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Tiger turned twitter jockey

Danielle Hohmeier had to get a twitter account for her marketing classes at MU. “At first, it was sort of overwhelming,” says, Hohmeier, BJ ’09. “If you don’t know who to follow or if you’re not following the right people, it is pretty much useless.” Hohmeier must have figured it out because in May she was told she was one of 18 people given a chance to become MTV’s first twitter jockey, or TJ.

21st-century dean

Although Daniel Clay, the College of Education’s new dean, has spent the last three years down south at Auburn University, he’s always been a Midwestern boy at heart.

Picking up the pace

Fast. Up-tempo. Fun to watch. Sound familiar? If it seems new women’s basketball Coach Robin Pingeton has taken a page from men’s basketball Coach Mike Anderson’s Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball, it may not be entirely coincidental.

Get your program here

At 4-foot-11, senior All-American gymnast Sarah Shire is a giant in Mizzou athletics. The diminutive dynamo secured MU’s first No. 1 individual all-around national ranking on March 14.

Talking Twain

On the centennial of Mark Twain's death, Mizzou assembled some top Twainiacs and threw a posthumous party, school-fashion, with lectures, exhibits of period clothing and a panel discussion.

Dodging a budget bullet

Steady growth in student enrollment, stringent cost-cutting efforts and a bargain struck with Gov. Jay Nixon, BA ’78, JD ’81, to freeze in-state, undergraduate tuition in exchange for only a small reduction in state funding have helped Mizzou avoid some drastic budget cuts.

A win for urban hens

On Feb. 1, 2010, the Columbia City Council voted 4-3 to allow Columbia residents to keep up to six hens in a secure shelter, away from neighbors. City residents flocked to a local coop-building workshop.

Go forth and read this book

Journalism graduate Alan Goforth of Lee’s Summit, Mo., wrote the text and captions for "Historic Photos of Missouri," a book of nearly 200 photographs that span the 1860s to the 1970s.