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January 2015


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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 spring semester include the following:

January 1-2 University offices closed
January 11 Residence halls open, noon
January 12 Spring semester classes begin
January 16 Last day to change meal plan for spring semester
January 19 Classes dismissed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 20 Payment deadline (see article below)
January 20 Last day for spring semester enrollment and changing classes
January 23 Fall 2015 class schedule available online to view only
January 30 Last day for textbook refunds
January 30 Fall 2015 CA applications due (see article below on Student Job Opportunities)
February 18 Spring Career Expo for students (see article below)
March 1 Foundation Scholarship applications are due:  Learn more at www.ucmo.edu/foundation/help
March 16-20 Spring Break
March 25 Teacher Placement Day sponsored by the Career Services Center
April 1 Priority application deadline for the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (www.fafsa.gov)


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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".

 


MISSOURI INNOVATION CAMPUS PARTNERS JOIN COMMITMENT TO EXPAND COLLEGE ACCESS AT WHITE HOUSE

Representatives of the University of Central Missouri, Lee's Summit R-7 School District, and Metropolitan Community College-Longview today join President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college. Hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders across the nation are also part of this event.

 

The White House College Opportunity Day of Action supports the President's commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders, and nonprofits to support students across the country to help the nation reach its goal of leading the world in college attainment. UCM President Charles Ambrose, Lee's Summit R-7 Superintendent David McGehee, and MCC-Longview President Kirk Nooks are participating as representatives of The Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC). The MIC is a joint initiative between UCM, the Summit Technology Academy within the Lee's Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College, and numerous business partners.

"We look forward to being part of the national discussion on expanding college access," President Ambrose said. "We are very grateful for the strong partnerships that have been created through The MIC, and are excited about taking it to the next level. Expanding the partnership gives us an opportunity to align leadership, talent, and economic needs of this region to meet national goals for degree completion."

 

Charles Ambrose, Kirk Nooks, and David McGehee

UCM President Charles Ambrose, left, MCC-Longview President Kirk Nooks, center, and Lee’s Summit R-7 Superintendent David McGehee represent the Missouri Innovation Campus at the White House College Opportunity Day of Action in Washington D.C.

 

When he visited UCM in July 2013 to speak about the nation's economy, President Obama cited The MIC as an excellent example of the type of partnership needed to help meet national goals related to reducing students' college debt load and to produce more graduates with job-ready skills. Students enroll in The MIC their junior year of high school, and take classes at the Summit Technology Academy. Upon graduation from high school, these students will have their high school diplomas and associate degrees, then complete their final two years of study at UCM. While doing so, they accelerate the time it takes to earn a four-year degree, graduate with no student debt, obtain applied experience through paid internships with major Kansas City corporations, and obtain highly sought-after skills for high-paying technology careers.

McGehee added, "The Missouri Innovation Campus prepares our students for bright futures through a rigorous, accelerated program that blends classroom instruction with hands-on learning and internships at top businesses. We are grateful to all of our partners - UCM, MCC and the business community - who are working together to ensure that our students succeed, and we appreciate the opportunity to participate in the national dialogue."  Read more

Read the full text of President Obama's speech to The White House College Opportunity Day of Action.
       
  UCM A TOP SCHOOL IN ‘2015 MILITARY ADVANCED EDUCATION GUIDE TO COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES’
 

Signifying its commitment to best practices in military and veteran education, the University of Central Missouri has been designated a Top School in the 2015 “Military Advanced Education (MAE) Guide to Colleges and Universities.” The Guide will be published in the December issue of MAE, and is available online at www.mae-kmi.com.

Information provided in the Guide was made possible via a questionnaire related to military-supportive policies initiated at more than 600 private, public, for-profit, non-for-profit, four-year and two-year institutions of higher education.  The “MAE Guide to College & Universities” provides students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to men and women who serve their country.

Deborah Curtis, provost and chief learning officer at UCM, stressed the importance of the MAE designation, noting, “This recognition that UCM follows best practice in military education is an affirmation of our institutional commitment to our military and veteran students.  We are honored to provide a user-friendly environment for these students, and we look forward to facilitating their successful degree completion for many years to come.”

UCM’s commitment to active duty military members and veterans includes opportunities such as a Military Tuition Package, which lowers the cost of a college education; the Military and Veterans Success Center, featuring computer stations, study groups, and staff dedicated to assisting men and women who serve their country with their education; the Student Veterans Organization, and more. Additional information can be found at ucmo.edu/vets.  Read more

  ESTATE GIFT ESTABLISHES SCHOLARSHIP FOR CENTRAL MISSOURI POLICE ACADEMY
 



Dama Cooper

Dama Cooper

 


The generosity of a University of Central Missouri alumnus will provide new opportunities for Missouri law enforcement personnel to attend the Central Missouri Police Academy at the University of Central Missouri.

As a result of a bequest to the UCM Foundation from the estate of the late Dama Cooper, a veteran Missouri law enforcement and UCM alumnus, the Dama Cooper Police Academy Scholarship will provide a limited number of $500 to $1,000 scholarships for each academy class session. The scholarships will be awarded to eligible academy cadets and students who exhibit financial need and an interest in pursuing a law enforcement career in Missouri.

Application deadline for the first round of scholarships is Dec. 1, 2014. The application is available online or by contacting the Central Missouri Police Academy, 200 Ming St., Warrensburg, Mo., 64093, at 800-801-3588 or 660-543-4090.

A native of Atchison, Kan., Cooper served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1965 and attended UCM, studying criminal justice. He began his law enforcement career with the Warrensburg Police Department, later joining the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, where he served until his retirement. He also was past Chapter 2 Commander and Past State Commander of the Disabled American Veterans.

  “Dama Cooper’s dedication to law enforcement is exhibited in his foresight in creating this gift,” said Colin Comer, director of the Central Missouri Police Academy. “Future law enforcement officers will have an opportunity to access assistance in taking advantage of the training required for successful careers.”
   
 

UCM’S FALL 2014 CAREER EXPO EXPERIENCES RECORD EMPLOYER ATTENDANCE

 

The University of Central Missouri’s annual Fall and Spring Career Expos bring together UCM students seeking career opportunities with potential employers. The result has been UCM’s continuous excellent record of graduate job placement, which currently stands at 94.4 percent.

In October 2014 the Fall Career Expo set a new record, with 177 employers attending in search of qualified, talented college graduates, topping the previous record of 170 set in 2007.

According to Ken Schueller, director of Career Development Services at UCM, the trend toward increased participation by employers at the career expos is an indicator of economic recovery, with 74 percent of the employers participating in the spring 2014 expo indicating that their recruiting efforts have increased during the past year based upon need.  He also attributes the increase in employer participation to the success of key initiatives implemented by the Career Services Center at UCM.
   
 

“During the past three years, we’ve undergone a reorganization to allow us to respond to the needs of both our students and employers,” Schueller said. “We created the Gateway Career Advising Center, where we assist first year students in determining a major, allowing them to complete a degree in four years in conjunction with the Contract for Completion. We also responded to the needs of our employers by designating one staff member who works in employer development full time, coordinating our annual fall and spring career expo events.”

In addition to the career development counselors on staff, an operations coordinator now is assigned to work with employers, a task that before was assigned to various career center employees prior to each expo. Amber Goreham, director of the Career Services Center, said employers have responded well to the change.

“Employers like having an on-campus recruiter they can work with throughout the year,” she said. “They’ve indicated they feel more connected with us. It’s allowed us to retain the employers who have been with us for years and generate contacts with new employers who haven’t participated before.

 

Fall Career Expo at UCM
Student attending the University of Missouri's Fall Career Expo in October 2014 found a record number of potential employers in attendance seeking future employees.

 

The Career Services Center also is training peer mentors—upper level students who can work with underclassmen on the basics of career preparation. This includes creating individualized career plans for students to allow them to be more competitive in the job-seeking process and maintaining strong connections with academic advising centers in the four academic colleges to assure curriculum requirements are being met.

Goreham noted that in addition to the convenient geographic location and assistance provided by the Career Services Center, employers who previously have attended the UCM career expos overwhelmingly indicate that the quality of UCM’s graduates and the reputation and quality of the university’s academic programs are the main reasons why they return to the career expos each year. This year, the Career Services Center recognized employers who have attended the expos over a period of years.

 “We’ve always had quality graduates, and now we can assure those students increased opportunities to connect with potential employers,” Goreham said. “We want to create a seamless transition from graduation to employment.”

The Career Services Center will be hosting a Spring Career Expo on Wednesday, February 18th, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building Arena.  For more information regarding this event, please visit our website at www.ucmo.edu/career/students/events/springexpo.cfm.

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

 

IMPORTANT FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION INFORMATION FOR 2015-2016

The 2015/2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available for completion online January 1, 2015.  It must be filed each year at www.fafsa.gov for your student to be able to receive federal financial aid.  Do not use any other sites (such as fafsa.com) as they may charge you to use their service to complete this otherwise free application.

Our priority date for filing the FAFSA is April 1st, 2015 to be considered for the full range of financial aid, including limited federal, state, and institutional funds. However…you may choose to submit the FAFSA as early as January using estimated tax information.

If you or your student have questions or need additional clarification about any aspect of applying for financial aid, you're welcome to contact the University of Central Missouri Office of Student Financial Services in-person or by mail (1100 Ward Edwards Bldg.), by telephone (660-543-8266) or on-line (go to www.ucmo.edu/contactsfs).

In addition, an abundance of valuable information about the financial aid programs, policies and procedures at UCM may reviewed by clicking on the many links located at www.ucmo.edu/sfs.

1098-T REPORTING

IRS regulations require universities to report qualified tuition and related expenses and provide information to each student on a 1098-T form. Universities have the option of reporting qualified tuition and related expenses either as they are billed, or as they are paid. The University of Central Missouri has chosen to report these expenses as they are billed. These expenses appear on the 1098-T form.

In order to comply with IRS regulations, the University of Central Missouri is required to obtain the social security number of each enrolled student. Earlier this term letters were mailed to students who did not have their social security number on file with UCM. An IRS Form W-9S was included with instructions to complete the form and return it to the UCM Student Financial Services, Ward Edwards Bldg. Room 1100, Warrensburg, MO 64093. If your student received the letter and form, and it has not been returned, please plan to have the completed W-9S mailed by January 5, 2015.

The 1098-T form for 2014 will be mailed to the home address on file no later than January 31, 2015. Students can also obtain an electronic copy of the document at the following website: www.1098t.com. Multiple years of data are stored at this site.

For additional information regarding federal education credits, please refer to www.irs.gov/publications/p970/ch03.html.

PAYING SPRING BILL

‘Paper’ statements are mailed prior to the beginning of the 2015 spring semester. This is the only mailed statement that your student will receive. However, monthly statements can be accessed using the online Bill and Payment System by clicking the ‘Student Services’ tab and navigating to the ‘View and Pay My Bill’ link.

If full payment for the 2015 spring semester has not been satisfied in full by January 20, 2015, a student will automatically be set up on a payment plan. The balance due will be divided into equal installments, due on the 15th of each month through May. A 1.5% fee will be added to the student’s unpaid balance each month.

Payment Methods:

  • A mailed payment should be sent early enough to reach the University by the due date each month. The mailing address is:
    Student Financial Services, 1100 Ward Edwards Bldg., University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg MO 64093
  • Payments are accepted online using checking/savings account information or a debit card. Please be advised, however, that not all card-issuing banks participate in ‘pinless debit’. If a debit transaction is not approved, be sure to try the ‘web check’ option to pay directly from a checking account. No additional fees are assessed to pay by debit card or web check.
  • Want to pay by credit card? MasterCard, Discover and American Express payments are accepted online only. However, a fee of 2.75% will be assessed by UCM’s third party processor if you elect to use this payment method.
  • Interested in a payment plan? A student can pay his/her UCM charges using the monthly installment option. The account balance will be divided into equal installments over the 2015 spring semester. A 1.5% fee will be added to the student’s unpaid balance each month. Details about the monthly installment plan are located at www.ucmo.edu/sfs/pay.

INVOLVEMENT FAIR

The Spring Involvement Fair will be held on Wednesday, January 14 from 3-5 pm in the Student Recreation & Wellness Center. Many of the student organizations will be present for students to gather information to learn where they want to be involved. There will be academic, community service, religious, greek and special interest groups all present.

STUDENT JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNIVERSITY HOUSING STUDENTS

The Office of University Housing has the following student job opportunities for students who live in University Housing. Applications and hiring processes will be available during the Spring semester. Please watch for publicity in the Housing facilities and the Mules4Hire site of the University.

  • Community Advisor: Lives on the students’ floor and is there to assist them with anything from a broken light bulb, finding academic assistance, to getting involved on campus! The CA position is a great leadership position. In addition, free room, meals and a stipend will be provided. Prerequisites include being in good standing with the University (no academic or discipline probation), a GPA of at least 2.5 and at least two semesters of group living experience. If your son/daughter is interested, please have them pick up an application at any residence hall front desk. Applications are due January 30, 2015.
  • Academic Responsibility Coach: Upper-class student who provides academic programs and services to residents, offers individual assistance and support to students, and provides resources to help students with academic success and college transitions. Qualifications include 3.0 UCM cumulative GPA, at least 30 credits hours complete at time of employment, lived on campus at least two semesters at time of employment, and be in good standing with the University. Applications will be available after Spring Break.
  • Office Assistant: Students who work at the 24 hour front desk of residence hall, answering the phone, responding to questions, monitoring fire board, provide service to residents of change, refunds, work request etc. Monitor the safety and security of the building. Late night and weekend hours required. Qualifications include 2.0 semester and cumulative GPA, live on campus, and be in good standing with the University. Applications will be available after Spring Break.

SPRING CAREER EXPO

The Career Services Center will be hosting a 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 140 employers and graduate schools are expected at this year’s event. Students should dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes. 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 fair set-up 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.

CHANGING MAJORS

Many first-year students that entered the university with a chosen major decide that the major selected at entry was not a good fit for them. Other students who entered the university in the Open Option Program continue to search for a major that stirs their interest and challenges their abilities. The Career Counselors in the Gateway Advising and Major Exploration Center provide a number of services to assist students who are considering changing their major or who are having difficulty with their decision. The following options are available to your student to assist them in methodically moving forward in making a sound major decision:

If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment with a career counselor, please give us a call at 660-543-4721, or email us at gateway@ucmo.edu. We look forward to helping your student with their decision.

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.

ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE AT UCM

  1. STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER
    The Student Success Center, located on the 3rd floor of the JCK Library, offers FREE, individualized tutoring to any UCM student. The Success Center offers one-on-one tutoring in 35 to 40 courses every semester.
   


Help with Mathematics classes, from Introductory Algebra through Calculus and Trigonometry, is available all day, every day. The Success Center also provides tutoring in multiple courses including Accounting, CIS, Computer Science, Economics, Chemistry, History, Political Science, Psychology, Physical Education, Criminal Justice, and Business Statistics.  Individual help with time management, college study strategies and test taking is also available by contacting Patrick Streck at pstreck@ucmo.edu or calling 660-543-8310.

The Student Success Center is open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Friday.
  Student Success Center
             
  2. THE WRITING CENTER
    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 and tutors provide professional feedback on a student’s writing without pressure or formal evaluation. The Writing Center is open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday. Assistance is free and no appointment is necessary.
             
  3. LEARNING STRATEGIES, AE 1820
    Learning Strategies is a 2-credit course that can be a genuine investment in your student’s success. The course provides personalized help with note taking, test preparation, time management and other strategies that are proven to work, that can raise a student’s GPA, and that 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!
             
  4. SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION (SI) AE 1826
    What is SI?
      Supplemental Instruction is a 1-hour credit course offered through the Department of Academic Enrichment. The course is linked with a specific section or sections of a General Education course and provides specific strategies, review, and support for the class. SI allows students to study together in a relaxed yet structured environment.
    How does SI work?
      First, a course is identified as one that students find challenging. Next, a student who has successfully completed the course is hired and trained as an SI leader. The SI leader attends the class and then plans and leads the study activities for the SI sessions.
    Why should students enroll in SI?
      SI provides:
       

SI courses for Spring 2015:
AE 1000 - Intro to College Writing
BIOL 3401 - Human Anatomy
BIOL 3402 - Human Physiology CHEM 1104 - Intro to Chemistry
ECON 1010 - Macroeconomics
HIST 1351 - History of the U.S. from 1877

  For additional information about how the Student Success Center, Learning Strategies, or Supplemental Instruction (SI) can help your student succeed or to enroll in Learning Strategies or SI, contact:
             
    Davie Davis Chair of Academic Enrichment 660-543-4061   dsdavis@ucmo.edu
       
or
   
    Patrick Streck Coordinator of the Student Success Center 660-543-8310   pstreck@ucmo.edu
             

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