Avila University named Theodore Whapham, Ph.D., as vice president for academic affairs this May. In this role, Whapham will support the work of faculty through oversight of curriculum, new curricular activities, academic policies and other areas essential to the University.

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Theodore Whapham, Ph.D., newly-appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“I am so pleased to be welcoming Dr. Ted Whapham as our vice president for academic affairs, a position central to our work at Avila,” said Ronald A. Slepitza, Ph.D., CSJA, Avila President. “Ted has a long history of service in Catholic universities, and he knows and values our particular charism as a Sisters of St. Joseph university. His excellent experience will help Avila continue to provide the top-notch education our students expect.”

Whapham takes charge of a dynamic faculty teaching a rapidly expanding selection of courses in forward-looking programs. He said the prospect of promoting the work of Avila’s founders in and out of the classroom proved compelling, as well.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Avila University community because it provides me the opportunity to join an outstanding faculty and staff and to advance the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet,” Whapham said. “The CSJ have been at the forefront of working to establish a more just and equitable society in the United States and reaching out to the world for over a century. The prospect of playing a role in building upon this important work of social justice in a tightknit educational community is a mission that I am looking forward to help advance.”

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Contents

A Legacy Defined
As a student and administrator, Sue Willcox ’79 has been central to the Avila story for more than 40 years.

Whapham Named VP of Academic Affairs

The Show Must Go On
Avila Theatre caps memorable season with outdoor performances of Pippin

Planting the Seeds
In only five years, the Buchanan Initiative for Peace and Nonviolence has made an indelible mark on the entire Avila community

Champs!
In the best season in program history, Avila Football earns share of KCAC Conference Title

Bowling, Wrestling Newest Avila Athletics Programs

Opening the Door
Jennifer Lindsey ’10, ’15 seeks opportunities for STEM students of all backgrounds

Nwaomah ’13 Sets Her Sights on Mars

Nursing Juniors & Seniors Help Vaccinate Kansas City

Opportunities Seized
CSJ values guided Mary Morrow-Bax ’64 during pivotal personal and professional challenges

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