July 27, 2017

Donutology Hosts July 29 Book Signing with Author Bill Severns

Donutology at 1009 Westport Road will host motivational speaker and author Bill Severns for a signing of his new book, “Donuts, Diamonds, and Dreams” on July 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. The inspirational story draws on Severns’ 22-year baseball career, which included six years playing in the Milwaukee Brewers Farm System, and also doubles as an interactive journal that encourages readers to write their story as well as draw pictures throughout. Students from the Kansas City Art Institute—many whom will attend the book-signing event— created the striking illustrations for the book. 

“As a business owner, I discovered my own passion, have taken risks, and worked hard to achieve my goals—I find Bill Severns’ message relatable and inspiring, ” say Andrew Cameron, founder of Donutology. “We are excited to host him at Donutology so we can share our two passions, coaching others and making high-quality donuts, respectively, with the greater community.”

“I can’t think of a better place to share Donuts, Diamonds, and Dreams than at Donutology, which of course serves delicious donuts and is a space that brings families together,” says Severns. “This book is a practical tool to continue the engagement process with your family. Children talk to your parents. Parents talk to your children. It’s never too early.”

Severns will give away a signed copy of  “Donuts, Diamonds and Dreams” every half hour during the event.

December 12, 2017


We end 2017 with one more exciting announcement! The Board of Trustees has selected Helix Architecture + Design to design a new student living center and dining hall to be built on campus starting next year. The opportunity to construct a new residence hall is possible thanks to a $10 million lead gift by an Anonymous Donor, given through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation earlier this year. Helix is an award-winning, Kansas City design firm consistently ranked among the Best in the Nation by Architect Magazine. The firm’s diverse portfolio of work includes extensive experience with higher education institutions throughout the region. Helix designers Doug Stockman and Alissa Wehmueller partnered with Christopher Carvell Architects of Denver, Colorado who has nationally recognized expertise in the design of “Next Generation” student life facilities. This is a complicated project that includes not only the new 250-bed living center but also contemporary dining that will be open to the public and a large new terraced garden. Following interviews with several firms, Helix presented a sophisticated plan on how to create a relationship between the new student living center, the new garden space, and our current student housing building. The result will be a read more…

December 6, 2017

Stanley H. Durwood Foundation Endows and Names The Charlie Sosland Chair in Illustration

The Stanley H. Durwood Foundation, under the direction of Charles Egan, trustee, has endowed and named The Charlie Sosland Chair in Illustration. Professor and Program Head of Illustration Steve Mayse will be the first to hold the title. The Chair in Illustration is named in honor of Charlie Sosland, who served as a KCAI Trustee from 1997-2009 and Chairman of the Board from 2002-2004. “I am very pleased and honored to have my name identified with the Chair of Illustration at KCAI. The art of illustration has an amazing impact on everyone’s lives. I am very grateful to Charlie Egan and the Durwood Foundation for this wonderful honor,” said Sosland. Steve Mayse is an award-winning illustrator and has been program head of Illustration for 25 years. He’s built a program that draws undergraduate students from all over the world to study at KCAI, and Illustration is the largest major at the college with almost 100 students enrolled. “I wish to thank Charles Sosland for his continued support and confidence in our work here at KCAI. I will continue, in the years to come, to meet the expectations of this position with honor and integrity. I’m grateful for the opportunity to read more…