Archive for May, 2010

May 20 will mark Moberly Area Community College’s 82nd commencement ceremony, and the school has selected Greg Walker, a member of the college’s Board of Trustees since 1984, as its keynote speaker.

There are 658 students applicants for graduation, and about 300 are expected to walk, said Jaime Morgans, MACC director of PR.

Walker says his speech will focus on planning to meet the challenges of the world after graduation.

A graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, Walker is currently on the Board of the Missouri Community College Association and will start a term as chairman this November. He owns financial services company Vantage Capital Resources and was awarded the Glynn E. Clark Distinguished Service Award in 2006 for his leadership in the MCAA membership campaign in 2005-2006.

The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. at the Fitzsimmons-John Arena.


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On April 19 in the Macklanburg Playhouse, some notable Stephens employees received awards as part of the annual Honors Convocation.

Recipients ranged from Equestrian instructors to financial aid counselors.

Equestrian studies instructor, Sara Linde, was given the 2010 Distinguished Teacher of the Year award. This is the highest award given to a faculty member. It’s also based on student vote. Linde is an alumna of Stephens getting her bachelors in 2002 for equestrian business management.

Financial aid counselor, Greg Hutchinson, got the H.E. Wilkerson Award for outstanding service to admission. This award is given to a member of the staff who has specifically worked hard to support admissions at Stephens College. In addition to receiving this award, Hutchinson is to receive a M.Ed. in Counseling next weekend at Stephens.

Assistant professor of theatre got the Century Candle Award for outstanding contributions to student life. He is also an alum of Stephens.

Aside from the Honors Convocations awards Stephens College got news that Media and Film department chair, Kerri Yost, received the Heartland Feature Award at the Kansas City Film Fest. She submitted her documentary “Neither Here Nor There”. A film about Bosnian refugees in the United States.

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Panache greeted me at the door with shaggy hair falling into his eyes and a never-ending bounce under his feet. I spent the morning at Phil and Nancy Harter’s home talking to them about their time in Columbia. And if you haven’t guessed by now, I am love with their playful French Briard Sheepdog, Panache.

Not Panache

This is not Panache but looks like him. Picture courtesy of Google Images

Phil and Nancy were more than welcoming when I arrived this morning. I sat amidst the renovated walls and custom-made fixtures sprinkled with Art Deco accents that made up the breathtaking house they have called home for the past ten years.

The Harters will be moving back to their home near Washington D.C. after seven years in Columbia. Phil is the Earl F. Nelson professor of law at the MU Law School and Nancy has been a driving force in women’s politics and education within the Columbia community. Although the Harters knew their stay would be short, they still managed to exude a passion for Columbia and it’s well-being.

A profile of this influential couple will be coming soon as they begin to say goodbye to a town they have grown to love.

Stay tuned…columbiamissourian.com

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but MU scientists are working to combat this by studying the smallest blood vessels in the body.

The MU School of Medicine received a $8.47 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for microcirculation research Thursday morning. This involves studying tiny networks of thin blood vessels that play a role in hypertension, diabetes, and strokes.

Gerald Meininger, principal investigator for the grant, said the money will allow scientists to study the internal structure of these blood vessels, which will lead to a better understanding of cardiovascular disease.

Read the full article on the grant here.

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Members of the Johnston Hall Council at MU raised about $300 at a bake sale Wednesday afternoon for the benefit of Greta Johnson, daughter of Jessica Jennrich, director of undergraduate advising, curriculum and programming in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

Jennrich is also a stakeholder with Johnston Hall, meaning she works with residents and serves as a faculty adviser to the Women’s Leadership Freshman Interest Group. Her 1-year-old daughter, Greta, has cerebral palsy.

Johnston residents approached Jennrich about holding an event to support Greta and decided to put on a bake sale.

As of 1:30 Wednesday afternoon, proceeds from the bake sale totaled around $300, MU freshman and Johnston resident Stacy Ike said. This is in addition to funds donated by each floor of the hall, leaving a total of approximately $500 for Greta.

This amount shocked and overwhelmed Jennrich.

“It just warms my heart so much that students, faculty and staff would come out and be supportive,” she said.

Jennrich will use the funds to pay for additional physical, occupational and speech therapy for Greta.

“The harder you work at a younger age, the more you can accomplish,” she said.

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As most students know, academic advisers can make or break one’s college experience. MU also seems to know the importance of great advisers, and last month the university honored two undergraduate advisers for their work with students.

Dr. George Jesse of the Division of Animal Science won the MU Excellence in Advising Award in the faculty division, and Aaron Cook from the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr., College of Business was the winner in the professional division.

Jesse is a professor and the director of undergraduate studies for the Division of Animal Sciences at MU. He has been an undergraduate adviser since 1971 (that’s nearly 40 years, in case you’re wondering!), and in the past 10 years has served as a member and chair of the Committee for Undergraduate Education and the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

Cook has worked in the Trulaske College of Business for four of the five years he has been at MU. He advises undergraduate business students and is responsible for all undergraduate scholarship recipient programming.

He is currently a co-facilitator of an Exploring Business Freshman Interest Group, the current liaison to the Business Week 2010 Steering Committee and the secretary for the Mizzou Alumni Association (Boone County Chapter).

The two winners were selected from a pool of 24 nominees by a committee made up of students, retired advisers and administrators.

A full list of the nominees follows.

2010 Excellence in Advising Award Nominees, Faculty Advisors

2010 Excellence in Advising Award Nominees, Professional Advisors

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