UMKC Bookstores Customer Appreciation Open House

By , December 9, 2014 4:37 pm

Bookstore Open HouseJoin the UMKC Bookstores for their Customer Appreciation Open House on Thursday, December 11th.  Celebrate the end of the term with 25% off UMKC clothing, gifts, and scrubs; special pricing on select technology, 25% off select headphones; and 10% off medical equipment.  Wear your ugly holiday sweater and win prizes!

Also starting this week are Textbook Sellbacks and Rental Book Returns.  Bring your books and get a scratcher ticket to savings!

Sellback dates:

  • December 10 & 11 — 8am-6pm
  • December 12 — 8am-5pm
  • December 15-19 — 8am – 6pm
  • December 19 — last day for rental textbook returns!
  • December 22-23 — 8am-4pm


Give the Gift of Reading

By , December 9, 2014 4:36 pm

turn the pageGive the gift of reading with UMKC’s Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 103 Literacy Campaign.

UMKC’s Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 103 has partnered with Turn the Page KC, a local organization dedicated to helping kids learn and succeed through literacy.  Now through December 15th, please donate a children’s book at the Union or donate to Turn the Page KC ($10 buys 4 books).

Most importnatly, donate your time and read to a child!  Reading together sparks a child’s curiosity and joy in learning–you can make a difference!  For more information on volunteering, check out these resources from Turn the Page KC.


Director of Undergraduate Research

By , December 9, 2014 4:36 pm

JaneGreerDoing research with a faculty mentor during your undergraduate career is a high-impact learning experience that connects classroom learning with real-world application.  It’s also exciting to be part of the creation of new knowledge!

The Provost’s Office has recently announced the appointment of Jane Greer, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, as the Director of Undergraduate Research.

Dr. Greer has mentored over a dozen undergraduate researchers and for the past six years served as the editor of “Young Scholars in Writing:  Undergraduate Research in Rhetoric and Writing Studies.”

Dr. Greer’s primary focus in her new role will be to substantially expand the number and type of undergraduate research opportunities available for students at UMKC. These experiences will be designed to support undergraduate student success as part of the implementation of the UMKC Strategic Plan.

Dr. Greer brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and passionate commitment into this position. She will work closely with faculty, staff and students to provide excellent developmental experiences in the area of undergraduate research.

Showcase your Discourse work at the Spring Symposium

By , December 9, 2014 4:35 pm

Symposium 2015Are you currently taking a UMKC General Education Core class?  As you finish up the semester, take a moment to reflect on the work you have completed for this course.  We know UMKC students produce exciting works of interdisciplinary scholarship and creativity within the scope of their general education curriculum.  You are invited to showcase your work during the Spring Interdisciplinary Discourse Symposium for our gen-ed students in Anchor, Discourse, and Focus classes.

- The symposium will be held in the Miller Nichols Library on March 11, 2015.

- Students from both Fall and Spring semesters are encouraged to participate.

- Submit an abstract of your work by March 1, 2015.

- Share your work in one of the following ways: online, oral and poster presentation, performance, fine arts, or demonstration.

- For more information, Watch the video!

This is your chance to share your work, build your resume, and celebrate the accomplishments of UMKC students!

Congratulations to the Fall 2014 Vice Chancellor’s Honor Recipients!

By , December 2, 2014 11:34 am

UMKC LOGOEvery semester, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management recognizes graduating students who have excelled in both academic achievement and service to our campus community with the Vice Chancellor’s Honor Recipients program. This recognition honors the truly unique students who maintain high scholastic performance while actively participating in leadership and service to the community and our University outside of the classroom.

Congratulations to the students who were selected as this Fall’s Honor Recipients!

Heather Beer, School of Law – Nominated by Ann Marie Marciarille
Bradley Hook, College of Arts and Sciences – Nominated by Dr. Gayle Levy
Danielle Landrum, Henry W. Bloch School of Management – Nominated by Dr. Sarah Martin-Anderson
Alexander Shinn, College of Arts and Sciences – Nominated by Katherine Garey
Bailee Slack, School of Biological Sciences – Nominated by Tammy Welchert
Victoria Wu, School of Computing and Engineering – Nominated by Debby Dilks and Brian Hare

Meet the Fall 2014 Honor Recipients!

Architecture Students present proposed Downtown Arts Campus development projects

By , December 2, 2014 11:33 am

AUPD_AwardsReception[The following was provided by the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design.]

Please join us for the Bud Prize, an annual juried design competition held as part of the second-year architectural studies studio. This year, the students have been asked to design a mixed-use retail and residential development on the corner of 17th and Baltimore, Kansas City, MO. The site is around the corner from the proposed UMKC Downtown Campus of the Arts.

The proposed development includes a musical instruments and accessory store (for future students of the Conservatory), a café and coffee bar, and apartments.

The jury of student work will take place  from 1 – 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11th. The awards and reception and awards ceremony will be held from 5 – 7 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 12th.  Both events are in Katz Hall, room 101.

Edwin S. “Bud” Persons was a Senior Interior Architect with Helix / Architecture + Design for seven years. As an accomplished interior designer in the industry for nearly 30 years, Bud loved designing corporate and residential interiors where his passion for color, details and unexpected combinations delighted his clients and made him an inspiration to other designers. Helix / Architecture + Design established the Edwin S. “Bud” Persons Award in 2004 to honor the magnetic personality, enthusiasm and many contributions Bud made to this industry. The funds recognize the life and work of Bud Persons by promoting the study and knowledge of architecture and design through a scholarship grant awarded to UMKC students.

Helix / Architecture + Design is an architecture and interior design firm whose purpose is to create meaningful design solutions that make a difference to their clients and the community. Located in the heart of the Crossroads Art District, the firm specializes in corporate, public, residential and hospitality design. For more information, please visit

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