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CAM P US CUR R ENT S

“ If I wrote Cadillac Lounge, boyfriend, beer tower, soul

it would be suddenly true, a memory lit by lightning flash. Who needs that sort of confinement?” — CATHERINE PIERCE, FROM HER POEM, “RELEVANT DETAILS” PUBLISHED IN UCM’S LITERARY QUARTERLY, “PLEIADES”

names to MIAA academic awards. The Mules and Jennies had 44 All-Americans while winning 5 MIAA championships, 3 tournament titles, 1 regional crown and 2 national championships.

K IR K PAT R IC K LI BRARY

EDUCATI O N

S PECI A L FACI L I T I E S

New Dean Ready to Take on 21st Century Obstacles

New Master’s Degree Puts UCM in Forefront

It’s a New Day for Pertle Springs, Lake Cena, Keth

The unlimited information available at people’s fingertips poses even greater challenges for today’s academic libraries. Gail Staines, Ph.D. is following in the footsteps of Mollie Dinwiddie, who retired after 30 years of service as dean of library services. Staines brings more than 15 years of experience as a leader of academic libraries and nonprofit organizations, with staffs ranging in size from 14 to 85 and budgets ranging from $500,000 to more than $12 million. She previously served as assistant vice president, University Libraries at St. Louis University and as executive director of the Western New York Library Resources Council. Most recently, she was an adjunct faculty member at William Woods University in Fulton, MO, teaching graduate education courses. “Libraries of all types face somewhat daunting obstacles given our current economic environment,” said Staines.

A new Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science will put UCM at the forefront of preparing agency leaders and marriage and family therapists. The new degree was recently approved by the UCM Board of Governors and now goes to the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education to become official. The new degree builds on the growing child and family development undergraduate program, which had 213 graduates in 2015 compared to 60 in 2003. The career demand also is increasing for these graduates. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 41 percent growth in careers in marriage and family therapy through 2020. UCM would become the first public institution in the state to offer the degree program with both a nonclinical and marriage and family therapist emphasis.

For generations of UCM alumni, Pertle Springs has been a campus retreat. Home to Lake Cena and the Keth Memorial Golf Course, it has played an important role to both the campus and community since it was developed as a private resort in the late 19th century. The UCM Board of Governors has approved a $1.6 million project to enhance the property as a recreational and academic facility. The improvements have grown from discussions taking place for more than six years. Funding will enable the university to dredge Lake Cena, make road improvements, create an ADA-accessible hiking trail, and enhance other recreational facilities at Pertle Springs. The board also authorized a new 18th hole island green for the golf course, undergoing a $3.1 million redesign, including new zoysia green fairways, PGA-spec greens and concrete golf paths.

ONE BIG CLASS

THE SPRING 2015 GRADUATING CLASS WAS THE LARGEST IN UCM HISTORY WITH 952 UNDERGRADUATES & 750 GRADUATES TOTALING

1,702

107 Central Missouri added

How Would You Travel on Mars? A UCM team competed against 95 teams from 18 states, Puerto Rico, Germany, India, Mexico and Russia in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge. Their strategy for the half-mile obstacle course was an allterrain vehicle with dune buggy like suspension.

It is now your opportunity to step out, take risks and engage in a world that is in need of college graduates who have both purpose and perspective.

President Charles Ambrose DURING 2015 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES

NEW ALUMNI.

University of Central Missouri Magazine

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UCM Magazine Vol. 14, No. 4  

BEYOND THE SIP AND SWIRL: THE CHEMISTRY OF WINE MAKING — With $42 million circulating in the Missouri wine industry, 4,400 tons of wine grap...