Faculty & Staff E-news 3.30.15

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Welcome back to those of you who spent your spring break away from the office! As we move into the end of the semester, there is still much to accomplish and I appreciate everyone’s continued efforts, collaboration and commitment to our students.

I am pleased to announce that we learned last week that Mayor Sly James has accepted our invitation and will be the SOE’s 2015 commencement speaker on Saturday, May 16th. Since his election in 2011, Mayor James has been a voice for common sense gun control laws, economic development tools and education reform.  Under his leadership, Kansas City appointed the very first Education Advisor the Kansas City’s Mayor’s Office . . . to “focus on developing innovative community partnerships to support student achievement across Kansas City’s 15 school districts.”  And, he established Turn the Page KC in the second year of his administration to focus on third grade reading proficiency, attendance levels, the summer learning gap, school readiness and data collection.  His address will no doubt be a fitting tribute to the success of our graduates!

Reminders that nominations for the Vice Chancellor’s Spring 2015 Honor Recipients must be made by tomorrow, Tuesday, Mach 31st. A list of eligible candidates and the nomination form were forwarded in an email from Mel Tyler on Monday, March 9th. And, nominations for the 2015-16 Dean’s Small Grant Awards and the Dean Young Pai Memorial Endowment Fund will be accepted electronically through April 3rd.

Dr. Maria Salazar from the University of Denver will be here this Friday, April 3rd, and I encourage all faculty to join us from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for some very important work relevant to the entire School. Dr. Salazar’s presentation will focus on the alignment of professional, program and state standards, and the development of signature assessments. Please RSVP.

Screening of the film “Education is Not a Crime”, held in connection with the UMKC Office of Diversity and Inclusion, will be Wednesday, April 16th, from 6-8:30 p.m. in room 117. The film is open to the UMKC community to promote awareness of the injustice in the persecution of religious minorities. It will be yet another event worth attending.

Have a productive week.