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)!
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.
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
(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, 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
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.
Researchers 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.
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…
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.
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.
Derrell 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.
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 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!
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.
Hanzlick 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.
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.
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.
For 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.
The 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.
Affordable 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.
“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.”
Unhindered 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.”
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.
Hannah 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 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.
The 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
“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."
The 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.
The 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.
Adrian 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.
Shannon 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.
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.
The 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.”
A 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.
English 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.
A 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.”
Heather 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.
Officials 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.”
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.
Approximately 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.
Celebrated 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.
Buildings 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.
UMKC 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.
The 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.
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."
Clara 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.
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, 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.
The 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.
The 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.
"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."
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.
Dynamic 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.
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.
From astronomers to outdoor enthusiasts, astrophysicists to laymen — many are giddy about the coming totality of a solar eclipse.
But 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.”
Theatre 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.
Patty 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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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.
EUReka 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.
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.
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.
Lynda 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.
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.
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.
Students 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.”
Chris 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.”
Kathryn 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.
Team 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.
Black 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.
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.
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.
Two 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.
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.
The 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.
UMKC 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.
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.
The 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.
Hadara 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.
Assistant Professor of GeosciencesFengpeng 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.”