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MU School of Medicine: Payroll Deduction Requested

Recently, the University of Missouri School of Medicine was a recipient of an award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), recognized as an institution implementing innovative and systemwide processes. One of those ‘innovative processes,’ surely the AAMC was not aware of, came in a piece of direct mail to School of Medicine faculty from Dr. Les Hall, interim dean of the School of Medicine.

The correspondence, on School of Medicine letterhead, boasts the importance of “high-quality education and research” which is vital to the future of the medical profession, even as funding becomes less accessible.

“In order to remain leaders in academic medicine and to continue to recruit and retain excellent students and faculty, private support is crucial … You may give an unrestricted gift, or support any area you prefer.”

Accompanied to this letter was a payroll deduction form.

In recent weeks, the School of Medicine announced $36 million is needed to expand the current School of Medicine in Columbia.

Dr. Harold Williamson, executive vice chancellor of the University of Missouri Health System, says construction plans for the medical school include an expansion on top of the medical school library.

And here it is… the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau’s old vs. new logo and tag line. What are your thoughts?

And here it is… the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau’s old vs. new logo and tag line. What are your thoughts?

My Thoughts: #CoMoSnow 2013

If Mizzou considers itself one of the nation’s top-tier institutions, why didn’t the Chancellor do his part as the leader of the university yesterday?

By 9 a.m., snowfall and ice layered Columbia. Due to severe weather creating hazardous traveling conditions, Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency, yet Chancellor Deaton did not issue a closure.

The University of Missouri’s official Twitter account took a lowball approach and tweeted, “To reiterate, classes are in session. Please ignore 2 year old retweets.” The only reason people were retweeting those was because conditions were unsafe for students to travel and it was humorous the university thought it could win against mother nature. Moments later, their social team tweeted, “sidewalks and roads on campus are passable.” That’s wonderful, but what about the overwhelming majority of us who live off-campus? Were you planning on sending Campus Facilities into the City of Columbia and take care of the roads? Are the crews at Mizzou more equipped than the City of Columbia? And yet again, within the hour they stated: “snowfall amounts that…will be able to handle effectively.” Did you even look outside and see for yourselves? Were you planning to “handle effectively” the students who could have been injured on the way to class? Keep in mind that you did close University of Missouri Health Care outpatient clinics.

As they say, if you are not willing to contribute to the solution, don’t complain. Here is my solution: if Mizzou was SO adamant about remaining open (which I don’t understand what one-day of closure is going to affect, just ask my professors who habitually cancel class—it’s nothing new to us, the students) why didn’t the Chancellor, “of one of the great universities of the future,” do his part as a leader? There are an overwhelming number of resources, for instance, Mizzou Advantage!

The purpose of Mizzou Advantage is to “increase MU’s visibility, stature and impact in higher education and enhance instructional programs” and “the value of an MU degree.” Mizzou Advantage toots its horn featuring “a wide array of expertise and resources all located on the same campus, MU does things no other university can.” You’re right, Mizzou, you did do things no other university can, by placing the safety of your students at harm. Why didn’t you delve into “Media of the Future” and instruct professors to conduct classes online via Blackboard, email, social media networks, or an array of emerging platforms to strengthen our use in digital technologies? Perhaps you were relying on implementing “One Health/One Medicine” as the state’s major public research university connecting research and instruction in health care delivery, policy, business models, medical ethics and the culture of healthy living after students resulted in injury.

Today, brands become damaged because of their poor communications, which usually results and lies at the company’s head. Mizzou’s Twitter and Facebook accounts should never have ignored complaints. This was not a handful of students complaining, but professors, news broadcasts and even the Governor. Yesterday, Chancellor Deaton, the University of Missouri’s public relations and social media team failed during crisis communication. Good PR results in being sympathetic, taking responsibility for company’s errors and being transparent.

Strategic PR and social teams are prepared for crisis communication/emergency situations. I think it’s time Mizzou created one.

Wow! Talk about being petty, Mizzou. Although, it looks like you lost this round.
I would like to know the personnel that run this account, though.

Wow! Talk about being petty, Mizzou. Although, it looks like you lost this round.

I would like to know the personnel that run this account, though.

Happy Birthday to my alma mater, University of Missouri, celebrating 174 years!

Happy Birthday to my alma mater, University of Missouri, celebrating 174 years!

Walks on the M.K.T. Trail. {the things i love}

Walks on the M.K.T. Trail. {the things i love}

The final day of the Mayor’s Million Pound Challenge for The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri is here!

The final day of the Mayor’s Million Pound Challenge for The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri is here!


The University of Missouri's 2012-2013 Inaugural Southeastern Conference Season against the University of Georgia kicks off this evening!
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The University of Missouri's 2012-2013 Inaugural Southeastern Conference Season against the University of Georgia kicks off this evening!

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THE DAILY BEAST’S 2012 LIST OF THE SMARTEST CITIES

#3 Columbia, Missouri

  • Lumosity IQ: 101.3  
  • Residents Over Age 25 with a Bachelor’s Degree: 28.4%  
  • Residents Over Age 25 with a Graduate Degree: 20.6%

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COLUMBIA, MISSOURI CONFIRMS TO BE LEGALLY TOPLESS

GoTopless, a women’s rights organization fighting for female constitutional rights to go topless in public on the basis of gender equality, has included Columbia as a rally location for its 5th Annual GoTopless Day on August 26 (a.k.a. Women’s Equality Day).

"Sergeant Jill Schlude of Columbia’s Police Department confirmed in a July 24 phone call that Missouri is one of several legally topless states,” said Nadine Gary, President of GoTopless. ”[Schlude] was specific when she told me there are no indecent exposure laws in Missouri, although she mentioned a statute that addresses ‘sexual misconduct,’ she emphasized that a woman going bare breasted in public wouldn’t be breaking the law unless she were also involved in a lewd or sexual act at the time.”

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NEW updates! (since August 1)
Yesterday, we learned that organizers of the Tiger Town activities scheduled for The District on game day may be merging their efforts into a similar event being organized by the University of Missouri.
At this point, we understand the University’s Alumni Association plans to use the South Quad area of campus to welcome visitors with food and beverage tents, kids’ activities and a performance by Marching Mizzou. Tiger Town organizers believe that collaborating with the university is their best option during this first year of SEC play.

NEW updates! (since August 1)

Yesterday, we learned that organizers of the Tiger Town activities scheduled for The District on game day may be merging their efforts into a similar event being organized by the University of Missouri.

At this point, we understand the University’s Alumni Association plans to use the South Quad area of campus to welcome visitors with food and beverage tents, kids’ activities and a performance by Marching Mizzou. Tiger Town organizers believe that collaborating with the university is their best option during this first year of SEC play.


Tiger Town organizers today announced that efforts to promote a pregame festival in downtown Columbia are being suspended due to a variety of factors, including a lack of adequate funding. 
“We learned that hosting a first-time event like this takes a lot of lead time and costs a lot of money,” said Steinhoff. “Looking back, it took us substantially longer to define the event, leaving us less time to go and sell the event.” 
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Tiger Town organizers today announced that efforts to promote a pregame festival in downtown Columbia are being suspended due to a variety of factors, including a lack of adequate funding. 

We learned that hosting a first-time event like this takes a lot of lead time and costs a lot of money,” said Steinhoff. “Looking back, it took us substantially longer to define the event, leaving us less time to go and sell the event.” 

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