Campus Construction Updates

By , June 26, 2017 1:22 pm

Brookside 51

The Brookside 51 construction project has reached the stage where the remaining street work can be finished. The new curbs along the south side of 51st Street are nearing completion and the next step is the asphalt overlay, which will require 51st Street to be closed. Kansas City Missouri Water Services will also conduct repairs and maintenance during this time. The fence will remain in the current position to allow clearance to the North Façade. Patronage of all the shops and businesses (Pride Cleaners, Crows Coffee, Subway, Kin Lin, Sahara and Pizza 51) who will be affected is encouraged. Gift cards will be issued to the first 50 people who respond to this email address:

Below is the work schedule:

  • Week of June 26 – Water Services will close the west bound land of 51st Street. Access will remain open between Colonial Shops and Pizza 51. With good weather, this work is anticipated to take four or five days.
  • Week of July 3 – All streets will be open for the holiday week.
  • Week of July 10 – 51st Street between Oak Street and Brookside Boulevard will be closed to mill and overlay the asphalt. With good weather, this work is anticipated to take two to five days.
  • Weeks of July 17 and July 24 – All streets will be open.
  • Week of July 31 – Water Services will complete repairs on 51st Street west of Brookside Boulevard. This will require the closure of 51st Street west of Brookside Boulevard only. With good weather, this work is expected to last three or four days.
  • All work will be completed by Aug. 4 in advance of classes resuming at UMKC.


Rockhill and Hospital Hill Parking Garages

Miscellaneous repairs to these parking structures are scheduled to begin during the last week of June and will be complete by Aug. 10. Specific repairs include replacement of the low slope, flat roofs on all three stair towers at the Rockhill Parking Garage (52nd and Rockhill Road). At the Hospital Hill Parking Garage (24th Street and Charlotte Street), sealant, flashing and metal closure panels will be installed in the areas where the two stair towers interface with the garage. Work will be performed during normal business hours at each site. At the Rockhill structure, the top level will be cordoned off at the ramp and interior stairs from the fourth to fifth levels for the duration of project, except to allow access to the top level for scheduled class activity on Friday evenings from 6 p.m. to midnight. At Hospital Hill, access from the garage to the elevator in stair #1 (south), as well as stair #2 (north), may be obstructed at one level at a time only. Signage will be posted at the garage entry and the level affected to communicate closures on a daily basis.


Construction on Holmes Road 

New campus road construction will run through Monday, July 24 to modify Holmes Road.

The new work involves the closure of 51st Street from the east side of the south driveway at Swinney Recreation Center to west of the driveway into the Old Maintenance Building, 801 E. 51st St. The addition of a new temporary sidewalk across the Miller Nichols Learning Center south lawn will provide a pedestrian detour route around the construction project area that will be clearly identified with fluorescent orange signage. The sidewalk along the north side of 51st Street will remain open only until this new sidewalk is installed during the first full week of June. Holmes Road will be closed between 51st and 52nd Streets for the entire project. Sidewalks that lead to crosswalks traversing the project area will be closed for the duration of the project. Click on the map below for details.

The intersection of 51st Street and Holmes Road will be rebuilt to address ADA and vehicle/pedestrian sightlines issues (it will basically become “flatter”) and Holmes Road between 51st and 52nd Street will become wider (by moving the UMKC parking east to adjoin the sidewalk) which will address both fire department access along the road and damages to vehicles from delivery vehicles that use the road.  The project is being jointly funded by Maintenance and Repair and Parking.


Meditation Rooms—quiet spaces to meditate and pray

By , June 8, 2017 3:32 pm

Need a space to sit quietly and reflect? There are several locations across campus that are available to students, faculty, and staff to meditate or pray.

Please remember:

  • Use the room for its intended purpose
  • Be respectful
  • Please remove your shoes
  • No sleeping
  • Any music must be at a low volume as not to disrupt others


MindBody Connection – Atterbury Student Success Center

Open Monday-Friday, 11am-5pm.

The MBC has a quiet room that can be used for prayer and meditation.  They also have a massage chair to help ease your tension!  Both are available on a first-come, first-served availability.



Miller Nichols Learning Center Meditation Room – room 355

Open when the building is open.



Bloch Heritage Hall – room 16

Open when the building is open.




School of Medicine – room M1-402

Open when the building is open.




Truman Medical Center – Borden Interfaith Chapel

Open every day from 8am to 9pm.

The Borden Interfaith Chapel is located off the main lobby of the medical center (first floor). It is a welcoming sacred space for all people.  Regular worship services include Islamic Salat-Ul-Juma every Friday at 1:15pm and Christian Worship on Sundays at noon.

Please note:  Truman Medical Center is not affiliated with UMKC, but their chapel is open to all.  Please follow any posted guidelines or instructions as a guest of their facility.


Celebrate Earth Month with an Electric Car

By , May 3, 2017 4:52 pm


Celebrate Earth Month: Drive an Electric Car!

In celebration of Earth Month, UMKC students, staff, faculty and alumni can receive a $10,000 discount when purchasing a Nissan LEAF from any Nissan dealer in the Greater Kansas City area. The discount purchasing period is available now through June 30.

This Nissan Fleetail incentive is offered in partnership with UMKC Sustainability, Mid-America Regional Council and Metropolitan Energy Center’s Clean Cities Coalition. This offer is valid on the retail purchase for model year 2016 and 2017 LEAFs, while supplies last.

Take advantage of the Nissan LEAF discount:

Download the flier to take with you at the time of your purchase. Buyers must show valid UMKC ID — a UMKC ID card, diploma or transcript are acceptable.

Visit to find a Nissan dealer near you.

Learn more about electric vehicles (EVs):

Electric vehicle ownership is on the rise in the area, and EVs now offer increased battery capacity and low maintenance costs. Charging stations are widely available in the metro, including on the UMKC campus. Quiet and fun to drive, EVs reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save owners almost $1000 a year on gas.

Stress Less Fest Spring 2017

By , April 27, 2017 3:23 pm

Get ready for a study break!  Cuddle with puppies, have late-night breakfast, get a massage, and hang out with Sporting KC.

The Student Union will have late hours with free coffee and popcorn (while supplies last)–check out the flier below for more details.  Good luck and stress less!



Congratulations to the Spring 2017 Honor Recipients

By , April 24, 2017 3:00 pm

UMKC LOGOGraduating students who have excelled in both academic achievement and service may be nominated as a Vice Chancellor’s 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 Spring 2017 Honor Recipients!

  • Aqdas Afzal, School of Graduate Studies, nominated by Denis Medeiros
  • Jordan Allen, College of Arts & Sciences, nominated by Marc Garcelon
  • Daniel Bean, College of Arts & Sciences, nominated by Angela Elam, Peter Morello, and Kevin Mullin
  • Kristen Bilgere, School of Computing & Engineering, nominated by Laura Bauer and Debby Dilks
  • Audrey Buxton, School of Dentistry, nominated by Rebeca Weisleder Urow
  • Maris Calvert, School of Biological Sciences, nominated by Kathleen Kilway and Tammy Welchert
  • LeAnna Cates, School of Biological Sciences, nominated by Gayle Levy
  • Justice Collins, College of Arts & Sciences, nominated by Jason Martin and Carla Wilson
  • Amanda Fletcher, School of Medicine, nominated by Marge Weimer
  • Maria Gentry, School of Biological Sciences, nominated by Jessica Elam and Kathleen Kilway
  • Andrea Herron, College of Arts & Sciences, nominated by James McKusick
  • Ofure Musa-Agboneni, College of Arts & Sciences, nominated by LaNee’ Bridewell, Angela Elam, Roland Hemmings, Peter Morello, and Ye Wang
  • Carly Owens, School of Pharmacy, nominated by Roger Sommi
  • John Roberts, Conservatory of Music & Dance, nominated by Katherine Garey
  • Dayne Voelker, School of Medicine, nominated by Gary Salzman

Wear Denim for Denim Day on April 26

By , April 20, 2017 4:33 pm

denim-day-eviteDenim Day is a rape prevention education campaign. We are asking our UMKC community to wear denim on April 26th to make a social statement against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court. In 1992, a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it.

Denim Day festivities include art-making, free lunch, and protesting the myths surrounding sexual assault.  Join us on the Quad on April 26!

This event is cosponsored by UMKC Violence Prevention & Response, UMKC Women’s Center, and UMKC Residential Life.

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