Welcome to Fall 2016!

By , August 23, 2016 4:47 pm

Convocation2016Welcome to the Fall 2016 semester!  For some of you, this is your first adventure and I hope you’re more excited than you are nervous!  For others, a new semester is like coming home; meeting up with old friends and making new ones, checking off another requirement on your path to graduation, and getting ready for your next adventure.

Whether you’re a new student or returning, these first weeks are very important:  they set the tone for the rest of the semester, so start now to plan for the type of student you want to be!

  • Read the syllabus.  Seriously.  This is your class contract and has loads of information about expectations, grading, resources, and due dates.
  • Plan your day.  Make time for classes, studying for each class, breaks, meals, sleep, work, working out, and having fun.  Scheduling everything helps you see where your time is being allocated–kind of like a budget; you can’t save when you don’t know what you’re spending.
  • Be present!  When you say you’re going to do something, do it…and mean it!  Whether it’s studying for an exam or volunteering your time at the Kangaroo Pantry, make the commitment to be committed.
  • Get involved in at least one student organization.  Studying is important, but take the opportunity to join a group of people who are just as passionate as you.

Finally, know that you matter and that your success is as important to us as it is to you.  There are many resources on campus and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Good luck this semester!

Building Mindfulness

By , August 23, 2016 11:21 am

MindfulnessImageHave you heard of Mindfulness practice and its benefits?  Please consider joining us for a weekly skill-building and practice group and learn how to apply mindfulness skills in everyday life.  Mindfulness helps in many ways including improving focus, managing stress, increasing serenity, enhancing stability, and fostering wisdom.  The group will be facilitated by UMKC Counseling Services and held at the MindBody Connection. 

The mindfulness group will meet on Wednesdays from 3:15pm-4:45pm in the Reflection Room at the MindBody Connection.  Session dates are September 14th through November 16th.  Registration is required, as space is limited; so please register today if you are interested.  Due to the skill-building nature of the group, attendance at each group session is important.  

For questions or to register, please contact Dale Voigt-Catlin at 816-235-5352 or voigtcatlind@umkc.edu.


Mindfulness Group

Wednesdays, 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

September 14th – November 16th

The Mind Body Connection

Room 112 – Atterbury Student Success Center

Space is limited, so register today!


Fall 2016 Student Success Seminars

By , August 22, 2016 9:56 am

DestinationGraduationJoin us throughout the Fall 2016 semester for workshops presented by Academic Support and Mentoring, Career Services, UMKC Central, UMKC Libraries, MindBody Connection, and the Writing Studio.  All seminars will be held in the Atterbury Student Success Center.


Presentation Date Time/Location
Study Methods 8/28/2016 2-3 p.m. ASSC 205
Studying for Problem Solving Courses 8/29/2016 11 a.m.-noon ASSC 205
Studying for Biology Courses 8/31/2016 2-3 p.m. ASSC 205
Study Methods 9/2/2016 11 a.m.-noon ASSC 205
A Successful Semester of Writing 9/7/2016 10-11 a.m. ASSC 205
A Successful Semester of Writing 9/8/2016 3-4 p.m. ASSC 205
Notetaking Strategies 9/9/2016 11 a.m.-noon ASSC 205
Using the Library Databases 9/12/2016 3-4 p.m. ASSC 236
Notetaking Strategies 9/13/2016 1-2 p.m. ASSC 205
Using the Library Databases 9/14/2016 3-4 p.m. ASSC 205
Developing Empathy 9/20/2016 1-2 p.m. ASSC 237
Find out How SLEEP Makes Better Grades 9/22/2016 1-2 p.m. ASSC 205
Developing Empathy 9/23/2016 3-4 p.m. ASSC 236
Understanding Your Learning Style 9/26/2016 1-2 p.m. ASSC 205
Ins and Outs of Internships 9/28/2016 1-011 a.m. ASSC 205
Ins and Outs of Internships 9/29/2016 2-3 p.m. ASSC 205
Understanding Your Learning Style 9/30/2016 11 a.m.-noon ASSC 205
Time Management and Procrastination 10/3/2016 11 a.m.-noon ASSC 205
Time Management and Procrastination 10/6/2016 2-3 p.m. ASSC 205
Using and Integrating Sources 10/11/2016 10-11 a.m. ASSC 205
Using and Integrating Sources 10/12/2016 4-5 p.m. ASSC 205
Using Library Databases 10/17/2016 3-4 p.m. ASSC 205
Using Library Databases 10/19/2016 3-4 p.m. ASSC 205
Creating Value Statements 10/21/2016 3-4 p.m. ASSC 237
Reading Strategies 10/27/2016 2-3 p.m. ASSC 205
Creating Value Statements 10/25/2016 1-2 p.m. ASSC 237
Reading Strategies 10/27/2016 2-3 p.m. ASSC 205
MindBody Connection 10/28/2016 10-11 a.m. ASSC 205
Signs and Symptoms of Burnout 11/2/2016 10-11 a.m. ASSC 236
Signs and Symptoms of Burnout 11/3/2016 2-3 p.m. ASSC 236
Active Learning Strategies 11/8/2016 11 a.m.-noon ASSC 237
Active Learning Strategies 11/10/2016 1-2 p.m. ASSC 236
Preparing to Take the Roo Writer 11/15/2016 2-3 p.m. ASSC 237
Preparing to Take the Roo Writer 11/16/2016 9-10 a.m. ASSC 237
Using the Library Databases 11/28/2016 3-4 p.m. ASSC 236
Preparing for Finals 11/29/2016 11 a.m.-noon ASSC 237
Using the Library Databases 11/30/2016 3-4 p.m. ASSC 237
Preparing for Finals 12/2/2016 1-2 p.m. ASSC 237
Test Anxiety 12/5/2016 TBD
Resume Development 12/7/2016 10-11 a.m. ASSC 237
Resume Development 12/8/2016 2-3 p.m. ASSC 236

Toy & Miniature Museum – Farewell to Summer Free Day

By , August 17, 2016 2:27 pm

ToyMiniPosterTake a last break before school starts and stop by the Toy and Miniature Museum–it’s free for UMKC students, faculty, and staff!  On Saturday, 20 August, stop by between 10am and 4pm to invoke the power of your inner superhero–and save the museum from the evil Toynado in an all new scavenger hunt.  Capes are optional!


New UMKC Alert System testing this week

By , June 28, 2016 9:38 am

alertThe University of Missouri System has installed a new emergency alert program for the four campuses. The Rave program replaces the former Alert system but works in a similar manner.  In the event of a natural disaster, violent event or weather-related campus closing, an alert message will be transmitted to all faculty, staff and students via email, voice and text.

We have scheduled a TEST of the new Rave program for Wednesday, June 29 at 1 p.m. The test is required by federal law. Recipients will be notified that this is a test of the new system, and not an actual emergency.

For questions, please contact Bridget Koan, koanb@umkc.edu or 816-235-6678.

Remembering Stonewall, Mourning Orlando

By , June 24, 2016 12:14 pm

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