A Word from the President
The Gift of Service
With the holiday season rapidly approaching, even in a tough economy, there is strong willingness to give. This often
translates into purchasing gifts for family and friends, but more importantly, a desire to help others in need. We may donate our time and financial resources to benefit those who are less fortunate or to support a cause that strikes a heartfelt chord within us. When this happens, we are experiencing the true spirit of this season.
As you view the articles in this edition of "Today," you will see examples of selfless acts that hopefully will inspire others to take similar action. You'll learn about how one alumnus, Chris Shaeffer, touches the lives of children in the Kansas City area by dedicating his weekends and often financial resources to making children's holiday wishes come true. You'll also get to know Michelle Wertz, a senior political science major who exemplifies what it means to make a difference year round. She has committed countless hours to increasing awareness of human injustices across the globe, particularly millions of children and adults being sold into slavery.
As UCM continues to strengthen its emphasis on service, and service learning, others are seeing the fruits of volunteerism generated by our faculty, staff and students. We are truly
grateful for the difference they make in this community, whether it's students creating their own businesses and giving profits to local charities, stocking backpacks with food for local children in need, building homes for Habitat for Humanity, or raising money to help others realize their education dreams.
Such acts serve as shining examples to us all. This holiday season and throughout the year, may we all strive to make a difference through the gift of service.
Joining you in service,
President, University of Central Missouri