(February 14, 2018) KANSAS CITY, MO – Avila University was recognized with a Community IMPACT Award by the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce on February 8 during the 86th annual chamber dinner, held at the Armacost Car Museum.
The award was given in recognition of the “Avila Promise,” the university’s 2017 initiative which addresses concerns most students face today: on-time graduation, desirable experiences outside of the classroom, access to global perspectives and tuition protection.
“This is the first year of the IMPACT Awards,” Chamber President Vickie Wolgast said. “They were developed to recognize companies and organizations that are going above and beyond their normal scope of business to make an impact on the community.”
Avila President Ron Slepitza, Ph.D., CSJA, Assistant Vice President for Student Development and Success Darby Gough, Vice President for Enrollment Management Brandon Johnson, and Senior Director of Marketing and Communications Darren Roubinek, were all on hand to accept the award from South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce chairman Rick Chambers.
“Avila’s effort to make college more affordable for their students through the Avila Promise definitely makes a huge impact on our community,” Wolgast said.
Other South Kansas City IMPACT awards were given to Center School District, Cornerstone of Care, First Call, Grade-A Tree Care, Hangers Cleaners, the Martin City Telegraph, Morgan Miller Plumbing, Prier Products and the senior care initiative clinic at St. Joseph Medical Center.