It may be a while before anyone knows what killed a Highland, Illinois teen found unresponsive in a friend's dorm room at the University of Missouri Sunday morning.
University Police say emergency crews arrived about 9:00 a.m. to find 18 year old Gregory Holthaus unconscious and not breathing. He was rushed to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police don't suspect foul play, but a cause of death has not yet been determined. The investigation is ongoing.
Friends and family held a memorial service for Holthaus at the Highland town square Sunday evening.
ROLLA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri University of Science and Technology is reporting record enrollment, including record numbers of female and minority students.
The Rolla campus of the University of Missouri system released the figures Wednesday from the first four weeks of the fall semester.
Registrar Deanne Jackson says total enrollment stands at a record 8,130 students, up 6.3 percent from September 2012.
Female enrollment is at an all-time high, with 1,839 women attending. And the number of minority students rose 9.6 percent from last year, to an all-time high of 881.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two members of the University of Missouri' s governing board say they did not order football Coach Gary Pinkel to dismiss a star running back after the player's 2010 arrest on sexual assault charges.
Derrick Washington was Missouri's leading rusher as a sophomore and junior until he was kicked off the team before his senior year after the accusations by a Tiger tutor. He was convicted in in 2011 of deviate sexual assault and served four months in prison.
Washington's mother told the authors of "The System," a book released Tuesday, that Pinkel wanted to keep her son on the team but was overruled by Missouri's Board of Curators.
Board chairman Wayne Goode and another curator told The Associated Press they never met with Pinkel nor discussed Washington.
U.S. News and World Reports has published its annual ranking of the best colleges and universities in the country. Princeton is number one among universities and Williams ranks tops among colleges. The publication followed a new formula this year that put more emphasis on student graduation rates, a school's reputation among its peers, and faculty resources. Locally, Washington University was selected to the number-14 spot, the University of Illinois at number-41, Missouri at 97 and just out of the top-100 is Saint Louis University ranked at 101.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri is expecting fewer freshman this fall compared to last year.
A memo from Ann Korschgen, the university's vice provost for enrollment management, and Barbara Rupp, director of admissions, estimates freshman enrollment this fall at 6,165 based on current deposits. That's a drop of nearly 480 from last year.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that officials say the university has anticipated the drop in freshmen as the number of high school students in Missouri and the Midwest declines.
Deposits from out-of-state students also dropped by 61 this year, but that number is still up 423 from two years ago.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri will pay a southern California search firm $100,000 to guide the hiring process for the next chancellor of its Columbia campus.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates of suburban Los Angeles will screen prospective candidates to succeed Chancellor Brady Deaton, who is retiring in November. His replacement will be chosen by the university's Board of Curators and system President Tim Wolfe.
The California company's recent work includes the chancellor search at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and presidential searches at Carnegie Mellon and California State University, Los Angeles.
As with its recent presidential searches, Missouri won't disclose the names of finalists. Wolfe has set two meetings this week to solicit comments on desired qualifications for the next MU chancellor.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Some University of Missouri engineers are teaming up with colleagues at Duke University to develop a low-cost toilet for developing countries with water shortages.
The Columbia Missourian reports that MU's Carbon Recycling Center is participating in the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The challenge is how to develop a device that can conserve water for use in areas where clean drinking water is scarce.
The center's research project heats and pressurizes the waste water in an effort to produce sterile water that can be reused.
They've developed fake poop made of soybean paste, cellulose, yeast and other chemicals.
VERSAILLES, Mo. (AP) — A man charged with kidnapping a University of Missouri student has been captured after eluding officers for several days.
The Morgan County Sheriff's Office announced Friday that 23-year-old Brian Adkison of Columbia was caught while authorities were investigating a residential burglary call. He is jailed in Morgan County. His attorney didn't immediately respond to an email or phone call.
He is charged in Caldwell County with kidnapping his ex-girlfriend, inflicting injury and terrorizing her before dropping her off at a Columbia hospital Sunday morning. He also is charged in Boone County with first-degree burglary, rape and deviate sexual assault.
The search has involved a helicopter, more than 50 officers and dogs. Authorities also conducted door-to-door searches.
Lieutenant Mike Nienhuis says Adkison stole several boats before he was caught.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - University of Missouri workers throughout the four-campus system will soon be able to receive domestic partner benefits.
The university's Board of Curators voted unanimously last week to expand health insurance coverage and other benefits to same-sex couples. The expansion also extends to a broader group known as "sponsored adult dependents," which includes unmarried heterosexual couples who live together.
The expanded benefits begin in 2014 and come after years of lobbying efforts by system employees.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - University of Missouri curators are planning their search for a new chancellor for the Columbia campus to succeed the retiring Brady Deaton.
The governing board met behind closed doors Friday morning, two days after Deaton announced he will retire in November after nearly a decade as chancellor.
He will be executive director of a new research center bearing the name of the chancellor and his wife: the Brady and Ann Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development.
The 70-year-old Deaton is a former Peace Corps volunteer and agricultural economist who leads a presidential panel on global development.
University system president Tim Wolfe and curators' chairman Wayne Goode planned to discuss the search for Deaton's replacement later Friday.