October 26, 2021

Student clubs build community and connections

It’s common to see students outside on the campus green sketching, shooting photos, or building sculptures. This fall something new is happening that involves running in formation, kicking balls, and performing passing drills. 

On a warm October evening, just before the sunset, Kobi Nolan (Junior, Painting) put 30 students through a series of soccer drills. They were trying out for the KCAI Night Owls, a co-ed sports club he started in 2020. “Just because we’re art students, doesn’t mean that we’re not active or have little interest in sports. I did a survey with students before I started the team, and there was so much interest, not in just soccer but basketball and volleyball too, ” he said. 

The Night Owls is one of 15 student organizations on campus which range from the Black Student Union to the Dueling Club to the Dungeons and Dragons League. Over 150 students get together to share common interests, make a difference through social activism, and just have fun. 

According to Assistant Director of Housing and Student Activities Roxie Kennedy, who oversees the student organization program, the biggest reason to get involved is to form deeper connections with other students. “Whether you live on campus or commute, when you get involved you become part of a community. It’s a great way to meet people you don’t know from your major,” she said. 

Roxie helps clubs officially register, set goals, find funding, and recruit members. She also introduces them to a faculty or staff advisor, a requirement for every student organization.

The clubs are student-directed, but advisors like Manager of Events and Membership Chadwick Brooks share their expertise and talents. With a degree from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and a passion for performing at the campy Late Night Theater, he’s the perfect person to work with the new Band Club. He’s helping club founder Hope Craighead (Foundation) find rehearsal space and source instruments. Attend a Night Owls game and you might see their pep band on the sidelines revving up the crowd. 

“There’s a direct connection between music and the visual arts and the Band Club gives our multi-talented students another way to use their creativity and collaborate on projects,” said Chadwick.

Students are looking for ways to make connections and spend time together. At a recent Activities Fair, over 120 people stopped by to explore campus clubs. Some of the clubs now have more thirty or more members. 

According to Kobi, clubs are having a positive affect on student happiness. “A couple of students told me last year that before joining the Night Owls, they were considering dropping out of college because they didn’t have friends. It means a lot to me that people are staying because they’ve gotten to know each other through this group,” he said.

January 26, 2022

Welcome Back, Students!

Here we go again!  This isn’t the way that we hoped to start the new year, but the highly contagious Omicron is bringing new challenges to our campus community. With precautions in place, we’re starting the semester cautiously optimistic. Our COVID protocols have been designed with one goal in mind – keeping our campus community safe.  Some of the spring 2022 guidelines include: Masks are required indoors on campus. Each student was given a K95 mask at the beginning of the semester.  KCAI strongly encourages everyone to get vaccinated and boosted.  We will continue to offer free vaccine and booster clinics for our community.  Review all the current Covid protocols at https://kcai.edu/covid19_updates/. Our current plan is to host two in-person graduation — one for 2022 graduates and another for the 2020 and 2021 graduates who weren’t able to graduate in person, due to the pandemic.  Both ceremonies will be on Saturday, May 14 and more details will be shared soon.  We know this hasn’t been easy, and we thank you for your diligence and patience. With your help, we’ve been able to navigate this ongoing , ever changing pandemic. We’ll continue to meet regularly with the  Kansas City. Missouri Health read more…

January 26, 2022

Join us on June 4 for Art & Design Auction

Art & Design Auction June 4, 2022 Visit the Event Page Fabulous art, festive food & drink, inspired entertainment, and the iconic KCAI campus will set the stage for the Art & Design Auction on June 4, 2022. Julia Irene Kaufman will serve as Honorary Chair while Meyer and Mindy Sosland are Co-Chairs of this signature fundraising event. Attendees will browse and bid on hundreds of live and silent auction items donated by faculty, alumni, and friends of KCAI. Through an exciting collaboration with A. Zahner, 15 student designs will be selected through a competition to have their concept turned into reality and auctioned that night. ADA also features a “Marketplace” shop featuring handcrafted jewelry, art, textiles, and ceramics available for purchase. And it’s all for a good cause!   “We are honored to serve as this year’s Art & Design Auction event chairs for this biennial tradition, which raises funds for student scholarships. The incredible work generously donated by KCAI alumni, faculty, staff, and friends represents some of the best artists in Kansas City. Along with Honorary Chair Julia Irene Kauffman, we can’t wait to welcome you to the KCAI campus for this special evening,” said Meyer and Mindy Sosland, read more…