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UM System Engagement Week

October 26  October 30, 2020

On behalf of the UM System, the University of Missouri and MU Extension, we welcome you to this special week of engaged leadership, partnership and learning.

This week-long celebration — with events from all four UM System campuses — will showcase the impact extension programming and university engagement have on addressing our state’s grand challenges in economic opportunity, educational excellence and access and health and well-being. As a valued member of the university community, your presence brings a needed perspective as we explore big questions about the role of the engaged university in our state, society and beyond.  

If you have need additional information, please contact Alison Copeland,


Wednesday, October 14

UniverCities Exchange: Health Disparities in the Time of COVID-19
10:30 a.m.
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UMKC and UMSL are partnering to deliver a Virtual Town Hall to discuss the health disparities that have been experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically in Kansas City and St. Louis.

Saturday, October 17

1-4 p.m.
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UMKC and Troost Market Collective are partnering to bring Troostapalooza to Kansas City in a virtual format for 2020! Troostapalooza celebrates the local community by bringing together neighbors, small businesses, and entrepreneurs to engage with their community and highlight the Troost Corridor. Please join us for our live stream, featuring local artists and musicians, conversations with local business owners and entrepreneurs, and business experts from UMKC and the larger Kansas City Region.

Monday, October 26

HIRING IN 2020 (and Beyond):  If there isn’t a worker shortage, why am I having trouble hiring and retaining employees?
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

While the pandemic has hurt some industries and others less so, many employers are still facing issues attracting and retaining employees. These workforce issues are the result of systematic changes impacting hiring and retention in the 21st century.  Join UMSL and MU Extension with a panel of industry experts for an online discussion of current employment challenges with a focus on what is working and what is not, and why it has changed.


B-52's and Freeways
10-11 a.m.
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Join Dr. David Rogers, Hasselmann Missouri Professor of Geological Engineering, as he discusses the fascinating connection between the public’s demand for better highways in the 1940s and our military’s need for adequate runways for intercontinental bombers in the early 1950s.


Workforce Development Webinar - UMSL
10-11:30 a.m.

Registration link and further details coming soon.


Gray Squirrels in the American Old Northwest
2-3 p.m.
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Join Dr. Diana Ahmad, Curators' Distinguished Professor of History and Political Science at Missouri S&T, as she kicks off Extension and Engagement week with a talk about gray squirrels in the American Old Northwest during the 19th century. 

Tuesday, October 27

Pandemic Literature
10-11 a.m.
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Join Dr. Marie Lathers. Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Humanities as she discusses novels about pandemics,  a sub-genre of literature. Dr. Lathers will discuss narratives by Katherine Ann Porter, Jose Saramago, and Colson Whitehead, with an emphasis on the relationship between story-telling, illness, and death.


How Synthetic Biology Can Change the World
2-3 p.m.
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Dr. David Westenberg, Professor of Biological Sciences and Presidential Engagement Fellow, will discuss and showcase "designer genes."


UMSL Local Business:  Focus on Facilities event
3:30 – 5 p.m.

UMSL has upcoming facilities projects and is looking to open bids this year. This program is for local electrical, mechanical, painting, concrete or asphalt, general work or mover companies in North St. Louis County area who want to learn more about opportunities to work with the university on these projects.

Wednesday, October 28

Jones Loflin Keynote: Always Growing
10:55 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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How does a flower grow from a crack in concrete? Resilience. As leaders, we are called to motivate, develop, and empower those around us as we work together to achieve remarkable results, regardless of the circumstances. Jones Loflin, author of “Always Growing” will offer insights for personal and professional growth in any season. Yes, even this one!


Heavens What a Mess!
1-3 p.m.
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Starlink satellites … Space debris … Heavens! What a mess! Since 1957, near-earth space is becoming more and more cluttered. Only several hundred things up there are working satellites. The remaining 20,000 or so are space junk - objects which no longer serve any useful purpose.

Join Dr. William Schonberg, Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and Presidential Engagement Fellow, as he discusses space junk and answers questions like, where does space debris come from? Is there any way to clean up the near earth region of space? How much space junk is really out there? What happens when a spacecraft is hit by a piece of space junk? 


Starting and Governing a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Organization – a Primer presented by the UMSL Nonprofit Leadership & Management Program
2 - 4 p.m.
Registration fee: $49  and Information

This class, open to the community, is designed to provide a basic introduction, and broad overview on how to start a Missouri nonprofit corporation intending to apply for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS. Basics of good governance policies, strategies, and requirements that will allow an organization to maintain its 501(c)(3) tax exempt status on an ongoing basis once up and running will be covered.


Thursday, October 29

All Things Missouri: Workforce Development Part I
8:30 - 10:20 a.m.
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Workforce development in local communities is more important than ever before. Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner of Economic Leadership, will share insights in his keynote session, “Finding the Future: The New Next Normal.” A panel discussion with leaders from around the state will highlight the role of workforce development in Missouri’s economy. The Missouri State Chamber of Commerce is the event co-sponsor.


All Things Missouri: Workforce Development Part II
10:30 - 11:05 a.m.
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Want to get involved with workforce development efforts in your community? Tune in to this session to learn about workforce development opportunities and resources. The Missouri State Chamber of Commerce is the event co-sponsor.


All Things Missouri: Workforce Development Part III
11:10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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You will select a session based on your region:

  • Kansas City Metro Region
  • Ozark Region
  • Northeast Region
  • South Central Region
  • Central Region
  • Northwest Region
  • Southwest Region
  • Southeast Region
  • St. Louis Metro Region
  • West Central Region


Innovation or Mimicry? Early Japanese Government and Its Relationship to China
4-5:30 p.m.
Zoom link

Dr. Ethan Segal, Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University and chair of the MSU Japan Council, will use images and photographs to show significant changes in Japan over the 7th and 8th centuries, providing possible answers to the question of whether the Japanese were innovators or mimics of their neighbor, China.

Friday, October 30

Concrete Castles and Tornadoes
10-11 a.m.
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Do we really need to build our houses like a concrete castle in order to survive a tornado? Dr. Grace Yan,  associate professor of civil, architectural, and environmental science at Missouri S&T will explore this very topic. Dr. Yan will discuss structural materials, tornado damage and how to reinforce current houses to survive tornados. 

Saturday, October 31

Trunk-or-Treat with UMSL
12-2 p.m.
MSC Parking Lot
Pre-registration is required

Tiny Tritons, in partner with Students of Service, is excited to offer a safe alternative to trick-or-treating this year! Here's how it works. All the trunks will be parked around the “parade route” in the Millennium Student Center parking lot, where children and their families will drive-through and get to see all of the fun Halloween attractions. Each car receives a goody bag of treats.

Reviewed 2020-10-27