Category: UCM News

UCM graduate student dies in car crash

A UCM graduate student died and two other people were injured in a head-on collision Monday morning. Kathleen Miller, 62, of Windsor, died in the crash. She was pursuing a Master of Arts in history and was also an instructor at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Missouri, according to a news release. The crash occurred at… Read more »

They/Them movement: Gender neutral pronouns matter

Leah Weller, sophomore women, gender and sexuality major, hosted a pronouns workshop on Oct. 17 in recognition of the first International Pronouns Day. Weller hosted this event to bring awareness to the importance of using the correct pronouns when addressing someone who may be non-binary and to shine a light on this movement that has… Read more »

Campus facilities prepared for cold winter

The leaves changing color and falling from trees mark more than just fall and colder weather. For Facilities Planning and Operations workers, it means buildings need to be prepared to handle the cold weather that’s coming right around the corner. Preparing buildings for winter includes more than just flipping a switch from “cool” to “heat.”… Read more »

Census reveals UCM enrollment down

The Fall 2018 enrollment census report revealed what many expected: Enrollment at UCM is down markedly from where it was in Fall 2015 and Fall 2016. The report came out in October and was presented to the Board of Governors Oct. 26. The total enrollment is 11,487, the lowest it has been since 2010. The… Read more »

UCM graduate students find success at University of Iowa hackathon

Four University of Central Missouri graduate students competed at HACKUIOWA, an annual two-day Hackathon hosted by the University of Iowa. Nearly 400 students from across the country participated in the event Oct. 6-7, sponsored by Major League Hacking. Teams work, or “hack,” on projects in an open format which allows the use of applications using… Read more »

Natalie Peirce wins national academic advising award

Natalie Peirce, senior advisor at UCM’s new Success Advising Center, has been an advisor at UCM since 2012. She has helped numerous students get through their academic careers. Now she is nationally recognized for her advising work. She received the Outstanding Academic Advising Award in the Academic Advising Primary Role category from the Global Community for… Read more »

Student Veterans Organization names new president

The Student Veterans Organization has a new president. Kenneth Wall, junior criminal justice major, will be taking the reins as president of SVO in the spring. Matthew Braden, the outgoing president, is transferring in January 2019 to the University of Missouri in Columbia to complete his degree in civil engineering. SVO provides a variety of… Read more »

Grounds crew prepares campus for wintry weather

In addition to maintaining the plant life on our campus, the grounds crew is also responsible for preparing and maintaining sidewalks, parking lots and some streets during winter conditions. Kevin Courtwright, supervisor of grounds, said preparing the campus for wintry conditions is a multistep process that starts the day before a storm is supposed to… Read more »

UCM grounds crew nationally recognized

For the third consecutive year, the grounds of the UCM campus have been nationally recognized for their beauty and their upkeep. The Professional Grounds Management Society awarded UCM the Green Star Honor Award on Oct. 19 in Louisville, Kentucky. The Honor Award is the second highest award given out by PGMS based on points assigned… Read more »