Faculty & Staff E-news 11.14.16

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Dr. Mike Strohschein, Ms. Polly Prendergast, Ms. Rhianna Thomas and I attended the Early Learning Workforce Summit on November 7.  Sponsored by the Mid-American Regional Council, the summit allowed an opportunity for Missouri and Kansas educators and other stakeholders in the early childhood education community to engage in dialogue on core competencies and building a viable ECE educator workforce.


Drs. Etta Hollins and Kindel Nash and graduate research assistant Ms. Leah Panther are hosting a Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, December 6, from Noon-1:30 pm, in room 307.  Drs. Hollins and Nash will share their evolving conceptual model of high leverage literacy practices in high-performing urban school settings based on the data they have collected through the Spencer Foundation grant.  Most importantly, they look forward to talking through some of their initial interpretations of the data and receiving feedback in conversation with faculty, staff and students.  The Dean’s Office has agreed to provide lunch if there is sufficient attendance, so please RSVP.  All are welcome, including graduate students!


A hearty ROO welcome to our two new student advisors who started today.  Ms. Meghan Dooley will advise students in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  She holds her B.A. in political science from Auburn University and expects to earn her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from UMKC next month.   She has related experience as an Oak Street Hall assistant residential life coordinator (at UMKC) and academic mentor for UMKC Athletics. You can reach her at x2474; room 125.  Mr. Spencer Orr will advise students in Middle School, Secondary and K-12 Education.  He holds his M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education and his B.S. in Geography, both from Missouri State University.  While at MSU he served as assistant residence hall director, residence hall director and an educator in the Office of Wellness.  Spencer can be reached at x2621; room 124.  Welcome aboard!


The University’s 2016 United Way campaign—LIVE RooNited—runs through this week.  My thanks to Dr. Phyllis Chase, with assistance from Mr. Richard Wells, in agreeing to again serve as our unit representatives.  Consider participating in the following activities to assist the community and perhaps win a prize for yourself in the process:

  • BINGO on Thursday, November 17, at noon in room 307. Cost is $1 per BINGO board/game and we will play five rounds.
  • 50/50 Raffle Tickets available for purchase ($1 each or $5 for 7 tickets) from Dianna Brasington in room 129. Tickets will be sold right up until the drawing at 1 p.m. on Thursday.

As we near the holiday season, know that the Culture and Climate Team is again sponsoring a gift drive to help brighten the holidays for 25 Jackson County foster children.  If you would like to purchase a gift for any of these individuals (ages 18-21), please contact Dianna Brasington in Student Services at brasingtond@umkc.edu or x1290.  The deadline to return wrapped gifts to Student Services is Monday, December 5.  Of course, cash gifts are also welcome if you prefer to leave the shopping to someone else!


This year’s holiday lunch for all SOE-affiliated faculty and staff will be held at Grand Street Café on December 2, and I look forward to celebrating the end of the semester with you.  It’s already less than a month away; please RSVP.


Adolescent Development (EDCP 492) and Educational Psychology (EDCP 493) will be offered during the 2016-17 Winter Intersession.  Please encourage students to enroll via Pathway.


As we have in past years, the School of Education will be locked for the Thanksgiving weekend beginning at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, until Monday morning, November 28.  Should you have plans to be in the building during that time, please enter and exit through the south doors and be mindful to secure the door behind you as you come and go.


And, tomorrow is the SOE Student Government‘s free screening of The Road to Teach from 6:30-7:45 p.m. in the Learning Commons.  Grab a colleague or friend and attend this inspirational documentary; a light meal will be provided.