Taste of A&S artworkMU’s College of Arts and Science presents a day of good food, fantastic professors, and topics as diverse as the world around us—A Taste of Arts and Science.

Soren Larsen, Associate Professor of Geography

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Official enrollment figures for the 2016-2017 academic year at the University of Missouri showed an increase from opening day, including total enrollment, undergraduates, total minority students and retention rate. Overall, MU’s official fall enrollment is 33,266, up 489 students or 1.5 percent from opening day enrollment numbers.

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We invite current students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and community members to join us to share their own experiences of religious diversity and discrimination and offer suggestions for what changes they would like to see to address religious illiteracy and the current climate at the University of Missouri.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. William Harrington has completed tours of duty in Afghanistan, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom, and even the White House. He currently serves as superintendent of the Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, where he handles training, safety, morale, welfare, and quality-of-life issues for 3,200 personnel.

Students enrolled in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri will be required to take three credit hours from courses in the college’s undergraduate curriculum that are designated “DI” for diversity intensive. The proposed diversity course requirement was approved by 75 percent of the tenured and non-tenure track faculty who voted on the measure. 

Please join Interim Dean Patricia Okker in welcoming new faculty and staff to campus as the Fall 2017 semester gets underway. The A&S Fall Reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. in Stotler Lounge in Memorial Union. This event is invitation-only.


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Sixteen students who have declared Arts and Science (A&S) majors make up the inaugural class of the college’s new Student Ambassador Leadership Program. These students will represent the college and the A&S student body and student experience at admission, recruiting, donor, and other major events hosted by the college, such as its Beyond Campus events in St.

The Arts and Science Student Council is hosting a Trivia Night on Monday May 2 from 7-9 pm. It will be held in Memorial Union North in Stotler Lounge (the big ballroom). Teams can contain UP TO 8 MEMBERS. If you wish to submit a team, email to Blake Nourie, Student Council President, with all team member names, a team captain and a team name.

The Arts and Science Student Council presented Chalk Awards to an economics professor, a philosophy professor, and an academic adviser during the council’s recent trivia night at Memorial Union. The Chalk Awards, first presented to instructors and advisers in 1974, are a means for students to recognize faculty and staff who have made a difference in students’ lives.

Please join us for the Arts & Science Student Fall Welcome in Memorial Union's Stotler Lounge on Sept. 27 from 11-1 p.m. This event will feature information for students on everything the College of Arts and Science has to offer, including departmental student organizations, study abroad programs, and internships. We hope to see you there!

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The College of Arts and Science honored three distinguished alumni and two friends of the college for their distinguished service to A&S during the 36th annual Arts and Science Banquet at the Reynolds Alumni Center, Feb. 17. The banquet, the culmination of Arts and Science Week on campus, is a celebration of all things A&S.

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It’s that bowling time of year again! It will be an afternoon event of bowling fun on St. Patrick's Day with snacks (while supplies last).

Meet us at Lazer Lanes, 3412 Grindstone Parkway on Friday, March 17th.

Please join us on Lowry Mall Wednesday, September 14 from 11-1 for our annual College of Arts and Science Fall Welcome. Live musical performances, departmental and program booths, pizza and free giveaways!

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A&S Week events listing

Monday, February 13

Tuesday, February 14   

Dean Okker’s Office Hours – Students

3:30-5:00 p.m.

317 Lowry Hall

Wednesday, February 15

Monday, February 19

Student office hours with Dean Patricia Okker, 317 Lowry Hall, 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 20

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College of Arts & Science 2017 Commencement

4:00 p.m. in Mizzou Arena

ON the day of the ceremony

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and one of the most acclaimed and respected lawyers in the nation. Stevenson is the recipient of numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant and the NAACP Image Award for Best Non-Fiction, and was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People for 2015.

The College of Arts and Science has built a proud tradition of honoring alumni and friends through its annual alumni awards program.  The success of the program is largely due to the assistance of friends and alumni who provide us with nominations on behalf of deserving individuals. 

The college is seeking nominations for candidates in each of the following categories: 

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Academy of Science St. Louis has honored MU Chancellor Hank Foley with the 2016 Science Leadership award.

Since its inception, the Academy has promoted the recognition of the impressive scientists of St. Louis. This tradition continues with the 22nd Annual Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards. Each award-winner represents an extraordinary caliber of expertise.

Bill McKibben (photo credit Steve Liptay)

Please join us for the Lloyd B. Thomas Lecture and Performance Series event, "Climate Change: The Hottest Fight in the Hottest Decade," featuring Bill McKibben on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at the Missouri Theatre, 203 S. 9th St., in Columbia. 

The MU College of Arts and Science presented awards to two distinguished alumni of the college and to a dear friend and supporter of the college during the 2016 Arts and Science Banquet at the Reynolds Alumni Center, Feb. 19.  Larry McMullen, BA ’53 political science, JD ’59; and Beth McCarter, BA ’84 political science, were named Distinguished Alumni and were presented plaques for their contributions to the college and to the university.

Forty years ago this month, Melodie Powell, BA ’77, JD ’81, received her bachelor’s degree in French during commencement exercises in the Hearnes Center. On Friday, Powell will return to the Hearnes Center to deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2017.

Joseph L. White, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine, will present “The Browning of America: Implications for Diversity in Higher Education” at the University of Missouri.

A total solar eclipse of the sun will sweep across the continental United States Aug. 21, 2017. The eclipse, with a total duration of 90 minutes, includes an area of “greatest duration” that falls above Columbia, Missouri. Here, eclipse totality, starting at 1:12 p.m., will last 2 minutes 26 seconds.

View a map showing the path the eclipse will take across the United States.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Developing drought-tolerant corn varieties that make efficient use of available water is vital to sustain the estimated 9 billion global population by 2050. For the past several decades, University of Missouri researchers have been working to solve this world hunger problem and have made significant strides.

The Mizzou Alumni Association surveyed students who graduated last December, asking them to rate their experience at the University of Missouri. The overwhelming majority of students who responded to the survey rated their MU experience either positively or very positively:

Beginning this week, MU students can transfer up to 10 meals to help feed their fellow students. Faculty, staff, and students from the College of Arts and Science, Campus Dining Services, Missouri Student Association, Residence Halls Association, Tiger Pantry, and other organizations have spent the past few months developing a pilot program that will allow students to transfer unused meals to students who may be food insecure.

The International Center provides a mandatory orientation program to give new international students essential inforamtion regarding their stay at MU. International Student Welcome is a great opportunity to:

Samuel Dunietz

Concerned about the future of public higher education in Missouri?

Come to the presentation, "Lobbying and Legislative Strategies," with Samuel Dunietz, Research and Policy Analyst, American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Washington, D.C.

MLK I Have a Dream speech

WHAT: In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the University of Missouri is hosting civil rights and peace activist Diane Nash, who will present, “From Jail in Jackson to the Distinguished American Award: My Life as an Activist.”

The latest issue of Mizzou magazine features a number of stories about the contributions and achievements of faculty members in the College of Arts and Science. Here is just a sample:

COLUMBIA, Mo. – During the weekend of Dec. 16-18, 2,400 students will celebrate the culmination of their academic achievements during fall commencement ceremonies at the University of Missouri. Throughout the weekend, MU officials will award 2,563 degrees, including 1,911 bachelor’s degrees, 488 master’s degrees, 151 doctoral degrees, 3 professional degrees and 10 education specialists’ degrees.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – During the weekend of May 13-15, 5,606 students will receive degrees during spring commencement exercises at the University of Missouri. University officials also will honor MU Law alumnus and philanthropist, Shawn Askinosie, with an honorary degree.

Assistant Teaching Professor Joseph Erb likes to ask his students, “Whose land are we on?” In the three semesters Erb has been with the College of Arts and Science’s digital storytelling program, he says not a single student has answered correctly.

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WHAT: University of Missouri Interim Chancellor Hank Foley will present the State of the University address. The event will be live streamed and recorded. Foley will discuss plans for the future of Mizzou.

WHO: Hank Foley, MU interim chancellor

WHEN: 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27.

The 2017 Excellence in Education awards ceremony and reception will honor nominees and recipients of Excellence in Education Award, and the MU Faculty Achievement Award in Diversity.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Garnett S. Stokes announced today that Patricia Okker, professor of English and interim dean of the College of Arts and Science, has been named dean of the College of Arts and Science, effective immediately.

The most comprehensive study abroad informational event of the year! Don't miss this great opportunity to learn about the hundreds of programs available to MU students across all disciplines. International Center staff as well as representatives from MU colleges and departments, MU's affiliated programs and study abroad returnees will be available to answer questions.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— Summer session opened this week at the University of Missouri, and enrollment is up 2.2 percent. Overall, summer enrollment is up to 13,697 students, an increase of 298 students from last year’s total of 13,396. This is an all-time high for summer enrollment.

The University of Missouri will celebrate Black History Month with a series of events throughout February. The month-long celebration, “Hallowed Grounds: Sites and Rites of Black Memory,” will feature events such as performances, lectures and panels. Some of the events include:

Benjamin Reese, vice president of the Office for Institutional Equity at Duke University, will be presenting “Implicit Bias in the Academy,” April 4 on the University of Missouri Campus.

Benjamin Reese

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri Research Reactor Center (MURR®) has received a new 20-year operating license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). MURR has been a crucial component for research at the university for more than 40 years.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – During the weekend of May 12-14, 5,484 students will receive degrees during spring commencement exercises at the University of Missouri. University officials also will honor Mizzou alumna, conservationist and “mother” of the Katy Trail, Pat Jones, with an honorary degree.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Enrollment at the University of Missouri rose slightly higher than expected in fourth-week census numbers released today while the campus continued to log near-record retention rates. Total enrollment is 30,870.

MU welcomed 4,134 freshman this fall—up from the 4,009 expected based on preliminary numbers released in May. That’s more first-year students, including more Missourians, than any other university in the state.

Students may begin moving into residence halls and extended campus locations beginning at 9 a.m. today.

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University of Missouri Provost Garnett Stokes announced today that Pat Okker, a senior associate provost, has agreed to serve as interim dean of the College of Arts and Science.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Preliminary figures for enrollment at the University of Missouri indicate that Mizzou students are enjoying a successful collegiate career. MU began classes today with an enrollment of more than 30,000 students. This includes a freshman class of more than 4,100 students and the second highest retention rate in MU’s history at 86.6 percent. The retention rate measures how many freshmen from the 2016-17 school year are returning to Mizzou.

Alumnus Major Garrett spends most of his time in Washington, D.C., or on the road covering the most important political stories of the day, but he calls the University of Missouri his second home. The CBS News chief White House correspondent will take the stage at Mizzou Arena Saturday evening to talk to graduates about the impact his four years at MU had on his life and his career.

MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright and Provost Garnett Stokes recognized members of the faculty who have served the university for 25 years and announced a number of awards during a gala at the Reynolds Alumni Center Oct. 24. Four faculty members were named Curators’ Professors, the university’s highest and most prestigious rank, including three from the College of Arts and Science:

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Today, University of Missouri Provost Garnett Stokes announced the creation of the Strategic Enrollment Management Committee that will advise MU officials on a comprehensive approach to enrollment planning. The committee is expected to shape Mizzou’s enrollment future at a critical time in institutional history and take a holistic approach to enrollment planning.

COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— Mizzou began its fall semester today with its third-highest retention rate in the university’s history and the highest ACT scores of any incoming freshman class, both indications that the University of Missouri continues to be a top choice for quality higher education in Missouri.

Patrick Graham’s nomination to the University of Missouri Board of Curators will not become official until the Missouri Senate approves the appointment, but the MU junior is not sitting around waiting for lawmakers to act. Since Governor Nixon nominated Graham as the next student representative on the Board of Curators in March, Graham has attended public forums of the presidential search committee and went to listening sessions with students at UMKC and at MU.

Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate, Tim Kaine, has served as a missionary, civil rights lawyer, teacher and elected official. He is one of 20 people in American history to have served as a mayor, governor and United States senator.

Did you miss the College of Arts and Science May 2017 Commencement? Or were you at Mizzou Arena on May 13 and just want to enjoy the experience once more? Either way—we've got you covered thanks to our friends at Mizzou Video Production at the Academic Support Center; just grab some popcorn, click the link below, and enjoy!

Ever have a question that you'd like to ask the dean? A&S Interim Dean Patricia Okker invites students to meet with her Monday, Dec. 5, from 3:30-5:00 pm at Memorial Union, N222.

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Mama Africa performance

The University of Missouri celebrates black history and culture with 2018's theme War, Peace and Black Progress. For a complete list of events, please visit the University of Missouri's Black History Month page.


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