Category: Technology

Beware Email Scams

By , April 15, 2014 7:57 pm

alertCollege students are often targeted for email scams which attempt to trick email users into providing sensitive personal information, such as bank account numbers, social security numbers, credit card numbers, or account passwords.  Please be aware that scammers can use any name or email address in the “From” or “Subject” field to make the email appear official.  UMKC will never ask for sensitive information via email.

Examples of scams include:

  • Job Scams, with the intent to get your personal information
  • Check scams, where they send a check  and ask for a portion of the money to be returned
  • Secret Shopper Scams, similar to check scams, but they may ask you to send them merchandise, and send you checks that bounce
  • Fake password expiration or account upgrade scams, with intent of stealing a user account.  These accounts are then used to steal other email addresses at an organization, or used to relay one of the above scams to other people

Some tips to avoid fraud:

  • When someone randomly sends you an e-mail asking you to receive a check and forward part of the funds to another account, it is typically fraud.  The victim of such a scam is generally liable for any funds received in this way.
  • Do your research on the person or company before accepting a job or a check from them, especially if the contact is unsolicited.  Contact UMKC Career Services if you have any questions.
  • Consult your banker or parents before answering any e-mail or cashing any checks if you don’t know who sent it.
  • Change your passwords frequently and ensure they are of sufficient complexity.

Always keep in mind:  if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!  Be wary when someone offers you money and be sure you check with trusted mentors before you accept anything.  Nobody sends “free” money and random job offers are usually fraudulent.  If you have any questions, please contact the UMKC Computer Helpdesk at 816-235-2000.

Preferred Name Option Now Available for Students

By , April 15, 2014 7:50 pm

PathwayThe Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management is pleased to announce the student preferred name policy. The policy is a result of the resolution passed by the Student Government Association in Spring 2013. This resolution was initiated by numerous student requests to have a preferred name option in the Pathway and Blackboard/Moodle systems.

After ongoing campus discussions, the student preferred name policy was approved by the university in Spring 2014. Beginning Monday, April 21, 2014, the preferred name option will be available for students in the Pathway system.

If a student decides to add a preferred name, the preferred name will be displayed in the Pathway Student Center, faculty class roster and grade roster. Adding a preferred name does not change a student’s official name as a part of their educational record. A student’s official name is their legal name, which will always be used for financial aid, transcripts, international student I-20s and other documents required by the University.

Adding the preferred name functionality was made possible through the leadership team in the Office of Registration and Records, the Department of Information Access and the UM System Technical Developers.

UMKC is committed to student success and the preferred name option will provide students with an improved way to interact and connect with faculty and staff.

Questions about the preferred name policy can be directed to Doug Swink, University Registrar.

From Whiteboard to Boardroom: The EyeVerify Story

By , March 11, 2014 9:43 am

EyeVerify-webEver wonder how an idea goes from research to development to the marketplace?  Part of UMKC Friends of the Library’s portFOLio series, this program illustrates how UMKC’s research is having an impact on the community, how ideas find a home in the marketplace, and the role library resources played in assisting in the EyeVerify project.  

The program will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2 in Miller Nichols Learning Center.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Featured speakers are:

  • Reza Derakshani – UMKC School of Computing & Engineering Professor; EyeVerify, Chief Scientist
  • Maria Meyers – UMKC Innovation Center Director
  • Toby Rush – EyeVerify CEO and Founder

The program also will include a presentation of the 2014 Friends of the Library annual gift and student scholarship.

portFOLio is the signature programming series of Friends of the Library designed to highlight UMKC Libraries. For complete details, visit From Whiteboard to Boardroom.

Win a “Dreamternship” with Prezi

By , September 24, 2013 9:18 am

Prezi ContestWhat makes UMKC great?  Is it your favorite faculty member, an amazing program, or the many opportunities to live and learn in an exciting urban city?

Create a Prezi to show why you love UMKC–and you could win a “dreamtermship” with Prezi.  Find out more about the “Canvas My Campus” contest here:  Submit your Prezi by October 25th.

Never used Prezi?  It’s an interactive presentation tool that anyone can use–the public license is free.


Win an Internship and School-wide License

1. The two winning Prezi creators (one by popular vote and one by staff selection) will receive a 2014 spring break “dreamternship” in the Prezi San Francisco office, where they will have a chance to network and receive advice from tech industry insiders (flight and lodging included).

2. The two colleges or universities with the winning prezis will receive free Prezi Edu Pro licenses for a duration of one year for their entire population of students, staff and faculty.

Create your virtual bookshelf for Journals on iPad or Android tablet

By , September 9, 2013 11:15 am

BrowZineBrowZine lets you turn Android tablets and iPads into a virtual bookshelf for journals.

BrowZine is the easy way to stay current with the journals you read most.

BrowZine lets you:

  • Read scholarly journals in a format that is optimized for tablets.
  • Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals.
  • Be alerted when new issues of a journal are available.
  • Bookmark articles for reading later.
  • Easily save to Zotero, Dropbox, or Mendeley.

Watch this video demo to see BrowZine in action.

To get started, download BrowZine for Android* from the Google Play, for Kindle Fire from Amazon, or for iPad from the iTunes AppStore. The first time you use it select “University of Missouri – Kansas City” in the list of institutions, then enter your UMKC username and password. After that you will remain logged in on your device.

Not all of the library’s journals are currently available, but the developer is working with publishers to add content. Check the list of participating publishers often if you are looking for a particular journal.

BrowZine is brought to you by the UMKC Libraries. You can visit the Libraries’ BrowZine web page or contact the Libraries for more information.

*Browzine is compatible with Android version 4.0 and later.

Microsoft upgrade to student e-mail system starts September 12

By , September 4, 2013 3:56 pm

e-mailThe New Face of Student Email

Microsoft will be upgrading the university’s student e-mail system to Microsoft Office 365 for Education.  After the upgrade students can take advantage of a 25GB mailbox while continuing to receive all official University-related communications in one convenient mailbox.

The upgrade will begin on September 12 and continue until all student email accounts are upgraded. During this time, you may experience a brief outage (60 seconds to 60 minutes).  All mail will be delivered, even if you temporarily cannot log into your account.

What does this mean to you?

After the upgrade you will have two separate accounts with the same user name and password.  A description of these two accounts is listed below:

  1. Office 365 account (formerly Live@edu account). This is your University email account and where you will find your UMKC email.  It is administered by UMKC and the IS Call Center (235-2000) can assist you with login issues, reset your password and offer ongoing support.
  2. Personal Microsoft account. Your SkyDrive content and other Microsoft services are now contained in a personal account. UMKC no longer administers this secondary account and, as a result, cannot reset the password for you.

Do you need to do anything?

A couple steps now may save you some time during the upgrade process.

  1. Make sure your software is up-to-date. Upgrade your Internet Explorer if you are using IE 6 or 7. If you use Outlook to read your email, make sure you are running Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010.
  2. Make it easy to recover your password. Add an alternate email address to your Live@edu account before the upgrade if you have not already done so. This will make it easy for you to reset or recover your personal Microsoft account password during or after the upgrade. For information on how to add an alternate email address to your current account, visit

Now what?

Continue to log into your email through to view and send email. Your email address is the same ( and your username (SSO) and password remain unchanged. Mail will continue to be delivered even if you do experience a brief outage.

For more information see the Office 365 transition FAQ website at  If you have questions or need help contact the UMKC IS Call Center at (816)235-2000 or visit the IS Call Center at 4825 Troost, Room 102.

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