Leon Jordan & The Rise of Black Politics in Kansas City

By , October 17, 2016 1:53 pm

leon-jordanThe UMKC Libraries, in partnership with KCUR and the UMKC Friends of the Library, will be exploring the life and work of Leon Jordan as well as his impact on current and future black politics in Kansas City.

Monday, October 24
Miller Nichols Learning Center: Jeannette Nichols Forum
5:30pm Reception, 6pm Event

Leon Jordan was a well-known and highly respected politician and civil rights leader in Kansas City and Missouri. He has often been hailed as one of the most influential African Americans in Kansas City history and, at the time of his death, the state’s most powerful black politician.

As a prominent member of Kansas City society, Jordan’s infamous murder and the mysteries surrounding it rattled the Kansas City community. But his memory and legacy live on to encourage the continued growth of black social and political leaders in Kansas City and beyond.

Be sure to arrive early or stay after the event to visit the Headlines: Leon Jordan in the Media exhibit on the Ground Floor of the Miller Nichols Library, now through October.

This event and exhibit are brought to you as part of the UMKC Friends of the Library portFOLio Series. For more information, contact Nicole Leone at leoneni@umkc.edu.

United Nations Day (Oct 24)

By , October 17, 2016 1:46 pm

Harry S Truman Center


Join Us In Celebration of the Mayor’s United Nations DayMonday October 24, 2016

Join The UMKC Truman Center for a Student Session held at the National Archives at Kansas City, where you can visit one-on-one with Shelly Pitterman, Regional Representative for the USA and the Caribbean for UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency.  Event begins at 3:30 PM and will conclude at 5:00 PM.

Location: National Archives at Kansas City, 400 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108 (located immediately west of Union Station; parking is free)

Guest Speaker:  Mr. Shelly Pitterman, Regional Representative for the USA and the Caribbean for UNHRC, the UN’s refugee agency.

Mr. Pitterman, the son of Holocaust survivors and refugees, has firsthand knowledge of the unique challenges of refugees, an issue that has captured the world’s attention and directly impacted Kansas City in 2016. Pitterman will discuss the global refugee crisis with the Greater Kansas City community at this student session. He is the UNHCR Regional Representative for the USA and the Caribbean. He joined UNHCR in 1984 and served in Yei, Sudan (1984-1988); Headquarters Geneva on the Somalia Desk (1988-1990); N’zerekore, Guinea (1990-1992); and as the UNHCR Representative in Burundi (1992-1995). During his four year tenure as the Chief of UNHCR’s Resettlement Section, the Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement began.Top of Form

2017-2018 FAFSA Now Available – priority deadline is Feb 1, 2017

By , October 4, 2016 12:19 pm

fafsa-2Don’t miss out on money!  The 2017-2018 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is now available!  Every student should submit an application to see what you may qualify for–not only federal loans, but many scholarships and grant programs (FREE money) use the FAFSA to determine need eligibility.

NEW priority deadline is February 1, 2017.  UMKC’s School Code is 002518.

Tip:  When entering tax information into the FAFSA, consider using the IRS Data Retrieval tool.  It’s fast, easy and accurate.

More information:  http://finaid.umkc.edu/financial-aid-process/fafsa/

ElectFest Watch Party Oct 9

By , October 4, 2016 11:45 am

election-debate-watch-partyThe UMKC Department of Political Science and the Associated Students of the University of Missouri at UMKC will host a second presidential debate watch party and voter registration drive of the series, ElectFest ‘16, from 7 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9 at Pizza 51, 5060 Oak Street, Kansas City, Mo.

This event is free and open to the public. Those who attend will enjoy free pizza, courtesy of the UMKC Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and the UMKC Latina/Latino Studies Program, two of 10 ElectFest ‘16 partners. Free parking will be available on levels five and six of the Cherry Street Parking Garage, 5000 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.

As part of ElectFest ’16, UMKC volunteers participated in National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 27. They registered new voters and answered questions such as the process for absentee voting. Students also shared their reasons for voting in this year’s election:

“I vote because my vote matters.” – Wayne

“I vote because people say the younger generation chooses not to, and I want to change that.” –Emmanuel

“I vote for my children’s future.” – Christine

The goal of ElectFest ‘16 is to register new voters and engage the UMKC and Kansas City communities in the political process. ElectFest ’16 organizers also invite people to share why they vote on social media and use the hashtag #UMKCVotes. Approximately 250 people attended the first watch party and drive on Sept. 26. They enjoyed free pizza courtesy of the UMKC Women’s Center and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. For a complete event schedule, visit ElectFest ’16 online. And click here for a complete list of ElectFest ’16 partners.

Upcoming Career Services Fairs

By , October 4, 2016 11:30 am

Get in touch with potential employers at these upcoming fairs:


intern-fairInternship Fair

Tues, Oct 11 from 9am to 1pm

Student Union Room 401

Connect with employers to learn about internship opportunities, which is often the first step to your future career!


biological-sciencesBiological and Natural Sciences Career Fair

Wed, Oct 12 from 9am to 1pm

Student Union Room 401

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet with employers targeting students in biological and natural sciences!


Summer 2017 Internship in Washington, D.C.

By , October 4, 2016 11:18 am

Harry S Truman CenterApplications for The Truman Bootstrap Internship Award for 2017 are now available for undergraduates who wish to experience public service and the national policy process.

The award provides two undergraduates interested in government service with an eight to nine week immersion in the Washington, D.C. offices of the Missouri Congressional delegation or other appropriate offices.

The internship will be completed during the Summer Academic Session. Participants will have opportunities to connect with past Truman Center speakers such as Don Ritchie, Historian of the U.S. Senate, or Margaret Talev, Bloomberg News White House Correspondent. Interns will share quarters with interns from the other UM campuses and meet UM administrators who visit Washington during this time.

Serving as an intern in Washington can be an exciting and rewarding experience, involving oneself in the exciting and fast-paced daily life of Capitol Hill. Applications must be completed and submitted by ­­­­­­3 p.m. Dec. 1, 2016.

For complete details, visit Harry S. Truman Center for Governmental Affairs internships. If you have additional questions, contact Gayla Curtis or call 816-235-2720.

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