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Authorities have identified a hiker found dead at Canyonlands National Park as 73-year-old Grant V. Welland of St. Louis. The University of Missouri's website says Welland was a retired professor. Welland's body was recovered Saturday in Horseshoe Canyon, famous for its ancient rock art. The remote canyon is part of a disconnected unit of the national park. At first, searchers found his vehicle at a trailhead. A helicopter spotted his body.

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The University of Missouri system has announced its 18-member committee that will lead the search for the new Chancellor of MU’s Columbia campus. The announcement Thursday afternoon comes on the heels of two public forums this week discussing the search. UM system spokesperson John Fougere says those hearings and the appointment of the committee were two important steps in the process. He says the next is when the committee first meets in the next couple weeks.

Current Chancellor Brady Deaton is set to retire on November 15th, and Fougere says the goal is to have a new chancellor hired before the end of the fall semester.

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The University of Missouri plans to test a new emergency alert system Monday morning.

A university press release states that the system will be tested at 8:50 a.m. and will send two text messages to those who have already signed up for the MU Alert system.

The test will also send messages to the MU Alert Twitter page, and to Facebook.

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The University of Missouri won't be publicizing the names of its top choices for the flagship campus' next chancellor, but system President Tim Wolfe still wants public input on the closed search.

A one-hour public forum begins at 10 a.m. Monday in Jesse Hall Auditorium in Columbia. A second session is set for the same time Thursday at Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union.

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The University of Missouri is hosting an upcoming international conference on low-energy nuclear reactions.

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  Some MU engineers are teaming up with colleagues at Duke University to develop a low-cost toilet for developing countries with water shortages.

The University of Missouri in Columbia has wrapped up its first week as a smoke-free campus.

The ban on smoking, which took full effect on July 1, had been in the works since 2009 when Chancellor Brady Deaton announced a plan to become a smoke-free campus within five years.

As part of the transition, the school began allowing smoking only in designated areas in 2011. The Smoke-Free Mizzou website says the move was meant to give smokers time to quit or "make necessary adjustment to their smoking patterns."

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  University presidents in Kansas and Missouri have been retiring with substantial financial packages.

When MU Chancellor Brady Deaton retires this fall, he’ll be director of an institute on international development. He’ll be paid 200 thousand dollars.

Former KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway received about 340 thousand dollars for two years after he retired in 2009.

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Former University of Missouri basketball player Alex Oriakhi was taken in the second round of last night’s NBA draft. The Phoenix Suns took Oriakhi with the 57th pick. There are only two rounds in the draft, and only 60 players selected overall.

Missouri student leaders join student-loan effort

Jun 26, 2013
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College students are making their voices heard to Congress about the future of student loans. On July 1st subsidized Strafford student loan rates will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent unless Congress stops the action.

Approximately 100 student body presidents around the nation joined together in an effort to stop the rate increase. The group began at Georgetown University and rapidly grew. The student body president group works hard to represent the students on each campus.

It has been just over three months since the federal spending cuts known as sequestration first took effect.

A handful of programs were spared — but not scientific research, which amounts to about $140 billion in annual government spending.

As St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra found out, at universities here in St. Louis, some scientists are worried about what the budget cuts will mean for their research — and for their students.

"I had to let go of some science."

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The University of Missouri will be conducting a drill Monday morning at its research nuclear reactor center. The center is located south of Stadium Boulevard and west of Providence Road in Columbia. The drill is meant to simulate what could happen during an emergency situation at the reactor.

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University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton announced today that he will step down as chancellor effective November 15 of this year.  

Deaton says the time was right.

“(The decision to retire) did not happen quickly, let me say, I looked at a range of issues. The success and the coming together of the planning that we have been engaged in has been a very big part of it. And frankly the lack of absence of any major crises as I see them right now, you don’t want to choose that time,” Deaton said.

Deaton says there are no negative motivations behind his retirement.

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University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe appointed Henry Foley as the system’s new vice president of academic affairs today.  

Some MU faculty upset about plan to move museum

Jun 7, 2013
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Many MU faculty members are upset at how they found about the University’s plan to temporarily close some campus buildings next year for renovations. They're also concerned about the future of the Museum of Art & Archeology and the Museum of Anthropology

Jesse Hall, Swallow Hall and Pickard Hall will all close for about a year. Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services Jackie Jones presented the steps of the project and answered questions at the MU Faculty Council meeting yesterday.  But, department of geography faculty member Mike Urban wasn’t satisfied.

New UM Curator Mike Ponder lays out goals

Jun 7, 2013

Keeping tuition affordable is the top goal of the University of Missouri’s most-recently appointed curator.

MU campus smoking ban on track for July 1st

Jun 6, 2013

The University of Missouri’s policy to make its campus completely smoke free is on track to start on July 1st.

The policy came about from a student-run movement that called for the change and several organizations around campus support the ban.

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The Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games kick off today in Columbia.

The four-day event gathers more than 2500 athletes and coaches from around the state annually.

Special Olympics organizers say there are many ways for the community to get involved with the events. Trish Wallace is a parent and coach for the Special Olympics. She says even cheering from the stands can make a huge impact in a Special Olympics athlete’s experience.

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The Vietnamese ambassador to the United States is visiting Missouri for the first time this week to discuss trade opportunities and student growth.

Ambassador Nguyen Quoc Cuong met with US Congressmember Vicky Hartzler, Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid and University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe to discuss the opportunities for trade between Missouri and Vietnam.

During the discussion, Hartzler noted that the demand for agricultural products in Vietnam presents an opportunity for Missouri producers.

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More than 5,000 diplomas are expected to be handed out this weekend at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Spring graduation ceremonies begin Friday and continue through Sunday. Commencement speakers include U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, who will address the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; and Boone County Circuit Judge Kevin Crane, speaking at the ceremony of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Record number of students apply for financial aid

May 10, 2013
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Missouri volunteers help a record number of students in the state apply for financial aid.

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Early this morning, Columbia police officers arrested MU employee Tyler D. Hack at the 1100 block of West Broadway for burglary and sexual misconduct.

Hack, 29, is listed as an assistant teaching professor in MU’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism department.

Officers say Hack entered a neighbor’s home through an unlocked door while the victim was sleeping. The victim woke up to Hack fondling his genitals.

“He recognized Hack because he lived in the area and he called the police at that time,” says Columbia Police Public Information Officer Latisha Stroer.

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Cell-phone toting farmers caught in dangerous tractor rollovers may soon be able to more easily signal for help thanks to a new smart phone application in development at the University of Missouri.

The app uses GPS sensors to detect rollovers. The program then sends automatic email and phone alerts with the accident coordinates to an emergency contact.

The Vehicle Rollover Prevention Education Training Emergency Reporting System was developed by Bulent Koc, an assistant professor of agricultural systems management.

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Collegiate Housing Partners of St. Louis is seeking to build a 112-uniit housing complex near Mark Twain residence hall in downtown Columbia on Conley Ave. One issue standing in the way of the company’s plans is parking. The company wants to provide 115 parking spaces, but city code requires 300 spaces for a complex of this size.

Columbia Development Services Manager Pat Zenner said parking is an issue the city has yet to figure out.

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Colleges in Missouri may need to create new tuberculosis testing policies in the near future.

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Graduating students at MU an now discuss their student loan debt with a financial aid counselor in  one-on-one exit counseling.

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The New York Jets picked Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson with the 13th overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night.

The Jets and coach Rex Ryan loaded up on defense in the first round after also taking Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner with the No. 9 pick. New York acquired the 13th pick from Tampa Bay for cornerback Darrelle Revis on Sunday.

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A St. Louis-based global car-rental company has announced a gift of $2 million to the University of Missouri.

MU graduate student earns Pulitzer Prize

Apr 22, 2013
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Before he even had a chance to cross the stage in May, University of Missouri School of Journalism graduate student Charles Minshew was recognized, along with the Denver Post news team, with a Pulitzer Prize.

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The University of Missouri is trying to make it easier to honor donors who want their names on campus buildings in exchange for large contributions.

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