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Campus Notes

on October 8, 2009 by Janet Edwards

Prof. Tom Bratkowski, PhD, helps students tag monarchs
Prof. Tom Bratkowski, PhD, helps students tag monarchs

Center Hosts Forum on Health Care Reform
“Understanding Health Care Reform” was the topic of a forum hosted by the Center for Civic Engagement and Democracy for the Maryville community on Oct. 12. Held on campus, the forum featured Pattie Naylor, PT, MS, assistant professor in the School of Health Professions. Civic Engagement Forums are non-partisan presentations featuring knowledgeable Maryville University faculty on issues of public concern. For more info on this or other scheduled Center activities, call ext. 9649.

It’s Migration Time Again
Monarch butterflies are on the move again as Prof. Tom Bratkowki, PhD, and Maryville students, staff and faculty participated this fall in the annual tagging for Monarch Watch. The butterflies migrate annually to the mountains of Mexico.

NPR’s David Folkenflik Visits Campus
NPR’s New York-based media correspondent David Folkenflik participated in a Q & A session in Buder Commons on Oct. 6. He spoke on the topic, “Is It Possible to Order a Full Course Dinner in a Sound Bite World?: The Challenge of Reporting On and Understanding War, the Economy and Health Care.” While in St. Louis, Folkenflick also appeared on St. Louis Public Radio’s “On the Air” show to discuss media literacy. His visit coincided with Gateway Media Literacy Week activities.

Erin-Gruwell‘Freedom Writers Diary’ Author Speaks with Students
Erin Gruwell, author of Freedom Writers Diary and Teaching Hope, paused before her campus appearance on Sept. 29 for a photo with alumna Kate Dutton, ’09, (right) who graduated with her bachelors degree in elementary education, and current student Hilary Linnertz, (left), who is completing her master’s degree in arts in education, with an early childhood concentration. Dutton is the daughter of Tammie Lorden in Human Resources. Gruwell’s visit was sponsored by the School of Education.

Can You Spell ‘Folate Biofortification’?
The annual Michael Johnson Science Seminar Series opened this month with a presentation a discussion on “Folate Biofortification in Plants.” The guest speaker was Tahzeeba Hossain, PhD, assistant research member and principal investigator of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

The series will continue with a second discussion on Oct. 22, lead by Sonya Franklin, PhD, director of protein technologies for Monsanto. Her topic is, “Protein/DNA Interactions and Design.” On Nov.  1, Terry Woodford-Thomas, PhD, of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center will talk about “Green Energy: Biodiesel Production from Microalgae.” The final discussion, slated for Dec. 3, will be led by Sich and Julie M. Jameson, scientific recruiter for Kelly Scientific Resources. The topic is, “Planning a Career in the Sciences.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill
Sen. Claire McCaskill

McCaskill Visits Campus; Talks Healthcare Reform
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) visited campus on Sept. 14 as part of the KMOX Business Owners Speaker Series, co-sponsored by Maryville. McCaskill addressed the healthcare crisis and the Cap and Trade bill. McCaskill said healthcare reform is necessary, though it should be achieved incrementally, and decried the practice of earmarks. The senator concluded her visit with an admonition to broaden one’s scope where news sources are concerned, rather than paying attention only to those that are “comfortable.”

Maryville Sponsors ‘Big Read’ Author Tent
The Maryville University Author Tent hosted an impressive line-up of writers during The Big Read book festival, held Oct. 10, in Clayton. Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time, was the keynote speaker.

Maryville is especially pleased to host Mortenson as part of The Big Read since his book is this year’s selection for Maryville Reads, an initiative to engage the campus community in a dialogue about issues of diversity, social justice and multiculturalism. Mortenson is also scheduled to appear locally on April 20, 2010, as part of the Maryville University Presents St. Louis Speakers Series.

Judith McGee, PhD
Judith McGee, PhD

McGee Dialogues in Social Justice Series Begins
The Criminal Justice and Legal Studies programs hosted the first annual McGee Dialogues in Social Justice on Sept. 23. Discussion focused on the recent incident concerning Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and his arrest by the Boston police. The new series is designed to encourage the Maryville community to be more aware of issues that dominant the national conversation.

The series is named for the late Judith McGee, PhD, longtime psychology professor who passed away in 2008. Two dialogue events will be planned each year; topics will be in response to timely issues.

Maryville Partners with National City for Speakers Series Event
Maryville University has announced a partnership with National City, now a part of PNC, in bringing economist Robert Reich to the region as a featured guest in the St. Louis Speakers Series. Reich will speak at 8 p.m. on Jan. 19, at Powell Symphony Hall. The partnership marks the first time in many years that Maryville has invited corporations and foundations to partner with the University to present St. Louis Speakers Series events.

“National City is proud to support the St. Louis Speaker Series. This series of lectures provides intellectual enrichment to St. Louis audiences through presentations from some of the most prominent figures of our time,” said Rick Sems, president of National City, Missouri Banking, now a part of PNC Financial Services Group.

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