Dean Searches Announced for new Honors College and for School of Education

By , September 9, 2014 10:34 am

QuadUMKC has announced two search committees that will begin their work vetting candidates and recommending two important academic hires for the University.  One search is for the inaugural dean of the new Honors College, to be co-chaired by Wayne Vaught, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Gayle Levy, Honors Program Director and Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature.

The UMKC Honors College, which was developed as part of UMKC’s Strategic Plan, is designed to create a significant high-impact learning environment that will increase our community of high-achieving student scholars. The UMKC Honors College will allow students who enter UMKC with advanced educational competencies to experience appropriate academic challenges that may include more focused and appropriate courses and/or the opportunity to fast track into graduate/professional programs.

The other search is for the Dean of the School of Education and will be chaired by Ellen Suni, Dean of the School of Law.  The new dean will succeed Wanda Blanchett, Ph.D., who had served as Dean and Ewing Marion Kauffman Endowed Chair in Teacher Education since 2009.

“The School of Education plays a vital role in UMKC’s urban mission to meet the needs of our community,” said UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “Our local schools need excellent teachers, counselors and administrators. I have great confidence in the members of this committee. They are both very capable, and very committed, to helping us identify a leader who can deliver on that vital mission.”

Join the MO Challenge–log your miles for UMKC

By , September 9, 2014 10:34 am

MO MilesJoin the Missouri Miles Challenge and log your miles for UMKC!  Get active, stay fit, and do your part to get MO moving!  Governor Nixon has issued a challenge to all MO Colleges and Universities to log as many miles as possible during September.  So far, UMSL is leading our bracket! 

Joining is easy:  register for an account and be sure to select University of Missouri–Kansas City.  After you register an account, log in each day to report your miles (create your password at first log in).

Hashtag your journey! #100MoMiles #umkc #swinneyfit

Whether you walk, run, bike, or swim, your physical activity can be logged and credited to UMKC.  So get out there and get fit!  We are healthy Roos!


Celebrate Constitution Day on Sept 17

By , September 9, 2014 10:33 am

Constitution Day 2014How much do you remember from your civics and American government courses?  Test your knowledge in honor of Constitution Day!

Please join the UMKC School of Law for a trivia competition over the lunch hour on September 17, 2014 in the law school’s student lounge.  The event is hosted by the American Constitution Society and the Black Law Student Association.

Also in honor of Constitution Day, UMKC Law students are volunteering to teach a civics class at a local middle school to share their passion for the Constitution and Constitutional law.

Constitution Day became a recognized federal holiday in 2004, when legislation authored by Senator Robert Byrd was signed into law.  The Act mandates that all educational institutions that receive public funding provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on or near September 17th each year.

Guest Blog: keeping track of your classes

By , September 2, 2014 5:17 pm

Matt Owens[This tip provided by Matt Owens, junior Secondary Education/History major]

As the first week of class gets underway, developing strategies to keep yourself organized for your course work is essential for a successful semester.  Some of you are returning students and will have developed your own personalized systems during your time here at UMKC, while others may be new to university life.  Regardless of where you are in your Roo experience it is always a good idea to remember to practice your organizational strategies early on in the semester and get off to a good start.

With that being said, here is one of the most basic organizational techniques that can help you look ahead to the semester to come, while also keeping you on track in the here and now:

Merge your syllabi.  Well hold on, don’t reassemble them just yet!  Keep whole copies of each class syllabus with the notebooks, binder and text of its corresponding course.  In addition to your professor’s contact info and office hours, there’s important information in there that explains each course’s grading rubric, assignments, learning objectives and class schedule.  It’s that last part that can be very helpful in keeping track of your school work each week.

Photo copy (or copy and paste into a word document if they’re on Blackboard) the semester schedules from each course’s syllabus and put them together into one big, new document.  It will be your master schedule for your semester and will allow you to quickly reference what is going on in all of your classes during a given week, and to look ahead to future assignments as well.  It can be hard to juggle all of your work as a full time college student and having a quick and easy reference guide that contains dates for assignments, projects, readings, tests, quizzes and exams can help you to ensure that nothing slips through the cracks in your busy life.

To be sure, each schedule provided will vary in how specific it is, and this technique in no way should substitute for keeping a planner or writing in a calendar.  During the course of the semester things happen (Snow Days! …for example) and schedules can change as teachers and students adapt to unforeseen circumstances.  Creating this “master” schedule from your syllabi is just one quick and simple way to compile the important dates and assignments given to you at the beginning of the semester.  It can help you figure out what weeks will be your busiest and help you plan accordingly.  It can be kept in your backpack or in a desk, ready for you any time you need a quick reminder of what is happening in each one of your classes.  Overall, it’s a good way to be cognizant of your course load as a whole and to stay on top of it.

Successful students are disciplined when it comes to keeping their notes, assignments and schedules orderly and easily accessible.  So stay organized, enjoy yourself and achieve the success you know that you’re capable of.


New Trans+ and Allies Groups

By , September 2, 2014 5:16 pm

Trans AlliesUMKC values diversity and inclusiveness and is committed to being a welcoming environment that supports the success of all students.

Trans+ Young Adult Social Group is a trans-exclusive space for trans+ identifying college students and young adults age 18-30 to discuss topics relevant to the experience of being a trans+ young adult.  The group meets on Monday nights from 7-9pm in the Rainbow Lounge at UMKC.

We have also started an exciting, new all-inclusive Trans+Allies group this semester that is open to trans+ individuals of all ages, friends, family, community members, students, and anyone who identifies as an ally.  The group meets the first Thursday of each month in the Student Union room 302 from 6-8pm starting September 4th.  This would be a great group for ally students, family members and friends of trans+ individuals, as well as trans+ individuals who are unavailable on Monday nights or do not meet the age restriction for the college student/young adult group.

For more information, contact Alexandra Ross or Michelle Farrell at or Jonathan Pryor, coordinator of UMKC LGBTQIA Programs & Services, at

Where in the world will you go? Study Abroad Fair

By , September 2, 2014 5:14 pm

Study AbroadWhere in the world will you go?

Study Abroad adds tremendous–yet incalculable–value to your education and outlook on life.  A global perspective helps you not only appreciate other cultures and broadens your own horizons, it also gives you valuable experiences that future employers look for in job candidates.

Not sure where to start?  Attend the Study Abroad Fair hosted by UMKC’s International Academic Programs!  The Fair is Wednesday, September 10th from 11am-2pm in the Student Success Center, Pierson Auditorium.  Can’t make it to the Fair?  Stop by the Office of International Academic Programs in the Student Success Center, room 120.  They have weekly information sessions every Tuesday and Friday at 2pm.

International Academic Programs also offers workshops on funding your Study Abroad life-changing experience, including application assistance for prestigious fellowships.  Check out their website for more information:

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