Category: Of Interest

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.

Got a business idea? Join the Regnier Venture Creation Challenge

By , February 11, 2014 8:26 am

RegnierInformation Session, 2014 Regnier Venture Creation Challenge
Thursday, February 13, 2014
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Bloch Executive Hall (new building), Room 331
Refreshments provided

Please join us at the Information Session on February 13 to learn more about the 2014 Regnier Venture Creation Challenge (RVCC). We will discuss the following information at the session:

  • Submission process and the events
  • How to register for the competition
  • Example of a business plan submission
  • Key resources on the RVCC website
  • Who to contact for assistance with the competition

The RVCC will take place on the UMKC campus in early May 2014.  This Challenge is designed to encourage student venture creation through a forum in which students can present new venture concepts to local business experts, entrepreneurs, and business professionals.

This year, we are excited to announce that student teams will be competing to win $55,000 in total awards and seed funding.  Students of all disciplines are invited to enter the business plan competition!

For additional details, join us at the Information Session or visit:

A Women’s Center for Everyone

By , February 3, 2014 4:51 pm

Women's CenterA Women’s Center for Everyone

By Arzie Umali

The Women’s Center has had a home at UMKC for over 40 years; however, every day, someone new walks through our doors, attends one of our events, or discovers us on the internet.  That is what is so great about the Women’s Center.  It is available and accessible to everyone.  It is a place to come when you want to meet people or you need some extra support.  It is a staff of creative, passionate people who plan programs and events to educate you and raise your awareness about gender issues so that you feel inspired to get involved.  And it is a service that helps you find resources for women, learn about the multicultural realities of women, and stay informed about current events that affect women.  Our mission is to advocate, educate, and provide support services for the advancement of women’s equity on campus and within the community at large, and as a place, a staff, and a service for our students we strive to make this happen.

The Women’s Center is located in 105 Haag Hall.  It is a convenient location for students who need a space to study between classes, finish up homework, or meet up with friends.  We are open every weekday from 8 AM to 5 PM and we encourage all students to take advantage of our study lounge with computers and a comfy couch, conference room, and kitchenette. For nursing mothers we offer a private and secure lactation room with refrigerator for storing breast milk. And if it’s a book on women’s and gender topics you are looking for, our friendly staff is always happy to help you find a book in our library.  The Women’s Center also houses the Violence Prevention and Response Project, where you can pick up information and resources about gender violence, stalking, and sexual assault, or stop by and speak to our Victim Services Adjudication Advisor if you need advice.  Our center really is about having a safer space to go when you need help, when you need to get away, or even if you need to see a friendly smile.

If activism and getting involved are what you want from your college experience, attending one or all of the Women’s Center’s programs is what you need to do. We offer a number of events that will raise your awareness about gender disparities and inspire you to get involved.  Through our Violence and Prevention Project we offer programs on sexual assault prevention to create a safer campus community.   This semester, our V-Day programs will begin in February with tables at various locations across campus that will offer information about the international movement to end violence against women and girls. On February 19, we will be partnering with the UMKC Men of Color Initiative to offer a workshop just for men to discuss their own responsibilities in ending violence toward women. And on the evening of Tuesday, March 4, at the Student Union Theater, we will present a benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues, which includes a diverse cast of women from the UMKC student body, staff and faculty, as well as women from the community.  For more details about all our V-Day programs or to purchase tickets to The Vagina Monologues, please visit the V-Day UMKC website at

The Women’s Center also hosts a number of events that recognize the accomplishment of women and focus on gender equity. During the week of February 24,  we will be presenting Every Body is Beautiful Week, a series of programs that addresses eating disorders and negative body image as barriers to women’s achievement.  These programs are offered as a campus-wide effort in partnership with the UMKC Counseling Center, Office of Student Involvement, UMKC Athletics, Swinney Recreation Center, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and Student Health and Wellness to create more body positive messaging and ideals for women and girls. In March during Women’s History Month we will offer a trivia contest challenging our campus community’s knowledge of the accomplishments of women in history.  And on April 8, we will host an Equal Pay Day event to raise awareness of the pay disparities that women in America still face. All of these events are meant to engage our students in the unique experiences of all women.

The Women’s Center also addresses the issue of gender discrimination in the arts through the Her Art Project. This semester our programs will celebrate Wonder Women at two exciting events.  First, we are presenting a group art exhibit at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in the historic Crossroads Arts District. The exhibit will run February 7 – March 29 and will feature six local women artists who are superheoines of the local arts community and who create works that represent the strength, courage, and resilience of the empowered woman.  On the evening of April 22 at the Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch, we will be hosting award-winning filmmaker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan for a screening and discussion of her documentary WonderWomen! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. Both of these events focus on creative women as leaders, change-makers, and inspirations to the next generation of Wonder Women. For more information about these, and all of our events this semester, visit our website,

Finally, the Women’s Center is a vital resource for everyone, not just women, and not just student at UMKC or people in our community. We are here for everyone and available to everyone, 24-7, on the worldwide web. Through our website you can access resources for women, check out our calendar for events happening on campus as well as in the community for women, and learn about the staff and history of the Women’s Center. Through our Blog, you can get insight on current topics about women from articles written by our own student staff. And on our Social Media sites (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr) you can find information, photos, and news about what’s happening at the Women’s Center and around the world. As you can see, the Women’s Center is more than just a mission statement. It’s a place, it’s a staff, and it’s a service dedicated to making UMKC and our community a safer, more equitable place for everyone.

For more information about the UMKC Women’s Center, please stop by 105 Haag Hall or visit us at


Call for Submissions: Lucerna Student Journal

By , February 3, 2014 4:47 pm

LucernaPapers are now being accepted for the 2014 Lucerna, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal–and the only undergraduate research journal at UMKC–publishing papers by students in the social sciences, sciences, and humanities. Established in 2005 by the UMKC Honors Program, Lucerna’s purpose is to cultivate and showcase high-caliber scholarship from the entire UMKC undergraduate community.

Any UMKC undergraduate may submit a research paper between 2,000 and 6,000 words, written anytime during their academic career at UMKC. Publishing in Lucerna is a prestigious accomplishment for any academic looking to further her or his education or future career. Previously published papers will not be considered.

Please visit the Lucerna website ( for information about submitting your paper and to view past issues.

Lucerna has a priority deadline of February 28th, 2014.  All submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the end of spring semester; however, submissions that meet the priority deadline will be given highest consideration for publication.

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