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October 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 fall semester include the following:

October 7 End of first half-semester, and final exams for classes that meet first half-semester only
October 10 All Day Resume Help in Career Services (Ward Edwards 1200)
October 10 Second half-semester classes begin
October 12 BIG Fall Career Expo for students from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building
October 12 Last day to register, add, or change second half-semester classes
October 13 Business, Industry and Government Interview Day for students from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Career Services Center (Ward Edwards 1200)
October 17 Enrollment begins for spring semester classes
October 21 Last day to drop a fall full-semester class with a W -- read more about the Grading System
October 21-22 Homecoming Weekend
November 21-25 Fall Break - Residence halls close at 6 p.m. Friday, November 18 and reopen at noon, Sunday, November 27
December 5-9 Finals week
December 9 Residence halls close at 6 p.m. and reopen January 8 at noon
December 10 Commencement, see the Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement Schedule
    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 "UCM Registrar."


Beginning October 1, 2016, families can begin to file the FAFSA for the 2017-18 school year. For 2017-18, families will use their 2015 tax forms which is a change to the aid process. Since the taxes are already complete, families don’t need to wait until Spring and can use the IRS data retrieval tool within the FAFSA application. This allows for students to use accurate data and meet priority deadlines well in advance.

The Office of Student Financial Assistance will begin to award financial aid in mid-December, which will enable our families to have several months to plan for their educational expenses for the 2017-18 year. We will continue to provide helpful information and updates throughout the year in this newsletter and directly to the students via their UCM email accounts and UCM Weekly.

Following is information from the U.S. Department of Education, found at:


SUBMIT A FAFSA EARLIER: Students will be able to submit a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit their FAFSAs as early as October 1 every year.

USE EARLIER INCOME AND TAX INFORMATION: Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income and tax information, rather than their 2016 income and tax information.

Here’s a summary of key dates for submitting the FAFSA depending on when you plan to go to school:





UCM has implemented a new student success tool this Fall called Guide-College Simplified. Guide is a student success mobile phone application that helps students navigate roadblocks to graduation and make better choices along the way. This mobile device empowers students with the information that will keep them on a path toward graduation by giving them notifications about deadlines like paying for college or resolving holds. It provides helpful tips and tricks to do well in college as well as connects students with resources when they are needed. Guide adopts what can be confusing and often overwhelming school requirements and information into digestible steps specific to the student. Along the way, the application has a major exploration feature so students can explore majors and career options right in the palm of their hand.


Students can download the app for free by searching ‘Guide-College Simplified” on Google Play or the Apple App Store. They will be able to use their MyCentral credentials to login. Students without a smartphone can use the desktop version at




Spooktacular Dining Dollar Special

October 31st Only - For every $50 Dining Dollars purchased students will receive $5 On Campus Dining Dollars FREE. Bonus!! Get $10 in Spin! Pizza Bucks for every $100 in Dining Dollars purchased. (All Dining Dollars purchased through this special and the Free Dining Dollars will be loaded as On-Campus Dining Dollars.)


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



Registration for the spring semester begins October 17. Please encourage your student to visit with their advisor to discuss academic and course planning. Registration is prioritized based on hours earned. To view the priority registration schedule, click on the following link:

Students should register for courses during their enrollment period in order to ensure maximum course availability. Students have been notified and are able to view any holds that will prevent them from registering. Holds must be removed in order to register for the spring semester.


In an effort to provide feedback to students regarding their academic performance, faculty members have the opportunity to provide Student Progress Reports. Students receiving a deficiency grade are encouraged to visit with their instructor to develop strategies for improvement. The last day to drop a 16-week course with a “W” is Friday, October 21. Students should consult with their advisor and financial aid staff to determine the impact dropping a course may have on their academic progression or financial aid. If a hold exists on your student’s account they will be unable to drop a course themselves and must see their academic advisor for assistance with the drop prior to 5 p.m. on October 21.


When your student needs extra help with class work, remember that the Learning Commons, located on the third floor of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library, offers free tutoring for over 70 subjects. More information about the Learning Commons, and a tutoring schedule, can be found at: Hours are 9 a.m. to 9p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

The Writing Center, located in the Learning Commons, JCKL 3160, offers help with any writing project, from essays and research papers to scholarship applications. Students can either walk-in and meet with a tutor or schedule an appointment.

For students who are U.S. citizens and are first-generation, low-income, or disability-challenged college students, AE’s TRIO-Student Support Services,, provides free tutoring in many high-risk courses, such as chemistry, physics, algebra, and calculus. In addition, TRIO-SSS organizes small study groups and provides assistance with common computer applications. Your student can come to Lovinger 1130 for more information about TRIO services.

Please remind your son or daughter that some of the best students on campus-- freshmen through graduate students-- regularly take advantage of these excellent academic supports. Without a doubt, the free services found at the Learning Commons, the Writing Center, and the TRIO Center are some of the best bargains on campus.


Is your student struggling with their academics, organization, time management, or uncertain about how to find campus academic resources? If so, we encourage you to have them contact one of the Academic Responsibility Coaches in their residence halls.

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.


Information regarding holds, registration and other important university-business is continually sent to UCM email accounts in order to keep students informed of important dates and deadlines. Please encourage your student to view this account on a frequent basis.


The University of Central Missouri maintains a continued commitment to make the campus environment both safe and welcoming for everyone. UCM prides itself on providing a quality living, learning, and working environment, and the safety of our campus members is at the core of such efforts.

UCM has a well-trained staff of campus police officers that work to ensure a safe and secure campus. UCM has multiple safety initiatives on campus such as the SAFE Team Escorts, a group of part-time students who are on foot patrol evenings and can provide a walking escort between buildings. On the Public Safety website additional details are available about programs such as Bystander Intervention Skills Training, Victim Advocacy, free physical defense classes, the Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and much more to help keep you better informed about communication and opportunities to enhance personal safety.


Classroom education is a priority in your student’s college career, but the learning experience should not stop there. Eighty percent of learning takes place outside the classroom. Becoming an active part of campus life will be one of the most important steps toward making the most of your student’s college career and charting a successful future. Becoming involved in campus activities will help students develop new friendships, get hands-on experience and develop skills such as teamwork, decision making, and time management. Campus groups and organizations can allow students to make a positive impact on the campus and community as well as gain a feeling of accomplishment.

The Office of Student Activities,, is committed to extending education beyond the classroom by offering students experiences that will be rewarding and enriching to them personally, intellectually, socially, and physically. The experiences they gain through their involvement will stay with them throughout their college years.


Click this link to view a short video where University of Central Missouri student anchors from "Sportspage" take viewers through a Top 10 List of favorite student activities and experiences not to be missed while attending UCM. From enjoying some of campus' best traditions to climbing the rock wall and studying overseas, UCM provides students with countless opportunities while they are on campus.


The Career Services Center will be hosting All Day Resume Help on Monday, October 10, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in WDE 1200. This is a great opportunity for students to have their resume reviewed in preparation of the upcoming BIG Fall Career Expo.


The Career Services Center will be hosting the BIG Fall Career Expo on Wednesday, October 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building Arena. This is an excellent 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. Graduate and professional schools will also be available to discuss their programs and application processes. Approximately 150 employers and graduate schools are expected at this year’s event. Students should dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes. 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 set-up and gain exposure to employers recruiting on the UCM campus. Students should check the “Events” tab in their HireRed account to view employers who will be participating in this year’s Fall Career Expo. For more information regarding this event, please visit our website at


Nearly 45 employers will conduct interviews on Thursday, October 13 in the Career Services Center, WDE 1200. Students should check their HireRed account to see who will be participating in our BIG Interview Day. Students should visit with these companies at the BIG Career Expo on October 12 in order to secure an interview slot.

Questions? Please contact the Career Services Center at 660-543-4985 or by email at


Homecoming is one of our largest campus and community celebrations of the year. Alumni get excited, coming back to Warrensburg with their families and friends to reconnect with classmates and professors and to see how the university and city have changed. Students get excited, putting the spirit into one of the university’s longest-standing traditions through week-long competitions, the pep rally and parade. Homecoming 2016 activities are scheduled throughout week prior, culminating Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22 , in two fun-filled days for students, alumni and friends. Check out our website,, to find out more about this year’s Homecoming and the events that are scheduled. If you are an alumni please find us at and get connected!

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