College 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.
The 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.
UMKC Registration and Records Office has implemented electronic transcripts! Get your official transcript e-delivered in about 24 hours. The cost is the same, $10 per transcript.
Review all your transcript options at the Registration and Records Office website.
Many colleges and universities have moved to acceptance of this delivery method from a secure connection. UMKC and the UM system have partnered with the National Student Clearinghouse to ensure that the transcript delivery is secure. Be sure to check the requirements of the institution or company receiving the transcript whether they consider electronic transcripts as “official.” In addition, you can select “hold for grades” or “hold for degree” and your transcript will be sent out after semester grades or degree have been posted.
Ever 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.
What 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: http://prezi.com/canvas-my-campus/. 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.
BrowZine 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.