Apply for the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life Leadership Academy

By , February 28, 2012 8:10 am

The Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life announces the 21st Century Leadership Academy, May 20 – 25, 2012 in St. Louis, MO

Apply to Represent UMKC as a Shear Fellow. Application Deadline: March 14, 2012

Spend a week with outstanding student leaders and savvy women in public life: women judges, women office  holders & women public policy experts.

What will you do as a Shear Fellow?

1. Develop leadership skills.
2. Build self confidence.
3. Make friends & contacts for your future.

To apply, download an application form. For more information on the Leadership Academy, visit their website.  For questions, contact Dr. Brenda Bethman in the UMKC Women’s Center at

2012 Venture Creation Challenge – Sign-Up by March 15

By , February 28, 2012 8:09 am

It’s time once again to sign up for the 2012 Regnier Family Foundations Venture Creation Challenge.  The Challenge encourages student venture creation through a forum in which students can present new venture plans to potential investors, other entrepreneurs, and established local business leaders.

  • Get feedback on your venture ideas from expert judges
  • Test your ideas in a competitive arena
  • Network with a who’s who of KC area business leaders

The Intent to Participate form is due March 15.  For more information and more detailed deadlines, please visit the Venture Creation Challenge website.


43rd Annual RKF Symposium: An Evening with Actor and Filmmaker Adrian Grenier (March 19)

By , February 28, 2012 8:08 am

Join the UMKC Student Government Association for the 43rd Annual Robert F. Kennedy Symposium:  an evening with actor, musician, and filmmaker Adrian Grenier, best known for his role as Vincent Chase in the HBO series “Entourage.” Adrian will be talking about his recent film Teenage Paparazzo, which focuses on the complex relationship between celebrities and the media. He will also be screening the film.

Event Details
Date: Monday, March 19th, 2012
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm – Film Screening, Lecture, and Q&A
          9:00 pm – Reception and Meet & Greet
Location: UMKC Student Union Theater

Price: FREE!  You must RSVP through the Central Ticket Office in the UMKC Performing Arts Center to reserve a seat.  RSVP now by calling (816) 235-6222 or visiting the Central Ticket Office.

The event is open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members.

The Robert F. Kennedy Symposium was designed to honor Robert F. Kennedy, his accomplishments and vision for America.  It has been said that Robert F. Kennedy challenged the complacent in American society and sought to bridge the great divides in American life.  Inspired by this rich vision, the Symposium’s goal is to engage students, faculty, staff, and members of the community in sustained exploration of critical social issues from interdisciplinary perspectives.

Writing College Essays and Papers Seminar

By , February 21, 2012 8:26 am

Do you have trouble finding out how to begin writing essays or papers for class? This seminar is designed to help students become aware of pre-writing methods in order to find the one most suited for them. Also, students will also learn of different databases that are subject-specific and of materials available to them through the UMKC library in order to find sources to write papers and other class assignments. We will also learn together, how to navigate the library website in order to utilize available databases.

This Week’s Seminars are:

2/21     Tues     12:30pm   
2/22   Wed      3:00pm 
All Seminars will take place in the Student Union room 419.

Next Week’s Seminar: Time Management

Seminars are mandatory for students on financial aid contracts, Bloch Scholars and Osher Scholars.  Each session lasts approximately 50 minutes.  Students must sign in within 10 minutes of the seminar starting to receive credit.

Thrifty Thursday- Developing a Spending Plan

By , February 21, 2012 8:25 am

Developing a spending plan is a smart way to live within your means, create a budget that fits your current status, and reach your financial goals.

 A successful spending plan will require you to set and evaluate your financial goals and make important, and sometimes difficult, decisions.  To start a spending plan, you must add up your total income.  Income is incoming money such as wages from a job or monthly allowances.  Then, figure your total expenses.  Finally, set aside money for savings or emergencies.

If this sounds interesting, or if you would like further information, please attend Thrifty Thursdays from 12:30-1:30pm in the Student Union 302A.  This week’s topic is “Developing a Spending Plan.”

Panhellenic Council Wins National Awards

By , February 21, 2012 8:24 am

UMKC’s Panhellenic Council is the governing council for our National Panhellenic Conference sororities, which include:  Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Chi Omega, and Delta Zeta.  The work the council does greatly enhances the experience of each of these sororities.  Earlier this month, all their hard work was recognized on a national scale when they received four awards from the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV).  These awards highlighted their work in the areas of Academic Achievement, Council Management, Recruitment, and Risk Management. 

The council spent several months filling out the applications, which were judged by an awards committee comprised of student affairs professionals from various institutions.  UMKC’s Panhellenic Council was found to go above and beyond the rest of the Division I chapters in all four areas they applied for.  Congratulations to Panhellenic Council!

Pictured are (l-r):  Melissa Palmer, Amra Suljic, Sarah Clarke, Natalie Frank, and Sharon James.

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