Nov 30, 2015

Support for KCU Joplin Campus Continues

On behalf of KCU's new Joplin, Mo., medical school, the Joplin Regional Medical School Alliance recently received $1.5 million in funds to aid campus development and start-up costs.

The Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri announced a half million-dollar grant from the Joplin Recovery Fund, Joplin Tomorrow announced a $750,000 donation, and Missouri Southern Foundation announced its donation of $250,000.

The University expansion will help address the growing shortage of primary care physicians in the surrounding rural and underserved areas. The Joplin campus, which is scheduled to open in 2017, will be the first new medical school in the state in nearly 50 years. Learn more about plans for the KCU medical school in Joplin.

Nov 20, 2015

Sigma Sigma Phi Organizes Community Blood Drive

The KCU chapter of Sigma Sigma Phi, a national osteopathic honor and service fraternity, invited students, faculty and staff to participate in its annual blood drive with the Community Blood Center on Nov. 19.

The Blood Center registered 29 volunteer donors and collected 35 units of blood — enough for five heart surgeries or one bone marrow transplant. There were 11 first-time donors.

For membership in Sigma Sigma Phi, students must be in the top 30 percent of their class, participate in extracurricular activities while in medical school, and work to further the osteopathic profession. The blood drive is just one example of the fraternity's service projects that  help fulfill the University's mission to give back to the communities we serve.

Nov 18, 2015

Student Club Serves Thanksgiving Dinner At Local Community Center

Advocates for Diversity in Medicine (ADM), a KCU student club, held its annual Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 17 at the Riverview Gardens Community Center. ADM is dedicated to bringing cultural diversity and awareness to the KCU campus and Kansas City community.

ADM's Riverview Thanksgiving Dinner is part of the organization's Riverside Tutoring Program, which provides tutoring and mentoring services to the children at Riverview Gardens. Founded in 2011, the tutoring program has grown to include a summer curriculum, creative playtime activities and a focus on healthy lifestyles.

Nov 16, 2015

KCU, Harris-Stowe Increase Med School Opportunities for Underrepresented Minorities

KCU announced a partnership with Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU), the highest-ranking institution in Missouri for granting degrees in mathematics and statistics to African-American students.

The agreement, signed on Nov. 13, creates a dual undergraduate and graduate degree program, as well as automatic acceptance into KCU's College of Osteopathic Medicine, pending fulfillment of all admissions requirements. Five HSSU students will be selected each year to participate.

Through this partnership, KCU and HSSU provide a pathway for underrepresented minorities to enter the profession of medicine and create a physician base that is more representative of the ever-changing face of the communities they serve. (read more)

Nov 9, 2015

Leonard Calabrese, DO, Joins KCU Board of Trustees

Leonard Calabrese, DO, of the Cleveland Clinic, has joined the KCU Board of Trustees. A 1975 graduate of KCU's College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Calabrese is world renowned for his work in rheumatology and immunodeficiency diseases, particularly HIV and Hepatitis-C.

Dr. Calabrese currently heads Cleveland Clinic's Section of Clinical Immunology and manages its Clinical Immunology Clinic. He also is a professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, vice chair of the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases, and co-director of the Center for Vasculitis Care and Research. We welcome Dr. Calabrese and look forward to his expertise in helping advance the University's strategic vision (read more).  

Nov 6, 2015

KCU Partners in Cliff Hanger Run, Raises Funds for Underinsured

More than 950 participants turned out Nov. 1 for the 30th annual Cliff Hanger Run, which was hosted by KCU for the third consecutive year. The run raised more than $9,000 — up $1,000 over last year — for Northeast Neighbor to Neighbor, a non-profit organization that provides access to health care for underserved residents in the area (read more). Be sure to visit our photo gallery for some great shots of the run and of our neighborhood elementary school students in training.

Nov 5, 2015

AIA Recognizes KCU Academic Center for Excellence in Design

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Central States Region recognized KCU's recently renovated Academic Center for its complete transformation from the original structure at the annual Excellence in Design Awards. KCU partnered with Helix Architecture + Design to create a state-of-the-art learning facility and hub for student activity (read more).

Nov 3, 2015

Bioethics Speaker Addresses End-of-Life Care

Andrea J. Chatburn, DO, MA, presented "When Stakes are High and Emotions Run Strong: Dilemmas in Ethics at the End of Life" on Oct. 27 as part of KCU's ongoing Bioethics Speaker Series. Dr. Chatburn is a palliative care physician and director of ethics for Providence Health and Services in Spokane, Wash.

Be sure to watch Dr. Chatburn's presentation on our YouTube channel.

Nov 2, 2015

KCU's Improvements to Neighborhood Help Spur $30-Million HUD Grant

KCU's continued investment in Kansas City's Historic Northeast Neighborhood helped lay the groundwork for a recent $30-million grant awarded by HUD Choice Neighborhoods.

In particular, the University's purchase and demolition of the nearby Capri Motel earlier this year helped garner support for the grant, which will be used to rebuild public housing and improve local education, business development and social services. Read more about the HUD grant, as well as the many other investments KCU makes in the community.