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Behind the Curtain of the Most Magical Place on Earth

Being behind the scenes at Disney does nothing to spoil the magic. Meet UMKC Theatre alumnus Alexander LaFrance, who completed an internship at the most magical place on earth.


Extreme Makeover: Financial Edition

Inspired by digital music, Ryan Smith wanted to bring the same fast-paced experience to his finances. As co-founder and CTO of Chain, he is giving the financial world an extreme makeover.


Improving Procedures, Serving Patients

Latha Sivaprasad (M.D.'99), the 2017 UMKC School of Medicine Alumni Award recipient, is senior vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at Rhode Island Hospital and its pediatric division, Hasbro Children's Hospital.


Breaking Ground in Oral Health

Dr. Jane Atkinson, the 2017 UMKC School of Dentistry Alumni Award winner, leads national research efforts to treat oral disease affecting millions.


The Secret Lives of Deans

Three deans (Russell Melchert, Wayne Vaught and Kevin Truman) share lessons learned from their unusual pastimes.


All That Jazz

The world is Hermon Mehari’s stage for Kansas City jazz. His career earned him top honors as the Alumni Association’s 2017 Spotlight Awardee.


Ways to Start Fresh in 2017

Find it hard to keep a New Year's resolution? Learn why and strategies for goal-setting from UMKC Department of Psychology Professor and Chair Jennifer Lundgren.


Dollars and Midwestern Sense

UMKC's 2017 Alumna of the Year is Esther George, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. She and her fellow awardees will be honored April 20.


Passion for People

Alumna Rasheda Pippens took a unique path to her career as a nurse. Today she's shaping future students with her approach to patient care.


Diversity in the Courtroom

UMKC School of Law alumna Dana Tippin Cutler is a partner at her family law firm. She is also the new president of the Missouri Bar and the first African American woman to fill this role.


Paving the Future

Tim Sylvester had an idea. In order to make that idea into a reality, he came to UMKC to pursue a degree in engineering. Today, he is paving the future as CEO and founder of Integrated Roadways.


From Courtroom to Courtside

Lifelong athlete Mike Racy used his law degree to build his career around his favorite pastime, sports. As the new commissioner of the MIAA, Racy is responsible for hundreds of athletes, coaches and programs.


#TeamKC

The leaves are falling, and UMKC athletes are lacing up their basketball shoes. Be a part of the action at Municipal Auditorium all season long with the Roos.


Striking a Chord

James Mitchell combines his love of music with his passion for the environment. When not working for Carbon War Room, this alumnus jams with his band, the Infamous Flapjack Affair.


Learning for Life

Alumna and science teacher Deborah Siebern-Dennis ignites a passion for learning in her students at Bode Middle School in St. Joseph, Mo. She was honored with the Milken Educator Award.


Tidal Fashion

Brendan and Amanda O'Shaughnessy, studio art graduates of UMKC, started Ocean & Sea, a nautical-inspired clothing company in 2013. Together, they man the helm and ride the waves of the local fashion industry.


Baseball, a Metaphor for Life

Michelle Freeman's career has taken her all over the country, but she still calls the heartland her home. A baseball enthusiast, Freeman volunteers her time as president of the Leon Day Foundation in Baltimore, Md.


A Musician's Ear

UMKC Jazz Studies program alumnus Ryan Lee travels the world and makes his living as a drummer. A member of the Kansas City music scene, Lee is learning the ins and outs of the business, all the while finding new ways to entertain and inspire audiences.


Energy & Advice for Life

Everett King only applied to one college, UMKC, and 39 years later he is still happy about his decision. With a curiosity for how things are made, King worked his way up the ladder and today is CEO of Lighthouse Resources Inc. in Utah.


Run for Rio

Team USA will have a little Roo power this year! UMKC alumna and former student athlete Courtney Frerichs will be sporting the red white and blue as she takes on the 3,000 meter steeplechase race at the Games in Rio!


Skin Deep

Elliott Goff has taken mechanical engineering beneath the dermis into the field of bone mechanics. This fall, Goff leaves the US for Zürich where he will begin work on his Ph.D.


Thinking Globally

Robert Robinson has taken his UMKC degree in Chemistry and his interests in combating compounds that cause environmental damage all the way to Tasmania, where he serves as a postdoctoral researcher.


3.2.1. Action!

Caris Vujcec has acted in the theater, in film and on television. In her search for intriguing characters, she has recently taken on the roles of writer, actor, director and producer of an award-winning series called The Pepper Project.


Life and Basketball

Jade Tinner, a former UMKC basketball player, combined her business degree and her favorite sport into a career with the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League.


Catching the Learning Bug

Nathan Hoffmann has taken his UMKC degree in French across the ocean and into the offices of the Belgian Fulbright Commission in Brussels, Belgium.


Prescribing Fun and Games
Matthew McLaughlin, M.D., graduated from UMKC's six-year medical program in 2009. Today, he works as a pediatric rehabilitation doctor at Children's Mercy and aids Kansas City's youngest patients in the hospital...and on the slopes.
Boundless Inspiration
On April 21, UMKC honored the 2016 class of Alumni Award recipients, including a Holocaust survivor, the CEO of Flying Dog Brewery, the Jackson County Prosecutor and a former army doctor who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The event garnered $120,000 for student scholarships.
Breaking Boundaries with Music
Former Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hip-hop group production team member Kerwin Young began his music career as a night club disc-jockey. After leaving the ranks of Public Enemy, he found his way to UMKC's Conservatory of Music and Dance to study orchestration.
To Protect and Serve
Mark Morgan, an alumnus of the UMKC School of Law, has taken his law degree into the world of elite law enforcement with the FBI.
Technology's IT Man
Fareed Adib is a leader in the field of mobile technology and is the 2016 UMKC School of Computing and Engineering Alumni Achievement Award winner.
Sowing Dreams in the Silicon Prairie
Some children dream of being doctors. Others dream of being astronauts. But, as a child, Kiran Chelluri (M.S. '01) dreamed of being an entrepreneur.

Protector in Chief
Dr. Alexander Garza  began his career as a paramedic, ultimately rising to the role of chief medical officer at the Department of Homeland Security. Garza is the 2016 UMKC Alumnus of the year.
 
The Write Stuff
Rita Arens, a former public relations professional, turned her master's degree in creative writing into a career with BlogHer, a digital community space that reaches 100 million people.

Band Identity
Band director and teacher John Cisetti was honored with the 2015 Northeast Kansas Music Educators Association Outstanding High School Band Director Award.

A Lens on the Truth

Award-winning documentary film maker Kevin Bryce makes films in the pursuit of truth.


Making the Music of the Masters

John Sinclair knew in high school that he wanted to be a music teacher. Today he conducts performances for EPCOT and Disney and educates future conductors at Rollins College.


Making History (Teachers)

Conella Coulter Brown was one of the first African Americans admitted to the University of Kansas City (now UMKC) and against great odds, completed her bachelors degree in 1943.


Writing is like Breathing

New York Times best-selling author and UMKC alumna Nancy Thayer always knew she wanted to write.


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