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2014-2015 PRESS ROOM - Saturday, February  13, 2016


Avila Univesity Singers, with Amity BrysonNovember 16, 2015
University Singers and Amity Bryson, DMA, Take Rome Again
Music department chair shares her hopes for the University Singers ensemble performing in St. Peter’s Basilica during the summer of 2016. Full Story

Online Masters Program for FundraisingSeptember 16, 2015
Finding the “Secret Sauce” of Fundraising
Avila University Hosts Inspired Fundraising Summit featuring Dr. Adrian Sargeant, Director for the Center of Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth University and world renowned expert on donor relations; Dr. Gene Tempel, Founding Dean Emeritus of the Lilly School of Philanthropy, Indiana University. Full Story

Online Masters Program for FundraisingSeptember 16, 2015
Avila Offers Completely Online Master’s Program for Management/Fundraising
Avila University rolls out an online MA in Management/Fundraising led by internationally renowned scholar Dr. Adrian Sargeant with support from the Hartsook Institute for Fundraising Management. Full Story

KC Clay Guild Teabowl National 2015August 26, 2015
KC Clay Guild Teabowl National 2015 Exhibit at Avila’s Thornhill Gallery
KC Clay Guild presents the KC Clay Guild Teabowl National 2015. Eighty of the nation’s finest traditional and non-traditional ceramic tea bowls will be on display from August 28 – September 19 at Avila University’s Thornhill Gallery. Full Story

Trio SSS Program GrantAugust 14, 2015
Avila University awarded TRIO Student Support Services Program Grant
Avila has been awarded a 2015-2020 TRIO Student Support Service (SSS) Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Full Story

Avila University among top 50 most affordable small colleges for a human resources degreeJuly 31, 2015
Avila University among top 50 most affordable small colleges for a human resources degree in 2015
Humanresourcesmba.net placed Avila among the top 50 in the nation based on schools with an affordable price point and high value. Full Story

Pianos on Parade at Avila UniversityJuly 31, 2015
Pianos on Parade
Thanks to a sponsorship by Robert Hartsook, J.D.,Ed.D., the Goppert Theatre Lobby is home to an Avila University Centennial themed piano. Full Story

Great Value CollegesJuly 13, 2015
Avila University Named Top 100 Most Affordable Small Colleges West of the Mississippi
Avila University has been named top 100 Most Affordable Small Colleges West of the Mississippi by the national website, Great Value Colleges. The list consists of colleges and universities that “offer great value – that is, an ideal blend of high caliber and low cost." Full Story

June 13, 2015
MSOD — Leadership Coaching Exclusivity in Midwest
After an extensive application process, Avila University’s Master of Science in Organizational Development (MSOD) with a concentration or certificate in Leadership Coaching received recognition for Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH). Full Story

Sisters of St. Joseph honorary degrees at 2015 Avila University graduationMay 13, 2015
Sisters of St. Joseph honorary degrees
The 2015 graduation ceremony not only commemorated the 424 Avila University graduates, but also three Avila alumnae and sisters that participated in one of the most iconic movements in this nation’s history. Full Story

Avila students win awards for excellenceMay 3, 2015
Avila students win awards for excellence in student research
On April 11, Avila University students Austin Armstrong and Jordan Burns participated in the Beta Beta Beta District II Convention hosted by Southwestern College in Kan. where the two seniors presented separate research projects with Armstrong and Burns sweeping the competition. Full Story

Communication Student Wins Gold in 2015 International CompetitionMay 3, 2015
Communication Student Wins Gold in 2015 International AVA Digital Competition
The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals’ (AMCP) announced its 2015 International AVA Digital Awards Competition winners and Erin Casey Lee sophomore Communication student won individual honors for her campaign entitled “{I}nd the Stigma” (pronounced End the Stigma). Full Story

Beta Beta Beta Holds 17th Annual Induction CeremonyMay 3, 2015
Beta Beta Beta Holds 17th Annual Induction Ceremony
The Iota Pi Chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the national biological honor society, at Avila University recently held its 17th annual induction ceremony in the Whitfield Conference Center. Full Story


Dr. Snorgrass named top 100May 3, 2015
J. Anthony Snorgrass, Ph.D., MCRP, AICP, Named Top 100 Most Influential Kansas Citians
Avila University’s J. Anthony Snorgrass, Ph.D., MCRP, AICP, has been named Top 100 Most Influential Kansas Citians by the Kansas City Globe for his work in Education. Full Story



Paul Toler new CFOMarch 26, 2015
Paul Toler named the new Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services (CFO)
Paul Toler has accepted the Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services (CFO) position and will start June 1, 2015. He will be a forward-thinking and strategic leader for the university and a collaborative member of the Executive Committee. Full Story


Avila Kennedy Award winnersMarch 17, 2015
Avila's talent brings home Kennedy awards
Students in Avila’s Theatre Department recently returned with several national awards in tow from the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival Region V Conference. Full Story

January 16, 2015
School of Education to launch two new international programs in fall 2015
Avila University's School of Education will offer two new international education degrees in the fall of 2015 designed for students – both international and domestic – who want to go on to careers with institutions, agencies and schools around the world. Full Story

January 9, 2015
Cathryn Pridal, Ph.D., is new VP for Academic Affairs
Previously VP for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Cottey College, Pridal assumes position from Marie Joan Harris, CSJ, Ph.D., starting in June. Full Story

Girl Scounts Science LabNovember 21, 2014
Avila students use their education to teach Girl Scouts
Avila's Tri-Beta National Biologic Honor Society hosted 80-90 Girl Scouts last Saturday for a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) event. Subjects covered were mathematics, engineering, technology, biology and chemistry. Full Story

Pre-med senior presents at conferenceNovember 21, 2014
Pre-med senior presents research at large regional conference
As a presenter at the Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Armstrong was an undergraduate in a place and role typically reserved for graduate students, doctors and faculty members. Full Story

Anna McDonaldNovember 10, 2014
Directed study students complete project for MoDOT
Students in professor David Bower’s Recruitment & Selection course this fall will have some solid real-world experience to put on their resumes. Full Story

Anna McDonaldOctober 27, 2014
Art student's project selected for publication
Avila art student Sean Allen’s Notes From Home project for professor Eric Winters' ID class not only was selected for publication by Creative Quarterly, but CQ put it on their home page! Full Story

Anna McDonaldSeptember 17, 2014
Judge discusses Constitution with students on Constitution Day
Mary Weir, J.D., an associate circuit judge in Missouri, delivered the Constitution Day lecture to a Whitfield conference room audience of about 100 students. For an hour, she broke down the Constitution amendment by amendment, explaining why they came about and how profoundly they affect our everyday ways of life in this country. Full Story

Anna McDonaldAugust 28, 2014
Fundraising Summit inspires full house in Goppert
About 450 Fundraising professionals received a veritable smorgasbord of information during the Inspired Fundraising Summit 2014. Attendees received an entertaining presentation by world-renowned fundraising expert Adrian Sargeant, Ph.D. and listened to the discussion of the panel featuring three of the Kansas City area’s most distinguished and revered philanthropists, Henry Bloch, William Dunn Sr. and Jeanne Hamilton Olofson ’92, ’94, ‘11. Full Story

s marie harrisAugust 28, 2014
Higher education leaders gather to discuss the future
It effectively was a summit of college and university presidents and administrators from throughout Kansas and Missouri. The 15th annual Ingram’s Higher Education Industry Outlook assembly drew 21 top administrators of Kansas and Missouri higher education July 29 to Avila University’s Thornhill Gallery for an afternoon of conversation. Full Story

Anna McDonaldAugust 7, 2014
Avila welcomes three trustees to board
S. Mary McKay, CSJ, Ph.D., S. Irene O’Neill, CSJ, Ed.D., and Vercie Lark are the newest members of Avila University’s Board of Trustees, the University announced recently.Full Story

Anna McDonaldJune 11, 2014
Avila president speaks to the community
Avila President Ron Slepitza, Ph.D., CSJA, was the featured guest for the entire hour on the Live With Rink and Laura radio program May 27 on 1660 AM, KMBZ Business Channel. Full Story

Anna McDonaldJune 3, 2014
Upward Bound director assumes leadership role
Avila University was featured prominently in the Summer 2014 newsletter for the MO-KAN-NE region of Upward Bound, the federally-funded program that takes first-generation and/or low-income high school students and prepares them for college. Full Story

May 30, 2014
Advantage students win Quills award
Three students in an Avila Advantage marketing class recently were honored for their work. Full Story

Jan AldersonMay 27, 2014
Avila professor headed for National Teachers Hall of Fame
Jan Alderson, an adjunct professor at Avila University, teaches special methods biology. She also teaches full-time as an honors biology teacher at Shawnee Mission South. Full Story

stephanieMay 7, 2014
Business students win $10,000 award from DST
Four Avila University business students recently won first place in the Gould Scholastic Award competition, sponsored by DST Systems, Inc., for their project dealing with the issue of big data. Full Story

Film FestMay 6, 2014
High school students attend film fest at Avila
Make It!!!, Avila University’s High School Film Festival took place April 25 in the Dallavis Production Studio. An enthusiastic crowd of students, parents and Avila faculty attended the festival.  Full Story

AED SocietyApril 30, 2014
Prestigious pre-health honor society installed at Avila
Avila University became the only institution of higher education in the Kansas City and surrounding areas to house a chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, an honor society for pre-health students. Full Story

Social WorkApril 23, 2014
Senior social work students present capstone projects at Kauffman
Nineteen senior social work students displayed posters and gave 8-10-minute presentations on their capstone projects during the Senior Social Work Colloquium the morning of April 22 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. Full Story

Jennifer CardinalApril 15, 2014
Caring More: Social work alum receives prestigious award
Cardinal, who graduated from Avila University with a bachelor’s in social work as Jennifer Muench in 2010, has put those understandings to practical use in her efforts in social work and recently was recognized for that work. Full Story

Talon AwardsApril 15, 2014
Talon staff brings home six awards from MCMA conference
Members of the Talon Media Network brought home six awards from the Missouri Collegiate Media Association (MCMA) 2014 Annual Conference, held April 12-13 in Kirksville, Mo., that ranged across the media spectrum. Full Story

Art and Design Students Bring Home ADDYsFebruary 21, 2014
Art and Design Students Bring Home ADDYs
Two students in Avila University’s School of Visual and Communication Arts recently attended the American Advertising Federation Kansas City ADDY Awards ceremony and returned to the University with more than they had when they left. Full Story

Cheer and Dance Teams Dominate Conference CompetitionFebruary 19, 2014
Cheer and Dance Teams Dominate Conference Competition
The Avila University Cheer and Dance teams took home the 2014 Heart of America Athletic Conference Spirit Squad Championship this weekend at Baker University’s Collins Center in Baldwin City, KS. Full Story


VP for Advancement 'Influential Woman'January 22, 2014
VP for Advancement selected as 'influential woman' by KC Business magazine
Angie Heer, Vice President for Advancement and External Relations at Avila University since October, 2011, has been selected as a member of the 2014 Class of Influential Women by KC Business magazine. Full Story


Ken Carter visits Avila University's Men's Basketball TeamJanuary 7, 2014
Real-life Coach Carter Visits with Avila Basketball Team
Ken Carter, the subject and inspiration for the 2005 movie Coach Carter, was a recent guest of the Avila University men’s basketball teamFull Story


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