Why RooWriter? Top 5 Answers…

By , February 24, 2014 4:42 pm

RooWriter PosterTop 5 Reasons to take the RooWriter now!

1.  It’s convenient:  just log in to the RooWriter at www.umkc.edu/roowriter and follow the prompts.

2.  You want to graduate this semester:  beat the rush and take the RooWriter two months before graduation–remember, it’s a requirement to graduate.

3.  You need to enroll in a Writing Intensive class:  take the RooWriter now before it’s time to register for next semester.

4.  You’ve taken and passed English 225 or Discourse II (or equivalent):  you are eligible NOW to take RooWriter (you’ll need to take it

5.  You want to improve your writing!  RooWriter evaluations can help you strengthen the skills that you need for college classes and the workplace.

Good reasons aside, all UMKC undergraduates are required to take the RooWriter Writing Assessment at least once.  When you take RooWriter, you begin by choosing one of six reading packets on a variety of important issues.  Next, you start the 72-hour writing period and the website assigns you a “prompt” consisting of questions to answer in an essay of 750-1,500 words.  Then you will receive assessments from trained evaluators.  The first time you take RooWriter, your student account will be billed a small charge and you can take the assessment again as many times as you want for no additional charge.

Roo Basketball Guard Eilise O’Connor Named Academic All-American

By , February 24, 2014 3:52 pm

OConnor-550UMKC Women’s Basketball senior guard Eilise O’Connor has been named a Division I First Team Capital One Academic All-American.

O’Connor holds a 3.99 GPA as a Health Sciences major in the School of Nursing and Health Studies and a Chemistry minor in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has been accepted into the UMKC School of Dentistry and plans to attend this fall. The San Francisco native has moved into second place on the UMKC career scoring and assists list. This year she set new Kansas City and WAC records for free throws in a game with 22 at New Mexico State on Jan. 18, as well as records for free throws in a season.

“It’s absolutely humbling to be categorized with the tremendous athletes who make up the Academic All-American teams,” O’Connor said. “They are some of the best and brightest collegiate athletes in the country and I can be nothing but honored to be considered alongside them. Without question, I could not have earned anything without my team, coaches and staff. From our manager to our head coach, all I can say is thank you for supporting me throughout my career on the floor and off.”

Currently, O’Connor leads the WAC in scoring at 21.3 points and free throw percentage at 86.9 percent. Four times this year she has eclipsed the 30-point mark and three times has notched double-doubles.

O’Connor has been named as a semi-finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and the WBCA Allstate Good Works Team. Last season, she was named to the Division I-AAA Scholar Athlete Team and Summit League Academic All-League, while three times being selected as a member of the Summit League Academic Honor Roll and twice as a member of the Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence.

“We couldn’t be more excited for Eilise and the recognition that she continues to receive on a national level,” said UMKC Head Coach Marsha Frese. “Eilise takes tremendous pride in everything she does and strives to be a role model both on and off the basketball court. Hopefully recognition like this will inspire others to never settle in the desire to excel on the court and in the classroom.”

Critical Need–Sign Up for the UMKC Blood Drive

By , February 24, 2014 3:51 pm

Community-Blood-Center_300x300There is a critical shortage of blood in the Kansas City area due to the fact that many drives were cancelled due to recent inclement weather.

Urgent calls for blood donations are going out across our KC community. The unit of blood each donor provides usually saves two lives.

The blood drive will run from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, in room 557 of Flarsheim Hall on the Volker Campus.

Sign up for an appointment by:

  1. emailing Jane Vogl, voglj@umkc.edu, site coordinator, the time you would like to donate – slots are open every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
  2. signing up online at www.savealifenow.org , click on schedule an appointment and enter the code: SCE and then click on search to access the link to this drive’s appointment page.

Sorority informal recruitment information session

By , February 24, 2014 3:49 pm

Collegiate Panhellenic CouncilInterested in joining a sorority?

What: Information Session with *Free Food* open to all women at UMKC to attend to learn about Sorority life and the recruitment process.

When: Friday, February 28.  Women are free to stop by anytime between 7-9pm to grab a bite to eat at the nacho bar and speak to representatives from the 4 National Panhellenic Conference sororities on campus to learn more about what each sorority offers.  These sororities are Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Zeta, and Chi Omega.*

Where: SGA Chambers (Student Union)

Questions? Contact Lexi Gill at lmgvxd@mail.umkc.edu

Alpha Delta PiAlpha Sigma AlphaDelta Zeta Chi Omega

*  The National Panhellenic Conference chapter recruitment process is unique to these four chapters listed above.  For more recruitment information about additional UMKC sororities, including Delta Rho, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Lambda Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., or Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. please contact OSI Assistant Director, Brittan Williams at williamsbrit@umkc.edu.

Resources Available on Counseling Center Website

By , February 17, 2014 5:56 pm

CounselingDid you know that the Counseling Center website is full of helpful information you can access even if you never walk through our doors? 

You may want to know how to handle stress, how to help a friend, or how to cope with a loss.  Or you may want to know if your problems are severe enough to warrant coming in for help.  You can do a mental health screening for depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, or an eating disorder.  Need some help with relaxation?  Want to track your mood to find out when you are feeling well and when you are struggling?  Our website can direct you to helpful apps and other online resources to help you with these concerns and many others. 

Check it out today at www.umkc.edu/counselingcenter and click on “Self-Help Resources” on the left side of the page.

EveryBody is Beautiful Week 2014

By , February 17, 2014 5:55 pm

EveryBodyUMKC’s annual EveryBody Is Beautiful Week will take place February 24-28.  Stop by informational tables to get information on body image and eating disorders and “trash your fat talk”.  Take part all week in Operation Beautiful by posting sticky notes with positive messages around campus.  Supplies are available at the tables and all week at the Women’s Center, Counseling Center, Multicultural Student Affairs, Swinney Recreation, MindBody Connection, and Student Health & Wellness.

Join us on Wednesday, February 26 from 5–7pm in the MindBody Connection (ASSC 112) for a Love Your Body Party, with creative and relaxing activities designed to celebrate all our bodies do for us and fight back against unhealthy messages about weight and eating!

Schedule of tables:

  • Monday, February 24, 11 am – 1 pm in the Health Sciences Building Lobby
  • Tuesday, February 25, 11 am – 1 pm in the Atterbury Student Success Center
  • Wednesday, February 26, 11 am – 1 pm in Royall Hall

EveryBody Is Beautiful Week is offered by the UMKC Women’s Center and Counseling Center, with co-sponsorship from MSA, Swinney Rec, OSI, Student Health, UMKC Athletics and MindBody Connection.  Contact Rachel Pierce at 235-5186 or the Women’s Center at 235-1638 with questions.

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