Regnier Career Accelerator

By , February 16, 2015 3:01 pm

Regnier InstituteAre you an entrepreneurially-minded student at UMKC who wants to connect with firms seeking self-managing, enterprising talent?

Then, join us for the second annual Regnier Career Accelerator on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 in Bloch Executive Hall!

The Regnier Career Accelerator, hosted by the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation with the Bloch Career Network, provides a unique opportunity for entrepreneurially-minded students to visit with small and mid-size employers regarding their current and future needs for eager, conscientious students with initiative. Employers will talk with you about the exciting things going on at their firms, share with you current or future jobs and internships, and answer any questions you may have.

Over 30 entrepreneurial companies are coming to meet UMKC students and discuss entrepreneurial careers.  Meet mid-sized companies from 10am-noon or small startups from 1-3pm.  Lunch will be provided for those who pre-register!

A list of the attending employers can be found at the event website.

  • When: Friday February 20th 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Where: Bloch Executive Hall Third Floor
  • How: Register online at
  • Why: If you need a job, want an internship, or simply want to connect with exciting businesses and entrepreneurs!

Court Warming 2015 – Hoppin’ Through the Decades!

By , February 16, 2015 2:39 pm

Court Warming Logo 2015Court Warming 2015 is just around the corner!  It begins February 21st with a Women’s Basketball game and kick-off for our first annual Spirit Stick Competition between the Fraternity and Sorority UMKC Greek Chapters.  The week includes Trivia Night, Yell Like Yell Talent Show, Movie Night, Ice Skating, 3 UMKC Basketball games, Double Dare, and Two Service Opportunities.

The week will conclude with the Men’s basketball game February 28th at Municipal Auditorium where we will crown the two Roo Royalty candidates who achieve the most points throughout the week.  It is also Senior night for the Men’s team.

The week is packed with events and activities for UMKC students, staff, faculty and community members to participate in.  Check out our website to learn more about all 11 activities that make up the 2015 Court Warming week. We look forward to seeing you all participate and continue the UMKC tradition!

If you have any questions please contact Rachel McCommon in the Office of Student Involvement at 816-235-1407.

Playwright Tony Kushner will speak at UMKC Pride Breakfast

By , February 16, 2015 2:39 pm

TonyKushnerPRIDEAward-winning writer will share his views during an on-stage Q&A

Tony Kushner, nationally-recognized playwright, screenwriter and accomplished author, will serve as the featured speaker at the March 12 UMKC Pride Breakfast. The event will take place from 7:30-9 a.m. at the UMKC Swinney Recreation Center.

Rather than delivering a keynote address from the podium, Kushner will be interviewed on stage and engaged in an evocative and illuminating Q&A. Topics will range from his social activism and personal experience during the 1980s AIDS crisis to arts and entertainment and the present day LGBT rights movement.  Joan Israelite, a resident of Kansas City and a member of the National Council on the Arts, will interview Kushner.

Kushner has generously agreed to waive his appearance fee in support of the university’s Pride Empowerment Fund and its commitment to ensuring that the student experience at UMKC is both safe and supportive.

“UMKC has sponsored this event for six years, and by engaging a nationally-prominent figure as the speaker for the 7th Annual Pride Breakfast, we reaffirm our support and commitment to our LGBTQIA students,” said Curt Crespino, vice chancellor, University Advancement.

Kushner is best known for his two-part epic play,Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes.” He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols’ film of “Angels in America,” and Steven Spielberg’s “Munich.”  In 2012, Kushner wrote the screenplay for Spielberg’s movie, “Lincoln.” His screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award and won others, including the New York Film Critics Circle Award, Boston Society of Film Critics Award and the Chicago Film Critics Award.

One of the goals of the breakfast, in addition to raising funds for scholarships, is to share information, including life stories, about the LGBTQIA community and provide an opportunity for the audience to identify with those who are marginalized, Crespino added.

Since 2008, the UMKC Pride Breakfast has raised funds to support LGBTQIA students at UMKC. The breakfast benefits the LGBTQIA Leadership Scholarship and the Pride Empowerment Fund, which provides emergency assistance to students who are experiencing financial difficulty due to loss of family support. Over the past six years, nearly $88,000 has been raised at the Pride Breakfast.

UMKC has been ranked as one of the top 5 gay-friendly universities in the U.S. by Newsweek; Campus Pride, which rates universities on gay-friendliness, gives UMKC 4.5 of 5 stars; the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America is hosted by University Libraries; and UMKC hosted the 2014 Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference.

The cost of the breakfast is $75 for an individual ticket; tables for the event are $750. To register, visit Pride Breakfast. If you have questions or need additional information, contact Joe Constantino or phone him at 816-235-5201.

New Title IX Coordinator at UMKC

By , February 10, 2015 11:44 am

Thompson_MikahMikah K. Thompson, Esq. was recently hired as the Director of Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Thompson is an attorney and an adjunct professor at UMKC’s School of Law.  She previously was a professor at the law school for six years and was awarded tenure as an associate professor in 2009.  While at UMKC, Thompson taught subjects on torts, race and the law, and sexuality and the law.  In addition, she was the faculty advisor for the Black Law Students Association.

As Title IX Coordinator, Thompson will oversee the University’s compliance with all federal and state laws and University of Missouri System policy
regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action, including Title IX of the
Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the rehabilitation Act of 1973,
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the state of Missouri Human Rights
Act Chapter 213 RSMO.

Essentially, Title IX means that any discrimination on the basis of sex–including sexual harrassment, sexual misconduct, stalking on the basis of sex, intimate partner and/or relationship violence, and sexual exploitation–is prohibited at UMKC.  Any incidents should be reported immediately to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinators.

More information about Title IX at UMKC can be found at this website:



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