• Favorite Restaurants in Kansas City

    10 students and recent alumni give us their recommendations
    The City of Fountains could easily also be known as the City of Food. Sure, Kansas City dominates the nation — no question — in barbecue. But our UMKC family says there’s a whole world of delicious cuisine to explore around town, too. 1. The Mixx “I have been fortunate to be able to have a conversation with the owner of The Mixx, and she is an inspiration. On top of that, the food is amazing.” - Trae Tucker ’20, Business Administration, Communication Studies 2. Arthur Bryant's “Their barbecue is absolutely fantastic. I could enjoy anything they have on the menu.”–Jacob Hockman, ’19, Master’s Entrepreneurial Real Estate; ’17, Business Administration 3. Beer Kitchen “The food is beyond incredible in Kansas City, and this is one of my favorites.” –Cameron Miller ’18, Performance and Choreography 4.  Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue “I like the nice service and food. I also like the fact that they have a separate take-out section if I do not want to eat at the restaurant.” –Mary Okafor ’19, Mechanical Engineering 5. Fric & Frac “It’s kind of a special place for me since I grew up close to it. They have daily specials that are awesome! Missed the regular Taco Tuesday somewhere else? Well, Fric & Frac has you covered with Taco Saturday!”–Aaron Banes ’17, Geology 6. G's Jamaican Cuisine “My favorite place to eat is my home, just the way I like it, but if I were to choose a venue, it’s this one on Troost.” –Roland Hemmings ’18, Doctorate of Education 7. New Peking “My friends and I eat there quite often to celebrate special occasions.”–Tin Ho ’17, Entrepreneurship 8. Prime Sushi Bar “I am obsessed with sushi. That is probably where most of my money goes. That and art supplies.”–L.A. Clevenson ’19, Master’s in Costume Design and Technology 9. Seva Cuisine of India “My family and I like to go there. It’s so good!” –Zoe Lemon ’17, Physics 10. Tasso's Greek Restaurant “It’s more of an experience than a dinner. Along with the great Mediterranean food, they bring out a band every weekend, along with violinists and an incredible belly dancer that’s been performing there for years, and she brings people to the front to dance with her. It’s a really fun place to spend a night with a huge group of friends and family.” –Salem Habte ’20, Entrepreneurship  Kansas City Rankings in 2018 Best Cities in the U.S. 5 Up-And-Coming Tech Hotspots 10 U.S. Cities With High-Paying Jobs/Low Cost of Living Best Places for Work-Life Balance Jun 25, 2018

  • 10 KC Top Spots

    Students and alums pick their favorites
    Summer got us thinking about exploring the best parts of our city. We asked students and alums from Kansas City’s university for their top spots to visit—not including UMKC. (Favorite campus hangouts deserve their own list, so be on the lookout for it soon!)  Here they are in alphabetical order: 1. City Market Visiting the City Market on Saturday morning is the top pick for alum Troy Norris, MBA '11. 2. Country Club Plaza "I love the architecture, and you can easily walk to the Plaza from campus," says Tin Ho, Entrepreneurship '17. 3. Crossroads Arts District "Nothing is more fun than eating from food trucks and meeting all kinds of artists, with music blasting through the streets during First Fridays in the Crossroads," says Salem Habte, Entrepreneurship '20 4. Crown Center "LEGOLAND plus Union Station plus Fritz's all within walking distance equals perfection at Crown Center," says Negar Khalandi, Mechanical Engineering '11. 5. Loose Park "I've never really seen anyone not having a good day at Loose Park. I love to go play tennis over there. The fountain area and the gardens are beautiful," says Tomas Patino Civil Engineering '15, Educational Administration. 6. National World War I Museum and Memorial "Liberty Memorial has such an amazing view of the city," says Jorge Perez, Music Education '19. Check out that view in No. 9 Union Station. 7. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art "The Nelson is a very calming place to go when you need a break, and it's right by UMKC," says Alexandria Brant, Dance '18. 8. Union Station "Because of the history, Pierpont's, architectural details and exhibits, Union Station is a magical place," says Klassie Alcine, Political Science and Criminal Justice and Criminology '09, MPA '11.  9. West Bottoms "I'm a big fan of the red-brick architecture in the West Bottoms," says Alvin Liow, MBA '15. 10. Betty Rae’s Ice Cream Last but not least, Alexandra Alpough, B.A. '12, J.D. '15, insists Betty Rae's Ice Cream in Waldo has moved into Kansas City must-haves. "You have to try the cinnamon ice cream in a waffle cone," she says. Jun 14, 2018

  • Motherhood and Addiction: Missouri Cases Tripled In Five Years

    Kansas City Perinatal Recovery Collaborative bringing together community partners to address the crisis
    Substance use among pregnant and parenting women is becoming an increasingly prevalent issue in greater Kansas City, experts say, Community partners, led by the Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) at UMKC, are forming a new Kansas City Perinatal Recovery Collaborative to address an issue being driven to new levels by the opioid epidemic.  Missouri had a 358 percent increase in neonatal abstinence syndrome in just five years, between 2011 and 2016. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) occurs when a mother uses drugs in utero or passes the substance through breast milk or the placenta. Infants born with NAS may experience a wide range of withdrawal symptoms, including mild tremors and irritability, fever, excessive weight loss and seizures. UMKC Leads the Battle Against Opioid Crisis School of Nursing and Health Studies Sub-Awarded $8 Million Grant Researcher assesses the epidemic nationally National and regional substance-use centers based at UMKC The Collaborative was formed to improve care in the bi-state area by increasing coordination among organizations serving mothers and families facing substance use. The group’s first event was June 4.  “When addiction occurs during motherhood, it affects the whole family and requires a comprehensive and compassionate response. We are excited to convene this group of leaders in the bi-state area to help make sure we are doing the best for mothers and their families.” - Sarah Knopf-Amelung More than 120 community stakeholders attended, including professionals from child development, child welfare, housing, social services, health care and substance-use disorder treatment and recovery. The agenda featured prominent national, state and local figures including Randall Williams, Missouri director of Health and Senior Services; Steve Corsi, Missouri director of Social Services; Rex Archer, director of Kansas City, Missouri Health Department; and Hendrée Jones, professor and executive director, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Horizons Program. The kick-off event gave community stakeholders the chance to hear from state leaders and national experts about the best approaches for addressing perinatal substance use and its effects on families. Enthusiasm and knowledge built from the event will lead into a year-long project of shared visioning, strategic planning and action to improve how community organizations coordinate care for families dealing with substance use. The Kansas City Perinatal Recovery Collaborative, based at UMKC, is led by Mid-America ATTC, a collaboration between Truman Medical Centers Behavioral Health (TMC-BH) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies. Mid-America ATTC is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Jun 07, 2018