BELLERIVE ACRES • The University of Missouri-St. Louis graduated its first class in 1967 — the same year physics professor Bob Henson, 82, came to campus.
The longtime professor has worked under all 11 chancellors in the young university’s history, and has watched the evolution of education, from chalkboards to online classes — two of which he teaches.
“It hasn’t seemed like 50 years to me. Fairly often I think, ‘Have I really been here that long?’” he jokes, adding that he’s not ready to retire until he’s “fulfilled everything I’ve wanted to fulfill in my career.”
ST. LOUIS • About 1,200 St. Louis Public Schools students are getting free Samsung Galaxy smartphones to do their homework and take online classes.
It's part of an initiative by Sprint called the 1 Million Project that's meant to close the so-called "homework gap" by giving one million free devices to students across the country. The term "homework gap" refers to children who live in households that lack broadband access.
"Technology is simply a tool. It doesn't do anything but give kids more access," said Superintendent Kelvin Adams. "This takes away a barrier."