President Floyd and Treasurer Steelman announce scholarship plan for University of Missouri MOST students
University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd and Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman announced a new scholarship program on Monday, Nov. 13, at the Child Development Lab on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus. The scholarships are for University of Missouri students whose families have participated in MOST, Missouri’s 529 College Savings Plan. MOST, administered by the treasurer’s office, helps Missourians save for their children’s college education in a tax advantaged investment program. The University of Missouri will invest up to $40,000 on an annual basis in the scholarship program, which will provide up to 80 scholarships of $500 each to full-time students at any UM campus. Eligible students must have had MOST accounts for five years and demonstrate financial need. “The University of Missouri is very proud to be a part of this joint effort to make higher education more affordable for those Missourians who have the greatest financial need,” Floyd said.
President Elson S. Floyd with Sen. Charlie Shields and his wife, Brenda, at the forum in St. Joseph.
President Floyd hosts higher education forum with Missouri Western State University
University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd and Missouri Western State University President James Scanlon hosted a public higher education forum on Wednesday, Nov. 1, in St. Joseph. Among the community members and elected officials attending the event were Sen. Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph); Rep. Jim Guest (R-King City); Rep. Martin Rucker (D-St. Joseph); Rep. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph); and Rep. Ed Wildberger (R-St. Joseph). Floyd spent the summer and fall meeting with higher education leaders throughout the state to emphasize public higher education’s accessibility, affordability and accountability.
House, Senate elect leadership
With term limits continuing to change the make-up of the Missouri General Assembly, the Nov. 7, 2006, elections resulted in 32 new members in the freshman legislator class, including 27 new House members and five new members in the Senate. Both the House and the Senate caucused last week to elect leadership positions, all of which are subject to formal approval when both chambers convene in January.
The Senate Republicans elected the following leaders: president pro-tem, Sen. Mike Gibbons (R-Kirkwood); majority floor leader, Sen. Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph); assistant majority floor leader, Sen. Gary Nodler (R-Joplin); majority caucus whip, Sen. Kevin Engler (R-Farmington); caucus chair, Sen. Chris Koster (R-Harrisonville); and caucus secretary, Sen. Delbert Scott (R-Lowry City).
Democrats in the Senate elected minority leader, Sen. Maida Coleman (D-St. Louis); assistant minority leader, Sen. Chuck Graham (D-Columbia); caucus chair, Sen. Frank Barnitz (D-Lake Spring); and caucus secretary, Sen. Yvonne Wilson (D-Kansas City).
In the House, Republicans chose Rep. Rod Jetton (R-Marble Hill) as speaker; Rep. Carl Bearden (R-St. Charles) as speaker pro-tem; Rep. Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles) as majority floor leader; Rep. Tom Self (R-Cole Camp) as assistant majority floor leader; Rep. Brian Nieves (R-Union) as majority whip; Rep. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) as caucus chair; and Rep. Marilyn Ruestman (R-Joplin) as caucus secretary.
House Democrats elected minority leader, Rep. Jeff Harris (D-Columbia); assistant minority leader, Rep. Paul LeVota (D-Independence); minority whip, Rep. Connie Johnson (D-St. Louis); caucus chair, Rep. Ed Wildberger (D-St. Joseph); caucus vice chair, Rep. Gina Walsh (D-St. Louis); and caucus secretary, Rep. Sara Lampe (D-Springfield).
Alumni Alliance holds meeting in Columbia
Alumni Alliance member Sterling Adams, President Elson S. Floyd, and Rep. Jeff Harris at a pre-football game brunch.
The University of Missouri Alliance of Alumni Associations and Extension held its annual fall meeting on Friday, Oct. 28, in Columbia. At the Friday evening event, Alumni Alliance members heard Rep. Jeff Harris (D-Columbia) speak on the importance of public higher education and the vital role the University of Missouri plays in the state. The group also visited with President Floyd and community members at a pre-football game reception. The Alliance is a voluntary association representing alumni from each campus and Extension.
MU Center for Health Policy hosts 4th annual summit
On Friday, Oct. 27, the 4th annual Missouri Health Policy Summit was held in Jefferson City. Hosted by MU’s Center for Health Policy, the summit focused on public health challenges in Missouri and health information technology. Rep. Kevin Threlkeld (R-Washington) and Rep. Ray Weter (R-Nixa) were among those who attended the event, along with health care providers, policy experts and community leaders. The Center for Health Policy, co-directed by Dr. Karen Edison and Dr. Kris Hagglund, serves as a resource for high-quality, unbiased information on health care and health policy. It partners with academia, government and the private-sector to conduct objective health policy, research, analysis and education.