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  • August 13, 2018

    Avila University to Provide Graduate-Level Professional Development

    Today's teachers need access to meaningful, affordable, and flexible continuing education options. To meet this demand, Avila University (Avila) is expanding their existing partnership with The Learning House, Inc. (Learning House), to provide graduate-level programs and non-credit professional development for K-12 teachers. Powered by Learning House, Advancement Courses offers a series of over 200 courses in 14 different subject areas covering both foundational topics and emerging trends in K-12 education and add value to Avila’s existing course options.

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  • July 23, 2018

    Anytown-KC Summer Camp at Avila University Is Inspiring a New Generation of Social Justice Leaders

    This summer, incoming high school sophomore, junior and senior students representing 20 different high schools around the Kansas City metro were present at the 2018 Anytown-KC camp hosted by the Buchanan Initiative for Peace and Nonviolence at Avila University.

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  • July 12, 2018

    National Associations of Advisors to the Health Professions Honors Avila Dean

    Larry Garrison Sullivan, Ph.D., dean of the College of Science and Health, was awarded the Carol Baffi-Dugan Award for Service by the National Associations of Advisors to the Health Professions (NAAHP) at this year’s national meeting. Based on their service and dedication to the association, the honor goes to one member from each of the four regions. This year, Sullivan received the recognition from the central region. 

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  • June 28, 2018

    Alexandra Adams, Ed.D. Joins Avila University as Vice President to Lead University Enrollment Efforts

    Alexandra Adams, Ed.D. has accepted the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management at Avila University and will begin her new role in August. Adams is tasked with leading enrollment and retention efforts, student services and athletics. Adams brings her years of experience in higher education to Kansas City from universities in Philadelphia, Memphis, Maryland and Indiana.

    “Mission and making a difference for students drives me as a professional,” said Adams. “Avila’s dedication to its students is why I am excited to become part of this team.”

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  • June 19, 2018

    Avila University faculty attend University of Notre Dame’s peace studies Summer Institute

    (KANSAS CITY, MO):  Nicole Esquibel, dean of the School of Visual and Communication Arts; Ken Parsons, assistant professor of philosophy and director for the Center for Global Studies and Social Justice; and Arica Maurer, coordinator of the Buchanan Initiative for Peace and Nonviolence were selected to attend the tenth annual Summer Institute (SI) for Faculty at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. The SI is a week-long training for academics who want to launch or strengthen peace studies programs at their colleges or universities. The annual event is held on the Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana.


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  • June 11, 2018

    Avila University Announces Spring 2018 Dean's List

    Avila University recognizes the hard work of nearly 400 students, representing 16 states and 10 countries, who have earned inclusion on the spring 2018 dean's list.

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  • June 1, 2018

    Avila University Names New Human Resources Director

    Avila University has announced the hiring of Susan L. Mathern, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, MBA, as director of human resources. Mathern assumes the position after the retirement of longtime director Janet McManus.

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  • May 16, 2018

    Avila University Honors Students and Faculty At 32nd Annual Honors Ceremony

    Eighty Avila University students were honored on April 28 at the 32nd Annual Honors Ceremony. Nine students were elected into Delta Epsilon Sigma, the national scholastic honor society for students of universities with Catholic traditions and six students were elected into Kappa Gamma Pi, the national Catholic college graduate honor society exemplifying leadership, scholarship, faith and service. Twenty students received the Avila University Student Award of Excellence. One faculty member, Sarah Sanford., M.S., Ed., R.T. (R) (CT) Clinical Coordinator and Instructor, Radiologic Science was named Professor of the Year.

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  • May 16, 2018

    Avila University Presents 50 Student Leadership Awards

    Avila University presented its annual Student Leadership Awards on May 3 at the home of Avila President Ron Slepitza, Ph.D., CSJA and his wife Suzanne. Among others, 34 students received the Spirit of Avila Award.

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  • May 15, 2018

    Avila University Graduates 431 Students

    Avila University held commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12 at 10:00 a.m. Of the 431 walking, 117 graduate students and 261 undergraduate students came forward in Bartle Hall at the Kansas City Convention Center to receive their college diplomas.

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  • April 20, 2018

    Missouri Collegiate Media Awards (MCMA) Competition Names Talon News Magazine Overall Best in Class

    Members of the Talon Media Network (TMN) brought home six awards from the Missouri Collegiate Media Association (MCMA) 2018 annual conference, held earlier this month at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.

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  • April 17, 2018

    Sue Willcox, Ph.D., Named Avila University’s Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

    Avila University has named Sue Willcox, ’79, Ph.D., provost and vice president of academic affairs. Dr. Willcox has held the position on an interim basis for the past year.

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