Category: Of Interest

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

Upcoming Career Services Fairs

By , October 4, 2016 11:30 am

Get in touch with potential employers at these upcoming fairs:


intern-fairInternship Fair

Tues, Oct 11 from 9am to 1pm

Student Union Room 401

Connect with employers to learn about internship opportunities, which is often the first step to your future career!


biological-sciencesBiological and Natural Sciences Career Fair

Wed, Oct 12 from 9am to 1pm

Student Union Room 401

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet with employers targeting students in biological and natural sciences!


Summer 2017 Internship in Washington, D.C.

By , October 4, 2016 11:18 am

Harry S Truman CenterApplications for The Truman Bootstrap Internship Award for 2017 are now available for undergraduates who wish to experience public service and the national policy process.

The award provides two undergraduates interested in government service with an eight to nine week immersion in the Washington, D.C. offices of the Missouri Congressional delegation or other appropriate offices.

The internship will be completed during the Summer Academic Session. Participants will have opportunities to connect with past Truman Center speakers such as Don Ritchie, Historian of the U.S. Senate, or Margaret Talev, Bloomberg News White House Correspondent. Interns will share quarters with interns from the other UM campuses and meet UM administrators who visit Washington during this time.

Serving as an intern in Washington can be an exciting and rewarding experience, involving oneself in the exciting and fast-paced daily life of Capitol Hill. Applications must be completed and submitted by ­­­­­­3 p.m. Dec. 1, 2016.

For complete details, visit Harry S. Truman Center for Governmental Affairs internships. If you have additional questions, contact Gayla Curtis or call 816-235-2720.

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