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The University of Missouri said Tuesday it has hired San Diego State's Jim Sterk as its new athletic director on a seven-year contract.

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The University of Missouri is set to hire San Diego State athletic director Jim Sterk as its new Athletic Director.

San Diego State announced last night on its website that Sterk had resigned after six years with the school and would take over at Missouri on Sept. 1.  

Missouri Historical Society to Build Research Center, Museum

Aug 8, 2016
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  The State Historical Society of Missouri has revealed conceptual drawings of a planned $35 million research center and museum.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the three-story Center for Missouri Studies will house museum galleries on the first floor and collections of manuscripts and newspapers set aside for researchers on the second floor. The third floor will house the society's administrative offices.

The construction of the building is being funded by state revenue bonds.

The NCAA says it has accepted Missouri's self-imposed sanctions over infractions involving its men's basketball program but has tacked on a year of probation though August of next year.

University of Missouri System's Credit Outlook Is Stable

Jul 18, 2016
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  A leading credit-rating agency says the University of Missouri system's credit outlook is stable, despite turmoil last year.

The system announced Monday that Moody's Investors Service is maintaining the system's Aa1 credit rating.

The announcement came months after credit-rating company Standard & Poor's downgraded the system's outlook from stable to negative but didn't actually lower the rating.

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 A panel tasked with recommending changes for the University of Missouri system is moving forward despite funding cuts.

The University of Missouri Review Commission met for the first time Friday to discuss how to help a system rocked by turmoil following student protests and leadership changes. The system president and Columbia chancellor resigned amid protests.

Some lawmakers were frustrated about the handling of Columbia protests last year over what some saw as administrators' indifference to racial issues. In response, lawmakers created the commission.

The commission created by Republican lawmakers to review the University of Missouri System is about to hold its first meeting.

The commission was created by GOP leaders following last fall's unrest on the system's main campus in Columbia. Protests centered on accusations that university officials, in particular former UM System president Tim Wolfe, were ignoring a series of racial incidents.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he doesn't want to be president of the University of Missouri System.

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 The University of Missouri won't adopt policies on free speech and protests until at least the fall to allow enough time to gather public comment.

A committee issued a draft in late May of policies designed to regulate public spaces on campus while also respecting free-speech rights. The committee, composed of 13 faculty, staff and students also was asked to determine how the university can best resolve conflicts over use of public spaces.

The committee was formed after protests rocked the Columbia campus last fall.

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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.

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A former GOP gubernatorial candidate and a conservative talk radio host are among those who will review the University of Missouri following turmoil last fall.

The University of Missouri fell under scrutiny after student protests in Columbia over what some saw as administrators' indifference to racial issues.

Lawmakers frustrated over how the protests were handled created the UM System Review Commission to review system policies and administrative structure. The eight-member commission will recommend changes.

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The big flocks of snow geese flying over the Midwest each spring and fall may make for a pretty picture, but the booming population of those fluffy, noisy, white birds is creating an environmental disaster in Canada. And it’s partially thanks to decisions made by Midwest farmers. 

“The birds have grown exponentially, almost now to a concern that they’re causing destruction to their tundra breeding grounds,” said Drew Fowler, a doctoral student at the University of Missouri.

The University of Missouri has denied a request from a student group that wants to put a marijuana leaf on a T-shirt next to the university's name.

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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.

The University of Missouri System has announced that it will conduct an audit of diversity and inclusion policies and procedures.

The University of Missouri hopes offering convenience and flexibility to would-be dormitory residents lures them away from apartments or other private housing amid enrollment declines.

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The University of Missouri is now projecting a drop in enrollment of 2,630 students for the next school year, which will contribute to a $31.4 million revenue shortfall for MU next year.

University of Missouri leaders briefed faculty and staff Wednesday with the latest figures on enrollment and the budget for the next fiscal year. Vice Chancellor of Finance Rhonda Gibler explained the cuts necessary to right the ship at MU will not be easy.

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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.

A Missouri lawmaker is urging students to reconsider attending the University of Missouri in Columbia following campus turmoil last year.

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JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon chose Missouri State University as his venue to sign the Fiscal Year 2017 higher education budget into law Wednesday.

The school in Springfield achieved all of its performance goals, equaling an increase of $3.6 million in funding.

“When we talk about holding tuition, we’ve not done that for free. Okay? We have put dollars in to make sure that at the same time we were getting increases in quality,” said Nixon. 

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Lawmakers are scaling back reductions to the University of Missouri's budget.

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  COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A man charged with posting online threats to shoot black students and faculty at the University of Missouri's Columbia campus has changed his plea to guilty.

Nineteen-year-old Hunter Park admitted Monday to making a terrorist threat.

Authorities say the threats showed up Nov. 10 on the anonymous location-based messaging app Yik Yak. A university police officer says Park admitted he wrote the postings when confronted in his dorm room at a sister campus in Rolla.

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The University of Missouri says it's planning to close two more dorms on the Columbia campus because of a drop in residency.

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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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COLUMBIA - A Spike Lee documentary about the University of Missouri protests and its football team's threatened boycott is making premiering at a theater near the campus.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a one-hour version of the documentary, titled "2 Fists Up," will be shown Wednesday night at the Missouri Theatre. Lee worked with ESPN to make the documentary.

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The faculty council for the University of Missouri is urging the selection of someone with an academic background as it searches for a new leader for the four-campus system.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the council discussed the search process Thursday. The council says another priority is someone with an academic background and a willingness to listen to students and faculty.

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

MU Students Affected by Attack in Brussels

Mar 22, 2016
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MU School of Journalism students are safe after a terrorist attack in Brussels late Tuesday night. All 16 students in the school’s Brussels study abroad internship program are accounted for. MU Spokesperson Christian Basi says he has been in contact with MU Journalism professor Gareth Harding who oversees the program. MU students in the program work at various news outlets throughout the city.

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