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UCM Daily - Tuesday, October 17

UCM Senior Focuses on a Career in Cybersecurity


UCM senior Grant Pinkley prepares for a future-focused career in cybersecurity in the cybersecurity lab in the W.C. Morris Science Building.

An interest in computer technology brought UCM senior Grant Pinkley to the University of Central Missouri for a degree in computer science. However, when he heard about a new major in cybersecurity during his sophomore year, he focused on a growing aspect of the future of technology.

"I was taking the required courses for a computer science degree, and I had always been interested the issue of security," Grant said. "During my sophomore year, I was working with the department advisor when I heard about the new cybersecurity degree. I knew then that it was something I wanted to do."

The undergraduate program in cybersecurity prepares graduates to enter the fastest growing segment of the technology field. They are equipped to meet the demand for a workforce with the scientific and technical training necessary to succeed in a career that will have a significant impact on the future.

The completion of the new cybersecurity lab in the recently renovated W.C. Morris Science Building has provided state-of-the-art technology for Grant and the other students enrolled in the program.

"I'm learning that it's not just about knowing what to do if something happens, but also how to figure out how it happened and prevent it from happening again," Grant said. "I hope to find a job working with network security and help people who are dealing with security challenges in their everyday lives."

Grant Pinkley's future-focused studies have provided him with the opportunity for Learning to a Greater Degree.

From The President

State of the University Address Scheduled for Oct. 26

University of Central Missouri President Charles Ambrose will present the State of the University Address at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 in Hart Recital Hall in the Utt Music Building. All UCM faculty, staff and other interested individuals are invited to attend.

For more information:
Contact Jeff Murphy at or call 4640


Internships at the State Capitol
The State Government Internship Program is accepting applications for the 2018 Spring semester. This opportunity is open to all students, ...
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Pink Dress Down Day
Big Pink is a sponsoring the 7th annual Pink Dress Down Day on Wednesday, October 25. For a $5 donation to Big Pink Volleyball any faculty ...
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Fall Festival and Pumpkin Painting!
The Elliott Student Union and US Bank are hosting a Fall Festival. Come enjoy this free event in the Union of October, 19th 6-7:30pm! Enjoy ...
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Campus invited to Emeriti Coffee on Thursday, October 19
Members of the campus community are invited to join the Emeriti Association at the October Coffee on Thursday, October 19, at 2:00 p.m. in ...
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Faculty/Staff Photos
University Relations will be offering Faculty and Staff photos for the web. The photos will be taken Monday, November 6 from 10 a.m. to noon ...
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Human Resources/Payroll

Chad Appleton with Murdock Banner Financial will be on our campus Thursday, October 19th.
Chad Appleton with Murdock Banner Financial will be here on Thurs., Oct. 19th from 2-3:00 p.m. For an appointment with him, please call ...
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Alan Brandt with Edward Jones will be on our campus Thursday, October 19th.
Alan Brandt with Edward Jones will be here on Thurs., Oct. 19th from 3-4:00 p.m. ...
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Today is the Employee Time Sheet Deadline
Please submit your time sheet by 11:59 PM. This is an 80 hour pay period for most non-exempt employees. Supervisors will have until 9 am ...
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Puritans and Pioneers
Actors Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and William H. Macy trace their nonconformist ancestors through American conflicts - the Civil War and ...
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University Store

Grad Fair in the UCM Store at the Crossing

Congratulations Graduates! Come pick up your regalia & take advantage of great deals from our vendors. Wed & Thur 9a-4p.

For more information:
Download: grad fair 2017.jpg
Contact Kim Bonsignore at


Parking Lot 33 - Multipurpose Building
The Traffic and Parking Policy Committee voted at their September 27th meeting to change the status of Lot 33, which surrounds the ...
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You Are Invited

Arx Duo: Percussion Guest Artist Recital
The Arx Duo, comprised of Kansas City-based percussionists Garrett Arney and Mari Yoshinaga, will visit UCM for a two-day residency in order ...
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Night at the Opera - Hansel and Gretel
Come join the school of music for a screening of Engelbert Humperdinck's opera "Hansel and Gretel" based on the famous German fairy tale on ...
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Volunteers Needed! Holiday Homes Tour 2017
Johnson County Hospice is needing volunteers to help with their annual "Holiday Homes Tour" that is happening Nov. 17-18, 2017. ...
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Previously Posted


The Last Day to Drop a Full Semester Class is Friday, October 20th
The last day for students to drop a full semester course is Friday, October 20th. The last day to drop (also known as W date) may vary by ...
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National Chocolate Cupcake Day
October 18th, 2-3pm in front of Union 219! ...
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2017 Missouri Graduate Education Week
Monday, 10/16 through Friday, 10/20 is Missouri Graduate Education Week. ...
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Nance Lecture on Syrian Civil War
The McClure Archives and University Museum is pleased to announce the 2018 Nance Lecture, to be delivered by Dr. Michael Makara. Dr. ...
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Faculty/Staff Training

Procurement Training - Requisition to Payment Process
The Office of Procurement and Materials Management continues with the series of Procurement trainings on Tuesday, October 24 at 9:00 a.m. in ...
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Dining Dollar Special - October 31st
Dining Dollar Special October 31st. ...
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Health & Wellness

Mental Fitness for October 16 & 19: Coping with Setbacks & Failure
Failure is inevitable. How you respond to failure has a significant impact on your future successes. This workshop will explore the impact ...
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News and Events

Hartzler Touts MIC as "Exemplary Model" for Education
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler this week touted The Missouri Innovation (MIC) campus as an "exemplary model for Missouri and the rest of the ...
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UCM's Engineering Technology Program Earns ABET Accreditation
The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology degree in the School of Technology at UCM has been accredited by the Engineering ...
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UCM Launching New Veterans Upward Bound Program Serving 10 Counties
Supporting the men and women who have served this nation, a $1.3 million federal grant enables the University of Central Missouri to ...
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Honorably Speaking
The Honors College is pleased to announce that the third 2017-2018 issue of our electronic student newsletter, "Honorably Speaking", is now ...
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