Getting Involved is Easy with RooGroups

By , September 18, 2012 8:10 am

RooGroups is an online hub for all student organizations.  Students can sign on to RooGroups using their UMKC SSO and login information and set their own personal profile.  They can add favorite organizations to their profile, which makes it easy to access those organizations’ pages. They can quickly see upcoming events with their organizations and other organizations on campus with the bulletin boards. It is also a great way to access important organization documents, such as forms, meeting minutes, and bylaws.

Student leaders can also register their organizations and, as a result, others can learn more about their organization, the activities happening around campus, and also keep track of membership, important documents, and service hours.

For more information on RooGroups, e-mail

Doing Research? Avoid Paywalls!

By , September 18, 2012 8:08 am

Beware of the dreaded Paywall!  Interlibrary loan and proxy servers are your way around the wall.

As a student using the internet to research, you are likely to come across journal articles with titles and descriptions sounding precisely like what you need. Sometimes after clicking on the article’s title, however, a screen pops up requiring you to create a username and password in order to enter the website. Even worse, some sites won’t let you read the article until after you have paid a fee – as much as $50 (or more) for a single article!

If this ever happens, put on the brakes fast. You have come face-to-face with the economics of the journal publishing world: you just hit a paywall.

But did you know–UMKC students never need to pay for an article for their research.

First, start your research early. For free, you can order almost any article through interlibrary loan and usually receive it in just a few days.

Another tip is to start your search through the UMKC Libraries website. Doing this not only assures you are searching academically-oriented search engines like Google Scholar, but also means you automatically are using the UMKC proxy server.

A proxy server performs all the electronic handshakes between your search, the UMKC Libraries’ collections, and the journal publishers to keep you from encountering most paywalls. This can be done on campus or remotely, using your single-sign-on.

UMKC Libraries can help make sure that you are not paying unnecessarily for access to journal articles.

Let UMKC Libraries deal with the paywalls, so you can spend more time dealing with your projects!

If you have any questions, contact your subject liaison librarian for assistance.

Publish Your Creative Work in Number One

By , September 18, 2012 8:07 am

Number One Magazine is now seeking submissions for Volume 64 – 2012!  Number One, UMKC’s student literary magazine, strives to showcase the creative talents of UMKC students from various schools and disciplines.

Submissions are being accepted between now and December 1 for the issue to be published in Spring 2013. Graduate and undergraduate submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, photography, short plays, and screenplays will be accepted. Submissions can be e-mailed to

To learn more about us, please visit our website at or check us out on Facebook ( or Twitter (

UMKC Name Change Forum Reminder and Location Change

By , September 18, 2012 8:06 am

Earlier this year, UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton began discussing the idea of a possible name change for the university and has been hosting a series of forums with key campus constituencies throughout the month of September.

If you have been unable to attend the prior discussions, you are invited to attend any of the remaining forums, which are listed below.  Please take note–the location for the forum on Sept 20th at Hospital Hill has changed.

  • Wednesday, Sept 19: 3-5 pm (Student Union 301, Student Government Chambers)
  • Thursday, Sept 20:  11:30am-12:30pm (Health Sciences Building, Room 3301)
  • Thursday, Sept  20:  6-8pm  (Student Union 301, Student Government Chambers)
  • Wednesday, Sept 26: 3-5 pm (Hospital Hill, Health Sciences Building, Room 4308)

National Student Day on October 4 During UMKC Homecoming Week

By , September 18, 2012 8:06 am

The UMKC Bookstores are joining thousands of other college bookstores across North America on Thursday, October 4th to celebrate the second annual National Student Day.

National Student Day, sponsored by the National Association of College Stores (NACS), is a day dedicated to celebrating and promoting social responsibility by college students. The UMKC Bookstore and UMKC Health Sciences Bookstore are taking part to celebrate the countless number of UMKC students who improve the campus community and beyond through their selfless acts and volunteerism.

UMKC Bookstore will host activities planned on October 4th, including refreshments, a 25 percent discount on UMKC clothing and gifts, and free t-shirts to the first 300 students (200 on the Volker campus and 100 on the Hospital Hill campus).

Do you know a fellow student who has contributed exceptional service or leadership to UMKC?  Nominate them to be recognized and awarded a $500 UMKC Bookstore course materials scholarship!   The winner of the UMKC National Student Day contest will be announced prior to the Homecoming Talent Show on the evening of October 4th.   The nomination form can be found at by clicking the “National Student Day” icon. Nominations must be received by September 30th.

For more information on what the UMKC Bookstore has planned, contact Pete Eisentrager, Asst. Director, UMKC Bookstores at (816) 235-5879 or email  Find us online at or

Find more information about UMKC Homecoming 2012 (October 1st through the 6th) at!

Dental Hygiene Open House on October 6

By , September 18, 2012 8:04 am

Did you know dental hygiene is one of the fastest growing health professions?  Did you also know that the UMKC Dental Hygiene program is one of the best in the country?

You are invited to attend a special informational session at the UMKC School of Dentistry on October 6 from 9:00-11:00am (in rooms 202 and 209).  Learn about the dental hygiene profession and how to become a UMKC dental hygiene student.

RSVP by September 28th for the informational session by phone (816-235-2050) or e-mail (

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