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ECC Trustees Sworn in at April Board Meeting, Perry Re-Elected Board President

From left are returning board vice president Prudence Fink Johnson, new board member Ann Hartley, returning board member Don Kappelmann and Jim Perry, president of the board of trustees who administered the oath of office.

Two incumbents and one newly-elected member were sworn into office at the April 9 meeting of the East Central College board of trustees.

New study to test utilizing willows to combat flooding

­— Storm water runoff is key to any developer’s request when creating new roads or other impervious surfaces. Yet, storm water runoff can carry sediment, fertilizers and other chemicals directly into a stream or creek, potentially harming the waterway for years.

East Central College Board Re-employs Full-time Faculty Members‏

The re-employment of 72 full-time faculty members was one of the items approved by East Central College trustees at their April 9 meeting.  Other personnel matters included accepting the letter of resignation from education instructor Stephanie Bray who has taught at ECC since 2004.

New Haven graduate Samantha Panhorst named to All-Missouri Academic Team at East Central College

From left are Cookie Hays, Kevin Dixon, Jean McCann, Dr. Jennifer Judd, Samantha Panhorst, Katrina Dearing, Dr. Elizabeth Winters-Rozema, and Dr. Ed Jackson, college president.

Union, Mo - East Central College administrators and faculty members were on hand recently when Dr. Jennifer Judd, associate professor of music and students Katrina Dearing and Samantha Panhorst were honored by the Missouri Community College Association.

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education responds to Schweich's Single Audit criticism

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A day after Missouri’s top auditor criticized the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for not properly monitoring federal stimulus money, a department spokesperson defended DESE’s position.

Prevalence of Children with Autism Increasing; No One Factor to Blame, MU Researcher Says‏

Jesslyn Tenhouse, COLUMBIA, Mo. – The number of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has increased nearly 80 percent in the past decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced.

Audit finds multiple instances of improper usage of federal funds - Schweich disappointed in DESE


Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -  As Missouri continues to rely more and more on federal funding to help make ends meet, the state auditor has found 26 instances of federal dollars being mismanaged by state government.

Pictured left is Auditor Tom Schweich.

On Monday, Auditor Tom Schweich, released the findings of his department’s annual Statewide Single Audit – the culmination of 25,000 man-hours spent reviewing all programs that receive federal funds.

MO Legislators care more about own district than State Education as whole - Kyle Kruse comments


Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo -- A key Missouri House leader says he doesn’t have the votes yet to pass the chamber’s wide-ranging education bill.

*Legislators continue to gravel with one another instead of taking action to fix the funding formula as described in great detail below.  We spoke briefly with New Haven School District Superintendent, Kyle Kruse for a comment about the current bill being proposed.

Hickinbotham Establishes New ECC Foundation Scholarship

An endowed scholarship has been established by Letha Hickinbotham through the East Central College Foundation to honor her parents.  The Gladine and Clarence Laubinger Sr. Memorial Scholarship, which can be applied to tuition, fees or books, will be awarded to a full-time ECC student who was active in FFA while in high school.  Shown, seated is Clarence Laubinger.  Standing, from left  are Shannon Grus, executive director of the ECC Foundation; Dr. Jon Bauer, vice president of finance and administration at ECC; and Letha Hickinbotham, emeritus director of the ECC Foundation.

More than 1,300 students to compete at state archery tournament

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – More than 1,300 student archers from around the state will compete in the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) 2012 state tournament. 

“Growing Up Denatured: It’s Time for Kids to Go Back Outside”

Photo by David Stonner, courtesy MDC.

Educators, youth leaders and parents will learn about "Nature Deficit Disorder" and outdoor experiences that reconnect children with nature, cosponsored by the MDC.

ECC students and staff meet with state legislators

East Central College students, trustees and staff members visited the State Capital February 22 for Community College Rally Day.

Front row, from left, are students Cady Honey, Jessica Somers, and Angela Bolzenius, Vice President of Student Development Cookie Hays, and Executive Director of the ECC Foundation Shannon Grus.  Back row, from left, are Vice President of Finance and Administration Dr. Jon Bauer, trustees Tom Dill and Don Kappelmann, students Justin Ferris, Jonathan McCarty, JD Johnson, and Ricky Sang, ECC President Dr. Ed Jackson and Senator Brian Nieves.

East Central College Trustees approve tuition increase

Union, Mo - Students at East Central College will see a jump in tuition rates for the upcoming fall semester.

At their March 5 meeting the board of trustees voted unanimously to a 7.6 percent across the board increase in the tuition rate.

Missouri House education committee approves omnibus bill

Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -  It looks like the Missouri House of Representatives’ top education priorities will come out in one large package in which it appears there’s plenty to like, and dislike.

MU students flood the capitol to protest higher education cuts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Members of the University of Missouri student government spent Tuesday roaming State Capitol hallways distributing more than 6,000 protest letters from students on the Columbia campus.

The letters implored Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and members of the General Assembly not to cut as much as 12.5 percent from the state higher education budget.

Watch the humorous video of President Obama launching a Marshmallow Cannon

Yesterday, President Obama hosted the second-ever White House Science Fair. 

ECC Announces Establishment of Nonprofit Leadership Institute

Rep. Dieckhaus unveiles legislation doing away with tenure for veteran teachers

Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Calling it “a foundation for improving our public schools,” Rep. Scott Dieckhaus, R-Washington, Wednesday unveiled legislation that would do away with tenure for veteran teachers.

Senate dealing with unaccredited schools - Sen. Cunningham more money for charter schools

Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Kansas City public schools have only been officially unaccredited for a month, but lawmakers in the state capitol are already weighing drastic plans to help students move forward.

Senator Rupp seeks to end ban on public funding for religious schools

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A member of the Missouri legislature wants to end the state’s constitutional ban on providing public funds to religious organizations.

Calling it an injustice toward churches and other faith-based organizations, Sen. Scott Rupp, R-St. Charles, introduced legislation this month that would repeal a portion of the “Blaine Amendment” from the state constitution.

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