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Future-Focused CERT Training Prepares UCM Faculty and Staff
UCM’s Emergency Response Coordinator Joe Jarboe conducted the first Campus Emergency Response Team training at UCM in January. The CERT team assists medical and emergency staff by helping victims during disastrous events.
"During a disaster, our campus population would immediately overwhelm the city of Warrensburg's emergency response capability," says Jarboe. "We would essentially be on our own. Having a team trained to protect themselves and assist others will have an immediate and positive impact."
UCM started trial CERT programs more than a year ago. After the first official training session, UCM has three CERT trainers, 30 trained staff and hopes to train at least 60 more in the next year and a half.
"The future is very bright for our teams," says Jarboe. "Our goal is to have at least four to eight staff and faculty members trained in each UCM building. We are scheduling additional training for advanced first aid, CPR and use of automatic external defibrillating devices."
Once a majority of staff and faculty are trained, Jarboe hopes to offer CERT training to students so they can make an impact in their communities. This could help tremendously if an event such as the tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., in 2011 were to occur locally.
By training for emergency situations to help others and save lives, UCM faculty and staff are learning to a greater degree.
Academic Responsibility Coaches Advocate Student Success
UCM's new peer mentor program pairs students who need extra academic guidance with students known as Academic Responsibility Coaches. The Office of Mentoring, Advocacy and Peer Support refers students to the Academic Responsibility Coaches who meet with those students to find out what help and resources they need.
Monique Jones, a senior Child and Family Development major, and Alyssa Clifton, a sophomore Digital Media Production major, are the first two ARCs on campus, and serve as both guides and confidants.
Jones recently met with a student who was struggling to attend class consistently. She helped him schedule out each day by using a planner, put him in touch with tutors for subjects he was worried about and showed him where to find his professors' contact information online.
"I want to see what their goals are," says Clifton. "Most students are excited to have someone to confide in."
The main advantage of the program is the peer support; struggling students can feel at ease speaking to someone their own age. The program is in its pilot semester, but by next semester the goal is to have at least two ARCs in each residence hall, as well as ARC hosted office hours in the Student Success Center.
By being advocates for success, Academic Responsibility Coaches are helping all students discover learning to a greater degree.
Paradox Sports Visits UCM to Teach Adaptability to Students
The Office of Student Activities is bringing Pete Davis, Tim and Sean O'Neill to campus to demonstrate to students how to overcome obstacles and challenges they may face in life.
Davis and the O'Neill brothers are professional rock climbers who founded Paradox Sports, an organization dedicated to teaching adaptive outdoor sports.
"This event will help students realize that everyone faces challenges they must overcome," says Darius Schnieders, a UCM senior and student worker at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. "The Summit Experience will encourage climbers and non-climbers to overcome obstacles they didn't think were possible."
The Paradox Sports founders will host the Summit Experience presentation at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Their presentation will focus on adaptability, community and perseverance. On Saturday, local universities and climbing groups will travel to UCM to receive adaptive climbing training.
"Paradox doesn't just focus on adaptive rock climbing, but many other outdoor pursuits, and because of this training coming to UCM, we'll be able to offer more inclusive outdoor programs for students in the future," says Mike Busekrus, coordinator of outdoor and experiential leadership at UCM.
Students who attend the Summit Experience and gain perspective on overcoming life's challenges are learning to a greater degree.
Students, Faculty and Staff Collaborate to Bring Unity to UCM
UCM will unite to build awareness and celebrate diversity with the entire campus Feb. 17-21.
"I hope students walk away being educated about diversity," says Natalie Fajardo, graduate assistant for the Office of Student Activities and the committee chair. "It's about learning what diversity means to them, the campus and allowing them to express what they've learned. It's a collaborative effort. One can’t do it alone."
Last year was the inaugural year for Unity Week. When planning this year, the committee brought back events based on feedback and added events based on student requests.
This year's Tunnel of Oppression will feature rooms focusing on issues such as body image, power and privilege, and civil rights. The schedule features events that appeal to the entire campus such as a lecture, a karaoke night and a carnival. The Office of Student Activities and the multicultural committee are sponsoring the week.
Unity Week had an effect on several students and faculty. "I worked in the body image room all day last year, so Unity Week impacted me by bringing me closer to my peers who extended their hand asking for my help," says Lacey Hites, a graduate assistant studying College Student Personnel Administration.
By broadening their perspective through Unity Week, UCM students experience learning to a greater degree.
Business Students Gain Significant Advantage with Bloomberg Software
The Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies now has 12 computer terminals with the Bloomberg Professional service installed, which allows entire classes to conduct financial and economic research. UCM is one of only two public universities in Missouri that has 12 Bloomberg terminals, and the students here are putting that advantage to good use.
The student-managed investment fund class established in cooperation with the UCM Foundation will be using Bloomberg to research and evaluate companies they wish to include in their stock portfolio.
"The Bloomberg software has extensive information about every security, sector, trade, company and market, as well as the ability to pull financial news from major international news sources," says Mohit Srivastava, a graduate student in the investment fund class. "I feel honored and privileged to have the opportunity to gain such real-world experience. I urge every finance or business major to utilize such a phenomenal resource."
According to Economics, Finance and Marketing Chair Jose Mercado, Bloomberg is the top source for financial information and news. "To select the best companies, students need the best information in the business," he adds.
By using Bloomberg software to get up-to-the-minute financial and economic information, UCM business students are learning to a greater degree.