MOHELA board approves governor's proposal; plan now goes to General Assembly
The board of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA) voted 4-2 on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006, to approve Gov. Matt Blunt’s Lewis and Clark Discovery Initiative for financing capital projects at the state’s public colleges and universities. The General Assembly now must approve the plan when it convenes in January 2007.
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 more than $95 million for projects at all four campuses of the University of Missouri.
Earlier in the month, University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd and Missouri’s public higher education leaders joined Gov. Matt Blunt for a press conference to support the plan.
Left: UCM President Aaron Podolefsky and UM President Elson S. Floyd at the forum in Warrensburg. Photo credit: University of Central Missouri. Right: President Floyd talks with Rep. Kevin Wilson (R-Neosho) in Joplin.
President Floyd continues unity higher education forums in Warrensburg, Joplin
University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd continued a series of higher education forums with stops in Warrensburg on Monday, Sept. 25, and in Joplin on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Floyd and Aaron Podolefsky, president of the University of Central Missouri, formerly Central Missouri State University, spoke to about 100 community leaders and elected officials about public higher education’s dedication to access, affordability and accountability. In the fifth in the series of events, Floyd visited Joplin to highlight the importance of public higher education with Missouri Southern State University President Julio Leon. Floyd also visited with alumni at an event for the MU Southwest Alumni Association. The next forum will be in St. Joseph with Missouri Western State University on Wednesday, Nov. 1, with more events to be announced.
MUAA celebrates 150th anniversary
Rep. Judy Baker with her husband, Rev. John Baker, at the MUAA gala.
The Mizzou Alumni Association celebrated its sesquicentennial anniversary with a gala on Friday, Sept. 8, at the Reynolds Alumni Center in Columbia, with ESPN Sports Center host and MU Journalism School graduate John K. Anderson serving as master of ceremonies. Among the more than 350 in attendance were Sen. Chuck Gross (R- St. Charles); Sen. Carl Vogel (R-Jefferson City); Rep. Judy Baker (D-Columbia); Rep. Jeff Harris (D-Columbia); Rep. Steve Hobbs (R-Mexico); and Rep. Ed Robb (R-Columbia). The following day, MUAA volunteers were recognized at the MU vs. Mississippi football game during an on-field presentation. Sen. Chuck Graham (D-Columbia) presented MUAA Executive Director Todd McCubbin and MUAA President Kim Voss with a proclamation in honor of the association’s 150th anniversary.
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder visits MU to discuss health sciences center
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (center) visits the MU School of Medicine to discuss the health sciences center.
Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder visited the MU School of Medicine on Friday, Sept. 15, to discuss his support for the Health Sciences Research and Education Center. In addition to the medical students and physicians in attendance, joining Kinder was Rep. Ed Robb (R-Columbia), UM Health Care CEO Jim Ross, School of Medicine Dean William Crist, and Bill Caldwell, director of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. The health sciences center would ultimately house more than 70 scientists and, with support staff, create more than 600 jobs, generating at least $40 million each year in annual research funding. The center would receive about $85 million in funding from Gov. Matt Blunt’s proposed Lewis and Clark Discovery Initiative.
Rep. Bryan Pratt (R-Blue Springs) speaks at the UMKC legislative forum.
UMKC hosts legislative forum for Celebrate UMKC
The University of Missouri-Kansas City hosted an array of events as part of Celebrate UMKC, a weeklong acknowledgement of successful collaborations between faculty, staff, students and the community. As part of Celebrate UMKC, the campus hosted a legislative forum on the future of higher education on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The participants, all University of Missouri alumni, were Senate Majority Floor Leader Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph); Sen. Charlie Wheeler (D-Kansas City); Sen. Yvonne Wilson (D-Kansas City); Rep. Beth Low (D-Kansas City); Rep. Bryan Pratt (R-Blue Springs); and Rep. Brian Yates (R-Lee’s Summit). The forum focused on issues such as higher education funding, access and financial aid, and the governor’s Lewis and Clark Discovery Initiative. Shields also stressed the importance of higher education’s economic impact on the state.
UMSL unveils statue of former Sen. Wayne Goode
Pictured (from left to right) are: St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, Sen. Wayne Goode, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and Sen. Rita Days.
The University of Missouri-St. Louis paid tribute to Sen. Wayne Goode at a ceremony Thursday, Sept. 21, near the Millennium Student Center on campus. Goode, who served in the Missouri House and Senate for 40 years, is credited with writing the legislation that established UMSL. The ceremony included an unveiling of a bronze sculpture of Goode by renowned sculptor Jay Hall Carpenter, and the dedication of the Wayne Goode Greenway, a new trail on campus. Among the more than 100 people in attendance were Goode, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and Sen. Rita Days (D-St. Louis). “Sen. Goode continues to remain a strong supporter of the campus, which developed from an abandoned golf course to its current size,” said UMSL Chancellor Tom George.
Sen. Bill Stouffer speaks at county leadership program
LEAD 2000, a leadership development program in Lafayette County, began its 15th annual session on Wednesday, Sept. 20, with a kickoff banquet featuring MU alum Sen. Bill Stouffer (R-Napton). The program, modeled after MU Extension’s EXCEL (Experience in Community Enterprise and Leadership), is designed to develop leaders who can enhance the social and economic well-being of local communities. Lynda Johnson, MU Extension county program director, serves as advisor to the LEAD 2000 board of directors. “Small, rural communities are known for building pride and spawning leadership skills early on. It may begin with the local school football team, but that pride and leadership carries over to Main Street. Programs such as LEAD enhance the abilities of communities to compete in a global economy,” Stouffer said. Twenty-two participants registered for this year’s eight-week session. Topics focus on determining personal leadership style; understanding the socioeconomic profile of the county; the workings of county government; technology and the environment; the local economy; community resources and action planning; and state government and resources.
UMKC Chancellor Guy Bailey, UMR Chancellor Jack Carney, Congressman Kenny Hulshof, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton and UMSL Chancellor Tom George.
University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd welcomed alumni from all four campuses and members of the congressional delegation to the annual University of Missouri alumni reception on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The reception brings together the hundreds of alumni living and working in the Washington, D.C. area. The chancellors also addressed the group and spoke about highlights and accomplishments from each campus. In addition, U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) presented a congressional proclamation to MU Chancellor Brady Deaton celebrating the 150th anniversary of the MU Alumni Association. Floyd and the chancellors also met with lawmakers during the visit. Currently four members of the Missouri Congressional delegation are MU alumni: Carnahan, U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof (R-MO) and U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO).