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2013-2014 PRESS ROOM - Thursday, December  18, 2014

Girl Scounts Science LabNovember 21 , 2014
Avila students use their education to teach Girl Scouts
chnology, Engineering, Mathematics) event. Subjects covered were mathematics, engineering, technology, biology and chemistry.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


December 20, 2013
Two Football Players Named NAIA Scholar-Athletes
Two Avila University football players recently were honored as 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Football Scholar-Athletes. Full Story

December 10, 2013
Three from volleyball team honored as Scholar-Athletes
Three members of Avila University’s volleyball team recently were honored as 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Volleyball Scholar-Athletes. Full Story

December 6, 2013
Women’s soccer team sports five Scholar-Athletes
Five players on the Avila University women’s soccer team were named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athletes for their work on the soccer field and in the classroom. Full Story

speakerNovember 26, 2013
Students learn valuable life lesson in microfunding
On Nov. 25, each class had picked a few students to talk about not only who they made loans to, but also explained how the experience affected them and their ideas about the difference between loaning and charity. Full Story

adrianNovember 22, 2013
High school students inhabit ‘A Doll’s House’
A group of about 260 high school students from the Kansas City area got the chance to glimpse a snapshot of married life – 19th century style – when they took in a matinee performance of Avila University Theatre Department’s production of “A Doll’s House” the morning of Nov. 20 inside Goppert Theatre. Full Story

Dave DennyNovember 22, 2013
First track and field program to compete in spring 2015
Avila University will add track and field to its stable of men’s and women’s athletic teams, with its first official, competitive team scheduled to start in the spring of 2015.

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November 22, 2013
Two women’s harriers named Scholar-Athletes
Two juniors on the Avila University women’s cross country team were named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Women’s Cross Country Scholar-Athletes, the NAIA announced Nov. 22. Full Story

Regina StavesNovember 14, 2013
Psychology professor receives award from Children’s Trust Fund
Regina Staves, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at Avila University, has been awarded the CTF Chair Award by the Children’s Trust Fund in recognition of outstanding service on the organization’s board of directors as well as in the field of prevention. Full Story

VinceNovember 14, 2013
Education adjunct receives honor
Vincent M. Cascone, Ph.D., principal at Visitation Catholic School in Kansas City, Mo., was among 61 outstanding elementary and middle school principals from across the U.S. and abroad to be named as 2013 National Distinguished Principals by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). Full Story

Cerner ClassNovember 14, 2013
University teams with Cerner for certification
Avila University has partnered with one of the Kansas City area’s most prominent and respected corporations to form a unique program whereby associates can further their educations in a convenient way, on their job site, while maintaining full-time work schedules.Full Story

IKEA Reps and John HoltNovember 8, 2013
Execs extol the virtues of IKEA and its marketing
A rapt audience of about 320 marketers from the Kansas City area gathered Nov. 6 at Avila University and received a glimpse into the future … at least, when it comes to their shopping options in home furnishings. Full Story

bob harrisSeptember 12, 2013
Author brings The International Bank of Bob to Goppert
Bob Harris spoke to over 400 people in Goppert Theatre about hs book and micro financing. Before hs presentation, a one hour panel discussion was held in Whitfield Center featuring Bank of Blue Valley President Bob Regnier. Full Story

August 22, 2013
Advantage to launch mentoring project
The Avila Advantage Mentoring Project places students together in an organized structure whereby an experienced student passes along information and insight to new students, serving as a guide for new students and to the benefit of both mentor and mentee.Full Story

August 2, 2013
University secures gifts worth $2 million
Avila University received two grants from longtime supporters that could total $2 million, ensuring that students have cutting-edge technologies, modern learning centers and science labs.Full Story

July 30, 2013
Advantage adds four graduate certificates
New offerings include graduate-certificate programs in strategic human resources, executive coaching, executive leadership and instructional design and technology Full Story

foodJuly 26, 2013
Food & Culture course wins Clarion Award for curriculum design
Avila University was awarded a national Clarion Award by the Association for Women in Communication for one of its innovative interdisciplinary courses, the Food & Culture Course (IS 366). Full Story

aimeeJuly 1, 2013
Junior communication student wins award from international association
Aimee Adams, a junior communication major from Independence, Mo., received the 2013 Sharon Berzok Student Award from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) during the association’s national conference June 24 in New York. Full Story

arianneJune 26, 2013
Eagles junior receives prestigious Liston Award
Arianne Henry, who will be a senior this fall on the Avila University women’s basketball team, was selected as the recipient of the 2013 Emil S. Liston Award for all female athletes in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. Full Story


Anne KwonJune 20, 2013
Recent graduate receives scholar award from PeaceWorks
Recent Avila graduate Anne Kwon was honored with the Peace Studies Scholar Award, given annually by PeaceWorks Kansas City, an organization which since 1982 has been the leading voice in the area against the nuclear arms race. The Peace Studies Scholar Award bestows a prize worth $1,500 annually to a student studying peace and social justice at Avila University. Full Story

May 16, 2013
Avila baseball team advances to third national tournament in four years
The Avila University baseball team made school history, qualifying for the 2013 NAIA Baseball National Championship.Full Story

Communication studentsMay 14, 2013
Bringing Home the Gold
Communication students from Avila University were honored with three 2013 Gold Hermes Awards and one honorable mention as awarded by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, marking the second year in as many attempts that Avila students have captured this prestigious award. Full Story

Communication studentsMay 14, 2013
A “Super 8” for the Talon Students
CMembers of the Talon Media Network (TMN) brought home eight awards from the Missouri Collegiate Media Association (MCMA) 2013 Annual Conference, held April 21 in Joplin, Mo. Full Story

kc IABC award winnersMay 7, 2013
Students win KC/IABC awards
Avila communication students, sharing the spotlight with professionals from top Kansas City-area companies, were honored with Awards of Merit at the new KC/International Association of Business Communicators’ Quills Gala May 2. Full Story

May 6, 2013
Alums recognized as outstanding teachers
A pair of Avila University alums recently was named Outstanding Beginning Teachers by the Missouri Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (MACTE). Full Story

April 11, 2013
Avila Guarantees Scholarship Awards to Donnelly Graduates with a 3.0 Grade Point Average
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s marieMarch 21, 2013
S. Marie honored with award bestowed by George H. Nettleton Foundation
Avila University provost and vice president for academic affairs S. Marie Joan Harris, Ph.D., CSJ, was bestowed the second annual Elbert C. Cole Jr. Legacy Award by the George H. Nettleton Foundation during a ceremony March 15 at Mission Hills Country Club. Full Story

community service awardsMarch 11, 2013
Avila University Earns National Community Service Recognition for Fifth Consecutive Year
Avila University was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation, administered by The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Education, is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Full Story

March 1, 2013
Increasing enrollment drives success
Continuing a period of unprecedented growth and momentum that began more than a year ago, Avila University announced it had enrolled a record class of full-time undergraduate students for the spring 2013 semester.Full Story

February 15, 2013
English professor and wife scheduled to make book appearances
Stanley E. Banks, artist in residence and assistant professor of English in Avila University’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, is scheduled to make four appearances around the Kansas City area in the coming weeks to promote his latest book of poetry, entitled Blue Issues. Full Story

February 14, 2013
AVA Digital Awards go to Avila Communication Students
The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals’ (AMCP) announced its International AVA Digital Awards 2013 Competition winners and three Avila University Communication Students won individual honors while the Talon Advertising Group (TAG) also captured an impressive honor.  Full Story

February 6, 2013
University Surprises Family That Adopted Five Peruvian Children With Offer of $500,000 in Scholarships
While sharing the story of their family’s decision to adopt five Peruvian orphans with the ladies from “The View,” Lauren and Scott Sterling received the surprise of a lifetime when Avila University President Dr. Ronald Slepitza suddenly appeared on the stage to offer the seven Sterling children $500,000 in scholarships . Full Story

Jerusalem FarmJanuary 16, 2013 College, university students join in spirit of MLK Jr. to perform service Jan. 21
Scholars from both Avila University and Donnelly College will spend MLK Jr. Holiday at Jerusalem Farm giving back to community Full Story

January 15, 2013
Theatre students hired to build set for Kauffman-Starlight production
Harris, associate professor and director of technical theatre and design in Avila University’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and 10 of his former and current students are in the midst of a tremendous opportunity. They were asked to construct the set that will be used for “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley,” a children’s play co-produced by the Kauffman Center and Starlight Theatre.
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January 8, 2013
Thornhill Art Gallery Presents Modern Streets of an Ancient Empire
Angie Jennings has been a photographer for more than 20 years and utilizes skills acquired during this time to tell stories of life in a single image or series. She has exhibited in the Kansas City area as well as in Kansas, Colorado, Oregon, Oklahoma and Beijing. Full Story

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