World War I and the Christmas Truce

By , November 11, 2014 10:41 am

ChristmasTruce“Joyeux Noël,” a film depicting the Christmas Truce during World War I in 1914, will be shown from noon to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Miller Nichols Learning Center, Room 451.

Please register for the event here.

On a freezing Christmas Day in 1914, thousands of exhausted soldiers cautiously climbed out their trenches on the 500-mile long Western Front and entered no man’s land. They buried their dead, shook hands with their enemies, sang carols together, lit each other’s cigarettes, exchanged addresses, swapped family photos and played football.

This unofficial “Christmas truce” only lasted for a few hours and then the first world war resumed — one that would leave 31 million people dead, wounded or missing before fighting ended in November 1918.

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion of the film and the actual events that took place during the Christmas Truce, by a musicologist, historian, and film scholar.

Panel discussion members will include: Andrew Granade, Ph.D., chair of composition,music theory, and musicology and associate professor of musicology;  Lynda Payne, Ph.D., RN, FLS, School of Medicine, Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics and professor of history; and Tom Poe, Ph.D., associate professor, department of communication studies.

For more information, contact Tom Burns or or call 816-235-1875.

The sponsors are the UMKC Departments of History, Communication Studies, Conservatory of Music and Dance and UMKC Libraries.

New! University Singers open to all students

By , November 11, 2014 10:34 am

music notesDo you miss singing in a choir?  But you’re not a Conservatory student?  All students are invited to audition for University Singers–anyone can audition and you do not need to take the choir for class credit in order to participate (unless you need the fine arts credit).

University Singers is made up of 60 Men and Women and sings a wide variety of music, performing in some of the most beautiful spaces in Kansas City, including the stunning Kauffman Center for Performing Arts.  Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm.

Auditions are required:  Wednesday, November 19th from 3-6pm at Grant Hall, room 322.

To sign up for an audition time or for any questions, contact Michael Patch at

November Money Management Workshops

By , November 11, 2014 10:23 am

Money Management WorkshopsDo you have questions about money management?  Need tips on how the balance your budget?  How does financial aid work?  The UMKC Coaching Program can help you be financially literate–stop by a workshop for more information.

Don’t miss out!  Workshops are held Noon to 1pm in the Student Union room 419–Money Mondays or Thrifty Thursdays.  You could win a $100 book scholarship!

For more information, email


Health Care and Big Data–implications for the future

By , November 11, 2014 10:15 am

Mark Hoffman“Health Care and Big Data” a talk by Mark Hoffman Ph.D.
Tuesday, November 18th at 5:30pm on Hospital Hill: Theater B

Electronic health records, genomics and large-scale population level data are all becoming increasingly important in informing health care research and delivery, and each involves the generation and analysis of massive amounts of information.  Dr. Hoffman will share an overview of “Big Data” and some examples of the connection between big data and new technology-based innovations that have the potential to transform health care.

Dr. Mark Hoffman is Director of the Center for Health Insights at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC), where he also serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics and the Department of Pediatrics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and performed post-doctoral research at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames Iowa. Before joining UMKC, he spent 16 years leading genomics, public health and research initiatives at Cerner Corporation, where he was a Vice President. In addition to his peer-reviewed publications, Mark is an inventor on 16 issued patents.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library portFOLio Series.

Save on all your technology needs at the UMKC Bookstores

By , November 11, 2014 10:00 am

TechDid you know you can get educational discounts and pricing on the latest technology at the UMKC Bookstores?  Visit today for more information!

Graduating students–act now to get your discount before you graduate in December.

Time change and winter weather — be aware, stay safe!

By , November 4, 2014 8:55 am

SafetyTime change brings colder weather and shorter days–you may start the day driving to school in the dark and then end up driving home in the dark.  With only weeks left of the semester and holidays coming up, you will likely be distracted and stressed trying to get everything done.  Please don’t get so distracted by texting or scrolling through your phone while walking that you forget to watch for cars when crossing the street.

When walking across campus, try not to walk alone.  However, if you find you must do so, be aware of your surroundings and stay on lighted sidewalks.  Know what is going on around you at all times, the location of emergency blue-light call boxes, and the number for the UMKC police department (235-1515).  Also, keep in mind the UMKC police department offers a personal escort service.  If you feel the need to be escorted to your car or your residence hall, call the police department at 235-1515.  For more information on campus safety, visit the campus safety website.

Colder weather also seems to bring on car troubles.  Take your vehicle for a regular service now before the weather really turns–there’s nothing worse than having a breakdown when it’s snowing!  With colder weather, it’s always a good idea to keep your gas tank above half-full.  Keep emergency numbers in your car as well as an emergency kit, including blankets, snacks, flashlight, jumper cables, de-icer, scraper, and a phone charger.

UMKC’s crime statistics are very low with most crimes reported being burglaries. Prevention is key — so remember to keep track of your belongings and don’t leave them unattended or in plain view in your vehicle (put bags and packages in your trunk or under a blanket out of sight).

Finally, if it does snow enough that classes are cancelled, this information will be posted by 6am with the local media channels and posted on the UMKC homepage.  Emergency notifications will also be sent out via UMKC Alert to the phone number and email address you specified when you opted in before registering for classes.

Will a little planning now, this winter season can be fun AND safe!

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