August 2014
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Future of Selmo Park Under Discussion

Selmo Park

The future of the president's home, Selmo Park, is under discussion based on an estimated $2 million repair bill. The UCM Board of Governors recently heard a presentation from representatives of Burns & McDonnell Engineering, Kansas City, about the needed repairs. Board of Governors President Marvin “Bunky” Wright reiterated the need for the board to exercise “fiscal responsibility” as it considers the future of Selmo Park following the assessment of the property. To learn more about Burns & McDonnell’s assessment or more about Selmo Park, click here.

UCM News

UCM Foundation Raises $5.3 Million in FY 2014

The University of Central Missouri Foundation exceeded its FY 2014 goal by nearly $1 million, raising more than $5.3 million. Support from alumni and friends made this one of the Foundation’s strongest performances in its 35-year history. Jason Drummond, vice president for alumni relations and development and executive director of the Foundation, said, “This was a remarkable year, and it says a lot about the generosity of our donors and the energy that our Board and university community is putting into student success.” Read more here.



Timeline of Campus Updates


Been awhile since you have been on campus? We’ve got you covered! Click here to view a timeline of campus updates and learn about the new renovations, including The Crossing- South at Holden, to be completed by fall 2015.


Alumni News

UCM Alumnus Makes Gift to Create Student Stock Trading Center


Donn ForbesDonn G. Forbes, a 1952 UCM alumnus, recently made the second largest contribution to the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies to fund a realistic trading floor for students. This new area will be located in the Ward Edwards building and will be ready for financial research and stock trading by students sometime this fall.

“I provided the gift because I have a passion and long-time interest in personal investing, and am happy to still be researching and making investment decisions the ‘old fashion way.’ I worked hard for my degree and appreciate the education I received,” said Forbes. To read the full article, click here.


UCM Alumna Honored as New Teacher of Year



Krystal Snell, UCM alumna, was honored as the 2014 New Teacher of the Year by the Missouri Educators of Family and Consumer Sciences and Human Services.

Snell teaches at Warrensburg High School and graduated from UCM with a BSE in family consumer science teacher education. She later completed a graduate certificate in online teaching and learning. To learn more about Snell’s accomplishments, click here.


Link In and Connect with Other UCM Alumni


Looking for a job, wanting to build your personal network or just wishing to connect with other UCM alumni in your area? Connect with us on LinkedIn. The University of Central Missouri alumni group page has nearly 4,000 members and is a great resource for engaging with other alumni. Have a LinkedIn success story? We would love to hear and share it! Click here to visit the LinkedIn page.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Mule Nation KC: Lee's Summit Happy Hour at Konrad's Kitchen and Tap House

Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Johnson County Alumni Event: Central Missouri Speedway

Saturday, Sept. 6, from 6 to 10 p.m.

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Mule Nation KC: Kansas City Zoo

Saturday, Sept. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Homecoming Alumni Events

Saturday, Oct. 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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To learn more about upcoming events, visit the UCM Alumni Events Facebook Page.

Athletic News

Wrestling Hall of Famer Story Inspires and Motivates


In 2012, Les Gatrel, UCM alumnus and Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Rather than letting this disease take control over his life, Les is using the disease to motivate others. When friend and former Mule wrestling teammate Gary Ervin challenged Gatrel to stand up against the disease with 190 miles of biking, he created the Les Wrestles MS 190 Challenge. Partnering with the UCM Foundation and Alumni Association to raise support for the UCM wrestling team, Multiple Sclerosis Society and Phi Sigma Kappa, Les challenges UCM alumni and friends to commit to their own challenge and to participate in the “All American Mule Grinder Challenge.” UCM President Chuck Ambrose, his wife, Kris, and many other alumni are participating in this 90-mile bike challenge. Click here to learn more about the Les Wrestles MS 190 Challenge.


UCM Athletic Trainer and Emeriti Professor Dies

Don VanDamMembers the UCM family were saddened to learn of the death of Ron “Doc” VanDam (pictured right), the university's legendary former head athletic trainer and professor emeritus of physical education.

VanDam had a 30-year career at UCM and in 2011, was honored with the dedication of the Ron "Doc" VanDam Athletic Training Facility. To learn more about VanDam and his achievements at UCM, click here.


Athletic Auction Set for Aug. 15


The 14th annual “Celebrating Central Missouri Athletics” dinner and auction will take place Friday, Aug. 15, to kick off a new season in sports and raise funds to support UCM athletics. Click here for more information about the auction.

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In This Issue

Selmo Park Future Under Discussion

Foundation Gifts Exceed $5 Million


Timeline of Campus Updates


Donn G. Forbes: Student Stock Trading Center


Krystal Snell: Teacher of the Year




Les Gatrel: 190 Challenge


Ron "Doc" VanDam Dies


UCM Athletic Auction

Check Out These Events To See Who's Attending!


Aug. 27:

Mule Nation KC Happy Hour


Aug. 27:

Lifelong Learning Series: Do You Hear What I Hear

Sept. 6:
Johnson County Alumni Event

Sept. 13:
Mule Nation KC ZOO

Sept. 18:

Lifelong Learning Series: Jackie Robinson and the Desegregation of Baseball

Oct. 18:

Homecoming 2014

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