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University News, veterans

In Tough Economy, Veterans Upward Bound Offers Free Academic Services to Help Veterans Transition to Civilian Careers

In the current employment climate, veterans wanting to make a transition to civilian life may want to consider opportunities provided through Veterans Upward Bound to begin preparation for a new career.

May 29, 2020
The Crossing
University News, Board of Governors

Board of Governors Sets FY21 Budget, Approves Room and Board

In a virtual meeting May 27, the University of Central Missouri’s Board of Governors approved room and board rates, and adopted a preliminary Fiscal Year 2021 budget projecting an estimated $17.5 million gap in unrestricted general operating revenue before adjustments.

May 29, 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
Dr. Matt Thomas
college of education, University News, facstaff

Thomas Becomes Chair of School of Teaching and Learning July 1

After an internal search, the College of Education is pleased to announce that Dr. Matt Thomas will become the new chair for the School of Teaching and Learning. Thomas brings a wealth of experience to the role of school chair with more than 20 years of experience in the College of Education and nearly a decade of experience in K-12 teaching, administration, and consulting prior to joining UCM in 2000.

May 21, 2020
Online Courses
Opportunity In Action, University News

Free Online Courses from UCM Include Small Business Marketing, Personal Finance, HTML and More

UCM is offering free courses open to any interested individual with topics such as experiencing science in the pandemic, creativity and innovation and a variety of professional education classes.

May 18, 2020
UCM Administration Building
Board of Governors, University News

UCM Board of Governors Sets FY2021 Tuition, Fees

Taking into consideration a likely decrease in state appropriations while also striving to keep higher education affordable, the University of Central Missouri’s Board of Governors has approved a recommendation to limit total tuition and mandatory fees to a 2.3 percent increase for Fiscal Year 2021. Board action took place during a special virtual plenary session on May 13.

May 18, 2020
Administration Building UCM
University News

UCM Announces New Campus Initiatives for Students Amid COVID-19

While the University of Central Missouri recently concluded the spring semester, much work is being done across campus to adjust as proactively as possible in this new environment while prioritizing the safety and needs of our students as we look toward the fall 2020 semester. Several new initiatives have been announced by university leadership.

May 15, 2020
Hairspray at UCM
University News, CAHSS, awards

Theatre and Dance Presents Awards, Scholarships at First Virtual Banquet

The Department of Theatre and Dance held its first “Virtual” Awards Banquet May 2, 2020 via a pre-recorded YouTube link. It was made available on all the department social media platforms at 6 p.m.on the day of the event, and was emailed to patrons and donors who may have missed the link’s posting.

May 14, 2020
Dr. Sally Zellers
University News

New Research by UCM Professor Demonstrates Impact of Sediment, Meltwater on Glacier Movement

When discussing the impact of global warming, many skeptics often cite examples of glaciers that aren’t retreating as a way to support a belief that human-induced climate change doesn’t exist. Recently published research involving a University of Central Missouri professor, however, shows that new models depicting the long-term nature of glacial movement can demonstrate the pitfalls of making such an assumption.

May 13, 2020
UCM Bound
admissions, University News

UCM Announces Plan for ACT, SAT Test Optional Admission for Fall 2020

After considering factors believed to be the most accurate indicators of a student’s ability to succeed in higher education, the University of Central Missouri is making the ACT and SAT optional for admission to the university beginning in fall 2020. This decision moves forward the university’s plan to go test optional for the fall 2021 recruitment cycle, and is in response to maintaining an accessible and affordable education amid the national coronavirus pandemic.

May 13, 2020
B-2 Spirits take off from Whiteman AFB
University News, Military Students, Whiteman AFB, student success

UCM Enhances Availability of Courses for Whiteman Air Force Base Military and Military-affiliated Personnel

The University of Central Missouri is enhancing its partnership with Whiteman Air Force Base to make continuing their education even more convenient and affordable for military and military-affiliated personnel. Thanks to improvements made this spring, UCM is now offering additional opportunities for remote learning at the base.

May 12, 2020
Hannah Breedlove and Cole Fine
awards, University News, student success

Charno Awards Honor Outstanding Lee's Summit, Olathe Students

The Charno Award, the highest honor presented to both a male and a female graduating senior at the University of Central Missouri, has been awarded to Cole Fine, Olathe, Kansas, and Hannah Breedlove, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, for 2020.

May 07, 2020
Protective Mask
UCM-LS, University News, #MIC

Free "Experiencing Science in the Pandemic" Course Offered Through University of Central Missouri

The online continuing education class focuses on scientific reasoning, critical thinking, and problem solving.

May 07, 2020
UCM Nursing Student
University News, awards

UCM's Online RN to BSN Ranks Top Among Missouri Programs

Nationwide, registered nurses (RN) are in high-demand, and one of the best ways for people in this field to advance their career is to earn a bachelor’s degree. The University of Central Missouri is helping nurses to build their professional credentials through its online RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) degree – a program that was recently recognized by the national rankings organization,

May 06, 2020
KMOS Classroom
University News, KMOS-TV, college of education

KMOS, UCM Launch Free On-air K-5 Classes for Missouri Students June 1

For families seeking economical assistance in preparing their elementary school children for the fall semester, and to make up for the school closures of the spring semester, KMOS-TV and the University of Central Missouri will provide free on-air classes beginning June 1. KMOS Classroom: Summer School will be broadcast on KMOS channel 6.1 each Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and noon.

May 06, 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
ucmblog, student success, awards

Get Connected: 9 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
ucmblog, UCM Blog

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
#MuleStrong Playlist
UCM Blog, ucmblog

Listen and Add to MuleNation's Favorite Music with our #MuleStrong Playlist

What are you listening to lately, Mules and Jennies? Add your favorite songs to our #MuleStrong Playlist, a music mix chosen entirely by our campus community!

April 13, 2020
Mo Coloring Activities
MuleNation, UCM Blog, ucmblog

Download Mo the Mule Coloring Activities for Future Mules and Jennies

Gather the kiddos, grab the art supplies and enjoy these coloring activities with our very own Mo the Mule!

April 07, 2020
UCM Virtual Background
ucmblog, Online Learning, UCM Blog, MuleNation

Let Your Mule Pride Shine Online with UCM-themed 'Zoom' Backgrounds

Whether you’re embarrassed about your messy room appearing in your thumbnail, or just looking to spice up your virtual classroom, you can add these UCM-themed virtual backgrounds to your Zoom profile for a unique look!

March 30, 2020
Global Classroom
ucmblog, collegehealth

How UCM Students are Changing the Health Care Industry Through Global Collaboration

As both the education and health care industries become increasingly global enterprises, UCM is pioneering a future-focused approach to education that promotes collaboration for global health initiatives by providing health courses that include students from different countries.

June 03, 2019
Kylee Julian
ucmblog, collegebusiness

My Public Relations Major Choice Changed My World

The University of Central Missouri’s public relations program changed my life. When I transferred to UCM, I had never heard of a public relations major, and I certainly didn’t know I could get a degree in it! I wasn’t in the dark very long.

May 09, 2019
Savanna Lightfoot
studentsuccess, ucmblog

Student Spotlight: "UCM Felt Like I was Right at Home"

Our April Student Spotlight features Savanna Lightfoot, an elementary education major. Her anticipated graduation date is May 2020.

April 23, 2019
Physical Education
collegehealth, studentsuccess, ucmblog

Additional Physical Education Programs at UCM Provide New and Rewarding Career Path Options

The future direction for physical education programs is branching into new and exciting realms of career paths. That’s why UCM’s physical education program has been redesigned to create two new majors to help students looking for a career in movement and sports but who are not sure if they are interested in a traditional career path.

April 11, 2019
UCM Presidents
ucmblog, facstaff, history

Take a Look Back at UCM's Legacy of Leaders Who Shaped Campus

President Best continues a long tradition of campus leaders who have impacted higher education in the state of Missouri dating back to the university’s days as the State Normal School for the Second Normal District.

April 11, 2019
Five Questions

The Five Real Questions to Ponder When Deciding on a College

Choosing the right college is a big deal, and it may be your first exercise in value, cost and quality reasoning. You have a lot of variables to look at. Be sure to dig deeper to find the right college to meet your needs. Consider these real questions when you’re shopping for the right college

November 12, 2018
Legacy at UCM
alumni, ucmblog

UCM Legacy Creates Kindred Connections

You may have heard the term “legacy family,” but what does it really mean? At the most basic definition, legacy families are students and alumni whose families, including parents, grandparents and/or siblings, attended or currently attend UCM. It’s through these families that the heritage of UCM passes from generation to generation.

November 01, 2018
UCM Distinguished Alumni 2018
University News, ucmblog, ucmalumni

Meet UCM's Distinguished Alumni for 2018

Five men and women who have outstanding careers in fields such as actuarial science, education, engineering, marketing and mathematics, both nationally and internationally, will be recognized during the University of Central Missouri’s Distinguished Alumni Dinner Friday, Oct. 26.

October 18, 2018


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