Category: Support Services

Fall 2014 Seminars for your Success

By , August 26, 2014 3:10 pm

DestinationGraduationYour Destination:  Graduation!  Join us for a full-slate of seminars on success-topics throughout the semester.  Interested in tips to polish your writing skills?  need to know about all the resources UMKC provides?  how to manage stress and test anxiety?  smarter ways to study?  how to make your resume and cover letter stand out from the crowd?

Click here for the full schedule of success seminars.

These topics and more are covered during weekly seminars hosted in the Atterbury Student Success Center by Academic Support and Mentoring, Career Services, MindBody Connection, UMKC Central, UMKC Libraries, and the Writing Studio.

Roo Career Network — new features for your job search

By , April 8, 2014 10:40 am

roo-career-networkRoo Career Network – Are you using the new features?

Students and alumni are using Roo Career Network to assist them in finding summer internships or full-time positions.  In addition to job posts and resume reviews, UMKC Career Services wanted to remind you of some additional features available to you in the system.


Mock Interview Module

Conduct a mock interview any time of day in Roo Career Network.  The Mock Interview module is fully integrated into the system.  Quickly and easily build the perfect mock interview from thousands of pre-recorded interview questions and record your performance.  Then, watch it back and/or request feedback from Career Services staff.


In the Documents section of Roo Career Network, you also have an option to create an e-portfolio by pulling information you have included in your profile.  You may also include your resume and other documents for display to employers.

For more information about how to use Roo Career Network in your internship/job search, please request an appointment with Career Services.  We would be happy to help you develop a personalized career development plan.

Career Services is located in the Atterbury Student Success Center and can be reached at 816-235-1636 or check them out online at

UMKC Hosts Largest LGBTQIA Conference

By , February 4, 2014 9:28 am

mblgtacc2014[The following was provided by the Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications.]

More than 2,500 college students from across the country are expected to attend the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference or MBLGTACC, also known as “Mumbletalk,” from Feb. 7 to 9 at the Kansas City Convention Center.

Now in its 22nd year, MBLGTACC is being hosted for the first time in Missouri.

“We are honored that UMKC is hosting this transformative conference — it’s an incredible opportunity for our students and campus” said Jonathan Pryor, coordinator of UMKC LGBTQIA (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Questioning Intersex Ally) Programs & Services and co-adviser of MBLGTACC. “I was a small-town Kansas kid in college when I first attended this conference several years back, and to be surrounded by hundreds of other people like me was incredible.”

UMKC hosting this important conference makes sense, say student leaders, because Kansas City’s university is globally recognized for welcoming LGBTQIA students, faculty, staff and administrators. Korean television and The New York Times have noted UMKC’s policy for inclusivity of student identities and building design. Newsweek named UMKC No. 5 in its Gay-Friendly College Rankings. Alumni and friends of UMKC have been generous and donated money for Pride scholarships for LGBTQIA students.

“As thinkers and doers, it is up to us to take measure of not just our academic and scholarly efforts, but of our devotion to justice and equality,” said UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “Those values require more than talk. They must be lived out in our classrooms, on our athletic fields, in our residence halls and any place where all students deserve respect.”

MBLGTACC features four keynote speakers including regional celebrities: Chely Wright, native Kansan and American country music artist; writer and transgender activist Janet Mock; Iraq War veteran Rob Smith; and designer and “Fashion Star” winner Kara Laricks, a Kansas City area native.

MBLGTACC will host workshops led by students, faculty and professionals to educate and motivate students to action. Participants will attend five sessions from a list of more than 90 workshops with topics such as safe sex, activism basics, creating change on campus and ally-community building.

The group of UMKC students organizing the conference bid for and were awarded the rights two years ago. Ever since, they have been busy planning what is expected to be the largest convergence of the conference ever, with attendees from nearly all 50 states.

The conference theme ‘Jazzing It Up’ is multifaceted with its origin rooted in the rich jazz culture Kansas City is known for, said UMKC senior Roze Brooks, the student chair of MBLGTACC.

“With the implications of the carefree, soulful music genre, we also interpret this theme for our LGBTQIA community,” Brooks said. “The conference weekend is all about acknowledging and celebrating our accomplishments. As student leaders and activists, we deserve to take a moment and commend ourselves on the work we’ve done. Although there are always steps to be taken and changes to be made, assessing how we’ve reached each milestone is paramount to understanding how to continue moving forward.”

For more information about the conference or to register, please visit

A Women’s Center for Everyone

By , February 3, 2014 4:51 pm

Women's CenterA Women’s Center for Everyone

By Arzie Umali

The Women’s Center has had a home at UMKC for over 40 years; however, every day, someone new walks through our doors, attends one of our events, or discovers us on the internet.  That is what is so great about the Women’s Center.  It is available and accessible to everyone.  It is a place to come when you want to meet people or you need some extra support.  It is a staff of creative, passionate people who plan programs and events to educate you and raise your awareness about gender issues so that you feel inspired to get involved.  And it is a service that helps you find resources for women, learn about the multicultural realities of women, and stay informed about current events that affect women.  Our mission is to advocate, educate, and provide support services for the advancement of women’s equity on campus and within the community at large, and as a place, a staff, and a service for our students we strive to make this happen.

The Women’s Center is located in 105 Haag Hall.  It is a convenient location for students who need a space to study between classes, finish up homework, or meet up with friends.  We are open every weekday from 8 AM to 5 PM and we encourage all students to take advantage of our study lounge with computers and a comfy couch, conference room, and kitchenette. For nursing mothers we offer a private and secure lactation room with refrigerator for storing breast milk. And if it’s a book on women’s and gender topics you are looking for, our friendly staff is always happy to help you find a book in our library.  The Women’s Center also houses the Violence Prevention and Response Project, where you can pick up information and resources about gender violence, stalking, and sexual assault, or stop by and speak to our Victim Services Adjudication Advisor if you need advice.  Our center really is about having a safer space to go when you need help, when you need to get away, or even if you need to see a friendly smile.

If activism and getting involved are what you want from your college experience, attending one or all of the Women’s Center’s programs is what you need to do. We offer a number of events that will raise your awareness about gender disparities and inspire you to get involved.  Through our Violence and Prevention Project we offer programs on sexual assault prevention to create a safer campus community.   This semester, our V-Day programs will begin in February with tables at various locations across campus that will offer information about the international movement to end violence against women and girls. On February 19, we will be partnering with the UMKC Men of Color Initiative to offer a workshop just for men to discuss their own responsibilities in ending violence toward women. And on the evening of Tuesday, March 4, at the Student Union Theater, we will present a benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues, which includes a diverse cast of women from the UMKC student body, staff and faculty, as well as women from the community.  For more details about all our V-Day programs or to purchase tickets to The Vagina Monologues, please visit the V-Day UMKC website at

The Women’s Center also hosts a number of events that recognize the accomplishment of women and focus on gender equity. During the week of February 24,  we will be presenting Every Body is Beautiful Week, a series of programs that addresses eating disorders and negative body image as barriers to women’s achievement.  These programs are offered as a campus-wide effort in partnership with the UMKC Counseling Center, Office of Student Involvement, UMKC Athletics, Swinney Recreation Center, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and Student Health and Wellness to create more body positive messaging and ideals for women and girls. In March during Women’s History Month we will offer a trivia contest challenging our campus community’s knowledge of the accomplishments of women in history.  And on April 8, we will host an Equal Pay Day event to raise awareness of the pay disparities that women in America still face. All of these events are meant to engage our students in the unique experiences of all women.

The Women’s Center also addresses the issue of gender discrimination in the arts through the Her Art Project. This semester our programs will celebrate Wonder Women at two exciting events.  First, we are presenting a group art exhibit at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in the historic Crossroads Arts District. The exhibit will run February 7 – March 29 and will feature six local women artists who are superheoines of the local arts community and who create works that represent the strength, courage, and resilience of the empowered woman.  On the evening of April 22 at the Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch, we will be hosting award-winning filmmaker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan for a screening and discussion of her documentary WonderWomen! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. Both of these events focus on creative women as leaders, change-makers, and inspirations to the next generation of Wonder Women. For more information about these, and all of our events this semester, visit our website,

Finally, the Women’s Center is a vital resource for everyone, not just women, and not just student at UMKC or people in our community. We are here for everyone and available to everyone, 24-7, on the worldwide web. Through our website you can access resources for women, check out our calendar for events happening on campus as well as in the community for women, and learn about the staff and history of the Women’s Center. Through our Blog, you can get insight on current topics about women from articles written by our own student staff. And on our Social Media sites (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr) you can find information, photos, and news about what’s happening at the Women’s Center and around the world. As you can see, the Women’s Center is more than just a mission statement. It’s a place, it’s a staff, and it’s a service dedicated to making UMKC and our community a safer, more equitable place for everyone.

For more information about the UMKC Women’s Center, please stop by 105 Haag Hall or visit us at


Self-Help Resources Available on Counseling Center Website

By , November 19, 2013 8:53 am

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 take a self-assessment for depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, or an eating disorder.  You can also research mental health conditions or find a different approach to manage your concerns.   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 and click on “Self-Help Resources” on the left side of the page.  Contact Dr. Rachel Pierce (235-5186) with any questions.

A Call to Words: Veterans and Why They Write

By , October 28, 2013 5:35 pm

Last LambsThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the end of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.  To honor our veterans, BkMk Press,  is holding two free events in early November.  These events also celebrate BkMk’s rerelease of Last Lambs: New and Selected Poems of Vietnam by Bill Bauer.  Both nights, Bauer and H.C. Palmer, another poet and Vietnam-era veteran, will take part in a conversation moderated by New Letters on the Air producer, Angela Elam.  They will also read from their poetry and discuss how writing has helped them find meaning in their post-war lives.

The events will take place Tuesday, November 5th at Park University’s Meetin’ House at 7pm (reception starting at 6:30) and on Thursday, November 7th at JCCC’s Hudson Auditorium at 7pm with reception to follow at Café Tempo.  No RSVP required.  Learn more about the events here.

“An Orwellian experience,” is how Bauer describes the out-processing of soldiers back into the civilian world.  “I was never debriefed except to have my teeth checked and given blood tests for venereal diseases.” At the heart of the November events are a desire to promote writing as a way to help soldiers reintegrate back into civilian life and reflect upon their past and present experiences.  “Writing about my experiences (many years later),” says Palmer, “has brought about healing.  I’ve come to understand that I had no choice in the matter.”  This desire is the impetus for The Writers Place’s vision of a veterans writing group.

Founded in 1971, BkMk Press has been a part of UMKC since 1983.  BkMk concentrates on publishing collections of poetry, short fiction and creative essays. Publishing roughly six titles a year, BkMk Press has more than 125 titles in print.  Financial assistance for BkMk Press is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, by UMKC, and by private donations.

Also partnering with BkMk Press for these events are:  Johnson County Community College and Park University’s Warrior Center,  New Letters magazine, New Letters on the Air, Rezvets, and The Writers Place.


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