Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

April 7, 2006

Governor declares Graduate Education Week

Gov. Matt Blunt issued a proclamation on behalf of the State of Missouri naming the week of April 2-9, 2006, Graduate Education Week. The proclamation refers to graduate education as “the jewel in the crown of the American educational system,” and highlights the many benefits advanced educational opportunities offer the State of Missouri. “We’re very excited about Graduate Education Week,” said Pamela Benoit, interim dean of the MU Graduate School. “It gives us a chance to explain how important graduate education really is, both for individuals and for Missouri collectively.” Each of the four University of Missouri campuses offers graduate level degrees. In celebration of the week, several events have been organized to help increase awareness of the programs and stress the importance of these advanced degrees.

The University of Missouri-Columbia is hosting a Graduate School Awards reception for students, a Gold Chalk Awards ceremony for educators, and an Adventures in Education Fair for prospective students to meet with current graduate students. The University of Missouri-Kansas City planned a telethon fundraising event on Tuesday, April 4 and an “Outstanding Faculty” lunch presentation for Wednesday, April 5. The University of Missouri-St. Louis has organized a Graduate School Open House on Monday, April 17. The event will involve graduate students presenting their research and graduate advisors providing information on all of the UMSL programs.