New student organization for “non-traditional” students

By , April 19, 2013 5:02 pm

[this post is by Cheryl Morgan, senior in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program in the School of Nursing and Health Studies]

I am writing today to let you know about an initiative I have started to establish a new student organization specifically for non-traditional students. This is for anyone, particularly those entering or re-entering college later in life. We welcome all – even those in college just a few years past the ‘norm’!  It’s also for anyone who has concerns or challenges in college that may be described as “non-traditional.”

I decided to follow through on this because of some decidedly different experiences and perspectives I have encountered as a student returning to UMKC after life interfered with my original goals. There are many of us who fit this description and just as many challenges that are unique and need a safe place to be discussed, considered or overcome. Since sharing my idea with several of you, I’m encouraged and excited about this opportunity for us to help UMKC’s non-traditional student body – present and future!

I have the application prepared and signatures required for submission. The next step is the development of a constitution fro the organization. This must be done by the group, not by one person. The group will be called the OAKS and stands for the “Organization of Adult Knowledge Seekers.” I chose this after visiting with a very dedicated and supportive UMKC professor. The name is also reflective of a favorite book of mine called ‘Grow Deep, not Just Tall’ by Karen Kaiser Clark. The symbol of the strength of the oak tree that helps it withstand time and storms, is that its roots are deep in the earth… the same strength our knowledge and experiences offer in life – if we truly learn!

If you are interested in being a part of the establishment of this new student organization, please contact me. I will be setting up our first meeting with the dates and times you confirm are best. Send me your thoughts and ideas too!


Cheryl Morgan



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