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Future plans announced for University of Missouri Press

The reimagined publishing house will include digital and audio books.

Budget prospects improve

Mizzou’s ability to balance its budget for fiscal 2013 is affected by the state’s balancing its own budget. If the state’s agenda improves, so does the university’s.

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Finishing what she started

Lindsay Clubine Buchholz remembers that feeling of being a freshman at Mizzou in 2001. “I’m a small-town girl and the campus was so big,” says the Camden, Mo., native.That small-town girl soon made it big in the entertainment industry.

Activate growth

Two objectives brought Luis Jimenez, MBA ’11, to the United States from his native Honduras.

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First Entsminger scholarship awarded

The new Bus Entsminger scholarship promises to renew the memory of his accomplishments for generations of Mizzou students.

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True sons and daughters

Back in 1876, when Ella Dimmit graduated from MU, there’s no way she could have known that she would have a great, great, great grandson who would be walking the same hallowed halls in 2012.

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Find me in the club

When sophomore pitcher Jake Walsh describes his former self, it doesn’t sound like a Division I baseball player. “I was always kind of a skinny, tall kid that didn’t really throw hard, and I wasn’t much of an athlete,” Walsh says. “I wasn’t as confident as I wanted to be.”

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Making the leap

Every time Mary Burke enters the MU Gymnastics and Golden Girls Practice Facility, she passes beneath large images of former Tiger greats.

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A uniform look

Mizzou unveiled bold Nike-designed uniforms for basketball, football, soccer and volleyball during halftime of the annual Black and Gold Game April 14, 2012, at Memorial Stadium.

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Tigers making memories

Third-generation Tigers Kyle and Bria Burk inscribe more than a decade of memories and college colloquialisms such as “M-I-Z” and “Z-O-U” into the Columns. But think entrepreneurialism, not vandalism.

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Brainpower to biofuels

For decades, the MU Power Plant has been a remarkably efficient operation. Despite Mizzou’s 33 percent growth in education and general space since 1990, energy use has shrunk by 14 percent per square foot.

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Turning point

On March 4, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Dan Lindsay, BS BA ’01, stood on the Jesse Hall stage posing with an Oscar that he had won just weeks before.

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Science is Nowak’s beat

Glen Nowak is the first Mizzou Advantage Distinguished Visiting Professional.

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Enraptured with raptors

Willie the red tailed hawk was about a year old when a rural Missouri woman discovered the crippled bird. He had a broken wing, likely from being hit by a car, so she consulted the Missouri Department of Conservation.

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Brooks calls it a career

Brian Brooks, associate dean of MU’s School of Journalism, morphed newspaper editing, reporting and war correspondence into a 38-year career at MU.

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Reaching higher

By many people’s standards, Kelly Sample is from small town Missouri. But to some of the high school students she advises in Salem, Mo., her humble hometown of Republic is a bustling Springfield suburb.

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Having fun with food

Dinner in a dining hall can become a routine for students. You swipe in, stand in line, sit down and eat. But on April 6, 2012, that all changed with the Bengal Rock Party at Plaza 900.

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Mysterious manuscript

MU Libraries Special Collections is one of the few owners of an original Charlotte Brontë manuscript.

Looking back on American Education

Looking back on American education: MU commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act.

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Kempers reward teaching

The annual springtime ritual of presenting Kemper awards takes place in classrooms across campus.

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Thailand university awards Deaton honorary degree

Chancellor Brady J. Deaton accepted an honorary degree from Khon Kaen University Feb. 23, 2012, during a ceremony in the Donald W. Reynolds Alumni Center.

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Oh, say can you S-E-C

No college league revels in its football tradition like the Southeastern Conference, where autumn Saturdays are holidays, and fans embrace tailgating with religious zeal. As Mizzou athletics enters its new home, what better time for an alumni road-trip renaissance.

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Synonymous with college football pageantry and prestige, Bama has won 22 SEC titles and 14 national titles. In 1913, university President George H. Denny dubbed it “The Capstone” of higher education in the state.

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The U of A is nestled on 345 acres overlooking the Ozark Mountains, and the state’s flagship university is known for its business, engineering and nursing programs.

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Established in 1856 as the East Alabama Male College, the school became the first land-grant college in the South and was renamed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama.

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UF traces its roots to East Florida Seminary in 1853, which opened in Ocala and moved to Gainesville in 1866. The Florida Agricultural College was chartered in 1870 and opened in Lake City in 1884.

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UGA became the first state-chartered university in America in 1785 and held classes in 1801 on the banks of the Oconee River in northeast Georgia.

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UK traces its roots to Transylvania University (Lexington), which opened in 1783, and Kentucky University (Harrodsburg), which opened in 1858.

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Founded in 1860, the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy near Pineville, La., burned in 1869, resumed classes in Baton Rouge and took the name Louisiana State University in 1870.

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Chartered in 1844 and known affectionately as Ole Miss, it is home to an acclaimed Southern studies center and the national library of the accounting profession.

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Founded as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi in 1878, it was renamed Mississippi State College in 1932 and Mississippi State University in 1958.

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Established in 1839 as the first public university west of the Mississippi River. Mizzou is one of only five universities in the U.S. with law, medicine, veterinary medicine and a nuclear research reactor on one campus.

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Founded as South Carolina College in 1801, the institution survived despite closing its doors during the Civil War and temporarily falling under Union possession. It became the University of South Carolina in 1865.

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Established as Blount College before Tennessee’s statehood, UT has been called East Tennessee College and East Tennessee University. The Knoxville campus is the flagship institution of the UT system.

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Texas A&M is a member of the Association of American Universities and the state’s first public institution of higher education.

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VU was established in 1873 with a $1 million gift from Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt.

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Survival of the unfit

Understanding the biology of prehistoric ancestors sheds light on modern 
chronic maladies.

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Switzler reinvented

For those who studied, taught and toiled there, the creaking floors gave the place away.

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Gabriella’s take

Gabriella Garbero met several people who attended Mizzou, and she always liked them. There was never a question in her mind that she’d wear black and gold someday.

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Tri Delta turns 107

Rhoda S. Sheetz is one of few MU alumni whose life span encompasses not only the 100th Homecoming in 2011 but also the 1911 football game that started the tradition at MU.

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Student organization honors Emmy Award-winning alumna

By most definitions Sonja Steptoe, BA, BJ ’82, is a success. An Emmy Award-winning journalist, she has directed operations at <i>Time</i> and <i>People</i> magazines.

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When Harry met Mabel

As a star for the University of Southern California and the Detroit Lions, Harry Smith flattened snarling, gargantuan linemen throughout his gridiron career. But it was a petite gal from Bardstown, Ky., who sacked the All-American guard in 1941.

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A passion for pastry

Plenty of people crave pastry, whether Danish, strudel or chocolate eclaire. But chances are their desire is more for consuming the confections than for making them. That’s where Nathaniel Reid comes in.

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Singing the law

Andrew Ky Haynes sat in his hotel room after a full day of lecturing. Feeling bored, he picked up his guitar to have some fun. As a joke, he wrote a song about his area of expertise: employee benefit law. “It was just a way to unwind and have a private laugh,” says Haynes, BA ’79, of Blue Springs, Mo.

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Dancing in KC and beyond

The Tigers head to the NCAA Tournament after defeating Baylor to win their fourth Big 12 Tournament crown in four years.

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Waving goodbye

The fourth-year Tigers punctuated an emotional Senior Night and a stellar career at Mizzou Arena with a 78-72 win over the Iowa State Cyclones.

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Mizzou and Big 12 Agree on withdrawal terms

Nearly four months after Mizzou made official its July 2012 move to the Southeastern Conference, the Big 12 Conference and MU have reached a financial agreement regarding the separation.

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New gymnastics practice facility launches great season

After cutting the ribbon on a new Mizzou Gymnastics and Golden Girls Practice Facility in October, the gymnasts are off to a running (and jumping and vaulting and tumbling) start.

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Pitching in for Joplin

When a large tornado devastated Joplin, Mo., May 22, 2011, junior hospitality management major Morgan Adrian and her family were among the thousands to lose their homes and belongings.

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Settling into the SEC

In July 2012, the University of Missouri joins the Southeastern Conference, ending 105 years of membership in the Big 12 and its previous permutations.


Brazeals get to know scholarship recipients

When Jim and Cathy Brazeal met with MU Chancellor Brady Deaton in 2003, they indicated their wish to develop a scholarship that would attract high-achieving and diverse students to Mizzou.

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Music: the tie that binds

Even though Zeke Piskulich is a fourth-generation Tiger, he didn’t know anyone when he first stepped on campus as a student in August 2011.

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Restoring Jefferson’s epitaph, a national treasure

Kee Groshong’s fascination with the carved marble epitaph from Thomas Jefferson’s original tombstone started when he was a student at Mizzou in the 1960s.

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Gig.U eyes Columbia

Mizzou and Columbia are part of a national consortium of research universities and their communities that hope to act as test beds for ultra high-speed Internet capabilities.

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Teaching with Tegrity

At 8 a.m. on a Friday in December, college students may not be ripe for learning. But Bethany Stone has a few technological tricks that help them make the grade.

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Event offers 20-20 vision

As one of the masterminds behind True/False Film Fest and Columbia’s Ragtag Cinema, Paul Sturtz appreciates turning a traditional media presentation on its ear. It helps if you can get a beer and a sandwich, too.

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Scientifically speaking

Grace Olinger is learning to be a translator at Mizzou. Her translation work, however, does not involve a foreign language.

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Valor and verses

“In the end, my goal is to inspire,” says war poet Gerardo "Tony" Mena.

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Welcoming a new UM System president

Tim Wolfe started Feb. 15, 2012, as president of the University of Missouri System, and the job is a homecoming of sorts.

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Mizzou Madness

The Big 12 Tournament champion Tigers are ready to roar into the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament as the West Region’s No. 2 seed.

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Countdown to Tipoff

The Tigers – set to take on the Norfolk State Spartans at approximately 3:40 CDT on TNT – waited behind the scenes while assistant coaches Tim Fuller and Ernie Nestor scouted Mizzou’s next possible opponent in the Florida-Virginia game.

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Madness to sadness

The 2011-12 Tigers were poised for a historic run heading into the West Region of the NCAA Tournament March 16, 2012, in Omaha, Neb. Instead, the No. 2-seed Big 12 Tournament champs fell to No. 15 Norfolk State 86-84 in one of the biggest upsets in Mizzou history.

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Literary-scientific gardens

Five undergraduate biology and English students set out to analyze a novel through both literary and scientific lenses.

Technology boosts mental health

Using telehealth technology, MU doctors helped rebuild post-tornado Joplin’s emotional well being without leaving their posts in Columbia.

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Examining hospitals’ social media savvy

New technologies, including electronic medical records, digital X-rays and telehealth services, are revolutionizing the medical industry. But Facebook?

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Greener buildings

For decades, engineers and designers have thought of buildings as jigsaw puzzles. But Robert Reed thinks that needs to change.

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Storytelling goes digital

A new degree in digital storytelling is in the works that would train students in the art of narration while providing hands-on experience with the technologies of digital production.

Innovation meets corporation

From Apple to Amazon, there are plenty of corporations succeeding by innovating. But innovation affects every company, not only the ones selling cutting-edge technology, says Elaine Mauldin, associate professor of accounting.

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Make a model, explore a problem

Whether predicting how a disease will spread through a population or tracking the transmission of cell phone signals, researchers today have access to more data than ever before. But making sense of it is simple: Use complexity modeling.

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Research, write, perform

Forget walking a mile in another man’s shoes — Matt Saltzberg believes that the path to understanding is to speak a while in his words.

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Home sweet CoMo

Columbia’s qualities would make it quite a catch on any matchmaking website: smart, charming, athletic, artistic, hardworking, musically inclined and a fantastic cook. Who wouldn’t fall madly in love?

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Alley allure

Alley A, the quirky avenue off the beaten path, is just one of CoMo’s many shopping opportunities.

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Chew chew train

One of CoMo’s best features is its gastronomic variety. Take a springtime stroll downtown and inhale an aromatic array ranging from Far East to Deep South to backyard burgers.

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Columbia's art scene thrives

During the past five years, old buildings on the northern edge of downtown Columbia have blossomed into a haven for the arts.

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Eyes of the storm

Computer science instructor and independent filmmaker Chip Gubera returns home to interview survivors of Joplin, Mo., tornado.

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How the brain adapts

Every day we perform functions with our hands without giving it a second thought. Mizzou newcomer Scott Frey not only thinks about those seemingly simple acts, but also studies them.

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Members of the academies

Several MU faculty serve the National Academies of Science, an exclusive group of scientists who advise policymakers.

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Genetic entertainment

A National Academy of Sciences member, Jim Birchler is known worldwide as a genomics researcher. But To hundreds of Mizzou students, he is better known for his classroom theatrics.

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Mizzou: wired and wireless

At Mizzou, the goal is not to merely keep up with the modern wired student, but to stay ahead.

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Wired for health

“For the amount of money we’re spending, we should be able to create more health,” says Michael LeFevre, chief medical information officer at MU Health Care.

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Mizzou shares the dream

As chief marketing strategist on the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Ty Christian shares more than just “the dream.”

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Tiger burning bright

There may be only one thing Angela Belden, MS ’06, enjoys more than putting out fires: starting them.

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A fresh face

His supporters called it an upset. The media called it unexpected. But when Jermaine Reed, a candidate for the 3rd District city council seat in Kansas City, Mo., realized he had won on election night, he called it “unbelievable.”

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Crafting a life

Eric Grgurich liked his job as a commercial lender well enough, but he knew he would be happier getting out from behind his desk.

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Late run powers Mizzou past KU

Missouri scored the final 11 points to beat Kansas 74-71 in the last conference contest between the Tigers and Jayhawks in Columbia.

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Independent verification

The Missouri Tigers gashed the North Carolina Tar Heels for 513 yards of total offense and a 41-24 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl victory Dec. 26, 2011, in Shreveport, La.

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Welcoming new UM System President

The University of Missouri Board of Curators has named native Columbian Timothy M. Wolfe, BS BA ’80, as 23rd president of the four-campus University of Missouri System. He begins duties Feb. 15, 2012.

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Tigers win final Big 12 Border Showdown with Jayhawks

Missouri and Kansas haven’t agreed on the all-time-series record in football since 1960, but with the Tigers’ 24-10 victory in the schools’ final conference matchup on Nov. 26, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo., MU comes out on top no matter how you slice it.

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Coming of age

Imagine the future: It is Feb. 29, 2012, senior day at Mizzou Arena. Fans are honoring the efforts of seven student-athletes, five of whom have attended MU during four years of unprecedented basketball success and transformation.

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Scholarly Sundays

Sunday nights carry special meaning for MU’s new Honors College director, Nancy West. When PBS first began airing Masterpiece Theatre in 1971, West, then 8 years old, gathered around the television with her mother each Sunday.

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The family beat

It is a fairly common origin story among sports journalists. Young, bright student harbors hoop dreams, when suddenly, the physical reality of athletic skill leaps up to swat the ball into the stands.

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Charles, meet Lucy

Charles Darwin would have loved to meet Lucy, aka Australopithecus afarensis, or AL-288-1 for short. Lucy is the 3.5 million-year-old hominid whose skeleton unearthed in Ethiopia in 1972 shows that early human ancestors walked upright.

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Double double

In addition to basketball talent, Beau and Cliff Minx have always possessed keen mathematical skills. Perhaps that’s because the identical twins have spent their lives dividing and multiplying everything by two.

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Civil War weather

Weather has shaped some big battles, says MU meteorologist and war history buff Tony Lupo.

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Knock it down, build it up

In spring 2011, workers finished demolishing the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house at 520 S. College Ave., and work has begun on a 45,000-square-foot structure scheduled for completion by fall 2012.

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Owning the future

When four MU journalism students developed NearBuy, a real estate search application for Apple’s iPhone, it wasn’t going to make them rich. But the app’s success did prompt Mizzou to do something few colleges have considered.

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Student office upgrades

The Center for Student Involvement’s new home on the MU Student Center provides office space for student governments, student organizations, Greek organizations, campus activities and more.

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Running for your life

A rat’s brain may be smaller than a penny, but it knows something about exercise, health and longevity.

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Writing on a wave

Writing is a “generative process” of discovery for Amy Lannin, assistant professor in English education and the new director of MU’s Campus Writing Program.

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Nurse in training

Science classes scared Katy Disinger away from nursing as a first-time college student in 1999. Later, with her father’s health and future in jeopardy, Disinger revisited her dream of being a nurse.

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MU’s enrollment continues to grow

MU notched its 10th consecutive year of record-breaking enrollment this fall, welcoming 6,138 first-time college students for a total student body of 33,805.

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Combining art and science

As a recipient of the Brazeal Honors College Endowed Diversity Scholarship, Nick Cobblah earned a spot in Mizzou’s Discovery Fellows program, which put him in a research setting as soon as he stepped on campus.

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MU signs lease on Missouri Theatre

MU officials reached an agreement in August 2011 to lease and manage the Missouri Theatre in downtown Columbia, with an option to buy the historic venue after three years.

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Home of the future

MU researchers are working on the next generation of sustainable energy technology. Here’s a peek at how those innovations might change our homes in years to come.

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Fuel in the fields

In 1925, Henry Ford told The New York Times that a farmer could squeeze enough ethyl alcohol from an acre of potatoes in one year to power the machinery needed to cultivate the field for the next century.

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The fuel of civilization

A presidential appointment helps MU Chancellor Brady J. Deaton further his lifelong goal of feeding the hungry.

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Compression obsession

With the help of MU’s Bradford Research and Extension Center, a Columbia business has built a machine that transforms bulky biomass such as corn cobs and switch grass into tablets as dense as wood.

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Coal, wind, petroleum and Wood

During a career at engineering firm Black & Veatch, Ron Wood grappled with energy problems and solutions.

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Making nuclear clear

Dale Klein, former Nuclear Regulatory Commission chair, aims to clear the air about nuclear energy as a sustainable resource.

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Living thrifty

MU alumni raises awareness of excessive consumption with photographs of thrift shops in 39 states.

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Living with less

Medical resident Lincoln Sheets has pared down his personal possessions to about 100 items.

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Home green home

Six students take over one old house with a mission to use less and conserve more. Welcome to MU’s Sustainahouse.

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Cleaning up cotton

As a youngster, Scott Andrews picked cotton end-rows on his grandfather’s farm. For each pound, he earned about 3 cents — a good wage for a kid and good experience for a future cotton farmer.

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Plant-powered power plant

Churning up to 66 megawatts of electricity and 1.1 million pounds of steam per hour, MU's Power Plant is undoubtedly the hardest working facility on campus.

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Harvesting energy

Researchers across campus are investigating ways of turning plants into power

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Field reporting

For journalists, explaining how food is grown and why it matters means first understanding the science, then making it relevant.

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The mystery of Red Lake

Near Columbia lies a body of water whose acid-loving bacteria may eventually make biofuel cheaper for us all.

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An excerpt from FAT

Jean Braithwaite’s recent memoir, FAT: The Story of My Life with My Body (2011, Snake Nation Press), looks at her relationship to her body — fat, thin, and in between — and at biases related to fat, fitness, diets and discrimination.

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Holiday reading for youngsters

Although William Tyler teaches college students at his day job is in the Department of Communication at Saint Louis University, during off hours he writes for children.

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City limitless

When Adam Saunders of the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture (CCUA) envisions a Thanksgiving cornucopia, he might not necessarily picture corresponding hayrides or row crops in rural Boone County.

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Console searching

For the fanatical video-gaming set, few jobs are more coveted than Greg Miller’s. That’s because it is hard to find a paying gig to park in front of an HD screen and vanquish dragons, detonate tanks and burn rubber across the Autobahn.

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Straight-line career

Many people wander a bit as they discover themselves and stake out careers, but Olga Bolden-Tiller, PhD ’02, was not one of them.

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A children’s champion

When Joe Knittig, CEO of the Global Orphan Project Inc., explains the mission of the international ministry based in Kansas City, Mo., his compassion and faith resonate from every word.

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Producing aplenty

Mary McClure might have one of the smallest backyards in her Kansas City, Mo., neighborhood, but she optimizes every inch.

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Flashlights for the universe

When Gerald Fishman began his astronomy career in 1974, little was known about gamma-ray bursts. Now a leading expert in gamma-ray astronomy, Fishman won the 2011 Shaw Prize in Astronomy for his decades of research on the topic.

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Eagles and Anchors

Eagles and Anchors was the first student group for veterans at MU formed in 1944. “Its purpose was to promote the welfare of veterans spiritually, mentally, physically and socially on campus,” says Conrad Lohoefer, BJ ’49, a former member of the group.

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Southern hospitality: The Southeastern Conference welcomes Mizzou

In front of 1,644 vocal students, staff, faculty and alumni at the MU Student Center, Chancellor Brady J. Deaton announced that Mizzou will officially begin competition as the 14th member institution of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) July 1, 2012.

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Columns collected

A new book by Ward Degler, BJ ’62, springs from newspaper columns he wrote from 1994 to 2010.

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Alex Pickard’s golden anniversary at Homecoming centennial

Alex Pickard joined MU as assistant director of bands in 1961, became director in 1966 and held the position until 1982, when he moved into administration at the School of Music. He retired in 2000.

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The way it was

Terry and Colleen Fletcher of Fulton, Mo., shared some postcards from what appear to be early Homecoming activities with MIZZOU magazine this week.

The app project

The summer 2011 idea was simple: Two magazines — MIZZOU and Vox — work together to produce an iPad app featuring Homecoming photos to coincide with the Homecoming Centennial Oct. 15, 2011.

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Switzler, Tate reopen for business

After receiving their first-ever renovations, two of Mizzou’s oldest academic buildings have reopened for business.

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Budget set for fiscal 2012

Over the past several years, as state appropriations have declined, Mizzou managed to save about $18 million through a combination of spending cuts and a soft hiring freeze. Some of that savings will now be used to balance the campus’s budget.

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Drama goes digital

Mizzou's postdoctoral fellow for Disruptive and Transformational Technologies is on the cutting edge of theater.

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Major research in minority identity

Cameron Williams explores the differences among middle-class African-American males from across the U.S.

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Mizzou embraces Joplin

After a massive tornado struck Joplin, Mo., in May 2011, the MU community pitched in to help.

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Living green

The six student-residents of Sustainahouse plan to lead a sustainable college lifestyle.

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Smoking ban widens

Mizzou has taken another step toward becoming a smoke-free campus.

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Stepping down from Honors

As director of MU’s Honors College for the past 20 years, Stuart Palonsky has seen to the recruiting, advising and special course offerings geared to the top 10 percent of students on campus.

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Suits on sale

The College of Business Career Center has started a used-suits sale to make business wear affordable to students.

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Art as therapy

Education student Dawn Sees had a transformational experience as she worked with Children's Hospital patients to create a quilt.

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Community building

Paul Menke organized two opportunities for residence hall students to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

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Staying connected

An MU doctoral candidate uses technology to help children with autism learn.

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Certifiably green

The Missouri Orthopaedic Institute is Mizzou's first LEED-certified building.

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Outside the box

Truman Scholar Kam Phillips exposes underprivileged youngsters to a world of experiences.

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Dive in, the water's fine

Students in the MU Scuba Club enjoy year-round underwater scenery.

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House decs

Campus decorations have been part of Mizzou’s Homecoming formula since the 1930s. Themes for house “decs” run the gamut from taunts at opposing football teams to popular culture or good old-fashioned school spirit. Check out this slide show of decs from 1937 to 2010.

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Home Brewered

In 1911, Chester Brewer invited University of Missouri alumni to come home.

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Did Mizzou really invent Homecoming?

True or false: Mizzou had the first Homecoming. Deciding who should get credit boils down to the definition of Homecoming.

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Spirit squads, including cheerleaders, dancers, mascots, twirlers and bands, help make Homecoming memorable.

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Crowd pleaser

Warren Bass, 1961–65 MU feature twirler and two-time U.S. National Baton Twirling champion, wowed audiences with his 100-foot-high baton tosses.

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Still leading the band after 50 years

J.B. Anderson, 1961–63 Marching Mizzou drum major, still leads the alumni band 50 years later.

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Gold-sequined memories

Kim Richardson Voss, 1984-87 Golden Girl, continues her family’s tradition of cheering on the Tigers.

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Alumnus keeps marching

Jeff Zumsteg, 1980–86 Marching Mizzou member, hasn’t missed an MU Homecoming since 1979.

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Boothe for one

Leon Boothe, 1959 Homecoming chairman, was akin to the CEO of that year’s Homecoming celebration.

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Homespun mascot

Deborah Durk Snellen, 1977-79 Lil Tiger mascot, recalls the chicken-wire tiger head and “sexist” apron she wore on the sidelines.

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Committed to twirling

Beverly Swafford Clevenger, 1961 feature twirler, promised to twirl at the 2010 Homecoming if her granddaughter enrolled at Mizzou.

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Crowns and gowns

Much about the Homecoming king and queen traditions have changed over time, including the fashion, selection process and crowns.

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Queens through the decades

Mizzou's Homecoming queens have been chosen by vote, committee and charitable competition.

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Royal reminiscences

Queens from Homecomings past recall their crowning moment and other Mizzou memories.

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Homecoming queen goes to Hollywood

After being crowned 1941 Homecoming queen, Betty Hall pursued a career in acting, landing a spot with the Goldwyn Girls.

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Inaugural king

UM Curator and St. Louis attorney Don Downing served as MU's first Homecoming king in 1977.

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Crown comes with life lesson

In 1985, Vivian King, BJ ’87, was part of the first black couple to be named Mizzou Homecoming royalty.

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A tale of two queens

Two Alpha Kappa Alpha sisters were named queen during Homecoming 2010.

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Mapping Tiger country

The 2011 Tigers — loaded with the best recruits in Missouri and a trove of top-notch Texans — will make their way through a reconfigured Big 12 Conference.

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Cover photos

The Homecoming tradition at MU is a string of great events going back a century. The cover of the Fall 2011 issue of MIZZOU magazine includes a few of the attendees, including football players, coaches, students, alumni and fans of every stripe.

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Homecoming marches on

Over the course of a century, Homecoming has changed as much as it has stayed the same. Check out this timeline of a century of Homecoming highlights.

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Grand marshals through the years

Various alumni and friends have served as Mizzou Homecoming grand marshal since 1983.

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Reunion recalls history, yet embraces progress

Since 2003, Black Family Reunion has provided opportunities for black alumni to reconnect.

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All-Homecoming Centennial Team

After 100 years of Homecoming, MIZZOU magazine has assembled a list of the best Tigers ever to take the football field.

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Red-blooded American

At Homecoming 2011, alumnus Patrick Lee plans to contribute the final pint toward his goal of 20 gallons.

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The rise and fall (and rise again) of Romp, Chomp and Stomp

In the 1950s when Tom Schultz was a student at Mizzou, the Homecoming tradition of Romp, Chomp and Stomp was in its heyday.

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Meet Homecoming’s student leaders

A committee of 32 students does a lot of legwork to plan and execute Homecoming. Meet the leaders.

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Gas mask marathon

Adam Casey, BA ’08, will run a marathon in a gas mask to raise money for Wounded Warriors on Oct. 23.


From Homecoming to Mt. McKinley

Brent McCauley, BS ’09, will ride his bike cross-country to climb to the highest point in every state. He and his riding partner, Michael Hunter, started Cycle for the Summit to raise money for Big City Mountaineers.

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In service and in leadership

Former Lt. Col. Ryan Yantis, BA ’83, assisted the injured at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, and organized media interviews in the aftermath.

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Volunteer president filled with school spirit

Coming to Mizzou from the small town of Weston, Mo., was an eye-opening experience for Pamela Oberdiek, Bus ’84, the Mizzou Alumni Association’s volunteer president for 2011–12.

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One doctor’s milky way

When it comes to nutrition for prematurely born babies, Barbara Carr, MD ’93, says nothing comes close to mothers’ milk.

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James and the giant juice

Jamba Juice CEO James White, BS BA ’83, attributes much of his business acumen to his experience at Mizzou.

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A shade of Greene

Lynne Greene, BS Ed ’74, worked her way up with Estée Lauder Cos., where she's now the global president of Clinique.

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Matter over mind

Researcher Vicki Conn says knowing the benefits of exercise isn't enough to change behaviors.

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That’s evolution for you

Steven Pinker, a Harvard psychology professor, author and one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, visited campus March 19 to speak at MU’s annual Life Sciences and Society Symposium.


Tigers, tees and top tens

The second annual John Anderson Celebrity Golf Invitational will raise money for Columbia's food bank and public schools July 10 and 11.

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Conducting and composing

By winning the 2011 Sinquefield Composition Prize, graduate student Patrick Clark got the rare opportunity to conduct a University Philharmonic performance of his own score.

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Hitting books and baseballs

Jenna Marston has found success on the softball and baseball fields and in the classroom as an industrial engineering honors student.


Serious award in comedy

Matt Fotis, a doctoral student in Mizzou’s Department of Theatre won the 2010-11 Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting for his recent work.

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Honoring past veterans, helping new ones

On Veterans Day 2010, the MU Veterans Center opened the doors in a more central location in Memorial Union with increased space and resources. The expanded office helps students throughout mid-Missouri, whether they plan to enroll at Mizzou or elsewhere.

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Enrollment bolsters budget

State support for higher education will decrease again in FY 2012. But administrators are optimistic that projected fall enrollment will ease MU's budget situation.

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One Mizzou campaign focuses on unity, respect

A student-led campaign called One Mizzou aims to help students, staff and faculty acknowledge their differences while maintaining respect.

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Bond gifts keep on giving

The newly established Christopher S. “Kit” Bond Distinguished Lecture Series will provide a forum for national and international experts to discuss economics, politics, science and national security at venues across Missouri.

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Honorary degrees given

The university has given 386 honorary degrees since 1892. Meet this year's honorees.

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'Bobmatic' teaching

Bob Flanagan, assistant teaching professor of religious studies, raises thought-provoking questions using his philosophy of "Bobma."

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Bringing 19th-century England to life

Elizabeth Chang, an assistant professor of English, was one of five MU faculty members to receive a 2011 Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in April.

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Boning up

Carol Ward, professor of pathology and anatomical science in the MU School of Medicine, is studying an ancient hominid's fossilized foot bone that is changing what we know about our ancestors.

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The Big ‘M’ gets new duds

To kick off the 2011 football season, Marching Mizzou will unveil a new uniform after about 20 years of a relatively unchanged look.

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Frankenstein goes to court

Law students and alumni used storylines from a literary classic to put Dr. Frankenstein on trial.

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A sweet challenge

Mizzou Cake Challenge drew 55 professional and amateur cake decorators, whose creations were judged by Food Network star Duff Goldman.

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Preserving African elephants

Amanda Prasuhn, 2011 Goldwater Scholar and biological sciences senior, hopes her research can save African elephants from extinction.

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In the not-too-distant future

Somewhere in time and space — from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. every Sunday on Columbia's KOPN — Tony Layson and Kyle Cook host the wacky program Mystery Science Radio 3000.

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Forensic accounting series focuses on fraud

Dawdy Speaker Series, started by Jay Dawdy, BS Acc ’89, introduces students to the forensic accounting field.

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Plush doggy dens

A student-designed dwelling for canines makes being “in the doghouse” a good thing.

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Rhea life

Rhea Taylor was nearly overlooked by every major softball program in the country. As the Tigers head into 2011 postseason play, head Coach Ehrin Earleywine and the Big 12 champions are glad they found their leadoff star.

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Letter jackets warm hearts

Varsity M, the Mizzou Alumni Association’s affinity group for athletes who have earned letters, is handing out letter jackets in style.

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New$ value

Advertising and subscriptions have paid for newspapers in the past, but with that model on the wane, what will fund journalism in the future?

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Millennials on media

Move over Generation X. The post-MTV generation has come of age. They are artists and advocates, entertainers and engineers — and they’re using media to achieve their dreams. Listen to these students talk about their current media projects and future careers.

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Sydney Pursel, 23

Kansas City, Mo.; senior; fine arts; multimedia artist

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Diamond Max Wheeler, 22

St. Louis, Mo; senior; interdisciplinary studies; visual effects expert

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Phylshawn Johnson, 28

Kansas City, Mo.; senior; music; multitasking musician

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Patrick Maltagliati, 20

Kirkwood, Mo.; sophomore; computer science; technology translator

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Ashley Price, 24

Kansas City, Mo.; master’s student; public health; public health advocate

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Evan Bush, 21

Keller, Texas; senior; magazine journalism; storyteller

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John Shealy, 22

Kansas City, Mo.; senior; psychology with a business minor; Hollywood bound

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News by the block

Adrian Holovaty, BJ ’01, created, which organizes news and useful data by the block in 16 cities.

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Sound bytes

Mizzou students, faculty and staff are studying how the media of the future will affect science, health care, film, architecture, education and more.

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KOMU then and now

Television looks a lot different now than when KOMU officially went on the air in 1954. But broadcast news training is still a staple of the station's operations.

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3-D walk-through

We all need a reality check now and then. With new technology in the College of Human Environmental Sciences, architectural studies students are getting virtual reality checks on their designs using 3-D software and big screens.

Localizing health news

The Health Communication Research Center is testing a program that makes localizing press releases more efficient.

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And the Oscar goes to …

Knowing how to produce and edit film is a useful tool for today's graduates. Mizzou students now have many options across campus for honing these skills.

Where film and journalism collide

At a December conference, film studies and journalism scholars will discuss the ethics and changing formats in documentaries and journalism.

Reaching women

Assistant Professor of Nursing Tina Bloom is researching a Web-based program to help women in abusive relationships develop safety plans.

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The digital age of art

A symposium planned for 2012 will explore how technology is affecting art, music, theater and art criticism.

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Scientists try out journalism

A fellowship program aims to help science undergraduates communicate with lay audiences.

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Happy to be Appy

Tyten Teegarden is an application developer for He recently won an Appy Award for his work on the news purveyor's iPad app.

Reading with your ears

Mizzou College of Education Professor Elizabeth Baker hosts a weekly podcast about literacy research for educators and graduate students.

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Imagine democracy

Spearheaded by business journalism Professor Randall Smith, Imagine Democracy is an ambitious Mizzou Advantage project that aims to educate viewers on the political process.

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iSocial studies

A new virtual reality program developed by MU College of Education professors is helping to improve the social skills of students with autism.

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The struggle for signal

Alumnus Richard Schneider started making TV antennas in his garage about a decade ago. Now his products are sold at major retailers and installed on millions of rooftops nationwide.

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Paper preservers

An April conference, sponsored by MU Libraries and the Reynolds Journalism Institute, discussed challenges and potential solutions in archiving digital news.

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The Times techie

As deputy editor of The New York Times’ interactive news technology division, Brian Hamman helps strengthen the organization's online and social media presence.

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Curlies unite!

Michelle Breyer wraps a multimillion-dollar website business around a community of curly haired women.

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Cuba libros

Part literature, part artistic creation and part assemblage, Ediciones Vigía books offer a unique medium for the written word.

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Illustrating medicine and science

Mark Miller, BFA ’82, of Kansas City, Mo., illustrates science.

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Riding retirement

Bob McCullough, MA ’72, has spent his retirement helping open an accessible theme park.

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Service above self

Ray Klinginsmith, BS BA ’59, JD ’65, of Kirksville, Mo., spent the past year touring the globe as president of Rotary International.

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Mystery and marriage

Susan Claridge, BS ’92, writes mystery and suspense novels that contain Mizzou references.

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Covering chaos

Rebecca Fox, BJ ’03, has been reporting on the revolution in Egypt while working on her master's in Cairo.

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Silver streak

Speed demon Donald Lewis, BS ME ’66, leads a group of 60-and-older cross-country motorcycle racers.

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What a doctor sees

As the youngest of 12 children growing up on a farm in Hayti, Mo., Thomas Cooper learned to work “from can to can’t.”

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House calls

Scott Mosby, BS BA ’75, is president of a custom homebuilding company and hosts a St. Louis radio show about remedies to household problems.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Crouching Tiger, hidden dogwood

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Jack Smith joins advertising hall of fame

Jack Smith, BA ’62, was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Fame March 30, 2011, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

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One Health, One Medicine

Questions surrounding the health of humans and animals often are the same, and MU has historic and emerging strengths where they converge. Stories from across campus show researchers at work looking out for your health.

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Arthritic joints, especially knees, hobble millions of Americans and cost billions in treatments that yield so-so results. No cure exists. Or does it?

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Dog's best friend

McDuff the Scottish terrier has bladder cancer. He is part of a Mizzou study which tests the human cancer-fighting drug Tavocept on dogs.

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Game changer

Fred vom Saal’s research led to a consumer rebellion against products made with the plastics additive bisphenol A. Now he wants government regulators to take a stand on toxic chemicals in everyday products.

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Curious about the cover?

Health comes in many shapes and sizes. MIZZOU magazine staff members compiled Publications file images to express their version of One Health, One Medicine. Here’s a closer look at some of the photos.

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Since opening in October 2008, MedZou, a student-run clinic, has provided free care for more than 400 uninsured Boone County residents.

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Innovative intellectuals

MU’s Biodesign and Innovation fellowship produces business-savvy inventors who are poised to improve medical care and spur economic development.

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One Health, One Medicine roundup

Short stories about Mizzou’s advances in health-related teaching, learning, research, economic development and clinical treatments.

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There's No Place Like CoMo

The MIZZOU magazine staff has assembled personal picks of Columbia's quintessential bits. We favored places and events that have been around awhile but broke that rule a few times, too.

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From foot to fountain

Karl Johnson, BS BA ’10, broke the world record for number of shoes placed heel to toe with donations to Shoeman on the MU campus.

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Passion for history shows

Award-winning teacher Jim Gregory, BA ’77, of Arroyo Grande, Calif., had his intellectual awakening at Mizzou.

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Full-circle scholarships

Back in 2003, Maggie Meyer was a bright student at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kan. She looked at three colleges.

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Distance Education

Yaowarat Matchim isn't just helping educate the next generation of Thailand’s nurses; she’s seeking out new methods for patient care.

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Goal: Earning a PhD

From Missouri, Nakeisha Ferguson went to the University of Texas at Austin, where she became one of the first 10 black students in the school’s history to earn a doctorate in advertising.

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Revitalizing Cambodia

Kol Pheng returned to Cambodia 13 years ago to help rehabilitate the country and to start a new university.

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Alumna publishes Eleanor Roosevelt book

In the mid-1950s, a woman’s role in the newsroom was limited, so Maurine Beasley pursued bachelor’s degrees in journalism as well as history, with an eye toward teaching — if she had to.


Growing their own food

Ann and Carl Korschgen find satisfaction in caring for a flock of chickens and growing their own fruits and vegetables.


Missouri, Mizzou honored by U.S. Navy

When historians recall the U.S.S. Missouri, most think of the battleship on which Japan unconditionally surrendered to the Allied Forces on Sept. 2, 1945, marking the end of World War II.

Clean your plate and the environment

When it comes to food waste in America, the numbers aren’t appetizing. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans throw away one fourth of all prepared food.

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Tiger athletes go global

Basketball players usually don’t want to be known for traveling. On the other hand, they might not mind the moniker “globetrotter.”

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Midwestern movie-makers

Before 8 a.m. on a random Wednesday, students on the Carnahan Quadrangle practice their dance moves — the Running Man, the Robot and “raisin’ the roof.”

It’s a banner year for fraternity academics

John Dean is not going to mince words: As a group, Mizzou’s fraternities turn in a grade point average (2.99) that’s below the overall campus average (3.043).

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Wabash Station celebrates 100 years

Hewn from the same Boone County limestone as the buildings on MU’s white campus, Wabash Station at 126 N. 10th St. looked as timeless as ever on its 100th birthday, July 16, 2010..

Wake up and smell the biofuel

Few things are as appealing as a hot cup of coffee in the morning. What’s not alluring are the messy, wet grounds remaining in the coffee maker.

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College Credit

Ask parents of college students how they feel about their children having credit cards on campus, and you might get a lukewarm response — at best.

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Coming home to True/False

For three enthusiastic days, fans crowd Ninth Street and Broadway, spilling out of local restaurants and hopping from venue to venue.

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Beetle Bailey delivers

Beetle Bailey’s days as the laziest man in the Army have come to an end. Don’t worry, the 60-year-old cartoon strip by Mort Walker, BA ’48, continues.

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Different experiences lead to medical school

To pay his way through Missouri State University, Lincoln Sheets worked the graveyard shift at a Springfield, Mo., nursing home.

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Transfer student finds housing at last minute

Adept at moving and maneuvering, Annemijn Koenen is a Belgium-born tennis player from Chicago who transferred from the University of Arkansas to Mizzou this fall semester.

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Skate and smashability

You won’t find names like “Amber Waves of Pain” and “Dixie McKill” in 18th-century British literature.

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Fulbrights in flight

Becoming a puppeteer and touring with a hard-core metal band are hardly considered stops on the traditional route to collegiate success.


Cornerstone provides design experience

Shawn Browning knew the campus lore of the Columns, but, like most students, she had no idea that another artifact survived the 1892 Academic Hall fire.


Setting the artful table

Yukari Kashihara embarked on a life-changing cultural education when she moved from her native Osaka, Japan, to the United States in 1993.

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An inside look at the Insight Bowl

Mizzou tackles Tempe with a record-breaking crowd.

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Rally the Tigers

Mizzou fans pack in by the hundreds to roar their approval before the Insight Bowl.


Ready for some Tuesday night Insight?

The Missouri Tigers (10-2, 6-2) will face the Iowa Hawkeyes (7-5, 4-4) in the 2010 Insight Bowl at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, in Tempe, Ariz.

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Thought for food

Have food on the brain? So does Mizzou. Here, researchers are thinking innovatively about the same food issues that perplex you daily.



Alumnus Eric Hoffman grass-feeds his 142 dairy cows by moving them from pasture to pasture.

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Hungry for knowledge

A lot of well-deserved ink gets spilled about scientific discoveries and technical innovations that faculty members conjure on campus. Alex Barker, who directs MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology, is a big fan of such revelations.

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Teyonna vs. calories

What Teyonna Ruppert misses most are pepperoni pizza rolls, white rice and chocolate. Before August 2010, she didn’t hesitate to eat these American staples.

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Healthy ice cream

Food researcher Ingolf Gruen and graduate student Ting-Ning Lin think adding fiber, probiotic bacteria and cancer-fighting antioxidants to creamy concoctions makes sense.

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Mizzou basketball 2010-11

The 2010–11 basketball preview is here, and the Tigers are already roaring and romping at Mizzou Arena.

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From the ground up

Like a determined rebounder cleaving through defenders to crash the backboard, newly hired Coach Robin Pingeton cuts right to the chase about the state of the women’s basketball program at Mizzou. “We are in a major rebuilding situation here,” she says.

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Sweet dreams

The story of junior Kim English camping out at Mizzou Arena has become folklore at the University of Missouri. Fans envision him shooting jump shots alone like a real-life Jimmy Chitwood, his swishes and shoe squeaks echoing in the cavernous space.

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For a reason

If you looked at John Gilbert’s life on paper a few years back, you might have thought he was going nowhere fast. Gilbert is a paraplegic from a poor, single-parent home in a tiny and economically troubled Missouri town.

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Mort tells all

Mort Walker, 87, creator of Beetle Bailey, spent Oct. 22, 2010, on campus helping dedicate the MU Student Center.



From avocado to orange zest, Mizzou has lots to talk about when it comes to food. Nibble on these factoids.

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Burkemper’s brew

Stu Burkemper started brewing in college. He wanted to save a little money and make a quality product. His interest grew, and after a summer internship with O’Fallon Brewery and training with the Siebel Institute of Technology and World Brewing Academy, Burkemper, BS Ag ’07, of Moscow Mills, Mo., landed a dream job.

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Wilkinson milkin’ some value for farmers

Ann Wilkinson began her career doing business planning and analysis for some of the biggest names in agriculture. After taking time off to start a family, Wilkinson, MA ’85, PhD ’89, founded Origin Farms of Kansas City, Mo., in 2001.

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Not-so-quiet retirement

For Don Mayse and Marylou Turner, retirement was supposed to be picturesque: Give up the busy real estate careers, move to a quiet farm, and live out the peaceful dream they had since they married.

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Extraordinary veterinarian

When Leon Russell was a boy, his dog contracted rabies. Russell, BS ’53, DVM ’56, was exposed and had to undergo the Pasteur treatment — 21 injections of a killed rabies virus vaccine into his abdomen. That incident led to his lifelong drive to study animals and prevent diseases that spread from them to humans.

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Ben there, done that

On May 1, 2010, Holden became director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Courts and Media
 at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Homecoming 2010: One to remember

Mizzou’s Homecoming 2010, themed “Tradition Set in Stone,” could not have been more momentous. The 99th Homecoming Week included beloved campus traditions such as the talent show, house decorations and parade.

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Going for golden

On any given day, the basement of Mizzou Arena is a dreary maze of hallways, covered in shades of gray. The walls are gray. The floors are gray. But for one weekend in April, a small corner of the building teems with color.


Homecoming special section

For many alumni, Homecoming prompts fond memories of campus festivities that go on for days before the big event. Check out our coverage of Homecoming 2010.

Blaine Gabbert

Leaner, meaner

Mizzou football has averaged nine wins per season since 2005, its most successful stretch in decades. The Tigers plan to find another gear in 2010.

Shane Hoffman

Shane comes back

Eight years ago in America’s high desert, amid the tumbleweeds and roadrunners, a lanky seventh-grade boy with an affinity for sports writing eschewed lunch hour for a date with destiny. He Googled the words “top journalism schools,” and a few clicks later, he was sold. In his mind, the 13-year-old was already a True Son.


Nerds' eye view

These faculty members are nerds and proud of it.

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On the job

In a time of unemployment, you might think it would be tough to find success, especially with a liberal arts degree in, say, philosophy, sociology or religious studies. Check out what these recent graduates are doing with their Mizzou education.


Capital idea

Venture capital moves great ideas from research labs to the open market. In the process, the world gets innovative products, new businesses hire skilled employees, and Mizzou nets royalties.

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Flying high

In 1944, Mary Burch Nirmaier graduated from the Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) program in Sweetwater, Texas, and became one of the first female pilots to fly for the U.S. Army Air Forces.


Walsh runs the world

Some track team somewhere should give James Walsh a varsity letter, if, for nothing else, his tenacity.

Bennie Martin

Mapping tomorrow

Although Bennie Martin majored in physics at Mizzou, he spent an early phase of his professional career as a cartographer.

Jane Zieha

Blue Bird Bistro

Jane Zieha remembers buying fresh milk from the University of Missouri dairy with her father, Eugene, an accounting professor at MU from 1964 to 1985. “I was raised eating fresh food from local farms,” says Zieha, BS BA ’76.


Restoration on the river

Driving on Highway 100, you could pass through the river town of New Haven, Mo., in about three minutes. To the layperson, it looks like many small Midwestern towns — a bank, some schools, a market and a smattering of residences. But it’s bigger — and more charming — than first impressions allow. For Ellen and Mark Zobrist, it’s home. It’s historic. And it needs to be preserved.

Toya Allen

Family business

Toya Allen, BS BA ’96, is busy at work with US Airways as director of human resources. She is busy at home, pulling off Saturdays full of swimming lessons, flag football games and team workouts. Heck, she is just plain busy.

Fishing Club

A Tiger fish story

The MU Bass Fishing Club is catching on because its members have been catching fish.


How friendships start

In fall 2009, when business major Korian Harrington joined the first class of the Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative, he wasn’t sure how things would work out.

Elina Tang

The long and winding road

Elina Tang is no fan of a straight path. Born in Wuhan, China, Tang traveled all the way to the U.S. to study molecular biology and microbiology at Tufts University. But after graduating, she decided to try marketing.


Expert in eldercare

Nursing faculty members Marilyn Rantz and Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher have written a new book about how to find good care for elders.

A bridge just right

Erik Loehr, associate professor of civil engineering at MU, is leading a project that could save millions a year on bridge construction in Missouri and serve as a model for other states.

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At their service

Working animals were on the receiving end of care in May when ophthalmologists from the College of Veterinary Medicine conducted complimentary eye exams for service and therapy dogs.

Alex Holley

Students donate food by swiping meal cards

Alex Holley had a light-bulb moment back in December 2008, and SWIPES was born.

Mary Margaret Bayer

Nurses-in-training run hospital simulations

One day Mary Margaret Bayer has a sprained wrist. The next day she is suffering from abdominal pain and depression. Another day she is a concerned mother, worried about her daughter’s mysterious rash.

Hydrogen Car

Little car, big mileage

With sustainability in mind, College of Engineering students had been designing, building and racing futuristic solar cars for more than a decade. Then in 2005, the solar car team looked at hydrogen, saw a fuel for the future and swapped sunlight for the big H.

Craig Kluever

Closing the gap

Whether the professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering is lecturing to students on a Monday morning or playing guitar for revelers on a Saturday night, Craig Kluever has great chops for closing the gap between him and his audiences.


Group finds effective ads

Hyejin Kim, a senior journalism major from Cheongju, South Korea, loves commercials. “I like all kinds of advertising,” Kim says. “I thought it would be great to learn how to create powerful advertising, instead of just watching it.”

Jesse Hall

Advantage Mizzou

After several years of planning, Mizzou Advantage was rolled out this spring with the announcement of an initial $900,ooo in funding for 26 proposals.

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New student center opens

Over time, Brady Commons — designed decades ago as a student recreation stop — had gotten packed to the point of bursting with restaurants, a bookstore and dozens of student organizations, not to mention the bowling alley in the basement. In 2005, students voted to expand the facility for modern wants and needs.

Rachel Waller

Count ’em: four Goldwaters

Biochemistry major Rachel Waller of St. Louis is one of four University of Missouri students who won the 2010 Goldwater Scholarship, an elite academic prize for science, mathematics and engineering students.

Joan Gabel

Business gets a new dean

Joan Gabel, incoming dean of the Trulaske College of Business, is the first to admit she has some big shoes to fill. “The announcement of the position opening was very big news in the business education community,” Gabel says. “There was quite the buzz. Outgoing dean Bruce Walker is nothing short of a legend, and my first priority will be building upon the success he has already achieved.”

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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.

Sarah Shire

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.

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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.

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Neal E. Boyd: Behind the scenes

See behind-the-scenes video of America's Got Talent winner Neal E. Boyd from the "Heartland star" photo shoots in his hometown of Sikeston, Mo.

Tim Burton

Down the rabbit hole

Photographer Leah Gallo makes her living on movie sets, capturing still images of the action as director Tim Burton’s visions — full of monsters and mishaps — become reality.

Neal Boyd

Heartland star

Singer Neal E. Boyd, BA ’01, won the 2008 America’s Got Talent competition on national television. The purse was $1 million and the opportunity to make his living as a singer.

Jon Hamm

Home-grown Hamm

In his role as Mad Men’s Don Draper, Jon Hamm — with chiseled good looks and acting prowess — earned a Golden Globe Award in 2008. But few fans know the accomplished actor got his start at Mizzou, where friends and faculty enjoyed his down-home demeanor.

Tiger Tales

A collection of Tiger tales

Mizzou alumni are a prolific crowd, turning out all manner of manuscripts for specialized and general audiences.


The next sound

A new initiative at the MU School of Music provides scholarships and other community support to aspiring composers.

Kathleen Turner

Speaking the mind of Molly

Kathleen Turner stars in alumna Peggy Engel’s Red-Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, a one-woman play about the controversial columnist.

Then and Now

Mizzou: Then & Now

With roughly 16.5 million square feet and an ever-changing landscape, your Mizzou memories probably include a number of perspectives unique to your time in Columbia.


Fixing smiles

The next time you're sitting in a dentist's chair staring up at the ceiling while someone goes to work on your teeth, consider yourself fortunate. Many have no dental care at all. But Jessica Monroe, BA '08, aims to change that.


3B goes bigtime

Ted Ayres, JD '72, argued a case before the Supreme Court of the United States.


At home in the wilderness

Whether at work protecting wildlife or at play hunting waterfowl, Kurt Kysar, BS Ag '75, is always enjoying Missouri’s great outdoors.


A multi-faceted gem

Elected president of the National Bar Association in August 2009, Mavis Thompson, BSN '79, JD '90, has traversed nursing, law, politics and volunteer work. But as a young girl, Thompson knew she wanted to teach.


Two paths of faith

Rabbis Ari Cartun, BA '70, and Eric Silver, BA '63, met at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. They now live on opposite coasts in California and Connecticut, but remain fast friends.


From battle to bench

Norbert Ehrenfreund, BJ '43, is an author, actor, lawyer and California Superior Court judge, and Bronze-star-decorated soldier.


Hollywood headliners

The University of Missouri rolled out the red carpet for its student athletes in star-studded-gala fashion May 3, 2010, at Mizzou Arena. View a slideshow of who showed up.

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A spring in their step

For the first time in three seasons, the sun warmed the fans, the players and the Faurot Field turf during the football Black and Gold game April 17.


Tigers' dance begins in upstate New York

Coach Mike Anderson's squad will square off against the seventh-seeded Clemson Tigers in the East region (Buffalo, N.Y.) of the NCAA Tournament.

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True/False a smash success in year seven

For fans of nonfiction film, the 2010 True/False Film Fest in Columbia was once again the genre’s premiere destination during a four-day weekend Feb. 25–28, 2010.

The budget picture for Mizzou? Bleak with a few bright spots

As the General Assembly puts together a state budget for next fiscal year, Missouri's public colleges and universities face a funding picture that would have been almost unthinkable a decade ago.


Filling his father's Nikes

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree when it comes to freshman guard Michael Dixon Jr., whose father, Michael Dixon Sr., holds the career assists record at San Jose (Calif.) State University.


Healing hand

Giulianne Krug, MA '03, assistant professor of occupational therapy in the School of Health Professions, is the only therapist within a hundred miles using a promising new therapeutic device called SaeboFlex, which may help speed recovery from strokes.


A new take on zombies

Anyone who has pulled an all-nighter for a final remembers the zombie-like feeling of trudging across the Quad. Now a new game of tag has hundreds of undead campus-dwellers feasting on the brains of fellow students.


Saving with energy audits

MU Extension's Human Environmental Sciences department offers help for homeowners seeking effective energy-saving solutions from reliable green builders. The first step of any home improvement plan involving energy efficiency upgrades is to have an energy audit.


His mission continues

Eric Greitens has been a senior fellow at MU's Truman School of Public Affairs since 2008, teaching a graduate-level course on public service, ethics and leadership. That's just the latest entry in this St. Louis native's overstuffed resume.

Tops in nursing research

Academic Analytics has ranked MU's Sinclair School of Nursing first for scholarly productivity among all public schools in the Association of American Universities.

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From art to anatomy

MU Libraries' Special Collections, Archives and Rare Books division will host an exhibit March 4-26 in Ellis Library Colonnade titled "Anatomical Illustration: Art Informing Science: 1543-1950." Preview the exhibit here.


Our beloved CoMo: Columbia's best

The MIZZOU magazine staff has assembled personal picks of Columbia's quintessential bits. We favored places and events that have been around awhile but broke that rule a few times, too.

Add Sheet

They're a new kind of MU Add-ition

You know them, but do you really know them? Since the early 1970s, eight to 12 people show up around campus once a week to distribute The Add Sheet, a booklet of local business advertisements and coupons.


Join the club

Hobbyist? Enthusiast? Buff? Students have fun and make friends in hundreds of clubs at Mizzou.


Cornerstone of history

The cornerstone of Academic Hall, Mizzou's first building, moves from exposed to protected.


If pizza be the food of love ...

For years, the fine folks at Shakespeare's Pizza have made us chuckle with their witty and seemingly arbitrary print advertisements. Written in the spirit of the irreverent restaurant, they often read like spontaneous creative writing assignments or Mad magazine excerpts. Here are a few our favorites from recent years.

David Spear

Artist about town

Hear David Spear reflect on his life as a full-time Columbia artist and MU graduate teaching assistant.

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Wright around the corner from campus

Tour a 1951 house designed by the firm of St. Louisan William Bernoudy, who apprenticed to architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It's a work of art that doubles as a dwelling.


Putting community in college

Evelyn Jorgenson, M Ed '87, PhD '96, is president of Moberly Area Community College.


Opening childhood's box

Connie Savitt Sandler, BJ '73, appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show after the show's producers learned of the memory boxes she created for her children.

Larry Zimmer

A voice from the west

Larry Zimmer, BJ '57, has spent more than 44 years as a radio broadcaster, mostly as the voice of the Colorado Buffaloes' football program.

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Sample Around the Columns

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Missouri Regional Life Sciences Summit planned for March 8-9 in Kansas City

The first-of-its kind Missouri Regional Life Sciences Summit will take place March 8-9, 2010, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The theme of the summit is "Animal to Human Health Collaborations: Regional Partnerships for Innovation."

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Mizzou makes 2010 recruiting class official

See the football Tigers' class of new recruits - ranked No. 21 in the nation - in action. National Signing Day was Feb. 3, 2010.


Border Showdown puck drops

In a sport known for its vicious collisions, rowdy crowds and high drama, is it any wonder fans turned out in droves to watch Kansas and Missouri¿s hockey clubs battle on the ice?


MU Athletics Hall of Fame unveils six new plaques

Four outstanding student athletes, one broadcasting pioneer and a championship baseball team have been selected for induction into the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.


Cooperating on climate change

MU geographers Mike Urban and Mark Cowell work together to predict and demonstrate how a few degrees of climate change will affect the United States by 2100. In December, they traveled to Copenhagen for the UN climate change summit.

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Navy sinks Tigers

An up-and-down football season came to a disappointing end for Mizzou as the Navy Midshipmen beat the Tigers 35-13 Dec. 31 at the 2009 Texas Bowl in Houston.


The beginning of an era

At the 76th Annual FedEx Orange Bowl Jan. 5, 2010, players from Georgia and Missouri will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1960 game. Relive those football Tiger glory years.

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Tigers earn Braggin' Rights for 2009

Missouri Tigers snap nine-game losing streak against Fighting Illini.


Mammograms: For young women, more may not be better

Julie Kapp, assistant professor of family and community medicine at MU, has found that, despite national recommendations, an estimated 29 percent of women younger than age 40 report already having had a mammogram.


Ressel to the rescue

The 118th gridiron meeting between the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas Nov. 28, 2009, was one of the most memorable games of the nation's second longest-running rivalry.


Tackling tuition

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and public university leaders join to keep education affordable.


MU veterans wage a new war

For three Mizzou students, renewable energy isn't just a sustainability issue, it's a national security issue. "I am a soldier, therefore I am an environmentalist," said Billy Froeschner of Columbia. Froeschner, Dan Sewell and Kevin Jones took that message to Washington on Sept. 10, 2009.


Solar roller

Team Missouri finished 11th at the 2009 Solar Decathlon on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Oct. 8-21, 2009. Missouri's house was the most visited house at the decathlon, with 21,313 visits. The competition saw a total of 305,000 total visits.


Mizzou Botanic Garden turns 10

View photos of the Mizzou Botanic Garden, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2009 and covers campus with 11 thematic gardens, three tree trails and seven special plant collections.


Six heads are better than one

The School of Accountancy has implemented a new teaching model in Acct 8401: Contemporary Issues in Professional Accounting, Audit & Tax Practice by having five alumni team-teach the course with a MU professor.


Professors hit the hardwood

MU instructors are accustomed to calling the shots behind a lecture-hall podium. But when basketball Coach Mike Anderson laces up and joins the professors who regularly shoot hoops on campus, it's his class that's in session.


Hoisting Stein

For Coach Cindy Stein and the Missouri women¿s basketball team, the goals for 2009-10 are straightforward and streamlined. "The expectations are to win, plain and simple," says Stein.

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Sneak peek at new Student Center's phase 2

The new design is all about Mizzou. Beetle Bailey takes up permanent residence in Mort's Lounge, The Shack is reincarnated and black and gold reigns.


Black and gold and diamonds

Read highlights of the Tigers men's basketball preseason, and check out the champions' new bling.


Rolling onward and upward

Biology major John Gilbert is an integral part of MU's burgeoning wheelchair basketball team. Gilbert won gold in Europe as part of the USA Under-23 team.


Tiger basketball 2009-10

Check out MIZZOU magazine's basketball preview for the 2009-10 season.


Jumping through hoops

Catch behind-the-scenes video of the basketball preview photo shoots, as the basketball Tigers redefine themselves while senior guard J.T. Tiller soars above the blacktop.



Coach A's signature style of play, The Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball, has gained national respect. With the system firmly in place, Anderson has stamped his ID on the Missouri basketball program.


Hogging the stage

Steve Kopcha, associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, graciously participated in three outrageous MIZZOU magazine photo shoots. View behind-the-scenes video of how the photos came to be.


Manifesto of an ad man

Steve Kopcha, a 30-year advertising executive turned MU journalism professor, feels his professional experience in the advertising arena was preparation for his teaching career. He shares an excerpt of and thoughts about his personal manifesto, "82 Things I Have Learned Since I Graduated From College," here.


A man of many words

Steve Kopcha, a 30-year advertising executive turned MU journalism professor, often says, "Good ads sell stuff." He would know - his did. Nine years out of the business (and into teaching), Kopcha, BJ '63, talks up a good many things - mostly learning, living and loving every minute. No doubt about it, the man has a way with words.


Sound design

Taylor, BFA '99, won a Grammy Award in 2007 for his design of Stadium Arcadium - a Red Hot Chili Peppers box set and the rock album of the year. Listen as he reveals the process behind his winning designs.


Seeing the forest for the trees

Building on historic and new strengths in teaching and research, MU defines key areas of competitiveness.


Less 'me,' more 'we'

Until recently, scientists thought trying to study spirituality was a hopeless case. But recent studies at Mizzou are mapping brain areas in play during spiritual experiences. In the process, they are helping bring spirituality into the mainstream of scholarly research study.


Of brothers and beats

Brothers Charles and Tony Iyoho may live in separate states, but they share a creative outlet in their 9-year-old hip-hop group Rhyme University.

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Making her mark in broadcasting

On Oct. 20, 2009, Linda Bell Blue, BJ '78, executive producer of Entertainment Tonight, was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.


Where is TJ?

Former Tiger basketball forward Tajudeen "TJ" Soyoye entertained fans at the Hearnes Center during two seasons spanning 1999 to 2001. Now, he's a family and community medicine resident at MU.


Surviving an attack

A sandstorm howled through Baghdad on June 28, 2009, as Lt. Col. Tim Karcher was en route to the third and final ceremony for the handover of power to Iraqi forces in Sadr City. He never made it.


A tip of the hat

Jennifer Ouellette, BS HES '94, creates hair bows, headbands and hats that now top the tresses of some of Hollywood's big names.


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.


New school year opens with energy

For the 15th year, the Mizzou Alumni Association fed thousands of students Tiger Stripe ice cream during Tiger Walk Aug. 23 on Francis Quadrangle. On opening day Aug. 24, total enrollment hit a new high.



Now that Missouri football has earned national respect, players are hungry for seconds. And thirds.


A new frame for aging

TigerPlace, a long-term care facility in Columbia designed by researchers at MU¿s School of Nursing, places sensors around residents' apartments as part of a series of studies measuring physical and cognitive decline.


Behind the scenes of "Spoon-fed"

MIZZOU magazine cameras rolled as senior offensive lineman Kurtis Gregory, defensive lineman Jaron Baston, junior tailback Derrick Washington and senior linebacker Sean Weatherspoon hammed it up in a breakfast-themed photo shoot for the MIZZOU Fall 2009 football preview.


We all fall down

Stunt actors help MU researchers develop sensors and software to detect falls.


New fight, same bite

Missouri Showme, the long-gone campus humor magazine, tackled the pageantry of Saturday afternoon Tiger football at Memorial Stadium. MIZZOU magazine brought one creation back to life in the Fall 2009 Homecoming Special Section.


Sitting in with Sundvold & Stipanovich

Mizzou basketball greats Jon Sundvold and Steve Stipanovich are Homecoming grand marshals in 2009. They sat down with MIZZOU magazine to talk over the sport they love.


John Adams: In his element

Students regularly give highest-level evaluations to chemistry Professor John Adams for his teaching, but few realize the extent of his dedication. In 2009, he received the University of Missouri President's Award for Teaching Excellence.


Research into all walks of life

Undergraduate research projects are a smart choice for five Mizzou students.


Bet the farm on it

Perk Hoecker, BS Ag '65, a retired bank vice president, has practiced no-till farming for the past 14 years.


A family tree of banking

Catherine Allen, BS HE '68, LHD '05, led a personal finance symposium at MU in April 2009. She advocates that the financial services sector return to the "basics of banking" through re-regulation. Her back-to-basics ideal just happens to be personal.


Must love hiking

An outdoor recreation manager at Evergreen Lodge in Stanislaus National Forest, Lesli Brown, BS '03, walked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2007 and fell in love with her hiking partner along the way.


Completing the picture

Trent Kendall, BA '90, wrote and performs the one-man musical comedy Picture Incomplete.


A cause close to home

Katie Long, 20, a junior in communications at MU, found out two years ago that she carries the gene for Huntington's disease. Now, she helps raise public awareness about the disease, which has no cure.


Congrats, new MU graduates

On May 16, 2009, Mizzou awarded 4,820 degrees to 4,378 graduates. See the breakdown of graduates by school and college.


Leap of legacy

Track Coach Rick McGuire created a two-day teachable moment by dedicating a track meet between Mizzou and University of Virginia to Thomas Jefferson.


Therapeutic pooch

Corey Hale graduated May 2009. Both he and his sidekick pup, therapy dog golden retriever Alma, are ready to embark on a career in rehabilitation.


A lesson in history's closet

MU textile and apparel management students arranged exhibits for History's Closet, an exclusive viewing and fundraising event for the College of Human Environmental Sciences.


Roots and blues revival

English Professor Anand Prahlad took a 16-year hiatus from playing music while his studies occupied his time, until one of his students convinced him to resume his relationship with the guitar.


Energy competition pits dorms against each other

Residents of three MU residence halls competed in MU's first ever Building Dashboard Competition, which encourages students to reduce their energy use on campus.


Defense rules Black and Gold game

The gold jerseys on defense dominated the annual inter-squad game 68-40 on April 18 to end the spring practice season.


Missouri's finest fiddlers

Howard Marshall, an expert in the traditional musical culture of Missouri, recently re-released a book and CDs tracing the history of old-time fiddling in the Show-Me State.


Music videos the old-fashioned way

Alumnus Jeronimo Nisa, growing up in Spain, fell in love with the sound of the banjo at a young age. At MU, his appreciation for the instrument translated into a thesis project on traditional Missouri fiddle music.


Note to self: Go to college

Adam Higgins is one of nine MU graduates serving in the Missouri College Advising Corps. At Van Horn High School in Independence, Mo., he embraces the task of guiding people toward a brighter future.


EMR stat

Although national political debates paint electronic records as the wave of the very near future, at the University of Missouri, the world of EMRs is now.

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Guiding lights toward college heights

The Missouri College Advising Corps sends fresh Mizzou graduates to low-income high schools and community colleges statewide to help young students through the college admissions or transfer process.


Where are they now

Catch up on the happenings of football star Terry McMillan, Journ '70, Tiger quarterback from 1968-70.


Getting a leg up

An MU veterinarian has invented a device that could become part of standard care in the multibillion-dollar equine industry. The device helps diagnose subtle injuries that are hard to pinpoint. Along the way, he bruised a few egos (human ones) and jumped more than a few fences.

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A flood of support

In June 2008, Tamara Glise, interim library director for Iowa's Cedar Rapids Public Library, started moving precious library material from the main floor of the 24-year-old building to the upper levels and top shelves as Cedar River floodwaters reached the city.

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Giving for gardening

As the founder of Real Estate Management Inc. in Columbia, Mark Stevenson donates vacant plots of land to the local Community Garden Coalition.


On cue for tricks

Alumnus Charles Darling, aka "Spitball Charlie," is an entertainer in trick-shot billiards. See video of how he earned the nickname.


Voluntary simplicity draws national attention

Having more with less appeals to Americans coast-to-coast.

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For child health, a new face and façade

In January, the Department of Child Health announced that it plans to consolidate its child health services at Columbia Regional Hospital, celebrated Ted Groshong's retirement as department chair, and hired Timothy Fete as his replacement.


Tigers tumbling forward

As the Missouri gymnastics team prepared for its 2009 campaign, 10th-year coach Rob Drass believed the Tigers were better than their preseason No. 19 ranking.


New system allows students to track energy use

Building Dashboard, an interdisciplinary project that couples energy-measuring devices in MU residence halls with software, displays students¿ electrical consumption in real time.


Making Mizzou 'veteran-friendly'

Mizzou faculty, staff and students can face big challenges when they¿re called up for military service or when they return to campus after a tour of duty. The new MU Veterans Center will ease the transition.


In the top 10, again

Columbia made it on Outside magazine's "Best Towns 2008" list.


New, renovated dorms near completion

The Mid-Campus/Defoe-Graham Project construction site, south of the former Rothwell Gymnasium, includes the construction of three new residence halls and the redesign of Defoe and Graham halls. Both buildings will be completely renovated.


Teaching Latin before school

MU senior Stephanie Sanchez teaches Latin to Grant Elementary School students before school.


A superman of chemistry

For his 65th birthday, Jerry Atwood was honored on the May 2008 cover of the New Journal of Chemistry. He has written more than 640 chemistry publications.


MU joins in new research park

The city of Blue Springs, Mo., is developing the Missouri Innovation Park, a 500-acre science and business park south of Interstate 70. MU is the project's anchor tenant.


RecycleMania hits campus

For 10 weeks early this year, Mizzou is competing in RecycleMania, a national intercollegiate competition to increase recycling awareness.


Missourian cuts back print

The Columbia Missourian stopped producing its Saturday and Monday print editions in February 2009 to save the university about $350,000 a year.


Required presidential reading

Professor John Bullion's book about Lyndon B. Johnson is required reading for Texas State University¿San Marcos students.


Building on a billion

Mizzou reaches the rarefied ranks of public universities that have raised $1 billion.


An inside look at Sustain Mizzou

Junior Patrick Margherio, president of Sustain Mizzou, has been a member of the organization since his freshman year. He shares with readers thoughts on his participation.


Change you can sustain

The student organization Sustain Mizzou promotes sustainability on campus, but also has a few suggestions for how alumni can make eco-friendly changes at home and on visits to Columbia.


Jill & Bill: Having more with less

Jill Lucht and Bill McKelvey, two MU research associates, reduce, reuse and recycle their way to happiness.


Getting dirty with cafeteria leftovers

As part of Sustain Mizzou's new environmental studies class on composting, teaching assistant Adam Saunders and a team of students regularly get their hands dirty.


The producers

Students in Mizzou¿s sustainable agriculture program dig into a dream that provides experience for them and food for the poor.

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Trust in the wind

MU law graduate Tom Carnahan sees opportunity, sustainability and prosperity blowing in the wind.


Cultivating culture

Kate Wiehagen Leonard is one of about 6,500 government employees who travel the world as Foreign Service officers for the U.S. Department of State.


Second-chance solutions

A former football defensive back for Mizzou, Kevin Potter now offers second chances by providing employment opportunities.


The fine art of giving

Susan Lordi Marker invented and designs Willow Tree figurative sculptures.


Thanks to the mainframe

After breaking his neck in 1964, Robert Prondzinski became a student at MU. He went on to a career in information technology.


Alumnus walks the walk

Larry Burgheimer doesn't just live life. He walks it.


University Bookstore has a new location

As part of the new Student Center construction, University Bookstore and other services in Brady Commons moved to a new location.


Show-me State Games comes to campus

The Show-me State Games is a year-round multisport program for Missouri amateur athletes. On Feb. 6¿8, 2009, fourth- through eighth-grade boys and girls from across the state descended on the Mizzou Student Recreation Complex to compete in the Hoopin¿ It Up basketball tournament.


Picture slideshow: Next Stop: San Antonio

Tigers bound for the Alamo Bowl


Picture slideshow: Thrills and chills

KU beats MU in final seconds of 2008 Border War.


Web exclusive: A vision for a better Mizzou

The For All We Call Mizzou campaign reached its $1 billion goal on Nov.7, 2008, almost two months early. The campaign ends Dec. 31, 2008.

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Web exclusive: MU celebrates 100 years of AAU membership

It was a tall order, but Chancellor Brady Deaton and several distinguished speakers did their best to condense 100 years of MU's academic excellence into an hour-long celebration.


On the way to the White House

Sen. Barack Obama visited Mizzou Oct. 30, 2008, during the last week of his presidential campaign.


Homecoming hullabaloo

Putting on the Homecoming show takes lots of planning and long hours of pomping decs, constructing and painting floats, rehearsing skits and more. See the results of all that work.


And the winner is: Neal E. Boyd

America thinks Neal E. Boyd's got talent! As a winner of a popular television contest, Neal E. Boyd beat out 200,000 other performers.


Meet more Truman Scholars

The Truman Scholarship supports college juniors who are exceptional leaders and want careers in the public or nonprofit sectors. Two Mizzou students received scholarships in 2008. They join two other pairs of past MU Truman Scholars.


Top athlete, top scholar

MU is ranked No. 1 nationally among BCS institutions in terms of student athlete academic performance, as evidenced by quarterback Chase Daniel¿s eligibility for the Draddy Trophy, or so-called academic Heisman.


From inner city to higher ed

Jay "B.J." Spann gets a chance at college, thanks in part to an MU Extension 4-H Youth Development program in St. Louis.


Help MIZZOU tell the $1 billion story

The For All We Call Mizzou campaign reached its $1 billion goal on Nov. 7, 2008, almost two months early, thanks to the generosity of many donors. Tell us why you give to MU.


Not so hot off the press

Alumnus Clark Secrest shares with MIZZOU readers his collection of press badges. It is not commonly known that press credentials used to be made of metal, similar to badges used by police officers.

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A kettle of Kuhlman memories

Coverage in MIZZOU magazine prompted many readers to send their memories of former Econ 51 professor John Kuhlman. If you haven't yet shared your Econ 51 experience, feel free to do so here.


A day in the life of MU freshmen

Enrollment is up at the University of Missouri, thanks to a record freshman class and the highest total enrollment ¿ 30,200 students ¿ ever recorded. See what life is like for new members of the MU student body.


How to move a moose

Jeff Browning is an ultra-marathon runner. He compete in races up to 100 miles long over mountain trails that few people would brave on horseback, much less on foot, much less in a race.


Pay it forward, and forward, and forward

While business alumnus Charles Stucke was struggling to finance his education, a scholarship from Chad Smith helped pull him through. Now, graduate student John Lothman has received a scholarship established by Stucke, who hopes his example will start a chain of giving.


A new breed of nurse

Fifty years ago, Margaret Hart was part of the first nursing class to take its clinical training in the then-new medical center.


An icon of econ

Professor John Kuhlman, who taught Econ 51 at MU, now teaches English as a second language in Asheville, N.C..


Web exclusive: Mizzou graduates participate in the Olympics

Christian Cantwell and Ben Askren represent Mizzou on the world stage.


Web exclusive: Growing victories

Don Holst Resurrected a line of Olympic bur oak trees that was brought back from the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.


Web extra: I scream, you scream

Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Tiger Stripe ice cream is made.


Audio slideshow: A fresh(man) look at campus

Let a Summer Welcome tour guide Ashley McDonald reintroduce you to Mizzou.


Web exclusive: The science guys

Three MU students earned 2008 Goldwater Scholarships. Created in 1986, the scholarship program's mission is to provide a continuous flow of qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers. It is awarded to roughly 300 students nationally a year.


Web exclusive: Honoring excellence

In April 2008, Chancellor Brady J. Deaton and Jim Schatz, chairman of Commerce Bank in Columbia, surprised five faculty members in their classrooms to award them with a William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.


Web exclusive: Looking inside the brain

The university's new functional magnetic resonance imaging machine (fMRI) allows researchers to see brains in action.


High hopes for nursing

Judith Miller, MU's new dean of nursing as of Aug. 1, comes to MU from Marquette University, where she joined the faculty in 1971.


A museum all about you

A new venue, the YouZeum, offers a high-tech, interactive take on the human body. It opened May 1 at 608 E. Cherry St. in downtown Columbia.


Readying campus for a record incoming class

Planners all over campus have been hard at work rethinking class schedules, booking more class sections, hiring more faculty, arranging more accommodations, and just generally scrambling to ensure students get the best the university has to offer.


Campaign nears goal

Donations of $160.5 million made the 2007-08 fiscal year a record breaker for Mizzou.


Prep the polls

MU's Truman School of Public Affairs received a grant to help Boone County, Mo., recruit a new, technology-savvy generation of poll workers for the 2008 elections.


Take a look at the J-School's new digs

As the world-famous School of Journalism turns 100, the Reynolds Journalism Institute gets off the ground.


A river of spirit

Former Tiger football player leads a river trip to the season opener.


The grass is greener

Using push mowers and grass shears to care for Columbia lawns, MU student Cia Johnson and husband Robert founded an eco-friendly enterprise.


Blast from the past

Historic images, cartoons and covers capture the long-time Tiger traditions of football and fun.


Sports speak

Coach Gary Pinkel gave MIZZOU magazine a few minutes for a Tigers football Q&A.


On common ground

Planners keep student needs and MU traditions in mind as Brady Commons undergoes major renovations.


CEO funds county scholarship

Mark McAndrew of McKinney, Texas, endowed the Jack and Ladene McAndrew Flagship Scholarship in honor of his parents, who did not have the opportunity to attend college.


A track record of learning

Roberta McWoods works as a literacy specialist at North Glendale Elementary School in Kirkwood, Mo., teaching reading skills to children who need help learning to read or who have learning disabilities.


Land of opportunity

English-born McKeown was 29 years old and studying religious education at Cambridge University when "it dawned on him slowly" that he wanted to be a doctor.


The marriage quiz

Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz are called "the marriage doctors" for their dedication to helping married couples stay happily married.


Web exclusive: Vocal virtuosity

Mizzou-trained tenor makes television debut


Web exclusive: Family celebrates three generations

Carrie Hoelscher receives a degree in accountancy, following in the footsteps of her grandfather, William A. Donelson. Her parents also graduated from Mizzou.


Painting the town

Seeing campus from the air changed the way local artist David Spear views landscapes.


Honoring historic homes

Half of this year's most notable historic properties have ties to current or past MU faculty,



An internship at Build-A-Bear gave senior Jessica Haar the chance to apply schoolwork to real life.


Mark Twain ponders his fellow creatures

A new book about Mark Twain explores the author's thinking on human nature.

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A long road to a college degree

Donald C. Krechel wanted to finish his college degree but two wars, marriage and parenthood got in the way.


At home on Francis Quadrangle

The Deatons open their home — the Residence on Francis Quadrangle — to guests in an effort to preserve and share the rich history of this MU landmark.

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Oracle of Omaha rubs elbows with students

MU students delight in meeting Warren Buffett face to face.


Planting passion

Chris Pires, a rising star in life sciences research, gets down and dirty with broccoli and brussels sprouts and inspires the next generation of scientists.

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Century-old photos

John Evvard's photos from his student days at Mizzou found their way home.


Bound for Beijing

J-School students will cover the Olympic games Aug. 6-24.


Chronicling Missouri's method

"I liken it to the Constitution," author Steve Weinberg says of first Dean Walter Williams' hands-on method for the School of Journalism. "It may be somewhat dated, but it hasn't needed a lot of conventions to amend it."


Out of comfort zone

Photojournalist Robin Hoecker, a Fulbright Beginning Professional Journalism Award winner, spreads cultural diversity through pictures and words.


Spinal solution

Working from a machine shop in his Boonville, Mo., garage, Ferris Pfeiffer, BS ME '03, MS '04, PhD '07, uses computers to help doctors relieve their patients' back pain.


Charlotte lands on her feet

"I am someone who didn't thrive in ordinary working environments," says Charlotte Overby, MA '92. She landed her dream job in Ventura, Calif., several years ago.


Straight from the horse's mouth

Curt Coffman, DVM '93, is one of just 95 board-certified veterinary dentists in the world. He practices in Scottsdale, Ariz.


Back to the future

At a Nov. 29, 2007, meeting in Kansas City, Mo., the University of Missouri System Board of Curators recognized MU's historical significance to the state when it voted to allow MU to identify itself simply as the University of Missouri.


New system president forsees growth

The University of Missouri System welcomed its 22nd president Dec. 20, 2007.

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Business gets a new name

In honor of a series of gifts over the past decade from one of its star graduates, the College of Business now calls itself the Robert J. Trulaske Sr. College of Business.

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On the road for FFA

Joining FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) as a freshman in high school opened the world to Zach Kinne.


Taking care of graduating

Brad Pitt is Mizzou's most famous dropout, but if Ruth Wright has anything to do with it, he - and thousands like him - will graduate.

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Studying a broad topic

America is facing a big problem, says Chris Hardin, a professor in the Department of Medical Pharmacology and Physiology.

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A pleasant plasma

Dentistry has come a long way since ancient Egyptians applied olive oil, dates, onions, beans and green lead to soothe throbbing teeth.

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Larger than life

Over the past 30 years, sculptor Sabra Tull Meyer has created more than her share of larger-than-life bronze figures and sold them to art lovers all over the country.

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Skeet shooter sets her sights on global adventures

World-class skeet shooter Haley Dunn hopes to travel to Beijing in August as part of the U.S. Olympic team.

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Soccer standout snags Big 12 honor

As a new soccer recruit, Alysha Bonnick arrived at Mizzou thinking that she wouldn't even get to play.


Training takes off

For David Fisher, ROTC is more than a means to an end. "Once I started doing it, I enjoyed it," he says. "It's the lifestyle I want to live."


Showme’s legacy

The talented crop of students that ran the magazine year after year were serious about creating a funny magazine, and serious about gaining the professional experience that would help them move on with their lives.


When hot type was high-tech

In our era of desktop computing, it's hard to remember the days when we first got into our high-tech way of doing things.

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News anchor also produces documentaries

KSDK-TV news anchor Art Holliday, MA '76, follows an interest in documentary filmmaking.

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A piano man's tribute

Carl Bolte Jr.'s passion for life, love, and, yes, even the Mizzou Tigers, resonates in his vast repertoire of songs.

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Field hockey returns

Launching a field hockey team may sound like a new idea, but MU's players have actually revived a sport that was popular at Mizzou in 1912.

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Ironclad focus

He studies, and he trains. Period.

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Reclaiming the name

What's in a name? The recognition of Mizzou's unique role as Missouri's public flagship university, says Chancellor Brady Deaton.

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Common threads

Stitching almost seems secondary during the sewing circle at TigerPlace, a 33-unit retirement community in Columbia affiliated with MU's Sinclair School of Nursing.

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Elbows off the table

Anyone who has ever interviewed for a job over lunch appreciates the importance of proper table manners.

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Professor looks at label debate

Fat grams, allergy warnings, serving sizes, bar codes, kosher certification: Considering the fine print that already covers food packages, should labels also disclose whether foods include genetically modified (GM) ingredients?

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The science of libraries

Denice Adkins wanted to study abroad in college but felt she couldn't afford it. Now, the Fulbright Scholar Program will make her dream of living overseas possible.

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Patients as teachers

"Sometimes we think when students leave medical school, they've left their teachers behind," says Elizabeth Garrett, professor of family and community medicine. "But in fact, they'll be surrounded by teachers their whole life."

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Mizzou makes a statement

The Missouri Tigers dominate the Arkansas Razorbacks and delight the 35,000 faithful at the Cotton Bowl.

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Postcard dates to 1907

Century-old postcard packed with Mizzou spirit.


The roar remains the same

Tiger fans take a tough loss but celebrate a historic season.


Hungry for a win

Despite freezing temperatures, Tigers experience toasty roast of archrival Jayhawks.

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Discover new public art

Mizzou's new Bond Life Sciences Center is now home to an even newer piece of art that spans the building's five-story Alvin E. (Al) and Mary Agnes McQuinn Atrium.

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Art imitating research

New architectural art in the Bond Life Sciences Center renders collaboration in aluminum, steel and acrylic.

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Making aquatic acquaintances

MU entomologist Bob Sites escorted a group of MU undergraduates on a study trip to Thailand Dec. 27, 2006, through Jan. 17, 2007.

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What's so funny?

It's your turn to come up with a gag line.

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In his own words

MIZZOU Photographer Rob Hill discusses some of his favorite images from Mizzou Today, a new book published by the University of Missouri Press.

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MIZZOU photographer Rob Hill's work is featured in a new book, Mizzou Today. Hill thinks of MU in terms of a visual story: scientists doing research, faculty sharing knowledge, athletes in competition. "The underlying spirit of exploration, learning and knowledge is a fascinating photographic palette with which to work," he says.

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Sociable work

Paula Sydnor Hubbard's former classmates might be surprised to find out the diminutive social work student who took a domestic violence shelter internship wound up in a top position at one of the world's largest oil companies.

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Mining time

When Brad Belk came to Mizzou in 1973, he was a directionless kid. A friend advised him to take art history courses so he could sleep during the slide shows.

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Travel is therapeutic

Although Penny Moyers is an occupational therapist (OT), a traditionally hospital-bound profession, she has always liked fieldwork -- even if it got her into a little trouble now and then.

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An uncivil war

What started as an intriguing question about family history turned into almost a decade of detective work by Donald Allendorf.

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A delicious career path

In a magazine-writing class, Sarah Copeland got a tasty assignment: Profile a professor moonlighting as a pastry chef at Cherry Street Wine Cellar.

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The way it was

When I came to college in Columbia in September 1938, I was all of 16. On the first Saturday morning of the term, freshmen had to appear at Memorial Stadium to whitewash the big stone M at the north end of the field.

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Web exclusive: Help for healthy eating

Melinda Hemmelgarn is passionate about helping children make healthy food choices.

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High-tech LEGOs

It's more than just snapping plastic blocks together.

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Prepare, don't panic

Media chatter about bird flu has slowed, but it's still a legitimate global threat.

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Mapping Missouri's past

Sometimes a map can convey information in ways that words and numbers can't, says Walter Schroeder, associate professor emeritus of geography.


Web exclusive: Freshman 5,000

Freshman Mike Guinn got some assistance from his parents and Mizzou staff as he moved his essentials of college life into the Gillett Hall dorm room.

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Web exclusive: Worming his way into medicine

Jordan Marshall plans to be a doctor, but for now, he's happy to be a worm curator.

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Professor heads to war

A finance professor who urges his students to seek work experience through internships and travel has gone to extremes for his own work in the field.

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MU attempts to compete

Faced with critical financial needs, campus leaders have drawn up a three-year plan — called Compete Missouri — that by July 2008 will raise $7 million a year through cost savings, new revenues and by not filling many vacant job positions.

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Building honors pioneering professor

The General Classroom Building (GCB) was dedicated as Strickland Hall Oct. 19 to honor Arvarh Strickland.

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Web exclusive: The sound of cancer

An MU scientist has developed a method for measuring deadly skin cancer using lasers that can detect a mere 10 melanoma cells in a blood sample.


Web exclusive: Expert encourages water conservation

Missourians need to take water conservation seriously now — before water shortages become a serious problem.

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Scraping to scrap

MU's water polo club team has to scrape together the cash to play a scrappy sport.

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Blues and BBQ

To celebrate its 150th anniversary, Boone County National Bank is hosting a downtown Columbia birthday bash.

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Building journalism's future

As the School of Journalism anticipates its centennial in 2008, its future looks bright with a new building, new programs and updated curricula. But the field of public affairs journalism itself has hit on hard times.

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Mastering the Missouri method

From the very first day it opened, Mizzou's School of Journalism has published a daily newspaper edited by faculty members and staffed by student reporters.

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Journalist's creed

I believe in the profession of journalism.

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The purpose of journalism

In the following excerpt from the introduction to What Good Is Journalism? How Reporters and Editors Are Saving America’s Way of Life(University of Missouri Press, 2007), editors George Kennedy and Daryl Moen articulate the roles of journalism in a democracy.


Football Gallery

It is Homecoming week once again and the 15th-ranked Tigers (5-1 overall, 1-1 in Big 12 action) are preparing for their showdown against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

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Beauty battles the beast of diabetes

Miss Missouri 2006 Sarah French champions diabetes prevention for children. Meanwhile, MU researchers see exercise as the closest thing to a magic bullet.

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The quiet crisis

The number of Americans with type 2 diabetes swelled by 80 percent over the past decade, threatening to lower the average life expectancy for the first time in more than a century. MU doctors and researchers are attacking the problem from several angles, hoping to reverse the trend.

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A super-sized struggle

One can't talk about type 2 diabetes without talking about Americans' struggle with the scale.

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Not limited by diabetes

Camp Hickory Hill, a wooded 77-acre spread five miles northwest of Columbia, contains both a cave with nesting bats and a building called the “Blood Shed.” But the facility is not a training ground for budding vampires. It’s a summer camp where diabetic children can be safe while fishing, hiking and playing games.

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Detail man

Tiger equipment manager Don Barnes organizes MU football gear in custom-built GearBoss modular storage units. The carts roll right into a 48-foot tractor-trailer. Barnes’ department provides for Mizzou's 20 intercollegiate sports, handling everything from golf balls to leotards.

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"Roger the Dodger" returns

As a Mizzou student during the 1960s, Roger Wehrli knew all about the great campus party every fall called Homecoming. But as a football star, Wehrli toiled while others partied.

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Monkey business

Letitia Walker didn't realize she was starting a sock monkey enterprise when she gave one of the collectibles to Whitney Shroyer for Valentine's Day 1997.

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The Tiger tail that binds

Since graduating from Mizzou, Titus Blackmon has bounced around the country in various positions with State Farm Insurance. But it wasn't long before he missed MU.


Advocating for children

Michelle Watson is responsible for 27 children. They don't live with her, but she does help determine where they call home.

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Grad grabs a Grammy

In high school when he idolized the Red Hot Chili Peppers band, Matt Taylor never dreamed he would be helping them create an album cover.

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A career in full flower

Bill Ruppert has a mission. "I was born to plant flowers," he says unabashedly.

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Behind-the-scenes editor

Merrill Perlman is one of the most important editors at The New York Times.

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Well-suited for business

Elaine Stoltz helps Texans figure out what to wear.

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From prisoner to prominence

Robert Naka was rounded up with his parents and more than 120,000 other Americans of Japanese descent to be imprisoned in camps for the duration of World War II.