June

  • Moments in KC history that set the stage for Stonewall

    Stuart Hinds talks with KCTV5 about the momentum building to the event
    On the anniversary of the Stonewall event, a pivotal moment in LGBTQ+ history, Stuart Hinds shared some of our region’s history and how it helped set the stage. KCTV5 interviewed him after he spoke at Unity Temple at the anniversary event. Hinds is the curator of special collections and archives at UMKC Libraries, which includes the Gay and Lesbian Archives of Mid-America. The mission of GLAMA is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the materials that reflect the histories of the LGBT communities of the Kansas City region. Jun 29, 2019

  • Democratic Debates Recap with Economics Professor

    Linwood Tauheed talks with Sputnik International
    On this episode of The Critical Hour, Wilmer Leon is joined by Daniel Lazare, journalist and author and Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City as they discuss the most recent democratic debates. Jun 29, 2019

  • Vaccine Opposition isn’t the Reason Thousands of Kansans Miss Shots

    Professor Barbara Pahud talks about vaccines with KCUR
    Researchers peg those who reject all vaccines based on religion or other beliefs at just 1 to 3 % of the population, says Barbara Pahud, M.D., a specialist in infectious diseases at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and an associate professor at University of Missouri-Kansas City. She was interviewed by KCUR for the story. Jun 28, 2019

  • New UMKC Vice Chancellor for Research Shares Vision for Bright Future

    Yusheng (Chris) Liu’s career provides unique experience for research success
    Following a national search, the University of Missouri-Kansas City has named Yusheng (Chris) Liu, Ph.D. as its new Vice Chancellor for Research. Liu brings more than 20 years of experience in working for public research universities as an educator and chief research officer, and he also served as a program director at the National Science Foundation, based out of the Washington, D.C., area. He starts Aug. 1 in his new role at UMKC. “With his stellar blend of leading research activity at a university, background in leadership at a federal research agency and experience as a faculty member and researcher, we are thrilled to welcome Dr. Liu to UMKC,” said UMKC Chancellor Mauli Agrawal. “He should be able to make  an immediate impact in the top-priority work of expanding our research capabilities and elevating the research enterprise at UMKC.” UMKC is the only public research university in greater Kansas City, and works in partnership with the community to solve its most important challenges through research-infused teaching, service and discovery activities. Liu will lead the way for UMKC to help accomplish aggressive research goals in science, technology and the humanities. The strategic plan includes a goal to double annual research grants from $29.2 million in 2018 to $60 million by 2028. “UMKC research makes a significant impact, and we look forward to working with Dr. Liu in growing our initiatives and taking our work to an even higher level,” said UMKC Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara Bichelmeyer. “His leadership will infuse our discovery enterprise with renewed energy and an expanded scope that will benefit our students, faculty, staff and our community.” Liu most recently served as associate vice president for research at California State University, Fullerton, the largest of the 23 campuses in the Cal State system, where he was a tenured professor. He managed operations for the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, working closely with research center directors, faculty, deans, chairs and community business partners to promote research and innovation. In addition, Liu administered two annual grants programs to enhance both STEM and non-STEM research, teaching and creative activities. “I truly believe in the power of science, innovation, entrepreneurship, education and policy to change the world,” Liu said. “UMKC, with its dynamic new chancellor and outstanding faculty and staff, has the potential to become a global resource for addressing our most significant challenges.”   Jun 27, 2019

  • Justice Horn featured in Outsports

    UMKC SGA president talks about career aspirations and coming out in college
    Justice Horn describes himself as “African American, Caucasian, Polynesian and Native American, Christian and openly gay.” The student body president of the University of Missouri-Kansas City first gained prominence coming out as an openly gay wrestler at his previous college, Northern State University in South Dakota. Outsports interviewed Horn about his experiences as an LGBTQ+ athlete as well as his career aspirations. Jun 26, 2019

  • Roo Qualifies for Olympic Marathon Trials

    Quinlan Moll qualifies at race in Minnesota
    Next year, we could very well see a former UMKC distance runner competing on the world stage for Team USA. Fox4KC interviewed Quinlan Moll, who recently qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. He is a former Roo athlete and is currently studying law at UMKC and working at a metro law firm. UMKC Athletics also talked to Moll about this major achievement: "Crossing the finish line was a pretty amazing feeling, I was tired from the race but also pumped up from adrenaline and excitement. It was a special moment, so I tried to just soak it in."  Jun 26, 2019

  • Hallmark Names UMKC Alum as Next President and CEO

    Mike Perry to take leadership of KC-based company
    For only the second time in the company’s history, it will be led by someone not part of the founding family. Perry has been with Hallmark for 30 years, having previously served as the president of Hallmark Greetings and the president and CEO of Crayola, part of Hallmark’s portfolio of businesses. The story was covered by the Kansas City Star and the Kansas City Business Journal. Jun 26, 2019

  • College Budgeting 101

    Your guide to smart financial planning
    Oh, the joys of coming to college! You’ve been waiting for this time to experience what this "adulting" business is all about. For many students, college is the first time you’ll be on your own. That means you’ll be making your own decisions — including financial ones — without your parents’ input. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the college budgeting landscape and avoid common pitfalls. Managing College Costs Students often forget that the cost of college is more than just tuition and books. You’re going to need notebooks for class, a new laptop, dorm decorations, a parking pass and more. Keep track of your expenses so that you know what’s coming up. It’s best to try to plan for everything and limit the amount of surprises that may surface. That way you have the funds to cover any expenses your financial aid does not. If your class schedule allows, work part-time when you’re in college. Especially, if you can land a job on or near campus. If you need something to wear to your interview, check out the Professional Wardrobe Program for interview and professional attire. Student discounts are too good to pass up! There are a variety of spots both on campus and around town that offer student discounts. You can also use Roo Bucks at select off-campus locations, so don’t lose your ID. It can come in handy. Budgeting and Saving If you learn to budget now, you’ll be set for the future. Budgeting keeps manage your finances and helps guide your spending.  Keep a track record of your spending patterns, and do a monthly assessment of what you’re spending money on so you can make adjustments accordingly. It’s better to overestimate your expenses and underestimate your income. This helps create some cushion so you’ll always have a little left over after bills and other obligations. If you get a financial aid refund, don’t spend it. Put it back into your savings account for a rainy day. Always comparison shop so that you can get the best prices and best value. There are apps on your phone that will price compare for you. Credit Cards If you use them wisely, credit cards can actually help you build up your credit. but think carefully before you decide to apply for one and think carefully before you swipe. Keep these things in mind if you’re looking to apply for a credit card: Get one card with a low APR rate. Never spend more than you can afford to pay back. Keep track of your expenses.  Think before you use. Do you really have to charge it or would another payment method work just as well?  If you get a credit card offer in the mail, don’t feel obligated to accept it. Budget documents are living and should be constantly reevaluated, so if things change over time, it’s easy to make an update. If you need help getting started, visit the Office of Financial Aid for additional tools and resources you can use to start your journey toward financial wellness. Jun 24, 2019

  • UMKC Professor Inspires Student to Finish College and Keep Learning

    Massimiliano Vitiello’s interesting history class was the turning point for Jordon Fanciullo
    The heart of UMKC is our campus community. With small class sizes and lots of opportunities, it’s easy to develop student mentorship teams. And these rich relationships—our Dynamic Duos—are some of our best success stories. Jordon Fanciullo came to UMKC as a transfer with two demoralizing college experiences behind her. A first-generation college student, she commuted 30 minutes from home in Lee’s Summit and worked to pay for costs not covered by scholarships. She was beginning to think that higher education was beyond her abilities. But a history professor in a night class that she didn’t even want to be in flipped her perception of herself.  “He fostered an environment of concern and care that made it so I did more than survive; I have thrived at UMKC.” -Jordon Fanciullo “After every test I turned in, after every paper I wrote, he would tell me, ‘You’re really good at history, have you ever thought about being a historian? You have some serious potential in this,’ ” Fanciullo says. “Dr. Massimiliano Vitiello saw something in me that I didn’t see,” Fanciullo says. “He fostered an environment of concern and care that made it so I did more than survive; I have thrived at UMKC.” With Vitiello’s mentorship, Fanciullo graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2019 as an Honor Scholar. Vitiello is a UMKC 2018 Honoree for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers, Scholars, and Artists for his work with Fanciullo and other students. “Jordon developed a strong sense of confidence,” Vitiello says. “She is absolutely growing as a young scholar with great potential and great intellectual curiosity.” Vitiello, an associate professor who specializes in ancient history and late antiquity, holds a Royall Distinguished Professorship within the College of Arts and Sciences. The night class Fanciullo took with him was European History to 1600. Vitiello’s love of ancient history ignited a fire in Fanciullo. “When somebody’s passionate about what they’re teaching it’s easy for you to get passionate about it,” Fanciullo says. She switched majors from criminal justice to history and languages and literatures and dug into the study of antiquity. Vitiello helped her win a SEARCH grant to do undergraduate research, which took her to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Fanciullo’s research won a Prize of Distinction at the UMKC Symposium of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship. “Mentoring students has been extremely satisfying for me because I have seen my students go on to develop their work in interesting ways, as Jordon has.” -Massimiliano Vitiello “I love being able to share my love of history with my students,” Vitiello says.  “It is wonderful to see students grow and develop their own thoughts and interpretations as a result of the combination of their passion and research. “Mentoring students has been extremely satisfying for me because I have seen my students go on to develop their work in interesting ways, as Jordon has,” he says. Fanciullo attributes her success to the confidence Vitiello instilled in her. “He would stay after class, respond to email after email, and calm every self-deprecating worry,” she says. “He’s done so much for me. He has set me up for success.” Vitiello didn’t know Fanciullo’s struggles as a first-generation and transfer student. Until she nominated him for the mentor award, he had no idea how important his mentorship was to her. But he could see her change before his eyes. “It has been a privilege to witness her finding her path and developing her confidence with her work,” he says. “When somebody’s passionate about what they’re teaching, it’s easy for you to get passionate about it.” -Jordon Fanciullo   Jun 24, 2019

  • Why It's OK To Have An Undecided Major

    And how University College can help you find the right fit
    Deciding a major is a big decision, and there’s no harm in taking your time. Here’s why it’s ok to leave that major undecided. You might change your mind. Research shows that around 30% of students will change their major within the first three years of college. That means time and money lost. “I came into fall semester of freshman year planning on majoring in computer science … I assumed that it would be something I would enjoy because I like technology and I like working with computers,” says Jennifer Rangel, sophomore. “I later learned that it was something I actually really disliked, and realized that I solely chose that major because I was too scared to go into a university undecided.” Jennifer came to this realization while in University College (UCollege), which allows students at UMKC to explore their interests among the 100+ majors, emphasis areas and minors and then transition into academic units with a plan for graduating. "I have been able to learn more about myself to realize and understand that going the business route with design is something that I would be more interested in." — Jennifer Rangel It's a good opportunity to learn more about yourself. Exploring your interests, pinpointing your skills and considering different careers offers options for finding a major (and career) that you’ll enjoy and excel at. Besides, isn’t college is a time for personal growth? “[UCollege] allows you to take your interests, your dislikes, your learning style and many other things into account when you are thinking about your career,” Jennifer says. “I enjoy graphic design and the creativity that comes along with it. And while I have thought about studying graphic design in art school, through UCollege, I have been able to learn more about myself to realize and understand that going the business route with design is something that I would be more interested in.” Students in UCollege choose one of four mega majors and participate in a journey career assessment and seminar series with faculty and advising staff. No judgment. Don’t let having an undecided major scare you. There are a lot of career and major options out there. Research fields that you’re interested in, learn more about majors offered and when you’re ready, make the choice you feel is right for you. Jun 24, 2019

  • Why Kansas City is a Great Place to Start Your Career

    And UMKC is located in the heart of it all
    Kansas City has it all, and offers many opportunities in a variety of fields. These are just a few of the reasons why KC is a top place to kick off your career.   1. World-class businesses call Kansas City home. Recognized corporations and organizations call KC their home. Children’s Mercy is one of the best-known hospitals in the Midwest and across the U.S. Other big names like Garmin, Sprint, Burns & McDonnell, among others, operate worldwide and have their headquarters in the Kansas City area. These companies offer great opportunities and help allow you to develop your career in any field you choose. Most of them offer internships that are great options to complement your studies at UMKC. 2. You can get experience while completing your degree. Being in the heart of a city is amazing! I didn’t realize how cool it was until I started looking for my first internship. There are so many fields you can look into, and so many companies you can work for. If you start early on getting internship experience, you can easily change fields or companies every semester. While being part of the Bloch School of Management, I have had great opportunities and growth while completing internships. Then during your senior year, some students have the opportunity to work a part-time job and turn it into a full-time job right after graduation. Being in a big city is also great to build a network. It sounds cliché, but nowadays it is all about the connections you are able to build with people around you. 3. Kansas City is growing … fast! I have been in Kansas City for four years now, and there is a huge difference between Kansas City now and the one I met four years ago. The Streetcar is one of the biggest projects that has influenced the growth. It’s a great way to connect the city, and it is also great for tourists. Construction will begin soon to extend the Streetcar from the Crossroads Arts District to UMKC. In addition, Kansas City International Airport has begun construction on a major, four-year renovation. It will be a one-terminal airport that will serve as a big hub in the Midwest. Projects like these are bringing lots of new employment opportunities to the city. More companies are moving in, not to mention all the successful startups emerging. Check out Startland News for some of the top startups in Kansas City.   Jun 24, 2019

  • The 3 Big Things You Need To Know About Dorm Life

    Tips for how to make the most of campus living
    After living in residence halls for most of my years at UMKC, I can say without hesitation that dorm life creates a happy college experience. That said, here are a few tips to help you make the most of life on campus. 1. Take advantage of the convenience. My car doesn’t leave the parking lot for week-long stretches. I can walk to classes within minutes. The same goes for the dining hall, restaurants, coffee shops and grocery store. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is a block away. So is the Country Club Plaza for shopping. Or if I want to get to work, I can jump on a bus – there’s a RideKC stop less than a 5-minute walk away. If I want to get together with friends, they’re in the room next to mine, down the hall, on another floor or in a nearby building. 2. Handle conflicts respectfully. One of the challenges of living in a residence hall is having to juggle other people’s schedules, especially when they shower and sleep. Yes, you’re living in close quarters with people, so there are bound to be things that get on your nerves or you might irritate others yourself. This is one of your first mini adult life lessons that prepare you for life in the real world, in the workplace with colleagues. So don’t do a passive-aggressive thing like leave a complaint on a sticky note. Instead, have a face-to-face conversation. Nearly every time, this approach will help resolve issues peacefully without letting bad feelings fester and linger. 3. Savor this time in your life. Never again will you get to live with your best friends in one place. The fun times of experiencing college together before you enter your post-graduation career are gifts each day. Life is all about experiences. Research shows that relationships are the key driver of happiness, and strong, lifelong relationships form in the dorm. Don’t take these moments for granted. Jun 24, 2019

  • UM System Celebrates the Launch of NextGen Precision Health Initiative

    The initiative of all four universities will benefit Missourians through advances in medical science discoveries, treatments and economic growth
    University of Missouri System leaders and state and national officials broke ground June 21 on the NextGen Precision Health Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia, a central facility supporting a systemwide precision health initiative. The event also served as an official launch for the NextGen Precision Health Initiative, which harnesses and supports the research activities of the system’s four universities and health system. The initiative is expected to accelerate medical breakthroughs for patients in Missouri and beyond, increase collaboration among UM scientists and industry partners, attract research funding, generate jobs and train a new generation of health-care scientists and practitioners who will help Missouri address the health-care needs of the future. “UMKC will harness its deep strengths in data science and bioinformatics to collaborate with the NextGen Precision Health Initiative. The outcomes research UMKC is leading is transforming lives, and transformation through research is exactly what this initiative plans to deliver.” -Chancellor Mauli Agrawal “Today is an exciting day not only for the University of Missouri System and our four universities, but also for the state of Missouri as a whole,” President Mun Choi said. “The NextGen Precision Health Initiative will help us translate fundamental research from laboratories to effective treatments and devices, which will benefit all Missourians as well as the rest of the world. As the boldest and most innovative investment in our history, this initiative and facility will stand as enduring symbols of our commitment to the state of Missouri and will advance medical science and our highly skilled workforce for generations to come.” The approximately 265,000-square-foot, five-story precision health facility will provide space for more than 60 principal investigators, about half of whom will be newly recruited in areas such as engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, animal sciences and arts and science. It will be located on the MU campus near University Hospital at the northwest corner of Hospital Drive and Virginia Avenue. University administrators, students, faculty and staff as well as dignitaries such as U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt and Missouri Sen. Caleb Rowden attended the groundbreaking. “Precision medicine has the potential to completely transform health care delivery in this country. The NextGen Precision Health Initiative will accelerate progress toward new medical breakthroughs at this pivotal time in the medical research space,” Blunt said. “One of my top priorities in Congress has been establishing a pattern of sustained, increased federal investment in medical research. I’m proud to see Missouri become home to this brand new facility where students will have the opportunity to work alongside experts and researchers developing new treatments for the most costly and deadly diseases.” The event also featured MU Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright, University of Missouri-Kansas City Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal, Missouri University of Science and Technology Interim Chancellor Christopher G. Maples and University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor Thomas F. George. “Missouri’s flagship university — home to the nation’s most powerful university research reactor and 13 schools and colleges across the arts, sciences and humanities — is excited and poised to bring our comprehensive breadth of expertise across disciplines to this innovative research facility,” Cartwright said. “Cross-discipline research space of this magnitude is rare and will help us tackle grand challenges like treatments for cancer and heart disease. This important work will undoubtedly attract federal and industry funding, and bolster MU’s role among America’s leading research institutions while contributing to the economic development of our region and state.” The initiative will involve every UM university and be especially impactful for students, who can learn side-by-side with leading researchers. “The University of Missouri-Kansas City will harness its deep strengths in data science and bioinformatics to collaborate with the NextGen Precision Health Initiative,” Agrawal said. “The outcomes research UMKC is leading is transforming lives, and transformation through research is exactly what this initiative plans to deliver.” At Missouri S&T, student Carley Hamann is already engaged in experiential learning at the construction site. The senior in mechanical engineering plans to pursue a career in construction and is interning with The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company over the summer, which is part of the NextGen project team. The $220.8 million facility is the UM System’s top capital priority and is funded through a combination of private and corporate support, contributions from MU and the UM System and the state of Missouri. In FY20, which begins July 1, the state has designated $10 million for the institute.  “I am grateful to the people of Missouri and our elected leaders for understanding the power of this investment,” UM Board of Curators Chair Jon Sundvold said. “I am confident the NextGen Precision Health Initiative will foster breakthroughs that can improve the lives of those in our state and beyond — both improving health care and bringing jobs to our state.” Elizabeth Loboa, vice chancellor for strategic partnerships and dean of engineering, has served as a leader of the project. “The NextGen Precision Health Initiative will feature shared facilities that will foster partnerships among researchers of different disciplines and from different organizations and will help us emerge as a global leader in biomedical research,” Loboa said. “It will also greatly enhance our ability to recruit and retain the most talented researchers.” Last year, an independent study found that the UM System and its four campuses have a $5.4 billion economic impact on the state of Missouri through direct employment, job creation and research funding. The development of the NextGen Precision Health Institute is expected to add to that figure significantly as a catalyst for additional economic growth, said Mark McIntosh, another key leader of the project and vice president for research and economic development at the UM System and vice chancellor for research and economic development at MU. “This facility will play a crucial role in MU’s future as a transformational leader in improving health by taking advantage of our longstanding culture of multidisciplinary research and integrating biomedical research under one roof,” McIntosh said. “Collaborators will include the best researchers from around the country, including our best and brightest from colleges and schools across the UM System, who will work together to conduct leading-edge research that improves our quality of life.” James Abbey, senior director for strategic innovation for the UM System and MU, serves as project manager for the facility while Burns & McDonnell has been hired to do detail programming, equipment planning, building and site design. The expected completion date for the facility is Oct. 19, 2021. The announcement was also covered by Health IT Analytics.  Jun 21, 2019

  • Student Government President Talks Career and Life

    Justice Horn interviewed for The Examiner
    The Examiner interviewed Justice Horn on the fast track to a political career he hopes will one day find him sitting in the Missouri governor’s mansion. After enrolling at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in January, Horn was voted the Student Government Association president, where he works with 423 different organizations and oversees a budget of $1.9 million. Jun 20, 2019

  • UMKC Athletics Rejoins Summit League

    Move will mean closer geographic competition, significant cost savings
    The University of Missouri-Kansas City has accepted an invitation to rejoin the Summit League. UMKC Athletics will begin play in the Summit League during the next athletic year, effective July 1, 2020. UMKC has notified the Western Athletic Conference of its intention to withdraw from that conference, effective June 30, 2020, after seven years in the league. The Summit League will bring UMKC back into the orbit of a conference with teams mostly from the Midwest. The Summit League has a 36-year history of Division I athletics and has produced 12 NCAA champions. UMKC becomes the 10th member of the Summit League in 2020-21, joining University of Denver; Purdue University Fort Wayne; University of North Dakota; North Dakota State University; University of Nebraska Omaha; Oral Roberts University; University of South Dakota; South Dakota State University; and Western Illinois University. “We’re thankful to the WAC and their commitment to Division I excellence. We accepted the invitation to return to the Summit League because, after careful review, we believe it will help us achieve our goals for UMKC Athletics,” said UMKC Chancellor Mauli Agrawal, Ph.D. “Under the leadership of Athletics Director Brandon Martin, we are elevating UMKC Athletics and creating a fan experience that is more engaging for our students and our community. A move to the Summit League will support those goals.” The move will also help with another priority — streamlining the budget of Division I athletics. UMKC Athletics Director Brandon Martin, Ph.D., says that a move to the Summit League will save significant costs. Martin said the move, coupled with facility improvements at Swinney Center where basketball and volleyball games are played, will benefit the campus and the Kansas City community. “These changes are about competitive excellence, positioning our student-athletes and teams to win conference and NCAA post-season championships,” Martin said. “This also will help inspire our Roo Nation, elevating the fan experience, creating rivalries and partnerships that make games not only competitive but fun and exciting. This, coupled with fiscal savings, is a win-win.” At its meeting Thursday in Columbia, the University of Missouri Board of Curators approved the move to the Summit League. “Athletics is an important part of the college experience and we support the vision of UMKC to elevate its competitiveness, support its student-athletes and further engage the campus community while creating a sound fiscal foundation,” said Jon Sundvold, chair of the Board of Curators. “It’s an exciting time for the university.” “We’re thrilled to have the UMKC Roos back in the Summit League,” said Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple. “We are looking forward to the 2020-21 season.” Jun 20, 2019

  • UMKC Athletics to Return to Summit League

    Athletic Director Brandon Martin talks about the benefits
    The University of Missouri-Kansas City has accepted an invitation to return to the Summit League. The story ran in several media outlets, including: KSHB and Kansas City Star. Jun 20, 2019

  • English Professor Gives Insights on Asian American Rom-Com

    Anthony Sze-Fai Shu interviewed on KCUR’s Central Standard
    Associate English Professor Anthony Sze-Fai Shu, was a guest on Central Standard for a panel discussion on Always Be My Maybe, a new Asian American romance-comedy movie. Jun 20, 2019

  • Students Spend Summer Living – and Learning – Abroad

    Scholarships provide students opportunity to gain experience and perspective
    Helene Slinker, a rising senior studying political science, took her first international trip in 2012. The experience was life changing and led to her interest in studying abroad. “I come from a German-American family and half of my family still lives in Germany,” Slinker says.  “When I went overseas the first time to see them, I realized that I loved traveling and wanted to see more of the world.”  Travel can be a key component to expanding students’ perspectives and enhancing their understanding of different cultures as well as reinforcing foreign language skills. For some, the cost of studying abroad might be more than they can manage.  “As a first-generation student, I saw study-abroad trips as something that only rich students could participate in,” Slinker says. “These scholarships completely transformed that perception. I am so grateful for the help of the UMKC International Academic Programs Office, along with various professors who lent a hand to write me letters of recommendation.”  "To any students at UMKC who have thought about study abroad and shrugged it off, I say this: do it." Helene Slinker Slinker, who is studying in Prague and the Czech Republic, and seven other students from UMKC, received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad for summer 2019. The Gilman Scholarship is a program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) that encourages students to study and intern in diverse areas of the world. These scholarships represent a total of $24,000 in support of these students who otherwise might not have had the opportunity to study abroad. “The Gilman scholarships are a great way for us to promote study abroad to students who might not have otherwise taken the leap,” says Kate Wozniak, assistant director for UMKC Study Abroad and Exchange.  The students, their schools, majors and host countries are: Danait Berhe, College of Arts and Sciences, sociology, United Kingdom Jhane Davis, Bloch School of Management, business administration, Costa Rica Jacob Furry, Conservatory, music education, Denmark Niesha King, College of Arts and Sciences, psychology, Spain Henry Ortega-Hernandez, College of Arts and Sciences, criminal justice and criminology, Spain Brian Ramirez, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, health science and Spanish, Spain Sarah Schleicher, College of Arts and Sciences, languages and literatures, Costa Rica Slinker also received the Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant based on achievement, campus and community service and the opportunity for travel to influence academic and career goals. She is one of 75 students in the nation to receive this grant. She encourages students to work with Wozniak and her team if they are interested in study abroad —even if it seems daunting. “Experiencing another culture totally changes your worldview,” she says. “To any students at UMKC who have thought about study abroad but shrugged it off, I say this: do it.”     For more information visit the office of Study Abroad and Global Engagement. Follow the 2019 UMKC students abroad at the Roos Abroad blog, on instagram @umkcstudyabroad and #umkcstudyabroadtakeover Jun 19, 2019

  • UMKC Alum Managed Quinton Lucas’ Mayoral Campaign

    John Stamm interviewed on Fox4KC about successful campaign
    As campaign manager, the 28-year-old John Stamm had a direct hand in everything including fundraising, advertising, debate preparations and getting out the vote, among other responsibilities. He talked with Fox4KC about his role, which was a first for the UMKC graduate who majored in business and philosophy. Jun 19, 2019

  • Professor Interviewed on Ethical and Constitutional Questions Surrounding Abortion

    Edward Cantu interviewed on KCUR’s Up to Date
    University of Missouri-Kansas City Professor of Law Edward Cantu was a guest on KCUR’s Up to Date. He and another professor discussed the ethics of granting rights to a fetus, and the legality of limiting a woman's right to privacy.  Jun 19, 2019

  • UMKC Alum Committed to Promoting Music in Schools

    Darryl Chamberlain talks about A-Flat Youth Orchestra on Fox4KC
    School is out for summer, but one Kansas City man is continuing with his mission to educate and inspire through music. Alumnus Darryl Chamberlain, creator of A-Flat Youth Orchestra, talks with Fox4KC about how he promotes music in our city. Jun 18, 2019

  • nbkc Launches Entrepreneur in Residence Incubator

    Startland News talked to UMKC alumna Megan Darnell, nbkc program manager.
    Less than a year after its inaugural Fountain City Fintech accelerator debuted, nbkc bank has launched a new incubator program designed to tackle common banking industry problems with start-up-style ideation, problem solving, and tenacity, said UMKC alumna Megan Darnell. Read more. Jun 18, 2019

  • UMKC Theatre MFA Program Nationally Ranked

    Hollywood Reporter lists UMKC Theatre in Top 20
    Hollywood Reporter rankings published this month have the University of Missouri-Kansas City Theatre graduate program at No. 20 out of 25 for top dramatic and performing arts schools. According to the Hollywood Reporter in June, the publication consulted with academics, influencers and alums to rank the top 25 Master of Fine Arts acting program. In the article, the Hollywood Reporter highlighted UMKC for connecting with The Acting Company in New York, which has hired MFA acting grads and partnered with the program.    “That’s a testament to the quality of the talent coming out of UMKC, which works closely with Kansas City Repertory Theatre,” wrote Seth Abramovitch, senior writer. On July 1, UMKC Theatre will officially merge with the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance to become the UMKC Conservatory. The merger is a natural alignment: the two programs share a long history of collaboration, a physical space, a conservatory model of teaching, a professional-school focus, a strong national reputation, a spirit of civic engagement and a supportive philanthropic audience. UMKC Theatre continues to make the entire city an artistic campus. In addition to its on-campus partnership with Kansas City Repertory Theatre, this year the program partnered with Unicorn Theatre, Coterie Theatre and Kansas City Actors Theatre, featuring MFA and Bachelor of Arts acting students in major professional roles.  Alumni include Nick Gehlfuss of “Chicago Med,” Patrick DuLaney of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway” and Toccara Cash of Broadway’s “The Play That Goes Wrong,” and “Half Me, Half You” at London’s West End. The program will have a new department chair, Kenneth Martin, scenic designer and former chair of acclaimed Bachelor of Fine Arts theatre program at Coastal Carolina University. Jun 17, 2019

  • Chief Academic Officer Honored As A Woman Who Means Business

    Kansas City Business Journal is recognizing Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer
    Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, Ph.D., executive vice chancellor and provost of UMKC, was named to the Kansas City Business Journal "Women Who Mean Business" class of 2019. Bichelmeyer, a professor of management, is the university's chief academic officer and its highest-ranking woman leader. A Kansas City native, she joined UMKC in 2015. A panel of six judges selected the “Women Who Mean Business” class of 2019, the 20th year of the recognition. Each woman is a leader in her field, has made significant contributions to the business community and has given back to the community through philanthropy.  Bichelmeyer and her co-honorees will be featured in a special supplement to the Aug. 23 weekly edition of the Kansas City Business Journal. The same day, the Women Who Mean Business class of 2019 will be celebrated at a luncheon at the Overland Park Convention Center.     Jun 17, 2019

  • Engineering Students Help Develop a New Spinal Device

    Collaborative project featured in Gadsden Times
    An orthopedic surgeon talks with the Gadsden Times about working with a group of engineering students from the University of Missouri-Kansas City to design the Sagittae. Jun 16, 2019

  • Professor Led Community Advisory Group Prior to “30 Americans” Exhibit

    Adrienne Walker Hoard talks about the selection recommendations on KCUR
    Adrienne Walker Hoard has spent nearly two years thinking about how visitors to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will perceive “30 Americans,” which has traveled across the country for a decade. A fine art and black history professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Walker Hoard talks with KCUR’s Central Standard about her experience leading a Community Advisory Group formed by the Nelson to work with the museum in the planning process that led up to the exhibition's opening in Kansas City. Jun 14, 2019

  • Efforts Underway to Increase Swim Lessons and Reduce Drowning Risks of Black Children

    Professor Adrienne Walker Hoard talks about barriers to swimming with Fox4KC
    Adrienne Walker Hoard shares a personal story with Fox4KC of learning how to swim in Jefferson City’s segregated pools. Jun 14, 2019

  • UMKC Goalkeeper Successful On and Off the Field

    Student-athlete Anna Lillig is on her way to becoming a physician assistant
    Anna Lillig ‘19 Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri High School: St. Pius X High School UMKC degree program: Health SciencesAthletics: Women’s Soccer, goal keeper  Get to know our people and you'll know what UMKC is all about. Why did you choose UMKC? I was recruited to play for the soccer team, and I knew UMKC had highly respected health programs, something I wanted to go into. I have academic and athletic scholarships. It is very rewarding because I have worked very hard on and off the field all my life, and I continue to do so.     Why did you choose a health degree program? I came in wanting to do pharmacy but after getting a pharmacy tech job, I realized it wasn’t for me. I was in between pursuing nursing or medical school so I thought health science would best equip me to learn more about the patients I would be taking care of one day. I feel I have gained great insight on the background of potential patients, such as surrounding stigmas — others being more prone to certain diseases or insurance issues they might face. I think as a health sciences major, I have learned compassion and empathy, something science classes alone can’t teach.   I actually found my dream career through this major. It was in Introduction to Health Science class that a physician assistant (PA) came to speak to us and I instantly fell in love with the role she was describing. I will start in the PA program at UMKC next year after my internship. "I think as a health sciences major, I have learned compassion and empathy, something science classes alone can’t teach."   Tell us about your internship. I have an internship next fall working in an assisted living home with the memory- care unit. I have shadowed numerous PAs, and I have learned about their lifestyle, what settings they can work (in such as clinic or surgery), and I also gained some medical knowledge.   You’re a student-athlete. What’s that experience been like? I am appreciative of the network I have built through academics and athletics that will continue to be helpful for me to lean on. I am glad I was able to expand upon my leadership skills through the university’s soccer team and various organizations. I believe the qualities of teamwork, dedication and hard work will carry me into the next chapter of my life.  "I actually found my dream career through this major. It was in Introduction to Health Science class that a physician assistant (PA) came to speak to us and I instantly fell in love with the role she was describing. I will start in the PA program at UMKC next year after my internship." Who do you admire most at UMKC? I admire Amelia Howard. Her dedication to helping student-athletes is the kind of enthusiasm I want to have when I enter the workforce. In the four years I’ve been here, I don’t think I have ever seen her frustrated. She always has a cheerful tone to her voice even when the situation at hand is not pleasant. I have been able to work under her through organizations including Student Athletic Leadership Council, Student Athlete Advisory Committee and as a mental health advocate on top of her being my athletic advisor. She always has her office door open — unless she is in a meeting — and she will drop whatever she is doing to listen and help you with whatever you need. From school or to venting about life, I see her has a lifelong friend and mentor. I have been so blessed to have her in my life throughout the good, the bad and the ugly of being a student-athlete in college.     What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received from a professor? It’s not the end of the world if you do bad on the first test. Tara Allen, anatomy and physiology professor, said that. You can learn from the experience and still do well in the class.   Jun 13, 2019

  • UMKC Athletics Unveils New Logo

    New identity a refresh of a historic logo
    The University of Missouri-Kansas City Athletics Department unveiled a new primary logo today. The announcement was featured in several media outlets, including the Kansas City Star and College AD. Jun 13, 2019

  • Student Weighs in on Urban Heat Phenomenon

    Kyle Reed interviewed on KCUR
    An urban heat island is a city that gets significantly warmer than its surrounding area, just by virtue of having a lot of buildings and a lot of people in one place. Kyle Reed, environmental and urban geosciences master’s student at UMKC, was a guest on KCUR’s Central Standard for a panel discussion on urban heat. Jun 12, 2019

  • UMKC Athletics Debuts New Logo

    Mark emphasizes Kansas City and competitive kangaroo
    UMKC Athletics unveiled a new primary logo. The Roo athletic teams will proudly display a new mark, illustrating elements of strength, determination and a commitment to the Kansas City community that aligns with the department’s vison and core values. The goal is to elevate the Roo brand on a local, regional and national level. The Roos partnered with Old Hat, a sports-focused strategic agency in Oklahoma. UMKC Athletics collaborated with stakeholders throughout campus to gain critical insight during the process. This included surveying more than 11,000 fans and members of the community. The goal was to deliver a mark that resonated with all of Kansas City and would be a source of pride for the university. "Our new visual identity allows us to have a stronger connection with our students, fans, alumni and supporters on campus and in the local community,” said Brandon Martin, Ph.D., director of athletics. “It represents our continuous pursuit of comprehensive excellence and our focus on being Kansas City committed.” An homage to UMKC history, the new mark mirrors elements from the “fighting kangaroo” logo used in years past. Evoking the past while creating a new future was a major goal of the project. Merchandise with the new logo is available on UMKCkangaroos.com. Additional items will be added throughout the summer with a full line-up of new apparel arriving in time for the fall semester.   Jun 12, 2019

  • UMKC in Top 25 Grad Schools for an Acting Degree

    Hollywood Reporter Rankings Released
    Every year, the Hollywood Reporter ranks MFA programs after consulting with academics, influencers and alums. The University of Missouri-Kansas City is ranked in the top 25 MFA graduate acting degrees in the nation. Jun 10, 2019

  • Professor Talks Health Care Transparency Proposal Issues

    Chris Garmon interviewed by Healthcare Dive
    There are even some instances when public disclosure of health care costs could potentially harm markets, according to one economist, Chris Garmon, who used to work for the Federal Trade Commission. Garmon, a professor at UMKC, interviewed for the article on Healthcare Dive. Jun 07, 2019

  • Conversations About Medical Marijuana

    UMKC dean and professor interviewed for Kansas City Business Journal
    Physicians throughout Missouri are beginning to have conversations with patients about a medicine that wasn’t taught in medical school: marijuana. Jennifer Lowry, M.D., professor of pediatrics, and Interim Dean Mary Ann Jackson, M.D., both of the UMKC School of Medicine, were interviewed for the article by the Kansas City Business Journal. Jun 06, 2019

  • Pro Runner Sponsorships Decline During Pregnancy

    Professor Nancy Levit talks about employee discrimination with Runner’s World
    Should pregnant pro runners be fully supported financially throughout pregnancy and recovery? UMKC School of Law Professor Nancy Levit talks with Runner’s World about the nondisclosure agreements have in the world of pregnant female athlete sponsorships. Jun 06, 2019

  • Should the Voting Age be Lowered?

    Professor Greg Vonnahme discusses possibilities with KCUR
    On KCUR’s Central Standard, UMKC Political Science Professor Greg Vonnahme talks about the plausibility of lowering the voting age to 16, and why people and politics might be pushing against it. Jun 06, 2019

  • Celebrating Kansas City’s Guadalupe Center’s 100 years of Service

    Professor Paul Tosh designs commemorative exhibit
    The Kansas City Public Library is presenting “Kansas City’s Guadalupe Centers: A Century of Serving the Latino Community.” Daisy Hernandez and Paul Tosh designed the exhibit illustrating the center’s history and role in “creating and sustaining a vibrant Latino community.” Hernandez is a locally-based graphic designer; Tosh is associate professor of studio art at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The editorial about the anniversary appeared in Dos Mundos. Jun 06, 2019

  • UMKC Bloch School Partners to Empower Local Artists

    Collaboration with KCAI provides needed business skills for art students
    The Kansas City Art Institute recently partnered with the University of Missouri-Kansas City on a 16-credit-hour minor — entrepreneurship in art and design — to prepare students with business skills, according to an April news release. UMKC Enactus, a student organization within the larger international nonprofit Enactus, created ArtWorks, a workshop series. The Kansas City Business Journal covered the story. Jun 06, 2019

  • Carlson Recognized for Outstanding Planning and Implementation

    Love of people and numbers leads to staff award
    One of the keys to academic success on the personal and university levels is good planning. Creating a process that enables students and administrators to chart paths to graduation, through the many complications that can sometimes arise, is not an easy task. But Amy Carlson, associate registrar, has a gift for seeing process in her head, visualizing holes and forming ideas on how to fill them. These unique and essential skills led to an effective Degree Audit Reporting System for UMKC and the recognition of being awarded the Excellence in Planning, Operations and Stewardship Staff Award. "This is the perfect job for me."Amy Carlson “I very much believe that my mathematics education gave me the skills needed to think critically and look at most situations like a puzzle,” Carlson says.  “I am definitely a visual person, but as much as I love numbers, I also love people. My master’s degree in college student personnel administration helped me to find my passion in education and help others to help themselves.”    Corrina Beck, senior academic advisor for the School of Nursing and Health Studies, recommended Carlson for the recognition. “It seems as if this award had been created specifically for her,” Beck says. “Amy began in the Registration and Records Office nearly eight years ago and quickly became indispensable. She has worked tirelessly to ensure that the degree-audit system works without exceptions whenever possible.” This attention to detail in developing accurate degree audits is essential to the new planning tool’s success. Carlson is often contacted by advisors across campus for assistance.  “Amy consistently provides excellent help and advice with these systems,” Beck says.  “Her skillset and experience make her absolutely unique and invaluable to the university.” Carlson did not know that her co-workers had nominated her for the award until she received the congratulatory call from Chancellor Mauli Agrawal. “I felt a mix of emotions: excited, shocked, baffled, humbled and very grateful. This is the perfect job for me. I am able to use my love for numbers and people….and get paid!” Jun 05, 2019

  • Alum Transforms Neighborhoods Through Sports and Cars

    Chris Harris talks about his next endeavor with Startland News
    Chris Harris teaming up with America’s car clubs is driving local community change efforts to a nationwide scale. He talks about this latest project with Startland News. Jun 05, 2019

  • 5 Ways to Find a Mentor

    Tips from UMKC students and alumni
    UMKC faculty are leaders in their fields — and they want to help you.  With a student-to-faculty ratio resembling a small private college, it's no surprise that UMKC professors know their students by name. Students find faculty supportive in their endeavors both inside and outside the classroom and many take advantage of the opportunity to seek them out as mentors. For some, the idea of seeking out a mentor can be intimidating. It shouldn't be! Here are some tips from students and alumni on how they found their mentors at UMKC.  1. Look for someone who's already mentoring. Ada Thapa and Ryan Mohan in a lab at the School of Biological Sciences “Dr. (Ryan) Mohan believed in me and helped me become a scientist. He helps students like me who are trying to get into research but don’t have any prior experience. I got accepted to four different graduate schools for my master’s program because of my skills and experiences that I have learned from UMKC.” - Ada Thapa '17, Biology   2. Identify an expert in your field. Chad Feather and Ben Williams talking in the Bloch Executive Hall “It is important that your mentor has been where you are and can give you the pros and cons of each important decision you have to make. Also, it is important to find somebody who has a similar personality that allows you to relate to each other. Finding Ben (Williams) as a mentor has been extremely helpful in growing and developing at UMKC.” - Chad Feather '17, Business Administration-Marketing and Entrepreneurship   3. Work at building a relationship. Sydney Harvey and Clancy Martin of the College of Arts and Sciences “Make up excuses to go to their office hours, find research they can help you develop and constantly ask their advice about your work.” - Sydney Harvey, Philosophy '16, M.A. Theatre '18   4. Find someone who challenges you. Ryan Holmes and Megan Hart of the School of Computing and Engineering “A mentor isn’t someone who always cheers you on or focuses on your successes. They may do that, but more importantly, they will chip away at areas of your weaknesses and channel your strengths so that you can be the best version of you.” - Ryan Holmes, Civil Engineering '13 and '16, I.Ph.D. '18   5. Take initiative and pay it forward. Mona Lyne of the College of Arts and Sciences and Parker Webb of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management “Dr. (Mona) Lyne and I would not have our relationship today if I hadn’t gone above and beyond to hunt her down and get the opportunities that she provided. That said, if you’re looking for mentorship, mentor someone, too. There is nothing that will make you a better mentee than being a mentor and anyone can do it. I am a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City and it is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.” - Parker Webb, Political Science '14, M.S. Entrepreneurial Real Estate '18 Visit UMKC Jun 03, 2019