Category: Of Interest

Our Students. Our Story. #UMKCGoingPlaces

By , February 24, 2015 5:42 pm

Going PlacesYou may have noticed the front-page stories on the website featuring UMKC students sharing their stories.  Their dreams, their passions.  These are the stories of UMKC students who are going places.

Interviews, pics, and videos are part of this digital storytelling project, which lives on Tumblr … but you can also catch students on the UMKC website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine.

The project is sponsored by UMKC’s Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications.  The goal is simple–help UMKC students share their stories.  “I absolutely love this project,” said JoAnna Muenks, a sophomore Accounting and Business major and Trustees’ Scholar, who is featured in UMKC Going Places. “It is amazing what interesting stories and quirky attributes it has uncovered about students all across campus. It’s relatable and interesting to prospective and current students.”

We hope to publish close to 100 student stories by the end of the year and to get people to read and share our stories and discover what Kansas City’s university is all about.

For our next chapter of this storytelling project, we plan to feature stories of faculty members and the students’ lives they have changed through mentoring.

Paid volunteer study opportunity with EyeVerify

By , February 24, 2015 3:13 pm

EyeVerifyUMKC School of Computing and Engineering is conducting research into biometrics–the study of unique patterns observed from the body, such as fingerprints, that can be used for automated personal identification.  Human faces and eyes can also be used in biometrics.  The purpose of this research study is to advance the technology for human recognition based on unique patterns in the human eye and their uses in mobile security.

A key part of this research study, entitled “Multimodal Iris, Periocular and Conjunctival Vasculature Dataset for Mobile Applications”, is to develop a large ocular dataset using mobile device cameras.  The dataset will allow researchers to study and compare the efficacy of various image capturing devices, processing, and pattern recognition algorithms.

We are seeking paid volunteers to have their faces and eyes photographed.  The data collection will require two visits about two to four weeks apart, each lasting 45 minutes to an hour.  Earn $40 for volunteering!

If interested, please contact:
Dr. Ajita Rattani
email: rattania@umkc.edu

 

Black Studies Presents an African American Book-to-Film Series

By , February 3, 2015 11:21 am

Black Film SeriesThe Black Studies Program presents an African American Book-to-Film series to promote the work of African American authors whose books became motion pictures.

This series will provide an opportunity to learn about African American authors who not only wrote best sellers, but whose books were made into motion pictures or made-for-TV movies from 1970 to 2005.  The films will be shown at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library (4801 Main Street) or at Miller Nichols Library Learning Center (Room 151) throughout February.  Each screening will include a reception and a discussion of the author and the influence of the book/film with a guest speaker.

 

Details about the series:

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 6pm at Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch (4801 Main St.):  Lady Sings the Blues

Thursday, Feb. 5, 6pm at Miller Nichols Library Learning Center, room 151:  Cotton Comes to Harlem

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 6pm at Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch:  “The Spook Who Sat by the Door”

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 5:30pm at Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch:  “Malcolm X”

Thursday, Feb. 19, 6pm at Miller Nichols Library Learning Center, room 151:  “Devil in a Blue Dress”

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 6pm at Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch:  “Their Eyes Were Watching God”

 

The series is free and open to the public. RSVP is requested by calling 816-235-2636.

For additional information, contact the Black Studies Program or visit the Black Studies website.

This a collaboration between the Black Studies Program, the Kansas City Public Library, the Black Archives of Mid-America and the UMKC Libraries. Funding for the series is provided by the R. C. Kemper Charitable Trust & Foundation, UMB Bank, N.A. Trustee.

Trans+ Groups

By , January 27, 2015 9:57 am

We wanted you to know about two transgender support/discussion groups at UMKC that are open to UMKC students, students at other colleges, and community members.

The first is a Trans+Social Group that is a trans-exclusive space for trans+ identifying college students and young adult community members that meets on Wednesday nights from 7-8:30pm in the Rainbow Lounge at UMKC.

Trans+AlliesWe also have four Trans+Allies events this semester that are open to trans+ individuals of all ages, friends, family, community members, students, and anyone who identifies as an ally.  The events are all scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month in UMKC’s Student Union room 302 from 6-8pm starting February 3rd. Free pizza will be provided. These events are great for mental health professionals, family members of trans+ individuals, as well as trans+ individuals who are unavailable on Wednesday nights or are not college students or young adults.  The topics of the four meetings are as follow:

  • ​February 3- Trans+ Myths and Facts
  • March 3-Transition Experiences Panel/Roundtable
  • April 7- Non-binary and Genderqueer Panel/Roundtable
  • May 5- The Trans+ Community and Mental Health Speakers; Michael Henderson from Counseling, Consulting & Mediation will be the guest speaker.

Give the Gift of Reading

By , December 9, 2014 4:36 pm

turn the pageGive the gift of reading with UMKC’s Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 103 Literacy Campaign.

UMKC’s Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 103 has partnered with Turn the Page KC, a local organization dedicated to helping kids learn and succeed through literacy.  Now through December 15th, please donate a children’s book at the Union or donate to Turn the Page KC ($10 buys 4 books).

Most importnatly, donate your time and read to a child!  Reading together sparks a child’s curiosity and joy in learning–you can make a difference!  For more information on volunteering, check out these resources from Turn the Page KC.

 

Architecture Students present proposed Downtown Arts Campus development projects

By , December 2, 2014 11:33 am

AUPD_AwardsReception[The following was provided by the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design.]

Please join us for the Bud Prize, an annual juried design competition held as part of the second-year architectural studies studio. This year, the students have been asked to design a mixed-use retail and residential development on the corner of 17th and Baltimore, Kansas City, MO. The site is around the corner from the proposed UMKC Downtown Campus of the Arts.

The proposed development includes a musical instruments and accessory store (for future students of the Conservatory), a café and coffee bar, and apartments.

The jury of student work will take place  from 1 – 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11th. The awards and reception and awards ceremony will be held from 5 – 7 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 12th.  Both events are in Katz Hall, room 101.

Edwin S. “Bud” Persons was a Senior Interior Architect with Helix / Architecture + Design for seven years. As an accomplished interior designer in the industry for nearly 30 years, Bud loved designing corporate and residential interiors where his passion for color, details and unexpected combinations delighted his clients and made him an inspiration to other designers. Helix / Architecture + Design established the Edwin S. “Bud” Persons Award in 2004 to honor the magnetic personality, enthusiasm and many contributions Bud made to this industry. The funds recognize the life and work of Bud Persons by promoting the study and knowledge of architecture and design through a scholarship grant awarded to UMKC students.

Helix / Architecture + Design is an architecture and interior design firm whose purpose is to create meaningful design solutions that make a difference to their clients and the community. Located in the heart of the Crossroads Art District, the firm specializes in corporate, public, residential and hospitality design. For more information, please visit www.helixkc.com.

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