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2017 LGBTQIA Ally Campaign

By , September 27, 2017 1:08 pm

LGBTQIA Programs and Services is excited to celebrate another year of support for our LGBTQIA community at UMKC.  We are inviting you and your colleagues to join us for a campus-wide photograph as part of LGBTQIA Programs 5th Annual UMKC Ally and Pride Photo, on Thursday, October 5th at 12:50pm on the steps of the Student Union. Please feel free to share the attached flyer with your area.

The goal of this project is to provide our LGBTQIA community a brief visible demonstration of support from our campus.  We will begin organizing the group for a photograph promptly at 12:50pm, and hope to dismiss by 1:00pm for you to return to your day. Please join us in demonstrating our campus support for our LGBTQIA students. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jonathan Pryor, Assistant Director for LGBTQIA Programs and Services in the Office of Student Involvement, at


Gallery of Art Opening Reception for A Surrender Against Reality

By , September 6, 2017 11:25 am

Photo courtesy of the artist: Kati Toivanen, Transformations — Images in Motion #5

The UMKC Gallery of Art will showcase its new exhibition, A Surrender Against Reality, in conjunction with Every Street Is Charlotte Street, with an opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 7 from 5-7pm.  The show runs through Friday, Oct. 6.

Throughout history, artists have utilized ingenious methods of manipulating materials and processes to
manifest various perceptions of reality. And by extension, many artists from the marginalized to the
mainstream have challenged the notions of truth and its tenuous relationship with reality. Today, with the loss of faith in institutions to provide a collective comprehension of truth while autocratic leaders espouse misconceptions and misinformation, citizens are left to forge their own understandings. In this exhibition the participating artists will explore the manipulation of reality and its tricky and fraught relationship with truth.

This exhibition is made up of former Charlotte Street Foundation awardees and is in conjunction with Every Street is Charlotte Street, celebrating their 20th anniversary.

Fall 2017 Hours: Monday: 9-2 Tuesday: 9-5 Wednesday: 9-4 Thursday: 9-7 Friday 9-4

UMKC Day at Sporting KC (Sept 24)

By , August 29, 2017 1:38 pm


Mark your calendar for UMKC Day at Sporting KC, Sept. 24. Discounted tickets are available for a limited time for alumni, faculty, staff and students for UMKC Day at Sporting KC on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m.

Join Kasey the Kangaroo for the fun at Children’s Mercy Park Sunday Sept. 24 when Sporting KC takes on the LA Galaxy. During UMKC night you’ll see UMKC students, faculty, staff and alumni represented throughout the evening.

Come early to get pre-game giveaways, including a specially-designed UMKC/Sporting Kansas City tote bag. The game is at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. Parking lots open at 10 a.m. Gates open at 11 a.m. Game starts at 1 p.m.

For discount tickets, click directly on this Sporting KC link. (If you have difficulty, try using a different web browser.) Click on the “Use Access Code” button and enter promo code 17UMKCTIX to get the special rate. Most seats are in 101/102 area (a few scattered in 112) at $38, discounted from $52. Also, the South Stand General Admission are $31, discounted from $42.

Wear your UMKC gear and get ready for a great evening of UMKC pride at one of the most exciting sports venues in Kansas City. We look forward to seeing you there!

7 Tips for the Year Ahead

By , August 25, 2017 8:48 am

Get involved. Find your tribe. Get to know your professors. Here’s the community’s best advice for new students.


 [originally published in UMKC Today]


As we welcome all our new and returning students to campus, we wanted to share some advice for the year ahead. We gathered these words of wisdom from students and alumni who have been in your shoes before.


1. Be proactive.

Join clubs and participate. I did it later in my college years, but I wish I had done it sooner. All the relationships and people you meet and connect with—that’s so important.

Tiffany Tran B.B.A. ’14


2. Take advantage of the resources around you.

There are a lot of very devoted, committed individuals on this campus who are ready and willing to help you with whatever problems may be going on. Seek out every resource. Take advantage of every opportunity.

Dylan Burd B.A. Secondary Education ’14, M.A. Higher Education Administration ’16


3. Explore Kansas City.

It’s not the typical feeling you get from a college experience. You’re in the middle of the city, not just on campus.

Alex Dapp B.A. Communications Studies ’15


4. Make friends with your professors.

In college, we can be friendly and informal—they aren’t scary. They are real people like us.

Javiera Castro, double major in Biology and Psychology

5. Enjoy the small moments with your peers.

That’s what you look back on and treasure.

George White Jr. B.S. Civil Engineering ’13


6. Make connections.

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and find your tribe …. The amount of opportunities that come when you’re involved and you make connections are endless. You can spend four years in your dorm room or you can spend four years succeeding and making a name for yourself.

C.J. Pulluaim B.A. History ’17


7. Don’t be afraid to talk to other students.

It’s OK to make mistakes when you’re meeting new people and still getting used to the language (as an international student). Be active and go to activities with friends and classmates. Also, get a driver’s license. You’ll need one in Kansas City.

Muying Cui B.S. Computer Science ’15


Get Ready for a New Semester

By , August 15, 2017 2:33 pm

Ready for the start of a new semester?

As we prepare for the start of a new school year, here are some things to check off your list:

  • Parking Permits.  Remember, permits can only be purchased on-line and will be mailed to you. at the end of the application process, a temp tag is available to print—simply place this on your dash until you receive the hang-tag in the mail.  Again—you will not be able to purchase permits in person.  For more information, see Parking Operations.
  • Books and Supplies.  You can print your book list, compare prices, and purchase your books all on the UMKC Bookstores website.  Select in-store pick-up to save on shipping costs.  The UMKC Bookstores also have computers, computer accessories, and any supplies you might need.
  • Solar Eclipse.  UMKC will be open on the first day of classes, which also happens to be the date of a once-in-a-lifetime event, the solar eclipse!  Be sure to step outside (with proper safety glasses!) to take a peek as this phenom passes us by.  We’re not in the path of totality, but it’ll be a close one!  For more information, check out this website.
  • Welcome Week!  For great ideas on fun activities to meet your fellow students, check out the events hosted during Welcome Week and more during the first 40 days of the semester.

Wishing everyone a successful and productive Fall semester!

Celebrate Earth Month with an Electric Car

By , May 3, 2017 4:52 pm


Celebrate Earth Month: Drive an Electric Car!

In celebration of Earth Month, UMKC students, staff, faculty and alumni can receive a $10,000 discount when purchasing a Nissan LEAF from any Nissan dealer in the Greater Kansas City area. The discount purchasing period is available now through June 30.

This Nissan Fleetail incentive is offered in partnership with UMKC Sustainability, Mid-America Regional Council and Metropolitan Energy Center’s Clean Cities Coalition. This offer is valid on the retail purchase for model year 2016 and 2017 LEAFs, while supplies last.

Take advantage of the Nissan LEAF discount:

Download the flier to take with you at the time of your purchase. Buyers must show valid UMKC ID — a UMKC ID card, diploma or transcript are acceptable.

Visit to find a Nissan dealer near you.

Learn more about electric vehicles (EVs):

Electric vehicle ownership is on the rise in the area, and EVs now offer increased battery capacity and low maintenance costs. Charging stations are widely available in the metro, including on the UMKC campus. Quiet and fun to drive, EVs reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save owners almost $1000 a year on gas.

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