As you all know, literary expert Dr. Alfred Tatum of the University of Illinois at Chicago will be our speaker at this year’s Urban Education and Community Forum on April 3. Registration is now open for the 5-6:30 p.m. event at the UMKC Student Union and I hope to see many of you, and our students, there. Dr. Tatum’s presentation is titled “What it takes for effective urban education: Advancing the Literacy Development of African American Boys.”
The Berkley Center’s annual Chris Cakes Pancake Breakfast will be February 10 from 7-10 a.m. I hear that this annual fundraiser is a wonderful social event for all faculty, staff and students of the UMKC community. Tickets are just $5, available at the door or in advance from Dr. Ekaterina Strekalova-Hughes or Mr. Brad Martens.
Congratulations to Colleen Kelly, an IPh.D. student with a primary discipline in higher education administration, who has earned a $2,500 Preparing Future Faculty fellowship. Awarded by the SGS to up to six students each year, selection criteria is based upon strength of faculty recommendations, applicant’s narrative statement that focuses on his or her career goals and teaching philosophy, and evidence of academic and scholarly merit. LaDonna McCullough, also an IPh.D. student in ELPF, has been granted the UMKC Leadership in Diversity and Disability Fellowship with the UMKC Institute for Human Development. And, similar congratulations to Ms. Leah Panther, an IPh.D. student in TE&CS, who received her first dissertation fellowship award from the university’s School of Graduate Studies.
A shout-out to Robert Greim (Ed.D. ’16), chief compliance officer at UMKC, who was nominated for an AERA Division 1 Outstanding Dissertation Award and to Kimberly Johnson (Ed.D. ’16), executive staff assistant for Chancellor Morton, who is a finalist for NASPA’s Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year.
Nominations are now being accepted for the C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship, named in honor of the late UM president emeritus and director of extension. The $4,000 fellowship (less applicable taxes) is awarded annually to a University of Missouri faculty member who contributes to the advancement of the land-grant mission through extension, international education or agricultural economics programs. Nominations may be submitted for UM faculty from any campus and from extension faculty throughout Missouri. Nominations are due March 1. Please disseminate this information widely.
The 12th annual Women of Color Leadership Conference will be held at the UMKC Student Union on June 16. Its goal is to promote equity, education and professional development and this year will be centered on the theme of United and Strong: Rising through the Struggle. A Call for Proposals has been issued with a submission deadline of March 3.