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Michael Sawyer, Ph.D.
facstaff, University News, CAHSS

After Serving as Interim Dean, Sawyer Now Leads CAHSS in Permanent Role

As the University of Central Missouri strives to maintain strong programs in the liberal arts, it will receive leadership from Michael Sawyer, Ph.D., as the new dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

December 05, 2019
Lisa Toms
facstaff, University News

Russellville, Ark. Educator Named Vice Provost for Academic Programs at UCM

Filling a position that is critical to student learning at the University of Central Missouri, Dr. Lisa Toms, Russellville, Arkansas, has been named vice provost for Academic Programs and Services. She begins her new responsibilities at UCM on Jan. 2, 2020.

November 21, 2019
Wind Farm
University News, awards, facstaff

UCM Professor Lands Federal Grant to Train Wind Tower Construction and Maintenance Employees

A University of Central Missouri safety professor not only believes interest for electrical safety in the wind power industry will increase, but he’s obtained federal funding to help train wind tower construction and maintenance employees.

October 04, 2019
David Pearce
facstaff, University News

UCM President Appoints Pearce to New Governmental Relations Role

Embracing former Missouri Senator David Pearce’s knowledge of state government and higher education and his passion for the University of Central Missouri, UCM President Roger Best today announced Pearce’s appointment to the newly created position of Executive Director for Governmental Relations.

September 20, 2019
Susan Smedley
facstaff, University News

Marketing, Communications Leader from Texas Brings Experience to New Role as UCM VP

Following an extensive search, the University of Central Missouri announces that Susan Nelson Smedley, Baytown, Texas, is joining UCM as Vice President for Integrated Marketing and Communications. Smedley, whose professional career includes nearly 20 years of higher education communications experience as well as executive-level experience in private industry, begins her new role Aug. 16.

July 22, 2019
Rene Burress and Matt King
awards, University News, facstaff

Burress, King Recognized by American Library Association During National Conference

Rene Burress, a University of Central Missouri faculty member, and Matthew (Matt) King, a graduate student at UCM, were honored by the oldest library association in the world, the American Library Association, during the group’s 2019 national conference, June 20-25 in Washington, D.C.

July 01, 2019
Linda Harris Receives Foster-Inglish Award
University News, facstaff, awards

IMC Designer Linda Harris, LaMonte, Honored with Foster-Inglish PR Award

Linda Harris, a staff member described as someone who “truly exemplifies service to the University of Central Missouri, the Integrated Marketing and Communications (IMC) office and to students,” has received the 2019 Foster/Inglish Award for Outstanding Achievement and Service in Public Relations.

June 20, 2019
Tim Lowry
University News, facstaff, cmpa

Longtime Local Law Enforcement Professional Shares Knowledge as CMPA's New Director

The University of Central Missouri and the Missouri Safety Center have announced the appointment of Tim Lowry as the new director of the Central Missouri Police Academy on the UCM campus.

June 17, 2019
James “Jack” Horner
University News, facstaff

UCM's 11th President, James Horner Passes Away in St. Louis

James “Jack” Horner, the 11th president of Central Missouri State University, now University of Central Missouri, passed away May 26, 2019, in St. Louis.

June 05, 2019
Michelle Taylor
University News, facstaff, awards

Taylor Honored with J.P. Mees Award During Annual Staff Appreciation Breakfast

With nomination documents citing characteristics that reflect her dedication and commitment to her job; a deeply rooted philosophy of helping her peers to be their best; and a positive attitude, Michelle Taylor has received the 2019 J. P. Mees Award.

May 24, 2019
Kristie Brinkley Staff Award
University News, facstaff, awards

Brinkley Honored as UCM's 2019 Outstanding Staff Award Recipient

Having a reputation for outstanding service to others and tremendous compassion for students, Kristie Brinkley, assistant director for Volunteer Services at the University of Central Missouri, has been honored with the 2019 Outstanding Staff Award.

May 22, 2019
Phillip B. Bridgmon, Ph.D.
University News, facstaff

Experienced Education Leader from ATU Appointed UCM's New Provost, VP for Academic Affairs

An experienced and collaborative leader and strategic thinker from Russellville, Arkansas, Phillip B. Bridgmon, Ph.D., has been selected to serve as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Central Missouri.

May 16, 2019
Gail M. Staines and Mo the Mule
University News, facstaff

New Book Published by UCM Librarian Gail M. Staines

Gail M. Staines, Ph.D., university librarian of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library at the University of Central Missouri, has had the third edition of “Social Sciences Research: Research, Writing and Presentation Strategies for Students” published by Scarecrow Press (2019).

May 13, 2019
Krystle Gremaud
University News, facstaff, awards

UCM Faculty Member Honored as MoEFACS Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year

Krystle Gremaud, assistant professor in Career and Technology Education at the University of Central Missouri, has been selected to receive the 2019 Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year award from Missouri Educators of Family and Consumer Sciences and Human Services.

May 09, 2019
Rhonda McKee
University News, facstaff, awards

Longtime Faculty Member Rhonda McKee Earns Kappa Mu Epsilon's Highest National Honor

Rhonda McKee, a longtime University of Central Missouri faculty member who has contributed to the education of thousands of students who participated in UCM mathematics courses while also supporting the advancement of her profession, has received the top honor awarded annually by Kappa Mu Epsilon (KME) national mathematics honor society.

May 01, 2019
Michael Sawyer, Ph.D.
facstaff, University News, CAHSS

After Serving as Interim Dean, Sawyer Now Leads CAHSS in Permanent Role

As the University of Central Missouri strives to maintain strong programs in the liberal arts, it will receive leadership from Michael Sawyer, Ph.D., as the new dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

December 05, 2019
Lisa Toms
facstaff, University News

Russellville, Ark. Educator Named Vice Provost for Academic Programs at UCM

Filling a position that is critical to student learning at the University of Central Missouri, Dr. Lisa Toms, Russellville, Arkansas, has been named vice provost for Academic Programs and Services. She begins her new responsibilities at UCM on Jan. 2, 2020.

November 21, 2019
Wind Farm
University News, awards, facstaff

UCM Professor Lands Federal Grant to Train Wind Tower Construction and Maintenance Employees

A University of Central Missouri safety professor not only believes interest for electrical safety in the wind power industry will increase, but he’s obtained federal funding to help train wind tower construction and maintenance employees.

October 04, 2019
David Pearce
facstaff, University News

UCM President Appoints Pearce to New Governmental Relations Role

Embracing former Missouri Senator David Pearce’s knowledge of state government and higher education and his passion for the University of Central Missouri, UCM President Roger Best today announced Pearce’s appointment to the newly created position of Executive Director for Governmental Relations.

September 20, 2019
Susan Smedley
facstaff, University News

Marketing, Communications Leader from Texas Brings Experience to New Role as UCM VP

Following an extensive search, the University of Central Missouri announces that Susan Nelson Smedley, Baytown, Texas, is joining UCM as Vice President for Integrated Marketing and Communications. Smedley, whose professional career includes nearly 20 years of higher education communications experience as well as executive-level experience in private industry, begins her new role Aug. 16.

July 22, 2019
Rene Burress and Matt King
awards, University News, facstaff

Burress, King Recognized by American Library Association During National Conference

Rene Burress, a University of Central Missouri faculty member, and Matthew (Matt) King, a graduate student at UCM, were honored by the oldest library association in the world, the American Library Association, during the group’s 2019 national conference, June 20-25 in Washington, D.C.

July 01, 2019
Linda Harris Receives Foster-Inglish Award
University News, facstaff, awards

IMC Designer Linda Harris, LaMonte, Honored with Foster-Inglish PR Award

Linda Harris, a staff member described as someone who “truly exemplifies service to the University of Central Missouri, the Integrated Marketing and Communications (IMC) office and to students,” has received the 2019 Foster/Inglish Award for Outstanding Achievement and Service in Public Relations.

June 20, 2019
Tim Lowry
University News, facstaff, cmpa

Longtime Local Law Enforcement Professional Shares Knowledge as CMPA's New Director

The University of Central Missouri and the Missouri Safety Center have announced the appointment of Tim Lowry as the new director of the Central Missouri Police Academy on the UCM campus.

June 17, 2019
James “Jack” Horner
University News, facstaff

UCM's 11th President, James Horner Passes Away in St. Louis

James “Jack” Horner, the 11th president of Central Missouri State University, now University of Central Missouri, passed away May 26, 2019, in St. Louis.

June 05, 2019
Michelle Taylor
University News, facstaff, awards

Taylor Honored with J.P. Mees Award During Annual Staff Appreciation Breakfast

With nomination documents citing characteristics that reflect her dedication and commitment to her job; a deeply rooted philosophy of helping her peers to be their best; and a positive attitude, Michelle Taylor has received the 2019 J. P. Mees Award.

May 24, 2019
Kristie Brinkley Staff Award
University News, facstaff, awards

Brinkley Honored as UCM's 2019 Outstanding Staff Award Recipient

Having a reputation for outstanding service to others and tremendous compassion for students, Kristie Brinkley, assistant director for Volunteer Services at the University of Central Missouri, has been honored with the 2019 Outstanding Staff Award.

May 22, 2019
Phillip B. Bridgmon, Ph.D.
University News, facstaff

Experienced Education Leader from ATU Appointed UCM's New Provost, VP for Academic Affairs

An experienced and collaborative leader and strategic thinker from Russellville, Arkansas, Phillip B. Bridgmon, Ph.D., has been selected to serve as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Central Missouri.

May 16, 2019
Gail M. Staines and Mo the Mule
University News, facstaff

New Book Published by UCM Librarian Gail M. Staines

Gail M. Staines, Ph.D., university librarian of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library at the University of Central Missouri, has had the third edition of “Social Sciences Research: Research, Writing and Presentation Strategies for Students” published by Scarecrow Press (2019).

May 13, 2019
Krystle Gremaud
University News, facstaff, awards

UCM Faculty Member Honored as MoEFACS Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year

Krystle Gremaud, assistant professor in Career and Technology Education at the University of Central Missouri, has been selected to receive the 2019 Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year award from Missouri Educators of Family and Consumer Sciences and Human Services.

May 09, 2019
Rhonda McKee
University News, facstaff, awards

Longtime Faculty Member Rhonda McKee Earns Kappa Mu Epsilon's Highest National Honor

Rhonda McKee, a longtime University of Central Missouri faculty member who has contributed to the education of thousands of students who participated in UCM mathematics courses while also supporting the advancement of her profession, has received the top honor awarded annually by Kappa Mu Epsilon (KME) national mathematics honor society.

May 01, 2019

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