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  • Marketing Senior is Already Successful!

    June 7, 2018

    Kayla Reed

    Avila Marketing senior Kayla Reed has found plenty of success - months before graduation.  Kayla's decision to pair her Marketing major with an Advertising & Public Relations minor helped her earn a Kansas City Direct Marketing Association scholarship this spring as well as a summer internship at Burns & McDonnell.  Congratulations Kayla!

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  • Business Major Awarded St. Catherine's Medal!

    May 7, 2018

    Autumn Saulsbury

    Autumn Saulsbury is the 2017-18 recipient of the St. Catherine's Medal.  This honor is bestowed annually to a sophomore woman with the best record of progressive achievement for her class at the University. 

    Major: Accounting

    Hometown: Liberty, MO

    Avila Faves: "My favorite things about Avila are the women's soccer team I play on, the small class sizes, and how nice and caring everyone on campus is."

    Future Plans: "My future career goal is to find a successful job around Kansas City that has to do with management and accounting."           Congratulations Autumn on this well deserved honor!

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  • Business Alum Bringing Millenials Back to Golf!

    July 13, 2017

    Congratulations to 2013 School of Business alum and Avila golfer John Bradish who was recently named General Manager at Springfield (MO) Golf & Country Club!  According the the June 19th edition of the Springfield Business Journal, Millennials have show less interest in golf than previous generations.   No doubt John's age, business preparation and life-long interest in the sport puts him in a unique position to revitalize the Club.  Best of luck John in your new career!

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  • BSG Simulation Success Continues!

    January 13, 2017

    Congratulations to Capstone students Brandon Chandler, Scott Drinkwater and DeMonte McClary who earned a Global Top 100 ranking for their company's BSG performance during the week of December 5, 2016.  Nice way to end the semester guys!

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  • Another BSG Global Top 100 Simulation Performance!

    May 2, 2016

    Business seniors in Dr. Daniel George’s BU 499 class have done it again, and this time quite early in the simulation! Congratulations are in order for Anthony Biondo, Brendan Roberts, and Ian Trembly who earned a Global Top 100 ranking for their company's BSG performance during the week of April 18-24, 2016.

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  • BSG Global 100 Top Performance

    April 1, 2016

    Congratulations are in order for students in Dr. Daniel George’s BU 499 class who earned a Global Top 100 ranking for their company's BSG performance during the week of November 30, 2015.

    The co-managers of Alpha Footwear (Company A) earned a Global Top 100 ranking on the “Overall Game-To-Date Score.” Their Overall Score of 110.0 tied for the best Overall Score performance of the week, worldwide!

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  • Business students win $10,000 award from DST

    May 1, 2014

    stephanie steger

    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 and its implications on today’s businesses.

    The students – Stephanie Steger (pictured), Brittani Ball, Shaun Kelly and Yehong Lyu – will receive an award of $10,000 for the group and, in addition, $2,000 will be awarded to Avila University. The students, who all were in a fall 2013 undergraduate marketing class taught by Brian Buckler, Ph.D., will be honored at an awards banquet May 27.

    Steger recently presented the project at Avila’s Student Scholar Day. The project dealt with the vast amount of information generated by marketers the last few years in the era of social media and looked at methods companies could use to leverage such information to their advantage. It looked at ways to improve customer satisfaction, enhance communication, gauge customer sentiment and nurture customer loyalty. It also looked at how such data can expand upon existing customer/business relationships by boosting sales and formulating future product offerings, as well as looking at future challenges and trends associated with processing such a large amount of data.

    Research on the project cited 37 sources.

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  • Avila serves students from around the corner and around the world

    January 6, 2014

    justin scicluna

    Middle America sits half a world away from his native Malta in geographical distance and a full world away in culture. Yet, Justin Scicluna said he can’t imagine obtaining any better education than he’s received at Avila University.

    “It’s been a really good experience for me,” said Scicluna, who graduates in December with a bachelor degree in finance. “Avila has a great faculty willing to work with students. Class sizes are small, so it’s easier to learn, I think, and get help when you need it.

    “I’m sure I’ll be able to apply skills I learned here in the work force.”

    Scicluna’s path to Avila was circuitous to say the least. He was born on Malta, a tiny island south of Sicily in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. When he was 13, he moved with his American-born mother to West Plains, Mo., where he excelled in school and on the soccer field. He originally enrolled at nearby Missouri State University in Springfield. But, he said it just never felt like the right fit.

    When Avila soccer coach Chris Clements found out Scicluna was shopping for a new university, he contacted Scicluna’s high school coach and convinced Scicluna to make a visit. He was sold.

    Scicluna immersed himself in soccer and Avila’s business classes. He said he especially appreciated the tutelage of professors like Brian Buckler, Ph.D., who taught him the importance of networking, and Daniel George, Ph.D., who taught him how to be a successful business manager by applying all the business tools he learned in his courses.

    Scicluna’s hard work led him to a pair of internships which paid off as well. He assisted two financial advisors with administrative work for Midwest Financial and entered data and organized files for stock brokers at VSR Financial.

    He has a job as a financial advisor awaiting him at Edward Jones – helping people reach their future financial goals - once he passes a couple of certification exams in March.

    “I learned at Avila to study really well, and that will help me be successful in taking these exams,” Scicluna said. “I’ll get a couple years’ experience and then come back and get my master’s.”

    Scicluna said he wasn’t yet sure whether he’d pursue his graduate degree at Avila, but certainly wouldn’t hesitate in doing so.

    “Overall, it’s been a great experience, and the faculty at Avila are a big part of it,” Scicluna said. “They’re willing to help their students in a way you don’t typically get at bigger schools.”

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  • Avila Business Students post a Global Top 100 Performance

    December 2, 2013

    Avila senior business students recently earned a Global Top 100 ranking for their simulation company's Overall Score performance of the week (11/25/13-12/1/13)!  

    In the Business Strategy Game (BSG), student groups team manage an athletic footwear company that produces and markets both branded and private-label footwear and competes head-to-head against footwear companies run by other class teams in a simulated global marketplace.  Each team is responsible for assessing market conditions, determining strategic and tactical courses of action for all functional areas of the business.
    The Business Strategy Game is an integral part of the business capstone course and is used along with the ETS Field test for School of Business assessment purposes.   We are quite proud of our students for such an excellent performance — one that reflects well on them and the caliber of instruction that they are receiving at Avila University.

    Congratulations to team members Charles Jones and Joe Scott and Professor Daniel George!

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  • AU Spotlight - Lisa York

    November 1, 2012

    lisa york

    Strange as it seems, Avila University has the hit TV reality show “Survivor” to thank for one of its top student assets the past four years.

    After completing a highly successful academic and soccer career at Raymore-Peculiar (Mo.) High School, Lisa York signed a letter of intent for a soccer scholarship at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. However, that opportunity imploded before she ever enrolled. The soccer coach who recruited her left the university to be on “Survivor,” leaving York’s future suddenly unsettled.

    What came of the situation was an opportunity for which York said she’ll be forever appreciative. A high school friend of hers already had signed to play soccer at Avila and told her he’d introduce her to Eagles coach Chris Clements.

    “Coach Clements told me he could help me,” York said. “From the beginning, Avila has helped me out a lot.”

    Over the last 3 ½ years, York, a senior majoring in marketing and business management, has returned that favor by becoming one of Avila’s most involved and productive student-athletes.

    One of the first activities she jumped into from day one was working with campus ministry. When Clements first spoke with York about coming to Avila, he talked about the University’s strong commitment to service and introduced her to campus minister Dave Armstrong. During her time at the University, she has worked with Habitat for Humanity, helping build homes for needy families.

    During freshman orientation, York also was introduced to Jason Baldwin, Avila’s director of student life. She had become interested in event planning when she organized a food drive with Harvesters: the Community Food Network as a senior at her high school. She immediately asked Baldwin if she could serve as his work study, and she’s helped him organize student life activities around campus for the last 3 ½ years. She said her greatest accomplishment was convincing organizers of Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society-sponsored fundraising walk, to bring an event to Avila’s campus, which it has the last three years.

    “Lisa is an outstanding student-athlete that embodies the spirit of Avila,” Baldwin said. “She is reliable, hard-working, caring and a positive role model to other students, because she always strives to do her best.”

    Then, there’s soccer. York established herself right away as a capable midfielder, starting 14 of 18 games her freshman season. As a sophomore, she started 15 of 18 games and contributed three assists. The next season, she started 18 of 20 games in helping the Eagles to an impressive 12-3-5 record. This season, she scored her first career goal.

    “Lisa York has been a team captain for three years,” Clements said. “She was named captain the spring of her freshman year. I’ve never heard of a girl being captain for that long. She embodies the attitude you need for team sports. Her work rate at both practices and games was phenomenal, along with her ability to always be an asset to her team.”

    Yet, it was another experience with the soccer team – one that, of course, involved service – that York said will stick with her.

    “Going to the Dominican Republic my junior year was the biggest thing we did,” she said. “We went to a village and played with children, saw how they lived and played against local soccer teams. Most of the kids we saw down there didn’t even have soccer balls. We left all of our equipment with them when we left.”

    With all these activities, there’s no way York would have time to keep up with all of her classwork, right? Wrong. York has been an honor student her entire time at Avila and will graduate in December with a double major in marketing and business management. She plans on entering Avila’s master’s in business administration program in January.

    “She’s a fantastic student and a great spokesperson for the University,” said Brian Buckler, Ph.D., professor of marketing. “She’s so well-spoken. And I think she really appreciates her experience here.”

    That she does.

    “All of the opportunities you have at Avila give you resources to go on in life,” York said. “Professors not only know what they’re talking about, but they care. From step A to B, Avila is with you. They want to see you succeed, so they give you the resources you need to succeed.”

    To top off her undergraduate career at Avila, York was crowned homecoming queen during halftime of the Eagles’ football game Oct. 13.

    “At first, I didn’t know what to think about it,” she said. “I don’t mind talking in front of people, but not just standing there being judged. Being nominated was an honor.

    “But, when I got into the interview process, I realized they weren’t giving this to just anybody. Being involved was what they were looking at.”

    Being involved is what Lisa York has done – indeed, what she’s been – at Avila for nearly the last four years.

    The University is the better for it. AU

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