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.


Entrepreneurial Undergraduate Students Wanted

By , October 21, 2014 8:39 am

UM Entrepreneur ProgramThe University of Missouri System Entrepreneurial Scholars & Interns Program is looking for 12 undergraduate students–get paid to pursue your start-up!

Selected students will receive tuition for 9-12 hours of entrepreneurial courses, networking opportunities, mentorship, and $4,000 for a 10-week summer internship to work on their own startup company or to work side by side with entrepreneurs in new venture companies from around the state.

Eligible students may be in any major from any of the four UM System universities.  Students must have completed a minimum of 30 hours of course work and be in good standing with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.  Applications are due by November 1, 2014.

Apply now to be a 2015 UMKC Orientation Leader

By , October 21, 2014 8:38 am

OL-Facebook-PostDo you have a passion to help other students?

The Offices of Student Involvement and Admissions are seeking applications for the 2015 Orientation Leader team.  Orientation Leaders assist new students in making successful academic, social, and personal transitions to the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

As members of the campus-wide orientation team, Orientation Leaders serve as role models who initiate and develop positive relationships with incoming undergraduate students and their families during each orientation session, engage in Welcome Week programs, and are excited to share their college experience and pride in UMKC.  We are seeking Orientation Leaders who represent the variety of majors, backgrounds and experiences found at UMKC.  Applications are due Friday, October 31 by 12:00pm.

Click here to read more about the position and instructions how to apply.  Go Roos!


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