Category: Of Interest

Women of Color Leadership Conference: Keynote is Inspiration for TV’s “Scandal”

By , May 6, 2014 11:01 am

Judy-Smith-1[The following was provided by the Division of Diversity & Inclusion.]

The UMKC Women of Color Leadership Conference: Empowering Women Through Creative Expression will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 22 at the Student Union.

The luncheon keynote speaker is Judy Smith, crisis management adviser. Her groundbreaking career is the basis of ABC’s hit series “Scandal,” which revolves around the work of a major-league “fixer.”  Smith has served as a consultant for a host of high-profile celebrity and entertainment clients for 25 years.

In 1991, Smith joined the White House as special assistant and deputy press secretary to President George Bush. During her tenure, she provided communications advice on a wide range of foreign and domestic issues.

Smith is the author of the book, “Good Self, Bad Self.” She has received numerous communications and leadership awards and is active in community service.

The mission of the Women of Color Leadership Conference is to provide an environment for, by and about women of color that promotes equity, education and professional development.

Registration is $25 per person and open to the public. The Office of Student Involvement will provide free registration for a limited number of students on a first come, first served basis.  If interested please e-mail LaShaundra Randolph at We are also looking volunteers–if interested please click on the following link:

Communication Studies Students Win Top Awards

By , April 30, 2014 12:36 pm

LOGOUMKC students from the department of communication studies won top honors in the 2014 College Media Awards Competition, sponsored annually by the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association (MBEA). In multiple categories of radio production, first-place awards went to Ross Stinemetz (Dramatic), Cody Tapp and Ryan Witkowski (Play-by-Play), Zach Hinton (Station Promotion), while an honorable mention was awarded to Will Trumper (Dramatic).

“This is the fourth year in a row that one of my students has won first place for Radio Drama,” said UMKC assistant teaching professor Angela Elam, “and this year we picked up both first and second, so I think people around the state are starting to take notice.” Elam, who taught all of these students in her radio production class, Communication Studies 363, is also the host and producer of UMKC’s nationally distributed public radio show, New Letters on the Air.

At this year’s MBEA competition, Ross Stinemetz won for his drama, Gamblin’ Man, a continuation of the Sundown Sector series that brought him and Cody Tapp first place in 2013.  Stinemetz also gained a first place in the Documentary/ Public Affairs category with his radio series on writers for Number One magazine. Both aired in spring of 2013 on, UMKC’s student Internet radio station.

Second honors went to Will Trumper, the current program director of K-ROO, for his radio drama about a pop music purgatory.

Cody Tapp and Ryan Witkowski–who served respectively as K-ROO’s first Sports Director and Station Manager when it began in late 2012–earned their second MBEA first-place award for Play-by-Play, this time for their coverage of the winter 2013 UMKC vs. Iowa State basketball game.

Zach Hinton won first place for the audio promotion of The Ace Klub, his
music show that airs on on Monday afternoons from 2:00-3:00.

Short segments from all of the award-winning pieces will be played at the
Communication Studies Student Showcase on Wednesday, May 14th, 6:30 p.m. at
the Tivoli Theater in Westport, 4050 Pennsylvania, KCMO. This event is free and
open to the public.

For a complete list of awards, visit the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association website.

New Letters Writing Contest

By , April 22, 2014 8:41 am

New Letters CoverEntries for the writing contest sponsored by New Letters magazine of writing and art, published at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, will be accepted through May 18.

New Letters Literary Awards have discovered and advanced the work of writers since 1986. Winners from each genre — short story, poetry and nonfiction — receive $1,500 and publication in New Letters quarterly magazine.

Judges in past years have included Alberto Rios, Janet Burroway, Mary Jo Salter, Kim Addonizio, Daniel Woodrell, David Shields, Cornelius Eady and other writers. The 2014 judges will be announced later; all submissions are judged anonymously.

The entry fee is $18, which includes a one-year (four book-length issues) subscription to New Letters magazine. You can enter online or through mail: New Letters; University House, 5101 Rockhill Road; Kansas City, MO 64110-2499.

Wonder Women! females who don’t need rescuing

By , April 15, 2014 7:48 pm

WonderWomenThe documentary “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines” will take place at 6:30 p. m. on Tuesday, April 22 at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Library, 4801 Main St.

The documentary examines the idea of heroic women from the birth of the superhero in the 1940s to the TV and big-screen action blockbusters of today. It also explores female heroines who don’t require rescue and who determine their own missions.

Featuring Gloria Steinem, actors Lynda (Wonder Woman) Carter and Lindsey (The Bionic Woman) Wagner – as well as a cast of scholars, writers, and fans – the film challenges pop culture’s gender biases by looking at how Wonder Woman’s storyline changed over time and why women are rarely depicted as heroic, powerful, or world-changing.

Filmmaker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan also will lead a discussion about the film and its themes.

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at or call 816-701-3407.

The event is presented by the UMKC Women’s Center. It is co-sponsored Kansas City Public Library, Bernardin-Haskell Fund, UMKC Department of Communication Studies, UMKC Department of English, UMKC Women’s & Gender Studies Program, American Association of University Women Kansas City Branch, Kansas City Women in Film & TV and United Nations Association Women’s Group.

Roo Basketball Guard Eilise O’Connor Named Academic All-American

By , February 24, 2014 3:52 pm

OConnor-550UMKC Women’s Basketball senior guard Eilise O’Connor has been named a Division I First Team Capital One Academic All-American.

O’Connor holds a 3.99 GPA as a Health Sciences major in the School of Nursing and Health Studies and a Chemistry minor in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has been accepted into the UMKC School of Dentistry and plans to attend this fall. The San Francisco native has moved into second place on the UMKC career scoring and assists list. This year she set new Kansas City and WAC records for free throws in a game with 22 at New Mexico State on Jan. 18, as well as records for free throws in a season.

“It’s absolutely humbling to be categorized with the tremendous athletes who make up the Academic All-American teams,” O’Connor said. “They are some of the best and brightest collegiate athletes in the country and I can be nothing but honored to be considered alongside them. Without question, I could not have earned anything without my team, coaches and staff. From our manager to our head coach, all I can say is thank you for supporting me throughout my career on the floor and off.”

Currently, O’Connor leads the WAC in scoring at 21.3 points and free throw percentage at 86.9 percent. Four times this year she has eclipsed the 30-point mark and three times has notched double-doubles.

O’Connor has been named as a semi-finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and the WBCA Allstate Good Works Team. Last season, she was named to the Division I-AAA Scholar Athlete Team and Summit League Academic All-League, while three times being selected as a member of the Summit League Academic Honor Roll and twice as a member of the Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence.

“We couldn’t be more excited for Eilise and the recognition that she continues to receive on a national level,” said UMKC Head Coach Marsha Frese. “Eilise takes tremendous pride in everything she does and strives to be a role model both on and off the basketball court. Hopefully recognition like this will inspire others to never settle in the desire to excel on the court and in the classroom.”

EveryBody is Beautiful Week 2014

By , February 17, 2014 5:55 pm

EveryBodyUMKC’s annual EveryBody Is Beautiful Week will take place February 24-28.  Stop by informational tables to get information on body image and eating disorders and “trash your fat talk”.  Take part all week in Operation Beautiful by posting sticky notes with positive messages around campus.  Supplies are available at the tables and all week at the Women’s Center, Counseling Center, Multicultural Student Affairs, Swinney Recreation, MindBody Connection, and Student Health & Wellness.

Join us on Wednesday, February 26 from 5–7pm in the MindBody Connection (ASSC 112) for a Love Your Body Party, with creative and relaxing activities designed to celebrate all our bodies do for us and fight back against unhealthy messages about weight and eating!

Schedule of tables:

  • Monday, February 24, 11 am – 1 pm in the Health Sciences Building Lobby
  • Tuesday, February 25, 11 am – 1 pm in the Atterbury Student Success Center
  • Wednesday, February 26, 11 am – 1 pm in Royall Hall

EveryBody Is Beautiful Week is offered by the UMKC Women’s Center and Counseling Center, with co-sponsorship from MSA, Swinney Rec, OSI, Student Health, UMKC Athletics and MindBody Connection.  Contact Rachel Pierce at 235-5186 or the Women’s Center at 235-1638 with questions.

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