Half-way through the semester–how are you doing?

By , October 6, 2015 1:22 pm

study groupsCan you believe we’re already halfway through the semester?  So, how are you doing?  It’s a simple question but one that everyone should ask themselves and their friends.

Now is the time to stop, take a breath, and assess where you are in each class this semester. Hopefully, you are all caught up on projects and papers and are well prepared for mid-term exams. You may have already met with your professors individually, joined SI sessions or other study groups, and are getting involved in campus life.

If not, it’s not too late!

  • Take a look at the syllabus for each class and see what’s coming up–if you haven’t already, put deadlines and test dates in your planner and start thinking about how much time you need to complete each project or study for each test. Put those timelines in your planner, too.
  • Review your past performance–if you know you can do better, take advantage of available academic resources to help you study smarter and get answers to questions. There are multiple resources on campus with a specific goal of your academic success. Supplemental Instruction, Math and Science Tutoring, Foreign Language Resource Center, University Libraries, and the Writing Studio are all available to give you additional support. Be sure to ask your professor if you don’t understand a concept or problem–they are here to help!
  • Don’t forget to take care of yourself!  Eating right, exercising, washing your hands thoroughly, drinking plenty of water, and getting enough sleep each night can help fight off any infection you might come into contact with. Plus you’ll feel better and you’ll be able to focus on everything you need to get done! If you do get sick, or you need a flu shot, contact Student Health and Wellness to make an appointment.
  • Finally–remember that a little stress can help motivate, but stress can also build up and become overwhelming.  Check out the MindBody Connection for tips of identifying and manage stress or take a break at Swinney Recreation Center — physical excercise can often help you center yourself.  For more information, contact UMKC Counseling Services–they are here to help you succeed!

The Hills Are Alive: 50 Years of The Sound of Music

By , October 6, 2015 1:20 pm

Library portFOLioSeriesLogoIn conjunction with the UMKC Friends of the Library’s 50th anniversary, they are proud to host the “50 Years of The Sound Of Music” — a film screening and panel discussion.




Julie Andrews appears in the 1965 film "The Sound of Music." (Gannett News Service/Fox Video/File)

Julie Andrews appears in the 1965 film “The Sound of Music.” (Gannett News Service/Fox Video/File)

50 years of The Sound of Music

A Film Screening and Discussion

Sunday, October 18

1:00 pm Panel Discussion

1:30pm pm Film Viewing

Tivoli Cinemas

4050 Pennsylvania Ave Kansas City, MO 64111


The following panelists will share their expertise in discussion the reception of the film, in the U.S. and abroad, as well as a discussion of the film in its historical context and its relationship to other films and musicals of the era:

  • Andrew Granade, PhD. (Conservatory) chair of Composition, Music Theory, and Musicology/Associate Professor of Musicology
  • William Everett PhD. (Conservatory) Curators’ Professor of Musicology
  • Dr. Tom Poe, PhD. Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies
  • Nara Newcomer, MLS, MA. Moderator. Head, Music/Media Library

This event is FREE and open to the public


Americans With Disabilities Act Turns 25

By , October 6, 2015 1:19 pm

ADA 25ADA at 25

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

6:30 p.m.

Pierson Auditorium in Atterbury Success Center

2015 is the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). UMKC is celebrating this anniversary during the month of October with fun and educational events designed to raise disability awareness. Some of the activities include a visit and presentation by RJ Mitte from AMC’s Breaking Bad television series, a wheelchair basketball shootout, faculty training on accessible course content, and a conversation and panel presentation focusing on the complexities of sexuality and disability.

For more information, check out the facebook page here.

RSVP for the event here: umkcbreakingboundaries.eventbrite.com.

Career Fest – Oct 6 & 7 2015

By , October 2, 2015 11:50 am


Special Traffic Update – 51st Street access

By , October 2, 2015 11:34 am

Beginning Monday Oct. 5, 51st Street will be closed to drive-through vehicle traffic between Brookside Boulevard and Oak Street, due to construction activity for the 51st and Oak project. This street closure will last for approximately two months.  In the picture above, Brookside Blvd is on the left, 51st Street is shown as closed, and Oak Street is on the right.

This closure will impact access to the Colonial Shops, the Oak Place Shops and Pizza 51.

Pedestrian traffic through the area will remain available. Parking access to Oak Place via the driveway on Oak Street north of 51st also remains available.

UMKC encourages faculty, staff and students to patronize our cooperative friends and neighbors in these retail centers. The university greatly appreciates their patience through this period. Roo Bucks program credits on the One Card or gift cards can be used at Sahara and Pickleman’s restaurants and at Oak Nails.

Westbound auto traffic can access the driveway between Pizza 51 and the Colonial Shops during the closure. Eastbound auto traffic can continue to access the driveway immediately west of Pride Cleaners through approximately Oct. 18. Both of these routes lead to off-street parking areas available to customers of these businesses.

Beginning Nov. 1, curbside parking on the west side of Oak Street will be unavailable until approximately May 2017.

Social Justice – Author Lecture and Book Discussion

By , October 2, 2015 11:21 am

Push-ShoveThe UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion has announced the 2015 Social Justice Lecture author and book which is Push Has Come to Shove by Dr. Steve Perry. This book, written in a flamboyant and confrontational style by a magnet school principal and frequent CNN contributor on education issues, will provoke readers to actively discuss issues in K-12 education and beyond. Dr. Perry has many issues with the educational system, and he not only airs his grievances but takes no prisoners in advocating and practicing reform in his magnet school environment. The author lecture will take place on Thursday, October 28, at 6pm at Pierson Auditorium.  Learn more about the author’s visit and register for the event here.

The University Libraries is sponsoring a book discussion prior to the author’s visit.  Join us for what is expected to be a spirited discussion on October 14th at 3:00 PM in the UMKC Miller Nichols Library iX Theatre.  It is hoped that those in attendance will be part of the discussion and create a profound conversation about a variety of education issues.

The book discussion will be led by Scott Curtis, Learning and Research Librarian. The University Libraries is joining in partnership with the UMKC School of Education, UMKC Black Studies Program, and the UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion for the October 14th book discussion.

Push Has Come to Shove Book Discussion

  • Wednesday, October 14th, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • UMKC Miller Nichols Library, iX Theatre, 1st Floor
  • This event is free and open to the public
  • Note: The author will NOT be at the book discussion
  • Advance registration is appreciated; register here.
  • For more information, please contact: Gloria Tibbs, 816-235-1540 or tibbsg@umkc.edu

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