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MU professors honored for teaching
The Kemper Fellowship comes with $10,000.
By Kourtney Geers
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com Two MU professors were caught off guard early Monday afternoon as they were paid visits from Chancellor Brady Deaton and named recipients of a prestigious MU award. Part of the surprise included an award of $10,000. The William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence have been given out to five outstanding MU educators annually since 1991 and are funded by a $500,000 gift from the family that founded Commerce and United Missouri banks. William Kemper was a 1926 MU graduate prior to his career in banking. MU College of Engineering assistant professor Gregory Triplett’s semiconductors and devices class was interrupted by Deaton, Commerce Bank Chairman Jim Schatz and a group of supporters, including his wife and department heads, to award Triplett the fellowship. It is a tradition to present the award during a class. Deaton described Triplett’s work “teaching some of the toughest classes” in the department of electrical and computer engineering and emphasized his commitment to students. Triplett acts as the adviser to the MU chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to help increase retention of students in his field. Upon receiving the Kemper award, Triplett said, “I think that this is more of an indicator of the support that I get from the department and the college to encourage excellent teaching. Sometimes it requires a lot of work, but I think that the students really give me real-time feedback and that helps out a lot.” He added, jokingly, “I’m not sharing the money, but thanks for the support.” Kelton Clements, a student in his class, said Triplett

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Estella Cupp, left, and Joyce DeWeese look at the artwork on display Monday at the Boone Hospital Center. The exhibit will be open until April 23.

Art exhibition portrays various sides of cancer
By tAyLor CoMBs
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com From around the country, patients, their families and caregivers have poured their feelings about cancer into artwork now on display at the Boone Hospital Center. “Oncology On Canvas” opened Monday on the hospital bridge over Broadway. Planned to coincide with National Cancer Awareness Month, the 580 pieces on display include photographs, oils, watercolors, pastels and mixed media collected from entries across the country. “Cancer has a dark and a light side,” said Yvonne Fuqua, a breast-cancer patient who also works at the hospital at Women’s Health Associates. She hinted that she may enter the next competition. “At the end of that tunnel it’s like, ‘Yay, I can have my hair back,’” she said. A cancer diagnosis carries a lot of emotion, mostly anger, said Fuqua who paints as a hobby. “Art is a way to express the inner turmoil,” she said. The entries identify the artists only as patient, caregiver or family member. Some have accompanying narratives to explain the meaning of the

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If you go
What: “Oncology On Canvas” art exhibit Where: Boone Hospital Center bridge across Broadway When: Until April 23, culminating an Artrageous Friday event that day. Cost: Free
piece. In a narrative with a mixedmedia piece, titled “The Healing Pear,” the artist explained how a colleague told her to “paint the cancer and then make it go away”. Alicia Baim was in the hospital Monday while her father had surgery, and said she stumbled upon the art pieces. “I’m pretty impressed,” she said. “The one with the pear and the tumor, it gave me goosebumps.” “This exhibit is connecting patients and visitors in the hospital to what it feels like to be experiencing an illness,” Laura Noren, director of patient care services, said. Available to view for the next three weeks, the pieces will be the display for Artrageous Friday on April 23.

Michael Middleton, middle right, hugs 2010 Kemper Fellowship recipient Anand Prahlad, far right, after MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, far left, and Commerce Bank Chairman Jim Schatz presented him with the award Monday.
deserves the award. “From my experience, teachers are sometimes more focused on their research than the actual teaching part of the job, but Dr. Triplett actually does a great job of teaching.” The second recipient of the day, professor Anand Prahlad from MU’s English department is in the midst of a yearlong research leave as he works on a memoir and a manuscript of poetry. Prahlad usually works from Professor Gregory Triplett accepts the 2010 Kemper Fellowship for home but was told Teaching Excellence on Monday. he needed to be on ton said he had been aware about them as people, not just campus for a meeting. of Prahlad’s reputation for a as students.” The soft-spoken Prahlad while because three of his chilPrahlad said he was influsaid he was in shock and that dren took classes with Prahlad enced by mentors throughout he considered it “a special during their time at MU. his education and is aware of honor” to be considered among MU English department the impact they had on his life. the winners of the award. executive staff assistant Sha- “I try to be that kind of mentor Prahlad teaches creative ron Black said, “Students for my students,” he said. Three more recipients will writing, folklore, Africana lit- comment about how much he erature and film studies. Dea- cares. ... He’s really concerned receive the award today.

Adventurer remembered for hugs, emu egg art
By ALIson GAMMon
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com Robert S. Ghio was a free spirit who loved adventure, art and giving hugs. Mr. Ghio, “the great hugger,” was known to greet people with a warm embrace that friends came to adore. “He hugged anyone,” said his wife, Betty Ghio. “It was just kind of his nature.” Mr. Ghio died at his home Saturday, April 3, 2010. He was 65. He was born Aug. 4, 1944, in New York to Robert and Sue (Wright) Ghio. He moved to Columbia in his early years and was a 1962 graduate of Hickman High Robert School. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was nicknamed “Frog” by his biker friends. He briefly attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City before marrying his first wife, Janet Solter, on Dec. 12, 1964. They had two children, Jennifer and Eric. Mr. Ghio became an entrepreneur of sorts after he bought the coin laundry business he worked for. In addition to that, he co-owned the construction company that built Green Meadows Plaza and opened Andy’s Corner, a restaurant now known as Murry’s. In September of 1988, the adventurous Mr. Ghio set sail down the Missouri River from Rocheport to Florida with his good friend Cokie Chapman. After two months on the water, Mr. Ghio’s stomach began to fight with the waves and he was forced to end his adventure early in Biloxi, Miss. In 1993, a new marriage

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yielded many more adventures for the outdoorsman. He married Betty Forbes Ghio Oct. 9, 1993. He became stepdad to her two children, Christi and Clif. “We were best friends,” Betty Ghio said. The couple joined the Missouri Offhand Muzzle Loaders Association and went on many camping expeditions, sleeping in tepees or onepoles. Mr. Ghio was also an artist. He discovered his passion for emu egg carving while raising emus at his home. He received many awards for his emu egg carvings and gourd art and was a memS. Ghio ber of the Missouri Gourd Society. He was close to his dog, Ginger. Mr. Ghio is survived by his wife, Betty Ghio of Columbia; former wife Janet Ghio of Columbia; four children, daughter Jennifer Shinkle of Jefferson City, son Eric Ghio of Eugene, Ore., stepdaughter Christi Duran of Centralia and stepson Clif Nichols of Columbia; a sister, Missie McReynolds of North Carolina; and 12 grandchildren. His parents died earlier. A celebration of Mr. Ghio’s life will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at one of the couple’s frequent hangouts, Summit Lake Winery, 15 E. Main St., in Hartsburg. Memorial contributions may be sent to Columbia Second Chance, P.O. Box 10186, Columbia, MO 65205. Condolences can be posted online at parkerfuneralservice.com.

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