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Central News – Sept. 12-18, 2022

NEWS BRIEFS

UCM CLIMBS IN U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT RANKINGS

The University of Central Missouri climbed two spots from last year to No. 14 among Top Public institutions, according to the U.S. News and World Report.  The poll was announced in the U.S. News ad World Report online feature released Sept. 12.  UCM also is No. 66 among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest, up from No. 74 last year; No. 29 as a Best College for Veterans, up from No. 31; and No. 98 among Top Performers on Social Mobility, up from No. 110. UCM also was ranked No. 62 as a Best Value university, and was included in rankings for graduate offerings related to the Nursing, part-time MBA, and Speech-Language Pathology programs.

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STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY SLATED FOR SEPTEMBER 15

(ELLIOTT STUDENT UNION) — President Roger Best will present the annual State of the University address Thursday, Sept. 15 from 3:30-p.m. in Union Ballroom 240.  Dr. Best will offer insight into the university, its operations, and its impact. 

Members of the campus community are invited to attend the event. Those who cannot be there in person have the opportunity to watch it via a live stream at https://www.ucmo.edu/about/university-leadership/ucm-president/state-of-the-university/

 

THEATRE ONE-ACTS SCHEDULED THIS WEEK

(NICKERSON HALL) — University of Central Missouri Theatre and Dance presents A Night of Studio Theatre One-Acts at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15, 16, and 17 in the Nickerson Black Box Theatre.  The theatre is on the first floor of Nickerson Hall.

One-acts are performed, directed, and designed by UCM students. The one-acts include “A Tale of Two Spectators” by Peter Manos, “Rinse the Blood Off My Toga” by Frank Shuster and Johnny Wayne, “500/501” by Taylor Sklenar, and “Bake Off” by Sheri Wilner.

 

AMERICAN DEMOCRACY PROJECT TO SPONSOR CONSTITUTION WEEK 

The American Democracy Project will sponsor a variety of events as part of Constitution Week, Sept. 19-23.  Events are intended to promote civic engagement with the student body and faculty. ADP

will host a registration drive Friday, Sept. 16.

Events will include a panel on free speech and government accountability featuring Dr. Henry Wambuii, Dr. Robynn Kuhlmann, Dr. Wendy Geiger, and Dr. Jack Rogers. The Johnson County Museum visiting campus will also host a presentation on their Redlining Exhibit, and Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed will visit campus and share her knowledge as a Pulitzer Prize winner and author of “Juneteenth”. Several events intended to engage the student body also are scheduled, including Jeopardy, and a paint n’ sip event partnering with Student Organization of Latinos and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program.

2023 STATE CAPITOL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS 

The State Government Internship Program is now accepting applications for Spring 2023  for internships at the state capitol. This opportunity is open to all students, regardless of major. The Department of Political Science and International Studies sponsors a state government internship program each spring. This opportunity allows students to work with a state legislator, meet statewide officials, as well as attend press conferences, committee meetings, and floor sessions.

Students may serve as full-time or part-time interns. Full-time interns may receive a stipend contingent on the department budget. Interns are selected in the Fall to serve in the Spring. For more information email Dr. Robynn Kuhlmann at kuhlmann@ucmo.edu. The application deadline is Oct. 7.

BACKPACKING TRIP SCHEDULED

UCM Outdoor Education is hosting a backpacking trip Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18 at Turkey Pen Hollow Trail in Ha Ha Tonka State Park.  The trip costs $60 per person, which includes transportation.  Sign up deadline is Sept. 14 at 5 p.m.  Interested students may email jmrobison@ucmo.edu for more information.

UCM ATHLETICS CALENDAR AND UPDATE

The sixth-ranked Central Missouri Jennies soccer team returns home to Jennies Field at the South Recreation Complex this weekend.  The Jennies take on Missouri Western Friday night at 7 and Northwest Missouri State Sunday at 1 p.m.  

Redshirt sophomore forward Caroline Cole was voted MIAA Women’s Soccer Offensive Athlete of the Week for her performances against Missouri Southern and Northwest Missouri.  It’s Cole’s second Offensive Athlete of the Week award of the season. The Columbia, Mo. native scored one goal and dished out three assists for five points on the week.

Central Missouri Jennies golf team opened its 2022-23 season with a sixth-place finish at the U-Indy Invitational Tuesday at Prairie View Golf Club in Indianapolis.  The Jennies shot a three-round team score of 47-over par … 911 to finish sixth out of 16 teams.
Claire Solovic paced UCM on the leaderboard with a three-round 6-over par 222 to tie for 11th.  Rosie Klausner tied for 13th at seven-over par 223.

On the men’s side, Mules golf competes in the Northeastern State Men’s Golf Classic Monday and Tuesday at the Muskogee Country Club in Muskogee, Okla.  

Jennies volleyball has a pair of matches this weekend, both on the road.  Friday the Jennies face Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan.  First serve is at two o’clock.  Saturday UCM takes on Missouri Southern in Joplin, also at two. The Jennies are back home Tuesday when they host Rockhurst University at the Multi.  Match time is slated for 6 p.m.

The Mules and Jennies cross country teams compete in the Missouri Southern Stampede Saturday in Joplin.  Race time is at 8:30 a.m. at the Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course.

Mules football hits the road this weekend to take on No. 2 Northwest Missouri State.  The Mules will try for their first win of the season as they face the Bearcats in a 1:30 kick-off at Bearcat Stadium.

 

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RISE RACKS THRIFT STORE OPEN

RISE Racks Thrift Store is now open at 1125 North Simpson Drive, Suite K in Warrensburg.  All items are $5 or less.  The store is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and noon-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR UCM STUDENTS

The UCM Scholarship Finder is now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 academic year. More than 600 scholarships funded by alumni and donors are available through the UCM Alumni Foundation for Fall 2023/Spring 2024/Summer 2024. Students may go to https://ucmo.academicworks.com to find out more or to apply.

  • PROFESSIONAL CLOTHING AVAILABLE THROUGH CAREER CENTER

    (WARD EDWARDS) — UCM’s Walk-In Studio Experience is now open for students needing
    professional clothing. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Students
    may check in at the Career and Life Design Center in Ward Edwards 1200.

AUTHORS ON CAMPUS FOR PLEIADES VISITING WRITERS SERIES

(GALLERY OF ART & DESIGN) — The Department of English is hosting a pair of authors this week in conjunction with the Pleiades Visiting Writers Series.  Award-winning poet Hadara Bar-Nadav and fiction writer Jameelah Lang will present Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. in the UCM Gallery of Art & Design. The reading will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. The event is free and open to the public.

MCNAIRS PROGRAM SCHEDULES OPEN HOUSE, SYMPOSIUM 

(ELLIOTT STUDENT UNION) — Students interested in learning more about the McNairs Scholars Program may attend the McNair Scholars Research Symposium on Wednesday, Sept. 14 in Union 236 & 238 from noon- 4:30 p.m. Second year scholars will be presenting their McNair summer research in 30-minute increments on the hour and half hour.

Contact Kari Azevedo at mcnairscholars@ucmo.edu or call 660-543-8830 for more information.