UMKC Friends of the Library Annual Scholarship Contest

By , February 28, 2011 6:07 pm

Submit your 500-1000 word original piece written in response to the statement “How UMKC’s libraries focus on my success” for a chance to earn a $500 scholarship.

Applications should be submitted electronically via e-mail to  no later than March 28, 2011. The subject should be “2011 Scholarship Application” and the body should include the following student information: name, student ID#, e-mail address, street address, phone number, degree program being sought, UMKC department and school, current level/year, and expected graduation date.

Award is available to degree seeking students of any level from any school or discipline, with preference given to those with a cumulative gpa of 3.0 or higher. Applicants are advised that all materials become the property of the Friends upon submittal and may be used in promoting UMKC Libraries. Winner to be announced April 19, 2011 at the Friends of the Library Annual Celebration.

UNews Readership Survey

By , February 28, 2011 6:06 pm

The University News wants YOU to share your readership opinions!  They have teamed up with Dr. Gene Brown, professor of marketing in the Bloch School of Management, to survey all students–your feedback is very important so our Independant Student Newspaper can serve you better.

The survey can be found here:  Response should take between 5-10 minutes.  All answers will be anonymous and completely confidential.

Feel free to contact Dr. Brown at should you have any questions.

SEARCH Symposium Registration Now Open

By , February 28, 2011 5:03 pm

The 11th Annual SEARCH (Students Engaged in Artistic and Academic Research) Undergraduate Research Symposium is coming up on Friday, April 15 in Pierson Auditorium.

Registration for the Symposium is due by 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 21. Registration materials, including an abstract, are available on the SEARCH website

At the April Symposium, a wide variety of oral and poster presentations, displays and performances will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. An awards ceremony recognizing the best presentations will take place from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The event is free and open to all.

For additional information, email the SEARCH office.

Study Tip: Using Music to Succeed

By , February 22, 2011 8:19 am

[This tip was provided by Dr. Andrew Granade, professor of Music History in the Conservatory of Music and Dance. His first-hand look into the ways music helps improve memorization can help you no matter what your major may be!]

As an undergraduate, every study session I attended with my friends included music.  That statement probably does not seem so strange considering that I was a music major and was often studying for music history tests where we were required to “name that tune” when the professor played a random selection of music on a test.  But even when we got together to learn the names of the nations in Africa or the progression of the Vietnam War or even physics formulas, music was playing.  Today, in our world of digital media permeating every waking moment, music is even more omnipresent in our lives and in our studying.

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Thoughts From a Distance Education Student

By , February 22, 2011 8:18 am

[This entry has been provided by Debi Rosenberg, who is a PhD candidate from UMKC’s School of Nursing. She lives in upstate New York and attends UMKC via the distance learning degree program.]

I am a 50 year old mother of a college freshman and a high school senior and I live in the northern suburbs of New York City.  When new acquaintances ask me what I do for a living, I respond that I am a pediatric nurse practitioner currently working toward a PhD in nursing.  “Oh, at Columbia University?   N.Y.U.?”  “No,” I reply.   “Actually, I attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City.”  Jaws drop.  

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Writing College Essays and Papers Seminar

By , February 22, 2011 8:16 am

Do you have trouble finding out how to begin writing essays or papers for class? This seminar is designed to help students become aware of pre-writing methods in order to find the one most suited for them. Also, students will also learn of different databases that are subject-specific and of materials available to them through the UMKC library in order to find sources to write papers and other class assignments. We will also learn together, how to navigate the library website in order to utilize available databases.

Seminars will take place:
• Tuesday, Feb 22 – Noon-1, SASS Room 213
• Wednesday, Feb 23 – 3-4, SASS Room 213
• Thursday, Feb 24 – 5:30-6:30, Student Union, Multicultural Student Affairs Suite

Next week’s seminar topic:  Study Skills, Time Management, and Testing Strategies

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