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2021 NEWS

UCM Partners with the Career Leadership Collective to Examine Alumni Career Mobility

By Jackie Jackson, August 12, 2021

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WARRENSBURG, MO — The University of Central Missouri has partnered with the Career Leadership Collective, a higher education solutions group, to conduct a national online survey collecting career pathway data from alumni. The National Alumni Career Mobility Survey (NACM) will be open from August 15 through November 15, seeking career satisfaction insights from university alumni who completed their degree in calendar year 2011 or 2016. The data collected by this survey will be used to help UCM better understand the professional pathways of graduates and prepare future alumni for career success.

If you are a member of the class of 2011 or 2016 (either undergraduate or graduate), you should receive the survey via email. Thank you for your participation!

About the Career Leadership Collective

The Career Leadership Collective is a higher education solutions group that provides advisory and data services to assist campuses in building capacity around career development effectiveness. The National Alumni Career Mobility Survey is their signature survey.


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)



More 2021 News

"Missouri! A Bicentennial Celebration" Documentary Featuring UCM History Professor Jon Taylor Premieres Aug. 12 (7.14.21)

Governor's Budget Includes Increase in Core Funding for UCM (7.1.21)

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)

Providing Real-Life Experience, Student Managed Investment Fund Tops $1 Million (2.26.21)

“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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