Campus Pride honors Jonathan Pryor with Voice and Action National Advisor Award.
“I’m incredibly humbled and honored to be selected for this award from Campus Pride. Our work at UMKC is accomplished with the support and extraordinary efforts of our LGBTQIA students (who just hosted MBLGTACC 2014!), a supportive Division in Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, and a campus with true commitment to inclusive standards for our LGBTQIA community,” Jonathan Pryor, coordinator of LGBTQIA Programs and Services, said.
Pryor received his Masters of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri in 2011, and is a current Ph.D student within the same program. Roze Brooks, conference chair of the 2014 Midwest BLGTA College Conference writes, “In his role as adviser of Pride Alliance, Pryor has worked to strengthen the core of the executive board with team building and continued support for new ideas and programming. Pryor has successfully worked with the team to acknowledge each others’ strengths and assist each other in becoming better leaders. His life’s mantra “be the best you that you can be” resonates with each student Pryor has worked with throughout his short time at UMKC.”
Read more about this award on the Campus Pride website.
The UMKC 2014 Alumni Award recipients include a globally recognized innovator in modern dance, a Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist, a mayor and renowned civic leader, a husband-and-wife engineering team, and an educator/entrepreneur who survived childhood internment in WWII concentration camps.
Each year, the UMKC Alumni Association recognizes outstanding individual alumni and one family. UMKC will honor its 2014 outstanding alumni at luncheon on April 24. UMKC’s Alumni Association will highlight the recipients’ accomplishments at the luncheon as well as through other events, such as presentations and classroom visits, where they will share their experiences with students.
The annual luncheon is the university’s largest event and proceeds support student scholarships. Last year’s luncheon hosted 600 attendees and garnered $200,000 in scholarship support for students.
“Through this event, the UMKC Alumni Association honors our outstanding graduates while providing vital support to current students,” said event chair Michelle Wimes (B.A. ’88). “All proceeds from the awards luncheon go directly to support students.”
“The UMKC Alumni Association provides exceptional leadership as well as exceptional support to this campus, this community and our students, and we are very grateful for that,” said Curtis J. Crespino, vice chancellor for Advancement. “We have an extraordinary class of recipients for these awards in 2014, as we do every year. Their achievements bring credit to our university and to Kansas City.”
For a full list of the awardees, visit UMKC Today.
David Donnelly, Ph.D., has been appointed Dean of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC. Donnelly succeeds Teng-Kee Tan, Ph.D., who has served as dean of the school since 2009. Donnelly was appointed acting dean in May 2013 when Teng-Kee encountered health issues.
Donnelly came to UMKC in 2004 as Chair and Professor of Accountancy at the Bloch School, after serving in the same position at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He also led the Accounting Department at Kansas State University, where he earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees. Donnelly earned his Ph.D. in International Taxation and Accounting from the University of Illinois in 1983.
“The Bloch School will continue to be a world leader in research and teaching, thanks to the talents of an exceptional team of faculty,” Donnelly said. “The school will continue to follow the twin-pillar philosophy, pioneered by Henry Bloch, of nurturing leaders in both the for-profit sector and the nonprofit-public sector; and will continue to be a significant knowledge and economic development resource for the Kansas City region and beyond.”
Donnelly plans to continue the school’s tradition of being a vital resource to Kansas City’s business community, leveraging the school’s academic leadership in entrepreneurship and innovation. He also plans to continue movement on the goals of doubling student enrollment and developing innovative programs that meet the challenges of today’s organizations, particularly in graduate and executive education.
Top 5 Reasons to take the RooWriter now!
1. It’s convenient: just log in to the RooWriter at www.umkc.edu/roowriter and follow the prompts.
2. You want to graduate this semester: beat the rush and take the RooWriter two months before graduation–remember, it’s a requirement to graduate.
3. You need to enroll in a Writing Intensive class: take the RooWriter now before it’s time to register for next semester.
4. You’ve taken and passed English 225 or Discourse II (or equivalent): you are eligible NOW to take RooWriter (you’ll need to take it
5. You want to improve your writing! RooWriter evaluations can help you strengthen the skills that you need for college classes and the workplace.
Good reasons aside, all UMKC undergraduates are required to take the RooWriter Writing Assessment at least once. When you take RooWriter, you begin by choosing one of six reading packets on a variety of important issues. Next, you start the 72-hour writing period and the website assigns you a “prompt” consisting of questions to answer in an essay of 750-1,500 words. Then you will receive assessments from trained evaluators. The first time you take RooWriter, your student account will be billed a small charge and you can take the assessment again as many times as you want for no additional charge.
UMKC Women’s Basketball senior guard Eilise O’Connor has been named a Division I First Team Capital One Academic All-American.
O’Connor holds a 3.99 GPA as a Health Sciences major in the School of Nursing and Health Studies and a Chemistry minor in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has been accepted into the UMKC School of Dentistry and plans to attend this fall. The San Francisco native has moved into second place on the UMKC career scoring and assists list. This year she set new Kansas City and WAC records for free throws in a game with 22 at New Mexico State on Jan. 18, as well as records for free throws in a season.
“It’s absolutely humbling to be categorized with the tremendous athletes who make up the Academic All-American teams,” O’Connor said. “They are some of the best and brightest collegiate athletes in the country and I can be nothing but honored to be considered alongside them. Without question, I could not have earned anything without my team, coaches and staff. From our manager to our head coach, all I can say is thank you for supporting me throughout my career on the floor and off.”
Currently, O’Connor leads the WAC in scoring at 21.3 points and free throw percentage at 86.9 percent. Four times this year she has eclipsed the 30-point mark and three times has notched double-doubles.
O’Connor has been named as a semi-finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and the WBCA Allstate Good Works Team. Last season, she was named to the Division I-AAA Scholar Athlete Team and Summit League Academic All-League, while three times being selected as a member of the Summit League Academic Honor Roll and twice as a member of the Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence.
“We couldn’t be more excited for Eilise and the recognition that she continues to receive on a national level,” said UMKC Head Coach Marsha Frese. “Eilise takes tremendous pride in everything she does and strives to be a role model both on and off the basketball court. Hopefully recognition like this will inspire others to never settle in the desire to excel on the court and in the classroom.”
There is a critical shortage of blood in the Kansas City area due to the fact that many drives were cancelled due to recent inclement weather.
Urgent calls for blood donations are going out across our KC community. The unit of blood each donor provides usually saves two lives.
The blood drive will run from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, in room 557 of Flarsheim Hall on the Volker Campus.
Sign up for an appointment by:
- emailing Jane Vogl, firstname.lastname@example.org, site coordinator, the time you would like to donate – slots are open every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
- signing up online at www.savealifenow.org , click on schedule an appointment and enter the code: SCE and then click on search to access the link to this drive’s appointment page.