Category: UCM News

Former UCM president dies

Aaron Podolefsky, former University of Central Missouri president and Buffalo State’s eighth president, died Thursday surrounded by family members after a battle with prostate cancer. Dr. Podolefsky was president and professor of anthropology at the University of Central Missouri from 2005 to 2010, where he raised the university’s academic profile, initiated strategic and master planning… Read more »

Gov. Nixon will visit UCM about Missouri Innovation Campus

By NICOLE COOKE (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will be at the University of Central Missouri Thursday morning to speak about the Missouri Innovation Campus. The press conference will begin at 11:15 a.m. in Elliott Union 237B. Nixon will be making remarks about the MIC, as well as signing Senate Bill No…. Read more »

UCM charter school may not reopen this fall

By NICOLE COOKE (digitalBURG) – A Kansas City charter school sponsored by the University of Central Missouri is in danger of losing its charter in a few weeks. Gordon Parks Elementary opened in 1999 and UCM has been the school’s sponsor since the beginning, but that 13-year run could be over after a hearing July… Read more »

KC charter’s 5th-graders may be last to graduate

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City charter school that’s fighting for its survival has graduated what could be its last class of fifth graders. Thursday’s event was an emotional one for many students and families. State education officials voted last month to pull the charter of Gordon Parks Elementary School because of the… Read more »

Saudi remains behind bars after $2M bond posted

By BILL DRAPER (WARRENSBURG, Mo., AP) — Ziyad Abid was a Missouri college student aspiring to become a pilot like his father back home in Saudi Arabia when he was accused of paying his roommate to kill a local bar owner. The judge set bond at $2 million, completely out of reach for his family… Read more »

Racy named Chief Strategy Officer at UCM

(WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) – The University of Central Missouri has named Mike Racy, vice president for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II, as the university’s first Chief Strategy Officer. UCM’s Board of Governors approved Racy’s appointment when it met in a closed session March 29 on campus. The resident of Fishers, Ind. will begin… Read more »

UCM Dedicates Russell Coleman Rehearsal Hall

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – The rehearsal hall inside the University of Central Missouri’s Utt Building has a new name, honoring a longtime band director, hall of fame member and community band founder. The Russell Coleman Rehearsal Hall was dedicated on Saturday, Jan. 12, following the UCM Alumni Band gathering and concert. The event brought many of… Read more »

UCM production part of Kennedy Center festival

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – UCM’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present its full production of “Blue Window”by Craig Lucas in Lincoln, Neb., on Jan. 24 as part of the Kennedy Center American College Region V Theatre Festival. “Blue Window” was one of six productions invited from a seven-state region to participate in the festival that… Read more »