It’s summertime in St. Louis, but students at the University of Missouri–St. Louis are hardly kicking back. Summer session is well under way at UMSL, the largest university in the St. Louis area.
Our faculty, students and alumni are doing some exciting things. Here are five highlights of their hard work in this weekly roundup blog posting.
- The University of Missouri–St. Louis added to its awards collection when theater professor Niyi Coker’s movie “Pennies for the Boatman” won best film script at the Madrid International Film Festival. The good news didn’t stop there for the Chesterfield, Mo., resident. His film also secured a distribution deal in Europe, meaning it’ll be released in European theaters and worldwide via DVD.
- Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez did it. Katy Perry did it. Even Colin Powell. And now a group of UMSL students have recreated Carly Rae Jepsen’s sugary pop hit “Call Me Maybe.” To watch the parody video click HERE.
- UMSL students have brawn and brains. Fifty-six student-athletes showed success both on the field and in the classroom. They were named to the Academic All-Great Lakes Valley Conference team.
- Dozens of high school students will descend on the UMSL campus next week (June 24-29) for Xtreme IT! Summer Academy, a precollegiate program. The students will learn the ins and outs of information technology. This year, the camp has doubled in size with an emphasis on enrolling more female students.
- The Touhill will host two evenings of jazz dance performances later this month. The Big Muddy Dance Company will present its eclectic repertoire of new and classic dance works June 29 and 30. Tickets for the dance performances are $22. Visit touhill.org or call 314-516-4949 to order tickets.
For more comprehensive coverage of the happenings at the University of Missouri–St. Louis visit UMSL Daily.
UMSL is the largest university in the region. More than 16,000 students from 48 states and 62 countries are enrolled with 50,000 additional students enrolled in non-credit continuing education programs. It employs more than 1,400 full-time and part-time teaching and research faculty members. While its graduates have taken leadership roles nationally and internationally, their influence remains centered in the St. Louis region. More than 75 percent of UMSL’s 80,000 graduates still live and work in the region.