Bloch Faculty Win National Award on Data Analytics

Alteryx, Inc. a company working to revolutionize business through data science and analytics, announced the 2018 Alteryx Analytics Excellence Award winners and new ACE program members at the company’s annual Inspire Conference on June 7. Two Bloch faculty members were selected amongst the winners, who will share $25,000 to be donated to their charity of choice, in recognition of their commitment to the communities around them.

Jim DeLisle, Ph.D. Academic Director of the Lewis White Real Estate Center and Associate Professor of Real Estate

Brent Never, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of Nonprofit Leadership

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim DeLisle, Ph.D., Academic Director of the Lewis White Real Estate Center and Associate Professor of Real Estate and Brent Never, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Nonprofit Leadership, drove a project that employed core functionalities of the Alteryx platform to harness the power of millions of disparate data points generated by Smart Cities, empowering city leaders to make smart decisions for allocating scarce resources. This year, the team began using Alteryx to teach students data analytics and to leverage open data to solve an intractable problem for many cities: abandoned housing and blighted neighborhoods.

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Remembering Jack D. Heysinger

Dean Emeritus Jack Heysinger speaking to UMKC students

Jack D. Heysinger, Dean Emeritus of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, died June 4, 2018 at the age of 95.

Heysinger served as dean and Siegmund Harzfeld Professor for 16 years. Following his service as dean, he returned to teaching full time, retiring in 1991. Heysinger was also a lifetime donor to UMKC, with regular gifts supporting students in financial need.

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Remembering Kate Spade

The Bloch School is saddened by the passing of Kate Spade on June 5, 2018.

Spade, a native Kansas Citian and award-winning fashion designer and trendsetter, was the 2007 recipient of the Bloch School’s International Entrepreneur of the Year Award, as well as a 2017 inductee into the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

“Kate Spade truly embodied the entrepreneurial spirit. She was a brilliant, innovative creator, but she also understood that effort and determination mattered just as much as talent,” said Jeff Hornsby, Ph.D., Henry W. Bloch/Missouri Endowed Chair, Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Director, Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. “Her success and passion for entrepreneurship is why she was selected for the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. She was a terrific role model for our entrepreneurship students and community. She will be greatly missed.”

Bloch Student Team Places Second at CSBS Competition

A team of five Bloch School undergraduate students – Alison Irwin, Justin Loerts, Mason Paulus, Tristan Perkins, and Conrad Schrof – took the second-place prize at the 2018 Community Bank Case Study Competition sponsored by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS).

The student team, advised by Finance Faculty Members Bill Keeton and Forest Myers, analyzed how community banks are using technology to streamline processes and better serve their customers. Each team in the competition produced a paper and video based on interviews with management of a partner bank and other experts. The Bloch team advanced to the finals through two rounds of judging, competing against 50 other teams from 44 universities nationwide.

The Bloch team partnered with Citizens Bank & Trust, which provided vital insights and connected the students with the CEO of Jack Henry and Associates and other leadership.

“This year’s competition has been very exciting due to sheer volume and the high quality of case studies,” said CSBS Senior Executive Vice President Michael Stevens. “It is a wonderful way to highlight student work and gain insights to how banks are deploying technology.”

Each student on the Bloch School team will receive a $500 CSBS scholarship. The team’s paper will also appear in the Journal of Community Bank Studies, a journal published by the CSBS to showcase the work of the top three undergraduate teams.

“The CSBS competition has been a great opportunity for Bloch School students to get out of the ivory tower and learn about real-world banking, said faculty adviser,” Bill Keeton.  “It’s just one example of the synergies possible between the Bloch School and the vibrant financial services sector in Kansas City.”

Music, Movement and a Message

H3 Enterprise wins 2018 RVCC

H3 Enterprise is announced as winner of the 2018 Regnier Venture Creation Challenge. Photos by Brandon Parigo, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications.

Educational Hip Hop firm wins Regnier Venture Creation Challenge

Roy Scott was a hard-edged rapper whose music, he freely admits, promoted drugs and violence and disrespected women.

That was until he heard his five-year-old son repeating his lyrics. It was a life-changing moment, and he resolved to take his music in a completely different, socially responsible direction.

The result is H3 Enterprise (Healthy Hip Hop), a program that conveys positive messages about education and health to a powerful hip-hop beat. During a presentation in early May at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, he called it “Sesame Street for the 21st century.”

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Bloch Students Select Faculty Impact Award Winners

Each year, the Bloch School recognizes two faculty members who make lasting impressions on our students’ lives. Each spring, students vote for the faculty members who have had the most positive impact on them throughout their career at the Bloch School.

This year we are honored to award Nathan Mauck, Ph.D. and Doranne Hudson, MBA as Bloch School Graduate and Undergraduate Faculty Impact Award Winners (respectively).

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SeniorVu is the Focus of UMKC’s Annual Case Competition

Undergraduate Bloch School student teams present their case analyses for SeniorVu

SeniorVu was the focus of the Ninth Annual Strategic Management Case Competition, where undergraduate students perform a holistic analysis of a real-life case and provide recommendations to a leadership panel of the case organization’s leadership and Kansas City area executives. Those business leaders then judge the groups on everything from research to communication skills.

“We were honored to have had this group of bright young minds digging into what could be a new business opportunity for SeniorVu,” CEO Tim Donnelly said.  “Their thoughtful research into the senior living industry and into what we do at SeniorVu sparked several great ideas for our company.”

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UMKC Enactus Wins Regional Competition, Advances to Nationals

The UMKC Enactus team continues its tradition of success. The team of first-time presenters took top prize at the regional competition in Chicago, Ill., qualifying them to compete at the United States National Exposition. The national competition is being held locally, taking place at the Kansas City Convention Center May 21-22.

“This UMKC Enactus team has done an incredible job,” said Ben Williams, Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Assistant Director and Enactus Advisor. “It is a testament to the quality of UMKC students that we have so many students from all over campus coming together to solve problems in their communities.”

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Dr. Jeff Hornsby Earns Top System Honor

UM System Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award to Chair of the Department of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation

University of Missouri-Kansas City Henry W. Bloch/Missouri Endowed Chair Dr. Jeff Hornsby has been named the UM System Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year for his distinguished activity in developing and nurturing entrepreneurs.

Mark McIntosh, University of Missouri System vice president for research and economic development, presented the award April 6. It was the second annual award, and the 2017 award winner also was a member of the UMKC faculty, Rubey M. Hulen Professor of Law Anthony Luppino.

“Cultivating entrepreneurs who contribute to the economic vitality of the state is part of our critical mission as a public research university. We are thrilled to have educators like Dr. Hornsby leading these initiatives,” McIntosh said. “Jeff represents everything an entrepreneurship educator should be and his many contributions are greatly appreciated.”

Hornsby joined the UMKC Bloch School of Management in 2013 where he also serves as the Director of the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Chair of the Department of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Prior to UMKC, Hornsby spent more than 20 years as an entrepreneurship educator at both Kansas State University and Ball State University. In his five years at UMKC, his many accomplishments include raising more than $1.5 million in grants and other funding, facilitating the mapping and redesign of entrepreneurship curriculum, developing the Kangaroo Idea Jump Competition and Entrepreneurship Ambassadors Program and continuing to grow existing programs such as E-Scholars. As a scholar of entrepreneurship, Hornsby has published more than 160 articles, six books and been cited more than 8,000 times.

Judges for the award were Dr. Nathalie Duval-Couetli of Purdue University and Mr. Kevin McCurren of Michigan State University. They noted that Hornsby is a well-rounded educator with contributions to the scholarly discipline as well as student learning. They appreciated not only his scholarly contributions, but his efforts in cultivating many student entrepreneurs, as well as his national service to the profession.

The award presentation took place during the second annual UM System Entrepreneurial Educator Summit. More than 80 educators from all four UM System campuses gathered for two days in Columbia to focus on entrepreneurial education. The conference provided a collaborative environment for the attendees to share best practices, brainstorm new approaches, and better understand the resources available to them as part of the UM System.

UMKC Regnier Venture Creation Challenge Competition Announces New Category

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City Healthcare Innovation Prize supports patient-focused advancements in the healthcare industry

One of the region’s richest entrepreneurship competitions, the Regnier Venture Creation Challenge hosted by the University of Missouri-Kansas City, returns in May – and for the second year in a row, the pot of prize money has grown significantly.

The Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UMKC’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management will host the 7th annual Regnier Venture Creation Challenge Competition May 3-4, 2018. Eligible teams will compete for $75,000 in total awards and seed scholarships, made possible by generous support from the Regnier Family Foundations and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City. Students will compete in the Challenge by creating a business plan and pitching new student ventures. Applications are open to university students in Missouri and Kansas and current Bloch School Entrepreneurship Scholars.

In 2017, the prize for the overall first-place team doubled from $10,000 to $20,000. This year, the Challenge is adding a totally new category with $25,000 in additional awards. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) is sponsoring The Blue KC Healthcare Innovation Prize.

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