Avila News

  • November 16, 2017

    Avila University Joins with U.S. Catholic Community to Deliver Climate Change Letter to President Trump and Congress

    Avila University has joined with leaders of 161 Catholic communities in every state of the nation, in issuing a letter to President Trump and the U.S. Congress in support of climate change science, funding and international policy negotiations.

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  • November 8, 2017

    Avila University’s “Grow Your Own” Program Mentors Future Educators

    Avila Partners with Hickman Mills School District to Spark Interest in Teaching

    (November 8, 2017) KANSAS CITY, MO – A group of eight Hickman Mills School District seniors from Ruskin High School are participating in a new program designed by Avila University’s School of Education faculty. Bradley Poos, Ph.D., Avila assistant professor of education and lead faculty for the “Grow Your Own” program, is hoping to expose local students to teaching methods and cultivate an interest in becoming teachers. The ultimate goal is that one day these “Grow Your Own” students will return to teach in the Hickman Mills district, a district that is in need of teachers.

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  • November 2, 2017

    Avila University Announces New Alumni Board Members

    Avila University has announced eight newly installed members of its Alumni Board. The Avila Alumni Board serves as an advisory body with the responsibility to advise the University on alumni-related policies and activities.

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  • November 1, 2017

    Avila University Ranked in Top 5 Social Work Programs in Missouri

    Based on how colleges performed and in comparing them to one another, the researchers at Zippia gathered data from the Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to understand which social work departments offered the best career opportunities. Data such as mean career earnings, percentage of graduates actually working in the field and school performance were collected.

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  • October 30, 2017

    Avila University's Upward Bound Program Partners with Kansas City Public Schools

    Avila University was awarded a $1.4 million TRIO Upward Bound grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This award, totaling $1.4 million over the next five years, will allow Avila to partner with two high-need high schools in the Kansas City Public School district: Northeast High School and Central High School in Kansas City, Missouri. This new partnership will help prepare students from for college serving an additional 60 students.

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  • October 25, 2017

    Avila University and UMKC To Host Social Work Forum on Suicide Prevention

    Avila University and the University of Missouri – Kansas City will sponsor a suicide prevention social work forum on November 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Whitfield Center on the Avila University campus.

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  • October 25, 2017

    Ribbon Cutting Set for November 7 For Avila University’s New Coffee Shop, The Beak & Bean

    The South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 7 at 11:0 a.m. for the Beak & Bean, a new coffee shop on the Avila University campus. and caters to faculty, staff, students and the surrounding community.

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  • October 12, 2017

    If You See a Red Flag, Say Something

    Statistics show that nationally, more than half of all college students (57%) say that it’s difficult to identify dating abuse. Avila University is raising awareness through a “Red Flag” campaign as one of the events for National Dating/Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Scattered on the lawn in front of the campus dining hall are red surveying flags with handwritten “red flag” statements that are typical warning signs of sexual assault, dating violence or stalking.

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  • October 6, 2017

    University Singers to Perform The Legend of Zelda

    Avila's University Singers were selected to perform as the touring ensemble for The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. The 20-member choir will be joined on stage by a 57-piece orchestra in celebration of 30 years of The Legend of Zelda video game series. The first performance is Oct. 6, 2017 at the Music Hall in Kansas City, Missouri, followed by a performance in Des Moines, Iowa, at the Civic Center on Oct. 8, 2017.

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  • October 4, 2017

    Art Therapy Students Produce Peace Paper

    On Saturday, Sep 23, Avila art therapy students had the opportunity to learn the art of paper making from Drew Matott and Jana Shumacher of Peace Paper Project.

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  • September 13, 2017

    Avila University’s Upward Bound Receives $1.4 Million Federal Grant

    Avila University’s Upward Bound program has received a generous new federal grant from the Department of Education. The grant totals $1.4 million over the next five years and will make it possible to serve 60 additional students from Northeast High School and Central High School in Kansas City, MO.

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  • September 13, 2017

    Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture: The Distance Between Us Author Reyna Grande Brings Her Personal Immigration Story to Avila University

    (September 12, 2017) KANSAS CITY, MO - Award-winning novelist and memoirist, Reyna Grande, will deliver the 2017 Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture on October 18 on the campus of Avila University. Grande will speak on her memoir The Distance Between Us, which tells the story of her journey to America when her father brought her to the United States illegally.

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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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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 www.hlcommission.org/comment.

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.