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UCM Foundation

Smiser Alumni Center
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.8000
Toll Free: 866.752.7257


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Old Elm Society honors donors who have loyally given to the UCM Foundation at least 10 years. Members share traits similar to the historic campus tree called “Old Elm,” planted on Arbor Day in May 1887 at the north entrance of campus.They are grounded, deeply rooted and vested in the continuation of the UCM tradition of education for service.

Old Elm was one of only three trees that survived the fire in 1915 that practically burned down the campus. In May 1951 it was officially named “Old Elm” because it had become a well-loved campus landmark and gathering spot for students. Campus members symbolized the tree because it was sturdier and had outlived the other trees. In 1964 Old Elm came down to make way for a general entrance to what was then Ward Edwards Library and Annex. A cross section of Old Elm is permanently displayed in the east stairwell of Ward Edwards showing key historic events associated with tree growth rings.

Old Elm Society Levels

  • Bronze Circle - 10 to 19 years
  • Silver Circle - 20 to 29 years
  • Gold Circle - 30 to 39 years
  • Diamond Circle - 40 years or more

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Recent Gifts Helping UCM Students

  • $5,000 for chemistry scholarship
  • $5,000 for agriculture scholarship
  • $10,000 for athletics
  • $518,962 estate gift for scholarships
  • $10,000 for Les Wrestles MS Challenge
  • $25,615 for automotive studies
  • $30,000 to KMOS
  • $25,000 for CIS scholarships