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Mizzou softball fights back to win NCAA Regional title

Chelsea Thomas led the Tigers to back-to-back wins over DePaul on May 22 to move MU into the NCAA Super Regionals.

Grade A teacher

Michael F. Smith is a USDA award-winning professor of reproductive physiology in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. After 30 years of educating young scientists, he’s still going strong. 

Two Tigers taken in NFL Draft’s top 10

The Mizzou football program made history when Aldon Smith and Blaine Gabbert were selected in the top 10 of the NFL Draft Thursday, April 28, 2011, in New York City.

Making connections on the links

The Columbia Golf Foundation is helping to spread enthusiasm for the sport among mid-Missouri's youth.

Competition hot for quarterback spot

Sophomore James Franklin and redshirt freshman Tyler Gabbert duel for the job as Tiger signal caller.

Wearing purple for a purpose

Ashley Hasty is wearing the same purple dress every day in April to raise money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

Finding a comfort zone in the classroom

In March 2011, Richard Meadows received the 2010 National Pfizer Teaching Award, considered the most prestigious veterinary teaching honor in the U.S.

Mizzou has Haith

The University of Missouri has its man. Former University of Miami Coach Frank Haith leads the Tiger men's basketball team in 2011–12.

Mike Anderson resigns

Mike Anderson, Mizzou men's basketball head coach for five seasons, resigns to take over same the position at the University of Arkansas.

Tennessee Williams' early days at Mizzou

March 26, 2011, marks the 100th anniversary of Thomas “Tennessee” Williams’ birth. The acclaimed playwright grew up in St. Louis and spent three years at the University of Missouri.

Scouting former Tigers for the NFL

Representatives from every NFL team watched Blaine Gabbert shine at Mizzou football’s Pro Day on March 17, 2011, at Daniel J. Devine Pavilion.

Rock around the clock

About 300 Mizzou students danced for 12 hours nonstop on Saturday at the Student Recreation Complex, and raised $47,049 for the hematology/oncology division at the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital.

From the dust of Pruitt-Igoe

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth — a documentary film directed by Chad Freidrichs, BA ’01— chronicles the brief history of the Pruitt-Igoe housing complex.

Budget picture starts to come into focus

In January, Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposed budget for next fiscal year, which starts July 1, included a 7 percent reduction in state funds for higher education.

Information belongs to you

The National Press Club has given Missouri School of Journalism Associate Professor Charles Davis one of two 2010 John Aubuchon Freedom of the Press Awards.

Blizzard cancels classes

Some students called it “snowpocalypse.” Others called it “snowmageddon.” Hyperbolic handles aside, a blizzard of historic proportions shut down most of the MU campus for three days starting at 4 p.m. Jan. 31 through Feb. 3, 2011.

Peden translates book into national prize

In October 2010, Peden’s Celestina won the 2010 Lewis Galantière Translation Prize, which the American Translators Association awards every other year to a book-length literary translation.

Be of good cheer

Happiness might sound like a slippery concept, but scientists can reliably measure it, says Kennon Sheldon, professor of psychological sciences, who gave the 21st Century Corps of Discovery lecture on Sept. 1, 2010, at Jesse Hall.

Crouching Tiger, hidden dogwood

The MU Student Center’s bronze tiger sculpture will represent more than Mizzou pride.

On the wild side of internships

While caring for 119 species and interacting with its inquisitive visitors seven days a week, Jeffrey Wiegert learned that working for a zoo is equal parts managing unpredictable animals and unpredictable people.

Camp: Rite of passage for geology students

MU’s Camp Branson in Lander, Wyo., has hosted students and faculty from around the country since 1911, and it is celebrating its centennial with a summer reunion.

J-student documents immobility challenge

Tell the story of someone you think the world should meet. That was journalism student Alex Rozier’s first assignment in the YouTube/Pulitzer Center international reporting competition, in which he won the grand prize.

Buses to get splash of color

All of Columbia’s new public buses will sport a Mizzou-themed look, starting with three that will arrive in fall 2011.

Medical student researches surgeries during summers

Douglas Overbey’s research concludes that patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery in July, August or September have better outcomes in teaching hospitals than in nonteaching hospitals.

Dogged veterinary resident

Dedication to veterinary care and respect for human-animal companionship led James Redhage to leave a $3.4 million estate endowment to the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Simple principles guide Switzler and Tate renovations

Work on Switzler and Tate began in fall 2010. Both buildings will be outfitted with new mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems.

Therapy on ice

Despite the workload of polishing off a doctorate in physical therapy at MU, Victoria Sommerer makes time to carry on a family tradition started by her mother, Ginger Sommerer

Softball and baseball seasons swing away

The Mizzou baseball and softball programs have established some welcome commonalities during the past decade. Both clubs have developed reputations for fearsome pitching and recurring NCAA postseason appearances.