Stay relaxed and focused

By , November 27, 2012 8:56 am

Are you starting to stress about the end of the semester?  Are your finals and projects looming over you?  Here are some simple reminders that will make a world of difference!

First, make sure you are getting plenty of sleep.  All-nighters are really not that productive, and in fact can make your memory even worse by focusing too much on the immediate and not enough on long-term retention.  Instead, set aside time each day to review your notes, read a chapter or two, and take time to absorb the material.  Studying with a friend will make the time go faster and you can help each other out by explaining key concepts.

Don’t forget to make some time for yourself–go for a walk or run, go to a museum, or catch a movie with friends.  College is all about balance, and that includes making time to put the focus on you and your mental health.  Sometimes, you just need a break–try meditating or any deep-breathing relaxation techniques.  To get you started, you can check out some of the online resources available on the Counseling Center’s website.  There are also some great free apps for iPad and iPhone that can help.   The MindBody Connection in the Student Success Center can also help you work in some balance and stress relief.

You too can reduce your stress levels!   By taking care of yourself–mentally and physically–and looking at all projects and papers as smaller parts of a puzzle, these next few weeks will breeze by and you will be well-prepared and ready for the final paper, presentation, or exam.

UMKC Central Now Accepting Payments

By , November 27, 2012 8:39 am

UMKC Central is pleased to announce two exciting new updates:

1) Beginning Wednesday November 28th you will be able to pay for and receive your official UMKC transcript at UMKC Central. Payment will only be accepted by VISA, MasterCard, or Discover. At this time we cannot accept cash or checks for transcripts.

2) UMKC Central Coordinators may now assist you with making Cashiers and Collections payments on your account by processing payments (plus a 2.75% service charge shown as a separate charge) made by MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Payments may also be made by using your checking account routing and account number.

UMKC Central, located on Level 2 in the Atterbury Student Success Center, is your one-stop shop to take care of core business transactions that you may have with the University.  At UMKC Central our highly trained Coordinators are able to assist you with any issues related to Admissions (domestic and International), Cashiers and Collections, Financial Aid and Scholarships, and Registration and Records.  For more information visit UMKC Central on the web at

UMKC Scholarships Application Now Available

By , November 27, 2012 8:35 am

The application for competitive undergraduate UMKC scholarships is now available on-line for the 2013-2014 academic year.  This application allows currently enrolled students to apply for most institutional scholarships with one form.  Review the list of competitive scholarships on the Financial Aid and Scholarships Website (click on each scholarship for eligibility requirements; please note that some scholarships require a separate application).

The competitive scholarship application can be completed and submitted on-line by logging-in at this site.  You will also need to submit 2 letters of reference.  All application materials must be submitted by March 1, 2013.

Additional scholarship opportunities for the 2013-2014 academic year may be available within your Academic Unit and department.  Be sure to check with your adviser to learn more.



Men of Color Insight Series Kicks-Off with Chancellor Morton

By , November 27, 2012 8:34 am

Please join the Men of Color Campus Initiative as we host Insight:  A Speakers’ Series.  The series kick-off, featuring special guest Chancellor Leo Morton, is Tuesday, November 27, 2012 in the Student Union Theater from 5.30-7.30pm.

This event will include an intimate discussion with Chancellor Morton as he chronicles his road to success (he was recently honored for his humanitarianism and activism).  Come help us celebrate the kick-off of one of UMKC’s newest initiatives.  Admission is free and open to all.

The Men of Color Campus Initiative consists of a team of scholars, students, community leaders, and alumni devoted to improving the educational experiences and life trajectory of male students of color.  We engender a sense of community among students by aligning various academic, social, and cultural resources throughout the campus and community.

For more information, contact Dr. Rodney Smith at or stop by the Multicultural Student Affairs Office in the Student Union.

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