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October 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:

October 5 All Day Resume Help in Career Services (Ward Edwards 1200)
October 7 Fall Career Expo for Students for students from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building
October 8 Business, Industry and Government Interview Day for students from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Career Services Center (Ward Edwards 1200)
October 9 End of first half-semester, and final exams for classes that meet first half-semester only
October 12 Second-half semester classes begin
October 14 Last day to register, add or change second half-semester classes
October 19

Enrollment begins for spring semester classes

October 23 Last day to drop a fall full-semester class with a W - read more about the Grading System
October 23-24 Homecoming Weekend
November 23-27 Fall Break - Residence halls close at 6:00 p.m. Friday, November 20 and reopen at noon, Sunday, November 29
December 7-11 Finals week
December 11 Residence halls close at 6 p.m. and reopen January 10 at noon
December 12 Undergraduate Commencement

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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".

UCM Alumna Named 2015 Missouri Teacher of the Year

University of Central Missouri alumna Linda Glasgow, a third grade teacher at Nowlin Elementary School in the Blue Springs School District, has been named the 2015 Missouri Teacher of the Year by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.


Linda Glasgow
2015 Missouri Teacher of the Year


Glasgow received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1984 and a Master of Science in Education degree in 1990 from UCM. She began her teaching career in 1984, joining the faculty of the Blue Springs School District in 1987.

She will be honored, along with the additional five finalists, at a banquet Oct. 26. The statewide honor will make Glasgow the Missouri representative for the National Teacher of the Year competition.

“I am a proud UCM alum,” Glasgow said. “In the education program, I gained the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career in teaching. I was inspired by instructors who modeled professionalism and a love of learning. I enjoyed my time at UCM, and I know my life is enriched, not only by the education I received, but also by the friendships I made.”

During her 30 years in the classroom, Glasgow has taught students in kindergarten through fourth grade and has served in numerous special education roles. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Graceland University.

“Linda Glasgow has a unique thirst for learning and positively impacts students each and every year,” said Jim Finley, superintendent of the Blue Springs School District. “She is a leader, mentor and collaborator, and she inspires those around her through her example. The district is honored, proud and elated to have Linda on our team, and we are confident she will represent our district and state well.”

Many Factors Contribute to Largest Enrollment in UCM's 144-Year History

A byproduct of many positive factors converging to create a quality and affordable educational experience for students, the University of Central Missouri is experiencing the largest enrollment increase in its 144-year history. UCM this week announced a record 14,395 students enrolled for the fall 2015 semester, a 7.6 percent increase over last fall, and a 23.7 percent increase over a five-year period.

Enrollment data was provided through the fall census conducted Sept. 14 by the university’s Office of Institutional Research. This is the fifth consecutive record-setting year, topping the fall 2014 record of 13,379 students by a 1,016 headcount. Since fall 2011, total headcount has increased by from 11,637 to 14,395 students.

“These numbers are clearly a reflection of a campus-wide commitment by our faculty and staff to provide the kind educational environment that not only attracts students, but is dedicated to their success,” said Charles Ambrose, UCM president, who also included brief enrollment statistics in his State of the University Address Sept. 17. “Every employee on this campus can take credit for leadership and contributions that are allowing UCM to grow. This means helping students graduate on time, reducing their college debt, and ensuring they have the tools and opportunities they need to succeed in education and in life. That’s what learning to a greater degree is all about.”

Mike Godard, vice provost for enrollment management, noted that retention has an impact on helping students to graduate in four years, and contributes to strong enrollment. The university is experiencing a 1.1 increase in retention from fall 2014 for first-time freshmen, and a 1.7 percent increase in the second-year retention rate. Such increases are attributed to positive steps UCM continues to take to help students succeed.

Other statistics demonstrate progress in areas that are contributing to more students who are making UCM their choice for a higher education. This includes reducing debt through timely graduation, student employment opportunities, and less dependence on borrowing. In addition to average student credit hours climbing to 14.95 per semester, which will help ensure graduation in four years, UCM has experienced a $5.56 million decline or 8.5 percent drop from $65.3 million last year in federal Stafford and Plus Loans. As of August 2015, the university also processed the hiring of 1,234 students for this year, a net increase of 349 jobs over the past three years. At least 134 new employment opportunities were created by The Crossing – South at Holden, a new mixed-use student housing and retail facility, which is contributing to a higher quality learning and living environment on campus.

“The end game is to make sure our students complete their degrees at UCM. We’ve seen an increase in the number of students enrolling, but we’re also seeing an increase in the number of students who graduate, as well,” Godard said. Read more

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Registration for the spring semester begins October 19th. Please encourage your student to visit with their advisor to discuss academic and course planning. Registration is prioritized based on hours earned. To view the priority registration schedule, click on the following link:

Students should register for courses during their enrollment period in order to ensure maximum course availability. Students have been notified and are able to view any holds that will prevent them from registering. Holds must be removed in order to register for the spring semester.


In an effort to provide feedback to students regarding their academic performance, faculty members have the opportunity to provide Student Progress Reports. Students receiving a deficiency grade are encouraged to visit with their instructor to develop strategies for improvement. The last day to drop a 16-week course with a “W” is Friday, October 23rd. Students should consult with their advisor and financial aid staff to determine the impact dropping a course may have on their academic progression or financial aid. If a hold exists on your student’s account they will be unable to drop a course themselves and must see their academic advisor for assistance with the drop prior to 5pm on October 23rd.


When your student needs extra help with class work, remember that the Student Success Center, located on the third floor of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library, offers free tutoring in many subjects. More information about the Success Center can be found at: Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

If your student is taking a math course, from Introductory Algebra through College Algebra and Contemporary Math, tell him or her about the individualized math tutoring available in the Student Success Center on a daily, walk-in basis.

Tutoring for 40 other subjects is available throughout the week. More information and a weekly tutoring schedule can be found at

The Writing Center, located in Humphreys 116, is another all day, every day walk-in service. The Writing Center offers help with any writing project, from essays and research papers to scholarship applications. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

For students who are U.S. citizens and are first-generation, low-income, or disability-challenged college students, AE’s TRIO-Student Support Services,, provides free tutoring in many high-risk courses, such as chemistry, physics, algebra, and calculus. In addition, TRIO-SSS organizes small study groups and provides assistance with common computer applications. Your student can come to Humphreys 119 for more information about TRIO services.

Please remind your son or daughter that some of the best students on campus--freshmen through graduate students-- regularly take advantage of these excellent academic supports. Without a doubt, the free services found at the Student Success Center, the Writing Center, and the TRIO Center are some of the best bargains on campus.


Is your student struggling with their academics, organization, time management, or uncertain about how to find campus academic resources? If so, we encourage you to have them contact one of the Academic Responsibility Coaches in their residence halls.

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.


Information regarding holds, registration and other important university-business is continually sent to UCM email accounts in order to keep students informed of important dates and deadlines. Please encourage your student to view this account on a frequent basis.


The University of Central Missouri maintains a continued commitment to make the campus environment both safe and welcoming for everyone. UCM prides itself on providing a quality living, learning, and working environment, and the safety of our campus members is at the core of such efforts.

UCM has a well-trained staff of campus police officers that work to ensure a safe and secure campus. UCM has multiple safety initiatives on campus such as the SAFE Team Escorts, a group of part-time students who are on foot patrol evenings and can provide a walking escort between buildings. On the Public Safety website additional details are available about programs such as Bystander Intervention Skills Training, Victim Advocacy, free physical defense classes, the Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and much more to help keep you better informed about communication and opportunities to enhance personal safety.


Classroom education is a priority in your student’s college career, but the learning experience should not stop there. Eighty percent of learning takes place outside the classroom. Becoming an active part of campus life will be one of the most important steps toward making the most of your student’s college career and charting a successful future. Becoming involved in campus activities will help students develop new friendships, get hands-on experience and develop skills such as teamwork, decision making, and time management. Campus groups and organizations can allow students to make a positive impact on the campus and community as well as gain a feeling of accomplishment.

The Office of Student Activities,, is committed to extending education beyond the classroom by offering students experiences that will be rewarding and enriching to them personally, intellectually, socially, and physically. The experiences they gain through their involvement will stay with them throughout their college years.


Click this link to view a short video where University of Central Missouri student anchors from "Sportspage" take viewers through a Top 10 List of favorite student activities and experiences not to be missed while attending UCM. From enjoying some of campus' best traditions to climbing the rock wall and studying overseas, UCM provides students with countless opportunities while they are on campus.


The Career Services Center will be hosting All Day Resume Help on Monday, October 5th, 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 Fall Career Expo.


The Career Services Center will be hosting the Fall Career Expo on Wednesday, October 7th, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building Arena. This is an excellent 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. Graduate and professional schools will also be available to discuss their programs and application processes. Approximately 150 employers and graduate schools are expected at this year’s event. Students should dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes. 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 set-up and gain exposure to employers recruiting on the UCM campus. Students should check the “Events” tab in their Mules4Hire account to view employers who will be participating in this year’s Fall Career Expo. For more information regarding this event, please visit our website at


Nearly 45 employers will conduct interviews on Thursday, October 8th in the Career Services Center, WDE 1200. Students should check their Mules4Hire account to see who will be participating in our BIG Interview Day. Students should visit with these companies at the Career Expo on October 7th in order to secure an interview slot.

Questions? Please contact the Career Services Center at 660-543-4985 or by email at


Homecoming is one of our largest campus and community celebrations of the year. Alumni get excited, coming back to Warrensburg with their families and friends to reconnect with classmates and professors and to see how the university and city have changed. Students get excited, putting the spirit into one of the university’s longest-standing traditions through week-long competitions, the pep rally and parade. Homecoming 2015 activities are scheduled throughout week prior, culminating Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24, in two fun-filled days for students, alumni and friends. Check out our web site,, to find out more about this year’s Homecoming and the events that are scheduled. If you are an alumni please find us at and get connected!

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