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TEDMED Simulcast at UMKC

By , September 2, 2014 5:13 pm

TEDMED2014TEDMED is the health and medicine edition of the world-famous TED conference, dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.”  The theme for TEDMED 2014 is “Unlocking Imagination in Service of Health and Medicine.”

The Bloch School is sponsoring a free, live HD simulcast of the conference Sept. 10-12 in the new Bloch Executive Hall.  No advance registration is necessary:  students, faculty and others can drop in at their convenience to view the various presentations.

The program schedule for the Bloch simulcast is below.  Full program details, including speaker bios, are available at

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The Place for People Going Places

By , August 26, 2014 3:22 pm

UMKC-CampaignOn the hottest day in July, a few dozen hardy UMKC students, faculty and staff braved the 100-degree heat on the Scofield Quad to make Kansas City’s university a video star.

The occasion? Filming UMKC’s new undergraduate student recruitment campaign. That commercial will begin airing this month – along with new billboards, digital web, radio and TV ads.

And for a taste of the new campaign on campus, just walk the 111 steps leading from Oak Street up to the Student Union. Each flight of steps gives added meaning to the new campaign theme — UMKC: The place for people going places.

“As we brainstormed ideas, we knew we wanted a message that would showcase not only the incredible academic opportunities at UMKC, but how our students use that knowledge to accomplish amazing things and achieve their dreams,” said Anne Hartung Spenner, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Marketing and Communications. “We hear over and over that the excellent faculty, small class sizes and the diversity and vibrancy of our campus are game-changers for students.”

Those ideas – gleaned from talking to small groups of students, faculty, staff and alumni – led to the campaign’s key message: “Different people travel different paths to success. But they all start in the same place. UMKC—the place for discovery, the place for achievement, the place for people going places.”

The new campaign is a key part of helping UMKC achieve its strategic goal of growing to 20,000 students by 2020.

To check out elements of the new campaign, check out our new 15-second and 30-second videos or click here to go to the campaign’s online landing page.

The new billboards are sprinkled around town: one on I-29 southbound in Kansas City near Parvin Road, and another on I-70 driving westbound from Independence near Highway 40. A third billboard is on I-35 northbound at Cambridge Circle.

Rally with the Roos! Enter to win the Sporting KC Contest

By , August 26, 2014 3:17 pm

rally-with-the-umkc-roosUMKC and Sporting Kansas City are hosting a “Rally With the Roos” contest this month.  Enter online here by August 31st.

Ten winners will receive a “Rally with the Roos” package, which includes two tickets to a Sporting KC home game, a VIP parking pass, a food and beverage voucher, two “Rally with the Roos” T-shirts and an autographed Sporting KC soccer ball.

UMKC has been Sporting’s university partner for two years. Be sure to mark your calendar for Sept. 26:  it’s UMKC Night at Sporting Park!

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.

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