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UCM Celebrates Legacy of Dale Carnegie with Unveiling Ceremony, Lecture

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 28, 2014) – The University of Central Missouri will honor the legacy of Dale Carnegie with the unveiling and dedication of a bronze bust of the university alumnus at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, on the UCM quadrangle.

Dale Carnegie
Dale Carnegie

Immediately following the unveiling ceremony, Ralph Nichols, chairman and chief executive officer of Ralph Nichols Group, Inc., will present a lecture at 1:30 p.m. in the James L. Highlander Theatre. The public is invited to attend.

Ralph Nichols
Ralph Nichols

The Ralph Nichols Group, founded by Nichols in 1968, offers Dale Carnegie Training in southern Michigan and southwestern Ontario. Nichols, a resident of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., received his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard for six years prior to beginning his career with the Dale Carnegie organization.

Nichols has been featured on the cover of U.S.News and World Report and on ABC’s 20/20 newsmagazine program. He has been a featured speaker and presenter across the country, and he is a past trustee of Madonna University, Livonia, Mich., and the 4H division of Michigan State University. He is past president of the board of directors of Henry Ford Community College, and he serves on the executive boards of several private companies.

“Dale Carnegie’s legacy not only represents the achievement of one outstanding alumnus, but it also speaks eloquently to the role that an institution such as UCM can have in unleashing the potential in all of our students,” said Gersham Nelson, dean of the College of Art, Humanities, and Social Sciences. “In addition to honoring and celebrating the Carnegie legacy by unveiling his bust, our more expansive goal is to inspire current and future students to explore with persistence. We want to remind students and all who contemplate the Carnegie legacy that our aspirations define our limits and that our limits are yet to be defined.”

UCM announced unveiling and dedication in September 2013 with a groundbreaking ceremony on the site on the west side of the flagpole on the university quadrangle in front of the Administration Building. These events, sponsored by the College of Art, Humanities, and Social Sciences, celebrate the accomplishments of the founder the Dale Carnegie course and author of the world-famous book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” and reaffirm the university’s relationship with Dale Carnegie Training and The Carnegians, the national organization of alumni of the Dale Carnegie Course.

In 2008 The Carnegians endowed the Carnegian and Dale Carnegie Scholarship through the UCM Foundation. UCM also has developed a partnership with Dale Carnegie Training that makes the Dale Carnegie Course available at UCM, allowing graduates of the course to receive college credit from UCM.

For more information about the April 2 event and UCM’s partnership with Dale Carnegie Training and the Carnegians, contact the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at 660-543-4364.