SCE is excited about the recent UMKC announcement that the Robert W. Plaster Foundation of Lebanon, Mo., has made a significant contribution to support a new Free Enterprise Center on UMKC’s Volker Campus. The Plaster Foundation’s contribution, described as “a significant seven-figure gift,” follows a $5 million pledge last fall from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
The Free Enterprise Center will be housed in a new building at the site of a vacant structure at 215 Volker Boulevard. The multi-disciplinary center will serve the School of Computing and Engineering and the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, UMKC’s fastest-growing academic units, and provide a platform for invention, research and education for entrepreneurs, educators, researchers, industry and students.
A request for half of the funding for this state-of-the-art $14.8 million project has been submitted to a Missouri’s matching capitol funds for higher education request program.
Our SCE Dean Kevin Truman and our SCE Development Director Minda Mason are part of the UMKC team which has developed and supported this opportunity. Indeed, all of our SCE faculty and staff are looking forward to seeing the Free Enterprise Center project completed. See the full story in UMKC Today.