Alumni Achievements

  • Kathy Webster (M.A. ’79) has been named the new chair of the board of directors for The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. Read more.
  • Adam Finkelston (B.A. ’04), produces a quarterly journal, The Hand, as a forum for artists working in photography and printmaking. Read the article in The Kansas City Star.
  • Joe Seabrooks (’95 M.A., ’96 Ed.S., ’01 Ph.D.) was inducted into the 7th UMKC Athletics Hall of Fame Class on January 23rd along with prior teammates of the 1991-92 UMKC Men’s Basketball Team.
  • Kathy Humphrey, Ed.D. (M.A. ’88), was named senior vice chancellor engagement and chief of staff at the University of Pittsburgh. Read more.
  • Andrea Chastain (M.A. ’80) retired in December after 29 years at Kansas City Kansas Community College as director of Student and Community Resource Center. Read more in the Wyandotte Daily.
  • Melissa Snell (B.A. ’92), principal of La Monte (Mo.) R-IV Elementary School, has received the New Elementary Principal of the Year award for the Central District. The award is given annually by elementary principals in the 96-district region to recognize a peer in their first three years as an elementary administrator. Read more.
  • Suzanne R. Gellens (B.A. ’65) has published her fourth book, Building Brains: 600 Activity Ideas for Young Children.
  • Destiny Byers Flournoy (B.A., ’09) and Kendra Ridinger (B.A., ’13) are among the individuals featured across the Kansas City metropolitan area in the latest School of Education billboard campaign that will run through February. Billboards are located at I435 northbound at 23rd Street, 71 Highway southbound at 52nd Street and I35 southbound at 127th Street.

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SOE Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

2015 Larry Long (Ph.D., '97)
2014Rodney Watson (Ed.S. ’00, Ph.D. ’07)
Dorothy Watson (’64)
2012Suzanne McCanles (’97)
Yvonne S. Wilson (’76)
Steve L. Obenhaus (’88)

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