Category: Announcements

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


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.

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!

Reach Out & Read: children’s book drive this week

By , December 2, 2014 9:48 am

Reach Out ReadWe are looking for donations of new or gently used Children’s books to provide to Reach Out and Read in order for them to continue helping children in the Kansas City area.

Where: Royall Hall Lobby

When: Wed. Dec 3rd 9-11 AM and Thurs. Dec 4th from 3-5 PM


Work on campus? Don’t wait for your W-2

By , December 2, 2014 9:47 am

w2-formStudents who work on campus–did you know you can receive your W-2 faster and greener by e-consenting to receive it electronically!

The 2014 W-2 will be available in January, but you are encouraged to log in to myHR now to provide consent to receive your W-2 in electronic format. By providing consent before December 31, 2014, you will be notified via email as soon as your W-2 is ready for viewing in myHR. Electronic access to your W-2 in myHR will be much quicker than waiting for a hard copy of the tax statement to arrive in your postal mailbox. The process is secure and worry-free.

Act now so you do not miss the end of the year deadline!

Log in to myHR ( and navigate to Self Service > Payroll and Compensation > W-2/W-2c Consent to provide your consent.

Our “Kansas Citian of the Year” – Chancellor Leo Morton

By , December 2, 2014 9:47 am

Morton_OfTheYear[The following was provided by the Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications.]

Chancellor Leo E. Morton has been named “Kansas Citian of the Year” by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

The honor, presented annually since 1960, recognizes “those persons whose civic contributions and achievements have reflected the insight, creativity and consciousness necessary to build and maintain a quality urban community.” It was presented at the Chamber’s annual dinner gala at the Kansas City Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom. Morton, who was unaware of the honor in advance, was visibly shocked by the announcement.

“You folks can’t know how much I love this city,” Morton told the more than 1,900 guests in attendance. “Every day I ask God to bless me so that I can help others.”

Morton was introduced with a series of video tributes by leaders such as Henry W. Bloch, Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn and former University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee; tributes were also offered by UMKC students and by Morton’s son, Leo Morton, Jr. Morton joined several previous winners of the award on stage for photographs, including Bloch, Shirley and Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr., Robert D. Regnier and U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II.

“Leo is the epitome of civic and community leadership, and everything he does is done with grace and style,” said Jim Heeter, president and chief executive officer of the KC Chamber. “He has been personally involved in each of our Big 5 initiatives and we owe him a debt of gratitude for his leadership in what I know will be a successful effort to create a new downtown arts campus next to our fabulous Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Leo is a perfect choice to join the prestigious ranks of Kansas Citians of the Year.”

Morton was named UMKC’s chancellor on Dec. 15, 2008. Prior to assuming the chancellorship, he worked at Aquila Inc., joining the firm in January 1994 as vice president, performance management. He was named senior vice president in 1996 with responsibility for re-engineering, corporate procurement and environmental services. Morton assumed additional duties for the management of human resources in 1997 and information technology in 1998. He was named senior vice president and chief administrative officer in 2000 as he also assumed responsibility for additional corporate services.

Morton has been a UMKC Trustee since 2000 and was in his third year as chairman of the Trustees Board when he stepped down to serve as the university’s interim chancellor. Previously, he was a member on UMKC’s Center for the City board and chaired the community relations committee of the Trustees.

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