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November 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 semester include the following:

November 13 All students have access to Spring enrollment
November 24-28 Fall Break - Residence halls close at 6 p.m. Friday, November 21 and open at noon, Sunday, November 30
December 8-12 Finals week
December 12 Residence halls close at 6 p.m. and reopen January 11 at noon
December 13 Undergraduate Commencement

August 2014

September 2014

October 2014

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".


Family Weekend at Central was marked with great attendance, outstanding fellowship and a wealth of fun. ​Thank you to all those who were able to participate in Family Weekend!  Your engagement in the college experience is appreciated and an important element to your student's success.  Kudos to all the wonderful families and friends of our UCM students!!



University of Central Missouri graduates who have excelled in television and military careers, and who have made a difference in the lives of others through their work in areas such as epilepsy research and awareness and leadership in the Boys and Girls Club of America have been honored by their alma mater.  
Meryl Lin McKean
Brig. Gen. C. David Turner
Anand Mehta
Susan Arthurs

Meryl Lin McKean, Brig. Gen. C. David Turner, Anand Mehta, and Susan Arthurs

As a highlight of the 2014 Homecoming Celebration Friday, Oct. 17, the UCM Alumni Association recognized Distinguished Alumni Meryl Lin McKean, renowned health care reporter at Kansas City’s Fox 4 News, and Brigadier General David Turner, commander of the South Atlantic Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It also honored Distinguished International Alumnus Anand Mehta, senior vice president of financial services and chief financial officer for the Boys and Girls Club of America, and Distinguished Alumni Service Award recipient Susan Arthurs, a former airline pilot and UCM faculty member who founded the nonprofit Alliance for Epilepsy Research and produced an award-winning documentary on epilepsy.

The UCM Alumni Association started the Distinguished Alumni Award program in 1978 as a way to honor alumni considered esteemed by their peers as the “brightest and most distinguished” in their field. They have been nominated by their friends, associates and former professors to receive the award. To be considered for the award, individuals must have integrity, stature, demonstrated ability and renown, and instill pride in their fellow UCM classmates, faculty and students. Additionally, they must, through deed and action, reflect and recognize the importance of their education and bring honor to UCM; must demonstrate leadership and service to professional organizations, community, church, etc.; be affiliated with national, state and/or local organizations; and have earned national, state and/or local awards. Similar criteria apply to the Distinguished International Alumni Award recipient, with the exception that the honoree must have attended UCM as an international student. The Distinguished Alumni Award for Service recognizes individuals, who have given generously of their time, talent and resources to enhance the university, their community, or both and are a true inspiration to all UCM alumni.  Read more

Col. Michael Hopkins

Col. Michael Hopkins illustrated his presentation of the Ike Skelton Lecture at UCM Oct. 9 with a photo of himself taken during a spacewalk while he was aboard the International Space Station

  Incorporating compelling video and photos taken from the International Space Station with a message that wove in aspects of servant leadership such as ambassadorship, commitment, mentoring, and public service, Col. Michael S. Hopkins presented the Ike Skelton Lecture at the University of Central Missouri. A longtime member of the U.S. Air Force and NASA astronaut who spent 166 days in space, Hopkins’ presentation took place Thursday, Oct. 9 in Hendricks Hall before a crowd that included UCM faculty, staff, students and alumni, members of Whiteman Air Force Base, and local public school children.

Hopkins became the second person to present the Ike Skelton Lecture at UCM. It is part of the Servant Leadership Lecture Series, a joint initiative between the university and Whiteman, which represents shared values of service and leadership. Gen. (Ret.) Richard B. Myers, former chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff became the first lecturer in the series when he spoke on campus Jan. 22.
  Throughout his speech, he mentioned a characteristic of servant leadership, while also incorporating messages about how such qualities apply to astronauts and to other individuals. For example, he said, “Ambassadors really are at the forefront of that leadership because they are the ones who are interacting with people all over the world.” Being an ambassador doesn’t just apply someone appointed by a U.S. president to a foreign land, Hopkins pointed out. “The theme, servant leadership, is extremely important, and what I’d like for everyone to take away is that everybody plays that role,” Hopkins said, “whether you are a colonel or president at the university, a student or airman at the base, everyone has a role in servant leadership in this country.”  Read more



Twenty-six industry professionals and 92 UCM students, faculty and staff attended the Sixth Annual UCM Quality Management Conference in September. Funded by a UCM Foundation Opportunity Grant, the conference focused on the theme, “Lean Tools and 5S in Waste Reduction,” a system that reduces waste and optimizes productivity through maintaining an orderly workplace and consistent operational results.

Keynote speaker, James T. Price of Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP, discussed how organizations can embrace quality and environmental sustainability by employing recent innovations in materials management. Price is chair of the environmental law practice group of Spencer Fane and concentrates on environmental regulation and compliance, environmental litigation, toxic torts and business transactions involving environmental issues.


Sixth Annual UCM Quality Management Conference


The conference also included a panel discussion with industry leaders, a campus tour highlighting the new print production shop, a presentation about students’ research and the Office of Sustainability, and a corporate ethics trivia game.

“The conference was a great success, creating opportunities for students to discuss, learn and meet industry leaders,” said Suhansa Rodchua, industrial management associate professor and grant recipient. “Students attending the event had a chance to network and learn about real-world situations they will soon face when entering the workforce.”

Rodchua applied and received a Foundation Opportunity Grant in May, partially covering the cost of the conference. This year, UCM Foundation Opportunity Grants are supporting 15 faculty and staff projects that support targeted, student-centered activities that benefit the university’s learning environment. For more information about the Foundation Opportunity Grant program, visit

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Enrollment for the spring 2015 semester has begun! Each student is assigned an enrollment access date (, based on their earned hours. Enrollment access dates began on October 20 and will go through November 12. After that date, all students will have access to enrollment for spring 2015. To ensure the best selection of courses, students are strongly encouraged to complete their enrollment as early as 7:00 a.m. on their assigned access date.

The spring 2015 course offerings are available online.  Students can view them by logging into MyCentral. They are also available to the public at  Students who would like assistance with choosing spring classes should plan to meet with their academic advisor as soon as possible.  Under the UCM Contract for Completion, students are recommended to visit their Academic Advisor at least once each semester.

All students have received an e-mail and an announcement in MyCentral regarding spring enrollment. This notification also warned students if there are any holds on their account that will prevent enrollment (financial holds, advising holds, etc.). If a student has a hold of any type that is preventing them from registering, they have been notified and asked to take action to resolve the hold so they can register.

Our goal is to have 90% or more of all currently enrolled students return in the spring.


University classes will be held through the end of the day Friday, November 21, 2014. The residence halls will close at 6 p.m. on Friday. Those students who have a long travel time and have late afternoon/evening classes that wish to stay later than 6 p.m. need to make arrangements with their Residence Hall Director. The residence halls will reopen on Sunday, November 30, at noon.

Your child may be returning home for an extended stay for the first time since moving to college. Adjusting to college life that first semester can be challenging and has established a new sense of independence. This opportunity of expanded independence was most likely very daunting at first, but students become accustomed to playing by their own rules, setting their own schedule and picking their own friends. When your child returns home for a long stay, this may be a good opportunity to discuss the current “house rules” and expectations so everyone is on the same playing field, and it may just prevent some holiday tension.


Is your student running low on meal and/or dining dollars for this semester?

Students now have the option to purchase additional meals and/or dining dollars online with payment via a web check or credit card. Your student can log on to their MYCENTRAL account and click on the “Meal Plan for 2014-2015” link. Students are able to purchase additional blocks of 10 meals and/or additional $50 increments of dining dollars to get them through until the end of the semester.


Now that spring enrollment has begun, some students are just now realizing that they have a hold on their account due to their bill not being current. This can be caused by having unfinished financial aid processes or not being current on your payment plan. We don’t want these kinds of issues to have a negative impact on any student’s academic success. If you are experiencing financial difficulties or your student does not understand what they need to do to finalize their aid, please encourage your student to stop by our office (1100 Ward Edwards Bldg.), call (660-543-8266) or email us at We will be glad to assist in any way we can to help you and your student navigate the financial aid process.


The University of Central Missouri believes strongly in the development of an international perspective among its students and faculty. We strive to provide individuals with a variety of international opportunities, helping them develop clear insights into the increasing interdependence of today's world. Our goal is to promote an understanding of how differences among nations, cultures, races and languages influence our perceptions of world issues and events.

One of the most exciting educational experiences offered at the University of Central Missouri is the opportunity for students to spend time studying abroad. In addition to personal and academic growth, the study abroad experience also has a positive impact on future employment opportunities. We recognize that the 21st Century economy will be that of a global economy, and that the student with the personal experience of interacting with other cultures will have significant advantages in the workplace.

For more information on benefits, cost, scholarships and locations available visit


Students are encouraged to begin their search for internships relatively early, depending on the internship that interests them. Some highly selective internships have deadlines as early as the first of October for the following summer, but most freshmen and sophomores are able to find an internship or summer job if they begin their search in January or February. While it is ideal for students to start their search for summer opportunities early, the Career Services Center will work with students to help them strategize for a search at any time throughout the year. Students can schedule an appointment with their Career Development Coordinator by calling the Career Services Center at 660-543-4985.


When students first come to campus, the place where they eat ...whether they are joining us in our resident dining restaurants or retail food court...may seem a little overwhelming at first, but soon it will become a very familiar place. It's going to be fun…a place to meet, eat and socialize with friends. There will be a wide variety of choices from the old favorites like burgers and pizza, fried chicken and spaghetti, to new dishes and flavors from around the country and the world along with vegan, vegetarian choices, and an abundance of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables.

Your students are here to get a degree but you also want them to graduate with a healthy and fit body, as well. Good nutrition is about choice and balance. A healthy diet is a balance of different foods with different nutrients. That’s why we provide nutritional information so that students can make informed, healthy choices. We also recommend students try varying their food choices...the grill, the soups, pizza, the entrée station, the salad bar, the deli, pairing their selection with some steamed vegetables or fresh fruit and a nice cold water to top off the meal. We also suggest the students use moderation especially when it comes to desserts. It is very tempting to try sampling everything at once, but not practical. It is very helpful to get a copy of the menu in advance (available at: and begin to highlight menu selections for each meal. Additional information is available in each on-site campus dining restaurant or at


Most of our students arrive on campus without ever having had to share a room with someone. Learning to get along with others and be appropriately assertive is an important part of the college experience. Here are a few suggestions of how you can assist your son/daughter, should a roommate conflict arise:

  • Help your son/daughter understand their needs and expectations regarding their living environment and how they can communicate these to a new roommate, as well as listen to the roommate’s needs and expectations.
  • As much as you may want to step-in, your role needs to be to listen and support. Encourage your child to talk with their roommate to work out an agreement for the room. If necessary, your child can also ask building staff to assist them with this discussion.

Although it is not the norm, some roommate situations cannot be worked out. It is important to involve the Housing staff in these discussions to make sure all avenues have been explored to reach an agreement. If all else fails, both roommates may possibly be asked to move.


The UCM Counseling Center can provide assistance on how to help a person who may be suicidal. The suicide prevention training program “Ask-Listen-Refer” can be found at: This program is designed to help faculty, staff, parents, and students:

  • identify someone at risk for suicide
  • recognize the risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs of suicide
  • respond to and get help for someone at risk

Resources available include: National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK

UCM Counseling Center: 660-543-4060 or


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