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.

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. 

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.

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

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Wednesday, February 21

Student Photos

1-4 pm, 317 Lowry Hall

A&S Student Council Trivia Night

7:00 pm, Memorial Union

Thursday, February 22

A&S Faculty/Staff meeting

Memorial Union

Friday, February 23

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 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.

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.

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.

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:

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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