A Call to Words: Veterans and Why They Write

By , October 28, 2013 5:35 pm

Last LambsThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the end of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.  To honor our veterans, BkMk Press,  is holding two free events in early November.  These events also celebrate BkMk’s rerelease of Last Lambs: New and Selected Poems of Vietnam by Bill Bauer.  Both nights, Bauer and H.C. Palmer, another poet and Vietnam-era veteran, will take part in a conversation moderated by New Letters on the Air producer, Angela Elam.  They will also read from their poetry and discuss how writing has helped them find meaning in their post-war lives.

The events will take place Tuesday, November 5th at Park University’s Meetin’ House at 7pm (reception starting at 6:30) and on Thursday, November 7th at JCCC’s Hudson Auditorium at 7pm with reception to follow at Café Tempo.  No RSVP required.  Learn more about the events here.

“An Orwellian experience,” is how Bauer describes the out-processing of soldiers back into the civilian world.  “I was never debriefed except to have my teeth checked and given blood tests for venereal diseases.” At the heart of the November events are a desire to promote writing as a way to help soldiers reintegrate back into civilian life and reflect upon their past and present experiences.  “Writing about my experiences (many years later),” says Palmer, “has brought about healing.  I’ve come to understand that I had no choice in the matter.”  This desire is the impetus for The Writers Place’s vision of a veterans writing group.

Founded in 1971, BkMk Press has been a part of UMKC since 1983.  BkMk concentrates on publishing collections of poetry, short fiction and creative essays. Publishing roughly six titles a year, BkMk Press has more than 125 titles in print.  Financial assistance for BkMk Press is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, by UMKC, and by private donations.

Also partnering with BkMk Press for these events are:  Johnson County Community College and Park University’s Warrior Center,  New Letters magazine, New Letters on the Air, Rezvets, and The Writers Place.


Give your feedback to UMKC Dining Services

By , October 28, 2013 5:22 pm

Dining ServicesTell Us How We Are Doing!  UMKC Dining Services wants your feedback.

UMKC Dining Services would like to invite all UMKC students to share direct feedback on the programs and services offered at the Dining Hall in the Atterbury Student Success Center and the retail venues located in the Student Union.  Individual feedback is important to us for the development and enhancement of the comprehensive dining program.

The questionnaire is currently live on-line, and will run through Wednesday, November 13, 2013.  The survey is available on the UMKC Dining Services Website.

By completing the survey, you are automatically entered to win a $250 Gift Card for Best Buy!

UMKC Men’s Basketball: New Era Begins Nov. 1 at Municipal Auditorium

By , October 28, 2013 5:16 pm

Shane_T-Shirt_JobJoin Us As We Tip Off a Bold New Season

New Era Begins Nov. 1 at Municipal Auditorium

New coach. New conference. New arena. And best of all, a whole new attitude.

UMKC men’s basketball is starting a new era in 2013 under new head coach Kareem Richardson. And we’re tipping off in grand style with a special exhibition game Nov. 1 to start the season.

The game starts at 7 p.m., but the fun starts much earlier.  Fans will gather at Johnny’s Tavern on Grand Boulevard in the Power and Light District at 4 p.m. for the pre-party. Students get free pizza with student ID, while other fans can enjoy half-price appetizers. At 6:15, the UMKC Cheerleaders will lead a short (four-block) parade from Johnny’s to the newly refurbished, historic Municipal Auditorium for the game against our neighborhood friend and rival, Rockhurst University.

Student tickets for the Rockhurst game, and all upcoming Roo athletic events, are FREE!

The UMKC Union Programming Board is providing a shuttle service that will pick students up from the Student Union at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and take them to Johnny’s Tavern for the pre-game event. A second shuttle will pick students up at 5:30 from the Union and take them directly to Municipal Auditorium. Students will also be given glow in the dark Kangaroo Ears to wear during the blackout, as well as the Blackout t-shirts (while supplies last).

Once inside, fans will enjoy a true Division One college basketball experience, including a new video scoreboard, new seating and lighting, and a new UMKC Pep Band from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. Fans are asked to wear black or dark clothing for a special arena “blackout” prior to the introduction of the team.

UMKC fans are also asked to copy the “Fear the Roo” artwork and use it as their Facebook profile picture on Friday.

Coming off a national championship season as an assistant coach at Louisville last year, Richardson has captured the imagination of the campus, the community, returning players and new recruits.

Richardson accepted the UMKC post in March, and has since signed a five-man recruiting class, solidified his coaching staff and done a whirlwind of public appearances around the Kansas City area.

“The team we put on the floor will be tough, well-disciplined, and high-character men who do it the right way. And we will play an exciting style,” Richardson said. That style will be fast and defense-oriented, he said, featuring multiple full-court-press techniques similar to the Louisville style.

Municipal Auditorium, considered by some as “America’s best arena in which to watch basketball” and site of more NCAA Final Fours than any other arena, is once again the home of UMKC men’s basketball. UMKC men’s basketball will be playing the bulk of its home games at the historic venue in 2013-14, with a new and improved look to the arena. The $5 million renovation includes new video boards, LED scorer’s table, sound system, lighting, seating in the lower level and electrical upgrades.

The team begins play this year in the Western Athletic Conference. The WAC, with a 50-year history of intercollegiate competition, is the sixth-oldest among the nation’s 11 Division I-A conferences. In men’s basketball, the WAC has sent at least two teams to the NCAA Tournament in 24 of the past 29 seasons. The WAC champions in men’s and women’s basketball receive automatic bids to the NCAA tournament.

By making the move, UMKC athletic teams will gain exposure in several new major media markets, including Chicago, Seattle and Phoenix. In addition, players will spend less time traveling, with more trips by air rather than by bus. And UMKC’s agreement with the WAC includes bringing the WAC men’s basketball tournament to Kansas City for two consecutive years.

Other conference members include California State University-Bakersfield, Chicago State University, Grand Canyon University, University of Idaho, New Mexico State University, Seattle University, University of Texas-Pan American and Utah Valley University.

Celebrate Charlie “Bird” Parker and Kansas City Jazz

By , October 28, 2013 5:05 pm

Haddix-WatsonChuck Haddix will discuss his book, “Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker,” at 6 p.m., Nov. 6, in the Jeannette Nichols Forum of the new Miller Nichols Learning Center.

The program is free, open to the public, and will feature live performances by Bobby Watson and Friends.

UMKC Friends of the Library sponsor this event as the inaugural program in their new portFOLio series.

Haddix is head of the Marr Sound Archives at UMKC Libraries and host of The Fish Fry program on KCUR-FM. The book will be available for sale both before and after the program.  Haddix will be available to sign all copies.



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