University of Missouri

Heartland Health Monitor
4:04 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

MU Health Care To Stop Hiring Nicotine Users

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One of Missouri's largest employers will no longer hire nicotine users.

As of January 1, 2015, MU Health Care, the five-hospital University of Missouri health system based in Columbia, Mo., said it won't offer jobs to people who smoke cigarettes, cigars or pipes, chew tobacco or "vape" electronic cigarettes.

The health system made the announcement Thursday to coincide with the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout holiday.

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6:07 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Missouri Curators Approve Tougher Sexual Discrimination Rules

Meeting on the UMKC campus, university curators approved tougher rules governing sexual discrimination.
Credit Laura Ziegler / KCUR

The University of Missouri Board of Curators unanimously ratified changes in rules governing sexual assault and discrimination Thursday.

The changes come from an executive order put forward last week by University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe aimed at toughening university responses to Title IX violations.

Wolfe told the curators he pledged at the beginning of the year to invest in making Missouri campuses safe and secure for students, faculty and staff.

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Central Standard
3:02 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Sexual Assault On College Campuses: A Look At Kansas And Missouri University Policies

A recent sexual assault controversy has shaken the campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
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California just passed a law establishing "yes means yes" as the statewide standard for consent, and President Obama recently issued a message to the nation calling assault on campus "an affront to our basic humanity." In the wake of some controversial local cases, where do local universities stand on this issue, and what are students saying?


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1:19 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

University Of Missouri System Expected To Change Sexual Misconduct Policy

The University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.
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Later this week, the University of Missouri Board of Curators will vote on a plan to change the way sexual assault and harassment complaints are handled.

But some faculty members say the process is moving forward a little too quickly.

University of Missouri system President Tim Wolfe is proposing a change that would require schools to investigate sexual harassment or discrimination cases within 60 days.

The proposal before the curators also would widen which employees must report harassment to the administration and change the hearing process.

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Central Standard
2:43 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Constructing A Sustainable Toilet

Bill Jacoby watches as research assistant Nick Wilkinson takes a sample of the toilet system's water output.
Credit Jessica Salmond / University of Missouri

Professors from the University of Missouri and Duke University have been working to design self-sustaining toilets.  While this may not seem like a need in counties with developed sewer system, in places without sewer networks dealing with human waste can be a serious health problem. According to the World Health Organization, 2.4 billion people do not have access to any type of improved sanitation facility and roughly 2 million people die every year due to diarrhoeal diseases, most of them younger than 5 years old.

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5:28 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Kim Anderson Will Be Head Coach Of Mizzou Men's Basketball Team

Kim Anderson will be the new head men's basketball coach at the University of Missouri, the university announced in a release Monday.

After 12 years as the head coach at University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Kim Anderson's wife, felt the Division II national title this year was the crowning moment for her husband.

"It's nice to be rewarded for hard work, so yeah, absolutely," said Melissa Anderson. "I'm sure anybody would feel like that."

Little did she know that his dream job would be just around the corner: head coach of the Missouri Tigers.

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Cops & Crime
5:36 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Suspect In University Arsons Will Go To Prison

A man from Columbia, Mo., is going to federal prison for six and a half years for setting fires at University of Missouri’s main library and at Stephens College.

The penalty includes $600,000 in restitution.

At least seven fires were set in Ellis Library in September 2011. Computers and security cameras and windows were shattered with a pipe. Damage and cleanup was worth roughly $1.5 million.

Christopher Curtis Kelley, 27, also damaged the repository of Missouri State Historical Society housed in the same building.

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10:28 am
Fri December 7, 2012

University of Missouri Proposes 2% Tuition Increase

Columns in front of Jesse Hall at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Students on the four campuses of the University of Missouri system are facing another two percent increase in tuition next year. The proposed increase part of the preliminary budget presented to the Board of Curators and is similar to those of each of the last five years.   

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2:36 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Funding Cuts Could Impact UM System

The seal of the University of Missouri.

Sequestration, or the automatic across-the-board funding cuts set to kick in nationwide at the beginning of 2013, will tally nearly $110 billion in cuts over the next nine years.

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9:10 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Mizzou Plans For Stadium Expansion With Money From Kansas City Group

Faurot Field at the University of Missouri's Memorial Stadium.
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The University of Missouri in Columbia is set for a $102 million upgrade to its football stadium and other athletic facilities. 

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Up to Date
10:02 am
Mon May 14, 2012

The University Of Kansas (City)?

UMKC is considering a name change to what it was back in the day. The university was founded in 1929 with the name The University of Kansas City. 

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12:14 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

MU Professor Discovers Animal-Shaped Mounds In Peru

A mound shaped like a duck as seen on Google Earth.
University of Missouri / Googe Earth Pro

These days, you can use the internet to do some pretty amazing stuff. You can watch from a huge selection of movies or read one of millions of books. You can video-chat with someone on the other side of the world.

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End Of The "Border War"
4:23 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Will The Tiger Lie Down With The Jayhawk?

On Saturday, February 25, 2012, a more than 100 year-old tradition will come to an end. It's a competition that some say has roots in the Civil War era. 

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3:08 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Fewer Jobs Likely To Follow Missouri Education Cuts

University of Missouri Curators' Interim President Stephen Owens speaks of budget woes with reporters in Kansas City.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

The word “inevitable” is being teamed with “job losses” if the University of Missouri system is unable to work its way out of a twelve-and-a-half percent cut in state funding for higher education in 2013.

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7:29 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Timothy Wolfe will take over as University of Missouri System President February 15, 2012.
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  • Timothy Wolfe Named New University of Missouri President
  • Environmentalists Seek To Protect Ozark National Scenic Riverways
  • Pros And Cons Of A Mayoral Takeover Of Schools

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10:35 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Businessman Timothy Wolfe Named University Of Missouri President

Businessman Timothy Wolfe was announced as the new  president of University of Missouri system Tuesday morning.  Wolfe is a long time IBM executive and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Business.

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5:13 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

U of M Tuition Freeze Melting

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The cost of a college education in the University of Missouri system will be going up if curators vote Thursday and Friday of this week to follow recommendations of hikes ranging up to 6.6 percent.

Interim system President Steve Owens points to a 7 percent cut in state appropriations, a $42 million drop off, when he talks about the proposal to increase in-state fees and tuition.

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11:41 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Lucile Bluford v. the University of Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Many people in Kansas City remember Lucile Bluford as the long-time managing editor of The Call, one of the nation's oldest African American newspapers. But some may not realize the role she played challenging segregation at the University of Missouri's Journalism School in 1939.

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6:37 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Forsee Leaving UM

Janet Saidi reports from Columbia


University of Missouri system President Gary Forsee is stepping down to care for his ill wife.

School officials announced Friday that the former Sprint Nextel chairman and chief executive is resigning immediately. He has been
on an extended leave of absence since early December following his wife Sherry's cancer diagnosis.

Forsee has been president of the four-campus system since February 2008.

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10:09 am
Mon October 25, 2010

MU Moves Up in Football Rankings

Columbia, MO – After its Saturday night victory over Oklahoma, the University of Missouri football team moved up in the football rankings.

The Missouri Tigers are now ranked seventh in the Associated Press poll. More importantly, sixth in the BCS poll because that's the one that determines the national championship

When the cannon fired after the final second, the Tigers beat Oklahoma for the first time in the Gary Pinkel 10-year coaching era.

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