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'X-Raying The Heartache'
July 4, 2010
Profile of author Christie Hodgen whose second novel, Elegies for the Broken-Hearted, has just been published. The 36-year old assistant professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is...
A Smart Decision for Widow of the 'Fiddler'
September 28, 2010
Article reports on a display case at the LaBudde Special Collections Department at the Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri-Kansas City showcasing memorabilia of Claude "Fiddler" Williams. Williams'...
Above the Crowding
April 16, 2006
Article discusses the Conservatory of Music's need for more space, gives a historical timeline from its beginnings 100 years ago, and features successful graduates and some students.
America's Tax Man Turning 90
July 29, 2012
Article featuring a profile and an interview with Henry W. Bloch, co-founder of H&R Block. Natives of Kansas City, Bloch and his brother Richard started H&R Block in 1955, running advertisements in the...
As UMKC Department Moves, City Benefits
June 29, 2010
Article reports that the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design at the University of Missouri-Kansas City will move out of its current building, the old Uriah Epperson house at 5200 Cherry....
Blitt Sculpture Moves from Mall to UMKC
September 28, 2008
Short article about the Rita Blitt sculpture, "Dancing," a 26-foot-high abstract figure that was once at the Bannister Mall. It was moved to the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center Courtyard at the University...
Bloch Donates $32M to UMKC
September 16-22, 2011
Henry Bloch, H&R Block Inc. co-founder, has donated $32 million to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The biggest gift in the institution's history is to go toward building a new facility for the...
Bloch's Fortune to Fund Giving
July 31, 2012
Henry Bloch announced the creation of the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation during a celebration for his 90th birthday. The foundation would be directed by members of the Bloch family and give "away...
Article discusses Chancellor Martha Gilliland's controversial methods for transforming UMKC.
Communiversity Still Clings to Its Roots
April 26, 2006
Communiversity, offering ''free'' classes, began in 1970 and, since its inception, has been affiliated with UMKC's Department of Student Life. Today it is a three-semester program with 300 courses and...
Commuter School Steers a New Path
August 24, 2009
THe opening of the new Dorothy and Herman Johnson Residence Hall on August 21, 2009, marked one step in the University of Missouri-Kansas Ciity's five-year plan to move to a more residential, rather than...
Conservatory Eyes Downtown Role
October 21-27, 2011
Article about the proposal to move the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance to the downtown area. “Among the missing notes are how large it will be and where it will go.”...
Conservatory Marks Century with Concert
April 24, 2006
During the 100th anniversary celebration of the University of Missouri-Kansas City's consevatory of music, Dean Randy Pembrook announced that the conservatory had officially changed its name to UMKC Conservatory...
Derrick Thomas Academy: The Other Side of the Story
November 30-December 6, 2012
Article details the closing of the Derrick Thomas Academy in November of 2012. Dr. Terita McCauley, the school's final administrator, is interviewed and describes her experience of being fired after 90...
E.F. Swinney Gymnasium
March 5, 1941
Photo and caption for the inscription on the E. F. Swinney Gymnasium at the University of Kansas City.
Early Days in Alabama Prepares UMKC's New Chancellor for Job
December 26, 2008
Article profiles Leo Morton, the new chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. A former executive with Aquila, Inc. and chair of the UMKC Board of Trustees, Morton is just the second African...
Former UMKC Chancellor Dies
August 19, 2005
James Olson, chancellor of UMKC from 1968 to 1976 and system president of the University of Missouri from 1977 to 1984 when he retired, died August 16, 2005. Article reviews his leadership accomplishments....
Fund Honors Nationally-Known Professor, Architect
July 21, 2011
Article about the Seligson Fund for Architecture Urban Planning + Design at UMKC, and its namesake, Theodore Seligson. Seligson is a Kansas City architect who helped designed the Temple B'nai Jehudah at...
Giving an Education is Costly, Too
July 16, 2006
Article describes the financial challenges faced by the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In addition to wages and benefits for 3,550 emplyees, the University must constantly upgrade facilities and technology...
His Passion is Sound Business
January 27, 2013
Interview with Chuck Haddix, Director of the Marr Sound Archives on the UMKC campus. Haddix describes the institution's history and collections as well as his career in broadcasting.
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