Spring 2015 Student Success Seminars

By , January 27, 2015 10:00 am

SuccessStudent Success Seminars are quick, one-hour sessions on topics that will help students be better writers, organizers, studiers, and job searchers.  A collaboration between Academic Support & Mentoring, Career Services, MindBody Connection, UMKC Central, the Writing Studio, and the UMKC Libraries, Student Success Seminars are scheduled throughout the semester and cover topics such as resume writing, preparing for the RooWriter, using Library databases, study skills, UMKC resources, and overcoming procrastination.

All seminars are held in the Atterbury Student Success Center, room 222.  Check out the  STUDENT SUCCESS SEMINARS Spring 2015 schedule.

Don’t miss your chance for financial aid!

By , January 27, 2015 9:59 am

FAFSAYou may have noticed the posters and table tents around campus mentioning the FAFSA and the priority deadline of March 1st.  Curious what it all means?

The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid–this application determines your eligibility for financial aid–and not just federal aid!  Federal aid includes Stafford loans, work study, and Pell Grants (free money!), but the FAFSA is also used to determine eligibility for other aid, such as the UMKC Advantage Grant and other programs.

Click here for more information about the FAFSA and how to apply.  While you can apply for aid throughout the aid year, many aid programs are limited (especially scholarships and grant funds), so submit your FAFSA by UMKC’s priority deadline of March 1st–school code 002518.

In addition, currently enrolled UMKC students may apply for competitive institutional scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year by completing the competitive scholarship application.  It is also due, along with 2 letters of recommendation, by March 1.  Other opportunities for scholarships may be found within your department or Academic Unit–be sure to check with your adviser early in the term to ensure you apply before the deadlines.

Lucerna Journal Launch Party

By , January 27, 2015 9:58 am

Lucerna 9Please come celebrate the launch of Volume 9 of Lucerna:  UMKC’s Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Journal on Wednesday, January 28 from 6-8PM in the Student Union, room 401B!  The authors will present their research, followed by a short Q&A session.  Refreshments will be provided.

Congratulations to the UMKC students whose papers have been selected for the 2014 Lucerna!

  • Kelly R. Hangaur (History) German Americans in Missouri: The American Civil  War
  • Skyler D. King (English) The Unknown and Unknowable Shakespeare
  • Natalie Walker (History) All is Fair in Love and War
  • Emily Pedersen (Political Science) Media Framing of Congressional  Republicans during the Government Shutdown in 2013
  • Christopher A. Valdivieso (French) Zone Grise-Le choix d’un harki
  • Samantha Harris (Psychology) Barriers to Cardiac Rehabilitation  Participation: Predicting Enrollment in an Urban, Safety-Net Hospital
  • Sarah Alnazer (Sociology) Overall Health and Wellbeing of Female Veterans;  Compared to Their Male Counterparts
  • Sydney Ingram (English) Beat to Death: The Beat Generation’s Impact on Neal  Cassady
  • Jordan Miles (Psychology/English) Empowering Our Future
  • Marianne McKenzie (Theater/French) Faible ou forte? French Theater in Sweden

Each submission is blind-reviewed; having one’s work published in Lucerna is a great achievement  for any undergraduate looking to further her or his education or to begin a professional career.

Trans+ Groups

By , January 27, 2015 9:57 am

We wanted you to know about two transgender support/discussion groups at UMKC that are open to UMKC students, students at other colleges, and community members.

The first is a Trans+Social Group that is a trans-exclusive space for trans+ identifying college students and young adult community members that meets on Wednesday nights from 7-8:30pm in the Rainbow Lounge at UMKC.

Trans+AlliesWe also have four Trans+Allies events this semester that are open to trans+ individuals of all ages, friends, family, community members, students, and anyone who identifies as an ally.  The events are all scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month in UMKC’s Student Union room 302 from 6-8pm starting February 3rd. Free pizza will be provided. These events are great for mental health professionals, family members of trans+ individuals, as well as trans+ individuals who are unavailable on Wednesday nights or are not college students or young adults.  The topics of the four meetings are as follow:

  • ​February 3- Trans+ Myths and Facts
  • March 3-Transition Experiences Panel/Roundtable
  • April 7- Non-binary and Genderqueer Panel/Roundtable
  • May 5- The Trans+ Community and Mental Health Speakers; Michael Henderson from Counseling, Consulting & Mediation will be the guest speaker.

Simple Servings at the UMKC Cafeteria

By , January 27, 2015 9:56 am

Simple ServingsUMKC Dining Services is pleased to announce the newest dining concept on campus–Simple Servings.  All foods served at this station are prepared exclusively with ingredients which do not contain the following food allergens:  milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, or gluten.*  We know that these ingredients account for about 90% of all food allergies–and with Simple Servings, the University family can address their dietary needs easily and simply.

Straightforward preparation techniques assure transparency of ingredients.  The lunch and dinner menu change daily and include varied protein options:  fish, beef, pork, chicken and turkey.  All side dishes are vegan, containing no milk, eggs, or meat products.

*While every precaution is taken, it’s important to note that food is prepared in a facility that uses these ingredients in the production of other dishes.

Planning for later…success starts now

By , January 20, 2015 11:22 am

study groupsA little planning now at the start of the semester will help you stay on track for success!  There are two crucial tools that can help you keep up with your coursework and commitments:  the class syllabus and a daily planner.

When you get your syllabus, read through it carefully.  This is essentially your contract for the course.  It contains important details about each class—including your professor’s office hours and contact information, required and suggested readings, classroom expectations, grading policies, Supplemental Instruction information (if offered with your class), and what happens if you miss an exam or a class session.  Not to mention all those assignment due dates and when the exams are scheduled!

A daily planner (whether in Outlook, on your iPad, an app on your smartphone, or even just a spiral notebook) is your next most important tool–it will help you visually and physically keep track of all your commitments.  First, mark all your class periods each week.  Note all the important dates from each syllabus—homework assignments, readings, and exams.

Fill in time to study—a good guideline is two hours studying for every hour you spend in class.  This time can be used to read the materials and review your notes or meet with a group to discuss concepts from the lectures.  If your class has Supplemental Instruction, mark those times in your planner and then GO to the sessions!  Your planner can also help you stay on track for major projects by creating a personalized timeline—break each project into smaller steps and assign a due-date to each part.

Next, be sure to set aside mealtimes and breaks, such as time to workout or just relax (it sounds silly—but you can’t forget to take care of yourself!).  Keep an eye out for flyers around campus advertising student organizations or events that may interest you—and put those in your planner, too.

Using these tools—the syllabus and a planner—can help you be more prepared and less stressed as you approach the end of the semester.  Making a plan for your time—and following it!—will pay off when you are ready for the final exam and you have your final project completed on time.


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