Congratulations to the Spring 2014 Honor Recipients!

By , April 24, 2014 3:51 pm

LOGOThe Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Honor Recipients program was designed to recognize graduating seniors who have excelled in both academic achievement and service to the campus. This recognition is based on the premise that the University should honor the truly unique students who maintain high scholastic performance while actively participating in University programs, volunteer opportunities, and leadership roles outside of the classroom.

Students are nominated by faculty and staff from across the campus, and although the Committee cannot select all the students, being nominated is truly an honor in itself.

Congratulations to the Spring 2014 Honor Recipients!
Jumah Ahmad, School of Biological Sciences – Nominated by Tammy Welchert

Naaseha Amir, School of Pharmacy – Nominated by Dr. Cameron Lindsey

Jordan Andrzejewski, College of Arts & Sciences – Nominated by Ursula Gurney

Audrey Barnard, School of Computing and Engineering – Nominated by Whitney Molloy

Christopher Beaudoin, College of Arts & Sciences – Nominated by Katherine Garey

Roze Brooks, College of Arts & Sciences – Nominated by Dr. Eric Grospitch

Dylan Burd, School of Education – Nominated by Katherine Garey

Grant Dale-Derks, School of Biological Sciences – Nominated by Tammy Welchert

Jonathan Doss, College of Arts & Sciences – Nominated by Chiluba Musonda, Dr. Andrea Drew Gounev, and Dr. Kathleen V. Kilway

Shea Durington, College of Arts & Sciences – Nominated by Kate Gold, Dr. Andrea Drew Gounev, and Dr. Kathleen V. Kilway

Anna Irene Jobe, College of Arts & Sciences – Nominated by Dr. Andrea Drew Gounev and Dr. Kathleen V. Kilway

Amy G. Johnson, School of Biological Sciences – Nominated by Dr. Andrea Drew Gounev and Dr. Kathleen V. Kilway

Ayanna Johnson, College of Arts & Sciences – Nominated by Sandra DuPree and Katherine Garey

Cornita Robinson, Bloch School of Management – Nominated by Katherine Garey

Anna Shah, School of Medicine – Nominated by Dr. Peter Koulen

Daniel Shea, College of Arts & Sciences – Nominated by Dr. Eloise Rathbone-McCuan

Aurielle Young, School of Nursing & Health Studies – Nominated by Dr. Janis Ellis-Claypool

Stress Tips for the end of semester

By , April 22, 2014 8:43 am

calm[Guest post by Kathleen Ramo, Bachelor of Health Sciences student in the School of Nursing]

As the final weeks of the semester creep up on us and we start realizing the many homework assignments, quizzes, papers, and projects that are left to do we realize the deadlines are right around the corner and stress induces. One of the most important things to remember while facing a heavy load of work is to keep our stress to a minimum. I personally have a few things I like to do to reduce stress and clear my mind so I can get through my work with ease. My stress reducing techniques include:

  • Getting plenty of rest. Even though we sometimes find ourselves cramming until the wee hours of the night, studies show that a restful night’s sleep helps us perform better.
  • Take a power nap. If you find yourself dozing off while studying take a 20-30 minute nap to help recharge your batteries.
  • Go for a walk. Fresh air does more for us than we will ever know. Plus, getting some exercise helps stimulate your body.
  • Listen to music. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed I put in my headphones and enjoy. Sometimes music helps get your mind off of whatever you’re thinking about so whenever you take your headphones out you have a clear mind to get back into whatever work you have.
  • Take a relaxing bath.
  • Find something that makes you laugh whether it be television, a movie, or calling up a hilarious friend.
  • One of the most effective things I do to keep my stress levels low is to prepare for exams, papers, and projects in advance. If you know you have assignments due the week before finals the time to start preparing is now!
  • Lastly, reward yourself. Set up something fun to do after you’ve finished your stressful week to unwind.

I hope these ideas helped, because I know we are all starting to feel the effects of stress as the semester comes to an end. Remember, there are three weeks until finals: the time to start preparing for those big projects and papers was yesterday. Stay relaxed and good luck!

Annual Student Art Exhibition Opens April 24

By , April 22, 2014 8:42 am

annual-student-exhibitionThe annual UMKC Student Art Exhibition opens this Thursday, April 24th at the UMKC Gallery of Art, 203 Fine Are Arts Building.

The year’s exhibit features a selection of works by 32 graduate and undergraduate artists across a variety of media. Scholarships will be awarded during the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday.

The guest juror is Erin Dziedzic, curator and head of adult programs at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Before joining the Kemper in 2013, she worked more than six years as curator at Savannah College of Art and Design. She is founder and editor of artcore journal, an online biannual contemporary art journal.

The UMKC Gallery of Art hours through May 16 are 9 a.m. to noon, 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Hours will change in summer. The exhibit runs through Aug. 1.

New Letters Writing Contest

By , April 22, 2014 8:41 am

New Letters CoverEntries for the writing contest sponsored by New Letters magazine of writing and art, published at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, will be accepted through May 18.

New Letters Literary Awards have discovered and advanced the work of writers since 1986. Winners from each genre — short story, poetry and nonfiction — receive $1,500 and publication in New Letters quarterly magazine.

Judges in past years have included Alberto Rios, Janet Burroway, Mary Jo Salter, Kim Addonizio, Daniel Woodrell, David Shields, Cornelius Eady and other writers. The 2014 judges will be announced later; all submissions are judged anonymously.

The entry fee is $18, which includes a one-year (four book-length issues) subscription to New Letters magazine. You can enter online or through mail: New Letters; University House, 5101 Rockhill Road; Kansas City, MO 64110-2499.

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