Faculty & Staff E-news 2.1.16

dean note banner

Now that we’ve moved into February, the commitment and hard work of our faculty and staff is well underway for another successful semester. While census date is still a few weeks away, I encourage everyone to continue to be mindful of the opportunities to be student centered in order to positively impact this semester’s enrollment. One way to encourage retention is to remind students of the numerous scholarships available for both undergraduate and graduate SOE students for the 2016-17 academic year. Scholarship applications will be accepted until March 1st, with a single application used to determine eligibility for all scholarships. Know, too, that we have a graduate student information session upcoming on March 5th at 9:00 a.m. for students who are interested in continuing their educational journey. Those who wish to attend are asked to register.

I hope you will help me in welcoming Ms. Shelly Doucet, who joins the UMKC Foundation as director of development for the School of Education as of today. Shelly has practiced tort law and served as a mediator in Louisiana and Mississippi and holds her M.S.W. Since becoming a fundraising professional, she has raised support for homeless shelters, education and the arts, most recently having served as director of development for Starlight Theatre. A member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Shelly will become board president in 2017. Shelly’s office is in room 355 and you may reach her at x6025.

A reminder of upcoming events:

  • All-you-can eat pancake breakfast on February 12th from 7-10 a.m. (open house) at the Edgar L. and Rheta A. Berkley Child and Family Development Center. Tickets are $5.00 (at the door or in advance) and are available from Drs. LaVerne Berkel and Ekatarina Strekalova-Hughes or Mr. Brad Martens.
  • The seventh annual Urban Education and Community Forum on April 5th from 5-6:30 p.m. in room 401 of the UMKC Student Union. Please RSVP.

I appreciate all the work each and every one of you do to advance the work of the SOE. Have a good week.