Faculty & Staff E-news 11.16.15

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The SOE Dean’s Search Committee is scheduled to meet December 8th to review prospective candidates and Provost Cindy Pemberton is encouraging faculty and staff to forward names of possible additional candidates directly to her prior to this date. First-round airport interviews are scheduled for January 22-23, 2016, with on-campus interviews to be held in mid-February. I will keep you apprised of any developments in the search for our next dynamic leader as they arise.

I am pleased to announce that next year’s recipient of the Hugh J. Zimmer Award for Excellence in Urban Education is Mr. Bert Berkley, chairman of Tension Corporation, an ardent and long-standing supporter of urban education and the SOE. The nominations committee, ably led by Dr. Ed Underwood (with Drs. Rita Barger, Nancy Murdock and Dianne Smith, and Ms. Barbara Schaaf Petty, with assistance from Ms. Breann Branch), had a difficult decision in naming our next recipient given the numerous nominations submitted for outstanding community members and educators. Mr. Berkley will be recognized in conjunction with next year’s Urban Education and Community Forum on April 5th.

I also wish to congratulate Dr. Edward Underwood who will be presented with the National Alliance of Black School Educators’ W.E.B. Dubois Higher Education Award at the 2015 NABSE Conference this Friday, November 20, 2015, in Washington, DC.

As we move into the end of the year, let me remind you that it’s time to get your shopping mojo on! Continuing the SOE tradition of serving those in need, the Culture and Climate Team has again secured a list of deserving foster children’s Christmas lists with the hope that SOE faculty and staff will again find it in their hearts to provide gifts. We have names and wish lists for 25 children aged four months to age 20. Please see Dianna Brasington in Student Services to sign up to buy a gift or e-mail her at brasingtond@umkc.edu.  Gifts should be wrapped and include a tag with the child’s name written clearly on the package.  The gifts should be returned to Student Services by Monday, December 7th, and checked off the gift list.

A reminder to RSVP if you have not yet done so for our Holiday Celebration and CAEP Update on December 4th from 12-2 p.m. at Grand Street Café. All faculty and staff are invited and I hope to see you there!

Please join me extending our collective thanks to Ms. Jennifer Ford who has helped us out in both Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies and CEP for the last two months in the absence of full-time staff. She will be with us through this Friday, November 20th.

And, given the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, this will be the last enews until December 7th. We all have much for which to be thankful and I wish each of you a safe, relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends! I am thankful to each and every one of you for your contributions to our mission and your support to me in my interim role.