February 2015
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Spring Commencement Changing

Increased growth in the number of students graduating and strong attendance at graduation ceremonies have contributed to a new approach to the university’s Spring Commencement exercises that includes increasing the total number of ceremonies. Although spring graduation festivities, Friday and Saturday, May 8-9, are still a few months away, we are reaching out early to our alumni to make you aware of changes so you can plan accordingly. Read more.


Worldly Perspective

Cricket Brings a Piece of Home to Warrensburg for International Students

Cricket There's a new sport on campus and a new facility. The idea for a cricket pitch gained traction due to the increase in international students coming from countries where cricket is played regularly. The pitch is located at the South Recreation Complex off State Road DD. Read more.

Culture of Service

Boyce Reminds Us 'The Dream Still Matters'

Referencing the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that America could become a just society, alumnus Lucas Boyce, keynote speaker MLK Dinnerof the university’s annual MLK Freedom Scholarship Dinner, urged the members of his audience to believe in what is possible, regardless of injustice and those who seek to limit opportunity. Boyce credits faculty at UCM, particularly Greg Gunderson, Jim Staab and Sharlene Bax, with encouraging him and helping him find the opportunities to reach his dream, including an internship in the White House during the semester following Sept. 11, 2001. Read more.

Engaged Learning

Share Your Career Wisdom

Our Alumni Advisor Network is proving popular! So far 250 alumni have signed up for the career mentoring network, the newest program in our engagement initiative, Red Connect. The Alumni Advisor Network pairs job-seeking students with talented alumni in their field. Share your knowledge and become involved by signing up today. Registration takes less than three minutes. Read more .

Alumni Advisor Network

Future-Focused Academics

Coverage of Students' Success Earns a Gold

Learning to a Greater Degree is the university's strategic positioning platform, emphasizing engaged learning, worldly perspective, culture of service and future-focused academics as four reasons to believe in a UCM education. Last month the university announced its “Learning to a Greater Degree” online feature story series received a gold award from the Higher Education Report, the nation’s most widely read publication for educational marketers. Read the Learning to a Greater Degree story series here.

Missouri Innovation Campus Takes
New Step Forward

The University of Central Missouri and Lee’s Summit R-7 School District leaders recently came together, signing a lease agreement signifying another step forward in building a shared facility to house the Summit Technology Academy and the Missouri Innovation Campus. The MIC accelerates the time it takes for students to complete a UCM degree, providing them with job-ready skills and helping them graduate with little or no debt. Read more.

Athletic News

Former UCM Track Athlete Qualifies for Olympic Trials

Kristen Anderson Swisher ‘06 has qualified for the Olympic Trials in the half marathon with a time of 1:14.57. A 2006 graduate, she was a two-time national champion and five-time NCAA All-American. Read more.

Get Ready for March Madness

The Mules and Jennies are looking good to play in the MIAA Tournament, March 5-8, in Kansas City but it all depends on the rest of their season. Watch ucmo.edu/athletics for updated information.

Mule Nation Alumni Clubs


Friday, Feb. 6
Mule Nation Houston
Houston Winter Invitational
and Reception at Minute Maid Stadium

4 to 6 p.m.
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Friday, Feb. 20
Mule Nation KC
Missouri Mavericks Hockey Game

Independence Event Center
7:05 p.m.

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Tuesday, March 24
Mule Nation DFW
After Hours with Rob '75 and Susan '74 Ruth

7803 Leesburg Dr.
Colleyville, TX 76034

Starts at 5:30 p.m.


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Lifelong Learning
Art vs. Craft: Is There a Difference?

2 p.m., Feb. 12
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Mule Nation KC
7:05 p.m., Feb. 20
Mavericks Hockey Game
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UCM Visits India
Feb. 24 and 26
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2015 MIAA Basketball Championship
March 5-8
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