Category: Announcements

Preferred Name Option Now Available for Students

By , April 15, 2014 7:50 pm

PathwayThe Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management is pleased to announce the student preferred name policy. The policy is a result of the resolution passed by the Student Government Association in Spring 2013. This resolution was initiated by numerous student requests to have a preferred name option in the Pathway and Blackboard/Moodle systems.

After ongoing campus discussions, the student preferred name policy was approved by the university in Spring 2014. Beginning Monday, April 21, 2014, the preferred name option will be available for students in the Pathway system.

If a student decides to add a preferred name, the preferred name will be displayed in the Pathway Student Center, faculty class roster and grade roster. Adding a preferred name does not change a student’s official name as a part of their educational record. A student’s official name is their legal name, which will always be used for financial aid, transcripts, international student I-20s and other documents required by the University.

Adding the preferred name functionality was made possible through the leadership team in the Office of Registration and Records, the Department of Information Access and the UM System Technical Developers.

UMKC is committed to student success and the preferred name option will provide students with an improved way to interact and connect with faculty and staff.

Questions about the preferred name policy can be directed to Doug Swink, University Registrar.

SCE Student wins Best Paper Award at International Conference

By , April 15, 2014 7:50 pm
Becca May is presented with the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Design of Reliable Communication Networks.

Becca May is presented with the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Design of Reliable Communication Networks.

Rebecca “Becca” May, an undergraduate student double majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics, was selected for a unique opportunity to present at an international conference today, April 1, in Ghent, Belgium.

This conference, the 10th International Conference on Design of Reliable Communication Networks (DRCN) is highly regarded in the computer networking research community for its focus on reliable network design.

May presented her peer-reviewed paper, “Using Multi-Topology Routing to Improve Routing during Geographically Correlated Failures,” which was written in collaboration with a fellow student and professors of the School of Computing and Engineering (SCE).  May was also recognized at the conference with the Best Paper Award, which is accompanied by a €500 award.

May takes part in undergraduate research through the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, where she works alongside SCE professor and co-author Dr. Deep Medhi, who was particularly impressed by May’s presentation.

“I rarely see a graduate student, doing his or her first international presentation, handle it so well,” said Medhi. “For me to see an undergraduate do this well is a treat of a lifetime.”

Congratulations, Becca!

Summer Session 2014

By , April 8, 2014 10:42 am

Summer Session 2014Whatever your goals are, UMKC Summer session is a great way to meet them. Whether you’re looking to catch up, making sure you stay on track, or aiming to graduate ahead of schedule, UMKC Summer Session 2014 offers flexible scheduling, a variety of classes, online offerings and in-state tuition for area Kansas students. Enrollment for current UMKC students is underway and open enrollment begins April 28.

Each year, Summer Session allows students to complete course credits in over 50 academic areas within several UMKC schools:

  • Bloch School of Management
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Biological Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Computing and Engineering.

Look for window posters, floor stickers and fliers across both Volker and Hospital Hill campuses for more information, and be sure to get your free Summer Session t-shirt by inquiring about classes. For a full rundown of Summer Session 2014, including registration dates and course lists, visit

Campus Pride National Advisor Award Announced

By , March 4, 2014 9:10 am

JonathanPryorCampus Pride honors Jonathan Pryor with Voice and Action National Advisor Award.

“I’m incredibly humbled and honored to be selected for this award from Campus Pride. Our work at UMKC is accomplished with the support and extraordinary efforts of our LGBTQIA students (who just hosted MBLGTACC 2014!), a supportive Division in Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, and a campus with true commitment to inclusive standards for our LGBTQIA community,” Jonathan Pryor, coordinator of LGBTQIA Programs and Services, said.

Pryor received his Masters of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri in 2011, and is a current Ph.D student within the same program. Roze Brooks, conference chair of the 2014 Midwest BLGTA College Conference writes, “In his role as adviser of Pride Alliance, Pryor has worked to strengthen the core of the executive board with team building and continued support for new ideas and programming. Pryor has successfully worked with the team to acknowledge each others’ strengths and assist each other in becoming better leaders. His life’s mantra “be the best you that you can be” resonates with each student Pryor has worked with throughout his short time at UMKC.”

Read more about this award on the Campus Pride website.

Annual Alumni Awardees–supporting students

By , March 4, 2014 9:08 am

UMKC-Alumni-Awards-2014The UMKC 2014 Alumni Award recipients include a globally recognized innovator in modern dance, a Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist, a mayor and renowned civic leader, a husband-and-wife engineering team, and an educator/entrepreneur who survived childhood internment in WWII concentration camps.

Each year, the UMKC Alumni Association recognizes outstanding individual alumni and one family. UMKC will honor its 2014 outstanding alumni at luncheon on April 24. UMKC’s Alumni Association will highlight the recipients’ accomplishments at the luncheon as well as through other events, such as presentations and classroom visits, where they will share their experiences with students.

The annual luncheon is the university’s largest event and proceeds support student scholarships. Last year’s luncheon hosted 600 attendees and garnered $200,000 in scholarship support for students.

“Through this event, the UMKC Alumni Association honors our outstanding graduates while providing vital support to current students,” said event chair Michelle Wimes (B.A. ’88). “All proceeds from the awards luncheon go directly to support students.”

“The UMKC Alumni Association provides exceptional leadership as well as exceptional support to this campus, this community and our students, and we are very grateful for that,” said Curtis J. Crespino, vice chancellor for Advancement. “We have an extraordinary class of recipients for these awards in 2014, as we do every year. Their achievements bring credit to our university and to Kansas City.”

For a full list of the awardees, visit UMKC Today.

New Dean of the Bloch School

By , March 4, 2014 8:52 am

DavidDonnellyDavid Donnelly, Ph.D., has been appointed Dean of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC.  Donnelly succeeds Teng-Kee Tan, Ph.D., who has served as dean of the school since 2009. Donnelly was appointed acting dean in May 2013 when Teng-Kee encountered health issues.

Donnelly came to UMKC in 2004 as Chair and Professor of Accountancy at the Bloch School, after serving in the same position at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He also led the Accounting Department at Kansas State University, where he earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees. Donnelly earned his Ph.D. in International Taxation and Accounting from the University of Illinois in 1983.

“The Bloch School will continue to be a world leader in research and teaching, thanks to the talents of an exceptional team of faculty,” Donnelly said. “The school will continue to follow the twin-pillar philosophy, pioneered by Henry Bloch, of nurturing leaders in both the for-profit sector and the nonprofit-public sector; and will continue to be a significant knowledge and economic development resource for the Kansas City region and beyond.”

Donnelly plans to continue the school’s tradition of being a vital resource to Kansas City’s business community, leveraging the school’s academic leadership in entrepreneurship and innovation. He also plans to continue movement on the goals of doubling student enrollment and developing innovative programs that meet the challenges of today’s organizations, particularly in graduate and executive education.


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