RooWriter Reminders for Fall Graduation and Spring Enrollment

By , September 15, 2015 3:31 pm

RooWriterIf you are an undergraduate and plan to enroll for Spring 2016 in a Writing Intensive course or any class that lists the RooWriter Writing Assessment as a prerequisite, be sure to take the assessment at least one month before your registration appointment so that you are not blocked by Pathway.

If you plan to graduate in December and have not already taken the Written English Proficiency Test (WEPT), you need to take the RooWriter Writing Assessment by October 15, 2015.

For complete information, see the RooWriter web site at .

The RooWriter is a writing assessment tool that allows you to write a 750-1,500 word essay on your choice of six topics in a 72-hour-period anytime and anywhere you have access to a computer and the Internet.  After you submit your essay, it will be assessed by two trained evaluators and you will receive a report of their responses and a copy of your essay through the online system.

Everything that you need to know and do is located at the RooWriter web site, including the essay guidelines and expectations.  You can also preview the six Reading Packets to decide which one you want to write about.  The current Reading Packets address topics ranging from women in STEM to dental deserts to public art.  When you choose your Reading Packet you will be assigned a prompt or question to respond to.  You then have 72 hours to complete your essay, which means you can work on it, return to it, and get help from the Writing Studio.  After you submit your essay, two evaluators will assess it in six areas, including “Point-Purpose-Idea,” “Clarity and Cohesion,” and “Support-Evidence-Citations.”  Evaluators will also provide comments about the strengths of your essay and any aspects of your writing that you should concentrate on in the future.  To see a sample evaluator report, please click here.

To help you develop your writing and reading skills, you are encouraged to take the RooWriter Writing Assessment more than once during your UMKC undergraduate career.  The RooWriter is a requirement for graduation, and to fulfill that requirement, you should take the RooWriter after you have completed Discourse II or its equivalent and before you have earned 90 hours of undergraduate credit.  It also is required for Writing-Intensive classes and may be required for other classes.

Undergraduate students who already have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are exempt from the RooWriter requirement.  The first time that you use the RooWriter Writing Assessment, your student account will be billed $15, but you will not be charged for subsequent assessments.  For more information, contact the Coordinator of Writing Assessment at

Fall Health & Wellness Fair

By , September 15, 2015 3:27 pm

Fall Health FairThe Fall Health & Wellness Fair is an interactive health fair with the objectives of educating UMKC faculty, staff and students about physical health needs, the services that are available both on campus and in the community, and empowering the UMKC family to make healthy lifestyle choices. Make plans to stop by the Student Union Multi-Purpose Room (4th Floor) between 11am and 2pm on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.  Bring a non-perishable food item for the Kangaroo Pantry and receive an extra raffle ticket!

Visit over 30 community and campus sponsored tables offering a variety of free immunizations and screening, food samples, and changes to win fantastic raffle prizes!  Free health screenings include blood glucose, blood pressure, hearing, mental health, posture analysis, BMI, HIV, and more!  Immunizations are courtesy of the Kansas City Health Department, and include Meningitis, Tdap, HPV, Hep A and Hep B.

For additional information or questions, contact Student Health and Wellness at 816-235-5350.

Founders Week 2015

By , September 15, 2015 3:16 pm

Founders Week 2015There is something for everyone at this year’s Founders’ Week Sept. 25 – Oct. 4. Take in a game, jog in the Regalia Run or bring your family for Family Weekend!

Some Highlights:

Family Weekend | starts Friday, Sept. 25 with a trip around the world (sponsored by the Union Programming Board), Welcome Reception with the Chancellor and UMKC Leaders, and Frozen Sing-a-long.  Events continue throughout the weekend!

Regalia Run/Walk 5k and kids’ Kangaroo Hop | Sunday, Sept. 27. The course goes through the heart of UMKC’s Volker campus. Proceeds from the Regalia Run will support scholarships for UMKC students. Prizes are awarded for largest team and for the best dressed team. Don’t delay, get creative and sign up today!

UMKC Night at Sporting Park | Sunday, Sept. 27. Join in a ‘Roo tailgate prior to the game and then watch Sporting KC in action against Seattle. The tailgate begins at 2 p.m. Kick-off is at 4 p.m.

Constitution Day is Sept 17th, 2015

By , September 15, 2015 2:59 pm

ACS Constitution Day FlyerHow 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, 2015 in the law school’s student lounge.  The event is hosted by the American Constitution Society.

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.

UMKC Mortar Board earns national honor

By , September 9, 2015 1:27 pm

Mortar BoardMortar Board National College Senior Honor Society announced that collegiate chapter Delta Alpha at the University of Missouri – Kansas City again this year earned the coveted Gold Torch Award. This award is a national distinction conferred upon Mortar Board’s most exceptional chapters. The award was presented to chapter delegates at the Society’s annual national conference, held earlier this month in Phoenix.

Mortar Board’s executive director, Jane Hamblin, explains, “Gold Torch chapters add considerably to Mortar Board’s standing… They are providing high-impact educational programs for their campus communities. That’s what Mortar Board is all about.”
Distinguished chapters must excel in chapter operations and promote scholarship, leadership and meaningful service to their institutions. Only 36 chapters, including Kansas State University in the Midwest, received the 2015 Mortar Board Gold Torch.

UMKC’s Chapter President, Klorissa Kavan, shares why the Chapter was primed to receive this honor:  “Mortar Board has worked hard over the last few years to develop a pivotal role on campus and in the local community. The Golden Torch Award is only given to the top 5% of Mortar Board chapters across the nation and I think that speaks volumes of our efforts as an organization. This past summer, we were also a nominee for the Ruth Weimer Mount Chapter Excellence Award, the highest distinction presented to the best chapter in the nation. It really is an honor to work with such committed and inspiring individuals right here at UMKC. Abiding by our three pillars of scholarship, leadership, and service, we use these pillars as a guide for all we do as an organization. As a member of the current chapter, I believe that Mortar Board will have one of the best chapters yet this coming year.”

Andy Best, Communications Chair, indicates that the “deciding factor was how UMKC worked together with the school to put on events and be an active part of the school community. Not only did it allow for more events, but we also got to see a relationship and mutual respect form between UMKC and the Mortar Board organization. Watching that connection grow was one sign that we were on the right track.”

About Mortar Board
Mortar Board is the premier national honor society recognizing college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Since its founding in 1918, more than a quarter of a million members have been initiated at 231 chartered chapters across the nation. Mortar Board provides its members with opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. Some notable Mortar Board members include professional football player and philanthropist Drew Brees, former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and award-winning actor Marion Ross. Learn more about Mortar Board at

See a house move on Sept 12th

By , September 9, 2015 1:17 pm

The Kansas City Young Matrons Clubhouse, located at 5100 Oak St. across from the UMKC Administrative Center, will be moved across campus to its new home near the UMKC School of Education on Saturday, Sept. 12. Watch parties with bleachers will be at 51st and Oak Street, the parking lot at Oak Street and 52nd Street and near the UMKC Education Building at 52nd Street and Cherry Street.

This move will involve restricted access to roads and buildings.

The eastern parking lane along Oak Street, south of 51st Street in front of the Kansas City Young Matrons Clubhouse closed on Sunday, Aug. 30. (See map note #1 – Orange)

The southbound lane of Oak Street, south of 51st Street, closed on Wednesday, Sept. 2. The center turn lane has been eliminated so that a single southbound and a single northbound traffic lane remains. The street tapers back and returns to the normal street configuration at the southern fence line of the construction site. This closure will remain in effect throughout Sept. 12 at which time it will be reconfigured to again subsequent activities. (See map note #2 – Blue)


Street closures for Saturday Sept, 12. They will be in effect for the duration of the day as follows:

  • Oak Street from 51st Street to 52nd Street beginning at 7:30 a.m.
    • Closed south of 51st Street
    • Closed south of 52nd Street
  • 52nd Street from Oak Street to Holmes Street beginning at 7:30 a.m.
    • Closed west of Oak Street
    • Closed west of Holmes Street
  • Cherry Street at the 52nd Street intersection beginning at 7:30 a.m.
    • Closed south of 52nd Street
    • Closed north of 52nd Street

KCYM Move Map



Street Access Limited and Parking Lots Open:

  • Linda Hall Library – Public and staff entrances and parking lots will be open. Public access will be open from 51st Street and Cherry Street, but closed from 52nd Street and Cherry Street.

Parking Lot and Access Drives Closed – Alternative Access Routes

  • UMKC Administrative Center – Parking will be available in the Cherry Street Parking Structure. Limited access will be available for staff and accessible parking from the drive northwest of Oak Hall to Parking Lots 24 and A24.
  • UMKC Law School and Law Library– Parking Lots 12, 14 and 45 will be closed. Parking will be available in the Cherry Street Parking Structure. Accessible parking will be available in the UMKC Bloch circle drive drop off and Parking Lot 19 (parking lots accessed from Cherry Street and 51st Street and pedestrian path through Student Union, Bloch Executive Hall and Bloch Heritage Hall). Shuttle bus access (including accessible) provided from Rockhill Parking Structure pick up point.
  • UMKC Bloch Heritage Hall and Bloch Executive Hall – Parking Lots 12, 14 and 45 will be closed. Parking will be available in the Cherry Street Parking Structure. Accessible parking will be available in the UMKC Bloch circle drive drop off and Parking Lot 19 (parking lots accessed from Cherry Street and 51st Street and pedestrian path through Student Union and UMKC Bloch Executive Hall). Shuttle bus access (including accessible) provided from Rockhill Parking Structure pick up point.
  • National Museum of Toys and Miniatures – This parking lot will be closed. Parking will be available in the Rockhill Parking Structure. Shuttle bus access (including accessible) provided from Rockhill Parking Structure pick up point.

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