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Eta Chi chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma begins work on new house

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By KATHRYN LANDIS

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

After 2 1/2 years of planning, and building bonds of sisterhood from the ground up, the Eta Chi chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma is finally starting work on its new house.

The groundbreaking will be at 3 p.m. April 29 at 507 Rollins St. Afterward, a reception will be held at the group’s current, temporary, house at 909 Richmond Ave. The groundbreaking also coincides with Tri Sigma’s Moms Weekend.

“It’s been interesting to make sure that everything goes off without any kind of problems,” Tri Sigma President Samantha Green said. “We’re essentially planning two events at the same time so of course it’s a little more stressful for those committees and for me.” Continue reading

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Columbia Public Schools upcoming employment fair

By ROSELLEN DOWNEY

NEIGHBORHOODS@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Columbia Public Schools is having an employment fair on Saturday, Feb. 5. This fair will be at Smithton Middle School on West Worley Street between 9 and 11 a.m.

People who would like to apply for positions as teachers, administrators, counselors, media specialists, support staff office personnel, paraprofessionals, LPN’s and nurses should call 214-3422 to make an appointment for a screening interview. Those who are interested in being substitute teachers, working in nutrition services, custodians, working in specialized maintenance, technology assistants, playground supervisors and coaches should attend the employment fair and bring a current resume.

Applications, open positions and additional information can be found on the district’s human resources website.

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Spots open for Chinese brush painting workshop

By MICHELLE MARKELZ

neighborhoods@columbiamissourian.com

"Gazing Leopard" Lampo Leong, 2005.

The MU Museum of Art and Archaeology will sponsor a workshop for those interested in Chinese brush painting from 2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12.

Attendees will work with artist and MU professor Lampo Leong. Continue reading

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Columbia Public Schools’ surveys measure need for social media

BY ROSELLEN DOWNEY

NEIGHBORHOODS@ColumbiaMissourian.com

“We don’t currently do social media,” said Michelle Baumstark, communications coordinator for Columbia Public Schools.

Columbia Public Schools used a phone survey conducted by Kansas-based Patron Insight in addition to online community and staff surveys.

The Columbia School Board approved the cost of the 400-person phone survey, which was not to exceed $14,000, several months ago. Baumstark said the cost is associated with how many calls Patron Insight needs to make to complete the surveys.

The online portion of the survey features the same 26 questions included in the phone survey. These questions measure each respondent’s interest in Columbia Public Schools Television, the district’s newsletter and a possible district Facebook page and Twitter feed.

This survey is a part of Columbia Public Schools’ five-year Comprehensive School Improvement Plan. According to Baumstark, the survey looks at how the district communicates with those who live within its boundaries. She said the results of the survey may help them decide if social media are something they should embrace and utilize at the district level.

“I think it’s a very helpful process in building a stronger school district,” said Michele Clark, communications coordinator for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Baumstark said the district plans to conduct a similar study each year for the next few years as part of the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.

The survey closed at 5 p.m. Friday. The results will be tallied and presented to the Columbia School Board at a yet-to-be-determined date.

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SLIDESHOW: 27th Annual Holiday Home Tour

By SYDNEY BERRY

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Four Columbia homes were featured in the 27th Annual Holiday Home Tour Saturday, Dec. 4. The self-guided tour presented some of Columbia’s most unique and festively decorated homes.

The tour was presented by the Women’s Symphony League of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.

“The homes are usually discovered by word of mouth,” said Georgia Morehouse, a member of the House Election Committee.

The committee will ask the home owner if they are interested in featuring their house after the committee looks through the house to make sure the layout works.

Janie Bohon, the owner of one of the featured homes, was keen to be part of the tour.

“A friend of mine talked with a lady who works with the Symphony,” Bohon said. “They went through the house and then asked if I’d like to show it in the tour. I said ‘yes’.”

The Home Tour will continue through Sunday, Dec. 5. Columbia residents can tour the selected homes from noon through 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at any of the homes or Tiger Place, which serves as the tour headquarters.

Featured homes:

-Sudhir and Priya Batchu

-Russell and Mary Still

-Robert and Janie Bohon

-Helen and Douglas Anthony

A map and directions to the homes are provided at Tiger Place.

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STRIPES to take winter break

By ROSELLEN DOWNEY

neigborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Saturday night will mark the final time the STRIPES safe-ride program will be in operation this semester. Starting Dec. 5, calls and messages left at the program’s facility will not be returned, according to a news release from the program.

STRIPES will resume providing rides toward the beginning of the spring semester in late January. This fall it gave 9,000 safe rides to members of the MU community, according to the news release. It is within 5,000 of its milestone goal of 100,000 safe-rides.

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St. Louis Symphony Orchestra plans holiday concert

By SYDNEY BERRY

neighborhoods@columbiamissourian.com

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will be at Jesse Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 8, to perform a holiday concert with a variety of Christmas songs. Led by Ward Stare, the symphony will perform “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “The Night Before Christmas” and others.

The concert will be at 7 p.m.

Tickets prices range from $14 to $32. For more information on the concert, or to purchase tickets, click here.

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