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February 2017


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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:


January 2017

February 3 Fall course schedule available to view online
February 6
All Day resume Help for students, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Ward Edwards 1200
February 8 Spring Career Expo for students (see article below)
February 9 Business, Industry, Government Interview Day for students- 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Ward Edwards 1200
February 10 Last day to change a full semester class to or from pass/fail
February 10 Last day to drop a first half-semester class with a W
February 17 Students should get online to check their holds before summer/fall enrollment begins
February 21 Student Progress Repot due by faculty- students should check their grades and email for warnings
February 24 Last day to apply rental fee toward textbook purchase
March 1 UCM Foundation scholarship applications are due using the online system, MoCents (see article below)
March 17 Last day to drop a full semester class with a W
March 20-24 Spring Break (residence halls close March 17 at 6 p.m. and reopen March 26 at noon)
March 27-April 20 Enrollment period opens for summer and fall classes
April 1 Priority application deadline for the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (
    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."



UCM Ranks Third Among Nation's Largest Military Friendly Schools

Results of a national survey have contributed to a No. 3 ranking among large public universities and a 2017 Top 10 Gold-level Military Friendly® School Award by an organization many military members and veterans turn to when considering choices for a higher education.


Information about the university’s achievement was released by Victory Media, originator of the family of Military Friendly® employment, entrepreneurship and education resources for veterans and their families.

UCM has previously been recognized as a Military Friendly® School, this is the first time it has ranked in the Top 10 in this recognition program.

“All of our Military Friendly® award recipients set the standard for excellence,” said Daniel Nichols, chief product officer for Victory Media and head of Military Friendly development. “They offer exceptional examples of what it means not just to build a program that meets federal requirements but one that serves the military and veteran community from classrooms to careers.”


Among its many initiatives, UCM offers in-state tuition for all active duty and military veterans and a Military Tuition Package that helps reduce costs not covered by traditional military benefits. The university in 2011 established the Military and Veterans Success Center to provide a one-stop resources for active duty service members, veterans and military dependents, and a Command Pass that enables the men and women who served this country free admission to UCM home athletic games. 


To learn more about opportunities available at UCM in support of active duty service members and veterans, visit


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It’s 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 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 2017 will be available online beginning February 3. Students can view them by logging into MyCentral. They are also available to the public at https:/


Each student is assigned an enrollment access date (, 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 27 and go through April 20. To ensure the best selection of courses, students are strongly encouraged to complete their enrollment for both summer and fall semesters on this date.




The Career Services Center will be hosting All Day Resume Help on Monday, February 6th, 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 new Fairs App to see which employers will be attending the BIG Career Expo, Spring 2017 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 8th, 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




Nearly 40 employers will conduct interviews on Thursday, February 9th 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 to apply for the scholarships. If they encounter any issues using the new system, they should email or visit



Can your student answer YES to any of these questions?

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:

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 6th. The last day to add a second-half semester class is March 9th.


* 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 2017-18 school year is to complete and submit the 2017-18 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 2017-18 FAFSA prior to April 1, 2017.


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

If you or your student have questions or need additional clarification about any aspect of applying for financial aid for the 2016-2017 school year, be sure to contact UCM Office of Student Financial Services in-person or by mail (1100 Ward Edwards Bldg.), online (use, or by telephone (660-543-8266).


Is your student interested in beginning classes at UCM with the 2017 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 2016-17 FAFSA is used to determine a student’s 2017 summer session financial aid eligibility. Summer aid applications can be submitted after March 1, 2017.




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

A full calendar of student activities for Spring 2017 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 student's 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




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.




If your student mentions they are struggling with their academics, organization, time management, or are uncertain about how to find campus academic resources, we encourage you to have them reach out to one of the Academic Responsibility Coaches in their living area.


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.


Contact information for Academic Responsibility Coaches can be found at:

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