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Roo Welcome

Kick off your new semester with Roo Welcome! Connect with new and returning Roos. Roo Welcome is a chance to explore campus resources, make new friends, and learn what it takes to succeed at UMKC. All UMKC students are encouraged to attend Roo Welcome.

FALL ROO WELCOME 2021

Friday, August 20 – Friday, September 10

Welcome home new Roos, and welcome back returning Roo students!

Roo Welcome unites new and returning students to celebrate UMKC’s vibrant campus life, while also energizing them as they transition to the new semester ahead.

The schedule below highlights Roo Welcome signature events, taking place the weekend before classes begin. We encourage you to browse RooGroups, UMKC’s student engagement hub, to see the most updated schedule of Roo Welcome events.

The following Roo Welcome signature events require pre-registration: Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22 Welcome Leader Meetings – you do not need to select a specific time, your group will meet at each of the below times. At this time, pre-registration has closed for these events. Please email getinvolved@umkc.edu if you have not registered, and would like to participate. 

The following Roo Welcome signature events strongly encourage pre-registration: Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22 Roadmap to Academic Success sessions. At this time, pre-registration has closed for these events. Please plan to attend your Roadmap to Academic Success session on Sunday, August 22 at 11 a.m. or Noon if you have not yet submitted your RSVP.

The rest of our events do not require pre-registration.

Roo Welcome Schedule of Events

Friday, August 20

Friday, August 20

Residential Life Move-In
Appointment required. Please email housing@umkc.edu if you have any questions.

Residential Life Floor Meetings
Starting at 5:00 p.m.

Off-Campus Student and Transfer Student Network Meet-Up
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Location: Student Union, Jazzman’s Cafe and Bakery
Details: Learn more on the Meet-Up RooGroups Event Page

Late Night with the Greeks
Time: 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: University Walkway
Details: Learn more on the Late Night with the Greeks RooGroups Event Page

Saturday, August 21

Saturday, August 21

Rise and Shine Events
Times: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. – noon
Location: Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC) 2nd Floor
Details: Rise and Shine Roos, and come brunch and learn with us! We will have a variety of different meetups available on Saturday and Sunday morning. Choose your own adventure and start your day with your fellow Roos!

Coffee and a Conversation about Involvement
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC), Room 236
Details: Learn more on the Coffee and a Conversation RooGroups Event Page.

Paint a Pig with the Financial Wellness Center
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC), Room 238
Details: Learn more on the Paint a Pig RooGroups Event Page.

Upcyclin’ at UMKC–DIY T-Shirt Pillows
Time: 11:00 a.m. – noon
Location: Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC), Room 237
Details: Learn more on the Upcyclin’ RooGroups Event Page.

Games with the Financial Wellness Center
Time: 11:00am – noon
Location: Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC), Room 238
Details: Learn more on the Games RooGroups Event Page.

Roadmap to Academic Success
Pre-registration strongly encouraged. If you have not yet registered, please plan to attend the Sunday Roadmap to Academic Success sessions.
Times: 11:00 a.m. – noon, noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC) Pierson Auditorium
Details: Roadmap to Academic Success takes place four times throughout Roo Welcome Weekend. Learn more about the Saturday 11:00am session on the 11:00am Roadmap to Academic Success RooGroups Page. Learn more about the Saturday noon session on the Noon Roadmap to Academic Success RooGroups Page.

Meet with Your Welcome Leader
Pre-registration required. If you have not yet registered, please email getinvolved@umkc.edu if you’d like to participate.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: More details will be sent out to new students about location once they register.
Details: Welcome to UMKC! Our student leaders are excited to meet our new Roos, and help them learn all about campus resources, involvement, and other ways to get connected to the community. More information will be sent to new students regarding their Welcome Leader assignment via their UMKC email address. Pre-Registration is required. You will be in the same group for each Meet with Your Welcome Leader session.

Convocation
Time: Doors Open at 2:00 p.m., Celebration Starts at 2:30 p.m.
Location: Swinney Center
Live Stream: Available at https://vimeo.com/event/1211905/
Details: Convocation is the official welcome to UMKC, where new students learn about UMKC traditions, meet Kasey the Kangaroo, and practice our alma mater and fight song. New students also participate in the UMKC Roo pinning ceremony, one of our favorite UMKC traditions! Learn more about Convocation on the Convocation RooGroups Event Page

Meet with Your Welcome Leader
Pre-registration required. If you have not yet registered, please email getinvolved@umkc.edu if you’d like to participate.
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: More details will be sent out to new students about location once they register.
Details: Welcome to UMKC! Our student leaders are excited to meet our new Roos, and help them learn all about campus resources, involvement, and other ways to get connected to the community. More information will be sent to new students regarding their Welcome Leader assignment via their UMKC email address. Pre-Registration is required. You will be in the same group for each Meet with Your Welcome Leader session.

Roo Ready Room
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Student Union 2nd Floor Computer Lab
Details: Connect with academic advisors with questions regarding your class schedule or any other concerns that you may have prior to starting classes at UMKC. Learn more on the Roo Ready Room RooGroups Event Page.

Welcome Tailgate
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: University Walkway
Details: Learn more on the Welcome Tailgate RooGroups Event Page.

Battle of Rockhill: UMKC Men’s Soccer versus Rockhurst
Time: 6:00 p.m. Roo Patio Party, 7:00 p.m. Game Starts
Location: Durwood Soccer Stadium
Details: Learn more on the Battle of Rockhill RooGroups Event Page.

Hypnotist
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Location: Swinney Center
Details: Join us for free and fun entertainment! Enjoy hypnotist Zach Pincince. Learn more on the Hypnotist RooGroups Event Page.

Sunday, August 22

Sunday, August 22

Rise and Shine Events
Times: 10:00 a.m. – noon
Location: Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC) 2nd Floor
Details: Rise and Shine Roos, and come brunch and learn with us! We will have a variety of different meetups available on Saturday and Sunday morning. Choose your own adventure and start your day with your fellow Roos!

UMKC Career Services Carnival
Time: 10:00 a.m. – noon
Location: Atterbury Student Success Center 2nd Floor
Details: Learn more on the UMKC Career Services Carnival RooGroups Event Page.

DIY Personalized Beaded Bracelets
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Atterbury Student Success Center, Room 238
Details: Learn more on the DIY Beaded Bracelets RooGroups Event Page.

Envision Your Best Semester!
Time: 11:00 a.m. – noon
Location: Atterbury Student Success Center, Room 238
Details: Learn more on the Envision Your Best Semester RooGroups Event Page.

Roadmap to Academic Success
Pre-registration strongly encouraged. If you have not yet registered, please plan to attend the Sunday Roadmap to Academic Success session.
Times: 11:00 a.m. – noon, noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC) Pierson Auditorium
Details: Roadmap to Academic Success takes place four times throughout Roo Welcome Weekend. Learn more about the Sunday 11:00am session on the 11:00am Roadmap to Academic Success RooGroups Page. Learn more about the Sunday noon session on the Noon Roadmap to Academic Success RooGroups Page

Meet with Your Welcome Leader 
Pre-registration required. If you have not yet registered, please email getinvolved@umkc.edu if you’d like to participate.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (times will vary)
Location: More details will be sent out to new students about location once they register.
Details: Welcome to UMKC! Our student leaders are excited to meet our new Roos, and help them learn all about campus resources, involvement, and other ways to get connected to the community. More information will be sent to new students regarding their Welcome Leader assignment via their UMKC email address. Pre-Registration is required. You will be in the same group for each Meet with Your Welcome Leader session.

End of Summer Bash! UMKC Women’s Soccer vs Missouri State
Time: 1:00 p.m. Roo Patio Party, 2:00 p.m. Game Starts 
Location: Durwood Soccer Stadium
Details: Learn more on the End of Summer Bash RooGroups Event Page

Unionfest
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Student Union
Details: Unionfest is an opportunity to meet student organization leaders, learn about campus resources, and begin finding your home-away-from-home at UMKC. Learn more on the Unionfest RooGroups Event Page

Roo Ready Room
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Student Union 2nd Floor Computer Lab
Details: Connect with academic advisors with questions regarding your class schedule or any other concerns that you may have prior to starting classes at UMKC. Learn more on the Roo Ready Room RooGroups Event Page.

Roo Rec Swinney Splash Pool Party
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Swinney Center
Details: Join Campus Recreation for a pool party! Learn more on the Roo Rec Swinney Splash Pool Party RooGroups Page.

Dining during Roo Welcome Weekend

Dining during Roo Welcome Weekend

Throughout Roo Welcome Weekend, August 20-22, we are offering our guests without meal plans meals at a special rate of $7.50/person in the Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC) Dining Center. Please join us for delicious, themed meals including:

Friday, August 20 Dinner
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Menu: Street tacos, including choice of taco, spanish rice, mexican beans and more. Grill, pizza, deli bar, salad bar, and simple serving stations will also be open.

Saturday, August 21 Brunch
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Menu: Brunch bites, including savory quiche, french toast with strawberry topping, homestyle potatoes, and more. Grill, pizza, deli bar, salad bar, and simple serving stations will also be open.

Saturday, August 21 Dinner
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Menu: Italian theme, including pasta bar, beef lasagna, garlic bread, fresh seasoned broccoli, and italian salad. Grill, pizza, deli bar, salad bar, and simple serving stations will also be open.

Sunday, August 22 Brunch
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Menu: Asian theme, including oriental chicken stir fry, fried rice, eggrolls/sweet and sour sauce, and fortune cookies. Grill, pizza, deli bar, salad bar, and simple serving stations will also be open.

Sunday, August 22 Dinner
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Menu: Kansas City BBQ theme, including BBQ meats, sausage, baked beans, potato salad, coleslw, and fruit cobbler dessert. Grill, pizza, deli bar, salad bar, and simple serving stations will also be open.

On-Campus Vaccination Clinics

On Campus Vaccination Clinics

Thursday, August 19
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Oak St Residence Hall Room #2003
Details: Vaccinations will be available for students, faculty, staff and families of UMKC and partnering Colleges and Universities. All 3 CDC-approved vaccines will be available on August 19.

Friday, August 20
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Oak St Residence Hall Room #2003
Details: Vaccinations will be available for students, faculty, staff and families of UMKC and partnering Colleges and Universities. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available on August 20.

Experiences available throughout Roo Welcome Weekend

Experiences Available throughout Roo Welcome Weekend

UMKC Scavenger Hunt
Details: Explore UMKC and learn more about campus resources by participating in the Roo Welcome Scavenger Hunt! The Roo Welcome Scavenger Hunt will begin on August 20 and end on September 10. New missions and challenges will appear periodically over the three weeks. Prizes will be awarded to the students with the top 5 highest scores.

How to Join Instructions:

  • Download the GooseChase app from Google Play or Apple App Store.
  • Open the app.
  • Select the option “Play as Guest.” You do not need to create a GooseChase account.
  • Enter Code: VWW6QP
  • Click “Join Game.” Feel free to read the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy if desired.
  • Enter your name and click “Create Player & Join Game.”
  • It may also ask you to create a personal access code. You can select any number combination that works for you.
  • Read through the Game Rules in the first mission of the Scavenger Hunt.
  • Enjoy the scavenger hunt!

UMKC History Virtual Tour
Location: Virtual, visit UMKC Virtual History Tour
Details: Since its founding in 1929 and start of classes in 1933, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) has been on a mission to serve the people of Kansas City. Along the way we have grown from a small private liberal arts college with 266 students to a comprehensive public research university with over 15,000. The unique events of our history have shaped us and made us into what we are today. The story of our past is all around UMKC’s Volker Campus in the buildings, monuments and named places that help us to remember our legacy. These videos will help to give a little background to UMKC’s history and help you to see the Volker Campus in a new light. Once you know the history behind it, you’ll never be able to look at it the same way again.

Transfer Student Network RooGroups Path
Location: Virtual, visit Transfer Student Network website
Details: The Transfer Student Network RooGroups Path serves as an experiential learning and involvement record for UMKC transfer students. Through participating in the Transfer Student Network RooGroups Path, transfer students can diversify their resume and involvement experiences, building transferable skills that will help them succeed both inside and outside of the classroom.

Monday, August 23 through Friday, September 10

Monday, August 23 through Friday, September 10

Browse RooGroups, UMKC’s virtual student engagement hub, to see the most updated schedule of Roo Welcome events. Continue to check back, as our events list will continue to grow!

Roo Welcome Tables

Roo Welcome Tables

Welcome tables will be located on the 2nd Floor Student Union during Roo Welcome Weekend and throughout the first few days of the Fall Semester. New undergraduate students are encouraged to stop by and grab a Roo Welcome t-shirt. New undergraduate students living in on-campus residential life properties will be able to pick up a Roo Welcome shirt at their residence hall/apartment. Welcome Table times include:

Friday, August 20: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 21: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 22: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, August 23: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 24: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 25: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

UMKC Parent and Family Programs Roo Welcome

UMKC Parent and Family Programs Roo Welcome

Welcome Roo parents, families, and supporters! UMKC Parent and Family Programs is excited to welcome you to our Fall 2021 semester.

Join us for our Parent and Family Lounge. Below is more information about these events:

Parent and Family Lounge
Dates: Wednesday, August 18, Thursday, August 19, Friday, August 20
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Cherry Hall 4th Floor
Details: Will you boo-hoo or yahoo? Celebrate the start of your student’s school year with a sweet treat and some UMKC campus resources. Stop by our Parent and Family Lounge to share tears and cheers with other UMKC parents, families, and supporters, and meet faculty and staff dedicated to help your student succeed.

Watch our UMKC Parent and Family Programs Welcome, featuring Kim Kushner, Assistant Director of New Student and Family Programs.

For more information about UMKC Parent and Family Programs, explore our UMKC Parent and Family Programs website. There, you’ll see lots of fantastic ways to support your Roo as they start their UMKC career, or continue along their journey towards graduation.

Questions? Email the Office of Student Involvement at getinvolved@umkc.edu, or call us at (816) 235-1407.

Roo Welcome Events

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UMKC CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS

We encourage UMKC departments, offices, and community partners to get involved in our Roo Welcome programming. Your role is so important in welcoming our new Roos!

Faculty/Staff Involvement