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UCM Foundation

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


Meet Dalene Abner

For Dalene Abner, executive editor of the UCM Magazine, indulging her passion for crisp, creative and simple writing keeps her job enjoyable.

A graduate of Wichita State University, Dalene became an award-winning reporter and editor in Kansas before switching careers to public relations. She transitioned into higher education as a writer at Wichita State, followed by Purdue University and the Iowa State University Foundation, where the communications program she developed was recognized as a national model by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

She came to work for UCM in 2000, helping to develop the university’s visual identity and brand marketing strategy. Dalene, who earned her master's degree from UCM in 2009, was "Today" editor for 11 years, transitioning it from a newsletter to a magazine before she became responsible for all alumni and development external communications. She returned to her position as magazine editor in 2014.

Dalene is known nationally as a long-time host and judge of the CASE Circle of Excellence Awards international communication competition. Originally from Valley Center, Kan., she loves to read historical romances, tries to cook and frequently plays games of chance.

Recent Gifts Helping UCM Students

  • $20,000 to endow new scholarship
  • $25 for Fund for Excellence
  • $50 to department scholarship
  • $25,000 for baseball scholarships
  • $25,000 for scholarships
  • $100,000 for wrestling
  • $250 for Fund for Excellence