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

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

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

CAS Faculty & Staff Awards 2020

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce several faculty and staff awards presented on October 21 by Interim Dean Kati Toivanen at the annual CAS Dean’s Fall Reception. This fall’s virtual reception (available to view in full here: CAS Faculty & Staff Fall Reception) offered a chance to celebrate these honored award recipients and to thank all faculty and staff in the College for their resilience during the current and past semesters.

The Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award, given annually to a tenured or tenure-track faculty member, recognizes outstanding instruction within the College.  This year’s deserving recipient is Hadara Bar-Nadav from the Department of English.  The College also celebrates the vital contribution of non-tenured track faculty with the Outstanding Teaching Award, presented this year to Stephanie Van Rhein in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics.

In addition to recognizing outstanding instruction, The College also proudly offers two research grants, firstly the Haskell Distinguished Research award, which supports awardees in their completion of a scholarly project or creative work.  This year’s notable recipient is Debra Leiter from the Department of Political Science.

Another research grant presented, the Francis M. Bernardin Research Development Grant, provides recipients support to prepare a grant proposal in their chosen area of research.  This year’s recipients are Virginia Blanton from the Department of English, and Joseph Hartman from the Department of Art & Art History.

Four recipients of the 2019 Francis M. Bernardin Research Development Grant were pleased to report back about the ways in which this award furthered the progress of their ongoing research.  Dr. Clara Irazabal-Zurita in the Race, Ethnic and Gender Studies department won a Fulbright Scholar grant that will fund her research in Costa Rica in the two consecutive summers of 2021 and 2022.  Dr. Alison Graettinger in the Earth & Environmental Sciences department was able to complete two research proposals, one of which is currently under review by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Dr. Majid Bani Yaghoub, Chair of the Mathematics & Statistics department, also received grant funding from NSF in addition to a successfully funded grant in data science.  Dr. Ye Wang in the Communication Studies department had the opportunity to complete five research projects, three of which are pending further external grant funding.  The College is honored to be able to provide its highly deserving faculty with these merit-based research opportunities.

The final award presented at the Fall Reception was the Outstanding Staff Member Award, recognizing exceptional contributions made by a College of Arts and Science staff member.  This award is given annually to an employee who is consistently respectful, responsible, resourceful, receptive, responsive, and reasonable.  This year’s worthy recipient is Tanya Henderson from the Department of Mathematics & Statistics.

The College values each faculty and staff member year round, but appreciates the opportunity to highlight a select few at the beginning of each academic year.

Department Events

International Studies Kick Off

Join us to learn more about this new degree offered through the Departments of Foreign Languages and Political Science. Games and refreshments will be provided

 

March 11, 2020 @ 1 p.m.

Scofield Hall, room 109

 

Dynamic Duos: Lyne and Webb

Dynamic Duos

Reaching for Lofty Goals

Meet Mona Lyne and Parker Webb

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

International Studies

The International Studies program fosters cultural and political literacy while also developing foreign language proficiency. Students will advance their language skills in French, German or Spanish, and gain knowledge of political structures and international relations in general and in a global region of their choice. The program straddles both Foreign Languages and Political Science departments while also offering students a broad array of interdisciplinary courses across several other departments. Intercultural competencies form the core of the program, and students are required to take part in a study abroad program or do an internship in a local organization or business that has international connections. If you are interested in the world beyond the United States, this program is for you!

Bachelor of Arts: International Studies

Students who choose to major in Languages and Literatures with a French emphasis will take twelve courses (36 credits) above the 200 level. More information on the specific major requirements and the degree requirements more generally can be found here.

International Studies Undergraduate Advisor

Contact Dr. Scott Baker for more information and major advising.

Political Science Professor Featured in Short Documentary

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

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Student Interviewed About Cambio Para Cambio Campaign

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

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

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 https://info.umkc.edu/saem/students/dean-of-students-honor-recipients/ to watch videos of the student and a nominating faculty member, as well as other student recipients of this award.

Congratulations, Sarah!