Congratulations to the Fall 2013 Vice Chancellor’s Honor Recipients!

By , December 3, 2013 2:38 pm

LOGOEvery semester, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management recognizes graduating students who have excelled in both academic achievement and service to our campus community with the Vice Chancellor’s Honor Recipients program.  This recognition honors the truly unique students who maintain high scholastic performance while actively participating in leadership and service to the community and our University outside of the classroom.

Congratulations to the students who were selected as this Fall’s Honor Recipients!

  • Ken Bacchus, Bloch School of Management, nominated by Dr. Jered Carr
  • Kasmin Hardaway, College of Arts & Sciences, nominated by LaShaundra Randolph
  • Audrey McCalley, School of Biological Sciences, nominated by Dr. Peter Koulen
  • Jason Regina, School of Computing and Engineering, nominated by Dean Kevin Truman
  • Keela Scott, College of Arts & Sciences, nominated by Dr. Kathleen Kilway
  • Syed Shah, School of Biological Sciences, nominated by Tammy Welchert
  • R. Jayson Strickland, School of Education, nominated by Dr. Jennifer Friend

Meet the Fall 2013 Honor Recipients!

Join the Spanish Club for dinner at Taqueria

By , December 3, 2013 2:14 pm

Spanish ClubNeed a break from studying?  Want to practice Spanish in a relaxed and fun environment?  Join the UMKC Spanish Club for dinner on Thursday, December 5 at 4:45pm at Taqueria Mexico Restaurant, 330 Rainbow Blvd, KCKS 66103 (corner of Rainbow and Southwest Blvd).

For more info, check them out on Facebook or email a request to be on their mailing list to




Bookstore Special Events and Sellbacks

By , December 3, 2013 2:05 pm

SellbacksSell your books back to the UMKC bookstores–get cash, enter for a chance to win an iPad mini, and help your fellow students all at the same time!

Sellbacks start THIS WEEK at the UMKC Bookstore in the Student Union and the UMKC Health Sciences Bookstore.   You can also return your rental textbooks at the same time (be sure NOT to sell those books back, of course!).

And in the interest of planning ahead, sign-up now for Spring 2014 book reservations–then all you have to do is pick-up and pay for your books in January!

UMKC Bookstore in the Union is hosting a special author’s event with Dr. Mark Morgan, MU professor and author of Hook, Line & Sinker, a compilation of Missouri fishing stories.  Dr. Morgan will be signing copies of his book on Wednesday, December 4th from Noon-2pm.

Join the Health Sciences Bookstore on December 5th for Customer Appreciation and Holiday Open House for prize drawings, refreshments, special pricing on technology and accessories (as good or BETTER than Black Friday!), and sale prices on UMKC clothing, scrubs, equipment, and Medical review and reference books.



Stress Less next week!

By , December 3, 2013 2:00 pm

stresslessBrought to you by the Union Programming Board and the Office of Student Involvement = Stress Less for finals!

Start with Late-Night Breakfast on Dec 5th, 10pm – Midnight at the Cafeteria.

The Union will be open until 2am starting this weekend (for studying and lounging, too, of course!).

Get your Holiday On at the Gingerbread House-making Party on Friday, December 6th from 6-8pm in the Union.

Next week at the Union (Monday through Wednesday, various hours), cuddle up with cute therapy dogs and have a free chair massage during the day.

Recycle your old holiday lights at UMKC

By , December 3, 2013 1:54 pm

Holiday Lights Logo 3As part of UMKC’s commitment to sustainability and recycling, UMKC is a collection point for recycling of non-working holidays lights.  The collection of these lights goes to Southeast Enterprise, a local Sheltered Workshop. The collection extends through January 26, 2014.

Collection Points:

Volker Campus: General Services Building, back dock (off Troost between 51st & 52nd) Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 3:30pm –

Hospital Hill Campus: Dental School Building, 650 E. 25th Street, 2nd Floor (outside of Canteen). Monday-Friday7:30am—3:00pm



Carla Wilson named new Athletics Director

By , December 3, 2013 1:49 pm

Carla WilsonCarla Wilson was formally introduced Monday as the director of athletics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City to a crowd of hundreds of well-wishers comprised of sports, civic and educational leaders; student athletes; and sports fans.

During the announcement event, Wilson and other speakers discussed the important role of college athletics in building leadership skills in individual student athletes, and strengthening bonds between a university and its home community.

“Our student athletes will be taught to win in three vital fields of play. They will win in the classroom; win in competition; and win in the community. When they become capable of winning consistently in all three areas, they will be prepared to win in the most important arena of all: Life,” Wilson said. “Our student athletes will mature immersed in an atmosphere of leadership and service. They will understand what it really means to win.”

Wilson is UMKC’s fourth Director of Athletics in the Division I era, the first-ever female director of athletics at UMKC and the only female athletics director in the Western Athletic Conference. She is one of the few minority women serving as an athletics director at the NCAA’s 351 Division I institutions. Currently, less than 9 percent of Division I athletics directors are women; less than 4 percent are minority women.

Wilson has held the position in an interim role for five months but has been a mainstay in the athletics department for the last 16 years, championing diversity, equality and Title IX. An active member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, Wilson has served on several committees and as a mentor and speaker, and was the NCAA Division I NACWAA Administrator of the Year in 2012.

Wilson said UMKC student athletes will focus their community service on young people in the Kansas City community, with an emphasis on the urban core.

“Carla is a nationally-recognized leader in college athletics, and was an easy and natural choice for this position,” said Leo E. Morton, Chancellor of UMKC. “While we are promoting from within, we are also choosing the best candidate for this important position. Carla has the experience, the dedication and the vision to be an exemplary leader.”

Read Press Release here.

Read the KC Star article.

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