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Fall 2016 Briefly

Nuggets of news from across campus.

• The University of Missouri School of Medicine, along with CoxHealth and Mercy Springfield, celebrated the opening of MU’s new clinical campus June 13 in Springfield, Missouri. The public‐private partnership works to minimize the shortage of physicians in the state and nation. Participants at the ceremony included the inaugural Springfield campus class of nine MU medical students who will complete their last two years of training there.

• Gov. Jay Nixon, BA ’78, JD ’81, appointed three members of the University of Missouri Board of Curators: Mary E. Nelson, of St. Louis, is general counsel and chief legal officer for the St. Louis Community College District. Jon Sundvold, BS BA ’83, a former Mizzou and NBA basketball player, is president of Sundvold Financial and a commentator on Tigers basketball broadcasts. Thomas R. Voss of Eureka, formerly CEO of Ameren Corp., is chairman of Smart Wires.

• Marshall Stewart started work as vice chancellor for extension and engagement at MU on Aug. 15, 2016. He was director of college leadership and strategy at the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Patty Haberberger, BS BA ’83, started as vice chancellor for human resource services Aug. 1. She was assistant vice president for human resources at St. Louis University.

Mizzou’s Biggest Summer

students on quad

Summer school enrollment at Mizzou had a record‐breaking year in 2016. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Read full story at MU News.

Meet + Greet = Good Sleep

Calling all seniors … Want to sleep better at night and in so doing decrease your risk of chronic diseases? One solution might be to remain socially connected, according to a new study by Jen‐Hao Chen, an assistant professor of health professions and of public affairs. Chen compared sleep outcomes to taking part in religious activities, volunteering and joining in organized group events. Greater levels of social participation correlated with better sleep in older adults, though Chen could not prove a cause‐effect relationship. It could be that older adults who sleep well are more likely to be socially active. Even so, just to play it safe, why not have a party?

Sobering Stats on Colon Cancer

Among Americans younger than 50, members of minority groups are twice as likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer as non‐Hispanic white people, according to a study by Jamal Ibdah, professor of medicine. On average, members of racial and ethnic minority groups are diagnosed between the ages of 64 and 68, and non‐Hispanic white people typically are diagnosed at age 72. The differences could stem from heredity, environment, diet and lifestyle, Ibdah says. Minority groups also were diagnosed with more advanced stages of cancer, perhaps due to lower screening rates and differences in access to health care. Ibdah encourages everyone to undergo regular screenings for colorectal cancer to ensure the best chance for prevention and early diagnosis.

Record Fundraising Year

Mizzou set a new fundraising record in fiscal year 2016, raising nearly $171 million in donations. This amount surpasses the previous record of $164.5 million set in 2014. It exceeds the fundraising goal for the year by $5 million. It also represents a 15 percent increase over last year’s total. Recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education as one of the nation’s five most‐improved fundraising programs in 2015, MU continued a three‐year trend, receiving 20 or more gifts of at least $1 million. Nearly 44,000 people made donations, pledges or estate gifts to MU from June 1, 2015, through May 31, 2016. The record‐setting year brings the Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign total to $762 million — more than halfway to the $1.3 billion goal announced at the campaign’s launch in October 2015.


2 — Mizzou softball players honored as 2016 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All‐Americans. Emily Crane, now an outfielder with the Scrap Yard Dawgs (Conroe, Texas) of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league, was named to the first team, and Sami Fagan, now with the NPF’s Akron Racers, was named to the second team.

4 — Mizzou student‐athletes who will compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro beginning Aug. 6. Senior wrestler J’den Cox will represent the U.S.; swimmers Mack Darragh, BS BA ’15, and Dominique Bouchard, BS BA ’14, will represent Canada; and freshman swimmer Mikel Schreuders will represent Aruba.

14 — Coaches in Mizzou baseball history since Steve Bieser took the helm June 30, 2016. Formerly the head coach at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Bieser is the only skipper in Ohio Valley Conference history to win three consecutive outright conference titles.

4 — All‐American honors awarded to Sarah Shire Brown, BA ’10, M Ed ’12, during her gymnastics career at Mizzou. Brown was named head coach at Eastern Michigan University July 25, 2016.