UMKC 2015-2016 Scholarships Application Now Available

By , November 18, 2014 11:13 am

scholarshipsThe application for competitive undergraduate UMKC scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year is available on-line.  This application allows currently enrolled full-time students to apply for most institutional scholarships with one form.  Review the list of competitive scholarships for currently enrolled undergraduate students on the Financial Aid and Scholarships Website (click on each scholarship for eligibility requirements; please note that some scholarships require a separate application).

The competitive scholarship application can be completed and submitted on-line by logging-in at this site.  You will also need to submit 2 letters of reference.  Some scholarships also require completion of the FAFSA.  All application materials must be submitted by March 1, 2015.

Additional scholarship opportunities for the 2015-2016 academic year may be available within your Academic Unit and department. Be sure to check with your advisor to learn more.

From Chancellor Leo E. Morton: Veterans Day

By , November 11, 2014 10:44 am

Chancellor MortonVeterans Day has long been an occasion for reflection on the contributions and achievements of the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Congress changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day to recognize all those who have served this country.

Today we celebrate the brave women and men who have served, or are currently serving, in the United States Armed Forces. We are grateful for the sacrifices, commitment and dedication all veterans and their families have made to protect our country.

Answering our country’s call is service of the highest order, and we commend and honor our Veterans for their service. Today at UMKC, about 400 student-veterans have identified themselves, and I would like to personally thank each of you for your service.

In an effort to keep you up to date on UMKC veteran-related information, services and events, I would like to announce that the university has created a Student Veteran Resource email newsletter. The first edition will be distributed today at 11 a.m.

Let us always remember and salute our courageous Veterans and all who are currently serving in all branches of the service. We cannot say thank you enough!

Faculty, staff and students, please join me in honoring all the servicemen and women, both veterans and those on active duty, who are part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City family.

World War I and the Christmas Truce

By , November 11, 2014 10:41 am

ChristmasTruce“Joyeux Noël,” a film depicting the Christmas Truce during World War I in 1914, will be shown from noon to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Miller Nichols Learning Center, Room 451.

Please register for the event here.

On a freezing Christmas Day in 1914, thousands of exhausted soldiers cautiously climbed out their trenches on the 500-mile long Western Front and entered no man’s land. They buried their dead, shook hands with their enemies, sang carols together, lit each other’s cigarettes, exchanged addresses, swapped family photos and played football.

This unofficial “Christmas truce” only lasted for a few hours and then the first world war resumed — one that would leave 31 million people dead, wounded or missing before fighting ended in November 1918.

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion of the film and the actual events that took place during the Christmas Truce, by a musicologist, historian, and film scholar.

Panel discussion members will include: Andrew Granade, Ph.D., chair of composition,music theory, and musicology and associate professor of musicology;  Lynda Payne, Ph.D., RN, FLS, School of Medicine, Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics and professor of history; and Tom Poe, Ph.D., associate professor, department of communication studies.

For more information, contact Tom Burns or or call 816-235-1875.

The sponsors are the UMKC Departments of History, Communication Studies, Conservatory of Music and Dance and UMKC Libraries.

New! University Singers open to all students

By , November 11, 2014 10:34 am

music notesDo you miss singing in a choir?  But you’re not a Conservatory student?  All students are invited to audition for University Singers–anyone can audition and you do not need to take the choir for class credit in order to participate (unless you need the fine arts credit).

University Singers is made up of 60 Men and Women and sings a wide variety of music, performing in some of the most beautiful spaces in Kansas City, including the stunning Kauffman Center for Performing Arts.  Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm.

Auditions are required:  Wednesday, November 19th from 3-6pm at Grant Hall, room 322.

To sign up for an audition time or for any questions, contact Michael Patch at

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