Preparing for In-Class Presentations

By , March 22, 2011 8:15 am

[This post is written by Taylor Barton, SI Leader for Philosophy 210 and junior in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Taylor’s experience and suggestions are helpful for all students who have a class presentation or speech!]

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two…This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”

Since Jerry Seinfeld made this remark, more studies have been published and the results are largely the same: Americans fear public speaking more than anything else. But this overly dramatized and needlessly traumatizing part of academia and life outside the confines of the university is as unavoidable as it is conquerable.  Throughout my experiences with public speaking ranging from heated in-class debates to leading Supplemental Instruction sessions, I have learned some helpful tips that all speakers can use to improve their speaking techniques and feel more confident in front of a group.

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Library Resource: Presentation Practice Room

By , March 22, 2011 8:15 am

If you’re looking for somwhere to practice that presentation you have coming up, check out the library’s new presentation practice room! It is equipped with the latest technology and will give you a chance to stand at the front of a real conference room to practice your presentation. Check it out!

Time Management Seminar

By , March 22, 2011 8:14 am

This week’s topic will help students articulate his/her priorities in regards to school, work, and family. Academics are important, however, academics often are not the only priority for a student. There are many other aspects of a student’s life that affect academics. This workshop will help students not only articulate their priorities but to find a fair balance of priorities and manage everything on one’s plate. Students will learn of tools to help them control their schedule rather than letting their schedule control them, as well as reassuring students to ask for help and assistance when they feel they may be getting overwhelmed rather than waiting until it is too late and the stress has already begun.

Seminars will take place:

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

Next topic is: Building a rapport with instructors and advisors.

UMKC students win National Compounding Championship

By , March 22, 2011 8:13 am

UMKC pharmacy students recently won the Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition at this year’s National Compounding Championship, March 18-19, at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy Gainesville, FL. Our three champion competitors were Jenny Sass, Rachel Sass, and Christina Bockman. School of Pharmacy Associate Professor Dr. Celestin Youan, who co-coordinated our students’ efforts at the competition, helped them learn the chemical prep aspects and the details of precise documentation, which were key to UMKC’s success at the competition.

Eight Schools of Pharmacy participated in the national competition, which included for the first time an official national compounding championship, making UMKC students the event’s inaugural winners. Dr. Cydney McQueen, SOP Clinical Associate Professor, accompanied the students to Gainesville and noted that they “did a wonderful job.” Dr. McQueen also indicated that the school’s clinical approach to treatment of the patient in the clinical case contributed to the students winning the competition.

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