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  • October 3, 2018

    2018 Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture: “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” Author William Kamkwamba Brings His Sustainability Story to Avila University

    (October 3, 2018) KANSAS CITY, MO – New York Times bestselling author and inventor, William Kamkwamba will deliver the 2018 Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture on October 24, 2018, on the campus of Avila University.

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  • September 20, 2018

    Avila University Announces New Director of Community Engagement

    Avila University has recently hired Anastasia Caffrey, MBA, as director of community engagement. This is a new position at the university to further support student success by garnering internships, research experiences and other meaningful partnerships in the community.

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  • September 17, 2018

    Avila University Celebrates 70th Anniversary of Nursing Program with the Gold Foundation White Coat Ceremony

    One of oldest baccalaureate programs of nursing in the Kansas City region, the Avila School of Nursing celebrates 70 years as it admits students to the nursing class of 2020. This fall, junior nursing students participated in a formal commitment ceremony pledging an oath of providing compassionate patient care as a future health care provider. In celebration of 70 years of nursing at Avila and in partnership with the Gold Foundation, 51 nursing students walked across the Jean and Bill Buchanan Stage inside Goppert Theatre to be recognized in front of family, friends and fellow nursing students.

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  • August 31, 2018

    Avila is One of Two Universities in Missouri to Receive DOJ Grant to Expand Domestic Violence Prevention Programs

    Avila University Earns a Rare Continuation Grant to Expand Eagles Aware Prevention Programs

    The United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women announced 57 grants totaling over $18 million to help campuses across the country reduce crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Avila University is one of only two Missouri colleges to receive these competitive grants. No grants were issued to institutions in Kansas.

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  • August 24, 2018

    First Year Students Take Community Plunge Packing 12,500 Meals

    Each year Avila University first-year students spend one of their first days on campus volunteering in the community to give back and build bonds. This year around 180 Avila students spent a day at Harvesters community food network packing 76,122 total lbs. of product which is the equivalent of about 12,500 meals. "I love the good it does the community and the bonding with the other incoming classmates," said Tumi Musamali, a freshman from Kansas City, Missouri. "I can't wait to come back." 

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  • August 16, 2018

    Avila Junior Joins Summer Research Program at Rutgers University - Camden

    Chloe Casey, a junior at Avila University, was one of a select group of 10 college students from across the United States participating in the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at Rutgers University‒Camden this summer.

    For 10 weeks, Casey worked alongside faculty and graduate-student mentors in the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology. From hands-on lab work to the potential for publishing research papers, Casey's research provided her a head start on STEM learning experiences that many students won't begin until graduate school.

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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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