Union Programming Board Executive Positions Available

By , February 28, 2017 5:38 pm

upb-recruitment-flyerThe Union Programming Board is searching for applicants for its executive board for 2017-2018!

No prior event planning experience is required, but passion for learning and making UMKC better for their fellow students is essential.

2017-2018 UPB Executive Board positions are available and the application is live on our website. Information is available here.

Get your questions answered and meet current UPB members and officers during three informational sessions (held in the UPB office, Student Union 320G):

  • March 16th at 4 p.m.
  • March 20th at 11 a.m.
  • March 22nd at 7 p.m.

Applications are due to the Office of Student Involvement front desk by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 24th. Any questions about the process or positions can be directed to Anthony Maly at malya@umkc.edu.

UMKC Students Awarded Scholarships for Study Abroad Opportunities

By , February 21, 2017 8:52 am



Two UMKC Students — Fletcher Clardy, Bloch School accounting major and Kevin March, biology major in the School of Biological Sciences — were selected to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The Gilman scholarship program offers grants for to pursue academic studies or internships abroad. The program aims to diversify the students who study abroad and the countries where they go. Clardy will study Spanish in Granada, Spain and March plans to study in the UMKC French Department’s Lyon program.  Congratulations!

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is funded through the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. The Gilman scholarship is a nationally competitive award, only available to Pell Grant recipients. This year, more than 800 students submitted applications for the early summer award. Nearly 300 were offered scholarships.

Gilman applicants are mentored by International Academic Programs staff Kate Wozniak and Natalie Gilkison. Click here for more information about the Gilman scholarship or study abroad opportunities.

Important Mumps Information

By , February 16, 2017 3:38 pm

Infographic aimed at college students depicting symptoms of mumps and steps they can take to protect themselves.

As of February 10, 2017, at least 15 college campuses in Missouri had reported a suspected mumps case during the past six months. College students are at a higher risk for contracting mumps than the general population because they are more likely to have congregate living arrangements, such as a residence hall or shared house.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education has partnered with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to provide prevention message standards for colleges and universities that wish to disseminate information to students. The goal is to provide students with key factual messages that will allow them to protect themselves from contracting mumps and spreading the virus to others.

Current Situation

Mumps has been circulating on college and university campuses in Missouri since Fall Semester 2016. The largest number of cases at one campus is at the University of Missouri-Columbia, with 334 confirmed and probable cases reported as of February 8, 2017.  Fourteen other Missouri campuses have had at least one case reported during this timeframe.

Disease Information

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus that is spread through contact with an infected person’s saliva, or spit. It is commonly passed through coughing, sneezing, or talking.  It can also be spread through contact with objects that others have touched with unwashed hands, or that come in contact with saliva, like eating utensils.

The most recognizable symptom of mumps is parotitis, or swelling of the glands around the jaw. Other symptoms include:  pain with opening or closing the jaw, fever, fatigue and malaise, headache, and earache.  More serious complications can occur, including swelling of the testicles in males, swelling of the ovaries and/or breasts in females, swelling of the brain, meningitis, pancreatitis, and deafness.

Treatment for mumps involves reducing symptoms through hydration, rest, and fever/pain reliving medications, but the only way to cure it is to wait for the body to fight off the infection. Most people with mumps recover completely within a few weeks.


The best way to prevent mumps is to get the measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, if you have not already had two doses and do not have a medical reason not to get the shot. Your medical or shot records should show when you received the vaccine, which is commonly given in childhood.  You can also avoid sharing items like eating utensils or cups that come into contact with saliva.

You should stay home if you are sick with mumps to avoid spreading it to other people. A person with mumps can spread it for at least two days before and for five days after symptoms begin.

If you are diagnosed with mumps, you may be contacted to discuss your illness and to talk about any person you may have come into contact with while you were ill. This to make sure that you are feeling better and to keep others from getting ill, and any information that you provide will be kept confidential.

Questions?  contact UMKC Student Health & Wellness

See also this informational flyer

Rootopia: French Montana in concert with special guest Timeflies (April 27)

By , February 13, 2017 1:51 pm

rootopia-poster-finalThe UMKC Office of Student Involvement and UMKC Student Government Association are sponsoring French Montana in concert with special guest Timeflies on April 27 at Swinney Recreation Center, 5030 Holmes, Kansas City, Mo. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with the show starting at 8:00 p.m.

UMKC student tickets go on sale Monday, February 13 through the UMKC Central Ticket Office. General public tickets will go on sale Monday, February 27. Ticket prices are $20 each for currently enrolled UMKC students and $50 each for the general public. Students are limited to the purchase of one student ticket and one general admission guest ticket at the general public price. Please be prepared to present a valid UMKC student ID when picking up the tickets. General admission tickets are limited to four tickets.

People can purchase tickets online, by phone at 816-235-6222 or in person at the CTO office on the UMKC campus, PAC Lobby. Their hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

French Montana is one of the top figures in the world of hip-hop and beyond. In May 2013, Montana dropped his debut album “Excuse My French” via Bad Boy Records and Maybach Music Group. The album, which was executive produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs and Rick Ross, was named by Complex as one of the “most anticipated albums” that year. The project featured several guest appearances, including Max B, Drake, Rick Ross, Sean “Diddy” Combs and his Coke Boys crew (Chinx Drugz, Charlie Rock, Cheeze and Flip); which was produced mainly by longtime collaborator Harry Fraud.

Since releasing his first studio album, Montana has become highly sought-after as a guest artist. He’s collaborated with everyone from Jay-Z to Jennifer Lopez. He’s also dropped a slew of mixtapes, most recently the Max B hosted Wave Gods. In addition to music, Montana has begun to delve into acting, playing himself in the romantic comedy “The Perfect Match,” which hit theaters in May 2016.

Timeflies is New York’s alternatively minded “electro hip-pop dub-something” pair Rob “Rez” Resnick, producer, and Cal Shapiro, vocals. Following indie breakout 2011s “The Scotch Tape,” their 2014 first major label offering, “After Hours,” debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200, went #1 on iTunes Top Pop Albums chart, and yielded the hit “All The Way,” which soared to #2 on Billboard’s Top Digital Songs chart and has earned over 35 million Spotify streams. They’ve landed high-profile syncs for films like “About Last Night” and from the MLB, NBC, Red Bull, “American Idol” and more. Vanity Fair dubbed them “Musical Masterminds,” and the duo has hit the stage at “Good Morning America” and on “Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!” Their last national headline tour saw every single date sell out. It was on that tour where they wrote the bulk of “Just For Fun.”

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