Archive for March, 2009

Looking for something to do Thursday afternoon on the MU campus?

Professor Barry Rabe from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan will present “Can Congress Govern the Climate” at 3:30 p.m. is S206 Memorial Union.

Rabe recently wrote  “Statehouse and Greenhouse: The Emerging Politics of American Climate Change Policy,” and is also a recipient of the 2005 Caldwell Award from the American Political Science Association.  He also became the first social scientist to win a Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2006.

He is also a visiting professor at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, and was a part of assembling the National Conference on Climate Governance in December 2008.

The lecture is being presented as a part of the 2009 Monroe-Paine Distinguished Lecture in Public Affairs. The lecture is sponsored by the Truman School of Public Affairs.


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Harold (Hal) Williamson Jr. has been named the permanent vice chancellor for the MU health system. He was serving as the interim vice chancellor for the last six months. 

Chancellor Brady Deaton comments from a news release… 

Dr. Williamson has provided outstanding leadership during this interim period. Given his devotion to the highest standards in health care and the health sciences and his ability to successfully integrate the educational and clinical areas of this complex organization, he is the perfect choice to continue in this position on a permanent basis. 

Looking over the health system will include University of Missouri Health Care, the School of Medicine, University Physicians, the Sinclair School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions. 

Williamson has been on the faculty at MU since 1982 and has served in many directorial positions over the course of his career.

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Gov. Jay Nixon announced on Monday that he has appointed Don M. Downing to the UM System Board of Curators.

Downing, a lawyer from Webster Groves, will still have to wait for confirmation from the Missouri Senate.

He previously served as chief deputy attorney general for Missouri, and is also a graduate of MU and the MU School of Law.

Additionally, he is a part of homecoming history at MU, being the first-ever homecoming king in 1977.

Once confirmed, Downing’s term will expire on Jan. 1, 2015.

Here is an article by Valerie Insinna about Downing’s appointment.

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The Women and Gender Studies program is sponsoring a proposal to change the name of the program on the diplomas from Interdisciplinary Studies to Women and Gender Studies. The program is having a meeting tonight to raise awareness about developing their own degree program. Majors and minors are strongly encouraged as well as others who wish to show their support.

Where? Room 225 in the new Brady Student Center

When? Tuesday, March 10th at 7pm

Questions? Contact Jessica Jennrich at 573-882-7966.

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Resource Sites

MyCollegeOptions.org was previously a successful tool for high school students and their families to sift through the lingo of college admissions. They now have partnered with SimpleTutition.com to provide one place to find college admissions and loan information.

From the press release…

By integrating SimpleTuition’s student loan research and comparison tools into the MyCollegeOptions.org website, students and families will be able to more carefully evaluate their possible higher education options with the financial information needed to make an informed decision.

SimpleTuition’s interactive approach to researching, comparing, and selecting federal and private student loans enables borrowers to make more informed decisions about borrowing options with just a few clicks. Detailed information on Stafford, private, PLUS, and GradPLUS loans from top lenders is constantly updated. Each loan option can be sorted and compared by monthly payment, total cost of the loan, number of payments, fees, and lowest and highest APR.

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Women in the Workplace

Women in the workplace is a topic that seems to be revisited frequently. An MU professor, Rose Marra, recently published a study about women in the field of engineering and the need for support and encouragement. For the whole story, read the article here

You in Mizzou, a dialogue series at MU, will be discussing women in the workplace tonight (March 4) at 5:30pm in room S207 at Memorial Union. For more information, visit the diversity initiative’s website here. Free pizza & drinks will be served.

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Helping Students, Not Lenders

Published: March 3, 2009

The federal college lending system is desperately in need of an overhaul. Congress took a first step when it made it a crime for lenders to solicit business by offering college officials kickbacks and other advantages — an all-too-common practice. President Obama’s new budget gets to the heart of the matter.

Click here for the whole editorial.

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