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UCM Daily - Wednesday, October 1

Wheelchair Race Changes the Viewpoint for Students, Faculty


UCM students and professors learned how challenging maneuvering their way around in a wheelchair can be at the Wheelchair Challenge.

We've all seen the "elevator out of service" emails. What most of us don't realize when we read those emails is that someone unwillingly doesn’t get the opportunity to attend class that day.

The Association of Social Work Students organized the Wheelchair Challenge to raise awareness and funds; $1,610 was raised to support accessibility improvements on campus.

Eighteen able-bodied students and professors learned first-hand how difficult maneuvering in a wheelchair is. They gained this outlook by participating in a series of campus challenges, while remaining in a wheelchair.

"Our ultimate goal was for others to gain perspective of being in a wheelchair and what difficulties students encounter," says Shantelle Rockman, a UCM student and member of ASWS who helped coordinate the challenge.

The University of Central Missouri meets all of the American Disability Act’s Standards for Accessible Design. These standards ensure individuals are able to access public facilities. Still, students learned what a big challenge minor bumps and detours can be.

"My biggest challenge was getting in and out of all of the doors because not all of the doors had the handicap buttons and some of them didn't work well," says Kelly Jameson, a freshman Actuarial Science major.

Students and professors gained a new perspective and experienced learning to a greater degree by putting themselves in someone else's shoes.


Student Research, Faculty Presentations Highlight MoBio Legislative Benchmarking Tour

A week-long journey to see some of the 40 strongest science-based assets in the state included a stop at the University of Central Missouri Sept. 24 for participants in the Missouri Biotechnology Association's 2014 MoBio Legislative Benchmarking Tour. Learn more about what legislators discovered while at UCM by clicking on the link to the News and Events page below.

For more information:
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Contact Jeff Murphy at or call 4640


Spring semester enrollment begins October 20th!
Enrollment in spring 2015 classes will take place October 20th thru November 13th. All students are assigned an Enrollment Access Date ...
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October Community Coffee
The Provost Office is hosting the October Community Coffee on Friday, October 3, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in the Administration Building Second ...
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Grammy Award-Winning Group Chanticleer In Concert at UCM!
Called "the world's reigning male chorus" by The New Yorker magazine, and named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, Chanticleer ...
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Health & Wellness

Flu Vaccination Clinic Cancelled Today
Due to an issue related to safe supply of vaccine, the University of Central Missouri Student Health Center is cancelling the flu ...
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The Smartest Night on TV
Penguins in the Huddle follows newborn emperor penguins in Antarctica, rockhopper chicks in the Falklands and in Peru, Humboldt chicks take ...
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Office of Technology

Yesterday Morning's Connectivity Issues
You may or may not have noticed a problem yesterday morning with UCM's network connectivity. MOREnet, our Internet service provider, ...
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Standard Maintenance Windows
Remember, UCM's Office of Technology observes two maintenance windows each week: Thursday evenings from 10:30 pm until 12:30 am Friday, and ...
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Public Safety

2014 Security and Fire Safety Report
In compliance with the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Department ...
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Student Activities

Location: Trails Regional Library in Warrensburg -- 11:00 a.m. Children's activities and crafts related to a fall theme. Parents stay for ...
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Previously Posted News and Events


Second-Half Semester Classes Begin October 13th!
Second-half semester classes begin on Monday, October 13th. Students have through Monday, October 20th to add one of these classes to their ...
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Non-Profit Approach to End International Sex Trafficking
Hannah Herr of the non-profit organization Daughters Rising will be coming to UCM on October 8th to give a lecture on her work within ...
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John Sherer In Concert - "The Pipes of McManis"
Charles W. McManis was a renowned American organbuilder and accomplished organist from Kansas City whose career spanned over 60 years. The ...
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Lake Cottage Duo In Concert
The Lake Cottage Duo, featuring Juanita Becker on piano and Sheri Mattson on oboe, will present the music of women composers and standard ...
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From Thought to Action
A Student Workshop on Non-Profit Based Activism in Local and International Arenas. Thursday, October 9, 2:30-5:30 pm, Union 235. See ...
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The Office of Mentoring, Advocacy and Peer Support is looking for volunteer Victim Advocates.
Advocates should be highly motivated students and staff with good interpersonal communication skills. Advocates will provide crisis ...
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Spacewalker Col. Michael Hopkins Presents Skelton Lecture Oct. 9
Col. Michael S. Hopkins, a NASA astronaut who walked in space Sept. 25, 2013 as a flight engineer on the International Space Station, will ...
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Openings & Closings

Procurement, Mail Services and Central Receiving Closing on 10/2/14
The Office of Procurement and Materials Management, Mail Services and Central Receiving will be closed for training from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 ...
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Student Activities

Leadership 2 Go Presenters Needed
Student Activities is looking for faculty and staff that are willing to present to Student Organizations periodically through the academic ...
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MULE DASH in COLOR 5K Run/Walk - Saturday, October 25th
Registration begins at 9:30 at NSSLHA table outside front doors of Rec Center. 5K begins at 10:00. ...
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You Are Invited

UCM Students Will Present Panel Discussion on Global Vision Experience
Join the recipients of the 2014 Global Vision Scholarships for a panel presentation describing their service project in India with the ...
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UCM Calendar of Events

Events for Wednesday, 10/1/2014

9:00 AM 25Live - Event Request Training - Wednesday 9:00 AM [Faculty & Staff Only]
3:00 PM 25Live Event Request Training - for students
3:30 PM Tier Leadership Class
7:30 PM Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert