AIDS Walk 2018 – Campus Route

By , March 26, 2018 11:46 am

AIDS Walk 2018 to Cross Campus April 28

The AIDS Service Foundation’s  AIDS Walk Kansas City 2017 will be held on Saturday, April 28 at Theis Park. The walk is 3.4 miles and will take approximately 2.5 hours. Registration opens at 8 a.m.; the program with music and fun begins at 9; and the walk starts at 10 a.m.

UMKC is partnering with the AIDS Walk again this year. The planning committee has adapted the route so that approximately one third of the walk will be on campus. The route will hit our campus at the intersection of Volker and Rockhill, travel south on Cherry St. to 52nd St., over to Oak St. and 52nd St., and then north up to Theis Park. The entire walk will take place on sidewalks, and no streets on campus will be closed.

More than 3,000 walkers are expected to participate in the free event. There is no charge to walk.

Theis Park is located at the intersection of Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. and Oak St., east of the Plaza and south of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer along the UMKC route to provide direction and support, contact Troy Lillebo at

For additional details about the walk, visit the AIDS Walk Kansas City website.




International Students Day at the Libraries

By , March 21, 2018 1:44 pm

In partnership with the UMKC African Student Association (ASA), the University Libraries are hosting our 6th annual International Students Day Celebration on March 23. This year we are celebrating our students from Africa!

Throughout the event there will be sampling of authentic African foods, as well as various entertaining and interactive activities, including a panel discussion with professors Dr. James Adegoke, Dr. Adrienne Walker Hoard, and students from ASA. The event begins at 4:00pm in the Miller Nichols Library.

More information:

Run – Hide – Fight Philosophy Explained

By , March 19, 2018 11:34 am

Recent incidents remind all of us to be vigilant and prepared for the unthinkable. The University of Missouri-Kansas City has an outstanding team of public safety professionals who work hard every day to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff, but we can all use a refresher about the fundamental steps each one of us can take to be intentional about our safety.

We ask that each of you—students, faculty and staff—review the following:

Active shooter response tip sheets (Click Here)
Tip sheets and posters have been provided for most classrooms and office areas at the university.

City of Houston and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Active Shooter Training video
This video only takes 5 minutes and 55 seconds of your time but will be invaluable to you.

RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.® Surviving an Active Shooter Event (Click Here)

The actions that you must take during an active shooter situation are not the same for everyone. You must make a decision on your best and safest course of action depending on your situation and location relative to the threat. We encourage faculty and staff to regularly review safety and security procedures with students in the classroom and coworkers in office spaces.

When an alert is received and you are on campus, or if you have not received an alert but hear the sound of gunfire, you must stop what you’re doing and determine which of the following actions is best for your situation:

Run – Getting away from the shooter or shooters is the top priority. Leave your things behind and run away. If safe to do so, warn others nearby. When you are in a safe place, call 911 to report what you have seen and/or heard. Be ready to describe the shooter or shooters, their locations and weapons.

Hide – If you can’t get away safely, find a place to hide. Get out of the shooter’s view and stay very quiet. Silence your electronic devices and make sure they won’t vibrate. Lock and block doors, close blinds and turn off the lights. Don’t hide in groups— spread out along walls or hide separately to make it more difficult for the shooter. Stay in place until law enforcement gives you additional instructions.

Fight – Your last resort when you are in immediate danger is to defend yourself. Act decisively and aggressively to stop the shooter. Distract and disarm the shooter if you can by using makeshift weapons such as chairs, fire extinguishers, scissors and books.

When an active shooter alert is received and you are off campus, do not come to campus.

After an active shooter alert is sent, campus safety officials will provide frequent updates of the evolving situation. An “All Clear” alert will be sent when the situation is resolved.

Active shooter training is available through the campus police department.
UMKC Police Department
Officer Jalonn Gordon
Phone: 816-235-1716, Email:
Phone: 816-235-1515

Thank you for taking the time to review this important material.  Your safety is our primary concern.

UMKC Emergency Alert System Reminders

By , March 19, 2018 11:32 am

Even though winter weather may still be in the forecast, it’s also time for us to be thinking about the upcoming tornado season and a good time to update your emergency alert phone numbers and email addresses.

In the event of a natural disaster, such as a tornado warning, violent event or weather-related campus closing, an alert message will be transmitted to all faculty, staff and students via email, voice and/or text. In some cases, administration will decide to not send a voice alert. Voice alerts will often not be implemented when the alert is not deemed to be an emergency or may require frequent updates be sent (ex: suspected gas leak).

Existing UMKC phone numbers, e-mail accounts and other personal information provided by you at the time of employment or enrollment have already been entered in the system. You can update that information at any time.

Students can update their information via Pathway. Cell phone numbers must be entered in the cell phone field. Cell numbers listed in the primary phone field or other phone field will not receive text alerts.

Please be sure to proofread your information when updating. Typos or old phone numbers can only be corrected by you. Additional information can be found on the UMKC  Emergency Alert System website. For specific questions about the Rave alert system, please contact Bridget Koan,

Applications accepted for Union Programming Board

By , March 13, 2018 2:51 pm

The Union Programming Board is searching for applicants for its executive board for 2018-2019. No prior UPB or event planning experience is required, but a willingness to learn and a passion for making UMKC better is essential.

The student leaders selected to serve in the roles on the UPB executive board will work with professionals in the development of events, programs and activities designed to entertain, education and enhance the student experience at UMKC. UPB executive board members will learn skills such as the following: event planning, marketing, creative problem solving, team work and negotiation. This is a great opportunity to apply what you have learned inside the classroom at UMKC to put on amazing events for your fellow students.

2018-2019 UPB Executive Board positions are available and the application is live on RooGroups. Applications are available at and information about the specific positions on the executive board is available at

Applications will be due via RooGroups by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6th. Any questions about the process or positions can be directed to me at


Anthony Maly, Coordinator for Student Activities

Office of Student Involvement

Student Union, Suite 320

(816) 235-1032

Schedule a meeting with me!

UMKC Art Gallery show explores history, culture and identity

By , March 6, 2018 2:02 pm

The UMKC Gallery of Art announces the next exhibition, “We All Come From Something” by Judith G. Levy. The free exhibit runs March 8 through April 6. An Opening Reception is scheduled from 5 ‐ 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 8.

In “We All Come From Something,” the artist reconstructs historical narratives and family stories to show that American culture is complicated and filled with expressions of commonality and contradiction. Levy’s work is animated by images, text and ideological references to explore how perceptions, definitions and concepts are shaped.

The exhibition encompasses mediums ranging from photography and video to neon works and outdoor installations that surround the Fine Arts Building on the UMKC campus. Also included in this exhibition is the Memory Cloud.

Levy, a native New Yorker, has lived in the Midwest for the past 19 years, and worked for many years in public mental health. She has presented solo exhibitions of her work at venues including The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana University, Big Car Gallery in Indianapolis, Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis and Navta Schulz Gallery in Chicago.

The UMKC Gallery of Art is located on the UMKC campus in Room 203 of the Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes St. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. through 5 p.m.

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