April 24, 2009

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University supporters turn out for annual Alumni Alliance Legislative Day April 22

Alumni and supporters from the University of Missouriís four campuses and extension converged on the capitol April 22 to visit with legislators and encourage support for the universityís legislative priorities as the session nears its end. Alumni from various campuses invited legislators to mix and mingle in the morning, then gathered in the rotunda to hear from UM System President Gary Forsee and Gov. Jay Nixon. Supporters also visited legislators throughout the day and encouraged support for the operating budget, capital projects, Access Missouri and other priorities.

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Senate Appropriations to hear bonding bill

HJR 32, co-sponsored by Reps. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) and Steve Tilley (R-Perryville) will have a hearing in the Senate Appropriations committee at 1 p.m. April 27th. The resolution proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing the General Assembly to issue bonds to fund higher education building improvements, construction, landscaping and land purchases. If approved by the voters, up to $700 million could be authorized for higher education projects across the state. For additional information on the proposal, click here.

House passes immigration legislation

This week, the House passed HB 390, which contains language addressing several concerns the higher education community had related to the immigration legislation passed last session. The proposal passed by a 125-30 vote. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration in the final three weeks. The University also worked to incorporate the same immigration language into SB 291, an omnibus elementary and secondary education bill that will be taken up by the House in the coming days.

University recognizes six individuals with alumni service awards

The University of Missouri System's four campuses and University Extension, recognized individuals for their support of higher education during the Alumni Alliance awards dinner April 21 in Jefferson City. Awardees included U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, Rep. Bryan Pratt, Dr. Reaner Shannon, Rep. Rick Stream; Darlene Ramsey and Sam Hawkins.

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Lawmakers honored as part of Graduate Education Week

The Graduate Professional Council at the University of Missouri honored eight legislators for their support of higher education during a legislative reception April 23 at the MU Student Center in Columbia. GPC President Alaine Arnott presented awards of appreciation to Sen. Wes Shoemyer (D-Clarence), Sen. Carl Vogel (R-Jefferson City) and Rep. Mary Still (D-Columbia). Also receiving recognition were Sens. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) and Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) and Reps. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia), Bryan Pratt (R-Blue Springs) and Stephen Webber (D-Columbia).

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Students present posters to lawmakers as part of Undergraduate Research Day

Nearly 50 undergraduate students from all four University of Missouri campuses came to the Capitol April 21 to participate in the annual Undergraduate Research Day to illustrate the unique opportunities they have to participate in research as undergraduates. The students were recognized before the House and Senate and displayed research posters in the rotunda during the day. Legislators and the public visited the displays to learn more about the research, which ranged from education to energy.

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Governor orders reduction in energy consumption at Missouri Energy Summit

Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order at the Missouri Energy Summit April 23, calling for at least a 2 percent reduction in energy consumption by state agencies annually for the next 10 years. The summit was chaired by Missouri S&T and was hosted by the MU campus. The governor said these measures would not only help conserve natural resources but also save Missouri taxpayers more than $1 million in the first year alone.

The University of Missouri hosted the first Missouri Energy Summit to foster discussion and collaboration on energy-related issues including research, development, management and consumption. More than 1,500 people attended the two-day event in Columbia.


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