Sporting KC Rally with the Roos Contest

By , August 19, 2013 4:33 pm
Image courtesy of Sporting KC

Image courtesy of Sporting KC

[The following was provided by the Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications.]

As part of Welcome Week activities, UMKC will be sponsoring two radio remotes with Sporting Kansas City players.

  • KPRS Hot Jamz 103.3 from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 21
  • KMXV Mix 93.3 from noon to 2 p.m.  Thursday, August 22.

Both remotes will be located on University Way outside of the Atterbury Student Success Center where faculty and staff can get an autograph from Sporting KC players and sign up for UMKC’s Rally with the Roos contest.

Ten lucky winners will receive two tickets to a Sporting KC game in September with parking pass, two custom-designed Rally with the Roos shirts, a signed Sporting KC soccer ball and more. Be sure and enter your chance to win by August 31! More on Rally with the Roos can be found here.

Also, all UMKC students can sign up for a chance to win free tickets to UMKC Night at Sporting Park. On October 18th, Sporting KC’s final regular season game, UMKC will have free tickets for 75 UMKC students! Sign up at the Welcome Week radio remotes to earn your chance to win!

Start–and stay–organized

By , August 19, 2013 3:08 pm

studyingStart the new semester off right!  There are two crucial tools that can help you stay on track and keep up with your coursework:  the class syllabus and a daily planner.

When you get your syllabus, read through it carefully.  This is essentially your contract for the course.  It contains a ton of important details about each class—including your professor’s office hours and contact information if you have any questions, required and suggested readings, classroom expectations, grading policies, Supplemental Instruction information (if offered with your class), and what happens if you miss an exam or a class session.  Not to mention course assignment due dates and when the exams are scheduled!  Keep all course materials, including the syllabus, in a binder so you know right where they are.

A daily planner (whether in Outlook, on your iPad, or a spiral notebook) is your next most important tool–it will help you visually and physically keep track of all your commitments.  First, mark all your class periods each week.  Note all the important dates from each syllabus—homework assignments, readings, and exams.  Fill in time to study—a good guideline is two hours studying for every hour you spend in class.  This time can be used to read the materials and review your notes, or meet with a group to discuss concepts from the lectures.  If your class has Supplemental Instruction, mark those times in your planner and then GO to the sessions!  Your planner can also help you stay on track for major projects by creating a personalized timeline—break each project into smaller chunks and assign a due-date to each part.

Next, be sure to set aside mealtimes and breaks, such as time to workout or just relax (it sounds silly—but you can’t forget to take care of yourself!).  Keep an eye out for flyers around campus advertising student organizations or events that may interest you—and put those in your planner, too.

Using these tools—the syllabus and a planner—can help you be more prepared and less stressed as you approach the end of the semester.  Making a plan for your time—and following it!—will pay off when you are ready for the final exam and you have your final project completed on time.

UMKC Central Welcome Bash (August 21, 2013)

By , August 16, 2013 4:46 pm

UMKC Central BashJoin UMKC Central for their Welcome Week back to school bash!   UMKC Central is located on the 2nd floor of the Atterbury Student Success Center.

Join them on Wednesday, August 21st during the morning (8:30 – 11:30 am) or afternoon (1:30-3:00 pm) for light snacks and raffle drawings to test your knowledge!

Come learn about all the services offered through the following offices located in the Student Success Center:  Academic Support and Mentoring, Career Services, Writing Studio, Coaching Program, MindBody Connection,  International Academic Programs, International Student Affairs, and UMKC Central.

Welcome to the Club!

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Destination: Graduation!

By , August 16, 2013 4:20 pm

DestinationGraduationYou know the feeling you get when you see the golden arches? Usually you know that’s the place to get the best French fries and a refreshing Coke!

The symbol to the left won’t quench your thirst or provide fresh fries, but it is a reminder of the things that we have designed this academic year to support your student success!

Destination Graduation—is the mantra for the year! When you see this logo attached to an event or program flyer, this is an event in which the content is tied directly to supporting your success–it could be anything from budgeting basics to writing a paper or even a session about studying abroad. Connecting you with events and opportunities to support you to and through graduation is our goal!

For questions regarding student success or Destination Graduation email Assistant Dean of Students for Student Success Tiffany S. Williams

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