The University of Central Missouri is hosting the annual Missouri Girls State, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.  The event started on the 21st and goes through the 27th.  It is taking place on the university's Warrensburg campus.

More than 750 young women from across the state are attending, learning firsthand about government and leadership through participation in democracy in action.  Among the government leaders and officials who will address the Girls State citizens today are U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

In an effort to enhance Pertle Springs as a quality recreational and academic-use facility, the University of Central Missouri’s Board of Governors on June 19 acted on two separate requests that will lead to improved facilities at the popular campus/community-use area. The board adopted a resolution to amend the Student Recreation Center loan agreement to allow student fee reserve funds to finance major improvements at the recreational park. Utilizing other funding sources, the board also authorized a new 18th hole island green as part of a major golf course renovation at Pertle Springs.

Three-time NCAA champion Erika Kinsey continues to reach new heights long after winning the NCAA high jump championship in May. Kinsey competed this past weekend at the European Athletics Team Championships in Cheboksary, Russia where she placed fourth in the high jump with a personal-best 1.97m (6' 5.5"). She also qualified for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships later this summer.