As we start the first week of a new semester, I would like to continue our focus on recruitment and retention. As of last Friday, our enrollment numbers for this semester show an 11% decline in student credit hours (8,579 compared with 9,667 at this time for Spring 2014) and a 14% decline in student headcount (948 students versus 1,108 last year). Please encourage students to get fully enrolled as soon as possible. While we do have nearly four weeks until our official census date, everyone’s efforts are needed for us to, at a minimum, remain stable in our numbers (and revenue).
The 2015 UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund awardees have been named and I’m pleased to report that 12 of the women selected are students from the School of Education! Selected from 77 applicants, the 66 honorees collectively will receive $82,450 to help validate and sustain them as they contribute to our local, national and global community. Honorees will be recognized at a reception on Thursday, February 19th from 5-7 p.m. at Grand Street Café. The SOE recipients are: Sara Aslan (Ph.D., Counseling Psychology), Wen Wen Chong (Ph.D., Counseling Psychology), Rashida Edmondson (Ph.D., Counseling Psychology), Mirella Flores (Ph.D., Counseling Psychology), Morgan Grotewiel, (Ph.D., Counseling Psychology), Kimberly Johnson (Ed.D., Higher Education Administration), Katherine Jorgenson (Ph.D., Counseling Psychology), Richa Khanna (Ph.D., Counseling Psychology), Jessica Ross (Ph.D., Counseling Psychology), Jennifer Schaafsma (Ph.D., Counseling Psychology), Christine Thurlow (iPh.D., Aging Education), and Ayesha Usman (iPh.D., Early Childhood Education). Please extend your congratulations to these talented and accomplished scholars, and know that Dr. LaVerne Berkel, GAF liaison, also was commended by the UMKC Women’s Council president, Pat Konopka, for her role in “greatly contributing to the success” of this year’s program.
Please plan to join us for the first ‘Difficult Conversations and Honest Discussions: Equity, Justice and You’ session at 8:30 a.m. this Friday, January 23rd in room 307 (before the faculty meeting). Kansas City, Missouri, police officers Octavio Villalobos and Matthew Tomasic will speak on community policing and their experiences in building relationships with the community they serve. A light breakfast will be available. Please RSVP today (password: cct).
And, our sixth annual Urban Education and Community Forum is only six weeks away! RSVP to reserve your seat for the March 3rd event where you will hear Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, III, president of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, discuss “The Role of Universities in Transforming Communities.” The presentation runs from 5-6:30 p.m. at Pierson Auditorium with doors opening at 4:30 p.m.
Make it a good week!