Faculty & Staff E-news 10.5.15

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I am pleased to announce that the Language and Literacy area within Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies will be hosting a jointly sponsored art contest with the Johnson County Public Young Adult Libraries (JCPL). When students submit art for consideration for publication in JCPL’s literary and arts magazine, Elementia, they also will be able to considered for the UMKC art contest; winners will have their work displayed in the Language and Literacy suite on the second floor of the SOE. My thanks to Dr. Kindel Nash and Ms. Leah Panther for pursuing this opportunity as it will encourage students in schools on both sides of the state line to be independent and creative artists, readers and writers.  It also opens up possibilities for interstate collaboration on arts and literacy based school programming.

Ms. Christine Timmerman and I will be meeting with each of our three divisions this semester in order to have a candid dialogue about enrollment and retention in the face of our declining student numbers. I encourage your attendance as we need a collaborative and committed response. To date, we will be meeting with ELPF on Friday, October 16th; TE&CS on Friday, November 6th; and CEP on Monday, November 16th.

As promised last month, here is the wrap-up article and slideshow from the Scholar Donor Luncheon. Enjoy!

Upcoming meetings and deadlines of note:
October 15 – Deadline for submission of WeaveOnline program assessment updates
October 16 – Town Hall Benefits meeting from 12-1 p.m. in room 307. Lunch will be served, so if you plan to join us please RSVP. Topics to be covered:

  • New medical plan administrator for the health plan
  • Tobacco-free premium discount
  • Health Savings account vendor and bank change
  • Long-Term Disability buy-up opportunity
  • 2016 wellness incentive plan details
  • Requirement for an active medical plan election

November 2 at 5 p.m. – Deadline for Graduate Assistant Fund application submissions and faculty recommendations. Recipients will be notified in January 2016.

A quick reminder for faculty to please remind your students who plan to graduate this fall to submit their application for graduation. These will be accepted through this week.

And, finally, Diana Brasington starts as Office Support Assistant IV in Student Services today. She comes to us from the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies, prior to which she was at the School of Pharmacy for nearly five years. We look forward to her contributions to the Student Services team; please help welcome her aboard!

Enjoy the cooler weather and have a good week!