First Place Photo Winner! Kimberly Wooge studied in England last Spring. Where will you go?
UMKC students traveled all over the planet this past academic year, participating in a wide range of study abroad experiences. Now you have an opportunity to find out how to take your own first step on that rewarding path!
Plan to attend the Tenth Annual 2013 Study Abroad Fair, sponsored by the International Academic Programs Office, on Thursday, September 12 from 11am to 2pm at the Student Success Center, Pierson Auditorium.
Find out more about the world of opportunities to study abroad, presented at the Fair by UMKC Faculty Leaders, study abroad returning students, and professional Study Abroad providers.
Your UMKC e-mail account is the official form of communication for all UMKC matters. Be sure to check it regularly so you don’t miss important announcements and deadlines! However, your e-mail account gives you more than just e-mail. The Outlook platform gives you many options to help you stay organized and worry-free throughout your time at UMKC and beyond. Its features give you access to all kinds of tools at the touch of a button–all you need is internet access.
Within the Mail tab, you also have access to all your contacts, a calendar, and tasks. This is a great way to keep a to-do list and help keep track of deadlines on your course syllabus! Another feature of Mail is the ability to live chat with other people signed in. This service, through MSN Messenger, allows you to see who is available to chat.
Within the Office tab, you have access to the Windows Sky Drive. This allows you to store documents and pictures on the web and access them from any computer! You can create groups and share and edit documents within the Sky Drive. You can also create and edit documents right in the browser–no need to download them every time you want to make an update. When you do download a document to make changes, by pressing the Save button it automatically syncs to the uploaded file and saves your changes to the document in the Sky Drive. This is a great tool to use if you don’t always remember to grab a flash drive.
To make the most of your e-mail anywhere, sync your e-mail account to your smartphone or laptop. There are instructions on the UMKC Information Services website. By syncing your account, you have the ability to sync not only e-mail, but calendars, contact info, and tasks.
If you have problems accessing your e-mail account, contact the Information Services HelpDesk at 816-235-2000; press 2 to speak with a technician.
[Posting by your Student Government Association President Benjamin Campero. Also check out his column in University News, From the President’s Desk.]
Welcome Back & Call to Action
Welcome back and welcome to UMKC, I have had a great first week back on campus getting to know new and returning students alike. I am so excited about what the year has to come, from working on the issues set forth by the previous administration, including instituting a Smoke Free Policy and working toward equality in the Residence Halls with the Gender Neutral Housing Resolution that overwhelmingly passed Senate last year, and our purpose to provide an orderly method of government representative of all students that acts on the will of the majority while protecting the interest of the minority and stands for all students of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), in all matters that concern them. SGA’s mission is to stimulate the intellectual, political, cultural, and social growth of all students and in the spirit of keeping you in the loop, there is one thing we must let you know about.
House Bill 253 (HB253) passed the Missouri Legislature last session and was sent to Governor Jay Nixon’s desk for approval. Governor Nixon vetoed the bill and it has been sent back to the legislature.
HB253 seeks to cut taxes for the wealthiest of Missourian’s Tax Payers, and slashes more than $800 million from revenue. Higher Education is unprotected by law and one of the most vulnerable places to lose if the HB 253 Veto is overridden.
If the Veto is overridden, the University has ONE option: to raise tuition for all four University of Missouri campuses. UM System President Tim Wolfe has announced that passage of this bill will necessitate anywhere from 8 to 16 percent hike in tuition for students.
This is simply unacceptable; it is time that Missouri Politicians quit playing games with the education and future of Missouri’s workforce
You can help! We ask that you call your State Representative and ask them to stand with students across Missouri and hold the Governor’s Veto.
Do not hesitate on contacting me if you have any questions, 816-235-1426 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the link below to check out the fall schedule for Student Success Seminars…part of your Destination: Graduation!
STUDENT SUCCESS SEMINARS Fall 2013
Image courtesy of Sporting KC
[The following was provided by the Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications.]
As part of Welcome Week activities, UMKC will be sponsoring two radio remotes with Sporting Kansas City players.
- KPRS Hot Jamz 103.3 from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 21
- KMXV Mix 93.3 from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, August 22.
Both remotes will be located on University Way outside of the Atterbury Student Success Center where faculty and staff can get an autograph from Sporting KC players and sign up for UMKC’s Rally with the Roos contest.
Ten lucky winners will receive two tickets to a Sporting KC game in September with parking pass, two custom-designed Rally with the Roos shirts, a signed Sporting KC soccer ball and more. Be sure and enter your chance to win by August 31! More on Rally with the Roos can be found here.
Also, all UMKC students can sign up for a chance to win free tickets to UMKC Night at Sporting Park. On October 18th, Sporting KC’s final regular season game, UMKC will have free tickets for 75 UMKC students! Sign up at the Welcome Week radio remotes to earn your chance to win!
Start the new semester off right! There are two crucial tools that can help you stay on track and keep up with your coursework: the class syllabus and a daily planner.
When you get your syllabus, read through it carefully. This is essentially your contract for the course. It contains a ton of important details about each class—including your professor’s office hours and contact information if you have any questions, required and suggested readings, classroom expectations, grading policies, Supplemental Instruction information (if offered with your class), and what happens if you miss an exam or a class session. Not to mention course assignment due dates and when the exams are scheduled! Keep all course materials, including the syllabus, in a binder so you know right where they are.
A daily planner (whether in Outlook, on your iPad, or a spiral notebook) is your next most important tool–it will help you visually and physically keep track of all your commitments. First, mark all your class periods each week. Note all the important dates from each syllabus—homework assignments, readings, and exams. Fill in time to study—a good guideline is two hours studying for every hour you spend in class. This time can be used to read the materials and review your notes, or meet with a group to discuss concepts from the lectures. If your class has Supplemental Instruction, mark those times in your planner and then GO to the sessions! Your planner can also help you stay on track for major projects by creating a personalized timeline—break each project into smaller chunks and assign a due-date to each part.
Next, be sure to set aside mealtimes and breaks, such as time to workout or just relax (it sounds silly—but you can’t forget to take care of yourself!). Keep an eye out for flyers around campus advertising student organizations or events that may interest you—and put those in your planner, too.
Using these tools—the syllabus and a planner—can help you be more prepared and less stressed as you approach the end of the semester. Making a plan for your time—and following it!—will pay off when you are ready for the final exam and you have your final project completed on time.