Faculty & Staff E-news 10.3.16

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In conjunction with the UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion, the UMKC School of Education will host the screening of the film documentary, I Learn America on October 4 from 6-8 p.m. in our Learning Commons (Room 129).  I Learn America highlights four teenagers at the International High School at Lafayette, a Brooklyn, NY, public high school dedicated to newly arrived immigrants where more than 300 students speak 24 languages from more than 50 countries.  These students all strive to master English, adapt to families they haven’t seen in years, and create a future of their own.  View the film trailer.  A panel discussion, featuring community members, educators and students, will follow the film screening.  My thanks to members of the planning committee for bringing this event to the UMKC community:  Ms. Christine Timmerman, Ms. Diane Mora (RPDC) and Dr. Uzziel Pecina, along with Allyson Hile, director of Language Services for the Kansas City Public Schools.


With the window (October 17-28) for 2017 benefits enrollment fast approaching, please plan to join us on Tuesday, October 18, for a presentation by Ted Stahl to learn about your options and what has changed from this year.  Lunch will be provided; please RSVP.


As some of you may know, the university has instituted a required annual training for all individuals who will serve on a UMKC search committee in the future, and I am pleased that we are bringing the training to you!  Please join us Friday, October 28, from 12-2 p.m. in room 307 as Mikah Thompson and Kevin Sansberry from HR will identify for us how to diversify the academy and search committee essentials. Please RSVP.  A light lunch will be provided from 11:30 a.m. – noon; please indicate whether you will be able to participate in that as well.  Faculty/staff who are unable to attend the October 28 training will be asked to make arrangements to complete the training through HR before serving on a search committee.


Please be on the lookout for the UMKC Campus Climate Survey to be launched on October 4.  As a reminder, each school must have a 30% response rate for each population category (students, faculty, staff) in order to receive school specific data.  Don’t forget that there are various prizes you are eligible for upon completing the survey.


Another reminder for those of you planning to attend the AACTE meeting in Tampa in March that discounted registration rates are available through October 19.


And, the slideshow of Scholar Donor Lunch photos is now online; enjoy!