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                                            October 13, 2006

UM curator criticized for remark, 1
UM curators seeking $20 million to expand health care training, 4
UM curators approve adding firm‟s name to life science incubator, 5
UM curators consider accents, „amorous‟ ties, 6
Condom distribution at MU, 8
MU yearbook to be shut down, 13
MU in the wine industry, 15
MU ag department and agribusiness, 17
MU receives grant for parenting counseling, 20
Mold discovered in UMKC building, 21
Research at UMSL College of Optometry, 22
UMR to consider new name, 24
UMR receives grant to study environmental impact of steel products, 32
UMR plans preview of MBA program, 33
UMR researcher and superconductivity, 34
MSU grants at record high, 36
MOHELA and open meetings, 37
The Columbia Daily Tribune
Missouri curator under fire for ‘lap dance’ comment
Wednesday, October 11, 2006

COLUMBIA, Mo. - A university curator is facing criticism from faculty and students at the University
of Missouri-St. Louis over perceived anti-gay comments made at a recent board meeting.

University of Missouri system curator David Wasinger, a St. Louis attorney appointed to the board last
year by Gov. Matt Blunt, questioned the relevance of "queer theory" studies at a curator committee
meeting last week in Kansas City.

He then joked to fellow curator Doug Russell, also a Blunt appointee and chairman of the state
Republican Party, about "putting on a skirt and give me a lap dance," according to several people who
attended the Oct. 6 meeting. University officials did not record the meeting.

On Tuesday, the faculty senate at the St. Louis campus unanimously approved a resolution
condemning "homophobic comments made by a member of the Board of Curators" and rejecting "all
forms of bigotry" while also "assert(ing) its authority" over curriculum "based on the academic merits
of courses and programs."

The resolution was sponsored by senate Chairman Tim Farmer, an associate business professor who is
gay. The five-paragraph statement does not mention Wasinger by name.

"When comments are made at this level it puts out a chilling effect," Farmer said Wednesday. "We
wanted to let our students know that regardless of what one curator may feel or say, we do not support
such a perception."

Wasinger's comments follow his criticism earlier this year of a performance on the St. Louis campus by
female impersonators paid for by student fees. His January challenge of "gay drag show with lap
dances" led to an apology by University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor Thomas George, who in a
letter to the board had previously defended the show as a freedom of speech issue.

In an e-mail reply Wednesday, Wasinger said he raised questions about "queer theory" coursework
because "on their face, these course descriptions appear to be demeaning to homosexuals."

With money tight on the system's four campuses, Wasinger wondered if "our limited resources would
be better spent on other programs such as math and sciences" or "chemistry labs that are in dire need
of repair."

"I am deeply disturbed, disappointed and surprised that these comments would be deemed
homophobic," Wasinger said in the e-mail. "The UMSL faculty senate and I apparently respectfully
disagree about where Missouri taxpayers' money should be allocated."

Maria Kerford, a University of Missouri-St. Louis graduate student and the only student member of
the Board of Curators, attended the Oct. 6 Academic and Student Affairs Committee meeting. She said
Wasinger's comments made her uncomfortable.

"I didn't know how to respond," she said. "I wish I would have said more."

Russell defended his colleague's comments as a legitimate inquiry into curriculum.

"I certainly didn't take the comments as homophobic but rather an expression of concern as academic
programs are reviewed based on cost, productivity, and quality," he said Wednesday.

In his e-mail, Wasinger accused the faculty group of "attempting to chill a meaningful dialogue." He
has asked Russell, the committee chairman, to add discussion of the matter to the agenda for the
group's December meeting in Columbia.

The Columbia Daily Tribune
Critics slam UM curator over remark
Wasinger defends ‘queer theory’ comment.
By TERRY GANEY of the Tribune’s staff
Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The University of Missouri-St. Louis Faculty Senate has criticized Board of Curators member David
Wasinger for making "homophobic comments" during a board meeting last week in Kansas City.

Wasinger, a St. Louis lawyer, made a critical comment about teaching "queer theory" courses. The
comment came during a meeting of the board‟s Academic and Student Affairs Committee.

In response to Wasinger‟s comments, the UM-St. Louis Faculty Senate voted unanimously yesterday to
support a resolution rejecting "all forms of bigotry, including homophobia."

"We wanted to make a statement, especially to our students, that we are supportive of diversity and
calm fears that might have been perceived about statements that were made at this meeting," said Tim
Farmer, associate professor of accounting and Faculty Senate chairman.

Wasinger issued a written statement this morning saying he was "deeply disturbed, disappointed and
surprised that these comments would be deemed homophobic."

"The UMSL Faculty Senate and I apparently respectfully disagree about where Missouri taxpayers‟
money should be allocated," Wasinger‟s wrote in an e-mail sent by his administrative assistant.

"In addition, there appears to be a lack of academic and intellectual diversity, and the Senate is
attempting to chill a meaningful dialogue about the academic merit of courses such as „Queer Theory‟,"
Wasinger wrote.

Wasinger‟s e-mail said he had received information that UM was sponsoring courses and programs
"entitled Queer Theory and Pick the Queer."

"On their face, these course descriptions appear to be demeaning to homosexuals," Wasinger wrote.
"More importantly, I noted that the university has chemistry labs that are in dire need of repair and
inquired whether our limited resources would be better spent on other programs such as math and

A UM spokesman said he was unable to find any courses on "queer theory" taught on any of the
university‟s four campuses.

The UM-St. Louis resolution does not mention Wasinger by name, but his remarks were heard by
others, including board members, UM faculty and students who were present for the board‟s
committee meetings last Thursday at the UM-Kansas City campus.

"He said something to the effect that we need to get rid of something like queer theory and the people
who were teaching it," said Rex Campbell, a professor of rural sociology. Campbell was an observer in
his role as chairman of the MU Faculty Council.

Thomas Helton, vice president of the UM-St. Louis Student Government Association, said the UM-St.
Louis student association was preparing a resolution similar to one the Faculty Senate approved. He
said it would support diversity in the makeup of the student body as well as course content. Helton
said he believed student government organizations on other UM campuses would consider similar

Marion Cairns, a board member from Webster Groves and a member of the committee, said
Wasinger‟s remark "had no place in the discussion of the business the curators should be about."

Wasinger‟s comments, which came as the committee was considering a review of campus programs,
are not the first he has raised about such issues.

In January, he was upset that student fees were used to help pay for a gay and lesbian performance at
UM-St. Louis. He said the performance ended with a "drag queen" performing lap dances.

Farmer, who was present when Wasinger made the "queer theory" statement, said he considered them
"inflammatory in nature.

"It was perceived to be a homophobic statement that concerned both students and faculty on our
campus," Farmer said.

Wasinger wrote in his e-mail that he planned to ask committee Chairman Doug Russell, a board
member from Lebanon, to put the issue of academic and intellectual diversity on the committee‟s
agenda for the next meeting.

Russell was unavailable for comment.

Belleville News Democrat
Curators seeking $20 million to expand health care training
Associated Press
Saturday, October 7, 2006

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The University of Missouri system will press again for fresh funding to
expand health care education programs at the four campuses.

For the third time, the Board of Curators is requesting $20 million from the state to help hire more
instructors, recruit more students and address the big shortfall in skilled health workers.

"Our deans have been very creative so far, but we are kind of bumping up against the wall now," Steve
Graham, associate vice president for academic affairs, said following the board's meeting Friday in
Kansas City.

Lawmakers have rejected two previous requests. The last one, made almost a year ago, led the
university system's Office of Academic Affairs to create a task force to study how the system's
campuses in Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis were doing on health care programs.

The task force focused on each campus' schools of dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, nursing and
medicine, as well as the likely need for health care workers in Missouri and nationally currently and in
the future.

Reviewers also looked at what the programs were doing to attract and retain students from
underserved groups, encourage more health care workers to take jobs in rural and inner-city areas and
offer more innovation in its health care programs.

Deans on Friday told the board that the pending short of health care workers will be dramatic,
especially for pharmacists, nurses, rehabilitation therapists and imaging professionals.

Task force members said the shortage is coming because aging baby boomers will require more health
services, modern medical technology needs more skilled workers and people are living longer.

"Missouri ranks 14th in the nation in the number of people over 65," Graham said.

To meet that need, some deans said they're offering summer programs for students, some as young as
in middle school, who are interested in medical careers. Other schools are offering more courses
online or setting up satellite academic programs.

The board has sent the $20 million request and the task force findings to the Missouri Coordinating
Board for Higher Education, which will present the request to lawmakers.

The Columbia Daily Tribune
Curators add firm’s name to life science
Monsanto’s $2 million gift buys place on new facility.
By TERRY GANEY of the Tribune’s staff
Saturday, October 7, 2006

KANSAS CITY - The University of Missouri Board of Curators yesterday approved the naming of the
Columbia campus Life Science Business Incubator after Monsanto Co. in return for the corporation‟s
$2 million donation.

The board‟s approval, which was expected, was unanimous and without debate. In the process, the
board also approved the design of the facility.

The incubator is supposed to move life-saving discoveries from laboratories to the marketplace.
Groundbreaking for the $9.5 million project is expected to take place next May.

"We are all thrilled that we‟re finally going to have this missing piece in the chain that we have to have
for our research to move out into the commercial sector," said Jim Coleman, the University of
Missouri-Columbia vice chancellor for research.

The official name of the incubator is the MU Life Science Incubator at Monsanto Place. It will be built
on a 2.5-acre site on south Providence Road near the MU Research Reactor. The target date for
completion is summer of 2009.

Monsanto donated $1.5 million to the Missouri Development Finance Board and $500,000 to the
Missouri Innovation Center. For its donation, Monsanto receives Missouri tax credits that were
previously approved for the incubator project by the MDFB as part of the state‟s economic
development effort.

"We‟re pleased to help the University of Missouri-Columbia provide such a great opportunity for
growing businesses," said Brett Begemann, Monsanto executive vice president, in a prepared
statement. "Great scientists are born out of great environments, and this project promises an
environment that favors innovation."

The Kansas City Star
Curators consider accents, ‘amorous’ ties
Policy would discourage faculty-student love affairs.
Friday, October 6, 2006

KANSAS CITY - Romantic liaisons between professors and students at the University of Missouri‟s
four campuses would be severely curtailed under a proposal considered yesterday by university

The "amorous relationship" policy would prohibit consensual romantic or sexual contact when one
participant has "direct evaluative or supervisory authority" over the other.

The policy, if approved, would also apply to supervisory employees and their subordinates.

"Sometimes we just have to take a look at what‟s happening in society," said University of Missouri
President Elson Floyd.

The proposal was not triggered by any specific incident at the system‟s campuses in Kansas City, St.
Louis, Rolla and Columbia, said Floyd.

Nor is it related to the growing scandal involving former Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., and sexually explicit
computer messages sent to a congressional page, Floyd said.

Curators discussed the proposal during a meeting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. A formal
vote is expected in December.

Curator Angela Bennett, the board‟s president, said such relationships - particularly those between
professors and their students - are fraught with the potential to damage the weaker partner, even if the
contact starts out as a harmless connection between two consenting adults.

"Those relationships sometimes go south," she said.

The University of Missouri system campuses already have established sexual harassment policies, noted
Floyd. But the new rules would broaden those protections to consensual, amorous relationships.

"It‟s not breaking new ground," said Floyd, who added that many other universities already have
similar policies.

The proposal doesn‟t explicitly ban professor-student or supervisor-subordinate romances but calls for
the professor or supervisor to step down from that role relative to his or her romantic partner.

Violations would be investigated by university officials under existing grievance procedures, with
possible disciplinary sanctions including termination.

Complaints could also be generated by outside parties deemed to "have been adversely affected

The Columbia Daily Tribune
Programs seek to lessen failure to communicate
By TERRY GANEY of the Tribune’s staff
Friday, October 6, 2006

KANSAS CITY - Some foreign teachers in the University of Missouri system are participating in one-
on-one speech-improvement sessions to increase their classroom communication skills, university
curators were told yesterday.

Kandis Smith, assistant vice president for academic and student affairs for the UM system, said an
accent-reduction program began earlier this year at the University of Missouri-Rolla. Similar programs
are under development at other campuses.

"It works on consonants, vowels, cadence and rhythm," Smith said. Volunteer speech pathologists
work individually with professors.

"Right now the faculty and the students are really excited about all the programs and doing all the
things they need to do, because they really care about teaching," Smith said.

According to a survey taken last fall, students reported that poor speech, mostly because of foreign
accents, by non-native faculty impeded learning in about 4.6 percent of the reported courses. For
courses taught by graduate teaching assistants, the figure was 7 percent.

A report to the curators focused on programs under way at the system‟s four campuses to deal with
the issue. On some campuses, students have a Web-based tool that allows them to report experiences
with international teachers.

Testing standards have been raised slightly for speech scores and oral proficiency testing.

The problem of speech difficulties by international professors is nothing new. Six years ago the
curators adopted a policy that was supposed to attack the problem. The policy requires that
department chairs and deans certify that their faculty has sufficient command of English to teach
undergraduate courses.

For the most part, the problem exists in the "hard science" courses such as chemistry, physics,
engineering and mathematics.

"It‟s a national trend," Smith said. "Fewer native English-speaking students are going through the
programs, therefore there are fewer people you can hire to teach."

Smith said the speech improvement program was being implemented with the realization that, with a
global economy, it is critical that students experience a multicultural environment.

Maria Kerford, a student at University of Missouri-St. Louis and the student representative to the
Board of Curators, said she had friends taking a math course there complain that their professor was
difficult to understand.

Kerford said she was glad to see professors voluntarily entering the speech-improvement programs.

"They want to better their own English speaking and comprehension skills," Kerford said.

Columbia Missourian
MU: No free condoms in dorms
The president of the fraternity that proposed distribution plans a protest petition.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006

                        TEXT OF THE STATEMENT ISSUED BY MU


Sent: Tuesday 10/10/2006 3:34 PM

Subject: Statement

Oct. 10, 2006

Contact: Mary Jo Banken~Director

(573) 882-6212

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri-Columbia will not implement a student initiative for
distribution of condoms in residence hall restrooms. This initiative, which had been discussed at
various campus levels, became public before it could be appropriately reviewed and discussed by
University leadership.

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton said the initiative, which originated with a campus fraternity, requires
further study. The fraternity developed the initiative in consultation with the Student Health Center,
the Columbia/Boone County Health Department and the Department of Residential Life.

The Chancellor commends student leaders for offering creative ideas to address serious, life-changing
issues, including unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. It is important to educate
students about healthy decision-making, including the option of abstinence. At MU, condoms
accompanied by health information are already available at no charge at the Student Health Center, the
Women‟s Center and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center.

Chancellor Deaton encourages the University community to continue the dialogue on student health
issues. The discussions should include the views of student affairs professionals and the students they
serve, health care and health policy professionals, parents, faculty, staff and other concerned parties.

“It is my hope that these discussions will be undertaken in the spirit of the University‟s values of
respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence,” Chancellor Deaton said.

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton has called a halt to a plan to distribute free condoms in MU residence

Rejection of the plan came in a statement issued by the MU News Bureau on Tuesday. As recently as
last week, campus officials were looking into types of containers to put in dormitory bathrooms to
hold condoms for distribution, and an organizer said arrangements were being made for the
Columbia/Boone County Health Department to provide 50,000 condoms.

MU spokeswoman Mary Jo Banken said condoms will continue to be available for free at the MU
Student Health Center, the Women‟s Center and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource

“The chancellor decided not to implement the initiative to distribute condoms in the residence halls,
but rather we will continue our current education programs for students,” Banken said.

Free condom distribution in MU residence halls was an initiative first proposed by Phi Beta Sigma
fraternity and had the support of MU Residential Life and the Sexual Health Advocate Peer Education
program, also known as SHAPE. After the chancellor‟s announcement Tuesday, Susan Even, director
of the health center, said the program had the support of campus health professionals.

Educational materials, which were to include posters next to condom baskets and wallet-sized packets
with information on the appropriate ways to use condoms, had been prepared by the health education
program within the health center.

Christopher Keller, president of Phi Beta Sigma, said the plan was to put 75 to 200 condoms in the
150 to 175 residence hall bathrooms, which the Residential Life custodial staff would be responsible
for maintaining. He also said that depending on the program‟s success, the fraternity might raise funds
later in the semester for dental dams, a protective measure for oral sex, which the Health Department
wouldn‟t provide because they haven‟t been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for

In response to the chancellor‟s decision, Keller said that he is contacting other campus student
organizations and plans to draw up a petition to demonstrate student support for condom distribution
in residence halls.

“I‟m disappointed at the fact that they are ignoring an issue that a lot of people are behind,” Keller
said. “... We were making sure that it offered every aspect from simple protection to educational
material. ... We included information on abstinence to information for other universities to look at and
say, „This is something we want to pursue.‟ We didn‟t say, „Hey, let‟s just throw some condoms

Keller added that he was frustrated that the chancellor‟s office didn‟t contact his fraternity to discuss
the decision to halt the distribution program.

Banken said that MU received both positive and negative feedback about the plan. She said the
difference of opinions was one reason that Deaton said future dialogue is necessary. She added that the
chancellor commends students for coming up with “creative ideas” such as the distribution of
condoms in residence halls, but felt there was the need for “more open dialogue” about ways to

“educate and inform students about health-related topics” such as unplanned pregnancies and sexually
transmitted infections.

The plan for distribution of condoms in residence halls was the result of an informal survey by Phi
Beta Sigma of 50 females and 50 males. Heather Mueller of the health center and curriculum
coordinator of SHAPE said the survey results showed that minorities tend to be more embarrassed
about getting condoms on campus.

“It wasn‟t a scientifically driven thing,” she said. “They kind of informally asked people within their
fraternity and other fraternities about why minorities are more at risk.”

Mueller also conducted a survey in fall 2005 with a random sample of 6,000 students. The survey
indicated that 30 percent of the students asked were embarrassed to purchase condoms.

In an interview before the initiative was stopped, Bill Monroe, regional HIV counseling and testing
coordinator, said that easy access to condoms helps prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

“Studies have shown that availability doesn‟t increase sexual behavior,” he said. “It‟s going to happen
with condoms or not, so it‟s better to have them available.”

The Columbia Daily Tribune
Condom plan put on hold
Fraternity vows a petition drive.
By TERRY GANEY of the Tribune’s staff
Wednesday, October 11, 2006

A fraternity leader on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus said a student petition drive would
be launched tomorrow to support a plan to put condoms in the restrooms of all residence halls.

Christopher Keller, president of Phi Beta Sigma, said a student response would show there is support
for the plan that university officials blocked with an announcement yesterday.

Keller‟s fraternity is a mostly black organization, but he said the condom issue concerned everyone.

Chancellor Brady Deaton issued a prepared statement yesterday saying a condom distribution plan,
which became public last month, had not been thoroughly reviewed by the administration and needed
further study.

"This initiative, which had been discussed at various campus levels, became public before it could be
appropriately reviewed and discussed by university leadership," Deaton‟s statement said.

The statement pointed out that condoms accompanied by health information are already available at
no charge from the Student Health Center, the Women‟s Center and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender Resource Center.

When the program was first announced, officials at the health center said MU would become the first
school in the Big 12 to make condoms more accessible. The program was to be similar to one at
Harvard University.

The fraternity and the center agreed to make condoms more readily available to combat sexually
transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies.

But the program was disclosed before Deaton‟s office signed off on it.

Deaton later discussed the policy with UM system President Elson Floyd, who first learned of it when
he read about it in the newspaper, a system spokesman said.

"A few bigwigs on campus are opposed to it," Keller said. "And they made the final decision not to
implement it. It was either the chancellor or the president. I still don‟t know what the problem is.
There is no reason other than the fact that a few officials don‟t like the project.

"It‟s frustrating to me because we are sitting here with a problem on our hands with our generation
and we are playing politics," Keller said. "This isn‟t just a black issue. It‟s an issue that affects
everybody, and the program was going to help everybody."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Condom program? Mizzou decides it will just say no
Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The University of Missouri at Columbia will not put condoms in residence hall restrooms as had been
reported last month, university officials said Tuesday.

Chancellor Brady Deaton has decided not to move forward with the initiative, a university
spokeswoman said, so the university can hold public forums and decide how best to educate students
about health issues.

"It is important to educate students about healthy decision-making, including the option of
abstinence," a university statement said.

University spokeswoman Mary Jo Banken said the condom program had not been approved.

“It was never really official," she said.

The idea came from a student fraternity that approached various university departments with it. The
Department of Residential Life, the Student Health Center and the Columbia/Boone County Health
Department liked the idea and were in the process of discussing details of starting such a program,
Banken said.

"Unfortunately, what happened is that it was reported in the media and reported on prematurely
before it could be reviewed by all university leadership," she said.

She said Deaton commends students for coming up with the idea. She said the university wanted to
find ways to address the broader problem of sexually-transmitted infections and unplanned

She noted that the university received positive and negative feedback about the proposal.

Condoms, along with health information, are available for free at MU at the Student Health Center,
the Women's Center and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center.

Jefferson City News Tribune
Mizzou scraps plan to offer condoms in dorms
Wednesday, October 11, 2006

COLUMBIA, Mo. - A plan to offer free condoms in University of Missouri-Columbia residence halls
has been shelved by Chancellor Brady Deaton.

In a written statement issued Tuesday, a university spokeswoman said the initiative "became public
before it could be appropriately reviewed and discussed by university leadership." The plan reportedly
would have made the University of Missouri-Columbia the first in the Big 12 Conference to distribute
free condoms in residential hall bathrooms.

The Columbia Missourian reported Wednesday that as recently as last week, campus officials were
exploring the types of containers to put in dormitory bathrooms to hold condoms for distribution An
organizer said arrangements were being made with the local health department to provide 50,000

Free condoms continue to be available at several campus locations, including the student health center.

The initiative was first proposed by the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and had the support of residential life
leaders and campus health professionals, the Missourian reported.

A student leader of the effort said he plans to circulate a petition to demonstrate student support for
condom distribution in residence halls.

"We included information on abstinence," said Christopher Keller, president of the fraternity. "We
didn't say, `Hey, let's just throw some condoms around.'"

The Kansas City Star
Condom distribution MU officials balk at plan
Mará Rose Williams
Wednesday, October 11, 2006

University of Missouri-Columbia officials have decided a student-initiated idea to distribute condoms
in residence hall rest rooms needs more study.

The plan, which started with a fraternity, was developed with help from the Student Health Center, the
Columbia/Boone County Health Department and the university‟s Department of Residential Life.

Chancellor Brady Deaton commended students for offering a “creative idea” but said university
leaders have not had time to give it appropriate review.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Missouri Yearbook is gone in print but not forgotten online
Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The 116-year-old yearbook at the University of Missouri at Columbia is history, thanks to a
constellation of troubles that have affected the alumni keepsakes at colleges across the country (The
Chronicle, May 5). But according to the Associated Press, the yearbook‟s editors have simply moved
their work to a Web site, where Mizzou alumni can still read their Savitar.

Columbia Missourian & Jefferson City News Tribune
MU yearbook shelved for good
Lower sales and the Web led to the shut-down of the Savitar.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006

COLUMBIA — For more than a century, MU students could count on the Savitar yearbook as a
keepsake to reflect on campus life long after adulthood‟s unceremonious arrival.

Now, thanks to declining sales and a student body that increasingly gets its information online, the
Savitar is no more.

A monthly Web version is all that remains of the storied yearbook, first published in 1894. A stack of
old Savitars has been converted into a makeshift table in the yearbook‟s campus office, literally and
figuratively gathering dust.

“In this visual age, there are so many more ways to look back,” said Matt Sokoloff, a senior journalism
major and Savitar editor in chief. “And it‟s such a large campus, no yearbook can cover an individual‟s
life story.”

While yearbooks remain a staple of the American high school experience, college yearbooks have fallen
on hard times in the past decade, said Marc Wood, a spokesman for Associated Collegiate Press, which
represents campus newspapers and yearbooks.

Of the association‟s 700 members, only 100 or so continue to publish yearbooks, he said. Some, like
MU, have converted to Web-only formats, while other schools have switched to DVD formats.

Online social networking sites such as have also contributed to the college yearbook‟s
decline, Wood said.

“It provides some of the same sense of community,” he said.

At MU, the student government pulled the Savitar‟s funding late last year, eliminating a 65-cent
surcharge collected from undergraduates as part of their student fees.

The Savitar has struggled in recent years, said yearbook adviser Becky Diehl, reducing production costs
and quality the past two years by publishing a smaller, magazine-style handout offered free to
graduating seniors.

“Even then, we really had a hard time getting seniors to pick it up,” she said.

With nearly 30,000 students on campus, the Savitar had only sold 300 to 400 copies annually before
the short-lived switch to a magazine format.

“It‟s difficult for people to understand when they‟re graduating that they‟re going to want to look back
in 30 years,” Sokoloff said.

He hopes the Web version, now in its second month, will preserve the Savitar‟s original intent while
adapting to the times.

“What‟s the purpose of the yearbook? It‟s being able to come back and understand what was life like
on campus,” Sokoloff said. “I think that‟s what we‟re accomplishing. We‟re just doing it in a little bit
different process.”

But while Facebook, online digital photos and other innovations are helping to personalize the college
experience, the rapid changes in technology may be no match for the old-fashioned permanence of a
bound, hardcover volume, Wood said.

“It stays on the shelf forever,” he said. “It‟s not going to crash if you have the wrong software.”

The Columbia Daily Tribune
Learning through the grapevine
MU hopes to uncork state wine industry.
By JANESE HEAVIN of the Tribune’s staff
Monday, October 9, 2006

The mercury has risen past 90 degrees, and four men from the new University of Missouri-Columbia
grape and wine institute are scurrying to snip Norton grapes from a vineyard north of Columbia.

The urgency stems from the weather forecast: Temperatures are expected to drop 20 degrees the next
day. Sporadic climate changes are one reason MU has launched the research program, and it‟s the
reason the center bears the cumbersome name Institute for Continental Climate Viticulture and

The institute opened this summer and will aim to find ways to help grape growers better adjust to
unpredictable weather, along with pests and diseases common to this area.

Basic financial support for the center, about $800,000 this year, is coming from the Missouri Wine &
Grape Board through the state‟s 12-cent sales tax on wine.

Initially, the lab will conduct research to see how conditions such as canopy management, shoot
thinning and other treatments affect yield and quality, program Director Keith Striegler said. Although
the research will be conducted only at select sites, the findings "will be relevant to the overall industry,"
he said.

Once the center is fully operational, it could produce a lot more than just better-quality fruit. The lab
will allow MU students to get hands-on experience, better preparing them to work at vineyards and
Missouri‟s 58 wineries, including many that now hire workers from California or other countries who
aren‟t familiar with the Missouri climate, Striegler said.

"Some home-grown talent would be good," MU agriculture student Matt Flick said as he collected
samples last week at Frank Gordon‟s Crown Gordon Vineyard. "One great thing about this program is
that students will have somewhere else to go besides books. That‟s all I had: books and online."

MU doesn‟t offer grape and wine production classes, but food science students interested in viticulture
can participate in the research lab. A senior, Flick spends as much of his out-of-class time working in
the lab as possible.

Housed at Eckles Hall, the lab allows students to count, weigh and chemically analyze harvested
grapes. Striegler hopes to have enough hands and equipment to conduct all of the research projects
there by next year‟s harvest.

Eventually, the institute is expected to have seven faculty and staff members, with one team focused
on grape production and the other on wine.

"I think it‟s really going to help the wine industry," Gordon said of the home-grown viticulture
program. "The fact that they‟re actually doing some canopy management trials at my vineyards, it‟s
going to help us as growers because there‟s a lot of things we don‟t know."

Striegler isn‟t sure what the future holds for the new institute, but nothing right now seems off the
table. He‟s open to the idea of a statewide breeding project, either having a private individual conduct
cross-breeding experiments or having an endowed position at the university come up with new grape
varieties that are better equipped to deal with Missouri weather.

Striegler is also excited to see what kinds of projects students come up with in the coming years, such
as devising a commercial use of Missouri grape leaves.

Wine and grape board Executive Director Jim Anderson considers the new MU institute "critical" for
the state‟s wine and grape producers. "Long-term, it will develop the varieties and practices specific to
Missouri needs," he said. "We also will see an immediate impact. Having faculty out in the state,
learning about the issues vineyard owners are dealing with and helping solve some of those current
issues, will be a great benefit to the industry."

The Columbia Daily Tribune
Letter: MU College of Agriculture toes corporate line too well
Thursday, October 12, 2006

Editor, the Tribune: I was among those attending the University of Missouri-Columbia College of
Agriculture‟s meeting on animal factories in Moberly, as reported in the Tribune.

The original list of 150 invitees was almost exclusively proponents of industrialized agriculture, their
bankers, their back pocket politicians and their lackeys who do their bidding at the College of
Industrialized Ag. When the list was discovered, I and more than 50 other concerned citizens,
proponents of public health and sustainable agriculture - real farmers - invited ourselves to this
meeting. After all, our tax dollars paid for it.

It‟s been obvious for more than a decade that big pig and agri-industry have controlled the College of
Ag and its policies, and that domination was on full display at the meeting. They‟ve never seen an
animal factory they don‟t love and have never seen a local control public health ordinance they don‟t
despise. They even disrespected John Ikerd, professor emeritus of agricultural economics, trying to
rebut his eloquent 20-minute talk about the importance of sustainable ag in Missouri. It was a pathetic
display that ended in shambles - exactly what you‟d expect when the public finds out about a "special
invitation" meeting of toadies shilling for agri-industry.

We didn‟t partake in the free lunch provided by the Farm Bureau, which is nothing more than an agri-
industry and insurance lobby. We brown-bagged it. Some of us chose to stop eating corporate crap
years ago. Eating is a moral act. Whose pockets do you choose to line real farmers‟ or Smithfield

The Columbia Daily Tribune
MU ag department shows its prejudices
Friday, October 6, 2006

In this newspaper, a Sept. 28 article relayed that a number of family farmers, county commissioners, a
family farm organization and an environmental group were frustrated and concerned about the
seeming sell-out to agribusinesses by the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Agriculture. The
trigger for the concerns and criticisms was a conference in Moberly, sponsored by the College of
Agriculture and the Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute, or FAPRI. Following is a letter I
wrote to Elson Floyd, president of the University of Missouri:

"I wish to bring to your attention the apparent prejudices of the College of Agriculture of the
University of Missouri in Columbia (UMC/Ag) and the Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute
(FAPRI), a joint venture of the University of Missouri and Iowa State University. As a taxpayer and a
citizen of the state of Missouri, it is my anticipation that the premier state institution of higher
education, and any entity associated with it, will take a neutral and balanced stance on public policy
issues. It is anticipated that your institution will provide objective and scientifically valid information
on which citizens and policy makers can base decisions.

"Such was not the case at a conference sponsored by UMC/Ag and FAPRI in Moberly at the Activity
Center at the Moberly Area Community College. This event was held on Aug. 31 and offered much

promise, as the title indicated that a balance was sought between environmental concerns and
economic interests.

"It turned out that the UMC/Ag- and FAPRI-sponsored and organized conference promoted and
advocated for an industrial method of animal agriculture that degrades the environment, leads to the
decline of the economies of rural communities, runs family/sustainable farmers out of business,
exploits a migrant work force, creates odors that make life miserable for those who live downwind,
reduces nearby property values, treats sentient beings as "units of production" and causes all sorts of
human health problems. Yet, only one of the eight presenters acknowledged that such problems
existed, and when that speaker - John Ikerd, professor emeritus of rural economics at UMC -
expounded on some of these problems, Abner Womack of FAPRI rebutted what this speaker had to
say to the point that Professor Ikerd felt it necessary to rebut the rebuttal. The other presenters just
ignored the problems and focused on the positives.

"The afternoon was devoted to small group sessions to find „solutions to problems created by animal
agriculture‟ - problems that all but one presenter had denied existed. Consequently, representatives of
agribusinesses and contract growers for those agribusinesses were adamantly opposed to any and all
solutions, since, according to the information provided by the UMC/Ag and FAPRI presenters, no
problems existed. When attempts were made to suggest that participants had heard (or seen) only one
side, those attempts were disregarded. It is telling that various air quality studies by credible agencies
and institutions arrived at the opposite conclusion of the one conference presenter (Steve Hoff of ISU)
on this issue and that the reputable American Public Health Association has called for a moratorium
on new CAFOs because of possible harmful human health impacts to children and other at-risk

"In discussions with the organizers of the conference, I relayed that those with concerns about
industrial-style hog production (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations - CAFOs) were under the
strong impression that UMC/Ag and FAPRI had held this conference under false pretenses. Indeed,
the original list of "invitees" - who received a letter from Thomas Payne, vice chancellor and dean of
the College of Agriculture - included only five persons with concerns about CAFOs and the methods
of production stipulated by animal agriculture corporations. Discounting persons representing state
and federal environmental protection agencies (MDNR and USEPA), the remaining 140 or so persons
were/are advocates for industrial animal agriculture. 140-5 is NOT a balance.

"Since, however, the University of Missouri was sponsoring this event, it was clear that it was an open
meeting, and a large number of persons - who were specifically NOT invited - attended the meeting.
These persons did inform the conference organizer of their impending attendance.

"It is most concerning that the reputation of the University of Missouri is sullied by an apparent
alliance between corporate agribusinesses, the College of Agriculture and FAPRI. Yet that perception
exists - making it extremely difficult for common citizens, independent farmers and local elected
officials to trust anyone associated with the College of Agriculture. It is also concerning that UMC/Ag
and FAPRI seem to be responding to donations from agribusiness companies and supportive
federations rather than the needs of independent farmers - the very fabric of rural Missouri

"I want to make it very clear that those opposed to industrial methods of animal rearing are NOT
opposed to animal agriculture. We are concerned about the industrial system of production. This
system - apparently advocated by UMC/Ag and FAPRI - is unsustainable, geared only to immediate
profits for corporate shareholders, with little or no thought of air-water quality, human health, land
stewardship or animal husbandry.

"It is hoped that you can rectify this situation, insist upon a balance between sustainable agriculture
and corporate agribusiness, and restore trust in UMC/Ag and FAPRI by persons supportive of
sustainable methods of production. Given the years of advocacy for commercial agricultural ventures
by agribusiness companies, this will be a most difficult task but one that must be undertaken if the
integrity of the College of Agriculture is to be restored."

President Floyd referred my letter to Payne, dean of the College of Agriculture. I objected to this on
the basis that I had complained about the very entity to which the letter was punted. To my mind, this
was asking the College of Agriculture to investigate itself. I need not have been concerned.

Thomas Payne did respond, but his letter addressed my concerns by saying "parties of both sides of
the issues were troubled by the meeting." It is difficult to believe that advocates of industrial
agribusiness found anything to object to.

It is clear the agriculture college has no intention of changing. After all, large agribusinesses contribute
mega-bucks to the school, and family farmers hardly have two dimes to rub together.

The Columbia Daily Tribune
Parenting gets boost from grant
Focus to be young, unmarried couples.
By JANESE HEAVIN of the Tribune’s staff
Tuesday, October 10, 2006

A new University Extension program will aim to teach young, unmarried couples relationship skills in
hopes of making them better parents.

The University of Missouri-Columbia is receiving a $2.4 million grant from the Department of Health
and Human Services to implement the Connecting With Baby project. Over the next five years, 660
young, low-income couples will receive a year‟s worth of classes and one-on-one counseling.

Couples of all ages and income levels face similar problems in their relationships - mainly money and
parenting issues, project co-director Kim Allen said.

"What‟s different is how they handle their conflicts, having the skills to work through them," she said.
"Very young people are dealing with their own developmental issues."

The program is targeted to teenagers and young, unmarried adults no older than 22 - a population left
out of traditional relationship studies.

"There‟s not been a lot of research done on this population," Allen said. "One of the goals of the
program is to listen and watch and see what we can learn."

In addition to normal relationship conflicts, young couples are "trying to graduate from high school,
find a job, afford college," said Carol Mertensmeyer, director of University Extension‟s ParentLink.
"Those are adolescent stressers they‟re needing to overcome."

Connecting With Baby will kick off in about three months. Couples participating in the program will
start by going on a weekend retreat, followed by 11 monthly sessions on such topics as finances, work
skills and family relations. They also will have access to WarmLine, which provides one-on-one
counseling through ParentLink.

The program will begin here, but organizers hope similar programs will be set up around the state by
the end of the five-year grant. They also plan to create a tool kit of materials based on their findings
and air public service announcements.

"We‟ll be developing advertisements that will be airing throughout the state to bring attention to the
unique situations," Mertensmeyer said.

Helping young couples learn how to forge healthy relationships could have lasting results, Allen said,
pointing to research that shows kids who are raised in two-parent households do better in school and
have fewer behavior problems.

Giving young people the "skills they need to develop strong relationships will result in connecting
more positively with baby," Mertensmeyer said, "so they can become contributing family members and
contributing community members."

The Kansas City Star
Mold discovered UMKC hall infested
Mará Rose Williams
Thursday, October 12, 2006

Mold may be a growing problem in the University of Missouri-Kansas City‟s Cherry Street Hall, and it
has made some students sick.

Sixteen rooms in the building have been vacated in the last two months. In each case, mold was
growing on vents below a window-unit air conditioner.

This is the second year mold has forced parts of the building to be closed. Ten cases surfaced last year.

This year some students suffered allergic reactions.

Primary Care Optometry News
UMSL College of Optometry: the setting for diverse, in-depth research
The Missouri college plans to establish a formal research center.
Friday, October 6, 2006

The University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) College of Optometry Strategic Plan includes specifics
on encouraging the establishment of a research center as well as development and expansion of the
graduate program. In an interview with Primary Care Optometry News, Carl Bassi, PhD, director of
research, elaborated on the school‟s current research, which ranges from the macula to amblyopia to
contact lenses to neural control.

Macular pigment levels, zeaxanthin
Dr. Bassi‟s laboratory is involved in two ongoing clinical studies, with a third project scheduled to
begin soon.

In the first study, researchers are evaluating a new device called the QuantifEye, which is designed to
measure macular pigment levels. Dr. Bassi said the object of the study is to evaluate the performance
of the device in a group of 400 subjects, identifying 30 subjects with low macular pigment. These 30
patients will be supplemented with EyePromise for 6 months to determine if low macular pigment
levels can be altered and measured, he said. EyePromise is an AREDS-based nutritional supplement
with beta carotene removed, reduced zinc and the highest available dose of zeaxanthin available. Both
QuantiEye and EyePromise are produced at ZeaVision.

This ZeaVision-funded project should be completed in early 2007, Dr. Bassi said.

“The next study is a double-masked, placebo-controlled investigation to determine whether zeaxanthin
can decrease the symptoms and other visual problems associated with chronic light hypersensitivity in
patients,” Dr. Bassi said.

In collaboration with the Illinois College of Optometry, a total of 60 subjects will be tested. Also
sponsored by ZeaVision, this project should be completed by the spring of 2007, he said.

The third project will be conducted in collaboration with St. Louis University/Cardinal Glennon
Children‟s Hospital. “The research team will investigate a new device designed and constructed at the
college of optometry to quantify visual suppression,” said Dr. Bassi. “The study will broadly assess the
performance of the device in the clinic by following a group of 30 monofixating patients pre- and

Amblyopia study
In the Extrastriate Visual Cortex Deficits in Amblyopia study, principal investigator, Erwin Wong,
OD, PhD, an assistant professor of optometry, is performing both psychophysical and functional
magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies of higher-order visual processing in amblyopia, Dr. Bassi

According to information on the school‟s Web site, Dr. Wong‟s National Eye Institute-funded
research employs visual psychophysics and fMRI to study the neural mechanisms of first-order and
second-order spatial vision and visual cognition in normal and amblyopic patients.

Vision anomalies, visual demands
According to the UMSL Web site, Timothy A. Wingert, OD, associate professor of optometry, is
studying the validity of clinical testing procedures and the prevalence of various vision anomalies in

different populations. He is also interested in how optometric services are delivered, the visual
demands of different occupations and the restrictions placed on those who wear visual aids and
protective eye wear.

Contact lenses and solutions
Associate professor Edward S. Bennett, OD, MsEd, and clinical professor Vinita Allee Henry, OD, are
involved in a number of ongoing studies of contact lens designs, materials and care regimens
predominantly supported by contact lens companies.

Dr. Bennett and his colleagues have conducted more than 75 industry-sponsored studies over the past
20 years, according to the UMSL Web site. Dr. Bennett is currently evaluating different types of gas-
permeable (GP) contact lens bifocal designs, the effect of different variables of initial comfort of GP
lenses and the use of GP lenses to reduce myopia with overnight wear.

As the director of Residency Programs, Dr. Henry is currently overseeing the two in-house programs,
Pediatric/Binocular Vision and Cornea/Contact Lens. She is also involved in Food and Drug
Administration clinical trials of contact lenses and solutions, special lens designs and lens comparison
studies, according to the Web site.

Neural control of eye movement
According to the college Web site, investigator Carol K. Peck, PhD, a professor of optometry, directs a
program of research primarily aimed at studying neural control of saccadic eye movement by midbrain
structures. The goal of her work is to “provide a deeper understanding of how saccadic eye
movements are controlled in complex environments with targets from several modalities.”

The Rolla Daily News
Editorial: Early returns say leave UMR’s name as it is, but why not consider the larger Carney
Wednesday, October 11, 2006

So far, Chancellor John F. Carney III‟s suggestion that UMR change its name is, quite frankly, going over
like a lead balloon.

Carney first made the suggestion in public on Monday during his semiannual State of the University address
before faculty, staff and some others of us.

Now, I do not know how the Carney name-change idea is going over on campus, but it isn‟t good out here
in the hinterlands. I posted the question on our Web site later Monday afternoon. Already, more than 150
responses responses have been recorded.

And, the vast majority, 67 percent (107 votes) says leave the name alone. The other 33 percent chose from
among three suggested names, but there is no consensus. The most popular of the suggested new names is
“University of Missouri Institute of Technology.” By late afternoon Tuesday, only 21 people had voted for
that choice.

If that name were ever to be approved, we would have University of Missouri Institute of Technology
Chancellor Dr. John F. Carney III. That‟s a mouthful, to say the least.

Other comments have been posted in our “comments” section on the Web site following our Page 1
Tuesday story on the chancellor‟s talk. Few of those favor a name change as well.

I, however, tend to agree with Chancellor Carney, who wants to change the name to something that better
reflects our campus‟ ranking as one of the nation‟s top technological research universities. Also, as Carney
says, the current name does not distinguish the campus from the other three UM campuses as one focused
on engineering, technology and science. Furthermore, says Carney, our current name doesn‟t tell people
anything about us; it doesn‟t tell people anything about the intrinsic nature of our university...”

Before he suggested a name change, Carney said several weeks ago that he wants the Rolla campus to be
one of the nation‟s top five technological research universities by the year 2010. The higher ranking and the
name change would make the Rolla campus more marketable in Carney‟s view.

Carney does not quibble with current U.S. News & World Report or Kiplinger evaluations of where UMR
now stands in the pecking order, but he is dead serious when he says, according to the CES--Carney
Evaluation Standard--UMR is already ranked No. 2, trailing only Georgia Tech.

You have got to admire a university leader who is that proud of his university, and is working hard to make
it even better. Keep in mind that Carney has only been on the job for about 15 months, but has been able
to report many positive changes under his watch.

For example, in September Carney was able to report a large influx of freshman students and enrollment
gains pretty much across the board. Although Carney defers most of the credit for that to Dean of
Enrollment Management Jay W. Goff, one of the brightest stars in the current UMR hierarchy, Carney‟s
presence at the helm has helped boost UMR in all areas.

What I like about Carney is that he is proactive. Reactive is not in his vocabulary. He wants to try new
things. He doesn‟t want to just sit back and maintain the status quo. He likes to bounce ideas off his faculty,
staff and students. And what is more, I don‟t think he will be offended if some of what he wants to do is

shot down--like changing the name of our branch of the university.

As he said on Monday about the possibility of a name change, “I don‟t want to talk about this for the next
ten years. Let‟s talk about it as a campus community and then decide what to do, if anything. If the
determination is to do nothing in this regard, I am confident Carney will take the rejection in stride.

Another step in the right direction is Carney‟s plan, already in process, to transition UMR from a four-
school college to a zero-school administration structure. I am no technocrat, but to me, that means
streamlining or, no more deans. Amen, brother.

What else has Carney done? Let‟s talk fund-raising, or a capital campaign. As Carney mentioned Monday,
the capital campaign is in the “quiet” phase and the amount of money pledged so far is a not-so-well-kept
secret. Come next spring, however, when the campaign goes public and we all learn how effective Vice
Chancellor of University Advancement Connie Eggert and her staff along with Carney have been the past
few months we will likely hear something like the sonic boom that follows an Albert Pujols shot out of
Busch Stadium.

Much of Carney‟s time these days is spent traveling the country to meet and ask alumni to give something
back to their alma mater. A lot of times, it is just a matter of asking that can make for successful fund-
raising, according to Carney.

Cultivating valuable partnerships with Missouri State University (MSU) in Springfield--a UMR degree-
granting civil and electrical engineering program at MSU--and the University of Missouri at Kansas City--a
biomedical engineering program--have been high on Carney‟s agenda, and will continue to be.

Seeing the impressive and all-important Toomey Hall construction/renovation project through to fruition
has not and will not escape Carney‟s attention, either.

Which brings us to the second major recommendation Carney made during his address on Monday--
converting the 50-acre Miner Golf Course into a university research park or tech park. In Carney‟s view,
such a research park as an integral part of the campus is a natural fit for UMR. It would mean more high-
tech companies like Mo-Sci and Brewer Science, Inc., in Rolla. The technology to develop a research park is
already here.

Not only would a tech park potentially entice high-tech companies to locate in Rolla, but it would also
provide UMR faculty and students the opportunity to market their technology and innovations and perhaps
even start their own businesses.

No less than U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, our representative in Congress, agrees. Look what is happening to
factory jobs, such as Briggs & Stratton--they are going overseas--she said here over the weekend. Our only
salvation may be higher-tech jobs, which we can nurture right here in the Ozarks.

As I sit here at my computer in my office in our building in downtown Rolla, I wonder what the campus
community thinks of the job Chancellor Carney is doing. I have never been in a classroom at UMR, I have
never attended a Student Council meeting and only a few Academic Council meetings. I would hope the
campus community is on board with most if not all of the Chancellor Carney program.

I know I am, and I know what the alternative was from 2000-2005. If you don‟t like what Chancellor
Carney is doing, perhaps we can arrange to bring former chancellor Gary Thomas back for just a single day.

Think about it!

The Columbia Daily Tribune
UM-Rolla mining ideas for new moniker
By TERRY GANEY of the Tribune’s staff
Tuesday, October 10, 2006

University of Missouri-Rolla Chancellor John Carney III has become a name-dropper.

The name he wants to drop is "UM-Rolla."

To establish a national identity and distinguish itself from other UM system campuses, Carney suggests a
process be launched to consider changing the name of the school.

The Missouri Institute of Technology, the University of Missouri Institute of Technology, or Missouri
Technology University are among the names Carney has suggested.

"My issue with UM-Rolla is that it says absolutely nothing about what we are all about," Carney said in an
interview today. "We are a technological research university, and the schools we are competing with, all
without exception, have names that describe their mission."

UMR got its name in 1964 during the reorganization of the University of Missouri system that integrated
campuses in Rolla, St. Louis and Kansas City with the "flagship" campus in Columbia. Before the name
change, the school was known as the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy.

Several universities in Missouri have re-branded themselves in recent years. Northeast Missouri State
University in Kirksville became Truman State University. Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield
became Missouri State University. And most recently, Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg
became the University of Central Missouri.

Carney said over the next couple of months, school officials will poll the campus community and 49,000
alumni to get their reactions.

"We‟ll see what the general consensus is," Carney said.

The UM Board of Curators would have to approve the name change.

David Steelman, an attorney who lives in Rolla and a former state legislator, said a name change might be
just what the campus needs.

"I think the community is behind whatever it takes to advance the university," Steelman said. "Perhaps we
are biased, but I think U.S. News and World Report and other organizations have pointed out this is a
remarkable campus doing remarkable work. People in this area do not think the university system values or
treasures this campus like they should."

Ellis Smith, who lives in Columbia, graduated with a ceramic engineering degree from the school in 1955.
He supports the idea of a name change but said he was speaking for himself and not for any alumni

"I think it would help in national recruiting," Smith said. "The name should be changed to reflect the
uniqueness of the institution."

UM system President Elson Floyd has discussed the issue with Carney.

"President Floyd supports the chancellor‟s exploration and inclusive discussion about the feasibility of a
name change to reflect the excellence of the Rolla campus," said Scott Charton, a spokesman for the

Board of Curators President Angela Bennett, speaking for herself, said she believed it was appropriate to
explore the issue if it would help the campus and the system.

The Rolla Daily News
What’s in a name?
Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Not nearly enough in UMR‟s Case says Chancellor Dr. John F. Carney III

University of Missouri-Rolla Chancellor Dr. John F. Carney III is proposing a change in the university‟s
name to something that better reflects its ranking as one of the nation‟s top technological research
The chancellor‟s proposal came during his semi-annual State of the University Address yesterday during
which he also discussed the idea of turning the university‟s Miner Golf Course into a university research

Carney wants the campus community and university alumni to discuss the merits of changing the
university‟s name and is interested in hearing suggestions as to what that name should be. For starters,
Carney has come up with Missouri Institute of Technology, University of Missouri Institute of Technology
and Missouri Technological University as possible name changes. He said the university‟s current name
does not distinguish the campus as one focused on engineering, technology and science.

Carney wants that distinction.

“Our name doesn‟t tell people anything about us, nor does it differentiate us from other schools in the
University of Missouri System,” he told the crowd that gathered at the Havener Center at noon Monday.
“The „UMR‟ name doesn‟t tell people anything about the intrinsic nature of our university, but most all of
the other technological schools we are ranked among have names that describe them as such.”

Because the chancellor aims to make UMR one of the nation‟s top five technological research universities
by the year 2010, the proposed name change is all the more timely and important. Although UMR‟s
marketing materials already carry a tag line of “Missouri‟s premier technological research university,” Carney
said the institution is not as well known as it should be in other parts of the United States.

But a more descriptive name could change that.

“UMR is unique among the four University of Missouri campuses because of our focus as a technological
research university,” he said. “We believe a more distinctive name would afford UMR several advantages in
recruiting students on a national level.”

Carney plans to survey students, faculty, staff and alumni about the possible name change over the next
several weeks. Any name change would have to be approved by the University of Missouri Board of

Curators. If the university is going to change its name, Carney would like to see it happen sooner rather
than later.

“I don‟t want to talk about this for the next 10 years,” he said. “Let‟s talk about it as a campus community
and then decide what to do, if anything. So the question is, „Should we consider a name change for UMR?‟”

The other major question broached by Carney was his vision of a university research park on the 50 acres
now occupied by the Miner Golf Course. “It would be important to have the research park as an integral
part of the campus, not off somewhere else,” he said.

“I‟m not talking about taking the whole golf course tomorrow,” he said. “But maybe just the driving range
to begin with. I see us maintaining a lot of green space within the research park, perhaps even a par-three
golf course with irrigated fairways.

“We are Missouri‟s premier technological university and there‟s no reason why we shouldn‟t have a lot more
high-tech companies like Mo-Sci and Brewer Science in Rolla. We have the technology and the space, so I
say let‟s go for it.”

Carney sees the research park enticing high-tech companies to locate in Rolla. He also said such a facility
will give UMR faculty and students an opportunity to market their technology and innovations, and perhaps
even start their own businesses. But it will take a lot more than university efforts to make the research park
a reality.

“We can‟t do this alone. We need help from the city, the state and the private sector,” Carney said. “I think
the golf course is the best place to put the research park, but if anyone else has other suggestions I‟d like to
hear them.”

The chancellor discussed several other items of business at his State of the University Address including
enrollment, UMR‟s transition to a “zero-school” administration structure, state funding for university
projects, the institution‟s strategic plan, partnerships with other universities and more.

Carney said UMR has seen the number of undergraduate students rise with the university‟s largest incoming
class this fall.

“Not only do we have a lot of students, but we have a very high quality of students,” Carney said. “Our
students are simply outstanding.”

Although UMR is “on track as far as total enrollment” goes, Carney said he wants to see more graduate
students at the university.

“We arguably have one of the best undergraduate programs in the country, but we need to move forward
with our graduate research programs and keep increasing our graduate student population,” he said. “And
the same goes for our distance learning programs.”

While the university has a high first-to-second-year student retention, Carney would like to see more
students graduate from the university.

“We need to do a better job of getting people to graduate from UMR,” he said. “We admit highly capable
students to the university, so there‟s no reason why they shouldn‟t succeed at UMR.”

Carney also addressed the university‟s transition from a four-school college to a zero-school administration
structure. Although the changes aren‟t scheduled to take effect until July 2007, five committees are already
hard at work getting the transition underway. Four of the committees include the Financial Activities
Planning Committee, the Personnel Resources Planning Committee, the External Functions and Activities
Planning Committee and the Administrative Planning Committee. Those committees will then present their
findings to the Steering Committee, who will then report to Carney.

“The time line for this is aggressive, but hopefully we‟ll be finished [with the transition] by the end of this
year,” Carney said.

Toomey Hall is another ongoing project at UMR, but it may not be completed as quickly as the university
had hoped.

“The construction of Toomey Hall is going great, but my biggest frustration lies with the funding,” Carney

UMR has raised $14 million of the $28 million construction project, but is relying on funds from the sale of
the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority, or MOHELA, as Gov. Matt Blunt had proposed. The
university expected to get an estimated $12 million from the sale in May, but that didn‟t happen. MOHELA
has agreed to the plan but it must be approved by the legislature, which doesn‟t meet until January. Carney
said that could mean UMR won‟t get the money until August 2007.

“I‟m desperately trying not to call a time out on the construction of Toomey Hall,” he said. “We really need
to keep it going. Even if we could raise another $3 million in the next few months, that would probably
keep it going until we get the money from MOHELA. The funding for Toomey Hall will come, it‟s just a
matter of time.”

There is also a second Residential College under construction. The facility is scheduled for student move-in
next fall semester. After it‟s complete, the Thomas Jefferson ( “T.J.”) dormitory will be renovated.

“We‟ve desperately needed to renovate T.J. Hall,” Carney said. “So when the new Residential College is
finished, we‟ll close one-third of T.J. and move those students to the new facility.”

Partnerships with other universities is also on the chancellor‟s priority list. Earlier this year, UMR entered a
Memorandum of Understanding with Missouri State University that will provide UMR engineering degrees
on the MSU campus.

“We are prepared to deliver UMR degrees in civil and electrical engineering at MSU,” Carney said. “It

makes sense to do this because Missouri needs as many students graduating in engineering as possible.”

However, UMR and MSU need more state funding before the program can begin. Both universities need
roughly $500,000.

“We have the program in good shape, all we need is the funding,” Carney said.

Carney would also like to see UMR partner with University of Missouri-Kansas City.

“UMKC has a phenomenal medical and dental school and we have a world class engineering and science
facility,” he said. “I would like to see a biomedical engineering partnership with them. They‟re very excited
about it and so are we.”

Carney said he is also spending a lot of time on UMR‟s capital campaign.

“We‟re raising a lot of money and we‟ll go public with it in the spring,” he said.
The Kansas City Star
Higher education
A new name sought
Tuesday, October 10, 2006

University of Missouri-Rolla may be joining the list of name-changing Missouri colleges.

Just last month, Central Missouri State became the University of Central Missouri, following the
conversions of Northeast Missouri State to Truman State (1996) and Southwest Missouri State to Missouri
State (2005).

On Monday, UMR Chancellor John F. Carney suggested the school find a name that better reflects UMR‟s
role as a technological research institution focused on engineering, technology and science. The University
of Missouri Board of Curators must approve any name change.

Jefferson City News Tribune
University of Missouri-Rolla considers name change
Tuesday, October 10, 2006

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP)- The university once known as the Missouri School of Mines is suffering an identity crisis.

That's the conclusion of the University of Missouri-Rolla's new chancellor, John Carney III, who on
Monday suggested a name change to better reflect the school's emphasis on engineering, science and

The university “is unique among the four University of Missouri campuses because of our focus,” Carney
said. “The University of Missouri-Rolla says nothing about that unique nature.”

Created in 1870 as the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, the school was renamed the
University of Missouri at Rolla in 1964. It assumed its present name four years later.

Carney said the campus is at a disadvantage when it comes to recruiting students, faculty and donors who
can more easily assess the mission of such peer institutions as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
and the Georgia Institute for Technology.

“One of the things this university has not done well is market itself,” said Carney, who became chancellor
last year after serving as provost at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.

Carney said he wants to survey alumni, students, faculty and staff at the 5,800-student campus before
moving forward. Any name change would require approval by the University of Missouri curators.

“I'm sure there will be some opposition,” he said. “Any kind of change prompts resistance.”

Connie Eggert, the school's vice chancellor for advancement, said the Rolla appellation doesn't do the
university justice.

“The UMR brand is very strong and has been for over 100 years,” she said. “But that brand is far more
robust than its name.”

Among the possibilities floated by Carney are Missouri Institute of Technology or Missouri Technological
University, both of which could be shortened to the far more snappy Missouri Tech.

Should the name change move forward, the Rolla campus would join two other Missouri schools that
recently swapped names.

Just last month, Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg changed its name to the University of
Central Missouri. In 2005, Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield dropped the regional
designator from its name.

Lawmakers also agreed to replace the title “college” with “university” for Missouri Western State in St.
Joseph and Harris-Stowe State in St. Louis and drop the city designator from Missouri Southern State

The Rolla Daily News
UMR students get grant to study environmental impact of steel products
Monday, October 9, 2006

ROLLA, Mo. - A team of materials science and engineering students at the University of Missouri-
Rolla has been awarded a total of $47,500 by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and the
Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) to study the environmental impact of steel
construction and manufacturing materials.

AISI and AIST awarded 2006 design grants to teams from two universities, UMR and Carnegie
MellonUniversity. The two teams submitted winning proposals addressing the theme, “Comparative
Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Assessments of Steel Products.” Each institution will receive $47,500 to
support student research.

Under the direction of Dr. Kent Peaslee, professor of materials science and engineering, a team of
about 10 UMR seniors will quantify the energy requirements and greenhouse gas emissions of various
steel products through their life cycle, from extraction through end use.
The UMR students will then compare the steel products to other materials in the same market,
according to Peaslee. Products to be compared include structural steel versus wood in residential
construction, steel cans versus plastic frozen food containers in the food container market, steel
roofing versus standard asphalt shingles in residential construction and automotive-quality steel body
panels versus aluminum.

“The universities are addressing one of steel‟s most important attributes - sustainability - and we look
forward to seeing the progress the teams and projects make in the coming year,” says Andrew Sharkey,
president and chief executive officer of AISI. “The design grant program will expose metallurgy and
materials science students and professors to real-life issues and enable them to acquire better
knowledge of the North American steel industry.”

AISI serves as the voice of member companies operating in the North American steel industry. The
organization‟s mission is to represent member companies in the public policy arena and advance the
case for steel in the marketplace.

AIST is an international technical organization that represents more than 9,000 iron and steel
producers, allied suppliers and researchers. The association is dedicated to advancing the technical
development, production, processing and application of iron and steel. The AIST Foundation seeks
to attract young, technology-oriented professionals to the industry by promoting career opportunities
in modern steelmaking.

“Not only will the design grant initiative bring practical working knowledge in ferrous metallurgy to
students, but it will also bring the industry insight into how steel competes with other materials with
respect to environmental sustainability,” says Ronald Ashburn, executive director of the AIST

The Rolla Daily News
UMR plans preview of MBA program
Monday, October 9, 2006

Faculty members from the University of Missouri-Rolla will introduce the public to the university's
new master of business administration degree program during a preview event scheduled for Oct. 4.

Anyone interested in the MBA program is invited to stop by the Havener Center on campus between
5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Brief presentations will be given throughout the
evening and informational packets will be provided. MBA faculty members will also be available to
answer questions.

The MBA degree program at UMR officially starts in January of 2007, when the first classes will be
offered. The program has been uniquely designed to provide graduate-level instruction in business and
technology. The program has also been designed to allow for completion of the MBA degree in one
calendar year.
Graduate students enrolled in the program will create high-tech business plans, compete in business
simulations, and have opportunities to intern with Fortune 500 companies.

The campus community and the general public are invited to attend UMR's MBA preview event. For
more information, contact the program's director, Brenda Bouse, at 573-341-6864 or

The Rolla Daily News
Superconductivity is key to conserving energy, says UMR researcher
Monday, October 9, 2006

ROLLA, Mo. - Dr. Fatih Dogan, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of
Missouri-Rolla, is working with superconducting materials that might eventually revolutionize the way
energy is conserved.

Dogan is an author of a new article about the possible mechanisms of superconductivity at high
temperatures. The paper was published this week by Nature Physics, an academic journal.

Superconductivity is a phenomenon that occurs in some materials at temperatures hundreds of degrees
below zero. The phenomenon is characterized by exactly zero electrical resistance. In ordinary
conductors the amount of resistance never reaches zero.
Normal conductors like copper generate heat, causing a certain amount of the energy transported
through copper wires to be lost. For the same reason, a lot of energy is wasted in the processes of
burning coal and oil. Superconducting materials don't produce heat and are therefore much more
energy efficient.

Fifty years ago, Nobel Prize-winning scientists explained the superconductivity of materials at low
temperatures. But for the materials to be useful in the transportation of electricity, for example, they
would have to be superconductive at much higher temperatures.

“Ideally, we're talking room temperatures or higher,” Dogan says. “If we understand the mechanisms
of high-temperature superconductivity, we could discover new materials that could be
superconducting. Computers would work extremely fast without heating up and power lines could
transport electricity on thin lines without losing energy.”

Dogan is working with a mixture containing versions of four elements: yttrium, barium, copper and
oxygen. In a UMR lab, high-quality crystals of the mixture are grown. The crystals are used by
physicists around the world for neutron scattering measurements.

“The periodic table has billions of possibilities,” Dogan says. “You have to have a good idea about
what might work before you start.”

Dogan says physicists and other scientists around the world have been working on the
superconductivity problem for a long time. Some of them have turned to Dogan, because he has
developed a reputation for being able to grow large crystals of the complex elemental mixture that is
believed to have unique qualities conducive to superconductivity at high temperatures.

Powder from the four elements is heated, melted, and then allowed to cool in a disc shape about the
size of a silver dollar. The trick to getting the material in the disc to form as a single high-quality
crystal, according to Dogan, is to place a seed crystal that melts at higher temperatures in the center of
the mixture. Under precisely controlled conditions during the cooling process, the seed crystal
colonizes the surrounding material.

Dogan's crystals help physicists understand the mechanisms of high-temperature superconductivity. If
more can be learned, new materials might one day be engineered to solve a lot of the world's energy

The latest Nature Physics paper is the sixth Nature publication on superconductivity materials that
Dogan has co-authored.

The Springfield Newsleader
MSU grants at record high
Thursday, October 12, 2006

Missouri State University students, campus and community could benefit from a record year of grants
and contracts.

University officials announced Wednesday that MSU received $18,133,909 from 151 grants and
contracts awarded to faculty and staff during the 2005-06 school year.

The amount is a 9 percent increase over what the university was awarded last year.

"The university continues to focus on attracting and earning external grants and contracts. The record
amount achieved this year is a sign of the progress we are making," said MSU President Mike Nietzel.

"I am especially pleased to see JVIC-related projects leading the way."

The Jordan Valley Innovation Center, which includes the Center for Applied Science and Engineering
and the Center for Biomedical and Life Sciences, got 10 awards from federal sources totaling more
than $9.8 million.

Those awards were for ongoing renovation of the JVIC facility in downtown Springfield. JVIC will
house applied science and life science centers as well as technology companies conducting defense-
related research, development and limited-scale manufacturing.

Those projects are expected to pump money into the local economy and create jobs for scientists,
researchers and other staff.

"When you take the institution to the next level, you need to find new ways to fund the program. The
fact that the faculty is looking for new ways of funding is a good indicator," said Ryan Giedd, executive
director of JVIC.

"It's a funding level that we need to sustain. We may change the course from federal to the private
sector and project royalties."

Paul Durham, associate professor of biology and director of the life science centers who received
nearly $250,000 for research work, said the grants will help students.

"It will provide resources that we wouldn't have had otherwise. They can work on relative projects and
real world stuff," he said. "It gives them a whole different perspective."

Durham said the equipment that the university has been able to obtain is on a par — or better than —
what's at Washington University or the University of Missouri.

"You have to have the latest equipment and technology. We can get that now," he said.

The Columbia Daily Tribune
Editorial: MOHELA
The open meetings case
Monday, October 9, 2006

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon has filed a lawsuit against officers of the Missouri Higher
Education Loan Authority for violating the state Open Meetings and Records Law.

Terry Ganey of the Tribune reports information gathered for the suit shows former MOHELA board
member James Mauze communicated individually with three other members urging the firing of
Executive Director Mike Cummins, who opposed Gov. Matt Blunt‟s plan to sell the agency‟s loan

In essence, the four-member majority of the board met and decided to fire Cummins before the deed
officially was done at the board‟s Jan. 24 meeting. They argue Cummins had violated orders by
lobbying in Jefferson City against the sale.

Regardless of motivations, the open meetings question has to do with procedure. Courts generally have
decided talks among individual members of a public body are acceptable so long as they are not
intended to bypass requirements of the law, to in essence hold a secret meeting.

Clearly, this happened among the MOHELA board quorum as they laid detailed plans for firing
Cummins. Perhaps they could have followed the law‟s requirements for holding a closed meeting on
Cummins‟ status, but they did not.

Blunt and his economic development director, Greg Steinhoff, repeatedly have criticized Nixon for
opposing their MOHELA process. Steinhoff says the attorney general should drop the open meetings

Not at all. The attorney general and other law officers fail to prosecute the Sunshine Law diligently
enough. In recent years, Nixon has done better. Perhaps he is pursuing the MOHELA violation with
extraordinary eagerness because of broader concerns, but that does not diminish the validity of his
secret meeting allegation.

If the court decides the four MOHELA members did violate the law even though they only had one-
on-one discussions, an important precedent will be strengthened. Clearly, the board majority had a
discussion and reached consensus on an important matter of public business just as surely as if all four
had been together around a table making an official record. Just as clearly, they ignored legally required
procedures for a public body to close a meeting.

The Joplin Globe
Editorial: MOHELA
Saturday, October 7, 2006

Gov. Matt Blunt may get his way with the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority. It would appear
the sale of $350 million from MOHELA's assets of $5.4 billion is likely once the General Assembly
reconvenes in January, thanks to the blessing of House and Senate leaders.

Let's face it, Missouri's universities and community colleges have been the neglected orphans of the
budgetary process, facing a series of cuts that have triggered higher tuition rates for students and
forced institutions to whittle away muscle and bone as well as any fat.

During that time, growing building needs have been shoved to the back of the "Need to do" folder
and placed in a dark, dusty file cabinet.

Operational money may take care of itself as the economy continues to grow and legislators have
additional dollars to channel into universities and community colleges over the next few years. The
fiscal forecast for higher education may not be the bright sunshine and warm days of plenty, but it
should be much better than the dreary gray clouds of unmet needs of the last five years.

Not so easily addressed are the necessity for new buildings and renovation projects on far-flung higher
education campuses.

An infusion of $350 million of MOHELA's assets would offer prompt relief, if not a magic wand to be
waved for satisfying all of the wants and needs of the state's universities and community colleges. The
list of projects includes a $19 million science building at Missouri Southern State University.

The biggest obstacle looming over the MOHELA deal is the possible change in the makeup of the
House and Senate in November's election. Who knows what the next Legislature will find agreeable or
disagreeable in Blunt's plan if there are many new faces.

Eventually, of course, any MOHELA deal will have the fingerprints of lawmakers all over it. A
building may be added here and a project only partially funded or stretched out there. Compromise is
the art of politics. Still, the basic premise of the governor's plan is solid. Higher education requires
money for capital improvements, and MOHELA has it.


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