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September 2017


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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:
September 4 Classes dismissed and university offices closed for Labor Day
September 15 Spring 2018 schedule available to view online
September 15-17 Family Weekend 2017 (see article below)
September 20 Career Services sponsored event: State and Federal Government Information Day 3-5 p.m. (Elliott Student Union 237)
September 26 Student Progress Reports available in MyCentral at noon
September 28 Etiquette Dinner sponsored by Career Services, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Elliott Student Union 240)
October 9 Second-half semester classes begin
October 9 All Day Resume Help in the Career Center, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Ward Edwards 1200)
October 11 BIG Career Expo 2017 for students (see article below)
October 12 Business, Industry and Government Interview Day for students
October 14-15 Homecoming Weekend
October 16 Enrollment begins for spring semester classes
October 20 Last day to drop a fall full-semester class with a W
November 20-24 Fall Break - Residence halls close at 6 p.m. Friday, November 17 and reopen November 26 at noon
December 4-8 Finals week
December 8 Residence halls close at 6 p.m. and reopen at noon, Sunday January 7
December 9 Undergraduate Commencement
    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". If your student receives campus announcements via text, encourage them to join the 'UCM Registrar' message group.





September 7

September 11 & 14

September 18 & 21

September 25 & 28




Healthy Communication and Boundaries

Body Image

Managing Anxiety


3:00-4:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays (same content both days)

Rec Center Classroom




Family Weekend 2017 will take place on September 15-17, 2017.  Check out all the exciting events taking place during this special weekend at  Also available on the website is information regarding local hotels, churches, and general Warrensburg information.


Family Weekend is a great way for students to spend quality time with their families.  UCM offers a wide array of activities for families to feel welcome and have a great time.  Following are just a few of the highlights:


Friday, September 15
7 p.m. Are you Smarter than Your Professor Students whose names are drawn will go up against faculty, who will be challenged with questions outside their discipline.  No registration is needed to attend. Union 240
Saturday, September 16
9 a.m. Color Run starts Register 8-9 a.m. at the west side of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center West side of the SRWC (Rec Center)
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Family Weekend Tailgate/Entertainment (photo booth, bounce house, free UCM items, etc.) The menu includes BBQ beef brisket, brats, and vegetarian sloppy joes.  Passes can be purchased, and students can use a meal swipe. North of Elliott Student Union
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Family Academic Support Team (FAST) Got questions?  Get answers FAST!  Staff from campus offices will be available to help with all your questions about UCM and college life. (See article below) North of Elliott Student Union
1 p.m. Football game vs. Missouri Western Tickets can be purchased in advance.  Students get in free to athletic events so no ticket is necessary for them. Walton Stadium
5-7 p.m. Dinner in the Halls Enjoy dinner with your student at a dining hall at Ellis Dining Center or Westside Market in Todd Hall Ellis Complex or Todd Hall
7:30 p.m. 18th Annual Talent Show One lucky parent will help judge the Talent Show.  The winner receives $500! Union 240

We hope to see you at Family Weekend 2017!


UCM's Family Academic Support Team (FAST) - Partnering with families to form an alliance focused on their student's success.

FAST provides a comprehensive support system for families, empowering them to become more effective partners who are actively engaged in their student's academic success at UCM. 

As your questions emerge, whether from your UCM student or from your own curiosity, and you aren't sure who to ask, send your question(s) to the FAST Team:  The FAST team administrator will quickly act to get the right FAST Team members involved so you can get your answer . . . FAST!

Family Weekend:  If you will be visiting your student on Family Weekend (September 15-17), we would love to visit with you.  Look for the FAST Team tent at the Family Weekend Tailgate on Saturday, September 16th from 11:00-1:00, on the north side of the Elliott Student Union.


To track the latest news and events at UCM link to



This month there are a number of exciting activities for students on campus at UCM! Encourage your student to check the Student Activities Calendar of Events at: and to participate in the following events:



Starting college is one of the most exciting and challenging times in your student’s life. Some of the developmental tasks facing students are achieving greater autonomy, building more mature relationships, and clarifying purpose in their lives. The college years are a time of transition, change, and growth.


Here are some tips for supporting this important transition:


DO Share in the excitement of your student’s adventure at Central.

DO Expect change and allow space for that change.
DO Expect that they will feel overwhelmed at times.
Listen and be supportive.

DO Encourage your student to bridge their old life with the new one at Central.

DO Encourage them to get involved in activities at Central.

DO Encourage your student to solve their own problems.

DO Work toward building an adult to adult relationship with your student.


DON’T Rush in to fix or rescue them from their problems.

DON’T Be surprised if your student changes his/her mind on a major or career choice.




Are you going to class?

Skipping class is the #1 reason why students fail.

Are you studying at least twenty-five hours per week?

College is a full-time job. Students should be in class, studying, and doing homework about forty hours per week.

Are you reviewing the material in each class at least weekly?

If you review all material each week, preparing for an exam is much easier.

Are you scheduling your time to relax?

Everyone needs down time, but students need to learn to manage their time.

Do you know the last day to withdraw from a class?

After this date you cannot withdraw from a class. The last day to drop a full semester course with a W is October 20, 2017. *Please note: Some classes are offered on different schedules (not a full semester or half semester course) and the drop dates will vary per class.

Are you starting your assignments early?

The unexpected happens! Students get sick; their computer dies. Start assignments with plenty of time for the unexpected.

Have you seen your advisor?

Students need to meet with their advisor at the beginning of each semester and should meet again after student progress report grades are posted and before the end of the semester to review progress and plan for the next year.

Have you visited your professor during his/her office hours?

Professors like to help students. Do not hesitate to visit the professor during office hours.

Are you going for extra help?

There is a lot of help available – start here,

Have you formed a study group?

Studying complex material is more efficient with a study group.


Questions provided by the Science Department of Old Dominion University.




Students starting college may be surprised by the apparent lightness of their class schedule. They may spend 12-18 hours a week in class while how they spend the rest of their time is up to them. Some relish the freedom of having time on their hands, while others are thrown off by it. The reality of college life for most students is they have to work much harder and for longer periods of time on academics than they did previously.


The typical full-time class schedule can be deceptive. Outside of class time, students need to read, do homework, do research, and so on. A typical guideline is to budget 2 hours of study time for each credit hour. So a 15-hour class load would require 45 hours a week of class and study time – a full-time job. If a student also works, that reduces the time they have left for other things.


Managing time well is critical to student success. If your student confides to you that he/she doesn’t have enough time to accomplish everything, you might offer these suggestions:

The Learning Commons can help your student with time management strategies. Students can visit the Learning Commons to get personalized assistance and learn about effective tools for managing time. We can also help with test preparation and effective note- taking for college classes. Contact the Learning Commons at or call 660-543-8972.




College is different from high school in many respects. One example is grade requirements. While students might graduate from high school with a D average, D’s are not good enough in college. While D’s may count for some degree requirements, students must maintain at least a C average, a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher, to remain in good academic standing. Students whose averages fall below 2.00 are placed on academic probation. If they have a semester with less than a 2.00 average while on probation, they will be suspended from the university. There are certain degree programs on campus that have an even higher GPA requirement in order to be admitted to and/or graduate from their program. The University Catalog can provide more information.


High schools usually keep parents informed about students’ progress. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives parents of high school students the right to inspect and review students’ education records. However, once students reach age 18 or attend a university, these rights pass to the students. The university cannot notify parents when their students are having academic difficulty. Parents will need to obtain that type of information from their children.




The beginning months of your student's college career can be quite busy. While we may not be the first people on your student’s list of people they need to get to know as they orient themselves to the new college environment, we should be a priority early on if any of the following statements fit your student:


Career Development Services is divided into two distinct centers at UCM. The Gateway Advising and Major Exploration Center has a well- developed plan designed to assist your student in the decision-making process as they actively progress towards graduation. The Career Counselors are familiar with all of the academic programs at UCM. If your student isn’t sure about what they would like to study, they will help your student carefully select classes that “count” to ensure they are progressing toward graduation, regardless of the major they decide to pursue. The Career Counselor will then partner with your student to facilitate a highly individualized approach to methodically making a major/career decision. The Career Counselors in the Gateway Center are professionally trained and committed to help your student explore majors and career options that fit their unique personalities, interests, motivations, talents and values.


If your student is just “looking for a little direction,” they should take advantage of our GPS (Gateway Peer Support). The GPS lab is open Monday-Thursday from 1:00–4:00 pm, and is run by our Graduate Assistant and four Career Development Ambassadors. The Career Development Ambassadors in the Gateway Center are peer mentors who were all Open Option students when they started as a freshman. These students took advantage of our full range of resources and are now committed to helping other students experiencing similar situations.


Once your student is decided on a particular program of study, the Career Services Center offers all of the assistance your student needs to help them become a “preferred” candidate in their chosen field. Please encourage your student to visit with their Career Development Coordinator (CDC) as soon as possible to develop an individualized strategy. To be most effective, this is a four year co-curricular process. Your student’s CDC is a career development professional who will partner with your student to identify every aspect necessary to be competitive in their chosen field, and develop a plan build their resume in that direction over the next four years. In addition to resume building, they will partner with your student to personally develop as a professional, working on essential competencies such as building their brand, resume writing, networking, professional dress, interviewing, job search strategies, etiquette, and more.


The Career Center also offers a walk-in service, called Career Quik Tips, Monday-Thursday from 1:00–4:00 pm. Career Development Ambassadors (peer mentors) are available to review your student’s resume and cover letter, or to answer quick questions about their individual career development. For more in-depth personalized assistance however, we encourage students to make an appointment with their CDC.


If you would like more information, or would like to encourage your student to take advantage of any of these resources, please have them contact us.


Gateway Advising and Major Exploration Center 660-543-4721 DOC 203  
Career Services Center 660-543-4985 WDE 1200  




The Career Services Center will be hosting a Fall Career Expo on Wednesday, October 11th, 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. Graduate and professional schools will also be available to discuss their programs and application processes. Approximately 160 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. For more information regarding this event, please visit our website at




Police Officers with our Department of Public Safety are available at all times. In addition, Public Safety’s Student Assistant Foot patrol and Escort Team (SAFE Team) offers safety escorts on campus between 6:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. by calling 660-543-4123. For more personal safety information, visit



UCM’s culture of service offers your student the opportunity to become involved in a variety of leadership and service opportunities that add significant value to a UCM degree. These experiences prepare UCM graduates to continue making significant contributions to society after they graduate. To create a record of these achievements, students are encouraged to take advantage of the Experience Transcript, which details their involvement outside of the classroom and accompanies their academic transcript as a record of their UCM experiences.

The Experience Transcript includes honors received, volunteer and community service participation, seminars and workshops attended, scholarships received, and campus involvement. Some information is automatically added, while students also may add activities verified by UCM faculty and staff.

To learn how to access and update the Experience Transcript, visit


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