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Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration I University of Missouri-Kansas CityBLOCH2007From students with dreams to community leaders,Bloch students areShaping the Future

The University of Missouri-Kansas CityHenry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration2007In this IssueMessage from the DeanShaping the FutureCover Story2 Amazing Alumni: From students with hopes and goals to role models intheir communities6899EntrepreneurshipBusiness Technology Education Enterprise Development LaboratoryMinding Business: PhD program launchFrom K.C. to U.S.: SourceLink model spreadsIt’s in the Bag: Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2007Executive MBA10 A Class Act: Executive MBA students rally to aid TAKE Foundation12 UMB Financial Corporation: Executive MBA sponsor/student spotlight13 Talking Shop: Q&A with Karyl Leggio, PhDUndergraduate Education14 Savvier Sooner: Bloch’s new undergraduate curriculum16 The BlochCast Podcast Connection17 Students by Day: Undergraduate life outside the classroom18202021LeadershipThe Boardroom Awaits: Profiting from nonprofit involvementFunkhouser Wins: UMKC alumnus takes officePeace Corps Volunteers MPA ProgramPublic Affairs Student Association connects students, communityFinancial Services22 Thought Leaders, Business Builders: Chamber Economic Advisory Board22 Global Perspectives: Bloch students bank on China experience23 Information in Context: State Street News Center242425252628Alumni and Constituent RelationsLetter from Your Alumni Association PresidentBloch Alumni Association Board MembersBloch Launches Bloch Leadership AssociatesRegina Reynolds Memorial ScholarshipClass Notes and Alumni SpotlightDonor Honor RollAround the Bloch32 New Bloch Staff32 Faculty ContributionsBPA6121547from the deanBLOCHProduced by UMKC Creative ServicesManaging Editor: Victoria PraterWriter: Sarah MotePhotography: Mark McDonald, Kristen HellstromBloch magazine is published annually by the University ofMissouri-Kansas City Henry W. Bloch School of Business andPublic Administration’s Office of External Relations toencourage interest and support among our alumni, partnersand friends.www.bloch.umkc.eduDean: O. Homer Erekson816-235-2204 [email protected] Dean: Lanny Solomon816-235-2304 [email protected] Dean: Karyl Leggio816-235-2896 [email protected] Dean: Kami Thomas816-235-2214 [email protected] Services816-235-2215 [email protected] of Accountancy, Chair: David Donnelly816-235-2218 [email protected] of Finance, Information Management andStrategy, Chair: Marilyn Taylor816-235-6506 [email protected] of Organizational Leadership andMarketing, Chair: TBDDepartment of Public Affairs, Chair: Robyne Turner816-235-2894 [email protected] of Development: Danny Baker816-235-2316 [email protected] of Communications: Victoria Prater816-235-5295 [email protected] of Alumni and Constituent Relations:Kathryn Houston816-235-6211 [email protected] the futureAt the Bloch School, we live by the creed that innovation is essential. We are constantlylooking for ways to improve our programs, link to the Kansas City region in creative waysand recruit high-caliber faculty, staff and students. The dynamic global market for whichwe are preparing our students demands that we embrace innovation. In an oft-cited remark,Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric, said “When the rate of changeinside an institution becomes slower than the rate of change outside, the end is in sight.The only question is when.”At the Bloch School, we are never still. We are always looking for new ways to shape thefuture. Each story in this issue highlights examples of the current impact of the BlochSchool and some of our plans for the future: former Bloch students who are now successfulalumni making their mark; current Bloch students who are finding inspiration as they prepareto make their mark; students yet to come and how Bloch is preparing today to educatetomorrow’s business and community leaders; and community connection – building anddeveloping symbiotic relationships with the community. All are pieces of a big picture, andthat is the success of our school, our students and our city.UMKC Mission, Values and GoalsMissionLead in the Life and Health SciencesDeepen and Expand Strength in the Visual and Performing ArtsDevelop a Professional Workforce; Collaborate in UrbanIssues and EducationCreate a Vibrant Learning and Campus Life ExperienceValuesEducation FirstDiscovery and InnovationIntegrity and AccountabilityDiversity, Inclusiveness and RespectEnergized Collaborative CommunitiesI hope you enjoy learning more about the Bloch School and discover innovative ways thatwe can work together. I hope to hear from you personally and welcome your ideas.Warmest regards,O. Homer EreksonGoalsWe attract, nurture and develop responsible community leaders.We are a leader in scholarship and creative activity.We are an essential community partner and resource.We are a workplace of choice.We have the resources to achieve our strategic goals.Bloch Magazine 2007

AmazingALUMNISteve BernsteinThey were once Blochstudents with hopes,goals and plans toimprove themselves, theorganizations and thecommunities they serve.Today, they are movers,shakers and role models.The alumni featured inthis story are just a fewexamples of the greatleaders Bloch is proud tocall our own and primeexamples of individualswho have shaped thefuture of Kansas Cityand beyond. University of Missouri-Kansas CityThe bloch familySteve Bernstein:Heading for HomeSteve Bernstein, senior vice presidentand chief operating officer of BernsteinRein Advertising, has been awardedthe Alumni Spotlight Award for bringingcreativity and opportunity to UMKC andKansas City’s communities.“We aren’t the guys who were bornon second base and believe they hita double,” Bernstein is fond of sayingabout growing up in the shadow ofthe largest ad agency in Kansas Cityand the 36th-largest full-service adagency in the country. Bernstein-ReinAdvertising was co-founded by hisfather, Bob Bernstein, in 1964.“We know we were born on secondbase, and we’re thankful for theopportunities we have, but we realizethere are still two more bases to clearbefore we score.” Bernstein literallygrew up in advertising, playing withthe copy machine in his dad’s office,studying commercials during SuperBowls, and serving, at the age of10, as the inspiration behind one ofBernstein-Rein’s marketing coups, theMcDonald’s Happy Meal.In some ways, the family businessMelanie tuckerwas Bernstein’s destiny. “We werenever told, ‘You’ll be in the familybusiness,’” he says of himself, brotherDavid and sister Susan. “But we’resuch a close family that it becamenatural for each one of us.”Bernstein’s interests in law andbusiness led him to choose the Lawand Bloch schools at UMKC, wherehe earned his JD and MBA in 1991.He joined the family business in 1992.However, Bernstein sees more inhis choice than fulfilling a prophecy.He sees advertising as his legacy.“We’re fortunate to be in a businessthat produces the exact thingsnot-for-profits need—marketingadvice and direction,” he says. “As acompany, we try to give feedback tothe community that has been so greatto us. We want to do our parts as anagency and a family to help KansasCity be the best it can possibly be.”Bernstein has offered his talents,free of charge, to UMKC and thecommunity countless times, includinghelping the University roll out anew brand identity and marketingcampaign in 2005.Today, Bernstein is busy as seniorvice president and chief operatingofficer of the 300-plus-employeeagency, but he is as committed as everDick Gibsonto the future of Kansas City.“Everything is spurred by ideas,”he adds. “It’s important that KansasCity is a place that can foster, nourishand actually feed great ideas, cultureand business.” Bernstein may stillhave things to do before he slidesinto home, but it’s a safe bet he’ll takeKansas City with him as he roundsthe bases.The Bloch Family:Kansas City’s LegacyThe Bloch family was recently honoredwith the UMKC Alumni Legacy awardfor the lasting impact they have left onKansas City and the world.From the new H&R Blockheadquarters downtown to the newBloch building at the Nelson-AtkinsMuseum of Art, the Bloch family hasleft a lasting legacy in Kansas City.“My family has always cared agreat deal about Kansas City,” saysTom Bloch, UMKC Trustee. “It’salways been a priority to for us to giveback, to help make this a great city.”The family has supported cancerresearch, health services, the arts,community development andeducation, lending their time andCharlene meekersupport to the Leon E. Bloch LawLibrary, the Bloch School, the Instituteof Urban Education at the School ofEducation and the UMKC Trustees.“Kansas City cannot be a greatcity without a great urban university,”adds Bloch.All told, the Bloch family has putin more than 100 years of serviceand millions of dollars to help KansasCity thrive. And for that reason,they were awarded the 2006 LegacyAward from UMKC. The awardrecognizes families who have a recordof outstanding service to the Universityand the community.The legacy started with LeonBloch Sr., who was a 1902 graduateof the University of Kansas City LawSchool. He and his wife Hortenseinstilled in their three sons, Leon Jr.,Henry and Richard, a commitmentto community.Henry and his wife Marion havecarried that sentiment to their ownfamily, encouraging their four children,Robert, Tom, Mary Jo Browne andLiz Uhlmann, to leave legacies oftheir own.“Our parents instilled in us theimportance of giving back,” saysTom. “We all had great opportunitiesin our life, and we owe a great debtof gratitude to our parents and toour community.”Tom is forging his legacy througheducation. In 1995, he resigned hisposition as president and CEO ofH&R Block to teach, first at St.Francis Xavier School and currentlyat University Academy, a charterschool sponsored by UMKC thathe co-founded in 2000. He serveswith his sister Liz’s husband, PaulUhlmann, on the UMKC Board ofTrustees. “There’s that saying,” saysTom, “that you should leave yourcampsite better than you found it.That’s the kind of philosophy myparents reinforced.”In honor of their mother, theBloch children recently dedicatedthe Marion Helzberg Bloch Park andTerrace, a landscaped garden andmeeting place for students, facultyand staff on the south lawn of theBloch School.“Giving back is such an importantpart of life,” says Tom. “True happinesscomes from not just looking at yourself,but in looking at how you can helpothers.”Bloch Magazine 2007

Amazing AlUMNIMelanie Tucker:Beyond the Balance SheetMelanie Tucker, vice president of financefor JE Dunn Construction, has taken aknack for numbers and passion for peopleand turned them into an inspiring story.“There’s always a footprint left whenyou build something,” says MelanieTucker, speaking of the physicallegacy she’ll help Kansas City’s JEDunn, the sixth-largest generalcontractor in the United States,leave behind.With 10 years experience as amanager and partner with CBIZ/Mayer Hoffman McCann, Tuckerjoined JE Dunn in January as vicepresident of finance.Tucker is not your stereotypicalfinance professional. Consider hersuccess as a female executive in theconstruction industry where womenmake up just 2 percent of the industry’sworkforce, compared to 50 percent ofthe workforce as a whole.“Women are historically underrepresented in executive managementpositions,” Tucker says. “I hope I canserve as a role model for other womenin finance positions, as well as in theconstruction industry.”Tucker sees more than numbers ona balance sheet, though. “Numberstell a story,” she says. “Accountingand finance are really about the abilityto get information out of numbersand data, to use that information tomake decisions and to educate peopleabout what the numbers say.”Tucker doesn’t leave the storystrictly to the numbers, or thefootprints to JE Dunn. Pushing pastbalance sheets and taxes, she’s buildinga legacy of her own.Her commitment to her community proves it. Tucker earned herbachelor’s and master’s degrees fromthe Bloch School at UMKC. Shegraduated in 1990, but she never University of Missouri-Kansas Citycontinuedreally left. She taught accountingclasses as an adjunct instructor. Shecurrently serves on the Division ofAccountancy Advisory Board andthe Bloch School Alumni Board.Those connections to the BlochSchool have led to other civic opportunities. Through the Bloch AlumniBoard, Tucker met Tom Holcom, afounding member of Angel Flight, anonprofit organization that arrangesfree transportation for people whoneed medical treatment.Tucker also serves on the board ofYouth Volunteer Corps of America,a national nonprofit that helps youthvolunteers find and conduct community service projects.“I know I want to stay involved withwhat’s going on in this community,”Tucker says. “I’m fortunate to workfor a company that has recommittedto being downtown by building itsnew headquarters here.“I’m in the right place to be a partof Kansas City’s future, and I lookforward to it.”Dick Gibson:Leading by ExampleDick Gibson, vice president and chiefadministrative officer at the GreaterKansas City Chamber of Commerce, is arole model in leadership and service. Herecently earned the Alumni AchievementAward for his accomplishments andservice to the Bloch School.Dick Gibson’s office at the GreaterKansas City Chamber of Commerceis part scrapbook, part resume.His bookcase displays an assortmentof photographs—one of BobbyKennedy; a group shot of PresidentsNixon, Bush, Reagan, Carter andFord; and another of Gibson shakinghands with Colin Powell, one of hisformer bosses. His desk holds Chinesemeditation balls, a portable punchingbag, a Dick Gibson bobble head andnumerous photographs of his threegrandchildren.From music major to colonel tochief administrative officer at theChamber, Gibson’s career, like hisoffice, is rich in diverse experiencesthat have helped shape him into theleader he is today.Gibson graduated from UMKC’sConservatory of Music and Dance in1967. Just as he was preparing for hisfirst New York audition, he receivedhis draft notice. He put music onhold to enlist, and, in 1969, enteredVietnam as a second lieutenant.When he completed his tour ayear later, Gibson was offered therank of captain if he would stay onemore year. With the support of hiswife, Riue, Gibson accepted.Gibson says he enjoyed militarylife. “I always say that I stayed in thearmy because I was the only one whocould count to four in time and singcadences in harmony,” he laughs.His final military assignment wasas the chief of staff for the U.S. ArmyCommand and General Staff College.Colonel Gibson retired from the armyin 1993 with a Purple Heart, BronzeStar with “V” (valor) device andSilver Star.Gibson launched his second careerin corporate America as director ofadministration at the Don BoscoCommunity Centers in Kansas Cityand in 1997 became vice presidentand chief administrative officer atthe Chamber.“I learned what I know aboutbusiness from the school of hardknocks,” says Gibson of his militaryexperience. “I wanted to validate thatlearning with a degree.” In 2000,Gibson enrolled in the Bloch School’sExecutive MBA program on the G.I.Bill.“The Executive MBA provided anopportunity to broaden my perspective,network with other businessprofessionals and get more involvedin the community.”Gibson took that network to heart.After he graduated from the programin 2002, he started an investmentclub with fellow alumni, served onthe Don Bosco Social EnterpriseBoard and was a key player in thebusiness plan EMBA students wrotefor the TAKE Foundation defensetraining program for women.One of Gibson’s greatest gifts tothe people and communities he workswith is that of example. Throughouthis service to the Chamber and thecommunity, Gibson has broughtlessons from his military career—thenecessity of making contingencyplans and leading by example.“If I’m not putting in my besteffort, then I can hardly expect mypeople to,” he says. “It’s that simple.”Charlene Meeker:Connecting People, BuildingCommunitiesCharlene Meeker, public relationsconsultant with MGA Communications inDenver, proves passion, drive and couragewill take you places.If you’ve read Malcolm Gladwell’sTipping Point, you’ll recognizeCharlene Meeker immediately. She’sa “connector,” someone with a gift forbringing different worlds together.“I strongly believe in the significanceof relationships,” says Meeker. “I thriveon being a catalyst for connectingothers with the people and resourcesthat help them accomplish their goals.”Meeker earned her MPA at theBloch School’s Cookingham Instituteof Public Affairs in 2004, where shefound a passion for the world ofcommunity development. “It wasmy second semester, and I enrolledin Dr. Robyne Turner’s introductoryurban development class,” remembersMeeker. “After the first night of class,I thought, ‘Community developmentis where I want to devote my life.’”Shortly after, she gathered newskills, interning with the Mid-AmericaRegional Council (MARC), whereshe did research, public relations andalso worked on the award-winningFirst Suburbs Coalition Idea Book, aPublic-Private Sector Cooperation.Each year since 1984, the programhas handpicked 30 communityleaders—10 each from the public,private and nonprofit sectors—todiscuss Denver’s big issues and whatleadership should look like surroundingthose issues.“As UMKC and Kansas City strive to reach their potential,you always find Bloch School alumni making a difference.’’remodeling guide for post–World WarII homes. But Meeker is one alumnaKansas City will have to live without.She took her affinity fordevelopment west. “I becameintrigued with Denver,” Meekerexplains. “I liked where it was going,and how progressively theyapproached housing, transportationand economic development.”Eager to become part of theexciting developments in Denver,Meeker made a bold move there,without a solid job prospect. Formonths, Meeker searched for a wayto bring the worlds she’d inhabitedtogether. In 2005, she joined the MileHigh Housing Fund, a communitydevelopment financial institution.They created a position for her asdirector of public relations anddevelopment, which married herpassions and introduced her to yetanother world: nonprofit management.“I was impressed with her grasp ofthe nuances of finance, the politicallandscape, the relationships in thecommunity among different players,”says Rodger Hara, vice president ofCapmark Finance, whom Meekermet through the Fund. Hara was soimpressed, he nominated Meeker forthe Denver Community LeadershipForum, a yearlong program run by theUniversity of Colorado’s Center for– O. Homer Erekson, Bloch School deanMeeker says that experiencemonumentally changed her life.And Meeker has used the opportuneconnecting of worlds to help others.The forum led to her current job withMGA Communications where shehelps clients engage and improve thecommunities they serve. Her workwith MARC has put her in touchwith a similar community revitalizationprogram in Denver, the DenverRegional Council of Governments.And recently, she brought her talentsto the board of Hope Communities,a nonprofit community developmentgroup that provides housing andeducational resources to help peopleimprove their lives.“There’s a lot of serendipity inmy life,” Meeker admits. “Peopleare different, and we all approachlife uniquely. But I’m committed tofinding ways to improve the overallquality of life for everyone.”Meeker continues to work connections, taking every lesson she’slearned, and every person she’s met,with her.Bloch Magazine 2007

Learning by DoingSponsored by the Institute forEntrepreneurship and Innovationat UMKC, last year’s New VentureChallenge Competition was theclimax to four months of businessplanning by the Bloch School’sExecutive MBA and MBA students.At the beginning of the wintersemester, students divided into 12teams. Each team selected from 34intellectual properties representingMidwest Research Institute, Hallmark, Kansas University MedicalCenter, sCOMM, Mobile MediaTechnologies, LLC, BOC Group, JayFine and Brown Medical Industries.Business Technology Education Enterprise DevelopmentLaboratoryJason Curry and his family took the UbiDuo from a brainstormto a business using the many resources available through theBloch School’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.The student teams assessed theirchoice for potential risks, conductedmarket opportunity analysis and salesstrategies, examined financial models,designed a business concept planand presented that plan to a panel ofjudges at the final competition.“The goal of the competition,” saysMichael Song, executive director ofthe Institute, “is to provide studentswith experiential learning opportunities that help them apply their newknowledge about business plans,market and industry data and thecommercial potential of intellectualproperty.”Last year, several student teamsattracted interest from seriousinvestors for their companies’products or services.Experimental BusinessThe annual New VentureChallenge Competition is just oneoutgrowth of the Institute’s largerefforts to bridge business, technologyand education. The competition joinsthe Institute’s Entrepreneurship andInnovation Boot Camp, Executivesin Residence and student businessincubator to form the EnterpriseDevelopment Laboratory (ED Lab).“The ED Lab for the Bloch Schoolis much like a chemistry lab for achemistry course,” explains Larry Lee,director of the Enterprise DevelopmentLab. “For us, though, looking undera microscope isn’t enough. Tounderstand a business, you have torun a business.”Integrated with and an extensionof the entrepreneurship curriculum,the ED Lab gives students hands-on,real-time experience with the tasks,tools and frustration that come fromturning ideas into market-readybusinesses.Ideas come from University ofMissouri research centers, KansasCity research organizations, localcorporations or the studentsthemselves. The Entrepreneurshipand Innovation Boot Camp, forexample, is a four-week competitionthat allows students to test theviability of their business ideas.After those innovations are vettedby Institute faculty and advisers,student teams begin to develop businessconcepts. Experts-in-residence, a poolof about 160 attorneys, bankers, angelinvestors, engineers—“people who fitalmost every need,” says Lee—mentorstudents throughout the process.Students, advisers and investorsevaluate the final business concepts.“When those concepts comeout of the hopper, there are threeoptions,” says Lee. “If it’s not a viablebusiness, it may stop right there. Orthe concept could turn into an actualstart-up, ready to go out on the street.Or, if it needs a little nurturing andsupport, the concept could move tothe student business incubator.”The incubator helps studentsjump-start their businesses byproviding them with the physical (continued)EntrepreneurshipThe product is greater than thesum of its parts at the EnterpriseDevelopment Lab, which trains andlaunches entrepreneurial talent intoKansas City and the world.On April 22, 2006, the EwingMarion Kauffman Foundationconference room was filled with 55graduate students from the BlochSchool, 40 judges from Kansas City’sleading corporations, banks and nonprofit business development organizations and 12 intellectual properties.For eight hours, the conferenceroom transformed into a workinglaboratory for enterprise developmentand hosted the second annual NewVenture Challenge Competition—bursting with innovative ideasfrom singing greeting cards to malecontraceptives.Jason Curry From Competition to Conveyor BeltJason Curry is deaf. Throughout most ofhis life, any conversation—with employers,doctors, family—has been slow andfrustrating at best. Five years ago, whileCurry was having breakfast with his father,David, they both reached a breaking point.Then David had an idea. When they gothome, he sketched what would becomethe UbiDuo.The UbiDuo is a portable device thatallows the deaf to communicate with thehearing. Composed of two keyboards withimbedded screens, the UbiDuo is as easyto use as a simultaneous chat screen. Butunlike instant messaging, the conversation isimmediate: messages can be read as they’retyped and thoughts can be interjected. Withthe UbiDuo, the deaf could communicate withanyone without an interpreter.Curry and his father formed sComm, Inc.,and with the help of Boys Town NationalResearch Hospital in Omaha, Neb., furtherdeveloped the concept behind the UbiDuo.With a solid concept, they needed funding.Enter the Small Business and TechnologyDevelopment Center and EnterpriseDevelopment Laboratory at the Institute.Curry was able to apply for and win anSBIR grant from the National Institutes ofHealth. The first phase gave him 100,000for testing.Before he could receive the secondphase, 1.3 million, however, he needed aprototype and a business plan. Larry Lee,director of the Enterprise Development Lab,guided Curry through incorporation, how toset up bookkeeping and find an accountant,how to write a business plan and put him intouch with a partner, Pivot International inLenexa, Kan., to build the prototype.This past January, sComm shippedout its first batch of UbiDuos. “With thisproduct, people like me can have face-toface conversations with their doctors, theirbosses—their families, without scraps ofpaper or interpreters. For many of them, itwill be a first,” says Curry.Thanks to the Curry’s entrepreneurialspirit and the Institute’s resources, a newbusiness has blossomed that will open thedoors of communication for more than 27million Americans.Entrepreneurship EMBA Undergraduate Business Leadership Financial Services AlumniBloch Magazine 2007

space, office equipment and mentoringthey need to get their businessesoff the ground. The Institute is alsoworking on creating a Seed VentureCapital Fund that will give studentsaccess to capital “when they need itthe most, at the very beginning,”says Lee.Growing Ideas, GrowingBusinesses“Our goal,” says Lee, “is to givestudents more than a diploma. It’s onething to start a business in your mindcontinuedor on paper. It’s quite another to havereal people working for you, bills thathave to be paid and the menagerieof things that have to be done in abusiness. You learn how to prioritize orhow to let go. You learn about yourself.”And the seeds those students plantultimately feed the communitywith new businesses and a newunderstanding of entrepreneurship.To create a lasting view of enterprisedevelopment, Institute faculty areconducting longitudinal studies onthe businesses that leave the lab,helping enrich the research onentrepreneurship and high-growthventures for Kansas City and theworld business community.“That speaks to our sustainabilityand impact,” says Song. “Imagine,year after year, 30 teams of futureentrepreneurs in a city looking forbusiness ideas, developing businessmodels, creating new companies.Every single year. Just imaginethe possibilities.”Minding BusinessPhD in Entrepreneurship and InnovationWhy do businesses fail? Better yet,how do they succeed?These questions form thefoundation of entrepreneurialresearch. According to the KauffmanIndex of Entrepreneurial Activity,activity in the past few years hasclimbed to levels that surpass thelate 1990’s Internet boom.Fertile GroundGrowing ReputationsIt’s a field with great demand yetscant supply. Although there has beenexplosive growth in the number ofendowed chairs in entrepreneurship—about 71 percent from 1999 to2003, as reported by the Kauffman2004 U.S. Survey of EndowedPositions in Entrepreneurship andRelated Fields—there are fewqualified candidates to fill thoseuniversity positions. In 2004, close to20 percent of those endowed chairswent unfilled.UMKC is one of just a fewuniversities in the country to offera doctorate program and training inentrepreneurship.“Our aim is to make the Institutethe recruiting ground for future topquality faculty,” says Michael Song,the Institute’s executive director andCharles N. Kimball, MRI/MissouriEndowed Chair in Management ofTechnology and Innovation. “Thatreputation will then help us attractexpert faculty and develop world-classresearch—and that will put theUniversity as a whole on the nationalmap.”Already, the Institute claims twotop-ranking scholars in innovationmanagement. The Journal of ProductInnovation Management ranked Songas the world’s top scholar and MarkParry, the Ewing M. Kauffman/Missouri Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership, as 13th.“The Institute is a leverage pointfor the Bloch School. And the PhDprogram is a great way to attract newand seasoned scholars to UMKC,”says Song.“It’s a simple equation. Anyonewho’s created a company knows this:good people build strong businesses,”he add. “And building an instituteis no different from building ahigh-growth company.”When Jeremy Hegle (MBA ’03)interviewed for the position of network integrator at KCSourceLink inJuly 2003, the organization claimedjust three employees, a three-yearbusiness plan and a classroom on thesecond floor of the 4747 Troostbuilding in Kansas City, Mo. “Wedidn’t even have a phone,” Heglerecalls.“We started out as a way to helpsmall businesses find the resourcesthey needed to grow,” Hegle says, “Butwe had very little. We had to developthe infrastructure, do the marketing,branding, all of it.”Today, KCSourceLink still workswith a tight crew, but it has increasedits footprint well beyond its modestschoolroom beginnings. Since 2003,KCSourceLink has connected anetwork of 140 plus resource partnersto more than 2,400 aspiring andexisting small business owners in the18-county Kansas City region viatelephone hotline or e-mail. Morethan 5,600 searches have been madewithin the 25 service categories withSourceLink’s online database, theResource Navigator.In fact, KCSourceLink has beenentrepreneurial about being entrepren

Executive MBA 10 A Class Act: Executive MBA students rally to aid TAKE Foundation 12 UMB Financial Corporation: Executive MBA sponsor/student spotlight 13 Talking Shop: Q&A with Karyl Leggio, PhD Undergraduate Education 14 Savvier Sooner: Bloch’s new und