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February 2015

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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 spring semester include the following:

February 6 Fall course schedule available to view online
February 11 Federal and State Government Employment Workshop for students, 3 p.m.-4 p.m. in Elliott Union 236
February 16 All Day Resume Help for students, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Ward Edwards 1200
February 17 Last day to change a full semester class to or from pass/fail
February 18 Spring Career Expo for students (see article below)
February 18 Students should get online to check their holds before summer/fall enrollment begins
February 19 Business, Industry, Government Interview Day for students – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Ward Edwards 1200
February 24 Student Progress Report due by faculty - students should check their grades and email for warnings
February 27 Last day to apply rental fee toward textbook purchase
March 1 UCM Foundation scholarship applications are due using the new online system, MoCents (see article below)
March 16-20 Spring Break (Residence halls close March 13 at 6 p.m. and reopen March 22 at noon)
Mar 23-Apr 16 Enrollment period opens for summer and fall classes
March 30 Last day to drop a full semester class with a W
April 1 Priority application deadline for the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (

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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".


Gift From Maxson and Folkner Families Ensures Health of UCM Athletes

The legacies of two prominent Warrensburg physicians who built the foundation for healthy student athletes at the University of Central Missouri recently were recognized with the naming of the Maxson-Folkner Athletic Medicine Center at the university’s Audrey J. Walton Stadium. The late Dr. T. Reed Maxson served as team physician from 1946-1991. He recruited the late Dr. Al Folkner, first to assist him, then to succeed him. Folkner was team physician from 1991-94.

Maxson Forkner Athletic Center

Members of the families of the late Drs. T. Reed Maxson and Al Folkner recently toured the newly renovated athletic facilities at Audrey J. Walton Stadium at the University of Central Missouri, including the Maxson-Folkner Athletic Center. Joining Mrs. Virginia Maxson, center left, and Ann Folkner Angers, center right, were UCM President Charles Ambrose, left, and Jerry Hughes, UCM director of athletics, right.


At a special appreciation event Thursday, Dec. 18, Virginia Maxson, wife of T. Reed Maxson, and Ann Folkner Angers, daughter of Al Folkner, along with family members and friends, were given a tour of the recent $6 million expansion of Walton Stadium, including the Maxson-Folkner Athletic Medicine Center. The group also toured the new lobby, game-day room, athletic training room, laundry facilities, and strength and conditioning area.

Gifts from both families to the UCM Foundation helped fund the athletic medicine center and the stadium renovation. The Mules for Life Campaign also generated gifts from several former Mule football players, coaches, families, friends and fans for furnishing the locker room. Naming of the athletic medicine center was approved by the UCM Board of Governors in March 2014.

“We’re here to say thank you to the families of Dr. Maxson and Dr. Folkner,” said UCM President Charles Ambrose. “When something happens to one of our athletes, we know we can continue to provide the quality of care that honors the legacies of these two men.

“There are many reasons for students to engage in a university community,” Ambrose added, “and among them is the knowledge that they are part of a caring community.

“The Board of Governors at UCM has made the commitment to put students first, and your gift is important to our ability to keep our students well and happy.” Read more

  UCM Alumnus Lucas Boyce Reminds MLK Dinner Audience that “The Dream Still Matters”
  “The dream still matters” was the message that UCM alumnus Lucas Boyce brought to those attending the annual Dr. Luther King, Jr. Freedom Scholarship Dinner Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the Elliott Student Union.

Boyce, who received a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCM in 2003 and a master’s degree from Rollins College in 2013, currently is director of business development affairs for the Orlando Magic. However, his career path also has taken him to the White House in Washington, D.C., prior to his work with the NBA, meeting goals that he set for himself before he entered college in 1999.

Referencing the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that America could become a just society, Boyce urged the members of his audience to believe in what is possible, regardless of injustice and those who seek to limit opportunity. He also noted that successfully reaching goals not only requires the effort to make it happen, but the creativity to see what might be.

Boyce crediting faculty at UCM, particularly Greg Gunderson, Jim Staab and Sharlene Bax, with encouraging him and helping him find the opportunities to reach his dream, including an internship in the White House during the semester following Sept. 11, 2001.

According to Boyce, five characteristics make a dreamer. “You have to encourage and empower each other, believe in what’s possible, give more to get more, focus on the basics, and make character king,” he said.

Lucas Boyce

UCM alumnus Lucas Boyce, keynote speaker

If we want to be dreamers, we have to encourage and empower each other—we have to believe that all things are possible.” He added that “many of the students who have gone or will go to this university have dreams that matter. What we do affects many.”

Attendance at the annual Freedom Scholarship Dinner, sponsorships and individual contributions through the UCM Foundation generate the funds to support the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholarships. The scholarships, which are awarded each spring to students who will attend UCM in the fall, are available to current UCM students and high school seniors from the Warrensburg and metropolitan Kansas City areas, as well as across the state of Missouri. During the past 17 years, $182,200 has been raised, providing 194 Freedom scholarships for area high school and UCM students.   Read more


Return With Purpose Workshop Dates Set for 2015


Building upon the success of previous Return With Purpose workshops for active duty military personnel and veterans who want to learn how to make an easier transition to civilian life, the University of Central Missouri announces dates for additional sessions in 2015. These free one-day workshops will take place in Elliott Student Union Feb. 7, May 30, and Aug. 29.

UCM’s Office of Military and Veteran Services and the non-profit organization Return With Purpose are collaborating on these programs. They are tailored specifically toward active duty military personnel preparing to leave the service, veterans, members of the National Guard, reservists and military spouses. Advanced registration is required. Individuals planning to attend a session should register two weeks prior to the selected session.

Leading the workshops will be a representative of Return With Purpose, Greg Ganschaw, chief executive officer and founder. Ganschaw is a U.S. Air Force veteran who has worked with Fortune 500 companies to help employees and corporations to maximize their skills, abilities and productivity.

Return With Purpose will aid participants in preparing for the future by helping them understand how they can design a path to a life they want, identify and remove barriers to changing their lives, realize their potential, find a new purpose in life helping other veterans, and develop an action plan to ensure success as a job seeker, student or family member.

The workshop’s curriculum was developed with input from psychologists and has been in use for more than 40 years. It is tailored to meet needs specific to military members and their families, and has been implemented by higher education institutions that include Stanford, Penn State, and Washington University, to name just a few.

Interested individuals must RSVP to Ganschaw at 314-520-2046 by the appropriate registration date for selected sessions as follows:

May 30 session – registration due by May 15  
Aug. 29 session – registration due by Aug. 14

Ganschaw also can address any questions related to the program. Individuals making reservations should advise him of their name and military status, phone number, and email address. They should also let him know if they are a UCM student. Limited seating is available.

Anyone who wants to know more about educational opportunities available for active duty military personnel and veterans at UCM can contact Jeff Huffman, director of the Office of Military and Veteran Services, at 660-543-8989, or Delilah Nichols, coordinator, at 660-543-8977.


Gallery of Art and Design Presents "Earth Stories" Exhibit


Earth Stories Exhibit


Earth Stories, a new exhibition at the University of Central Missouri Gallery of Art and Design, explores environmental awareness through a striking display of art quilts created by members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates.

The exhibit opens Jan. 12 and runs through March 6, with an opening reception planned for 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15 in the Main Gallery. Artist and UCM adjunct professor Annie Helmericks-Louder will speak about her work, which is included in the exhibit.

Studio Art Quilt Associates is an international non-profit organization that currently includes 3,000 members representing 31 countries. Artists included in the Earth Stories exhibit are from 11 states in the U.S., and seven countries, including Japan and Israel. The group is currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of its founding.

The 24 quilts included in the exhibit celebrate the stories of people or projects that enhance the planet, make a significant difference in restoring and/or protecting the environment, increase sustainability and otherwise improve the earth we all occupy. Topics explored by the artists include loss of species and habitat, inspired by Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring; the impact of disposable coffee cups on landfills; the effects of wind farms on plants and animals; and many more thoughtful environmental and social issues.


The UCM Gallery of Art and Design is located in the UCM Art Center at 217 Clark St. in Warrensburg. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays, or by appointment. Admission is free, and groups are welcome. For more information or directions phone 660-543-4498.

Funding for Earth Stories was provided by the UCM Foundation Opportunity Grant Program.  Read more

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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.


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:/

Each student is assigned an enrollment access date (, 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.


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.


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

Spring Career Expo
Students meeting potential employers at a recent Career Expo


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


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.

Students have until March 1 to apply for the scholarships. If they encounter any issues using the new system, they should email or visit


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 ( for appropriate course choices in General Education.


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 (don't use any other web site). Be sure to enter UCM's FAFSA code – 002454.
  • Click on the many links at 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, 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 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.


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  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



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.


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:

If your student would like to apply to become an Academic Responsibility Coach, applications are available at Mules4Hire.

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