UMKC Student Art Exhibition opens May 2

By , April 19, 2019 12:37 pm

The UMKC Gallery of Art announces the 2019 UMKC Student Art Exhibition, which runs Thursday, May 2 to Saturday, May 11.  It features the work of 23 graduate and undergraduate artists.  All currently enrolled students at UMKC were eligible to submit work across a variety of media, including painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, and video.

An opening reception will be 5 – 7 p.m., Thursday, May 2.  Scholarship awards will be presented during the opening reception at 6 p.m.

Congratulations to the participating artists:  Allison Spedding, Angel Goldenberg, Anna Diouf, Benjamin Cottrell, Colin Mosely, Emily Spreitzer, Erin Parrot, Jacob Wold, John Campbell, Katya C. Enriquez, Liz Dickinson, Luke Blevins, Madelyn Stewart, Marley Rogers, Megan Lashbrook, Megan VandeVelde, Noah Kellough, Rabecca Steger, Sarah Komer, Thang Nguyen, Tracy Khiew, Vince Fallis, Zachary Wolter.

José Faus served as the juror for the 2018 UMKC Art Exhibition.  Faus is a local multi-disciplinary artist, writer and UMKC alumnus.  Faus is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective, sits on the boards of the UMKC Friends of the Library and the Charlotte Street Foundation and is board president of The Writer’s Place.  Faus has published chapbook, This Town Like That and full-length book of poetry, The Life and Times of José Calderon.

Union Programming Board Applications available now!

By , April 10, 2019 8:52 am

The Union Programming Board is searching for applicants for its executive board for 2019-2020. 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 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, teamwork, 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.

2019-2020 UPB Executive Board positions are available and the application is live on RooGroups. Applications are available at https://roogroups.umkc.edu/submitter/form/start/167261 and information about the specific positions on the executive board is available at https://roogroups.umkc.edu/organization/UPB/documents/view/1084744.

Applications will be due via RooGroups by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19th. Any questions about the process or positions can be directed to Anthony Maly at malya@umkc.edu.

Culture Night (20 April 2019)

By , April 9, 2019 4:58 pm

Please join the International Student Ambassadors as they celebrate diversity, peace and friendship during Culture Night 2019 on Saturday, April 20, 2019.  Families are welcome!

Culture Night will begin around 5PM in the Pierson Auditorium with educational booths from different countries and free food from several different cultures.

We will move over to the Swinney Recreation Center for the Talent and Fashion show at 7PM. Contestants will share dances, sing or play songs from their homeland for prizes. There will also be a fashion show of countries to showcase the gallantry of each country’s rich culture.

This event is totally free to all who attend, we do recommend arriving early as the food always runs out.  You may contact the International Student Ambassadors with questions at umkcisap@umkc.edu.

Experience Latin America (29 April 2019)

By , April 9, 2019 2:08 pm

Join us at Miller Nichols Library on Monday, 29 April from 3-4.30 for the 2019 International Student Celebration of Latin America!

The event includes student performances, refreshments, and guest speakers.

Interim Dean of Students Named

By , April 9, 2019 2:03 pm

Chris Brown, Ph.D., chair of the School of Education division of Counseling and Education Psychology, will serve as the interim dean of students/vice provost for Student Affairs.

Sandra Miles recently announced her resignation from the vice provost position.  Brown’s interim role will allow UMKC to connect her expertise in counseling and educational psychology with developing and implementing new programs that will promote student engagement and student success at UMKC.  She will lead efforts across UMKC to create the “Culture of Care” described in the new UMKC student success model, Roo STRONG (Student-Targeted Resources Opportunities and Networks for Graduation).

Under Brown’s interim leadership, UMKC will be able to:        

  • Provide facilitative leadership to support professional staff in Student Affairs
  • Create synergies between administrative units and academic units
  • Bring together student-affairs professionals and faculty to promote student success 
  • Incorporate and integrate recommendations from the Mental Health and Wellness Task Force to proactively improve student well-being

Brown will conduct this work collaboratively with faculty who have expertise in the School of Social Work, in the Department of Psychology and with professional staff in co-curricular programs such as academic support and mentoring and first-year experience programs; as well as offices in Student Affairs such as counseling services, recreation, the Office of Student Involvement, and Multicultural Student Affairs.

AIDS Walk Kansas City 2019 – Campus Route

By , March 25, 2019 10:15 am

AIDS Walk 2019 to Cross Campus April 27.

The AIDS Service Foundation’s AIDS Walk Kansas City 2019 will be held on Saturday, April 27 at Theis Park. The walk is 3.5 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. rain or shine!

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

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.

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 lillebot@umkc.edu.

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

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