Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

December 18, 2006

New legislators visit UM campuses on freshmen tour

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton visits with Senator-elect Jolie Justus (D-Kansas City).

Newly-elected legislators took part in a three-week orientation and tour this month, and the new lawmakers had an opportunity to see some of the University’s facilities and meet with its leaders. A total of 33 legislators were elected to new posts in November; see the list of freshmen legislators and those who are UM alumni.

In Columbia, members had a chance to meet University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd and MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, along with the Government Relations team, during a reception on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Floyd and Deaton shared thoughts on higher education and priorities for the coming year and answered questions on a number of topics. On Thursday, Dec. 7, the new legislators began their day with a bus tour of the MU campus, including the MU Research Reactor and reactor park; athletic facilities; the College of Veterinary Medicine; the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; the Bond Life Sciences Center; and Jesse Hall and the Quadrangle. Deaton provided commentary during the tour about the University’s mission of teaching, research, service and economic development.

Included at a dinner at the Kansas City mayor’s residence are Senator-elect Wes Shoemyer and his wife Cheryl; Mayor Kay Barnes; Rep.-elect Paul Quinn; Rep.-elect Tom Shively and his wife Rose; and Mayor Pro Tem Alvin Brooks.

In Kansas City, freshmen attended a dinner at Mayor Kay Barnes’ residence on Friday, Dec. 8, where they met representatives from UMKC as well as many community organizations and agencies. In addition, the group attended a presentation at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, where they heard from UMKC Chancellor Guy Bailey; Metropolitan Community College Chancellor Jackie Snyder; and representatives from the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Civic Council and the Economic Development Council. Bailey provided the newly-elected legislators background on UMKC, along with the campus’ current initiatives on the life sciences, urban issues and enrollment growth.

In St. Louis, UMSL Chancellor Tom George and campus leaders participated in several tour events, including a Regional Chamber and Growth Association breakfast with St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, and a dinner with the Missouri Citizens for the Arts.

UMSL Chancellor Tom George with Rep.-elect Rick Stream (R-Kirkwood), one of five siblings who are all UMSL alumni.

The University of Missouri-Rolla driving tour for the freshmen legislators was cancelled due to the weather, but the tour organizers agreed to give UMR Chancellor Jack Carney an opportunity to visit with the new lawmakers next month.

The tour also made a stop in southeast Missouri at the University of Missouri’s Delta Center in Portageville, where legislators learned about the importance of research centers that focus on agriculture and share the University’s knowledge and education with rural areas.

Freshman legislators