KCUMB is partners with Missouri colleges. Just not us.

Hey kid, have you heard about our partnership with KCUMB?

As we near the two-year anniversary of Bruce Speck’s most epic failure since his poetry, We thought we would remind you of something you might have missed this fall.

According to a November 2011 story in The Current, the student newspaper at the University of Missouri-St. Louis,  that school has partnered with the Kansas City medical school that spurned RTV’s advances in 2010.

From the report, it seems Danny Weaver knows about it this time.

Weaver, who told Speck in a February 2010 email that if his board voted on the partnership with MSSU “it would fail!” attended the Oct. 26, 2011 signing ceremony at UMSL.

According to the Nov. 3  press release from KCUMB, admission of students in this partner program will begin in the fall of 2013.

“KCUMB’s Partner Program now includes ten colleges or universities with exceptional premedical studies. Students who fulfill the qualifications of both partner institutions may apply during their sophomore year to reserve a seat in medical school following the successful completion of their junior year.”

This doesn’t mean that UMSL will have a branch on its campus. It simply allows early enrollment for select students, which are the terms that students earning a KCUMB medical degree at the failed Joplin branch would have faced. Why didn’t MSSU just negotiate a partnership for its pre-med undergraduates like these institutions?:

Avila University
Central Methodist University
Culver-Stockton College
Drury University
Missouri Western State University
Pittsburg State University
Rockhurst University
William Jewell College
University of Missouri-St. Louis
University of St. Mary

This tells us one of two things.

Either the rumors are correct that Speck and puppet-master Dwight Douglas are planning on gutting everything else and turning MSSU into a health sciences niche campus. Perhaps they haven’t given up on a KCUMB branch down the road and plan to use they reserves they now refuse to touch to advance their aims.

Or, KCUMB took a look at MSSU and the clusterfuck leadership in Hearnes Hall and in the Bored Room and said, “Fuck you guys. Seek help.”

Neither option looks good. The first makes university leaders look sneaky. The second makes them look like colossal asshats.

It could be either one, because they are sneaky asshats.


One Response to KCUMB is partners with Missouri colleges. Just not us.

  1. AW says:

    Today’s University Announcement (see below) shows the lengths that MSSU administration has taken to promote the med school idea at the expense of modern & safe labs in other disciplines in Reynolds. Is this administration capable of competent cost-benefit analysis? Soon we’ll see their dictated budget measures taken with zero or completely lame justification (or input from others). They’ve primed the underlings with doom and gloom in hopes they won’t question. Unfortunately, they probably won’t. They need their jobs. And why is the foundation the point of contact on this event? Did something besides MSSU general funds pay for this state-of-the-art facility? I hope so. But if so, it would probably have a new name like the Robert W. Plaster Biological Sciences Building.


    An Open House for the Ummel Technology Building Biological Sciences Renovation will take place from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

    Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

    Those on hand can see the new Student Study Laboratory and tour the new Anatomy, Physiology and Cadaver Labs in the renovated structure.

    The Student Study Laboratory is used by students in all anatomy and physiology courses. The lab is designed to promote student learning and success. It features microscope stations complete with student slide sets, model stations for smaller anatomical models and full human skeletons.

    The Human Physiology Laboratory is used for various physiology and cell biology courses. Special features include:

    • State-of-the-art BIOPAC® software that allows students to perform physiological experiments;
    • Custom-made student tables for experimentation; and
    • Laptop computers for each student station.

    The Cadaver Lab s incorporated into all anatomy and physiology courses. Many other biology courses use the Cadaver Lab on a smaller scale. Specific features include:

    • Space for two cadavers;
    • Outstanding viewing platform;
    • Integrated camera system that allows professors to provides high-definition demonstrations and recordings;
    • Two monitors for viewing multiple instructional materials simultaneously; and
    • Superior ventilation and cooling systems.

    The Anatomy and Physiology Labs include:

    • Leading-edge Integrated Microscopy System that allows students to create their own digital library;
    • All student stations are fully integrated and can share microscopic information;
    • Computers at each student station provide easy access to state-of-the-art virtual dissection software;
    • Integrated camera system allows professors to provides high-definition demonstrations and recordings; and
    • Enhanced storage for student items and lab materials.
    Members of the Biology and Environmental Health Department faculty will be present to answer questions and greet guests and the media. Students will be on hand to share their feelings about ways that the new laboratories have enhanced their education.

    No RSVP is required and the public is invited.

    For additional information, call the Missouri Southern Foundation at 417.625.9396.

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