New ALI Team Leader: Dr. Jeremy Slagoski

The Applied Language Institute recently has added a new team leader to continue to help ALI give international students a quality English language education. I would like to introduce our new Assistant Dean, Dr. Jeremy Slagoski, and welcome him to UMKC! I asked him some questions that you may want to know about our newest addition.

Q: What is your position on the ALI team?

A: I’m the Assistant Dean of the ALI, and I serve as its director. I supervise all the faculty and staff provide a vision and direction for the ALI, creating new programs to help connect the international and English language learning community to UMKC

Q: What do you love about working at ALI

A: What I love about working at ALI is working with students from all over the world and with faculty and staff dedicated to English learning and international education. Working with such a caring and open-minded individuals makes ALI an ideal working environment.

Q: What are you looking forward to most working at ALI?

A: Since I’m new here, I’m most looking forward to connecting with established partners and establishing new partners at UMKC, in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and overseas to help make UMKC a major national hub for international students and English language learning.

Q: What are your favorite things to do in Kansas City?

A: I haven’t decided on this yet. I like visiting the many restaurants around Kansas City and trying all the varieties of KC BBQ. I haven’t visited enough museums and music performances yet. I love jazz, but I haven’t experienced KC jazz yet. My favorite places to go hiking are just across the border in Kansas; Shawnee Mission Park and the Tomahawk Creek Trail.

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Famous Kansas Citians

Harry S. Truman

Born May 8th, 1884, Harry S. Truman was the 33rd president of the U.S. His legacy lives on at the Truman Library located here in Kansas City.



Charlie Parker

Born in the 1920s, Charlie Parker was a revolutionary jazz musician known for the creation of Bebop. Parker’s work and history is present and lived on in the Jazz & Vine district of Kansas City.


Walt Disney

Walt Disney worked in a studio in Kansas City when he designed his vision for his films. Now, his work is known globally! His life lives on through television and theme parks.



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Sports and Kansas City

Kansas City was recognized by Travel + Leisure as one of the Top 10 Cities for Sports-Crazed Fans.


Kansas City Royals

Experience Major League action at Kauffman Stadium, home of the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals. “The K” opened April 10, 1973 and is recognized throughout baseball as one of the game’s most beautiful ballparks.

Legends of the Game: Eight Kansas City Greats

KC Rivals: the Yankees and the Cardinals


Kansas City Chiefs (KC Chiefs)

Home to the Kansas City Chiefs of the AFC West Division, Arrowhead Stadium is a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment destination that will serve as the setting for future generations. The renovated stadium celebrates the rich history of the Kansas City Chiefs and builds upon the best game day experience in professional sports.

KC Rivals: the Raiders and the Broncos


Sporting KC- Sporting KC

Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer play at the city’s newest sports venue; Children’s Mercy Park.

Sporting KC, the area’s professional soccer team, was one of the founding members of the MLS (under the name the Kansas City Wiz). The team has won the MLS Cup twice.


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Entertainment Venues

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is home to music, opera, dance and theater performances.

The Muriel Kauffman (1,800 seats) venue holds a variety of dance and theatrical performances around the world while the Helzberg Hall (1,600 seats) hosts various music performances ranging from full orchestra to jazz concerts, pop concerts to lectures and recitals.

Kauffman Center


The Sprint Center

Located in Downtown Kansas City, the Sprint Center holds nearly 20,000 seats. It is known to host live entertainment and large scale sporting events. Be sure to check out their upcoming shows on their website.

The Sprint Center

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Places to Explore in Kansas City

Kansas City is a large metropolitan area. The city is divided up into different districts, each with its own style and attractions!


Plaza district:

The Plaza District is home to the UMKC campus. It is known as the shopping district. This district has a famous outdoor shopping mall as well as The Nelson Atkins Museum, numerous parks and a wide variety of places to eat.

Crossroads District:

The Crossroads is known as The Arts District. Here, you can find a multitude of creative studios, restaurants, galleries, boutiques, etc. Many artists come together in this district to create, sell, perform/show their work. The best way to experience The Crossroads is to attend the First Fridays Artwalk.


West Bottoms District:

The West Bottoms is best described as the historical district. The West Bottoms is home to a lot of history for the city, and does a lot of work to maintain the historical sites within in the area. This area hosts many events, haunted house attractions (in the fall) and food trucks!

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Things to Do in Kansas City

City Market

Every Saturday and Sunday the City Market hosts an outdoor market in the River Market district. Live music, activities, local shops, food, and produce can all be found here. This is a weekend favorite in Kansas City, and a cultural experience! Be sure to stop by early in the day.

First Fridays

In almost every district in Kansas City, you will find fun events going on for the first Friday of every month. You can walk the streets and find art, live music, activities, and local businesses with different events. These Fridays are busy and fun!

Kickin It with the Roos

During the weekends, the Union Programming Board of UMKC provides activities for students to do on campus and in Kansas City. All you have to do is sign up. Activities may include free tours, an escape room (no scaring allowed), yoga, free movies, arcades, go karts, paint ball, trips to major-league sports and more!

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