As asked by Jean Peat, APR, Director of Communications, UMKC Foundation
What are you most looking forward to in your new position at UMKC?
I am very excited to be joining UMKC and working with Chancellor Agrawal, Provost Bichelmeyer, and members of the UMKC Foundation Board. The entire UMKC family are very supportive and eager to begin taking steps to broaden support for UMKC and to grow the Roo Nation. Continue reading “Five Questions with Lisa Baronio, Chief Advancement Officer, UMKC and President UMKC Foundation”
UMKC honors champion and supporter Henry Bloch
The University of Missouri-Kansas City is celebrating the extraordinary life and unprecedented contributions of Kansas City entrepreneur and philanthropist Henry W. Bloch (1922-2019).
Bloch was the retired chairman of H&R Block, a tax-preparation company which he founded with his brother, Richard, in 1955. A quintessential entrepreneur, Bloch worked tirelessly — toiling over tax returns as his first child, Robert, was being born — and deftly responded to shifts in the market, developing H&R Block into the largest commercial tax preparation firm in the world. Continue reading “Celebrating a Legendary Leader”
By Patricia O’Dell
When Karen and Don Loeffelholz’s daughter, Kristin, passed away in 1998, they made their first contribution to UMKC in her memory.
A few years later in 2001, they established the Kristin Jane Loeffelholz Memorial Scholarship in her name and have been contributing to it since.
The couple feels that providing these scholarships is the kind of lasting legacy that Kristin deserves.
“Kristin loved UMKC,” Don says. “She was her happiest when she was there.”
The Loeffelholzes developed the scholarship criteria based on Kristin’s personal experience. Recipients must be active in engineering activities, either Kansas, Missouri or Iowa residents, employed part-time and maintaining a C+ average or better.
Continue reading “Memorial Scholarship Honors Hard Work and Focus”
By Shannan Henderson
UMKC is often referred to as Kansas City’s university because of the rich connections forged between the business and civic communities and the university. This is exemplified by the UMKC Trustees’ Scholar Program.
The Trustees’ Scholars Program brings the best students to UMKC campus and connects them with community sponsors. Through internships, mentoring and ongoing networking, the scholars develop strong relationships with Kansas City’s business and civic leaders. Continue reading “UMKC Trustees Scholars Program Prepares Student Scholars for Professional Life”
Donor who began her relationship with UMKC as a student has enhanced the university for 59 years
By Patricia O’Dell
The University of Missouri-Kansas City is fortunate to have a legacy of men and women who have supported the university through leadership, experience and financial support. Linda Hood Talbott, (B.A. ’62, M.A. ’64, Ph.D. ’73) has been a leader in all three areas since she served as student body president. Her generous donations to scholarship funding ensure that her legacy of love of learning and the university will continue for generations to come. Continue reading “Talbott Provides Experience, Funding and Mentoring”
Lisa Baronio will be the university’s chief advancement officer
After conducting a nationwide search, a new president of the UMKC Foundation and chief advancement officer of UMKC has been named.
Lisa B. Baronio, EMBA, will lead the efforts of this independent nonprofit organization to encourage gifts and bequests to promote academic achievement, foster research and elevate intellectual pursuits at UMKC. She will begin her duties on June 17. Continue reading “Announcing New UMKC Foundation President”
UMKC remembers longtime friend Hugh Zimmer
The University of Missouri-Kansas City celebrates the impact of a longtime friend, generous donor and educational visionary, Hugh J. Zimmer (1930-2019).
Zimmer was the retired chairman of Zimmer Companies. His impact on Kansas City, and on UMKC, would be difficult to overestimate. Continue reading “Honoring an Educational Visionary”
By Jean Peat
Revered UMKC Professor and Clinician is Honored by Family
Colleagues who knew Larry Piebenga, MD, speak of him with true regard as both a mentor and role model for medical research, education and patient care. A legendary ophthalmologist and teacher at UMKC, Dr. Piebenga was a pioneer for developing cornea and cataract therapies. Continue reading “More than Meets the Eye”
About 800 students will benefit from three new or expanded scholarship programs based on both merit and need over the next nine years
By John Martellaro
Hundreds of area students will benefit over the next nine years from a new $20-million scholarship program established by the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation, the H & R Block Foundation and the University of Missouri System. (more…)
By Jean Peat
Our ability to continue achieving UMKC’s goals is possible only through the steadfast commitment of our donors. Their unwavering generosity has allowed UMKC Foundation to support students, faculty and the community in many new ways this past year.
We are proud – and grateful – to present our Top 10 Accomplishments for 2018. Roo-hoo! Continue reading “Top 10 Accomplishments for 2018”