2008 Features

Gift from Mr. Anonymous

A Gift from Mr. Anonymous

The University of Kansas City was one of the chief beneficiaries of a man known to most Kansas Citians as “Mr. Anonymous. Full Story >>

Published: Dec. 29, 2008 |
Eve McGee

Nursing school has secret weapon in student retention

Eve McGee’s ability to connect with students and understand what they need that has made her so successful. Full Story >>

Published: Dec. 22, 2008 |
Chancellor Leo Morton

Leo Morton is named Chancellor of UMKC

University of Missouri System President Gary D. Forsee appoints 13th Chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Leo E. Morton. Full Story >>

Published: Dec. 15, 2008 |
Andy Saffas (B.A., Art, '45)

UKC graduate and artist shares his story

University of Kansas City student Andy Saffas (B.A., Art, ’45) enjoyed hayrides, the Art Club, and teaching calisthenics to Navy cadets. Full Story >>

Published: Dec. 8, 2008 |
Garret Guthrie, UMKC senior

Garret Guthrie, UMKC senior and varsity soccer player

Garret Guthrie relies on the same set of skills for the classroom that he does for soccer. Full Story >>

Published: Dec. 1, 2008 |
Michelle Wimes

Leading by example

Michelle Wimes believes that a leadership academy will help young women achieve the same success that she has. Full Story >>

Published: Nov. 24, 2008 |
In honor of John W. Oliver

Program honors late United States Western District of Missouri Judge John W. Oliver

UMKC School of Law announces its first public service loan repayment program. Full Story >>

Published: Nov. 17, 2008 |
Bicycles on campus

UMKC leads transportation trend

University of Missouri-Kansas City senior political science major Paul Raddant is saving money, getting fit and helping the environment. Full Story >>

Published: Nov. 10, 2008 |
No smoking

UMKC doctoral student wants to help military protect our troops

Kevin Hoffman has been studying the pervasiveness of tobacco use in the military. Full Story >>

Published: Nov. 3, 2008 |
Kevin Coleman

Filmmaker Kevin Coleman's secret to success

Kevin Coleman has been able to do what he loves, staying involved in movies as a professional, a practitioner and an instructor. Full Story >>

Published: Oct. 27, 2008 |
Lorena Gregory

It’s never too late to learn

As an 18-year-old freshman at Southern Methodist University, Lorena Gregory focused on socializing and passing classes. She took education for granted and she couldn’t decide on a major. Full Story >>

Published: Oct. 28, 2008 |
Clovis E. Semmes, Ph.D.

Clovis E. Semmes, Ph.D.

A conversation with Clovis E. Semmes, Ph.D. – visiting professor, Black Studies. Full Story >>

Published: Oct. 17, 2008 |
Midwestern Innocence Project

Guilty until proven innocent

The work of the Midwestern Innocence Project can be a matter of life or death. Full Story >>

Published: Oct. 13, 2008 |
Luis Quintanilla

The Luis Quintanilla Frescos

As part of the arrangement with UKC, Luis Quintanilla agreed to paint a mural at the University. Full Story >>

Published: Oct. 2, 2008 |
Russell Tabata

Russell Tabata carries on the legacy of the UMKC Hawaii alumni association

The Aloha State’s dedication to the UMKC School of Dentistry earns its alumni the Chancellor’s Medal. Full Story >>

Published: Nov. 10, 2008 |
Joan Gallos, Ed. D.

Bloch School leader named Curators' professor

Joan Gallos, Ed. D., was recently named a University of Missouri Curators’ Teaching Professor of Leadership by the UM Board of Curators. Full Story >>

Published: Sep. 24, 2008 |
Richard J. Gentile, Ph.D.

Rare treasures

Richard J. Gentile, Ph.D., is proof that the love of teaching need not end with retirement. Full Story >>

Published: Sep. 18, 2008 |

A design for success

What started as a way to make extra money during college has turned into a booming business for one grad. Full Story >>

Published: Nov. 10, 2008 |
Chita Rivera

Broadway legend Chita Rivera visits UMKC campus

Tony Award-winning Broadway singer, dancer and actress Chita Rivera spoke to students and faculty at the Performing Arts Center. Full Story >>

Published: Sep. 9, 2008 | slideshowVideo
Robert Prue

Professor Connects Spirituality and Native American Traditions to Social Work

In addition to human behavior and research methods, Prue said he hopes to teach students about the integration of spiritual principles into social work. Full Story >>

Published: Sep. 5, 2008 |

KCSourceLink helps businesses move toward success

KCSourceLink connects existing or planned small businesses in the 18-county region with more than 140 business assistance providers. Full Story >>

Published: Sep. 3, 2008 |
University Playhouse

University Playhouse – brief history

Despite the humbleness of the structure, the Playhouse was far superior to the tents where plays had been performed in earlier days. Full Story >>

Published: Aug. 27, 2008 |
Summer vacation

How did you spend your summer vacation?

Each summer since 2004, Thad Wilson, associate professor and associate dean of the School of Nursing, has led a group of students and faculty to the country of Honduras. Full Story >>

Published: Aug. 25, 2008 |
Urban Geography

Blue Springs a Testing Ground for UMKC’s Urban Geography Class

Just 20 miles from Kansas City’s center, the once quiet town of a few thousand people has experienced a nearly-eightfold increase in population since the 1960s. Full Story >>

Published: Aug. 21, 2008 |
Dean Truman

Kevin Truman Joins School of Computing and Engineering

When Dr. Truman began the interview process and realized UMKC was a great fit, he discussed what it would take for them to make his appointment as dean work for everyone. Full Story >>

Published: Aug. 18, 2008 |
Zhou Long

Zhou Long's Life and Music

Composer Zhou Long's family, friends and students feel privileged to know him. However, the person they know today began his path to UMKC a half a lifetime and a half a world away. Full Story >>

Published: Aug. 13, 2008 | slideshowAudio
Leo Morton

Leo Morton shares insight into his role as interim Chancellor

The business executive, career volunteer and now leader of Kansas City’s urban university, Leo Morton shares insight into his new role, his life and his values. Full Story >>

Published: Aug. 7, 2008 |
Swinney Recreation Center

Swinney Recreation Center gets a new look

Built in 1941 and last renovated in 1988, Swinney was ready for renovations. Full Story >>

Published: Aug. 4, 2008 |
Oak Place Apartments

Newly-constructed Oak Place Apartments

At the newly-constructed Oak Place Apartments, residents can enjoy lockable one-person bedrooms, private bathrooms and in-room laundry machines. Full Story >>

Published: Jul. 30, 2008 |
Men's Tennis

Three Claim All-league Honors in Men's Tennis

Three members of the UMKC’s men’s tennis team were selected as 2008 all-Summit League honorees. Full Story >>

Published: Jul. 25, 2008 |
Maude Southwell Wahlman

UMKC art professor Maude Southwell Wahlman uncovers quilts' mysteries

To the Southern Black women she met, the red squares and hands in their quilts were merely designs they learned from their mothers. Full Story >>

Published: Jul. 25, 2008 |
James Olson Performing Arts Center

Honor for former Chancellor, UM President

The James Olson Performing Arts Center was rededicated, thanks to encouragement from Olson’s friends and Conservatory supporters. Full Story >>

Published: Jun. 17, 2008 |
Kathleen Kilway

UMKC Professor Named Outstanding Teacher

University of Missouri President Forsee honors Kathleen Kilway. Full Story >>

Published: Jun. 17, 2008 |
Ashley Knight

UMKC Dental student Ashley Knight Honored With President's Volunteer Service Award

Knight’s volunteer activities have attracted fans everywhere – including President George W. Bush. Full Story >>

Published: May 30, 2008 |
Jon Matthew

Recycling offers hope

Urban Studies student Jon Matthew gains experience through his internship with Bridging The Gap. Full Story >>

Published: May 23, 2008 |
Rosemary Bichage (M.S.W. '07)

Unbreakable - Bichage

Rosemary Bichage (M.S.W. ’07) sees hope in darkness. Full Story >>

Published: May 14, 2008 |


Kathy Goggin

Medicine Woman

Kathy Goggin has worked with AIDS patients since the disease was regarded as something gay men got. Full Story >>

Published: May 10, 2008 |
New Letters

New Letters scores big

New Letters, a literary journal published at UMKC, scored a win in the National Magazine Awards competition. Full Story >>

Published: May 1, 2008 |
Bob Arnold

Bob Arnold awarded 2008 Alumnus of the Year

Bob Arnold decided to use his collective education caring for patients beyond recovery. Full Story >>

Published: Apr. 18, 2008 |
Stanley Banks

Stanley Banks - 2008 'Defying the Odds' Alumni Award recipient

Stanley Banks has made great strides since the days of his youth – from growing up in poverty near the 18th and Vine jazz district to university professor. Full Story >>

Published: Apr. 18, 2008 |
Elijah Gowin

Elijah Gowin's southern experiences inspired his early photographs

Guggenheim Fellow Elijah Gowin photographs emotional landscapes. Full Story >>

Published: Apr. 17, 2008 |
Neff Family

Neff Family receives 2008 Alumni Legacy Family Award

The Neff family maintains the trust and respect of their pharmacy customers and their colleagues. Full Story >>

Published: Apr. 16, 2008 |
David Bates

2008 Alumni Award recipient, David Bates

School of Pharmacy graduate earns Spotlight Award. Full Story >>

Published: Apr. 14, 2008 |

Paul Rudy

Guggenheim Fellow Paul Rudy finds music everywhere

Rudy is coordinator of composition at UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance whose discerning ear and stunning works have earned him a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship. Full Story >>

Published: Apr. 14, 2008 |
Stanley H. Durwood Stadium

Major Gift Catalyzes Construction of Stanley H. Durwood Stadium

A $5 million gift to the UMKC Athletics Department for the construction of a new soccer stadium in the heart of UMKC's Volker campus. Full Story >>

Published: Apr. 10, 2008 |
Freda Mendex-Smith

Freda Mendez-Smith advocates for the local Hispanic community

Mendez-Smith has effected change through her activism for fellow Hispanics in the Kansas City area. Full Story >>

Published: Mar. 28, 2008 |
Panela Leung

Primetime - Panela Leung

From interning on the set of Desperate Housewives to making television appearances, UMKC alumni and students are in the spotlight. Full Story >>

Published: Mar. 26, 2008 |
Ganesh Thiagarajan

Earthquake simulation win, NSF award added to engineer's credits

Professor Ganesh Thiagarajan and his student Rini Mitra won first place in an international earthquake simulation contest. Full Story >>

Published: Mar. 20, 2008 |
Children's essays

Children’s essays on older adults bridge gap between ages

Fifth graders take part in a unique writing contest sponsored by UMKC’s Center on Aging Studies and a local branch of the Older Women’s League. Full Story >>

Published: Mar. 12, 2008 |
Vera "Wei" Xiong

Visiting Fulbright scholar researches high technology's role in China

Visiting Fulbright scholar Vera “Wei” Xiong sees a high-tech China approaching. Full Story >>

Published: Feb. 1, 2008 |
Alex Idnurm

Key to sex determination found in simple life forms – fungi

Dr. Alex Idnurm, Assistant Professor at UMKC’s School of Biological Sciences, researches how one of our lowly relatives – fungi – diversify just as successfully. Full Story >>

Published: Jan. 18, 2008 |
osteoporosis research

Osteoporosis research promising for baby boomers

As baby boomers reach their late fifties and early sixties, much attention is focused on their health needs. Full Story >>

Published: Jan. 18, 2008 |