2016 African American Read-In

By , February 2, 2016 12:21 pm

African American Read-InThe 2016 African American Read-In will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016  in the iX theatre at the Miller Nichols Library.

Come listen to or share works by African American authors at this event which is free and open to the public.

UMKC University Libraries is proud to take part in the seventh consecutive offering of the African American Read-In, which was created by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English in 1989.

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

Complimentary snack packs will be available again this year, sponsored by the UMKC Friends of the Library.

For more information, email hughest@umkc.edu or call 816-235-2064.

VDay 2016 – Tickets and Volunteers

By , February 2, 2016 8:35 am

VDayInterested in helping with a great cause? The UMKC VDay 2016 benefit production of “The Vagina Monologues” is in need of volunteers: ticket takers, ushers and student group check in help. Volunteers will receive a VDay T-shirt and a ticket to see the play, which is at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 18. Volunteer sign up is required here before 12 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5.

For more information on the VDay production, contact Kacie Otto, violence prevention coordinator, UMKC Violence Prevention & Response Program, at ottokj@umkc.edu or 816-235-5560. Proceeds from this event will benefit the UMKC Women’s Center and the UMKC Violence Prevention & Response Program.

Following is a schedule of February events:

  • A V-Day Book Display will be on view from Feb. 1-Feb. 29 in the Miller Nichols Library, 800 E. 51st St. and the UMKC Bookstore. Visitors can stop by to check out books and information about the V-Day movement to end violence against women and girls.VDay-2016-evite
  • A benefit performance of “The Vagina Monologues” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday Feb. 18 in the Student Union Theatre, 5100 Cherry St. Doors open at 7 p.m., and free parking is available on levels 5 and 6 in the Cherry Street Garage. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for non-students in advance or $15 for students and $25 for non-students at the door. Tickets can be purchased through the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222 or by visiting the Central Ticket Office website .

Tickets are still available for the benefit performance.

FAFSA Frenzy on Feb 28th

By , January 28, 2016 1:55 pm

FAFSAYou’re probably getting tax documents in the mail right around now…this should also remind you that it’s time to update your FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The FAFSA determines your eligibility for financial aid–and not just federal aid!  Federal aid includes Stafford loans, work study, and Pell Grants (free money!), but the FAFSA is also used to determine eligibility for other aid, such as the UMKC Advantage Grant and other need-based programs.

While you can apply for aid throughout the aid year, many aid programs are limited (especially scholarships and grant funds), so submit your FAFSA by UMKC’s priority deadline of March 1st–our school code 002518.

Need help filing your FAFSA?  Join the UMKC Financial Aid and Scholarships Office for FAFSA Frenzy in the Student Union on February 28th from 2-4pm.

You can also view this demo video:

 

 

 

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

By , January 25, 2016 1:50 pm

Latino Americans History ProgramLatino Americans: 500 Years of History

Prejudice and Pride

February 4, 2016 5:30-8:00p

UMKC Miller Nichols Learning Center: Jeannette Nichols Forum

800 E 51st Street, Kansas City, MO 64110

John Valadez, producer of the Latino Americans film series, will be the guest speaker and will talk about the making of the series after the showing of the episode Prejudice and Pride. Miguel Carranza, Ph. D., Director of Latina/Latino studies will be the discussion leader.

This event is FREE and open to the public; however, RSVP is required here.

For more information about this event, contact the Libraries Administrative Office at 816-235-1531

Mein Bowl Now Open at the UMKC Student Union

By , January 25, 2016 12:57 pm

Mein-BowlThe UMKC Student Union, in partnership with students and Dining Services by Sodexo, introduces Mein Bowl Asian Market to our campus community. It opened for business Monday, Jan. 25. The brand new offering is located on Level 2 in the area formerly occupied by SubConnection.

Mein Bowl offers a harmonious experience with authentic global flavors and vibrant made-for-me menu combinations from familiar favorites to exciting new choices. Their ambition is to give consumers an authentic culinary experience with a range of Asian inspired cuisines that are tastily prepared and personalized for them. Their diverse menu includes fresh sushi.

Mein Bowl will be open from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Fridays during the fall and spring semester terms.

Share your photos of UMKC’s Volker Campus as Urban Oasis

By , January 25, 2016 12:48 pm

Scofield HallUMKC is known for having a lush green campus, beautiful trees and an urban location in the middle of a vibrant city.

Yet, there’s always opportunities for improvement. What do we need to take it to the next level – to make the campus more walkable, and bikeable? How do we make it easier to cross over to the Country Club Plaza and the the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art? How do we improve our campus edges and physical relationships with our neighbors?

These questions will be asked and the answers will be studied by UMKC Urban Planning + Design students during the Studio II class this semester. And they are giving the entire campus community an opportunity to have input.

AUPD students will analyze existing conditions through social media and site visits, as well as the review of existing campus plans, and environmental data. Throughout the semester, students will identify opportunities for change and development. Students will present the best ideas at a public forum in May. This project is also part of the JC Nichols Student Prize jury review on May 5 with a reception from 5 – 7 p.m. on May 6.

To make a complete analysis and plan, the students need a strong base of visuals to evaluate. To help them out, AUPD students are inviting people to share photos of UMKC outdoor spaces on social media.

From Jan. 19 through the end of February, people are encouraged to share pictures on social media, such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, using the #UMKCspaces hashtag. In the posts, individuals should share what they like about the spaces and if they see opportunities for improvement.

“The Volker Campus is an urban oasis. These pictures will help the students document the best of UMKC’s outdoor spaces,” said Michael Frisch, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the UMKC Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design.

Each semester, students in the Urban Planning + Design (UPD) Studio class take on a real-world local community project. This year, the UPD Studio II class will work on ideas to improve the urban design of the Volker campus that later will be shared with the UMKC Trustees Ad Hoc Committee on Campus Environment. The goal is to examine ways to improve the physical campus experience for students and for visitors to campus.

“I want the students to analyze everything, including the neighborhood, landscape, campus entrances, signage, parking, and architecture,” Frisch said. “So, share your favorite outside space on the Volker campus. It could be where you just took a selfie. And tell us why you like that space.”

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