Bloch Faculty Recognized for Excellence

Each year, UMKC recognizes faculty and staff members who make outstanding contributions to students and the community. Two Bloch faculty will be honored at the 2016 UMKC Celebration of Excellence Thursday, April 26, at 3 p.m. in Pierson Auditorium.

Jeff Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Marketing, receives Chancellor’s Early Career Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award in Business

jeff-johnsonThe Chancellor’s Early Career Award for Excellence in Teaching is UMKC’s highest honor for excellence in teaching for an assistant professor, and the Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award is awarded annually to an outstanding teacher. Johnson’s nominations included details on his creation of the Sales Management course. He designed the curriculum for the course, determined its student learning outcomes, selected the textbook and recruited students. As the semesters passed, the course enrollment excelled and this is all due to his outstanding instructional presence in the classroom.


Doranne Hudson, MBA, Associate Teaching Professor and Executive-in-Residence, receives Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching


The Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching is UMKC’s highest honor for excellence for a teaching faculty member who demonstrates sensitivity and adaptability to individual student needs, interests and challenges.

Hudson began at Bloch as Executive-in-Residence in 2004 after a very successful career at the Gillette Company and Hallmark Cards. Her exceptional contribution to teaching at the Bloch School is illustrated by the scores she receives on her student teaching evaluations and awards received to date, including Favorite Faculty Member of the Year by graduating students in 2015, 2011 and 2010 the Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award in 2012.

UMKC Honors Outstanding Alumni

Three Bloch Alumni to be Honored at Awards Luncheon on April 21

Each year, the UMKC Alumni Association Governing Board and the campus recognize outstanding individual alumni, and one family, with top honors. UMKC will celebrate these alumni at a luncheon event on April 21 on the UMKC campus. UMKC’s Alumni Association will highlight recipients’ stories and accomplishments at the luncheon, and honorees will visit classrooms to share their stories with current students.

The annual luncheon is one of the university’s largest events, with proceeds supporting student scholarships. Last year’s luncheon attracted more than 600 attendees and garnered more than $141,000 in student scholarship support. Proceeds from the Alumni Awards event benefit UMKC students through supporting both endowed and immediate student aid.

“We’re proud to showcase these amazing UMKC graduates,” said Raymond Cattaneo, M.D., president of the UMKC Alumni Association Governing Board. “We’re also committed to helping the next generation of Roos reach their potential, which is why this event benefits student aid and scholarships.”

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Entrepreneurs Inspire Students with Stories of Success


Bob Regnier speaking  in Bloch Executive Hall on Wednesday, March 2

Bob Regnier speaking in Bloch Executive Hall on Wednesday, March 2

Entrepreneurship was the buzz word at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management this week. Two influential entrepreneurs spoke Wednesday, March 2, as part of the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation’s First Wednesday series. Mike Wilson, CEO and co-founder of Niall, an American watch manufacturer, discussed the history and expansion of his business. Bob Regnier, Chairman, President and CEO of Bank of Blue Valley, is a lifelong champion of entrepreneurship – both in the traditional and social formats.

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Bloch Hires Assistant Director of Development

Jonnae Hill will join Jeff Chapman, Assistant Vice President of the UMKC Foundation, on the fundraising team as the Assistant Director of Development.

Hill has a strong fundraising background, coming to UMKC after serving as a Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer at Rockhurst University since May 2013.

Prior to that, she spent five years as a Community Manager in Income Development with the American Cancer Society.

“Jonnae’s enthusiasm, professional background and established network will be great assets as we continue to build relationships, making the Bloch School and UMKC stronger,” Chapman said.

Hill will be located in Bloch Heritage Hall 221, and can be contacted beginning Feb. 15 at or  816-235-2791.

Full-Time MBA Students Advance to Finals in National Case Competition

Five Students Will Compete in Wake Forest Marketing Analytics Summit

A team of five students from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management’s Intensive Full-Time MBA have been selected as finalists for the 26th Annual Wake Forest Marketing Analytics Summit.

The Bloch team, comprised of Akash Kandhari, Aditya Rajagopalan, Ashley Hufft, Erin Christiansen and Kara Macy, is one of eight selected nationwide to compete for the top prize in Winston-Salem, N. C., on April 11 and 12, 2016.

The Marketing Summit is a student-run competition that offers both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to apply their marketing skills and creativity to real-world marketing challenges. First place in the graduate pool will receive a $20,000 cash prize, with a $1,000 MVP prize awarded to the team presenter that best represents the qualities of a top-level marketing professional.

Finalists for the 2015 competition included teams from top MBA programs such as Wake Forest University, Yale University and Northwestern University. The finalist teams were selected based on a case analysis and a creative video. The Bloch team’s video submission can be viewed here.

Strategic Planning Retreat Feb. 26

A strong strategic plan is critical to any organization. The Strategic Plan Steering Team has collected information from departments to prepare for the upcoming faculty and staff retreat. On Feb. 26, the retreat, held at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, will focus on selecting themes and possible priority areas for the plan. Sue Mosby, President of Infinium, will facilitate
the retreat.

“The success of any strategic planning process is bringing as many of the core stakeholders to the table as possible,” said Brent Never, Steering Team co-chair. “We want our Bloch faculty and staff to own this process and feel a stake in how the school develops over the next five years. One of the most important steps is to have everybody at the retreat to help chart our future here.”

Following the retreat, the team will combine their research with the faculty, staff and stakeholder input. Using the wide set of data, they will begin to draft an updated strategic plan that will be shared throughout the Bloch School’s internal and external network. After receiving feedback on a first draft, the Steering Team will update a new draft to be shared with key stakeholders. The team wants to have the plan finalized by the end of the spring semester.

The Steering Team is composed of Bloch School employees, with participation from academic and administrative departments. Selected participants have extensive experience in leading strategic planning for organizations. The members of the Steering Team are:
Brent Never, Co-Chair
Doranne Hudson, Co-Chair
Larry Garrison
Fred Hays
Rita Cain
Mark Parry
Chuck Connely
Kimberly Young
Kami Thomas
Jeff Chapman
Leigh Salzsieder
Sheri Gormley, Facilitator

The team is committed to leading a thoughtful, transparent, collaborative and research-based process. The Steering Team has analyzed feedback from faculty and staff on the current plan; gathered input from key stakeholders such as the Bloch Advisory Council, Dean’s Student Advisory Council and Bloch Family Foundation; identified mega-trends that will affect higher education, and more specficially schools of business, in the next five years; identified differentiators the school uses to compete in the marketplace; determined key beliefs to understand why the school operates the way it does; used research to create a future state of where the Bloch School will be in the next five years; and, finally, revised strategic themes through the lens of this future state, creating a sense of how to reach this vision in the next five years.

Q&A with Jeff Hornsby

Regnier Institute Director Receives Advocacy Award for Entrepreneurial Efforts

Photo credit: Janet Rogers, Strategic Communications & Marketing

Photo credit: Janet Rogers, Strategic Communications & Marketing

How were you chosen for the award?

I was nominated for the John E. Hughes Entrepreneurial Advocacy Award by Dr. Donald Kuratko at Indiana University, with whom I’ve participated in the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) for a number of years. I received the award during the USASBE 2016 Award Winners celebration.

What are the qualifications for which the award is given?

The award is named after its first recipient, John Hughes. It recognizes individuals for their “long-term encouragement, support, resources, time, development, talent and skills to further the field of entrepreneurship and to support structures that nurture emerging and practicing business owners.”

Once nominated, the nominator had to get letters of support forwarded to a selection committee. The committee reviewed the nominations and, following that, the selection was made.

How long have you been involved with USASBE?

I’ve been involved since the early 90s, including serving on the board for more than 10 years, executive committee for three years, and as a conference chair twice.

This was through new and corporate venture promotion at Ball State University, and the Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship at Kansas State University. Now, I am still actively involved in venture promotion at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Can you provide examples of your work in and advocacy of entrepreneurship?

Much of my work has been through the various roles I’ve had at USASBE since 1990. I spent 21 years at Ball State University, which was ranked number three in undergraduate programs by U.S. News and World Report; I was founding director of Kansas State’s Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship; and now I lead UMKC’s Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Also, I hope my scholarship contributed to my receiving this award. I have co-authored more than 70 articles and five books that have investigated critical elements of the entrepreneurial process, especially as it relates to entrepreneurial mindset, human resources, and entrepreneurial orientation.

How long have you been at the Bloch School?

I have been here approximately three years, and I feel strongly about the Regnier Institute. Our mission and commitment to working across campus and into the Kansas City community with a focus on early stage ventures is at the very core of what the John Hughes Entrepreneurial Advocacy Award is about.

Tell me your thoughts when you learned you were the 2016 award recipient.

I am not a big awards guy, but this was quite an honor. This is a great recognition for 26 years of work at USASBE, for the advocacy of entrepreneurship at the university level, and through research and writing accomplishments.

|Wandra Brooks Green, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications

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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.