A Legacy of Learning

Carol “Bobbie” Jasmer learned to appreciate education and philanthropy at the knee of her grandmother, Francesca Esacamilla.

Esacamilla sparked Jasmer’s intellectual curiosity and her generosity. As a young woman Esacamilla had moved from Mexico to San Antonio, Texas with her husband and started a successful bakery. Continue reading “A Legacy of Learning”

Alumnus Commits Time, Resources Toward Future Success

by Patricia O’Dell

Todd Newton makes pledge and estate gift provision to support scholarship

UMKC was not Todd Newton’s initial choice for college, but as a transfer student he became an ardent advocate of the university. Newton, BA, ’88, recently completed his term as treasurer of the UMKC Alumni Association and has committed $25,000 to the College of Arts and Sciences and is establishing a planned gift to endow a scholarship in political science.

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Pharmacy Scholarship Recognizes Character Inspired by its Namesake

By Patricia O’Dell

Maqual Graham, Pharm.D., the associate dean for academic affairs and professor for the School of Pharmacy, recently endowed the Cynthia Infranca Kind and Caring Scholarship to honor her mother, who retired from her position as department assistant two years ago. Continue reading “Pharmacy Scholarship Recognizes Character Inspired by its Namesake”

Donors Set Their Sights on Vision Research Center’s Work

By Jean Peat

Situated prominently on the corner of 21st and Charlotte is UMKC’s Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Research Center, a bustling center of excellence within UMKC’s new Health Sciences District. Yet, despite the cutting-edge research and advanced academics taking place under its roof, many are unaware of the critical position it plays in improving the treatment of eye disease for people in our community and beyond. Continue reading “Donors Set Their Sights on Vision Research Center’s Work”