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August 2015

            
     Greetings from President Ambrose

Dear Parents,

As the University of Central Missouri embarks on the 2015 fall semester, we want to welcome parents of new students to the university family, and thank those parents who are continuing to support their students as they return to campus to pursue their higher education dreams. We are extremely pleased that you are Choosing Red, and we look forward to working with you this academic year and beyond as your student continues on one of the most important and rewarding journeys they will undertake in their lifetime. Through UCM’s Learning to a Greater Degree contract for student completion, we want to help your student graduate in four years, while providing opportunities for engagement inside and outside the classroom.

Expecting a record enrollment this fall, we are excited about the growing interest in opportunities that are available for students at UCM. We have an incredible campus, where faculty and staff members are focused on helping students succeed, and we believe students and their parents have much to look forward to in the coming months. This includes the opening our new mixed-use facility, The Crossing-South at Holden; more than $12 million in state funding for the renovation of the W. C. Morris Science Building to advance STEM training; partnerships leading to expanded opportunities in communities such as Lee’s Summit; the addition of new academic programs in high-tech, high-demand fields such as cybersecurity; and much more. As we continue our commitment to holding costs down and increasing opportunities, we hope that you and your student recognize a greater value proposition for UCM.

    

UCM President Chuck Ambrose
 
 

We hope to see you at Family Weekend Oct. 2-4 and many other events at UCM where you can meet our faculty and staff who are helping students to experience Learning to a Greater Degree. Best wishes for a great year for you and your student.

Joining you in service,

Chuck Ambrose, President
University of Central Missouri

 
         

 

 

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:

August 16 Residence halls open at 8:00 a.m.
August 17 Classes begin
August 19 Last day for fall semester enrollment and changing classes for 1st half-semester classes
August 20 Last day for fall semester enrollment and changing classes for full semester classes
August 25 Fall semester financial aid credit balance funds start being distributed
October 3-4 Family Weekend
November 23-27 Fall Break - Residence halls close at 6:00 p.m. Friday, November 22 and reopen at noon, Sunday, December 1
December 7-11 Finals week
December 11 Residence halls close at 6 p.m. and reopen January 11 at noon
December 12 Undergraduate Commencement


Additional information regarding payment and registration dates can be found on MyCentral.

HELP YOUR STUDENT TO BE INFORMED!

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".


Reception for Parents of Freshmen


The UCM Alumni Association invites parents to take a break from Move-In Day and enjoy refreshments at a Parents’ Reception at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 16 in Room 240 of the Elliott Student Union. Meet administrators, deans, faculty and staff, and visit with parents of other new students. RSVP by calling 660-543-8000.

For more information and to stay current on events, follow the Alumni Association on social media at ucmo.edu/social, or download the mobile app at www.ucmo.edu/alumni.

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


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 17th?

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 has been sent to students that includes a link to the Fall 2015 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 8 a.m., Sunday, August 16. You can check in until 5 p.m.


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.


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. Volunteer crews will assist in unloading your vehicle when you arrive on Sunday. Their job is to get your student’s belongings moved from your vehicle to the sidewalk as quickly as possible so that your vehicle can be moved to another location. Your assistance will reduce traffic congestion and help the move-in process go as smooth as possible.

Students who pre-ordered loft kits can pick them up on Sunday, August 16, from 8 a.m.-4 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. Reserved refrigerators and pre-ordered carpet can be picked up from Nickerson Hall (entrance off Washington Street) during the following hours: Sunday, August 16, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 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 fall and spring 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 in Blackboard!

The Enrollment Validation Policy (EVP) applies to all full-semester and 1st half-semester classes beginning between Aug. 17th –Aug. 23rd, and any 2nd half-semester courses that begin Oct. 12th –Oct. 18th. The EVP does not apply to “off-schedule” classes and classes such as internships, theses, and student teaching.

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 Wednesday, August 19th for full semester and 1st-half semester classes.

Sponsoring Organization: Student Records/Registrar

 
     


STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE


The scholarship, grant, student loan and PLUS (parent) loan disbursements for the 2015 fall semester have now been finalized for almost all of UCM's financial aid applicants. If you wish to verify that all requirements have been satisfied for your student, you and (s)he can log onto your student's MyCentral portal using your student's 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/contactsfs.

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 2015-16 school year, it’s not too late to do so. The 2015-16 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, 2015, for students who registered between March 24 and August 15, 2015. To view established payment deadlines for the fall 2015 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 and email volume 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 submit an inquiry to Student Financial Services at www.ucmo.edu/sfs/ServiceTracking. You can also access helpful videos to key processes by clicking on the Frequently Asked Questions link.

Student Financial services will be open on move-in day Sunday, August 16th from 10:00am-4:00pm.

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.

The Writing Center, located in Humphreys 116, provides individual help with any writing assignment, at any stage of the writing process, for any student at UCM. Faculty members, graduate assistants and tutors provide professional feedback on a student’s writing without pressure or formal evaluation. The Writing Center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday.

The Student Success Center on the 3rd floor of the JCK Library 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 Success Center 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. Individualized assistance with note-taking, test preparation, time management and other learning strategies that are proven to work are also available through the Success Center. These Strategies can help your student get more out of his/her college experience/

The Student Success Center is open from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Friday. For more information or for an individual appointment, stop by the Student Success Center (JCKL, 3rd floor) or call us at 660-543-8972.

Student Success Center
JCK Library 3150
(660) 543-8972
studentsuccesscenter@ucmo.edu

Student taking classes at the UCM Summit Center in Lees Summit also have access to academic support services. Every Wednesday a librarian is on site for assistance with research; live video chatting with the Writing Center allows students to get timely feedback on writing assignments; and an open computer lab provides students a quiet study environment.

GETTING USED TO COLLEGE


New college students typically take a while to adjust to their new lives. It takes time to make new friends, find your way around, and learn what is expected. During this time, students may experience some homesickness and their grades may slip. Generally, students are able to regain their footing quickly and get back on track within their first year.

You can help your student with adjusting to college by helping to maintain some structure and balance in their lives. Encourage them to:


Check their UCM email on a regular basis. Email is the official form of communication with students.

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 in Humphreys Building, Suite 131. 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 located in Humphreys Building, Suite 131. 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. The Career Services Center assists students in connecting to these. To start looking for student employment and community positions your student should connect to their Mules4Hire account.

To access their Mules4Hire account:


All on campus student employment positions are posted on Mules4Hire. Through this system, students can search for on campus, part-time in the community, work study, internships and full-time jobs. Jobs are posted daily, 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 2015

Mark your calendar now for Family Weekend 2015 to be held October 3-4, 2015. 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 October.


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


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 17, 2015, 6:00 p.m. in Union 240
Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 6:00 p.m. in Union 237A

Fraternity House Tours will take place on Wednesday, August 19 and Thursday, August 20 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Union 240.

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

Monday, August 17, 2015, 6:00 p.m. in Union 240
Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 6:00 p.m. in Union 237A

Registration is due by Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. A link to registration can be found at https://ucmo.mycampusdirector.com/index.php

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

Monday, August 17, 2015, 6:00 p.m. in Union 240
Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 6:00 p.m. in Union 237A

National Pan-Hellenic (NPHC) will host Meet the Greeks on Thursday, September 10 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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