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UCM Joins The Carnegians in Honoring Dale Carnegie

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 16, 2013) – The University of Central Missouri and The Carnegians, Inc., a worldwide group of alumni of The Dale Carnegie Course, joined in a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning, Sept. 13, on the UCM quadrangle. The event marks the continued growth of the existing relationship between the two groups committed to continuing the legacy of UCM alumnus Dale Carnegie.

UCM and The Carnegians
Breaking ground for the future location of a bust of Dale Carnegie were, left to right, Joy Mistele, Gersham Nelson, Deborah Curtis, Jane Cyva and President Charles Ambrose

Representatives of UCM, the UCM Foundation and The Carnegians used shovels to mark the future location of a bronze bust of Carnegie. The formal dedication of the bust is planned for the spring of 2014.

The event coincided with the semiannual meeting of The Carnegians on the UCM campus. The relationship between UCM and The Carnegians was established in 2008 with the endowment of The Carnegian and Dale Carnegie Scholarship through the UCM Foundation.

UCM also established a partnership with Dale Carnegie Associates that offers UCM course credit to those completing Dale Carnegie Training in more than 75 countries worldwide.

Jane Cyva, who at age 94 is the oldest living member of The Carnegians, joined, UCM President Chuck Ambrose; Deborah Curtis, provost and chief learning officer; Joy Mistele, senior gift officer for the UCM Foundation; and Gersham Nelson, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, in breaking ground for the future tribute Carnegie.

The three-day gathering of the Carnegians on the UCM campus included the induction of the first class of the student association of The Carnegians.

Ambrose noted that UCM will continue Carnegie’s legacy of helping others helping themselves.

“That’s what Dale Carnegie means,” he said. “It’s service to mankind. There’s no better image of what we transmit and amplify as a university than the legacy of Dale Carnegie.”

Carnegie was honored by UCM in 1955 with an honorary doctorate, and he was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians with the unveiling of a bust in the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City in 2005.