Faculty & Staff E-news 3.2.15

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Last week Monday, Ms. Latoya Goree and I had the pleasure of attending a tour of University Academy (UA), as led by Superintendent Tony Kline and board member Bush Helzberg, which was both enlightening and encouraging. UA provides a rich, college preparatory education for students in grades K-12, with a 95% college acceptance and college graduation rate, and is one of the School of Education’s nine charter schools. In addition to the academic curriculum, UA has partnered with Children’s Mercy Hospital and the UMKC School of Dentistry to offer health and dental services for its students.

Please help me welcome Richard Wells as Office Assistant IV at the Charter School Center. Richard’s background is mainly in project management, which has spanned varied industries ranging from theatrical costuming to private security to, most recently, nonprofits.

And, of course, our long awaited sixth annual Urban Education and Community Forum is tomorrow (March 3rd) from 5-6:30 p.m. at Pierson Auditorium. Doors open at 4:30 and I encourage you to come early as we are expecting an attendance of nearly 300. If you have not yet submitted an RSVP, it is not too late to do so. Freeman Hrabowski, Ph.D., is presenting, “What it takes for Effective Urban Education: the Role of Universities in Transforming Communities.”

A reminder that all UM System employees are required to complete Mandated Reporter Training by April 15th. The course is designed to inform employees about their duty to report sexual abuse, sexual misconduct and other behaviors that fall under Title IX. Please know that this is not the same training on sexual harassment which we all were asked to complete late last year.

Finally, I also want to remind faculty who were previously notified about the electronic grade book requirement to submit their electronic gradebooks and syllabi if they have not already done so.

Have a good week.