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UCM Announces Partnership with Dale Carnegie & Associates

Contact: Jeff Murphy
Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc., the organization that provides internationally known Dale Carnegie Training programs, will announce a new partnership with UCM Thursday, March 27, which is also being proclaimed “Dale Carnegie Day” by Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt.

Public Invited to Attend Ceremony and Debate

Details about the new partnership will be unveiled in a Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony between representatives of Dale Carnegie & Associates and the university, which is Dale Carnegie’s alma mater. The public is invited to attend this special event at 2 p.m. Thursday in the university’s Ward Edwards Building Atrium. It will be followed by refreshments in the Elliott Union ballroom where a debate featuring members of the UCM Talking Mules will begin at 3:30 p.m. The debaters will share their opinions on the topic, “This House Believes that Face-to-Face Training/Education is No Longer Necessary in the 21st Century.”

Paving the Way for New Educational Opportunities

“This is the beginning of a wonderful new era for the university,” UCM President Aaron Podolefsky said. “It’s the culmination of many months of work by my office and our Office of Extended Campus. It will pave the way for new educational opportunities and ultimately lead to a new revenue stream for this institution. We encourage members of the campus and local community to attend the ceremony and debate and learn more about this partnership.”

Key Officials Will Attend

Joining Podolefsky and other key administrators for the MOU signing will be representatives of Dale Carnegie & Associates:  Peter Handal, president and chief executive officer; Michael Crom, executive vice president and stepgrandson to Carnegie; and Tom Otley, senior vice president for global services. Handal plans to speak to students in the university’s Harmon College of Business Administration that afternoon.

UCM Alumnus Established Worldwide Program

Dale Carnegie, self-help pioneer and author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians on Sept. 13, 2006. Considered UCM’s most famous alumnus, he attended the university when it was known as State Normal School No. 2. In his quest to “fit in” on campus, he became active in the speech and debate society, and was elected sophomore class president. After attaining a teaching certificate, he set out on a professional career as a salesman in New York. By 1912, he turned to teaching classes in public speaking. This venture proved highly successful, expanding into locations along the East Coast and later becoming known as the Dale Carnegie Course, offered worldwide.

Dale Carnegie Training is headquartered in Hauppauge, NY, and is represented in all 50 of the United States and more than 75 countries. Some 2,700 instructors provide training in at least 25 different languages, and more than 7 million people worldwide have completed the training. Geared for businessmen and women, it emphasizes practical principles and processes through programs that offer people the knowledge, skills and practices they need to add value to their business.