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    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.

  • Band Identity

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

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    The 2016 Grammy Award nominee list contains five nominees with UMKC ties. Tune in and cheer them on February 15.

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    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
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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.

Building it better with an MBA

Architect turned entrepreneur Stephen Hopkins earned his MBA at the Bloch school and gained the confidence to take the reins at a start-up.

Behind the Scenes

Charlie Corcoran began studying to be under the spotlight and wound up falling in love with set design.

For the Love of Books

Alumna Jeanne Drewes' path to the Library of Congress and book preservation began in the UMKC Libraries.

Home on the Stage

Jason Chanos returned to Kansas City earlier this year to take over the role of associate artistic director at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

And all that Jazz

While working on his master's at the Conservatory, Jim Mair had the chance to become part of the Kansas City jazz scene.

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