Category: Features

A look back in time at University High

UCM’s history of teaching the next generation of educators stretches back to when it was founded in 1871 as Normal School Number Two. To fulfill its goal of educating the next generation of teachers, the UCM campus housed two laboratory schools to train aspiring teachers. In addition, elementary and high school students passed through the… Read more »

Indian community celebrates culture

Bright-colored dresses filled Lovinger 2600 on Friday night to celebrate the Garba Festival hosted by the Indian Student Organization. The Garba Festival is a traditional Indian festival that involves dancing with two sticks called dandiya sticks. Ghagra choli is the traditional Indian clothing the women wore to the Indian festival. “I loved how the Indian… Read more »

Cafe Thyme offers fresh dining experience

With a warm smile and enthusiastic tone, Eddie Osborne greets customers at Cafe Thyme. “Hi folks, have you eaten with us before?” he says. Every single customer is greeted this way when they enter the cafe at Powell Gardens, a restaurant that does not fry or microwave their food. Osborne, owner of Darn Good Food… Read more »

Grant Curtis: UCM alumnus and Hollywood producer

Grant Curtis is a Hollywood producer and filmmaker who was been a part of several major productions. Curtis is a former student, graduating with his Master in Communication degree in 1997. He grew up in Missouri and currently lives in Los Angeles. The first film that Curtis collaborated on was “A Simple Man,” directed by… Read more »

Public Safety supports Big Pink volleyball tournament

Public Safety not only helps keep the campus safe, they also get involved in the community through beneficial actions. Scott Rhoad, director of Public Safety, said some of those actions in the past have included donations to Johnson County Cancer Foundation, hospice, Concerns of Police Survivors, Campus Cupboard and Alzheimer’s research. These are not all… Read more »

Students play bingo for chance at free groceries

B-4 could have been breakfast. O-39 could have meant new cookware. G-72 could have turned into a dessert. When students entered Room 237A in the Elliott Student Union on Thursday to participate in Grocery Bingo, The Spotlight was offering them free Sobe, tea and water. Spotlight was also encouraging students to take a Sodexo survey… Read more »

Chucking shells and cutting corners, Spotlight hosts unique race

The Student Recreation and Wellness Center recently turned into the UCM Speedway as The Spotlight hosted a “Mario Kart”-themed race. Ninety-four people came to race Wednesday, Sept. 19, on a track outlined by cones as The Spotlight members threw dodgeballs at them. In the video game, racers chuck turtle shells at one another. Drawings of… Read more »

Homecoming contest expanded to include more participants

It’s October and that means the Homecoming Door Decorating Contest is right around the corner. Jesse Heath, graduate assistant in the Office of Student Activities, said this is the first year that door decorating has been incorporated into the homecoming events. Three groups are able to compete: students, faculty and staff and organizations or departments…. Read more »

KC Chiefs help student organization raise funds

Imagine an NFL football team reaching out to a student organization at the University of Central Missouri. Michael Waters, seasonal sales representative with the Kansas City Chiefs, reached out to the Office of Student Activities back in May about partnering with a student group to help the students fundraise for 2018. The University of Central… Read more »

UCM Dance Club: All levels welcome

The University of Central Missouri has a dance club going on its seventh year of offering lessons, hosting performances and giving students a creative outlet. A group of students started the club in 2011 as a way to socialize and continues to be student lead. “A group of students approached me about wanting to create… Read more »