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2021 NEWS

Alumni Foundation Announces $20 Million Planned Gift, Largest in UCM’s History

By Jeff Murphy, March 15, 2021

John Spillman Jones Planned Gift

WARRENSBURG, MO — The largest planned gift in the history of the University of Central Missouri – a commitment currently valued at $20 million – is being made possible by an alumnus whose affiliation with UCM began more than 100 years ago.

The UCM Alumni Foundation was recently informed of this commitment, which involves a trust agreement made possible by John Spillman Jones, a former Warrensburg resident who passed away in Clayton, Missouri, in 1968. Jones graduated from UCM in 1912 with a professional degree, having attended what was then known as the State Normal School, Second District.

According to the UCM Alumni Foundation, thoughtful financial investment strategies allowed Jones to make this philanthropic gift to UCM. Although Jones’ contribution will not be received for a number of years, per the donor’s trust agreement, the university is thankful for his generosity. It provides a significant financial boost for the institution to meet its greatest need, which is serving students.

Read full news release (3.15.21)


Dr. Dorothy Elizabeth Steward Honored Through Dedication of Music Practice Room

By Jeff Murphy, March 10, 2021

Steward Music Room

University of Central Missouri President Roger Best (left) and UCM student Andre Williams cut the ribbon at the dedication ceremony in honor of Dr. Dorothy Elizabeth Steward. Williams performed the traditional hymn “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,” famously recorded by Mahalia Jackson, at the ceremony.

WARRENSBURG, MO – Honoring Dr. Dorothy Elizabeth Steward’s great appreciation for education and her passion for music, the University of Central Missouri on March 10 celebrated her life through the dedication of a music practice room that will have a longtime impact on UCM students developing their performance skills. 

Read full news release (3.10.21)


Providing Real-Life Experience, Student Managed Investment Fund Tops $1 Million

By Jeff Murphy, February 26, 2021

Student Managed Investment Fund

WARRENSBURG, MO – While providing an outstanding learning opportunity for University of Central Missouri students, the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) recently grew to more than $1 million under management. This doubled the amount initially committed by the UCM Alumni Foundation in 2013 to create the SMIF in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies (HCBPS).

The SMIF is an experiential hands-on class at UCM which is structured like an investment company. It is led by a student executive team consisting of a Chief Executive Officer, Chief Portfolio Manager, Lead Economist, External Relationships Manager and a Business Manager.

Read full news release (2.26.21)



More 2021 News

Graduates of UCM's 150-year Class Honored During Commencement May 7-9 (4.30.21) 

UCM’s 150 Years of Education for Service Honored by Legislators (4.9.21)

2021 President’s Gala April 12 Virtually Showcases Collaboration Between UCM Students, Faculty, Alumni (3.23.21) 

UCM’s 150th Year Includes Historic Campus Tour and Ghost Buildings of the Great Fire (3.22.21)

“We Are UCM: 150 Years of Service” Celebrates Rich Tradition, Raises Funds, Food Donations to Help Others (2.17.21)

‘We Are UCM: 150 Years of Education for Service’ Celebration Begins in February (2.1.21)

Special Events Help UCM Celebrate 150 Years of Education for Service (1.14.21)


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