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February 2018


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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 2 Fall course schedule available to view online.
February 9 Last day to change a full semester class to or from pass/fail.
February 9 Last day to drop a first-half semester class with a W.
February 12 All Day Resume Help for all students, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Ward Edwards 1200.
February 14 BIG Spring Career Expo for students (see article below).
February 15 Business, Industry, Government Interview Day for students- 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Ward Edwards 1200.
February 16 Students should get online to check their holds before summer/fall enrollment begins.
February 20 Student Progress Report due by faculty-students should check their grades and e-mail for warnings.
March 1 UCM Foundation scholarship applications are due using the online system, MoCents (see article below).
March 16 Last day to drop a full semester class with a W.
March 19-23 Spring Break (residence halls close March 16 at 6 p.m. and reopen March 25 at noon)
March 26 Enrollment period opens for summer and fall classes.
April 1 Priority application deadline for the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (
    Additional information regarding payment and registration dates can be found on MyCentral.


Mental Fitness Workshops for Students
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 Registrars 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.     February 5 & 6 Mindful Meditation  
    February 12 & 13 Perfectionism & Procrastination  
    February 19 & 20 Managing Difficult Emotions  
    February 26 & 27 Eating Mindfully  
Mondays and Tuesdays (same content both days)
3:30-4:45 p.m. - Rec Center Classroom
What's happening with students:
  • Students may be depressed as cold weather/lack of sunshine continues.
  • Students may become ill as flu season hits its peak.
  • Many students neglect their health and exercise plans.
  • Students may be anxious, tense, distracted, or frustrated with people- especially roommates- due to being stuck indoors too much.
  • Some students have relationship anxiety, especially around Valentines Day.
  • Students make plans for Spring Break. This may lead to disagreements with family over different expectations on how vacation will be spent.

What parents can do:

  • Encourage your students to actively enjoy the winter. Building snowman, going sledding, or ice skating are perfect study breaks.
  • Support your student as she/he tries to balance academics and extracurricular activities.
  • Encourage him/her to seek assistance.
  • Encourage your student to practice good health habits to prevent illness.


Missouri Innovation Campus Among finalist in National Educational Design Competition

The product of a trailblazing cost-saving partnership, The Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) facility was recently named one of 10 finalists in the South by Southwest Learn by Design competition, which recognizes projects and design solutions that enhance physical learning environments for students. The contest winner will be selected during a live competition at the South by Southwest Education Conference and Festival March 5-8 in Austin, Texas.   MIC  

Summit Technology Academy is a unique high-school program that prepares students for careers in areas such as engineering, computer science, health care, and creative sciences. The Missouri Innovation Campus program is a progressive collaboration between the Lees Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College and UCM. By engaging business partners and community organizations, the MIC offers and accelerated program that greatly reduces the time it takes students to complete a four-year degree, significantly lowering college debt and providing job-ready skills that are highly sought after by businesses. The MIC program was highlighted by President Barack Obama during a visit to UCM's Warrensburg campus in 2013. Read more.

New UCM Degree Gets Nod of Approval from CBHE, Fall 2018 Roll Out Will Prepare More Software Engineers

Helping to meet a growing need in a high-tech field, the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education has approved the University of Central Missouri's new Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering degree. The CBHE's decision enables UCM to achieve a new academic milestone in the delivery of high-impact degree programs.

"We are excited to offer this high-demand degree program at UCM beginning in Fall 2018," said Xiadong Yue, chair and professor of computer science, School of Computer Science and Mathematics. He added that this will also be the first and only undergraduate degree in the state of Missouri that is under the software engineering title.
Students who complete the program will be prepared for careers such as software engineers, project managers, designers, consultants or architects who create software. The program curricula will be designed in accordance with guidelines by the Association for Computing Machinery, and provide hands-on training in software engineering, computing, engineering practice and systems design.
Doug Koch, vice provost for academic programs and services, said the B.S. in Software Engineering will expand on UCM's efforts to provide quality programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas, while filling an important need in this region.
Students who complete this degree can expect to benefit from skills that are high in demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that through 2024 some 58 percent of the STEM jobs in the U.S. will be computing related. Among all computing jobs, the bureau forecasts at least 26 percent of them will be in the area of software development. Read more.
Innovation Track Expands Degree Completion Opportunities in Lees Summit, Reduces College Cost for Students
The Innovation Track concept that the University of Central Missouri created to enable high school students to earn up to 30 hours of college credit is being extended to the Lees Summit R-7 School District to provide expanded degree completion opportunities in cooperation with Metropolitan Community College- Longview. The partnership between the school district, MCC and UCM also provide high school juniors and seniors in Lees Summit with college credits at limited or no cost to the students families.
The Innovation Track was approved by the R-7 Board of Education at its Dec. 14 meeting. Also approved was district funding of the participation of Lees Summit R-7 students qualifying for the federal free/reduced lunch program (based on family income) in the Innovation Track as well as other dual-credit courses and International Baccalaureate courses/exams. The new program is expected to go to the MCC Board of Trustees for approval in January 2018. The UCM Board of Governors, MCC and Lees Summit R-7 will also be required to approve a memorandum of understanding among the three partnering organizations.
Sophomores and juniors at all three R-7 high schools will learn more about the program in the next few weeks with enrollment for 2018-2019 taking place Feb. 20, 21, and 22.
The Innovation Track is designed to offer the following to students:
  • A jump start on high-education degree completion thanks to reduced cost and time to degree completion.
  • A quality education provided by partnered institutions.
  • Access to college and university resources, including full student privileges at high-education institutions.
  • A seamless transition to becoming a MCC or UCM full-time student.
  • Greater flexibility and a competitive advantage for R-7 students among their peers.
In addition to saving students money and time, the Innovation Track has a number of advantages for students and the partnering organizations. The credits earned by the local students will be guaranteed to transfer from not only MCC to UCM, but also to virtually any public post-secondary institution in Missouri.  Read more

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Its 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 and meal plan 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 2018 will be available online beginning February 2. Students can view them by logging into MyCentral. They are also available to the public at https:/ BANP/bwckschd.p_disp_dyn_sched .

Each student is assigned an enrollment access date ( enroll.cfm), 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 26 and go through April 11. To ensure the best selection of courses, students are strongly encouraged to complete their enrollment for both summer and fall semesters on this date.


Beginning with the Summer 2018 term, if eligible, students can receive an additional Pell Grant disbursement equal to a full semester amount (if in12 hours) or half (if in 6 hours). Students enrolled in less than 6 hours in the Summer can only use your remaining eligibility (if any) from 2017-2018. The awarded amount will be based on either their 2017-18 FAFSA or 2018-19 FAFSA, whichever is greater. The actual amount will be set at the time of awarding for the Summer. If the 2018-19 FAFSA has not been filed, the student will be awarded from the 2017-18 FAFSA. This additional Pell Grant disbursement will count against the student's lifetime limit.


The Career Services Center will be hosting All Day Resume Help on Monday, February 12th, 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 Spring Career Expo.



Encourage your students to download the Fairs App to see which employers will be attending the BIG Career Expo, Spring 2018 and the BIG Interview Day. Students will also use this app at the BIG Career Expo event to see where employers are located and what majors they are recruiting for.


As a reminder, the Career Services Center will be hosting the Spring Career Expo on Wednesday, February 14th, 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. Approximately 150 employers are expected at this year's event. Students should dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their resumes. Students should check their HireRed account or download The Fairs App 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 events/springexpo.cfm.


Nearly 40 employers will conduct interviews on Thursday, February 15th in the Career Services Center, WDE 1200. Students should check their HireRed account or download The Fairs App 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 for the scholarships. If they encounter any issues using the new system, they should email foundationscholarships@ucmo. edu or visit


Can your student answer YES to any of these questions?

  • Enrolled in less than 15 hours this semester?

  • Want to graduate in four years?

  • Considering dropping a spring full-semester course?

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:

  • CJ 1000 - Introduction to Criminal Justice

  • ECEL 2110 - Diversity and Social Justice

  • CFD 1450 - Valuing Differences: Discovering Common Ground

  • SOC 1830 - Social Problems

  • SAFE 2010 - Practical Safety and Security

  • HIST 1351 - History of the US from 1877

  • HIST 1350 - U.S. History to 1877

  • LIS 1600 - University Library and Research Skills

  • ENGL 1020 - Composition I

  • ENGL 1030 - Composition II

  • GEOG 2300 - Acquiring & Managing Spatial Info.

  • NUR 4111 - Socio-Economic Factors Impact Health

  • HLTH 1100 - Personal Health

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 5th. The last day to add a second-half semester class is March 8th.

* 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 2018-19 school year is to complete and submit the 2018-19 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 2018-19 FAFSA prior to April 1, 2018.


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

  • Have copies of 2016 tax forms.

  • Submit the 2018-19 FAFSA at (don't use any other web site). Be sure to enter UCM's FAFSA code - 002454.

  • Click on the many links at for detailed information about the financial aid programs, policies and procedures at UCM.

If you or your student have questions or need additional clarification about any aspect of applying for financial aid for the 2018-2019 school year, be sure to contact UCM Office of Student Financial Services in-person or by mail (1100 Ward Edwards Bldg.), or by telephone (660-543-8266).

Is your student interested in beginning classes at UCM with the 2018 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 2017-18 FAFSA is used to determine a student's 2018 summer session financial aid eligibility. Summer aid applications can be submitted after March 1, 2018.


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

  • Attend a Mules/Jennies Basketball Contest

  • Visit UCM's Student Recreation and Wellness Center

  • Become involved or stay actively involved in campus organizations Become involved in residence hall activities

  • Attend a Spotlight event, these include anything from hypnotist, movie nights, casino nights, and a fun game of BINGO Bowling in campus

  • Union Cinema Movies

  • Intramural sports such as archery, bowling, pickleball, indoor track, racquetball, boulder competition, slow pitch softball, outdoor soccer, indoor volleyball, cricket, trap shooting, tennis, disc golf, and basketball

  • Variety of concerts at the Hart Recital Hall or Hendricks Hall

A full calendar of student activities for Spring 2018 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 students 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

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.

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