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UMKC alumni encourage aspiring filmmakers to explore opportunities in Kansas City, emphasizing the ease of making a name for oneself in the supportive local film scene.

UMKC Film Graduates Challenge Hollywood Norms, Find Success in Thriving Kansas City Scene

Manuel Rivera, Staff Writer
November 26, 2023

  UMKC graduates prove that you don’t have to move to the East or West Coast to be successful in film production.    In a panel hosted by Professor Lyn Elliot, graduates Liv Gallo, Estelle Hansen and Emily Kennedy, they provided insight into their film production careers...

Roos Have New Digs to Choose From

Roos Have New Digs to Choose From

Alexandrea Erisman, Staff Writer
November 10, 2023

  “That’s what Roos do,” shouts Sporting Kansas City hype man and UMKC alum, Hartzell Gray to the applause from a crowd of UMKC students and alumni.    At the first-ever collaboration between the university and alumni-owned apparel shop Made Mobb, drinks were flowing,...

He uses his mental health journey to give light to an important topic

Professor Clancy Martin in new book gives tools to cope with suicide

Jonah Rivera, Staff Writer
April 12, 2023

  In his new book, “How Not to Kill Yourself: Portrait of the Suicidal Mind,” UMKC philosophy professor Clancy Martin addresses suicide with realness and even humor.   The Kansas City Plaza Library hosted Martin on March 23 to promote his most recent work, which came...

Alumni Pre-Game Festival

Alumni Pre-Game Festival

Ellen Beshuk, Writer
October 11, 2022

Photos by Ellen Beshuk   As Blue and Gold Week drew to a close, this past Sunday alumni returned to their campus to recollect college days and cheer on the UMKC women’s soccer team.    Alumni,...

Matthew McDowell is a UMKC alumni who now performs at Jazz clubs around KC. (Photo provided by Matthew McDowell)

UMKC Alumni’s Experience in KC’s Jazz Community

Claire Powell, News Editor
September 13, 2022

With the voices of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin echoing from his grandparents’ record player, UMKC alum and singer Matthew McDowell’s love for jazz music began to form.   As he grew up, McDowell's passion for the art form flourished as he participated in the different...

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