Faculty & Staff E-news 12.07.15

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As you are all aware, the profile section of myVita is now open for data entry and review. This is the only section that is open at this time, the other sections will be available at a later date. Faculty who have not yet checked and edited their own profile can now do so, following the instructions at http://www.data180.com/faculty180/umsystem.

On Monday, November 23rd, we welcomed Ms. Stephanie Harrington to the position of Office Support Assistant IV in the division of Counseling and Educational Psychology. She holds her B.A. in history from UMKC and most recently served as a recruitment associate at Quintiles pharmaceutical company. And, last week, we welcomed Ms. Kristen Reese as Office Support Assistant IV in Continuing and Professional Education. She previously served as office manager in the Psychology department at Avila University and holds her B.A. in Communication from Avila. Please help me welcome both of them to the SOE!

I was pleased that 50 SOE colleagues joined us for the holiday celebration & CAEP update at Grand Street Café last Friday. Good food and fellowship was followed by several nail-biting games of BINGO and it was a fitting celebration after a semester of hard work and commitment to our students. Congratulations to Ms. Breann Branch, Ms. Dianna Brasington, Ms. Stephanie Harrington, Dr. Ekaterina Strekalova-Hughes, Mr. Brad Martens, Dr. Kindel Nash and Mr. Richard Wells who were BINGO winners and had their choice of a small prize.

Graduation is right around the corner and I am thankful to the faculty and staff who will be helping us recognize the accomplishments of our students on December 19th. We have 70 graduates for Fall 2015, with 27 students committing to walk in the ceremony thus far. Please also know that semester grades are due by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22nd.

And, I wish to extend my sincere condolences to Associate Professor Emerita Sue Vartuli on the passing of her husband, Professor Emeritus Joseph Wolff, on November 13th. Dr. Wolff was hired at the SOE as an associate professor in 1969 and promoted to professor in 1973. He retired from the field of research psychology after 25 years of service and his legacy of helping students and in mentoring faculty is rich. There were no services. Stop by the dean’s suite if you would like Dr. Vartuli’s address to send a card.

I wish you a fulfilling last week of classes.