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UMKC Music Therapy Department Celebrates 50 Years

Lauren Zoller, Staff Writer
February 26, 2024

 Faculty, students and alumni of UMKC’s Music Therapy department are gearing up for a momentous occasion as they celebrate the program’s 50th anniversary.   Set to take place April 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, the event promises...

Lucerna team voting on ratings.

A Look Into Lucerna: UMKC’s Undergraduate Research Journal

Lauren Zoller, Staff Writer
February 22, 2024

  Lucerna, UMKC’s undergraduate research journal, is on the lookout for students who want to publish their research in a recognized journal.   “There are essays about LGBTQ topics to math to the Spanish Inquisition,” said Theo Raitzer, managing editor of Lucerna...

Becky Bergman, an employee at UMKC ASM Roo Advising sits to have her blood drawn.

UMKC Honors Program Blood Drive Sees Increase in Donations After Union Station Shooting

Lauren Zoller, Staff Writer
February 16, 2024

  In the wake of the Union Station shooting, UMKC Honors Program and Community Blood Center’s bi-semesterly blood drive saw a jump in registrations Friday, Feb. 16 with 24 new signups.   Sudhiksha Kumar, a junior studying mathematics and statistics, serves as the honors...

A prescribed burn

Fire-certified Students Ignite Prairie Conservation Conversation

Lauren Zoller, Staff Writer
February 14, 2024

  Blazing through training, some students in UMKC’s Earth and Environmental Science department uncovered the latest hotspot for all things ecology: gaining a certification in prescribed burning.   Madegan Morrison, a senior majoring in Earth and Environmental Science,...

After a small fire on Jan. 24, students question why they werent informed.

[Photo] UMKC Alert System Doesn’t Notify Students of Small Campus Fire

Jack Venable, Staff Writer
February 8, 2024

After a small fire on Jan. 24, students question why they weren't informed.

Lucerna reviewing members vote on ratings of a submitted article.


Lucerna reviewing members vote on ratings of a submitted article.

After being the first person in her family to navigate college and overcoming imposter syndrome, Campoverdi shares her story to help people and women along their path.

First Gen Roo’s Kickoff Event Hosts Former Obama Administration Aide and “First Gen” Author

Lauren Zoller, Staff Writer
November 12, 2023

  UMKC’s First Gen Roo program kicked off its National First Generation Celebration by hosting author Alejandra Campoverdi on Oct. 24 in the Student Union Theatre.   On the first leg of her book tour, the women’s health advocate and former White House aide to President...

Dr. Villamandos and Dr. Grieco in front of Sancho Panza in the Twentieth Century

UC Berkeley Art Historian To Speak on Historic Haag Murals

Lauren Zoller, Staff Writer
October 30, 2023

  A University of California Berkeley art historian will present her research on Luis Quintanilla, a world-renowned artist whose murals have long had a home in UMKC’s Haag Hall, in early November.   Christine Delia studied the impact that loss, distance and exile had...

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UMKC Filmmaker and Photographer Captures Their Reality

Lauren Zoller, Staff Writer
October 11, 2023

  Ji Stribling, a senior communications major at UMKC, found their life’s work through self-expression and art.     Initially a neuroscience student, Stribling’s journey took a turn during the pandemic, leading them to pivot towards a new passion: filmmaking. They...

Snell stands in front of his work in the UMKC Gallery of Art.

An Artistic Adventure Across the Missouri River

Lauren Zoller, Staff Writer
September 24, 2023

  Steve Snell, a KC local and Kansas City Art Institute professor, canoed across the Missouri River and documented his experience through paint.    His exhibit is titled “From the Canoe: A Missouri River Adventure” and it can be seen at the UMKC Gallery of Art.  Snell...

Sarah Zapata’s installation titled “So the roots be known” in the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s atrium

“So the roots be known”

Lauren Zoller and Jazlyn Summers
September 14, 2023

  A new exhibit at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art highlights Kansas City’s lesser known lesbian history, and the artist used UMKC’s Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America to do it.   Sarah Zapata’s “So the roots be known” exhibit brings vibrant lavender...

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