Klassie Alcine: Putting political experience to work

Bachelor of Arts: Political Science and Criminal Justice and Criminology, 2009; Master of Public Administration, 2011 | College of Arts & Sciences; Henry W. Bloch School of Management
Title: Director of community engagement, Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas
Hometown: Blue Springs, MO

Klassie Alcine portrait

Why did you choose UMKC?

During high school, I visited 10 colleges, both in-state and out-of-state. I was looking for a college with small class sizes and world-class professors. I wanted to have a full-circle experience in education, culture, diversity and internship opportunities.

Were you the first person in your family to attend college?

No, however, I am a second-generation Haitian-American, and I am so honored to be an Afro-Latina. UMKC welcomes diversity and provides a fantastic multicultural office to help students feel accepted and supported. UMKC is here to help you through your life journey. Whatever fear you have – know that you are good enough.


How did you choose your field of study?

When I came to UMKC, I wanted to be a criminal defense attorney. While interning for the city of Kansas City, MO, my supervisor told me, “Your personality is way too big to be an attorney. You need to work in politics.”

After my internship, I was managing and directing city, county, state, and national political campaigns. My job is figuring out what voters are passionate about and listening. It’s all about encouraging the heart and uplifting other people. Politics achieved that for me. I wanted to represent candidates who aligned with my values.

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Tanner Chergosky Lives Heavy, Travels Light

Business Administration | Henry W. Bloch School of Management
Graduation Year: 2017

Have you attended college before?

I completed an associate’s degree in Minnesota.

Are you a first-generation college student? If so, what does that mean to you?

Yes. It’s an opportunity to make my parents proud.

“All the (Bloch School) professors seem like they really know what they’re talking about…They’re very professional, and I feel like I’m learning a lot.”

What brought you to Kansas City?

I assist a photographer with his stuff. I thought it would be a good idea to go back to school. I do enjoy school. This is my first semester back.

How did you hear about UMKC?

My parents really wanted me to go back to school. This was the only university in Kansas City I felt was a good value. Plus, it’s really centralized.


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Their Success is Her Success

Photo by Brandon Parigo, Strategic Marketing and Communications

Jade Robinson wants to help people be financially literate

Get to know our students, and you’ll know what UMKC is all about.

Jade Robinson, July 2017
 Bachelor of Business Administration
School: Henry W. Bloch School of Management
Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas
Organizations: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

You’re graduating soon. What’s next?

I have a full-time job, but my goal is to get started on a master’s degree in auditing. I’d really like to become an internal auditor.

Why did you choose your field of study?

I have a love of banking. So many people don’t understand the importance of financial literacy, and I want to teach people about it. I love helping people.

The program’s challenges are remembering formulas and which to use for what. But the possibilities are open for jobs and careers – you can do so much with it.

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Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership Awarded $396,000 Kauffman Grant for Capacity-Building

Primary objectives will be to sustain and enhance the capacity of the metro region’s nonprofits and expand the center’s own capacity for data analysis

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has awarded The Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Missouri-Kansas City a two-year, $396,800 grant to continue and expand its work to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan region.

This grant will support the center’s extensive portfolio of nonprofit leadership and organization development programs and services, as well as expanding the center’s research capacity in the areas of social entrepreneurship and governance at the Center, which is a unit of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. The grant will also be used to create Learning Circle programs for nonprofit organizations.

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Brian Klaas Takes Helm of Bloch School

On the job less than week, he has bold plans for a ‘connected’ school offering ‘transformative’ experiences for students, community

Brian Klaas, Ph.D., has a two-pronged task as he takes the helm as the new Dean of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City: helping to chart a 21st-century course for one of the nation’s leading management schools, while preserving and renewing the vision of its 94-year-old namesake patron.

He relishes the challenge.

“The Bloch School has always stood for excellence, and for its commitment to Henry Bloch’s vision for Twin Pillars of excellence in the for-profit and not-for-profit spheres,” Klaas said. “That commitment will not change. But one key challenge will be finding ways to ensure that our programs and curriculum are sufficiently responsive to some of the changes we are likely to confront over the coming years. The pace of change is increasing rapidly and we will need to be vigilant to ensure that our programs and curriculum are responsive to changes in technology, the job market for graduates and the needs of organizations, here in Kansas City, and around the world.”

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