More than 400 alumni and supporters of the University of Missouri came to Jefferson City on Wednesday, March 15 for the 32nd annual Legislative Day. A morning rally featured several legislative and University leaders, including University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd; Sterling Adams, chair of the Alumni Alliance; Senate Minority Floor Leader Maida Coleman (D-St. Louis); House Speaker Pro-Tem Carl Bearden (R-St. Charles); and House Minority Leader Jeff Harris (D-Columbia). University supporters visited legislators and also viewed displays in the Rotunda featuring University programs and economic development. [See more photos from Legislative Day…]
House gives final approval to budget; budget heads to Senate
The House of Representatives gave final approval to their version of the Fiscal Year 2007 budget on Thursday, March 16. The bill, HB1003, appropriates funding to the Department of Higher Education and public higher education institutions, and includes a 2 percent increase for all public higher education institutions as recommended by Gov. Matt Blunt.
Following approval by the House, HB1003 was then reported to the Senate and first read on Thursday, March 16. The Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Sen. Chuck Gross (R-St. Charles), will begin hearing the budget bills on Monday, March 27, at 1:00 p.m.
Senate committee to hold hearing on voting student curator bill
Sen. Gary Nodler (R-Joplin) has scheduled a hearing on SB673 for Tuesday, March 28 at 12:00 noon. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Chuck Graham (D-Columbia), grants voting rights to a student curator or governing board member for the University of Missouri, Missouri State University and Truman State University.
Student representative to the Board Maria Curtis accepts the Trailblazer Award from UMSL Chancellor Tom George.
UMSL honors student representative to the board
Maria Curtis, student representative to the University of Missouri Board of Curators, was among those honored at the 11th annual Trailblazer Ceremony at UM-St. Louis on Wednesday, March 22. Curtis, a graduate student in public policy at UMSL, was appointed to the board by Gov. Matt Blunt and serves as an ex officio member of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee. The award is given to UMSL women who have forged new paths, made significant contributions to the University or have been the first to occupy positions previously held exclusively by men. Other honorees included Glen Cope, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at UMSL; Deborah Henry, director of the Division of Counting Education and Outreach at UMSL; Chris Wright, superintendent of the Hazelwood School District; and Donna Morrow, mayor of O’Fallon, Mo.
U.S. Senate begins debate on budget resolution
The U.S. Senate began debate on the Congressional budget for Fiscal Year 2007 earlier this month. This debate follows the introduction of the president’s budget in early February; that budget reduced or eliminated spending on 141 programs in an attempt to cut the federal deficit in half by 2009. The Senate budget proposal, which was approved by the Budget Committee on Thursday, March 9, assumes an increase in spending over the president’s proposal for education programs and the National Institutes of Health. The Senate Budget Resolution also assumes full funding of the president’s requests for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The Senate is expected to vote on several amendments to the budget resolution, which includes increases in spending on education programs and in funding to the Appropriations Labor-HHS-Education subcommittee.
Sen. Joan Bray (D-St. Louis) realizes the vital role higher education plays in the future of Missouri. “If we want to have Missourians who can participate in the cultural and civic life with knowledge and thoughtfulness; if we want Missourians to enjoy their leisure time to maximum benefit; if we want Missourians to be able to participate in the workforce at a high level, we must invest more money more thoughtfully in higher education,” Bray said. [Read more…]