Two new University of Missouri curators confirmed by Senate

Left: Curator Warren Erdman, Gov. Matt Blunt and Curator Bo Fraser at the Capitol last week. Right: Curator Judith Haggard with Sen. Rob Mayer (R-Dexter).

The Senate confirmed two University of Missouri curators on Thursday, Jan. 24. Bo Fraser of Columbia and Judith Haggard of Kennett were both approved by the full Senate. A third curator, Warren Erdman of Kansas City, was confirmed by the Senate last week. Curators serve six-year terms on the board.

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Governor recommends 4.2 percent increase for UM in State of the State address

Gov. Matt Blunt has recommended that the University of Missouri receive a 4.2 percent core budget increase, or about $17.4 million, for Fiscal Year 2008. In his State of the State address on Wednesday, Jan. 24, Blunt said that “higher education, whether it be in a community college or a four-year institution, is a sound investment that helps to secure a higher quality of life for the next generation.” University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd commended the governor’s recommendation. “This continued reinvestment in our colleges and universities will help our state stay competitive and provide the academic quality that is so critical for our citizens to thrive in an evolving global economy,” Floyd said. Blunt also discussed the Lewis and Clark Discovery Initiative, which would fund capital projects at each UM campus, and need-based scholarship funding, among other higher education-related issues. [Read more on the State of the State…]

Health care proposals in Governor’s Fiscal Year 2008 budget

A number of increases to health care-related areas are contained in Gov. Matt Blunt’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2008. In order to continue the state’s Medicaid program and begin the process of transforming it into the proposed MO HealthNet program, the governor recommended $6.4 billion, which includes $857.6 million in new funding for the current program and $151.1 million for MO HealthNet. The FY08 budget also contains $3.9 million for the early diagnosis and treatment of autism. The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the School of Health Professions at MU will receive $800,000 of that amount.

Within the University-related section of the higher education budget bill, the governor added a new line item for the Missouri Telehealth Network and proposed funding at $840,000. Blunt also proposed that funding continue at its current level for University Hospital and Clinics, Missouri Rehabilitation Center, and the Missouri Institute of Mental Health, among others in the category.

In his FY07 Supplemental Budget, the governor proposed $60 million for infrastructure grants to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in Missouri. He also included $3.4 million for expansion of the Primary Care Resource Initiative (PRIMO) scholarship program and $1 million for Area Health Education Centers (AHECs).

House completes committee assignments

The Missouri House of Representatives announced its committee assignments on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The Appropriations-Education Committee, which held its first organizational meeting this week, is chaired by Rep. Kathlyn Fares (R-Webster Groves), with vice chair Rep. Brian Baker (R-Belton). Rep. Allen Icet (R-Wildwood) serves as chair of the Budget Committee, and Rep. Ed Robb (R-Columbia) is vice chair. The Higher Education Committee is chaired by Rep. Gayle Kingery (R-Poplar Bluff), with vice chair Rep. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg).

Senate committee hears bills involving military grants and scholarships

Several bills have been filed this year that would provide additional benefits to military personnel or their families who want to pursue higher education in Missouri. Two such bills were heard on Wednesday, Jan. 24, before the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee. [Read more…]

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Dr. Bill Caldwell (left) greets Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder as Dean Bill Crist looks on.
Dr. Bill Caldwell (left) greets Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder as Dean Bill Crist looks on.
Lieutenant Governor visits MU medical school for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

The MU School of Medicine hosted Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder on Thursday, Jan. 25 for a press conference to raise awareness for cervical cancer. January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and the National Lieutenant Governors Association has made it a priority to work to end cervical cancer in our lifetime. According to the American Cancer Society 9,700 American women are expected to develop cervical cancer this year, and approximately 3,700 will die from it. Kinder is partnering with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to distribute 8,000 educational brochures and bead kits directly to Missourians. Also speaking at the press conference were Dr. Bill Crist, dean of the MU School of Medicine; Dr. Bill Caldwell, director of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center; Dr. Melissa Lawson, adolescent medicine specialist; and Brian Butcher with the American Cancer Society.

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Carl Vogel
Sen. Carl Vogel

Sen. Carl Vogel (R-Jefferson City) was born and raised in Cole County and went to MU in the 1970s, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business in 1978. His daughter is currently a senior at MU with a double major in political science and religious studies. “I had a great experience at the University, and so has my daughter,” Vogel said. “It is amazing the strong friendships that young adults make these days in college.” [Read more…]

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President delivers State of the Union address

President George W. Bush delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 23, under the first female Speaker of the House, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco). The president’s speech focused on expanding health care coverage, balancing the federal budget, Iraq, and the need to diversify America’s energy supply and reduce gasoline consumption. Bush also discussed his agenda to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act. “We can make sure our children are prepared for the jobs of the future and our country is more competitive by strengthening math and science skills,” he said.

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