UCM's Marching Mules
University News, student success

Major Gift Helps Meet Need for New Marching Mules Uniforms

The university wants to show its pride in this outstanding 200-member group through an investment in new band uniforms, an effort that received a financial boost recently through a $50,000 major gift from an anonymous donor along with additional university support.

August 22, 2019
Criminal Justice Books
awards, University News

UCM's Online CJ Degree Nationally Ranked 19th for Affordability

Students seeking a quality, affordable online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice can learn more about opportunities at the University of Central Missouri thanks to recent rankings by It places UCM as 19th among 35 Top Value Criminal Justice Studies Online Degree Programs (Bachelor’s) 2019.

August 22, 2019
MIC Open House
UCM-LS, University News, MIC

Learn About Career Training, Scholarships at UCM - Lee's Summit Professional Training and Education Open House

Individuals interested in launching new high-demand careers are invited to learn about training and scholarship opportunities at an Aug. 27 professional training and education open house hosted by the University of Central Missouri in cooperation with the Full Employment Council.

August 19, 2019
UCM - Lee's Summit
MIC, UCM-LS, University News

UCM Lee's Summit Offering New Course for Human Resources Professionals Seeking PHR or SPHR Certification

The University of Central Missouri’s Lee’s Summit campus is offering a new prep course designed for human resources professionals preparing for the Professional in Human Resources/Senior Professional in Human Resources (PHR/SPHR) exams.

August 19, 2019
Dolly Parton Signing Guitar
KMOS-TV, events, University News

Free Public Screenings in Sedalia, Warrensburg on Ken Burns' Documentary Chronicling History of Country Music

KMOS-TV, the University of Central Missouri’s public television station, is offering free preview screenings of Ken Burns’ documentary “Country Music” in Sedalia and in Warrensburg.

August 19, 2019
UCM Nursing Student
awards, nursing, University News Ranks UCM's Online MSN Fifth Most Affordable Program

Individuals who want to work in the health care industry and are seeking a quality, affordable education should consider the online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at the University of Central Missouri. The online educational information resource, ranked the UCM program fifth on a list of the nation’s “10 Most Affordable Online MSN Degrees.”

August 16, 2019
UCM Seal
student success, University News

UCM Board Adopts Strategic Plan as Foundation for Meeting Goals

A new strategic plan that will serve as a foundation in helping to meet institutional goals over the next three to five years was approved by the University of Central Missouri Board of Governors when it met on campus Aug. 14. Driven by data, the plan is the result of an information-gathering process that included input from many university internal and external constituents.

August 15, 2019
Move-In Day at UCM
University News, student success, events

More Than 1,000 Students Arrive This Week for UCM Experience Kickoff

Beginning college can be intimidating for new students, but as the University of Central Missouri prepares for the first day of classes Aug. 19, it is continuing an annual program that will help freshman ease into campus life.

August 15, 2019
Airplane Cockpit Interior
UCM-LS, MIC, University News, UCM Aviation

UCM, Lee's Summit School District Seeking Members for Avionics Advisory Board

The University of Central Missouri-Lee’s Summit and the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Summit Technology Academy are partnering to launch a new program focusing on avionics and unmanned aircraft systems (drones) career pathways.

August 13, 2019
Students at Get the Red Out
University News, events

Annual Get the Red Out Street Fair Sept. 5 Brings Campus, Community Together

A fun family event that brings the campus and local community together, the 2019 Get the Red Out street fair is planned for 4-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 at the University of Central Missouri.

August 12, 2019
University of Central Missouri Administration Building
University News, awards

The Princeton Review Includes UCM Among "Best in the Midwest" Colleges, Universities

The Princeton Review®, an online resource that many individuals turn to for help in making choices about a college or university, has named the University of Central Missouri among the “Best in the Midwest” schools for pursuit of a higher education.

August 08, 2019
Welch-Schmidt Center
University News, awards

UCM Awarded Grant to Assist Individuals with Parkinson's Disease

The University of Central Missouri has been named a recipient of the 2019 SPEAK OUT!® & LOUD Crowd® Grant program developed by the Parkinson Voice Project®, the only 501C (3) nonprofit organization in the world solely dedicated to helping people with Parkinson’s disease improve their speech and swallowing.

July 25, 2019
Susan Smedley
facstaff, University News

Marketing, Communications Leader from Texas Brings Experience to New Role as UCM VP

Following an extensive search, the University of Central Missouri announces that Susan Nelson Smedley, Baytown, Texas, is joining UCM as Vice President for Integrated Marketing and Communications. Smedley, whose professional career includes nearly 20 years of higher education communications experience as well as executive-level experience in private industry, begins her new role Aug. 16.

July 22, 2019
Boys and Girls Clubs members visit UCM Lee’s Summit
University News, UCM-LS, MIC

Kansas City Boys and Girls Club Members visit UCM Lee's Summit

Members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City visited the University of Central Missouri Lee’s Summit campus July 16.

July 17, 2019
UCM Suit Up 2019
UCM-LS, events, University News

JCPenney's Suit Up Discounts Provide UCM Students with Up To 60 Percent Off Suits and Accessories on Sept. 8

Through Suit Up, JCPenney is offering UCM students up to 60 percent off all suits and accessories purchased from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Lee’s Summit store.

July 16, 2019
Global Classroom
collegehealth, ucmblog

How UCM Students are Changing the Health Care Industry Through Global Collaboration

As both the education and health care industries become increasingly global enterprises, UCM is pioneering a future-focused approach to education that promotes collaboration for global health initiatives by providing health courses that include students from different countries.

June 03, 2019
Kylee Julian
collegebusiness, ucmblog

My Public Relations Major Choice Changed My World

The University of Central Missouri’s public relations program changed my life. When I transferred to UCM, I had never heard of a public relations major, and I certainly didn’t know I could get a degree in it! I wasn’t in the dark very long.

May 09, 2019
Savanna Lightfoot
studentsuccess, ucmblog

Student Spotlight: "UCM Felt Like I was Right at Home"

Our April Student Spotlight features Savanna Lightfoot, an elementary education major. Her anticipated graduation date is May 2020.

April 23, 2019
Physical Education
collegehealth, studentsuccess, ucmblog

Additional Physical Education Programs at UCM Provide New and Rewarding Career Path Options

The future direction for physical education programs is branching into new and exciting realms of career paths. That’s why UCM’s physical education program has been redesigned to create two new majors to help students looking for a career in movement and sports but who are not sure if they are interested in a traditional career path.

April 11, 2019
UCM Presidents
history, facstaff, ucmblog

Take a Look Back at UCM's Legacy of Leaders Who Shaped Campus

President Best continues a long tradition of campus leaders who have impacted higher education in the state of Missouri dating back to the university’s days as the State Normal School for the Second Normal District.

April 11, 2019
Five Questions

The Five Real Questions to Ponder When Deciding on a College

Choosing the right college is a big deal, and it may be your first exercise in value, cost and quality reasoning. You have a lot of variables to look at. Be sure to dig deeper to find the right college to meet your needs. Consider these real questions when you’re shopping for the right college

November 12, 2018
Legacy at UCM
ucmblog, alumni

UCM Legacy Creates Kindred Connections

You may have heard the term “legacy family,” but what does it really mean? At the most basic definition, legacy families are students and alumni whose families, including parents, grandparents and/or siblings, attended or currently attend UCM. It’s through these families that the heritage of UCM passes from generation to generation.

November 01, 2018
UCM Distinguished Alumni 2018
University News, ucmblog, ucmalumni

Meet UCM's Distinguished Alumni for 2018

Five men and women who have outstanding careers in fields such as actuarial science, education, engineering, marketing and mathematics, both nationally and internationally, will be recognized during the University of Central Missouri’s Distinguished Alumni Dinner Friday, Oct. 26.

October 18, 2018
UCM Jack o'Lantern

UCM-Themed Jack o' Lantern Stencils will Brighten Up Your Halloween

Looking to add a little Mule Pride to your Halloween festivities? Enjoy these eight printable UCM-themed Jack o' Lantern stencils and add some school spirit to your holiday.

October 11, 2018
Graduate Students at UCM
studentsuccess, University News, ucmblog

Enjoy These Perks Around Campus for Graduate Education Week

Along with the Governor’s recognition of the importance of graduate education, the University of Central Missouri also has a variety of activities planned during the week to recognize its many graduate students and the opportunities UCM provides for those seeking advanced degrees.

October 10, 2018
UCM Homecoming Parade Cheerleaders

#AlwaysAMule - Connect with UCM During Homecoming 2018

As we welcome UCM students, alumni and community members to Homecoming 2018, we want to connect with you and share the Homecoming moments you’ll never forget. Take a look at how you can share your pics, videos and social media posts with the rest of Mule Nation during the biggest campus celebration of the year.

September 05, 2018
State of the Union 2018
University News, ucmblog

Watch the 2018 State of University Address

University of Central Missouri Interim President Roger Best presented the 2018 State of the University Address on Wednesday, Aug. 22, before a crowd of more than 300 UCM faculty, staff and students in the James L. Highlander Theatre.

August 23, 2018
Dr. Best Instagram Story

Dr. Best Answers Your Questions via Instagram During #UCMKnowsBest Q&A

On Aug. 17, 2018, University of Central Missouri Interim President Dr. Roger Best answered questions from the campus community via Twitter and Instagram. Watch him respond to questions from our Q&A.

August 20, 2018

5 Reasons Every Mule and Jennie Should Be Using Handshake

UCM’s Career Services office automatically provides all current students & alumni with Handshake, giving you the advantage over similar network-driven career websites. Here are the top 5 reasons you should be checking out Handshake regularly.

August 07, 2018
UCM Mule Statue

Top 10 Locations to Take Graduation Photos at UCM

The school year is nearing its end, and it's almost time for what you've been working toward: graduation. Before you say your goodbyes, you might want to take a few pictures to commemorate your time at UCM. There are a lot of beautiful backdrops on campus, and we've compiled a list for you of the top 10 places to take graduation photos on campus. So grab your cap and gown and let's go!

April 24, 2018


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