Stay healthy and manage stress

By , October 21, 2014 8:40 am

Library BooksIt is getting to be that time of semester when everything seems to hit at once, and the worst part is that things won’t slow down again until after finals are over!  Throw in the fact that flu season is starting, and what we have is a dangerous mix!

Try to keep a healthy balance of stress (yes, it can be motivating!) but plan now so it won’t overwhelm you.  You’re finished with mid-terms by now, but it’s not too early to start getting ready for final exams and projects.  Part of planning for your classes includes planning to keep yourself healthy–both mentally and physically.  Luckily, it’s easy to add these tips to your daily routine.

Taking care of your mental health and well-being can be difficult when school and life get really stressful.  However, there are things you can do to help:

  • If you haven’t already, review your day-to-day schedule.  You should know by now how much time you need to study for each class, so you can adjust your schedule as needed.  Don’t forget to schedule some down time to relax:  hang out with friends, go for a walk, attend a concert at the Conservatory, or visit a museum.
  • There are many apps available specifically for relaxation.  Using an app like “Breathe to Relax” can help you get rid of unnecessary tension and clear your head, allowing you to focus and get more done when studying and working on projects.
  • Visit the MindBody Connection for more ideas and tips.  If you need more focused assistance or to talk with a professional confidentially, visit the UMKC Counseling Center.

It is also important to keep yourself physically healthy.

  • Be sure you are eating right… this means try to avoid living off of junk food!  When you are up late, try to make your snacks healthy.  If you want something to crunch on, try carrots or almonds instead of chips. These will help fill you up and leave you more satisfied.
  • Also be sure you are getting enough exercise.  At the end of the semester, it is easy to go weeks without lifting anything heavier than your bookbag or have your only running be from class to class and to work.  Stop by the Swinney Recreation Center at least a few times a week–a morning workout is a great way to start the day or you can burn off tension after a stressful day.  If you can’t give up the time studying, hit the treadmill or stationary bike while you read your textbook or practice with flashcards.  A yoga class can help you get fit and relax–a winning combination!
  • Maintain your sleep schedule as much as you can.  There may be a few late nights, but try to be sure you are getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night.  This will add to productivity during the day because you won’t be as tired and groggy!  Besides, all-nighters don’t really help you retain information and can actually be more detrimental in the long run.
  • Get a flu shot sooner, rather than later; shots are offered through the Student Health and Wellness.  Cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hands often in warm soapy water, and use sanitizer to stop the sread of germs.  If you do happen to get sick, don’t try to power through it.  Know your limits, and know when you just need to spend some quality time in bed resting.


Entrepreneurial Undergraduate Students Wanted

By , October 21, 2014 8:39 am

UM Entrepreneur ProgramThe University of Missouri System Entrepreneurial Scholars & Interns Program is looking for 12 undergraduate students–get paid to pursue your start-up!

Selected students will receive tuition for 9-12 hours of entrepreneurial courses, networking opportunities, mentorship, and $4,000 for a 10-week summer internship to work on their own startup company or to work side by side with entrepreneurs in new venture companies from around the state.

Eligible students may be in any major from any of the four UM System universities.  Students must have completed a minimum of 30 hours of course work and be in good standing with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.  Applications are due by November 1, 2014.

Apply now to be a 2015 UMKC Orientation Leader

By , October 21, 2014 8:38 am

OL-Facebook-PostDo you have a passion to help other students?

The Offices of Student Involvement and Admissions are seeking applications for the 2015 Orientation Leader team.  Orientation Leaders assist new students in making successful academic, social, and personal transitions to the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

As members of the campus-wide orientation team, Orientation Leaders serve as role models who initiate and develop positive relationships with incoming undergraduate students and their families during each orientation session, engage in Welcome Week programs, and are excited to share their college experience and pride in UMKC.  We are seeking Orientation Leaders who represent the variety of majors, backgrounds and experiences found at UMKC.  Applications are due Friday, October 31 by 12:00pm.

Click here to read more about the position and instructions how to apply.  Go Roos!


Celebrate 40 years of stargazing at the Warko

By , October 21, 2014 8:36 am

Helen and Stanley Warkoczewski standing next to his hand-built Newtonian reflector newly-installed on the roof of Royall Hall, September 1974.

Did you notice the lunar eclipse earlier this month?  The night skies holds many more surprises and mysteries–and UMKC is home to the Warkoczewski Observatory (the “Warko” for short) where anyone who stays up late on certain Friday nights can marvel at the night sky.

The Warko is named for Stanley and Helen Warkoczewski, amateur astronomers who lived near campus.  Mr. Warkoczewski built his own 16 3/8 inch Newtonian reflector, which he donated to UMKC in 1974 where it remains the observatory’s centerpiece as one of the finest optical astronomy instruments in the Midwest.  The Observatory is located on the roof of Royall Hall and is open to the public for free on clear Friday nights from May 1st through October 31st.

To celebrate the Warko’s 40th anniversary, join the UMKC Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Astronomical Society of Kansas City on October 27th for a lecture by Dr. David Levy.  Dr. Levy has discovered over 20 comets and is an Emmy winner for his documentary “Three Minutes to Impact.”

The Warko will be open prior to the lecture for solar viewing and afterwards for skygazing.  This is one of the last opportunities this year to visit the Warko–and don’t forget your coat!

Full schedule of events on October 27th:Warko presentation

  • Warko Open House and Solar Viewing (Royall Hall roof) — 3:30 to 4:30p.m.
  • Astrophotography & Meteorite Display (Miller Nichols Learning Center lobby) – 6 to 6:50p.m.
  • Dr. David H. Levy Presentation (MNLC 351) – 7 to 8:15p.m.
  • Warko Night Observing — Following talk to 11p.m.

Showcase your work — Spring Symposium for UMKC Core

By , October 21, 2014 8:35 am

Symposium 2015UMKC students produce exciting works of interdisciplinary scholarship and creativity within the scope of their general education curriculum.  We are excited to announce Interdisciplinary Discourse: A Symposium of Scholarly and Creative Works at UMKC for our gen-ed students in Anchor, Discourse, and Focus classes.  This symposium offers students a forum to showcase their works.

- The symposium will be held in the Miller Nichols Library on March 11, 2015.

- Students from both Fall and Spring semesters are encouraged to participate.

- Submit an abstract of your work by March 1, 2015.

- Share your work in one of the following ways:  online, oral and poster presentation, performance, fine arts, or demonstration.

- For more information, Watch the video!

This is your chance to share your work, build your resume, and celebrate the accomplishments of UMKC students!


Flu shot clinics cancelled

By , October 14, 2014 3:40 pm

Flu Clinic Flyer 2014 - updateDue to an extreme delay in the delivery of flu vaccines, upcoming Student Health & Wellness Flu Shot Clinics have been cancelled.

We anticipate receiving the vaccines and will host the remaining flu shot clinics as follows:

– Wednesday, October 22nd, ASSC Pierson Auditorium 9am-12pm

– Tuesday, October 28th, Law School Viewing Gallery Courtroom 11am-2pm

Additional clinics will be scheduled as vaccines are delivered.

Call Student Health & Wellness at 816-235-6133 for updates and to make an appointment.

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