Fall 2019 Honor Recipients

By , November 18, 2019 10:50 am

Graduating students who have excelled in both academic achievement and service may be nominated as a Dean of Students Honor Recipient.  This program recognizes the exceptional students who maintain high scholastic performance while actively participating in University and community leadership and service activities outside of the classroom.

Congratulations to the Fall 2019 Honor Recipients!

  • Shahodat Azimova, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, nominated by Tammy Welchert
  • Shelby Chesbro, School of Medicine, nominated by Jignesh Shah and Betsy Hendrick
  • Jordann Dhuse, School of Medicine, nominated by Stefanie Ellison
  • Lindsey Gard, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, nominated by Mary Osbourne and Tammy Welchert
  • Fiona Isiavwe, Bloch School of Management, nominated by Jessica Elam and Krystal Schwenker
  • Leah Israel, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, nominated by Tammy Welchert
  • Anna Lillig, School of Nursing and Health Studies, nominated by Ursula Gurney
  • Zach Randall, School of Medicine, nominated by Stefanie Ellison
  • Marcella Riley, School of Medicine, nominated by Nurry Pirani
  • Landon Rohowetz, School of Medicine, nominated by Peter Koulen and Betsy Hendrick

Take care of yourself with the Sanvello App

By , November 12, 2019 11:03 am

We are happy to announce that full access to the Sanvello application is available to all UMKC students, faculty, and staff members at no cost. Sanvello is the #1 app for on-demand help for stress, anxiety, and depression.

Sanvello is a mobile- and web-based application offering clinically validated techniques and support to relieve mental health symptoms and promote healthy habits and behaviors.  As mental health and well-being become increasingly salient topics in higher education, this tool provides a new, innovative, and accessible way to support our community.  

The Sanvello app provides a range of features, including:

  1. daily mood tracking – the first step in the Sanvello journey is a simple daily question that allows you to capture your current mood and assess progress.
  2. guided journeys – designed by clinical experts, Sanvello guided journeys are engaging experiences that put the power of cognitive behavioral therapy to work for you. Each journey is progressive, helping you feel better and more in control over time.
  3. coping tools – Sanvello offers quick access to coping solutions for symptom management right when you need them: a moment to relax, meditate, practice mindfulness, or manage stressful situations.
  4. progress assessments – without labels or judgment, Sanvello assessments are professional evaluations to help you understand your progress.
  5. community support – you are not alone. One of the most powerful features of Sanvello is our peer student community, where you can find support and inspiration together.

For free full access, simply download the app from the App Store, Google Play, or the Sanvello webpage and register with your UMKC email address.

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

Application due date extended to 6 December 2019.

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 December 6, 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.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2019

By , September 16, 2019 4:51 pm

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to walk a mile in women’s shoes. Walking in women’s shoes helps men better understand and appreciate women’s experiences, thus changing perspectives, helping improve gender relationships and decreasing the potential for violence.

Since 2007, over 1,000 people have participated in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® at UMKC. Their participation helped raise awareness of rape, sexual assault, and gender violence, as well as funds for the UMKC Women’s Center and Violence Prevention and Response Program.

The 2019 Walk will be held on Thursday, September 19, 5:30 p.m. at the University Playhouse (51st and Holmes Streets).

New for 2019 — this event is now free to all and no registration is required!

Please note that we will have a limited number of high heels available for walkers — we encourage walkers to BYOS (bring your own shoes). People of all genders and ages are welcome to walk. Wearing high heels is encouraged, but not required.

Rain location: Jazzman’s, Student Union, 5100 Cherry Street.

Co-sponsored by: the Violence Prevention & Response Program, Office of Student Involvement, Fraternity & Sorority Affairs, LGBTQIA+ Programs & Services, Student Auxiliary Services, Residential Life, Kansas City Athletics, Division of Student Affairs, Title IX Office, Multicultural Student Affairs, Division of Diversity & Inclusion, University Advancement, MComm, University Libraries, and Student Government Association

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