Faculty & Staff E-news 2.15.16

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What a busy week we had last week with four dean candidates on campus. I wish to thank all faculty and staff who participated in the many opportunities to meet and interact with Drs. Justin Perry, Abul Pitre, Timothy Reagan and Keith Wilson, the outstanding efforts of the dean’s search committee, and those who otherwise transported, dined with and/or arranged logistics for our candidates. The search committee will be meeting again on February 18th and soon after will forward candidates’ strengths and weaknesses to the Provost. I will keep you apprised of further progress as it becomes available.

My congratulations to the Edgar L. and Rheta A. Berkley Child & Family Development Center on another successful pancake breakfast last Friday! In fact, it was the most successful in its history—serving 377 people and netting $2,045.70. My appreciation, too, to all staff and faculty—and Berkley family and friends—who attended. Proceeds will allow Berkley to purchase a Mobile Magnet Wall, an interactive play space that highlights slope, momentum and gravity through hands-on experimentation.

The university’s inaugural 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on February 9th was also a success. Five of our SOE students were among the competitors for cash prizes and I am pleased that Ms. Emine Demiroz, Mr. Robert Greim and Ms. Dea Marx were among the eight finalists. First Round winners included Ms. Marx (First Place) and Ms. Demiroz (People’s Choice and First Place). Congratulations and commendations to all who participated and thanks to the many faculty and staff who attended in support of our candidates.

Earlier this month as part of strategic recruitment events, Dr. Jennifer Waddell and Ms. Shay Dodson presented to students at MCC-Blue River and MCC-Longview and Ms. Dodson presented to two classes at Johnson County Community College. Additionally, we have several Open House events planned for undergraduate prospective students during the next several months (visit the Admissions website for a schedule) and three Graduate Information Sessions scheduled through June (direct students to our website to register).

As a reminder to all faculty, the “Activities” section in the new faculty reporting system, myVITA, is now available for you to enter and showcase your professional achievements in a single, convenient location. This new section allows you to report your research, teaching, service, scholarship, and creative works.  The “Profile” section has been live since November of 2015; if you’ve not yet reviewed/updated your profile data, please do so. Campus-wide training workshops will be held soon; however, if you need assistance prior to the workshops, please visit myVITA or email Beci Edmundson at edmundsonr@umkc.edu

The Counseling and Educational Psychology division is pleased to be hosting 28 applicants/students on February 19th for our annual interview day. We anticipate accepting seven students for the counseling psychology doctoral program to begin in fall of 2016. Just an FYI that the students will be in the building on Friday and occupying 307 throughout the day.

A reminder that scholarship applications for undergraduate and graduate UMKC School of Education students for the 2016-17 academic year will be accepted until March 1st. Please alert your students; applications may be found at http://education.umkc.edu/2016-17scholarshipapplication/.

As you know, this year’s Urban Education and Community Forum will be April 5th from 5-6:30 p.m. in room 401 of the UMKC Student Union and feature Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. That evening we also will recognize Mr. Bert Berkley, chairman of Tension Corporation, who will be presented with the 2016 Hugh J. Zimmer Award for Excellence in Urban Education. Please RSVP to reserve your seat as we are hoping for a full house!

The month is winding down; make it a good week.