Category: UCM News

UCM wins $5K from KCP&L’s competition on sustainability

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) — The University of Central Missouri won a $5,000 prize from the MOKAN Take Charge Challenge, a competition focused on energy efficiency and sustainability, according to a press release. Participants in the cities of Hays, Hutchinson, Kansas City, Kan., and Warrensburg took part in the challenge, in which communities attempted to impact energy efficiency… Read more »

UCM student dies in single-car accident

(JOHNSON COUNTY, Mo., digitalBURG) – A University of Central Missouri fashion student died in a one-car accident Sunday. Natalie Ann Niavarani, 23, of Overland Park, Kan., died at Research Medical Center in Kansas on Monday after the accident, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. The accident occurred at approximately 6:15 p.m. Sunday about… Read more »

Alumni to be honored at commencement

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – Two University of Central Missouri alumni will receive special awards during 2013 Fall Commencement exercises this weekend in the university’s Multipurpose Building. Richard P. Phillips, a longtime educator and former president of the university’s Board of Governors from Lake Tapawingo, and Lt. Roger L. Bell, a military pilot and employee of Cerner… Read more »

UCM prof. sets knitting record in KC Marathon

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — A University of Central Missouri graphic design professor has knitted his way into the record books while running the Kansas City Marathon. The Kansas City Star reports that David Babcock finished the marathon in 5 hours, 48 minutes and 27 seconds. Knitting experts measured the scarf he created along the route… Read more »

UCM Debate Team takes first in tournament

The University of  Central Missouri’s Talking Mules speech and debate team recently returned from a tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., with the first place Debate Swing Championship, according to a press release. Team President Matt Gilmore said, “What a great result! Everyone contributed to our team’s success. We swept NPDA and did extremely well in Lincoln… Read more »

UCM Pres. comments on tax cut bill

In a special session today, the Missouri General Assembly did not overturn Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of House Bill 253, a tax cut and tax reform measure the governor claimed would jeopardize funding for education and other state services. “Considering that a portion of UCM’s share of state funding was already on hold until a… Read more »

UCM professor struck by car on Clark

Photo submitted by University Relations – English professor James Obertino was hit by a car Tuesday night. His condition was unclear at press time Wednesday. By ANDY LYONS, Muleskinner Managing Editor (WARRENSBURG, Mo.) — A UCM professor was struck by a car as he walked through the crosswalk east of the Clark Street entrance to… Read more »

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 »