Category: Of Interest

Rootopia: French Montana in concert with special guest Timeflies (April 27)

By , February 13, 2017 1:51 pm

rootopia-poster-finalThe UMKC Office of Student Involvement and UMKC Student Government Association are sponsoring French Montana in concert with special guest Timeflies on April 27 at Swinney Recreation Center, 5030 Holmes, Kansas City, Mo. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with the show starting at 8:00 p.m.

UMKC student tickets go on sale Monday, February 13 through the UMKC Central Ticket Office. General public tickets will go on sale Monday, February 27. Ticket prices are $20 each for currently enrolled UMKC students and $50 each for the general public. Students are limited to the purchase of one student ticket and one general admission guest ticket at the general public price. Please be prepared to present a valid UMKC student ID when picking up the tickets. General admission tickets are limited to four tickets.

People can purchase tickets online, by phone at 816-235-6222 or in person at the CTO office on the UMKC campus, PAC Lobby. Their hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

French Montana is one of the top figures in the world of hip-hop and beyond. In May 2013, Montana dropped his debut album “Excuse My French” via Bad Boy Records and Maybach Music Group. The album, which was executive produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs and Rick Ross, was named by Complex as one of the “most anticipated albums” that year. The project featured several guest appearances, including Max B, Drake, Rick Ross, Sean “Diddy” Combs and his Coke Boys crew (Chinx Drugz, Charlie Rock, Cheeze and Flip); which was produced mainly by longtime collaborator Harry Fraud.

Since releasing his first studio album, Montana has become highly sought-after as a guest artist. He’s collaborated with everyone from Jay-Z to Jennifer Lopez. He’s also dropped a slew of mixtapes, most recently the Max B hosted Wave Gods. In addition to music, Montana has begun to delve into acting, playing himself in the romantic comedy “The Perfect Match,” which hit theaters in May 2016.

Timeflies is New York’s alternatively minded “electro hip-pop dub-something” pair Rob “Rez” Resnick, producer, and Cal Shapiro, vocals. Following indie breakout 2011s “The Scotch Tape,” their 2014 first major label offering, “After Hours,” debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200, went #1 on iTunes Top Pop Albums chart, and yielded the hit “All The Way,” which soared to #2 on Billboard’s Top Digital Songs chart and has earned over 35 million Spotify streams. They’ve landed high-profile syncs for films like “About Last Night” and from the MLB, NBC, Red Bull, “American Idol” and more. Vanity Fair dubbed them “Musical Masterminds,” and the duo has hit the stage at “Good Morning America” and on “Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!” Their last national headline tour saw every single date sell out. It was on that tour where they wrote the bulk of “Just For Fun.”

2017 Vagina Monologues benefit performance (Feb 16)

By , February 13, 2017 1:45 pm

A Benefit Performance of The Vagina Monologues
Thursday, February 16
Doors open at 7 p.m., performance at 7:30

Purchase tickets online or call Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222.

Ticket Prices

  • $10 – Students — in advance
  • $20 – Non-Students — in advance
  • $15 – Students — at the door
  • $25 – Non-Students — at the door

What is V-Day? from V-Day Until the Violence Stops on Vimeo.



8th Annual African American Read In

By , January 17, 2017 12:17 pm

read-in-2017The UMKC University Libraries invite you to attend our 8th Annual African American Read-In

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Miller Nichols Library, 1st Floor iX Theatre

Listeners and sharers are welcome at this FREE and open to the public event.  Read, sing, or perform a work from the African American author or artist of your choice, or just come to listen, reflect, and enjoy! Drop-in presenters are welcome as time allows.

Registration for listeners and sharers is now open online:  Register here

Complimentary snack packs will be available for attendees, thanks to the sponsorship provided by the UMKC Friends of the Library.

For more information, please email Tom Burns or Liz Johnson

Grow Together: MLK Day of Service and Celebration

By , January 6, 2017 2:51 pm

mlk-service-dayUMKC, in partnership with the YMCA, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and Rockhurst University, will host its second annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 16.  Join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Explore fun activities and great discussion on communicating respectfully in a diverse world.

The event is free and food will be provided.  At Least 75 volunteers are needed from UMKC.

A schedule of events for the day is as follows:

Noon –12:30 p.m. – Registration and Lunch
12:30 – 12:45 p.m. – Welcome
12:45 – 2 p.m. – Activities
2 – 3 p.m. – Diversity Discussion led by UMKC Diversity & Inclusion

Volunteers will have the option to participate in three out of five different activities:

  1. Survival Kits donated to homeless shelter in KC
  2. Canvas Paintings to be donated to Ronald McDonald House of KC
  3. Flower Pots – decorate mini flower pots to be donated to Women’s Shelter in KC
  4. Paper Flower Power – positive messages written to LGBTQ youth of Passages
  5. Letter Decorations – describe what the letter means to you and hang up at YMCA

Click here to sign up to volunteer.

Please bring donations for survival kits – travel size hygiene items are requested.  Donations can be dropped off at the Linwood Family YMCA, 3221 Indiana Ave, Kansas City, MO 64128, by Friday, Jan. 14.

Questions can be emailed to Dr. Angela Cottrell, UMKC Manager for Student Conduct and Division Initiatives.

Stop and smell the roses, man! Senior art thesis

By , November 14, 2016 12:31 pm

smell-the-rosesGraphic artist and soon-to-be UMKC graduate, Alexa Rose Di Trolio, displays the culmination of her Senior thesis on the first floor of the library for our UMKC community to appreciate during the most hectic part of the semester.

“‘Stop and Smell the Roses, Man’ is an exhibit for the students, faculty and employees of UMKC to take a moment for themselves, get lost, and to realize that everything is going to be alright in this life.”  – Alexa Rose Di Trolio

These works are a product of Di Trolio’s own experience with stress. “When I approached the idea for my senior thesis, it came from the chaos that surrounded my life at the time,” Di Trolio writes, “I realized the only thing that could calm me down in the hardest of times was working on my canvases…Our overall mental state of mind is the most important component of our lives, and we must remind ourselves daily to stop, and smell the roses, man.”

Come see the exhibit on the first floor of the Miller Nichols Library next to the service desk, up now through finals!

You can learn more about the artist and view her other works by visiting her website or by following her on instagram @stopandsmelltherosesman


Donate for the Women’s Suit Drive

By , November 8, 2016 10:40 am

suitsThe UMKC Women’s Center is partnering with Dress for Success Kansas City and Connections to Success to collect professional women’s clothing for women in need. The drive is Nov. 1 – Dec. 5.

Donate gently used, ready-to-wear women’s professional attire, shoes, handbags and accessories. Your support will help empower women towards achieving their career goals. Clothing sized 18 to 34 and shoes sized 9 to 14 are in particular need, including new pantyhose.

UMKC donation drop-off locations:
–  Women’s Center, 5120 Rockhill Rd, 105 Haag Hall
– Administrative Center – Conference Facility, 5115 Oak. St.
– Student Union, 51st & Cherry St. 2nd Floor
– Atterbury Student Success Center, 5000 Holmes St, 1st Floor
– Bloch School of Management, 5110 Cherry St, 1st Floor Student Lounge

Donations are tax-deductible. For a tax receipt, contact Sarah Keen,

For more information, please contact 816-235-1638 or

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