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University News, Human Resources

Employee Benefits Fair and Annual Flu Shot Clinic Planned for Oct. 10

The University of Central Missouri Office of Human Resources announces the 2023 Employee Benefits Fair and annual flu shot event 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in Elliott Student Union, Rooms 237 A-B.

September 28, 2023
University News, elliott student union, Court of Appeals

Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, to Sit at UCM Oct. 11

An annual event that takes place in the fall, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, will convene court on Oct. 11 on the University of Central Missouri campus. Campus members and the public have an opportunity to observe the judicial system in action, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Elliott Student Union.

September 28, 2023
University News, Missouri innovation campus

MIC Program's Newest Degree Combines Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science to Meet Area Business Needs

Beginning next year, the Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) program will launch a highly sought-after bachelor’s degree combining artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and data science. The Bachelor of Science in Data Science will start in summer 2024, said Stan Elliott, MIC program director, and is offered through the MIC program’s partners – the University of Central Missouri, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and Metropolitan Community College.

September 28, 2023
gallery of art and design, University News

Renowned KC Artist Harold Smith Exhibition Comes to UCM Oct. 2-31

The University of Central Missouri Gallery of Art and Design is pleased to announce the opening of “We Just Be,” an exhibition of paintings by renowned Kansas City artist Harold Smith that will fill the walls of all three galleries at the UCM Art Center, Oct. 2-31. A lecture by the artist on Oct. 9 provides an opportunity for all who are interested to learn more about Smith and his work.

September 26, 2023
UCM Alumni Foundation, University News, Intercollegiate Athletics

UCM Celebrates Construction Launch for New Randall and Kelly Harbert Collegiate Golf Center at Mules National Golf Club

With site preparation already underway, the University of Central Missouri on Sept. 22 celebrated the beginning of construction of the new Randall and Kelly Harbert Collegiate Golf Center at Mules National Golf Club. The official launch of the university’s newest construction project took place near the patio area of Traditions, located adjacent to the new facility in the university-owned Pertle Springs.

September 26, 2023
Faculty Senate, University News

Finding 'Me Time' Important for Educators to Stay Healthy, Motivated, While Building Connections with Students

While talking about “Small Teaching Strategies to Help Students Engage and Learn,” author and educator Flower Darby encouraged University of Central Missouri faculty members to nurture their own health and emotional well-being as a way to maintain their motivation for teaching and building connections with students.

September 22, 2023
UCM Lee's Summit, University News, Military and Veterans Services

UCM Honors Student as a Lee's Summit 'Hometown Hero'

Motorists and pedestrians who journey to downtown Lee’s Summit, Missouri, in September may notice a banner featuring a University of Central Missouri student who is being recognized as a “Hometown Hero.”

September 21, 2023
UCM Theatre and Dance, University News

Theatre and Dance Presents Mainstage Play 'Everybody' Sept. 28-Oct. 1

Get ready for innovative and entertaining stage performances as UCM Theatre and Dance presents the mainstage play, “Everybody,” by Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins at the James L. Highlander Theatre. The play takes place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-30, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1.

September 20, 2023
Faculty, Department of Music, University News

UCM Professor of Trumpet Dr. Alan Wenger Presents Faculty Recital Sept. 26

Dr. Alan Wenger, University of Central Missouri professor of trumpet, will present a faculty recital at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the First United Methodist Church in Warrensburg. The program, titled “Portraits and Prose: Musical Depictions for Trumpet and Organ,” will feature works for trumpet and organ that depict events, visual art, or or literature. Dr. Wenger will be joined by guest organist Dr. Donna Hetrick and UCM Professor of Voice Dr. Jacob Sentgeorge.

September 18, 2023
University News, Rankings

UCM Climbs U.S. News Rankings as Best Value Institution, Continues to Rank Among Top 20 Public Institutions in the Midwest

U.S. News & World Report, a resource prospective students and their families use to help determine which institution is the best fit for their higher education needs, has included the University of Central Missouri among its top-ranked universities in several categories for 2023-2024.

September 18, 2023
University News, UCM Board of Governors

Governor Parson Names Two KC Metro Area Residents, Phyllis Chase and Stu Rogers, to UCM's Governing Board

Missouri Governor Mike Parson today announced the appointment of two individuals from the Kansas City metropolitan area to fill vacancies on the University of Central Missouri Board of Governors. Their terms begin immediately with final confirmation pending state senate approval when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.

September 18, 2023
University News, President Roger Best

UCM in Position of Strength, Aided by Robust Fall Enrollment and Positive FY24 Budget Outlook, Best Says in State of the University Address

Citing factors that include an overall increase of approximately 10% in fall student enrollment, an operating budget that is 5.25% larger than the previous fiscal year, and a strategic plan that guides the institution, the University of Central Missouri is in a position of strength. That is the message President Roger Best shared with faculty and staff when he presented his annual State of the University remarks on Sept. 14. The president’s sixth consecutive SOU address since his 2018 appointment by the Board of Governors took place in the James L. Highlander Theatre.

September 15, 2023
University News, admissions, alumni

'Mule Express' Makes Applying a Breeze for UCM Alumni Returning to Campus to Pursue Master's Degrees

University of Central Missouri alumni who are considering returning to their alma mater to pursue a master’s degree will discover the application process easier than ever, thanks to the new “Mules Express” program.

September 14, 2023
Department of Music, University News

UCM OVATION Performance Series Presents the Adam Larson Jazz Quintet and SOLI Chamber Ensemble

The University of Central Missouri OVATION Performance Series presents two concerts for the fall 2023 season. OVATION is a curated selection of world-class dancers, musicians, and theatre performers who bring exceptional high-energy artistry to West-Central Missouri. The series opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 with a performance by the Adam Larson Jazz Quintet in Hart Recital Hall. October brings the SOLI Chamber Ensemble to Warrensburg.

September 12, 2023
Faculty Senate, teaching, Faculty Research, Provost, University News

Campus Faculty Invited to Attend 2023 UCM Faculty Senate Teaching and Research Conference

The University of Central Missouri Faculty Senate Teaching and Research Conference is supported by the Faculty Senate and the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The theme for this year’s conference on Monday, Sept. 18 is “Strengthening Our Practice; Empowering Our Students.” This one-day event includes 20 breakout sessions, conducted by university faculty members; a discussion event with topic-based tables; and free box lunch and coffee stations all day.

September 12, 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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