Category: Student Organization Spotlight

Constitution Day 2019

By , September 5, 2019 2:00 pm

UMKC will celebrate Constitution Day on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 with an event sponsored by UMKC School of Law student organizations:  Implications and Interpretation of Birthright Citizenship.  The session is at 11.30am in the School of Law Student Lounge.

Moderated by Law School faculty and local attorneys, the session will focus on what is birthright citizenship: its importance, implications, and impacts.

Constitution Day 2019 is co-sponsored by The Federalist Society and 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.

UNews Honored at MO College Media Association

By , April 11, 2018 1:17 pm

Congratulations to the staff and writers of University News, UMKC’s independent student newspaper!  The Missouri College Media Association conference took place on April 7, 2018, and the UNews took home TEN awards.

The UNews received an honorable mention for best overall newspaper and second place for best website.

In addition, 8 individual pieces were recognized:

  • Melissa Wharton: second place for best news writing (“I Want to be a Teacher” Education Majors Lose Out on Credit Hours and Thousands of Dollars)
  • Sam Danley: second place for best feature writing (UMKC student stuck overseas amidst international controversy)
  • Zach Linhares: second place for best in-depth news reporting (UMKC officials investigating alleged sexual assault)
  • Sam Danley: second place for best entertainment review (“Stupid Fucking Bird” might just leave you speechless)
  • Luke McKiddy: third place for best editorial writing (I was part of the problem)
  • Sam Danley: honorable mention for best editorial writing (You can’t rain on RuPaul’s parade)
  • Emily Park: honorable mention for best investigative reporting (OPA flaw displaces students and costs UMKC millions)
  • Julia Martin: honorable mention for best entertainment review (Loving Vincent: The paintings of Vincent van Gogh come to life)

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!

Trans+ Groups at UMKC

By , September 1, 2015 5:18 pm

Trans+_Fall2015We wanted you to know about two transgender support/discussion groups at UMKC that are both open to UMKC students, students at other colleges, and community members. In addition, we have attached a transgender resources sheet for Kansas City that would be a great resource to hand out to trans+ or gender-questioning individuals.

The first is a Trans+Social Group that is a trans-exclusive space for trans+ identifying college students and young adult community members that meets on Monday nights from 6-8 p.m. in the Rainbow Lounge at UMKC (see attached flyer for more information).

We also have four Trans+Allies events this semester that are open to trans+ individuals of all ages, friends, family, community members, students, and anyone who identifies as an ally. The events are all scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month in UMKC’s Student Union room 302 from 6-8 p.m. starting September 2nd (see attached flyer for more information). Free pizza will be provided. These events are great for mental health professionals, family members of trans+ individuals, as well as trans+ individuals who are unavailable on Thursday nights or are not college students or young adults. The topics of the four meetings are as follow:

  • September 2nd- Ally Development: How to be an advocate
  • October 7th- New Girls on the Block Discussion (Student Union, Room 402)
  • November 4th- Binary Trans Panel
  • December 2nd- Parents of Trans Children and Young Adults Roundtable

Please contact for more information or to be added to our listserv. Thank you!


UMKC Civil Engineers awarded Distinguished Chapter

By , May 8, 2015 2:10 pm

ASCEThe student chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering has been awarded the Distinguished Chapter Award for region 7, the highest award given to a student chapter.

“The distinguished chapter award means we were the best, irrespective of size, and this is the first time we have won,” said John T. Kevern, Ph.D., associate professor of civil engineering. “The students have really taken this seriously.” UMKC’s student chapter has a track record of winning awards, having received honorable mentions the last few years.

The ASCE student chapter helped organize dozens of unique activities, ranging from a charity golf tournament to highway cleanups. They also held several joint meetings with the local ASCE section and Geotech committee; and have had an integral role in planning the annual ASCE-AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition, which will be May 22-23 at the Kansas City Convention Center.

Region 7 includes Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and the St. Louis and Kansas City areas of Missouri.

Pharmacy Student Chapter Named Among Highest in Nation for the Fourth Time

By , April 7, 2015 1:38 pm

SOPStudentsA UMKC School of Pharmacy student group has been named among the best in the country for the fourth year in a row.

The UMKC chapter of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) won the Division AA National Chapter Achievement Award for 2013-2014. This placed UMKC in the top four out of 129 APhA-ASP chapters, announced recently at the American Pharmacists Association annual meeting in San Diego. Last year, the UMKC chapter was in the top 10; in 2013, it was in the top four and in 2012, the UMKC chapter received National Student Chapter of the Year.

UMKC School of Pharmacy Dean Russell Melchert compares the achievements to winning a national championship in NCAA athletics.

Through numerous events and activities, UMKC student pharmacists and their faculty mentors make a huge difference in the health of thousands of people throughout the Kansas City area and across Missouri, Melchert said. “The continued national recognition for that is a nice bonus.”

Each year, the award is given to APhA-ASP chapters across the nation based on originality of programs, number of chapter members involved, impact on the community, benefit to student pharmacists and collaboration with other healthcare organizations. Faculty advisers during the 2013-2014 school year include professors Kelly Cochran and Angela Brownfield at the Columbia campus and professors Cameron Lindsey, Valerie Ruehter and Andrew Bzowyckyj in Kansas City.

A few of the activities and accomplishments that earned recognition for the UMKC APhA-ASP chapter this year include:

  • The chapter held a total of 259 events across its campuses in Kansas City and Columbia.
  • Of the events, 60 were new events and 199 were sustained events from previous years.
  • The student pharmacists reached 14,256 patients at events.
  • A total of 10,488,041 patients were educated through public relations’ efforts.
  • Region award winners for 3 of the 4 national APhA-ASP Patient Care initiatives.

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