Bloch Faculty Recognized for Excellence

Each year, UMKC recognizes faculty and staff members who make outstanding contributions to students and the community. Two Bloch faculty will be honored at the 2016 UMKC Celebration of Excellence Thursday, April 26, at 3 p.m. in Pierson Auditorium.

Jeff Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Marketing, receives Chancellor’s Early Career Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award in Business

jeff-johnsonThe Chancellor’s Early Career Award for Excellence in Teaching is UMKC’s highest honor for excellence in teaching for an assistant professor, and the Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award is awarded annually to an outstanding teacher. Johnson’s nominations included details on his creation of the Sales Management course. He designed the curriculum for the course, determined its student learning outcomes, selected the textbook and recruited students. As the semesters passed, the course enrollment excelled and this is all due to his outstanding instructional presence in the classroom.


Doranne Hudson, MBA, Associate Teaching Professor and Executive-in-Residence, receives Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching


The Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching is UMKC’s highest honor for excellence for a teaching faculty member who demonstrates sensitivity and adaptability to individual student needs, interests and challenges.

Hudson began at Bloch as Executive-in-Residence in 2004 after a very successful career at the Gillette Company and Hallmark Cards. Her exceptional contribution to teaching at the Bloch School is illustrated by the scores she receives on her student teaching evaluations and awards received to date, including Favorite Faculty Member of the Year by graduating students in 2015, 2011 and 2010 the Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award in 2012.

UMKC Honors Outstanding Alumni

Three Bloch Alumni to be Honored at Awards Luncheon on April 21

Each year, the UMKC Alumni Association Governing Board and the campus recognize outstanding individual alumni, and one family, with top honors. UMKC will celebrate these alumni at a luncheon event on April 21 on the UMKC campus. UMKC’s Alumni Association will highlight recipients’ stories and accomplishments at the luncheon, and honorees will visit classrooms to share their stories with current students.

The annual luncheon is one of the university’s largest events, with proceeds supporting student scholarships. Last year’s luncheon attracted more than 600 attendees and garnered more than $141,000 in student scholarship support. Proceeds from the Alumni Awards event benefit UMKC students through supporting both endowed and immediate student aid.

“We’re proud to showcase these amazing UMKC graduates,” said Raymond Cattaneo, M.D., president of the UMKC Alumni Association Governing Board. “We’re also committed to helping the next generation of Roos reach their potential, which is why this event benefits student aid and scholarships.”

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Entrepreneurs Inspire Students with Stories of Success


Bob Regnier speaking  in Bloch Executive Hall on Wednesday, March 2

Bob Regnier speaking in Bloch Executive Hall on Wednesday, March 2

Entrepreneurship was the buzz word at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management this week. Two influential entrepreneurs spoke Wednesday, March 2, as part of the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation’s First Wednesday series. Mike Wilson, CEO and co-founder of Niall, an American watch manufacturer, discussed the history and expansion of his business. Bob Regnier, Chairman, President and CEO of Bank of Blue Valley, is a lifelong champion of entrepreneurship – both in the traditional and social formats.

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Bloch Hires Assistant Director of Development

Jonnae Hill will join Jeff Chapman, Assistant Vice President of the UMKC Foundation, on the fundraising team as the Assistant Director of Development.

Hill has a strong fundraising background, coming to UMKC after serving as a Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer at Rockhurst University since May 2013.

Prior to that, she spent five years as a Community Manager in Income Development with the American Cancer Society.

“Jonnae’s enthusiasm, professional background and established network will be great assets as we continue to build relationships, making the Bloch School and UMKC stronger,” Chapman said.

Hill will be located in Bloch Heritage Hall 221, and can be contacted beginning Feb. 15 at or  816-235-2791.

Full-Time MBA Students Advance to Finals in National Case Competition

Five Students Will Compete in Wake Forest Marketing Analytics Summit

A team of five students from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management’s Intensive Full-Time MBA have been selected as finalists for the 26th Annual Wake Forest Marketing Analytics Summit.

The Bloch team, comprised of Akash Kandhari, Aditya Rajagopalan, Ashley Hufft, Erin Christiansen and Kara Macy, is one of eight selected nationwide to compete for the top prize in Winston-Salem, N. C., on April 11 and 12, 2016.

The Marketing Summit is a student-run competition that offers both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to apply their marketing skills and creativity to real-world marketing challenges. First place in the graduate pool will receive a $20,000 cash prize, with a $1,000 MVP prize awarded to the team presenter that best represents the qualities of a top-level marketing professional.

Finalists for the 2015 competition included teams from top MBA programs such as Wake Forest University, Yale University and Northwestern University. The finalist teams were selected based on a case analysis and a creative video. The Bloch team’s video submission can be viewed here.