I am pleased to report that we hosted a full-house at our sixth annual Urban Education and Community Forum last week Tuesday! Dr. Hrabowski’s presentation was inspiring and highlighted many ways in which we can all encourage students on their educational journeys. For those of you unable to attend, we will soon have a video of the presentation that you can check out from the dean’s office; a slide show will be posted to the SOE home page news feed in the coming weeks. My thanks to Chancellor Leo Morton, who provided welcome remarks; Dianne Cleaver, executive director of the Urban Neighborhood Initiative, who introduced Dr. Hrabowski, and Dr. Etta Hollins for her foresight and assistance in securing our speaker. I also wish to commend Ms. Christine Popoola and Ms. Barbara Schaaf-Petty for their on-site management and behind-the-scenes work for another successful event. We do have two copies of Dr. Hrabowski’s book, Beating the Odds, Raising Academically Successful African American Males, still available from the raffle held at the conclusion of the Forum. If you are interested in having your name put into a drawing for one of these books, please email Christine Popoola by the end of the day, Wednesday, March 11th.
I extend my sincere congratulations to Larry Long, Jr. (Ph.D., ’97), a skilled and compassionate psychologist who has dedicated most of his career to the well-being of university students, who has been named the School of Education’s 2015 Alumni Awards winner. He, and the university’s other awardees, will be honored April 23rd at the UMKC Alumni Association awards luncheon at Swinney Recreation Center. Dr. Long is the senior director of Counseling and Educational Support Services at KU Medical Center where he is responsible for coordinating education, psychological, psychiatric, writing and career services for more than 3,000 health science students, residents and post-doctoral students. He also coordinates the doctoral practicum training program for which many UMKC counseling psychology doctoral students apply. As part of the celebration of Dr. Long’s contributions to the SOE, he will present a talk to staff and students on Telementalhealth on April 22nd from 3:30-4:30 p.m., likely in room 307. Watch for further details.
As emailed to faculty on March 2nd, nominations are now open for the 2015-16 Dean’s Small Grant Awards. Three level of awards (up to $20,000) are available, with preference given to untenured tenure-track faculty, collaborative interdisciplinary research teams, and to projects that will position faculty to seek and secure competitive external funding. Applications should be submitted electronically by the end of the day, April 3rd. Likewise, nominations are open for the first cycle of the Dean Young Pai Memorial Endowment Fund. Applications will be accepted from tenured faculty and should be submitted electronically by April 3rd per the instructions provided in the email sent to faculty on March 6th.
Join us for this year’s Fiesta on the Lawn (a twist from our traditional Jazz on the Lawn) to celebrate the SOE Class of 2015 and the hard work from the academic year. All SOE students, faculty and staff are invited from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30th. The event will be held rain or shine on the SOE lawn/patio. More details will be forthcoming; please RSVP.
And, as you know, graduation is Saturday, May 16th at 10 a.m. at Swinney. Faculty volunteers are still needed so if you are interested, please contact Ms. Gail Metcalf Schartel prior to the end of day TODAY, March 9th. My sincere thanks to Drs. Carolyn Barber, Rita Barger, Maggie Holley, Kimberly Langrehr, Kindel Nash, Zach McCall, Patricia McHatton, Nancy Murdock, Uzziel Pecina, Raol Taft, Carolyn Thompson, Sue Vartuli, Jennifer Waddell and Ms. Erica Hernandez-Scott, Ms. Christine Timmerman, Mr. Connor Warner and Ms. Deb Woodard for already agreeing to assist in the celebration of our graduates.
Enjoy this week’s fabulous weather!