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March 2015

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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:

March 13 Residence halls close at 6 p.m. for Spring Break
March 16-20 Spring Break
March 22 Residence halls open at noon
Mar 23-Apr 16 Enrollment period opens for summer and fall classes (go to to see when your student is eligible to enroll
March 25 Teacher Placement Day from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Multipurpose Building
March 30 Last day to drop a full semester class with a W
April 1 Priority application deadline for the 2015-16 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".


WMMC and UCM Join Forces to Allow Deployed Soldier to Witness Birth of Son via Skype

UCM's Office of Military and Veteran Services and the obstetrics and information services departments at Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg joined forces to allow UCM student Alejandro Arias, who was deployed in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Reserves, to witness the birth of his son via Skype.

Alejandro Arias and staff from UCM and WMMC


Staff Sgt. Mauricio Alejandro Arias, Whiteman Air Force Base, was awakened on June 14, 2014, for one of the most important events of his life—the birth of his second son at Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg, Mo. He and his wife, Erin,  a staff sergeant with the U.S. Air Force, were the parents of another son, Tristan, so Arias was familiar with what was about to happen and the role he would play.

However, when Elijah Christopher Arias arrived later that day, Arias was not in the delivery room. Instead, he was in Afghanistan, serving his deployment with the U.S. Army National Guard. Although he wasn’t able to be physically present for his son’s birth, he witnessed it and participated in it via Skype, with internet technology and the efforts of the staff at WMMC and the University of Central Missouri making it possible.

Upon his return from deployment, Arias, a UCM student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and the 2014 recipient of the university’s Mike Carter Award for Exceptional Service to the University, Community and Military, joined representatives of UCM and WMMC Friday, Feb. 6, to thank them for their efforts in coordinating the live Skype of Elijah’s birth.

Staff Sgt. Mauricio Alejandro Arias, center, recently visited with Western Missouri Medical Center and University of Central Missouri staff to express his appreciation for their efforts in arranging the Skype transmission of the birth of his son during his recent deployment in Afghanistan. Joining Arias were, left to right, Michael Grelle, UCM vice provost for academic programs and services; Delilah Nichols, coordinator in the UCM Office of Military and Veteran Services; Bill Ladd, WMMC director of information services; Darinda Reberry, WMMC vice president of patient services and chief nursing officer; Renee Twenter, WMMC director of obstetric services; and Lisa Morse, UCM school VA certifying official.

Erin and Elijah were unable to attend as Elijah was recovering from an ear infection.

As the birth of his son drew closer last fall, Arias contacted Delilah Nichols, coordinator of military and veterans services in UCM’s Office of Military and Veteran Services, to ask if she thought it would be possible to Skype the birth of his son between WMMC and his location in Afghanistan.

Nichols, in turn, contacted Judy Small, executive assistant at WMMC, and planning began. Darinda Reberry, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, and Renee Twenter, obstetrics director, joined forces with Bill Ladd, WMMC director of information services, and Scott Evans, WMMC technical support, to prepare the necessary technology for use in the delivery room.

“It is an honor for me to be called to serve my country, and some may call us heroes,” Arias said to the UCM and WMMC personnel present. “But my heroes are here—you are my heroes. It meant a lot to me to be able to see my son’s birth and first day. I was not there, but I WAS there.”

Arias also displayed a UCM flag that he had taken with him on his deployment. Signed by all the members of his unit, he carried the flag on 26 missions in Afghanistan. Upon his return, he presented the signed flag to the staff of the Office of Military and Veteran Services.

“It was special for us to get to be a part of this,” said Reberry. “This is the first time we’ve had a request like this, and we’re pleased that we were able to make it possible for Alejandro and Erin. We’re here to serve our community and our military friends, and it took a special effort by members of the information services team and the obstetrics department here at the hospital to make it a reality.”

Michael Grelle, UCM vice provost for academic programs and services, presented Arias UCM Mules hooded sweatshirts for both of his sons and t-shirts for him and his wife, gifts from the UCM’s University Store.

“UCM recognizes the contributions of our active duty military and veterans, and we’re here to honor one of our own today,” Grelle said. “We also want to thank all of the staff at WMMC for responding to Alejandro’s request. The dedication to this family and our community is much appreciated.”

  UCM’s MA in Accountancy Named One of 30 Most Affordable Programs

Accounting Degree Review (ADR), an online independent and objective resource for current and prospective accounting and finance students, has ranked the University of Central Missouri third on a list of 30 Most Affordable Residential Master’s Programs in Accounting for 2015. Read more

UCM Foundation Approves Record $1.185 Million to Support Students

Recognizing the financial commitment that a college degree requires, the University of Central Missouri Foundation has approved an historic amount of support for students and academic programs for fiscal year 2016.  The Foundation Board of Directors authorized a payout of $1.185 million from its endowments, a 32 percent increase over FY15. Read more
Students Give UCM’s Mascot “Mo” a Birthday Makeover

UCM's beloved mascot, Mo the Mule, is turning 93 years old and in celebration of his birthday, UCM fashion majors designed a mule makeover for Mo.

Melissa Abner, assistant professor of Fashion and Apparel Merchandising, coordinated the design project with her students. The top three designs were voted on by more than 1,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni.

"Fashion majors were able to use their knowledge of trends, body types, clothing styles, branding and retail to style Mo in a current, but classic style," says Abner. "This is a great way for students to apply what they learn in the classroom and showcase their skills."

Jessica Williams, a senior fashion major submitted three designs. "The fact that the school let the student body make the final decision on the outfit shows that the students' voices matter," says Williams.

While Mo will still wear his basketball and football jerseys at athletic events, the new design will serve as his casual wear around campus and the community.

By creating a new look for UCM's mascot, fashion students are learning to a greater degree.
Mascot Mo getting a Makeover
Assistant professor of Fashion and Apparel Merchandising Melissa Abner (left) works with fashion majors to measure Mo the Mule for his student-designed makeover.

NEW Alumni Advisor Network Prepares Students for Real World


UCM Alumni Advisor Network


UCM students have a NEW opportunity to prepare for their future careers by connecting with mentors who have proven professional success, and just so happen to be alumni.

Launched in January by the UCM Alumni Association, the Alumni Advisor Network potentially can link our 87,000 alumni to current students preparing for the job market. Once alumni connect with students through the network, they can give career advice, critique resumes and set up mock interviews.


If you are an alumnus, we encourage you to become a mentor. If your student is nearing graduation, have them sign up for invaluable advice from alumni who have been there and are willing to share their expertise in resume critiques, mock interviews, networking and more. Registering online takes only a few minutes and alumni can easily import their LinkedIn profiles.

The UCM Alumni Association is the first in Missouri to partner with Evisors, a career services platform that allows job seekers to access personal career coaching and webinars from advisors with relevant professional backgrounds. The Alumni Advisor Network is privacy-protected and does not share personal contact information. Phone consultations occur through conference numbers and written messages are routed through the system.

“We know this network has been successful at some of the nation’s largest universities,” said Traci Via ’91, director of alumni and constituent relations. “Overall, 77 percent of students getting help from this network said it directly contributed to their job offers. This is what the Alumni Advisor Network is perpetuating, and we are excited to witness the increase in student and alumni engagement.”

  UCM Program Looks at the 'Many Faces of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder'
A mental health condition, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects a wide range of people – from military veterans who have suffered the scars of war to individuals who are victims of assault to those affected by natural disaster and the loss of loved ones. To help people understand the importance of PTSD, the University of Central Missouri will host the program, “The Many Faces of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 2 in Elliott Student Union 237A-B.  Read more

A flier about the event can be found at this link.

You can keep track of news and events at UCM at:



Schedule Planner is available to students in MyCentral under the UCM Home tab. This application will provide all possible combinations of schedules based on the specific courses and break times (work, athletic practice) chosen. Use of Schedule Planner is optional. Students will still use MyCentral to complete their registration. Learn more about Schedule Planner at and spread the word to your students about this great planning tool!


Beginning Wednesday, February 25th students had access to their Student Progress Report grades (D and F). Students may access their grades in the MyCentral student portal. Questions regarding course performance should be directed to the instructor of the course. The last day to withdraw from a full semester class is Monday, March 30th.


Central Missouri offers over 1,000 summer courses in varying length to meet the demands of students’ busy schedules and to keep students on track of a timely completion. Many courses are offered completely online, permitting students to spend the summer at home, while making additional progress toward degree completion. Students can also complete traditional face-to-face courses in as little as six weeks. Approximately 4500 students attend summer sessions to raise their GPA, graduate early or on time, retake a course previously withdrawn from or lessen a Fall or Spring course load. Summer sessions begin Monday, May 18. For more information, please visit

Details about how to be considered for financial assistance for the 2015 Summer Session are located at

IMPORTANT:  Enrollment begins March 23rd for both Fall and Summer semesters.


Please be advised that if you and your student haven’t yet completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming 2015-16 school year, be sure to do so before April 1st. To be considered for the most beneficial 'package' of federal and state grant, Work-Study employment, student loan and parent loan assistance to help you with your student's educational and living expenses, the 2015-16 FAFSA must be submitted prior to April 1st. Apply on-line at (don't use any other web site!) and be sure to enter the University of Central Missouri's FAFSA code number (002454).

If you have questions or need additional clarification about any aspect of applying for financial aid for the 2015-16 year, you’re welcome to contact the UCM Office of Student Financial Services online (, by telephone (660-543-8266) or in person (1100 Ward Edwards Bldg.). In addition, complete details about the financial aid application process may be reviewed at


As part of the Contract for Completion, this is a quick reminder that the UCM Board of Governor's has a two year on-campus residency policy. Students under the age of 21 or who have less than 60 UCM accepted credit hours are required to reside on campus for two year. Students are able to complete their online residence hall agreement or their apartment application via their MyCentral account. There are single rooms available for students in the residence halls and there are apartments available for sophomores. Those who complete the residence hall agreement will be afforded access to our online room assignment system and they will be able to pick their own bed space for next year. Those who submit an apartment application will be contacted should an apartment be offered to them.


It is important to encourage your student to keep moving forward in the process of deciding on an academic program that fits them.

A hold has been placed on all Open Option students’ account. Action must be taken to remove the hold before enrolling 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.
  • Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor. To schedule an appointment with a career counselor, contact the Gateway Center at 660-543-4721.
  • Enroll in “Exploring Majors and Careers” (AE1410) for the second half-semester. Classes begin March 10th.
  • Stop by the Gateway Peer Support Monday-Thursday 1:00-4:00. Peer Mentors are available to assist with the process of exploring and deciding on a major.
  • Take advantage of the “All-Day Time-to-Decide” walk-in assistance March 30th-April 3rd from 8:00-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the Gateway Center (WDE 1900) to speak with a Career Counselor.

Call our office at 660-543-4721 with any questions.

The Gateway Advising and Major Exploration Center staff looks forward to helping your student.


Students who are considering taking courses at other institutions this summer to have this credit applied to their UCM degree should consider these items first:

  • Students should run a Central Degree audit (available in MyCentral) to make sure that the course is a required part of their degree program.
  • Students need to make sure that the course will transfer back to UCM as an equivalent course. Transfer course equivalencies can be found at
  • After completion of the course students will need to have the transfer institution send an official transcript to the UCM Admissions Office in Ward Edwards 1400.
  • Students should not repeat UCM courses at a transfer institution. See the repeat policy at
  • Students should check with their academic advisor.

Courses taken at two year colleges will not transfer to UCM for upper-level (3000/4000) credit.


Anxiety is a normal response to stressful situations. A certain amount of anxiety is essential for performing at our best. It is only when we have too much anxiety that it interferes with functioning.

The anxiety expresses itself through emotions, physical symptoms, thoughts, and behaviors. If your student is experiencing levels of anxiety that is causing significant distress or is interfering with functioning, encourage your student to seek help from the Counseling Center. Our services are free to UCM students. Call 660-543-4060 or visit our web site at for more information.


The Career Services Center will be hosting Teacher Placement Day on Wednesday, March 25th, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the Multipurpose Building Arena. This is a great time for students to network with schools districts who are recruiting for full-time positions within the field of education for the 2015-16 school year. Students should dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their resumes. For more information regarding this event, please visit our website at

Students can also attend Career Quik Tip hours Monday-Thursday from 1:00-4:00 p.m. to have their resume reviewed or to have any career related questions answered.


The Career Services Center will be hosting Education Interview Day on Monday, April 6th from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Ward Edwards 1200.  This is a great event for students who are currently student teaching or who are within one semester of student teaching to schedule interviews with districts of their choice.  Students can sign up to participated in this event through their Mules4Hire account.

Students who have any questions can contact the Career Services Center at 660-543-4985 or by email at


The Career Services Center will also be hosting an Etiquette Dinner on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Elliott Union 240. This interactive program is designed to help educate students on proper dining and interpersonal etiquette. These are important skills for young professionals. For more information please visit the Career Services website at


Every student is encouraged to develop an individualized job search strategy that uses all of their available resources. While the Office of Career Services should be considered as a major resource, it should not be seen as the only source. Your student will begin to develop a network of other sources such as faculty, alumni, fellow students, friends and their families, etc. These contacts can be vital links to successful employment. Students should visit with their Career Development Coordinator (CDC) to learn about the hiring process and timelines in the field that interests them. The CDC can also lead students in finding resources to search for positions as well as create networking opportunities with professionals in the student's field of interest.

Parents and family members have a great wealth of knowledge to offer students related to careers. We would like to encourage you to partner with us in support of all the students at Central. Please consider sharing your time, career expertise and knowledge in a collaborative effort to expand Central students' knowledge regarding the many different career options available to them. You can accomplish this by providing students "Job Shadow" experiences, developing "Internship" programs and sharing your professional experiences by participating in "Career Panels".

Offering full-time job leads to Central students is an excellent way to increase the number of available opportunities for students while securing outstanding candidates within your organization. You can also visit for additional details and to discover the ways in which employers can utilize our office. The Office of Career Services is dedicated to assist students in their preparation for success.

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