Careers for History Majors – Panel Discussion with Alumni

By , March 12, 2014 8:39 am

History Panel FlyerWondering “what to do with” your major?

The History Club and History Department are sponsoring a panel discussion on “History outside the classroom” which although focused on history students, is applicable to any humanities major.  A panel of alumni will talk about the transferable skills and experiences that helped them be successful in the job market and in other industries outside higher education.

The event will take place in the Student Union room 302 from 12-2pm this Friday, March 14, 2014 with lunch provided.

Email questions to Juan Betancur at jjb8c3@mail.umkc.edu.

 

Plan Now to Enjoy Spring Break

By , March 11, 2014 9:44 am

maui01Spring break is in TWO WEEKS!  Going from mid-January to the end of March with no breaks is tough, but it’s tougher to take a week off with no plan for when you get back!

First things first–sit down with your calendar and class syllabi and make a list of all the assignments due for the rest of the semester.  This will help you put everything into perspective and give you set of short-term and long-term goals.  For each assignment, think about how long it will take you to complete it–you should now have an idea of your study habits and how long it takes to read class materials.  And by thinking about this now, nothing should sneak up on you after break!

So, right now you should also be thinking about those assignments due just after break.  Take some time now to work ahead and finish these assignments before you leave or make other plans for the week.  That way, if something does come up, you can go without feeling stressed about all the work you have left!

Spring Break is supposed to be relaxing, spending time with friends and family.  But if you do need to catch up on classwork, make sure you plan some time to take a break. One idea is to work on assignments in the morning and then take the rest of the day to relax and get outside.  It’s always best to do your work first–then you can reward yourself with an afternoon movie or dinner out with friends.

Careful planning can make Spring Break a true break, no matter where you go or stay.  Plan now and you can come back to school refreshed and energized!

Group Smoking Cessation Program For Students

By , March 11, 2014 9:44 am

smoking cessation promotionThe Student Health and Wellness will sponsor a six-week group smoking cessation program on Mondays starting March 31 through May 5.  The group will meet 2-3 p.m. at the UMKC MindBody Connection, located in the Atterbury Student Success Center, room 112.

Free nicotine replacement therapy will be provided with participation in the program.  Spots are limited.

RSVP to umkchealthpromo@umkc.edu to reserve your spot.

Remember–UMKC will be a Tobacco-Free campus starting this Fall!

From Whiteboard to Boardroom: The EyeVerify Story

By , March 11, 2014 9:43 am

EyeVerify-webEver wonder how an idea goes from research to development to the marketplace?  Part of UMKC Friends of the Library’s portFOLio series, this program illustrates how UMKC’s research is having an impact on the community, how ideas find a home in the marketplace, and the role library resources played in assisting in the EyeVerify project.  

The program will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2 in Miller Nichols Learning Center.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Featured speakers are:

  • Reza Derakshani – UMKC School of Computing & Engineering Professor; EyeVerify, Chief Scientist
  • Maria Meyers – UMKC Innovation Center Director
  • Toby Rush – EyeVerify CEO and Founder

The program also will include a presentation of the 2014 Friends of the Library annual gift and student scholarship.

portFOLio is the signature programming series of Friends of the Library designed to highlight UMKC Libraries. For complete details, visit From Whiteboard to Boardroom.

Applications Available for Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life

By , March 11, 2014 9:42 am

Women's CenterThe Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life announces the 21st Century Leadership Academy, May 18-23, 2014 in St. Louis, MO.

Apply to represent UMKC as a Shear Fellow.  Application Deadline: March 20, 2014

Spend a week with outstanding student leaders and savvy women in public life:  women judges, women office  holders & women public policy experts.

What will you do as a Shear Fellow?

  1. Develop leadership skills.
  2. Build self confidence.
  3. Make friends & contacts for your future.

To apply, use the online form at http://bit.ly/1jVxGZ3.

For more information on the Leadership Academy, visit http://www.umsl.edu/sueshear/21st%20Century%20Leadership%20Academy/index.html.

With questions, contact Dr. Brenda Bethman, Director of the UMKC Women’s Center.

 

 

Study tips for Mid-Terms

By , March 4, 2014 9:17 am

study groupsHello fellow UMKC students. I am Kathleen Ramo, a Bachelor of Health Sciences student in the School of Nursing here at the university. As mid-terms approach I would like to share some study tips that I find useful. Before you get started it’s helpful to find out what your learning style is so your time is used effectively. There are many short quizzes online! To find out your learning style click here: http://www.educationplanner.org/students/self-assessments/learning-styles.shtml. Below are some tips I find useful and I hope they are helpful for you as well! Good luck on your mid-terms!

  • Give yourself plenty of time with the amount of material you have to study for.
  • Take a short break when things no longer start to make sense. When you go back to the question after a short break you may find you know the answer with a clear head.
  • Don’t pull “all nighters”. It always ends in regret and your brain doesn’t function at its full capacity without sleep.
  • Eat! Don’t skip meals to cram for exams. Your body needs energy to focus.
  • Ask questions. If something doesn’t make sense don’t hesitate to e-mail your professor or another student. Material that you may not understand maybe someone else can lend helpful hints
  • Study without distractions. Yes, this means turning off your cell phone if you have to and shutting your computer down. You know how tempting social media is.
  • Make “to-do” lists for each class you need to study for and put time frames on each item.
  • Focus on one task at a time. During mid-terms your list of “to-dos” grows and can get quite overwhelming. Cross one thing off at a time so you feel accomplished.
  • Use tables and/or diagrams; draw pictures, use arrows and label. 
  • Make flash cards for key terms.
  • Have someone else quiz you after you are confident with the material. Any questions you cannot answer confidently is material you should go back over.
  • Be organized
  • Highlight and/or use different colored writing materials.
  • Drink plenty of water!
  • Be prepared for your exam. The night before make sure you have everything you need ready to go. No one needs the extra stress of lost car keys the morning of an exam.
  • Details, Details, Details!

Study Tips for classes with a study guide:

  1. Handwrite the questions and the answers. This helps to retain the question and the answer as a whole.
  2. If you prepare you study guide in advance don’t just fill it out and set it aside, go over it! Multiple times!
  3. If you prefer to work in groups make sure you discuss solutions to the answers because just writing down answers does not help with information retention. Always write your own answers after group discussion so each person is learning and working.
  4. Highlight and use different colored writing materials for each chapter or question on the study guide. This helps when you are going back over your study guide so you understand what you’ve written and what material coincides.
  5. If your instructor has prepared lecture notes, use them to help fill out your study guide. If they have taken the time to prepare notes it’s probably important to them.
  6. Watch for reoccurring themes throughout the material. If it appears more than once it’s probably important.

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