Category: Announcements

UMKC Students Awarded Scholarships for Study Abroad Opportunities

By , February 21, 2017 8:52 am



Two UMKC Students — Fletcher Clardy, Bloch School accounting major and Kevin March, biology major in the School of Biological Sciences — were selected to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The Gilman scholarship program offers grants for to pursue academic studies or internships abroad. The program aims to diversify the students who study abroad and the countries where they go. Clardy will study Spanish in Granada, Spain and March plans to study in the UMKC French Department’s Lyon program.  Congratulations!

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is funded through the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. The Gilman scholarship is a nationally competitive award, only available to Pell Grant recipients. This year, more than 800 students submitted applications for the early summer award. Nearly 300 were offered scholarships.

Gilman applicants are mentored by International Academic Programs staff Kate Wozniak and Natalie Gilkison. Click here for more information about the Gilman scholarship or study abroad opportunities.

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

  • 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

*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


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, 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,, 816-235-5686; or Tiffany Williams,, 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.


Leo E. Morton

Barbara A. Bichelmeyer

UMKC Holidays and Business Interruption Policy

By , December 15, 2016 10:12 am

Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, and Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, are designated as official University holidays and UMKC will be closed. On the days surrounding and between the two major holidays, UMKC will continue operations and will be open; however, services in specific situations will be significantly reduced and less staff will be required.  Based on the need for service, some areas may close their offices.

As we approach winter, you may wish to visit the website to review our Business Interruption Policy and their UMKC Alert settings. Beyond the UMKC Alerts, all local news outlet will be notified of any campus closures.

Meet UM System President Dr. Mun Choi on Dec 2

By , November 14, 2016 12:38 pm

choi-morton_740The UMKC Campus Community is invited to meet and greet Dr. Mun Y. Choi, President-Designate of the University of Missouri System, at a special on-campus event Friday, Dec. 2.

UMKC will welcome and hear from Dr. Choi at a rally-style event that will begin at 9 a.m. in room 401 of the Student Union.  All UMKC students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

The University of Missouri Board of Curators announced the choice of Dr. Choi, 52, as the System’s 24th president on Nov. 2. Dr. Choi comes to the four-campus UM system from the University of Connecticut, where he has served as provost and executive vice president since 2012.

While Dr. Choi will not formally succeed Interim President Michael Middleton until March 1, 2017, he plans to visit each of the four system campuses before taking office “to gain a deep appreciation of its unique aspects as well as opportunities for collaborations to better serve the citizens of Missouri and beyond.”

At UConn, Dr. Choi has overseen a budget of $700 million while working with 1,500 full-time faculty, 31,000 students and 2,000 staff across 12 schools and colleges, including Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine and Law.  Under his leadership, UConn developed several innovative new programs that have resulted in enrollment growth, increased faculty hiring, innovative research and new and expanded industry partnerships.

Born in South Korea, Dr. Choi came to the United States as a child. As a young man, he worked in his family’s successful business in Chicago, and later graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in general engineering in 1987. He later earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University.

Prior to serving as provost and executive vice president, Dr. Choi was dean of engineering at UConn from 2008 to 2012. Earlier, he was department head of mechanical engineering and mechanics at Drexel University (2000-2008) and assistant and associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“I am looking forward to forging a strong partnership with Dr. Choi, with whom I share both a background in engineering, and a passion for higher education” said UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “I’d like all of our university community to join me on Dec. 2 to give him an enthusiastic welcome to Kansas City.”

Congratulations to the Fall 2016 Honor Recipients!

By , November 14, 2016 12:17 pm

UMKC LOGOGraduating students who have excelled in both academic achievement and service may be nominated as a Vice Chancellor’s Honor Recipient. This program recognizes the exceptional students who maintain high scholastic performance while actively participating in University and community leadership and service activities outside of the classroom.

Congratulations to the Fall 2016 Honor Recipients!

  • Kathleen Crow, Bloch School of Management, nominated by Anne Williamson
  • Osasere Eke, School of Biological Sciences, nominated by LaNee’ Bridewell, Aaron Reed, and Kathleen Kilway
  • Kartik Sreepada, School of Medicine, nominated by Cary Chelladurai
  • Xiaomei Grazia Xiong, Bloch School of Management, nominated by Kami Thomas

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