Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Local Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Local Digest

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ST. LOUIS > Arch tram rides resume * The Gateway Arch has reopened, sort of.

Officials at the national monument said Wednesday that while work on the Arch's expanded underground museum and visitors center continues, tram rides to the top have resumed on a limited basis.

Visitors who buy tickets for the tram can enter the Arch. Tram tickets are sold in advance for specific times. They can be purchased at the Old Courthouse or online at gatewayarch.com/ buytickets. Only ticket holders can get inside the monument.

It was unclear when the rides, suspended just after the first of the year, resumed.

The museum and visitors center work is part of the $380 million reshaping of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial grounds. (From staff reports)

COLUMBIA, MO. > University of Missouri hires diversity officer * The University of Missouri has hired its first-ever chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, a position that was promised in November when the Columbia campus was embroiled in discord over a series of racist incidents.

At the time, the university's Board of Curators promised changes centered on making the four campuses in Columbia, St. Louis, Kansas City and Rolla more welcoming for minorities.

Wednesday morning, the university's interim President, Michael Middleton, announced the hiring of Kevin McDonald to lead the system's diversity initiatives. The hiring becomes official June 1.

McDonald previously worked as the vice president and associate provost for diversity and inclusion at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. Before that, he was vice president for equity and inclusion at Virginia Tech.

In Columbia, McDonald will be in charge of creating policies to identify and address systemic issues related to diversity. He will also serve as an adviser to the UM system president. (Koran Addo)

ST. LOUIS > Harris-Stowe chosen for dropout prevention program * Harris-Stowe State University has been selected as one of 44 universities in North America to participate in a program aimed at reversing a trend in which significant numbers of low-income, first- generation and minority college students leave school after their first year. …

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