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ST. LOUIS (AP) - For many, golf is more than a game - it's a business opportunity. That's why Washington University in St. Louis is helping students take up a sport that can be a powerful tool for networking.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the university offers international students a course on how to play golf. How popular is the program that began last year? All 20 spots in this year's class were claimed within 12 minutes, and the wait list includes 60 students.
Students from India, China, Iran, Romania, South Korea and Mexico took time away from studying law, chemistry, business or engineering to take the golf class.
Instructor Mark Lewis, club pro at the Highlands Golf and Tennis Center in Forest Park, leads the class of mostly beginners.
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.
PARK HILLS, Mo. (AP) - Authorities have identified the two Park Hills volunteer firefighters charged with a string of arsons in St. Francois County.
Twenty-nine-year-old Bradley Easter and 22-year-old Dale Hamor are accused of intentionally setting six fires earlier this year. They remain at the county jail on $100,000 bonds.
The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills reports that Easter told police he drove Hamor to the scene of house fires and then picked up his colleague. The two then joined other firefighters to fight the blazes.