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April 2017

    DATES TO REMEMBER
     
    A great place to keep track of what is going on at UCM is through our university calendar found at www.ucmo.edu/calendar/.  A few of the many important dates for the spring semester include the following:
 
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January 2017

February 2017

March 2017

April 3 Last day to apply for graduation to have name included in the Spring/Summer Commencement Program
April 12
UCM Student Employee Reception
April 14 Last day to drop a second half-semester
April 15 Last day to apply for Fall graduation to be considered for the 15 to Finish Scholarship
April 20 Enrollment for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 open to all students
April 28 Last day of Spring semester classes
May 1-5 Final Exams (see the schedule)
May 1-5 Textbook buybacks and rental returns
May 5 Residence halls close. 6 p.m.
May 5-6 Commencement Ceremonies
May 15 Beginning of first 6-week and 12-week Summer Sessions
     
    Additional information regarding payment and registration dates can be found on MyCentral.
       
 

HELP YOUR STUDENT TO BE INFORMED!

 

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.

 

 

 

UCM Alumni Foundation Approves $1.4 Million to Support Student Success


For the sixth consecutive year, the University of Central Missouri Alumni Foundation has increased the payout from its endowments in support of students and academic programs. The Foundation Board of Directors authorized a payout of $1.4 million for fiscal year 2018, which is a 7.81-percent increase from FY17 and nearly triple the payout since FY12.

“Our alumni are passionate about their alma mater and recognize the opportunities created by the value of their college degree,” said Richard Phillips, president of the UCM Alumni Foundation Board of Directors. “At a time when access to an affordable education is a growing challenge, our board’s commitment to investing in the success of our students and university is unwavering.”

As student debt across the nation crossed the $1-trillion mark in 2013, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, UCM’s commitment to keeping tuition affordable has ensured the student body’s average debt to a minimum.

“One of our greatest priorities at UCM is to maintain college access and affordability for our students, particularly at a time when significant decreases in state funding pose historic challenges to our efforts to keep costs down,” said UCM President Chuck Ambrose. “We are grateful for the support we receive from our alumni and friends who contribute to scholarships enabling more students to attend UCM, and ultimately reducing the debt burden they and their families could face for many years to come. The UCM Foundation Board deserves our appreciation for recognizing this tremendous need by increasing the payout from its endowments.”

The president added that “such efforts are contributing to a reduction of students’ debt by $15.2 million, due to less dependence on federal loans, which have decreased by 22.3 percent since the 2012-2013 school year.”

“This would not be possible without our alumni and friends, who are focused on advancing our university and creating opportunities for students to earn a college degree,” said Jason Drummond, vice president of University Advancement and executive director of the UCM Foundation. “The steadfast vision of our Board of Directors is ensuring that barriers are being removed for generations of students who want to achieve their dreams.”

To make a gift in support of student success, visit www.ucmfoundation.org.

UCM Introduces SeedStar Books with Launch of Two Student-Produced Titles

 

SeedStar Books, a new children’s literature imprint from the University of Central Missouri, celebrated the launch of two new books Saturday, March 18, at the Elliott Student Union on the UCM Campus.

 

SeedStar Books will release And We Shall Share the Sky by UCM students Allina Robie and Brady Stoehr, along with Sophia and the Boy Who Fell by Traci Brimhall and Sarah Nyguen. These beautifully illustrated and told stories explore common themes of friendship, loss, and growth, as well as use colorful imagery and language to bring their world’s to light for children all over.

The event also is the launch of the SeedStar Books publishing imprint. A reflection of UCM’s commitment to learning to a greater degree, SeedStar Books encourages students to challenge themselves and share their talents through editing and publication.

SeedStar Books is an imprint of Pleiades Press, which has been publishing works of literature for adults for nearly 20 years. After the enormous success of Pleiades Press in the 2016 publication of its first children’s book, Gust, the UCM College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences decided to make a long-term commitment to literature for children.

Gust, written and illustrated by Georgianna Smith and Louise Garbs, was inspired by the choreography of UCM professors Julie Rae Mollenkamp and Ashley Miller in a the award-winning children’s play produced by the UCM Department of Theatre and Dance. This modern choreography explored the devastating tragedy of the Joplin tornado through the application of theatre and dance.

The goal of SeedStars Books is to nurture young UCM readers, writers, and illustrators, as well as provide them with authentic learning experiences in the publishing industry. SeedStar will publish two titles per year, one by an emerging writer/illustrator team and the other by previously established writers and illustrators who can support our mission of nurturing young artists.

 

 

 

 

To track the latest news and exciting events at UCM link to www.ucmo.edu/news/.

 

FALL AND SUMMER ENROLLMENT

 

Fall and summer enrollment began on March 27th. To see the date on which your student can first enroll, you can click on our enrollment access timeline.

Summer courses are offered in six-, eight-, or twelve- week sessions, and can be taken at UCM Lees Summit, on the Warrensburg campus, or online. Summer is the perfect time to raise a student’s GPA or take a step closer to earning a degree and possibly graduating sooner. You can visit our Summer Sessions 2017 web page to get more information.

Encourage your student to talk to his or her academic advisor and enroll on the first day of eligibility!

IT'S NOT TOO LATE

It’s not too late to be considered for grant and/or low-interest student (and parent) loan assistance to help you with the educational and living expenses of attending the University of Central Missouri. To apply, complete and submit the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov/. For complete details about the financial aid application process, be sure to review the information located at www.ucmo.edu/sfs/aid. In addition, if you have questions or need clarification about any aspect of UCM's financial aid programs, policies or procedures, you're always welcome to contact the UCM Office of Student Financial Services online (www.ucmo.edu/sfs) or by telephone (660-543-8266).

TIME TO DECIDE -- FIRMING UP ACADEMIC PLANS

Most college students have either been undecided or uncertain about their academic plans. While this is very normal, it is important to encourage your student to keep moving forward in the process of exploring and deciding on an academic program that fits them. If your student is approaching, or has past 30 credit hours of study, it is time to decide. By taking active steps to explore and decide on a major before accumulating more than 30 hours of credit, students greatly improve their chances of making timely progress toward graduation.

A hold has been placed on all Open Option students and progressive action must be taken before the hold will be removed to allow enrollment 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:


We are here to help. The Career Counselors in the Gateway Advising and Major Exploration Center are experienced and dedicated to helping students find and follow their passion. There are over 150 different major programs of study at Central. In addition, there are over 70 minors to choose from. Some majors are designed to lead the student to a particular career field, while others provide a broad range of knowledge and the foundation to be successful in a wide variety of careers.

The key is to help the student identify the right choice for who they are and who they want to become as college graduates. In other words, what degree program will best prepare the student for a successful career that fits the unique characteristics they possess? The Career Counselor will approach this in a comprehensive, highly individualized process of exploration. Through this exploration process, the student will gain the focus necessary to understand 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.

Call the Gateway Advising and Major Exploration Center at 660-543-4721 with any questions. Staff in the Gateway Center look forward to helping your student.

FINALS WEEK SCHEDULE

Finals week is May 1-5. Like the fall semester, finals week is on a different schedule from the rest of the semester. Please encourage your student to check www.ucmo.edu/provost/resources/finals.cfm for the schedule of final exams. We don't want students missing an important exam simply because they failed to consult the schedule.

FINAL EXAM PRESSURE

 

What’s the big deal about taking final exams? Have the students not been taking tests all their school life? They should be used to it.

Well, true, students typically are accustomed to taking tests. In college, though, the exams may cover more material and in more depth than they have in high school. Final exams may be cumulative so there’s a lot to review (which, ideally, the student should have been doing throughout the semester and not just the day before). They tend to all take place during the aptly named Finals Week, which means the student may have several exams to prepare for around the same time. For some students, it is their last chance to pull up a grade. What’s more, there tend to be other things going on at the end of a semester and even more so at the end of a school year, such as saying goodbye to friends, packing to move home, and finding a summer job.

What can you do to support your students as they prepare for and take their final exams?

• Encourage them to plan a study schedule.
• Studying for an hour each day until the exam is more effective than studying several hours the night before.
• Remind them to take breaks when studying.
• Remind them to take care of themselves: nutrition and rest are essential for mental functioning!
• It’s not unusual to feel nervous – some anxiety motivates us to want to do well and study.
• If needed, help them prioritize their tasks and perhaps hold off on less important ones.
• Listen, support, and encourage.

FINAL EXAM HELP

 

There is help for your student before and during final exams. The Learning Commons, 3rd floor of the JCK Library, offers free tutoring for over 75 classes at UCM. The tutoring schedule can be found at www.ucmo.edu/learningcommons/documents/asc_schedule.pdf.

The Writing Center, in JCKL 3160, provides one-on-one assistance with any paper or written assignment for any class. The week before finals and during finals is always a busy time for the Writing Center tutors, so please encourage your student to take advantage of this free help early and often between now and finals.

COMING HOME

 

All students living on campus are required to move out by 6 p.m. on Friday, May 5. Students will need to move everything out of their room and check out with their community advisor.

INFORMATION ON COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES

 

All 2017 Spring and Summer undergraduate candidates are cordially invited to participate in Spring Commencement ceremonies being held Friday, May 5, 2017 and Saturday, May 6, 2017 in the Multipurpose Building. You can find extensive information about commencement at www.ucmo.edu/commencement. A schedule of activities can be found at www.ucmo.edu/commencement/spring.cfm.

MAKING THE MOST OF SUMMER

 

Summer break is a perfect opportunity for students to take summer courses, or to gain valuable experience through paid or volunteer jobs, internships and other summer activities. Some programs require or encourage internships and may be available for college credit. Students should check with their department chair or academic advisor for more information. Students can use the summer to build their resume with volunteer work especially if it is relevant to their passion and/or future career. Students can also use the time to earn money for college as well as build experience on their resume. Whatever students do with their time, encourage them to be productive in building for their future.


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