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William Jewell College Named Apple Distinguished School

William Jewell College has been named an Apple Distinguished School for 2015-2017, recognizing Jewell for its access to integrated technology and engaged learning.

The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.

“We are excited to provide students a technologically sophisticated learning community that supports the academically challenging atmosphere William Jewell is known for,” says David Sallee, William Jewell College president. “The Pryor Learning Commons, opened in 2013, was designed to provide access to all the tools needed by today’s learners in an atmosphere that supports creativity and collaboration. The Jewellverse initiative expanded those principles and practices to include every student in a fully integrated living and learning experience.”

The College recognized that the lack of a common platform, as well as the social and economic inequity among students, would become a barrier to the best teaching and learning.

“Putting an iPad device in the hands of every student, faculty and staff member opened a world of possibilities, and we are seeing our community of learners identify difficult problems and create innovative solutions,” says Anne Dema, provost.

Girls in Tech: North Kansas City Students Take Part in Hour of Code

One hundred female North Kansas City Schools students (50 from middle schools, 50 from high schools) participated in Girls in Tech KC’s “Hour of Code” on December 7, at Commerce Bank downtown. The Hour of Code movement encourages students to explore the basics of coding and computer science. The students learned how to create their own computer programs. The event was sponsored by Commerce Bank, Cerner, The Women’s Foundation and KC STEM Alliance. Mayor Sly James has declared December 7 as Girls in Tech Day.

Kosmos Singles Host January Mixers

Kosmopolitan (Kosmos) singles is an independent social group formed in 1990 to provide social activities, fellowship, and support to singles north of the river. While we are primarily a Northland group, our membership is open to all singles, age 40+, throughout the greater Kansas City area.

The group has weekly mixers every Thursday evening at various restaurants throughout the Northland. Members gather around 5:00 pm for a social hour(s), and many stay for dinner. On weekends, there is at least one organized activity which can include dances, movies, sports events, game nights, local events, biking trips, etc.

Kosmos is based on the belief that single people should have a place to go and be with other singles for fun and fellowship rather than sitting at home evenings and weekends. While some have the goal of meeting someone special (and there have been many Kosmos’ marriages), others are there just for the fun and fellowship. Locations for January include Minsky’s, #9 Saloon, Side Pockets and The Draft Pick. For more information, visit

DragonFly Tea Zone Opens in North 
Kansas City

DragonFly Tea Zone happily opened its second location in the Kansas City area and the first location in the Northland with a ribbon cutting on December 3 at 315 NE Englewood Road. The locally owned tea shop specializes in bubble tea, loose leaf tea, coffee, fresh squeezed juices, smoothies and crepes. For more information, visit

Vascular Surgery Groups Combine to Form Midwest Aortic and Vascular Institute

Two physician groups are combining to form the largest vascular surgery practice in the area. Kansas City Vascular, P.C. (KCV) and Vascular Surgery Associates, P.C. (VSA) have had a collegial relationship for many years and in January began sharing emergency call coverage at several area hospitals. In August, the five physician owners of the two groups (Drs. Mike Waldschmidt, Karl Stark, Michael Deiparine, Scott Kujath and Robert Carter) began working through a due diligence process toward merging their practices. Their shared clinical and business philosophies moved things forward quickly and they have now signed the agreements that will create the Midwest Aortic & Vascular Institute (MAVI) effective January 1, 2016.

“Having a larger practice will allow us to maximize practice operations efficiencies, improve the physician’s quality of life by reducing their call coverage commitments, strengthen the financial viability of our independent practice, enhance patient care through increased clinical collaboration and improve our ability to grow and expand services,” says Stark, who formed KCV in 1984.

Kansas City Vascular, P.C. is already the region’s leader in vascular device and biologic research, currently participating in 11 clinical trials. MAVI will continue this tradition as a leader in vascular innovation. MAVI will have four office locations in Independence, Lee’s Summit, Liberty and North Kansas City, Mo. Three exist today and the office location in Lee’s Summit will open in February.

In addition to the seven vascular surgeons, MAVI will employ four nurse practitioners, four ultrasound technicians and 31 additional staff members. Jimmy Foster, MD, will join MAVI on July 1, 2016, following the completion of his vascular surgery fellowship in Iowa City, Iowa.