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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:|
|Additional information regarding payment and registration dates can be found on MyCentral.|
HELP YOUR STUDENT TO BE INFORMED!
To track the latest news and exciting events at UCM link to www.ucmo.edu/news/.
COURSE SCHEDULE PLANNING MADE EASY!
Schedule Planner is available to students in MyCentral under the UCM Student Services tab. This application will provide all possible combinations of schedules based on the specific courses and break times (work, athletic practice) chosen. Use of Schedule Planner is optional. Learn more about Schedule Planner at www.ucmo.edu/registrar/enrollment/planner.cfm and spread the word to your students about this great planning tool!
STUDENT PROGRESS REPORTS DISTRIBUTED
Beginning Tuesday, February 21st students had access to their Student Progress Report grades. Students may access their grades in the MyCentral student portal. UCM offers several resources on campus to assist students with improving their grades:
Schedule a meeting with the instructor(s): This is a great way to ask for additional explanation or help with the course materials.
Schedule a meeting with their academic advisor: he/she can help create a specific plan to get your student back on track.
Visit the Learning Commons to access free tutoring, study skills tutoring and test prep.
Explore our new Digital Learning Commons for online student success workshops: www.ucmo.edu/digitallearning.
Schedule time with an Academic Resource Coach (ARC). ARCs can help with study skills, time management, and how to connect with resources on campus. Call 660-543-4156 to contact the MAPS office.
HAS YOUR STUDENT CONSIDERED TAKING UCM SUMMER COURSES?
Taking courses during the summer is a great way stay on track and reduce time to graduation.
Central Missouri offers over 1,000 summer courses in varying length to meet the demands of students’ busy schedules and to keep students on track for timely degree completion. Many courses are offered completely online, permitting students to spend the summer at home, while making additional progress towards their degree. Our online instructors are the same professors teaching on campus, so they bring the same high- quality instruction to you on your computer as they bring to the students in their classrooms. Students can also complete traditional face-to-face courses in as little as six weeks. Approximately 4500 students attend summer sessions to raise their GPA, graduate early or on time, retake a course previously withdrawn from or lessen a Fall or Spring course load. Summer sessions begin Monday, May 15. For more information, please visit www.ucmo.edu/summer.
Details about financial assistance for the 2017 Summer Session are located at www.ucmo.edu/sfs/aid. The 2016-2017 FAFSA is used for Summer 2017 awarding.
IMPORTANT: Enrollment begins March 27th for both Summer and Fall semesters.
Students who are considering taking courses at OTHER institutions this summer to have this credit applied to their UCM degree should consider these items first:
Students should run a Central Degree audit (available in MyCentral) to make sure that the course is a required part of their degree program.
Students need to make sure that the course will transfer back to UCM as an equivalent course. Transfer course equivalencies can be found at www.ucmo.edu/corequiv/. After completion of the course students will need to have the transfer institution send an official transcript to the UCM Admissions Office in Ward Edwards 1400.
Courses taken at two year colleges will not transfer to UCM for upper-level (3000/4000) credit.
The last 12 hours toward a degree need to be taken at UCM.
HAVEN'T SUBMITTED THE FAFSA?
Please be advised that if you and your student haven’t completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming 2017-18 school year, be sure to do so before April 1st. To be considered for the most beneficial 'package' of federal grant, Work-Study employment, and student loan assistance to help you with your student's educational and living expenses, the 2017-18 FAFSA must be submitted prior to April 1st. Apply on-line at www.fafsa.gov/ and be sure to enter the University of Central Missouri's FAFSA code number (002454).
If you have questions or need additional clarification about any aspect of applying for financial aid for the 2017-18 year, contact the UCM Office of Student Financial Services online (https://www.ucmo.edu/webapps/channels/sfs-inquiry-system), by telephone (660-543-8266) or in person (1100 Ward Edwards Bldg.). In addition, complete details about the financial aid application process may be reviewed at www.ucmo.edu/sfs/.
IT IS TIME TO SIGN UP FOR ON CAMPUS HOUSING!
As part of the Contract for Completion, this is a quick reminder that the UCM Board of Governor's has a two year on-campus residency policy. Students under the age of 21 or who have less than 60 UCM accepted credit hours are required to reside on campus for two year. Students are able to complete their online residence hall agreement or their apartment application via their MyCentral account. There are limited single rooms available for students in the residence halls and there are limited apartments available for sophomores.
Those who complete the residence hall agreement will be afforded access to our online room assignment system and they will be able to pick their own bed space for next year. Those who submit an apartment application will be contacted should an apartment be offered to them.
PARENTS OF OPEN OPTION STUDENTS
It is important to encourage your student to keep moving forward in the process of deciding on an academic program that fits them.
A hold has been placed on all Open Option students’ account. Action must be taken to remove the hold before enrolling in classes for next semester. The following options are available to assist your student in moving forward with making their major decision and removing the hold on their account:
Declare their major. Please have them email their name, 700#, and their major selection to email@example.com. We will email specific instructions on how to declare the major.
Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor. To schedule an appointment with a career counselor, contact the Gateway Center at 660-543-4721.
Stop by the Gateway Peer Support Monday-Thursday 1:00-4:00. Peer Mentors are available to assist with the process of exploring and deciding on a major.
Take advantage of the “All-Day Time-to-Decide” walk-in assistance March 28th-March 31st from 8:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Gateway Center (Dockery 203) to speak with a Career Counselor.
Call our office at 660-543-4721 with any questions.
The Gateway Advising and Major Exploration Center staff looks forward to helping your student.
STRESS AND ANXIETY
Anxiety is a normal response to stressful situations. A certain amount of anxiety is essential for performing at our best. It is only when we have too much anxiety that it interferes with functioning.
The anxiety expresses itself through emotions, physical symptoms, thoughts, and behaviors. If your student is experiencing levels of anxiety that is causing significant distress or is interfering with functioning, encourage your student to seek help from the Counseling Center. Our services are free to UCM students. Call 660-543-4060 or visit our web site at www.ucmo.edu/cc for more information.
EDUCATION CAREER EXPO (FORMERLY TEACHER PLACEMENT DAY)
The Career Services Center will be hosting Teacher Placement Day on Wednesday, March 15th, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the Multipurpose Building Arena. This is a great time for students to network with schools districts who are recruiting for full-time positions within the field of education for the 2017-18 school year. Students should dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their resumes. For more information regarding this event, please visit our website at www.ucmo.edu/career/students/events/placement.cfm.
Students can also attend Career Quik Tip hours Monday-Thursday from 1:00-4:00 p.m. to have their resume reviewed or to have any career related questions answered.
EDUCATION INTERVIEW DAY
The Career Services Center will be hosting Education Interview Day on Wednesday, March 29th from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Ward Edwards 1200. This is a great event for students who are currently student teaching or who are within one semester of student teaching to schedule interviews with districts of their choice. Students can sign up to participate in this event through their Mules4Hire account.
Students who have any questions can contact the Career Services Center at 660-543-4985 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW TO HELP YOUR STUDENT LAND A JOB
Every student is encouraged to develop an individualized job search strategy that uses all of their available resources. While the Career Services Center should be considered as a major resource, it should not be seen as the only source. Your student will begin to develop a network of other sources such as faculty, alumni, fellow students, friends and their families, etc. These contacts can be vital links to successful employment. Students should visit with their Career Development Coordinator (CDC) to learn about the hiring process and timelines in the field that interests them. The CDC can also lead students in finding resources to search for positions as well as create networking opportunities with professionals in the student's field of interest.
Parents and family members have a great wealth of knowledge to offer students related to careers. We would like to encourage you to partner with us in support of all the students at Central. Please consider sharing your time, career expertise and knowledge in a collaborative effort to expand Central students' knowledge regarding the many different career options available to them. You can accomplish this by providing students "Job Shadow" experiences, developing "Internship" programs and sharing your professional experiences by participating in "Career Panels".
Offering full-time job leads to Central students is an excellent way to increase the number of available opportunities for students while securing outstanding candidates within your organization. You can also visit www.ucmo.edu/career/employers for additional details and to discover the ways in which employers can utilize our office. The Career Services Center is dedicated to assist students in their preparation for success.
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