Category: Student Organization Spotlight

Trans+ Groups at UMKC

By , September 1, 2015 5:18 pm

Trans+_Fall2015We wanted you to know about two transgender support/discussion groups at UMKC that are both open to UMKC students, students at other colleges, and community members. In addition, we have attached a transgender resources sheet for Kansas City that would be a great resource to hand out to trans+ or gender-questioning individuals.

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 Monday nights from 6-8 p.m. in the Rainbow Lounge at UMKC (see attached flyer for more information).

We 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 Wednesday of each month in UMKC’s Student Union room 302 from 6-8 p.m. starting September 2nd (see attached flyer for more information). 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 Thursday nights or are not college students or young adults. The topics of the four meetings are as follow:

  • September 2nd- Ally Development: How to be an advocate
  • October 7th- New Girls on the Block Discussion (Student Union, Room 402)
  • November 4th- Binary Trans Panel
  • December 2nd- Parents of Trans Children and Young Adults Roundtable

Please contact for more information or to be added to our listserv. Thank you!


UMKC Civil Engineers awarded Distinguished Chapter

By , May 8, 2015 2:10 pm

ASCEThe student chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering has been awarded the Distinguished Chapter Award for region 7, the highest award given to a student chapter.

“The distinguished chapter award means we were the best, irrespective of size, and this is the first time we have won,” said John T. Kevern, Ph.D., associate professor of civil engineering. “The students have really taken this seriously.” UMKC’s student chapter has a track record of winning awards, having received honorable mentions the last few years.

The ASCE student chapter helped organize dozens of unique activities, ranging from a charity golf tournament to highway cleanups. They also held several joint meetings with the local ASCE section and Geotech committee; and have had an integral role in planning the annual ASCE-AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition, which will be May 22-23 at the Kansas City Convention Center.

Region 7 includes Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and the St. Louis and Kansas City areas of Missouri.

Pharmacy Student Chapter Named Among Highest in Nation for the Fourth Time

By , April 7, 2015 1:38 pm

SOPStudentsA UMKC School of Pharmacy student group has been named among the best in the country for the fourth year in a row.

The UMKC chapter of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) won the Division AA National Chapter Achievement Award for 2013-2014. This placed UMKC in the top four out of 129 APhA-ASP chapters, announced recently at the American Pharmacists Association annual meeting in San Diego. Last year, the UMKC chapter was in the top 10; in 2013, it was in the top four and in 2012, the UMKC chapter received National Student Chapter of the Year.

UMKC School of Pharmacy Dean Russell Melchert compares the achievements to winning a national championship in NCAA athletics.

Through numerous events and activities, UMKC student pharmacists and their faculty mentors make a huge difference in the health of thousands of people throughout the Kansas City area and across Missouri, Melchert said. “The continued national recognition for that is a nice bonus.”

Each year, the award is given to APhA-ASP chapters across the nation based on originality of programs, number of chapter members involved, impact on the community, benefit to student pharmacists and collaboration with other healthcare organizations. Faculty advisers during the 2013-2014 school year include professors Kelly Cochran and Angela Brownfield at the Columbia campus and professors Cameron Lindsey, Valerie Ruehter and Andrew Bzowyckyj in Kansas City.

A few of the activities and accomplishments that earned recognition for the UMKC APhA-ASP chapter this year include:

  • The chapter held a total of 259 events across its campuses in Kansas City and Columbia.
  • Of the events, 60 were new events and 199 were sustained events from previous years.
  • The student pharmacists reached 14,256 patients at events.
  • A total of 10,488,041 patients were educated through public relations’ efforts.
  • Region award winners for 3 of the 4 national APhA-ASP Patient Care initiatives.

Mortar Board Week–promoting Financial Literacy and Children’s Literacy

By , February 10, 2015 11:39 am

Book Drive FlyerThe Delta Alpha Chapter of Mortar Board Senior Honor Society at UMKC is hosting several upcoming events this month aimed at promoting Children’s Literacy and Financial Literacy.

February 8th – 22nd: Children’s Book Drive

We are hosting a children’s book drive in partnership with Turn the Page KC February 8th thru February 22nd in order to promote children’s literacy in the Kansas City Metropolitan area.  Please bring a gently used children’s book to any book receptacle conveniently located around campus (see flyer for locations).

February 11th:  Earn Your Future: Financial Literacy for College Students

Hosted at Bloch Heritage Hall room 218 at 7pm; free to attend.  Created in partnership with MoneySmartKC, this event is aimed towards promoting financial literacy to students new to living on their own–or any student interested in learning more about money.

February 12th: Trivia Night (BIG PRIZES!)

Hosted at Jazzman’s Coffee Shop in the Student Union at 7pm; please bring a gently used children’s book or small monetary donation for Turn the Page KC for attendance.

Prizes include:

  • VIP tickets for RUSH at the Sprint Center
  • Gift Cards to Plaza and Westport restaurants
  • Guest Passes to the Tivoli Cinema in Westport
  • Guest Passes to Cinemark Movie Theatres
  • KC T-Shirt from Raygun Shirts in Crossroads

Give the Gift of Reading

By , December 9, 2014 4:36 pm

turn the pageGive the gift of reading with UMKC’s Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 103 Literacy Campaign.

UMKC’s Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 103 has partnered with Turn the Page KC, a local organization dedicated to helping kids learn and succeed through literacy.  Now through December 15th, please donate a children’s book at the Union or donate to Turn the Page KC ($10 buys 4 books).

Most importnatly, donate your time and read to a child!  Reading together sparks a child’s curiosity and joy in learning–you can make a difference!  For more information on volunteering, check out these resources from Turn the Page KC.


Court Warming 2015 – Nominate the Roo Royalty Court!

By , October 28, 2014 8:38 am

Court Warming 2015Do you have someone in your student organization who is just plain awesome? Are they super involved in your organization? Are they always going above and beyond to help others, both inside and outside of your organization? Do they keep a stellar GPA all while juggling multiple commitments throughout the year? If you answered yes to any of those, you should nominate that student for Roo Royalty 2015.

It is that time of year again where student organizations have the opportunity to nominate one of their members to participate as a candidate in UMKC’s 2015 Court Warming Roo Royalty Court! To nominate a member, go to the RooGroups website (, go to the “Courtwarming” organization page, and the nomination form can be found in the “Forms” tab.

Once nominated, the candidate will be invited and provided an application by e-mail to apply for a spot on the 2015 UMKC Roo Royalty Court. Candidate interviews will be held the week of November 18-20th and those selected to be a part of Roo Royalty will be notified before leaving campus for Thanksgiving Break. Nominations are being accepted until 5:00 pm on November 14th.

Questions?  Feel free to contact the Courtwarming Committee at or the Office of Student Involvement at 816-235-1407 (ask to speak with Rachel, Juneall, or Dylan)!

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