HOMECOMING PARADE REGISTRATION DEADLINE OCTOBER 5
Campus and community groups and individuals have until Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. to submit their entries for participation in UCM’s 2022 Homecoming Parade. The parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Registration may be completed online.
NURSING EDUCATION PROGRAM RECEIVES GRANT
Missouri Governor Mike Parsons has awarded the University of Central Missouri $300,000 to support nursing education and to develop solutions to alleviate nurse staffing shortages nationwide. UCM is one of 11 Missouri public and private colleges and universities that will benefit from nearly $3 million in grant funding to address these needs in nursing and nursing education.
The competitive grants were part of a special appropriation to the Missouri State Board of Nursing that was recommended by the governor.
UCM VICE PROVOST HONORED FOR LEADERSHIP
Dr. Laurel Hogue, University of Central Missouri vice provost for online and learning engagement has been honored with the 2022 Central Region Sue Maes Outstanding Leadership Award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association. The award recognizes one UPCEA Central Region professional member each year who has exhibited outstanding leadership and service. Hogue will be honored at the UPCEA Central Region Conference in late September in Columbus, Ohio.
COUNSELING CENTER OFFERING FREE MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOPS
Mental health has been a hot topic recently. To help UCM students manage their mental health, the university’s Counseling Center is offering free Mental Fitness Online Workshops via blackboard. Topics include better sleep, dealing with grief, healthier thinking habits, healthier relationships, managing emotions and anxiety, and more. Students may receive credit on their UCM Experience transcript for attending
KMOS-TV HONORED FOR OUTDOOR PROGRAM
KMOS-TV received two awards for excellence in creation and promotion of the “KMOS PBS Adventure Day,” a nature-themed family event conducted in partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Jefferson City-based Runge Conservation Nature Center. The awards were presented during a ceremony Sept. 18 in Charlotte, N.C. by the National Educational Telecommunications Association.
KMOS was one of many stations nationwide honored for their work in education, community engagement, marketing/communications and content creation.
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.
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.
UNION BOWLING CENTER OFFERING SPECIAL RATE
The Union Bowling Center is offering a special rate to campus organizations. Student organizations may rent a lane for $15 per hour (limit six people per lane) with shoes included. Organizations must call in advance to reserve time and space. Reservations may be made at 660-543-8174.
PRISM INVITES PARTICIPANTS
PRISM, UCM’s official student organization for LGBTQIA+ students and allies, is inviting students to attend their weekly meeting each Wednesday from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Union Auditorium and take part in the campus’s diverse community.
FAMILY WEEKEND TALENT SHOW DEADLINE LOOMING
Friday is the deadline to submit an audition to Mo’s Activities Council for their 22nd Annual Family Weekend Talent Show. People who submit an audition must also be available for a rehearsal from seven to eight thirty p-m on Thursday, Sept. 29 and for the actual Talent Show on Saturday, Oct. 1. Students looking to showcase their talents are invited to submit their audition to Mo’s Activities Council via QR code, which can be found on their Facebook page.
OPEN OPTIONS FAIR SEPT. 27
The Open Options Program, Success Advising Center and Admissions are partnering for this fall’s 2022 “Find Your Fit:Majors Fair” 10:00-1:30 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Student Rec & Wellness Center, Lower Level. Open Option Students will attend as part of their “Exploring Majors” class, but UCM Admissions is inviting area high school and transfer students as well. All undergraduate students are also welcome to attend. For more information, contact Dana Hoover at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 660-543-4721.
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.
U.S. News & World Report, a resource many prospective students and their families use to help them make decisions about where to pursue a higher education.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
UCM ATHLETICS CALENDAR AND UPDATE
Sixth-ranked Central Missouri Jennies soccer scored two goals in the final five minutes of the second half to rally from a 1-0 deficit and defeat the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats, 2-1 in the 2022 MIAA opener for both teams Sunday at the South Recreation Complex.
The Jennies (7-0-1, 1-0-0 MIAA) are scheduled to host No. 10-ranked Central Oklahoma Friday at 7 p.m. at Jennies Field at South Recreation Complex.
Central Missouri Jennies golf is off this week and will be in the Fort Hays State Lady Tiger Classic next Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 26-27 at Smoky Hill Country Club.
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 (7-4, 3-0 MIAA) defeated Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan. Friday, 3-1 (25-21, 25-22, 18-25, 25-22). Their match scheduled against Missouri Western on Saturday was postponed. The Jennies have three home games this week. They host Rockhurst University at the Multipurpose Building Tuesday at 6 p.m. Friday at 6 p.m. they take on Fort Hays State, and Saturday the Jennies host Nebraska Kearney at 2 p.m.
The Mules cross country team began its season with a fourth-place at the Missouri Southern Stampede at the Tom Routledge Cross Country Course in Joplin.
Central Missouri had three top-20 individual finishers in freshmen Paul Korir (10th in 24 minutes, 46.91 seconds), and Brian Mitei (11th in 24:51.47) and sophomore Cooper Palmer (16th in 25:08.04).
The Central Missouri Jennies cross country team began its season with a 14th-place finish Saturday at the Missouri Southern Stampede on the Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course in Joplin.
UCM was led by junior McKenzie Bergman’s 49th-place finish with a time of 18 minutes, 26.81 seconds.
Mules football (0-3, 0-3 MIAA) fell 24-7 at No. 2 Northwest Missouri State Saturday. They travel to Kearny, Neb. to take on the University of Nebraska-Kearney this Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. at Cope Stadium at Foster Field.
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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.