Meet UM System President Dr. Mun Choi on Dec 2

By , November 14, 2016 12:38 pm

choi-morton_740The UMKC Campus Community is invited to meet and greet Dr. Mun Y. Choi, President-Designate of the University of Missouri System, at a special on-campus event Friday, Dec. 2.

UMKC will welcome and hear from Dr. Choi at a rally-style event that will begin at 9 a.m. in room 401 of the Student Union.  All UMKC students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

The University of Missouri Board of Curators announced the choice of Dr. Choi, 52, as the System’s 24th president on Nov. 2. Dr. Choi comes to the four-campus UM system from the University of Connecticut, where he has served as provost and executive vice president since 2012.

While Dr. Choi will not formally succeed Interim President Michael Middleton until March 1, 2017, he plans to visit each of the four system campuses before taking office “to gain a deep appreciation of its unique aspects as well as opportunities for collaborations to better serve the citizens of Missouri and beyond.”

At UConn, Dr. Choi has overseen a budget of $700 million while working with 1,500 full-time faculty, 31,000 students and 2,000 staff across 12 schools and colleges, including Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine and Law.  Under his leadership, UConn developed several innovative new programs that have resulted in enrollment growth, increased faculty hiring, innovative research and new and expanded industry partnerships.

Born in South Korea, Dr. Choi came to the United States as a child. As a young man, he worked in his family’s successful business in Chicago, and later graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in general engineering in 1987. He later earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University.

Prior to serving as provost and executive vice president, Dr. Choi was dean of engineering at UConn from 2008 to 2012. Earlier, he was department head of mechanical engineering and mechanics at Drexel University (2000-2008) and assistant and associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“I am looking forward to forging a strong partnership with Dr. Choi, with whom I share both a background in engineering, and a passion for higher education” said UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “I’d like all of our university community to join me on Dec. 2 to give him an enthusiastic welcome to Kansas City.”

Stop and smell the roses, man! Senior art thesis

By , November 14, 2016 12:31 pm

smell-the-rosesGraphic artist and soon-to-be UMKC graduate, Alexa Rose Di Trolio, displays the culmination of her Senior thesis on the first floor of the library for our UMKC community to appreciate during the most hectic part of the semester.

“‘Stop and Smell the Roses, Man’ is an exhibit for the students, faculty and employees of UMKC to take a moment for themselves, get lost, and to realize that everything is going to be alright in this life.”  – Alexa Rose Di Trolio

These works are a product of Di Trolio’s own experience with stress. “When I approached the idea for my senior thesis, it came from the chaos that surrounded my life at the time,” Di Trolio writes, “I realized the only thing that could calm me down in the hardest of times was working on my canvases…Our overall mental state of mind is the most important component of our lives, and we must remind ourselves daily to stop, and smell the roses, man.”

Come see the exhibit on the first floor of the Miller Nichols Library next to the service desk, up now through finals!

You can learn more about the artist and view her other works by visiting her website or by following her on instagram @stopandsmelltherosesman


Congratulations to the Fall 2016 Honor Recipients!

By , November 14, 2016 12:17 pm

UMKC LOGOGraduating students who have excelled in both academic achievement and service may be nominated as a Vice Chancellor’s Honor Recipient. This program recognizes the exceptional students who maintain high scholastic performance while actively participating in University and community leadership and service activities outside of the classroom.

Congratulations to the Fall 2016 Honor Recipients!

  • Kathleen Crow, Bloch School of Management, nominated by Anne Williamson
  • Osasere Eke, School of Biological Sciences, nominated by LaNee’ Bridewell, Aaron Reed, and Kathleen Kilway
  • Kartik Sreepada, School of Medicine, nominated by Cary Chelladurai
  • Xiaomei Grazia Xiong, Bloch School of Management, nominated by Kami Thomas

Donate for the Women’s Suit Drive

By , November 8, 2016 10:40 am

suitsThe UMKC Women’s Center is partnering with Dress for Success Kansas City and Connections to Success to collect professional women’s clothing for women in need. The drive is Nov. 1 – Dec. 5.

Donate gently used, ready-to-wear women’s professional attire, shoes, handbags and accessories. Your support will help empower women towards achieving their career goals. Clothing sized 18 to 34 and shoes sized 9 to 14 are in particular need, including new pantyhose.

UMKC donation drop-off locations:
–  Women’s Center, 5120 Rockhill Rd, 105 Haag Hall
– Administrative Center – Conference Facility, 5115 Oak. St.
– Student Union, 51st & Cherry St. 2nd Floor
– Atterbury Student Success Center, 5000 Holmes St, 1st Floor
– Bloch School of Management, 5110 Cherry St, 1st Floor Student Lounge

Donations are tax-deductible. For a tax receipt, contact Sarah Keen,

For more information, please contact 816-235-1638 or

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