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Summer 2016 - Special Edition


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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:

July 11 Textbook reservations begin online for Fall semester at UCM Store
August 5 Last day for online textbook reservations for Fall semester at UCM Store
August 10 Summer semester final grades posted online
August 11 UCM Experience Kickoff begins at 5 p.m. for incoming freshmen
August 14 Returning students check-in to UCM Housing, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
August 15 Fall classes begin
August 19 Last day to change meal plan for Fall semester
September 3 First home football game

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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".  If your student receives campus announcements via text, encourage them to join the 'UCM Registrar' message group.


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


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, 2016, for students who register between March 28 and August 15, 2016. To view established payment deadlines for the fall 2016 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 on Thursday, August 11 until 8:00p.m. (for freshmen at the Kickoff Experience) and Sunday, August 14th from 10:00am-4:00pm (for all students).


Mark your calendar now for Family Weekend 2016 to be held September 23-25, 2016. Join in the fun events such as the UCM student talent show, athletic events, open houses, games, color run, and more. More information can be found at We look forward to seeing you in September.

Governor Signs Bill Aimed at Holding College Costs Down, Increased Completion

Senate Bill 997, legislation that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said is good for students, education institutions, and the state's economy, was signed June 16 during a press conference conducted by the governor at the University of Central Missouri.


While signing the legislation during a brief ceremony in the Ward Edwards Building atrium, Gov. Nixon also recognized UCM for its efforts to create innovative programs that will help students graduate faster and with less debt. The signing took place with the governor joined by UCM President Chuck Ambrose, Board of Governors President Marvin “Bunky” Wright, Provost and Chief Learning Officer Deborah Curtis, and the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. David Pearce, R-District 21.

The omnibus higher education bill, SB911, will help more undergraduates complete their degrees through provisions that enable students to take dual credit courses while they are in high school, make it easier to transfer college credits between public higher education institutions, and require the development of additional policies and pilot programs to encourage degree completion.


Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signs Senate Bill 997 during a press conference June 16 in the Ward Edwards Building atrium at the University of Central Missouri. Behind him, from left, are Deborah Curtis, UCM provost-chief learning officer; bill sponsor Sen. David Pearce, R-District 21; Marvin “Bunky” Wright, UCM Board of Governors president; and Chuck Ambrose, UCM president.

“Over the last several years, Missouri has become a national leader to enable students to complete their higher education degrees, and this bill helps us continue to lead,” the governor said. “These provisions are good for our students, they’re good for our colleges and universities, and they are good for our economy – because education is the best economic development tool there is.”

In introducing the governor, Ambrose talked about how SB 997 helps to address issues in higher education that were outlined by education and government leaders who participated in the higher education summit commenced by the governor in six years ago. The event took place only weeks after Ambrose began work at UCM.

“It was August 2010 at a meeting in Jefferson City when Gov. Nixon set an agenda for higher education in the state of Missouri…The University of Central Missouri has been a direct beneficiary of the primary points that were delivered to public education on that August day. Since that time, we’ve grown by 27 percent in our student body, produced 23 percent more graduates, held cost below inflation three of those six years since the summit having no tuition increase at all for our students,” Ambrose said.

He added, “There’s been a confluence of impact of these factors which has allowed our aggregate student loan debt to go down $10 million over the last two years. That’s what happens when policy and education meet leadership, and that’s what the governor of this state provided for Missouri. Since August 2010, he’s worked diligently on each of these issues moving forward.”

The governor praised UCM for taking a leadership role in the area of degree completion. The university established a “15-to-Finish Scholarship” program in 2013 at the same time it developed its Learning to a Greater Degree contract for student completion. Designed to help students graduate in four years and reduce the cost of their education, “15-to-Finish Scholarships” are awarded to students who began their studies at UCM the summer of 2013 or later. Students who meet eligibility criteria are awarded this scholarship during their final semester at the university. The scholarship consists of a $1,000 award for students who began their education at UCM as freshmen and a $500 award for students who became UCM students as new transfers.

“We are grateful to Gov. Nixon for signing Senate Bill 997, and legislators who helped make it possible,” Ambrose said, “knowing the ’15 to Finish Act’ will promote on-time degree completion, and ultimately help all students in Missouri to reduce their college debt burden.”

UCM’s Learning to a Greater Degree initiative with the “15-to-Finish Scholarship” has had a positive impact on the campus. Here are just a few examples of the types of progress being made:

  • When the Learning to a Greater Degree program began in fall 2013, UCM’s fall to fall retention was 69.25 percent. As of fall 2014, it has increased to more than 70 percent.
  • The largest successful impact UCM has experienced related to “15-to-Finish” is the increase in completion of 15 credit hours. Since the program was initiated, the university has experienced almost a 14 percent increase in the number of students completing 15 or more credits each semester from 56.63 percent in fall 2012 to 70.57 percent in fall 2015.
  • Since the program’s inception in 2013-2014, UCM has awarded more than $85,500 to 148 students who have completed the “15-to-Finish” requirements.
  • Moving into the 2016-2017 academic year, UCM has an additional 740 students (522 students who are first time freshmen and 218 transfer students) who will be eligible for “15-to-Finish Scholarships.” This gives UCM the potential to award $630,000 in scholarships, if all students graduate in either fall 2016 or spring 2017.

Gov. Nixon also recognized UCM for its leadership in collaboration with businesses and public education institutions. As an example, he cited The Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC), which opened in 2012 and was recognized by President Barack Obama during a visit to UCM in 2013 as an innovative way to control college costs. The governor supported the partnership effort that includes the university, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and its Summit Technology Academy, Metropolitan Community Colleges and numerous business partners. He also supported legislation to make similar programs possible in other parts of the state.

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Support for Hendricks Hall Renovation Project Gains Momentum

Dedicated in 1923, Hendricks Hall, the historic auditorium on the campus of the University of Central Missouri, has served the campus and community with timeless architecture and design features that make it unique. In an effort to preserve the historic aspects of the auditorium while creating a state-of-the-art performance venue for UCM, Warrensburg and the surrounding area, The Hendricks Hall Renovation Project remains a priority as fundraising gains momentum.

Hendricks Hall, as it appeared when dedicated in 1923, featured an ornate ceiling.

Fundraising is underway through the UCM Foundation to restore the ceiling to

its original state as part of an overall restoration and update of the historic auditorium.

The fundraising campaign was initiated with the March 29, 2016, Day of Giving for the Arts following the performance by UCM’s music students and faculty at the annual President’s Gala in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City. Since then, UCM faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the arts at UCM have come forward with financial support for continuing the renovation project, with more than $250,000 pledged or raised to date through collaborative efforts of the UCM Foundation and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.


“The opportunity to preserve and improve a grand facility such as Hendricks Hall, which holds rich memories for thousands of alumni, community members and friends, is one to be embraced,” said Gersham Nelson, dean of the UCM College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. “The message we have received so far is overwhelmingly in support of our effort to preserve this historic facility.”

Donations to The Hendricks Hall Renovation Project may be made through the UCM Foundation. Pledges may be made by accessing the website Individuals may call in pledges or contributions to 660-543-4179, email a commitment to, or mail a contribution to The Hendricks Hall Renovation Project, Smiser Alumni Center, UCM, Warrensburg Mo. 64093. Updates and information also can be found on Facebook at Hendricks Hall Renovation Project.

Throughout the generations, the facility has served as a venue for musical and theatrical productions, along with the convocations and guest speakers who have visited the campus. Hendricks Hall also has served the cultural and educational needs of the surrounding community since its construction.

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Work Begins on Renovation of UCM's W.C. Morris Science Building

Work has begun on the $18.4 million renovation of the W. C. Morris Science Building at the University of Central Missouri, a project that will provide state-of-the-art facilities for future generations of students studying the sciences, mathematics and computer science at the university.

Although various classrooms and laboratory facilities have been updated throughout the years, this is the first major renovation of the building, which was built in 1968 at a cost of $3 million. Renovation construction began in May following the end of the spring 2016 semester and will continue in four phases, with completion slated for early August 2017 in time for the fall 2017 semester. McCownGordon Construction, Kansas City, is the general contractor for the project, with design work completed by Gould Evans architects, Kansas City.

The project is funded with $12.2 million in state capital appropriations, along with $5.97 million in university reserves and $174,000 in the department reserves from the College of Health, Science, and Technology at UCM.

The state funding was provided by the passage by the Missouri Legislature of House Bill 19, which provided $200 million in state appropriations for STEM-education related capital projects at state colleges and universities across the state, including the $12.2 million for the W.C. Morris Building renovation.

UCM President Charles Ambrose expressed the university’s appreciation for the foresight of Missouri legislators in considering the importance of the purpose of House Bill 19.

“We appreciate the work of Sen. David Pearce and Sen. Mike Parson and their fellow legislators in providing Gov. Jay Nixon with this piece of legislation for his signature,” Ambrose said. “It provides reinforcement of Missouri’s commitment to the quality of education we offer to our students. It will help UCM provide a competitive edge for our students as they enter the job market, while providing the kind of learning environment that exemplifies learning to a greater degree.”

According to Alice Greife, dean of College of Health, Science and Technology, the renovation provides upgraded facilities for university programs in chemistry, biology, earth science, physics and computer science.

“With the significant growth in university enrollment during recent years, it is now even more important that we maximize the opportunities for students to gain the hands-on laboratory experiences that are so vitally important in these fields of study,” Greife she said. “With the completion of this renovation, we will significantly improve those capabilities, and our students will be the primary beneficiaries.”

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UCM Community Demonstrates Unity, Compassion for Orlando Victims through Vigil

About 100 people, including UCM students, faculty, staff, alumni, and local residents gathered in the Elliott Student Union for the event that lasted approximately one hour, and included speakers who ranged from university administrators and local clergy to individuals who had friends and family who perished in or survived the ordeal.

The vigil took place following the tragedy in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday morning, June 13 when a lone gunman entered a nightclub that was popular among the community’s LGBTQ members. According to the Associated Press, 49 people were killed and dozens injured before the perpetrator was killed in a shootout with law enforcement officers.

The formal UCM program, titled “Standing with Orlando,” included remarks from UCM President Charles Ambrose, comments from UCM staff members and spouses Tara Napoleone-Clifford and Amber Clifford-Napoleon, and ministerial reflections from Jerry Crouse, representing the Warrensburg Ministerial Alliance. UCM staff member Suzy Latare provided the introductions, and a number of other individuals offered their comments when the program was opened up to others who wanted to share their thoughts.

“Violence and hate cannot be tolerated,” Ambrose said, noting that acts of violence are taking place in the nation way too frequently, causing the loss of many people who have shown great promise and aspirations.

“I’m grateful that we have leaders in this community who have a sense of otherness to care for every person on this campus, whose response is to help us come together on afternoons like today and to care about each other, to help each other, and love each other in the most acute times of joy, and in the most horrific times of loss.”

In her remarks, Tara Napoleone-Clifford expressed her concern about the impact of the Orlando tragedy on --more-- the Latino, LGBTQ and the Muslim communities, citing they are all victims of the tragedy. Also during the vigil, the gathering heard from a young Johnson County woman who talked about her family in Puerto Rico and the three Hispanic friends she lost during the incident. Hassan Iylas, president of the UCM Muslim Student Association, also spoke, noting the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Sedalia resident Duane Hanson, the brother of Chris Hanson, an individual who survived the shooting and was seen on national television aiding victims, talked about what his brother’s actions have meant to him.

“I don’t know if I could have done that,” Duane Hanson said in talking about how Chris came to aid others in the aftermath of the shootings. “I’m doing this vigil for him, the victim’s families and my family. I want to do what my brother says to ‘magnify the love and dismantle the hate.’”

Prior to UCM’s vigil, President Ambrose sent an email to the campus providing information about the observance. It also included details about resources that are available to the UCM community to help individuals cope with this recent tragedy.

The memo from the president noted, “UCM stands for inclusion, dignity, respect and responsibility. We will not respond to hate with more hate or blame an entire culture for the act of a single terrorist. Instead, as we join our nation in grief, we must raise our voices in unified purpose. We will confront hate, whether it is petty or great, with courage. We will teach ourselves to recognize and intervene when violence begins to manifest. The fundamental promise of a university is to prepare learners to build a better world. We will continue to create a campus community that encourages and promotes a greater degree of commitment to inclusivity and delivers on its promises.”

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UCM's Skyhaven Airport to Host Women Aviators as a Stop on the Air Race Classic

The University of Central Missouri’s Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport will play host to women aviators from across the country as it serves as one of seven designated stops for teams participating in the 2016 Air Race Classic June 21-24.

More than 115 aviators in 47 aircraft will be landing at the airport to refuel and continue the race or spend the night in the Warrensburg area before continuing the next day. The race route is approximately 2,300 statute miles in length, with competitors given four days to complete route. Each leg of the race is 280 to 320 statute miles, with stops designated for timing.

“UCM is honored to host these brave female aviators as they take part in this historic race that has been a part of American aviation since the days of Amelia Earhart,” said Tony Monetti, UCM assistant dean of aviation and executive director of the Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport. “UCM is at the heartland of America, and ARC has chosen to ‘Choose Red’ as their mid-point. Our UCM Aviation team is ready and excited to host them.”

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