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September 2015


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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 spring semester include the following:

September 16 Professional Dress Fashion Show/How to Work a Career Expo, 3:00-4:30 p.m. (Elliott Student Union 240)
September 18 Spring 2015 schedule available to view online
September 29 Student Progress Reports (mid-semester grades) available in MyCentral at noon
September 30 Etiquette Dinner sponsored by Career Services, 6:00-8:00 p.m. (Elliott Student Union 240)
October 2-4 Family Weekend (see article below)
October 5 All Day Resume Help in Career Services (Ward Edwards 1200)
October 7 Fall Career Expo for Students (see article below)
October 8 Business, Industry and Government Interview Day for Students
October 12 Second-half semester classes begin
October 19 Enrollment begins for spring semester classes
October 23 Last day to drop a fall full-semester class with a W
October 24 Homecoming Weekend
November 20-29 Fall Break - Residence halls close at 6:00 p.m. Friday, November 20 and reopen at noon, Sunday, November 29
December 7-11 Finals week
December 11 Residence halls close at 6 p.m. and reopen January 10 at noon
December 12 Undergraduate Commencement

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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".


Although final data will not be available until the fall census, Sept. 14, preliminary numbers announced after the first week of classes show University of Central Missouri enrollment is on pace for a fifth consecutive record, and could possibly reach 14,000 students. The semester began Aug. 17.

Michael Godard, vice provost for enrollment management, noted that enrollment as of Monday, Aug. 24, was 7.2 percent higher than first-week enrollment in fall 2014. Total headcount for the 2015 fall semester is currently at 13,977, up from 13,035 for the same period last year. Read more.


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:

• Intramural sign-ups for: sand volleyball, slow pitch softball, fishing, golf, cricket, flag football, tennis singles, ping pong, 3D archery, disc golf, indoor volleyball, indoor soccer
• Warrensburg Bus Tour – September 2
• Get the Red Out Street Fair – September 3
• Mules After Dark: Zumbathon – September 5, Bingo – 12, Royals Game - 25
• Comedian, Alex Stone – September 16
• Recreation and Leisure: Massive Twister – September 23
• Studio Theatre One-Acts – September 24, 25, and 26
• Etiquette Dinner – September 30
• Union Cinema Movies – September 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26
• Jennies Volleyball – September 3, 4, 5, and 15
• Mules Football – September 3, and 19
• Jennies Soccer – September 10, 12, 18, 25, and 27


Celebrating what University President Charles Ambrose has called “a new front door to the university,” about 200 people, including members of the University of Central Missouri campus, alumni, and community residents, participated in the grand opening of The Crossing – South at Holden.


University of Central Missouri President Charles Ambrose kicks off the grand opening of The Crossing - South at Holden with opening remarks.


“What a day in the life of the University of Central Missouri,” Ambrose told the gathering, noting that the university’s “intent in opening this front door is to make sure you couldn’t tell where the community stopped and the university began, because we are very interdependent upon each other for the type of experience that we offer our students.

Providing an economic boost to the Warrensburg community, The Crossing is a 185,000 square-foot, 325-bed mixed-use residence hall and retail facility, which will serve as a living and learning center at UCM.


It provides a combination of two- and four-bedroom units that feature kitchens, living areas, and private bathrooms for each two students, with supporting community spaces. It also includes an outdoor plaza area, and retail space within the building, including a new University Store, SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza and Starbucks coffee shop.


Located north of Audrey J. Walton Stadium, and having views of Vernon Kennedy Field, The Crossing was part of a $60 million multi-phase initiative, making it the largest capital construction project in UCM’s history.

“Think about this, it took 795 professionals in the trades to bring this project to life, 8,500 cubic yards of concrete, 250 tons of steel, 380,000 bricks, 72 miles of wiring, 4,400 electrical outlets, 5,000 light fixtures, and a payroll of over $15 million. That went directly back into the economy by virtue of this project. And that’s really significant,” Ambrose said, “because our partners made that happen. But at the same time, this facility did not come to life until last Sunday (Aug. 16) when 325 students moved in and took this from being a building to making it a home."


The president also noted that the facility represents 134 new jobs for students, which is consistent with the university’s goal to provide more student employment opportunities under its contract for student completion.  Read more.

To track the latest news and exciting events at UCM link to




Family Weekend 2015 will take place on October 2-4, 2015. 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.

We hope to see you at Family Weekend 2015!


The Career Services Center will be hosting a Fall Career Expo on Wednesday, October 7th, 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 150 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 fair set-up and gain exposure to employers recruiting on the UCM campus. For more information regarding this event, please visit our website at


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.
DO 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 Build an adult to adult relationship with your student.

DON’T Rush in to fix or rescue them from their problems.
DON’T Encourage them to come home often.
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 23, 2015. *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 mid-term 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. In either case, if their time is frittered away, they could well end up not doing what they need in order to be successful academically and otherwise satisfied with their college life. How can this be?

For one thing, 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.

The Student Success Center ( can help your student with time management. Students can come in to the Success Center and get personalized help and some effective tools to manage time. We can also help with test preparation and effective note-taking for college classes. Contact the Success Center at or call 660-543-8310.


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


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 and leave high school, 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 sons or daughters.


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:

• Your student has not yet declared a major, or are unsure of the major they are currently in
• Your student would like to be a “preferred” candidate in their chosen field of interest for experiential opportunities like internships and as full-time applicants to start their careers after college

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 Gateway Ambassadors. Gateway Ambassadors 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. 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 WDE 1900
Career Services Center 660-543-4985 WDE 1200

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