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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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

$300,000 NSF Grant for Climate Research

Prof. SunAssistant Professor of Geosciences Fengpeng Sun Ph.D. was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. As the principal investigator, Sun will work as an independent researcher on a three-year project, “High-resolution Climate Change Projections in Missouri.”

Sun’s funded project is part of NSF’s Missouri Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program, “Missouri Transect: Plants, Climate and Community”, headed by Prof. John Walker at MU in Columbia. Missouri Transect is a five-year effort to build infrastructure, knowledge and collaborations in research and education across Missouri. As an established climate scientist, Sun brings to the Missouri Transect added expertise in the design of high-resolution regional climate modeling. Continue reading

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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Two CAS Professors Receive President’s Awards from UM System

The University of Missouri System presented two University of Missouri-Kansas City College of Arts and Sciences professors with President’s Awards on Friday, April 14.

Joan McDowd, professor of psychology, was awarded the President’s Award for Community Engagement by Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Bob Schwartz and Interim Chief of Staff David Russell and Wai-Yim Ching, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Physics, was awarded the President’s Award for Sustained Career Excellence by UMKC Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara Bichelmeyer. Continue reading

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… Continue reading

A Bridge to the Stars

An innovative pipeline to improve STEM diversity

Inner-city high school students in Kansas City now have a unique opportunity to learn in a college classroom with a professional astronomer through A Bridge to the Stars Scholarship and Mentoring Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The man behind the program is Daniel H. McIntosh, Ph.D., an award-winning professor of physics and astronomy, and a scientist researching the birth and growth of galaxies using the Hubble Space Telescope. As a teacher, McIntosh shares his knowledge, and his enthusiasm, to inspire others. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

A Taste of the Real World…in the Baja Basins

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

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

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

About Us

UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences offers a vast selection of courses that span the arts, humanities and sciences, whether you are pursuing a degree or taking courses for personal enrichment. With small class sizes and a faculty-student ratio of 14:1, students are ensured plenty of opportunities for individual attention. UMKC’s location in the heart of Kansas City offers a comfortable, small-campus feel in a thriving urban environment.

We are organized into three division – Arts and Humanities, Behavioral and Social Sciences and Natural and Physical Sciences – encompassing 18 departments and schools with over 40 degree options. There are also interdisciplinary programs available to complement both undergraduate and graduate degrees. As an undergraduate student, you’ll take classes that meet a common set of general education requirements that ensure you’ll graduate with the skills to function in our complex society. Students who move on to graduate study will find a full range of programs from which to choose. Most departments offer master’s level instruction, and many disciplines participate in UMKC’s innovative Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program.

Our Vision Statement

UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences will be a model urban liberal arts and sciences college reputed for both traditional and cutting-edge undergraduate and graduate academic programs; a highly diverse and dynamic faculty, staff and student body; an active engagement with its city and region; and a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research.

Our Mission Statement

UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences promotes the development of an enlightened society by fostering the discovery of new information in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences, and by making its educational resources widely available to the public. Through teaching, research and service, the College enhances and enriches the intellectual, cultural and economic well-being of the city, the region and the state of Missouri. Capitalizing on the diversity and expertise of its faculty, the College provides the graduates of all of the university’s academic divisions a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. With emphases on writing, critical thinking and interdisciplinarity, the College’s academic programs introduce students to the major branches of knowledge and to research methods in the various disciplines and professional programs. Upper-division and graduate programs prepare students for leadership roles in the arts, sciences, business and industry, education, government, health organizations, and social-service agencies. The College is committed to lifelong learning and civic engagement.

About Us

The Liberal Studies program draws on resources, courses, and faculty from across the university.  Use the links on the left hand side of the page for more information about the faculty and staff who oversee the liberal studies program and who can help you plan your program of study.

Academic Areas

Discover more information about the vast number of academic programs and degree options in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Arts and Humanities

Architecture, Urban Planning + Design

Department Overview

Whether you want to design buildings, plan sustainable communities or study responsible urban development, UMKC’s Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design offers a broad range of educational experiences to help you become a highly sought-after professional.Our faculty are directly engaged with Kansas City’s successful professionals and vibrant arts scene.

You’ll develop contacts with practicing architects and urban planners/designers and find solutions to real-world needs — opportunities few other universities can offer.

Majors

Architectural Studies
Urban Planning + Design
Urban Studies

Visit the Architecture, Urban Planning + Design site.

Art and Art History

Department Overview

An art and art history degree opens the door to a wide variety of career opportunities: graphic designer, art educator, fashion designer and photographer. It also provides a solid foundation for post-graduate study. As an art student, you’ll experience a wide range of traditional and digital studio courses that build technical skills and develop creative expression.

Faculty are nationally recognized artists, historians, educators and curators. Dynamic educational opportunities, such as significant gallery exhibitions and visiting artist and scholar lectures, provide interesting and fun ways to supplement your classroom experience. And our established relationship with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art provides access to original works of art, curatorial expertise and internships.

Majors

Art Education
Art History
Studio Art

Visit the Art and Art History site.

Communication Studies

Department Overview

A degree in communication studies will give you tremendous flexibility in making a career choice. You’ll leave with the professional skills required to build careers in broadcasting, social media, public relations, reporting, law or graduate programs.

Take advantage of fully equipped film, video and radio production facilities and editing suites. We offer excellent opportunities for you to get real-world experience before graduation. You can intern in a state-of-the-art television or radio studio, at a public relations or advertising firm, in a corporate communications office or with a professional sports team.

Majors

Comm Studies: Film & Media Arts
Comm Studies: Interpersonal & Public Communications
Comm Studies: Journalism & Mass Communications

Visit the Communication Studies site.

English Language and Literature

Department Overview

With a degree in English, you’ll develop the ability to think critically and imaginatively, conduct research and write with accuracy and clarity — preparing yourself for a variety of opportunities and career paths.

A great complement to our majors are minors in manuscript, print culture and editing, which offer real-world experiences through campus and community internships in publishing and marketing.

Many of our graduates have become project and human resource managers. Several go to professional schools of law and medicine or complete graduate study in business, English, library science, archival work and education.

Majors

English: Classics, Medieval and Early Modern Literature
English: Creative Writing
English: Language and Rhetoric
English: Literature

Visit the English Language and Literature site.

Foreign Languages and Literatures

Department Overview

Knowledge of a second language can provide you with unique job-related skills for an edge in today’s competitive job market — opening the door to a world of opportunities and cultures.

Our full-time faculty brings a range of expertise and experience to the program. They have lived and studied extensively in their discipline and respective countries, and all are scholars with international reputations in their fields.

Advanced students study abroad and graduates take advantage of international teaching and research internships. Language instruction is also offered in Arabic, Ancient Greek, Italian and Latin.

Majors

Emphasis: Classical Languages and Culture
Emphasis: French Language and Literature
Emphasis: German Language and Literature
Emphasis: Spanish Language and Literature

Visit the Foreign Languages and Literatures site.

Philosophy

Department Overview

We teach general reasoning and problem-solving skills that are highly valued by employers. Philosophy is an excellent path to graduate school, as philosophy majors typically obtain higher test scores than other majors on the GMAT, LSAT and GRE. Many of our graduates have been placed in top-tier law schools and graduate programs, have held political offices and lead for-profit as well as not-for-profit enterprises.

Majors

Philosophy

Visit the Philosophy site.

Theatre

Department Overview

U.S. News & World Report has ranked our department among the top graduate theatre training programs in the country. You’ll obtain a solid artistic and academic background and have the opportunity to learn by doing. Our graduates have the foundation needed to explore and acquire the knowledge and techniques to thrive in today’s demanding world of theatre.

You will have numerous opportunities to work with professional companies, including The Kansas City Repertory Theatre, one of America’s outstanding professional theatres, located on the UMKC campus.

Majors

Interest Area: General
Interest Area: Performance
Interest Area: Design/Technical

Visit the Theatre site.

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Criminal Justice and Criminology

Department Overview

Whether you’re interested in pursuing a career in the judicial system or law enforcement, earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and criminology provides you with the knowledge and analytical skills to serve as tomorrow’s leaders.

Faculty have active research agendas and partner with local criminal justice agencies. This increases your access to criminal justice professionals, leading to internships, field experiences, service learning opportunities and employment upon graduation. Our graduates work in law enforcement, court settings, corrections, social service agencies and advocacy. Many choose to attend law school or a graduate program.

Majors

Criminal Justice and Criminology

Visit the Criminal Justice and Criminology site.

Economics

Department Overview

As an economics major, you will be trained to understand how financial markets work and government policy influences U.S. and global economics. Economists analyze how limited resources are identified, analyzed and managed. You will explore the trends that are transforming our economy and changing the world in which we live.

Our faculty provide expert testimony and advice to governments in the U.S. and around the world. UMKC is home to the Center for Economic Information, a regional powerhouse for urban policymakers. The department is also home to “New Economic Perspectives,” one of the world’s top-ranked economic blogs.

Majors

Emphasis: General
Emphasis: Money and Finance
Emphasis: Political Economy
Emphasis: Urban Economic Development

Visit the Economics site.

History

Department Overview

At UMKC, the study of history is much more than names and dates — it is a major that is as engaging as it is rewarding. Our goal is to give you an understanding of the complex world around them as well as the marketable skills needed to navigate that world.

In our HistoryMakers program, we partner with civic, cultural and political organizations throughout the city, giving you valuable hands-on training in historic preservation, community organizing and public programming. Graduates have gone on to business, politics, law school and fully funded graduate school programs in the humanities and social sciences.

Majors

History

Visit the History site.

Political Science

Department Overview

UMKC Political Science majors have pursued careers in law, politics, government, journalism, teaching and international affairs. Our graduates practice law at prestigious Kansas City firms, have started their own political consulting businesses and have served as field representatives for major candidates, including Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill. The UMKC Political Science department provides opportunities to complete internships in Kansas City, Jefferson City and Washington, D.C., to engage in collaborate research with faculty and to study abroad. UMKC Political Science has a proven record of providing students with the education and experiences that will serve them well in a wide range of careers.

Majors

Political Science

Visit the Political Science site.

Psychology

Department Overview

Our department is known for its foundation in experimental and applied psychological science, with strengths in health psychology and cognitive neuroscience. You’ll find that your classmates in psychology may have a wide variety of academic interests, including health and human services, medicine and business.

We have several nationally renowned faculty members who are recognized for research on obesity, HIV, multiple sclerosis, aging, addictions and serious mental illness. We also offer opportunities for you to engage with faculty and other students, including an active Psychology Club and Psi Chi, the Psychology National Honor Society. Our graduates have become counselors, social workers, researchers, physicians and licensed clinical psychologists.

Majors

Psychology

Visit the Psychology

School of Social Work

Department Overview

The UMKC Master of Social Work Program prepares you with knowledge, values and skills to work across a broad array of settings with diverse people. This social work perspective looks not only at individual thoughts, feelings and actions but also at the social environment as a primary arena for opportunities for change. Social workers are committed to care-centered practice, community-building and social justice.

UMKC’s advanced generalist curriculum is based on core professional competencies in the following areas: social work practice theory, organizations and leadership, community-building and social action, research and evaluation and professional development. Many field placement opportunities in the community have been established for you.

Majors

Master of Social Work

Visit the School of Social Work site.

Sociology

Department Overview

Our department is deeply committed to helping you realize their potential and to cultivating a profound appreciation for their experiences as social beings. You will learn not what to think but rather how to think about social life and problems. This skill prepares graduates for a wide range of careers in fields such as the nonprofit social service sector, public policy, law, journalism, business and academic social sciences. You’ll have the opportunity to actively participate in internships that build civic and career bridges for the future.

Majors

Sociology
Emphasis: Cultural Anthropology

Visit the Sociology site.

Natural and Physical Sciences

Chemistry

Department Overview

Chemistry is central to the development of new medicines and materials, the understanding of biological processes on a molecular level and many important global issues of today including the environment and energy. You will receive cutting-edge undergraduate research opportunities with expert faculty; exposure to theory, experiment/observation and simulation; and have numerous connections to career opportunities within Kansas City, throughout the country and abroad.

A degree in chemistry is excellent preparation for the professional schools of dentistry, medicine and pharmacy. UMKC chemistry graduates have gone to nationally recognized graduate and professional programs in chemistry, biochemistry, medical, dental, veterinary, law and pharmacy.

Majors

Chemistry

Visit the Chemistry site.

Geosciences

Department Overview

Our department is known for its diverse faculty with international vision and research interests. Our courses on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, environmental modeling, field methods, geo-archeology, volcanology, geochemistry, global climate change, and biogeography address various topics of geospatial methodology and environmental issues.

The U.S. Department of Labor ranks geosciences as one of the greatest employment needs for the next 15 years. We pride ourselves on being located in a city that has been a leader in the fields of geospatial technologies and geotechnical engineering. We also offer an emphasis in urban environmental geosciences, as well as unique opportunities for internships, undergraduate research and interdisciplinary work.

Majors

Geology
Geography
Environmental Studies

Visit the Geosciences site.

Mathematics and Statistics

Department Overview

Mathematics and statistics majors are at the leading edge of knowledge, providing important new insights into technology and business. At UMKC, you gain the transferable skills necessary to analyze and problem solve. We offer real-world opportunities for you to learn to think logically and outside the box. Graduates have gone on to careers in government, education and research, and a mathematics degree opens the door to prestigious graduate programs.

Majors

Mathematics and Statistics

Visit the Mathematics and Statistics site.

Physics and Astronomy

Department Overview

We have ample undergraduate research opportunities in which you are paid to participate in scientific investigations. Join faculty in research and use national facilities, research labs and institutions, such as supercomputers from the National Science Foundation for running computationally intensive simulations.

These opportunities are the reasons our alumni succeed and become renowned in their fields. Our students have gone on to graduate school or professional programs in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and law.

Majors

Physics
Emphasis: Astronomy
Emphasis: General

Visit the Physics and Astronomy site.

Academics

UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences offers the atmosphere of a small, liberal arts college in the heart of Kansas City. Students receive a well-rounded liberal arts education by taking courses spanning the arts, humanities and sciences.

Learn From the Best

Members of our faculty have won Fulbrights, Guggenheims and Pulitzers. Make an impact by assisting our professors in original research for granting agencies like NASA; the U.S. Departments of Defense, Education and Justice; the National Institutes of Health; the National Endowment for the Humanities; and the National Science Foundation.

Gain a Competitive Advantage

Our robust internship programs provide professional, real-world experience from companies throughout the region. You’ll make great contacts that could help you secure your first job post-graduation.

Find a Mentor

Program enrollment is selective, and a student-faculty ratio of 14:1 ensures plenty of one-on-one attention from professors who will help you explore your field of study.

Small Classes, Big City

Benefit from small class sizes that provide individualized attention while taking advantage of life in a large metro area. Kansas City is gaining national recognition for its arts and culture, such as The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and the Crossroads First Fridays art crawls, along with three major national sports teams and several entertainment districts. UMKC’s central location will serve as your hub, allowing you to explore everything Kansas City has to offer.

ACS Midwest Regional Meeting

Many graduate students and faculty members in the Department of Chemistry participated in the 51st Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in October.  The meeting was held at the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan, Kansas. The Midwest Regional Meeting offers an opportunity for chemists at UMKC and other universities in the midwest region to present their research, offers workshops for graduate students, and gives industries a chance to meet the talent in the midwest.

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Pre-Law

Why did you choose Pre-Law?

In high school I was really interested in government and politics and the opportunity to be in UMKC’s Six-Year Law Scholars Program really solidified my college decision. I like economic policy and I think I’d like to focus on corporate law to use both of my degrees together.

How have you grown at UMKC?

UMKC has helped sharpen my work ethic. I came to college as an unfinished product, and I am not yet the person I want to become. My experiences here have helped mold my views on many key issues, which is helping me decide who I want to be and what I want to do with my life. College is all about personal development, and I know I made the right decision to come to UMKC.

What do you love about UMKC?

I really wanted a fresh start after high school. I didn’t want to know anyone as I began my adult and professional life and really appreciated the diversity at UMKC. It is easy to be yourself here. We have a very accepting campus, something not all places can say. I have made friends from all over the country and world, allowing me to experience many different cultures and lifestyles.

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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. Continue reading

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… Continue reading

Alexa

English Language and Literature

Why did you choose to major in English?

I initially chose it because I love to write; however, my passion shifted to studying the actual process of writing and how it differs for individuals. Now I’m working toward my doctorate. I’ve also signed up for the Peace Corps and hope to go to Africa to teach French or English.

How have your professors helped you?

My professors have provided information on internships, job openings, extracurricular activities and advice on life in general. They are equally encouraging and helpful. Their blunt honesty has kept me humble, but they never cease to give me a high-five when needed.

What do you write about?

One of my favorite hobbies is writing for my blog [how early 2000s of me, I know]. My first year in college I was really sad and I missed my three sisters. I realized I needed to be less focused on being happy and more focused on being full of joy, so I started writing about how not to be affected by the sad things in life. A lot of freshmen have identified with my story and started reading my blog. It’s great to know other people are getting something out of it

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ALMA telescope to unlock mysteries of giant galaxy…

Phoenix Cluster impression by B. SaxtonTeam used ALMA telescope to unlock mysteries of giant galaxy at the center of Phoenix Cluster

A team of astronomers including Mark Brodwin, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, have discovered a surprising connection between a supermassive black hole and the galaxy in which it resides.

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Alumni

UMKC was founded in 1933 as a private college then known as the University of Kansas City. Today, UMKC serves over 16,000 students across two campuses and has a living alumni base of more than 120,000 graduates.

UMKC Alumni Association

The mission of the UMKC Alumni Association is to provide a lifetime link to UMKC for alumni and friends to support the mission and goals of the University and to help it achieve its potential.

College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Board

The College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Board is vital to the College’s mission and development of a strong alumni base. Members attend regular board meetings, give time and resources to support students and campus events, and serve as good stewards of the College around Kansas City.

To learn more about how to get involved with the CAS Alumni Board, contact Karen English, Director of Advancement for the College of Arts and Sciences.

2017-2018 CAS Alumni Board Members

Matt Hoefer, President
Senior Vice President, Great American Bank
BA ’06, Economics

Becky Smith, Vice President
BA ’76, Economics

Cory Robertson, Secretary/Treasurer
BA ’09, Studio Art

Jordan Allen
BA ’17, Sociology

Kendra Burgess
Constituent Service Representative, US Senator Clair McCaskill’s Office
BA ’10, Communication Studies

Jennifer Parker Burrus
Senior Administrative Assistant, UMKC College of Arts and Sciences
MA ’90, History

Heather Burton
Graphic Designer, Sprint
BA ’17, Studio Art

Matt Castilleja
Owner, Castilleja – Furniture & Objects
BA ’09, Studio Art

Kristina Gardner
Mental Health Monitor, Comprehensive Mental Health Services
BA ’15, Sociology

Apply for Program

Apply to be considered for the fall 2019 cohort of the First Gen Roo program!! Up to 45 students will be selected.

The priority deadline to receive applications is Monday, July 1, 2019 by 11:59 pm.

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. Continue reading

Army ROTC

Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) is one of the best leadership courses in the country and is part of your college curriculum. During classes and field training, students learn first-hand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups and how to conduct missions as an Officer in the Army. Upon graduation from Army ROTC, students earn the bar of a Second Lieutenant and become a leader for life.

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. Continue reading

Arts and Humanities 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

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    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."

    Read the full KCUR article

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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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    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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    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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    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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Associate Dean Duties

Area/Project Associate Dean
Academic Affairs

  • Assessment
  • Attendance Surveys
  • Compliance
  • FERPA/Grades
  • HLC Reports
  • Non-Payers Reports
  • Syllabi Collection/Review
Holsinger, Kristi
Academic Compliance Council Herron, John
Holsinger, Kristi
Academic Credential Coordinating Officer Herron, John
Academic Dishonesty Investigator Holsinger, Kristi
Academic Policy Development Task Force Holsinger, Kristi
Academic Standards Committee (ex officio) Holsinger, Kristi
Annual Space Utilization Survey Lundgren, Jennifer
Bernardin-Haskell/Overstreet Fund Proposals Lundgren, Jennifer
Campus P&T Coordinators Group Herron, John
CAS Curriculum Committee (ex officio) Holsinger, Kristi
Lundgren, Jennifer
CAS Excellence in Teaching Committee Herron, John
CAS Student Council Holsinger, Kristi
Centers and Institutes Review Committee Lundgren, Jennifer
Chair/Director Evaluations/Relations

  • Annual Dept. Chair/Program Director Evaluations
  • New Chair/Director Orientation
Herron, John

 

Convocation Herron, John
Dual Credit Collaboration Team Holsinger, Kristi
E-Learning Action Committee (ELAC) Holsinger, Kristi
Faculty Affairs

  • Annual Faculty Evaluations/Workload Review
  • Annual System Faculty Workload Report
  • Course Evaluations
  • Faculty Development
  • Graduate and Doctoral Faculty Appointments
  • Mid-Tenure (“Third Year”) Reviews
  • myVITA
  • Promotion and Tenure
  • Ranked NTT Promotion Process
Herron, John

 

Faculty/Staff Awards/Recognition

  • CAS Staff and Teaching Awards
  • Campus and System Award Nominations
  • Fall Reception
Herron, John

 

Financial Affairs

  • Budgeting
  • Compliance
  • Computers and Technology Purchases
  • Contracts
  • Dean’s Funding Requests
  • ProCards
  • Procurement
  • Travel & Expense Reimbursements
Lundgren, Jennifer

 

Graduate Council (ex officio) Lundgren, Jennifer
Graduate Programs

  • CAS Graduate Officer
  • Catalog
  • Forms Processing (academic, travel grants, etc.)
  • Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)
Lundgren, Jennifer

 

Graduate Student Affairs

  • Awards/Fellowships
  • Student Grievances
Lundgren, Jennifer

 

Grant Approval (backup) Herron, John
GTA/GRA Budgets Lundgren, Jennifer
HSCP (including Dean’s Scholarships) Holsinger, Kristi
Instructor Budgets Lundgren, Jennifer
International Relations

  • Collaborations
  • Faculty Exchange
  • Recruitment
  • International Dual Credit
  • Study Abroad
  • Student Exchange
Herron, John

 

Internship Task Force Herron, John
Marketing/Communications Herron, John
Online Education

  • Certification Plans
  • Confluence
  • State Authorization
Holsinger, Kristi

 

Research Affairs

  • Grant Approval
  • Grant-Funded Course Buyouts
  • Research Incentive Funds
  • Salary Savings
Lundgren, Jennifer

 

Research Deans Council Lundgren, Jennifer
Scholarships Lundgren, Jennifer
Space Allocations Lundgren, Jennifer
Strategic Enrollment Management Team (SEMT) Herron, John
Holsinger, Kristi
Student Affairs Enrollment Management (SAEM) Holsinger, Kristi
Student Recruitment Herron, John
Student Retention/Enrollment Management

  • DFW
  • Graduation Survey
  • Non-Enrolled Reports
Holsinger, Kristi

 

Summer Bridge Planning Committee Holsinger, Kristi
Summer Budgets Lundgren, Jennifer
The University of Missouri South African Education program Herron, John
UMRB Applications Lundgren, Jennifer
Undergraduate Programs

  • Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA)
  • CAS General Courses (A&S 100, 115, etc.)
  • Catalog
  • Forms Processing
  • Pre-Professional
Holsinger, Kristi

 

Undergraduate Student Affairs/CAS Student Services

  • Appeals/Petitions
  • Articulation Agreements
  • Life Coach
  • UMKC Connect
Holsinger, Kristi

 

Work Study Allocations Lundgren, Jennifer

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

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

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

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

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

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. Continue reading

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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Award-Winning Poet Leaves Deep Legacy

Michelle BoisseauUMKC mourns the death of longtime English Professor Michelle Boisseau

Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet and University of Missouri-Kansas City English Professor Michelle Boisseau died Nov. 15 at her home in Kansas City.

Throughout her literary career, Boisseau wrote five books of poetry, a chapbook (a small book of poetry centered on a specific theme), and won several awards, including a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship Award, a Pulitzer Prize and a Best American Poetry award. Her renown served as a recruiting tool in itself as many students and faculty have been drawn to UMKC for the opportunity to work with her. She was known to bend over backwards to help cultivate students’ work and influence them to submit their work for publication and awards. Continue reading

Bachelor of Liberal Arts

The College of Arts and Sciences offers the Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA) degree for individuals who seek scientific literacy, an understanding of the social sciences and an appreciation of the humanities. The BLA is an alternative to the BA/BS degree programs and is for individuals who do not wish to commit themselves to a specialty, whose aspirations are not served by a traditional major, and who desire maximum flexibility in course selection.

Students who have found the BLA degree particularly beneficial are those who have matriculated into the six-year medical program and pursue the combined BLA/MD degrees and those students wishing to apply to the UMKC School of Law through the Early Entry Law Program.

The College of Arts and Sciences also has pre-professional advisors who help students prepare for careers in a variety of law and healthcare fields by fostering personal and professional development and helping students select courses that will help them pursue these careers.

Requirements and tools for planning your degree can be found in the UMKC Catalog.

Based On Nazi Love Letters, A UMKC Professor’s Play Shows Life During Wartime

Based On Nazi Love Letters, A UMKC Professor's Play Shows Life During WartimeDid Nazis fall in love?

Of course they did, though it may be hard to associate the idea of that emotion with a society that committed human atrocities. But as the Third Reich was rising, individuals in Germany fell in love with each other just like people all over the world fall in love every day.

Kansas Citians have a chance to hear what that felt like when actors stage a script-in-hand reading on Sunday, June 4, 2017, thanks to a trove of letters between two wartime lovers. Continue reading

Become a Student

“It is easy to be yourself here. We have a very accepting campus, something not all places can say. I have made friends from all over the country and world ” – Addisen, Pre-Law and Economics

The breadth of disciplines and majors with the College of Arts and Sciences lends itself to a rich community life. Not only will you get to connect with fellow like-minded students, you’ll also have an opportunity to learn from professors who know you and care about helping you achieve your goals.

Don’t just take our word for it, see what our students have to say, and then take the next step to join them. Have questions? Connect with one of our friendly recruiters.

Become a Student

The Bachelor of Liberal Arts program provides flexible degree options for students who are interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary program of study or who would like to complete an undergraduate degree.

If you are a current UMKC student who is interested in declaring the BLA or switching to the BLA from another program, you can contact the BLA advisor Erica Wolfe at 816-235-6270 or wolfeem@umkc.edu.

If you are not yet a UMKC student, use the links on this page to request more information about UMKC or to schedule a campus visit.

If you are interested in applying to the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, you can get more information by contacting the MALS advisor Dr. April Austin at 816-235-6257 or austinal@umkc.edu.  You can also find detailed information about the admission requirements for the MALS program in the UMKC Catalog.

Black Studies

The Black Studies Program holistically examines the experience, contributions and condition of African-descent peoples in the formation and evolution of American society and culture. The program’s focus extends to an examination of the active role of Africa and the African Diaspora in global society and human culture.

“Black Studies Internship Course Partnership” receives national attention

Business Portrait

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has announced that is expanding its internship program with the Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce, formerly known as the Kansas Black Chamber of Commerce. The program offers instruction for students in the Black studies program at the university who are interested in entrepreneurship or business ownership.

Undergraduate and graduate students in Black studies will combine classroom learning with community service and on-site internships at small businesses in the area. Students must have a 3.0 grade point average and must have completed six hours of Black studies courses. Continue reading

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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Cameron

Communication Studies

What excites you about your future?

I chose my major because I’m a motivational speaker and my goal is to travel and make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Life is always going to give you obstacles, but you can change how it affects you. A few years ago it felt like I was going down a dark path, then I discovered the power of positive energy. I’m blessed to be alive, and now I focus on sharing that energy with others.

Now when I have a bad day, I focus on something good and remind myself good things are on the horizon, because they are — things won’t stay bad forever. Whatever the obstacles or situation, you can always take back positive energy.

What will you take from your experience at UMKC into your professional career?

I love the diversity this campus offers; you have a little bit of everything when it comes to ethnicity, which I believe is very important. Dr. Steven Melling, from the Department of Communication Studies, is a great teacher. He relates to people in class through modern references to Outkast and Beyoncé. He’s been a great example of how to relate to a diverse group of people. I’m trying to expand my skills in that area and have learned a lot from him.

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Cara Nordengren

Art History, Criminal Justice and Criminology and Psychology

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa, which is a suburb of Des Moines. I graduated from Dowling Catholic High School.

How have your college programs inspired you?

Art History helped me realize that you can make what you love your job. Art has always had a very calming influence on my life. Before I was an Art History major I would go to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to de-stress. So when I started taking art history classes it was like the clouds parted. I would spend extra time studying without even realizing it because I just really loved looking at and learning about art.

CJC has been great because there’s so many different people who major in Criminal Justice, every one of those people comes to the program with a different approach to the law and how/if policies should be enforced.

What got you into your fields of study?

When I originally chose criminal justice, I wanted to help people and be able to make a difference in our world. There are so many problems with the current criminal justice system and I wanted to be able to have a hand in fixing it. I still have every intention of doing so, just through charity and volunteer work and the like.

I took Introduction to Art History, Art History 110 with Dr. Robert Cohon. I just fell in love with it. It was one of the best classes I’d ever taken. And studying never felt like a chore for that class because I just really enjoyed doing it. I carry a lot of stress in my life. I’m a very high-stress person. It’s just the way I am. Art is just so calming, and I’m never stressed when I’m working on art. I really took the right class at the right time.

What do you do as a Nelson-Atkins Scholar?

I’m doing independent research in the Nelson on the special exhibition that just came through, Luxury: Treasures of the Roman Empire. And I’m doing work with the permanent collections and then research about Roman glass and Roman marble and carbon techniques.

Since entering college, what have you learned about yourself?

I’ve learned that I don’t do well with nothing to do. I have to be doing something the more mentally engaging the better, whether that’s homework, actual work, or something else. Which is probably why I’m a double major with a minor — that keeps me busy enough that I don’t get bored.

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

You have to do what you love or it’s not worth the effort.

What do you feel like you contribute to UMKC?

I hope a positive attitude and a welcoming face. I try to be really friendly and helpful. I work for Res Life. I’m a desk attendant. So part of my job is just being super friendly to people.

What do you want your legacy to be after graduation day?

Positivity – I think that’s what I’d like my legacy to be. Positivity and community.

I would love to become an art curator. Being able to bring the world of fine arts to more people. I feel like people get intimidated about art. I want people to be able to have more of an access to art. Art just has such a calming influence on my life. I feel like more people should be able to have access to that. I’d also love to travel more and see the world and learn about people. I love learning, so getting to know how different parts of the world work and how different people think would be great.

Art History, CJC and Psychology student Cara Nordengren sitting

How do you feel UMKC will help you achieve your goals?

Definitely the people here. Most everyone that I’ve interacted with has been really helpful and out to make sure that you really succeed. Also giving me introductions and access to the right people. Because where I’m at in my life right now I definitely would not be if I hadn’t come to UMKC and taken the right classes and shook hands with the right people. Connections.

What is one word that best describes you?

Driven. I have always felt like there was something more I could be doing, or a way I could be doing better. Even when I have a lot to do, as soon as I finish one thing my first thought is: what’s next?

What’s your favorite social media channel and why?

I’m a big fan of Snapchat; it lets me see what my friends are doing throughout the day as if I’m there with them without actually being there.

What’s your favorite spot to eat in Kansas City?

A little Vietnamese restaurant at the City Market called Hien Vuong Restaurant. It’s got somewhere between 20 and 30 seats and they make the most incredible authentic Vietnamese food.

What motto do you live by?

“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” – a quote by Frida Kahlo

What excites you?

Learning. I love learning new things and meeting new people and seeing how different portions of the world work. I get really excited about art. Learning on a macro level and then art on a micro level.

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. Continue reading

CAS Associate Dean Publishes Book About the Wartime Deeds of Henry Bloch

Once upon a time, America’s Tax Man was America’s airman.

Henry Bloch, founder of H&R Block, enlisted in the Army Air Corps shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack and was trained as a navigator for bomber missions. He flew 32 missions over Europe as a navigator on a B-17 Flying Fortress. His first mission was the third-ever raid over Berlin by the Allies.

Bloch’s wartime experiences, and the impact those experiences had on shaping his postwar business career, is the topic of a new book from BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Continue reading

CAS Director of Student Services Receives 2018 UMKC Staff Council Award

Becky Bergman poses for a picture with her 2018 staff award in her officeRebecca Bergman, Director of Student Services for the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences, is the 2018 recipient of the UMKC Human Resources Staff Excellence Award. Bergman received the award on Thursday, April 26, 2018, during the Staff Awards Reception.

CAS Associate Dean and Studio Art Professor Kati Toivanen nominated Bergman for the competitive award because of her ongoing service to the entire UMKC community, specifically the College of Arts and Sciences. Continue reading

CAS hosts annual Fall Reception and Awards Ceremony

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

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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. Continue reading

CAS Team Wins First Place at Regalia Run

College of Arts and Sciences Regalia Run Team 2017The College of Arts and Sciences Team won first place at this year’s Regalia Run for having the largest team of any unit on campus with 29 members. Provost Bichelmeyer presented a trophy to Dean Wayne Vaught and other members of the team on Friday, October 27, during a celebration breakfast in Scofield Hall. Associate Dean Kati Toivanen was also presented a trophy for being the top female finisher in the 10K.

The UMKC Regalia Run took place on Sunday, October 1, 2017. Close to 300 runners, walkers and children took part in the race, and more than 150 volunteers made the event possible.

All proceeds support immediate aid scholarships for UMKC students. The CAS Alumni Board also collected more than 900 pounds of food for the Kangaroo Pantry.

Centers & Institutes

The centers and institutes housed within the College of Arts and Sciences provide a multidisciplinary approach to research, education, training and public service. Their purpose is to enable faculty members and students to work with one another, other institutions and representatives of the civic, corporate and philanthropic communities on issues, projects and programs related to UMKC’s academic strengths and interests.

The Applied Language Institute offers comprehensive ESL instruction for academic, personal and professional purposes. The ALI courses aim to provide students with an understanding of US culture and values while acknowledging students’ own cultures and languages.

The Center for Economic Information at UMKC uses technology in support of economic decision-makers in both the public and private sectors.

The Harry S. Truman Center for Governmental Affairs aims to be a link and resource for all its initiatives as well as a place where people can connect to explore the broad field of its charge: governmental affairs.

The Center for Midwestern Studies’ mission is to encourage and disseminate innovative research, teaching and public programming about the American Midwest.

The Center for Neighborhoods was established by the UMKC Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design in partnership with the State of Missouri and community partners to address the challenges facing neighborhoods in Kansas City, MO.

Certificate Program in Bioethics

The Certificate Program in Bioethics is designed to provide an interdisciplinary introduction to the philosophical, legal and clinical foundations for health care ethics. This program is designed to enhance the clinical practice of health care professionals as well as providing a foundation for further study of bioethics for professionals and students in any discipline.

Chemistry Department Celebrates First Phase of Renovated Lab Space

Beakers and Chemistry equipmentOfficials from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and McCarthy Building Companies recently gathered to commemorate the completion of the first phase of a $21.5 million project to renovate and modernize 75,000 square feet of laboratory space in the Spencer Chemistry and Biological Sciences buildings on the UMKC Volker Campus.

“Renovating and expanding UMKC’s primary biology and chemistry teaching laboratories enhances our ability to offer outstanding research and academic degree programs in modern sciences at both the undergraduate and graduate level,” said Robert Simmons, UMKC associate vice chancellor of administration. “Modernizing outdated buildings benefits students, faculty and the community, while addressing functionality, enrollment capacity and deferred maintenance needs.” Continue reading

Chemistry professor publishes book on black titanium dioxide

Xiaobo ChenBlack TiO2 Nanomaterials for Energy Applications. The book, published through World Scientific Publishing, aims to present the recent progress on the research of black TiO2 nanomaterials and how they can be used in a number of clean energy applications.

The book includes a theoretical analysis of TiO2 research, and provides a comprehensive review of the subject for students, researchers and practitioners in catalytic science, materials science, nanotechnology, green technology and chemistry. Continue reading

Christopher D. Harris receives College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Award

UMKC Alumn Chris Harris speaks during the Spring 2018 Graduation with Distinction LuncheonFor more than 20 years, Chris Harris has devoted his time to transforming urban land into green spaces and recreation areas.

He developed the Harris Park Midtown Sports and Activities Center in the late 1990s, which turned a vacant lot in urban Kansas City, Missouri, into a beautiful park with a playground and basketball court. Since then, Harris has built the park into not only a recreational facility, but also an educational environment that helps youth and adults cultivate basic life skills, self-esteem, and respect for others and property.

He is also working on building a state-of-the-art, nine-hole putting green as a way to bring golf to the urban area. At UMKC, he was awarded the Bernard Osher Reentry Scholarship, which gave him the opportunity to advance his philanthropic initiatives and his career. Harris currently serves as a housing locator at Truman Medical Center.

His career achievements led him to be named the 2018 Alumni Achievement Award winner for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Continue reading

C. J.

History

What brought you to UMKC?

I am a second-generation non-traditional student. My mom adopted me when she was 38 and I was six. Then she went back to school. We used to sit in the hallway while she was taking classes at Penn Valley. When she was 51 she graduated from UMKC with her master’s degree in social work.

When I first got out of high school I just started working. My aunt works at UMKC in the cafeteria, and when I was 24 she said, “so many people at UMKC are older. It’s a mixed bag. You can still go to college.” So I tried, and now I’m succeeding and getting things done. It’s been a truly wonderful experience.

My mom passed away two years ago, during my first year at UMKC. I have my mom’s master’s degree diploma so I can put my degree next to it when I graduate. And then when I get my master’s degree from UMKC, we’ll have all three degrees hanging up in my house. That’s gonna be a great moment.

How did you choose your major?

When I first started college I was psych major. I wanted to be a profiler like on Criminal Minds. But when I started to study, history stuck out to me. It was inclusive. History is everything – it’s sociology, psychology, music and fashion. It’s what’s happening now, what has happened before, and – if you pay attention – what will happen next. History is this phenomenon that’s happening all around us. A lot of people don’t study history, so I think studying it and teaching it to others is important.

What do you like most about UMKC?

For me, it’s been my ability to be involved. I’m a member of 10 or 11 organizations on campus and I hold a lot of leadership positions. When I first got here, I told myself to focus on academics and not get involved. During my first semester, I went to class, I ate and I went home, every day. Eventually when I did get involved, I just joined everything I could.
The amount of success I’ve had as a member of the UMKC community and the connections I’ve made – it’s made me a better person. It’s changed my entire outlook on life.

What are your career goals?

I really think I want to work in diversity and inclusion, ensuring we have a diverse student body. Going to high schools and making sure they have access to college, and when they get here making sure they can succeed. Having retention for students of different cultures, fraternity and sorority affairs, anything that enriches student life and ensures success for all students.

What is your advice for incoming freshmen?

Make connections and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and find your tribe. It’s so important that we, as students, depend on each other. Trying to do it on your own is really hard. Drowning in classes, eating at the cafeteria – doing that by yourself is hard! So find people – that’s the best thing you can do.

At first I didn’t want to make friends with anyone, but I made a friend in a class. He changed me into a leader. I didn’t want to go, but he said, “you’re coming to my Men of Color meeting.” Ever since then I had the bug.

The amount of opportunities that come when you’re involved and you make connections are endless. You can spend four years in your dorm room or you can spend four years succeeding and making a name for yourself. College is 50 percent going to class and 50 percent auditioning for the rest of your life. The level of work you put in now will reflect on what you do when you get out in the world. You’ve got to put your heart into stuff, and UMKC is a great place to do that.

Tell us more about your radio show.

My radio show is called the Shady Bunch. I wanted to play off the Brady Brunch. It’s a pop entertainment talk show but we also do opinions. Everyone has a shade name. There’s nine of us, just like the Brady Brunch. We talk about Beyonce, we talk about sports, social justice, our campus, friendship and relationships. It’s really just about having a good time.

That’s one thing I always say – if you’re going to do something, do it loudly. If you live, live loudly. If you love, love loudly. Just be successful, love what you’re doing and live your life. Don’t let it pass you by. You only get one chance.

How has UMKC changed you?

As a black gay student, joining a group like Men of Color was hard for me because I didn’t always feel like I fit in. Now being a leader and having the respect of those members has changed my philosophy on how I deal with people.

People always tell me, “You’re so sure of yourself!” It wasn’t always that way. Part of that is because of the successes I’ve had here. The more I was able to succeed, the more confident I got.

Clara Irazabal-Zurita Wins Award for Co-authored Article

Clara Irazabal sits in her officeClara Irazábal-Zurita, UMKC Professor of Planning and Director of Latinx Studies, recently received a Best Journal Article Award from the Global Planning Educators Interest Group of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Continue reading

Classical and Ancient Studies

The Classical and Ancient Studies Program looks at the art, languages, literatures, histories and cultures of the Ancient Mediterranean World from 3500 BC to 500 AD. Students have the option of majoring in English  with an emphasis in Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Literature, majoring in History with an emphasis in Ancient and Medieval History, or completing a minor in conjunction with any other CAS degree program.

College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship luncheon honors donors, students

Associate Dean Kati Toivanen and UMKC Art Student Heather Burton talk during the 2017 CAS Donor-Scholar LuncheonHeather Burton was scared to death of becoming a starving artist. She dreamed of a career in graphic design, but she was a realist, not a dreamer. She knew job openings in the field were hard to come by, and the potential burden of student loan debt added more uncertainty to her future.

That was four years ago, she told an audience of scholarship donors, students, faculty and friends at the annual donor-scholar luncheon for the College of Arts and Sciences. Today, she envisions a bright future full of promise. Continue reading

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Colliding Neutron Stars Produce Gold, Silver and Platinum

A conversation with Mark Brodwin, assistant professor in the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of Physics and Astronomy

Scientists recently witnessed the spectacle of colliding neutron stars. What are they?

Brodwin: When a very massive star runs out of fuel to burn, it explodes in a huge supernova leaving behind a neutron star or, if the star is very massive, a black hole. A neutron star is a very compact ball of neutrons with the extreme density of an atomic nucleus. A typical neutron star has a mass twice that of our sun, but a size about that of Overland Park. It’s so dense that a teaspoon would weigh about as much as Mount Everest! Continue reading

Colorado cartoonist responds to Paris attack

Colorado Cartoonist Mike Keefe, KUSA-TV 9 news reportDENVER – Longtime cartoonist Mike Keefe is responding to the terrorist attacks against French magazine Charlie Hebdo in the only way he knows how: by drawing.

After 36 years at The Denver Post, Keefe now draws for the website Colorado Independent, which published his latest cartoon on the attacks.

“This is exactly what cartoonists do. They see some injustice in the world and they either use humor, irony or drama to make a statement about it,” he said. Continue reading

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Students interested in applying to the MALS program should contact the MALS advisor Dr. April Austin at 816-235-6257 or austinal@umkc.edu.

Courtney

Foreign Languages and Literatures

Why did you choose your major?

German was my favorite subject throughout high school, and learning languages is a hobby of mine. I lived with a Turkish family when I worked as a nanny in Germany for half a year, so I learned German well and also picked up some Turkish. Eventually, I’d like to go back to Germany or teach in Turkey. Knowing more than one language opens up new doors and the possibility to meet new people. I am excited to see where my language skills lead me.

What do you love about UMKC?

Before UMKC my knowledge of German language rules, history and culture were lacking tremendously; now, I feel I actually know something. As a teaching assistant, I learned effective teaching methods. It was beneficial to learn how different people learn a language and what tricks they use. The class sizes for foreign languages are pretty tiny. You get to know your professors and classmates well. Because of this, I don’t feel lost in the crowd, and I also feel accountable to do quality classwork.

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Academic Honesty & Standard of Conduct

The Board of Curators of the University of Missouri recognizes that academic honesty is essential for the intellectual life of the University. Faculty members have a special obligation to expect high standards of academic honesty in all student work. Students have a special obligation to adhere to such standards. Academic dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism or sabotage, is adjudicated through the University of Missouri Student Conduct Code and Rules of Procedures in Student Conduct Matters.

Academic Inquiry, Course Discussion and Privacy

See specific course syllabi for faculty policy.

Faculty allowing recording

University of Missouri System Executive Order No. 38 lays out principles regarding the sanctity of classroom discussions at the university. The policy is described fully in Section 200.015 of the Collected Rules and Regulations. In this class, students may make audio or video recordings of course activity unless specifically prohibited by the faculty member. However, the redistribution of any audio or video recordings of statements or comments from the course to individuals who are not students in the course is prohibited without the express permission of the faculty member and of any students who are recorded, including those recordings prepared by an instructor. Students found to have violated this policy are subject to discipline in accordance with provisions of Section 200.020 of the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri pertaining to student conduct matters.

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Faculty not allowing recording

University of Missouri System Executive Order No. 38 lays out principles regarding the sanctity of classroom discussions at the university. The policy is described fully in Section 200.015 of the Collected Rules and Regulations. In this class, students may not make any audio or video recordings of course activity (including those recordings prepared by an instructor), except students permitted to record as an accommodation under Section 240.040 of the Collected Rules. All other students who record and/or distribute audio or video recordings of class activity are subject to discipline in accordance with provisions of Section 200.020 of the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri pertaining to student conduct matters.

Those students who have written permission from the course instructor to record are not permitted to redistribute any audio or video recordings of statements or comments from the course to individuals who are not students in the course without the express permission of the faculty member and of any students who are recorded, including those recordings prepared by an instructor. Students found to have violated this policy are subject to discipline in accordance with provisions of Section 200.020 of the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri pertaining to student conduct matters.

Attendance Policy

UMKC Attendance Policy can be found in the University catalog. Students are expected to attend and participate in classes.

Advance notice of attendance policies of academic units and individual instructors should be given, and such notice should be in writing.

Students should notify instructors of excused absences in advance, where possible.

Students who have an excused absence are expected to make arrangements with instructors for alternative or make-up work. Such arrangements should be made in advance of the absence, where possible.

Instructors should accommodate excused absences to the extent that an accommodation can be made that does not unreasonably interfere with the learning objectives of the course or unduly burden the instructor.

Attendance policies shall be applied in a non-discriminatory manner.

Campus Safety

Inclement weather, mass notification, and emergency response guide.

CAS Reading Days

During the fall and spring semesters, the College of Arts & Sciences holds designated Reading Days during the Thursday and Friday before Final Exams. During Reading Days, CAS faculty shall not hold regular classes, require attendance or schedule exams. Optional meetings, review sessions and general support can be provided.

Counseling and Health Services Available at UMKC

UMKC students may experience many challenges in their lives while attending college – stress, depression, suicidality, trauma, relationship issues, health concerns, etc. As your professor I care about your success and well-being, and want to make you aware of some helpful resources on campus. The UMKC Counseling Center, located at 5110 Oak Street in the Student Services Suite, offers a wide range of supportive services to students. Appointments can be made by calling 816-235-1635. UMKC Student Health and Wellness offers a full range of health care and promotion services. Appointments can be scheduled online or by calling 816-235-6133. The MindBody Connection is located in the Atterbury Student Success Center in Room 112 and offers a variety of stress-reduction services.

Disability Support Services

To obtain disability related accommodations and/or auxiliary aids, students with disabilities must contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) as soon as possible. To contact OSSD call 816-235-5696. Once verified, OSSD will notify the course instructor and outline the accommodation and/or auxiliary aids to be provided.

English Proficiency Statement

Students who encounter difficulty in their courses because of the English proficiency of their instructors should speak directly to their instructors. If additional assistance is needed, they may contact the UMKC Help Line at 816-235-2222 for assistance.

Grade Appeal Policy

Students are responsible for meeting the standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled. The establishment of the criteria for grades and the evaluation of student academic performance are the responsibilities of the instructor.

This grade appeal procedure is available only for the review of allegedly capricious grading and not for review of the instructor’s evaluation of the student’s academic performance. Capricious grading, as that term is used here, comprises any of the following:

  • The assignment of a grade to a particular student on some basis other than the performance in the course;
  • The assignment of a grade to a particular student according to more exacting or demanding standards than were applied to other students in the course; (Note: Additional or different grading criteria may be applied to graduate students enrolled for graduate credit in 300- and 400-level courses.)
  • The assignment of a grade by a substantial departure from the instructor’s previously announced standards.

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Statement of Human Rights

The Board of Curators and UMKC are committed to the policy of equal opportunity, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability and status as a Vietnam era veteran. Commitment to the policy is mentored by the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, but it is the responsibility of the entire university community to provide equal opportunity through relevant practices, initiatives and programs.

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Title IX

Under the University of Missouri’s Title IX policy, discrimination, violence and harassment based on sex, gender, and gender identity are subject to the same kinds of accountability and support applied to offenses based on other protected characteristics such as race, color, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, ancestry, disability, military status, and veteran status. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you can find the appropriate resources by visiting UMKC’s Title IX Office webpage or contacting UMKC’s Title IX Coordinator, Sybil Wyatt (816-235-6910 or wyattsb@umkc.edu). Additionally, you can file a complaint using UMKC’s online discrimination complaint form.

While most UMKC employees are required to report any known or suspected violation of Title IX, students may seek confidential guidance from the following campus locations:

UMKC Counseling Service: Volker Campus

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Kansas City, MO 64110
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UMKC Counseling Service: Health Sciences Campus

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Kansas City, MO 64108
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Resources

Academic Support and Mentoring

Academic Support and Mentoring (ASM), uses knowledge derived from research to solve learning problems in student academic achievement. Through the integration of theory and practice, ASM develops effective programs to help students realize their full potential.

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CAS Student Services

Advisors within the College are directly responsible for advising current and prospective Arts and Sciences students on general education requirements and how to apply them to their degree program. Advisors assist students with selecting majors, monitoring academic progression, and fulfilling graduation requirements while educating them on campus resources, university policies and procedures, and options for graduate or professional schools. Advisors are role models who teach students how to navigate through the educational journey encouraging students to actively engage themselves in their education.

Sexual Harassment/ Discrimination

As a community of learners, we are committed to creating and maintaining an environment on campus that is free of all forms of harassment, intimidation, and discrimination. Any form of discrimination or coercion based on race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, rank, or any other characteristic will not be tolerated.
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Title IX Compliance Information

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UMKC Connect

Important information is available to undergraduate students in UMKC Connect accessed through Blackboard. Throughout the term, students may receive emails regarding course grades or academic performance. Students are expected to address information posted in a timely fashion. This information may be shared with the student’s Success Network made up his or her academic advisor(s) and other campus resources so that UMKC may fully support the student’s success.

UMKC Student HelpLine

The Student HelpLine serves as a resource for campus and university policies and procedures, problem solving , and other questions and concerns. Contact the HelpLine at 816-235-2222 or email helpline@umkc.edu.

Writing Studio

The UMKC Writing Studio assists students in any aspect of writing from class assignments to personal statements.

Curators’ Distinguished Professor Dias in the news!

In August Curators’ Professor Jerry Dias’ research was highlighted again when discussing the periodic system.  The story, highlighted on True Viral News, mentions the important work of classifying benzenoid aromatic hydrocarbons.  The article was originally published in Scientific American. To find out more about Professor Dias’ research, please view his faculty profile.

Current Student Scholarships

A variety of scholarships are available to UMKC College of Arts and Sciences students thanks to gifts from UMKC alumni, the Kansas City community and other generous donors. As a current CAS student, you may be eligible for scholarship awards.

Students must fill out the Continuing Scholarship Application by March 1 to be considered. Some scholarships also require the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Departmental Scholarships

Architecture, Urban Planning + Design

The Bob Berkebile/BNIM Fund
Award amount: Varies
Qualifications: celebrate excellence in design in architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning + design. Preference will be given to students studying Urban Planning + Design, in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of a 3.0 and financial need can and should be considered, but will not be the final deciding factor.

CFM Architecture, Urban Planning + Design Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Full-time undergraduate student studying Architecture, Urban Planning + Design who graduated high school in the Kansas City area and demonstrates financial need.
Additional requirement: Students must submit an email to umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu and indicate that you have graduated from a high school in the KC area. Optional: you can submit a one page essay explaining your financial need.

The Tom Nelson/BNIM Fund
Award amount: Varies
Qualifications: Celebrate excellence in design in architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning + design. Preference will be given to students studying Architecture, in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of a 3.0 and financial need can and should be considered, but will not be the final deciding factor.

J.C. Nichols Student Prize for Urban Planning & Design
Qualifications: An annual prize to students in the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design, in their third year of Urban Planning + Design studio.

Edwin S. “Bud” Persons Award
Qualifications: Recognize outstanding and meritorious achievement in the field of architecture. The award may be based on both academic excellence and aptitude for design.

The Seligson Fund
Qualifications: To be used to provide funding for a special event(s) every other year, or as funds are available, to address issues of the built environment including architecture and architectural history, as well as other aspects for the design disciplines through the AUPD.

Joy D. Swallow Scholarship Fund
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: This scholarship aims to celebrate excellence in design within the following disciplines: architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and urban planning + design. Preference is given to first generation college students who demonstrates financial need.

Art and Art History

Advertising Artist Guild Grant
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Full-time student majoring in art. Preference is given to juniors, seniors and graduate students majoring in studio art.
How to Apply: Applicants must submit a digital portfolio of 15 images showing recent artwork. Video or animation projects are also accepted. Students must submit a numbered image list referring to each digital image that includes the title, medium, size and year for each piece. Please be sure that each file name includes your first and last name.  Email the files to umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu. If the files are too big to email, feel free to bring in a data CD or thumb drive to Scofield Hall rooms 02 or 09.

George Ehrlich Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in art history.
How to Apply: Applicants must submit their best art history paper, preferably 10 pages or less. Papers may be up to 15 pages and include images. Save file as LastnameFirstnameEhrlich and email to umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu. If you use the same paper for two different scholarships, save it as LastnameFirstnameHistory and mention in the email that it is for both.

Geraldine E. Fowle Art History Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in art history.
How to Apply: Applicants must submit their best art history paper, preferably 10 pages or less. Papers may be up to 15 pages and include images. Save file as LastnameFirstnameFowle and email to umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu. If you use the same paper for two different scholarships, save it as LastnameFirstnameHistory and mention in the email that it is for both.

Jedel Foundation Professor’s Scholarship Fund
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate or graduate student(s) majoring in the Department of Art and Art History.

John Gutowski Memorial Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Full-time student majoring art. Preference is given to juniors, seniors and graduate students majoring in studio art.
How to Apply: Applicants must submit a digital portfolio of 15 images showing recent artwork. Video or animation projects are also accepted. Students must submit a numbered image list referring to each digital image that includes the title, medium, size and year for each piece. Please be sure that each file name includes your first and last name.  Email the files to umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu. If the files are too big to email, feel free to bring in a data CD or thumb drive to Scofield Hall rooms 02 or 09.

S. Jane Voorhees Scholarship in Art and Art History
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: undergraduate or graduate students who demonstrate both financial need and academic achievement who are seeking any degree within the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Chemistry

K.L. Cheng Undergraduate Scholarship in Chemistry
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate student majoring in chemistry who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement

Clemens Scholarship for Undergraduate Chemistry
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Full-time undergraduate student who has declared a major in chemistry. Preference is given to female students with a cumulative UMKC GPA of 3.0 or above.

Dr. and Mrs. Jean New Graduate Chemistry Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Must be a full-time Ph.D. student

Dr. Yanching and Mrs. Sandy Jean New Undergraduate Chemistry Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate student majoring in chemistry.

James and Neoma Kilway Scholarship in Chemistry
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Full-time undergraduate student majoring in chemistry. Preference is given to students with a GPA of 3.0 or above who demonstrates financial need.

Dr. Aida Nureddin Scholarship in Chemistry
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Students studying chemistry in good academic standing

Mr. and Mrs. Fong Wu Cheng Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Graduate student in chemistry (excluding non-thesis MS) who demonstrates the ability or potential in chemical research.
How to Apply: Applicants must submit a letter of nomination from a faculty member in the Chemistry Department, a complete set of transcripts, a curriculum vitae and any other supporting documents, such as publications. Make sure the saved file names include your first and last name and the name of the scholarship.  Email them to umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu.

Dr. Charles J. Wurrey and Jill DeWitt Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate student majoring in chemistry who demonstrates financial need. Preference is given to applicants who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above.

Criminal Justice and Criminology

Alvin Brooks Scholarship
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: Full-time undergraduate student majoring in Criminal Justice & Criminology, who is in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of a 2.0. Preference given to students who are first generation college students and who graduated from an accredited Kansas City, Missouri high school or transferred from a Kansas City area community college. The student must demonstrate financial need.

Clarence Kelley Memorial Scholarship in Criminal Justice and Criminology
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: scholarship to students majoring in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Student shall be in good academic standing to be considered.

Communication Studies

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.

Economics

Joe E. Brown Institutional Economics Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Excellence in Institutional Economics

James Crew Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Full-time undergraduate student majoring in economics. Preference is given to students who are also minoring in mathematics and/or statistics or have an interest in econometric or social discount rate.

Robert L. Greene Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate student majoring in economics who has leadership abilities, a desire to succeed and demonstrates financial need.

Karen S. Vorst Scholarship in Economics
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate student studying economics and is in good academic standing. Preference is given to juniors or first semester seniors.

Gene Wagner Honorary Scholarship in Labor Economics
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Full-time undergraduate or graduate students in economics. Preference is given to students studying labor economics and/or has a history or family background or support on involvement in organized labor.
Additional requirement: Students must submit one page essay documenting your personal or family background in organized labor. Save file as LastnameFirstnameWagner and email to umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu.

English Language and Literature

English Language and Literature

Jo Anna Dale English Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate students majoring in English.

Ilus Davis Doctoral Teaching Fellowship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Graduate Student fund for I.Ph.D. students.
How to Apply: Contact the English Department for more information.

Diversity in English Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate students majoring in English and focusing on literature.

Robert & Sylvia Farnsworth Fellowship in English
Qualifications: Graduate student who demonstrates a focus on post-colonial studies.
How to Apply: Graduate students in English should reply to the department call for papers (usually in March) from the Director of Graduate Studies in English.

Patricia Huyett Scholarship in English
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate students majoring in English.

Mbembe Milton Smith Scholarship
Qualifications: Undergraduate student who demonstrates talent in writing, especially in creative writing. Must be a full-time undergraduate student, a resident of the metropolitan Kansas City area, and maintain a 2.5 GPA.
How to apply: Contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office for an application.

English Language and Literature Creative Writing Scholarships

To apply for a Creative Writing Scholarships: Fill out the Creative Writing Application [pdf] and submit email files to umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu by 5 p.m. on March 1.

Gary William Barger Memorial Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in creative writing who demonstrates promise in fiction writing.

Michelle Boisseau Scholarship in Poetry
Qualifications: For an outstanding undergraduate student(s) majoring in the Department of English within the College of Arts and Sciences who have a 3.0 GPA. Preference to student(s) that have at least junior status.

Jo Anna Dale Creative Writing Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate or graduate student recognized for his or her creative writing achievement.

The John Mark Eberhart Memorial Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Graduate students who are receiving a MFA in Creative Writing and Media Arts with a preference given to students with an emphasis in non-fiction or poetry.

Crystal Field Scholarship in Poetry
Award Amount: $2,000
Qualifications: Full-time upper level undergraduate student or graduate student majoring in creative writing.

Barbara Storck Award for Poetry
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Talent-based writing award open to any UMKC undergraduate student. Awarded for best poem and short essay written during the year.

Foreign Languages and Literatures

Dr. Louis Imperale Scholarship Fund in the College of Arts and Sciences
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Graduate students majoring in Romance Language and Literature, with an emphasis in Spanish. Recipients must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be in good academic standing. If there are no applicants meeting this criteria, then a recipient may be selected from any graduate student(s) enrolled within the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Additional Requirements: Students must submit an essay explaining your past, present and future engagement with Hispanic cultures. How does graduate study in Spanish at UMKC fit into this trajectory? Save file as LastnameFirstnameImperale and email to umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu.

Geosciences

ASCE-AEG Scholarship Fund
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Full-time upper level undergraduate student or graduate student majoring in geology who has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Preference is given to Missouri and Kansas residents and active members of AEG.
How to Apply: Contact the Geosciences Department.

Anne and Raymond Coveney Geosciences Scholarship Fund
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate or graduate students in good academic standing seeking a degree in Geology at the College of Arts and Sciences. Preference would be for the scholarship to be awarded every other year to make the award larger and more impactful for the student.

Association of Earth Science Clubs Fund
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate students majoring in geosciences, earth science or geography.
How to Apply: Contact the Geosciences Department.

Dr. Richard J. Gentile Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Students who are working on term papers or other work with stratigraphy and geologic field mapping and have completed at least one year at UMKC, have 24 credit hours and a GPA of 3.0 or above.

The Geosciences Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Full-time undergraduate student majoring in geosciences.

Truman P. Stauffer Memorial Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Full-time undergraduate student majoring in geosciences.

Denis Ward Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Outstanding students majoring in geosciences.

Gerontology

Cheryl A. Smith Scholarship for Gerontology
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: Support students in the field of Gerontology.

History

Dr. Stuart Bintner Scholarship in History
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree in history. Student must be majoring in history, with a preference given to students interested in American history and must be in good academic standing. Preference given to students who demonstrate financial need.

Jim Falls Honorary Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate students majoring in history with a GPA of 3.0 or above who demonstrate financial need.

Carla L. Klausner Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate junior or senior student majoring in history with a GPA of 3.2 or above who demonstrates financial need.

Lee A. Takats Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Students majoring in history.

The Captain Harry S. Truman Prize
Award Amount: $500
Qualifications: This prize is given annually to any UMKC undergraduate or graduate student for the best research paper focusing on any aspect of World War I. Preference is given to papers that include research that ties to materials housed at the National World War I Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.
Additional requirement: Students must submit the essay to our office. Save file as LastnameFirstnameTruman and email to umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu.

Mathematics and Statistics

Jedel Foundation Professor’s Scholarship Fund
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate or graduate student(s) majoring in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Philosophy

Dr. George Gale Honorary Scholarship in Philosophy
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate student majoring in philosophy who demonstrates high academic merit.

Donald R. Nicholas Undergraduate Philosophy Scholarship
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate student majoring in Philosophy

Selene Scholarship in Philosophy
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Missouri resident studying philosophy who demonstrates financial need.

Physics and Astronomy

Paul J. and Martha A. Bryant Physics Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate or graduate students majoring in physics.

K.F. Cheng Physics Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Students majoring physics who demonstrate financial need.

Dr. K.L. Cheng Memorial Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate and graduate students majoring in physics.

K.L. Cheng Undergraduate Scholarship in Physics
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate students majoring in physics.

Wai-Yim Ching and Mon Yin Lung Scholarship in Physics
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate students majoring in physics. Preference is given to juniors and seniors who maintain a GPA of 3.2 or above.

John Shaw Scholarship Fund
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate majoring in physics who demonstrates academic achievement and financial need.

Lester Touby Kurtz Scholarship in Physics
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate and graduate students majoring in physics.

James M. Phillips Scholarship in Physics
Award Amount: $1,000
Qualifications: Undergraduate and graduate students majoring in physics.

Dr. Marvin Querry Graduate Fellowship in Physics
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Students pursing a graduate degree in physics. Student must be in good academic standing. Preference given to students who demonstrate financial need.

Political Science

The David N. Atkinson Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate student majoring in political science. Preference is given to juniors and seniors.

Dan Bishop Scholarship in Public Policy
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Graduate student with an interest in grass roots public policy.
Additional requirement: Students must submit a CV (or similar) detailing your academic/volunteer focus. Save file as LastnameFirstnameBishop and email to umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu.

Randall L. Miller Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate student(s) who demonstrate financial need and are majoring in Economics, History, Philosophy and/or Political Science. Preference is given to Political Science students.

Ruth L. Gant Memorial Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Talented students pursuing a career in politics or government.

Pat Gray Memorial Scholarship Fund
Qualifications: Scholarships for students in political science; good academic standing, financial needs; preference to students who express a desire to enter a career in politics

Sallie Millard and Cornelius Roach, Sr. Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Student who demonstrates high academic achievement in the field of political science or government.

Delia Wong Stephens Scholarship Fund
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Full-time sophomore, junior or senior level students majoring in political science. Preference is given to students who demonstrate financial need are in good academic standing.

Psychology

Department of Psychology Scholarship Fund
Qualifications: For promising psychology students early in their academic studies to increase their connection to the Psychology Department and enhance student retention.

Sociology

Edward Tomich Memorial Award
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Full-time undergraduate senior majoring in sociology who exemplifies the characteristics of spirit, commitment to human welfare, thirst for knowledge and personal growth.
How to Apply: Contact the Sociology Department.

Theatre

The Department of Theatre has over 20 scholarships available to full-time students. All prospective UMKC students are automatically considered for scholarships, awards and fellowships during their MFA audition. All graduate and undergraduate level scholarships are chosen by the Theatre Department’s Scholarship Committee. The Lee and Nadine Marts Scholarship is available to both undergraduate and graduate students. Contact the Theatre Department for more information.

Additional Scholarships

General

Don & Lucille Armacost Scholarship
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate student(s), who are seeking a degree in the College of Arts & Sciences and demonstrate financial need.

Thomas D. Barr Liberal Arts Scholarship
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: For undergraduate student(s) who are seeking a degree in the College.

The John, Anna and Georgene Caoile Scholarship Fund for STEM Education in the College of Arts and Sciences
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Students recipients must be pursuing a degree in science, technology, mathematics or engineering. Recipients must also be in good academic standing and maintain at least a 3.25 GPA. Preference given to students who demonstrate financial need in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Mbembe Milton Smith Scholarship
Qualifications: Undergraduate student who demonstrates talent in writing, especially in creative writing. Must be a full-time undergraduate student, a resident of the metropolitan Kansas City area, and maintain a 2.5 GPA.
How to apply: Fill out the application and return to the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.

CFM Sustainability Scholarship
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: Candidates need to demonstrate financial need, have graduated from a Kansas City metropolitan area high school and have an academic or volunteer focus on sustainability issues and efforts.
Additional requirement: Students must submit a CV (or similar) detailing your academic/volunteer focus. Save file as LastnameFirstnameCFMSS and email to umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu.

Leodis & June Davis Minority Scholarship
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate, minority student(s) who demonstrate financial need. Preference given to Chemistry and Physics majors.

Donna Edell Scholarship
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: Student(s) must demonstrate academic merit and are majoring in Chemistry, Physics or Geosciences.

Family Fund Scholarship
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: Created to help support family members of the College of Arts & Sciences Faculty and Staff, who are currently attending classes at UMKC.
Additional requirement: Students must submit an email to umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu and indicate that you are eligible for this scholarship.

Kenneth Hill Scholarship
Award Amount: $2,000
Qualifications: For undergraduate student(s) who are seeking a degree in the College with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Greg and Gaebelle Hulme Scholarship
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate student who is 25-50, and is returning to college after a minimum of a 5 year hiatus.

Leo Long/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Scholarship
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: Minority student(s) seeking an undergraduate degree in the College of Arts & Sciences, who are Missouri residents and demonstrate financial need.
Additional requirement: Students must submit an email to umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu and indicate that you are eligible for this scholarship.

Major Engagement in the Sciences and Humanities Scholarship (MESH)
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: undergraduate students who have double majored in Natural Science disciple and in a Humanities discipline, who have maintained a minimum 2.5 UMKC GPA. Preference will be given to Chemistry and English majors.

Richard McKinizie Memorial Scholarship
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: Fulltime, undergraduate student seeking a degree in any major in the College of Arts and Scholarship Sciences. Preference given to non-traditional students who are above the age of 23 and who are returning to college to finish their degree.

Missouri Waste Control Coalition Scholarship
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: Missouri resident, must have involvement in the study of environmental issues.
Additional requirement: Students must submit a CV (or similar) detailing your academic/volunteer focus. Save file as LastnameFirstnameMoWaste and email to umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu.

Paseo High School Reunion Scholarship
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: Graduates of the Paseo High School.

Pizza 51 Scholarship
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate student majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences with a minimum UMKC GPA of a 3.0 or higher, and demonstrates financial need. Student must submit an additional one page essay on what common sense means to them.
Additional requirement: Students must submit a one page essay on what common sense means to them. Save file as LastnameFirstnamePizza51 and email to umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu.

Norman N. Royall, Jr. Fund
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: $500 book award for students majoring in Chemistry, Physics or Geosciences.

Charlotte Flavin and Emma Schille Honorary Scholarship Fund
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: For undergraduate and graduate student(s) who are seeking a degree in the College. Preference shall be given to students from underrepresented backgrounds including the children of new immigrants from Third World and developing countries. In the event that the State of Missouri adopts the Dream Act, or similar legislation, undocumented students shall be eligible.

Marilyn T. and Bryon C. Shutz Scholarship Fund
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: An award for exceptional writing in fields such as creative writing, English literature, fiction and art history

Linda and Thomas Talbott Scholarship and Leadership Award
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate student leader who in their junior or senior year and in majoring in either English or Economics. Student need to be a graduate of the Kansas City metropolitan area high school and have a superior GPA.

Joseph S. and Grace M. Thompson Fund in the College of Arts and Sciences
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate or graduate students majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences. Recipients must have and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA or above, and be in good academic standing.

James Philip Wahlman Scholarship Award Fund
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: Pursuing a humanities or social science degree in the College of Arts and Sciences at UMKC. Students must demonstrate financial need and be in good academic standing.
Additional requirement: Students must submit a research paper on some aspect of non-Western Culture. Save file as LastnameFirstnameWahlman and email to umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu.

The Bobby Watson Jazz Journalism Scholarship in the College of Arts and Sciences
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: Fund shall provide a scholarship award for one student per semester who is covering the “jazz beat” at the University News, the University of Missouri- Kansas City’s student newspaper. Preference will be given to students majoring in the Department of Communication Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, and those who indicate an interest in jazz. However, the award is open to any student majoring within the College of Arts and Sciences.
Additional requirement: Applicants shall submit a short essay of at least 750 words, describing why they wish to be a recipient of this scholarship. Save file as LastnameFirstnameWATSON and email to umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu.

Frank Neal Willis, Jr. Minority Scholarship
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: Undergraduate, minority student(s), who has a 3.0 GPA and demonstrates financial need.

Dr. Shona Kelly Wray Scholarship in Medieval Studies
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: To fund graduate students enrolled in the CAS focusing on Medieval Studies. To be considered, submit a one page essay on how you focus on Medieval Studies.
Additional requirement: Students must submit a one page essay on how you focus on Medieval Studies. Save file as LastnameFirstnameWray and email to umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu.

CAS Textbook Scholarship
Award Amount: $250
Qualifications: Created to help support students who are struggling to purchase needed textbooks and supplies for classes.
How to apply: Fill out the application and return to the College of Arts and Sciences Recruitment and Scholarships Office (umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu).

Army ROTC
The Army ROTC has scholarships for students and enlisted soldiers.
Debate

Linda M. Collier Women
Qualifications: Provide scholarships to deserving female students seeking degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences, participating in Policy Debate at UMKC.

Ben and Rose Eisenmann Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Degree-seeking student who is a member of the debate squad.
How to Apply: For more information contact Matt Vega.

Johnston/MacDonald Memorial Scholarship
Qualifications: Provide scholarships to deserving students seeking degrees in the College, participating in Policy Debate at UMKC.

Walter Murrish Memorial Scholarship 
Qualifications: Provide scholarships to deserving students seeking degrees in the College, participating in Policy Debate at UMKC.

LGBTQIA

The LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and ally) Scholarship is designed to support students regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and sex, who are enrolled in any degree program at UMKC, who maintain at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA and who demonstrate support of the LGBTQIA community, either on-campus or off-campus, through significant support, engagement, and/or volunteering. Students must submit a one page essay detailing their past and current support and/or involvement in the LGBTQIA community.

Additional requirement: Students must submit a one page essay detailing their past and current support and/or involvement in the LGBTQIA community. Save file as LastnameFirstnameLGBTQIA and email to umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu.

Current Students

As a UMKC student, you might have questions or need assistance from time to time. The University and the College of Arts and Sciences offer a full list of academic and campus-related resources for students.

Danielle

English Literature, French and Creative Writing

How has college inspired you?

College has pushed me to achieve my goals and live to my full potential. I’ve grown out of my comfort zone and really matured.

Since entering college, what have you learned about yourself?

I’m a lot stronger than I originally thought. I was so nervous being on my own when I left home, but I did it. It was a big stepping stone for me. The longer I’ve been here, the more I know I can do it.

Where is UMKC taking you?

Somewhere successful. In an ideal world, I’ll have a short story collection someday. I might want to teach at a high school or at the college level. I had a teacher in high school who challenged me to be better than I thought I could be, and I’d love to be the person who inspires students like that someday.

English Language and Literature's Danielle Slauter sitting in the student union

Why did you choose UMKC?

One of my friends was going here and I visited over the weekend. I like that UMKC is in a big city but that it has the atmosphere of a small school.

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

One of my professors gave me the confidence to keep writing. He told me to dream big because I had the potential to be an amazing writer.

What do you admire most at UMKC and why?

I love how personal UMKC feels. We’re in a big city, but it has the vibe of a small school. It’s perfect for me.

What’s your greatest fear?

Disappointing people I care about.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I’m not sure…hopefully something in publishing. I’d like to develop my own writing on the side, too.

 What is one word that best describes you and why?

Determined. I work hard in a lot of areas of my life, and I’m always striving to be better.

What motto do you live by?

Continually trying to get better. I’m competitive by nature, so I’m always pushing myself harder to achieve.

What excites you?

I’m very close to family. I love seeing them. My cousin and brother are both interested in writing as well, so we have a long distance book club. We’re working our way through the 100-books-to-read-before-you-die list.

Who are your favorite authors?

My favorite author is Haruki Murakami, but I also love Hemingway and James Joyce. I love finding authors who inspire me.

What’s your take on e-books?

I will never get used to the digital versions of books. I love to hold a book in my hands and be able to flip back and forth through the pages.

Have you studied abroad?

I’m thinking about studying in London over the summer. There’s so much literary history there.

How do you fight writer’s block?

I love to sit on the roof of the Student Union when I get stuck on writing because it has a view of the city, and is so inspiring. I sit there and brainstorm up ideas.

Danielle graduated in 2015 with a BA in English.

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

Sky already looks different

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

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

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

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

Dean’s Office Administration

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Degree Programs

The Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA) and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) are highly flexible degree options for students seeking an alternative to a traditional BA/BS or MA degree programs.

UMKC is a public, urban university focused on research and community service.  The Liberal Studies program at UMKC provides students a broad foundation of knowledge that is both personally interesting and professionally relevant.  By taking a range of classes in the arts, humanities and sciences, Liberal Studies students develop highly sought after skills including thinking and problem-solving abilities, written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, ability to work in teams, adaptability to change and multicultural awareness.

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.

Denmark doesn’t treat its prisoners like prisoners…

Prisoners prepare their own meals, wear their own clothes and leave each day. It’s led to lower recidivism.

The most interesting thing about Scandinavian prisons? Many are barely prisons at all.

Our research team spent six weeks conducting intensive research in Danish prisons. We were struck by the sight of prisoners wearing their own clothes, cooking their own meals and having private family visits as often as once a week. At these “open” prisons, there are no barbed wire fences, solid walls with gun towers or secure perimeters.

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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.

Don’t stand down, stand up

Honoree Chely Wright | Photo by Brandon Parigo, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications

UMKC graduates urged to move the world into the future

More than 2,100 graduates of the University of Missouri-Kansas City claimed newly-minted diplomas over a sun-splashed late-spring weekend in May 2017.

UMKC also awarded honorary doctorates to four commencement speakers, three of which came from the College of Arts and Sciences. Continue reading

Dorothy Day’s struggle with faith takes the stage

Actor Deuker rehearses fThis Other Love rehearsalPatty McCarty, a former NCR copy editor, will see her two-act play about the life of Dorothy Day staged by a Milwaukee-based theater company this month.

Acacia Theatre Company will present “This Other Love” by Patty McCarty July 14-16 and July 20-23.

The action of the play takes place in August 1927, during a time Day was struggling with her growing spirituality and relationship with her common-law husband, Forster Batterham. The play addresses Day following God’s call to work with the poor. Janet Bouman Peterson is the play’s production director. Continue reading

Dr. Clayborne presents at KPCS

Dr. Clayborne presented his research on electrochemical oxidation of formic acid at the Kansas Physical Chemistry Symposia (KPCS) at Wichita State University on February 4th. The KPCS brings together physical chemists from various colleges and universities across the state of Kansas. The symposia includes oral and poster presentations from students and faculty.

Economics’ Dr. Eaton represents UMKC in the Federal Reserve Research Center

Three universities, Kauffman Foundation gain access to secure Census data

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is joining with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, two other universities and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to establish a new research data center (RDC) that will provide area researchers with access to some of the nation’s highest-quality data for analysis of the U.S. economy and public policy issues.  Read more.

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.” Continue reading

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.

Driven to Make a Difference in the Lives of Others

Kathryn WebsterKathryn Webster (B.A. ’75, M.A. ’79) to be honored with the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Achievement Award. Webster is a life-long heart disease survivor. She was diagnosed with congenital heart disease at the age of four, underwent open heart surgery as a teenager and had her second open heart surgery 11 years ago. It was after her second surgery that she learned about WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.
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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.

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 Continue reading

Dynamic Duos: Lyne and Webb

Dynamic Duos

Reaching for Lofty Goals

Meet Mona Lyne and Parker Webb

Mona Lyne, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, joined the UMKC faculty in 2008 and has received multiple awards for her writing. She specializes in comparative politics and international relations, and speaks Spanish and Portuguese fluently. She is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Latin American Studies Association and the Midwestern Political Science Association. Continue reading

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!

Dr. Sandra Enriquez lands Two Grants from the Texas State Historical Society

The History Department is proud to announce that Dr. Sandra Enriquez, who is also the Director of the Public History Emphasis, has been awarded two competitive fellowships from the Texas State Historical Association. Continue reading

Environmental Studies Program

The Environmental Studies Program provides UMKC students the highest quality environmental education with a special focus on urban environments and sustainability. In an era of global urbanization, students are prepared to address vital urban environmental issues through a foundation in Earth systems science and a broad multidisciplinary curriculum.

Erik K. Olsen’s “Unproductive Activity and Endogenous …

Erik K. Olsen’s “Unproductive Activity and Endogenous Technological Change in a Marxian Model of Economic Reproduction and Growth” receives the Review of Radical Political Economics best paper award.

Abstract: This paper integrates unproductive activity into a Marxist growth model based on Marx’s reproduction schemes. Labor extraction and technological change are related to the production and distribution of surplus and thus are endogenous. Continue reading

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Faculty and Staff

Students interested in declaring the BLA or switching to the BLA from another program should contact the BLA advisor Erica Wolfe at 816-235-6270 or wolfeem@umkc.edu.

Students interested in applying to the MALS program should contact the MALS advisor Dr. April Austin at 816-235-6257 or austinal@umkc.edu.

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Faculty 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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    $300,000 NSF Grant for Climate Research

    Prof. SunAssistant Professor of Geosciences Fengpeng Sun Ph.D. was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. As the principal investigator, Sun will work as an independent researcher on a three-year project, “High-resolution Climate Change Projections in Missouri.”

    Sun’s funded project is part of NSF’s Missouri Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program, “Missouri Transect: Plants, Climate and Community”, headed by Prof. John Walker at MU in Columbia. Missouri Transect is a five-year effort to build infrastructure, knowledge and collaborations in research and education across Missouri. As an established climate scientist, Sun brings to the Missouri Transect added expertise in the design of high-resolution regional climate modeling.

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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 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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    ALMA telescope to unlock mysteries of giant galaxy...

    Phoenix Cluster impression by B. SaxtonTeam used ALMA telescope to unlock mysteries of giant galaxy at the center of Phoenix Cluster

    A team of astronomers including Mark Brodwin, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, have discovered a surprising connection between a supermassive black hole and the galaxy in which it resides.

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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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    Based On Nazi Love Letters, A UMKC Professor’s Play Shows Life During Wartime

    Based On Nazi Love Letters, A UMKC Professor's Play Shows Life During WartimeDid Nazis fall in love?

    Of course they did, though it may be hard to associate the idea of that emotion with a society that committed human atrocities. But as the Third Reich was rising, individuals in Germany fell in love with each other just like people all over the world fall in love every day.

    Kansas Citians have a chance to hear what that felt like when actors stage a script-in-hand reading on Sunday, June 4, 2017, thanks to a trove of letters between two wartime lovers.

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    "Black Studies Internship Course Partnership" receives national attention

    Business Portrait

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City has announced that is expanding its internship program with the Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce, formerly known as the Kansas Black Chamber of Commerce. The program offers instruction for students in the Black studies program at the university who are interested in entrepreneurship or business ownership.

    Undergraduate and graduate students in Black studies will combine classroom learning with community service and on-site internships at small businesses in the area. Students must have a 3.0 grade point average and must have completed six hours of Black studies courses.

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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 Associate Dean Publishes Book About the Wartime Deeds of Henry Bloch

    Once upon a time, America’s Tax Man was America’s airman.

    Henry Bloch, founder of H&R Block, enlisted in the Army Air Corps shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack and was trained as a navigator for bomber missions. He flew 32 missions over Europe as a navigator on a B-17 Flying Fortress. His first mission was the third-ever raid over Berlin by the Allies.

    Bloch’s wartime experiences, and the impact those experiences had on shaping his postwar business career, is the topic of a new book from BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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    CAS hosts annual Fall Reception and Awards Ceremony

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

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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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    Chemistry professor publishes book on black titanium dioxide

    Xiaobo ChenBlack TiO2 Nanomaterials for Energy Applications. The book, published through World Scientific Publishing, aims to present the recent progress on the research of black TiO2 nanomaterials and how they can be used in a number of clean energy applications.

    The book includes a theoretical analysis of TiO2 research, and provides a comprehensive review of the subject for students, researchers and practitioners in catalytic science, materials science, nanotechnology, green technology and chemistry.

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    Clara Irazabal-Zurita Wins Award for Co-authored Article

    Clara Irazabal sits in her officeClara Irazábal-Zurita, UMKC Professor of Planning and Director of Latinx Studies, recently received a Best Journal Article Award from the Global Planning Educators Interest Group of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

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    Colliding Neutron Stars Produce Gold, Silver and Platinum

    A conversation with Mark Brodwin, assistant professor in the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of Physics and Astronomy

    Scientists recently witnessed the spectacle of colliding neutron stars. What are they?

    Brodwin: When a very massive star runs out of fuel to burn, it explodes in a huge supernova leaving behind a neutron star or, if the star is very massive, a black hole. A neutron star is a very compact ball of neutrons with the extreme density of an atomic nucleus. A typical neutron star has a mass twice that of our sun, but a size about that of Overland Park. It’s so dense that a teaspoon would weigh about as much as Mount Everest!

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    Denmark doesn’t treat its prisoners like prisoners...

    Prisoners prepare their own meals, wear their own clothes and leave each day. It's led to lower recidivism.

    The most interesting thing about Scandinavian prisons? Many are barely prisons at all.

    Our research team spent six weeks conducting intensive research in Danish prisons. We were struck by the sight of prisoners wearing their own clothes, cooking their own meals and having private family visits as often as once a week. At these “open” prisons, there are no barbed wire fences, solid walls with gun towers or secure perimeters.

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    Economics' Dr. Eaton represents UMKC in the Federal Reserve Research Center

    Three universities, Kauffman Foundation gain access to secure Census data

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City is joining with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, two other universities and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to establish a new research data center (RDC) that will provide area researchers with access to some of the nation’s highest-quality data for analysis of the U.S. economy and public policy issues.  Read more.

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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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    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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    Dynamic Duos: Lyne and Webb

    Dynamic Duos

    Reaching for Lofty Goals

    Meet Mona Lyne and Parker Webb

    Mona Lyne, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, joined the UMKC faculty in 2008 and has received multiple awards for her writing. She specializes in comparative politics and international relations, and speaks Spanish and Portuguese fluently. She is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Latin American Studies Association and the Midwestern Political Science Association.

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    Dr. Sandra Enriquez lands Two Grants from the Texas State Historical Society

    The History Department is proud to announce that Dr. Sandra Enriquez, who is also the Director of the Public History Emphasis, has been awarded two competitive fellowships from the Texas State Historical Association.

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    Erik K. Olsen's "Unproductive Activity and Endogenous ...

    Erik K. Olsen's "Unproductive Activity and Endogenous Technological Change in a Marxian Model of Economic Reproduction and Growth” receives the Review of Radical Political Economics best paper award.

    Abstract: This paper integrates unproductive activity into a Marxist growth model based on Marx’s reproduction schemes. Labor extraction and technological change are related to the production and distribution of surplus and thus are endogenous.

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    Inscribing Yourself into a Nazi Future: Love Letters in the Third Reich

    Detlef Schmiechen-Ackermann, Marlis Buchholz, Bianca Roitsch, Karl H. Schneider, Christiane Schröder, Hrsg. Der Ort der “Volksgemeinschaft” in der deutschen Gesellschaftsgeschichte. Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöning, 2018. https://www.schoeningh.de/katalog/titel/978-3-506-78648-7.htmlSince 2011, Andrew Stuart Bergerson, Professor of History & Public Humanities, has been one of the lead researchers for a project called Trug&Schein. It uses the correspondence of an ordinary German couple, Hilde Laube and Roland Nordhoff, to facilitate public engagement with everyday life over the course of the Second World War.

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    Honeywell and UMKC Expand Science and Innovation Collaboration

    Physics Honeywell collaborators Wrobel and LambtonStudents and faculty gain improved access to new technology

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City has signed a master collaboration agreement with Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies (FM&T), creating closer collaboration on research and development of new technology to meet national security needs.

    “UMKC is proud to partner with Honeywell,” said UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “The collaboration will allow us to bring UMKC and Honeywell’s research expertise together, which will not only benefit our students and faculty, but also our national security.”

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    Kathleen Kilway to Receive STEMMy Award

    Dr. Kathleen Kilway shows students objects in a chemistry lab.Kathleen Kilway, Ph.D., Curator’s teaching professor and chair, UMKC Chemistry Department, will be recognized for her professional and technical excellence by the Kansas City Central Exchange with a STEMMy Award.

    The award will be presented by Central Exchange on Sept. 21 at the 4th Annual Stemmy Awards Luncheon at the Arvest Bank Theatre in downtown Kansas City.

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    KC anti-violence campaign aims to plug hole by looking at parolees

    KC-NoVA image by Allison Long

    The Kansas City No Violence Alliance recently started meeting with inmates about to go on parole in an effort to help them get what they need in order to keep them away from crime while also delivering them a warning. KC NoVa rounded up people deemed by police as being key to violent crime in the area in January 2013. File photo by ALLISON LONG The Kansas City Star . The conversations go like this:

    An inmate nearing the end of his or her prison sentence is called to a meeting. A Kansas City police detective, a parole officer and an advocate for the inmate pull up chairs.

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

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

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

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    UMKC Physics and Astronomy Professor, Mark Brodwin, is a Consultant on the Stars

    KCREP Constellations imageHow can actors become knowledgeable on complex subjects for their plays? They consult with a college professor, of course.

    Mark Brodwin, Ph.D., professor in the UMKC Department of Physics and Astronomy, recently collaborated with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre on their current play, Constellations.

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    Missouri Reports Wide Racial Disparity in Traffic Stops

    The New York Times' John Eligon interviews CJC's Ken Novak.

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police officers in Missouri were 75 percent more likely to stop black drivers than white drivers last year, and 73 percent more likely to search black drivers, according to a report released Monday by Chris Koster, the state’s attorney general.

    The data also showed that although blacks were more likely to be stopped and searched than whites, they were less likely to be found with contraband than whites, the report said.

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    Nine People Who Saw the Greek Crisis Coming Years Before Everyone Else Did

    Professor's Forstater, Kelton and Wray are among the Nine People Who Saw the Greek Crisis Coming Years Before Everyone Else Did.

    Although the problems in Greece didn't begin making big headlines until 2009, a number of economists, politicians and professors spotted cracks in the European currency union as early as the 1990s. Meanwhile, it's interesting to note that the country had a tough time making it into the single currency in the first place.

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    Police are crunching data to stop murders before they happen

    Kansas City’s smart policing push users computers to find likely criminals and their associates. Civil rights groups say that tactic raises serious privacy questions.

    Kansas City had a murder problem. For the past decade it’s violent crime rate had made it one of the top ten dangerous cities in America.

    Read the full Fortune article.

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    Political Science Professor Featured in Short Documentary

    Eric Hurst recently interviewed UMKC Political Science Professor Dr. Max Skidmore for "It's Too Late," a short documentary exploring the the Electoral College including its origin, how it is intended to function and how one 2016 Elector now views his role.

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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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    Radical economic ideas grab attention...

    An advocate for radical Modern Monetary Theory is an adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders Photo: Bloomberg

    Our economic guardians at Federal Treasury and the Reserve Bank sound increasingly uneasy about some policy choices being made offshore.

    Since the global financial crisis, quantitative easing has pumped trillions of dollars into major economies with limited success. More recently central banks in Europe and Japan have opted for negative interest rates in a bid to kick-start growth.

    On Tuesday the Treasury Secretary, John Fraser, pointed out that we've now been in an "experimental stage" with monetary policy for more than seven years...

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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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    Stephanie Kelton is named chief Democratic economist

    UMKC’s Stephanie Kelton is named chief Democratic economist on the Senate Budget Committee

    Stephanie Kelton has been an economics professor at UMKC since 1999. She is a self-described “deficit owl” who supported larger budget deficits to counteract the recent recession. Each party has its own chief economist on the budget panel, which among other things oversees the Congressional Budget Office.

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    Syed E. Hasan Receives Fulbright Award

    Syed E. Hasan, Ph.D., UMKC geosciences professor emeritus, has been awarded a Fulbright award to Qatar by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). Hasan will teach courses in waste management and environmental geology at Qatar University, and offer seminars at other Middle East universities, during the 2016 spring semester

    “Qatar, with its unique marine and desert ecosystems, needs to implement a waste management strategy that is compatible with its natural environment,” Hasan said. “I am looking forward to sharing my expertise in the field of waste management with students and faculty at Qatar University to help them develop a sound waste management plan for their country.”

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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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    The Most Interested Man in Kansas City

    Bill AshworthScience, art, technology, history, space. Bill Ashworth wants to know about everything.

    If  you’re curious, there are many things that Bill Ashworth wants you to know.

    But here’s the main thing: Learning is fun.

    That optimistic aphorism is more than a casual one to Ashworth and his devoted admirers, who delight in the local educator’s indefatigable interest in not only his chosen academic field—the history of science—but anything else that might tickle his circuitously inquisitive mind.

    Ashworth is a longtime associate professor of history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and consultant on rare books for the privately-funded Linda Hall Library, an independent research library of science, engineering and technology across the street from the UMKC campus.

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    The New Yorker's "The Case Against Cash Bail"

    Photo by: Spencer Platt / Getty
    It’s obvious that jail isn’t good for the jailed. It may be particularly bad for people accused of minor crimes, who are confined not because they are likely to be dangerous but because, under our cash-bail system, they can’t afford to get out. Think of the appalling case of Kalief Browder, the Bronx teenager who was profiled by my colleague Jennifer Gonnerman, in 2014. He was charged with stealing a backpack and spent three years at Rikers Island awaiting trial. Two years after the trial was dismissed and he was released, Browder killed himself.

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    The Secret Lives of Deans

    The Secret Lives of DeansManaging budgets, hiring faculty, recruiting students, setting academic policy...the life of a university dean is a high-stress job. How do you decompress?

    For one dean, it’s calling fouls on the court.

    Growing up in Lexington, Ky., College of Arts and Sciences Dean Wayne Vaught says basketball was a huge part of his life. He played in youth leagues all the way through high school.

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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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    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 collection offers trip way, way back in time

    KMBC News 9’s Joel Nichols visits the UMKC campus to tell the story of a man’s (Professor Gentile) lifetime love of our areas underground history.

    https://youtu.be/XJvXiVgqWqs

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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 History Professor Reconstructs the History of Surgery before Anesthesia

    The Best Surgeon in England: Percivall Pott, 1713-88Lynda Payne publishes new book about "the best surgeon" in 18th century England.

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s History Department is proud to announce the publication Professor Lynda Payne's new book, The Best Surgeon in England: Percivall Pott, 1713-88, about the influential English surgeon Percivall Pott, whose practice of surgery was praised for being methodical, skilled and measured.

    Payne, a specialist in the history of science and medicine, challenges the belief that the practice of surgery prior to the invention of general anesthesia was “a realm of screaming patients and larger than life eccentric medical men whose primary aims were to operate as fast as possible.” The goal of her new book is to humanize and historicize medical practices by looking at the biography of this landmark teacher and practitioner.

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    UMKC Humanities Consortium Receives Grant for Performance of Letters from Nazi Germany

    Group seeks to spark community conversations with special project and performance

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Humanities Consortium – a discipline in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program – is the recipient of a 2017 Missouri Humanities Grant totaling $2,500.

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    UMKC professor among handful of economist to predict Eurozone fiscal downturn

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's not something Dr. Randall Wray wanted to be right about.

    "When you have your own currency, you have sovereign power," said Wray, a professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City.

    But when it came to predicting Europe's financial downturn, the economics professor was spot on.

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    UMKC professor recognized by NASA for work on galaxies

    Mark Brodwin, UMKC Physics and Astronomy Professor A UMKC professor has been recognized for his work studying galaxies.

    Mark Brodwin, associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, won a NASA Group Achievement Award from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

    Brodwin was one of six recognized for groundbreaking research as part of the Massive and Distant Clusters of WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) Survey team, called MaDCoWS, for short.

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    UMKC research team receives award for device that may help prevent a nuclear attack

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A new tool may soon help the U.S. military stop a nuclear attack, and it was made in Kansas City.

    For the past 8 years, UMKC physics professor, Anthony Caruso, has led a research team of students and professors from UMKC, K-State and University of Missouri – Columbia to develop a new way to find radiation.

    “There’s just not that many options available because there are so many containers and it’s so easy to hide special nuclear material on one of these container ships,” said Caruso.

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    Unified front is needed to steer area youths from violent crimes

    Kansas City police have identified almost 200 young people who are connected to groups associated with crimes such as shootings, armed assaults, robberies and weapons trafficking. About half of the teenagers are 16 and younger, and a few are as young as 13.

    Young suspects have been charged in two of the Kansas City region’s most violent and high-profile crimes so far this year.

    The four men accused of killing Shawnee gun shop owner Jon Bieker Jan. 9 in a robbery gone bad range in age from 18 to 20.

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    Using Research to Reduce Violent Crime

    Direct involvement by UMKC faculty aids No-Violence Alliance

    An ongoing law enforcement effort to rethink strategies to reduce violent crime in the Kansas City area has its own secret weapon: UMKC.

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, part of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences, is intimately involved in the Kansas City No Violence Alliance (NoVA). NoVA is a 2-year-old multi-agency effort to reduce gun-related violence.

    Chancellor Leo E. Morton serves on NoVA’s governing board, and UMKC faculty members and graduate students are embedded in NoVA’s effort to implement a crime-prevention approach known as “focused deterrence,” which helps police look beyond individual criminals to the criminals’ entire social networks.

    Read the UMKC Today article.

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    Who Has the Candidate’s Ear?

    What does a presidential candidate’s choice of advisers tell us about the candidate?

    A deep bench of experienced advisers is essential for any president — to provide policy guidance, a sounding board, intellectual ballast and, eventually, help in translating ideas into action. But the people selected say much about the candidates themselves — their intellectual rigor, their willingness to entertain fresh views, the value they place on experience.

    Hillary Clinton’s roster is a who’s who of the astute and ambitious accumulated by both Clintons in four decades in Democratic politics. It includes Alan Blinder, former Fed vice chairman, and John Podesta, campaign chairman and a top adviser in the Clinton and Obama administrations.

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UMKC and the College of Arts and Sciences offer dozens of resources for faculty and staff. Among the links below, you’ll find connections to faculty and staff support services, such as the Faculty Senate, Faculty Ombudsperson and Staff Council. You’ll be able to connect with Human Resources, read up on the Staff Handbook, peruse your university benefits and participate in our Wellness Program. We also offer helpful links like career opportunities, the academic calendar, the course catalog, computer and technical assistance and online library services.

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Family Studies Program

The Family Studies Program explores the many facets of families and the societal trends which influence them, such as an aging population, economic changes and public policies. Students focus primarily on American families and use a vast array of disciplines from the humanities and social sciences to contribute to their learning experience.

Felix

School of Social Work

Why did you choose your major?

Growing up in rural Kenya, I didn’t understand the value of social work, but I saw individuals, families and communities in need of empowerment. When I realized the power and impact of social work with the vulnerable population, I decided that was what I wanted to do.

In Kenya I’m working with friends to make sure young rural girls are getting an opportunity to stay in school. We are empowering them to become future leaders and role models while breaking the traditional norm that dictates girls prepare to become housewives and take care of their husbands. We are seeing an increase in the number of girls enrolled in school. We believe that every girl deserves a chance to become successful in life by making her own choices.

What do you love about UMKC?

I love the diversity of the school and the resources available to help one excel as a student and a person.

The way the faculty supported me as an international student encouraged me not just to feel like a student but part of the program. There were times when I felt lost until I started asking questions, but when I did, I asked 1,000 questions and got 1,002 answers from faculty.

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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Fight Against Racism Takes Up the Tools of History

The Festival of the Archers, Flanders (1493), Royal museum of fine arts, AntwerpResearchers reveal the exploitation of medieval imagery and language by white supremacists

White Nationalists and neo-Nazis have misused medieval imagery and language to support their cause. Faculty from the University of Missouri-Kansas City are working to reveal the true histories and explore the connections between contemporary issues and medieval concepts of race, gender and identity. Continue reading

First Gen Roo

Join our vibrant first generation community of students, alumni, staff, and faculty at UMKC!

What is First Gen Roo?

The First Gen Roo program is launching in Fall 2019 for our incoming, first generation students! Together with the program’s Peer Mentors, and First Gen Proud faculty and staff across campus, students selected for the First Gen Roo program will contribute to cultivating and celebrating UMKC’s supportive, energetic, and inclusive first generation community while receiving direct and regular attention to their goals and needs.

Starting on Monday, August 12 and running through the Fall 2019 semester, up to 45 incoming, first generation students will be selected to be a part of the program.

What is a first generation student?

The definition used at UMKC is that neither parent/guardian completed a degree at a four-year university. We also understand that the answer can be complicated and confusing. Let us know if you aren’t sure about your inclusion.

How can I be a part?

  • Apply to be considered for the First Gen Roo program using the “Apply for Program” button on the left (priority deadline is July 1, 2019)
  • Use the contact form below, or email us at firstgenroo@umkc.edu, to let us know you are interested in knowing more about the first generation community at UMKC

Let us hear from you!

Have questions about First Gen Roo? Want to share with us your interest in being involved? Or have an idea about how we can make this program amazing? Contact us using this form or by email at firstgenroo@umkc.edu.

Ford

Philosophy

What will you take from your education into your future?

Philosophy deals almost exclusively in knowledge for knowledge’s sake, the pursuit of truth and the love of wisdom. Our experiences make us who we are — our pasts are intimately tied with the present and our futures. If I’ve succeeded as a student, I will have the capacity to use every one of those experiences as opportunities for learning.

What do you love about UMKC?

UMKC has introduced me to people from walks of life I very much doubt I would have ever had the benefit or pleasure to know otherwise. I’ve found a fantastic group of really intelligent people I call my friends, and we like to get together with friends and fellow students in the philosophy honors society and debate all kinds of things. We talk a lot about altruism, free will, political structures and what it is to live the good life. We look like a bunch of people arguing, but that’s what philosophers do, I guess: argue … a lot.

All these people in my life are going somewhere and doing something impressive, and I’m excited to leave a mark on the world.

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UMKC and the College of Arts and Sciences offer dozens of resources for faculty and staff. Among the links below, you’ll find connections to faculty and staff support services, such as the Faculty Senate, Faculty Ombudsperson and Staff Council. You’ll be able to connect with Human Resources, read up on the Staff Handbook, peruse your university benefits and participate in our Wellness Program. We also offer helpful links like career opportunities, the academic calendar, the course catalog, computer and technical assistance, and online library services.

You may submit paperwork either in person to the CAS Dean’s Office or via email to umkcaseforms@umkc.edu.

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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. Continue reading

Future Student Scholarships

A variety of scholarships are available to new UMKC College of Arts and Sciences students thanks to gifts from UMKC alumni, the Kansas City community and other generous donors. As a new CAS student, you are automatically eligible for some scholarship awards. Additional scholarship opportunities are also available to new UMKC students.

For more information, please go to https://finaid.umkc.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/.

Freshman Scholarships

Bright Flight
Maximum Academic Year Amount: $2,500
Qualifications: Incoming freshman from Missouri with a composite ACT or SAT score in the top three percent of Missouri students

Curators’ Scholar Award
Maximum Academic Year Amount: $5,000
Qualifications: Incoming freshman students from Missouri with an ACT composite score of 28 or above and a high school Core GPA of 3.75 or above.

Academic Excellence Award
Maximum Academic Year Amount: $5,000
Qualifications: Incoming freshman students from Kansas with an ACT composite score of 28 or above and a high school core GPA of 3.75 or above.

Chancellor’s Award
Maximum Academic Year Amount: $3,500
Qualifications: Incoming freshman students from Kansas or Missouri with an ACT composite score of 25 or above and a high school core GPA of 3.5 or above.

Provost’s Award
Maximum Academic Year Amount: $2,000
Qualifications: Incoming freshman students from Kansas or Missouri with an ACT composite score of 22 or above and a high school core GPA of 3.0 or above.

Future Roo Scholarship
Maximum Academic Year Amount: $700
Qualifications: Incoming freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences with a primary major in one of the following: Criminal Justice and Criminology, Psychology, Political Science, Communication Studies or Earth and Environmental Sciences.  Students must have an ACT composite score between 20-24 and a high school core GPA of 2.75 or above.

Chancellor’s Historically Underrepresented Minority Nonresident Award
Maximum Academic Year Amount: Nonresidential tuition differential
Qualifications:

  • Newly enrolled non-Missouri resident students who identify themselves on the UMKC admission application as African American, Hispanic or Native American
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Full-time Enrollment

HSCP Dean’s Scholarship
Maximum Academic Year Amount: Varies
Qualifications: Incoming freshman in the College of Arts & Sciences or the University College, who has a minimum high school GPA of at least 2.75 or a score of 21 or higher on the ACT and participated in UMKC HSCP Dual Credit Program.

Transfer Student Scholarships

Chancellor’s Historically Underrepresented Minority Nonresident Award
Maximum Academic Year Amount: Nonresidential tuition differential
Qualifications:

  • Newly enrolled non-Missouri resident students who identify themselves on the UMKC admission application as African American, Hispanic or Native American
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Full-time Enrollment

Chancellor’s Transfer Award
Maximum Academic Year Amount: $2,000, plus non-resident fee differential (if applicable)
Qualifications:

  • Transfer students from any community college or four-year institution
  • Must have completed 40 transferable credit hours before attending UMKC
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA in all college work attempted
  • Must be working on first bachelor’s degree
  • All School of Medicine students as well as professional and graduate level students in dentistry, pharmacy, or law are not eligible for these awards.
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Crankstart Re-entry Scholarship Program
Maximum Academic Year Amount: $5,000
Qualifications: The Crankstart Re-entry Program is for people, ideally aged 25 to 50, with great financial needs whose education has been interrupted for five or more years and who want to resume their undergraduate education to pursue a baccalaureate degree.

Osher Reentry Scholarship Program
Maximum Academic Year Amount: $5,000
Qualifications: The Osher Reentry Scholarship Program is designed to provide students– ideally aged 25 to 50 – who have experienced an interruption in their education of five years or more, who now want to resume their university studies at a four-year baccalaureate institution.

The program is not intended for transfer students or those seeking an additional degree. It targets students who did not have the opportunity to complete their higher education at earlier stages in their lives.

The Osher Reentry Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to a limited number of undergraduate students who demonstrate the potential for academic success. Complete this application and return to College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships Office in 104 Scofield Hall.

Gabrielle

Foreign Languages and Literatures – Spanish

Why did you choose UMKC?

I chose UMKC to stay close to family and friends. I grew up in Lee’s Summit and graduated from Lee’s Summit North.

Why did you choose Spanish?

I chose Foreign Languages and Literature – Spanish to learn the language of my family. English was the language of my household growing up, but with the majority of my family having Spanish as their first language, it was important to me to be able to communicate with them.

Since entering college, what have you learned about yourself?

I have learned quite a lot. I did not completely apply myself during my first round at UMKC. My grades were not a priority, and I was not involved on campus. I dropped out of UMKC in 2011 following the study abroad program to Granada, Spain. Since dropping out I came out to my family, got sober, got engaged, bought a house, married and returned to school. Upon returning to UMKC in fall 2015, I made it a point to be more involved and learn about all of the resources available to students on campus. I became involved with LGBTQIA+ Programs & Services and helped start UMKC’s collegiate recovery community called RooCovery. With LGBTQIA+ Programs and Services I was able to attend MBLGTACC (the nation’s largest LGBTQIA college conference) 2015 at Purdue University.

My work with starting RooCovery provided me a job opportunity with the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) housed in the School of Nursing and Health Studies on Hospital Hill. With this position, I was able to attend the 7th National Collegiate Recovery Conference in April 2016 as both a representative for UMKC and ATTC.

Are you a first generation college student?

Yes, I am. Honestly, at first, it felt like a lot of pressure. I grew up hearing “go to college,” but with little to no guidance on the process. As a recent transfer to UMKC in 2010, people would ask me what I was going to school for and I would respond, “my parents.” Now that I have returned to UMKC for my own personal accomplishment, it feels great. I also have a better understanding as to why my parents pushed it so much.

Are you a first generation college student?

Yes, I am. Honestly, at first, it felt like a lot of pressure. I grew up hearing “go to college,” but with little to no guidance on the process. As a recent transfer to UMKC in 2010, people would ask me what I was going to school for and I would respond, “my parents.” Now that I have returned to UMKC for my own personal accomplishment, it feels great. I also have a better understanding as to why my parents pushed it so much.

What’s your favorite social media channel?Instagram because I can weed out the negativity easier than Facebook.

What’s your favorite spot to eat in Kansas City?

Oh, that’s a tough one. I will have to go with El Patron.

UMKC Foreign Languages student, Gabrielle Rodrigues shows her sobriety pinWhat are the challenges of the Spanish program?

The challenges I face in the program are more personal, and it is doubting my ability to speak Spanish. Growing up with English as my first language in a family that learned Spanish as their first language has provided many obstacles in learning a language I feel I should already know.

What are the benefits of the Spanish program?

The benefits of the program are the numerous study abroad opportunities that increase fluency and cultural awareness through immersion. My college program has inspired me to use Spanish to help families like mine communicate more effectively in health care settings especially as it relates to mental health.

What’s your greatest fear?

Relapse, and settling for a job to just pay bills instead of following my dreams.

What is one word that best describes you?

Honest. Before sobriety, I was never honest. Since sobriety, it has been impossible for me to lie even this smallest fib. I am always honest, and tend to stick to those who also offer it.

Gabrielle graduated in 2016 with a BA in Spanish.

Gerby

Chemistry, Philosophy and Pre-Med

Why did you choose UMKC?

I love the diversity. There are people here from so many different countries, so many different backgrounds. I enjoy that.

What made you decide to pursue being a doctor?

I am from Haiti, and when I was living there, I thought I’d pursue law school. The earthquake hit (2010) and my friends helped others through a mobile hospital. I want to help people through their trauma. I would love to be a surgeon. I’ve shadowed a doctor in the ICU.

Since entering college, what have you learned about yourself?

UMKC is not the first school or college I’ve been to, but when I started here, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do as far as my career. The environment and the people — mainly the faculty and staff — here make me feel great about myself, and that’s when I realize that I have a lot of potential and I can do great.

Close-up of Gerby Jean-Noel in the student unionWhat’s the best piece of advice you have ever received from a professor?

One of the best pieces of advice I received was from Tammy Welchert. She told me I am smart, but I need to get to know myself and figure out what I like and can be good at in order to choose the right major. Tammy is my favorite here at the school. She’s really responsive, and always available to help. I don’t think she is only like that with me. I think she just helps every student who comes to her office with an issue.

What’s your greatest fear?

I had fears in the past, but when I joined the military, I learned in basic combat training how to face my fears. So now, I guess my greatest fear is to be afraid and not try things I want and need to do.

What motto do you live by?

The seven Army values: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. I am in the ROTC.

Giving

When you donate to the College of Arts and Sciences, your financial contribution—regardless of the amount—strengthens the educational experience, providing vital support to our students, faculty and programs. From our annual fund and scholarship funds to major gifts, endowed scholarships and planned giving, there are plenty of ways you can help make a difference. Donors make it possible to update our facilities, provide student scholarships, attract nationally recognized faculty and recruit high-caliber students. Your gifts build a foundation for our long-term legacy of serving Kansas City and the region with premier graduates in the workforce.

Why the College of Arts and Sciences?

A degree from the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences encourages a well-rounded curriculum that gives students a thorough understanding of the world in which we live.

 

EXPERIENCE THE LIBERAL ARTS
EXPERIENCE THE LIBERAL ARTS

While the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest academic unit at UMKC, we like our class sizes small. In fact, we have a 14:1 student-faculty ratio. This leads to big opportunities for our students, like getting to know professors and graduating with hands-on experiences. With 18 academic departments and numerous interdisciplinary programs, the College offers a diverse educational experience. Our students obtain a true liberal arts education by taking courses that span the arts, humanities and sciences. The opportunities with a liberal arts education from UMKC are endless.

DISCOVER KANSAS CITY
DISCOVER KANSAS CITY

UMKC was initially founded as the University of Kansas City and is often referred to as “Kansas City’s University,” a title we proudly carry. We’re located in the heart of Kansas City, and to be honest we’re pretty smitten with this place. KC is a dynamic 21st-century city that offers something for everyone: pro sports, great concert venues, numerous restaurants, urban living and suburban development. The Kansas City metro is also a thriving regional hub for economic development and job growth. Many UMKC students continue living and working here after graduation.

BUILD LIFELONG CONNECTIONS
BUILD LIFELONG CONNECTIONS

Not to brag, but at UMKC, we can drop names faster than the cast of Hamilton. Well, maybe not, but our faculty, staff and alumni are pretty well connected around the metro. We’ve had students work alongside curators at world-renowned museums like the Nelson Atkins and the WWI Museum; cover stories for local news outlets and radio stations like Fox 4 and KCUR; intern for pro sports teams like the Royals and the Chiefs; and gain experience at top companies like H&R Block and Cerner. Getting involved and making connections outside of the classroom not only makes for a more dynamic college experience, but also helps our students develop professionally.

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Greatest Needs

One of the best ways you can help the College of Arts and Sciences is by donating to particular projects that need immediate funding. Every gift makes a difference, because it touches hundreds of diverse efforts to enhance academic excellence. We depend on your financial help to respond quickly to technology changes and attract the best and brightest students and faculty.

Students

Scholarships, both need- and merit-based, allow many CAS students to achieve their dreams. Funds are also available to assist students with emergencies, conference travel and other UMKC-related expenses. Your contributions ensure that we are able to attract and retain the brightest minds.

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Technology

Make a gift that impacts hundreds of CAS students and faculty by investing in our cutting-edge programs. One of our biggest needs is updating outdated and worn-out technology. The College is especially dedicated to regular improvements within our standardized classrooms and laboratories. The overall technology upgrades are costly but also an essential ingredient for our College to remain as successful as it is.

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Faculty

The College is dedicated to attracting and retaining nationally recognized faculty. And potential students are attracted to strong programs that have experienced and engaged faculty. Contributions to an endowed chair or professorship allow us to draw the attention of the best academic minds in the country. Not only does your gift help strengthen existing programs, it also creates new opportunities for students. Adding more outstanding faculty members is essential to our growth.

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Facilities

Support renovation and construction projects that allow the College to maintain state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories. Modern facilities and updated technology and equipment are crucial factors in recruiting and retaining top students and faculty. Your gift allows us to create short-term and long-term improvement strategies.

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Greg

Geosciences

Why did you choose your major?

As a kid, I always enjoyed playing outside and, as I grew older, I developed a love for computers. The combination of geography, computers, maps and data just stood out to me as the best path to take.

What excites you about your future?

I’m excited that I have a broad range of possibilities for my career. I still like the outdoors, but I want an office job; I want to sit at a computer and play with maps and data all day. This summer I have a paid internship at a public works software company where I’ll work on creating and updating maps.

What will you take from your experience at UMKC into your professional career?

I will take crucial technical skills, life skills and some great friendships. The Department of Geosciences is small and tight-knit, and Dr. Steven Driever and Dr. Wei Ji have both seen potential in me and have gone to great lengths to help me succeed. They’ve also taught me nearly all the important technical skills for my career, and have greatly broadened my understanding of the world.

What extracurricular activities were you involved in at UMKC?

Last spring, as part of the Student Environmental Coalition, I helped with a Missouri River cleanup. We went out on boats to pick up trash on 4-5 miles of the river.

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. Continue reading

Haley

Chemistry, Pre-Dental

Since entering college, what have you learned about yourself?

That I am more self-reliant, and that I can do things on my own with excellent results.

Why did you choose UMKC?

I chose UMKC because of the dental school and because it’s close to home (Overland Park, Kan.). My parents were probably going to follow me wherever I went to college since I’m the baby.

Are you a first-generation college student?

I am. I am very fortunate to be able to attend college at all, and even more to be at such a wonderful school. My parents never had the money to go to school.

What motto do you live by?

Dad always told me the harder you work, the more you get out of life. Through all the jobs I’ve taken – and I was a store manager at 15 – I’m always getting called in because they like working with me. The little things matter most. Whatever work you put in will pay off eventually.

UMKC Chemistry and Pre-dental Student, Haley Fiedler sitting in the Student Union

Where is UMKC taking you?

I want to own my own dental practice. I’ve had braces since I was 4 and I still have them at 18. I don’t remember what it feels like to not have braces. If all goes well, my braces will be removed in a year or so.

When I was younger, they discovered I had a rare open bite. I had jaw surgery last year and afterward had my jaw wired shut for eight months.

My orthodontist, Kelly Toombs (who completed his D.D.S. and orthodontics residency at the UMKC School of Dentistry), is really good with kids. Kids inspire me and keep me smiling. Dr. Toombs made me smile, and I want to make children who come to the dentist smile, too. He’s not selfish with his job, either. He has a lot of programs for people who can’t afford braces.

What is one word that best describes you?

Heroine. My name actually means heroine, which is defined as a woman admired or idealized for her courage and outstanding achievements.

What’s your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is that I will put so much work and effort into dentistry and then won’t be accepted. But I think that I have great potential as a future dentist and that if I work very hard, I will one day achieve my dream.

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.

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. Continue reading

Honeywell and UMKC Expand Science and Innovation Collaboration

Physics Honeywell collaborators Wrobel and LambtonStudents and faculty gain improved access to new technology

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has signed a master collaboration agreement with Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies (FM&T), creating closer collaboration on research and development of new technology to meet national security needs.

“UMKC is proud to partner with Honeywell,” said UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “The collaboration will allow us to bring UMKC and Honeywell’s research expertise together, which will not only benefit our students and faculty, but also our national security.”

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UMKC geosciences graduate student researches accuracy of weather forecasts for NASA

UMKC Geosciences graduate student Forrest Black poses for a photo with a sign welcoming people to NASA's Langley Research Center.Forrest Black isn’t a pilot, but he’s helping to make air travel safer and more efficient.

Black, a UMKC geosciences graduate student, has been interning as a research assistant at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, since the fall of 2016.

Black is researching how major weather events impact the National Airspace System (airports, navigation facilities and airspaces of the United States). He wants to develop a tool that will reconstruct the evolution of those events using weather and flight data. Continue reading

How to Give

Annual Fund

Students and student programs are the focus of the College of Arts and Sciences Annual Fund Campaign. These unrestricted gifts play a critical role in augmenting scholarships, supporting student academic programs and enabling student development and research projects. A gift to the College of Arts and Sciences Annual Fund Campaign is not only tax deductible, it also helps the College achieve its overall mission and purpose.

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Scholarship Fund

If you are interested in donating to an existing scholarship fund, you can designate that scholarship to receive your gift.

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Major Gift

Throughout the years, the College’s alumni and friends have made major gifts to create scholarships, support programs and provide the dean with resources to take advantage of extraordinary opportunities. Major gifts ensure a strong endowment and can also help build and restore facilities and sustain our classroom activities.

Major gift donors can choose to direct their support toward an area where their personal interest matches the needs and priorities of the College of Arts and Sciences. These gifts can be made in the form of pledges that can be paid over a multi-year period. They also can lead to unique recognition opportunities that can honor or memorialize a person who is important to you.

If you are interested in making a major gift, contact Jason Elliott at elliottjas@umkc.edu or 816-235-5776.

Planned Gifts

If you are interested in making a planned gift (options listed below), contact Jason Elliott at elliottjas@umkc.edu or 816-235-5776.

Charitable Bequest

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in either a will or living trust that lets you pass any amount you wish to benefit the College of Arts and Sciences, free of estate tax. You can give cash, specific property or a percentage of your estate, with restrictions or without. Because your gift doesn’t come to us until after your lifetime, you can change your mind at any time.

Charitable Gift Annuity

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and UMKC in which you agree to make a gift to the university and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life. This gift vehicle also creates a variety of tax benefits, including a federal income tax charitable deduction.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

A charitable remainder trust allows you and/or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create. Benefits include a partial charitable income tax deduction, potential for increased income and up-front capital gains tax avoidance.

Real Estate

A gift of real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land. A gift of real estate helps UMKC and the College of Arts and Sciences, but it also benefits you. When you give UMKC appreciated property you have held longer than one year, you get a federal income tax charitable deduction. You also avoid paying capital gains tax and having to deal with the property’s maintenance costs, taxes or insurance.

Life Insurance

A gift to UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences through a life insurance policy could be a sensible and generous option for you. If you make us the owner of your policy, you will normally receive an income tax deduction for the policy’s fair market value on the date of the gift. If you name UMKC as a beneficiary of the policy and retain ownership, you won’t be eligible for current tax benefits because the gift is revocable at any time. Either way, your estate will not pay estate taxes on the policy proceeds we receive.

 

Infusing Confidence in Undergraduate Researchers

UMKC PR ClassroomEUReka Math Course Researched Kansas City Water Cutoffs

Experiences in Undergraduate Research, or EUReka classes, play a critical role in the undergraduate curriculum at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The university takes advantage of its urban location to offer numerous opportunities for students at all levels to gain hands-on research experience that also benefits neighboring communities. Continue reading

Jada

Communication Studies

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.

Communication Studies Student, Jada Chavis

Do you belong to any organizations?

Not at the moment, but I went with Multicultural Student Organization Council students to MU to march and that was a lot of fun. I learned so much about myself, and I didn’t know anyone when I went, but I felt like I had to stand up and do it.

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.

What motto do you live by?

Stand for something or fall for anything. I have it tattooed on my back.

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.

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.” Continue reading

Kathleen Kilway to Receive STEMMy Award

Dr. Kathleen Kilway shows students objects in a chemistry lab.Kathleen Kilway, Ph.D., Curator’s teaching professor and chair, UMKC Chemistry Department, will be recognized for her professional and technical excellence by the Kansas City Central Exchange with a STEMMy Award.

The award will be presented by Central Exchange on Sept. 21 at the 4th Annual Stemmy Awards Luncheon at the Arvest Bank Theatre in downtown Kansas City. Continue reading

KC anti-violence campaign aims to plug hole by looking at parolees

KC-NoVA image by Allison Long

The Kansas City No Violence Alliance recently started meeting with inmates about to go on parole in an effort to help them get what they need in order to keep them away from crime while also delivering them a warning. KC NoVa rounded up people deemed by police as being key to violent crime in the area in January 2013. File photo by ALLISON LONG The Kansas City Star . The conversations go like this:

An inmate nearing the end of his or her prison sentence is called to a meeting. A Kansas City police detective, a parole officer and an advocate for the inmate pull up chairs. Continue reading

Klassie

Political Science and Criminal Justice and Criminology

Why did you choose UMKC?

During high school, I visited 10 colleges, both in-state and out-of-state. I was looking for a college with small class sizes and world-class professors. I wanted to have a full-circle experience in education, culture, diversity and internship opportunities.

Were you the first person in your family to attend college?

No, however, I am a second-generation Haitian-American, and I am so honored to be an Afro-Latina. UMKC welcomes diversity and provides a fantastic multicultural office to help students feel accepted and supported. UMKC is here to help you through your life journey. Whatever fear you have – know that you are good enough.

How did you choose your field of study?

When I came to UMKC, I wanted to be a criminal defense attorney. While interning for the city of Kansas City, MO, my supervisor told me, “Your personality is way too big to be an attorney. You need to work in politics.”

After my internship, I was managing and directing city, county, state, and national political campaigns. My job is figuring out what voters are passionate about and listening. It’s all about encouraging the heart and uplifting other people. Politics achieved that for me. I wanted to represent candidates who aligned with my values.

Klassie Alcine, portrait standing and smilingTell us about your time as UMKC Student Body president.

One of my favorite memories is passing the Student Bus Pass Initiative. It actually failed three times. Usually when that happens, people give up, but I knew it was so important that students get the whole-city experience. It was also a sustainable option that reduced carbon footprints. We did a whole campaign around it, including a live mural, and it finally passed with more than 60 percent of the student vote. Now, almost 5,000 students use that bus pass every single week. It was a perfect partnership between administration, students and an outside organization like the Kansas City Area Transit Authority.

What was your favorite thing about UMKC?

It’s the professors who make the culture of UMKC. Every professor I had was passionate about what they were teaching. They want you to think outside the box and question everything.

Who was the most influential faculty or staff member at UMKC?

Dr. Ken Novak (Criminal Justice & Criminology) and Dr. Brent Never (Henry W. Bloch School of Management) both challenged me to explore every side of an issue, employ solutions and always question everything. They were always open and helpful when I needed direction. The passion and knowledge they have for teaching inspires me every day.

Do you have any advice for students entering UMKC?

Students don’t trust themselves – they’re so scared of messing up. You have to fight that inner negativity and find a mentor who can walk with you. That’s why my experience at UMKC was amazing, because I had people to tell me “you can do this, because you’ve done it before.”

Also, take advantage of internships. Just start jumping in. The motivation to go to school shows you’re in a great place, but when you toss in internships and mentors, you’re setting yourself up to be constantly encouraged, which a lot of students need.

Klassie Alcine, smiling while holding Kasey RooTell us about your current position.

I manage fundraising, special events and community partnerships for Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas. I meet with individuals and organizations about our mission and educate them on what Goodwill does. People identify Goodwill as a retail store, but our mission is to empower people with disadvantages and different abilities to earn and keep employment through individualized programs and services.

How did UMKC help you reach your current position?

UMKC taught me how to learn and use all of the “tools in my toolbox.” Every class taught me know to understand complex issues, create partnerships, think critically and interact productively.

What are the challenges of your field?

The constant awareness of trauma and pain that people experience is the biggest challenge as a nonprofit professional. Nonprofit organizations are important to fulfill the public’s needs where the government cannot. But the most beautiful and bright part of my field is seeing people become resilient and overcome past trauma.

What are the benefits?

I love sharing our client success stories with community partners, donors and everyone I meet. At the end of the day, I know I am working for an organization that is helping people.

What is one word that best describes you?

Butterfly. I am constantly evolving and spreading my wings for the next journey in life. A butterfly is resilient, transformative and full of positive energy. That’s Klassie!

What are your goals for the future?

I will run for public office. My lifetime vision is to help youth, families and adults achieve their personal freedoms in life.

What is your greatest fear?

I don’t have fear. Every single day I leave the house repeating the words of Abraham Lincoln, “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end, you are sure to succeed.” I show up in the world from a space of love and peace. I give myself permission to believe anything is possible. I believe it is a critical time in American history to build fearless female leaders. I challenge myself to give everything in my life and career because the only competition is with myself.

Klassie Alcine, winking while holding Kasey RooDo you have a motto?

I have two. The first is from Hillary Clinton: “Let our legacy be about planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.” That’s the goal in my life. I also love Nelson Mandela’s quote, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

What makes you unique?

My positive energy. I’m not scared to be a risk-taker. Even now, I’ll be in a crowd, and someone will yell “Klassie!” There’s something about me that people remember. It’s a testament to my parents, who raised me to be a woman of respect and love.

What’s your favorite place in Kansas City?

Union Station, because of the history, Pierpont’s, architectural details and exhibits. Union Station is a magical place.

Klassie graduated in 2009 with a BA in Political Science and CJC. She received her MPA from The Bloch School in 2011.

Kobra

History

Why did you choose your major?

I had a degree in interior design, spent a year as an architecture major and decided I wanted to do preservation. I fell in love with the history requirements for the program and changed my major to focus on public history.

What excites you about your future?

I’d love to use my experiences to educate the public and restore the interior of buildings (their colors and artifacts), bringing them true to the period. My goal would be to design an interior that is museum quality without being sterile and then help educate and reconnect people with the story of the past.

It’s never too late to pursue your dreams. At UMKC you have the opportunity to do what you want to do even if you are 40 years old and a mother of three.

Have your professors made an impact on you?

Witnessing people who still feel so passionate about history helps to stir within you the beauty that can be in the past. My professors helped me to have enough curiosity, intrigue and grit to see it.

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Kristina

Sociology

Why did you choose your major?

I took Dr. Marte’s social psychology class, and fell in love with sociology and changed my major. I knew that was what I wanted to do.

What excites you about your future?

I’m excited to work with the kids in our community that need the most help and the most love. I’ve always felt that people who don’t have their own voice need someone to be there for them and social work and community advocates can do that.

What do you love about UMKC?

I love that professors are always inviting people from the community to be part of our education. Chancellor Morton always talks about how we are Kansas City’s university; that’s probably my favorite thing about UMKC. It seems like our entire community cares about and loves UMKC and I really appreciate that.

Everyone here wants you to succeed. Almost every professor on campus has time to just sit and talk with you, whether it’s about your life, career, future, or about school. I think that’s an invaluable experience that you can’t get at every university.

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Krystal

Psychology

Why did you choose your major?

I have always wanted to study psychology because of my interest in the brain and the behaviors of diverse populations. I worked as a school photographer with my aunt in Texas and enjoyed observing the students and teachers. I looked into counseling and stumbled onto a career as a school psychologist, which is a combination of counseling and clinical work in a school setting.

What will you take from your experience at UMKC into your professional career?

My lab and research experiences with faculty at UMKC helped me get into a doctoral program at the University of Kansas. Drs. Carolyn Barber and Tamera Murdock prepared me to be a graduate researcher and helped me with my presentations. I never imagined that presenting at symposiums would help lower my anxiety of public speaking. Doing presentations was frightening the first time, but it got easier as I practiced.

What do you love about UMKC?

I love that the faculty care about your career aspirations. They take the time to make sure you grasp the material and will talk about your options within the field of psychology.

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Laila

Mathematics and Statistics

Why did you choose your major?

I love science and I wanted to go to med school; however, when my Calc III class conflicted with chemistry, I chose to study math. The Math Department is amazing. My professors are knowledgeable and love what they teach. I find math problems, especially proofs, more absorbing than anything else I’ve studied.

What will you take from your experience at UMKC into your professional career?

Studying math has helped improve my problem-solving ability. I’m not intimidated by problems because I can solve smaller pieces at a time. I’m also not as easily frustrated because I know sometimes you have to think about a problem many ways before you can solve it.

What do you love about UMKC?

UMKC surrounds the Linda Hall Library, which has many fantastic, old, original textbooks, including translations of works you can’t find on Google. I discovered the story of one of my favorite mathematicians, Thomas Harriot, at the library. He was an algebraist in the 17th century who never published his theory manuscripts. For over 300 years, scholars relied on a poor posthumous reckoning of his work until a scholar came along and accurately translated his work for the rest of the world.

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Latina/Latino Studies

The Latina/Latino Studies Program focuses on the experiences of people from a diversity of Hispanic origins living in the United States. The program engages students, scholars and the greater Kansas City community in collaborative programs and service learning projects to create a better understanding of the cultural, economic, historical experiences and contributions of U.S. Latinas/os-Chicanas/os and their diasporic origins.

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. Continue reading

Leaders in Learning: a celebration of faculty achievement

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

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

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LGBTQ-Themed Student Exhibit Receives National Council on Public History Award

In 1966, the NACHO planning meeting was held in the State Hotel, visible on the left in this view near 12th and Wyandotte. Courtesy: Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri.A University of Missouri-Kansas City student-produced LGBTQ-themed exhibit, currently being displayed at the UMKC Miller Nichols Library, has received a Student Project Award from the National Council on Public History. The exhibit can be viewed on the third floor of UMKC Miller Nichols Library through April 8, and is available online.

The Student Project Award is given to an outstanding public history student venture initiated as academic coursework and implemented and recognized beyond the classroom for its contribution to the field of public history. “Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights” was submitted by UMKC students Taylor C. Bye, Kathryn B. Carpenter, Samantha Hollingsworth, Leah Palmer (now an alumna), Kevin Ploth and Jennifer Tufts. Continue reading

Liberal Studies Program

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree program enables individuals to pursue interdisciplinary studies at the graduate level. Courses provide participants the opportunity to extend the best experiences of baccalaureate liberal education to the graduate level.

Lindsay

Theatre

Why did you choose your major?

After high school, I knew there was only one thing I wanted to do with my life — act — it’s absolutely exhilarating. The thought of spending my life everyday playing make-believe and breathing life into stories for all types of people to see — to me, there is nothing more wonderful than that.

How did your internship prepare you for a career?

I, along with four other classmates, interned at the Fishtank Theater under superb director and mastermind, Heidi Van. We worked as production interns and helped renovate the theater, acted in brand new shorts and plays, and made connections with several local theater professionals from all over the city. Theater is more prominent and aspiring in Kansas City than ever before.

How have your professors encouraged you?

My professors have got to be some of the best in the entire country. I could write an entire essay about Scott Stackhouse. He just sees right to your core, calls you on your excuses and recognizes when you’re putting up a front. He gives you just enough space to discover things on your own and inspires and helps you to grow in ways you couldn’t have on your own.

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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. Continue reading

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Futurist Lucite Plains art exhibit features work of three professors

Lucite Plains is a new performance collaboration between Kansas City-based artists and UMKC professors Ricky Allman and Barry Anderson. Combing elements of Allman’s paintings and installations with Anderson’s work in video and animation, and adding music composed for analog synthesizers and guitars, the performances create a psychedelic futurist experience. The concept came from a melding of themes they have been working on individually for the past few years including eco-futurism, geological ritualism, ancient mythology and retro utopian visions.

For their first extended performance residency, they will be presenting a series of seven events October 19-21 at SubTropolis as part of Open Spaces where they will be joined by guest musician, artist, and fellow UMKC colleague Davin Watne.

Learn more about about the complete performance schedule and ticket info.

Preview a video of a studio rehearsal

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

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

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

Six MA Students in the UMKC History Department win National Council on Public History Award for Student Project

Making History MHC with AudienceThe UMKC Department of History is proud to announce that six graduate students in the Master of Arts in History with a Public History Emphasis program have been awarded the National Council on Public History’s Student Project Prize for their project, Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights. The UMKC students receiving the award are: Taylor Bye, Kathryn Carpenter, Samantha Hollingsworth, Leah Palmer, Kevin Ploth, and Jennifer Tufts.

The award is given to “an outstanding public history student project initiated as academic coursework and implemented and recognized beyond the classroom for its contribution to the field of public history.” Continue reading

Marc Reyes History Alum (MA 2014) wins Fulbright Award

Marc Reyes smOur hearty congratulations go to UMKC History Alum (MA 2014) Marc Reyes! Marc has been awarded a Fulbright Award to support his doctoral research in India. The title of his research is: “In the Circle of Great Powers: India, the United States, and the Postcolonial Atomic State, 1947-1974.” Marc is currently a PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Connecticut. You do us proud, Marc!

UMKC Physics and Astronomy Professor, Mark Brodwin, is a Consultant on the Stars

KCREP Constellations imageHow can actors become knowledgeable on complex subjects for their plays? They consult with a college professor, of course.

Mark Brodwin, Ph.D., professor in the UMKC Department of Physics and Astronomy, recently collaborated with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre on their current play, Constellations.

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Mary Margaret

Chemistry

Why did you choose your major?

I knew I wanted to go into dentistry and felt that chemistry would put me in the best position to apply for dental school. I cannot wait to be able to help people feel more confident about their smiles the way my dentist and orthodontist helped me. I’ve always had a strong commitment to community service, but I didn’t know how to combine it with my career until I was at UMKC. My freshman year, I was able to organize a fundraiser for Operation Smile that provided the funds for three full cleft palate surgeries and part of the funding for a fourth surgery.

Have your professors made an impact on you?

When I was in organic chemistry with Dr. Kathleen Kilway, I was really struggling. She gave me the best advice, saying, “Mary Margaret, never, ever let one class, one test, one person, or one obstacle keep you from fulfilling your dreams.” That day, she ignited something in me that hasn’t faltered. I can do anything. She helped me find new methods to study and I rocked the next test! After experiencing such a comeback, I now have a whole new appreciation for doing my absolute best to the bitter end.

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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree program enables individuals to pursue  interdisciplinary studies at the graduate level.  Courses provide participants the opportunity to extend the best experiences of baccalaureate liberal education to the graduate level.

Students admitted to the program will be encouraged to select a graduate certificate program or informal focus area and develop an individual program of study.  In order to ensure that courses to support a proposed individualized plan of study are available at UMKC, students who want to pursue this option should suggest a list of courses offered in the College of Arts and Sciences that could contribute to their desired area of study.  Students wishing to pursue this option should contact the MALS advisor for assistance developing this list of courses.

Requirements and tools for planning your degree can be found in the UMKC Catalog.

Meet Our Alumni

Assistant Attorney General Alexandra Alpough

If you are interested in pursuing a BLA or MALS degree, you might want to learn more about some of our recent graduates.

  • Alexandra Alpough: an assistant attorney general working in the labor division of the Missouri Attorney General’s office.
  • Christopher D. Harris:  recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Award

Mentors Researching Mentorship

Mentor Jennifer Lundgren and mentee Frances BozsikDynamic duo in psychology deeply understands the benefits

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

The result: UMKC has many mentorship success stories.

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

Micah

Architecture, Urban Planning + Design

Why did you choose your major?

I fell in love with the idea of being able to design or redesign places to make them more sustainable for the future. Urban planning takes into account everything we take advantage of daily such as the orientation of buildings, how the roads connect, the design of parking lots, the layout of bike/pedestrian paths and so much more — everything is connected.

What did you learn during your internship?

I interned at an architecture firm and an engineering/planning firm. During these experiences, I learned different software programs and further developed my understanding of real world situations, like transportation planning in different cities. It was great to see what they were doing and consider how we could bring that to Kansas City.

What will you take from your experience at UMKC into your professional career?

Public speaking is something that we have to continually do throughout the program and I wasn’t great at it because I didn’t do it much. But through repetition, presenting several projects to professors and receiving feedback, my entire peer group has grown and improved in that area. Our studio program is so tight-knit. We got to be close friends — kind of like family — and I don’t know many programs with that type of camaraderie.

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Missouri Reports Wide Racial Disparity in Traffic Stops

The New York Times’ John Eligon interviews CJC’s Ken Novak.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police officers in Missouri were 75 percent more likely to stop black drivers than white drivers last year, and 73 percent more likely to search black drivers, according to a report released Monday by Chris Koster, the state’s attorney general.

The data also showed that although blacks were more likely to be stopped and searched than whites, they were less likely to be found with contraband than whites, the report said. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Myles

Art History

Why did you choose Art History?

I love art! I was pursuing studio art as a career and had my first show at the American Jazz Museum. The curator, Sonié Ruffin, saw my potential and took me under her wing. I am currently working as an Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in the photography department at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. Between these two organizations, I have worked with amazing scholars and learned basic museum operations, performed research and cataloguing, and worked on exhibitions.

What are you currently working on?

My work focuses on 20th century American photography. I presented a paper at a conference in Minneapolis about Gordon Parks’ photography for Life magazine in the 1950s. I’m also working on a photography exhibition at the Nelson, and received a research grant that will allow me to travel to New York this summer and visit The Gordon Parks Foundation to continue my research.

In my studio art practice, I’ve been experimenting with jazz-inspired quilts. There are a lot of qualities in jazz that correlate with quilting: improvisation, asymmetry, rhythm, color, etc. I listen to different songs like Miles Davis’ “So What,” and design quilts that aesthetically respond to certain characteristics of the song.

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Naomi

Psychology

You graduated in May and landed a job in your field. What are you doing?

I am an investigator for the Jackson County Children’s Division. I wanted to work with children, and I’m doing that. I’d like to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology in the future.

Why did you choose UMKC?

UMKC offers my major (psychology) and has a great diversity of students.

Why did you choose psychology?

I chose psychology because I’ve always wanted to counsel people, and I find mental disorders fascinating.

The challenges of the program are the upper-level classes that really get us to think like a psychologist. The benefits of being a psychology major are that we get to help such an important population of individuals.

How has your college program inspired you?

My college program has inspired me and motivated me to become the best person I can be. It’s inspired me to follow my dreams and let the sky be my limit! It’s made me more excited to continue my education.

I’ve learned that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. College has shown me that my mind and abilities are exponential as long as there is effort and passion in it.

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

The best piece of advice I have received from a professor is “Don’t ever sell yourself short. At least try!” The advice gave me motivation to keep trying and keep pushing forward.

Who do you admire most at UMKC?

I admire my research professor, Dr. (Joan) McDowd, most. She is so driven and motivates all her students. She makes everyone feel important and helps them find importance in what they do.

Psychology's Naomi Britton in the student unionAre you a first-generation college student?

I am not, both of my parents have doctoral degrees or are pursuing them. All of my older brothers and sisters, as well as my little sister, are currently attending UMKC or have attended UMKC in the past.

What’s your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is losing sight of what my true goals are!

What is one word that best describes you?

The word to best describe me is passionate because that’s exactly what I am in everything I do.

What’s your favorite social media channel?

My favorite social media channel is Snapchat, because it allows me to express myself through pictures and tell my story uniquely.

What’s your favorite spot to eat in KC?

My favorite spot to eat in KC is LC’s BBQ. Their food is delicious and has a unique barbecue flavor like no other!

What motto do you live by?

Don’t stop doing something you’re passionate about.

Where is UMKC taking you?

Places I’ve never been, and making new connections with people with different stories.

What do you want your legacy to be after graduation?

Making an impact on mental disabilities and those in need.

Naomi graduated in 2017 with a BA in psychology.

Natural and Physical Sciences News

    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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    $300,000 NSF Grant for Climate Research

    Prof. SunAssistant Professor of Geosciences Fengpeng Sun Ph.D. was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. As the principal investigator, Sun will work as an independent researcher on a three-year project, “High-resolution Climate Change Projections in Missouri.”

    Sun’s funded project is part of NSF’s Missouri Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program, “Missouri Transect: Plants, Climate and Community”, headed by Prof. John Walker at MU in Columbia. Missouri Transect is a five-year effort to build infrastructure, knowledge and collaborations in research and education across Missouri. As an established climate scientist, Sun brings to the Missouri Transect added expertise in the design of high-resolution regional climate modeling.

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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 Bridge to the Stars

    An innovative pipeline to improve STEM diversity

    Inner-city high school students in Kansas City now have a unique opportunity to learn in a college classroom with a professional astronomer through A Bridge to the Stars Scholarship and Mentoring Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

    The man behind the program is Daniel H. McIntosh, Ph.D., an award-winning professor of physics and astronomy, and a scientist researching the birth and growth of galaxies using the Hubble Space Telescope. As a teacher, McIntosh shares his knowledge, and his enthusiasm, to inspire others.

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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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    ALMA telescope to unlock mysteries of giant galaxy...

    Phoenix Cluster impression by B. SaxtonTeam used ALMA telescope to unlock mysteries of giant galaxy at the center of Phoenix Cluster

    A team of astronomers including Mark Brodwin, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, have discovered a surprising connection between a supermassive black hole and the galaxy in which it resides.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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    Chemistry Department Celebrates First Phase of Renovated Lab Space

    Beakers and Chemistry equipmentOfficials from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and McCarthy Building Companies recently gathered to commemorate the completion of the first phase of a $21.5 million project to renovate and modernize 75,000 square feet of laboratory space in the Spencer Chemistry and Biological Sciences buildings on the UMKC Volker Campus.

    “Renovating and expanding UMKC’s primary biology and chemistry teaching laboratories enhances our ability to offer outstanding research and academic degree programs in modern sciences at both the undergraduate and graduate level,” said Robert Simmons, UMKC associate vice chancellor of administration. “Modernizing outdated buildings benefits students, faculty and the community, while addressing functionality, enrollment capacity and deferred maintenance needs.”

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    Chemistry Graduate competes in Rio!

    UMKC Chemistry graduate Courtney Frerichs (B.A. 2015) follows her dreams and competed in the Olympic games in Rio! See the complete story and how undergraduate advisor Prof. Drew-Gounev helped her make her dreams come true.

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    Chemistry professor publishes book on black titanium dioxide

    Xiaobo ChenBlack TiO2 Nanomaterials for Energy Applications. The book, published through World Scientific Publishing, aims to present the recent progress on the research of black TiO2 nanomaterials and how they can be used in a number of clean energy applications.

    The book includes a theoretical analysis of TiO2 research, and provides a comprehensive review of the subject for students, researchers and practitioners in catalytic science, materials science, nanotechnology, green technology and chemistry.

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    Colliding Neutron Stars Produce Gold, Silver and Platinum

    A conversation with Mark Brodwin, assistant professor in the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of Physics and Astronomy

    Scientists recently witnessed the spectacle of colliding neutron stars. What are they?

    Brodwin: When a very massive star runs out of fuel to burn, it explodes in a huge supernova leaving behind a neutron star or, if the star is very massive, a black hole. A neutron star is a very compact ball of neutrons with the extreme density of an atomic nucleus. A typical neutron star has a mass twice that of our sun, but a size about that of Overland Park. It’s so dense that a teaspoon would weigh about as much as Mount Everest!

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    Colorado cartoonist responds to Paris attack

    Colorado Cartoonist Mike Keefe, KUSA-TV 9 news reportDENVER - Longtime cartoonist Mike Keefe is responding to the terrorist attacks against French magazine Charlie Hebdo in the only way he knows how: by drawing.

    After 36 years at The Denver Post, Keefe now draws for the website Colorado Independent, which published his latest cartoon on the attacks.

    "This is exactly what cartoonists do. They see some injustice in the world and they either use humor, irony or drama to make a statement about it," he said.

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

    Sky already looks different

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

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

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

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

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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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    Honeywell and UMKC Expand Science and Innovation Collaboration

    Physics Honeywell collaborators Wrobel and LambtonStudents and faculty gain improved access to new technology

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City has signed a master collaboration agreement with Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies (FM&T), creating closer collaboration on research and development of new technology to meet national security needs.

    “UMKC is proud to partner with Honeywell,” said UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “The collaboration will allow us to bring UMKC and Honeywell’s research expertise together, which will not only benefit our students and faculty, but also our national security.”

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    UMKC geosciences graduate student researches accuracy of weather forecasts for NASA

    UMKC Geosciences graduate student Forrest Black poses for a photo with a sign welcoming people to NASA's Langley Research Center.Forrest Black isn’t a pilot, but he’s helping to make air travel safer and more efficient.

    Black, a UMKC geosciences graduate student, has been interning as a research assistant at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, since the fall of 2016.

    Black is researching how major weather events impact the National Airspace System (airports, navigation facilities and airspaces of the United States). He wants to develop a tool that will reconstruct the evolution of those events using weather and flight data.

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    Infusing Confidence in Undergraduate Researchers

    UMKC PR ClassroomEUReka Math Course Researched Kansas City Water Cutoffs

    Experiences in Undergraduate Research, or EUReka classes, play a critical role in the undergraduate curriculum at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The university takes advantage of its urban location to offer numerous opportunities for students at all levels to gain hands-on research experience that also benefits neighboring communities.

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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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    Kathleen Kilway to Receive STEMMy Award

    Dr. Kathleen Kilway shows students objects in a chemistry lab.Kathleen Kilway, Ph.D., Curator’s teaching professor and chair, UMKC Chemistry Department, will be recognized for her professional and technical excellence by the Kansas City Central Exchange with a STEMMy Award.

    The award will be presented by Central Exchange on Sept. 21 at the 4th Annual Stemmy Awards Luncheon at the Arvest Bank Theatre in downtown Kansas City.

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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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    UMKC Physics and Astronomy Professor, Mark Brodwin, is a Consultant on the Stars

    KCREP Constellations imageHow can actors become knowledgeable on complex subjects for their plays? They consult with a college professor, of course.

    Mark Brodwin, Ph.D., professor in the UMKC Department of Physics and Astronomy, recently collaborated with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre on their current play, Constellations.

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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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    Physics Graduate Student Excels: Kameswara Mantha is a researcher, mentor, scientist extraordinaire

    Kameswara ManthaExceptional is just one word to describe Kameswara Mantha, doctoral student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of Physics and Astronomy.

    He is one of five individuals who are vying to be the first physics doctoral graduate at UMKC specializing in astrophysics. He’s making a name for himself through his dedication to physics research, scholarship and mentorship.

    Pure determination and talent brought Mantha to where he is. While physics is Mantha’s passion, the path to a career in the field hasn’t been easy. Owing to the very limited opportunities to pursue physics degrees in his native India, Mantha earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering instead. In order to apply for graduate schools, “I self-taught to take the physics GRE,” Mantha said, and applied to top graduate schools in the United States. However, he was denied admissions by several institutes due to a lack of the right undergraduate degree.

    So, armed with an engineering degree, Mantha joined the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering as a master’s student in August 2014. One day before the scheduled UMKC engineering student orientation, he learned about the UMKC Physics and Astronomy program, which stoked his hopes to pursue astrophysics. In a desperate search for an opportunity, Mantha pondered, “I’m going to try one last time” before approaching Professor Daniel McIntosh in the UMKC Physics and Astronomy Department.

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    Syed E. Hasan Receives Fulbright Award

    Syed E. Hasan, Ph.D., UMKC geosciences professor emeritus, has been awarded a Fulbright award to Qatar by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). Hasan will teach courses in waste management and environmental geology at Qatar University, and offer seminars at other Middle East universities, during the 2016 spring semester

    “Qatar, with its unique marine and desert ecosystems, needs to implement a waste management strategy that is compatible with its natural environment,” Hasan said. “I am looking forward to sharing my expertise in the field of waste management with students and faculty at Qatar University to help them develop a sound waste management plan for their country.”

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    UMKC collection offers trip way, way back in time

    KMBC News 9’s Joel Nichols visits the UMKC campus to tell the story of a man’s (Professor Gentile) lifetime love of our areas underground history.

    https://youtu.be/XJvXiVgqWqs

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    UMKC Galaxy Evolution Group Assists with Planned Observations with Next Great Space Observatory

    UMKC Galaxy Evolution GroupThe James Webb Space Telescope, the scientific successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, is scheduled to launch in the spring of 2020. It is expected to make history as the largest astronomical observatory ever sent into space, and University of Missouri-Kansas City scientists and students will be among those getting the earliest access to it.

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    UMKC Geosciences Graduate Student Interns at NASA

    Forrest Black, a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Geosciences, spent this past fall semester interning at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

    As an intern, Black helped develop a tool that can ingest standard weather data and flight trajectory data for analyzing the impact of weather on aviation operations. He will stay in Virginia to work on this project throughout the spring 2017 semester.

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    UMKC professor recognized by NASA for work on galaxies

    Mark Brodwin, UMKC Physics and Astronomy Professor A UMKC professor has been recognized for his work studying galaxies.

    Mark Brodwin, associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, won a NASA Group Achievement Award from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

    Brodwin was one of six recognized for groundbreaking research as part of the Massive and Distant Clusters of WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) Survey team, called MaDCoWS, for short.

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    UMKC research team receives award for device that may help prevent a nuclear attack

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A new tool may soon help the U.S. military stop a nuclear attack, and it was made in Kansas City.

    For the past 8 years, UMKC physics professor, Anthony Caruso, has led a research team of students and professors from UMKC, K-State and University of Missouri – Columbia to develop a new way to find radiation.

    “There’s just not that many options available because there are so many containers and it’s so easy to hide special nuclear material on one of these container ships,” said Caruso.

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

Twin girlsMissouri 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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    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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    $300,000 NSF Grant for Climate Research

    Prof. SunAssistant Professor of Geosciences Fengpeng Sun Ph.D. was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. As the principal investigator, Sun will work as an independent researcher on a three-year project, “High-resolution Climate Change Projections in Missouri.”

    Sun’s funded project is part of NSF’s Missouri Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program, “Missouri Transect: Plants, Climate and Community”, headed by Prof. John Walker at MU in Columbia. Missouri Transect is a five-year effort to build infrastructure, knowledge and collaborations in research and education across Missouri. As an established climate scientist, Sun brings to the Missouri Transect added expertise in the design of high-resolution regional climate modeling.

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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 Bridge to the Stars

    An innovative pipeline to improve STEM diversity

    Inner-city high school students in Kansas City now have a unique opportunity to learn in a college classroom with a professional astronomer through A Bridge to the Stars Scholarship and Mentoring Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

    The man behind the program is Daniel H. McIntosh, Ph.D., an award-winning professor of physics and astronomy, and a scientist researching the birth and growth of galaxies using the Hubble Space Telescope. As a teacher, McIntosh shares his knowledge, and his enthusiasm, to inspire others.

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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 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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    A Taste of the Real World…in the Baja Basins

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

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

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

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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

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    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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    ALMA telescope to unlock mysteries of giant galaxy...

    Phoenix Cluster impression by B. SaxtonTeam used ALMA telescope to unlock mysteries of giant galaxy at the center of Phoenix Cluster

    A team of astronomers including Mark Brodwin, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, have discovered a surprising connection between a supermassive black hole and the galaxy in which it resides.

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

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

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

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

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

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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."

    Read the full KCUR article

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    Award-Winning Poet Leaves Deep Legacy

    Michelle BoisseauUMKC mourns the death of longtime English Professor Michelle Boisseau

    Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet and University of Missouri-Kansas City English Professor Michelle Boisseau died Nov. 15 at her home in Kansas City.

    Throughout her literary career, Boisseau wrote five books of poetry, a chapbook (a small book of poetry centered on a specific theme), and won several awards, including a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship Award, a Pulitzer Prize and a Best American Poetry award. Her renown served as a recruiting tool in itself as many students and faculty have been drawn to UMKC for the opportunity to work with her. She was known to bend over backwards to help cultivate students’ work and influence them to submit their work for publication and awards.

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    Based On Nazi Love Letters, A UMKC Professor’s Play Shows Life During Wartime

    Based On Nazi Love Letters, A UMKC Professor's Play Shows Life During WartimeDid Nazis fall in love?

    Of course they did, though it may be hard to associate the idea of that emotion with a society that committed human atrocities. But as the Third Reich was rising, individuals in Germany fell in love with each other just like people all over the world fall in love every day.

    Kansas Citians have a chance to hear what that felt like when actors stage a script-in-hand reading on Sunday, June 4, 2017, thanks to a trove of letters between two wartime lovers.

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    "Black Studies Internship Course Partnership" receives national attention

    Business Portrait

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City has announced that is expanding its internship program with the Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce, formerly known as the Kansas Black Chamber of Commerce. The program offers instruction for students in the Black studies program at the university who are interested in entrepreneurship or business ownership.

    Undergraduate and graduate students in Black studies will combine classroom learning with community service and on-site internships at small businesses in the area. Students must have a 3.0 grade point average and must have completed six hours of Black studies courses.

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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 Associate Dean Publishes Book About the Wartime Deeds of Henry Bloch

    Once upon a time, America’s Tax Man was America’s airman.

    Henry Bloch, founder of H&R Block, enlisted in the Army Air Corps shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack and was trained as a navigator for bomber missions. He flew 32 missions over Europe as a navigator on a B-17 Flying Fortress. His first mission was the third-ever raid over Berlin by the Allies.

    Bloch’s wartime experiences, and the impact those experiences had on shaping his postwar business career, is the topic of a new book from BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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    CAS Director of Student Services Receives 2018 UMKC Staff Council Award

    Becky Bergman poses for a picture with her 2018 staff award in her officeRebecca Bergman, Director of Student Services for the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences, is the 2018 recipient of the UMKC Human Resources Staff Excellence Award. Bergman received the award on Thursday, April 26, 2018, during the Staff Awards Reception.

    CAS Associate Dean and Studio Art Professor Kati Toivanen nominated Bergman for the competitive award because of her ongoing service to the entire UMKC community, specifically the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    CAS hosts annual Fall Reception and Awards Ceremony

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

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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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    CAS Team Wins First Place at Regalia Run

    College of Arts and Sciences Regalia Run Team 2017The College of Arts and Sciences Team won first place at this year's Regalia Run for having the largest team of any unit on campus with 29 members. Provost Bichelmeyer presented a trophy to Dean Wayne Vaught and other members of the team on Friday, October 27, during a celebration breakfast in Scofield Hall. Associate Dean Kati Toivanen was also presented a trophy for being the top female finisher in the 10K.

    The UMKC Regalia Run took place on Sunday, October 1, 2017. Close to 300 runners, walkers and children took part in the race, and more than 150 volunteers made the event possible.

    All proceeds support immediate aid scholarships for UMKC students. The CAS Alumni Board also collected more than 900 pounds of food for the Kangaroo Pantry.

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    Chemistry Department Celebrates First Phase of Renovated Lab Space

    Beakers and Chemistry equipmentOfficials from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and McCarthy Building Companies recently gathered to commemorate the completion of the first phase of a $21.5 million project to renovate and modernize 75,000 square feet of laboratory space in the Spencer Chemistry and Biological Sciences buildings on the UMKC Volker Campus.

    “Renovating and expanding UMKC’s primary biology and chemistry teaching laboratories enhances our ability to offer outstanding research and academic degree programs in modern sciences at both the undergraduate and graduate level,” said Robert Simmons, UMKC associate vice chancellor of administration. “Modernizing outdated buildings benefits students, faculty and the community, while addressing functionality, enrollment capacity and deferred maintenance needs.”

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    Chemistry Graduate competes in Rio!

    UMKC Chemistry graduate Courtney Frerichs (B.A. 2015) follows her dreams and competed in the Olympic games in Rio! See the complete story and how undergraduate advisor Prof. Drew-Gounev helped her make her dreams come true.

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    Chemistry professor publishes book on black titanium dioxide

    Xiaobo ChenBlack TiO2 Nanomaterials for Energy Applications. The book, published through World Scientific Publishing, aims to present the recent progress on the research of black TiO2 nanomaterials and how they can be used in a number of clean energy applications.

    The book includes a theoretical analysis of TiO2 research, and provides a comprehensive review of the subject for students, researchers and practitioners in catalytic science, materials science, nanotechnology, green technology and chemistry.

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    Christopher D. Harris receives College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Award

    UMKC Alumn Chris Harris speaks during the Spring 2018 Graduation with Distinction LuncheonFor more than 20 years, Chris Harris has devoted his time to transforming urban land into green spaces and recreation areas.

    He developed the Harris Park Midtown Sports and Activities Center in the late 1990s, which turned a vacant lot in urban Kansas City, Missouri, into a beautiful park with a playground and basketball court. Since then, Harris has built the park into not only a recreational facility, but also an educational environment that helps youth and adults cultivate basic life skills, self-esteem, and respect for others and property.

    He is also working on building a state-of-the-art, nine-hole putting green as a way to bring golf to the urban area. At UMKC, he was awarded the Bernard Osher Reentry Scholarship, which gave him the opportunity to advance his philanthropic initiatives and his career. Harris currently serves as a housing locator at Truman Medical Center.

    His career achievements led him to be named the 2018 Alumni Achievement Award winner for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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    Clara Irazabal-Zurita Wins Award for Co-authored Article

    Clara Irazabal sits in her officeClara Irazábal-Zurita, UMKC Professor of Planning and Director of Latinx Studies, recently received a Best Journal Article Award from the Global Planning Educators Interest Group of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

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    Colliding Neutron Stars Produce Gold, Silver and Platinum

    A conversation with Mark Brodwin, assistant professor in the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of Physics and Astronomy

    Scientists recently witnessed the spectacle of colliding neutron stars. What are they?

    Brodwin: When a very massive star runs out of fuel to burn, it explodes in a huge supernova leaving behind a neutron star or, if the star is very massive, a black hole. A neutron star is a very compact ball of neutrons with the extreme density of an atomic nucleus. A typical neutron star has a mass twice that of our sun, but a size about that of Overland Park. It’s so dense that a teaspoon would weigh about as much as Mount Everest!

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    Colorado cartoonist responds to Paris attack

    Colorado Cartoonist Mike Keefe, KUSA-TV 9 news reportDENVER - Longtime cartoonist Mike Keefe is responding to the terrorist attacks against French magazine Charlie Hebdo in the only way he knows how: by drawing.

    After 36 years at The Denver Post, Keefe now draws for the website Colorado Independent, which published his latest cartoon on the attacks.

    "This is exactly what cartoonists do. They see some injustice in the world and they either use humor, irony or drama to make a statement about it," he said.

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

    Sky already looks different

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

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

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

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

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    Denmark doesn’t treat its prisoners like prisoners...

    Prisoners prepare their own meals, wear their own clothes and leave each day. It's led to lower recidivism.

    The most interesting thing about Scandinavian prisons? Many are barely prisons at all.

    Our research team spent six weeks conducting intensive research in Danish prisons. We were struck by the sight of prisoners wearing their own clothes, cooking their own meals and having private family visits as often as once a week. At these “open” prisons, there are no barbed wire fences, solid walls with gun towers or secure perimeters.

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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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    Don’t stand down, stand up

    Honoree Chely Wright | Photo by Brandon Parigo, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications

    UMKC graduates urged to move the world into the future

    More than 2,100 graduates of the University of Missouri-Kansas City claimed newly-minted diplomas over a sun-splashed late-spring weekend in May 2017.

    UMKC also awarded honorary doctorates to four commencement speakers, three of which came from the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    Dorothy Day's struggle with faith takes the stage

    Actor Deuker rehearses fThis Other Love rehearsalPatty McCarty, a former NCR copy editor, will see her two-act play about the life of Dorothy Day staged by a Milwaukee-based theater company this month.

    Acacia Theatre Company will present "This Other Love" by Patty McCarty July 14-16 and July 20-23.

    The action of the play takes place in August 1927, during a time Day was struggling with her growing spirituality and relationship with her common-law husband, Forster Batterham. The play addresses Day following God's call to work with the poor. Janet Bouman Peterson is the play's production director.

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    Economics' Dr. Eaton represents UMKC in the Federal Reserve Research Center

    Three universities, Kauffman Foundation gain access to secure Census data

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City is joining with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, two other universities and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to establish a new research data center (RDC) that will provide area researchers with access to some of the nation’s highest-quality data for analysis of the U.S. economy and public policy issues.  Read more.

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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. Miguel Carranza awarded NACCS Scholar 2015

    Dr. Miguel Carranza, Latina/o Studies director and professor of sociology awarded the 2015 NACCS Scholar.

    2015 NACCS cover and program.

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    Driven to Make a Difference in the Lives of Others

    Kathryn WebsterKathryn Webster (B.A. ’75, M.A. ’79) to be honored with the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Achievement Award. Webster is a life-long heart disease survivor. She was diagnosed with congenital heart disease at the age of four, underwent open heart surgery as a teenager and had her second open heart surgery 11 years ago. It was after her second surgery that she learned about WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.

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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.

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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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    Dynamic Duos: Lyne and Webb

    Dynamic Duos

    Reaching for Lofty Goals

    Meet Mona Lyne and Parker Webb

    Mona Lyne, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, joined the UMKC faculty in 2008 and has received multiple awards for her writing. She specializes in comparative politics and international relations, and speaks Spanish and Portuguese fluently. She is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Latin American Studies Association and the Midwestern Political Science Association.

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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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    Dr. Sandra Enriquez lands Two Grants from the Texas State Historical Society

    The History Department is proud to announce that Dr. Sandra Enriquez, who is also the Director of the Public History Emphasis, has been awarded two competitive fellowships from the Texas State Historical Association.

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    Erik K. Olsen's "Unproductive Activity and Endogenous ...

    Erik K. Olsen's "Unproductive Activity and Endogenous Technological Change in a Marxian Model of Economic Reproduction and Growth” receives the Review of Radical Political Economics best paper award.

    Abstract: This paper integrates unproductive activity into a Marxist growth model based on Marx’s reproduction schemes. Labor extraction and technological change are related to the production and distribution of surplus and thus are endogenous.

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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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    Fight Against Racism Takes Up the Tools of History

    The Festival of the Archers, Flanders (1493), Royal museum of fine arts, AntwerpResearchers reveal the exploitation of medieval imagery and language by white supremacists

    White Nationalists and neo-Nazis have misused medieval imagery and language to support their cause. Faculty from the University of Missouri-Kansas City are working to reveal the true histories and explore the connections between contemporary issues and medieval concepts of race, gender and identity.

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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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    Honeywell and UMKC Expand Science and Innovation Collaboration

    Physics Honeywell collaborators Wrobel and LambtonStudents and faculty gain improved access to new technology

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City has signed a master collaboration agreement with Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies (FM&T), creating closer collaboration on research and development of new technology to meet national security needs.

    “UMKC is proud to partner with Honeywell,” said UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “The collaboration will allow us to bring UMKC and Honeywell’s research expertise together, which will not only benefit our students and faculty, but also our national security.”

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    UMKC geosciences graduate student researches accuracy of weather forecasts for NASA

    UMKC Geosciences graduate student Forrest Black poses for a photo with a sign welcoming people to NASA's Langley Research Center.Forrest Black isn’t a pilot, but he’s helping to make air travel safer and more efficient.

    Black, a UMKC geosciences graduate student, has been interning as a research assistant at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, since the fall of 2016.

    Black is researching how major weather events impact the National Airspace System (airports, navigation facilities and airspaces of the United States). He wants to develop a tool that will reconstruct the evolution of those events using weather and flight data.

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    Infusing Confidence in Undergraduate Researchers

    UMKC PR ClassroomEUReka Math Course Researched Kansas City Water Cutoffs

    Experiences in Undergraduate Research, or EUReka classes, play a critical role in the undergraduate curriculum at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The university takes advantage of its urban location to offer numerous opportunities for students at all levels to gain hands-on research experience that also benefits neighboring communities.

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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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    Kathleen Kilway to Receive STEMMy Award

    Dr. Kathleen Kilway shows students objects in a chemistry lab.Kathleen Kilway, Ph.D., Curator’s teaching professor and chair, UMKC Chemistry Department, will be recognized for her professional and technical excellence by the Kansas City Central Exchange with a STEMMy Award.

    The award will be presented by Central Exchange on Sept. 21 at the 4th Annual Stemmy Awards Luncheon at the Arvest Bank Theatre in downtown Kansas City.

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    KC anti-violence campaign aims to plug hole by looking at parolees

    KC-NoVA image by Allison Long

    The Kansas City No Violence Alliance recently started meeting with inmates about to go on parole in an effort to help them get what they need in order to keep them away from crime while also delivering them a warning. KC NoVa rounded up people deemed by police as being key to violent crime in the area in January 2013. File photo by ALLISON LONG The Kansas City Star . The conversations go like this:

    An inmate nearing the end of his or her prison sentence is called to a meeting. A Kansas City police detective, a parole officer and an advocate for the inmate pull up chairs.

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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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    LGBTQ-Themed Student Exhibit Receives National Council on Public History Award

    In 1966, the NACHO planning meeting was held in the State Hotel, visible on the left in this view near 12th and Wyandotte. Courtesy: Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri.A University of Missouri-Kansas City student-produced LGBTQ-themed exhibit, currently being displayed at the UMKC Miller Nichols Library, has received a Student Project Award from the National Council on Public History. The exhibit can be viewed on the third floor of UMKC Miller Nichols Library through April 8, and is available online.

    The Student Project Award is given to an outstanding public history student venture initiated as academic coursework and implemented and recognized beyond the classroom for its contribution to the field of public history. “Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights” was submitted by UMKC students Taylor C. Bye, Kathryn B. Carpenter, Samantha Hollingsworth, Leah Palmer (now an alumna), Kevin Ploth and Jennifer Tufts.

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    Light in the Darkness: Q&A with Shannon Barry

    Shannon Barry, who is double-majoring in Sociology and Criminal Justice and Criminology, wants to help Kansas City youth.

    Get to know our students, and you’ll know what UMKC is all about.

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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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    Futurist Lucite Plains art exhibit features work of three professors

    Lucite Plains is a new performance collaboration between Kansas City-based artists and UMKC professors Ricky Allman and Barry Anderson. Combing elements of Allman's paintings and installations with Anderson's work in video and animation, and adding music composed for analog synthesizers and guitars, the performances create a psychedelic futurist experience. The concept came from a melding of themes they have been working on individually for the past few years including eco-futurism, geological ritualism, ancient mythology and retro utopian visions.

    For their first extended performance residency, they will be presenting a series of seven events October 19-21 at SubTropolis as part of Open Spaces where they will be joined by guest musician, artist, and fellow UMKC colleague Davin Watne.

    Learn more about about the complete performance schedule and ticket info.

    Preview a video of a studio rehearsal
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    Lundgren named Associate Dean of the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences

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

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

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    Six MA Students in the UMKC History Department win National Council on Public History Award for Student Project

    Making History MHC with AudienceThe UMKC Department of History is proud to announce that six graduate students in the Master of Arts in History with a Public History Emphasis program have been awarded the National Council on Public History's Student Project Prize for their project, Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights. The UMKC students receiving the award are: Taylor Bye, Kathryn Carpenter, Samantha Hollingsworth, Leah Palmer, Kevin Ploth, and Jennifer Tufts.

    The award is given to “an outstanding public history student project initiated as academic coursework and implemented and recognized beyond the classroom for its contribution to the field of public history.”

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    UMKC Physics and Astronomy Professor, Mark Brodwin, is a Consultant on the Stars

    KCREP Constellations imageHow can actors become knowledgeable on complex subjects for their plays? They consult with a college professor, of course.

    Mark Brodwin, Ph.D., professor in the UMKC Department of Physics and Astronomy, recently collaborated with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre on their current play, Constellations.

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    Mentors Researching Mentorship

    Mentor Jennifer Lundgren and mentee Frances BozsikDynamic duo in psychology deeply understands the benefits

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

    The result: UMKC has many mentorship success stories.

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

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    Missouri Reports Wide Racial Disparity in Traffic Stops

    The New York Times' John Eligon interviews CJC's Ken Novak.

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police officers in Missouri were 75 percent more likely to stop black drivers than white drivers last year, and 73 percent more likely to search black drivers, according to a report released Monday by Chris Koster, the state’s attorney general.

    The data also showed that although blacks were more likely to be stopped and searched than whites, they were less likely to be found with contraband than whites, the report said.

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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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    Nine People Who Saw the Greek Crisis Coming Years Before Everyone Else Did

    Professor's Forstater, Kelton and Wray are among the Nine People Who Saw the Greek Crisis Coming Years Before Everyone Else Did.

    Although the problems in Greece didn't begin making big headlines until 2009, a number of economists, politicians and professors spotted cracks in the European currency union as early as the 1990s. Meanwhile, it's interesting to note that the country had a tough time making it into the single currency in the first place.

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    Over 300 students named to CAS Dean's List for Fall 2016

    DEAN'S LIST FALL 2016

    A total of 341 students in the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences were named to the Dean's List for the fall 2016 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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    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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    Philosophy Professor Awarded Faculty Fellowship from Colby College

    Adrian Switzer_Philosophy ProfessorAdrian Switzer, Ph.D., associate teaching professor in the UMKC Department of Philosophy, has received a one-year Faculty Fellowship in Modern Philosophy at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. The fellowship is a teaching and research position.

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    Police are crunching data to stop murders before they happen

    Kansas City’s smart policing push users computers to find likely criminals and their associates. Civil rights groups say that tactic raises serious privacy questions.

    Kansas City had a murder problem. For the past decade it’s violent crime rate had made it one of the top ten dangerous cities in America.

    Read the full Fortune article.

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    Political Science Professor Featured in Short Documentary

    Eric Hurst recently interviewed UMKC Political Science Professor Dr. Max Skidmore for "It's Too Late," a short documentary exploring the the Electoral College including its origin, how it is intended to function and how one 2016 Elector now views his role.

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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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    Radical economic ideas grab attention...

    An advocate for radical Modern Monetary Theory is an adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders Photo: Bloomberg

    Our economic guardians at Federal Treasury and the Reserve Bank sound increasingly uneasy about some policy choices being made offshore.

    Since the global financial crisis, quantitative easing has pumped trillions of dollars into major economies with limited success. More recently central banks in Europe and Japan have opted for negative interest rates in a bid to kick-start growth.

    On Tuesday the Treasury Secretary, John Fraser, pointed out that we've now been in an "experimental stage" with monetary policy for more than seven years...

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

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

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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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    Stephanie Kelton is named chief Democratic economist

    UMKC’s Stephanie Kelton is named chief Democratic economist on the Senate Budget Committee

    Stephanie Kelton has been an economics professor at UMKC since 1999. She is a self-described “deficit owl” who supported larger budget deficits to counteract the recent recession. Each party has its own chief economist on the budget panel, which among other things oversees the Congressional Budget Office.

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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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    Syed E. Hasan Receives Fulbright Award

    Syed E. Hasan, Ph.D., UMKC geosciences professor emeritus, has been awarded a Fulbright award to Qatar by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). Hasan will teach courses in waste management and environmental geology at Qatar University, and offer seminars at other Middle East universities, during the 2016 spring semester

    “Qatar, with its unique marine and desert ecosystems, needs to implement a waste management strategy that is compatible with its natural environment,” Hasan said. “I am looking forward to sharing my expertise in the field of waste management with students and faculty at Qatar University to help them develop a sound waste management plan for their country.”

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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 Beast is Portrayed by Theatre's Scott Fagan

    Theatre's Scoott Fagan is the BeastTheatre in the Park, White Theatre invite you to be their guests

    An enchanting fairy tale requires a beautiful girl, a prince with a castle, a villain, a crisis and a happy ending. “Beauty and the Beast” has it all plus a hideous ogre. Kids will love it, and adults will be amazed.

    “Beauty and the Beast” is co-produced by The Theatre in the Park and the Jewish Community Center. The two organizations share the expense of costumes, props and sets and use the same cast and director in both theaters.

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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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    The Most Interested Man in Kansas City

    Bill AshworthScience, art, technology, history, space. Bill Ashworth wants to know about everything.

    If  you’re curious, there are many things that Bill Ashworth wants you to know.

    But here’s the main thing: Learning is fun.

    That optimistic aphorism is more than a casual one to Ashworth and his devoted admirers, who delight in the local educator’s indefatigable interest in not only his chosen academic field—the history of science—but anything else that might tickle his circuitously inquisitive mind.

    Ashworth is a longtime associate professor of history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and consultant on rare books for the privately-funded Linda Hall Library, an independent research library of science, engineering and technology across the street from the UMKC campus.

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    The New Yorker's "The Case Against Cash Bail"

    Photo by: Spencer Platt / Getty
    It’s obvious that jail isn’t good for the jailed. It may be particularly bad for people accused of minor crimes, who are confined not because they are likely to be dangerous but because, under our cash-bail system, they can’t afford to get out. Think of the appalling case of Kalief Browder, the Bronx teenager who was profiled by my colleague Jennifer Gonnerman, in 2014. He was charged with stealing a backpack and spent three years at Rikers Island awaiting trial. Two years after the trial was dismissed and he was released, Browder killed himself.

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    The Secret Lives of Deans

    The Secret Lives of DeansManaging budgets, hiring faculty, recruiting students, setting academic policy...the life of a university dean is a high-stress job. How do you decompress?

    For one dean, it’s calling fouls on the court.

    Growing up in Lexington, Ky., College of Arts and Sciences Dean Wayne Vaught says basketball was a huge part of his life. He played in youth leagues all the way through high school.

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    Thin is In? Think Again: UMKC doctoral student’s research is gaining international attention

    Frances Bozsik, a UMKC doctoral psychology student, researched the perception of the ideal female figure, which is gaining worldwide coverage. Photo by Brandon Parigo, Strategic Marketing and CommunicationsA UMKC doctoral student's research on what constitutes the ideal female figure is earning media coverage around the globe.

    “It’s really exciting,” said Frances Bozsik, who is on track to complete a Clinical Health Psychology Ph.D. in 2020. “The study reflects the trend people are noticing that fitness and nutrition – vs. thinness – is the ideal.”

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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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    UMKC/UMSL offer first Transnational Student Research Course with U. of Hamburg in FS18

    During the nineteenth century, large numbers of German migrants settled in the state of Missouri. In this three-credit online course in public history (HIST 400B/5500B), students from the universities of Missouri in Kansas City and St. Louis will collaborate with German peers from the University of Hamburg in researching and writing short interpretive essays on the everyday lives of German migrants before, during, and after their migration.

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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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    Truman and the Atomic Bomb; Urban Cool Realty

    On July 16, 1945, the first atomic bomb exploded in the desert of New Mexico. We examine the complicated legacy of President Truman and the atomic bomb.

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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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    UMKC Anthropology Professor’s Research Wins International Award

    Anthropology professor Shannon Jackson poses for a studio portraitShannon Jackson, Ph.D., associate professor of Anthropology, has received an International Award for Excellence for Volume 13 of The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society.

    Jackson’s article, “Cyber-infrastructure and the Right to the City,” was selected for the award from among the highest-ranked articles emerging from the peer-review process and according to the selection criteria outlined in the peer-review guidelines.

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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 collection offers trip way, way back in time

    KMBC News 9’s Joel Nichols visits the UMKC campus to tell the story of a man’s (Professor Gentile) lifetime love of our areas underground history.

    https://youtu.be/XJvXiVgqWqs

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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-FBI Student Academy Classes

    FBI AcademyUMKC students are learning about the FBI through a unique program called the UMKC Student Academy.

    Students of all majors can attend the non-credit professional development academy at no charge. It consists of eight seminars led by FBI personnel. Students are encouraged to participate in as many sessions as possible and may pick and choose which sessions to attend. Those who attend six or more sessions will receive a certificate of participation from the FBI.

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    UMKC Galaxy Evolution Group Assists with Planned Observations with Next Great Space Observatory

    UMKC Galaxy Evolution GroupThe James Webb Space Telescope, the scientific successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, is scheduled to launch in the spring of 2020. It is expected to make history as the largest astronomical observatory ever sent into space, and University of Missouri-Kansas City scientists and students will be among those getting the earliest access to it.

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    UMKC Geosciences Graduate Student Interns at NASA

    Forrest Black, a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Geosciences, spent this past fall semester interning at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

    As an intern, Black helped develop a tool that can ingest standard weather data and flight trajectory data for analyzing the impact of weather on aviation operations. He will stay in Virginia to work on this project throughout the spring 2017 semester.

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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 History Professor Reconstructs the History of Surgery before Anesthesia

    The Best Surgeon in England: Percivall Pott, 1713-88Lynda Payne publishes new book about "the best surgeon" in 18th century England.

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s History Department is proud to announce the publication Professor Lynda Payne's new book, The Best Surgeon in England: Percivall Pott, 1713-88, about the influential English surgeon Percivall Pott, whose practice of surgery was praised for being methodical, skilled and measured.

    Payne, a specialist in the history of science and medicine, challenges the belief that the practice of surgery prior to the invention of general anesthesia was “a realm of screaming patients and larger than life eccentric medical men whose primary aims were to operate as fast as possible.” The goal of her new book is to humanize and historicize medical practices by looking at the biography of this landmark teacher and practitioner.

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    UMKC Humanities Consortium Receives Grant for Performance of Letters from Nazi Germany

    Group seeks to spark community conversations with special project and performance

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Humanities Consortium – a discipline in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program – is the recipient of a 2017 Missouri Humanities Grant totaling $2,500.

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    UMKC Osher alum has big dreams for Kansas City's Ivanhoe neighborhood

    Chris Harris, a man with big dreams for Kansas City's Ivanhoe neighborhoodChris Harris (BLA, ’14) is a man with big dreams, especially for Kansas City’s Ivanhoe neighborhood, which he grew up in and still calls home. In the late 1990s, Harris developed the Harris Park Midtown Sports and Activities Center at Fortieth and Wayne, which serves as both a recreational and educational space. He is now working to build a state-of-the-art, nine-hole putting green as a way to introduce the inner city, particularly local kids, to golf.

    “My main goals have always been about education and beautification,” Harris said. “It’s unexpected in the middle of the city. The image of this area is crime and blight, but when people come here for events they see how nice it is.”

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    UMKC professor among handful of economist to predict Eurozone fiscal downturn

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's not something Dr. Randall Wray wanted to be right about.

    "When you have your own currency, you have sovereign power," said Wray, a professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City.

    But when it came to predicting Europe's financial downturn, the economics professor was spot on.

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    UMKC professor recognized by NASA for work on galaxies

    Mark Brodwin, UMKC Physics and Astronomy Professor A UMKC professor has been recognized for his work studying galaxies.

    Mark Brodwin, associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, won a NASA Group Achievement Award from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

    Brodwin was one of six recognized for groundbreaking research as part of the Massive and Distant Clusters of WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) Survey team, called MaDCoWS, for short.

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    UMKC research team receives award for device that may help prevent a nuclear attack

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A new tool may soon help the U.S. military stop a nuclear attack, and it was made in Kansas City.

    For the past 8 years, UMKC physics professor, Anthony Caruso, has led a research team of students and professors from UMKC, K-State and University of Missouri – Columbia to develop a new way to find radiation.

    “There’s just not that many options available because there are so many containers and it’s so easy to hide special nuclear material on one of these container ships,” said Caruso.

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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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    Unified front is needed to steer area youths from violent crimes

    Kansas City police have identified almost 200 young people who are connected to groups associated with crimes such as shootings, armed assaults, robberies and weapons trafficking. About half of the teenagers are 16 and younger, and a few are as young as 13.

    Young suspects have been charged in two of the Kansas City region’s most violent and high-profile crimes so far this year.

    The four men accused of killing Shawnee gun shop owner Jon Bieker Jan. 9 in a robbery gone bad range in age from 18 to 20.

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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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    Using Research to Reduce Violent Crime

    Direct involvement by UMKC faculty aids No-Violence Alliance

    An ongoing law enforcement effort to rethink strategies to reduce violent crime in the Kansas City area has its own secret weapon: UMKC.

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, part of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences, is intimately involved in the Kansas City No Violence Alliance (NoVA). NoVA is a 2-year-old multi-agency effort to reduce gun-related violence.

    Chancellor Leo E. Morton serves on NoVA’s governing board, and UMKC faculty members and graduate students are embedded in NoVA’s effort to implement a crime-prevention approach known as “focused deterrence,” which helps police look beyond individual criminals to the criminals’ entire social networks.

    Read the UMKC Today article.

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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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    ‘Warko’ Observatory Celebrates 40 Years

    Author and comet-discoverer David Levy will lead observance at Warkoczewski Observatory

    Renowned comet discoverer, author and Emmy (“Three Minutes to Impact”) Award winning astronomer David H. Levy, Ph.D., will give a free public lecture at the University of Missouri-Kansas City to highlight the 40th anniversary of the university’s Warkoczewski Public Observatory.

    Read the UMKC Today article.

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    Who Has the Candidate’s Ear?

    What does a presidential candidate’s choice of advisers tell us about the candidate?

    A deep bench of experienced advisers is essential for any president — to provide policy guidance, a sounding board, intellectual ballast and, eventually, help in translating ideas into action. But the people selected say much about the candidates themselves — their intellectual rigor, their willingness to entertain fresh views, the value they place on experience.

    Hillary Clinton’s roster is a who’s who of the astute and ambitious accumulated by both Clintons in four decades in Democratic politics. It includes Alan Blinder, former Fed vice chairman, and John Podesta, campaign chairman and a top adviser in the Clinton and Obama administrations.

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    Zippia ranks CAS's Economics Department as #1

    cas_newsZippia ranks CAS's Economics Department as #1 in their "These are the 10 best Colleges for Economics Majors in Missouri" article.

    You know there are a ton of great reasons to major in economics -- the job prospects, the intellectual challenge, and the chance to follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest thinkers of all time.

    But what program in Missouri offers the most to would be economics majors?

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Nicole

Theatre

Where is UMKC taking you?

I’m getting my MFA in acting. I had never been to the Midwest before coming to UMKC, but I felt a great connection to the program. I am going back to New York City for the Actor’s Showcase to perform for agents and directors. I’m hoping that UMKC will take me onto my next step in my career.

Why did you choose UMKC?

I did URTAs (a unified audition) and wanted to see what was out there. I met Ted Swetz (UMKC professor of theatre and acting) in New York City and also saw him speak. There was an energy about him and I felt that I had to work with him. I felt very connected, so I left home without even visiting Kansas City.

What led you to UMKC?

Just the connection of knowing that this was a good fit for me. It made me realize that I wanted to gain more technique. This has been huge for me. It is what makes me an artist now and not just an actor.

How has college inspired you?

I am the eternal student – constantly trying to absorb technique and inspiration. Being that this is my second time in school it has been a completely different experience. Getting my MFA was a personal choice and something I was craving after working professionally in my field in New York. I appreciated school more because I had been without it for two years. What truly inspires me is being surrounded by people who have made that choice to improve upon themselves, in whatever capacity.

What are your lifelong goals?

I’d love to make a living off my art. People always ask you if you want to be on Broadway or in movies, but that doesn’t matter to me.

Are you a first generation college student?

I was the first of my immediate family to graduate from college. Both of my parents attended college but never finished. It was a proud moment for us when I finally did. Now that I am receiving my MFA, that is a first for our family as well, and I am glad my family is flying from New York to celebrate it.

Nicole Greenberg standing with her back against the wall and wearing a fake red noseWhat’s the best piece of advice you have ever received from a professor?

My favorite advice has been to take my work seriously and myself lightly. It’s important to stay focused and devote myself to the craft of acting; however, I need to find joy in it. I need to laugh, and be myself, and be willing to fail. It has been great advice in a lot of aspects of my life.

Who do you admire most at UMKC?

I admire quite a few people, but I have a deep appreciation for my period styles movement teacher, Jennifer Martin. She has this incredibly nurturing disposition and has lived and experienced so many things, it is mind blowing. She has inspired me by teaching me about balance. We often started class saying together “first I honor life, and with it, my life in the theater.” I need to remind myself of that more often. What is it to honor life entirely? I need to take care of myself and Jen was always there to guide and influence how we did that.

What motto do you live by?

I got my motto from UMKC. Take your work seriously and take your life lightly. You have to be able to laugh at yourself and you have to be able to fail, otherwise it’s a long road.

What excites you?

Passionate people excite me, people who take ownership of whatever they are doing. They have confidence.

Who inspires you?

Comediennes like Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett are my heroes.

What got you interested in performance?

I started theater in fifth grade. I was Glinda in “Wizard of Oz.” My parents just let me do my thing. I got involved in theater at school and eventually, got a theater arts degree in undergrad.

Do you still get performance anxiety?

Yes, I do. The anxiety comes before you give it to the audience. When I’m on stage, I’m not myself. Also, being prepared takes it away. I tell myself to have fun, that this is storytelling. It’s a combination of self plus imagination. If I can find the balance, I am in the clear.

What is one word that best describes you and why?

Quirky. I am a little unconventional, a little eccentric and a little zany. I think I tend to surprise people when they get to know me — and that’s a good thing!

Nicole graduated in 2015 with an MFA in Theatre. 

Nikita

Economics

Why did you choose your major?

I was originally a journalism major at another school but I changed my mind when I fell in love with my microeconomics class. After taking Principles of Macroeconomics, my professor told me if I didn’t change my major I would miss my calling. I transferred to UMKC where the Department of Economics is phenomenal.

I’d like to do financial advising or analyst work—working with numbers, which I love, but also working with people and helping them meet their retirement goals versus hiding in an office all day.

Have your professors made an impact on you?

My professors have encouraged my intellectual growth. Professor Vorst is the one who convinced me to come here. She continually offers a listening ear and encourages me to reach my goals. When I transferred, I wanted to do an internship and she helped me find one. I am ecstatic to be able to learn from some of the best financial advisors in the Kansas City area.

What will you take from your experience at UMKC into your professional career?

UMKC’s Economics faculty encourages analytical and critical thinking and recognizes that these are essential skills in the business world today. My professors care about their students’ learning. They teach their classes instead of having classes run by teaching assistants like many major universities.

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Nine People Who Saw the Greek Crisis Coming Years Before Everyone Else Did

Professor’s Forstater, Kelton and Wray are among the Nine People Who Saw the Greek Crisis Coming Years Before Everyone Else Did.

Although the problems in Greece didn’t begin making big headlines until 2009, a number of economists, politicians and professors spotted cracks in the European currency union as early as the 1990s. Meanwhile, it’s interesting to note that the country had a tough time making it into the single currency in the first place. Continue reading

Noland

Political Science

Why did you choose your major?

I always wanted to be an attorney and was advised to major in political science. I enjoy being able to talk about policy and current events. It’s easier to see concepts play out in the real world. Whether you’re interested in American, international or comparative politics, the classes are tailored to that and the professors specialized in these areas are really good.

What did you learn during your internship?

While I am focused on becoming a lawyer, I wanted to explore my interest in politics and had the privilege of interning in Sen. McCaskill’s office in Washington, D.C., for two months during the summer. I was able to learn how a congressional office works, as well as how members of Congress receive information from interest groups in order to make policy decisions. It was a great opportunity.

I decided that wasn’t the career for me, so I’m looking forward to becoming a lawyer, doing pro bono work and being a positive influence in the community.

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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.

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. Continue reading

People

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Chase Ford

I’m so excited to be a First Gen Roo mentor! I’m a soon-to-be triple major in Political Science, Environmental Studies, and Philosophy entering my junior year. If you couldn’t tell I like to stay busy so I’m also the Senior Student Recruitment Ambassador for Arts & Sciences, the President of the Mock Trial Team, and a volunteer for Royal Family Kids Camp. After I graduate I plan on going to law school to pursue environmental law and policy. Outside of class you can usually find me researching memes, playing Mario Kart with friends, and looking for the best onion rings in Kansas City.

 

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Jacob Furry

I am a junior here at UMKC studying Music Education and Psychology. I have a passion for helping people succeed and increasing educational opportunities for everyone, regardless of background or location, and I love doing this through my involvement in the Trustee’s Scholars Program and as president of the UMKC chapter of the National Association for Music Education. In my free time, I love to explore all that Kansas City has to offer.

 

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Victoria Gomez

As a first generation student, I enjoy learning different perspectives and how my history helps me to move forward. I am a senior at UMKC and will graduate in December with a BA in Communication Studies with an emphasis in journalism and a minor in Criminology. Born in Missouri, but raised in Kansas, I spent most of my time playing outdoors, arts and crafts, and cooking with my grandmother. My cat and dog are rocks in my life and share my love of adventure. I value respectable morals and believe in the ability for people to improve and learn through raised awareness.

 

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Samantha Hays

I am a senior at UMKC working on a double degree in biology and chemistry. I am from Monroe City, Missouri – where you are significantly more likely to interact with a cow than a person – and I am still excited to be living in the city! I have worked as a medical first responder, a lab assistant at Children’s Mercy, a UMKC School of Law assistant, a tutor, and a live-in UMKC residential assistant – but being a first generation student is the role I take the most pride in.

 

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Thalia “Lia” Hernandez

I am 22 years old, and planning to graduate with my Bachelors in Economics this fall. I was born and raised in Kansas City, KS and attended Sumner Academy of Arts and Science. Coming to UMKC was the best decision I could have made for my future, as I’ve found a second home. As a first generation college student myself, I can’t wait to connect with you and share some experiences!

 

Kelli Johnson

I will be a senior in the fall. I was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri, where I found my love for music and theater. I’m studying Psychology and French, and I hope to work in a field where I can intersect the two such as speech pathology! I love to travel and am always looking for my next adventure. I can’t wait to help other first generation students find their home here at UMKC and reach their full potential!

 

Amaal Sheikhadan

I am a sophomore at UMKC majoring in Criminal Justice and Criminology and minoring in Political Science. My favorite pastimes include photography, sight-seeing, and trying new restaurants. As a first generation college student, I hope that serving in this role as a mentor will grant me the opportunity to guide and positively impact the college experiences of my mentees!

 

Helene Slinker

I am a senior first generation student at UMKC, majoring in Political Science, with minors in German Language and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Post-graduation, I am interested in attending law school. During my time at UMKC, I have been involved on campus as a Trustees’ Scholar, an Honors College discussion leader, and member of the debate team. I am also very passionate about studying abroad – I’ve done so twice! I went on a faculty-led trip to Senegal and an independent trip to Prague, Czech Republic. I am so excited to work with a community of first gen students at UMKC!

 

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Austin Thorn

I am a native of St. Louis, and I’m going into my last year of a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. I serve as President of UMKC’s Association of Music Therapy Students. My goals include working with children both at home and abroad and pursuing a graduate degree in music therapy. I love to travel. I’ve been to Peru and Germany on scholarship because the best way to travel is to get paid to do it. I’m looking forward to working with students of the First Gen Roo program and helping them to succeed in the KC community.

 

Mia Flynn

I am the coordinator for First Gen Roo! I was born and raised in Michigan and completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology. I moved to Kansas City to pursue my PhD in Counseling Psychology at UMKC two years ago. I feel very lucky to say that my life is quite a hodgepodge because I get to do a wide variety of things – research, counseling, and serving as a writing consultant on campus. I have always enjoyed work that focuses on personal relationships and development, which is why I am so excited to be a part of First Gen Roo.

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Alicen Lundberg

I am so thrilled to be working with all these amazing people to build the First Gen Roo program! My own first generation story began when I accidentally took an architecture course at University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a teenager, before continuing at Truman State University where I studied philosophy and English. After almost 10 years at UMKC, my belief in the passion and potential of our students here continues to grow.

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Kristi Holsinger

I am Associate Dean and Professor in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department at UMKC, where I have been on faculty since 1999 with a co-appointment in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. My research recently has focused on innovations in teaching and assessment practices in academic criminal justice programs.

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Physics Graduate Student Excels: Kameswara Mantha is a researcher, mentor, scientist extraordinaire

Kameswara ManthaExceptional is just one word to describe Kameswara Mantha, doctoral student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of Physics and Astronomy.

He is one of five individuals who are vying to be the first physics doctoral graduate at UMKC specializing in astrophysics. He’s making a name for himself through his dedication to physics research, scholarship and mentorship.

Pure determination and talent brought Mantha to where he is. While physics is Mantha’s passion, the path to a career in the field hasn’t been easy. Owing to the very limited opportunities to pursue physics degrees in his native India, Mantha earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering instead. In order to apply for graduate schools, “I self-taught to take the physics GRE,” Mantha said, and applied to top graduate schools in the United States. However, he was denied admissions by several institutes due to a lack of the right undergraduate degree.

So, armed with an engineering degree, Mantha joined the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering as a master’s student in August 2014. One day before the scheduled UMKC engineering student orientation, he learned about the UMKC Physics and Astronomy program, which stoked his hopes to pursue astrophysics. In a desperate search for an opportunity, Mantha pondered, “I’m going to try one last time” before approaching Professor Daniel McIntosh in the UMKC Physics and Astronomy Department.

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Police are crunching data to stop murders before they happen

Kansas City’s smart policing push users computers to find likely criminals and their associates. Civil rights groups say that tactic raises serious privacy questions.

Kansas City had a murder problem. For the past decade it’s violent crime rate had made it one of the top ten dangerous cities in America.

Read the full Fortune article.

Political Science Professor Featured in Short Documentary

Eric Hurst recently interviewed UMKC Political Science Professor Dr. Max Skidmore for “It’s Too Late,” a short documentary exploring the the Electoral College including its origin, how it is intended to function and how one 2016 Elector now views his role.

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Prescott

Physics and Astronomy

Why did you choose your major?

I began at UMKC studying chemistry since I have always desired to understand and describe the fundamentals of everyday physical phenomena. After taking introductory physics courses I became intrigued and captivated by the interconnection between the two fields.

Ultimately, I’d like to be a condensed matter physicist, which focuses on the macroscopic properties of solids. This fall I start the graduate physics program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Have your professors made an impact on you?

There are a number of professors who have had an impact on me. Fred Leibsle helped me understand that good physical insight is the first important step to solving any problem, physics or otherwise. He makes sure his students know they are “capable of great things.”

What are your hobbies/interests?

I am a huge car guy. I like to better understand how things work, and when you start tearing apart and tinkering with things like cars and electronics, there is only so far you can go with without learning some fundamental science involving chemistry and physics.

Prescott graduated in 2015 with a BS in Physics and Chemistry.

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. Continue reading

Programs

Strengthen your opportunities with prospective employers by adding an interdisciplinary program that complements your degree, whether you’re pursuing a B.A., B.S. or B.L.A. These programs ensure you’ll develop the skills needed to navigate our complex society by integrating learning and problem-solving among multiple academic disciplines and by offering a common set of general education requirements.

Whether you’re interested in leadership or just want to make a difference, you’ll research and develop new ideas, participate in community outreach programs and learn how to think critically and collaborate with those who have different viewpoints while addressing society’s everyday challenges.

Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps)
Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) is one of the best leadership courses in the country and is part of your college curriculum. During classes and field training, students learn first-hand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups and how to conduct missions as an Officer in the Army. Upon graduation from Army ROTC, students earn the bar of a Second Lieutenant and become a leader for life.

Visit the Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) site.

Black Studies Program
The Black Studies Program holistically examines the experience, contributions and condition of African-descent peoples in the formation and evolution of American society and culture. The program’s focus extends to an examination of the active role of Africa and the African Diaspora in global society and human culture.

Visit the Black Studies Program site.

Classical and Ancient Studies Program
The Classical and Ancient Studies Program looks at the art, languages, literatures, histories and cultures of the Ancient Mediterranean World from 3500 BC to 500 AD. Students have the option of majoring in English with an emphasis in Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Literature, majoring in History with an emphasis in Ancient and Medieval History, or completing a minor in conjunction with any other CAS degree program.

Visit the Classical and Ancient Studies Program site.

Environmental Studies Program
The Environmental Studies Program provides UMKC students the highest quality environmental education with a special focus on urban environments and sustainability. In an era of global urbanization, students are prepared to address vital urban environmental issues through a foundation in Earth systems science and a broad multidisciplinary curriculum.

Visit the Environmental Studies Program site.

Family Studies Program
The Family Studies Program explores the many facets of families and the societal trends which influence them, such as an aging population, economic changes and public policies. Students focus primarily on American families and use a vast array of disciplines from the humanities and social sciences to contribute to their learning experience.

Visit the Family Studies Program site.

Geographic Information Systems, Certificate Program
The Certificate Program in Geographic Information Systems at UMKC prepares students for a variety of careers in today’s rapidly growing job market, such as environmental mapping, urban planning and public resource management. These transcripted undergraduate and graduate certificate programs offers GIS-related multidisciplinary courses through several CAS academic programs, including Criminal Justice and Criminology, Economics, Geosciences, Sociology and Urban Planning and Design.

Gerontology Program
“Gerontology the study of the aging process and individuals as they grow from middle age through later life. It includes the study of physical, mental, and social changes in older people as they age. The UMKC Gerontology Program offers the opportunity to study aging both at the undergraduate (Minor in Gerontology) and graduate (Certificate in Gerontology) levels.

Visit the Gerontology Program site.

Historic Preservation, Graduate Certificate Program

The Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design offers an 18-credit Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation designed to prepare a wide variety of professionals to understand, maintain, preserve, adaptably reuse, and advocate for the historic built environment and heritage of places. Drawing on the faculty’s diverse training and experience in preservation practice and deep connections to local, regional, and national preservation networks, the program combines classroom discussion, research projects, and practical experience to provide students with a strong foundation in preservation planning.

Visit the Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation site.

Latinx and Latin American Studies Program
The Latina/Latino Studies Program focuses on the experiences of people from a diversity of Hispanic origins living in the United States. The program engages students, scholars and the greater Kansas City community in collaborative programs and service learning projects to create a better understanding of the cultural, economic, historical experiences and contributions of U.S. Latinas/os-Chicanas/os and their diasporic origins.

Visit the Latinx and Latin American Studies Program site.

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree program enables individuals to pursue interdisciplinary studies at the graduate level. Courses provide participants the opportunity to extend the best experiences of baccalaureate liberal education to the graduate level.

Visit the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies site.

Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program (MEMS)
The minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) offers students an interdisciplinary opportunity to focus their studies in early literatures, history, and culture (ca. 500-1500). The minor may be integrated with the Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA) degree. Students complete an 18-credit program of study, with upper-level courses from at least two disciplines. Completion of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies minor is recorded on the student’s transcript. Students must declare their intention to pursue the minor on the “Declaration of Major” form and should meet with the MEMS program director. No more than 6 credits may be transferred from another institution.

Visit the Medieval and Early Modern Studies site.

The Religious Studies Program
The Religious Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and socio-historical approach to the study of religion. Students are introduced to the many dimensions of religious belief, practice and expression found in human cultures. In addition to core courses designed for doctoral-level students with Religious Studies as either their Coordinating or Co-Discipline, the Program offers graduate and undergraduate courses.

Visit the Religious Studies Program site.

Urban Studies Program
The Urban Studies Program allows students to study the city, processes of urbanization and how cities are changing, leading to a bachelors of arts degree grounded in urban social science. The Kansas City metropolitan region serves as a living laboratory. Students choose one of three areas of emphasis in the program depending on career goals: community development and housing; community organization and social services; and urban policy.

Visit the Urban Studies Program site.

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program is devoted to the critical analysis of how gender, race, class, ethnicity and sexuality contribute to the diversity of women’s and men’s experiences. Students trained in this program are afforded career opportunities in a wide variety of areas, including academic and governmental settings, business, journalism, social services and the health professions.

Visit the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program site.

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Radical economic ideas grab attention…

An advocate for radical Modern Monetary Theory is an adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders Photo: Bloomberg

Our economic guardians at Federal Treasury and the Reserve Bank sound increasingly uneasy about some policy choices being made offshore.

Since the global financial crisis, quantitative easing has pumped trillions of dollars into major economies with limited success. More recently central banks in Europe and Japan have opted for negative interest rates in a bid to kick-start growth.

On Tuesday the Treasury Secretary, John Fraser, pointed out that we’ve now been in an “experimental stage” with monetary policy for more than seven years…

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Rakeem

Sociology and Criminal Justice and Criminology

Where is UMKC taking you?

I want to be a voice for other individuals. I want to help organizations and people work to take the step from education to implementation, especially in the areas of being multicultural and diverse. (He is a leader of UMKC’s Multicultural Student Organization Council)

Why did you chose UMKC?

I got a scholarship and was comfortable here. It’s a nice environment on campus. Upperclassmen help out younger classmen.

What do you admire most about UMKC?

The leadership. I know that I am well represented and that my voice will have an impact here.

CJC's Rakeem Golden laughing in the student union

Are you a first-generation college student?

Yes, it means I am a pilot for change.

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

You can’t let anything or anybody stand in the way of success, not even yourself.

What are your lifelong goals?

I want to own my own nonprofit school and center for at-risk teens. I want to continue to be a resource to other people.

What excites you?

Coca-Cola.

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

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

Re-entry Scholarship Programs

The UMKC College of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to helping non-traditional, adult learners affordably finish their undergraduate degrees.

We have two re-entry scholarships that are designed to help students who have experienced an interruption in their education of five years or more complete their first baccalaureate degree.

The application deadline for re-entry scholarships for the Fall 2018 semester has been extended to July 1, 2018.

Re-entry Scholarship Application [PDF]

 

Crankstart Re-entry Scholarship

The Crankstart Re-entry Scholarship Program is intended for individuals with great financial needs whose education has been interrupted for five or more years and who want to resume their undergraduate education to pursue a baccalaureate degree. UMKC students may receive up to $5,000 per academic year as a Crankstart Re-Entry Scholar.

Learn more about the Crankstart Re-entry Scholarship Program

The Crankstart Re-entry Scholarship Program is designed for non-traditional, low-income and underserved students. The Crankstart Foundation is the charitable outfit of Michael Moritz and his wife Harriet. The couple’s philanthropy is mainly focused on education, and arts and culture, but support has also gone to parks and human services.

Crankstart Re-entry Scholarships may be awarded to students who:

  • Have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of five years or more;
  • Are at the undergraduate level and pursuing their first baccalaureate degree;
  • Anticipate workforce participation for a significant period of time after graduation and are ideally between the ages of 25-50;
  • Demonstrate financial need;
  • Show academic promise and a commitment to obtaining their degree;
  • Are either full- or part-time UMKC students.

Osher Re-entry Scholarship

The Osher Re-entry Scholarship Program awards scholarships on a competitive basis to a limited number of undergraduate students who demonstrate the potential for academic success. The program targets students who did not have the opportunity to complete their higher education at earlier stages in their lives. UMKC students may receive up to $5,000 per academic year as an Osher Re-Entry Scholar.

Learn more about Osher Re-entry Scholarship Program

The Bernard Osher Foundation was started in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respecited businessman and community leader. The Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life through support for higher education and the arts. In 2010, the Foundation established the Osher Reentry Scholarship, which is available to eligible adult students continuing the pursuit of their first bachelor’s degree after a significant hiatus.

Osher Re-entry Scholarships may be awarded to students who:

  • Have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of five years or more;
  • Are at the undergraduate level and pursuing their first baccalaureate degree;
  • Anticipate workforce participation for a significant period of time after graduation and are ideally between the ages of 25-50;
  • Demonstrate financial need;
  • Show academic promise and a commitment to obtaining their degree;
  • Are either full- or part-time UMKC students.

How to Apply

To apply to for either a Crankstart Re-entry Scholarship or an Osher Re-entry Scholarship, students must submit the following information to the College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Office:

  • A completed Re-Entry Scholarship Application [PDF]
  • A current resume
  • A one or two page essay describing why you believe you should receive this scholarship and how receiving this scholarship will affect your education and life
  • A copy of all non-UMKC transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

Application Deadlines

The re-entry scholarship application is accepted on a rolling basis.

Questions?

Questions regarding the scholarships or the application process should be directed to the CAS Scholarship Office.

Phone: 816-235-6089

Email: CAS-Scholarships@umkc.edu

Religious Studies Program

The Religious Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and socio-historical approach to the study of religion. Students are introduced to the many dimensions of religious belief, practice and expression found in human cultures. In addition to core courses designed for doctoral-level students with Religious Studies as either their Coordinating or Co-Discipline, the Program offers graduate and undergraduate courses.

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. Continue reading

Samadia

Sociology and Psychology

Why did you choose UMKC?

The location is close to home. I’m from Blue Springs so it’s an easy commute. I like that UMKC is located in the city — there’s so much diversity, which opens lots of doors. I also chose UMKC because it has a good psychology department. A few family members have attended UMKC in the past and shared good experiences.

What motto do you live by?

Be nice to people and work hard.

How has college inspired you?

Since starting college, I’ve become more ambitious. It’s inspiring to just walk around campus knowing that everyone here is working hard to achieve their goals in life, whatever they may be.

Since entering college, what have you learned about yourself?

I’ve learned that I will be okay if I step out of my comfort zone; everything as I know it won’t suddenly collapse. It’s a chance to see things in a new light and learn things I never knew before.

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

Say the answer even if it may not be right. It’s quite simple really, but not being afraid to say the wrong answer is much better than not saying anything at all. How will you ever learn what the right answer is if you don’t speak up?

Sociology's Samadia Saquee with pointing, double peace and happy posesWhat do you admire most at UMKC?

One thing I admire the most about UMKC is that there are such diverse groups of students. It’s awesome that every single day you have the chance of meeting someone from a different country than yourself, and you’re able to interact with different cultures around campus.

Do you belong to any organizations?

I’m a Supplemental Instructor for MUSE, a music and dance history class. It’s rewarding when students tell me that I have helped them. I’m also a member of the African Student Cultural Organization.

What’s your greatest fear?

One of my greatest fears is that I’ll grow old and realize I didn’t actually enjoy my life to the fullest.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years I see myself on my way to being an established clinical or social psychologist. Maybe even having a family of my own!

What is one word that best describes you?

Colorful. I don’t mind being the person who stands out. I have a lot of unexpected sides to my personality.

Samadia graduated in 2017 with a BA in Psychology and Sociology. 

Samuel

Architecture, Urban Planning + Design

Why architecture?

I grew up with family members who were in construction and landscaping. I’d watch them, and was always curious about their solution. I played with Lego bricks, I drew and made things. I liked putting things together.

What excites you?

New projects and the design process. I dream about building things and think about all of the details.

Who do you admire most at UMKC?

(Associate Teaching Professor) John Eck. I attended a summer architecture class in high school in 2008, which he taught. It made me come back after serving in the military.

What motto do you live by?

Semper Fi. Always faithful. I served in the Marines. I lived and traveled in Japan and Europe. I met interesting people.

How has the architecture program inspired you?

I want to design for veterans who require assistance.

AUPD student, Samuel Valenzuela

Since entering college, what have you learned about yourself?

That in order to influence a whole group, it’s important to talk to different programs around campus.

Are you a first-generation college student?

Yes, it means that I have to try ever harder to set an example for my younger siblings.

What are your lifelong goals?

To start a firm.

What is one word that best describes you?

Curious. Curiosity has made me take paths in life that most people would not have.

Savanna

Pre-Health

Why did you choose Pre-Health?

My aunt and uncle are both doctors and I always admired their dedication to their patients, so I decided I wanted to go to medical school. I really like science and thought an undergrad degree in psychology would enable me to help my patients mentally as well as physically.

What did you learn during your job shadowing?

I learned the most while shadowing a cardiologist. He taught me a lot about how the heart works, what can go wrong and what a cardiologist does to fix the things that can be damaging to the heart. I found it fascinating.

What do you love about UMKC?

I love UMKC because the campus is beautiful and there are always a lot of events provided by different clubs. I also love hanging out at Crow’s Coffee shop across the street. It makes me feel part of the community to be friends with the owners of small businesses.

What inspires you?

What inspires me is ambition: when people are willing to work really hard to reach their goals. I’ve studied really hard and taken advantage of volunteer opportunities and honor societies for applications to medical school.

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Savannah

Criminal Justice and Criminology

Why did you choose your major?

I have been interested in criminal justice since I was very young. I would set up crime scenes for my brothers to solve, and criminal justice has stuck with me ever since. There is always the opportunity to help those in need. I have always been one to root for the underdog.

Have you job shadowed?

I had an incredible experience shadowing a special agent from the Department of Homeland Security during the World Series. I was there the day they learned the identity of a counterfeit merchandise provider, and I was invited to go on my first undercover sting. It felt like a childhood fantasy come true.

Have your professors made an impact on you?

My professors have made more of an impact on me than they could ever know. Not only do they radiate passion and energy to their coursework, but also they were able to ignite that same passion within me.
A couple of them asked me to join their research team, and I had the opportunity to co-author a chapter in an anthology exploring criminological theories associated with the Trayvon Martin case. Truthfully, it was one of the proudest moments of my life. I learned so much through the experience.

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Scholarships

While we know a college degree is one of the most important investments you can make in your future, we also know that affordability is a top priority for students today.

Affordability is a top priority at UMKC too, which is why the College of Arts and Sciences offered more than $1.3 million in scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year alone.

Scholarships are available for both new and current UMKC students.

Future Student Scholarships

Current Student Scholarships

There are also a number of scholarships available from the University. Visit the UMKC Financial Aid office for more information and eligibility.

Applications

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Continuing Scholarship Application

Creative Writing Application

Re-entry Application

Deadlines

March 1
CAS Scholarship application deadline for current UMKC students and students transferring from other colleges or universities.

Contact Us

CAS Scholarship Office
104 Scofield Hall
711 E 51st Street
Kansas City, MO 64110
Ph: 816-235-6089
Fx: 816-235-5191
CAS-Scholarships@umkc.edu