Homecoming is coming up – October 1-6! It is an exciting week when alumni come back to campus and there are fun activities all the time! Just a few of the events scheduled include National Kidney Foundation walk, a blood drive, the dedication of our brand new Student Success Center, the celebration of Greek Life’s 60th anniversary on campus; or join in the fun at the Talent Show, APCinema screening of The Avengers, golf-cart parade, lunch with Chancellor Morton, and the block party!
For more details on these and many more fun events, visit the UMKC Homecoming page!
Many classes call for use of technology most new students are not familiar with (i.e. Blackboard). There are several resources to assist you in the navigation and use of these sites.
General Technology Support: Information Services provides a lot of general technology support. If you have any issues or questions about technology, they are a good place to start. Visit their webpage for general inquiries, or call the Computer HelpDesk at (816) 235-2000. Choose option 2 to speak with a technician.
Blackboard: There is a main help page for Blackboard that is a good place to start for Blackboard help. This page also contains links to Tegrity and Wimba support.
Library Guides: The Library has support guides for Microsoft 2010 applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Visit their website to access these guides.
On Wednesday, October 3, Career Services will be hosting a Career Fair in Swinney Recreation Center. It will take place 10:00am-3:00pm. For more information or to see a list of employers registered to attend, please visit the Career Services website.
As fall weather sets in and winter approaches, it is time to start thinking about getting a flu vaccination. The influenza virus is highly contagious, and being a student on a large university campus means you are more likely be exposed to the virus at some point in the season.
The UMKC Health and Wellness Center is offering several flu vaccination clinics to let you conveniently get vaccinated. Student vaccinations cost $15. Following is a list of clinic times and locations:
- 10/2 Health Sciences Building from 11-1pm
- 10/9 School of Law from 11-2pm
- 10/16 Student Success Center in the Mind Body Connection 11-1pm.
- 10/30 Student Union Suite 302 10:30-1:30pm
A new office at UMKC located in the recently renovated Atterbury Student Success Center (former University Center) is a one-stop-shop were students may get assistance in five key areas: Admissions (domestic and International), Cashiers & Collections, Financial Aid & Scholarship, and Registration & Records.
UMKC Central opened on August 20th at the start of the fall 2012 semester and has since been assisting students in taking care of university transactions. The goal of UMKC Central is to promote student success by providing student focused services in a single point of contact. At UMKC Central students may get help with problems, gain additional information to manage the enrollment process or perform regular transactions to meet their academic and financial objectives. The Customer Service Coordinators have all been cross trained in the five key areas, providing a convenient focal point for answering questions and getting assistance.
The starting point for getting assistance at UMKC Central is the Info Hub located on Level 2 of the Student Success Center. At the Info Hub a ticket is generated that details the type of assistance students are requesting. This provides the Customer Service Coordinators the information they need to get started at finding a solution. Once the Customer Service Coordinator has been assigned a ticket they will make every effort to work with students to address their issue and avoid having to refer students to the home offices in the Administration Center or elsewhere on campus. Students are also able to call UMKC Central for assistance.
Contact UMKC Central:
Web – www.umkc.edu/umkccentral
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone – 816.235.6000
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Be sure to check-in to UMKC Central on FourSquare < foursquare.com/umkccentral> to receive a Newbie Special: On your 1st check in to meet with a Customer Service Coordinator you will receive a UMKC Central t-shirt & water bottle or flash drive. Let the Coordinator know that you unlocked this special. This offer is only valid to UMKC students who check-in at UMKC Central and meet with a UMKC Central customer service coordinator to address university transactions.
What is Lucerna? Put simply, Lucerna is UMKC’s only all-discipline undergraduate research journal. A new edition is issued every year showcasing the best and brightest UMKC students and the work they’ve been dedicating their time and effort to. Lucerna publishes research essays completed at UMKC that are 2000-5000 words. These essays are rigorously selected, determined competitively, and evaluated anonymously.
As we go through our academic careers here at UMKC, it is sometimes easy to get caught up in the routine of classes. Write a paper, turn it in, and never think about it again. Repeat. Most likely you have at least a dozen old papers on your computer that you haven’t looked at or thought about since the day they were due. Yet, each of these papers represents something more than just a percentage of a course grade; they are documentation of your progress as a student and as an individual at UMKC.
Lucerna offers the opportunity for you to present yourself through the publication of your UMKC research. Those old papers I mentioned previously can be easily polished to become a Lucerna submission and moreover a published essay. If they were written for a class at UMKC, pull them back out, dust them off, and look over them again. That paper is your chance to present a new idea or topic to your fellow students or present an old topic in a new light.
Essays are accepted from all disciplines and are reviewed on a competitive basis against other students’ submissions. Students from all over UMKC can submit to Lucerna, so your competition will be fierce. Being published as an undergraduate student weighs heavily on your resume or CV and will set you apart from your competition as you move on to graduate school, professional school, or into the job market. Being published is an accomplishment that will help propel you toward your academic, professional, and personal goals.
Lucerna is an awesome opportunity for you to expand your horizons, get some great experience, and even get published as an undergraduate. Please contact me, Taylor Barton, with any questions or comments at email@example.com. I would love to talk with you about how Lucerna can benefit you.