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Briefly in the News: July

Telly Tally

Hub & Spoke, Columbia College and City Channel each won Telly Awards in the 35th annual competition.

Hub & Spoke was named a bronze winner for its production of Chomp, a television series that aired fall of 2013 on KZOU-TV featuring local and regional cuisine and food tourism.

Columbia College’s marketing department received two bronze awards for its “Young Americans” and “Worth It” broadcast campaigns. The “Young Americans” and “Worth It” campaigns are part of the college’s larger “Go for Greater” campaign and were produced in conjunction with BVK, a national advertising agency.

City Channel employees Liz Fornango and Dustin Hawkins received bronze Telly awards for their creative excellence in production. The City Channel is Columbia’s government access television station and broadcasts city meetings and original programming featuring department programs and activities.

Rum Time

In May, Les Bourgeois Vineyards and Winery launched a white rum as part of its partnership with local distiller Jonny Ver Planck. The new craft distillate brand, Planck & Anchor Distillers, has further plans for its Rocheport Rum line that will also include gold, coconut, aged and spiced rums in addition to a vodka and gin.

Top 10

The American Academy of Family Physicians has awarded the University of Missouri School of Medicine with a Top 10 Award for its family and community medicine program. This is the second year in a row the MU School of Medicine has received this distinction.

Award recipients are determined by the greatest percentage of graduates who choose first-year family medicine residency positions. The MU School of Medicine ranked fourth in the nation in number of graduates going into family medicine between 2011 and 2013.

The school is ranked eighth in the nation in family medicine by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools, 2015 Edition, and its Department of Family and Community Medicine has been among the top 10 for 21 years in a row.


MU bestowed 5,452 degrees during spring commencement: 3,814 bachelor’s degrees, 1,009 master’s degrees, 268 doctorates, 128 law degrees, 111 veterinary medicine degrees, 97 medicine degrees and 25 education specialist degrees.

More than 270 of those degrees will be conferred upon students who have completed online degree programs.

Small Business of the Year

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce announced its 2014 Small Business of the Year May 9 during a luncheon at The Tiger Hotel. SuretyBonds.com was selected from a group of five finalists, including Focus on Health Chiropractic, Honeybaked Ham Co. and Café, The Lawn Co. and Monarch Title Co. Inc.

SuretyBonds.com began when Josh Kayser, owner and general manager, started selling bonds in 2010. The company now sells bonds in every state in the nation and employs 22 full-time staff and 10 part-time interns.

20 Years

The Assistance League of Mid-Missouri celebrated its 20-year anniversary May 13 with an event at Lela Raney Wood Ballroom at Stephens College. In 1994, the organization was welcomed as the 90th Assistance League chapter. There are now 120 chapters nationwide, and nearly 300 members in the Columbia chapter alone.

The Assistance League of Mid-Missouri’s nine philanthropic programs have reached thousands of women and children in need in mid-Missouri.


Columbia College assistant professor of criminal justice Barry Langford donated a record sum of $111,000 to the college’s “Tradition Meets Tomorrow” campaign. The gift will support the college’s Mock Trial Award as well as scholarships for criminal justice and forensic science students.

2,500 square feet

Columbia Courtyard by Marriott is adding 2,500 square feet to its executive conference center.

DECA Top 10

William Woods University students Amy Faus of Waterloo, Illinois, and Lacee Floyd of Littleton, Colorado, placed in the top 10 internationally for “Entrepreneurship: Starting a Business” at the recent Collegiate DECA International Competition.

1, 3, 10

The U.S. Small Business Administration ranked The Bank of Missouri as a Top 10 Lender in the Eastern Missouri District. The bank ranked No. 1 in volume with 40 loans and No. 3 in dollars, lending $8 million to small businesses.

Giving 50 Cents

Sean Spence, Greg Wolff and Mike Nichols officially launched their online ticketing business, EveryTicketGives (everyticketgives.com). With a goal to go national, EveryTicketGives donates 50 cents of every ticket sold to the charity of the event host’s choice.

Like a Good Neighbor…

State Farm awarded four divisions at MU with Good Neighbor Citizenship grants, totaling $118,200 to help citizens in auto accidents, tax preparation, driver safety and student mentoring.

Excited to Be No. 3

Real estate research site Movoto ranked Columbia as the third most exciting place in Missouri. Movoto looked at places with a population of more than 10,000 and ranked them based on nightlife, music venues, restaurants, age of residents and more. Here’s the full list: St. Louis, Rolla, Columbia, Kansas City, Branson, Fulton, Jefferson City, Clayton, Warrensburg and Springfield.

Dedication of Service

Westminster College dedicated its alumni building as the Jack Marshall Alumni Center in honor of John “Jack” Marshall during a special dedication ceremony as part of the college’s Alumni Weekend.

During his 55 years of service to Westminster College, Marshall held several significant leadership positions, from student recruiting to interim president. He also played a role in moving the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury from London to Westminster College.

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