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August 2014


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DATES TO REMEMBER

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

August 17

Residence halls open at 8:00 a.m.

August 19 Classes begin
August 26 Last day for fall semester enrollment and changing classes
August 26 Fall semester financial aid credit balance funds start being disbursed
September 26-28 Family Weekend
November 24-28 Fall Break - Residence halls close at 6 p.m. Friday, November 22 and open at noon, Sunday, December 1
December 8-12 Finals week
December 12

Residence halls close at 6 p.m. and reopen January 11 at noon

December 13

Undergraduate Commencement


May 2014


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

HELP YOUR STUDENT TO BE INFORMED!

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".

 

Reception for Parents of Freshmen

The UCM Alumni Association invites parents to take a break from Move-In Day and enjoy refreshments at a Parents’ Reception at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 17 in Room 240 of the Elliott Student Union. Meet administrators, deans, faculty and staff, and visit with parents of other new students. RSVP by calling 660-543-8000.

For more information and to stay current on events, follow the Alumni Association on social media at ucmo.edu/social, or download the mobile app at ucmo.edu/alumni.
 
           
  Stock Trading Becomes Real for Student RED Investment Management  
           
   

Hands-on, real-world learning opportunities are a trademark of a UCM education. That experience for one student group, the RED Investment Management, is becoming even more realistic thanks to a gift to the UCM Foundation from Donn G. Forbes ’52. In recognition of his gift, the UCM Board of Governors approved naming the room, the Donn G. Forbes Center for Financial Services.

Forbes’ gift is the second largest ever made to the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies. It will be used to construct a realistic trading floor, similar to the New York Stock Exchange, in the northeast area of the Ward Edwards Building atrium. It will become the hub for the activities of a group of finance students trading stock and researching financial markets. The new area will be ready by August.

  Student RED Investment Management  
   

“I provided the gift because I have a passion and long-time interest in personal investing, and am happy to still be researching and making investment decisions the ‘old fashion way.’ I worked hard for my degree and appreciate the education I received,” said Forbes.

Forbes graduated from UCM with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After graduation he enlisted and served in the Coast Guard. His professional career with International Paper Company spanned more than 30 years in which he worked in sales and marketing. He now lives in Vancouver, Wash.

The RED Investment Management, formerly the Student Management Investment Fund, enrolled its first class of undergraduate and graduate students in Fall 2013. For the students to gain realistic experience, the UCM Foundation allocated a $500,000 portfolio for them to perform detailed analysis of potential investments, security selection and performance. So far, the students have acquired more than $50,000 through investments.
 

You can keep track of news and events at UCM at:  www.ucmo.edu/news/.


GETTING STARTED FOR FALL SEMESTER!

Are you wondering if you and your student (especially the first-year student) have all the details covered before the start of fall semester classes on August 19th?

One of the best resources at UCM designed to help you be prepared is the Getting Started flyer. This brochure covers everything from housing to banking, and technology to textbooks to tutoring. An email that includes a link to the Fall 2014 Getting Started flyer has been sent to students.

MOVING IN

Residence halls open at 8 a.m., Sunday, August 17. You can check in until 10 p.m. When you arrive at your student’s hall, look for specific check-in instructions.

Opening day can seem really hectic. Families are all unloading at the same time. For your own peace of mind, please make sure a family member stays with your belongings while unloading to ensure no other family accidentally moves it into a different room. Volunteer crews will assist in unloading your vehicle when you arrive on Sunday. Their job is to get your student’s belongings moved from your vehicle to the sidewalk as quickly as possible so that your vehicle can be moved to another location. Your assistance will reduce traffic congestion and help the move-in process go as smooth as possible.

Students who pre-ordered loft kits can pick them up on Sunday, August 17, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Monday, August 18 from 10 a.m.-Noon. Students on the east side of campus (Ellis/UCC/Diemer) can pick up the loft unit in the Ozark Room of the UCC. Students on the west side of campus can pick up their loft unit at Todd Hall.

Reserved refrigerators and pre-ordered carpet can be picked up from Nickerson Hall (entrance off Washington Street) during the following hours: Sunday, August 17, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Monday, August 18, 10 a.m.-Noon. A limited number of refrigerators may still be available to rent. Even if you have not pre-ordered a unit, stop by Nickerson Hall during the above listed hours to see what is available. There may be a few extra carpets as well. Stop by if you are interested!

Please check the housing web site at www.ucmo.edu/housing/ for any last minute updates before you arrive.

ENROLLMENT VALIDATION POLICY

Each fall and spring semester, the university validates student enrollment with the Enrollment Validation Policy (EVP). Following are instructions to UCM students:


Enrollment Validation Policy for Fall Semester

Don’t get dropped from your FALL classes - be sure to attend the first day of every class and log into your online and hybrid classes in Blackboard!

The Enrollment Validation Policy (EVP) applies to all full-semester and 1st half-semester classes beginning between Aug. 19th –Aug. 21st, and any 2nd half-semester courses that begin Oct. 13th –Oct. 16th. The EVP does not apply to “off-schedule” classes and classes such as internships, theses, and student teaching.

To avoid being dropped, you must validate enrollment in each class. Find detailed instructions at www.ucmo.edu/registrar/enrollment/enrollmentvalidation.cfm.

Be sure to attend each class on the first day. Make sure that the instructor has included you when they take attendance.

If you are unable to attend on the first day, you must contact each instructor. Find contact information at www.ucmo.edu/search/.

For online and hybrid classes log into Blackboard and go into each class. Click the Validate Enrollment link from the course menu. You must do this by noon on August 20th for full semester and 1st-half semester classes.

Sponsoring Organization: Student Records/Registrar


STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The scholarship, grant, student loan and PLUS (parent) loan disbursements for the 2014 fall semester have now been finalized for almost all of UCM's financial aid applicants. If you wish to verify that all requirements have been satisfied for your student, you and (s)he can log onto your student's MyCentral portal using your student's User ID and Password. Click on the 'Student Services' tab, then on the various links under 'UCM Financial Aid' for more information. If you need clarification or have questions about any aspect of your student's assistance, please feel free to contact the UCM Office of Student Financial Services by telephone (660-543-8266) or on-line at www.ucmo.edu/contactsfs.

Please be advised that receiving federal, state and UCM financial assistance comes with responsibilities and expectations on the part of the student. One of the most important of these is that a financial aid recipient will regularly attend and fully participate in all of his/her classes. Therefore, if a student ceases attending or otherwise participating in one or more classes (or worse...fails to attend at all), some or even all of the financial aid that has been credited to his/her UCM account may have to be reduced or reversed completely. This action will result in a balance due to UCM.

Good news! If your student has not yet applied for financial aid for the 2014-15 school year, it’s not too late to do so. The 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can still be completed and submitted on-line at www.fafsa.gov.

PAYING BILLS

Each student has a cumulative balance account that is established through the addition of class charges, housing and meal plan choices and other miscellaneous charges. Credits in the form of approved federal aid, scholarships and cash payments are applied to the account balance through Student Financial Services in Ward Edwards, Room 1100.

Each student receives one paper billing statement per semester that is mailed to the home address. The initial billing statement and subsequent billing statements will be made available electronically at the middle of each month. If you would like to have the ability to view the electronic copies of the billing statements your student can grant permissions using our online billing and payment system.

The payment deadline is August 20, 2014, for students who registered between March 24 and August 15, 2014. To view established payment deadlines for the fall 2014 semester and to obtain information about payment options, please visit us at the Student Financial Services web site at www.ucmo.edu/sfs/.

Please note that the SFS Office experiences heavy call and email volume during the week preceding the beginning of the semester. If you need to speak with a representative, we encourage calling before 10:00 am or after 3:00 in the afternoon. We do our best to respond to students and families in a timely manner but there are wait times in the phone queue during specific times of the day. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the self-service features available in order to avoid frustration.  You can view answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) or submit an inquiry to Student Financial Services at www.ucmo.edu/sfs/ServiceTracking.

ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE AT UCM

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. This is particularly true of first-year students who discover that study techniques that worked in high school may not work at the college level. Because UCM is interested in your student’s success, we offer multiple academic resources.

The Writing Center, located in Humphreys 116, provides individual help with any writing assignment, at any stage of the writing process, for any student at UCM. Faculty members, graduate assistants and tutors provide professional feedback on a student’s writing without pressure or formal evaluation. The Writing Center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday.

Resources that can help turn C ’s to B’s and B’s to A’s and can help students maintain academic good standing are located in the Student Success Center, 3rd floor of the JCK Library. The Student Success Center offers FREE, individualized tutoring to any UCM student. The Success Center provides help with mathematics courses, from Introductory Algebra through College Algebra, Calculus and Trigonometry, every day. In addition, the Success Center offers tutoring in Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Criminal Justice, Political Science and History throughout the week.

Individualized help with note-taking, test preparation, time management and other learning strategies that are proven to work are also available through the Success Center. These strategies can help your student get more out of his/her college experience. Your student already studies hard, encourage him or her to learn to study smarter!

The Student Success Center is open from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Friday. For more information or for an individual appointment, contact

Patrick Streck
Student Success Center
3rd Floor JCK Library
Phone: 660-543-8310
pstreck@ucmo.edu

Student taking classes at the UCM Summit Center in Lees Summit also have access to academic support services. Every Wednesday a librarian is on site for assistance with research; live video chatting with the Writing Center allows students to get timely feedback on writing assignments; and an open computer lab provides students a quiet study environment.

GETTING USED TO COLLEGE

New college students typically take a while to adjust to their new lives. It takes time to make new friends, find your way around, and learn what is expected. During this time, students may experience some homesickness and their grades may slip. Generally, students are able to regain their footing quickly and get back on track within their first year.

You can help your student with adjusting to college by helping to maintain some structure and balance in their lives. Encourage them to:

  • Keep a schedule and set priorities
  • Make time to study, eat, exercise, sleep and take care of themselves
  • Set aside a reasonable amount of time for fun and socializing
  • Get involved in campus activities
  • Take advantage of the resources available on campus

Check their UCM email on a regular basis. Email is the official form of communication with students.

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT

The likelihood of your student returning to campus for a second semester increases if they work part-time on campus or in the community. The connection to campus as well as transferable job skills students develop for internship and full-time jobs down the road are important. The Career Services Center assists students in connecting to these. To start looking for student employment and community positions your student should connect to their Mules4Hire account.

To access their Mules4Hire account:

  • Look for an email from the Career Services Center which will include instructions on how to login to Mules4Hire. Students will need to create their password within 24 hours of receiving the email. After 24 hours they can click on the "Forgot Password" link to reset their login information.
  • Once logged into their Mules4Hire account, students will click on the "Profile" tab to complete their personal and academic information.
  • Students can access their student employment application by clicking on the "Resources" tab and then the "Document Library" tab in their Mules4Hire account. Once the application has been accessed students need to complete the application and save it as a PDF document.
  • After the student employment application has been saved as a PDF document, students can upload the document to the "Documents" tab in their Mules4Hire account.
  • Once the student employment application has been uploaded to Mules4Hire, students can then start searching and applying for on-campus jobs.

All on campus student employment positions are posted on Mules4Hire. Through this system, students can search for on campus, part-time in the community, work study, internships and full-time jobs. Jobs are posted daily, so check back often. Questions or concerns, please contact the Career Services Center at 660-543-4985 or by email at careers@ucmo.edu.

FAMILY WEEKEND 2014

Mark your calendar now for Family Weekend 2014 to be held September 26-28, 2014. Join in the fun events such as the UCM student talent show, athletic events, open houses, inflatables, fun run, and more. More information has been mailed to your home. In the meantime, information can be found at www.ucmo.edu/family/. We look forward to seeing you in September.

FRATERNITY AND SORORITY RECRUITMENT

What is Fraternity and Sorority Life?

The sororities and fraternities are comprised of unique individuals who are together complete. Being part of a Greek organization will leave you with many memories and help in your development of becoming better-rounded individual. Greek students share pride not only in their chapter but also in their institution. Greek students also share common goals of excelling in scholarship, leadership, service, friendship and education while developing relationships with the greater Warrensburg community. Take the next step in becoming a scholar and a leader by exploring Greek life.

Fraternity and Sorority Basics

  • We have 25 fraternities and sororities. The Greek community represents 10% of the undergraduate student population.
  • Fraternities and sororities dedicate over 15,000 hours to community service and raise $40,000 annually for local and national charities.
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life at Central is a premier avenue for leadership opportunities.

Recruitment

Fraternity and Sorority recruitment is a mutual selection process for potential members to learn about what all of our fraternities and sororities have to offer.

Save the Date!

Interfraternity Council Recruitment (Fraternity)
Informational Meetings (only need to attend one):

Monday, August 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m. in Union 240
Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 6:00 p.m. in Union 237A

Fraternity House Tours will take place on Wednesday, August 20, and tours will gather at 5:30 p.m. at Union 236.

Fraternity Recruitment will continue on Thursday, August 21 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. where interested men can go to each chapter facility and enjoy fun activities.

Panhellenic Recruitment (Sorority)
Informational Meetings (only need to attend one):

Monday, August 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m. in Union 240
Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 6:00 p.m. in Union 237A

Registration is due by Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. A link to registration can be found at www.ucmo.edu/greeklife/SororityRecruitment.cfm.

National Pan-Hellenic Intake
Informational Meetings (only need to attend one):

Monday, August 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m. in Union 240
Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 6:00 p.m. in Union 237A

National Pan-Hellenic (NPHC) will host Meet the Greeks during the fall semester.  Please check after school starts for full details.

Informational meetings will be held during the fall semester. Please contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at www.ucmo.edu/greeklife/contacts.cfm.

For more information, please contact Greek Life at 660-543-8121.

SUBMITTING TRANSCRIPTS

Make sure your student receives the credit they earned.

The summer has come and gone and your student is ready to begin fall semester at UCM. Have they earned dual credit while in high school? Did they take a course or two during the summer? If so, your student should request that an official transcript be sent to the UCM Office of Admissions from each regionally accredited college or university previously attended. In addition, be sure that final high school transcripts have been sent to the Admissions Office in order to complete the application file. Official transcripts should be sent in a sealed envelope to:

UCM Office of Admissions
1400 Ward Edwards
Warrensburg, MO 64093


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