UMKC Garden Collective: National Conversation on Democracy and Climate

By , April 9, 2013 9:20 am

The UMKC Garden Collective is sponsoring a film presentation and national webinar April 17th starting at 5:30pm in the Student Union, room 302.

The Island President is a film about the Maldives, an island nation south of India that is suffering from rising water levels due to climate change.

After the film there will be a webinar for colleges to participate in a national conversation on democracy and climate.

The UMKC Garden Collective is a student run community garden at 5306 Holmes.  It is open to all students, faculty, and community members. The Collective operates around its core principle “take what you need and give the rest away.”

For more information, please e-mail Julie Bauer at



Number One Magazine Launch Party

By , April 9, 2013 9:20 am

Number One Magazine, the annual student-run literary journal at UMKC, will celebrate the release of its latest issue with a launch party on Friday, April 19, at 3:30 p.m. as part of the alumni week celebrations. The free event will be held on the patio of the University House (5101 Rockhill Road), the home of New Letters magazine, BkMk Press, and the public radio show New Letters on the Air.  There will be music, light refreshments, short readings by contributors, and free copies of Number One Magazine.

In honor of UMKC’s 80th anniversary and a legacy of previous releases of Number One dating back to the 1940s, this new, expanded issue has more than 50 additional pages. The longer format extends its spectrum of voices and content, featuring comics for the first time and offering more creative nonfiction and plays. Included works on beauty, future technologies, parenthood and drug manufacture add to Number One’s exploration of the new literary pursuits of UMKC students.

Congratulations to contributors Megan Cross and Jimmy Grist, who each received awards new to Number One.  Cross’ short story “The Inn at Crescent Mountain,” a narrative about an innkeeper’s disintegrating marriage written in the style of magical realism, won the John Latosi Award for Creative Writing, named in memory of the New York poet and journalist.  Grist’s collection of comics featuring stories of an inter-species friendship and the cultural critique of an intergalactic food critic, punctuated with their humorous final panels, won the Lena Vaughn Award for the Visual Arts, named in memory of the prolific Iowa painter.  Attendees will be treated to a reading by Cross and will be able to view a display of Grist’s works. Both artists will be presented with their $100 prizes.  The event will also feature the presentation of the Craig M. Workman Award for Performance Media to Teresa Leggard for her play about the competing values of education and maintaining a relationship.

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Take Back the Night Rally Against Sexual Violence

By , April 9, 2013 9:18 am

The UMKC Violence Prevention and Response Project will host the university’s 7th annual Take Back the Night Rally and March on Thursday, April 18.

The Rally starts at 6:30 p.m. in the UMKC Quad.  At 7:30, participants March to the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain on the Country Club Plaza.  At 8 p.m., sexual assault survivors will speak about their transitions from victims to survivors.

Take Back the Night is an annual event that coincides with Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The event provides an annual opportunity to promote awareness of sexual violence and its prevention.

All of UMKC’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month events are free and open to the public; no RSVP is required. Take Back the Night is a collaboration with the UMKC Women’s Center, Office of Student Involvement, the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, and other campus and community organizations.

BrowZine virtual bookshelf for your tablet

By , April 9, 2013 9:17 am

BrowZine is the easy way to stay current with the journals you read most.

BrowZine lets you:

  • Read scholarly journals in a format that is optimized for tablets.
  • Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals.
  • Be alerted when new issues of a journal are available.
  • Bookmark articles for reading later.
  • Easily save to Zotero, Dropbox, or Mendeley.

Watch this video demo to see BrowZine in action.

To get started, download BrowZine from the Apple Store.  The first time you use it select “University of Missouri – Kansas City” in the list of institutions, then enter your UMKC username and password.  After that you will remain logged in on your device.

Not all of the library’s journals are currently available, but the developer is working with publishers to add content.  Check the list of participating publishers often if you are looking for a particular journal.

BrowZine is only available for iPad at this time, but an Android version is in the works and should be available soon.

BrowZine is brought to you by the UMKC Libraries. You can visit the Libraries’ BrowZine web page or contact the Libraries for more information.

Remembering our Campus Community Members

By , April 2, 2013 9:26 am

UMKC is deeply saddened by the recent loss of members of our campus community:

Remembering Aaron Markarian – talented vocalist and performer, Conservatory of Music and Dance

Remembering Dr. Doug Law – beloved professor in the School of Biological Sciences




“Diversity Includes Me” Campus Discussions

By , April 2, 2013 9:21 am

Diversity is a cornerstone value for UMKC. It is so important to our university, that it is one of five major goals of the Strategic Plan. Reflecting that importance, Chancellor Leo E. Morton formed the Chancellor’s Diversity Council in order to engage our entire campus on this vital issue, and to ensure that our campus is committed to a meaningful plan of actions, outcomes and accountabilities to actualize this goal.

This month, the Council is launching a series of campus discussions on diversity. Our goal is to hear your voices on where we are and, equally importantly, where we need to go as the Council continues to draft specific plans for positive change.  Please take a moment to view this video invitation from Chancellor Morton.

We need you to participate in this effort.

Student input is imperative to the success of our efforts!  We have created several ways for you to share your feelings and ideas – focus groups, online surveys and town halls. These campus conversations are vital to achieving our diversity goals; and for that reason, they are vital to a more inclusive future.

Upcoming Listening & Sharing Sessions:

  • Tuesday, April 2, Hospital Hill – 12:00-1:00 pm, School of Dentistry Room 209
  • Wednesday, April 3, Volker Campus – 12:00–1:00 pm, Student Union Multipurpose Room, 401AB
  • Tuesday, April 9, Volker Campus – 12:00-1:00 pm, Pierson Auditorium

Please bring your Brown Bag lunch and join the conversation.  Drinks provided.


Feel free to email us at to provide feedback about this effort.  You can also visit our website to read the draft plan, including the five major areas we have identified that need to be addressed.

Please play in a role in this process. Your viewpoints and opinions are important to us, and to the future of UMKC.

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