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Please contact Bailey Carr, Director of Alumni and Annual Fund, at 816.501.3780.

Avila Alumni Association Board

Avila Alumni Association Board

The alumni board serves as an advisory body with the responsibility to advise the University on alumni-related policies and activities. The Alumni Board meets bi-monthly during the school year and each Alumni Board member serves on at least one committee.

Mission Statement

The Avila University Alumni Association cultivates an ongoing connection between alumni, current students and stakeholders - who build traditions, create opportunities and serve the community.


To continually serve as ambassadors for Avila University, through their mission and by carrying on the Sisters of St. Joseph Carondelet’s values.

Looking for a way to make an impact on your alumni experience and give back to your school? Join an Alumni Board committee! Committees meet throughout the year to help plan and execute a variety of alumni events and activities. The following committees currently have positions open:

  • Athletics
  • Events & Activities
  • Homecoming Weekend and Awards & Recognition
  • Lifetime Connection
  • Steer Dinner & Auction

If you or someone you know would make a great addition to one of our committees, please contact Bailey Carr ’09, ‘12, director of alumni and annual giving, at 816.501.3780 for more information. 

2017-2018 Alumni Board Members

Laura (Wilkerson) Barr '04, Secretary
Community Advocate 

bernadette barthweeks
Bernadette Barthweeks '09
St. Therese North Early Education

carmen bisacca
Carmen Bisacca '89
Our Lady of the Presentation School

Leonard Casey '07
Manager of Installation and Repair

Cassi (Kline) Furderer '05
Director of Business Development

chantell garrettChantell Garrett '12
Senior Stakeholder Engagement Advisor
Federal Reserve Bank of KC

Tamela Handie '93, '99
Senior Organizational Development Analyst
City of Kansas City, Missouri

Emilee (Bickleman) Hill '12 '16
Marketing Specialist
JE Dunn Construction

Cecile O’Hara '10, Vice President for Strategy

Brian Poterbin '07, President
Loan Officer NMLS 1100035
Veterans United Home Loans

emilee rehling

Emilee Rehling '10
Marketing Manager
Armed Forces Insurance

banen royer
Banen Royer '10

Head Cheer & Dance Coach
University of Saint Mary

Michael Stolberg '09, Past-President
Financial Advisor
Lawing Financial

ann ventrillo
Ann Ventrillo '72
Retired nurse

mindy miller-waldron
Mindy Miller-Waldron '94

Digital Media Arts/Art Department Instructor
Olathe North High School (USD#233)

scott white
Scott White '85

Administrator Principal HS&E
Honeywell FM&T



Reunions are the perfect opportunity to see how the campus has evolved while connecting with classmates and friends and reminiscing about your college days. Traditionally, class reunion events are held during Homecoming in the fall.

If you would like to coordinate a reunion, please contact the Alumni Office at 816.501.3780.

Alumni Mentoring

Alumni Mentoring

Avila is looking for inspiring alumni to serve as mentors to traditional undergraduate students. Mentors can build relationships with current students to help prepare them for life after graduation. A mentorship commitment lasts one semester, with flexible meetings to fit your schedule. Mentors and students are paired based on backgrounds and interests. Click here to download the Mentor Handbook (PDF) to learn more.

To sign up or ask questions, contact Bailey Carr '09, '12, director of alumni & annual giving, 816.501.3780.

Become an Alumni Partner

Become an Alumni Partner


If you’re still in the area, consider becoming a Class Alumni Partner (CAP). Graduates who’ve landed farther can become Regional Alumni Partners (RAP). These programs are your chance to take a leadership role and stay in touch with your classmates. Some of the benefits include:

  • Be “in the know” about Avila and Avila’s events.
  • Strengthen Avila’s reputation and the value of your degree.
  • Receive recognition in University publications.
  • Network with fellow alumni.


CAPs and RAPs engage classmates and fellow alumni in their area to build awareness around Avila news and alumni events.  

As a CAP or RAP, you may be called upon to assist the Alumni Office with the following:

  • Serve as an ambassador of Avila University by promoting the interests of the University, its students and alumni in the community.

  • Organize class volunteers.

  • Contact class members about upcoming reunions or alumni events.

  • Assist in the planning of Homecoming.

  • Relay news about your classmates for use in Accent magazine and on our website to highlight their accomplishments.  

  • Recommend names to the Alumni Association Board for award consideration. 

  • Be a liaison between your classmates and the University regarding activities, event programming and issues.

  • Recommend stories for alumni publications.

  • Keep the University informed about changes in your classmates’ contact information and help locate “lost” alumni.

  • Encourage participation at the annual Avila University Steer Dinner & Auction.

  • Serve as a spokesperson for class giving competitions.

Volunteer to be an Alumni Partner

Alumni Receptions - RAPS

Several times a year the Alumni Office holds alumni receptions at various locations outside of Kansas City. Our Regional Alumni Partners are key to the success of our outreach efforts for connecting alumni to Avila. We encourage you to become a RAP today or attend an alumni reception when we come to your area!

For questions or to sign up, contact Bailey Carr '09, '12, director of alumni & annual fund, 816.501.3780.


Host a Reception

Host a Reception

Avila alumni love to reconnect and reminisce about their days on campus. Our friends and alumni have hosted receptions in their homes, on campus or at local gathering spots.

If you are interested in hosting a reception for Avila alumni, friends and supporters, please contact the Alumni Office at 816.501.3780.



Volunteering is a great way to stay engaged, and opportunities are flexible and available throughout the year.

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Visit Campus

Visit Campus

If you’ve been to campus lately, you probably found yourself saying, “I hardly recognize the place!” As part of a $4.3 million capital improvement plan, Avila has added the Wylie residence hall, entrance signs, renovated the library into a transformational learning commons and the Science & Health building into the Marie Joan Harris, Ph.D., CSJ Science and Health complex. As Avila celebrates a century of inspiration in 2016, we added a statue of Avila’s patroness, Saint Teresa of Avila.

If you haven’t seen the new Avila, let us show you around. Contact the Alumni Office at 816.501.3780 to schedule a campus tour.

The Avila Promise

  • Lower Tuition Rate
  • Tuition Protection
  • 4-Year Graduation Guarantee
  • Internship or Research Guarantee
  • up to $1,000 Travel Award


That’s the Avila Promise.

The Arts at Avila: These Shining Lives

these shining lives
February 22-25
Evening performances: 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday matinee: 2:00 p.m.
Goppert Theatre on the Bill and Jean Buchanan Stage

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University Closed Today

student scholar day

Due to weather and road conditions, Avila University will be closed on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018.

Classes and events are canceled and offices will not be open today.

Overdose: The Opioid Epidemic film screening has been rescheduled for March 6. 

AU News

Avila University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit February 26-27, 2018 with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Avila University has been accredited by HLC since 1946. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to the following address:

Public Comment on Avila University,
Higher Learning Commission,
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.

All comments must be received by January 19, 2018.