The Student Union now hosts a Coffeehouse and Karaoke Series once a month on Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. The most recent installment of the series took place Thursday, March 22 on the stage near Jazzman’s Cafe. Both students and faculty can enjoy freshly brewed coffee, study for upcoming exams or chat with friends in a relaxed atmosphere.
“The idea for the series was developed as part of the Union Programming Task Force,” Director of Student Involvement Angie Cottrell said. “This group is one of the strategic planning groups for the university.”
Cottrell emphasizes anyone is eligible to participate in the performances. Students, faculty and staff who would like to perform can either sign up in advance or show up during a coffee house session. Those wanting an opportunity to perform karaoke can pick out a song to sing on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The Coffeehouse Series pleases a variety of interests. Recently, attendees and passers-by were greeted with music from a Conservatory jazz ensemble comprised of a keyboardist, guitarist, drummer and several others who lined up for select numbers.
A great perk is the free customized coffee tumblers distributed by event facilitators. These mugs can be filled with freshly brewed coffee from Jazzman’s at no additional cost. The tumblers have a logo made specifically for the Coffee House series, designed by OSI Graduate Assistant Taryn Acosta and created by the UMKC Bookstore. For college students who cherish caffeine but stick to a budget, this free pick-me-up is a treat. The mugs also display logos of numerous organizations and supporters for the event, including the Office of Student Involvement.
Cottrell adds that “The charge of this group is to create active learning and co-curricular experiences that engage students, faculty, and staff in the Student Union and University Center. Moving forward, the charge will also include Swinney Recreation Center and Miller Nichols Library.”
While the Coffee House series is designed for current UMKC students, it has attracted outside attention as well. The high traffic area next to Jazzman’s is also the meeting place and frequented pathway for campus tours. Prospective UMKC students viewing the campus on March 22 were treated to the event which could impact their college decision-making process.
The next scheduled coffee house session is on Thursday, April 19th. Cottrell also planned another upcoming event.
“We will host an ‘Are you Smarter than a University Professor’ this fall and other great, new concepts,” Said Cottrell.
She also emphasized that ideas are always welcome for new programs, and suggestions can be sent to her university email: firstname.lastname@example.org.