Benefits of Student Leadership

By , January 28, 2014 8:47 am

LeadershipDo you ever wonder what you’re getting out of being a student leader? Do you ever wonder if being a student leader will benefit you in your career?

Come listen to a panel of several former student leaders discuss the benefits of student leadership. Come learn about their past involvement at UMKC and other institutions, and how they continue to use the skills they developed as a student leader in their professional careers.

If you’re a current student leader, or inspiring to become one, this will be a discussion you won’t want to miss. This is a great opportunity to learn how to maximize your student leadership position, and help yourself in the process!

Who: All current and prospective student leaders
When: Thursday February 6th, 6:00 PM
Where: Student Union, 401C

Trans* Social Group

By , January 28, 2014 8:46 am

transUMKC Trans* Social Group

Join UMKC’s Trans* Social Group to discuss topics relevant to the experience of being a trans* student while making new friends and having a good time!

This group is only open to college students who self identify as transgender, transsexual, gender queer, genderfluid, gender non-conforming, bigender, agender, third gender, questioning and/or somewhere beyond the binary gender system.

If you are interested in joining, please email Alex and Michelle at A time, date, and location will be determined based on the input of potential participants and will only be available to confirmed participants. All group and participant information will be kept confidential.

Wondering what the “T” means in LGBTQIA? Check out this great video: “Out at the Center” with Laverne Cox

2014 African American Read In

By , January 28, 2014 8:43 am

AARI 2014Joining over a million readers nationwide, UMKC Libraries celebrates Black History Month by participating in the 24th National African American Read In, Feb 19 – 1:30 – 3:30 in Miller Nichols Library’s iX Theatre.

READ, SING, or PERFORM a work from the African-American author of your choice, or just come to LISTEN, REFLECT, & ENJOY!

Advance REGISTRATION is suggested. “Drop in” presenters are welcome as time allows.
Contact Gloria Tibbs for more information.

Goal Setting–not just for the New Year

By , January 24, 2014 10:18 am

set goalsNew Year–New You!

With each new year, we are presented with an chance to “reset” our lives to some degree. Reflecting upon the previous year, we often remember our mental, physical and emotional achievements, our accomplishments, and missteps. As a result, most of our goals address the lingering issues and what we most want to change in the coming 365 days.

However, setting goals isn’t something to take lightly; setting goals is an exercise that requires a good deal of insight and intent. Without some thought, unrealistic and unrealized goals can fill us with self-doubt and regret.

At the same time, goals can’t be so easy as they fail to challenge us either. The key is to find a balance between the possible and what causes us to extend beyond our comfort zone. To help set some goals in the new year, we have some tips to keep in mind.

Set Realistic and Specific Goals
Instead of a generic overarching statement such as “be healthier,” identify the specifics needed to achieve what it means to become healthier. For example, exercising 3 days a week for 30 minutes at moderate intensity or eating a vegetable for lunch or dinner are specific, focused ways to becoming healthier.

Plan Ahead
Take a peek at your weekly calendar and schedule resolution actions as you would schedule a dentist appointment or meeting at work. Hold yourself responsible to the commitment as you would to other appointments.

Monitor Your Progress
Divide larger goals in smaller, short-term goals. Accomplishing each small goal along the way will maintain motivation and on track to achieving the larger goal.

Don’t Obsess
We are all human. We will have those days that you will “skip” or simply forget. Don’t obsess over setbacks as they will only serve as obstacles to your progress. Continue moving forward and take advantage of the next opportunity to better yourself.

Reward Yourself!
Create a reward system (that doesn’t involve food!). Change your way of thinking to associate rewards with something else you love: a book, a movie or better yet, a massage!

We are here to help you realize success in 2014. See you in Swinney Recreation Center!

Plan ahead now — and thank yourself later

By , January 21, 2014 8:27 am

Library BooksPlan ahead now and thank yourself later!

Karl A. Menninger, the world renowned psychiatrist from Topeka, KS is often credited for saying that “anticipation is the best defense”. Like many quotes stating the obvious, this advice is relevant in most all aspects of our everyday lives. We are students, workers, friends, family members, and good citizens: and in each role the more we plan now, the more we thank ourselves later.

Think of your role as a student. If you take 12-15 credit hours and are expected to spend at least another two hours per credit hour outside of class studying, then you are looking at 36-45 hours per week focused on school work (this doesn’t account for any prep time to study like library research, meetings with faculty and other students, etc.). Of course, this time commitment is an average, which means some weeks you might spend less time, like right now during the first week of the semester, and some weeks you might spend much more time, such as preparing for exams or finishing up class projects. Some variability is expected, but the more time away from your studies now means more time needed later.

Now a brief obvious moment about the relationship between time and energy. Notice for yourself so that you can describe in some detail when you feel like you have the most energy to be productive. Are you more energetic in the morning, afternoon, or evening? Do you have more energy if you eat breakfast; have a heavy lunch and light dinner or the other way around? Do you feel less energetic if you slept only 5 hours the night before or even the night before that? Do you feel more energy after you exercise for 45 minutes or are you too hyped-up to study? Your personal answers to these type of questions are important because they will help you maximize the time you spend studying, working, and socializing. In short, if you study for two hours when you feel more energetic, then that study time will be more productive than if you study for two hour feeling tired and sluggish.

So what is a student to do? Well, remembering Karl A. Menninger, the best defense for watching the semester slip into mid-terms (and possibly not notice that several assignments are due around the same time) is to anticipate the fast pace that this spring semester will move. You can start be setting a few specific goals that balance your school and work life with your personal life. Examples of these types of goals are: go to class every day; complete all assignment as scheduled; eat breakfast every weekday; exercise four times a week; visit Career Services this semester; visit with at least two faculty members outside of class this semester. Next make a weekly schedule that blocks all class and lab times as a priority and then block other commitments like work, church, organizational meetings—and don’t forget time for meals, exercise, etc. This weekly schedule should also include a consistent time each day to study.

As the first few weeks roll on, it is important to revisit your goals to see how well you have kept your schedule each week. Review the past week and decide what helped you reach your goals and preview the next week by looking at each day and noting any changes to your schedule so that you can make the necessary tweaks to keep you on track. By reviewing your past performance and previewing the upcoming week, you can anticipate the time and energy needed to have a successful week. And each successful week will ultimately lead to a successful semester!

Check out the Spring schedule for Student Success Seminars

By , January 21, 2014 8:26 am

DestinationGraduationJoin us for workshops presented by Academic Support and Mentoring, Career Services, UMKC Central, UMKC Libraries, and the Writing Studio.

Topics cover resume writing, conducting research at the Library, managing your time, writing strategies, study skills, stress survival tips, and more.

The seminars are part of Destination:Graduation 4.0–guiding you on your path to success!

All seminars will be held in the Atterbury Student Success Center, room 222.

Click here for the full schedule.

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