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UMKC students explore study abroad opportunities with the guidance of the Study Abroad and Global Engagement (SAGE) department.

Understanding Students’ Hesitations Towards Studying Abroad

Leah Taylor, Staff Writer
February 29, 2024

  Students at UMKC are interested in studying abroad but concerns about travel anxiety, credit availability and expenses lead to hesitancy.    Bali, Greece and Spain are some of the destinations that students dream of traveling to. Yet, reality sets in when ensuring that...

UMKC students benefit from many campus resources, empowering them to excel academically, thrive socially and prioritize their well-being.

Empowering Student Success: Essential Resources at UMKC Campus

Leah Taylor, Staff Writer
February 8, 2024

  UMKC's campus is packed with resources to support student success during the semester. Here's a breakdown of key resources available.    The Atterbury Student Success Center offers more than just lunch. It is home to Academic Support and Mentoring and Career Services....

Law students at UMKC helped DACA recipients review their applications. (Source: University of Missouri-Kansas City).

Affirmative action next on SCOTUS chopping block?

Leah Taylor
August 25, 2022

UMKC Law Professor Allen Rostorn predicts that the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn affirmative action.  "I do think there's a good chance that the Supreme Court will rule that way," said Professor Rostorn. "It just shows how it is difficult to predict the consequences...

Renaming Johnson County’s “Negro Creek”

Renaming Johnson County’s “Negro Creek”

Leah Taylor
September 21, 2021

Johnson County residents and leaders have been buzzing about the name of a local creek with a gruesome backstory.   “Negro Creek” is the name of a creek, a tributary of the Blue River, that begins in Overland Park and flows east for four miles into Leawood....

Missouri Attorney General seeks to end school mask mandates

Missouri Attorney General seeks to end school mask mandates

Leah Taylor
September 6, 2021

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit against Columbia Public Schools on Aug. 24 seeking to end the school district’s mask mandate, calling the mandate “arbitrary and capricious.”  The lawsuit, which Schmitt filed in Boone County’s 13th Circuit...

Major Lucas announced his agreement with the KC Homeless Union on April 8 to remove the homeless camps that were erected in Westport and outside City Hall.  (The Kansas City Star)

Mayor Lucas reaches deal with KC Homeless Union to remove camps

Leah Taylor
April 26, 2021

What used to be an elaborate encampment for the Kansas City homeless in a Westport intersection is now a desolate, orange-fenced patch of land.   Major Lucas announced his agreement with the KC Homeless Union on April 8 to remove the homeless camps that were erected...

Late Communication Studies professor Jason Martin wearing a suit and tie, smiling proudly

Tribute: Remembering UMKC communications professor Jason Martin

Leah Taylor
February 23, 2021

The communication studies department at UMKC has lost an outstanding faculty member, professor Jason Martin.   Martin joined UMKC in 2011 as an assistant professor, later becoming an associate professor with tenure in the Communication Studies department. Both students...

Famous pop singer The Weeknd with the words The Highlights written above his head. Hes wearing a read blazer, his face is turned to the left and half of his face is covered by a dark shadow

Album review: “The Highlights” by The Weeknd

Leah Taylor
February 16, 2021

The raving Super Bowl LV performer, The Weeknd, has done it again.  Leading up to his big-time performance, the singer, whose given name is Abel Tesfaye, compiled his greatest hits into one album “The Highlights.” The album, which released on Feb. 5, allows both...

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