President Floyd continues higher education forums in Springfield

Missouri State University President Michael Nietzel and UM President Elson S. Floyd at the Springfield forum

University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd and Missouri State University President Michael T. Nietzel showcased the unity of public higher education during a joint appearance on Wednesday, Aug. 16, in Springfield. The presidents served as guest speakers at a special joint meeting of Springfield-area Rotary Clubs. Floyd and Nietzel discussed current and future collaborations between their institutions, as well as their dedication to improving need-based financial aid and ensuring access and affordability for students. “Our institutions want to share this positive story at every opportunity, as we collaborate on ways to better serve Missourians,” Floyd said.

This was the third of a series of forums Floyd is conducting with public universities across Missouri. Previous events were held at Northwest Missouri State University with President Dean Hubbard and at Truman State University with President Barbara Dixon. Upcoming forums include Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg with President Aaron Podolefsky, Sept. 25; Missouri Southern State University in Joplin with President Julio Leon, Sept. 27; and Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph with President James Scanlon, Nov. 1.

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Primary elections overview

Missouri voters headed to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 8, to vote in primary elections statewide. Complete election results can be found on the Secretary of State’s website. Read more to find a list of candidates who have attended or graduated from one of the campuses of the University of Missouri.

Senate committee gears up to review higher education funding and governance

Senate President Pro-Tem Mike Gibbons (R-Kirkwood) has formed a Senate Interim Committee on the Cost of a College Education to review a variety of issues related to higher education in Missouri. The panel, chaired by Sen. Gary Nodler (R-Joplin), who also serves as chair of the Senate Education Committee, will hold its first hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Millennium Student Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. A second hearing has been slated for 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the Senate Lounge at the Capitol in conjunction with the annual veto session in Jefferson City. A third and final hearing is planned later in the fall. Nodler said he looks forward to reviewing several higher education issues and developing legislation for the coming year after the last two legislative sessions included debate but no passage of a number of higher education issues. These have included funding, governance, financial aid and capital project proposals. In addition to Nodler, committee members include Sen. Scott Rupp (R-Wentzville); Sen. Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph); Sen. Frank Barnitz (D-Lake Spring); and Sen. Chuck Graham (D-Columbia).

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President, chancellor attend Missouri State Fair ham breakfast
President Floyd visits with Gov. Matt Blunt and his son Branch at the ham breakfast.
President Floyd visits with Gov. Matt Blunt and his son Branch at the ham breakfast.

University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd and University of Missouri-Columbia Chancellor Brady Deaton attended the annual Missouri State Fair ham breakfast in Sedalia on Thursday, Aug. 17. See more photos of the president and chancellor with elected officials at the event.

Board approves FY08 operating & capital appropriations requests

The University of Missouri Board of Curators approved the Fiscal Year 2008 operating and capital appropriations requests at its July 21 meeting in Kansas City. The total operating request for FY08 is $474 million, a $61 million increase from the FY07 core budget. The appropriations request for operations includes four main categories: the core operating budget, increases to the core budget, new initiatives, and other curator program requests. The FY07 core operating budget is $413 million. The state capital appropriations request of approximately $304 million for FY08, with rehabilitation and new construction projects at each campus, also was approved by the board. [Read more…]

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UMKC Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation holds ribbon cutting
UMKC Bloch School Dean Homer Erekson; Maria Meyers, IEI executive director; DED Director Greg Steinhoff; Henry Bloch; UMKC Chancellor Guy Bailey; Sen. Yvonne Wilson; business owner Jason Curry; and Peggy Dunn at the ribbon cutting.
UMKC Bloch School Dean Homer Erekson; Maria Meyers, IEI executive director; DED Director Greg Steinhoff; Henry Bloch; UMKC Chancellor Guy Bailey; Sen. Yvonne Wilson; business owner Jason Curry; and Peggy Dunn at the ribbon cutting.

The UMKC Bloch School of Business and Public Administration hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation on Friday, Aug. 11. Missouri Department of Economic Development Director Greg Steinhoff joined UMKC Chancellor Guy Bailey and Homer Erekson, dean of the Bloch School, to announce that the institute has been designated as a Missouri Innovation Center. The institute will receive $150,000 from the Missouri Department of Economic Development to help further the program’s goal of providing an education that combines the best in academic programs with entrepreneurial experiences.

“This is an exciting time for the University of Missouri-Kansas City,” Steinhoff said. “We are pleased they have accepted the challenge to become a new Innovation Center. Innovation and technology are driving today’s economy, creating high-wage jobs with highly-skilled workers that are important to our state’s future.”

Gov. Matt Blunt’s office and Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes’s office both offered proclamations at the event, naming Aug. 11, 2006, as Kansas City Entrepreneurship and Innovation Day. Additional attendees included Sen. Yvonne Wilson (D-Kansas City), as well as community leaders and supporters Henry Bloch, Irv Hockaday, and Terry and Peggy Dunn.

Health Sciences Building at UMKC celebrates construction progress
UMKC School of Nursing Dean Lora Lacey-Haun, Sen. Charlie Wheeler, School of Medicine Dean Betty Drees, and School of Pharmacy Dean Bob Piepho at the Health Sciences Building ceremony.
UMKC School of Nursing Dean Lora Lacey-Haun, Sen. Charlie Wheeler, School of Medicine Dean Betty Drees, and School of Pharmacy Dean Bob Piepho at the Health Sciences Building ceremony.

UMKC hosted a “topping out” ceremony for the Health Sciences Building at its Hospital Hill campus to celebrate the project’s significant construction progress. The building, which is $10 million away from the total cost of the $50.2 million project, is scheduled for completion in 2007. The new facility will house UMKC’s Schools of Pharmacy and Nursing, and bring all four of the life sciences schools to a central location on Hospital Hill. Hospital Hill will then provide more than 227,000 square feet of space to more than 2,200 students in pursuit of careers in the life sciences.

Among the community leaders in attendance to join in the celebration were Sen. Charlie Wheeler (D-Kansas City), Sen. Yvonne Wilson (D-Kansas City) and Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes. Guests heard from UMKC Chancellor Bailey, UMKC School of Nursing Dean Lora Lacey-Haun and UMKC School of Pharmacy Dean Robert Piepho. Guests also signed a commemorative white beam that will be a permanent part of the building.

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