Category: Announcements

Dean Searches Announced for new Honors College and for School of Education

By , September 9, 2014 10:34 am

QuadUMKC has announced two search committees that will begin their work vetting candidates and recommending two important academic hires for the University.  One search is for the inaugural dean of the new Honors College, to be co-chaired by Wayne Vaught, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Gayle Levy, Honors Program Director and Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature.

The UMKC Honors College, which was developed as part of UMKC’s Strategic Plan, is designed to create a significant high-impact learning environment that will increase our community of high-achieving student scholars. The UMKC Honors College will allow students who enter UMKC with advanced educational competencies to experience appropriate academic challenges that may include more focused and appropriate courses and/or the opportunity to fast track into graduate/professional programs.

The other search is for the Dean of the School of Education and will be chaired by Ellen Suni, Dean of the School of Law.  The new dean will succeed Wanda Blanchett, Ph.D., who had served as Dean and Ewing Marion Kauffman Endowed Chair in Teacher Education since 2009.

“The School of Education plays a vital role in UMKC’s urban mission to meet the needs of our community,” said UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “Our local schools need excellent teachers, counselors and administrators. I have great confidence in the members of this committee. They are both very capable, and very committed, to helping us identify a leader who can deliver on that vital mission.”

Where in the world will you go? Study Abroad Fair

By , September 2, 2014 5:14 pm

Study AbroadWhere in the world will you go?

Study Abroad adds tremendous–yet incalculable–value to your education and outlook on life.  A global perspective helps you not only appreciate other cultures and broadens your own horizons, it also gives you valuable experiences that future employers look for in job candidates.

Not sure where to start?  Attend the Study Abroad Fair hosted by UMKC’s International Academic Programs!  The Fair is Wednesday, September 10th from 11am-2pm in the Student Success Center, Pierson Auditorium.  Can’t make it to the Fair?  Stop by the Office of International Academic Programs in the Student Success Center, room 120.  They have weekly information sessions every Tuesday and Friday at 2pm.

International Academic Programs also offers workshops on funding your Study Abroad life-changing experience, including application assistance for prestigious fellowships.  Check out their website for more information:

Ready for the new semester?

By , August 26, 2014 5:24 pm

Welcome WeekUMKC welcomes all new students at Convocation on Sunday, August 24th…but the welcome doesn’t end now that classes have started.  For new and continuing students, the University is here to support your success.

The first step is to OWN YOUR SUCCESS.  Take advantage of the many programs, services and networks–but also be fully present so you can actively participate and learn from every experience.  Go to class, get involved on campus, build relationships with a mentor or as a mentor, contribute to your community.  These are the foundations of your success.

Next, be sure to STAY ORGANIZED.  Staying on top of your many commitments, assignments, tasks, and activities is key to managing and coping with any stress from being fully invested in your education.  A little stress is motivating, but remember:  you can control how much your own organizational skills either contribute to or help alleviate your stress.  Take a little time each morning to review your day and set some goals for what you want to accomplish–and why.  This will help focus your efforts and set the tone for your success each day.

Finally, TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.  It’s ok to take a break from school.   As you are organizing your day, plan some quiet time to relax or workout.  While we encourage all students to get involved in organizations and activities, you don’t have to do it all.  Find your passion and that will tell you where to focus your energy.

Have a fantastic semester–whether it is your first or your last at UMKC!

The Place for People Going Places

By , August 26, 2014 3:22 pm

UMKC-CampaignOn the hottest day in July, a few dozen hardy UMKC students, faculty and staff braved the 100-degree heat on the Scofield Quad to make Kansas City’s university a video star.

The occasion? Filming UMKC’s new undergraduate student recruitment campaign. That commercial will begin airing this month – along with new billboards, digital web, radio and TV ads.

And for a taste of the new campaign on campus, just walk the 111 steps leading from Oak Street up to the Student Union. Each flight of steps gives added meaning to the new campaign theme — UMKC: The place for people going places.

“As we brainstormed ideas, we knew we wanted a message that would showcase not only the incredible academic opportunities at UMKC, but how our students use that knowledge to accomplish amazing things and achieve their dreams,” said Anne Hartung Spenner, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Marketing and Communications. “We hear over and over that the excellent faculty, small class sizes and the diversity and vibrancy of our campus are game-changers for students.”

Those ideas – gleaned from talking to small groups of students, faculty, staff and alumni – led to the campaign’s key message: “Different people travel different paths to success. But they all start in the same place. UMKC—the place for discovery, the place for achievement, the place for people going places.”

The new campaign is a key part of helping UMKC achieve its strategic goal of growing to 20,000 students by 2020.

To check out elements of the new campaign, check out our new 15-second and 30-second videos or click here to go to the campaign’s online landing page.

The new billboards are sprinkled around town: one on I-29 southbound in Kansas City near Parvin Road, and another on I-70 driving westbound from Independence near Highway 40. A third billboard is on I-35 northbound at Cambridge Circle.

Rally with the Roos! Enter to win the Sporting KC Contest

By , August 26, 2014 3:17 pm

rally-with-the-umkc-roosUMKC and Sporting Kansas City are hosting a “Rally With the Roos” contest this month.  Enter online here by August 31st.

Ten winners will receive a “Rally with the Roos” package, which includes two tickets to a Sporting KC home game, a VIP parking pass, a food and beverage voucher, two “Rally with the Roos” T-shirts and an autographed Sporting KC soccer ball.

UMKC has been Sporting’s university partner for two years. Be sure to mark your calendar for Sept. 26:  it’s UMKC Night at Sporting Park!

Men’s Basketball Walk-On Tryouts this Friday

By , August 26, 2014 2:21 pm

Basketball tryouts

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