Category: Academics

Spring 2015 Student Success Seminars

By , January 27, 2015 10:00 am

SuccessStudent Success Seminars are quick, one-hour sessions on topics that will help students be better writers, organizers, studiers, and job searchers.  A collaboration between Academic Support & Mentoring, Career Services, MindBody Connection, UMKC Central, the Writing Studio, and the UMKC Libraries, Student Success Seminars are scheduled throughout the semester and cover topics such as resume writing, preparing for the RooWriter, using Library databases, study skills, UMKC resources, and overcoming procrastination.

All seminars are held in the Atterbury Student Success Center, room 222.  Check out the  STUDENT SUCCESS SEMINARS Spring 2015 schedule.

Lucerna Journal Launch Party

By , January 27, 2015 9:58 am

Lucerna 9Please come celebrate the launch of Volume 9 of Lucerna:  UMKC’s Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Journal on Wednesday, January 28 from 6-8PM in the Student Union, room 401B!  The authors will present their research, followed by a short Q&A session.  Refreshments will be provided.

Congratulations to the UMKC students whose papers have been selected for the 2014 Lucerna!

  • Kelly R. Hangaur (History) German Americans in Missouri: The American Civil  War
  • Skyler D. King (English) The Unknown and Unknowable Shakespeare
  • Natalie Walker (History) All is Fair in Love and War
  • Emily Pedersen (Political Science) Media Framing of Congressional  Republicans during the Government Shutdown in 2013
  • Christopher A. Valdivieso (French) Zone Grise-Le choix d’un harki
  • Samantha Harris (Psychology) Barriers to Cardiac Rehabilitation  Participation: Predicting Enrollment in an Urban, Safety-Net Hospital
  • Sarah Alnazer (Sociology) Overall Health and Wellbeing of Female Veterans;  Compared to Their Male Counterparts
  • Sydney Ingram (English) Beat to Death: The Beat Generation’s Impact on Neal  Cassady
  • Jordan Miles (Psychology/English) Empowering Our Future
  • Marianne McKenzie (Theater/French) Faible ou forte? French Theater in Sweden

Each submission is blind-reviewed; having one’s work published in Lucerna is a great achievement  for any undergraduate looking to further her or his education or to begin a professional career.

Planning for later…success starts now

By , January 20, 2015 11:22 am

study groupsA little planning now at the start of the semester will help you stay on track for success!  There are two crucial tools that can help you keep up with your coursework and commitments:  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 important details about each class—including your professor’s office hours and contact information, 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 all those assignment due dates and when the exams are scheduled!

A daily planner (whether in Outlook, on your iPad, an app on your smartphone, or even just 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 steps 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.


Spring Commencement Schedule Changes

By , January 20, 2015 11:20 am

UMKC LOGO[The following was provided by Academic Affairs.]

The 2015 Spring Commencement Ceremony Schedule has been revised–with this new schedule, we solve a scheduling challenge that has created a conflict for many students over the years.  Students no longer will need to worry that they will have a final exam on the day of their commencement.  This new schedule may cause some temporary inconvenience – several academic units will see either a change in date or time.  But everyone involved in this process worked hard to minimize the disruption.  The first year of any change is always the hardest!

To view the 2015 Commencement Ceremony Schedule, visit the UMKC Commencement website.

Kansas City Chiefs and UMKC’s Department of History Promote Local History and Arts

By , January 20, 2015 11:17 am

UMKC Public History Interns Matt Reeves and Leah Palmer stand in front of Arrowhead Stadium.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Department of History and the Kansas City Chiefs Football Club have joined together to focus on enhancing the community’s cultural life and advancing the university’s educational mission. Beginning this semester, two graduate students from the Department of History’s Public History emphasis will intern with the Arrowhead Art Collection at Arrowhead Stadium to develop the collection’s interpretative materials and public programs. The interns, in return, receive a graduate assistantship that covers both tuition and a stipend.“These are exactly the kinds of high-impact learning experiences UMKC values and our public history program hopes to generate,” said Christopher D. Cantwell, an Assistant Professor of Public History and director of the department’s Public History emphasis. “Not only do they allow students to apply the skills they learn in the classroom, but they are also essential in helping our graduates find fulfilling careers in the humanities.”

Opened in the fall of 2012, the Arrowhead Art Collection currently has 26 pieces on display, which range from photographs and oil paintings to both indoor and outdoor sculptures.  All of the pieces focus on the history and culture of the region and feature artists from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Arkansas.  The Arrowhead Art Collection is designed to celebrate regional art while providing educational opportunities and engaging the community in a way that touches individuals of all ages and walks of life.  UMKC’s Public History students will be working with the Collection to build upon its already strong elementary education program by developing other kinds of interpretative materials.Arrowhead Art Collection

“The Chiefs and the Arrowhead Art Collection are honored and proud to join with UMKC’s Department of History in this unique opportunity,” said Sharron Hunt, Chairwoman of the Collection and daughter of team founder Lamar Hunt. “By utilizing the talents of students in this UMKC graduate program, we can advance the objectives of our art program far beyond the scope of what we originally envisioned.  This relationship exemplifies how the Chiefs can be an asset to the community and will be beneficial for both parties.”

Started in the fall of 2010, the Department of History’s Masters of Arts with an emphasis in Public History trains students for careers at museums, archives, historical societies, and other cultural institutions.  Students take classes that focus not only on history, but also on exhibit design, digital media, and nonprofit management.  The program’s graduates have already gone on to secure positions as curators, museum technicians, and archivists.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and students wishing to apply can visit:

Director of Undergraduate Research

By , December 9, 2014 4:36 pm

JaneGreerDoing research with a faculty mentor during your undergraduate career is a high-impact learning experience that connects classroom learning with real-world application.  It’s also exciting to be part of the creation of new knowledge!

The Provost’s Office has recently announced the appointment of Jane Greer, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, as the Director of Undergraduate Research.

Dr. Greer has mentored over a dozen undergraduate researchers and for the past six years served as the editor of “Young Scholars in Writing:  Undergraduate Research in Rhetoric and Writing Studies.”

Dr. Greer’s primary focus in her new role will be to substantially expand the number and type of undergraduate research opportunities available for students at UMKC. These experiences will be designed to support undergraduate student success as part of the implementation of the UMKC Strategic Plan.

Dr. Greer brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and passionate commitment into this position. She will work closely with faculty, staff and students to provide excellent developmental experiences in the area of undergraduate research.

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