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Trustees Awards Announced

Trustees Scholar of the Year Maria Gentry and Trustee Chandler McCray. Photo by Janet Rogers, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications
Trustees Scholar of the Year Maria Gentry and Trustee Chandler McCray. Photo by Janet Rogers, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications

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The UMKC Trustees, a vital support and advisory group for the University of Missouri-Kansas City, have announced the annual Trustees Awards.

Last week at Lathrop and Gage, the Trustees recognized The Scholar of the Year, the Community Partnership Award winner and the Community Service Award winner, as well as Faculty Fellow and Faculty Scholar awards.

The success of UMKC is due in a large part to the Trustees and our many partners who help tie the university to Kansas City. The Trustees Awards is an important time for them to honor and recognize those vital partnerships ensuring that UMKC is an exceptional urban university embedded in the community.

The 2016 award winners are:

Trustees Scholar of the Year: Maria Gentry, a junior majoring in Biology and Psychology. Her Trustee Scholarship is sponsored by the Barbara Hall Marshall Trustee Scholar Endowment and her Trustee mentor is David Westbrook of Children’s Mercy. She serves as the Chair of the Trustee Scholars Community Service Committee.

Community Partnership Award: UMKC Alumni Association, in recognition of their ongoing and indispensable partnership that strengthens UMKC, Kansas City’s university. Their support is essential to the university’s success and a critical component in fulfilling its urban-serving mission of education and research.

Community Service Award: UMKC Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design in the College of Arts & Sciences. The department was cited in recognition of their outstanding work that embodies the mission of UMKC through innovative services, programs and projects that strengthen the region and serve the citizens of Kansas City.

Faculty Fellow Award: Dr. Barbara Glesner Fines, associate dean for faculty development and Rubey M. Hulen Professor of Law.

Faculty Scholar Award: Dr. Seung-Lark Lim, assistant professor of Psychology; and Dr. Xiaolan Yao, assistant professor of Biology.


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