Lots of us sit in front of computers all day and don’t exercise as often as our genes say we should. We carry extra pounds around the middle. Stress and less-than-healthy routines make us prone to picking up germs. Sound like you? It definitely sounds like me.
Why am I confessing all this? Because like many others, I’m a prime candidate for the Walk to Wellness employee health fair taking place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29, at the Reynolds Alumni Center. Mizzou Wire has a story about the fair — which includes free flu shots, health screenings, stop-smoking programs and more for MU and UM System employees — so read the story and check out the fair.
In case it slipped through the cracks — among the Homecoming hoopla and a dominant football performance on Saturday — be sure to check out our story about Arvarh Strickland. He was Mizzou’s first African-American professor in 1969, and now he’s the first African-American to have an academic building here named after him.
After interviewing him (and collecting audio clips of him talking about his experiences), I can see why he was such a popular and engaging teacher. His deep and distinctive voice draws you in, but his no-nonsense honesty and perspective stick with you. At the naming ceremony Friday, you could see evidence of Strickland’s power and influence in the crowd that gathered to honor him. Now thousands of students will attend classes in Strickland Hall. Seems appropriate for a man who, above all, loves to teach.
A lot happens here at Mizzou. Researchers and teachers virtually live in labs and classrooms and tackle topics ranging from disease to politics. Students learn, compete, volunteer, cheer and much more. Big events and big-time performers come and go. Athletes win and lose. There are plenty of stories to go around.
We’ll be telling some of those stories at Mizzou Wire, the University’s new news and features Web site. We’ll include news briefs and deeper features. We’ll tell stories in words, photos, audio and video. We’ll also share stories from the many great outlets around campus and beyond.
Think of the Live Wire Blog as the voice of Mizzou Wire. In addition to highlighting present and upcoming stories from Mizzou Wire, this blog will talk about what’s happening on campus, whether it’s an important issue or just something interesting we come across.
Thanks for reading — and watching and listening.