UMR, MSU team up to offer engineering degrees

University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd, MSU President Michael Nietzel, UMR Chancellor Jack Carney, and (standing) Commissioner Charles McClain and Gov. Matt Blunt at the signing ceremony.

Gov. Matt Blunt joined University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd, University of Missouri-Rolla Chancellor John F. Carney III and Missouri State University President Michael T. Nietzel for a signing ceremony held Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, at UMR. UMR and MSU signed an agreement that will allow UMR to offer bachelor’s degrees in civil and electrial engineering at MSU. Community leaders from Rolla and Springfield, area legislators and Missouri Interim Commissioner of Higher Education Charles McClain also attended the event. “This collaboration between UMR and Missouri State University provides a wonderful opportunity to expand the offerings of one of the nation’s premier technological universities to better meet the needs of Missourians,” Floyd said. “Working together, UMR and Missouri State are ensuring broader student access to two engineering disciplines that are among the most critical to the social and economic future of our state and nation.”

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President Floyd attends MOHELA board meeting

University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd attended the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA) board meeting in Chesterfield, Mo., on Friday, Sept. 8. MOHELA board members discussed Gov. Matt Blunt’s latest plan for financing buildings at Missouri’s colleges and universities. President Floyd also sent a letter to the MOHELA board to express the University’s support for the governor’s proposal.

Under the proposal, MOHELA would transfer $350 million to the Missouri Development Finance Board, part of the state’s Department of Economic Development, during the next six years. Those funds would then be passed on to colleges and universities, including the University of Missouri. Among the UM capital projects that would be funded are the Health Sciences Research & Education Center at MU, $85 million; a business incubator at UMKC, $12 million; Toomey Hall at UMR, $11 million; and Benton-Stadler Hall at UMSL, $18 million.

Earlier in the week, the University of Missouri Board of Curators discussed the latest version of the MOHELA plan and agreed to sign a cooperative agreement to make a “good faith” effort to increase the University’s use of the student loan agency. “Ensuring that our teaching and research facilities are up-to-date is crucial to our ability to provide the best education possible for Missouri’s students,” Floyd said. The MOHELA board will reconvene on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Senate Interim Committee on Cost of a College Education meets at UMSL
Sen. Gary Nodler, Sen. Charlie Shields and Sen. Chuck Graham at UMSL for the Senate interim committee meeting.
Sen. Gary Nodler, Sen. Charlie Shields and Sen. Chuck Graham at UMSL for the Senate interim committee meeting.

The Senate Interim Committee on the Cost of a College Education, chaired by Sen. Gary Nodler (R-Joplin), held its first meeting Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Nodler opened the hearing by expressing his interest in the exploration of a new funding formula for higher education. He also noted Missouri’s public institutions are working well with one another and with the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. Speakers at the hearing included James Kellerman, executive director of the Missouri Community College Association; Barbara Dixon, president of Truman State University and of the Council on Public Higher Education; Ken Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University; Kathy Swan, chair of the Coordinating Board for Higher Education; Rep. Barbara Fraser (D-St. Louis); and George Holske, president of Metro Business College. Additional 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). The committee’s next hearing will be Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Capitol.

Legislators to return to Capitol for veto session

Members of the Missouri General Assembly will return to the State Capitol on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006, for veto session. Legislators are expected to complete their work for the veto session in one day. The House and Senate will next resume for the first regular session of the 94th General Assembly in January 2007.

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Delta Center celebrates 45th annual Field Day
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, Sen. Kit Bond, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, Greg Branum, Vice Chancellor & CAFNR Dean Tom Payne, Delta Center Advisory Board Chair David Haggard, Curator Anne Ream, and Delta Center Director Jake Fisher.
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, Sen. Kit Bond, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, Greg Branum, Vice Chancellor & CAFNR Dean Tom Payne, Delta Center Advisory Board Chair David Haggard, Curator Anne Ream, and Delta Center Director Jake Fisher.

Community leaders and state and federal elected officials were on hand to celebrate the 45th annual Delta Center Field Day, Thursday, Aug. 31. The Delta Center, located in Portageville, Mo., is an agricultural experiment station, the research arm of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. This year’s program on “Agriculture Technology for the 21st Century” included field tours and exhibits that demonstrated the center’s research in crop production. The Field Day was dedicated to Rep. Otto Bean, who passed away earlier this year, in honor of his dedication to the people of southeast Missouri. At the appreciation breakfast, Curator Anne Ream presented Delta Center Director Jake Fisher with a resolution from the University of Missouri Board of Curators, in recognition of the Delta Center’s immediate response when a tornado struck southeast Missouri earlier this spring. The Delta Center team was one of the first to respond to the natural disaster.

Elected officials attend Ellis Fischel Cancer Center gala
MU School of Medicine Dean Bill Crist and Carl Lensing at the gala.
MU School of Medicine Dean Bill Crist and Carl Lensing at the gala

Area legislators shared in the 10th anniversary celebration of the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center gala on Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Lodge of Four Seasons. In attendance were Sen. Chuck Graham (D-Columbia), Rep. Jeff Harris (D-Columbia), Rep. Judy Baker (D-Columbia), Rep. Ed Robb (R-Columbia), and Rep. Bill Deeken (R-Jefferson City). The evening featured a silent auction, dinner and entertainment by The Commodores. Funds raised from this year’s gala will benefit cancer research with the purchase of a high-throughput DNA sequencer, which will help researchers unravel genetic information in their search for a better understanding of cancer. For the past decade, gala funds have made the following a reality: the Ellis Fischel Mobile Screening Van, which offers mammography and prostate screening throughout Missouri; the Wyatt Guest House, which provides guests, patients and their families with a place to stay while receiving treatment at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center; and a new cancer research area housed within University Hospital.

UMSL Chancellor George presents award to Rep. Allen Icet
Rep. Allen Icet accepts the Statesman Award from UMSL Chancellor George.
Rep. Allen Icet accepts the Statesman Award from UMSL Chancellor George.

University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor Thomas F. George was on hand to present Rep. Allen Icet (R-Wildwood) with the 2006 Lewis and Clark Statesman Award from the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association at a reception in St. Louis on Saturday, Aug. 21. The awards are given annually to legislators for their service to the state. Icet, first elected to the House in 2002, serves as chair of the Budget Committee. Icet was recognized for his leadership on the budget and for his commitment to improving higher education. George commended Icet for his work on that committee and for his “remarkable job in recognizing the needs of public higher education institutions in our state.”

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