Kansas City Alumni Club Executive Board
Eric L. Johnson
Why I love UNI: I love UNI because it was a perfect fit for me. It was large enough to offer multiple opportunities to get involved, but was small enough that I did not get lost in the shuffle. In addition to a great education, I made many lifelong friends. While we don’t get to see each as much as we would like, whenever we do, we pick up right where we left off.
Arts & Theatre Chair
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Why I love UNI: Being at UNI was a wonderful experience, I met my wife, enjoyed all the great campus activities, made a lot of life-long friends, and I’m very proud to be a member of Panther Nation in Jayhawk country!
Why I love UNI: As I lived in Cedar Falls for 62 years I have had many experiences to stay connected to UNI. From plays to musical performances to many sporting events. I have had many opportunities to enjoy the benefits UNI offers to the Cedar Valley community.
Why I love UNI: I bleed Panther Purple! I grew up a Panther fan and love UNI Athletics to this day. Much of the success I have today, I attribute to my great education from UNI!
Community Service Chair
Why I love UNI: It's a family tradition! My family has both worked for and attended UNI for years and years.
Community Service Chair
Why I love UNI: The many life-long friends I have made and still to this day stay in regular contact with.
Social Media Chair
Why I love UNI: It was big enough to get all kinds of great college experiences but small enough to find my classes! I was able to get a wonderful education, meet lifelong friends and attend fun athletic events. The UNI community is also one of a kind. It is amazing how people you are only connected to because you went to the same college are willing to help/do things for others because they are a fellow Panther. I loved my time at UNI and wouldn’t change it for the world!
Young Professionals Chair
Why I love UNI: UNI provided the best college experience I could have imagined. It gave me a well-rounded education and many memories to last a lifetime. It had the close-knit community of a small school, but exciting opportunities of a larger school. Easy to say, I'm proud to be a Panther!
January 13 - UNI vs. Valparaiso Game Watch
A hotbed of conflict during the Civil War and central hub for railroads and river travel, Kansas City was built upon a richly diverse population. It also has the unique distinction of being “The City of Fountains” boasting over 200 fountains, more than anywhere but Rome.
Why Kansas City Rocks...
Kansas City was the first city to receive Google Fiber internet, a testament to the city’s dedication to providing its citizens some of the most cutting edge and affordable possibilities they can. In this unique and beautiful place you’ll frequently cross state lines between Kansas and Missouri, but everywhere you go, it’ll feel like home.
Where to Live...
Crossroads Art District: What was once a handful of artist studios and galleries is now home to over 2,000 residents. As the location for the city’s liveliest and most popular event, First Fridays, there will always be something to keep you entertained in Crossroads. You’ll also find small-scale grocers, bakeries, home décor, dentists, pet stores, yoga studios, banks, movie theaters, printing services, coffee shops, and restaurants.
River Market: The River Market is a riverfront neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri that comprises the first and oldest incorporated district in Kansas City. The River Market today is a vigorous and exciting neighborhood. Major attractions to the River Market include the City Market and the Arabia Steamboat Museum. The City Market’s Farmers’ Market is the largest farmers’ market in the region bringing “Farm to Table” right to the heart of the city with fresh produce and goods on Saturday and Sunday.
Westside: One of the more diverse neighborhoods of the city, this neighborhood has a beautiful variety of homes from historic Victorian and Colonial to postmodern. Westside is an expression of those who have chosen to live there, a celebration of creativity and diversity.
Westport: Westport, Kansas City's original entertainment district, boasts a rich history as the oldest established community in Kansas City. Westport is a fusion of local eateries, fashionable boutiques and hot night-spots compounded with remnants of the neighborhood's historic past.
Crown Center: Crown Center invites residents to unique amenities and first class attractions. Home to the Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium, Off Center Theatre, and three levels of retail shops, living here is an experience unlike any other. Walk to the latest exhibit at Union Station, party at the Irish Festival, visit the National World War One museum at Liberty Memorial and throw the Frisbee at Penn Valley Park.
Riverside: Riverside, Missouri is a thriving community located just minutes north of downtown Kansas City. Roots run deep here. Neighborhoods thrive. And new life, growth and opportunities are easy to find and hard to pass up. This is more than an address. This is a place to live, work, raise a family or run a business.
Overland Park: Overland Park has received many national awards for its quality of life, education system, public safety, low taxes, healthy economic, health industry and more. Its vibrant neighborhoods, convenient transportation, and proximity to Kansas City are what makes this suburb one of the fastest growing cities in Kansas.
Where to Play...
18th & Vine: This historic district contains the American Jazz Museum, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and all the live jazz you could ever want.
Breweries: Kansas City prides itself on being the home of the Boulevard Brewing Co., the largest specialty brewery in the Midwest. There is also a large craft beer community with spectacular small breweries such as The Big Rip Brewing Company, Martin City Brewing Company, and Kansas City Bier Company. With so many choices there’s fun to be had for everyone!
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: From ceramic objects found in ancient Chinese tombs to whimsical sculptures of badminton birdies, the Nelson-Atkins collection spans over 5,000 years of humanity. Whether you are exploring the collection for the first time or the hundredth time, there's always something new. A place for quiet relaxation, creative inspiration, or an exhilarating start to your weekend - the Nelson-Atkins invites you to experience one of the country's pre-eminent cultural destinations.
Swope Park: At 1,805-acres, Swope Park is the crown jewel of the KC Parks system. As Kansas City’s largest park, and one of the largest urban parks in the United States, Swope Park is home to many of Kansas City’s finest attractions. You can visit the second largest profession outdoor theater in the US, Starlight Theatre, the Kansas City Zoo, and more all contained within Swope Park.
Worlds & Oceans of Fun: Go Around the World in 80 Days at this theme park based off the book. One ticket admits you to both the theme and water parks which make up the number one attraction in the Kansas City area.
Sports: Kansas City is home to the record breaking loudest stadium in the NFL, Arrowhead Stadium, one of the founding members of the MLS, Sporting KC, and 2015 World Series champions the Kansas City Royals.
Country Club Plaza: This 15 block district has more than 150 shops and dozens of fine restaurants, making it the premier retail, dining, and entertainment destination in Kansas City. Make sure you don’t miss the famous Plaza Lights during the holidays; it’s the most spectacular lighting display in the nation.
Where to Dine...
World Famous KC BBQ
Jack Stack Barbecue: Started by Russ Fiorella in Kansas City back in 1957, Jack Stack began as a traditional storefront barbecue with a modest selection of five to six items. Today, Jack Stack Barbecue is in its third generation of the Fiorella family and has evolved into the largest, full-service wood cookery in the industry.
Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que: Joe’s started as an award winning barbecue team of Jeff and Joy S. Word of their amazing barbecue spread and Joe Don Davidson, owner of the Oklahoma Joe’s Smoker Company sought out their partnership. Soon timing, hard work, and a little luck collided and led to Jeff and Joy opening their very first restaurant in a small neighborhood gas station. From there business only improved and now the Stehney’s are the sole owners of three Kansas City locations.
Arthur Bryant’s BBQ: This BBQ legend was founded in the early 1920's, by Charlie Bryant, Arthur's older brother. When Charlie died, Arthur took over and moved the BBQ restaurant to 18th and Brooklyn. Arthur perfected the sauce and became the legendary King of Ribs and the most renowned barbequer in history. After Arthur passed away in 1982 Gary Berbiglia and Bill Rauschelbach acquired the restaurant and have expanded the business while preserving the original Arthur Bryant's traditions and world-famous flavor.
Gates Bar-B-Q: Gates Bar-B-Q is a Kansas City original. Our family restaurant established in 1946, has grown from a single store front at 19th & Vine to a family of six up to date restaurants throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan area; all struttin' the Gates Bar-B-Q unique red roof design and man in full tuxedo top hat, depicting our style.
Other Great Places to Dine
McCormick and Schmicks: McCormick & Schmick’s is Kansas City’s fresh seafood authority. It’s the original home of Kansas City’s $2.95 Happy Hour (and up), offering hand-shaken cocktails, fresh squeezed juices and an impressive wine list.
Gram & Dun: It's a place “for the people” where you can relax and enjoy the neighborhood vibe while we test theories of food, drink and the evolution of good times. Local owners and staff bring a unique, modern environment to this ideal Plaza location where we have revived the best patio in town. In addition, Gram & Dun honors the traditional by bringing revered dishes to the forefront and adding our own special touch.
Beer Kitchen: Honest food and carefully selected beer. If your heart races at the smell of a malty-sweet & robust Imperial Brown Ale and 100% American beer burger stuffed with Kansas City-style burnt ends, lathered with house-made BBQ sauce, then Beer Kitchen is the place for you.