Faculty & Staff E-news 2.2.15

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Thankfully we avoided most of the snow this weekend but, unfortunately, the Pennsylvania groundhog has predicted six more weeks of winter.

My many thanks to all of you who attended the presentations on Friday by CEP director candidates Ms. Shawn Smith and Dr. Micheal Strohschein. The search committee convened after the presentations and hopes to be able to finalize reference checks this week.

I wish to thank Drs. LaVerne Berkel, Rita Barger, Dianne Smith, Nancy Murdock and Michele Foster along with Ms. Christine Timmerman, the Student Services team and members of the Climate and Culture Team for their assistance in working with faculty and staff to compile the School of Education’s inventory of diversity initiatives and action plan. This is a campus-wide project, and with everyone’s help we compiled impressive documents that I submitted to the university last week. Read the School of Education Master Inventory Strategic Diversity Plan For Academic Units Activities Catalog 013015  and action plan.

Our Urban Education and Community Forum is now only four weeks away and I urge you to RSVP. If you are encouraging your students to come to the presentation, please have them individually register as well. Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, III, president of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will speak to “What it takes for effective urban education: the role of universities in transforming communities”.  Doors at Pierson Auditorium open at 4:30 p.m. on March 3rd.

Have a good week.