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UCM Administration Building
Board of Governors, University News

UCM Board of Governors Sets FY2021 Tuition, Fees

Taking into consideration a likely decrease in state appropriations while also striving to keep higher education affordable, the University of Central Missouri’s Board of Governors has approved a recommendation to limit total tuition and mandatory fees to a 2.3 percent increase for Fiscal Year 2021. Board action took place during a special virtual plenary session on May 13.

May 18, 2020
Administration Building UCM
University News

UCM Announces New Campus Initiatives for Students Amid COVID-19

While the University of Central Missouri recently concluded the spring semester, much work is being done across campus to adjust as proactively as possible in this new environment while prioritizing the safety and needs of our students as we look toward the fall 2020 semester. Several new initiatives have been announced by university leadership.

May 15, 2020
Hairspray at UCM
University News, awards, CAHSS

Theatre and Dance Presents Awards, Scholarships at First Virtual Banquet

The Department of Theatre and Dance held its first “Virtual” Awards Banquet May 2, 2020 via a pre-recorded YouTube link. It was made available on all the department social media platforms at 6 p.m.on the day of the event, and was emailed to patrons and donors who may have missed the link’s posting.

May 14, 2020
Dr. Sally Zellers
University News

New Research by UCM Professor Demonstrates Impact of Sediment, Meltwater on Glacier Movement

When discussing the impact of global warming, many skeptics often cite examples of glaciers that aren’t retreating as a way to support a belief that human-induced climate change doesn’t exist. Recently published research involving a University of Central Missouri professor, however, shows that new models depicting the long-term nature of glacial movement can demonstrate the pitfalls of making such an assumption.

May 13, 2020
UCM Bound
University News, admissions

UCM Announces Plan for ACT, SAT Test Optional Admission for Fall 2020

After considering factors believed to be the most accurate indicators of a student’s ability to succeed in higher education, the University of Central Missouri is making the ACT and SAT optional for admission to the university beginning in fall 2020. This decision moves forward the university’s plan to go test optional for the fall 2021 recruitment cycle, and is in response to maintaining an accessible and affordable education amid the national coronavirus pandemic.

May 13, 2020
B-2 Spirits take off from Whiteman AFB
student success, Military Students, University News, Whiteman AFB

UCM Enhances Availability of Courses for Whiteman Air Force Base Military and Military-affiliated Personnel

The University of Central Missouri is enhancing its partnership with Whiteman Air Force Base to make continuing their education even more convenient and affordable for military and military-affiliated personnel. Thanks to improvements made this spring, UCM is now offering additional opportunities for remote learning at the base.

May 12, 2020
Hannah Breedlove and Cole Fine
University News, awards, student success

Charno Awards Honor Outstanding Lee's Summit, Olathe Students

The Charno Award, the highest honor presented to both a male and a female graduating senior at the University of Central Missouri, has been awarded to Cole Fine, Olathe, Kansas, and Hannah Breedlove, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, for 2020.

May 07, 2020
Protective Mask
UCM-LS, #MIC, University News

Free "Experiencing Science in the Pandemic" Course Offered Through University of Central Missouri

The online continuing education class focuses on scientific reasoning, critical thinking, and problem solving.

May 07, 2020
UCM Nursing Student
awards, University News

UCM's Online RN to BSN Ranks Top Among Missouri Programs

Nationwide, registered nurses (RN) are in high-demand, and one of the best ways for people in this field to advance their career is to earn a bachelor’s degree. The University of Central Missouri is helping nurses to build their professional credentials through its online RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) degree – a program that was recently recognized by the national rankings organization,

May 06, 2020
KMOS Classroom
college of education, KMOS-TV, University News

KMOS, UCM Launch Free On-air K-5 Classes for Missouri Students June 1

For families seeking economical assistance in preparing their elementary school children for the fall semester, and to make up for the school closures of the spring semester, KMOS-TV and the University of Central Missouri will provide free on-air classes beginning June 1. KMOS Classroom: Summer School will be broadcast on KMOS channel 6.1 each Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and noon.

May 06, 2020
CCH Board
University News

Counseling Center Earns Full Re-accreditation by IACS Board

Playing a critical role in the health and wellness of the University of Central Missouri community, the Counseling Center has achieved full re-accreditation by the International Accreditation of Counseling Services (IACS). A letter from the IACS Board of Accreditation was received by the Counseling Center this month confirming this accomplishment.

May 01, 2020
UCM Horticulture Club
University News, awards

Applied Horticulture Degree Programs at UCM Ranked Among Nation's Best

The University of Central Missouri was selected among the best affordable colleges for Applied Horticulture Degree majors by Affordable Schools, an online ranking website.

May 01, 2020
KC Royals Internship
studentsuccess, University News

Athletic Training Major Joins Growing List of UCM Students to Receive Partnership-Driven Internship Opportunity with the Kansas City Royals

At least one University of Central Missouri student had a rare opportunity to experience professional baseball briefly this spring from an insider’s perspective. He not only gained valuable hands-on experience in his chosen career path, but he also got to interact with UCM alumni who have found their niche in professional baseball.

April 30, 2020
Leigh Ann Blunt
University News, facstaff, awards

Blunt Honored as ASSP's Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), an organization that represents 40,000 members across the globe, has named Leigh Ann Blunt ASSP’s 2020 William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator.

April 29, 2020
Jasmine Cloud, Ph.D.
University News, awards, facstaff

Award Honors Cloud for Role as Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor

One of the pillars of engaged learning and future-focused academics at the University of Central Missouri is to provide opportunities for students to pursue meaningful research with faculty mentors. In the spirit of this goal, faculty member Jasmine Cloud, Ph.D., is being recognized this spring as the recipient of the Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award.

April 28, 2020
Legacy at UCM
alumni, ucmblog

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, ucmalumni, ucmblog

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
ucmblog, studentsuccess, University News

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
Chris Lang

Freshman Orientation Registration is Easy With This Video Tutorial

Follow along as Chris Lang, Assistant Director of New Student Programs at UCM, walks you through the orientation registration process.

March 01, 2018
New Year's Resolutions

5 New Year's Resolutions that UCM Makes Easy

As you return from the holiday break feeling refreshed and ready to take on a new semester, it’s good to have goals for what you’d like to accomplish. New Year’s resolutions can be hard to stick to, but here are a few that we can help you accomplish.

January 03, 2018
Winter Break

10 Things To Do Over College Winter Break

You’ve worked hard all semester. You’ve turned in your last assignment and taken your last final. It’s finally here: winter break. You’re stress-free and feeling relaxed, except now you’re...bored!? Well, before your mom starts handing you chores to do, here are a few ideas to keep you entertained:

December 22, 2017


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