UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management Announces Search Committee for New Dean

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The search for a new dean for the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management is now underway, and is set to meet the goal of selecting a new leader to begin work prior to the 2017-18 academic year.

The full search committee met for the first time Friday, Sept. 9, to receive its charge from Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara Bichelmeyer, and to begin organizing its work. The search will be supported by Witt/Kieffer, a nationally known higher education search firm. College of Arts and Sciences Dean Wayne Vaught and Deputy Provost Cynthia Pemberton will co-chair the search. The full list of committee members is below.

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Leaders in Learning

Photo by Brandon Parigo, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications

Photo by Brandon Parigo, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications

Special evening celebrates faculty achievement

Recognition of faculty accomplishment at the University of Missouri-Kansas City entered a new phase in 2016 with the debut of the Leaders in Learning celebration, a gala dinner event at the Intercontinental Hotel.

The event represented an upgrade and expansion of what had previously been an annual daytime, on-campus recognition of faculty who had received promotions or earned tenure. The new format is an evening of dinner and jazz, and recognition was expanded to include new and existing endowed faculty, Curators’ Professors, and other awards of distinction.

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New Chapter in EyeVerify Success Story

Reza Derakhshani, Ph.D., with a student in a UMKC lab.

Reza Derakhshani, Ph.D., with a student in a UMKC lab.

Ant Financial acquires startup using UMKC research to capitalize on smartphone security

EyeVerify, Inc., a Kansas City startup based on technology developed by UMKC School of Computing and Engineering Associate Professor Reza Derakhshani, Ph.D., has been acquired by Ant Financial Services Group, the world’s leading online and mobile financial services provider and operator of Alipay. The announcement was made on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

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5 Questions with Dr. Brian Anderson, Ph.D. Program Director


Dr. Brian Anderson as the Ph.D. Program Director in the Department of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation

In our 5 Questions series, we will hear from those at the heart of the Bloch School – our faculty, staff students and friends.

5 Questions with Dr. Brian Anderson

  1. What brought you to the Bloch School? The chance to serve as Director of the Ph.D. program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. You can be a professor almost anywhere, but you don’t get the opportunity to lead a program very often. In this role, I get to help shape and influence the next generation of entrepreneurship professors, and I hope I can make a big impact.
  1. How did you get involved in academia? This is my ninth career, but I think I finally hit on it. I’ve been an entrepreneur, served in the military, worked in government and politics – all of which prepared me in some small way to be a professor. I really didn’t decide on academia until I was working on my Masters at the University of Denver, which is when I became interested in research and teaching. It really was something that emerged over time. As soon as I started my Ph.D. program, I knew that this is what I really loved to do.
  1. What’s your favorite spot in Kansas City? I’ve only been in Kansas City about a month, but so far my favorite spots are everywhere I can get barbecue. Barbecue makes me happy.
  1. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Be humble. I’ve had three terrific mentors, two professional and one personal, who really changed my life. All three gave me that same advice.
  1. What has been the proudest moment in your career? Any time a student returns after four or five years and says “I’m better at what I’m doing because I had your course.” I don’t think there’s any better validation that you’re making an impact as a teacher than hearing someone say “I can do what I’m doing better because of you,” or even better, “I’m a better person because of your class.” That’s what gives me the most satisfaction.

Tom and Henry Bloch Kick Off Fall First Wednesdays

crybcmhueaa8uqa“Tonight, you are in for a treat.” This introduction by UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton could not have rung truer.

Father and son duo Henry and Tom Bloch were welcomed to Bloch Executive Hall Sept. 7 with a standing ovation from a packed house.

“Do you think we can live up to it, dad?” Tom asked.

“Oh, I doubt it,” Henry laughed.

The Bloch’s presentation, “The Making of a Legend: A Conversation with Henry and Tom Bloch,” focused on Henry’s journey from student to struggling businessman to world-renowned entrepreneur.

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Two Entrepreneurship Scholar Graduates Advance to LaunchKC Finals

Max Younger presenting a prototype of the M+D Crutch at the 2015 Regnier Venture Creation Challenge.

Max Younger presenting a prototype of the M+D Crutch at the 2015 Regnier Venture Creation Challenge.

Entrepreneurship Scholar graduates Enduralock and Mobility Designed have advanced to the final round of the LaunchKC Startup Grants Competition.

LaunchKC is designed to attract technology entrepreneurs locally, regionally and nationally to apply and compete for 10 $50,000 non-dilutive grants, mentorship, transitional work space and other incentives. LaunchKC selects the top-scoring entrepreneurs and then supports and assists them with coaching, mentoring and funding to develop high-growth, successful businesses in Kansas City.

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MyWorldWall Will Connect People Around the Globe

International Social Media Platform Allows Sharing of Cultures

Tomveyi-Bidamon-E-Scholar_550For an immigrant, adjusting to life in America can be challenging, and Tomveyi Bidamon had some negative encounters. Fortunately, he was able to use those experiences to create a business venture that may benefit people in different cultures around the globe.

Bidamon came to the United States in 2007 from Togo, West Africa to attend Iowa Western Community College. He identified a problem and a solution based on his personal experiences and set out to make his idea a reality.

In January, Bidamon enrolled in the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation E-Scholars program at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. Having earlier accepted a position at Russell Stover in Kansas City, Bidamon knew the Bloch School was the direction for his venture.

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Alumni Spotlight – Clara Maingi (Executive MBA ’12)

Clara_Maingi_HeadShotClara Maingi’s (Executive MBA ’12) approach to people and learning has helped her craft a successful career, maintain a strong network and build a lasting legacy.

“I cannot stop learning,” said Maingi. “I always say, ‘Throw me something complex where I will learn.’ ”

Successfully navigating a variety of learning opportunities has earned her the position of Vice President at Swiss Re, a leading provider of reinsurance.  In this role, Maingi is the program and operations manager for a new initiative in the Life & Health division in the company.

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2016 Entrepreneur of the Year Lineup Announced

UMKC Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Announces Honorees for 31st Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

UMKC EOY Logo 2016The Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri-Kansas City, has announced the honorees for its 31st Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards celebration.

“Fearless City: Celebrating Those Who Fearlessly Create” is the theme for the awards celebration. The dinner is Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Kansas City Convention Center, Great Ballroom, 301 W. 13th St., Suite 100, Kansas City, Mo. A Student Venture Showcase and Reception begins at 6 p.m. with the dinner immediately following at 7 p.m.

Mary O’Connor, Senior Vice President, Country Club Bank, will serve as honorary dinner chair.

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