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 director and teacher John Cisetti was honored with the 2015 Northeast Kansas Music Educators Association Outstanding High School Band Director Award.
The 2016 Grammy Award nominee list contains five nominees with UMKC ties. Tune in and cheer them on February 15.
Become a globe-hoppin' Roo.
Award-winning documentary film maker Kevin Bryce makes films in the pursuit of truth.
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.
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.
New York Times best-selling author and UMKC alumna Nancy Thayer always knew she wanted to write.
Architect turned entrepreneur Stephen Hopkins earned his MBA at the Bloch school and gained the confidence to take the reins at a start-up.
Charlie Corcoran began studying to be under the spotlight and wound up falling in love with set design.
Alumna Jeanne Drewes' path to the Library of Congress and book preservation began in the UMKC Libraries.
Jason Chanos returned to Kansas City earlier this year to take over the role of associate artistic director at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.