Category: Features

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 »

Richard Tabor: A man for all seasons

Richard Tabor was known for his warm personality, variety of interests, his intelligence and his vast knowledge of various and interesting subjects. Tabor, former UCM professor and chair of the agriculture department, died Feb 21 at age 82. Tabor started working at UCM in 1973 and retired in 2000. Fanson Kidwaro, professor and program coordinator… Read more »

Police officer gives presentation about the dangers of cannabis

Ryan Snow, a police officer and certified drug recognition expert from the University of Illinois, spoke to students Monday about the harmful effects of cannabis. The Office of Campus Community Health and Health Studies hosted the event. The office promotes health, provides counseling services and health and wellness programs. “I’ve done a lot of research… Read more »

Tunnel of Oppression seeks to teach students empathy

UCM’s Spotlight hosted the Tunnel of Oppression as a part of Unity Week, Feb. 18 and 19 in the Elliott Student Union. Unity Week aims to expose students to various cultures and under-represented minorities through speaker events and activities throughout the week. “To me, Unity Week is an opportunity. It’s a chance for students to… Read more »