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The ucm alumni foundation honors 2017 Distinguished alumni award Recipients

Their stories are incredibly inspiring with one significant detail in common...they all graduated from the University of Central Missouri. During our recent Homecoming festivities, the UCM Alumni Foundation honored the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients with a recognition dinner.  READ MORE ABOUT THE 2017 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI

 

CREATING MULE NATION OPPORTUNITIES

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THE STORY OF COURTNEY AND PATRICK NUSSBECK

It just seemed like a perfect fit to give back to the program that gave us our education,” said alumni couple, Courtney and Patrick Nussbeck. The "perfect fit" includes employing 38 UCM students this summer as interns at their company, Aspen Contracting.  READ MORE

 

The Power of Performance

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How Alumnus Erich Mueller is Paying it Forward to a "Rebel Spirit."

Decades separate Grant Lesher and Erich Mueller, but the two share a common bond: UCM. Plus Lesher, a current student, is receiving a scholarship that Mueller funded through a gift to the UCM Alumni Foundation.  READ MORE

 

The Story of Jake Emig and Sully

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ALUMNUS Jake Emig and his Recently retired partner are officers in the Kansas City Mounted Police, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016.

“I get to do exactly what I loved as a kid,” says Jake Emig, a 2006 University of Central Missouri alumnus and member of the Kansas City Mounted Patrol.  READ MORE

 

Born to make a difference...

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ALUMNA YOLANDA CARGILE HAS MADE HER LIFE'S WORK POSITIVELY IMPACTING THE LIVES OF FUTURE GENERATIONS

As she envisions her upcoming role as Superintendent in the Hickman Mills C-1 School District, Yolanda Cargile, Ed.D, reflects how her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Missouri in social work positioned her to be well-equipped for the role. “My degree [in social work] has always impacted me,” says Dr. Cargile. “It made me a better teacher, a better principal and better director of student services—it’s the framework that’s helped me throughout my entire professional life.”  READ MORE

 

Q & A WITH THE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT

AN UPDATE FROM DR. CHUCK AMBROSE ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THE STATE BUDGET ON UCM

(Posted March 7, 2017)

A financial crisis with the state of Missouri budget caused by a significant drop in expected state revenue will impact state-supported colleges and universities throughout the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017 and in Fiscal Year 2018. To ensure alumni are in the loop, University of Central Missouri President Chuck Ambrose responded to a Q&A session.  READ MORE

 

UCM Alumni Foundation Approves $1.4 Million to Support Student Success

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BOARD APPROVES 7.81-PERCENT INCREASE FROM ENDOWMENT FOR FY18

For the sixth consecutive year, the University of Central Missouri Alumni Foundation has increased the payout from its endowments in support of students and academic programs. The Board of Directors authorized a payout of $1.4 million for fiscal year 2018, which is a 7.81-percent increase from FY17 and nearly triple the payout since FY12.  READ MORE

 

Meet Alumnus Richard Phillips

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HOW HIS ROOTS HAVE LED HIM TO EMPOWERING DREAMS AT UCM...

He remembers the stories his mother told him about teaching in a one-room schoolhouse and credits her for his decision to go to college. Yet his focus when he came to Warrensburg...  READ MORE

 

MEET UCM ALUMNUS ADRIAN ANDREWS

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2016 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENT

Adrian Andrews has lived on high alert during his 28 years with the U.S. Secret Service, leading federal and state undercover stings and providing protection detail for presidents, vice presidents and foreign dignitaries. He was honored by the UCM Alumni Foundation in October as a 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.  READ MORE

 

MEET UCM ALUMNUS Rick Mustion

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2016 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENT

Rick Mustion’s extraordinary professionalism, competence, commitment and character are credited with his military achievement becoming a major general. The two-star designation is the highest permanent rank given during peacetime in the uniformed services, requiring final approval by both the Senate and President. He was honored by the UCM Alumni Foundation in October as a 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. READ MORE

 

MEET UCM ALUMNUS Dan Power

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2016 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENt for service

Dan Power has succeeded in three career paths – education, real estate and finance – and along the way, has helped every community where he and his wife, alumna Shirley Barr, lived and raised their family. He was honored by the UCM Alumni Foundation in October as a 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient for Service.  READ MORE

 

ALUMNA IS “EPITOME OF GIVING BACK”

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DR. CYNTHIA “MAMA J” JOHNSON’S POWERFUL STORYTELLING INSPIRES UCM STUDENTS

Cynthia “Mama J” Johnson, Ed.D., gives back to her alma mater, the University of Central Missouri (UCM), by speaking to education students about her experience overcoming poverty, stuttering and a learning disability thanks to help from caring teachers and her parents. A national leader in equitable education, Johnson also serves on the College of Education Advisory Council. READ MORE

  

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