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October 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:

October 6 All Day Resume Help in Career Services (Ward Edwards 1200)
October 8 Fall Career Expo for students from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building
October 9 Business, Industry and Government Interview Day for students from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Career Services Center (Ward Edwards 1200)
October 10 End of first half-semester, and final exams for classes that meet first half-semester only
October 13 Second-half semester classes begin
October 17-18 Homecoming Weekend
October 20 Enrollment begins for spring semester classes
October 20 Last day to register, add or change second half-semester classes
October 28 Last day to drop a fall full-semester class with a W - read more about the Grading System
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

May 2014

August 2014

September 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".



Annual fall census data released by the University of Central Missouri indicate 2014 fall enrollment is up 6.9% from the previous year, contributing to the largest enrollment in the university’s 143-year history.  While experiencing sustained growth and the fourth consecutive record fall enrollment UCM also is experiencing increases in graduate student numbers and international students at the same time it is implementing an aggressive new student retention and student success initiative. Read more


Setting the tone for a new academic year, University of Central Missouri President Charles Ambrose on Monday, Sept. 8 emphasized that access, affordability, completion and student success continue to be priorities as the university prepares for Fiscal Year 2016. The president delivered his 2014 State of the University Address to faculty and staff members in the James L. Highlander Theatre while the speech also was viewed via live streaming video.

Noting the state of the university is “strong,” Ambrose opened his remarks talking about the success of the recent visit to UCM by the North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission. He praised the work of the university’s faculty and staff who helped prepare for the site visit, March 10-12. This resulted in continued accreditation for the university, which the president said was due in large part to the positive work of faculty and staff. He stressed that the university has a talented and devoted faculty and staff who engage students every day in the co-curricular experience of college and who produce a powerful cumulative effect that strengthens both the value of UCM and the success of the university’s students.

President Ambrose and Students at State of the University Address

During his State of the University Address Sept.8, University of Central Missouri President Charles Ambrose, left, is joined on the James L.Highlander Theatre stage by three students. With him from left are Brian Green, a student from Lee’s Summit and participant I The Missouri Innovation Campus; Kayla Rogers-Sigetich, a UCM junior and Steward Scholar from Marionville; and Joshua John, a UCM graduate student from India.

He pointed out during the HLC exit interview, the site visit team chair noted about UCM, “This is a place that generally cares for its students, engages in their success and does everything it can to help them be successful, and students recognize that and appreciate it.”  Read more



UCM Students in State-of-the-Art Learning Facility


UCM students in the Dietetics, Hotel and Restaurant Management, and Family and Consumer Science programs returned to class this fall to discover a state-of-the-art learning facility for food-prep and experimental foods classes.

UCM’s Board of Governors approved a recommendation to spend up to $443,000 on the project using funds made possible through an estate gift from Regina Myers McClain to the UCM Foundation.  The UCM Foundation was founded in 1979 as an IRS 501(c)(3) organization to attract and administer gifts that advance the University of Central Missouri. It has more than $50 million in total assets and in fiscal year 2014 generated some $5.3 million in total gifts.

The three-month renovation of the Food Science Laboratory in the Grinstead Building included new floors, cabinets, countertops, more student workspace and new appliances.  "The biggest difference is the feeling of being in this new class environment," says senior dietetics student Jonna Palmer. "Before, I felt like I was in an apartment kitchen. Now, the equipment is uniform and industrial, similar to what you would find in the workforce."  In addition to making the classroom space more efficient, an additional workstation allows more students to gain hands-on learning experience at one time, rather than observing others.

Within the next few years, the program plans to renovate the dining area and the quantity foods kitchen. By updating these areas, students will be working in an environment that will closely resemble the industry.

"We're excited to provide our students with this opportunity and are confident that it will translate into a more productive and engaged-learning experience," says Michael Godard, chair of the Department of Nutrition and Kinesiology.


You can keep track of news and events at UCM at:


Registration for the spring semester begins October 20th. Please encourage your student to visit with their advisor to discuss academic and course planning. Registration is prioritized based on hours earned. To view the priority registration schedule, click on the following link:

Students should register for courses during their enrollment period in order to ensure maximum course availability. Students have been notified and are able to view any holds that will prevent them from registering. Holds must be removed in order to register for the spring semester.

MID-TERM DEFICIENCY GRADE NOTIFICATIONS - Available at noon on September 30

In an effort to provide feedback to students regarding their academic performance, faculty members have the opportunity to provide Student Progress Reports. Students receiving a Mid-Term Deficiency Grade are encouraged to visit with their instructor to develop strategies for improvement. The last day to drop a 16-week course with a “W” is Tuesday, October 28th. Students should consult with their advisor and financial aid staff to determine the impact dropping a course may have on their academic progression or financial aid. If a hold exists on your student’s account they will be unable to drop a course themselves and must see their academic advisor for assistance with the drop prior to 5pm on October 28th.


When your student needs extra help with class work, remember that the Student Success Center, located on the third floor of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library, offers free tutoring in many subjects. More information about the Success Center can be found at: Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

If your student is taking a math course, from Introductory Algebra through College Algebra and Contemporary Math, tell him or her about the individualized math tutoring available in the Student Success Center on a daily, walk-in basis.

Tutoring for 33 other subjects is available throughout the week. More information and a weekly tutoring schedule can be found at

The Writing Center, located in Humphreys 116, is another all day, every day walk-in service. The Writing Center offers help with any writing project, from essays and research papers to scholarship applications. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

For students who are U.S. citizens and are first-generation, low-income, or disability-challenged college students, AE’s TRIO-Student Support Services,, provides free tutoring in many high-risk courses, such as chemistry, physics, algebra, and calculus. In addition, TRIO-SSS  will organize small study groups and provide assistance with common computer applications. Your student can come to Humphreys 115 or 119 for more information about TRIO services.

Please remind your son or daughter that some of the best students on campus--freshmen through graduate students-- regularly take advantage of these excellent tutoring opportunities. Without a doubt, free tutoring services found at the Student Success Center, the Writing Center, and the TRIO Center are some of the best bargains on campus.


Information regarding holds, registration and other important university-business is continually sent to UCM email accounts in order to keep students informed of important dates and deadlines. Please encourage your student to view this account on a frequent basis.


The University of Central Missouri maintains a continued commitment to make the campus environment both safe and welcoming for everyone.  UCM prides itself on providing a quality living, learning, and working environment, and the safety of our campus members is at the core of such efforts.

UCM has a well-trained staff of campus police officers that work to ensure a safe and secure campus.  UCM has multiple safety initiatives on campus such as the SAFE Team Escorts, a group of part-time students who are on foot patrol evenings and can provide a walking escort between buildings.  On the Public Safety website additional details are available about programs such as Bystander Intervention Skills Training, Victim Advocacy, free physical defense classes, the Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and much more to help keep you better informed about communication and opportunities to enhance personal safety.


Classroom education is a priority in your student’s college career, but the learning experience should not stop there. Eighty percent of learning takes place outside the classroom. Becoming an active part of campus life will be one of the most important steps toward making the most of your student’s college career and charting a successful future. Becoming involved in campus activities will help students develop new friendships, get hands-on experience and develop skills such as teamwork, decision making, and time management. Campus groups and organizations can allow students to make a positive impact on the campus and community as well as gain a feeling of accomplishment.

The Office of Student Activities,, is committed to extending education beyond the classroom by offering students experiences that will be rewarding and enriching to them personally, intellectually, socially, and physically. The experiences they gain through their involvement will stay with them throughout their college years.


Click this link to view a short video where University of Central Missouri student anchors from "Sportspage" take viewers through a Top 10 List of favorite student activities and experiences not to be missed while attending UCM. From enjoying some of campus' best traditions to climbing the rock wall and studying overseas, UCM provides students with countless opportunities while they are on campus.


The Career Services Center will be hosting All Day Resume Help on Monday, October 6th, 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.


The Career Services Center will be hosting the Fall Career Expo on Wednesday, October 8th, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building Arena.  This is an excellent 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.  Graduate and professional schools will also be available to discuss their programs and application processes.  Approximately 150 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 expo set-up and gain exposure to employers recruiting on the UCM campus.  Students should check the “Events” tab in their Mules4Hire account to view employers who will be participating in this year’s Fall Career Expo.  For more information regarding this event, please visit our website at


Nearly 45 employers will conduct interviews on Thursday, October 9th 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


Homecoming is one of our largest campus and community celebrations of the year. Alumni get excited, coming back to Warrensburg with their families and friends to reconnect with classmates and professors and to see how the university and city have changed. Students get excited, putting the spirit into one of the university’s longest-standing traditions through week-long competitions, the pep rally and parade. Homecoming 2014 activities are scheduled throughout week prior, culminating Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, in two fun-filled days for students, alumni and friends. Check out our web site,, to find out more about this year’s Homecoming and the events that are scheduled.

If you are an alumni please find us at and get connected!

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