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/.
COURSE SCHEDULE PLANNING MADE EASY!
Schedule Planner is available to students in MyCentral under the UCM Home tab. This application will provide all possible combinations of schedules based on the specific courses and break times (work, athletic practice) chosen. Use of Schedule Planner is optional. Students will still use MyCentral to complete their registration. Learn more about Schedule Planner at www.ucmo.edu/registrar/enrollment/planner.cfm and spread the word to your students about this great planning tool!
STUDENT PROGRESS REPORTS DISTRIBUTED
Beginning Wednesday, February 25th students had access to their Student Progress Report grades (D and F). Students may access their grades in the MyCentral student portal. Questions regarding course performance should be directed to the instructor of the course. The last day to withdraw from a full semester class is Monday, March 30th.
HAS YOUR STUDENT CONSIDERED TAKING UCM SUMMER COURSES?
Central Missouri offers over 1,000 summer courses in varying length to meet the demands of students’ busy schedules and to keep students on track of a timely completion. Many courses are offered completely online, permitting students to spend the summer at home, while making additional progress toward degree completion. Students can also complete traditional face-to-face courses in as little as six weeks. Approximately 4500 students attend summer sessions to raise their GPA, graduate early or on time, retake a course previously withdrawn from or lessen a Fall or Spring course load. Summer sessions begin Monday, May 18. For more information, please visit www.ucmo.edu/summer.
Details about how to be considered for financial assistance for the 2015 Summer Session are located at www.ucmo.edu/sfs/explore/summer.cfm.
IMPORTANT: Enrollment begins March 23rd for both Fall and Summer semesters.
HAVEN'T YET SUBMITTED THE FAFSA?
Please be advised that if you and your student haven’t yet completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming 2015-16 school year, be sure to do so before April 1st. To be considered for the most beneficial 'package' of federal and state grant, Work-Study employment, student loan and parent loan assistance to help you with your student's educational and living expenses, the 2015-16 FAFSA must be submitted prior to April 1st. Apply on-line at www.fafsa.gov/ (don't use any other web site!) and be sure to enter the University of Central Missouri's FAFSA code number (002454).
If you have questions or need additional clarification about any aspect of applying for financial aid for the 2015-16 year, you’re welcome to contact the UCM Office of Student Financial Services online (www.ucmo.edu/contactsfs), by telephone (660-543-8266) or in person (1100 Ward Edwards Bldg.). In addition, complete details about the financial aid application process may be reviewed at www.ucmo.edu/sfs/explore/funding/Undergrad1516.cfm.
IT IS TIME TO SIGN UP FOR ON CAMPUS HOUSING!
As part of the Contract for Completion, this is a quick reminder that the UCM Board of Governor's has a two year on-campus residency policy. Students under the age of 21 or who have less than 60 UCM accepted credit hours are required to reside on campus for two year. Students are able to complete their online residence hall agreement or their apartment application via their MyCentral account. There are single rooms available for students in the residence halls and there are apartments available for sophomores. Those who complete the residence hall agreement will be afforded access to our online room assignment system and they will be able to pick their own bed space for next year. Those who submit an apartment application will be contacted should an apartment be offered to them.
PARENTS OF OPEN OPTION STUDENTS
It is important to encourage your student to keep moving forward in the process of deciding on an academic program that fits them.
A hold has been placed on all Open Option students’ account. Action must be taken to remove the hold before enrolling in classes for next semester. The following options are available to assist your student in moving forward with making their major decision and removing the hold on their account:
- Declare their major. Please have them email their name, 700#, and their major selection to mailto:email@example.com. We will email specific instructions on how to declare the major.
- Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor. To schedule an appointment with a career counselor, contact the Gateway Center at 660-543-4721.
- Enroll in “Exploring Majors and Careers” (AE1410) for the second half-semester. Classes begin March 10th.
- Stop by the Gateway Peer Support Monday-Thursday 1:00-4:00. Peer Mentors are available to assist with the process of exploring and deciding on a major.
- Take advantage of the “All-Day Time-to-Decide” walk-in assistance March 30th-April 3rd from 8:00-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the Gateway Center (WDE 1900) to speak with a Career Counselor.
Call our office at 660-543-4721 with any questions.
The Gateway Advising and Major Exploration Center staff looks forward to helping your student.
TAKING SUMMER COURSES AT OTHER INSTITUTIONS
Students who are considering taking courses at other institutions this summer to have this credit applied to their UCM degree should consider these items first:
- Students should run a Central Degree audit (available in MyCentral) to make sure that the course is a required part of their degree program.
- Students need to make sure that the course will transfer back to UCM as an equivalent course. Transfer course equivalencies can be found at www.ucmo.edu/corequiv/.
- After completion of the course students will need to have the transfer institution send an official transcript to the UCM Admissions Office in Ward Edwards 1400.
- Students should not repeat UCM courses at a transfer institution. See the repeat policy at www.ucmo.edu/registrar/grades/repeat.cfm.
- Students should check with their academic advisor.
Courses taken at two year colleges will not transfer to UCM for upper-level (3000/4000) credit.
STRESS AND ANXIETY
Anxiety is a normal response to stressful situations. A certain amount of anxiety is essential for performing at our best. It is only when we have too much anxiety that it interferes with functioning.
The anxiety expresses itself through emotions, physical symptoms, thoughts, and behaviors. If your student is experiencing levels of anxiety that is causing significant distress or is interfering with functioning, encourage your student to seek help from the Counseling Center. Our services are free to UCM students. Call 660-543-4060 or visit our web site at www.ucmo.edu/cc for more information.
TEACHER PLACEMENT DAY
The Career Services Center will be hosting Teacher Placement Day on Wednesday, March 25th, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the Multipurpose Building Arena. This is a great time for students to network with schools districts who are recruiting for full-time positions within the field of education for the 2015-16 school year. Students should dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their resumes. For more information regarding this event, please visit our website at www.ucmo.edu/career/students/events/placement.cfm.
Students can also attend Career Quik Tip hours Monday-Thursday from 1:00-4:00 p.m. to have their resume reviewed or to have any career related questions answered.
EDUCATION INTERVIEW DAY
The Career Services Center will be hosting Education Interview Day on Monday, April 6th from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Ward Edwards 1200. This is a great event for students who are currently student teaching or who are within one semester of student teaching to schedule interviews with districts of their choice. Students can sign up to participated in this event through their Mules4Hire account.
Students who have any questions can contact the Career Services Center at 660-543-4985 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Career Services Center will also be hosting an Etiquette Dinner on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Elliott Union 240. This interactive program is designed to help educate students on proper dining and interpersonal etiquette. These are important skills for young professionals. For more information please visit the Career Services website at www.ucmo.edu/career/.
HOW TO HELP YOUR STUDENT LAND A JOB
Every student is encouraged to develop an individualized job search strategy that uses all of their available resources. While the Office of Career Services should be considered as a major resource, it should not be seen as the only source. Your student will begin to develop a network of other sources such as faculty, alumni, fellow students, friends and their families, etc. These contacts can be vital links to successful employment. Students should visit with their Career Development Coordinator (CDC) to learn about the hiring process and timelines in the field that interests them. The CDC can also lead students in finding resources to search for positions as well as create networking opportunities with professionals in the student's field of interest.
Parents and family members have a great wealth of knowledge to offer students related to careers. We would like to encourage you to partner with us in support of all the students at Central. Please consider sharing your time, career expertise and knowledge in a collaborative effort to expand Central students' knowledge regarding the many different career options available to them. You can accomplish this by providing students "Job Shadow" experiences, developing "Internship" programs and sharing your professional experiences by participating in "Career Panels".
Offering full-time job leads to Central students is an excellent way to increase the number of available opportunities for students while securing outstanding candidates within your organization. You can also visit www.ucmo.edu/career/employers for additional details and to discover the ways in which employers can utilize our office. The Office of Career Services is dedicated to assist students in their preparation for success.
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