Category: Features

Series: Spring stories in Warrensburg

Instructor’s Note: Go out there and find a spring story. Essentially that was the assignment. However, embedded in this simplicity were layers of complexity. The student reporters were each given a list of five challenges to guide the structure and content of their stories. They also drew slips of paper from a box that instructed… Read more »

PRISM celebrates graduation of LGBTQ+ students

Rainbow-themed food and decorations complemented the safe, supportive atmosphere created for the graduation of LGBTQ+ students. The Lavender Graduation was created as a safe place for LGBTQ+ students, some who have not yet come out to friends and family. The event on April 18 was hosted by UCM PRISM; women, gender and sexuality studies; and… Read more »

Honors projects provide new opportunities

Noah Turner completed a research paper that helped lead to a full ride in a doctoral program at Michigan State. Katherine Kim created a program on campus to help international students with basic necessities. These were honors projects that Turner and Kim said helped shape their future. Both are graduating in May with the other… Read more »

Social work professor engages international students in Poland

Earlier this year, the social work department at UCM began its participation in the Erasmus + program in which they host an international professor and sentone of their own abroad to teach students within the program. In February, UCM hosted Marzanna Pogorzelska from Opole University in Opole, Poland. Pogorzelska guest lectured in the social work… Read more »

UCM students build their music career

Isaac Barkley, music technician major, and Vernon Percy Howard III, digital media production major, have started a music career together here at UCM. They have produced multiple pop/hip hop songs that can be found on iTunes/Apple Music and Spotify with the artist name “IKE & VP3.” Through UCM, Barkley was able to get a high-profile… Read more »

Former teacher finds purpose podcasting

Once a small bedroom, now transformed into a welcoming space for people to share their stories. A chalkboard wall, slowly filling with quotes, stands behind Jill Szoo Wilson and her guests. Szoo Wilson is the producer and host of the podcast, “Small Town. Big Stories.” The tagline — “Finding purpose wherever you are.” It has… Read more »

UCM superhero to many moves on to her next challenge

The Student Activities Office was recently filled with hugs, tears and laughter. What started as a blank canvas laid out on a table, quickly filled with messages of good luck. More than 50 friends and coworkers gathered to celebrate the friendship and service of Emily Bergsieker on March 6. A slideshow flipped through photos and… Read more »

MIC program offers certifications for non-traditional students

The Missouri Innovation Campus offers students who aren’t interested in traditional degrees a gateway into the workforce through certifications and skill-set trainings. Clarinda Dir is the operations manager of the Workforce Development Program. She said this job originally started out as a career services position. When she changed positions to be the operations manager, she… Read more »

MIC Building sets standard for educational architecture

Education continues to evolve and as curriculum changes from year to year, the buildings students learn in are beginning to match the innovation in the classroom. The Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit was created to reflect innovation both in the classroom and in the architectural design. Gould Evans and DLR Group partnered to design… Read more »

MIC offers convenience to KC computer science students

Ryan Charles went back to school, while working as a technical apprentice at Cerner. He attended the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri – Kansas City, but finally settled on studying computer science at UCM through the Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit. While the computer science and cybersecurity programs are similar to… Read more »