Join us for the 2011 African-American Read-In!

By , November 30, 2010 8:26 am

In February of next year the UMKC University Libraries will be celebrating Black History Month 2011 by joining over a million readers in the 22nd  National African American Read-In.  You are invited to participate as a sharer and as a listener as we celebrate the many literary and cultural contributions of African Americans.

Miller Nichols Library will host  two Read-In Celebrations in the newly renovated performance space on the first floor: 

  • Tuesday, Feb 8th  noon-1:30pm
  • Wednesday, Feb 23rd 3-4:30pm 

Everyone is welcome to come listen to presentations inspired by the work of an on African American author.  In addition, there will be exhibits related to Black History Month on the Ground and First floors of Miller Nichols Library.

Seating is limited at the Read-Ins, so please register at  Feel free to register for both sessions– the February 8th session as a listener only and the February 23rd session as either a sharer or listener! Continue reading 'Join us for the 2011 African-American Read-In!'»

School of Pharmacy Wins National Community Engagement Award

By , November 30, 2010 8:25 am

[The following was provided Dr. Russell Melchert, Dean and Professor of UMKC School of Pharmacy.]

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) has selected UMKC School of Pharmacy to receive the 2010-2011 AACP Student Community Engaged Service Award.  AACP, whose mission is work with member schools in advancing pharmacy education, research, scholarship, practice and service to improve societal health.

Dr. Crystal Obering, Clinical Associate Professor, and her students – Jennifer Sass, Ashley Harbison, Jacquelyn Constable, Kristin Ripperger and Eamon Darbandi – were recognized for their contributions to the UMKC Health Sciences Wellness Fair that has occurred during the last two spring semesters on Hospital Hill as a combined effort of the university’s four health sciences schools (Pharmacy, Nursing, Medicine, and Dentistry).  UMKC was among eight university finalists announced at the AACP Annual Meeting last summer.  Other finalists included:  Rutgers, University of Colorado, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Oklahoma, University of Southern Nevada, University of the Pacific, and the University of Southern California.

Summer Internship in Washington DC – Apply by Dec 1st

By , November 19, 2010 5:43 pm

PURPOSE: To introduce two qualified undergraduates interested in public service to the national policy process through a month-long immersion experience with the Washington, D.C. offices of the Missouri Congressional delegation or other offices as appropriate as a Truman Bootstrap Scholar—an award that honors Truman’s commitment  to public service  and  that will permit students who otherwise might not be able to do so to spend four weeks in Washington, D.C.  DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS DEC 1, 2010.

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Safe Travel Tips

By , November 16, 2010 8:27 am

As cold weather sets in and we think about traveling home for the holidays, there are some important steps we can take to ensure safe travel back and forth.  It may not be snowing now, but Midwest weather is always surprising! 

If you are driving, make sure your car is winter-ready.  Check the fluid levels (especially the anti-freeze) and tire pressure.  Make sure your wipers are in good condition. 

Also, have an emergency roadside kit. provides this list that will give you a great start to your own kit!

  • A cell phone – for calling in case of emergency
  • A portable jump starter – in case of a dead battery, you won’t be stranded alone in the cold
  • A flashlight and extra batteries
  • Emergency flares – so other motorists can see your vehicle
  • Sand bags – highly recommended for vehicles with rear-wheel drive
  • A tire inflator and sealer
  • Warm clothes or blankets
  • Snacks and bottled water
  • Extra de-icer washer fluid and a spray de-icer
  • Ice scraper with a snow brush
  • Tire traction product
  • Shovel

Coaching Seminar: Test Anxiety

By , November 16, 2010 8:26 am

Do you begin to feel anxious, nervous, or overly stressed before an exam?  Many students study material for an exam and do well on the review, but when it comes time to step in the classroom and put pen to paper for a test, they draw a blank.  This week’s seminar topic will help provide students tools to use to overcome test anxiety.  The Counseling Center will be presenting this week on signs of test anxiety and how to conquer test anxiety.

These seminars will take place the standard times throughout the week:
  •    Tuesday at noon in the Multicultural Student Affairs Office at the Student Union
  •    Wednesday at 3pm in the Oak Street Residence Hall Classroom
  •    Thursday at 5:30pm in the Oak Street Residence Hall Classroom

Bloch School Gets a New Name

By , November 16, 2010 8:25 am

UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration has changed its name to the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. The new name was publically announced on Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, at a program called “Transforming Talent for Kansas City and Beyond.”

The name change coincides with a new strategic plan aimed at positioning Bloch School as a globally preeminent school of management that synthesizes private and public administration and focuses on entrepreneurial and innovative thinking. The school will continue to prepare tomorrow’s leaders in for-profit, nonprofit and public enterprises.

With five new degree programs (coming soon), the Bloch School of Management is developing purposeful, entrepreneurial and innovative leaders to meet changing global demands. The five new programs include a redesigned MBA, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Master of Entrepreneurial Real Estate with an executive-level option, and an Executive Master of Public Administration.

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