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IEI of UMKC New Scholarship

The UMKC Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IEI) has a new scholarship all UMKC students are eligible for.

The Certificate of Entrepreneurship Scholars Program (CESP) will help a select group of UMKC students to turn opportunities into business ventures.

The CESP’s goal is to prepare students for business ventures of their own.

All UMKC students are eligible regardless of major and college.

Some benefits include: individual consulting with mentors and investors, possible funding from the $500,000 Venture Seed Fund, one-on-one mentoring with entrepreneurs and experts within the faculty, full scholarships for the first 40 UMKC students selected and IEIncubator office space access.

The program priority enrollment deadline is Nov. 1.

For more information, contact Phillip Gonsher at 816-235-6720 or

School of biological sciences researches immune system

The UMKC School of Biological Sciences (SBS) has been a part of a research team trying to understand how and why some Staphylococcal infections evade immune system defenses.

They may have found some clues as to why the infections can do so.

Recently, their findings have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

According to a UMKC press release, there is a protein in some Staphylococcal infections that can disrupt the immune system.

That protein is known as extracellular fibrinogen-binding protein (Efb).

Efb proteins disable C3.

C3 is a good protein that is found in plasma and human blood. It tags foreign invaders for destruction by some white blood cells.

Grants and co-investigators fund the research being done by UMKC SBS.

For more information on the research done by SBS and others, please visit

UMKC Student Health and Wellness center celebrates 10 years of service

Before the turn of the century UMKC students didn’t have many options for on-campus health care. It wasn’t until Oct. 15, 2000 the UMKC Student Health & Wellness center opened its doors on the first floor of the 4825 Troost Building.

The center turned 10 years old on Friday Oct. 15, 2010.

“Student Health personnel saw their first patient. Student Health now has about 8000 visits annually,” said the USucceed online newsletter.

The Student Health and Wellness center has always offered an easy and affordable service for students, free.

Students currently enrolled benefit from having fees waved with each visit.

“Students can make appointments to see a nurse practitioner for primary health care services, including treatment and referrals for allergies, muscle sprains, upper respiratory infections, sore throats, and other acute symptoms,” USucceed said.

Students however, are required to pay for their prescribed medications. Students have an option of purchasing their prescriptions at the student pharmacy near the Student Health and Wellness center, or they can take their prescription to another pharmacy. Medications are offered at a discount for students as well.

“Other services include outreach and health promotion programming–topics include how to handle stress, alcohol and drug awareness/prevention, and sexual health,” USucceed said.

“Help us celebrate our anniversary! Stop by one of these locations and pick up a free first aid kit and a cupcake!”

October 20, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Law School

October 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; School of Education

For more information on Student Health and Wellness, vist and the Wellness Reader Blog at To make an appointment, call 816-235-6133.

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