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CAS presents inaugural Norman Royall Professorships, the College’s Highest Honor

Normal Royall Distinguished Professor AwardThe UMKC College of Arts and Sciences presented the inaugural Norman Royall Professorships to four faculty members during the College’s 2017 Fall Reception and Awards Ceremony. The Royall Professorship is the highest honor bestowed by the College.

“As the highest recognition in the College, the Royall Professorship will reward faculty committed to research and/or teaching excellence, creativity and interdisciplinarity,” said Dean Wayne Vaught during the presentation.

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CAS hosts annual Fall Reception and Awards Ceremony

Dean Wayne Vaught speaks at the 2017 CAS Fall ReceptionThe UMKC College of Arts and Sciences hosted its annual Fall Reception and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, September 15, 2017, in the Atterbury Student Success Center’s Pierson Auditorium. Dean Wayne Vaught delivered a “State of the College” address, followed by faculty and staff awards.

“We remain the largest academic unit at UMKC, and we continue to play a critical, in fact an indispensable role, for almost every other unit on campus,” Vaught said. “We have the most diverse, accomplished, nationally and internationally recognized and award winning faculty on campus. We are clearly the most engaged academic unit within the Kansas City community and we have produced some of the most accomplished alumni to ever graduate from UMKC.”

Vaught went on to say that he believes the College has the power to thrive, despite a national trend away from liberal arts programs, cuts in state funding and declining enrollment.

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Rapping With the Mayor: Royce “Sauce” Handy wants to make a difference through hip hop

Royce “Sauce” Handy“College in general has made me question who I am and what I can do. My specific program has made me realize that I can do something to change my community, to bring resources and to put all this knowledge to work. I’m inspired by knowing that I can use all this experience to navigate the future for my community.” Continue reading

Leaders in Learning: a celebration of faculty achievement

University of Missouri-Kansas City faculty who received endowed professorships, promotions, tenure and other awards of distinction were recognized in 2017 with the Leaders in Learning celebration, an evening of dinner and jazz at Pierson Auditorium.

A video tribute included praise for UMKC faculty from students as well as Kansas City Mayor Sly James.

“One of the best things about UMKC is that UMKC actively seeks to partner with the city in a way that is constructive. It’s not just a school where they teach people, it’s a school where they engage people and have those people engage the community,” James said. Continue reading

Mentors Researching Mentorship

Dynamic duo in psychology deeply understands the benefits

Mentor Jennifer Lundgren and mentee Frances Bozsik

With a student-to-faculty ratio resembling a small private college, UMKC makes mentorship a central part of the student experience. Though more than 16,000 students are enrolled, the 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio is unusually small for such a large university.

The result: UMKC has many mentorship success stories.

 

Meet Jennifer Lundgren, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor in the Department of Psychology; and Frances Bozsik, who is working to complete a Clinical Health Psychology PhD in 2020. Continue reading

A Taste of the Real World…in the Baja Basins

Geology Students displaying posters Undergraduate Research Students Experience Life as Professional Geoscientists

You’ve heard the stories of eager college graduates applying for their first post-baccalaureate jobs. They have the grades, they have the knowledge, but they don’t have “at least three years of experience” working in their field. Disheartening, right?

Fortunately, there’s undergraduate research for that. Undergraduate research – along with unique internship opportunities – gives students hands-on experience working in their field of study, and the opportunity to explore potential careers and enhance their professional communication skills. Continue reading

Dark? Cold? Here’s what to expect with Monday’s solar eclipse

Sky already looks different

We all know Monday’s eclipse [August 21, 2017] will be a rare sight, and one you should view with safety-approved glasses.

But if you want to be the smartest person at your eclipse watch party, there’s more you should know.

Professor Mark Brodwin“It gets dark, and it gets cold, and the wind picks up, and the birds freak out, and you can see stars,” said Mark Brodwin, a UMKC astronomy and astrophysics professor.

“It’s a very surreal and emotional experience, I’ve read. I can’t wait to experience it myself,” Brodwin said. Continue reading

Astronomer shares pro tip for finding the best place to watch the eclipse

From astronomers to outdoor enthusiasts, astrophysicists to laymen — many are giddy about the coming totality of a solar eclipse.

2017 Solar eclipse path in MissouriBut where to watch it unfold is a question facing eclipse hunters as the Aug. 21 event approaches.

Daniel McIntosh, a distinguished professor of astronomy and physics at UMKC, has diligently plotted out where he’ll observe the eclipse, and he shared a pro tip that he himself is using to pick out a location: find a hill with a view to the west.

“So you can see the western horizon,” he said. “You’ll see the shadow as it comes toward you.” Continue reading

Lundgren named Associate Dean of the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences

Jennifer Lundgren, Ph.D.The UMKC College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Lundgren, Ph.D., as the new Associate Dean, effective September 1, 2017.

Dr. Lundgren is taking over the Associate Dean position previously held by Michael Kruger, Ph.D., who has accepted a new position as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Dakota. Continue reading