University of Central Missouri

University of Central Missouri

name=University of Central Missouri
motto="Education For Service"
type=State university
president=Dr. Aaron Podolefsky
campus=1,561 acres
total=+11,046 students
mascot=Mo the Mule
colors=Cardinal and Black
free=NCAA II
website= []

The University of Central Missouri (formerly Central Missouri State University) is a four-year public institution in Warrensburg, Missouri.


The University started in 1871 as "State Normal School, District #2" and became known as Warrensburg Teachers College, especially where athletics were concerned. The name was changed to "Central Missouri State Teachers College" in 1919, "Central Missouri State College" in 1946, and "Central Missouri State University" in 1971. In 2005, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt signed into law a provision authorizing Central Missouri State University to change its name, if so desired, to the "University of Central Missouri". The University's name was changed to the University of Central Missouri on September 20, 2006. In 1965, the institution established a graduate school.

Greek Life

Prior to the 1960s, most fraternities had off campus houses surrounding campus. After fires at the Tau Kappa Epsilon and Acacia houses, fraternities and sororities were consolidated into university-owned buildings resembling residence halls - known as Panhellenic Hall and the Fraternity Complex. The Fraternity Complex is an octagon-shaped building consisting of 8 "wedges", each holding one Greek chapter, with the center originally containing a dining hall. This design won an architectural award soon after its construction. This tradition continued until the fall semester of 2005 when Sigma Phi Epsilon opened an off-campus traditional Greek house, and Sigma Nu began construction of a similar house off campus as well and was finished by Fall 2006. However, soon after completion of the Sigma Nu house, the chapter's charter was revoked following a hazing incident. The house was leased to the UCM chapter of Alpha Tau Omega in the summer of 2007.

The National Honors Fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi was founded at the University of Central Missouri by President Eldo L. Hendricks, Dean Claude A. Phillips, and Professor C. H. McClure on February 14, 1916 when the school was called Central Missouri State University. The national men's social fraternity Sigma Tau Gamma was founded at what was then called Central Missouri State Teachers College on June 28, 1920.

chool Songs

Fight Song

"Go Mules"

Go Mules! Fight to win for the team we love the best
Go Mules! Don't give in, put our name above the rest.
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Go Mules! We're for you and we let the whole world know
That at U-C-M, it's go, Mules go!

Alma Mater

UCM stands proud and noble, serving all who ask.
In the center of our nation, joyful in her task
Red and Black her colors fly, faith and vision, dreams unite.
Leading all who look for truth, to hold her honor bright.
Our beloved Alma Mater, Hail to UCM.


The University of Central Missouri continues to hold an important role in the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search. The GIMPS project at UCM is a university-wide effort managed by Dr. Curtis Cooper and Dr. Steven Boone. Central's team (curtisc) is currently the No. 1 contributor to that project ( [] ), and has discovered the two largest prime numbers known, M43 230402457 - 1 ( [] ) with 9,152,052 digits and M44 232582657 - 1 ( [] ) with 9,808,358 digits.

College of Business Administration

The Harmon College of Business Administration offers degrees in Marketing, Accounting, Management, CIS, and Finance.


Central Missouri's athletic teams compete in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, or MIAA. The school colors are Cardinal and Black. Athletic division include basketball, baseball, women's bowling, American football, golf, women's soccer, softball, cross-country, track, volleyball, and wrestling. UCM's athletic teams are called Mules (men) and Jennies (women) they have a living mascot named Mancow, and another named Mo the Mule. Central Missouri's Director of Athletics is Jerry Hughes.

Basketball games are played in the UCM Multipurpose Building. Built in 1976, "The Multi", as it is known to students and alumni, has a capacity of 8,500 for basketball games. Football games are held at Audrey J. Walton Stadium at Vernon Kennedy Field. The stadium was erected in 1928 and underwent a major face-lift in 1995. The stadium officially holds 10,000 people, but crowds often approach 12,000.

University of Central Missouri's campus also includes 18-hole Keth Memorial Golf Course. Keth Memorial is complete with a fully-equipped pro shop. It is also the home facility for Mules’ golf, as well as Mules’ and Jennies’ cross country.


The university houses and runs an NPR affiliate, KTBG, at 90.9 FM ("The Bridge"), which features the NPR newsmagazines and other NPR shows such as Car Talk, with music consisting mostly of album-oriented, adult alternative rock along with a blues show and World Cafe. The university also operates a PBS affiliate: KMOS-TV.

The university also produces a weekly newspaper named "The Muleskinner". The paper is produced by students and is overseen by a faculty advisor.

Notable alumni

* Dale Carnegie - Author of "How to Win Friends and Influence People"
* David Cook - Winner of the seventh season of American Idol; one of People Magazine's sexiest bachelors of 2008.
* Mark Curp - Former World and American record holder in the Half-Marathon
* Grant Curtis - Executive Producer of Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3.
* Todd Devoe - Wide Receiver formerly of the Denver Broncos. Currently a member of the AFL's Arizona Rattlers.
* Butch Reed - Professional Wrestler
* James Evans - Inventor of Cheerios []
* Roderick Green - Defensive End and Outside Linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers
* David Holsinger - World Famous Wind Ensemble Composer
* Maury John - Coached Drake University 1958-1971 and Iowa State University 1971-1974. He led Drake to a third place finish in the 1969 NCAA tournament.
* Allan Kayser - Actor; played the role of Bubba Higgins on Mama's Family
* Vern Kennedy - Pitcher in the major leagues; baseball field at UCM is named for him.
* James Kirkpatrick - Served as Missouri Secretary of State for 20 years; Library at UCM is named for him.
* Phill Kline - Former Kansas Attorney General; currently the District Attorney for Johnson County, Kansas.
* Toby Korrodi - Signed by the Arizona Cardinals in 2007, cut in training camp
* Henry Mason - Former NFL Wide Receiver and long-time University of Wisconsin-Madison Assistant Football Coach [] []
* Erich "Mancow" Muller - Hosts Mancow's Morning Madhouse, a Chicago-based radio show that has been syndicated across the U.S.
* Carrie Nation - Leader of the Temperance Movement
* Chuck Palumbo - Professional Wrestler
* Jerry Reuss - former pitcher; best known for his years with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
* David Steward - CEO of World Wide Technology, Inc., the world's largest African-American owned company
* Delanie Walker - Tight End for the San Francisco 49ers
* Gregg Williams - Former NFL Head Football Coach with the Buffalo Bills, and Defensive Coordinator for the Washington Redskins; currently the Defensive Coordinator with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
* Jeff Wright - Former Nose Tackle for the Buffalo Bills
* Joe VanDepopuliere - Inventor of Purina Puppy Chow [] []


External links

* [ Official site]

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