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UCM Daily - Wednesday, May 6

Jonathan Ellis Earns Learning to a Greater Degree Award for Leadership in Aviation Program


Jonathan Ellis (center) was presented the Learning to a Greater Degree award for his leadership in the UCM Department of Aviation.

For Jonathan Ellis, it's all about making the most of your time in college. For this reason, Ellis was recognized with the Learning to a Greater Degree Award this spring.

Ellis is earning his MBA in Ethical Strategic Leadership and is the graduate assistant for the Department of Aviation. Having been in the program for six years, Ellis has focused much of his graduate work on bringing all aspects of UCM Aviation together into one culture.

Ellis' nomination highlighted many of his contributions, including improving the aviation program's newsletter and teaching students about the importance of core values. Ellis also surveyed more than 200 aviation students, faculty and staff to improve the program's sense of community.

Although Ellis' schedule is full with many projects, his mentors, Tony Monetti, Fred Schieszer and Steve Quick inspire him.

"Watching my mentors and seeing what they are capable of, motivates me to keep pushing forward," says Ellis.

Ellis strives to improve the student experience and display the importance of service and communication every day.

"For me, learning to a greater degree is thinking outside the box and using the time you have to serve others," says Ellis. "It's about improving yourself and learning from everyone."

By dedicating his time to creating a culture of service, Ellis exemplifies learning to a greater degree.

Awards & Honors

FPO Employee Recognition
The following employees were recognized as FPO's April Employees of the Month. ...
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Foundation & Alumni

FY16 UCM Foundation Opportunity Grant Recipients Announced
Fourteen projects that range from an aerial drone with equipped video camera and a set of West African drums to the creation of a transmedia ...
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Search and Compatibility for New Responsive Website
The new responsive design for UCM's website is in place, and the site now adjusts to the device on which you are viewing it. Some on-campus ...
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Human Resources/Payroll

Get Retirement Ready by MetLife
MetLife will be on campus May 19th and 20th to provide a free seminar on how to be retirement ready. ...
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NOVA Nazi Attack on America
Long before 9/11, a far deadlier, little-known attack from the ocean depths struck our shores, lasting three-and-a-half years and claiming ...
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Office of Technology

Four Digit Dialing to UCM Lees Summit
Remember, when you are calling UCM Lees Summit (formerly known as the Central Summit Center) from a campus phone, you can simply use the ...
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Student Activities

Fund Raiser for Student Trip to Cozumel
Come support the Tasting Cozumel Study Abroad Tour class May 3rd through 16th at Orange Leaf Yogurt. Bring the attached flyer and 10% of ...
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You Are Invited

Retirement Reception for Mollie Dinwiddie
Please join the Provost Office and Library Services as we celebrate Mollie Dinwiddie's, Dean of Library Services upcoming retirement on ...
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Previously Posted News and Events


Spring Semester Final Grades due by Noon, on 5/12/15
Final grades are due at 12:00 noon Tuesday, May 12th. Grades can be entered through MyCentral using the Faculty tab and selecting the Final ...
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Undergraduate Spring/Summer Degree Candidates - Commencement Name Cards
Spring and summer undergraduate degree candidates who intend to participate in the May 8th or 9th commencement ceremonies may pick up their ...
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Maj. Gen. Danner Presents Keynote Remarks for Pre-Memorial Day Event
The University of Central Missouri invites the campus and local community to attend the annual Pre-Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. ...
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Faculty/Staff Training

2015 Fall Prep Meeting - Save the Date!
Please save the date for the 2015 Fall Prep Meeting: Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 2:00-3:30 in University Union 237B. The purpose of the ...
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UCM Dining by Sodexo Finals Week Hours of Operation
With the semester coming to an end, UCM Dining by Sodexo will start to adjust the hours of operation. Einstein Bros Bagels in the JCKL will ...
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Warrensburg Telephone Books Available
Warrensburg telephone books are now available. Please stop by the Central Receiving Office located in the South East Complex to pick up the ...
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Health & Wellness

No Gentle Yoga in May

Gentle Yoga will resume in June: M/R 4:45-5:45.

For more information:
Contact Barbara Rhodes at

Human Resources/Payroll

Murdock Banner Financial Group rep Chad Appleton will be on campus Thursday, May 7th
Chad Appleton rep with Murdock Banner will be on our campus Thurs., May 7th from 2-3:00 p.m. For an appointment with him please call ext. ...
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Increase in UCM Faculty, Staff Salaries Approved for FY16
Recognizing the contributions faculty and staff continue to make toward progress at the University of Central Missouri, the Board of ...
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Godard Selected to Lead Enrollment Management Area as Vice Provost
After serving as chair of the University of Central Missouri Department of Nutrition and Kinesiology since 2012, Michael Godard, Ph.D., will ...
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Spring Commencement Takes on New Look This Weekend
An annual celebration that is taking on a new look to accommodate growth in graduate numbers, the University of Central Missouri will ...
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Student Activities

Residence Hall Councils & USHA donate 1375 teddy bears to Operation Gratitude
The residence hall councils and United Student Housing Association teamed up this spring to raise/donate funds toward the purchase of teddy ...
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University Store

Relocation of Student Textbook Rental Returns & Buyback Event
University Store has relocated this semester's textbook rental returns and buyback to the Student Recreation & Wellness Center, Lower ...
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25% Discount on Family Merchandise

Just in time for graduation, enjoy 25% savings on Family merchandise. See the attached flyer for details.

For more information:
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Contact Charles Rutt at

You Are Invited

Retirement Reception for Dr. Marilyn Grechus
The Department of Nutrition and Kinesiology cordially invites you to a retirement reception to honor Dr. Marilyn Grechus. Please join us on ...
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UCM Calendar of Events

Events for Wednesday, 5/6/2015

N/A Final Examinations (includes second-half semester classes.)
9:00 AM OPEN HOUSE-Office of Technology, CentralNet
1:00 PM Blackboard Discussion Board [Faculty & Staff Only]