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December 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 fall semester include the following:
December 4-8 Finals week
December 4-8 Textbook buyback/rental returns at the east side, lower level courts in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (hours are 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.). Service hours and other info for the UCM University Store can be found at
December 8 Residence halls close at 6 p.m., and will reopen January 7 at noon
December 8-9 Commencement, see the Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement Schedule
December 13 Fall grades posted online
December 21 Summer 2018 schedule available for viewing online
December 22-January 1 University offices closed
January 7 Residence halls open, noon
January 12 Last day to change a meal plan for spring semester class
January 15 Classes dismissed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
    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". If your student receives campus announcements via text, encourage them to join the 'UCM Registrar' message group.


What's happening with students in December:

  • Students may get little sleep, and may neglect proper nutrition or exercise.
  • Many students may be concerned about the pressures of upcoming holidays, or returning home to live with the family after a semester of independence.
  • They will be stressed about finals. For freshmen, this will be their first college finals, and they will have the added fear of the unknown. Finals week is scheduled differently from the regular semester class schedule.
  • Some students will have financial concerns as the money they budgeted for the semester runs out earlier than planned. They may turn to credit cards to help them in their budget crunch.
  • They will probably sleep a lot over the winter break as they try to catch up on four months' worth of lost sleep!
  • Grades will be posted to MyCentral by the end of this month.


What parents can do:

  • Be supportive during this stressful time.
  • Encourage healthy eating, sleeping, and exercise habits to help reduce the stress of college exam time. Healthy habits will also help your student prevent illness as winter sets in.
  • Be knowledgeable about campus resources and refer your student to the services for personal and academic help. Don't wait for a conflict to arise before communicating with your student. Students who have been making their own decisions for four months may find it difficult to suddenly succumb to their parents' control again.
  • Remind your student to check his/her UCM e-mail account during the break.


  Gov. Greitens Appoints Ambrose to Midwestern Higher Education  
  Utilizing his years of university leadership experience, University of Central Missouri President Charles Ambrose has received an appointment that allows him to collaborate with higher education leaders and stakeholders from a 12-state region. Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed him to a five-year term on the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) Board of Commissioners, effective Oct. 23, 2017 through Jan. 1, 2021. Read more.  
  UCM Provost Named as President of Indiana State University    

After years of serving the University of Central Missouri as provost-chief learning officer for five years, Deborah Curtis has been appointed as the 12th president of her alma mater, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Ind.


Curtis joined UCM in 2012 after serving as the dean of the College of Education at Illinois State University. She was appointed to the presidency following a national search that drew more than 70 candidates. Expected to begin her duties in January 2018, she becomes the first woman to ever become president at ISU. Read more.

  Reassignment of Individuals in Two Key Leadership Roles at UCM    

The University of Central Missouri Board of Governors approved two personnel actions that involve changes in duties for two key university administrators. These are strategic appointments designed to provide continuity as one administrator prepares to begin a new position elsewhere, while also helping the university through current and future budget planning amidst many funding challenges.


"At the same time we congratulate Deborah Curtis, provost-chief learning officer, for her new role as president of Indiana State University, we are initiating administrative leadership changes that I believe can help UCM's forward momentum at a very critical financial time," said UCM President Charles Ambrose.


With Board support, he is appointing Roger Best to serve as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (EVP/COO) effective Jan. 1, 2018, and Mike Godard, vice provost for enrollment management, to serve as Interim Provost-Chief Learning Officer Jan. 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Future plans include a national search to fill the provost's position on a permanent basis.


"We are very pleased with the recommendations Dr. Ambrose brought to the board," said Gus Wetzel II, board president. "Both Dr. Best and Dr. Godard have proven records of strong leadership in their respective areas. They know the institution and understand the needs of its faculty, staff, and students, and we have great confidence in their ability to help UCM make forward progress despite many challenges we face as an institution. Read more.

Roger Best
Mike Godard
  Bergsieker Named NACA Central Outstanding Advisor of the Year    

Emily Bergsieker, assistant director of student activities at the University of Central Missouri, was named NACA Central Outstanding Advisor of the Year at the National Association for Campus activities Central regional conference in Oklahoma City.


"I am honored that my students took the time to gather the materials to submit my name for this nomination for recognition by NACA" Bergieker said. "I love making a difference in the lives of these students and helping them grow during their college careers." Read more.

  UCM Team Claims Top Team Award at Annual State Farm Marketing and Sales Competition  

A team of two marketing students from the University of Central Missouri claimed the Team Award for the highest combined scores in all three categories of competition at the 2017 State Farm Marketing and Sales competition Friday, Oct. 20 at UCM.


Tara Hansen, a marketing major from Platte City, and Ashlee Eastman, a marketing major from Albuquerque, NM, earned the recognition, competing against teams from 12 schools from across the country. Read more.

  It's On Us Engages Students in Finding Solutions to End Sexual Violence    


A group of University of Central Missouri students are putting engaged learning into practice as they respond to a nationwide call for college students and other individuals to join the conversation and become part of the solution to end sexual violence.


It's On Us is an organization of approximately a dozen members that established in 2016, two years after the launch of the national movement by the same name. It's On Us followed recommendations from the White House Task Force to Prevent Sexual Assault, which stressed the importance of engaging students, community leaders, parents, organizations, and businesses to make a positive difference in combatting this growing issue. To date, nearly 300,000 people nationally have taken the It's On Us Pledge, including students on more than 500 campuses. If UCM's It's On Us organizers have their way, many more people will get involved on campus and in the community. Read More.

UCM Chapter of AIBD Earns Chapter of the Year Recognition  

The University of Central Missouri student chapter of the American Institute of Building Design has been recognized as the AIBD Student Chapter of the Year for the second consecutive year.


Under the leadership of UCM alumna Alix Calon, AIBD held the first annual UCM Build and Design Day at UCM in March 2016. Calon coordinated the event, bringing students together with professionals in the residential design industry to network. The UCM chapter also hosted the event in April 2017. Read More.

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Residence halls at UCM will close for the Winter Holidays on Friday, December 8th at 6:00 p.m. They will re-open on Sunday, January 7th at noon. In preparation for University break here are a few important things for your student to do:



Please encourage your student to complete an online evaluation form for each course in which they are currently enrolled. These evaluations provide helpful information for the improvement of teaching and learning within the course, and could be used for administrative decisions. The instructor will receive results from this evaluation only after final grades have been submitted. Students are encouraged to answer all of the questions, responding thoughtfully and honestly. Course evaluation forms can be accessed and completed online through MyCentral.


Semester grades will be available for students to review on-line beginning December 13, 2017. Students in academic jeopardy (probation/suspension/dismissal) will be notified through their UCMO email account.


Many college students work hard but eventually run into one or more courses that give them trouble for any number of reasons. Should you find that your student didn’t earn the grades that he/she (or you) was hoping for, help your student connect with the academic resources available to assist them during the spring semester:


If your son or daughter has had difficulty with one or more courses or if he or she would like to turn C’s to B’s and B’s to A’s, there is help available. At UCM, your student’s success is our top priority. Contact the Learning Commons at 660-543-8972 or 660-543-8310.


Is your student looking to apply for scholarships for the upcoming year? MoCents registration is right around the corner! MoCents is an online scholarship application that is available to all UCM students. No matter what the age, GPA, or major, there is a potential scholarship for all students on MoCents. Registering only takes five minutes, and the simple online application makes MoCents easily accessible. Over 1.2 million dollars were awarded in scholarships last year, and the rate continues to grow! Encourage your UCM student to apply. MoCents applications will be available beginning December 1 and closing March 1 for most scholarship opportunities. Students create their application at

Please see below a few important pieces of information to be eligible to start the application:

  1. Students must have been fully admitted to UCM before they can apply.
  2. Students need to have an electronic copy of their most recent and complete transcript ready to attach. (If they are a high school senior, this would include their 7th semester grades.) If a student is a transfer or current UCM student it will include the Fall '17 grades in the complete transcript. Current UCM students or high school students taking dual credit through UCM will use their UCM student email address to sign up for the first time or if previously in the system to sign in. Incoming freshmen students will need to register with the email address they applied with. If you are unclear as to what email address that is, you can contact admissions to determine what your preferred email is in our UCM system.
  3. Please be sure that you encourage your student to take the time to fill out the activities section of the application.
  4. For instructions in filling out the application see the following link:



No, not at all! Federal grant and low-interest loan funding may still be available to help your family with the costs incurred by your student to attend the University of Central Missouri during the upcoming 2018 spring term. If you’ve not yet done so already, you and your student should complete and submit the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on-line at FAFSA results are sent directly to UCM and we will review and award any federal grants and/or loans that the student is eligible for based on their grade level and financial need. For more details about the financial aid application process, please see the information and useful links located at


A paper statement is sent at the beginning of each semester. This is the only paper statement that students will receive for the spring semester. Monthly statements are available in the online bill and payment system. Students can access the online bill system by clicking on the "student services" tab and navigating to the "view and pay my bill" link.

Want to set up a payment plan? Students can pay their account using our monthly installment option. Their account balance can be divided into equal installments over the semester. There will be a 1.5% fee added to the account each month. More information about the monthly installment plan can be found at


The majority of thefts on campus can be described as "opportunity thefts". To avoid becoming a victim, do not leave items of value unattended in public areas or in plain view in your vehicle. Always lock the door to your room or apartment and report any suspicious activity or person to police. For further crime prevention information, visit

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