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.

Sustainability Series- Sustainability Team

By , March 22, 2011 8:13 am

Check out the sustainability efforts being made by UMKC. This blog series will highlight what’s happening on and around campus, student organizations putting in effort, and even competitions to help make blue and gold go green!

UMKC’s commitment to sustainability is visible across the entire campus. The new Student Union and the Herman and Dorothy Johnson Residence Hall are state-of-the-art green buildings. Sustainable gardening is at a student-led community garden, and the Student Union and Miller Nichols Library (MNL) have rooftop gardens. The Hub bicycle repair center helps keep students mobile and carbon footprint-free. Students and the community can stay informed through the Recycling-on-the-Go educational kiosk, and can use the solar recycling center east of the MNL.

Check out the Sustainability website to see all the great things going on on-campus! You can also check out their facebook page, or contact Kaye Johnson, the sustainability coordinator at (816) 235- 6402 or by e-mail at

Safe Spring Break Travel

By , March 22, 2011 8:11 am

Spring break is always an exciting time for college students. Often times, it gives us a chance to get away from school, work, and responsibility for a week to spend time with our friends and just enjoy life. However, that dream break could turn into a nightmare if you and your friends aren’t smart in the way you travel. Make sure you never go anywhere alone. When pulling cash from at ATM, try to do it during the day and make sure you have friends nearby. Use your hotel safe for your valuables, and never answer the door to a stranger. Although these things seem like common sense, sometimes it’s easy to get excited about being on vacation and forget. Below is a list of other ways to stay safe during spring break.

  • Use sunscreen. It could save you a lot of pain later!
  • Stay with your friends- and don’t let your friends wander off. You went out together, go home together.
  • Drink lots of water. Whether you’re on the beach or on the mountain, it is important to stay hydrated.
  • When driving (or riding), use your seatbelt.
  • Give family members your hotel information and where you’ll be.

Remember these tips to keep your break safe, and fun!

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