Category: Announcements

Dining Services Updates for next year

By , May 13, 2014 4:56 pm

Dining ServicesAfter reviewing proposals for dining services and catering, UMKC is pleased to announce a continuing partnership with Sodexo.  As our partner, Sodexo has brought new and updated dining venues to our campus, including Einstein Bros. and the Robot Café.  Sodexo also has developed dining programs that connect our campus with our community, such as an increased focus on sustainability, featuring local restaurants, and international themed meals.  As part of the renewed contract, I have asked them to develop a new student organization catering menu that is both creative and affordable.  In addition, we will be requesting student feedback as we assess dining venues across campus for possible changes.

The Student Board of Governors will continue to be a strong student voice with dining services at UMKC.  The Board provides feedback about dining services, facilitates communication with students, and makes recommendations for new dining concepts and programs.  If you would like to be involved on the Board, the application can be found online.

In addition, the University has engaged Superior Vendall to manage campus vending as a separate contract.  We are excited to introduce a new fresh vending concept throughout the campus community, especially for students, faculty, and staff at Hospital Hill.  Over the summer, new cash-less vending machines will be installed in various locations around campus that will accept credit cards and Roo Bucks.  Coca-Cola will be the exclusive beverage provider—look for promotional events just for students throughout the academic year.

We are excited about working with our dining and vending partners to introduce these changes and continue to provide high-quality, fresh and nutritious options for our campus community.  If you have any suggestions or comments, please contact Mr. Jody Jeffries, Director of Student Union Operations, at


Mel Tyler, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

New Student Activity Funding policies and bylaws for 2014-2015

By , May 13, 2014 4:52 pm

On April 28, 2014 the Student Activity Funds Committee (SAFC) voted and approved bylaw changes that will affect the funding structure for students and student organizations.  The new policies will take effect beginning July 1, 2014.  Students, especially those responsible for student organizations, are requested to review the new guidelines and bylaws of the SAFC.

As our student organizations grow, it is important that the partnership between the organization and advisor remain active and collaborative.  All budgets are to be created by students involved in the organizations, utilizing their advisors as a resource and support during this process.  If additional support is needed students can always contact the Student Government Association or the Office of Student Involvement for support with the development of budgets or individual requests.

All updated documents reflecting the student approved changes to the bylaws are located on RooGroups—SGA Funding Guidelines, Funding Request Form, SGA-SAFC Bylaws and Specific Standards.  Below is a synopsis of a few of the changes, but it is to your benefit to carefully read the new policies and bylaws found in RooGroups prior to submitting any budget request.

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Sell your books back!

By , May 12, 2014 5:05 pm

Sell-Backs2014Now that you are finishing up another semester of final exams this week, don’t forget to stop by the UMKC Bookstores at the Student Union and Hospital Hill to sell-back your books for cash!   If you rented your books, the last day to return your rentals is this Friday, May 16th.

Hospital Hill Bookstore sell-back hours

Student Union Bookstore sell-back hours

Get Ready for Finals with Stress-Less Fest!

By , May 6, 2014 11:04 am

SLF Horizontal FinalizedTake a break during your study session for finals!  Join the Office of Student Involvement for fun FREE activities designed to help you relax and focus.

- Ease up with free massages on May 8th & 9th in the Union.

- Join UPB for late night breakfast in the Student Success Center on May 8th.

- Cuddle with therapy dogs on May 12th, 13th & 14th in the Union.

- Free Roasterie Coffee 11am – 1pm on May 13th – Get a little pick-me-up in your cup!  In celebration of a new partnership between Kansas City’s leading local coffee-roasting company and hometown soccer heroes Sporting KC, they’ll be serving up their signature Sporting KC blend.  Don’t miss your chance to grab your own (free) cup of victory! Stop by their van located next to the Student Union.

Check out the extended hours at the Student Union and for Jazzman’s Cafe.  Special extended hours at Miller Nichols Library can be found here.  The Dental Library will be open until 11pm May 5 – May 8 and May 12 – May 15.


Communication Studies Students Win Top Awards

By , April 30, 2014 12:36 pm

LOGOUMKC students from the department of communication studies won top honors in the 2014 College Media Awards Competition, sponsored annually by the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association (MBEA). In multiple categories of radio production, first-place awards went to Ross Stinemetz (Dramatic), Cody Tapp and Ryan Witkowski (Play-by-Play), Zach Hinton (Station Promotion), while an honorable mention was awarded to Will Trumper (Dramatic).

“This is the fourth year in a row that one of my students has won first place for Radio Drama,” said UMKC assistant teaching professor Angela Elam, “and this year we picked up both first and second, so I think people around the state are starting to take notice.” Elam, who taught all of these students in her radio production class, Communication Studies 363, is also the host and producer of UMKC’s nationally distributed public radio show, New Letters on the Air.

At this year’s MBEA competition, Ross Stinemetz won for his drama, Gamblin’ Man, a continuation of the Sundown Sector series that brought him and Cody Tapp first place in 2013.  Stinemetz also gained a first place in the Documentary/ Public Affairs category with his radio series on writers for Number One magazine. Both aired in spring of 2013 on, UMKC’s student Internet radio station.

Second honors went to Will Trumper, the current program director of K-ROO, for his radio drama about a pop music purgatory.

Cody Tapp and Ryan Witkowski–who served respectively as K-ROO’s first Sports Director and Station Manager when it began in late 2012–earned their second MBEA first-place award for Play-by-Play, this time for their coverage of the winter 2013 UMKC vs. Iowa State basketball game.

Zach Hinton won first place for the audio promotion of The Ace Klub, his
music show that airs on on Monday afternoons from 2:00-3:00.

Short segments from all of the award-winning pieces will be played at the
Communication Studies Student Showcase on Wednesday, May 14th, 6:30 p.m. at
the Tivoli Theater in Westport, 4050 Pennsylvania, KCMO. This event is free and
open to the public.

For a complete list of awards, visit the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association website.

Vote for the 2014-2015 SGA Executive Board

By , April 30, 2014 12:20 pm

UMKCSGAThe 2014-2015 Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board elections are open to all currently enrolled UMKC students.

To vote for your candidates, please log on to RooGroups and vote here:  Voting is open until 5 pm on Friday, May 2nd.

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