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UCM Daily - Thursday, August 21

UCM Class Project Brings Food to Children in Need


UCM students and ECHO volunteers have fun while packing backpacks for children in need in the community.

In 2010, 10 UCM students recognized a need to provide young children in Johnson County with food on the weekends. They established the Early Childhood Hunger Operation, which continues to provide backpacks filled with food, family materials and occasionally over-the-counter medicines to more than 100 preschool children in Warrensburg each week.

Developed as part of a social work and entrepreneurship class, ECHO challenged these students to strategically research, plan and implement a sustainable social enterprise in less than six weeks.

"ECHO helped me understand the preparation needed for creating a business venture and what it would take to keep such a worthy cause going," says Sarah Williams, UCM Social Work alumna.

For these students, creating and working for ECHO was a successful, one-of-a-kind achievement, but as it grew into a strong sustainable entity, additional help became necessary. In 2013, Jamie Grohe stepped on board as ECHO's part-time director.

"Accepting a permanent position with ECHO was a wonderful decision," says Grohe. "Each day I go into work knowing that helping provide this small need will make a big difference."

Now an established program, ECHO is housed in the UCM StartUp Center and has delivered weekly backpacks to more than 120 families for four years.

Through ECHO, UCM students leveraged an engaged learning experience to serve the community and continue learning to a greater degree.


UCM Helping Young Airmen Learn to Make Responsible Choices About Alcohol Use

Young airmen are literally putting themselves on the ropes to learn just how important it is to make responsible choices about the use of alcohol. They are participating in special training sessions coordinated by staff at the University of Central Missouri and Whiteman Air Force Base in cooperation with William Jewell College's Tucker Leadership Lab in Liberty. Learn more about this program by clicking on the News and Events website below.

For more information:
Go to:
Contact Jeff Murphy at or call 4640


Absences Must Be Reported by Noon TOMORROW for Enrollment Validation
Go to for step-by-step screen shots of the reporting process. ...
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Faculty Exhibition Today!
The Gallery of Art & Design opens it's 2014 - 2015 exhibition season with two exhibitions focusing on the professional practice of faculty ...
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Be a Mentor for LGBTQ Students
The Office of Mentoring, Advocacy and Peer Support (MAPS) is creating an LGBTQ Mentorship Program. This program is designed to help LGBTQ ...
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New EPA Rules and Agribusiness
Join "Show-Me Ag" host Kyle Vickers and his guests as they discuss newly proposed rules regarding regulation of waters used by agribusiness. ...
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Previously Posted News and Events


Community Music Program Registration - August 20-25, 2014
The Community Music Program announces that registration for fall lessons is now open. We offer musical instruction in piano, strings ...
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Emeriti Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner
President Chuck and Mrs. Kris Ambrose invite you to the 2014 Recognition Dinner for Emeriti Faculty and Staff on Thursday, August 28. The ...
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Health & Wellness

Gentle Yoga Fall hours begin Tuesday, Aug. 19
Gentle Yoga will meet on Tues/Thur in the Student Wellness Center at 5:15-6:15 beginning next Tuesday, August 19. Taught by Barb Rhodes, ...
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Water Exercise Classes at Multipurpose Building Pool
Water exercise classes will start on Monday August 25. ...
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Zumba Gold 5:15 p.m.
BodyZumba Gold will meet in SRWC 166A on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 5:15 p.m. beginning September 3, 2014. August class dates on are ...
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On Show-Me Ag this month...
The EPA recently proposed a new rule which has some folks pretty upset. The rule is designed to clarify what waters of the United States ...
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UCM on Track for Fourth Consecutive Record Fall Enrollment
As the University of Central Missouri began the fall 2014 semester Tuesday, Aug. 19, preliminary data indicates the university is on track ...
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Student Activities

Volunteer Fair
*Be sure and stop by the Union Atrium on Wed., Aug. 27 from 11-1 p.m. to visit the Volunteer Fair. ...
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You Are Invited

Warrensburg Young Professionals
Junior faculty are invited to meet the Warrensburg Young Professionals at our networking event Thursday Aug. 21 at Tradition Restaurant at ...
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UCM Calendar of Events

Events for Thursday, 8/21/2014

All Day Baltic Treasures Cruise
9:00 AM Phi Sigma Kappa - Poster Sale
9:30 AM Adobe Presenter Advanced Training [Faculty & Staff Only]
12:00 PM Weight Watchers on Campus
2:00 PM Adobe Acrobat XI Forms [Faculty & Staff Only]
10:00 PM MAD Movie: Divergent