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    Social Work Students Involved in KC Tenants Victory

    KC Tenants is an organization led by a multiracial, multigenerational base of poor and working class tenants in Kansas City. KC Tenants are organizing to ensure that everyone in KC has a safe, accessible and affordable home. KC Tenants created a Tenant Bill of Rights package aimed to address the housing issues tenants face.  On December 13, 2019 the KCMO City Council passed a KC Tenants Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights consist of resolution and ordinance. The ordinance bars landlords from discriminating against and denying rent to a tenant solely on the basis of prior arrests, convictions, evictions, source of income or because of a protected trait which includes race, color, religion, national origin, sex, mental or physical disability, marital status, familial status, age, sexual orientation or gender identity, gender expression, ethnic background, and being a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. It requires landlords to disclose any past issues with the unit; provide resources for a tenant to get an estimate of utilities; and requires the provision of at least 24 hours notice to a tenant before entering their unit.

    MSW students Candace Ladd, Kevin Jean Paul and Shanice Taylor have been heavily involved in the process by providing testimonies, deliberating on the Tenants Bill of Right Package, attending several meetings and providing general support to help strengthen the needs of the organization.

    Read a summary of the Tenants Bill of Rights Package here:

    Read the final resolution and ordinance here:


    Psychology Professor Named Presidential Engagement Fellow

    Joan McDowd

    The College is proud to congratulate Dr. Joan McDowd on her recent selection as a 2020-21 UM System Presidential Engagement Fellow. The Fellowship grants Dr. McDowd and the 14 other UM faculty in the 2020-21 cohort, including Dr. Jamila Jefferson-Jones (School of Law) and Dr. Joey Lightner (School of Nursing and Health Studies) from UMKC, opportunities to speak and share their excellent research with communities across the state of Missouri. Dr. McDowd currently serves as Chair of the Department of Psychology and Director of the Gerontology Program.

    From the recent UMKC Today article announcing UMKC's Presidential Engagement Fellows:

    McDowd serves as director and advisor for Gerontology programs. Her research interests are in cognitive aging, particularly in attention and memory processes. Although primarily interested in healthy aging, she also applies methods from cognitive psychology to understanding cognition in stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease as well as in severe mental illness. She was awarded the 2017 President’s Award for Community Engagement, which recognizes faculty who are involved in exemplary engagement activities such as volunteerism, service-learning, educational programming and outreach.

    To learn more about the Presidential Engagement Fellows program and the 2020-21 cohort, see this UM news release.


    UMKC Dean of Students Honor Recipient

    The College of Arts & Sciences and Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology is proud to congratulate recent graduate Sarah Towakoli, a Spring 2020 Dean of Students Honor Recipient. This award recognizes graduating students who have made significant contributions to the University and to our community while maintaining high academic performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. As a student, Ms. Towakoli served as president of the Criminal Justice & Criminology Club and president of Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society. She also participated in undergraduate research opportunities, organized several community service projects, and was active in her sorority, Chi Omega. Ms. Towakoli graduated with a BA in Criminal Justice & Criminology and a BA in Political Science, achieving Summa Cum Laude honors for her excellent academic record.

    Visit to watch videos of the student and a nominating faculty member, as well as other student recipients of this award.

    Congratulations, Sarah!


    Two College Faculty Receive President’s Awards

    The College is proud to congratulate two of our outstanding faculty members on their recent awards from the President of the University of Missouri System.

    Dr. Richard Delaware, Teaching Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, received the President’s Award for Innovative Teaching. This honor “recognizes faculty who are outstanding teachers and who employ novel and innovative teaching methods to achieve success in student learning” (UM System). Dr. Delaware has been teaching at UMKC since 1984, and the Innovative Teaching Award is the latest addition to the many honors he has received during his time here. Students praise his techniques which foster collaboration and communication, enabling students to do hands-on work in class and communicate their approach with peers. Dr. Delaware’s writing intensive course, History of Mathematics, has generated award-winning student research papers and publications since 2004. You can read more about this innovative course here. In addition to the courses he teaches at UMKC, Dr. Delaware has also recorded and uploaded full course videos for College Algebra and Calculus I to YouTube, which have reached thousands of students world-wide.

    Dr. Sarah Pilgrim was awarded the President’s Award for Intercampus Collaboration, which “recognizes faculty who engage in activities that foster collaboration across two or more campuses of the University of Missouri System” (UM System). The collaborative project, Fostering Well Being, was established by Dr. Pilgrim and Dr. Virginia Ramseyer-Winter at the University of Missouri in Columbia, with contributions from faculty in Columbia’s School of Engineering and other faculty across both campuses. Drs. Pilgrim and Ramseyer-Winter also work with organizations such as Kansas City-based Youth Ambassadors and with graduate students serving as research associates at UMKC and MU. With the goal of supporting underserved youth in Missouri, the project aims to develop a phone-based app to provide critical public health information to foster families and vulnerable youth. Dr. Pilgrim joined the School of Social Work as an Assistant Professor in 2016. Her work with the Fostering Well Being project closely aligns with her research interests in adolescent trauma especially as related to foster placement.

    Congratulations to these two professors for this remarkable recognition of their important work with our students and our community.


    NOVEL 2020 UMKC Art Department Student Online Exhibition

    NOVEL 2020

    UMKC Art Department Student Online Exhibition 



    The UMKC Gallery of Art is pleased to announce the virtual opening of Novel 2020 our digital version of the Annual Student Exhibition. This show takes place annually each spring semester to showcase the work of both graduate and undergraduate students within the department. Due to novel circumstances, the exhibition has moved to an online platform. Our distinguished faculty juried each submission and selected the art that highlights our students’ highest achievements. This year’s exhibition will include work selected from 24 students in all mediums. The conversion to an online platform allows the gallery to showcase our student’s artistic talents, as well as their growth, adaptability, and desire to face challenges head-on.


    Please click on the link above to view the exhibition and join us in spreading the word about our virtual gallery. Stay safe and enjoy the work, we will see you soon.


    List of participating artists:


    Carmen Lopez-Anderson, Christopher Bown, Daniel Garcia-Roman, Gabby Saffier, Haleigh Peterson, Jack Wrisinger, Jeff Henry, John Campbell, Julia Smith, Keith Baynham, Kelly Woltering, Lauren Myers, Luke Blevins, Makayla Booker, Megan Lashbrook, Nhu Nhieu, Kimmy Sims, Rachel Houtman, Sabrina Owings, Sarah Bleha, Sharon Mitchell, Sidney Saunders, Sophia Vietze, Vincent Fallis.


    List of awards and award winners:



    Best in Show: Megan Lashbrook, Fortune Tellers




    2nd Place: Lauren Myers, Take the Gamble




    3rd Place: Sophia Vietze, Untitled





    Barry Anderson, Dept. Art & Art History, selected as a 2020 Art in the Loop Artist

    Department of Art & Art History faculty member, Barry Anderson, selected as a 2020 Art in the Loop Artist



    Anderson’s Art in the Loop project, Waiting Rooms, is a series of animations shown on the KC Streetcar kiosks. These animations present fabricated, playful landscapes of the artist’s imagination, with some referencing actual elements from places along the streetcar line. Each animation is 15-20 seconds in length and is played at random times on all kiosks on the line.




    KC Streetcar Kiosks, located at each stop.




    Barry Anderson’s work in video and photography has been featured in numerous exhibitions and festivals around the country and abroad. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Everson Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.  He is a Professor in Studio Art at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, teaching courses in motion design, photography, 3D modeling, and professional practices.


    Instagram: @barryanderson
    Twitter: @barry_anderson




    Staff Spotlight: Christiana Rangel

    Staff Spotlight: Christiana Rangel

    Christiana Rangel, the newest staff member in the College, joins us for a Q&A.

    1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

    Sure! I am originally from middle of nowhere western Oklahoma. After graduating high school, my own recruitment process brought me to Rockhurst University here in Kansas City. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2016. Since then, I have worked at a middle school in California, a couple years in Admissions at Rockhurst, and in a research lab! All of this has led me to UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences.

    For hobbies and interests, I enjoy 3D puzzles, talking about/listening to Taylor Swift, celebrity and pop culture, anything True Crime, reading, and watching movies. I also love playing my Nintendo Switch (LoZ: BOTW and Animal Crossing: New Horizons anyone?!)

    Giving facts about myself can be so tough! I got married last summer in June to someone I have been with since sophomore year of college. Last year, I met the Jonas Brothers which was truly a dream come true for me. Also, Taylor Swift herself recently liked a post of mine on Tumblr.

    As you can probably guess from this information, I tend to be pretty easy going and chill in my personal life!

    2. Can you share with us what your current role is?

    I am the College of Arts and Sciences’ Student Recruitment Coordinator. I work primarily with first time college (FTC) prospective students. This means I work with students who have not attended college post high school. My prospective students are typically in high school. If a student applies to UMKC and is interested in a program that is offered in the College of Arts and Sciences, I am their point person! I am their resource to answer questions about their program, to put them in contact with faculty, set up a visit, or answer really any questions they have about UMKC or college in general. My goal is to hopefully show these students how UMKC can be their second home where they will have a happy, healthy, and successful college experience.

    3. What brought you to UMKC?

    Before UMKC, I worked right across the street in Admissions at Rockhurst for a while. Following this I worked at a research lab. Earlier this year, I began searching for a way to return to recruitment in higher education. I missed it tremendously! I missed being a part of a student’s journey to figure out what is best for them post high school. I was hoping to gain more experience in various types of recruitment strategy, and add to my private school recruitment experience. When searching, I was lucky enough to see UMKC’s CAS hiring for this position! It was the perfect place for me because I would be part of a university that is such a large part of a city I love, and be able to return to what I enjoy doing. I was also intrigued about recruiting for a specific Academic Unit. Then I learned through the interview process about the team I would be part of and the support I would receive to grow here at UMKC in a field that I am passionate about and want to stay in. It’s been what I was told so far, and the support I have received is incredible! Super happy to be a Roo.

    4. How are you transitioning to working remotely?

    I can’t say this is something I ever expected to do! Overall, I would say my transition has been smooth. My supervisor is incredibly supportive in making sure I have the tools/resources I need to continue recruitment efforts for the College. We have begun hosting virtual office hours for myself, faculty office hours, and webcasts! Considering working remotely wasn’t something I was planning on doing less than a month after starting, I think the Recruitment Office is continuing to show prospective students that we are still here for them to let them know how awesome it is to be a Roo!

    5. What are some of your goals (or things you would like to see happen) here at UMKC?

    What a great question! I have been at UMKC for about two months now. Currently the goals I have set myself are really just about learning about UMKC, the College, forming relationships within the College, and the Admissions processes to make myself more independent in my role. Anyone that I have ever worked with will tell you that I hate not knowing the answers, and that I want to be 100% confident in every aspect of my role. However, anyone who knows me also knows that I will always ask questions. Until then, sorry Emma (Casey)!


    Art & Art History Scholarship Winners Announced

    The department of Art & Art History would like to congratulate the following students who were awarded scholarships, nearly $20,000 combined, for the 2020-2021 academic year:


    Christopher Bown - Advertising Artist Guild Grant

    Sabrina Owings - Dr. George Ehrlich Scholarship, Geraldine E. Fowle Art History Scholarship, and the Jedel Family Foundation Professor's Scholarship

    Mollie Stanek - S. Jane Voorhees Scholarship in Art and Art

    Ezekial Taylor - John Gutowski Memorial Scholarship




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

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

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

    The 12 awards won and their recipients are:

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

    Go to U-News.


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

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

    Fall 2019 Dean's List graphic

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


    First-Generation College Student Navigates College By Learning About Her Heritage

    Mentor in the UMKC Avanzando program assists in journey

    When Aricela Guadalupe first arrived at UMKC, she spent a lot of time thinking about her parents - would she make them proud? Would she have what it takes to succeed in college?

    As a first-generation college student, she was eager to take advantage of the opportunity she’d been given. But the path to graduation seemed uncertain.

    Read the full article in UMKC Today >>>


    CAS Dean’s Fall Reception presents Faculty and Staff Awards

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

    Faculty Awards are as follows:

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

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

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

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

    Staff Award is as follows:

    Outstanding Staff Member

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


    Dr. Syed E. Hasan attends MEDGEO 2019

    Dr. Hasan SyedDr. Syed E. Hasan, professor emeritus of geology, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri-Kansas City, attended the 8th international conference–MEDGEO 2019–held at Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China, August 12-15, 2019. The conference was hosted by the Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences and the International Medical Geology Association. Dr. Hasan gave a keynote lecture titled “Health impacts of waste management and medical geology”. He also conducted a one-day short course on Medical Geology that was attended by over 50 people representing several countries


    History Department Wins Chancellor's Community Engagement Award

    The Department of History has been named the 2019 recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Community Engagement in recognition of its efforts to make engagement with the community a central aspect of its approach to student learning and scholarship. In his award letter, Chancellor Agrawal commended the department for "exemplifying the very best of UMKC's values."

    The department has worked to establish relationships with cultural institutions and communities locally, regionally, and internationally and to produce and share historical knowledge. The department's community outreach initiatives include, but are not limited to, partnering with local institutions on public programming for a variety of audiences; helping to disseminate the history of African American, German, Latinx, and LGBTQ communities among many others both in Kansas City and Missouri and more broadly; and generating new historical research about the region through public symposia and edited volumes.

    History Department students and faculty will be honored at the Leaders in Learning Faculty Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. More information about the department's work is available on its public engagement and community partners pages.


    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.


    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…


    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…


    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

    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:


    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!


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.”


    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.”


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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."


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.”


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.”


    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.


    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.”


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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


    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.


    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!


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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."


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.”


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.”


    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.”


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    Over 300 students named to CAS Dean's List for 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.


    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.


    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.