Following a national search process this spring, the University of Central Missouri has selected Gail M. Staines, Ph.D., as the next Dean of Library Services.

Deborah Curtis, provost-chief learning officer at UCM, announced the appointment today, noting that Staines will begin her new duties on July 1. She fills a position that is currently served by Mollie Dinwiddie, who is retiring after approximately 30 years of service to the university.

The Central Missouri Jennies volleyball team has embarked on an 11-day trip to China beginning. The Jennies are traveling to Beijing where they will play four games against Chinese competition, while also getting to sight-see and learn about the Chinese culture.
Fans can keep up to date on the Jennies' travels by following them on their social media accounts. The Jennies also have a blog that they will update throughout the trip with posts by coaches and players.

With less than two weeks remaining until the NCAA Division II Championships, the USTFCCCA (United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) announced the 2015 outdoor track and field All-Region Teams. The Mules and Jennies saw 17 different athletes make the squad in 26 events.

With a win over the weekend, the Jennies are in the Super Regional where they'll face the region's No. 1 overall seed, Augustana (S.D.). Being the No. 1 seed Augustana will host the best two-out-of-three series in Sioux Falls, S.D. Game one takes place Friday, May 15 with game two and three (if necessary) Saturday, May 16.

Just as the Jennies keep rolling along, so to do the accolades for the 2015 softball team. Senior Katie Shockley and sophomore Lauren Mabe were both named to the Daktronics All-Central Region Second Team in an announcement made Monday afternoon.

Six Mules golfers and four Jennies were named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll for their work in the classroom the league announced on Monday. In addition, Travis Mays and Cy Moritz were named MIAA Scholar-Athletes.