Faculty & Staff E-news 2.13.17

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First, let me congratulate all those who played a role in delivering another successful all-you-can-eat Chris Cakes Pancake Breakfast at Berkley last Friday.  This year’s fundraiser served a record 383 people and netted more than $2,000 which will be used for teacher professional development and travel to the Boulder Journey School (Boulder, Co.) in 2018 for a collaborative visit.


I am excited to be able to announce several campus level awards recently awarded to SOE faculty, as follows:

Chancellor’s Award for Career Contributions to the University – Dr. Chris Brown; Chancellor’s Award for Embracing Diversity – Dr. Uzziel Pecina; Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Community Engagement – Dr. Johanna Nilsson; and Chancellor’s Early Career Award for Excellence in Teaching – Dr. Kim Langrehr.  They, along with other university colleagues, will be recognized on April 25 at Pierson Auditorium from 2-4 p.m.


Congratulations are also due to Dr. Erdem Demiroz (Ph.D., ’16), who on February 9 was presented with a Doctoral Dissertation Award – Honorable Mention for his dissertation, “The Mathematics emporium: Infusion of instructional technology into college level mathematics and psychosocial factors of learning.”  He, with others, was honored at the Community of Scholar event sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies.


And, a shout-out to Dr. Kimberly Johnson (Ed.D., ’16), whose proposed session Invisible Life in the Academy: Understanding the Workplace Experiences of African American Women staff in Higher Education has been accepted for presentation at the 30th annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education, to be held in Texas in May.


Each year, the UMKC Alumni Association and the campus celebrate the outstanding achievements of UMKC graduates through the Alumni Awards luncheon.  Nominations for the Class of 2018 honorees is open through March 5 with a complete list of the award criteria and application process found online.  You may submit a nomination on your own or provide a suggestion to our alumni officer, Tamara Morris.


And, as you know, our 8th annual Urban Education and Community Forum will be April 3 and the UMKC Student Union (room 401).  Dr. Alfred Tatum’s will address “What it takes for effective urban education:  Advancing the Literacy Development of African American Boys.”  Register now.