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NPHC receives award

The UMKC National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) recently received the Council Management and Public Relations award in the NPHC Division from the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV), adding to its long list of accomplishments.

The award was presented at AFLV’s Central Fraternal Leadership Conference/National Black Greek Leadership Conference, held Feb. 10-13 in St. Louis, Mo.

The council received the prestigious award for its organized and structured approach to council functions.

NPHC, which consists of six member chapters, work hard to promote open communication, publishing a monthly calendar of events and planning and implementing an officer transition and council retreat.

UMKC Debate team wins Kansas State Tournament

Juniors Andrew Allsup and Juan Garcia of the UMKC Debate team won the varsity division of the Kansas State University Debate Tournament that ended Monday Feb. 14.

For the preliminary rounds, a 5-2 record was achieved with wins against Wichita State University, Missouri State University, and University of Texas at San Antonio.

The team moved into the elimination rounds as the fourth seed, where they beat teams from Missouri State and University of Texas-San Antonio, which led them to the final round.

In the final round they defeated a team from the University of Kansas.

Allsup and Garcia had been final round participants of tournaments two times prior, but this was their first win.

Along with the win, UMKC debaters also garnered three of the top 10 speaker awards at the tournament.

Garcia received the seventh overall speaker, Allsup received sixth, and Junior Alex Bonnet received second.

This is the second tournament win for UMKC this season. Prior to this, UMKC won the debate tournament at Arizona State University in October.

Next up for the Debate team is the National Debate Tournament District 3 Qualifying Tournament Feb. 25-28.

UMKC Women’s Center sponsors ‘Her Art Project’

In an effort to acknowledge women’s art and to promote equality in the community by spreading awareness of their struggles, the Women’s Center is holding their annual “Her Art Project.”

The project is a series of events and workshops marking the significance of women’s history.

The events will begin during Women’s History in March and will go through May.

The first event to start the project is the quilting workshops hosted by Nedra Bonds, a local Kansas City Artist.

The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. on Mach 5 and will reoccur April 9.

Each workshop has a fee of $35 or $60 for both dates.

Participants will create two 12×12 quilts and will get to keep one of them.

The next event, “Who Does She Think She Is?” will be an art exhibit located at JavaPort at 208 W. 19th St. in the Crossroads district of Kansas City during First Fridays April 1 and May 6.

The exhibit will feature works from local artists “who share the challenge of their creative existence while being pulled in different directions to meet the demands of artistic fulfillment, relationships, motherhood, and economic survival,” a press release reads.

This event is co-sponsored by the Boulevard Brewing Co., Charlotte Street Foundation, JavaPort, Mattie Rhodes Center, Moxie Catering, OfficePort KC, Pistol Threads, Spaces Magazine, STUFF, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance and UMKC Women’s and Gender Studies.

The third event, “Artist Salon: The State of Women in the Arts in Kansas City” will take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday April 27.

This will be a discussion with local female artists, musicians, performers, art educators and professionals.

The discussions will pertain to the current state of women in the Kansas City arts.

For more information about “Her Art Project,” please visit

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