A Word from the President


Contributing to Student Success

President Ambrose

While actively engaging alumni and the community, the University of Central Missouri's annual Homecoming celebration showcased the culture of service that permeates the campus environment. A student-led blood drive that attracted 535 donors, the community service day that provided a volunteer labor force of 651 people for 43 local projects, and a successful food drive that generated 4,045 pounds of food for families in need are great examples of how our campus gave back to the local community. This culture of serving others also was apparent as the university honored four extraordinary alumni who have distinguished themselves through their work on behalf of the university, their communities, state and nation.

The first-ever Distinguished Alumni Award for Service was presented to Dale Carder, who retired from the university in 2011 after serving as interim chief development officer and executive director of the UCM Foundation. Other honorees who are an inspiration to others were Distinguished Alumni U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Arnold Neil Gordon-Bray; nationally known artist, photographer, cinematographer and conservationist Glenn Chambers; and NASA researcher Immanuel Barshi, the International Distinguished Alumnus.

Recalling their university experiences, these individuals shares stories about the personal influences they had from a caring faculty and staff who instilled in them an appreciation for service. It's evident they also understand the value of UCM's other attributes, such as engaged learning, future-focused academics and a worldly perspective. These are reasons to believe in a UCM education – they shape and define our graduates and give them the confidence they need to succeed long before they embark on their professional careers.

We invite you to learn more about these great alumni as you read Today, and we look forward to sharing more UCM success stories in future issues.

Joining you in service,

Chuck Ambrose
President, University of Central Missouri