Apr 07 13:19

2014 FOL Annual Gift Awards announced

$25,000 gift from Friends of the Library supports collection development

Since 1966, UMKC Friends of the Library have presented the University Libraries and the UMKC community with an Annual Gift. The 2014 awards were announced April 2, 2014.

Bonnie Postlethwaite & Grace Suh with $25k check For their 49th Annual Gift, the Friends donate $25,000 for the purchase of books, DVDs, recordings, data sets, periodical back files, and music scores. The cumulative amount of the Friends’ Annual Gifts exceeds $1.3 million.

This year the Friends received 13 proposals with requests totaling nearly $17,000. The Selections Committee carefully consider  each proposal and may recommend no, full, or partial funding of proposals. New for 2014, the Friends made $10,000 of their gift available upfront, last fall, to be used to fund immediate or “on demand” faculty requests purchased at the time of need. A complete list of recipients is available online.

The Annual Gift is made possible through endowment distributions, membership dues, and book sale proceeds.

Apr 04 15:36

2014 FOL Scholarship Winner Announced

Karl Gottschalk, UMKC French and Music Performance student, awarded $500 towards Fall 2015 tuition and fee.

UMKC Friends of the Library announce Gottschalk as the sixth recipient of their annual scholarship.

Karl Gottschalk The Friends scholarship is available to degree seeking students of any level from any school or discipline, with preference given to those with a cumulative gpa of 3.0 or higher.

To apply, students were asked to submit and original piece written in response to the statement "Three great minds I met at UMKC Libaries and what they have meant to me."

Karl's essay was selected from 15 entries.

Apr 02 14:56

Artist and curator discuss American Jazz Museum exhibit - Apr 21

American Jazz Museum visiting curator Sonie' Joi Ruffin and artist Glenn North discuss the art and inspiration of 'Convergence: Jazz, Dance, and the Visual Arts' exhibit, April 21, 12-1pm, in the room 303 of UMKC's Miller Nichols Library. You are invited to bring your lunch to this free and public event.

Convergence Artists' talk

'Convergence', on exhibit through April 27 at the American Jazz Museum, features more than 65 works by innovative artists and filmmakers, mostly African American, whose works interact with jazz music and culture. Not only does Convergence seek to explore the connection between jazz and the visual arts, it also offers and opportunity to explore the intimate relationship between sound and image in African American culture.

Sonié Joi Ruffin is a fabric artist, a textile designer, and published author. Her quilts have been exhibited at the Smithsonian’s' Renwick Museum. Her artwork can be found in museums and galleries across the nation. She is also a Charlotte Street Foundation fellow and the Visiting Curator for the American Jazz Museum's Changing Gallery.

Glenn North Glenn is the Poet in Resident, & Education Specialist for the American Jazz Museum, he is a UMKC Alumni, organizer of Jazz Poetry Jamz, a Cave Conem Fellow and a Charlotte Street Foundation Fellow.

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(Image by Ronald Beverly, Aurora series I photography)

Apr 01 10:02

Managing Student Loans Information Session - April 24

Get Ready. Get Set. GET SMART about College Loans.

April 24, 2014, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Miller Nichols Library room 303

Attend this free informational session and learn from experts about:

  • types of student loans and what they mean to your future,
  • managing student loan debt, and
  • ways to tackle debt after graduation.


KC Money Month bannerFeatured presenter:

Kat Hnatyshy, Branch Manager, Community America Credit Union, Nall Hills Branch.

Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. These groups come together once a year to stress the importance of financial literacy, inform consumers about where they can get help and provide free educational seminars and activities throughout the week. Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance from establishing a budget to first time home buying to estate planning. The effort was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002.

Check out other Money Smart events taking place around Kansas City.

National Partners: American Library Association and Financial Planning Association

Apr 01 09:34

Civil Rights Series: 'Slavery by Another Name' - Apr 27

UMKC Libraries presents the acclaimed film 'Slavery by Another Name,' Apr. 27, 2:00 - 4:00, Miller Nichols Learning Center, Jeannette Nichols Forum, located at 800 E 51st Street at the intersection of 51st Street and Rockhill Road. Discussion led by Jacqueline Wood of the UMKC Black Studies Program.
Slavery by Another NameStudent Partners: UMKC Student Government Association

Advance REGISTRATION is suggested. Admission & parking are FREE.

Contact Gloria Tibbs for more information.

Help  spread the word by post and sharing our printable Slavery by Another Name event flyer and series poster.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Mar 25 14:06

Visiting scholar presents on Ancient Egyptian Tombs - Apr. 9

Dr. Marjorie Venit will discuss Egypt as Metaphor: Decoration and the Afterlife in the Monumental Tombs of Ancient Alexandria on Wednesday, April 9 at 6:00pm in room 452 of the Miller Nichols Learning Center, 800 E. 51st Street.

Egyptian TombVenit explores the intersection of Egyptian and Greek (or Roman) decorative elements and motifs in Alexandrian monumental tombs and the eschatological climate that permitted and encouraged the convergence. She proposes that Greeks adopted and adapted Egyptian modes of expression in order to fill a void in their own visual repertoire at a time when visualizing the road to the afterlife became more acutely essential.

Admission is free and open to the public. Free parking is available on Level 5 of the Cherry Street Parking Garage, 5000 Cherry.

Dr. Venit is a professor at the University of Maryland where she specializes in the art and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean world with an emphasis on the Greek center and its periphery considered both geographically and temporally.

Particularly interested in the intersection of cultures and ethnicities, she has excavated at Tel Anafa, Israel, and Mendes, Egypt and is the author of Monumental Tombs of Ancient Alexandria: The Theater of the Dead and Greek Painted Pottery from Naukratis in Egyptian Museums. Her book projects have been supported by generous grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Kress Foundation, and the J.P Getty Trust. Among her other national awards are a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship and fellowships from the American Research Center in Egypt, the American Association of University Women, and the American Philosophical Societys.

For additonal information call 816.235.6257.

Sponsored by:

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Mar 14 13:51

Librarian receives Excellence in Diversity Award

Congratulations Stuart Hinds!

March 11, 2014 - Stuart Hinds was honored with the "Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Diversity" at the UMKC Celebrating Excellence Faculty & Staff Awards Ceremony.

Stuart Hinds, Director of Speical Collections Hinds was recognized for his ongoing work in support of UMKC's LGBT students and community. In addition to servings as Director of Special Collections at UMKC Libraries, he is an advisor for the Pride Alliance student organization and co-founder of the Gay and Lesbian Archives of Mid-America (GLAMA). GLAMA is a collecting partnership between UMKC Libraries and the Kansas City Museum

See a complete list 2014 Faculty and Staff awardees.

Mar 05 14:58

From Whiteboard to Boardroom: The EyeVerify Story - Apr 2

UMKC Friends of the Library's portFOLio program highlights the connection between UMKC research, community, and commerce by telling how revolutionary, game-changing research taking place at UMKC is finding a home in the marketplace. Speakers will also address the role library resources played in assisting on this journey. Wednesday, April 2, 6:30pm in Miller Nichols Learning Center room 451, 800 E. 51st. Street.EyeVerify programFeatured speakers:

  • Reza Derakshani - UMKC School of Computing & Engineering; EyeVerify, Chief Scientist
  • Maria Meyers - Director, UMKC Innovation Center
  • Toby Rush - EyeVerify CEO & Founder

Admission is free and open to the public. Complementary parking is available on level 5 of the 5000 cherry street parking garage

Program will also include presentation of 2014 Friends of the Library annual gift and student scholarship.

portFOLio is the signature programming series of UMKC Friends of the Library designed to highlight UMKC Libraries by providing the Kansas City community with life-long learning opportunities linked to UMKC’s strategic priorities: Visual and Performing Arts; Economic Development and Research; Health and Life Sciences; and Urban Engagement.

Born out of the research of Dr. Reza R. Derakhshani, an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at UMKC. EyeVerify is a fast-growing Kansas City startup based on patented “EyeVein” biometrics. Dr. Derakhshani's interdisciplinary research has brought about many successful joint ventures from diverse fields such as medicine, experimental psychology, cyber security, computational optics, identity management, and trusted mobile platforms. EyeVerify is the exclusive provider of EyePrint Verification, a password-free, secure authentication mobile experience that uses existing cameras on smartphones to image and pattern match the blood vessels in the whites of the eye.

Maria Meyers heads the UMKC Innovation Center which organizes a variety of university supported business outreach   services into a single organization. With a focus on technology commercialization, the Center connects university researchers with the community to ignite collaborative partnerships leading to new innovations and business growth. 

Toby Rush is an entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of EyeVerify. His expertise in imaging, sensors, and mobility gives him early insight into the trends and technologies impacting consumers and the enterprise.

Contact Friends of the Libary for more information.

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Feb 21 17:23

Civil Rights Series: 'Freedom Riders' - Mar 30

UMKC Libraries presents the acclaimed film 'Freedom Riders', Feb. 30, 2:00 - 4:00, Miller Nichols Learning Center, Jeannette Nichols Forum, located at 800 E 51st Street at the intersection of 51st Street and Rockhill Road. Discussion led by Veronica Nana Wilson-Tagoe of the UMKC Black Studies Program.
Freedom RidersStudent Partners: NAACP-UMKC

Advance REGISTRATION is suggested. Admission & parking are FREE.

Remaining series program:

Slavery by Another Name
Scholar/Discussion Leader: Dr. Jacqueline Wood
Sunday, April 27, 2-4 p.m.
Student Partners: UMKC Student Government Association

Contact Gloria Tibbs for more information.

Help  spread the word by post and sharing our printable Freedom Riders event flyer  and series poster.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Feb 07 14:22

Local artist and UMKC alumna exhibiting Feb 25 - Mar 27

UMKC Friends of the Library invite you to the opening reception of 'Jeanine Cobler: Retrospective,' February 25, 5-7pm, in the Dean's Gallery of Miller Nichols Library.

Jeanine Cobler RestrospectiveThe exhibit runs through March 27 and is open during the library's regular operating hours.

Cobler holds a degree in Liberal Arts from UMKC and has served since 2009 as a director and officer on UMKC Friends of the Library board. In addition to UMKC, she has studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, Johnson County Community College, and with artists in Colorado, New York, and Kansas City.

"The human body and other forms from nature have a beauty that I find irresistible. I like to use these forms along with geometric shapes and lines as the base or anchor for my paintings. Cottonwood trees also have a special meaning to me, and many of my pieces contain impressions of cottonwood leaves and branches. Although my work is abstract, I incorporate representations of items from my everyday life and the world. Colors, glazes, shapes, and textures are added, and as each element is applied, the composition is moved in a new direction until the final balance is achieved." - J. Cobler