Dec 21, 2011    #000
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green

UMKC names Kansas City student as Honor Recipient

Chosen for outstanding academic and service involvement

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management has selected five graduating seniors as Fall 2011 Vice Chancellor Honor Award recipients. Among them is Ramanda Hicks of Kansas City, who was commended for both scholarship and participation in programs outside the classroom.

After working several years in the information processing and computer software field, Hicks returned to school and, during that time, was able to attend the Sue Shear Academy as a Fellow. This led to volunteer activities through the Mayor of Kansas City's office with community groups assisting the underserved. Hicks also was able to use her communication skills to shoot documentary videos, co-host a radio show and provide counseling and consulting for homeless or displaced women.

Communication Studies Chair Carol Koehler praised Hicks for her "incredible work ethic. Ramanda has cared for her family, including a new baby, worked, earned exceptional grades and volunteered in the community."

Hicks was previously the vice president of the Black Journalists Association, KKFI advisory council member and a volunteer with Harvesters, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Disabled Veterans Association.

After completing a master's degree in journalism or creative writing, Hicks would like to work as a television broadcast reporter and producer, bringing to light the stories of underserved communities and establishing a non-profit of her own.

The Vice Chancellor Honor Recipients program was established in 1975 to recognize seniors who excelled in academic achievement, involvement in university programs and service to the campus and surrounding community.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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