Category: UCM News

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 »

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 »