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May 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 spring semester include the following:

May 5-9 Final Exams (see the schedule)
May 5-9 Textbook buybacks and rental returns at the University Store
May 9 Housing facilities close, 6 p.m.
May 10 Undergraduate Commencement
May 15 Spring Semester final grades posted online
May 19 Summer Sessions begin
August 21 Fall Semester begins

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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".

Groundbreaking Celebration April 29 Launches UCM's Largest Capital Project


With participation from Kansas City area construction, planning and architectural firms, the largest capital building project in the history of the University of Central Missouri - The Crossing – South at Holden - officially launched Tuesday, April 29 with a groundbreaking ceremony on campus.

Scheduled for completion by the summer 2015, The Crossing - South at Holden is a 325-bed mixed-use residence hall and retail facility, which will serve as a living and learning center at UCM. It will provide a combination of two- and four-bedroom units that feature kitchens, living areas, and private bathrooms for each two students, with supporting community spaces. It also will include an outdoor plaza area, and retail space within the building, including a new University Store, SPIN! Pizza and Starbucks coffee shop.


The Crossing - South at Holden

  UCM President Charles Ambrose said the new mixed-use facility is part of the university’s new contract for student completion, which is focused on measures that will help students graduate in four years. In addition to meeting requirements such as regular class attendance, taking the “right” 15 hours of college courses per semester, and meeting with academic advisors on a regular basis, the contract also requires undergraduate students to reside on campus their first two years at the university.

“The Crossing project really underlines the fact that in college learning takes place where students are,” Ambrose said. “This is going to be one of those projects that will not only re-define the University of Central Missouri, but how colleges can really help students to be successful with their degrees.”  Read more

To learn more about The Crossing – South at Holden and the groundbreaking celebration, please visit

The Big Impact of Foundation Opportunity Grants

Small gifts can do BIG things. That’s one of the lessons learned from the first year of the UCM Foundation’s Opportunity Grants. Funded through unrestricted donor gifts, the Opportunity Grants help faculty and staff members with entrepreneurial ideas that improve students’ academic success. With the academic year coming to a close, the Foundation has calculated the impact these projects have had on campus; $25,000 was used towards 16 projects, impacting an estimated 37,689 people around the world.

One of the projects funded this year, Something to Eat, was awarded $500 and created 32,643 nutrient packed meals for people in need. For $1,500, more than 140 students were introduced to advanced technologies in the classroom involving percussion instruments and photographs, helping them obtain professional experience before graduation. Because of the Opportunity Grant Program, more than 1,000 people attended a theatre production influencing the discussion of current social issues and the moral responsibility of citizens.

For more information about the UCM Foundation Opportunity Grant Program, visit

UCM Black Alumni Association Awards First Scholarships

2014 UCM Black Alumni Association Scholarships
President Chuck Ambrose, the UCM Black Alumni Committee and four student recipients
 of the 2014 UCM Black Alumni Association Scholarship.

Following six years of grassroots fundraising efforts, the UCM Black Alumni Association successfully endowed a scholarship through the UCM Foundation and awarded the first ones to four students this academic year.

One of these students is Akia Bluford, a finance major from St. Louis. “It is refreshing to know there are people out there who do not know who you are but want to see you succeed. I am honored to be one of the first recipients, and I hope to be able to donate to the scholarship later in life,” she said.

Bluford is an active member of the Association of Black Collegians, a student organization created to develop awareness and promote unity within the Black student body. Beginning in 2012, she became the treasurer for ABC and has volunteered for organizations such as Survival House Adult Abuse Center, ECHO, Habitat for Humanity, Connected Hearts, Ronald McDonald House and UNICEF.

The UCM Black Alumni Association Scholarship has roots back to 2008 when UCM alumnus Derrick Oglesby developed a social media page that connected hundreds of other Black alumni who got together for a Happy Hour, then gathered on campus for a reunion. This year, the scholarship reached the endowment level, meaning it will always generate scholarships. The committee will award two additional scholarships during the 2014 UCM Black Alumni “Building Bridges in the Burg” weekend, Oct. 10-12. For more information about their homecoming festivities visit the Facebook page,

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With summer close at hand, it's time to think about the Fall 2014 semester by enrolling for classes. Fall registration is currently open for students who have not yet registered. Approximately 70% of the first-year class has registered for next fall. We encourage students to register for classes prior to departing for the summer in order to ensure an appropriate mix and amount of classes.

Fall move-in day is Sunday, August 17, in time for classes to begin Tuesday, August 19. For more information, visit the Academic Calendar on our web site.


Grades for the Spring 2014 semester will be available on the MyCentral Portal beginning May 15th. Spring semester probation, suspension and dismissal notifications will be sent electronically to students UCMO email accounts as well as through the MyCentral portal. If your student finds themselves on academic probation, please have them contact their academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic recovery plan designed to get them back in good standing academically at the university. If they have been suspended, Central Missouri policy indicates the student will be suspended for one semester (summer not included). Again, the academic advisor can provide information regarding steps the student can take to regain good standing at the university. If they have been dismissed, dismissal is for the period of one calendar year. Reinstatement after suspension and dismissal is not automatic or guaranteed.


Your student is nearing the end of the semester and may be returning home soon for the summer. You and your student may be anxiously awaiting the reunion, excited to celebrate, and “get caught up.” Yet as your student returns home to reunite with family and old friends, they are also bidding farewell to new friends and relationships they have developed at Central. Coping with loss and separation is a natural process that can take many forms. Some of the common indicators of grief include: sadness and tears, irritability, frequently thinking and talking about these friends, loss of appetite and disrupted sleep. Some grieve by throwing themselves into other activities or relationships while they adjust. Keep in mind that what might seem like a small loss to you may be huge for them.

Here are some DOs and DON’Ts to help you support your student as they adjust to these losses.

  DO   Recognize your student may have mixed feelings about the end of the semester.
  DO   Listen.
  DO   Name it as grief. For example: “I wonder if you’re sad because you miss your friends at Central?”
  DO   Validate and affirm their grief and pain. For example: “It hurts so much because they are important to you.”
  DO   Encourage your student to invite a friend to visit during the summer as a way of bridging their home life with their college life.
  DO   Realize that there is no one best way to grieve. Some people talk about their losses; some cry; some exercise; some get a job.
  DON’T   Minimize your student’s sense of loss. For example: “You only knew him/her for a few months…or you’ll get over it…you have lots of friends here at home.”
  DON’T   Assume that you know what they need from you. Ask: “Would anything help?” Often simply having our grief listened to is the “best medicine.”
  DON’T   Miss the opportunity to help them identify their experience as grief. Grief and responding to a loss is one of the most common and painful of human experiences. Having a word for these feelings will help them cope with future losses. Grieving smaller losses is good practice for the bigger losses we all must face.


Whether it is your student’s first year at college, graduation, or anywhere in between, students change in many ways over the course of their college career. You have undoubtedly been noticing the changes in your student as the years go by, seeing some you like and some you wonder about.

Students will have new friends, new ideas, and maybe even a new appearance (clothes, hairstyle, tattoos, piercings). They will also have had the experience of a different type of freedom than they may have had at home prior to leaving for college. Students may chafe at the idea of curfews or other expectations that existed when they were in high school.

You probably also changed as you experienced home life without your college-age child living with you. While feeling proud and excited about your student’s new phase in life you may also feel an understandable sense of loss over how life used to be. And now you may have to figure out how to get along together for the summer.

Some tips for dealing with this situation:

  • Talk about it! Share your mutual observations on how things used to be, how they have changed and what is different now.
  • Negotiate on previous rules regarding curfews, chores and other aspects of being under the same roof together.
  • Work toward acceptance of what is new and different. Things will not be the same.
  • Honor any feelings of loss and sadness about the way things used to be. Your child is becoming an adult!

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