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 October 2013

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Each week, the public relations department compiles a list of Columbia College media coverage called “In the News.” The digest is posted to CougarTrack on the first business day of each week. In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights published in September. Be sure to check back each week to see great things happening at the college.

Dr. Terry Smith, interim president, was the guest on Ryan Tate’s “This Week” segment. He spoke on his upcoming State of the College address, the future of the college, proposed higher education reforms from President Obama, the new science building, the search for a new president and new initiatives and programs. Watch the newscast here.

KOMU needed an international relations expert, so they asked Dr. Brian Kessel, political science professor and study abroad advisor, to comment on President Obama’s call for a military strike in Syria. Kessel said though it won’t solve the civil war, it could be a smart move for the U.S. — but he also said that the president needs congressional approval to give the attack legitimacy. Watch the newscast here.

An event was held to dedicate the Gerald T. and Bonnie M. Brouder Science Center. KRCG 13 included the story in their nightly newscast, and the Columbia Missourian also covered the event. Stories focused on the name of the building, the building features and the event itself. Along with the ribbon cutting, the college held tours of the science center while instructors and students performed scientific demonstrations.

Two art exhibits hosted at Columbia College were featured in the Columbia Daily Tribune. “Coming Soon” is a mixed-media collection at the Sidney Larson Gallery that examines hollow promises and economic excess. “Translatory Motion” is an international ceramic tile show in the Greg Hardwick Gallery.

A story in the Columbia Daily Tribune featured the new partnership between Columbia College and Ridgeway Elementary. Ridgeway will serve as a professional development school for the college’s education students. Education professors at the college talked about the partnership and how great an opportunity it will be for the two schools to work together. The schools are committed to shaping the partnership together.

Local news channel KMIZ 17 included Interim President Dr. Terry Smith’s State of the College address in its Thursday night newscast. At the biennial event, Smith shared how the school is moving forward and reflected on the accomplishments and challenges in the past two years. The Columbia Daily Tribune published an article on the address in its Friday print and online edition. The story focused on the evolution of adult higher education and the retention of adult learners. The college’s future plans and an update of the presidential search were also included.

KOMU’s segment on paying student athletes included opinions of local coaches, including Columbia College’s Bob Burchard. He said the numbers might be too complex — what a football player might be worth compared to a non-revenue sport athlete as well as gender equity could become issues.