Category: Announcements

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

UMKC AUP+D Receives 2016 American Planning Association Award

By , October 26, 2016 12:58 pm

apa-missouri-awardees-2016The UMKC Department of Architecture, Planning + Design recently received an Outstanding Student Project award from the Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA Missouri). The purpose of the APA Missouri awards is to recognize outstanding work conducted in the field of planning throughout the state of Missouri.

Outstanding Student Project:  #UMKC Spaces Student Exploration of Places

At the invitation of the UMKC Trustees, students from UMKC’s Urban Planning + Design conducted an assessment of the urban design of UMKC’s Volker Campus. The studio examined:  the human experience on campus, walk and bike circulation, campus monuments, and campus gateways.  Students and the University promoted an Instagram photo and hashtag campaign #UMKCspaces to collect images of great spaces on campus, which were geocoded and mapped.  Students identified 5 planning and urban design opportunities that show how the Campus might better meet the needs of students:  Activate Troost, Intensify Cherry and 51st Street Node, Prioritize Public Streets, Deploy Modern and Functional Signage, and Rethink Surface Parking.

UMKC Climate Survey Open

By , October 17, 2016 2:28 pm

climate-popupDon’t Forget to Take the Climate Survey!

The designed to gauge how all members of the community experience the current campus climate via an assessment of Learning, Living and Working at UMKC.

The goals of the survey, dubbed “Each Voice Counts,” are multifold: 1) to better understand the current campus climate for working and learning at UMKC; 2) uncover any challenges facing members of our campus community; and 3) to utilize climate survey data to make improvements that will strengthen the campus environment for all.

The survey and more information about this process the can be found at http://info.umkc.edu/climate/.

In addition, all UMKC stakeholders – students, faculty and staff – will be invited to participate in the development of the post-survey action initiatives.

At the end of the survey, participants can choose to enter their names for prize drawings; prizes include book and housing scholarships, parking passes, event tickets and Visa gift cards valued at up to $500. A complete list of prizes is available at http://info.umkc.edu/climate/prizes/.

Because the survey is confidential and hosted on an external site, it must be completed in one sitting. Anyone may fill out a paper version of the survey by contacting the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities. For students with registered disabilities, OSSD may provide additional accommodations to ensure full participation.

The survey is open until November 4, 2016.

 

Be an Orientation Leader!

By , October 17, 2016 2:03 pm

Attention all UMKC Students!

  • Want to help new students transition to UMKC?
  • Want to share your Roo spirit & introduce new students to our vibrant campus life?
  • Want to hold a fun part-time job in Spring/Summer 2017?

orientation

To apply, go to: http://www.umkc.edu/orientation and click “Apply to be an Orientation Leader”

Application deadline is November 1, 2016

 

For more information, contact: Kim Kushner, Office of Admissions

Events & New Student Programs Coordinator

umkcorientation@umkc.edu, (816) 235-5579

 

Leon Jordan & The Rise of Black Politics in Kansas City

By , October 17, 2016 1:53 pm

leon-jordanThe UMKC Libraries, in partnership with KCUR and the UMKC Friends of the Library, will be exploring the life and work of Leon Jordan as well as his impact on current and future black politics in Kansas City.

Monday, October 24
Miller Nichols Learning Center: Jeannette Nichols Forum
5:30pm Reception, 6pm Event
RSVP Here

Leon Jordan was a well-known and highly respected politician and civil rights leader in Kansas City and Missouri. He has often been hailed as one of the most influential African Americans in Kansas City history and, at the time of his death, the state’s most powerful black politician.

As a prominent member of Kansas City society, Jordan’s infamous murder and the mysteries surrounding it rattled the Kansas City community. But his memory and legacy live on to encourage the continued growth of black social and political leaders in Kansas City and beyond.

Be sure to arrive early or stay after the event to visit the Headlines: Leon Jordan in the Media exhibit on the Ground Floor of the Miller Nichols Library, now through October.

This event and exhibit are brought to you as part of the UMKC Friends of the Library portFOLio Series. For more information, contact Nicole Leone at leoneni@umkc.edu.

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