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UMKC Parent and Family Programs strives to support, inform, and connect parents and family members of current UMKC students to our university community so that they may support their student’s personal and academic success. This program values parents’ and family members’ appropriate involvement in and advocacy for their students’ UMKC experience.

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Family Weekend:

Each fall, UMKC opens its doors to families and friends, and invites everyone to attend events around campus and throughout Kansas City. Family Weekend is a great opportunity for families to spend time with their student, visit campus, and take part in the UMKC student experience. While you’re here, you’ll meet other Roo families, faculty, staff, and UMKC leaders. We’re here to help you with getting around and finding great places to eat, sleep, and explore.

Family Weekend 2019 took place September 27-29, 2019. Thank you to everyone who participated in Family Weekend 2019. For questions regarding Family Weekend, please contact our office: families@umkc.edu or 816-235-5579.

Family Weekend 2020 dates and details will be available in Summer 2020. In the meantime, please feel free to check out our schedule from 2019 to see all of the fantastic family programming we facilitated!

 

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Family Weekend 2019 Schedule

Friday, September 27 Schedule of Events

Friday, September 27

Family Weekend Check-In
Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm, Location: Office of Student Involvement (OSI), Room 320 Student Union
Details: Stop by the Office of Student Involvement (OSI) to pick up your Family Weekend Check-In materials. Check-In materials include your Family Weekend t-shirt, Family Weekend giveaways, and a schedule of the weekend.

Be The Match Registry
Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm, Location: 2nd Floor, Student Union
Details: Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving blood stem cell transplant. At the drive, you will have the opportunity to learn more about Be The Match and join the registry by doing a simple cheek swab. For more information: Please contact Lindsey Gard, Vice President of Service and Philanthropy with the Collegiate Panhellenic Council at Lggp2@mail.umkc.edu.

UMKC Family Weekend Sale at the UMKC Bookstore
Time: 12:00pm-5:00pm, Location: UMKC Volker Campus Bookstore, Student Union 2nd Floor
Details: Show off your Roo spirit with some new UMKC Roo gear! Show your UMKC Family Weekend Bookstore coupon to receive 30% off. See store for details.

LGBTQIA Rainbow Lounge Open House
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm, Location: Room 325, Student Union
Details: Join LGBTQIA Programs & Services for an open house in the Rainbow Lounge (Student Union, Room 325). Students and staff will be available to answer questions about services, resources, and involvement within the LGBTQIA community! For more information about LGBTQIA Programs & Services, visit the website.

School of Computing & Engineering Facilities Tour
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm, Location: DST Student Services Center, Room 336, Flarsheim Hall
Details: Tour the School of Computing & Engineering to see our exciting growth and learn about the cutting edge research taking place. In this tour, you can see our AR/VR showroom, the geomaterials lab, and much more, plus view the construction of the new Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise and Research Center, scheduled to open in Fall 2020. The tour will begin at 3:30pm in the DST Student Services Center in 336 Flarsheim Hall and last about an hour.

Academic Support and Mentoring (ASM) Open House
Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm, Location: Academic Support and Mentoring (ASM) Office, Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC) 2nd Floor
Details: Stop by for a quick tour of the services available to support students in their learning. Student leaders and staff in Academic Support and Mentoring will share information about Supplemental Instruction, The Writing Studio, Tutoring, and Student Success Seminars.

UMKC History Tour (This event is currently full)
Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm, Location: Meet at the University Walkway south entrance of the Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC)
Details: History is alive at UMKC if you know where to look. Join us on the UMKC Historical Walking tour to learn the stories behind the monuments, historical milestones, and traditions of the UMKC Volker Campus. See the birthplace of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre (KCRep), walk in the footsteps of President Harry Truman, visit the university’s art treasures, and experience much more. This walking tour lasts one hour and is approximately ½ mile.

Family Weekend Kick-Off
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm, Location: Room 401A, Student Union
Details: Stop by the Family Weekend Kick-Off to mingle with other Roo families and enjoy some light refreshments.

An Evening of Poetry and Live Music/Una Noche de Poesia y Musica con Jessica Ayala
Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm, Location: Jazzman’s Coffee Stage, Student Union
Details: Jessica Ayala, writer in residence, will read a few of her poems and will be performing Afro-Latin beats with her live band in the rooftop of the UMKC Student Union. This is a partnership with Miller Nichols Library. For more information about Jessica Ayala, please visit https://www.jessicaeayala.com/bio. To RSVP to this event, please go to https://umkc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cG5Xvud1k5epB5j.

Haunted UMKC Tour (This event is currently full)–THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER.
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm, Location: Meet in front of Student Union Bookstore
Details: Did the ghost of a dead actress haunt the University Playhouse? Why are there monsters painted on the walls of Haag Hall? Who killed University of Kansas City beauty queen Leila Welsh? What really happened in Epperson House? On the Haunted UMKC campus tour, your host UMKC historian Chris Wolff will regale you with these and many more tales of the darker side of the university’s history. This walking tour takes about 90 minutes and is one mile long.

Warkoczewski Public Observatory–THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER.
Time: 7:30pm, Location: Roof of Royall Hall, UMKC Volker Campus
Details: The “Warko” Public Observatory is open to families starting at 7:30pm. Public programs include a tour of the night sky, along with viewing through the telescopes. This event is weather permitting. Please check the Warko Observatory twitter feed (twitter.com/WarkoSky) for the most updated information about closures.

Union Programming Board Movie Night: The Secret Life of Pets 2
Time: 7:30pm, Location: Theater, Student Union 1st Floor
Details: Max the terrier must cope with some major life changes when his owner gets married and has a baby. When the family takes a trip to the countryside, nervous Max has numerous run-ins with canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a scary turkey. Luckily for Max, he soon catches a break when he meets Rooster, a gruff farm dog who tries to cure the lovable pooch of his neuroses. Enjoy this family-friendly movie on our big screen, and indulge on delicious popcorn and drinks. For more information about Union Programming Board (UPB), visit https://info.umkc.edu/get-involved/events-and-entertainment/union-programming-board.

Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at KCRep
Time: 8:00pm, Location: Spencer Theatre
Details: KCRep is the largest professional theatre in Kansas City, and theatre-in-residence at UMKC. One of the most powerful plays of our time, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, runs throughout Family Weekend at KCRep’s Spencer Theatre. Family Weekend attendees can receive $10 off by using promo code UMKCFAMILY at KCRep.org or by calling our Box Office at 816-235-2700.

Saturday, September 28 Schedule of Events

Saturday, September 28

Get Active at Swinney Center!
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm, Location: Swinney Center
Details: Enjoy shooting some baskets at our historic Old Swinney Gym. Take a jog or walk around our 200-meter indoor track. Break a sweat working out at our fitness center. Family members are welcome to visit Swinney Center with proof of Family Weekend registration. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times (UMKC students over the age of 18 do not count as a legal guardian); guests under the age of 18 are permitted on the basketball courts and indoor track only.

Family Weekend Check-In
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm, Location: 1st Floor Lobby, Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC)
Details: Stop by the Family Weekend table to pick up your Family Weekend Check-In materials. Check-In materials include your Family Weekend t-shirt, Family Weekend giveaways, and a schedule of the weekend.

Be The Match Registry
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm, Location: 1st Floor Lobby, Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC)
Details: Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving blood stem cell transplant. At the drive, you will have the opportunity to learn more about Be The Match and join the registry by doing a simple cheek swab. For more information: Please contact Lindsey Gard, Vice President of Service and Philanthropy with the Collegiate Panhellenic Council at Lggp2@mail.umkc.edu.

UMKC Family Weekend Sale at the UMKC Bookstores
Time: 10:00am-5:00pm, Location: UMKC Volker Campus Bookstore, Student Union 2nd Floor
Details: Show off your Roo spirit with some new UMKC Roo gear! Show your UMKC Family Weekend Bookstore coupon to receive 30% off. See store for details.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Deaf Cultural Festival
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm, Location: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 45th and Oak, Kansas City, MO
Details: The Deaf Cultural Festival is a free festival honoring the rich history of Deaf and hard of hearing art, identity, and empowerment. Learn about American Sign Language through hands-on art activities and live entertainment. Admission to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is free every day! Parking is $10 in the Nelson-Atkins Parking Garage, and there is additional free parking on Rockhill and 45th Street. For more information about this festival, please visit https://nelson-atkins.org/festivals.

Brunch
Time: 11:00am-1:30pm, Location: UMKC Dining Center, Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC)
Details: Enjoy an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet at UMKC’s Dining Center. Family members eat free when they show their proof of Family Weekend registration.

Support Your Roo in Studying Abroad–THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Time 11:00am-1:30pm, Location: Outside UMKC Dining Center, Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC)
Details: Family members will have an opportunity to write a postcard of encouragement to their Roo, which will be delivered upon their Roo’s acceptance to a UMKC study abroad program. Roos also have the opportunity to write a postcard to their future selves to be delivered at the UMKC study abroad pre-departure orientation meeting. This activity is open to all, even those Roos who are just starting to consider study abroad options and haven’t yet selected a program. For more information about Study Abroad opportunities, visit the Study Abroad website.

Be a Hater: A Conversation with Dr. Wes Parham, UMKC Alumni and Organizational Scholar–THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Time: 1:00pm-1:45pm, Location: Room 236, Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC)
Details: Is Taylor Swift the Most Dangerous Person Alive? Can you learn Cognitive Psychology from Gucci Mane? Is there something seriously wrong with Supergirl’s ethics? And what does all that have to do with YOU? Come learn how all these concepts come together and how you may have unwittingly fallen into the “Hater Mindset” in this presentation by UMKC Alumni and Organizational Scholar Dr. Wes Parham.

UMKC Volleyball versus Cal Baptist University
Time: 1:00pm, Location: Swinney Center
Details: ROO UP and wear your favorite Roo Blue to cheer on the Women’s Volleyball team as they take on Cal Baptist University! Family members can purchase tickets at the discounted rate of $5 by using this ticket link and promo code “founders” in the promo code box. This $5 price is only available when you purchase online through the Kansas City Athletics ticket link. UMKC students with UMKC One Card Student I.D. ALWAYS have free admission to all Kansas City Roo Athletics events.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Drop-In Gallery Tours
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm, Location: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri 64111
Details: Join us for a casual opportunity for visitors to engage with artwork through informative conversations with Museum docents. Ask questions about the artwork on view and enjoy informative and lively dialogue. No reservations required, just “drop in” and learn something new! The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is open Tuesday–Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; Thursday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information, please visit the Kemper Museum of Art Website.

Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at KCRep
Time: 2:00pm, Location: Spencer Theatre
Details: KCRep is the largest professional theatre in Kansas City, and theatre-in-residence at UMKC. One of the most powerful plays of our time, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, runs throughout Family Weekend at KCRep’s Spencer Theatre. Family Weekend attendees can receive $10 off by using promo code UMKCFAMILY at KCRep.org or by calling our Box Office at 816-235-2700.

Parent and Family Council Information Meeting
Time: 2:15pm-2:45pm, Location: Room 302, Student Union
Details: The UMKC Parent and Family Council strives to create a partnership between parents, family members, and the university community, working towards common goals of student learning, development, and success. Learn more and get involved in this brand new UMKC initiative!

Helping Your Student When Things Get Tough
Time: 3:00pm, Location: Room 302, Student Union
Details: Students transitioning to college, whether from high school or another institution, will eventually run into barriers. This presentation will address the “Big 5” transition issues of Time Management, Homesickness, Unsure of Major, Difficulty with Course Material, and Interpersonal Conflict. Come hear directly from advisors and faculty about how these difficulties can present, how we address such issues and resources on campus that are available to help. Knowing where and how to direct your student can turn a barrier into a bump and help your student stay on track for an on time graduation!

Lawn Games with Residential Life
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm, Location: Oak Street Courtyard
Details: Join Residential Life in the Oak Street Courtyard for lawn games and ice cream! Feel free to come and go as you please; ice cream is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The rain location for this event is the Oak Street Lounge. 

Honors College Trivia
Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm, Location: Room 105, Cockefair Hall
Details: Join the Honors College for Trivia Night! Test your mental mettle against the best brains at UMKC and snack on peanuts, pretzels, and other munchies! Register here for this event.

Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at KCRep
Time: 8:00pm, Location: Spencer Theatre
Details: KCRep is the largest professional theatre in Kansas City, and theatre-in-residence at UMKC. One of the most powerful plays of our time, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, runs throughout Family Weekend at KCRep’s Spencer Theatre. Family Weekend attendees can receive $10 off by using promo code UMKCFAMILY at KCRep.org or by calling our Box Office at 816-235-2700.

Sunday, September 29 Schedule of Events

Sunday, September 29

UMKC Family Weekend Sale at the UMKC Bookstores
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm, Location: UMKC Volker Campus Bookstore, Student Union 2nd Floor
Details: Show off your Roo spirit with some new UMKC Roo gear! Show your UMKC Family Weekend Bookstore coupon to receive 30% off. See store for details.

Goat Yoga
Time: 10:30am-11:30am, Location: Circle Drive between Swinney Center & The KCRep
Details: Do we really need to explain this one? You won’t want to miss it. Wear clothing appropriate for light physical activity. Please note the following registration details:
– Participants ages 18 and over must sign up through UMKC Campus Recreation’s IMLeagues Website: IMLeagues.com/kc/fitness.
– Any Family Weekend participant under the age of 18 must sign a waiver the day of with parental or guardian permission.

Tailgate Brunch
Time: 11:00am-1:30pm, Location: UMKC Dining Center, Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC)
Details: Go Chiefs! Go Roos! Enjoy an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet at UMKC’s Dining Center, with a tailgate twist. Family members eat free when they show their proof of Family Weekend registration.

Support Your Roo!
Time 11:00am-1:30pm, Location: Outside UMKC Dining Center, Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC)
Details: Family members will have an opportunity to write a note of encouragement to their Roo. Letters will be sent later in the semester.

Pre-Game UMKC Soccer Game Festivities
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm, Location: Durwood Stadium
Details: UMKC Founders’ Week is a week-long celebration around the university’s founding! Join us for a fun afternoon of activities on campus in celebration of Founders’ Week, followed by cheering on the Roos! Before the women’s soccer game, the Alumni Association and UMKC Athletics are hosting free pre-game activities, including treats from the Kona Ice truck, yard games, balloon artist, and much more! Free for the whole Roo family! For more information about this event, click here. Rain location: the fun will still take place and activities will be moved inside of Swinney Center in the event of rain. Swinney is directly next to Durwood Stadium and there will be directional signs to show you where to go.

UMKC Women’s Soccer versus University of South Dakota
Time: 1:00pm, Location: Durwood Stadium
Details: YELL OUT IN YELLOW by wearing your favorite Roo yellow/gold gear to cheer on the Women’s Soccer team as they take on the University of South Dakota. Family members can purchase tickets at the discounted rate of $5 by using this ticket link and promo code “founders” in the promo code box. This $5 price is only available when you purchase online through the Kansas City Athletics ticket link. UMKC students with UMKC One Card Student I.D. ALWAYS have free admission to all Kansas City Roo Athletics events.

Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at KCRep
Time: 2:00pm, Location: Spencer Theatre
Details: KCRep is the largest professional theatre in Kansas City, and theatre-in-residence at UMKC. One of the most powerful plays of our time, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, runs throughout Family Weekend at KCRep’s Spencer Theatre. Family Weekend attendees can receive $10 off by using promo code UMKCFAMILY at KCRep.org or by calling our Box Office at 816-235-2700.

Experiences Available All Weekend

Experiences Available All Weekend

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
Location: 5235 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64112 – Across from the Law School
Details: UMKC students always receive free admission to The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. During Family Weekend, September 27-29, 2019, the museum is offering free admission for guests of students! Up to three guests may join UMKC students free of charge. The student must be present and show their student ID in order to receive the complimentary admission. Each additional guest will be charged the regular admission prices.

Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing
Location: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri 64111
Details: Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing is the most comprehensive exhibition to date of work by British artist Hew Locke. Involving a wide range of media, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and installation, Locke explores the languages of colonial and postcolonial power and the symbols through which different cultures assume and assert identity. By appropriating images of coats of arms and trophies, weaponry, naval warships, public statuary, and the costumes and regalia of state, Locke subtly critiques governmental authority, its iconographies, and legacies. The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is open Tuesday–Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; Thursday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information, please visit the Hew Locke exhibition website.

Jay McShann’s Kansas City Exhibit
Location: Third Floor, Miller Nichols Library, LaBudde Special Collections Gallery
Details: Jay McShann (1916-2006), one of the last great pianists fluent in the Kansas City jazz style, had a lasting impact on the art form overall, and boxes of his personal effects, including letters, pictures, and music, are held in the UMKC-LaBudde Special Collections archive. This free exhibit, installed in April 2018, is a result of music history graduate students’ careful work with primary materials: it includes 12 illustrative panels that spell out details of McShann’s life–his music, his family, and his travel, while another set of panels focuses on his collaboration with other jazzers, including the great Charlie Parker. Finally, the exhibit tracks McShann’s footprints across his beloved Kansas City. Notably, Jay McShann’s Kansas City is an interactive experience, where QR codes communicate with any smart phone to allow visitors to hear McShann’s music, as well as his voice in taped interviews. For more information about this exhibit, please visit https://library.umkc.edu/news-events/mcshann-kansas-city.

Poetics of Invention Exhibit
Location: Fourth Floor, Miller Nichols Library
Details: This interactive exhibit follows one man’s journey to revolutionize the way modern Chinese speakers learn English by turning a nearly-forgotten ancient technology into a smartphone app. For more information about this exhibit, please visit https://library.umkc.edu/news-events/poetics.

Scientific Micro Imaging
Location: First Floor, Miller Nichols Library
Details: Join us for an exhibit on loan from the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, on display now through December 16. For more information, please visit https://library.umkc.edu/news-events/1524.

33 1/3: A Revolution in Sound
Location: Ground Floor, Miller Nichols Library
Details: Join us for an exhibit celebrating the 33 1/3 anniversary of the Marr Sound Archives at UMKC, on display now through May 15. For more information, please visit https://library.umkc.edu/news-events/marr-anniversary.

Visit KC
Location: across Kansas City
Details: Weekdays are for recovering after a busy weekend! What are you up to during Family Weekend? Check out Visit KC for more information about events taking place throughout the Kansas City region.