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Graduates of the Bloch Master of Public Administration program work for UMKC in supervisory positions all over the university. Whether you’re a mid-career adult looking for a career change or simply ready for the next stage in professional development, the Bloch M.P.A. could be what you need to push your career forward.

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Bloch Sculpture Dedication

Bloch Family Gift is Adds New Attraction to Bloch School Campus
Larger-than-life statue of Henry and Marion Bloch unveiled

There’s been lots of buzz about the opening of the new Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the past year, and especially this fall.

Students, faculty, staff and friends alike celebrated the opening of the 68,000-square-foot facility at a special event on Aug. 27 that included a program with remarks from the leadership behind the new facility, including special guests UM President Tim Wolfe, Bloch School Dean Teng-Kee Tan, and the man who made it all possible, Mr. Henry W. Bloch.

The Bloch Executive Hall is the newest addition to the Henry W. Bloch School of Management campus, which now consists of the historic Bloch School building (or Bloch Heritage Hall) as well as the Executive Hall, giving students two beautiful spaces in which to learn, collaborate, and succeed.

Another special monument was unveiled on Aug. 26 – an eight-foot tall sculpture of Henry and Marion Bloch that graces the space between the Bloch Heritage Hall and Bloch Executive Hall, unifying the two spaces with the likeness of the people that have given so much to the school.
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Henry Bloch sees the statue of himself and Marion Bloch for the first time, accompanied by his daughers Liz Uhlmann and Mary Jo Brown.

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UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton addresses guests in the new Bloch Executive Hall amphitheatre.

The statue was commissioned nearly two years ago by Henry and Marion’s children, who wanted to commemorate their parents’ generosity and commitment to the Bloch School and to Kansas City.

Eugene Daub, a nationally-celebrated sculptor, created the larger-than-life sculpture (called “life and a half” which in sculpture is often done for statues that need to compete with an open or outdoor space, and thus need to be bigger than life-size).

With the aid of numerous photographs of the couple and strict instruction along the way from the Bloch children, Daub captured Henry and Marion in their 60s as they were seen by their children – “in a love story, always touching each other.”

Daub and his partner, Dr. Rob Firmin, were celebrated earlier this year for the commemorative Rosa Parks sculpture they created for the U.S. Capitol. Daub also has two other pieces in Kansas City – the Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery statues in downtown Kansas City.

From left: Robert Bloch, Liz Uhlmann, Henry Bloch, Mary Jo Brown and Tom Bloch

From left: Robert Bloch, Mary Jo Brown, Henry Bloch, Liz Uhlmann and Tom Bloch

Tom Bloch addressed his dad on behalf of his brother and sisters. “Dad, please know your children and grandchildren for generations will be able to walk past that statue and be reminded of our love for you and Mom and all that you’ve represented and done for Kansas City and UMKC and the Bloch School.”

Bloch Gears Up for Grand Opening!

New Bloch Hall to be Officially Dedicated Aug. 27

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Excitement’s in the air as the Bloch School prepares to officially open and dedicate the new Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The building will open in time for classes in mid-August, but the official event to make the dedication and acknowledge benefactor Henry W. Bloch as well as celebrate with our students and alumni is scheduled for Aug. 27.

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE: Bloch School courtyard area, 5110 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Mo.
WHAT: Brief dedication program followed by the Welcome Back Student Barbecue, sponsored by the Bloch School Alumni Association.

Enjoy the fun and fair-like ambience as we celebrate this new beginning for the Bloch School….

U.S. Ambassador to Join Bloch Faculty

Alumnus Allan J. Katz will leave diplomatic post in Portugal for joint appointment
to Public Affairs and Political Science departments

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Ambassador Allan J. Katz, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Portugal, has accepted an appointment as a Distinguished Professor at his alma mater, the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Katz’ professorship is a joint appointment to both the Department of Public Affairs, part of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management; and the Department of Political Science, part of the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences. The appointment is effective Sept. 1, 2013.

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Entrepreneurship Student Honored by White House

UMKC EScholar Riddiman Das Honored by U.S. President as an Immigrant Innovator “Champion of Change”

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Das (photo courtesy of Dave Kaut/Kansas City Business Journal)

On Wednesday, May 29th, the White House honored 11 people as Immigrant Innovator “Champions of Change.” Among the elite 11 was UMKC graduate Riddiman Das. This Champions event highlights immigrant innovators and entrepreneurs – the best and brightest from around the world – who are helping create American jobs, grow our economy, and make our nation more competitive.

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Bloch Announces Inaugural Group of “Levitt Changemakers”

The First Annual Aaron L. Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge was held May 21 at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. This civic entrepreneurship focused event was designed to allow Bloch School students to present innovative ideas that will better serve the Kansas City community and beyond.

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Jim Levitt watches as the teams prepare. Jim helped repurpose funds for the creation of this event in memory of his father, Aaron Levitt.

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