Blunt announces funding for Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, Pharmacy and Nursing Building at UMKC

From left, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri 100 Co-Chair Gary Forsee, U.S. Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond, UM Interim President Gordon Lamb and Missouri 100 Co-Chair Richard Miller at The Missouri

Gov. Matt Blunt (R) announced his plans to recommend $31.2 million in his supplemental budget for the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center at a press conference in the lobby of University Hospital on the MU campus Dec. 5. The funds will allow Ellis Fischel to expand services and deliver high-quality care to cancer patients in a new facility located on the University Hospital campus. It will also allow for improved access to the latest therapies and increased capacity in the cancer clinics to accommodate projected increases in new cancer patients due to an aging population, as well as enhance the ability to recruit and retain leading physicians and clinical staff.  For more information on Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, visit http://www.ellisfischel.org/.

Blunt also announced $15 million for the Pharmacy and Nursing Building at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The money will allow UMKC to turn 63,000 square feet of unfinished space in the new Pharmacy and Nursing Building into lecture halls, clinical teaching space and animal research labs.

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University continues Legislative Forums, Unity Tour 2007
From left, Rep. Paul Quinn (D-Monroe City), UM Health Care CEO Jim Ross, Rep. Bill Deeken (R-Jefferson City), Rep. Mike Sutherland (R-Warrenton) and Rep. Judy Baker (D-Columbia) at the University Legislative Forum in Columbia. From left, Rep. Paul Quinn (D-Monroe City), UM Health Care CEO Jim Ross, Rep. Bill Deeken (R-Jefferson City), Rep. Mike Sutherland (R-Warrenton) and Rep. Judy Baker (D-Columbia) at the University Legislative Forum in Columbia.

The University of Missouri continues its Legislative Forums and Unity Tour 2007. Recent stops have included the University of Missouri-Columbia and University of Missouri-Rolla campuses, as well as Unity Tour stops at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo., and Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo. UM Interim President Gordon Lamb is discussing his Preparing to Care initiative, a collaborative proposal among public four- and two-year institutions to increase the number of health care professional graduates. During his Unity Tour stops, Lamb is appearing with his counterparts from Missouri’s public universities to discuss the institutions’ service and accountability to Missourians.

 
From left, UM Interim President Gordon Lamb, UM Board of Curators Chairman Don Walsworth and Secretary of State Robin Carnahan celebrate the unveiling of the 2007-2008 Missouri Blue Book.
From left, UM Interim President Gordon Lamb, UM Board of Curators Chairman Don Walsworth and Secretary of State Robin Carnahan celebrate the unveiling of the 2007-2008 Missouri Blue Book.
Carnahan, Lamb unveil 2007-2008 Missouri Blue Book

UM Interim President Gordon Lamb joined Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) at the unveiling of the 2007-2008 Missouri Official Manual, or Blue Book, in Jefferson City, Mo., Nov. 27. The book, which is published every two years, provides an overview of state government sources and contact information for government officials and offices. The 66th edition of the book is dedicated to Missouri innovators of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

 
Curators Walker, Fraser elected board chair, vice chair

Curators Cheryl Walker of St. Louis and Bo Fraser of Columbia were unanimously elected University of Missouri Board of Curators Chair and Vice Chair respectively during the recent curators meeting in Kansas City Nov. 29. Their one-year leadership terms begin Jan. 1, 2008. Walker, who has served for the last year as the Board’s Vice Chair, succeeds Chairman Don Walsworth of Marceline, who remains as a member of the board.


Legislators, University of Missouri leaders and Delta Center Advisory Board members prepare to break ground on the Delta Center greenhouse facility. View additional photos.
Delta Center breaks ground for new green house

Members of the General Assembly and the Delta Center Advisory Council participated in a groundbreaking Nov. 19 for a new $2 million greenhouse at the Delta Research Center in Portageville, Mo. This project was approved as part of the Lewis and Clark Initiative. The Delta Center consists of four separate farms totaling 1,024 acres in Missouri’s agriculturally-productive bootheel. Research conducted at the center is focused on production and management of soybean, rice, corn and vegetables. Modern greenhouse facilities are essential for continued progress in crop breeding, which is important to the producers of southeast Missouri.

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House Education Appropriations Committee visits MU

Rep. Kathlyn Fares (R-Webster Groves) and her House Appropriations–Education Committee toured a variety of locations that rely on state appropriations for their operating funds or capital improvements Dec. 4 on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus. The committee visited Discovery Ridge, South Farm, the Bond Life Sciences Center, State Historical Society and the College of Engineering. Following lunch with Chancellor Brady Deaton, the committee toured University Hospital where they met with UM Health Care CEO Jim Ross and the deans of MU’s three health professional schools. They ended their day with a visit to the MU Research Reactor.

Accompanying Fares on the tour were Rep Kevin Wilson (R-Neosho), Rep Steve Hobbs (R-Mexico), Rep. Tom Todd (D-Campbell), Rep. Steve Hodges (D-East Prairie), Rep Mike Thomson (R-Maryville), Rep. Rick Stream (R-Kirkwood), Rep. Ed Robb (R-Columbia) and Rep. Rachel Bringer (D-Palmyra). View photos of the visit.

 
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan congratulates STARS Director Ken Mares on a successful program.
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan congratulates STARS Director Ken Mares on a successful program.
Carnahan honors UMSL science program

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) recently honored the University of Missouri-St. Louis STARS program directed by Dr. Ken Mares. The program for high-potential secondary students is a six-week program coordinated by UMSL. It is a collaborative effort of successful scientists in academic, private and governmental research institutions and allows selected students to participate in research programs with a variety of science disciplines.

 
Hulshof visits MU School of Nursing
MU Sinclair School of Nursing Dean Rose Porter gives U.S. Congressman Kenny Hulshof a tour.
MU Sinclair School of Nursing Dean Rose Porter gives U.S. Congressman Kenny Hulshof a tour.

MU Nursing Dean Rose Porter hosted Congressman Kenny Hulshof (R) at a visit to the MU Sinclair School of Nursing Nov. 29. Hulshof toured the Clinical Simulation Learning Center where students learn to adapt to real-life conditions through hands-on practice by using high-tech mannequins that mimic a variety of ages, conditions and responses to practice procedures and treatments. Porter and Associate Dean for Research Vicki Conn briefed Hulshof on nursing shortages in Missouri and the nation and on the growing need for nursing faculty and BSN-prepared nurses. For more information on the Sinclair School of Nursing, visit http://nursing.missouri.edu/.

 
House members visit UMKC School of Medicine

Rep. Sam Page (D-Creve Coeur) and Rep. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) visited the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine Nov. 28 for the panel discussion, “Medicine, Medicaid and Politics.”  Dr. Fred DeFeo moderated as UMKC School of Medicine faculty, and Truman Medical Center staff asked questions about recent changes in Medicaid, the new MO HealthNet program and its effect on the community and the state. The Representatives then toured the medical school and portions of Truman before ending with a reception hosted by the Kansas City Metropolitan Medical Society.  For more information on the UMKC School of Medicine, visit: http://research.med.umkc.edu/.

 
UMSL students Joe Freund, left, and Shawn Parent visit with Missouri State Treasurer Sarah Steelman
UMSL students Joe Freund, left, and Shawn Parent visit with Missouri State Treasurer Sarah Steelman.
State treasurer visits UMSL

Missouri State Treasurer Sarah Steelman (R) and Deputy Director Doug Gaston recently visited the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. The event was hosted by Beta Alpha Psi, an honors organization for financial information. Many of the members are CPA track students, and the event was attended by accounting and finance students and faculty. Steelman discussed the MOST program, a savings plan for higher education, as well as the state’s decision to no longer invest in terrorist–identified countries. 

From left, MU School of Medicine Dean Bill Crist, Rep. Ron Richard, MU School of Health Professions Dean Richard Oliver, MU Sinclair School of Nursing Dean Rose Porter and UM Health Care CEO Jim Ross meet to discuss the Preparing to Care health care initiative.
Rep. Ron Richard and MU Chancellor Brady Deaton.
Richard visits MU

Rep. Ron Richard (R-Joplin) visited the University of Missouri-Columbia Nov. 26 to meet with University leaders, see Discovery Ridge and other economic development initiatives and visit University Hospital. Richard has been selected by House Republicans to succeed current House Speaker Rod Jetton when he is term limited in 2009. Richard met with UM Interim President Gordon Lamb, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton and UM Health Care CEO Jim Ross, along with deans of the health related schools on campus. He also toured the University Hospital ER, Burn Unit and Children's Hospital.

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