Communication Studies Students Win Top Awards

By , April 30, 2014 12:36 pm

LOGOUMKC students from the department of communication studies won top honors in the 2014 College Media Awards Competition, sponsored annually by the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association (MBEA). In multiple categories of radio production, first-place awards went to Ross Stinemetz (Dramatic), Cody Tapp and Ryan Witkowski (Play-by-Play), Zach Hinton (Station Promotion), while an honorable mention was awarded to Will Trumper (Dramatic).

“This is the fourth year in a row that one of my students has won first place for Radio Drama,” said UMKC assistant teaching professor Angela Elam, “and this year we picked up both first and second, so I think people around the state are starting to take notice.” Elam, who taught all of these students in her radio production class, Communication Studies 363, is also the host and producer of UMKC’s nationally distributed public radio show, New Letters on the Air.

At this year’s MBEA competition, Ross Stinemetz won for his drama, Gamblin’ Man, a continuation of the Sundown Sector series that brought him and Cody Tapp first place in 2013.  Stinemetz also gained a first place in the Documentary/ Public Affairs category with his radio series on writers for Number One magazine. Both aired in spring of 2013 on K-ROO.org, UMKC’s student Internet radio station.

Second honors went to Will Trumper, the current program director of K-ROO, for his radio drama about a pop music purgatory.

Cody Tapp and Ryan Witkowski–who served respectively as K-ROO’s first Sports Director and Station Manager when it began in late 2012–earned their second MBEA first-place award for Play-by-Play, this time for their coverage of the winter 2013 UMKC vs. Iowa State basketball game.

Zach Hinton won first place for the audio promotion of The Ace Klub, his
music show that airs on K-ROO.org on Monday afternoons from 2:00-3:00.

Short segments from all of the award-winning pieces will be played at the
Communication Studies Student Showcase on Wednesday, May 14th, 6:30 p.m. at
the Tivoli Theater in Westport, 4050 Pennsylvania, KCMO. This event is free and
open to the public.

For a complete list of awards, visit the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association website.

Vote for the 2014-2015 SGA Executive Board

By , April 30, 2014 12:20 pm

UMKCSGAThe 2014-2015 Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board elections are open to all currently enrolled UMKC students.

To vote for your candidates, please log on to RooGroups and vote here:  https://roogroups.collegiatelink.net/election/start/45227.  Voting is open until 5 pm on Friday, May 2nd.

Spring 2014 Multicultural Graduate Reception (May 5)

By , April 30, 2014 9:17 am

Multicultural Grad Reception 2014The Multicultural Student Affairs Office would like to invite you to our Multicultural Graduate Reception, Monday, May 5, 6:00-8:00pm in room 401CD, Student Union!

Join us as we celebrate the success of our 2014 graduates and recognize the contributions of some of our rising leaders. The program will include a reception, recognition ceremony and a keynote speaker.  This year’s keynote speaker is Randy Lopez, Director of the Migrant Education Program for the Shawnee Mission School District.

If you are interested in attending please RSVP to deesk@umkc.edu or 816.235.5628.

New Schedule Planner in Pathway

By , April 30, 2014 9:16 am

PathwayRegistration and Records is happy to announce the release of the Schedule Planner tool in Pathway.

Schedule Planner is a web-based application accessible from Pathway that allows students and academic advisers to generate optimized variations of class schedules, taking into account the student’s desired breaks and schedule conflicts as well as course availability.

Schedule Planner

 

Once the optimal class schedule has been created, Schedule Planner will integrate seamlessly with the enrollment shopping cart at registration time.

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Advisors will be able to spend more time helping students choose which courses to take and not the individual times to take them. The tool provide enhanced service to students by providing the best schedule shopping experience.

Schedule Planner provides a quick and easy way to prepare for advising and registration by generating optimized variations of class sections and taking into account the student’s non-academic activities, such as work or athletics. Students can also create alternate schedules as a “Plan B” if their first choice isn’t available at registration time due to closed or filled classes.

Instructions for students and advisors as well as a YouTube video can be found on the Registration and Records Office website under Adding Classes.

Congratulations to the Spring 2014 Honor Recipients!

By , April 24, 2014 3:51 pm

LOGOThe Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Honor Recipients program was designed to recognize graduating seniors who have excelled in both academic achievement and service to the campus. This recognition is based on the premise that the University should honor the truly unique students who maintain high scholastic performance while actively participating in University programs, volunteer opportunities, and leadership roles outside of the classroom.

Students are nominated by faculty and staff from across the campus, and although the Committee cannot select all the students, being nominated is truly an honor in itself.

Congratulations to the Spring 2014 Honor Recipients!
Jumah Ahmad, School of Biological Sciences – Nominated by Tammy Welchert

Naaseha Amir, School of Pharmacy – Nominated by Dr. Cameron Lindsey

Jordan Andrzejewski, College of Arts & Sciences – Nominated by Ursula Gurney

Audrey Barnard, School of Computing and Engineering – Nominated by Whitney Molloy

Christopher Beaudoin, College of Arts & Sciences – Nominated by Katherine Garey

Roze Brooks, College of Arts & Sciences – Nominated by Dr. Eric Grospitch

Dylan Burd, School of Education – Nominated by Katherine Garey

Grant Dale-Derks, School of Biological Sciences – Nominated by Tammy Welchert

Jonathan Doss, College of Arts & Sciences – Nominated by Chiluba Musonda, Dr. Andrea Drew Gounev, and Dr. Kathleen V. Kilway

Shea Durington, College of Arts & Sciences – Nominated by Kate Gold, Dr. Andrea Drew Gounev, and Dr. Kathleen V. Kilway

Anna Irene Jobe, College of Arts & Sciences – Nominated by Dr. Andrea Drew Gounev and Dr. Kathleen V. Kilway

Amy G. Johnson, School of Biological Sciences – Nominated by Dr. Andrea Drew Gounev and Dr. Kathleen V. Kilway

Ayanna Johnson, College of Arts & Sciences – Nominated by Sandra DuPree and Katherine Garey

Cornita Robinson, Bloch School of Management – Nominated by Katherine Garey

Anna Shah, School of Medicine – Nominated by Dr. Peter Koulen

Daniel Shea, College of Arts & Sciences – Nominated by Dr. Eloise Rathbone-McCuan

Aurielle Young, School of Nursing & Health Studies – Nominated by Dr. Janis Ellis-Claypool

Stress Tips for the end of semester

By , April 22, 2014 8:43 am

calm[Guest post by Kathleen Ramo, Bachelor of Health Sciences student in the School of Nursing]

As the final weeks of the semester creep up on us and we start realizing the many homework assignments, quizzes, papers, and projects that are left to do we realize the deadlines are right around the corner and stress induces. One of the most important things to remember while facing a heavy load of work is to keep our stress to a minimum. I personally have a few things I like to do to reduce stress and clear my mind so I can get through my work with ease. My stress reducing techniques include:

  • Getting plenty of rest. Even though we sometimes find ourselves cramming until the wee hours of the night, studies show that a restful night’s sleep helps us perform better.
  • Take a power nap. If you find yourself dozing off while studying take a 20-30 minute nap to help recharge your batteries.
  • Go for a walk. Fresh air does more for us than we will ever know. Plus, getting some exercise helps stimulate your body.
  • Listen to music. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed I put in my headphones and enjoy. Sometimes music helps get your mind off of whatever you’re thinking about so whenever you take your headphones out you have a clear mind to get back into whatever work you have.
  • Take a relaxing bath.
  • Find something that makes you laugh whether it be television, a movie, or calling up a hilarious friend.
  • One of the most effective things I do to keep my stress levels low is to prepare for exams, papers, and projects in advance. If you know you have assignments due the week before finals the time to start preparing is now!
  • Lastly, reward yourself. Set up something fun to do after you’ve finished your stressful week to unwind.

I hope these ideas helped, because I know we are all starting to feel the effects of stress as the semester comes to an end. Remember, there are three weeks until finals: the time to start preparing for those big projects and papers was yesterday. Stay relaxed and good luck!

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