Mindfulness and Well-Being

By , August 29, 2017 3:40 pm

Be sure to take care of yourself! Be mindful of your inner peace and ways to maintain a healthy balance of all aspects of your life:  family, work, school, and community.

UMKC Counseling Services offers several groups designed to support you and your well-being.  For questions or to register, please contact Dr. Yano Procopio at 816-235-6467 or procopios@umkc.edu.

For all groups, students must attend a 30 minute initial consultation meeting.


RIO (Recognition, Insight, Orientation)

Our newest offering! RIO is a three session (60 minutes per session) workshop focused on coping with emotional distress and psychological pain. The hoped-for outcome is for students to RECOGNIZE emotional distress and psychological pain when it is occurring, gain further INSIGHT into how these impact life, and develop OPENNESS and flexibility to novel ways of coping and increasing well-being.  Students will learn practical skills throughout each session. RIO workshops to begin the week of August 28th.


Understanding Self and Others

Students facing depression, anxiety, relationship problems, family issues, loneliness, trauma, and grief and loss may be appropriate for these groups. Group members may use group to work towards enhancing their relationships and social support networks, as well as to learn more about coping with the impact of obstacles they face. Days and times for these groups are established based on availability of group members. These groups last 10 to 12 weeks and each session is 90 minutes. These groups will be held at UMKC Counseling Services.


Building Mindfulness

This is a weekly skill-building and practice group and where members will learn how to apply mindfulness skills in everyday life.  Mindfulness helps in many ways, including improving focus, managing stress, increasing serenity, enhancing stability, and fostering wisdom.  Sessions for the group are:

  • Wednesdays from 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm, held at the MindBody Connection in the Atterbury Student Success Center. This group begins on Sept 6th and will last 4 weeks.
  • Tuesdays from 12:05 pm to 12:45 pm, held at Health Sciences Building 4307.  To register for the Hospital Hill group, please contact Dr. Rachel Pierce at piercerac@umkc.edu.
    • Session 1 begins on Sept 19th and lasts 5 weeks
    • Session 2 begins on Oct 24th and lasts 5 weeks


Body Wellness Group

This is a weekly group for students wanting to explore body image, their relationship with food, and disordered eating. The day and time for this group is established based on availability of group members. This group lasts 10 to 12 weeks and each session is 90 minutes. This group will be held at UMKC Counseling Services.

Make IT Safe – Beware email and check scams

By , August 29, 2017 2:00 pm

We would like to make students aware of two common email scams and to remind you that email is by its nature insecure, and scammers can forge sender addresses and message contents, just as scammers can do the same forgery with postal mail.

The first common scam is a checking scam.  The scammer will send you an email looking for ‘personal assistant’ or ‘work at home’ type services.  Once you are hooked into the scam, they will mail you one or more checks for a significant amount of money.  They then ask you to wire or send the extra money back to them.  After 14 days, your bank bounces the bad checks, and you are then out all of the money that you sent to the scammers.

The second common scam are password phishing scams.  The attacker will send you an email that makes claims about closing your mailbox, that your mailbox needs to be upgraded, or that your mailbox has a security problem.  They then provide a link to click on to fix the claimed problem.  Once you click on the link, you usually get a web site that looks similar to a campus web page, asking for your username and password.  UMKC will not send out emails asking you to click on a link and enter a password in order to fix your mailbox.  If there is an actual problem with your mailbox, we will reset your password for you, or temporarily disable logons for your mailbox until you call the UMKC Call Center.  If you receive emails from Blackboard or any campus web site, make sure when you click on the link, that the web address ends with umkc.edu, umsystem.edu, or missouri.edu before entering your password.

If at any time you have a problem with your account, or have questions on a suspicious email, you can contact the UMKC Call Center.  Contact information for the Call Center is available at:  http://www.umkc.edu/IS/support/ 

More information on phishing, and what to watch out for, is available at:  https://www.umsystem.edu/makeitsafe/phishing

Additional security awareness information is available at:  https://www.umsystem.edu/makeitsafe/


UMKC Day at Sporting KC (Sept 24)

By , August 29, 2017 1:38 pm


Mark your calendar for UMKC Day at Sporting KC, Sept. 24. Discounted tickets are available for a limited time for alumni, faculty, staff and students for UMKC Day at Sporting KC on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m.

Join Kasey the Kangaroo for the fun at Children’s Mercy Park Sunday Sept. 24 when Sporting KC takes on the LA Galaxy. During UMKC night you’ll see UMKC students, faculty, staff and alumni represented throughout the evening.

Come early to get pre-game giveaways, including a specially-designed UMKC/Sporting Kansas City tote bag. The game is at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. Parking lots open at 10 a.m. Gates open at 11 a.m. Game starts at 1 p.m.

For discount tickets, click directly on this Sporting KC link. (If you have difficulty, try using a different web browser.) Click on the “Use Access Code” button and enter promo code 17UMKCTIX to get the special rate. Most seats are in 101/102 area (a few scattered in 112) at $38, discounted from $52. Also, the South Stand General Admission are $31, discounted from $42.

Wear your UMKC gear and get ready for a great evening of UMKC pride at one of the most exciting sports venues in Kansas City. We look forward to seeing you there!

SEARCH Undergraduate Research Grant

By , August 29, 2017 1:34 pm


Undergraduate students applying for SEARCH grants will now be able to submit their applications through a new online system, which can be accessed at Applying for SEARCH or SUROP Grants. Those applying will use their UM System login.

The deadline for SEARCH applications for the 2017/18 academic year is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. Students are strongly urged to submit their applications early so that faculty members have time to upload recommendation letters and department chairs can provide their endorsement. Undergraduates from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.

A SEARCH Kick Off will be held from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31 in Katz Hall, room 209. Students and faculty mentors will have an opportunity to preview the online system and ask questions.

SEARCH grants provide undergraduates with up to $1,250 in reimbursable expenses to complete research, scholarly, or artistic projects in partnership with a faculty mentor. Such undergraduate research and creative scholarship can be a high-impact education experience that many alumni cite as a transformative part of their college experience. UMKC’s effort to providing such high-impact experiences is part of its strategic commitment to placing student success at the center.

Further details about undergraduate research and creative scholarship at UMKC can be found on the UMKC Undergraduate Research site.

Questions about the new online system can be directed to Jane Greer, director of undergraduate research.

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