Category: Columns

MIC forges unique partnerships, opportunities

By Chuck Ambrose/For the Muleskinner After leaving the University of Central Missouri last summer, I was back in Kansas City with the KnowledgeWorks Leadership Team in December 2018 to engage in the Missouri Innovation Campus and meet its leadership team. For the first time in eight years, I could stop and look back at all… Read more »

MIC provides small solution to bigger issues

I’ve had a great opportunity this semester to learn about the Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit. The campus is the result of a collaboration between UCM, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and Metropolitan Community college that places UCM and Summit Technology Academy in an innovative building with little to no physical barriers between classrooms… Read more »

Having the right tools to be successful

By Rick Smetana/For the Muleskinner I am a pretty competitive person. I want to succeed at everything I do whether it be professionally, educationally (I just started my MBA) or in my hobbies. In my mind, success can be achieved by identifying goals, dedication, hard work and having access to the right tools to obtain… Read more »

Songs of love at every stage

It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. Despite the ice on the ground and the commercial exploitation of the holiday, this tradition taps into the sappy romantic in all of us. It would be remiss, then, for this reviewer to discuss anything but love songs. Love is a volatile thing though, and a… Read more »

Valentine’s Day to me

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, every woman is different. In my opinion, a box of Russel Stover chocolates would do, or a card or a handwritten note. Maybe even a single rose, kind of like in “The Bachelor”. Whatever it is, it definitely has to be unique, just like the woman who’s receiving it…. Read more »

Black History Month has a righteous origin

Feb. 1 starts one of my favorite months. Around my home it means birthday celebrations for my husband, watching a Super Bowl game that never seems to have the Kansas City Chiefs playing – at least not since I was a toddler in 1969 – and romantic Valentine’s Day flowers. February also means my professional… Read more »

NFL gets dream matchups for conference championships

If there was ever a time to confidently say that the NFL is scripted with predetermined outcomes, this edition of Conference Championship weekend would be it. It seems obvious that the two best teams in their respective conferences would reach the final four of professional football with one game until the Super Bowl. But here… Read more »