Resources Available on Counseling Center Website

By , February 17, 2014 5:56 pm

CounselingDid you know that the Counseling Center website is full of helpful information you can access even if you never walk through our doors? 

You may want to know how to handle stress, how to help a friend, or how to cope with a loss.  Or you may want to know if your problems are severe enough to warrant coming in for help.  You can do a mental health screening for depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, or an eating disorder.  Need some help with relaxation?  Want to track your mood to find out when you are feeling well and when you are struggling?  Our website can direct you to helpful apps and other online resources to help you with these concerns and many others. 

Check it out today at and click on “Self-Help Resources” on the left side of the page.

EveryBody is Beautiful Week 2014

By , February 17, 2014 5:55 pm

EveryBodyUMKC’s annual EveryBody Is Beautiful Week will take place February 24-28.  Stop by informational tables to get information on body image and eating disorders and “trash your fat talk”.  Take part all week in Operation Beautiful by posting sticky notes with positive messages around campus.  Supplies are available at the tables and all week at the Women’s Center, Counseling Center, Multicultural Student Affairs, Swinney Recreation, MindBody Connection, and Student Health & Wellness.

Join us on Wednesday, February 26 from 5–7pm in the MindBody Connection (ASSC 112) for a Love Your Body Party, with creative and relaxing activities designed to celebrate all our bodies do for us and fight back against unhealthy messages about weight and eating!

Schedule of tables:

  • Monday, February 24, 11 am – 1 pm in the Health Sciences Building Lobby
  • Tuesday, February 25, 11 am – 1 pm in the Atterbury Student Success Center
  • Wednesday, February 26, 11 am – 1 pm in Royall Hall

EveryBody Is Beautiful Week is offered by the UMKC Women’s Center and Counseling Center, with co-sponsorship from MSA, Swinney Rec, OSI, Student Health, UMKC Athletics and MindBody Connection.  Contact Rachel Pierce at 235-5186 or the Women’s Center at 235-1638 with questions.

Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunity

By , February 17, 2014 5:54 pm
Ida Ayalew, UMKC student pictured above, was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study in Meknes, Morocco.

Ida Ayalew, UMKC student pictured above, was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study in Meknes, Morocco.

Interested in Study Abroad?  Not sure if you can afford to go?  If you are a federal Pell Grant recipient, then you are eligible to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship!

The Gilman Program diversifies the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by awarding over 2,000 scholarships of up to $5,000.  Applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant.

Attend a workshop to learn about the program and writing a competitive application!  All workshops are in the Student Success Center, room 236:

  • Thursday, February 20th – 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Monday, February 24th – 11:00-12:00 am
  • Tuesday, February 25th – 5:00-6:00 pm

Questions? Email or stop by to visit UMKC International Academic Programs in the Student Success Center, room 120 or call 235-5759.

Chancellor Morton Receives African American STEM Pioneer Award

By , February 17, 2014 5:52 pm

Leo MortonThe Black Family Technology Awareness Association of Kansas City awarded UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton with its African American STEM Pioneer Award.

Morton, who has led UMKC as chancellor since 2008, earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tuskegee University and a master of science degree from MIT. Through most of his professional career, he has held high-level corporate positions in the field of STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

“Mr. Leo Morton is a valued role model in Kansas City and he has shown how the skills and training you have to be an engineer can be carried over to business and academia,” said Lewis George Walker, president of the Black Family Technology Awareness Association. “As a Pioneer, Mr. Morton has set many firsts in his career at Bell Laboratories, AT&T, Aquila and now by leading UMKC. The Black Family Technology Awareness Association was proud to bestow this recognition from the community to Mr. Morton.”

Morton has been a speaker at many STEM programs at UMKC and throughout Kansas City.  “I am humbled by and grateful for this award from this association that encourages young people to become eager and enthusiastic about a science field,” Morton said. “Through Tuskegee and MIT where I studied STEM subjects, I was transformed. That is what education and information have the power to do. I became a problem solver. Today’s STEM programs put the personal, enjoyable aspect of science front and center to inspire future problem solvers.”

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