A Word from the President

A Great Magazine for a Great University

President Aaron Podolefsky

The university has made great strides in the past few years. Our academic profile has risen, and our national reputation is stronger today than ever. A reorganization of the university's colleges reenergized the campus and better aligned departments for growth and synergy. An uncompromising focus on academic quality has resulted in attracting more accomplished students, while boosting graduation and retention rates. With a record-setting 97 percent job placement rate in the most recent year, UCM clearly is making progress.

Central Missouri is a great university with a proud history, and we want that to be reflected in our most widely circulated publication, UCM Today. This popular quarterly started in the early 1970s and, except for a few issues, has been produced as a newspaper tabloid. It's had different editors and different titles and content that has reflected changing times. It's had expanding readership, now reaching some 75,000 alumni and friends throughout the nation. The publication is popular with its readers, who tell us they read it from cover to cover and share it with others. This type of loyalty and tradition deserves our attention. We believe it's time to make the publication a magazine that can be not only eagerly read but also proudly displayed in homes and offices.

Our vision is to deliver a world-class education by providing a small-college learning experience coupled with large-university opportunities. In this debut magazine issue of UCM Today, you'll read stories of how this vision is rapidly becoming a reality. From UCM's own national music sensation David Cook to the 50th anniversary of The Honors College, you'll learn how we help transform the lives of our students. Individuals who help us in our endeavors are vitally important to growth and success, and you'll see how a few of our many donors and corporate partners are making a difference.

There are many stories to tell as we continue to spread the word about the great things going on at UCM. Let us know what's new in your world.

Aaron Podolefsky, Ph.D.
President, University of Central Missouri