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August 2016

 
Thank you for supporting your student’s decision to make the University of Central Missouri their choice for a higher education. As we approach the first day of the fall 2016 semester, Aug. 15, there is tremendous excitement about the new academic year and the possibilities it brings to all who Choose Red as a first step toward achieving their higher education and career goals. We know that, as parents, you have a tremendous stake in your student’s success, and that is our focus. Not only do we provide our students with job-ready skills that will prepare them to succeed in the competitive workplace, we are committed to helping them graduate on time, making their education more affordable, and helping to reduce their college debt load. Such goals are consistent with our Learning to a Greater Degree Contract for student completion, which provides a financial incentive for students who stay on track to graduate in four years, while also fostering many opportunities students look for in a round-the-clock living and learning environment.

We’re excited about the progress that is taking place at UCM to create a campus atmosphere that students want and is conducive to their success - from academic programs in high-demand areas such as cybersecurity and opportunities for student engagement to expanded study abroad experiences and improvements to two major academic facilities. From new dining experiences that include the opening of a Steak ‘n Shake to free laundry for residence hall students and expanded parking coming to the west side of campus, these are just a few examples of our efforts to meet our students’ needs. As we begin this new year, we look forward to sharing these opportunities with your student while helping them discover what it means to experience learning to a greater degree.
 


UCM President
Chuck Ambrose
   Joining you in service,
   Chuck Ambrose, President
   University of Central Missouri

 

To track the latest news and exciting events at UCM link to www.ucmo.edu/news/.

 

HELP YOUR STUDENT TO BE INFORMED!

A great place to keep track of what is going on at UCM is through our university calendar found at www.ucmo.edu/calendar/. Additional information regarding payment and registration dates can be found on MyCentral. 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".  If your student receives campus announcements via text, encourage them to join the 'UCM Registrar' message group.

GETTING STARTED FOR FALL SEMESTER!


Are you wondering if you and your student (especially the first-year student) have all the details covered before the start of fall semester classes on August 15th?

One of the best resources at UCM designed to help you be prepared is the Getting Started website. This website covers everything from housing to banking, and technology to textbooks to tutoring. An email is being sent to students that includes a link to the Fall 2016 Getting Started website at www.ucmo.edu/gettingstarted.

Be sure to check out the new immunization requirements which must be completed before the student moves into housing.

MOVING IN

Residence halls open at 5 p.m., Thursday, August 11 for those who have registered for the UCM Experience kickoff. You can check in until 8 p.m. If you have not signed up for the UCM Experience kickoff then you check in on Sunday, August 14, from 10am-4pm.

Per State of Missouri law, only those students with their meningitis vaccination on file with the University Health Center will be allowed to move in. If you do not have your meningitis documentation on file with the Health Center you will be sent to the Health Center and you will not be allowed to check in to the halls until this is taken care of. If you know that you need to take care of this at the Health Center you should not unload anything from your car until this is taken care of. We highly encourage you to send your documentation ahead of time to the University Health Center. Remember, any meningitis vaccination prior to the age of 16 requires a booster shot.

 

When you arrive at your student’s hall, look for specific check-in instructions.

Opening day can seem really hectic. Families are all unloading at the same time. For your own peace of mind, please make sure a family member stays with your belongings while unloading to ensure no other family accidentally moves it into a different room.

Students who pre-ordered loft kits can pick them up on Thursday, August 11, from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Students on the east side of campus (Ellis/UCC) can pick up the loft unit in the Ozark Room of the UCC. Students on the west side of campus can pick up their loft unit at Todd Hall. Students arriving on Sunday, August 14 can pick up their lofts in the locations noted above from 10am-4pm.

Reserved refrigerators and pre-ordered carpet can be picked up from Nickerson Hall (entrance off Washington Street) during the same hours as loft pick up. A limited number of refrigerators may still be available to rent. Even if you have not pre-ordered a unit, stop by Nickerson Hall during the above listed hours to see what is available. There may be a few extra carpets as well. Stop by if you are interested!

Please check the housing web site at www.ucmo.edu/housing/ for any last minute updates before you arrive.

ENROLLMENT VALIDATION POLICY

Each semester, the university validates student enrollment with the Enrollment Validation Policy (EVP). Following are instructions to UCM students:


Enrollment Validation Policy For Fall Semester


Don’t get dropped from your FALL classes - be sure to attend the first day of every class and log into your online and hybrid classes to validate in Blackboard!

The Enrollment Validation Policy (EVP) applies to all full-semester and 1st half-semester classes beginning between Aug. 15th –Aug. 21st, and any 2nd half-semester courses that begin Oct. 10th –Oct. 16th. The EVP does not apply to “off-schedule” classes.

To avoid being dropped, you must validate enrollment in each class. Find detailed instructions at www.ucmo.edu/registrar/enrollment/enrollmentvalidation.cfm. Be sure to attend each class on the first day. Make sure that the instructor has included you when they take attendance. If you are unable to attend on the first day, you must contact each instructor. Find contact information at www.ucmo.edu/search/.

For online and hybrid classes log into Blackboard and go into each class. Click the Validate Enrollment link from the course menu. You must do this by noon on Tuesday, August 16th for full semester and 1st-half semester classes.


STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE


The scholarship, grant, student loan and PLUS (parent) loan disbursements for the 2016 fall semester have now been finalized for almost all of UCM's financial aid applicants. Students can verify that all requirements have been satisfied for their financial aid by logging into MyCentral portal using their User ID and Password. Click on the 'Student Services' tab, then on the various links under 'UCM Financial Aid' for more information. If you need clarification or have questions about any aspect of your student's assistance, please feel free to contact the UCM Office of Student Financial Services by telephone (660-543-8266) or on-line at www.ucmo.edu/webapps/channels/sfs-inquiry-system/.

Please be advised that receiving federal, state and UCM financial assistance comes with responsibilities and expectations on the part of the student. One of the most important of these is that a financial aid recipient will regularly attend and fully participate in all of his/her classes. Therefore, if a student ceases attending or otherwise participating in one or more classes (or worse...fails to attend at all), some or even all of the financial aid that has been credited to his/her UCM account may have to be reduced or reversed completely. This action will result in a balance due to UCM.

If your student has not yet applied for financial aid for the 2016-17 school year, it’s not too late to do so. The 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can still be completed and submitted on-line at www.fafsa.gov.

PAYING BILLS

Each student has a cumulative balance account that is established through the addition of class charges, housing and meal plan choices and other miscellaneous charges. Credits in the form of approved federal aid, scholarships and cash payments are applied to the account balance through Student Financial Services in Ward Edwards, Room 1100.

Each student receives one paper billing statement per semester that is mailed to the home address. The initial billing statement and subsequent billing statements will be made available electronically at the middle of each month. If you would like to have the ability to view the electronic copies of the billing statements your student can grant permissions using our online billing and payment system.

The payment deadline is August 20, 2016, for students who registered between March 24 and August 15, 2016. To view established payment deadlines for the fall 2016 semester and to obtain information about payment options, please visit us at the Student Financial Services web site at www.ucmo.edu/sfs/.

Please note that the SFS Office experiences heavy call during the week preceding the beginning of the semester. If you need to speak with a representative, we encourage calling before 10:00 am or after 3:00 in the afternoon. We do our best to respond to students and families in a timely manner but there are wait times in the phone queue during specific times of the day. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the self-service features available in order to avoid frustration. You can view answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) or access helpful videos to key processes at the SFS website (www.ucmo.edu/sfs). Students may submit an inquiry to Student Financial Services by accessing the "contactsfs" button in MyCentral.

Student Financial Services will be open on Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 14th from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE AT UCM

Many college students work hard but eventually run into one or more courses that give them trouble. It isn’t a matter of ability. It isn’t a matter of preparation. It may be conflicts with other things going on in a student’s life—things like work, family obligations, or simply managing time. It may be that no one ever talked to them about how to study in college. This is particularly true of first-year students who discover that study techniques that worked in high school may not work at the college level. Because UCM is interested in your student’s success, we offer multiple academic resources.

Academic services offered in the Learning Commons, 3rd floor of the JCK Library include:

Academic Support Center offers FREE, individualized tutoring to all UCM students. We help students turn C’s to B’s and B’s to A’s in order to improve or maintain their academic standing. The Learning Commons offers support with mathematics courses - from Introductory Algebra through College Calculus and Trigonometry - in addition to support from a wide range of courses including Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Criminal Justice, Political Science and History. We also offer study skills tutoring with proven strategies for success.

The Writing Center, located in the Learning Commons, provides individual help with any writing assignment, at any stage of the writing process, for any student at UCM. Faculty members, writing consultants, and tutors provide professional feedback on a student’s writing without pressure or formal evaluation. Student taking classes at the UCM Summit Center in Lees Summit also have access to academic support services.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a program that offers weekly structured learning and study groups for difficult courses. Called SI sessions, these group meetings are led by SI Leaders, a trained student who has already passed the difficult course. SI Leaders attend class and work with faculty to make the SI sessions specific to the faculty member's teaching style and the students taking the class that semester. Check our website for a list of SI courses each semester.

The UCM Test Prep Center provides electronic and print resources to help students prepare for most exams. Whether you plan to take a standardized exam like the MoGEA, GRE, LSAT, or need general suggestions about preparing for your next course exam; the Test Prep Center can provide that support. Students will learn what to expect, how to prepare, and be able to practice sample questions for their upcoming exam.

The Learning Commons is open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Thursday and from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Friday. For more information or for an individual appointment, stop by the Learning Commons (JCKL, 3rd floor) or call us at 660-543-8972.

Learning Commons
JCK Library 3150
(660) 543-8972
learningcommons@ucmo.edu


HOW THE COUNSELING CENTER CAN HELP


When your student has any sort of personal problem that is getting in their way, the Counseling Center can help. To make an appointment, students can call 660-543-4060 or drop by the office on the second floor of the JCKL Library. One of the staff will discuss your student’s concerns and assess their overall well-being. Recommendations will be provided regarding what sort of help might benefit your student. The Counseling Center may provide a few sessions of counseling for your student or may recommend other services.

If your student takes medication for a psychological condition, your student needs to either keep their relationship with the prescribing treatment provider or arrange to be seen by a provider in the local community.

Likewise, if your student has been receiving ongoing counseling or therapy and needs to continue with that treatment, the relationship with their current provider should be maintained if at all possible or your student’s treatment should be transferred to a provider in the local community.

The Counseling Center can provide information about available psychological health care providers in the area. For any questions or further information, contact the Counseling Center at 660-543-4060. The Counseling Center is temporarily located on the second floor of the JCKL Library. Visit our web site at www.ucmo.edu/cc.

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT

The likelihood of your student returning to campus for a second semester increases if they work part-time on-campus or in the community. The connection to campus as well as transferable job skills students develop for internship and full-time jobs down the road are important.

On Campus Jobs
For on-campus student employment, the Human Resources job search site will be open for students later in August at: jobs.ucmo.edu.

HireRed (Off Campus Jobs)
Off-campus jobs (off campus work study, internships, part-time/full-time) are posted on the HireRed network.

How to Access Your HireRed Account
1. Log on to MyCentral using your username and password. Username will be your #700. Password will be specific to your login.*
2. Click on the “Student Services” tab at the top of your MyCentral page.
3. Scroll down to the Career Development section in the left hand column.
4. Click on the HireRed link.
5. Click on the “View your Profile” link to complete your profile.
6. Start searching and applying for off-campus jobs (work-study, internships, and part-time/full-time).
7. If you are on a public computer, make sure to completely log off to protect your account information.
*If you are unable to log on to MyCentral please contact the Technology Support Center. Email: tsc@ucmo.edu or call 660-543-4357.

Jobs are posted daily on HireRed, so check back often. Questions or concerns, please contact the Career Services Center at 660-543-4985 or by email at careers@ucmo.edu.

FAMILY WEEKEND 2016

Mark your calendar now for Family Weekend 2016 to be held September 23-25, 2016. Join in the fun events such as the UCM student talent show, athletic events, open houses, inflatables, fun run, and more. More information has been mailed to your home. In the meantime, information can be found at www.ucmo.edu/family/. We look forward to seeing you in September.

FRATERNITY AND SORORITY RECRUITMENT

What is Fraternity and Sorority Life?

The sororities and fraternities are comprised of unique individuals who are together complete. Being part of a Greek organization will leave you with many memories and help in your development of becoming better-rounded individual. Greek students share pride not only in their chapter but also in their institution. Greek students also share common goals of excelling in scholarship, leadership, service, friendship and education while developing relationships with the greater Warrensburg community. Take the next step in becoming a scholar and a leader by exploring Greek life.

Fraternity and Sorority Basics

• We have 25 fraternities and sororities. The Greek community represents 12% of the undergraduate student population.
• Fraternities and sororities dedicate over 15,000 hours to community service and raise $40,000 annually for local and national charities.
• Fraternity and Sorority Life at Central is a premier avenue for leadership opportunities.

Recruitment

Fraternity and Sorority recruitment is a mutual selection process for potential members to learn about what all of our fraternities and sororities have to offer.

Save the Date!

Interfraternity Council Recruitment (Fraternity)
Informational Meetings (only need to attend one):

Monday, August 15, 2016, 6:00 p.m. in Union 240
Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 6:00 p.m. in Union 240

Fraternity House Tours will take place on Wednesday, August 17 and Thursday, August 18 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Fraternity Houses.

Panhellenic Recruitment (Sorority)
Informational Meetings (only need to attend one):

Monday, August 15, 2016, 6:00 p.m. in Union 240
Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 6:00 p.m. in Union 240

Registration is due by Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. A link to registration can be found at ucmo.mycampusdirector.com/index.php

National Pan-Hellenic Intake
Informational Meetings (only need to attend one):

Monday, August 15, 2016, 6:00 p.m. in Union 240
Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 6:00 p.m. in Union 240

National Pan-Hellenic (NPHC) will host Meet the Greeks on Wednesday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m. in WC Morris Auditorium.

Informational meetings will be held during the fall semester. Please contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at www.ucmo.edu/greeklife/contacts.cfm.

For more information, please contact Greek Life at 660-543-8121.

SUBMITTING TRANSCRIPTS

Make sure your student receives the credit they earned.

The summer has come and gone and your student is ready to begin fall semester at UCM. Have they earned dual credit while in high school? Did they take a course or two during the summer? If so, your student should request that an official transcript be sent to the UCM Office of Admissions from each regionally accredited college or university previously attended. In addition, be sure that final high school transcripts have been sent to the Admissions Office in order to complete the application file. Official transcripts should be sent in a sealed envelope to:

UCM Office of Admissions
1400 Ward Edwards
Warrensburg, MO 64093


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