January 20, 2006
In this issue:
- Lawmakers begin consideration of proposals to increase Bright Flight scholarship
- Senator encourages collaboration among higher education and other departments
- Bill to provide scholarships for transfer students considered by Senate Education Committee
- House & Senate Appropriations committees continue testimony
- Rep. Ed Robb appointed vice chair of budget committee
- MU alumni gather to hear from Columbia area lawmakers
- Elected officials join new UMKC chancellor to celebrate capital campaign
- Did You Know: Mark Your Calendars for Legislative Day
- Profile: Rep. Wayne Henke
Companion bills in the House and Senate have been introduced to double the $2,000 Bright Flight scholarship, designed to encourage the state’s best and brightest students to stay in Missouri for post-secondary education.
In 1987, when the scholarship was enacted, tuition at UM was $1,485 and the $2,000 scholarship funded all tuition, required fees and some books. Today, that same undergraduate pays $6,495 in tuition plus additional fees and books, but the Bright Flight scholarship is still only $2,000. It provides less than one-third the cost of tuition.
The University of Missouri has encouraged lawmakers to increase the award, and student organizations including the Associated Students of the University of Missouri (ASUM) have advocated for an increase so that it becomes a true incentive to keep students in the state. [Read more…]
A bill that requires collaboration between the Department of Higher Education, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Department of Economic Development to provide focus and direction to the state’s educational system was presented this week before the Senate Education Committee. SB580, sponsored by Sen. Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph), would help provide a more seamless transition from pre-kindergarten through graduate school at the state’s higher education institutions. [Read more…]
Students who complete an associate’s degree at a public two-year institution and transfer to a public four-year institution would be eligible for a new scholarship under legislation considered Tuesday, Jan. 17 by the Senate Education Committee. SB654, introduced by Sen. Gary Nodler (R-Joplin), would establish an associate degree transfer incentive scholarship program to encourage students to continue their education at public four-year institutions. [Read more…]
The House Education Appropriations Committee, which makes initial budget recommendations for elementary-secondary education and higher education appropriations, held its first meetings this past week to hear public comment on both HB2 and HB3. The University of Missouri’s appropriation is contained in HB3. The committee, chaired by Rep. Kathlyn Fares (R-Webster Groves), will meet again next week to hear testimony from the Coordinating Board for Higher Education and the individual institutions. University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd will testify at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, in House Hearing Room No. 1. The Senate Appropriations Committee also heard public comment on higher education on Thursday, Jan. 19. Public comment on the other appropriation bills will continue for the next several weeks.
UM President Elson S. Floyd visits with Rep.
Ed Robb at the Capitol
Rep. Ed Robb (R-Columbia) has been named vice chair of the Budget Committee. Robb is the former director of MU’s State and Regional Fiscal Studies Unit and director of the Economic Policy and Analysis Research Center (EPARC), a diversified service bureau providing support to the business community, local, state and federal agencies, and the University of Missouri. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bradley University as well as a master’s degree and a doctorate in economics, both from Michigan State University. Elected to the House of Representatives in 2004, Robb also serves as vice chair of the University of Missouri Caucus.
The Boone County Chapter of the MU Alumni Association hosted its annual legislative forum Thursday, Jan. 19 to gather thoughts and input from lawmakers about higher education and the University of Missouri. Participants included Sen. Chuck Graham (D-Columbia); Rep. Judy Baker (D-Columbia); Rep. Jeff Harris (D-Columbia); Rep. Steve Hobbs (R-Mexico); and Rep. Ed Robb (R-Columbia). The legislators told the crowd of about 50 supporters at Harpo’s how important it is for alumni to talk to their friends and acquaintances in other areas of the state to encourage support for MU. Other topics included increasing state support for the operating budgets of higher education institutions, emphasizing the importance of capital improvement projects for MU, and encouraging support for more funding for higher education scholarship and financial aid programs. After discussing their priorities and goals for the year, the legislators were stationed at tables around the room to encourage informational conversations with MU supporters. [view event photos]
UMKC Chancellor Guy Bailey is joined by
his wife Jan Tillery (left) and Rep. Sharon
Sanders Brooks (D-Kansas City) at the Your
UMKC alumni capital campaign reception.
Rep. Sharon Sanders Brooks (D-Kansas City) and Rep. Leonard Hughes (D-Kansas City) attended the Your UMKC alumni capital campaign reception on Thursday, Jan. 12, at Municipal Auditorium. “I was glad to see the level of support the Kansas City community has shared with the University,” Brooks said. The representatives were among hundreds of UMKC alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students who gathered to celebrate the progress to date of the Your UMKC fundraising campaign and rally for its finish in the months ahead. The occasion also marked Chancellor Guy Bailey’s first public appearance since he began his tenure at UMKC. [Read more…]
Join the University of Missouri Alliance of Alumni Associations and Extension on Wednesday, March 15, 2006, at the Missouri State Capitol for the 32nd annual Legislative Day. Events include legislator visits and a campus showcase in the Capitol Rotunda. More information will follow in upcoming issues of UM Legislative Update.
Rep. Wayne Henke (D-Troy) received a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where his most memorable professor was Dr. Lawnick in the physical education department. “He made classes fun and taught us big-foot boys how to square dance,” Henke said.
Besides learning how to square dance and enjoying his classes, one of Henke’s favorite MU memories is of the football team winning games almost every Saturday under Coach Dan Devine. [Read more…]
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