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Photo credit: Janet Rogers, Strategic Marketing & Communications

Photo credit: Janet Rogers, Strategic Marketing & Communications

Scholarship Confirms Belief Student Can Achieve Anything

In the 21st century, what is the true value of a scholarship that allows a student to focus on his grades and graduate debt free? Matthew Birkinsha at the University of Missouri-Kansas City understands what it means.

A senior in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, Birkinsha’s full-ride scholarship confirms he can achieve anything, which includes completing his degree in less than the normal time period and without any loans to repay.

Birkinsha is a recipient of the Sullivan Family Foundation, which is available to students in the Bloch School and the Conservatory of Music and Dance. The Foundation has supported more than 50 students.

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Hornsby Receives Award for Entrepreneurship


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Jeff Hornsby received the John E. Hughes Award for Entrepreneurial Advocacy at the recent 2016 USASBE Conference.  He is the Henry W. Bloch/Missouri Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Regnier Institute.

The award, named after its first recipient John E. Hughes, recognizes an individual who has consistently over time contributed encouragement, support, resources, time, development, talent and skills to further the field of entrepreneurship and support structures that nurture emerging and practicing business owners.

Hornsby has spent his career as an advocate and educator in entrepreneurship. He has authored or co-authored 148 refereed journal and proceedings articles appearing the top journals in entrepreneurship and management including Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Journal of Operations Management. His research has earned five conference best paper awards

He  has coauthored five books entitled: “Innovation Acceleration: Transforming Organizational Thinking, New Venture Management: The Entrepreneur’s Roadmap,” “The Human Resource Function in Emerging Enterprises, Frontline HR: A Handbook for the Emerging Manager” and “Training Systems Management.”

The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship® (USASBE) is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. With over 1000 members from universities and colleges, for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations and the public sector, USASBE is a diverse mix of professionals that share a common commitment to fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors.

Three Professors Awarded Research Prize


“Entrepreneurs' Engagement in Philanthropy: Perspectives.”Three professors were awarded the 2016 Association of Fundraising Professionals Skystone Partners Research Prize. Marilyn Taylor, D.B.A., Arvin Gottlieb/Missouri Chair of Strategic Management; David Renz, Ph.D., Beth K. Smith/Missouri Chair in Nonprofit Leadership; and Robert Strom, Ph.D., Adjunct Instructor of Business Administration; received the prize for the book they wrote together, “Entrepreneurs’ Engagement in Philanthropy: Perspectives.” The group will receive the award at the March 2016 AFP International Conference on Funding.

Members of the selection committee cited the trio’s publication because it exemplified the high standards of scholarship the prize’s originators sought to encourage. The prize is awarded to a group or author who makes a substantive contribution to knowledge and understanding of fundraising and/or philanthropic behavior; relevant insights for donors, grant makers or fundraisers; creativity and depth of analysis; and quality of style, readability and format.

Career Center Hosts Events for Career Month

The Bloch Career Center is starting the new year off strong by meeting with employers and hosting events for graduate and undergraduate students.

Career Services will celebrate Career Month with two events in February. On Feb. 12, the Job and Internship Fair will allow all students to network, seek internships, or apply for jobs with employers from various industries. On Feb. 26, the Regnier Career Accelerator, held in partnership with the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, will focus on connecting students with innovation-centric organizations.

Later this spring, the Career Center will host on-campus interviews with area organizations including State Street, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, DST Systems and PWC, among others. Employers will be assigned interview spaces within the Career Center, and will have the opportunity to meet with selected Bloch students who have applied for positions through Roo Career Network. Many of the events will be held in the Career Center, located in Bloch Executive Hall, Room 102

“If a company commits to spending half a day here, they’re bound to extend second interviews to students, and hopefully, full-time positions,” Surprenant explained.

In addition to on-campus interviews, the Career Center staff meets with area companies to coordinate on-site visits at their firms as well as information sessions with students. The department has added several new staff members, creating capacity to offer services for all students, no matter the degree track. New hires include Amanda Moore and Maggie Reyland Career Coaches; Erin Christensen, Employer Relations Coordinator; and Vanessa Herring, Corporate Outreach Officer.

The Career Center provides services such as mock interviews, resume reviews and job search strategies, in addition to several career-focused special events Surprenant and her staff plan to look into ways to track Bloch students after graduation.

“Our goal is to have information on where students are employed, what positions they hold and what their salaries are by 90 days post-graduation,” she says. “Ideally, we will receive this information for over 90 percent of our graduating students.”

Registration is required for the Career Accelerator.  Visit Career Services for more information on the Job and Internship Fair.

Entrepreneur David Brain Kicks Off Spring First Wednesdays

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David Brain, 2014 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame inductee

“Don’t succumb or be deluded by the myth that entrepreneurship is about working for yourself, it’s not. It starts first with the needs of others. If you answer a need of others, are sincere on that and put that first, you will be served well.” This is advice David Brain, inaugural member of the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.  gave in a video that is featured in the hall.

Brain, founder of EPR Properties , will share more of his entrepreneurial experiences at 5 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall, Room 218. The Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation presents the First Wednesdays series for students and community members. Each presentation focuses on the journey of successful entrepreneurs who capture the innovative mindset of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management.

A Kansas City native, Brain has been a strong advocate for the Bloch School’s entrepreneurship programs, having served as a mentor in the E-Scholars program and a judge in the Regnier Venture Creation Challenge. Additionally, Brain serves on the advisory board for the Lewis White Real Estate Center and has been a guest lecturer in several Bloch classes. He was recognized in 2013 as the Regional Entrepreneur of the Year by the Regnier Institute.

Brain co-founded EPR Properties in Kansas City in 1997 with little more than a computer and two telephones in a few sublet cubicles. The company is a specialty real estate investment fund that builds and leases entertainment, recreation and education properties that traditionally were thought to be too volatile for institutional investment. By 2015, the company had built an investment portfolio of $4.5 billion with more than 240 properties across 39 states, investing in theatres, retail centers, water parks, ski parks, public charter schools and more.

The seeds for EPR were planted while Brain attended Tulane University in New Orleans, earning a B.A. in Economics and an MBA. In fact, Brain attributes the success of the company to the ability to identify a market need paired with simple problem-solving. This semester’s First Wednesdays speakers will continue to tie in with the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, following three fellow inductee presentations held during the fall term. . Bob Regnier, Bank of Blue Valley and Regnier Family Foundation, will present March 2 and Lamar Hunt, Jr., on behalf of the Hunt family, will present April 6. The final First Wednesday event will be the Regnier Institute’s Roo Idea Jump. The competition awards prizes to new, independent UMKC student ventures in the concept stage.

For more information on First Wednesdays, please contact the Regnier Institute at entrepreneurship@umkc.edu, by phone at 816-235-6200. or register online to attend.


UMKC E-Scholars Partners with Digital Sandbox KC

Proof-of-Concept Funding Support Now Available

Three University of Missouri-Kansas City E-Scholars’ student-led companies recently earned proof-of-concept funding support from Digital Sandbox KC.

The funding for the three companies came through an established partnership between the E-Scholars program and Digital Sandbox. The partnership gives E-Scholars participants a direct route to resources of the Sandbox.

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Assistant Professor Receives Appointment from Governor Nixon

sarah-martin-andersonOn December 4, Governor Jay Nixon announced his appointments to six state board and commissions.

Sarah Martin-Anderson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Health Services Administration, was named to the State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts. The board registers, licenses and regulates all physicians and surgeons in the state. In addition, the board is also responsible for all physical therapists, speech pathologists, audiologists, physician assistants, clinical perfusionists, physical therapist assistants, anesthesiologist assistants and athletic trainers. Members review and act on issues of discipline, licensure, rules and regulations, legislation and other business. The board has the power to revoke, suspend, deny, probate and reinstate licenses.

Martin-Anderson has been with Department of Public Affairs at the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management since 2013. She obtained her doctorate in public policy from the University of California – Berkeley. She also is a research analyst for the University of California, San Francisco Department of Pediatrics and Neonatology and has published several academic papers on neonatal nutrition. The Governor has appointed Martin-Anderson for a term ending Sept. 3, 2018.

Managing a ‘Cool Million’

Photo credit: Janet Rogers, Strategic Marketing and Communications

Photo credit: Janet Rogers, Strategic Marketing and Communications

Graduate Investment Class in Charge of Portfolio

Several finance majors are getting a rare opportunity: to manage a $1 million portfolio using real – not imaginary – money. This graduate-level class can be instrumental in learning first-hand about investment research and portfolio management.

The inaugural Student Investment Fund class is led by John M. Clark, Ph.D., CFA, CFP®, and is charged with managing funds provided by the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation. An associate professor of finance at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, Clark has learned from experience that when students are investing real funds, they are less likely to take big risks. When using imaginary funds in a simulation, however, the student appetite for risk increases enormously.

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Business, Art and a Proclamation

Photo credit: Janet Rogers, Strategic Marketing and Communications

Photo credit: Janet Rogers, Strategic Marketing and Communications

Enactus Trip Benefits Art Students and Kansas City

The relationship between the Enactus team at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the City of Changsha, China has produced some positive benefits for Kansas City art students and for the City of Kansas City, Mo.

The recent trip to Changsha by six Enactus students marked the sixth time the Enactus team has visited China and the second visit to Changsha’s universities, administrators and city leaders. As a result of the travels and the ongoing relationship, a Memorandum of Understanding was created, which establishes a partnership between Kansas City and Changsha to determine how to improve trade and create business opportunities in the two cities.

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