MU football team recognized before House, Senate for Independence Bowl victory

House Speaker Rod Jetton and Rep. Sam Page visit with UMKC Interim Provost Bruce Bubacz at the School of Medicine reception.

Members of the 2005 Missouri Tigers football team visited the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 15, to be recognized for their victory over South Carolina in the Independence Bowl. MU Coach Gary Pinkel and 15 members of his coaching staff and team were introduced before the House of Representatives by Rep. Ed Robb (R-Columbia), Rep. Jeff Harris (D-Columbia), Rep. Judy Baker (D-Columbia), and Rep. Martin Rucker (D-St. Joseph). Rucker, whose son plays for the Tigers, read a proclamation to commemorate the victory and lawmakers then joined in with an MIZ-ZOU cheer. The Tigers then went to the Senate, where they were brought on the floor and introduced by Sen. Chuck Graham (D-Columbia). Players signed autographs and posed for pictures before returning to Columbia.

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President, chancellors testify for Senate Education Committee hearing on MOHELA

University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton and UMR Chancellor John F. Carney III were among the college and university leaders testifying before the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The committee, chaired by Sen. Gary Nodler (R-Joplin), conducted a hearing on the proposed sale of a portion of MOHELA assets to support higher education capital improvements and scholarships. Although no formal legislation has been filed, senators took the opportunity to hear from the university leaders, as well as representatives of the Department of Higher Education, the Department of Economic Development and MOHELA. The higher education leaders testified in support of Gov. Matt Blunt’s Lewis & Clark Discovery Initiative. Read President Floyd’s testimony. [Read more…]

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Gov. Matt Blunt visits University Hospital for Safe Kids event
UM President Elson S. Floyd greets Gov. Matt Blunt at the Safe Kids event at University Hospital.
UM President Elson S. Floyd greets Gov. Matt Blunt at the Safe Kids event at University Hospital.

Gov. Matt Blunt joined University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd and UM Health Care Chief Executive Officer Jim Ross at University Hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 14, to discuss legislation related to child passenger safety. The program was part of Child Passenger Safety Week, organized by the Columbia Safe Kids Coalition. UM Health Care is a sponsor of Safe Kids, whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury. Other speakers included University trauma surgeons Dr. James Vessel and Dr. Venkataraman Ramachandran and Dr. Bob Harris, a pediatrician and member of the Columbia Safe Kids board. University of Missouri Health Care offers the region’s only Level I trauma center. “We average more than 37,000 visits to our emergency center each year,” Ross said. “We hope today’s press conference will help reduce that number by letting the public know about the importance of child passenger safety.”

Chamber hosts legislative event in support of Discovery Initiative
Rep. Ed Robb, Rep. Judy Baker, Rep. Jeff Harris, Ted Farnen, and Rep. Steve Hobbs at the Chamber event.
Rep. Ed Robb, Rep. Judy Baker, Rep. Jeff Harris, Ted Farnen, and Rep. Steve Hobbs at the Chamber event.

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce and other business organizations hosted a roundtable discussion on Thursday, Feb. 16 in support of the Lewis & Clark Discovery Initiative. Rep. Judy Baker (D-Columbia), Rep. Jeff Harris (D-Columbia), Rep. Steve Hobbs (R-Mexico) and Rep. Ed Robb (R-Columbia) and Ted Farnen, chief of staff for Sen. Chuck Graham (D-Columbia), emphasized their interest in supporting full funding for MU’s Health Sciences Research and Education Center and related projects for the University. After discussing the various proposals related to the partial sale of MOHELA assets, each of the legislators pledged to fight to support $87.5 million for the research center. Business leaders encouraged the lawmakers to work with their colleagues to generate support to make the initiative a reality.

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Deans from health professional schools testify at Capitol

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, UMKC School of Dentistry Dean Mike Reed, UMSL School of Optometry Dean Larry Davis, and MU School of Health Professions Dean Rich Oliver all testified in favor of HB1388. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Judy Baker (D-Columbia), was heard by the House Workforce Development and Workplace Safety Committee. The deans and other association representatives testified in favor of creating a Missouri Health Profession Shortage Planning Commission within the Department of Economic Development. The commission would consist of legislators from both chambers as well as experts in the fields of health, finance, economics, or health facility management. Its duties would include monitoring data and trends in the health profession workforce; making recommendations on the economic cluster for health care professions; identifying recruitment and retention strategies for higher education health care programs; promoting diversity; making recommendations on financial and other assistance to students enrolled in health care programs; and identifying recruitment and retention strategies for health care employers.

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District Data Sheets now online

How many University of Missouri alumni and students live in your district? What services does the University provide for your county? You can now find out the University of Missouri’s 2006 impact by checking out data provided at the Government Relations website. Datasheets are searchable by county, Congressional district, state House and Senate districts, as well as statewide.

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icon question markLegislator Profile: Rep. Jerry Nolte

Rep. Jerry Nolte (R-Gladstone), like any father, is proud of his son Michael, who also happens to be a student at the University of Missouri-Rolla. “I don’t know where he gets it,” Nolte said. “The apple definitely fell far from the tree there.” Nolte’s son is an electrical engineering and mathematics student in his second year at UMR. Since his son began studying at the University, Nolte has been most impressed by Rolla’s faculty members, who focus heavily on engaging the school’s students. [Read more…]

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