December 2014
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Culture of Service

The UCM Alumni Advisor Network

Following the steps of world-renowned institutions, the University of Central Missouri is launching an Alumni Advisor Network. In a few easy steps, you can create an online profile, set up your availabilities and connect with students. With 13,379 students enrolled this semester, we need everyone to participate. Create your profile in less than three minutes by clicking here. The platform opens to students in January, and they cannot wait to have you as mentors.

Education Matters

“I am literally in tears because I thought I was going to have to take a semester off to pay my remaining balance. Thanks to you all, I am able to enroll in the spring and graduate. Thank you, thank you. A million times thank you!” Here is one of many notes received by the UCM Foundation after providing financial support to 40 students who were about to drop out of college despite their hard work and dedication. Everyone can help. Make a tax deductible year-end gift today at ucmo.edu/giveonline


Wordly Perspective

International Alumnus Praises American Culture in Egypt

A AmerAbdullah Amer came to UCM for a year as a NESA Scholar, a U.S. Department of State program developed for students from underrepresented countries. When he returned to his native country, Egypt, he had a positive experience to share. The international alumnus now impacts hundreds of Egyptian students by sharing what he learned in the U.S. through the “Spread Your English” initiative. Abdullah explained, “UCM and the NESA program made a revolutionary change in my character. Now because of them, our university is also much better. I transferred my experience, activities, skills and everything that I received from UCM and the NESA program to our university in Cairo and we really all appreciate this.” Abdullah’s story fosters the positive impact of the internationalization of higher education.

Engaged Learning

Students Learn from Alumni and Vice Versa

The University of Central Missouri hosted the State Farm National Competition Nov. 6, inviting business students from across the nation to defend best marketing practices. This initiative was started five years ago by a group of UCM alumni working for State Farm. The outcomes are hands-on experience and new connections for students as well as fresh and innovative ideas for the nationally recognized insurance company. Learn more about this year’s competition by clicking here


Future-Focused Academics

Wireless Tethering for Professional Photography Education

A UCM faculty looked at two ways of using wireless camera tethering to teach beginning students in the professional photography program. Learn more by watching this video

Athletic News

Dickerson's 41 Points Lead
UCM to Win over Quincy

Rakeem Dickerson scored a career-high 41 points to help 10th ranked UCM rally from a nine-point second half deficit to beat Quincy 90-84 in overtime at the Sprint Center. The 41 points are believed to be a Sprint Center record. Read more here



Mule Nation Alumni Clubs


Friday, Dec. 5
Mule Nation STL
Westport Trainwreck Station Happy Hour

5 to 8 p.m.
314 Westport Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63146
Join the Facebook event here

Saturday, Dec. 6
Mule Nation STL
St. Louis Museum of Transportation

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
2933 Barrett Station Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
Learn more here

Saturday, Dec. 20
Mules Basketball Watch Parties
Live on CBS Sports
UCM vs. Northeastern
Starts at 10:00 a.m.
Watch parties details here

Friday, Feb. 6
Mule Nation Houston
Houston Winter Invitational

4 to 6 p.m.
Learn more here



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2014 Live United Texarkana Bowl
Dec. 6, 2015
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UCM Visits India
Feb. 23 and 26, 2015
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50-Year Reunion
April 23-24, 2015
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