Esther George (EMBA ’00) Presents 2016 Rogge Lecture

georgeEsther George (EMBA ’00), President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, presented the 2016 Benjamin A. Rogge Memorial Lecture at Wabash College Monday, Sept. 26.

George, also a member of the Federal Open Market Committee which has authority over U.S. monetary policy, presented “An Insider’s View of the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Economy” as part of a program that honors the late Wabash College professor of economics, Benjamin Rogge.

Prior to her appointment as president on Oct. 1, 2011, George had been the Bank’s chief operating officer since August 2009. She joined the Kansas City Fed in 1982 and was selected to the official staff in 1995. She has held various leadership positions with the Bank, including research support functions, Public Affairs, and Human Resources.

In addition to her Executive MBA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, George earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Missouri Western State University. She is also a graduate of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking and the Stanford University Executive Program.

Former Entrepreneur of the Year Receives 2016 Award of Distinction

Photo credit: Keith Gard for Cristo Rey

Photo credit: Keith Gard for Cristo Rey

The UMKC Foundation is presented its 2016 Award of Distinction to Marny and John Sherman September 22. In 2009, the Bloch School of Management and the Council for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, now the Regnier Institute Advisory Council, named John its Entrepreneur of the Year in recognition of his leadership in the growth of Inergy, an industry leader in natural gas storage and transportation. John was also inducted into the inaugural class of the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2014. He continues to be a leader in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

The Shermans are cornerstones of the UMKC Foundation. Since the beginning of the Campaign for UMKC in 2009, Marny and John have lent their energy through both personal involvement and financial investment. Their gift to the School of Education is not only one of the largest gifts of the campaign, but one that will have a deep impact on the university for years to come.

The Shermans’ community giving is focused primarily on urban issues.  Making their decisions together, they partner with organizations that have defined their missions and have the ability to achieve their goals. Marny and John are committed to UMKC because of their belief that Kansas City needs a strong urban, public, comprehensive research university to call its own.

Donor Awards Are True Gifts

Photo credit: Brandon Parigo, Strategic Marketing and Communications

Photo credit: Brandon Parigo, Strategic Marketing and Communications

Bloch Scholarships Expand Student Possibilities

In these times of higher tuition, many students seek ways to fund their college education. The scholarships awarded to some Bloch students made a big difference in their college careers, allowing them to focus on their studies.

At the University of Missouri-Kansas City, approximately 94 percent of first-time freshmen receive one or more forms of financial assistance according to Kami Thomas, assistant dean for Student Services at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management.

“Thanks to the generous contributions of donors, more than 160 students were awarded scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year,” Thomas said.

The students gathered at a recent luncheon to thank the donors for their gifts, show their appreciation and share their stories.

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UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management Announces Search Committee for New Dean

000101_0197New leader will succeed David Donnelly

The search for a new dean for the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management is now underway, and is set to meet the goal of selecting a new leader to begin work prior to the 2017-18 academic year.

The full search committee met for the first time Friday, Sept. 9, to receive its charge from Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara Bichelmeyer, and to begin organizing its work. The search will be supported by Witt/Kieffer, a nationally known higher education search firm. College of Arts and Sciences Dean Wayne Vaught and Deputy Provost Cynthia Pemberton will co-chair the search. The full list of committee members is below.

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Leaders in Learning

Photo by Brandon Parigo, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications

Photo by Brandon Parigo, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications

Special evening celebrates faculty achievement

Recognition of faculty accomplishment at the University of Missouri-Kansas City entered a new phase in 2016 with the debut of the Leaders in Learning celebration, a gala dinner event at the Intercontinental Hotel.

The event represented an upgrade and expansion of what had previously been an annual daytime, on-campus recognition of faculty who had received promotions or earned tenure. The new format is an evening of dinner and jazz, and recognition was expanded to include new and existing endowed faculty, Curators’ Professors, and other awards of distinction.

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New Chapter in EyeVerify Success Story

Reza Derakhshani, Ph.D., with a student in a UMKC lab.

Reza Derakhshani, Ph.D., with a student in a UMKC lab.

Ant Financial acquires startup using UMKC research to capitalize on smartphone security

EyeVerify, Inc., a Kansas City startup based on technology developed by UMKC School of Computing and Engineering Associate Professor Reza Derakhshani, Ph.D., has been acquired by Ant Financial Services Group, the world’s leading online and mobile financial services provider and operator of Alipay. The announcement was made on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

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5 Questions with Dr. Brian Anderson, Ph.D. Program Director


Dr. Brian Anderson as the Ph.D. Program Director in the Department of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation

In our 5 Questions series, we will hear from those at the heart of the Bloch School – our faculty, staff students and friends.

5 Questions with Dr. Brian Anderson

  1. What brought you to the Bloch School? The chance to serve as Director of the Ph.D. program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. You can be a professor almost anywhere, but you don’t get the opportunity to lead a program very often. In this role, I get to help shape and influence the next generation of entrepreneurship professors, and I hope I can make a big impact.
  1. How did you get involved in academia? This is my ninth career, but I think I finally hit on it. I’ve been an entrepreneur, served in the military, worked in government and politics – all of which prepared me in some small way to be a professor. I really didn’t decide on academia until I was working on my Masters at the University of Denver, which is when I became interested in research and teaching. It really was something that emerged over time. As soon as I started my Ph.D. program, I knew that this is what I really loved to do.
  1. What’s your favorite spot in Kansas City? I’ve only been in Kansas City about a month, but so far my favorite spots are everywhere I can get barbecue. Barbecue makes me happy.
  1. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Be humble. I’ve had three terrific mentors, two professional and one personal, who really changed my life. All three gave me that same advice.
  1. What has been the proudest moment in your career? Any time a student returns after four or five years and says “I’m better at what I’m doing because I had your course.” I don’t think there’s any better validation that you’re making an impact as a teacher than hearing someone say “I can do what I’m doing better because of you,” or even better, “I’m a better person because of your class.” That’s what gives me the most satisfaction.

Tom and Henry Bloch Kick Off Fall First Wednesdays

crybcmhueaa8uqa“Tonight, you are in for a treat.” This introduction by UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton could not have rung truer.

Father and son duo Henry and Tom Bloch were welcomed to Bloch Executive Hall Sept. 7 with a standing ovation from a packed house.

“Do you think we can live up to it, dad?” Tom asked.

“Oh, I doubt it,” Henry laughed.

The Bloch’s presentation, “The Making of a Legend: A Conversation with Henry and Tom Bloch,” focused on Henry’s journey from student to struggling businessman to world-renowned entrepreneur.

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