written by Isabela Guimaraes
Getting a campus job is never a bad idea. Having an experience working in the U.S. not only makes the difference for your career experience but also can help you with your English. Therefore, we decided to write 10 tips that can help you to find a job on campus.
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.
How Kansas City got its name…
It was almost named Rabbitville or Possom Trot. Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri are different and unique in their own ways! It may get confusing between the 2, but each have their own successes and style.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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
Kansas City is a large metropolitan area. The city is divided up into different districts, each with its own style and attractions!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
We’re glad that you’re a part of our ALI community here at UMKC. Please come back and check out our upcoming events and activities, as well as important information that you might need!