UM President Search Open Forum at UMKC on April 8, 2016

By , March 21, 2016 10:35 am

UM President Search

UM System Presidential Search – Open Forum

When: April 08, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: UMKC Student Union, Room 401BC

The UMKC community is invited to be part of the search process for the next president of the University of Missouri System (UM System).  The presidential search committee will hold an open forum at UMKC on April 8 to give the UMKC community the opportunity to provide input on the proposed characteristics and desired qualifications sought in the next UM System president.  The search firm and search committee will use this input to develop a qualifications statement for use in recruiting and selecting candidates for the position.

Students are encouraged to participate in the open forum so the committee may gather perspectives from the entire university community, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and retirees.

The forum will be livestreamed with a live link and final recording to be posted on the presidential search website at  No registration is required.  For those who cannot attend the forum and would like to provide input on desired candidate characteristics and qualifications, comments may be submitted by email to no later than April 8.


AIDS Walk on April 30, 2016

By , March 21, 2016 10:01 am

AIDS WALK KCThe AIDS Walk Kansas City 2016 will be held on Saturday, April 30 at Theis Park.  The walk is 3.4 miles and will take approximately 2.5 hours.  Registration opens at 8 a.m.; the program with music and fun begins at 9 a.m.; and the walk starts at 10 a.m.

UMKC is partnering with the AIDS Walk again this year.  The planning committee has adapted the route so that approximately one third of the walk will be on campus.

The route will hit our campus at the intersection of Volker and Rockhill, travel south on Cherry St. to 52nd St., over to Oak St. and 52nd St., and then north up to Theis Park.  The entire walk will take place on sidewalks, and no streets on campus will be closed.AIDS Walk 2016

More than 3,500 walkers are expected to participate in the free event.  There is no charge to walk.

Theis Park is located at the intersection of Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. and Oak St., east of the Plaza and south of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer along the UMKC route to provide direction and support, contact Doug Swink at

For additional details about the walk, visit the AIDS Walk Kansas City website.

UM System Diversity Task Force Listening Sessions

By , March 16, 2016 5:02 pm

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UMKC students, faculty and staff are invited to meet with representatives of the UM System Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force at a pair of Learning Sessions on March 23.

The sessions are scheduled for 10 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Room 401 of the Student Union.

The Board of Curators created the Task Force for the purpose of “conducting a thorough, wide-ranging and unflinching study of the programs, policies, and practices that have been institutionalized at the system.”

The Task Force has been charged with developing both a short- and long-term strategy, plan and metrics for diversity, inclusion and equity for the UM System, based on an inventory and audit of current programs, policies and practices.

The Learning Sessions are the first step in Phase 1 of the process. Dr. David Mitchell, Chair of the Task Force, will discuss the role and structure of the system and the work of the Task Force. He will invite participants to join Phase II of the Task Force.

Phase II goals are to:

  • Expand membership
  • Develop a clear and compelling vision of our university’s future
  • Develop short- and long-term recommendations to propel the university toward that future

Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils: Records of Earth’s Story

By , March 14, 2016 9:29 am

rock-crystalRocks, Minerals, and Fossils: Records of Earth’s Story

Curated by Dr. James B. Murowchick
Miller Nichols Library: Dean’s Gallery, 4th Floor

Rocks, minerals, and fossils are windows into the past and are used to reveal the events and changes in the Earth over the past 4.6 billion years. They also provide resources essential to civilization, and display beauty in color and form in myriad ways.

Dr. James B. Murowchick is an Associate Professor in the UMKC Department of Geosciences. He has carefully curated an array of rocks, minerals, fossils, and natural resources from his personal collection and beyond just for our UMKC community.

These are the materials beneath our feet, and we welcome you to experience them up close in the Dean’s Gallery on the 4th floor of the library.


International Culture Night 2016

By , March 14, 2016 9:01 am

Culture NightUMKC Culture Night — Thursday, March 17, 2016

Join UMKC students for international food, festivities, and fashion!

5:30-6:45pm at Pierson Auditorium in the Atterbury Student Success Center:  Taste a variety of free ethnic foods and learn about cultures and traditions at multiple student exhibits.

7:00-9:00pm at Swinney Recreation Center: Enjoy cultural performances and an eye catching fashion show of traditional apparel from around the world.

Sponsored by the International Student Ambassadors and the International Student Affairs Office.

Campus Listening Sessions Report-Out

By , March 10, 2016 3:28 pm

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More than a month ago, we completed the final listening session in a series of four that were held on our two campuses beginning in mid-November. A working group comprised of leadership from students, faculty, staff and administration have been working together to sift through the feedback and ideas that were collected, and to glean out campus priorities from the many recommendations that we received.

We welcome you to attend a follow-up meeting to review the recommendations and hear our proposed next steps on our path forward to greater equity, diversity and inclusion at UMKC.

Please mark your calendars for one of the dates below.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 – OPEN TO ALL

10 a.m. (School of Medicine, Theater A)

Open Campus Forum

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 – OPEN TO ALL

2 p.m. (Student Union, 401)

Open Campus Forum


At these report-out sessions, we’ll share:

–        ideas upon which we’ve already taken action,

–        ideas that we plan to quickly move into action,

–        overarching themes/priorities that require further planning to create a sustained plan of action.


We are grateful for the honest ideas and feedback shared in the four listening sessions, either in person or via private notecards. As you know, our goal was to create time and opportunity for members of our UMKC community to give voice to, and to listen to, diverse perspectives and experiences about our campus climate in light of recent events at Mizzou in Columbia and throughout the University of Missouri System. We need the continued commitment of each and every one of our community members if we are to move forward toward our ultimate goal of making UMKC a place where each person feels welcome, heard, and respected. Though much hard work is still ahead, working together we will get there.


Leo E. Morton, Chancellor

Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, Provost

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