Get Ready for Finals with Stress-Less Fest!

By , May 6, 2014 11:04 am

SLF Horizontal FinalizedTake a break during your study session for finals!  Join the Office of Student Involvement for fun FREE activities designed to help you relax and focus.

- Ease up with free massages on May 8th & 9th in the Union.

- Join UPB for late night breakfast in the Student Success Center on May 8th.

- Cuddle with therapy dogs on May 12th, 13th & 14th in the Union.

- Free Roasterie Coffee 11am – 1pm on May 13th – Get a little pick-me-up in your cup!  In celebration of a new partnership between Kansas City’s leading local coffee-roasting company and hometown soccer heroes Sporting KC, they’ll be serving up their signature Sporting KC blend.  Don’t miss your chance to grab your own (free) cup of victory! Stop by their van located next to the Student Union.

Check out the extended hours at the Student Union and for Jazzman’s Cafe.  Special extended hours at Miller Nichols Library can be found here.  The Dental Library will be open until 11pm May 5 – May 8 and May 12 – May 15.


UPB presents Late Night Breakfast on May 8

By , May 6, 2014 11:03 am

Late Night Breakfast

The UMKC Union Programming Board invites you to the Late Night Breakfast on Thursday, May 8th from 10pm to midnight in the Student Success Center Dining Hall.

Take a break from studying and enjoy FREE breakfast before the sun rises!

Community of Scholars Symposium and Awards Ceremony

By , May 6, 2014 11:02 am

USOG[The following was provided by the School of Graduate Studies and Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student Council.]

The annual Community of Scholars Symposium and Awards Ceremony will be 1 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8 at the Student Union, room 401.

The Symposium, hosted by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student Council (IDSC), features UMKC graduate students’ research papers, posters and panel presentations.

Following the Symposium will be a Reception and Awards Ceremony from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. featuring the school’s presentation of 41 Research Grant Awards to graduate students, the Graduate Opportunity Fellowship Awards, the Arthur Mag Graduate Fellowship Awards, Preparing Future Faculty Scholar Awards and the inaugural Ronald A. MacQuarrie Graduate Fellowship. In addition, the following awards will be presented:

SGS/IDSC Research Poster and Symposium Paper Awards

IDSC Outstanding Faculty Award: Theodore White, Dean of the School of Biological Sciences

Outstanding Dissertation Award Winners: Nazgol Bagheri, Geosciences/Sociology; Ankit Shah, Pharmacology/Cell Biology and Biophysics

Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award: Dustin Stalnaker, History

Superior Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards: Amol Singh, Bloch School; Anne Derrell, History; Amy Nygaard Mickelson, Art and Art History; Kristin Everson, Math; Janalee Isaacson, Nursing and Health Studies; Anna Shipman, Biological Sciences.

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.

Vote for the 2014-2015 SGA Executive Board

By , April 30, 2014 12:20 pm

UMKCSGAThe 2014-2015 Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board elections are open to all currently enrolled UMKC students.

To vote for your candidates, please log on to RooGroups and vote here:  Voting is open until 5 pm on Friday, May 2nd.

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