MU Alumni Association presents 2006 Geyer Awards

Geyer award recipients Richard mendenhall, Rep. Brian Yates and Rep. Bryan Pratt

The University of Missouri-Columbia and the MU Alumni Association presented the 2006 Geyer Public Service Awards to Rep. Bryan Pratt (R-Blue Springs), Rep. Brian Yates (R-Lee’s Summit), and Columbia realtor Richard Mendenhall for their efforts on behalf of higher education and the University. The awards are given each year to public officials and citizens in recognition of their support of the campus, and are named in honor of the legislator who sponsored the bill that formed the University of Missouri in 1839. [Read more…]

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House, legislative leaders work on compromise MOHELA plan
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder speaks at UMR in support of funding Toomey Hall.
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder speaks at UMR in support of funding Toomey Hall.

Rep. Allen Icet (R-Wildwood), chair of the House Budget Committee, introduced a new MOHELA expenditure plan on Thursday, April 13 as part of an effort to reach consensus between the House, the Senate and the governor. The House Budget Committee will hold a hearing on the bill, HB1022, at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18. HB1022 contains additional and increased funding for construction projects across the state as well as funding for scholarships. This latest plan emerged after several days of discussions between the House and Senate leadership and the governor’s office. The state’s possible investment in low-income health and dental clinics across the state, as proposed by the Senate two weeks ago in their version of a MOHELA proposal, is missing from the House proposal.

HB1022 contains approximately $148 million in funding for University of Missouri capital projects, including agriculture experiment stations, life science incubators and laboratories for economic development purposes. Toomey Hall, UMR’s mechanical and aerospace engineering project, received an additional $5 million in HB1022. Both previous recommendations from the governor and the Senate totaled $7 million for this project. 

In other MOHELA-related news this week, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder visited UM-Rolla on Thursday, April 13 to express support for the increased funding for Toomey Hall.

House approves HB1865 on public higher education funding

The Missouri House of Representatives has passed HB1865, sponsored by Rep. Carl Bearden (R-St. Charles), which changes how the state funds public higher education institutions and enacts a new Access Missouri scholarship. The bill had several amendments added on the floor, and the final version passed by a 84-71 vote on Thursday, April 13, sending the bill to the upper chamber for consideration. In its perfected form, the bill includes language that encourages an increase in operating funds to the Fiscal Year 2002 level, the high-water mark for appropriations. At that point, the new funding mechanism kicks in and higher education institutions would not receive more than a 2.5 percent operating fund increase each year until the scholarship programs (Gallagher and Missouri College Guarantee) are funded at 75 percent (currently these programs are funded at about 25 percent). After a corresponding adjustment in operating funds at that point, the 2.5 percent cap would kick in again until the scholarships are funded at 100 percent. The funding formula then reverts to the way it is currently done. [Read more…]

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UMKC hosts Black Women Leaders Conference
Sen. Rita Days speaks at the UMKC conference.
Sen. Rita Days speaks at the UMKC conference.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City hosted an inaugural Black Women Leaders Conference last week, which was dedicated to a long-time Kansas City area resident’s commitment to the community. The late Rose Kemp conceived the idea prior to her death in November 2005. Kemp, a regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor, worked on behalf of women and the Civil Rights Movement to promote equal housing, equal wages and equal opportunities for women in Kansas City and the surrounding communities. University of Missouri Board of Curators President Angela Bennett, Sen. Yvonne Wilson (D-Kansas City), Sen. Rita Days (D-St. Louis) and Rep. Sharon Sanders Brooks (D-Kansas City) attended the conference, which featured keynote speaker Iyanla Vanzant and luncheon speaker Melanie L. Campbell, executive director/CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. Bennett and Wilson also were speakers, and Brooks served as a roundtable facilitator at the conference, which focused on topics such as community leadership, global leadership and women’s health and well-being.

Former Sen. Bob Dole speaks at UMKC Symposium on Civic Engagement
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder speaks at UMR in support of funding Toomey Hall.
Former Sen. Bob Dole visits with students after his remarks at the Kennedy Symposium at UMKC.

Former Sen. Bob Dole was the featured speaker at the 2006 Robert F. Kennedy Symposium on Civic Engagement at UMKC on Wednesday, April 12. Dole spoke to approximately 125 students, faculty, staff and members of the community. “I think when you get a little bit older you are entitled to share with others some of the things you’ve learned,” Dole said at the event. He told stories from his political career, including his run for the presidency in 1996, and from his service during World War II. Dole stressed the importance of a good sense of humor and of having heroes in life. Dole also took a variety of questions from the audience and participated in a roundtable discussion with a group of students prior to the event.

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Sen. Kit Bond hosts immigration roundtable at MU
Sen. Rita Days speaks at the UMKC conference.
Sen. Bond visits with international students from MU after hosting a roundtable on immigration.

U.S. Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond hosted a roundtable on Friday, April 14 at the University of Missouri-Columbia. MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, students and professors joined Bond to discuss efforts to prevent the loss of U.S.-educated international students with degrees in science, engineering and math to foreign companies and countries. Last week Bond introduced an amendment to immigration legislation to prevent high-tech graduates being forced out of the country, a change he cited as necessary for the U.S. to keep its competitive edge in the global economy. “The United States demands invention and innovation to succeed,” Bond said in a statement. “This success requires our country to have the best and brightest minds fueling new products for U.S. workers to manufacture. It is U.S. workers who lose out when employers can’t get the high-tech graduates they need to compete with foreign companies in the 21st century economy.”

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icon question markLegislator Profile: Rep. Sam Page

State Senator Joan Bray

Rep. Sam Page (D-Creve Coeur) graduated with distinction from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a minor in Spanish. He also received his doctor of medicine degree from UMKC. “Without a doubt-the social life at UMKC was a great experience,” Page said. “I was exposed to different cultures and ethnic backgrounds that were not found in my home town in rural Missouri.” [Read more…]

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