New Leadership for UMKC Foundation

Alumna Amanda Davis begins her role as president Nov. 2

Amanda Davis (MPA ’02) has been named the new University of Missouri-Kansas City chief advancement officer and president of the UMKC Foundation beginning Nov. 2. Davis has extensive experience in university fundraising, including the creation of advancement infrastructure and the development and execution of a comprehensive $2 billion campaign. Continue reading “New Leadership for UMKC Foundation”

Smith Scholarship Creates Opportunity through $2.5 Million Endowment

Alumnus’ gift will aid generations of students

Roy Smith (B.A. ’85) did not have a lot of academic direction before coming to UMKC. He grew up in Kansas City and thought he might want to be a photographer. After a stop at a nearby art school where he’d been accepted, he walked across the street to UMKC.

“It was open enrollment,” he says. “I was sort of stumbling around and someone helped me get registered and found me a job as a work study.” Continue reading “Smith Scholarship Creates Opportunity through $2.5 Million Endowment”

Victor E. Dominguez, M.D. Memorial Scholarship Continues Alumnus Legacy

Awardees from southwest Missouri demonstrate academic excellence and financial need

Jose Dominguez (B.A.’88, M.D. ’89) remembers that his father, Emilio Dominguez, M.D., wanted his sons to have careers in medicine as well. He and his younger brother Victor (B.A. ’89, M.D. ’90) saw the value in their father’s dream for them and graduated from the UMKC School of Medicine. When Victor died of cancer in 1997, a scholarship was established in his name. Continue reading “Victor E. Dominguez, M.D. Memorial Scholarship Continues Alumnus Legacy”

$100 Million Project Planned for Health Sciences District

New multi-story building will expand classrooms and teaching clinics, spur research and development

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is poised to begin work on a new interprofessional health sciences building in the UMKC Health Sciences District, housing new, state-of-the-art dental teaching clinics and expanded medical school teaching facilities. Continue reading “$100 Million Project Planned for Health Sciences District”

A Gift with Resonance for Classical KC

UMKC Professor Emerita Linda Mitchell, Ph.D. grew up listening to classical music.

“We lived in the Philadelphia area, and we had wonderful classical music stations there, even before public radio,” she says. “I was a teenager when public radio started, and NPR’s programming became a lifeline for me.” Continue reading “A Gift with Resonance for Classical KC”

Donor Support Expands UMKC Teacher Education Programs

SchoolSmartKC funding accelerates student recruitment and program development

Funding from SchoolSmartKC supports the UMKC School of Education, Social Work and Psychological Sciences in growing programs to further meet the critical need for educators, particularly in the urban core. Continue reading “Donor Support Expands UMKC Teacher Education Programs”

Counseling Student Establishes Scholarship to Honor Professor

A new profession led to mentoring relationship, gift

Martha Childers, M.A. ‘08, EDSP ‘13 decided to become a counselor after working in libraries for 38 years. An influential relationship with Johanna Nilsson, Ph.D., a professor in counseling psychology, led to a gift to UMKC to establish the Johanna E. Nilsson Scholarship for Diversity and Courage in Psychology. Continue reading “Counseling Student Establishes Scholarship to Honor Professor”

New Garmin Scholars Program Fuels Opportunity

Kao Family Foundation Establishes Garmin Scholars Program at UMKC

The Kao Family Foundation has donated $50,000 to establish a new scholarship program at the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering to increase opportunities for underrepresented students and escalate innovation in the field. Continue reading “New Garmin Scholars Program Fuels Opportunity”

Pharmacy Alumnus Fuels Future Success

School of Pharmacy mentee inspired to establish new research scholarship

Throughout a distinguished career as a pharmaceutical sciences researcher, Gene Ray, Ph.D. ’89, has brought more than 40 new chemical entities and hundreds of reformulated generic medications to market for patient care. Now he is laying the groundwork to help future scientists interested in following his path by establishing the Gene F. Ray Family Scholarship. Continue reading “Pharmacy Alumnus Fuels Future Success”