Spotlight: Office of Student Involvement

By , August 30, 2010 11:01 pm

The Office of Student Involvement is an office of the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.  Our mission is to actively encourage student development, foster leadership, celebrate diversity and facilitate co-curricular and community engagement for all students.  Check out this video of all the fun things OSI offers for students!


Student Organization Spotlight: Delta Sigma Pi

By , August 30, 2010 10:52 pm

(This information was provided by Devin Airey, the Senior Vice President of Delta Sigma Pi.)

Delta Sigma Pi is an International Professional Business Fraternity that strives to strengthen students development professionally, academically and socially.  UMKC’s Nu Xi Chapter holds professional events to develop our knowledge and network with local businesses, community service events with several local organizations, and social events everywhere from the Royals games to the Power and Light District. 

The qualifications for membership are:  you must have 2.5 GPA or better; be a business, accounting or economics major; and have at least 2 semesters remaining. 

For more information on DSP, e-mail Devin Airey, Senior Vice President, at or stop by their office, room 113 in the Bloch school.  Meet the Chapter at their Information Table on Thursday, September 9th at the Bloch School from 10am-Noon.  See below for more events.

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Study Tip: Being a Professional Student Inside the Classroom

By , August 30, 2010 10:42 pm

(This 2-part study tip has been provided by Dr. Richard Delaware.  He is a professor in the math department and has been with the University since 1984.  His knowledge on classroom etiquette is helpful no matter what your major may be.  Next week, Dr. Delaware will share information on being a professional student outside of the classroom.)

Keep in mind that class time is precious.  Don’t waste it.  Always, always attend class.  Attendance is highly correlated with good grades.  Really!  It’s also a hassle to find out what you missed.  If you can, hit the bathroom before class, arrive a little early, never leave before class is finished, and see what is happening after class before you speed out of the door.  We often discuss problems and offer help both before and after class in an informal manner that you might find very helpful in understanding formal concepts.

During class, please(!) turn your cell phone off.  The sound of your cute and clever ring tone during a class is annoying and just rude, offending not only your instructor but everyone else in the class.  One of our instructors made it a rule that if your phone rang, you had to bring the class cookies next time.  They all ended up enjoying cookies at least once a week!

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By , August 30, 2010 10:40 pm

(This information is provided by Dr. Jim Murowchick, Associate Professor of Geosciences and Director of SEARCH: Students Engaged in Artistic and Academic Research, a program especially for undergraduate students.)

Are you interested in exploring a topic beyond what you’d cover in class?  Would you like to conduct research or work on your own scholarly creative activity?  SEARCH (Students engaged in Artistic and Academic Research), UMKC’s undergraduate research program, can help.  SEARCH offers advice, assistance finding a mentor, and through a competitive grant program, support (up to $1250) for undergraduate research projects.  A brief application (including a proposal and budget) submitted to SEARCH will be reviewed by a panel of faculty mentors to determine awardees.  Application forms are available from the SEARCH website or from

An excellent opportunity to learn more about SEARCH is the SEARCH Kickoff, noon-1pm on Friday, September 3 in room 106 at the University Center.  Hear from past SEARCH students and mentors, followed by a time for questions and answers.  Please RSVP to  See you at the Kickoff!

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