Important Mumps Information

By , February 16, 2017 3:38 pm

Infographic aimed at college students depicting symptoms of mumps and steps they can take to protect themselves.

As of February 10, 2017, at least 15 college campuses in Missouri had reported a suspected mumps case during the past six months. College students are at a higher risk for contracting mumps than the general population because they are more likely to have congregate living arrangements, such as a residence hall or shared house.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education has partnered with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to provide prevention message standards for colleges and universities that wish to disseminate information to students. The goal is to provide students with key factual messages that will allow them to protect themselves from contracting mumps and spreading the virus to others.

Current Situation

Mumps has been circulating on college and university campuses in Missouri since Fall Semester 2016. The largest number of cases at one campus is at the University of Missouri-Columbia, with 334 confirmed and probable cases reported as of February 8, 2017.  Fourteen other Missouri campuses have had at least one case reported during this timeframe.

Disease Information

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus that is spread through contact with an infected person’s saliva, or spit. It is commonly passed through coughing, sneezing, or talking.  It can also be spread through contact with objects that others have touched with unwashed hands, or that come in contact with saliva, like eating utensils.

The most recognizable symptom of mumps is parotitis, or swelling of the glands around the jaw. Other symptoms include:  pain with opening or closing the jaw, fever, fatigue and malaise, headache, and earache.  More serious complications can occur, including swelling of the testicles in males, swelling of the ovaries and/or breasts in females, swelling of the brain, meningitis, pancreatitis, and deafness.

Treatment for mumps involves reducing symptoms through hydration, rest, and fever/pain reliving medications, but the only way to cure it is to wait for the body to fight off the infection. Most people with mumps recover completely within a few weeks.

Prevention

The best way to prevent mumps is to get the measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, if you have not already had two doses and do not have a medical reason not to get the shot. Your medical or shot records should show when you received the vaccine, which is commonly given in childhood.  You can also avoid sharing items like eating utensils or cups that come into contact with saliva.

You should stay home if you are sick with mumps to avoid spreading it to other people. A person with mumps can spread it for at least two days before and for five days after symptoms begin.

If you are diagnosed with mumps, you may be contacted to discuss your illness and to talk about any person you may have come into contact with while you were ill. This to make sure that you are feeling better and to keep others from getting ill, and any information that you provide will be kept confidential.

Questions?  contact UMKC Student Health & Wellness

Rootopia: French Montana in concert with special guest Timeflies (April 27)

By , February 13, 2017 1:51 pm

rootopia-poster-finalThe UMKC Office of Student Involvement and UMKC Student Government Association are sponsoring French Montana in concert with special guest Timeflies on April 27 at Swinney Recreation Center, 5030 Holmes, Kansas City, Mo. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with the show starting at 8:00 p.m.

UMKC student tickets go on sale Monday, February 13 through the UMKC Central Ticket Office. General public tickets will go on sale Monday, February 27. Ticket prices are $20 each for currently enrolled UMKC students and $50 each for the general public. Students are limited to the purchase of one student ticket and one general admission guest ticket at the general public price. Please be prepared to present a valid UMKC student ID when picking up the tickets. General admission tickets are limited to four tickets.

People can purchase tickets online, by phone at 816-235-6222 or in person at the CTO office on the UMKC campus, PAC Lobby. Their hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

French Montana is one of the top figures in the world of hip-hop and beyond. In May 2013, Montana dropped his debut album “Excuse My French” via Bad Boy Records and Maybach Music Group. The album, which was executive produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs and Rick Ross, was named by Complex as one of the “most anticipated albums” that year. The project featured several guest appearances, including Max B, Drake, Rick Ross, Sean “Diddy” Combs and his Coke Boys crew (Chinx Drugz, Charlie Rock, Cheeze and Flip); which was produced mainly by longtime collaborator Harry Fraud.

Since releasing his first studio album, Montana has become highly sought-after as a guest artist. He’s collaborated with everyone from Jay-Z to Jennifer Lopez. He’s also dropped a slew of mixtapes, most recently the Max B hosted Wave Gods. In addition to music, Montana has begun to delve into acting, playing himself in the romantic comedy “The Perfect Match,” which hit theaters in May 2016.

Timeflies is New York’s alternatively minded “electro hip-pop dub-something” pair Rob “Rez” Resnick, producer, and Cal Shapiro, vocals. Following indie breakout 2011s “The Scotch Tape,” their 2014 first major label offering, “After Hours,” debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200, went #1 on iTunes Top Pop Albums chart, and yielded the hit “All The Way,” which soared to #2 on Billboard’s Top Digital Songs chart and has earned over 35 million Spotify streams. They’ve landed high-profile syncs for films like “About Last Night” and from the MLB, NBC, Red Bull, “American Idol” and more. Vanity Fair dubbed them “Musical Masterminds,” and the duo has hit the stage at “Good Morning America” and on “Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!” Their last national headline tour saw every single date sell out. It was on that tour where they wrote the bulk of “Just For Fun.”

2017 Vagina Monologues benefit performance (Feb 16)

By , February 13, 2017 1:45 pm

A Benefit Performance of The Vagina Monologues
Thursday, February 16
Doors open at 7 p.m., performance at 7:30

Purchase tickets online or call Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222.

Ticket Prices

  • $10 – Students — in advance
  • $20 – Non-Students — in advance
  • $15 – Students — at the door
  • $25 – Non-Students — at the door

What is V-Day? from V-Day Until the Violence Stops on Vimeo.

 

 

Apply Now: $1,000 Scholarship from UMKC Friends of the Library

By , February 2, 2017 11:09 am

folscholarshipwebThis $1,000 Scholarship is available to any UMKC student with a minimum 3.0 GPA and currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree seeking program.

The scholarship winner will be selected based on their written response to the following question:

With the rapid proliferation of so many alternative information sources, what role must the University Libraries play in higher, continuing, and community education?

To apply, please submit the following to fol@umkc.edu:

  • Your name, student ID, e-mail address, and phone number
  • Please indicate your degree being sought, department, and expected graduation date
  • 500-1000 word original point-of-view writing piece addressing the above question

Deadline for entry is Friday, March 24th, 2017*

For more information call 816-235-5828 or email fol@umkc.edu

*The winner will be announced in April. Payout will be applied toward Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 tuition and fees. Applicants are advised that all materials become the property of UMKC Friends of the Library and the UMKC University Libraries upon submittal, and may be quoted in whole or in part for use of promoting UMKC Libraries.

A message to Our UMKC Community

By , January 30, 2017 4:57 pm

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To our UMKC community,

We have heard from many students, faculty and staff regarding the recent presidential executive order that called for suspending entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, barring Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocking entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

We share your deep concerns and are working to understand the meaning and impact of this executive order on our campus community and beyond. The situation remains fluid and we will continue to monitor it closely, and update you as the situation warrants.

As a highly diverse, student-centered urban university, UMKC is committed to fostering a culture infused with equity and inclusion and to being a model of respectful interaction and peaceful pursuit of our mission of research, learning and engagement. Our campus culture, by its very nature, embraces people of all backgrounds, national origins and faith traditions, encouraging each individual to fully participate in the life of our university. The academic programs at UMKC and the University of Missouri System are enhanced by the diverse contributions from students, faculty and staff who hail from more than 100 countries.

If you feel the executive order is affecting you or your ability to be a successful member of our learning community, many resources are available to assist you. These resources can be accessed by calling our UMKC HelpLine at 816-235-2222 or by checking out our online resources at www.umkc.edu/help, where you’ll find links for everything from the Counseling Center to Faculty Senate to Human Resources.

We also offer two additional contacts specifically for students impacted or concerned by the executive order:  Tara McGuffin, Assistant Director of the International Student Affairs Office, mcguffint@umkc.edu, 816-235-5686; or Tiffany Williams, williamsti@umkc.edu, Assistant Dean of Students, 816-235-5599.

As leaders of the university, we are also working with our national associations, such as the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU), to communicate with the Administration how this affects not only our international students and scholars, but our ability to carry out our institutional mission.

We close by reaffirming our support for international students, faculty and staff who make important contributions, enrich our university, and are integral members of our community.

Respectfully,

Leo E. Morton
Chancellor

Barbara A. Bichelmeyer
Provost

UMKC Hosts Campus Activism Summit Tuesday, Jan. 31

By , January 30, 2017 4:55 pm

uwc-summit-740UMKC students, staff and administrators are invited to attend a campus activism summit taking place on Tuesday, Jan. 31 in Pierson Auditorium.  The summit will engage discussions regarding peace journalism, activism-balance-collaboration, a campus’ response to crisis and more.  Students and administrators from UM System partner University of Western Cape will visit UMKC and attend the summit.

Schedule of events:

9:00 am Activism-Balance-Collaboration (students only) Dr. Lynette Sparkman-Barnes
10:30 am Peace Journalism Dr. Steven Youngblood – Park University
Noon Lunch Keynote Angela Bennett
1:30 pm A Campus Approach to Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Susan Wilson
3:00 pm Learning and Teaching to Promote Social Justice Dr. Rodney Smith
4:30 pm Process and Reflection Dr. Makini King

 

Dr. Lynette Sparkman-Barnes: Dr. Barnes is a clinical psychologist in the UMKC Counseling Center. In addition to her work at the Center, she continues to work in the areas of community mental health, school-based mental health, and private consultation. Her areas of clinical and research interest include multiculturalism and social justice, consultation and outreach.

Professor Steve Youngblood: Professor Youngblood is the Director of Global Peace Journalism at Park University, Parkville, with research interests and experience in Africa. He has taught in 12 countries for the U.S. State Department, UNICEF, USAID, and People to People International.

Dr. Susan Wilson: Dr. Wilson is a licensed clinical psychologist with a multifaceted career in healthcare administration, consulting, clinical and media work. Wilson currently serves as the Vice Chancellor of the Division of Diversity and Inclusion where she oversees diversity and inclusion policies and programs for students, faculty, and staff and community.

Dr. Rodney Smith: Dr. Rodney Smith is the Interim Director of Academic Support and Mentoring at UMKC. Dr. Smith has extensive experience as an educator, advisor and mentor. He currently advises the Men of Color Campus Initiative, which fosters a sense of community among students by aligning various academic, social and cultural resources throughout the campus and community.

Dr. Makini King, Director of Program/Project Operations: Dr. King is a licensed counseling psychologist, who currently provides leadership to diversity programs and initiatives. King also is an adjunct teacher for the UMKC counseling psychology department and provides clinical supervision for their students. Over the years, she has presented on and published articles and chapters on topics related to diversity in secondary and higher education and social media.

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