Free Technology for Students: Microsoft ProPlus and Blackboard App

By , January 20, 2015 11:21 am

Mobile AppsCurrently enrolled UMKC students can download, install, and use Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus applications on desktop and laptop computers, free of charge, as part of the Microsoft Student Advantage program.  These applications are the same versions as boxed software available for purchase in stores and include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, and Outlook (Macintosh users can download Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).  The software is available for download within your UMKC O365 student email account and can be installed on up to five devices.  More information on this benefit, including instructions and FAQs, can be found on the UMKC Information Services website.

BlackBoard recently made a change that allows students, faculty, and staff to utilize the BlackBoard Mobile Learn app for free.  This app allows students to see a phone optimized view of the material in Blackboard for each class.  More information can be found in the iTunes store.

Spring Commencement Schedule Changes

By , January 20, 2015 11:20 am

UMKC LOGO[The following was provided by Academic Affairs.]

The 2015 Spring Commencement Ceremony Schedule has been revised–with this new schedule, we solve a scheduling challenge that has created a conflict for many students over the years.  Students no longer will need to worry that they will have a final exam on the day of their commencement.  This new schedule may cause some temporary inconvenience – several academic units will see either a change in date or time.  But everyone involved in this process worked hard to minimize the disruption.  The first year of any change is always the hardest!

To view the 2015 Commencement Ceremony Schedule, visit the UMKC Commencement website.

Beware of Scams Targeting University Students, Faculty and Staff

By , January 20, 2015 11:19 am

cybercrimeThe Federal Bureau of Investigation and other authorities are warning universities of computer-based scams that target students, faculty and staff.

While cybercrime has long been a problem and many users take reasonable precautions, some of the latest scams are highly deceptive and sophisticated, and all campus users are urged to make themselves familiar with these techniques.

If you believe your financial accounts have been compromised, contact your financial institution and close your accounts.  Change passwords, and don’t use similar passwords.  Report the attack to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at

For years, universities have been targeted by phishing campaigns designed to steal credentials.  These have often included sending spam from compromised email accounts and sending emails that mimic official correspondence but ask the recipient to verify their account information.

College students across the U.S. have been targeted to participate in work-from-home scams. Students have been receiving emails to their school accounts recruiting them for positions with fictitious companies or persons.

How the scam works: The student is asked to provide his/her bank account credentials under the guise of setting up direct deposit for his/her pay. The student will be directed to withdraw funds from the account and send a portion of the deposit, via wire transfer, to other individuals involved in the scam.  In some cases, the scammers will add the student’s bank account to a victim employee’s direct deposit information to redirect the victim’s payroll deposit to the student’s account.  In other cases, the student will be asked to deposit a check in advance.


  • The student’s bank account will be identified by law enforcement as being involved in the fraud.
  • Without the student’s participation, the scam could not be perpetrated so he/she facilitated the theft.
  • The student could be arrested and prosecuted in federal court. A criminal record will stay with the student for the rest of his/her life and will have to be divulged on future job applications, which could prevent the student from being hired.
  • The student’s bank account might be closed due to fraudulent activity and a report could be filed by the bank.
  • This could adversely affect the student’s credit record.

How to protect yourself and others:

  • If a job offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Never accept a job that requires the depositing of funds into your account and wiring them to different accounts.
  • Look for poor use of the English language in emails such as incorrect grammar, capitalization and tenses. Many of the scammers who send these messages are not native English speakers.
  • Never provide credentials of any kind such as bank account information, login names, passwords or any other identifying information in response to a recruitment email.
  • Forward any suspicious emails to the university’s IT personnel by going to: Outlook, click on the three dots at the bottom left and select folders. On the left side click on Public Folders. Click on All Public Folders. Click on Kansas City. Move e-mail to Spam Reports folder.
  • Tell your friends to be on the lookout for the scam.

Kansas City Chiefs and UMKC’s Department of History Promote Local History and Arts

By , January 20, 2015 11:17 am

UMKC Public History Interns Matt Reeves and Leah Palmer stand in front of Arrowhead Stadium.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Department of History and the Kansas City Chiefs Football Club have joined together to focus on enhancing the community’s cultural life and advancing the university’s educational mission. Beginning this semester, two graduate students from the Department of History’s Public History emphasis will intern with the Arrowhead Art Collection at Arrowhead Stadium to develop the collection’s interpretative materials and public programs. The interns, in return, receive a graduate assistantship that covers both tuition and a stipend.“These are exactly the kinds of high-impact learning experiences UMKC values and our public history program hopes to generate,” said Christopher D. Cantwell, an Assistant Professor of Public History and director of the department’s Public History emphasis. “Not only do they allow students to apply the skills they learn in the classroom, but they are also essential in helping our graduates find fulfilling careers in the humanities.”

Opened in the fall of 2012, the Arrowhead Art Collection currently has 26 pieces on display, which range from photographs and oil paintings to both indoor and outdoor sculptures.  All of the pieces focus on the history and culture of the region and feature artists from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Arkansas.  The Arrowhead Art Collection is designed to celebrate regional art while providing educational opportunities and engaging the community in a way that touches individuals of all ages and walks of life.  UMKC’s Public History students will be working with the Collection to build upon its already strong elementary education program by developing other kinds of interpretative materials.Arrowhead Art Collection

“The Chiefs and the Arrowhead Art Collection are honored and proud to join with UMKC’s Department of History in this unique opportunity,” said Sharron Hunt, Chairwoman of the Collection and daughter of team founder Lamar Hunt. “By utilizing the talents of students in this UMKC graduate program, we can advance the objectives of our art program far beyond the scope of what we originally envisioned.  This relationship exemplifies how the Chiefs can be an asset to the community and will be beneficial for both parties.”

Started in the fall of 2010, the Department of History’s Masters of Arts with an emphasis in Public History trains students for careers at museums, archives, historical societies, and other cultural institutions.  Students take classes that focus not only on history, but also on exhibit design, digital media, and nonprofit management.  The program’s graduates have already gone on to secure positions as curators, museum technicians, and archivists.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and students wishing to apply can visit:

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