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One-Acts, Department of Theatre and Dance, University News

UCM Theatre and Dance Presents Student Directed One-Acts 'Cry Now, Laugh Later'

University of Central Missouri Theatre and Dance will present a weekend of repertory theatre with the collection of student-directed one-acts titled “Cry Now, Laugh Later.” Due to the length of the collection of these plays, the show has been split into two sets.

February 03, 2023
extended studies, UCM Lee's Summit, University News

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Senior Adora Mullendore Shares Experiences at UCM Including Mentorships, Professional Opportunities

The University of Central Missouri is shining its Student Spotlight on Adora Mullendore, a social work major who is is looking forward to receiving her bachelor’s degree in May and continuing a successful career.

February 02, 2023
UCM Dance Club, University News, UCM Theatre and Dance

'Dancing with the Professors' Returns to UCM Feb. 19

Re-launching a program that was last celebrated on campus in 2018, the University of Central Missouri (UCM) Dance Club will sponsor “Dancing with the Professors 2023” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 in Hendricks Hall. This student-run fundraiser has become a fan-favorite over the years and provides an evening of ballroom and popular dance styles performed by UCM students, faculty and staff.

February 02, 2023
University News, Center for Multiculturalism and Inclusivity

Moral Movement Architect Rev. Dr. William Barber II to Speak at UCM

As part of its ongoing effort to bring guest speakers to campus to discuss significant social and economic issues related to justice, health, wellness, and community strength, the University of Central Missouri will present the program, “Rev. Dr. William Barber II, We are Called to Be a Movement.” This free public presentation sponsored by UCM’s Center for Multiculturalism and Inclusivity is open to all interested individuals and will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in Hendricks Hall, located in the Administration Building. Doors open at 6 p.m.

February 01, 2023
Speech and Debate, Talking Mules, University News

Talking Mules Ranked Ninth By International Public Debate Association

As the Talking Mules speech and debate team prepares for a tournament this weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, followed by the Montgomery Cup in Great Britain later within the next three weeks, success in recent events has contributed to the University of Central Missouri team’s ninth-place ranking by the International Public Debate Association (IPDA).

February 01, 2023
UCM Board of Governors, University News

Governing Board Honors Long, Approves Funding for Training Aircraft

The University of Central Missouri Board of Governors honored outgoing board member from Kansas City, Mary Long, while also authorizing funds for the purchase of training aircraft, approving two new degree programs and name changes to an undergraduate degree and minor when it met on campus on Jan. 26.

January 31, 2023
Intercollegiate Athletics, University News

Kathy Anderson Assumes Interim Role as UCM VP for Intercollegiate Athletics

Following the recent loss of the University of Central Missouri’s top athletics administrator, UCM President Roger Best is turning to a seasoned veteran of the program, Kathy Anderson, to serve as interim Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics.

January 30, 2023
KMOS-TV, University News

O'Keefe Joins Public TV Programmers Association Board of Directors

Michael O’Keefe, programming/communications manager for KMOS-TV, has been elected to the nine-member board of directors for the Public Television Programmers Association (PTPA) for a three-year term. The PTPA, established in 1991, provides public television professionals nationwide with opportunities to network with colleagues, to review new content offerings, and to remain current with relevant technology trends.

January 30, 2023
University News, Alpha Tau Omega, fraternity

As Loss Hits Home with Fraternity Member, ATO Raises Funds to Give Hope to Children with Cancer

While the loss of his 17-year-old sister was devastating for University of Central Missouri senior Alex Deke, the caring response of his fraternity brothers to honor her memory has not only touched the hearts of Deke and his family, but will make a difference in the lives of other young people who are struggling with this serious health issue.

January 26, 2023
UBC, elliott student union, University News

Community Participation Invited for 12-Week Bowlers in the Burg League at UCM's Union Bowling Center

Put on your bowling shoes, grab your friends and get ready to have fun as the University of Central Missouri Union Bowling Center (UBC) launches Bowlers in the Burg. This new recreational team opportunity begins at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at UBC, located in the Elliott Student Union.

January 25, 2023
athletics, University News

UCM's Longtime Athletics Leader Jerry Hughes Passes Away

Jerry Hughes, who dedicated more than 40 years to laying the foundation for successes that included regional and national athletics championships, improved sports playing facilities, and the recruitment of thousands of outstanding student-athletes at the University of Central Missouri, passed away late Saturday, Jan. 21, after a brief illness. Arrangements have not yet been announced.

January 23, 2023
MIC program, University News

Summit Technology Academy/Missouri Innovation Campus Program to Present Open House on Feb. 2 for Students, Families

Want to learn more about the Summit Technology Academy/Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) program? High school students and their families are invited to attend an informational open house at 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit.

January 20, 2023
Center for Multiculturalism and Inclusivity, Alumni Foundation, University News

Four UCM Students Awarded MLK Freedom Scholarships

A highlight to a program that included artistic expression in the form of dance, live drawing, music and a shared presentation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, four University of Central Missouri students were honored with scholarships named for the famous civil rights leader and humanitarian. The Freedom Scholarship Fundraiser took place on Jan. 17 in the ballroom of the Elliott Student Union,

January 20, 2023
University News, KMOS Kids, PBS, KMOS

KMOS-TV Announces Feb. 6 Change to Daytime Schedule, Jan. 26 Preview of 'Work It Out Wombats!' Kids Program

On Monday, Feb. 6 KMOS-TV, the University of Central Missouri’s public television station, will move the beginning of its daytime ‘general audience’ programming from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will allow PBS Kids programming to run concurrently from 5 a.m. through 1 p.m., creating a better viewing experience for young viewers. In addition, KMOS will premiere a new series for children ages 3-6 designed to introduce kids to thinking concepts meant to help in solving everyday problems, and to express themselves clearly. “Work It Out Wombats!” will air weekdays at 9:30 a.m. beginning Feb. 6.

January 19, 2023
Student Experience and Engagement, University News, admissions

CampusESP Helps Families Stay Engaged in Students' Education at UCM

Understanding the valuable role parents and family members play in student success, the University of Central Missouri today announced the establishment of CampusESP as a new, customized web platform to help them stay connected with UCM.

January 18, 2023
Sean Martin
UCM-LS, student success, MIC, ucmblog

Hands-on Experience at UCM's Mixed Reality Studio Helps Recent Graduate Sean Martin in His Career Search

Joining the University of Central Missouri’s Mixed Reality Software Development Team greatly benefited recent UCM graduate Sean Martin as he launches his new career in computer science. Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity and a bachelor’s in computer science software development, graduating cum laude in May 2022.

October 17, 2022
Jo Riese
UCM-LS, ucmblog, student success

Student Spotlight: Jo Riese Returns to UCM After Nearly 20 Years Away from College to Graduate With Honors

In May 2021, she received her bachelor’s degree in modern languages and culture - French. In addition, Riese’s oldest daughter graduated from UCM in 2015 with her youngest currently enrolled.

April 06, 2022
Rick Semanta
facstaff, MIC, ucmblog, UCM-LS

Rick Smetana Praises UCM for Valuable Degree Programs, Quality Instructors and Opportunities for Involvement

More than 20 years ago, Rick Smetana made the decision to check out the University of Central Missouri after a teacher in his Chicago suburb high school spoke highly of the school. Since then, Smetana has received four degrees from UCM, including several earned during his 24 years as a full-time university employee.

February 14, 2022
Madison Canton
UCM-LS, ucmblog, MIC

Quality Coursework Meets Hands-on Experiences Through Paid Internships for Missouri Innovation Campus Program Student

Thanks to a groundbreaking program from the University of Central Missouri, Madison Canton is poised to earn her bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity in May 2022, just two years after her graduation from Blue Springs High School, while also working toward a spring 2023 master’s degree graduation.

November 23, 2021
Chris Donnici and Jatyra Harris
MIC, ucmblog, UCM-LS, student success

Learn How the Missouri Innovation Campus Program Led These Grads to Careers at a Top Engineering Firm

Jatyra Harris and Chris Donnici, University of Central Missouri 2018 graduates, credit UCM’s Missouri Innovation Campus program with helping them launch a successful career at Burns & McDonnell just two years after graduating from high school.

October 25, 2021
Fashion and Apparel Merchandising
University News, ucmblog, student success

FAME: Tailoring the Next Generation of Fashion and Apparel Professionals

Throughout their University of Central Missouri experience, students seek not only an education but an academic area where high-caliber faculty members will engage them in meaningful hands-on experiences that will better prepare them for successful careers. For many students, the Fashion and Apparel Merchandising major, as a part of the School of Technology, provides such an opportunity.

June 21, 2021
UCM Student Jacob Danley
ucmblog, MIC, student success, UCM-LS

UCM Student Spotlight: Jacob Danley Earns Cybersecurity Degree and Begins New Job Just Two Years After High School Graduation

Within the space of a few weeks, Jacob Danley earned a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity from UCM and started a full-time job at Burns & McDonnell, both at age 20.

June 15, 2021
UCM Quad and Administration Building
ucmblog, financial aid

How to Earn Your Degree Without Breaking the Bank

The cost of tuition can be a major source of stress for many students looking to enter college. However, don’t be discouraged! There are many ways to keep college affordable.

December 07, 2020
UCM's 2019-2020 Awards and Accolades
ucmblog, student success, awards

Celebrate UCM's Campus Community Highlights of the '19-20 Academic Year [VIDEO]

Take a look back at the wide variety of awards, accolades and achievements UCM celebrated in 2019-2020.

August 31, 2020
Laughlin-Choate Wedding
University News, ucmblog

UCM Professor Helps Student Realize Dream: Pandemic Can't Stop Love

While teaching subjects such as organic chemistry may be his profession, Jay Steinkruger recently demonstrated chemistry of a different kind while making a University of Central Missouri student’s wedding dream come true at a very challenging time.

June 10, 2020
JCKL Library Lawn
ucmblog, student success

6 Reasons You Should Transfer to UCM

At UCM, we make transferring easy, and ensure you’ll find opportunities for success. In fact, 95% of UCM graduates launch their careers or continue their education within six months of graduation. Need more reasons? Here’s what you can look forward to when you choose UCM:

June 01, 2020
Zoom Travel
University News, ucmblog, student success

UCM Students Travel Virtually Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

In a time where universities are closed, classes are online and study trips are canceled, Tricia Hansen-Horn, UCM professor and program coordinator of public relations, has found a way to help her students travel – virtually.

May 29, 2020
UCM Laptop
awards, student success, ucmblog

Get Connected: 10 Nationally Ranked Online Programs at UCM

With 22 programs, 10 certificate programs and hundreds of courses available online, UCM offers a wide variety of opportunities to pursue online learning. Here are a few of our online programs that have been recognized as some of the best in the country.

May 04, 2020
Origami Mule
UCM Blog, ucmblog

Learn How to Fold Your Own Origami Mule

Impress your friends by folding up your own bit of UCM pride. This origami mule makes a great desktop companion and takes less than five minutes to put together!

April 27, 2020
UCM Coloring Pages
UCM Blog, ucmblog

Get Creative with These Advanced UCM-Themed Coloring Activities

We hope you’re stocked up on art supplies: these UCM-themed coloring activities are highly detailed and designed to inspire the creativity of our most artistic Mules and Jennies!

April 14, 2020


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