New Arts and Sciences Faculty

September 28th, 2012

It is that time of year when we welcome new faculty and new staff to the college and introduce them to the A&S community. In the 46 years the editor has been at UMKC, he has always been impressed and excited by the wide array of talents and interests that appear among those who have joined us. This year is no exception as the reader will discover in the biographies that appear in our pages this month.

Cristina Albu is Assistant Professor of Art and Art History who specializes in contemporary art and critical theory and is interested in the crossovers between art, science, and technology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 and also has an M.A. from University of Warwick and two B.A. degrees from University of Bucharest. She is a 2011 recipient of an Andrew Mellon Foundation grant for participation in the Workshop in Cognitive Science/Neuroscience and the Humanities at Stanford University in 2011. Her recent articles include “Five Degrees of Separation between Art and New Media: Art and Technology Projects under the Critical Lens” (Artnodes, 2011), “The Temporalities of Soviet and Postcommunist Visual Culture: A discussion with Boris Groys and Petre Petrov” (with Robert Bailey, Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture, 2011), and “Between Expanded Consciousness and Expanded Bodies: Spectatorial Engagement with Invisible Architecture” (Athanor, 2010). She is currently working on a book focusing on mirroring processes and interpersonal modes of spectatorship in contemporary art.

Majid Bani-Yaghoub completed his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In January 2010, as a postdoctoral research associate, he joined the department of veterinary integrative biosciences at Texas A & M University. In addition to jointly teaching and developing an interdisciplinary graduate course in mathematical epidemiology, he developed a mathematical method to quantify the effectiveness of environmental decontamination for eradication of infection. In January 2011 he was offered a visiting assistant professorship at the department of mathematics to teach mathematical modeling and to facilitate the collaborative research between the two departments. This was continued by the interdisciplinary biomathematics research and lectureship of several courses at Texas A & M University. His current research is focused on mathematical modeling and analysis of infectious diseases with multiple transmission pathways. This includes modeling and numerical simulations of Escherichia coli and Salmonella infections in swine and cattle farms.

Rebecca Best is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department. She earned her MA and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her BA from East Carolina University. Her research focuses on terrorism and insurgency, particularly the effect of factionalization of a violent non-state actor on bargaining and conflict processes among non-state actors and between a non-state actor and a state. She is a member of the American Political Science Association, Peace Science Society (International), Midwest Political Science Association, International Studies Association, and Women in Conflict Studies. She has a forthcoming article (with Mark J. C. Crescenzi and Christine Carpino) in Conflict Management and Peace Science.  She and her husband are both from North Carolina, and are excited to experience life in a large city. They enjoy visiting museums, locally owned shops and restaurants, microbreweries, and say they cannot wait to visit the zoo.

Rebecca Miller Davis (History) is a historian of the 20th century, focusing mainly on race and media in the Jim Crow South.  Her teaching interests include modern America, African American history, media and propaganda, and the New South.  She is a native Virginian, earning a BA (2001) and MA (2003) from James Madison University and a PhD (2011) from the University of South Carolina.  She has taught at various colleges and universities in South Carolina, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kansas, and comes to UMKC from the University of Kansas, where she taught for three years.  When not overwhelmed by her new role as the mother of identical twin boys and passionately following SEC college football, she works on revisions of her dissertation on the Mississippi civil rights movement for publication.

Matthew Edwards is joining Foreign Languages and Literatures as an Assistant Professor. He is a graduate of McGill University and the University of Ottawa. He received his doctoral degree from Emory University (2009) in Contemporary Latin American Literature and was Assistant Professor of Spanish at Concord University before coming to UMKC. He has published articles focusing on 20th century Argentine history and culture and is finishing a book manuscript, titled Pleasure Points: Memories of Latin America’s Queer Pasts, that addresses how homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transgender subjects engage history and disrupt traditional ways of speaking about the past.

Andrew M. Fox is a full-time Instructor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. He completed his undergraduate studies at Point Loma Nazarene University and is completing his Ph.D. studies at Arizona State University. His research interests include social network analysis, gangs, and communities. He has conducted gang research in the United States, the Caribbean, and in El Salvador. Prior to coming to UMKC, Andrew served as a project manager and research analyst at the Center of Violence Prevention and Community Safety in Phoenix, Arizona. While working for the Center, Andrew participated in several local, state, and international research projects aimed at reducing violence. When not at work, Andrew enjoys spending time with family, and chasing around his one-year-old son, Emerson. After living in the desert for the past six years, he is looking forward to the winter in Kansas City.

Tasha Fox is an Instructor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. She earned her M.A. from Washington State University in 2009. Her research interests include autism and criminal justice, criminology, juvenile justice, and white collar crime. Prior to coming to UMKC, Tasha worked as a research analyst for the Department of Juvenile Corrections in Arizona. While working for the department, Tasha led a number of program evaluations for high-risk juveniles, including substance abuse, sexual behavior treatment, and mental health programming.

Ile Haggins (Coordinator of Field Education; Social Work) earned her BA in Theatre from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio and her MSW from the University of Kansas.  She holds an LCSW and comes to academia with 28 years of professional experience.  Ile has worked in both clinical and administrative arenas; and has held numerous positions including Child & Family Therapist, Program Director and Executive Director.  Her areas of focus are cultural diversity, children and adolescents and mental health. She has worked at various agencies throughout greater Kansas City, such as KU Medical Center, Children’s Mercy Hospital and Swope Health Services.  She serves on numerous community boards and organizations.

Jessica Halliday Hardie is Assistant Professor of Sociology who received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009. She most recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Population Research Institute at Penn State. Her research focuses on the transmission of inequality across generations, with particular attention to the transition to adulthood as a critical juncture in this process.  She has published research on racial dynamics in school settings, the development of young women’s work and family goals, and the role of economic hardship in young couple’s relationship quality. She is currently conducting research examining the relationship between maternal health and children’s well-being. Her teaching interests include family, research methods and statistics, population/demography, sociology of education, and social stratification. She says she is looking forward to taking advantage of the art scene in Kansas City since her partner is an art historian and in her past life she worked in theater. Lori also reports that she is an avid runner.

Seung-Lark Lim (Assistant Professor; Psychology) received his B.A and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Korea University. He completed a 3-year clinical psychology residency at Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea and obtained his clinical psychologist license from Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare in 2002. He worked as a research fellow at the University of Arizona from 2002 to 2004. He received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Indiana University – Bloomington in 2009. Prior to joining the UMKC faculty, he worked as a postdoctoral scholar in Neuroeconomics at California Institute of Technology from 2009 to 2011. His research utilizes computational, behavioral and functional neuroimaging (EEG and fMRI) techniques to understand the neural mechanisms of cognitive-affective interactions and decision-making in the brain and their implications for affective-behavioral dysregulation in normal and clinical populations (e.g., affective disorder, addiction, eating disorder).

Lori Sexton is joining the department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Missouri, Kansas City as an Assistant Professor.  She comes to UMKC from the doctoral program in Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine.  Prior to her graduate studies, Lori received a B.S. with honors in Human Development from Cornell University and an M.A. in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania.  Lori’s training has been interdisciplinary from the start—a strength that is reflected in both her research and teaching.  Her interests lie at the intersection of criminology and socio-legal studies, with a specific focus on prisons, punishment and the lived experience of penal sanctions.  Lori has experience with numerous large-scale studies of incarcerated populations that utilize face-to-face interviews with prisoners to better understand the experience of incarceration.  Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, and the Fletcher Jones Foundation, and has been published in Justice Quarterly and Criminology & Public Policy.  Lori strives to contribute to public criminology by encouraging dialogue about research in public and policy arenas.  To further this goal, Lori has co-authored numerous reports to state departments of corrections, provided testimony for state legislation, and presented her research findings to academic, practitioner, policymaker, and public audiences.

Donghui Yan is a visiting assistant professor in Statistics for the academic year of 2012-2013. His research interests lie broadly in statistical methodology and machine learning algorithms, as well as applied statistics in various domains. His research seeks to meet challenges from modern data, including dimensionality, scalability, structural complexity and varying data quality. His past research discovered connections between statistical perturbation analysis and the approximate computation of a broad class of problems such as large-scale computation in kernel-based learning. His previous work also characterizes the impact of data quality on a number of machine learning tasks such as classification and clustering. He received PhD in statistics from the University of California, Berkeley and was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA. Before that, in 2008 he was a Research Scientist at the Intel Research Lab in Berkeley, CA.

A&S Promotion and Tenure Recipients 2012

September 26th, 2012

We congratulate the following A&S faculty on receiving either promotion or promotion with tenure in 2012.  Those promoted to Associate Professor with tenure are: Haradara Bar-Nadav (English Language and Literature), John Barton (English Language and Literature), Jeffery Bennett (Sociology), Jared Bruce (Psychology), Viviana Greico (History), Sungyop Kim (Architecture, Urban Planning and Design), Toya Like-Haislip (Criminal Justice and Criminology), Nathan Oyler (Chemistry), Anthony Shiu (English Language and Literature), Linwood Tauheed (Economics), and Alberto Villamandos, (Foreign Languages and Literatures).

Those promoted to Professor are: Virginia Blanton (English Language and Literature), Elijah Gowin (Art and Art History), and Yong Zeng (Mathematics and Statistics).

Five New A&S Department Chairs as AY 2012-2013 Begins

September 26th, 2012

The five new chairs are: P. Elijah Gowin:  Art/Art History, Michael McDonald: Communication Studies, Stephanie Kelton: Economics,  K. Scott Baker: Foreign Languages  & Literatures, and Dale Neuman (Interim): Social Work.

Fast Fact

September 26th, 2012

The College hosted its Fall A&S Blood Drive; we had 86 volunteers and 63 units of blood were collected.

New Staff

September 26th, 2012

Carla D. Mebane is the new director of High School/College Partnerships- the UMKC dual credit program. She started her new position on June 11. Dr. Mebane comes from Northwest Missouri State University, where she served as the Dual Credit Coordinator since 2009. Her duties also included alternative certification, student teacher supervision and Kauffman Challenge “U” program. She previously taught at William Jewell College, Baker University and Northwest Missouri State. Mebane also was a middle school teacher in the North Kansas City School District for nine years.

Mebane received her Ed.D. in Leadership and Policy Analysis from University of Missouri-Columbia, a M.A. Ed. in School Leadership from Baker University, a M.S. Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from Lesley University and a B.S. Ed. in Elementary Education from William Jewell College. (Material for this item first appeared in U-Matters).

Margret Fenske is joining the Theatre Department as Theater Assistant. She has been working in and around theaters for many years. She has worked for Vassar Playhouse (near Topeka, KS), Music Theatre of Wichita, Glimmerglass Opera, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Opera, Kentucky Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera New Jersey, Ringling Barnum and Bailey Clown College, Stephens College, and spent fourteen years with Actors Theatre of Louisville.  Hobbies include 35 years of singing/directing/arranging music/regional staff with various Chorus Chapters of Sweet Adelines International. She has also been a church organist since the age of 15. Margret is delighted to come and be a part of theatre at UMKC. (Photo not available.)

New Books

September 26th, 2012

L. Randall Wray (Economics) has published two new books in 2012: Modern Money Theory, Palgrave; and Theories of Money and Banking, two volumes, Elgar For more see:




Jennifer Phegley, John Barton, and Kristin Huston (English) announce the publication of Transatlantic Sensations, a collection of essays on sensational literature of the nineteenth-century which they edited. It was published by Ashgate Press in May, 2012. For more see:




Xanath Caraza (Foreign Languages and Literatures) has her new full-length book of poetry, Conjuro,  coming out in October, 2012. It is published by Mammoth Publications.





Julie Urbanik (Geosciences) has had her first book, Placing Animals: An Introduction to the Geography of Human-Animal Relations, published by Rowman & Littlefied (2012).  For more see:




Frances Connelly (Art and Art History) has published a book-length study, The Grotesque in Western Art and Culture: The Image at Play, with Cambridge University Press. Here is the link to the book on the Cambridge website:




Robert Gamer (Emeritus, Political Science) has published the newest edition of his book Understanding Contemporary China, 4th Edition (Understanding Introductions to the States and Regions of the Contemporary World), Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2012 For more see: China_4th_Edition.



Faculty Awards and Recognitions

September 26th, 2012

Erik Olsen (Economics) has been named The Joseph Cabral Distinguished Scholar and Fellow at the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations. The fellowship provides continuing support to a current Rutgers fellow who has distinguished himself or herself by his or her research contributions. See:

Alex Holsinger (Criminal Justice and Criminology) was recently awarded the American Probation and Parole Association’s (APPA) award for academic contribution to the field of Corrections.  While it is referred to as the APPA University of Cincinnati Award, it is called that because of the long tradition of corrections-related research there. It is not an award by the University. The award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the probation and parole field or criminal justice technology. Recipients typically are individuals from an academic research institution or government agency who are not engaged in providing direct probation and parole services.

L. Randall Wray (Economics) has been awarded a $250,000 grant by The Institute for New Economic Thinking to study “Financing Innovation: An Application of a Keynes-Schumpeter-Minsky Synthesis.”  Wray will collaborate on the project with Mariana Mazzucato, of the University of Sussex in the U.K., to integrate two research paradigms that have strong policy relevance in understanding the degree to which financial markets can be reformed in order to nurture value creation and ‘capital development’, rather than value extraction, and destruction. (This item first appeared in U-Matters.)

Faculty Activities

September 26th, 2012

Xanath Caraza (Foreign Languages and Literatures) has been invited to present readings from her two recent books Corazón Pintado and Conjuro at the 2012 Obermann Humanities Symposium on “The Latino Midwest,” which will take place at the University of Iowa from October 11-13, 2012. This interdisciplinary symposium will examine the history, education, literature, art, and politics of Latinos in the Midwest. She also has been in Spain and Mexico this summer. She was awarded a writer’s residency in Spain, where she participated in a Poetry Festival in Barcelona at the 2012 Festival de Floricanto Barceloa: a Chicano-Charnego Encounter of Poetry. In Mexico, she was interviewed by Radio Universidad Veracruzana and one of her poems will be part of an art show at El Museo de Antropologia de Xalapa.

The Department of Art & Art History hosted two internationally-known visiting artists, Keith Achepohl and Lynn Manos, for a two week summer residency in July. Both artists gave lectures about their work in the Fine Arts Building located on the UMKC Volker Campus. The Department also held their first fall exhibition – the En Plein Air Painting Show.  This exhibition included artwork selected from the first annual Brush Creek Art Walk which was a public event held July 27 – July 29 along the scenic trail from Roanoke Road east to Elmwood. Painters registered for the event had three days to complete paintings en plein air (French for “in the open air”) along the creek. For more on the art walk, see: Brush Creek Art Walk. (These items first appeared in U-Matters.)

The Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design hosted a presentation by R. Crosby Kemper, Jr. in April to inaugurate the first in a series of presentations on how design happens in a city. According to their event announcement, “ A design patron is someone who challenges a professional designer to solve a pressing problem— be it furnishing a signature bank or leading a civic coalition to save a historic building.” They went on to say that R. Crosby Kemper, Jr. has exemplified what it means to be a design patron in Kansas City for well over five decades.

Michael Frisch (Architecture, Urban Planning and Design) has been elected to the governing Board of The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), a consortium of university-based programs offering credentials in urban and regional planning.  Acting together, the ACSP member school faculties are able to express their shared commitments to understanding the dynamics of urban and regional development, enhancing planning practices, and improving the education of both novice and experienced planners. The other board members are from Cornell University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Memphis and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

The Theatre Department has announced a new program of discounted tickets for UMKC faculty and staff at $10 (with campus ID card). For more see:

The UMKC School of Social Work held its 2012 Field Day event in the Student Union on August 24, 2012. This event brought together students in the Masters of Social Work Program who are in the field placement phase of their programs of study with their Field Supervisors, other agency representatives and UMKC Social Work alumni employed in their profession in the area for a morning of presentations and discussions. About 200 were in attendance.

Beth Miller (Political Science) has published an article titled: “Exploring the Economic Determinants of Immigration Attitudes.” (2012). Poverty and Public Policy, Volume 4, Issue 2.

Sookhee Oh (Sociology) taught Social Organization of East Asian Cities this summer at the International Summer School at the University of Seoul, Korea. The course focused on urban issues in East Asia and the dynamic social contexts of East Asian Cities such as Seoul, Tokyo, and Shanghai. This 5-week intensive summer school program offers courses in English in the areas of Asian Studies, International Studies, and Korean language. The program draws hundreds of students and faculty from the Americas, Europe, and Asia who wish to explore the densely populated megacity, Seoul, South Korea, and other parts of East Asia. Students generally take two courses and participate in many extracurricular cultural activities including a four-day trip to either Beijing, China, or Jeju Island, Korea, and to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), as well as experience Taekwondo and K-pop culture. For more see:

The International students wear a traditional Korean dress in this photo.


The UMKC High School College Partnership held its 2012 Annual faculty Conference at the Student Union on July 20, 2012. Eleven A&S departments were among the 15 academic programs present at the session.

Max J. Skidmore (Curators’ Professor of Political Science and Thomas Jefferson Fellow) has been invited to join the Scholars’ Strategy Network that Harvard professors Ben Veghte and Theda Skocpol are forming. Professor Veghte has called Skidmore’s work on Social Security “fascinating,” and says that he and Professor Skocpol wish to highlight it on the new Network.

Erik Olsen (Economics) presented an invited Lecture at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, Department of Economics: “The Economics of Cooperatives, Employee Ownership and Self-management”, March 19, 2012.

Judy Ancel (Economics) attended the United Association for Labor Education meeting in, March, 2012 in Pittsburgh. She organized and chaired a plenary discussion on Global Union Alliances Step by Step with Leo Girard, President United Steelworkers, Napoleon Gomez Urrutia, President, Los Mineros, Bruce Klipple, President United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers, and Benedicto Martinez, co-President, Authentic Workers Front.

W. Robert Brazelton (Emeritus, Economics) published “Towards a Synthesis of Institutional and Post Keynesian Economics” (with Charles J. Whalen), in Financial Instability and Economic Security after the Great Depression, edited by C. J. Whalen, 2012, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar. For more see:

L. Randall Wray (Economics) gave a presentation at the Institute for Global Law and Policy Pro-Seminar, Harvard University, June 2012. He was Co-organizer of conference, “Global Financial Fragility and the Development of Capitalist Finance”, Nankai University, Tianjin, June 2012, and also gave the plenary lecture. He was co-organizer of the Hyman P. Minsky Summer Seminar at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, June 2012; at which he gave two lectures.

Frederic S. Lee (Economics) published a number of items recently including “Heterodox Economics and its Critics,’ Review of Political Economy, 24.2 (2012) and “Pricing and Prices” with G. C. Gu in The Elgar Companion to Post Keynesian Economics, 2nd ed., edited by J. King, Edward Elgar, 2012. For more see:


He also presented a paper at the Political Economy and the Outlook for Capitalism Joint Conference 2012 on “The UK Research Assessment Exercise and the Narrowing of UK Economics”.

UMKC ‘Border Wars’ Workshop Draws Educators from Across the Country

A teacher’s workshop entitled Crossroads of Conflict: Contested Visions of Freedom and the Missouri-Kansas Border Wars was held in late July 2012. Sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the workshop is part of The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for Teachers and was funded by an $180,000 federal grant from the NEH. The workshop, directed by Diane Mutti Burke (History), drew a total of 80 educators for its two sessions. The group aimed to better understand the clash of cultures that played out on the Missouri-Kansas border. For more see:

Fast Fact

September 20th, 2012

The Community Blood Center reports, 45 of our donors were first-time donors.

Staff Corner

September 20th, 2012
New Staff:
Lana Burke, Dean’s   Office, Sr. Receptionist
Lisa Potts, HSCP, Administrative Associate I
Jessica Williams,   New Letters On the Air, Editorial Asst. II

Cyndi Mahoney, English,   Sr. Secretary, 10 years

Service Year Awards
Janine Hogan,   Economics/MCEE, Exec. Staff Asst. I, 15 years
Cyndi Mahoney,   English, Sr. Secretary, 10 years
Cathy Slack,   Dean’s Office, Accountant, 5 years
Liz Barton,   Dean’s Office, Academic Advisor, 5 years
Katherine Taylor, Economics, Sr.   Secretary, 5 years

Student Activities and Achievements

September 20th, 2012

Idris Raoufi, an undergraduate student in the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design has won the first J.C. Nichols Student Prize for junior-level students in in the department. His winning proposal,The Brookside Promenade, earned him the $500 prize.

Nicole Emanuel, a former major in the Philosophy Department and the founder of the InterUrban ArtHouse in Overland Park, will manage the $150,000 award for this effort considered a national pilot for Creative Placemaking. The award to the Arts and Recreation Foundation of Overland Park is one of the 80 National Endowments for the Arts “Our Town” grant awards announced in July and only one of four to receive the maximum amount. For more on the awards see:

For more on the project see:


Nazgol Bagheri (Interdisciplinary Ph.D. candidate in Geography and Sociology) has won several recent awards. Besides her recognition by the Association of American Geographers (AAG) earlier this year, she recently received an American Dissertation Fellowship by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is one of the largest and most prestigious sources of funding for graduate women and the competitions are highly competitive. This fellowship carries a stipend of $20,000 for a period of 12 months in which Nazgol will focus on publishing the results of her research in Tehran and finalizing her dissertation. For more see:

Sharon Reeber, who completed her MA in Art History in May 2012, had an article accepted for publication in the Zeitschrift fuer Kunstgeschichte, a four-language scholarly journal published by the University of Basel. This article, titled “Finding Harmony: What Adolf Hoelzel Learned from European Sacred Art” was adapted from her thesis (thesis advisor, Frances Connelly) and research travel was funded by a Women’s Council grant.

Oluseun (“Seun”) Idowu, an interdisciplinary Ph.D. student in Geosciences and Statistics, has been selected as one of 10 students nationwide to serve on the Council of Students from 2012 to 2014 for The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. This is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective collegiate honor society for all disciplines, and has more than 300 chapters across the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. For more see:

The following graduate students in Economics have published.

Salewa Olawoye (edited along with L. P. Rochon), Monetary Policy and Central Banking, Edward Elgar, 2012.

Alex Binder, “Institutional Economics and Catholic Social Teaching”. Oeconomicus, 2012, vol. 12, p. 8-22.

Gyun Cheol Gu “Pricing and Prices” (with Frederic S. Lee) in The Elgar Companion to Post Keynesian Economics, 2nd ed., edited by J. King, Edward Elgar, 2012.

Scott McConnell, “Review of the book Post Keynesian and Ecological Economics: Confronting Environmental Issues, eds. Richard P.F. Holt, Steven Pressman and Clive L. Spash.” Review of Political Economy, January 2012.
Natalia Bracarense, “Development Theory and the Cold War: The Influence of Politics on Latin American Structuralism,” Review of Political Economy, (forthcoming in October 2012)

Brian Warner (Graduate Student, Economics) presented a paper on “The Problems of the Coase Theorem,” and was one of three winners in the Association for Institutional Thought Student Competition. He presented his paper at the Association’s annual conference in Houston on 11-14 April 2012 and received a prize of $300.00.

Benjamin Wilson (Graduate Student, Economics) was awarded a Fellowship by the Association for Social Economics to attend their Summer School June 19-20th, 2012 at the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland. The value of the fellowship was $1,400.

Note from the Dean

September 20th, 2012

Thanks Dale!

The College of Arts and Sciences would like to sincerely thank Dale Neuman for his vision and effort in putting together our faculty and staff newsletter. Dale has done a terrific job over the past three years in keeping everyone up to date on what is happening in the College and highlighting faculty and staff achievements.

In July, Dale accepted the appointment as Interim Chair of the School of Social Work.  After this edition of the e-zine, he will be passing his editor responsibilities on to the incoming Marketing Specialist for the College. Watch for some changes in the coming months as the e-zine continues to evolve.  Thanks, Dale for creating a great foundation!

Dean F.  Wayne Vaught

Note from the Editor

September 20th, 2012

Since we began in 2009, at the request of the then Dean Karen Vorst, we have published 19 issues of information about a wide range of exciting and interesting activities of faculty, staff and students that have come to our attention. We have also helped applaud the achievements and recognitions garnered by those in the College. It has been fun and, I hope, found worthy of the hard work contributed by those who have helped make it possible. I have had help from many but the one who has quietly worked behind the scenes to make it into the attractive look at the College you have seen, Linda Smitka, would not let me credit her efforts. Our deal was that when my run was over, she would let me do so. So now I want to applaud Linda for making the Zine so visually attractive (and for catching all of my oversights). Thank you, Linda.

I will continue my duties with the UMKC Truman Center for Governmental Affairs, join the School of Social Work as Interim Chair through July 2013, and continue editing the UMKC Retirees Association Newsletter. Dale Neuman

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