Stress Tips for the end of semester

By , April 22, 2014 8:43 am

calm[Guest post by Kathleen Ramo, Bachelor of Health Sciences student in the School of Nursing]

As the final weeks of the semester creep up on us and we start realizing the many homework assignments, quizzes, papers, and projects that are left to do we realize the deadlines are right around the corner and stress induces. One of the most important things to remember while facing a heavy load of work is to keep our stress to a minimum. I personally have a few things I like to do to reduce stress and clear my mind so I can get through my work with ease. My stress reducing techniques include:

  • Getting plenty of rest. Even though we sometimes find ourselves cramming until the wee hours of the night, studies show that a restful night’s sleep helps us perform better.
  • Take a power nap. If you find yourself dozing off while studying take a 20-30 minute nap to help recharge your batteries.
  • Go for a walk. Fresh air does more for us than we will ever know. Plus, getting some exercise helps stimulate your body.
  • Listen to music. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed I put in my headphones and enjoy. Sometimes music helps get your mind off of whatever you’re thinking about so whenever you take your headphones out you have a clear mind to get back into whatever work you have.
  • Take a relaxing bath.
  • Find something that makes you laugh whether it be television, a movie, or calling up a hilarious friend.
  • One of the most effective things I do to keep my stress levels low is to prepare for exams, papers, and projects in advance. If you know you have assignments due the week before finals the time to start preparing is now!
  • Lastly, reward yourself. Set up something fun to do after you’ve finished your stressful week to unwind.

I hope these ideas helped, because I know we are all starting to feel the effects of stress as the semester comes to an end. Remember, there are three weeks until finals: the time to start preparing for those big projects and papers was yesterday. Stay relaxed and good luck!

Annual Student Art Exhibition Opens April 24

By , April 22, 2014 8:42 am

annual-student-exhibitionThe annual UMKC Student Art Exhibition opens this Thursday, April 24th at the UMKC Gallery of Art, 203 Fine Are Arts Building.

The year’s exhibit features a selection of works by 32 graduate and undergraduate artists across a variety of media. Scholarships will be awarded during the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday.

The guest juror is Erin Dziedzic, curator and head of adult programs at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Before joining the Kemper in 2013, she worked more than six years as curator at Savannah College of Art and Design. She is founder and editor of artcore journal, an online biannual contemporary art journal.

The UMKC Gallery of Art hours through May 16 are 9 a.m. to noon, 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Hours will change in summer. The exhibit runs through Aug. 1.

New Letters Writing Contest

By , April 22, 2014 8:41 am

New Letters CoverEntries for the writing contest sponsored by New Letters magazine of writing and art, published at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, will be accepted through May 18.

New Letters Literary Awards have discovered and advanced the work of writers since 1986. Winners from each genre — short story, poetry and nonfiction — receive $1,500 and publication in New Letters quarterly magazine.

Judges in past years have included Alberto Rios, Janet Burroway, Mary Jo Salter, Kim Addonizio, Daniel Woodrell, David Shields, Cornelius Eady and other writers. The 2014 judges will be announced later; all submissions are judged anonymously.

The entry fee is $18, which includes a one-year (four book-length issues) subscription to New Letters magazine. You can enter online or through mail: New Letters; University House, 5101 Rockhill Road; Kansas City, MO 64110-2499.

Beware Email Scams

By , April 15, 2014 7:57 pm

alertCollege students are often targeted for email scams which attempt to trick email users into providing sensitive personal information, such as bank account numbers, social security numbers, credit card numbers, or account passwords.  Please be aware that scammers can use any name or email address in the “From” or “Subject” field to make the email appear official.  UMKC will never ask for sensitive information via email.

Examples of scams include:

  • Job Scams, with the intent to get your personal information
  • Check scams, where they send a check  and ask for a portion of the money to be returned
  • Secret Shopper Scams, similar to check scams, but they may ask you to send them merchandise, and send you checks that bounce
  • Fake password expiration or account upgrade scams, with intent of stealing a user account.  These accounts are then used to steal other email addresses at an organization, or used to relay one of the above scams to other people

Some tips to avoid fraud:

  • When someone randomly sends you an e-mail asking you to receive a check and forward part of the funds to another account, it is typically fraud.  The victim of such a scam is generally liable for any funds received in this way.
  • Do your research on the person or company before accepting a job or a check from them, especially if the contact is unsolicited.  Contact UMKC Career Services if you have any questions.
  • Consult your banker or parents before answering any e-mail or cashing any checks if you don’t know who sent it.
  • Change your passwords frequently and ensure they are of sufficient complexity.

Always keep in mind:  if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!  Be wary when someone offers you money and be sure you check with trusted mentors before you accept anything.  Nobody sends “free” money and random job offers are usually fraudulent.  If you have any questions, please contact the UMKC Computer Helpdesk at 816-235-2000.

Preferred Name Option Now Available for Students

By , April 15, 2014 7:50 pm

PathwayThe Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management is pleased to announce the student preferred name policy. The policy is a result of the resolution passed by the Student Government Association in Spring 2013. This resolution was initiated by numerous student requests to have a preferred name option in the Pathway and Blackboard/Moodle systems.

After ongoing campus discussions, the student preferred name policy was approved by the university in Spring 2014. Beginning Monday, April 21, 2014, the preferred name option will be available for students in the Pathway system.

If a student decides to add a preferred name, the preferred name will be displayed in the Pathway Student Center, faculty class roster and grade roster. Adding a preferred name does not change a student’s official name as a part of their educational record. A student’s official name is their legal name, which will always be used for financial aid, transcripts, international student I-20s and other documents required by the University.

Adding the preferred name functionality was made possible through the leadership team in the Office of Registration and Records, the Department of Information Access and the UM System Technical Developers.

UMKC is committed to student success and the preferred name option will provide students with an improved way to interact and connect with faculty and staff.

Questions about the preferred name policy can be directed to Doug Swink, University Registrar.

SCE Student wins Best Paper Award at International Conference

By , April 15, 2014 7:50 pm
Becca May is presented with the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Design of Reliable Communication Networks.

Becca May is presented with the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Design of Reliable Communication Networks.

Rebecca “Becca” May, an undergraduate student double majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics, was selected for a unique opportunity to present at an international conference today, April 1, in Ghent, Belgium.

This conference, the 10th International Conference on Design of Reliable Communication Networks (DRCN) is highly regarded in the computer networking research community for its focus on reliable network design.

May presented her peer-reviewed paper, “Using Multi-Topology Routing to Improve Routing during Geographically Correlated Failures,” which was written in collaboration with a fellow student and professors of the School of Computing and Engineering (SCE).  May was also recognized at the conference with the Best Paper Award, which is accompanied by a €500 award.

May takes part in undergraduate research through the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, where she works alongside SCE professor and co-author Dr. Deep Medhi, who was particularly impressed by May’s presentation.

“I rarely see a graduate student, doing his or her first international presentation, handle it so well,” said Medhi. “For me to see an undergraduate do this well is a treat of a lifetime.”

Congratulations, Becca!

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