8th Annual African American Read In

By , January 17, 2017 12:17 pm

read-in-2017The UMKC University Libraries invite you to attend our 8th Annual African American Read-In

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Miller Nichols Library, 1st Floor iX Theatre

Listeners and sharers are welcome at this FREE and open to the public event.  Read, sing, or perform a work from the African American author or artist of your choice, or just come to listen, reflect, and enjoy! Drop-in presenters are welcome as time allows.

Registration for listeners and sharers is now open online:  Register here

Complimentary snack packs will be available for attendees, thanks to the sponsorship provided by the UMKC Friends of the Library.

For more information, please email Tom Burns or Liz Johnson

Grow Together: MLK Day of Service and Celebration

By , January 6, 2017 2:51 pm

mlk-service-dayUMKC, in partnership with the YMCA, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and Rockhurst University, will host its second annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 16.  Join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Explore fun activities and great discussion on communicating respectfully in a diverse world.

The event is free and food will be provided.  At Least 75 volunteers are needed from UMKC.

A schedule of events for the day is as follows:

Noon –12:30 p.m. – Registration and Lunch
12:30 – 12:45 p.m. – Welcome
12:45 – 2 p.m. – Activities
2 – 3 p.m. – Diversity Discussion led by UMKC Diversity & Inclusion

Volunteers will have the option to participate in three out of five different activities:

  1. Survival Kits donated to homeless shelter in KC
  2. Canvas Paintings to be donated to Ronald McDonald House of KC
  3. Flower Pots – decorate mini flower pots to be donated to Women’s Shelter in KC
  4. Paper Flower Power – positive messages written to LGBTQ youth of Passages
  5. Letter Decorations – describe what the letter means to you and hang up at YMCA

Click here to sign up to volunteer.

Please bring donations for survival kits – travel size hygiene items are requested.  Donations can be dropped off at the Linwood Family YMCA, 3221 Indiana Ave, Kansas City, MO 64128, by Friday, Jan. 14.

Questions can be emailed to Dr. Angela Cottrell, UMKC Manager for Student Conduct and Division Initiatives.

UMKC Holidays and Business Interruption Policy

By , December 15, 2016 10:12 am

Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, and Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, are designated as official University holidays and UMKC will be closed. On the days surrounding and between the two major holidays, UMKC will continue operations and will be open; however, services in specific situations will be significantly reduced and less staff will be required.  Based on the need for service, some areas may close their offices.

As we approach winter, you may wish to visit the website to review our Business Interruption Policy and their UMKC Alert settings. Beyond the UMKC Alerts, all local news outlet will be notified of any campus closures.

The Final Stretch!

By , December 2, 2016 7:19 pm

final-stretchStress is normal–but it also takes practice to manage and use it to your advantage.

Not sure where to start?  Stop by the MindBody Connection (Atterbury Student Success Center room 112) on December 8th from 9.30-10.30am for a workshop to assist you in identifying effective self-care and stress management approaches to use during finals week, or any time!

For questions, contact Dr. Sebastiano Procopio at 235-6474 or procopios@umkc.edu.

 

 

Stress Less Fest for Fall 2016

By , December 2, 2016 7:11 pm

It’s that time of year!  Join the Office of Student Involvement for the annual Stress Less Fest!

Activities include Yoga, Salsa dancing, massages, snack breaks, cuddling with puppies, extended hours for studying at the Student Union, and the Late Night Breakfast!

Events start on Wednesday, December 7th through Tuesday, December 13th.

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Meet UM System President Dr. Mun Choi on Dec 2

By , November 14, 2016 12:38 pm

choi-morton_740The UMKC Campus Community is invited to meet and greet Dr. Mun Y. Choi, President-Designate of the University of Missouri System, at a special on-campus event Friday, Dec. 2.

UMKC will welcome and hear from Dr. Choi at a rally-style event that will begin at 9 a.m. in room 401 of the Student Union.  All UMKC students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

The University of Missouri Board of Curators announced the choice of Dr. Choi, 52, as the System’s 24th president on Nov. 2. Dr. Choi comes to the four-campus UM system from the University of Connecticut, where he has served as provost and executive vice president since 2012.

While Dr. Choi will not formally succeed Interim President Michael Middleton until March 1, 2017, he plans to visit each of the four system campuses before taking office “to gain a deep appreciation of its unique aspects as well as opportunities for collaborations to better serve the citizens of Missouri and beyond.”

At UConn, Dr. Choi has overseen a budget of $700 million while working with 1,500 full-time faculty, 31,000 students and 2,000 staff across 12 schools and colleges, including Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine and Law.  Under his leadership, UConn developed several innovative new programs that have resulted in enrollment growth, increased faculty hiring, innovative research and new and expanded industry partnerships.

Born in South Korea, Dr. Choi came to the United States as a child. As a young man, he worked in his family’s successful business in Chicago, and later graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in general engineering in 1987. He later earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University.

Prior to serving as provost and executive vice president, Dr. Choi was dean of engineering at UConn from 2008 to 2012. Earlier, he was department head of mechanical engineering and mechanics at Drexel University (2000-2008) and assistant and associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“I am looking forward to forging a strong partnership with Dr. Choi, with whom I share both a background in engineering, and a passion for higher education” said UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “I’d like all of our university community to join me on Dec. 2 to give him an enthusiastic welcome to Kansas City.”

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