Category: Student Involvement

What can student leadership do for you?

By , February 3, 2015 11:23 am

LeadershipStudent leadership certainly doesn’t end at graduation–and what you learn outside of the classroom can have far-reaching effects on your future career.

UMKC Alumni who were also student leaders will be returning to campus to talk about how their student leadership experiences have helped them advance in their careers.  We’ll have guests with backgrounds in a variety of careers from law enforcement to teaching.  Panelists will also discuss what experiences you can get now that will better prepare you for leadership after UMKC.

If you’re a current student leader, or aspiring to become one, this will be a discussion you won’t want to miss.  This is a great opportunity to learn how to maximize your student leadership position and help yourself in the process!

  • What:  Student Leadership Panel
  • When:  Wednesday, Feb. 11th from 6-7pm
  • Where:  UMKC Student Union, 401
  • Register now!
  • Questions?  call UMKC Residential Life at 235-8840

Trans+ Groups

By , January 27, 2015 9:57 am

We wanted you to know about two transgender support/discussion groups at UMKC that are open to UMKC students, students at other colleges, and community members.

The first is a Trans+Social Group that is a trans-exclusive space for trans+ identifying college students and young adult community members that meets on Wednesday nights from 7-8:30pm in the Rainbow Lounge at UMKC.

Trans+AlliesWe also have four Trans+Allies events this semester that are open to trans+ individuals of all ages, friends, family, community members, students, and anyone who identifies as an ally.  The events are all scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month in UMKC’s Student Union room 302 from 6-8pm starting February 3rd. Free pizza will be provided. These events are great for mental health professionals, family members of trans+ individuals, as well as trans+ individuals who are unavailable on Wednesday nights or are not college students or young adults.  The topics of the four meetings are as follow:

  • ​February 3- Trans+ Myths and Facts
  • March 3-Transition Experiences Panel/Roundtable
  • April 7- Non-binary and Genderqueer Panel/Roundtable
  • May 5- The Trans+ Community and Mental Health Speakers; Michael Henderson from Counseling, Consulting & Mediation will be the guest speaker.

11 Ways to Stress Less at Stress Less Fest

By , December 9, 2014 4:38 pm

Stress Less 20141.  Massages.  Free massages at Jazzman’s Coffee stage Dec 15-17; and at Hospital Hill:  SOD 12/15, SOM 12/16, and HSB 12/17

2.  Extended Hours.  The UMKC Student Union is open until 2am Dec 11-17

3.  Free Coffee.  Jazzman’s will have limited free coffee available after 10pm on Dec 14 through midnight on Dec 16

4.  Study Spaces.  Additional study spaces available throughout the Union

5.  Aromatherapy.  Relax with Aromatherapy in the Union (room 419)

6.  Painting!  Paint a masterpiece outside the Union Bookstore from 10am-3pm Dec 15-19 (while supplies last)

7.  Finals Survival Kits.  Build your own survival kit (while supplies last):  OSI 10am-5pm on Dec 15-19 and at Hospital Hill:  SOD 12/15, SOM 12/16, and HSB 12/17

8.  Therapy Dogs.  Cuddle up with a puppy in the Union 10am-3pm on Dec 15-19

9.  Yoga.  Take a free yoga class Dec 16 and Dec 18 from 1.30-2.30pm at Swinney Recreation Center (room 304)

10.  Interval Training.  Learn interval training Dec 15 and Dec 17 from 9-9.30am at the Swinney Indoor Track

11.  Late Night Breakfast.  Join us Dec 11 from 10pm to midnight for free breakfast at the Caf!

Architecture Students present proposed Downtown Arts Campus development projects

By , December 2, 2014 11:33 am

AUPD_AwardsReception[The following was provided by the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design.]

Please join us for the Bud Prize, an annual juried design competition held as part of the second-year architectural studies studio. This year, the students have been asked to design a mixed-use retail and residential development on the corner of 17th and Baltimore, Kansas City, MO. The site is around the corner from the proposed UMKC Downtown Campus of the Arts.

The proposed development includes a musical instruments and accessory store (for future students of the Conservatory), a café and coffee bar, and apartments.

The jury of student work will take place  from 1 – 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11th. The awards and reception and awards ceremony will be held from 5 – 7 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 12th.  Both events are in Katz Hall, room 101.

Edwin S. “Bud” Persons was a Senior Interior Architect with Helix / Architecture + Design for seven years. As an accomplished interior designer in the industry for nearly 30 years, Bud loved designing corporate and residential interiors where his passion for color, details and unexpected combinations delighted his clients and made him an inspiration to other designers. Helix / Architecture + Design established the Edwin S. “Bud” Persons Award in 2004 to honor the magnetic personality, enthusiasm and many contributions Bud made to this industry. The funds recognize the life and work of Bud Persons by promoting the study and knowledge of architecture and design through a scholarship grant awarded to UMKC students.

Helix / Architecture + Design is an architecture and interior design firm whose purpose is to create meaningful design solutions that make a difference to their clients and the community. Located in the heart of the Crossroads Art District, the firm specializes in corporate, public, residential and hospitality design. For more information, please visit

OSI staff member receives NACA honor

By , November 4, 2014 8:54 am

LaShaundra-RandolphLaShaundra Randolph was recently awarded the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Markley Award at the NACA Central Regional Conference. This is the highest honor a professional can receive at the NACA regional conference.

Randolph is the UMKC coordinator for student activities in the Office of Student Involvement and a UMKC Ed.D. candidate.

The Markley Award recognizes an individual who is regarded as a positive role model for students, professional staff and associates in addition to involvement in and contributions to the NACA Central Region, as well as in the field of student activities.

The Markley Award recipient must have a minimum of three years of full-time professional employment in the field of student development, student activities or the entertainment industry; demonstrate a strong involvement in and contribution to the NACA® Central Region; continued potential in the field of student activities; be involved in other regional or national organizations; and be regarded as a positive role model for students, professional staff and associates.

Congratulations, LaShaundra!

Student Leadership Development–What do you want in a program?

By , October 28, 2014 8:55 am

OSI LogoThe Office of Student Involvement is evaluating our student leadership development programs and we need YOUR feedback.  What support and programs do YOU need to be better leaders on campus and in your communities?  How can we support your leadership development and how can we challenge you to grow?

We want to develop leadership programs that are beneficial to all of our students at UMKC, including those who have never held a leadership position.  The results of this survey will also help us assess the Leadership Summit to determine if it meets the needs of our students.

Please take a few moments to fill out our Leadership Development Survey.  One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift card to the UMKC bookstore–submit the survey by October 31st!


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