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Gov. Blunt addresses education funding in State of the State

During his State of the State address Jan. 26, Gov. Matt Blunt announced that he was recommending level funding for all Missouri public institutions of higher education for Fiscal Year 2006. The University of Missouri received an appropriation of $400,819,361 for the current year. The governor is recommending to the General Assembly that the same amount be appropriated for the coming year. [Read more…]

Boone County Alumni Chapter hosts legislative forum

Forum members seated at tableMore than 75 MU alumni turned out for the third annual Boone County Alumni Chapter legislative forum Jan. 27 in Columbia. The session was moderated by Dr. Rick Hardy, MU professor of political science, and included Sen. Chuck Graham (D-Columbia) and representatives Judy Baker (D-Columbia), Jeff Harris (D-Columbia), Steve Hobbs (R-Mexico), Ed Robb (R-Columbia), and Wes Shoemyer (D-Clarence). [Read more…]

Name change measures advance in Senate

The Senate Education Committee passed several bills Tuesday, Jan. 25 that change the names of higher education institutions. The Committee unanimously adopted SB19, which changes the name of Missouri Western State College to "University;" SB36, which removes "Joplin" from the Missouri Southern State University name and makes a minor change in its board; and SB97, which changes Harris-Stowe State College to "University." Two other bills involving Southwest Missouri University were adopted. [Read more…]

Gov. Blunt nominates three new curators

Gov. Matt Blunt announced Tuesday, Jan. 25 his nominations of John Carnahan III of Springfield, Doug Russell of Lebanon, and David Wasinger of St. Louis to fill three seats on the University of Missouri Board of Curators. All three are UM-Columbia alumni. The appointments are for six-year terms and are subject to confirmation by the Senate. [Read more…]

House Higher Education Committee holds organizational meeting

The newly formed House Higher Education Committee met Tuesday, Jan. 25 for an organizational meeting and to hear from Higher Education Commissioner Gregory Fitch. The committee is chaired by Rep. Gayle Kingery (R-Poplar Bluff), who holds a bachelor of science degree in education from Southeast Missouri State University and who did graduate work at the University of Missouri-Columbia. [Read more…]

President Bush emphasizes commitment to freedom during inaugural address

On Thursday, Jan. 20 George W. Bush was sworn in to serve his second term as the 43rd President of the U.S. This year’s presidential inaugural theme was "A Vision of America," which commemorates the centennial of Theodore Roosevelt’s formal inauguration as president in 1905 and the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition reaching the Pacific in 1805.
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