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.


Free Technology for Students: Microsoft ProPlus and Blackboard App

By , January 20, 2015 11:21 am

Mobile AppsCurrently enrolled UMKC students can download, install, and use Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus applications on desktop and laptop computers, free of charge, as part of the Microsoft Student Advantage program.  These applications are the same versions as boxed software available for purchase in stores and include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, and Outlook (Macintosh users can download Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).  The software is available for download within your UMKC O365 student email account and can be installed on up to five devices.  More information on this benefit, including instructions and FAQs, can be found on the UMKC Information Services website.

BlackBoard recently made a change that allows students, faculty, and staff to utilize the BlackBoard Mobile Learn app for free.  This app allows students to see a phone optimized view of the material in Blackboard for each class.  More information can be found in the iTunes store.

Spring Commencement Schedule Changes

By , January 20, 2015 11:20 am

UMKC LOGO[The following was provided by Academic Affairs.]

The 2015 Spring Commencement Ceremony Schedule has been revised–with this new schedule, we solve a scheduling challenge that has created a conflict for many students over the years.  Students no longer will need to worry that they will have a final exam on the day of their commencement.  This new schedule may cause some temporary inconvenience – several academic units will see either a change in date or time.  But everyone involved in this process worked hard to minimize the disruption.  The first year of any change is always the hardest!

To view the 2015 Commencement Ceremony Schedule, visit the UMKC Commencement website.

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