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October: Briefly in the News

The latest news featuring Boone Hospital, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, Columbia College, Trulaske College of Business, and Heart of Missouri United Way.


Gift to M.U. College of Business Will Improve Access through Scholarships and Support

A combined commitment of $5 million from Pinney Allen and family to the MU Trulaske College of Business will establish the Allen Access Program, which will provide scholarships and programs to support under-resourced and under-represented students in the business school. The gift is split between a $3 million gift from Pinney Allen and her husband, Charles Miller III, and a $2 million estate gift from Allen’s brother and M.U. alumnus W.D. Allen. He received both a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate from the Trulaske College of Business, where he remains as an adjunct professor and coordinator of the Allen Angel Capital Education Program.


Columbia College and State Fair Community College Announce New Partnership

A new partnership between Columbia College and State Fair Community College offers a 15% discount at Columbia College to State Fair Community College employees, spouses, and dependents. State Fair Community College graduates will receive a 10% discount via Columbia College’s Associate Degree Transfer Grant.

 “Columbia College has a great reputation as a leader in adult education across the country, and we look forward to working with them to provide opportunities for our students as they continue their education beyond the community college level. State Fair Community College prides itself on producing high-quality graduates who do well at the university level in many areas.” 

— James Cunningham, Dean of Academic Affairs, State Fair Community College

United Way Worldwide Funds Local Equity Fund

Heart of Missouri United Way received one of three $10,000 grant investments made by United Way Worldwide to advance equity in local communities. According to a press release, the local nonprofit will turn to recommendations from their BIPOC (Black, indigenous, and people of color) Equity Advisory Council on how to invest these funds. Heart of Missouri United Way announced the Equity Fund and Advisory Council in March. The Equity Fund, with the advice of the advisory council, will enable the co-creation of solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, supports, opportunities, and networks they need to thrive, the press release said.


Girl Scouts Announces 28 New Badges

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland announced 28 new badges focused on entrepreneurship, math in nature, and digital leadership that encourage girls to navigate a changing world and build futures they want. New badges will include “Math in Nature” for grades kindergarten through fifth, “Cookie Business” for grades kindergarten through 12th, and “Digital Leadership” for grades kindergarten through 12th. According to a press release, the badges address concerns for children handling the increasingly digital world, helping girls develop an entrepreneurial mindset toward technology, STEM skills while exploring nature, and confidence and safe online practices.


Boone Hospital Center Recognized as Top Mid-Missouri Hospital for Sixth Year in a Row

For the sixth year in a row, Boone Hospital was named the top-ranked hospital in Mid-Missouri by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital also ranked seventh in the state. Boone Hospital Center was rated high performing in orthopedics and in nine procedures and conditions: heart failure, heart bypass surgery, heart attack, colon cancer surgery, kidney failure, stroke, knee replacement, hip replacement, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

For the 2021-22 ratings, U.S. News Best Hospitals ranked 15 adult specialties. Of the nearly 5,000 hospitals analyzed and 30,000 physicians surveyed, only 175 hospitals ranked in at least one of the specialties. The U.S. News Best Hospitals also recognized hospitals by state, metro, and regional areas for their work in 17 procedures and conditions. 

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