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  Avila International Students cheer on Wizards  
  Kansas City, MO    
May 14, 2009

Avila University International Students teamed up with Cerner Corporation mentors to cheer on the Kansas City Wizards and their own Dom the Eagle.

Avila students from the countries of Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Costa Rica, China, Taiwan and Cameroon loaded a bus headed to see the Wizards take on Red Bull New York, courtesy of Cerner’s mentorship program. Cerner provided tickets, and students received Jimmy Conrad bobble heads and thundersticks at the game.

“The game was shown on ESPN 2 and there was a Stealth Bomber flyover to start the game,” said Eugene Peoples, International Student Services Coordinator. “The students had a great time, and the Wizards won 1-0 on a penalty kick.”

While the Wizards took home the win, they weren’t the only competitors on the field. During halftime, local high school and college mascots competed a Mascot Challenge. Avila’s Dom the Eagle tied 5-5 in the challenge, fitting for a sport that allows ties.

“The students had a great time and the game was very competitive,” Peoples said. “Plus, we were in a suite which contributed to a much more casual atmosphere.”

This is the third event that Cerner mentors have sponsored, and more events are scheduled for the summer. The partnership began when Cathy Mueller, Avila University Board of Trustee member and Vice President of Customer Service at Cerner, teamed up with Peoples to create the Avila Cerner Friendship Program. Through the program, mentors from Cerner are paired with international students to help them acclimate to the Kansas City community and introduce them to American corporate culture.

“The partnership is important because it allows a chance for our students to get off campus and see another part of Kansas City,” Peoples said. “ It provides a special and unique opportunity for our students to interact with other students from various cultures.”


Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.