President Obama Video Highlights of Speech at UCM Warrensburg July 24, 2013
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By Oliver Darcy
on Jul 25, 2013
A group of college republicans say they were denied entry into President Obama’s speech at the University of Central Missouri on Wednesday for security reasons.
Missouri College Republicans State Treasurer Courtney Scott told Campus Reform on Thursday that an unidentified police officer told the group they were barred from the event for “security reasons and for the president’s protection.”
“You will not be allowed any further,” the officer allegedly told the group of six College Republicans, dressed in republican and tea party clothing, as they attempted to enter the event.
Scott said each member of the group had a ticket to enter the event and that they arrived early complying with all rules.
“Obama was scheduled to speak at around 4 p.m., so around 3:30 pm we gathered our stuff up,” said Scott. “They had announced that there were to be no posters or anything so we dropped our stuff off. We were not carrying anything. We followed all the rules.”
Scott said the officer’s reasoning for stopping them seemed a bit odd.
“I hate to make allegations but it was just very suspicious that we were not allowed in,” she said.
Scott added that she was disappointed she was unable to hear President Obama speak in person.
“Regardless of one’s political party it would have been a great opportunity to hear from the president. I would never want to turn down that opportunity and am disappointed we didn’t get to see him in person.”
A spokesperson for the university was not available for comment by the time of publication.
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The Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — President Barack Obama is expected to highlight a new Missouri program that fast-tracks students to college degrees when he visits the University of Central Missouri.Obama is to speak Wednesday afternoon at the Warrensburg campus. He is to be accompanied by students from the "innovative campus" program run jointly by the university, the Lee's Summit School District and Metropolitan Community College.
About 30 students will be participating in the program this coming school year. They will earn community college credits while in high school, then are to earn a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Missouri within the next two years. They're also participating in internships at local businesses.
Gov. Jay Nixon has encouraged the adoption of similar programs at other schools around Missouri.
Crowds wait in block-long line for Obama tickets
SUE STERLING Star-Journal Staff Writer | Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013 9:58 pm
Warrensburg – Within one hour all tickets for President Barack Obama’s visit were given out at the University of Central Missouri.
Area residents began lining up at the Student Wellness and Recreation Center before 6 a.m., and, before the doors opened, the line stretched from inside the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, 500 S. Maguire St., across campus to Holden Street. Ticket distribution began at 10 a.m., with the line moving quickly as about 10 staff members handed out tickets and information to the waiting crowd.Ticket distribution ended around 11 a.m., Jeff Murphy, assistant director of University Relations said.Murphy said 2,000 to 2,500 people are expected to attend Obama’s presentation at the recreation center.
He said Obama’s remarks will be streamed live on the web and those unable to obtain tickets for the speech also can watch the event in Rooms 236 and 238 in Elliott Union on campus. “There’s tremendous interest,” Murphy said. “It’s a great opportunity for anyone who has a chance to attend.”
Trish Smith, seated on a sidewalk shortly after 9 a.m., said they she arrived about a half-hour earlier. Smith said she had been searching for information about ticket availability since Sunday night but did not get word until Monday morning. “If I had heard sooner, we would have been here earlier,” Smith said.Faculty, students and staff received emails about 9:30 p.m. Sunday alerting them to ticket availability, and word spread quickly via Facebook and other social media,” Murphy said.....http://www.dailystarjournal.com/news/article_f90254c6-f343-11e2-9b44-0019bb30f31a.html
Obama’s political strategy in targeting rural Missouri for speech on Wednesday
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Tickets for Obama’s speech run out quicklyBy NICOLE COOKE
(WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) – Hundreds of people lined the University of Central Missouri campus this morning in hopes of receiving a ticket to President Barack Obama’s speech Wednesday.
UCM staff opened the Student Recreation and Wellness Center at 6 a.m. and people were already lined up, said SRWC intern Darryl Rutt.
The line stretched from the SRWC, where the free tickets were distributed, to Holden Street, near the Elliott Union.
Staff started distributing tickets at 10 a.m., and ran out just shortly after 11 a.m. A few stragglers came in after the tickets were gone, only to find out they were out of luck. At this time it is unknown how many tickets were handed out, but one student said she was the 300th person to walk in the door, and it seemed there were still hundreds behind her.
Members of the military, veterans and military dependent students can obtain a ticket from the UCM Office of Military and Veteran Services. There are 150 tickets reserved and are available on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today. Student ID and military ID is required. At press time, Delilah Nichols, coordinator of military and veteran services, said there was a handful of tickets left for eligible students.
For those who were unable to obtain a ticket, Elliott Union rooms 236 and 238 will have live streaming of the event Wednesday. The UCM Media Network will also be providing a live webstream, which can be viewed at www.ucmo.edu/comm/medianet.
UCM students Lauren Blanchfield and Chelsea Hurd received tickets to attend Wednesday’s speech, although they got tickets as a precaution just in case they don’t end up volunteering during the event. The two Administration Building student workers are on the list to volunteer, but won’t receive their assignments until tomorrow night. Whether or not they get to volunteer Wednesday, they’ve still been involved with the process the past few days.
“The phones have been ringing off the hook this week asking about what’s going on, how to get tickets,” Blanchfield said. “Every time you answer the phone you get four voicemails in the process.”
Getting hundreds of people in and out of the SRWC sounds like it could be chaotic, but Beth Rutt, director of campus activities, said it was an easy process.
“It went really smoothly,” she said. “People were cordial and waited in line. There were only a few people who showed up who didn’t get a ticket.”
Many people in line said they were excited for the opportunity to see the president in Warrensburg, including Blanchfield and Hurd.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Blanchfield said.
“This will put Warrensburg on the map,” Hurd said. “It’s great publicity for the university and could help get more students.”
Beth Rutt agreed, saying the event will be great for current and future UCM students.
“UCM is doing some great, cutting-edge things, and this is giving us recognition for that,” she said. “This recognition will benefit UCM students, current and present.”
Obama’s speech will take place in the large court area on the lower south part of the SRWC, which is located at 500 S. Maguire St. Doors open at 1:45 p.m. and the speech is scheduled to start at 4:05 p.m. Tickets from today’s distribution are required for entry.
For security reasons, attendees are asked to not bring bags and limit personal items. No signs or banners will be permitted. All attendees will go through airport-like security.
Those attending are encouraged to park in lots 60 and 62, located east of Ellis Hall, 310 Christopher St. Parking is also available in lots 10, 29, 30 68, 32, 28, 11 and 50, which are near the James C. Kirkpatrick Library. Parking for the event is free.
A free shuttle will be available for those attending. Pickup locations will be at the east side of the JCK Library, the west side of the library and on the east side of Ellis Hall.
Several buildings on campus will be closed Wednesday, including Lovinger, Art Building, Art Annex, Wood, Martin, Humphreys, Chapel, Diemer Residence Hall, Ellis Residence Hall (after noon) and Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport.
President Barack Obama's Visit to UCM - July 24, 2013In what will be a history-making event for the University of Central Missouri, President Barack Obama will speak on campus during a visit to Warrensburg, July 24. The White House today officially announced UCM as the host site for the president’s speech on the economy.
Although it is the first time a sitting president has spoken at UCM, the Democrat from Illinois is the second world leader to speak at UCM since May 2011, when the university hosted the nation’s 42nd president, Bill Clinton. Clinton spoke at the annual commencement ceremony for the School of Graduate and Extended Studies and received an honorary doctorate.
The campus is continuing to make preparations for President Obama’s arrival, according to UCM President Charles Ambrose.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for the university. It comes at a time when we are making progress in areas that impact student success and will address important issues that have an impact on our economy. We believe that is why the president is coming here.”
Ambrose cited The Missouri Innovation Campus as an example of an initiative that would be of interest to President Obama. It is a collaboration between UCM, the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College and numerous business partners. The MIC, which Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has called “a model for the nation,” makes it possible for high school students attending the Summit Technology Academy to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in only two years after receiving their high school diplomas. While graduating faster than most students, this rigorous program gives them valuable on-the-job experience through internships in high-tech industries, they gain sought-after skills for high-paying careers, and graduate with no debt.
“Through The MIC, we are reshaping the way students experience education,” Ambrose said. “We’re making college more affordable by connecting students with businesses that share responsibility for their development and who will become their future employers who will reap the benefits of hiring these job-ready employees.”
Ambrose said a number of students from The MIC are expected to attend President Obama’s speech.
“We’re proud of these students,” he noted. “They are willing to accept the challenges of this rigorous, new program, but we know their hard work will pay off when they finish their education debt free and ready to go to work in high-demand jobs in technology.”
He noted UCM’s "Learning to a Greater Degree" contract for student completion is another way the institution is addressing issues that have an economic impact. This initiative is focused on getting students to graduate in four years, which will help them enter the workforce faster, and help reduce the cost of a higher education. The university has also launched programs that will help men and women leaving the military to reduce the cost of their education, and to make the transition into new careers.
The university is also educating the largest number of students and graduating the most students in its history, maintaining 90 percent or higher job placement rate in students' chosen fields for 19 consecutive years, all while keeping tuition increases below the consumer price index at 1.8 percent annually for the last five years.
“The UCM community is a great choice for a speech about the economy. We look forward to hosting President Barack Obama. We also appreciate the exceptional spirit of collaboration between the president’s staff and our entire UCM team who are pulling out all stops to make this a special event, and an important part of our university’s history,” Ambrose said.
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