Multicultural Student Affairs Kicks-Off the Show Me…Success! Series

By , August 28, 2012 8:18 am

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs hosted its Show Me…Success! kick-off event on Friday, August 24th.  The Show Me…Success! program is an initiative for all first time freshman and transfer students of color at UMKC.  At the Kick-off event, students were able to get tips and advice from seasoned UMKC student leaders as well as attend workshops on healthy relationships, making smart financial decisions, and information related to their careers.  Following the event, the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) hosted a networking ice cream social and The African American Student Union (TAASU) hosted their Welcome Back Barbecue.

Show Me…Success!  will continue throughout the year and students will participate in  MSA academic check-ins and a series of workshops and activities aimed to support student success.  Active participants in the program will be recognized as Show Me…Success!  Scholars at the Annual Multicultural Graduate Reception in the Spring.

The first follow-up session will take place on September 14 and will continue to be once a month throughout the academic year.  Topics will range from a “Get Scholarship Money Workshop” to a “Career Assessment Workshop” in collaboration with Career Services.

Even if you missed the Kick-Off event on Friday, it’s not too late to participate! Any student is still welcome to apply for the program.  To fill out an application or learn more, stop by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (Student Union 319) or contact us at 816-235-6609 or  Join your fellow Roos to make this a successful and rewarding year!

UMKC to host series of forums on possible name change

By , August 28, 2012 8:17 am

Earlier this year, UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton began discussing the idea of a possible name change for the university.  He has been meeting with groups around the campus and community, laying out the case, which he believes deserves consideration to ensure that the university is best positioned to achieve its mission, vision and goals moving toward the future.

Chancellor Morton and others believe a name change could serve to heighten awareness of UMKC’s unique position as “Kansas City’s university,” but are committed to a research-based process to make sure this is the right course before moving forward.

As a major urban research university located in the heart of the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, UMKC serves more than 15,000 students.  More than 60 percent of our enrollment is from the Kansas City Metropolitan Statistical Area, and most of the rest come from other parts of Missouri and Kansas; less than 7 percent come from outside the U.S. About 75 percent of our graduates stay in KC to live and work. We are the primary educator for Kansas City’s professional workforce.  In addition, many of the university’s strategic goals are tied to improving education, jobs and quality of life in the greater Kansas City region. For that reason, the university wants to make sure that it has the best name to help it attract the most talented students in the region and to attract the support of the community.

In order to gauge UMKC campus support for the idea, the university will host a series of forums with key campus constituencies throughout the month of September. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend and join the discussion. In late September, the university will also conduct an electronic survey of all students, faculty and staff, along with surveys that will go to prospective students, alumni and community members.

Student forums:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 4: 10am-noon (Student Union 301, Student Government Chambers)
  • Monday, Sept. 17:  6pm Chancellor will speak to the full Student Senate in Student Union 301, Student Government Chambers.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19: 3-5pm (Student Union 301, Student Government Chambers)
  • Thursday, Sept. 20: 11:30am-12:30pm (Hospital Hill, Health Sciences Building, Room 4301)
  • Thursday, Sept.  20: 6-8pm  (Student Union 301, Student Government Chambers)

Welcome Week 2012

By , August 21, 2012 8:46 am

Welcome Week is your introduction to UMKC!  This week is packed with tons of campus activities and events to get you ready for an amazing year.  Go Roos!

There has already been a ton of fun stuff around campus, from a baseball game and community service to shopping days and tailgating.  And there is more to come!  APC is hosting events, fraternity and sorority recruitment is coming up, and you can go sing karaoke at the coffee shop!  For more information and a schedule of events for the rest of the week, visit the Welcome Week web page.

Student Success Center Now Open

By , August 21, 2012 8:45 am

Now open for Fall, UMKC will have a new resource for students at the Atterbury Student Success Center. The old University Center building has undergone major renovations to make it a place entirely focused on student success. The mission of the Student Success Center is to provide high-quality, integrated, and responsive services that promote students’ academic and personal success.

The keystone for the Student Success Center is UMKC Central, one convenient location for students to take care of core business transactions in four areas:  Admissions, Cashiers, Financial Aid, and Registration and Records.  Our staff members are cross-trained in a variety of functions to help students get answers, information, and meet their academic and financial objectives.  Student inquiries are generated electronically, making it easier for our staff members to ensure students’ issues are resolved.  Stop by UMKC Central at the Student Success Center, visit their website, call them at 816-235-6000, or e-mail them at

Below are the offices that are a part of the Student Success Center:

  • UMKC Welcome Center
  • University College
  • Academic Support and Mentoring (formerly the Center for Academic Development)
  • Writing Studio
  • Career Services
  • International Student Affairs
  • International Academic Programs (Study Abroad)
  • MindBody Connection
  • School of Medicine Advising for Students in Years 1 and 2
  • SEARCH (Students Engaged in Artistic and Academic Research)
  • UMKC Cafeteria and Cafe
  • Barber Shop

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