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March 2017


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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:


January 2017


February 2017

March 6 Second half-semester classes begin
March 6
Healthcare Career Expo, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Elliot Student Union 240
March 8 Last day to add a second half-semester class
March 8 Grades available for first half-semester classes
March 15 Education Career Expo from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Multipurpose Building
March 17 Last day to drop a full semester class with a W
March 17 Residence halls close at 6 p.m. for Spring Break
March 20-24 Spring Break
March 26 Residence halls open at noon
March 27-April 20 Enrollment period opens for summer and fall classes (go to to see when your student is eligible to enroll)
April 1 Priority application deadline for the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (
    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”.




Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Now Available at UCM

Helping to promote energy efficiency among students, faculty and staff members who commute to campus, the University of Central Missouri has recently installed new commercial charging stations for electric vehicles.


According to Mike Papasifakis, parking services sergeant in the UCM Department of Public Safety, charging stations were installed during the winter break, and were made possible in cooperation with Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L).  Eight CT 4000 ChargePoint charging stations were provided, each one having the ability to serve two parking spaces at one time.  Three stations are placed in student Lot 13; two in retail Lot 14, which is next to The Crossing- South and Holden; and three in faculty/staff Lot 18, near Planet Sub.


These are the first charging stations on campus, and the only public charging stations currently available in Warrensburg.  Individuals who have electric vehicles with a charging port can currently use these stations free of charge.  UCM will continue to look at how these stations are used to determine if there is a demand for additional charging stations, Papasifakis said.  KCP&L would determine if a charge for use of these stations is needed in the future.


"We benefit from having these charging stations for vehicle use, but there is an additional benefit to having these stations near The Crossing because they contribute to our LEED certification for that facility," said Chris Bamman, director of FPO.  LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is a designation given to building that meet certain energy efficiency standards.


Did you know the Office of Student Activities organizes trips and tours for students?  The next trip is to the Kansas City Zoo on Saturday, April 22 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.  The trip fee is $10 and it covers the student’s transportation and ticket.  Registration is due by Wednesday, April 12, 2017.


More information can be found at:





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




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 and spread the word to your students about this great planning tool!



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:


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

Details about financial assistance for the 2017 Summer Session are located at  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:



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 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 (, 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




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.




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:

Call our office at 660-543-4721 with any questions.


The Gateway Advising and Major Exploration Center staff looks forward to helping your student.




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 for more information.




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


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.




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




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 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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