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August 2017


Dear Parents,

In today’s highly competitive world, one of the greatest decisions a student makes has to do with their choice for a higher education, so we are excited to welcome your student to the University of Central Missouri as we begin the first day of the 2017 fall semester on Aug. 14. We know that as a parent, you have a significant role in your student’s higher education, having invested in an opportunity to make a positive difference in your student’s life and career. As a campus community we are committed to your student’s success, and our faculty and staff have a shared responsibility to ensure that a degree from UCM is an exceptional value proposition. This is part of our commitment to you and your student, articulated through UCM’s Learning to a Greater Degree contract for completion. Consistent with our focus on student success, it is designed to help your student graduate on time and with an education and experiences necessary to be successful in life and in their career choice.

Part of this commitment means looking for opportunities to build upon our quality programs and making college more accessible. This fall, we are excited about opportunities such as the opening of The Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit, which will be the new home for programs UCM offers in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Whatever program your student may choose, however, our commitment is to provide them with the support they need to finish their degree and achieve their college goals. In addition to a caring staff, eager to assist them in meeting the challenges and experiencing the benefits of a higher education, we are committed to maintaining affordability and helping them graduate on time with less debt. We have held your student’s cost down while at the same time being the only Missouri public college or university to offer a 15-to-Finish Scholarship. We want your student to receive this and achieve their degree. As we begin the fall semester, we look forward to sharing such opportunities with your student while they experience learning to a greater degree.

Joining you in service,

Chuck Ambrose,



Dr. Chuck Ambrose



Previous Editions
  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:
Now Textbook reservations are currently available online for Fall semester at UCM Store
August 9
Summer semester final grades posted online
August 10 UCM Experience Kickoff check-in is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for incoming freshmen who have registered
August 13 Returning students check-in to UCM housing 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Most campus offices that serve students will be open 1-3 p.m.
August 14 Fall classes begin
August 17 Last day to add a full-semester class
August 17 Last day to drop a full-semester class and receive a 100% refund
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.





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.


The UCM Counseling Center, in cooperation with the Student Recreation & Wellness Center, is excited to launch Mental Fitness as a new resource for students. The workshops in this weekly series are designed to strengthen students’ skills for managing life’s challenges. Topics include stress management, healthy communication, and coping with setbacks, among others. Students can attend one or all of our free workshops which are offered at two convenient times each week in the Rec Center Classroom.

Students who attend at least 5 workshops in a 12-month period will be given credit on their Experience Transcript.

The schedule can be accessed online from the Counseling Center’s website at Workshop topics in August include:

• Adjustments and Coping with Change – August 21 and 24
• Stress Management and Self-Care – August 28 and 31

College is a time of learning and development achieved through academic challenge, service, leadership, and personal growth. Mental Fitness is designed to equip students with skills needed to be successful in college and beyond.

To track the latest news and events at UCM link to



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 14th?

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 is being sent to students that includes a link to the Fall 2017 Getting Started website at

Be sure to check out the immunization requirements which must be completed before the student moves into housing.


Residence halls open at 9 a.m., Thursday, August 10 for those freshmen who have registered for the UCM Experience kickoff. You can check in until 1 p.m. If you have not signed up for the UCM Experience kickoff then you check in on Sunday, August 13, from 10am-2pm.

Per State of Missouri law, only those students with their meningitis vaccination on file with the University Health Center will be allowed to move in. 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. We highly encourage you to send your documentation ahead of time to the University Health Center. Remember, any meningitis vaccination prior to the age of 16 requires a booster shot.

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.

Students who pre-ordered loft kits can pick them up on Thursday, August 10, from 8:30 am-1:30 pm and Sunday, August 13 from 9:30 am-2:30 pm. 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: Thursday, August 10, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. and Sunday, August 13, 9:30 pm - 3:00 pm. 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 for any last minute updates before you arrive.



If your student will have a vehicle parked on campus they will need to purchase a parking permit. Permits are available through the link on their MyCentral portal. If you have additional questions please contact Parking Services at or 660-543-4098.


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 2:30 a.m. by calling 660- 543-4123. For more personal safety information, visit


Each 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 to validate in Blackboard!

The Enrollment Validation Policy (EVP) applies to all full-semester and 1st half-semester classes beginning between Aug. 14th –Aug. 20th, and any 2nd half-semester courses that begin Oct. 9th –Oct. 15th. The EVP does not apply to “off-schedule” classes.

To avoid being dropped, you must validate enrollment in each class. Find detailed instructions at 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

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 Tuesday, August 15th for full semester and 1st-half semester classes.



The scholarship, grant, student loan and PLUS (parent) loan disbursements for the 2017 fall semester have now been finalized for almost all of UCM's financial aid applicants. Students can verify that all requirements have been satisfied for their financial aid by logging into MyCentral portal using their 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

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 2017-18 school year, it’s not too late to do so. The 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can still be completed and submitted on-line at


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, 2017, for students who registered between March 23 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

Please note that the SFS Office experiences heavy call 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 access helpful videos to key processes at the SFS website ( Students may submit an inquiry to Student Financial Services by accessing the "contactsfs" button in MyCentral.

Student Financial Services will be open on Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 13th from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


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.

Academic services offered in the Learning Commons, 3rd floor of the JCK Library include:

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

Learning Commons
JCK Library 3150
(660) 543-8972


If your student takes medication for a psychological condition, your student needs to continue 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 131. Visit our web site at Here is a link to some area treatment providers,

When your student has any sort of personal problem that is causing them difficulty, the Counseling Center can help by providing a free initial consultation with treatment recommendations. To make an appointment, students may call 660-543-4060 or visit the Counseling Center in Humphreys Suite 131.


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.

On Campus Jobs
For on-campus student employment, the Human Resources job search site is open for students at:

HireRed (Off Campus Jobs)
Off-campus jobs (off campus work study, internships, part-time/full-time) are posted on the HireRed network.

How to Access Your HireRed Account
1. Log on to MyCentral using your username and password. Username will be your #700. Password will be specific to your login.*
2. Click on the “Student Services” tab at the top of your MyCentral page.
3. Scroll down to the Career Development section in the left hand column.
4. Click on the HireRed link.
5. Click on the “View your Profile” link to complete your profile.
6. Start searching and applying for off-campus jobs (work-study, internships, and part-time/full-time).
7. If you are on a public computer, make sure to completely log off to protect your account information.

*If you are unable to log on to MyCentral please contact the Technology Support Center. Email: or call 660-543-4357.

Jobs are posted daily on HireRed, so check back often. Questions or concerns, please contact the Career Services Center at 660-543-4985 or by email at


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, inflatables, fun run, and more. More information has been mailed to your home. In the meantime, information can be found at We look forward to seeing you in September.


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

• We have 25 fraternities and sororities. The Greek community represents 12% of the undergraduate student population.
• Fraternities and sororities dedicate over 15,000 hours to community service and raise $40,000 annually for local and national charities.
• Fraternity and Sorority Life at Central is a premier avenue for leadership opportunities.

More information about Greek Life including important recruitment dates can be found at


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 the 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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