Stressed out? Try these quick fixes

By , April 16, 2013 8:21 am

For many students, with finals just a few weeks away, stress is at its peak.  Although you may be itching to get outside and soak up some sun (which is a great natural stress-reliever!), spring can still give us bad weather.

So what can you do when you need a quick break to clear your mind and refresh yourself?  The list below gives ideas for fun, relaxing activities without having to rely on the weather!

  • Go to a lunch-time concert (the Conservatory has many free concerts this time of year–check out their events calendar)
  • Visit the MindBody Connection in the Student Success Center
  • Play pool in the Student Union
  • Bake a treat for your neighbors or cook dinner for you and your roommates
  • Visit a museum–there are three near campus, including the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the Toy & Miniature Museum, and the Kemper Museum
  • Go see a movie
  • Get in a quick workout or walk the indoor track at Swinney Recreation Center
  • Have a lunch with friends- off campus!
  • Meditate, stretch, or try yoga for a half hour
  • Volunteer a few hours on the weekend
  • Clean- it gets your mind off school, and you feel much better when you’re done!  It’s also easier for most people to focus on their studies in a clean environment.

But don’t confuse stress-relief with plain old procrastination!  Stick to a schedule (another way to curb stress) and remember that these ideas are meant to be short breaks to relax and unwind so you feel energized and more focused on your school work.

Switch Energy Project

By , April 16, 2013 8:20 am

Is fracking polluting our water?  How dangerous is nuclear?  Will we run out of oil? Can we clean up coal?  Will renewables power our future?

Get the straight answers to today’s most important energy questions in Switch, the acclaimed new documentary and web video series.  Screening will take place at 4pm on April 16 in the Student Union Theater.

In Switch, energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker travels the world, exploring leading energy sites from coal to solar, oil to bio-fuels, most of them highly restricted and never before seen on film. He seeks the truth from the international leaders of government, industry and academia. In the end, he cuts through the confusion to discover a path to our energy future as surprising as it is practical.

Switch will screen at 250 universities across the country as part of the GSA Switch Energy Awareness & Efficiency Pro-gram, which also includes a campus ambassador program and efficiency drive.

Switch and the Geological Society of America are part of the Switch Energy Project, a multi-pronged effort to build a global understanding of energy.

Please contact Curtis Lewis, or Deanna Ketner, for further information on this event.

Sponsored by the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists UMKC Chapter and the Center for Applied Environmental Research, Department of Geosciences.

Wear Blue to support child abuse prevention on April 19

By , April 16, 2013 8:18 am

Show Your Support for the Prevention of Child Abuse

UMKC students, staff and faculty are asked to wear blue April 19 in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

MuMu, the local chapter of the criminal justice honor society Alpha Phi Sigma at UMKC, has partnered with the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) to bring attention to the prevention of child abuse. Nationally, more than 2 million reports of abuse and neglect are made each year; and more than 1,500 children die from their injuries.  Missouri has one of the highest child abuse mortality rates in the nation.

CAPA, headquartered in Independence, MO teaches personal safety skills to elementary-school children, provides counseling to children and adult survivors of abuse and conducts children’s art therapy, among other services.

On April 19, MuMu members at UMKC will take pictures of people on campus wearing blue and send them to the national headquarters of Alpha Phi Sigma to document the dedication of the organization and UMKC.

“We know that blue is one of the official colors of UMKC, and this would be a great way to show our support for the prevention of child abuse as well as our pride in our university,” said Scott Finley, president of MuMu and a graduate student in the Criminal Justice and Criminology program.

UMKC Theatre Presents: Kansas City Swing

By , April 16, 2013 8:17 am

It’s Kansas City in the autumn of 1947 and Jackie Robinson has just integrated major league baseball.  The Satchel Paige All-Stars from the Negro Leagues are gearing up to play the Bob Feller All-Stars from the majors in a thrilling off-season match-up.  But there’s a storm brewing.  Baseball is about to change, and so is America

This play is about some of the greatest stars of the Negro Leagues baseball era.  It’s about jazz and about the historic district at 18th and Vine.  It’s a snapshot of America in extraordinary times and at the verge of extraordinary change.  Bur ultimately, it’s about people, just trying to cope with it all…just like us.

With music by UMKC’s own jazz-legend Bobby Watson, this is sure to be an All-Star show!  Remember, students get cheap tickets!  Call 235-6222 for more information.  The Show opens April 19th and runs through April 28th.  More details–and samples of the music!–can be found at their website.

2013 UMKC SEARCH Symposium

By , April 16, 2013 8:14 am

Why SEARCH?  SEARCH–short for “students engaged in artistic and academic research”–helps undergraduate students conduct a research project with a faculty mentor, giving them valuable experience in their future careers and education.

The annual SEARCH Symposium, where students showcase their projects, is on Friday, April 19th in Pierson Auditorium (in the Student Success Center) from 10am to 3pm, with the awards ceremony taking place at 4pm.

Stop by to visit the 53 presentations in the following categories:

  • Architecture, Urban Planning, and Design
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Biological and Health Sciences
  • Humanities and Performing Arts
  • Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics

The winners of each category receive a cash prize and all presenters earn valuable experience to get ahead in their future careers.  If you are interested in participating in SEARCH, check out their website.



Finding Empowerment Through Education

By , April 9, 2013 9:23 am

[This post is by special guest blogger Lauren Anderson, a senior majoring in communications studies and Secondary Education.  In this post, she reflects on what she’s really learned over the past four years.]

Clutching my backpack, holding onto my coffee-mug and grasping my purse for dear life was the state of affairs for me in my early beginnings at UMKC.  Unfortunately, my past teachers didn’t share encouraging stories about college, which didn’t make me optimistic about the next four years of my life.  But now, I find myself empowered by education and feeling entitled to every benefit that a person can reap from being a seeker of knowledge.

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