Faculty & Staff E-news 11.2.15

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What a nerve-wracking weekend of baseball; yeah, Royals!

Last week I was pleased to see several SOE colleagues at Dr. Steve Perry’s presentation for the Social Justice Book Lecture at Pierson Auditorium. Author of Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve – Even If It Means Picking a Fight, Dr. Perry spoke on the state of the educational system and the students it’s failing. I found his presentation altogether passionate, dynamic and, at times, humorous.

On Saturday, October 31st, Drs. Clare Bell and Etta Hollins hosted a brunch for adjunct faculty in the Division of Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies at Grand Street Café.  The purpose of the brunch was to bring adjuncts up to speed regarding the program revision work being undertaken in TECC this year.   Dr. Connor Warner presented to approximately 25 adjuncts on the new DESE certification requirements, and Dr. Hollins shared insights about CAEP accreditation.  Thanks to Ms. Chris Popoola for her help in organizing the event, and to Dr. Hollins for providing funding.

I am pleased to report that we have formed a search committee to fill the position of Technology Resource Coordinator. My thanks to those serving: Ms. Carol Sargent (chair), Ms. Christine Timmerman, and Drs. Gus Jacob, Jake Marszalek and Micheal Strohschein.

Mid-year graduation will be here before we know it and I want to thank Drs. Rita Barger, Jake Marszalek, Nancy Murdock, Kindel Nash, Nancy Murdock; and Ms. Dianna Brasington, Ms. Shay Dodson, Ms. Dea Marx, Ms. Gina Sanders, and Ms. Carol Sargent who have already volunteered to assist. We still need two to three faculty volunteers to lead students at this year’s ceremony, which is December 19th at 5 p.m. If you are willing to participate, please contact Brad Martens at martensbm@umkc.edu and include your order for regalia if needed. (Regalia ordering deadline is November 20th.) Our summer and fall graduates will appreciate a strong turnout by faculty and staff as they embark on the next steps in their life journey.

As we get closer to wrapping up another semester, I hope all faculty and staff will join us for a Holiday Celebration and CAEP Update on December 4th from 12-2 p.m. at Grand Street Café. It’s a mere month away and as a holiday lunch will be included, please RSVP.

As part of our United Way activities, BINGO will be held for faculty and staff on Thursday, November 5th, at noon in room 307. Five rounds of play will be held for a $1 round with prizes awarded. A 50/50 raffle drawing also will be held at BINGO. Tickets for that are $1 each or $5 for 7. Tickets may be purchased from Mr. Richard Wells of the Charter School Center; he will be in the SOE on the first floor in front of the elevator today and tomorrow.

Call for nominations for the 2015-16 UM President’s Award and Student Entrepreneur of the Year will be accepted through January 22, 2016. Any benefit-eligible faculty member may be nominated for the Presidents’ Award; details are available at http://www.umsystem.edu/ums/aa/awards.

As you are aware, Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings will be the speaker at the SOE’s sixth annual Urban Education and Community Forum next April 5th. Her presentation, “What it takes for Effective Urban Education: The Role of Youth Culture in Transforming Teaching” will begin at 5 p.m. in room 401 of the UMKC Student Union. Please RSVP.

And, a final reminder that applications for Graduate Assistant Fund applications are due today.

Have a good week.