New Fundraiser Passionate about Higher Education

School of Dentistry welcomes Daniel Barwick

Daniel Barwick, Ph.D., has joined the UMKC School of Dentistry as director of philanthropic giving and executive director of the school’s Rinehart Foundation. He brings 20 years of fundraising experience to help lead those efforts with Dean Steven B. Haas. Continue reading “New Fundraiser Passionate about Higher Education”

Innovative Technology Enhances Historical Research

Gift for digital and public humanities project fuels research, student experience

A recent gift from the William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee is expanding student research opportunities in the UMKC School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Continue reading “Innovative Technology Enhances Historical Research”

Health Sciences Campus Welcomes New Director of Major Gifts

Gus Sonnenberg is a 1997 graduate of the UMKC School of Law

Gus Sonnenberg, a 15-year fundraising veteran, has joined the UMKC Foundation as senior director of major gifts for the Health Sciences Campus. He will work specifically with the schools of Nursing and Health Studies, Medicine and Pharmacy. Continue reading “Health Sciences Campus Welcomes New Director of Major Gifts”

Crescendo Raises More Than $650,000 for Student Scholarships

Annual benefit performance is the Conservatory’s largest fundraising event

The 2022 Crescendo event raised more than $650,000 to support Conservatory student scholarships. Approximately 1,000 people attended the gala and performance Friday evening. Continue reading “Crescendo Raises More Than $650,000 for Student Scholarships”

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”

$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”

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”