Faculty & Staff E-news 2.16.15

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Thank you to all of you who donated and/or attended the annual Berkley pancake breakfast last Friday! It was great fun to see all the children, families and UMKC faculty/staff enjoying themselves at what turned out to be another successful event. This year, according to Director Polly Prendergast, Berkley served 382 people and netted nearly $2,000—both a record. The proceeds will be spent on loose parts play outdoor blocks and a cabinet for the playground.

I am excited to announce that Dr. Micheal Strohschein will be joining us next week, February 23rd, as director of Continuing and Professional Education. I wish to reiterate my thanks to the Search Committee for their hard work and diligence and encourage everyone to help welcome Dr. Strohschein next week. He received his Ed.D. in Higher Education and Adult Learning from Walden University. He is an adjunct faculty member at Johnson County Community College and Concordia University and has served as a graduate faculty associate in Curriculum and Instruction at Kansas State University.  Dr. Strohschein also has extensive experience in school district leadership, having served in the Spring Hill Unified School District and KCK Public Schools.

As a reminder, the University is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Alumni Achievement Awards. If any of you know of alumni doing outstanding work in their field and deserving of recognition from their alma mater, please submit a nomination by the March 2nd deadline. Know, too, that this process is confidential so please do not let them know they are being nominated.

Let me also remind faculty and staff that numerous scholarships for undergraduate and graduate SOE students are available for the 2015-16 academic year and I ask that you encourage your students to apply. Scholarship applications will be accepted until March 2nd and a single application is used to determine eligibility for all scholarships.

Our sixth annual Urban Education and Community Forum is two weeks away, and I am disappointed at this point that our attendance is down from years past. If you and your students have not yet submitted an RSVP, please do so and invite professional colleagues and friends from the community as well. Freeman Hrabowski, Ph.D., will speak about strategies to help more students from all backgrounds excel, and reflect on his experience growing up in the segregated South and participating as a child in the Civil Rights Movement. His presentation, “What it takes for Effective Urban Education: the Role of Universities in Transforming Communities” will no doubt be fascinating and enlightening. Doors at Pierson Auditorium open at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3rd for the 5-6:30 p.m. event.

And, finally, given the University’s system wide requirement to retain gradebooks for seven years, please remember that at the end of the spring semester, all instructors will need to submit an electronic version of their gradebook (not just course grades) if they do not use the gradebook function on Blackboard. Instructors must also include the course syllabus so that the criteria and weighting used for determining grades for assignments and final grade are available. Please contact Chris Popoola (x2660) with questions so there will be no end-of-semester surprises this May.

It appears no more snow is in the short-term forecast—have a good week!