DATES TO REMEMBER
A great place to keep track of what is going on at UCM is through our university calendar found at www.ucmo.edu/calendar/.
Additional information regarding payment and registration dates can be found on MyCentral.
HELP YOUR STUDENT TO BE INFORMED!
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".
After beginning the 2013-2014 academic year with a record fall semester enrollment, momentum has continued to build at the University of Central Missouri resulting in the largest enrollment in university history for the spring 2014 semester. Unprecedented growth in graduate and international students is contributing to positive enrollment numbers and a more diverse student body.
According to spring census data provided to UCM Board of Governors Feb. 14, total enrollment is 12,864, including both undergraduate and graduate students. This is an 8.3 percent increase over the spring 2013 total of 11,879, and 351 students more than the fall 2013 enrollment, 12,513, which was previously the university’s all-time record.Read more
UCM Foundation Increases Support for Scholarships, Academics in FY 2015
For the third straight year, the University of Central Missouri Foundation Board of Directors has approved an increased endowment payout, which will provide $890,331 for scholarships and academic programs in FY 2015. The amount represents an eight percent increase over FY 2014.
“The UCM Foundation’s mission is focused on our students, to make a college degree more affordable and accessible,” said Jason Drummond, vice president for alumni relations and development and the Foundation executive director. “By growing our scholarship and program support each year, we are providing students with steady purchasing power.
You can keep track of news and events at UCM at: www.ucmo.edu/news/.
COURSE SCHEDULE PLANNING MADE EASY!
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 www.ucmo.edu/registrar/enrollment/planner.cfm and spread the word to your students about this great planning tool!
MID-TERM D AND F NOTIFICATIONS DISTRIBUTED
Beginning Wednesday, February 26th students had access to their mid-semester deficiency 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 31st.
HAS YOUR STUDENT CONSIDERED TAKING UCM SUMMER COURSES?
Central Missouri offers over 1,000 summer courses in varying length to meet the demands of students’ busy schedules. 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 19. For more information, please visit www.ucmo.edu/summer.
Enrollment begins March 24th. Details about how to be considered for financial assistance for the 2014 Summer Session are located at www.ucmo.edu/sfs/explore/summer.cfm.
HAVEN'T YET SUBMITTED THE FAFSA?
Please be advised that if you and your student haven’t yet completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming 2014-15 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 2014-15 FAFSA must be submitted prior to April 1st. Apply on-line at www.fafsa.gov (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 2014-15 year, you’re welcome to contact the UCM Office of Student Financial Services online (www.ucmo.edu/contactsfs), 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 www.ucmo.edu/sfs/explore/funding/Undergrad1415.cfm.
PARENTS OF OPEN OPTION STUDENTS
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. 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 email@example.com. 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 6th.
- 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 24-28 from 8:00-11:00 or 1:00-5:00 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.
TAKING SUMMER COURSES AT OTHER INSTITUTIONS
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 www.ucmo.edu/corequiv/.
- 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 www.ucmo.edu/registrar/grades/repeat.cfm.
Courses taken at two year colleges will not transfer to UCM for upper-level (3000/4000) credit.
STRESS AND ANXIETY
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 www.ucmo.edu/cc for more information.
TEACHER PLACEMENT DAY
The Career Services Center will be hosting Teacher Placement Day on Wednesday, March 26th, 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 2014-15 school year. Students should dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their resumes. For more information regarding this event, please visit our website at www.ucmo.edu/career/students/events/placement.cfm.
The Career Services Center will also be hosting an Etiquette Dinner on Thursday, April 10, 2014 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. For more information please visit the Career Services website at www.ucmo.edu/career/.
HOW TO HELP YOUR STUDENT LAND A JOB
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 www.ucmo.edu/career/employers 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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