focused on hunger will gather at the University of Missouri today for a national symposium.

Symposium participants call it "food justice" - the ability to have access to food security through non-emergency sources, and that was the main topic at Wednesday night's kickoff event for the symposium, Food Insecurity: Assessing Disparities, Consequences and Policies.

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Education
8:54 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Missouri Student Association talks with MU about changing university's grading system

Jesse Hall on the University of Missouri Campus
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The MU Missouri Student Association has begun talks with the Faculty Council on the possibility of changing the school's grading system.

The MSA recently surveyed 700 students to find out how they feel about the existing system, which awards fractional grade points for plus or minus grades. For example a B- is worth 2.7 points, a B is worth 3 points, and a B+ is worth 3.3 points.

Fifty two percent of students interviewed in an MSA survey said they disagreed with the existing system, causing the MSA to look into a change to a flat grading system.

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Education
5:18 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

St. Louis schools re-accredited

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St. Louis schools are no longer unaccredited, following a unanimous vote today by the State Board of Education.

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Education
11:29 am
Tue October 16, 2012

State Fair Community College receives funds to enhance programs

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A new manufacturing consortium between nine community colleges around the state is focused on improving the education for manufacturing students. The $15 million program, in conjunction with MOManufacturingWINs, provides specialized training. Dana Kelchner, State Fair Community College spokeswoman, said the program might change, but it’s to guide the students toward certification.

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Education
5:10 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Eight candidates vie for vacant Board of Education spot

Columbia Board of Education is looking for a new member to fill Paul Cushing’s vacated spot. Since October 10, four additional candidates have applied bringing the total to eight.

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Education
3:46 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

TEDx comes to Columbia

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Columbia is one of 75 cities nationwide taking part in TEDx, an effort by the nonprofit TED to promote dialogue  in communities. On Saturday, the TEDx City 2.0 event sought to showcase people’s ideas to better city living.

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Education
3:40 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

47% of respondents support a new high school in Jefferson City

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Forty-seven percent of respondents to a recent survey conducted by the Jefferson City School Board favor a plan to build a new high school in the city. The school board purchased a tract of land in the beginning of October to build a replacement campus for the city’s current high school.

Jefferson City voters will need to approve the proposal because it would cause a property tax increase. Joy Sweeney, president of the city’s Board of Education, explains how taxpayers would help fund the new campus.

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Education
6:26 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Students learn how to respond to campus shooters

Some Columbia middle school students are learning how to respond to campus intruders.
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The Columbia Public School district is training students to respond to active shooters on school grounds.

The Lange Middle School Cinema Club created an instructional video that demonstrates the "A.L.i.C.E" active shooter response method. A.L.i.C.E stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Escape. This new procedure teaches students that in certain situations it may be necessary to counter the intruder.

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6:19 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Missouri receives grant to hand out more college degrees

College students with enough credits may receive a retroactive associate degree.
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Missouri's department of higher education has received a $500,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation to increase the number of Missourians who receive an associate degree.

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6:06 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Columbia teachers elect union representation

Columbia teachers now have representation for collective bargaining.
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Teachers in the Columbia Public School District have chosen the Columbia Missouri National Education Association to represent them through collective bargaining.

More than 900 teachers went to the polls on Thursday to decide if they wanted to be represented by a union.  Winning 55 percent of the votes, teacher’s union Columbia Missouri National Education Association will now be able negotiate legally-binding agreements with the school district about Columbia teacher’s salaries and working conditions. President Susan McClintic says the next step is to survey their teachers.

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12:30 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Columbia Public Schools re-examines school start times

Chris Belcher, superintendent of Columbia schools
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Columbia Public School administrators looked at the amount of sleep kids receive Wednesday night at the World Café Community Conversation, and focused discussion on school bus routes.

About two hundred parents, teachers, and committee members talked about changing Columbia’s school bus routes from a two-tiered system to a three-tiered system.

But adding a new tier of school bus routes would mean schools’ start times would have to change as well.

Superintendent Chris Belcher says that’s one of the questions up for discussion.

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11:46 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Jefferson City schools discuss real world situations in standardized testing

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The Jefferson City Board of Education wants to implement a new test to better prepare its students for the future.

Members of the administration discussed a new format of a standardized test for eighth graders that would require them to answer in-depth questions about a given story.

Jefferson City Superintendent Brian Mitchell believes this new assessment will help both students and board members.

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Education
1:03 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Four candidates vie for opening on Columbia Board of Education

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Four candidates are contending this month for the open position in the Columbia Board of Education. The position was formerly occupied by Paul Cushing who resigned to take an out of state job.

The four applicants are freelance media producer Rex Cone, Tim Parshall, the assistant director of the Assessment Resource Center at MU, Bill Kinney, an ear, nose and throat physician, and Executive Director of Central Missouri Community Action, Darin Preis.

Current board members will select the replacement.

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Education
8:06 am
Wed October 10, 2012

MU, nearly 500 other universities aim to increase college grads [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Nearly 500 universities across the country, including MU, have signed on to an initiative to increase the number of college graduates in the United States by 2025.

Peter McPherson is the CEO of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, one of the organizations involved with an initiative to ensure that 60 percent of adults have a college degree by 2025. He says schools, including MU, were involved in determining the goals of the initiative.

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4:17 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Columbia Board of Education to appoint new member

Paul Cushing looks at early results in the Columbia school board race
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The Columbia Board of Education will appoint a new member this month after Paul Cushing’s resignation.

Board President Tom Rose says it will not hold an election for the position – it’ll accept applicants instead.

"We'll interview the candidates on October 30 at an evening meeting that is open for anyone to attend. We essentially develop a list of questions that we have that they are able to prepare and we'll have each of them answer," says Rose.

The four current applicants are Rex Cone, Tim Parshall, Bill Kinney, and former board member Darin Preis.

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3:14 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

New app could help combat partner abuse

A group of MU researchers hope to have a complete demonstration model of the “One Love App” by next spring. The new app is being designed to combat partner abuse, and researchers have already developed a Danger Assessment quiz.

MU Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing Tina Bloom is working on the “One Love App” with other researchers at MU. She says they are trying to save the lives of women in abusive relationships. She says the impartiality of the app is important. That’s something women sometimes can’t find in their families and friends.

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10:57 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Vegetables, vegetables everywhere, but not enough to eat [INFOGRAPHIC]

A student’s tray full of food looks nearly the same as when it was purchased seconds before it is dumped into a trash can during lunch in New Franklin, Mo., Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. School officials are trying new strategies to combat the increase in waste
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Like the old joke about restaurant complaints (“The food is awful, and the portions are so small!”), kids across the country are complaining their school lunches have too many fruits and vegetables, and they’re leaving lunch hungry.

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9:04 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Columbia School Board supports raising state's cigarette tax

A report says one in four US high schoolers smoke first cigarettes before turning 18.
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Columbia's school board has come out in favor of a state ballot measure that would raise the state's cigarette tax and possibly bring money to public schools.

Proposition B is a proposed tobacco tax on November's ballot. It would raise taxes on cigarettes purchased in Missouri, which is currently ranked 11th in smoking rates and has the lowest cigarette tax of any state. The proposed tax would move Missouri to 36th place in nation-wide cigarette taxes and some of the money collected would be used to fund public schools.

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8:44 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Rock Bridge, Hickman High Schools cancel joint homecoming parade

Rock Bridge High School and Hickman High School changed their homecoming tradition this year due to a big weekend for MU.

Both Rock Bridge and Hickman canceled their joint homecoming parade on Oct. 13. The schools expect a large crowd downtown because MU plays No. 1 Alabama, and continued construction on Broadway. Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher says safety of the students is the main reason for the cancelation.

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5:45 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

New program at Douglass High School makes sure older kids don't get left behind

ELL Teacher Karen Cottrell observes her students at Douglass High School. Cottrell is new to the district this year, and is helping lift the pilot Douglass Academy program off the ground.
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Columbia Public Schools is implementing a new program at Douglass High School designed to help at risk students graduate with the skills they need to join the workforce. It’s called Douglas Academy, and is catered to older students who enter the school system late and would be left behind by the traditional path to graduation. 

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5:24 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

New school lunch requirements create waste, hungry kids

A New Franklin School District trashcan steadily fills throughout the lunch period on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. A majority of the student’s finished trays of food still held untouched servings of fruit and vegetables.
Chelsea Stuart KBIA

Remember those 20 days in 1981 when the Department of Agriculture considered making ketchup a vegetable in school lunches to help save money?  Those days are long gone.  With childhood obesity on the rise, the school lunch program is getting a makeover once again.

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