Category: UCM News

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 »

Improvements flying into airport

For over 50 years, the UCM aviation program has been teaching students to fly at the Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport west on U.S. Highway 50. To continue the tradition, the Sunderland Foundation has pledged $1 million toward construction of a new terminal/flight school building, which would also include meeting spaces and offices. Courtney Goddard,… Read more »

New TRIO lounge creates more space for students

An empty classroom in the Humphreys Building was recently transformed into a lounge with couches, tables, whiteboards, a projector and more — all for TRIO students to use as they see fit. At the end of fall semester, UCM reorganized its various departments into schools and a class that was previously taught on the first… Read more »

UCM to participate in statewide tornado drill

The University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and Lee’s Summit will participate in a statewide tornado drill at 10 a.m. March 5. The drill will last about 15 minutes, according to a press release. The UCM Department of Public Safety/environmental health and safety encourages faculty and staff to share information about the drill with students… Read more »

‘August: Osage County’ tackles families coping with addiction

“August: Osage County” was chosen to be performed at UCM because when doing research for his Ph.D., instructor of theatre, Aaron Scully realized how playwriting and theater can aid in understanding alcoholism and addiction. This production will be Scully’s directorial debut for the UCM Theatre and Dance mainstage season according to a press release. In… Read more »

Cuba trip benefits students at home

UCM jazz instructor James Isaac recently took his saxophone talent to a different country by performing with the Kansas City band Cubanisms at The Jazz Plaza International Festival in Havana, Cuba. “It was fantastic,” Isaac said. “(It was) definitely well-received. We will probably be back there next year.” The band was in Cuba Jan.15-22 and… Read more »

UCM leads Missouri universities in degree completion

Following a year of uneasiness and uncertainty centered around budget cuts and the restructuring, UCM’s 2013 Contract for Completion appears to be doing its job. The Missouri Department of Higher Education recently released its Performance Measure Results for fiscal years 2015-2017, showing that UCM leads the state in degree completions per full-time equivalent student. This… Read more »

UCM names new leader for the Foundation

The university chose one of its own to lead the UCM Alumni Foundation. Courtney Goddard was named vice president for advancement and external engagement, executive director of the Foundation. Her appointment is effective March 1. She previously served as associate vice president of advancement and director of Advancement Services at UCM. Before coming to UCM,… Read more »

Unity Week features a variety of events

Story by Anaiyeh Smith/Social Media Coordinator Video by Erin Wides/Features Editor The Office of Student Activities and The Spotlight is hosting its annual Unity Week from Feb. 18-21. Unity Week is designed to create awareness of social justice topics and unite the campus as well as celebrate the diversity in our UCM community through a week… Read more »

‘August: Osage County’ comes to UCM

A tale of Midwestern family drama, the award-winning play “August: Osage County” is coming to the James L. Highlander Theatre Wednesday through Feb. 24. The play marks the directorial debut of theater and dance instructor Aaron Scully, according to a news release. “It is one of my favorite plays,” Scully said in the news release…. Read more »