Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Getting Involved on Campus

It’s been almost a month since the beginning of the fall 2017 semester. The
hustle and bustle of the students as they head to class makes the campus come back to life; a stark contrast to the campus during summer courses. 

As the newest class of students join the university the age old question of “how do I get involved on campus?” arises for most. This seemingly easy question brings challenges to some students as they don't even know where to start. With over 120 organizations represented, the Office of Student Involvement is one of the best places to go for more information. The student workers and staff there are very knowledgeable about what each organization does. They also know events happening around campus so it’s good to ask. The Office of Student Involvement space can also be used as a study space or hang out spot. And who knows, maybe you’ll make a friend while you’re there. 

Another way of getting involved or gaining more knowledge about the campus is to get a job here. There is an application that is able to connect students to 20+ jobs on campus ranging from a desk worker in the Office of Student Involvement to being a peer mentor in the Emerging Leaders program and so much more. For those who don’t know the job that fits them, there is always something for everyone: the extroverts, the introverts, someone in-between, and even someone looking to enhance their leadership skills or start it from the bottom. 

For those who may feel overwhelmed by all the options available, one of the most effective things that they can do is ask people. Asking people what organizations that they are a part of can provide a plethora of information amongst other resources. If the information peaks interest, going to general member meeting to see what matters to the organization and what they look for in candidates may be the next steps to joining an organization. Hopefully, those first steps help the shy ones, the outgoing ones and all those who are looking to get involved.

Of course our favorite way to get involved is with UMSL Ambassadors! We’re loaded up our team for the semester, but be sure to keep an eye out on how to join in the future.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Apply to become a UMSL Ambassador



Do you want to get involved on campus and meet other student, community and university leaders? Do you need to build up your resume, cultivate your communication skills and gain leadership abilities? Check out the UMSL Ambassador program!

The UMSL Ambassadors work 3 events per semester. These events are listed on a google sheet online where the Ambassadors can access it and choose 3 events that fit around their school and work schedule. We also work 2 December commencement ceremonies and 3 May commencement ceremonies. Our other requirements include monthly meetings (usually the first Friday of the month, 4-6 pm) where we work on our professional development skills and get to know one another.

This is a volunteer organization where your hours count for school volunteer

hours. This is an opportunity to learn and grow here at UMSL. The people you will meet and opportunities offered are great and only available to the 30 students in the program. You may join anytime in your college career, we accept undergrad and graduate students. You'll learn to network, work on leadership abilities, all while building up your resume and professional list of references.

If you want to learn more visit the UMSL Ambassador page and apply by Friday September 8th at 3 pm online here. If you have additional questions please email umslambassadors@umsl.edu.




Monday, May 8, 2017

50 Things To Do at UMSL Before You Graduate




With commencement just around the corner we know we'll be saying goodbye to a lot of Tritons. We're hoping those seniors had an amazing time here at UMSL and wanted to put together a list of things for younger generations of Tritons to do! So here's your list of fun things to do at UMSL before graduating...and you can get started next fall!

1. Get an UMSL t-shirt from the Triton Store

2. Try to attend as many Weeks of Welcome (WOW) events as you can

3. Have fun at the Welcome Back Party

4. Go to the Fall EXPO and learn about clubs and organizations you can join
Photo by August Jennewein


5. Climb the rock wall at the Recreation and Wellness Center

6. Watch a performance at the Touhill (there are student rates)

7. In October attend the PLHCSA Haunted House

8. Study in the Fireside Lounge in the winter with a warm cup of cocoa from Einstein's

9. During Spring Homecoming attend Pack the Stands
Photo by August Jennewein

10. Go to the Mirth Week Carnival and eat as much popcorn as possible

11. On Friday nights hit up the UPB Friday Night Flick in the MSC

12. Attend Weeks of Welcome’s Rock the Rec at the RWC

13. Join a student organization (or you know... the UMSL Ambassadors)

14. Visit the Mercantile Library

15. Get a coffee from Cafe TJ, sit at the counter and people watch

16. Gather a group of friends and play frisbee golf across campus

17. Eat breakfast at Southside Cafe

18. Cheer for the Tritons at a sporting event

19. Gaze at the stars in the UMSL Planetarium

20. Grab some froyo from Triton Treats

21. Read stories that make UMSL unique on UMSL Daily

22. Go to campus events for free food and free swag!

23. Get your nap on in the Whole U

24. Play life-size chess in the Pilot House

25. Post a picture of the photogenic ducklings and goslings

26. Reflect on your mental wellness with Counseling Services

27. Wear red on Fridays to show how #UMSLProud you are

28. Have someone in the Writing Center edit your essay

29. Feast on french fries on Free Fry Friday at the Nosh

30. Attend a Career Fair at Mark Twain

31. Volunteer for MLK Day of Service



32. Dive into the Dive-In Movie in the RWC

33. Walk with Colleges Against Cancer during Relay for Life

34. View the art at Celebrating the Arts at the Honors College

35. Read a weekly copy of The Current student newspaper

36. Check out artwork on campus in Gallery 210

37. Catch a Cardinals game with UMSL Night at the Ballpark
Photo by August Jennewein


38. Go to your professors office hours

39. See what Career Services can do to help you get an internship or job

40. Study in the ED Collabitat on South Campus

41. Eat your lunch sitting in the chairs of the MSC 3rd floor rotunda overlooking the campus

42. Improve your leadership skills with Emerging or Advanced Leaders

43. Bring your family to enjoy Family Weekend

44. Study in the Quiet Lounge

45. Fill out your course evaluation forms to be entered to win a prize

46. Buy tickets to see the Mirth Week headliner
Photo by Mike Romer



47. Apply for an on-campus job

48. Visit the Math Lab to get help with homework

49. Use #UMSLProud or #IChoseUMSL on social media to let everyone know you are a Triton

50. GRADUATE AND PARTICIPATE IN COMMENCEMENT!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Interview with a Lead: Meghan Littles



Meghan Littles is a senior psychology major at UMSL. She has been an ambassador for four semesters and is currently a lead ambassador.

Q: Why did you choose UMSL?
A: I had heard really good things about the psych department here, and for me, UMSL struck a really good balance between financial cost and academic value.

Q: How quickly did you get involved on campus?
A: As a commuter student, it took me little longer to get involved on campus. It can be tough when you have to drive home every night to be involved with some of the extracurricular organizations. The first organization I became involved with was Golden Key. I began volunteering as a general member, and that eventually led to me becoming president last semester.

Q: Speaking of your past Golden Key presidency, in what other ways are you involved on campus?
A: I am the current president of Psi Chi. I also work as a teaching assistant in the psych department. I work as the lead research assistant in Dr. Emily Gerstein's lab, and previously worked in Dr. Matt Taylor's multicultural lab. I have also been involved with the Honors College's Honors Professional Development event as a student speaker the last two years. And of course I’m a lead ambassador for the UMSL Ambassadors and I’ve been a part of the program for two years now.

Q: Wow, that's a lot. How do you balance your extracurricular activities and your schoolwork?
A: It is very challenging. The only way I have been able to manage is to be self-aware and know my limits in certain areas. I knew that I needed to excel in academics and have extracurricular activities in order to build a strong application for graduate school. I just kept my end goal in mind, the reason I was doing each activity, and that helped me focus on the tasks I had at hand.

Q: As for graduate school, where are you going? Are you excited?
A: I will be attending Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in the fall to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Yes, I am both excited and pretty nervous.

Q: What is one thing you wish you knew coming into college as a freshman?
A: First, I wish I had known that getting a poor grade on an exam from time to time isn't that big of a deal; stuff happens. Second, I wish I had realized that professors are regular people too, not these big scary grade-givers that you can't go and chat with. And last, I wish I knew sooner that you can get 5 cents off per gallon at the Huck’s down the road by showing them your student ID.

Q: How do you spend your free time?
A: YouTube videos and TV shows. When I have the energy, I also really like to go exploring around St. Louis to find new places that I haven't seen before.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Staying Focused at The End of the semester



Is this semester making you feel drained? The weather is getting nicer, the days are getting longer and your attention span may be getting shorter. You probably got bombarded with quizzes, projects and exams right after spring break. It can be very overwhelming and you can just lose your morale at the time of finals. We don’t want to throw out all the hard work we’ve done all semester just because of a little stress. So, here are some tips to help you finish out the last semester strong:


Catch up on your rest.
Try to get as much sleep as possible. Sleep is very essential to our health and can change the way you perform. It really does make a difference.
UMSL now offers you a place to take a nap during the day. Look into to Whole U today.

Avoid procrastination.
We hear this a lot but it’s very common. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Prioritize your time. Make yourself a check list and put those that are most important at the top of your list. Checking off those items feels so awesome.

Reward yourself.
If you follow the checklist method it’s easy to add a little reward system in. Finish a paper, celebrate with a Netflix movie. Study properly for an exam, reward yourself with dinner out with friends.

Keep your goals in mind!
Finishing off each semester strong gets you one step closer to fulfilling your dreams of becoming a nurse, lawyer, teacher or whatever it may be.
Keep studying strong! You’ve got this!

Monday, April 17, 2017

UMSL takes on Spring



This last week some of our ambassadors attended UMSL events celebrating springtime!

There were three egg hunts on campus. The first egg hunt was hosted by the University Program Board outside of Oak Hall. UPB hosts this annual hunt every year in the evenings to make the egg hunt more challenging. This year egg hunt was alien themed and 15 prizes were awarded to students. The eggs for big prizes are hidden in more difficult to find place than smaller prize eggs.

The second egg hunt was hosted by Residential Life and Housing and was a program put on by some of the Residential Advisors at Oak Hall. This egg hunt was like a scavenger hunt with big prizes, such as movie baskets.

The last egg hunt was a program at Mansion Hill. It was combined with Tiny Tritons since many of the UMSL students that live in that building are also parents.

And the final spring program was the Residential Housing Association Backyard BBQ at Oak Hall. There were games, raffles, photo booths, food, and tons of prizes. If you missed out on any of these events, be sure to check out the Get Crunk event with PLHCSA on Thursday, April 20th at 8pm in the Villa Courtyard.

Monday, April 10, 2017

UMSL April Events


While the UMSL Ambassadors tend to only work large events under the Chancellor's office or those at the Touhill, we love attending and partaking in events all over the UMSL campus. And this April UMSL has a great a lineup of events.

The National Society of Leadership and Success is hosting a live stream event starring Trevor Noah on April 13th at 4:30 pm in the SGA Chamber that is free to all students, staff, and faculty. Viewers will be able to pose questions via Facebook and Twitter and get them answered on the spot. Plus all attendees will be enter to win a pair of tickets to the Mirth Week Trevor Noah Comedy Show.

The U Short Film Festival, hosted by SEMPA, is Thursday April 20, 2017 starting at 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm in Gallery 210 Auditorium. The U Short Film Festival will be showcasing short films created by UMSL students. The event is free to students, staff, and faculty. Bonus note: there will be free food.

In the last week of April (24th- 30th) UMSL University Program Board presents Mirth Week. A series of de-stress fun events for students to engage in as the semester comes to a end.



  • April 24th: Leadership Awards Banquet | 6pm – 7:30pm | MSC Century Rooms
  • April 25th: Last Lecture Series | 7pm – 8:30pm | MSC Century Rooms A/B
  • April 26th: Mirth Week Carnival | 12pm – 5pm | RWC/MSC Commons
  • April 27th: Throwback Time Machine | 7pm – 10pm | Pilot House
  • April 28th: Free Fun Friday- Food Trucks | 11am – 2pm | MSC/Rec Plaza
  • April 29th: UMSL Goose Chase 5K | 9:00am | Recreation & Wellness Center
  • April 29th: Mirth Week Comedy Show featuring Trevor Noah & Hasan Minhaj | 8pm – 11pm |Touhill Performing Arts Center
  • April 30th: Mirth Week BBQ | 12pm - 2pm | University Meadows

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

An Interview with UMSL Ambassador Sydni Jackson




Sydni Jackson is a Junior engineering major at UMSL. She has been an ambassador for almost four semesters and is a current Lead in Training (LiT).

Q: What drew you to UMSL?
A: The engineering program. Knowing that it has one of the best dual programs with Washington University was more reason to attend UMSL.

Q: Was it difficult for you to get involved?
A: It was surprisingly easy to get involved. The first organization that I got involved in was the UMSL Ambassadors program. I was introduced to the program by a former ambassador and mentor, Eric’el Johnson. From there, a plethora of opportunities opened up to me.

Q: What other organizations are you a part of now?
A: Aside from being in the University Program Board (UPB), I am part of the West County Community Action Network (WE CAN) and the Residential Housing Association.

Q: Can you tell me more about WE CAN?
A: WE CAN is an organization that I recently joined in July of 2016. Their mission for promoting justice for all individuals is one of many reasons I decided to join. The people involved are also very welcoming and make you feel that your opinions are valued.  I also have a leadership role, although new, that motivates me to stay.

Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: Since I am so busy, I like doing activities with WE CAN… and sleeping whenever I get the chance.

Q: What is one odd thing about you?
A: I like to online window shop. I know that not many people would find that bizarre, but it’s a form of entertainment for me. Somewhat of a hobby that I only do from time to time.

Q: If you could give your past self a piece of advice, what would it be?
A: To my middle school and high school self I would say: that being awkward is okay. A lot of the social standards you think are important aren’t. When you get to college, you will meet an amazing group of people who will accept you as you are. Be yourself!