Changes for New Program Year

This summer, Lifelong Learning at UCM experienced a significant transition in its leadership. Four board members have retired and were replaced by new members, continuing the precedent of nine total board members. Despite the loss of four of our exceptional and long-serving board members, it is our hope that the new appointments will bring fresh talent and ideas to our programming and continue our tradition of informative and interesting presentations for our community.  

Board Members who have retired are Deems Brooks, founding member and coordinator for five years; Justyn Graham, founding member with five years of service; David Rice, three-year member; and John Sheets, three-year member. 

The new Board members are Joe Moore, PhD and UCM associate professor of communication; Mark Pearce, KMOS-TV emeritus staff and community leader; Rick Squiric, local resident and owner of a printing business; and Karen Taylor, former public school counselor with a connection to Whiteman Air Force base.  

New officers for the 2015-2016 program year will be:
  • Kyle Constant, digital services librarian for Trails Regional Library, will lead the LLL board as its chair;
  • Larry Olpin, PhD and UCM emeritus professor of English, is now LLL's vice chair;
  • Bobbie Erickson, retired public school librarian, will continue in her role as board secretary;
  • Mark Pearce, KMOS-TV emeritus staff and community leader will serve as the board treasurer;
  • Mary Solomon, retired public school teacher, remains as publicity coordinator; and
  • LuRae Shreves, retired public school computer specialist, continues in her role as graphics/media coordinator.
In May, UCM Provost Deborah Curtis met with the LLL Board, thanking the retirees for their work and welcoming the new board members. Her words were both complimentary and encouraging. Dr. Curtis remarked that it was her desire to see the programming series continued and funded by UCM.

Welcome to Lifelong Learning at the University of Central Missouri for the 2015-2016 school year!

August 15, 2015 marks the beginning of the 6th year of programming for Lifelong Learning at UCM (LLL).
Each year, the LLL board produces two semesters of engaging, educational programs available for all community members. Programs feature experts from many fields and are designed to appeal to people from a variety of backgrounds and interests.
LLL is one of the University of Central Missouri's investments in the culture and education of mid-Missouri residents. It is the product of a dedicated group of volunteers and wouldn't be possible without the support of an eager audience. If you've been in one of our audiences before, I say thank you on behalf of the board. If you haven't, come join us and you'll see just how entertaining and enriching our programs can be.
Kyle Constant
Lifelong Learning Chair

At the University of Central Missouri, LLL is supported by Extended Studies, and is affiliated with the Alumni Association, the Emeriti Association, and the James C. Kirkpatrick Library. In addition, the Trails Regional Library is a community affiliate.

The LLL motto is: “Community programs for continued learning for people of various ages.”  We look forward to seeing you at future programs.  All programs are free and open to the public.

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