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From the Provost: Dr. Ruth Cain Appointed New Director of Assessment

December 15th, 2014 · News

RuthCain[The following was provided by the Office of Academic Affairs.]

Ruth Cain, Ed.D., was recently appointed to serve as the UMKC director of assessment. She will begin her new duties on Feb. 2, 2015 and will be located in the Administrative Center, room 351.

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Brotto Elected President of APS in Missouri

December 15th, 2014 · News

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Marco Brotto, the Dale and Dorothy Thompson Missouri Endowed Professor and director of the Muscle Biology Research Group (MUBIG) at the UMKC Schools of Nursing and Health Studies and Medicine, was recently elected [Read more →]

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A January Concert with Tenor Vinson Cole Will Benefit Lyric Opera

December 15th, 2014 · Events

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The Conservatory of Music and Dance Professor of Voice Vinson Cole, an internationally renowned tenor and treasured Kansas City native, will perform in a benefit concert for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City in January. [Read more →]

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Faculty Discoveries Presented at UMKC Research Symposium and Open House

December 15th, 2014 · Events

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From detecting temporal variations in the social networks of Kansas rodents, to the growth of galaxies over cosmic time, University of Missouri-Kansas City faculty research certainly covers a lot of territory. [Read more →]

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Enroll Now for Weight Watchers at Work

December 15th, 2014 · Health and Wellness

Healthy-for-Life-logo[The following was provided UM System Healthy for Life: T.E. Atkins UM Wellness Program.]

More participants are needed in order to continue our at-work meetings. Stop by anytime without obligation to find out more about the program and meet the instructors who have lost weight themselves through Weight Watchers.

Discounts are available to employees toward the Monthly Pass. Enrolling through the UMKC portal gives you access to any meetings on campus and in the community. Friends and family are welcome.

VOLKER CAMPUS, Administrative Center


Weight-In at 12:30

Meeting at 12:45-1:15 p.m.

HOSPITAL HILL CAMPUS, School of Medicine


Weigh-In at 12:45p.m

Meeting at 1:00-1:30 p.m.

Eligible employees can earn 100 points toward Tier 2 of the 2015 Wellness Incentive, which rewards you with up to $450 for taking steps toward a healthier life. Visit the Wellness website for more information.

Contact Laurie Goldstein, UMKC wellness coordinator, via email or call (816) 235-6418 to receive a monthly discount or for current meeting room information at the Administrative Center or School of Medicine.

Simple Step Challenge for Weight Watchers Members Using Fitbits

A new community activity group has been created on called “UMKC Weight Watchers.” All online and monthly pass members are welcome, no matter where you attend meetings.

Log into your account, click on “Community” at the top, then “Activity Groups” to search for the group name. Prizes will be awarded during the week of Jan. 2 to:

  • Four members with the highest step total during the month of December
  • Everyone who averages 10,000 steps per day during the month (31 days x 10,000 = 310,000 steps or more)

 Read “Weight Watchers Ranked #1 Best Plan for Weight Loss by U.S. News & World Report for Fourth Year in a Row.”







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From the Provost: UMKC Invited to Meet Candidates for Dean of School of Education

December 8th, 2014 · News

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Provost Gail Hackett and the School of Education (SOE) Dean Search Committee invite you to meet the candidates who will be at UMKC for campus visits during the next two weeks. [Read more →]

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The Division of Diversity and Inclusion Launches Diversity Action Planning

December 8th, 2014 · Mission and Goals, Uncategorized

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Five UMKC academic units are currently developing individual diversity plans, following up on the recommendations of the overall UMKC Diversity Strategic Plan, completed by the Chancellor’s Diversity Council in April 2014. [Read more →]

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Faculty Profile Series: Larson Powell

December 8th, 2014 · Awards and Honors

LPowell[The following was submitted by the Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications.]

This is another in an ongoing series of profiles of faculty members who have recently achieved tenure and/or promotion. These profiles are intended to provide illustrations of how some faculty reaches that goal.

A transparent tenure process made the journey to professor much easier for Larson Powell than it might have been. Recently promoted to full professor in the department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Powell said that the process ran smoothly for him, thanks to his department. [Read more →]

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Congratulations to the Fall 2014 Vice Chancellor’s Honor Recipients

December 8th, 2014 · Awards and Honors

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Every semester, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management recognizes graduating students who have excelled in both academic achievement and service to our campus community with the Vice Chancellor’s Honor Recipients program. This recognition honors the truly unique students who maintain high scholastic [Read more →]

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Call for Abstracts: Device Commercialization Plan Competition

December 8th, 2014 · Events

Frontiers[The following was provided by Frontiers and the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute.]

Clinicians, faculty, students and post-docs: If you believe that your research innovation could succeed in the medical device industry, we invite you to put your ideas to the test. [Read more →]