Academic Resources for Your Success

By , August 28, 2012 8:21 am

The University offers a wide variety of services with the goal of helping you be academically successful.  The Academic Support and Mentoring, Writing Studio, Disability Services, and the UMKC Libraries are all specially designed and equipped to help you with whatever your specific needs may be.

The Academic Support and Mentoring, formerly known as the  Center for Academic Development, hosts the Coaching Program, Math and Science Tutoring, the Supplemental Instruction program, and other tutoring that can help you in your classes this semester.  Supplemental Instruction was started at UMKC and is now a global phenomenon!  Students who regularly attend SI sessions for their classes earn on average a half to a full letter grade higher than students who don’t.  Check them out! Academic Support and Mentoring also has a new home in the Student Success Center lobby 201.

Whether you need help with an essay for class, practice writing essays for the WEPT, or just want somewhere new to study, check out the Writing Studio, formerly called the Writing Center. Stop by their new location in the Student Success Center lobby 201,  or visit their website for more information!  They are also still located in the Miller Nichols Library on the 1st floor.

Disability Services offers help and support to students with documented disabilities. Their goal is to work with you and your professors to provide equal access to the learning environment at UMKC. Individual accommodations can include text books in alternate formats, notetakers, and the opportunity to take tests in a quiet room and/or with extended time. If you have questions or need to register, visit their website or call 816-235-5696.

UMKC Libraries  are useful for all the obvious reasons–studying, using the computers, meeting with study groups, practicing your presentations, listening to recordings, and of course doing research.  But when you’re in the library you also have the benefit of helpful librarians, quiet spaces, comfortable chairs and big tables to spread out, and the Robot Cafe.  Be sure to visit the library for all your study needs–but if you can’t get there physically, you can text a librarian with your questions or access LibGuides on a myriad of subjects!

Build your Resume in Roo Career Network

By , August 28, 2012 8:21 am

This Fall 2012 Roo Career Network has a new feature available to students and alumni. The tool ‘Resume Builder’ provides content and style guidelines to help an individual create their professional resume. Students may log into their Roo Career Network account and click on the Documents tab > Resume Builder to get started. From there, you can select a template to customize and review several style options. The system will save your resume as a draft until you decide you are ready to submit it for review. Submitting your resume for review will signal to the Career Services team that you would like feedback about your resume and that you would like to use it to apply for internships and jobs.

Students and alumni may also do the following in Roo Career Network:

  • Use UMKC username & password to log in
  • Schedule a Career Services appointment
  • Search for local, national and international full-time and part-time jobs and internships
  • Set-up ‘Job Search Agents’
  • Create resume in ‘Resume Builder’
  • Upload resume in ‘My Documents’ for staff to review
  • Opt-in to a ‘Resume Book’ for employers to view
  • Utilize ‘Career Explorer’ tool for up-to-date employment trend information
  • Sign-up for ‘On-campus Interviews’
  • Click on ‘Events’ to learn more about our employer career fairs, information sessions and etiquette dinner
  • Connect with your Facebook account
  • Search employer profile information

If you have questions about your Roo Career Network account, please contact Career Services at 816.235.1636 or

Study Abroad Fair Makes Educational Travel Easier

By , August 28, 2012 8:20 am

UMKC MBA student Seth Wing poses with the Olympic mascots in London during his Bloch School study abroad program to England this past summer.

UMKC students traveled all over the planet this past academic year, participating in study abroad experiences. Now you have an opportunity to find out how to take your own first step on that rewarding path!

On September 11, 2012 International Academic Programs will host its Ninth Annual Study Abroad Fair in the Student Union Multipurpose Room (401) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Fair offers students, faculty and staff a chance to learn about all of the international education opportunities available through UMKC.  Study Abroad representatives and Faculty-Led Program Directors will be available to talk about their programs, and past study abroad participants will be available to answer questions about their experiences.

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Help Children Succeed – Join Jumpstart

By , August 28, 2012 8:19 am


Do you believe every child has the potential to succeed? So do we. Join our national service movement and make a difference in your community, your country, and in a child’s life. At Jumpstart, you’ll join a national network engaging thousands of college students. With our support, you’ll work with preschool children who need your help…and you just might change some lives—including your own!

Jumpstart Corps Members:

  • Serve 11-15 hours per week for a full school year in preschool classrooms right here in Kansas City
  • Help children develop language and literacy skills vital to success in school and life
  • Connect with a team of 3,700 Corps members committed to social change
  • Receive professional training in leadership, early childhood education, and civic engagement
  • Have the opportunity to join AmeriCorps and earn an education award of $1,175 to pay for tuition, loans, or books (upon completion of a 300-hour service term)
  • Develop leadership skills and gain valuable experience to prepare them for life after college

Interested to know more? Contact Silvina Munita at 816.235.1003 or Or apply online at: Application deadline is September 12th at 5:00pm.

Multicultural Student Affairs Kicks-Off the Show Me…Success! Series

By , August 28, 2012 8:18 am

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs hosted its Show Me…Success! kick-off event on Friday, August 24th.  The Show Me…Success! program is an initiative for all first time freshman and transfer students of color at UMKC.  At the Kick-off event, students were able to get tips and advice from seasoned UMKC student leaders as well as attend workshops on healthy relationships, making smart financial decisions, and information related to their careers.  Following the event, the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) hosted a networking ice cream social and The African American Student Union (TAASU) hosted their Welcome Back Barbecue.

Show Me…Success!  will continue throughout the year and students will participate in  MSA academic check-ins and a series of workshops and activities aimed to support student success.  Active participants in the program will be recognized as Show Me…Success!  Scholars at the Annual Multicultural Graduate Reception in the Spring.

The first follow-up session will take place on September 14 and will continue to be once a month throughout the academic year.  Topics will range from a “Get Scholarship Money Workshop” to a “Career Assessment Workshop” in collaboration with Career Services.

Even if you missed the Kick-Off event on Friday, it’s not too late to participate! Any student is still welcome to apply for the program.  To fill out an application or learn more, stop by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (Student Union 319) or contact us at 816-235-6609 or  Join your fellow Roos to make this a successful and rewarding year!

UMKC to host series of forums on possible name change

By , August 28, 2012 8:17 am

Earlier this year, UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton began discussing the idea of a possible name change for the university.  He has been meeting with groups around the campus and community, laying out the case, which he believes deserves consideration to ensure that the university is best positioned to achieve its mission, vision and goals moving toward the future.

Chancellor Morton and others believe a name change could serve to heighten awareness of UMKC’s unique position as “Kansas City’s university,” but are committed to a research-based process to make sure this is the right course before moving forward.

As a major urban research university located in the heart of the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, UMKC serves more than 15,000 students.  More than 60 percent of our enrollment is from the Kansas City Metropolitan Statistical Area, and most of the rest come from other parts of Missouri and Kansas; less than 7 percent come from outside the U.S. About 75 percent of our graduates stay in KC to live and work. We are the primary educator for Kansas City’s professional workforce.  In addition, many of the university’s strategic goals are tied to improving education, jobs and quality of life in the greater Kansas City region. For that reason, the university wants to make sure that it has the best name to help it attract the most talented students in the region and to attract the support of the community.

In order to gauge UMKC campus support for the idea, the university will host a series of forums with key campus constituencies throughout the month of September. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend and join the discussion. In late September, the university will also conduct an electronic survey of all students, faculty and staff, along with surveys that will go to prospective students, alumni and community members.

Student forums:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 4: 10am-noon (Student Union 301, Student Government Chambers)
  • Monday, Sept. 17:  6pm Chancellor will speak to the full Student Senate in Student Union 301, Student Government Chambers.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19: 3-5pm (Student Union 301, Student Government Chambers)
  • Thursday, Sept. 20: 11:30am-12:30pm (Hospital Hill, Health Sciences Building, Room 4301)
  • Thursday, Sept.  20: 6-8pm  (Student Union 301, Student Government Chambers)

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