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December 2014

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A great place to keep track of what is going on at UCM is through our university calendar found at  
A few of the many important dates for the fall and spring semester include the following:

December 8-12 Finals week
December 8-12 Textbook buyback/rental returns at the UCM University Store
December 12 Residence halls close at 6 p.m. and reopen January 11 at noon
December 13 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies
December 17 Fall grades posted online
December 19 Summer 2014 schedule available for viewing online
Dec 23 (noon)-Jan 2 University offices closed
January 11 Residence halls open, noon
January 12 Spring semester classes begin
January 16 Last day to change meal plan for spring semester
January 19 Classes dismissed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

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Additional information regarding payment and registration dates can be found on MyCentral.


Do you have trouble remembering all of those campus dates and deadlines? Add "UCM MoInfo" to the Facebook pages that you "like" and you will receive updates from the Office of the Registrar. These announcements will include information regarding course enrollment, graduation, refund dates and other important deadlines. The Registrar's Office also tweets. Check out their Twitter account at "UCMRegistrar".



For four University of Central Missouri students, the opportunity to spend a week abroad in India was a life-changing experience. They shared their experiences in India as participants in UCM’s Global Vision Service Learning Program during the summer of 2014.

The students were selected following a selection process that designates one student from each of UCM four academic colleges. Each summer, the Global Vision team spends two weeks volunteering on community projects such as supporting youth and adults with special needs, teaching English to children from pre-school through high school, and supporting at-risk individuals needing special emotional support. The students are provided with a unique opportunity to learn about working with host partners on family-friendly service efforts with grass-roots agencies in a friendly and historically rich region.

The group spent their time in the coast Indian city of Chennai, working with children in the Christ King School, Little Angel Early Intervention Center, Assisi Day Care and the Seam Children’s Home. They were able to interact with children ages pre-school through 16 in school and orphanage settings. During their experience, they were hosted by a family in their home in Chennai.

Participants in Global Vision 2014
Michael Sekelsky, left, associate dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, introduced the four participants in Global Vision 2014.  They are, left to right, Jayne Smith, Austin Teagarden, Nicole Valenzuela and Audrey Amor.

All four of the student agreed they felt privileged to be able to share their experiences, and they had a clear message for future Global Vision students.

“We got more than we expected,” Amor said. “None of us knew exactly what to expect, but we were able to learn about a culture so very different than our own, and we have the opportunity to bring those experiences back and share them. Be prepared for an emotional experience.”

The Global Vision Service Learning Project was founded in 2008. The program is funded by an endowment through UCM Foundation created by an anonymous UCM alumnus, along with financial support by the UCM International Center, the UCM President’s Commission on Inclusivity, and the Warrensburg Rotary Club. UCM students have completed the service learning experience in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Poland and India during the past four years.   Read more

In a day dedicated to honoring the men and women who sacrificed their lives in service to the United States, Col. Gary D. Gilmore told an audience at the University of Central Missouri the best way to honor veterans is through “understanding, respect, and appreciation.”

Col. Gary D. Gilmore speaks at UCM

With a World War I photo of his father in the background, Col. Gary D. Gilmore, chaplain in the Missouri National Guard, presented the keynote address during the Veterans Day observance at the University of Central Missouri Nov. 11.


Gilmore, who has been a Missouri National Guard chaplain since 1987, was the keynote speaker during the Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 in Hendricks Hall. The event was coordinated by UCM’s Office of Military and Veteran Services, and included a welcome by President Charles Ambrose, and a Moment of Honor to those Fallen by Lt. Col. Philp Dan Cureton, department chair and professor of military science. Members of Whiteman Air Force Base and the Missouri National Guard also had roles in the ceremony.

In his remarks, Gilmore told the story about his grandfather, Pvt. Elmer Christensen, who at the age of 18, served in World War I. The guest speaker traced his grandfather’s path from a small Minnesota community to Europe, where he served as an Army engineer, helping to build roads and bridges that were essential to moving infantry and equipment into battle. As Gilmore spoke, he shared photographs depicting numerous military scenes and he read snippets from a diary his grandfather kept during the war.

“Guns stopped firing at 11 a.m., everybody happy,” Gilmore said, as he read what his grandfather wrote on Armistice Day Nov. 11, 1918.

After sharing the story of his grandfather’s life and his military experience, Gilmore then asked the audience, “Could I draw from Elmer’s story three simple requests when you think of Veterans on Veterans Day? We owe our veterans understanding, respect and appreciation.”

Gilmore stressed that people in the United States must take advantage of the freedom they have been afforded by the sacrifices of veterans. “If you think there is something wrong with our country, by all means get involved and make it right.
“You don’t have to join the military, but you got to be on the team. Join an organization on campus or get involved in the chamber of commerce or the local school system. Coach a little league team, be a Big Brother, open a not-for-profit,” Gilmore said.


He stressed the scars of war reinforce the sacrifices made by veterans who care about their country and its people.

“As you and I often do, talk to a spouse or someone who is broken in spirit, and struggling with the internal, hidden wounds of war, behind what is going on in that person’s life is a message that says to you and me, they think we are worth it. When you go to a veterans cemetery like in Higginsville or in Springfield or the national cemetery in Leavenworth and look out over those white tombstones, the message that sends back to us is ‘you are worth it America.’”   Read more




With the holiday season approaching, make plans to attend Elliott Student Union’s Holiday Market at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.  The annual event is set for 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3.

The Holiday Market in the Elliott Student Union is an opportunity for area residents to do their holiday shopping locally, while also buying items created and sold by a number of local people.  The market will include over 70 vendors ranging from gourmet food, arts and crafts, clothing and more.

Families are encouraged to bring the kids to Santa’s Workshop co-sponsored by the Student-Missouri Teachers Association. Santa’s Workshop will feature photographs with Santa and Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating, holiday crafts and reindeer games.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Residence halls at UCM will close for the Winter Holidays on Friday, December 12th at 6:00 p.m. They will re-open on Sunday, January 11th at noon.

In preparation for University break here are 10 important things for your student to do:

  • Attend all classes until the break begins, don’t cut out early.
  • Clean their room and bathroom, always nicer to come back to a clean home.
  • Pack what they need and things they are done with. (We’ll come back to this more specifically.)
  • Clean the refrigerator and at semester break unplug it and let it dry out.
  • Unplug all electrical appliances and computers.
  • Turn out the lights.
  • Close and lock windows and room door.
  • If you don’t have a roommate and are not paying for a single room then make sure your room is prepared for a new student to check in.
  • Double check that the door is locked before leaving the hall.
  • Drive safely home!

What do they pack and bring home???

They should bring home appropriate clothing for the time and weather. Also remind them they can do laundry at home just like at school so they don’t need the whole closet to come home at break.

It is encouraged at semester break to bring home their computer so they have access at home to all their correspondence. If you have any concerns regarding valuables it would be best that they travel home with your student.

It is wise to have students do some early spring cleaning at semester break. They should bring home clothing or other items that they know they will not need or use for the spring. It makes moving out in May much lighter and easier. Spring Break is an excellent time if they are coming home to bring winter clothes home.


Please encourage your student to complete an online evaluation form for each course in which they are currently enrolled. These evaluations provide helpful information for the improvement of teaching and learning within the course, and could be used for administrative decisions. The instructor will receive results from this evaluation only after final grades have been submitted. Students are encouraged to answer all of the questions, responding thoughtfully and honestly. Course evaluation forms can be accessed and completed online through MyCentral.


Semester grades will be available for students to review on-line beginning December 17, 2014. Students in academic jeopardy (probation/suspension/dismissal) will be notified through MyCentral and their UCMO email account.


Many college students work hard but eventually run into one or more courses that give them trouble. It isn’t a matter of ability. It isn’t a matter of preparation. It may be conflicts with other things going on in a student’s life—things like work, family obligations, or simply managing time. It may be that no one ever talked to them about how to study in college.

Should you find that your student didn’t earn the grades that they (or you) were hoping for, keep in mind that there are a variety of academic resources available to assist them during the spring semester.

  • The Writing Center, located in Humphreys 116, is available to help any student with any writing assignment for any course.
  • Free math tutoring is offered within our Student Success Center, third floor of the Kirkpatrick Library, for any student enrolled in math courses from Algebra through Calculus and Trigonometry.
  • The Success Center offers a variety of other types of assistance and tutoring. Besides math, free tutoring is offered in dozens of other classes. A full listing of courses is available at
  • In the spring semester, four Supplemental Instruction (SI) classes (1-hour credit structured study sessions) will be offered.  SI’s for Anatomy (BIOL 3401), Physiology (BIOL 3402) and Intro to College Writing (AE 1000) can be found under AE 1826.
  • In addition, a 2-hour credit course in Learning Strategies (AE 1820) is open to any student wanting to improve his or her study techniques, time-management skills, and test performance.

If your son or daughter has had difficulty with one or more courses or if he or she would like to turn C’s to B’s and B’s to A’s, there is help available. At UCM, your student’s success is our top priority. Contact the Student Success Center at 660-543-8972 or 660-543-8310.


Parents looking for additional scholarships for their students may want to encourage them over the holiday break to use MoCents, an easy, fast and paperless system connecting students to nearly 450 scholarships funded by donor gifts to the UCM Foundation.

After registering their student email at MoCents, students create a general application, which matches them with the scholarships they qualify for based on such criteria as major/minor, grade point average, financial need and student activities. For the best consideration, students are encouraged to complete all fields, especially those related to extracurricular activities. Also, please note that some scholarships may ask additional questions to verify eligibility. Here are step-by-step instructions to share with your student about how they can set up an account.

In 2013, the Foundation awarded more than $1.2 million in direct scholarship support to students. That’s part of the Foundation’s mission as the university’s nonprofit arm. By securing private gifts from alumni and friends, the UCM Foundation makes a UCM degree more accessible, affordable and beneficial for students.

Students have from December 8, 2014 until March 1, 2015 to apply for the scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year. If they encounter any issues using the new system, they should email or visit


No, not at all! Federal grant and low-interest loan funding may still be available to help your family with the costs incurred by your student to attend the University of Central Missouri during the upcoming 2015 spring term. If you’ve not yet done so already, you and your student should complete and submit the 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on-line at There's absolutely no charge to apply and you may find that your student is eligible for some very helpful assistance. For more details about the financial aid application process, please see the information and useful links located at


A paper statement is sent at the beginning of each semester. This is the only paper statement that students will receive for the spring semester. Monthly statements are available in the online bill and payment system. Students can access the online bill system by clicking on the "student services" tab and navigating to the "view and pay my bill" link.

If full payment for the Spring 2015 semester is not paid in full by January 20, 2015, the student will automatically be set up on a payment plan. The account balance due will be divided into equal installments due on the 15th of each month through May. There will be a 1.5% fee added to the account each month.

Payment Methods:

If students are mailing their payment, they should plan to have their payment mailed in time to reach us by the due date. Our mailing address is:

Student Financial Services
Ward Edwards Bldg. Room 1100
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093

We accept payment online using checking/savings account information or debit card. Please keep in mind that not all card issuing banks participate in pin less debit. If a debit transaction is not approved, please try the web check option to pay directly from your checking account. There are no additional fees assessed to use debit or web check payments.

Trying to pay by credit card? We accept Master Card, Discover and American Express payments online only. Please be aware that there is an additional fee of 2.75% assessed by a third party processor if you choose to use this method of payment.

Need a payment plan? Students can pay their account using our monthly installment option. Their account balance can be divided into equal installments over the semester. There will be a 1.5% fee added to the account each month. More information about the monthly installment plan can be found at



For detailed information go to

The purposes of the enrollment validation policy (EVP) are:

  • to validate that students intend to participate in the courses in which they are enrolled
  • to promote academic success by establishing a pattern of regular class attendance
  • to improve access to courses by making seats available in full classes as students who do not plan to attend withdraw from classes
  • to reduce educational costs by facilitating University compliance with federal financial aid regulations.


  • The EVP takes place at the beginning of every fall and spring semester. It does not apply to summer semester classes.
  • It affects both undergraduate and graduate level students/classes.
  • The EVP applies to face-to-face, online, and hybrid full-semester and first half-semester class beginning between January 12th-January 15th, and any second half-semester courses that begin March 5th-10th.
  • The EVP applies to online and hybrid classes that begin January 12/13 and March 5/12.
  • The EVP does not apply to “off-schedule” classes (classes that begin outside of the dates above).
  • Some classes that do not have regular meetings times are exempt from EVP. These may include: internships, theses, special projects, and student teaching.



Attend each class on the first day the class is scheduled to meet. You can find your course start dates and meeting times in MyCentral. Go to the Student Services tab and click on Student Detail Schedule.

Make sure that the instructor has included you when they take attendance. If you arrive to class late, be sure to check in with the instructor before you leave.

If you are unable to attend on the first day, you must contact each class instructor prior to the first class day to indicate your intention to continue enrollment. Find contact information for instructors at It is recommended that you both call and e-mail your instructors.


Log into Blackboard between Monday, January 12th and noon on Wednesday, January 14th and go into each online and hybrid class. Follow the instructions at


The majority of thefts on campus can be described as "opportunity thefts". To avoid becoming a victim, do not leave items of value unattended in public areas or in plain view in your vehicle. Always lock the door to your room or apartment and report any suspicious activity or person to police. For further crime prevention information, visit

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