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Celebrating Student Success

The UMKC Libraries celebrates and honors students who have worked in the library on their success this semester. Congratulations!!

Dakota Hayton thumbnailDakota Hayton is a Student Assistant in the Music/Media Library and is graduating with his Bachelor's in Music Composition. He is spending a gap year in Kansas City teaching, composing, and working, then he will be going on to work towards a Master's then Doctorate in Composition and/or Electronic Music.



 Dillon Henry thumbnailDillon Henry is graduating this semester with a DMA (Music Composition) and an MM (Musicology). He worked as a student assistant in Special Collections and is currently a Digital Curation Fellow in Digital Archives & Stewardship. After graduation, he hopes to enroll in an MLS program and pursue a career as a librarian. Bonus library fact: "What I love most about the library is that there is no shortage of new things to discover. From facsimiles of pre-colonial Mesoamerican codices to local zines from the 90s hardcore punk scene, the library has it all!"

 Helena Collins-Gravitt thumbnailHelena Collins-Gravitt worked as a student assistant in the Marr Sound Archives for 3 1/2 years. She received her degree in Music Therapy from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance in May 2019. The very first project Helena was tasked with was assisting with four months of disaster clean-up. Since then, Helena has mastered countless tasks and completed more than 50 visual inventories for our archival collections. This includes the Gaylord Marr Radio Transcription Collection (5000+ items), the Vic Damon Collection, and the City Spark Radio Program Collection. We are grateful for her tireless effort and cheerful attitude over the years. Helena plans on completing an internship with Easterseals Midwest Autism Services by the end of 2019. After that she plans on looking for a position in music therapy at a hospital or school in St. Louis.

Jazmine Matthews thumbnailJazmine Matthews worked as a Student Monitor in Circulation Services for 1 year. She will be graduating with a BA in Psychology.  Her plans for the future are attending the University of Houston-Victoria for their Masters of Forensic Psychology Program in the Fall. After that, Jazmine plans on pursuing her doctorate, and working for the FBI as a criminal profiler. Jazmine states that her favorite part about working for the libraries is: "My favorite part of working in the library is that the staff is very friendly, and excited about their jobs. I was very nervous to work in the library at first, but I have met so many amazing people, and it has become my home away from home. UMKC has been my home for the past 4 years, and it is hard to say goodbye. I am very thankful for all of the opportunities UMKC has given me, and for preparing me for the future. UMKC will always have a special place in my heart."

Ktherine Menke thumbnailKatherine Menke worked as a student assistant in the Marr Sound Archives for the 2018/2019 school year. She received her degree in Master of Music in Voice from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance in May 2019. In her time at the sound archives, Kat cleaned more than 1200 discs from the J. David Goldin Collection. She also converted and edited transcripts for the radio program Phenomenon from the Arthur B. Church KMBC Radio Collection. Kat showed her dedication to the archives by wrapping up finite tasks in a timely manner and remaining persistent in the face of long-term projects. This summer, Kat will be sing the role of Petra in Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music and covering the role of Taller Zegner Sister in Missy Mazzoli's Proving Up at The 2019 Aspen Music Festival. Best of luck to you Kat!

MaAh Kyi thumbnailMaAh Kyi is graduating from Cristo Rey High School this June. She has worked as a student assistant in the circulation department since her sophomore year. Her interests are computer science and history and her favorite subjects are government and theology. Her future goals include graduating from college and working for a non-profit organization.  And great additional news – MaAh has decided to matriculate to UMKC this coming fall! I hope she will continue to work for us in Circ!!!

 Morgan Staudinger thumbnailMorgan Staudinger is an Affordable and Open Education graduate assistant. This spring, she will receive her Master of Science in Chemistry degree. She is heading out west for a one year Master of Arts in teaching program at Pacific University. Morgan will also be teaching chemistry at an Oregon school district. Morgan is thankful for all the student support and library services she had during her time at UMKC. Morgan notes how friendly the faculty, staff, and librarians were to her. Her advisors would often stop and talk to her about her studies or personal interests. Everyone was always ready to help either in person, via email, or by a chat service.

Silvia Maldonado worked as a student assistant at the law library, where she brought a positive and enthusiastic attitude everyday. She will receive her degree in Art History with a minor in Spanish. "My future goals are to help represent Latinx artist and art historians in the art field, I hope to empower other women and encourage not only the Latinx community but other communities as well. I aspire to work as a museum curator or educator to speak and teach others about how important it is to represent these cultures not only in the arts but to look at them and their impact on our history."

 Tracey Bass thumbnailTracy Bass is a Student Monitor for the Music/Media Library. He is graduating this May with a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Horn Performance. He is hoping to go into the field of Ensemble Librarianship and has a position this summer as Assistant Librarian at the Brevard Summer Music Festival and Institute!





Posted: May 13, 2019