Student Art Exhibition by Colin Mosely

By , October 18, 2019 2:37 pm

A Longing for Interspecies Companionship

M.A. Exhibition by Colin Mosely

November 7-December 13, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 7, from 5-7 pm

A Longing for Interspecies Companionship is an experimental, multi-disciplinary exploration of interstitial spaces and the invisible links contained within, entangling all animals, plants, fungi, and minerals. These spaces and connections are often disregarded, due to our humanist ideals of exceptionalism and individualism. Through the use of computer programming, animation, sculptural structures, and audio environments, Mosely exposes these overlooked and ignored correlations between biological and mineral entities.

Mosely sees his role as a knowledge seeker and translator, and throughout his practice allows biological studies to inform his artwork. His practice then serves as a way of translating these otherwise imperceptible relationships across biological and mineral categories, emphasizing the interdependence of all living creatures. Mosely’s animations represent plants acting in relation to their insect, mineral, and fungal companions, helping us envision action-based responses and enabling us to learn how to get along with other living beings. It is the artist’s hope that his work compels viewers to reconnect to their environment and sense the lively territory we are all engaged with.

Student Representative to the UM Board of Curators

By , October 18, 2019 2:33 pm

Applications are now being accepted for the Student Representative to the University of Missouri Board of Curators position.  This position, which has a term of two calendar years (January 2020 – December 2021), is crucial to ensuring student-centric university policy and is an exceptional experience in which a student assists in the governance of Missouri’s second largest employer and only university system.  This individual plays a crucial role in voicing students’ interests and concerns at the highest level of University governance, as well as in being a key communicator of University decisions to student populations.  It is an excellent opportunity for students interested in leadership, higher education, politics, and student engagement.

            The application can be found online here, which includes more details of the job description and key competencies associated with this position, as well as other requirements associated with the application process.  Because the selected applicant will receive nomination by the Missouri Governor and confirmation by the Missouri State Senate, there are several parts of this application that are necessary to follow state statute.  

            Applications must be returned to the Office of Student Involvement (Student Union 320) no later than 5:00pm on November 1, 2019.  For a full list of important dates and deadlines, please see the application.

Mid-Term Stress

By , October 9, 2019 9:17 am

This week is likely the time you are busy taking mid-term exams or prepping for group projects. There may seem to be so many deadlines that it’s hard to keep up with what’s next. Just remember that everyone stresses–and stress can also be good for you! Like butterflies before an actor goes out on stage, stress just means you care and are motivated to do well. But too much stress, or not being able to manage your stress, can be a overwhelming.

Let’s take a quick look at ways to focus on and use your stress to the best advantage.

  • Make a list. Start big: what are the major projects, papers, and exams coming up? Next, for each big thing, what are the steps you need to take to finish each one successfully? Write everything down, no matter how small. These are the foundation on which successful projects are built! Plus, it’s very satisfying to check things off a to-do list.
  • Eat breakfast. Start your day right…after getting a full-night’s rest, of course! Be sure to take care of yourself–physically and emotionally!
  • Take breaks. It seems a small thing and possibly counter-intuitive, but taking breaks helps keep you refreshed. Take a walk, grab a snack, or catch your favorite re-run. You just may have a different outlook when you get back to your project.
  • Join a study group. Tackling difficult concepts as a group is better than puzzling over something by yourself. Be sure to celebrate a job well-done afterwards!
  • Keep notes. Yes, take notes in class, but also notice your moods and how you are feeling at different times and situations. Having a base-line can help you adjust your habits and expectations. Mid-morning slump? Stop and take a walk to get refocused. Jittery before a test? Breathe deeply and remind yourself that you’ve got this.

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