Sunderland Foundation Commits $15 Million to UMKC

by Patricia O’Dell

Fittingly, the significant gift will go toward campus renovations and construction

The Sunderland Foundation investment will benefit both UMKC campuses in Kansas City — Volker near the Country Club Plaza and Health Sciences next to Children’s Mercy and Truman Medical Centers — by improving classrooms, laboratories and spaces for research and student support. Continue reading “Sunderland Foundation Commits $15 Million to UMKC”

Partners in Progress

by Patricia O’Dell

The relationship between the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering and Honeywell benefits both organizations, and the Kansas City community.

New technology.  New research. New partnerships. As the School of Computing and Engineering expands with the addition of the new Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise and Research Center, students, faculty and staff are thrilled with the prospect of expanded opportunities for research, education and innovation. Continue reading “Partners in Progress”

Memorial Scholarship Honors Hard Work and Focus

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.

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Donor Generosity Plays Major Role in New Building for UMKC School of Computing and Engineering

By Patricia O’Dell

Plans to build a new $32 million building for the School of Computing and Engineering are officially underway, thanks to significant contributions from several major donors to UMKC Foundation. Continue reading “Donor Generosity Plays Major Role in New Building for UMKC School of Computing and Engineering”

UMKC Professor Improves Snapchat’s Story

By Patricia O’Dell

Ten billion times a day people upload a video to Snapchat. From supermodels to cyber-celebrities to middle schoolers at the mall, people are using video to share personal stories on the social media app. While video sharing encourages company growth, storage can create challenges. Continue reading “UMKC Professor Improves Snapchat’s Story”