The lead story in their most recent departmental newsletter tells us that: “’Story City,’ a new UMKC service-learning project, is giving urban children the opportunity to author their own short fiction. UMKC Service- Learning is working in partnership with the UMKC Institute for Human Development, UMKC English Department, and three community organizations to connect 100 elementary-age students with 25 “Introduction to Fiction” students enrolled in ENG 214, to learn and grow together.” This ten week program will culminate in a published anthology of stories drawn from the students’ oral stories with each student getting his or her own copy.
We also learn that the department has created and funded a “Best Essay” contest for those High School/College Partnership students enrolled in English 110 throughout the KC Metro area. One of this year’s four winners will be attending UMKC this fall to study English. And, they announce that their Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing in conjunction with the School of Education and the Greater Kansas City Writing Project has been approved and the first students will be admitted this summer.
This 17-page newsletter includes so many stories of interest, including achievements and recognitions (with photos) of faculty, students and alumni, that we do not have room in the Zine to properly cover them. So we applaud them and send you to their site for the stories.