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October: Briefly in the News

October: Briefly in the News

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The latest news featuring Columbia College, Boone Hospital Center, Veterans United Home Loans, Fresh Ideas, and more.

Columbia College Dedicates New Hall
On September 25, Columbia College dedicated New Hall, their new $20 million academic and residence hall, as well as the Robert W. Plaster School of Business.

Boone Hospital Center Ranked No. 1
For the fifth year in a row, Boone Hospital Center was ranked the #1 hospital in Mid-Missouri by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News ranks hospitals based on 12 specialties utilizing a mathematical model combining reputation, mortality rate, patient safety, and care-related factors such as patient services.

Veterans United Awarded Top Workplace
Veterans United Home Loans has been named one of the country’s 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials in 2019, coming in at number 11. The list was compiled by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE. Veterans United is the most significant VA lender in the country and has nearly 2,700 employees nationwide, of which more than 1,800 are millennials.

Fresh Ideas Creates New Partnership
Fresh Ideas Food Service Management announces its first partnership in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with the preeminent independent school in the region, Boyd Buchanan. Fresh Ideas provides food service management solutions for K-12, higher education, and commercial markets.

New KBIA Radio Series
COMO200, the mayor’s task force on bicentennial celebration planning, has partnered with KBIA, an NPR-affiliate station, to produce a multi-part series delving into the often-unheard histories of Columbia’s black community. The “You Don’t Say” series will record conversations between members of the black community about their lives and their memories of the people, places, and events of Columbia’s past. The series of eight to 10 episodes will be recorded, edited, and aired on KBIA.

Evans & Dixon LLC Expands
Chicago-based Roddy Law Ltd. joined Evans & Dixon in September. This partnership will expand Evans & Dixon’s roster of full-time attorneys to more than 90 and will add a new office location, increasing the firm’s footprint to seven cities, including Columbia.

“This expansion is a significant addition to our firm, and will enhance our ability to serve clients who have substantial interests in Chicago and Northern Illinois,” says Tim Tierney, Managing Member of Evans & Dixon.

U.S. Cellular Supports Veterans
For the third consecutive year, U.S. Cellular associates in Mid-Missouri helped extend the reach of Operation: Veteran Smiles, a program created by teenager Amelia Day to bring smiles and basic necessities to veterans. In support of this initiative, the associates packed more than 120 toiletry kits, wrote personal cards, and hand-delivered them to patients at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital. 

StoryUP Chosen by Apple
StoryUP, the makers of a mind-powered virtual and augmented reality product called Healium, was chosen to attend Apple’s summer entrepreneur cohort, an immersive technology lab for organizations founded and led by women. The Missouri startup, incubated at the Missouri Innovation Center and ECJC in Kansas City, joined other companies from around the world for the session in Cupertino, California, working with Apple experts and engineers.

MU Health Care Recognized for ALS Treatment
MU Health Care has been named an ALS Certified Treatment Center of Excellence by the ALS Association, the first hospital in Mid-Missouri to earn the designation. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. MU Health Care’s ALS clinic brings together disciplines such as physical and occupational therapists— all available in one appointment to provide the most convenient care possible.

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