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February 2016


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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:

February 5 Fall course schedule available to view online
February 12 Last day to change a full semester class to or from pass/fail
February 12 Last day to drop a first half-semester class with a W
February 17 Students should get online to check their holds before summer/fall enrollment begins
February 22 All Day Resume Help for students, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Ward Edwards 1200
February 23 Student Progress Report due by faculty - students should check their grades and email for warnings
February 24 Spring Career Expo for students (see article below)
February 25 Business, Industry, Government Interview Day for students - 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Ward Edwards 1200
February 26 Last day to apply rental fee toward textbook purchase
March 1 UCM Foundation scholarship applications are due using the online system, MoCents (see article below)
March 18 Last day to drop a full semester class with a W
March 21-25 Spring Break (Residence halls close March 18 at 6 p.m. and reopen March 27 at noon)
March 28-April 21 Enrollment period opens for summer and fall classes
April 1 Priority application deadline for the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (

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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".

MCC-Longview Administrator Fills Assistant VP Post in Enrollment Management
Filling a position that will contribute to student success at the University of Central Missouri, an administrator at Metropolitan Community College (MCC) - Longview, Karen D. Goos, Ed.D., becomes UCM’s new assistant vice provost for enrollment management, effective April 1.

Her appointment was announced by Mike Godard, vice provost for enrollment management at UCM. Goos, who earned a Master of Science in Exercise Science: Athletic Administration degree from Central Missouri in 2001, will have responsibilities that include managing, developing, implementing and assessing a comprehensive retention action plan for the university. She will work in collaboration with university colleges and divisions to compile current UCM retention strategies, track retention activities, assess efficacy, and recommend changes, among a wide variety of other duties in the retention area, Godard said.

He noted, “We are very pleased that Dr. Goos has accepted this new position at UCM. Her enthusiasm and demonstrated ability to effect positive change regarding student success will be great assets in our work to increase the retention, completion and career readiness of our students at UCM."

The enrollment management area is among campus units that report to UCM Provost-Chief Learning Officer Deborah Curtis. She added that the university is delighted to welcome Dr. Goos to UCM to serve in this important role.

“Her experience serving in prior educational leadership positions will provide us with additional resources to advance our progress toward achieving our student success goals. We are looking forward to the many contributions we know she will make to this united effort,” Curtis said.

Dr. Karen Goos
A resident of Blue Springs with more than 15 years of professional experience in higher education, Goos currently serves as dean of student development and enrollment at MCC - Longview. In this capacity, she provides leadership and management in areas such as financial aid, academic advising, records, business, testing, admissions, counseling, athletics, campus life, career services, disability support services, as well as the Student Success Center, which she created.

Goos has served at her current post since 2012, and her achievements have included increasing high school enrollment rates with partnerships and mobile enrollment strategies, redesigning academic advising opportunities for first time freshmen and specific at-risk cohorts, providing leadership for the creation of a peer mentoring program and academic probationary program, and creating opportunities to increase tutoring on campus and academic engagement.

Her work at MCC also has included a special assignment July 2014-August 2015 as associate vice chancellor of student development and enrollment management, where her duties included improving key performance indicators in recruitment and retention to include completion of a robust communication plan, creation of caseload advising and early alert systems.

She has served in many other capacities at MCC campuses, including service at MCC-Blue River as associate dean of student development and enrollment management, August 2010-October 2012; registrar, May 2009-August 2010; enrollment services manager at MCC-Kansas City, April 2008-May 2009; and college relations coordinator at MCC-Maple Woods, Feb. 2005-April 2008. Before working in the Kansas City metropolitan area, Goos served as a track and field/cross country coach at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma from August 2002-August 2004, and worked at the University of Nebraska, Kearney, as an assistant track and field coach, July 2001-August 2002, and as an adjunct instructor in that university’s Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies Department, August 2001-August 2002.

In addition to her UCM degree, Goos earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Middle School Education degree at Doane College, Crete, Neb., and a Doctorate in Education, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Workshop Assists Service Members, Veterans, Reservists and Their Spouses

Return With Purpose, a free workshop that will help military personnel and veterans identify barriers in order to make a smooth transition from active duty to civilian life, is planned for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the University of Central Missouri. Registration is now being accepted for the one-day session, which takes place in Room 235 of the Elliott Student Union.

Return With Purpose provides a great opportunity for those retiring from the military, separating, or thinking about retirement, as well as those just setting future planning goals. The program helps individuals re-think their approach and define a plan, not just for transition, but planning for any career or life goal. It will assist participants in evaluating where they are now, and how to arrive at their desired path for the future. Participants will learn more about a process which will help them create a positive future, including landing a better job, getting the education they really want, and reconnecting with family and friends. It picks up where the military’s Transitional Assistance Program (TAP) leaves off with transitioning service members. Return With Purpose is open to military personnel who are preparing to leave service, veterans, members of the National Guard, reservists and military spouses.

Leading the workshop will be Greg Ganschaw, chief executive officer and founder of Return With Purpose. Ganschaw is a U.S. Air Force veteran who has worked with Fortune 500 companies to help employees and corporations to maximize their skills, abilities and productivity.

Advance registration is required. Interested individuals must RSVP to Ganschaw at or call 314-520-2046 by Feb. 19. Read more

Lincoln University President Rome Speaker for Faculty/Staff Learning Day

An education leader with vast experience in student engagement and success, Kevin Rome, president of Lincoln University, was the keynote speaker for the first faculty and staff Learning Day at the University of Central Missouri Friday, Jan. 8.



Learning Day was a professional development program for all faculty and staff members, which covered a wide variety of different topics that relate to how each employee can contribute to student success, including their role in providing a safe and inclusive university community. During the luncheon, which was part of the day-long, program Rome shared insights about working for a historically African American university in Jefferson City, Mo., and apply his knowledge to assist UCM with its university-wide commitment to a campus community that values diversity, service and safety among all faculty, staff and students.


Rome became the 19th president of Lincoln University in 2013, part of a journey into higher education that began at Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, Ga., as an Upward Bound Residence Hall supervisor in the summer of 1989. Rome became the 19th president of Lincoln University in 2013, part of a journey into higher education that began at Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, Ga., as an Upward Bound Residence Hall supervisor in the summer of 1989.


Rome’s multi-faceted career in higher education also includes serving as assistant dean of students in the area of new student services at the University of Texas at Austin, beginning in 1996, followed by a promotion in 1999 to assistant dean of students in the area of campus and community involvement at UT. While also earning his doctorate at UT, Rome’s many professional responsibilities during his tenure included supervising a welcome program for African American, Mexican American and Hispanic students and special programs and services for nontraditional/adult students, and supervising the Student Organization Center and Student Organization Bank.

Dr. Kevin Rome


Rome’s vast service beyond his role as a university president includes membership on Board of Directors for the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Central Missouri, Capital Region Medical Center, Central Bank, and the Jefferson City Area YMCA, and board member for the Missouri Campus Compact. He has held leadership roles in other organizations dedicated to access, diversity and excellence in education.   Read more

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It’s time to start talking with your student about their housing arrangements for next fall. Room sign-up for on-campus has already begun. Students can complete their housing agreement online via their UCM student portal. Once submitted, they will be contacted within a few days regarding choosing a room for the next year.

As a reminder, UCM has a 2 year residency requirement. Juniors and above may desire to live off-camps. Keep in mind that, when comparing costs, university housing is economical and convenient as the residence hall rate includes all utilities, internet and cable service. Our independent studies also consistently show that those who reside on- campus earn a higher grade point average than those who reside off-campus.


Believe it or not it’s already time to begin thinking about course scheduling for summer and fall semesters! The summer course offerings are now available online. Course offerings for Fall 2016 will be available online beginning February 5. Students can view them by logging into MyCentral. They are also available to the public at https:/

Each student is assigned an enrollment access date (, based on their earned hours. Students will be able to sign up for both summer and fall classes on the same date. Enrollment access dates begin on March 28 and go through April 21. To ensure the best selection of courses, students are strongly encouraged to complete their enrollment for both summer and fall semesters on this date.


The Career Services Center will be hosting All Day Resume Help on Monday, February 22th, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in WDE 1200. This is a great opportunity for students to have their resume reviewed in preparation of the upcoming Fall Career Expo. However, there is no reason to wait. Walk-in assistance is available Monday – Thursday, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. every week in the Career Center, WDE 1200.


As a reminder, the Career Services Center will be hosting the Spring Career Expo on Wednesday, February 24th, 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. More than 180 employers are expected at this year’s event. Students should dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their resumes. Students should check their Mules4Hire account to see who will be participating in this event. 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 expo setup and gain exposure to employers recruiting on the UCM campus.

For more information regarding this event, please visit our website at



Nearly 40 employers will conduct interviews on Thursday, February 25th in the Career Services Center, WDE 1200. Students should check their Mules4Hire account to see who will be participating in our BIG Interview Day. Students should visit with these companies at the Career Expo in order to secure an interview slot. Questions? Please contact the Career Services Center at 660-543-4985 or by email at


Do you know that scholarships are the single largest area impacted by gifts from donors to the UCM Foundation? Are you aware that the students who receive these scholarships also make better grades and tend to graduate more than those who don’t? While last year scholarship gifts meant $1.2 million in support for students, they still only helped some eight percent of the students enrolled. To make sure scholarships help the most students, last year the Foundation launched MoCents, a convenient online system for students to apply for nearly 450 scholarships.

  After registering their student email at MoCents, students create a general application, which matches them with the scholarships they qualify for based on such criteria as major/minor, grade point average, financial need and student activities. For the best consideration, students are encouraged to complete all fields, especially those related to extracurricular activities. Also, some scholarships may ask additional questions to verify eligibility.


Here are step-by-step instructions to share with your student about how they can set up an account.

In 2013, the Foundation awarded more than $1.2 million in direct scholarship support to students. That’s part of the Foundation’s mission as the university’s nonprofit arm. By securing private gifts from alumni and friends, the UCM Foundation makes a UCM degree more accessible, affordable and beneficial for students.

Students have until March 1 to apply for the scholarships. If they encounter any issues using the new system, they should email or visit


Can your student answer YES to any of these questions?

Did you know that ALL of UCM’s majors can be completed in four years? However, students must complete the right 15-16 hours each semester to make this happen!

To help students reach their goals and to stay on track, UCM has a great selection of second-half semester courses that begin in early March.

These offerings include several different General Education* courses major/minor classes, and free choice electives. Some of the General Education classes available include:

Students can log into MyCentral to add one of these classes today! When searching for courses, opt for the “Advanced Search” and limit the search to the “2nd Half” session. Make searching even faster by bringing up all 2nd Half classes at once – choose “ACCT” at the top of the list, hold shift, and then choose “WGS”.

Second-half semester classes begin March 7th. The last day to add a second-half semester class is March 9th.

* Please note: General Education course requirements vary by catalog year. Students should consult their degree audit (in MyCentral) and their catalog ( for appropriate course choices in General Education.


The Office of Student Financial Services at the University of Central Missouri administers over $113 million annually through a wide variety of federal, state, UCM and other financial aid programs to help new and continuing students and their parents meet their educational and living expenses (tuition, fees, books and supplies, housing, meal plan, etc.)

The first step in receiving assistance for the upcoming 2016-17 school year is to complete and submit the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To be considered for the priority deadline for all grants, student loans, and part-time employment assistance, a family should complete and submit the 2016-17 FAFSA prior to April 1, 2016.

Use the following checklist to assist you and your student with the financial aid process:

If you or your student have questions or need additional clarification about any aspect of applying for financial aid for the 2016-2017school year, be sure to contact UCM Office of Student Financial Services in-person or by mail (1100 Ward Edwards Bldg.), online (use, or by telephone (660-543-8266).

Is your student interested in beginning classes at UCM with the 2016 summer session? If so, detailed information about how to apply for summer financial aid may be found at Please be aware that data from the 2015-16 FAFSA is used to determine a student’s 2016 summer session financial aid eligibility. Summer aid applications can be submitted after March 1, 2016.


This spring there are a multitude of activities for students. A few of them include:

A full calendar of student activities for Spring 2016 can be found at On that web page, students can even sign up to have text message alerts sent to their phone to notify them of upcoming events and activities.


Some students find that the major they originally selected is not a good fit for them. If your student falls into this category, be sure to let them know that the Gateway Advising and Major Exploration Center is there to help. The Career Counselors in the Gateway Center have a well-developed plan designed to assist your student in the decision- making process as they actively progress towards graduation. They are well-versed in the unique requirements for all of the academic programs and will provide gateway advising to help your student carefully select classes that “count” toward their eventual declared program.

The Career Counselor will work with your student to facilitate an individualized approach to methodically making a major/career decision. They are dedicated to helping students find and follow their passion. The key is to help students identify what degree program will best prepare them for a successful career that best fits their unique set of characteristics. Through this exploration process, students will gain the focus necessary to understanding where they are headed and how a college degree will help them get there. Statistically, this alone has been proven to significantly increase their success as students.

Once your student has declared a major, he or she will be assigned a new Academic Advisor specific to their major. Additionally, we recommend your student develop a relationship with their Career Development Coordinator (CDC) in the Career Services Center. The CDC acts as your student's career development advocate and serves as their direct link to both their academic program’s faculty and the employers who recruit UCM graduates. Your student should collaborate with their CDC to create an individualized Career Development Plan. This plan is designed to get your student into the position of being the preferred candidate in his or her chosen field upon graduation.

  Gateway Advising and Major Exploration Center   660-543-4721  
  Career Services Center   660-543-4985  




Employers may use the terms "summer job" and "internship" interchangeably. However, in general, summer jobs and internships do vary in some ways. Typically, summer jobs include anything done for money, while internships must be relative to the student’s degree program. Internships also tend to be much more structured, include more training and supervision, and are designed specifically for college students. In some cases where employers are able to be highly selective, internships are completed without pay, whereas others provide a source of income as well. Both summer jobs and internships are means by which to gather work experience, although an internship might offer a student an experience that is more closely related to full-time opportunities after college. Either way, any experience is good experience.

Don't underestimate the value of summer jobs; they can be very useful. A summer job can help students to build a set of skills, including leadership, communication, program development, time management and organizational skills that they will be able to use in jobs they hold throughout their lives. As student’s progress from being underclassmen to upperclassmen, however, internships become much more important. The structured, professional environment of most internships help students to evaluate if the experience is something they want to pursue in the long term. In some cases a full-time job offer can result from a successfully completed internship.



If your student mentions they are struggling with their academics, organization, time management, or are uncertain about how to find campus academic resources, we encourage you to have them reach out to one of the Academic Responsibility Coaches in their living area.

Academic Responsibility Coaches are peer mentors who live in the residence halls and have been trained to provide direct assistance and coaching to students with academic concerns. These upper-class students are dedicated to introducing students to a variety of support strategies and tools to boost their academic success, as well as provide ongoing support to their peers through one-on-one contact, group meetings, and programs related to academic skill building.

Contact information for Academic Responsibility Coaches can be found at:


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