Dreams Are Built on a Solid Foundation

On Aug. 29, the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) Foundation hosted “Dreams are Built on a Solid Foundation,” its annual donor dinner.

More than 100 guests gathered at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in midtown Kansas City to celebrate the legacy of first-generation college graduates at Kansas City’s urban-serving public research university. Continue reading “Dreams Are Built on a Solid Foundation”

Scholarship and Determination Lead to Success

by Patricia O’Dell

Ka Baw Say immigrated to the United States with his older brother and sister when he was 19 years old.  The Thomas and Theresa Sullivan Scholarship he received in 2018 enabled him to improve his education and his life.

“We wanted a good future,” says Say of him and his siblings.  “Our parents did not come with us.  They were worried, but they didn’t want to stop us.  They wanted us to have a good life.” Continue reading “Scholarship and Determination Lead to Success”

Five Questions with Lisa Baronio, Chief Advancement Officer, UMKC and President UMKC Foundation

As asked by Jean Peat, APR, Director of Communications, UMKC Foundation

On June 17, we welcomed new UMKC Foundation president Lisa Baronio to the UMKC family. As she begins her role in leading fundraising and advancement for the university, we’d like to help you get to know her a bit better. Continue reading “Five Questions with Lisa Baronio, Chief Advancement Officer, UMKC and President UMKC Foundation”

Celebrating a Legendary Leader

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”

Talbott Provides Experience, Funding and Mentoring

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”

Announcing New UMKC Foundation President

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”

Miller Nichols Foundation Enhances Campus with Landscape Gift

By Patricia O’Dell

The grace of the quad, the tranquility of the grounds of Linda Hall Library and the unique appeal of the limestone buildings enhance the quiet beauty of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Volker Campus. While UMKC looks to growth and the ability to embrace new technology and ever-evolving educational needs, it is focused on improving the campus as a whole. Continue reading “Miller Nichols Foundation Enhances Campus with Landscape Gift”

Eric Camburn Named Chair Urban Research Center

The UMKC School of Education has appointed Eric Camburn, Ph.D., as the Sherman Family Foundation Endowed Chair and Director of the Urban Education Research Center, holding the appointment of professor in the Division of Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations. Continue reading “Eric Camburn Named Chair Urban Research Center”