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April 2014

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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:

April 10 Spring Etiquette Dinner sponsored by Career Services
April 16 UCM Student Employee Reception
April 17 Enrollment for Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 open to all students
May 2 Last day of Spring semester classes
May 5-9 Final Exams (see the schedule)
May 5-9 Textbook buybacks and rental returns at the University Store
May 9 Housing facilities close, 6 p.m.
May 10 Undergraduate Commencement
May 19 Summer Sessions begin

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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".

President Ambrose Serves on Panels Representing UCM at National Events


Ambrose Invited to Join Educators at South by Southwest Festival

Known for the musicians, actors and filmmakers who flock to Austin, Texas every March, South by Southwest is also becoming a prime destination for educators, including University of Central Missouri President Charles Ambrose. He was invited to participate in a panel discussion with representatives from institutions that include Harvard University and Syracuse University as part of SXSWedu Conference and Festival.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to engage in a discussion about innovation in higher education. This is another tremendous opportunity to share some of the university’s experiences related to the development of The Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) with influential leaders in higher education,” Ambrose said.

The MIC is a collaborative initiative between UCM, the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community Colleges and a number of Kansas City area business partners. Taking classes at the Summit Technology Academy in Lee’s Summit, students begin the program their junior year of high school, and graduate with a bachelor’s degree in four years.  Along the way, they gain job-ready, high-demand skills through classroom experiences as well as paid internships with technology corporations, helping them graduate with no college debt.
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Ambrose Joined Knight Commission Discussion on College Sports

During the one-day meeting, commission members and other invited participants and panelists discussed proposed changes to the NCAA’s governance structure, new benefits for college athletes sought by some conferences as well as changes proposed by the National College Players Association, and status and future direction of academic reforms.

Ambrose, who chairs the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, and is former chair of the NCAA Division II President’s Council, joined a panel that discussed “Looking Ahead to the Next Decade of College Sports.”  With him for the session was Bob Bowlsby, commissioner, Big 12 Conference; Walter Harrison, president, University of Hartford and chair of the Committee on Academic Performance; and Nathan Hatch, president, Wake Forest University and chair of the NCAA Board of Directors.

“It is an honor to be invited to participate in The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, and to be among individuals who value intercollegiate athletics and the balance required to keep student-athletes at the forefront of our agenda,” Ambrose said.
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UCM Celebrates Men’s Basketball National Championship with Parade and Pep Rally

A crowd of over 3,000 people packed the streets of Warrensburg and the Multipurpose Building Arena to celebrate the Central Missouri Mules' 2014 Men's Basketball National Championship. The Mules claimed their second NCAA-II National Championship and their fourth national title overall with an 84-77 win over West Liberty (W.Va.) on Saturday in Evansville, Ind.

The crowd lined the streets of Warrensburg as the team rolled through campus and into the arena. Once inside the arena, the team was greeted in the locker room by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

Men's Basketball National Championship Parade

Once inside the arena, the team and fans were greeted by thousands of screaming fans, performances by the UCM pep band, cheerleaders and Mulekickers. UCM President Dr. Chuck Ambrose, Senator David Pierce, Athletic Director Jerry Hughes and Governor Nixon all spoke to the crowd. A highlight video of the Mules' national championship run was played on the arena videoboard. Seniors Jon Gilliam and Elite Eight Most Outstanding Player Daylen Robinson spoke to the crowd before head coach Kim Anderson wrapped up the night.

Following the program, UCM players and coaches signed autographs for all the fans in attendance. More photos and video will be posted at in the coming days.

UCM Foundation Scholarship Recipients to be Announced May 1

MoCents, an online program providing incoming and current students an easier way to discover and apply for donor-funded scholarships, is a success after receiving a record 2,107 student applications. Students had from December through March 1 to use MoCents and will find out by May 1, the Foundation scholarships they may receive. So far this academic year, the UCM Foundation has awarded a record $1.2 million in scholarship support for students, thanks to donors’ generosity. Students still have the opportunity to apply for a limited number of scholarships. For more information about MoCents or UCM Foundation scholarships, visit

Lubaroff Receives 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education

Dr. Scott Lubaroff
Dr. Scott Lubaroff, UCM Professor of Music and Director of Bands

Standing out as a “role model who goes the extra mile to bring the best possible learning environment for his students” and as an “outstanding, dedicated teacher/scholar with unshakable passion for his work,” Scott Lubaroff, University of Central Missouri professor of music and director of bands, has been named recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education.

Public colleges and universities select Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education recipients on the basis of criteria that include effective teaching at the undergraduate level, effective advising of undergraduate students, service to the college community, and commitment to high standards of excellence. Other qualities include success in nurturing student achievement and the impact nominees have had on the academic and personal lives of their students. Applications for the award were considered by a committee of tenured faculty members.

“There are so many great teachers on our faculty at UCM. I'm humbled to have been singled out,” Lubaroff said about his selection for the award. He added that “it is a very heartening affirmation of what I value the most about being on the faculty at UCM. I've always considered my identity to be a teacher, through and through. The primary part of that identity, I think for any teacher, is wanting to do whatever we can to serve the best interests of our students and of our profession in the most innovative or inspiring ways possible, and UCM stands for just that.

"We keep our students' best educational opportunities and best interests at the forefront of our thinking, and hope to help shape those who will move our world further and further ahead. Teaching at a place that embraces those ideals of student-centered service learning, and that believes so genuinely in teachers and public education makes it very easy to come to campus every day.”
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Innovative Software Tones Students into Better Musicians

Percussion performance student, Caleb Smith, is becoming a better musician thanks to gifts from donors to the UCM Foundation that have provided the music department state-of-the-art technology, creating a way for students to practice their ability to sight-read sheet music.

A UCM Foundation Opportunity Grant provided music professor Michael Sekelsky the funds to purchase the popular software system, SmartMusic. The program assesses and provides immediate feedback on correctly and incorrectly played pitches, rhythms and overall sight-reading comprehension. Students previously got feedback by performing in front of faculty.

Smith was introduced to SmartMusic last fall and has continued to use it through spring semester. “SmartMusic has been really effective in helping me perform without any errors, which ultimately helps prepare me for my professional career,” said Smith, a UCM junior. 

Caleb Smith, percussion performance student
Caleb Smith, percussion performance student
“When it comes to sight-reading, you only have a short amount of time to practice your part before you are expected to play. SmartMusic has given me the chance to better my abilities to perform this concept.”

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Fall and summer enrollment began on March 24th. To see the date on which your student can first enroll, you can click on our enrollment timeline.

Summer courses are offered in six-, eight-, or twelve- week sessions, and can be taken at the UCM Summit Center, 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 2014 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 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 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at For complete details about the financial aid application process, be sure to review the information located at 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 ( or by telephone (660-543-8266).


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:

  • Declare their major. Please have them email their name, 700#, and their major selection to We will email specific instructions on how to declare the major and any other steps they might need to take to get focused and moving in the right direction.
  • Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor. To schedule an appointment with a career counselor, contact Gateway Center 660-543-4721.
  • Stop by the Gateway Peer Support Monday-Thursday 1:00-4:00 to speak with peer mentors who have all been Open Option students at one time, received assistance with their decision, and are now trained to assist others in the exploration process.

We are here to help. The career counseling and open option advising professionals 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 our office at 660-543-4721 with any questions.

We look forward to helping your student,

Gateway Advising and Major Exploration Center
Ward Edwards 1900


Finals week is May 5-9. Like the fall semester, finals week is on a different schedule from the rest of the semester. Please encourage your student to check for the schedule of final exams. We don't want students missing an important exam simply because they failed to consult the schedule.


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 they need, help them prioritize their tasks and perhaps hold off on less important ones.
  • Listen, support, and encourage.


There is help for your student before and during final exams. The Student Success Center, 3rd floor of the JCK Library, offers free tutoring for over 50 classes at UCM. The tutoring schedule can be found at

The Writing Center, in Humphreys 116, 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.


All students living on campus are required to move out by 6 p.m. on Friday, May 9. Students will need to move everything out of their room and check out with their community advisor.


All 2014 Spring and Summer undergraduate candidates are cordially invited to participate in Spring Commencement ceremonies being held Saturday, May 10, 2014 in the Multipurpose Building.  You can find extensive information about commencement, including a schedule of activities at

Information on graduate commencement, to be held Friday, May 9, 2014, can be found at

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