Have a Safe and Happy Winter Break!

By , December 7, 2010 9:45 am

As finals are coming closer and preparations to travel home for the holidays are being made, keep in mind safety as well as fun.  If you are driving, look over our past post over safe winter driving tips.  If you are flying, make sure you are up to date on TSA regulations.  Make sure you get a full night’s rest before you begin your travels — it makes for a safer and more enjoyable travel experience!

Have a wonderful winter break, and we will see you in January!

Faculty Evaluation Now Available

By , December 7, 2010 9:44 am

Please take a moment to log-on to a special website to complete a one-question survey on the effectiveness of your professors’ teaching this semester.  As a requirement for Missouri Senate Bill 389  (SB 389), student-generated ratings must be available to all students during the semester in which a given faculty member is teaching a course. 

The survey is available at https://www.umkc.edu/SB389.  Your survey response is confidential.  Please note that only courses with more than 10 students are eligible for evaluation.  The survey will be available until December 17th, 2010.  

If you have any questions about SB 389, feel free to contact Doug Swink, Registrar, at umkcregistrar@umkc.edu.

Preparing for Finals Seminar

By , December 7, 2010 9:43 am

Finals are quickly approaching for this semester. Do you need some extra study tips on how to study for your finals? During this week’s seminar we will be discussing different types of finals, ways to approach certain finals in regards to studying. Obviously it is important to study in order to do well on your exams, but it is also important to take care of yourself in order to do well while studying on during your exam. We will be discussion ways on how to relax and ways of taking care of yourself to minimize anxiety and stress before the big exam.

Times and Locations are as follows:

  • 12/7    Tues 12:00pm     Location: Student Union: Multicultural Student Affairs
  • 12/8     Wed 3:00pm      Location: Oak Street Residence Hall Classroom               
  • 12/9     Thurs 5:30pm     Location: Oak Street Residence Hall Classroom

Extended Library Hours

By , December 7, 2010 9:43 am

To help you prepare for upcoming finals, the Miller Nichols Library hours have been extended now through the end of finals week. With the newly renovated information commons on the 1st floor, the staff will be there ready to assist you with anything you may need. Additional study space is also now available on the 2nd floor, and as always the 4th floor is reserved for quiet study only.

Also, if you need help polishing up that final term paper, the Writing Center hosts assistance hours in the library Monday-Wednesday 5:30-8:00pm, and Saturday 11:00am-5:00pm.

Extended Hours for Miller Nichols Library are as follows:

  • Monday, Dec 6th – Thursday, Dec 9th:  7:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Friday, December 10th:  7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 11th:  9:00 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 12th:  12 noon – 1 a.m.
  •  Monday Dec 13th – Wednesday Dec 15th:  7:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Thursday Dec 16th:  7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec 17th:  7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

APC study breaks

By , December 7, 2010 9:42 am

With so much cramming we’re all doing, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, or to overload our minds and end up in a daze! Taking regular study breaks can make the time you do spend studying so much more effective! APC is sponsoring several events throughout the next couple of days to help you take a break from studying and relax your mind.

Tuesday, December 7 at 7:00 in the Student Union Theatre, they will be showing the movie “Takers.” Join them for the movie and for free food!

Wednesday, December 8 at 7:00 in the Student Union Coffeehouse, they will be sponsoring an after-game party giving you the chance to relax, hang out with your friends, and talk about the game!

Thursday, December 9 at 7:00 in the University Center Cafeteria, they will be sponsoring the Late Night Breakfast. In the past, it has been at midnight, so take note! This year, it starts at 7 and ends at midnight! All you need is your student ID.

On-Campus Stress-Relievers

By , December 7, 2010 9:42 am

UMKC’s campus holds many different ways to relax and work through the stress of finals. Besides the APC special study events, there are places on campus specially dedicated to your physical and emotional well-being not only during finals but throughout the entire semester.

Swinney Recreation Center provides a place to work through stress, clear your mind, and push yourself physically. No matter what physical shape you are in or what your workout routine may be, there’s something here for everyone! Among the features offered are basketball court and track, handball, squash, and raquetball courts, steamroom, sauna, and swimming pool, and a fitness center complete with everything you need for your workout. For specific hours and a complete list of the services they offer, visit their website. If you are on Hospital Hill campus, check out the Swinney Annex, located at 25th and Campbell St.

The Mind Body Connection offers a relaxation station, featuring a massage chair, relaxation recordings, and a place for prayer and meditation. It also hosts Wii hours of the day (2-5pm Monday- Thursday) where you can use Wii sports, Wii play, and Wii fit to get your body moving and also have some fun! Visit them in the University Center room 161 anytime between 11am-5pm Monday- Friday.

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