Category: Of Interest

UMKC Student Leadership Conference

By , March 17, 2015 5:10 pm

Student Leadership ConferenceUMKC students:  this is your opportunity to step outside the classroom environment and have an interactive approach to learning, experiencing, and becoming a leader personally and professionally.

Join us on Saturday, April 11 for the Student Leadership Conference, hosted by the Office of Student Involvement and featuring keynote speaker Tim Mousseau.

  • RSVPs are now live for all UMKC students.  Hurry, spaces are limited!
  • For more information, and to RSVP visit


Civic Connections Volunteer Fair

By , March 17, 2015 5:07 pm


Are you interested in getting more involved in your community? Are you looking for an internship or volunteer opportunity that allows you to make an impact? Join the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management on Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the Civic Connections Volunteer Fair on the 4th floor of the UMKC Student Union.

The Civic Connections Volunteer Fair will showcase a variety of non-profit organizations that focus on Education, Women and Children, Social Justice, and Healthcare Access. Some of the organizations that will be present are:

  • After the Harvest
  • American Indian Health Research & Education Alliance (AIHREA)
  • Avenue of Life
  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope of Kansas City
  • The Children’s Place
  • Communities Creating Opportunities
  • Domestic Violence Prevention Services Agency
  • First Call
  • Good Samaritan
  • Harvesters
  • Hillcrest Transitional Housing
  • Jumpstart
  • Kansas City Care Clinic
  • Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care
  • KC Mothers in Charge
  • KVC Health Systems
  • Literacy Kansas City
  • Make-A-Wish Missouri
  • Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA)
  • Mother and Child Health Coalition
  • Phoenix Family
  • Rose Brooks Center
  • Stephanie Waterman Foundation

If you would like more information or have any questions feel free to email LaNee` Bridewell at or call 816-235-6609.


Operation iPad at the University Libraries

By , March 5, 2015 2:31 pm

iPad-BlogImage-300x300We need YOUR help to get iPads for our students and staff. University Libraries is ever-changing, which means we must evolve in new and innovative ways to provide access to meaningful and necessary resources.

Many, academic libraries like ours are able to provide the most current databases, journals and additional resources only in electronic formats.  The good news about these e-resources is that they can be accessed by our students and faculty from any computer or mobile device with internet access.  The challenge that we are rising to meet is that, unfortunately, not all of our students can afford to purchase an iPad of their own.  That’s why we need your help!

We ask you for your support of the Operation iPad project. Your contribution of $10, $25, $50, $100, $300 or any amount you can afford will go towards providing students with more tools to succeed.

If you cannot donate, you can still help by spreading the word on social media. Please send the link to Operation iPad on to your friends, family, and colleagues.  Your social network could make a difference in helping our students reach their full potential and realize their dreams.

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


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.

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