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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe says he'll recommend that tuition at the system's four campuses not increase for the 2014-15 school year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Wolfe told the Post-Dispatch editorial board Friday he'd send his recommendation to the Board of Trustees, who would likely take up the matter at a meeting next week.

The last time tuition remained flat was four years ago. The university system's curators had been moving ahead on a plan that would have called for a 1.5 percent tuition increase.

Wolfe's recommendation comes after Gov. Jay Nixon proposed earlier this week to put more than $80 million into higher education. But in exchange, Nixon called on Missouri colleges and universities not to raise costs.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A Columbia man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for setting fires at two college campuses.
The U.S. attorney's office says 28-year-old Christopher Curtis Kelley also was ordered Thursday to pay over $590-thousand in restitution. Kelly was found guilty of two counts of arson last year for setting fires in 2011 at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Stephens College.
Federal prosecutors accused Kelley of starting fires at 10 locations at the university's Ellis Library. That disrupted library services for a couple of days. Water damage also forced the temporary closure of the Missouri State Historical Society, which is located at the library.
Damage was less extensive from the fire that Kelly was convicted of setting at the Audrey Webb Child Study Center at Stephens College.
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Friends of a slain University of Missouri-Columbia student have raised more than $5,000 to help his family and create a scholarship fund.
The Columbia Missourian reports part of the money has gone to the family of 21-year-old Jarrett Mosby for immediate expenses. The rest will establish an ongoing college fund that will benefit Mosby's 6-year-old son, Jarrett Mosby Jr., and later help other African-American men attend college.
Mosby, of Collinsville, Ill., found shot to death Dec. 23 in a car in the village of Madison, Ill. He was five months from graduating as a business major and was in the area during the university's winter break to visit his son.
A 24-year-old suspect was taken into custody Monday and charged with first-degree murder.
 
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Monday, 30 December 2013 10:31

Mizzou to build teaching winery

 COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri-Columbia has raised half of the $3 million it needs to build a teaching winery.
The Columbia Missourian reports that the university now is seeking matching money from the state for the facility. Plans call for a research building and wine and food education facility to be added in later phases.
Wine and Grape Research Committee chairman Tony Kooyumjian says the proposed teaching winery would be a commercial winery. It would replace a much smaller, experimental winery. The goal is for students to make and bottle more than 2,000 cases of wine yearly; the current facility produces 100 cases at most a year.
Kooyumjian says he hopes to break ground in spring 2015 with completion that fall.
 
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri is teaming up with South African researchers to preserve historical records related to political prisoners at an infamous symbol of the apartheid era.

Missouri's College of Education has signed a research agreement with the University of the Western Cape in Capetown and the Robben Island Museum. The island is where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for most of his 27 years behind bars in the country he would later lead.

Missouri already works on several projects with the historically black university in South Africa, including a study-abroad program in the MU law school.

The new agreement will enlist archivists and research librarians from Missouri to help digitally preserve Robben Island documents for use by researchers worldwide.

 
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Friday, 22 November 2013 02:16

UM board weighing 2014 tuition hikes

   Tuition is probably going up at all four University of Missouri campuses next year.  

   The university's Board of Curators met yesterday at the UMSL campus to begin weighing a recommendation that an increase be tied to the nation's inflation rate.  The rate is based on the Consumer Price Index for December and won't be known until next month.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that budget projections expect it to be about 1.7 percent.  

   The board could vote on the amount of the increase in January.  

   Some non-resident students will pay even more.  Graduate and undergraduate students the Columbia campus will see a 3 percent hike.  And graduate students at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla will pay 6 percent more next fall.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri plans to use a $1 million gift to fund academic scholarships for military veterans.

The university announced Wednesday that it received the estate commitment from donors who wanted to remain anonymous. The donors did not attend the university but want the gift to honor Col. Dwight Schannep, a native of Versailles who fought in World War II for almost the entire conflict. Schannep died in a military plane crash shortly after the war.

Missouri officials say in a news release that the donors cited the university's full-service Veterans Center, its academic reputation - particularly its journalism schools - and Midwestern values.

 

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri is again turning to its top lawyer as a temporary campus leader, this time as acting Columbia campus chancellor while the search for Brady Deaton's successor continues.

University System President Tim Wolfe on Monday named general counsel Steve Owens as interim chancellor of the flagship campus. Owens was previously the interim system president before Wolfe's hiring.

Deaton is stepping down on Nov. 15 after nine years as chancellor. He will remain in Columbia as executive director of a new international development research center bearing his name.

Wolfe also appointed Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton as transition executive to help ease the next chancellor into the job. The president says that neither Owens nor Middleton is a candidate for the permanent position.

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013 04:15

Mizzou gets $1.8M for modular nuclear reactors

   COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri is getting $1.8 million from the federal government to encourage nuclear energy development.

   The grants will help fund the development of a supply chain, logistics, and infrastructure needed to manufacture small modular nuclear reactors.

   Modular reactors are smaller than large nuclear power plants. They can be built in factories and shipped where they are needed.

   The university in July announced a partnership with Westinghouse Electric Co. and Ameren Missouri to work on research related to modular nuclear reactors.

   President Barack Obama's administration said Tuesday that the project also will assess the education and training needed for a workforce to produce the reactors.

   Sen. Claire McCaskill said the grant shows Missouri is well situated to lead the nation in developing small modular nuclear reactors.

 

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HIGHLAND, Ill. (AP) — Family and friends of an 18-year-old southwestern Illinois man who died after being found unconscious at a University of Missouri dorm are saying their final goodbyes.

Services for Gregory Holthaus were scheduled for Friday in his hometown of Highland.

Police at the University of Missouri in Columbia say Holthaus was visiting students at the Pershing group of residence halls when he was found unresponsive October 13th. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police have said there was no indication of foul play, but the death is being investigated.

Holthaus graduated earlier this year from Highland High School, where he played varsity football and baseball. He was enrolled at a technical college.

Highland is about 30 miles northeast of St. Louis.

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