August 2014
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Mule Nation Embraces Culture of Service through Ice Bucket Challenge

UCM Athletics unveiled the power of red by challenging President Ambrose with the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. Once completed, the challenge was shared with Mule Nation alumni through social media; viewed by students, staff, and faculty on campus all the way to alumni across the nation and the world. Watch President Ambrose’s video on the official alumni Facebook page: click here.

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Mules for Life: Walton Stadium Improvements


Walton Stadium

Set to be complete by Fall 2015, the Walton Stadium Improvement Project, along with The Crossing - South at Holden, will turn Walton Stadium/Kennedy Field and the surrounding area into one of the best facilities in the NCAA Division II. Phase I of the project was completed prior to the 2014 season with the completion of the stadium’s lower level and new seating on the east side that includes restrooms and a concession stand. The photo above, is the artist rendering of what the entire completed project will look like. Photos below are of the completed first phase of the project. Share your comments on our Facebook page here.



UCM Board of Governors Decides Not Moving Forward with Selmo Park

Considering the need to be fiscally responsible and to make decisions that are in the best interest of students, the University of Central Missouri Board of Governors on July 21 voted not to move forward with a projected $2 million in repairs with Selmo Park. The board’s decision took place following a property assessment that was conducted in cooperation with Burns & McDonnell Engineering, Kansas City. Read more here


Foundation Opportunity Grant Sparks National Achievement

Ashley ChapAshley Chapman, a UCM chemistry major, presented her research poster at the National American Chemical Society in San Francisco on Aug. 11. “This is one of the most significant ‘presentation’ opportunities that exist for undergraduate students who participate in chemistry research around the country” said UCM faculty and Chapman’s research director, Dr. Steinkruger, whose research received financial support from a UCM Foundation Opportunity Grant program. Chapman gained hands-on experience after leading her research project entitled “Synthesis of Amide N-H Protected Amino Acids for use in Solid-Phase Peptide Synthesis.” Support students here


First-day Data Shows UCM on Track for Fourth Consecutive Record Enrollment

Although UCM’s official census is Sept. 16, Rick Sluder, vice provost for recruitment and outreach, said there were 12,907 students taking classes when the semester began. This is a 5 percent increase compared to the first day of the fall semester in 2013, when enrollment was 12,297. Read more here


UCM Alumnus Helps Coordinate Car Donation to Automotive Technology Program

CarGeneral Motors, one of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers, recently donated a vehicle to the University of Central Missouri for its Automotive Technology Management program. UCM alumnus, Phil Griggs, helped coordinate the car donation and handed over the keys of the 2014 Malibu to UCM representatives at GM’s Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas City, Kan. The 2014 Malibu will be used to train aspiring students enrolled in the Automotive Technology Management program. Read more here


UCM’s Interior Design Program Earns CIDA Accreditation

The Department of Art and Design at the University of Central Missouri has received notification that the department’s interior design program, leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design, has been awarded accreditation by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. Read more here


Alumni News

Alumni Trio Participates in 48 Hour Film Project

We are angelsNicole Forte ’13, Austin Lyon ’12, and Justin Billing ’12 left UCM with big dreams and found a way to express their aspirations when they moved to Los Angeles. Forte thrives there as a PR practitioner publicizing haute couture brands. Lyon earned spots in Agents of Shield and Divergent, and will appear in Mortdecai with Johnny Depp and Miles Ahead with Ewan McGregor. Billings, film producer pundit, operates IZZO Entertainment, a production company he started while studying at UCM.
The trio participated to the 48 Hour Film Project, the oldest and largest timed film competition in the world, by taking part in “It’s Your Town.” The result is a short film, “We are Angels,” that highlights a new generation of achievers, driven by high ambitions, and chasing their dreams in a new city. Watch the video here

Criminal Justice Alumnus Honored for Efforts to Improve Highway Safety Nationwide


Bob Welsh, criminal justice administration alumnus and co-founder of the Breath Alcohol Instrument Training Program, was recently honored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with the NHTSA Public Service Award. Welsh was one of 12 individuals and organizations from across the nation honored at the 32nd annual NHTSA Lifesavers Conference in Nashville. The agency’s top public service award recognizes the tireless efforts people make to advance highway safety throughout the country. Read more here.

Athletic News

Mary Wells earns two medals at World Youth Bowling Championships


Central Missouri Jennies bowler Mary Wells earned two medals and finished as the top U.S. female at the World Youth Bowling Championships that wrapped up over the weekend. Wells averaged 203.18 over 32 games, finished with three top-five finishes, earning a silver medal in the all-events division and a bronze medal in the team event. Learn more here



Jennies soccer picked to finish first in MIAA Preseason Poll


The four-time defending MIAA regular season champion Jennies soccer team was the unanimous pick to finish on top in the MIAA Preseason Coaches' Poll, released on Wednesday morning. The Jennies received 11 of 12 first-place votes cast by MIAA coaches, garnering 121 points. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team. Learn more here


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