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The UMKC Department of Communication studies provides an educational experience that prepares students for organizational communication, journalism, film studies and arts, media production, advertising and public relations.

Our Faculty

The Department of Communication Studies specializes in three key areas: Interpersonal and Public Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication, and Film and Media Arts.

We have an award-winning faculty of scholars, filmmakers and journalists committed to inspiring the highest level of undergraduate achievement.

Our programs reflect practical and theoretical aspects of human communication, journalism, film studies and media production within the context of a liberal arts education.

Learn more about our faculty

Our Students

Communication Studies students at UMKC explore diverse interests through classroom work, research, internships, and individual practice, collaborate with faculty on research, compete in regional and national contests, and develop their resumes and portfolios at a variety local institutions.

The UMKC debate program operates from the Department of Communication Studies, and has ranked nationally among the top 10 debate teams since 1989 along with colleges such as University of California-Los Angeles and Cornell.

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B.A. in Communication Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies is divided into three emphasis areas: Interpersonal and Public Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication, and Film and Media Arts.

These programs include the study of public speaking, interpersonal and intercultural communications, contemporary communication theory, film studies, media production, media writing, public relations and advertising.

Interpersonal and Public Communication Emphasis

Journalism and Mass Communication Emphasis

Film and Media Studies Emphasis

B.A. in Film and Media Arts

The B.A. in Film and Media Arts offers a rigorous course of study in film and video production, also incorporating courses in film studies and art. All of our courses emphasize critical thinking, creative exploration, and skill development.

Film and Media Arts Courses

Student Filmmaking Support

Our department also supports our students’ development as filmmakers outside of coursework. Opportunities include:

  • Competitive scholarships for film and media students;
  • Competitive student production grants;
  • Film festival and competition entry fee reimbursement;
  • Departmental trip to the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, MO;
  • Student Film League, a student-run UMKC film organization.
Check out the courses and degree requirements

Become a Student

We offer journalism and mass communication, film and media arts, and interpersonal and public communication. Each student receives academic and career advising tailored to their individual needs.

Meet Our AlumniA reporter at WDAF Fox 4 newsA filmmakerA director of marketing

Click on the tabs to find out words of wisdom from the distinguished alumni of UMKC’s Communication Studies department.

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Mary Pulley, 2006 BA in Communication Studies

Kevin Bryce, maker of “We Are Superman: The Transformation of 31st and Troost.”

Valerie Brown, Director of Marketing, Worksite Lighting LLC

Why Communication Studies

“No matter what career you pursue, your success will depend upon effective communication.” Read more.

Most of our courses have a small student to faculty ratio, allowing for more one-on-one interaction between faculty and students and an enhanced learning environment.

We have an award-winning faculty of scholars, filmmakers and journalists committed to inspiring the highest level of undergraduate achievement.

CAS Dean’s Fall Reception presents Faculty and Staff Awards

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce one staff award and four sets of faculty awards that were presented at the annual CAS Dean’s Fall Reception on September 11.

Faculty Awards are as follows:

Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award (awarded to a tenure-track or tenured faculty member)

Royall Distinguished Professors (honors faculty committed to research excellence, creativity, and interdisciplinarity, as well as pedagogy)

Bernardin Research Development Grant (recipients are granted support to prepare a grant proposal in their chosen area of research)

Haskell Distinguished Research Award (recipients receive an award to support the completion of a scholarly project or creative work)

Staff Award is as follows:

Outstanding Staff Member

(awarded to recognize outstanding contributions made by staff members who are employed by the College of Arts & Sciences with strong characteristics including: respectful, responsible, resourceful, receptive, responsive, and reasonable)

Contact Us

Department Contact Information

202 Haag Hall
5120 Rockhill Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: 816-235-1337
Fax: 816-235-5539
Email: com-s@umkc.edu

Interim Department Chair

Ye Wang, Associate Professor
Phone: 816-235-2735
Email: wanye@umkc.edu

Interpersonal and Public Communication and
Journalism and Mass Communication Advisers

Judith McCormick, Ph.D.
Phone: 816-235-1120
Email: mccormickjk@umkc.edu

Linda Kurz, Ph.D.
Phone: 816-235-5846
Email: kurzl@umkc.edu

Film and Media Arts Advisers

Lyn Elliot, Ph.D.
Phone: 816-514-4412
Email: elliotle@umkc.edu

Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Underwood
Phone: 816-235-1337
Email: underwoodj@umkc.edu

Degree Programs

Offering two degree programs, the Department of Communication Studies specializes in three areas: Interpersonal and Public Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication, and Film and Media Arts.

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Our degree programs reflect practical and theoretical aspects of human communication, journalism, film studies and media production within the context of a liberal arts education.

What’s Unique About Film and Media Arts?

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The Tivoli Repertory Series

As a part of the Film and Media Arts program not only do you get to see films in a movie theater during class, after class you can see more of the movies that made films what they are today. Every semester our department shows a selection of important international, art house, experimental or documentary films at our partner theater, the Tivoli Cinemas. We bring in film directors, programmers and scholars to show their work and offer students the chance to meet and talk to working professionals all for free. Supported by a grant from the Missouri Arts Council.

Opera Goes to the Movies

Have you seen the beautiful new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts? Film and Media Arts students go to the opera there every year as a part of our innovative course, Opera Goes to the Movies. More than any other art form the movies borrow from the format of Opera, and in this course students make connections between world-class opera and its filmic antecedents.

The Student Film Showcase

Wonder what kind of films are being made in Film & Media Arts classes? At the end of each semester we show a program of student work, programmed by students at the Tivoli Theater. Students get to see their work presented on the big screen, and the Kansas City community gets to see the impressive and innovative work students in the department are making.

What’s Unique about Interpersonal and Public Communication?

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Faye Kirchner Speech Contest

Students enrolled in Comm-St 110: Fundamentals of Effective Speaking and Listening can compete in the Faye Kircher Speech Contest for monetary prizes. The contest is judged by Kansas City civic leaders and distinguished Communications Studies Department alumni.

Mercury Association

The Mercury Association, a student organization within Communication Studies, helps UMKC students to prepare for work and careers. The Mercury Association sponsors an annual Internship Brunch, where students can network with area businesses and organizations that are looking to hire interns and new employees.

UMKC Debate Program

UMKC’s debate program has been nationally ranked among the top 10 since 1989, alongside the debate programs at schools such as UCLA and Cornell. The UMKC debate program operates from the Communication Studies Department.

What’s Unique about Journalism and Mass Communication?

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KCUR 89.3FM and K-ROO Student Media

KCUR 89.3FM and K-ROO: There are two radio stations on the UMKC campus. Journalism students can intern at KCUR, a flagship NPR station, which serves Kansas City and outlying cities such as St. Joseph, MO and Lawrence, KS. K-ROO Student Media is UMKC’s new student-run online radio station, where students can produce radio programs, become involved in management, or run the website. K-ROO Student Media is devoted to promoting local music, athletics, arts, and student campus organizations.

The University News

UMKC’s student newspaper has served UMKC and Kansas City since 1933. Yes, U-News is an independent student newspaper, and all news stories are reported, edited, and produced by students. Copies are distributed to the University, Plaza, Westport, Brookside, Midtown and Downtown areas. U-News is also online, with potential to reach the entire KC metropolitan area.

KHEN

Students enrolled in broadcast courses are involved in producing programs for Time Warner Cable Channel 17 (KHEN). KCEN broadcasts seven days a week, reporting local and national news and showcasing popular local events.

Learn more about the B.A. in Communication Studies

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Delic Fatima Awarded 2017 Harry S. Truman Bootrap

Two UMKC students, Fatima Delic and Cameron Casey, have been selected as 2017 Harry S. Truman Bootstrap awardees. Chosen in a competitive process among UMKC undergraduate applicants, they will join interns from the other University of Missouri campuses living together in condos near the Capitol and working in offices of Missouri representatives and senators.

Cameron Casey, an Urban Planning and Design major, and Fatima Delic, a double major in Political Science and Communication Studies, will be assigned to governmental offices (legislative or administrative) and will work with identified mentors while there. More information is available here.

Department Scholarships

The Communication Studies Department offers several scholarships to help students pay for their education and build their resumes and portfolios.

Eligibility Requirements

Currently enrolled students must fill out the Continuing Scholarship Application by March 1 to be considered for all departmental scholarships, as well as many college- and university-wide scholarships.

Walt Bodine Scholarship in Communication Studies
Award Amount: Up to $1,000
Qualifications: Undergraduate students majoring in communication studies with an emphasis in TV, radio, film, new media forms or community journalism.

Alex and Josephine B. Coleman Scholarship Fund
Award Amount: 3 scholarships, up to $2,250 each
Qualifications: Students majoring in communication studies with a cumulative UMKC GPA of 3.3 or above who has completed at least 60 credit hours. Awarded based on ability.

The Fred Andrews Jubilee Creative Cinema Fund
Award Amount: Up to $1,200
Qualifications: Awards and/or internships for undergraduate or graduate students majoring in communication studies with an emphasis in film and media arts.

Faye Kircher Public Speaking Award Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Awarded based on the performance at the Faye Kircher Public Speaking Competition; recipients selected by judges
How to Apply: Participants from the current semester’s ComSt 110 courses are selected to participate in the contest. Contact the Communication Studies Department for more details.

Carol Koehler Memorial Scholarship
Award Amount: Up to $1,000
Qualifications: A junior or senior majoring in communication studies who has completed at least 12 credit hours of communication studies and has a cumulative UMKC GPA of 3.0 or above. Students are required to enroll in the department’s three-hour internship course during the ensuing academic year.

Michelle LaPointe Scholarship
Award Amount: Up to $750
Qualifications: Non-traditional students majoring in communication studies who have completed at least 24 credit hours and demonstrate financial need.

Dianne and Charles Maggio Scholarship in Communication Studies
Award Amount: $1,000 for Summer and $1,000 for Fall
Qualifications: Communication Studies major who is in good academic standing and demonstrates financial need. Preference will be given to students who express a desire to enter a career in journalism or mass communications.

G. Tom Poe Scholarship Fund for Outstanding Achievement in Film and Media Arts
Award Amount: Up to $750
Qualifications: Undergraduate student majoring in communication studies with an emphasis in film and media arts or a minoring in film studies. Preference is given to a senior level student who maintains a 3.0 GPA.

The Philip Alexander Riggs Scholarship in Communication Studies
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: Students in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Communication Studies with a preference given to students who express interest in Film Studies.

John Scott Shepherd Scholarship
Award Amount: Up to $1,000
Qualifications: Undergraduate students majoring in communication studies with an emphasis in film and media arts.

Suzanne Crispin Williams Scholarship
Award Amount: Up to $1,000
Qualifications: Undergraduate student majoring in communications or women’s studies. Preference is given to a returning female student pursuing her first undergraduate degree.

Additional requirement: Students must an essay of approximately 1,000 words on his or her background, and describing how the scholarship will impact his or her future plans. Save file as LastnameFirstnameSCWS and email to umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu.

The College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Office has more information and a full list of department- and college-level scholarships available to current students.

The UMKC Financial Aid Office has more information regarding university-wide scholarships.

Faculty/Staff Directory

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Internships

The Communication Studies Department strongly recommends internships as a means of linking theory with practice. This prepares our students to work effectively in mass media, journalism, public communication, human relations, and organizational communication.

>>> Click here to find internship opportunities on the UMKC Communications Internship Hub

Communication Studies Internship: A Step-by-Step Guide

1. Check internship opportunities on the UMKC Communications Internship Hub.
2. Download the internship package: downloaded here. Paper copies are available in the Communication Studies departmental office, 202 Haag Hall.
3. Fill out the Internship Application form and email it to Dr. Linda Kurz.
4. Once the application is approved, please fill out the Communication Studies Internship Initial Agreement, and email it to Dr. Linda Kurz.
5. Students enrolled in the internship course have to fill out the mid-term progress report and email it to Dr. Linda Kurz by mid-term.
6. Students enrolled in the internship course have to fill out the end of internship report and email it to Dr. Linda Kurz by the end of the semester.

More about Internship

 

Interpersonal and Public Communication Student Projects

    Delic Fatima Awarded 2017 Harry S. Truman Bootrap

    Two UMKC students, Fatima Delic and Cameron Casey, have been selected as 2017 Harry S. Truman Bootstrap awardees. Chosen in a competitive process among UMKC undergraduate applicants, they will join interns from the other University of Missouri campuses living together in condos near the Capitol and working in offices of Missouri representatives and senators.

    Cameron Casey, an Urban Planning and Design major, and Fatima Delic, a double major in Political Science and Communication Studies, will be assigned to governmental offices (legislative or administrative) and will work with identified mentors while there. More information is available here.

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    Students and Faculty Present at CSCA Conference

    A girl is giving speech Communication Studies major Chelsea Bihlmeyer recently presented her paper, "Unpacking the Tinder Lexicon: Visual Rhetoric and Power," at the 2017 annual conference Central States Communication Association. The paper was competitively selected, and was the result of an independent study she completed with Dr. Steven Melling during the Fall, 2016 semester.

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Meet Our Students

Communication Studies students at UMKC come from all over the world and explore diverse interests. Get to know our students, and learn what our programs are all about.

Jada

Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies | 2019

Communication Studies Student, Jada Chavis

Where is UMKC taking you?

UMKC is taking me to another level. It has opened my eyes to our diverse world, and I am learning about new people, their cultures and how to appreciate them. Because of everything I’m learning at UMKC, my friends and I were able to start our own independent film company, so I can step up and fill any of the roles needed.

Why did you choose UMKC?

I am from St. Louis, and I liked the distance from home. I also liked that UMKC is in a city and not just a college town, and that the students are so diverse and everyone is so friendly. I have family who live in the area, and they highly recommended it.

What got you into your field of study?

I have a voice, and I’m here to create change. The news is full of negativity, and I feel like the media has the power to influence the world. My goal is to use the arts to get in and be able to create more positivity in the world using media.

What are your lifelong goals?

The vision for our film company encompasses my lifelong goals: “To enlighten our generation, empower the people and entertain the world.” I want to help bring arts back into the schools and provide an alternative outlet to avoid violence.

What excites you?

New things, discoveries, people and their ideas. Imagination is really important to me, and the arts are my life. I think it’s so important to be yourself – show it, be it.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received from a professor?

Do not be afraid to ask questions.

Do you have any advice for future UMKC students?

Step out of what you’re used to. Try new things, meet new people and, if you fall, you will get right back up.


Denton

Communications Studies (nterpersonal and Public Communication Emphasis) | 2018

Denton Williams wants to make higher education his career

Why did you choose UMKC?

My best friend from high school (in Richmond, Missouri) went here. I visited other colleges, and they didn’t feel right. UMKC felt like home. I can’t see myself having gone anywhere else.

What’s one word that best describes you?

Outgoing. I love talking to other students and forming connections. I work in admissions as an orientation leader and I absolutely love meeting all the incoming students and hearing about what they’re excited or nervous for, and being a familiar and friendly face for them throughout the year.

Since entering college, what have you learned about yourself?

I’m from a small, mostly white, rural community. UMKC has totally opened my mind and let me see the world in a brand new light.

Minor

Students majoring outside of Communication Studies may earn a minor in the study of film and the use of mass media for artistic, cultural and social purposes.

    A Minor in Communication Studies

    Students majoring outside of Communication Studies may earn a minor in Communication Studies, to strengthen oral and written communication competence, critical thinking, and social and professional skills.

    Check out the courses and degree requirements

New Letters on the Air Celebrates National Poetry Month at the Kansas City Public Library with NEA Fellows Hadara Bar-Nadav & Kathryn Nuernberger

Twin girls Missouri poets Hadara Bar-Nadav and Kathryn Nuernberger, who both received National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowships in December 2016, will take to the stage of the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library with New Letters on the Air host/producer, Angela Elam. On Wednesday, April 12th, 2017, they will discuss their recent books and “What Makes a Poem Work?” for National Poetry Month. April also marks the beginning of the 40th year of broadcasting for this nationally-distributed public radio literary show that is the companion to New Letters magazine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and can be heard locally on KCUR 89.3 FM. More information is available here.

News

Department News

    CAS Dean’s Fall Reception presents Faculty and Staff Awards

    The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce one staff award and four sets of faculty awards that were presented at the annual CAS Dean’s Fall Reception on September 11.

    Faculty Awards are as follows:

    Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award (awarded to a tenure-track or tenured faculty member)

    Royall Distinguished Professors (honors faculty committed to research excellence, creativity, and interdisciplinarity, as well as pedagogy)

    Bernardin Research Development Grant (recipients are granted support to prepare a grant proposal in their chosen area of research)

    Haskell Distinguished Research Award (recipients receive an award to support the completion of a scholarly project or creative work)

    Staff Award is as follows:

    Outstanding Staff Member

    (awarded to recognize outstanding contributions made by staff members who are employed by the College of Arts & Sciences with strong characteristics including: respectful, responsible, resourceful, receptive, responsive, and reasonable)

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    Delic Fatima Awarded 2017 Harry S. Truman Bootrap

    Two UMKC students, Fatima Delic and Cameron Casey, have been selected as 2017 Harry S. Truman Bootstrap awardees. Chosen in a competitive process among UMKC undergraduate applicants, they will join interns from the other University of Missouri campuses living together in condos near the Capitol and working in offices of Missouri representatives and senators.

    Cameron Casey, an Urban Planning and Design major, and Fatima Delic, a double major in Political Science and Communication Studies, will be assigned to governmental offices (legislative or administrative) and will work with identified mentors while there. More information is available here.

    VIEW ARTICLE

    New Letters on the Air Celebrates National Poetry Month at the Kansas City Public Library with NEA Fellows Hadara Bar-Nadav & Kathryn Nuernberger

    Twin girls Missouri poets Hadara Bar-Nadav and Kathryn Nuernberger, who both received National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowships in December 2016, will take to the stage of the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library with New Letters on the Air host/producer, Angela Elam. On Wednesday, April 12th, 2017, they will discuss their recent books and "What Makes a Poem Work?" for National Poetry Month. April also marks the beginning of the 40th year of broadcasting for this nationally-distributed public radio literary show that is the companion to New Letters magazine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and can be heard locally on KCUR 89.3 FM. More information is available here.

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    Professor Martin Offers Advice on College Success

    Dr. Jason Martin, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, shares some insights on the challenges students face and offers advice on how they can better their chances to successfully complete that first year of college on NPR.

    Click here to listen to the NPR show.

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    Student Filmmakers Win Film Festival Prizes

    Aaron's film "Staged"

    Communication Studies major Nathan Manning won one of three "Awards of Excellence" at the 2017 Bison Bison Film Festival, April 7-8 in Ponca City, OK. Manning won the $1,000 cash prize for his short narrative film Starch, produced in Dr. Lyn Elliot's Spring 2014 Narrative Production course.

    Communication Studies major Aaron Berger won Honorable Mention for Heartland Student Shorts at the 2017 Kansas City Film Fest, April 4-9. Berger produced his short film Staged in Dr. Lyn Elliot's Spring 2016 Narrative Production course.

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    Students and Faculty Present at CSCA Conference

    A girl is giving speech Communication Studies major Chelsea Bihlmeyer recently presented her paper, "Unpacking the Tinder Lexicon: Visual Rhetoric and Power," at the 2017 annual conference Central States Communication Association. The paper was competitively selected, and was the result of an independent study she completed with Dr. Steven Melling during the Fall, 2016 semester.

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    U-News Wins First Place for Best Overall Website, 12 Total Awards at MCMA Conference

    U-News won first place for best overall website and 12 total awards at the Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) awards Tuesday (4/7/2020) night.

    The newspaper, which competes in Division 1 against the largest schools in the state, doubled its award total from last year.

    The 12 awards won and their recipients are:

    • First Place, Website, Sam Capkovic, Ethan Evans, Lucas Cuni-Mertz and Jodi Fortino.
    • First Place, Op-Ed page, Lydia Fultz, Carlos Mercado and Alex Fulton.
    • Second Place, Op-Ed page, Lydia Fultz, Robert Zimmerman and Mason R. Dredge.
    • Third Place, Op-Ed page, Jodi Fortino, Gary Enrique Bradley-Lopez and Mason R. Dredge.
    • Third Place, Investigative Reporting, Stephanie Klein.
    • Third Place, News Writing, Lukas Kenney.
    • Third Place, Feature Writing, Emily Reid.
    • Honorable Mention, Feature Writing, Lukas Kenney.
    • Honorable Mention, Editorial Writing, Caleb Wilson.
    • Honorable Mention, Entertainment Review, Mason R. Dredge.
    • Honorable Mention, Entertainment Review, Mason R. Dredge.
    • Honorable Mention, Video, Darius Stewart, Abbey Higginbotham, Sam Capkovic and Henry Gamber.

    Go to U-News.

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    Your All Access From-The-Couch Pass To This Year's Kansas City FilmFest International Is Just $10

    Bored to death? Missing local culture? Great news: Starting Monday, you can attend a grassroots film festival showcasing 90 films — about two dozen of them by Kansas City-area artists — all week for just $10.

    In normal times, movies in the Kansas City Film Fest International would have been shown on big screens all around the metro. But the festival’s executive director, Veronica Elliott Loncar, says the decision to stream the whole festival came after other, larger film festivals, such as SXSW and Tribeca, announced that some or all of their 2020 programming would be made available online for people staying at home due to the spread of COVID-19.

    Read more here.

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College News

      2015 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize

      Hadara Bar-NadavAssociate Professor Hadara Bar-Nadav's publication, Fountain and Furnace, was awarded the 2015 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize Winner by Tupelo Press.

      Winner of the Sunken Garden Poetry Award, selected by Peter Stitt

      Tupelo Press is delighted to announce that Peter Stitt has selected Hadara Bar-Nadav of Kansas City, Missouri as winner of the 2015 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize for her chapbook manuscript, Fountain and Furnace.

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      2017 Winter Commencement Challenges Graduates to Better the World

      UMKC students at graduationApproximately 1,000 University of Missouri-Kansas City graduates, friends and families filled Swinney Auditorium to celebrate the culmination of years of late nights and hard work as graduates claimed their diplomas. The university held three ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 16 and presented two honorary doctorate degrees.

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      365 students named to College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List for Spring 2018 Semester

      A total of 365 students in UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2018 semester. The CAS Dean’s List recognizes excellent academic performance among full-time undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.85 or higher for the term.

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      A Balance Between Poetry and Motherhood

      Credit: Laura Spencer / KCUR

      Kansas City Writer Hadara Bar-Nadav Strikes A Balance Between Poetry And Motherhood

      Eighth Street Tap Room, a bar at 8th and New Hampshire in Lawrence, Kansas, hosts poetry readings each month in a dimly lit basement. As poets take the stage, they're cast in a reddish light, with gold streamers as backdrop.

      Sunday's event started with a short open mic session, and then three featured poets. The final reader of the night: Hadara Bar-Nadav, an associate professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City...

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      A Degree from UMKC can take you anywhere

      UMKC Alumna Edie McClurg receives honorary doctorate
      Honoree Edie McClurg | Photo by Brandon Parigo, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications

      UMKC Alumna Edie McClurg receives honorary doctorate

      The University of Missouri-Kansas City received a surprise visit by alumna Edie McClurg (B.A.) in April and a return visit on May 13 for commencement, where she received an honorary doctorate and delivered the College of Arts and Sciences commencement address.

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      A king of KC theater takes on Shakespeare’s great king — and then steps aside

      Shakespeare’s King Lear is the theatrical equivalent of an Olympic decathlon.

      UMKC Theatre's Theodore Swetz

      Lear may be the most challenging role in the English-speaking theater, one that takes prickly concepts of vanity, loss and madness and pushes them about as far as they can go.

      “Of all the roles I’ve done, this is the most demanding,” said Theodore Swetz, who will play the mad king in the Kansas City Actors Theatre production starting Friday, Oct. 13, in Spencer Theatre as a co-production with UMKC Theatre.

      “It’s a sustained assault on the mind and body. At the same time it’s fun. Terrific fun.”

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      A Literary Force Emerges: The Rise of UMKC’s MFA Program

      MFA Program, Creative Writing Team

      For decades art has been a vital part of Kansas City culture. Visitors from all over the world travel to Kansas City for a glimpse of its vibrant art districts, including the Crossroads Art District and the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District. But Kansas City also nurtures another art form – a hidden gem. Creative Writing.

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      Addressing the Cost of Higher Education: Open Educational Resources reduce costs for students, enhance learning

      Male student wearing UMKC shirt with laptopThe cost of higher education is an issue, and one the University of Missouri-Kansas City is addressing.

      As part of the four-campus University of Missouri System, UMKC has had one of the lowest rates of tuition increase in the U.S. during the past decade. And despite this year’s tuition increase of 1 percent, efforts to keep the overall cost of education are continuing, and are working.

      For example, in June 2017, the University of Missouri-Kansas City joined UM System in the Affordable & Open Educational Resources (A&OER) program to save students money on textbooks and other course materials.

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      ALAS speaker Steve Ellner discusses Maduro’s Venezuela

      Scofield Hall

      On November 15th, during his fall speaking tour, Steve Ellner spoke on the challenges Venezuela is experiencing under President Nicolás Maduro. The event was a combined effort of The Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) worked with the Latino Alumni Student Organization (LASO). Read the full article in the University News…

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      Architecture students compete to design building that promotes activity inside

      AUP+D students, from left: Lauren Uhls, Tania Chavez and Rachel Baier. Photo by Brandon Parigo, Strategic Marketing and CommunicationsBuildings at a college typically serve a specific, inwardly-focused purpose: teaching and research. Architecture students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City were recently charged with infusing that basic functionality with a higher mission: get the broader public excited about what’s going on inside.

      Second-year students in the Architectural Studies program took on that assignment this semester. The assignment called for students to design a new home for UMKC’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. The assignment was fictional, in the sense that no such new building is planned, but the students were charged with creating a functional, properly scaled building as if it were to be built.

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      Art History Professor’s Co-Edited Book Recently Published

      Perception and Agency in Shared Spaces of Contemporary Art Book CoverThe Routledge volume Perception and Agency in Shared Spaces of Contemporary Art, co-edited by UMKC Art History Professor Cristina Albu, was recently published.

      The book calls for a situational approach to art, which is informed by the intertwining of art theory, phenomenology and cognitive sciences. It offers an interdisciplinary inquiry into the mutability of art experience, showing that it is contingent on an array of deeply entangled biological, cultural, political and social systems. The volume gathers 18 chapters by senior and emerging scholars.

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      AUP+D Students Present ‘A Vision for UMKC’

      AUPD - a vision for UMKCThe UMKC Volker campus boasts a beautiful and eclectic collection of buildings integrated within an urban setting in Kansas City, Missouri. Recent efforts to improve the student experience on the Volker campus are evident, but there’s always room for improvement — as a group of UMKC students recently concluded.

      UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton gave the charge to the UMKC Trustees who partnered with the UMKC Urban Planning + Design students to conduct an assessment of the urban design of UMKC’s Volker campus during the spring 2016 UPD Studio 312 class. The students examined the human experience on campus, walk and bike circulation, campus monuments and campus gateways. Students and the university promoted an Instagram photo and hashtag campaign #UMKCSpaces to collect images of great spaces on campus, which were geocoded and mapped.

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      AUP+D Studio helps Kansas City earn “Music City” designation

      A studio in Urban Planning + Design, led by Dr. Jacob Wagner, completed a semester long project focused on putting together material that helped Kansas City earn a “Music City” designation from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The UNESCO application focused on Kansas City’s jazz history and current music scene.

      UNESCO established the Creative Cities Network in 2004, as a way to "work together towards a common objective: placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level."

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      Broadway World review of Theatre's Frank Higgins' play Black Pearl Sings!

      Black Pearl Sings!BLACK PEARL SINGS! Drama and Music at Its Best in Kansas City

      A line from the play best describes Black Pearl Sings! when Susannah Mullally says, "Pearl is a pearl." Black Pearl Sings! opened on Saturday March 7 at the Just Off Broadway Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. The production marks two firsts for Spinning Tree Theatre, the production of a local playwright and the first time the company utilized a director outside the organization.

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      CAS Alumnus and Kauffman School Founder/CEO to receive UMKC Bill French Alumni Service Award

      Hannah Lofthus poses for a headshotHannah Lofthus, who received Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science from UMKC in 2007, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the UMKC Bill French Alumni Award. Each year, the UMKC Alumni Association recognizes individual alumni and one family with top honors.

      UMKC will honor Lofthus and other outstanding alumni at the 2018 Alumni Awards event on Friday, June 15. The reception is one of UMKC's largest events, with proceeds going to support student scholarships. In the last decade, the Alumni Awards event has garnered more than $1 million in scholarships and immediate aid for students.

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      CAS presents inaugural Royall Professorships

      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 Professors Receive 2016 UMKC Online Awards

      UMKC Online AwardsTwo UMKC College of Arts and Sciences professors recently received 2016 UMKC Online Awards for their online teaching.

      Dr. Kymberly Bennett, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Undergraduate Psychology Program, was honored with the 2016 Accessible Course Content Award for the course Psychology 312 – Social Psychology. This award recognizes the individual who supports and promotes accessibility through the incorporation of accessible design/universal design standards into the online course.

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      Over 500 students named to College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List for Spring 2020 semester

      Congratulations to the 511 students in UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2020 semester. The CAS Dean’s List recognizes excellent academic performance among full-time undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.85 or higher for the term.

       

      Chale Abad - Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

      Sarah Abney - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Erika Adams - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Joseph Adams - Earth and Environmental Sciences BS: Environmental Sciences

      Maggie Agee - Psychology BA

      Chaehyun Ahn - Pre-Pharm

      Jennifer Aktar - Political Science BA

      Mohammed Alabdullah - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Farqad Alaboodi - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Adin Alem - Political Science BA

      Nichole Alexander - Political Science & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Nida Ali - Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA

      Amanda Allen - Psychology BA

      Alexis Allen - Sociology BA: Cultural Anthropology

      Sara Alley - Psychology BA

      Ahmed Al-Makhazoom - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Abdullah Alrasheed - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Chetanna Amazu - Psychology BA

      Melina Ambriz - Psychology BA

      Quinton Anderson - Psychology BA

      Mahreen Ansari - Political Science BA

      Melissa Appelquist - Psychology BA

      Cemile Arabaci - Physics BS

      Bosten Arcand - English BA: Language and Rhetoric

      Cristian Arechiga - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Carter Ascher - Political Science BA

      Yusof Asefi - Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

      Kellie Askew - Pre-Dentistry, A&S

      Gregory Attard - Physics & Mathematics and Statistics BS

      Cristina Aurich - Urban Planning and Design BA

      Charlene Badami - Sociology BA: Cultural Anthropology

      Romeo Bagunu - Political Science BA

      Catherine Bailey - English BA: Creative Writing

      Zachary Bailey - Mathematics and Statistics BS

      Hayden Baker - English BA: Creative Writing

      Jayme Balachowski - Liberal Arts BLA

      Sindhu Balakumar - Mathematics and Statistics BS

      Alex Barbour - History BA

      Zoey Barnes - Art History BA

      Rilie Barnes - Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

      Reagan Barr - Environmental Science BS

      Mahryn Barron - English: Creative Writing & Communication Studies BA

      Brayden Basch - English: Language and Rhetoric & Philosophy BA

      Kennedy Bauer - Pre-Dentistry, A&S

      Bailey Beauchamp - Psychology BA

      Saris Bedard - English & Psychology BA

      Steven Beers - Sociology BA

      Katelyn Beilsmith - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Catherine Belcher - Psychology BA

      Austin Belcher - Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

      Samuel Bellefy - English: Creative Writing & Communication Studies BA

      J'aime Bellingham - Psychology BA

      Robert Bennett - Political Science BA

      Paige Benton - Studio Art BA

      Danait Berhe - Sociology BA

      Megan Bilkey - Environmental Science BS

      Natasha Bills - Psychology BA

      Abigail Birkner - Psychology & Chemistry BA

      Mallory Bittner - History BA

      Madison Bittner - Studio Art BA

      Hailey Black - Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Dalton Blackwell - Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

      Margaret Boggs - Criminal Justice and Criminology & Psychology BA

      Makayla Booker - Studio Art BA

      Tristyn Bowling - History BA

      Christopher Bown - Studio Art BA

      Jane Boyd - Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish

      Drew Boyet - Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

      Adair Bright - Urban Planning and Design BA

      Kelsey Brinkman - Psychology BA

      Kyle Broley - Earth and Environmental Sciences BS: Physical Geography

      Zachary Brooks - Environmental Science BS

      April Brown - English BA: Creative Writing

      Jocelyn Brown - Criminal Justice and Criminology & Political Science BA

      Brendon Brown - Earth and Environmental Sciences BS: Environmental Sciences

      Sierra Browne-Jenkins - Psychology BA

      Renee Bruch - Communication Studies BA

      Camrin Buchholz - Political Science & Economics BA

      Alexus Buckert - Political Science BA

      Mason Bur - Psychology BA

      Hayden Burnett - Psychology BA

      William Burns - Psychology BA

      William Burrus - Economics & Languages and Literatures BA

      Joel Busch - Mathematics and Statistics BS

      Kevin Buzzie - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Sydney Caldwell - Psychology BA

      Beulah Calixte - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Enza Cangelosi - Psychology BA

      Jose Cantu - Urban Planning and Design BA

      Samantha Capkovic - Political Science & Communication Studies BA

      Cody Carmack - Psychology BA

      Chase Cassil - Psychology BA

      Madelynn Caster - Psychology BA

      Abigail Castle - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Brianna Catching - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Sophia Caudillo - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Nick Cavazos - Philosophy BA

      Alejandro Cervantes - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Adam Chanliongco - Pre-Pharm

      Adeta Chareunsab - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Latisha Cheatam - Liberal Arts BLA

      Zanab Cheema - Pre-Pharm

      Hunyee Choi - Psychology BA

      Clara Christenson - Liberal Arts BLA

      Lacey Clark - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Mackenzie Clark - Liberal Arts BLA

      Sarah Clough - English BA

      Cassandra Coffey-Murray - English BA: Creative Writing

      George Coggins - English BA

      Kiley Collier - Environmental Science BS

      Julia Concannon - Psychology BA

      Brandon Cooper - Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

      Yarely Corral - Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S

      Lindsay Cox - Art History BA

      Kyra Crabtree - English BA: Creative Writing

      Rachel Crazybear - Psychology BA

      Jessica Crets - English BA: Creative Writing

      Evelyn Cross - Art History BA

      Skylar Crowley - Psychology BA

      Lucas Cuni-Mertz - Communication Studies: Journalism and Mass Communications & Political Science BA

      Isabelle Curry - Sociology & English BA

      Madisen Curtin - Pre-Medicine, A&S

      Emily Daggett - Liberal Arts BLA

      Amina Dalton - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Victoria Davidson - History & Languages and Literatures BA

      Nathan Davis - Political Science BA

      Sarah Davis - Urban Planning and Design BA

      Shiona Deliozar - Economics BA: Political Economy

      Shelby Dennis - Psychology & Environmental Studies BA

      Devon Dewey - Art History BA

      Elisabeth DeWitte - Political Science BA

      Carly Dexter - Sociology BA

      Gisselle Diaz Carrillo - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Monica Diaz-Serrano - Psychology BA

      Sarah Dirks - Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish

      Malak Dkhili - Political Science BA

      Abigail Doss - Psychology BA

      Domonique Downton - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Mason Dredge - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Paige Dunard - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Gina Dwyer - Psychology BA

      Rachel Dwyer - Liberal Arts BLA

      Sean Eagan - Economics BA

      Natalie Earl - Criminal Justice and Criminology & Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA

      Alexa Easley - Psychology BA

      Caitlin Easter - Psychology BA

      Vera-Clair Eaton - Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Jacob Eisenhauer - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Audra Elford - English BA: Creative Writing

      Elizabeth Elmendorf - Physics BS: Astronomy

      Alma Estrada - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Aubrie Evans - Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

      Cyra Evans - Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA

      Ciera Farrens - Psychology BA

      Savannah Farrens - Philosophy BA

      Adriana Feener - Physics BS: Astronomy

      Isabela Felipe dos Guimaraes - Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Lisa Fenn - History BA

      Jeanelle Finley - Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S

      Shannon Finneran - Liberal Arts BLA

      Aliah Fisher - Studio Art BA

      Lauren Fitzpatrick - Environmental Studies BA

      Cole Flackmiller - Mathematics and Statistics BS

      Jade Flanders - Psychology BA

      Calvin Flemons - Pre-Pharm

      Madison Flynn - Psychology BA

      Randell Folden - Environmental Science BS

      Chase Ford - Political Science & Environmental Studies BA

      Jodi Fortino - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Alexandra Foster - Film and Media Arts & Studio Art BA

      Regan Frederick - Criminal Justice and Criminology & Psychology BA

      Alejandra Frias Fraire - Earth and Environmental Sciences BS: Environmental Sciences

      Michael Friedrich - Economics BA

      Rachael Fritz - Psychology BA

      Miranda Fritz - Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA

      Olivia Funston - Pre-Pharm

      Olivia Gallo - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Jordan Galvan - Environmental Studies BA

      Cory Gamblin - Architectural Studies

      Daisy Garcia Montoya - Communication Studies: Journalism and Mass Communications & Political Science BA

      Nurquewen Garciano - Sociology BA

      Jackson Gasho - Economics BA

      Jake Gesling - Sociology BA

      Wajeeha Gilani - English BA

      Conner Giles - Earth and Environmental Sciences BS: Physical Geography

      Anthony Giordano - Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

      Alexander Gleason - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Samantha Goepfert - Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Kylee Gomez - Criminal Justice and Criminology & Political Science BA

      Ruth Gonzalez - Psychology BA

      Bethany Graham - English BA: Creative Writing

      Bryce Graskemper - Political Science BA

      Hannah Green - Psychology BA

      Jada Green - Psychology BA

      Hillary Green - Political Science BA

      Emera Greenwood - Psychology BA

      Carter Groves - English BA

      Dominic Guillen - Mathematics and Statistics BS

      Garrett Gunderson - Film and Media Arts

      Sadho Habib - Economics BA

      Sally Hakenewerth - Environmental Studies BA

      Ashton Hall - Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA

      Garam Han - Mathematics and Statistics BS

      Katherine Hanners - History BA

      Estelle Hansen - Film and Media Arts

      Morgan Hartwig - Geology BS

      Jefferson Harwood - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Michael Hauschildt - Political Science BA

      Jonathan Hawley - Psychology & Philosophy BA

      Rachael Headrick - Psychology BA

      Jesse Heller - Sociology BA

      Lauren Hendrickson - Languages and Literatures BA: French

      Kendra Henson - Liberal Arts BLA

      Griselda Hernandez - Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish

      Abigail Higginbotham - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Thy'Tira Hill - Political Science & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Duong Hoang - Physics BS

      Tess Hogan - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Dalton Holloway-Rasmus - Political Science BA

      Valeczia Hooks - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Cassandra Hoover - Pre-Pharm

      Taylor Hough - Criminal Justice and Criminology & Psychology BA

      Brigid Hough - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Madeline Houx - Psychology BA

      Jacob Howard - Languages and Literatures BA: Classical Languages and Culture

      Ryan Howell - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Seth Hudson - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Tessa Huffman - Psychology BA

      Ali Hufft - Political Science & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Jonavan Hunley - Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

      Jesse Hunter - Urban Planning and Design BA

      Tasneem Huq - English BA

      Nursyuhada Huq - Pre-Dentistry, A&S

      Marissa Iden - Political Science BA

      Madison Ilseman - Political Science & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Iqra Iqbal - Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

      Bria Irvin - Psychology BA

      Emily Ivory - Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

      Anna Jackson - Psychology BA

      Nicholas Jakubowski - Economics BA

      Mahrukh Jamal - Political Science BA

      Samuel Jeffers - History BA

      Michael Jenkins - Political Science & Philosophy BA

      Allyson Jenkins - Mathematics and Statistics BS

      Emily Jensen - Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S

      Essence Jewel - Urban Planning and Design BA

      Sarah Johnson - Studio Art BA

      X Zavyon Johnson - English BA: Creative Writing

      Morgan Johnson - Psychology BA

      Kate Johnston - English BA

      Jasmine Jones - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Makaylah Jones - Political Science BA

      Nikita Joshi - History & English BA

      Natalie Juno - Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Seth Kacich - Mathematics and Statistics BS

      Celia Kaine - Liberal Arts BLA

      Brandon Kanoy - Political Science BA

      Olivia Kays - Physics BS: Astronomy

      Kelsey Keith - Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

      Alison Kendall - Psychology BA

      Emily Kennedy - Film and Media Arts

      Lukas Kenney - English BA: Creative Writing

      Jahan Khavari - Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

      Tracy Khiew - Studio Art BA

      Brenna Killen - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Brittni Kilton - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Hyo Kim - Political Science BA

      David Kirk - Studio Art BA

      Daniel Kirk - Studio Art BA

      Makenzie Kleist - Sociology & Psychology BA

      Daniel Kohl - Liberal Arts BLA

      Summer Koogler - Psychology BA

      Kaitlyn Korah - Pre-Pharm

      Molly Kordonowy - History BA

      Madison Kovarik - Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

      Rhyan Kubik - Psychology BA

      Anabeth Laaker - History BA

      Jacob Lackey - Economics BA

      Bao Lam - Studio Art BA

      Brandon Landaverry - Environmental Science BS: Geosciences

      Alexander Langston - Political Science BA

      Hannah Lassen - Liberal Arts BLA

      Nguyen Hoai Nhi Le - Psychology BA

      Sammie Jo Leach - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Chae Lim Lee - Psychology BA

      Sean Lefler - Psychology BA

      Shairry Lene - Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S

      Kendrick Lintecum - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Amy Liu - Psychology BA

      Katrina Logal - English BA: Creative Writing

      Danielle Lonero - Criminal Justice and Criminology & Psychology BA

      Darlene Lopez - Psychology BA

      Grace Lorey - Art History BA

      Vincent Lowry - Studio Art BA

      Mia Lukic - Philosophy BA

      Jakob Lund - Sociology BA

      Christina Mackenzie - Architectural Studies

      Jackson MacLellan - Political Science BA

      Brett Madsen - Studio Art BA

      Harrison Maksimik - Mathematics and Statistics BS

      Reyna Mallory - Communication Studies: Film and Media Studies & Studio Art BA

      Amanda Malone - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Julio Mares - Psychology BA

      Soldenise Martinez - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Kori Martiny - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Karissa May - Pre-Pharm

      Matthew Mazza - Urban Planning and Design BA

      Caleb McCain - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Keegan McCarthy - Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

      Hunter McDowell - Economics BA

      Jared McGee - Geography BS

      Michael Mead - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Eduardo Mendez - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Samuel Menner - Pre-Pharm

      Carlos Mercado - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Amanda Mercier - Earth and Environmental Sciences BS: Environmental Sciences

      Caroline Meyers - Psychology BA

      Merna Michael - Political Science BA

      Amelia Milldyke Gifford - Film and Media Arts

      Emily Moore - Political Science BA

      Caroline Moriarty - Political Science BA

      Shani Mor-Solomon - Environmental Studies BA

      Haley Mwaura - Studio Art BA

      Megan Myers - Environmental Studies BA

      Lauren Myers - Studio Art BA

      Jessica Neely - Liberal Arts BLA

      Vi Tuong Ngo - Studio Art BA

      Viet Nguyen - Pre-Pharm

      Quynh Nguyen - Pre-Pharm

      Alex Niner - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Ryley Nolin - Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S

      Blake O'Dell - Psychology BA

      Slater Oden - Physics BS: Astronomy

      Thomas O'Halloran - Philosophy BA

      Mariana Oliveira Dalsin - Liberal Arts BLA

      Jacob O'Neill - Psychology BA

      Silvestre Ortiz-Romo - Environmental Science BS

      Kenechukwu Osude - Pre-Medicine, A&S

      Loubna Ouaret - Mathematics and Statistics BS

      Abbey Outain - English BA: Creative Writing

      Randi Owens - Earth and Environmental Sciences BS: Environmental Sciences

      Saketh Pachalla - History BA

      Deborah Parracervantes - Physics BS: Astronomy

      Shivani Patel - Psychology BA

      Ahmad Pazhoohi - Pre-Pharm

      Josie Pennington - History BA

      Enrique Perez - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Cailyn Persinger - Pre-Pharm

      Hannah Pham - English & Languages and Literatures BA

      Vy Pham - Pre-Pharm

      Kenny Phan - Earth and Environmental Sciences BS: Environmental Sciences

      Linh Phan - Architectural Studies

      Hannah Phillips - Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

      Kacper Piekarek - Economics BA

      Maggie Pool - Film and Media Arts

      Ashley Popp - Psychology BA

      Philip Potter - History BA

      Alison Potter - Sociology BA

      Kaitlyn Powell - Film and Media Arts

      Lydia Powers - Languages and Literatures BA: French

      Noah Price - Psychology BA

      Gabrielle Probert - Languages and Literatures BA: French

      Halena Procopio Ross - Environmental Science BS

      Monica Propst - Urban Studies BA

      Gina Ptacek - Studio Art BA

      Stephen Quackenbush - Architectural Studies

      Caitlin Quirk - English BA: American Literature and Cultural Studies

      Alexa Radley - Architectural Studies

      Angela Ramirez - Art History BA

      Tamara Raso - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Carson Rau - Sociology BA

      Darius Rawlings - Pre-Medicine, A&S

      Isabel Recker - Languages and Literatures: Spanish & Psychology BA

      Madeline Reddy - English BA

      Julia Reece - Liberal Arts BLA

      Grace Reesman - Physics & Mathematics and Statistics BS

      Austin Renfrow - Philosophy BA

      Timothy Rinker - Liberal Arts BLA

      JeNaya Robbs - Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

      Gabrielle Robinson - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      William Rodelo - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Guillermo Rubio - Philosophy BA

      Samantha Rucker - English BA

      Sagi Rudnick - Political Science & Communication Studies BA

      Anna Ryan - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Lauren Ryan - Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish

      Rebekah Ryan - Studio Art BA

      Jessica Sabio - Liberal Arts BLA

      Mykal Sadler - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Gabhriel Saffier - Studio Art BA

      Esra Sahsuvaroglu - Psychology BA

      Madeline Sammons - Psychology BA

      Patrick Sanders - English BA

      Mia Santora - Political Science BA

      Jared Schild - Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Madison Schmitt - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Kaia Schott - Psychology BA

      Weston Schroeder - History BA

      Summer Scott - Psychology BA

      Nicole Scott - Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

      Jeffery Scully - Physics BS

      Julie Seaton - Studio Art BA

      Alexandra Serafin - History BA

      Gary Sharp - History BA

      Mariah Shipley - Psychology BA

      Trevor Short - Economics BA

      Madison Sieger - Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

      Dawson Sims - Environmental Studies BA

      Kimberly Sims - Studio Art BA

      Adam Sisk - Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish

      Samuel Sketers - Economics BA

      Julia Smith - Studio Art & English BA

      Kathryn Smith - Psychology BA

      Katherine Smith - Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

      Hunter Smith - Psychology BA

      Regan Smith - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Abigail Sobczak - Psychology BA

      Joshua Sola - Geography BS

      Grace Solomon - Political Science BA

      Lajuan Solomon - Environmental Science BS

      Paul Sorensen - English BA: Language and Rhetoric

      Clayton Speidel - Political Science BA

      Annie Spencer - English: Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern Literature & History BA

      Carrine Spinks - Psychology BA

      Samantha Sprouse - Psychology BA

      Madyson St John - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Mollie Stanek - Studio Art BA

      Gabrielle Stansell - Political Science BA

      Shea Staples - Liberal Arts BLA

      Reagan Stark - Communication Studies: Interpersonal and Public Communication & English BA

      Lane Starks - Psychology BA

      Lanisha Stevens - Psychology BA

      Taylor Stewart - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Connor Stewart - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Ronnea Stiles - English BA

      McKenna Still - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Serena Stoetzer - Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

      Sophia Straight - English BA

      Chloe Stripling - Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish

      Erica Sullivan - Psychology BA

      Julianna Swickard - Film and Media Arts

      Enoch Taddese - Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

      Samir Taheri - Mathematics and Statistics BS

      Chandler Tarrant - Physics BS

      Lillian Taylor - Psychology BA

      Ezekiel Taylor - Studio Art BA

      Avery Taylor - Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

      Jesifer Tejada - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Lauren Textor - English BA

      Jasmine Thai - Pre-Pharm

      Tyler Thario - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Lauren Thomas - Psychology BA

      Haleigh Thomas - Sociology BA

      Aleena Tofanelli - Psychology BA

      Lillian Tollison - Psychology BA

      Fatima Towakoli - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Uyen Tran - Studio Art BA

      Hanh Tran - English BA

      MaryAnn Trapp - Communication Studies: Journalism and Mass Communications & Languages and Literatures BA

      Lucy Trask - Pre-Pharm

      Chloe Tremain - English BA

      Dashiell Tucker - Political Science BA

      Alexandra Umbach - Psychology BA

      Izabella Vadovicky - Political Science BA

      Kelsey Van Buskirk - Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

      Cole Van Tassel - Psychology BA

      Jennifer Vanderslice - Physics BS: Astronomy

      Eva Vega - Political Science & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Leidy Venegas - Political Science BA

      Sophia Vietze - Studio Art BA

      Cozette Viles - Liberal Arts BLA

      Ashley Vogel - English BA

      Sierra Voorhies - Psychology BA

      John Waggoner - Psychology BA

      Mark Walters - Pre-Medicine, A&S

      Kara Walters - English BA: Creative Writing

      Jack Walton - English BA

      Jasmine Walton - Political Science BA

      Rebekah Ward - Sociology BA

      Khalia Watson - Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

      Angelique Webb - Psychology BA

      Abigail Wendlandt - Studio Art BA

      Nathaniel Wendt - Psychology BA

      Bailey West - Sociology BA: Cultural Anthropology

      Brayan Westergaard - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Samuel Westlake - Psychology BA

      Alexandra Whitlow - Philosophy BA

      Alexandra Wilcoxon - Psychology BA

      Rowan Wiley - Political Science BA

      Kelly Williams - Psychology BA

      Candace Williamson - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Caleb Wilson - History & Political Science BA

      Jacob Wingert - Mathematics and Statistics BS

      Madison Worley - Psychology BA

      Sophie Woycheese - Psychology BA

      Emily Wunder - Environmental Science BS

      Dontavious Young - Psychology BA

      Abdulrehman Yousaf - Pre-Medicine, A&S

      Ayat Youssef - Psychology BA

      Taylor Yuhas - Pre-Pharm

      Zackary Zeller - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Kendra Zemenye - Economics BA: Urban Economic Development

      Samantha Zoellner - Pre-Pharm

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      Ms. Annie Derrell (UMKC iPhD candidate) becomes Fellow in the SREB's Doctoral Scholars Program

      Congratulations to iPhD candidate Annie Derrell for being selected as a fellow in the Doctoral Scholars Program (DSP). According to the sponsoring Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), “the goal of the DSP is to increase the number of minority students who earn doctorates and choose to become faculty at colleges and universities.”

      Since its founding in 1993, the DSP has supported over a 1000 scholars at numerous institutes across the country. It offers direct services for doctoral students such as academic, personal, and motivational support, career counseling, networking, job recruitment, and continued advocacy into their early careers as faculty members. Derrell will be a part of the inaugural cohort of scholars from the University of Missouri System.

      One of the most exciting aspects of DSP is the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, an annual meeting which serves as the largest gathering of minority Ph.D. scholars in the country. The Institute provides workshops as well as recruitment and networking opportunities to give new scholars the tools to successfully complete their doctorates and enter into a faculty career in higher education.

      Annie Derrell NewsDerrell is “extremely honored and very excited for this opportunity to meet and collaborate with other minority scholars.”

      The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is a nonprofit organization that works to improve education and provide policymakers with reliable data to make sound educational policy decisions. There website is: www.sreb.org.

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      Dr. Joseph Hartman Receives Graham Foundation Grant

      Graphic of the names of the Graham Foundation's 2018 grant recipientsDr. Joseph Hartman, Assistant Professor in the UMKC Department of Art and Art History and Latinx and Latin American Studies program, recently received an internationally competitive grant from the Graham Foundation, one of the most significant funders in the field of architecture. Hartman was one of only 74 proposals selected out of over 600 applicants worldwide.

      “This award will surely go down as one of the proudest moments of my career,” Hartman said. “To gain recognition from a world-renowned architectural organization like the Graham is affirming not only to the quality of my research but also to the rising visibility and importance of Caribbean, Latin American and Latinx communities."

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      Dr. Linda Mitchell Interviewed by Washington Post on Introduction of Queen to Medieval Times

      Medieval Times, a dinner theater experience loosely based on the 11th century Spanish court, featured a female ruler for the first time this year. Since its debut in the United States in 1983, the show, which includes a banquet, jousting, swordfights, and stunts on horseback, has been presided over by a king. This year, however, Doña Maria Isabella reigned.

      Professor of History Linda Mitchell, who also serves as affiliate faculty in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and as President of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, weighed in on this change in a recent Washington Post article. Check out her comments on women in the medieval world and the historical accuracy of Medieval Times here.

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      Durwood Foundation's recent gift to support two more Durwood Scholars in the creative writing program

      The University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation is pleased to announce an additional $50,000 gift from the Stanley H. Durwood Foundation to UMKC’s creative writing program.

      The gift, which follows several years’ of similar support from the Durwood Foundation, will provide funding for UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences Department of English to designate two additional Durwood Scholars.

      Durwood Scholars, as recipients of this prestigious scholarship are known, get tuition assistance and an additional stipend to help cover living expenses over the course of the three-year program.

      Read the full article.

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      Dylan Mortimer's struggles lead to a Cure

      As an artist known for making impressively scaled signs and combining hip-hop symbols with references to Christianity — Google him and his brilliant Prayer Booths still come up first — Dylan Mortimer has always made personal art. But his latest exhibition transcends the personal for something revelatory. Cure is his externalized dialogue with God, one in which he attempts to lay out the terms of his genetic lot, his cystic fibrosis.

      Speaking to about 15 people at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center on a Monday evening in December

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      Dr. Rebecca Egli (UMKC History BA '08) receives Postdoctoral Fellowship at Linda Hall Library

      Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca (Mowry) Egli on receiving a post-doctoral Residential Fellowship at Linda Hall Library. During her two-month stay, she will conduct research for her current project, "Seeds of Misfortune: Food, Crop Diversity, and the Simplification of American Nature," a history of America’s plant explorers that examines the impact of plant introduction and breeding on agricultural biodiversity and innovation.

      Rebecca Egli FullRebecca grew up in Kansas City and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UMKC's History Department in 2008. She earned a Master of Arts degree in history from King’s College London in 2010 and a doctorate in history from the University of California, Davis in 2018.

      Exploring intersections between agriculture, science, and the environment, her dissertation, "The World of Our Dreams: Agricultural Explorers and the Promise of American Science," looks at federal scientists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, exploring developments in plant biology and the ecological consequences of importing non-native plants into the United States.

      We are so proud to have Dr. Egli conducting research again in Kansas City!

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      Over 360 students named to College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List for Fall 2019 semester

      Congratulations to the 361 students in UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2019 semester. The CAS Dean’s List recognizes excellent academic performance among full-time undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.85 or higher for the term.

      Fall 2019 Dean's List graphic

      Joseph Adams – Earth and Environmental Science BS
      Maggie Agee – Psychology BA
      Chaehyun Ahn – Pre-Pharm
      Jennifer Aktar – Pre-Law, A&S
      Kamariah Al-Amin – Languages and Literatures BA: French
      Adin Alem – Political Science BA
      Nida Ali – Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
      Ahmed Al-Makhazoom – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Naomie Alnatas – Liberal Arts BLA
      Mahreen Ansari – Political Science BA
      Kathryn Antrainer – History BA
      Melissa Appelquist – Psychology BA
      Cemile Arabaci – Physics BS
      Bosten Arcand – English BA: Language and Rhetoric
      Liam Arciga – History BA
      Cristian Arechiga – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Brent Arnold – Psychology BA
      Yusof Asefi – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
      Lucy Bahner – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
      Hayden Baker – English BA: Creative Writing
      Alex Barbour – History BA
      Reagan Barr – Environmental Science BS
      Mahryn Barron – English: Creative Writing & Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
      Brayden Basch – English & Philosophy BA
      Brianna Bauer – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Kennedy Bauer – Pre-Dentistry, A&S
      Abigail Bavuso – Pre-Pharm
      Alexander Bearden – Geology BS
      Bailey Beauchamp – Psychology BA
      Catherine Belcher – Psychology BA
      Jillian Bell – Psychology BA
      Michelle Bell – English BA
      Samuel Bellefy – English: Creative Writing & Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      J'aime Bellingham – Psychology BA
      Jerrah Biggerstaff – Physics BS: Astronomy
      Abigail Birkner – Psychology & Chemistry BA
      Margaret Boggs – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Psychology BA
      Christopher Bown – Studio Art BA
      Jane Boyd – Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
      Thomas Branson – Architectural Studies
      Jeb Brantner – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
      Grace Brewer – History BA
      Kyle Broley – Earth and Environmental Science BS: Physical Geography
      Jameson Brown – Economics BA
      April Brown – English BA: Creative Writing
      Renee Bruch – Communication Studies BA
      Camrin Buchholz – Political Science & Economics BA
      Alexus Buckert – Political Science BA
      Mason Bur – Psychology BA
      Hayden Burnett – Psychology BA
      Kayla Burns – English BA
      William Burrus – Economics & Languages and Literatures BA: French
      Isabella Burton – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Joel Busch – Mathematics and Statistics BS
      Austin Butler – Art History BA
      Kevin Buzzie – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Bailey Cairns – English BA: Language and Rhetoric
      Beulah Calixte – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Sociology BA
      Tessa Campbell – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Crystyn Campbell – Psychology BA
      Samantha Capkovic – Political Science & Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Marin Carey – Environmental Studies BA
      Cody Carmack – Psychology BA
      Rebecca Caro – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
      Abigail Castle – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Brianna Catching – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Adam Chanliongco – Pre-Pharm
      Sarah Chapman – English BA: Classical, Medieval, and Early Literature
      Gabrielle Chappelle – Psychology BA
      Hunyee Choi – Psychology BA
      Lacey Clark – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Jordan Clarkin – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
      Sarah Clough – English BA
      Cassandra Coffey-Murray – English BA: Creative Writing
      Jacob Cooley – Psychology BA
      Cameron Cooper – Pre-Pharm
      Matthew Corcoran – Liberal Arts BLA
      Brooklyn Cornett – Psychology BA
      Emily Costelow – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Lindsay Cox – Art History BA
      Kyra Crabtree – English BA: Creative Writing
      Haley Crawford – Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
      Rachel Crazybear – Psychology BA
      J Robert Crowley – Mathematics and Statistics BS
      Skylar Crowley – Psychology BA
      Lucas Cuni-Mertz – Communication Studies: Journalism and Mass Communication & Political Science BA
      Madisen Curtin – Pre-Medicine, A&S
      Emily Daggett – Liberal Arts BLA
      Victoria Davidson – History & Languages and Literatures BA: German
      Kyler Davis – Economics BA
      Hallie Dawson – English BA
      Katie Denny – Physics BS: Astronomy
      Devon Dewey – Art History BA
      Sarah Dirks – Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
      Shaleana Disorbo – History BA
      Abigail Doss – Psychology BA
      Mairaed Dunda – Environmental Science BS
      Rachel Dwyer – Liberal Arts BLA
      Gina Dwyer – Psychology BA
      Jacob Eisenhauer – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Audra Elford – English BA: Creative Writing
      Elizabeth Elmendorf – Physics BS: Astronomy
      Tomas Escarpita – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
      Gretchen Fiebig – Psychology BA
      Matia Finley – Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Shannon Finneran – Liberal Arts BLA
      Ashlee Fish – Architectural Studies
      Lauren Fitzpatrick – Environmental Studies BA
      Jade Flanders – Psychology BA
      Madison Flynn – Psychology BA
      Victor Folk – Economics & Mathematics and Statistics BA
      Alexandra Foster – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
      Kayla Fox – Psychology BA
      Cori Fricke – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
      Makayla Friedrich – Economics BA
      Rachael Fritz – Psychology BA
      Miranda Fritz – Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
      Sarah Fuentes – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Olivia Gallo – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Prae Gamel – Pre-Medicine, A&S
      Daisy Garcia Montoya – Communication Studies: Journalism and Mass Communication & Political Science BA
      Daniel Garcia-Roman – Studio Art BA
      Shea Geran – Environmental Science BS
      Alexander Gleason – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Kylee Gomez – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Political Science BA
      Allanis Gordon – Liberal Arts BLA
      Bethany Graham – English BA: Creative Writing
      Hannah Green – Psychology BA
      Hillary Green – Political Science BA
      Emera Greenwood – Psychology BA
      Brittany Grindle – Political Science BA
      Kyle Grogan – Psychology BA
      Dominic Guillen – Mathematics and Statistics BS
      Garrett Gunderson – Film and Media Arts
      Hannah Haake – Urban Planning and Design BA
      Sadho Habib – Economics BA
      Madelene Hajer – English BA
      Andrew Hall – Sociology BA: Cultural Anthropology
      Ashton Hall – Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
      Garam Han – Mathematics and Statistics BS
      Katherine Hanners – History BA
      Estelle Hansen – Film and Media Arts
      Alicia Harrington – Psychology BA
      Jonathan Hawley – Psychology & Philosophy BA
      Naomi Henry – Geology BS
      Griselda Hernandez – Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
      Jonathan Hernandez – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Amelia Hess – Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Lauren Higgins – Physics BS: Astronomy
      Valeczia Hooks – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Marika Houser – Political Science BA
      Madeline Houx – Psychology BA
      Cierra Howe – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Colton Hrabe – Film and Media Arts
      Seth Hudson – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Ali Hufft – Political Science & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Aleister Hughes – History BA
      Tasneem Huq – English BA
      Nursyuhada Huq – Pre-Dentistry, A&S
      Alyx Hutchins – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Marissa Iden – Political Science BA
      Jared Islas – Urban Planning & Design- BA
      Michael Jenkins – Political Science & Philosophy BA
      Cheryse Johnson – Psychology BA
      Kate Johnston – English BA
      Nikita Joshi – History & English BA: Creative Writing
      Natalie Juno – Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Medina Kajtazovic – English BA
      Franck Kamgain – Communication Studies BA
      Kara Kanatzar – English BA: Creative Writing
      Brandon Kanoy – Political Science BA
      Alexander Keith – Psychology BA
      Hannah Kempker – Pre-Pharm
      Lukas Kenney – English BA: Creative Writing
      Zaal Khazraeinazmpour – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Tracy Khiew – Studio Art BA
      Brenna Killen – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Brittni Kilton – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      David Kirk – Studio Art BA
      Daniel Kirk – Studio Art BA
      Brenna Kiu – Urban Planning & Design- BA
      Makenzie Kleist – Sociology & Psychology BA
      Melissa Klotz – Psychology BA
      Luke Knapp – Political Science BA
      Kaitlyn Korah – Pre-Pharm
      Molly Kordonowy – History BA
      Michaela Koval – History BA
      Carolyn Kovar – History BA
      Rhyan Kubik – Psychology BA
      Anabeth Laaker – History BA
      Gabriella Lavenbarg – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
      Shairry Lene – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S
      Maria Leno – Film and Media Arts
      Emma Leonard – History BA
      Lia Lombardini – Liberal Arts BLA
      Tyler Lott – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Vincent Lowry – Studio Art BA
      Mia Lukic – Philosophy BA
      Jennifer Lyons – Liberal Arts BLA
      Leah Maass – Psychology BA
      Christina Mackenzie – Architectural Studies
      Jackson MacLellan – Political Science BA
      Brett Madsen – Studio Art BA
      Reyna Mallory – Communication Studies: Film and Media Studies & Studio Art BA
      Abbie Malm – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Julio Mares – Psychology BA
      Caroline Matz – Psychology BA
      Emily Maupin – Psychology BA
      Caleb McCain – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Keegan McCarthy – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
      Olivia McCune – Psychology BA
      Michael Mead – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      William Meeds – Psychology BA
      Samuel Menner – Pre-Pharm
      Amelia Milldyke Gifford – Film and Media Arts
      Kesi Milligan – Urban Studies BA: Community Development and Housing
      Caroline Moriarty – Political Science BA
      Madison Murphy – Sociology BA
      Lauren Myers – Studio Art BA
      Jason Nalley – History BA
      Alex Niner – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Ryley Nolin – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S
      Slater Oden – Physics BS: Astronomy
      Jacob O'Neill – Psychology BA
      Odindo Opole – Film and Media Arts
      Silvestre Ortiz-Romo – Environmental Science BS
      Kenechukwu Osude – Pre-Medicine, A&S
      Abbey Outain – English BA: Creative Writing
      Randi Owens – Earth and Environmental Science BS
      Saketh Pachalla – History BA
      Christine Park – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Shivani Patel – Psychology BA
      Ahmad Pazhoohi – Pre-Pharm
      Riley Peek – English BA
      Josie Pennington – History BA
      Enrique Perez – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Cailyn Persinger – Pre-Pharm
      Kenny Phan – Earth and Environmental Science BS
      Kacper Piekarek – Economics BA
      Josilinia Plyman – Political Science BA
      Maggie Pool – Film and Media Arts
      Philip Potter – History BA
      Kaitlyn Powell – Film and Media Arts
      Lydia Powers – Languages and Literatures BA: French
      Aaron Price – Urban Studies BA: Urban Policy and Management
      Noah Price – Psychology BA
      Bayleigh Priddy – Psychology BA
      Bethany Pritchard – History BA
      Halena Procopio Ross – Environmental Science BS
      Monica Propst – Urban Studies BA
      Stephen Quackenbush – Architectural Studies
      Jordan Railsback – Film and Media Arts
      Angela Ramirez – Art History BA
      Carson Rau – Sociology BA
      Isabel Recker – Languages and Literatures: Spanish & Psychology BA
      Grace Reesman – Physics & Mathematics and Statistics BS
      Mary Reust – Studio Art BA
      Zoe Rickman – Film and Media Arts
      Jayla Riggins – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Karla Rincon – Psychology BA
      Erin Roth – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Ryan Rowland – History BA
      Michaela Roxas – Psychology & English BA: Creative Writing
      Guillermo Rubio – Philosophy BA
      Sagi Rudnick – Political Science & Communication Studies BA
      Anna Ryan – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Jacob Salas – Mathematics and Statistics BS
      Jared Schild – Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Jessica Scott – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Philosophy BA
      Audrey Seider – Art History BA
      Teah Sensenich – Psychology BA
      Alexandra Serafin – History BA
      Sydney Serrano – Psychology BA
      Gary Sharp – History BA
      Destinee Shehan – Psychology BA
      Mariah Shipley – Psychology BA
      Madison Sieger – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
      Sophie Simes – English BA
      Dawson Sims – Environmental Studies BA
      Kimberly Sims – Studio Art BA
      Adam Sisk – Communication Studies: Film and Media Studies & Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
      Helene Slinker – Political Science BA
      Regan Smith – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Katrena Smith – Psychology BA
      Justin Smith – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Hunter Smith – Psychology BA
      Joshua Sola – Geography BS
      Grace Solomon – Political Science BA
      Paul Sorensen – English: Language and Rhetoric
      Annie Spencer – English: Classical, Medieval, and Early Literature & History BA
      Carrine Spinks – Psychology BA
      Samantha Sprouse – Psychology BA
      Nichole Stahly – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
      Mollie Stanek – Studio Art BA
      Gabrielle Stansell – Political Science BA
      Shea Staples – Liberal Arts BLA
      Maria Starns – History BA
      Kyleigh Steenrod – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S
      Lanisha Stevens – Psychology BA
      Ronnea Stiles – English BA
      McKenna Still – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Sophia Straight – English BA
      Abby Strawn – Political Science BA
      Robyn Sullins – Psychology BA
      Erica Sullivan – Psychology BA
      Julianna Swickard – Film and Media Arts
      Chandler Tarrant – Physics BS
      Ezekiel Taylor – Studio Art BA
      Lillian Taylor – Psychology BA
      Lauren Textor – English BA
      Myo Thai – Mathematics and Statistics BS
      Jasmine Thai – Pre-Pharm
      Maeghan Thomas – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
      Scott Thompson – Physics BS: Astronomy
      Kristina Thomson – Earth and Environmental Science BS
      Aleena Tofanelli – Psychology BA
      Fatima Towakoli – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Jessica Tran – Pre-Pharm
      Uyen Tran – Studio Art BA
      Lucy Trask – Pre-Pharm
      Chloe Tremain – English BA
      Gregory Troiani – Physics BS: Astronomy
      Dashiell Tucker – Political Science BA
      Nathan Underwood – Mathematics and Statistics BS
      Kelsey Van Buskirk – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
      Cheeia Vang – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S
      Eisa Vasquez – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Cozette Viles – Liberal Arts BLA
      Ashley Vogel – English BA
      Sierra Voorhies – Psychology BA
      John Waggoner – Psychology BA
      Kara Walters – English BA: Creative Writing
      Jack Walton – English BA
      Jasmine Walton – Political Science BA
      Julia Weber – Psychology BA
      Madison Wellman – Studio Art BA
      Brayan Westergaard – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Samuel Westlake – Psychology BA
      Emily White – Art History BA
      Madison White – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
      Alexandra Whitlow – Philosophy BA
      Rowan Wiley – Political Science BA
      Jermeha Williams – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Kelly Williams – Psychology BA
      Alexa Williams – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S
      Abby Williams – Sociology BA
      Candace Williamson – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Justin Wills – Environmental Science BS
      Jacob Wingert – Mathematics and Statistics BA
      Sophie Woycheese – Psychology BA
      Abdulrehman Yousaf – Pre-Medicine, A&S
      Ayat Youssef – Psychology BA
      Taylor Yuhas – Pre-Pharm
      Mariya-Tereza Zelenchuk – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
      Zackary Zeller – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Samantha Zoellner – Pre-Pharm

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      Over 350 students named to College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List for Fall 2020 semester

      Congratulations to the 384 students in UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2020 semester. The CAS Dean’s List recognizes excellent academic performance among full-time undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.85 or higher for the term.

       

      Suleka Abdulahi - Psychology BA

      Antonio Adamo - Economics BA

      Joseph Adams - Environmental Studies BA

      Halima Adan - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Iqra Aden - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Maggie Agee - Psychology BA

      Jennifer Aktar - Political Science BA

      Ruwaida Alabboodi - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Zeina Alaboudi - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Adin Alem - Political Science BA

      Nichole Alexander - Political Science & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Nida Ali - Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA

      Ahmed Al-Makhazoom - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Brittany Alvarez - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Mahreen Ansari - Political Science BA

      Kathryn Antrainer - History BA

      Melissa Appelquist - Psychology BA

      Omar Arab - Architectural Studies

      Bosten Arcand - English BA: Language and Rhetoric

      Liam Arciga - History BA

      Rebekah Arwood - Liberal Arts BLA

      Kellie Askew - Pre-Dentistry, A&S

      Mustafa Aydin - Political Science BA

      Yusra Azzeh - Political Science BA

      Lucy Bahner - Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

      Jayme Balachowski - Liberal Arts BLA

      Sindhu Balakumar - Mathematics and Statistics BA

      Olaide Bankole - Psychology BA

      Alex Barbour - History BA

      Zoey Barnes - Art History BA

      Gabriel Bartholome - Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

      Brayden Basch - English: Language and Rhetoric & Philosophy BA

      Kennedy Bauer - Pre-Dentistry, A&S

      Sladjana Bauk - English BA: Creative Writing

      Alexander Bearden - Geology BS

      Bailey Beauchamp - Psychology BA

      Saris Bedard - English & Psychology BA

      Steven Beers - Sociology BA

      Hannah Begulia - Psychology BA

      Laura Behm - Mathematics and Statistics BA

      Megan Behrman - Psychology BA

      Katelyn Beilsmith - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Kaya Beitz - Political Science BA

      Catherine Belcher - Psychology BA

      Samuel Bellefy - English: Creative Writing & Communication Studies BA

      Erica Bess - English BA

      Benjamin Bilyeu - Languages and Literatures: Spanish & Studio Art BA

      Mallory Bittner - History BA

      Alison Boehmer - Sociology BA

      Margaret Boggs - Criminal Justice and Criminology & Psychology BA

      Makayla Booker - Studio Art BA

      Tristyn Bowling - History BA

      Christopher Bown - Studio Art BA

      Jacob Boyce - Economics BA

      Em Braun - Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

      Madelyn Bremer - Political Science BA

      Mariah Brewe - Psychology BA

      Kyle Broley - Environmental Science BS

      Westin Brown - English BA: Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern Literature

      April Brown - English BA: Creative Writing

      Camrin Buchholz - Political Science & Economics BA

      Alexus Buckert - Political Science BA

      Tanner Burke - Psychology BA

      Hayden Burnett - Psychology BA

      William Burns - Psychology BA

      Joseph Butler - Pre-Pharm

      Jose Cantu - Urban Planning and Design BA

      Marin Carey - Environmental Studies BA

      Zarina Carpenter - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Hannah Carr - Psychology BA

      Zalyia Carr - Psychology BA

      Yessica Casares - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Chase Cassil - Psychology BA

      Abigail Castle - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Brianna Catching - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Sydney Cauveren - Psychology BA

      Adam Chanliongco - Pre-Pharm

      Sierra Chappell - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Mackenzie Clark - Liberal Arts BLA

      Rebecca Clemons - Sociology BA

      Sarah Clough - English BA

      Kiley Collier - Environmental Studies BA

      Lindsay Cox - Art History BA

      Evelyn Cross - Art History BA

      Skylar Crowley - Psychology BA

      Robyn Cullen-Bechthold - Psychology BA

      Kristina Curlett - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Isabelle Curry - Sociology: Cultural Anthropology & English BA

      Emily Daggett - Liberal Arts BLA

      Long Hoang Dang - Mathematics and Statistics BA

      Dawn Dan-Irabor - Liberal Arts BLA

      Mutheera Daud - Mathematics and Statistics BA

      Brooke Daugherty - Psychology BA

      Nathan Davis - Political Science BA

      Sarah Davis - Urban Planning and Design BA

      Hallie Dawson - English BA

      Izabela Elysa de Ribeiro Carias - Psychology BA

      Shiona Deliozar - Economics BA

      Chloe Denton - Psychology BA

      Devon Dewey - Art History BA

      Gisselle Diaz Carrillo - Criminal Justice and Criminology & Psychology BA

      Sarah Dirks - Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish

      Malak Dkhili - Political Science & Sociology BA

      Mitchell Dondlinger - Pre-Law, A&S

      Tony Dumas - Liberal Arts BLA

      Gina Dwyer - Psychology BA

      Natalie Earl - Criminal Justice and Criminology & Psychology BA

      Caitlin Easter - Psychology BA

      Jacob Eisenhauer - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Anaia Elliott - Psychology BA

      Jade Essman - Film and Media Arts

      Alma Estrada - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Kassandra Estrada - Pre-Pharm

      Amanda Evans - Pre-Law, A&S

      Carly Exter - Psychology BA

      Adriana Feener - Physics BS: Astronomy

      Isabela Felipe dos Guimaraes - Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Delainey Fenoglio - Liberal Arts BLA

      Kaylee Field - Psychology BA

      Nayeli Figueroa - Psychology BA

      Ashlee Fish - Architectural Studies

      Elizabeth Fisher - Studio Art BA

      Lauren Fitzpatrick - Environmental Studies BA

      Jade Flanders - Psychology BA

      Taylor Flemons - Political Science BA

      Madison Flynn - Psychology BA

      Simone Folsom - Art History & Communication Studies BA

      Chase Ford - Political Science BA

      Brian Fredrickson - Economics BA

      Michael Friedrich - Economics BA

      Rachael Fritz - Psychology BA

      Bridget Froehlke - Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

      Olivia Gallo - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Daisy Garcia Montoya - Communication Studies: Journalism and Mass Communications & Political Science BA

      Anaisa Garcia-Flores - Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S

      Jackson Gasho - Economics BA

      Rachel Gaydusek - Psychology BA

      Wajeeha Gilani - English BA

      Alexander Gleason - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Darren Gomez - Psychology BA

      Jose Gomez - Studio Art BA

      Bryce Graskemper - Political Science BA

      Hannah Green - Psychology BA

      Jada Green - Psychology BA

      Brianna Green - Psychology BA

      Dominic Guillen - Mathematics and Statistics BA

      Tawnya Guthrie - Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S

      Jerald Gutierrez - History BA

      Hannah Haake - Urban Planning and Design BA

      Ashton Hall - Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA

      Andrew Hall - Sociology BA: Cultural Anthropology

      William Hart - English BA

      Rachael Headrick - Psychology BA

      Jesse Heller - Liberal Arts BLA

      Lauren Hendrix - Pre-Pharm

      Jessica Heniss - Psychology BA

      Chloe Higinbotham - Liberal Arts BLA

      Madison Hoffman - Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S

      Madeline Houx - Psychology BA

      Jacob Howard - Languages and Literatures BA: Classics

      Ryan Howell - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Chayanne Hubbard - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Penelope Hunter - Languages and Literatures BA: French

      Jesse Hunter - Urban Planning and Design BA

      Zarifa Imanli - Studio Art BA

      Amara Ivancic - Psychology BA

      Anna Jackson - Psychology BA

      Sydney Janesko - Pre-Pharm

      Allyson Jenkins - Mathematics and Statistics BA

      Emily Jensen - Liberal Arts BLA

      Essence Jewel - Urban Planning and Design BA

      Melissa Johnson - Film and Media Arts

      Makaylah Jones - Political Science BA

      Nikita Joshi - History & English BA

      Natalie Juno - Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Seth Kacich - Mathematics and Statistics BA

      Tessa Keeney - Environmental Science BS

      Kelsey Keith - Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

      Megan Kelly - Psychology BA

      Alison Kendall - Psychology BA

      Jessica Kent - Pre-Pharm

      Victoria Kenworthy - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Jahan Khavari - Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

      Brittni Kilton - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Hyo Kim - Political Science & Sociology BA

      Makenzie Kleist - Sociology & Psychology BA

      Luke Knapp - Political Science BA

      Daniel Kohl - Liberal Arts BLA

      Kaitlyn Korah - Pre-Pharm

      Madison Kovarik - Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

      Anabeth Laaker - History BA

      Marcella Lampe - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Elizabeth Lavalle - Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish

      Logan Lazarczyk - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Nguyen Hoai Nhi Le - Psychology BA

      Sammie Jo Leach - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Chae Lim Lee - Psychology BA

      Emma Leonard - History & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Hallie Lewis - Film and Media Arts

      Tianyi Li - Liberal Arts BLA

      Kendrick Lintecum - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Katrina Logal - English BA: Creative Writing

      Fontelle Long - Psychology BA

      Darlene Lopez - Psychology BA

      Mia Lukic - Philosophy BA

      Brooke Lysaught - Economics BA

      Leah Maass - Criminal Justice and Criminology & Psychology BA

      Christina Mackenzie - Architectural Studies

      Jackson MacLellan - Political Science BA

      Brett Madsen - Studio Art BA

      Maryam Mahmood - Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish

      Harrison Maksimik - Mathematics and Statistics BA

      Reyna Mallory - Communication Studies: Film and Media Studies & Studio Art BA

      Kristen Manthei - Urban Planning and Design BA

      Kirsten Markley - Studio Art BA

      Ariacna Martinez-Andrade - Psychology BA

      Katie Mason - Psychology BA

      Emily Maupin - Psychology BA

      Ryan Maynard - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Mitchell McDonald - Studio Art BA

      Logan McFarland - Liberal Arts BLA

      Morgan McNally - Psychology BA

      Paige McRill - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Shealey Mead - Psychology BA

      Samuel Menner - Pre-Pharm

      Justin Mennerich - Psychology BA

      Nathan Meshau - English BA

      Merna Michael - Political Science BA

      Amelia Milldyke Gifford - Film and Media Arts

      Aden Mitiku - Liberal Arts BLA

      James Molloy - Urban Planning and Design BA

      Catia Montelongo - Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

      Grisell Montes-Resendiz - Psychology BA

      Machia Mullens - Psychology BA

      Makenzie Mullin - Liberal Arts BLA

      Ayatt Muslet - Pre-Pharm

      Lauren Myers - Studio Art BA

      Jason Nalley - History BA

      Tyler Nguyen - Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S

      Sandy Nguyen - Psychology BA

      Vitek Novák - Liberal Arts BLA

      Alannah Nowak - Pre-Pharm

      Slater Oden - Physics BS: Astronomy

      Thomas O'Halloran - Philosophy BA

      Andra Okoye - Psychology BA

      Ida Linnea Olausson - Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

      Jacob O'Neill - Psychology BA

      Odindo Opole - Film and Media Arts

      Lena Otiankouya - Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

      Max Overshiner - Psychology BA

      Randi Owens - Environmental Science BS

      Alexis Parke - Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S

      Esteban Paz - Economics BA

      Ahmad Pazhoohi - Pre-Pharm

      Riley Peek - English BA

      Enrique Perez - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Mattie Peter - Studio Art BA

      Hannah Pham - English & Languages and Literatures BA

      Kenny Phan - Environmental Science BS

      Morgan Phelps - Six Year Law Scholars

      Hannah Phillips - Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

      Josephine Phillips - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Savannah Pleasant - Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Philip Potter - History BA

      Nichole Potter - Psychology BA

      Alison Potter - Sociology BA

      Hannah Presta - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Noah Price - Psychology BA

      Kristin Priest - Art History BA

      Jacob Pritchett - Psychology & Economics BA

      Monica Propst - Urban Studies BA

      Isabelle Pruss - Physics BS

      Stephen Quackenbush - Architectural Studies

      Laizabeth Quinonez - English BA

      Angela Ramirez - Art History BA

      Carson Rau - Sociology BA

      Darius Rawlings - Pre-Medicine, A&S

      Isabel Recker - Languages and Literatures: Spanish & Psychology BA

      Julia Reece - Liberal Arts BLA

      Grace Reesman - Physics & Mathematics & Statistics BS

      Mary Reust - Studio Art BA

      Caleb Robbins - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Jade Robichaud - Psychology BA

      Gabrielle Robinson - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      William Rodelo - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Stephanie Romero - Liberal Arts BLA

      Charlotte Rooney - Environmental Science BS

      Kelley Rowe - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Guillermo Rubio - Philosophy BA

      Sagi Rudnick - Political Science & Communication Studies BA

      Anna Ryan - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Ethan Ryan - Film and Media Arts

      Gabhriel Saffier - Studio Art BA

      Esra Sahsuvaroglu - Psychology BA

      Madeline Sammons - Psychology BA

      Elizabeth Sanborn - Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

      Juliana Sanchez - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Jadalyn Scherer - Architectural Studies

      Seth Schibler - Political Science & Communication Studies BA

      Alex Schmitz - Pre-Pharm

      Kaia Schott - Psychology BA

      Trey Sebben - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Audrey Seider - English BA: Creative Writing

      Alexandra Serafin - History BA

      Ahmed Shiekhaden - Psychology BA

      Mariah Shipley - Psychology BA

      Elizabeth Shockley - Psychology & Biology BA

      Madison Sieger - Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

      Rachel Sims - Psychology BA

      Avery Singer - Psychology BA

      Braelyn Smith - English BA: Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern Literature

      Hunter Smith - Psychology BA

      Fatjona Sokoli - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Grace Solomon - Political Science BA

      Owen Sommerfeld - Economics BA

      Clayton Speidel - Political Science BA

      Carrine Spinks - Psychology BA

      Samantha Sprouse - Psychology BA

      Mollie Stanek - Studio Art BA

      Gabrielle Stansell - Political Science BA

      Reagan Stark - Communication Studies: Interpersonal and Public Communication & English BA

      Blake Stark - Psychology BA

      Maria Starns - History BA

      Lanisha Stevens - Psychology BA

      Ronnea Stiles - English BA

      McKenna Still - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Kellie Stofac - Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Abby Strawn - Political Science BA

      Chloe Stripling - Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish

      Julia Struckhoff - Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S

      Christopher Suazo - English BA

      Bryce Summerville - Psychology BA

      Eros Sustaita - Pre-Medicine, A&S

      Julianna Swickard - Film and Media Arts

      Marady Tackett - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Enoch Taddese - Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

      Chandler Tarrant - Physics BS

      Avery Taylor - Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

      Emma Taylor - Psychology BA

      Lillian Taylor - Psychology BA

      Lauren Textor - English BA

      Ariana Textor - Sociology BA

      Jordyn Thomas - Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

      Jaden Thomas - Psychology BA

      Serena Thompson - Psychology BA

      Abigail Tiemann - Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S

      Joeli Toscano - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Lucy Trask - Pre-Pharm

      Dashiell Tucker - Political Science BA

      Eva Tucker - Studio Art BA

      Michelle Turner - Liberal Arts BLA

      Kelsey Van Buskirk - Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

      John Waggoner - Psychology BA

      Jack Walton - English BA

      Rebekah Ward - Sociology BA

      Sara Wartner - English BA: Creative Writing

      Abigail Weiler - Political Science BA

      Brayan Westergaard - Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

      Thomas White - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

      Alexandra Whitlow - Philosophy BA

      Rowan Wiley - Political Science BA

      Alexa Williams - Liberal Arts BLA

      Autumn Wilson - Languages and Literatures BA: French

      Deion Wilson - Political Science BA

      Jacob Wingert - Mathematics and Statistics BA

      Brooke Witherby - Liberal Arts BLA

      Kelly Woltering - Studio Art BA

      Olivia Woods - Urban Planning and Design BA

      Leigh Woody - Studio Art BA

      Sophie Woycheese - Psychology BA

      Austin Wurtz - Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S

      Miranda Wyatt - English BA: Creative Writing

      Brianna Yacobozzi - Psychology BA

      YeaJun Yoon - Liberal Arts BLA

      Ayat Youssef - Psychology BA

      Jessica Zampardo - English BA

      Zackary Zeller - Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

       

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      Fellowship Award Helps IPhD Student Broaden Vision of Life In Humanities

      UMKC Interdisciplinary Ph.D. student Matt Reeves recently received a pre-doctoral fellowship award from the Humanities Without Walls consortium. The fellowship award will pay for Reeves to participate in the organization’s Alternative Academic Careers Summer Workshop. The workshop aims to help prepare doctoral students for careers both within and outside of the academy.

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      4th Floor Cherry Hall (CJC and Philosophy)

      photo by: University CommunicationsFourth Floor Cherry Hall Now Open For Business

      Honors College, Criminal Justice, Philosophy Host Grand Opening of New Space

      UMKC faculty, staff and students filed into Cherry Hall Nov. 2 and headed toward the fourth floor, not sure what to expect.

      Upon arrival, they found a beautifully renovated, wide-open new space that had been vacant for nearly seven years. The top floor of the former dormitory, constructed in 1955, is now home to the Honors College, the Department of Philosophy and the department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.

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      Hadara Bar-Nadav Publishes New Collection of Poetry

      Book cover for Hadara Bar-Hadav's collection of poems The New NudityEnglish Professor Hadara Bar-Nadav recently published a new collection of poetry, The New Nudity, which shocks everyday objects to life. In these chiseled, electrically-charged poems, a ladder, a wineglass and a spine ignite into being. With a nod to Francis Ponge, Gertrude Stein and Pablo Neruda, Bar-Nadav’s poems have a heartbeat all their own, small miracles that haunt and heave.

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      UMKC History iPhD K. David Hanzlick publishes book with U. MO Press

      Congratulations to K. David Hanzlick, alumnus of the History iPhD program, on the publication of his book, Benevolence, Moral Reform, Equality: Women’s Activism in Kansas City, 1870-1940, with the University of Missouri Press.

      Hanzlick BookHanzlick traces the rise and evolution of women’s activism in a rapidly growing, Midwestern border city, one deeply scarred by the Civil War and struggling to determine its meaning. Over the course of 70 years, women in Kansas City emerged from the domestic sphere by forming and working in female-led organizations to provide charitable relief, reform society’s ills, and ultimately claim space for themselves as full participants in the American polity. Focusing on the social construction of gender, class, and race, and the influence of political philosophy in shaping responses to poverty, Hanzlick also considers the ways in which city politics shaped the interactions of local activist women with national women’s groups and male-led organizations.

      K. David Hanzlick is Director of Program and Development for Sheffield Place, a treatment and transitional living program for homeless mothers and children. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Nonprofit Leadership Program at Rockhurst University and the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs at Park University.

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      New UMKC Guest Professor studies German Aristocrats in the Modern World

      Tryg Has-Ellison newsThe University of Missouri-Kansas City’s History Department is proud to announce that Dr. John Trygve “Tryg” Has-Ellison will be serving as a Guest Professor for the 2018-19 academic year.

      Dr. Has-Ellison is the current Non-Immigrant Visa Chief at the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey, Mexico. Prior to this post, he was Vice-Consul in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Desk Officer for European Issues of Congressional interest in Washington D.C. His visiting appointment at UMKC coincides with his participation in the Command and General Staff Officers Course at Ft. Leavenworth, KS.

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      Kansas City Philanthropist and Children's Health Advocate Receives Honorary Doctorate, Gives Commencement Address

      David Westbrook gives the commencement address during Spring 2018 College of Arts and Sciences Commencement CeremoniesUnhindered by juvenile glaucoma that took his sight at age 17, David Westbrook (B.A. ’71) has proven that vision has nothing to do with one’s ability to see. He founded Corporate Communications Group, a communications and public relations firm he sold before taking his talent and dedication to longtime client Children’s Mercy.

      Westbrook attributes his lifetime of success to his parents and to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His alma mater awarded him with an honorary doctorate at the 2018 College of Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony, and he gave the address to the graduating class at Swinney Recreation Center on campus.

      “This is not a defining moment, this is a moment of celebration,” said Westbrook, who holds bachelor’s degrees in English and psychology from UMKC. “Defining moments are with your professors and your friends.”

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      Laurie Ellinghausen Publishes New Book on Notorious Figures in Renaissance England

      Pirates, Traitors, and Apostates: Renegade Identities in Early Modern English Writing Book CoverCongratulations to Laurie Ellinghausen, Ph.D., associate professor in the UMKC Department of English Language and Literature, on the publication of her fourth book, Pirates, Traitors, and Apostates: Renegade Identities in Early Modern English Writing.

      This monograph examines the tales of notorious figures in Renaissance England, including the mercenary Thomas Stukeley, the Barbary corsair John Ward, and the wandering adventurers the Sherley brothers. Ellinghausen sheds new light on the construction of the early modern renegade and its depiction in English prose, poetry, and drama during a period of capitalist expansion. Pirates, Traitors, and Apostates: Renegade Identities in Early Modern English Writing shows how domestic issues of class and occupation exerted a major influence on representations of renegades, and heightened their appeal to the diverse audiences of early modern England.

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      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.

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      Local artist discusses his love for Kansas City and how UMKC helped him discover his passion

      Jose Faus
      Image via the artist's website

      Jose Faus (BA, ’87) is a multi-disciplinary artist and writer who came to Kansas City from Bogota, Columbia, as a child. Most of his school years were spent in the KC metro and he fell in love with the city.

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      More than She Imagined: Q&A With Studio Art Graduate Heather Burton

      Q&A with Heather Burton, who landed a career before graduationHeather Burton, an Olathe, Kansas, native, graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art in December 2017. Before graduating though, she'd already landed a job. Check out Heather's story in this Q&A:

      How was your graduation day?

      It was overwhelming to me. It’s the day you work so hard for since you’re 5. I kept worrying about my cap falling off, and of course it did as I walked up to receive my diploma.

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      Drs. Matt Osborn & Makini King interviewed on Fox4 & KCTV5 in Blackface Debate

      Blackface refers to the cultural practice of covering the face of a white (or black) performer to create a caricature of a black person. Although usually associated with nineteenth-century minstrel shows, blackface can still be found today both in theatrical performances and sometimes also in Halloween costumes.

      The debate about the racist implications of blackface continues today. In national news, the NBC "Today" host Megyn Kelly's show was cancelled following her on-air remarks expressing acceptance of blackface. In local news, a registered nurse at St. Luke's was fired after she posted pictures of herself and a friend on facebook in blackface.

      UMKC Professor Matthew W. Osborn and UMKC Diversity Director Makini King were interviewed on 30 October 2018 for local television about the history, politics, and ethics of blackface. Their comments aired at 5 PM on KCTV5 and Fox4.

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      Over 360 students named to CAS Dean’s List for Fall 2017

      CAS Dean's List Fall 2017A total of 369 students in the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences were named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2017 semester. The CAS Dean’s List recognizes excellent academic performance among full-time undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.85 or higher for the term.

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      Professor Emeritus Hank Frankel Receives UM System President’s Award

      Prof Emeritus Hank Frankel receives awardHenry R. Frankel, professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City has been awarded the ninth of 10 UM System President’s Awards for his excellence in teaching, research, writing and service to the University of Missouri and larger community.

      The award was presented by University of Missouri System Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Steve Graham.

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      Professor Krause interviewed for KSHB news

      Nice Terrorist AttackForeign Languages Professor Krause interviewed for KSHB's "Kansas City residents with ties to France react to terror attack" and relates her knowledge of the area and her worry for her colleagues in the area.

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      Researching Saints: English Department Chair Receives NEH Grant

      National Endowment for the Humanities New Grant Recipients photo collageDr. Virginia Blanton, professor and chair of the UMKC Department of English Language and Literatures, recently received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is the only 2018 recipient in the state of Missouri.

      “I have a big job ahead,” said Blanton, who joined the UMKC faculty in 2002. Her awarded project is a book-length study on the lives of saints in medieval England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

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      Science Fiction Solutions

      Neighborhoods, acrylic on canvas

      Ricky Allman is best known for explosive post-apocalyptic paintings inspired by his rejection of his Mormon upbringing.

      In his new works, the Kansas City artist continues to move away from the dire visions of his past to guardedly optimistic predictions for the future.

      “I don’t believe in the apocalypse of humanity; despite all our problems, we’re definitely going to figure out our way,” Allman says.

      Allman remains attached to his signature motifs of architecture, the mountains of his native Utah, and airy, confetti-like exhalations, but he now places them at the service of futuristic imaginings.

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      ALAS Raises Funds for Latinx Scholarships

      Association of Latin American StudentThe Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) raised nearly $9,000 in matching scholarship dollars benefiting UMKC’s Latinx first-generation and DACA students. Read the full article in the University News…

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      Students Chime in on Hot Topic Discussion: Urban Planning Seniors Present Comprehensive Study on Affordable Housing in Kansas City

      Spring-2018-Senior-StudioAffordable housing has been a hot topic in the Kansas City community for decades, and more recently due to new downtown housing developments and the continued revitalization of Troost Avenue. As city officials develop new housing policies, students from the University of Missouri-Kansas City have played a significant role in the community conversation.

      A group of seven urban planning undergraduates spent the spring semester researching the city’s housing affordability issues as part of their final project in professor Stephanie Frank’s planning and design studio class. Seniors Sean Thomas, Dave McCumber, Billie Hufford, Thomas Kimmel, Taylor Vande Velde, Rawya Alrammah and Alexander Gilbertson put together a comprehensive planning study on housing affordability in Kansas City. Each student researched and wrote one chapter in the study. They recently sat down to discuss the background and recommendations included in their study.

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      Take a Journey to the Andean Cosmovision with UMKC Theatre

      UMKC Theatre’s next graduate student production, “The Storytelling Project,” has something for every theatre fan – drama, intrigue, music, dance, comedy and originality.

      The Storytelling Project” is a devised theatrical show featuring the UMKC second year MFA actors, MFA designers and undergraduate production staff.

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      The Kansas City Star quotes AUP+D's Professor Frisch

      Rising KC rentAUP+D's Professor Frisch quoted in the Kansas City Star's "Spiking rents in Kansas City threaten new real estate bubble that’s hardest on the poor" article.

      This was nuts. Lisa Miller’s rent was jumping a third this summer, to $600 from $450 — more than she could possibly bear.

      What the Kansas City home caregiver didn’t know was that the whole central city has been going nuts. But she was about to find out. 

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      Top 25 Women in Higher Education

      Diverse Issues in Higher Education name Dr. Cantú  as one of 2015 's Top 25 Women in Higher Education. Dr. Norma E. Cantú Professor Emeritus of English, The University of Texas at San Antonio and Professor, Latina/o Studies and English, University of Missouri-Kansas City A professor emeritus of English at The University of Texas at San Antonio, Cantú is currently a professor of Latina/o studies and English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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      Transit-Driven Thinking: Nichols Student Prize contestants inspired by streetcar expansion

      Photo by Brandon Parigo, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications

      Kansas City’s new streetcar is already driving development activity along its route. So with an election to decide on an extension plan in the offing, it’s only natural to imagine what changes in the city’s urban environment could follow.

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      History Professor quoted in the New York Times

      Prof. Diane Mutti-Burke, Chair of the History Department, was quoted in an article in the New York Times on 6. August 2018 entitled "On a Civil Rights Trail" because of her research into the history of slavery in Missouri.

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      Two CAS Alumni Receive Fulbright Awards

      Fulbright US Student Program logoTwo College of Arts and Sciences alumni have been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award to continue their research and scholarship. Sydney Harvey, who received her Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and Film from UMKC in 2016, will study in the United Kingdom; and Marc Reyes, who received his Master of Arts in History from UMKC in 2014, will study in India.

      Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, professionals and scientists the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

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      Two UMKC French Alums Receive Fund for Teachers Grants

      Three teachers in Independence, Missouri, hold signs about their 2018 Fund for Teachers grantsTwo UMKC French alumni, Katy Foudree Owens and Brandi Pruente have been awarded Fund for Teachers Grants to attend the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) congress in Martinique this summer.

      The AATF convention is an immersion opportunity allowing educators to work on their French language skills while learning more about teaching practices.

      “We in the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department, particularly in French, are thrilled for their success,” said UMKC French professor Dr. Kathy Krause.

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      U-News Wins First Place for Best Overall Website, 12 Total Awards at MCMA Conference

      U-News won first place for best overall website and 12 total awards at the Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) awards Tuesday (4/7/2020) night.

      The newspaper, which competes in Division 1 against the largest schools in the state, doubled its award total from last year.

      The 12 awards won and their recipients are:

      • First Place, Website, Sam Capkovic, Ethan Evans, Lucas Cuni-Mertz and Jodi Fortino.
      • First Place, Op-Ed page, Lydia Fultz, Carlos Mercado and Alex Fulton.
      • Second Place, Op-Ed page, Lydia Fultz, Robert Zimmerman and Mason R. Dredge.
      • Third Place, Op-Ed page, Jodi Fortino, Gary Enrique Bradley-Lopez and Mason R. Dredge.
      • Third Place, Investigative Reporting, Stephanie Klein.
      • Third Place, News Writing, Lukas Kenney.
      • Third Place, Feature Writing, Emily Reid.
      • Honorable Mention, Feature Writing, Lukas Kenney.
      • Honorable Mention, Editorial Writing, Caleb Wilson.
      • Honorable Mention, Entertainment Review, Mason R. Dredge.
      • Honorable Mention, Entertainment Review, Mason R. Dredge.
      • Honorable Mention, Video, Darius Stewart, Abbey Higginbotham, Sam Capkovic and Henry Gamber.

      Go to U-News.

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      UMKC Art History Professor named a Visiting Fellow at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

      Courtesan (after Eisen) Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Paris, October-November 1887Professor Frances Connelly, Ph.D., a professor in the UMKC Department of Art and Art History, will serve as a Visiting Fellow at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in June 2018. While there, she will lead a seminar as part of the “Van Gogh Museum Visiting Fellow in the History of Nineteenth Century Art” program.

      The Van Gogh Museum’s program, now entering its 12th year, brings foreign scholars annually to the Netherlands to teach a seminar in 19th century art to graduate students and professionals. Connelly’s seminar is entitled The Grotesque in Late Nineteenth-Century Art. It will explore the workings of the grotesque in this unsettled and unsettling period and explore why it is a particularly powerful means to grapple with its social upheavals and cultural shifts.

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      UMKC Art Professor’s public artwork seen on famous Sunset Strip

      Professor Barry Anderson, chair of the UMKC Department of Art and Art History, has a video on public display in West Hollywood, California.

      The piece, Totemic Persona, is a two-channel video animation that was created with the help of UMKC Studio Art students.

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      UMKC Art Professor’s Videos at KC Streetcar Metro Center

      Totemic Persona, by Barry Anderson, M.F.A., digital motion professor and chair of the UMKC Department of Art and Art HistoryTotemic Persona, by Barry Anderson, M.F.A., digital motion professor and chair of the UMKC Department of Art and Art History, is being shown at the KC Streetcar Metro Center Northbound Stop and Kiosk, located at 12th and Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

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      Professor’s work featured in Art in the Loop Project

      Professor Toivanen's HopscotchUMKC College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean and Studio Art Professor Kati Toivanen was one of 25 artists selected for the third annual Art in the Loop Project in Kansas City, Missouri.

      Toivanen’s work, a larger-than-life rendition of the childhood game of hopscotch entitled “Hopscotch,” will be on display in Ilus Davis Park at 11th Street and Locust through September.

      “Hopscotch aims to provide moments of surprise and playful delight in the downtown business environment,” Toivanen said. “Images of familiar toys and even a spilled ice cream cone merge into the sidewalk, inviting participation from viewers.”

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      UMKC Art Professor’s Work Featured in Annual Sculpture Exhibit in Lawrence

      University of Missouri - Kansas City College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean and Studio Art Professor Kati Toivanen was one of eight artists selected for the 28th annual Lawrence Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition in Lawrence, Kansas.

      An opening reception and walking tour will take place at 5:30 pm on Friday, June 10 beginning at the South Park/Parks and Recreation office. The artwork will be on display through Spring 2017.

      Toivanen embellished public waste receptacles with custom image panels. The inspiration for her piece, entitled “Treasure Hunt,” came from local shops and vendors in downtown Lawrence.

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      UMKC English Professor Selected for Guggenheim Fellowship

      Michelle BoisseauUMKC English Professor Michelle Boisseau has been awarded a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

      Professor Boisseau, a poet, teaches in UMKC’s MFA program, is Senior Editor of BkMk Press and is Contributing Editor of New Letters. She is the recipient of two fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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      UMKC English Professor Wins $25K NEA Fellowship

      Prof. Hadara Bar-NadavHadara Bar-Nadav, associate English professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, was awarded a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for poetry. She will receive a $25,000 grant to use for writing, research, travel and career advancement.

      The NEA creative writing fellowship is the considered among the most distinguished prizes a poet can receive. Judging is anonymous.

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      UMKC + Helix Announce 2016 Bud Prize Scholarship Winners

      Bud Prize AwardThe UMKC Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design teams up with Helix each fall semester for the Bud Prize – a design competition and scholarship grant awarded to students attending UMKC. The annual scholarship was created in honor of the late Bud Persons, who was a Senior Interior Architect with Helix when he unexpectedly passed away in 2002. The award recognizes the his vibrant life and work by promoting the study and knowledge of architecture and design.

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      UMKC to offer new B.A. in Film and Media Arts in Fall 2017

      BA in Film and Media ArtsThe University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of Communication Studies is pleased to announce a new degree program, the Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Arts. Students will be able to officially enroll in this new degree program beginning Fall 2017.

      “Film and Media Arts has been an emphasis area within Communication Studies for many years. We decided to create a full-fledged B.A. in Film and Media Arts in response to increasing student demand for this particular major and credential,” said Dr. Lyn Elliot, Professor of Film and Media Arts.

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      UMKC to Present Honorary Doctorates to Outstanding Kansas City-Based Authors

      Dean Wayne Vaught speaks to a faculty member at UMKC commencement in 2016Celebrated Kansas City-based non-fiction authors David Von Drehle and Candice Millard will be honored with honorary doctorates at mid-year commencement ceremonies Dec. 16 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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      UMKC's Conservatory of Music and Dance and Department of Theatre Re-Envision New Home for all UMKC Performing Arts Programs

      UMKC Theatre PerformanceFaculty in two nationally recognized performing arts programs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City have voted in support of a merger of the Conservatory of Music and Dance and the Department of Theatre.

      The proposed merger is designed to strengthen both programs by opening up new and expanded opportunities for performance, composition and research at the University that for decades has been designated as Missouri’s Campus for the Visual and Performing Arts by the University of Missouri System.

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      UMKC's Urban Planning + Design Program Earns National Recognition

      Urban Planning + DesignThe Urban Planning + Design program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City has earned accreditation from the Planning Accreditation Board, which accredits university programs in North America leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in planning.

      “We are very pleased that the Planning Accreditation Board has recognized the quality of teaching and learning in our program,” said Michael Frisch, Ph.D., AICP, associate professor and director of the program. “It signifies that our program has been rigorously reviewed by national experts in urban planning, and found to produce graduates who meet the expectations of the planning profession.”

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      Urban Planning and Design Graduate Idris Raoufi

      Idris Raoufi - AUPD Idris Raoufi's views on urban planning in Kansas City border on bleak.

      KC is one of the most underplanned municipalities in the United States," Raoufi says. "We're 30 years behind the curve with land use, neighborhood preservation, municipal services, community health. There's been almost no emphasis on planning for the future." But even in challenging environments, dedicated souls tend to locate niches in which a difference might be made. Raoufi's niche: the 816 Bicycle Collective, where he focuses his energy when he's not working his day job as a transportation planner for Wilson & Co., an engineering and architecture firm.

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      VFW puts more “ease” into UMKC’s At Ease Zone

      Lynn Roth, III, Nick Lopez and Ethan Alexander pose for a photo on the new couch in the UMKC At Ease ZoneThe National Headquarters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars has put a little more “ease” into the UMKC At Ease Zone. The VFW recently presented student veterans with a much-desired couch for the space, along with a new coffee maker and a networked printer.

      The UMKC At Ease Zone, located on the second floor of Cherry Hall on UMKC’s Volker Campus, supports UMKC student veterans as they transition into community and campus life. The At Ease Zone is a collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences’ School of Social Work and the UMKC Dean of Students.

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    Production Facilities and Equipment

    Our facilities enable our students to light, shoot and edit professionally. Access to professional-quality equipment helps our students to tell compelling stories that make an impact on audiences.

    The Communication Studies Department has media classrooms and production spaces for student projects, including:

      • Video production studio with multi-camera and green-screen capabilities
      • Sound recording facility with narration booth and radio console
      • Post-production media labs outfitted with latest software, including Final Cut Pro, Avid, Pro Tools, Photoshop, After Effects, Flash, etc. These software packages provide the tools to not only edit video and sound, but to produce animation, motion graphics and rich media content for the web.

    Check out media lab hours and policies

    Film and Media Arts Equipment Lab

    Our equipment check-out lab maintains an extensive inventory of production equipment for student projects:

    • HD video cameras—current professional models from Sony, Canon, Panasonic, etc.
    • Location lighting equipment, including tungsten, fluorescent and HMI instruments
    • Professional sound gear packages, including a wide variety of microphones, booms, mixers and digital recorders
    • Traditional Super 8 and 16mm film cameras

    Studio 303B K-Roo Radio

    • Room 303B is located on the third floor of the student union, and serves as the production facility for K-Roo UMKC Student Radio. The facility is a fully functioning online radio production studio equipped with broadcast software, broadcast mixers, microphone mixers, microphones, audio editing software, and Macintosh computers. The studio is open to all students involved in K-Roo, providing them a space to learn and practice radio broadcast skills.

    Listed below are reservations and reference manuals for a variety of production equipment and processes.

    Reservations:

    Media lab hours and policies
    Reserve a computer
    Reserve the Studio
    Reserve the Radio Lab
    Reserve production equipment

    Student Filmmakers Win Film Festival Prizes

    Aaron’s film “Staged”

    Communication Studies major Nathan Manning won one of three “Awards of Excellence” at the 2017 Bison Bison Film Festival, April 7-8 in Ponca City, OK. Manning won the $1,000 cash prize for his short narrative film Starch, produced in Dr. Lyn Elliot’s Spring 2014 Narrative Production course.

    Communication Studies major Aaron Berger won Honorable Mention for Heartland Student Shorts at the 2017 Kansas City Film Fest, April 4-9. Berger produced his short film Staged in Dr. Lyn Elliot’s Spring 2016 Narrative Production course.

    Student Interviewed About Cambio Para Cambio Campaign

    Daisy Garcia Montoya, a senior majoring in journalism and political science, and minoring in international studies, was interviewed about her work helping the Hispanic Development Fund raise funds for scholarships to benefit undocumented students at UMKC. This effort is part of the HDF’s Cambio Para Cambio campaign. Find the news story at KMBC.

    Garcia Montoya is one of our First Gen Proud students and will be the first in her family to graduate from college in May.

    Student Organizations

    Students in Communications Studies are active in classes, internships and in our departmental student groups: The Mercury Association, The Student Film League and K-Roo Student Media.

    The Mercury Association

    The Student Film League

    K-Roo Student Media

    Interested in being a part of K-ROO? E-mail us at info@k-roo.org.

    Student Projects

    Communication Studies students participating in various media and research projects experience the excitement of applying principles and skills learned in class to journalism, filmmaking, advertising, public relations, and discovering answers to communication problems.

    Learn more about Film and Media Arts projects

    Learn more about Journalism and Mass Communication projects

    Learn more about Interpersonal and Public Communication projects

    Learn more about the Symposium of Creative and Scholarly Work

    Student Resources

    Inside and outside the classroom, the Department of Communication Studies offers numerous opportunities for students to enhance their education and build their resumes and portfolios.
    Our Department offers enriching professional and educational activities that prepare students for the job market, including internships, video, audio, film, computer equipment and facilities, to student organizations, to scholarships and undergraduate advising.

    Learn more about the Internship Program

    Learn more about production facilities and equipment

    Learn more about student organizations

    Learn more about undergraduate advising

    Students and Faculty Present at CSCA Conference

    A girl is giving speech Communication Studies major Chelsea Bihlmeyer recently presented her paper, “Unpacking the Tinder Lexicon: Visual Rhetoric and Power,” at the 2017 annual conference Central States Communication Association. The paper was competitively selected, and was the result of an independent study she completed with Dr. Steven Melling during the Fall, 2016 semester.

    Symposium of Creative and Scholarly Work

    UMKC students produce exciting works of interdisciplinary scholarship and creativity within the scope of their general education curriculum.

    This symposium offers students a forum to showcase those works and practice the skills at the core of their Anchor, Discourse, and Focus coursework.

    Students from both Fall and Spring semesters are encouraged to participate.

    Students will share their work in one of the following ways: online, oral and poster presentations, performance, fine arts, and demonstrations. Read more and register here.

    Watch the video to know more about the symposium

    U-News Wins First Place for Best Overall Website, 12 Total Awards at MCMA Conference

    U-News won first place for best overall website and 12 total awards at the Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) awards Tuesday (4/7/2020) night.

    The newspaper, which competes in Division 1 against the largest schools in the state, doubled its award total from last year.

    The 12 awards won and their recipients are:

    • First Place, Website, Sam Capkovic, Ethan Evans, Lucas Cuni-Mertz and Jodi Fortino.
    • First Place, Op-Ed page, Lydia Fultz, Carlos Mercado and Alex Fulton.
    • Second Place, Op-Ed page, Lydia Fultz, Robert Zimmerman and Mason R. Dredge.
    • Third Place, Op-Ed page, Jodi Fortino, Gary Enrique Bradley-Lopez and Mason R. Dredge.
    • Third Place, Investigative Reporting, Stephanie Klein.
    • Third Place, News Writing, Lukas Kenney.
    • Third Place, Feature Writing, Emily Reid.
    • Honorable Mention, Feature Writing, Lukas Kenney.
    • Honorable Mention, Editorial Writing, Caleb Wilson.
    • Honorable Mention, Entertainment Review, Mason R. Dredge.
    • Honorable Mention, Entertainment Review, Mason R. Dredge.
    • Honorable Mention, Video, Darius Stewart, Abbey Higginbotham, Sam Capkovic and Henry Gamber.

    Go to U-News.

    Undergraduate Advising

    The College of Arts and Sciences has a dual advising system of general/professional advisors and department advisors designed to help undergraduate students achieve academic success.

    Interpersonal and Public Communication and
    Journalism and Mass Communication Advisers

    Judith McCormick, Ph.D.
    Phone: 816-235-1120
    Email: mccormickjk@umkc.edu

    Linda Kurz, Ph.D.
    Phone: 816-235-5846
    Email: kurzl@umkc.edu

    Film and Media Arts Advisers

    Lyn Elliot, Ph.D.
    Phone: 816-514-4412
    Email: elliotle@umkc.edu

    CAS Student Services

    General UMKC advising and pre-professional advising is handled by CAS Student Services. Current students should schedule appointments through Connect.

    Why Communication Studies?

    No matter what career you pursue, your success will depend upon effective communication. Every employer is seeking employees who can write, speak, and listen effectively. This is why Communication Studies is such a useful major.

    There are some obvious career paths for students who pursue a degree in Communication Studies. You might decide to be a journalist, or a filmmaker. Or, you might pursue a career in public relations or political campaigns. But there are also many less-obvious careers that you can pursue with a degree in Communication Studies.

    Event planning is a career that is well-suited to Communication Studies graduates. Think about all the tasks that go into planning a big event. Most of the tasks involve communication, right? Negotiating with vendors requires good interpersonal communication. Hosting an event requires effective public communication. Working with committees requires an understanding of group and organizational communication.

    Communication Studies graduates also find careers in human resources, management, and fundraising. For students who wish to continue their studies, a degree in Communication Studies provides a solid foundation for graduate studies, or law school.

    Click to find out words of wisdom from our distinguished alumni

    Why UMKC?

    students are interviewed for internships

    UMKC offers three different emphasis areas within Communication Studies. Students from each of these areas have found success in Kansas City, and beyond. This means that you will become part of a larger network of professionals. The benefits of this network are available long before you graduate.

    Students often complete communication internships in diverse fields, including radio, television, social media, political campaigns, and event planning. While our students typically take advantage of internships in Kansas City, they have also completed internships in Chicago, Los Angeles, and in Europe.

    Check out our internship program

    At Home in Kansas City

    students in KC

    Our department takes full advantage of being located in a major metropolitan area. Being in Kansas City means it is easy to bring in professional guest speakers, and for students to complete internships. At many schools, students are hours away from these sorts of professional development opportunities. At UMKC, professional development opportunities are always nearby.

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    Your All Access From-The-Couch Pass To This Year’s Kansas City FilmFest International Is Just $10

    Bored to death? Missing local culture? Great news: Starting Monday, you can attend a grassroots film festival showcasing 90 films — about two dozen of them by Kansas City-area artists — all week for just $10.

    In normal times, movies in the Kansas City Film Fest International would have been shown on big screens all around the metro. But the festival’s executive director, Veronica Elliott Loncar, says the decision to stream the whole festival came after other, larger film festivals, such as SXSW and Tribeca, announced that some or all of their 2020 programming would be made available online for people staying at home due to the spread of COVID-19.

    Read more here.