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This issue of UCM Magazine spotlights alumni who are making our "Stomping Ground" an international wine destination.

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  • "Potential is everywhere, but opportunity is not. I want to make sure students have the opportunities to reach their full potential."

    — Debby Ballard, '74

  • "I am a firm believer in education, and I don’t think that education ever stops. If you get out of bed one day and you don’t learn something, it really wasn’t a good day."

    — Larry Jennings, '81

  • "I’m trying to impart some of my experiences and some of my knowledge to these young people getting ready to be commissioned and go off and do the work for our great nation."

    — Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Pat Cavanaugh, '70

  • "I have found a home here because of the kind and welcoming people that I have met. I found my place in the University of Central Missouri community. … I can’t even put into words how grateful I am for this assistance."

    — Karlee Metcalf, Elementary Education Major

  • "UCM gave me a necessary tool and faith and courage by providing me the training and the degree. I used those things to develop my own American dream."

    — Paul Hsu, Ph.D., '78

  • "I was actually thinking about taking time off or changing my career path based on the hard truth that I simply cannot afford my education on my own. … This donation means so much to me."

    — J’Ayaja’Kel Thompson, Biology Major

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