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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:
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August 9
Summer semester final grades posted online
August 10 UCM Experience Kickoff begins at 9 a.m. for incoming freshmen
August 13 Returning students check-in to UCM housing 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
August 14 Fall classes begin
August 18 Last day to change meal plan for Fall semester
September 15-17 Family Weekend 2017
    Additional information regarding payment and registration dates can be found on MyCentral.





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Ambrose Begins Chairmanship of Missouri Council on Public Higher Education

A strong advocate for collaboration among Missouri’s public four-year institutions of higher education, University of Central Missouri President Chuck Ambrose this week assumed a leadership position within an organization that supports a unified voice for state-supported universities. On Wednesday, June 7, he began a two-year term as chair of the Missouri Council on Public Higher Education (COPHE), making him the first UCM president to hold this position.



"Dr. Ambrose is a very innovative thinker and very collaborative spirit. He has leadership qualities that will serve COPHE well,” said Paul Wagner, executive director of COPHE. “We’re all looking forward to him being our chair.”


COPHE is a nonprofit organization that includes as members the presidents and chancellors at Missouri’s 13 public four-year universities, as well as the president of the University of Missouri system. The organization is represented by institutions that are focused on the delivery of excellent undergraduate and graduate education for nearly 150,000 students, according to its website. COPHE’s primary mission is to support and advance the mission of the state-supported universities, while increasing the understanding and appreciation of public higher education by state leaders and the public at-large.

Wagner said COPHE represents the interests of Missouri’s public universities in a variety of forms, including reaching out to the General Assembly, the state’s governor, the general public and other entities on matters related to higher education. It enables institutions to work on behalf of students to “find common ground and speak with one voice in the public policy process.”

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as COPHE’s chair,” Ambrose said. “Our member institutions face similar issues, with the greatest challenge being how can we best serve our students? We must work together to build consensus and ensure our voice is heard in the General Assembly and among others who can make a difference in higher education. I look forward to seeking out opportunities together.”

He added, “Clif Smart, president of Missouri State University, has provided COPHE great leadership, and we will rely on each of our member’s collective voice to advocate for our students.” 

UCM President Charles Ambrose

Ambrose became UCM’s 15th president on Aug. 1, 2010. A career educator who is a fervent advocate of servant leadership and engaged learning, he is committed to promoting academic quality, excellence in teaching, and the collegiate experience. Throughout his tenure at UCM, he has been committed to making education more accessible and affordable for students, while also seeking out education, business and community partnerships that will allow students to accelerate their degrees and graduate with less debt.


UCM’s Tutoring Services Program Achieves International Certification

The University of Central Missouri’s Tutoring Services program, administered through the Department of Academic Enrichment, has received Level One international tutor training program certification by the College Reading and Learning Association, the most recognized organization in the tutoring field.


With this recognition, UCM joins more than 1,000 colleges and universities in the United States and around the world with ITTPC-certified programs. The UCM Tutoring Service program received the Level One certification for a one year period, with the opportunity to apply for a three-year renewal, with five-year certifications to follow. In addition to the renewal process, the program may apply to become Level Two advanced and Level Three master certified programs.


UCM’s Tutoring Services program, located in the Learning Commons on the third floor of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library, offers free peer tutoring and assistance for more than 70 academic courses in variety of majors and minors.


The program provided more than 4,400 hours of tutoring in more than 2,900 visits during the 2016-17 academic year. Tutors are undergraduate students who are recommended by faculty for having outstanding academic and interpersonal skills. Successful CRLA-certified programs require peer tutors to receive at least 10 hours of training in a minimum of eight of 15 topics, including assertiveness, goal-setting, study skills, diversity, varied learning disabilities, referral skills, learning styles and active listening. Tutors must complete a minimum of 25 hours of active one-on-one tutoring and complete regular evaluations.


“Increased use of the center this academic year is a clear indicator that our tutor training is working, and students are able to access the academic support they need,” said Kimberly Courtwright, coordinator of the Tutoring Services program. She added that participation by faculty is the key to increased student participation.


“When faculty share tutoring schedules and details, students are more likely to take that first step to becoming self-initiated learners by utilizing the free tutoring resources available at UCM,” she said.


For more information about UCM’s Tutoring Services program, visit, or call 660-543-8310. 


Hughes Named Missouri Athletic Trainer of the Year

Brian Hughes, Warrensburg, professor of athletic training and director of the Athletic Training program in the College of Health, Science and Technology at the University of Central Missouri, has been named Outstanding Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Hughes will receive the award at the MoATA annual meeting and symposium June 2-3 at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo.


While attending the 2017 MoATA conference, Hughes and UCM athletic training instructor Molly Jennings will present an overview of the cardiac screening program for UCM student athletes developed in conjunction with team physicians Dr. David Glover and Dr. Drew Glover and Steve Burns, associate professor, and Matt Garver, assistant professor, of exercise science.


Hughes is a graduate of Boardman High School, Youngstown, Ohio, and received his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Ohio State University. He received a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and Ed.D. in occupational and adult education from Oklahoma State University.


Prior to joining the UCM faculty in 2001, Hughes worked as a certified graduate assistant athletic trainer for the Cowboy wrestling team while studying at Oklahoma State. While at UCM he has been active in developing curriculum and maintaining standards leading to accreditation of the UCM program in 2006 by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Programs. He currently teaches courses in athletic training, orthopedic assessment and professional development, and he serves as program advisor for UCM students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training.


Dr. Brian Hughes

Hughes has been active in the MoATA as a host of the state meetings, as well as serving as a meeting coordinator and education committee member with the Mid-American Athletic Training Association. He also is active with the National Athletic Training Association as chair of the Professional Development Committee and NATA Educators’ Conference committee.


Hughes also is active in the local community as past president of the Warrensburg Rotary Club. He and his wife, Kathy, are the parents of two children.


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Make sure your student receives the credit they earned.

The summer is passing quickly and your student is nearly 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


Mark your calendar now for Family Weekend 2017 to be held September 15-17, 2017. Join in the fun events such as the UCM student talent show, athletic events, open houses, games, family tailgate, and more. More information can be found at We look forward to seeing you in September.



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 and receive alerts when new statements are ready, your student can grant permissions by setting up Authorized User status in the UCM Payment Center.

The payment deadline is August 20, 2017, for students who register between March 28 and August 15, 2017. To view established payment deadlines for the fall 2017 semester and to obtain information about payment options, please visit us at the Student Financial Services web site at

Student Financial Services will be open normal business hours on Thursday, August 10 and Friday, August 11 (for freshmen at the Kickoff Experience) and Sunday, August 13 from 10:00am-4:00pm (for all students).



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