Each year, UMKC recognizes outstanding alumni. The university is celebrating the alumni achievements at a luncheon event on April 23. The annual luncheon is the university’s largest event, with proceeds supporting student scholarships. The 2014 luncheon attracted more than 600 attendees and brought in $117,000 in student scholarship support.
“The UMKC Alumni Awards Celebration is one of our proudest moments,” said Curt Crespino, vice chancellor for Advancement at UMKC. “It’s a chance to let the world see the kind of graduates this institution sends out its doors at each Commencement ceremony.”
This year three Henry W. Bloch School of Management alumni will be honored at the ceremony. In addition to the luncheon, Bloch will recognize alumni award winners at special events this month, including the Accounting Alumni Reunion on April 23 at Boulevard Brewery and the Bloch School Alumni Awards Celebration on April 30 at Rye.
Eugene Agee (M.B.A. ’98) Defying the Odds Award – Growing up on Chicago’s South Side, Agee survived gang violence and racism, joining the military at age 17. Today, Agee serves as Vice President of Procurement and Real Estate, at Sprint, where he manages $17 billion in spending and 20 million square feet of commercial, retail and technical space. A 25-year Sprint veteran, Agee is a champion of small and minority owned business, of minorities and women working within Sprint, served on Sprint’s Executive Inclusion and Diversity Council and has responsibility for Sprint’s supplier diversity initiatives. The Defying the Odds Award honors a graduate who overcame significant obstacles to achieve his or her success.
Annie Presley (M.P.A. ’95) Bill French Alumni Service Award – The Bill French Alumni Service Award honors graduates who have contributed time and effort back to the university. Among her many volunteer efforts for her alma mater, Presley led the UMKC Alumni Association’s efforts to refresh and rebrand the Disney Kangaroo and launch a new apparel line. An author, fundraiser and political consultant having worked as an entrepreneur and on behalf of for-profit and not-for-profit clients, Presley also was National Deputy Finance Director for President George W. Bush’s presidential campaign.
Each year, every UMKC school and college presents an Alumni Achievement Award to one graduate:
Karen Daniel (M.S. ’81) Henry W. Bloch School of Management – Daniel serves as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Black & Veatch, a Kansas City metropolitan area based, multi-billion dollar global engineering, consulting and construction company. Daniel is equally known for her leadership at Black & Veatch and her dedication to the Greater Kansas City metro area. As a member of the Kansas City Missouri Parks Board, she led the $80 million dollar restoration of the Liberty Memorial.