Stay Alert! Safety tips for the winter season

By , November 4, 2013 4:31 pm

SafetyTime change brings colder weather and shorter days–you may start the day driving to school in the dark and then end up driving home in the dark.  With only weeks left of the semester and holidays coming up, you will likely be distracted and stressed trying to get everything done.  Please don’t get so distracted by texting or scrolling through your phone that you forget to watch for cars when crossing the street or you may not be paying attention to your surrounding while walking back to your car or to the bus stop.

When walking across campus, try not to walk alone.  However, if you find you must do so, be aware of your surroundings and stay on lighted sidewalks.  Know what is going on around you at all times, the location of emergency call boxes, and the number for the UMKC police department (235-1515).  Also, keep in mind the UMKC police department offers a personal escort service.  If you feel the need to be escorted to your car or your residence hall, call the police department at 235-1515. For more information on campus safety, visit the campus safety website.

Colder weather also seems to bring on car troubles.  Take your vehicle for a regular service now before the weather really turns–there’s nothing worse than having a breakdown when it’s snowing!  With colder weather, it’s always a good idea to keep your gas tank above half-full.  Keep emergency numbers in your car as well as an emergency kit, including blankets, snacks, flashlight, jumper cables, de-icer, scraper, and a phone charger.

UMKC’s crime statistics are very low with most crimes reported being burglaries.  Prevention is key — so remember to keep track of your belongings and don’t leave them unattended or in plain view in your vehicle (put bags and packages in your trunk or under a blanket out of sight).

Finally, if it does snow enough that classes are cancelled, this information will be posted by 6am with the local media channels and posted on the UMKC homepage.  Emergency notifications will also be sent out via UMKC Alert to the phone number and email address you specified when you opted in before registering for classes.

Will a little planning now, this winter season can be fun AND safe!



Congratulations to UMKC’s Phi Kappa Phi–Chapter of Merit Award

By , November 4, 2013 3:08 pm

pkp chapter of meritThe Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—recently recognized the UMKC chapter of Phi Kappa Phi as a Chapter of Merit.  The award is given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others.

UMKC is one of just 50 chapters honored this year as a Chapter of Merit.

“Phi Kappa Phi is proud of all its chapters, but we are pleased to offer special recognition to those who have achieved the status of Chapter of Merit and Chapter of Excellence,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “The efforts of chapter officers to promote academic excellence on their campuses demonstrate their strong commitment to the mission of Phi Kappa Phi and to their students.”

By receiving the Chapter of Merit distinction, the UMKC chapter is recognized as a thriving organization that meets regularly, holds annual initiations, and applies frequently for Phi Kappa Phi’s select awards, grants, and fellowships.

“The UMKC Chapter (#103) strives to foster and promote an environment of academic accomplishment and a love of learning in service to others among our students, faculty, staff and alumni—and we are pleased to learn that we have been accorded the distinction of being a Chapter of Merit,” said Chapter President Dr. Charles Wurrey. “This honor is the result of much hard work of our Executive Committee and our members.”

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The 25,000 Mile Love Story

By , November 4, 2013 2:33 pm

25,000 Mile Love StoryUMKC’s Bloch School of Management invites you to be its guest on Thursday, November 14, from 11:45 am – 1:45 pm, for lunch and the Kansas City premiere of The 25,000 Mile Love Story.

This award-winning documentary chronicles the amazing journey of endurance athlete, Serge Roetheli, as he endeavors to run a distance equal to the earth’s circumference–or 970 marathons–while covering six continents.

Confronted with challenges that pushed them beyond their limits, they survived it all to raise awareness for impoverished children in developing countries.  The film has won several film festival awards and has received positive reviews in both the Los Angeles Times and Washington Times.

You’re invited to lunch and screening of this award-winning documentary chronicling the human spirit from 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14,.

Held in the Bloch Executive Hall Auditorium, Room 218, seating for this presentation is limited.  RSVP via email or call 816-235-2201 by Nov. 8. To view the film trailer, visit The Love Story.




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