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2011 PRESS ROOM - Thursday, July  24, 2014


December 5, 2011
FBI agent discusses famous case with business students
If you're a real cinephile, you might recognize the name Bob Herndon. He was one of the real-life special agents for the Federal Bureau of Investigation who worked the case portrayed in the movie, "The Informant," released in 2009 and starring Matt Damon. Full Story

December 2, 2011
Advantage student to have psychology paper published
Cherie Congour started out researching a paper for a class project about Terry Blair, who went on a murderous rampage in 2002 in the Kansas City area. As she delved deeper into her research, what began as a simpler profile of a serial killer morphed into something much broader, with a much more sweeping impact. Full Story

December 2, 2011
Campus Services Truck Gets Extreme Makeover
Mike Boos ('95) and his brother Matt recently donated their time and resources to clean and detail the red pickup used by Campus Services. Full Story

November 22, 2011
President Slepitza visits country steeped in tradition, innovation and conflict
Describing and summarizing all he saw, heard and experienced during a recent six-day visit to Israel in brief, concise verbiage and thoughts is pretty much impossible, Avila president Ron Slepitza, Ph.D., admits. The issues and complexities of the culture within the country and those in surrounding territories and countries simply don't allow for brief summation. Full Story

November 22, 2011
High school students enjoy a mid-autumn morning's "Dream"
The performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream the mornings of Nov. 16 and 17 in Goppert Theatre were far from typical for the Avila University theatre department. It was Avila's annual invited high school matinees, and a pair of sold-out crowds totaling more than 1,000 high school students from around the Kansas City area filled the theatre... Full Story

November 16, 2011
Avila University names first Hartsook Institute Scholar
Avila University's Hartsook Institute for Fundraising today announced that Robin Rowland, executive director of development at Avila University, has been named the first Eugene Tempel Scholar. This award is given to a student demonstrating outstanding academic achievement who is enrolled in the Master of Arts in Management fundraising degree program. Full Story

November 16, 2011
Psychology chair collaborates in three-state regional "tuning" project
Marcia Pasqualini, Ph.D., chair of Avila University's Department of Psychology, traveled to Indianapolis Nov. 4 for a one-day kickoff meeting of psychology educators from across Missouri, Indiana and Illinois with the purpose of evaluating and "tuning" college psychology programs.
Full Story

November 3, 2011
Renowned Dharma teacher speaks of mindfulness
It seemed fitting that a world-renowned expert and teacher of mindful meditation began a 1 ½-hour session with Avila University faculty, students and staff with 2-3 minutes of quiet, peaceful meditation. It was Br. Chan Huy's way of getting himself and his audience totally in the moment and ready to accept his – and the group's – musings on mindful health. Full Story

October 31, 2011
English professor has poetry critiqued in new anthology
English professor Stanley E. Banks, who has spent much of his time critiquing the works of students the past 14 years at Avila University, recently had some of his own work critiqued by a renowned author and poet in an anthology published this year by The Backwaters Press. Full Story

October 25, 2011
Missouri University Uses Early Indicator Technology to Improve Retention
Ottawa, Ontario – Oct. 24, 2011 – Vocantas announced today that Avila University in Missouri has deployed Scaller™, it's proven successful interactive voice response (IVR) solution for student retention. Full Story

October 21, 2011
Missionaries talk to class about experiences in Haiti
It's not many people who embrace as a mission in life to serve underprivileged people in one of the poorest countries in the world. Grant Roszkowiak said he knew he wanted to live and work in Haiti when he was just 16. Full Story

October 12, 2011
Avila to help underwrite upcoming lecture on Darwin
Avila University, in partnership with the Kansas City Public Library, will present, in part, a free lecture as part of the Harry S. Truman Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at the library's Plaza Branch. Full Story

October 3, 2011
Professor receives grant to create Web site for psych educators
Marcia Pasqualini, chair of Avila University’s School of Psychology, was doing just fine with her own program, but often thought, what would be the advantages of collaborating with other professors and teachers of psychology at the collegiate and high school levels throughout the Kansas City area? Now, because of her recent proposal to - and grant received from - the Association for Psychological Science (APS), she’s going to get the chance to find out. Full Story

September 27, 2011
Two new executives to lead fundraising
Angela Heer, who has spent the last 10 years fundraising for Harvesters – The Community Food Network, has accepted a position as vice president for advancement and external relations, and Robin Rowland, who has led development and public relations efforts for The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City the past six years, has been appointed executive director of development, Avila president Ron Slepitza, Ph.D., announced today. Full Story

September 22, 2011
Trifecta of two-goal games garners Eagles forward NAIA player of the week honors
Alyssa D’Egidio, a junior forward from Canton, Ohio, scored two goals each in three consecutive games for the undefeated Avila women’s soccer team and was named the NAIA offensive player of the week for the week ended Sept. 18. Full Story

September 22, 2011
Avila reaches out to Catholic high school students with amazing new scholarship guarantee!
To demonstrate its commitment to Catholic education, beginning in January, 2012, Avila is proud to announce the start of a new tradition – the Avila University Guarantee. Catholic high school graduates who attend Avila beginning their freshman year will receive a minimum of $10,000 in scholarship per year. Full Story

September 20, 2011
Speakers talk to students about ties that bind us – nationally and globally
If the U.S. Constitution forms the framework which ties all Americans together in leading its citizens to accomplish common means, then the United Nations does the same for the world at large. That was, in essence, the message of two speakers from the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City who spoke to a group of students and faculty at the Constitution Day Lecture the morning of Sept. 19 in the Whitfield conference room. Full Story

September 9, 2011
Dignitaries dedicate sign of what Avila is … and is to become
“A sign that represents a sign of open arms” – that’s how Avila president Ron Slepitza, Ph.D., described the university’s new monument signage to a gathering of about 100 people braving the late-summer heat under a white tent in front of Goppert Theatre the evening of Aug. 31. Full Story

August 31, 2011
Public reading of Homer classic to be held at Avila
The English department in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Avila University is hosting a public reading of Homer's The Odyssey, beginning at 8 a.m. Sept. 20 near the fountain on the quad.Full Story

August 23, 2011
Avila's Thornhill Gallery to premiere interactive/3D exhibit of Joplin storm images
The Thornhill Gallery will premiere {HOPE}'s Stations: Faith, Patriotism & Brands, an interactive exhibit by Avila University professor J. Anthony Snorgrass, Ph.D., showcasing photographs and video he shot while working with the Joplin, Mo. tornado {HOPE} Station relief teams throughout the summer. Full Story

August 18, 2011
Pair of Avila undergrads to have article published in periodical
Avila University biology professor Robert Powell has had more than 100 works of his writing published in books and magazines over the years, so he knows what he's talking about when he says it's difficult and rare for undergraduate students to get anything published. Full Story

August 18, 2011
Kansas City mayor Sly James gets presidential tour of Avila campus
Avila University and President Ron Slepitza welcomed Kansas City Mayor Sly James to campus the afternoon of Aug. 10 for a visit and a tour of the university's new facilities. Full Story

August 15, 2011
Avila cheerleader named a 2011 Collegiate All-American
Emily Hamblin always could be considered the quintessential Avila University student – a dedicated scholar in art education, enthusiastic participant on the school’s cheerleading squad, well-liked by her peers and professors alike. Full Story

August 4, 2011
Two recent Avila graduates earn Clarion Awards
A pair of recent graduates from Avila University's School of Visual and Communication Arts were recognized nationally for their work by the Association for Women in Communications. Full Story

August 2, 2011
Avila biology professor honored for meritorious teaching
Avila biology professor Robert Powell has been awarded the Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology in honor of his years of guiding undergraduate students in the study of amphibians and reptiles. Full Story

August 2, 2011
Members of Avila football team help inner-city youth learn the game
On July 15, coaches and players on the Avila University football team visited an area near downtown Kansas City, Mo. and put on a free football camp for the KC Urban Youth Center. Full Story

August 2, 2011
Avila film professor makes most of Mexican holiday
Benjamin Meade, a film professor in Avila's School of Visual and Communication Arts, spent much of his summer "vacation" in Mexico. While there, he fully immersed himself in the local culture, even taking time out of one day to give guitar lessons to local orphans. Full Story

July 18, 2011
Students can start catching the Subway in early August
One of the many improvements to the Avila University campus will become reality for students and staff in early August when world-renowned sandwich shop, Subway, opens an on-campus location adjacent to the refurbished Whitfield Center lobby. Full Story

July 14, 2011
Well-known Kansas City golf expert to lead Avila programs
Robin Nigro, director of the Robin Nigro Golf Academy in south Kansas City, has been appointed head men's and women's golf coach at Avila University, Gary Gallup, Avila director of athletics, announced today. Full Story

July 12, 2011
Avila names Daryl Cronk as its new baseball coach
Daryl Cronk, who most recently served as an assistant coach at Rockhurst University, has been named head baseball coach at Avila University, according to Gary Gallup, director of athletics.
Full Story

July 7, 2011

Avila basketball player receives prestigious conference honor
Addie Buckler, a senior on the Avila University women's basketball team, recently was selected as the 2011 Heart of America Athletic Conference Emil S. Liston Award recipient. By earning selection for the conference award, Buckler automatically is nominated for the national Liston Award. Full Story

June 28, 2011
Avila IT team wins big award at Jenzabar Annual Meeting
Members of Avila University’s Information Technology department were honored recently at the Jenzabar Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Full Story

June 23, 2011
Avila names two to its Board of Trustees
Ana Valdez and Christine Ojile are the two newest members of Avila University's Board of Trustees, the University announced recently. The two women were nominated for service and then vetted by a board committee that handles selection of new trustees. Full Story

June 16, 2011
Avila professor aids relief team in Joplin
J. Anthony Snorgrass, a professor in Avila University's School of Visual and Communications Arts and owner of AdVantage Associates, has joined forces with iKros and HOPE Station to assist with communications associated with the delivery of relief supplies and services in tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo. Full Story

June 16, 2011
Avila online course earns recognition from national organization
An online course in Avila University's Advantage undergraduate catalog will be recognized for excellence next month at the annual conference of a leading educational software firm that specializes in corporate learning management systems. Full Story

May 31, 2011
Visit by Russian social service delegates deemed success by all involved
By all accounts, the recent week-long visit by a delegation of Russian social service professionals to Avila University was a smashing success … except for having to dodge a tornado or two. Not only did the Russian delegates learn how American social systems operate, but the visit also gave a class of Avila students the opportunity to learn how social services half a world away compare to those here. Full Story

May 31, 2011
Recent graduate went to great lengths to earn master's
When Larry Black reached the podium to deliver the graduate student address at Avila University's 2011 commencement ceremony, he had reason to feel especially proud. His road to graduation was like no other among the 350 or so fellow graduates who walked across the stage that day at the Independence Events Center to receive diplomas.Full Story

May 26, 2011
Avila University Receives National Recognition for Community Service
Washington, D.C. – As colleges across the country honor their graduates this commencement season, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored Avila University as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Avila was admitted for the third consecutive year to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. Full Story

May 25, 2011
Avila grad student to blog bilingually from national convention
Avila University psychology graduate assistant Yoshitaro Oba has been asked by the Association of Psychological Science not only to present at the organization's national convention later this week, but also to tape a video blog about the event in two languages. Full Story

May 19, 2011
Larry Hayes receives 2011 Ariston Award
Larry Hayes, who recently completed a bachelor of arts in business administration from Avila University, is the 2011 recipient of the Ariston Award, given annually to a top senior undergraduate for work both in and out of the classroom. Full Story

May 16, 2011
Avila English professor to appear on KC radio program
Avila University English professor Stanley E. Banks is scheduled to be interviewed next week on "KC Currents," a radio talk program broadcast on KCUR, 89.3 FM. Full Story

May 9, 2011
Three Avila students honored with Bronze Quill Awards
Three Avila communications students recently were honored for their work at the Bronze Quill Gala, sponsored by the Kansas City International Association of Business Communicators. Full Story

May 6, 2011
Filmmaker from India screens docs for Avila students
Ranjan Kamath, a documentarian from India who has spent two decades working for the likes of the British Broadcasting Company, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel, screened two of his films for Avila University students and faculty May 2 in the Dallavis TV production studio. Full Story

May 6, 2011
Avila professor to curate program during Kansas City film event
Avila film professor Ben Meade will serve as curator of an outdoor movie screening event this Saturday night, May 7, as part of America: Now and Here, part of a traveling series of programs that presents a cross-disciplinary experience in visual art, poetry, music, theater and film. Full Story

May 5, 2011
Avila biology student, professor take in Novus Science Day in St. Louis
An Avila University biology student and professor recently traveled to St. Louis, where they not only learned about bio-technology and factory farming, but perhaps even more importantly, how to work into a field of science at the professional level. Full Story

May 5, 2011
Experts extol virtues of social media to captivated AMA audience
Three heavy hitters in the business/marketing world spent more than two hours explaining the process and extolling the virtues of social media to about 300 captivated professionals and students during the American Marketing Association Annual Seminar Full Story

May 3, 2011
Trustee to receive honorary doctorate from Avila
Jeanne Hamilton Olofson, whose gifts of philanthropy have helped extend the university's mission from endowing student scholarships to beautification of the campus, will be presented a Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) degree during Avila's 2011 graduation ceremony May 14 at the Independence Events Center in Independence, Mo. Full Story

May 3, 2011
Avila names Gary Gallup as new athletic director
Gary Gallup, a veteran of 34 years in intercollegiate athletic administration, including NCAA Division I and Division II institutions, has been appointed as the new Director of Athletics and Recreation at Avila University, it was announced today by Ned Harris, vice president of enrollment and student development. Full Story

May 3, 2011
Avila alum joins KC mayor's staff
Avila University will have a little bit of representation when it comes to having the ear of Kansas City's new mayor. Full Story

May 3, 2011
"C'mon, get happy!" - Group of VIS-COM students paint van as class project
Members of professor Ben Meade's Interdisciplinary Studies course, IS 332, recently participated in what they called an "art happening." Full Story

May 2, 2011
Members of the Eagle's football team attend Ventura's senior prom
Members of the Avila University football team spent part of the day April 28 visiting and spending time with seniors at the Villa Ventura Retirement Home in south Kansas City. Full Story

April 27, 2011
School of Nursing receives new learning tool through the good graces of SJMC
Students of Avila University's School of Nursing will have a new piece of equipment with which to simulate practical learning beginning next fall. Full Story

April 21, 2011
Avila student receives EWI scholarship award
Tonia Titus, a student in Avila University's Advantage program, recently was awarded a $2,000 EWI ASIST scholarship to use to further her education. Full Story

April 19, 2011
Longtime Avila baseball skipper notches 300th career win
Ryan Howard, who took over the Avila University baseball program directly after graduating from the university in 2002, reached a milestone by winning the 300th game of his career in a 9-4 victory in the first game of a double-header April 16 at arch-rival William Jewell. Full Story

April 19, 2011
Avila to host major AMA event
Avila University's Goppert Theatre once again will be host to the American Marketing Association's Annual Seminar, scheduled for 8 a.m.-noon May 3. The topic for the 2011 Seminar – and, one of the hottest topics in marketing today – will be social media and its role in business marketing strategies. Full Story

April 18, 2011
Avila appoints Berna head football coach
Justin Berna, who in January joined the Avila University football staff as offensive coordinator, has been named the Eagles' head football coach, according to Ned Harris, Ph.D., Avila's vice president for enrollment and student development. Full Story

April 15, 2011
Talon Media Network receives six MCMA Awards
The Talon Media Network dominated the Design category at the 2011 Missouri Collegiate Media Association Awards for Division 3 schools for the second straight year. Full Story

April 13, 2011
Former professor returns to Avila to help with retreat
Sr. Helen Miljour, CSJ, isn't very good with remembering dates and times, so she can't tell you exactly what year or years she taught at Avila. Full Story

April 1, 2011
Avila VIS-COM professor teaches course in Hungary
Nicole Esquibel, assistant professor in the Department of Visual and Communications Arts at Avila University, recently returned from a trip to Pecs, Hungary, where she taught a course in video activism as a visiting professor and lecturer. Full Story

March 29, 2011
Avila to host fourth drama camp this summer
For the fourth straight year, Avila University will host a two-week drama camp for students between grades 7-12. Full Story

March 28, 2011
KC theatre production to have large Avila presence
A production currently being put on by Theatre for Young America in the Kansas City area has a very heavy Avila University flavor. Full Story

March 23, 2011
Avila graphic design students continue success at regional level
It appears Avila University graphic design students Jonathan Mahoney and Roberto Camacho weren't satisfied with simply ruling the ADDY Awards at the local level. Full Story

March 15, 2011
Avila students volunteer at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore
A group of Avila University students from professor Ben Meade's Fundamentals of Communications course recently spent a service learning project volunteering at ReStore, part of Habitat for Humanity, which helps builds houses for needy families. Full Story

March 11, 2011
Avila women draw nation's No. 1 team in first round of national tourney
The NAIA Division I women's basketball tournament committee sure didn't do the Avila women's basketball team any favors Wednesday night. Full Story

March 11, 2011
Avila University Joins the Prestigious Group of Organizations Approved by Project Management Institute to Provide Project Management Training
Avila University's Advantage Program announces it is now approved by Project Management Institute to become a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) effective Jan. 1, 2011. Full Story

March 8, 2011
Avila women take HAAC tourney championship, qualify for nationals
The never-say-die Avila University women's basketball team dug itself out of a nine-point hole midway through the second half and defeated Graceland, 74-70, to win its first-ever Heart of America Athletic Conference post-season tournament Monday at Mabee Fieldhouse. Full Story

March 7, 2011
Eagles women advance to HAAC championship game
Avila University's women's basketball team, behind a stellar performance from junior point guard Torie Murillo, upset second-seeded Lindenwood, 81-72. Full Story

March 4, 2011
Recent Avila grad earns perk for student referral
Andrea Turner said she's never been lucky when it comes to winning prizes, whether through drawings, raffles, contests, etc. But that all changed recently, all because she did something positive for her alma mater. Full Story

March 1, 2011
Avila students shine at regional mock trial event
A pair of Avila University student teams accomplished great things at a regional competition of the American Mock Trial Association. Full Story

March 1, 2011
Avila graphic design students win gold and best of show
Avila University senior graphic design students Roberto Camacho and Jonathan Mahoney had a stellar night at the 2010 Kansas City ADDY Awards on February 19. Full Story

February 23, 2011
Avila professor to have first novel published
Karin Gastreich, a biology professor in Avila University's School of Science & Health, soon will be able to add another couple titles to her name. Full Story

February 21, 2011
Avila student’s film to be highlighted on Kansas City-area TV
Avila University senior film student Mary Beth Brand will be a guest on an upcoming episode of “CinemaKC,” a program showcasing filmmakers and their works on KSMO Channel 62 in Kansas City. Full Story

February 11, 2011
Avila president honored as Rotarian of the Year
In order to be considered for the Rotarian of the Year award, rotary members must have served the Rotary Club a minimum of three years and have attended at least 80 percent of club meetings and events. Full Story

February 4, 2011
Avila junior explodes for 40 points in win over Graceland
Avila junior shooting guard Brittany Townsend had a game she, nor anyone else involved, will soon forget Feb. 3 in Lamoni, Iowa. Full Story

January 31, 2011
Avila University Press publishes book on experimental film
Avila University Press announces the publication and release of Experimental Film: The Missing Frame, a book detailing the history and contributions of experimental film, compiled and edited by Avila film professor Ben Meade, Ph.D. Full Story

January 26, 2011
Avila students honored at theatre festival
A pair of Avila theatre students recently competed at a prestigious college theatre festival in Ames, Iowa, made the finals and came away with honors. Full Story

January 6, 2011
Communication students impress bank officials
A group of Avila University communications students did their best to impress some marketing and finance officials last month and, by all accounts, they succeeded in a big way. Full Story

January 5, 2011
Mayoral candidate forum to be held Jan. 11 at Avila
Residents of Kansas City will get that chance at a Mayoral Candidate Forum, scheduled to take place from 8-10 a.m. Jan. 11 at the Whitfield Center on the Avila University campus. Full Story

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