A group of University of Missouri students is partnering with the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri as it opens a new food pantry called Tiger pantry. It will open next month to distribute food to the MU community. Food Bank Executive Director Peggy Kirkpatrick is optimistic that Tiger Pantry will help a great amount of need-based students.
“We know some of those folks that we serve are students, university students," said Kirkspatrick. "And so what this will do is allow the students to have some of their basic needs met closer to where they live.”
Next month the Supreme Court will take up the matter of race in college admissions. But Chuck May from the MU Admissions Office says the case will have no effect on MU since race is not a factor in undergraduate admissions.
"If a student meets our admission requirements that are published, which all students and parents can see, then they are automatically admissible," May says. "We have no cap on admissions, so there is no student that would take the place of another student that is eligible for admission.”
Fulton’s Westminster College has received license approval from Arizona to open a campus in the state’s third largest city of Mesa. President Barney Forsythe says that after the city of Mesa completed its marketing study research, researchers found that there was an under representation of private residential higher education in Arizona.
Forsythe says that the school’s intent is to hire mostly locally in the Mesa and Phoenix area for the new campus.
Missouri has tapped a state reserve fund for cash flow purposes for the second consecutive month. The Office of Administration said Wednesday the state has borrowed $100 million from the Budget Reserve Fund, the same amount borrowed the previous month. The funds must be repaid by next May 15.
Missouri State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says the reserve fund can be used if monthly revenue collections do not meet monthly expenditures.
Wednesday will be the eighth time -- since the school year began less than a month ago -- that some students at Columbia public schools are dismissed early because of the heat.
Jefferson and West Junior High schools don’t have air conditioning. Five Columbia elementary schools had units installed during the summer. But, Michelle Baumstark, spokesperson for Columbia Public Schools, says it may take more than a year to complete the remaining two schools.
Missouri State University has been awarded a $2.5 million federal grant aimed at providing graduate courses for mid-career students at the Department of Defense.
The grant goes to the university's Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, which is located in Washington. The department will work with the National Defense University to provide graduate courses for up to 48 mid-career students with the Department of Defense.
Speaking on KBIA’s Intersection earlier this week, Deputy Commissioner for the Missouri Department of Higher Education Paul Wagner said that Missouri has been a national leader in keeping college tuition down. He said that tuition increases at public four year institutions in the state were the lowest in the country over the last three years. That statistic comes from a College Board Report released earlier this month. Wagner points to two factors that have helped limit tuition increases.
Classes for the fall semester at MU begin today, and as students return to school a campus group fighting plans to dramatically revamp the University of Missouri Press is holding a public celebration of the academic publishing house.
The Coalition to Save the University of Missouri Press opposes system President Tim Wolfe's decision to fire the press's 10 employees. The university’s plans for the press include a digital-driven alternative overseen by the editor of the Missouri Review literary journal.
As public school starts Thursday in both Columbia and Jefferson City, those school districts are dealing with a surge in student enrollment. To deal with this, the districts have hired several teachers at the last minute to maintain a healthy ratio of students to instructors.
Although enrollment numbers are expected to fluctuate for the next few weeks, Columbia and Jefferson City have added several teachers at the elementary level to accommodate the influx of younger students.
Electric bills are on the way down for some residents of western Missouri, thanks to a decline in fuel prices.
The Missouri Public Service Commission has reduced the fuel adjustment charge for Kansas City Power & Light's Greater Missouri Operations. Fuel adjustment clauses allow power companies to adjust rates for changes in the price of natural gas.
As College students make their way back to Columbia this week, thousands of international students are among them. At Stephens Lake Park, an event is meant to help these students adjust to their new city.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the state’s 2012 school test scores Tuesday. And while the data show a small but fairly consistent improvement across most subjects, Columbia still has some work to do in a few categories.
The Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP, tests students from third grade through high school in areas such as communication arts, math and science. For the 2012 school year, the Columbia district met all 14 state standards to remain an accredited district.
The Missouri treasurer's office will have a team at the State Fair to help people determine if they have any unclaimed property being held by the state.
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel says his office has about $700 million in unclaimed property. Members of his office's unclaimed property team will be at the Mathewson Exhibition Center throughout the fair.
The fair runs was opening Thursday and runs through Aug. 19.
Zweifel says more than 400 account owners found $90,000 at the fair last year. People can also search for unclaimed property on the treasurer's website.
Updated at 4:55 with comments from interim dean Thomas Keefe.
Updated at 4:20 with comments from current Student Bar Association president
Updated 3:58 p.m. with letter from Biondi to staff via Saint Louis University.
Updated at 2:40 p.m. with comments from former Student Bar Association vice president.
Will be updated.
Annette Clark, dean of the Saint Louis University School of Law, resigned this morning.
In two letters obtained by St. Louis Public Radio (which you can read below), Clark details her reasons for leaving. Clark says she "no longer [has] confidence" in the abilities of President Lawrence Biondi or Vice President of Academic Affairs Manoj Patankar to lead the University.
Missouri officials are preparing to award nine grants worth nearly $9 million to create so-called "Innovation Campuses" involving colleges and universities.
The program pairs universities and colleges with businesses to train students for jobs in high-demand fields. It's partly aimed at helping students earn their degrees faster and graduate with less debt.
Gov. Jay Nixon planned to discuss the grants Wednesday at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri State University in Springfield and Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.
Opponents of the University of Missouri's decision to revamp its academic publishing business plan to meet to discuss their next steps.
Organizers of Tuesday's meeting say the school's plans to replace the press with a digital publishing operation that will rely largely on student workers will provide a poor substitute for the traditional university press model. Some members of the Columbia campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors are scheduled to meet with university system president Tim Wolfe later Tuesday.
The 911 Services administrator for Stoddard County in southeast Missouri is calling attention to a growing problem of children playing with discarded cellphones and accidentally calling 911.
The Dexter Daily Statesman reports that Carol Moreland says parents are apparently unaware that dialing random numbers from a cellphone or landline phone will eventually reach the 911 dispatch center, causing a distraction for dispatchers and emergency personnel.