Peace Corps Information Sessions

By , March 5, 2015 3:00 pm

Peace CorpsInterested in making a difference in our global community?  Come learn about how the Peace Corps can help you be that difference!

Meet your local Peace Corps Representative, Joe Zucchini, at two upcoming informational sessions.  Joe served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia and Micronesia–he will be sharing his experiences and answer questions about Peace Corps and the application process.

UMKC Information Table
Wednesday, March 11th
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
UMKC Atterbury Student Success Center

Community Information Session
Saturday, March 14th
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Kansas City Public Library: Westport Branch
Peace Corps service remains the most significant and profound life-changing experience a young college graduate or experienced professional could embark on; not to mention a very effective resume builder.

Questions?  Contact Joe Zucchini at or 314-441-0534.

To complete an online application, visit



Operation iPad at the University Libraries

By , March 5, 2015 2:31 pm

iPad-BlogImage-300x300We need YOUR help to get iPads for our students and staff. University Libraries is ever-changing, which means we must evolve in new and innovative ways to provide access to meaningful and necessary resources.

Many, academic libraries like ours are able to provide the most current databases, journals and additional resources only in electronic formats.  The good news about these e-resources is that they can be accessed by our students and faculty from any computer or mobile device with internet access.  The challenge that we are rising to meet is that, unfortunately, not all of our students can afford to purchase an iPad of their own.  That’s why we need your help!

We ask you for your support of the Operation iPad project. Your contribution of $10, $25, $50, $100, $300 or any amount you can afford will go towards providing students with more tools to succeed.

If you cannot donate, you can still help by spreading the word on social media. Please send the link to Operation iPad on to your friends, family, and colleagues.  Your social network could make a difference in helping our students reach their full potential and realize their dreams.

Our Students. Our Story. #UMKCGoingPlaces

By , February 24, 2015 5:42 pm

Going PlacesYou may have noticed the front-page stories on the website featuring UMKC students sharing their stories.  Their dreams, their passions.  These are the stories of UMKC students who are going places.

Interviews, pics, and videos are part of this digital storytelling project, which lives on Tumblr … but you can also catch students on the UMKC website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine.

The project is sponsored by UMKC’s Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications.  The goal is simple–help UMKC students share their stories.  “I absolutely love this project,” said JoAnna Muenks, a sophomore Accounting and Business major and Trustees’ Scholar, who is featured in UMKC Going Places. “It is amazing what interesting stories and quirky attributes it has uncovered about students all across campus. It’s relatable and interesting to prospective and current students.”

We hope to publish close to 100 student stories by the end of the year and to get people to read and share our stories and discover what Kansas City’s university is all about.

For our next chapter of this storytelling project, we plan to feature stories of faculty members and the students’ lives they have changed through mentoring.

Mandatory Title IX Training

By , February 24, 2015 5:42 pm

Title IXYou may be wondering about the Mandatory Title IX training that all students are being asked to complete.  Colleges and Universities must comply with the Federal Campus SaVE Act, which is an update to the Clery Act and expands the scope of this legislation in terms of reporting, response, and prevention education requirements around rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. 

UMKC is providing our students with an interactive, video-based training program that meets all federal requirements, called “Not Anymore.”  In order to encourage all students to educate themselves about violence prevention and the resources available, a soft hold has been placed on student accounts in Pathway, which will be removed once a student successfully completes the program.  Log-on to “Not Anymore through the UMKC portal here:

It is our goal to provide a comprehensive training program that will make our campus community aware of sexual violence and how to prevent it.  More information about the Violence Prevention and Response Project at UMKC can be found here:  More information about UMKC’s Title IX compliance can be found here:

Thank you for your assistance in ensuring UMKC is a safe campus for all!

Phi Kappa Phi Membership

By , February 24, 2015 4:14 pm

PhiKappaPhiDid You Receive a Membership Invitation to Phi Kappa Phi?

Congratulations on earning an invitation to membership in The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi!  It means you are among the best and brightest that your university has to offer—not just in your chosen field of study, but among all academic disciplines.  The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society.  Standards for election are extremely high.  Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of second-semester juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students.

Because Phi Kappa Phi is highly selective, membership is a stamp of excellence that is recognized by graduate and professional school admissions committees and employers.  UMKC’s Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 103 is a Chapter of Merit.

Paid volunteer study opportunity with EyeVerify

By , February 24, 2015 3:13 pm

EyeVerifyUMKC School of Computing and Engineering is conducting research into biometrics–the study of unique patterns observed from the body, such as fingerprints, that can be used for automated personal identification.  Human faces and eyes can also be used in biometrics.  The purpose of this research study is to advance the technology for human recognition based on unique patterns in the human eye and their uses in mobile security.

A key part of this research study, entitled “Multimodal Iris, Periocular and Conjunctival Vasculature Dataset for Mobile Applications”, is to develop a large ocular dataset using mobile device cameras.  The dataset will allow researchers to study and compare the efficacy of various image capturing devices, processing, and pattern recognition algorithms.

We are seeking paid volunteers to have their faces and eyes photographed.  The data collection will require two visits about two to four weeks apart, each lasting 45 minutes to an hour.  Earn $40 for volunteering!

If interested, please contact:
Dr. Ajita Rattani


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