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/.
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".
You can keep track of news and events at UCM at: www.ucmo.edu/news/.
It’s time to start talking with your student about their housing arrangements for next fall. Room sign-up for on-campus housing has already begun. Students can complete their housing agreement online via their UCM student portal. Once submitted, they will be contacted within a few days regarding choosing a room for the next year.
As a reminder, UCM has a 2 year residency requirement. Juniors and above may desire to live off-campus. Keep in mind that, when comparing costs, university housing is economical and convenient as the residence hall rate includes all utilities, internet and cable service. Our independent studies also consistently show that those who reside on-campus earn a higher grade point average than those who reside off-campus.
PLANNING FOR SUMMER AND FALL SEMESTERS
Believe it or not it’s already time to begin thinking about course scheduling for summer and fall semesters! The summer course offerings are now available online. Course offerings for Fall 2015 will be available online beginning February 6. Students can view them by logging into MyCentral. They are also available to the public at https:/banner.ucmo.edu:4443/BANP/bwckschd.p_disp_dyn_sched.
Each student is assigned an enrollment access date (www.ucmo.edu/registrar/dates/enroll.cfm), based on their earned hours. Students will be able to sign up for both summer and fall classes on the same date. Enrollment access dates begin on March 23 and go through April 16. To ensure the best selection of courses, students are strongly encouraged to complete their enrollment for both summer and fall semesters on this date.
All students will receive an e-mail and an announcement in MyCentral regarding summer and fall enrollment. This notification will also warn students if there are any holds on their account that will prevent enrollment (financial holds, advising holds, etc.). Students who would like assistance with choosing summer and fall classes should plan to meet with their academic advisor a few weeks before their enrollment access date.
ALL DAY RESUME HELP
The Career Services Center will be hosting All Day Resume Help on Monday, February 16th, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in WDE 1200. This is a great opportunity for students to have their resume reviewed in preparation of the upcoming Fall Career Expo.
SPRING CAREER EXPO
As a reminder, the Career Services Center will be hosting the Spring Career Expo on Wednesday, February 18th, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building Arena. This is a great time for students to identify opportunities and network with prospective employers who are recruiting for internships and full-time positions in all areas of business, industry, and government. Approximately 130 employers are expected at this year’s event. Students should dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their resumes. Students should check their Mules4Hire account to see who will be participating in this event. While this is a vital event for juniors and seniors, freshman and sophomore students are also encouraged to attend to become more familiar with the career expo setup and gain exposure to employers recruiting on the UCM campus.
For more information regarding this event, please visit our website at www.ucmo.edu/career/students/events/springexpo.cfm.
Students meeting potential employers at a recent Career Expo
BUSINESS, INDUSTRY & GOVERNMENT (B.I.G.) INTERVIEW DAY
Nearly 40 employers will conduct interviews on Thursday, February 19th in the Career Services Center, WDE 1200. Students should check their Mules4Hire account to see who will be participating in our BIG Interview Day. Students should visit with these companies at the Career Expo in order to secure an interview slot.
Questions? Please contact the Career Services Center at 660-543-4985 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHOLARSHIP SEASON IS UPON US!
Do you know that scholarships are the single largest area impacted by gifts from donors to the UCM Foundation? Are you aware that the students who receive these scholarships also make better grades and tend to graduate more than those who don’t? While last year scholarship gifts meant $1.2 million in support for students, they still only helped some eight percent of the students enrolled. To make sure scholarships help the most students, last year the Foundation launched MoCents, a convenient online system for students to apply for nearly 450 scholarships.
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, 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.
SPRING SECOND HALF-SEMESTER CLASSES BEGIN MARCH 5th!
Can your student answer YES to any of these questions?
- Enrolled in less than 15 hours this semester?
- Want to graduate in four years?
- Considering dropping a spring full-semester course?
Did you know that ALL of UCM’s majors can be completed in four years? However, students must complete the right 15-16 hours each semester to make this happen!
To help students reach their goals and to stay on track, UCM has a great selection of second-half semester courses that begin in early March.
These offerings include several different General Education* courses, major/minor classes, and free choice electives. Some of the General Education classes available include:
- BTE 1210 – Essential Managing Information
- ECEL 2110 – World Diversity and America
- ECON 1010 – Principles of Macroeconomics
- HED 1100 – Personal Health
- NUR 4111 – Socio-Economic Factors Impact Health
- LIS 1600 – University Library and Research Skills
- SOC 1800 – General Sociology
- WGS 2000 – Race, Class, and Gender
Students can log into MyCentral to add one of these classes today! When searching for courses, opt for the “Advanced Search” and limit the search to the “2nd Half” session. Make searching even faster by bringing up all 2nd Half classes at once – choose “ACCT” at the top of the list, hold shift, and then choose “WGS”.
Second-half semester classes begin on March 5th. The last day to add a second-half semester class is March 12th.
Please note: General Education course requirements vary by catalog year. Students should consult their degree audit (in MyCentral) and their catalog (www.ucmo.edu/catalogs) for appropriate course choices in General Education.
APRIL 1st FAFSA DEADLINE
The Office of Student Financial Services at the University of Central Missouri administers over $113 million annually through a wide variety of federal, state, UCM and other financial aid programs to help new and continuing students and their parents meet their educational and living expenses (tuition, fees, books and supplies, housing, meal plan, etc.)
The first step in receiving assistance for the upcoming 2015-16 school year is to complete and submit the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To be considered for the priority deadline for all grants, student loans, and part-time employment assistance, a family should complete and submit the 2015-16 FAFSA prior to April 1, 2015.
Use the following checklist to assist you and your student with the financial aid process:
- Have copies of 2014 tax forms.
- Submit the 2015-16 FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov (don't use any other web site). Be sure to enter UCM's FAFSA code – 002454.
- Click on the many links at www.ucmo.edu/sfs for detailed information about the financial aid programs, policies and procedures at UCM.
If you or your student have questions or need additional clarification about any aspect of applying for financial aid for the 2015-16 school year, be sure to contact the UCM Office of Student Financial Services in-person or by mail (1100 Ward Edwards Bldg.), online (use www.ucmo.edu/contactsfs), or by telephone (660-543-8266).
Is your student interested in beginning classes at UCM with the 2015 summer session? If so, detailed information about how to apply for summer financial aid may be found at www.ucmo.edu/sfs/explore/summer.cfm. Please be aware that data from the 2014-15 FAFSA is used to determine a student’s 2015 summer session financial aid eligibility. Summer aid applications can be submitted after March 2, 2015.
ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS
This spring there are a multitude of activities available for students. A few of them include:
- Attend a Mules/Jennies Basketball Contest
- Visit UCM’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center
- Become involved or stay actively involved in campus organizations
- Become involved in residence hall activities
- Attend a Spotlight event, these include anything from hypnotists, movie nights, casino nights, and Texas-Hold’Em Tournaments
- Bowling on campus
- Union Cinema Movies
- Intramural sports such as archery, bowling, pickleball, indoor track, racquetball, badminton, boulder competition, slow pitch softball, outdoor soccer, indoor volleyball, cricket, trap shooting, tennis, disc golf, and basketball
- Variety of concerts at the Hart Recital Hall or at Hendricks Hall
A full calendar of student activities for Spring 2015 can be found at http://www.ucmo.edu/osa/events.cfm. On that web page, students can even sign up to have text message alerts sent to their phone to notify them of upcoming events and activities.
Some students find that the major they originally selected is not a good fit for them. If your student falls into this category, be sure to let them know that the Gateway Advising and Major Exploration Center is there to help. The Career Counselors in the Gateway Center have a well-developed plan designed to assist your student in the decision-making process as they actively progress towards graduation. They are well-versed in the unique requirements for all of the academic programs and will provide gateway advising to help your student carefully select classes that “count” toward their eventual declared program.
The Career Counselor will work with your student to facilitate an individualized approach to methodically making a major/career decision. They are dedicated to helping students find and follow their passion. The key is to help students identify what degree program will best prepare them for a successful career that best fits their unique set of characteristics. Through this exploration process, students will gain the focus necessary to understanding where they are headed and how a college degree will help them get there. Statistically, this alone has been proven to significantly increase their success as students.
Once your student has declared a major, he or she will be assigned a new Academic Advisor specific to their major. Additionally, we recommend your student develop a relationship with their Career Development Coordinator (CDC) in the Career Services Center. The CDC acts as your student's career development advocate and serves as their direct link to both their academic program’s faculty and the employers who recruit UCM graduates. Your student should collaborate with their CDC to create an individualized Career Development Plan. This plan is designed to get your student into the position of being the preferred candidate in his or her chosen field upon graduation.
Gateway Advising and Major Exploration Center
Career Services Center
SUMMER JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS
Employers may use the terms "summer job" and "internship" interchangeably. However, in general, summer jobs and internships do vary in some ways. Typically, summer jobs include anything done for money, while internships must be relative to the student’s degree program. Internships also tend to be much more structured, include more training and supervision, and are designed specifically for college students. In some cases where employers are able to be highly selective, internships are completed without pay, whereas others provide a source of income as well. Both summer jobs and internships are means by which to gather work experience, although an internship might offer a student an experience that is more closely related to full-time opportunities after college. Either way, any experience is good experience.
Don't underestimate the value of summer jobs; they can be very useful. A summer job can help students to build a set of skills, including leadership, communication, program development, time management and organizational skills that they will be able to use in jobs they hold throughout their lives. As students progress from being underclassmen to upperclassmen, however, internships become much more important. The structured, professional environment of most internships help students to evaluate if the experience is something they want to pursue in the long term. In some cases a full-time job offer can result from a successfully completed internship.
PEER TO PEER ASSISTANCE WITH ACADEMIC RESPONSIBILITY COACHES
If your student mentions they are struggling with their academics, organization, time management, or are uncertain about how to find campus academic resources, we encourage you to have them reach out to one of the Academic Responsibility Coaches in their living area.
Academic Responsibility Coaches are peer mentors who live in the residence halls and have been trained to provide direct assistance and coaching to students with academic concerns. These upper-class students are dedicated to introducing students to a variety of support strategies and tools to boost their academic success, as well as provide ongoing support to their peers through one-on-one contact, group meetings, and programs related to academic skill building.
Contact information for Academic Responsibility Coaches can be found at: www.ucmo.edu/maps/arcs.cfm.
If your student would like to apply to become an Academic Responsibility Coach, applications are available at Mules4Hire.
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