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University News, UCM Music

UCM Announces Inaugural Performance of the Faculty-Student Chamber Ensemble, Feb. 27

A new kind of ensemble will debut at Hart Recital Hall on the University of Central Missouri campus at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27. Free and open to the public, this music performance brings together the talents of UCM Music faculty and students to perform a widely hailed 20th-century masterpiece, Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians.” The concert will be free and open to the public.

February 21, 2024
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University News, UCM Athletics

UCM's Former Athletic Director Hughes' 'Home Away From Home' Now Bears His Name Honoring His 40-Year Legacy

The athletics facility on the University of Central Missouri campus that has been described by the friends and family of longtime athletic director Jerry Hughes’ as his second home will now forever remind visitors of his impact on the campus community and beyond following a renaming ceremony on Feb. 17 that posthumously honored Hughes and his service to UCM.

February 20, 2024
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University News, UCM Theatre and Dance, UCM Music

UCM Theatre and Dance and UCM Music Premiere 'Xanadu' in Highlander Theatre Feb. 22-25; Honor Outstanding Theatre Alumnus

Enjoy an evening of musical fantasy as University of Central Missouri (UCM) Theatre and Dance and UCM Music present Douglas Carter Beane’s “Xanadu” in the James L. Highlander Theatre. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-24 and matinees are planned for 2 p.m. Feb. 24-25.

February 19, 2024
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University News, Department of Public Safety, Mobile Mule Card

UCM Moves Forward on Electronic Access Project, Including Plans to Use Mobile Mule Card for Keyless Entry

As the University of Central Missouri moves closer to finishing its campus-wide electronic access project, it is gradually incorporating the Mobile Mule Card into this program to provide keyless entry into university buildings.

February 15, 2024
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University News, Fulbright Program, awards

UCM Provost Bridgmon Named Recipient of Fulbright U.S. International Education Administrator Award

The University of Central Missouri today announced that Phil Bridgmon, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs, has received a Fulbright U.S. International Education Administrator award to India from the United States Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Bridgmon is among approximately 10 U.S. citizens who will take part in the India-Nehru IEA program in March 2024.

February 14, 2024
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University News, Nahm Auditorium

NY Times Bestselling Author, First Woman Inducted into National Sportscasters and Sports Writers Hall of Fame Speaks at UCM Feb. 21

Sally Jenkins, a four-time New York Times bestselling author who most recently wrote “The Right Call: What Sports Teach Us About Work and Life,” will present an author talk at the University of Central Missouri Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Her presentation is free and open to the public and will take place in Nahm Auditorium in the W.C. Morris Science Building. She will be available for a book signing following her remarks.

February 05, 2024
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Student Experience and Engagement, University News

Supaman Brings Unique Blend of Music, Comedy, Dance to UCM Feb. 19 While Introducing Audience to Native American Culture

Part of the 10th annual Trading Moon Native American Arts Festival, the performing artist professionally known as Supaman, brings his unique blend of hip-hop music, comedy and dance to the University of Central Missouri at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19. The live, free concert introducing Native American culture to the campus community takes place in Hendricks Hall.

January 31, 2024
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JCKL, History Department, University News

Kickpatrick Library and History Department at UCM Host Traveling Exhibit 'Boom! The Rise and Fall of Missouri's Black Business District

The University of Central Missouri’s James C. Kirkpatrick Library and the UCM History Department are partnering to host "Boom! The Rise and Fall of Missouri's Black Business District." This traveling exhibit is produced by the Missouri State Museum and inspired by the Missouri State Parks-produced booklet “The Business: African-American Business People from Missouri’s Past” and will be on display Jan. 31 to Feb. 29 in the JCKL Read and Relax area.

January 26, 2024
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University News, Music Department

Music Professor Mia Kim Performs at Carnegie Hall and at UCM

How do you get to world famous Carnegie Hall? One way is to follow University of Central Missouri Professor Mia Kim. The Piano Area Coordinator and Director of the Community Music Program at UCM will travel to New York City for a performance in the historic hall on Jan. 30. While area residents may not be able to make the trip to Carnegie Hall, they will have an opportunity to see her perform in person during a concert on Feb. 20 at UCM.

January 26, 2024
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faculty/staff, University News

Former UCM Board of Governors Member Walt Hicklin Memorial Service Planned

Members of the University of Central Missouri community are mourning the loss of Walter “Walt” Hicklin, a Warrensburg resident who touched the lives of many students and professional colleagues at UCM during a career that included teaching, mentoring, coaching and serving as an award-winning administrator. He passed away on Jan. 19.

January 23, 2024
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Martin Luther King, University News

MLK Freedom Scholarship Banquet Celebrates Honorees While Showcasing Students Engaged in the Arts

In a celebration that showcased student talents ranging from poetry reading to innovative dance and participation in a Jazz Combo, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Scholarship Banquet at the University of Central Missouri on Jan. 16 honored the civil rights leader’s legacy by presenting financial awards to deserving students while also celebrating the arts.

January 18, 2024
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University News, information technology, Missouri innovation campus, engineering

Missouri Innovation Campus Program's Cohorts Excel Academically as They Prepare for IT and Engineering Careers

Students in the nationally recognized Missouri Innovation Campus program recently achieved academic honors while participating in this rigorous, career-focused degree initiative. The one-of-a-kind program is made possible through a partnership including the University of Central Missouri, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College and more than 70 business partners. The program prepares IT and engineering graduates for a successful career, decreases the cost of a college degree and reduces the time it takes to earn a bachelor’s degree while eliminating the skills gap and providing real-world learning experiences through three-year, year-round, paid internships.

January 16, 2024
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Multiculturalism and Inclusivity, University News, Martin Luther King

UCM Honors MLK's Legacy with Freedom Scholarships, Service Days, and More

Activities throughout January, including the presentation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Scholarships to University of Central Missouri students, the Community Praise and Worship Service, and Day of Service activities in Warrensburg and in Lee’s Summit, highlight the 2024 MLK Celebration. All of these events and more are designed to honor King’s legacy under the theme, “Living the Dream: It Starts with Me – Spreading Hope, Courage and Unity.”

January 11, 2024
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UCM Theatre and Dance, James L. Highlander Theatre, University News

UCM Theatre and Dance 'Remember the Dance' Returns for Benefit Performance on the James L. Highlander Theatre Stage

University of Central Missouri UCM Theatre and Dance will perform its original dance play, “Remember the Dance,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15 at the James L. Highlander Theatre. The show, which is a fundraising performance to aid student performers and crew, was recently selected as one of four invited productions to be featured at the 2024 Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Des Moines, Iowa.

January 10, 2024
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University News

UCM Winter Weather Procedures

We are entering the time of year when weather can change quickly in our region. For those students who may be new to campus, and as a reminder to others, we ask you to consider the items shared below. Your safety is our number one priority.

January 08, 2024
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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