12:18 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

'American Idol' Bus Tour To Come To Kansas City

Hundreds of potential American Idol contestants wait for their chance to compete in Washington D.C.
Credit dbking / Flickr-CC

Popular singing competition show American Idol is coming to Kansas City this summer. On July 21, the Idol tour bus will pull into the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Volker campus to hold open auditions for the show's 14th season. 

In a press release, UMKC's Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Mel Tyler says Kansas City will be a natural fit for the show. 

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5:43 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Grant Aims To Cure Kidney Patients’ Failure To Stick To Medication Routine

UMKC Professor Cindy Russell studies medication adherence among kidney transplant recipients.
Credit University of Missouri - Kansas City

About 75 percent of kidney transplant recipients fail to properly take the medications they need to stay healthy, says Cynthia Russell, a professor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies.

After receiving a transplant, patients - many of whom previously needed kidney dialysis – typically feel healthy and often simply forget to take medications as needed twice a day.

“They are active. They are feeling good. They are just living normal lives,” Russell says.

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6:23 am
Fri December 20, 2013

An 'Explosive' Dancer Performs As The Nutcracker

Winston Dynamite Brown, a native of Kansas City, Mo., returns to the Owen/Cox Dance Group to perform the role of the Nutcracker.
Julie Denesha KCUR

This year, the Owen/Cox Dance Group is bringing its annual jazzy adaptation of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King to the Polsky Theatre at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.

Returning to perform in the production is a powerful dancer with an explosive name: Winston Dynamite Brown. A frequent guest artist with the group, Brown says he relishes his role as the Nutcracker.

Growing into an explosive name

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Central Standard
3:04 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Carla Wilson Named New UMKC Athletic Director

Carla Wilson was named UMKC's new athletic director this week. Her hiring is a landmark for women of color, as she is the only African-American woman who is an athletic director of a division 1 school that is not historically black.

Wilson is not new to UMKC, she's been there for 24 years, 16 of them in the athletic department. As a college student, she had a work study in the athletics department, and after earning her degree in accounting, she went on to work at UMKC and move up in the ranks. 

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8:00 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Coalition Formed To Fight Unabated Kansas City Hate Crimes

Michael Kaste, Special Agent In Charge, FBI in Kansas City speaks of forming Department of Justice Community Task Force on Hate Crimes.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

A Kansas City law enforcement and community coalition has been formed to attack hate crimes after a recent study found a need for it.

The number of hate crimes in Kansas City has been relatively consistent year after year. But, attempts to eradicate it haven’t worked.

Kansas City’s top FBI agent, Michael Kaste, looked at a bureau study released this week for the nation and region.

The FBI Special Agent In-Charge said 104 hate crimes were reported last year in Missouri.

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Central Standard
8:32 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Using Music As Therapy

Credit Children's Hospital Colorado / Google Images -- CC

Music therapy has been a growing form of complementary medicine for the past 50 years. Studies have shown music therapy can help with everything from Alzheimer’s to depression to developmental disorders and even cancer treatment. 

We invited three local music therapists to speak about local and national research being conducted, as well as their own experience in using vocal and instrumental music in a patient's treatment and recovery process. 


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Up to Date
10:09 am
Fri September 27, 2013

An Interplanetary KC Concert

The concert will feature images of the solar system to accompany the music of Holst's 'The Planets.'
Credit Jet Propulsion Lab of the United States

When Gustav Holst composed his orchestral suite “The Planets,” he definitely had the solar system in mind. A local concert aims to add the picture Holst might have envisioned in a multimedia experience.

In the second part of Friday's Up to Date, we talk about the new concert from the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Conservatory Wind Symphony that combines the piece with high-definition photographs of the solar system and a high-definition film from NASA solar system explorations.


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Higher Education
12:01 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Coming Out And Getting Cut Off: Scholarships For LGBT Students

UMKC has recently received some national attention for having a particularly gay-friendly environment.

One of the innovative things the school is doing is offering scholarships for LGBT students. When some college students come out, they face the danger of being cut off financially from their parents.  

That's what happened to recent graduate Courtney Monzyk.  

“I was actually outed, instead of coming out,” Monzyk says. 

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KC Currents
9:34 am
Thu September 5, 2013

How UMKC Paved The Way For Gay Student Groups Across The Country

Credit Wikimedia -- Creative Commons

The University of Missouri – Kansas City has taken big steps in recent years to be more welcoming to gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender and sexually-questioning students and staff.

Like a lot of universities, the school now considers diversity and inclusion to be a mission, right alongside educating students. But there hasn't always been an attitude of acceptance at UMKC.

Students at the university fought hard for LGBT rights, and the resulting legal victory influenced campuses around the country.

Welcome to UMKC, 2013

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90-Mile View
10:19 am
Wed August 28, 2013

90-Mile View: Saundra Hayes

In her work as President of the Historic Manheim Park Association, Saundra Hayes believes it all starts with building relationships.

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3:54 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Legislators Question Jackson County Sales Tax Backers

Jackson County Legislators Bob Spence, Fred Arbanas and James Tindall (right to left) ponder sales tax proposal for innovative translational medical research.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

A first public hearing before the Jackson County Legislature on a proposed sales tax for medical research drew no outright opposition.  

Legislators do have a hefty array of questions about costs and benefits.

If sent to and approved by Jackson County voters, the half cent sales tax is estimated to generate about $40 million a year for what has been termed "Translational Medical Research."

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12:00 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

Kansas City Creative Couples: Zhou & Chen

Zhou Long and Chen Yi have taught for more than a decade at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance in Kansas City, Mo.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They’re part of an exhibit called Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.

Kahlo and Rivera are known not only for their paintings, but for their tempestuous marriage, which sometimes influenced their art.

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2:34 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Bloch Business School Opens Expansion At UMKC

Benefactor is welcomed to first public view of new Henry Bloch Executive Hall at UMKC.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is putting its first students into the newly expanded business school.  The $32 million “Henry Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation” opens August 19. 

Finished construction marks the biggest single money-gift the school has ever gotten.

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Visual Arts
1:00 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Kauffman Foundation Announces $20 Million For Downtown Arts Campus

Julia Irene Kauffman received a standing ovation, and a hearty handshake from the Conservatory's Peter Witte, after the announcement of the Muriel McBrien Kauffman leadership gift.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

It’s been two years since officials at the University of Missouri-Kansas City unveiled a plan for a downtown arts campus, which would relocate the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. On Wednesday, the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation announced a pledge of $20 million to support the effort.

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Music Stories
11:18 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Public Enemy 'Bomb Squad' Producer Studies Music At UMKC

Musician, composer and producer Kerwin Young.

The induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame took place Thursday, April 18, in Los Angeles. Some of this year’s inductees included Heart, Randy Newman, Rush and Public Enemy.

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KC Currents
1:45 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

UMKC Alumnus Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

Narong Prangcharoen with his mentor, Chen Yi, professor of music composition at UMKC
Laura Spencer KCUR

Each year, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awards mid-career fellowships to 200 applicants in fields ranging from choreography to plant sciences. Two of the 2013 fellows are Kansas City locals: Mike Sinclair, architectural and fine art photographer; and Narong Prangcharoen, UMKC alumnus and teaching assistant of composition and piano, and freelance composer. Prangcharoen's fellowship is in music composition.

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Up to Date
10:32 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Two KC Artists Earn Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships

Lemon shake-up in Strong City, Kan.
Mike Sinclair

Two Kansas Citians were announced yesterday as winners of this year's very prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships.

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Cops & Crime
5:07 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Two Are Charged In Murder Of UMKC Student

A bond of half a million dollars is holding each of two men charged today in the murder of a University of Missouri-Kansas City  student at a near-campus house just south of  Country Club Plaza. 

Allegations point to a robbery gone awry.

20-year-old Alonzo Ruff and 21-year-old Anthony Williams were looking for a place to rob March 21st, according to court documents. 

They allegedly picked the house near 49th and Brookside Boulevard because one of the men charged had once smoked marijuana there.

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Central Standard
9:49 am
Thu March 14, 2013

The Philosophy of Doubt

Throughout the course of the day we ask ourselves a lot of questions; what should I have for breakfast? Should I run to the store before picking up my kids or after? Should I read my book before bed or watch a TV show? We rarely take the time to contemplate larger, more philosophical questions that probe our very existence.

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4:50 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Matt Brown Fired As UMKC Men's Basketball Coach

Head Coach Matt Brown was dismissed on Tuesday.
UMKC Athletics MSH Photography

UMKC announced today the firing of Matt Brown, the head coach of the UMKC men's basketball program. Brown led the program for the past six seasons.

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KC Currents
4:00 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

The Wires Debut 'Alternative Strings' Album

Credit Benjamin Parks, Courtesy of the Wires

Cellist Sascha Groschang and violinist Laurel Morgan Parks have been good friends since they trained together as classical musicians at UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance. They perform around the region, and internationally, in symphony orchestras and chamber groups.  They’ve also delved into traditional folk, rock and jazz genres.  (Parks plays in the Kansas City folk-rock band, In The Pines.)

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Central Standard
9:33 am
Tue February 19, 2013

African-American Read In

As part of Black History Month activities, UMKC is hosting an African-American Read In Feb. 20 and 28. Employees of the UMKC library and the public will read aloud from some of their favorite African-American literature and writing.

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2:06 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco

Inauguration poet Richard Blanco
Nico Tucci / Courtesy Richard Blanco

During the President’s inauguration ceremony on Monday, Richard Blanco delivered a poem written especially for this occasion.  At age 44, he is not only the youngest, but the first Latino and openly gay poet to have this honor. 

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Up to Date
9:48 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Looking To The Future At UMKC

UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton

Leading a large university is no cakewalk, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City is no exception.

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Visual Arts
12:41 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Juilliard's President On Downtown Arts Campus: 'Go For It'

Jason Klumb, a Regional Administrator with GSA, speaks to Steve Rinne, of EDCKC, at the 2012 Downtown Council Annual Luncheon held in the Grand Ballroom of the KC Convention Center.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The headline of a recent editorial in The Kansas City Star about downtown Kansas City, Missouri declared: "A decade later, downtown has stronger heartbeat."

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Buying Local?

If you don't think regional commerce has become en vogue, just type "buy local day" into your Google machine and see how many results come up.

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Cops & Crime
5:05 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Early Teen Years Inspired Innocence Project Chief

Arthur Chaykin has become Executive Director of the Midwest Innocence Project.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

There is a new chief executive at the Kansas City-based Midwest Innocence Project. The not-for-profit corporation works to free men and women behind bars for crimes they did not commit.

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3:58 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Food Is UMKC Focus On America Recycles Day

Melissa Barton, a UMKC food service manager, gives student union kitchen tour to EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

The Region Seven Administrator of the  Environmental  Protection Agency holds up University of Missouri-Kansas City’s food recovery and  dining  recycling programs as examples to emulate.

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Central Standard
6:27 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

'Working Words' Literary Event Comes To First Friday

The worlds of creative writing and visual art are woven together for an upcoming First Friday event in Kansas City's Crossroads Arts District.

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1:51 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Hospital Mergers, Alliances Hit Kansas City Region

Arif Ahmed, Professor of Health Administration at UMKC.

In recent months, local officials have been exploring the sale of North Kansas City Hospital, HCA Midwest announced plans to acquire St. Joseph and St. Mary’s hospitals.

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