Letter from the Editor

Where has your UMKC experience taken you?

As I look over the great number of talented alumni in this issue of Perspectives, what strikes me is the many, many places their UMKC experiences have taken them.

In this issue, you’ll meet alumni who have started small (and large!) businesses, dedicated their careers to helping others, made incredible discoveries, performed on world-class stages and more. Their work has taken them to schools and businesses just down the road from campus to theaters and institutes around the globe.

But perhaps even more impressive than those accomplishments is the way our UMKC alumni have expertly blended their unique abilities with their UMKC degrees to create truly colorful lives. We met a technical writer who doubles as an orchestra conductor, a marketing professional who moonlights in calligraphy, a nonprofit coordinator who spends his weekends as a rock band guitarist and so many more.

Their passions and pursuits may be varied, but what they all have in common are the skills and experiences they gained at UMKC. The alumni you’ll find in this issue are living proof that UMKC grads are truly everywhere, and a UMKC degree can carry you anywhere you care to go.

We’d love to hear where life has taken you since we last saw you at UMKC. Drop us a line at perspectives@umkc.edu, or update your alumni profile at umkcalumni.com/advantage.

I’m also happy to welcome a new Roo to our UMKC family, Lisa Baronio. Lisa joined UMKC in June as chief advancement officer and president of the UMKC Foundation. She has already made a great impact on UMKC and the lives of our students.

Thank you for picking up this issue of Perspectives and for all the ways you continue to serve UMKC. You are an integral part of our strong, vibrant UMKC community, and we look forward to an even stronger relationship moving forward.

Go Roos!

Curtis J. Crespino
Vice Chancellor of External Relations and Constituent Engagement