MU and AT&T collaboration brings 5G technology to campus

MU and AT&T collaboration brings 5G technology to campus

The new emerging technologies lab will help students, faculty and industry partners develop powerful solutions that can change the world.

concept art for lab space

Image by Mohammad Dastmalchi and Breanne Dale

March 24, 2021
Contact: Kenny Gerling, 
gerlingk@missouri.edu

The University of Missouri and AT&T are collaborating on an innovation lab in Cornell Hall that will bring full 5G+ millimeter wave capability to MU’s campus. The research and teaching space will feature the bandwidth and the capacity for students and faculty to be on the forefront of innovation.

“5G is not just for phones,” said J. Scott Christianson, an associate teaching professor in the Trulaske College of Business. “Drones and autonomous vehicles need data connectivity, and 5G provides wireless speeds that help move computingpower to the edge of the network.”

Christianson added that 5G opens opportunities to explore new use cases that could create value and transform experiences for consumers, enterprises and society.

Ajay Vinzé, dean of the Trulaske College of Business, said he was enthused with the potential this lab presents and expects it to contribute to future discoveries and an innovative set of hands-on learning opportunities at Mizzou. “5G is not the answer, it’s a catalyst,” he said. “It will be an enabler for innovation in both the delivery and consumption of higher education.”

A powerful team

The lab is part of an ongoing collaboration between Mizzou and AT&T to share technology and help craft the future of 5G-enabled devices and applications. The relationship has already generated an interdisciplinary course on 5G innovation called “Connectivity and 5G.” That course, taught in spring 2020, brought students and faculty from five different colleges together with AT&T representatives. Using in-depth research and access to AT&T resources, including a visit to AT&T headquarters in Dallas, students created proposals for 5G-powered solutions in fields such as health care and campus security.

Future interdisciplinary opportunities will use the lab’s powerful resources to connect industry expertise with Tiger innovation. One course in development will explore the potential of creating kiosks around Mizzou’s campus that use immersive technologies to reduce anxiety and improve mental health. The idea for the kiosks originated in past student proposals to AT&T.

“The innovation catalyzed by the intersection of education and technology is what makes our future so bright,” said Anne Chow, CEO, AT&T Business. “We saw with last year’s 5G course, students were able to create new solutions around healthcare and campus security. Bringing 5G to Mizzou’s emerging technology lab and campus will further enable students to explore new experiences, solve complex problems and create new ideas to change the world.”

Bimal Balakrishnan, associate professor of architectural studies in the College of Human Environmental Sciences, and a lead contributor to the spring course, said, “With this new lab on campus, ideas can quickly transfer from experimentation to implementation. It opens a lot of doors for students to go beyond state of the art and it pushes us into emerging technology well ahead of many other schools.”

A wide variety of potential 5G applications are already being explored by MU students and faculty, including how they could transform telemedicine by enabling remote surgeries and how reporters could use augmented reality to create immersive journalism.

“The University of Missouri is a vibrant academic community with a strong focus on leadership and real-world skills. It is of one of only six public universities in the country with schools or colleges of medicine, veterinary medicine, agriculture, arts and science, law and a powerful research reactor – all on one campus,” said Alyson Woodard, vice president and general manager for AT&T. “Our collaboration is all about taking innovation across different disciplines and creating solutions that can be used in the real world. We are excited about the opportunities that 5G will create to increase the pace and capacity for innovation at the university.”

Looking ahead, changing the world

The lab is the latest initiative from the University of Missouri Institute for Experiential Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The institute unites members of schools and colleges from across Mizzou to facilitate collaboration, knowledge sharing and entrepreneurship — all with the larger goal of creating innovations that contribute to student success and address the challenges facing Missouri and communities around the world.

Jim Flink, associate professor of strategic communication in the Missouri School of Journalism and a leader in this effort, said that the institute is founded on a principle of interdisciplinary collaboration. “If you look at what the economy wants, you need both depth of knowledge in a discipline and the ability to cross-connect dots with other disciplines,” he said.

Vinzé summarized: “Mizzou’s unique position as a comprehensive university with 13 schools and colleges makes it an attractive partner for AT&T. Working with an industry leader like AT&T opens up a world of possibilities for our students and the institute.”

Mizzou Giving Day Huge Success

Thank you everyone for your support on Mizzou Giving Dayt 2021! With your support, we were able to raise over $7,500 total, including the Mizzou Alumni Association Donation Match this year! We would also like to shout out that one of our own board members, Rusty Martin, also won one of the Mizzou social media challenges, which contributed $500 to that total!

We were the top-performing out-of-state chapter again this year for both the number of donors and the donation amount raised. Thank you again, Rocky Mountain Tigers! MIZ!

Founders’ Day Celebration & Silent Auction

Help us celebrate Mizzou’s 182nd birthday! We’ll be kicking off our Founders’ Day event by hosting a MizZoom before the Mizzou Hoops takes on Ole Miss on Wednesday, February 10. Join us for Mizzou trivia and fun prizes thirty minutes before tip-off (6:30 p.m. MT).

Even though we won’t be meeting in person for our Founders’ Day celebration, we will still have a silent auction to support the RMT Scholarship Endowment, and BIDDING IS NOW OPEN!!

Get your bidding fingers going, there are special items up for auction, including a Colorado Avalanche team-signed jersey and a Michael Porter Jr. signed Nuggets jersey! Many other exciting items are also available.

The auction closes at 7:00 p.m. MT on Wednesday, February 10.

#MizzouMade Talk With J’den Cox

Join us for an evening with #MizzouMade Olympic wrestler, and Mizzou Male Athlete of the Decade, J’den Cox, moderated by Mizzou alumnus and CBS4 Sports Anchor Michael Spencer!

This is a free event with a suggested donation of $10 to the Rocky Mountain Tigers Scholarship Endowment.

Mizzou Alumni Association members who attend will be entered to win a J’den Cox autographed item.

Log-on details will be sent to registrants prior to the event.

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Mizzou Online Programs Rise in Rankings

Online degrees at Mizzou recognized among the best in nation.

January 26, 2021
Contact: Sara Diedrich, 573-882-3243, diedrichs@missouri.eduIn the midst of a worldwide pandemic that has forced much of higher education to pivot to remote learning, online programs at the University of Missouri are being recognized among the best in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2021 Best Online Programs Rankings.

That includes Mizzou’s online bachelor’s programs, which climbed 85 spots to No. 14 out of 337 public and private institutions. MU — which offers 16 online bachelor’s degrees — tied with Illinois State University, North Carolina State University, University of Central Florida and University of Oklahoma. For the fourth consecutive year, Mizzou’s online master of education programs ranked higher than any other institution in Missouri, climbing 45 spots to No. 15. MU tied CUNY-Hunter College, Portland State University, Texas Tech University, University of North Texas and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Additionally, MU’s online graduate business degrees — in a category that excludes MBA programs — also climbed in the rankings, rising 86 spots to No. 34 out of 164 institutions, tying with Colorado State University, University of South Dakota and West Texas A&M University. Online programs at Mizzou also ranked well in a category that U.S. News calls “Best for Veterans.” MU’s online graduate education programs rank No. 5 for veterans and its online bachelor’s programs ranked No. 9 for veterans.

“It was an unprecedented year for higher education, but our dedicated team of professionals continued to provide our online students with the same high quality of education that has long been recognized among the best in the nation, this year we worked hard to enhance our digital platform and student experience while working to grow enrollment” said Matthew Gunkel, chief of eLearning for UM System. “Our online programs are developed by the same faculty who teach on campus and provide participating students with a degree that truly means something.”

The new rankings are included in the 2021 edition of the Best Online Programs rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report and are based on data from 2020.

Increased access to quality online education is a strategic goal for the UM System, which now promotes more than 260 online offerings from its four universities through Missouri Online. Efforts are paying off with enrollment of distance students growing 41% systemwide over the past five academic years. This is growth in fully online programs and doesn’t include enrollment in courses that may have been moved online due to the pandemic.

U.S. News ranked schools with online graduate programs in five general categories: engagement; expert opinion; faculty credentials and training; services and technologies; and student excellence.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the vast majority of students enrolled in the ranked bachelor’s online programs have earned at least some college credit. Rather than first-time college students, they are more likely to be working professionals in their 20s to 40s looking to advance in or change their careers. Consequently, the factors U.S. News selected to make comparisons between programs did not include measures only applicable to teenage applicants, such as high school grades and standardized test scores. Instead, it chose factors that weigh how online programs are being delivered and their effectiveness at awarding affordable degrees in a reasonable amount of time.

Mizzou Accepts Bid to Music City Bowl to Play Iowa

Music City Bowl

2020 TRANSPERFECT MUSIC CITY BOWL
OPPONENT LOCATION STADIUM DATE TIME (CT) TV
No. 15 Iowa Nashville, Tenn. Nissan Stadium Wednesday, Dec. 30 3 p.m. CT ESPN

TICKET INFORMATION

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(Mizzou seating sections – East Stands lower level, sections of 101-115)

Due to COVID-19 protocols, tickets can only be purchased through the TransPerfect Music City Bowl.

Disclaimer: COVID-19: Full refunds will be available if a game is canceled and cannot be replayed, or if it is played under conditions that prevent fans from attending. Adjustments will be made by the bowl as it pertains to COVID-19 guidelines. 

TRAVEL STATEMENT

After a thrilling 2020 Mizzou Football season, Coach Eli Drinkwitz and the Tigers are headed to the TransPerfect Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 3 p.m. CT on ESPN. This marks Mizzou’s 34th all-time bowl appearance, and third in the last four seasons. Like so much in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s trip will look much different than previous ones. In order to keep everyone healthy and safe, there will be no University-sponsored fan events at the bowl site this year, which would include spirit rallies, tailgates and a team send-off. After careful thought, neither Mizzou Athletics nor the Mizzou Alumni Association will offer any fan travel packages to this year’s bowl game. While we realize this is a change from previous years, we believe that this in the best interest of our donors, fans, staff and student-athletes to not offer on-site events or travel packages this season. We deeply appreciate your understanding of this situation which has impacted everyone.

TEAM HOTEL

Mizzou will be headquartered at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

 

For more information on the TransPerfect Music City Bowl, visit https://www.musiccitybowl.com/

MizZoom with Drew

Join us for an evening with MizzouMade Denver Broncos’ QB Drew Lock, moderated by Mizzou alumnus and CBS4 Sports Anchor Michael Spencer!

This is a free event with a suggested donation of $10 to the Rocky Mountain Tigers Scholarship Endowment.
Mizzou Alumni Association members who attend will be entered to win a Drew Lock autographed item.  Not an MAA member? JOIN TODAY to be entered into the drawing!

RMT Pumpkin & Carving Kit Pick-Up For Contest

It’s pumpkin carving season, Tigers! We’d like to make this fall festivity a little easier – and more fun – for you and your family this year. Register to reserve your pumpkin, carving kit, and exclusive Rocky Mountain Tigers stencil! Once reserved, Pumpkin Pick-Up is Oct. 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sloan’s Lake Park. You’ll then have access to our pumpkin carving contest!
The deadline to enter the carving contest is 5:00 p.m. on October 30. The winner will receive a Mizzou Store gift card.
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All proceeds go towards our Scholarship Endowment fund!

 

4 Colorado Freshmen Named Walter Williams Scholars

4 Colorado freshmen named Walter Williams Scholars

The award represents the highest level of student distinction at the Missouri School of Journalism.

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Sept. 16, 2020

This fall, the Missouri School of Journalism named 85 incoming freshman Walter Williams Scholars — the highest level of student distinction in the school.  Four hail from the state of Colorado, including two of our RMT scholarship recipients, Sara George and Molly Miller

To qualify, students must have been in the top 20 percent of their high school class, have maintained a GPA of 3.25 or above and have earned at least a 33 on the ACT or 1480 on the SAT.

“We are excited to have a stellar group of Walter Williams Scholars, and we are particularly excited to have the second highest number in our program’s history, said Brian Brooks, associate dean emeritus and Walter Williams Scholars program faculty lead. “They represent the future of American journalism, and we are thrilled to welcome them to Mizzou and the School of Journalism.”

The fall 2020 class of Walter Williams Scholars is:

  • Olivia Anderson, Spring, Texas
  • Mason Arneson, Golden Valley, Minn.
  • Cassie Beisheim, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Casey Bonds, Joplin, Mo.
  • Tommy Briner, Wentzville, Mo.
  • Audrey Brown, Wildwood, Mo.
  • Andreas Busse, Sammamish, Wash.
  • Tommy Carrico, Mount Prospect, Ill.
  • Quinn Coffman, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Ryan Cohen, Bolivar, Mo.
  • Jack Copeland, Brownsburg, Ind.
  • Maggie Courtney, Springfield, Mo.
  • Geoffrey Dean, Cary, NC
  • Ellie DeBeer, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
  • Elizabeth Derner, Washington, Mo.
  • Richard Deutsch, Chicago, Ill.
  • Lily Dozier, Camas, Wash.
  • Madelynn Draus, Weston, Ill.
  • Justin Dunbar, Millbrae, Calif.
  • Kara Ellis, Hendersonville, Tenn.
  • Ashley Faber, Memphis, Tenn.
  • Kiana Fernandes, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Merrick Foote, Antioch, Ill.
  • Sequoia Gallaway, Ozark, Mo.
  • Katie Gallaway, Plano, Texas
  • Sara George, Boulder, Colo.
  • Parker Gillam, Alpharetta, Ga.
  • Kirsten Godfrey, Southfield, Mich.
  • Joe Goodman, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Emily Anne Griffith, Decatur, Ala.
  • Hannah Gundlach, Waterloo, Ill.
  • Ella Haas, Oak Park, Ill.
  • Brennan Haralson, Austin, Texas
  • Jaclyn Harris, Argyle, Texas
  • Ben Henschel, Fairway, Kan.
  • Emily Hood, St. Charles, Mo.
  • Ava Horton, Little Rock, Ark.
  • Jonathan Jain, Kennett, Mo.
  • Emmet Jamieson, Rochester Mills, Pa.
  • Thomas Jamison, St. Charles, Mo.
  • Caitlin Kane, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Teagan King, Geneva, Ill.
  • Sam Kingery, Teutopolis, Ill.
  • Zoe Krause, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Danielle Laue, Lisle, Ill.
  • Patrick Leonard, Glenview Manor, Ky.
  • Gabe Levi, Chicago, Ill.
  • Claudia Linder, Eads, Tenn.
  • Lindsey Linkous, Thompsons Station, Tenn.
  • Caleb Logue, Santa Rosa, Calif.
  • Connor Manley, Crystal City, Mo.
  • Maddie Meyers, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Marta Mieze, Ballwin, Mo.
  • Molly Miller, Cherry Hill Village, Colo.
  • Mia Montgomery, Bolivar, Mo.
  • Ryan Moore, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Maya Morris, Memphis, Tenn.
  • Matthew Newkirk, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Nico Orantes, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • Maddie Orr, Columbia, Mo.
  • Ethan Peter, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Faith Quist, Minnetonka, Minn.
  • Emma Reiser, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Sigi Ris, The Woodlands, Texas
  • Gabby Rivera Kroenke, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Amy Schaffer, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Faith Schilmoeller, West Plains, Mo.
  • Bradford Siwak, Richmond Heights, Mo.
  • Elese Smith, Jerseyville, Ill.
  • Maren Stephens, Alpharetta, Ga.
  • Johnny Sterrett, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Bailey Stover, Columbia, Mo.
  • Emma Tacchia, Joliet, Ill.
  • Caitlin Tate, Memphis, Tenn.
  • Sarah Tierney, Lakeway, Texas
  • Cass Tobin, Springfield, Mo.
  • Jackson Valenti, Raymore, Mo.
  • Kortay Vincent, Tulsa, Ok.
  • Ian Wesselhoff, Plainfield, Ill.
  • Nick Winkelman, Plano, Ill.
  • Brynn Winkler, Prairie Village, Kan.
  • Shannon Worley, Wildwood, Mo.
  • Molly Wright, West Des Moines, Iowa
  • Cayli Yanagida, Olympia,  Wash.
  • Owen Ziliak, Chicago, Ill.
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