Student Leadership Development–What do you want in a program?

By , October 28, 2014 8:55 am

OSI LogoThe Office of Student Involvement is evaluating our student leadership development programs and we need YOUR feedback.  What support and programs do YOU need to be better leaders on campus and in your communities?  How can we support your leadership development and how can we challenge you to grow?

We want to develop leadership programs that are beneficial to all of our students at UMKC, including those who have never held a leadership position.  The results of this survey will also help us assess the Leadership Summit to determine if it meets the needs of our students.

Please take a few moments to fill out our Leadership Development Survey.  One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift card to the UMKC bookstore–submit the survey by October 31st!


Social Justice Series: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By , October 28, 2014 8:54 am

HLacksThe UMKC University Libraries have scheduled events leading up to the Division of Diversity and Inclusion’s 2014 Social Justice Book Lecture, which will take place on Nov. 13 in Pierson Auditorium, 6 – 7 p.m.

Rebecca Skloot, author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” will serve as keynote speaker at the Social Justice Book Lecture. Lacks was a poor black tobacco farmer who died of cervical cancer in 1951. Before she died, some of her cancerous tissue was taken without her permission and the cells have been reproducing in laboratories around the world ever since. Her cells have become important tools in medical research, such as in developing the polio vaccine and cloning.

The book will soon be made into an HBO movie by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball: watch the book trailer.

The Library will hold two events on Wednesday, Oct. 29:

  • “Cancer Cell Research:  The Way of All Flesh” [story of Henrietta Lacks], from noon – 1 p.m., School of Medicine Theater. Complimentary pizza provided.
  • A book discussion on “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” will take place from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Miller Nichols Library iX Theater.  Scott Curtis, Research and Liaison Librarian, is the book discussion leader.  Complimentary refreshments served.

Admission is free and advance registration is appreciated.  Attendees may register here.

This series is sponsored by UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with UMKC Libraries; UMKC School of Education and the UMKC School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Community Partnership Diversity Council.

Papermaking as Social Action lecture and workshop

By , October 28, 2014 8:53 am

PapermakingTwo New York state-based artists, Drew Matott and Margaret Mahan of Peace Paper Project, will discuss their recent work on contemporary applications of traditional hand papermaking.

They will share strategies for collaborating with community leaders and art therapists to establish paper centers for healing.

The artists’ work has taken place in the United Kingdom with ex-military and survivors of terrorism; with survivors of sexual violence and their allies; and in the United States with returning U.S. veterans.

The Department of Art & Art History will host the lecture, which is free and open to the public. It will take place on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 9:30 a.m. in the Miller Nichols Library iX Theatre .

Following the lecture, Mahan and Matott will hold a workshop with an interactive demonstration of pulp printing at 10:30 a.m. on the University Mall. This workshop also is free and open to the public.

For additional information on the artists’ work, see the Visiting Artist Lecture website.

Court Warming 2015 – Nominate the Roo Royalty Court!

By , October 28, 2014 8:38 am

Court Warming 2015Do you have someone in your student organization who is just plain awesome? Are they super involved in your organization? Are they always going above and beyond to help others, both inside and outside of your organization? Do they keep a stellar GPA all while juggling multiple commitments throughout the year? If you answered yes to any of those, you should nominate that student for Roo Royalty 2015.

It is that time of year again where student organizations have the opportunity to nominate one of their members to participate as a candidate in UMKC’s 2015 Court Warming Roo Royalty Court! To nominate a member, go to the RooGroups website (, go to the “Courtwarming” organization page, and the nomination form can be found in the “Forms” tab.

Once nominated, the candidate will be invited and provided an application by e-mail to apply for a spot on the 2015 UMKC Roo Royalty Court. Candidate interviews will be held the week of November 18-20th and those selected to be a part of Roo Royalty will be notified before leaving campus for Thanksgiving Break. Nominations are being accepted until 5:00 pm on November 14th.

Questions?  Feel free to contact the Courtwarming Committee at or the Office of Student Involvement at 816-235-1407 (ask to speak with Rachel, Juneall, or Dylan)!

November Safe Space Training

By , October 28, 2014 8:32 am

safe space trainingUnlike more visible under-represented groups, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex (LGBTQI) persons cannot be readily identified.  Likewise, there is no easy method of identifying allies who are supportive of LGBTQI issues.

As one component of the UMKC LGBTQIA Programs & Services, the Safe Space Training strives to provide a way for understanding and supportive persons within the University community to prominently identify themselves. These students, faculty and staff proudly display a “Safe Space” sign on their doors and in their offices to signify their commitment to serve as a resource and an open ear.

There are two campus-wide Safe Space Trainings per semester open to anyone interested. The next training will take place from 1 – 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6 in the Student Union, room 302.  RSVP by Monday, Nov. 3 via email to  LGBTQIA Programs & Services.

Stay healthy and manage stress

By , October 21, 2014 8:40 am

Library BooksIt is getting to be that time of semester when everything seems to hit at once, and the worst part is that things won’t slow down again until after finals are over!  Throw in the fact that flu season is starting, and what we have is a dangerous mix!

Try to keep a healthy balance of stress (yes, it can be motivating!) but plan now so it won’t overwhelm you.  You’re finished with mid-terms by now, but it’s not too early to start getting ready for final exams and projects.  Part of planning for your classes includes planning to keep yourself healthy–both mentally and physically.  Luckily, it’s easy to add these tips to your daily routine.

Taking care of your mental health and well-being can be difficult when school and life get really stressful.  However, there are things you can do to help:

  • If you haven’t already, review your day-to-day schedule.  You should know by now how much time you need to study for each class, so you can adjust your schedule as needed.  Don’t forget to schedule some down time to relax:  hang out with friends, go for a walk, attend a concert at the Conservatory, or visit a museum.
  • There are many apps available specifically for relaxation.  Using an app like “Breathe to Relax” can help you get rid of unnecessary tension and clear your head, allowing you to focus and get more done when studying and working on projects.
  • Visit the MindBody Connection for more ideas and tips.  If you need more focused assistance or to talk with a professional confidentially, visit the UMKC Counseling Center.

It is also important to keep yourself physically healthy.

  • Be sure you are eating right… this means try to avoid living off of junk food!  When you are up late, try to make your snacks healthy.  If you want something to crunch on, try carrots or almonds instead of chips. These will help fill you up and leave you more satisfied.
  • Also be sure you are getting enough exercise.  At the end of the semester, it is easy to go weeks without lifting anything heavier than your bookbag or have your only running be from class to class and to work.  Stop by the Swinney Recreation Center at least a few times a week–a morning workout is a great way to start the day or you can burn off tension after a stressful day.  If you can’t give up the time studying, hit the treadmill or stationary bike while you read your textbook or practice with flashcards.  A yoga class can help you get fit and relax–a winning combination!
  • Maintain your sleep schedule as much as you can.  There may be a few late nights, but try to be sure you are getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night.  This will add to productivity during the day because you won’t be as tired and groggy!  Besides, all-nighters don’t really help you retain information and can actually be more detrimental in the long run.
  • Get a flu shot sooner, rather than later; shots are offered through the Student Health and Wellness.  Cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hands often in warm soapy water, and use sanitizer to stop the sread of germs.  If you do happen to get sick, don’t try to power through it.  Know your limits, and know when you just need to spend some quality time in bed resting.


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