Category: Support Services

Etiquette Dinner Tickets still available

By , October 7, 2014 8:44 am

EtiquetteImagine sitting down to a formal meal at a job interview or scholarship reception only to be confronted with an array of utensils and a barrage of glassware.  Which fork do you use?  Which small plate is yours?  Where do you put your knife?

Don’t let such questions make you nervous in front of your prospective employer or scholarship donor.  Attend UMKC Career Services’ Etiquette Dinner on Wednesday, October 15th in the Student Union from 6-8pm.  Learn proper etiquette so you can focus on making a good first impression!

Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance—if you haven’t gotten yours yet, there’s still time:  deadline is October 9th.   Stop by UMKC Career Services in the Atterbury Student Success Center (2nd floor).

Career Fest 2014

By , September 16, 2014 1:34 pm

Career FestJoin UMKC Career Services for a 2-day Career Fest in the Student Union, room 401, 9am – 1pm:

*  Monday, September 29th is for all Majors

*  Tuesday, September 30th is for STEM Majors

This is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with a variety of employers–see which companies are participating by logging-in to your Roo Career Network account!

Tips and suggestions:

  • Bring multiple copies of your resume
  • Dress professionally–conservative dark suits and dress shoes are ideal for this setting
  • Prepare a 30-60 second “values statement” to concisely–yet definitively–stand out from the crowd
  • Meet with as many of the employers as you can–you may be surprised at a potential fit you hadn’t thought of before
  • Don’t miss out!

Questions?  Contact UMKC Career Services at 235-1636, stop by their office at the Atterbury Student Success Center (2nd floor), or visit


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

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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


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