University of Missouri begins 2007 University Unity Tour

This is the second consecutive year for the Unity Tour. Other stops on the 2007 tour will include the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg; Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph; Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville; Truman State University in Kirksville; other UM campuses and Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.

The University of Missouri began its 2007 University Unity Tour Monday, Oct. 29 with a stop at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce where UM Interim President Gordon Lamb made a joint presentation with Missouri State University President Michael Nietzel.

The presidents discussed the common missions of Missouri’s public higher education institutions, including teaching, service and accountability. The presidents focused on a collaborative plan to increase graduates in the health care professions to meet the needs of Missourians.

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UM adds executive order on student lending practices

UM Interim President Gordon Lamb signed an executive order Oct. 22 to help ensure the University of Missouri continues to provide sound, impartial advice and services in student financial aid lending. The order, which was added to the University’s Collected Rules and Regulations, includes provisions that prohibit University employees or agents from accepting gifts or any advantage of more than nominal value from a lending institution, limits participation on student lending advisory boards, imposes disclosure requirements for being considered a preferred lender, prohibits student lenders from providing staff at the University and barring loans lenders would not otherwise make available.

“Our campus financial aid offices have been and will continue to be committed to providing the best service for our students and their families,” Lamb said. “This executive order will boost confidence that the University uses best practices while enhancing clarity and consistency in student lending practices across our four campuses.”

Missouri Alliance of Alumni Associations, University Extension hold fall meeting

The University of Missouri Alliance of Alumni Associations and University Extension held their fall meeting in Columbia Oct. 26-27. The Alliance consists of eight representatives from each of the four campus alumni associations and eight individuals active in University Extension statewide. UM Interim President Gordon Lamb addressed the group and provided an update on the progress of the University.

The Alliance was welcomed by MU Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton and heard presentations by Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Robert Stein, Associate Commissioner of Higher Education Paul Wagner and UM Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Steve Graham. The alliance voted to dedicate the meeting to the memory of former MU Vice Chancellor of Alumni Affairs G. H. “Bus” Entsminger, who was instrumental in forming the organization in 1968. 

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MU Center for Health Policy hosts annual summit

The MU Center for Health Policy hosted its fifth annual health policy summit Oct. 25.  The conference drew attendees from a variety of health care areas and focused on mental health, with discussions regarding appropriate care for the mentally ill, the new Missouri HealthNet program and providing different forms of treatment. A panel included individuals from the Missouri Institute of Mental Health, which is part of the MU School of Medicine, and the Kansas City Municipal Court. Former Kansas City Rep. Marsha Campbell also participated as Chair of the Jackson County Mental Health Court Commission. For more information about the Center for Health Policy, visit:

Rep. Ruzicka visits Missouri Rehabilitation Center

Missouri Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Vernon, Mo., hosted Rep. Don Ruzicka (R-Mt. Vernon) for a briefing and tour Oct. 25. Ruzicka saw the new brain injury unit, which is still under construction, and the wide array of assistive devices MRC offers its patients to aid in communication. Part of University of Missouri Health Care, MRC is a 100-bed long-term acute care hospital that provides inpatient and outpatient services to Missourians. It specializes in programs for traumatic brain injuries, stroke, spinal cord injuries and tuberculosis patients. For more information about MRC, visit:

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Rep. Kathlyn Fares (R-Webster Groves) visits with Kevin Walker, president and national director of Project Appleseed, an initiative that supports the involvement of parents and others in public schools.
Rep. Kathlyn Fares (R-Webster Groves) visits with Kevin Walker, president and national director of Project Appleseed, an initiative that supports the involvement of parents and others in public schools.
St. Louis Extension Council, Mizzou Alumni Association co-sponsor MU update

The St. Louis County Extension Council and the local Mizzou Alumni Chapter co-sponsored a Mizzou update Oct. 16 at the World Trade Center Building in Clayton. The event included approximately 100 alumni, extension supporters, community leaders and government officials.

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton spoke of Mizzou’s contributions to the region and state, saying Mizzou attracts 72 percent of federal research dollars sent to Missouri’s public universities and wins an average of $3.5 million every week in outside research funds that power Missouri’s economy. He also praised Extension’s partnerships, highlighting the Food Power Adventure program, which involved 7,944 elementary school students from 14 school districts last year, and the Gateway Grandparents/Kinship Network, a collaboration of 12 agencies that assist grandparents and other relative caregivers with improving the lives of their children.

From left, Rep. Kathlyn Fares (R-Webster Groves), UMSL Chancellor Tom George and Rep. Sue Schoemehl (D-St. Louis) visit UMSL’s new Nanoscience Center.
From left, Rep. Kathlyn Fares (R-Webster Groves), UMSL Chancellor Tom George and Rep. Sue Schoemehl (D-St. Louis) visit UMSL's new Nanoscience Center.
UMSL opens Nanoscience Center

The University of Missouri-St. Louis opened its new Nanoscience Center this week. The Center’s director, Dr. Jimmy Liu, said scientists will use the new facility to research a variety of projects, including ultra-sensitive optical detectors, potential new cancer drugs, hydrogen fuel cells and projects related to fundamental biologic systems.

The Center for Nanoscience will be a cross-disciplinary hub where chemists, physicists, and biologists will collaborate. Its main goal will be to translate scientific breakthroughs into practical applications. 

UMKC breaks ground on Miller Nichols Library and Interactive Learning Center

The UMKC community came together Oct. 31 to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Miller Nichols Library and Interactive Learning Center.

UMKC Library Dean Sharon Bostick was joined at the event by UMKC Chancellor Guy Bailey, Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation Trustee and Honorary Capital Campaign Co-chair Jeannette Nichols, Rep. Michael Brown (D-Kansas City), UM Curator Warren Erdman, members of the Kansas City Council and others.  

The project will include the renovation of the library’s existing 169,733-square-foot facility and add 81,167 square-feet of new space for a learning center. The addition will house an information commons, 10 seminar rooms, a multi media center, a 275-seat auditorium, a 300-seat lecture hall and eight, fully equipped classrooms. The Your UMKC capital campaign secured private funding to begin Phase I, and the University has requested capital improvement support from the state to help complete the facility, which will be constructed in three phases at a total cost of approximately $70 million with a completion date of 2011.

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