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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 13, 2013) – “What was the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?” This inquiry from Ashley Dolan, a University of Central Missouri senior from Chesterfield, was one of many questions posed by students to UCM President Charles Ambrose during a two-hour, live tweet chat which began at noon today on Twitter.
Replying to the public relations major’s tweet with a simple, “Pay it forward,” Ambrose used Twitter as an opportunity to conduct a public forum to discuss key topics related to higher education and to find out what is on the minds of UCM students. He also used it as an opportunity to share important announcements that will impact the university.
“It’s great to announce today a major gift by the Harmon family for a new airport terminal at Skyhaven,” the president tweeted. He was speaking about financial support provided by Warrensburg residents Lynn and Jackie Harmon toward construction of a new terminal at the UCM Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport. The terminal is the next step in the airport’s multi-year master plan, which aims to better meet academic and public aviation needs while contributing to area economic growth. Ambrose’s Twitter announcement directed followers to the UCM website ucmo.edu/news/harmon.airportgift.cfm for more information about the Harmon family’s gift that was made through the UCM Foundation.
This was the president’s first tweet chat since beginning work at the university in August 2010. Throughout the event, Ambrose responded to some personal questions, some lighthearted inquiries, and some thought-provoking. On the president’s way to posting the maximum tweets allowed by Twitter in a two-hour period, here are just a few examples of the many types of questions and responses that were viewed by those who joined the Twitter conversation at #askAmbrose:
“What specific measures are you taking to increase underrepresented student retention and success?” Ambrose: “(The) fastest growing segment of our population is from underrepresented student retention and success – stay tuned for major success tools.”
“Do you have any master plans for the University that you want to accomplish by the end of 2013?” Ambrose: “(The) Board of Governors has been focused on Master Plan for last year – new Mixed Use residence hall. (a project to be completed by fall 2015)”
“What improvements should students plan to see in the community in the next year or so? If any?” Ambrose: “We have planned a series of major improvements meant to help UCM student have the best experience and degree.”
“What is your advice to alumni who are still searching for a full-time position in their prospective fields?”
Ambrose, “Contact the Office of Career Services and don’t give up.”
“What do you plan on doing to make the campus more super hero friendly?” Ambrose, “(I) would suggest recruiting a few more Central super heroes as students - #learningtoagreaterdegree.”
“If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead, real or fictional), who would it be?” Ambrose: “Beyond my spiritual response, it would have to be dinner with my dad.”
Anyone who would like to read many more questions and answers that from today’s tweet chat with President Ambrose can still do so by going to ucmo.edu/askambrose.