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A Lifetime Income for You and Help for UCM Students

Putting the best teachers in the classroom and having one of the best public educational systems in the world have been lifelong priorities for retired teachers and UCM alumni Shirley How Johnson ‘54 and Maurice Johnson ‘58. They chose the charitable gift annuity* because it provides them a lifetime income and allowed them to designate their gift for UCM students who want to become school teachers and counselors. If you are age 60 or older, you may contribute to an existing or unrestricted fund for a minimum gift of $10,000. You’ll receive a fixed lifetime income at rates that are often more favorable than other investment options. Request a free brochure today! * The CGA is not available in all states.


To learn more about charitable gift annuities or other ways you can help UCM students by making a planned gift, visit our website at Thank you for supporting our mission to make a UCM degree more affordable and accessible!



A Letter from the President


UCM students manage a $500,000 portfolio in real money, thanks to the UCM Foundation



Foundation Opportunity Grant provides unique learning opportunity


FY 2013 success is about partnerships and growth



UCM’s nonprofit carries out mission of raising charitable gifts to benefit students



An Opportunity to grow

Scholarship allows UCM student to continue her studies

Your OPinion Matters

We heard you in our alumni survey, and here are some of the results



TODAY 2013, VOL. 13, NO. 2 Published by the offices of University Relations and Alumni and Constituent Relations and the UCM Foundation. ©2013 by University of Central Missouri. All rights reserved. Contact the editor at or 660-543-4640. Send your address updates to or call 660-543-8000 or toll-free, 866-752-7257. Editor Mike Greife ‘74 Design Sarah Murrill ‘97 PhotographY Bryan Tebbenkamp ’03 Class Notes Tina (Tock) Bell (fs) Today (USPS 019-888) is published quarterly by the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO 64093. Printed by The Ovid-Bell Press, Inc., 1201 Bluff Street, Fulton Mo. 65251. Periodicals postage paid at Warrensburg, MO, and additional offices.

Investing in the Future of Students One of UCM’s strongest assets is donors who understand the value of their investment in the future of the university and the success of its many students. As you peruse the pages of this issue of Today, which includes the annual report of the UCM Foundation, you will discover what financial gifts mean to your alma mater. UCM is pleased to learn that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing a 5 percent increase in funding for state-supported universities for the next fiscal year in exchange for freezing tuition. If this measure is approved by the legislature, and we hope it is, donor support is still needed to offset years of declining state appropriations which affect education costs. Keeping tuition increases at a minimum and ensuring the university continues to provide a good value proposition for students remain key priorities for UCM. Measures such as administrative and academic reviews have enabled UCM to meet strategic priorities as efficiently as possible, while focusing on student success and affordability. Such goals are being addressed through initiatives such as the Learning to a Greater Degree contract for student completion, which will help students graduate on time and ultimately reduce the cost of their education. UCM’s donors make higher education more accessible by funding more than 450 scholarships annually. They also make it possible for the Foundation to contribute to quality learning experiences through initiatives such as the Student-Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), which better prepares students for future careers. UCM values its donors’ continued support. Through Today magazine, we look forward to sharing more information about the SMIF and many other stories about our alumni, interesting programs and what the generosity of donors means to UCM.

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in the Future By Jeff Murphy


FALL 2013 |

Laurian Lytle, PhD., CFA, works with the inaugural group of nine students in the Student-Managed Investment Fund class in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies, made possible through the cooperative efforts of the UCM Foundation Board of Directors.


eeks before he received his Master of Business Administration degree in finance from the University of Central Missouri, Brett Ginn knew that he was entering the job market with a strong advantage over many recent graduates who will compete for the same positions. He was one of nine students in the first StudentManaged Investment Fund class, an initiative made possible using $500,000 in invested assets provided by the UCM Foundation. Members of the Foundation Board of Directors approved the program in March 2013 as way to help students better prepare for future careers through practical experiences. The SMIF class was launched during the fall 2013 semester in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies, and it is being taught by Laurian Lytle, PhD, CFA, who also serves as the faculty advisor. Graduate and undergraduate students can participate in the class after they have taken the prerequisite courses, Principles of Finance and Security Analysis. Once in the program, students have the opportunity to analyze and evaluate potential investments, and make recommendations through a presentation to the class, instructor, executive director of the Foundation and other guests. They also evaluate performance of existing investments and determine optimal levels of invested assets versus cash held. Commerce Bank, UCM’s investment manager, works closely with the Foundation to execute the recommended trades that are approved by the SMIF Advisory Board. This group includes Lytle; Jason Drummond, vice president for Alumni Relations and Development and executive director of the Foundation; finance faculty member Arthur Young, PhD and CFA; and Jose Mercado, chair of the Department of Economics, Finance and Marketing.

The first class of students to take part in the program realized very quickly that their participation in SMIF was going to pay dividends toward a bright future. “As I’m going into the investment field, the SMIF has given me the real world experience of the profession,” said Ginn, a student from Arlington, Texas, who also has a bachelor’s degree from UCM. “I’ve talked to many professionals and they say we are doing exactly what they do on a day-today basis. It has taught me what to look for in forecasting different financial reports for a company and how to evaluate their stock. I feel like I will be going into my job in January with valuable experience that will put me ahead of my competition.” Ginn and his classmates have benefited from Lytle’s professional experiences. An educator who has taught at the University of Kansas, Rockhurst University and at campuses within the University of Wisconsin system, Lytle was involved with an undergraduate student-managed investment fund as a member of the University of Iowa’s Krause Fund Advisory Board from 2002-2005. Always striving to make her classroom sessions relevant to what students can expect in an actual work setting, she once left higher education for a career in the investment industry, and now shares her knowledge and expertise with her students in classes such as the SMIF. “I was a stock analyst for 16 years,” she said. “I was in academia before that and I taught investments and corporate finance, but I really couldn’t answer student questions on how the theory was applied in the real world or whether or not it was applied as we were teaching.” Aided by her professional experiences, Lytle describes her role today in the SMIF class as that of a guide. She asks her students questions and provides feedback, but they must do the research and analytical work necessary Continued to page 4

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to make recommendations to the SMIF analyst team on stock investments. This has opened up tremendous learning opportunities that she believes cannot be duplicated in a traditional class setting. This course has also fueled her passion for teaching.

“This was part of the vision by Dr. Roger Best, dean of the Harmon College, to provide students with engaged learning opportunities,” Drummond said. “As he was sharing his vision, we discussed how the UCM Foundation could partner with him to make that a reality.”

“I love training the next generation of financial professionals. That’s why I came back to academia,” Lytle said.

Best noted that having such a fund has been part of the strategic plan for the Harmon College’s finance program for many years. He was pleased that Drummond approached him with the idea of carving out a portion of the UCM Foundation’s investments to be managed by students through a highly structured format. He said Mercado worked with the finance faculty and Drummond to create a structure through which the SMIF could be possible. Drummond presented the idea to the Foundation Board, followed by presentations by Mercado and Best.

What Ginn and other students involved in the investment fund are experiencing are the types of opportunities members of the Foundation Board and the Harmon College were hoping for when they worked jointly to establish the SMIF initiative. In addition to valuable learning opportunities, the SMIF allows students to manage a special portfolio of the Foundation’s invested assets that will help generate additional dollars for UCM scholarships and other student-centered programs. Such benefits make the program an investment in the future of students, according to Drummond. But, he also added, it is an investment into the future of the Foundation Board of Directors by “training the next generation of Investment Committee members.” Drummond credits the foresight and cooperation of the college dean and faculty members for making the program possible. 4

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Vance Delozier, a 1971 UCM graduate who chairs the Foundation Development Committee, is confident that the SMIF will have tremendous benefits for university students, who are also providing a valuable service to the university. “I think this is a real interesting concept, having students with a fixed amount of money mimicking what Commerce Bank does for us,” DeLozier said, adding that other colleges and universities have similar programs.

“It’s been done at other places, but I’m glad we’re doing it,” he said. “I’m also glad we don’t have to invent the wheel. There are some boundaries and parameters that have already been set by other institutions that have done this.” Drummond added, “The students must adhere to the guidelines set forth in the investment policy of the Foundation, but have full discretion over the investments as outlined within the parameters established in the coursework. “I have full confidence in the students I met and certainly the faculty members who are providing the instruction to significantly grow this investment over time. Our students have extraordinary talents. With programs such as this that make direct investments into their futures, it provides the confidence necessary to perform at high levels,” Drummond said. Best believes aspects of the program such as the responsibility and pressure faced by managing someone else’s money are among the most valuable lessons students will take away from their participation in the SMIF. They will also develop critical thinking, analytical, presentation and communication skills. Such qualities make the program a good fit with the university’s Learning to a Greater Degree strategic initiative and its emphasis in areas such as engaged learning and future-focused academics.

“This was part of the vision by Dr. Roger Best, dean of the Harmon College, to provide students with engaged learning opportunities. As he was sharing his vision, we discussed how the UCM Foundation could partner with him to make that a reality.” “This also ties in with UCM’s culture of service,” Best noted. “By engaging in the SMIF, students are able to enhance the funding base of all programs, allowing the SMIF students to serve others through their actions.” If all goes as Drummond and members of the Foundation hope, the culture of service sparked by the SMIF will not end after students receive their diplomas – perhaps those who benefit from the initiative today may someday pay the Foundation’s investment in them forward with their own investments in the life of UCM.

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The UCM Foundation Board of Directors launched the opportunity grant program in 2013 to support faculty and staff entrepreneurial projects that strengthen academic experiences for UCM students. In addition to international learning opportunities, the grants funded projects such as a campus food pantry, a Brightfest entrepreneur competition, sight-reading software for music, faculty research, the theatre production of “Kindertransport� and more. 6

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Teaching the

teachers By Chelsey Buseck


he challenge for Karen Foster, associate professor of literacy at the University of Central Missouri, was to take six students 1,600 miles to teach at-risk children in the steamy temperatures and exotic culture of Petersfield, Jamaica. With funding provided by a UCM Foundation Opportunity Grant, Foster took advantage of a program sponsored by Amizade, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting volunteerism, and gave the students a learning experience that will benefit them for life. “Most people who travel to Jamaica never get to really experience it,” said early childhood major Kelsey Kidd. The one-week opportunity this past summer submerged her and the other students into an unfamiliar culture and way of life. To Foster, the location of the study program didn’t matter as much as what the students took back with them. “My goals were for the students to learn to be flexible in a new environment and realistic about their expectations of the children. I wanted them to be immersed in another culture and roll with it,” she said. Roll with it they did. In the eyes of the students, everything was different in Jamaica, starting with breakfast their first morning. “I tried so many new things: papaya, mango, coconut, green plum,” said Janine Decker, a secondary math education major. “It was amazing to see that you could make a whole meal from your own backyard.” After breakfast the students were introduced to the children they would be teaching for the next five days. “My kids were between the ages of 13 and 17, which was a little intimidating,” said Decker. “But as we got to know each other, we all became more comfortable and engaged with learning.” The classroom environment in Jamaica differed from the United States. None of the students expected the extreme difference in the educational system. “In my classroom, I taught on a stage where another group of 30 children was on the other side of two blackboards,” Kidd said. “At that point I knew this was going to be a challenging experience and I was going to learn a lot.” Unaware of how many children would arrive each morning, the UCM students tweaked lesson plans and materials accordingly. “Sometimes we had to change our lesson completely. I learned to be quick on my feet when it comes to situations you aren’t prepared for as a teacher,” said Megan Layman, a secondary math education major.

To reflect on their experiences, the students kept journals recording their feelings and emotions. Each page of the journal had an inspiring inscription the students read before adding their personal reflections. One quote, “Sometimes you just have to enjoy the challenges put in front of you” by Matthias Brown, Amizade Jamaica site director, caught Layman’s attention. In her journal Layman wrote, “Oddly enough, this quote was perfect for the experience I had at the beginning of this trip. I needed a pick me up. I realized this is an amazing experience that is going to prepare me for my future.” Academics were not the only thing that surprised the students about Jamaica. “The students were constantly dancing, singing and expressing their love for the arts and crafts,” Decker said. Dance and song were popular choices with the children during break time, presenting class projects and performing at the talent show. “The children are very creative when they put their minds to it. I am hoping their enthusiasm carries over into tomorrow! I am already missing them,” noted Layman in her journal. The six UCM students each had individual experiences in Jamaica, but one thing they had in common was the devotion and love they felt toward the children by the end of the week. “They taught me so much and made their way into my heart. I just pray that they will enter a world where they can reach for their dreams and be who they want to be, because I know they deserve it,” said Decker. This appreciation was reciprocated. By the end of the week the children and various volunteers of Amizade put together a farewell party for Foster and the students. The party was filled with food, music, games and dancing. “Boy, Jamaicans know how to dance! There was dancing of all kinds. I could feel the love from all of the people who welcomed us just a few days before,” said Decker. “The ironic part is that although I am the teacher, the kids have taught me more than I could ever learn in a classroom,” Kidd said. “I learned to take time to enjoy the little things in life.” “Sing and dance for no reason,” Layman added. “I learned that obstacles are going to stand in your way of great experiences or goals. You just have to learn how to roll with the punches and keep your cool.” University of Central Missouri | today



A Partnership of Shared Goals I’m pleased to present the UCM Foundation’s fiscal year 2013 annual report to our alumni and friends. Throughout this issue of “Today” are examples of our successful year, made stronger by your investment and our shared goals to make college more affordable and accessible for our students. Thanks to a more robust economy, our total assets reached a record high and our gift income exceeded our goal by eight percent. We also were able to reduce our operating expenses enabling more than $1 million in direct scholarship support to our students. Adopting a strategic plan was another important benchmark for us. We have set some aggressive goals over the next six years focused on creating a culture of philanthropy, building a stronger brand, increasing private support, growing our endowment and demonstrating greater transparency. As we move forward to implement this plan, we are determined to become a leader among our peer institutions, worthy of your confidence, trust and financial support. Warmest Regards, Jason Drummond, Ed.D. Vice President of Alumni Relations and Development and Executive Director of the UCM Foundation

Committed to Growth Fiscal year 2013 represented a new direction for the Foundation Board of Directors. First we expanded our membership to welcome more industry experts in finance, investment, governance and marketing. We also implemented a more flexible gift acceptance policy allowing us to maximize our donors’ charitable intent in a manner that is most advantageous to their personal situation. In addition, we expanded our investment policies to help manage risk while trying to become more proactive in the overall growth of our endowment. Among the year’s achievements was our express intent to directly invest more unrestricted gifts, that you generously provided, to impact the UCM learning environment. Some of the results are featured in this issue such as the Faculty Staff Opportunity Grant that helped Karen Foster provide her students an international service learning experience. Another exciting opportunity that you will read about is the Student-Managed Investment Fund – a concept that is investing in our current students to become the next generation of Foundation Board members. As a board, we are determined to build this organization into a philanthropic leader among our peer institutions, helping UCM continue to be one of the finest institutions in the Midwest. Sincerely, Jesse West ‘87 President, UCM Foundation Board of Directors 8

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Total Giving

Endowment Payout

Sources of Gifts Friends ($1,096,231)


Alumni ($949,670)


Corporations ($932,948)


Estates and Trusts ($511,179) 13% Foundations ($304,781)

Friends ($1,096,231)


Alumni ($949,670)


Corporations ($932,948)



Types of Gifts

Estates and Trusts ($511,179) 13% Foundations ($304,781)

FY 10

FY 09

FY 11

FY 13

FY 12

FY 2009


FY 2010


FY 2011


FY 2012


FY 2013



Total Assets Restricted ($2,317,724)

Endowments ($529,175) Bequests ($465,227) Unrestricted ($311,788) Capital Projects ($170,895)

Investment Performance FY 11 FY 10


FY 13 FY 2009 FY 09

Illustrated by Sean Williams

FY 12

FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013

-14.54% 13.11% 19.35% 1.78% 10.05%

Benchmark -10.97% 11.71% 16.78% 3.05% 8.84%

FY 09

FY 10

FY 11

FY 12

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FY 2009


FY 2010


FY 2011



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Statement of Financial Position (A Component Unit of the University of Central Missouri) University of Central Missouri Foundation



ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents Investments Contributions receivable, net Other receivables Accrued investment income Cash surrender value of life insurance Beneficial interest in charitable trusts, net Prepaid expenses TOTAL ASSETS


806,437 39,378,572 1,384,435 1,945 136,971 362,493 861,973 8,422


1,959,350 35,026,330 550,053 166,061 335,069 825,723 750






1,279,361 224,074


1,341,488 146,663

LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS LIABILITIES: Annuities payable Accrued expenses/Due to University TOTAL LIABILITIES



NET ASSETS: Unrestricted Temporarily restricted Permanently restricted

3,783,929 17,298,533 20,355,351

3,726,580 14,314,385 19,334,220









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For the year ended June 30, 2013

Statement of Activities and Changes in Net Assets (A Component Unit of the University of Central Missouri) University of Central Missouri Foundation

REVENUES AND OTHER SUPPORT Gifts In-kind Gifts Other income Investment income Net realized & unrealized gain (loss) on investments and beneficial interests in trusts Net assets released from restrictions

Temporarily Restricted

Unrestricted $

Total revenues and other support

233,623 840 53 132,802


2,331,344 738,548 87,878 717,298

623,484 2,907,958

1,901,738 (2,907,958)




Permanently Restricted $


2013 $


1,328 9,076

3,594,197 739,388 89,259 859,176


3,908,117 315,948 65,841 859,334

84,986 -

2,610,208 -




(547,291) -

EXPENSES Foundation Expenses General administrative expenses Fundraising expense

296,310 230,813



296,310 230,813

402,863 218,248

Total Foundation expenses






1,018,251 610,650 630,661 599,118



1,018,251 610,650 630,661 599,118

602,629 413,313 424,992 333,250

Contributions to the University for the following purposes: Program expenses Scholarships Academic support - TV/Radio Student Services - Athletics Instruction and other departmental Support services Institutional support - plant facilities Total contributions to the University TOTAL EXPENSES INCREASE (DECREASE) IN NET ASSETS BEFORE OTHER CHANGES

















OTHER INCREASES (DECREASES) Adjustments to actuarial liability of annuities payable Other


454,750 3,313,430





(18,996) 134,296

24,949 (128,438)

5,953 5,000

8,138 (17,345)

























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verywhere you look on the University of Central Missouri campus, you see examples of the impact of donors’ gifts. Outside the classroom are buildings, sculptures, even trees. Inside the classroom are endowed professors, state-of-the-art labs and most

importantly, thousands of students helped by privately funded scholarships. Behind these scenes is the organization that makes these gifts possible, the UCM Foundation. This article explains the ABCs of this important university organization. What is the UCM Foundation?

How have gifts impacted campus?

The UCM Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises money to benefit students. Many people think of us as the UCM Alumni Association, but that is a separate organization. We develop relationships with alumni, friends, parents, students, corporations, foundations, faculty and staff to keep them connected with UCM through their financial support.

UCM would not be what it is today without generous gifts, starting with the 16 acres donated to create the campus in 1871. Since then, gifts have funded scholarships in every academic area, helped build some of UCM’s most notable buildings and facilities, and provided resources for faculty members to become experts in their respective fields. Do these sound familiar: Yeater Hall, Walton Stadium, Swisher Skyhaven Airport, Charno Award, Byler Award, Alumni Memorial Chapel, Mancow the mule? Gifts made these, and more, possible.

When was the Foundation started? We were founded in 1979 as an IRS 501(c)(3) organization formally giving us tax-exempt, charitable status.

What is the Foundation’s mission? The UCM Foundation advances the University of Central Missouri by raising and investing philanthropic gifts, stewarding donors and pursuing best practices in foundation governance.


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Who gives to UCM? Our donors come from all walks of life, range in age from teens to nineties, live throughout the United States, and have varying financial means. Their giving is about believing in education and the UCM hallmark of quality.

How is the Foundation managed? On a daily basis, the foundation is led by Executive Director Jason Drummond, who also is UCM vice president for alumni relations and development. A Board of Directors serves as the primary governing body. These 33 volunteers have extensive industry experience in determining policies such as what gifts are accepted and how investments are made. This past year, they adopted a six-year strategic plan, setting ambitious goals for investment, financial, fundraising, governance and marketing efforts.

How successful is the Foundation? The foundation is a growing organization whose assets exceeded a record $42 million in 2013. It manages 1,388 funds with a variety of designated purposes and restrictions.

What can I give to UCM? Does it have to be cash? While cash is the most common gift, donors use credit cards, set up electronic fund transfers with their bank accounts, and give a variety of assets, such as stocks, bonds, life insurance, property, annuities, IRAs, cars and even commodities such as corn and wheat.

Can I choose how my gift will help UCM? Absolutely. You can direct your gift toward any area of the university or leave it unrestricted, providing us flexibility to respond to unexpected university needs, such as the students we helped stay in school last fall when they faced financial emergencies.

Do I have to contribute a set amount?

Can a small gift really make a big difference? While gifts range from $1 to $1 million, most are between $100 and $1,000. As alumni, your annual gift helps increase our alumni participation rate, which factors into national rankings, such as USNews and World Report, and other important evaluations of UCM’s financial health. Placing high in national rankings also increases the value of your UCM degree.

Can I make a gift through my estate? Absolutely. Wills and bequests are vital to keep our mission alive in perpetuity. You can find easy-to-understand information, will guides, personal gift calculators and e-brochures on our website at There are many methods for tax-wise planned gifts, including ones that offer life income.

What is the Fund for Excellence? Many alumni are involved through our Fund for Excellence. This program generates the unrestricted gifts helping to establish new programs, such as the Faculty and Staff Opportunity Grants in 2013.

How can I become more involved with the UCM Foundation? We would love to show you how gifts have benefited our students and discuss ways that you can help further our mission. We invite you to explore our website at, call us at 660-543-8000 or stop by our office in Smiser Alumni Center.

Gifts can be of any size but there are minimums for certain naming opportunities. For example, the minimum is $20,000 to endow a scholarship that you may name for someone meaningful in your life and set criteria for who the scholarship will help.

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An Opportunity to

Grow By Mike Greife

For Tara Jenesse, the opportunity to learn more about the art forms of ceramics means continuing her studies in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Central Missouri after receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics in May 2013. In addition to her role as a fulltime student, Jenesse also is a wife and mother of three children. When the family moved from California to Missouri, she took advantage of the opportunity to enroll at UCM for the final 30 hours she needed to complete her degree while balancing her role as a non-traditional student. Jenesse is one of the first two recipients of the Renee Betz Scholarship. Norman Betz, UCM professor emeritus of English, endowed the scholarship through the UCM Foundation in 2013 to honor the memory of his late wife, a professor emerita of English and former coordinator of UCM Women’s Studies program. “I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to continue my studies after I received my degree,” Jenesse said. “I was hired as a student worker, which helped, but I also was encouraged to apply for the Betz Scholarship. My husband was off work through the summer, and we were really concerned about my being financially able to continue after graduation. The Betz Scholarship enabled me to continue working in ceramics, particularly in porcelain.”

A native of Missouri, Jenesse studied ceramics and worked in costume design in California before becoming a full-time, stay-at-home mother. “Working in porcelain can be difficult,” she said, “but I really found my inspiration here, and I continued working toward my senior show.” After receiving her degree, she realized there was a great deal more she could learn about ceramics at UCM. Jenesse will design and create the trophies for the 2014 Show Me Justice Film Festival at UCM, and she marketed her work at the recent UCM Holiday market. She recognizes the need to start generating income and has considered additional studies in marketing. Her future plans include seeking artist in residency opportunities and starting her own business. Kathleen Desmond, professor of art, is a longtime friend of the Betzes. She remembers Renee Betz’s passionate advocacy for opportunities for women. “Renee mentored women at UCM and was genuinely interested in supporting women in taking advantage of opportunities available to them,” Desmond said. “The scholarship was created to provide a little help to women who might be struggling to get their degrees. Tara was a good fit to become one of the two first recipients.”

Campus Currents

Missouri Innovation Campus the Focus of First National Convening The Missouri Innovation Campus was the focus for discussions by business, education and government leaders at the first National Convening on Higher Education Innovation in Kansas City in November. Participants in the convening considered a topic United States President Barack Obama addressed during his visit to the University of Central Missouri July 24 when he challenged other colleges and universities to pursue initiatives similar to The MIC. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon addressed the convening and challenged the group at The Kauffman Foundation Conference Center to consider ways to transform and re-think outcomes and results for higher education, implement new ways to train skilled workers, and fulfill state and national workforce/economic development needs. Nixon has been a strong proponent of The MIC and has encouraged related partnerships statewide to create innovative pathways for college degree completion. The keynote luncheon speaker was Jim Shelton, acting deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Education. Partnering with UCM to develop the convening were The Lumina Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the MIC, and Gov. Jay Nixon’s office. UCM, the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College and numerous business partners launched The MIC in 2012 to help accelerate the time it takes for students to earn a college degree, gain applied experience through paid internships, acquire sought-after skills for high-paying careers, and graduate with no college debt. 16

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UCM GOES TOBACCO FREE Following a two-year process that included campuswide input, the University of Central Missouri is now a tobacco-free institution. The university Board of Governors approved a policy in November 2012 making UCM a tobaccofree institution, effective Jan. 1, 2014. The Use of Tobacco Policy was developed to “promote the health of the university community, to preserve and protect university property, and to provide a clean and safe environment in which to work, study and learn.” The policy was developed by an 11-member campus committee created in fall 2011 at the request of President Charles Ambrose. After months of research, reaching out to campus constituents, seeking information about best practices in higher education, and gaining input and support from groups such as the Strategic Leadership Team and Student Government Association, the committee submitted a proposed policy that includes all forms of tobacco use. The policy prohibits on all UCM campuses the use of all tobacco products and nicotine delivery methods not approved by the FDA, including traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes, pipes, cigars, hookah/water pipes and all other forms of smoke-generating products, and smokeless tobacco such as chewing tobacco, snus and snuff.

Phillips Receives Distinguished Service Award Alumnus Richard P. Phillips was recognized with the University of Central Missouri’s Distinguished Service Award during fall 2013 commencement. Phillips earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education degree in 1965, Richard Phillips a Master of Science in Physical Education in 1967, and an Education Specialist in School Administration in 1972, all from UCM. A former three-year Mules football letterman, he served UCM as an assistant football coach from 1970-1972. In 2013 he was inducted into the UCM Athletic Hall of Fame. Phillips served as a member and former president of the UCM Alumni Association, and as a member and president of the UCM Board of Governors. He serves on the UCM Foundation Board of Directors. Phillips retired in 2000 after more than 34 years in public education, but his career now spans nearly five decades. As a former teacher, assistant superintendent

and superintendent, Phillips spent 14 years with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, supervising the design and implementation of the Missouri School Improvement Program. In 1997 he helped establish The Show-Me Curriculum Administrators Association, which initiated a statewide focus on improving student performance. He served as the association’s president for two years. Phillips returned to DESE in 2010 as interim deputy commissioner. Most recently he worked with veteran Missouri educators to develop leadership support for Missouri public and charter schools through BAFC Consulting in St. Louis. After his retirement, he created Phillips Keynote Consultants to provide leadership for public schools, higher education, agencies and institutions serving school-age youth and their families. He was named the 2005 Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, Missouri Chapter, and received the Missouri Association of School Administrators’ Friend of Education Award.

Bell Recognized with Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award

Lt. Roger L. Bell

The University of Central Missouri Alumni Association honored Lt. Roger L. Bell, a 2006 graduate of UCM’s aviation program, with the 2013 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award during the fall 2013 undergraduate commencement.

As a student at UCM, Bell worked several jobs and was a husband and father. He also was active in Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the United Student Housing Association. While at UCM, he also enlisted in the Air National Guard.

completed pre-flight, post flight, and phase inspections. In 2009 he became a USAF pilot with the Indiana Air National Guard, trained to fly the A-10 Warthog attack aircraft. In April 2013, he joined the U.S. Army National Guard with the 1-108th Aviation Battalion in Topeka, Kan., as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot. Bell also completed Euro-NATO Joint Pilot Training. Now working for Cerner Corporation in Kansas City as a test analyst, Bell credits UCM’s aviation program for giving him the right mix of technical science and aviation art, as well as interpersonal and leadership skills necessary to become an officer and successful jet fighter and helicopter pilot in the United States military.

As a USAF crew chief for the Air National Guard in 2006, Bell maintained an F-15 fighter jet, was responsible for launch and recovery procedure, and University of Central Missouri | today


YOUR OPINION MATTERS By Chelsey Buseck and Sean Williams

Dear Alumni, First and foremost, thank you for the commitment and loyalty you have shown UCM over the years. Whether you join us for homecoming each fall, speak to students in a classroom, employ an intern, fund a scholarship, or stay connected through UCM social media, I want to personally thank you for your involvement with the university. The connection you have created and maintain with campus is something I look forward to witnessing each semester. Second, your voice has been heard. In keeping with our mission to build loyalty and support among alumni, we wanted to know what you really think. So, we created a survey. This survey was emailed to alumni and asked questions surrounding concepts like loyalty, student experience and alumni engagement. The survey was answered by six eras of alumni: Prior to 1973 1974-1980 1981-1993 1994-2000 2000-2008 Post 2008 My goal for this survey was to understand what drives, and doesn’t drive, your passion about UCM. That goal was met; the answers to the survey were created by your voice. Please explore the next few pages regarding your opinion and how it ranked among UCM peers and alumni of national universities. Sincerely,

Traci Via, Director of Alumni & Constituent Relations 18

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This is what you told us of alumni think their

experience as a student was

TOP NOTCH 3 ways alumni want to become involved at UCM

Speak in a classroom

3 out of 5 respondents say their

Join an alumni club

experience as alumni is


Mentor students


Our alumni believe the Today Magazine is the best way to communicate with them


Email UCM Website

7 out of 8 alumni

value and respect

their degree University of Central Missouri | today


What you said by era Prior to 1973

You reunions and alumni events

are most likely to attend

You visit campus the most



read the Today magazine the most

1981-1993 financially contribute


prefer to be contacted by UCM

through email




had the best experience as a student and are having

the best experience as an alumnus



stay in contact with other alumni the most

are the most loyal to your major

Post 2008

You You 20

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believe UCM excelled in athletics encouraging you to attend their events

are the most loyal to faculty members

In a national comparison, you rated UCM higher for: Interacting with alumni through social media Creating volunteer opportunities for alumni Effectively utilizing viral videos, alumni website and alumni newsletter Creating ways for alumni to attend university events

This survey opened our eyes in more ways than one. Although the survey was filled with positive information, there are a few things we plan to improve.

Our solution: A Dinner for 12 Mules Host a dinner and build relationships! The program is simple. For each dinner, a guest list is created of people who share common career goals related to the expertise of the host. The goal: provide the opportunity to bring together UCM alumni and friends with students, faculty and alumni staff members.

3 out of 9 alumni do not attend activities because they think “they won’t know anyone”

Our solution: The Mule Nation Alumni Clubs

55% University of Central Missouri Alumni

of alumni do not attend activities

due to geographical distance

These clubs are designed to engage, develop and assist in alumni activities and events in a specific geographic area, with the goal to promote closer fellowship and networks amoung alumni. Mule Nation Alumni Clubs have been launched in Dallas/Ft. Worth and Kansas City. Next up is St. Louis.

Share your opinion with us

“How can UCM be more engaged with you?” Send your responses to University of Central Missouri | today


CLASS NOTES 1950-1959 Bob Blackman ’52 and his wife, Nancy, are living in a retirement village in Raymore, Mo. They enjoy doing volunteer work and spending time with their five grandchildren.

1960-1969 Arlene Stewart York ’61 and her husband, James ’62, own Midland Thermal. They reside in Cleveland, Mo. Joseph Wikoff ’64 retired from his CPA practice in Honolulu, Hawaii. He and his wife, Lynne, reside in West Linn, Ore. Magie Stuart ’68 recently published a book, Principles for Principals: Programs That Help Kids. She resides in North Las Vegas, Nev.

1970-1979 Jeff Elsea ’70 retired Aug. 31, 2013, after 38 years at the Bank of Weston, most recently as president. Charley Hurt ’70 retired in 2004 after 31 years as an electrician at ExxonMobil. He and his wife, Peggy, reside in Ivins, Utah. Their son, Paul, is bishop of the Ivins Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bob Wachter ’70 is semiretired and lives in Jackson Hole, Wyo. He owns two businesses, Jackson Hole Hat Company and Cache Creek Lodge. He has three daughters and four grandchildren. Larry Boozell ’71 retired in June after 24 years with the Des Moines Water Works. He and his wife, Janelle, have two grown sons and seven grandchildren. They enjoy watching their sporting events and travelling. They reside in Woodburn, Iowa. Bernie Cooper ’73 owns a driving school in O’Fallon, Mo. 22

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Debi (Handwerk) Carroll ’75, ’09 earned her Education Specialist Degree in Technology in the Classroom at the University of Missouri in May 2013. She and her husband, Gregory ’75, reside in Moberly, Mo. Ann (McElwee) Elwell ’75, ’81 is interim director of Webster University’s extended campus in Springfield, Mo. Her husband, Dana ’75, is senior vice president at Guaranty Bank in Springfield. They reside in Nixa, Mo. Larry Haywood ’78, ’85 retired after 21 years as a pretrial officer for the federal court system in the Eastern District of Missouri. He served as a national trainer for the federal court system as well. He and his wife, Rebecca, reside in St. Charles, Mo.

1980-1989 Joel Shults ’80, ’83 is chief of police for Adams State University in Colorado. He recently published his third book, The Badge and the Brain. The book guides police officers in the application of brain research to policing. He and his wife, Cheryl (Wyss) ’80, reside in Alamosa, Colo. Cendy Harrell-Carson ’84 is an armed school resource officer for the Sedalia School District 200. Her primary responsibilities will be at the Sedalia Middle School. She and her husband, Jim, have four children. Daniel Johnson ’84 is international region manager for UPS. He resides in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Brad Nelson ’84 became chief of police in Salina, Kan. Dec. 2. Prior to that, he was captain at the Columbia, Mo., police department. Larry Skogen ’85 is interim chancellor of the North Dakota University system effective Nov. 1, 2013, through June 2015.

Brian Connor ’87 is production manager at the Performing Arts Center at John Burroughs School in St. Louis. He resides in Glendale, Mo. Alisa (Chaimongkol) Pruettiangkura ’88 is an entrepreneur at Angkura Corporation, Dallas, Texas. She and her husband, Pote, reside in Lewisville, Texas. Timothy Stewart ’88 is a member of the Senior Executive Service of the United States of America. He is the warden at the Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md. He resides in Morgantown, W. Va.

and enrollment management at Colorado State UniversityPueblo. Kelly Melies ’98, ’02 is a reporter at the Marshall Democrat-News and an adjunct instructor at the State Fair Community College Boonville campus. He and his wife, Lisa, and three stepchildren, reside in Marshall, Mo. Russ Fillipi ’99 has worked for the Missouri State Highway Patrol for 23 years. He and his wife, Andrea ’98, and children, Eric, Sam and Darby Jean, live in rural Hickory County.



Jeremy Martin ’91 is principal at Los Niños and Lincoln Jackson Intervention Centers in Clovis, N.M. He retired in 2011 from the Air Force Reserve as a lieutenant colonel after 24 years of service. He resides in Clovis.

Fred Buckley ’00 graduated from UMKC School of Law in May 2013 and passed the Missouri bar. He became a licensed attorney on Sept. 18, 2013. He resides in Kansas City, Mo.

Doyle Oxley ’91 is assistant fire chief and fire marshal for the Warrensburg. Mo., Fire Department. He is married and has two children. Robert Hardt ’92 retired from the Columbia Police Department after 20 years. He now works at HyVee and resides in Columbia, Mo. Stacey Hodges ’94 is a member of the advisory board for the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Friends University, Lenexa, Kan. She resides in Prairie Village, Kan. Susan (Rhode) Ritchey ’95 retired from the City of Hallandale Beach, Fla., as a social worker. She is looking forward to the beaches of south Florida and to cruising the Caribbean. Her son is a clinical psychologist at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She resides in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Paul Orscheln ’96 is vice president of student services

Marijayne Manley ’01, ’03, ‘10 is teaching business and marketing for the Leeton R-X School District and manages the Bulldog Express, the only student-run grocery store in the nation. She is also an adjunct faculty member at UCM and State Fair Community College. She and her husband, Royal, have three children and reside in Warrensburg, Mo. Caleb Housh ’02 was elected to a second term as mayor of Seymour, Iowa. Jenni Hayes ’03, ’12 is the principal at Grandview Elementary School in Higginsville, Mo. She and her husband, Josh ’96, ’00, ’09, have four children, Hunter, Parker, Sawyer and Harper. The family resides in Higginsville, Mo.

In Memoriam Philip King ’04 and his wife, Kimberly, announce the birth of their second daughter, Kailee, Oct. 3, 2013. Dorothy Nelson ’04 owns an online jewelry boutique. She resides in St. Louis, Mo. Amanda Roberts ’07, ’09 and her husband, Seth Anderson, recently moved to Shenzhen, Guangdong, China after spending three years in Hunan, China. Derick Beanland ’08 is the director of parks and recreation in Bowling Green, Mo. He was featured in the Fall 2013 issue of the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association magazine. Maggie Long ’09 is the middle school art and gifted teacher in California, Mo. She is also assistant high

school volleyball coach and the Quest teacher at the elementary school. She resides in California, Mo.

2010-2013 Kelly Wenell ’10 graduated from Washington University School of Law and founded Wenell LLC, a St. Louis-based immigration and family law firm. She resides in St. Louis. Amy Spoede ’11 married Oliver Bamaca Rodriguez on Aug. 17, 2013. The couple resides in Kansas City, Mo. Trent Reese ’12 will be teaching Acting Workshop 101 for ages 10-12 and Acting Workshop 102 for ages 13-18 at Blackbird Academy of Arts in Conway, Ark.

AWARDS & HONORS 1960-1969 Shirley Klein Kleppe ’67 had one of her photos, “Leopard Reflection.” selected to be in the top 10 and another image, “Leopard Tree,” was a semifinalist, for the annual North American Nature Photography Association’s Showcase Competition. More than 2,400 images were submitted.

1980-1989 Major General Richard Mustion ’81 assumed command of the U.S. Army Human Resources Command on Aug. 10, 2012. Some of his awards include: the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, the

Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Badge and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Staff Badge.

1990-1999 Col. Mike Pankau ’99 received the Distinguished Alumni Award at the Missouri Western State University Alumni Awards Banquet on Oct. 11. He is commander for the 139th Airlift Wing at Rosecrans Memorial Airport in St. Joseph, Mo. He served on numerous tours including Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.



Hazel W. Holly ’39

Kary Hocker ’91 Dorothy Plattenburg ’95 Jamie Murphy ’98

1940-1949 Wilson C. Stark ’42 Christine Martin ’43 Alma L. Eastep ’45 Lena Faigle ’46 A. David Miller ’48

2000-2009 Andrea Morris ’01

2010Jason Togi ’12

1950-1959 Clifford Craven ’50, ’55 Ruby Paddock ’50 John Bishop Jr. ’51 Grady Gibson ’51 Eugenia Green ’53 Alice Johnson ’53 Marilyn Martin ’53 William Holtom ’56 Fred Leeth ’56, ’57 Jack Luschen ’57 Hubert Bishop ’59

1960-1969 Jerry Green ’60 John Bogvilo ’61 Kenneth Murry ’62 Ralph Ballew ’63 Rebecca Quinn ’64, ’65 Thomas Hayes ’65, ’72 Maxine Pritchard ’67, ’70 Alice Johnson-Draper ’68 Paul Dureka ’69

1970-1979 Gary Mendenhall ’70 Patricia Jones ’71 Norma Bishop ’72 Robert Hasenfus ’73 Gary Call ’75 Cheryl Jonson ’75 Stanley Ogan ’75, ’78 Gary Alpers ’76 Rita North ’77 Kenneth Marley ’78 Jacqueline Skelton ’78, ’83 Janice Aholt 79

College High Alumni Ruth Hilton ’31 Golda Gauchat ’45

Former Students Paul Allen Emile Gauchat Dawn Kirchhoff Lisa Oates Angelo Stath Kris Woodard

Friends Wilton Anderson Paul Ballew Frances Berger Lewis Cary Bill Carlyle Charley Crawford Willie Doublin Richard Hatley Marcus McCain Edward D. Meisenheimer Vera Menefee Tim Williams Margaret Wilson

1980-89 Thomas Atwell ’80 Cora Shannahan ’81 Jon Harris ’82, ’89 Anthony Modrell ’83 Carl Powell ’83, ’87 Maryann Ferraro-Sell ’85 Russell Kerr ’85 Rita North ’89

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In Memoriam Theresa Almaguer Theresa R. Almaguer, 92, of Knob Noster, Mo., a generous donor and friend of UCM, passed away Aug. 16, 2013, at the home of her daughter Linda Helfer. She was born Sept. 11, 1920, in Mexico City, Mexico, the daughter of Anacleto and Delores (Palos) Ramirez. On Dec. 31, 1944, she married Jose Z. Almaguer, who preceded her in death in 1991. Survivors include four sons, Ramon Almaguer of Knob Noster; Jose and Mary Almaguer of Marion, Kan.; Daniel and Brigid Almaguer of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Ricardo and Debra Almaguer of Nevada; five daughters, Dolores C. Almaguer; Cynthia Townsend of Lee’s Summit; Maria and Lawrence Treadwell of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Linda and Bill Helfer of Knob Noster; Patricia and Mark Wray of Illinois; and 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions are suggested to the UCM Foundation, Smiser Alumni Center, Warrensburg, MO 64093 designated for the Dr. Jose Z. and Mrs. Theresa Almaguer Family Scholarship Fund.

Martha Fennewald Martha Ann Fennewald, 103, of Westphalia, Mo., died Oct. 7. 2013, at Westphalia Hills. She received UCM’s first honorary bachelor’s degree in 2011 when she was 101 years old. She was born Aug. 24, 1901, the daughter of Paul and Clara (Evers) Groner. She was married in 1935 to Christopher Henry Fennewald, who preceded her in death in 2000.


enough to begin school, she returned to teaching. In the 1960s and 1970s, she taught at Immaculate Conception School in Jefferson City for nearly four years and St. Joseph School in Westphalia for eight years. She retired from full-time teaching at age 65, and continued to substitute teach until she was 77. This was in addition to volunteering at a nursing home until she was 99. Survivors include four children: Jim (Dorothy) Fennewald, Westphalia; Sr. Janice Fennewald, SSND, Belleville, Ill.; Joyce (Robert) Springer, McKinney, Texas; a son-in-law Gene Forsyth of Columbia; 10 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; 12 step-great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; one brother, Paul Groner, Berger; and Clarence and Helen Reinsch, Jefferson City.

Louise Mayfield Louise L. Mayfield, 93, a UCM professor emerita, died Saturday, Sept. 14 in Warrensburg. She was born Oct. 13, 1919, in Lone Jack, Mo., to Luther Gregg, Jr. and Flora Maness Gregg. She married William “Bill” Mayfield in 1942; they were reunited in 2013 after a separation of more than 19 years. Mayfield began her career as a teacher in a one-room school in 1939. During World War II, she worked in Wichita and Dodge City, Kan., as well as San Bernardino, Calif., as her husband was transferred in his service as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Fennewald focused her life on family, home-making and education. In 1929, when she was 19 years old, she received her teaching certificate from Central Missouri State Teachers College and began teaching full time at the one-room Castle Rock School, near Westphalia. She also taught in Old St. Elizabeth followed by Verhoff School until 1935, when she got married.

After the war, she returned to Warrensburg to complete her college education while working at Citizens Bank. The couple eventually purchased a 200-acre farm between Chilhowee and Centerview where they resided for 44 years. Mayfield returned to teaching, eventually earning an education specialist degree. She taught short hand and typing at the high school level in Higginsville and Warrensburg, before finishing the last 20 years of her career at the University of Central Missouri. She also was a member of the ABC Club, the Delta Zeta Sorority.

She took a break from teaching to raise her five children while she and her husband lived and worked on their farm. When her youngest child was old

Survivors include a sister, Doris Scott and husband Keith of Springfield, Mo., her sister in-law, Eleanor Louise Gregg of Warrensburg, her nephew Jared

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Scott and wife Pam of Springfield, Mo., four nieces, Mary Ann Scott Pratt and husband Randall of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Bethene Gregg of Roeland Park, Kan., and Janis Dickson Gregg and husband Roger of Richmond, Va., and Ann Holmstrom and husband Ralph, and nephews Robert Snider and wife Carlene, and Lucian Snider and wife Jeannie. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bill, her brother Luther Lentillus Gregg III, and sons William Ronald and Loren.

Paul Rorvig Paul E. Rorvig, 61, UCM professor of history, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. He was born Jan. 9, 1952, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Edward C. and Frances M. Rorvig. He lived in Canada until his family moved to Boonville, Mo., in 1962. After graduating from Boonville High School, Paul attended Missouri State University to pursue a career in teaching and to play basketball. He earned his master’s degree and doctorate in history from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He taught at high schools in Lebanon and Carrollton, Mo., before joining the faculty at Central Methodist University. He was a history professor at UCM for 13 years. Survivors include his wife, Vickie, of the home; daughters Anna Rorvig and Kaela Rorvig of Columbia; sister Suzanne Caldarello of Columbia; brother Pete and wife Bonnie of Odessa; mother-in-law Evelyn Samp of Jacksonville; and many sisters- and brothers-in-laws, nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions are suggested to the UCM Foundation for a scholarship in Rorvig’s name to help a senior history education major with his or her student teaching expenses.

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