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As President Forsee explained in his recent email to the university community, the state’s financial situation may result in a reduction in funding to higher education that could require an extraordinary response on our part. President Forsee and the campus administration have reached out to the faculty for suggestions on how we could handle potential cuts in state funding as high as 25%. Faculty Council has been discussing our response but realizes it is difficult for us to fully reflect the diverse opinions on campus. In addition, we see value in allowing the faculty to come together to share their thoughts and concerns. Chancellor Deaton has accepted Faculty Council’s invitation to meet with the faculty at a special General Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 17, between 4 and 6 p.m. in Jesse Wrench Auditorium. I realize this is late notice but Council wanted to give the faculty a chance to meet before the winter holidays. I hope as many of you as possible will make space in your busy schedules to attend this important
meeting.

Tom Phillips
Professor of Biological Sciences
Chair, MU Faculty Council

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Finals Breakfast!

Come one, come all!  Finals Midnight Breakfast is back!  Starting at 10:30p.m. Sunday night breakfast will be served at Brady Commons!  Take a break from studying and chow down!

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Saturday morning Stephens College presented 27 bachelor’s and 25 master’s degrees to students who are now what President Wendy Libby calls “officially Stephens women and a few men.”

Monica Senecal, a radio personality on KPLA Radio’s “Chris & Monica in the Morning!,” gave the keynote address.  She is pursing a MBA at Stephens.  Senecal’s speech got the crowd laughing.  She said that when she was asked to address the crowd at the commencement ceremony she thought she was being “Punk’d.”

“My journey at Stephens and the graduate program has just begun, and I feel kind of like a kindergartner being asked to speak and give words of wisdom to the high school seniors,” Senecal said.  “So all I can say is naps, lots of naps, and milk and cookies whenever the opportunity presents itself.”

Other speakers included students Meghan Manderschied and Lesley Thalhuber.

For more on the ceremony check out the  Columbia Missourian.

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According to weather.com, next week is going to be another cold one! There may be some snow on Tuesday. If the weather looks bad and you aren’t sure about going to your exams, check here first: http://mualert.missouri.edu/

Any changes in exam schedules for Monday would be up by 6 a.m., Monday.

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Marion Cairns of Webster Groves, Don Walsworth of Marceline and Cheryl Walker of St. Louis bid the Board of Curators good-bye today. Their terms expire Jan. 1.

Each was appointed to the board in 2003 by then-Gov. Bob Holden.

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The UM System Board of Curators has approved a new grievance policy for MU faculty.

The revised policy will add an administrator to the initial body that gathers and evaluates information related to a complaint. It was approved by the MU Faculty Council in October.

Read more from a previous Missourian report.

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A recent study conducted by Fleishman-Hillard found that almost three-fourths of Missourians support investing in higher education, even if it means raising taxes.

But only half of those surveyed think that Missourians get a good return for the tax dollars currently being spent on public higher education.

In-depth interviews revealed that Missourians care as much about the quality of state higher education as they do about universities’ role in economic development.

The study was the culmination of a three-year project spearheaded by Curator Marion Cairns of Webster Groves.

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