Category: Features

Spotlight brings new “Coffeehouse” music performances to UCM

The keys of a piano were heard tinkling while UCM students gathered in the atrium for Spotlight’s first ever Coffeehouse night.  The smell of popcorn and Starbucks coffee drifted through the room while the crowd patiently waited for two brothers from Florida, going by The Icarus Account, to take the stage. Quiet whispers filled the… Read more »

An introduction to “FPO”

At UCM, many students know about offices like Public Safety and Housing. But very few know what “FPO” means – despite it being a vital part of campus. Tim Castilaw, associate vice president of capital planning and facilities management, said that Facilities, Planning and Operations is the “operational unit that supports anything to do with… Read more »

UCM grads mold the future through fitness

The sports and recreation option for the physical education program was added in fall 2019 and two recent University of Central Missouri graduates are taking advantage of this opportunity. “I think UCM has the best program in the area,” Kailey Deatherage said. “Our professors played a huge part because they care about us as individuals… Read more »

UCM biology professor awarded grant to save endangered fish

Research shows the disappearance of a species is happening in Missouri’s backyard, and it doesn’t look like it’s getting any better. Assistant professor of biology, Dr. Aaron Geheber, recently received a $109,305 grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation to discover where Missouri’s remaining Topeka shiners live. The Topeka shiner is a small fish, the… Read more »

Faces of UCM (Spring 2020-Episode 3): Roy Millen

This week on Faces of UCM we interview three-time Emmy-winning producer Roy Millen. Millen works for KMOS-TV, located on campus at the University of Central Missouri.  Millen won his awards producing Missouri Life, a travelogue program that gave its viewers a glimpse into the Show-Me State’s hidden treasures.  In addition to his documentary production, Millen… Read more »

Making Your New Year’s Resolutions a Reality

As we enter February, more and more people are already failing their New Year’s resolutions. According to Time, the 10 most commonly broken resolutions include all the most commonly made resolutions. Odds are, if you made a resolution at all, you’ve already broken it. US News and World Report found that, last year, the failure… Read more »

Faces of UCM (Spring 2020-Episode 2): Greg Hassler

Many listen to his voice on the radio, but not many know the face behind the calls. University of Central Missouri athletics play-by-play announcer Greg Hassler is this week’s special guest on Faces of UCM. “I wasn’t very good,” Greg Hassler jokingly says. Hassler’s high school and college days of swinging the club may not… Read more »

UCM alumna Katie Sowers paves the way for women in football

UCM alumna Katie Sowers, offensive assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers, is making Super Bowl history in 2020 as the first female and the first openly gay coach to ever walk the sidelines. Sowers has been with the 49ers for the past four seasons, starting out as part of the 2017 Bill Walsh Minority… Read more »

UCM Becomes Second Missouri University to Offer Esports

There’s a new team on campus. The University of Central Missouri is the second school in Missouri, following the University of Missouri, to have an esports program available for its students. A total of 27 scholarships currently come along with it. Assistant professor of mathematics, Steven Shattuck, worked with the National Association of Collegiate Esports… Read more »