Construction Update: Bixby Lane Closure

By , October 23, 2015 12:54 pm

Construction UpdateBixby Lane will close to vehicular traffic beginning October 27 and will reopen sometime around November 19 so that we can rework the concrete walk on the north side of the oval drive.  We will be able maintain all pedestrian access around this space for those going to and from the west side of campus.

Bixby Lane is the one-way street exiting the parking lot shared by the Performing Arts Center and the Atterbury Student Success Center.  It directs traffic onto Cherry Street near the parking structure.

Social Justice Lecture with Dr. Steve Perry

By , October 23, 2015 11:41 am

Social Justice LectureThe Diversity & Inclusion 9th annual Social Justice lecture features Dr. Steve Perry, MSW, Ed.D.

The goal of the Social Justice Series is to spark relevant dialogue around social justice issues and a commitment to civil rights for everyone, including students.  This year’s speaker can ignite that conversation.

“… the elements that will make running effective schools possible in the new millennium: great teachers and great lesson plans, committed principals, a lengthened school calendar, the use of technology and an updated curriculum …” Steve Perry

The above excerpt is from Perry’s book, “Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve – Even If It Means Picking a Fight.” Perry, Ed.D., will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28 in Pierson Auditorium, followed by a book signing.

Register Now for October 28, 2015 at 6pm

Please note:  we have reached our capacity for Pierson Auditorium (600). However, we welcome you to still please join us by registering.  Upon arrival we will direct folks to a number of classrooms next to Pierson or Miller Nichols Library to view a live stream of Dr. Perry.  All, of course, are welcome to Pierson for the 7pm book signing.  Follow @DrStevePerry to alternatively watch a live broadcast of the lecture from the app PERISCOPE.  Dr. Perry will be live streaming using the new APP PERISCOPE.

What does a Physicist do? At the South Pole?

By , October 15, 2015 12:41 pm

PhysicsLinda Hall Library is sponsoring two free programs Thursday Oct. 22 featuring Dr. Naoko Kurahashi Neilson, Assistant Professor of Physics at Drexel University.

At 1:30 p.m. in the Linda Hall Library Auditorium, Dr. Neilson will host “How Do I Become a Physicist?” She will answer student questions such as “How do I select a graduate program?” “How do I land a cool post doc?” and “What jobs can I get with a physics degree?” Students can register to attend for free at A link to a live stream of the event is also available on the registration page. Students can also ask questions via live stream by following @lindahall_org on Twitter and using the hashtag #lhlphysicist.

At 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 in the Library’s Main Reading Room, Dr. Neilson will lecture about her experience at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the geographic South Pole. Scientists at the observatory study the universe in a new way, using neutrinos (small elementary particles) as the messenger. The study of neutrinos recently earned scientists the Nobel Prize in physics, and Dr. Neilson’s lecture will highlight her experience with this new way of looking at physics, while living in extreme conditions. This evening event is also free, but e-tickets are required and can be found at

The Saudi Arabian Woman’s Identity – MA Thesis Art Exhibit

By , October 15, 2015 12:39 pm

Women's RightsThe Saudi Arabian Woman’s Identity – MA Thesis Art Exhibit of Fawziah Al-Thobaiti

Thursday, October 29—Friday, November 13, 2015

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 29, 5:00—7:00pm

The Saudi Arabian woman has been seen as a mysterious figure draped in black. She is known to be mistreated, to have her rights stolen, and to be the subject of other hurtful depictions. Unfortunately, these images are limited in scope – focusing only on the negative aspects of life in Saudi Arabia. Fawziah Al-Thobaiti was born and raised there, and while studying in the United States, she has witnessed her culture from a critical distance.

Al-Thobaiti combines contemporary typography, illustration and photography with Arabic calligraphy as a means to create works – both digitally and by hand – that depict the real life of today’s Saudi women. These images form a cultural portrait offering viewers insight into the ongoing successes and challenges of Saudi women at present such as: women’s rights, marriage, driving laws, education, achievements abroad, and the misconceptions of some issues that have negatively affected their lives.

Through her M.A. thesis exhibition, Al-Thobaiti has set out to highlight the changes that have assisted Saudi women to gain their rightful positions in society. Al-Thobaiti hopes that her works will continue to give voice to these women via print media and online networks.

Shown at the UMKC Gallery of Art, Thursday, October 29 through Friday, November 13, 2015.

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*Image shown above: Women’s Rights, Digital Print, 2015

Debate on Public Education and Social Justice

By , October 15, 2015 12:31 pm

Education DebateAs part of the Social Justice Series, the UMKC Debate Team will interrogate current education policy and weigh future options from 6:30 – 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, Royall Hall, Room 111.

The debate, “Education Policy Debate,” is hosted by the UMKC Debate Team and Debate KC. The teams will mostly focus on privatization.

According to Malcolm Gordon, UMKC research assistant in the department of communication studies and assistant director of the UMKC Debate Team, public education is a hot topic.

“Public education has become a vital battleground in fights for social justice. It helps shape the values, norms and beliefs of future generations,” said Gordon. “It is the gateway to what is left of the American dream – social mobility and equality of opportunity are inextricably linked to our educational opportunities. The UMKC debate team is proud to contribute to a public discourse on this topic by doing what we do best – developing arguments using peer-reviewed, scholarly research, and analyzing the ideological assumptions behind many public stances on education policy.”

For more information or if you have questions, email Matt Vega or the UMKC Debate.

Half-way through the semester–how are you doing?

By , October 6, 2015 1:22 pm

study groupsCan you believe we’re already halfway through the semester?  So, how are you doing?  It’s a simple question but one that everyone should ask themselves and their friends.

Now is the time to stop, take a breath, and assess where you are in each class this semester. Hopefully, you are all caught up on projects and papers and are well prepared for mid-term exams. You may have already met with your professors individually, joined SI sessions or other study groups, and are getting involved in campus life.

If not, it’s not too late!

  • Take a look at the syllabus for each class and see what’s coming up–if you haven’t already, put deadlines and test dates in your planner and start thinking about how much time you need to complete each project or study for each test. Put those timelines in your planner, too.
  • Review your past performance–if you know you can do better, take advantage of available academic resources to help you study smarter and get answers to questions. There are multiple resources on campus with a specific goal of your academic success. Supplemental Instruction, Math and Science Tutoring, Foreign Language Resource Center, University Libraries, and the Writing Studio are all available to give you additional support. Be sure to ask your professor if you don’t understand a concept or problem–they are here to help!
  • Don’t forget to take care of yourself!  Eating right, exercising, washing your hands thoroughly, drinking plenty of water, and getting enough sleep each night can help fight off any infection you might come into contact with. Plus you’ll feel better and you’ll be able to focus on everything you need to get done! If you do get sick, or you need a flu shot, contact Student Health and Wellness to make an appointment.
  • Finally–remember that a little stress can help motivate, but stress can also build up and become overwhelming.  Check out the MindBody Connection for tips of identifying and manage stress or take a break at Swinney Recreation Center — physical excercise can often help you center yourself.  For more information, contact UMKC Counseling Services–they are here to help you succeed!

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