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President, Provost Serve Up Pancakes, Message About Class Attendance

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 3, 2013) – Taking a fun approach to demonstrate the value of regular class attendance, students in a macroeconomics course were given a rare treat this morning when two University of Central Missouri leaders delivered and served them breakfast.

Pancake Breakfast

At right, UCM President Charles Ambrose and Provost and Chief Learning Officer Deborah Curtis surprise students in an 8 a.m. class with a pancake breakfast as a fun way to stress the benefits of regular class attendance.

Charles Ambrose, UCM president, and Deborah Curtis, provost and chief learning officer, arrived shortly before the 8 a.m. class began on the second floor of the Ward Edwards Building with a pancake bar loaded with all kinds of toppings, a variety of syrups and beverages.

More than 50 students in a class taught by Catherine Chambers, professor of economics, were served by the two university administrators, who were assisted by staff members of University Relations, which provided the pancake bar. Coca-Cola also provided orange juice and apple juice for the special event. In addition to serving breakfast and visiting with students, Ambrose and Curtis left them with small bags of university memorabilia with the inscription, “Class at 8 a.m. Challenge Accepted!”

“Our new Learning to a Greater Degree Contract with students emphasizes the value of regular class attendance in order to complete a four-year degree. Through events such as this, we hope to encourage students to take steps such as regular class attendance to help them graduate on time,” Ambrose said. “We also hope to create a fun atmosphere in the process.”

According to Robin Krause, director of marketing and promotion, the University Relations staff worked with Ambrose and Curtis to create the event. UR members got the idea from watching videos that were based on “fun theory,” or in other words, if everyday things were made more fun, more people would participate, Krause added.

“Dr. Ambrose is already working with University Relations to plan a second event for later this spring,” he noted. “Of course, the time, date and campus classroom are confidential.”