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Around the Columns

Columbia named in nation's best college towns index

In September 2009, MU ranked ninth in its size category of America's best college towns.

Beauty, beheld and bestowed

A former Mizzou soccer player now carries the title, "Mrs. America." Andrea Robertson, BS '99, of O'Fallon, Mo., was crowned after winning the Mrs. America pageant Sept. 8, 2009, in Tucson, Ariz.

Mizzou's global perspective

MU¿s Peace Corps Fellows program, which began in fall 2007, provides those former volunteers a fellowship to work toward a master¿s degree. In exchange, the fellows spend at least 10 hours a week working in the community on basic issues such as food and housing.

For the children

Epidemiologist Patricia Schnitzer's research focuses on preventing child deaths from abuse and neglect and has led to statewide child protection programs that serve as models for other states.

Warm cookies to go

Founded by a trio of MU students from Chesterfield, Mo., Hot Box Cookies bakes and delivers cookies from its Broadway location in downtown Columbia.

Think globally, plant locally

A new student group, Tigers for Community Agriculture, grows vegetables to sell to Columbia community members.

Vet casts wide net

Carolyn Henry, professor of oncology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, organized the Vets for Nets campaign, which encourages veterinarians to help prevent malaria by donating money to purchase mosquito nets for refugees in Conakry, Guinea.

Making movies at Mizzou

Mexican cult film actor and wrestler Mil Máscaras stars in Mil Máscaras: Aztec Revenge, which was shot almost entirely on the MU campus. It's the final film in a lucha libre trilogy written by Jeffrey Uhlmann, associate professor of computer science, and created in part by MU students from various degree programs.

Science on Saturdays

The Saturday Morning Science series at the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center showcases faculty from MU's science departments and provides weekend educational enrichment for Columbians.

Hills, humidity make Heart of America tough

The 50th annual Heart of America Marathon will run through Columbia on Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2009. Many experts consider the race to be the most difficult marathon in the United States.

Crack open one of these rare reads

See a slideshow of rare books (and some that don't even look like books!) from Ellis Library Special Collections.